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All Saints' Episcopal Church Newsletter

September 18, 2022

Our Vision: A community living and growing in unity with God and all people through Christ.

Our Mission: To seek God in reverent worship, service to neighbors, gracious hospitality, and the pursuit of wisdom.

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Schedule for Worship

September 18 - Rev. Dennis Campbell

September 25 - Rev. Dennis Campbell

October 2nd. - Rev. Bob Brown

October 9th. - Rev. Don Brown

October 16th. - Rev. Dennis Campbell

October 23rd. - Rev. Dennis Campbell

October 30th. - Rev. Dennis Campbell

Volunteers Needed to Help Garden of Hope

Volunteers ages 18+ needed to supervise our garden while 4 to 6 youth work on Wednesday from 4 pm to 5pm through the school year.. The master gardeners program run it but request extra help in supervision in helping to keep kids on task near the Methodist church.

Volunteers would need background checked by the Pope County Department of Youth and Juvenile Probation Division. For more information contact Jamie Davis at479-967-1520.

Vestry Notes

Help wanted!

Rhonda Hlass has generously scheduled the altar party (Eucharistic ministers, acolytes etc.) for services for some time. She is needing to step away from this position. We need someone who is willing to pick up this task. It is a wonderful group of people to work with but it does take little bit of time. If you are interested in helping out with this very important ministry, please let the office or myself know. When you see Rhonda, please thank her for her time!

We have a Stewardship Chair.

Travis Simpson has agreed to take on this role. He has a lot going on in his life, husband of Melissa, father of four, the new editor of The Courier – whew! Travis, thank you. More than Enough is the theme for this year’s stewardship. As we are in the midst of a rector search, I do not need to tell you how important this campaign is. This stewardship campaign is our opportunity to take inventory of our spiritual resources, determine

the strength of our community, and recognize our capacity for generosity and that there is now, and always has been, More Than Enough. Stay tuned.

The Search Committee has placed an advertisement in The Episcopal News Service. This is the link. Please take the time to take a look at this. The group is working hard.


Bible Study Resumes

Join us for Bible Study on Wednesday starting September 21 at 11:15 am. Bring a lunch and we will continue our reading of Brian McLaren’s "We Make the Road by Walking." We will meet in Shoemaker Hall.

For the next two weeks we are going to finish our study of the Old Testament with the overview of Zechariah and Malachi. Then we will begin a study of the Book of Matthew.

A new Creation-Care project at All Saints’

And, a project for “Building-Care”, too; water is no longer pooling against the slab foundations of our building and potentially causing them to shift and the tile floors to crack because last spring the Vestry took action. They authorized the Grounds Committee and the Jr. Warden in charge of the churchyard to explore options for constructing a drainage system. Several

possibilities were explored and informal bids were obtained from several companies. The work is complete and now the water that falls on our roof will no longer flow directly onto the top of the new AC units or form ponds between the west facade of our building and the circle drive. There are new gutters on the south side of our building (funded by a donation) and a complex underground drainage system all along the west facade (funded by All Saints’). Drainage was also improved along our south and east walls.

The experts we consulted agreed that planting more bushes and trees close up against the church building’s foundation (and subsequent watering of these plants) could hamper our efforts to dry out the ground around our building. Consequently, visions of bird friendly landscaping and plans to make the west front entrance of our building more beautiful were

redirected to the “island” between Phoenix and our circle drive. You can see beginning of those efforts in the new native stone raised planting bed that Candy Welcher has constructed around the big green and white All Saints’ sign. Bird, bee, and butterfly friendly plants, most natives of

Arkansas, will be placed in that bed, which now contains a mix of topsoil and compost spread over aerated ground. Money for the soil and plants (and a detailed landscaping plan by Little Rock Architect Jennifer Polk) came from donations.

Finishing work continues: zoysia sod is being established over the area disturbed by construction of the drainage system; and later this fall native flowers, grasses, and shrubs from Pine Ridge Gardens in London, Arkansas, will be planted in the new raised bed on the island. What’s left to do? We need to construct a visual barrier to block the big air conditioning units from view and proceed with the landscape architect’s suggestions to plant an understory of dogwood and redbuds among the two groves of large oak trees that grace the island. If you have ideas about a design for an attractive shield for the AC units, please let me know.

Carolyn McLellan,

Chair of the Grounds Committee

Yoga and Chair Class offered at All Saints'

  • I teach a Monday 5:30 yoga class named Easy Yoga Flow
  • Tuesday 5:30 pm class is Community Yoga [donations accepted]
  • Wednesday morning 10 am Chair Stretch class, [donations accepted]
  • Thursday class is named Yoga Ease

Everyone needs to be vaccinated and masks are voluntary unless Pope County numbers are in the red.

All Yoga Classes @ All Saints are cancelled Oct 3-6.

Cynthia Reynolds


Youth and Family Events

Kid's Chapel

Kid's Chapel is September 18 at 10:30 am, we will go over the story of Adam and Eve using Legos!

EYC to Resume

Episcopal Youth Community will meet again on September 21 at 5:30 pm to 7 pm. This weekly group is for youth 12 years to 18 years old and led this fall by Lukas Turner. Youth will journey through discovering their faith.

Dinner is Macho Nachos from Mary Ellen Patton.

A Signup will be in Shoemaker Hall for those who can help with food.

EKC in September

Episcopal Kids Community for ages 5 to 11 years old will be on September 18 after the 10:30am service. This gathering will take place the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. It will include food, fellowship, fun games or crafts and music.

We will have a picnic in the park, check on our watermelons and pumpkins and then finish with rehearsing a new song with Tim and Kristin Smith for our Lessons and Carols event in December.

Nursery Open

Friendly reminder our Nursery is open every Sunday from 9am to the end of the 10:30 am service for newborns to 5 years old. It's located near our fellowship hall, Sutherland. Snacks provided and Spanish language available.

Christian Formation

Faith and Reason

The Faith & Reason class for September 18th (hybrid in-person/Zoom meeting) will start around 9:00am, and the Zoom link is included below. 

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We will listen to and discuss the first half of this podcast from CAC's "Learning How to See" series.


Faith and Scripture Bible Study

Resumes September 18.

First Thursday Book Talk

We will meet Thursday, October 6, from 12-1 to discuss Jessica Bruder's Nomadland. The meeting will take place via ZOOM, and will open at 11:30 for visiting. (Hopefully we can meet in-person in November, but we will consider that decision closer to time.)


All Saints' is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Young Adult Meeting

Our next meeting will be Tuesday September 20 at 6pm at Retro Roasts in Downtown Russellville. Coffee is provided. Join us for a relaxing time to just talk and be in fellowship concluding with compline.

September 27 all ages are welcome to join us to learn how to decorate cupcakes.

Enneagram Returns in September

Are you on the journey of self growth and discovery?  The Enneagram provides tools to understand yourself and journey closer to who you are meant to be.  It is also a great way to understand others.  All are welcome to join our weekly book study.  Please refer to the weekly newsletter for details or contact Rhonda Wolf (479) 518-4150.

Volunteers welcome:

Book Study Facilitators 

Help with snacks

Join us September 15th and the 22nd at 6:30 pm to 8 pm for an introduction to the Enneagram. 

Neighbors Table Update

Last week 105 meals were served drive through and 52 delivered to families in the community and parish. Our partners from the First Christian Church prepared our meal; the sloppy joes and fruit salad they made were delicious. In Loaves and Fishes we were able to offer milk and fresh eggs thanks to our Blue and You grant specifically for healthy fruits, veggies and proteins. We are grateful to everyone who helps us keep in compliance with our State Laws for our Certified Kitchen. Thank you!

This week our menu is roasted pork with teriyaki rice, salad with Food Bank veggies, and cinnamon buns for dessert. Each meal will also have a piece of fresh fruit, mozzarella cheese sticks and a granola bar. We will prepare 150 meals, using food from the Arkansas Foodbank.

Please keep Neighbors Table in your prayers. We greatly appreciate the many helpers who pray for us and contribute their time, talent, and treasure! If you would like to know more, or volunteer, please contact Charlie Tyrone, (479) 857-0480, ctyrone_49@hotmail.com.

Cereal, Dish Soap, Toilet Paper, Shampoo, Toothbrushes ; Toothpaste for Loaves and Fishes

Loaves and Fishes, a part of the Neighbors Table ministry, asks for donations of cereal, dish soap, toilet paper and shampoo to provide to our guests. Also needed are soft and medium toothbrushes and toothpaste. Children’s toothbrushes are welcome donations. Please place your gifts in the Loaves and Fishes Wagon in the nave.

As a reminder, you can support Neighbors Table with a donation to Food Ministries in the Giving tab at the All Saints’ webpage.

NT is also asking for reusable bags to help distribute our Loaves and Fishes

items on Saturday. If you have any extras, please bring to church.

Practicing Prayer

This week we will begin with 20 minutes of silent prayer, and then continue with Lectio

Divina with a poem attributed to Sir Francis Drake, “Disturb Us Lord.”

All are welcome! To receive a copy of this poem, and to receive a Zoom invitation, please

email Catherine Crews, catherine.crews@icloud.com, with your contact information.

We pray for those who have birthdays this week: Brandon Etzkorn and Melissa Simpson.

O God, our times are in your hand: Look with favor, we pray, on

your servants as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow

in wisdom and grace, and strengthen their trust in your goodness

all the days of their lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For those celebrating an anniversary this week: Hollie & Andrew Gillespie.

O gracious and everliving God, look mercifully upon your servants who come to renew the promises they have made to each other. Grant them your blessing, and assist them with your grace, that with true fidelity and steadfast love they may honor and keep their promises and vows; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Please let the office know if your birthday or anniversary has been missed, so that we may add the date to our records.

Remembering in your Prayers


Weekly Prayers:

Miguel, John, Silbia, the Parton family, Ezekiel and Cheryl, Gayle, Bernice, Carina, and the people of Ukraine, Russia and Myanmar.


We pray for those in active military service, especially Brian, Sarah, Anthony, Cameron, Cody, Adam and Travis.

We pray for those expecting a child, especially Madison Van Horn and Cody Davenport.

We pray for those who have died especially Thomas Parton.

Long Term Prayers:


Inette, David Cleaver, Katherine Combs, Jimmy McKnight, Kathie Short, Barbara Johnson, Bryan Wilson, Marian Duffee, Larry Newton, Tony Lee, Pearl, Cynthia, Sandy Vestal, Susan Price, Barbara Stoltz, the McCorkle Family, Helen, Patsy, William Gillum, Susan Durham Shelton, Carina, Arcelia, and Bernice, Tom Munson, Arthur Hastings, Isaac, Sarah Lee, the Kellner Family, Wyatt Sherman, Jeffrey & Jennifer Whitehead, Jordan Hein & family, Ellis, Yvonne, Antony, Eduardo Ezquerro, Betty LaGrone, Dorothy Daunhower, Rudy Jr, Molley Wiley, Tami Robinson, and Amber Beatty.

To request changes or updates to our weekly or long term prayer list, please contact our office at allsaints@allsaintsrussellville.net.

Readings for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost,

September 18

Please click on the red scripture to link to the readings.

The Liturgy of the Word

The First Lesson

Jeremiah 8:18-9:1

The Response

Psalm 79:1-9

The Epistle

1 Timothy 2:1-7

The Gospel

Luke 16:1-13

Communion is available:  If you are unable to attend or still uncomfortable with attending Holy Eucharist services in person, you may schedule communion to be brought to you by contacting the church office (479-968-3622; allsaints@allsaintsrussellville.net)
All Saints' Staff

The Rt. Rev. Larry Benfield - Bishop of Arkansas
Tim and Kristin Smith - Music Ministers
Melissa Simpson - Family Ministry and Special Projects Coordinator 
Trevor Coats - A/V Director
KaDee McCormick - Parish Administrator
Sherrie Cotton - Administrative Assistant
Marcia Van Horn, Karen Davenport, Rhonda Hlass - Office Assistants
Lukas Turner - Youth Intern
Jada Potter and Jireh Gonzalez - Childcare Providers
All Saints' Vestry & Officers
Carol Lee - Senior Warden, Stewardship, Outreach
Brandon Etzkorn - Junior Warden for Buildings, Stewardship
Candy Welcher - Junior Warden for Grounds
Rudy Delabra - Parish Life
Htee Hsee - Karen Community Liaison, Parish Life, Outreach
Tracy Cole - Parish Life
Bill Parton - Christian Formation
Bruce Moore - Parish Care
Lukas Turner - Evangelism, New Member Support
Lori Price – Treasurer
Sherrie Cotton - Secretary
Giving at All Saints'

Contributions may be mailed to the church office or to give online, go to allsaintsrussellville.org and click on GIVE located on the bottom of the web page. You can designate your donation toward a specific ministry or our general fund.

Text "allsaintsgift" to 73256 to give using your mobile device. This number will never send unsolicited texts to you. To cancel further messages, text STOP. If you need assistance with text giving, text HELP. Standard text message and data rates may apply.

Submitting Announcements 

If you would like to have an announcement appear in the church newsletter, please submit your announcement to Melissa Simpson no later than Noon on the Wednesday before the Sunday you would like it to appear.

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