This Week's Announcements
January 14, 2019
Message from the Rector
January 14, 2019

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."                                           Luke 3:21-22

This week we celebrate the Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ. As Christians, we learn that baptism is the death to sin and rebirth into new life as a member of the Body of Christ. Through baptism, we are adopted as children of God and become partakers in the divine nature. We become a part of a historic, ancient assembly of believers that we call the Church. So, why would Jesus--the one who is the Son of God, the Word made flesh, the second person of the Trinity, one who is also without sin--why would Jesu need to be baptized?

The reason Jesus was baptized was not to remove the stain of sin or make him a member of his own self. For Jesus, baptism was the means by which a revelation of the divine could occur; at his baptism "the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, 'You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.'" In that moment, the fullness God in the Holy Trinity--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--was present among humankind and revealed for all the world to see and know. It was also a hearkening back to creation when the spirit of God swept across the waters and the Word of God said, "Let there be light." We are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. That action is the outward and visible sign by water, which confers upon us the inward and spiritual grace of 1) union with Christ in his death and resurrection; 2) birth into God's family the Church; 3) the forgiveness of sins; and, 4) new life through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Through our baptism, we who are born fallen men and women because of the fall of Adam and Eve become renewed creatures, restored to wholeness with God through Jesus Christ who is the new Adam. In our baptism we become partakers of the divine nature of God. From baptism, we are given the charge to proclaim to the world that God, indeed, exists and dwells in a broken and fallen world. That is a beautiful message, especially when daily life can certainly bring us down and trouble our spirits. That is a message that the world needs to hear. No matter what, we are loved by God, we deserve respect, we are equal in the sight of God, and we will receive his infinite mercy and forgiveness. Let
 us go forth, therefore, in the name of Christ to bring new light to the world and reveal God's glory in all that we do.

Events this Week

Tuesday, January 15
7:00 PM - No Bible Study tonight.

Wednesday, January 16
7:00 PM - Low Mass
7:45 PM - Choir Rehearsal

Friday, January 18
(Confession of St. Peter)

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

Saturday, January 19
12:15 PM - Senior Lunch Program

Sunday, January 20
(Epiphany 2)
7:45 AM - Said Mass (Rite 1)
9:15 AM - Misa en Español (Orden Luterano)
11:00 AM - Sung High Mass (Rite 2)
12:30 PM - Annual Parish Meeting

Annual Parish Meeting
January 20, 2019
12:30 PM

Normal Sunday Mass Schedule
7:45 AM - 9:15 AM - 11:00 AM


Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers of All Saints Episcopal Church, 85-45 96th Street, Woodhaven, New York 11421, shall be held at 12:30 PM on Sunday January 20th, 2019, in the nave of the aforementioned church.

All ministry heads are hereby requested to prepare and print your respective reports of the year past and your plans for the current year, for distribution the meeting. The Chairperson shall present, for ratification, the Ministry Plan and the vestry approved operating budget for the year 2019.

At the election stage the following offices would be declared vacant:

  1. WARDEN for a term of two years (2021) - ONE position.
  2. VESTRYPERSONS for three years (2022) - THREE positions.
  3. VESTRYPERSON for a one year (2020) unfilled term - ONE position.
Elections to fill these positions shall be subject to the following terms of-

No person shall be eligible for election as a church warden, unless that person also be a confirmed communicant in the Episcopal Church and have served this parish, All Saints Episcopal Church, Woodhaven, in the capacity of vestryperson for a minimum of one full term or three years, nor be eligible for election as a vestryperson unless that person shall have been baptized. Persons of full age (18yrs or older) belonging to All Saints Episcopal Church, Woodhaven, who have been baptized and are regular attendants at its worship and financial contributors to its support for at least twelve months shall be deemed to be qualified voters.

Persons being nominated to fill any of the vacant positions must themselves meet the criteria of qualified voters, must have given their consent to the nomination and would be expected to live up to the Expectation of Vestry Persons. All nominations must be seconded by a qualified voter. Such names, accompanied by a brief written (summary) biography of the candidate should be submitted to the Rector, on or before Sunday January 13th, 2019, to facilitate entry of the candidate's name on the ballot. Nominations from the floor will be accepted subject to the qualification and eligibility requirements being met, including a written brief bio, of such nominees as stated above, and nominees must be present to accept or decline their nominations.

Support All Saints
  • 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?
  • What's coming in 2019?
    • New parish office staff (parish administrator & sexton)
    • Increased usage of the parish hall space for church business and programs
    • Robust music program
    • Increased ministry to the Woodhaven neighborhood
We want your full support!

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 pick up your pledge envelopes for 2019.

The pledge envelopes for 2019 are ready and available in the rear of the nave. Envelopes have been assigned to persons who completed and submitted pledge forms. Those who contribute online or who give lump sum contributions are not assigned envelopes; you may still use the white general use envelopes available on the table in the rear of the nave; please write your name or envelope number (if you have one) to receive credit. All contributions are recorded in our online church management system. For All Saints Church to do its ministry and mission, we ask for an average weekly pledge of $4,000. This week we received $3,745.
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.

Confirmation & Adult Baptism Classes are beginning soon!

Orientation - Sunday, January 27
1 PM

Preparation Classes for Confirmation and  Adult Baptism will begin with an orientation on Sunday, January 27 at 1 PM. Classes will be held every  Sunday from 1-2:30 PM here at the church from February 3 through May 26. Baptisms will take place at the Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 PM, and Confirmation will be on Saturday, June 1 at 10:00 AM at the  Cathedral in Garden City. The classes are open to any person age 13 or older. Parents with children 12 and under who wish to have their child baptized should speak directly with Fr. Whitmire or Pastor  Leticia.

Candlemas is Coming Soon!

Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, Cornelis de Vos (?-1651)

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, commonly called "The Purification of Saint Mary the Virgin," is the feast day on February 2nd known as Candlemas. At this feast, it is customary to bless the candles for the year, and to bless the candles that will be used during the procession at the liturgy -- and, coincidentally, as many candles as possible are lit for this service, in keeping with the theme of Jesus Christ being the "Light to lighten the Gentiles". The blessed candles are then taken home to be used by the parishioners during the coming year. Whilst the historical use of these candles has varied across the ages, they were certainly lit when praying for family members who were sick, when there was a time of danger or trial, and particularly if the priest came by to visit the sick.

A great idea for Candlemas candles in the homes is to use them for family devotions. A family purchases enough Candlemas candles to last the year, and then takes them to Church on the Feast of the Presentation and Purification to have them blessed. They are then used throughout the year, e.g. after dinner each night for a short time of prayer and catechizing.

All Saints Church is collecting donations towards the purchase of these candles. Candles are $2 for singles, or $10 for a bundle of five. You may purchase as many as you wish. Please see Fr. Whitmire, Hazra Whitney, or Lance Davis for more information.

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.

What is the Partnership Steering Committee, and who's on it?

Perhaps you've heard talk about a steering committee for our partnership with All Saints/Todos los Santos Lutheran. Who are they and what do they do?

Their purpose is to help discern what our partnership will look like and to get that on paper. They will also help in allowing you to share your thoughts and opinions as we continue to discern. They are not a replacement of the Vestry, nor of any ministry or committee that currently exists.

Members of the Steering Committee

All Saints
Episcopal Church
All Saints/Todos los Santos
Lutheran Church

Anestha Crawford

Alexis Cornejo

Enid Kelly

José Sedano

Godric Pursoo

Oscar Sedano

Maria Jaya

David Rueda & Johanna Vilches

Parish Hall Renovation Update

Renovation of the Parish Hall is nearing completion. The final step of the electrical upgrade is still pending. The floor tiles have been installed on the lower level. During these final weeks of construction, you may notice unusual use of our spaces. Your prayers and patience are greatly appreciated.


                        Kitchen                                                 Lower Level

                    Lower Level                                                   Upper Level

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

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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).