December 3, 2018

Article by: Thomas Ramsay

Good Morning All Saints’ Family,

It was a busy week at All Saints’ preparing for our 76th Annual Holly Bazaar! It was a little hectic transitioning the entire bazaar from the Parish House this year to our church building do to the rental of the Parish House to our new tenants, Mosaic Church of New York, but everything found its place and we pulled it off. Thursday evening many of our parishioners showed and moved the rest of the furniture out of the Common Room. Tables were then set up in the Common Room, the Choir Room and in the hallway for our church tables and vendors. Friday the shopping was done for the Country Kitchen, the trees and poinsettias were delivered and then Friday evening some of the vendors came to set up their tables and finishing touches were done. Saturday morning the rest of the vendors arrived to set up, the kitchen was ready for breakfast, trees and wreaths were set up in front of the church, Santa arrived with all his elves ready to work and the 76th Holly Bazaar opened! There was a good crowd during the day and all went well until it was time to close. The clean-up crew went to work and rearranged tables and chairs for Sunday’s luncheon and the Silent Auction was set-up. It was time to call it a day! Sunday morning the luncheon was getting ready while church was going on. The luncheon was served with gusto and all had a wonderful meal of chicken parmesan, spaghetti, green beans and garlic bread and then a cake and coffee for dessert. The Silent Auction, 50/50 and the Raffle baskets were then done. The clean-up then began and everything was back in its place. The Holly Bazaar was now over and it turned out, with some tweaking, to be great! A big thank you to everyone who, helped set-up, clean-up, man tables, cooked, baked, donated items, shopped and came! This is not only one of biggest fund raisers, but also shows true stewardship of our parishioners, provides great fellowship and fun and provides outreach to our community. Again, great job by all!

Sunday morning was rainy and cool. There were 14 people at the 8:00 am service and 68 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 the heavens 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 into the world. The Offertory Anthem was, “E’en So, Lord Jesus Quickly Come.” The Communion Hymns were, “Watchman, Tell Us Of The Night” and “Thy Kingdom Come O Lord.” The Recessional Hymn was, “Lo! He Comes, With Clouds Descending.” We had our ingathering of pledge cards during the service and they can still be brought in next Sunday.

The Altar greenery is given by “A grateful parishioner” to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for Tom Ramsay’s faithful service to All Saints’. The Sanctuary Lamp was given by Paul and Susan Parfrey to the glory of God and in loving memory of Maria Weimar. The Vigil Lamp was given by Kem Rutledge to the glory of God and in thansksgivingfor Peter Rutledge.

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

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