May 2022
It is hard to believe, but this issue begins our third year of the Connect! newsletter. We published for the first time in May of 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, and since then have celebrated each month the work God is doing in and through each of us at All Saints to advance His kingdom in our lives and in the world.
Ukraine Disaster Relief
by Edyta Cousens & Teri Ballou
Through the generosity of the All Saints staff, we shipped relief packages to Ukraine via Kielbasa Factory Parcel Service in Rockville (offering a discount for this purpose). The relief items (pictures to the left, and below) included thermal blankets, Burntec dressings, and tourniquets that were passed on to medical teams in Ukraine via a member of Edyta’s family in Poland. We also sent funds that were used for sewing more than 80 small pillows for refugee children. A quote from our contact in Ukraine:

We thank you, our dear friends from all over the world, for not getting tired of helping us … Everything you pass [on] is extremely necessary … tourniquets, bandages, hemostatics, needles, anti-burn gels, vitamins, scissors, and more … Know [that] you are doing what has no price.
Please continue to pray for the people of Ukraine. If you wish to give, one of these links may help:
Why should the church give to disaster relief such as this? Quoting from ARDF’s website:

We deeply believe that the best time to show up in the life of another person is right after a disaster. It may have been the worst day of their life but to be present as the hands and feet of Christ is vital to the mission the church. Disaster relief is a picture of how God works even through tragedy and crisis to open doors for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and transform lives.

He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:9-10
HE IS RISEN! Easter at All Saints Church
We began Easter morning with a beautiful and moving outdoor service at 8:30 a.m. - above and to the right.

It was a joy also to see the Nave so full at 10:30, and to see the children in all their finery at Kids' Time, below. Special thanks to Father Matthew and Family Ministry Administrator Lucie Lytle for leading Kids' Time.
Interim Rector, BJ Buracker, and family in their Easter finery.
What a joy to see the Nave so full again for Easter worship!
On Good Friday, we resumed our traditional ecumenical Stations of the Cross walk around Chevy Chase Circle with other Circle churches.
What a blessing!
The Organ Renewal Project Commences with the removal of the organ and packing for shipment!
Kingdom Moments
The Flutes on the Brink spring concert with guest harp, and directed by our own Linda Crisafulli, was simply beautifull!
Student Ministry spring outing
at Top Golf

Of course, you can't have students around without giving them lots of food!
Previous issues of the Connect! newsletter, celebrating God's faithfulness to us and His work among and through us, are available on the church website HERE.

  • The March 2022 newsletter focused on music at All Saints, and included a wonderful interview with our long-time music minister - don't miss it!
  • The April 2022 newsletter featured pictures of Alpha at Knollwood Retirement Center, Children's Ministry, the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, and more!

Please join us in continuing to celebrate the good news of God working in our midst - ideas for the Connect! newsletter are always welcome! You may submit possible topics, photos, or short (1 - 3 paragraph) articles to Communications Manager Teri Ballou.
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