Using Your New Book of Common Prayer

The new ACNA Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is a great resource that has been several years in the making. It includes the Rites and Ceremonies of the Church that we use in corporate worship each week and for special occasions and seasons.

This class will cover a short history of the Anglican BCP as well as the revisions and restorations included for this new version. It will also include some helpful ways to use this valuable tool as a personal and family resource.

Course topics also include insights into the church calendar, the revised version of the Psalms, an introduction to the sacraments, and our weekly and seasonal worship services.

Bring a BCP and your Bible. Copies of the BCP will be available for use during class time for those who don’t own one.

This will be the only adult offering for Discipleship Hour in the coming season. Each lesson will stand alone so do not be concerned about missing a week. Class starts Nov. 10 and meets Sundays in the Sanctuary from 9:45-10:40 a.m. If you have questions, please contact Desiree Barker at dbarker@allsaintswoodbridge.org or call the church office.

GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays

GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays is a helpful, encouraging seminar for people facing the holidays after a loved one’s death. It will be facilitated by Deacon Julie Tilton on Saturday, November 9, 2019, in All Saints’ Admin Conference Room from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

The seminar features video interviews with counselors, grief experts, and other people who have experienced the holidays after a loved one’s death and who offer practical suggestions and reassurance. These people share honestly about:

  • Being prepared for surprising emotions that may hit over the holidays

  • What to do about traditions and other coming changes

  • How to handle holiday parties and invitations

  • How to survive potentially awkward moments with other people

  • Where to find comfort, strength, and hope in a seemingly hopeless time

Those who attend will receive a Survival Guide filled with practical tips, encouraging words, journaling ideas, and exercises for daily help through the holiday season.

While walk-ins are welcome, registration is helpful, as it helps us know how many to expect. Please click the link below and enter the zip code 22192 to find the All Saints’ course, or another near you. 

https://www.griefshare.org/holidays

Synod 2019

What is Synod?

By Heather Adams

The Synod is the legislative body of the diocese meaning it adopts canons (our governing rules), approves the budget, elects diocesan committee members and takes any other action necessary for the life and work of our diocese. Synod meets annually and consists of the clergy order and the lay order. The clergy delegates include the bishop and the priests and deacons of the diocese under the authority of our bishop. The lay delegates are those elected by the local congregations and missions, plus the lay members of the Standing Committee. In addition, the Synod includes four youth delegates, nominated by our churches and chosen by the Standing Committee. They have full voice and vote.

But Synod is more than just “business.” It’s a joy-filled opportunity to gather as a diocese for worship, fellowship and spiritual growth. Come and be re-energized and refreshed by the worship, Bible teaching, testimonies and breakout sessions on 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.

It’s a great event, so much so that it draws even more guests than delegates!

Everyone is invited to Synod, so plan to come this fall, Nov. 15-16.


DO I NEED TO REGISTER?

No • No registration is needed if you plan to only attend the Friday night Eucharist or the Saturday breakout sessions. You also do not need to register if you plan to just drop by to visit the exhibits.

Yes • If you would like attend Synod as a guest or observer and stay for lunch on Saturday, please register so we have an accurate count for lunch. There is no charge for this event. Clergy and delegates are asked to register so that ballots can be prepared for them. You need to register if you would like to attend the Pre-Synod Session on Friday, November 15.

Registration


What is the Equip! Pre-Synod Session?

By Tom Herrick

Equip! 2019 will focus on helping our congregations find and develop new ministry leaders for the next generation. Join us as we discuss strategies for how to cultivate new leaders and develop pathways for them to grow and mature. Speakers will focus on how to develop a leadership culture in your church, strategies for cultivating emerging leaders, the risks and rewards of entrusting responsibilities to others, developing pathways for emerging leaders to follow, and planning for growth and reproduction.

This year's featured speaker will be The Rev. Dr. Esau McCaulley, Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College, and Director of the ACNA’s Next Generation Leadership Initiative.

Please register, so we can have enough dinner for everyone.

Operation Christmas Child!

Pick up your boxes in the Atrium beginning Oct. 20. Instructions for packing will be in each box. ALL SAINTS’ SHOEBOX COLLECTION DAY IS SUNDAY, NOV. 17.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993 Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 168 million shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

Operation Christmas Child collects shoebox gifts—filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items—and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

In 2019, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach another 11 million children in countries like Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda and Ukraine. More than 10.6 million shoebox gifts were collected worldwide in 2018, with more than 8.8 million collected in the U.S. Process

Learn how to pack a shoebox, view gift suggestions, get your Follow Your Box label and find the nearest drop-off location at samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Do not include candy; toothpaste; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; seeds; chocolate or food; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items, such as snow globes or glass containers; or aerosol cans.

Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through Follow Your Box and receive a tracking label to discover its destination.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Samaritan’s Purse currently works in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. Delivered into the hands of children through local churches, every shoebox gift is an opportunity to share about Jesus Christ and God’s love.

Since 2010, more than 14 million children who have received a shoebox gift have participated in The Greatest Journey—a 12-lesson discipleship program. Children learn from trained, local volunteers what it means to follow Jesus and share their faith with friends and family.

Tuesday Morning Women's Bible Study - Me & My Big Mouth

Do your past Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations evoke happy memories of being encouraged and affirmed by family and friends, or dread-filled ones of destructive, hurtful words causing wounds that never healed? Andy Stanley asks, “If our words are stones, will we throw them or use them to pave the way forward?” Come, learn to repair relationships instead of destroying them; make things right instead of always trying to be right; choose words to build up, and impact the direction and quality of life for your family and friends.  Please join us each Tuesday morning in November from 10 a.m.—noon in the multipurpose room at All Saints’ Church.  All women are welcome, and we’ve saved a place for you. Contact Chloellen@comcast.net for more information.

Thursday Morning Women's Bible Study

Thursday Morning: Peacemaking Women:
Biblical Hope for Resolving Conflicts

The first of a three-part series on Healing Relationships, led by Julie Tilton and Shelley Lingamfelter. In the first part, offered this fall, we will be focusing on healing our inner conflicts with God, leading to peace with God. Parts two and three will be offered in the winter and the spring and will focus on conflicts within ourselves and conflicts with others. Don’t miss this exciting journey through reconciliation with God, reconciliation with ourselves, to reconciliation with others, based on God’s Word to us. Class material for part one will be $15 and include the book, Peacemaking Women and other materials gathered by the class instructors. Books will be available on the first day of class. Class begins Thursday, September 12 at 10 a.m. in the Administration Conference Room. Please contact Julie Tilton if you have questions at jtilton@allsaintswoodbridge.org

Foundations for Ministry

"No one can lay a foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

1 Corinthians 3:11


Foundations registration for the 2019-2020 academic year is now open.

Classes start on Sept. 8, 2019.

Foundations for Ministry is an adult Bible study course designed for those willing to make a serious commitment to daily Bible study.  It is intended for those who wish to deepen their understanding of Scripture and our Christian heritage.  It will also equip us to meet the challenges of daily opportunities for ministry in the Church and in the world. The course is divided into two academic years but students commit themselves to one year of study at a time.  A new class will begin in September 8, 2019. Class will meet on Sunday evenings from 6-8 p.m. at the church from September to June, breaking for 3 weeks at Christmas, 1 week at Easter and 1 week at Memorial Day. 

Weekly Meetings include a teaching session and small group discussion. Discussions will be based on the weekly homework and will include topics such as Bible study skills, personal application, scriptural content, theological concepts, and interpretation of Scripture. The program requires a commitment to daily study, homework, class attendance and a willingness to share within a small group. Foundations small groups form a close-knit environment for participants to share what they are learning, grow in their knowledge of Scripture and their relationship with the Lord and one another. 

Nursery care will be provided upon request. Please see our Nursery Policy for more details.

Course Materials
All participants require:  

Foundations for Ministry Participant Workbook, $37.50* (*required and only available from All Saints' Church)

-ESV Study Bible (Crossway) – It must be the Study Bible version. This can be ordered at the time of registration or you can order it on your own, if you do not already own one. (hardback $32 or large print hardback $55)

-Old Testament textbook, (optional, not required) $36 (hardback version also available for order on the registration form)

Homework
Participants will need to set aside time each day to read and study.  Homework will take approximately one half hour per day.  The text for the study, during both years, will be the ESV Study Bible: English Standard Version. Please note that even if you choose to read in another version of Scripture, you will need to have The ESV Study Bible for the study notes and introductions.
Note:  The NIV Study Bible, 1984 Edition may also be used. This version is no longer available for sale but may be used if you already own one.

Course Leaders
This class is led by qualified teachers and group leaders. Those teaching have many years of Bible study training and experience. Those leading the small groups are dedicated leaders with both small group and Bible experience.

Attendance
Attending weekly class meetings is an essential part of the class experience. Themes and lessons build on one another from week to week. Participants must attend at least 80% of the weekly meetings to be eligible to complete each year.

If you would like further information or have questions, please email Desiree Barker (dbarker@allsaintswoodbridge.org) or contact any member of the Adult Ed leadership team.

Some scholarships are available. Please check with Desiree Barker (or write in the Message blank below) regarding the availability of scholarships for Foundations.

Please register below:

Name *
Name

Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study: Romans

When: Saturday Mornings, 8 a.m.

Where: Sanctuary

Each Saturday morning at 8 a.m., men of All Saints' Church meet for an hour-long study of God's word. This is a discussion-based study, led by a cadre of facilitators. Currently, we're studying St. Paul's Letter to the Church in Rome. Men of all ages are invited and encouraged to attend. Questions? Please contact Deacon Andy or any member of the Men's Ministry leadership team.