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The Ramsay Report

November 7, 2016

It was another bust weekend at All Saints’. Saturday morning the Doyle family, friends and parishioners gathered for a memorial service to remember Peggy Ann Doyle and Robert Doyle, the sister and brother of Jim Doyle. It was a beautiful tribute to them and they will both be missed, but never forgotten, by their family and friends.


Saturday evening Tom and Jeff Espenshade performed a Harry Chapin Tribute concert for Why Hunger in the Common Room. It was a wonderful evening of music, fun and fellowship. Everyone had a wonderful evening and the concert raised $183.00 for Why Hunger. A big thank you to all who attended and to Tom and Jeff for using their talents for a great cause!


Sunday morning was cool and sunny-a gorgeous fall day!  There were 12 in attendance at the 8:00 AM service and 67 people at the 10:00 AM service. It was All Saints Sunday, Stewardship Sunday, Acolyte Recognition and the Kick-Off to our 125th Anniversary!  The Processional Hymn was, “For All The Saints” and there was a figure eight procession around the church with the additional of a new Church School banner created and designed by Kem Rutledge and carried by Ashley Agyeman. The congregation was treated to new service music composed by our own organist and choirmaster, Arkady Leytush, and it all sounded beautiful!  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 mountain; 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. “Bless 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 learn from this passage, that those who strive to believe in the goodness of God and follow his teachings and root out the evil in the world, will be rewarded in heaven and have eternal happiness. Stewardship Sunday is the time to reflect about our time, talent and treasure to our church. This year, Father Byrne asked the Vestry to hand out the pledge cards to our parishioners and asked them to take them home to think and to return them on November 27th or December 3rd. This will give everyone time to reflect and see how they can help support All Saints’, not only financially, but with their time and talents, which are also important in keeping us moving forward for future generations. The All Saints’ Acolyte Guild were recognized for faithful service and dedication and were bestowed with a cross with cords indicating their years of service. Congratulations to Ashley Agyeman for two years of service, Daniel Batashoff, Dominque Earle, Jack Obiol, Justin Obiol, Chiara Osborne and Dominick Spicer with three years of service, Emily Poyser with four years of service, Christopher Batashoff and Melanie Dobuler with six years of service and Albert Agyeman, Teddy Byrne and Seth Monfiston with eight years of service.  The Offertory Anthem was, “With A Voice Of Singing.”  The Communion Hymns were, “Blest Are The Pure In Heart” and “Jerusalem The Golden.” The Recessional Hymn was, “Ye Holy Angels Bright.”


The altar flowers were given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Clarinda E. Robinson by Rose and John and to the glory of God and in celebration of the birthdays of Maya Shea Parfray (6) and Emily Leilani (4) by their grandparents, Susan and Paul Parfrey. The Sanctuary Lamp was given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Clarinda E. Robinson by Rose Lynch and family. The Vigil Lamp was given by Susan and Paul Parfrey to the glory of God and in loving memory of Kevin Higgins. The bread and wine of the Eucharist were given by Susan and Paul Parfrey to the glory of God and in loving memory of Maria Weimar.


The Coffee Hour was once again bursting with energy, as our parishioners and guests greeted one another.  The Coffee Hour was hosted by the Vestry and there was an overflow of cakes, cookies, fruit and pastries for all to enjoy with their coffee, hot chocolate and tea. It was a fantastic weekend at All Saints’ and great celebration to begin the start of our 125th Anniversary!


NEW BANNER FOR THE CHURCH SCHOOL-Our new Church School room keeps getting better! Many thanks to Kem Rutledge for designing and creating the beautiful quilted banner (technically a “dossal”) that will hang behind the altar in the room.


ELECTION DAY-No matter what candidate you support, please be sure to cast your ballot on Tuesday. The Presidential campaign has been divisive and stressful for our country. Please keep the candidates and all who are involved in the election in any way in your prayers.


HOLLY BAZAAR SIGN-UPS AND DONATIONS - Thanks so much to all who have signed up for various parts of the Holly Bazaar. We need EVERYONE to participate in the Holly Bazaar to make it the most wonderful one ever! Please sign up on the board outside the sacristy to donate your time, talent and whatever else you can.  There is a need for raffle baskets, so of anyone has baskets they would like to donate, please bring them to church.  Thank you!


OPPORTUNITIES FOR HOLIDAY SEASON SHARING-We have three opportunities for Holiday Season outreach this year:The Seaman’s Church Institute, Assemblyman Braunstein’s drive for children and veterans and Adopt-A-Family. Info for the first two are on the bulletin board. Adopt-A-Family is coming soon.


A NOTE ON SUNDAY’S MUSIC-Congratulations and thanks to Arkady Leytush and the St. Cecilia Choir and special guest singers for their offering of Arkady’s mass setting. The choir has been learning it for several weeks. Your turn is coming! The congregation will join in the GLORIA, SANCTUS and AGNUS DEI in the weeks ahead. This is an additional mass setting that we will use and is not replacing the settings that we currently use.


125TH ANNIVERSARY LOGO-Sincere thanks to Teddy Byrne for creating our 125th Anniversary logo. It is comprised of a cross with the traditional All Saints’ shield: a crown, representing victory over death, and the words “sanctus, sanctus, sanctus” (Latin for “holy, holy, holy”), our founding and anniversary years, and the four words that will provide the touchstones of the year ahead: “Thanksgiving, Generosity, Celebration, and Heritage.”


Tuesday November 8th- Holy Eucharist and Healing Service 12:30 PM.  Book Group 1:15 PM.   Election Day-DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!!


Thursday November 10th-Thrift Shop 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Choir Rehearsal 7:30 PM


Friday November 11th-Veterans Day.   Diocesan Conventation today and Saturday November 12th.


Sunday November 13th-Holy Eucharist Rite I 8:00 AM.  Church School 9:45 AM.  Holy Eucharist Rite II 10:00 AM.  HOLLY BAZAAR MEETING AFTER 10:00 AM SERVICE.


Have a fantastic week, remember to vote tomorrow and remember our men and women, who valiantly fought and protected us, on Veterans Day. Hope to see you all next Sunday!

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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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