This Week’s Bulletin – 10th December 2017

 

Angel Tree

The tree is festooned with pink (for a girl) and blue (for a boy) angels and we invite you to take one and buy a toy(s) for a child living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Walgreens, Target, Dollar Stores, etc. are sources.  Please bring toy(s) unwrapped to church.  Your gift will be distributed through our AIDS Ministry to Care Resource, Children’s Diagnostic Center & other agencies for their “Santa” rooms where families select for their children.   More toys will be collected at the annual Everglades Bike Ride in South Miami next Sunday, December 10th, when about 60 riders bring toys & gift cards.  This ride is jointly sponsored by our AIDS Ministry and St. Stephen’s, Coconut Grove, matching Angel Tree.  Deacon Charles has officiated at their send off for the past six years.  Please be generous … and, thank you!

Christmas Flowers & Greens

We invite you to make a contribution towards the cost of decorating the church for Christmas, either in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving for blessings received, using the form and return envelope found in your bulletin on Sunday or on the welcome table. Your gift may be placed either in the offertory or mailed to the Parish Office. Checks please to All Souls’ Episcopal Church and marked ‘Christmas Flowers’ in the memo. And again we thank you in anticipation of your generosity.

Third Sunday Outreach

Please remember to bring as many hard-boiled eggs to church next Sunday as you can manage for the homeless feeding program. Just what a difference this simple gift makes is told in this update we have received from the organizers of the Feed My Sheep Ministry.

Dear All,

As the end of our year is approaching our team felt that an update on Feed My Sheep Miami was needed.  The numbers of homeless have increased as I am sure you have seen as you go through downtown. It is astounding. We are now feeding close to 400+/week at First United Methodist Church and on the street. Every Wednesday and Friday morning we serve 300 cups of coffee, 120 donated bottles of water, donated fresh apples or bananas, sweets (donated by Publix), 200 sandwiches provided by St. Philip’s/St Thomas’ and 200 breakfast bags.  Our record for Wednesday morning is now 40 showers with toiletry bags, new underwear, new socks (Socktober) and disposable towels being given out to each participant.  Our showers are run by the remarkable Shower Guys, Randall Litten and Raj Rawal. Our sock drive in October, organized by Mary Lynch, totaled over 2,500 socks.  Socks are the most requested item.

 FMSM and St. Philip’s thank all of you who support this program with hard-boiled eggs, sandwiches, socks, volunteers and more.  It takes a village.   FMSM will hold our Second Annual Christmas Breakfast on Wednesday, 20 December at 6:30 AM.  This is our opportunity to serve the homeless with a seated home-made breakfast inside Fellowship Hall.  We invite you to join us that morning to serve breakfast, hand out gifts, chat, and/or help with the showers.

 Thank you again for your dedication to this vital program.  We couldn’t do this without your support.

Sincerely,

Feed My Sheep Co-ordinators

TK and Susan Heatley and Mary Lynch

Thank you

Dear Friends and Family of All Souls’,

On the morning of the recent Ordinations in our Cathedral, two somewhat bulky envelopes were handed to me on your behalf.  While they peaked my curiosity, it wasn’t until much later in the day that they were opened, and when they were I can only say that I was rendered speechless – and for me that’s a rare occurrence!

What can Jill and I say, other than a heartfelt “thank you” for such an extraordinary gift and incredible generosity, and one that was most unexpected.  You yourselves have been such a gift to me these past eleven years and I could not have wished for more, but now this!  Thank you!!  Jill and I will treasure your amazing kindness and generosity and will use it in some way, yet to be determined, that will be a constant reminder of our “All Souls’ family” and the years we shared together at The Episcopal Church on the Beach.

Fr. John and Jill

 Rector Search Corner

We ask that you hold each member in your prayers as they discern suitable candidates to become the next rector of All Souls’:

Sheila Collins and Freddy Tovar (Co-Chairs), Aracelis Mullings (Vestry), Kathi Armbrister, Laura Keith, Rafael Padilla, Glen Velker and Jim Carlton (Chaplin).

Gracious and loving God, prosper with your blessing the mission of All Souls’ Episcopal Church.  Deepen, we pray, our love for Christ Jesus and for one another.  As we lift the members of the Search Committee to you, we ask that your guidance and light may be upon them. Fill them with wisdom, and grant them courage and boldness as together they discern your will for a new priest and pastor for this congregation. Surround them with your unconditional and abiding love and illumine them with the glorious light of your salvation. We ask these things in the holy and sacred name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 Parish Notes

2018 calendars brought to church were delivered to Seafarers House/Port Everglades by Deacon Charles. They are grateful for them to distribute to women & men serving on cargo ships. Our 6th year of this ministry!

Holiday Coffee Mugs filled with hard wrapped candies, socks, tooth paste, toothbrush, soap, and washcloths are thoughtful gifts for homeless folks that ask for assistance at traffic lights this Advent season.

 Hospitality

If your surname falls in the range of M-R, you are reminded that you are asked to kindly provide for our hospitality next week. Please check with Joyce Foreman this morning and let her know what you are able to bring to the table.

Post Irma ….

The Bishop’s Appeal for hurricane relief remains open and you are invited to leave a gift in the offertory on any Sunday. Checks should be made payable to All Souls’ Episcopal Church and marked “Hurricane Relief” in the memo.

Announcements, news and other items for inclusion in this weekly insert, which is also sent out via email to those who subscribe to it (by signing up on our website) should be sent, no later than Thursday of each week, to the Parish Office: parishoffice@allsoulsmb.org

Calendar

Sunday 10th : Second Sunday of Advent

Holy Eucharist 8.00am

Choir Rehearsal 9.30am

Sung Eucharist 10.30am

AA Meeting, Conference Room, 7.00pm

Tuesday 12th

Choir Rehearsal 7.00pm

Saturday 16th 

Centering Prayer, All Souls’, 10.30am

Sunday 17th : Third Sunday of Advent

‘Eggs-to-Go’ Sunday

Holy Eucharist 8.00am

Choir Rehearsal 9.30am

Sung Eucharist 10.30am

AA Meeting, Conference Room, 7.00pm

Tuesday 19th

Choir Rehearsal 7.00pm

Saturday 23rd   

Centering Prayer, All Souls’, 10.30am

O Lord,

you have set before us the great hope that your

    kingdom shall come on earth,

and have taught us to pray for its coming;

give us grace to discern the signs of its dawning,

and to work for the perfect day

when your will shall be done on earth

    as it is in heaven;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

                             – Percy Dearmer (1867-1936)

We Hold in Prayer:

The peace of the world.

Our military men and women serving at home and overseas.

Veterans and their families.

Wounded warriors and the work of the VA.

The Wardens, Vestry Members and Deacon Charles.

The work of the Search Committee.

The strengthening of our congregational life in this time of transition.

The work of recovery and restoration after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate.

Relief and aid agencies at work throughout the region, especially in the Keys and Puerto Rico.

Episcopal Relief and Development

Developing our vision for ministry and mission.

Those living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

Those living with addiction & those in recovery.

The AA Meeting at All Souls’.

Bishop Peter and Kate Eaton.

The Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry.

Refugees and asylum seekers.

Our visitors today and new members.

Our Companion Dioceses: Bishop Laish Boyd and the clergy and people of the Diocese of the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Islands; Bishop Julio Holguin and the clergy and people of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic; Bishop Todd McGregor and the clergy and people of the

Diocese of Toliara; Bishop Jean Zache Duracin and the clergy and people of the Diocese of Haiti.

Congregation members living in Aventura, North Miami Beach and Sunny Isles Beach.

Those celebrating birthdays & anniversaries.

Mount Sinai Medical Center: staff and patients.

Hospital Chaplains – Fr. David Collins and Deacon Charles

For Healing: Carolyn Gentry, Pastor Hans, Bronwen, Danielle Gladd, Robert, Melania, Manjoi Siu, Darryl Ellis, Linda Fennel, Nellie Mahfood, Sheila Foster, Elaine Francis, Lydia Laygo, Jeff, Robert Horton, Stephanie, Ken, Tim, Gary, Juliet, and Residents of Bay Oaks Home.

We pray for the soul of Helen Healy.

The dying and those who watch with them.

Those who mourn for their lost and dead.

The Departed:  David Harriman, Helen Healy, Judge Hoeveler, may they rest in peace.

Almighty God, you have given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech you that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of your favor and glad to do your will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in your Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to your law, we may show forth your praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in you to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Book of Common Prayer, page 820

 

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