Here at All Saints Church, the fall is, in so many ways, our busiest time of year. All of our classes are back in session, our big events such as the Fall Fish Fry and Craft Market happen, and this year we are in the midst of upgrading our kitchen and building a picnic pavilion. And yet with all the “busy-ness” here at church and certainly in our lives away from here, we must always remember one important thing—to give thanks.
The Gospel lesson for this coming Sunday is of the ten lepers who were cleansed. As you likely recall, and will hear on Sunday, only one of those cleansed returned to give thanks. All were showered with a blessing, yet only one gave thanks. It is in returning to Christ and giving thanks that this one stranger, as Jesus calls him, is said to be made whole.
How about you? Have you been given a blessing, said to yourself “how wonderful,” and then continued on your merry way? That is what the nine did. Or did you stop, acknowledge your Savior, fall on your knees, and thank Him, like the stranger did? Do you wish to be made whole?
If so, do not let the frenetic pace of your life or our life together get in the way. Return always to Christ and give Him thanks. Whenever you come into the church, you are assured that you have come into Christ’s presence. I declare to you, “Behold the Lamb of God!” You respond, on your knees, “Lord, I am not worthy…” That in itself is an act of thanksgiving because it acknowledges what He has done for you. And then you receive Him in the Holy Eucharist (which means thanksgiving) that your soul may be healed, that you may be made whole. Do not ever let an opportunity to return and give thanks pass you by.
Since my last email to you, quite a lot has happened around here, as I mentioned above.
Sunday School classes are in full swing for the adults and our young people. The adults are studying the Articles of Religion. Sunday School for our children is operating a little bit differently this year. 9:45 a.m. is gathering time for fellowship and fun. At 10:00 a.m., they have Morning Prayer as well as a short lesson appropriate for the Sunday celebrated in church. After this, they break into their age group classes for their usual lessons.
Bible Study & Book Study
Wednesday night Bible Study has returned. This coming week we start on Chapter 17 in St. Matthew’s Gospel. Our Book Study started back up again this past Tuesday. We are studying Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together
, which is a book about Christian fellowship and community. Its not too late to join us for this study. We are still in Chapter 1. See Dss. Cynthia to get your copy of the book.
The work on St. Timothy’s Porch began back on September 11. All the grading work was completed in two days and this past Tuesday, September 17, the slab was poured, as you can see in the picture above. As we make progress, I post pictures up on our website and the parish Facebook page. To see those pictures, click here for the website
and here for the Facebook page
. Our contractor is waiting for the materials to arrive so he can begin construction of the shelter itself. Keep your fingers crossed that we might have it finished before the Fish Fry! I put some pictures below also.
The roll down shutter and new vent hood have been installed in the kitchen. The contractor for this job will return this week to install the butler’s door and the new cabinets. There are pictures below and also on the website
and Facebook page
Friar’s Fall Fish Fry
Hard to believe but it is only two weeks away on Friday, October 4. Tickets are $9.00 each in advance ($10 at the door) for breaded tilapia filets, roasted potatoes, hush puppies, coleslaw, and iced tea or lemonade. Take-out will be from 5-6 p.m. and dine-in will run from 6-8 p.m. Kids under 12 eat free.
There is still plenty of time to make this the incredible success it always is but, of course, we need your help. Please sign out 10 tickets and sell them to your friends, or just buy them and hand them out to folks, to introduce them to our parish.
If you would like to donate a dessert, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. Please see Loretta Reynolds or Verna Shipman if you have any questions about desserts.
Blessing of the Animals
Our annual Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis of Assisi will be held next Saturday, September 28 at 10:00 a.m.
Feast Day of St. Matthew
We will celebrate St. Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist tomorrow, September 21, with Holy Communion at 12:00 noon.
Annual Craft Market
It is only 4 weeks away on October 19. You can help! Our Craft Market 2019 ad is now on our All Saints Facebook page
. If you have a Facebook account please click the “share” option
and help the Ladies of All Saints advertise their biggest fundraiser of the year to your family and friends on Facebook.
Other announcements and upcoming events are listed below so be sure to read on so you don’t miss a thing. But remember, no matter how busy we get, we are a people who, first and foremost, return and give thanks!