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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
2 Kings 4:42-44, Psalm 145:10-19, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21
You’ve seen the old bumper sticker that reads, “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” (Google tells me that is attributed to Jimi Hendrix, of all people!) Of course, what we usually don’t say, but are thinking, is this quote should be changed slightly to read: “When the power of love overcomes the love of power in those horrible people over there, the world will know peace.” Continue reading →
Jeremiah 23:1-6, Psalm 23, Ephesians 2:11-22, Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
Is there a special church you’ve been in that seems to be filled with the presence of God? In this country I’ve always felt Presence in the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, but the place that I feel God the strongest is in the church at the Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit, in Conyers, GA, just east of Atlanta. Though very different in size, both churches offer a tourist a place filled with light, symbols of faith, and most of all, beautiful empty space. The quality of the space is not all cluttered with stuff and noise, so the soul can lift out of her inner clutter from memory and imagination, and soar into the empty space of peace and Presence.Continue reading →
Amos 7:7-15, Psalm 85:8-13, Ephesians 1:3-14, Mark 6:14-29
Several years ago Stephanie and I went into Boston to see Blue Man Group. It was a lot of silly fun, watching three men do all sorts of strange things, but what makes them stand out is their faces and necks are painted bright blue. But here’s a thought: if everything on stage and in the audience was the same color as Blue Man Group’s faces, could you see them? If the print in a book is the same color as the page it sits on, could you read it? Continue reading →
Ezekiel 2:1-5, Psalm 123, 2 Corinthians 12:2-10, Mark 6:1-13
“And Jesus could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.” Forgetting the caveat of a few sick people getting healed, we need to sit a moment with the admission that “Jesus could do no deed of power there.” We need to sit with it in order to let it correct our view of who Jesus is. The citizens of Nazareth watched him grow up, learning to be a “tekton”, the Greek word that is traditionally translated “carpenter”, but is better translated construction worker. Jesus grew up as a construction worker in a village of 300 people, who are no longer capable of being surprised by him.Continue reading →
Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15; 2:23-24, Lamentations 3:21-33, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43
What do you remember from high school? For me the day by day grind is largely forgotten, but certain moments, some quite trivial, are with me still. I think of 9th grade when I attended our school’s production of “The Miracle Worker”, the play about the young, blind and deaf, Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, who works to connect Helen to the world in a new way. The breakthrough scene is when Anne Sullivan is spelling with her fingers the word “water” on Helen’s palm, while Helen’s other hand is under a stream of water and Helen makes the connection between the two. She then exhausts Anne demanding to know the word for everything. Continue reading →
Job 38:1-11, Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32, 2 Corinthians 6:1-13, Mark 4:35-41
The disciples are on a night journey across a lake which is 13 miles long and 8 miles wide. Its maximum depth is 141 feet. It’s a gorgeous night with a light breeze and no clouds. The stars are overwhelmingly beautiful. Most of the disciples can’t swim but Peter, Andrew, James, and John, who are professional fishermen and who often fished at night, will keep them safe. Even Jesus feels safe enough to take a nap. Continue reading →
Ezekiel 17:22-24, Psalm 92:1-4,11-14, 2 Corinthians 5:6-10,[11-13],14-17, Mark 4:26-34
In 1996, eleven years after moving to Eastern North Carolina on the Pamlico River, I experienced my first big hurricane. The coast had avoided hurricanes for a number of years so mostly folks were not too worried as Hurricane Bertha headed our way. They did what they needed to do—like what folks do up here—bring in lawn furniture, get their boats out of the water, and move their cars to higher ground. We’d done all that so we joined our neighbors in a hurricane party the night of the storm. It was great fun—lots of libations and laughter, until the river started rising and water came flooding into the basement. Continue reading →
Genesis 3:8-15, Psalm 130, 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1, Mark 3:20-35
One day when I was ten, my parents told me not to ride my bike to an near-by neighborhood where some of my friends lived. But, of course, that’s exactly what I did and once I got back I heard my parents searching for me, surely to punish me for my transgression, so I slide under my bed determined to hide until this thing blows over. Continue reading →