All Saints’ Episcopal Church Newsletter
March 3, 2019
Our Vision Statement: A community living and growing in unity with God and all people through Christ.
Our Mission Statement: To seek God in reverent worship, service to neighbors, gracious hospitality, and the pursuit of wisdom.
Please join us for Rector’s Forum this Sunday at 9:15 am between Sunday services. Dr. Jay McDaniel, retired professor of religion and philosophy at Hendrix College in Conway, will lead us in a discussion of The Beauty of Christianity.
All are invited to stay till the end of the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on March 5th for a short service to mark the turn from the festivities of Mardi Gras to the solemness of Lent. There will be a chance to “put away your alleluias” and to offer up your lenten discipline to God.
Wednesday Bible Study
There will be no bible study on Ash Wednesday. We will regather and continue on our journey through the books of the Bible on Wednesday, March 13th.
All are invited to All Saints’ for a service inviting you to observe a holy Lent and for the imposition of ashes at either 12pm or 6:30pm on Wednesday, March 6th. Following a resolution that was passed at the 147th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas, (see full resolution below) all are invited to a day of fasting and repentance in honor of and to stand in solidarity with the victims of gender-based discrimination, harassment, and violence on Ash Wednesday.
Episcopal Trails and Travelers
Join the All Saints’ Trails and Travelers on Saturday, March 2nd for a morning of service at Camp Mitchell followed by the short Bear Cave hike at Petit Jean State Park. We will depart from All Saints’ Church in a carpool at 9am. The morning will be spent around camp clearing the trail to Stone Altar, weeding in the garden, or helping with some detail cleaning indoors. Bring a brown bag lunch for yourself, work gloves, and comfortable clothes and walking shoes appropriate for the weather. Please sign up in advance by emailing RevMichaeleneMiller@gmail.com. Can’t make it this time? Join us April 6th for an adventure hike around the Richland Creek Wilderness Area.
Resolution for Seeking Truth, Reconciliation and Restoration
Be it Resolved, That following Resolution D016 of the 79th Annual General Convention of the Episcopal Church, the 147th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas recognize any form of gender-based discrimination, harassment, and violence against all children of God (including, but not limited to: sexual and gender harassment, sexual assault, physically, spiritually, and emotionally abusive behavior, and oppression based on gender) as contrary to our baptismal vows; and be it further
Resolved, That the 147th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Arkansas acknowledge our corporate sin and seek to repent, seeking reconciliation and restoration of dignity, that all would be restored to God and to one another; and be it further
Resolved, That the 147th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Arkansas invite all congregations in the diocese collectively to fast and repent for these sins and for individuals to seek healing for sexual harassment, discrimination, and violence perpetrated against them on Ash Wednesday, March 6th, 2019.
Submitted by the Rev. Sara Milford; Co-sponsors: The Revs. Teri Daily, Peggy Cromwell, Gwen Fry, Marna Franson, Susan Payne, Suzanne Stoner, Joyce Hardy, Stan McKinnon.
Kids Connection, K-5th grade, Sunday morning at 10:15 am
“At The Movies, Pixar Shorts”
Week three, March 3rd, short film: Piper
Lesson: How to manage fear.
Week four, March 10th, short film: The Present
Lesson: Showing kindness without
Lent is approaching and so is our annual pancake supper. Join us in Sutherland Hall on Tuesday, March 5th at 5:00 pm for pancakes cooked up by head chef Bruce Moore and the Episcopal Youth Community. Tickets are a suggested donation of $5, with a family Maximum of $30 (this also includes all the Lent Madness Brackets your family could ever want!). $8 combo gets you one supper ticket and one Lent Madness bracket. Proceeds will support our youth group. Buy your tickets between services on Sundays leading up to the event or at the door!
As a fundraiser for camp scholarships, the Episcopal Youth Community invites you to participate in the Lenten devotion of Lent Madness! With its unique blend of competition, learning, and humor, Lent Madness allows participants to be inspired by the ways in which God has worked through the lives of saintly souls across generations and cultures. Throughout Lent, thirty-two saints will do battle to win the coveted Golden Halo. Based loosely on the NCAA basketball tournament of a similar name, this online devotion pits saints against one another in a bracket as voters choose their favorites throughout this penitential season. Here’s how to participate: Buy your bracket during coffee hour, fill out your predictions, return completed bracket to Rev. Michaelene by Ash Wednesday, and then on the weekdays of Lent, information is posted at www.lentmadness.org about two different saints. Each pairing remains open for 24 hours as participants read about and then vote to determine which saint moves on to the next round. Will you be able to predict the next winner of the golden halo? For a suggested donation of $5, buy a bracket during coffee hour on Sunday or at the Pancake Supper. Information booklets about the 32 participating Saints will also be available to borrow during these times. Combo deals: $8 for bracket/pancake supper ticket or $30 family maximum for all the tickets and brackets needed. All completed brackets must be turned in to the designated box in Shoemaker by Ash Wednesday on March 6th with your name and email listed. For more information and to sign up for daily emails reminding you to vote for your selected saint online, visit www.lentmadness.org If you’re looking for a Lenten discipline that is fun, educational, occasionally goofy, and always joyful, join the Lent Madness journey. Lent needn’t be all doom and gloom. After all, what could be more joyful than a season specifically set aside to get closer to Jesus Christ?
First Thursday Book Talk
Each month, readers gather in the Faith and Reason Classroom to discuss a book by or about marginalized person living in the United States in the 21st Century. In March, our book will be To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care by Cris Beam. We will meet March 7 from 12-1. Please see our facebook page or call Elizabeth Franks (479-264-0336) for more information.
Lent Quiet Day
Praying in Color: Taking Delight in the Lord
Sponsored by the Daughters of the King
Saturday, March 9
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
Join us as we quietly explore and reflect on God’s presence in our lives and in the world around us. Our self-guided retreat will include lunch, worship, time for quiet reflection, a variety of prayer stations and prayer forms, and an opportunity to walk the labyrinth. Please contact Sherrie Cotton, Julie Hodges or Rhonda Hlass if you have any questions. There is no charge for the retreat, however we request that you preregister in the office so that we are able to provide lunch for everyone. We hope you will make time for the opportunity for renewal and refreshment.
Winterstar is the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas‘ annual Spring Retreat for youth in the 6th-12th grade. The weekend begins at Camp Mitchell Friday March 8th at 7pm with registration and ends Sunday, March 10th at 11:00am. Rev. Michaelene Miller will be the priest for the weekend and the weekend’s theme this year is music. There will be games, music, worship services, hiking, crafts, sports, hammocking and even more camp goodness. RSVP with and contact RevMichaeleneMiller@gmail.com to discuss payment options and click here to register.
Old Hymn Sing
Starting February 20th, join us on the third Wednesday of every month at 5:30 pm for an old hymn sing before the 6:30 pm Eucharist.
Way of Love in Lent
The journey through Lent into Easter is a journey with Jesus. We are baptized into his life, self-giving, and death; then, we rise in hope to life transformed. This Lent, All Saints’ is invited to walk with Jesus in his Way of Love and into the experience of transformed life. The way of love is a program form the larger Episcopal Church. Together, we will reflect anew on the loving actions of God as recounted in the Easter Vigil readings as we reflect on how they tie to the seven practices of the Way of Love (Turn, Pray, Learn, Bless, Rest, Worship, Go). Together, we will walk through the depths of salvation history into the fullness of redemption. Join us on this journey through Lent on Wednesday evenings, starting March 13th, at 5pm for discussion and a simple dinner of bread and soup. To contribute soup, sign up on the bulletin board in Shoemaker.
Third Annual Men’s Weekend at Camp Mitchell
The annual Men’s Weekend will be held April 5-7 at Camp Mitchell. The topic of the guest speaker, the Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke, will be “Our Shelter From The Stormy Blast.” Hoke, formerly a priest at Trinity Church Wall Street, will give his eyewitness account of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the recovery efforts that followed. To register, call 501-727-5451.
Practicing Prayer is a gathering for those interested in deepening their friendship with God. We meet each Sunday, 4:30 to 5:30 in the Youth Room, to explore practices that support contemplative awareness, and pray in silence for 20 minutes. This week we will explore the True Self, the Risen Christ within us (Richard Rohr), and practices that support recognition and identification with the True Self. Please come. All are welcome.
All Saints’ Lay Pastoral Care Program
We are pleased to announce that All Saints’ Episcopal Church will be extending our pastoral care program to include a complementary lay-leadership program.
Upon identifying that any member of the All Saints’ community has a spiritual or physical need, we (both clergy and congregation) have historically rallied around that person to extend our compassion, prayers and support. “Our Church” therefore, already does a good deal of pastoral care for each other. However, our clergy recognized our overall efforts in identifying and extending pastoral care could be improved if in addition to the care they were able to provide, All Saints’ developed and implemented a complementary lay-leader pastoral care program. It was envisioned this program should include, under clergy guidance, a lay-leader who can daily oversee, develop, train, coordinate, and encourage individual program lay-leaders, as program leaders continue to provide complementary pastoral care.
Providing pastoral care is not just limited to the clergy; in the Episcopal Church, the laity are also enabled to provide pastoral care to each other. When we empower lay-leaders to provide elements of pastoral care, we allow the clergy time to concentrate on those with great needs, network to ensure no need falls through the cracks and we enable growth toward spiritual maturity in lay-leaders as we all become a stronger cross-linked Christian community.
So, when will this program begin and what are some of the specific elements envisioned for inclusion in our laity pastoral care program? Full implementation of the new program will begin by March 31st, 2019 and will continue to develop/evolve through 2019. Initially, elements of the program will include:
- Tangible Care including food ministry, physical items, transportation etc.
- Prayer Care (with overlap and coordination with DoK)
- Soul Care including chaplains, visitations to hospital, home and nursing
- Eucharistic Visitors
Both our clergy and vestry have been involved in changes to improve our pastoral care program including selection of the lay-leader to oversee the program. KaDee McCormick has agreed to accept the responsibility as the lay-leader director to oversee, develop and implement the overall All Saints’ Laity Pastoral Care Program. These lay-leaders have accepted the responsibility for the individual pastoral care programs (Sue Hastings-Bishop – Tangible Care, Nancy Smith – Prayer Care, Robert Brown – Soul Care, Rhonda Hlass Eucharistic Visitor). Each lay-leader is currently recruiting members of the All Saint’s community to help support their area of Pastoral Care.
We look forward to what we can become and accomplish as a more compassionate spiritually-interconnected Christian community.
Loaves and Fish
Most of the guests who join us on Saturday for lunch face many challenges; the members and friends of All Saints’ can provide a few essential items to help them out.
Please place items in the little red wagon in the Nave. Gifts received at Sunday Worship Service will be available for our Neighbors Table guests the following Saturday.
Join us on Sat. March 2, 2019 for weekly meal served from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.
Thanks to those whose generosity helps us serve delicious, nutritious meals every Saturday. We continue to welcome newcomers to Neighbors Table nearly every week. Please remember Neighbors Table in your prayers.
Volunteers are welcome to join the teams on Saturdays from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM or for a couple hours during this time to help prepare food, serve or clean up after lunch. Schedules and dates are listed on the sign-up white boards in Sutherland Hall. Anyone with questions or would like to serve in other ways contact Sue Hastings-Bishop at email@example.com or by phone 231-349-3671.
March 2 Sue Hastings-Bishop (AS Lead) Karla Powell, Cindy Lenk and Grandson, Paul Duffee (dishwasher) need one more individual Menu: Chicken Enchiladas, Spanish Rice and corn. Dessert: Cake with fruit topping.
March 9 Carolyn McLellan (AS Lead) Rikki and Jasper Duffee, Melissa Simpson (dishwasher) need two more volunteers Menu: Beef Stew w/veg., salad, bread. Dessert: Eva’s Brownies
March 16 Carol Lee (AS Lead) Have Central Presbyterian Church Group (Full Volunteers) Menu: Spaghetti w/ beef & noodles, salad, bread. Dessert: Central Presbyterian.
March 23 Catherine Crews (AS Lead) with Community Improvement Project (CIP) (Full for Volunteers) Menu: TBA
March 30 Carolyn McLellan (AS Lead) with New Prospect Church (Full Volunteers). Menu: Beans w/ ham, corn bread, coleslaw. Dessert: TBA
Remember In Your Prayers
Mary Lu Garrett, Henry Wilkinson, Pam Van Horn, Eduardo Ezquerro, Sara, Robert Woods, Jim and Marilyn Tischhauser, Hampton Hudson, Amy Staggs, Candy Welcher, Sheree Hodge, Susan Shelton, Sherry Carpenter, Don Freeman, Maxima Vargas, Don Hudson, Mitzi, Matthew Hlass, Darwin Price, Somer Moore and The Moore Family, The United Methodist Church.
Long Term Prayers:
Sandy Britt, Gib Bewley, Tom Munson, Caleb Judd, William Gillum, Lillian Tweed, Aaron Tackett, Mike Miller, Herb, Michelle, Barbara Johnson, Jeannie McCabe, Arthur Hastings, Isaac, Sarah Lee, The Kellner Family, Christine Ivy, Gordon Cotton Jr., Jack and Carol Lee, Donna Van Horn, Rudy Jr., Israel, Bernice Delabra and Family, Espinosa Family, Pam Lundquist.
Readings For Sunday, March 3, 2019
Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses spoke with them. Afterward all the Israelites came near, and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face; but whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and when he came out, and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, the Israelites would see the face of Moses, that the skin of his face was shining; and Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with him.
1 The Lord is King;
let the people tremble; *
he is enthroned upon the cherubim;
let the earth shake.
2 The Lord is great in Zion; *
he is high above all peoples.
3 Let them confess his Name, which is great and awesome; *
he is the Holy One.
4 “O mighty King, lover of justice,
you have established equity; *
you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.”
5 Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God
and fall down before his footstool; *
he is the Holy One.
6 Moses and Aaron among his priests,
and Samuel among those who call upon his Name, *
they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.
7 He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud; *
they kept his testimonies and the decree that he gave them.
8 O Lord our God, you answered them indeed; *
you were a God who forgave them,
yet punished them for their evil deeds.
9 Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God
and worship him upon his holy hill; *
for the Lord our God is the Holy One.
The New Testament
2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
Since, then, we have such a hope, we act with great boldness, not like Moses, who put a veil over his face to keep the people of Israel from gazing at the end of the glory that was being set aside. But their minds were hardened. Indeed, to this very day, when they hear the reading of the old covenant, that same veil is still there, since only in Christ is it set aside. Indeed, to this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds; but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.
Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God’s word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God.
Luke 9:28-36, [37-43a]
Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”–not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.
[On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. Just then a man from the crowd shouted, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son; he is my only child. Suddenly a spirit seizes him, and all at once he shrieks. It convulses him until he foams at the mouth; it mauls him and will scarcely leave him. I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” Jesus answered, “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” While he was coming, the demon dashed him to the ground in convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. And all were astounded at the greatness of God.]
Optional parts of the readings are set off in square brackets.
Weekly Service Times
Sundays: Holy Eucharist 8 & 10:30 am
Sunday School for All Ages 9:15am
Kids Connection 10:15 am
Wednesdays: Holy Eucharist 6:30 pm
Activities During the Week
EfM 12:30 pm
Practicing Prayer 4:30-5:30 pm
@TheTable 6:00 pm (1st and 3rd Sundays)
AA Meeting 12:00 noon
ACOA Meeting 8:00 am
Yoga 5:30 pm
Fit Girls 5:30 am
Bible Study 10:00 am
Diabetes Support 11:00 am (2nd Wed.)
ACOA Meeting 12:00 noon
Daughters of the King 4:30 pm (1st. Wed.)
Episcopal Youth Community 5:00 pm
Old Hymn Sing 5:45 pm (3rd Wed.)
Choir Practice 7:15 pm
Vestry 6:00 pm (3rd Thurs.)
Fit Girls 5:30 am
AA Meeting 12:00 noon
Neighbors Table 12:00 noon
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