May 27, 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

From the Youth Minister, Erin Wolf
Greetings to All Saints family and friends!
 
Here are some reminders & updates for the Youth Ministry at All Saints:
 
Compline: For those who’d like to help lead Compline on Wednesday evenings, youth or adult,   contact me for the link and password. The call will begin at 7:30pm for anyone wanting to join for a brief check-in before we begin. Otherwise, you can join us at 7:45pm via the All Saints Facebook page where we will be livestreaming through Facebook Live.
 
Graduates: Congratulations once again to our graduates!
 
High School: David Kiesnowski, Ellyn Lepisto, Georgia Parnau, Sydney Ring
 
College: Caroline Augustine, Karah Crabb, Erik Lepisto, Gillian Payne
 
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom: Enlighten by your Holy Spirit those who teach and those who learn, that, rejoicing in the knowledge of your truth, they may worship you and serve you from generation to generation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Collect for Education, BCP p. 261)
 
Summer Camp: Please continue to keep all involved with Camp @ Home in your prayers. We are hoping to safely offer opportunities for camp friends & family to gather together, in smaller groups, later this summer. Stay tuned for more information. Follow all Camp @ Home updates and other news at diofdl.org/camp !
 
If anyone has additional questions, comments, or if you’d like to support camp through prayers, donations (in-kind or financial), or other means, please contact Erin Wolf at camp@diofdl.org .
 
Senior Camp: June 7-13 | Middler Camp & Junior Camp: June 14-19 | Kinder Camp: June 19-21
From the Senior Warden, Sarah Gilbert
I participated recently in a diocesan wardens meeting with Bishop Matt and Lay Canon for Administration Matthew Payne via Zoom and came away grateful for and impressed with our diocesan leadership, including the COVID-19 Task Force. We are so lucky to have this thoughtful and hard-working team to guide us through these unprecedented times.

Though so much we have been accustomed to has shifted, worship is still happening in the Diocese of Fond du Lac through daily office live-streams and regular prayer at home, and our congregations are still connected through calls, texts, emails, notes, Zoom, and Facebook. Thank you, all of you at All Saints who are contributing to our connectedness and also contributing financially as you are able, tuning in to pray together, and praying on your own. Keep it up!

So much is still uncertain. Rest assured we will move forward with care with an eye on the latest data and markers and the particular needs of our parish under the guidance of our wise bishop and rector.
From the Parish Treasurer, Alicia Bayambang
Hello from the dandelion patch ~

All Saints is continuing to thrive during this difficult time. We are meeting our current financial needs despite the 'safer at home' situation. May is also looking healthy financially.

Please find the April financial reports below. Please note that the balance sheet is included this month which shows the updated balances in the Endowments as of 3/31/2020. Per our quarterly statement, "DCT performance in Q1 2020 was -15.09% net of fees." This reflects the same investment activity many of us saw in our personal investments for the first quarter. On the bright side, the 2008 investment performance bounced back and 2020 will likely bounce back too. We have no plans at this time to take any significant withdraws from the endowments which will give the investments time to recover its value. 

The April YTD income statement column also includes the $38,864.11 bequest income that was deposited into the DCT. The bequest income has been tentatively earmarked for emergency use as needed during the "safer-at-home" order. After we return to the new normal, any unused funds will be reviewed to determine a new purpose.

All Saints Events
Revised 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)
 
Wednesday
9:30 a.m.:     Ante-Communion Service with Spiritual Communion - Facebook livestream  

7:45 p.m.:     Compline - Facebook livestream or Zoom***                   
 
Thursday*
12:00 p.m.:   Noonday Prayer & Faith Talk ~ virtual “brown bag lunch” - Zoom                     
 
6:30-8:30 p.m.:    Pastoral Care “Office Hours”**
                        ~ Fr. Christopher (920.266.9262)
 
7:30 p.m.:     Compline - Facebook livestream
                       
Friday*
7:30 a.m.: Morning 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.
 
***      Contact Erin @ asygappleton@gmail.com to request the Zoom link.
 
****    Anyone interested in participating in any Zoom sessions should contact me  @ fatherchristopherallsaints@gmail.com to request the meeting links. In your email, please let me know which Zoom meetings you'd like to join.
 
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+ 
Email Change Reminder
The email address for the church office is now  allsaintsappleton@gmail.com . Please update your contacts with the new address.

The old TDS email is still active for now, but the Gmail account is much easier for Emily to check from home. Thank you!
Lawn Mowing Thanks
Thanks to our volunteer lawn mowing crew: Eric Neiswender, Al Olson, Chris Laswell, Mike Gadzik, Ken Bozeman, and Heljun Bayambang! This dedicated bunch has organized a calendar of mowing through the summer to keep our downtown corner property spruced up even when we are absent from the building. Small acts of love add up!
Forward Day by Day
Forward Day by Day booklets for May-June-July are available. If you'd like one, please contact the office , and we'll make arrangements.
Fabric Face Mask Ministry
Are you sewing face masks? Do you have fabric, elastic, and other supplies to share with those who are? Do you need masks or know of others who do? Marion Bowers and Heidi Bates are both sewing up a storm and have each reached out about connecting with others who are doing likewise and offering masks to our community. If you would like to be part of this ministry or contribute supplies or request some masks, contact Marion at 920-731-3040 or mbowers1504@sbcglobal.net , or Heidi at 920-749-3491 or handibates@gmail.com .

The Facebook group Wisconsin Face Mask Warriors is also looking for people who can make masks or provide supplies; they have lots of resources and tips for sewing masks. Click on the link above to contact them.
Serrv & Earn Spring Campaign
For the last two years All Saints has held a fundraiser following the Alternative Gift Market, where 20% of each purchase of fair trade crafts from Serrv International was donated to the church. Here's a chance to check out Serrv's springtime collection and help All Saints at the same time!

We are inviting you to join Serrv’s 60 Day Campaign to make a positive difference in communities around the world—including our own. 

“Now through June 15, look for weekly SERRV & Earn specials coming to your inbox—from FREE home delivery to FREE gifts with the purchase of any of our 1,000+ food products and handcrafts.   We will donate 20% of their sales to All Saints Episcopal Church.

From spices and soap to scarves and gift baskets, our handmade, fair trade products make thoughtful gifts this spring. At the same time, purchases from your community will make a difference to global artisans and farmers whose income is at risk without orders from the U.S.”

Follow this link:  https://www.serrv.org/?a=AllSaints  and feel free to share it with your networks. Only orders placed via this web link will be credited to the All Saints fundraiser.
Diocesan & Community Events
Bishop's Annual Appeal
From Bishop Matthew Gunter's letter about the 2020 Bishop's Annual Appeal:

Dear Friends in Christ,

A year ago, we launched the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. You were generous giving over $56,000 for vital congregations, a successful Revival and a training center in our companion Diocese of Masvingo. What a blessing, to receive more than twice the goal of that initial appeal. Our diocesan ministry is rich in hope and possibility. Appeal plans this year were to support new, worthy causes. God wants us to give beyond ourselves, doing the work of the Kingdom. Then the Covid-19 pandemic struck. Our lives have changed. The appeal changed, too.

Prayer is the most significant thing we can do, so I appeal for you to pray daily for the diocese and congregations. I appeal for you to give, not through the diocesan structure, but directly to your congregation . On a national and international level (and local, too), I encourage you to support needs through gifts to United Thank Offering .

In my years as your bishop, I’ve come to understand we are all called to give – our giving can transform lives. Please prayerfully consider making a generous gift for the spread of God’s Kingdom, of whatever amount, in response to this Bishop’s Annual Appeal . Pray daily for the diocese and our ministry.

Under the Mercy,
The Rt. Rev. Matthew Gunter
Bishop of Fond du Lac

Scattering Seeds
The diocesan newsletter, Scattering Seeds , is emailed to over 1,800 addresses around the diocese. If you'd like to receive updates and news from the Diocese of Fond du Lac, including video messages from Bishop Matt Gunter about being the Church during a global pandemic, you can subscribe here .
Resources For the Church
Useful resources for the Church about the pandemic have been compiled here by a diocesan task force. They include formation, prayer & worship and pastoral care. Discover ways to continue being church during this time of emergency.
Opportunities to Serve
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:

We have decided, due to the makeup of our volunteer groups, not to participate in meal making for Pillars, including desserts, until June 2020, at which time I will send out another update. Although this is a very difficult time, I would rather have us all safe and able to help out in the future. 

I have since talked to Tony at Pillars and asked about monetary donations to the food pantry and meal prep. He said that would be very welcomed. Their pantry is looking a bit meager at the moment. Feel free to send your monetary donation, if you wish, to Pillars , noting it is for food prep and that you are from All Saints.

Thank you for all you do. I miss seeing my teammates and all of you. If you have any questions feel free to contact me via email or call 920-787-7921.
Calendar of Upcoming Events
All events are canceled until further notice.
Serving Schedule
Worship services are suspended until further notice.

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