All Saints October 2018 Carillon

Contents

The Feast of St Francis and the Blessing of the Animals
The Long Beach Marathon
Come to the Mini-Kingdom Conference: Synod 2018 on October 27
An Evening Under the Stars – You are invited!
Missional Opportunities
All Hallows’ Eve
Getting the Love You Want: A Workshop for Couples
Date Change: Good Friday 5:15 Work Party–Nov3
Altar Guild Request
Holy Days in October

Feast of St. Francis and the Blessing of the Animals

Wednesday, October 36:45 pm 

We are celebrating St. Francis at this Evening Service with a Blessing of the Animals in the courtyard. Pets of all kinds are welcome along with their human family. For the comfort and safety of all pets and those in attendance, each pet needs to be controlled on a leash or in a carrier. Other pets (fish…snakes…elephants…?) must be properly contained. A picture of your pet may be brought and the pet blessed “in absentia”. Come and join in! 

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Long Beach Marathon

Sunday, October 7 – Race Day 

It’s time again for the Long Beach Marathon. Due to the nature of the event, there will be traffic delays that morning, which could impact your journey to worship service. See the flyer for more information.

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Synod 2018 Sign

What are you doing October 27? Come to the Mini-Kingdom Conference: Synod 2018

Friday, October 26 5:00-9:00pmSaturday, October 27 8:30am-1:30pmHouse of Delegates meeting 1:30-4:00pm
Cost: $15
At Presbyterian Church of the Master in Mission Viejo

New! Childcare will be offered. Details will be forthcoming


Plenary Speaker: Archbishop Foley Beach  Take advantage of this great opportunity to hear from AB Foley Beach, and be inspired and equipped for everyday Christian living and ministry through worship, fellowship with other Anglicans, and practical workshops – some offered by All Saints members! All parishioners are invited and encouraged to attend, so please register now:

MORE INFO      REGISTER!      WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS
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An Evening Under the Stars – You are invited!

Thursday, October 18
6:00-9:30 pm
4122 Ann Arbor Road, Lakewood
No cost for dinner!

All Saints has a table for this Dinner & Auction benefiting a local Christian ministry: New Life Beginnings that helps homeless women and children, and the victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. Join other parishioners and attend – there are seats available!  Click here for more information; and sign up by emailing Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com or going to the kiosk at church.

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Missional Opportunities

Alamitos Belmont Rehabilitation Hospital
Worship ServicesSundays, October 7, 21, 28
2:30-3:00 pm | at 4th and Termino

Everyone is invited to attend a short service with the residents of AB. Your presence is welcome and your assistance with the residents is always appreciated! Newcomers are always welcome. 

Third Saturday Meal for the Hungry
Saturday, October 20
8:30 – 11:15 am Set Up/Meal Prep
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 Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com or sign up on the kiosk at church.

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All Hallows’ Eve

Wednesday, October 31 5:00-8:00 pm

Dear All Saints,

I’m excited to have this opportunity to remind you that Halloween or as I call it, All Hallows’ Eve, is just around the corner, and I plan on celebrating it with you, my All Saints family. For those who are new to All Saints or who would like a refresher, I have included a short reflection on what All Hallows’ Eve means for us as All Saints Cathedral and as Christians. If you want to skip that and jump to what we’re planning for this year’s All Hallows’ Eve, then look for the bar below and read what follows it… 

Halloween is a new-ish way of saying All Hallows’ Eve or the Eve of All Saints’ Day. It is a vigil that Christians keep before the actual feast day of All Saints. All Saints’ Day (hopefully that sounds familiar) is the celebration of our Christian belief in the Communion of the Saints. Or to put it a slightly different way, the belief that all Christians, both living and dead, are in fact Alive in Christ and are One Body, family, or people. 

That’s obviously not what most of us think of when we think of Halloween. For most of our neighbors and friends, both believing and unbelieving, Halloween is a celebration of all things horrific, grotesque, twisted, and evil. In a word it is a celebration of death. 

This makes sense in way. The popular version of All Hallows’ Eve is the natural result of trying to keep the form of a spiritual celebration without knowing or believing in the spiritual substance behind it. As with all holidays that the world attempts to hold onto without also affirming the gospel of Jesus Christ, their celebrations become twisted, empty, and even destructive shadows of themselves. Christmas becomes a commercial celebration of gifts we can’t afford. Thanksgiving, a celebration of overeating. Easter is about sickeningly sweet candy and pastel colors that most of us avoid the rest of the year (my apologies to those who love pastels). The interesting thing about these secular versions is they seem fairly innocuous. Shallow versions of the real thing, yes. But not blatant contradictions to the Gospel. Halloween is unique in this way. 

Most websites you visit will say that All Saints’ Day is a celebration of the dead. This is of course only partially accurate (not all saints are dead), and without an understanding of what death means for Christians it will lead you into all kinds of bad places. Halloween does have something to do with the dead. And it is how we think about death that we see the difference between the hearts of those who have the hope of Christ and those who do not. 

Fear of death, they say, leads us to need horror. It’s cathartic. We face our worst fears, dress up in them, decorate our walls with them, go to places that will enact them for us, we all have a good fright, then a good laugh at our fright, and feel much better. After all, weren’t we silly to be so afraid? Death isn’t outside our door. Cruelty, horror, and wickedness aren’t out to get us. Or are they? The fact is that after the laughs, some people can’t help but remember that cruelty, horror, and wickedness are not unknown in our world. Fear of death is no easy thing to shake. And so, when worldly minds look to celebrate the Feast of All Saints; a day that unavoidably makes us think of death, they turn to images of horror and violence. Because that is what death is for them. But that isn’t the only way to respond to death. 

For the Christian, death is in fact a horror. It is natural, but only because it is a natural result of sin. We believe that death is not what we were made for. It is an affront to our very souls. But we believe that it has been overcome. We believe that Jesus has overcome sin and death. By his death, he destroyed death. By his resurrection he makes us alive forever more. By faith in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, God makes us ALIVE and call us his holy (or saintly, or hallowed) people. 

Because of this gift of life in Christ Jesus, we believe that those saints who have died a mortal death have passed beyond the grip of death. They are in fact more alive than we are because they are before the face of Life Himself. We might say they are the glorified saints. These glorified saints are now before the face of God, worshiping with and praying for those of us who live on in the flesh. 

Therefore, All Saints’ Day is not so much a celebration of the dead. It is at its heart, a celebration of the living. It is a celebration of God’s free gift of Eternal Life and the Joy of a Glorious identity that smashes through all barriers of material, space, time, gender, and ethnicity. We are One Living and Holy people in Christ, made so as a gift by faith in the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. AMEN! AMEN! Let all God’s Saints in heaven and earth say, AMEN!


 This year on All Hallows’ Eve, we will be celebrating this Good News with a low-key time of enjoying treats, handing out candy, playing some festival type games, greeting those who are out and about for Trick-or-Treating, and closing with an All Hallows’ Evensong. I invite you to take part in this celebration by either volunteering to help or by joining us throughout the evening. This is a unique opportunity where our identity is being celebrated by our neighbors, and we can invite them to experience the joy we have in being the redeemed people of God. If you would like to participate in or support this joyful celebration you can:

  1.  Attend, and invite friends and neighbors.
  2. Come dressed as a saint, maybe you have a favorite. Some of us did this a couple of years ago and it was a lot of fun and deepened our love for this Great Cloud of Witnesses. If needed, we can help you research a saint and get a costume pulled together.  *Note: You do not have to dress up as a saint to attend. It is recommended but not necessary.
  3. Donate candy. Bins for candy will be in the Parish Hall starting Sept. 30th.
  4. Run a game booth. If mingling and making small talk just isn’t your thing, then you might enjoy this. The games will be provided for you and we will train you.
  5. Help set up on Sunday, Oct. 28th or earlier in the day on Oct. 31st. We need some light decorating done as well.
  6. Help with food. We need baked goods and other treats to share. We need volunteers to help serve in the kitchen. Please sign up on the kiosk to help in this area.

Check out the kiosk at church for signup sheets. If you have questions or suggestions regarding this event, please email me at john@allsaintslb.com

John Calley

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Getting the Love You Want: A Workshop for Couples

October 27 and 28
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
in Encino, CA

If you will not be attending Synod 2018, you may want to consider attending this excellent workshop for couples, facilitated by Morella Hammer and our own Shira Hearn.  See the flyer for information.

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DATE CHANGE: GF515 Work Party

Saturday, November 3 in Downey

So as not to conflict with the Synod happening on Saturday, October 27, the GF515 Work Party has been moved to the following Saturday, November 3. The trailer, where the set is stored is located in Downey, just off of Imperial Highway. The plan is to carefully take everything out, inspect it for repairs, then put it back in a neat, orderly fashion. If interested, please contact Bill Austin at goodfriday515@gmail.com for more details.

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Altar Guild Request

In an effort to preserve our small linens, the Altar Guild would like to remind those who wear lipstick to please blot it before receiving communion. Thank you.

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Holy Days in October

Oct 3
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (tr)Worship Service at 6:45 pm with Blessing of the Animals


Oct 17
Feast of St. Luke, the Evangelist (tr)Worship Service at 6:45 pm

Oct 24
Feast of St. James of Jerusalem (tr)Worship Service at 6:45 pm

 Oct 31
All Hallows’ Eve (Eve of All Saints’ Day)Evensong at 7:30 pm

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September 2018 Carillon from All Saints Cathedral, Long Beach

CONTENTS

Synod 2018–Everyone is Invited!
Volunteers needed for Good Friday 5:15 PM in 2019
Missional Opportunities
All Saints Sunday Funday
The College of Bishops
Holy Days in September

Synod 2018

Friday, October 26, 2018 | 5:00pm
Saturday, October 27, 2018 | 8:15am-4:00pm
at Presbyterian Church of the Master
Mission Viejo, California

We will gather on Friday night for dinner and our opening Eucharist so that we might worship together and on Saturday we will provide workshops on key subjects in hope of equipping lay leaders for ministry in the Local Church. Saturday begins at 8:15am with Morning Prayer and we will then hear from our plenary speaker Archbishop Foley Beach and Bishop Keith Andrews. The Intensive Training Tracks will be excused to begin at 10:00am and the Workshops begin at 10:55am (Session 1) and 11:40am (Session 2).

The two intensive training tracks will be led by clergy and laity with expertise in essential skills. Training Track A is entitled “Discipling our Adults Through Quads or Triads.” Training Track B is entitled “Missional Community Development Through Oikos and Deeply Rooted.”

Click here for more information.

We strongly encourage the participation of local church members who are not delegates but who will be equipped for disciple-making and missional community development.

All are invited, so please register here!
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Good Friday At 5:15 PM

Seeking Volunteers to fill Staff Positions

All Saints is seeking volunteers to fill the positions on the Good Friday At 5:15 PM Staff. If interested, please contact either the Parish Office or email Bill Austin at goodfriday515@gmail.com. Also, please pray that we will discern God’s will for this important outreach ministry.

Good Friday At 5:15 PM – in 2019:

March 29 and 30
April 5 and 6
April 12 and 13

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Missional Opportunities

Alamitos Belmont Rehabilitation Hospital

Worship Services
Sundays, September 2, 16, 23, 30
2:30-3:00 pm | at 4th and Termino

Everyone is invited to attend a short service with the residents of AB. Your presence is welcome and your assistance with the residents is always appreciated! Newcomers are always welcome.

Third Saturday Meal for the Hungry

Saturday, September 15
8:30 – 11:15 am Set Up/Meal Prep
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 Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com or sign up on the kiosk at church.


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All Saints Sunday Funday

September 9
after the 10:00 am service until 3:00 pm
at All Saints

All are invited to join in an afternoon of fellowship, food, and fun. A Water Slide and a toddler wading pool will be available so bring a swimsuit and a towel. Hot Dogs and Hamburgers will be provided.

Please sign up by emailing Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com or on the kiosk to:
1) attend
2) bring sides, salads, and desserts
3) volunteer with set up, serving food, clean up
Please email John Calley at john@allsaintslb.com if you have a pop-up tent you could bring.

Also, during the 10:00 am service, we will be commissioning our students and educators as missionaries to their schools and classrooms. Please feel free to contact John Calley for further details.

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College of Bishops Update

September 4-6 | here at All Saints

We as the Cathedral have the awesome honor and responsibility of hosting these important meetings and sharing the love of Christ through the gift of hospitality to our province’s bishops and their wives. May God orchestrate and guide each day of events. Here’s how you can be involved:

Volunteers needed Sunday September 2 after 10am Service

Sunday, September 2
11:30 am
Volunteers are needed to help set up for the College of Bishops, after the 10:00 am service on Sunday. If you can stay after to help, please let us know by emailing Ruth at ruth@allsaintslb.com, or just come!

You are invited – Opening Eucharist for College of Bishops

Tuesday, September 4 at 5:00 pm
All Saints Cathedral
All parishioners are invited to join the Bishops for the opening Eucharist on Tuesday, September 4 at 5:00 pm. Everyone is encouraged to come.

Pray

Please continue praying for the College of Bishops meetings -safe travel for our bishops, their wives, and staff members, productive meetings, warm fellowship, and God’s guidance throughout the week.


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Holy Days in September

Sept 12
Feast of the Holy Cross (tr)
Evening Prayer with Reflection at 6:45 pm

Sept 19
Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist (tr)
Mass at 6:45 pm

Sept 26
Feast of Holy Michael and All Angels (tr)
Evensong at 6:45 pm

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August 2018 Carillon from All Saints Cathedral, Long Beach

CONTENTS

Wilberforce, GAFCON, and Discernment
Emotionally Healthy Relationships series continues
Art Week
Violin & Cello Concert
Missional Opportunities
Dr. Jim Hearn’s Ordination
Rector’s Vacation
Good Friday 5:15

Wilberforce, GAFCON, and Discernment

Dear All Saints Family,

Greetings!

Feast of William Wilberforce

I write this article on the Feast of William Wilberforce. William is best known for his untiring commitment to the abolition of slavery and the slave trade. He introduced his first anti-slavery motion in the House of Commons in 1788, in a three-and-a-half-hour speech that concluded: “Sir, when we think of eternity and the future consequence of all human conduct, what is there in this life that shall make any man contradict the dictates of his conscience, the principles of justice and the law of God!”

The motion was defeated. Wilberforce brought it up again every year for eighteen years, until the slave trade was finally abolished on March 25, 1806. He continued the campaign against slavery itself, and the bill for the abolition of all slavery in British territories passed its crucial vote just four days before his death on July 29, 1833. A year later, on July 31, 1834, 800,000 slaves, chiefly in the British West Indies, were set free.

May God in his mercy kindle in the church the never-failing gift of love that following the example of William Wilberforce, we may have grace to defend the poor, maintain the cause of those who have no helper, and always do what is right in the Kingdom of God!

GAFCON is Growing Roots Wide

Thank you for the privilege of attending the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) 2018 in Jerusalem. As mentioned in last month’s Carillon, the Conference represented the majority of the world’s Anglicans with 1,950 delegates from 50 countries. Its impact was amplified as over 730,000 people from 64 different countries engaged with the conference online.

Nine new ministry networks launched this week and began spreading wide roots by building teams dedicated to the work of: Theological Education, Church Planting, Global Mission Partnerships, Youth and Children’s Ministry, Mothers Union and Women Senior Leaders, Sustainable Development, Bishops’ Training Institute, Lawyers Task Force, and Intercessors Fellowship. Each network, led by individuals with an already-established passion in their mission area, is identifying projects and developing collaborative tools to help reach the nations with the Kingdom gospel.

Sending Roots Deep in GAFCON

The inaugural meeting of the Synodical Council deepened the roots of the movement providing further stability: Based upon a model of conciliar government, The Primates Council and the Panel of Advisors came together to form GAFCON’s first Synodical Council. The conference gladly endorsed their recommendation that GAFCON members decline all future invitations to attend meetings of the Instruments of Communion, unless representatives of the Province of the Anglican Church in North America, the Province of the Anglican Church in Brazil, and subsequent GAFCON-established Provinces are invited as full members and, representatives of Provinces, who have endorsed by word or action doctrine and practices which are in contradiction to the teaching of Scripture and Resolution I.10 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference, are only invited if they have repented of their actions. If you haven’t yet read it, you can read
the “Letter to the Churches – GAFCON Assembly 2018” here.

GAFCON has insisted from the beginning that: “We are not leaving the Anglican Communion; we are the majority of the Anglican Communion seeking to remain faithful to our Anglican heritage.” As Archbishop Nicholas Okoh stated: “We are merely doing what the Communion leadership should have done to uphold its own resolution in 1998.”

GAFCON Leadership Transitions

The conference gave thanks for the extraordinary leadership of Archbishop Nicholas Okoh (Nigeria), GAFCON Primates Council Chairman, and Archbishop Peter Jensen (Australia), GAFCON General Secretary. At the close of the conference, the beginning of a leadership transition was announced as both will be retiring in 2019. Archbishop Okoh will be succeeded by Archbishop Foley Beach (North America) in April of 2019, and Archbishop Peter Jensen will be succeeded by Archbishop Ben Kwashi (Nigeria) in January of 2019. The four leaders will serve together during the coming months to ensure a smooth transition.

During the conference, the Primates Council grew to include Archbishop Miguel Uchoa (Brazil) and Archbishop Stephen Than (Myanmar). Near the end of the conference, Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit (Kenya) expressed his desire to join the Primates Council and will be welcomed at the next meeting.

Not only was the GAFCON times of worship, prayer, and study inspiring, but I had the privilege of attending several sights in the Jerusalem area where Jesus Christ walked, taught, and ministered:

    The Western Wall
    The Western Wall
  • The Church of the Holy Sepulcher (where Golgotha, the slab where they laid Jesus’ body to prepare for burial, and the Tomb were located)
  • the Dead Sea,
  • Golden Gate
  • the Jordan River (the area where Jesus was baptized)
  • Gethsemane
    Gethsemane
  • Qumran (where the Essenes lived and where they found the Dead Sea Scrolls)
  • the Mount of Olives
  • the Palm Sunday road where Jesus road the donkey into Jerusalem through the Golden Gate [pictured]
  • Gethsemane
  • the place Stephen was stoned
  • The Golden Gate
    Golden Gate
    the steps leading into Solomon’s Temple (steps remain but Temple was destroyed in 70 AD)
  • The Western Wall (small part of the wall that remains from the destruction of the Temple [pictured]
  • parts of the Via Delarosa
  • Prison Cell Looking Up
    Prison Cell Looking Up
  • Caiaphas’ house where Jesus was held in prison and Peter denied Jesus. Jesus would have been lowered by rope through this hole [pictured] into the prison. (Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu)
  • and Christ Church Jerusalem (first Protestant Church in the Middle East, and where Shira Hearn grew up and where her dad is Rector).
  • Wales and England

    Ordination Procession at St. James in London
    I spent four vacation days in Wales at the front end of my trip. After GAFCON I had the privilege of traveling through London, England on church business, attending several ministry meetings and to participate in an ordination at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

    Discernment

    All Saints has been blessed by the Lord to be growing spiritually and numerically, with new families and children. Almost six years ago, I committed to God, the Bishop, our Vestry, and you to grow this church to increase its missional life. We are committed to collaborative leadership and lay mobilization for ministry, and disciple-making and mission are central to what we do. For us to continue this growth, and further what the Lord is calling us to do as disciples, another clergy hire is something we are seriously considering. We celebrate our growth in lay mobilization, and another clergy ministry partner will help in mobilizing more. We need strong leadership to further us in developing, deepening, and extending our ministries and catalyzing others.

    Please join me and the Vestry in prayer as we discern hiring an Associate Rector. May we rejoice as we continue to dream together and move forward on mission to reach Long Beach and beyond with the transforming love of Jesus Christ. We pray that change in our present structure happens in a way that furthers His Kingdom.

    It is a privilege to be doing the work of ministry with you!

    On mission, and loving it!

    Fr. Scott

    Emotionally Healthy Relationships series continues

    emotionally healthy spirituality book coverDiscipleship Hour with Wednesday Follow-up Discussion

    Sundays, now thru August 12 | 9:00 am | Parish Hall
    Group Discussion Follow-up on Wednesday evenings, August 8 and 15
    Everyone is invited to join in!

    Join in as we learn how to better live out the “love thy neighbor as thyself” part of our faith, growing through the challenges we face in our relationships with others.

    DVD and study – Discipleship Hour on Sundays, led by Sue Ellen Warren
    Follow-up Group Discussion – Wednesdays after Evening Prayer, led by Dr. Jim Hearn

    Art Week Banner

    Art Week

    This week through August 3
    5:30-7:45 pm

    Who: Children ages 5-10
    Volunteers: Youth and Adults

    Children and adults alike are enjoying this year’s Art Week! Join in for dinner, musical worship, and art projects, all infused with our biblical theme of the Giver – the Holy Spirit is both gift and giver.

    Please continue praying – for the leaders developing the theme and projects, and for the families and children who are participating.

    Violin & Cello Concert

    Saturday, August 11 | 7:00 pm | at All Saints

    Join us for a FREE concert of chamber duets performed by violinist, Noah Sorota and cellist, Chris Powell. Open seating, no ticket required. Invite your friends and family. All are welcome!

    Missional Opportunities

    Alamitos Belmont Rehabilitation Hospital

    Worship Services – at 4th and Termino
    Sundays, August 5, 19, 26
    2:30-3:00 pm
    Everyone is invited to attend a short service with the residents of AB. Your presence is welcome and your assistance with the residents is always appreciated! Newcomers are always welcome.

    Third Saturday Meal for the Hungry

    Saturday, August 18
    8:30 – 11:15 am Set Up/Meal Prep
    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 Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com or sign up on the kiosk at church.

    Summer Luau at Alamitos Belmont Rehab Hospital

    Friday, August 24
    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 Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com.

    Empty Pill Bottles – FULFILLED

    Thanks so much for all your contributions! We will not be collecting through the remainder of the summer. Stay tuned for the next empty pill bottle collection coming soon.

    Dr. Jim Hearn’s Ordination

    Your RSVP is requested for food planning purposes
    Monday, August 6 | 7:00 pm | at All Saints

    Please be reminded that your prayers and presence are requested at the ordination of Dr. Jim D. Hearn to the Sacred Order of Deacons here at All Saints. Reception to follow. Your RSVP is important for food planning purposes. Please email shira.hearn@gmail.com or call the church office if you don’t have access to email.

    Rector’s Vacation

    August 15-28

    Please pray for Fr. Scott while he is away on vacation, for rest, refreshment, and safety while traveling.

    Good Friday At 5:15 PM

    Good Friday 5:15 PM LogoSeeking Director and other Volunteers to fill Staff Positions

    All Saints is seeking volunteers to fill the positions on the Good Friday At 5:15 PM Staff. If interested, please contact either the Parish Office or email Bill Austin at goodfriday515@gmail.com. Also, please pray that we will discern God’s will for this important outreach ministry.

    Good Friday At 5:15 PM – in 2019:

    March 29 and 30
    April 5 and 6
    April 12 and 13

    Holy Days in August

    August 8
    The Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ (tr)
    Evening service at 6:45 pm

    August 15
    Feast of St. Mary, the Virgin
    Evening service at 6:45 pm

    August 22
    Feast of St. Bartholomew, the Apostle (tr)
    Evening service at 6:45 pm

July 2018 Carillon from All Saints Cathedral, Long Beach

Contents

Notes from GAFCON 2018 Wrap-up
GAFCON Announces New Leadership
ACNA Provincial Council Jerusalem Reports Growth of Church

Thanking Fremont School Faculty and Staff
Cursillo 2018
Missional Opportunities
Men’s Book Study – extended
New Series: Discipleship Hour with Wednesday Follow-up Discussion: Emotionally Healthy Relationships
Art Week
Summertime Commitments
Good Friday 5:15
Holy Days in July

Notes from the GAFCON 2018 Wrap-Up

It was an exhilarating and extraordinary week in Jerusalem!

Largest International Gathering of Anglicans in 50 Years and Celebrates 10 Years of Growth

GAFCON 2018 Group photoThe Jerusalem 2018 Conference ended with a passionate call to go to the ends of the earth to proclaim Christ faithfully to the nations. Representing the majority of the world’s Anglicans, 1,950 delegates from 50 countries, equally represented by clergy and laity, gathered in the Holy Land for worship, prayer, Bible study, teaching, and fellowship. The conference’s impact was amplified as over 730,000 people from 64 different countries engaged with the conference online.

The Gafcon Jerusalem 2018 Conference represented the majority of the world’s Anglicans with 1,950 delegates from 50 countries. Its impact was amplified as over 730,000 people from 64 different countries engaged with the conference online. Read more at anglicanchurch.net>Anglicanchurch.net

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GAFCON Announces New Leadership

GAFCON 2018 New LeadershipPlease pray for Archbishop Foley and Allison Beach. It was announced at the conference close that our very own Archbishop and Primate will succeed Archbishop Nicholas Okoh as Gafcon Chairman in Spring 2019. Archbishop Ben Kwashi has been named Gafcon General Secretary, succeeding Archbishop Peter Jensen. You can read more about the announcement at gafcon.org.

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ACNA Provincial Council Jerusalem Reports Growth of Church

GAFCON 2018 ACNA Provincial CouncilThe Provincial Council of the Anglican Church in North America had the unique opportunity to meet in Jerusalem this year. Recognizing that all of the Provincial Council delegates were also Gafcon delegates, the decision was made to hold a one-day meeting immediately following the Gafcon conference. Hosted at the Jerusalem YMCA, Council delegates received reports from around the church, passed the budget and new canon changes, and elected members to the Executive Committee. Archbishop Foley Beach shared stories of the spiritual reality and numeric of the Church. Read more on anglicanchurch.net

And more!

Find more articles on Gafcon.org and Anglicanchurch.net

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Summertime Prayers

Prayer for the Good Use of Leisure
O God, in the course of this busy life, give us times of refreshment and peace; and grant that we may so use our leisure to rebuild our bodies and renew our minds, that our spirits may be opened to the goodness of your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
from the 1979 BCP

Prayer for Travelers
O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go: Preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey’s end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
from ACNA’s Texts for Common Prayer

For Joy in God’s Creation
O heavenly Father, you have filled the world with beauty: Open our eyes to behold your gracious hand in all your works; that, rejoicing in your whole creation, we may learn to serve you with gladness; for the sake of him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
ACNA’s Texts for Common Prayer

For the Beauty of the Earth
We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains, and rivers; for the wonder of your creatures, large and small; and for all the loveliness that surrounds us. We praise you for these good gifts, and pray that we may safeguard them for our posterity. Grant that we may continue to grow in our grateful enjoyment of your abundant creation, to the honor and glory of your Name, now and for ever. Amen.
Texts for Common Prayer

Especially during July –

Collect for Independence Day
Lord God, through whose mighty power our founders won their liberties of old; Grant that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain these liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Texts for Common Prayer

For the President of the United States and all in Civil Authority
O Lord our Governor, whose glory fills all the world: We commend this nation to your merciful care, that we may be guided by your Providence, and dwell secure in your peace. Grant to the President of the United States, the Governor of this State, and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do your will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them continually mindful of their calling to serve this people in reverent obedience to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
Texts for Common Prayer

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Thanking Fremont School Faculty and Staff

“…Love thy neighbor as thyself…”

On Wednesday, June 13, All Saints Missions Ministry Team reached out in love and appreciation to our neighbors at Fremont Elementary School. We provided a delicious lunch (prepared by Rockfire Grill) for their faculty and staff. This plentiful meal with cold bottled water was accompanied by a sign that read, “Thank you for your hard work with children and families. Your Friends at All Saints Cathedral.” Fr. Scott’s business cards, also, were made available.

The Fremont faculty and staff were excited and very grateful. Their thank you note said that we made them “feel special.” Mission accomplished!

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Cursillo 2018

Cursillo Title with decorationsWhat is Cursillo? Who Can Attend? For answers to these questions and more, please click here for a brochure with information and dates. For any questions and/or to obtain an application, please contact Shane Foster (Men’s Cursillo) and Michele Wright (Women’s Cursillo) through the parish office.

Please be in prayer for these two upcoming Cursillo Weekends for all those attending and serving at these special retreats.

2018 Men’s Cursillo Weekend:
July 12 – 15
Thursday night – Sunday late afternoon

2018 Women’s Cursillo Weekend:
July 19 – 22
Thursday night – Sunday late afternoon

Missional Opportunities

Alamitos Belmont Rehabilitation Hospital
Worship Services – at 4th and Termino
Sundays, July 1, 15, 22, 29
2:30-3:00 pm
Everyone is invited to attend a short service with the residents of AB. Your presence is welcome and your assistance with the residents is always appreciated! Newcomers are always welcome.

Third Saturday Meal for the Hungry
Saturday, July 21
8:30 – 11:15 am Set Up/Meal Prep
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 Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com or sign up on the kiosk at church.

Empty Pill Bottles Ministry
Bring your empty pill bottles to church and place them in the basket located in the Parish Hall. They will be stripped of their labels and sanitized for re-use in less fortunate countries.

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Men’s Book Study – extended

Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense
Simply Christian - Why Christianity Makes Senseby Anglican Bishop, N. T. Wright

Mondays, now thru July 23
6:00-9:00 pm – BYOD Dinner followed by the study
in the Parish Hall

The men of All Saints have been enjoying reading and discussing the book so much that they are extending this study, led by Michael. Men – you are welcome to join in anytime. Books can be ordered on amazon.com. If questions, please see David Thornburg or email him at drtathome@aol.com.

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Emotionally Healthy Relationships

New Series: Discipleship Hour with Wednesday Follow-up Discussion

Sundays, now thru August 12 | 9:00 am
Group Discussion Follow-up on Wednesday evenings

Everyone is invited to join in!

Even though we love God with all of our hearts, souls, and minds, we may have difficulty with the ‘love thy neighbor as thyself’ part. Many good Christians are stuck in old ways, learned in our formative years, of relating to others.

Peter and his wife Geri created their first series, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, to help us build a healthy relationship with God, and this second series is designed to help us through the challenges we face in our relationships with others. It was born out of the issues they have encountered head-on in their marriage and ministry.

The DVD and study are held during Discipleship Hour on Sundays, led by Sue Ellen Warren; with a follow-up Group Discussion on Wednesdays after Evening Prayer, led by Dr. Jim Hearn.

Art Week

July 30 – August 3
5:30-7:45 pm

Theme: Giver – the Holy Spirit is both gift and giver

Who: Children ages 5-10. Parents are always welcome to participate as much as they would like.

What: Adults and older youth being relationally present with children through –

  • a shared meal
  • A biblical theme that is explored from various angles throughout the week
  • Musical worship that helps connect our hearts and minds to the theme through poetry and music
  • Art projects (designed by artists) that allow children to continue to experience, explore, and express the week’s theme in an open end and playful process

Register: by email to office@allsaintslb.com, or sign up on the kiosk at church.

Cost: Free

Volunteer: Email John Calley if interested. The Volunteer task list will be forthcoming.

Pray: for the leaders developing the theme and projects – and for the families and children who will participate.

Watch future communications for more details!

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Summertime Commitments

Summer is here! Many of us will be away during part of this season and therefore missing church more than during the rest of year. Please remember though…while you are away, all our ministries and expenses continue at All Saints: missional commitments, Art Week, salaries, utilities, supplies, etc. Before you leave on your vacation or other summer activities, please remember to bring or send your tithes and offerings to the church. Thank you.

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Good Friday At 5:15 PM

Seeking Director and other Volunteers to fill Staff Positions

All Saints is seeking volunteers to fill the positions on the Good Friday At 5:15 PM Staff. If interested, please contact either the Parish Office at office@allsaintslb.com or email Bill Austin at goodfriday515@gmail.com. Also, please pray that we will discern God’s will for this important outreach ministry.

Good Friday At 5:15 PM – in 2019:

March 29 and 30
April 5 and 6
April 12 and 13

Holy Days in July

July 4
Independence Day
Daily Office at home is encouraged (Parish Office closed)

July 18
Feast of St. Mary of Magdala (tr)
Worship Service at 6:45 pm

July 26
Feast of St. James, the Apostle
Evensong at 6:45 pm

June 2018 Carillon from All Saints Cathedral, Long Beach

Contents

Next Steps in Mission
GAFCON – Jerusalem 2018
Missional Opportunities

30 DAYS OF PRAYER for the Muslim World
Advancement Sunday – Celebration and Potluck
Men’s Book Study –
Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense by N. T. Wright

Father’s Day BBQ at All Saints
Art Week
Good Friday At 5:15 PM – Open Staff Positions – updated
Reflections on the Songwriting Retreat
Holy Days in June

NEXT STEPS in Mission

Next Steps in Mission 2018 All Saints June 2Saturday, June 2
8:00 am – 5:30 pm
at All Saints Cathedral

Join in – you can still register! NEXT STEPS equips us to embody the gospel and carry it to our families, neighbors, and the world, as believing members who made these promises at our baptism and/or confirmation. Read more from our guest speakers. To register click here. Children’s program is offered, too.

Hope to see you tomorrow!

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Jerusalem

GAFCON – Jerusalem 2018

June 17-22

GAFCON is a growing movement of Bible believing Anglicans committed to guarding the truth of the gospel so that it is faithfully preached throughout the world. The third Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) will be held in Jerusalem June 17-22, 2018.

Why Jerusalem 2018?
Because of compromised leadership in the Anglican Communion
To change the Communion from within
To experience true Communion, true unity with other orthodox Anglicans
To learn more about the worldwide GAFCON movement and GAFCON 2018, click here.

Please remember in prayer everyone from around the world who will be attending GAFCON, and especially those from All Saints: Bp. Keith, Fr. Scott, and Jenna Vazquez, as well as others from our diocese, including the president, Canons, and other Deans.

Fr. Scott will be taking some vacation time before the conference, and afterwards will be in London on diocesan/Dean business. He will be away June 11 – July 2. Please pray for him, for safe travels, good health, good rest, productive meetings, and warm fellowship. Pray also for his family while he is away.

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Missional Opportunities

Alamitos Belmont Rehabilitation Hospital

Worship Services – at 4th and Termino
Sundays, June 3, 17, 24
2:30-3:00 pm
Everyone is invited to attend a short service with the residents of AB. Your presence is welcome and your assistance with the residents is always appreciated! Newcomers are always welcome.

Third Saturday Meal for the Hungry

Saturday, June 16
8:30 – 11:15 am Set Up/Meal Prep
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 Dawn or sign up on the kiosk at church.

Empty Pill Bottles Ministry

Our empty pill bottle ministry is ongoing. Instead of throwing these bottles away, bring them to church and place them in the basket located in the Parish Hall. They will be stripped of their labels and sanitized for re-use in less fortunate countries.

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30 DAYS OF PRAYER for the Muslim World

30 Days of PrayerNow through June 14

30 Days of Prayer is a global movement of Christians praying for Muslims with faith, hope, and love, coinciding with Ramadan. Go to www.30daysprayer.com for your daily prayer guide. Join us in this awesome opportunity as we continue to learn about our Muslim neighbors and to pray for them to be reached with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.

Prayer guides for kids are available, too!
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Advancement Sunday – Celebration and Potluck

June 10 | following the 10:00 am service
in the Parish Hall

All Saints will be celebrating the advancement and graduation of our students on June 10th following the 10:00 am service. The celebration will include a potluck lunch and a time for blessing each advancing or graduating student. This is a church wide celebration and all parishioners are encouraged to take part in celebrating and praying for these students. Please consider signing up to bring a dish to share. The sign-up sheet can be found at the kiosk, or you can email Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com.

Please join me in celebrating our graduating and advancing students and in thanking the Youth and Children Ministry Leaders for all their hard work this school year!

John Calley

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Men’s Book Study –

Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense, by N. T. Wright

Cover for Simply Christian: Why Christianity makes sense by N.T. WrightMondays, June 11 thru July 9
Dinner 6:00 pm
Study 6:30-8:15 pm
in the Parish Hall

Men of All Saints, come join us in reading and discussing Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense by Anglican Bishop N. T. Wright. The study will be led by All Saints parishioner, Michael. The first night’s dinner will be provided – please bring cash ($7 – $8) to help pay for the meal. The following meetings will be BYOD. Dinner begins at 6:00 pm, followed by the study. Books can be ordered on Amazon. Sign up on the kiosk at church, or email David Thornburg at drtathome@aol.com. If you have any questions, please see or email David.

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Father’s Day BBQ at All Saints

BBQ grillSunday, June 17
11:30 am in the Parish Hall

Everyone is invited to a special lunch honoring fathers – BBQ and ice cream sundae bar. For food planning purposes, please sign up at the kiosk at church or email Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com.

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Art Week

July 30 – August 3
5:30-7:45 pm

Dear All Saints Family,

I am excited to say that we will be hosting our 4th annual Art Week this summer. Art Week is a week-long nightly event that invites children ages 5-10 to participate in the Kingdom of God. As you know, we don’t want to just teach facts about God and the Gospel. We want everything that we do to embody God’s purposes and desires. I believe that we have seen that making art in community is a really good way for All Saints to do that and that it lends itself to reaching our community. As a reminder, Art Week includes:
Adults and older youth being relationally present with children
A shared meal (because hospitality, like art making, embodies God’s values)
A biblical theme that is explored from various angles throughout the week
Musical worship that helps connect our hearts and minds to the theme through poetry and music
And of course, art projects (designed by artists) that allow children to continue to experience, explore, and express the weeks theme in an open end and playful process.
This year’s theme will be called Giver and will focus on the Holy Spirit who is both gift and giver. Further details are still being worked on and I encourage you to keep your ears open for more details in the future. Here are some important details we do have:

  • Art Week will be: July 30th – Aug. 3rd from 5:30-7:45 pm.
  • Please RSVP by sending an email to: office@allsaintslb.com.
    There is no cost for participation.
  • Art Week is designed for children ages 5-10. Parents are always welcome to participate as much as they would like.

Art Week is an important part of All Saints’ work in reaching our neighborhood with the love of God. I encourage you to prayerfully consider participating as a volunteer. You don’t need an art background, just a friendly smile for kids and their parents, and a willingness to hangout with kids while they make a mess. Sign-ups for various tasks will be coming out soon but you can send me an email anytime at john@allsaintslb.com to sign-up as a volunteer. Whether you choose to volunteer or not please keep this ministry in your prayers. Pray for the leaders developing the theme and projects. Pray for the families and children who will participate. Thank you all for your support of Art Week and for the ministry to Children and Youth at All Saints. It’s a blessing to me and to those our ministry touches.

The Peace of the Lord be with you,

John Calley
Director of Youth and Children Ministries

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Good Friday At 5:15 PM – Open Staff Positions – updated

Good Friday 5:15 PM LogoAll Saints is seeking volunteers to fill the positions on the Good Friday At 5:15 PM Staff. Please contact either the Church Office or email Bill Austin at goodfriday515@gmail.com. A few positions have already been filled! Click here for a detailed list of these positions or pick one up at church. Please pray that we will discern God’s will for this important outreach ministry.

Dates of Good Friday At 5:15 PM – in 2019:

March 29 and 30
April 5 and 6
April 12 and 13

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United Adoration Songwriting Retreat Attendees

Reflections on the Songwriting Retreat

As I was getting the word out about our songwriting retreat, the word that settled in my mind was “inspire.” I invited others, “Come get inspired with us!” This word “inspire” comes from the Latin word inspirare, which means “to breathe or blow into” and shares an etymology with the word “spirit.” For me, this immediately conjures up images of Creator God breathing life into Adam and Jesus Christ breathing the Holy Spirit into His disciples. And so we began our time of retreat praying the ancient hymn, “Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire, and lighten with celestial fire. Thou the anointing Spirit art, who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart.”

Many of our retreatants shared with the group their reservations about writing music. Some had never written a song, others had tried but found themselves dissatisfied, and many of us had suffered the hurt of others dismissing or insulting our works. What brought us each of us through our fears and creative blocks that weekend was loving collaboration. As Paul teaches us, the Holy Spirit gives us each different gifts, and not all have the same gifts. In the collaborative process, we learn this and help each other through our unique gifts. As we are filled with the Holy Spirit-the Helper, the One Who Comes Alongside-we too become helpers who come alongside one another. We often can’t complete the task alone, but we can all bring our strengths and inspiration to the table to co-write our song.

The three persons of the Trinity collaborated in the creation of the universe. In the beginning God the Father created the heavens and the earth, and the Holy Spirit hovered over the face of the waters, and Jesus Christ the Word of God spoke every created thing into existence. So it is with us, who are made in the image of God. We are invited to be collaborators and colaborers with God and one another in creation. Together, we became inspired in a way we wouldn’t have been apart from one another, and our new songs are the fruits of our loving unity in One Spirit. We are inspired together.

Arend

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Holy Days in June

June 13
Feast of St. Barnabas, the Apostle (tr)
Evening Prayer at 6:45 pm

June 20
Nativity of St. John the Baptist (tr)
Evening Prayer at 6:45 pm

June 27
Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles (tr)
Evensong at 6:45 pm

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May 2018 Carillon from All Saints Cathedral, Long Beach

Bill Hull to lead new Adult Discipleship Hour Series

Sundays, May 6 through June 3
9:00 am (prompt) in the Parish Hall

Bill Hull Discipleship Series--Can the West aka Long Beach be won?

Missional Opportunities

Alamitos Belmont Rehabilitation Hospital
Worship Services – at 4th and Termino
Sundays, May 6, 20, 27
2:30-3:00 pm
Everyone is invited to attend a short service with the residents of AB, assist. Newcomers are always welcome!

3rd Saturday Meal for the Hungry
Saturday, May 19
8:30 – 11:15 am Set Up/Meal Prep
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 Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com or sign up on the kiosk at church.

Empty Pill Bottles Ministry
Our empty pill bottle ministry is ongoing. Instead of throwing these bottles away, bring them to church and place them in the basket located in the Parish Hall. They will be stripped of their labels and sanitized for re-use in less fortunate countries.

Songwriting Retreat

at All Saints
Friday May 4 | 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday May 5 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Songwriting Retreat with United Adoration at All Saints Cathedral  Friday May 4 | 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm Saturday May 5 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pmPoets and songwriters of all ages are invited to this retreat, held at All Saints Cathedral with the help of United Adoration. Come for a spiritually rejuvenating weekend of connecting with other songwriters and worshipers, creating music in solitude and in collaboration, and in communing with God.

Registration is $49 and meals are included in the cost. Register at
unitedadoration.com/retreats. Email arend@allsaintslb.com with questions.

Ascension Day

Wednesday, May 9
6:45 pm Worship Service

So when [the apostles] had come together, they asked [Jesus], “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Acts 1:6-11 esv

Ascension Day commemorates the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. After 40 days of post-Easter instruction, Jesus commands His disciples (including us): “You shall be my witnesses…to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8 esv). As Christ ascended to heaven, He became our eternal Advocate at His Father’s side, glorified our humanity, and sent the Holy Spirit to enable us to witness and minister in His Name. Come and celebrate this holy day at All Saints.

Good Friday At 5:15 PM

Good Friday 5:15 PM LogoStaff Positions available – updated

Greetings Family of All Saints! In case you haven’t heard, it is time to begin planning for the next Good Friday At 5:15PM performance outreach ministry event. With the LORD’S blessing we hope to put it on during the last three weekends of Lent, all Friday and Saturday evenings in 2019:
March 29 and 30
April 5 and 6
April 12 and 13

We say, “with the LORD’S blessing” because it is entirely up to Him if the ministry happens next Lent or not. How will we know? Simple: if everyone steps up and volunteers to help put it on, God will provide everything we need when we need it-and that is exactly what happened the first time All Saints put on Good Friday At 5:15PM.

It begins with putting together a staff. This is not the people performing in the shows (unless, of course they want to). Rather it is a series of key positions filled by volunteers who want to take part in organizing, promoting, and putting on the performances. Here is a list of those positions with an explanation of the job duties required.

  • Prayer Teams – people to pray for this production as an outreach tool-starting now and all the way to and through the performances. We want to impact as many people as we can this time around and you can do this on your own-right now from your home!
  • Grounds Person – is responsible for the church and the surrounding property; has keys and the authority to deal with any security problems or issues that might arise. Handles any permits and is the primary liaison between All Saints Anglican Cathedral Long Beach, and the immediate neighborhood. Works closely with the director and oversees the entire production.
  • Wardrobe Person – since we already have all the costumes, this person would be responsible for taking the performers’ measurements and making any non-permanent alterations to the costumes. This individual would work closely with the director, stage managers and performers to ensure the costumes are organized and made ready for the performances. Should the need arise for a few more costumes, this person would oversee organizing sewing parties to make them.
  • Director – works with the performers and sets schedules for rehearsals and performances. This job is perhaps the toughest of all since each year we perform Good Friday At 5:15 PM, the Director is essentially the only staff member starting from scratch every time. This person is key and integral to getting stage managers, auditioning the performers, assigning parts, scheduling rehearsals as well as assisting with coordinating the entire production.
  • Hospitality Coordinator – people who greet visitors with coffee and light refreshments before and after they make their journey into Jerusalem. The Hospitality Coordinator is in charge of organizing volunteers to be greeters, menu planning for snacks, and any assistance in dealing with the visiting public.
  • Advertising and Public Relations Person – responsible for relationships with the community and the surrounding neighborhood. Handles all advertising to promote Good Friday 5:15 PM as well as any correspondence. This includes website(s), local newspapers, and, if it arises, radio and television spots.
  • Financial Officer – responsible for all fund-raising and keeping track of all expenditures.
  • Set Design Person – responsible for building the set of Jerusalem. The primary construction of the set is done. This individual will organize work crews, the moving of the set of the set out of storage, assembling it, as well as clearing schedules with the church office and setting construction dates. The Set Design Person would also be responsible for any repairs or changes to the set, in addition to dismantling it afterward, marking it and storing it for use the next time around.
  • Props Manager – responsible for organizing all the props for each performance. The Props Manager sees to the numbering, care and placement of the props at the beginning of each performance and their return at the end.
  • Animal Coordinator – while we did not have any animals at the first production of Good Friday At 5:15 PM, we would-for the sake of realism-like to acquire a few sheep or goats this time around. The Animal Coordinator would be responsible for acquiring and caring for the animals used during the production. This includes seeing that they are fed and properly cared for as well as any clean-up that may be needed during the production. Most likely this position will involve finding outside professionals capable of providing this service.
  • Security Chief – responsible for any problems that arise during the production requiring the removal of person or persons from the church grounds during the performance. Works closely with the Grounds Person in securing the facilities before, during and after performances.

*All these positions may require additional support from other individuals volunteering to help. As such, the people in these positions are responsible for selecting and working with any additional volunteers.

By the way-copies of the Good Friday At 5:15 PM Staff Positions are available on the table in the parish office hallway or at the exits to the church after services on Sunday. Feel free to pick one up and take it with you!)

Do you know another person or church who may be interested in helping? Please pass that information along to the church office or to Bill Austin at goodfriday515@gmail.com.

If nothing more, please pray about this list-include Good Friday At 5:15PM in your regular prayers. Pray to the LORD for His blessing and that it would please Him to send us volunteers and workers to make this upcoming outreach ministry a reality. Remember, we are trying to send out the Gospel Message of Good Friday as a testimony to the surrounding neighborhood, the City of Long Beach, and the rest of Los Angeles if possible.

And last of all, if you feel called to be a part of the Good Friday Staff, pray about it and ask the LORD first. Then, if you know you’re certain, contact the church office or e-mail Bill Austin at: goodfriday515@gmail.com

God’s blessings on us all and His will be done!

Mother’s Day Brunch at All Saints

Bouquet of FlowersSunday, May 13
11:30 am in the Parish Hall

Everyone is invited to a special brunch honoring mothers. For food planning purposes, please sign up at the kiosk at church or by emailing Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com.

Arend is Recording an Album

Hi family,

In the last couple years, I’ve been pleased to see two of my passions – music ministry and songwriting – coalesce into one vocation. I have so much gratitude to All Saints for this, since I’ve found in All Saints a community that has uniquely encouraged me in my gifts and given me a sacred space where I can share my songs and hymns with a family. Thank you to all who have affirmed me in this work.

After receiving encouragement from friends here, I’ve decided to record a homemade acoustic album of a selection of songs I’ve written for congregational worship and personal devotion. As I take steps in this direction, I’m experiencing this effervescent joy that I have only felt when making decisions of obedience to the Lord. The Holy Spirit wells up within us when we obey His voice, and He gives us the joy and strength to carry on in the way. I want to invite you to walk and pray with me in this journey.

You can sign up for my newsletter and share with me in this next step of my music ministry by clicking here. My latest song is also available for streaming and free download at Bandcamp.

Thank you for your care and kindness,
Arend

Save the Date:

Next Steps Southwest  Saturday, June 2 9:00 am - 5:30 pm at All Saints Cathedral
NEXT STEPS in Mission

Saturday, June 2
9:00 am – 5:30 pm
at All Saints Cathedral

Fr. Scott invites and encourages you to join him for an important day of equipping the saints through NEXT STEPS in Mission. The Great Commission drives who we are and everything we do in ministry. NEXT STEPS equips us to embody the gospel and carry it to the world, not only as clergy, but as believing members who made these promises at our baptism and/or confirmation. Please read more from our guest speakers and mark your calendars now to attend. For registration information click here and we hope to see you there!

Holy Days in May

May 2
Feast of St. Phillip and St. James, Apostles (tr)
Worship Service at 6:45 pm

May 9
Ascension Day (tr)
Worship Service at 6:45 pm

May 30
Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (tr)
Evensong at 6:45 pm

March 2018 Carillon from All Saints Cathedral

A Tribe Called Rest: A New and Surprising OS for 21st Century Mission

As Christians, our lives often mirror our frenetic culture. We are so busy scrambling to do God’s work that we end up missing opportunities. What if we rediscovered Sabbath as a hallmark of our identity-and one of the most potent counter-cultural forces in our world today? Jeremy Bryan of Christ Redeemer Milwaukee suggests that resting as a way, not a day, could energize mission and engage our culture.

by Jeremy Bryan
www.teloscollective.com

When Abraham received the holy guests to his tent in Genesis 18, he was at rest: “Again the Lord appeared to him in the plain of Mamre, as he sat in his tent door about the heat of the day.”

He sat. He was chill. Had he a smartphone, he may have missed the moment, but he was ready when the guests arrived.

This was a missional event. In order for God’s promise of blessing to the nations-to our neighbors-to be born in us, we need to pause, to rest, to sabbath.

It was during this visit that the Lord reminded both Abraham and Sarah that their story was just beginning, that a baby was coming. “A little late for that,” Sarah thought, and chuckled (how crazy is it that the child would be named “laughter”!?).

If we want mission to emanate from our lives like a good laugh, we have to start in sabbath. Not as a day, but as a way. We are sabbath-born beings. Our orbit is not of this world. The sabbath sun is our center. Our new, but ancient, Operating System (OS) is to Orbit Sabbath.

The Book of Common Prayer includes Isaiah 30:15 during noonday devotions: “In returning and rest you will be saved. In quietness and trust is your strength.” This posture is the hidden pivot of our pilgrimage.

Can we sit, like Abraham, in the middle of the day, in all our rhythms of work and prayer, family life and fun, anxiety and pain, rested and ready to receive one another as holy guests? To truly believe that mission is waiting to be born in us, in the form of family-biological and spiritual? In the form of surprise arrivals? In the openings between home and neighborhood, office and others?

Biblical rest isn’t an escape or a day-off to binge watch our favorite show, as fun and necessary as that may sometimes be. It’s a way to reframe mission and activate vision. As we learn to orbit the life of God in and around us, we slow down and make space. We realize how at work He already is. “Repent, and relax. How does that sound?”

“My presence will go before you and I will give you rest,” the Lord says (Exodus 33:14). We are a pilgrim people, A Tribe Called Rest, a moveable sabbath feast, with his presence as our paradigm, our potential, our pursuit. To engage mission in our time we must remember Abraham and Sarah-“the rock from which we’re cut”-and see the long pilgrimage of promise as the way forward, then and now, and that resting along the way makes hopeful openings to healthy homes, flourishing spirits, and a neighborly presence of readiness to serve.

And we remember Christ declaring Jubilee-Sabbath squared, basically-when he read from Isaiah 61 and finished by inaugurating “the year of the Lord’s favor” (scroll drop). Jesus is our fulfilled, embodied sabbath, initiating “the new Jubilee-the time in which God’s liberating purposes [come] at last to intersect with human life, generating a permanent state of Jubilee (N.T. Wright).” He unleashed a revolution of healing and restoration that is still turning the world upside down, flipping the script on tragedy, making wrongs right.

So go forth and rest. Find the openings, the pocket sabbaths in your life (coffee times, games, school drop-offs, parties, meals, liturgies, and yes, even meetings) and sit down. Be present to the promise of God to you. Be present to the people God has placed in your path. See what healing words and prayers emerge as you hold that space, what rich fare you will have to set before your neighbors as an offering of love. Host the holy guests that arrive at your table-strangers, angels, whomever-with the best stuff of your house.

Is it easy-or difficult-for you to rest? Why?
What would it look like for you to rest as a way, not a day?
Have you seen mission emanate from Sabbath, as with Abraham and his guests?

Jeremy Bryan is a teaching pastor, a kid’s musician, and a writer based in Milwaukee, WI. He has won many awards, including an Independent Publisher’s Award and a Parent’s Choice Gold Award for his writing with kid’s hip-hop group The Figureheads. He holds a Masters Degree in Liberal Studies from UW-Milwaukee and his thesis was published in the book Hip-Hop(e): The Cultural Practice and Critical Pedagogy of International Hip-Hop (Adolescent Cultures, School, and Society) which won the 2014 AESA (American Educational Studies Association) Critics Choice Award.

2018 Lenten Program continues

emotionally healthy spirituality book coverEmotionally Healthy Spirituality: Discipleship that Deeply Changes Your Relationship with God

Wednesday evenings through April 18

Join in this video and discussion series to learn about a life with God that goes beyond “tip of the iceberg spirituality” into transformation through Jesus Christ that touches the depth of our being.
Please sign up each week on the kiosk to bring a dish for the potluck.

 

Remaining Lenten Schedule

Now through March 21

6:30pm – Potluck
7:00pm – Evening Prayer and Study
8:15pm – Clean Up

March 7 – Going Back in Order to Go Forward
March 14 – Journey through the Wall
March 21 – Enlarge your Soul through Grief and Loss

Easter Schedule
April 4 – 18

6:45pm – Evening Prayer and Study
(No meal)

April 4 – Discover the Ancient Rhythms
April 11 – Grow into an Emotionally Mature Adult
April 18 – Go the Next Step to Develop A “Rule of Life

All Saints Alpha Youth continues

Youth AlphaWednesdays through May 9
6:30-8:45 pm
Dinner included

This 10-week outreach gathering helps young people to discuss the claims of Jesus in a welcoming, authentic, and challenging way. Please continue to pray for the youth of All Saints as they and their peers explore the Christian faith. Pray for our youth as they host this outreach endeavor. Pray for the youth are attending and for the leaders who are assisting as discussion leaders. If you are interested in committing to pray for the youth, please contact john@allsaintslb.com for more information that will help you pray with greater focus.

All Saints LA Deanery-wide Call to Prayer

Saturday, March 10
6:30-8:30 pm

Please join us for a special evening of intentional prayer in a contemplative setting. Prayer stations, prepared by All Saints parishioners, will display topics such as local community needs, sanctity of life, church plants, addiction, illnesses, missionaries, and more. There will even be a prayer station for your own personal prayer intentions. You will have an opportunity to move about the room at your own pace and pray individually at each prayer station. It is a wonderful opportunity to invite family and friends.

This particular evening is more suited for older youth, and adults. All are welcome; however, childcare will not be provided.

All Saints Prayer Minister

Daylight Savings 2018
Spring forward! Remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour on the night of Saturday, March 10. We officially change to daylight savings time at 2:00 am on Sunday, March 11.

Baby Shower for the Templins

Sunday, March 11
After the 10 AM service

Please join us to celebrate the upcoming birth of Randall and Juliana Templin’s new baby. They will be finding out the sex of the baby at the birth and would appreciate diapers or gift cards to amazon.com or Target.

Missional Opportunities

Alamitos Belmont Rehabilitation Hospital

at 4th and Termino<
Worship Services
Sundays, March 4, 18, 25
2:30-3:00 pm

Everyone is invited to attend a short service with the residents of AB, assist. Newcomers are always welcome!

3rd Saturday Meal for the Hungry

Saturday, March 17
8:30 – 11:15 am Set Up/Meal Prep
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 Dawn or sign up on the kiosk at church.

Used Pill Bottles Ministry

Our empty pill bottle ministry is ongoing. Instead of throwing these bottles away, bring them to church and place them in the basket located in the Parish Hall. They will be stripped of their labels and sanitized for re-use in less fortunate countries.

Stations of the Cross at Sunset

Friday, March 23
6:00 pm
at Hilltop Park on Signal Hill

Come to Hilltop Park on Signal Hill for an inspirational opportunity, an All Saints sponsored Stations of the Cross – outdoors at Hilltop Park on Signal Hill.

We’ll meet at 6:00 pm at the cul de sac at the end of Dawson Street. Dawson Street 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.

Please give yourself time to park and walk to the meet-up site.

The Stations will be experienced as a group, much like in church, with a reader and group responses. Handouts of the Stations liturgy 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 it rains. We anticipate a lovely sunset.

Palm Cross Making Party

Saturday, March 24
9:30-10:30 am
Parish Hall

We want you!
Who: the whole parish family, especially the kids.
Why: to make palm crosses for Palm Sunday.
Naturally…we’ll have some refreshments too.
See you there!

The Altar Guild

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Holy Week at All Saints

March 25-31

PALM SUNDAY- March 25 · 7:30 am and 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 IN HOLY WEEK- March 28 · 7:00 pm

Join us for a contemplative service based on The Seven Last Words of Jesus From The Cross. Through a mixture of structured liturgy, reflections, and intentional silence we will invite Our Lord to speak personally to us as we reflect on His very human, dying interactions.

MAUNDY THURSDAY- March 29

In the morning – by 11:00 am – 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 by 11:00 am. And to make them last longer, please don’t pick them too early!

7:00 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, with the clergy washing the feet of twelve volunteers. To participate as “one of the twelve disciples” and have your feet washed, please sign up on the kiosk at church, or email Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com. 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.

THE WATCH- March 29-30 · 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 at church and keep watch during one-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 30

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 Devotion to 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.

7:00 pm – Evensong with sermon in the church, followed by Stations of the Cross – a service depicting Christ carrying the cross to his crucifixion, his final hours, and his entombment.

HOLY SATURDAY- March 31

9:00 am – Proper Liturgy for Holy Saturday (no Mass)

2:00-3:00 pm – The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions) will be available in the church. Appointments need not be made for this period of time.

Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day

April 1

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 readings recount God’s mighty acts and promises; 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 8:00 am).
Email Dawn, or sign up on the kiosk at church – 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 at 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 we experience the somber wooden cross of Good Friday as it becomes the glorious flowered cross of Easter.

Holy Days in March

March 21
Feast of St. Joseph (tr)
Evening Prayer at 7:00 pm
in the Parish Hall

February 2018 Carillon from All Saints Cathedral

2018 Lenten (and into Easter) Program

Wednesday evenings
February 21 – April 18

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality CoverThis year, our Lenten Program theme deals with our love for God and others, which is the Summary of the Law. Fr. Scott will lead us in an eight-week, video-driven, and group facilitated study titled Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Discipleship that Deeply Changes Your Relationship with God, by Peter & Geri Scazzero. It’s an introduction into a life with God that goes beyond “tip of the iceberg spirituality” (that which touches the surface while neglecting the heart and emotions that lay deep beneath the “water”) into transformation through Jesus Christ that touches the depth of our being.

Please sign up each week on the kiosk to bring a dish for the dessert-less potluck.

Lenten Schedule
February 21 – March 21

6:30pm – Potluck
7:00pm – Evening Prayer and Study
8:15pm – Clean Up

February 21 – The Problem of Emotionally Unhealthy Spirituality
February 28 – Know Yourself That You May Know God
March 7 – Going Back in Order to Go Forward
March 14 – Journey through the Wall
March 21 – Enlarge your Soul through Grief and Loss

Easter Schedule
April 4 – 18

6:45pm – Evening Prayer and Study
(No meal)

April 4 – Discover the Ancient Rhythms
April 11 – Grow into an Emotionally Mature Adult
April 18 – Go the Next Step to Develop A “Rule of Life”

Schedule for Annual Parish Meeting and Brunch

Sunday, February 11
9:00 am – Holy Eucharist
Brunch and Meeting follow service
NO 7:30 Mass
NO Discipleship Hour

Everyone is encouraged to come for our brunch, fellowship and important annual parish meeting. And please email Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com or sign up on the kiosk at church –

To Help –
Saturday, February 10 at 2:00 pm for prep of food
Sunday, February 11 at 7:00 am for set up and after the meeting for clean up

To Eat – so we know how much food to prepare

All Saints Alpha Youth Program


Wednesdays, February 21 – May 9
6:30-8:45 pm
Dinner included*

The Youth of All Saints will be hosting its first ever Alpha Youth Program. This will be a 10-week outreach gathering that helps young people to discuss the claims of Jesus in a welcoming, authentic, and challenging way.

Please feel free to invite any youth you know who might be interested and contact john@allsaintslb.com to sign them up.

Please pray for the youth of All Saints who will have the opportunity to invite their peers to explore the Christian faith and to host this outreach endeavor. Pray for the youth who will be attending and for the leaders who will be assisting as discussion leaders. If you are interested in committing to praying for our Alpha Youth Program, please contact john@allsaintslb.com for more information that will help you pray with greater focus.

*During Lent youth will join the potluck dinner.

Missional Opportunities

Alamitos Belmont Rehabilitation Hospital
at 4th and Termino

Worship Services
Sundays, February 4, 18, 25
2:30-3:00 pm

Everyone is invited to attend a short service with the residents of AB. Newcomers are always welcome!

Valentine’s Candlelight Dinner
Tuesday, February 6
1:30 pm Set up & decorate
5:15 pm Serve dinner

Must be dressed in black bottoms with white top. Red scarf, tie, etc. is lovely accent. Children accompanied by parents must be 13 and above. To help, please email Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com or sign up on the kiosk at church.

3rd Saturday Meal for the Hungry

Saturday, February 17
8:30 – 11:15 am Set Up/Meal Prep
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 Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com or sign up on the kiosk at church.

Used Pill Bottles Ministry

Calling all used pill bottles! Instead of throwing those bottles away, consider donating them to be used to distribute medicine in less fortunate countries. Your used bottles will be stripped of their labels and sanitized for re-use in countries that don’t have the luxury of the same pharmaceutical system we enjoy in the United States. Please bring them to church and place them in the basket located in the Parish Hall.

Precious Lamb Preschool: Toddler Room Laundry Help

A volunteer or two are needed who are willing to pick up toddler room sheets and blankets from Precious Lamb Preschool on Friday afternoons, clean them and return them to the school on Monday mornings. If you can help or are interested in more information, please email info@preciouslamb.org.

A Day of Mission Partnership
Saturday, February 10
Pray, Give, Hike!

Initiated by Holy Spirit, San Diego, members and friends of the Diocese of Western Anglicans are invited to join together in a Day of Mission Partnership. The purpose for this event is to build awareness of, and participation in, the mission priorities being pursued by the Diocese of Western Anglicans. These priorities include:

  1. Anglican Urban Initiative
  2. Belize – Fr. David and Mary Beth Alenskis
  3. Bolivia – Fr. Bely and Claire Soleto
  4. Hispanic Mission Initiative – Fr. Juan and Maria Marentes
  5. Southeast Asia – Fr. Lee and Pum Mullins, Fr. Michael
  6. University Campus Initiative

PRAY

Everyone is invited and encouraged to pray for these initiatives. A prayer packet with more information about each mission can be found here (materials were prepared for the event in San Diego).

HIKE and/or GIVE
St. Luke’s has invited us to join their hike in Griffith Park that day:
8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Bring your own lunch.
Raise funds for these missions by asking people to sponsor you (suggested amount is $25 payable to All Saints).

Join St. Luke’s to hike Dante’s Peak in Griffith Park. It is a three-mile hike. Meet at 8:00 am at the far end of the Observatory Parking Lot. As the parking lots in Griffith Park fill up early on a Saturday, timeliness will be important. During the hike, the group will break into six prayer groups (one for each of the six initiatives listed below) at a place near or at the summit which has the best view of Los Angeles. The hike is expected to finish by 2:00 pm.

Shrove Tuesday

February 13–in homes

Shrove Tuesday, known by some as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, is an important but often underappreciated day in the Church Calendar. This day stands with a foot in two Church seasons. It is a day that celebrates the good news revealed during the Season of Epiphany, and it prepares us for the journey into the Season of Lent.

Our Liturgical Calendar invites us to shape our weeks, months, and years on the pattern of Christ’s life. This cyclical, ritualistic journey through the events of Christ’s life reminds us of the profound Christian doctrine. Those who claim Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are no longer living their own lives. They have in the words of St. Paul, “become one with Christ.” His life is their life. They are not their own but his.

St. Paul described this reality as a great mystery that he lived to understand more deeply and live out more faithfully. Given that context, Shrove Tuesday invites us to take a moment to celebrate this mystery, laying hold of the identity we find in the season of Epiphany and soberly looking forward to the work of Lent which can be described as shedding our false identities.

Without this day of preparation where we are joyfully looking backward and forward, the season of Lent can become a season of deprivation without meaning. Without the good news of Epiphany, we lose the purpose of Lent as a sober but joyful time to reject the false supports and twisted ideals that get in the way of resting in our Epiphany identity. And without Lent, without the intentional discipline of saying no to the Flesh and yes to the Spirit, Epiphany remains distant and detached from us. Without Lent, Epiphany belongs to Christ alone and has little power to transfigure our lives.

As you prepare for Lent, let Shrove Tuesday be more than a chance to eat and drink. Do that, and do it with joy, but do it as an intentional act of celebration of who you are in Christ and with a sober understanding that this Holy Identity requires you to undertake an important journey. A journey that Jesus himself undertook. You are being called, like Jesus, freshly baptized and declared the beloved Child of God, to go out into the wilderness. To face with Jesus the places where your heart still doubts the truth that you are in fact God’s beloved child.

Here you will find a Shrove Tuesday Reflection. As you gather friends and family around a table to share a meal, consider using these readings and prayers as a way to intentionally celebrate the end of Epiphany and to prepare for the Season of Lent. God bless you and keep you.

John Calley

Ash Wednesday

February 14
Mass at 10:00 am and 7:00 pm

The season of Lent begins Wednesday, February 14. 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.

Engage Training for Youth Mentors

Saturday, March 3
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
at All Saints

All Saints Cathedral is honored to be hosting this diocesan event where Young Anglican Project trainers will teach participants how to choose a young person to ENGAGE with, how to make the initial approach, and how to study the Bible together with that young person.

In addition, during the training, participants will be matched with coaches who will provide ongoing support and encouragement in the important role of building the Christian faith of young people.

Cost: $30

Contact John Calley at john@allsaintslb.com to sign-up or for more information.

Mark Your Calendar: March 10 Call to Prayer!

6:30-8:30 pm

All Saints will be hosting an LA Deanery-wide Call to Prayer from 6:30-8:30 pm on Saturday, March 10. As Archbishop Foley wrote recently,

The pain and suffering in our world is not going away, but when God opens your eyes to it, He is also equipping you through His Spirit to do something about it. Hear this prayer the Apostle Paul prayed for the Ephesians: “I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you…” (Ephesians 1:16f). Let’s stay on task and not get sidetracked from His purposes!

Prayer stations will be set up in a contemplative setting inviting you to be present and join in prayer at your own pace for topics such as local community needs, sanctity of life, church plants, addiction, illnesses, missionaries, and more. There will even be a prayer station for your own personal prayer intentions. It is a wonderful opportunity to invite family and friends.

This particular evening is more suited for older children, youth, and adults. All are welcome; however, childcare will not be provided.

~ All Saints Prayer Ministry

Arend’s Songwriting Retreat Reflection

On a weekend in January, I had the privilege with our very own Sam Grummons to attend a songwriting retreat in Mountain View, CA, nestled in Silicon Valley. I haven’t had a worship experience quite like this before, in which I felt peculiarly connected to the present (and to the Present One), offering to God in the form of song what was my current emotional state, and sharing that song in worship with my fellow songwriters. I’ve been in a season in which I find myself insatiably and sometimes, if I’m honest, despairingly hungry for the Lord’s presence. To that end, it was a spiritually nourishing weekend.

The retreat was hosted by United Adoration, a songwriting ministry of the Greenhouse Movement in the ACNA. From their website, United Adoration “is a worldwide songwriting community committed to creating songs with local songwriters and releasing them for use in the sacramental church.”

As co-founder Dave Frincke welcomed us in prayer for our retreat, we sat still in watchful expectation for what songs the Lord would inspire, and the palpable presence of the Holy Spirit rested heavy on us like a wool blanket. After prayer, we broke off into creative free-time, and motifs and melodies rang in each room of the house of our host family.

Leaving the retreat house, I went for a brisk walk around the neighborhood to pay attention to my thoughts and hopefully run into some inspiration. I had finished writing a song the week before the retreat, a prayer, “Come to me,” longing for the presence of the Lord. If only now He would come to me again with His guiding Wisdom and His inspiring Spirit, I could sing a new song, but until then, I’d be struggling to wrest this creative block from within me.

Back while we were praying, we were invited to read in silence a collection of liturgical prayers centered around Easter. Maybe the Lord will give us new songs for this Easter, and maybe these prayers will help inspire us. I was struck by this prayer of confession: “Like Thomas in the upper room, we are slow to believe. Lord, have mercy.” As rumors of Jesus’ resurrection were circulating, Thomas still having not yet seen the risen Jesus, became more and more desperate to see Him and believe; so as my night came to a close, and not yet having much to show for a song, I found myself more and more desperate for the Lord to come to me with His inspiration.

And that became my song, “Oh, that I may see Him, the risen Jesus,” a song I look forward to sharing with you all this Easter.

What a joy it was to share the weekend with other songwriters and worshipers, my newfound sisters and brothers. I saw the Creator Spirit alive in each of us, yielding such beautifully unique songs. And then I understood the importance of the work of United Adoration. I kept remarking about how each song sounded so unlike the types of worship songs I’ve grown so used to hearing. Each individual songwriter gifted us with an expression of worship that brought diversity to what expressions were previously available to us. Maybe this is why the psalms bid us to sing a new song. Sam called this “united, not uniform,” and so are we called to be in the Kingdom of God: each a part of the communion of saints, each singing a new song. Come Holy Spirit, uniting all of us and inspiring each of us.

Arend

Next Parish Baptisms

Easter Sunday, April 1
5:30 am

The next parish baptisms will be held on Easter Day, April 1 at 5:30 am. Pre-baptismal training sessions will be held in March. Attendance at these three 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 ruth@allsaintslb.com or 562-438-3650. Subsequent days for baptism will be May 20 (Day of Pentecost) and November 4 (All Saints Sunday).

All Saints Carillon January 2018

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Celebrating The Epiphany with the Feast of Lights and the Baptism of Our Lord

Sunday, January 7
7:30 and 10:00 am

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 and the Baptism of Our Lord with Mass with the Feast of Lights and the Renewal of our Baptismal Vows.

After the service, we will take the Christmas decorations out the church. We need your help! Bring your gloves, wire cutters and shop vacs. Refreshments will be served.

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New Adult Discipleship Hour Class

Beginning Sunday, January 7
9:00 am

This month we are beginning a new study and facilitated discussion of the Book of Hebrews. Hebrews exalts the person and work of Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior. Hebrews also ‘connects the dots’ between the Old and the New Testaments, describing the relationship between Jewish and Gentile believers. All are welcome…and bring your Bible and a friend!

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Pledge Envelopes for 2018 Available

Pick up your 2018 pledge envelopes at church on Sundays. These envelopes have been issued to all who pledged for the year 2018 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 envelopes for you, please request them through Randi in the parish office, 562-438-3650 or randi@allsaintslb.com.

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Missional Opportunities

Alamitos Belmont Rehabilitation Hospital

Worship Services
Sundays, January 7, 21, 28
2:30-3:00 pm | at 4th and Termino

Everyone is invited to attend a short service with the residents of AB. Newcomers are always welcome!

Third Saturday Meal for the Hungry

Saturday, January 20
8:30 – 11:15 am Set Up/Meal Prep
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 Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com or sign up on the kiosk at church.

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Annual Reports Due – January 15

This is a friendly reminder that annual reports for 2017 are due from staff and ministry leaders to the parish administrator (ruth@allsaintslb.com) no later than January 15. Thank you for your cooperation!
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Annual Parish Meeting and Lunch

Sunday, February 11
11:45 am

Our annual parish meeting follows a lunch, which begins immediately after the 10:00 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 and a time to transact necessary business, and to receive an update on the state of our parish, and all members can have input into the decision-making processes of the parish.

We will adopt a parish budget for 2018 and hear important reports. We will also elect this year’s three new 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!

Email Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com, or sign up on the kiosk at church to help and to eat.

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Holy Days in January

Jan. 8
Feast of the Epiphany (tr)
Feast of Lights & Baptism of Our Lord
Mass at 7:30 am and 10:00 am

Jan. 17
Feast of the Confession of St. Peter (tr)
Mass at 6:45 pm

Jan. 24
Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul (tr)
Mass at 6:45 pm
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An Advent and Christmas Thank You

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

  • John Calley for the Advent and Christmas Wreath readings, and those who read and lit the candles.
  • John Calley, Caren and Dan Spilsbury and all who made our Living Nativity so inviting, festive, and fun.
  • Our Altar Guild for their preparation for Advent and Christmastide Eucharists.
  • John Calley and all who assisted at the joyous Family Christmas Eve Service.
  • John Calley and Sam Austin for creating the Christmas Ornament given to the children at the Family Christmas Eve Mass.
  • Arend Jessurun, Sarah Boerner, and all our musicians and choir for enhancing our worship with their beautiful music.
  • Our acolytes, lay readers, and ushers for their important jobs well done.
  • Our parish staff and volunteers who worked hard on many details.
  • Everyone who contributed for the purchase of the Christmas poinsettias.
  • Caren and Dan Spilsbury and all who helped decorate the church for Christmas.
  • To all those unnamed and those who worked behind the scenes.
  • The people and guests of the parish who attended and participated in the Advent and Christmas services.
  • Jim Hearn and those who led a Christmas Eve service at Alamitos Belmont Rehabilitation Hospital.
  • To all the Lay Eucharistic Visitors who brought the reserved sacrament to those who could not attend 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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Next Parish Baptisms

Easter Sunday, April 1
5:30 am

The next parish baptisms will be held on Easter Day, April 1 at 5:30 am. Pre-baptismal training sessions will be held in March. Attendance at these three 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 ruth@allsaintslb.com or 562-438-3650. Subsequent days for baptism will be May 20 (Day of Pentecost) and November 4 (All Saints Sunday).
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All Saints Carillon Dec 2017

Archbishop Foley Beach

from a Shepherd’s Heart

Published in ACNA’s The Apostle, Fall 2017

Staying on Task

One of the significant events in a believer’s walk with the Lord is when He begins to open your eyes to see the harvest field around you. You begin to see your hurting friend. You see the struggling family down the street. You see the fellow employee addicted to porn. You see a widower who is alone and isolated. You see a person being neglected and left out because she is new to the country. You see a man with four children and one on the way who has just lost his job because of downsizing. You see a lady down the street who is struggling with heart issues.

This awareness can be overwhelming, frustrating, and paralyzing for the follower of Jesus. It can be discouraging and painful. Even more, you may ask: “What do I do and how do I respond when I see whole communities destroyed because of weather related events?” Added to all of this is the vitriol and violence we now see in the public square and in the political arena. The cultural and ideological war in which we now find ourselves in the West can be quite disturbing and unsettling. Many followers of Jesus are not sure how to engage, if to engage, or the appropriate place to engage all of these challenges.

As Christians we cannot put our heads in the sand and ignore what the Lord is showing us. When He gives a person insight, perspective, or awareness, He expects that person to use this insight in His wisdom, with His guidance, and for His purposes. It is so easy to allow obstacles to get us off task, away from the calling God has placed on all our lives as His followers.

Jesus said: “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Luke 10:2). There is a plentiful harvest all around us here in North America! Therefore, “pray earnestly” to God asking Him to send forth helpers. We should do all we can to help and serve,but this does not necessarily mean that we are to do it alone. Ask God for helpers. He will answer your prayers. Jesus tells us here that it is “His” harvest. Our role is to be faithful in doing our part, and faithful in asking God for more help.

All around us we see evidence that the human heart is wounded and hurt. Theologically and Biblically we understand this is the result of sin (Romans 3:23). However, we also know that Jesus provides the answer, the forgiveness, the healing, and the renewing of the human heart by His death and resurrection from the dead. It is by faith that we call on Him and receive His goodness into our lives. And yet, it is up to us not only to share with others how He has brought healing and new life to our lives, but to disciple others to be able to do the same.

The pain and suffering in our world is not going away, but when God opens your eyes to it, He is also equipping you through His Spirit to do something about it. Hear this prayer the Apostle Paul prayed for the Ephesians: “I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that He may know the hope to which He has called you…” (Ephesians 1:16f). Let’s stay on task and not get sidetracked from His purposes!

+ Foley Beach
The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate
Anglican Church in North America

2018 Anglican Church Year Calendars are Coming

Once again, our Altar Guild is offering liturgical church calendars for the new year. These 2018 ACNA Church calendars will be available on Sunday, December 31st. 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 payable to the All Saints Altar Guild will help defray the costs of the calendars and will be gratefully be accepted.

How Should I Give?

2 Corinthians 8-9
By Canon Roseberry

GENEROUSLY

Giving should be generated by God’s grace working in us—it’s what naturally follows once we’ve recognized God’s gift to us and we’ve given our lives to him.

VOLUNTARILY

We give freely because we want to worship God and participate in his work—church leaders shouldn’t have to pressure Christians to give.

CONFIDENTLY

Giving doesn’t leave us anxious and empty-handed—we trust that as we give God will continue to care and provide for us faithfully.

PERSONALLY

Giving isn’t simply a corporate act of the church—it is a calling that each individual disciple of Jesus must learn to follow.

PURPOSEFULLY

Giving isn’t a random or last-minute activity—we carefully and prayerfully consider our gifts with God and the needs of others in mind.

CONSISTENTLY

Giving is an ongoing discipline meant to shape us into the image of Jesus—by committing to give regularly throughout our lives, we learn to want what God wants.

PROPORTIONATELY

We give what we are able, trusting that our faithful gifts please God and serve others—we don’t have to compare our giving to those who have received more.

CHEERFULLY

Giving allows us to draw closer to God’s heart—it’s an opportunity to experience abundance and joy even in the midst of hardship and pain.

SACRIFICIALLY

We give as Jesus gave, which means that it should cost us something—in giving sacrificially, we model the love of Jesus to the world and glorify God.

Mary, Bearer of Light

Mary Bearer of Light
Mary, Bearer of Light…
But what light does she bear?
See her robes dripping with golden light.
Surely it is the Light of the Christ.
In her body the Light of Christ came down to us.
But the light she bears is ours as well.
See the flames that dance and spark up into the darkness above.
The little lights in her robe remind us of a candle placed in the window
A burning prayer, a silent word of hope, for a loved one’s return.
But this is not a sentimental image of a single candle braving the night.
Mary’s robes gather all the flames of God’s faithful people
In her own submission she offers them up together; a chorus of lights.
Mary’s hands beckon. Perhaps they wait to receive her God in her arms.
But perhaps she invites us to offer up our own little lights of waiting?
If we do, will we also receive the one who follows its light to our door?
May the Light of Hope ascend from our hearts this Advent.
May the Light of Christ descend upon us this Christmas.
In the end, may we find that they turn out to be one.

Confessions

Saturday, December 16
9:00-11:00 am in the church

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions) will be available on Saturday, December 16, in the church. Appointments are not needed.

Living Nativity

Sunday, December 10
5:30-7:30 pm

Come! Enjoy live animals, story, songs, crafts, and refreshments. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors! And come, help make this happen—on or off stage! Sign up in the Parish Hall to help with any of the following:

  • Cast – kids & adults
  • Costumers
  • Backstage Parents
  • Craft Helpers
  • Animal Helpers
  • Set Builders
  • Refreshment Servers
  • Holiday Appetizer & Dessert Donators
  • Clean Up Crew

A Mass of Healing and Hope

Wednesday, December 20
6:45 pm

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 opportunity 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

Missional Opportunities

Alamitos Belmont Rehabilitation Hospital Worship Services

Sundays, Dec. 3, 17, 24, & 31
2:30-3:00 pm | at 4th and Termino

Everyone is invited to attend a short service with the residents of AB. Newcomers are always welcome!

3rd Saturday Christmas Meal for the Hungry

Saturday, December 16
8:30 – 11:15 am Set Up/Meal Prep
11:15 am – 1:00 pm Serve/Clean up

We’d like to serve a special Christmas meal with all the trimmings to our guests, the poor and hungry in our community, and extend the love of Jesus to them. To accomplish this, we need your help:

To help on the day of this meal—email Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com or sign up on the kiosk at church.
To help cover the extra cost—make checks payable to All Saints Church and note “Third Saturday Meal” on the memo line; place in the offering plate or bring to the parish office.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Christmas Eve Family Mass 5:00 pm
Christmas celebration at All Saints begins with our Christmas Eve Children’s Creche Mass. This informal service allows children to participate and draw near to the Lord as we celebrate the day of Christ’s birth. We will sing familiar carols and use a simpler form to celebrate the Eucharist.

Deck the Hall for Christmas

Sunday, December 24
after the 9 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. Refreshments provided.

Sign up on the kiosk at church, or contact Caren through the parish office at 562-438-3650 or office@allsaintslb.com.

Christmas Eve – Christ Mass 11:00 pm
We invite you to join us for our Christ Mass, with incense, celebrating the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Christmas Day 10:00 am
On Christmas Day, we will celebrate with a morning Mass.

Christmas Altar Flowers

You are welcome to help adorn the church with poinsettias for Christmas by giving a donation for poinsettias. If you wish to give flowers in celebration or in memory of someone, please make checks payable to All Saints Altar Guild, then mail, bring to the church office, or place it in the offering basin at any service. Please include the names of those you wish remembered and print legibly. The cost for one poinsettia plant is $25. However, any amount given is welcome as donations can be combined to purchase the plants. Names received in the parish office by Sunday, December 17, will appear in the Christmas bulletins.

Deck the Hall for Christmas

Sunday, December 24
after the 9 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. Refreshments provided.

Sign up on the kiosk at church, or contact Caren through the parish office at 562-438-3650 or office@allsaintslb.com.

Advent & Christmas Music Invitation

Dear worshipping family,

I’d like to invite you to consider participating in our choir or band this Advent and Christmas season. You will be actively taking part in inspiring others in song and creating a space for worship. Many who attended and sang with us for the Cathedral Dedication were inspired by the large choir that joined us. My hope is that worshipping with the multitude would become a regular experience at All Saints. When we worship and look on the church choir and congregation, we are getting a glimpse of that multitudinous choir in heaven. As we celebrate this season of Heaven Himself coming down to meet us, let us join our hearts and voices to that saintly choir!

Choir rehearsals are 7:30-8:45pm on Thursday nights, and choir and band rehearsals are 9-9:50am before the 10am service on Sunday mornings. 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 (but we would be happy to have you become a regular volunteer as well). If you’re interested or have any inquiries, please email me at arend@allsaintslb.com.

Shalom,
Arend

Holy Days in December

DECEMBER 24
Advent Mass at 9:00 am
Decorating the Church for Christmas at 10:30 am, refreshments served
Christmas Eve Family Mass at 5:00 pm
Christ Mass at 11:00 pm

DECEMBER 25
Christmas Day Mass at 10:00 am

DECEMBER 28
St. John, Apostle and Evangelist
Evening Prayer 6:45-7:15 pm