December 9, 2018 - Advent 2
In Earnest
It’s beginning to look a lot like Advent – I think that’s the way the song goes! Last Sunday we heard about the Son of Man coming in a cloud. We are about to get reacquainted with John the Baptizer – the voice crying out in the wilderness. And the wonderful hymns you won’t hear blaring out in the shopping mall. Makes you glad to be an Episcopalian!

I get energized by the season of Advent. I confess I have never looked at it as a penitential season, but I do see it as a time to get ready. And at All Saints we have much to get ready for. There’s the gifts and the pageant, there’s the cards and the services, there’s the lights and the Star that outshines all stars. I know it brings back tender memories for all – some more than others. Try not to let old wounds and hurts rob you of the anticipation that God is doing a new thing. Even in your life. 

Please read this Weekly Update for details of coming attractions. We try our best to be open and inviting. Take advantage of what is set out for your enjoyment and benefit. Lots of folks are involved in trying to offer full and joy filled worship. But their gift to you only has meaning if you embrace it!

The Adult Forum series on the Eucharist has come to an end. We had fun providing this opportunity and hope you found something of value. If you weren't able to join us or want to listen to the series again, you can do that HERE . Your clergy staff will be at “coffee hour” this Sunday at 10:15 a.m. in the parish hall to answer any questions you might have and simply to mingle a bit in one another’s company. And - we have a special visitor on Sunday, December 16 – so watch for that. 

Yes, it’s beginning to look a lot like Advent and the advent of a new day at All Saints. The party won’t be complete without you and your enthusiastic welcome of the new day.

See you in church!

Fr. Ernie 
Sponsors Still Needed for 5 Families
All Saints Church and School have reached out to Lakemont and Brookshire Elementary Schools to provide Christmas for their families who are in need of some extra help. The families are identified by the teachers and guidance counselors at the schools. Each family fills out a wish list which is sent back to us. If your family (or a group of families, friends or neighbors) would like to sponsor another family for Christmas please contact Kristin Millson for more information.
Preparing the Way
2019 Pledge Update

As of Sunday, December 2 , 240 parish families have returned their pledge cards totaling $1,328,141. Thankfully we are still ahead of where we were last year and we are hoping and praying the trend will continue so we can finalize our 2019 Budget.

If you have not returned your pledge card, please help us reach our 2019 Budget by returning it via mail, email ( ), voice mail 407-398-3798 or online HERE

Click HERE to download a printable pledge card
Click HERE to login to Access ACS to make your pledge online. If you need instructions on how to pledge online click HERE
Christmas Tea
TODAY, Thursday, December 6: 9:30 a.m.
Mary Martha Parlor
The ladies of the All Saints Women’s Thursday Morning Bible Study invite you to join us for a Cup of Christmas Tea today, December 6, at 9:30 a.m. in the Mary Martha Parlor. Bring a guest (family member or friend). The guest speaker will be Noelle Moore with the Finley Project. The Finley Project is committed to providing care for mothers who have experienced the unimaginable-the loss of an infant. They support each mother physically, emotionally, and spiritually at no financial cost to them. The Finley Project received the 2018 Best Non-Profit/Charity Award by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce through the Fan Favorite Ovations Award. Donations accepted to benefit the Finley Project. It's not too late - please come and enjoy the fellowship this morning.
Christmas Pageant Rehearsals Set
**Rehearsal at this time is for K-5th Grade Cast Member Only**
Sundays, December 9 and 16:11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 22: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Thomas Center
All cast members please reserve the remaining Sunday mornings in December for rehearsal! Beginning on December 9, we'll meet from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Thomas Center. Dress rehearsal will be held Saturday December 22 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. You will be notified via email of your child's part and rehearsal Sundays. If you'd like to help, contact Dolly at . Thank you!!
Franz Mantini Piano Recital
Sunday, December 9: 2:00 p.m.
Join us as Franz plays works by Beethoven, Granados, Schubert and Chopin. You can read more about Frank HERE . If you would like to see the complete program, please click HERE .
Christmas Music Special
Monday, December 10: 11:00 a.m.
The Fellowship Guild of All Saints Church invites you to a Christmas Program of sacred and secular music provided by Tim Smith and Katherine Bunn, playing organ and piano. Special requests and sing-a-longs will highlight their presentation. Take a moment from the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Season to relax in our beautiful church and contemplate the meaning of the Advent season as you listen to beautiful music. Following the music program the Fellowship Guild will provide light refreshments in the Bride’s Parlor. Please join us in the church at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 10. You’ll be happy you did.
Christmas Flowers
Due by Friday, December 14
As the faithful gather this Christmas Eve in anticipation of the birth of Our Savior, poinsettias, wreaths, and garlands will adorn our beautiful church. Donations toward this cost can be a special way of remembering loved ones; they can also express thanksgiving for the many blessings we receive. The Christmas bulletin will have two listings of names: “In memory of” and “In thanksgiving for.” The suggested minimum donation for each person listed is $25.00. You can find the donation form HERE .
El Hogar Planning Meeting
Sunday, December 16: 10:15 a.m.
Mary Martha Parlor

St. Nicholas Visit
Sunday, December 16: 10:15 a.m.
St. Nicholas will be visiting All Saints on December 16. You can find him mingling with parishioners on the lawn during Percolating Chats or saying hello to the children at the Grace Place Christmas Party.
Percolating Chats with
All Saints Connections
Sunday, December 16: 10:15 a.m.
Front Lawn of the Church
Join us between the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services for a cup of coffee, a pastry and fellowship between services. Percolating Chats with All Saints Connections is available on the third Sunday of each month on the front lawn of the church between the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services.
Grace Place
Sunday, December 16: 10:15 a.m.
Parish Hall
Please join us on Sunday December 16 for a very special Grace Place Christmas celebration with stories, carols, and favorite holiday treats. Mark your calendars so you won't miss it. Grace Place families check your email for ways to help and participate in our Christmas Jubilee! There will be a sign-up link in the email.
Advent and Christmas Music Program
Sunday, December 16: 2:00 p.m.
Join us for a repeat performance of a Christmas Program of sacred and secular music provided by Tim Smith and Katherine Bunn, playing organ and piano. Special requests and sing-a-longs will highlight their presentation. Take a moment from the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Season to relax in our beautiful church and contemplate the meaning of the Advent season as you listen to beautiful music. There will be a reception in the Mary Martha Parlor following the music program.
Centering Prayer
Mondays: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Chapel
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Brides Parlor
 Join us for an intimate time with God. We meet twice a week. Perhaps you would like to join us? Click HERE to read more about our ministry and for more information about our Advent Series with guest speakers Paul and Mary Zahl.
Men's Bible Study
Tuesdays: 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Mary Martha Parlor
Join our Men's Bible Study group each Tuesday morning in the Mary Martha Parlor for discussion, fellowship, and coffee. If you would like more information, contact Larry Standish at (407) 291-8608.
Sundays Music
The Choral Scholars and Section Leaders will sing at the 9:00 a.m. service and the St. Gregory Choir will sing at the 11:15 a.m. service. They will be singing How Lovely are the Messengers by Felix Mendelssohn and Thou Shalt Know Him When He Comes by Mark Sirrett.  

Due to its length (over 2 hours) and the mighty musical forces required to stage Felix Mendelssohn’s great oratorio “Saint Paul,” it is seldom presented in its entirety today. But even small slices reveal the composer’s prodigious talents. Sunday’s choir anthem “How Lovely Are the Messengers” is one of 20 choruses from “Saint Paul” (1836), which recalls the Apostle’s missionary journeys to spread the Gospel “to all the nations.” The text, from Romans 10, celebrates the faithful messengers “who preach us the Gospel of peace.”
 --Stacy Deibler
RSCM Children's Choirs
Tuesdays: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Winderweedle Auditorium

RSCM Cantorum Choir
Wednesdays: 6:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Winderweedle Auditorium

ASYM Sunday School
Sundays: 10:15 a.m.
Youth Room

ASYM Sunday Evenings
Sundays:  5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Youth Room, Thomas Center 204

ASYM Bible Study
Wednesdays: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Youth Room, Thomas Center 204

Alleluia Chapel
Sundays: During the 9:00 a.m. Service
Alleluia Chapel

Grace Place
Sundays: 10:15 a.m.
Cotten Education Center

Love Wins Weekend
Saturday, December 8: 8:30 a.m.
Thomas Center
Sunday, December 9: Following the morning services
Breezeway near the Cotten Education Center
Please arrive at the Thomas Center at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday to pack food boxes and/or stay after the Sunday morning worship services to pick up a food box or two along with necessary information to deliver to local Winter Park-area families. 
Coalition for the Homeless
Tuesday, December 18: 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Thomas Center Kitchen
All Saints volunteers will prepare and serve a hot meal to residents of the Coalition for the Homeless. Bring a cap to cover your head while serving in the kitchen and meet us at 5:15 p.m. at the doors of the Thomas Center to load the prepared meal into cars. We usually return by 6:30 p.m.

Healing Service
Tu esdays: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Please join us this Tuesday for Evensong, Eucharist, Anointing of Healing, and Individual Prayer. See you at 6:00 p.m.!

Healing Ministry
Noon Hour of Devotion and Prayer
Tuesdays: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Glennon House

Healing Ministry Prayer Lines
If you are in need of specific prayer, please contact us via email or phone. Simply give us your first name, last initial, and a brief description of your need. Your request will be prayed for daily by each member of our prayer group, The Daughters of the King (DOK), for one month. We can be reached by email at or by phone at (407) 599-4325.

Gift Shoppe
Monday - Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sundays: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Gift Shoppe
Come in and see what's new in the shoppe. We are open Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. V isit us on Instagram and Facebook to see fabulous new gift ideas, jewelry, and home decor.
Student Coffee Shoppe
Volunteers Still Needed
Sundays - Thursdays: 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Winderweedle Classroom
Please contact Charli Jane Braun at if you would like to assist this ministry. Many students from Rollins College have studied and had coffee or tea every evening. All of them have expressed how much they appreciate All Saints providing this space and refreshments.