|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.|
|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.
One final post. Congratulations are due to Carolyn McLellan for winning the All Saints’ Golden Halo! Out of all the brackets, she was the only one to select Martha of Bethany as the winner of the Golden Halo. “I had a good feeling about her,” Carolyn shared. It must have been a feeling of victory and a long-overdue “thank you” to all the Marthas in our lives.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Episcopal Youth Community by buying a bracket and participating in this joyfully mad and fun Lenten discipline! Until next time, saints!
|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 is 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.
|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, 479-264-0336
|Last 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.
|Graduation and Youth Sunday|
Graduate and Youth Sunday will be celebrated on May 5th at the 10:30am worship service. This is a time to rejoice in the presence of youth in our faith community and celebrate them as important members of both the present and future of the church. Youth will serve during worship in different capacities and all graduates (high school, college, and EfM) will be recognized. Please let the office know if you have a graduate in your family.
|Neighbor’s Table Volunteer Planning Session May 5th 11:45-12:45 pm. |
Neighbor’s Table will have a planning session Sun. May 5 at 11:45 AM-12:45 PM to discuss summer meal menu needs from June 15-August 17. Catherine and Sue will be making a food purchase on May 9 and need to make sure inventory is available for this time period. At the meeting we will also discuss coverage for this time frame. If you have questions or cannot make the meeting and have some ideas for meals please pass them along to Sue Hastings-Bishop by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Clean Up Day|
There will be a Parish Clean Up Day on Saturday, May 18th from 9:00am-12:00pm. All are invited and encouraged to help! It takes a village to care for our physical facilities and land. Show up or volunteer ahead of time with the All Saints’ Junior Warden, Melissa Simpson at email@example.com. All are welcome to stay and have lunch at Neighbors Table.
|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.
|Old Hymn Sing Starting In May|
Every third Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm, there will be an old hymn sing before the 6:30pm Eucharist. 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. May 4 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 231-349-3671. May 4 Catherine Crews (AS Lead) with the Community Involvement Project and Crystal Ruiz (Full). Menu: Chicken and Rice, Green Beans, Salad, Bread. Dessert: Fruit topping on cake. 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, Zach Wojtek, Pam Van Horn, Charlie Bradford, Kathy Booth, Randy Keech, Katie Owen, Spencer Ivey, the Hodge family, Debra West, Susan Powell, the victims of violence in Sri Lanka.
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 The Second Sunday of Easter|
Old Testament: Acts 5:27-32
When the temple police had brought the apostles, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, saying, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to bring this man’s blood on us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than any human authority. The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”
Praise God in his holy temple; *
praise him in the firmament of his power.2 Praise him for his mighty acts; *
praise him for his excellent greatness.3 Praise him with the blast of the ram’s-horn; *
praise him with lyre and harp.4 Praise him with timbrel and dance; *
praise him with strings and pipe.5 Praise him with resounding cymbals; *
praise him with loud-clanging cymbals.6 Let everything that has breath *
praise the Lord. Hallelujah!
The Epistle: Revelation 1:4-8
John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.
The Gospel: John 20: 19-31
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.