March 17, 2017

Dear Friends,

HOW ARE YOU DOING WITH LENT?

Now that we are at about the halfway point, how are you doing with Lent?  This great season of prayer, fasting and repentance is a call to consider your relationship with God and how you might live more faithfully.  If you are like many of us, you might conclude that you are nowhere with Lent.  You might have come to the Ash Wednesday service or made some resolution to drop a bad habit or take on a new discipline but now find that this is already in the past tense.

What to do?  Try again next year, maybe?  How about allowing yourself to admit that you’re stuck and decide today to start again?  Change always begins with a decision and such decisions are not bound to any calendar.  Pray, study, come to the Lenten Series or just get up 15 minutes earlier to read from a devotional.  The key is to make yourself available to God so that he can continue his wonderful work in your life. He might speak a word of hope or correction at just the right time!

SECOND SUNDAY LUNCH (MOVED TO THE THIRD SUNDAY) AND JUBILEE COLLECTION

 Bring side dishes and desserts this Sunday for our monthly luncheon.  Please also remember the Jubilee Center with boxed macaroni and cheese or any other non-perishable food item you would like to give.

 LENTEN SERIES CONTINUES ON WEDNESDAYS AT 6:30 PM

Don’t Let God’s Call Go to Voicemail!

A Wacky Team Event for People Ready to Hear from God

March 22: A strong 7, maybe even an 8, but he coulda’ been a 10! (The flawed legacy of King David).

March 29: What? Ya couldn’t have called a little sooner? (The late vocations of Moses, Anna and Simeon).

April 5: Hey you! Yeah, you! (Hearing God’s callings on your own life.)

In the Parish Hall – Dinner Included

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK: God Shows His Love For Us

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person one would date even to die–but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.  Romans 5:6-8

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 9:15 am, worship at 10:30 am.

-Wednesdays, Morning Prayer and conversation at 7:30 am.

-Wednesdays: The Lenten Series, 6:30 in the Parish Hall.

-THIS SUNDAY: Lunch after church and Jubilee Center collection.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

-Friday, March 24th at 8:30 am, Shelf Stocking at the Jubilee Center

-Saturday, March 25th at 9:00 am, Food Distribution at the Jubilee Center

-Maundy Thursday Service, April 13th at 7:00 pm

-Good Friday Service, April 14th at 7:00 pm

-Easter Sunday Service, April 16th at 10:30 am

February 25, 2017

Dear Friends,

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH, 5:45 PM TO 7:00PM

Now that we have a kitchen and full use of our own building (Hallelujah!), it’s time to return to a wonderful old Anglican tradition on the eve of Lent called Shrove Tuesday.  Shrove Tuesday, from the old English word “shrive” or absolve, is the last “party” before the season of Lent, a season of repentance and self-denial begins.  Men of the Vestry will be cooking pancakes, sausage and bacon.

It is said that pancakes symbolize the four pillars of the Christian faith–eggs for creation, flour as the mainstay of the human diet, salt for wholesomeness and milk for purity.  In any case, it’s a good hearty meal and the proceeds will go to support the work of the Jubilee Center.

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1ST TH, 12:00 NOON AND 7:00 PM

The forty days of Lent begin on Ash Wednesday.  Make a good beginning to your Lent through this beautifully solemn service.  As always, we will use the ashes of the palm crosses from last year’s Palm Sunday service to make the sign of the cross on your forehead (a Christian symbol of repentance) and share in a quiet communion together.

LENTEN SERIES BEGINS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8TH AT 6:30 PM

Don’t Let God’s Call Go to Voicemail!

A Wacky Team Event for People Ready to Hear from God

March 8: Pssst, hey kid! Wanna be a prophet? (The calling of Jeremiah, Isaiah, Mary and Timothy).

March 15: Some are born great, some achieve greatness, some have greatness thrust upon ‘em. (The uncommon lives of Esther, Sarah and Rahab).

March 22: A strong 7, maybe even an 8, but he coulda’ been a 10! (The flawed legacy of King David).

March 29: What? Ya couldn’t have called a little sooner? (The late vocations of Moses, Anna and Simeon).

April 5: Hey you! Yeah, you! (Hearing God’s callings on your own life.)

6:30 each Wednesday in the Parish Hall – Dinner Included

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK: The Transfiguration

And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.” Matthew 17:1-9

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 9:15 am, worship at 10:30 am.

-Wednesdays, Morning Prayer and conversation at 7:30 am.

-Wednesdays, Bible Study and Fellowship, 6:30 pm at the church: Questions, Questions, Questions….

-Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper: 5:45 on to 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall

-Ash Wednesday Services: 12:00 noon and 7:00 pm

 

LOOKING AHEAD

-Wednesday, March 8th at 6:30 pm: Lenten Series Begins

-Friday, March 10th at 8:30 am, Shelf Stocking at the Jubilee Center

-Saturday, March 11th at 9:00 am, Food Distribution at the Jubilee Center

-Monday, March 13th at 6:00 pm: Vestry Meeting and Dinner

November 12, 2016

Dear Friends,

SECOND SUNDAY LUNCHEON TOMORROW

Beth Clark is making hot sandwiches and we are asked to bring sides and desserts.  Please also remember a gift for the Jubilee Center.  Macaroni and Cheese or anything else you think people might like.

SOME THOUGHTS ON THE ELECTION

After the most unusual election cycle any of us has ever experienced, Donald Trump is now our president elect.  How many of us would have predicted that outcome a year ago?  Or even a month ago?  Midland County cast 75% of its votes for him with 20% going for Hillary Clinton and a few percent going to others.  The decision has been made and now that it’s over, what is a Christian to do? 

Well, if All Saints mirrors the voting pattern of our county, the first thing that comes to mind is to have charity.  When you speak of the election, you might keep in mind that there is likely someone within earshot who voted differently than you did.  So, celebrate or mourn, let’s think of our brothers and sisters whenever we speak.

The Apostle Paul tells us in 1st Timothy 2:1 to offer “supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”  So, we are to pray for Mr. Trump and all who hold authority in our nation.  We will be adding him to the prayers in the coming weeks as he prepares to lead our nation.

Finally, remember that your eternal citizenship is in heaven with those who know and love Jesus.  Paul writes in Philippians 3:20 “…our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.  So, however you are feeling about the election, remember that leaders on earth rule for a season but Christ rules forever.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK: The Origin and Purpose of God’s Written Word

All Scripture is God breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.  2nd Timothy 3:6-17

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, 6:30 pm at the church: The Book of Acts

-Tomorrow: Second Sunday Luncheon and Jubilee Food Collection

-Tuesday, November 8th in the Parish Hall, Vestry meeting and dinner beginning at 6:00 pm

October 27, 2016

Dear Friends,

The following comes from Katanna Zachry, the organizer of our rummage sale this coming Saturday:

RUMMAGE SALE DETAILS

The All Saints Rummage sale will begin officially at 10:00 am and end at 4:00 pm this Saturday (Oct 29). Help of any kind is appreciated. We’ll gather at 8:00 a.m. to set up tables and display items. Feel free to contact Greg Clark  this week about opening the church so you can bring priced items in the front Sunday School room.  Fr. Tom is also available.  You can also bring them by 9:00 or so Saturday morning.

If selling isn’t your thing, come to visit with customers and help them see how welcoming we are.  Tuna sandwiches, chips, drinks will be available for helpers.  Customers often show up early so the sooner we can get set up the better! Don’t feel obligated to stay all day. Dene will take money, Katanna will have change available and signs posted. Ads are already in place. Bring any items someone might want and that you’d be willing to donate to Goodwill (or customers if it doesn’t sell). After lunch, we’ll reduce the already cheap prices even more. Fall/winter kids’ clothes might be helpful to our neighbors. 

This could be a great opportunity to make our presence known all over town and to get to know each other at the same time. Nothing brings people together like a good old-fashioned garage sale (and you could be the designated parishioner to ask each buying customer “Would you like fries (or a church bulletin) with that?”

 Please do call Katanna if you would like to volunteer to help or if you need more details.

ALL SAINTS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH

Next Sunday, November 6th, is All Saints Sunday, one of the four great feast days in the Christian calendar (All Saints, Christmas, Easter and Pentecost).  All Saints Day honors those followers of Jesus, living and dead, who form the “great cloud of witnesses” referred to in Hebrews 12:1.  And so we celebrate All Saints Sunday by remembering our departed loved ones and looking forward to a day when we will join with them and the whole Church in eternity.  If you have not yet let us know of departed loved ones you would like us to remember in the service, please do email Teresa their names at tshep2555@yahoo.com.

We are All Saints Anglican Church. Though we join with the Church throughout the ages who remember the great saints of old, we do not limit our understanding of sainthood to a few stellar examples.  The Apostle Paul himself referred to all of us in the Church as “the saints” in Acts 26:10, Romans 1:7, Ephesians 1:15 and many other places.  And so, though we are also sinners, we are saved by grace through faith in Christ and made into what we could have never been on our own: the saints of God.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK: Saints

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.   Ephesians 1:15-18

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, 6:30 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

-Thursdays, 5:30 pm, Evening Prayer at St. Paul’s, 1600 North A Street

LOOKING AHEAD

-Tuesday, November8th in the Parish Hall, Vestry meeting and dinner beginning at 6:00 pm

-Friday, November 11th, 8:15 am, Stocking Shelves at the Jubilee Center

-Saturday, November 12th, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Food Distribution at Jubilee Center

-Sunday, November 13th, Second Sunday Luncheon and Jubilee Food Collection

September 8, 2016

Dear Friends,

COUNTDOWN TO THIS SUNDAY’S OPEN HOUSE!

INVITING: There is still time to invite friends, family and neighbors to the open house. If you don’t have a copy of the flyer, I can email you one.  You can also join a neighborhood visits tonight from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm or on Saturday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.  Meet at the church.

ATTENDING: It would be a great encouragement if you could be part of the adult class beginning at 9:15 am.  We will be introducing All Saints (our history, worship and beliefs) to some of our visitors.  Your presence would make a positive difference.

COOKING: Lunch is covered except for the desserts. Bring something!

PARKING: If your family can come at 9:15 in one car, that would help.  We expect to have quite a few more cars in the lot than usual.  Consider parking on the lawn on the alley side of the church.  If you have a pickup or SUV, park in the vacant lot across Upland Avenue.

SEATING: I know this is a big request, but would you consider sitting in the front rows to leave more open seating in the back?  It is hard for a visitor to come in at 10:30 only to find that they need to walk way up front to find a seat.

PRAYING: God has a plan for each of us attending on Sunday.  Whether you are a first time visitor or a founding member, pray that we will all be open to what God has for us on this very special day.

St. PAUL’S IS HAVING AN OPEN HOUSE TOO!

Our friends at St. Paul’s are having their open house on Thursday evening, September 29th beginning at 6:00 pm with a reception in the foyer.  At 7:00pm, there will be an Evening Prayer service with a teaching series called Five Gifts from the Father: The Meaning of the Lord’s Prayer.  I offered this at All Saints during Lent in 2013 and many found it helpful.  If you would like to help with St. Paul’s neighborhood invitations, or with the open house itself, please do let me know.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK:  Remember the value of one!

[Jesus said:] “What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? 13 If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. 14 So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.”  Matthew 18:12-14

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

-THIS SUNDAY – All Saints Open House

-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

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

-Saturday, September 10th, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Food Distribution at Jubilee Center

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

 

LOOKING AHEAD

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

-Tuesday, September 20th through Thursday, September 22nd, Diocesan Synod in Sacramento, New Mexico

-Thursdays beginning September 29th, 6:30 pm, Evening Prayer Service and Teaching Series at St. Paul’s Anglican Church

 

 

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

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

July 5, 2016

Dear Friends,

JUST A REMINDER THAT TOMORROW EVENING (WEDNESDAY AT 7:00 PM) IS OUR BUILDING DEDICATION

Bishop Mark Zimmerman comes tomorrow to worship with us and to dedicate our new building.  We’ll pray for God’s blessing on our new home and give thanks to God.  Bob Landreth is asking for cookies and other finger foods for after the service.  He is making punch.

POVERTY, CULTURE AND THE BIBLE, SUNDAYS JULY 17 THROUGH 31 AT 9:15 AM IN THE PARISH HALL

Greg Clark, Executive Director the Jubilee Center of Midland (and our Sr. Warden), will be our presenter.  Over the three weeks, he will discuss:
-What the Bible says about the poor, and how we are called to respond.
-Our culture in America, its effect on poverty, and how it is addressed.
-A journey through forgotten America.
-Hunger in Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin.
-Child Hunger and Homeless Children.
Greg has asked that we begin promptly at 9:15 am. 

CHURCH CLEANING TEAMS BEING ORGANIZED

At our June Vestry Meeting, we decided to organize 5 teams to keep the church clean and care for the yard each week.  The following Vestry members will be leading teams that will each serve once every 5 weeks:  John Brenner, Tola Dina, Bob Landreth, Doug Whiting and Katanna Zachry.  Sign ups were good this past Sunday but we are still in need of another 10 volunteers.  The sign-up list is on the baptismal tank at the back of the church.

SECOND SUNDAY LUNCHEON AND JUBILEE COLLECTION THIS COMING SUNDAY, JULY 10TH

Debbie Kelly is providing Turkey and dressing.  The normal desserts and sides would be a blessing!

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 Hebrews

-Thursdays, 7:30am to 8:30am, People of the Book, breakfast and fellowship at the Jubilee Center

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

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

-Sunday, July 10th, Second Sunday Luncheon and Jubilee Food Collection

-Tuesday, June 14th in the Parish Hall, Vestry meeting and dinner beginning at 6:00pm.

LOOKING AHEAD

-Sundays, July 17 through 31, Poverty, Culture and the Bible, 9:15 to 10:15 in the Parish Hall.

June 29, 2016

Dear Friends,

OUR FIRST SUNDAY IN OUR NEW HOME – JULY 3RD!

This Coming Sunday, we’ll be in our brand new home at 1000 Upland Street, just one block east of Midkiff at the corner of Cuthbert and Upland.  Thanks to all who made a great effort to move us from the Genesis Center.  A great deal was accomplished in a few hours by many busy folks.  It was beautiful to see things taking shape so thoughtfully. 

 There are still a few things to take care of before Sunday.  Here’s the list:

Mow the Lawn

Pick up Garbage

Trim the Shrubs

Set up the Children’s Classroom Currently Being Used for Storage

Make Sure the Kitchen is Ready for After Service Refreshments

I think we can get this done in about an hour if 10 or so of us could meet on Saturday at 9:00am.  Please respond back to this email to let me know you can help out.

CHURCH CLEANING TEAMS TO BE ORGANIZED THIS SUNDAY

At our June Vestry Meeting, we decided to organize 5 teams to keep the church clean and care for the yard week by week.  The following Vestry members will be leading teams that will each serve once every 5 weeks:  John Brenner, Tola Dina, Bob Landreth, Doug Whiting and Katanna Zachry.  We would like to have 5 or 6 members to each team (teenagers and children included!).  Teams will serve 30 to 60 minutes sometime before Sunday morning during their week and then straighten things up after service on Sunday.  I will be serving in one  of the teams as will Greg Clark and Dan Stoelzel, our wardens.

THE BISHOP IS COMING ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 6TH TO DEDICATE OUR NEW BUILDING

Bishop Mark Zimmerman will return on Wednesday, July 6th at 7:00pm to worship with us and to dedicate our new building.  We’ll pray for God’s blessing on our new home and give thanks to God.  This would be a great evening to invite your friends.  I have already heard of a hearty group who will be coming from San Angelo to be part of the celebration.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK: Psalm 126:1-3

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,

     we were like those who dream.

Then our mouth was filled with laughter,

     and our tongue with shouts of joy.

 Then they said among the nations,

     “The Lord has done great things for them.

The Lord has done great things for us;

      we are glad.

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 new church: The Book of Hebrews

-Thursdays, 7:30am to 8:30am, People of the Book, breakfast and fellowship at the Jubilee Center.  If you would like to be more intentional about building Christian friendship and growing in you understanding of the Bible, this is a great place to start!

 LOOKING AHEAD

-Wednesday, July 6th, Bishop Mark Zimmerman comes at 7:00 pm to dedicate our new building.

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

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

-Sunday, July 10th, Second Sunday Luncheon and Jubilee Food Collection

-Tuesday, June 14th in the Parish Hall, Vestry meeting and dinner beginning at 6:00pm.

 

 

 

May 14, 2016

Dear Friends,

PENTECOST POSTPONED UNTIL MAY 22ND!

Pentecost Sunday is one of the four major feast days of the church year (Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, All Saints).  It is a time to celebrate the birth of the Church, the giving of the Holy Spirit and the empowerment of believers to be God’s witnesses throughout the world.  It also happens to be the anniversary of the founding of All Saints and the occasion of a parish lunch and meeting.  Pretty important day, I’d say!

This year, Pentecost falls on Sunday, the 15th, so it seemed best (since I am retrieving our daughter from college this weekend), to postpone our celebration until the 22nd.  That means another Sunday of Easter (yay!) and a bit more time to plan what side dish you’ll bring to supplement the brisket and dessert we’ll be having for lunch.  It is traditional to wear RED on Pentecost, so at least the Tech fans should have it covered!

NEW STUDY BEGINNING ON WEDNESDAY EVENINGS IN THE PARISH HALL

This past week, one of our newer attenders on Wednesday nights called it a “care group.”  Her former church called their groups that because along with the study and food, people took the time to care for one another in conversation and prayer.  That pretty much describes what we do each week.  We learn and we live in community with each other.  The group meets this week (the 18th) while I am out of town.  The topic is worship from a biblical perspective.

On the 25th, we continue our new study in the Book of Hebrews.  This book was originally written to explain why Jewish converts to Christianity should remain Christians even though they were under great pressure to give up their new faith. It also helps those of us who were never Jews to understand how Jesus fulfills the Law, why his death on the cross matters and how angels, Moses and the Jewish high priest fit into the picture.  Hebrews will definitely make you think and will build your confidence in what you believe.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK: ACTS 1:4-8 YOU WILL RECEIVE POWER…

And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

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: Topic this week: Worship from a Biblical Perspective

-Thursdays, 7:30am to 8:30am, People of the Book, breakfast and fellowship at the Jubilee Center

-Saturday, May 14th, 9:15am, Food Distribution at the Jubilee Center

LOOKING AHEAD

-Friday, May 27th, 8:30am, Stocking Shelves at the Jubilee Center (3301 Andrews Highway).

-Saturday, May 28th, 9:15am, Food distribution at Jubilee Center

-Sunday, May 22nd, Congregational Luncheon and Meeting.  Please do plan to be with us!

-Tuesday, June 14th, 6:00pm, Vestry Dinner and Meeting.