All Saints Church

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November 2, 2018


Stewardship Sunday

     This coming Sunday is Stewardship Sunday, the day parishioners present their annual pledges at the altar, making a commitment to be good stewards of all God has given them and trusting He will continue to provide in the year ahead. The pledges will be brought forward during the offertory time, instead of passing the collection plates. 
 
     Those who already pledged electronically can bring forward their weekly donation to represent their tithes. Some may also feel moved to fill out the covenant cards (found in seat back pockets and at the projection booth), offering their time and talent in the form of volunteer service at All Saints’ Church. 

     We’ll also be offering something new this year.  Bins will be set up on either side of the altar to collect cans and non-perishable food donations. While all are encouraged to bring something for the bins, this also provides a way for Children who might not be ready to participate in tithing to feel included in this congregational outpouring of love and thankful generosity. 

     Still praying about your pledge? Please come forward anyway to offer God your willingness to tithe and request the Lord’s help in getting there. Simply bow your head and offer a brief, silent prayer. Additionally, anyone with an offering who does not wish to step forward can opt to give their offering to one of the ushers at the door.


Of Note This Week Save These Dates!

  • Worship with us Tonight!
  • Board Game Day tomorrow
  • Prayer Vigil tomorrow
  • November 9-11: Men's "Advance" Retreat
  • Nov. 16/17: DOMA Synod
  • Nov. 30-Dec 2: Youth F'Winter Retreat

Want to get a head start on the readings for Sunday's services? By request and with great joy, here they are!




Revelation 7:9-17

Psalm 126 (BCP)

Ephesians 1:11-23

Luke 20:45-21:4

 

Think/Act/Be(lieve) Like Jesus Readings for this week:
Chapter 11: Worship (sanctuary teaching) and Chapter 12: Prayer (small groups)

Search Committee Update
The Search Committee met for the 7th time this past Sunday and finalized our candidate questions for when we begin to do interviews, initially by telephone and/or Skype in November, and later in person for those we consider to be the strongest two or three candidates. We spent some time in prayer and listening to the Lord during our meeting and will continue to do that in future meetings. This past week saw no new applications come in, so we ask all who are praying to join us in asking the Lord to send us additional qualified candidates. Please also pray for the entire search process, for the health and stamina and protection of the committee members and their families, and that the Lord would reveal His choice to the committee and to the person He would have be the next Rector of All Saints’ Church.

Prayer for All Saints' Church
Every other week, we will post a new prayer for our church as we walk through this interim season together. Please include these to your prayer routine throughout the week. This prayer can also be found in the Prayers of the People section of the weekly bulletin. This week's prayer is focused on the leadership:

"We thank God for His merciful and bountiful provision for All Saints’ Church in the past. We now pray that each parishioner will seek and hear God’s guidance concerning what to return to Him in pledges for the 2019 stewardship campaign."

 

Upcoming Events

By The Way...Be sure to TURN BACK THE CLOCKS TOMORROW NIGHT! You don't want to arrive too early for Sunday's services!
 

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Come Worship with us Tonight!
First Friday Worship is quite possibly the most peaceful and uplifting way around to end a busy work week. In bringing our weary, overworked selves to Jesus and lifting up His name in praise, we are rejuvenated and revived. He takes our burdens and accepts our praise, then sends us all home with joyful hearts. Do you want to experience this phenomenon for yourselves? Come tonight, at 7:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Bring a friend!

Prayer Vigil November 3

Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. (Malachi 3:10)

The Prayer Ministries Team has planned a vigil in the prayer room on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. The focus will be on All Saints’ giving for 2019, as Nov. 4 is the day on which we offer our pledges to the Lord. A sign-up sheet & materials are in the atrium; choose the hour best for you. There are several ways you can participate:
1. Sign up with your small group, community group or ministry group.
2. Sign up for one of the guided prayer times, which will be listed on the sign-up sheet.
3. Sign up with friends or family.
4. Sign up individually. If you prefer to pray privately, sign up to use Prayer Room A or B.
We hope two or more individuals will be praying together in the main prayer room each hour. In addition, three or four of these hours will offer guided prayer for 6-8 persons. If you’ve never prayed in a group setting, one of these guided prayer hours would be ideal. Guidelines for group prayer will be shared and a leader will facilitate.
Men should pray with men, and women with women, if only two
persons sign up to pray together; a husband and wife may sign up together. Please plan on taking part in this critical prayer vigil.
God takes our giving seriously.

Board Game Saturday
A shout out to children of all ages! We’ll be gathering in the multipurpose room at noon tomorrow, November 3, to compete head-to-head in some of the most grueling competitions known to man—Board Games! What’s your favorite game? Old favorites like Stratego? Apples-to-Apples? Parcheesi? Or something newer like Sagrada or Clans of Caledonia? Bring it! Grab your chess and checker boards as well. Tables will be set up for children and adults—the more the merrier. Our hope, if this family event proves to be popular, is to host Board Game events monthly. Watch the weekly newsletters for more information.

Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, brings joy and hope to needy children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God’s love. Since 1993, more than 100 million shoe box gifts have been delivered to children in more than 130 countries and All Saints’ Church has sent thousands of them!  Shoeboxes are available in the Atrium with instructions for packing.  Pick up yours on Sunday!  All Saints’ OCC Collection Date is Sunday, November 18th.

Thanksgiving Service
Your clergy is planning a quiet reflective service for Thanksgiving as the people of All Saints’ remember all we are thankful for.  The service begins at 10:30 a.m. and will include a short sermon and the Eucharist.  There will be instrumental music as we receive Holy Communion and the service will conclude with a traditional Thanksgiving hymn.  Put the turkey in the oven and join in giving thanks on this important day.  Dress is casual. 

And Then...


Thanksgiving in the Park
Following the service, many members of the Church will celebrate “Thanksgiving in the Park,” a feast for All Saints’ extended family, in a lodge at Prince William Forest Park. Whether you’re a party of one or a family of 10, there’s a place at the table. The lodge opens at 10 a.m.; dinner is served promptly at 2 p.m. and will conclude at 5 p.m.  Each person/family is asked to bring two side dishes or one baked turkey/ham to share. Sign up on the church website. Either bring your own table setting (tablecloth, napkins, centerpiece, plates, glasses and silverware) or use the paper goods provided. Don’t forget your favorite board and yard games--table merging and epic board-game battles are encouraged.

 

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 DOMA Synod:  Workshops & Worship 
All Saints’ is hosting the annual synod for our diocese on Nov. 16 & 17.  Synod is not only for clergy and delegates, anyone in the diocese is more than welcome to attend. It is so much more than a diocesan business meeting. It’s a joy-filled opportunity to gather as a diocese for worship, fellowship and spiritual growth. There is always great music, sound Bible teaching and breakout sessions on Saturday covering topics central to our churches’ ministries and mission. In addition, many mission agencies are on hand in the exhibit area, offering us a wide range of resources. 
There is also a Pre-Synod workshop on Friday from 2-6:30 p.m. titled EQUIP! 2018 on church growth.  A light supper will be provided for those attending this workshop; registration is necessary for both the session and supper.  Eucharist will be held that evening at 7:30 followed by a reception in the atrium. There is no cost for this event,—attend any or all of it.  Registration is required for the Friday afternoon session and those planning to attend Saturday who wish to eat lunch.  Find details, breakout session descriptions and registration information on the DOMA website: www.anglicandoma.org/synod2018
SYNOD SCHEDULE OVERVIEW
Friday, November 16
2:00-6:30 PM    Pre-Synod Session 
4:00-7:30 PM    Check-in 
7:30 PM     Holy Eucharist (reception following the service)
Saturday, November 17
8:45 AM    Synod begins
12:30-1:30 PM    Lunch and optional lunch sessions
2:15–3:30 PM    Breakout sessions
4:00 PM    Synod adjourns

Small Group Leader's Training
A Small Group Leader’s Training Course is planned for Saturday, Dec. 1 at All Saints’ Church from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.  The course is for anyone who wants to lead an All Saints’ small group and has had no previous training, as well as for experienced small group leaders who would like a refresher course. Sign up online through our web site or in the sign-up book in the Atrium.  A minimum of four attendees are required for the course to be held.  On-site child care may be available if there is enough demand. Contact Ed Speare at 703-878-7706, or e-mail him at fast1edd@aol.com
 
Men's "Advance" Retreat

Time is running out. Sign up NOW for the Men's retreat at White Sulphur Springs Retreat Center in Manns Choice, PA., Nov. 9 through 11. This year’s topic of discussion will be “Spiritual Combat in America Today, led by author and apostolic teacher, Vern Grose. Cost is $190 per person, which covers two nights lodging and five meals. Full payment is due now. See website or click here to register.

Protecting God’s Children 
Protecting God’s Children, a required workshop for all those age 14 and older who volunteer with youth and children (nursery, Sunday school, Children’s Church, Youth Group etc.), will be offered on Tuesday, November 13, from 7–9:30 p.m. in the Children’s Wing.  Nursery and child care for children third grade and younger will be made available upon request.  Please register for the workshop at http://www.allsaintswoodbridge.org/pgc

Young Adults

Hungry for an authentic encounter with God? The Young Adults Ministry at All Saints' Church is a place to grow, share, and hang in a relaxed setting with friends who value pursuing a genuine expression of faith in Christ. this group is for college-age through 35-ish and is for both married couples and singles. Friends and co-workers are welcome. (Address is 2900 Glory Court in Woodbridge.) We meet weekly on Tuesday nights from 7:30-9:30 p.m. For more information contact Aram Rice atonerice@gmail.com





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Acolyte Training Nov. 11
There will be acolyte training on Sunday, November 11, after the 11:00 service. All acolytes are encouraged to attend to be trained up for the next position and to fine tune and review their current positions. Barbara and Taylor Hopkins (8:15 coordinators), Lisa Fair (11:00 coordinator), Dawn and Miles Smutz, assistants, and Valarie Whitcomb will be present to guide
you. PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND. If you are interested in becoming an acolyte, this training is for you, too!

Nursery Volunteers
We have a job opening for two staff positions in the nursery at the 11:00 service.  These are paid positions ($10/hour) and are open to All Saints parishioners who have attended the church for at least six months, and have completed the Protecting God’s Children workshop, and have lots of love and patience with little ones.  (The next Protecting God’s Children workshop is Tuesday, November 13 7-9:30 p.m. ) If you are interested, please see Asteir Shokai or Nan Shotwell for an application and more information.

We also would love to have a few more volunteers to help one Sunday per month by volunteering in the nursery or at the nursery check-in desk.  Again, please see Asteir or Nan for an application. Volunteers must have been a part of All Saints for at least six months, and have completed Protecting God’s Children workshop, and be at least 16 years old.

Thank YOU!
The Blessing Bag ministry is celebrating the completion of its 75th Blessing Bag for 2018! These bags, all filled with donations from our generous parishioners, go to the ACTS center to provide women (some who are on the run and show up at abuse shelters carrying only what they escaped home with, and others who are homeless) with a bag of toiletries and other personal items. Thank you SO much for your generosity!

Un-Trim-A-Tree
The Un-Trim-A-Tree gift program provides gifts to area children who would otherwise go without for Christmas. Starting November 18th, there will be a tree in the Atrium decorated with gift tags for specific children. To participate,  pull a tag from the tree, register the tag number with one of the volunteers present (this is essential in case tags or gifts are lost), then purchase the item listed on the tag and bring it for Blessing Sunday, December 9. After the gifts are blessed, they will be delivered to area children.

Nominations for 2019 Vestry
It’s time to start praying about who God would have you nominated for the 2019 vestry. Nominations are due to the office by December 6. More information coming soon.
 
Calling all volunteers! You are needed at Synod 2018!
All kinds of volunteering opportunities are available for the diocesan Synod, Friday November 16 and Saturday, November 17, 2018!  Synod 2018 is a major event in the life of our diocese and we need lots of volunteers to make everything run smoothly. Help is needed for set-up, registration, simple food prep/service and break-down.  You’ll enjoy good fellowship, know that you are helping out in a big way, plus get to eat good food!  Whether you can spare an hour or two, or can come for the whole time is up to you. We are grateful for whatever time you can spare.  How do you volunteer?  Sign up online: CLICK HERE. (tasks, dates, and times are listed in the sign-up)  Or, you may also email or call Lisa Anderson at the diocesan office – lisa.anderson@anglicandoma.org or 703-590-5470.

Looking to "Plug in"? Extra Hands Always Appreciated

Please consider giving an hour or so of your time weekly or monthly to All Saints' Church by serving in one of the many volunteer opportunities. There's a spot for you wherever you would feel most comfortable serving--in the kitchen, in the nursery, in the office, helping to set up the altar, helping during the service as a reader, usher, chalice bearer or working in the audio-visual booth. If you are being called to serve, please contact the office at 703-670-0093 or via email tooffice@allsaintswoodbridge.org. Training will be provided if needed on an individual basis.