This Week's Announcements
April 22, 2019 (Monday in the Octave of Easter)
Message from the Rector
April 22, 2019 (Monday in the Octave of Easter)

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
The Lord is risen, indeed. Alleluia!

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him." When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?" Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away." Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni!" (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, "Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'" Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord!"                                                                                           John 20:1, 11-18a

The Holy Triduum is the journey from servanthood to kingship. Jesus showed us that in order to show real power, it is necessary to become like the people being served. In order to lead from darkness into light, it is necessary to be part of the experience itself. In order to save humanity from eternal death, Jesus had to become one like us and die like us in order to lead us to have eternal life. If only our human leaders could lead so boldly! If only our leaders felt what their people felt, endured what their people endured, understood how the people they lead live from day to day, then our world would be more like what God imagines and how Jesus told us it could be. If only leaders today could stop pontificating, acting as if they know better than anyone else, and lead as if they were a servant. And I'm not just talking about civic and government leaders. I mean church leaders, ministry leaders, parents, mentors, even friends giving "friendly" advice. If we only put each other into each others' shoes, if we were willing to share anothers' experience, then we would all be better off.

Whenever we feel like we have been defeated, the Easter message reassures us that victory is possible through Christ. His crucifixion seemed like the powers of the world had won, but Easter is the declaration that, No! God is the victor. St. John Chrystosom said over 1,600 years ago:

[Jesus] destroyed Hades when He descended into it. He put it into an uproar even as it tasted of His flesh. Isaias foretold this when he said, "You, O Hell, have been troubled by encountering Him below."

Hell was in an uproar because it was done away with.
It was in an uproar because it is mocked.
It was in an uproar, for it is destroyed.
It is in an uproar, for it is annihilated.
It is in an uproar, for it is now made captive.
Hell took a body, and discovered God.
It took earth, and encountered Heaven.
It took what it saw, and was overcome by what it did not see.
O death, where is thy sting?
O Hades, where is thy victory?

We can't always choose the battles that we must fight in life; we don't even know how long our life is going to be. But the message of Easter is that no matter what you're going through, you have the victory. No matter where you've been in your life, you have the victory. No matter who loves you or who you love, or even if you think nobody loves you at all, you have the victory. No matter what the powers of this world try to do to you, in Christ you have the victory.

When Mary Magdalene left the tomb, she went and told the disciples, "I have seen the Lord! She proclaimed the good news that Jesus is alive! And we're supposed to carry on that message everywhere we go from the walls of All Saints Church to the streets of Woodhaven to the four corners of the globe. Christ is alive! The words of St. John Chrysostom again:

Christ is Risen, and you, O death, are annihilated!
Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down!
Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is Risen, and life is liberated!

Because he lives, we can face tomorrow. Because he lives, all fear is gone. Because we know he holds the future, life is worth the living just because he lives.
Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
The Lord is risen, indeed. Alleluia!

Resource
St. John Chrysostom, from his Easter Homily, written ca. AD 400.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who offered their gifts of time, talent, and/or treasure to make Holy Week and Easter a glorious time. Through our recalling the story of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, God was duly blessed, praised, worshiped, hallowed, and adored!

I am on vacation this week, but am still reachable for any pastoral emergencies.  

--Fr. Whitmire+

Events this Week
(The Octave of Easter)

Friday, April 26
(Friday in the Octave of Easter)
7:30 PM - Enseñanzas para la Vida Diaria

Sunday, April 28
(The Second Sunday of Easter: Low Sunday)
7:45 AM - Said Mass
9:15 AM - La Misa en Español
11:00 AM - High Mass

All other regular weekly activities are cancelled this week.
The Church office is closed.
Some pictures of our Easter Celebration

Here are selected pictures from Easter Day taken by parishioners. Thank you for sharing these with us.



Unas fotos seleccionadas de
Some selected photos from

LA PASIÓN DE CRISTO
THE PASSION OF CHRIST

A passion play presented
by the members of
La Comunidad Luterana de Todos los Santos
and
All Saints Episcopal Church








Sunday, May 5 @ 12:30 PM

All are invited and encouraged to attend a parish town hall meeting for updates on the state of the parish, the parish hall, and to give you an opportunity to share your thoughts and concerns.


  • Would you like to commemorate a birthday or anniversary?
  • Would you like to offer a memorial on behalf of a loved one?
  • Would you like to simply thank God for his amazing blessings in your life?

Consider donating a vase of flowers, making a contribution toward the bread and wine we use at mass, or contributing toward the cost of the candles we light at the altar, the Blessed  Sacrament candle beside the tabernacle, or the candles in the Shrine of Our  Lady of Walsingham. The breakdown of donations is as follows:

$10 (each)
Bread, wine, Blessed Sacrament Candle, Shrine candles
$30
One vase of flowers for the High Altar, Shrine, or in front of Our Lady of Guadalupe (OLG)
$75
Three vases of flowers for the High Altar
$100
Full church (three vases of flowers at the High Altar, one vase in  the Shrine, and one vase in front of OLG)








Donations must be placed in one of the white envelopes from the back table  in the nave (ushers or altar guild members can assist you in finding one).  Please indicate what your donation is going toward and write your name or  put your pledge envelope number at the top, so it can be recorded for your  giving statements. Envelopes should be given to Rena Chetram (7:45), Aura  Troché (9:15), or Hazra Whitney (11:00). The funds are given to the Altar  Guild for the purchase of these items.

LIVING OUT OUR MISSION
Articles, photos, and videos about how All Saints is living out its mission.

The mission of All Saints Church is to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord by our participation in the Eucharist, our fellowship in oneness and diversity, by respect for each other, and through outreach into the community.
During Holy Week, Fr. Whitmire, Ms. Marion Brown, Mrs. Chandra Chester, and Mrs. Enid Kelly visited Ms. Shirley Patterson, who is temporarily shut-in, for a Home Eucharist service and lunch. 
If you have an interesting story, photo, or video that features an example of living out All Saints' mission, please e-mail it to Fr. Whitmire by 6 PM on Sunday.

Parish Hall Renovation Update

The final step of the electrical upgrade is scheduled to take place on April 22. The power will likely be shut off that day. God willing, renovation of the parish hall will be completed soon thereafter. During these final weeks of construction, you may notice unusual use of our spaces. Your prayers and patience are greatly appreciated.


Upper Level
Upper Level


 









                        

Fireplace
Lower Level














Kitchen
   
Kitchen













Stairwell

        



Your support is CRITICAL. Please keep up with your pledges.

Our financial situation is extremely tight at present. For All Saints Church to do its ministry and mission, we require an average weekly pledge of $4,000. This week we received $2,118.
 
You can pay your regular pledge and make other contributions to the General Church Fund online, or you can check the status of your contributions. Go to our church management page, called OnRealm. Contributions can be made by e-check (preferred) or by credit/debit card, and are automatically credited to your church record within one or two business days.  Click here to be directed to OnRealm to sign in or create a password. If you have any questions or trouble signing in, please send us an e-mail or call the church for assistance.
Update your information.
Actualiza tu información.
 
Please click below to be directed to our website where you can download the Demographic Information Form. You may attach it to an e-mail and send it back to the church, or place it in the designated box on the table in the rear of the church.
 
Por favor, haz clic abajo para dirigirte a nuestro sitio web donde puedes descargar la forma demográfica. Puedes adjuntarla a un correo electrónico y enviarla a la iglesia, o ponerla en la caja designada en la parte de atrás de la iglesia.
 


Pastoral Care Opportunities offered by Pastor Leticia
Oportunidades de Cuidado Pastoral ofrecidas por Pastora Leticia

Sometimes we all need a listening heart to process the questions we face.

Give yourself the gift of a confidential conversation that is nonjudgmental, open to YOUR questions and spiritual challenges, and fully supportive of your life quest and spiritual needs.  Hard or challenging times need not be walked alone.  All Saints wants to be there for you, whatever the pain or need.

To schedule a conversation or visit, please call 718-350-9536 or 
click here to e-mail Pastor Leticia.



Hay tiempos cuando todos necesitamos un corazón que escuche para poder procesar las cuestiones que la vida nos presenta.

Date el regalo de una conversación confidencial donde no serás juzgad@, donde lo que importa son TUS preguntas y donde encontraras apoyo para tu búsqueda personal y tus necesidades espirituales.

En tiempos difíciles no es necesario caminar solo.  ¡Todos los Santos quiere estar ahí para ti!

Para acordar una convarsación o visita, llama al 718-350-9536 o envía un correo electrónico a Pastor Leticia, por tocar aquí .

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