FOR ALL THE SAINTS
November 19, 2020
Special Thanksgiving Holy Eucharist
Wednesday, November 25, at 9:30am
Join Fr. Donavan inside the church next Wednesday, November 25th, for a special Holy Eucharist offering thanks for all the blessings God continues to give to us, even in the midst of these tough and frightening times today. Fr. Donavan will use the scripture lessons and prayers assigned by the church for the Thanksgiving holiday and will lead us through the 'Litany of Thanksgiving' found in the Book of Common Prayer on page 837.

The Wednesday services at All Saints presently include extra precautions to ensure that the church is as safe as possible for those in our community who are immunocompromised and over the age of 65. Please remember to wear a mask inside the church and to keep good social distancing so that all who would like to gather together to offer thanks to God for all God's many blessings can feel safe doing so.

Don't miss this opportunity to spend 30-45 minutes at All Saints in prayer and Holy Communion this upcoming Wednesday to begin your
Thanksgiving holidays this year.

The regular Wednesday Bible Study for November 25th will not be meeting after this special Thanksgiving service. It will begin with a new book of the Bible on Wednesday, December 2nd.
RSVP TODAY for our Sunday Morning
Children's Chapel!

Children ages 4-9 are invited to come and participate in Children's Chapel while their parents worship inside the church every Sunday during the 10am service! 

Ms. Hillary will have a special lesson, followed by crafts and activities, for the full hour of the church worship service, with social distancing and face masks! 

And there are NOW UP TO 18 spaces available each and every Sunday!  

All you need to do is RSVP Hillary Citrano if you'd like your child/children to attend. PLEASE RSVP BY 12PM ON SATURDAY TO ENSURE THERE ARE ENOUGH CRAFT MATERIALS FOR ALL THE CHILDREN!

At 9:50am each Sunday, the doors will open to the Parish Hall and children will have their temperature checked at the door before entering. There will be NO SNACKS, so please be sure you're not dropping off a hungry little saint.

This is a wonderful opportunity to safely get your entire family back into prayer & worship at All Saints on Sunday morning! All you need to do is 
RSVP TODAY!
Upcoming
Momento Mori: Advent Funeral Planning Workshop
with Fr. Donavan, Saturday, Dec. 5th, 10am-12pm,
RSVP NOW!
Join Fr. Donavan for a safe, socially-distanced Advent devotional and start planning your funeral on Saturday, December 5th, from 10am to 12pm,
inside the church! 

One of the greatest gifts you can give your family when the times comes for you to leave this physical world and make your journey to be with God is to have your funeral services planned out and on file at All Saints, with scripture passages chosen, hymns picked, and people you'd like to be involved chosen. Fr. D will be leading a continuation of his past teachings & discussions on the Christian practice of Momento Mori, "Remember your Death," this Advent, with a particular focus on the planning of Christian funeral rites in the Church. Plan NOW on joining our "Momento Mori" priest for this important Advent conversation, and map out your own funeral service to be placed on file here in the church office! 
Call Molly in the office now to RSVP or email her here.
MUSIC UPDATE & UPCOMING SUNDAY SCHEDULE
As many of you know, a number of our music ensembles have been rotating through a schedule of serving in Sunday worship since the church reopened back in August. This includes our guitarists, the handbell ensemble, and both the Jr. & Sr. Choristers. This scheduling is necessary to limit the number of people in the Choir Loft at any given time, as well as the amount of time spent in rehearsals together. Other changes have included removing handbell tables to allow for distancing and have all singers to sing with facial coverings. All of this has occurred due to the diligence and commitment of our wonderful music ministers. When you see them, please thank them, because without their understanding and commitment, we would not be able to have music at this time on Sunday mornings!

Given the safety challenges of having the entire Parish Choir return to rehearsing and leading worship, that ensemble has been on hiatus since March, though we've had a quartet of college students singing and leading the liturgy at 10 am. Some of our Parish Choir members have expressed interest in returning to the choir in the coming weeks. Unfortunately, we must limit the number of people singing at any given time in the Choir Loft to 10 or fewer, but for singers interested in returning on a limited basis, we'll be adding the option for our Parish Choir to return along with the other ensembles on a rotating basis.

So, at this time, our music schedule is:
Nov. 8 - Senior Choristers
Nov. 15 - Junior Choristers
Nov. 22 - Guitar Ensemble
Nov. 29 (Advent begins) - Parish Choir
Dec. 6 - Parish Choir
Dec. 13 - Senior Choristers
Dec. 20 - Handbell Ensemble & Jr. Choristers 

Rehearsals will be in Rogers Hall, not the Music Room. Face coverings are required and chairs will be distanced. Let me know if you are interested ahead of time so the space can be adequately prepared for seating. For information on rehearsals, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Michael at mmastsronicola@asejax.org.
Ongoing
WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY 
in the Church at 8 & 10am or online LIVE at 10am
All Saints is now open for Holy Eucharist inside the church on Sunday mornings at 8AM AND 10AM. And EVERYONE still has the opportunity to worship TOGETHER every Sunday at 10am through Live Streaming on the 

For all services inside the church, All Saints continues to limit seating availability, to keep hand sanitizing stations in place at the main entrance and at the southside handicap-accessible entrance to the church, to make available full text bulletins to avoid use of Prayer Books, to provide music from the choir loft only, to keep offering plates stationary at each entrance, to allow the main entrance doors to the church to be open at all times, and to require masks. We also request that, other than immediate family, everyone maintain proper social distancing with their neighbors inside the church and on the church campus. Holy Communion is offered each Sunday in one kind (bread), and the clergy are working hard to ensure that communion is given safely to those who want to receive it. Finally, the church is wiped down between the two services every Sunday. 

Please remember, if you are over 65 or in anyway sick, or if you are immunocompromised by a long-term illness or medication, YOU SHOULD STAY HOME ON SUNDAYS AT THIS TIME AND WORSHIP ONLINE.

One way or the other, either in person wearing a mask or "virtually" through the computer screen, we hope you will worship and pray with us
this Sunday at All Saints!
'Wonderful Wednesdays' with C.R.E.W.
for 6th-8th graders!
The CREW recently wrote "Letters of Gratitude" to those whose names are on the All Saints Parish List to let them know they have a few new "prayer warriors" praying for them!
The All Saints CREW kids, in grades 6 - 8, are invited to come and gather for a safe, socially distanced, & fun EVERY WEDNESDAY from 6-7pm.  

We are only gathering in the Parish Hall or outside in the courtyard until further notice. Everyone's temperatures will be taken outside the Parish Hall door before entering and parents are asked to follow the CDC guidelines regarding child/youth assessment. Youth will not be asked to wear a mask the entire time, however, they do need to bring one for any "quiet conversation" time during our time together. The same rule applies to all adults, as well. And whenever we are closer than 6 feet, the mask will be worn at all times. Individual snacks will be given. Youth will need to bring their own water bottle. 

Our number one concern is being mindful about everyone's safety while still being able to allow the youth to gather and receive Christ-centered lessons in positive and fun ways! With all the many things going on in our world, in our country, and in everyone's hearts and minds, our hope is to facilitate a safe space that will allow our youth to get nourishment from activities, discussions, prayer and from being with each other. 

If you are interested in your middle school youth attending CREW, don't hesitate to contact Hillary Citrano with any questions or concerns. Please RSVP Hillary HERE. 
Parents of our already signed up CREW KIDZ be on the lookout for an email with more details.

May we all come together safely and lovingly as disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Wednesday Holy Eucharist for those OVER 65 or Immunocompromised is back!
Because people over the age of 65 and people who are immunocompromised have the greatest chance of contracting COVID-19, All Saints is offering a worship service with more space for social distancing for those people only. This special Holy Eucharist is now every Wednesday at 9:30am! 

We hope this special Eucharist provides the safest possible option for All Saints parishioners who are not yet comfortable coming to church on Sunday, but would still like the opportunity to receive Holy Communion from a priest with gloves and a mask. All rules and guidelines for Sunday's still apply to anyone who comes inside the church, but we hope this will make that even easier and provide more space for sitting inside the church at a wider, safer distance from others. If you have more questions, simply call the church or email Fr. Donavan here.
Bible Study to kick off a New Book of the Bible, Wednesday, December 2nd after the 9:30
Holy Eucharist!
So many of our Thursday Bible Study attendees have been looking for a way to continue the chance to read and discuss the Bible safely in these uncertain times. With the reopening of the church for worship services, Fr. Donavan and Deacon Mark are now connecting our regular Thursday Bible Study to the Wednesday morning Holy Eucharist service for those over 65 and with immunocompromised conditions. This is allowing those who come into the church for Wednesday worship to STAY in their seats immediately after the service for the Bible Study.

Deacon Mark begins this new Wednesday Bible Study every week at 10:15am, so please plan on bringing your Bible with you to the church this Wednesday to join the discussion! And if you know someone who might not be receiving the newsletter, please pass along the good news so they can join in the Bible Study, as well!  
Sermons are available
now online!
Want to hear or listen again to the sermons by Fr. Donavan, Mtr. Lisa, or Deacon Mark? Are you trying to convince a friend to visit and want to send them a sermon so they know what they're in for? Well, you are in luck! All of our sermons are now online! 

Check out all our sermons here now, or subscribe to 'Sunday Sermons at All Saints' on your favorite Podcast app!
Let's Keep It Up & Keep the Church Open, 
All Saints!
With the recent uptick in COVID cases happening again in Florida and much of the US, we'd like to remind everyone that we still have a ways to go before we can ease our current health and safety requirements. All Saints is continuing to follow all important rules and requirements set by the Episcopal Diocese of Florida for regathering in the church at this time. This means that, regardless of changes that may take place in the state of Florida or in the city of Jacksonville, everyone entering the church and gathering with others on the All Saints campus is required to wear face masks or coverings and to always maintain social distancing. 

As we move into the Fall and Winter months, we'd also like to ask that all of us please maintain self-screening before coming to All Saints for church or for any church activities or events. If you feel ill, have a cough, or suddenly run a fever, please STAY HOME.  

We're very happy to report that for the past two months, since All Saints reopened for worship and church activities on August 9th, everyone has done an EXCELLENT JOB at following safety precautions! THANK YOU! This response is what has allowed All Saints to keep our doors open each and every Sunday and through the week for worship and Christian community. So let's keep it up and power through the upcoming winter months ahead to ensure that All Saints does not EVER have to close our doors again! RIGHT ON!
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