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The Sentinel September - November 2013

In This Issue Introductions: Brenda Stanley…. p. 4 The Huss Family.. p. 6 The Draughon Family… p. 10 The Evan’s Family… p. 29 Articles: In the thick of…. Sewing Seeds…. What does the Holy …. Lucky to have cancer… Madam, I am…. A Spiritual walk….

p. 2 p. 5 p. 8 p. 13 p. 14 p. 18

Prayers and Poems A prayer…. I know what the …. I didn’t go to church…

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Reflections: Burn bright, not hot… Fall forward… The wonder…

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Reports: Church colors… Music Ministry…. Junior Warden… A Monk’s musings… Greeter’s ministry…

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Sermon Topics…. Just for kids… Upcoming events….

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In The Thick Of Lightening Bugs

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By: Fr. Jos Tharakan

ne of the greatest traits of the modern generation is their willingness to go on an endless search for what they are seeking. What makes our world very different from the ancient one, is that our young and old use everything they have to search for what they don't know. The XY generation are hunters and gatherers in a very different sense of the term from the people of old. We hunt, not just physically for the food we need for our bodies, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually for the food for our souls. We are just like the people of olden times: hunters and gatherers, but in a different kind of the same. In other words, most modern people are unwilling to gulp down all that is handed down from the previous generation. We have, as a collective body of modern people, decided to make our own path when it comes to gathering what we like to collect. Most modern people have some sort of collector's mentality. There is a great joy in finding what we are looking for, and then having it become part of our collections. Many times, even though people do it for the fun of it, this habit becomes obsessive. We collect; we never get rid of anything we've collected; we never look at our collections. I consider myself among the last of the baby boomers. I am not, any more than any of you, willing to swallow all that has been handed down to me. I like to search for truth and find it myself before I can claim it, let alone proclaim it. It gives me power, control, and satisfaction, because what I am looking for is right here in my hand. It is my finding. In another words, we have found some sort of primitive joy in reinventing the wheel over and over when it comes to sublime truth, which is God.

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When I bring my faith life to this process of behavior, I find myself asking, “am I in the practice of truly seeking, so that I may find the truth eventually, or am I just a collector? Am I happy with the act of collecting? Do I get easily distracted with all that I have collected and fail to recognize its value? Am I missing the gems in the midst of all that I have accumulated in my heart and my mind?” Searching for truth is a gift. It is the starting point of faith. But, unless our eyes are fully open to the possibilities of God's being present in the midst of all we are searching for, just like a pearl hidden in the rubble piled up around us, we might miss the shining jewel. For, as we begin our search for God, not simply everything else that looks like God, God will begin a search for us. I am sure you will agree with me that the one with the greatest ability to find the best.... namely us, as the children of God..... will always be God. The one, who knows the way always, I am sure of it, is God. Searching endlessly can take us to faraway lands and destinations, and, sometimes, finding our way back home, where we began the search, can be hard. Once we go far off searching for God (while God was always staying close to our home, our heart and our lives, from where we have travelled too far), it is hard to return to where God is. That is why it is God who will have to search for us as we go on our escapades. Believe me, God will search for those who are really searching for God. The Prophet Jeremiah said, "You will seek me and find me". But the condition of finding God is seeking God with all our hearts. It is not being a half-hearted or make-belief seeker. It is a full-throated heart-hollering for the face of God. Restoration into the guild of God comes to those who really are wanting God as their portion and cup, and not just hoping for it half-heartedly. Even though we may have been far away in all our little sink holes, we can be found and brought back to a place of peace. (Jer 29: 13 -14) So, what I am saying ultimately, is this: If you are on a search, well and good; do not miss the Lord, whose glimpses are easily hidden in the rubble of things you are collecting along the way. If you are searching for God, then first make sure that God is not hidden in your own house and neighborhood. And again, if you are looking for God, remember one thing: God is actually searching for you and, to be found by God, remain near the light that is shining on you and around you. Stay close to home where God has placed you. Do not shut the door behind you before it is time to close down the security of familiarity which includes God, home, friends, community, and church. All of us "All Sainters" are very good searchers. We know what we are looking for. But sometimes I wonder whether we know what God looks like, when God appears in front of us? Will we miss the glow because our eyes are fixed on everything else except the most obvious? Faith needs to be nurtured. Or else, like everything, it fades away. Faith needs to be polished, else it will not shine. Faith needs to be found closer to our hearts than the philosophies of the world which do not carry a heart with them. The world around us is looking for people who have found truth, and are willing to share it in a way that makes sense, gives satisfaction, and appears solemn. Rather than looking at a finger pointed somewhere else, the world around us is looking for faith that glows within us. Remember, God restores the fortunes of the hearts of those who are found by God. It is easy for anyone, including God, to find someone closer to home, than to find them far away in the jungle of the lightening bugs.

Lightening bugs are short term….

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Introducing Brenda Stanley Brenda Stanley has visited All Saints’ on many occasions since 2005. Although she has been a life-long Methodist, with generational ties to that denomination, she has long held a love for the liturgy and openness of the Episcopal Church. She lives in the Atkins home where her grandparents lived, and admits to having a difficult time breaking the ties to the Methodist community there. Yet, she has come to realize that she personally has a need for the fulfillment she feels in liturgical worship. In fact, the beauty of the liturgy, she says, plus the acceptance of all people, and, most importantly, the centrality of the Holy Eucharist, are the three main elements which have drawn here to choose All Saints’ as her home church. Her son, Tobias (Toby), is 30 years old, and is preparing to leave Fayetteville for Milwaukee, where he will pursue a doctorate in creative writing. Her daughter, Jessica (Jessie), is 28, lives with her husband, Jim, in Greenbriar, and is busy with Brenda’s darling grandchildren, aged 6,4,2, “...the peace, and 6 months: Johanna, Jayna, Josie, and Jackson. The twostrength, and love year old has had to spend considerable time at Arkansas Children’s Hospital because of “failure to thrive”, and must still conthat is there in the tend with a feeding tube. But she is doing well, and Brenda Eucharist and that hopes to be able to introduce all of them at church in the near future. small group gathering In addition to a brother, with whom she works in a real estate firm in Clarksville, Brenda has a brother in Phoenix, a sister in Columbus, OH, and another brother who lives on a farm outside Atkins. With this brother, she cares for a disabled sister who lives in Russellville. Her extended family is completed by numerous nieces and nephews.

has allowed me to move forward and has given me much

The Wednesday evening celebration of the Holy Eucharist is a special gift to Brenda. She stated, “the peace, strength, and love that is there in the Eucharist and that small group gathering has allowed me to move forward, and has given me much strength.” She also counts her experiences with the monastery in Ft. Smith as a blessing and pure gift. She is now in her third year of a five year program of study there to become a Certified Spiritual Director. In addition to her on-going study, Brenda intends to explore the various ministries and activities available to her at All Saints’. She desires to be “an active and vibrant member and to serve in whatever capacity God wishes.”

Neighbors Table Neighbors Table, is an ecumenical ministry lead and financially supported by All Saints’ Episcopal Church, offering a free lunch every Saturday to those in our community who are struggling to provide hot meals for themselves and their families. In partnership with New prospect Baptist, First Christian Church, Central Presbyterian Church and other groups and individuals in our community, we will welcome all who are hungry for food, or for fellowship. Motivated by the desire to know and serve our neighbors, and honoring all persons, we will gather around the table to share God’s abundance. If you would like to help with Neighbors Table by making desserts or working on a cooking/clean-up team call us 479-2644346. If you would like to just show up to eat and visit with our guests, come by and bless us. A free meal for anyone in need of a community, fellowship and food on Every Saturday at 12 noon.

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"The heart of man plans his ways, but the Lord establishes his steps"

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he headline, "Sowing Seeds of Community", is borrowed from an article by Johnny Sain, Jr., that appeared in the April 2013 issue of ABOUT: the River Valley Magazine, and described the various food ministries at All Saints'. Since hosting a "Food and Faith Fair" in September, 2010, our Parish has been led into an array of endeavors that share food and our faith with each other and the broader Russellville community: hosting three annual Seed Swaps for Conserving Arkansas' Agricultural Heritage (CAAH); establishing a Live and Learn Community Garden on the church grounds; creating the Neighbors Table, which provides a free Saturday lunch that is open to all; and providing a home for the Russellville Community Market (RCM) which distributes the products of local farmers each Thursday evening from Shoemaker Hall. These ministries connect our congregation with our brothers and sisters who find themselves in difficult circumstances, with students from Arkansas Tech who volunteer to manage the RCM, and with members of three other churches who partner with All Saints’ to cook and serve the Neighbors Table meal. All Saints' provides all the groceries for the meals and, to help meet this expense, the Parish hosted an Art Show

and Sale on May 3, a festive evening at the Church when area artists and art lovers connected and worked together to make a place at the table where all can share God's abundance. Members and friends of All Saints' connect in many large and small ways with these food ministries. There's a way for you to share your gifts. Check with Father Jos or Suzanne Hodges or Catherine Crews, and talk about how you might want to help. By: Carolyn McLellan 5


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"Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand"

Introducing the Huss Family

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DARE 2017 Deepest Aspiration With Realistic Expectations 2017

ean and Jenny Huss, along with 3-year old son, Ethan, and Sean’s mother, Gail, have been visiting All Saints’ for some time, now, and have decided to make it their church home. Sean and Jenny were brought together by Arkansas Tech University, and have elected to establish roots by purchasing a home and making a decision to raise their son in this community. Five dogs and two cats complete the household. Sean holds a PhD in Sociology, and is Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences at ATU. He also has the distinction of holding a Black Belt in Aikido, a martial art practicing self-defense, and enjoys reading, all manner of learning, watching movies, and spending time with his family. Jenny graduated from ATU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology, and now very much enjoys her work as the Director of the Senior Companion Volunteer Program with the Area Agency on Aging. She is dedicated to fitness, and spends as much time as possible at a local fitness center. Ethan is a very intelligent little boy. He loves animals, cartoons, sensory activities, swimming, playing with his trains, and being with his family and friends. Grandmother Gail, a retired Registered Nurse, lives in Maumelle, where she also enjoys exercise classes at least 5 days per week, spending time with her significant other, Jack Williamson, her 2 grandchildren, and other family members. She also loves to cook, and to garden. Sean and his mother, Gail, attended the Episcopal Church for many years; Jenny was raised in the Roman Church. They are eager to raise Ethan in a church community, and believe All Saints’ to be a place where he can learn and grow. Jenny wrote,” We enjoy the involvement of the service, the message of good will, and the community action of the Church. We have many friends who attend here. They are open minded, caring individuals, dedicated to making a difference in the world, and they use this Church as a vehicle to do so. That is what was so enticing about All Saints’. The numerous activities, Neighbor’s Table, the Community Garden, the child care, and other community-oriented activities, drew us to All Saint’s. Father Jos has also played a big part in our desire to become members of the Church. We really enjoy his message and his friendliness.” Jenny tries to serve Neighbors’ Table at least once per month, and says that the family is interested in gaining more in-depth information about other ministries and activities in which they can become involved. Although they have to travel quite a lot on weekends, they intend to be at All Saints’ as often as possible, and hope to meet each of you right away.

Planning Committee Sherrie Cotton – Chair Tracy Cole David Eshelman Jimie Evans Betty LaGrone Sandy McGregor Carolyn McLellan Bill Parton Donna Van Horn Updates and more information on the website: www.dare2017.com

Clergy and Lay Leadership for 2013 The Rt. Rev. Larry Benfield Bishop of Arkansas Fr. Jos Tharakan, Rector The Rev. Angi Tharakan, Priest Associate Kaye Staggs, Postulant to the Sacred Order of Deacons Br. Louis Welcher, OP Novice in the Anglican Order Of Preachers

The Vestry 2013 Senior Warden Junior Warden

Mary Gunter Hugh Silkensen R.E. Hodges

Children & Youth

Stan Lombardo Loretta Cochran

Adult Christian Edu.

Paul Gray, Mary Gunter Deborah Wilson

Finances

Loretta Cochran R.E. Hodges

Outreach & Altar

Kaye Staggs Carol Lee

Communication Fellowship

Deborah Wilson Carol Lee Paul Gray

Music Directors

Dr. Timothy Smith Kristin Smith Child Care Diane Tollison Administrative Assistant Kimby Tackett 6


Rally Day September-November 2013 "As I have planned, so shall it be, says the Lord"

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In silence, I need to talk and to listen the path is before me and peace awaits my troubled soul I walk, to quiet the ramblings of my mind so to hear the soothing voices of ease I feel, my soul is in turmoil not knowing how to find my way to the center Knowing, the anchor and safe harbor from the storm lies before me drawing closer with each step I take I am called, so I continue my journey not knowing where you lead just knowing I am called Here am I, my Beloved lead me into the calm to a peace that passes understanding burn the cold from my being Touch me, Light the passion fires of truth, within my soul Gift me with your presence And Bless me with your Love. Written by Katresia Staggs

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Episcopal Church Colors Have you ever wonder why the altar linens are different colors during the year? Some of us learned the reasons for this a long time ago, and some of us may have learned recently. It’s interesting to revisit this information and have a “refresher” as to why the colors change. Each church season has its own set of special colors signifying special events and celebrations. You will find these colors in our altar linens and clergy vestments to underscore the season and accentuate our worship. Purple, or Blue, is used during the seasons of Advent and Lent. Purple is a penitential color which is sometimes used for burials. White, or Gold, is used at Christmas, Easter, Ascension Tide, Transfiguration, and at weddings and baptisms. The colors symbolize joy. These colors are often used now at burials to symbolize the joy of the resurrection. Red, or Scarlet, is used at Pentecost and on Saint's days (martyrs only). Red is also used for confirmations and ordinations. It symbolizes the "tongues of fire" of the Holy Spirit, as well as blood. Green is used during the seasons of Epiphany and Pentecost. It is the universal color and symbolizes creation, nature and hope. Black is used on Good Friday. It symbolizes grief. Kathy Westmoreland Altar Guild

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"Those who plan peace, have joy"

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ike a word association game, when someone says the word “Pentecost”, my immediate reply would be “Holy Spirit”. After so many years trying to fit in with the full-gospel crowd, what else could one expect of the practiced Pentecostal I had become? However, if someone said the words “Holy Spirit”, my response would be dependent on the different phases of my life. My association with, and understanding of, the Holy Spirit, can be divided into three distinct phases of my life, that have evolved with my maturity and self acceptance. These life phases (childhood, youth, and mature adult) are likewise associated with three major aspects of the Holy Spirit: power, companion, and comforter. During the childhood phase of my life, my relationship with God began as a fire insurance policy. By: KaDee McCormick Preachers in my corner of the Arkansas backwoods would blaze trails, with every soul hot on their verbal heels, right down the most torturous paths through hell’s heart. We would emerge through the back doors of the church several times a week, without brimstone holes in our clothes, but with the fear from the journey still burning holes in our mind and soul. The practice literally scared the hell out of impressionable young minds; and such was I. Worst of all, I had a fundamental fear, of which no one else was aware, that branded my soul with the conviction for feelings such preaching was intended to eradicate. But I was too young to understand the scope of my fear, let alone how to soothe the guilt-burns I received night after scalding night from words more uncomfortable than the splintered pews.

What does the Holy Spirit mean to me?

Through required attendance, I learned that the power of the Spirit could protect me from any adversary, provided I was “right with God.” That, of course, was the rub, for such teaching induced the very convictions that never allowed anyone to feel totally “right.” Since I could never be totally rid of the guilt for even the smallest child-sins, I was constantly hiding from something or someone. To be sure, I was in constant terror from the wolves literally howling outside my window, sadistic children that delighted in my daily torture at school, and most of all, hell-fire preachers walking me right up to where I could read the bloody inscription above the gates, “Abandon all hope….” But God gives mercy to all, regardless of their station, knowledge to those who work for it, and wisdom to those who wait for it. And so my understanding of the Holy Spirit began to evolve as I grew in understanding. The Holy Spirit was viewed at the beginning of this life-stage as a mystical enforcer of God’s judgments, pouring out lavish punishment onto any who were not “in his will.” I was taught that I could acquire this level of power and that with “the power” I need no longer be afraid, f or my enemies would be consumed. This enticing promise gave me a hope and a chance to survive the bullies that had kept me in constant fear. So, out of hope for protection, more than a love of God, I purposed to gain that kind of power. For I was but a powerless youth with no authority or resources. Through formulaic displays, I presented evidence to those of like belief in the power of the Holy Spirit, and I gained my first measure of self-confidence as a bonus gift. I had fully expected one of the many bullies to take my body and mind. But, through this power I believed I now possessed, I controlled the power to preserve something of myself. At least my soul could be spared; with this understanding of the Holy Spirit, I crept through the latter childhood phase of my life. As hair started to grow in different places, childhood phased out and understandings of a young adult, with a love for the proof in science, phased in. In this phase, knowledge became my power, my authority, and my hope for resources to ensure survival of the body and mind. With no logical need for some kind of mystical power, especially one which could not be prov8


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"All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit."

en by some mathematical proof, I no longer sought out the power of the Holy Spirit. I felt, at that time, that my knowledge had outgrown the need for “mysticism.” Thank God, the wisdom of age trumped knowledge; and I eventually saw that pursuit of the Holy Spirit was not folly, but salvation. The proof I sought was expressed not in the brilliant mathematics of the universe without, but in the companionship within that I gained when dwelling in the darkest places where I could not escape loneliness.

In this phase, the Holy Spirit provided me with someone I could talk to, even though I was socially inept and socially rejected. Even when I would not admit things to myself, the Holy Spirit treated the subject with gentleness, as a friend that does not judge, and nothing I did separated me from the treasured relationship. Best of all, the Holy Spirit - a gentlemannever told others of my greatest fear. The fear was simply of someone finding out about my differences, resulting in my being publicly ridiculed and totally alone when the secret became public knowledge. Then, one day, in an act of inexplicable boldness that could have come only from my friend, the Holy Spirit, I took my first step toward the truths of my life. The conviction I had once felt for my nonconformity was replaced with a relationship of trust that allowed for self-examination, self-realization, and selfexpression, but only as this phase began to pass away to my later adult life.

…Through trial by fire, I have the confidence to trust the Holy Spirit.

In this phase, social prowess was the most critical need in my life; for hormones dictated that it was time to seek a mate. There was almost an anxiety, a need to escape the crushing loneliness, that the blind pursuit of knowledge had delivered COD right to my doorstep. Biology, however, overrode fear to drive me from solitude. And, to the degree it did not condemn my soul, it allowed me to dismiss my differences and seek a mate for a long season. And I found comfort in the arms of another person and the children thereby produced. But, I still carried the scorched baggage of misunderstood fears from childhood, and, despite my best efforts to be sociable, I found myself mostly alone in this most awkward social time. Solitude had given me more time to enhance my knowledge of science and math, but it was a half-burned text book retaining only partial differentials of life’s truths with youth’s solutions to the problems of adult life. And, in my case, there was no solution in whole numbers to my hidden problem, for I was emotionally more than one, and physically sexually inverted.

What I needed most of all was the companionship of others, especially someone who could understand my uniqueness and accept my “hidden truth.” I was convinced that disclosure, or discovery, would result in total abandonment. Sadly, it would be many wasted years before I would finally trust someone enough to allow them to know the hidden me. And eventually, when I did allow someone to see inside, it ended badly with an unrecoverable break in a long and deep relationship. But there was a bright silver lining to this dreary cloud, for without the companionship of others in this phase of my life, I returned to the companionship and trust of the Holy Spirit, my greatest friend and confidant. And I can attest that, though others did, the Holy Spirit never, ever, abandoned me, even when I abandoned my love of God, for this wintery season.

The Holy Spirit began to build on this boldness, and I matured to gain the authority and resources more typical of my age. And with this, I could finally address my real fear, not of being who I was, but of being abandoned for being who God made me. In this phase, I started to get my greatest understanding to date of the Holy Spirit, for he had now become my comforter. When I finally faced my fear of abandonment, and it came to fruition, the Holy Spirit never left me, even when others I loved did. At this darkest time, I poured out my soul in mourning many times, weeping up oceans for the many losses. At times, the only voice that responded to my tears was that of the truly treasured Holy Spirit. But then, the Holy Spirit began to speak to the hearts and souls of others, just as he had promised. And I was amazed, for the acceptance by others poured in and finally mirrored my acceptance of myself. In the end, God’s influencer had influenced me to accept the me I had always been. When others saw that, God influenced their hearts to accept the new me, also. Through trial by fire, I have the confidence to trust the Holy Spirit. And, as I approach the later phases of my life, where settling-for becomes a requirement for survival, the comforter will help me to deal with things like regrets for life’s unrealized expectations. And, as these phases progress, I will find new and more precious aspects of God’s Holy Spirit and that relationship will be perfected in my understanding. I can’t wait! KaDee McCormick 9


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"The Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought."

Introducing the Draughon Family The Draughon family has recently moved to this area from Jacksonville, Florida, as a result of a new business opportunity. Mark is a CPA, and now operates Teaff and Draughon, an accounting firm providing tax, bookkeeping, payroll, consulting, and assurance services. Nancy is an attorney already barred in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. She will sit for her Arkansas exam next summer, meanwhile winding down her Florida practice and assisting the accounting firm as needed. Olivia, 13 years old, is entering 8th grade this fall, and is handy with crafting supplies and gardening tools. Michael, 12, is about to become a 7th grader, and enjoys playing guitar when not busy with his major involvement with the Boy Scouts. Mark also plays guitar, but Nancy reports that she is “still looking for a suitable hobby.” However, she remains very enthusiastic about her experience with sharing responsibilities for the last Seder Supper, and hopes to remain active in that All Saints’ tradition. The Draughon’s chose to move to the Russellville area because of the business venture, but also because of the size of the community as opposed to Jacksonville, and the belief that this would be a better place to raise the children. While living in Jacksonville, they searched for a church where all would feel at home. Nancy is a cradle Episcopalian, but Mark, from a Methodist background, was somewhat uncomfortable with the liturgical practices he found in the Episcopal churches in that area.

”they are very happy to be a part of All Saints’

The family visited All Saints’ right away after moving here, and decided it is where their family belongs. Both Mark and Nancy are faithful and active participants in the Faith and Scripture Adult Sunday school class. They agree that, in many past experiences, they have felt a lack of Biblical study in the Episcopal Church. They find the Faith and Scripture class to be a gathering of “like-minded individuals also struggling to understand the Bible.” They appreciate the fact that it is not comprised of “canned texts from scholars, but, rather, an open-ended discussion amongst intelligent individuals seeking understanding of God’s Word.” Nancy indicates a desire to see this class used as a model for teaching young people, as well as adults. Recalling her own experiences growing up in Episcopal Sunday School classes, she states that she remembers doing music and crafts, but does not recall learning a great deal about the Bible. She sees this as a shortcoming of the denomination as a whole, not of any single parish, and believes this to be an area where Episcopalians could learn from others who employ a rather more focused study of the scriptures for all age groups. On behalf of the whole family, Nancy reports that they are very happy to be a part of All Saints’. They love the liturgy and are especially appreciative of Father Jos. The congregation has helped them adjust to their new life in Arkansas. She happily says that “it is beginning to feel like home.” 10


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“Breathe on me, breath of God, that I would do what thou woulds't do, and will what thou woulds't will”

I know not what the future hath I know not what the future hath Of marvel or surprise, Assured alone that life and death His mercy underlies. No offering of my own I have, Nor works my faith to prove; I can but give the gifts He gave, And plead His love for love. And so beside the Silent Sea I wait the muffled oar; No harm from Him can come to me On ocean or on shore. I know not where His islands lift Their fronded palms in air; I only know I cannot drift Beyond His love and care. O brothers! if my faith is vain, If hopes like these betray, Pray for me that my feet may gain The sure and safer way. And Thou, O Lord! by whom are seen Thy creatures as they be, Forgive me if too close I lean My human heart on Thee! John Greenleaf Whittier

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Dear Jesus, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Thy presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus. Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be a light to others.— Mother Teresa

Burn Bright, Not Hot

You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “you are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matt: 5: 13-16

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t’s easy to get caught up in the moment of one’s convictions. The fire of conviction that ignites can be a beautiful thing, if only we could control how hot it burns. It’s those moments that the loss of perception can damage the thoughts and feelings of others. When one’s beliefs overshadow another’s feelings the results are not of one sharing conviction; the result is one of condemnation. They then feel judged, insulted, or angered by the attempt to change their point of view. There are times in our humanity that our convictions burn so hot that the person we are attempting to bless is turned off by what appears to be arrogance.

The reflection of Christ, not the conviction.

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However, conviction doesn’t have to be set on fire. It can be harnessed into a brilliant light that touches the very soul. Burning bright requires patience, acceptance, understanding, and most of all tolerance for those that come in touch with our lives. I am reminded of the verse in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Others should see the brilliance of works, it’s what resonates from the heart in every day ministry; the very reflection of Christ, not the conviction. By: Kimby L. Tackett 11


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"There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord" them the opportunity to take challenging music home to practice. 2) Musical selections are now printed in the bulletin for the benefit of the congregation.

All Saints’ Choir and Music Ministry The All Saints’ Choir ended its 2012-2013 season in May. Highlights of the past 9 months included the hiring of Tim and Kristin Smith as co-music directors, the addition of collegiate choral scholars to enhance the choir, a return of the Advent Lessons and Carols Service, and a performance of William Byrd’s St. John Passion on Good Friday. Our talented choir cheerfully took on these special projects in addition to their regular Sunday duties. Members took a much-needed break from rehearsals and anthem-singing for the summer months, but still continued to lead the hymns and service music as they were able. The music directors have worked hard on planning for the music program. This approach has had several positive effects:

3) Planning enables us to fully utilize the rich musical talents in our congregation, whether it is an instrumentalist joining the choir on an anthem, or the Youth Performing Arts Group or Children’s Choir collaborating with the adult choir. The directors are already thinking ahead with creative ideas for the 2013-2014 season. We are once again planning for another great Advent Lessons and Carols Service. We also look forward to experimenting a bit with anthems that feature men only/women only for certain occasions. The All Saints’ Choir and Music Ministry is growing, alive and vibrant. Our goal is to make sure every person in our congregation with a gift for musical expression is heard, either as a soloist or as part of an ensemble. If you are one of these people, please consider joining our choir! You do not have to read music -- you only need a desire to sing well to the glory of God. For more information, contact Tim and Kristin Smith by phone (479) 967-3431 or via e-mail at pianocello@suddenlink.net.

1.) Choir members now generally know what they will be singing each Sunday 2-4 months ahead of time, which gives

I Didn't Go to Church Today I didn't go to church today, I trust the Lord to understand, The surf was swirling blue and white, The children swirling on the sand, He knows, He knows how brief my stay, How brief this spell of summer weather, He knows when I am said and done We'll have plenty of time together. Ogden Nash

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"Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain" wonderful sons who have been very supportive. What you might not be aware of is that I also have a very supportive extended family that has been there for Kevin and me every step of the way. Add to that the fact that I have an unbelievably supportive work family, and you can see that I had the best of all worlds. You hear that healing is 90% attitude. I did not have to worry about my attitude; I had all those around me with wonderful attitudes for me and about me, so that I had no option but to have a great attitude. I have been pampered and taken care of in every way imaginable. The thing that I have missed most is Church. Not being at All Saints’ every Sunday, and being active in the lives of the kids, has been so hard for me. I know that there will be a time when I will be able to return to my normal activities.

“Lucky to Get Cancer”

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This journey has been about so much more than healing my body. It has been a spiritual journey as well. I have had so much time to think and meditate. I know where I want to be and what I want to do.

have been on a journey for the past 7 months. I So back to the being lucky thing: when I say I am lucky to was not prepared for this journey; I don’t believe have cancer, I do not mean it literally. I mean that I have any person could ever be prepared for this type of jourbeen lucky to have had an event happen in my life that ney. There was no packing, no tickets to be purchased, gave me time to think about how blessed I truly am that I however there has been lots of traveling. I will say that I have you all in my life. Here is my question to you: What believe that I am one lucky person to have been put on this will it take for you realize what a truly blessed person you journey. This journey is curing my body of cancer. Yes, I are? Stop and think about all the people in your life and have cancer, and I do consider myself lucky This that I have theyabout mean to you. What would you do without journey haswhat been it. Have I shocked you? them? What would they do without you? How blessed are so much more than healing you to have them? How blessed are they to have you? my body. It has been a spirituI bet about now you are shaking your head and thinking, al journey as well... “she has lost her mind. Cancer? Really? Cancer causes I am healing. I will be whole again. I believe I will be better you to look different, feel different, act different. Lucky? Rethan I was when all this started, because I am taking the ally?” Let me take some time to explain. time to think and realize what I mean to others and what others mean to me. How many times have you or other members of our beloved All Saints’ said that this is the best Church? I cannot count the number of times I have said that to my friends and family. Since December 21, 2012, members of this Church have shown me love and support in a way that is unimaginable. I know that many of you have been in situaUnderstanding the context in which the Bible was written tions where others have prayed for you, whether it be bewill give us a better understanding of what the words cause of illness, loss of a loved one, or for another reamean. But it is powerful when the context of the Bible is son. When you feel you have nothing left, you get the written in our hearts in the present time, through our perstrength from those prayers to go on. The strength just sonal story. It is even better when they are shared in the soaks into your very being and lifts you up, giving you safety of a community. The Word of God becomes alive strength to go on and make it one more day. Then there is and active when it is understood with an openness of heart all the food, flowers, the Cadbury Eggs, cards, phone calls, and mind and soul. Lead hugs, kisses, smiles, people wearing pink for me, and “we by Br. Louis Welcher, a miss you” messages that I have received. Even when I am Dominican Monk and Dr. sitting at home all alone, I only have to look at Facebook to Stan Lombardo. know how much I am loved by my All Saints’ family. Every Sunday at 9.15am in the parlor. I am blessed in other areas of my life, as well. You all know what a wonderful husband I have. I also have three

Faith and Scripture Studies

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"The plans of the Lord stand firm forever" But for Adam, no suitable helper was found. So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, He took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib He had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. (Genesis 2:19-22) This apparent discrepancy was something that generations of pious and learned rabbim could not resist setting their profoundly analytical minds to. Over the course of many centuries, they came up with two possible explanations: the first is that the “general-creation” version is, so to speak, a wide-angle shot that introduces the Creation as a general, rather than a specific event; thus, the creation of Eve from Adam’s rib is a close-up, a detailed narration of the event. The second explanation is perhaps simpler: YHWH did indeed create Woman twice. Then who was the first woman, and why did YHWH need to replace her with Eve?

“Madam, I’m Adam. And You’re – Lilith?”

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mong the many charms of the Old Testament are its occasional allusions to persons, events, or phenomena that are never fully explained. These range from the Curious Case of the Two Creations, to the reference to the Nephilim (later also called the Anakim, presumably no relation to Luke Skywalker’s father), to the true identity of the Being with whom Jacob wrestles. And what, exactly, is Satan doing in Heaven at the beginning of the Book of Job? Of course, the New Testament is not without its mysteries, my favorite of which is how two distinct personages in the Gospel of St. John – Malchus and “the disciple whom Jesus loved” – became conflated into the legendary character of Kartaphilos, the Wandering Jew. To begin, let’s consider Adam’s first wife. Huh? Wasn’t Eve the first woman and Adam’s only wife? Well. . . perhaps not. The anonymous author of Genesis tells, in effect, two stories of the creation of Man. The first reads “And God created Man; man and woman created He them.” In reading this passage, the inescapable impression is that YHWH made both man and woman at the same time, of the same earth or clay. Then how are we to explain what seems to be the second, somewhat contradictory, narrative of the creation of Man?

The answer to these questions lies in the proud, indomitable, unrepentant figure of Lilith -- the first woman and Adam’s first wife. After generations of contemplation and debate, Talmudic scholars reconstructed the events as follows: God created Man and Woman simultaneously, from the same clay, and gave each an equal share of the divine spark of life. Consequently, Lilith – with considerable justification, I should think – believed herself to be Adam’s equal, nor was she at all reticent about saying so. Behaving appropriately for the patriarchal culture of OldTestament Israel, Adam maintained his superiority, based on his greater stature and physical strength. At this point, some of my readers are no doubt thinking, “Well, I never, in all of my born put-togethers!” Trust me: this is a common reaction to one’s first hearing of the story of Lilith. We continue:

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Adam, please judge it aright: does Lil get to be on the top tonight?” Acting in support of patriarchal Hebrew culture, God sided with Adam and maintained Man’s dominion over Woman. However, Lilith was not to be controlled so easily and continued in her rebellious ways; consequently, as punishment for her haughty spirit, YHWH caused her to conceive a child. This intended discipline was no more successful than Adam’s demands and admonitions: Lilith continued to maintain her equality and subsequently left Eden, to live on her own, in the wastelands to the East of Eden. And there she vanishes from sight. . . Well, no, not quite: in the course of time, after Adam and Eve had themselves been exiled from the Garden, and Cain, in turn, had been exiled for the murder of Abel, “Cain got him from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. And Cain knew his wife. . . .” Has it ever occurred to any of my Faithful Readers to wonder where Mrs. Cain came from? Quod erat demonstratum: She was Cain’s half-sister, Adam’s daughter by Lilith. In subsequent Hebrew legend and folklore, Lilith herself became a dweller in wastelands, the ancestress of all monsters, including vampires, lamiae, and night-hags; she was the enemy of all newborn babies, and she was thought to corrupt young men by bringing them erotic dreams, then using their seed in the creation of more monsters. That this genealogy was generally accepted by ancient and medieval Christians is amply demonstrated by the Beowulf poet’s explanation of Grendel’s ancestry: . . . [Grendel] had dwelt for a time in misery among the banished monsters, Cain’s clan, whom the Creator had outlawed and condemned as outcasts. For the killing of Abel the Eternal Lord had exacted a price: . . . And out of the curse of [Cain’s] exile there sprang ogres and elves and evil phantoms and the giants too who strove with God. . . (Seamus Haney translation) Notice that the last line contains a reference to the Nephilim, whom we will discuss in a later entry. Nor do references to Lilith end with the allusions in Beowulf. Anyone who has read C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe may remember that the White Witch, Jadis, calls herself a daughter of Lilith, in the same way that the Pevensey girls are daughters of Eve.

Saint Hildegard von Bingen, O.S.B., (1098 – 17 September 1179), Feast Day, September 17, was a German writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, and visionary. Elected a magistra by her fellow nuns in 1136, she founded the monasteries of Rupertsberg in 1150 and Eibingen in 1165. One of her works as a composer, the Ordo Virtutum, is an early example of liturgical drama and arguably the oldest surviving morality play. She wrote theological, botanical and medicinal texts, as well as letters, liturgical songs, and poems, while supervising brilliant miniature illuminations. Although the history of her formal recognition as a saint is complicated, she has been recognized as a saint for centuries. On 7 October 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named her a Doctor of the Church.

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Once one has become aware of Lilith, she turns up everywhere, from Pre-Raphaelite paintings– such as those by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Collier – to the special concert events of popular singers (the annual Lilith Fair). Considering that Eve, like Pandora, is generally blamed for the Fall of Man, the invitation for Evil to enter Eden, one can’t help but wonder whether the human race might not have been better all around if Adam had simply granted Lilith the equality she rightfully deserved; then, perhaps, she would have served up the serpent en brochette for Adam’s dinner that night, and Mankind would never have experienced the Cadix Felix (the Fortunate Fall). The Fortunate Fall? That, Dear Reader, is a story for another time. In Crystes dere blyssynge & myn, Stanley Lombardo

Ignatius of Antioch (ca. 35 or 50) - (from 98 to 117), Feast Day, October 17, was among the Apostolic Fathers, was the third Bishop of Antioch, and was a student of John the Apostle. En route to Rome, where, according to Christian tradition, he met his martyrdom, he wrote a series of letters which have been preserved as an example of very early Christian theology. Important topics addressed in these letters include ecclesiology, the sacraments, and the role of bishops. 15


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"God works for the good of those who love him"

All Saints’ Youth Performing Arts The All Saints’ Youth Performing Arts (ASYPA) group met for the first time in March, 2013, under the direction of Kristin and Tim Smith. About nine 6th-12th graders have met together faithfully on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm. We have explored various forms of musical expression in the church, both through singing and instrumental playing - recorders, drums, tone-chimes, oboes, bassoons and guitars, to name a few! The Hymnal 1982, anthems designed for young singers, and contemporary music have been rich sources of inspiration for our young musicians. The All Saints’ Youth Performing Artists had an active Spring, 2013 season. They made their debut singing and playing on Easter Sunday, and participated in several Sunday services thereafter. They led the music at two Saturday evening Crossroads Services. The group also took a “field trip” to the Robinson Center Auditorium in Little Rock to hear the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra perform. In the upcoming 2013-2014 season, this energetic group plans to present a talent show, lead music for an Outdoor Eucharist, and continue participating in Sunday services. Young people grades 6-12 with an interest in music and the performing arts are invited to join our lively ASYPA group. The hour-long, once-a-week rehearsals are fun and relaxed, with an emphasis on sharing our love of the arts both with each other and the All Saints’ congregation. ASYPA went on “hiatus” over the summer, but will resume meeting on Wednesday, August 28th at 5:30 pm. in the Youth Room of Sutherland Hall. For more information, contact Kristin Smith at (479) 967-3431.

Matthew the Apostle, Feast Day, Sept. 21, was a tax collector from Capernaum before being called by Jesus of Nazareth as one of the Twelve Apostles. He is credited with the authorship of the Gospel of Matthew, identifying him as one of the four Evangelists, along with Mark, Luke and John. Surprisingly little is known about his life and ministry, other than the brief mentions of him in Mt. 9:9, Mt. 10:3, Mk 2:14, and Luke 5:27. He bore witness both to the Resurrection and the Ascension.

Saint Michael is named as an archangel in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic teachings. His name, which means "who is like God?", is mentioned three times in the Book of Daniel, once as a "great prince who stands up for the children of your people". The idea that Michael was the advocate of the Jews became so prevalent that, in spite of the rabbinical prohibition against appealing to angels as intermediaries between God and his people, Michael came to occupy a position of honor in the Jewish liturgy. In the New Testament, Michael leads God's armies against Satan's forces in the Book of Revelation, where, during the war in heaven, he defeats Satan. In the Epistle of Jude, Michael is specifically referred to as an "archangel". Christian sanctuaries to Michael appeared in the 4th century, when he was first seen as a healing angel, and then over time as a protector and the leader of the army of God against the forces of evil. The Feast Day for Saint Michael and All Angels is celebrated on Sept. 30.

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All Saints’ Organ Committee

"Whatever you do, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus" The Vestry is considering the recommendations included in the report, and we will likely hear from them sometime during this Fall, 2013. If you would like more information, you are welcome to contact any member of the Organ Committee. Members include: Kristin Smith (Chair), R.E. Hodges, Ken Futterer, Tim Smith, Brent James, and Karla Powell. We are pleased with the progress we have made and are excited about the possibilities for the future of worship and music at All Saints’! By: Kristin Smith, Choir Director

In Singing We worship with one voice We sing with one heart We pray in on spirit

The Organ Committee has continued to work hard this past spring towards its ultimate goal of replacing the failing organ in our nave. Since its inception 2 years ago, our group has visited other organs in churches around Arkansas, met with an organ consultant, and chosen a potential builder. At the recommendation of our potential builder and our organ consultant (and with approval from the Vestry), we employed the services of Riedel and Associates, Inc. of Milwaukee, WI, to conduct an acoustical assessment of our nave and sanctuary. Mr. Scott Riedel presented a report of his firm’s findings to the Organ Committee and Vestry in February, 2013. On June 2, 2013, the Organ Committee gave a presentation entitled “Worship and Music at All Saints’: An Assessment” to our congregation during a potluck meal. We shared detailed information about our activities and also provided a summary of Mr. Riedel’s recommendations. One of the major recommendations that emerged in Mr. Riedel’s report was that we will need to make some modifications to the All Saints’ nave to improve sound intelligibility, congregational participation, musical expression, and traffic flow. The modifications would also facilitate the installation of a custombuilt pipe organ, and create an optimal acoustical environment for the new instrument. The report’s recommendations extend beyond the scope of the Organ Committee’s mission and objectives. If the Vestry decides to make the recommended changes to the nave, it is probable that another committee will be formed to plan, execute, and oversee the remodeling process. We noted during our presentation that the only contracts that have been executed thus far have been for our consultants.

Liturgical music and musicians are our strength and our pride We believe in the wise saying that, “when you sing once, you pray twice.” If you are blessed with the gift of music, join us. Your voice will add to the beauty of the praise of God. Come, celebrate God with us and join the CHOIR. Call: 479-9687-3431

Representing the Board of Help Network, I would like to say “thank you” to the Parishioners of All Saints’ Episcopal Church for your continued support of the less fortunate of our community, by donating fans, school supplies, heaters, food, and other needed items in our River Valley area. You will never know how much your compassion and donations help those in need. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am very proud to be a member of this very caring congregation. Kaye Staggs, Secretary Help Network Board of Directors 17


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A Spiritual Walk with God I have been asked to share with you my spiritual journey and call to the diaconate. So, each Sentinel, I will talk a little about how I got to the place I am now, and to the place that I feel God is leading me. First, the diaconate is the name for those persons who have been ordained as Deacons in the Episcopal Church. The BCP, pg. 856, describes the ministry of a deacon: to represent Christ and his church, particularly as a servant of those in need; and to assist the Bishop and Priest in the Proclamation of the Gospel and the administration of the sacraments. To further define the ministry is to say that a deacon is an ordained minister who takes the church into the community, and bring back the needs of the community to the church. This is a brief explanation of the ministry and duties of the deacon. We will talk more about these things in a later article. The ministry of a deacon is a “called” ministry. So I must begin long before that part of the journey began. My brother and I lived most of the time with our grandparents. I really can’t remember a time when God was not present to me. Like most of you, my life has not always been sunny and bright, but even in the darkest times, God has made his presence known. I have never doubted God’s love for me. My grandmother was my spiritual inspiration; she was very devoted to God and her church. She had wonderful values, and I was very lucky that she was there to teach them to me. I often laugh and say that she had the heart of a Franciscan without knowing what a Franciscan was. I am sure she had never even heard of St. Francis in her life. She was very much a servant of God. When it came to God’s work, there was no job too large or too small for her, from teaching, leading youth groups, cooking pot lucks, sitting with the ill and dying, or cleaning the church bathrooms. It didn’t matter to her, for she found joy in and felt privileged to be serving God. She taught me that everything I have or am is a gift from God, so how can there be a limit on what I give back to him. I have introduced you to my grandmother to give you a glimpse into my spiritual upbringing, which plays a major role in my spiritual growth throughout my life. I became an Episcopalian, (actually, I should say that I began attending the Episcopal Church), in 1969; I didn’t care for it. I didn’t like the music or the formality of the services, and I didn’t like having to wear a mantilla or scarf on my head. Please remember that I came from a very informal fundamentalist tradition. I understood nothing about a litur-

"Truly, I am with you always, even to the end of the world" gical church, and did not even know what the word meant. But, somewhere along the way, I fell in love with all that I just mentioned, and more. I grew to love the reverence and quiet. The music was not the handclapping, fast-paced music I grew up with, but it had a beauty that called my soul to rest in prayer and reflection. I felt joy when kneeling in prayer. I had found a home. In 1977, I officially joined the church, and was received as a member of All Saints’ in 1982. During a dark time in my life, I slipped away from the church— not from God, necessarily, but, like so many other people, I found that life was interfering with my worship. You know: children, extracurricular activities, the world itself, so I took what I like to refer to as a sabbatical from community worship. Unfortunately, the sabbatical soon became a habit of not coming to church. During this time, I realized that, by not putting God first in my life, other parts of my life seemed to go awry. I came back to community worship and the church in 2003, becoming involved in different ministries. I joined EFM, and became a Lay Reader (which is now called a Worship Leader). During this time, I became increasingly aware that changes were going on within me; this was the true beginning of “The Call.” I have been known to say that my Call was not like that of St. Paul, who was struck from his horse and blinded on the road to Damascus. For me, the beginning was much more subtle, a gnawing feeling deep inside; it was changes in the way I viewed those things I valued, or the way I lived my life. After a while, it was not so subtle. The gnawing became painful; I grew more aware that I was being asked to kneel at the foot of the Cross, letting God take over complete control of my life. God may call, but we have free choice to say “yes” or “no” to that call. I fought it. It is a huge responsibility to answer “yes” to the Call of God, to step out of your comfort zone, and grow into the person God intended you to be. Finally, after many tears, prayers, and counseling, I decided that the thing that scared me the most was that God would quit calling me. So I knelt and surrendered to whatever path God wanted me to walk. You would think that, after saying “yes”, things would be wonderful and move swiftly forward. Not so! I never imagined that the path would lead to the place I find myself on this journey, at this time. It certainly was not clear that the path was leading to ordination. That took much more prayer and counseling, which I will discuss next issue. Thinking back, I can say that getting to the point of surrender, and accepting the fact that my life was no longer mine, but lay in the hands of Jesus, was most frightening, but as I step through all the doors that have been opened to me, the fear has turned joy. God is awesome. Blessings, Kaye Staggs Postulant to the Sacred Order of Deacons 18


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Falling Forward A Second Chance to Start Anew

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he excitement of the New Year tends to wane over the months that follow. We quickly forget the excitement the new year brings, and the many resolves we made to make changes in our life and our actions. Fall offers us a second chance to start anew.

Fall offers us an opportunity to have a second chance to refresh and renew our commitment to our ministry call. The year of schooling sets the stage in both the public schools and universities. Our church education program and youth activities resume, following the summer months. All Saints’ has much to offer in terms of an educational foundation program. Children and Adults have many opportunities during Sunday school time. I value the time in Sunday school as my time to grow through fellowship with others and to grow in my faith. All Saints’ offers opportunities outside of the typical Sunday school time for fellowship and learning. Take advantage of our retreats, Bible studies, and book studies. These times are opportunities to assemble the Saints!! How will you choose to “fall forward” as you resume your more typical schedules and activities? Where are you in your ministry? How are you fulfilling your call? The church needs each of us to walk in our calling. Whatever your calling, whether it is serving on a committee, teaching Sunday school, serving at the altar, praying in silence - recommit to that calling. The body of Christ needs whatever you are willing to offer and give. As we share the anticipation and excitement of the fall and the soonfollowing Advent season, I pray God will move His spirit upon All Saints’ in a mighty and miraculous way.

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The All Saints’ youth group will be starting soon....we are planning lots of great things to do, starting with a Fundraiser Fish Fry (say that seven times fast) on Sept. 7. So mark your calendars.... We will need youth from around 3-7 to help serve, etc... so please come. The money we make will allow us to do some cool stuff this year. Afterwards, we will meet on Sunday afternoons from 35, and occasionally at other times to do other things..... It's a loose come and go format, because I know how busy you are, but I hope you come when you can- and bring friends. No experience necessary. Among activities being planned are: progressive dinner, cook your own spaghetti night, cell phone scavenger hunt, group juggling, trip to magic springs, bowling, happening, AYE, Winterstar, camping, canoeing, stations of the cross, neighbor's table, habitat for humanity, paint-byContinued on page 23: Calling all youth 19


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Sermon Topics Fr. Jos Tharakan September 8th, Rally Day Today is Rally Day, the day we begin anew with a renewed spirit, renewed hope, and challenges ahead. What does this new beginning mean? What is the actual cost of true discipleship? We have heard over and over about all the suffering and pain a disciple has to go through to be the follower of Christ. Is that true? Or is true discipleship a journey of joy, and even worldly satisfaction? This is a wonderful study of the scriptures, enabling us to find a new perspective on discipleship. September 15th: God seeking us is the better news We all seek God. At least that is what all those who are going to church think. That is good news. But I want to say that the better news is that it is God who is seeking us. Like a mother who searches for her child with longing, compassion, and hope, God searches for us. How can we encounter a God who is seeking us? What do we do to experience a God who seeks us, rather than to meet a man who seeks God? September 22nd: Dilemma of Faith and Reason Choices are plenty, and they all create confusion. There is a dilemma when it comes to faith and reason. Can faith and reason go together for ever? At what point will faith depart the way from reason, and at what time will reason find itself hidden in faith? Let us explore. October 13: A Gardening Community of Faith We are a gardening community. Our garden is famous in town and the diocese. Why should we tend to our garden, and what can we learn from it? Should we be praying for our City? Why? October 20: From Little Faith To Bigger Actions There are lots of examples of “little faith”, and great outcomes from it in the Bible. Who has little “faith”? How do we get it? What is the difference between “small faith” and “big faith”? The sermon is based on the Gospel of the day. November 10: Material Gifts Are Gifts After All No one needs to tell anyone how materialistic our world is today. After all, what is “materialism”? What is the worldview from a materialistic point of view? Is there anything wrong with enjoying the gifts of God? The Gospel gives a beautiful overview of the gifts we are blessed with. November 17: The Simplicity Of Light Within Us There is only one light that does not shut down. What is that light which shines all the time? What is spiritual darkness? What causes spiritual dullness? Let us explore what causes spiritual blindness and darkness. Let us study how simple it is to come to the light, and be happy in the simplicity of light within and around us.

Saint Francis of Assisi (1181/1182 – October 3, 1226), Feast Day, October 4, was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis for men and women not able to live the lives of itinerant preachers followed by the early members of the Order of Friars Minor, or the monastic lives of the Poor Clares. Though he was never ordained to the Catholic priesthood, Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history. In 1219, he went to Egypt in an attempt to convert the Sultan in order to put an end to the conflict of the Crusades. By this point, the Franciscan Order had grown to such an extent that its primitive organizational structure was no longer sufficient. He returned to Italy to organize the Order. Once his community was authorized by the Pope, he withdrew increasingly from external affairs. In 1223, Francis arranged for the first Christmas manger scene (crèche). In 1224, he received the stigmata, making him the first recorded person to bear the wounds of Christ's Passion. He died during the evening hours of October 3, 1226, while listening to a reading he had requested of Psalm 140. On July 16, 1228, he was pronounced a saint by Pope Gregory IX. He is known as the patron saint of animals, the environment, and is one of the two patron saints of Italy (with Catherine of Siena). It is customary for Catholic and Anglican churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day of October 4. He is also known for his love of the Eucharist, and his sorrow during the Stations of the Cross. 20


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Peter talks about our calling. Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

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The Wonder of A Senior Warden

hat does it mean for a parish to be engaged in conversation about their future? As a result of a Church Assessment Tool administered in the spring of 2013, many conversations, formally and informally, have taken place among members of the parish. Conversation is vital to the life a congregation. We have an opportunity to continue conversations taking time and care to be sure everyone is included in the future of the church. I have been asked to serve as Senior Warden during an exciting time in our parish. As Senior Warden, I wonder how we define the future of All Saints’ for ourselves, for those who may come in the future, for our children, for our community, and, most importantly, for God’s spirit and work to move forward. I wonder how we face the opportunities and challenges the future affords us. We tend to be a church with much energy, many transformational elements, and numerous outreaches within our community. I wonder how we continue our energy, our giving, our ministries, and, especially, supporting and building our youth. I wonder how we make all members feel an integral part of our church and the decisions made. I wonder how we all become partners in our ministries as we work to fulfill our obligations to the church. The more I “wonder”, the more I think that, at times, I am guilty of my wonderment turning into "worry" about our future. As Senior Warden, I want to meet and exceed the expectations the membership and Father Jos have of me. As we face the future, I rest in the “Wonderment of the Future”, reminded of Jesus’ invitation to all, “who are weary and burdened”, whether by the challenges of life, or their own humanness. (Matthew 11:28) Jesus gives us rest and peace. Most important to me is God’s grace, sufficient in all things. We don’t have to have all the answers. For HIS strength is made perfect in our weakness. We must have the faith that, together, allows us to answer the important questions. I appreciate the willingness of all who have been involved in our conversations about the future. I, especially, am thankful for those who have shared their thoughts with me. The leadership of the Vestry is dependent upon you and your continued conversation as we move forward. In Peters second letter to the church (2 Peter 1:1-3), he talks about our calling. Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. May you be blessed as you walk in His calling for your life. I look forward with wonderment to our future and to our continued conversations. Mary B. Gunter Senior Warden 21


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"To everything there is a season"

Junior Warden’s Report

Good News: Our roof has been replaced fairly recently and should not need replacing for many years. (A Positive Outlook On Church And Life)

During this summer's heat, air conditioning is required, not optional. The Dependable Air and Heat people have been working here often to keep our units operating, finding out what is wrong with some, and replacing one unit and one air handler. We think the Sutherland units are diagnosed and will be working, but the AC in the nursery and children's room next to it is not working at the present time. A new unit has been installed that services the Sacristy and Altar areas, and a new air handler will be installed there. We have 11 AC units for the buildings, and somewhere around that many air handlers. 5 units are new or only a few years old, but the other 6 are 20 to 22 years old. As far as I now know, this new air handler will be the only one of those replaced.

The weed trimmer that had been donated as a new one has been stolen from the shed, but possibly recovered by the police. They have not let us know if it was recovered along with other stolen items. They have the serial # of our trimmer. There have been some suggestions about finding a new AC and Heating Contractor. The Dependable people are usually quickly available when called, and, I think, do a good job. The problems with the Sutherland units have been perplexing, but are now hopefully solved. We have a boiler based heating system, and I have been told that only Dependable and one other firm in Ft. Smith will service it in our state. The tile floors in Sutherland, Shoemaker, the rest rooms in Sutherland, and the hallway off Shoemaker, were cleaned and polished in the Spring. The floors in the classrooms and the west restrooms need to be done. Some decisions will need to be made about maintaining our grounds. Our "new" lawn tractor is about 10 years old, and has needed about $500 in repairs this season. The old one doesn't cut smoothly and is mainly used for rough and weedy areas. Should we consider a new lawn tractor for next season or consider hiring a commercial company to mow, pick up leaves and branches, and trim around trees, etc? It will be much more cost effective to purchase a new unit if volunteer help can be found to use it and to do the other work. The present lawn person is aging and won't be available for too many more seasons. A group work effort is needed to trim weeds and grass, pick up branches, cut low hanging tree limbs, and empty the trash containers in the picnic areas. Advice is also needed about the evergreen shrubs on either side of the front entrance. One of them is mostly uprooted and leaning toward Phoenix Ave..

By: Hugh Silkensen

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"Agree with God, and be at peace. Thereby, good will come to you."

A Monk’s Musings

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his quarter’s edition of The Sentinel is somewhat different from, but no less important than, the others of the year: Pentecost, Advent/Christmas/Epiphany, and Lent/ Easter. While the other three volumes highlight the particular beauties and meanings of the liturgical seasons, it is equally valuable for us to focus on the plans our various ministries and activity groups of our beloved parish project for the coming year. As we have tried to emphasize through the headliners on each page, the scriptures have much to say on the subject of plans and plan-making for those who would follow God and His Son, in fellowship with the Holy Spirit and each other. We are promised that God has great plans for us; we are also instructed to keep God chief in our hearts and minds as we plot our own futures. There are a couple of new features we hope you will enjoy. Some folks are unaware that Anglicans celebrate “Feast Days” of a large number of saints, martyrs, and particularly remarkable and influential leaders of the Faith who have prepared our way. Spaced throughout the magazine, you will find brief biographical sketches of many whose lives and works are celebrated during the months of September, and October. Although former ecclesiastical practices of actually having feasts to honor each have fallen by the wayside (although there is certainly no prohibition nor reason why this could not be done), it remains worthwhile to reflect on their leadership and self-sacrifice, and to seek the grace to follow their good examples. “Introducing….” will also help to introduce members of our church family who have only recently joined us. Be certain to read about the Draughon, Huss, Evans, and Stanley families. Please be equally certain to meet them in person as you have opportunity, and to welcome them most warmly to the life, liturgy, worship, and work of All Saints’. We especially wish to thank Ellen Parton for the wonderful front cover design, and Kimby Tackett for the back cover and content design. Ellen’s excellent design draws attention artistically and practically to the focus of this quarter’s publication. The image Kimby provided draws our hearts and minds to our children, as they move forward into Rally Day and the new academic and liturgical year. We have also provided space on the back for addresses, at the request of those who have said they would like to be able to mail The Sentinel to family and friends. Please know that my own efforts as Editor would have resulted in absolutely nothing at all without the vision of Father Jos, the articles submitted by parishioners, and, especially, the ongoing dedication to the project by Kimby Tackett. If you enjoy and benefit from this edition of The Sentinel, please thank and commend them; their industry has made it a reality. Above all, I invite you to read and digest the present magazine with the mind that all our plans and intentions are to no avail, unless they are blessed at conception and in praxis by the Holy Spirit. In all that we think, desire, plan, and rally together to accomplish, let us constantly pray that it will be solely to the Glory of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. AMEN. Brother Louis, OP (The Dominicans) Editor, The Sentinel

Continued from Page 19: Calling all youth

number wall mural, etc.. etc.. etc... of course there will be lots of Sundays where we just chill and talk, too.... Will get a calendar (subject to change) out to you on rally day... bring your ideas, friends and food (I like food) and we'll get started Sept. 8. If it ever warms up.... We may try to swim before then... will let you know. Please text me 479-858-2853... and tell me who you are... so I can get you in my phone (always ask your parents first)..... then friend me on Facebook and/or email me at scbusch@suddenlink.net. I'll be getting the All Saints’ Youth FB page up and running soon... Also plan to use Remind 101.... 23


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Kid r o t F s u J

God loves you, just the way you are..

Bible Story Joseph was called a “dreamer” by his brothers. But are you really a “dreamer” just because God chooses to speak to you in a dream? Joseph’s brothers didn't like him, to the point that some of them wanted him dead: Jacob was their father’s favorite and he had a fancy coat of many colors to prove it. In addition, he had dreams which predicted that all of his brothers, and even his mother and father, would one day bow down to him. ‘Push came to shove’ as they say one day when they found him out away from the house and all alone. If it hadn’t been for a passing caravan, some of Joseph’s brothers would have left him to die in a hole. But what they intended for evil, God meant for good. Joseph, would become ruler over all Egypt, under Pharaoh. And he would save the lives of his whole family, and preserve the line of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; through which God would one day bring the Messiah (Jesus!)

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Recurring Services & Events Sundays Holy Eucharist Rite 1 Holy Eucharist Rite II Sunday School For all Ages Choir Practice Rosy’s Table (last Sunday of the month) Episcopal Youth Education For Ministry Mondays AA Meetings

08:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 09:15 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 03:00 p.m. 05:00 p.m. 12:00 noon

Tuesdays AA Meeting Yoga (Starts on Sept 24th) Centering Prayer Book Study

08:00 a.m. 05:30 p.m. 05:30 p.m. 06.00 p.m.

Wednesdays Bible Study Shawl Ministry Youth Performing Arts Holy Eucharist Choir Practice

10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 05:30 p.m. 06:30 p.m. 07:15 p.m.

Thursdays Russellville Community Market Vestry Meeting (3rd Thursday)

02:00 p.m. 06.00 p.m.

Fridays AA Meeting 12:00 noon Senior Moments(3rd Friday of the month) 05:00 p.m. Saturdays Neighbors Table Lunch

12:00 p.m.

Ministry Retreat A Ministry retreat scheduled for the 28th of September is meant for all who are involved in any kind of ministry at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Russellville. For example, if you are a choir member, altar ministry member, Neighbors Table leader, etc, you are invited to this event. We will begin the retreat at 9:30am with a simple prayer session, and go into a study session, prayer, special prayer for anointing and healing, and conversation about our church and our commitment in ministry. Please note the date

September 28th, 2013 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Acolyte Training There will be a training session at 10:00 AM, Saturday, November 23rd, for children 10 years of age and over who are interested in serving as acolytes at the altar. For more information please contact: Kaye Staggs kstaggs724@gmail.com or 970-9316 25


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The Senior Moments Society will be meeting the third Friday of each month at 5PM in Sutherland Hall, for game night, so bring your games and a snack for the table as we join in fun and fellowship. Don’t forget to let the group know if you are planning something, or going somewhere that you would like to have company. The success of this group depends on each of us sharing and participating. For more information please contact: kstaggs724@gmail.com The All Saints’ Rummage Sale is schedule to be held on Oct. 12 from 8 am-12 pm. We need workers, as well as items to sell. Start collecting your things, so we can get them together the week of the sale. If you can work , please call Milly Chevaillier at 968-3799 or Mary Silkensen at 968-2527. On October 5, we will have an October Fest to benefit various in-house and outreach ministries of the church. Tickets will be sold in advance. There will be music, brats and beer, and loads of fun. As the date draws closer, watch the Church Web site and email for more information, as well as the weekly announcements in the bulletin.

Look Into Kids Connection Every Sunday Morning @ 10:15 September-October: Popcorn Parables! Want a great way to enjoy the Fall? Join us in Kids Connection for our new series, Popcorn Parables! Each week, we will enjoy a movie that will teach us about the love of God, the power of faith, and the joy of sharing Jesus! Movies include “Brave”, “Everyone's Hero”, and “Beauty and the Beast”!

Youth Guitar All Saints’ Youth Guitar classes were a great success this past year. We had 7 students on a regular basis, and fun was had by all. We will be starting again on September the 2nd at 4:30 pm, and classes will be every Monday at that time. The classes are for beginning guitar and intro to Worship music. We learn the parts of the guitar, basic chords, and strumming patterns. Students who excel at learning have the option to receive more in-depth classes in a one-on-one setting. Students interested in the classes will need to contact Aaron Tackett for a supply list and sign up form. A starter jam pack with everything you need to learn guitar can be purchased for around $200. Please let Aaron know if you need to purchase a guitar, as he can get a student discount. Classes are open to children and adults. Parents will need to attend the first class; a schedule of classes will be given out on that day. We will discuss what time works best for the students to attend, and to get parent volunteers, because of the need for an extra adult to supervise the children. Aaron donates his time to teach this class, and asks that students make a $30 donation to youth Ministries each month. This helps cover the $150 yearly fee for teaching material. One-on-one instruction will be given for a separate fee to cover time slots.

Thank you, Aaron Tackett

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“When I have a terrible need of— dare I say— ”religion”—I go outside and paint the stars.” This quote from the celebrated painter, Vincent van Gogh, sets the stage for “Painting the Stars”, a study series celebrating the communion of science and faith. The ideas of several theologians and progressive thinkers are presented on video, with time given for discussion each week in the Faith and Reason Adult Sunday School Class. All are invited to join the group at 9:15 in the Conference Room, as they continue this evocative program through September.

Let us celebrate with food September 7

04:30 pm

September 8 September 29 October 5 October 27 October 31 November 1 November 17 November 24 December 8

09:00 am 12:00 pm 05.00 pm 12:00 pm 05:00 pm 06:30 pm 12:00 pm 12:00 pm 06:30 pm

Youth and Children Fish Fry Rally Day Brunch Rosy’s Table October Fest Rosy’s Table Trunk or Treat All Saints’ Feast Stewardship Dinner Rosy’s Table Lessons and Carols

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Neighbors Table @ Noon Every Saturday

During October, “Saving Jesus Redux” will be taken up, attempting to answer the question, “Ever feel like Jesus has been kidnapped by the Christian Right and discarded by the Secular Left?” Videos will provide the basis for a conversation around the relevance of Jesus for today. Please feel free to join the Faith and Reason class any week you choose. Whether you are a regular, a once-in-awhile regular, or a visitor, everyone is welcome! Please join us for interesting and insightful conversations about God. For more information about the Faith and Reason class, feel free to contact Paul Gray at paul.gray@russellvilleschools.net or 479-857-0901.

Faith and Reason Class Schedule September 1 September 8 September 15, 22, 29 October 6 October 13, 20, 27 November 3

Rector’s Forum (Fr. Jos) RALLY DAY “Painting the Stars” Rector’s Forum (Fr. Jos) “Saving Jesus Redux” Rector’s Forum

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Back to School Movie Night! Join us In Sutherland Hall, September 13th @ 6:30 pm For Popcorn and the movie Epic! Don’t forget to bring a pillow to sit on. See you there!

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Evening Prayer 2013 with the All Saints’ Youth Performing Arts All Saints’ Youth Performing Arts (ASYPA) will help lead a service of Evening Prayer on Wednesday, November 1st, 2013, at 6:30 pm in the nave. We will use Ray Makeever’s Joyous Light, a somewhat more contemporary musical setting of Evening Prayer. The young musicians of All Saints are excited about this service and invite you to make time in your calendar to attend!

Advent Lessons & Carols 2013 The Advent Lessons and Carols Service returns for 2013! This special worship opportunity takes place Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the All Saints’ nave. The theme of this year’s service is “Eternal Light, Hope of the World Forlorn.” Through the simple and timeless format of scripture readings followed by musical responses, the service is intended as a time of reflection and preparation as we await the coming of Jesus Christ. Participants will include the All Saints’ Choir, instrumentalists, and lay readers. Members of All Saints’ and people from around the River Valley area are invited and welcome to attend. Please mark your calendars!

Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World, by Brian McLaren, is the selection for the All Saints’ Tuesday night book discussion group. Of this book, Katherine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, says: "McLaren offers a renewed and renewing vision of Christianity that will challenge every reader to go deeper into its core Truth and find radical urgency to befriend all God's children. If you are not afraid of having your viewpoint, identity, and complacency challenged – read this, for love itself is to be found here." The group meets at the church from 6:00-7:00 pm. All are welcome! For more information or to order a book, call

Inquirer’s Class Schedule October 6, 13, 20 at 2 pm. All Saints' Episcopal Church Conference Room We will begin our new inquirers classes on the 6th of October, 2013. This class is meant for those who want to understand better, and more deeply, the ethos of the Episcopal Church. Longtime members, new members, and all inquirers are invited to attend, whether you are simply curious, would like to prepare for joining the church formally, or would like a "refresher course". This year, we are introducing an in-depth study via videos which participants will be asked to view prior to the in- class discussions. This will have the benefit of making it possible for everyone to be prepared with questions and comments before the sessions. Fr. Jos, Br. Louis, Kaye Staggs, and others of the faculty will meet with the class on October 6, 13 and 20 at 2 pm. We will post the link and invite you to the video sessions as soon as they are posted. If you are new to the Episcopal church, and would like to be confirmed, it is required that you participate in this event, and prepare yourself for the solemn entry into the Episcopal Church at the visit of our Bishop, Larry Benfield, in January of 2014. 28


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“Christ is the worlds' true Light”

Introducing The Evans Family The Evans Family, Jimie, Phoebe, and Misti, is one of those unusual families who simply pulled into the parking lot of All Saints’ one Sunday morning, just because it was the church nearest their home. They had very little idea what the church was all about, but felt welcomed by the congregation, loved the worship service, and found Fr. Jos’ sermon most beneficial. Jimie grew up in various communities, because his father was in the Army. However, he graduated from RHS in 1995, and has always thought of Russellville as his home town. He enlisted in the USMC between 1997-2001, and graduated from Henderson State University in 2004. Immediately after graduation, he started working for the Corps of Engineers. He holds licenses as a pilot and a flight instructor. In addition to flying, Jimie enjoys fixing things around the house, hiking, swimming, playing with Phoebe, and spending time with Misti. Misti has lived in Russellville her entire life, except for the time spent away at college. She was an excellent student, volunteered in the community, and also worked while in high school. She graduated from RHS in 2002, ASU in 2006, and UAMS in 2011. She now works at Atkins Family Pharmacy as a community pharmacist, and at Chambers Memorial Hospital as hospital pharmacist. Misti likes reading, crafts, hiking, outdoor photography, cooking, family get togethers, playing with Phoebe, and spending time with Jimie.

“The people that we have met have by far been the biggest influence on our choice to adopt All Saints.”

The couple met in 2007, and got married at Central Presbyterian Church, where Misti was a long-time member. Phoebe was born in September of 2011, while they were still living in Conway, just a few months after Misti graduated UAMS. They moved back home to Russellville in January of 2012. Phoebe loves playing outside, coloring, 'reading' books, swimming, going to the park, visiting family, and playing with the family’s two small dogs.

Jimie writes, “The Episcopal style of worship feels comfortable and familiar to us, having attended Methodist and Presbyterian churches, but we love the little differences, too. We often have weekend work commitments, but we normally attend 10:30 worship on Sunday if at all possible. The people that we have met have by far been the biggest influence on our choice to adopt All Saints’. We have always felt at ease here. We appreciate the people, sermons, traditional worship, and historical connection.” When Phoebe is a bit older, Jimie and Misty plan to attend the Faith and Scripture Adult Sunday School Class. Meanwhile, they have taken a great interest in Neighbor’s Table, and are signed up to help out on Saturdays when they are available. Jimi has also recently accepted the call to be a member of D.A.R.E., the parish committee which will lead the congregation in planning the work and worship of All Saints’ over the next several years. Look for the Evans family and let them know how very happy we are that they have chosen to be a part of our all Saints’ Family!

Teresa of Ávila, (March 28, 1515 – October 4, 1582), Feast Day, October 15, was a prominent nun, writer of the Counter Reformation, and theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer. She was a reformer of the Carmelite Order, and is considered to be a founder of the Discalced Carmelites along with St. John of the Cross. In 1622, forty years after her death, she was canonized by Pope Gregory XV and, in 1970,was named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI. Her books, which include her autobiography (The Life of Teresa of Jesus) and her seminal work, El Castillo Interior (The Interior Castle), are an integral part of Spanish Renaissance literature. Her views on Christian mysticism and Christian meditation practices were set forth in another important work, Camino de Perfección (The Way of Perfection). Luke the Evangelist is one of the Four Evangelists. or authors, of canonical Gospels of Jesus Christ. Luke was a native of the Hellenistic city of Antioch in Syria. The early church fathers ascribed to him authorship of both the Gospel according to Luke and the book of the Acts of the Apostles, which originally formed a single literary work. Such authorship was later reaffirmed by prominent figures in early Christianity such as Jerome and Eusebius, although, within scholarly circles, both secular and religious, discussions have been held due to the lack of evidence as to the real identity of the author of the works. In the New Testament, Luke is mentioned briefly, referred to as a doctor in the Pauline epistle to the Colossians. Thus, he is thought to have been both a physician and a disciple of Paul. Considered by early Christians as a saint, he is believed to have died a martyr, although accounts of the events do vary. He is venerated as Saint Luke the Evangelist, the patron saint of artists, physicians, surgeons, students and butchers. His feast day is 18 October. 29


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Let us greet one another! Greetings to one and all! As a “seasoned” All Saints’ parishioner, I am thrilled to see the new faces that have been crossing our threshold these last few months. To quote the inestimable Father Jos, “it is time to let the community know about the best-kept secret in town.” Of course, he is referring to our beloved All Saints’ family. One of the most interesting statistics I read while researching the Greeters’ Ministry was that 40% of church visitors make up their mind about a church before they ever see the priest or pastor. Another factoid was that, within two minutes of the beginning of the service, visitors have formed an opinion about whether the congregation is friendly. Our next step as a Parish is to take the first impression visitors receive, and expand the boundaries of welcoming newcomers. We already do a super job of having someone “man” the doors leading into Shoemaker Hall. With enough Church greeters on the team, we could have someone give a brief tour of the facilities, such as classrooms, restroom facilities, and, of course, my favorite place to gather, the refreshment table in Sutherland Hall. I am currently working on a Greeter’s Ministry pamphlet that gives some ideas on how to make that initial contact with newcomers, and then take the next step toward ensuring a pleasant worship experience for all visitors. The first lesson in the greeting guide is “The Six Most Embarrassing Words to Say to a Visitor.” One of my favorite lessons will be “Church Greeter Ninjas.” The Church greeter of today is likely a trained and very friendly “covert ninja.” Greeter ninjas can spot a first time visitor as soon as a strange car pulls into the parking lot. These are just a few of the many ways we can welcome new faces here at All Saints’. Please prayerfully consider becoming a part of this special team of greeters. You can email me at bovdo12centurylink.net. You can also call me at 489-264-1190. I am not home from work until around 5 pm. I do return phone calls, I promise. There will also be a sign up sheet in Shoemaker Hall for those interested in this fun and friendly ministry. I remain your joyful disciple, and my joy springs forth from the love and acceptance I have received over the last 20+ years at All Saints’ Episcopal Church. Thanks be to God!!!

Dodie Lamb-Roberts

September 7, 2013 Fun Fair and Fish Fry fundraiser to support the Children and Youth Ministry Program: Games, Fun, Entertainment and Fellowship. Come and Join the Fun. Save the Date: September 7th. Time: Fun Fair 3-4:30 with Fish Fry and Entertainment from 4:30 7:00. Come and join the fun!

Ministry Leadership and Contact Altar Guild Altar Ministries AA meetings Cares and Concerns Children’s Ministries College Ministry Community Garden Child Care Choir DARE2017 Education for Ministry (Efm) Fellowship Greeters Ministry Healing Ministries Intercessory Prayer Junior Warden

Kathy Westmoreland Kaye Staggs Barbara Sample Office Staff Julie Hodges Stanley Lombardo Suzanne Hodges Diane Tollison Kristin Smith Sherrie Cotton Charlie Tyrone Carol Lee Dodie Lamb-Roberts Rector Carolyn McWilliams Hugh Silkensen

479-567-5277 479-970-9316 479-747-4688 479-968-3622 479-970-9413 479-229-8401 479-967-4547 479-964-0064 479-967-3431 479-858-6937 479-857-0480 479-967-5040 479-264-1190 479-968-3622 479-967-5227 479-968-2527

Kid’s Connection Memorial Garden Neighbors’ Table Outreach Ministries PFLAG Pastoral Care Rosy’s Table Senior Warden Shawl Ministry Senior Moments Group Sunday School Adults Webcasting Webmistress Youth Program Coordinator

Kimby Tackett Robin & Del Danielson Catherine Crews Kaye Staggs Bruce Futterer Rector Kaye Staggs Office Staff Mary Gunter Pat Applebaum Kaye Staggs Paul Gray Kevin Hodges Lily Ice Sue Busch

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Christian Stewardship is lived out in

Stewardship In Financial Matters

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Annual Giving: ordinary stewardship is sharing 10% of our income for larger ministries of the church. It is letting go of the power of money over our lives.

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Living and telling the Good News Sharing with God in seeking justice, peace, and the integrity of creation in an interdependent universe. Sharing the material resources we possess, and giving them in the service of justice and compassion Wisely employing God-given human resources, abilities, and relationships. Providing for future generations Sharing in the life, worship, and responsible stewardship of the church and its mission.

Stewardship Simplified For Daily Living

Celebration of Our Church Family

November 17th, 2013

10 minutes of prayer a day 10 minutes of Bible reading a day 10 minutes of personal devotion a day 10 minutes of family devotion a day 10 minutes of total silence a day 1 act of charity a day – spouse, children, friend, co-worker 1 thought of compassion a day – co-worker, friend 1 act of kindness a day – anyone you meet 1 meal at the table with your family a day All of the above will take about a total of 1 hour of your day.

Stewardship Worship 10.30 am and Meal 12 noon.

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Capital Giving: extraordinary stewardship involves the special occasions that arise in the life of Christian communities that call us to give beyond our ordinary habit. Legacy giving: is the way in which we address the matter of disposing of the accumulations of our lifetime. But in all of the practices of stewardship, practice an attitude of gratitude. Some fall into the folly of giving to gain control. Free gifts go farther than gifts with a string. What we give away freely is what does not belong to us either before or after the giving. A tithe belongs to the Lord in all matters, beginning with time, talent and treasure.

Mark Your Calendar. Celebrate your church family. Share your blessings and support All Saints’ and all its ministries.

All Saints’

Romans: 12: 1

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All Saints’ Episcopal Church 501 S. Phoenix Ave. Russellville, AR 72801 Web: Email: Phone: Fax:

www.allsaintsrussellville.net allsaints@allsaintsrussellville.net 479-968-3622 479-967-3239

Sunday Services and Events Holy Eucharist Rite 1 Holy Eucharist Rite II Sunday School For all Ages Choir Practice Rosy’s Table (last Sunday of the month) Episcopal Youth Meeting Education For Ministry

08:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 09:15 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 03:00 p.m. 05:00 p.m.

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