All Saints' Episcopal Church Newsletter
February 21, 2021
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 Sundays at 10:30 am for Holy Eucharist and Wednesdays at 6 pm for Evening Prayer. Each service will be streamed or uploaded to our YouTube page with a link posted every Sunday morning to our Facebook page and website.

10:30 am Service This Sunday on YouTube

This Sunday, February 21, our 10:30 am worship service will be conducted on YouTube with Rev. Teri Daily presiding.

Service bulletin can be found here.

Then a 4 p.m. bilingual service will be offered via Zoom for our Karen and Clarksville community with Rev. Teri Daily. The link can be found here:

Lenten Meditations by Episcopal Relief & Development 
 
ERD offers a series of beautiful meditations this Lent on the topic of Lament. The meditations can be downloaded at https://www.episcopalrelief.org/church-in-action/lent/. You can also subscribe to receive the meditations as a daily email. 
 
This description is found on the ERD website: 
 
As Lent approaches this year, we lament. 
 
We lament all those whose lives were lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hearts break for all of the people who are no longer with us. We also lament other losses that include jobs and livelihoods, the opportunity to travel to visit loved ones and the ability to worship together in our church buildings. So much was lost, with little or no time to lament that which was lost. Because of the magnitude of these collective losses, we decided to focus on lament as the theme for the 2021 Lenten Meditations. 
 
You are invited to meditate on these reflections daily and to engage the Four Steps of Lament, by resting, reflecting, repenting and ultimately being restored to God and to one another. Many of the authors share deeply personal and painful experiences related to a variety of issues including disease, violence, racial injustice and poverty. You are invited to come to these meditations with an open heart. 
Lenten Book Study -- We Shall Be Changed: Questions for the Post-Pandemic Church

This Lent we are offering an interesting book study via Zoom on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm (February 24th, and then March 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th). The book We Shall Be Changed explores the questions around how the post-pandemic Church may differ from what we have previously known. How can we keep embrace what we have learned during this time while also holding fast to what is the core of our tradition? A copy of the book may be purchased from Amazon or Church Publishing. 

Here is a description of the book (found on Amazon $1.99 Kindle/ $6.99 paperback):

The COVID-19 pandemic is an inflection point for the church everywhere--and certainly for the Episcopal Church. The sudden flowering of creativity, connection, and collaboration is an expression of the Holy Spirit's relentless presence within the church; yet ongoing distancing creates difficulties to be overcome on the other side of the present crisis.

How will we change habits of isolation and regather the church? How will we manage the impact on church finances? How is God calling us to embrace the energy and creativity of this moment--and the longing people have felt for a return to community? What challenges will we face regathering the people of God, particularly in already weakened communities?We Shall Be Changed is a gathering of brief essays from thought leaders around the church on pressing topics that the church needs to be considering now--in preparation for the end of this pandemic. The book is designed to spur conversation within parishes, fellowship groups, and clergy gatherings about how to embrace the gifts this time has given while anticipating and addressing the very real challenges the church will confront in its wake.
Lent Madness 2021 to benefit Camp Mitchell

You don't need to pay to play! All are welcome.

Join us in keeping up with the time honored tradition of Lent Madness to benefit our youth at All Saints'. This year we are hoping to raise funds to help Camp Mitchell, located on Petit Jean Mountain. Camp Mitchell is a summer camp, retreat and spiritual center for the Episcopal Diocese. Currently the camp is closed due to Covid-19 and there's a working group with the Diocese along with their board trying to figure out how to revitalize it.

This year you can get a Lent Madness Bracket for whatever you feel called to give toward Camp Mitchell. Funds raised will go to help fix camp cabins, fixing the pool, repairs to Canterbury Lodge, repairs to HVACS or wherever the Camp Mitchell Board feels is a priority. Please see this chart for an example of areas that need to be fixed.

We will have a large bracket in Shoemaker Hall, where Melissa will update daily during Lent the winners of each bracket. You can vote online for your picks as well at www.lentmadness.org. The Winner will receive their name on the Golden Halo that hangs in the All Saints' Youth Room and a coffee mug with the 2021 Golden Halo Winner.

Please turn in any gifts or just your bracket toward this fun competition to the office attention Melissa Simpson. Bracket competition starts February 18 and goes until March 31.

You don't need to pay to play! All are welcome.

Please leave donations in the office addressed to "Lent Madness" in Melissa Simpson's box or under her door. For questions please call her at 479-280-9551.
Photo by Steve Newby.
BIG BIG BIG NEWS  
EXTRAORDINARY FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITY!!!!

An anonymous member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church has graciously offered a magnanimous donation of matching funds toward financing a part of the All Saint’s Solar Array. The donation is in the form of matching funds. The donor placed a limit to match whatever other members of the congregation donate, up to $10,000. That is an extraordinary commitment and a singular opportunity!!!! 

As we have already collected about $7,450 as of February 10th from other members, we are over halfway there to the goal to raise the $10,000 that the donor will match. The donor has set a date of Feb. 22, 2021 as the day the funds will be matched. SO, THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW if you are intending to contribute to the All Saint’s Solar Array. We have the potential to reduce the debt significantly and in so doing decrease the time we would have to pay on the loan. We will have this one unique opportunity to reduce by $20,000 the amount of the array that will need to be financed when the All Saint’s Solar Array is tied to the grid in March. Please help us with this singular opportunity to meet the goal, a goal we accepted by faith, to make the amount we pay for loans and stranded electrical cost to be less than what we normally pay for electricity.
Thank you,
KaDee McCormick
Parish Administrator
Maternity Leave for Melissa Simpson

In the Fall of 2020, the All Saints' Vestry approved the change to Melissa Simpson's job description to now be Family Ministries and Special Projects Coordinator. This new change will give flexibility for Melissa to oversee projects directed by Rev. Teri Daily as well as assisting junior wardens. 

Melissa Simpson is due to have her son, Henry Carter, in the next few weeks. In preparation for his arrival, she will be leaving for maternity leave on February 22 and return the first of May.
Join us for Ash Wednesday service from February 17, 2021 with Rev. Teri Daily and special music.
First Thursday Book Talks

This group meets via ZOOM on the first Thursday of each month from 12-1. All are welcome. Upcoming books are There There by Tommy Orange (March 4), The Privileged Poor by Anthony Abraham Jack (April 1), Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu (May 6), and Troop 6000 by Nikita Stewart (June 3). For more information visit our Facebook group at:

or contact Elizabeth Franks.
Faith and Reason Sunday School

Join the Faith and Reason class every Sunday at 9 .m. Lead by Bill Parton and Paul Gray

Use this link to join the Zoom meeting:
Passcode: 1234

Meeting should open around 8:50am.
Neighbors Table

Neighbors Table continues even in frigid weather!  This week we’re planning to serve a simple meal of Beanie-Wienie dish, ambrosia fruit salad, bread, with cookies and bars for dessert.  The bread is the blessed agape bread that could not be delivered; Melissa has kept it fresh for serving on Saturday.  Thanks to everyone whose care and generosity keeps Neighbors Table able to serve a tasty and nutritious meal every Saturday.

A touching story comes from Diane Roach who is on our delivery team.  There is a young girl who comes out every week when she sees Diane coming and calls to her mother, “Mommy, the lady with the food is here!  We can eat!”  

We have been awarded a grant from the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance in the full amount requested.  We plan to purchase an additional storage cabinet, new roasters to replace two very old ones that no longer heat well, baking pans and other items we use weekly to prepare meals.  Thank you, Carol!

Please remember Neighbors Table in your prayers. We give grateful thanks for the abundant support that our church and our community provide this ministry. If you’d like to join our team of joyful workers, just text or call Catherine at 479-264-4346. We follow safety precautions from start to finish. We’ll find a time and task that suits you, and show you how we do it now.

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Cereal & Milk, Snacks for School Lunches for Loaves and Fishes

Loaves and Fishes, a part of the Neighbors Table ministry, asks for donations of boxes of cereal, instant oatmeal, and shelf stable or dry milk for our guests. There is also a need for snacks for school lunches – individual packages of peanut butter crackers, cookies, granola bars, etc. Due to Covid precautions, Neighbors Table asks that you bring your donations to All Saints’ Episcopal Church on Saturdays between 9:00 AM and 12:30 PM. Please place your gifts in the Loaves and Fishes Wagon at the door outside Sutherland Hall. As a reminder, you can support Neighbors Table with a donation to Food Ministries in the Giving tab at the All Saints’ webpage. 
Practicing Prayer
New Time 5 pm to 6 pm

We’ll begin with 20 minutes of silent prayer, and continue with our new book, Richard Rohr, What Do We Do with Evil?: The World, the Flesh, and the Devil. This week we’ll
discuss “The World, the Flesh, and the Devil,” beginning on page 21.

To receive a Zoom invitation, please email Catherine Crews,
catherine.crews@icloud.com, with your contact information. All are welcome!
Enneagram on Zoom

The Enneagram in Love and Work by Helen Palmer, weekly book study, from 7 to 8:30 pm. We will cover type 5 tonight in the Enneagram in Love and Work.

Meeting ID: 886 103 50105
Passcode: 867714

Find them on Facebook here.

If you have questions please call or email Rhonda Wolf at (719) 650-6021 or rhondawolf@live.com

Please celebrate the following birthdays this week with us: Ellen Parton, Carolyn McLellan, Gina Bailey, Scott Richardson, and Ben Stoltz.

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:

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.
Remembering in your Prayers
 
Weekly Prayers:

Miguel, Jon & Pam, Tony, Rhonda, Camille, Andrea, Barbara, Lynda, the people of Myanmar, those affected by the winter storms, for all who have contracted the Covid-19 virus; for those who have lost loved ones in the pandemic.

Long Term Prayers:
 
Jack & Carol Lee, Jan Clair, Harold Davis, Water Hudson, Barbara Johnson, Barbara Stoltz, William Gillum, Charlie Busch, the Busch Family, Susan Durham Shelton, Bernice & Carina, Tom Munson, Don Cave, Tom Tyler, Arthur Hastings, Isaac, Sarah Lee, the Kellner Family, Rodolpho, Bernice, Bob, Robby, Israel Delabra, Wyatt Sherman, Ann McCorkle, Jeffrey & Jennifer Whitehead, Jordan Hein & family, and Kenny.

To request changes or updates to our weekly or long term prayer list, please contact our office at allsaints@allsaintsrussellville.net
Readings for First Sunday of Lent
Please click on the blue scripture to link to the readings

The First Lesson

The Response

The Epistle

The Gospel
All Saints' Staff

The Rt. Rev. Larry Benfield - Bishop of Arkansas
The Rev. Teri Daily - Rector
Tim and Kristin Smith - Music Ministers
Melissa Simpson - Family Ministry and Special Projects Coordinator 
Trevor Coats - Technical Director
KaDee McCormick - Parish Administrator
Sherrie Cotton - Administrative Assistant
Marcia Van Horn, Ron Anderson - Office Assistants
 
All Saints' Vestry & Officers
 
Mary Ellen Patton - Senior Warden
Brandon Etzkorn - Junior Warden
Ron Anderson
Diane Yarbrough
Elaine Tise
Rudy Delabra
Carol Lee
Htee Hsee
Tracy Cole

Lori Price - Treasurer
Sherrie Cotton - Secretary
Giving at All Saints'

During this time of social distancing and staying home, it is important that we are still able to support our parish and our community through our financial gifts. 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.