All Saints' Episcopal Church Newsletter
May 15, 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 or uploaded to our YouTube page. A link to the Sunday morning service will also be posted to our Facebook page and website each week before the service begins.

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May Schedule for Priests

Join us this Sunday for Morning Prayer.

May 22 - the Rev. Don Brown
May 29 - the Rev. Dennis Campbell

Wednesday Evening Prayer @ 6:30pm
May 18 - Charles Tyrone
May 25 - the Rev. Bob Brown w/Eucharist
Parish Survey- due May 18

The process of preparing to seek a new rector for our parish has begun in earnest. The meeting on May 1st with the Rev. Jason Alexander was an encouraging one. He outlined the process which will include obtaining feedback from members of the church and developing a profile which describes us and our communities. I say communities, as we are located in Russellville, but our membership is increasingly diverse and includes residents of a number of towns in Pope, Yell and Johnson Counties.

Please take the time to prayerfully answer these questions. This survey will be posted through May 18th. This should allow everyone time to do it. Hard copies will be available in the office.

Giving Statements

Please check your mail this week as we are sending out giving statements. If there's any issues with your statement please let the office know as soon as possible.
Sandy McGregor Memorial

Sandy McGregor, resident of Russellville since 1977, died of cancer on July 5, 2020. A public memorial service will be held at All Saints’ Episcopal Church on the afternoon of Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 2pm.

Following the celebration please stay to enjoy some of Sandy's favorite treats.
Pentecost Food Festival

This June 5 we will have an "international food" lunch to benefit camp scholarships for our youth in the parish. Suggested donation is $10 a person or $40 a family.

If you are interested in donating an international food to our lunch selection, please let Melissa Simpson know. We will also have a silent auction for a basket of goodies including a Yeti All Saints' cup.
Baby Shower for Jessica Mongeon - UPDATE on Time/Date

Join us on Saturday May 21 at 5:30 pm for afternoon tea as we celebrate the upcoming birth of Jessica Mongeon's first baby girl, due in July. Diapers are greatly appreciated and her register can be found here:

Baby Shower for Thaw Soe

Join us on Saturday June 4 at 2pm in Clarksville for a baby shower to celebrate the upcoming birth of Blutmoo, Thaw and Blut Soe's second son. A baby registry is coming soon, but diapers will be greatly appreciated.

This will take place at Htee Hsee's house. For directions please contact Melissa at our office at 479-968-3622.
Community Yoga Class and Chair Class

Yoga resumes March 29 @ 5:30 pm
Stretch & Restore resumes March 30 @ 10 am
A resource to consider while I'm gone is Yoga Journal videos.

Cynthia Reynolds
Youth and Family Events
Vacation Bible School

Save the Date for June 27 to July 1 for Vacation Bible School at All Saints'. Stay tuned for more info.

Ages Pre-School (with adult companion) to 4th grade.

Volunteers needed ages 14 and up.

Please contact Melissa Simpson if you're interested in being a part of the VBS Planning Committee.
Kid's Chapel

Join us this Sunday for Kid's Chapel at 10:30 am.

Melissa Simpson
EYC - Episcopal Youth Community

Our EYC youth will be going through an interactive training Dismantling Racism, a 6 course training from the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing out of Atlanta. This training will cover the beautiful diversity of God's creation, bringing to light the deep roots of systemic racism in our country's history, understanding white privilege, how racism negatively affects disadvantaged groups, and repentance, healing, and what reconciliation can mean for us all.

WED May 18 – EYC Dismantling Racism Chapter 6. 6pm to 7pm
WED May 25 – EYC – end of the year bash Conway.
SUN June – 5 Pentecost Fundraising for Camp

EYC is open to 12 year olds and up.
Episcopal Kid's Community

Twice a month after the 10:30 am service we are introducing Episcopal Kid's Community for ages 5 to 11 years old. This group will meet after the service for an hour in fellowship as we journey through the Episcopal Church. We will start by using the book, "The Ultimate Quest: A Geek's guide to the Episcopal Church" by Jordan Haynie Ware, we will learn the ins and outs of our church from why we wear vestments, our Book of Common Prayer, the Who's Who of the church, music, and more.

May 15 - History of Women in the church. Lunch will be pizza.

May 29 - Water Games in the park
Christian Formation
Faith and Reason

The Faith & Reason class for May 15th (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 the second half of this podcast from On Being (approx. the first 25 minutes starting at the 25:00):

Faith and Scripture Bible Study

Faith and Scripture is on summer break.
Young Adult Meeting

Join us this Monday at 6pm as we welcome Dr. Mary Gunter to speak to our group about financial planning. We will meet in the parlor.
Neighbors Table Update

If you can help with desserts, please bring store bought cookies, cakes, or bars, mark them “NT,” and put them in a refrigerator or freezer. Under health department rules they must be cooked in a certified kitchen, so no more home baked goodies. We really appreciate your generosity.

Last week we served 150 meals; 92 drive through and the rest delivered to members of our parish and community. We had wonderful boxes of food from ConAgra to give to every family, and eggs from our Blue and You grant.

Our menu this week our menu is pork and veggie stir fry with salad, fresh fruit, and apple cobbler for dessert. Each bag will include an extra treat such as granola bars. 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,
Bath Soap, Shampoo, Toothbrushes & Toothpaste for Loaves and Fishes

Loaves and Fishes, a part of the Neighbors Table ministry, asks for donations of bath soap and shampoo to provide to our guests. Also needed are soft and medium toothbrushes and toothpaste. Children’s toothbrushes are welcome donations. There is a specific need for men’s S/M pull-up disposable underwear. 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.
First Thursday Book Talks

Will be on break for June.

Practicing Prayer

Practicing Prayer will not meet on May 15. We’ll resume our meetings on May 22.
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: Robin Danielson, Rudolpho Delabra, Del Danielson, and Julie Hodges.

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: Noma & Chris Kellner, and Erin Clair & David Eshelman.

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 also for those serving in the military, especially Brian, Sarah, Anthony, Cameron, Cody, Adam, Jonathan and Travis.

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

Long Term Prayers:
Inette, 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, Sue Brain, 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 Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 15
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
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.