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.The Church Office will be Closed Monday, April 22nd. A Note from Rev. Teri
Dear All Saints’ Church Family, This Sunday we will begin the slow, reverent march of time through Holy Week. It is the most holy of weeks in the life of the Church. I am always struck by the profound range of emotions that Holy Week embraces. We see the tenderness of relationships on Maundy Thursday. Just before Jesus’ arrest, he washes the feet of the disciples in John and celebrates the Last Supper in the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) — both of these signs of the relationship between Jesus and his friends that will live on beyond the grave through the disciples’ life with one another, both of these signs of service. On Good Friday, we gaze at Jesus hanging on the cross, gathering up in himself all of the world’s sin, pain, and suffering. On Holy Saturday, we find the silence of a world that — even when death seems to have the final say — lies in wait for its salvation. At the Easter Vigil, an ancient liturgical celebration, we celebrate Jesus’ passing from death to life, and the darkness of night is illumined by the Paschal (or Easter) candle. And then on Sunday morning, as the light of a new day pours into our life, we hear the glorious announcement of the resurrection and find in Christ the gift of new life. In our busy lives, evening services are often hard to make. There is so much that calls to us — much of which is necessary, important, and worthy. But this walk to the cross and beyond isn’t just about something that happened two thousand years ago. Holy Week is so powerful because it is a framework in which we can place (and make sense of) the wide range of experiences and emotions in our own lives — the relationships with those we love and those with whom we live in community; the pain, fear, suffering, grief, loss, and disappointments we experience; the waiting when hope seems all but completely lost; and finally the celebrations of new life that arise in the midst of all the messiness and pain of our lives, the million second chances that seem to come our way. It’s as if on this week Christ gathers up the entirety of our lives, holds and lovingly absorbs them, and then hands them back to us redeemed and made new. The story of Holy Week is not just the story of Jesus’ life; it is the story of our lives as well. Following Holy Week, we will spend fifty days celebrating the newness of life we have received at Easter. It’s a joyous time in the life of the Church, and there will be signs of this in our worship together. Our vestments and hangings will be white or gold, there will be no corporate confession at Eucharist, and Alleluias will abound. Some parishes even follow the tradition of not kneeling during the Easter season (although each person at All Saints’ is welcome to follow their own sense of piety in this). But all this festivity is not meant to be ours alone. As we celebrate the resurrection in our own community, may the newness of life we have experienced spill over and out into the world around us. May we remain mindful of those outside our doors who long to hear the Good News of the Gospel — that in the midst of darkness and death, the light of new life shines. May we see and speak and bring into being alleluias all around us. And may God’s grace make this, and so much more, possible in our world today. Yours in Christ,Teri
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.
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.
Final Way of Love Gathering
When: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 5:15 pm Where: All Saints’ Parish HallFor our final Way of Love (our Lenten series) gathering, we will celebrate Eucharist around tables in the parish hall, as well as share a celebratory potluck meal. Bring a dish and join us! The 6:30 pm service in the side chapel of the church will be Evening Prayer that night.
Lent Madness Bracket Update
The results are in! The 2019 Golden Halo goes to Martha of Bethany! From the Lent Madness team: “As her medieval biographer, Psuedo Marsalia wrote, “Martha chose to perform her own ministry and it pleased God greatly.” …Perhaps it was Martha’s courage to follow her own true vocation to action and service that allowed her to perform miracles similar to Jesus-water to wine and resurrecting a child. Perhaps it made her a figure with the strength to tame dragons, honored to this day as Santa Marta Dominadora, the dominator, helper of the oppressed, the most Christlike calling. Regardless of whether we are inclined to action or contemplation by our temperament and vocation, the hectic pace of modern life demands all of us be doers. We must all look to Martha’s example for guidance. Grounded in love for Jesus, we can serve and lift up others. Since Martha’s lifetime, many have followed in her footsteps as busy worker bees building up the kingdom of God. But Martha was the first, our Biblical example of a holy, active life, and for this reason, she deserves the Golden Halo.”
And for our own Lent Madness participants, come to the Easter Brunch on Sunday at 9:15am to hear who will be named as the first ever All Saints’ Golden Halo Winner! There will be a special presentation of our own “Golden Halo” award.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Episcopal Youth Community by buying a bracket and participating in this joyfully mad and fun Lenten discipline!
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. Screening of the Film “The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm” on Sunday, April 28 at 6 pm
In this HBO documentary by Amy Schatz, we watch as ten-year-old Elliott asks his ninety-year-old grandfather Jack about the number tattooed on his arm. What follows is “an intimate conversation about Jack’s life that spans happy memories of childhood in Poland, the loss of his family, surviving Auschwitz and finding a new life in America” (HBO website).
Dr. Carl Schoenberger will speak with us about Judaism, the Holocaust, and the Nazi propaganda that set the stage for the genocide of six million Jews in Europe.
There will be plenty of popcorn as well.
First Thursday Book Talks at All Saints’
Each month, readers gather in the Faith and Reason Classroom/Library to discuss a book by or about marginalized persons. In May, our book is Rez Life by David Treuer, a member of the Leech Lake Band of the Ojibwe. We will meet May 2 from 12-1. For more information, please see our Facebook page, First Thursday Book Talks at All Saints’, or contact Elizabeth Franks, 479-264-0336Last Episcopal Trails and Travelers 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 RevMichaeleneMiller@gmail.com.
We will be recognizing our graduates on Sunday, May 5th at the 10:30am service. Please contact the office, 479-968-3622 or by email, if you or someone you love is graduating.
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: http://paypal.me/MayYogaRetreat19
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Classes for all levels…something for everyone:
Yin yoga Ashtanga Primary Series Sunrise salutations Blindfold yoga Intro to Ayurveda Right brain/Left brain Integration to yoga Creative flow Yoga & Chill Silent yoga Yoga/Somatics Yoga Nidra Essential oils
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 summa.sewanee.edu, or email recruitment specialist Walker Adams.
No Hymn Sing During Holy Week
Every third Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm, there will be an old hymn sing before the 6:30pm Eucharist. We will not have the hymn sing next week as we observe Holy Week, but we will be back in May. Please join us then!
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 27 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 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 fruit topping.May 4 Catherine Crews (AS Lead) with the Community Involvement Project and Crystal Ruiz (Full). Menu: TBA. May 11Mary Ellen Patton (AS Lead), 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, Sheila McDonald, Bruce Moore, George McLellan, Steve Franks, Zach Wojtek, Pam Van Horn, Charlie Bradford, The Cochran Family, Kathy Booth.
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.
Readings For Easter Sunday
Old Testament: Isaiah 65: 17-25
I am about to create new heavens
and a new earth;the former things shall not be remembered
or come to mind.But be glad and rejoice forever
in what I am creating;for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy,
and its people as a delight.I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
and delight in my people;no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it,
or the cry of distress.No more shall there be in it
an infant that lives but a few days,
or an old person who does not live out a lifetime;for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth,
and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed.They shall build houses and inhabit them;
they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.They shall not build and another inhabit;
they shall not plant and another eat;for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be,
and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.They shall not labor in vain,
or bear children for calamity;for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord–
and their descendants as well.Before they call I will answer,
while they are yet speaking I will hear.The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
the lion shall eat straw like the ox;
but the serpent– its food shall be dust!They shall not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain, says the Lord.
Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; *
his mercy endures for ever.2 Let Israel now proclaim, *
“His mercy endures for ever.”14 The Lord is my strength and my song, *
and he has become my salvation.15 There is a sound of exultation and victory *
in the tents of the righteous:16 “The right hand of the Lord has triumphed! *
the right hand of the Lord is exalted!
the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!”17 I shall not die, but live, *
and declare the works of the Lord.18 The Lord has punished me sorely, *
but he did not hand me over to death.19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
I will enter them;
I will offer thanks to the Lord.20 “This is the gate of the Lord; *
he who is righteous may enter.”21 I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *
and have become my salvation.22 The same stone which the builders rejected *
has become the chief cornerstone.23 This is the Lord’s doing, *
and it is marvelous in our eyes.24 On this day the Lord has acted; *
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
The Epistle: 1 Corinthians 15: 19-26
If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
The Gospel: Luke 24: 1-12
On the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women who had come with Jesus from Galilee came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.
Weekly Service Times
Sundays: Holy Eucharist 8 & 10:30 amSunday School for All Ages 9:15amKids Connection 10:15 am Wednesdays: Holy Eucharist 6:30 pm
Activities During the Week Sundays:EfM 12:30 pm Practicing Prayer 4:30-5:30 pm@TheTable 6:00 pm (1st and 3rd Sundays) Mondays: AA Meeting 12:00 noon Tuesdays: ACOA Meeting 8:00 amYoga 5:30 pm Wednesdays: Fit Girls 5:30 amBible Study 10:00 am Diabetes Support 11:00 am (2nd Wed.)ACOA Meeting 12:00 noonDaughters of the King 4:30 pm (1st. Wed.)Episcopal Youth Community 5:00 pmOld Hymn Sing 5:45 pm (3rd Wed.)Choir Practice 7:15 pm Thursdays:Vestry 6:00 pm (3rd Thurs.) Fridays: Fit Girls 5:30 amAA Meeting 12:00 noon Saturdays: Neighbors Table 12:00 noonContributions Statements: Please Check
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