Sunday, May 8, 2022
The Fourth Sunday of Easter
8:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist & Youth Sunday
9:30 a.m. Christian Formation for all ages
Sr. EYC will not meet on the evening of May 8.
A nursery is provided throughout Sunday morning.

Mondays at 12:15 p.m.
Centering Prayer in the Chapel

Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7:15 a.m.
Morning Prayer in the Chapel

Wednesdays at 12:05 p.m.
Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing in the Chapel
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Click here for the May calendar of services, programs
and here for the May Lay Ministry schedule.

Mission Statement
To equip ourselves for Christ's service by gathering for worship, fellowship, prayer, and study; To minister to and support each other, and to welcome all who walk through our doors; To act as responsible stewards of God's gifts to us; And to do God's work in the world by seeking and serving Christ in all persons.
A friendly reminder…
Let’s help each other and our visitors know our names by wearing our nametags. If you have misplaced yours and need another one, check in the church narthex to see if someone returned it to the hanger or contact nancy@allsaintstupelo.org and she will be happy to assist you!
From the Rector

One of the first stories we heard during this Easter season is of the risen Christ appearing to the disciples while they are locked in a room, fearful for their safety. We might say that before Christ appeared to them, the disciples were experiencing some suffering. They were suffering because they had seen their friend and teacher killed. They were suffering because they were afraid they might also be killed. In their fear, they most likely experienced a feeling they were alone in their struggle. 

While they were together with each other, they had to feel the world was against them. The Gospel of John tells us, “the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the (Jewish leaders).” The world they knew, the world they have grown up in, and the people who they had been told to trust their whole lives were now against them. Just imagine how you would feel in that situation. I would struggle to understand all that had and is happening if I had been with them. This fear would lead me to a feeling of suffering. This is the same fear that many people face when they hear devastating health news, when they face financial difficulties, or any of the other struggles we often face in this modern world.

So, we ask, “What did Jesus do in this situation?” Jesus appears to them and offers them peace. “Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you’.” As we face struggles, uncertainties, and fear, Jesus gives us peace. This is an Easter message. Jesus not only destroyed death, but also gave us peace in this life.  

Does this mean we lack belief or faith when we can’t find peace in whatever situation we are facing? I don’t think so. Remember, we live in a hard world. A world where we all face uncertainty and struggles. We all face times of stress. Sometimes this stress can actually be helpful. In, Hard Enough Already: Following Jesus in the 21st Century, Johnny White writes, “appropriate stress level precipitates action to eliminate a problematic situation or an unwanted emotion.” Stress may help us move through our suffering by giving us a desire to end the thing that is causing us to suffer.

However, for some, the struggle and the suffering is so great they can’t move forward. The stress is overbearing. They can’t find peace. So, they become increasingly locked away. These are often the times when people question their faith. They may ask, “Where is God?” “Where is this peace that God offers us?” This is a good question. And one I don’t have an answer for right now. 

Sometimes, I think I write these articles more for myself than for anyone else. I write about some of these theological ideas and questions to help me explore them. Just so you know, because I know people care and will ask, I am not facing any major struggles right now. However, I know some people are suffering. That is why I am thinking about this. So, let me spend this week thinking about this. We will see what I come up with. Until then, may the peace of Christ be with you. 
Phillip+
Sundays at at 9:30 a.m.
in the Parlor
Led by Fr. Phillip

Come and explore where God is in our everyday life
and how to engage this question in our weekly activities and tasks.
The Sunday Lectionary class continues
9:30 a.m. in the South breakout room
of the Parish Hall
Led by Les Alvis and Caleb Bedillion

Thoughtful engagement with the Christian tradition helps us to see God at work in our lives and in the world around us. This gathering features a presentation on selected texts from the scriptures appointed for the day’s liturgy, followed by lively discussion as the class wrestles with the readings to find meanings for today. The presentations and discussions aim to be enlightening, nourishing and challenging.

With participants ranging from the outspoken to the quiet listener and everything in between, there is a place for everyone seeking to hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church. All are welcome, especially visitors and newcomers. Contact the church office to be added to the group’s weekly email list.
SUNDAY, MAY 8
10:45 a.m.

Youth Sunday
and Sr. Recognition


Our youth will be leading our worship at the 10:45 service on Sunday, May 8.
Please join us and support the youth of our church!

If you are a graduating senior and would like to be included in our "Senior Spotlight", please submit a brief paragraph about your future plans, along with a photo to tommie@allsaintstupelo.org.

Garrett Timmons will graduate from Mississippi State University with a double bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences & Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry. He will remain at MSU to pursue a PHD in Biological Sciences, with an emphasis in Ecology.  
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 @ 5:30 p.m.
Potluck Dinner in the Parish Hall
Invite a friend and bring a dish to share!

After dinner...
A Taizé prayer service is a brief, simple, meditative service, which uses silence, scripture reading and short reflections, prayer, and easy to sing music. Taizé singing is perhaps the essential element of the service. The simple, meditative songs are repeated several times as they begin to sing themselves and become a part of the worshiper’s soul. The Taizé service offers a spiritual experience that many find missing in their personal lives or in their traditional worship services. And perhaps most of all, people feel a welcoming presence, as well as a deep connection that brings them together as the people of God.

Children's Choir, Adult Choir and Handbells will not meet on May 11. All children are welcome to join us in the Level I atrium and participate in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Liturgy of the Light celebration. A nursery will be provided.
Please help Aidan Wilson earn a scholarship for college by
signing up for his virtual blood drive using this link.

To ensure he gets credit for every donation, each donor must sign up for the blood drive via the link, then make an appointment using the same e-mail address at
www.vitalant.org. The blood mobile will be parked outside of All Saints’ on Sunday, May 29 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Use the Blood Drive Code: AllSaintsschool on www.vitalant.org to make appointments for this drive. Don’t have time on Sunday? No problem! You can use the same link and website mentioned above to sign up and make an appointment with Vitalant at their donor care center on South Eason Blvd. (or any other location) before May 31, 2022. Questions/Trouble Signing Up? Just text or call Aidan or the church office for help with the process. He can also text or e-mail the link to you if you’d like to sign up on your phone instead.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
From the April
Vestry meeting

  • Reviewed Vestry Person of the Day responsibilities.

  • Continued the discussion of “Radical Hospitality” introduced at the Vestry Retreat. The Vestry agreed to activate a task force to study overall basic considerations for promoting church safety. Considerations would include not only forming a plan in the event someone is on our campus to cause harm to others but having a plan in place for severe weather warnings, fire or medical emergencies, addressing lighting issues and having current Diocesan requirements in place with volunteers and employees. Phillip and the Wardens will be working together to appoint a chair and the membership of the task force.

  • The Vestry discussed ways in which to communicate with those whom we lost touch with during the pandemic. They also discussed ways to welcome our Curate, Becca Walton when she arrives.
The Care Team provides for needs of church members, by making phone calls, sending texts and emails. In addition to our normal activities of transportation, visits, cards and notes of remembrance, meal and flower deliveries, our members do grocery shopping and errands for those who are unable to do these things for themselves. Providing services for fellow members gives joy to both recipient and provider. We cannot provide needed care without everyone’s help in notifying the office of any needs. If you'd like to volunteer with this important ministry, there are many ways to help. Contact Margaret Anne Robbins or Joellen Murphree to learn more.

In March, The Care Team made 2 food deliveries, 2 flower deliveries and visits, sent 6 cards and delivered 1 loaf of homemade bread to a newcomer.
Emergency Contact Information

You have heard of and maybe experienced one of our care team services: flowers, food, transportation to a doctor’s appointment, cards, visits and/or care to caregivers.

We have recently experienced illness and loss of life which has brought to our attention the need to have emergency contact information for our parishioners on file in our office. Too many times we have experienced this need and not had information or knowledge to assist. Please help us to help you.

If you’d like the office to have your emergency contact information, forms can be found in the church on Sundays or you can email nancy@allsaintstupelo.org with your name, and the name, relationship and contact number (with area code) of your emergency contact person. This information will be kept in our church records for emergencies only and participation in this is strictly voluntary. Unfortunately, it is just a fact of life – tragedy, illness or accidents will happen within our church family. Help us be better prepared to help you.
Historically, All Saints’ various “guilds” included a Garden Guild. As part of All Saints’ “reopening” after the COVID closures, this Spring we will reinstate the All Saints’ Garden Guild and encourage interested parishioners to participate. Potential Guild projects will involve discussion with All Saints’ parishioners about the use and beautification of the northwest portion of the campus in addition to maintenance of existing seasonal plantings.  Please contact the office if you are interested in becoming a Guild volunteer.
In April, 118 faithful volunteers served 1,156 meals to individuals, families with children, those employed who are food insecure and homeless persons. It is staffed by volunteers – more are always needed – and funded entirely by contributions. It you can help with Saints' Brew, just one day a week, please email Hannah Maharrey at saintsbrewtupelo@gmail.com. If you'd like to make a donation, we can always use coffee, powdered creamer, sugar and individually wrapped breakfast items (muffins, poptarts, etc.). If you'd like to make a monetary donation click here. Thank you for your consideration!