This Week's Announcements
May 13, 2019
Message from the Rector
May 13, 2019

"My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand." The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
    John 10:27-28 (NRSV); Psalm 23:1, 6 (KJV)

This past Sunday is called "Good Shepherd Sunday" because we hear in the gospel lesson echoes of the words of Jesus: "I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and my own know me." The shepherd lays down his life for his sheep and protects his sheep from the wolves that sneak up intending to snatch them away. We are comforted in the knowledge that no matter what, God always has our back. That idea is reinforced in no better way than in the words of Psalm 23: "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want," because God's goodness and his mercy will follow us all the days of our lives and we remain in his comforting care forever. 

That's a very powerful thing, especially during the scary times in our lives when we aren't sure what's going to happen next and those times when we feel helpless and hopeless.  When we proclaim the Easter message that we have seen the risen Lord, we are saying to the child afraid for her safety at home, to the spouse victimized by domestic violence, to the college student who wonders whether there will be any jobs after graduation, to the person fearful of being stopped by police because of his skin color, to the police officer who never knows what will happen when she arrives on the scene, to the person midway through life afraid of losing their career, to the retiree with no idea of what to do with so much free time, to the one mired in grief at the loss of a child or a spouse, to the person shattered by the disintegration of a relationship, that when life conspires to make us feel unsafe and unworthy, God's undying, unconditional, and unyielding love will get us through it. "My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. No one will snatch them out of my hand." We live in scary times, but, no matter what, God will not abandon us and a better day is coming.

However, as we proclaim the message of Easter that we have seen the risen Lord, we acknowledge that God lives and moves among us, but we are the mouths, hands, and feet of God in the world. Inasmuch as God always comforts and shepherds us as our shepherd, we are also responsible for being shepherds to each other. It is our duty as Christians to live our lives in such a way so as to demonstrate that God does not abandon his people, and that God's transformation of life here on earth is done through us. It's up to us to help make this world a better place for ourselves and for our sisters and brothers.

This understanding of what it means to be part of the flock of Jesus Christ, sheep who know his voice and follow him, is seen in our lesson from the Acts of the Apostles today in which Peter brought Tabitha (Dorcas) back to life. Peter had taken seriously Jesus's command to him that we heard last week to feed his sheep and tend his lambs, and was thus empowered to continue God's work in the world. As members of Jesus's flock through our baptism, we are shepherds too, charged with caring for each other. Our response to whatever is happening in our lives, in our nation, and in the world, even how we vote, should always reflect the vows that we take in our baptismal covenant: to seek and serve Christ in all persons, to love our neighbor as ourselves, to strive for justice and peace among all people, and to respect the dignity of every human being.

Who is our shepherd? God is. Why do we need shepherding? Because when things in this life that attack us from all sides and we can't see our way forward, we are reassured that God will never abandon us. And the skin that we give in this game of life as sheep in the fold of Jesus Christ is that we shepherd each other to make a difference in somebody's life and bring us all just a little bit closer to the realization of God's Kingdom.


Wishing all Mothers of All Saints a

Happy Mother's Day



The Men of All Saints are planning a special reception to honor Mothers following the 7:45 & 11 AM Masses this Sunday, and there will be a special program following the 9:15 AM Misa en Español. Please join us in celebrating great moms!

God our Father, we give thanks for the mothers in our lives. Motherhood does not come with a manual, and reality teaches us that some mothers excel while others fail. We ask for your blessings for all mothers and forgiveness where it is needed. This Mother's Day we remember the many sacrifices mothers make for their children and families, and the ways-both big and small-they lift children to achieve dreams thought beyond reach. We also remember those women who have helped fill the void when mothers are absent or die prematurely: grandmothers, aunts, sisters, cousins, teachers, pastors, coaches, mentors, and the men who take on that role. To those who are mothers, we ask for wisdom and humility in the face of the task of parenting and being a mother. Lord, give them the strength to do well by their children and you. In the name of Jesus Christ, your son. Amen.



Thank you to everyone who participated in
St. Hilda's Guild's
Annual Bake Sale.


The sale was a success and raised $638. The proceeds from the bake sale will go toward the  John T. Schnabel Scholarship Fund,  which awards $250 to members of All Saints who are graduating  from high school or above this year and will be continuing on to further education in the fall.


Events this Week
(Easter 4)

Monday, May 13
7:00 PM - Monthly Vestry Meeting

Tuesday, May 14
7:00 PM - Tuesday Evening Forum
Inwardly Digest: Fundamentals

Wednesday, May 15
(Easter Feria)
7:00 PM - Low Mass
7:45 PM - Choir Rehearsal

Friday, May 17
(Easter Feria)
9:30 AM - Low Mass
7:30 PM - Enseñanzas para la Vida Diaria

Saturday, May 18
12:15 PM - Senior Lunch Program
Church of the Resurrection, Kew Gardens
10 AM - 4 PM - Sacred Sites Open House

Sunday, May 19
(The Fifth Sunday of Easter)
7:45 AM - Said Mass
9:15 AM - La Misa en Español
11:00 AM - High Mass
1 PM - 4 PM - Sacred Sites Open House

Tuesdays in Eastertide!
May 14 - June 18
During Eastertide,  come explore the treasure that is our Book of Common Prayer,  and discover how it can shape your daily life!


Daily spiritual practice takes dedication and discipline, and we often wonder where to start and how to keep it from feeling like yet another task on our to-do list. In this grounded, practical book, author Derek Olsen uses The Book of Common Prayer for a template to a deeper spiritual life. Olsen explains the purpose and intention of the prayer book with fresh insight, offering practical applications for daily living.



Tuesday Evenings
7 - 9:30 PM
in the Rectory

Join us for a potluck dinner and discussion.
Bring a dish to share.

Purchase the book through  Amazon ($20) or Forward Movement ($22).







Sacred Sites Open House

Saturday, May 18
10 AM - 4 PM
&
Sunday, May 19
1 PM - 4 PM

All Saints will be participating in the Annual Sacred Sites Open House, sponsored by the New York Landmarks Conservancy. "This year's theme, From Medieval to Modern: Celebrating New York's Religious Art and Architecture, highlights the broad spectrum of historical periods, faith traditions, and styles of religious architecture found in communities throughout New York State." (from the NYLC website) Mr. Allan Smith, local historian, longtime member of St. Matthew's, and friend of All Saints, will be here sharing the exciting history of our building and giving tours.



Classical Music Concert

Monday, May 20
7:30 PM
in the nave


The Queens Symphony Orchestra will present
a delightful concert of music from the Baroque Period.



  • 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.
All Saints Vegetable Garden

There seems to be a growing interest in planting a vegetable garden here on our church grounds, and space just in front of the parish hall has been designated for that purpose. This would be a wonderful opportunity to get involved in the good use of God's creation, and a chance to get our children and youth involved in a fun, educational ministry. If you have any interest in participating, please speak with Claudette Wharton or Fr. Whitmire.

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.
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

More work was required before the connection to street power could take place, and a wider sleeve was installed underground last week. We are now awaiting an inspection and final connection. 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 $1,671 in pledge support.
 
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.
 


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