December 23, 2020
All Saints Episcopal Church
Celebrating our Life Together in Christ
100 North Drew Street / Appleton, Wisconsin 54911 / 920-734-3656 
Parish Office Hours: (during COVID-19) Monday 9-11am, Thursday 9-11am
Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to see
the schedule of servers for upcoming Sundays.
From Fr. Christopher Wilkerson
CHRISTMAS EVE, CHRISTMAS DAY, & THE 1st SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS

My dear friends in Christ,

We will have two online services on Christmas Eve: one at 4 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m. The earlier service will be a celebration of Spiritual Communion with special hymns by and a special message for the younger members of our parish, but of course everyone is both invited and encouraged to tune in and take part. The evening service will be a traditional service of Holy Eucharist offered on behalf of our parish, our nation, and our world, in celebration of the coming into the world of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Ordinarily (and by “ordinarily” I mean “in a year not shaped by the worst pandemic in global living memory”), we would have a third service, as well, on Christmas morning. This year’s being what it is, however, and given the fact that we still cannot gather together in person to worship, we will not be streaming an additional service on the 25th itself.

Our bishop, +Matt Gunter, has very graciously but very firmly encouraged the clergy of the diocese to take a bit of unscheduled time off during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. I extend that very same invitation to all of you: if you can, take this opportunity to rest and recharge immediately after Christmas.

The All Saints virtual-office will therefore be closed during that week. We’ll take a break from regularly scheduled Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline, as well as from our regular Monday and Thursday Bible study and Faith Talk, respectively, in order to have a bit of a Sabbath before we carry on into the new year together.

Now, I won’t be on vacation. I’m not going anywhere (and wouldn’t, anyway, until we’re all nice and vaccinated!); I’ll still be reachable by phone (920.266.9262) and by email (fatherchristopherallsaints@gmail.com) ~ especially in the case of pastoral emergency. But I think the bishop’s notion that we ought to lay low and breathe easy for just a bit after Christmas is a good notion, and I think most of us could use the break. Please use the links below to access worship services from Christmas Day through New Year’s Day:

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day diocesan services may be found here, starting December 24th at 5 p.m.: https://www.diofdl.org/events/christmas-eve-christmas-day-at-the-cathedral

For the First Sunday after Christmas (December 27th), please tune in to the livestream service from St. Thomas in Menasha here: https://www.stthomaswi.com/livestream/

Pandemics and shut-downs and virtual reality have made for an … interesting … first year among you as your priest and with you as a new member of All Saints parish. Despite the unprecedented challenges we’ve weathered since last Advent, I want all of you to know that my family and I are still absolutely delighted to have been called here to serve God amongst you in this congregation and with you out in this community. This church has been a tremendous blessing to me and mine. I hope that it will continue to be so for you and yours as we move into the coming year. God bless you all!

Christopher+
From the Youth Minister, Erin Wolf
Merry Christmas, family and friends of All Saints!
 
THANK YOU to everyone who gave toys/books/gifts to the St. Nicholas gift drive for Harbor House! In-kind gifts were delivered last week and were greatly appreciated. If you donated online, thank you for that, too! We appreciate the generosity of this community, however that looked for you this year!

If you’ve appreciated following daily content on our social media accounts during Advent, you’re invited to stay tuned through Epiphany! The All Saints Youth Ministry Facebook group is sharing posts daily as we follow the “Wandering Wisemen” on their journey through Epiphany. Because it is a public group, you should be able to see the posts even if you don’t have a Facebook account – just click the hyperlink above!
 
Christmas Break: Sunday School will not gather on Sunday, December 27, and Youth Group will not gather on Wednesday, December 30 so families may enjoy the holidays together. Sunday School will resume Sunday, January 3 (9:00-9:25am), and Youth Group will resume Wednesday, January 6 (7:00-7:45pm).
 
O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Collect for The Nativity of Our Lord: Christmas Day (BCP p. 212)
 
Have a safe and blessed Christmas season, one and all!
All Saints Events
Christmas Flowers
We won't have as many Christmas flowers in the church this year, but there will still be some around the altar (mainly in the area visible on camera). If you'd like to contribute to them in memory of a loved one, TODAY (Wednesday, Dec. 23) is the last day to contact the office with the names you wish to have listed. Donations may be for any amount.
Virtual Christmas Services
Sadly, we won't be able to celebrate Christmas together in the church building this year, but there will be two virtual services on Christmas Eve (Thursday, December 24). Both can be watched on the All Saints Facebook page. You do NOT need to have a Facebook account to watch.

4:00pm: Family service with carols
Click HERE to view the bulletin.
7:30pm: Holy Eucharist with special music
Click HERE to view the bulletin.

On Christmas Day, you're invited to watch the service from the Cathedral of St. Paul in Fond du Lac. It will be available on the diocesan YouTube page.
Parish Office Closed
The parish office will be closed for the holidays on December 24-25 and December 31-January 1.
Advent Resources
Advent is a time of waiting and preparation for both the celebration of Christmas and the Second Coming of Christ to the world. This year, Advent runs Sunday, November 29 through December 24. How will you engage in this quiet prayer season at home? We offer two suggestions for our church community!

Follow the daily meditations of AdventWord. You can engage with daily emails, a podcast, order the booklet of printed meditations, find the posts on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, or watch the American Sign Language videos. Each day has a theme and people all over the world contribute poems, pictures, and responses to build an inspiring Advent calendar together. The project is organized by the Virginia Theological Seminary. Discover more at https://adventword.org/en/home/.

Assemble an Advent wreath at home. Light the candles and let the flickering flame keep you company during the long dark evenings of December. Each Sunday in Advent, add another candle to mark the progress toward Christmas Day and the birth of Jesus Christ. Fancy or modest, homemade or store-bought, any arrangement that makes you happy will do. Find creative, unique ways to construct an Advent wreath at allsaintsappleton.org/advent-2020.

We hope both of these personal devotions become a way for you to feel connected to our church community while we are still physically apart.

Pledged Total Continues to Grow
All Saints owes its existence to the generosity of all those who love this parish. As of today, our 2021 stewardship campaign stands at $199,992, with pledges continuing to come in. Ministry pledges received to date total 146. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank those who have pledged their time and treasure, along with those who are still prayerfully considering their gifts.

The Finance Committee
Did You Miss the Alternative Gift Market?
It’s not too late! Still available:

We have paper copies of the Alternative Gifts International catalog, current till next summer. The mail-in order form has a sticker designating All Saints as the sponsoring parish. Let Emily know if you would like to pick up a copy or have it mailed or dropped off to you.

Our SERRV and Earn link is still active. All Saints earns 20% of any orders via that particular link. We also have some paper SERRV catalogs if you would like one.

Donate anytime to the Caneille Regional Development Fund through their website or to this address: CRDF, 1009 N Oneida St., Appleton, WI 54911.

And finally, we have 5 bags of organic fair trade coffee left over from our group Equal Exchange order: whole bean, $8.28 each, 1 French Roast, 4 Midnight Sun. Contact Sarah or Emily if you would like any of these.
Scrip
Doing your Christmas shopping online? A gift card from Scrip makes a good present, and a percentage of any purchases made with it will be donated to All Saints!

Order Scrip cards online here or contact Suzanne Fischer (920-850-9255 or email) to place an order. Suzanne will deliver the cards to you when they arrive.
All Saints Online Weekly Schedule
NOTE: Even if you're not on Facebook, you can still view the livestreams or any other information on the All Saints page by clicking the links below.

Sunday
9:30 a.m.:     Principal Worship - Facebook livestream
                       
10:30 a.m.:   Virtual Coffee Hour - Zoom                     
 
Monday*
11:00 a.m.:   Weekly Lectionary Bible study - Zoom                    
 
3:00-5:00 p.m.:    Pastoral Care “Office Hours”**
                       ~ Fr. Christopher (920.266.9262)
 
7:30 p.m.:     Compline - Facebook livestream
                       
Tuesday*
9:30 a.m.:     Morning Prayer - Facebook livestream
                       
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.:   Pastoral Care “Office Hours”**
                       ~ Fr. Christopher (920.266.9262)

5:30 p.m.: Evening Prayer - Facebook livestream
 
Wednesday
9:30 a.m.:     Ante-Communion Service with Spiritual Communion - Facebook livestream 

7:45 p.m.:     Compline - Facebook livestream                   
 
Thursday*
12:00 p.m.:  Faith Talk - Zoom                     
 
6:30-8:30 p.m.:    Pastoral Care “Office Hours”**
                       ~ Fr. Christopher (920.266.9262)
 
7:30 p.m.:     Compline - Facebook livestream
                       
Friday
5:30 p.m.: Evening Prayer - Facebook livestream

Saturday(services TBD)
Notes
 
*         Morning Prayer @ 9:30 a.m., Evening Prayer @ 5:30 p.m., and Compline @ 7:30 p.m. (7:45 on Wednesdays) services can be lay-led, and at least some of them should be lay-led. Anyone interested in leading any of the Daily Office prayer services should contact me @ fatherchristopherallsaints@gmail.com   ~ I am happy to provide any needed guidance and/or training (hint: it’s pretty easy!). I will also be leading these services, myself, but I really want to get more of the parish involved with leading prayer.
 
**       I will announce at the appointed hour via the All Saints Facebook page that I am available and post my Google Voice phone number (listed above), inviting folks to share comments and conversation, and I will use that time to check in with folks, answer questions, and make appointments for private pastoral conversations as needed.
 
Thank you, everyone, for your patience and flexibility as we have worked to put together an online presence for All Saints Episcopal Church. It is a steep learning curve, and I (like many of you) had to start largely from scratch. As we go forward, please let us know what is working, what could work better, and what else you would like to see as part of our online ministry and outreach. I am putting together a new ministry team to oversee our digital presence and ministry; if you would like to get involved, please send me an email and let me know.
 
Blessings,
Christopher+ 
Book of Common Prayer Access
With our worship remaining online for the time being, below are some options for access to the Book of Common Prayer at home if you do not currently have a copy handy. Of course, having your own BCP is valuable anytime for daily prayer, the Catechism, the Daily Office Lectionary listings, the Psalter, and more. Explore this treasured resource! 


Parish Birthdays & Anniversaries
December Birthdays
12/8 - Nancy Krueger
12/14 - Ruth Ring
12/15 - Henry Augustine
12/16 - Judy Gaines
12/17 - Fletcher Retzlaff
12/22 - Emily Gilbert
12/25 - Elena Wilkerson
12/27 - Sydney Ring
12/29 - Karlee Dobkoski
12/30 - Duncan Retzlaff
12/31 - Dolores Wiseman

December Anniversaries
12/17 - Craig & Tammy Augustine
12/28 - Steve & Donna Summers

If you'd like your birthday or anniversary included here, please contact the office.
Diocesan & Community Events
Advent Lessons and Carols
Join members from around the Diocese of Fond du Lac (including Fr. Christopher Wilkerson and Jorden Karstetter) in this hour-long service to prepare for the coming of the Christ child. Enjoy the imagery and acoustics of the Cathedral of St. Paul in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin along with a number of other congregations from across the diocese.

An Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of Christian worship which presents the story of humanity through the birth of Jesus in nine Bible readings interspersed with the singing of carols, hymns and choir anthems. Watch on YouTube where you may download the bulletin.
Oshkosh Chamber Singers Lessons and Carols
In this year of COVID Christmas 2020, the Oshkosh Chamber Singers presents a gift of hope and music: a Virtual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, performed at the historic Trinity Episcopal Church in Oshkosh, WI and conducted by Herb Berendsen. The video will be available throughout the holiday season on the Oshkosh Chamber Singers website.
Opportunities to Serve
Tech Support Volunteers Needed
Now that we are beginning to expand our online worship offerings (thanks to our official Online Ministry Team’s impressive efforts), and especially given the fact that it looks like Covid-19 won’t be going away anytime soon, we need your help to make sure as many folks in our parish are able to get connected. 
 
We’ve found that the most effective way to get folks who are not computer-experienced connected, plugged in, and up & running with the electronic technologies that All Saints is using for worship, Bible study, formation, and fellowship … is personal, one-on-one help.
 
So if you are A) computer-savvy yourself, B) relaxed & comfortable when walking people through new things, and C) willing to be a one-person IT/tech support department for someone in our parish, please let Fr. Christopher, Emily Gilbert in the church office, or Carol Jegen on the Online Ministry Team know, and we’ll connect you with someone who needs your help getting connected!
Lectors & Intercessors Wanted
We are expanding our online worship! If you have access to Zoom (and a decent internet connection) and would be interested in serving as a lector or an intercessor (reading Scripture or the Prayers of the People) as part of our Sunday morning livestream worship service, please contact Emily at allsaintsappleton@gmail.com.
Building a New Pastoral Care Team
Covid-19 has been with us for half a year, now, and it’s starting to sink in that this virus and all the changes its brought to our daily lives won’t be going away anytime soon. The people of All Saints have been amazing and truly inspiring in your responses to the kinds of drastic changes that have pulled other parishes apart. Your resilience, and the strength and depth of your faith, are to be commended and celebrated!
 
The time has come to be a bit more organized in our approach to ministry under the shadow of Covid, and to be a bit more long-term in our planning. To that end, we need to put together a Ministry Team to oversee pastoral care within the parish. It will not be the job of this team to do all of the pastoral care that needs doing at All Saints. The team’s job will be to identify the pastoral care needs in the congregation, and to coordinate with volunteers and clergy to make sure those needs get met.
 
If you have a passion for taking care of your brothers and sisters in Christ, if you have a strong feeling of connection with this parish family—or would like to develop one—and if you have a heart for the Gospel as revealed in loving and caring for people in need, please consider joining this Ministry Team. Help us provide the best pastoral care possible. Help us to be truly the hands of Christ here at All Saints.
 
Please contact Fr. Christopher for more information.
Stephen Ministry:
Bringing Christ's healing love to hurting people

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What is a Stephen Minister?
Could you or someone you know benefit from the Christ-defined, confidential care of a Stephen Minister? Do you feel called to be part of this caring ministry?
Contact: Susan McCardell 920-915-0288 or Susan

Emergency Shelter Servers
From Sue Stenz:

Dearest friends,
 
It is with great sadness I once again pen a note about the next few months at Pillars. Although some groups have gone back to volunteering with stringent guidelines, due to our higher ages in our volunteer groups, we will not be doing so at this time. It will be revisited in Jan. 2021. Tony, the current director of volunteers totally understands and has been very gracious.
 
That being said, I have discussed this with Sarah. Phil and I, being so far away from Appleton, especially in winter, have decided to resign as leaders of this exceptional team. We have loved every moment of our time with you all, and hope to stay on at least in the non-winter months. Sarah will discuss this with Father Christopher and see what 2021 might look like in the terms of leadership.
 
I am including a wonderful opportunity to donate to Pillars with a matching donation. I hope you will consider this wonderful cause.
 
Feeling very blessed.
Sue and Phil
Calendar of Upcoming Events
All events are canceled until further notice.
Serving Schedule
Thursday, December 24
Christmas Eve
7:30 pm

Lector
Abby Wolf
Isaiah 9:2-7
Titus 2:11-14

Intercessor
Erin Wolf

Cantor
Carol Jegen
Psalm 96
Sunday, December 27
First Sunday
after Christmas

Fr. Christopher is taking a break this week. You're invited to tune into St. Thomas's virtual service.
Sunday, January 3
Second Sunday
after Christmas

Lector
Mike Gadzik
Jeremiah 31:7-14
Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19a

Intercessor
Emily Gilbert

Cantor
Erin Wolf
Psalm 84
Sunday, January 10
First Sunday
after Epiphany

Lector
Sarah Gilbert
Genesis 1:1-5
Acts 19:1-7

Intercessor
Mike Gadzik

Cantor
Dean Kaul
Psalm 29
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