Lord willing, this will be the last newsletter that I'll sign as "rector-elect," and I'll be able to drop the elect from my title and simply, officially be your rector. I am excited for this new stage in the life of the church and my ministry. It'll be a joy to worship the Lord with all of you, several members of our diocese and Bishop Giffin this weekend.
As Saturday comes near, please pray for me, that I would be a good and godly leader for our parish, and please pray for our church that as we start this new chapter, we would do so confidently in the Lord, while seeking and submitting to His will. Finally, pray for all of those who are traveling here for the weekend.
Saturday, December 9
Please try to be here for the institution at 10 am. It will be a beautiful service and a great time of fellowship. If you can't make it on Saturday, you will have a second chance to meet Bishop Giffin on Sunday. Since our diocese is small, Bishop Giffin is acting as our episcopal visitor. He is the Bishop of the Diocese of Mid-America, over the years, I'm sure we will see plenty of him, so, let's give him a very warm welcome.
If you can't make it to the institution, and still would like to see it, I'm planning on broadcasting it on Facebook Live, mostly so that my mom can watch in Maine. I think we worked out the kinks this morning. Click here to check out our facebook page. Pull up the page around 10 am, and you should be able to see the video, or if you are working and want to watch later, it'll still be available there.
Friday, December 15
Mark your calendar for the All Saints Christmas Party. There will be fun games, Christmas carols, a white elephant gift exchange, and great fellowship.
If you want to participate in the White Elephant gift exchange bring a fun 10 dollar or less gift. Silly, funny gifts or the mug you don't know what to do with are all encouraged.
Drawing of All Saints
You may have noticed on some of our promotional material we have a drawing of our beautiful church. Annette Cliff kindly drew this for us some time ago. I have always had a fondness for drawings of churches. I wanted to take a minute and thank Annette for allowing us to use this beautiful picture.
As many of you know, Elizabeth wrote a fascinating book about her life growing up in China and Hawaii. Today, for Pearl Harbor Day, the Daily Courier did a lovely little write up about her. If you didn't see her on the front cover of the paper, you can read the story here as well as one of her poems . We also have a copy available at the church. Thanks for sharing a little piece of your life with all of Elizabeth.
To remind you, our Christmas schedule will be:
12/20 - A Festival of Lessons and Carols, 6 pm
12/24- Christmas Eve, Holy Communion, 6 pm
12/25- Christmas Day, Holy Communion 10 am
There are cards available at the back of the church, grab a couple to give to friends who may be looking for a place to worship this coming Christmas. One of the best ways to get new people into the church is a personal invitation.
Fr. Ian Emile Dunn
All Saints Anglican Church