Current News at All Saints'
Welcome Rev. Joanne!—Please join us in welcoming Rev. Joanne Tetrault to our staff! She will be with us in a supply role for the next several weeks to learn more about our faith family, and will continue on a more full-time basis during Rev. Jess' maternity until early January. To learn more about Rev. Joanne and the transition, check out our September newsletter.
Morning Prayer at All Saints'—Join us on weekday mornings for morning prayer. Prayer times are Monday through Friday, 7:30-8:00am in the Historic Church and 8:00am on Thursday mornings in St. Paul's Chapel. If you can't make it in person, you can join us by teleconference! Dial in at 7:30am Monday-Friday: (641) 715-3580 and enter the Access Code 219716.
Middendorf Match - Fill the Body!—The All Saints' community has a unique opportunity to close a chapter in our past and retire a debt from the 2011 Living Stones capital campaign. The Middendorf Loan Fund of the diocese was used to pay for our capital improvements; we still owe the fund about $90,000, which is due December 2018. This Spring, the vestry was offered a gift by an anonymous donor with a big heart for All Saints’ to pay for almost 1/3 of the Middendorf Loan if we can come up with the remaining amount. Let's meet this matching challenge! We believe that over four weeks, 150 people can choose to donate $200 each, and we will quickly raise the $30,000 needed to reach our goal. No matter the size, every gift will help us get closer to our goal and will make you part of the financial stability of our community. Our campaign begins on Sept 10, Homecoming Sunday — we will finish it on Oct 1.
Junior Daughters of the King Interest Meeting—Did you know that Junior members of The Order of the Daughters of the King grow in their Christian faith and commitment through fellowship, prayer and Bible study? Or that they make promises of daily Prayer and Service to our Lord Jesus Christ? And that Junior Chapters provide a loving, supportive Christian community in which to strengthen its members' love and service to the Lord? All Saints' Junior Daughters of the King chapter warmly invites all girls and young women of the parish to join us for an interest meeting on Sunday, Sept 24 from 12:30-2:30pm in the Parish Hall to learn more about Junior Daughters. For more information please call Jen Mariano at (301) 606-5821. We hope to see you there.
Concert Series: Lao Tizer—The third installment of our Concert Series will be Friday, Oct. 27, featuring the music of The Lao Tizer Trio. Lao is an internationally renowned jazz keyboardist. Tizer’s music is a fusion of smooth and modernist jazz, and will be a great night of original compositions, solos and improv. Tickets are $20, available at allsaintsmd.org/concertseries. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the music begins at 8. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Platoon 22, which aims to drastically reduce the number of Veteran suicides each year. AutoNation Toyota Leesburg is continuing to sponsor our series. There will be a cash bar wine and cheese social hour hosted by The Hospitality Committee prior to the concert in the Parish Hall. Complimentary childcare is available for the evening.
Youth Event: Ropes Course—Join us on Sunday, Oct. 1, 8am—2pm for a fun morning out at Claggett. We'll meet in the church parking lot at 8 a.m. and then carpool over to Claggett. Youth and youth leaders will engage in team building exercises and fun on the Upward Enterprises Ropes Course. We’ll conclude with doing the zip line, eating lunch, and having an outdoor worship service. We plan to be back at the church by 2 p.m. for pick up. Carpooling and lunch will be provided. Cost of the event is $20 per youth. Friends and neighbors are welcomed and encouraged to join in this fun kick-off event! Sign up and Upward Enterprise waivers are required for this event. RSVP to Rev. Jess at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-663-5625 by Sunday Sept. 24.
Work has begun—You may notice we're under repair. A team has begun work on the sunken sidewalks adjacent to the area around the Bishops Door, the collapsing exterior stairwell wall leading to the "dungeon," and the loose bricks in the Garden. The work will begin in mid-September and will take two to three weeks to complete. As you walk around our campus, keep your eyes open and watch your step as we complete this important work.
Environmental Ministry: Gambrill State Park—Join the newly formed Environmental Ministry as we care for our local park on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 30. We will be supporting the rangers at Gambrill State Park by helping out on park projects to improve the users experience! Save the date and stay tuned as more details become available. We look forward to seeing all age groups of our All Saints' family!
It's Social Media Sunday!—Get your phone out: Sunday, Sept. 24, Episcopal Churches all over the country are using social media to share their life of faith with the world. Share your favorite line from the sermon, take a selfie during the peace, or post a reflection on the reading. Be sure to tag us @allsaintsfredmd on Facebook.
Leadership Development—This fall we begin a leadership development program that meets once a month from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. on the last Saturday (except Nov. and March). Anyone in the parish is invited to attend and learn more leadership skills. We are particularly interested in gathering those who are already leading ministries at All Saints' so that they can incorporate this learning into their leadership and empower a culture of health at All Saints'. We will begin with Family Systems Theory. Join us to better understand what is going on in our own experience and to interpret the experiences of others.
Icon Writing Workshop—Join Rev. Anjel Scarborough in "writing" an icon in this wonderful, hands-on experience. By the end of this six-week workshop, you will have an icon of the Virgin of Tenderness by Peter Pearson, in your choice of red or blue. $65.00 covers all materials fees (16 x 20 board, drawing, brushes and paints). The series will be held Sept. 23; Oct. 7, 21; Nov. 4, 11, 18; from 10 am - 4 pm. Space is limited to 8 participants, so sign up now at http://luxorandi.com/workshops.html.
Children's Formation —We are blessed with an outstanding group of dedicated and faithful Children’s Formation teachers, who present the lessons and guide our children each Sunday. However, safety and diocesan guidelines require us to have two adults per classroom each Sunday morning. We need adults who are willing to support our teachers by greeting children at the door, help set up snacks, and help children get materials for follow-up activities. You do not need to be in the classroom every week! We have a flexible rotating schedule, and the more adult volunteers we have the fewer times each teacher/assistant will have to be in the classroom. Additionally, we still need two teachers who are willing to be trained as Godly Play storytellers, and two teachers for the 3rd/4th Grade classroom. The teachers also use a flexible rotating schedule, so you do not have to be present every week. If you are able to help in any of the classrooms, please contact Ann Cramer at email@example.com. I am happy to talk with you about any questions you may have.
Men's Group Exploration—We are exploring the formation of a men's group that would meet monthly. The goal is to provide an opportunity for fellowship around a simple meal as well as some "holy conversation." The initial gathering will be Saturday, September 23 from 8 – 10 a.m. in the Great Hall. We will focus on reaching consensus on format and timing, so bring your appetites and your calendars. For further information, please contact Stu Scarborough: 301-524-5400 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember the Greens Sale as you Fall Clean—Donations are now being accepted for the Gifts and Greens Sale, which will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 3. Donated items may be left at the church office or in the Patrick Street lobby, and volunteers will move them to safe storage. Items may be Christmas-related or for any and all occasions, practical or decorative, handcrafted or antique. Your donations are tax-deductible; receipts are available upon request. We thank you! Barbara Mann (301-694-2320) and Nancy Franck (301-845-6661).
Hurricane Relief: What Can I Do?—From the Diocesan Disaster Coordinator: "At this time all agencies are asking people not to head to Texas, Louisiana [or Florida] if you are not already part of a group such as the Red Cross or other relief agencies on the ground. Right now in Maryland the BEST thing we can do is donate money to the relief agency of your choice. Episcopal Relief and Development, Red Cross, Salvation Army, whoever you are comfortable with. Recovery will take years to complete and there will be many opportunities for people from our area to go and help -- well after the cameras, feeding trucks and others have gone home. The only request we are making at this time is to donate money. It is distributed locally to those who are in the impacted areas and is used by the relief agencies to cover the immediate costs of housing, feeding and helping those in need. For now, please donate and know that you are doing the best for those in need." Visit episcopalrelief.org to give directly to their Hurricane Fund if you feel so called.
In the Community
Musical Celebration for Peace—On Sunday, September 24th at 3:00 pm at ERUCC, 15 West Church Street, faith communities and singers from Hood College will join together in a musical celebration for peace. Given as a gift to our community, music heals wounds and brings peace and inspiration to our hearts. With competing voices and ideas seeming to divide us, this peaceful gathering offers fellowship and oneness for all. The event features choirs and musicians from Hood College and Frederick faith communities. For more information, contact: Amy Aguilar at email@example.com or 301-662-2762.