9 Pentecost–Proper 12-B
July 26, 2015
2 Samuel 11:1-15
“Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted….[until they] were satisfied.” In the countryside of ancient Palestine people knew hunger. As Stanley Hauerwas puts it: Herod throws a banquet for those who have enough, to show his power. Jesus feeds the 5000 who don’t have enough, to show his compassion. Brazos Commentary on Matthew The people sitting on the grass, John tells us, had enough to eat and were satisfied, which is a sign of the Kingdom of God. Continue reading
8 Pentecost—Proper 11-B
July 19, 2015
2 Samuel 7:1-14a
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
On Wednesday I spent the day with my 15 year old nephew at Stone Mountain Park which is just 30 minutes east of downtown Atlanta. On one hand, it is a typical tourist trap with a 4-D movie, putt-putt golf, and bad, but expensive, food. But on the other hand it is, by law of the Georgia legislature, a memorial to the Confederate States of America. As you drive in you go by the flags of the states that made up the confederacy, but at the heart of it all is Stone Mountain itself, a 900 foot granite monolith that rises out of the woods, and has on one side the largest relief carving in the world. Continue reading
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
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
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
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
All Saints’ is at an exciting place in its parish life. We are experiencing growth in both our membership and our pledges, and there is enthusiasm and energy to help us do God’s work. We are poised to build our future, but must also find both resources and time to preserve our past. We have reached a critical point where several building upgrades and deferred maintenance needs must be addressed. Continue reading
The British ARE coming! As many of you know, All Saints’ has hosted musical visitors three times from St. Peter’s Collegiate School, in Wolverhampton, England. If you are wondering how to spend next February vacation, worry no more – I have just the solution for you – open your homes and hearts to either students or adult chaperones from this school. They will be flying into NYC on 2/9, and will arrive here late afternoon 2/12, and will fly out of Boston on 2/18. This time, the Concert Band and Choir will be coming. Many more details will be forthcoming. They will be playing for a concert at All Saints’ on 2/13, and probably several times throughout the week at other venues. They will be doing group activities like snow tubing and sight seeing in Boston. We will be hosting somewhere between 60-75 students and adults. I will also be looking for help with logistics. These trips have resulted in lifelong friendships, and many who have hosted in the past have made visits to Wolverhampton to see their friends. Many Wolverhampton students have also returned here to visit. Please let me know if you are interested in learning more, or if you are willing to help me with this magical week. You can contact me using the Contact Us page, choosing Choir Director from the “To be contacted” menu.
Maggie Marshall, Minister of Music.