20th Sunday After Pentecost - October 18, 2020
All Saints’ Mission:
We live into the love of God for all through our prayer, praise, and service.
PRAYER
From the Vicar
(I’m delightfully taking some Sabbath time the rest of this week, returning for this weekend’s services after resting amongst the trees. How are you resting and re-creating this week?)
A Note from Bishop Benfield
Our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is encouraging all of us to be thoughtful of the importance of the upcoming election and mindful of our responsibility to ensure that all voters are treated as beloved children of God as we cast our votes. I concur. We need more silence and less noise, more reflection and less reaction. The Episcopal Church is offering the following resources to help us as Election Day approaches. I encourage you to participate in these offerings as you are able.

Loving God, creator of this world who is the source of our wisdom and understanding: we pray for this nation that is deeply divided. We pray for places that are torn by violence, or that struggle with inequality or unrest, that they may know peace. Help us act out of love, mercy and justice rather than out of arrogance or fear.
Guide us through this election as a nation, state, and community as we vote for people to do work on our behalf and on the behalf of our communities so that they may reflect the values Christ taught us.
May we come together for the common good and do as you have called us to do – to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you through creation. Help us to listen in love, work together in peace, and collaborate with one another as we seek the betterment of our world. May we all work toward reconciliation with one another and with God.
All these things we ask through our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
From the Treasurer
September 30, 2020
Last month we received $8,947 of Pledge and Non-Pledge Income. Our expenses for the month were $15,205. That resulted in a loss of $6,254 for the month. That brings our total deficit for the year through August to $20,180. So far this month we have had $14,088 of Pledge and Non-Pledge Income. We typically require $14,825 per month in contributions to cover our fixed monthly operating expenses. Obviously, we continue to feel the stress from the shutdown but this month was an improvement. 

It is VERY IMPORTANT that we keep our pledges and donations as current as possible to help us get through this difficult period. Contributions can be made either by check or on-line contribution. Our expenses don’t slow down to any great extent as a result of the shut-down and will continue at approximately $14,825 per month. I will continue to include information on how to contribute.
Adult Christian Education
From the comfort of your home, join us at 9:15 with your coffee, ready for our video lecture to begin at 9:30, followed by discussion. Here’s the Zoom link. This week we begin our new series “After the New Testament,” which features lectures led by Dr. Bart Ehrman as he explores the early church writings and other facets of the early church.
Baptized for Life/Vida en Abundancia (BfL/VeA)
The Baptized for Life/Vida en Abundancia team seeks your input! Part of the congregational grant received was for the construction of an outdoor pavilion, which would be especially helpful for outdoor worship! We need your ideas, hopes, and visions! We plan to form small group sessions outdoors in the church lawn to collect ideas. If you want to participate, please contact MaryBeth Miller (mbmiller2014 (at) gmail.com) or Araceli Castillo (herreracheli (at) yahoo.com). The pavilion pictured above is to stir your imagination; many thanks to Carlos and Margarita Morales for sharing!
Youth News
  • Our All Saints’ Kids (kids under 12yo) are invited to a Drive-In Costume parade Oct. 25th at 5pm. The whole family can parade together! Others are invited to park and wave as kids walk through the parking lot. Physical distance and mask-wearing are required, and preferably treats without tricks! If you would like to donate individually wrapped candy/treats to be packaged in bags, please bring them to the church by the 23rd.
  • Our Episcopal Youth Community (grades 6+) will be invited to a Zoom game time Nov. 8th. Stay tuned for details.
  • All parents/guardians who want to know more about our youth programming can contact Mandy to join our All Saints’/Todos los Santos Youth private Facebook group.
  • Summer Camp Schedule to save the dates:
June 20-24
June 28-July 2
July 28-Aug. 1
Aug. 1-5
Senior High
Junior High
Primary
Middler
9th-12th grade
6th-8th grade
1st-3rd grade
3rd-5th grade
Noon Bible Study - Tuesdays
We continue in our study of the book of Proverbs. Whether you’ve been with us from the start or are just popping in to try it out, you are welcome! There’s no homework or prerequisites for participation. Grab your Bible (whatever translation you use) and join us via Zoom for a lunch-time conversation where you’re welcome to enjoy your lunch while we feast on the Word.

If you’re more the individualist in your scriptural devotion, The Episcopal Church offers a lectionary-based guided study here.
Stewardship Challenge 2
Help us stay connected, especially now that we’re physically distanced. Have you checked your entry in the online directory? Are you pictured? Want to share your birthday or anniversary? The Instant Church Directory app gives you the directory at your fingertips. If you would like a printed copy, let Mother Sara know! We will be using our records to update the directory in the coming months, and Mtr. Sara and Lou Honderich greatly appreciate your help!
Interfaith Prayer Service - Nov. 1
As the United States struggles through a time of turbulence and tension, Washington National Cathedral will host a national interfaith prayer service on Sunday, Nov. 1 – two days before Election Day – featuring Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and other spiritual leaders. The service, titled “Holding Onto Hope: A national service for healing and wholeness,” will be livestreamed on The Episcopal Church’s Facebook page in English and Spanish from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Eastern time.
Interfaith Book Club and Chat
Join us on Tuesday evening as we discuss Things Seen and Unseen, by Nora Gallagher. We meet on Facebook, at 7:30pm!
Online Course on Spirituality and the Pandemic
Karen A. Cherwien, an interfaith chaplain in Arkansas, will be offering a six-week online course called “Spirituality, Suffering, and Covid-19,’ Sundays at 7 p.m. beginning Oct. 18. The cost is $20 for the entire course. You can register online at karen.cherwien.com. Topics will include:
  • Oct. 18: Pandemics in the Past.
  • Oct. 25: Community and Individual Suffering and Coping.
  • Nov. 1: Redemptive Suffering/Cultivating Fear.
  • Nov. 8: Pandemics and Authority.
  • Nov. 15: Evil and Suffering Today.
  • Nov.22: Spirituality and COVID-19.
PRAISE
Worship Information
This Sunday, 20th Sunday after Pentecost (October 18th):

*You can find the Diocese of Arkansas Covid-19 guidelines on this page. Benton Co. rate is 13.1, below the 14 that indicates lower risk rate of infection. In-person attendance still requires screening, distancing, and mask-wearing.*

Worship Information
This Sunday, 20th Sunday after Pentecost (Oct. 18th):
11am: In-person but recommended to attend via Facebook Live on our All Saints’ Facebook page
Video will be uploaded to our YouTube channel as soon as it is completed (follow the channel to get notification)

October 18th bulletin HERE.


SERVICES:

In English:
8am - Morning Prayer, Rt. II - Monday-Friday 
5pm - Evening Prayer, Rt. II - Saturday
11am - Holy Eucharist - Sunday (Facebook Live/Zoom); available on YouTube later 

En Español:
12pm - Oficio para el Mediodía - martes a viernes
9pm - Oficio de Completas - lunes a viernes
1pm - Santa Eucaristía - Domingo
Music at All Saints'
If you have any questions regarding music at All Saints’ or want to get involved, reach out to Jayme at music@allsaintsbentonville.org.
Altar Flowers
Visit the SignUp Genius page to let us know when you would like to contribute the altar flowers for a Sunday service! Or email Brenda Zedlitz. This is a beautiful way to show your gratitude and/or honor the memory of a loved one. The altar flowers also make a lovely delivery to someone at home, so your generosity goes beyond Sunday’s service!
All Saints' Necrology List and Mums
If you have a name to add to this year’s necrology list, please send the name(s) to Mother Sara by Tuesday, Oct. 27. The necrology list honors those who have died in the past year, and the names will be read before the Eucharistic Prayer on All Saints’ Day. Also, if you would like to dedicate a mum in memory of a loved one, please let Mtr. Sara or Brenda Zedlitz know. Cost is $20. If you do not wish to keep the mum, we will plant them in the church flowerbeds.
Many Hands and Hearts
The more, the merrier when it comes to offering our praise together! Appropriately masked and distanced, of course. If you are interested in serving on Altar Guild, being a lector (reader), crucifer (carrying the cross), greeter/usher, please let Jennifer Stoner, Lou Honderich or Mother Sara know! Your voice, your presence, and your service for worship are greatly appreciated, and there is room for all! Thank you to those who share in these ministries.
SERVICE
Ministry Opportunities
If you haven’t picked up your copy yet and would like to view the ministry guide, you may do so here. This is shared through Lumin, Google’s .pdf viewer. If you have problems with the link/viewing and would like a .pdf emailed to you, please contact Mother Sara. If you have a ministry that is calling to you but don’t see it represented in our offerings, set up a time to share your thoughts and ideas with Mother Sara!
Mask Up & Stay Safe!
We try to keep disposable masks available at the entry, not only just in case our priests forget theirs (!!!) but also for guests in our building. If you would like to donate a box of disposable masks, that would be greatly appreciated. If you have reusable masks you would like to share, please feel free to bring them to the church, and they can be distributed as well to those who need them. We certainly don’t want vulnerable populations being penalized for not having a mask! Many thanks to those who have provided masks!

Other needs as we prepare to meet in person:
  • Lysol 
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Refill containers of gel hand sanitizer
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Air filters (24x24x1)
Essentials Outreach
All contributions are helpful! Thanks to all who contribute to our neighbors. Here are items requested:
  • Toilet Paper
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Shaving Cream and Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Laundry Soap
  • Dish Soap
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Pantries
Our Little Free Library & Pantry are back! Thanks to Jackie Bromley, we have a Little Free Library, and thanks to Deacon John Reese, who constructed the new pantry, we’re up and running again! We have lots of children’s books for the library, and we can use some non-perishable foods and non-toxic household staples for the pantry. If it gets full, we have a cabinet in the workroom to store more! THANK YOU!
Food insecurity is heightened during this time of increased unemployment and kids being home from school. If you know of someone who has a need, here are some Bentonville-based resources (plus St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Rogers). Here’s a link to the NWA Food Bank that has a list of closings because right now many resources are not available.

  • All Saints’ Little Free Pantry will come again as soon as we can! Food donations are still accepted inside.
  • Christ the King, Wednesdays drive-up thru 2pm-3:30pm: they could use donations of paper goods and personal hygiene products.
  • St. Andrew’s pantry is open on Tuesdays, 9am-11am: food distribution in the parking lot (no current needs expressed except for prayers for the effort and the health of all involved); St. Andrew’s also has a Little Free Pantry so you can donate non-perishable foods at any time.
  • Little Free Pantry at Neighborhood Church on I Street: donate non-perishable foods at any time.
  • Samaritan Community Center is still in operation (providing food for teachers, counselors, etc. to distribute to children and families) on Hudson in Rogers and has volunteer opportunities for those 18-61 years old. Find more information here.
  • Second Street Pantry (UMC, downtown Bentonville): drive-thru pick up open Tuesdays, 1-3pm.

Do you know of a pantry that is open/needs donations? Let us know so we can share! 
Discretionary Fund
Our discretionary fund is used to help those who call for assistance, typically for help with rent or utilities. Please know that this fund has been used to significantly help a few folks this month. You can contribute to the discretionary fund online (select “discretionary” from the drop-down tithe.ly menu) or by sending a check with “discretionary fund” in the memo. Between the Discretionary fund and Outreach funds marked for community purposes (both of which are excluded from Operating Budget purposes), we have offered over $10,000 in support for others since the end of JULY. Thank you.
Continuing the Conversation this Thursday, October 22 @ Noon
Our conversation continues, along with updates regarding local events and opportunities to advocate for racial justice. We meet via Zoom. Check for info on the Facebook page for upcoming dates as well. This month we will preview America’s Long Struggle against Slavery, one of The Great Courses series. Grab your lunch and your mobile device, and let’s keep going!
Replace Anxiety with Gratitude by Giving to UTO
This is a good time to focus on positive things and being grateful. Express your gratitude by remembering the United Thank Offering. Our UTO Grants still address needs that do not go away as our world deals with the coronavirus. More than $1 million has been awarded in 2020 for Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion mission and ministry, young adult, and seminarian grants.
Camp Mitchell Volunteer Opportunity
Join the Second Saturday volunteer group on Oct. 10, beginning at 9 a.m. to help clean up and maintain Camp Mitchell. Jobs include cleaning out the garden, clearing small trees and bushes, painting, and more. Bring your favorite tools. Noonday Prayers are planned. Bring a picnic basket if you’d like to lunch on the mountain. Contact Harold Hedges with any questions at hhhedges@gmail.com or 501-951-7639.

Also, as the Camp Mitchell Working Group discerns how to best support and extend the mission of Camp Mitchell into the future, we need your help. Please take this three-minute survey to help identify Camp Mitchell’s core supporters and let us know what you’re thinking.
#VoteFaithfully
  • Register to Vote: It’s simple, it’s free, and it’s secure. If online voter registration is not available in your state or if it doesn’t work for you, you can easily start the process online no matter where you live.
  • Check Your Registration Status: Think you’re already registered? Double check to make sure—moving, changing your name, becoming a citizen, and more could all be reasons you need to update your registration.
  • Attend a National Voter Registration Day Event
  • Spread the Word: Once you make sure you’re registered, forward this email to a friend, ask them to join you and use #NationalVoterRegistrationDay and #VoteReady in all of your social media posts.
  • Plan Your Vote: Already registered? Follow through by creating your plan to cast your vote in this year’s election.
Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton Co. Supply Drives
Help collect needed items for our single parent families by donating to the supply drives in September and October! Please drop off items at the SPSFBC office located at 2601 SW D Street, Bentonville, 72712
October Donations: Laundry Detergent All Purpose Cleaner Disinfecting Wipes
Drop off dates:
Thursday, Sept. 24th
8:30am-4:30pm

Thursdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 8:30am-4:30pm
Prayers - Please Pray With Us For
  • Mark
  • Natalie
  • Mary Beth
  • Joy
  • Elanka
  • Serena
  • Isaiah
  • Abigail
  • Louise
  • the unemployed
  • All who grieve
  • Ardis Ann Middle School
  • Camp Mitchell
  • Refugees
  • April
  • Margaret
  • Anne
  • Jose
  • Mickey
  • Leigh
  • Hiro
  • Macie
  • Jenn
  • Those who are expecting: Michelle
  • firefighters
  • Elm Tree Elementary
  • Cassie
  • Pat
  • David
  • Katie
  • the Busch family
  • Esperanza Murguia
  • All affected by COVID-19
  • all affected by storms and wildfires
Prayers for the departed:   All who have died: the 210,000+ who have died from covid-19, and all who have died at the hands of violence and injustice. May they rest in peace and rise in eternal glory.
Ministry Leaders
It takes many people to support the ministries of All Saints'. Here are email links for leaders of lay ministries. If you have any questions or would like to help, please reach out. There is a place for you. Your participation is much needed and appreciated!

Acolytes - Lou Honderich
Altar Guild - Jennifer Stoner
Bread Guild - Justin Snopko
Chalice Bearers and Lectors - Lou Honderich (Sunday) Marj Bernhardt (Saturday)
Diversity Representative - Julie Collins
ECW - Sandi Lynn, all women of the church are encouraged to attend!
Facebook - Belinda Ostrowski, pictures are always appreciated!
Flower Guild - Brenda Zedlitz or sign up online
Hospitality - Geraldine Madsen 
Interfaith representative - to be filled
Member Relations - Joe DelacruzDeb ShoemakerKyle Schiller
Music - Jayme Amonsen
Newsletter - Sandi Lynn, feedback and suggestions are always welcome!
Rides to church - Tom Morris
Theology Pub - Sandy Wylie
Vestry - Marty Esarte, Senior Warden
Youth Ministry - Mandy Stiglets
Church Phone Numbers and Office Hours
Church phone: 479.802.0302
Office hours: Tues - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and other times by appointment.