When an adult child hugs their mum,
Its so much more to her,
It opens up a memory box,
To times of yesteryear,
It takes her back to your childhood,
When you sat upon her lap,
When she'd settle you after the scariest dream,
Or put you down for a nap,
If she holds you a little tighter,
She's keeping those days alive,
Remembering how she hugged you,
When you were only four or five,
So when you hug your mother,
Don't be quick to break her embrace,
Let her hold you a little longer,
And live those days she'll never replace.
Sometimes others' words need no explanation.
As we gather ourselves in expectation to gather together in person this summer, let us remember how good it is to center down.
How Good to Center Down!
How good it is to center down!
To sit quietly and see one’s self pass by!
The streets of our minds seethe with endless traffic;
Our spirits resound with clashing, with noisy silences,
While something deep within hungers and thirsts for the still moment and the resting lull.
With full intensity we seek, ere thicket passes, a fresh sense of order in our living;
A direction, a strong sure purpose that will structure our confusion and bring meaning in our chaos.
We look at ourselves in this waiting moment—the kinds of people we are.
The questions persist: what are we doing with our lives?—what are the motives that order our days?
What is the end of our doings? Where are we trying to go? Where do we put the emphasis and where are our values focused? For what end do we make sacrifices?
Where is my treasure and what do I love most in life?
What do I hate most in life and to what am I true? Over and over the questions beat upon the waiting moment.
As we listen, floating up through all of the jangling echoes of our turbulence, there is a sound of another kind—
A deeper note which only the stillness of the heart makes clear.
It moves directly to the core of our being. Our questions are answered,
Our spirits refreshed, and we move back into the traffic of our daily round
With the peace of the Eternal in our step.
How good it is to center down!
Howard Washington Thurman was an African-American author, philosopher, theologian, educator, civil rights leader, and mentor to Martin Luther King Jr. This prayer comes from his book, Meditations of the Heart, p.28.
Time to cut loose!
Get ready. It’s time to cut loose with All Saints’ exciting and HUGE 11 day online auction October 31st through November 10th.
This online auction will provide a way for our community members, our friends and our neighbors -- near and far-- to support All Saints' still thriving ministries, including our outreach projects in this time of continued exceptional need. Ten percent of proceeds will go directly to HAWC’s emergency sheltering for survivors of domestic violence!
You can help make this fun auction a HUGE success! We hope to get 100% participation, with folks not only bidding, but also providing unique items to auction -- that once-treasured crystal vase that’s now gathering dust, your former treasures now delegated to a corner in the basement, or that beloved painting you hung over the mantel until you redesigned the room. We know all of you have something to offer!! Our goal is to offer more than 100 items of value for bidding.
Just to give you some ideas on what you might want to offer, here is a link, listing items that have already been donated: https://bit.ly/3gNCCos
If you have an idea for an auction item, please email the following information to email@example.com or call or drop off the information to Michelle at the parish office, 978 774-1150 email: firstname.lastname@example.org by June 28th.
Today’s date: Description of auction item: Donated by: Name and phone# and email Market value: approximate Any special comments about the gift?
Scholarship Opportunity for High School Seniors
The Sarah G. McCarthy Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce applications for the scholarship are now being accepted.
We understand that, due to the pandemic, you might not be starting school physically, in person, in the fall, but we do want to recognize your graduation and achievements.
All Saints' high school seniors who are active in the church, and who will be attending (physically or remotely) a school of higher learning in the fall of 2021, are invited to apply. Please submit applications by Monday, June 14.
Download an application here, or call/email the office to have an application sent to you.
YTD Pledge Remittances are $1,980 above expectation*
Fundraising & Bldg Usage is $1,479 below expectation
Actual Operating Expenses are $2,667 more than expected.
Our YTD Deficit is $11,486 which is $3,681 better than our budgeted YTD expectation of a $15,167 Deficit.
* Timely pledge remittances help us to better manage our cash flow to meet on-going expenses.
Stepping Stones Preschool - JOB ALERT!!!
Stepping Stones is looking to hire a forward-thinking Preschool Director to join our dedicated staff. *Stepping Stones is open during the school year, and the Director will work as needed over the summer
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Manage the daily operations of Stepping Stones Preschool
Demonstrate high professional ethics and confidentially
Maintain a safe, clean and enriching educational environment
Build and maintain strong relationships with the Stepping Stones' families
Continue to maintain strong relationships within our community
Conduct tours and open houses
Supervise and mentor staff
Effectively communicate with the Board of Directors
Must be 21+
Must be MA EEC Director Certified
A Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related field
3+ Years experience in early childhood field
Must pass a background record check
Job Type: 3/4 time - Salaried Position
Please send resumes to Parish Administrator - email@example.com
Deadline to submit resumes is Thursday, May 13, 2021
All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore (Stepping Stones Preschool), Danvers, is committed to insuring equal opportunity for employment to all its employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, handicap or disabled status (as dictated by the Job Description). All Saints will take Affirmative Action to insure that each employee will be accorded equal treatment with respect to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment.
Join TWO other churches in North Carolina, as we explore how love is not a feeling only…it is also an ACTION!!!. (God is great.) Episcopalians at Trinity in Mt. Airy, and Grace in Clayton, will meet at 10 am and 7 pm on Thursdays, May 13-June 3. For those of you who are interested and cannot attend, let us know, and we will record it and post in a Facebook group. Please call the office to sign up.
There are times in our lives when downsizing can be a blessing to others. If you or someone you know is interested in a free queen size bed and linens, a 6X9 rug and an Aufrey armoire (or sideboard), please contact the office for more information by May 14.
Community Garden by Mike Caitham
Youth Opportunity for DIP's Community Garden
A new, exciting, partnership with North Shore Unitarian Universalist Church will occur this year - to invite children and youth to dig their hands into the soil and make things GROW!
This year, the youth of our Interfaith Community will have the opportunity to join in this exciting work. We will gather to learn how to garden from seed to table for the benefit of others. Our community garden effort blends faith and agriculture in asking participants to plant, pray and proclaim, with the hope of feeding those in need, while stewarding land and fostering community. All vegetables will be given to the Danvers Food Pantry to support those who are food-insecure in our community.
Registrations are due by May 15 so we can begin our planting at home, in our homemade green houses, before seedlings are planted in the community garden. Please talk it up in your communities as we emerge from the pandemic, and still stay safe with masks on! Registrations can be sent to Susan Haas via email or NSUU Church 323 Locust St. Danvers Ma 01923
The Danvers People to People Food Pantry has reopened and needs the following items. Please consider adding a few items to your shopping cart and dropping them off at church on Thursdays between 8:30 and 1:30 pm, or on Sunday Mornings, or at the pantry itself.
We know that people use many techniques to cope with chronic pain, including praying to God, or a higher power. We are trying to better understand what kinds of prayer are most helpful. If you are interested in participating, you can go directly to the screening website: https://is.gd/PainandPrayerScreener
The goals of this project are the development of the first ever scientifically validated bedside-prayer-tool. Participation is easy, via online questionnaires. All spiritual backgrounds are welcome. If you or someone you know is suffering with chronic pain, and uses prayer or meditation to cope with their pain, we would love to hear from you. We need a few hundred volunteers.
Family Camp registration is open at the Barbara C Harris Center - here's info!
May webinars scheduled for next steps in prayer, learning, action and advocacy: As additional next steps, webinars on four successive Wednesdays in May, each at 7 p.m., will focus on the individual planks of the bishops' declaration:
Sabbatical Approved for Bishop Gates
The Standing Committee has approved plans for our Bishop, Alan Gates, to have an upcoming sabbatical leave. This summer marks seven years since his arrival to serve as Bishop. He will be away from June 13 through October 11, representing a three-month sabbatical, together with summer vacation. He looks forward to a time for deep rest, reading, reflection and re-creation – a sabbatical in the mode of true “sabbath renewal.”
During his absence, full oversight and leadership in the diocese will be taken up by our Bishop Suffragan, the Rt. Rev. Gayle Harris, who will work with all governing bodies and the staff of the diocese to assure continuity of episcopal guidance.
The first day of his sabbatical – June 13 – marks the beginning of his 35th year in ordained ministry.