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January 2016 All Saints Carillon

Contents

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

Epiphany: Without Light, We Cannot See

From the Rector

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Experiencing and sharing the light of Christ,
Fr. Scott

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Celebrating The Epiphany: The Feast of Lights

Evensong & Mass
Wednesday, January 6
6:45 pm

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

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

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Annual Parish Meeting and Lunch

Sunday, January 24
11:45 am

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

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

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

Mark your calendar today so you can join in!

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

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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Tuesday, February 9 6:30 pm

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

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Ash Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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An Advent and Christmas Thank You

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

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

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

Fr. Scott+

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Pledge Envelopes for 2016 Available

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

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

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Next Parish Baptisms

Easter Day, March 27
5:30 am

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

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Tithes and Offerings

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

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

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Holy Days in January

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

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

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

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December 2015 Carrilon

Autumn Church

Contents

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

Adult Discipleship Hour during Advent

Sundays at 9:00 am

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

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

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Advent and Christmas Musicians wanted

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

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

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

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Christmas Flowers Donations

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

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

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

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

Yours in Christ,

Vondi Forrester
Altar Guild Directress

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Women’s Christmas Dinner

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

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

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Living Nativity

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

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

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

John Calley
Director of Youth and Children Ministries

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Missional Opportunity –

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

Saturday, December 19

8:30 am – setup and meal prep

11:15 am – serve and clean up

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

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

Thank you!

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A Mass of Healing and Hope

Healing and Hop3Saturday, December 19 9:00 am Mass

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

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

Fr. Scott+

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Deck the Hall for Christmas

Sunday, December 20 after the 10 am service

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

Details will be forthcoming. Sign up on the kiosk.

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

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2016 Church Year Calendars are Coming

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

Why this calendar?

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

Christmas Communion for Shut-Ins

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

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

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Holy Days in December

and the Christmas Service Schedule

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

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

Dec. 25
Christmas Day
Holy Eucharist at 10 am

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

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

Schedule for Confessions – to be announced

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November 2015 Carillon

Autumn Church

Autumn Leaves

CONTENTS

-The Spirituality of Slowing Down and Shutting Up

– From the Rector

– All Saints’ Sunday

 -All Souls’ Day

-Standard Time begins Nov 1

-Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

-See’s Candy Youth Fundraiser

Missional Opportunity

-Living Nativity

-Thanksgiving Day Eucharist and Food Ingathering

-Advent and Christmas Notes: Seasonal Choir & Musicians

-Women’s Christmas Dinner

-Good Friday 5:15 Update

-Next Parish Baptisms

-Tithes and Offerings

-How We Love Sexually Seminar

-Holy Days in November

 

The Spirituality of Slowing Down and Shutting Up

How do you connect with God in a society of perpetual noise and busyness?

Man walkingby Bishop Todd Hunter

The word “addict” may conjure images of a disheveled drug-user. But relatively few people are addicted to drugs. However, judging by the way we drive, the way we zone out on mobile devices (even when surrounded by friends), and the way we distract ourselves with multiple forms of media, it seems many of us are in the addictive grip of noise and hurry.

An addiction’s power resides in the lies it tells us.

On the surface certain stimuli look pleasurable. And they do in fact provide  a moment of pleasure or numbness or distraction. But addictive powers are dehumanizing and soul-destroying. Addicts lose the ability to self-regulate and eventually the stimulus gains mastery over their lives. Everything in an addict’s life is negatively altered. Relationships with family, friends, God-they all suffer.

Everyone would agree that alcoholism and compulsive gambling are destructive. But what about noise and hurry? Most of assume noise and hurry to be just a part of life. But are they really benign, unavoidable realities? Or do they have the same life-destroying, idolatrous power as drugs and alcohol? I believe they do. And just like other addictions, they damage our relationships, especially our relationship with God.

The spiritual practices of being silent and slowing down are the way out of this trap. They have the potential to restore a rich and intimate relationship with God

The right kind of rest

The deepest contentment is not derived from external excitement, but through inward rest. Yet we’re constantly told to “rest” by cultivating a heightened state of excitement. But constant audio and visual input pushes God to the margins. Over-stimulation shakes our lives like an Etch-A-Sketch, making God disappear.

On the other hand, silence and slowing down create space for God. Silence removes the fear-based distractions we compulsively turn to. Silence allows us to deal with allows us to deal with our inner chaos. It provides the conditions for repentance, conversion, and growth.

Removing ourselves from addicted lives of connection, production, and consumption is unnerving— and that is the surest sign we need it! You might say, “I would die if I eliminated noise and hurry from my life!” True—you would die. You would die to a life marked by the deception of distraction. But in turn, as diversions disappear, you would find God again and human life as God intended it to be.

In silence and slowing down we learn that we will survive, indeed thrive, as we cease activity. We gain the trust to take a break from our work and stop distracting ourselves through entertainment. Silence is perhaps the best nourishment for a deep and dynamic relationship with God.

Removing ourselves from addicted lives of connection, production, and consumption is unnerving— and that is the surest sign we need it! You might say, “I would die if I eliminated noise and hurry from my life!” True—you would die. You would die to a life marked by the deception of distraction. But in turn, as diversions disappear, you would find God again and human life as God intended it to be.

Silencing the church

Our church is located in Orange County, a place hardly known for silence and solitude. Yet together we are employing the spiritual practices of quietness, contemplation, and silence. And it’s working. We’re seeing deliverance from addictive powers and witnessing people transformed into the likeness of Christ. The momentum is building and more people are seeing the power and beauty of shutting up and experiencing God.

But, yes, we get some resistance. We’ve learned the hard way that silence is not intuitive. People have said, “You are asking us to slow down too fast.” We have discovered that what we think of as the gift of silence can feel to others like an unanticipated disturbance of the soul. An inner world that has not been examined for a long while can be a scary place to go. We’ve found we need to ease people into silence. We need to walk with them as they cultivate these practices so they do not feel alone. We’ve learned to gently urge worshippers to take stock of their inner lives and train them to sense God’s presence and love.

This is not some newfangled ministry technique. Ultimately cultivating silence and slowing down is simply about nurturing our souls and connecting with God. Now that’s something to talk about.

Todd Hunter is the founding pastor of Holy Trinity Anglican in Costa Mesa, California and Bishop of Churches for the Sake of Others in the Anglican Church in North America.

From Leadership Journal http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2015/october-web-exclusives/spirituality-of-slowingdown-and-shutting-up.html

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From the Rector…

Pastor Scott

Dear Church Family,

As many of you know, John and I were sent by All Saints to go to the Family Symposium at Christ Church, Plano, Texas from October 15-17, 2015.  Thank you for this incredible privilege.  There is so much for us to digest, and we are so humbled to be part of growing our family ministries.

As Dr. Julia-Marie Halderman so well wrote, “The inadequacies of the current curricular-driven, age-segregated, programmatic models of Christian education were acknowledged. There was a renewed sense of urgency to articulate a hope-filled, counter-cultural, life-giving Biblical theology of marriage, family, and singleness to an increasingly broken, fragmented, and lost society.”

“The significant points that emerged through the weekend to guide us forward included seeking creative and contextual ways to:

  • Be unashamedly and explicitly grounded in the Gospel and Good News of Christ, with a solid foundation of biblical literacy;
  • Be intentionally relational and inter-generational both in worship and discipleship by equipping parents, grandparents, godparents and sponsors to both tend to their own spiritual needs and pass that faith on to those in their family, and allowing children to grow up in the church as full participants, formed by the liturgy and worship;
  • Recapture the ethos of what the symposium called ‘domestic church’ as a place for discipleship, mission, healing, and reconciliation within the extended church family; and
  • Be missional and keep our eyes on the goal (Hebrews 12) by investing in healthy family and personal relationships (not as an ends, but means). While essential, we cannot stop at brotherly love, but rather seek to push on to our conformity to the image of Christ, demonstrating the sacrificial love of the Gospel (2 Peter 1).”

Please pray for our leadership as we aim to grow our church in these areas.

For a great summary of the Family Symposium, please read this article: “Reflections on the Anglican Family Symposium.”

Warm regards,

Fr. Scott+

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All Saints’ Sunday –

Our Patronal Feast Day 

This Sunday, November 1st

7:10 am  Morning Prayer

7:30 am  Mass 

10:00 am  Mass (with Incense)

11:45 am  Patronal Celebration Lunch

This Sunday we celebrate our Patronal Feast Day: All Saints’ Day – and to celebrate together our lives in Christ. Incense is used at the 10:00 service. Those who are sensitive or allergic to incense may wish to sit near a window or attend the early service. The luncheon is for the entire parish family.  We encourage everyone from both services to join in for feasting and fellowship!

 

We still need help in the following areas:

    • Friday, Oct. 30 at 5:00 pm – table setup and decorating (please note change in time).
    • Sunday morning beginning at 7:30 am – meal prep, setting tables and serving the lunch –even if you cannot come right at 7:30 am, please come and help!
    • After lunch – clean-up
    • Please sign-up here to help and to eat!  Special children’s meal is available upon request.

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All Souls’ Day

Wednesday, November 4 

6:45 pm Evening Prayer

7:00 pm Mass with Study

If you have departed loved ones whom you would like remembered at Mass that day, please print their names on the sheets provided in the narthex or on the kiosk.

 

Standard Time Begins

this Sunday, November 1

Remember to turn your clocks back one hour on the night of Saturday, October 31. Change your alarm clock and enjoy an extra hour of sleep before services on All Saints’ Sunday!

 

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

November 1-22

December 5 Volunteer at Christmas box processing center

It’s time to pack shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Start collecting items now. Boxes and packing instructions will be made available at church on November 1.

Box Collection date is November 22. Bring your box to church and place it at the altar before the service.

Online Drive will be Sunday, November 8 and 15. We’ll have laptops available after church to help you build a shoebox online should you prefer that option over filling a physical box yourself.Please bring a check or credit card.

You can build shoe boxes online anytime ($25 suggested donation) by going to:

www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/buildonline/

We have the opportunity tovolunteer Saturday, December 5 from 6-10 pm at the Operation Christmas Child Processing Center in Santa Ana. We have room for 9 volunteers. You must be 13 years old to volunteer. Sign-ups will be first come first serve. Contact John to sign-up:john@allsaintslb.com or 562-438-3650.
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See’s Candies Youth Fundraiser

Purchase your See’s Candies November 1 – December 6

A table will be set up in the church courtyard on Sunday between services and during Coffee Hour throughout the fundraiser.

Stay tuned to emails with further information. Contact Caren Spilsbury for more information.

Funds raised go toward the Youth Fund, which supplements the Youth budget and allows the Youth Ministry to support students with special events and other needs that might otherwise overwhelm the Youth and Children Ministry budget. Your generous support is appreciated.

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Missional Opportunity

Third Saturday Thanksgiving Outreach Meal:

For the homeless and needy in Long Beach

Saturday, November 21

8:30 am – setup and meal prep

11:15 am – serve and clean up

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

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

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Thanksgiving Day Eucharist

with ingathering of food for the needy

Thursday, November 26

10:00 am

This year we will celebrate ourThanksgiving Day Eucharist on that day at 10 am, with the offering of food items. We ask each family to bring to the service, and place at the altar, non-perishable gifts of food for distribution to the needy. Mark your calendars and plan to come!

The parish office will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, November 26, 27.

 

Living Nativity

December 13

5:30-7:30 pm

This is an important opportunity to mingle with our community. While this is a Youth and Children Ministry event, it is really a parish wide outreach opportunity. Come to support the children of our parish and come ready to smile and chat with our visitors. Your friendly face and warm handshake will make a difference.

For more information on how to serve contact John Calley or Caren Spilsbury. Helpers needed to serve in the kitchen, set up and take down, sing, read, and mingle with guests. Old, young, extroverted or introverted; there is something for everyone to do.

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

John Calley
Director of Youth and Children Ministries

 

Advent and Christmas Notes ♪ ♫

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

Psalm 34:8 says, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!” This tangible language-“taste and see”-reflects the way that the tangible beauty of the world can give us an appetite for the surpassing beauty of God. Maybe you’ve heard a symphony, or read a story, or encountered nature in a way that inspired you into a state of worship. “If there’s this kind of beauty in the world, then how much more beautiful are You, God!”

As one who has encountered God in music and whose mission is to help others do the same, I have been imagining and dreaming of ways to beautify our musical worship experience. But we’re going to need a bigger choir. Consider participating in our choir this Advent and Christmas season. You will be actively taking part in inspiring others in song and creating a space for worship. Singers of all skill-levels, ages 13+ are welcome. And you don’t have to have the world’s most beautiful voice because as we know in our faith, the real beauty is when we come together as one. We also welcome and encourage all types of instrumentalists.

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

Shalom,

Arend
Musical Worship Director

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Women’s Christmas Dinner

Friday, December 18

6:00 pm

The Women’s Christmas Dinner will be held on Friday night, December 18, 2915, at 6:00 pm. The cost is $10.00. Please see Michele Wright to purchase tickets – beginning Sunday, November 8, after the 10:00 am service.

Gail Andrews, the wife of our bishop will be our speaker; Bishop Keith will also be with us. A story will be read.

We will also hear from a lady from “Northeast of the Well”.  The focus of the ministry of Northeast of the Well begins and ends with the Great Commission: and they have been bringing God’s Word to those who desperately need to hear it.  Northeast of the Well has only recently come to Long Beach.

We will give proceeds from the raffle tickets to Northeast of the Well.  Please bring Bibles which we will collect for children and the women (Recovery Bibles) and these will be given to the ladies for the ministry.  We will also be collecting gas gift cards to give the ladies.  The gas cards allow the ladies to get to church and worship God.  Toys and baby blankets and also gifts for the ladies in the program are welcome.

Let’s give Gail an All Saints’ gift of hospitality – we are hopeful you can attend. Hosting of tables by the women of All Saints is greatly appreciated.
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Good Friday at 5:15 PM Update

It is an honor to have the parish of All Saints ask me to contribute updates about “Good Friday at 5:15 pm” through the Carillon. It is an excellent way to keep communication about this project going as we watch and see what the Lord would have us do. As I have said from the inception of this idea: “Good Friday at 5:15 pm” will succeed if and only if the Lord wills it.

Brief Status Report:

  • We are grateful for the provision of a lot of building materials, which will effectively cut down a $10,000 – $15,000 construction materials list to somewhere around $2,000 – $3,000.
  • We contacted 25 nearby churches and received around six responses from folks who are interested in-though have not yet committed-to this project.
  • The city permit situation for the project is a “go”
  • Positions filled: Set Designer and Financial Officer
  • Positions that need to be filled (click here for the list)
  • Money is no longer the primary issue.
  • The website is up.
  • Thanks to God for his provision and to all those who are making this happen!

Upcoming: A meeting will be held at All Saints on Thursday, November 12. The purpose is to invite the churches within our immediate area to continue our planning sessions. Fr. Scott will be speaking at the event and coffee and desert will be served.

Critical Prayer Needs:

  • First we need prayer, prayer and more prayer! Won’t you please be a prayer warrior for this project? We need it for EVERYTHING!
  • We need storage to place the flats that will be donated, as well as other props and equipment we build or acquire. They don’t have to be all in one place. They can be spread out over several places. So if anyone knows of a place where we can store a lot of set lumber cheaply please contact myself, Fr. Scott, or a member of the vestry.
  • Pray that the Lord sends us a director and performers. We need actors, actresses and people as extras. And if you know a believer who has worked in theater, please, please, PLEASE tell them about this outreach project.

I cannot thank the Lord enough for this tremendous opportunity to serve in this wonderful capacity with such an equally wonderful congregation! God be praised and let’s watch and see what He does with it!

Bill Austin
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Next Parish Baptisms

The Baptism of Christ Our Lord
January 10, 2016

The next parish baptisms will be held on January 10, 2016.Attendance at the pre-baptismal training sessions is mandatory for all adult candidates and all parents of infant candidates. Attendance at the final session is encouraged for sponsors and godparents. Training sessions to be scheduled.

If you desire to be baptized or have a child baptized, or if you have any questions regarding baptisms at All Saints, please contact Ruth at church: 562-438-3650 or ruth@allsaintslb.com.

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Tithes and Offerings

 

September 30, 2015           Month        Year-to-Date

Actual                            $32,956.30            $337,582.83

Budget                            $36,230.00            $353,245.00

Difference                    ($  3,273.70)         ($  15,662.17)

Give thanks for all God’s blessings in your lives, and give back: honor your pledges and bring your tithes and offerings. 

 

How We Love Sexually Seminar

Saturday, November 14
9 am – 4 pm
at Long Beach Christian Fellowship (LBCF)

Milan and Kay Yerkovich, authors of the book How We Love will be the speakers. It is open to married and single people, adults and older High School students. Some partial scholarships are available. For more information,see the flyer here, or go tohowwelove.com or lbcf.org.
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HOLY DAYS IN NOVEMBER

Nov. 1

All Saints’ Sunday

Morning Prayer at 7:10 am

Masses at 7:30 and 10 am

Nov. 4

All Souls’ Day (tr)

Evening Prayer at 6:45 pm

Mass and Study at 7:00 pm

Nov. 22

Feast of Christ the King

Morning Prayer at 7:10 am

Masses at 7:30 am and 10 am

Nov. 26

Thanksgiving Day

Mass at 10:00 am
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