Fourth Sunday in Lent

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

March 2016 Carillon from All Saints Church

Contents

Lenten Program Continues
Daylight Savings Time Begins
Donations for Easter Flowers
Stations of the Cross at Sunset
Palm Cross Making Party
Holy Week at All Saints
Other Holy Days in March
Lenten Self Denial Offerings
Long Beach Mission Updates
How to Identify a Victim of Human Trafficking
Next Parish Baptisms

2016 Lenten Study continues

Beloved Dust AnnouncementWednesday evenings March 2,9,16
6:30 pm   Themed Potlucks (Taco Bar on 3/2)
7:00-8:30 pm   Word, Study, Prayer, and Eucharist

Beloved Dust.  We were formed from dust, but we were made for life with God.  Join in anytime! Sign up each week, on the kiosk at church or via email atdawn@allsaintslb.com, to help setup and cleanup, and to eat, indicating what dish you will bring. If childcare would be helpful, please contact John Calley at 562-438-3650 orjohn@allsaintslb.com.

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Daylight Savings Time Begins

Sunday, March 13

Spring forward! Remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour on the night of Saturday, March 12. We officially change to daylight savings time at 2:00 am on Sunday, March 13.

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Donations for Easter Flowers

Now is the time to make an Easter flower donation in memory or in honor of your loved ones. Please make your donation check out to “All Saints Altar Guild.” The cost for one potted Easter lily is $25. Any amount given is welcome as donations can be combined to purchase a lily. Easter Flower Offering envelopes are enclosed in the hard copy version of this Carillon and are also available in the Sunday bulletins or pew racks at church. Names received in the parish office by Sunday, March 13 will appear in the Easter bulletins.

Thank you for allowing me to share my passion of beautiful church flowers with you. We want your loved ones remembered at Easter time.

Yours in Christ,

Vondi Forrester
Altar Guild Directress

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Stations of the Cross at Sunset

Friday, March 18
6:00 pm
Hilltop Park on Signal Hill

This year All Saints is offering a special outdoor inspirational opportunity, the Stations of the Cross, at Hilltop Park on Signal Hill. This service depicts Christ’s final hours.

Time and location:  Meet-up time is 6:00 pm, at the end of Dawson Street, a cul-de-sac, which is just off Skyline Drive at the top of Signal Hill. There is parking on Skyline Drive, on Dawson Street, and a few parking spaces near the restroom. Carpooling is a good idea. We will gather at the covered wooden bench. Please give yourself time to park and walk to the meet-up site.

For the location of Hilltop Park, click on this link: http://mapq.st/1OEMuIo.

The Stations will be experienced as a group, much like in church, with a reader and group responses. Handouts of the Stations will be distributed at the start of the walk, which is a gradual uphill ascent, about 250 yards, along a paved path. Consider bringing a light jacket.

NOTE:  This event is subject to cancellation only if El Nino hits in full force.  We anticipate a lovely sunset.

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Palm Cross Making Party

Saturday, March 19
2:00-3:00 pm
Parish Hall

The Altar Guild wants your help in making palm crosses for distribution on Palm Sunday. The whole parish family is invited, especially the kids. You will learn something, have fun and fellowship, and help with an important task. Plan to come! An old pair of scissors would be handy if you have a pair to bring. Refreshments will be served.

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Holy Week at All Saints

March 20-26

PALM SUNDAY

March 20 · 7:30 am & 10:00 am
Services will include the blessing of the palms and the congregational reading of the Palm Sunday Gospel. At 10 am we will gather in the patio for the blessing of the palms and then process around the block as a reenactment of our Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the Sunday before His crucifixion. Palm Sunday is a day of mixed messages. There is joy and “Hosannas” followed by passion and death.

WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK: Tenebrae

March 23 · 7:00-8:30 pm
Mass is followed by Tenebrae (the Latin word for “darkness or “shadows”), one of the most meaningful events of Holy Week. This is an evening for the entire family. Older children and youth reenact the final hours and minutes before Jesus’ crucifixion. Even children in early elementary school are attentive and watchful as the church slowly darkens, until only a signal candle, the symbol of our Lord, remains.*

MAUNDY THURSDAY

March 24

In the morning – We need your Garden Greens and Flowers (especially tall ones) for the Altar of Repose for our Watch. Bring them into the Parish Hall on Maundy Thursday morning. And to make them last longer, please don’t pick them too early!

7:30 pm – This service celebrates the institution of the Lord’s Supper. On this night Jesus washed the feet of the disciples as a sign of Christian humility and servanthood. We will do the same. At the end of the service the high altar is stripped and washed by the priests after the reserved Sacrament is taken in procession to the Altar of Repose in the chapel. Sign up on this kiosk to volunteer for this moving service.*

THE WATCH

March 24-25 · 8:30 pm – 12 noon
We will watch in the chapel at the Altar of Repose where the reserved sacrament is placed after the Maundy Thursday evening Eucharist. This altar is symbolic of our Lord’s agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. Respond to our Lord’s question to His disciple, “Could you not watch with me one hour?” (Matthew 26:40). Sign up on the kiosk and keep watch during hour shifts with prayer and meditation in the chapel through the night. Prayer guides will be available. We request that men of the parish sign up for the early morning hours.

GOOD FRIDAY

March 25
The Prayer Book calls us to observe Good Friday as a Fast Day-cutting down on both the quality and quantity of food that one day. It is important to remember that the observance of fasting is always mitigated by practical concerns of health and age. Other acts of discipline might also be appropriate, according to your own spiritual rule of life. You are encouraged to attend both the following services; if you are unable to attend the noon service, please come in the evening.

12 Noon – The Good Friday Liturgy lasts about 1½ to 1¾ hours and includes the Veneration of the Cross. No Eucharist is celebrated this day since symbolically Jesus is dead and not with us. But the faithful receive communion from the Sacrament consecrated at the Maundy Thursday Eucharist the night before.

7:30 pm – Evensong, sermon and Stations of the Cross, a service depicting Christ carrying the cross to his crucifixion, his final hours, and his entombment.*

HOLY SATURDAY

March 26

9:00 am – Proper Liturgy for Holy Saturday (no Mass)
2:00-3:00 pm – Easter Confessions: The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions) will be available in the church. Appointments need not be made for this period of time.

* If nursery care at these services will be helpful to you, please sign-up in advance on the kiosk at church, or by contacting John Calley at <john@allsaintslb.com or 562-438-3650.

Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day

March 27

EASTER VIGIL AND SUNRISE SERVICE · 5:30 am
This service dramatizes the full flavor of the first Easter, moving from darkness into dawn, from death into life. We light the new fire to dispel the darkness, and from that fire the Paschal (Easter) Candle is lighted and carried through the darkened Church to the altar. From it people light their individual candles, and darkness flees before the light, which is the Light of Christ, as the dawn breaks around us. The Old Testament prophecies telling of Christ’s coming are read; Holy Baptism may be celebrated; the congregation renews baptismal vows. Then the first Eucharist of Easter is celebrated, and we emerge from the Church, both literally and figuratively, into the sunlight of a brilliant Easter.

This service will replace the usual 7:30 am service on Easter Day only.

EASTER BREAKFAST · 7:30 am
Join us for a delicious Easter Breakfast after the 5:30 am Mass (about 7:30 am).
Sign up in the parish hall or by emailing Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com – to eat … and to help!

EASTER DAY MASS · 10:00 am
The principle Easter Day service is a Mass with choir and the Flowering of the Cross, one of our cherished traditions in All Saints. All attending this service, adults and children alike are asked to bring a small cluster of flowers to the service to place on the cross. So the somber wooden cross of Good Friday becomes the glorious flowered cross of Easter.

Other Holy Days in March

March 16 (tr)
Feast of St. Joseph
Mass at 7:00 pm
(following the 6:30 pm Lenten potluck)

April 6 (tr)
The Annunciation of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Mass at 6:45 pm

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Lenten Self-Denial Offerings

The Mite Boxes and Coin Folders for the Lenten Self-Denial Offering may be turned in at any time or any service during Holy Week or on Easter Day. The income from these boxes will go to the Anglican Relief & Development Fund. This fund enables Anglican churches in the developing world to help their own communities and provide clean water, education, food security, and the love of Jesus to those in desperate need. Find more information regarding ARDF here: http://anglicanaid.net/

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Long Beach Rescue Mission update

March needs and service opportunities

Supply thanks and current needs
Your past generosity is greatly appreciated and blesses many people in great need! The Rescue Mission is now coming off of the big holiday rush of giving and could use a few things in the barrel. They continue to ask for hair conditioner (not shampoo) and full-size tubes of toothpaste, and now canned vegetables and canned fruit.

Dinner at the Women’s Mission
Tuesday, March 1st
Help is needed in cooking this dinner. There is room in the kitchen for only 5 cooks, so please contact me soon, if you’d like to join in. Also contact me if interested in helping in future months – we try to serve on the first Tuesday of each month.

Neighborhood Easter Service & Dinner
Easter Sunday, March 27th, 11 am – 3 pm
First, thank you to the many people who donate and volunteer for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals – you are much appreciated!

Volunteers and donations are needed for the Easter event. This is a great outreach to the community.All the residents at the Mission help out with these community meals as well as partake themselves. Join in! They need assistance assembling Easter baskets, helping with dinner set up, preparing and serving food, and of course cleanup. Donations for the baskets and the meal can be dropped off at the Mission at 1335 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, from 8 am to 6 pm, seven days a week.

For more information, or if you have questions, you can contact me through the church office, 562-438-3650.

Stacy Putman

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Kingdom Causes Long Beach Logo

The Long Beach and Los Angeles areas have higher rates of Human Trafficking. Please take a few moments to read this important report on the recent Youth Exploitation and Safety Symposium, and learn how to identify a victim of human trafficking. 

How to Identify a Victim of Human Trafficking

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by Adam Anderson, Executive Director, Kingdom Causes Long Beach

This past weekend, the Long Beach Human Trafficking Task Force, in partnership with The City of Long Beach, GRIP, Long Beach City College, LBUSD, LB Council PTA, and many others, held the 2nd Annual Youth Exploitation and Safety Symposium.

It was a huge success, with over 500 participants and 45 partners who came together to raise awareness of this horrible issue in our city and learn more about how to help.

In case you missed it, or as a refresher, here are a few things you might have learned in identifying possible victims. We don’t recommend going looking for people or becoming a vigilante, but there may be times when you come across someone and your gut says to engage. When that’s the case, here are some clues and questions to consider.

Clues that may help you identify a possible trafficking victim:

  • Accompanied by a controlling person or boss; not speaking on his/her own behalf
  • Lack of control over personal schedule, money, ID or travel documents
  • Transported to or from work; lives and works in the same place
  • Debt owed to employer/crew leader; inability to leave job
  • Bruises, depression, fear, overly submissive

Questions you can ask that may help you identify a trafficking victim:

  • What type of work do you do?
  • Are you being paid?
  • Can you leave your job if you want to?
  • Can you come and go as you please?
  • Have you or your family been threatened?
  • What are your working and living conditions like?
  • Where do you sleep and eat?
  • Do you have to ask permission to eat/sleep/go to the bathroom?
  • Are there locks on the doors/windows so you cannot get out?
  • Has your identification or documentation been taken from you?

If you see any of these clues or answers to these questions raise concern, please don’t hesitate to call 911 or the local hotline number 800-655-4095.

Remember that victims will rarely self-identify as victims and may resist help. Please take care to keep yourself safe and out of any compromising situations, but DO take note of any details you can think of regarding their physical appearance, transportation or company they keep – clothes, tattoos, jewelry, marks and bruises, cars, license plate (even a fragment of it). The smallest detail can make the biggest difference in an investigation or search.

Shalom

Adam Anderson
Executive Director
Kingdom Causes Long Beach
Used by permission of the author.

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Next Parish Baptisms

Easter Day, March 27
5:30 am

The next baptisms will be held on Easter Day, March 27 at 5:30 am. Pre-baptismal training sessions will be held at 9:00 am on Sunday, March 6, 13 and 20. Attendance at these sessions is mandatory for all adult candidates and all parents of infant candidates. Also, attendance at the final session is required for sponsors and godparents. If you desire to be baptized or have a child baptized, or if you have any questions, please contact Ruth in the parish office at 562-438-3650 or ruth@allsaintslb.com by Thursday, March 3. Subsequent days for baptism will be May 15 (Day of Pentecost) and November 6 (All Saints Sunday).

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February 2016 Carillon from All Saints Church

Contents

Lenten Program
Shrove Tuesday
Ash Wednesday
Lenten Self-Denial Offerings
Missional Opportunities
New series for Adult Discipleship Hour
Ladies Day Retreat
Parish Baptisms
Holy Days in February
Tithes and Offerings

2016 Lenten Study

Beloved Dust
Wednesdays in Lent, beginning February 17
6:30 pm Themed Potlucks (TBA)
7-8:30 pm Word, Study, Prayer, and Eucharist

I am excited about our Lenten Program this year: Beloved Dust. Does the fact that we were “formed from dust” make us insignificant? Not according to God’s Word, which calls us “beloved!” Drawing deeply from Scripture, we will enter a journey toward communion with Jesus. Learn why empty self-help strategies and resolutions will always fail us, but Christ will not.

We were formed from dust, but we were made for life with God. Unfortunately, we often accept less. We make promises and set goals to try to grow and get “closer to Jesus,” but “holiness” or arrival seems impossible. The Christian life is not about jumping through hoops and appeasing God through good works. Nonetheless, it is about abiding in, following, and loving Jesus Christ, being aware of his presence and closeness that already surrounds us, and loving and serving other people.

For anyone who is feeling worn out and distant from God, this study will be a great reminder that striving to do the right things to please God isn’t living in the truth of the gospel of grace. We do the right things because we have already been fully accepted by and completely loved by God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. And because of this total acceptance and embrace from God, we live in willing, joyful, and loving obedience to him.

Each Wednesday, we will begin at 6:30 pm with a themed and meatless/dessert-less potluck, followed by word, study, prayer, and Eucharist, 7:00-8:30 pm. If childcare would be helpful, please contact John Calley at 562-438-3650 orjohn@allsaintslb.com.

From dust to relationship for the sake of others,

Fr. Scott+

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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Compline

Tuesday, February 9
6:30 pm
Mark your calendar and plan to join in the fun on Shrove Tuesday for our pancake supper. A joyful Compline service will follow the supper. Please sign up on the kiosk at church, or by emailing Dawn in the parish office, to help setup, cook, clean up, and to eat.

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Ash Wednesday

Ash WednesdayFebruary 10
Masses at 10:00 am and 7:00 pm
The season of Lent begins Wednesday, February 10. Lent is a forty-day period (excluding Sundays) where all the faithful in Christ enter into a time of self-examination, repentance, prayer, and study, to prepare for the great Easter celebration feast.

Ash Wednesday services, as a reminder of our mortality and continual need for honest self-appraisal, will include a solemn imposition of ashes upon each believer’s forehead. This day is also a time of fasting and abstinence, a time of cutting down both on quality and quantity of food eaten.
Please come on Ash Wednesday, and let us begin our Lenten season together.

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Lenten Self-Denial Offerings

Mite BoxEach household is encouraged to place money in a self-denial box each day in Lent as a reminder of our Lenten season of self-examination and renewal of our commitment to follow Christ. This is a good discipline for family mealtimes. Boxes are available at the church exits for you to pick up.

The income from these boxes will go to the Anglican Relief and Development Fund. This fund enables Anglican churches in the developing world to help their own communities and provide clean water, education, food security, and the love of Jesus to those in desperate need.

Find more information regarding ARDF here:http://anglicanaid.net/

Missional Opportunities this month

Alamitos Belmont Rehabilitation Center – St. Valentine’s Day Dinner
Tuesday, February 9
1:30 pm set up
5:00 pm serve dinner

Alamitos Belmont needs five or six people to help set up and decorate at 1:30, and six people help serve dinner at 5:00. Dressy waiter attire desired (black bottoms, white tops, and red accent – no jeans please). To help, please sign up on the kiosk at church, or email Dawn in the parish office.

All Saints 3rd Saturday Outreach Meal
Saturday, February 20
8:30 – 11:15 am Set Up/Cook
11:15 am – 1:00 pm Serve/Clean Up
Come be a part of this missional opportunity to feed the poor in our community. To help, please sign up on the kiosk at church, or email Dawn in the parish office.

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Adult Discipleship Hour: Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist

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9:00 am Sundays

Come, join in for the Adult Discipleship Hour, led by Keri Simmons, as we study Scripture and discuss the book Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist, by Dr. Brant Pitre, professor of Sacred Scripture at Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans. With the Lenten Season and Holy Week soon approaching, we are looking into Jewish culture and what the Passover and Last Supper meant to Christ and his disciples, and the overall historical Jewish community. As believers, part of the Body of Christ, the Eucharist is central to our faith. Examining ancient Jewish beliefs and how they correlate with Scripture will bring a greater appreciation to the significance of the Eucharist in our lives.

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Ladies Day Retreat: A Place For You

Saturday, February 6
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Anglican Church of the Epiphany
15151 Cordova Rd., La Mirada, CA 90638

Join the women of Anglican Church of the Epiphany for crafts, tea, lunch, worship and a discussion of what it means to be a part of a church and how your cup can be overflowing. Lunch is provided. If you have any questions, you can contact Elena Salvatore at elena@acelamirada.org. More information can also be found in the retreat flyer, available at church exits.

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Next Parish Baptisms

Easter Sunday, March 27
5:30 am

The next baptisms will be held on Easter Day, March 27 at 5:30 am. Pre-baptismal training sessions will be held at 9:00 am on Sunday, March 6, 13 and 20. Attendance at these sessions is mandatory for all adult candidates and all parents of infant candidates. Also, attendance at the final session is required for sponsors and godparents. If you desire to be baptized or have a child baptized, or if you have any questions, please contact Ruth in the parish office at 562-438-3650 or ruth@allsaintslb.com. Subsequent days for baptism will be May 15 (Day of Pentecost) and November 6 (All Saints Sunday).

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Holy Days in February

Feb 3
Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (tr)
Mass at 6:45 pm

Feb 24

Feast of St. Matthias, the Apostle
Potluck at 6:30 pm
Mass and study at 7:00 pm

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Tithes and Offerings

Tithes and Offerings

12/31/2015 Year-to-Date
Actual $ 64,397.32 $491,077.33
Budget $ 36,231.00 $470,995.00
Difference $ 28,166.32 $ 20,082.33

Thank you, Lord, for your blessings. And thank you, dear saints, for remembering your pledges and bringing your offerings!

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Adult Discipleship Hour – new series starting January 17!

 

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Come, join us for the Adult Discipleship Hour as we study Scripture and discuss the book Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist, by Dr. Brant Pitre, professor of Sacred Scripture at Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans. With the Lenten Season and Holy Week soon approaching, we will be looking into Jewish culture and what the Passover and Last Supper meant to Christ and his disciples, and the overall historical Jewish community. As believers, part of the Body of Christ, the Eucharist is central to our faith. Examining ancient Jewish beliefs and how they correlate with Scripture will bring a greater appreciation to the significance of the Eucharist in our lives.

January 2016 All Saints Carillon

Contents

From the Rector
Celebrating The Epiphany
Annual Parish Meeting & Lunch
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Ash Wednesday
Advent and Christmas Thank You!
2016 Pledge Envelopes
Next Parish Baptisms
Tithes and Offerings
Holy Days in January

Epiphany: Without Light, We Cannot See

From the Rector

“I am the light of the world… You are the light of the world.” Jesus

“Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” Mary Oliver

“We who have seen the light of Christ are obliged, by the greatness of the grace that has been given us, to make known the presence of the Savior to the ends of the earth… not only by preaching the glad tidings of His coming; but above all by revealing Him in our lives… Every day of our mortal lives must be His manifestation, His divine Epiphany, in the world which He has created and redeemed.” Thomas Merton

It is amazing how dark our darkness can be and, in contrast, what a relief it is when light is restored. I am sure we have all experienced a power outage. It is a real challenge when it happens at nighttime. The night without power is disorienting and dangerous; the coming of daylight brings order and safety, and even joy. Without light, we cannot see.

Pastor ScottDuring Christmas we joyfully celebrated the coming of that light in the birth of Jesus. Now the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6 brings this theme to culmination – the light of Christ made manifest to the whole world as symbolized by the Magi from the East. The day of Epiphany, and the season that follows, complete what is sometimes called in the liturgical year the Cycle of Light.

Three events in the life of Christ are associated with the Feast of the Epiphany: the visit of the wise men from the East, the baptism of Jesus by John in the Jordan River, and the turning of water into wine at Cana. The common theme is manifestation: what has been largely hidden is made more widely known. A star guides Gentiles to a future king, a voice identifies Jesus as the beloved Son, and a set of wine-brimming pots reveals miraculous power. Epiphanies!

Epiphany means, “to cause to appear” or “to bring to light.” It is a season of enlightenment. The Sundays that follow focus our attention on Jesus and the unfolding manifestation of his glory “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). We watch him bring healing to the sick and desperate. We witness his confrontations with the powers of darkness. We listen as he teaches the crowds. We observe him patiently training his disciples. We behold him transfigured on the mountainside. We say, like those unnamed Greeks who seek him out during a festival, “We wish to see Jesus” (John 12:21). To which Jesus replies, as he often did, “Come and see” (John 1:39).

Jesus, later, will also say to his followers, “Go and tell.” The one who summons us to himself sends us out as his representatives. The one who shows himself to us asks us to make him known to our family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and beyond. The one who declares, “I am the light of the world,” says to us, “You are the light of the world.”

Epiphany is a season for seeing more of Christ’s glory by focusing on his life and mission. It is a time to both inhabit the Story and to tell the Story, for by living in and telling the Story we are further changed and transformed.

Come join us for the Feast of Lights, Evensong, and Feast of Epiphany on January 6, 2016 at 6:45 pm.

Experiencing and sharing the light of Christ,
Fr. Scott

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Celebrating The Epiphany: The Feast of Lights

Evensong & Mass
Wednesday, January 6
6:45 pm

Epiphany ImageAs Fr. Scott’s article says, The Epiphany is the coming of God’s light into the world, including gentiles, as represented by the Magi’s visit to the child Jesus in Bethlehem. We will celebrate the Epiphany with the Feast of Lights, Solemn Evensong & Mass. The youth of the parish will be taking a prominent role in the service. Please do bring your children – we encourage them to attend! Please contact John if you need childcare: john@allsaintslb.com or 562-438-3650.

After the service, we will take the Christmas decorations out the church. We need your help! Bring your gloves, wire cutters and shop vacs. Sign up at the kiosk at church or by emailing dawn@allsaintslb.com in the Parish Office. Please also contact Dawn if you would like to help provide refreshments.

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Annual Parish Meeting and Lunch

Sunday, January 24
11:45 am

Our annual parish meeting follows a lunch, which begins immediately after the 10 am Eucharist on that Sunday. Childcare for the younger children will be provided.

This meeting is a great time for fellowship for the entire parish family,
a time to transact necessary business, and to receive an update on the state of our parish. All members can have input into the decision-making processes of the parish.

We will adopt a parish budget for 2016 and hear important reports. We will also elect this year’s four vestry persons for a three-year term. Fr. Scott will also be announcing the appointment of a new Senior Warden.

Mark your calendar today so you can join in!

To help set up, clean up, and to eat – sign up on the kiosk at church or email dawn@allsaintslb.com in the parish office.

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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Tuesday, February 9 6:30 pm

Mark your calendar and plan to join in the fun on Shrove Tuesday for our pancake supper. Please sign up at the kiosk at church or by emailing dawn@allsaintslb.com, so we can make appropriate preparations.

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Ash Wednesday

February 10 Masses at 10:00 am and 7:00 pm

The season of Lent begins Wednesday, February 10. Lent is a forty-day period (excluding Sundays) where all the faithful in Christ enter into a time of self-examination, repentance, prayer, and study, to prepare for the great Easter celebration feast.

Ash Wednesday services, as a reminder of our mortality and continual need for honest self-appraisal, will include a solemn imposition of ashes upon each believer’s forehead. This day is also a time of fasting and abstinence, a time of cutting down both on quality and quantity of food eaten.

Please come on Ash Wednesday, and let us begin our Lenten season together.

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An Advent and Christmas Thank You

A very big thank you to everyone who made Advent and Christmas such a wonderful event in the life of the parish:

  • John Calley for creating the Advent and Christmas Wreath readings and those who read and lit the candles.
  • Caren and Dan Spilsbury and all who stepped up to make our Living Nativity so festive, fun, and successful.
  • Our Altar Guild for preparation for Advent and Christmastide Eucharists.
  • John Calley for the joyous Family Christmas Eve Service.
  • Bill Austin and John Calley for creating the Christmas Ornament given to the children at the Family Christmas Eve Service.
  • Arend Jessurun (Music Director), Sarah Boerner (Organist), and all our musicians and choir for their hard work on the beautiful music.
  • Our acolytes, lay readers, and ushers for their important jobs well done.
  • Our parish staff and volunteers who labored courageously on many details.
  • Lynn Moyer, our Men’s group, and all those who produced the Women’s Christmas Dinner that was enjoyed by so many.
  • Everyone who contributed for the purchase of the Christmas poinsettias.
  • Caren and Dan Spilsbury and all who volunteered to help decorate the church for Christmas.
  • The people and guests of the parish who attended and participated in the Advent and Christmas services.
  • And thanks, most of all, to our God who loved us so much in sending Jesus Christ to the world in the Incarnation.

It was truly a blessed Advent and Christmas here at All Saints.

Fr. Scott+

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Pledge Envelopes for 2016 Available

Pick up your 2016 pledge envelopes at church on Sundays. These envelopes have been issued to all who pledged for the year 2016 as well as other folks who have historically given to All Saints. Pledge envelopes make the work of the assistant treasurer and those who count on Sunday much easier, and will aid us in our accounting. They will also help assure accurate credit for your contributions.

If there are no pledge envelopes for you, please request them by emailing Randi at randi@allsaintslb.com or by calling her in the parish office at 562-438-3650.

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Next Parish Baptisms

Easter Day, March 27
5:30 am

After the January date, the next baptisms will be held on Easter Day, March 27 at 5:30 am. Pre-baptismal training sessions will be held at 9 am on Sunday, March 6, 13 and 20. Attendance at these sessions is mandatory for all adult candidates and all parents of infant candidates. Also, attendance at the final session is required for sponsors and godparents. If you desire to be baptized or have a child baptized, or if you have any questions, please contact Ruth in the parish office here or at 562-438-3650. Subsequent days for baptism will be May 15 (Day of Pentecost) and November 6 (All Saints Sunday).

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Tithes and Offerings

Budget Actual Difference
November 30, 2015 $45,289.00 $49,280.82 $ 3,991.82
Year to Date $ 434,764.00 $ 426,680.01 ($ 8,083.99)

Thank God for your blessings; please remember your pledge and bring in your offerings.

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Holy Days in January

Jan. 6
Feast of the Epiphany
Feast of Lights, Evensong & Mass at 6:45 pm

Jan. 20
Feast of the Confession of St. Peter (tr)
Mass at 6:45 pm

Jan. 27
Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul (tr)
Mass at 6:45 pm

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December 2015 Carrilon

Autumn Church

Contents

Adult Discipleship Hour Advent Study
Musicians wanted for Advent and Christmas
Christmas Flower Donations
Women’s Christmas Dinner
Living Nativity
Special Outreach Meal
Mass of Healing and Hope
Decorate the Church for Christmas
2015 Church Year Calendars
Communion for Shut-Ins
Holy Days and Christmas Services Schedule

Adult Discipleship Hour during Advent

Sundays at 9:00 am

Join in our special Advent study – Conversations on the Creed: An Advent Meditation.

We will use portions of Luke Timothy Johnson’s Creed as a starting point for our preparation for Christ’s Advent. Everyone is welcome!

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Advent and Christmas Musicians wanted

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Calling vocalists and instrumentalists for Advent and Christmas!

Psalm 34:8 says, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!” This tangible language-“taste and see”-reflects the way that the tangible beauty of the world can give us an appetite for the surpassing beauty of God. Maybe you’ve heard a symphony, or read a story, or encountered nature in a way that inspired you into a state of worship. “If there’s this kind of beauty in the world, then how much more beautiful are You, God!”As one who has encountered God in music and whose mission is to help others do the same, I have been imagining and dreaming of ways to beautify our musical worship experience. But we’re going to need a bigger choir. Consider participating in our choir this Advent and Christmas season. You will be actively taking part in inspiring others in song and creating a space for worship. Singers of all skill-levels, ages 13+ are welcome. And you don’t have to have the world’s most beautiful voice because as we know in our faith, the real beauty is when we come together as one. We also welcome and encourage all types of instrumentalists.

You can expect the weekly commitment to be one-and-a-half to two hours long on Thursday nights (exact times TBD) and Sunday mornings 9-11:30am throughout the month of December. I am especially looking for members to join us for Christmas Eve. Again, this commitment is only for a season and is absolutely non-binding. If you’re interested or have any inquiries, email me at arend@allsaintslb.com or contact me through the parish office at 562-438-3650.
Shalom,
Arend
Music Director

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Christmas Flowers Donations

The Christmas season is nearly upon us. You are a vital part in the provision of the Christmas flowers on the altar. Now is the time to make a Christmas flower donation in memory or in honor of your loved ones.

Please make your donation check out to “All Saints’ Altar Guild.” The cost for one potted poinsettia is $25. Any amount given is welcome as donations can be combined to purchase a poinsettia.

Christmas Flower Offering envelopes are enclosed in the hard copy version of this Carillon and are also available in the Sunday bulletins or pew racks at church. Names received in the parish office by Sunday, December 20 will appear in the Christmas bulletins.

Thank you for allowing me to share my passion of beautiful church flowers with you. We want your loved ones remembered at Christmas time.

Yours in Christ,

Vondi Forrester
Altar Guild Directress

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Women’s Christmas Dinner

Friday, December 18
6 pm
Parish Hall
Cost: $10

There are some tickets left for this lovely dinner evening. To purchase one, please contact Michele Wright at church on Sundays, or through the parish office, here or at 562-438-3650.

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Living Nativity

Living Nativity 2015
Sunday, December 13 5:30-7:30 pm

This is an important opportunity to mingle with our community. While this is a Youth and Children Ministry event, it is really a parish wide outreach opportunity. Come to support the children of our parish and come ready to smile and chat with our visitors. Your friendly face and warm handshake will make a difference.
For more information on how to serve contact John Calley or Caren Spilsbury. Helpers needed to serve in the kitchen, set up and take down, sing, read, and mingle with guests. Old, young, extroverted or introverted; there is something for everyone to do.

Sign-ups for participating in the Nativity will be available on November 29. Get those cute little cherubs signed up!

John Calley
Director of Youth and Children Ministries

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Missional Opportunity –

Third Saturday Christmas Outreach Meal: For the homeless and needy in Long Beach

Saturday, December 19

8:30 am – setup and meal prep

11:15 am – serve and clean up

This month we’d like to serve our guests a special Christmas meal, and we need your help:

  • To help on the day of the Christmas meal – email the parish office or sign up on the kiosk
  • To help cover the extra cost-make checks payable to All Saints Church and note “Outreach Meal” on the memo line; place in the offering plate or bring to the parish office.

Thank you!

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A Mass of Healing and Hope

Healing and Hop3Saturday, December 19 9:00 am Mass

The twinkling lights and appropriately merry songs of Christmas can, in cruel contrast, deepen darkness and gloom felt by those struggling with grief, pain, depression, and illness. For this reason, we again will be holding a Mass of Healing and Hope. If the holiday season brings sadness and pain, I invite you to this special service. If you would like to show your care and support to those who may be having difficulty during the holidays, I invite you, also, to this service.

Preparing for Christmas is a busy season for most of us, but may we intentionally take this one evening to seek God together and surround in worship and prayer those with heavy and hurting hearts.
Praying for his light to come in our darkness,

Fr. Scott+

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Deck the Hall for Christmas

Sunday, December 20 after the 10 am service

Get ready to decorate the Church for Christmas! We need many hands to lighten the work and increase the fun! There will be something enjoyable to do that suits your talents, or to try for the first time – we will offer plenty of supervision.

Details will be forthcoming. Sign up on the kiosk.

Questions? Contact Caren Spilsbury through the parish office: email or phone 562-438-3650.

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2016 Church Year Calendars are Coming

The 2016 Church calendars will be available The First Sunday after Christmas Day!

Why this calendar?

  • Major and minor feast days of the Church year are listed.
  • Color-coding marks the different seasons of the liturgical year: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost.
  • Good for teaching your children (or yourself) about our Church year!
  • The calendars are a gift to our parish family. However, gifts – to the Altar Guild – to help in defraying the costs of the calendars and postage will be gratefully be accepted.

Christmas Communion for Shut-Ins

All communicants of the Anglican Church are encouraged to make their Christmas Communions (through Epiphany on January 6).

A priest or Lay Eucharistic Visitor will take Communion to those unable to get to Church – please contact Ruth in the parish office atruth@allsaintslb.com or 562-438-3650 if you wish the Blessed Sacrament brought to your home or to someone who is shut-in.

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Holy Days in December

and the Christmas Service Schedule

Dec. 23 (tr)
St. Thomas, the Apostle
Evening Prayer at 6:45 pm
Mass and Study at 7 pm

Dec. 24
Christmas Eve
Children’s Christmas Mass at 5 pm
Christ Mass (Solemn) at 11 pm

Dec. 25
Christmas Day
Holy Eucharist at 10 am

Dec. 26
St. Stephen, Martyr
Morning Prayer at 9:00 am

Dec. 30 (tr)
Holy Innocents
Evening Prayer at 6:45 pm
Mass and Study at 7 pm

Schedule for Confessions – to be announced

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