All Saints' Episcopal Church Newsletter
January 16th, 2022
Our Vision: A community living and growing in unity with God and all people through Christ.

Our Mission: To seek God in reverent worship, service to neighbors, gracious hospitality, and the pursuit of wisdom.

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No In Person Service this Sunday January 16

Given the rising number of Covid cases, a test positivity rate of over 20%, and the ease with which the omicron variant is transmitted despite vaccination status, we have decided to cancel in-person services at All Saints' for now. Therefore, Sunday services will be live-streamed only in the coming weeks, as will Christian Education offerings. You can find Sunday services by following the instructions on our website, going directly to our YouTube channel, or using the link posted on Facebook. Services will be live-streamed at 10:30 am.
Annual Meeting Sunday January 23

Each January All Saints’ gathers to talk about how we have felt the Holy Spirit at work in our midst the previous year, where we feel the Holy Spirit leading us in the year to come, and the logistics on how we will strive to fulfill that calling (budget, staff, building concerns, etc.). In addition, we vote for on-coming Vestry members at this meeting. This year our annual meeting will be held on January 23rd at 9 am via Zoom. We will be voting for new Vestry members via an online platform during the meeting, as well as through email or US mail prior to the meeting. This is an important part of our life as an Episcopal congregation, and we hope to see you online for the meeting.

Stay tuned for the Zoom link and the annual report.
Vestry Nominations
 
At the Annual Meeting on January 23rd, we’ll be electing new vestry members. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else (please ask that person first) for a position on the Vestry, please notify one of our Vestry members who are rotating off  – Mary Ellen Robbins, Ron Anderson, Elaine Tise, and Diane Yarbrough. To serve on the Vestry, one must be a confirmed member of All Saints’, 18 years of age or older, a frequent attendant of worship services for the preceding six months, and a regular contributor of record. 
 
The vestry of a church has three main responsibilities. The first two are managerial: to take care of the finances of the parish and to take care of our buildings and facilities. The third responsibility is that of filling various representative and leadership positions, such as choosing delegates for diocesan convention, selecting those to fill positions stipulated by the canons (treasurer, junior warden, and secretary), and selecting a rector (should the need arise). But the importance of the vestry to the life of our congregation doesn’t end there. The vestry also takes an active role in discerning our vision for ministry here at All Saints’.
 
If you would like to learn more about the responsibilities and time commitments involved in being a member of the vestry, please don’t hesitate to talk with Teri or with a Vestry Member listed above.
Invitation to Maree Paw's Graduation from the Karen Episcopal Ministry Formation Program

Maree Paw has been participating in the Karen Episcopal Ministry Formation Program for the past year, meeting with other Karen Episcopalians from across the Episcopal Church. A Graduation and Thanksgiving Service will be held via Zoom on Sunday, January 16th at 6 pm CST, and All Saints' is invited to attend virtually.

The Zoom link is https://zoom.us/j/96326655407?pwd=am5kM1dEb1J6eHFiV1pMbzJLRkMxQT09, and the passcode is 564726.

You may find a pdf of the bilingual liturgy here. After completing the program, Maree will be a catechist in the church. Congratulations, Maree!
Discretionary Funds and Food Items Needed

Our discretionary fund is currently low. The discretionary fund is maintained by donations from parishioners, as well as by the undesignated cash in the offering plate on the first Sunday of the month (usually less than $200). The discretionary fund assists with the cost of utilities, medications, gas, food, and more. The recipients include both those within this parish and those outside our church community. If you would like to donate to the discretionary fund, you may write a check to All Saints’ with the designation “Discretionary Fund” in the memo line.

Another way to help is by donating food for hungry neighbors who stop by the church office during the week. The following items would be helpful to keep on hand for such occasions: peanut butter, crackers, cereal, granola bars, pasta, spaghetti sauce, ready-to eat foods that can be opened without a can opener (for those who are unhoused or traveling), hand wipes, fruit cups, and a variety of canned goods.

Thank you!
Annual Meeting Reports Due this Friday

All Saints Ministry/Program Leaders:

It’s time to start gathering the Ministry and Program Reports to develop the Annual Report for the January 2022 Annual Meeting. The report development process requires lead time to, a) compile the individual reports, to b) edit the final report and to c) produce numerous copies of the report. Therefore, let me remind you, the All Saints Episcopal Church 2021 Ministry Reports are due no later than Friday, January 14th , 2022. Please take steps necessary to ensure you meet this need and avoid consternation to those preparing the reports.

If you were a ministry leader any time during 2021, please submit your ministry reports for any, and all, your respective ministry areas no later than the deadline stated above. Reports should, where at all possible, be submitted electronically in Microsoft WORD (or equivalent) so they can be copied, edited and formatted to meet the report format. Please do not send the written reports exclusively in an image (PDF) format because doing so will result in an immediate request for an expedited submittal from the program leader in the correct format. Appropriate images associated with your ministry which support or enhance the ministry report appearance, may be submitted separately for potential inclusion in the report. Reports should be submitted to the church office allsaints@allsaintsrussellville.net or directly to me at kadee43angel@yahoo.com.

Thank You,
KaDee McCorkmick
Parish Administrator
Community Yoga Class and Chair Class

[all levels welcomed]
This is a free class offered by Cynthia Reynolds
Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm
Sutherland Hall
Bring a mat and a friend!

Vaccination cards will be checked at the door and masks are mandatory.

Chair Stretch class is Wednesday at 10am in Sutherland Hall. Masks and proof of vaccination are required.
All Saints' Choir Update

"We have suspended rehearsals and Sunday services for the All Saints Choir until further notice. Let's pray that this surge of COVID passes quickly so that we can reconvene and lift our voices in praise once again. Meanwhile, your Music Directors may be contacting individual choir members and other musicians to provide solos and small groups for our Sunday livestreamed services. So, keep your vocal cords and instruments tuned and at the ready! --Kristin & Tim Smith"
Youth and Family Events
Kid's Chapel

Due to Covid-19 numbers, we will have Kid's Chapel as a video on YouTube for this Sunday, January 16th. An email and Facebook post will provide the link on Sunday.

Please stay tuned on when we can safely meet in person.
EYC on Break

EYC is on break until further notice at the direction of the Bishop.
Christian Formation
Evening Prayer from January 12, 2022 with Charles Tyrone
Wednesday Bible Study

Bible Study is on Break until further notice.
Faith and Reason Bible Study

This Sunday, January 16th, the class will again be a Zoom-only meeting. Class should start around 9:00am, and the Zoom link is included below.

Meeting ID: 839 5587 3730
Passcode: 303170
One tap mobile
+16468769923,,83955873730#,,,,*303170# US (New York)
+13017158592,,83955873730#,,,,*303170# US (Washington DC)
This week, we will be listening to the first half of "On Being: Remembering Desmond Tutu" with Krista Tippett.
Faith and Scripture Bible Study

Faith and Scripture will be on break until further notice at direction of the Bishop.
Young Adult Prayer Meeting

Due to Melissa being out for Covid, our last meeting was cancelled. For the safety of all, we will not meet in person until numbers are lower.

Masks are required and for the time being we cannot eat or drink together.
Neighbors Table Update

Last week we served 150 meals; due to Covid safety measures being at the strictest level, and predicted bad weather, we will prepare for 125 this week. Our menu is a cream soup
of sweet potatoes and butternut squash, cornbread, fresh fruit, and assorted desserts.

Thanks to Carol’s diligent work, we have ordered food from the Arkansas Food Bank.
Many of the foods we regularly serve are available at lower than retail prices, and some are free. We do need to maintain our State Certification as an approved kitchen to continue this access and this means being diligent about following rules for food safety.

These rules for this are posted in the kitchen; Carol, Charlie, Carolyn or Catherine will be happy to answer any questions. Please keep Neighbors Table in your prayers. We greatly appreciate the many helpers who pray for us and contribute their time, talent, and treasure! Thank you!
First Thursday Book Talk

Following our break in January, we will resume meeting on February 3 with discussion of Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration by Reuben Jonathan Miller. The meeting will be via ZOOM from 12-1 with time for visiting and catching up from 11:30-12. For more information call or text Elizabeth Franks at 479-264-0336.

Zoom Meeting ID: 868 5101 0812
Passcode: books
Enneagram on Thursdays

Our Enneagram book study will be on hiatus thru the holidays. Stay tuned for an announcement of the next book next week.
Practicing Prayer

We will begin with 20 minutes of silent prayer, and then read together the poem,
“Twilight of the Self” from Thomas Keating’s book, The Secret Embrace, with Lectio
Divina. The introduction to this book describes these beautiful poems as emerging “from the core of Father Thomas’s thinking as an alternate way of articulating high spiritual concepts.”

All are welcome! To receive copies of these poems, and to receive a Zoom invitation, please email Catherine Crews, catherine.crews@icloud.com, with your contact information.

We pray for those who have birthdays this week: Jill Brown and Hugh Silkensen.


O God, our times are in your hand: Look with favor, we pray, on
your servants as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow
in wisdom and grace, and strengthen their trust in your goodness
all the days of their lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For those celebrating an anniversary this week: none.

O gracious and everliving God, look mercifully upon your servants who come to renew the promises they have made to each other. Grant them your blessing, and assist them with your grace, that with true fidelity and steadfast love they may honor and keep their promises and vows; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Please let the office know if your birthday or anniversary has been missed, so that we may add the date to our records.
Remembering in your Prayers
 
Weekly Prayers:

We pray especially for Miguel, Rudy, Patricia, Isreal, Katy, Thaw, Melissa, Gordon, Destiny, Sadie, and for those with Covid-19, and those who have lost loved ones in the pandemic.

Long Term Prayers:
 
Inette, Barbara Johnson, Bryan Wilson, Tony Lee, Pearl, Cynthia, Sandy Vestal, Susan Price, Barbara Stoltz, William Gillum, Susan Durham Shelton, Arcelia, Carina and Bernice, Tom Munson, Arthur Hastings, Isaac, Sarah Lee, the Kellner Family, Wyatt Sherman, Jeffrey & Jennifer Whitehead, Jordan Hein & family, Ellis, Yvonne, Kenny McCutcheon, Jared Settles, Sue Brain, Antony, Eduardo Ezquerro, and the People of Afghanistan.

To request changes or updates to our weekly or long term prayer list, please contact our office at allsaints@allsaintsrussellville.net.
Readings for the Second Sunday after Epiphany,
January 16
Please click on the orange scripture to link to the readings

The First Lesson

The Response

The Epistle

The Gospel
All Saints' Staff

The Rt. Rev. Larry Benfield - Bishop of Arkansas
The Rev. Teri Daily - Rector
Tim and Kristin Smith - Music Ministers
Melissa Simpson - Family Ministry and Special Projects Coordinator 
Trevor Coats - Technical Director
KaDee McCormick - Parish Administrator
Sherrie Cotton - Administrative Assistant
Marcia Van Horn, Ron Anderson - Office Assistants
 
All Saints' Vestry & Officers
 
Mary Ellen Patton - Senior Warden
Brandon Etzkorn - Junior Warden
Ron Anderson
Diane Yarbrough
Elaine Tise
Rudy Delabra
Carol Lee
Htee Hsee
Tracy Cole

Lori Price - Treasurer
Sherrie Cotton - Secretary
Giving at All Saints'

During this time of social distancing and staying home, it is important that we are still able to support our parish and our community through our financial gifts. Contributions may be mailed to the church office or to give online, go to allsaintsrussellville.org and click on GIVE located on the bottom of the web page. You can designate your donation toward a specific ministry or our general fund.

Text "allsaintsgift" to 73256 to give using your mobile device. This number will never send unsolicited texts to you. To cancel further messages, text STOP. If you need assistance with text giving, text HELP. Standard text message and data rates may apply.