All Saints' Episcopal Church

All Saints’ Episcopal Church March 31, 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.
A Letter from Our Senior Warden

Dear All Saints Brothers and Sisters, On behalf of the Vestry, it is my honor to let you all know that we have called Rev. Teri Daily to be the Rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church.   Our congregation and community have been so blessed by Teri since her return to All Saints, and I cannot imagine a more loving, passionate servant leader at the helm of our church. We have sent our unanimous decision to the Bishop, and we are awaiting his final approval. All Saints’, let us join together and rejoice in this time for our church.   Respectfully,Sheila R. Jacobs, Senior Warden
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. 
  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.”
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. 
Recruiting New Gardeners for The Edible Churchyard

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!
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.

God commanded that this story, the Hagadah, be kept alive: “And you shall tell your child on that day, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt'” (Exodus 13:8)

All Saints’ Episcopal Church will host their annual Passover Seder Supper on Palm Sunday, April 14, at 5:00 P. M. The supper is an opportunity to better understand the background of Christian communion services and presents the story and symbols of the Hebrew people as they remember their escape from Egypt and prepare for the return of the Prophet Elijah. The celebration will include a traditional menu, scripture and songs of praise. Sign-up sheets to attend the dinner are on the bulletin boards in Shoemaker Hall; please sign-up with the number in your party.   In order to complete food orders, we need to receive your reservation by Sunday, April 7. Volunteers are needed to bring a vegetable or a dessert (recipes provided) and to help with setup and serving; sign-up sheets for these tasks will also be posted. Although the Seder Supper is free to all, please note that the cost of this special meal averages about $12.00 per person. Donations to help cover the expenses of the event will be gladly accepted. For more information, contact Sherrie Cotton or call the church at 968-3622.

Easter Bunny Candy!

The annual Easter Egg Hunt for the children of All Saints’ happens right after the 10:30 Easter Service. It is a grand event involving lots of candy-filled eggs, stuffed bunnies to take home, and prizes for all. Each plastic egg holds treats that are provided by the grown-up Parishioners, who supply small, individually wrapped candies for the eggs. You can bring your candy donation to the church office any time before Palm Sunday on April 21.
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. 
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. 
@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.  Find us on Facebook.
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 ProgramNeeds 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. April 6, 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.

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 PrayersWeekly Prayers:
Robert Woods, Jim and Marilyn Tischhauser, Matthew Hlass, Don Price, Jeni Green, Kristin Reed, Sheila McDonald, Julie Hodges and family, Bruce Moore, Adam and Ryan Meyer.

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 24, 2019
Old TestamentJoshua 5:9-12The Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away from you the disgrace of Egypt.” And so that place is called Gilgal to this day.

While the Israelites were camped in Gilgal they kept the passover in the evening on the fourteenth day of the month in the plains of Jericho. On the day after the passover, on that very day, they ate the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. The manna ceased on the day they ate the produce of the land, and the Israelites no longer had manna; they ate the crops of the land of Canaan that year.

The Response
Psalm 321 

Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven, *
and whose sin is put away!2 Happy are they to whom the Lord imputes no guilt, *
and in whose spirit there is no guile!3 While I held my tongue, my bones withered away, *
because of my groaning all day long.4 For your hand was heavy upon me day and night; *
my moisture was dried up as in the heat of summer.5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you, *
and did not conceal my guilt.6 I said,” I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” *
Then you forgave me the guilt of my sin.7 Therefore all the faithful will make their prayers to you in time of trouble; *
when the great waters overflow, they shall not reach them.8 You are my hiding-place;
you preserve me from trouble; *
you surround me with shouts of deliverance.9 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go; *
I will guide you with my eye.10 Do not be like horse or mule, which have no understanding; *
who must be fitted with bit and bridle,
or else they will not stay near you.”11 Great are the tribulations of the wicked; *
but mercy embraces those who trust in the Lord.12 Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the Lord; *
shout for joy, all who are true of heart.

The Epistle
2 Corinthians 5:16-21

From now on, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

The Gospel
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

All the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to Jesus. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
So Jesus told them this parable:”There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.”‘ So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe–the best one–and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate.
“Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. He replied, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.’ Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. But he answered his father, ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!’ Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.'”
All Saints’ Episcopal Church March 31, 2019
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