All Saints' Episcopal Church Newsletter, January 3, 2018
God in all things, people of all kinds.

This Sunday we will celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord. We hope you will join us!

Reminders for the coming week:
  • No Christian Education Classes until January 7th
  • Wednesday Bible Study will resume on January 10th
  • Program and Ministry Reports Due no later than Jan 10th 2018
  • Movie Night Jan. 20th at 5:30pm. Pizza and Popcorn Provided. Bring your pillows! We will be showing Pete's Dragon.
  • Annual Meeting is scheduled for January 21st at 9:00am with a potluck brunch.
All Saints' Epiphany Bonfire and Chalking of the Doors 
January 6th, at 7 pm

Chalking of the Doors is an Advent/Epiphany tradition to share with your family or church group.  On or before the Epiphany,  January 6 , family and friends gather at the main entrances to homes or apartments and ask God's blessing on their dwellings and on all who live or visit there. 

The following is a short liturgy that can be said. Leadership may be shared with a change of voice at each Leader's part (designated below by L). Family and friends respond (C for "community").

L: Peace be to this house and to all who enter here.
L: A reading from Proverbs: "By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures."
L: Let us pray: Gracious God, as a shining star once guided the magi to the birthplace of the infant Jesus, so enable those who dwell here to be your light in the world; through Jesus Christ we pray.
C: Amen. 

Using chalk, inscribe the horizontal frame above the door with the inscription shown below. The letters C M B come from the traditional (9th century) names for the "three kings"--Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. Some also suggest "Christus Mansionem Benedicat," which means "May Christ bless this dwelling." The numbers stand for the year 2018. 

Each person receives a turn to make one or more of the marks: 20 + C + M + B + 18. 

L: A reading from Isaiah: "The effect of righteousness is peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and quiet places." 

People may join hands or extend their hands outward and upward (orans) for the prayers.

L: Let us pray: Sovereign God, we pray that you will bless this home and all who live here with your gracious presence, that your love may be our inspiration, your wisdom our guide, your truth our light, and your peace our benediction; through Jesus Christ we pray.
C: Amen.
L: Lord, remember your children and teach us to pray:
C: Our Father... 

People may make the sign of the cross in remembrance of their baptism.

L: May the Lord watch over our going out and our coming in, from this time forth and forevermore.
C: Amen. 
Building Bridges

A local group called Building Bridges for the Common Good  is gathering support for the annual Martin Luther King Day Observance organized by New Prospect Church. All are welcome to attend all or part of the activities.
On  Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018  the day's events will begin with a service at  9:30 am  at New Prospect Church,  321 So Houston, Russellville . Worship will be followed by the annual group walk to Hughes Center where the New Prospect Men's Group serves a lunch. All are welcome.
The Enneagram

The Enneagram Journey  course  will begin at First United Methodist Church on Wed Jan 10 at 5:45. All are welcome. No requirement to preregister. Class will meet in the Foundations Classroom which is in the Sanctuary building. Use entrance on east side of building by way of sidewalk which runs beside gym. After entering door there is a set of stairs leading into sanctuary building. Classroom is first door on the left. The workbook for the course is $40. Contact Pastor Gail Brooks for more info at

Neighbors Table

Join us on  Sat. Jan. 13 for a our weekly meal served from  12:00-1:00 PM. 

Thanks to those whose generosity helps us serve delicious, nutritious meals every  Saturday .  We continue to welcome newcomers to Neighbors Table nearly every week.  Please remember Neighbors Table in your prayers.
Volunteers are welcome to join the teams on Saturdays from  9:00 AM until 2:00 PM  or for a couple hours during this time to help prepare food, serve or clean up after lunch.  Schedules and dates are listed on the sign-up white boards in Sutherland Hall.  Anyone with questions or would like to serve in other ways contact Sue Hastings-Bishop at  or by phone  231-349-3671 .
Team Leaders and Members for  Jan. 13: Sue Hastings-Bishop, Paul and Jasper Duffee. We need two more volunteers to sign up.
Team Leaders and Members for  Jan. 21:  Jeff Aulgur with Central Presbyterian.

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