December 2020 Edition
All Saints' Parish
Stirring up things since 1692
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And, welcome to the 1st Sunday in Advent. 

I love this season. The time of the prophets. The time when we move into God's darkness, to measure what changes as we move back into the growing light of Christmas and Epiphany. (OK, I'll calm down...)

The texts for the day may be accessed here:

We begin with Isaiah - third Isaiah, if you are counting - who speaks to the frustrations and anxieties of the exiles returning from Babylon. Then we shift to the opening of Paul's letter to the Corinthians, a litany of greeting and peace, and finally enter Mark's apocalypse and the warning to all to keep awake, or was the to be woke?  

The liturgy itself also changes, and while we will not witness the physical changes to the worship space in the brick church, we will still find a more sparse service which begins with a moment of reflection and confession before moving, ultimately, to the Eucharist. 

Our readers for Advent 1 are Dave Shupe (Isaiah) and Deb Watson (Corinthians), and our prayer leader is Barbara Brown. The second lecture in our adult formation series - Understanding the New Testament - begins at 11:30.

To join the service by pc, laptop or smart device, click on this link:
If you are asked for a password, enter 014954
(You may join directly through the Zoom app by entering the Meeting ID: 715 310 766 and then the Password: 014954)
To join by cell phone (audio only)
Call in number: 1-301-715-8592 When asked for the access code, enter: 715310766#  WHen asked for the password, enter: 014954#
To join by landline:
Dial: 1 301-715-8592   Meeting ID: 715 310 766  Password: 014954

Link to our bulletin >>> Bulletin
Worship volunteers for December : December 6, 2020 Hope Sayles, Martha Grahame, Deb Shupe. December 13, 2020 Cheryl Thompson, Patrick Herlihy, Barbara Brown. December 20, 2020 Lissi Mojica, Dave Shupe, Deb Watson. December 24, 2020 Deb Shupe, Lisa Herlihy, Barbara Brown.
From the Rector:

Welcome to an Advent unlike any we have known in our lifetimes. 

As I write, the pandemic is raging at its highest levels across the country and in our own state of Maryland. Restrictions which had been eased are now returning and that is true also for the Diocese of Maryland, which has suspended all in-person worship through the end of the year. 

The hard news is that we will need to weather - for the good of all - this trying lifestyle for the foreseeable future. The good news is - that we have discovered, in spite of the pandemic - new and fulfilling ways to remain the Church and to be in community. And, that said, and with kudos to our music director, altar guild, our church school leader and our other worship volunteers, I offer the following reminders and invitations.

In addition to our Sunday worship, during Advent we will also celebrate Evensong on Sunday nights, at 7 PM.
As is our recent tradition, we will once again mark the difficulty that some experience during the holidays with a Longest night observance on December 21.
And, then, there is Christmas Eve. 
Virtually, we will gather at 4 PM, the usual time for our family service. Our musicians will be presenting a musical prelude to the service, of both solo and choral music, and one or two carols to get you warmed up for what comes next...  at 4:30 we will begin the liturgy. One of the highlights will be our Christmas pageant, which will be performed in the place of the traditional Gospel reading. (We all know the story, and trust me, you will enjoy this version).

Eucharist will be part of the service and I mention that so that you will have time to plan to pick up consecrated wafers from the altar in the brick church. It will be fitting that - even at a distance- we will all share in the same bread.
Special note to our families with children: If you have not responded to the invitation to participate in the pageant, please do so, or reach out to Erryn Fleming. ( There are plenty of parts to go around, and many opportunities to play more than one role (we want lots of angels for their big scene with the shepherds!!!)

Lastly, links for all of the worship events will be sent out along with reminders. I hope that you will join us as in this season we push back against the growing darkness in anticipation of the coming light.

From our Music Director:

Looking ahead to the Christmas services we'd like to include your favorite Christmas songs and carols. Please email them to me at:
Thanks so much!
Deb Watson

From the Connections Commission:

All Saints' is on YouTube! As we continue work to migrate from our current website to our new one, we have created a YouTube channel for our church videos. The account name is All Saints Parish 1692 and the link to see all the our Parish videos is
We have converted all of the All Saints Cooks, Skills Extravaganza and Spudnik Training videos at this point. If you haven't watched them yet, take some time and ENJOY some really fun and informative videos.

Communion Wafers are Available for Wednesday Morning and Sunday Eucharists

I have consecrated - i.e., blessed, set aside for this single, spiritual and sacred purpose - an ample supply of wafers and have placed them in small plastic bags. The bags will be in marked baskets - gluten free, 1, 2 or 3 - and those baskets will be placed on the altar in the brick church. They are available now for you to pick up in advance of the next Eucharist. Please take the quantity you need. (If you have more than three in your household, please utilize whatever combination will work for your family). 

A word about the wafers and how they should be handled. In short, with reverence. Which, to begin with, means to not handle them more than necessary. When you arrive at home, find a good spot to place them where they will not be disturbed by daily routines.  

And lastly, please do not take more than you need for more than a service or two. We will try to keep a supply on hand, but the bishop has asked that we not consecrate too many. So, be mindful of others who will want to receive them as well. Many thanks. I look forward to sharing communion more fully with you in our virtual gatherings.

Angel Tree news. As of this morning, Friday November 27, the tree in the church has only SIX tags remaining You can still sign up using the virtual tree (link below). We had 70 tags this year and we've almost fulfilled them all. With three days left we can do it! Please leave all unwrapped gifts at the back of the church NO LATER THAN Monday, November 30, 2020, since the Angel Tree program is running a bit early this season. People are WELCOME to sign up for more than one tag - it's a lot of tags for a small congregation, and each one represents a child that won't get a gift if it doesn't get spoken for!

Link to virtual Angel Tree sign up >>> VirtualTree

Thanks so much for your help!

Amazon Smiles If you'll be doing your holiday shopping online, please choose All Saints Episcopal Parish on Amazon Smiles. A percentage of each purchase you make will go toward funding for our Outreach programs. Consider making your Angel Tree gift purchases online through the Amazon Smiles program.
Rector's Discretionary Fund

The COVID pandemic has placed additional stress on many agencies and organizations as they stretch resources to meet the needs presented by our neighbors for food, utilities, medicine and rent. But, those closest to home are also being impacted by this health crisis and the rector's fund is one way that our members are able to find assistance with a myriad of issues in strict confidence. Normally that fund is fed by donations made for weddings, funerals, baptisms and other occasions where the donor wishes to honor someone's memory or celebrate an anniversary. All are great ways to play forward our thankfulness. But, need is outstripping the ability to offer even nominal assistance, and so Ken+ is asking those who are so moved and able, to offer a gift - large or small - that could become a utility bill, or prescriptions or even gas to get to the job for an essential worker.

To make a contribution, CLICK HERE.  Many thanks for your generous consideration. We are all in this together.  
The All Saints Virtual Formation Winter Edition is here! Check out all the fun at:
The latest Adult Formation offering is the lecture series Understanding the New Testament by Dr. David Brakke, based on his book. Dr. Brakke is the Joe R. Engle Chair in the History of Christianity and a Professor of History at The Ohio State University. Each lecture is about thirty minutes in length and will be followed by discussion of the material presented... at least as our starting point.
We convene on Wednesday mornings at 9 AM with a repeat on Sunday morning at 11:30. Here are the links:
If asked for a password, enter 015568

If you are asked for a password, enter 014954

A study guide will be provided to each attendee (PDF format via email). We hope that you will join us. 
2021 Stewardship Pledging – Did You Know?

Thanks to all who have completed pledge forms for 2021. We are grateful for your generosity and humbled by your gifts to All Saints. They impact our parish and community in so many positive ways. Did you know that that there is a convenient way to make an impact called recurring giving through easyTithe?. You can sign up by going to our giving link at As you fill out the form with your pledge amount, you simply check the “Make this Gift Recurring” box. You can choose to have your gift taken directly from your bank account or you can have it charged to a credit or debit account. 

If you haven’t yet completed your 2021 pledge form, you can easily do so on our website. Go to and go to the GIVING page. The Stewardship Pledge Form is at the bottom of the page.
We appreciate you taking a few moments to learn about this convenient way of giving to the church. Please email Deb Shupe at with a contact number and best time to reach you if you have any questions. She can walk you through the set-up. Once again, thank you so much for your generosity. 
December Birthdays
Conference Call for Prayer -

Join Barbara Brown and Lisa+ Siciliano every Thursday, 7-8 pm on a conference call devoted to prayer. This is an opportunity for anyone to bring concerns and have everyone on the call pray for such concerns. (This is separate from being able to contact Barbara to arrange individual prayer.) New contact and access numbers are below:

Call: 701-802-5452
Access: 4672453   

Date: Thursday's start time: 7:00 pm
End time: approximately 8:00 pm

Contact info:
Barbara Brown, Lisa+ Siciliano;
Virtual coffee shop We will gather virtually for coffee, tea and conversation on Thursday mornings. The Coffee Shop will open at 9 AM, and close at 11. Feel free to pop in anytime, and stay as long as you like.
To access the coffee shop on your pc, laptop or smart device, just click on this link: 

Or... If you have the Zoom app, open it and enter the Meeting ID: 878 1395 1329  and then the Password: 027593 can also join us on your cell phone (audio only) 
by dialing 1-301-715-8592. When prompted, enter the access code: 87813951329#  and then the password: 027593#  
December Vestry Meeting
The next meeting of All Saints Vestry will be virtual, via Zoom, Tuesday, December 8, at 7:00 PM. It will be a standard meeting and all officers and Commission/Committee Chairs are asked to have their reports to the Senior Warden no later than Sunday, December 6th.All parishioners are welcome to "attend".
Upcoming Events
We are looking for others with special expertise to share. If you have a skill, hobby, or particular interest that you would like to present on All Saints Skills Extravaganza, you are invited to join the fun. Please contact Sherrill Munn, email: or phone: 410-286-7586 to let him know your skill and schedule you program."
Share-A-Skill Extravaganza -
All Saints Skills Extravaganza continues with two very special events. On Saturday, December 5, 10 am, Patti At Lee will present the second of her Holiday Centerpiece Creations. This time for Christmas. If you missed the exceptional and entertaining program on Thanksgiving centerpieces, do not miss this one. Watch for email updates of the program description and list of materials for those who want to work along with Patti.

 Have you ever wondered how artists were able to build those detailed ships in a bottle? Continuing with the skills of the At Lee family, Kip, on December 19, 10 am, will demonstrate the mystery and artistry of building a ship in a bottle as a Christmas present for a grandchild. You, too, may want to try your hand at creating this unique gift for a child or grandchild or yourself.
 Please join us for these two very creative and fun programs.

Join by clicking here:
Password: 844126
OR Use the Zoom App 
Meeting ID: 83771253857;
Password: 844126
OR, call from any phone: +1 301 715 8592
Meeting ID: 83771253857
Password: 844126
Friday evening, December 4 at 7 PM is the time and date for our next Trivia showdown. This month's contest is entitled "The Ghost of Christmas Quizzes Past" which will feature a potpourri of Christmas related queries.
 Or, at least that is what you are to be led to believe.

So, come prepared for a Yule-themed evening and we'll see what the ghosts have in store for us.

The game room will open at 6:40 so you have time to register your team or individual 'trivia' name and do some last minute posturing and/or trash talking with your opponents. 

Here is the link, your gateway to the stars:

On your laptop, pc, or other smart device, click on this link:

If you are joining over the Zoom app, enter the meeting ID and password when prompted:
Meeting ID: 854 2143 1414
Password: 018091

Feel free to invite friends and family to play. Please have them contact us at so we can identify them when they arrive for the quiz. 

And, as always, before the game, please check out the specials at the Scorpion Brewery in Owings - our partner in trivia for going on six years. Nothing like a friendly growler and some exotic food truck offering to get you ready to rumble. Through our monthly contests, we have raised thousands of dollars in support of youth leadership development in Calvert County, and also money to feed hungry families and individuals in our communities. 
Advent 2020 “Saturday Night at the Movies”

Advent calls us to “trust in the slow work of God.” Its themes include anticipation, preparation, prayer, expectation & hope.

Join the Regional Deacon for 3 movie nights this Advent that touch on these themes. We’ll gather (virtually, of course) on 12/5, 12/12, 12/19 beginning at 7 PM to watch a movie & hang out afterwards to discuss. Details for participating will be announced closer to 12/5.

12/5 – “The Bishop’s Wife” (1947), starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven – a sweet, humorous story about an Episcopal bishop’s prayer for help & God’s unexpected response.

12/12 – “A New Christmas” (2019), starring Prashantt Guptha, Grace Wacuka, Swati Bhise – this contemporary story shows that angels aren’t always supernatural. A film student from Kenya meets a grieving med student who’s estranged from his wife. Kioni persuades Kabir to show her New York’s Christmas decorations. In the process, he rediscovers the magic of the holiday season & sees a path to get his life back on track.

12/19 - “War Room” (2015), starring Karen Abercrombie, Priscilla Shirer, T. C. Stallings, Alena Pitts – a couple with seemingly everything going for them is really very divided Wife Liz’s bitterness over their situation is understandable. Enter Clara, an older woman of strong faith, who teaches Liz to pray for her family & trust that God is at work. See this family’s life transformed as they learn to pray for each other’s wellbeing.

Regional Lisa+
The knitting/crafting group continues to meet via Zoom on Thursdays from 1 - 3 PM. If you would like to join us and are not receiving our emails, please contact Cindy Overstrom at If you would rather not attend with your computer, you can also call in with any phone. 
Les Saints du Vin will meet on Sunday, December 13 from 4 - 7 pm
The next Zoom ECW meeting will be on Saturday, December 19 at 8:30 a.m. If you are not receiving the email invitation for these monthly meetings and would like to attend, please contact Cindy Overstrom at If you would rather not attend with your computer, you can call in with any phone also. 
Christmas Market news The ECW will host a modified Christmas Market from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec 12, in the Parish Hall parking lot. This just-for-you exclusive event will feature wonderful items created by ECW members and other church members who want to contribute their own hand-crafted items. Items will be in clear containers (clear plastic wraps and zip-lock bags, for example) and clearly labelled contents, with prices marked. All prices will be in whole dollars, no cents.

If YOU want to donate items, please leave them by the baptismal fount in the church AND contact the Munns at or 410-286-7586, so they may pick them up as soon as possible. Items will be priced before the Market. They will accept donations (especially food) to sell the morning of the sale at the parking lot between 10 a.m. and noon.

Thank you for being loyal supporters of the ECW and members of All Saints Church!

Below are some of the exciting offering that will be at the market!
The hot chocolate mix is $15 for 1 quart of dry mix, enough to make 12 delicious servings. Use whatever milk you prefer to make a delectable drink. Available with sugar or Stevia (Still will have sugar in it since recipe uses white chocolate chips). Boot mugs are $5 each and dishwasher safe.
Without Glühwein and hot chocolate, Christmas is just another cold day! Make it special with our Christmas Market homemade beverages and our official All Saints Christmas boot mug! Place your orders for either beverage by Sunday, Dec.6 to or call Mary Ann and Sherrill at 410-286-7586. The world-famous secret recipe makes our Glühwein extraordinary and it's just $20 for a 750-ml bottle. Just heat and serve! 
No beverages will be sold to be consumed at the Parking Lot Christmas Market.
Christmas Baskets

All Saints Parish helps provide Christmas food baskets to Calvert County families in need.The cost of a basket is $50. You can help provide a special holiday meal for a Calvert neighbor. Just write a check to All Saints and put “Christmas Baskets” in the memo. We will collect for the Christmas Baskets until Dec. 15th
On the HeartF.E.L.T. Front
Don’t forget that All Saints will host the monthly “Drive Through” Food Drive on December 6 from 12 - 2PM!

Someone will be in front of the church, observing safe pandemic practices, to receive your donation. Please wear masks and enter the North side (parish hall end) of the campus driveway and exit on the South side (Rte. 2-4 side.)

Community Events
Project Echo Turkey Trot It's time for the 9th annual Turkey Trot!!! This year, our 5K is a virtual event. Run or walk, when and where you choose, any time between November 21st and December 5th.

Post your photos to social media with the hashtag #EchoTrot2020. Register NOW at or directly on the site, Let's make this our most successful year yet!!!
Community PSA's
Calvert County Residence
Emergency Relief Fund
Need Help with your water/sewer bill?
If you experienced a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic (i.e. unemployed, reduced hours, etc), and are in jeopardy of your water/sewer service being terminated, assistance may be available through Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee, Inc. Contact the office for an application at 301-274-4474 x 200.
Apply for financial assistance:
To process your application for assistance, you will need to submit the following items:
  • A copy of your delinquent/disconnect notice
  • Copy of your photo ID
  • Proof of Residency (mortgage statement, lease, etc.)
  • Copies of Social Security Cards for all household members
  • Proof of all gross income for your household received in the last 30 days
  • Proof that the delinquency is due to COVID-19 related income loss
Make sure you have the following, so your application won’t be delayed.
  • The applicant’s name must be on the water/sewer bill
  • All household members must be included.
  • All household income for the last 30 days must be included
Southern Maryland Tri-County
Community Action Committee, Inc
301-274-4474 x 200
When schools moved to virtual learning in the Spring of 2020, Maryland child welfare data shows that reports of child abuse and neglect of children simultaneously declined. Our School system is our #1 reporter - they are a protective factor for our children! We are now calling on our community partners we need YOU, our children need YOU now more than ever! We all are aware of the increase in stress, isolation, the uncertainties and the financial impact of the pandemic. All of which has the potential to increase instances of child maltreatment and domestic violence.  Reporting child abuse and neglect is everyone’s responsibility. Children need us to pay attention to some common signs of possible child abuse or neglect. If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, please call your local Department of social Services. In Calvert County that number is 443 550-6969.
Attention All Saints Parish!!! Please call the church office if your contact information has changed. It is imperative that we have your correct address and telephone numbers, both home and mobile and email address. We will be updating our church directory in the near future and we want to make sure that all information is current and accurate. Thank you.
From the Connections Commission

Sharing information via our All Saints’ newsletters, midweek email updates and snail mail communications continue to be a work in progress. We would like to thank all who contribute the information we include and we encourage all Parish members to submit “news” items and photos that would be of interest to our Parish family and friends. 

Info and flyers to be posted in the January monthly newsletter need to be received via email by Tuesday, December 29th. Please send information to AND This allows time for editing and clarification when needed. 

Please refer to the publicity guidelines on our website for more information.

Note: please send your submission as you'd like it to appear. We'll edit for spelling and punctuation but submissions should be written as they will appear instead of as requests.

Parish buildings are not open now, and only individuals specifically authorized for an essential service may be in them (e.g., HeartFELT food packing). Those authorized individuals must wear masks, must practice social distancing and must sanitize touch areas as they enter and as they leave. This is not a matter of personal choice and applies to everyone including volunteers, business suppliers, and contract personnel. If you note a deviation you may politely remind the individual. If you are not comfortable doing that or doing so doesn’t correct the problem, please contact a church officer.

There is now a sign-in sheet located on the desk by the downstairs entrance and another upstairs outside the ladies room. Please use these to sign-in with date and time in and out of the Hall.
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 
Christian Formation Commission:
Paul Dickson 410 257-3893 
Erryn Fleming 764 913-4042 
Living Our Values Commission:
Sherrill Munn 443 404-7560 
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 
Planned Giving Board:
Carl Bucheister 301-855-4687
Episcopal Church Women (ECW):
Cindy Overstom 410-474-0086
Calvert Arts Festival:
Lisa Herlihy 410-610-1084
Cemetery Committee:
Brian Dowell 410-257-5449
Parish Leadership

Senior Warden - Kip At Lee
Junior Warden - Patrick Herlihy
Property Warden - Tom Hyde
Program Warden - Deb Shupe
Prayer Warden - Barbara Brown
Treasurer - Steve Watson
Music director - Deb Watson
Vestry Members
Bryan Dowell - 2021
Tom Hyde - 2021
Patrick Herlihy - 2021
Nate Pope - 2022
Deb Watson - 2022
Sherrill Munn - 2022
Dave Shupe - 2023
Lissi Mojica - 2023
Barbara Brown - 2023