Living Through the Time of COVID-19

A Note from Interim Rector

Fr. Bill Lupfer

December 3, 2020


Last night, our vestry made the decision to return to Phase One, where we will only worship virtually. They made this decision carefully, thoughtfully and with prayer. I was proud of the way they worked towards this decision. They represented you very well. 


You may recall, when we drafted our reassembly plan in September, we listed clear metrics to guide us. Recently, with the upswing in COVID cases in our community, we have surpassed those metrics. 


So we return to virtual worship. We have anticipated this step and are doing everything we can to help you worship authentically in this challenging time. 
We continue to stay focused on our core mission to pray, learn, serve, connect. And we will work to help you stay up to date on all the ways we can be in relationship during these challenging times. 


All Saints' is a very strong parish and you are progressing through these challenging times with courage and grace. With effective vaccinations on the horizon, we can anticipate a time where we will regather to celebrate God’s love by singing, eating, laughing and talking together. 


Let’s all stay healthy and as safe as possible so we can enjoy the day when we full the church with song and laughter. 


For now, I pray for each of you, that you may experience the quiet side of God’s love. Be bold and confident that God is blessing you, even as we all long for lives that feel more normal. 

 

  


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ALL THINGS, ALL SAINTS', click here. 



Pray . . .


ONLINE WORSHIP from All Saints'

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SATURDAY


January 23

5pm Epiphany III Prayers & Fellowship on Zoom

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87578630579?pwd=eHFTSitKSmhJR0E5NGpZWXNnQVpVZz09

Meeting ID: 875 7863 0579 Passcode: 090286

One tap mobile +16699006833


SUNDAY


January 24

9am Epiphany III Prayers on Facebook & YouTube

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Click here for the bulletin


10:00am Zoom Sunday Coffee Hour

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81242583540?pwd=ajRjYnlXSnF2ZEFURmFPOEY2c1BMQT09

Meeting ID: 812 4258 3540 Passcode: 918253

One tap mobile +13462487799


Sunday 10:15am Rosary Prayer 

on FACEBOOK and YOU TUBE

Click here to view or print the Rosary Prayer Guidebook


Sunday Virtual Sunday School for Children & Youth at 11am  (No Virtual SS on Jan 3)

on FACEBOOK and YOU TUBE


WEEKDAYS


Monday-Fridays 9am  Morning Prayer

on FACEBOOK


Monday-Thursdays 5:30pm Evening Prayer

on FACEBOOK

Learn . . .

Watch for upcoming classes that we will be broadcasting online.  

Here are some online resources for the "tools" of our trade.  


Book of Common Prayer


Daily Prayer by Forward Movement


All Saints' "How to Pray Morning and Evening Prayer"


All Saints' Litany of Healing used at Morning Prayer


Daily Bible Readings


Oremus Bible Browser


Brother, Give Us A Word (Society of St. John the Evangelist)


Quick-Links Page on AllSaintsOnCentral.org



WATCH RECENT SERMONS FROM ALL SAINTS' CLERGY   Click here



ALL SAINTS' BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

Click here for the 2020-2021 reading list

For more information, contact Grant Washburn at 623-215-7849 or gwashburn2@cox.net 

Serve  & Connect . . .

Right now, while in-person gatherings are discouraged, please call friends and family to check in with one another.  Particularly, check in on those who are not comfortable online or have Internet access. Not everyone texts. So be conscious of your loved ones' preferred method of communication. 

 

For those battling any form of mental illness, be it anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, etc. times like these can be truly overwhelming. We may be required to physically distance ourselves from others, but we need to keep in contact in any other ways we can. So call, text, FaceTime, Skype, use social media, send a card, whatever, but keep in touch, especially with those you know are also battling other issues. We all need to know there are people out there who care about us right now.


Taking care of each other is the best way we can serve the common good. 

Loneliness is a struggle for everyone right now and recent surveys indicate that almost half of Americans are having feelings of depression or anxiety as the effects of social distancing drain our spirits. All Saints’ developed an educational brochure to help you and the people you care about manage loneliness in the midst of pandemic. In it you will find ideas for addressing loneliness when life requires us to stay apart from each other. We also invite you to explore the Loneliness in America Project for other resources and education. Loneliness has been a significant problem in the United States for many years but the pandemic of 2020, and the self-isolating behavior it forced on us, makes this distressing state of mind an almost universal experience.


Upcoming Fellowship


GATHERING TO GROW

New year, fresh start. Time for a Covid mental and spiritual reset? Join the Gathering to Grow family! Find out why G2G makes such a difference in people’s lives. Alumni say:

 

“It’s something very personal and hope-giving.”

“I can say that I have thoroughly enjoyed this group.”

“I always find readings thought-provoking and enlightening.”

“This is something very special.”

“I am so amazed and grateful at how quickly and with such open arms and seeming no reservations you both whole-heartedly welcomed me.”

 

Lucian Taylor and Deacon Patrice Taylor are delighted to introduce the Spring 2021 session of Gathering to Grow starting Monday evening, February 1, at 6:30pm. First and third Mondays for six virtual sessions via Zoom. The dates are February 1, 15, March 1, 15, April 5, 19.   


We will spend this Covid winter, Lent, and Easter together and, as always, walk life’s journey in community through pray, laughter, and learning. Lucian plans a fascinating bible study during which we will explore the idea of new beginnings by looking at the creation stories in Genesis, the Gospel of John, and Revelation. So start this new year with a new opportunity for community! Contact Deacon Patrice at palshatti@llsaintsoncentral.org by Wednesday, January 27 to sign up.

  

Virtual Men's Breakfast NOW EVERY THURSDAY

Deacon Bade invites the All Saints’ men to come together for a Virtual Men’s Breakfast on Zoom every Thursday at 8am.  To join on the day, click on the link to Join the Men’s Breakfast Zoom Meeting below. Join us when you are able.  Bring your favorite coffee mug, tea cup, and breakfast; be that fruit, toast, or fried eggs and sizzling bacon. There is no agenda for the gathering, just friendly conversation.  Questions, please email Deacon Bade: jbade@allsaintsoncentral.org.  To Join the Men’s Breakfast Zoom Meeting Click on the link below: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87120792718?pwd=aWgxV2VyN2VWRlBPV1dobklOWm1ZZz09



Virtual Women's Breakfast NOW EVERY FRIDAY

All women of All Saints' are invited to join the All Saints' Women's Breakfast group every Friday at 9:30am on Zoom. The meeting is BYOC (bring your own coffee)! Simply click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89979883593?pwd=bWYyRFQ0MU1zVTd0MTg0a0ExWmFyZz09

and follow the instructions on your screen to join the meeting! (If prompted, you may need to enter the Meeting ID: 899 7988 3593 or Password: 411001).Questions?, contact Pastor Emilie Finn at efinn@allsaintsoncentral.org.  

Resources for Children, Youth & Families

We will share curriculum, coloring pages, and other materials to keep your family active and faith-focused through this extra time at home. Just click on the links to access the documents.


Virtual Sunday School on Sundays at 11am on You Tube and Facebook. 

Through stories, music, and hands-on crafts and activities, our Sunday School students will learn stories from the life and teaching of Jesus this spring, culminating in the events of Holy Week, Easter, and Pentecost. Join our wonderful staff and volunteer teachers every Sunday at 11am on Facebook & YouTube! Questions, contact Pastor Emilie at efinn@allsaintsoncentral.org.


For more information, or to sign up for the Friday Email, contact Pastor Emilie at efinn@allsaintsoncentral.org.


Pastor Emilie's "Story of the Lord's Prayer" Coloring Book

This booklet was created by Pastor Emilie to help children learn the Lord's Prayer. Children can color each page, read the prayer to their parents, or have their parents read it to them, and even use it as a fun tool for memorization over time.


Weekly Gospel-themed Coloring Pages

Click here to print a page that ties in with the current's week Gospel lesson that children can color and parents can teach from.


Prayers of Comfort for Troubling Times