Contents for the August 2017 Carillon from All Saints
From the Rector
An update from the ACNA Provincial Assembly
The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) held its Provincial Council and Assembly in Chicago from June 28-30. The gathering was attended by Archbishops and Bishops from around the world and from the ACNA with a total of over 1,400 attendees on the campus of Wheaton College. The theme of the gathering was, “Mission on Our Doorstep” and the Holy Spirit was present while God’s people gathered to worship and be challenged to be on mission. The world is on our doorstep, living in our neighborhoods, attending our universities, etc., and we have an opportunity to embody the Kingdom in our everyday lives and to share the good news of the gospel. God is already at work around us, and we have a privilege to attend to his presence and join him in that work.
I had such a positive experience and learned much at the workshops I attended. I attended the Greenhouse, Always Forward (the ACNA’s initiative to plant gospel centered, missional, and sacramental churches), and International Student workshops. It is my desire to model and teach the things I have learned, and raise up leaders to implement ministry in these exciting ways.
It was a historic moment on the last day as Archbishops and Bishops (GAFCON) from around the world and Bishops in the ACNA ordained Andy Lines as Bishop to return to England to provide oversight for any church in Europe who wants to be under the authority of an Orthodox Bishop. Though it is sad that Anglican provinces have succumb to the cultural impulses and have left the historic teachings that have been passed down from the Apostles, what an opportunity to provide Orthodox leadership to churches in other countries.
The most exciting part of the conference was the 200 youths present. They joined in with the Provincial Meeting, and met for several days afterwards for a mission trip to the intercity of Chicago. With the leadership of Arend Jessurun, Sam Polite and Daniel Collins were able to share in this experience and spend themselves for the sake of the gospel. Well done!
God continues to raise up and call faithful, strong men and women to lead the ACNA. The ACNA is God’s work, and that’s evident through his providential care since its formation in 2009. The ACNA leadership is focused on the mission of planting gospel centered, missional, and sacramental Anglican churches in North America and around the world under the lordship of Jesus Christ. Followers of Jesus must continue to gather as Christians for the sake of friendship and mission. Jesus taught us that when two or more gather together he will be in the midst of them. Being around other Christians creates a brighter light for our neighbors to see as we do “Mission on Our Doorstep.”
Thank you All Saints for being at the forefront of doing “Mission on Our Doorstep” in Long Beach. If you desire to learn more about the ACNA and listen to plenary sessions and various breakouts, go to the ACNA website..
On mission, and loving it!
Youth Swim Nights Resume
Wednesdays August 2, 9, 16
6:30 – 8:30 pm
at the Hall’s home
The Youth of All Saints (6th–12th grades) will gather at the home of the Hall’s (contact John for directions). Youth will eat dinner, share in a short study, and swim. Please bring a towel and wear an appropriate bathing suit. (Please bear in mind that we are a diverse group.)
For more info or to sign up to provide the meal or snacks please contact John Calley at email@example.com.
Art Week Thank You
I want to thank you all for your support of this year’s Art Week. Your prayers, donations, and service are deeply appreciated and needed. This endeavor would not be what it is without your hands-on participation and faithfulness. Together, we are joyfully showing off the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Not only with words, but also functioning as the redeemed, worshiping, and sacrificially giving members of Christ’s Body. So again, let me say thank you to all of you who volunteered during Art Week. Thank you for loving kids, for believing in the vision of Art Week, for sharing the love of Jesus with your time, your smiles, your presence. Thank you for being the Sacrament of Christ’s Body. Thank you for being the Church.
While there are too many volunteers to name them individually here, I would like single out a few people. A thousand thanks to Dan Warren for his leadership in the kitchen and as a mentor to me. He keeps my feet on the ground and helps me remember that I can’t do everything myself. His expert coordination of the volunteers in the kitchen made serving the nightly meals a joy rather than a burden.
I am also grateful to Jane Hull who did the hard work of translating this year’s theme into something that the kids could understand. She did this by telling them stories of Jesus feeding people with his own presence. Her story telling invited the kids to see Jesus as True Food and True Drink. I was blessed by her efforts and was excited to hear kids talking about food in a way that showed they were connecting it to Jesus and the provision of God.
Thank you also to Arend Jessurun. His freedom as an artist is inspiring to me. His craft as a song writer and worship leader are beautifully wedded to his relationship with Jesus and are empowered by the Holy Spirit. I am looking forward to his sharing with all of you the song he wrote for Art Week. It is a beautiful call to join Jesus at the Table; the altar/table we gather around every Sunday, the little tables of our daily lives, and the future table where we will gather at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. I hope he will share it with you soon.
Lastly, let me also thank the artists who helped prepare the art projects for the week. Val Kamikubo, Jessica Greenlee, Roxy Beukema, and Bill Austin all spent many hours carefully planning the projects, collecting materials, refining processes, and creating sample projects. I am grateful for your sacrifice of time and for sharing your love of making beautiful things.
Let me close by asking you to pray with me that God will take all that was given during Art Week and use it to the Glory of Jesus. May the seeds we sowed flourish and bear fruit, the fruit of worshipers who gladly set aside everything in order to join Jesus at his Table.
May the blessings of God be with All Saints,
Summer Luau at Alamitos Belmont Rehab Hospital
Friday, August 25
1:00 pm – 5 people needed to set up
5:00 pm – 6 people to serve dinner
Come be a part of our local missional outreach to the residents of the AB Rehabilitation – set up and serve at their biggest event of the year. It’s an excellent opportunity to bring Christ and his love to our neighbors. Sign up on the kiosk at church, or email Ruth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our music ministry is looking for more vocalists. Each year, the choir takes a break from our regular Thursday night rehearsals and takes the summer off. This offers a unique opportunity to “try on” singing with us with minimal commitment. Come join us anytime this summer for Sunday morning rehearsal at 9:00 am. Sheet music and recordings are emailed to the music team the Tuesday before. Or perhaps you may feel more comfortable singing with us when the choir resumes on the first Thursday of September. Talk to Arend after church, or email him at email@example.com.
July 31 through August 22
Please pray for Fr. Scott and family while they are away on vacation, for rest, refreshment, and safety while traveling.
Worship Services at Alamitos Belmont Rehabilitation Hospital
Sunday, August 6, 20, 27
3901 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90814
in the Dining Hall
All Saints parishioners are invited to attend these brief services, and encouraged to sit with residents, guide them through the liturgy, and be an extension of God’s love as we worship together.
All Saints 3rd Saturday Feed the Hungry Meal
Saturday, August 19
8:30 – 11:15 am Set Up/Cook
11:15 am – 1:00 pm Serve/Clean Up
Come take part in this opportunity to provide a meal for our guests, the poor in our community. To help, please email Ruth at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up on the kiosk at church.
Save the Date for Funday Sunday!
Sunday, September 10
11:45 am – following the 10:00 am service
Mark your calendars and plan to attend our Fun-day Sunday – it’s for the whole parish! More details to come.
Holy Days in August
Feast of the St. Mary, the Virgin (tr)
Mass at 6:45 pm
Feast of St. Bartholomew, the Apostle (tr)
Evensong at 6:45 pm