Author Archives: Maggie Marshall

Singing and ringing opportunities at All Saints’

As we begin to plan our schedules for the fall, I urge you to consider joining a choir at All Saints’.

We have two youth choirs, a parish choir, and a handbell choir. Our youngest choir, the Disco Penguins, is for children who can read words (usually K/1) through grade 4 or 5. The Penguins meet on Thursdays, from 6-7pm in the Choir Room. The B# Choir is for unchanged voices, and welcomes graduating Penguins and all others through grade 12. This group meets on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm in the Choir Room, and includes a half hour overlap with the Disco Penguins. Each group sings separately, as well as preparing jointly for the annual Three Choirs Festival which will be on May 5, 2019 at All Saints’. Both the Disco Penguins and the B# choirs will begin rehearsals on September 13.

Our Handbell Choir, under the dedicated volunteer Debbie Psilopoulos, meets Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm. The ability to read music is a plus for this adult group, but is not mandatory. This group rehearses in the sanctuary, beginning September 13.

The Parish Choir meets Thursdays from 7:45-9:15pm, beginning September 6. If you enjoy singing, and are interested in becoming further involved in the life at All Saints’, we would love to have you. We welcome all voice parts, but are especially in need of men.

Please speak to any current choir member, to Debbie P, or myself if you would like to know more.

Maggie Marshall, Minister of Music, maggie@ccc.com

 

All Saints’ Thrift Shop Needs YOU!

Our Thrift Shop is 50 years young, and needs some help to stay strong. This volunteer run shop is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10a.m. – 3p.m., and most volunteers work one 2.5 hour shift/month. We have several shifts in need of coverage and are hoping that you will join this small, but mighty group.

We will open for early take in of fall clothes on Wednesday and Thursday, August 29 and 30 from 11am – 2pm, and for regular hours on Wednesday, September 5.

Thrift Shop News

All white tickets are half price, and there are a ton of them. Come on down! We also accept clothing for consignment for the first two weeks of each month, so if you have in-season clothes in good condition (men, women’s, children), we’d love to have them. Thrift Shop hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10-3. If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity at All Saints’ and like numbers, we are also looking for a new Treasurer for the Thrift Shop. Amy Hunter has been filling this job nicely, but would like to move on. This is an “at home/on your own time” job. Please let me know if you are interested. Maggie Marshall, Thrift Shop chair.

Thrift Shop Opening

 

The Thrift Shop opens for business this Saturday, October 1, from 10am. – 3p.m. This consignment shop, run by dedicated All Saints’ volunteers since 1958, carries women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing and offers 50% to its consignors. Money raised by the Thrift Shop supports the church in many ways, as well as supporting other programs within the community. Please come by to check us out, and we would welcome your gently used fall and winter clothing. We are open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10am – 3pm, and accept clothing the first two weeks of each month. If you have never been in the Thrift Shop, come check us out after church on October 2. We have undergone a total renovation, and the results are amazing.

Music musings

In previous weeks, I have given some reasons to consider joining a church choir. Today, I will excerpt heavily from a 9/23/14 article by Jonathan Aigner that was included in a “Ponder Anew” blog. His article is entitled “9 Reasons to Keep the Church Choir Alive” and represents a lot of what we try to accomplish at All Saints’. Six of his reasons seem most relevant.

  • Choirs support good congregational singing. … A choir demonstrates that the voice of the congregation is primary, not secondary.
  • Their visual presence is an encouragement to the congregation. … We are there to be together, to worship God with each other, to be community.
  • Choirs make a broader repertoire available for a worship service.
  • They can offer more difficult and complex music than is possible for the greater congregation. Besides leading in times of corporate singing, since choirs have the benefit of outside rehearsal time, they can offer up musical praises on behalf of the congregation that would otherwise not be possible. In this sense, a choir can be a preaching and praying group, proclaiming God’s self-revelation, to which the congregation can listen, meditate, and respond worshipfully in their hearts.
  • Choirs help singers develop and improve their musical gifts. Christians are a singing people. … Giving children opportunities for choral education in the local church setting further primes congregations to be accepting and supportive of choral music.
  • Participation in choir ministry can be an avenue for introducing outsiders to the church and the Christian faith. I’ve known many, many people who have come into a church by way of a choral ensemble, have heard the gospel, and have responded with committing their life to Christ. Or, as was the case in my life, choirs can help keep people connected to the faith. I was all but ready to leave the organized church as a teenager, but a move to a new congregation and finding love and acceptance in the choir loft kept me engaged, and ultimately set the stage for me to recognize my calling into vocational church work.

Also important to keep in mind is that in striving to accomplish all of the above, we manage to have FUN in the process! The choirs are open and accepting groups, and new members are always welcome. Please speak to me at any time if you want to know more. The door is always open. Maggie Marshall, Minister of Music.

The Little Thrift Shop That Could!

Our own All Saints’ Thrift Shop has been chugging along steadily since the late 1950’s, thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers. We are a clothing consignment store that raises funds to support the church and community projects. We will re-open on October 1, after an amazing renovation and update. The Thrift Shop is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10am – 3pm. Do you have 2.5 hours/month to keep this important institution and community resource on the right track? Do you think you can, think you can, think you can join us? Most needed are Saturday volunteers and substitutes. If so, contact Maggie Marshall, maggie@ccc.com, for your ticket aboard this worthwhile and enjoyable venture.

Summer feeding program help needed!

Our annual feeding mission at the Epiphany School in Dorchester, B-Safe, is on July 5 and 6 this year. We prepare the meal for 140 here, drive it in, and serve. The B-Safe program is a Diocesan-run free day camp for at risk Boston youth, and is held at several sites throughout the city. Please let Maggie Marshall know if you are able to help cook, serve, or offer financial support.

Seasonal singers wanted!

Do you like to sing? Have you thought of joining the choir, but are unable to make a full-time commitment? Easter is fast approaching, and we would love to swell our ranks. Easter is 3/27, so if you are free on Thursdays 3/10, 3/17 from 7:45-8:45pm, and Saturday, 3/26 from 1-3, we welcome you to join us. Easter services are at 9 and 11 a.m., so the expectation is also that you would be free to sing for both of those services. Maggie Marshall, Minister of Music