August 5th 2016

Dear Friends,

GIVE IT A TRY!

Many thanks to Greg Clark for his thoughtful look at Christian responses to poverty these past few Sunday mornings.  Our Adult Sunday School now returns to our normal pattern of discussing the lessons to be read that day in church.  Each service, we typically read four lessons: an Old Testament, a Psalm, a New Testament and a Gospel.  The lessons are rich and thought provoking and, together, they often illustrate a single biblical theme.  But this can be hard to appreciate because they pass by so quickly in the service.  The Sunday morning class gives you the chance to discuss their meaning thus  preparing yourself to worship with deeper understanding.  Certainly the sermon helps with that, but I usually preach on just one of the passages.  So much of what could be gained from the others is missed.  Join us this Sunday at 9:15 in the Parish Hall.  It’s a great way to begin your worship.

NEW 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.

ALL SAINTS OPEN HOUSE UPDATE

Your Vestry and others have been talking about inviting the neighborhood to All Saints for an open house on a Sunday morning.  These past few weeks, we have been meeting for 15 minutes or so after church to make plans.  Here are the basics so far:

Saturday mornings, August 27th and September 3rd: Distribute invitations to all the homes within a few blocks of the church.

Sunday morning, September 11th: Open house with special newcomer’s class at 9:15, worship at 10:30 and a barbecue and lawn party with games immediately following service.

Be part of the planning and prayers this Sunday after Church.

CLEANING TEAMS ON TRACK

A big THANK YOU! to our cleaning teams and yard crew these past few weeks.  The church has looked great inside and out.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK: Luke 12:32-34 – Challenging Words This Coming Sunday

“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

As always, if you are in need of pastoral care, please do feel free to call me at 432-853-2751.

Your fellow servant,

Fr. Tom

 THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

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

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

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

-Tuesday, August 9thth in the Parish Hall, Vestry meeting and dinner beginning at 6:00pm.

LOOKING AHEAD

-Friday, August 12th, 8:15, Stocking Shelves at the Jubilee Center

-Saturday, August 13th, 9:15am, Food Distribution at Jubilee Center

-Sunday, August 14th, Second Sunday Luncheon and Jubilee Food Collection

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