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The Ramsay Report

December 6, 2015

It was a busy week at All Saints’!  The 73rd Annual Holly Bazaar went into full gear starting on Monday.  Marje Eisenman, Diana Schillizzi, Justice Spicer and Susan Parfrey came to set up Elsie’s Corner and The Toy Room and Kem Rutledge worked on getting the Book Shop in order.  Drew Elder and Joe Gonzalez traveled to Brooklyn to Lapide’s and picked up the Christmas trees and wreaths. Carole King and Mary Yee put their artistic talents to work and decorated the wreaths. Father Byrne and Francesca Bergenn spent several evenings transforming the Common Room into a Winter Wonderland for the Santa photos and the All Saints’ Café and then Father, Susan and Teddy Byrne transferred out new Sunday School into Teddy’ Room.  Father and Susan Byrne made a trip to Lapide’s as well to pick up the poinsettias.


Friday morning Tom Ramsay arrived to bring up the jewelry for Ethel Baumann, Olive Demetrius, Marje Eisenman, Connie Knight and Yvonne Lewis to set up the Jewelry Table and then put up decorations on the windows.  He then went off to BJ’s with Eileen Ramsay to pick supplies for the All Saints’ Café to add to the supplies Joe Gonzalez had brought on Thursday night.  When Tom and Eileen returned and dropped off the food, they went over to the Parish House and the ladies were busy transferring their table into our own “Tiffany’s.”  Meanwhile Tom Carroll went to the bank and picked up the money for the Holly Bazaar and then went back to Bell Blvd and picked up donations for the Silent Auction from our generous merchants. Tom Ramsay returned in the afternoon and met up with Drew Elder, who had returned from Lapide’s, with more poinsettias.  Tom decorated the stage with the help of Drew and it was time to go home.


Friday evening Eileen and Tom returned and were followed by John and Carol Crowe and April Schnabel and then Lois Pagliaro and they covered all  the tables for the vendors and church tables and brought up the raffle baskets. Carole King arrived and set up the Crafts Table.  Some of the vendors came and set up their tables and then Stella and Drew Elder came after finishing shopping for the Holly Bazaar luncheon. Jack Hotop arrived, just in time, and dropped off a stereo for Elsie’s Corner.


Saturday morning Tom arrived and got the coffee and water started and then went for bagels. Father Byrne and Nina Selvaggio then arrived followed by some of the vendors.  The 73rd Holly Bazaar was now in full motion. Nina set up the money boxes and Father Byrne worked his magic to create a pathway from the Parish House to the Common Room.  Chiara Osborne arrived for her first time as a vendor, followed by Shirley DellaVecchia and Francesca Bergenn and Paul Walton.  Stella and Drew arrived and the Christmas trees were set out and Nina brought the wreaths outside and arranged them on tables. Carol and John Crowe, John Drobnicki, Joe Gonzalez, Kem Rutledge, Diane Reynolds, Susan Parfrey, Marje Eisenman, Diana Schillizzi, Justine Spicer and Jack Oshier soon followed. Ethel Baumann, Connie Knight, Yvonne Lewis, Juanita Connor, Carole King, John and Irma Sommer, Nonyem Iloabachie, Susan and Teddy Byrne, Pam and Melanie Dobuler, Chiara, Jimmy and Samantha Osborne, Mary Yee, Richard, Jack and Justine Obiol, Eileen Ramsay, Peter Bavaso, Judy, Christopher and Daniel Batashoff, Nancy and Ed Benedict, John Sandrowsky, Pat Walton, Rose Lynch and Carol Walker all arrived and were ready to work. The Holly Bazaar was in full swing!  People arrived and began to shop and buy coffee and bagels and then went over to see Santa Claus and have their pictures taken and then head downstairs for great bargains at Elsie’s Corner, the Toy Room, Teddy’s Room and the Thrift Shop. There was even a surprise visit by John Rowe, who was in town for his nephew’s wedding. Pat Rowe was unable to come, since her feet were tired from all the dancing the night before. LOL!  More people arrived to shop and all of our wreaths and trees were sold out, thanks to Jack and Justine Obiol and their power of persuasion!  The breakfast shut down and Joe, John, Tom and Drew went into action in their new location and Nina, Eileen and Stella were ready for orders.  Thanks to Father Byrne, menus were printed up and orders were taken and delivered to vendors.  The hamburgers, hot dogs and meatball heroes were flying out of the kitchen to the new sitting area and everyone was treated to a concert by Teddy Byrne and Andy Hornback, who played their saxaphones while they were eating and Francesca was busy taking pictures with Santa Claus. The day went quite quickly and it was time to close for the day. The vendors packed up their wares and Dean and Mary Yee April Schnabel. and Karen Friedl arrived.  Lois Pagliaro headed up the clean-up of the Parish House, while Tom, Joe and John finished cleaning up the Common Room kitchen.  The Parish House was rearranged for the luncheon and the Silent Auction prizes put in place and everything was ready for the next day.


Sunday morning “Mr. Coffee” Tom showed up before the sun had come up and got things started.  The coffee and water urns were started, butter taken out of the freezer, the ovens lit and the meat put into trays.  Stella and Drew arrived and seasoned the meat and placed the rolls in baskets.  It was now time for church, while they kept watch in the kitchen.


There were 7 people at the 8:00 AM service and 93 in attendance at the 10:00 AM service. It was the Second Sunday Of Advent.  The Processional Hymn was, “On Jordan’s Bank” and the Sequence Hymn was, “Prepare The Way, O Zion.”  The Gospel Reading was from Luke 3:1-6. In the fifteenth year of the reigh of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region fo Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ’Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall the salvation of God.’”  We learn from this passage, once again, the coming of Jesus Christ, who will give us forgiveness for our sins.  The Offertory Anthem was, “Every Valley.”  The Communion Hymns were, “Comfort, Comfort Ye My People” and “Blessed Be God Of Israel.”  The Recessional Hymn was, “Rejoice, Rejoice Believers.”


The Parish House kitchen was busy with getting everything ready for the luncheon. The beans and noodles were cooking and the roast loins of pork were taken out of the ovens to rest. Our parishioners and guests arrived and enjoyed a cup of coffee or tea. Nancy Benedict started selling tickets for the Silent Auction, Ed Benedict continued selling the 50/50 tickets, as did Pat Walton with raffle tickets. Meanwhile, over in the Common Room, Susan Byrne was fitting our “thespians” for costumes for the Christmas Pageant. Back in the kitchen, Stella buttered the beans and added almonds, while Drew and Joe drained the noodles. The rolls and applesauce were placed on the tables. Drew, Joe, John and Tom then carved the meat and the platters and bowls were prepared by Stella, April, Carol and Eileen. Teddy, Chiara, Melanie, Seth Monfiston and Dominick Spicer then brought everything out to the tables.  Father Byrne then said grace and everyone set down to a wonderful Sunday supper!  Everything was delicious and enjoyed by all. The clean-up began and Ed and Drew went into warp speed. The dishes, silverware, bowls and utensils were loaded into the dishwasher and Joe went to work on the pots.  Carol, John, Diana, Karen and Tom began to dry and put things away. It was a well-oiled machine and things went smoothly.  The desserts were put out and Stella made up plates of food for sale.  It was time to start the Silent Auction and Paul Walton and Tom called the numbers. Kristen Bell Tonnesen, Melanie and Seth delivered the prizes to the winners. It was now time for the raffle baskets 50/50 and grand prize to be called. Father Byrne pulled the ticket for the grand prize. Paul pulled the tickets for the raffle baskets as Tom described each basket and Seth, Melanie and Kristen delivered the baskets, many which were won by our parishioners and outsiders. Rose Lynch won the 50/50 and the Grand Prize of $500.00 was won by woman from Resurrection Church. Congratulations to all of our winners!  The clean-up continued and was completed.  The raffle baskets of those not present were placed in the Christian Service room to be picked up.  Joe and Tom did a final count of the money and it was placed in the safe.  It was now time to go home!


I want to thank everyone for all their hard work leading up to the 73rd Annual Holly Bazaar.  The donations of items for the Baked Goods, for the Toy Room, Elsie’s Corner and the All Saints’ Café, all help to reduce our expenses.  The hours spent running around shopping, setting up, handing out flyers, decorating, cooking and volunteering to make this event happen, cannot be measured in gold.  Our All Saint’s family works so well together to make things happen and get things done.  I am so happy and proud to have you all in my life and grateful to each and everyone of you that makes this event and every event we do a huge success.  So once again, thank you for all your hard work and time spent in making this 73rd Annual Holly Bazaar a great success!  Love, Tom


FROM THE ECW-On Saturday December 12, the Queens WCW Winter Meeting will be held at St. David’s Cambria Heights, beginning with Holy Eucharist at 10:00 AM, followed by a poy-luck Christmas luncheon and speaker. See the notice of “Around the Diocese” on the Common Room bulletin board.  Also, the ECW is collecting gifts for St. John’s Hospital (new or like-new children’s books and new baby layette items) and for the Seamen’s Church Institute (lip balm, hand lotion, chewing gum, Christmas candy, etc). See the list on the bulletin board. Please leave items in the ECW basket in the Narthex by December 8th.


CHRISTMAS CABARET DECEMEBER 20TH-Take a break from all the pressure of the holiday season on Sunday December 20th when Rhys Ritter and friends will present a Christmas Cabaret at 4:00 PM. Lots of favorite Christmas music and Holiday Cheer. Admission: a snack to share. Please sign up so that we can plan accordingly.


Have a fantastic week and see you all next Sunday!!

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Sunday:       8:00 am Holy Eucharist Rite I

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