All Saints' Episcopal Church

Newsletter April 14, 2019

All Saints’ Episcopal Church

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.

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.

Practicing Prayer: Exploring and Expanding our Friendship with God
 Practicing Prayer is a gathering for those interested in deepening their friendship with God. We will not meet on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday. Our next meeting will be April 28 at 4:30 to 5:30 in the Youth Room. We will pray in silence for 20 minutes and then continue our discussion of Richard Rohr’s new book The Universal Christ, with Chapter 3, “Revealed in Us As Us.” Please come even if you have not yet read this. All are welcome.
Flowering of the Easter Cross

On Easter Sunday, April 21st, we invite you to be part of the “Flowering of the Easter Cross,” an ancient and meaningful tradition where the barren cross, a symbol of death and hopelessness, is transformed into an Easter symbol of new life and resurrection. As you prepare for Easter worship, pick fresh flowers from your garden or yard and bring them with you to the church. Some flowers will be available at church. At 10:15 am, the children and others wishing to participate will be invited to bring their flowers forward to decorate the cross. Together, we can transform the cross and help make this Easter a celebration of new life.

Bring Bells to the Easter Vigil
On Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil service as we sing the Gloria, all are invited to raise a loud shout, ring bells, and shake their keys to make a joyful noise! With this praise we announce the arrival of Easter! Please bring bells from home. Some will be available at the church.

Transforming the Easter Egg Hunt
All Saints’ is adding some formational flourishes to the annual Easter Egg Hunt this year. 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. Children are invited to drop their Saintly Shekels into three jars representing local non-profit charities that help children: CASA, Equestrian Zone, and River Valley Food 4 Kids. 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.

Lent Madness Bracket Update
The round of the Elate 8 is complete and we have come to the point in our Lent Madness journey when a few glorious brackets begin to pull ahead of some others! Yet again, Carolyn McLellan continues to lead the pack! Bless her and keep her! Her bracket is closely followed by the Rev. Michaelene Miller and Nancy Smith but George McLellan and Julie Hodges have predicted their way into the top 5 brackets this week! Only a few more fateful showdowns until the 2019 Golden Halo is awarded to both the most deserving Saint (as voted upon by YOU) and to the lucky saint from our very midst who made the most accurate bracket predictions! If you are following along at home, please know that God loves us all, regardless of the success of our Lent Madness predictions. May we all find great solace in that.

Graduation Sunday
We will be recognizing our graduates on Sunday, May 5th at the 10:30 am service. Please contact the office, 479-968-3622 or by email, if you or someone you love is graduating.

Nursery Workers Needed
All Saints’ is looking for two people to fill in part time in the nursery on Sundays 9am-Noon and for special events throughout the year. The position pay rate is $10. per hour. Please contact Kimby in the office 479-968-3622 to apply.

More Than Yoga Retreat
May 17th-19th at the House of Blessing Retreat Center in Eureka Springs Arkansas. EARLY BIRD PRICE till EASTER! $250 for room and meals + 11 yoga classes and 2 informational sessions, May 17-19. Register on Facebook or Go to:
Click Here for more information.
Classes for all levels…something for everyone:

Yin yogaSunrise salutationsAshtanga Primary SeriesBlindfold yogaIntro to AyurvedaRight brain/Left brain Integration to yogaCreative flowYoga & ChillSilent yogaYoga/SomaticsYoga NidraEssential oil
Episcopal Trails and Travelers Last Adventure

Join the All Saints’ Trails and Travelers for their last trip of the church year on Saturday, May 4th for a day hiking the trails at Pedestal Rocks and Kings Bluff (just over 4 miles of trails). We will depart from All Saints’ Church in a carpool at 9am. Travel time is about an hour, one way. Bring sturdy walking shoes, water, trail snacks, bug spray, sun screen, and a sense of adventure! For questions, email

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. 

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. Past topics have included:”Churches should be gun free zones,””In Christ there is hope for Cruella de Vil,””Christians, Muslims, and Jews all worship the same 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, or email recruitment specialist Walker Adams

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!

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. for our 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 or by phone 231-349-3671. 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, green beans 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: Breaded Chicken, Hot vegetable, salad, biscuits. Dessert: cake with whip cream.May 4 Catherine Crews (AS Lead) with the Community Involvement Project and Crystal Ruiz (Full). Menu: TBA.May 11 AS Lead needed, with Karen Family members from All Saints. (Full) Menu: Karen Specialties.May 18 Sue Hastings-Bishop (AS Lead) with Central Presbyterian Church (Full) Menu Baked Chicken, pasta salad with vegetables, bread. Dessert: CPC choice.May 25 Carol Lee (AS Lead) need volunteers Memorial Day Picnic Menu: Hot Dogs (rolls), Baked Beans, Coleslaw. Dessert: frozen desserts
Remember In Your Prayers

Weekly Prayers:Robert Woods, Jim and Marilyn Tischhauser, Matthew Hlass, Don Price, Jeni Green, Kristin Reed, Sheila McDonald, Bruce Moore, George McLellan, Steve Franks, Zach Wojtek, Pam Van Horn, Charlie Bradford, The Cochran 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.
Newsletter April 14, 2019
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