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The Ramsay Report

November 30, 2015


It was another busy weekend at All Saints’.  I hope everyone had a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!  There were 30 people in attendance at the Thanksgiving service on Wednesday evening followed by a wonderful Coffee Hour with great fellowship to begin the holiday. 


Saturday morning the church was busy with activity in preparation of Advent.  The wreath was decorated and raised, the altar hangings changed and the church cleaned up for Sunday morning. A big thank you to Stella Elder, Francesca Bergenn, Carol and John Crowe, Betty Doyle, Marje Eisenman, Nina and Joe Gonzalez, Tom Ramsay, Diana Schillizzi and Justice Spicer.


Sunday morning started off overcast and cool and turned into a beautiful sunny day!  There were 9 people at the 8:00 AM service and 76 in attendance at the 10:00 AM service.  It was the First Sunday Of Advent.  The Processional Hymn was, “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” and the Sequence Hymn was, “The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns.”  The Gospel Reading was from Luke 21:25-36. Jesus said, “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of heaven will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. “Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”  We learn from this passage of the Coming of Jesus Christ and that we should be prepared and he will redeem the world for us.  The Offertory Anthem was, “People, Look East.”  The Communion Hymns were, “Watchman Tell Us Of The Night” and “I Want To Walk As A Child Of The Light.”  The Recessional Hymn was, “Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending.”  A big thank you to The Reverand Marjorie Boyden-Edmonds, for beginning the 10:00 AM service while Father Byrne met with the Church School to instruct them about the Sacrament of Holy Communion.


The Coffee Hour was busy with everyone catching with each other and talking about their holiday and the upcoming Holly Bazaar.  The Coffee Hour was hosted by Francesca Bergenn and their was fruit, bread pudding and a special birthday cake to celebrate Father Byrne’s birthday.  It was a wonderful way to top off a fantastic weekend at All Saints’  Meanwhile the toys and games for the Toy Room were moved over from the Parish House to the church and the tables set up for that and Elsie’s Corner.  A big thank you to Ashey Agyeman, Teddy Byrne, Melanie Dobuler, Robert and Dominique Earle, Karen Friedl, Joe Gonzalez, Carole King, Seth Monfiston, Richard and Justin Obiol, Jack Oshier, Susan Parfrey, Tom Ramsay, Kem Rutledge, John Sandrowsky, Diana Schillizzi and Justice Spicer.


THE 73RD ANNUAL HOLLY BAZAAR DECEMBER 5-6-The Bazaar is only 5 days away. Many thanks to all who have been preparing for it. Please remember that we can always use help throughout the day. If you have a little time, please consider volunteering. We will need a strong CLEAN-UP CREW both Saturday and Sunday, as we no longer have the luxury of a single-purpose space.  Also, we are still in need of prizes for the silent auction, especially toys and games for our young people, and items for Elsie’s Corner, Toy Room and Jewelry.  The Holly Bazaar Luncheon and silent auction follows the 10:00 AM service next week. Your $15.00 ticket will get you a wonderful old fashioned Sunday dinner!  If you have not made a reservation, please call Stella Elder (718) 225-1859 or Tom Ramsay (718) 224-4393 by Thursday.  Do you need more RAFFLE TICKETS to sell to friends, neighbors, and co-workers? Plenty of time to help someone win a prize basket worth far more than the tickets!


ADOPT-A-FAMILY-Many thanks to all who have opened their hearts to our selected families.  Gifts were due yesterday.  If you were unable to bring your gifts, please call Juanita Allen-Hurse at (718) 225-8041 or email her at jhurse@juno.com. She needs them today, November 30th or by Wednesday December 2nd, at the latest, to deliver to Grace Episcopal Church.


CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS-As part of preparing to receive Holy Communion, Father Byrne met with the Church School yesterday morning to teach them about the Sacrament. On December 6th children new to taking Communion in Church will be invited to receive. Please do not miss these important sessions! Pageant music rehearsals have begun and will continue following each 10:00 AM service.


FROM THE ECW-On Saturday, December 12th, the Queens ECW Winter Meeting will be held at St. David’s, Cambria Heights, beginning with Holy Eucharist at 10:00 AM, followed by a pot-luck Christmas luncheon and speaker. See notice on the “Around the Diocese” on the Common Room bulletin board.


The ECW is collecting gifts for St. John’s Hospital (new and 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 CABERET-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 on Saturday for the 73rd Annual Holly Bazaar!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Weekly Services

Tuesday:  12:15 pm  Holy Eucharist & Healing Service

Sunday:       8:00 am Holy Eucharist Rite I

                      9:45 am Sunday School

                    10:00 am Holy Eucharist Rite II

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