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:
And, welcome to the 3rd Sunday in Advent. 

The texts for the day may be accessed here:

We begin with Isaiah - third Isaiah, this time - who offers nothing but good news to those who are returning to Judea after the exile in Babylon. Paul finished his first letter to the Thessalonians with a rather upbeat farewell; and, lastly, John's Gospel keeps us focused on John the Baptist somewhere in the Jordanian frontier near Bethany, but with a much different take on John than we find in the other gospels....  if there's time we'll talk about it.

Our readers for Advent 3 are Cheryl Thompson (Isaiah) and Patrick Herlihy (1 Thessalonians), and our prayer leader is Barbara Brown. The fourth 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

At the very bottom add the following; Reminder: Christmas Eve - We gather via Zoom at 4 PM for our annual family service, complete with special music and a virtual Christmas Pageant. 

At 7:30, we will gather on the campus to sing some carols and read a lesson or two.

And, this just in... there will be a Zoom midnight service offered beginning at 11 PM. Details to follow. 

The ECW Crafty Christmas Parking Lot Christmas

Santa's making his list and checking it twice to be sure to get the best bargains at Saturday's Parking Lot Christmas Market at All Saints' Parish Hall. Don't let him get the gifts you want to complete your shopping! Shopping spectacular is from 1 - 4 p.m.

Here's a partial list of what you'll find, all made by ECW elves and friends:

Pumpkin pies
Pecan bars
Pumpkin molasses snaps
Church crack (AKA Cammie's popular candy)
Pumpkin bread mix
White Christmas bars mix
Candy bar cookie mix
Pumpkin/walnut/parmesan biscuits
Chocolate/pumpkin/pecan brownies
Nut and fruitcake cookies

Scented candles
Princess fleece blanket
Knit and cross-stitched ornaments
Hand-holding mitten sets
Knit hats
Knit scarves
Fabric bowls
Cork-covered items from vases to tissues and napkin holders
Potato bags
Assorted decorative table-top trees
Plastic canvas decorative TP and tissue covers
Fabric gift bags
Mary Ann's family cookbook
All Saints Christmas green boot mugs

Please park on side nearest Spudnik garden. You must wear your mask over both your nose and mouth and stay physically distanced from other shoppers. See you Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Cash, checks and credit cards cheerfully accepted, as well as donations to help our ECW!

Remember to pick up your Glühwein and hot chocolate mixes!
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.
Advent 2020 “Saturday Night at the Movies”

Join Regional Deacon Lisa via Zoom tomorrow evening, Sat., 12/12/20 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.

This week's movie selection is:
12/12 – “A New Christmas” (2019), starring Prashantt Guptha, Grace Wacuka, Swati Bhise – this contemporary story shows that angels aren’t always supernatural. A film student from Kenya meets a grieving med student who’s estranged from his wife. Kioni persuades Kabir to show her New York’s Christmas decorations. In the process, he rediscovers the magic of the holiday season & sees a path to get his life back on track.s life back on track.

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 HeartF.E.L.T Update A HeartF.E.L.T. thanks to all who participated in the food drop-off last Sunday, helping us continue our mission to Feed Empty Little Tummies! Our shelves are full for this month. WooHoo!
Les Saints du Vin Holiday Wine Tasting

It's that time again, the last wine tasting of the year will be this coming Sunday December 13th at 4:00 via Zoom.   

We usually try to make the December tasting more festive than the rest of the year, and this year we have more reasons than most to spread some joy and cheer around. So I encourage you to be creative on your holiday wine tasting. You don't have to drink wine, there is gluhwein, wassle, eggnog, hot cocoa, or any other of a host of winter drinks. Of course there is also a broad variety of seasonal foods and treats. So dress for the occasion and let's share some of our holiday spirit. Hope to see you then.

Please RSVP to John Overstrom if you plan to participate. (joverstrom01@gmail.com)

We will use the same format we have been using as follows: We will have the Zoom open for people to talk together as everyone joins in. Then we'll go around to each attendee for a quick hello and welcome before we start the wine tasting presentations.  Each household uses a wine / wines of their choice, and provides their own hors d'oeurves. Each household gets about 5 minutes to present their wine, discuss its attributes and explain / describe their food selection. The presentation is intended to be fun, it can be entertaining, interesting, informative, funny, ....it may be all about the wine, or may have little to do with the wine. The format is entirely up to the presenter similar to our usual wine tasting
Below is the information to log in: 

Join Zoom Meeting by Clicking Here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84980016424 and use this Passcode: 619176
OR Use the Zoom App with this information:
Meeting ID: 849 8001 6424
Passcode: 619176
Call from any telephone:   +1 301 715-8592, and provide this information when asked:
Meeting ID: 849 8001 6424
Passcode: 619176

We are recommending two alternatives this month, the Episcopal Church Women (EWC) at All Saints have missed their fundraising events this year and have had some unplanned expenses with a failed freezer and refrigerator in the church's kitchen. Another alternative is Project Echo which is a Calvet County Homeless shelter that we have donated to in the past. We can discuss these at the wine tasting, I'm not sure how to direct the donations to the ECW at this time, but will find out.

The church's website is:
Here's a link directly to the donation page:
To donate by credit card click on the "CLICK HERE TO GIVE ONLINE" button
Once there click on "choose a fund" and select "Giving Back to Our Community" then select the sub fund  "Project Echo".
You can put in a note that says you are part of the wine tasting group.
There is also a PayPal donation button; this option also allows you to add a notation to associate the donation with the wine tasting group.
Skills Extravaganza - Ship in a Bottle

Saturday, December 19th at 10:00, the tricks and tips for building a Ship in a Bottle will be revealed! Kip At Lee will show you how, for centuries, mariners passed the time aboard sailing ships by putting miniature boats in bottles. You’ll learn how to prepare the parts of the ship, assemble them into a bundle of sticks and cloth, slide them through the narrow neck of whisky bottle, and transform this bundle into a fully rigged boat – in this case a simplified replica of “Shamrock V”, the Americas Cup Challenger sloop of 1930. At least that’s the plan…sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. You’ll be on the edge of your seats at the critical moment!

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
Our Culinary Adventures with Norm Flora Continue with the next episode of “All Saints Cooks”
“All Saints Cooks” will continue Saturday, December 12, at 10:00 AM. The recipe for this week is Grandma Dee's Chicken French.
Link to recipe >>> Recipe

Join by clicking here:
OR Use the Zoom App with this information: Meeting ID: 81882920709; Password: 011574
OR, call from any phone: +1 301 715 8592 and provide the following when asked: Meeting ID: 818 8292 0709; Password: 011574

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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