This Week's Announcements
December 3, 2018
Message from the Rector
December 3, 2018

Jesus said, "There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in a cloud' with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."                Luke 21:25-28

This Sunday we entered into the season of Advent, which is the beginning of a new liturgical year. Advent is a season of waiting and expectation. The season helps prepare us for the celebration of the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ in his nativity, and it prepares us for his second coming which we still await.

The problem with Advent is that it is countercultural. In today's world, we thrive on immediate gratification. We're used to getting information instantly via the internet. We're constantly getting breaking news updates as a popup on our cell phones. We can talk to whomever we want any time we want by phone or by text. We send live updates of our lives on Facebook. As soon as we want to share information, we pick up the phone and we call our best friend to tell them all about what's on our mind. We can shop any day of the week. We can eat any kind of fruit and vegetable we want, regardless of their natural season; we eat strawberries in December and pumpkins in July. We want what we want right now. We can travel to any continent within 24 hours. Our world is fast paced, hurried, nervous, and impatient. We hate to wait, so the season of Advent doesn't fit into our daily lives. Waiting for Christmas doesn't fit into our daily lives. Stores have been decorated for Christmas for a few weeks at least. We hear Christmas music everywhere we go. Waiting and anticipating are activities that we just don't like to do. That's why Advent is so incredibly important. Advent allows us to slow down, step back, and prepare ourselves. Advent helps us to prepare the way of the Lord.
Amid the frenzy of our time, we also live with angst, we live in fear. Fear of our enemies, fear of violence, fear of those who are different, fear of health issues, fear of lack of resources, fear of having lost loved ones. Worse still, the media and politicians help fuel our fears with their rhetoric that stokes the fires of our fears at the very heart and raise our anxiety and our angst. Not very different from Jesus' own time.

Today's gospel troubles us because it sounds too much like our own time. It makes us think that the end might be just around the corner--of course, we know neither the day nor the hour...and that's a scary thing.  But the good news about today's Gospel is that in the midst of all of the frenzy and all of the fear, God is still there, and we have the coming of Jesus, two thousand years ago and his expected return, to tell us that everything will be ok. Jesus promised never to abandon us, even in the midst of the troubles of the world; he promised to strengthen and encourage us, to equip us, not only to endure the challenges that we are facing, but to enable us to flourish. Fear and hardship will never completely go away, but Jesus's having come and his anticipated return give us courage to be faithful and loving people. That means that until he does return, we have work to do in the world being Jesus's disciples in the world to bring this message of courage and to demonstrate how to live a live of strength and courage in the midst of fearful, anxiety-provoking things. As his disciples, we can engage in the work of compassion for those who are hurting, encouragement to those who are afraid, solidarity with those who are oppressed, resistance to evil, forgiveness for those who have wronged us, and acceptance of all of God's people. And we can go forth in confidence because even if our actions don't change the world, even if what we do changes only one life, we know that Christ's resurrection has already changed the world. We can put our trust in what Jesus Christ has already done.

So we needn't live with the angst of our time, we need just to prepare ourselves, to cast away the works of darkness and put on the armor of light to go forth into the world and tell the good news that Jesus is coming. We can be the John the Baptists of our time to invite all whom we meet to prepare the way of the coming Lord.

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of  darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of  this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit  us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come  again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the  dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives  and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and  for ever. Amen.

Events this Week
(Advent 1)

Tuesday, December 4
7:30 PM - Bible Study in the Rectory
"The Gospel of Mark" (Final session)

Wednesday, December 5
(St. Clement of Alexandria)

7:00 PM - Low Mass
7:30 PM - Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, December 6
(St. Nicholas of Myra)
7:00 PM - Memorial Evening Prayer, Alma Redemptoris Mater,
& Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Friday, December 7
(St. Ambrose)

9:30 AM - Morning Prayer
7:30 PM - Enseñanzas para la Vida Diaria

Saturday, December 8
10:30 AM - Morning Prayer & Altar Guild Monthly Meeting

Sunday, December 9
(Advent 2)
7:45 AM - Angelus & Said Mass (Rite 1)
9:15 AM - Misa en Español para Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Orden Luterano)
11:00 AM - Angelus & High Mass (Rite 2)

Neighborhood Walk
by Pastor Leticia Alanis

This past Tuesday, Father and I took a walk in our neighborhood. We are intent on building relationships with the people in Woodhaven, the place where God calls us to be "the light of the world."

We walked along Jamaica Avenue as we prayed to see our surroundings with God's eyes and to hear how He may be calling us as a church to enhance the lives of our neighbors. We noticed how blessed we are to be located in a vibrant and diverse neighborhood, where people work and raise families and where there are so many small businesses that speak to the entrepreneurship and resilience of hard-working people.

This was a profound spiritual experience that allowed us to see promise in the fact that there are several schools around our church and so many young people and families that we could touch....

Before coming to Woodhaven, I served at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brooklyn and initiated there a youth program that continues to bless the church with the vitality and purpose children bring to any community. There is a fire in me when I imagine the possibilities and promise that creating a space and an offering that welcomes and support children and families would bring!

We stopped to speak with our friend 
Jack,  from the M.M HardwareStore. He is such a good neighbor, present in Woodhaven for forty years! He had words of wisdom for us:  "You need to promote your church in the neighborhood! People need to know what you offer to the community. Church is so important because it is there where people get together and find community: please promote who you are and what you offer to people!"

We saw young people of all ages and wondered about ways in which we can speak of God's love in their language. We are aware that in order to bring gospel values to the new generations, we will need to be creative and conduct activities where people feel comfortable to be who they are and walk together in a path of discovery of life's deepest questions.

We concluded our walk at the historic Neil's Tavern. This is a venue with a warm atmosphere where we could conduct gatherings in the future, following in the footsteps of Jesus who reached out to people where they were and engaged in dialogue to find deeper meaning in their lives.

Soon we will be inviting you to participate in these prayerful neighborhood walks. In the meantime, we would like to know:

  1. How could our church be a beacon of hope, love and abundant life in our neighborhood?
  2. What role could our church play to enhance the lives of Woodhaven residents?
Let's seek the answer to these questions in prayer and communal reflection!

In love and gratitude for the mission that God entrusts us,
Pr. Leticia and Fr. Whitmire

2018 Dinner Dance
Friday, November 30
Roma View Hall, Howard Beach

Thank you to the Events & Planning Committee and everyone else who helped put on this year's excellent Dinner Dance. 

St. Nicholas Visits All Saints
Sunday, December 2

Every year around the Feast of St. Nicholas of Myra (December 6), he makes an appearance to give gifts to the children of the parish.

Tuesday Evening Bible Study

The Gospel of Mark

Final night of the Series!

Tuesday @ 7:00 PM
in The Rectory

A potluck dinner is served, so bring a Bible and a dish to share.
All are welcome.

Memorial Evening Prayer, Devotions at the Shrine of
Our Lady of Walsingham,
& Benediction

Thursday, December 6
7:00 PM

This month, in lieu of the Rosary, we will be offering the Office of Evening Prayer in memory of Angelena Amachee, followed by devotions at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, recitation of the Alma Redemptoris Mater appointed for Advent, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome, and it is not necessary to be a member of the cell of Our Lady of Walsingham to participate.

Stewardship 2018
  • What is my commitment to All Saints Church?
  • How can I support the current work of All Saints Church?
  • What ministry would I like to join, or can I start a new one?
  • What will my legacy be for future generations?
Three Ways to Pledge Your Commitment for 2019

1. Download the form from the Stewardship 2018 webpage
and submit it on Sunday or by mail.

2. Fill out and submit the form online.

3. Picking up a form at church on Sunday and turning it in.

Please submit forms by Sunday, December 9.

In the final weeks of 2018, please reconcile your pledges.

For All Saints Church to do its ministry and mission, we ask for an average weekly pledge of $4,000. This week we received $1,250.
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.

Parish Hall Renovation Update

Renovation of the Parish Hall is nearing completion. The electrical upgrade is in the final phase. Shelving is being installed in closets. Cabinets and restroom fixtures are being installed. During these final weeks of construction, you may notice unusual use of our spaces and grounds. It is temporary. Your prayers and patience are greatly appreciated.


   Upper level kitchenette with new refrigerator & microwave oven

         Business & Clergy Offices                                         Kitchen

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 .

Be a good steward of God's creation and save energy!
Take advantage of this FREE program.

For more information, please contact
the Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator
Karryl -  (646) 643-3325

Donate to Disaster Relief in the US and Worldwide

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas & Louisiana and Hurricane Irma in The Caribbean and Florida, there are many places in need of disaster relief.  Natural disasters are happening all the time around the globe.  You can contribute to the many relief efforts through Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD).