All Saints Digital DOVE
February 10, 2021
Prayers & Appreciations for this Week
We give thanks for our Music Director, Scott Hayes, and celebrate his 5 years of sharing his many talents and gifts with the congregation of All Saints.

We give thanks to those celebrating a birthday, especially, Barbara Moriarty, Lynne Tickle, Amy Creason, August Price, Anne Ward, Chip Hogge, Spencer Gaffney, David Wolinski, Charlene Vallandingham, Margaret Anne Noftsinger, Tracy Wolinski, Grace Barillas, and James Segneri

We give thanks to those celebrating an anniversary, especially, Bob and Linda Cross

We pray for all those affected by the pandemic especially for the millions who are infected, the thousands who have died, and for their loved ones who grieve.

We pray for all healthcare workers and first responders, especially Erin Anderson, Merv Baldecchi, Sarah Gaffney, Cameron Hogg, Leah Loomis, Ken Lucas, Beth McGuire, Lauren Nadler, Rebecca Taylor, and Ashley Lucas Wilson

We lift in prayer those who are Sick or Distressed especially, Ted Bishop, Jane Scott Chapin, Phyllis Dudding, Tatum Love, GW Michael, Will Michael, Mary Mulvaney, Nancy, Cliff Pierce, Herb Siewert, Francine Wargo, and Corey Wargo-Bergmark

We remember all those who have died.

If you have an addition to our prayer list, please email us.
The Rev. John Hogg's Sermon from Sunday, February 7 &
Stewardship Message from Junior Warden, James Forsythe
Virtual Ash Wednesday Service - February 17

Our Ash Wednesday will be a pre-recorded virtual service so you can watch it whenever it is convenient for you. You are welcome to use ashes from your fireplace or you can do a "contactless" pickup of ashes from the green shed by our playground. Ashes can be picked up anytime starting Wednesday, February 10 at noon.

The service will be emailed on the morning of Ash Wednesday.
Stewardship 2021
Thank you to the 119 households that have pledged their support to All Saints for 2021.

“To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under Heaven. A time of love, a time of hate, a time of war, a time of peace, a time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing.”

We may yell at God: “Where are You in all of this?” “This makes no sense!” “Why must we suffer through this?” “God, where are You?” “Stop it all…it’s just too much!”

“God is the very ground of our being. And the relationship between God and creation is such that by sheer grace, it’s impossible for God to be separated from us. God does not know how to be absent. And God is no where near being done.” (John Hogg 01/17/2021)

Our Church gives us the very Seasons which help sustain us through any difficult time. And what is beautiful about All Saints is that we honor the Church Seasons with our traditions: Our Advent Event (it came in a bag this year); Our Christmas Pageant (the dancing camel and donkey came through our electronic devices); Our Festival of Lessons and Carols (what a undertaking that must have been); Our Sunday services with beautiful music coming to us each week; Our children receiving ‘Sunday School in a Bag”; The Peace comes through our hands making ‘the peace sign’ or for many it is the ‘sign of victory’; Our altar is always displaying the seasonal colors reminding us we will always have: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, and Pentecost. Thank God for that!

God is with us! Please ‘Take a risk with what God gives you.’ It’s Stewardship Season.

Blessings, Bev and Dan Kniffen, Stewardship Chairs

To make your 2021 pledge online, click here.
Introducing Our New Garden Ministry
I hope you will join us in March as we begin our journey to reduce food insecurity by providing fresh produce to the Welborne Methodists Food Pantry.

It is my hope that our church community pantry garden will also be a platform for teaching basics about food production. Our neighbors will most likely be eating the food we produce in our pantry garden. The USDA reports that more than 41 million Americans (including 13 million children) lack adequate food at some point during each year. Yet about 11.4 billion pounds of garden produce ends up as food waste each year. We can change that, one garden at a time!

Our first step is to prepare the garden by clearing out the unwanted plants (also known as weeds) and adding good quality composted soil and any needed amendments. Repairs are also needed to the structures and some clean up around the perimeter. We can start in March. Look out for a signup genius soon!

Did you know you can tell the temperature outside by listening to a cricket! Count the number of chirps in 15 seconds, then add 37. The sum will be the approximation of temperature in degrees Fahrenheit. The male cricket does most of the singing by rubbing his wings together. Listen for about 18 chirps in 15 seconds and you will know it’s time to get to the garden!

Contact Gretchen Jones or John Hogg if you would like to help or if you have questions!
Music News & Updates
Click HERE to visit the All Saints Music RVA facebook page.
A Call for Vestry
Are you interested in serving on our Parish Vestry? Are you at a point in your life where you have the time and energy to serve All Saints in another capacity of leadership? If so, please prayerfully read over the information below, ask questions of current or former Vestry members, and seriously consider submitting your name before February 15, 2021 for the next Vestry election to be held at our annual meeting in March. You can email Senior Warden, Bari Pitts with questions or your information if you would like to run. Those meeting the requirements for nominees will be asked to submit a short bio and why they want to serve which will be shared in the Dove.

Why Serve?
Serving on the vestry is unique opportunity to share your gifts with All Saints. The vestry works alongside the rector to set the vision for All Saints and provides the financial resources to support that vision and fund daily operations. Vestry members are blessed to be in fellowship with one another and deepen relationships within the church.

What are the requirements for nominees?
Nominees must be sixteen years old and be a “communicant in good standing,” which means persons enrolled in the records of the parish; confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church by a bishop of the Episcopal Church; and who have for the previous year been faithful in corporate worship (unless for good cause prevented), and have been faithful in working, praying, and giving and have made a pledge for 2021. No person may serve on the vestry who is a member of clergy (other than the rector and assistant rector) or staff, or is a family member (spouse, parent, child, step-child, in-laws) of clergy or staff.

What is needed?
Those willing to serve must have a heart for Christ and All Saints; a willingness to be in community with other church leaders; and an openness to hear God’s word and to set aside personal agendas.
Christian Formation News

If you have ordered Lenten or Sunday School bags, they can be picked up at the preschool portico on Saturday, February 13 from 10-11 am or on Sunday, February 14 from 3-4 pm. Please email us if special arrangements need to be made or call 347-0875.

VBS is coming July 26-30 from 9 am- 12 noon!
Look for the registration form after March 1st.

Thanks! Diane and Joan
Canned Food Donations Needed
Our partners at Welborne Church are in need of the following donations for the food pantry:

Canned fruit
Canned milk
Spaghetti O’s/Ravioli
Spaghetti sauce (in a can, NO GLASS)
Instant mashed potatoes

All donations can be left in the green shed by the playground at All Saints.
Thank you for your continued support of this important ministry!