All Saints' Episcopal Church Newsletter
August 2, 2020
Our Vision : A community living and growing in unity with God and all people through Christ.

Our Mission : To seek God in reverent worship, service to neighbors, gracious hospitality, and the pursuit of wisdom.
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community


Trouble Finding Our Services Online?

Join us Sundays at 10:30 am for Holy Eucharist and Wednesdays at 6 pm for Evening Prayer. Each service will be streamed or uploaded to our YouTube page, but sometimes the video is not easy to find.

  • From our church website, www.allsaintsrussellville.org you can click on the graphic at the bottom of the page that links to YouTube. There you will also find the service bulletins.
  • If you're late to the service, don't worry! We have it enabled for you to rewind the service while we're live so you can start from the beginning.
  • If you miss the service completely, we will post the links on Facebook and our website once the video is done processing on YouTube.
  • If you would like to request a DVD of the previous services please let our office know.
  • Please feel free to interact during the broadcast in the comment section.

If you are having trouble finding the video, go to the All Saints' YouTube page, click on videos tab under the All Saints' page. Then you should see the Live video. If the time of the service arrives and the video is not active, simply refresh the page. Make sure to subscribe to our channel, where you'll receive alerts when we go live or have new videos. We look forward to seeing you online!

Rector’s Forum This Sunday

Part I: Gregory of Nyssa the Soul’s Ascent to God
Part II: Looking Ahead to In-Person Worship in Small Groups

Join us for Rector’s Forum this Sunday. From 9 am to 9:40 am, we will discuss Gregory of Nyssa and his work Life of Moses. Just as Origen (whom we discussed earlier earlier this year) taught that the highest value of scripture is not to be found in its recording of historical events but in its ability to bring the soul ever closer to God, so, too, did Gregory of Nyssa. In his later work, Life of Moses, Gregory reveals the scriptural narrative of Moses’ life in its “spiritual sense” – that of the soul’s progressive knowledge of God and communion with God. 

From 9:40 to 10:10, we will discuss what it might look like to find creative and safe ways to worship outdoors in small groups in the coming weeks.

To join Rector’s Forum, the Zoom link is as follows: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83297384376 .
Theologian and author Thomas Jay Oord Visits All Saints' via Zoom

Our Faith & Friends group has been reading Thomas Jay Oord's book The Uncontrolling Love of God: an Open & Relational Account of Providence. In this book, Oord explores how an all-loving God can be at work in a world marred by evil. Tom Oord will join us for a conversation about the book on August 2nd at 5:30 pm (30 minutes earlier than our usual Faith & Friends meeting). If you would like to be part of the conversation with Dr. Oord, feel free to read the book on your own and join us via Zoom at the following link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84494780921 .
Small Groups at All Saints’

This particular time in our history requires some creativity and flexibility in our life at All Saints’. We are placing all members and those who attend All Saints’ on a regular basis into groups of 10-15 persons. As we continue with significant restrictions on in-person gathering due to high
levels of Covid-19, small groups will help us remain connected with one another and to share any important information. In addition, when we do begin worshipping together, small groups may provide a safe avenue by which to do so.

I realize that many people are tired of online meetings, so please know that these small groups are not meant to take tremendous energy or time. But they will, hopefully, enable us to be in touch with one another and to function more effectively. You should be hearing from the facilitator of your group in the next week or so. We also hope that the facilitator position on the team may be passed along every few months to another member of the group. Thanks!

Rev. Teri Daily
Education for Ministry at All Saints' Episcopal Church

Casey Anderson-Molina and Ricki Duffie are recent EfM, Education for Ministry, graduates. They completed a four-year course of study through
the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. EfM students study the Old Testament and New Testament, church history, and Christian
theology. The also participated in study and discussion of other common texts and in theological reflections.

Casey had this to say about his EfM experience:
“The strongest description I can give about EfM is that it changed my life. EfM helped me know who I am as an Episcopalian and as a Christian. I
decided to enroll in EfM primarily because Julie Hodges invited me to explore my ministry. At the time, I was still defining ‘ministry’ with the
definition I was raised with in my fundamentalist, Pentecostal upbringing. I thought it would mean something like being a Sunday School
teacher and/or a preacher. Interestingly enough, I eventually became Sunday School teacher, and (as you all know) I am exploring the call to
the priesthood. I wouldn’t be doing my experience in EfM justice if I didn’t acknowledge its effect on my aforementioned role and call.
However, what I believe was the most important occurrence of EfM was learning how to take the wonderful things that is part of our church
and apply them to the world around me. I read a Facebook post this week from someone saying, “the church has left the building.” I believe
EfM teaches us to do just that! Also, shameless plug: Charlie is wonderful mentor!”
Ricki shared her EfM experience:
“EfM this year has been one of the best experiences of my life. It deepened my faith in so many ways! In this 4th year,
I explored modern theological writings in a wonderful group of other seekers. Mentored by Charlie, our group was exciting, inspiring, often
hilarious, and deeply spiritual. I learned that my conception of God was too small, and that God IS! - no quibbling! I began EfM about 15 years
ago in Upper New York State, but did not get the 4th year. I am now looking forward to doing the first three years over, and hope to become a
mentor myself.”

EfM will be enrolling new and returning students for the 2020-2021 class year soon. More information will be provided in the weekly
newsletter. You may also text or email Charles Tyrone at (479) 857-0480 or ctyrone_49@hotmail.com for more information.
Compassion Camp - A Virtual/At Home Vacation Bible School at All Saints'

Our camp concludes tomorrow, July 31, but the videos will remain online on YouTube and Facebook for families to watch at their convenience. There's no time like the world we live in to teach our children (and remind ourselves) how we can be more compassionate to others and ourselves.

If you didn't get a packet to take home, please reach out to Melissa Simpson and she will provide your family with one when she returns to the office on August 9th.

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Forward Day by Day Available

The new edition (August/September/October 2020) of Forward Day by Day, a daily devotional guide,   is now available in the church office. On the cover this month is a picture of a stained glass window at Saint George's Epsicopal Church in Dayton, Ohio. This window is dedicated to the memory of Absalom Jones, the first African-American person ordained an Episcopal priest. Did you know that Absalom Jones is also depicted in the All Saints' window above our altar? He is located on the left side, about half-way down following the left-side curve of the window. These works of witness remind us of the truths told by Absalom Jones and the struggles still faced by the church in coming to terms with racism, slavery, and marginalization. If you would like a copy of Forward Day by Day  mailed to your home, please contact the church office. Large print copies are also available.
Out of the Office

Melissa Simpson will be out of the office from July 31 to August 8, returning August 9. If you need any assistance or info in the newsletter, please contact Sherrie Cotton or Rev. Teri Daily.
New Tree in honor of Deacon Kaye Staggs

A Gray dogwood tree (Cornus racemosa), planted in honor of Deacon Kaye Staggs, now stands near the stone altar in the All Saints’ churchyard. This dogwood, an Arkansas native tree, was added recently to our grounds near the new watering faucet in the outdoor altar area; it serves to replace a maple tree that went into the ground at the time of Deacon Kaye’s retirement. The maple received much TLC from members of the Green Team but didn’t make it. The new tree will have clusters white flowers in the early spring and came from the Native Plant nursery of Parishioner Mary Ann King, who says that if it is happy in its new home this Gray dogwood could produce shoots for more trees. In future years we might enjoy a small grove of dogwoods forming a backdrop for our stone altar.
Neighbors Table at 200!

Opportunities to help in two-hour slots.
Especially need clean-up help.

We are looking for helpers to clean up 12:30 to about 2:00. We don’t expect a weekly commitment, but we do need your help. Since we have moved to drive-thru, our volunteers work 2 to 3 hours at a time in four
main areas: cooking, filling to-go containers, packing meals into bags for distribution, and cleaning up. Safety precautions are followed from start to finish.

We are socially distanced. Masks and gloves are provided if you need.
Would you like to help? Please call or text Catherine at 479-264-4346. We will find a time and task that suits you, and show you how we do it now.
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Bath Soap and Toilet Paper for Loaves and Fishes

Loaves and Fishes, a part of the Neighbors Table ministry, asks for donations of bath soap and toilet paper to provide to our guests. Due to Covid precautions, Neighbors Table asks that you bring your donations to All Saints’ Episcopal Church on Saturdays between 9:00 AM and 12:30
PM. Please place your gifts in the Loaves and Fishes Wagon at the door outside Sutherland Hall.

Masks for Neighbors Table Guests

To help our Neighbors Table guests protect themselves and those around them, masks are being offered to our drive-thru guests. Over half of these guests are over sixty years old, and the masks are appreciated. Donations of masks, homemade or commercial, are suggested to the Loaves and Fishes ministry.
Memorial Garden Water System Update

The roses in the Memorial Garden are beautiful and continue to thrive under the care of several volunteers, who've relieved Hugh Silkensen and other members of the Green Team in caring for that part of the All Saints’ grounds. Years ago an automatic drip watering system was installed in that area by Dennis Applebaum and Del Danielson. More recently, the task of setting up and monitoring the timers for that watering system was handled by Sandy McGregor.

Professional Landscaping companies can be hired to maintain our watering system, but maybe there is a member or friend of All Saints’ who would like to take on that task? Diagrams of the system and guidance are available; if you are interested in knowing more about how to contribute in this way to All Saints’, please contact Carolyn McLellan at 479 264-5969.
Join us every Wednesday for Evening Prayer at 6pm on YouTube or Facebook. Please enjoy this video from July 29, 2020 with Melissa Simpson.
First Thursday Book Talks

The Thursday afternoon book talk will take a break for the month of July and return on August 6th . Our book will be "How to be an Antiracist" by Ibram X Kendi. We will gather at noon on Zoom. Please contact Elizabeth Franks or Rev. Teri Daily if you'd like the link to the Zoom meeting.

Please celebrate the following birthdays this week with us:
Mindy Hudson, Noma Kellner, and George McLellan.

 O God, our times are in your hand: Look with favor, we pray, on
your servants as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow
in wisdom and grace, and strengthen their trust in your goodness
all the days of their lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For those celebrating an anniversary this week with us:
Amy Adkison.

O gracious and everliving God, look mercifully upon your servants who come to renew the promises they have made to each other. Grant them your blessing, and assist them with your grace, that with true fidelity and steadfast love they may honor and keep their promises and vows; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Please let the office know if your birthday or anniversary has been missed.
Enneagram on Zoom

Our weekly Enneagram class is moving to the next book, "The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth" by Christopher L. Heuertz. The class will be lead by Rhonda Wolf, Sheila Jacobs and Suzanne Hodges. We will continue with Chapter 7 on August 4th. It's never too late to join.

Tuesdays at 7pm.

Zoom Meeting ID -697-974-768

If you would like more information please contact Rhonda Wolf at rhondagalewolf@gmail.com
Neighbors Drive Thru
Please remember Neighbors Table in your prayers. We’re still serving our guests! Meals are being served in take-out containers. Drive through in our parking lot is available 11:00 to 12:30; meals are also available to be delivered. 

All preparation from start to finish is being done with careful attention to safety procedures. This means much of the cooking is done ahead of time. On Saturday morning the meal containers are filled, all parts of the meal packed into plastic bags, and distributed to drive through guests or by delivery.  

If you would like to help with any part of preparation please contact Catherine Crews by text or phone, 479-264-4346 or email,  catherine.crews@icloud.com If you would like to have meals delivered, please contact Karla Powell at (479) 857-0839 and please leave a message.  Meals requested by 7 pm on Friday will be delivered on Saturday.
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All Saints’ Guidelines During The COVID-19 Pandemic
 
All Saints’ is committed to the safety of our members and the community. Therefore, we are asking that all abide by the following guidelines when on our premises, inside and outside the building.
 
1)      Gatherings will be limited to ten persons or less, inside or outside the building.
2)      Masks will be worn upon entering the building, and a six-foot distance will be observed between people whenever possible.
3)      Upon entering the church, hands will be sanitized (preferably using the hand sanitizer pumps installed at each major entrance).
4)      Tables, computers, and other equipment to be used will be cleaned thoroughly before use, as well as door handles and light switches if possible.
5)      The same will be cleaned upon preparing to leave the building.
6)      Gloves and masks will be worn while preparing food in the kitchen.
7)      As with Neighbors Table, care should be taken to reduce the number of people who must share any given room.
8)      Meetings and classes will be conducted online. (Twelve-step groups will make their own decisions in regard to this. Those attending the meetings will enter the classroom through the door which leads directly from the outside, and participants will limit their use of the building to the bathroom and the classroom.)
9)      Those streaming worship services from the church will also take care to have no more than ten people in the building and to maintain six feet between persons.
10) The church is closed to casual drop-in visits.
Remembering in your Prayers
 
Weekly Prayers :

Miguel, Jon & Pam, Maree Paw and Ka Hsaw Wah, Betty, Tony,
Lawrence, Kenny, Shirley, Michael, Dylan, Tom, Barbara, Rhonda. Kathy, the Tyson family, those who struggle for racial equality, all who have contracted the Covid-19 virus, and those who have lost loved ones in the pandemic.

Long Term Prayers :
 
Sandy Britt, Susan Durham Shelton, Bernice & Carina, Tom Munson, Don Cave, Caleb Judd, Arthur Hastings, Isaac, Sarah Lee, the Kellner Family, Rodolpho, Jim & Marilyn Tischhauser, Israel Delabra, Jack & Carol Lee, James and Loretta Tyson, Nyssa and Athena Menchacha, Wyatt Sherman, Ann McCorkle, Jeffrey & Jennifer Whitehead, Jordan Hein & family, and Kenny.

To request changes or updates to our weekly or long term prayer list, please contact our office at allsaints@allsaintsrussellville.net
Readings for Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
Please click on the blue scripture to link to the readings

The First Lesson

The Response

The Epistle

The Gospel
All Saints' Staff

The Rt. Rev. Larry Benfield - Bishop of Arkansas
The Rev. Teri Daily - Rector
Tim and Kristin Smith - Music Ministers
Melissa Simpson - Director of Christian Formation for Children, Youth, and Young Adults 
KaDee McCormick - Parish Administrator
Sherrie Cotton - Administrative Assistant
Marcia Van Horn, Ron Anderson, Lori Price - Office Assistants
Jessie Cave and Bethany Wilder - Early Childhood Teachers
 
All Saints' Vestry & Officers
 
Carolyn McLellan - Senior Warden
Don Hill – Junior Warden
Ron Anderson – Junior Warden
Mary Ellen Patton
Thomas Parton
Diane Yarbrough
Elaine Tise
Brandon Etzkorn
Rudy Delabra

- Treasurer
Sherrie Cotton - Secretary
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Giving at All Saints'

During this time of social distancing and staying home, it is important that we are still able to support our parish and our community through our financial gifts. Contributions may be mailed to the church office or to give online, go to allsaintsrussellville.org and click on GIVE located on the bottom of the web page. You can designate your donation toward a specific ministry or our general fund.