All Saints Episcopal Church
All Around All Saints
Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021
Dear All Saints Family,

While Christmas seemed far away when we first stepped into Advent, it's coming on now with its determination and purpose as a mounting rush. Last Saturday's Lessons and Carols service brought heaven and earth a bit closer together with a building journey from creation's birth to the coming of our Savior, carrying us to peaks of joy and celebration. Indeed music is prayer said twice, and Steve and the choir brought Holy Spirit to us in wondrous ways. The flower and altar guilds have done the same with glorious adornment of the sanctuary and vessels of beauty. We at last arrive in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve--note we do not have gathered worship on the 25th--and we remain in the city of Christ's birth through Sunday morning the 26th. Another feast for our travels is tonight's Advent retreat via zoom with our friend and guide The Rev. Dr. Joanna Seibert, at 7pm. Watch for a link and her reflection in this email.

Many other ministrations prepare our way, including a Christmas message from our Presiding Bishop. Cheers to all who have generously made this season warm and bright for so many in our community, even this very week.

May Christ touch you with fresh life in this holy season, and fill you with love and peace anew.

Love,
Rev. Cindy
Dr. Joanna Seibert Advent Zoom Retreat This Evening!

We will discuss how Mary worked through the difficulties of her pregnancy and her journey to Bethlehem; as well as, how the holidays can be difficult for those who have experienced loss.
Join us this evening, Wednesday, December 22nd at 7 pm.

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Meeting ID: 890 1215 5241
Passcode: peace490
Advent Meditation
Advent meditation written and published by our friend and "honorary" parishioner,
Rev. Dr. Joanna Seibert.

 Mary and Joseph, Refugees
"As I ponder what these last few days before the Nativity might have meant for Mary and Joseph, I can't help but see the connection between their journey to Bethlehem and flight to Egypt with the travels of so many refugee families searching for a new, safe, home." - Judith Schelhammer, Episcopal Diocese of Michigan
My heart goes out to the many refugees in our world, especially those at our borders, who are just seeking basic safety for their own lives and their family. I also have become acquainted with several DREAMERS, undocumented young people who came with their parents years ago and now are seeking education and status. Their situation is very tenuous. This is the country they know and have grown up in. They have no connection to their country of origin. We would be deporting some of the hardest working groups of people I have known, people who already enrich and broaden our culture.
 I try to connect to them in some small way by remembering that all of our ancestors were at one time refugees in this country, unless we are Native Americans.
 I can also see ourselves in our search for God as refugees - often deciding to leave a place or point of view where we began, now seeking a wider, larger view of God, or a whole new life. Often this journey entails learning a new language. We step out on roads less traveled.
This, as well, cannot be an easy pathway. It is definitely a sacred adventure on which guides can be helpful.
Sincerely, in the Spirit of Advent....
This reflection appear in Rev Seibert's book,
A Daily Spiritual Rx for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany (2019)
Growing our Vessels of Holy Spirit in Pledging - an Update!!

As of December 21 we have received 90 pledges totaling  $304,440.00
Thank you to all who have pledged and to all who still plan to make a commitment to our ministries in 2022! 

Last year's total number of pledges was 94, totaling $292,000.
Thanks be to God and to the faithfulness of All Saints' saints: we are rising!

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Christmas Message 2021:
‘In the name of these refugees, let us help all refugees’

"God love you. God bless you. And, this Christmas, may God hold us all in those almighty hands of love."

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church
Prayer Chain Update
Under the leadership of Mary Lou Beckett and Carole and Gary Kimmel the All Saints Prayer Chain has demonstrated the indispensable power of prayer. After several years of receiving prayer requests, passing on the needs to the Pastoral Care committee and following up as needed, they deserve a big thank you! Now they are ready to pass the leadership torch to new leaders who will continue this ministry in the fashion and love as it was given to them. Prayer requests will be handled with respect, confidentiality and dignity. Should you or a loved one need prayers, please contact one of the new leaders:
Team 1 - Sara Munford 714-1302, Eve Turek 207-4274
Team 2 - Ann Laughner 757-651-4771, Sandy Briggman 599-1415
As always, you can also Rector Cindy Simpson at 301-928-1959 or the church office at 252-261-6674 or via email.
 Announcing New Vestry Nominees! 
The Nominating Committee has completed their Vestry nominee quest and has announced that the three saints who have agreed to serve if elected to the 2022 Vestry are Steve Hotchkiss, Suzanne Scott-Constantine, and Natalie Simpson! The Nominating Committee's co-chairs are Jen Adams-Falconer and Maureen McGrath. Other members are outgoing Vestry women Katie Blanchard and Carole Kimmel, plus Mary Moynahan. Thank you, committee saints, for your wonderful work! 
Sacred Ground
All Saints Adult Ed and Spirituality Committee is looking to begin its study of "Sacred Ground", a 10-session curriculum developed by the National Office of the Episcopal Church to advance the church's 50-year commitment to racial reconciliation. Study will begin in January. Parishioners should feel free to invite a non-parishioner to join you in your exploration of this aspect of what it means to be Episcopalian. Please visit episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground/ and call or text Wayne Barry (434.996.6479) if you would be interested in attending an overview session. (Or email Wayne: cstw4@msn.com)
Worship Services

Family Christmas Eve Service 5 p.m.

Festival Christmas Eve Service 7 p.m.

Sunday, December 26th, 2021
8:30 & 10:30a.m.

Our Services will be inside the Sanctuary. Given the ongoing Covid variants, we ask that all worshipers continue wearing masks. 
We hope to see you there!

8:30 a.m. Hymnary Online: 93, 107, 325, 99


10:30 a.m. Hymnary Online: 93, 107, 115, 99

Children’s Godly Play classes resume
January 9, 2022 at the 10:30AM hour.


All Saints Church Book Club Has Arrived!
We have voted on our first book. We will be reading the Pulitzer Prize winning historical novel “The Night Watchman” by Louise Erdrich. Our first meeting will be held on Monday, January 17 at 2pm in the Choir Room. If you would like to join, use this link: https://bookclubz.com/clubs/5957950/join/9bc174/

Any questions, please contact Natalie Simpson (Natalie.Simpson.23@gmail.com) or Mary Moynahan (blueturtlehouse@gmail.com). Looking forward to reading and discussing this award winning novel.

Invite Welcome Connect
Blair Engelken, Mary Moynahan, and Tim McKeithan
Dear All Saints Parents & Supporters of
Middle and High Schoolers
The parish hopes to begin Youth (middle and high schoolers) Bi-weekly Bible Study on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month beginning on January 9th, 2022 and continuing through May 22, 2022.

 The Bible Study will be from 10:15 am and run approximately until 11:05 am so that the children will be able to join in the Great Thanksgiving during church.  The Bible Study will include scriptures, prayer and activities focused on creation/environmental justice.   
   
At this time, Natalie Simpson has volunteered to serve as the youth leader, but we pray that much of the Bible Study will be guided by your children and their growth in their relationship with God.

We do need other volunteers to rotate monthly as two adults must be present for the Bible Study to be held in person. If you know of anyone who’d like to help, please let Natalie, Katie Blanchard, Rev Cindy or anyone in the office know.

Advent & Christmas Highlights
Dec. 22 - Advent meditation & Zoom Retreat at 7:00pm
Dec. 24 -
  • 5pm - Family Eucharist Service and Children's Pageant        
  • 7pm - Festival Eucharist Candlelight Service with choir
Dec. 25 - Christ is Born! No services
Dec. 26 - 8:30 and 10:30am services
Dec. 27 & 28 - *Office closed*
Rev. Cindy will be away from late 12/26-12/28
For emergency pastoral care please contact Fr. Tom Wilson at 252-599-0752.
Diocesan Mission Priorities!
Bishop Rob Skirving and the Executive Council of the Diocese of East Carolina invite your input as we, the Diocese, enter this next stage of our more than a year long journey of listening and discerning to what God is calling us. Please read, pray about, and share your thoughts with each other as well as with the Bishop and Executive Council. There is a special email address to which your thoughts and comments should be sent. We invite your feedback through the rest of 2021.
Community & Outreach Events
Room In The Inn
We are in pretty good shape in providing meals for the guests at Room in the Inn next week (December 19-26).   It’s impossible, however, to perfectly anticipate everything needed, so special requests are called in to me from RITI staff a couple of times a week. Financial donations have helped cover these extras, but if anyone feels inclined to augment those funds, it would be welcomed. Checks can be made out to All Saints Church with “Room in the Inn” in the memo. I would also love to hear from anyone willing to deliver dinner (already prepared by someone else – this would be transporting it only) to the RITI facility one evening during the week (admittedly a challenging time for that). Many thanks to those who have already signed up for donations of either food items or funds. You should have received an email from me with specifics on food delivery. If not, or if you have any questions at all, please contact me at LMSAC51@hotmail.com or 252-202-9776. I’m grateful for our generous community of Saints! ~ Leckie Conners
    Ruthie’s Kitchen - January 4th
All Saints will be preparing 80+ dinners of Soup, Salad, and Dessert for our guests on Tuesday, Jan 4th. 
If you can help by providing soup, chili, stew, salad, desserts, or cases of water please let me know. My email is aflaughner@gmail.com or
phone number is 757-651-4771. There will also be a sign-up sheet in the Narthex.
Sunday Meals Needed!
Hop on the Meal Train!
We have the opportunity to join St. Andrews in providing meals for a Honduran family living in Kill Devil Hills & seeking asylum. If you would like to provide a meal on a Sunday, please choose a date from the attached Meal Train sign up list and contact Donna Trivette (252-202-1080) or Tim McKeithan (757-672-3045) for delivery coordination.
Kitty Hawk Hotline Thrift Store
Seeking Volunteers
The Outer Banks Hotline, promoting a safe and compassionate community, needs volunteers for its Kitty Hawk Hotline thrift store.
The Kitty Hawk thrift store is currently open Tuesday - Friday 10-5 & Saturday 9-4. Volunteers are needed to help keep the thrift shop open these hours and to eventually reopen on Mondays.
Duties include: working the register, helping sort and price donations. A lot can be done seated, so you don't have to stand all the time. Volunteers can work for a few hours, half day or whatever time they have available.
If you are interested in volunteering at this important community organization, please contact the store manager Tammie Perry-Inscore at 252-599-3613 (cell), 252-261-8164 (store), tammie@obhotline.org.
All Saints Episcopal Church - 252. 261. 6674
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