January 28, 2019

Article by: Thomas Ramsay

Sunday morning was sunny, cool and pleasant. There were 12 in attendance at the 8:00 am service and 67 people at the 10:00 am service. It was the Third Sunday After The Epiphany. The Processional Hymn was, “The Church’s One Foundation” and the Sequence Hymn was, “Hail To The Lord’s Anointed.” The Gospel Reading was from Luke 4:14-21

Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."

We learn from this passage of Jesus’ return to Nazareth, where he was raised, and the reading from the scroll of Isaiah in the synagogue. It tells of the spirit of the Lord being upon Jesus and that after reading he proclaims that the scripture has been fulfilled that day. The Offertory Anthem was, “The Heavens Are Telling.” The Communion Hymns were, “O Spirit Of The Living God” and “O Christ For Word Incarnate.” The Recessional Hymn was, “O Zion Haste, Thy Mission High Fulfilling.” We wished Cindy Priess good luck on her move to her new home in Buffalo.

The Coffee Hour was brief since it was the Annual Meeting. Our parishioners enjoyed a cup of coffee or tea, while the Vestry set up in church for the meeting. Meanwhile, in the choir room, our Church School students and staff were rehearsing for next week’s Candlemas service.

The Annual Meeting was held in church. The slate of candidates were read, Kem Rutledge of Junior Warden, Brianne Leslie Dougherty, Claudia Hajian and Marc Palmieri for Vestry person for first 3 year term and Diane Schillizzi for Vestry person for a 2 year term. There were no nominations from the floor and the slate was approved for election. Father Byrne gave his report, followed by the Treasurers report by Robert Earle. There was much discussion on the budget from our parishioners. The good news is that there is a projection to be in the black by next year! Susan Byrne reported for the Church School, followed by the Altar Guild report from Stella Elder. Marje Eisenman gave reports for the Thrift Shop, ECW and the UTO. Nancy Benedict then gave the Stewardship report and Tom Ramsay gave the Events Committee report, Nancy and Tom then presented the Junior and Senior Wardens reports. The Necrology was read and a blessing given and the meeting was completed. The congregation then proceeded to the Common Room for a luncheon catered by the Vestry, Wardens and Father Byrne. Congratulations to Kem, Brianne, Claudia, Marc and Diana and a big thank you for all their service to Nancy Benedict, Francesca Bergenn, Olive Demetrius, Jim Doyle and Joe Gonzalez! It was another wonderful Sunday at All Saints,!

RIP William Johnson - William Johnson, brother of Sally Bergmeyer, recently passed away. There were will be a memorial service for Mr. Johnson on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 10:00 am.

Thursday January 31 - Memorial service for William Johnson 10:00 am. Thrift Shop 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Choir rehearsal 7:30 pm

Bake Sale Next Sunday - There will be a bake sale for the benefit of the Church School next Sunday following the 10:30 am service. For more information, please speak to Carole King.

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Have a great week and hope to see you all next Sunday.

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