On behalf of All Saints, I am pleased to announce that Mr. Dusty Francis will begin as All Saints’ Organist and Choir Director on Sunday, April 21. Dusty comes to us from Church of the Holy Family in Manhattan, where he is cantor and bass in the choir. Dusty received a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the University of Maryland in 2012. He lives in Astoria, Queens, New York. In New Jersey, he is Assistant Conductor of The Ars Musical Chorale in Ridgewood.
On behalf of All Saints, many thanks to the Music Committee for helping me to make this important decision. Their members are Ruth Dougherty, Chair; Juanita Barrow; Carolyn Barr; Joyce Chang; Alina Gonzalez and Roy Morrison.
The Lenten Quiet Day is this Saturday from 9:30 – 1pm at The Church of the Atonement. Lynne and I will be leading, and, as is the custom of Quiet Days, food and drink will be plentiful. Seven people are signed up from All Saints – there’s still time for you to join them.
The Fundraising Committee meeting, scheduled for March 13, has been postponed. The new date either will be March 21 or March 27. Remember that the Pasta ThrowDown is April 20.
Thank you to Roy Morrison for his presentation at the 10:30am service last Sunday about a water filtration system for Third World countries. It’s very timely in this season of Lent to remember that people were drawn to Christ because of his humble solicitude for the vulnerable.
You may dedicate Easter Lilies for a donation of $20.00 by March 22. Simply fill out the form in Sunday’s bulletin or call Andrea Pieper.
All Saints will worship at 8:30 and 10:30am on March 10, the Fourth Sunday in Lent. I will be the celebrant and preacher. The Fourth Sunday is “Mid-Lent”, traditionally meaning a time to ease up just a bit on Lenten fasts.
Remember, you can join me in the Guild Room at 9:30am this Sunday for a forum on “Challenging Violence” based on the Lenten inserts and other materials.
Jim Millar will be the guest organist, Caroline Westin-Garcia will guide the Church School; there is no Child Care this Sunday, as Cherry Bijan continues to recover from knee surgery.
Carolyn Barr is the coffee hour host.
I hope you’re following Lent madness at http://www.lentmadness.com. Vote each day at the saints’ contest for “the golden halo” in this bracketed NCAA-like tournament. Today (March 6), the contestants are the Right Reverend Edward Thomas Denby and Dorothy Day. Can you guess who I voted for? Check out their website. It’s fun, I promise.
All Saints is offering Adult Forums, from 9:30am to 10:15am in March. (See above for information on this Sunday’s forum.)
On March 17, Saint Patrick’s Day, I will present “Celtic Spirituality” and its widespread influence on Christian Churches from the early middle ages forward. I will include some insights on Celtic spirituality gained in the 2010 Sabbatical trip, especially from our week on the island of Iona, in Scotland.
On Palm Sunday, March 24, I will offer a forum on Anglican spirituality today, focusing on Justin Welby, the new Archbishop of Canterbury and on his predecessor Rowan Williams.
Congratulations to Evan Cane, Victoria Clark, Katie East and Michael Forsthoff who are celebrating birthdays this week.
Here is a schedule from Palm Sunday through Easter.
Sunday, March 24
8:30am & 10:30am
Palm Sunday liturgy with Holy Eucharist
Thursday, March 28
Maundy Thursday dinner
Thursday, March 28
Maundy Thursday Eucharist
Friday, March 29
Good Friday Walk
Friday, March 29
Good Friday Liturgy
Saturday, March 30
Sunday, March 31
Easter Celebration/Holy Eucharist
Easter Celebration/Festive Music/Holy Eucharist
Easter Egg Hunt
God bless you and all whom you love.