Newsletter October 2021
“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or
exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize
the possibilities and challenges offered by the present
moment, and embrace them with courage, faith and hope."
Certainly, this past year and a half has taught us that we do not know precisely what is happening or exactly where it is all going. The question is, have we learned to face the challenges with courage, faith and hope. Many times, especially in spiritual writings, life is pictured as a journey, both outward and inward. In the Gospel, the journey itself is more the focus than the destination. Jesus did not explain or describe very clearly the destiny of the life to which he calls us. Jesus’ focus was on the journey, how we act toward one another along the way.
Life in this world is the focus of the Gospel. Doing justice and loving mercy and walking humbly with our God are essential actions on the way. How we act toward one another determines our entry into that which is to come. (Read Matthew 25). It is also important that we do not go alone. We are on the way in community. I think this is one thing we have learned these many days of the pandemic – the importance of one another.
We all need courage, faith and hope at this time of our lives, and the life of our parish community. November 7th is celebrated in the Episcopal Church as All Saints Sunday. I thought is an opportunity to come together as a parish for worship and a chance to see each other and spend a little time recognizing the possibilities and challenges we face together.
I propose an agenda that includes a snapshot of the status of the parish including clergy schedule, worship, needs in various ministries and finances. Also, it is an opportunity for questions members might have.
I believe we would need to meet in the Church, following worship. The space gives us more room. We will plan to have sound amplification to assist those whose hearing is compromised.
Of course, a change in Connecticut’s infection rate, and/or CDC recommendations may alter this plan. I ask you to circle November 7th and think about attending All Saints’ that day. This will be an opportunity to gather together and recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.
For many months, members of All Saints’ have had the opportunity to attend Sunday worship via Zoom. It is special for the few who continue to attend, even now. This is possible because Laurie and Ken Burke come early every Sunday to set up and maintain the Zoom connection. In the name of the parish: THANK YOU!
Altar Guild Members. We are now 3 members and are inviting you to join us. In a parish of our size most of you already working in various ministries. Our duties are important to the worship of our community and if our numbers grow through your joining us will mean that no one will work too often.
Setting up the altar before service and return items in sacristy after service;
Cleaning and sterilizing the chalice and other items used to celebrate the Eucharist;
Some washing and ironing of the small linens used weekly.
Members serve one month at a time.
If interested, please contact Amy Riccitelli. Thank you!
Date Reading 1 Reading 2 Prayers of the People
December 5 Mary Mark Curtis III pg. 387
December 12 Pat K. Ken Diane IV pg. 388
December 19 Laurie Mary Calice VI pg. 392
December 24 Paul Mindy Peg III pg. 387
December 26 Calice Diane Pat L. IV pg. 38