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

I was away again this past weekend, so there is no sermon from which to draw excerpts for my weekly message. Instead, I have provided links to reflections on some of the lectionary readings for the 18th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 23).

The Collect
Lord, we pray thee that thy grace may always precede and follow us, and make us continually to be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

2 Timothy 2:8-15  (Click to read the passage)
Tradition tells us this letter was written by Paul, though scholars widely agree that it was someone writing under Paul's name. The letter is addressed to Timothy, a leader of a young Christian community facing serious divisions. The author writes to instill confidence in Timothy to lead his church. As long as he follows the right path, he will find support in God. We may feel restrained in this world, "but the word of God is not chained" (2 Tim. 2:9, NRSV). The world may seem to be one of scarcity, but in God, there is only abundance.

Talking about Jesus, the letter promises, "If we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he will also deny us" (v. 12). Will Jesus give up on us if we reject him? Perhaps instead of offering a threat, the letter reveals how closely we are united with Christ; denying him is equivalent to denying ourselves. Our true natures abide in God. The next line continues, "If we are faithless, he remains faithful" (v. 13a). Both are true at the same time: rejecting Jesus is as dire as denying our true selves, and yet, Jesus remains faithful, regardless of our wavering.

* In what ways are you "chained" in life, and how does God's word offer abundance?
* In what way does our self-understanding change when we see ourselves first as belonging to God?

Luke 17:11-19 (Click to read the passage)
Jesus heals ten men with leprosy, and only one of them returns to thank him. The text makes sure to mention that this grateful, returning man is not a Galilean but a Samaritan - a foreigner. Today, we think of Samaritans as good, thanks to the Parable of the Good Samaritan earlier in Luke (10:25-37). But in Jesus' time, Samaritans were the natural foe of any story because they were considered as Gentiles. This Samaritan's behavior is a reversal, where the outsider expected to behave poorly becomes the model disciple.

A close reading of the narrative reveals two types of healing. First, all ten are "made clean" from their leprosy. But Jesus uses a different word for the one who returns. He says that the man's faith has "saved" him, according to Young's Literal Translation. When they ask him for mercy, Jesus alleviates the suffering of all ten of the men. But he only calls the one man "saved" - the one who turned back (repented) and praised God for the miracle.

* Who plays the role of the natural foe in your stories, and what would it mean for them to become the model to follow?
* What is the difference between the one thankful man who was "saved" and the other nine whom Jesus made clean?
* When good things happen, how can we remember to return to God and offer thanks?

Events this Week
(Proper 23)

Tuesday, October 15
7:00 PM - Tuesday Evening Bible Study
8:00 PM - Grupo AA

Wednesday, October 16
(Hugh Latimer & Nicholas Ridley, Bishops & Martyrs)
7:00 PM - Low Mass

Thursday, October 17
8:00 PM - Grupo AA

Friday, October 18
(St. Luke the Evangelist)
9:30 AM - Low Mass
7:30 PM - Enseñanzas para la Vida Diaria

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

Sunday, October 20
(Pentecost 19)
7:45 AM - Said Mass
9:15 AM - La Misa en Español
11:00 AM - High Mass
3:00 PM - Grupo AA

Events this Week
Tuesday Evening Bible Study
The Path:
A Journey through The Bible
A 24-week Study

Section I: September 17 - November 12
Section II: January 14 - March 10
Section III: March 24 - May 19

Tuesdays in the Rectory
7:00 - 9:30 PM

Walk in the footsteps of faithful men and women who have done their best to follow God's call. The Path is the story of the Bible, excerpted from the New Revised Standard Version so that it is clear and easy to read. Follow the path of God's love all the way from the beginning to the end, from Adam's creation to John's revelation.

With informative trail signs to help you see how each piece of the narrative fits together, The Path is an experience unlike any other: an amazing 360-degree overview of the vast, sweeping story of God's extraordinary love for ordinary people. Join us on this epic adventure, a journey through the Bible to grow closer to God.

Date Topic
October 15 I AM Who I AM
October 22 The Waters were Divided
October 29 The Wall Fell Down Flat
November 5 Election Day: No Class
November 12 The Lord Raised Up Judges

The Path can be ordered online from  Amazon for $18.29.
Also available on the Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook, and at the iTunes store.

Flu Shots

Sunday, October 27
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Upper Parish Hall

We have tentatively scheduled a pharmacist from Duane-Reade to offer flu shots here at All Saints.

Shots will be administered in the privacy of an office. Sign up is required in advance. The sign up sheets and registration forms are on the podium in the elevator lobby and on the table in the rear of the nave.

Disclaimer: We hope that the plumbing issue in the restrooms will be resolved very soon. However, if it has not been by October 27, we will need to reschedule the vaccinations.

We're looking for volunteers!
Looking for Teachers!
  • Do you like to teach?
  • Do you have experience teaching?
  • Are you interested in education for all ages?

The time has come to revitalize our educational programming here at All Saints. This will include:
  • Sunday School / Christian education for all ages
  • Confirmation / Adult Baptism Classes
  • Vacation Bible School (Summer 2020)
We need to identify persons who are interested in working in this area of ministry. If you are one such person, please speak to Fr. Whitmire, one of the wardens, or somebody on the vestry.
  • Do you care about All Saints' future?
  • Are you good at persuading others?
  • Are you thankful for God's abundance?

Consider serving on the Stewardship Committee!

You don't have to have a financial background.
You don't even have to be good with money!

You just have to care about the future of our parish, and understand that it's not just about money, and it's not just a once-a-year effort, but that stewardship involves getting others excited about investing time, talent, and treasure to support the ministry of All Saints today and tomorrow. 

Your support is CRITICAL. Please keep up with your pledges, especially during the summer.

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 $3,692.
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.

We now have a "Donate" page on the website

Donations can now be made to All Saints. You can make your donations of items for worship (e.g., bread, wine, candles, flowers, etc...), mass dedications, and donations to the Friends of Music simply by clicking on the appropriate button and following the instructions on the page. Donations toward our General Operating Expenses can also be made. The donations are collected through PayPal, which is a secure method of paying.

NOTE:  Pledge contributions must NOT be paid using the Donate page. If you want to pay your pledge online, please click the link in the announcement above to be directed to the church management website. If you have questions or problems setting up your account or signing in, please contact the church office.

  • 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
One vase of flowers for the High Altar, Shrine, or in front of Our Lady of Guadalupe (OLG)
Three vases of flowers for the High Altar
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.
Friends of Music

The Friends of Music is a new program being established to support music at All Saints Church. In addition to supporting the music for the 11:00 High Mass on Sundays and other Holy Days, the Friends will also be a resource to support evensongs, recitals, and concerts that will bring joy to the Woodhaven community. Donations of  any amount can be made to support our music program. As the Friends of Music Program develops, there will also be opportunities to make a contribution of  $300  for the music of a particular mass to commemorate a milestone life event, memorialize loved ones, or thank God for a blessing.

Image:  King David with the Lyre (18th Century), Sebastiano Conca (1680-1764),
Do you like planting flowers?
Are you interested in helping beautify the church grounds?

Consider being part of the Garden Guild. If you're interested in participating, please speak to Claudette Wharton.

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

The elevator is running! Final inspection of the gas lines in the kitchen is needed before the gas can be hooked up. Your prayers and patience are greatly appreciated.

The panel inside the cab.
Elevator is running
Going up?


Update your information.
Actualiza tu información.
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