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The Ramsay Report

November 3, 2014

It was another busy weekend at All Saints’.  Saturday morning the Altar Guild arrived at 9:00 am to do their fall cleaning of the church. They feverishly dusted, mopped and polished and made the church look beautiful for our feast day.  Meanwhile over in the Parish House, the Stewardship Committee set the tables, cleaned platters and set up the coffee and water urns for the Stewardship Brunch and presentation.  Finally, on Saturday evening, the Youth Fellowship had their Lock-In.  They enjoyed and evening of spiritual fellowship and fun and was topped off with a wonderful breakfast on Sunday morning.  A big thank you to Father Byrne, Nancy Benedict and Tom Espenshade, who chaperoned the Lock-In.


Sunday morning was a beautiful sunny, cool and windy morning.  There was one service to celebrate our feast day, All Saints’ Sunday.  There were 83 people in attendance at the 10:00 am service.  The Processional Hymn was, “For All The Saints”, The Song Of Praise was, “Before The Lord’s Eternal Throne” and The Sequence Hymn was, “I Sing A Song Of The Saints Of God.”  The Gospel Reading was from Matthew 5:1-12.  When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountains; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.  We learned from this passage, that you matter what occurs to us, if we continue to follow the teachings of Jesus and strive to be like him, we will be blessed in everything and attain a place with Jesus in heaven.  Our acolytes were recognized yesterday with presentation of crosses for their years of service.  First Year is red, Second Year is purple, Third Year is black, Fourth Year is blue and Fifth Year and  up is a silver chain. Our First Year acolytes are Dominique Earle, Jack Obiol, Justin Obiol, Chiara Osborne and Dominic Spicer.  Our Second Year acolyte is Emily Poyser, our Fourth Year acolyte is Melanie Dobuler, our Fifth Year Acolyte is Albert Agyeman, our Sixth Year acolyte is Seth Monfiston and our Seventh Year acolyte is Teddy Byrne.  Congratulations to all of our acolytes for their dedication in serving the Lord.  Also, yesterday morning, Albert Agyeman and Teddy Byrne were commissioned as Eucharist Ministers.  Congratulations to both of them as they continued their devote ministry at All Saints’!  Father Byrne also announced, with sadness, the resignation of  organist and choirmaster, Warren Blyden.  Warren has found a full time job working in organ repair and restoration.  He has been at All Saints’ for seven years and we wish all the best.  He will be missed greatly!   The Offertory Anthem was, “Draw The Circle Wide.”  The Communion Hymns were, “Jerusalem The Golden” and “By All Your Saints Still Striving.”  The choir then sang, “O Tis Glorious.”   The Recessional Hymn was, “Ye Watchers And Ye Holy Ones.”


The Parish House was warm and there was a great aroma when our parishioners arrived after service for the Stewardship Brunch and presentation. There was much chatter and laughter, as everyone caught up with each other before the presentation.  The presentation began with a wonderful video compiled by Teddy Byrne.  It gave a wonderful depiction of the life and happenings that have occurred at and away from the parish over the past year and showed Stewardship in action.  It was the perfect lead in to Tom Ramsay’s presentation.  Tom was presented with a question the day by Dominique Earle, who had asked, “What does stewardship mean?”  He found and read a definition he found online. “Stewardship is about being grateful, responsible stewards of the gifts we receive from God. The tradition of giving back to God and to the church comes from the Biblical practice of “tithing”, which means to give back a tenth of our earnings to God.  The Episcopal Church sees stewardship as more than simply contributing money to the church; it’s also about contributing time and talents, and volunteering for ministry and mission. It’s about reaching out to build relationships from a perspective of abundance instead of scarcity.”  Tom then went on to say how time and talent at All Saints’ is evident by the acolytes that had been recognized and the commissioning of the new Eucharist Ministers. He stated that being a part of the Altar Guild, the choir or any of the organizations are all part of stewardship.  He closed with a plea to think and give from your heart. Father Byrne then spoke and read the post-it notes that people had written. Remember, stewardship is the sharing of gifts we have been given.  After the presentation, everyone was treated to a wonderful brunch of Stewardship Breakfast Bake(from the All Saints’ cookbook), quiche, fruit, bagel, muffins and doughnut.  This was followed by cakes and cookies.  A big thank you to our Stewardship Committee for a wonderful brunch and to everyone who helped clean up!


THE END OF AN ERA-Due to the increased demands of his new job with a well-known organ builder, our Organist/Choirmaster Warren Blyden has tendered his resignation. Warren’s last Sunday with us will be next week. We will say thank you to Warren for his ministry among us at Coffee Hour next week.


HOLLY BAZAAR RAFFLE BASKETS-The raffle baskets are a signature part of the Holly Bazaar. The signup sheets are up!  Please add your name to the list(s) of your choice to fill them up with fun, useful, or “cheer”-ful items.  Thank you.   Also, there is the need for jewelry and boxes for the Jewelry Table, good used items for Elsie’s Corner, good used toys and games for the Toy Room and new items for the Luncheon Auction.   Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!!!!!


Have a fantastic week and see everyone next Sunday.


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Tuesday:  12:15 pm  Holy Eucharist & Healing Service

Sunday:       8:00 am Holy Eucharist Rite I

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