March 31, 2021
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) Mon. 9am-12pm, Thurs. 9-11am, Fri. 12-3pm
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From Fr. Christopher Wilkerson
My dear family in Christ,

A recent exchange I had via social media has brought my attention to a topic that I don’t think we, as a Christian community, talk about as much as we should. A certain individual took issue with a particular phrasing I used in one of my comments (on a thread I had myself started) ~ I had quoted a character from Star Wars/Disney’s The Mandalorian: “I have spoken.” It was a bit of a tongue-in-cheek pop-culture reference in the midst of a more serious discussion. The individual I mentioned above demanded to know if I “talk to my children that way.” I responded to this person by asking “How dare you attempt to use my children in an attempt to shame me just because you disagree with my point?” Personally, I found and still find that tactic to by extraordinarily offensive. This individual replied: “I thought you were supposed to be a pastor. Some pastor you are.”

That response—and let me tell y’all, it is one that’s heard all too frequently by those of us who are in the business of ministry, whether lay or ordained—is evidence on the surface of what I think is a fairly deep issue, both within the Church and beyond, in the larger secular culture. There is a widespread misconception that being a Christian, in general, and that begin a pastor/priest/minister/etc., in particular, means first and foremost being “nice.” Now, nice, of course, is a good and wonderful thing; what makes this expectation problematic is that “nice” gets defined as “never, ever pushing back against any words or actions, no matter how offensive or vile those words or actions may be; never challenging anyone or anything, but instead just being happy and making sure nobody ever feels bad for any reason.” Christians, and especially Christian ministers, are just supposed to smile, nod, and “take it,” no matter what sort of vitriol is directed our way.

Pastoral Care Reminder
My dear friends in Christ,

I’m sure many of you remember that it had been my intention, back over the summer, to make personal contact with each and every member of this parish. While I made that announcement with the best of intentions, and while I was able to make some progress toward that goal early on, as the pandemic wore on, I discovered that I was simply unable to fulfill that promise on a timely basis.

I am so very sorry.

It is still my intention to get to know each and every one of you; that goal has not changed. But I’ve been humbled to realize that it will take longer than I’d imagined to make those connections, and in the meantime, we still have many parishioners feeling cut off and isolated. There is a ministerial need here, and as with most ministries that are central to our Christian faith, it takes a community to meet those needs. 

Thus, we are still working behind the scenes to get a renewed Pastoral Care Ministry Team up and running. A number of people have graciously volunteered; the next step, as mentioned at the Annual Meeting, is to get organized so we can begin reaching out to tend the pastoral needs of the parish at large. I hope to move this project forward quickly in the weeks after Easter. 

In the meantime, please remember that you can always, always reach out to me at fatherchristopherallsaints@gmail.com or by phone at 920.266.9262.

If you are in need of pastoral care of any kind, please reach out to me. If you are hurting or suffering and you’re not hearing from me, I promise that it is not because I don’t care—it’s because I don’t know! So again, please let me know what you need.

Once we make it to the season of Easter and beyond, it is my hope that we’ll be able to be much more proactive about connecting with all of you in the parish more directly and more frequently. But if you need help, don’t feel like you have to wait for that to happen! Please email or call and give me a chance to help you however I can. 

Peace & blessings!
C+
From the Youth Minister, Erin Wolf
A blessed Holy Week to all!
 
A reminder that if you’d like to explore any Way of Love Faith @ Home materials, which are offered for adult-preschool, adult-elementary, adult-youth, adult-adult, CLICK HERE. These are designed to use at any time during the liturgical year and are free to all.
 
We are still in need of secondary adult support on Wednesday evenings for our Youth Group gatherings through the end of April. We meet from 7:00-7:45pm via Zoom. If available and willing to assist, contact Erin Wolf for more information.
 
Spring/Easter Break: Youth Group will NOT gather tonight, Wednesday, March 31, and Sunday School will NOT gather Easter Sunday, April 4. Virtual gatherings for the remainder of April WILL resume Wednesday, April 7 (YG) and Sunday, April 11 (SS), respectively.
 
Holy Week Services: As has been announced in several places, Holy Week services will be both in-person and live-streamed. Contact Emily in the parish office to reserve your spot to attend in-person, if you wish, and please note that masks and distancing are required. A note re: Saturday’s Vigil & Easter Sunday – please choose one OR the other to allow more people to attend an Easter service. Thank you!
 
Maundy Thursday: 6:30pm
Good Friday: 12:00pm NOON
Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil: 6:30pm
Easter Sunday: 9:30am
 
There will NOT be an in-person or virtual Coffee Hour on Easter Sunday, nor will there be any other activities offered at this time. As hard as this is to again miss out this year on some of the extra pieces that make Holy Week and Easter Sunday so special, we thank you for your continued patience and support as we continue navigate opening things back up at All Saints.
 
End of Year Virtual Celebrations: Our 2020-2021 program year ends at the end of April! Sunday School’s end of year celebration will take place Sunday, April 25, and Youth Group’s end of year celebration will be Wednesday, April 28.
 
FDL Summer Camp: Camper Registration and volunteer Staff Applications are live! Be sure to check for updates official diocesan channels – diocesan website, FDL Summer Camp webpage, diocesan Facebook page, @diofdlyouth Instagram account, and Scattering Seeds newsletter.
 
Senior Camp (completed grades 9-12 & high school 2020 grads): June 20-26, 2021
Middler Camp (completed grades 6-8): June 27-July 1, 2021
Junior Camp (completed grades 2-5): June 27-July 1, 2021
Kinder Camp (ages 4-7 with adult): July 1-3, 2021
 
Have a safe and blessed Holy Week and Easter! Peace be with you all. 
From the Parish Treasurer, Tina Wilfer
All Saints Events
Holy Week & Easter Services
Maundy Thursday: April 1, 6:30 pm
Registration deadline: End of the day on Wednesday, March 31

Good Friday: April 2, 12:00 noon
Registration deadline: End of the day on Wednesday, March 31

Great Vigil of Easter: Saturday, April 3, 6:30 pm
Registration deadline: End of the day on Thursday, April 1

Easter Sunday: April 4, 9:30 am
Registration deadline: End of the day on Thursday, April 1

All these services will be held in person, following the precautions described in Fr. Christopher's recent announcement. Attendance is limited to 50 people, including clergy and servers, so please contact the church office by the deadline listed above to reserve your spot. We ask that you choose either the Easter Vigil or Easter Sunday service so that more people have the option to attend.

If you're not yet comfortable attending church in person, the services can also be watched on the All Saints Facebook page. You do NOT need to have a Facebook account to watch.
Parish Office Closed
The parish office will be closed on Monday, April 5.
Parish Birthdays & Anniversaries
March Birthdays
3/2 - Meredith Gadzik
3/5 - Nancy Aronson
3/9 - Fr. Christopher Wilkerson
3/14 - Rich Moore
3/20 - Stephanie Gadzik
3/21 - Jan Watson
3/22 - Matthew Payne
3/27 - Karrie Moore
3/30 - Jorden Karstetter
3/30 - Laura Wilfer

April Birthdays
4/2 - Patrick Bates
4/3 - Alicia Bayambang
4/3 - Steve Gilling
4/3 - Jonah Wolf
4/6 - Tony Kuehmsted
4/8 - Ben Wolf
4/11 - Dennis Fischer
4/16 - Ernie LaBrake
4/20 - Samantha Fischer
4/21 - Ginny Lonzo
4/23 - Brad Retzlaff
4/25 - Susannah Gilbert
4/25 - Ken Schoenike
4/26 - Pat Tilman

If you'd like your birthday or anniversary included here, please contact the office.
Diocesan & Community Events
All Rise! Northeast Wisconsin Passion Play
The 2021 production will be streamed on-demand* for home viewing on a computer or smart device March 25-April 2. Visit the Passion Play website for more information and to purchase tickets.

*On Demand tickets allow 48 hours to view, within the streaming dates, starting from the time you enter the code from your ticket.
Ruby’s Pantry – Exploring the Possibility
Join First English Lutheran Church, other Appleton Churches, neighborhood partners and local non-profits for an informational meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, Apr. 13 at 7 p.m. to learn more about First English Lutheran Church becoming a host site for Ruby’s Pantry. 
 
Ruby’s Pantry is a monthly pop-up food pantry and is for ANYONE who eats! There is no income or residency requirement. Ruby’s Pantry is for anyone looking to extend their monthly grocery budget. Each guest donates $20 and receives an abundance of grocery items with an average value of around $200. 
 
At this informational meeting, you’ll hear an overview of Ruby’s Pantry, how a site at First English may potentially function, highlights of key volunteer positions as well as program needs. This program can only move forward with community collaboration; this is a project that cannot be supported by FELC volunteers alone. Please visit https://www.felc.com/rubyspantry to RSVP by Mon. Apr. 12. More information about Ruby’s Pantry can be found at www.rubyspantry.org or by contacting Deni Kuchler at dkuchler@felc.com or (920)358-0554.

Further details from Heidi Bates, our contact for this new ministry opportunity:

First English would be a permanent host site for this event. Deni has attended this event in Greenville and they send out about 400 boxes each month. In order to do something similar (or potentially bigger being downtown), she estimates needing anywhere from 20-50 volunteers for each event. It would be held at the same time each month (for example, second Tuesday at x:00). A Semi would arrive either the night before or a few hours before, and then it’s all hands on deck to organize. Along with the sheer number of helpers it takes to pull off a job like this, it will also take a team of dedicated individuals to do things like finances, volunteer organizing, etc… and Deni is hopeful that she can work to bring the churches “on the block” together to build community and pull off this amazing job.  
 
The meeting is meant for anyone in our congregation, neighbouring congregations, as well as businesses and people who live nearby, to learn more about how we can all join together to help. Of course, we would need more than 50 volunteers in order to get an adequate number each month and they would come from a variety of places, All Saints being one of them if we so choose. 
 
Children as young as 3 were doing little jobs to help their parents in Greenville, so this can be a family affair as well as a community initiative. 
No one is turned away. In the experience of the organizers in Greenville, some people give a little more than $20, and others show up in great need and it all works out. You aren’t turned away regardless of money, where you live, nobody checks your income, etc.
Opportunities to Serve
Pillars Shelter Volunteering
Our volunteer ministry with Pillars Adult and Family Shelter is still on hold until it becomes less risky.

Hearty thanks to Sue and Phil Stenz for their many, many years of skillful and cheerful coordination of this ministry, even after they moved to Waupaca! We will be looking for new leadership once we begin again, but for now contact Sarah Gilbert with any questions.
Calendar of Upcoming Events
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
Serving Schedule
Thursday, April 1
Maundy Thursday

Lector
Ken Bozeman
Exodus 12:1-14
1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Intercessor
Emily Gilbert

Cantor
Erin Wolf
Psalm 116:1, 10-17
Friday, April 2
Good Friday

Lector
Sarah Gilbert
Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Hebrews 10:1-25
Saturday, April 3
Great Vigil of Easter

Lectors
Nancy Krueger
Genesis 1:1-2:4a

Bill Reeves
Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18; 8:6-18; 9:8-13

Joanne Bozeman
Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21

Jorden Karstetter
Ezekiel 36:24-28

Peter Gilbert
Ezekiel 37:1-14

Jan Watson
Romans 6:3-11

Cantor
Eric Neiswender
Sunday, April 4
Easter Day
Rite II

Lector
Mike Gadzik
Acts 10:34-43
1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Cantor
Dean Kaul
Psalm 119:1-2, 14-24
Sunday, April 11
Second Sunday
of Easter
Rite I

Lector
Abby Wolf
Acts 4:32-35
1 John 1:1-2:2

Intercessor
Mike Gadzik

Cantor
Carol Jegen
Psalm 133
Sunday, April 18
Third Sunday
of Easter
Rite II

Lector
Emily Gilbert
Acts 3:12-19
1 John 3:1-7

Intercessor
Erin Wolf

Cantor
Matt Kierzek
Psalm 4
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