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July 7, 2020 | News & Updates
Prayers for this Week
We give thanks to those celebrating a birthday , especially, Pam Palmore, Judy Woodson, Connor McCaffrey, Liza Foley, Gavin Rhodes, Nancy Gunn, Courtney Ash, Toolie Ligon, George Cole Scott, and Chris Tickle

We give thanks to those celebrating an anniversary,  especially, Claudia & Jim Segneri, Herb & Doris Siewert, and Paul & Lauren Hepper

We pray for all healthcare workers and first responders,  especially, Erin Anderson, Merv Baldecchi, Beth McGuire, Lauren Nadler, and Ashley Lucas Wilson

We pray for those who are sick or in distress,  especially, Melanie Cosgrove, Phyllis Dudding, Gloria Hahn, Nancy, Martha Perdue, Cliff Pierce, The Gunn Family, Leland Williams, and Will Williams

We remember those who have died.

If you have an addition to our prayer list, please  email us
The Rev. Dr. Brent Melton's Sermon
If you missed our live stream service on Sunday you can watch the sermon here. Or click HERE to watch the full service from Sunday, July 5.
Buildings & Grounds Update
Water, water, everywhere!

A Prayer For the Conservation of Natural Resources (Book of Common Prayer, Pg. 827)

Almighty God, in giving us dominion over things on earth, you made us fellow workers in your creation: Give us wisdom and reverence so to use the resources of nature, that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Water moves around our life in Richmond everywhere. All Saints sits at the top of the hill that was molded by water – over the eons slowly carving its way into channels we now know as streams and rivers. Water is something that large buildings like the church have to deal with – we have to keep it out of the building. But, what do we do with it after it’s in the ground?

You’ve probably noticed a good bit of construction on the church over the past year. All of this had to do with keeping water out of the walls of the building – ensuring the structural stability of the building and protecting the beautiful interior of the church and working spaces.

In 1957, when the church building was begun, it was standard practice to channel rainwater through pipes to the nearest ravine or storm basin. That is exactly what our water does – most of it runs from our building to the ravine that runs down the hill toward the Bishop’s House at Roslyn, and from there to the Kanawha Canal. The west side of the church was no exception. However, the pipes have collapsed and were no longer viable, allowing the water to pool against the side of the building before being absorbed into the ground.

Everyone hears about the environmental impact of run-off. The problems this pollution creates in lakes, streams, and rivers is regularly a feature of the news. Was there a way that All Saints could begin to mitigate its impact on the land around the church building, and still fix our drainage issue?

Over the past year, the Structures Commission, led by Jr. Warden James Forsythe studied the problem, and determined that a bio-retention garden (or basin) was the most responsible solution. It is cost effective, it’s environmentally friendly, it’s beautiful, and it remedies our problem. Total project cost is estimated at $42,000. Happily, the Diocese of Virginia’s Creation Care Task Force and the Virginia Conservation Assistance Program both awarded All Saints grants totaling $16,000, putting the cost of the project in line with the cost of the traditional rainwater drain solution.

Construction is now underway – the masonry restoration and foundation waterproofing is underway and should be finished in the coming weeks. Following that work, the bio-retention garden work will proceed. All work should be finished up by late August. If you have any questions about the project, feel free to contact any member of the Structures Commission or Bruce Partridge, our Building & Grounds coordinator.
Sunday, July 12
8:00am-1:00pm
The Red Cross is in desperate need of blood donations. Please consider donating if you are able by visiting the link below and searching for our drive on July 12 by entering zip code "23229".

As Father Melton shared in his sermon last Sunday, due the pandemic, we’ve had to dive into the world of technology in a quick way. We’ve quickly become accustomed to Zoom and other video conferencing platforms, virtually eliminating the barriers of distance. Continuing in a partnership forged over the past few years, All Saints and St. Paul’s Church have teamed up to create a discussion centering around music and worship beginning on Thursday, July 16 at 7:00 PM, and continuing every two weeks through August. All are welcome!

Click here for the full flyer and for more information.
Favorite Hymn Requests
Sundays during July - 10:15 AM
Christians have always been a singing people. Our singing is more than a warm-up for the sermon or a decoration for the liturgy. Indeed, Paul indicates that singing stands alongside teaching as one of the primary ways to let the word of Christ dwell in us. Our Presiding Bishop, in a recent address to the Anglican Association of Musicians – stated that “the deeper spirituality of Michael Curry, as well as whatever sublime theology there may be, has been formed and shaped by those songs of Zion; by those hymns of the people of God; by the music of the church.”
 
It’s important for so many reasons – yet, how can we do so when we can’t sing together? The short answer is that we’ll need to be creative, and open to experience these hymns in new ways. 
 
Our first offering will be a time for you to request your favorite hymns!   Beginning at 10:15 AM on the Sundays of July, we’ll have a “Time of Favorite Hymns” . The soloist of the day and I will lead this time – we’ll do one verse of each requested hymn until about 10:25 AM. This will give us time for 5-6 hymns each week. 
 
How can you request your favorite hymn?
 
  • Hymns from our blue Hymnal 1982 can be suggested in real time by commenting in the live stream on Facebook. 
  • Some of you will have favorite hymns that aren’t in the hymnal (or maybe you’re not sure if it is or not!) Please send me the title of the hymn by noon on Saturday, and I’ll do my best to find it. You can email me here.
 
Don’t have a hymnal at home? No worries. There is a wonderful online resource  hymnary.org , which has documented about every hymn you can imagine. Even if you can only remember a phrase of the text, you can likely find it through the site’s powerful search engine. 
 
Looking forward to August, we’ll take a look at how we are worshiping, and figure out a meaningful way to continue to experience the great hymns of the church. There are many creative ways to do so. However, I look forward to the time when we can be together and join our voices in worship and song!
Outreach Update
Because of the pandemic the demand at Welborne's Food Pantry has tripled in the last month and they are now serving and feeding over 100 families a week with a steady increase each week. So every single canned good that is donated helps.

Currently they are in desperate need of: instant mashed potatoes, grape jelly and spaghetti sauce. 

Welborne is also asking for volunteers to assist in the pantry. In particular they need help sorting and packing the donations into the meals that are handed out to their clients. Volunteers need to be 18 and over and available during any of the times: Monday 10am-12:00pm (inside- packing bags); Monday 4:30-6:60 (outside assisting with client pick up); Wednesday 10 am- 12pm (inside packing bags)

If you are interested in lending a hand as often or as infrequently as you wish please contact their coordinator,  Valerie Pineda , via email or cell 908-400-5670. If you have any additional questions please contact the  Rev John Hogg .

All Saints remains faithful to our 18 families that we have been assisting through a local middle school. Grocery cards, especially Walmart gift cards in $25 increments are still very needed and extremely welcome. In addition, the specific items listed below are still incredibly helpful to these families
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish detergent
  • Sponges (all kinds)
  • Cleaning sprays
  • All toiletries
  • Individual sports equipment in good condition for children and youth (i.e. basketballs, footballs soccer balls, etc)
  • Gently used or new board games, decks of cards, arts and crafts supplies.
Please leave ALL donations in the bins located in the preschool portico or in the drop boxes located on the wall. Thank you again for your continued support of this growing ministry here at All Saints. It is not a ministry without you.
All Saints Happy Hour - Every Other Sunday
Join us every other Sunday for an All Saints Happy Hour (next one is July 19).

We will meet via zoom at 5:00 every other Sunday, and we hope you will join us to catch up!

All Saints Virtual Happy Hour
Time: This is a recurring meeting, 5:00 every other Sunday
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:  https://vcu.zoom.us/j/92317889737
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To join via iPhone one-tap :
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Or Telephone:
  Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
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  Meeting ID: 923 1788 9737
Thank you!

Even though we can not worship together in our church space, your generous donations help support our many ongoing ministries. You can send your pledge check in the mail, drop it off in our lockbox (outside of the church office main entrance), or click  HERE  to give online. You can even set up a recurring, online gift. If you have any questions, please  email  us, we are here to help.
How to Watch our
Sunday Service

Watch our Sunday service at 10:30am on our  website , or, you can view it on our  Facebook page . We will send out an email reminder Sunday morning with a copy of the bulletin to follow along. 

If you need assistance viewing our services, please email  Winston .

*As a reminder, you do not need a facebook account to view our page or the videos.
How to Contact Us

8787 River Road, Richmond, Virginia, 23229
(804) 288 - 7811

Brent Melton , Rector / Cell: 804-972-1689
John Hogg , Assistant Rector / Cell: 757-635-3072
Scott Hayes , Director of Music
Winston Hazlegrove , Parish Administrator
Natallia Chyhryna , Financial Secretary
Melissa Taylor,  Preschool Director
Bruce Partridge , Interim Building & Grounds Coordinator
Joan Dalrymple & Diane Hayes , Christian Education Co-Chairs
Judy Kronimus , Director of the Nursery