All Saints’ News March 24, 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.Fellowship of the Sink

Fellowship of the Sink
We are meeting Sunday, March 24th following the 10:30 am service in the conference room. All are welcome to join us.

Learn Simple Karen Words
All Saints’ is blessed and grateful to have people who speak different languages in our congregation. The Karen language is especially present, both written and spoken, at our 10:30am worship service. To celebrate this blessing as a community, click here to watch a short youtube video to learn simple words and greetings in Karen. 

Clergy Coffee for Newcomers
All newcomers are invited to have coffee with the All Saints’ clergy between worship services at 9:15am on Sunday, March 31st. Grab coffee and snacks from coffee hour and meet in the rector’s office. Rev. Teri Daily and Rev. Michaelene Miller look forward to welcoming you and getting to know you more.

EYC Meal Volunteers Needed
All Saints’ Episcopal Youth Community resumes after Spring Break on Wednesday, March 27th from 5:00-7:00pm. This group’s time together always begins with dinner and weekly meal volunteers are needed. Please use SignUpGenius to volunteer to provide a meal or contact RevMichaeleneMiller@gmail.com.

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 from 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.

Lent Madness Bracket UpdateWe are trudging deep into the madness of Lent and several saints in the first Round of 32 have begun to pull ahead as have several brackets at All Saints’! Leading the pack with 9/10 correctly predicted saints is Carolyn McLellan! Following close behind with 8/10 are Carol Lee, David Eshleman, and Olive Clair! A smattering of folks follow with 7/10 and then there are others whose brackets have seen better days… Make sure to congratulate your fellow participants with a saintly salute; and a special holy greeting of grace and peace for Carolyn! Stay tuned for more madness in the coming weeks! 

Stations of the Cross in Lent 
Join us for Noonday prayer and Stations of the Cross in the side chapel at 12:00pm every Wednesday in Lent.   Screening of the Film Varanasi, India: “Beyond”

Sunday, March 31st at 6 pm
All Saints’ Parish Hall
All are welcome!
The following is a description of this beautiful film from Cale Glendening’s website:Almost every major religion breeds ascetics; wandering monks who have renounced all earthly possessions, dedicating their lives to the pursuit of spiritual liberation.Their reality is dictated only by the mind, not material objects. Even death is not a fearsome concept, but a passing from the world of illusion.
“BEYOND” is an exclusive documentary featuring photographer Joey L. Set in Varanasi, India. The documentary by filmmaker Cale Glendening follows Joey and his assistant Ryan as they complete their latest photo series- “Holy Men.”

Youth Summer Mission Trip 
All youth in the Diocese of Arkansas are invited to attend the diocesan youth summer mission trip to Palm Beach Gardens, FL to work with the Episcopal mission group Hearts of Palm from June 22- 29. While there, the youth will work with a variety of nonprofit organizations in the north Palm Beach county area. For more information about the Hearts of Palm and a list of their nonprofit organizations, please visit the website.The total cost is $400 and partial scholarships are available through the diocese. 32 community service hours are available for those who attend. Marvin McLennon and Ashley Haggard, Youth Ministers from Christ Church and St. Mark’s in Little Rock, are leading the trip. If interested, email RevMichaeleneMiller@gmail.com by March 27th. 


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@TheTable Grant Received
@TheTable, All Saints’ College Student and Young Adult ministry, is excited to announce that they received a Young Adult and Campus Ministry Grant from the Episcopal Church to aid the development of this new program! If you are interested in supporting this growing ministry by serving on a consulting team, please contact RevMichaeleneMiller@gmail.com.
Resolution from Diocesan Convention
To share what was passed at Diocesan Convention, one resolution will be posted each week. 

Resolution for Support of the Immigrant and Refugee
Be it Resolved, That the 147th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas encourage the parishes, parishioners, and organizations of the diocese, to engage in dialogue with and to extend hospitality to the immigrant community among us; and be it further Resolved, That the 147th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Arkansas support immigration laws, policies, and practices at national, state, and local levels that affirm the dignity of every human being and do “not wrong or oppress a resident alien” (Exodus 22:21); and be it further Resolved, That the 147th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Arkansas affirm congregations that become places of welcome, refuge, and healing; that offer other forms of material and pastoral support for those targeted for deportation due to immigration status or some perceived status of difference; and that work alongside friends, families, and neighbors to ensure the dignity and human rights of all people; and be it further Resolved, That congregations in the Diocese of Arkansas are encouraged to partner with Episcopal Migration Ministries and other ministries and organizations that support immigrants and refugees, especially at the local level, to become part of the Episcopal Public Policy Network, to take part in the ministry of public policy advocacy, and to share their experiences and successes so that they might be communicated throughout the diocese.
Submitted by the Rev. Sara Milford.
Recruiting New Gardeners for The Edible Churchyard

Garden
Thinking about launching a garden in “The EC” this spring? We welcome new gardeners! Guidelines and applications along with a history of our community garden can be found on the information table in Shoemaker Hall. Cost for the year is $25 for a water fee. We have tools to borrow and share. Also, a few “gardenships” are available. Email Suzanne Alford or call 479-970-8058 to arrange for a garden tour. An advising committee is in the works, so if you like to get your exercise outdoors and/or if you have garden experience to share, we need you!

Old Hymn Sing
Every third Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm, there will be an old hymn sing before the 6:30pm Eucharist. Please join and sing joyfully!

Taize Singer Needed
On the fourth Wednesday of the month, All Saints’ has an evening Eucharist with music in the Taizé style. An article written by one of the Taizé brothers describes the Taizé style of singing: “Short songs, repeated again and again, give it a meditative character. Using just a few words they express a basic reality of faith, quickly grasped by the mind. As the words are sung over many times, this reality gradually penetrates the whole being. Meditative singing thus becomes a way of listening to God.” In order to continue this service, we are in need of a musician to offer their voice to help lead singing during this service. If interested, contact RevMichaeleneMiller@gmail.com before the 18th of March.

Give Yourself the Gift of a 5-Day Centering Prayer Retreat
Subiaco Retreat Center April 3- 7, 2019 Nick Cole, who has been serving retreats in Colorado and Arkansas since 1993 is the facilitator. There will be teachings on “The Human Condition” (Thomas Keating) as well as deep silence. A regular prayer practice is suggested before this retreat. Cost is $350.00/$250.00 for private/shared room and all meals. To register call Susan at: 479-934-4411. For more information contact Nick Cole at 970-275-1170.

Pastoral Care Program
Needs Tangible Care Providers

The new Pastoral Care Program has a need for participants who can help provide Tangible Care for our members. In the last month, we have had three opportunities to help members of the church by providing them with a meal to help them in their time of need associated with a grief or an illness. Perhaps you are not a cook but would like to participate in this program, then you can also participate by supplying a gift card for a meal. If you feel a calling to be on the roster to help, please contact the leader of the Tangible Care Program, Sue Hastings-Bishop, or the Pastoral Care Program Coordinator, KaDee McCormick.

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:
Exploring and Expanding our Friendship with God

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 continue to explore Richard Rohr’s teachings on the Cosmic Christ, followed by silent prayer. Please come. All are welcome.

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.

Neighbors Table
Join us on Sat. March 30, 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 shastingsbishop@gmail.com or by phone 231-349-3671. 

March 30 Carolyn McLellan (AS Lead) with New Prospect Church (Full Volunteers). Menu: Beans w/ ham, corn bread, coleslaw. Dessert: TBA
April 6 Catherine Crews or Suzanne Alford Hodges (AS Lead) Community Improvement Project with Crystal and Leah (Full Volunteers). Menu: Turkey with vegetables, bread. Dessert: Peach Crisp

April 13 Carol Lee (AS Lead) with Rikki, Jasper and Paul Duffee (dishwasher) Tony Lee, and one more volunteer. Menu: Beef Goulash, Hot vegetable, bread. Dessert: Cake with fruit.

April 20 Melissa Simpson (AS Lead) with Tony Lee, Tracy and Eva Cole, Loretta and family (Wen, Leigh, Guy) will need one more to help with dishwashing. Easter Dinner Menu: Ham, potatoes, hot vegetable, bread and for Dessert: Ice Cream and Cookies.

April 27 Sue Hastings-Bishop (AS Lead) Rikki, Paul and Jasper Duffee, Karla Powell, will need two more volunteers. Menu: TBA

Remember In Your Prayers
Weekly Prayers:
Robert Woods, Jim and Marilyn Tischhauser, Matthew Hlass, Don Price, Jeni Green, Kristin Reed, Sheila McDonald, Julie Hodges and family.

Long Term Prayers:
Sandy Britt, Gib Bewley, Tom Munson, Caleb Judd, William Gillum, Lillian Tweed, Aaron Tackett, Mike Miller, 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, Henry Wilkinson, Susan Shelton, Maxima Vargas, Don Hudson, Pam Van Horn.

Readings For Sunday, March 17, 2019
Old Testament
Exodus 3:1-15

Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lordsaw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.”

But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I am has sent me to you.'” God also said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you’:

This is my name forever,
and this my title for all generations.”

Psalm 63:1-81 
O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; *
my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you,
as in a barren and dry land where there is no water.2 Therefore I have gazed upon you in your holy place, *
that I might behold your power and your glory.3 For your loving-kindness is better than life itself; *
my lips shall give you praise.4 So will I bless you as long as I live *
and lift up my hands in your Name.5 My soul is content, as with marrow and fatness, *
and my mouth praises you with joyful lips,6 When I remember you upon my bed, *
and meditate on you in the night watches.7 For you have been my helper, *
and under the shadow of your wings I will rejoice.8 My soul clings to you; *
your right hand holds me fast.

The Epistle
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them, and they were struck down in the wilderness.

Now these things occurred as examples for us, so that we might not desire evil as they did. Do not become idolaters as some of them did; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and they rose up to play.” We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by serpents. And do not complain as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come. So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall. No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.

The Gospel
Luke 13:1-9
At that very time there were some present who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them–do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'”

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