Preparations for the great All Saints Rummage sale are steadily underway here at the church. It's been great to see everyone working together for the good of the church and the glory of the Lord. A huge thank you to all who have helped out with this and plan on helping over the weekend.
Synod in Atlanta
Ben and I will be traveling to Atlanta for the provincial synod next week. Please keep us in your prayers as we go. Please also pray that the synod would be productive, that we would be of one mind and spirit, and most importantly that God would be glorified.
Please note: The church office is closed on Wednesday and Thursday. There will be no morning Prayer on Wednesday. At this point in time, we still plan to have Wednesday Evening Prayer and Thursday Morning Prayer.
Ordinations in Oregon
Lord willing Bishop Grundorf will ordain Deacons Bill Baker and Chris Smith October 28th. I am planning on being there. Please keep deacons Bill and Chris in your prayers as they get ready for this transition.
A Prayer for those to be admitted to Holy Orders
ALMIGHTY God, the giver of all good gifts, who of thy divine providence hast appointed divers Orders in thy Church; Give thy grace, we humbly beseech thee, to all those who are to be called to any office and administration in the same; and so replenish them with the truth of thy doctrine, and endue them with innocency of life, that they may faithfully serve before thee, to the glory of thy great Name, and the benefit of thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen.
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Some more thoughts on church growth
We have talked a fair amount, both on Sunday mornings and in these little missives about church growth, how it is an organic thing that flows out of faithfully doing that which God has commanded. What are some practical things that we can do?
First and foremost creating a welcoming environment is of the utmost importance. We need to ensure we have a clean facility, that isn't cluttered. We want to be friendly - but not too friendly. That is to say be sure that visitors know they are welcome, but don't make them feel like they need to join today.
If someone seems to have confusion in the service, gently ask them if they need help finding their way, and encourage them to enjoy the service and not stress about every detail.
Depending on what statistic you read something between 80-85% of church growth comes from parishioners inviting friends. I believe we are doing a good job with this, but keep it up!
Let us persevere in prayer, continuing to pray for a clear vision of what this next season looks like for All Saints.
As always, I am looking forward to seeing all of you on Sunday, if not before at the rummage sale!
Fr. Ian Emile Dunn
All Saints Anglican Church