All Saints' Episcopal Church Newsletter
June 26, 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.

Trouble Finding Our Services Online?

Join us online Sundays at 10:30 am for Holy Eucharist. The service will be streamed to our YouTube page.

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Picnic in the Park

Save the date for July 3rd for our family picnic in the park after the 10:30am service. We will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers, there will be water activities for the kids, bring a chair and relax with family and friends. We've also invited our friends from Central Presbyterian Church and New Prospect Church to join us. All are welcome.

We ask that if guests are able to bring a side item to share on our long picnic table.

There will be water activities including a water bump and jump for the youth.

Drinks will be provided.
Schedule for Worship

June 26 - Morning Prayer with Catherine Crews, Melissa Simpson and Dr. Stan Lombardo giving the sermon.
July 3 - Rev. Don Brown

Wednesday Evening Prayer @ 6:30pm

June 29 - Charlie Tyrone
July 6 - Catherine Crews
Notes from the vestry

The search is off to a good start. As announced last week, the search committee is chaired by Carolyn McLellan. She has been on previous search committees, served on the vestry during a search and in fact has been on a Bishop’s search committee. Members include Bill Parton, Lukas Turner, Maree Paw, Andrew Gillespie, Jacob Franks, Catherine Crews, Sherrie Cotton and Crystal Ruiz. This is a great group and in the last couple of weeks they have spent many hours preparing the All-Saints Church Profile for submission to the national website. It is our intent to have our position posted by the end of the month.

The search committee has utilized the Spring 2022 Congregational Survey. We had 83 respondents and that is an awesome turn out. The survey results are available here:

You will note that we are younger than we sometimes think, though 40% of us are retired. It is important for us to understand that we are currently saving money without a rector on the payroll. The first month’s savings is being dedicated to addressing the drainage problem, but then future months will be used to assist with search expenses. These expenses will include travel if necessary for search members to visit with candidates, costs associated with bringing a candidate to Russellville, moving
costs and the development of a financial package. We will not know where the future rector will be coming from nor how big their family might be.
The progress on our physical plant these past few years has been phenomenal. Please know that the Junior Wardens, Candace Welcher and Brandon Etzkorn are working very hard along with others. We know that there is still a lot to be done on the outside as well as the inside. These efforts are being prioritized and one by one tackled. The best decision we have made in a long time is to have two Junior Wardens. It is a lot of work for them, the office and many volunteers. Thanks to all!

We continue to be so blessed with nearly weekly Holy Communion services thanks to Fathers Dennis Campbell and Don Brown. We are having monthly Morning Prayer, thanks to the many Licensed Worship Leaders and Preachers among us.

Almighty God, you know the needs of your Church in every place. Look graciously upon us and grant us the guidance of your Holy Spirit as we move through the daily business of our parish and seeking a new Rector. Guide us and give us discernment, wisdom and confidence in your
timing. Bless us with mutual trust and respect, courage and foresight. Inspire us towards genuine self-direction. All this we ask as we walk in your ways to the glory of your name. Amen.

In His Love,
Request from Vestry Regarding Doors

Please pay attention to doors and locks when you are leaving the
building. It is important to turn off lights, close the fire doors (the
heavy doors between the halls) and most importantly ensure that the
door you exit is locked. It is also good, to check any other doors that
might have been left ajar.

There are doors to the outside that are continuously being left open.
When staff enter in the morning and find that a door is unlocked, they
have no idea if someone might be in the building.

The vestry is entertaining the need for systems to ensure that the
building is secure. This is particular important when someone may be
alone in the building. In all honesty, the best system would be for each
of us to be responsible. As with our homes, it is up to each of us to
make sure that the building is secured if you are one of the last folks in
the building.

We do not have full time cleaning or a sexton. In years past, vestry
members have taken responsibility for checking doors at night. The
current vestry is unable to do this because of where they live or their
work hours.
Neighbors Table Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our fundraiser for Neighbors Table. The performances made $540.
Cookout at Camp Mitchell

Our young adult group ventured up the mountain to help with the weekly cookout for primary students on June 22. Melissa Simpson, Lukas Turner, and Nate Randolph help prepare and serve food. They had special help in the form of Carolyn and George McLellan's grandkids Mattie and Ian, plus their mom Margaret helping them.

Thank you to Brooke Bailey for helping to supply the chips for the event. Plus Nate with the water and Carolyn made several trays of brownies.

Several kids told us it was the best meal of the week!
Yoga and Chair Class offered at All Saints'

Monday yoga classes are cancelled for June 27 and July 4. Below are links of prerecorded classes [warts and all!], in case you want to practice:

1. Topic: Yoga Ease Zoom Video
Meeting Recording:

Access Passcode: eQt?22ze

2. Topic: 5 Warriors Yoga Video
Meeting Recording:

Access Passcode: *9EW?aXT
Items Needed for Mission Trip

This July 17th-22 youth from the diocese will be traveling to the Murrow Children's Home (a foster home for Native American Children from all over Oklahoma) to work for a week while also exploring some of our Native American History. The Murrow Children's Home has anywhere from 15-50 children at any given time, and due to COVID, the volunteer groups and fundraisers have been put on hold for the past 2 years.

They could really use our assistance. If you or your congregation would like to collect items or donations - we can take them with us. You can also give online through the Bishop's Discretionary fund at (memo: Children's Home). Contact Randall Curtis at with more questions. See our trip at
Kaylee Simpson, 15, is attending this trip in July from our congregation. Items can be placed in the office in a blue container.
Youth and Family Events
Vacation Bible School

Join us for a week of fun as we navigate what it means to be a church for all. We will explore what it means to be a church, how science and religion can go hand in hand, where it's a safe place for children to ask questions, how we can help be the church outside our walls, and how we are a loving and diverse church. Children will get to act out the scripture, learn new songs, play games and create artwork together. Snacks will be provided M-Thursday and then on Friday night join us for a family meal.

Monday - A Church for All
Tuesday - Let's ask questions
Wednesday - Culture and the Bible
Thursday - How to be the church outside the walls.
Friday - Field day/water games, family dinner and art show.

We will gather each day from 4 pm to 6 pm. If parents would like to stay at the church we will have a hospitality room set up in our parlor for parents to relax.

Ages are Pre-k (with an adult companion) to graduated 4th grade (going into 5th grade). Deadline to apply is June 22.
Kid's Chapel

Kid's Chapel will return July 3 during the 10:30 am service.

For the summer, June - August, Kid's Chapel will only be on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.
Christian Formation
Faith and Reason

The Faith & Reason class for June 26th (hybrid in-person/Zoom meeting) will start around 9:00am, and the Zoom link is included below. Last summer class till sometime in August!
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We will listen to and discuss the third and final podcast from Faith & Reason's "Does Christianity have a Future?". This week's topic is "Today's Progressive Christians" (your ears may be burning).

For July: Summer break and no classes; will resume in August.
Faith and Scripture Bible Study

Faith and Scripture is on summer break.
Young Adult Meeting

Join us for a new night during the summer, Wednesday at 6pm in our park (weather permitting) to hang out in Hammocks and discuss the Way of Love Podcast by The Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

The podcast can be found on Spotify or anywhere you get your podcast.

We will start with season 1, Let's listen to the next two episodes on Rest (June 25, 2019) and Worship (July 2, 2019).
Neighbors Table Update

Last week we served 150 meals, 94 through drive through and the rest delivered to members of our parish and community. This week we are happy to welcome our partner church, First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, to help cook and serve. Our menu is barbecued pork sandwiches, carrot salad, fresh fruit, granola bars, and cookies
for dessert. Food from the Arkansas Food Bank will be used. We will prepare 150 meals.

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 Carolyn McLellan, (479) 264-5969, or Charlie Tyrone, (479) 857-0480,
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.
First Thursday Book Talks

The meeting in July will be in-person in Sutherland Hall! We will meet from 12-1 on July 7; our book is Nomadland: Surviving American in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder. For more information, please call or text Elizabeth Franks at 479-264-0336.
Practicing Prayer

Practicing Prayer returns June 26 when we will meet again at 5:00 via Zoom.

All are welcome! To receive a Zoom invitation, please email Catherine Crews,, with your contact information.

We pray for those who have birthdays this week:

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: Fran and Craig Ferris, and Kaye & Roy Staggs.

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:

We pray especially for Miguel, Frances, Miguel & Barbara, the victims of gun violence and the people of Ukraine, Russia and Myanmar.
We pray also for those serving in the military, especially Brian, Sarah, Anthony, Cameron, Cody, Adam, and Travis.

We pray for those expecting a child, especially for Thaw & Blut Soe, Jessica Mongeon & Nick Gideo.

Long Term Prayers:
Inette, David Cleaver, Barbara Johnson, Bryan Wilson, Marian Duffee, Larry Newton, Arcelia, Tony Lee, Pearl, Cynthia, Sandy Vestal, Susan Price, Barbara Stoltz, the McCorkle Family, Helen, Patsy, William Gillum, Susan Durham Shelton, Carina 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, Amber Beatty, and the People of Afghanistan.

To request changes or updates to our weekly or long term prayer list, please contact our office at
Readings for the Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 26
Please click on the red scripture to link to the readings.

The Liturgy of the Word

The First Lesson

The Response

The Epistle

The Gospel
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 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.