All Saints Church

Newsletter

January 4, 2019


PRE-NEWSLETTER NOTICES: THE PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN CLASS SCHEDULED FOR
TOMORROW HAS BEEN CANCELED. PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT
WWW.ALLSAINTSWOODBRIDGE.ORG FOR A LIST OF OTHER PGC CLASSES ON THE 2019 SCHEDULE.  

Also, there will be no First Friday Worship tonight. See the note under "LOVE" for more information.
Now, without further ado...



Welcoming the Three Wise Men

 
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First, to ensure all are on time for services this week, we will TEMPORARILY reverting to our regular schedule Sunday, which means services will be held at 8:15 and 11 a.m., with discipleship hour in-between from 9:45-10:45.

That said, please join us Sunday for two very special events, beginning with our Epiphany Sunday service. The Epiphany is the celebration that commemorates the three miracles that manifest the divinity of Christ. The name "Epiphany" comes from the Greek word Epiphania, and means "to show, make known, or reveal." The celebration originated in the Eastern Church in AD 361, beginning as a commemoration of the birth of Christ. Later, additional meanings were added - the visit of the three Magi, Christ's baptism in the Jordan River, and his first miracle at the wedding in Cana. These three events are central to the definition of Epiphany, and its meaning is drawn from these occurrences. The Epiphany also depicts an invitation for gentiles to worship Christ. An annual tradition at All Saints' is to welcome the Three Kings during the offertory to present the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Because this date also commemorates the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus Christ, this year we will also be holding baptisms during the service.  

Secondly, please linger for a little while after the service to help with de-greening our church. We'll need all the tall, agile ladder climbers we can recruit, as well as some gentle-handed ornament packers and eagle-eyed broom pushers. Since this will push our morning into the lunch hour, we'd love for you to bring some sandwiches or other snack-like finger foods (items that can sit out while we attend service and don't require kitchen prep) so we can nosh while we work. With many hands, this should only take a little while.


Of Note This Week Save These Dates!

  • January 6: De-greening of the Church
  • January 13: Annual Congregation Meeting
  • January 30: Serving at Streetlight
  • January 20: Newcomers Course
  • January 24: Alpha Introductory Night
  • January 26-28: Youth Ski Trip

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




Isaiah 60:1-9

Psalm 72:1-11 (BCP)

Ephesians 3:1-13

Matthew 2:1-12

 
 

Search Committee Update
The Search Committee completed its 13th meeting on Dec 30. Our next formal meeting will be on Jan 6. We have completed almost all of our reference calls on our primary candidates and have reviewed their spiritual leadership essays with all receiving good marks. We completed our first face-to-face interview on December 28 and it went well. We plan to do 2 more during January. We are also processing a new application on an initial look basis. We will not be meeting the Sundays of the Annual Parish Meeting or the Vestry Retreat due to the commitments of several of our Team Members to the Vestry during those days.  Please continue to pray for the committee members and their families, for stamina to continue strong into 2019, and that the Lord would reveal His choice to the committee and to the person He wants to be our next Rector.

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 our search committee:

Pray for unity of spirit as we gather for the annual congregational meeting and for the Lord’s leading as we prayerfully discern how to vote in the Vestry election.


VERY IMPORTANT ADMINISTRATIVE NOTICES:

Yes, there are TWO services this Sunday, January 6. We will then go back to one service on January 13
(the day of the annual congregation meeting).


http://www.allsaintswoodbridge.org/uploads/Thermo87.jpgKicking off Your 2019 Pledge Year
We are still waiting for the last few parishioners to submit their pledge cards for 2019. Please get your cards in
(or pledge online here) as soon as possible so we can begin planning for our 2019 budget. As the chart here shows, (well, it's an outdated chart that hasn't been changed because of the church closure during our post-Christmas week. If it had been, it would say we are even closer to our goal than last week and may be near or at 100 percent but the Communications Director doesn't do math so she'll let you know next Friday when she's talked with the bookkeeper), we need to reach 100 percent to fund our programs and ministries next year. Thank you very much for your generous giving! 

Voting Criteria for the January 13 Congregation Meeting

According to the BYLAWS of All Saints' Church, in order to vote for the new Vestry members at the Annual Meeting one must be an adult communicant in good standing, which means: A person 16 years old or older who has, for a minimum of 90 days, been registered with ASC, a baptized Christian, faithful in corporate worship, in prayer, and in giving for the Lord's work.









Upcoming Events
 

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First Friday Worship: Temporary Hiatus
Our monthly First Friday Worship nights will be on temporary hiatus while we evaluate the offering and its format. While many say they enjoy the monthly gathering, there are some who would prefer a different night or framework. We welcome your input and ideas on this topic. What would you like to see and what's the best night? Please send any comments to announcements@allsaintswoodbridge.org.

Our Next Baptisms: January 13
January 13 is traditionally the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus, a day All Saints' Church will observe by holding its own baptisms. Please see our website for information about registering your child (or yourself) for baptism. A mandatory pre-baptism class will be held tomorrow, January 5 at 9:30 a.m.


Food Donations for the Hungry

All Saints' Church is in the process of establishing a small food pantry to help those in need in our area, many of whom are without transportation and cannot easily get to places like ACTS. Although ours will be small in comparison to other area providers, we believe such a pantry would have significant impact in this community, as the need is great. We're asking parishioners to consider adding ONE item to their grocery lists whenever they shop, to be deposited into the bins provided at the church. When considering your purchase, look for easy-to-open, easy-to-eat foods, such as tuna in a pouch, flip-top ravioli, Compleat® meals, Ensure®, etc. As the project continues, we will keep you informed as to its progress and any specific needs that arise. Thank you so much for your generosity.

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Newcomer Class Starting Jan. 20
All Saints' Church will hold a Newcomer Series of Classes starting Sunday, Jan. 20 that will run for four weeks from 9:45-10:45 a.m. in the administrative conference room. If you are a newcomer (been here less than 2 years), or you just want to know more about All Saints' Church, you will benefit from this series. This is a relaxed setting where you will learn about All Saints', meet church leadership, and have plenty of time to ask questions. It's also a good opportunity to get to know each other. For more information, contact Naomi Iber (703-670-0093) ext. 106 or email newcomer@allsaintswoodbridge.org. 

Alpha! Come to the Introductory Gathering Jan. 24
The Alpha course is for those who are new to the Christian faith, for those who are still searching for answers, and even as a foundational overview for those who want to share their faith but could use some references and starting points for discussion. Starting January 24 at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room, Alpha offers a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith over eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around the basics of the Christian faith in a way that everyone can relate to and is designed to create conversation. Combine that with a  simple meal and a relaxed, judgement-free atmosphere, and you’ve got the perfect setting for asking questions. If you have friends or loved ones who you believe would benefit from this course, offer to go through it with them, or to attend at least the first one or two sessions until they become comfortable in the group. Please start praying now about who God would have you invite; fill out a prayer request for the person(s) and drop it off at the prayer kiosk in the Atrium. We’ll make sure it gets to the prayer team and will start praying for you both right away, that God will give you boldness and open hearts for hearing His invitation. Visit our website to learn more and to register.

Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study: Acts
Each Saturday at 8 a.m., ASC hosts a Men’s Bible Study in the Church Sanctuary. These studies take the group on a book-by-book, in-depth discussion on God’s word with emphasis being placed on the modeled male leadership within the Body of Christ. We are currently in the Book of Acts. The class is led by a cadre of teachers from our Parish men’s ministry team. For questions or additional information, please contact any member of the men’s ministry leadership team, or Deacon Andy Terry.

The Gospel According to Luke: Savior, Christ, Lord 
Beginning Jan. 6 in the Sanctuary, 9:45–10:45 a.m. Luke wrote his Gospel in order that we may know the certainty of the things we have been taught. We will be examining Luke’s unique perspective on the life and ministry of Jesus and what it means to us and for us. This is a walk-in Bible study and new participants are welcome to join at any time. This course will begin January 6.


Bible 101
Beginning Jan. 6 in the Bishop’s Conference Room, 9:45 –10:45 a.m. Would you like to develop more confidence in reading and studying the Bible? This class help you become familiar with God’s Word. The course will explain the organization of the Bible and uncover why it is the primary way of knowing God, His character and His plan for us.  Ultimately, the course will lead to the discovery of the common threads that together make the Bible so perfectly connected and the greatest book ever written. Weekly lessons will explore Bible genres, study techniques, and take a special look at prayers and parables. The structure of the class will be teaching followed by discussion and questions. This 8-week class covers both the Old and New Testaments.

Spiritual Gifts: What? For Me? 
Beginning Jan. 27 in the Administrative Conference Room, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
God designed each of us with talents and temperaments, and has given each Christian gifts to use to make His kingdom grow and thrive. Using time-tested materials, this class will help you discover which gifts your Lord has waiting to deploy in your life, in the church, and in the world. Feel free to bring a snack or bag lunch.   
  
Tuesday Morning Women's Bible Study: 
Discerning the Voice of God

Resuming Jan. 8 in the Multipurpose room, “Discerning The Voice of God” by Priscilla Shirer. A 7-week study that examines the key to clear and daily communication with God: humble obedience. Learn how surrender unlocks His many blessings for us, centers us in His will, and helps us discern His voice in everyday life.  Books are $18.  All women are welcome and we’ve saved a place for you. Contact Cheryl Timmons at Cheryltimmons@verizon.net for more information. If childcare is needed, please Contact Melissa Byers at MByers@iachurch.org.
 
Beth Moore Study for Thursday Women’s Bible Study
Ready for a new Beth Moore Bible study? Join us Thursdays in the Administrative Conference Room from 10 a.m. - noon for Beth's latest study entitled The Quest. This will be a six-week DVD Bible teaching excursion that begins mid-February.  As a study, The Quest will challenge you to accept God’s invitation to more intimacy. Moore uses questions from Scripture and journaling to help accomplish this. So, come dig into the Word, respond to God’s questions and bring your questions before Him.  There is no quest without questions!  Be on the lookout for online registration information. 

Summit for Life/March for Life: Register Now!
Calling all Anglicans! You are invited to attend Summit 2019: Mobilizing the Church for Life at the Falls Church Anglican on Thursday, January 17, 2019. Amidst a culture that embraces assisted suicide and abortion, this event seeks to inspire and equip you for life-affirming ministry. The Summit features speakers, such as keynoter Ryan Anderson, workshops, testimonies, and networking opportunities to equip you to live out your calling as an advocate for life. Then on Friday, January 18 join with hundreds of thousands coming together at the March for Life in Washington, DC to bear witness to the sanctity of life. There will be a pre-March Anglican prayer and worship service at 9:00 a.m. at The Falls Church Anglican; then chartered buses will take those registered into the city for the March and return immediately after the event. Visit https://anglicansforlife.org/summit-2019/ to see list of speakers, schedule, and registration details. 

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 at onerice@gmail.com. 


SERVE

Streetlight
Streetlight Ministries provides the area homeless population with vital services which include providing hot meals at the Pathway Vineyard Church, 1550 Prince William Parkway, Woodbridge.  All Saints' Church is one of many area churches in the serving rotation, and provides meals approximately 3-4 times each year. To volunteer for this ministry, sign up at the Streetlight table in the Atrium.  Those providing food or beverage items should plan to have these items delivered by 6:30 p.m.  Servers should arrive at the facility by 6:45 p.m.  Maps to the location are available at the sign-up table. Please contact The Rev. Andy Terry by email at andy.terry@andyterry.net with any questions.

Nursery Volunteers

We have a job opening for two staff positions in the nursery at the 11 a,m, 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 Saturday, January 5, at 9:30 a.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.

Help Us Bring Back Alpha!
Yes, the Alpha course is about to kick off again at All Saints’ Church on January 24, after a much-too-long hiatus. We’ve been preparing over the fall and have a good, basic team of leaders in place ready to launch the training portion, but we can always use more help. Specifically, we are looking for individuals (or small groups) who might want to volunteer ONE night to fix a simple meal (small, buffet/crockpot-style for this first class); we’re looking for someone who could help with set-up or break-down; we’re looking for an additional intercessor or two; guitar/solo singers who might want to take a turn one Thursday leading a basic song or two; and we’re looking for behind-the-scenes help with small tasks we haven’t yet realized need doing. If you can spare a few hours on a Thursday night this winter (not every week but once in a while), please contact either Jerry or Rosemarie Fitzsimmons or email RFitzsimmons@allsaintswoodbridge.org.
 
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 to office@allsaintswoodbridge.org. Training will be provided if needed on an individual basis.