March Edition
SAINTS' ALIVE
All Saints' Parish
Stirring up things since 1692
March Calendar
March Birthdays
Volunteer Schedule
The Living Our Values Commission needs the assistance of congregation members. We would like to receive reports when anyone sees members or groups or the congregation as a whole doing acts of Christian love and kindness that reflect our core values. Second, we need congregation members to be our eyes and ears in the county and contact any member of the Living Our Values Commission when a societal issue comes to their attention that they think the church as a parish should address. The Living Our Values Commission members are Martha Hyde, Genny Nesslage, Cindy Overstrom and Sherrill Munn. Their telephone numbers and e-mails are in the church directory. E-mail is the best way to contact them.


NEWS FROM THE CONNECTIONS COMMISSION!  
 


One of the Connection Commissions strategic objectives is to update the All Saints Parish website ( allsaints1692.org ). Before we begin, we are looking for feedback and would like to hear from you! Please open the website and check it out. What do you like about our current website? What don’t you like? What should we add? What may need to go? Is the website user friendly for our Parish family and friends and for our Calvert community? Please keep in mind that the actual website design will stay as is. We would need to hire a webmaster if we were to start from scratch and that takes lots of $$$ that are not in the budget. All ideas and thoughts are welcome. Please send your feedback to  allsaints1692connections@gmail.com  by March 5 th . We look forward to hearing from you!
Within the next few weeks, the Finance and Connections Commissions will be rolling out a church giving app for our Parish family, friends and anyone who would like to support our many missions and historic building needs.

So…What is a Church Giving App?
Passing the collection plate on Sundays will always be an important aspect of collecting church tithes and offerings. But in today's highly connected digital world, there are many more convenient ways to boost church offerings than asking people to reach for their purses and wallets.
 
Mobile giving is the future of church tithing, and it can markedly change All Saints’ financial outlook. More than 75% of Americans own smartphones, and many use their smartphones to pay bills and manage their finances. Using a mobile giving app makes it convenient and easy for our Parish members and community friends to give using iPhones or Androids—after the app is downloaded, it's as simple as completing a few screen taps.
 
Digital giving for churches is on the rise, and statistics show that younger generations give more generously online or using their smartphones. Gone are the days when EVERYONE carries cash or a checkbook! We will be implementing an app called easyTithe to simplify giving for those who come to Sunday services and those who don’t AND for those who would simply like to support a specific All Saints’ mission. Stay tuned for more information to come!
Upcoming Events
  Adult Christian Education Opportunities at All Saints
The Adult Discussion Series for March will address “What the Great Religions Have in Common” and be led by Father Ken Phelps. The February series on “Social Injustice” led by Deacon Lisa Siciliano will actually end on March 1 st , so the new March series will be held on March 8 th , 22 nd and 29 th . All discussions take place in the Lounge in the Upper Level of the Parish Hall, from 9:15 to 10:15 AM. Please feel free to bring something to drink and eat from the coffee hour table and join in these fascinating discussions.
What’s Lent?
Lent is a 40-day period in the Western church calendar, beginning on Ash Wednesday & lasting through the Saturday before Easter Day, excluding Sundays. It’s a season of reflection & spiritual preparation before Easter. “Lent” derives from the Old English word “lencten” which means “spring”, a time of lengthening daylight. Christians commonly either attend an Ash Wednesday service at which the forehead is marked with the sign of the cross using palm ashes or find an “Ashes to Go” location at which to receive ashes & a blessing.
The church hasn’t always had Lent. Very early on, Christians marked an Easter Day to celebrate the Resurrection. Soon afterwards, some Christian communities added 2-3 days of solemn preparation beforehand to mark Jesus’ passion & death. Among the observances was a fast. By the early 4 th century CE this fast was combined with, or possibly already overlapped, a post-Epiphany fast of 40 days, likely in imitation of the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness at the start of his public ministry. However, details of Lenten observances were not uniform. Attempts to systematize its observance were made over more than 100 years, beginning in the 4 th century CE.  Aspects still vary, especially across Christian denominations. Whatever you may have heard as to its origins, be aware that there is still a lively debate & recent scholarship has called into question some long-held beliefs about Lent.
Lent remains a season of self-reflection, repentance & renewal. We can do this through special prayer, sacrifice of something meaningful, taking on a new discipline, acts of penitence or overall simplification of life – or some combination thereof. One should think of these as opportunities. Lent can feel heavy & somber or can feel freeing & joyful, depending on one’s approach to the season & the opportunities taken. Here are just some ways to “observe” Lent.
Some abstain from eating chocolate, drinking coffee or an entertainment activity. They may donate what they would have spent to their church. Some volunteer extra time. Others adopt better health practices such as more exercise, good nutrition & proper sleep. There are special book readings & study groups. These include a 4-session review of Pass the Word here at All Saints on Tuesday afternoons (see the flyer for details). Some attend special services, including Stations of the Cross. All Saints is hosting Stations on Fridays beginning February 28 th (see Stations flyer for details). Some trade TV for learning about a serious issue facing the community, such as hunger or addiction. Some spend more time reading the bible – a study bible is a great resource. One might simplify external commitments &/or add more personal prayer time to each day. The possibilities are limited only by imagination.
There too many opportunities being offered in our area to list here. If you can’t attend something at All Saints, why not look to our siblings at St. Paul’s Prince Frederick, Christ Church Port Republic & Middleham-St. Peter’s? I know they will welcome you. If you can’t physically go someplace why not look to the internet? The Episcopal Church Foundation Vital Practices has numerous options at: https://www.ecfvp.org/tools/101/lenten-resources. And you can have fun while learning about Saints who have led our way by participating in Lent Madness -

https://www.lentmadness.org/2020/

However you might choose to journey through this holy season, I wish you a Happy Lent.
Peace,
Regional Lisa+
For a list of references used for this article, please contact Lisa at DeaconLisaSoMD@gmail.com

Men's Breakfast at Trader's is the first Saturday of every month. Meet for fellowship and enjoy breakfast together. 8:30 a.m on Saturday, March 7 .
Women's Breakfast at Dreamweaver
We meet at 9 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month except May and December.
We will next share a meal on March 14.



Ladies of All Saints, and all others who would like to be involved: you are invited to attend the next ECW Board meeting on Saturday, March 21st. We will meet in the upper level lounge of the Parish hall from 9-10:30.
Help Wanted! Volunteers Needed to help our Children's Formation Director! Volunteers, working with the Director, will ensure the nursery is a secure, nurturing environment where each child will see, hear, and feel the love of Jesus Christ and where parents can feel confident their child will receive the highest quality of care and ministry. In addition, administrative help in necessary to build our Sunday School program expand. For information, or to volunteer, please contact Erryn Brown @ 763-913-4042 or Kip At Lee at 410-474-3008.
SEE YOU FRIDAY!
Trivia Night at Scorpion Brewing Co. on Friday, March 6 beginning at 6:30 PM. Our ever popular annual Salute to the Oscars is the theme.
Spudnik 2020
A Keep Maryland Beautiful and Master Gardener Community Project

Located on the grounds of the historic All Saints Episcopal Church in southern Maryland, Project Spudnik is led by the youth groups of All Saints and Broadview Baptist Church with help from local middle and high schools. The Project started in 2016 under the auspices of the Maryland Master Gardener program and has been growing strong since. In 2019 the Spudnikers were recognized by the  Governor's Office of Service and Volunteerism for their contributions to their community.


The youth built and maintain the garden, and they grow a variety of fruits, vegetables, potatoes, as well as many flowers and herbs. A pollinator garden and an irrigation system were recently added.
The produce is donated to food banks in Calvert County (460 pounds in 2019!). Interested in learning organic gardening, helping feed the hungry, and have f un at the same time? Join us today!
The first Project Spudnik garden workday of the year will be a on Saturday, March 7, 2-5 p.m. and Sunday, March 15, 1-4 p.m., both at the garden. On March 7, we will do garden preparation, including removing the old mulch, installing a garden arch, and planning the garden for 2020. On March 15, we will lay down the new mulch, make container soil, and lay out the children's garden design. Both dates will include hands-on training. 

Our Spudnik group is primarily made up of high school and middle school students, but all are welcome . There will be pizza and drinks. 

Check out our website at  https://paulnme2.wixsite.com/spudnikgarden
Attention all Crafters or Crafter Wannabees! Please join us every first Thursday from 1 - 3 pm in the lower level of the parish hall for 2 hours of crafting to build up the ECW inventory for the Arts Festival and the Christmas Market. We have decided to dedicate one of our regular weekly knitting/crochet meetings to crafting for these fundraisers. Come to the meeting with a craft idea and supplies or with willing hands to help someone else. All skill levels are welcome! Questions? Contact Cindy Overstrom at 410-286-8060.



The next Vestry meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:15.

Friday, March 13, following the Stations of the Cross, we will have a church meeting in conjunction with the Lenten dinner in the Parish Hall. The meeting will discuss the way forward on deciding as a congregation what the one major long-term mission for All Saints should be. We will discuss the way we will proceed, review proposed missions from the Core Values process and brainstorm recommendations for both the process and the mission projects. Deciding on the major long-term mission project is central to calling the next rector. We will want the rector to buy into what we as a congregation have decided is the critical long-term mission for All Saints.
Let's give Rev. Jenn a grand farewell and hearty thank you with Broadview Church. Please RSVP to Sandra Gardner at regardner@verizon.net.
Calling Kids Who Like to Have Fun Reading and Watching Movies! Reading Camp Calvert presents Book Flix on March 21 st  . Come and find out about the Gruffalo’s encounter with the little brown mouse in the deep dark wood. All are welcome to join in the fun!
The next Youth Activity for All Saints will be the Spudnik opening of the garden on March 7th, with some additional twists. Please see the write up regarding Spudnik in this newsletter. Many thanks to the seven young adults who participated in putting on the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, which -- thanks to them -- had the added dimension of inviting homeless people and others who could not afford this meal to be our guests. They planned this aspect, designed a flyer, provided for transportation, and worked on distribution of information to people who may have benefited, and helped prepare and serve the meal, as well as providing children who attended the Supper with “Fat Tuesday” crafts.
National Aquarium Fintastic Fun Trip Registration
Sunday, March 22, 2020 meet at All Saints Episcopal Church at 9 am return to All Saints around 4 pm. Lunch is provided at the aquarium.The cost is $20 per participant which includes admission to the Aquarium, bus transportation, and lunch. Lunch will be preordered on 3/16 so please make sure you submit your choice of item by then.

Reading Camp Calvert North is in search of several adult volunteers to work with us before and during camp week. Currently, we need two experienced teachers – one to facilitate our Pleasure Reading sessions and one to facilitate our Writing sessions. In addition, we need a camp recruitment coordinator to handle the following responsibilities:
1.   Develops/updates informational brochure
2.   Delivers applications and brochures to local elementary schools
3.   Develops relationships with principals/reading specialists at each school
4.   Collects applications and other required forms (health, permissions, pick-up release, etc.)
5.   Follows-up for missing forms or information
6.   Provides information correspondence to parents
7.   Monitors Reading Camp gmail account
8.   Shares relevant camper educational information with Camp Director and teachers
9.   Coordinates with Camp Director and Teachers to develop camper teams
 
Reading Camp Calvert North will be held during the week of July 6-10 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Prince Frederick. For additional information or to volunteer, send an email to  readingcampcalvert@gmail.com  or call Cheryl Thompson at 410-474-8896.
Please spread the word to your circle of acquaintances. See details on the attached flyer. People and organizations interested in using our facilities can obtain more information and schedule events by contacting  allsaints1692staff@gmail.com . To make sure this is a successful endeavor, please be sure to clean or straighten up after you use the parish hall or church. We want perspective “users” to see that we are proud and respectful of our historic buildings and campus.
Community Events
March 22-29, 2020
Please help us make room at the inn

Safe Nights is a cooperative program of county churches providing emergency overnight shelter for Calvert County's homeless each winter.   Serving is a unique and intimate way to bond with our guests, as well as other volunteers.

Please sign-up for the role(s) in which you are able to serve, and for the dates you are available.

A small bit of your time makes a huge impact on those we serve; thank you.

You can sign up at the following link https://signup.com/go/BhWwrHq
As the beginning of a new decade, 2020 is a year for the decennial count of people living in the country. The Episcopal Church is encouraging all U.S. Episcopalians to participate in the upcoming census.

Taking part in the census is a right and a responsibility. It is also part of the Christian calling to love one another. Each person benefits—and suffers—from how their community functions, thus each person carries a responsibility to engage the processes and mechanisms that help them function.

The Episcopal Church is an official partner for the 2020 Census and is encouraging us to engage with others to stress the importance of participating in the 2020 Census. We can help make the count as accurate as possible by encouraging our family, friends and neighbors to complete the census for their household.  Research shows that a person is more likely to respond to the census if they hear about it from someone they trust, so individuals can help to promote filling out the census, paying particular attention to historically undercounted populations, such as children under 5. 
 
So what does that mean to you and to All Saints’?  Faith leaders, like All Saints’ Parish, are trusted voices in our Calvert community. We know how to reach our congregation and we can reach out to hard-to-count families, individuals and children in Calvert County. We can help inspire our community to support a complete and accurate count.

Watch Bishop Curry’s message about 2020 Census participation with the link below and stay-tuned for more “Did You Know” Census 2020 information during the month of March.

 
70 Days 'til the Arts Fest...Woo Hoo!
Be sure to remind family, friends, neighbors and co-workers...send them a flyer TODAY! Let's make this year our most successful yet.
There are only a couple of outdoor spaces available and all of the indoor spaces are full. Please forward the url below to any local artisans who would be interested in a space! We would love to have them join our festivities! Our next deadline for receipt of completed applications and payment is March 13, 2020. 

February Breakfast and Books
Many thanks to Simons Acquah, our Breakfast and Books guest teacher and author of our February book, Bully Monkey for joining us It was a blast!.
Making Mardi Gras masks at our Pancake Supper!
As you know, Tamara switched up our Saints’ Alive newsletter last fall. So we now have a weekly newsletter with announcements for the upcoming week and a monthly newsletter that includes flyers, pictures, upcoming events and other general information. Anyone can contribute to the newsletter! We always like photos of our Parish family events, so get your cameras out and SNAP away. You can text the pics to Deb Shupe (410-231-8150) or email them, but please include a description or caption. Email Parish or community information, flyers, etc. (as a jpeg, not a pdf) to  allsaints1692connections@gmail.com   with a cc to  allsaints1692@allsaints1692.org .

In case of inclement weather, a decision on cancellation of Sunday services will be posted by 6 AM. We send an e mail to the all members list notifying of cancellation. We'll also post to our page on Facebook. If church services are not cancelled, please use your best judgment before traveling. During the week - when school is in session - we follow Calvert County's lead. No school, no healing service, no office, no garden club, no yoga, whatever might be on the docket for that day.   Please use your best judgment before traveling to the church.
1. Love and Acceptance of Neighbor : Work toward alleviating suffering and bringing healing to our communities in acts great and small. Welcome with love, compassion, and care all who engage with All Saints. Strive to bring together in love and fellowship those who otherwise may be divided. Promote equality, human rights, inclusion, dignity, and respect for all.
2. Worship and Formation : Create disciples through worship, education, and coming together in fellowship. Demonstrate and share the love of Jesus with others. Offer creative and enriching programs for adults, children, and youth. Promote worship activities that strengthen congregational relationships and bring our community together in love and mutual respect. 
3. Valuing and Sharing Our History : Respect, maintain, and share our sacred space and the stories of those who have worshipped here for over 300 years. Encourage understanding and enlightenment through listening to and learning about our history.
Worship Commission:
Deb Watson 301-801-0960 
Dennis Laurie   410-714-2533 
Parish Family Commission:
Hope Sayles 301-855-0251 or 301-467-1467 
Kelly McDonald 864-556-2555
Christian Formation Commission:
Paul Dickson  410 257-3893 
Erryn Fleming 764 913-4042 
Living Our Values Commission:
Sherrill Munn 443 404-7560 
Genny Nesslage 410 474-8695 
Giving Back Commission:
Patti At Lee 202 669-5594 
Finance Commission:
Patrick Herlihy 202 603-3273 
Connections Commission:
Deb Shupe  410-231-8150 
Lisa Herlihy 410-610-1084
Property Committee:
Tom Hyde 443 684-4583 
Penny Dorsey 410 257-3305
Planned Giving Board:
Ken McKenzie 703 675-4476
Episcopal Church Women (ECW):
Cammie Weaver 410 474-3008 
Calvert Arts Festival:
Lisa Herlihy 410-610-1084
Cemetery Committee:
Brian Dowell 410-257-5449