January 7, 2015

Dear friends,

 It looks as though we all survived the ice storm though I think the trees in front of the church lost several large branches.  This is the problem with trees that spread out wide but do not have the strength in their limbs to bear the weight that inevitably comes winter by winter.  Storms in general (snow, ice and wind) have a way of testing trees and often unmercifully so.

 The storms in our own lives are usually related to relationships, health and income.  And, like the trees, we too can become stressed to the breaking point.  As I write this, West Texas crude stands at around $47 a barrel and I am beginning to hear rumors of layoffs.  Midland and Odessa are certainly beginning to feel the stress of uncertainty. 

 But we are not like the trees that sag and break.  The very strength of God upholds us.  Isaiah 41 says to God’s chosen ones: “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”;fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  And Jesus says: “Behold I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 19).

 So look to him for your strength in uncertain times and bear witness to his strength whenever you get the chance. Without him we are weak, but in him, we can do all things!

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK

While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” They replied, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” Then he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They answered, “Into John’s baptism.” Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied– altogether there were about twelve of them.  Acts 19:1-7  (We’ll talk about this one on Sunday  :-).

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 10:30am.

·       Tonight, 6:30pm at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Blvd.  The Bible  Study Resumes.

·       Friday, January 9th, 8:15am-9:15am.  Shelf Stocking at Jubilee Center.

·       Saturday, January 10th, 9:00am-12:00pm, Jubilee Center, Food Distribution.  Just show up,  we’ll find a place for                        you to serve!

·       Monday, January 12th, 6:00pm.  Vestry meets in the Parish Hall. Vestry meetings are open         for all to attend.

LOOKING AHEAD

·       Friday-Sunday, beginning on January 16th, All Saints Women’s Retreat in San Angelo.

·       Sunday, January 25th, The Annual Meeting after church.  This will also be our “Second Sunday” so we will share lunch –          bring your favorite sandwiches for all to share.  On this  day we will also be collecting macaroni and cheese for Jubilee             Center.

December 29, 2014

Dear friends,

 As I write this, I am waiting at Midland Airport for a flight to Houston.  I’ll be meeting my brother and his three adult sons to attend the Texas Bowl (Texas vs. Arkansas).  I do look forward to the game but I am even happier at the thought of spending time with my brother and nephews.  Every Christmas season, most of us take time to reconnect with family: grandparents, parents, grown children, brothers, sisters, cousins, etc.  These are the people who journey through life with us, who remember best who we were in the past and who care most about what happens to us in the future.  It can be much the same way in the church.  The Apostle Paul writes to his disciple Timothy “Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters….” 

 In the Church, we refer to each other as “brother” or “sister” because we understand that the Church in its fullness is much like a family. Think of the children and teenagers at All Saints as you would a grandchild, nephew or little sister.  Think of our elders as parents or grandparents with all the respect due those who have journeyed further in life and have gained wisdom in the process.  We do more than “go to Church” each Sunday.  We stay connected to the family of God week by week.  Sometimes your brothers or sisters in Christ will annoy or even downright offend you.  But still, we are family and worthy of the love, understanding and forgiveness that Jesus extended to us “while we were still sinners.”  Families are built on such sacred commitments.  Churches are too!
 
Marianne and Sarah will join us in Dallas tomorrow to continue our family reunion.  Sarah looks forward to being with her cousins and a new niece and nephew born this past year.  Marianne and I share her enthusiasm and are grateful for our growing family right here in Texas.  See you Sunday!

 VESTRY NOMINEES

Our Vestry Nominating Committee has nominated the following persons for election at our Annual Meeting: Tola Dina, John McCarty and Greg Clark.  In keeping with our practice since the founding of All Saints, the Committee only nominated the number necessary to fill the upcoming openings.  Should members of the congregation wish nominate others from the floor, it would appropriate to approach me prior to January 20th so that these additional floor nominees can be certified before the Annual Meeting.  Qualifications for vestry service include: canonical residence in the congregation for at least a year, regular worship attendance, a record of giving and the signed endorsement of at least two parish members.  The Nominating Committee included Melissa McCarty, Greg Clark, Alex Hale, Dan Stoelzel and me.  Dan, Alex and I were ex-officio members.

 SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK

While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him.  But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?”  And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!  For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”  Matthew 12:46-50

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

 Your brother in Christ,

 Fr. Tom

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
·       Sundays, Classes at 9:15 am, Worship at 10:30am.

LOOKING AHEAD

·       Wednesday, January 7th, 6:30pm at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Blvd.  The Bible
        Study resumes.
·       Friday, January 9th, 8:15am-9:15am.  Shelf Stocking at Jubilee Center.
·       Saturday, January 10th, 9:00am-12:00pm, Jubilee Center, Food Distribution.  Just show up, we’ll find a place for you to           serve!
·       Sunday, January 11th, Second Sunday Luncheon and Jubilee Collection (Macaroni and Cheese!).
·       Monday, January 12th, 6:00pm.  Vestry meets in the Parish Hall. Vestry meetings are open for all to attend.
·       Friday-Sunday, beginning on January 16th, All Saints Women’s Retreat in San Angelo.
·       Sunday, January 25th, The Annual Meeting after church.

December 19, 2014

Dear friends,

What a wonderful Sunday last week with the Bishop’s visit for confirmation and reception.  Confirmands included Lindsey Brenner, Michael Brenner, Aiden Watson and Karoline Watson. Doug Whiting was received.  Thanks to all who made a special effort to welcome Bishop Mark Zimmerman to our parish.  He loved being with you and looks forward to his next visit to Midland.  A recording of his powerful sermon can be heard at midlandanglican.org.

JOIN US FOR A LITTLE CHRISTMAS CHEER AND A GOOD CAUSE TONIGHT!

This evening the Finnies and Presleys (anyone remember Deonne, my former parish administrator?) will be in Grasslands to collect donations for Jubilee Center in front of the most decorated home in Midland.  The Thames family has invited Jubilee volunteers to receive donations from 6:00pm to 9:00pm from the steady stream of visitors who pass by their house.  Love to see you there for part or all of the evening.  Park in the back lot of the Abell School and walk one block south to 1600 Ashwood.

“HIPPY” LESSONS AND CAROLS TOMORROW

Our second annual Hippy Lessons and Carols for all ages will be held at 9:15 am tomorrow morning in Room 101, the adult education classroom.  What makes the service “hippy?”  According to Brad Watson, our visionary organizer of the event, the fact that you can eat, drink and discuss things right in the middle of the service makes it more of a 1960s “teach in” than your normal round of readings and carols.  Great fun and a great way to understand the meaning of Christ’s birth in biblical context.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING TOMORROW!

Tomorrow after church, we are planning on our traditional Christmas Caroling visits to parishioners.  We’ll finish church, get something quick to eat and then meet back at All Saints.  Then we’ll go as one team to see Jan and Wendel Miller, Jerry Morgan and special lady named Wilma who is very much in need of God’s love this Christmas.  If we can begin before 1:00pm, we should be finished before 2:30.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK

And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

Luke 1:46-55

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 10:30am.
  • Sunday, December 21, at 1:00pm, Christmas Caroling for Parishioners
  • Wednesday, December 24th, 6:00 pm, CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE!

LOOKING AHEAD

  • Wednesday, January 7th, 6:30pm at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Blvd.  The Bible  Study Resumes.
  • Friday, December 26th, 8:15am-9:15am.  Shelf Stocking at Jubilee Center.
  • Saturday, December 27th, 9:00am-12:00pm, Jubilee Center, Food Distribution.  Just show up, we’ll find a place for you to serve!
  • Friday-Sunday, beginning on January 16th, All Saints Women’s Retreat in San Angelo.
  • Sunday, January 25th, The Annual Meeting after church.

 

December 8, 2014

Dear friends,

We have three special opportunities to get to know Bishop Mark this coming weekend:

Friday, 12:00 pm at the Settles Hotel in Big Spring.  Dene Sheppard is planning a luncheon at the historic Settles Hotel.  Join the group in the Settles Grill at noon.

Friday, 6:00 pm at KD’s Barbecue.  A favorite stop for the bishop, we’ll indulge in barbecue and the unique atmosphere of that little slice of barbecue heaven.  Order from the grille and look for us upstairs in the private dining room.

Saturday, 6:30 pm at the Gary and Nadine’s Oknefski’s.  We’ll be enjoying an informal Italian night and the opportunity to spend a little time with our wonderful bishop!  Please do let Nadine know you are coming by emailing her at ______.

It would be wonderful to have every member of the parish with us at one or more of these meals.  Bishop Mark wants to get to know each of us better and to share a bit of his life with us too.  Teenagers and children are most welcome to join us!

MORE OPPORTUNITIES

On Saturday, Bishop Mark will be with us for the big Christmas distribution at the Jubilee Center.  Join us at 9:00.  A few more volunteers will help to make everything run more smoothly.  At noon on Saturday, the bishop has asked to meet with the Confirmands for lunch at All Saints.

On Sunday, Bishop Mark will confirm and receive and join us for a holiday season luncheon following service.  We’ll enjoy deep fried turkeys (thanks Bob!), scrumptious desserts and whatever side dishes you bring.  Remember to bring a few boxes of Mac and Cheese for the Jubilee Collection too.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer (bishop), he desires a noble task.  Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.  He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?  He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.  1st Timothy 3:1-7

 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 (See the comments above for activities with the bishop)

  • Sundays, Classes at 9:15 am, Worship at 10:30am. Youth Confirmation begins this Sunday.
  • Tuesday, December 9th, 11:45am, Men’s Fellowship Lunch at Jubilee.  Open to all men, it’s a relaxing and fun way to spend your lunch hour.  The food is top notch too!
  • Tuesday, December 9th, 6:00pm.  Dinner and Vestry meeting in the Fellowship Hall.
  • Wednesday, December 10th, 6:30 pm, The Bible Study at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Boulevard. We will be in Genesis, chapter 32.
  • Friday, December 12th, 8:15am-9:15am.  Shelf Stocking at Jubilee Center.
  • Saturday, December 13th, 9:00am-12:00pm, Jubilee Center, Food Distribution.  Just show up, we’ll find a place for you to serve!

 

LOOKING AHEAD

  • Sunday, December 14th, Bishop Mark Zimmerman visits for confirmation and reception of new members.  Bring Mac and Cheese for the Jubilee Collection and stay for lunch!
  • Friday-Sunday, beginning on January 16th, All Saints Women’s Retreat in San Angelo.
  • Sunday, January 25th, The Annual Meeting after church.

December 6, 2014

Dear Friends,

 Bishop Mark Visits for Confirmation and Reception on December 14th!

In just over a week now, Bishop Mark Zimmerman will be with us for confirmation and reception.  He will be confirming Lindsey Brenner, Michael Brenner, Aiden Watson and Karoline Watson.  He will be receiving Doug Whiting.

 Melissa McCarty offers the following suggestion for the luncheon that follows: “It is time to break out your favorite Christmas party food to enjoy during this special month’s luncheon. From the ever popular “re-gifted” fruitcake to caviar, bring a side dish ohonoring the preparation and celebration that is the Christmas season.”  Bob Landreth will be deep frying turkeys for the occasion!

 This is also our collection Sunday for Jublilee Center.  As always, we are asking for boxed macaroni and cheese.  Please put it at the foot of the altar before worship begins.

 Scripture of the Week

 For to us a child is born,

 to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 Of the increase of his government and of peace
    there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
    to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
    from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Isaiah 9;6-7

 Trivia Question (Finally) Answered

A few weeks ago, I asked the question: What country is home to the world’s first oil well?  Though some have told me that I have been fooled by an old Soviet plot, the home of the first producing oil well is in Poland.  It was dug (yes, dug) about 60 feet down until oil was struck.  The purpose?  To fuel the new kerosene lamps invented by the one who bankrolled the project.  The year?  1853.  Though part of a museum complex now, it still produces!

 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 10:30am. Youth Confirmation begins this Sunday.

·       Tuesday, December 9th, 11:45am, Men’s Fellowship Lunch at Jubilee.  Open to all men, it’s a relaxing and fun way to spend your lunch hour.  The food is top notch too!

·       Tuesday, December 9th, 6:00pm.  Dinner and Vestry meeting in the Fellowship Hall.

·       Wednesday, December 10th, 6:30 pm, The Bible Study at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Boulevard. We will be in Genesis, chapter 32.

·       Friday, December 12th, 8:15am-9:15am.  Shelf Stocking at Jubilee Center.

·       Saturday, December 13th, 9:00am-12:00pm, Jubilee Center, Food Distribution.  Just show up, we’ll find a place for you to serve!

LOOKING AHEAD

 ·       Sunday, December14th, Bishop Mark Zimmerman visits for confirmation and reception of new members.  Bring Mac and Cheese for the Jubilee Collection and stay for lunch!

·       Friday-Sunday, beginning on January 16th, All Saints Women’s Retreat in San Angelo.

·       Sunday, January 25th, The Annual Meeting after church.

November 21, 2014

Dear Friends,

Christ the King Sunday

This Sunday marks the end of the church year with Christ the King Sunday.  Next Sunday begins the Advent Season.  On Christ the King Sunday, we consider Jesus as he is now, the King and righteous judge of the whole universe.  The Gospel lesson, Matthew’s last parable from Jesus, concerns the separation of the sheep and the goats, the righteous and the unrighteous, to inherit the Kingdom of God or to go “into eternal fire.”  It is, at once, a most glorious and chilling picture.  And it is the perfect scripture to usher us into Advent when we will prepare for his return.  Join us in worship this Sunday!

Scripture of the Week: Psalm 100 on Giving Thanks

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!  Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!  Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!  For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

Trivia Question Answered

Last week’s question: What country is home to the world’s first oil well?  Though some have told me that I have been fooled by an old Soviet plot, the home of the first producing oil well is actually in Poland.  It was dug (yes, dug) about 60 feet down until oil was struck.  The purpose?  To fuel the new kerosene lamps invented by the one who bankrolled the project.  The year?  1853.  Though now part of a museum complex, it still produces!   Thanks to Gary, Doug and Tola who missed it by a continent but took their best shot!

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 10:30am. Youth Confirmation begins this Sunday.
  • Saturday, November 22nd, 9:00am, Food Pantry distribution. We could use a little extra help for our Thanksgiving pantry – the largest of the year.
  • Tuesday, November 25th, 11:45am, Men’s Fellowship Lunch at Jubilee.  Open to all men, it’s a relaxing and fun way to spend your lunch hour.  The food is top notch too!
  • Wednesday, November 26th, 6:30 pm, The Bible Study will not meet because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

LOOKING AHEAD

  • Friday, December 12th, 8:15am-9:15am.  Shelf Stocking at Jubilee Center.
  • Saturday, December 13th, 9:00am-12:00pm, Jubilee Center, Food Distribution.  Just show up, we’ll find a place for you to serve!
  • Tuesday, December 9th, 6:00pm.  Dinner and Vestry meeting in the Fellowship Hall.
  • Sunday, December 14th, Bishop Mark Zimmerman visits for confirmation, reception of new members and renewal of baptismal vows.
  • Friday-Sunday, beginning on January 16th, All Saints Women’s Retreat in San Angelo.
  • Sunday, January 25th, The Annual Meeting after church.

 

November 13, 2014

Dear Friends,

Some Thoughts on an Old Prayer

 Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known and, from you, no secrets are hid.  Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your Holy Name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

So begins our worship each week, as it has among Anglicans for as long as we have offered our prayers in English.  Included in the first Book of Common Prayer of 1549, this “Collect for Purity” (as it is called) was said as it is now at the very beginning of the service of Holy Eucharist (Communion). Before 1549, it was offered in Latin privately as the priest prepared himself to lead worship. The prayer itself goes back to 900 A. D. or earlier where it can be found in the Leofric Missal – an ornate English manuscript of the liturgy at that time.

Look at the structure of the prayer.  It begins with a threefold affirmation that God’s knows everything about us.  So we begin our worship by affirming this and then seek his cleansing power before we say or do anything else.  We pray “Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit.”  And we believes that God responds by making us fit (worthy and able) to do all that follows in worship. What we cannot do on our own, God does for us by cleansing us – not only for worship Sunday by Sunday but also for life in his presence forever.

From start to finish, cherished ancient traditions play a big part in our worship as Anglican Christians.  There is humility in that.  While our society advances – especially in the area of technology – we continue to pray as our forebears did because we trust that their insights concerning Christian life and worship still hold true.  I thank God for our heritage and pray that we will all grow more faithful as we are guided by it.

Scripture of the Week

 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”  Luke 6:37-28

 Trivia Question of the Week

What country is home to the world’s first oil well?  Reply to this email with your answer.  The first correct answer wins you a special Prize at this Sunday’s service. (No Google or Wikipedia!  Make your best guess.)

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 10:30am. Youth Confirmation begins this Sunday.
  • Wednesday, November 19th, 6:30 pm, The Bible Study at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Boulevard. We will be in Genesis, chapters 28 and 29.

LOOKING AHEAD

  •  Friday, November 21st, 8:15am-9:15am.  Shelf Stocking at Jubilee Center.
  • Saturday, November 22nd, 9:00am-12:00pm, Jubilee Center, Food Distribution.  Just show up, we’ll find a place for you to serve!
  • Tuesday, November 25th, 11:45am, Men’s Fellowship Lunch at Jubilee.  Open to all men, it’s a relaxing and fun way to spend your lunch hour.  The food is top notch too!
  • Tuesday, December 9th, 6:00pm.  Dinner and Vestry meeting in the Fellowship Hall.
  • Sunday, December14th, Bishop Mark Zimmerman visits for confirmation, reception of new members and renewal of baptismal vows.
  • Friday-Sunday, beginning on January 16th, All Saints Women’s Retreat in San Angelo.
  • Sunday, January 25th, The Annual Meeting after church.

November 6, 2014

Dear Friends,

All Saints Mission Meeting Tonight!

This evening is our second mission meeting for those who missed the meeting on Monday. The Vestry, Wardens and I invite you to visit with us about the mission and vision of All Saints.  We begin at 7:00 pm and will discuss our vision and our financial plans for the coming year.  We’ll also take time to hear your thoughts about our life together and respond to any questions you have.  Please do make every effort to join us for one of these evenings.  The meetings should finish by 8:00pm.

Second Sunday Lunch After Church This Sunday

From Melissa McCarty: “As the season moves toward the holidays, let’s cook dishes dear to our hearts. Bring a dish that is one of your family favorites. It could be a recent family favorite or a dish that represents your family background. Also, bring copies of the recipes to share with others.”  Sounds wonderful to me!  Also, we continue to collect boxed Macaroni and Cheese for Jubilee Center.  Please leave your donations in front of the altar before service.

Scripture of the Week

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  For by it the people of old received their commendation.  By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.  Hebrews 11:1-3

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

October 30, 3014

Dear Friends,

Daylight Savings Time Ends This Sunday!

Come an hour late and still be on time. What a deal! Might be a good week to try Sunday School if you have been away from it for awhile.  That’s only 15 minutes earlier than you came to church last week J.

All Saints Sunday This Week

On the Sunday after All Saints Day (which is this coming Saturday), we celebrate the lives of saints who have gone before and draw inspiration from their example.  We join with living saints at the Lord’s table and look forward to that day when the whole church in heaven and on earth will sing together around the throne of Christ. If you are a follower of Jesus, he has made you a saint by virtue of his sacrifice for your sake on the cross.  Someday, we will all be raised to eternal life as he was.  And when that day comes, you will know for sure what you are now—a saint of God.  Celebrate with us this Sunday!  If you have not added the names of loved ones you would like us to remember in worship this week, please feel free to email them to me.

All Saints Mission Meetings

On either Monday, November 3rd or Thursday, November 6th, Vestry, Wardens and I invite you to visit with us about the mission and vision of All Saints at one of two “Mission Meetings.”  The two different evenings, beginning at 7:00pm, are offered to make it more possible for everyone (adults and teenagers) to attend.  We will discuss our vision and our financial plans for the coming year.  We’ll also take time to hear your thoughts about our life together and respond to any questions you have.  Please do make every effort to join us one of these evenings.  The meetings should finish by 8:00pm.

The Vestry Meets Briefly After Church This Sunday

We meet to consider joining with our sister congregations in commissioning a new sign for the middle of the property on the Andrews Highway side.  All are welcome to attend.  I imagine it will take us about 10 minutes.

Scripture of the Week

 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  Colossians 3:14-17

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

October 24, 2014

Dear Friends,

One Down, One to Go

Thanks to all who came out on Saturday to help distribute All Saints/Jubilee bags for our Neighborhood Outreach project.  This Saturday, we need to pick up those bags filled with donations for Jubilee.  Come to the church at 9:00am to get your route sheet and join a team.  We will need both drivers and “picker uppers.”  When you have completed your route, drop off the items you collect at the Jubilee Center, 3311 Andrews Highway.

All Saints Mission Meetings

On either Monday, November 3rd or Thursday, November 6th, Vestry, Wardens and I invite you to visit with us about the mission and vision of All Saints at one of two “Mission Meetings.”  The two different evenings, beginning at 7:00pm, are offered to make it more possible for everyone (adults and teenagers) to attend.  We will discuss the vision for our mission and ministry and our financial plans for the coming year.  We’ll also take time to hear your thoughts about our mission together and respond to any questions you have.  Please do make every effort to join us one of these evenings.  The meetings should finish by 8:00pm.

Scripture of the Week

Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.  When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.  With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.  Psalm 91:14-16

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