August 2020 Edition
All Saints' Parish
Stirring up things since 1692
All Saints coronavirus Helpline

Welcome to virtual worship for this, the 9th Sunday after Pentecost
(Lucky Proper #13)

You can access the texts for Sunday by following this link:  
Track 2 is the place you oughta be...  as we read the last thoughts of Second Isaiah in those days of anticipation just before the return of the exiles to Jerusalem, that is, before the action switches to Paul's letter to the Romans and his exhortations to the same to live lives of peace and goodwill. In Matthew we finally get an uninterrupted passage but you just know that the preacher will find something to criticize in the way the text has been framed....  I just have a feeling.

As always, we will open the worship space at 9:45 AM to give everyone a chance to do a little greeting before the service begins at 10. And, we will once again be called into silent reflection before the service begins.

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:
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Link to our bulletin >>> Bulletin
To volunteer please contact the office 410-257-6306
Are you missing face-to-face Sunday services? We'll be back together as soon as it is safe! Take a moment and watch this fun youTube video. 
Message from Father Ken

As we grow more comfortable with Zoom I wanted to announce the opening of virtual office hours. I will make myself available for thirty minute to one hour time slots for any purpose under heaven, every Wednesday and Friday, between 1 and 4 PM. Please email me at phelpsjrko@gmail to make an appointment, (Anything from theology to baseball to mission to just checking in, the agenda is yours.)

As always, for pastoral emergencies and other urgent matters, never hesitate to call or text me at any time on 410-790-1631.
From our Music Director:

Since we are still gathering for Virtual Sunday Services and we are using primarily pre-recorded music, the need to create videos and PowerPoint presentations has become our modus operandi. It would make those presentations much more personal if, in their creation, I could use some photos that are special to our own folks. If you would like to share photos for this purpose of scenery from your travels or local scenery, flowers, gardens, wildlife...the list goes on...please email them to me at:
Thanks so much!
Deb Watson

A message from Genny Nesslage:

I am pleased to announce that I have formally been granted postulancy and begun the Diocese of Maryland's Deacon Formation Program. I would like to thank the All Saints community for your generous support of my discernment and formation process. I would not have made it this far without the help of the Vestry, my Parish Discernment Committee, our clergy, and all those of you who offered kind words of encouragement along the way. I promise to do my best and look forward to reporting back on my progress soon. Thank you!
Newsletter News...

In our never-ending quest to get you all the parish news you need in a timely fashion, please help us help you.

To that end, please remember our deadlines and honor them, especially if you honor our volunteers and their time.

Ah, now what are those deadlines?
  • Information for the weekly newsletter - published on Friday - must be in our hands by the end of the day on Wednesday. (Flyers will not be posted in the weekly newsletter, please send those in for the monthly)
  • Information for the Monthly Newsletter - which we desire to publish on the last Friday of each month - must be in our hands by the end of the day of the prior Tuesday. We will post a reminder about that deadline the week before.

So, what happens if I miss the deadline? Glad you asked: info received after the deadline will be published the following week. If the information warrants special or immediate attention, however, it can be sent out as a mid-week announcement or in special cases, a single mailing. 

We really appreciate your cooperation. It makes life easier for those who are dedicated to getting timely and accurate information to all concerned. Thank you so much.
Nate Pope tolls the bell at All Saints on Thursday, July 30, 2020. Churches across the nation were invited to toll bells for eighty seconds at 11 AM, one second for each year of the life of Congressman and moral compass, John Lewis.
Principal Mission Project Update

Vitally Important to All Saints’ Future:

The Living Our Values Commission (LOVC) would like to update you on our progress toward selection of a Principal Mission for All Saints and an important, possible change in process. You’ll recall that the Principal Mission process is part of the Strategic Objectives approved by the Parish and is intended to identify a mission worthy of considerable effort across a period of years. This is not only important for our future role in the community, but also to the process of calling our next Priest.

For several months we’ve provided everyone with various opportunities to suggest and comment on potential Principal Missions. These have included a virtual Parish meeting, mailings, surveys, social media invitations, and emails. We’re happy to say that we’ve received many replies and appreciate those thoughtful responses.

It’s become apparent that one proposed area has captured the interest of the Parish like no other: addressing Housing needs in our area, particularly for Seniors and descendants of the enslaved people who built All Saints. It’s also become apparent that a likely reason for the support for this need may be that tackling Housing could also help address other “high scorers” on the list of responses: racism, mitigating homelessness (and a lower scoring response, the opioid crises). In the comments on Housing, it also been observed that working that area may help address the more recent housing history of “red-lining” in our County (and elsewhere) that denied many people of color the opportunity to build family wealth (most families in America having had home ownership as the prime means of building their family’s economic stability).

Given these solid results so far for Housing, we are discussing with the Vestry modifying our course, which was originally planned to lead to a decision at the Annual Meeting in February. In short, we recommend accepting Housing Needs as our Principal Mission going forward and to begin working it now, rather than waiting additional months to do so. If we as a Parish do that, we have in mind as the next step to convene an online information session for all Parishioners and Friends of All Saints to which we would invite experts to talk about specific options and partners that might be appropriate for All Saints’ work in this area.

Please understand that accepting Housing Needs as our Principal Mission in no way excludes the possibility of working at different levels to address the other valid needs expressed in member responses. Housing would be our major focus of need. Also, the direction and progress made through our work on this project will be presented for review at the annual church meeting for member input. Periodic information on the project will be given to members through church newsletters and other communications.

Since this change in approach would be significant, we and the Vestry want to be sure everyone has opportunity to consider it and comment on it and we will use the full range of Parish communications to ensure that. We earnestly seek your thoughts and feelings about this proposed process change. Under the present COVID-19 circumstances, specific replies will be vitally important, but we will also need to take lack of replies as signifying consent. This makes your thoughts, now, if you are not in agreement, particularly important. Please let us know your thoughts by expressing agreement with Housing Needs as the All Saints’ Principal Mission Project or disagreement by Friday, August 31, 2020. 

Please send responses to Sherrill Munn by email:  or by regular mail: 5961 Sunderleigh Drive, Sunderland, MD 20689.
Living Our Values, Loving Our Neighbors
Sherrill Munn

With COVID-19 issues and focus on the Principal Mission Project by the Living Our Values Commission, our Core Values have slipped to the back burner, so to speak. However, that does not mean that our members are not acting in ways consistent with those values. Our Core Values came from you, the members of All Saints. So, in a real sense, as Jeremiah said about the Law of God, our values are “written on the hearts” of you, our members.
I want to highlight one member’s actions that illustrate how we strive to live our values. Most members do not want to be identified or praised for their good works, because they do it out of love for neighbors and not to draw attention to themselves. However, we have many members who regularly perform works of love for neighbors in need, anonymously, and their expressions of love are worthy examples for us all to emulate.
In this case, our member has an elderly neighbor on limited income whose home is heated solely by wood. Our member regularly delivers wood to this neighbor to insure there is always enough wood to heat the home. Our good Samaritan helps this neighbor and others in need in numerous ways. Clearly this All Saints member lives out the statement in our Core Values: “Work toward alleviating suffering and bringing healing to our communities in acts great and small.” Also, one of the ways we express the Core Value of Worship and Formation is to “Demonstrate and share the love of Jesus with others.” This member’s action shares the love of Jesus with the neighbor according to our Core Value that also defines such loving work as an act of worship. What a transformative thought to consider acts of love and care for our neighbors as acts of worship of God. Perhaps that is part of what James means in his Epistle by showing our faith by our works .
Fraud Alert

Church leaders and members have reported receiving email from a Gmail address that appears to belong to Bishop Sutton. The email is asking the recipient to take some kind of action – wire money to a specified account, purchase gift cards, or simply to reply quickly. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to stop these email attacks.

The Gmail account in question has not been hacked, it’s a fraudulent account created to look like a legitimate one. Bishop Sutton’s name and title are being used without permission and we have reported this incident to Google.

Bishop Sutton will never solicit cash gifts or request gift cards by email. If you receive any suspicious email requesting a cash gift or gift cards, confirm that request with a conversation by phone or in person.
Visit the Diocese of Newark's "Geeks for God" blog to  learn how to detect and protect yourself and others  from fraudulent email requests.
August Birthdays
Conference Call for Prayer -

our weekly conference call, for members to call in with concerns to be raised up in prayer, will be on  hiatus  for the month of August while Prayer Warden Barbara Brown takes time for reflection & rest. Have no fear, though: Conference Call for Prayer will be back in September. In the meantime, Deacon Lisa will continue praying for our congregation each Thursday evening 7-8 PM. If you have particular concerns for prayer, please contact her at  or 443-995-4891.
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#  
August Vestry Meeting
The next meeting of All Saints Vestry will be virtual, via Zoom, Tuesday, August 11th, at 7:00 PM.  All parishioners are welcome to "attend".
Upcoming Events
All Saints Cooks PRESENTS

All Saints Cooks With Cammie Weaver on August 8
Almond Bar Candy

Join by clicking here:
OR Use the Zoom App  with this information: Meeting ID: 81882920709; Password: 011574
OR, call from any phone : +1 301 715 8592 and provide the following when asked: Meeting ID: 818 8292 0709; Password: 011574
Share-A-Skill Extravaganza - coming next: Saturday August 1, 10 am. The topic will be Preventing and Controlling Pests and Disease in Your Vegetable Garden, presented by Sherrill Munn. If you want to learn ways to protect your veggies and to fight back when pests and disease appear, please join us on Zoom.

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
Share-A-Skill Extravaganza

Middle Eastern Dance is just one branch of the Folkloric Dance tree.  Bassem introduced you to some of its basic history and techniques in our first Skills Extravaganza class.  Rewatch the video and limber up!  Part 2 will take you farther into the world of this exotic, to us, dance form.  Baseem will put the various steps into a dance routine.  See you at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 15.
In case you missed them, you can see using these links:
All Saints' Cooks: Deb Watson's Cookies

Skills Extravaganza - Deb Watson Furniture Painting - Part 2
Did You Miss Other Episodes?
If the answer is YES, you can watch other video recordings. Simply go to our website at All Saints Cooks and Skills Extravaganza recording links can be found on the HOME page in the picture carousel.
On Friday evening, August 7, we will enter the most challenging of all human contests, testing the limits of our knowledge of all things non-essential. Our game begins at 7 PM. 
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 trash talking with your opponents.
This month's theme is: The Dog Days of August

Here is the link, your key to an evening of trivial frivolity:

On your lap top, 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, before the game, please check out the specials at the Scorpion Brewery in Owings - our partner in trivia for going on six years. 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. 

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  cynthiaoverstrom@gmail.c om .  If you would rather not attend with your computer, you can also call in with any phone. 
The next Zoom ECW meeting will be on Saturday, August 15 at 1 PM. 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. 
Donations needed
Pump bottle hand sanitizer and sanitizer wipes. We need people to buy these items in preparation for the church reopening and leave them in the church near the PA equipment. You can e-mail Cindy to let her know items have been dropped off. If you would like to be reimbursed, you should also tape your receipt to the item/s with your name.  
A Message From Your Planned Giving Board

The many missions and needs of All Saints Parish are met in different ways through your generosity and the generosity of others. We talk about pledges and other routine giving, but we haven’t talked much about an entirely different way of ensuring All Saints’ missions will continue. It is called “Planned Giving” and it can be accomplished at major milestones in our lives – if we have taken the time to be sure it does. Planned giving is usually accomplished by designating All Saints as one of the beneficiaries of an insurance policy, 401K, trust or will. It is a special gift; many of the significant improvements to All Saints have been the direct result of fellow parishioners taking the time to provide for her in this way. It’s for ordinary people to do, almost regardless of income level or family composition, because the good comes from the combined effect of many of us doing it. Any part of a person’s property can be designated, including just specifying a certain percent of it to
go to All Saints. That lets us provide for our families, and still help All Saints to continue to take care of them and the community long into the future.

If you’d like to see the names of some of the people who have planned a gift to All Saints, just look on the walnut and brass plaque on the north wall of the Sanctuary, near the main doors. Their promises have made them members of the Legacy Societies of both the Parish and the Diocese.

Making a planned gift is a wonderful way to support All Saints and often can provide significant tax benefits. Here’s a longer list of ways you could make a planned gift: Wills/Trusts; Charitable Annuities; Gifts of Retirement Plans; Gifts of Stocks or Bonds; Cash / Appreciated Assets; Life Insurance policies; and Real Estate or Personal Property.

If you have questions, call Carl Buchheister, 301-855-4687 or any other Planned Giving Board member: Jim Thrift; Ken McKenzie; Bryan Dowell; and Patti At Lee. Our Parish Treasurer, Steve Watson, would also be happy to discuss it with you. You might also want to discuss it with any Legacy Society member. The Planned Giving Board will be providing seminars and other information to assist you, as well as acting on behalf of all of us to expression the Parish’s appreciation for Legacy Society members.
Support a Permanent Prince Frederick Recreation Center

Did you know that five years ago, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a recommendation to build a new Community Center in Prince Frederick to serve our county residents? Until the time that a permanent community center was built, the Commissioners also approved the use of the old SMECO building as an interim mid-county Community Center.

A few years ago – fiscal year 2019, which began July 1, 2018 – the County was on the right track, with money in the budget to move ahead. In fact, the County purchased land for the new Community Center – on Fairground Road, across from Calvert High School. But, since then, County plans have stumbled – and the County Commissioners now have before them a budget that pushes out any work on the permanent HEB Community Center until FY 2026 or later!

The new permanent Community Center is essential in Prince Frederick, not just a “nice” thing to have. Prince Frederick families are among the neediest in the county, with almost three quarters (72%) struggling to meet basic needs even before the current coronavirus crisis. This is the highest rate in all of Calvert County -- more than double Calvert's overall rate of 32% and almost twice Maryland’s rate of 38%! The health and well-being of Calvert County children, families and communities always merit top priority. The Prince Frederick area is especially needy, with the high percentage of low-income families, limited public facilities, disjointed geography, and few places or institutions that support a strong and cohesive community. A vibrant Community Center is key to Prince Frederick bouncing back after this crisis!

To bring focus back to this much needed project, we are going need support from our county residents.

Facebook users – you can stay up-to-date on the Citizens for a Prince Frederick Community Recreation Center FB page, so be sure to LIKE US and invite your friends and neighbors to LIKE US as well. Together we can make this happen…SOONER THAN LATER!
Outreach Minute - The Child Advocacy Center (CAC)
The Child Advocacy Center has been one of All Saints’ focus charities for three years. It was created to help prevent re-victimization of child victims of crime, particularly sexual assaults. Until it was established in Calvert County, child victims would be interviewed repeatedly about the crime, re-traumatizing them as police, prosecutors, medical personnel, and others obtained the information necessary to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators, and to provide for their care. In Calvert County’s cutting-edge model, one of the keys to success is a purpose-built, specially designed facility where children can be interviewed one time -- for all purposes -- by highly trained experts in circumstances that are comfortable and supportive of the children. Representatives of all collaborating agencies are able to observe the interviews by remote media and, with the children unaware, interject real-time requests for additional information through the interviewers. This collaboration encourages reliable results that serve justice well, while avoiding further harm to the children. It is also a a center of collaboration to coordinate an array of resources to help these children throughout the processes necessary to obtain justice for them, and beyond. As you can imagine, such a process is expensive and can only be maintained through the generosity of people of the county who care about the welfare of these children. We’re proud to be among them. The Child Advocacy Center has been selected by the Parish as one of the beneficiaries of our Calvert Arts Festival (to include it’s alternative online format this year.)
The leader for this project is Glenn Iona. If you have any questions, please contact him at  (the conjunction between “therave” and “1999” is an underscore).
Outreach Breakfast Returns
Mark your calendars now. Our Outreach Breakfast is coming back...virtually. Ken+ will open the Zoom meeting at 9am for those who would like to have time to chat, drink a cup of coffee or have your breakfast together. We might not be sitting next to each other in the Parish Hall, but we can certainly creatively continue the tradition online. As we gather together, please consider an Outreach donation as you would when we gather together for a delicious breakfast provided by our Parish chefs. Use this link to donate: .  The first virtual breakfast together is scheduled for August 16th. Hope you can join us!
Calvert Arts Festival Virtual Silent Auction
Coming Soon!
As you know, the Calvert Arts Festival has been cancelled for 2020 due to pandemic issues. All Saints’ and the Calvert Arts Festival Team are delighted to announce that we are hosting a virtual Silent Auction October 1 - 10. We are inviting all our friends in Calvert County and beyond to join in the fun! Think Christmas gift-giving! With your help, our church will still be able to support our local Calvert County charities that work diligently to provide for the children of our county.
Items offered will come from our wonderful local artisans and from others in our community. Of course, just as with the Calvert Arts Festival, only high-quality items will be offered for auction. Mark your October calendar and stay-tuned for more info to come.

A couple of weeks ago, three families harvested 96+ pounds of potatoes from the Spudnik garden along with 20 pounds of other veggies, all for a local food pantry,..and all while Social Distancing!

Community Events

Please pass it on! Taking the census is easy, secure, and can be done online!  You can find it online at . The county is still 20% away from the goal of 90% of Calvert residents completing the census.
Community Wellness PSA

Calvert Health offers a variety of Community Wellness programs for the Calvert community. The attached flyer lists Virtual Support Groups and Classes. For more information, contact the Community Wellness Department by calling 414-535-8233
Special Projects of All Saints’ Regathering

As we look forward to a gradual, optional regathering of the Parish many of us think fondly of our beautiful and historic campus and look forward to being there together again. The fact is, though, that our lovely campus could benefit from some sprucing up to be ready for our return.  And, that’s where you come in! We’re inviting each person and household of All Saints to adopt a small part of the Campus to have it in readiness. That could be a garden in need of weeding, a doorway needing painting, a pathway needing repair…any number of things. (See the partial list below, some perfect for families to involve their children in a safe “adventure”.) The plan is for the people to be able to work on their particular project at their own preferred times, socially distanced and otherwise following safe practices. Charles Sadler, our Campus Use Coordinator, has kindly agreed to coordinate this effort. He will link people with projects, ensure you have the appropriate information and materials for the project, keep track of progress, and put together the honor roll to recognize each individual or household who played a part. If you’d like to adopt a project, or discuss it, please reach out to Charles as follows:  or 301/807-4548 (cell & text).

Special Projects:
- Sanctuary North doors painted
- Sanctuary South doors painted
- Sanctuary arched window painted
- Parish Hall upper outside doors painted
-  Parish Hall lower outside Portico repaired and door painted
- Parish Hall exterior kitchen window painted
-Ladies room (lower) painted and diaper changer installed
- Flower beds freshened (several opportunities)
- Resetting some pathway blocks on sand base
-Some work at the Oxford House date to be determined
- Other projects you’d like to suggest?
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 September monthly newsletter need to be received via email by Tuesday, August 25th. 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

Sherrill Munn
Bryan Dowell
Nate Pope
Deb Watson
Dave Shupe
Tom Hyde
Lissi Mojica
Barbara Brown