All Saints’ Episcopal Church – Announcements – April 1, 2018 

Easter Sunday Holy Communion at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

New or Noteworthy This Week

Lenten Mite Boxes Collected Today

The All Saints’ Outreach Commission will receive our Lenten Mite Boxes this Easter Day with thanks and gratitude to all who have participated.  Proceeds go half to Haiti and half to the ERD, (Episcopal Relief and Development.)

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Have you contacted your Gratitude Neighbor this week?

A YEAR OF GRATITUDE

At our Annual Meeting, we declared the year 2018 to be a YEAR of GRATITUDE.

On Ash Wednesday we started our Lenten Series, “Forty Days of Gratitude,” and from this initial intention we will find ways to practice gratitude in our lives and in our faith community.

The anthropologist Angeles Arrien says that gratitude crosses all cultural customs and serves to unite us, “When people in great numbers choose to practice, integrate, and embody gratitude, the cumulative force that is generated can help create this kind of world we all hope for and desire, for ourselves and for future generations.”

If we adapted this quote for All Saints’ it might read as follows:

“When the MEMBERS OF A PARISH in great numbers choose to practice, integrate, and embody GRATITUDE, the cumulative force that is generated can help create the kind of CHURCH we all hope for and desire, for ourselves and for future generations.”

We bolstered our intention to practice gratitude in our community by assigning a Gratitude Neighbor to each person.  If you were not at the Annual Meeting it’s not too late to get a Gratitude Neighbor.  Please let Rev. Amber know if you would like to participate.

Here’s how it works:

1)      Receive the name of your Gratitude Neighbor

2)     Contact your Gratitude Neighbor once a week to share a gratitude about something at All Saints’ (an event; something that touched you in worship; the flowers; a painting; someone’s kindness) or something you appreciate about the person (the Gratitude Neighbor).  It only needs to be one thing; one statement of gratitude.

3)     Sometimes we may need to reflect to discover what we are grateful for and sometimes it may feel more spontaneous.

4)     You may contact your gratitude neighbor by e-mail, phone, text, or snail mail depending on the person’s preferred form of contact.  The person receiving the gratitude does not have to respond unless they want to.  The purpose is simply to pass on what you have received in gratitude.

5)     We will practice this exercise until April 22nd at the Bishop’s Visitation, our next congregational gathering.

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The 2018 Altar Flower Calendar

A huge THANK YOU to all of you who generously donated Altar Flowers this past year.  Your contributions added to the beauty of our sanctuary.  The 2018 Calendar is now posted in the back of the church.  You are invited to select a date to contribute flowers to honor or memorialize a special event or loved one.  We ask for a minimum donation of $65 which is the cost of the flowers. Do not worry if someone has already signed up for that special week; more than one person may sign up.  Mila will contact you in advance to see how you would like your dedication to read in the service bulletin.  If you have not been contacted by the Sunday before your chosen date, please contact Mila directly.  You may also contact her with any questions.  Please note: there are no weekly flower dedications during the Lenten season.

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Rise Against Hunger with Jews, Christians and Muslims United

Jews, Christians and Muslims United is an organization that builds bridges of understanding between our religions and people, works to strengthen our larger community, and reaches out to help the less fortunate around us. We have joined with Rise Against Hunger for our next special event. Rise Against Hunger is an organization that packs food for distribution for schools in needy communities worldwide where children often are lucky to get one hot meal a day.

We invite Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Monterey Peninsula, along with others who love to serve, to join us on Sunday afternoon, April 15 at Congregation Beth Israel. Starting at 2:00 p.m. we will together package 10,000 individual meals. Rise Against Hunger brings all the food and materials that we will need to accomplish our goal. Our local religious communities must provide volunteers and raise about $2,944 to pay for the supplies (approximately 29 cents/meal).

We need at least 40 volunteers or more from our communities.

If many of us make a donation, we should be able to raise the needed money.  Together we can feed children who otherwise may not get any meal that day. Let’s continue to build understanding between our religious communities as we join in acts of social justice!

Please see Chaplain Holly if you and your family are interested in joining us, or send her an email: hhudson-louis@asds.org (All participants are required to sign a waiver that day; children will need chaperones.)

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The Episcopal Church Women – Day of Enrichment

The Episcopal Church Women invite all women, both clergy and lay of the Diocese of El Camino Real, to the Day of Enrichment on April 21, 2018 at St. George’s Salinas.  Registration is $25.00.  There will be an exploration of the opportunities and resources for women – young women and older women – in their lives of career, mother, wife.  The speakers’ panel will include Margaret Snow of Year-Up, Muffie Wiebe Waterman, PhD and Mary Richardson, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Bring donations to the Church Periodical Club, which supplies books, magazine, tapes, videos and computer programs free to those who cannot otherwise obtain them.  Registration deadline is April 13th.  Contact Jane Pomeroy at 408-263-8485 or pomeroyjane006@gmail.com.

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Ensemble Monterey Concert at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Carmel Saturday, April 28, 2018

Ensemble Monterey joins forces with the vocal ensemble Cantiamo and the Cabrillo Youth Chorus for their season finale, presenting the Brahms Serenade Number 1 in D Major in the original nine part instrumentation, Rihards Dubra’s Te Deum and the Chichester Psalms of Leonard Bernstein. Conductors John and Cheryl Anderson invite the audience to Conductor’s Notes, an informative and informal talk about the music, one hour before the performance. Concert at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets: $40, general admission; $30, seniors’ $10, students at ensemblemonterey.org.  For more information:  831- 333-1283.

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St. Dunstan’s Organ Concert Series continues

Alfred Yoon, high school senior and young organist whose talent far outstrips his years presents a concert on April 15th.  Program includes works by Mendelssohn, Schroeder, Albinoni, Bach and Boellmann.  Wine and cheese reception at 3:00 p.m.; concert at 4:00 p.m. Tickets:  $20.00.  For more information 831-624-6646.

The Current Calendar Schedule of Events

Morning Prayer in the Chapel, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 5th – The Centering Prayer Group – in the Chapel at 5:30 p.m.

Monday, April 9th – I-HELP at All Saints’

Tuesday, April 10th – Book Club meets in the Library at 6:00 p.m.  The reading selection is Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.  Contact Kathy Nielsen, knielsen@redshift.com, for more information.

Wednesday, April 11th – Bible Study – in the Library at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, April 15th – Rise Against Hunger with Jews, Christians and Muslims United, food packaging for schools in needy communities worldwide.  Meet at Congregation Beth Israel, 5716 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, CA from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18th – Friends of St. Benedict – 3:30-5:30 p.m. – Library and Chapel

Saturday, April 21st – Episcopal Church Women’s Day of Enrichment – 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at St. George’s Episcopal Church, Salinas.

Sunday, April 22nd – Bishop Mary’s Visitation.  There will be only one service, the 10:30am service.  The bishop will Confirm, Receive, and Reaffirm Vows for those wishing to do so.  (If you would like to be confirmed, received, or reaffirm your baptismal vows please speak to Rev. Amber).  A potluck luncheon will follow.

Saturday, April 28th – Ensemble Monterey Concert at All Saints’.  Works by Brahms, Dubra and Bernstein.  8 p.m. Tickets at ensemblemonterey.org.

And Don’t Forget

Interested in Inter-Faith Conversation, Fun, and Outreach?  Consider Joining JCM United! A new organization on the Monterey Peninsula, called JCM United is bringing together Jews, Christians, and Muslims in order to build bridges of understanding and strengthen our community.  At times we will unite to help the less fortunate

around us.  For   more information contact Chaplain Holly Hudson-Louis at hhudson-louis@asds.org.

Our Memorial Garden Project has been completed. Consider buying a brick to commemorate a loved one in your family or reserve one for yourself.  This is a beautiful meditative spot.  Jana Gill is the contact if you have questions.

Help feed our community’s hunger by filling one of the red bags located under the table at the back of the church.  Items that are needed most are printed on the bags.  No glass items please.  Many thanks from your Outreach Commission who will include your contributions in our daily food bags.  Please return bags to the back of the church.  

Announcement deadline – To be included in next Sunday’s bulletin, your announcement must be submitted by 11 a.m. on the preceding Wednesday.  Most special parish events are included in the announcements for three weeks before they occur.  Contact Ray Krise in the office at 831-624-3883.