Current News at All Saints'

Conversations: Racism and Faith Communities—About a month ago a small group of parishioners from All Saints' and Asbury United Methodist began to meet on a monthly basis and join in conversation and fellowship. The conversation has revolved around racism and in how the Holy Spirit is leading our faith communities to be in relationship with one another. Gatherings are held the second Thursday of each month in the lower meeting space at Asbury; 101 W. All Saints Street, 7:00-8:30pm. At the Apr. 11 gathering we will be watching a YouTube video and then discussing what we have viewed. Contact Linda Miller or Alison Cox for details.

Leadership Development Series—Be a part of our monthly leadership development program from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., third Saturdays (excpet April 13). Anyone in the parish is invited to attend and learn more leadership skills. Come for our next installment, 'Conflict Management Part I' on April 13. And mark your calendars for our May 18 session, 'Conflict Management Part II.' Join us to better understand what is going on in our own experience and to interpret the experiences of others.

Lenten Meditation Books—Our chapter of the Daughters of the King have been diligently working to bring you a treasure: their Lenten Meditation Book has arrived! Each day has suggested readings and a brief meditation to help guide you through the transformative season of Lent. Every meditation was thoughtfully written by a member of our All Saints' family. Pick up your copy now!

Trying to decide on a Lenten practice?—The Environmental Ministry invites you to join us in practicing lent with God's creation in mind. For example, consider reducing your reliance on single-use plastics or cut down on energy use each day. Check out livinglent.org for ideas and details.

Lifting up your prayers—Our youth will be leading service on April 7 and want to lift up your prayers! Share your prayers of petition, thanksgiving, and intercession, for the Church universal, our nation, and our local community. Leave your prayers in the prayer box in the Historic Church by March 30. The Jr. High class will go through the prayer box and use the prayers offered up as inspiration in writing their own Prayers of the People for the youth service.

Join Raising Saints!—Are you new to All Saints'? Are you helping to raise a child or grandchild? We want you to know about our young families group, Raising Saints! Providing fellowship and support for those forming the youngest members of our congregation, we meet every fourth Sunday for coffee at 10 am (everyone brings a snack to share). We use the time to caffeinate and to catch up with each other and share ideas on how to meet the needs of young families at All Saints'. Learn what's already going on and tap into our community to share your own ideas! Stay in touch by joining us at coffee hour and on our private Facebook page by “friending” Rebecca Couture! Our next coffee hour is Sunday, March 24 at 10am underneath the Historic Church in the Faithful Followers room.

College Scholarship Opportunity—Attention high school seniors and undergraduate college students! The Episcopal Orphan House (EOH) Scholarship Committee is now accepting requests for applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. This scholarship has a rich history related to ASEC, however any Frederick County resident is eligible and encouraged to apply! These awards may be renewed each of the student's 4 undergrad years (Note: current recipients must reapply each year). Applications are due March 31. To receive an application form, please e-mail a request to elizabethlanegregory@gmail.com. Please provide both a mailing address and an e-mail address. We will e-mail you the application form as soon as we receive the request.

Prayer Shawls Blessed—On February 24, we had 25 new prayer shawls blessed. We want to extend a big thanks to the parishioners and friends and family of parishioners who knit or chrocheted a shawl for this wonderful ministry. Please join us on the first Saturday of the month at 10:00 in the Memorial Chapel for some knitting/crocheting and fellowship.

Name on Prayer List—We like to maintain contact information for all of the names on our church prayer list in the event that follow-up is needed. Greg Sanders has been on the "For Military and First Responders" section for some time now, but we have not been able to learn anything about him. We would love to know his status, so if you know who he is, please contact the church office at 301-663-5625.

Fellowship

St. Mary's Chapter—will hold its next meeting on Monday, April 1 at 12 noon in the Parish Hall. Join us for fellowship and study as we support the mission of the church!

Outreach

Lenten Rice Bowl—As has become our tradition here at All Saints' Church, we will conduct our annual Lenten Rice Bowl project. We ask that throughout the season of Lent, parishioners pray and meditate on their blessings and what they are able to sacrifice in order to support and give hope to others in need. This year, we will support Special Challenge Camp, which will be held July 28- August 1 at the Bishop Claggett Center. This is an overnight summer camp program for high-functioning adults with intellectual disabilities. The Rice Bowl funds will be used for scholarship money for campers and to help fund a Cinco De Mayo mid-year reunion for the campers and volunteers. Throughout Lent, the Rice Bowl will be present for us to make some donations. May we provide hope for others as we journey with Jesus from his time in the wilderness, to the cross, and to the resurrection.

Rebuilding Together—Join our Scout Troops on Saturday, April 27 as they help a local resident in the Ballenger Area with repairs on her house. Bring your DIY spirit and a bit of your Holy Spirit. Stay tuned for additional details. Please contact Eric Percy at 301-471-4647 for any questions. We will also be looking for assistance in providing Lunch for the Scouts and Volunteers.

Cinco De Mayo with SCW—We are excited to announce a brand new event to support our Special Challenge Campers. On May 5 at the Bishop Claggett Center, from 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. there will be a mid-year reunion at Claggett for the campers and volunteers that attend Special Challenge Camp. Help will be needed for set up from 12-2, during the event 2-4:30 and for clean up 4:30-5:30. Check your basements and attics for items that would fit in at a festive Cinco De Mayo party to help decorate the dance hall at Claggett. These items will be returned to you! Please contact June Miller (iluv2labs@comcast.net) if you would like to help out or donate a decoration or two. Be on the lookout for sponsorship flyers that will be posted around the church. Let the good times roll! "¡Deja que los buenos tiempos pasen!"