I can’t believe December has come already. More than most in the past, this year feels like it has flown by—time flies when you’re having fun! But during this season of Advent, we are reminded to intentionally slow down…to be present in the here and now. It is tempting to rush this season to get to the big finale of Christ’s birth, but there is so much to be gained during the journey towards that festive occasion.
Believe me, I love the holidays as much as anyone (reminder, the Holiday Rectory Open House is this evening from 6-9pm—hope to see you!!), but along with just celebrating and taking in all this season gives us, I invite you to look seriously at volunteering at some of the many opportunities we have to slow down, pause, be present, and give back.
On Saturday, 12/3, from 9am-1pm, there is a Clean-Up Dayat the church to help prepare for Wreaths Across America and next week’s Christmas Market. Speaking of Christmas Market, we still need volunteers for next weekend to help this event be successful and raise the funds needed for the ECW to do their (and God’s) great work. And please consider signing up to volunteer for Safe Nights (January 1-8), where we house those without a home during these cold winter months (see announcements below in newsletter for details).
It is in giving that we also receive, and what better way to help prepare for the ultimate gift of our Redeemer, Jesus, on Christmas than through practicing that giving ourselves.
Worship leaders for the month of December 2022
It's time to order your poinsettias and send in your dedications to the office. There are also copies of this form in the back of the church for your convenience.
Adult Formation--Advent Book Study
Starting November 27th from 9:15-10:15am (formation time between services), our Ministry Intern, Jen Altomare, will lead us through an Advent Book Study. This will be a three week offering, and the book will be provided. Please find Jen on Sunday to receive your book!
Plans have been finalized for a Christmas party for Calvert County foster kids on Sunday the 11th from 1-5 pm. We'll be hosting a pizza party lunch with Santa and treats and games sponsored by Calvert Family Advocates and the Foster Parents Association.
All Saints Campus FUN, FOOD, and FOLIAGE Cleanup
Come out tomorrow, December 3rd, 9 AM – 1 PM alone or with your family to help beautify our Campus ahead of December 10th Christmas Market and our 1st ever Wreaths Across America on December 17th to honor the veterans in our cemetery. The weather looks to be dry and near 60 degrees. This is perfect to have fun in the leaves with your kids and others so we can showcase a clean Campus for the community to see at these events.
All you need to bring is your gloves, rakes, tarps, blowers and above all yourself to make this another successful clean-up day. Come for a few hours or stick around for a free light lunch thanks to the Episcopal Church Women (ECW). Refreshments will be provided throughout the da.y
For more information, contact Glenn Iona, 301.787.6133 or sign-up on JustServe.org
Christmas Market 2022 – The finish line is close!
This year’s Christmas Market is only a week away. We have a fewitems on our to-do list to focus on and complete and we need your help.
1. We still need a few folks to sign up to volunteer. You can SIGN-UP HERE or you can sign up in person at the back of the church or by calling Tam. We would like to have all the slots filled by 12/4 for planning purposes.
2. Bake sale items are needed. The more the merrier - we always sell out! Please drop off baked goods (cookies, pies, cakes, bread, muffins or candy) in the kitchen on Friday or before 9 am on Saturday morning before the Market opens for customers.
3. Invite your friends and neighbors! Personal invites are great publicity.
4. Engage in social media to help publicize the event. Go to the All Saints Christmas Market Facebook page and LIKE, COMMENT and SHARE!
5. Consider purchasing 50/50 raffle tickets and/or selling tickets to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Tickets will be available at coffee hour on Sunday and at the Christmas Market. It's a great way to increase our ECW earnings and to increase the winner's earnings!
If you volunteer and would like a boxed lunch, please let Lissi know via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 12/5. Please give her your choices from the following, so she can purchase the food:
Rye or Wheat bread Mayo or Mustard
Ham or Turkey Lettuce Tomato Onion
Swiss or Provolone cheese Diet Pepsi Sprite Water
Most importantly, come, have fun, shop ‘til you drop and catch the Christmas spirit!
Please help the Silent Auction with your Donations
The Christmas Market is just over a week away! Please consider donating to help us raise funds for the many worthy charities, community causes, and our parish. Some ideas include quality items from your home, collectables, memorabilia, gift baskets, gift cards for spa or dinner at your favorite restaurant, or just about anything with retail value that will solicit bids of $20 or more. Thank you for your consideration and generosity.
Don’t forget to check the All Saint’s Social media sites for an early look at some goodies you may want to bid on.
Please contact Glenn lona by email email@example.com or cell (301.787.6133) to arrange for a pickup or drop off for your donations. A photo, description and fair market value for each item will be helpful.
Safe Nights Sign-up
With the help of Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, All Saints will be Hosting Safe Nights January 1-8, 2023 this year.
Safe Nights provides winter protection for Calvert County’s homeless population by offering shelter in a clean and safe environment. Host shelters will provide a warm bed, breakfast, a bagged lunch and dinner. Shelter hours are 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., seven days a week. Learn more about Safe Nights at this LINK
There are many ways to participate. To sign up, please visit the link below, use the sign-up sheet located in the back of the church, or contact Fane Lineback at 240-721-0529.
Every year since 2008, Congress proclaims a Saturday in December as National Wreaths Across America Day. This year, it will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. This is the first year that All Saints cemetery will participate in this very special program, and currently the only location in Calvert County to do so! Be a part of the ceremony to Remember and Honor the veterans who were buried in our cemetery at noon on December 17th. As Americans, we have much to be grateful for, and countless heroes to thank!
Did You Know?
2022 Wreaths Across America Theme: Find a Way to Serve
The inspiration for this year’s theme came from a few different places and seemed to be a recurring conversation throughout the last year. Notably, the American Rosie Movement which highlights the stories of the World War II-era women known as Rosie the Riveters, or simply “Rosies.” These women pulled together to do the work that needed to be done for our freedom. The movement encourages youth to get involved in their own communities to serve in small ways that can make a big impact.
At the last Outreach breakfast, in a heartfelt commemoration, the kitchen was dedicated in loving memory of Ed Dorsey for his many years of commitment to the All Saints community. Here are some memories from that day.
2 - Bryan Dowell
4 - Bud Miller
10 -Emily Crumbacker
12 - Chuck Shefflette
14- David Bury
14 - Jon Bury
16- Alison Schatz
20 - Xavier Dailey
24 - Sam Schatz
25 - Gloria Fleshman
26- Judy Seversen
27 - Betty MacDonald
A very happy anniversary to David & Cammie Weaver on the 6th, Dave & Kathy Trimble on the 20th, Joseph & Betsy Van Auker on the 20th & Norm & Mary Flora on the 28th
Andre & Annie Henderson
Ersky “Butch” Freeman
Michael & Corben
Those who face mental health challenges, Wanda and her clients, Those experiencing homelessness, Caregivers
The Men’s Breakfast Is Saturday December 3rd at 9:00 AM, at Trader’s Restaurant, 8132 Bayside Rd, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732. Plan on eating on the Deck as weather permits. The purpose of the Breakfast is pretty simple: get together, have a breakfast of choice, and light conversation – or to put it another way, exaggerate like heck! “Membership Criteria” also simple – anyone who wants to take part! It’s a pay as you go arrangement, so bringing some small bills is helpful.
Our final ECW meeting of 2022 will be held at Dream Weaver in Prince Frederick on December 17th at 9AM. All women (18 and older) are welcome to participate!
The knitting/crafting group continues to meet on Thursdays from 1 - 3 PM. Every other week is in- person. If you would like to join us and are not receiving our emails, please contact Cindy Overstrom at firstname.lastname@example.org.If you would rather not attend with your computer, you can also call in with any phone.
The Connections Commissions now has a YouTube channel for all of our Zoom videos, including our Skills Extravaganza, All Saints Cooks and Spudnik Training episodes. Sermons and special services are now being recorded on Zoom and added on YouTube as well. You might be amazed at the things you will learn! You can find us on the All Saints Parish 1692 You Tube Channel and here's the link.
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.
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.
The bulletin may be found just below. [Please note: unlike our 10:30 AM service on Zoom, the 8 AM service is not interactive. You will be able to view the liturgy and the sermon, but will not be able to see or speak with the other viewers.]
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 and Music Commission:
Deb Watson 301-801-0960
Parish Family Commission:
Kelly McDonald 864-556-2555
Christian Formation Commission:
Rev. Andrew Rutledge
Living Our Values Commission:
Giving Back Commission:
Patti At Lee 202 669-5594
Deb Shupe 410-231-8150
Glenn Iona 301- 802-9162
Planned Giving Board:
Carl Bucheister 301-855-4687
Episcopal Church Women (ECW):
Deb Shupe 410-231-8150
Calvert Arts Festival:
Barbara & Steve Buck:
Brian Dowell 410-257-5449
Calvert Concept for Reconciliation and Housing:
Kip At Lee
Senior Warden - Adriane Hope Sayles
Junior Warden - Ken McKenzie
Property Warden - Filo Blake
Prayer Warden - Barbara Brown
Treasurer - Steve Watson
Music director - Deb Watson
Elected Vestry Members
Bryan Dowell (2022)
Glenn Iona (2023)
Ken McKenzie (2025)
Deborah Plumley (2025)
Norm Flora (2025)
Lloyd Kinch (2025)
Lissi Mojica (2022)
Malane Silver (2025)
Matthew Schatz (2025)
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