March 18, 2019

Article by: Thomas Ramsay

It was a busy and fun weekend at All Saints’! Saturday afternoon, Stella and Drew Elder, had arrived at church to begin the St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon preparation. They got the corned beef going and cut up the potatoes. Carole King, Tom and Eileen Ramsay, John and Carol Crowe and Joe Gonzalez then arrived, followed by Ed and Nancy Benedict. The meat was cooking and Carol, Carole and Tom peeled carrots, while Drew, John and Joe cut up the cabbage. Stella and Eileen put the tablecloths on and then they tables were set with plates, napkins and silverware. Tom set up the coffee and water urns and then everyone took a small break. The corned beef was done and all the vegetables were put into cook. John, Drew, Joe and Tom then cut the corned beef and it was put into trays and covered. The cabbage, potatoes and carrots were done and they too were drained and put into trays. Everything was cleaned up and all the pots put away and it was time to go!

Sunday morning was cool and sunny-a perfect St. Patrick’s Day! There were 11 people at the 8:00 am service and 74 in attendance at the 10:00 am service. Tom took all the trays out of the refrigerator after the 8:00 am service and put on the oven and the crew arrived at 9:30 am to get things started. It was the Second Sunday In Lent. The Processional Hymn was, “The God Of Abraham Praise” and the Sequence Hymn was, “Take Up Your Cross The Savior Said.” The Gospel Reading was from Luke 13:31-35:

Some Pharisees came and said to Jesus, "Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you." He said to them, "Go and tell that fox for me, 'Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.' Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, 'Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.'"

We learn from this passage of Jesus being warned about Herod wanting to kill him and how Jesus basically disrepects Herod by telling the Pharisees that he is fox and not to bother him. The Offertory Anthem was, “God So Loved The World.” The Communion Hymns were, “The King Of Love My Shepherd Is” and “Be Thou My Vision.” The Recessional Hymn was, “Lord Who Throughout These Forty Days.”

The altar greenery was given by Nina Selvaggion to the glory of God and in loving memory of David Selvaggio. The Sanctuary Lamp was given by Marje Eisenman to the glory of God and in loving memory of Robert Kolnsberg. The Vigil Lamp was given by Susan Parfrey to the glory of God and in loving memory of Marie McDonald. The bread and wine of the Eucharist were given by Tom and Jeanine Carroll to the glory of God and in celebration of Ruth Rutigliano’s birthday.

The St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon was all ready to be served when church was over. People came into the Common Room and took their seats and then had a cup of coffee or tea while last minute details were done and then Father Byrne came in and said grace. John, Joe, Diane Obiol and Tom then served everyone, table by table, and it was a smooth working machine. Everyone was served and all enjoyed a wonderful meal. Dessert of Irish apple cake was supplied by the Monfiston family, was then served and clean-up began in the kitchen. Plates, silverware and trays were cleaned up and put away, the very little leftovers were packed up and it was time to call it a day! It was another wonderful St. Patrick’s Day luncheon that raised $750.00 for the church. A very big thank you to Stella and Drew Elder for shopping for the luncheon and coordinating the cooking and to all her helpers!

St. Patrick's Day Luncheon- A sincerere thanks to head chef, Stella Elder and her staff of Drew Elder, Ed and Nancy Benedict, John and Carol Crowe, Joe Gonzalez, Carole King, Diane Obiol and Tom and Eileen Ramsay for setting up and cooking for our annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon!

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Have a great week and hope to see many of you on Wednesday for the Deanery Lenten program and on Saturday for our 10th Coffee House!

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