All Saints’ Episcopal Church Newsletter
April 7, 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
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.
All Saints’ young adult and college ministry group is meeting this Sunday, April 7th from 6:00pm-7:30pm at The Garage Arcade in downtown Russellville. Please join for a cup of coffee and conversation pondering the age-old question, “Where is God in the midst of pain and suffering?”
Transforming the Easter Egg Hunt
This year, All Saints’ is adding some formational flourishes to the annual Easter Egg hunt. Like at many churches, attendance increases on Easter and we have many folks who join us for the first time, especially children. In order to provide some Christian formation opportunities, there will be a short children’s lesson in the K-5th grade classroom around 10:00am, after children finish eating brunch. After the 10:30am worship service, all children are invited to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt. This year, as children empty their eggs, they will find both candy and “Saintly Shekels” — play money in several denominations. As children collect their Saintly Shekels, they are invited to drop it into three jars representing local non-profit charities that help children. The play money will later be replaced with real money and donated to those charities. The child will get a piece of candy for each Saintly Shekel donated. The donation jars will be located on the stage in Sutherland, where the children can also pick up their stuffed Easter bunny. Help us spread the word and invite others to partake in this formational experience that communicates Jesus’ message about caring for our neighbors.
Easter Bunny Candy!
The annual Easter Egg Hunt for the children of All Saints’ happens right after the 10:30am 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 Wednesday, April 10 so that the EYC can help stuff the eggs during youth group that night at 5pm.SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society is accepting applications for the 2019 session of SUMMA Debate Camp
SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society is inviting high school students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2019 to apply for SUMMA Debate Camp, held July 16-24 at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. SUMMA Camp is a unique opportunity for students to explore their faith through intellectual channels, meet lifelong friends, and have a lot of fun on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country! At SUMMA Camp, students of all faiths learn valuable skills for debate, public speaking, and theological reflection. No previous debate experience or formal theological study is necessary. Campers have a true collegiate experience, but camp is not all work! There is plenty of time left over to swim, play sports, watch movies, go bowling, and have lots of great, summer fun! At the beginning of camp, a resolution is introduced, and each student argues both sides of the issue. “Churches should be gun free zones,””In Christ there is hope for Cruella de Vil,””Christians, Muslims, and Jews all worship the same God,””Euthanasia is morally justified,””Christian marriage is a solemn and public covenant between a man and a woman in the presence of God,” At the end of camp, the SUMMA prize is awarded to the student who best exemplifies the spirit of SUMMA camp: speaking the truth in love. The SUMMA prize includes a $1,000 scholarship. For all students, the cost of SUMMA is partially defrayed through donations, grants, and an endowment. The cost to parents is $750, which includes room, all meals, and all materials. A limited number of scholarships are available for students with demonstrated financial need. For more information and to apply, visit summa.sewanee.edu, or contact recruitment specialist Walker Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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)
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 Update
The showdowns of Lent Madness continue! The Saintly 16 of 2019 have been locked in by popular vote and we are now halfway through the round of the Elate 8. As for our All Saints’ competitors, Carolyn McLellan continues to lead the pack! Her bracket is closely followed by Rev. Michaelene Miller, Nancy Smith, and Carol Lee with several more right on the cusp of glory! Stay turned for more madness in the coming weeks!
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!
Learn Karen Greetings
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.
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. 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!
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.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. We have decided to read together Richard Rohr’s new book The Universal Christ. We will begin our meeting with 20 minutes of silent prayer, and then discuss Chapter 2, “Accepting That You Are Fully Accepted.” Please come even if you have not yet read this. 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 13, 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.
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, Bruce Moore, Adam and Ryan Meyer, The Cotton 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, 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, April 7, 2019
The First Reading Isaiah 43:16-21 Thus says the Lord,who makes a way in the sea,a path in the mighty waters, who brings out chariot and horse,army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise,they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: Do not remember the former things,or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing;now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wildernessand rivers in the desert. The wild animals will honour me,the jackals and the ostriches; for I give water in the wilderness,rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people,the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise. Psalm 126 1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, *then were we like those who dream. 2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, *and our tongue with shouts of joy. 3 Then they said among the nations, *”The Lord has done great things for them.” 4 The Lord has done great things for us, *and we are glad indeed. 5 Restore our fortunes, O Lord, *like the watercourses of the Negev. 6 Those who sowed with tears *will reap with songs of joy. 7 Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, *will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.
The Second Reading Philippians 3:4b-14
If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.
The Gospel John 12:1-8
Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”