March 17 , 2020

 As you all know, our Bishops and Diocese recommended that we cancel all worship services through March 22. We have also cancelled all groups, meetings, and activities for this week and next. Unfortunately, this also includes the scheduled Blood Drive, our Lenten Dinner Series, the Lenten Lunch and Program, and Choir Rehearsals.

For resources on how to worship at home, please visit the Diocese of Virginia's website. If you would like to access the Book of Common Prayer online, click here.

While we are still unsure of the future of our events and worship services, we are all in this together, and will get through it! 
Join us in prayer with the following prayer from The Rt. Rev. Susan Goff:
O God, the source of all health: So fill my heart with faith in your love, that with calm expectancy I may make room for your power to possess me, and gracefully accept your healing; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  

Or this prayer that was shared to us from a parishioner:
God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm
and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to us
as we wait in uncertainty.
Bring hope that you will make us the equal
of whatever lies ahead.
Bring us courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness;
you are God, and we need you.

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How to Watch our Live Service on Sunday
If you tuned into our first facebook live on Sunday at 10:30am, you know we had a few technical difficulties. We have worked through those and are excited to live stream our service again this Sunday at 10:30am. Visit our facebook page a few minutes before 10:30am on Sunday, March 22 and look for our live stream video. We will send out an email reminder Sunday morning with a copy of the bulletin so you can follow along.

To view John's sermon from Sunday, click here. Or you can watch the entire service by  clicking  HERE . If you need help, email Winston .
During this difficult time, it is important to stay connected while still practicing "social distancing". We would like to host a virtual Bible Study. If you are interested in joining this, please click here to vote for your preference on which day of the week.
During this difficult time, we would like to remind you to please continue to pay your pledge.  60 percent of the church's monthly expenses are comprised of salaries and benefits of our staff as well as fixed expenses to maintain and operate our building. Even though we will be curtailing non-essential expenses, we need to maintain a cash inflow to maintain the operations of our church home. 

If you would like to submit a donation online, click here, or you can sign into your realm account.

In addition, we will be helping several families that need assistance in feeding their children since the schools are now closed. If you would like to contribute separately to our human needs fund, please make sure to indicate that on your check. As always, all donations are tax deductible.
The bottom line is we need to sustain the cash inflow that comes into the church on an ongoing basis, even during this health crisis where we have had to suspend our weekly church services.

We are grateful for your continued support during this time.
Emergency Outreach Opportunities
If you missed our email yesterday, you can read below for outreach opportunities. 

What we can do to help today - For the time being and until we develop a more comprehensive approach, we are asking for donations of grocery gift cards to Walmart and/or Kroger, only and in $25 increments. Those are the primary and easiest stores these families can get to in their area. Gift cards are preferred because they are an immediate, albeit temporary, solution that provides families the freedom (and helps preserve their independent dignity) to purchase what best suits their needs. Gift cards also allow us the flexibility to disperse the assistance where it is needed the most in the moment. You may drop the cards off in the portico (the Preschool entrance area) in their locked drop box. When you enter through the unlocked gate (as seen in picture below), the drop box is to your immediate right. If you need further help or instructions, please email John or Winston.
  Preschool Portico Entrance      Locked Drop Box

Additional ways to help - As mentioned, Henrico Public Schools is doing an amazing job of assisting our students and arranging for ways for the community to help in this time of need. For information on the various other ways you can support families in the area through the schools please follow this link. If you are inclined to make additional monetary donations to the Schools assistance program, please follow this link.  
Christian Education Updates

Knights of the North Castle VBS
Mark your calendars for July 6-10

Click HERE to download a registration form. Completed forms and payment can be turned into the church office. We'll need lots of help that week. Won't you consider helping us? Questions? Email Joan Dalrymple 
Won't you consider helping with Children's Chapel where the lesson, a craft, and snack are prepared for you and a teen or other adult will assist? Get to know our awesome younger Saints and be back in church after 40 minutes. If your children are going to Children's Chapel or have in the past, we'd love to have your help, too. Use this link to sign up  HERE.
Lemonade & Cookie Hour Hosts Needed

**New Dates Added**

We are looking for volunteers to help "host" the Lemonade and Cookie hour after the 10:30am service on Sundays. Duties are: bringing a treat to share, making sure the table is set up in Thornton Hall, greeting and welcoming parishioners and new people and helping with the quick clean up. Please click HERE if you can sign up to help.
All Saints Episcopal Church | 804-288-7811 |  |
8787 River Road
Richmond, VA 23229