Perhaps you have heard it said in our new and enduring COVID language, “This is the Lentiest of Lents I’ve ever Lented.” Similarly, this may be the Holiest of Holy Weeks we’ve ever Holied!
The Liturgy of the of Palms procession from our Parish Hall to our Narthex has been cancelled. This pandemic has called us to remember that church is more than a building; it is a body.
For centuries, at the beginning of church, Christians gathered in secret under the threat of persecution to proclaim the the Way of Jesus’ Love. The members of the body of Christ have survived much — much more than a pandemic.
This Holy Week and Easter, I again invite you to join our early Christian siblings, in observing the holiest Holy Week and Easter at home. Our worship will be set around your tables and desks as you remember the stories that save us. We invite you to partake of these worship opportunities to deepen and enrich your journey, from Palm Sunday through Easter morning.
Maundy Thursday, Zoom 7pm https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82873246393
Phone:1 929 205 6099
Please bring your love feast food and holy objects to a table near your screen
Agape Meal followed by Virtual Garden of Gethsemane on Web
Baptism (Bradley Kirshen) and Holy Eucharist, 11am in person
Easter Sunday, Zoom 10am
Please bring your Alleluia banners, champagne/sparkling water and bread to the zoom screen. https://zoom.us/j/134596872
Phone:1 929 205 6099
Easter lilies, tulips and jonquils will beautify our Sanctuary on Easter Sunday. Anyone wishing to have flowers in memory or thanksgiving of a loved one, is asked to send their donation to the office by March 26, or put it in the offering plate at in-person worship by Friday, March 26th.
Palm Waving - Palm Sunday Worship 10 am, March 28th via Zoom
If you are interested in taking Palms to those in special circumstances (and if possible, taking a photo of them for our Palm Sunday Zoom Processional Slide Show), please contact the parish office, and we will put you on a list to deliver blessed palms. The pictures may be sent to our Parish Administrator between March 19-24. We are hoping to deliver Palms to about 25 people the week of March 21.
Palms will be blessed at the end of worship on March 21 and ready for pick-up Sunday after church and Monday, March 22 between 9am-11am, or on Thursday, March 25th between 9am and 1:30 pm (in our church office).
Zooming into our second year….together at All Saints
When we meet online we want to be loving, inviting, and safe in the same way as we seek to be in person. The following are our community’s expectations for how everyone should act when we meet digitally. These guidelines were created to keep our whole community safe and feeling welcome.
Be kind to one another: as a Christian community, we are always called to love others as Jesus loves us, this is especially true online and during difficult times! We exist as a church to support each other, and trust that our digital meetings will be filled with Christ’s love in how we treat each other.
Confidentiality: part of loving each other is respecting what is private for others, so we should not share information shared verbally, in chat boxes, or on video cameras, out of love and respect for others. Please do not share what others talk about with the group. Only group leaders have permission to take photos of these meetings, following our privacy guidelines, checking for permission from participants and parents of children.
Help each other out: We ask that we would all use our gifts to help each other during these meetings. If you’re super tech savvy and some others aren’t, patiently help them understand the tools we’re using; if you’re a prayer warrior, offer to lead prayer and/or pray for others during the week; if you know of resources related to the conversation that’s happening, put them in the chat for everyone to keep.
Use appropriate language: while boundaries may be difficult to find during this time as we are all bringing church, school, and work into our homes, we still ask that you use appropriate and kind language when attending church digitally. If you wouldn’t say something in the church building, try to find different wording when online as well.
Dress appropriately: while we are all enjoying more casual wardrobes these days, we ask that you keep your clothing appropriate while joining church online gatherings. Those who wish to not use the video function, may not be safeguarded from view if it is accidentally enabled.
Be Mindful of Time: strive to begin and end meetings on time, as a sign of respect for people’s time and attention
Safe Place Supervision Guidelines: when meetings involve youth or children, we will continue to follow our Safe Church guidelines, which require at least two adults present during meetings.
Those unwilling to adhere to these guidelines will be asked to leave the meeting, and will be welcomed back until willing to follow these guidelines.
Sung Great Litany available throughout Lent
Brett Johnson, our seminarian and professional musician, and Allen Hill, new parishioner and the director of the Protestant Choir at Brooksby Village, have partnered to offer us a way to pray, by singing us through the Great Litany, which is the first prayer composed in the English language for use in public worship. In many churches, it is chanted in procession around the perimeter of the worship space. Brett and Allen will be singing without procession! The Sung Great Litany is available here: https://youtu.be/a82tFHFbvnY
WHAT'S YOUR VESTRY UP TO?
In an effort to keep our All Saints community informed, the Vestry has decided to post the highlights of each meeting in FYI the week following the meeting. So, welcome to What's Your Vestry Up To?
• At our March 14 meeting, the annual parochial report was approved, and will be sent on to the diocese and national church
• We learned last year that there were unresolved issues about our property line with our neighbor, Craig Torrance. We have consulted with an attorney about how to proceed. We are still awaiting word regarding his response to our lawyer’s request
• We are reconvening groups to discuss and plan Thrift Shoppe reopening, the timeline for hybrid and in-person worship, and revisiting our building users' contracts
• We are putting into motion a mission strategy plan for our Parish
• Our PPP loan of last year was forgiven!
100 percent of the Vestry indicated they would be willing to tithe (give 10% or more) their stimulus check to All Saints Church. We hope that you will prayerfully consider joining us!
Our next Vestry meeting will be on April 18th at 1 p.m. on Zoom. Everyone is welcome to join us.
ALL SAINTS VESTRY 2021
Gail Arnold and Sue Spencer (co-wardens)
Erika Bianchi (clerk)
Lisa Palmer (treasurer)
The Rev. Marya DeCarlen
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More ways to stay safe
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To learn more about phishing and keeping yourself safe:
Are you ready for our fabulous All Saints’ auction? If you are, read on—if you are not, read on!!
Did you miss our bi-annual Gifts Auction last April, just when the pandemic was beginning?
We are determined that not even COVID-19 will stop us this year, so we are offering a HUGE 10-day online auction October 31st through November 10th. It is our hope that this online auction will provide a rich avenue of fellowship and relationship-building for our faith community. It will also be a way for our community members, and our friends and neighbors near and far, to invest in All Saints' still thriving ministries, and including our outreach projects in this time of continued exceptional need.
You can help us to make this a HUGE success! We are asking all parishioners to celebrate the unique gifts with which God has blessed us, with the hope of getting 100% participation, with folks providing items and services to auction, and bidding on items and services as well. We know all of you have something to offer!! It could be that once-treasured crystal candelabra that now gathers dust, or the painting you loved and hung over the mantel until you redesigned the room and removed the mantel! We want to offer more than 100 items of value, and as many services as possible.
Here are some examples of possible gifts and services: hospitality, cooking/baking, crafting, quilting, woodworking, home repair, computer/technology expertise, voice lessons, car detailing, bill paying, yard work, hosting outdoor dinners, visit Santa on Zoom, crystal, prints, gardening, memberships to local organizations, fireside dinners, prepared picnics, canoe rides, walk along the beaches or trails, with a pause for refreshments, antiques, wall hangings, notecards, flower arrangements, museum visits, antique tools, vases, perennials, holiday arrangements, jewelry, gift cards, a week's use of a vacation home/condo, 12 months of cookies, 4 months of soups and “you name it!”
If you have an idea for an auction item, please email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org or call or drop off the information to Michelle at the parish office, 978 774-1150: Date: Description of auction item: Donated by: Name and phone# and email Market value: approximate Any special comments about the gift?
OK, get ready to auction! And thank you!
Altar Flowers are available April 11, 18 and 25. Contact Barbara Hooper.
Essex County Habitat for Humanity In-Person On-Site Volunteer Opportunities Start Soon
Would you like to make use of your God-given gifts outside, as we emerge from this pandemic, while helping others immediately?
There are local opportunities to build in Andover, Wenham, Lawrence, Salisbury and more!! Essex County Habitat is able to improve and completely transform whole neighborhoods and communities. Through this transformation, families achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better life.
Ways to help:
Join us on a build site! We require a full-day commitment (8:30 am-4:00 pm) and build on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays year-round. Simply select the date(s) below you’d like to join us. Interested in bringing a group – see options here. To see what days we are currently building, in Andover, Salisbury, and Wenham please visit our build day calendar.
Visit this link if you want to volunteer at one of the ReStore’s in Peabody or Lawrence! Simply type in the dates and times you’d like to join us in the textbox under your preferred location.
Let’s see if we can get a team together from All Saints to build (8:30-4:30) or work at the ReStore (two-hour shifts). Contact the office if you are interested so we can register together!
4-Week Grief Support Group
Tuesdays From April 6-April 27, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm on Zoom
What the Group Will Consist of:
Spiritual component of prayer, meditation, and reflection
Community component of listening, discussion, and activities
Individual component of realizing one’s own unique grief journey
Group Facilitator: Sheila Corsaro M. Ed.
Sheila is a student in the Master of Spirituality Program at Merrimack College, with a focus on Grief and Spirituality. She is a volunteer at a hospice agency helping facilitate a bereavement group.
If you would like to join the group or have any questions please contact Sheila Corsaro, at email@example.com
Adult Formation: Lenten Resources 2021 Living Compass: Living Well Through Lent 2021: Listening With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength and Mind. Booklets are available at no cost and the booklet is also available as a download. More information is here and a flier is available here. Episcopal Relief & Development: “As Lent approaches this year, we lament.” Lenten meditations booklet and more information available here. Virginia Theological Seminary Stations of the Cross, a 30-minute video production of the liturgy with music, and paired with new images of the stations by artist Margaret Parker. More information here.
“Lent and the Longing for God” – an online retreat facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas on March 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Registration and more information are found here. There is no cost for the retreat. It is being made available to the people of the dioceses of Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts.
This Lent, the annual preaching series at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston, aims to lift up the voices of leaders who are fairly new to the greater Boston area, or who have come to see the area anew.
The series takes place online via Zoom on Thursdays, February 18-March 25, at 12 p.m., featuring a brief service of noonday prayer with guest sermon, followed by conversation with the preacher and other attendees.
All are welcome and registration is required here.
March 25: Dr. Sujin Pak--Dean of the Boston University School of Theology