All Saints’ Newsletter May 19, 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.
Clarksville Eucharist, May 19, 2019

All Saints’ will be celebrating Eucharist this Sunday, March 19, in Clarksville as well as Russellville. The Clarksville Eucharist will take place at 2:00pm in the home of Guester Mya, located at 105 S. Cline Road. All are welcome.
Shining Our Light

Coming in 2019 – Year-Round Stewardship! This year’s theme is Shining Our Light, and you will be hearing more about this in the coming weeks. Our emphasis will include using our Time, Talent and Treasure for God’s work at All Saints’.
Inquirer Classes, May 21st 

Are you new to the Episcopal Church or just wanting to learn more about it? Join us for our next Inquirer Class on Tuesday, May 21st, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. We will discuss the worship and practices of the Episcopal Church. All are welcome! A light meal will be served.
Speakers of Multiple Languages for Pentecost

Needed: Speakers of Multiple Languages for PentecostIf you speak a language other than English (and I use the word “speak” loosely here) and would like to participate in the Pentecost reading at either of the services on Pentecost, June 9th, please email Teri at revteridaily@gmail.com. Thanks!


VBS Volunteers

All Saints’ Episcopal Church is again partnering with Central Presbyterian Church for Vacation Bible School. This summer, VBS will be hosted at CPC and it will be a one day event on Saturday, June 22nd from 9:00am to 3:00pm. The 2019 theme reflects the storybook, “Who is My Neighbor?” and the gospel story of the Good Samaritan. Volunteers are needed in many capacities, such as setting up, registration, chaperoning and shuffling groups from activity to activity, support in the kitchen during meal preparation, and cleaning up. Whatever your gift, we have a role for you! Contact RevMichaeleneMiller@gmail.com to express interest!
Edible Churchyard Revival

Are you “called” to The Edible Churchyard’s Revival?Yes, or maybe, yes? We’d like your help in renewing and restoring our community garden vision for this parcel of church property.Here’s our “to do” list.Grow fresh food for Neighbors Table?Refurbish picnic tables?Improve our composting system?Install a newly donated garden shed bulletin board?Invite a Master Gardener to offer a Pop-Up Class for first time gardeners?Design accessible friendly garden plots?Help bring back our Middle School neighbors to garden with us?Find grant funds?Maintain books and magazines for the EC library?Plan a Garden Blessing Event?GARDEN WITH US?Contact Suzanne @ 479-970-8058 alfordhodges@gmail.com Church-wide Cleanup Day- 9-12 Saturday May 18


VBS Cereal Drive

To support the “Who is My Neighbor?” Vacation Bible School on June 22nd, All Saints’ has been asked to collect shelf stable milk and boxes of low-sugar cereal, like Honey-Nut Cheerios, Brown Sugar Oat Squares, and Special K with Strawberries. All children in attendance will receive breakfast immediately following registration. A collection box will be labeled and located in the Narthex (by the big red doors). Thank you for supporting this ministry!
@TheTable Grant Recipient and Intern Hire

This past year, All Saints’ has offered a ministry for both college students and young adults in and around Russellville. Under the guidance of Rev. Michaelene, @TheTable met on the first and third Sunday evenings each month this past program year and it offered a space to explore big and basic questions of faith, such as Who is Jesus? Does God Answer Prayer?, Why Do Bad Things Happen? Earlier this year, in an effort to better financially support this ministry All Saints’ was awarded a $4,800 Young Adult and Campus Ministry Grant from the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of The Episcopal Church. This grant will support future @TheTable programs and a portion of this grant will be used to hire Brent James as the @TheTable Intern. Brent is a graduating senior from Arkansas Tech University and a talented member of the All Saints’ choir. Some grant funds, along with additional financial support from the Diocese of Arkansas, will enable Brent to travel with Rev. Michaelene to Boston, MA in June to attend Uncharted: The Young Adult and Campus Ministry Conference of The Episcopal Church and The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This is a great opportunity for both Brent and the entire All Saints’ community. 

Saying Goodbye to 
Kimby, Gabe, and Owen Tackett


Kimby Tackett and Jos Tharakan are engaged, and a wedding date has been set for June 15, 2019. This means that Kimby, Gabe, and Owen will be moving to Springfield, Missouri this summer. Kimby’s last day of work in the church office will be May 23rd. While we will miss Kimby, Gabe, and Owen very much, we wish them much happiness as they embark on this next chapter in their life!
Change in Office Positions
Several parishioners have asked what will happen to Kimby’s position when she, Gabe, and Owen move to Springfield. I am pleased to let you know that Sherrie Cotton has offered to do this work in the coming months as a volunteer. Sherrie has been working in the office for quite some time and is familiar with office practices. She will do a great job, and we are so grateful for her devotion to All Saints’!.


Blue and You Mini-Grant

All Saints’ was recently named as a recipient of a $1,000 mini-grant from the Blue and You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas. This grant will be used to purchase and install an AED Machine in the building. 


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. 
Neighbors Table 
Join us on Sat. May 25 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. May 25 Carol Lee (AS Lead) Tony Lee, Ricki and Jasper Duffee, Whitney and Spencer Ivey and one more helper for dishes. Memorial Day Picnic Menu: Hot Dogs (rolls), Baked Beans, Coleslaw. Dessert: frozen dessertsJune 1 Sue Hastings-Bishop (AS Lead) need 4 volunteers, Tori Lawrence. Menu: Entrée TBA, Salad, bread. Dessert: Chocolate Chip Brownies.June 8 Sue Hastings-Bishop (AS Lead) Ricki and Jasper Duffee, Karla Powell.June 15 Melissa Simpson (AS Lead) with Central Presbytery Church (FULL). Menu TBA.June 22 Catherine Crews and Suzanne Alford Hodges (AS Lead) with Community Involvement Project (Crystal Ruiz and Leah) (Full) Menu: TBAJune 29 4th of July meal Carolyn McLellan (AS Lead) and 2 more volunteers, Karla Powell and Ricki Duffee (will make dessert on FRI). Menu: TBA

 
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.
Remember In Your PrayersWeekly Prayers:Robert Woods, Jim and Marilyn Tischhauser, Don Price, Jeni Green, Sheila McDonald, Pam Van Horn, Charlie Bradford, Kathy Booth, Debra West, Susan Powell, Tony Pusey, Tony Lee, The Stoltz Family, Jack and Carol Lee.

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, Donna Van Horn, Rudy Jr., Israel, Bernice Delabra and Family, Espinosa Family, Pam Lundquist, Henry Wilkinson, Susan Shelton, Maxima Vargas, Don Hudson, Joy Anderson.
Readings For The Fifth Sunday of Easter
Old Testament: Acts 11: 1-18
Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, saying, “Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?” Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me. As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. I also heard a voice saying to me, `Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’ But I replied, `By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ But a second time the voice answered from heaven, `What God has made clean, you must not call profane.’ This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven. At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were. The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, `Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter; he will give you a message by which you and your entire household will be saved.’ And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, `John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?” When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, “Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.”


Psalm 148
1 Hallelujah!
Praise the Lord from the heavens; *
praise him in the heights.2 Praise him, all you angels of his; *
praise him, all his host.3 Praise him, sun and moon; *
praise him, all you shining stars.4 Praise him, heaven of heavens, *
and you waters above the heavens.5 Let them praise the Name of the Lord; *
for he commanded, and they were created.6 He made them stand fast for ever and ever; *
he gave them a law which shall not pass away.7 Praise the Lord from the earth, *
you sea-monsters and all deeps;8 Fire and hail, snow and fog, *
tempestuous wind, doing his will;9 Mountains and all hills, *
fruit trees and all cedars;10 Wild beasts and all cattle, *
creeping things and winged birds;11 Kings of the earth and all peoples, *
princes and all rulers of the world;12 Young men and maidens, *
old and young together.13 Let them praise the Name of the Lord, *
for his Name only is exalted,
his splendor is over earth and heaven.14 He has raised up strength for his people
and praise for all his loyal servants, *
the children of Israel, a people who are near him.
Hallelujah!

The Epistle: Revelation 21:1-6
I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,”See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them as their God;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.”And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.”


The Gospel: John 13:31-35
At the last supper, when Judas had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”