Weekly Saints' Alive
This Weekly Newsletter provides quick reference information for the members and friends of All Saints. We invite you to find full descriptions, flyers and lots of other information at the:
All Saints Facebook Page - facebook (link)
Website - allsaints (link)
December monthly Newsletter (link)
Other future events and details can be found on our Parish website calendar or on Facebook. The calendar can be found on the link below:
Welcome to virtual worship for this the 2nd Sunday in Advent. 

The texts for the day may be accessed here:

We begin with Isaiah - second Isaiah, this time - who offers a word of encouragement to the exiles and has them look ahead to brighter times; 2 Peter's writer also calls his or her readers to focus themselves on living lives that will hasten the coming of those days; and, lastly, Mark's Gospel takes us back to the beginning and the appearance of John the Baptist in the Judean wilderness. What's not to like?

Our readers for Advent 2 are Hope Sayles (Isaiah) and Martha Grahame (2 Peter), and our prayer leader is Deb Shupe. The third lecture in our adult formation series - Understanding the New Testament - begins at 11:30

To join the service by pc, laptop or smart device, click on this link:
If you are asked for a password, enter 014954
(You may join directly through the Zoom app by entering the Meeting ID: 715 310 766 and then the Password: 014954)
To join by cell phone (audio only)
Call in number: 1-301-715-8592 When asked for the access code, enter: 715310766#  When asked for the password, enter: 014954#
To join by landline:
Dial: 1 301-715-8592   Meeting ID: 715 310 766  Password: 014954

Link to our bulletin >>> Bulletin

Angel Tree update If you've purchased gifts for the Angel Tree please have them under the tree no later than this Sunday, Dec. 6. Hilary has to turn them all in on Monday. Thank you to all who helped give these kids a happy Christmas when they might not have had anything at all.
Communion Wafers are Available for Wednesday Morning and Sunday Eucharists

I have consecrated - i.e., blessed, set aside for this single, spiritual and sacred purpose - an ample supply of wafers and have placed them in small plastic bags. The bags will be in marked baskets - gluten free, 1, 2 or 3 - and those baskets will be placed on the altar in the brick church. They are available now for you to pick up in advance of the next Eucharist. Please take the quantity you need. (If you have more than three in your household, please utilize whatever combination will work for your family). 

A word about the wafers and how they should be handled. In short, with reverence. Which, to begin with, means to not handle them more than necessary. When you arrive at home, find a good spot to place them where they will not be disturbed by daily routines.  

And lastly, please do not take more than you need for more than a service or two. We will try to keep a supply on hand, but the bishop has asked that we not consecrate too many. So, be mindful of others who will want to receive them as well. Many thanks. I look forward to sharing communion more fully with you in our virtual gatherings.

From the Rector...

In addition to our Sunday worship, during Advent we will also celebrate Evensong on Sunday nights, at 7 PM. Dec 6, 13 & 20th

As is our recent tradition, we will once again mark the difficulty that some experience during the holidays with a Longest night observance on December 21.

And on Christmas Eve we will gather Virtually at 4 PM, the usual time for our family service. Our musicians will be presenting a musical prelude to the service, of both solo and choral music, and one or two carols to get you warmed up for what comes next...  at 4:30 we will begin the liturgy. One of the highlights will be our Christmas pageant, which will be performed in the place of the traditional Gospel reading. (We all know the story, and trust me, you will enjoy this version).

Eucharist will be part of the service and I mention that so that you will have time to plan to pick up consecrated wafers from the altar in the brick church. It will be fitting that - even at a distance- we will all share in the same bread.

Special note to our families with children: If you have not responded to the invitation to participate in the pageant, please do so, or reach out to Erryn Fleming. (errynfleming@gmail.com) There are plenty of parts to go around, and many opportunities to play more than one role (we want lots of angels for their big scene with the shepherds!!!)

Lastly, links for all of the worship events will be sent out along with reminders. I hope that you will join us as in this season we push back against the growing darkness in anticipation of the coming light.


From our Music Director:

Looking ahead to the Christmas services we'd like to include your favorite Christmas songs and carols. Please email them to me at:  dewatson94@comcast.net
Thanks so much!
Deb Watson
The latest Adult Formation offering is the lecture series Understanding the New Testament by Dr. David Brakke, based on his book. Dr. Brakke is the Joe R. Engle Chair in the History of Christianity and a Professor of History at The Ohio State University. Each lecture is about thirty minutes in length and will be followed by discussion of the material presented... at least as our starting point.
We convene on Wednesday mornings at 9 AM with a repeat on Sunday morning at 11:30. Here are the links:
If asked for a password, enter 015568

If you are asked for a password, enter 014954

A study guide will be provided to each attendee (PDF format via email). We hope that you will join us. 
Amazon Smiles If you'll be doing your holiday shopping online, please choose All Saints Episcopal Parish on Amazon Smiles. A percentage of each purchase you make will go toward funding for our Outreach programs. Consider making your Angel Tree gift purchases online through the Amazon Smiles program.
Christmas Baskets. December 1st begins the Christmas Basket Drive. This year more then ever there is a sincere need for Christmas Dinner Baskets. The cost of ONE basket is $50.00. If you are able please send a check for $50.00, to All Saints with Christmas Basket marked in Memo.
Your help in this worthwhile endeavor is appreciated.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY FOR RAISING $1,190.00 for the Thanksgiving Baskets!!! All Saints is always there for the needs of the County. Thank you!
Trivia Tonight! Friday evening, December 4 at 7 PM is the time and date for our next Trivia showdown. This month's contest is entitled "The Ghost of Christmas Quizzes Past" 
Here is the link, your gateway to the stars:

On your laptop, pc, or other smart device, click on this link:

If you are joining over the Zoom app, enter the meeting ID and password when prompted:
Meeting ID: 854 2143 1414
Password: 018091

Feel free to invite friends and family to play. Please have them contact us at allsaints1692@allsaints1692.org so we can identify them when they arrive for the quiz. 
Advent 2020 “Saturday Night at the Movies”

Join Regional Deacon Lisa via Zoom tomorrow evening, Sat., 12/5/20 beginning at 7 PM for the 1st of 3 movies this Advent. We’ll watch “The Bishop’s Wife” (1947) using YouTube & Zoom’s screen sharing option. We’ll save some time afterward to share our thoughts. Here’s how to join in:

On your pc, laptop or smart device, just click on this link: 

Or... If you have the Zoom app, open it and enter the Meeting ID: 878 1395 1329  and then the Password: 027593

Or...you can also join us on your cell phone (audio only) 
by dialing 1-301-715-8592. When prompted, enter the access code: 87813951329#  and then the password: 027593#  

Regional Lisa+
December 6th is the date for next Heartfelt Pantry, DRIVE THRU, DROP OFF Sunday. Time: 12:00 to 2:00.

 Heartfelt Food Pantry  Current Needs

Thank you for all your help in gathering food for Heartfelt. We DO NOT NEED PASTA at this this time.

However, we do need savory items: Stew, Rice-a-roni, Spaghetti and Meatballs, etc. Items that can be used as main dish items. We have pasta or spaghetti for one main meal but we need a headliner for second meal. Anything you think would be good.

We still need individual packs of crackers, plain or with cheese or peanut butter. We pair this with soup for lunch.

We always have two items of fresh fruit to go into boxes for the students but can always use induvial servings of apple sauce and assorted fruit cups. 

We are currently serving 28 students. Thank you for supporting this important ministry.
ECW parking lot Christmas Market. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Munn living room as ECW elves contribute home-made items for our Parking Lot Christmas Market Saturday, Dec 12 from 1-4 p.m. Homemade candles, cork-decorated items, lots of knit items to wear or decorate your home, bread and cookie mixes and Sherrill's pumpkin pie are just the tip of the iceberg of goodies for you to gift or keep for yourself. Shop local and support the ECW!

We'll have fire pits to keep you toasty as you shop the tents of the treasures in the Parish Hall lot.

Still haven't ordered your Glühwein? Call the Munns at 410-286-7586 to place your order for this highly prized spiced wine by this Sunday, Dec 6. Just $20 for 750-ml bottle. Microwave at home for a delicious warm drink. 

Have items to donate? Contact the Munns.
Upcoming Skills Extravaganza Shows

Patti's December 5th Christmas designs presentation will focus on your Christmas decorating. 

Brighten your holiday season with your own creations, thanks to Patti's guidance. We have so much to be thankful for, especially as God is bringing us through this pandemic and closer to each other.

Join by clicking here:
Password: 844126

OR Use the Zoom App 
Meeting ID: 83771253857;
Password: 844126
OR, call from any phone: +1 301 715 8592
Meeting ID: 83771253857
Password: 844126
Christmas Baskets All Saints Parish helps provide Christmas food baskets to Calvert County families in need. The cost of a basket is $50. You can help provide a special holiday meal for a Calvert neighbor. Just write a check to All Saints and put “Christmas Baskets” in the memo. We will collect for the Christmas Baskets until Dec. 15th
Conference Call for Prayer, Thursdays 7- 8 PM, Dial-In-Number: (701) 802-5452, Access Code: 4672453. People are welcome to contact either Barbara or me with questions, prayer requests, etc. Our contact information is: Prayer Warden, Barbara Brown, barbara_brown1@verizon.net; Deacon, Rev. Lisa Siciliano, elizabeth.d.siciliano@gmail.com 
Virtual coffee shop  We gather virtually for coffee, tea and conversation on Thursday mornings. The Coffee Shop opens at 9 AM and closes at 11. Pop in anytime and stay as long as you like.
To access the coffee shop on your pc, laptop or smart device, just click this link: 

Or... If you have the Zoom app, open it and enter the Meeting ID: 878 1395 1329 and then the Password: 027593

Or...you can also join us on your cell phone (audio only) 
by dialing 1-301-715-8592. When prompted, enter the access code: 87813951329#  and then the password: 027593#  
Parish buildings are not open now. Only individuals specifically authorized for an essential service may be in them (e.g., Heartfelt food packing). Those authorized individuals must wear masks, must practice social distancing and must sanitize touch areas as they enter and as they leave. This is not a matter of personal choice and applies to everyone including volunteers, business suppliers, and contract personnel. If you note a deviation, you may politely remind the individual. If you are not comfortable doing that or doing so doesn’t correct the problem, please contact a church officer. A sign in sheet Is at each entrance. Please fill it out with your name, date and time in/out of the parish hall. Thank you.
Reminder From the News Team. Info and flyers to be published in the December monthly newsletter needed to be received via email by Tuesday, December 29. Please send information to allsaints1692@allsaints1692.org AND allsaints1692connections @gmail.com. This allows time for editing and clarification when needed. Please submit your event in the form you wish it to appear and complete. Example: If it's a cooking show, please include the recipe with the copy.
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