March 12, 2020
This Week
A Message Concerning
Continued Changes & Concern over Coronavirus
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our  affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction...
                                                    II Corinthians 1:3-4

This past Saturday, Fr. Donavan sent out a message to the parish concerning the church and the continued spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). As the number of cases continues to rise across the nation, All Saints has been staying in close communication with both the Diocese of Florida and with local and state health care advisories.  Just this afternoon, Bishop John Howard released a letter to the Diocese giving further direction to how our churches should proceed in the coming weeks. 

Following the Bishop's directives and continuing to work to ensure that worship in our church is as safe as possible during this time of widespread fear and concern, the following additional decisions have been made for worship beginning this Sunday, March 15th:

-  Following today's direction by the  Bishop of Florida ,  the 
   "use of the common cup (either by clergy or laity) is 
   now temporarily discontinued ." The celebrant will use 
    a chalice of wine  at  the  altar,  but only the consecrated 
   bread will be  offered at the  communion  rail.

-  During the Offering collection on Sundays, baskets  that 
   remove the need for  anyone in the pews to touch 
   or  pass will now be used .  If  you hold up an offering 
   envelope   or a check, the  ushers  will be able to 
   extend  the basket to you for the  collection. You can 
   also  give  online   here .

-  In order to protect those who are homebound due to 
   age or sickness, we will discontinue our Shepherd's 
   Ministry & Eucharistic Visitors for the time being. If you 
   have an emergency and need a visit from the clergy, 
   you can  contact the church office and one of the clergy 
   will set  up a visit ASAP.
Fr. Donavan and your Vestry will be meeting for their annual Spring Vestry Retreat this weekend, and this concern will be a very important topic in their discussion and planning. Please be on the lookout for future emails concerning this issue, and if you have not had a chance to read Fr. Donavan's original letter, you can do so now here

Let us continue to trust in God and to pray constantly for the sick, the dying, and for those who are working hard to fend off and find a vaccine for this virus. 
Stations of the Cross: 
Each Friday in Lent Continues  TOMORROW!
During the Season of Lent, please consider adding to your spiritual disciplines and devotions the walk through the Stations of the Cross at All Saints.  Each Friday through April 3rd  a member of the clergy will be opening up the church to lead us through all fourteen Stations of the Cross. If you've never walked through the Stations, this is your opportunity to spend each Friday in Lent enriching your soul with each Stations' powerful prayers, scripture readings, and physical movement through the church with Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Senior Choristers to sing  at the 10:30am Eucharist 

This Sunday, we will be blessed to have the St. Nicholas Senior Choristers lead our worship during the 10:30am Holy Eucharist.  The St. Nicholas Senior Choristers includes Cora Nancy Anderson, Anna McManus, Mary McManus and Madeline Jackson. We had the St. Nicholas Junior Choristers during the 10:30am Holy Eucharist this past Sunday, and we are blessed to have all of these young ladies enriching our worship during this Lenten season at All Saints.
Youth St. Patrick's Bake Sale THIS SUNDAY!!

Bring your sweet tooth and wear your green for a St. Patrick's Day Youth Bake Sale on March 15th immediately after the 10:30 service!!
Donate Easter Lilies 

Donation envelopes for Easter Lilies will be in the pews starting  this Sunday through April 5th. 

In order to insure all names make it into the Easter bulletin, please fill out the info on the front of the envelope , place your donation inside, and put it in the offering plate.  Please write as legibly as possible.  For checks, write "Easter Lilies" in the memo line. A donation of $10 per plant is suggested. You may turn in your envelopes on Sunday in the collection plates, or turn them into the church office Monday through Thursday from 9-3 through April 6th.
Momento Mori:
 Funeral Planning 
Luncheon, March 28th

Come have lunch with Fr. Donavan &  plan your funeral on Saturday, March 28th from 11am - 2pm!  

Fr. D will be leading a continuation of his past teachings & discussions on the Christian practice of Momento  Mori, "Remember your Death," focusing on the planning of Christian funeral rites in 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 out, and people you'd like to be involved chosen for the services.  Join our "Momento Mori" priest for this important Lenten conversation and map out your funeral service to be placed on file here in the church office!  Call Molly in the office now to RSVP or email her here.
Easter Egg Hunting is right around the corner! Donate some Easter Eggs today!

It's that time again, All Saints!!! With Easter quickly approaching, why not reach out and help All Saints' OWN Easter Bunny!  

Each and every year on Easter Sunday, All Saints gives our youngest church members a chance to hunt for Easter Eggs around the church campus before the BIG Easter worship service at 10:30am Easter Sunday morning. Our Easter Egg Hunt this year is set again for 9:30am on Easter Sunday, and, as always, WE ARE IN NEED OF PRE-STUFFED EASTER EGGS!!! 

If you can help our All Saints Easter Bunny, please pass along your Easter Eggs to Hillary Citrano or drop them off in the church office. Thank you in advance, and HAPPY EASTER EGG HUNTING!

SAVE THE DATE:  All Saints' Summer  Vacation Bible School is set for JUNE 8th -11th from 9:00am -12:00pm. The fee will be $35 per camper, and $30 per  youth volunteer. An extra lunch hour will be available this summer, with pick up at 1:00pm, for those who sign up!  

Details will be coming soon for donations to a  scholarship fund for children in need of a assistance!  Look for more info soon! 
New Adult Christian Formation Class for Lent continues THIS SUNDAY
A new adult class for Lent, entitled, Ascending Benedict's Twelve Steps of Humility, continues   THIS SUNDAY, at 9:30am in the Parish Hall.  Throughout the Sundays of the season of Lent, Fr. Donavan will be leading us through the twelve steps of humility found in Chapter 7 of the 6th century Rule of St. Benedict. The class will focus on the central important action of humility for being both a monk and a  Christian, following, as St. Benedict says, the ladder of ascent, leading the Christian towards the "exaltation of heaven." 

St. Benedict does a great job instilling his Rule with passages from throughout the Bible, and he includes Holy Scripture in each step towards humility. Join Fr. Donavan for the Sundays in Lent as he breaks down each  passage and each of the twelve steps to discuss the continued need for humility in our lives today as Christians.   
Outreach Opportunity:
UCOM is in need of 
Food Donations!    
Our local food pantry which serves struggling families in our community is in need of food donations! UCOM feeds 1800 people each month and in 2019, All Saints donated 3710.2 pounds of food. We are UCOM's third highest food contributor of the churches in the '07! 

The beginning of the year is always a hard time for food pantries.  UCOM is in need of breakfast items, peanut butter, rice, beans, canned foods, and soup!  You can help by bringing these items to All Saints any Sunday and dropping them in the bin at the entrance to the church. You can also drop them off in the church office during the work week and our dedicated Outreach Saints, Rick & Renae Johnston, will stop by and make sure they get to the Food Pantry at UCOM. 
Practicing Silence inside the Church during this 
Season of Lent

The season of Lent in the Church is a time to dig deeper into your weekly practice of prayer, reflection, fasting, and repentance as a disciple of Jesus Christ. This always begins and ends with worship and thanksgiving to God our Creator on Sunday morning. 

To better prepare yourself for spiritual worship with God, everyone should take a moment of quiet prayer and silence upon entering the church and before departing, especially during Lent. At All Saints, music is not offered before or after our worship on Sundays to help us all observe the Lenten silence and to encourage everyone to focus on WHO we are in the presence of every time we enter into the House of God. 

With this in mind,  PLEASE use this Lenten Season at All Saints as a time to be SILENT when you come into the church for worship. Smiles and "hellos" to your brothers and sisters in faith are appropriate, but please hold off on conversations until the dismissal is given and we gather after church in the Parish Hall for breakfast or coffee hour. This is the right spiritual practice for ourselves every Sunday, and it is also the right practice for others around us who enter to pray and prepare themselves for worship.

At All Saints this Lenten season, let's all practice silence inside the church, to focus on God, to offer our prayers to Jesus Christ, and to open our ears to the breath of the Holy Spirit.

Need a Lenten Discipline?

Are you looking for a daily Lenten discipline? Would you like to grow closer to God each and every morning? Do you just really want to pray wearing your pajamas and with a cup of coffee?

Then do we have a podcast for you! Mtr. Lisa and Fr. Wiley Ammons from Redeemer are hosting "A Morning at the Office," a Morning Prayer podcast to help people pray this simple morning office daily.  Subscribe on your favorite podcasting app, or click here to get your daily download and spend 15 minutes a day in prayer, in community, with God.
Sermons are available 
now online! 

Want to hear or listen again to the sermons by Fr. Donavan, Mtr. Lisa, or Deacon Mark? A re  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!
In This Issue
Worship Schedule
9:30 am Holy Eucharist. Spoken liturgy.

8:00 am  Holy Eucharist. Spoken liturgy. Followed by breakfast.

10:30 am  Holy Eucharist. Followed by coffee and refreshments.

This Sunday's Lessons
Exodus 17:1-7
Romans 5:1-11
John 4:5-42
Psalm 95
All Saints Episcopal Church
4171 Hendricks Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32207



8am                 March 15th

1st Lesson:     Ma Quattrone
2nd Lesson:    Mi Quattrone
Prayers/Wine: D Scarboro

10:30am          March 15th

1st Lesson:     M Womble
2nd Lesson:    E Morrison
Prayers:          Ienner
Verger:           Hussey
Wine:             Ienner
Wine:             Eyler
Acolytes:       C Compton,
                        S&J Hagen

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