Welcome to All Saints’ Episcopal Church

  • All Saints' Church May 24 (photo: D. Shochat)

We are a welcoming community that seeks to follow Jesus Christ with all that we are and all that we have. Through worship, fellowship, education, and mission we open ourselves to God and our neighbor.

Our Sunday worship is at 8:00 and 10:00 AM with Children’s Church School at 9:45 AM. Wednesday worship: noon in the chapel.  10 Billerica Rd. Chelmsford Center. Starting June 21 our services for the summer are at 8:00 and 9:00 AM with no church school. Whoever you are, we invite you to join us.

Key results from the Vestry’s meeting August 18, 2015

The bulk of this meeting focused on the capital campaign.  The campaign chairs, Dave Kuzara and Mary Woodward, along with our consultant Erich Briggs, presented results of the feasibility study.  The Vestry concluded that the campaign should proceed, and drafts of materials to be used in the campaign are being reviewed.

We have a new leader of the Church School Council — Laura Marshall has passed the baton to Deb Forsberg.  In addition, Liz Landers has passed the baton of leadership for the Parish Life Committee to Melissa Thompson. The Vestry thanks Laura and Liz for the great work they have done and welcomes these new leaders.

Our new sanctuary furnace is scheduled for installation on August 31st. Our Buildings and Grounds team is evaluating estimates for repairs to the slate roof; meanwhile, they continue to chip away at many projects to keep our facility operating well.

And last but definitely not least:  please be sure to save the evening of October 13, 7pm, for the celebration of new ministry — Bishop Gates will be with us to celebrate this new ministry as Rev. Bill transitions from Priest in Charge to Rector!

Cina Barker, Clerk

 

Music updates

This Sunday’s musician will again be Cyndi Bliss. She may be appearing by herself, since most of her offspring have flown the coop. I will be with my family in Philadelphia to celebrate Clem’s dad’s life with a memorial service on Saturday. All nine Cole siblings and much of the extended family will be there. I am playing the organ for the service, Leah is offering special music on the piano, Matt is acolyte and reading a lesson, so we will have our church, if just a day early. My thanks to Matt and Melanie Hickcox, Scott Bempkins, and Matt Cole, for being the band last Sunday. I spent my time off going to the Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, where I worshiped with my friend and musical colleague, Louise Mundinger, and enjoyed seeing another friend, Miriam Gelfer, as celebrant and preacher.

 

Parish choir rehearsals resume on Thursday, September 10, at 7:45 in the downstairs choir room. New members are always welcome. If you can carry a tune, we can teach you the rest! Opportunities for our parish youth are elsewhere in this newsletter.

Thrift Shop Help needed!

Volunteer at the Thrift Shop!

The work is easy, the company is excellent, the rewards help so many!

The Thrift Shop has 4 shifts that are currently in need of a volunteer. The shift is for 2 and 1/2 hours, once a month.

1 on Wednesday 10am -12:30

2 on Thursday 12:30- 3pm

1 on Saturday 10am- 12:30

4 people volunteering once a month would make a world of difference to those of us already working at the shop- please consider lending a hand!

Please contact Laura Marshall by going to the Contact Us page and selecting Thrift Shop from the “To be contacted” menu.

Thank you!!!

Choirs Resume

From Maggie Marshall, Minister of Music

Choirs resume on Thursday, September 10. Although my musical pace is different in the summer, I am in the throes of music planning, and have chosen all hymns through last youth_choirEpiphany, as well as plotted out important choir dates. I met with my Three Choir colleagues today to plan our music for our annual youth choir festival, which we will host on May 1 at 4p.m. More information a bout choirs will follow in the coming weeks, but new members, young and old, are welcome.

Important Dates

from Maggie Marshall, Minister of Music

Important dates to save: Now that we are in August, perhaps your thoughts are centering more towards fall. If you don’t have Bill Bradbury’s installation on your calendar for the evening of Tuesday, October 13, please mark it now. Our new Bishop, Alan Gates, will be the celebrant, and it is our chance to not only celebrate in the joy of officially making Bill our rector, but to also show the Bishop the vibrancy and energy of this parish.

On November 1 at noon, which happens to also be All Saints’ Day, we are hoping to broadcast the installation of our new Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry. Bishop Curry is the first African-American to be elected Presiding Bishop, and this ceremony will be a webcast from Washington National Cathedral. We plan to offer some sort of lunch, and have our sound and vision techies already working on an experience that will make us feel as if we were there!

Notes from the Vestry

Key results from the Vestry’s regular meeting on June 16, 2015:

Details for using the Green Grant from the Diocese were worked through. This grant will be used to purchase and install a new, eco-friendly furnace in the main sanctuary, and to purchase and install an entirely new set of thermostats.  The plan is for this work to be completed late this summer — many of us will be delighted to feel the warmth from this new furnace!  The Vestry thanks Dave Kuzara and the Creation Care Committee for the work that has gone into this effort.

We have a new Assistant Treasurer!!  For several years, Melanie Hickcox has been all alone in the Treasurer’s role, and we are happy that, for the coming year, Barbara Brodeur has accepted the responsibility of assisting Melanie as Assistant Treasurer.

The feasibility study portion of the capital campaign is approaching completion — later this month, the campaign committee will meet with our consultant, Erich Briggs, to hear results and plan next steps.

All the paperwork for completing the process of Rev. Bill moving from our Priest In Charge to our Rector is now complete.  Rev. Bill is working with the Bishop’s office to set a date for us to gloriously celebrate this new ministry. This event will probably take place in late September to mid October … and we’ll celebrate after the service with a reception … STAY TUNED!

Cina Barker, Clerk

Bishops’ statement following South Carolina church shootings

Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of yesterday’s shootings in Charleston, S.C., and to their families, the people of Emanuel A.M.E. Church and the wider Charleston community. This horrific event comes in the wake of our sorrow over the murder of Jonathan Dos Santos, the teen gunned down just last week in Dorchester.  It underscores yet again the importance of joining our own efforts, such as our diocese’s B-PEACE campaign, with the efforts of others to end the epidemic of gun violence in our midst.  The evident ease with which people are able to arm themselves for such violent acts must be addressed. With God’s help, may we, individually and collectively, find the courage to combat this evil, wherever and however we can, so that there may be peace with justice among us, everywhere.

The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop

The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, Bishop Suffragan

Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

http://www.diomass.org/diocesan-news/bishops-offer-prayers-following-sc-shootings-local-vigils-organized

All Saints’ Receives Diocesan Green Grant

All Saints’ was recently awarded a Green Grant from the diocese for $10,000.  This money will be used to replace our main sanctuary furnace with a new, high-efficiency furnace and to install “smart”, internet-connected thermostats throughout our buildings.  Our current sanctuary furnace was installed in 1960 when the main sanctuary was built.  It is highly inefficient, well beyond its recommended replacement date, and impossible to buy parts for.  Continue reading

Volunteer opportunity!

Hello Parish,
I started my Eagle Scout Project at All Saints two years ago and I have completed phase 1 of my project. I need help to finish phase two! My project is to take the church’s old books of records and digitize them. I am looking for people who can help, who are comfortable typing on a laptop, and who are familiar with Google Docs. I would provide you with orientation, and you would then be free to work on your section at home, from your own computer. Please contact me using the Contact Us form (select Digitize Records Project for “To be contacted”). Thank you!
Matthew C Cole