August 30, 2016

Dear Friends,

ALL SAINTS OPEN HOUSE UPDATE

The Open House is coming up on September 11th so it is time to go into high gear with inviting friends and neighbors.  We have set the following dates aside to spend an hour visiting the neighborhood around the church to invite people to be with us on the 11th:

Thursday, September 1st, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Saturday, September 3rd, 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Thursday, September 8th, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Saturday, September 10th, 10:30 am to 11:30 am

What’s the plan?  We meet at the church to pray and get an assignment.  We do a block or two with a partner.  We give the invitation directly to whomever answers the door or put it on the doorknob if no one answers.  That’s it.  It would be a great help if you would participate in one or more of these opportunities.  Our goal is to reach 250 households in the vicinity of All Saints.  This will not be a very difficult task at if we have 10 or more pairs going out.

How will this change the world?  For 250 households, they will know that our doors are open to them and that we hope they will come.  For a handful of people, it could well be the beginning of a relationship with Christ and membership in our wonderful fellowship of Christians.  Jesus sent his disciples into to the world to make disciples (Matthew 28).  People pass from “death to life” when they hear the Gospel and are moved to follow Jesus.  Concerning the Open House, that relationship might begin most naturally with an invitation to come and see what All Saints is all about.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERIES:

The Acts of the Apostles – God’s Power Perfected in Ordinary People

Wednesdays at 6:30 in the Parish Hall Beginning August 3rd.  Dinner Included.

The Acts of the Apostles comes right after the Gospel accounts of Jesus and tells what his followers did for the next 30 years or so after Jesus returned to Heaven.  Those same Apostles who were at times selfish, fearful, faithless and competitive became the heralds of an ever-growing church marked by the power of God exercised through ordinary sinful people.  The Apostle Paul heard the Lord say “my power is perfected in weakness (2nd Corinthians 12:9).”  In the midst of their own weakness, Peter and Paul become mighty leaders of the Church’s mission because the power of God, the Holy Spirit, was with them.  Spend a few weeks reading what happened after the resurrection.  You will be encouraged and you will learn how God uses ordinary folks like us to do extraordinary things.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK:  Matthew 28:16-20 – Challenging Words

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

As always, if you are in need of pastoral care, please do feel free to call me at 432-235-0525.

Your fellow servant,

Fr. Tom

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

-Sundays, Classes at 9:15am.  Worship at 10:30 am

-Wednesdays, Bible Study and Fellowship, 6:30 pm at the church: The Book of Acts

-Thursdays, 7:30 am to 8:30 am, People of the Book – Light Breakfast and Bible Discussion at the Jubilee Center

Thursday, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Neighborhood Invitations to the Open House

Saturday, 10:30 am to 11:30 am, Neighborhood Invitations to the Open House

 

LOOKING AHEAD

-Thursday, September 8th, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Neighborhood Invitations to the Open House

-Friday, September 9th, 8:15 am, Stocking Shelves at the Jubilee Center

-Saturday, September 10th, 10:30 am to 11:30 am, Neighborhood Invitations to the Open House

-Saturday, September 10th, 900 am to 12:00 pm, Food Distribution at Jubilee Center

-Sunday, September 11th, All Saints Open House for the Neighborhood

-Tuesday, September 13th in the Parish Hall, Vestry meeting and dinner beginning at 6:00 pm