Our Vision Statement: A community living and growing in unity with God and all people through Christ.
Our Mission Statement: To seek God in reverent worship, service to neighbors, gracious hospitality, and the pursuit of wisdom.
Dear All Saints',
First, I'd like to thank you all for the wonderful celebration this past Sunday as I officially became the eighth rector of All Saints'. I am grateful for all the work and preparation that went into such a special day. Thank you! I am so excited about the shared ministry that lies ahead of us!
Second, Melissa Simpson has begun her work as The Director of Formation for Children, Youth, and Young Adults. We are happy to have her on staff. In past conversations about the future of our parish, members have identified the growth of families and young adults in our congregation as one of our priorities. Michaelene, our recent curate, focused her ministry in this area. We are so fortunate that, as Michaelene departed for a new job, Melissa was able to step seamlessly into that ministry, allowing us to transition without losing momentum in newly-formed ministries such as the Episcopal Youth Community and At the Table College Ministry.
Some of you have asked about the funding for Melissa's position. As part of our capital campaign, money was allocated to pay for a family ministry position for two years. This money provided our half of Michaelene's compensation this past year (the diocese paying for the other half of a curate's compensation). We still have money allocated for this ministry remaining, and these remaining funds will cover almost all of Melissa's salary for the coming year.
Moreover, we are lucky to have devoted volunteers -- Sherrie Cotton and KaDee McCormick -- who spend hours each week in our office. Sherrie is currently doing the work of administrative assistant as a volunteer. Also, please remember that I am being paid for a three-quarter time position, saving the church more than $30,000/year over what had been paid previously for a full-time rector's position at All Saints'.
Therefore, the total money being used for clergy and office staff compensation at this time (including Melissa's new position) is actually almost $20,000/year
less than what was budgeted for clergy and office staff for the year 2017. If you have any questions, please feel free, as always, to ask me.
I'm looking forward to what God has in store for us as we seek to spread God's love in this place and our community!
Join us for Tailgating at Arkansas Tech University this Saturday from 5 pm to 7 pm at Thone Stadium, 1202 N El Paso Ave in Russelville. Let's give a big warm Episcopalian welcome to new Tech students, returning students and the wonderful staff, professors and coaches on campus. This will be another opportunity to welcome those interesting in joining our @TheTable college ministry. If you'd like to sign up and bring a side or drink, contact Melissa Simpson at
or 479-280-9551. We will grill hot dogs. Make sure to bring a folding chair.
All Saints Choir Returns!
The All Saints Choir will be resuming regular Wednesday evening rehearsals on Wednesday, August 28 at 7:15 pm. Rehearsals will be held in the choir loft of the All Saints' nave. We will kick off the year by singing our first service for Rally Sunday, which is Sunday, September 8 at 10:30 am. The choir will once again be led jointly by Dr. Tim and Kristin Smith.
We welcome visitors or anyone who wants to see what we are all about to join us that evening. Questions about choir? Call Kristin Smith (479) 264-1351 or Tim (479) 264-1320 or e-mail us:
We look forward to seeing you all and perhaps a new face or two as well!
Information Session on Ignatian Spiritual Exercises Beginning at All Saints'
This fall we will be offering the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises at All Saints'. Facilitated by spiritual director Brenda Stanley, these devotional exercises include daily reflection on scipture and semi-monthly group gatherings. If you would more information about this 35-week transformative spiritual journey that will be beginning soon, join us this Sunday (August 25th) after the 10:30 am service in the library conference room.
If you are currently an All Saints' acolyte or would like to be one, please come for an acolyte training session this Sunday (August 25th) at 9 am. All ages are welcome!
Calling All Eucharistic Ministers
If you are currently a Eucharistic Minister (someone who serves the wine at communion) or are planning to become one, please come to Eucharistic Minister training this Sunday (August 25th) at 4 pm. This is a time for us to go over recent changes, answer questions, and raise concerns. Hope to see you there!
Eva Cole's garden and Rhode Island Reds
Eva is committed to "feeding people;" and she's been doing this all summer by growing and sharing produce from her big garden. She grows the food in the garden spot on Crow Mountain that she inherited from her grandmother, Mary Cole, and has produced abundant supplies of squash, cabbage, eggplant, okra, watermelon and cantaloupe to send home with NT guests or prepare as part of the Saturday meal.
Eva also tends a flock of 16 Rhode Island Red hens ("they are the best layers") and cartons of fresh, pasture-raised eggs go out regularly with our guests. Protein-rich eggs and locally grown super-fresh produce - important nutritional offerings for our hungry neighbors!
All Saints' can be very proud of Eva, who is a senior at Pottsville High School, attends ATU, and grew up in our church.
Practicing Prayer: Exploring and Expanding our Friendship with God
Our next meeting is August 25 at 4:30 in the Parlor.
We have chosen Paul Knitter's book:
Without Buddha I Couldn't be a Christian
to read next. Dr. Knitter was Catholic Priest and scholar; he taught at Xavier University before leaving the priesthood. Most recently he retired from his position as Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions and Culture at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where he continues as Emeritus Professor. You can find a number of YouTube videos about his work; an interesting and brief one of Richard Rohr discussing this book is available at
Please join us on August 25 at 4:30-5:30 in the Parlor. We will pray in silence for 20 minutes and then begin our discussion of Without Buddha I Couldn't be a Christian. Please come even if you have not yet read this. All are welcome.
First Thursday Book Talks
Readers will gather on Thursday, September 5, from 12-1 in the library to discuss Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward. For more information, please see First Thursday Book Talks at All Saints' on Facebook or call Elizabeth Franks at 479-264-0336
Wednesday Evening Services
This fall our Wednesday evening services will continue to be held at 6:30 pm in our side chapel. The type of service will vary according to the following schedule:
1st Wednesday of the month: Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing
2nd Wednesday of the month: Evening Prayer
3rd Wednesday of the month: Holy Eucharist (the form of this service will vary)
4th Wednesday of the month: Evening Prayer
5th Wednesday of the month: Labyrinth Walk in Sutherland Hall
Please join us for these more intimate, contemplative worship experiences!
Poetry Slam at Downtown Russellville Art Walk
All Saints' Episcopal Church is participating in the Downtown Russellville Art Walk on Friday September 6 at 6 pm to 9 pm with our Poetry Slam. Take the stage at Depot Park to recite, sing or shout your poetry or favorite song for all to hear. Signup for time slots will be done on site. The theme will be Love and we request that poetry be appropriate for families. For more information or if you'd like to help, contact Melissa Simpson at
Caring for our Youth and our World
will be Sunday September 8, from 9 am to 10 am. Start the morning with a pancake breakfast cooked by our youth group to help support their Diocesan Activities and events at Camp Mitchell. Plates are $5 a person or $20 for a family. Then at 9:30 am hear about our upcoming youth Sunday School classes, Kids Church, Episcopal Youth Community, Episcopal Kids Community and @TheTable ATU College Ministry. If you'd like to volunteer to help the kids with pancake breakfast, email Melissa at
Join us on Sat. August 31 for weekly meal served from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.
Thanks to those whose generosity helps us serve delicious, nutritious meals every Saturday. We continue to welcome newcomers to Neighbors Table nearly every week. Please remember Neighbors Table in your prayers.
Volunteers are welcome to join the teams on Saturdays from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM or for a couple hours during this time to help prepare food, serve or clean up after lunch. Schedules and dates are listed on the sign-up white boards in Sutherland Hall. Anyone with questions or would like to serve in other ways contact Sue Hastings-Bishop can be reached by phone 231-349-3671 or email
August 31 Special Labor Day Lunch Sue Hastings-Bishop (AS Lead) with Jeannie Stone, Tony Lee, Tom and special cook Bruce Moore. Menu: Smoked Pork, roasted potatoes, rolls, cabbage salad, and fruit/cookies for dessert.
Sept. 7 and Sept 21 (Central Presbyterian Group will cook) Need Leads for the Teams.
Sept. 7 looking for, 4, people as team volunteers to help cook/clean-up
Rector's Forum, Sunday, September 1st
Join us for Rector's Forum on Sunday, September 1st, at 9:15 am in Sutherland Hall. Marianne Welch (a member of St. Peter's, Conway) will be with us to share information about medical mission trips from the Diocese of Arkansas to the western regions of Guatemala. This is an exciting ministry, and you will not want to miss this presentation!
News from Loaves and Fishes and Neighbors Table
Thanks to the members and friends of All Saints' Parish our Neighbors Table guests are receiving generous gifts of much appreciated personal care items. On Saturday, August 24, Phala Anderson and Mercedes Moss will distribute laundry detergent plus bags containing shampoo and conditioner, hand soap, deodorant, and toilet paper. These gifts were deposited in the red wagon and delivered to our altar to be blessed with the offertory during Sunday services in July and early August.
This past Saturday our guests received fresh fruit, courtesy of Don and Myra Turnipseed and Nora Judd of the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Aspen Lane in north Russellville. Bunches of grapes (green and purple) and bags of plumquats, all from the Food Bank in Fort Smith, were delivered to us in Russellville by way of the Adventist Church in Clarksville. This cooperative chain of food for the hungry will continue, and supplies are already in hand for green salads, eggplant parmesan, roasted sweet and Irish potatoes, and even fresh coconuts (perfect for the NT Luau set for Labor Day weekend!).
Remember In Your Prayers
Jack and Carol Lee, Melissa Adkison, Kenny & Shirley, Pam Van Horn, Sandy Pittman, Donna Van Horn, James and Loretta Tyson, Kay, Brenda Jackson, Tanya Bloodworth, Dodie Lamb-Roberts, Alan Sutherland, David, and Polly Murphy.
Long Term Prayers:
Sandy Britt, Gib Bewley, Tom Munson, Caleb Judd, William Gillum, Lillian Tweed, Mike Miller, Michelle, Jeannie McCabe, Arthur Hastings, Isaac, Sarah Lee, the Kellner Family, Christine Ivy, Rudy Jr., Pam Lundquist, Susan Shelton, Maxima Vargas, Don Hudson, Joy Anderson, Robert Woods, Jim and Marilyn Tischhauser, Bill and Milly Chevaillier, Mary Lu Garrett, Barbara Stoltz, Don Price, Jenni Green, Tony Pusey, Robert and Steven, and Bernice Delabra and Carina, Israel Delabra, the Espinosa family, and Nyssa and Athena Menchacha.
Readings For the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
The First Reading Isaiah 58:9b-14
If you remove the yoke from among you,
the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,
if you offer your food to the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
then your light shall rise in the darkness
and your gloom be like the noonday.
Lord will guide you continually,
and satisfy your needs in parched places,
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters never fail.
Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to live in.
If you refrain from trampling the sabbath,
from pursuing your own interests on my holy day;
if you call the sabbath a delight
and the holy day of the
if you honor it, not going your own ways,
serving your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs;
then you shall take delight in the
and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth;
I will feed you with the heritage of your ances
Lord, O my soul, *
and all that is within me, bless his holy Name.
2 Bless the
Lord, O my soul, *
and forget not all his benefits.
3 He forgives all your sins *
and heals all your infirmities;
4 He redeems your life from the grave *
and crowns you with mercy and loving-kindness;
5 He satisfies you with good things, *
and your youth is renewed like an eagle's.
Lord executes righteousness *
and judgment for all who are oppressed.
7 He made his ways known to Moses *
and his works to the children of Israel.
Lord is full of compassion and mercy, *
slow to anger and of great kindness.
The Second Reading Hebrews 12:18-29
You have not come to something that can be touched, a blazing fire, and darkness, and gloom, and a tempest, and the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that not another word be spoken to them. (For they could not endure the order that was given, "If even an animal touches the mountain, it shall be stoned to death." Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, "I tremble with fear.") But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
See that you do not refuse the one who is speaking; for if they did not escape when they refused the one who warned them on earth, how much less will we escape if we reject the one who warns from heaven! At that time his voice shook the earth; but now he has promised, "Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven." This phrase, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of what is shaken-- that is, created things-- so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe; for indeed our God is a consuming fire.
g its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
The Gospel Luke 13:10-17
Now Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, "Woman, you are set free from your ailment." When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, "There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day." But the Lord answered him and said, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?" When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.
Weekly Service Times
Sundays: Holy Eucharist 8 & 10:30 am
Sunday School for Adults 9:15am
Kids Sunday School and Kid's Connection - summer break
Wednesdays: Holy Eucharist 6:30 pm
Activities During the Week
Practicing Prayer 4:30-5:30pm
@TheTable - summer break
Young People's AA Meeting 6:00 pm
AA Meeting 12:00 noon
Healing Prayer by appointment
ACOA Meeting 8:00 am
Yoga 5:30 pm
Fit Girls 5:30 am
Bible Study - summer break
Diabetes Support: 11:00 am (2nd Wed.)
ACOA Meeting 12:00 noon
Daughters of the King 4:30 pm. (1st. Wed.)
Episcopal Youth Community - summer break
Old Hymn Sing 5:45 pm (3rd Wed.)
Choir Practice 7:15 pm
Book Talk 12:00 noon (1st Thursday)
Vestry 6-8pm (3rd Thursday)
Fit Girls 5:30 am
AA Meeting 12:00 noon
Neighbors Table: 12:00 noon
All Saints' Staff
The Rt. Rev. Larry Benfield
- Bishop of Arkansas
The Rev. Teri Daily
The Rev. Kaye Staggs
- Deacon (Retired)
Tim and Kristin Smith
- Music Ministers
Melissa Simpson -
Director of Christian Formation for Children, Youth, and Young Adults
- Parish Administrator
- Administrative Assistant
Marcia Van Horn
- Hospitality Coordinator, Office Assistant
Laura Flake, Katy Hodge Cook
- Early Childhood Teachers
All Saints' Vestry & Officers
Sheila Jacobs -
Senior Warden, and
Adult Formation and Stewardship
Ricky Duffee -
Parish Life and Newcomers
Jane McGregor -
Children, Youth, and College Life
Don Hill -
Adult Formation and Stewardship
Carolyn McLellan -
Parish Life and Newcomers
Ron Anderson -
Parish Life and Newcomers
Brent James -
Adult Formation and Stewardship
Mary Ellen Patton -
Children, Youth, College Life,
and Multiculturalism, Diversity, and Inclusion
Phone Number for Pastoral Emergencies
The priest of All Saints' wants to provide her personal contact information so that, in case of a pastoral emergency, you can easily reach her. Please save these in your personal records. This information is also available on Realm, All Saints' online directory.
The Rev. Teri Daily: 479-774-2722
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Scheduling and Submitting Announcements
Scheduling for the Church Calendar
If you would like to schedule an event or book a room for a meeting, please contact Sherrie Cotton at the church office (479-968-3622, during office hours) or send an email request to email@example.com to secure your appointment in the church calendar and to avoid double booking with another group.
Submitting an Announcement for the Newsletter
If you would like to have an announcement appear in the bulletin and/or in our church email, please submit your announcement to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 10am on the Tuesday before the Sunday you would like it to appear.