All Saints' Episcopal Church Newsletter
January 12, 2020
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.
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community
All Saints' Clergy and Staff would like to offer a warm thank you to all of those who donated toward the staff Christmas bonus. We are beyond grateful for your generosity and blessed to call All Saints' home.
Annual Meeting on January 26th

Our Annual Meeting will be held between services on Sunday, January 26th. This is a time when we review the past year, look at our 2020 budget, and talk about where God might be leading us in the year ahead. We will also vote in our new vestry members. Please plan to attend! This will be a potluck breakfast.
Workshop with Dr. Jay McDaniel on Saturday
January 25, 2020 from 9am to 3pm

Ever feel religiously illiterate? You’re not alone. The United States is arguably the most religiously diverse nation on earth, and yet so many of us wish we knew more about the religious and cultural traditions of our near and distant neighbors: Buddhist, Bahai, Christian, Confucian, Daoist, Hindu, Humanist, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Native American, Pagan, Shinto, and Sikh. We also wish we knew more about those who belong to several traditional simultaneously (Christian and Buddhist, for example), and those who are spiritually interested
but not religiously affiliated. 

Dr. Jay McDaniel, emeritus professor of world religions at Hendrix, will offer a workshop to help us begin the process of becoming more literate, not simply to satisfy our curiosity but to befriend our neighbors. Author of Gandhi’s Hope: Learning about Other Religions as a Path to Peace, he will talk about the philosophies and practices of several of these traditions and also provide an overview. Come join us.

The workshop includes lunch and is free. Please register at Eventbrite to help us plan for lunch.

Sunday Lunch Fundraiser for Brandon & Eko Etzkorn
January 19th

Everyone is invited to lunch in the parish hall after the 10:30 am service on Sunday, January 19th. Brandon and Eko Etzkorn have been working hard to pay the legal fees accrued as Eko goes through the process to obtain official US residency. The meal on the 19th will consist of a traditional Indonesian main dish, as well as rice and eggrolls. Donations will go toward Brandon and Eko's legal fees.
A Message from the All Saints Choir
Tim and Kristin Smith, Music Directors

The All Saints Choir needs you! We are a music ministry proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ through song and text. It is our hope that our music inspires and uplifts our church community to go out and do the work God has given us to do.

Over many years, our faithful and dedicated core of members have come consistently each Wednesday evening and Sunday morning to practice and share liturgy, hymns and anthems. However, as our choir members move into different seasons of their lives, they face new demands and priorities -- grandchildren, health issues, job changes, loss of loved ones, and so on. These understandable concerns mean that we are not always able to sing the anthems we had planned to share with our congregation.

The All Saints Choir is asking for new folks to step up and help us continue the proud legacy of this important ministry. It is not necessary for you to be a fabulous music reader or to have a voice like Celine Dion or Andrea Bocelli. The ability to carry a simple tune, consistent attendance, and a willing and eager heart, are the basic tools you need to participate. Our music directors, Dr. Tim and Kristin Smith, will teach you the rest.

We sincerely hope that the year 2020 will be one of renewal and growth for our choir. During this season of Advent, we urge you to reflect on what the choir means to you and consider how you can help. If it is not possible for you to participate, perhaps you can encourage someone you know, either within our church community or outside of it, to join us. The All Saints Choir has always relied on the tireless and consistent commitment of its members to carry out our ministry for 9 months (September-May) each year. We are grateful to our current and past members who have so graciously volunteered their time and talents. They are marvelous. But we need your help if it is to continue.

If you have questions or are interested in joining the choir, you can contact Tim Smith at (479) 264-1320 or tsmith@atu.edu or Kristin Smith at (479) 264-1351 or kristinmsmith81167@gmail.com .
New Automated External Defibrillators at All Saints’

Sudden cardiac arrest is among the leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, more than 350,000 people will suffer a cardiac arrest this year. Currently, the only way to restore a regular heart rhythm during cardiac arrest is to use an AED. If you are interested in learning how to use our AEDs, please contact any member of the office staff. We plan to offer the training at All Saints’ in January.
Caring for Our Young Children

In our surveys and focus groups we have repeatedly said that we must provide for our children and youth, and here is a wonderful opportunity for you to get involved! We are asking for volunteers to help our preschool/nursery teacher one Sunday a month. Time required is from 9am until 11:45. Volunteers must be over 16 years old, pass a background check and complete a few Safeguarding God’s Children online classes. If you would like to get to know these sweet children better, please contact Melissa Simpson at mleasimpson@gmail.com or 479-280-9551





Episcopal Youth Night resumes Wednesday January 15 at 5:30 pm. Join us for food, fellowship and fun for kids in preschool to 12th grade. Our youth play games or crafts at 5:30 pm, followed by food at 6pm and then break off into groups at 6:30 pm for fellowship lessons. Our EYC leader is Kaylynn Taylor for our 6th grade and older children and Hannah Ruckle for our children 5th grade and younger.

This night wouldn't be possible without the generous donation of a meal provided by our parishioners. The children and staff are very grateful for these meals that bring us together while we go over our highs and lows of the week. We average anywhere from 8-15 youth on Wednesday nights and we have one vegetarian too.

There is a signup in Shoemaker hall or online . Please consider helping for a week to provide a simple meal to our youth group.








Kids Sunday School and EYC

 Sunday School will resume on January 12 at 9:15 am. Our K-5 class will spend this time after Epiphany to focus this month on "Let there be Light" where we will study the story of Creation. The hope is by the end of this unit our youth will be able to see the world around them as intricate, amazing gift given by our loving Creator.

Jan 12- Recycled Art
Jan 19 - Music/Storytelling
Jan 26 - Edible Churchyard Garden

6-12 Sunday School will focus on be jumping into the New Testament and going over how Jesus could be both fully human and fully divine.
Call for Reports

All Saints Ministry/Program Leaders: It’s time to start planning the Annual Report for the January 2020 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 2019 Ministry Reports are due to
KaDee McCormick no later than Sunday, January 12th, 2020.
Please take steps necessary to ensure you meet this deadline and
avoid consternation to those preparing the reports.
Kid's Chapel is offered every Sunday from 10:30 am until the Peace where kids in K-6th grade discuss, make crafts or play games in that coincide with the Gospel of the day. Children meet in the EYC room off of Sutherland Hall.

Children older than 6th grade are welcome to attend and help lead in the discussion.
A Book Study of Riso and Hudson’s “The Wisdom of the Enneagram”

 The Tuesday Enneagram Book Study of The Wisdom of the Enneagram by Riso and Hudson will be January 14 , 2020 from 6-7:30 pm in the parlor. The discussion led by Rhonda Wolf and Suzanne Alford will center on Chapter 6.

It’s not too late to join the exploration of this ancient wisdom teaching. Enneagram learners may find answers to Paul, the Apostle’s question: “For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.” Romans 7:15 (Contact Suzanne Alford for more information.479-970--8058)
Community Prayer January 13 at Noon, New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church, 321 S Houston Place, Russellville

Come join in prayer with friends from New Prospect, First United Methodist and other churches for peace among neighbors in our community, our nation, and throughout the world.
Wednesday Bible Study
Our Wednesday morning Bible Study meets at 10 am. We are currently doing a survey of the books of the bible. No prior bible knowledge is needed to be part of this class. Just come and join the discussion! 
Practicing Prayer: Exploring and Expanding our Friendship with God

Please join us January 12 at 4:00 in the parlor. We’ll pray in silence for 20 minutes and then continue our discussion of Richard Rohr’s book, The Universal Christ, with Chapter 2. All are welcome.
Neighbors Table
Join us on Sat. Jan 18 for our Neighbor’s Table Meal served from 12:00
to 1:00 PM. We continue to welcome newcomers to Neighbors Table
nearly every week. Thanks to all those whose generosity makes it
possible for us to serve delicious, nutritious meals every Saturday.

Please remember Neighbors Table in your prayers.

January 11: Catherine Crews lead, Karla Powell, Tom Parton, Pat and Mike Roys, Bo Smith. Menu - Chili, Cornbread, Coleslaw, Fruit Salad.

January 18: Carol Lee lead, Central Presbyterian Church team. Menu to be determined.

January 25: Carolyn McLellan lead, Jonathan Lievsay, (need more
volunteers). Menu to be determined. Jonathan is celebrating his 12th birthday; he and his family have been our Neighbors Table guests since he was 4 years old!

February 1: We need a full team and leader.

February 8: Crystal and Leah, Catherine and Suzanne, CIP. Menu to be determined.

Volunteers are welcome to join our teams on Saturdays from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM or for a couple hours during this time to help prepare food, serve or clean up after lunch. Schedules and
dates are listed on the sign-up white boards in Sutherland Hall. Anyone who has questions or would like to serve in other ways please contact Catherine Crews by text or phone, 479-264-4346 or mail, catherine.crews@icloud.com.
News from Loaves and Fishes and Neighbors Table

As you shop, please remember those in need who are supported by the Loaves and Fishes ministry. Personal hygiene and toiletry items, toilet paper, detergent and dish soap are all items that are so needed and appreciated by our Neighbor’s Table guests. 
Remembering in your Prayers
 
Weekly Prayers :
 
Miguel, Barbara Stoltz, Ann McCorkle, Don, Jon & Pam Lundquist, Julie Hodges, Edi Wood, Bernice and Carina Dipaolo, Don Cave, Donna Van Horn, Candy Welcher and victims of fires in Australia.
 
Long Term Prayers :
 
Sandy Britt, Tom Munson, Caleb Judd, William Gillum, Lillian Tweed,
Mike Miller, Arthur Hastings, Isaac, Sarah Lee, the Kellner Family,
Christine Ivy, Rodolpho, Don Hudson, Jeni Green, Robert Woods, Jim and Marilyn Tischhauser, Don Price, Tony Pusey, Israel Delabra, the Espinosa family, Jack & Carol Lee, James and Loretta Tyson, Nyssa and Athena Menchacha, Wyatt Sherman, and Jeffrey & Jennifer Whitehead.
Readings for the First Sunday After Epiphany

A reading from the book of Isaiah 42:1-9

Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
He will not cry or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
a bruised reed he will not break,
and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not grow faint or be crushed
until he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his teaching.

Thus says God, the Lord,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people upon it
and spirit to those who walk in it:
I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness,
I have taken you by the hand and kept you;
I have given you as a covenant to the people,
a light to the nations,
to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.
I am the Lord, that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to idols.
See, the former things have come to pass,
and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth,
I tell you of them.

Psalm 29

1 Ascribe to the Lord, you gods, *
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his Name; *
worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;
the God of glory thunders; *
the Lord is upon the mighty waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice; *
the voice of the Lord is a voice of splendor.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees; *
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon;
6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, *
and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord splits the flames of fire;
the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; *
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
8 The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe *
and strips the forests bare.
9 And in the temple of the Lord *
all are crying, "Glory!"
10 The Lord sits enthroned above the flood; *
the Lord sits enthroned as King for evermore.
11 The Lord shall give strength to his people; *
the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.


A reading from the book of Acts 10:34-43
Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ--he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”



The Gospel of Matthew 3:13-17

Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

Weekly Service Times

Sundays :
Holy Eucharist - 8 & 10:30 am
Sunday School - 9:15 am
Informal Service "The Banquet"- 5:30 pm
Wednesdays : Evening Prayer - 6:30 pm
 
Activities During the Week
 
Sunday :
Practicing Prayer - 4:00 pm
AA Meeting - 6:00pm
Young People's AA Meeting - 6:00 pm
 
Monday :
AA Meeting - 12:00 noon
 
Tuesday :
Daughters of the King - 5:15 pm. (1st. Tues.)
Yoga - 5:30 pm

Wednesday :
Fit Girls - 5:30 am
Bible Study - 10 am
Diabetes Support - 11:00 am (2nd Wed.)
ACA 12 step Program- 12:00 noon
EYC/EKC - 5:30 pm to 7pm
Choir Practice - 7:15 pm
 
Thursday :
Book Talk - 12:00 noon (1st Thursday)
@TheTable - 7pm (1st and 3rd Thursday) 
Vestry - 6pm (4th Thursday)
 
Friday :
Fit Girls - 5:30 am
AA Meeting - 12:00 noon
 
Saturday :
Neighbors Table - 12:00 noon
All Saints' Staff

The Rt. Rev. Larry Benfield - Bishop of Arkansas
The Rev. Teri Daily - Rector
The Rev. Kaye Staggs - Deacon (Retired)
Tim and Kristin Smith - Music Ministers
Melissa Simpson - Director of Christian Formation for Children, Youth, and Young Adults 
KaDee McCormick - Parish Administrator
Sherrie Cotton - Administrative Assistant
Marcia Van Horn, Ron Anderson, Lori Price - Office Assistants
Joseph Simmons - Early Childhood Teachers
 
All Saints' Vestry & Officers
 
Sheila Jacobs - Senior Warden, and
Adult Formation and Stewardship
Ron Anderson (buildings), Don Hill (grounds) - Junior Wardens
Ricky Duffee 
Jane McGregor 
Carolyn McLellan  
Mary Ellen Patton 
Thomas Parton
Sandy McGregor - Treasurer
Sherrie Cotton - Secretary
Phone Number for Pastoral Emergencies

The priest of All Saints' wants to provide her personal contact information so that, in case of a pastoral emergency, you can easily reach her. Please save these in your personal records. This information is also available on Realm, All Saints' online directory.   
 
The Rev. Teri Daily: 479-774-2722
Contribution Statements
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