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February 2017 Carillon from All Saints

Jessica Greenlee Newsletter

Contents for the February 2017 Carillon from All Saints

Bishop Keith Andrews Visitation February 4-5
The Rector’s Offering
Long Beach Rescue Mission Needs
Missional Opportunities
The Prayer of Examen: A Spiritual Disciplin
Good Friday At 5:15PM
Next Parish Baptisms
Meal Train Ministry
Shrove Tuesday at Home
Ash Wednesday
Holy Days in February

Bishop Keith Andrew’s Visitation this Weekend

This Saturday, February 4

Breakfast with Bonhoeffer
9:00-1:00 pm
Lunch is served; breakfast is not.

This Sunday, February 5

Worship services at 7:30 and 10:00 am
Reception at 11:45 am for Bishop Keith and the confirmands

Prayer:
Please continue to pray for Bishop Keith’s visitation to All Saints this weekend, that God’s plans and purposes be fulfilled and His kingdom advanced.

Picture-takers still needed:
We have not heard that anyone could take photographs during the Bishop’s visit. So we are asking every person who attends any event, meeting, or service this weekend, to please take photos and send them to Ruth in the parish office: ruth@allsaintslb.com.

Loose Offerings this Sunday:
The loose offerings collected this Sunday will be given to the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund, which is used to support clergy and congregation needs which are beyond normally budgeted resources.

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The Rector’s Offering

I recommend to you this timely article by Bp. Todd Hunter of the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others, ACNA. Fr. Scott+

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This past weekend, we found ourselves asking with fresh urgency: What can we—as followers of Christ, as a diocese, as a province—do to love our global neighbors who are suffering in the greatest humanitarian crisis of all time?

This is not the place to enumerate and debate all the legitimate issues surrounding the refugee crisis happening around the world. I know that reasonable politicians, police forces and regular people have profound reservations about the effect of immigration on national security; especially the fear that caring for immigrant refugees may inadvertently let terrorists in to our country. People on both sides of the aisle frequently misread Divine intention on a given issue, which is why I try to avoid partisan issues and teach about things that transcend, but include politics—namely Jesus and the in-breaking of the kingdom of God.

In this case, I am compelled to talk to you about love. I wonder: What if love actually makes us safer, closer to the heart of God and centered in the kingdom now at work among us? What if instead of closing our gates and our hearts, we could secure ourselves in that kingdom, such that fear would be engulfed by intuitive generosity flowing from us? We don’t live in a theocracy, and we can’t impose our will on a government (but write them or call them if you feel so moved), but we can do what we can do. For example, the Rev. Jed Roseberry and Restoration Anglican Church in Texas have welcomed and embraced a refugee family from Syria. They are living life with this family, meeting their daily needs.

The widow, the orphan and the stranger all have a special place in the heart of God. We want his heart—and we want their good. We respect public policy—and acknowledge it is a complex task to get it right. But as Christians we don’t have to choose between security and love: we demonstrate love from the secure basis of God’s love for us, his whole creation and his intention to bring it to its telos. If you’re interested in the prescribed treatment of refugees in the Old Testament, check out this blog by our Canon Theologian Scot McKnight.

As we contemplate how God’s love prompts us to action, I entrust to you Micah 6.8: “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” As a diocese, we must base our response on justice, kindness and humility before God. Here are a few tangible things I believe we can do to help.

In all that we do, let us do it in love, grace, and thankfulness – and all for the glory of God.

Peace,

Bp. Todd Hunter

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Long Beach Rescue Mission Needs

Goods and food needed:

  • socks for men, women and children (youngest are infants over 6 months)
  • canned food
  • standard size pillow cases
  • toiletries – razors, shaving cream, deodorant, toothpaste

Whatever you can contribute will be gratefully accepted. Please bring any items to church and place them in the barrels located in the Parish Hall.  Thank you!

Volunteers wanted:

Volunteers can assist in such areas as

  • food service
  • music
  • the arts
  • mentoring
  • class instruction
  • and more

Their next mandatory volunteer orientation will be at 9:00 am on February 11. For more information please call 310-212-5009.

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Missional Opportunities

Worship Services at Alamitos Belmont Rehabilitation Hospital

Sunday, February 5 – Mass
Sunday, February 19 – Evening Prayer
2:30-3:00 pm
3901 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90814
in the Dining Hall

All Saints parishioners are invited to attend these brief services, and encouraged to sit with residents, being an extension of God’s love as we worship together.

St. Valentine’s Day Dinner at Alamitos Belmont

Thursday, Feb 9
1:30 pm Set up & decorate
5:00 pm Serve dinner

Dressy waiter attire desired (black bottoms, white tops, and red accent – no jeans please). Please sign up at the Kiosk, or email dawn@allsaintslb.com, to help.

All Saints 3rd Saturday Feed the Hungry Meal

Saturday, February 18
8:30 – 11:15 am Set Up/Cook
11:15 am – 1:00 pm Serve/Clean up

Come be a part of this missional opportunity to feed the poor and hungry in our community. Please sign up at the Kiosk, or email dawn@allsaintslb.com, to help.

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The Prayer of Examen: A Spiritual Discipline

Continues on Wednesday evenings, February 15 and 22
7:15-8:30 pm

Individual prayer is a rich tradition of our faith. A spiritual discipline that offers a great way to pray is the St. Ignatian Examen. More than 400 years ago St. Ignatius Loyola encouraged prayer-filled mindfulness by proposing what has been called the Daily Examen. The Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and to discern his direction for us. The discipline is based upon reflecting on these statements such as:

  • Become aware of God’s presence.
  • Review the day with gratitude.
  • Pay attention to your emotions.
  • Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.
  • Look toward tomorrow.

In this class we are introducing and practicing this discipline together following our 6:45 pm worship service. All are welcome to join in!

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Good Friday At 5:15PM

Three Friday and Saturday evenings during Lent

More props are needed. Check out the needs list here. Also, please sign up on the kiosk if you can provide any of these props. Contact Bill Austin for more information or if you have any questions about GF515.

Watch for more information about inviting your friends, family, and neighbors!

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Next Parish Baptisms

April 16 – Easter Day
5:30 am

The next baptisms will be held on April 16, at the 5:30 am Easter Vigil. Pre-baptismal training sessions will be held on three prior Sundays at 9:00 am. Attendance at these sessions is mandatory for all adult candidates and all parents of infant candidates. Also, attendance at the final session is required for sponsors and godparents. If you desire to be baptized or have a child baptized, or if you have any questions, please contact ruth@allsaintslb.com in the parish office by March 1. Subsequent days for baptism will be June 4 (Day of Pentecost) and November 5 (All Saints Sunday).

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Meal Train Ministry

This report was inadvertently omitted from our 2016 Annual Parish Report. This ministry is important and much appreciated by those who received the meals.

The Meal Train ministry was established in 2016 to provide meals to families experiencing challenges, such as surgery, the birth of a baby, or the loss of a loved one. In its first year, we were able to provide meals to four families and hope to continue to provide this important act of service to our community in 2017. We are blessed to be able to enter parishioner’s homes during their times of need to provide this basic gift. If you are interested in joining this ministry or need meals due to an event in the life of your family, thank you for contacting the parish office.

Dorothy Calley
Coordinator

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Shrove Tuesday

Tuesday, February 28
at home

The past few years have seen a decline in the number of parishioners attending our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Suppers, so this year we are foregoing this communal celebration. Instead, we encourage you to invite your friends, family, and neighbors to your home for a pancake supper. You can take this opportunity to share the meaning and traditions of Shrove Tuesday, and perhaps Ash Wednesday and Lent as well, gently introducing them to another aspect of the Christian faith. Information and resources will be available for you later this month.

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Ash Wednesday

March 1
Masses at 10:00 am and 7:00 pm

The season of Lent begins Wednesday, March 1. Lent is a forty-day period (excluding Sundays) where all the faithful in Christ enter into a time of self-examination, repentance, prayer, and study, to prepare for the great Easter celebration feast.

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

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

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Holy Days in February

Feb 1
Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (tr)
Mass at 6:45 pm

Feb 22
Feast of St. Matthias, the Apostle (tr)
Mass at 6:45 pm

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Jessica GreenleeFebruary 2017 Carillon from All Saints