July 3, 2015

Dear friends,

Joint Breakfast at 9:00 AM and Worship Service at 10:00 AM

This week, we worship with our friends from Memorial and Journey at 10:00am in the main sanctuary.  There will be no Sunday School.  Our preacher will be pastor Keith Gibbons of Church on the Journey.  Pastor Terry, who was a concert pianist, will provide some of our music along with the Memorial Christian Church Choir.  Our singers will join in with the music team from Church on the Journey and I will be celebrating the Holy Communion using our Anglican liturgy.

Breakfast will be served “pot luck” beginning at 9:00am in the fellowship hall.  Bring a breakfast casserole, fruit, juice or doughnuts and join us!

Rockhounds Game, July 17th at 7:00 PM

Sign up this Sunday for our All Saints Night at the Rockhounds.  Based on how many sign up, we may be able to get a break on ticket prices or admission to the picnic provided by the Rockhounds caterers.  See Dan Stoelzel for more details.

Jubilee Week is July 20th through 25th

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK – The beauty of unity.

Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down on the collar of his robes!
It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
life forevermore.

Psalm 133

 

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

-Wednesday at 6:30: Bible Study, The Gospel of Luke at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Avenue.  All are welcome.

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

-Sunday, July 5th, Joint Service with Memorial and Jubilee.

-Tuesday, July 7th, 11:45 am.  Men’s Lunch at the Jubilee Center, 3311 Andrews Highway.  The food is always a West Texas delicacy (barbecue, beans and burgers) and the fellowship is pretty good too!

Second Sunday Lunch and Jubilee Collection, Sunday, July 12th. Bring a donation of boxed Macaroni and Cheese for Jubilee.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

-Tuesday, July 14th, 6:00 pm, Vestry Meeting in the Fellowship Hall.  Dinner provided.

-Friday, July 17th, All Saints Night at the Rockhounds Game!

-Monday, July 20th to Saturday July 25th.  Jubilee Week!  All Saints members will have the opportunity to volunteer with fix-up or the food pantry in this special week of service.

-Sunday, August 23rd, Visitors’ Sunday and Fall Kickoff.

-SAVE THE DATE: September 18-20, Men’s Retreat in Fort Davis.

June 26, 2015

Dear friends,

The Supreme Court Decision

Today is an historic day in the national debate over the nature of marriage.  Our bishops, meeting in British Columbia this week, have offered a response to the Supreme Court decision.  A copy is attached.  We will discuss that response in the adult Sunday School class beginning at 9:15. The class meets in room 101 at the far end of the end of the hallway with the ramps.

I will discuss the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision in my sermon, not from a political perspective, but from a Christ centered, biblical point of view that I hope will be useful to you in the days to come.  May God’s grace cover us all as we remain faithful in changing times.

Joint Service on Sunday the 5th

A week from this Sunday, we will be worshiping with our friends from Memorial Church and Church on the Journey.  We’ll enjoy some wonderful music from all three congregations as well as the able preaching of Pastor Keith and Holy Communion according to our Anglican tradition.

Mark Your Calendars!

On the weekend of September 18th through 20th, we’re planning our second men’s retreat at Indian Lodge and the state park in Fort Davis.  Please do mark your calendars and invite others to join us.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK – The Scriptures were written for our instruction.

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” 4For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.  Romans 15:1-7

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

-Wednesday at 6:30: Bible Study, The Gospel of Luke at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Avenue.  All are welcome.

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

-Saturday, June 27th, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Jubilee Center food distribution.  Just show up, we’ll find you a place to serve!

 

LOOKING AHEAD

-Sunday, July 5th, Joint Service with Memorial and Jubilee.

-Tuesday, July 7th, 11:45 am.  Men’7s Lunch at the Jubilee Center, 3311 Andrews Highway.  The food is always a West Texas delicacy (barbecue, beans and burgers) and the fellowship is pretty good too!

-Second Sunday Lunch and Jubilee Collection, Sunday, July 12th, Bring a donation of boxed Macaroni and Cheese for Jubilee.

-Tuesday, July 14th, 6:00 pm, Vestry Meeting in the Fellowship Hall.  Dinner provided.

-Friday, July 17th, All Saints Night at the Rockhounds Game!

-Monday, July 20th to Saturday July 25th.  Jubilee Week!  All Saints members will have the opportunity to volunteer with fix-up or the food pantry in this special week of service.

-Sunday, August 23rd, Visitors’ Sunday and Fall Kickoff.

-SAVE THE DATE: September 18-20, Men’s Retreat in Fort Davis.

June 20, 2015

Dear friends,

With Summer now in full swing, I hope you are able to enjoy a slower pace and the opportunity for a little travel. Your Vestry met earlier this month and began planning three wonderful opportunities for fellowship and service this Summer. The first is a Friday night at the Rockhounds, the second is a week of volunteer opportunities at the Jubilee Center and the third is a Visitors’ Sunday at the end of Summer. Check the schedule below and mark your calendars. Details will follow closer to the events.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK – Trust

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

and do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones

Proverbs 3:5-8

Trust comes naturally to children but is often in short supply once we get older. I once had a pastor friend who insisted that we should put no trust in others but reserve all our trust for God alone. He was saying this in the context expectation and disappointment and the resentment that often follows. If you love your spouse but expect that God alone is able to completely fulfill his promises, then you are not quite so disappointed when your spouse fails you. And, with an intense focus on the trustworthiness of God, you might just find that you become more trustworthy in the process. So give it a try. Love your spouse, your children and your friends unconditionally but let your full trust be in God.

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

-Wednesday at 6:30: Bible Study, The Gospel of Luke at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Avenue. All are welcome.

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

-Tuesday, June 23rd, 11:45 am. Men’s Lunch at the Jubilee Center, 3311 Andrews Highway. The food is always a West Texas delicacy (barbecue, beans and burgers) and the fellowship is pretty good too!

-Friday, June 26th, 8:15 am to 9:15 am. Shelf stocking at Jubilee Center.

-Saturday, June 27th, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Jubilee Center food distribution. Just show up, we’ll find you a place to serve!

 

LOOKING AHEAD

-Sunday, July 5th, Joint Service with Memorial and Jubilee.

-Tuesday, July 7th, 11:45 am. Men’s Lunch at the Jubilee Center, 3311 Andrews Highway. The food is always a West Texas delicacy (barbecue, beans and burgers) and the fellowship is pretty good too!

-Tuesday, July 14th, 6:00 pm, Vestry Meeting in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner provided.

-Second Sunday Lunch and Jubilee Collection, Sunday, July 12th, Bring a donation of boxed Macaroni and Cheese for Jubilee

-Friday, July 17th, All Saints Night at the Rockhounds Game!

-Monday, July 20th to Saturday July 25th. Jubilee Week! All Saints members will have the opportunity to volunteer with fix-up or the food pantry distribution in this special week of service.

-Sunday, August 23rd, Visitors’ Sunday and Fall Kickoff.

April 1, 2015

Dear friends,

Imagine you are in Jerusalem on the Wednesday of that first Holy Week when Jesus could be found in the temple teaching and his opponents in the shadows planning.  And there you are with your mind caught up in the words of Jesus and wishing that the week would never end.  Next week, there would be work to do and problems to solve and ordinary life to live.  But what you could not have known on that Wednesday is how it would all end.  There, living in that transcendent moment, you would be joyful with the hope that the “new thing” prophesied so long ago by the Prophet Joel was really happening, to you, right now.  And that hope would be undone by the crucifixion and wonderfully renewed when Jesus was raised.

Holy Week must be lived to be appreciated.  Like your imaginary self experiencing the event Jesus’ own Holy Week, you must go there if we are to understand it’s life changing power.  Plan to be with us for a very special Maundy Thursday service in the main sanctuary and for Good Friday in our regular worship space.  Live the experience and let it change you!

ON EASTER MORNING, join us for an all congregation breakfast cooked by the clergy.  We’ll serve from 8:20 or so until 9:00 o’clock.  Sunday school follows at 9:15.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK – “He was pierced for our transgressions”

Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
3He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
5But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
6All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:1-6

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

·        Wednesday at 6:30: New Study: The Gospel of Luke Study at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Avenue.  All are welcome.

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

·        MAUNDY THURSDAY, April 2nd, at 7:00pm.  Traditional service in the main sanctuary.

·        GOOD FRIDAY, April 3rd, Traditional service in our regular worship space.

·    EASTER SUNDAY, April 5th.  Begins with breakfast cooked by the clergy at 8:15am.

LOOKING AHEAD

·        Tuesday, April 14th at 6:30, Vestry Meeting in the Fellowship Hall.  Dinner will be provided.

·        Saturday, April 18th, 9:00am, Church Yard Clean-Up Morning.

·        Thursday and Friday, April 30-May 1, Diocesan Synod in Albuquerque.

March 25, 2015

Dear friends,

Holy Week is the high point of the Christian year with its recounting of the drama of that last week of Jesus’ life culminating in his glorious resurrection.  It begins this year on Palm Sunday, March 29th.  On that day, we remember the hero’s welcome Jesus received on his last visit to Jerusalem and how it all seemed to end with suffering and the cross.

Each day of Holy Week has its own theme with Maundy Thursday introducing the Last Supper and the call to servanthood and Good Friday revealing the depth of Christ’s suffering for our salvation.  And, of course, it all comes to a joyful conclusion with the resurrection on Easter morning.  Among the great gifts of being an Anglican Christian is the opportunity to participate in these timeless traditions. For us, they are not outdated at all.  On the contrary, they are our connection with the faith of nearly 100 generations from the time of the Apostles until our own.

Plan to be with us for a very special Maundy Thursday service in the main sanctuary and for Good Friday in our regular worship space.  It will immerse you deeply in the meaning of the Christian life and prepare you for the joy we share on Easter Sunday.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK – “Create in me a clean heart, O God”

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
14 Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

                                                    Psalm 51:10-17

 

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

  • Wednesday at 6:30: New Study: The Gospel of Luke Study at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Avenue.  All are welcome.
  • Sundays, Classes at 9:15 am, Worship at 10:30am.
  • Friday, March 27th, 8:15am-9:15am.  Shelf Stocking at Jubilee Center.
  • Saturday, March 28th, 9:00am-12:00pm, Jubilee Center, Food Distribution.  Just show up, we’ll find a place for you to serve!

 

LOOKING AHEAD

  • MAUNDY THURSDAY, April 2nd, at 7:00pm.  Traditional service in the main sanctuary.
  • GOOD FRIDAY, April 3rd, Traditional service in our regular worship space.
  • EASTER SUNDAY, April 5th.  Begins with breakfast cooked by the clergy at 8:15am.
  • Tuesday, April 14th at 6:30, Vestry Meeting in the Fellowship Hall.  Dinner will be provided.
  • Saturday, April 18th, 9:00am, Church Yard Clean-Up Morning.
  • Thursday and Friday, April 30-May 1, Diocesan Synod in Albuquerque.

February 11, 2015

Dear friends,

Next week marks the beginning of Lent, a season of self-examination, penitence, fasting and prayer.  Not the easiest things for a Christian to do but perhaps the most productive.  With the disciplines of Lent putting our faith on a firmer foundation, we are more ready to hear God’s leading, to worship with depth and joy and to love more authentically.  Next week, we have the opportunity to participate in two wonderful traditions: Mardi Gras (a fancier version of our old Shrove Tuesday celebration) and Ash Wednesday.

They mark the beginning of Lent, but perhaps as important this year, they give us a chance to connect with our sister congregations.  It is indeed a precious thing when Christians of different backgrounds walk together.  Jesus prayed that all Christians would be “one” just as he and his Father are one (John 17:21).  Let’s take a step in that direction with our friends at Journey and Memorial.   I would appreciate if you would make every effort to join us both evenings.  For families with kids, I expect you will be home by 7:30 on Tuesday and 7:00 on Wednesday.

Third Annual Mardi Gras Celebration on Tuesday at 6:00 pm.

Celebrated with our friends at Church on the Journey and Memorial, we’ll share a pot luck dinner (bring a main course and side dish or a dessert and side dish) and enjoy some of our talents afterward.  Musicians from the three churches are invited to sing a song or two and everyone is invited to share a hidden talent or joke.  It won’t be high entertainment but it should be a little good fun together.

Shared Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the Main Sanctuary

I’m really looking forward to this one.  All three pastors will participate in leading a liturgy of penitence, in the imposing of ashes and in celebrating communion.  Together, we will make a right beginning (as the Prayer Book says) of the season of Lent.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK – Food for Thought in the Last Days Before Lent

Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. 17 Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”  Matthew 9:14-17

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

 

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

  • Tonight at 6:30: The Bible Study at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Avenue.  All are welcome.
  • Sundays, Classes at 9:15 am, Worship at 10:30am.
  • Friday, February 13th, 8:15am-9:15am.  Shelf Stocking at Jubilee Center.
  • Saturday, January 14th, 9:00am-12:00pm, Jubilee Center, Food Distribution.  Just show up, we’ll find a place for you to serve!
  • Tuesday, February 17th at 11:45am, Men’s Lunch at the Jubilee Center.  Greg Clark and I will be the chefs for this one. Yes, the food will be great and we will be finished eating by 12:30.  Join us!
  • MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION, February 17th, 6:00pm Dinner and “Revue” in the Fellowship Hall.

LOOKING AHEAD

  • JOINT ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE (with Journey and Memorial) in the traditional sanctuary, February 18th, 6:30pm.
  • Tuesday, March 9th at 6:30, Vestry Meeting in the Fellowship Hall.  Dinner will be provided.
  • EASTER SUNDAY, April 5th.
  • Saturday, April 18th, 9:00am, Church Yard Clean-Up Morning.

February 5, 2015

Dear friends,

YOU’RE INVITED TO OUR VESTRY PLANNING MORNING ON SATURDAY

This coming Saturday morning, we’re meeting at 8:30am at the Jubilee Center to share breakfast, worship, pray and plan for the coming months.  You are cordially invited to join us to lend your support, join us in worship and prayer and share your ideas.  We’ll finish before noon.

SECOND SUNDAY LUNCHEON AND JUBILEE COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND

Bring your favorite side dish.  The main course, drinks and dessert are provided.  As always, we’re issuing a call for macaroni and cheese for our Jubilee collection.  Please leave your boxes at the foot of the Altar before service.

MARDI GRAS RETURNS!  (THIRD ANNUAL!)

We’re just two weeks now from the beginning of Lent, a season of self examination, penitence, fasting and preparation to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.  But before we get to all of that, let’s take a little time to celebrate with our friends at Church on the Journey and Memorial with a Mardi Gras Dinner and Talent Night.  That’s right, we’ll share a dinner that can’t be beat (because we’ll all have a hand in bringing something :-) and you are invited to share whatever hidden talent God has given you.  Musicians from the three congregations are invited to offer a song or two.  Do you have a joke safe for prime time or can you spin a basketball on your index finger?  Maybe you can do a perfect cartwheel or a one armed pushup.  The idea is to spend a half hour after dinner laughing and enjoying one another.  Let me know if you have something in mind.  I’ll get back to you with details about the food once we’ve ironed them out.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK

And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them.  And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.  Matthew 4:23-25

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.  THIS IS SECOND SUNDAY!  Luncheon and Jubilee Collection.
  • Wednesday, February 4th, 6:30pm at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Blvd.  The Bible Study.  All are welcome.

LOOKING AHEAD

  • Friday, February 13th, 8:15am-9:15am.  Shelf Stocking at Jubilee Center.
  • Saturday, January 14th, 9:00am-12:00pm, Jubilee Center, Food Distribution.  Just show up, we’ll find a place for you to serve!
  • MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION, February 17th, 6:00pm Dinner and “Revue” in the Fellowship Hall.
  • JOINT ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE (with Journey and Memorial), February 18th, 6:30pm.
  • EASTER SUNDAY, April 5th.
  • Saturday, April 18th, 9:00am, Church Yard Clean-Up Morning

 

 

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.