Kutztown, PAWorship/Holy Eucharist
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
Sunday, October 5
ECC SYNOD – Be in Prayer
Sunday, October 11
Board of Directors Meeting
Friday, October 24
*If anyone has a concern, idea, or other business to bring to the board, please contact any member prior to this meeting or you are welcome to come to the meeting in person. Let us know if you want to join us. All are welcome.
Sunday, October 18
Saturday, October 25
Sunday, October 26
ANNUAL MEETING TO FOLLOW WORSHIP!
Want to serve as a participant? All volunteers welcome! To see openings & how to volunteer – please click on the ROTA links below.
*Some training required.
|Hospitality this week|
Those scheduled to bring something to share after worship are those who’s last names begin with:
October 5: A-C
October 12: D-H
October 19: I-R
October 26: S-Z
IF YOU ARE ABLE – PLEASE BE SURE TO BRING SOMETHING TO CONTRIBUTE IF ITS YOUR WEEK!
A Welcoming Family of Faith!
October 3, 2014
This month is full of activity, travel, and so much room for God to work in your life and the life of the ECC and All Souls. Come find peace and rest in God – and pray for those in need. So much to read, learn, and do in this weeks WEEKLY UPDATE from All Souls. Check it out and click on the links for more information.
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Have a blessed week! – Jerry
|This weeks readings:|
Take time to mediate on God’s word and prepare for worship this Sunday.
Sirach 50: 1,3 – 4, 6 – 7
Matthew 11: 25-30
Mattthew 11: 28-30
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
- In Matthew hear from Jesus, who offers rest to his people. More than just a snooze or a catnap, Jesus brings rest for the soul! Why do we need this rest? Because we are weary and burdened.We are weary – tired – exhausted. Life is hard. We need rest. We work hard to raise children. We work hard to earn a living. We work hard to get things done in life. But no matter how hard we work, we can’t avoid hardships. We can’t have the perfect life. The curse on Adam and Eve goes further than just thorns in the soil, and pain in childbirth. We are keenly aware of what it means to live in a world tainted by sin and sorrow and suffering. And it gets old sometimes. Life makes us weary. Sometimes physically. Sometimes spiritually.
We get tired, worn out, impatient. We cry out with the Psalmist, “How long, O Lord?”
Sometimes we are particularly burdened by a particular sin. Something that is troubling you, maybe, that nags at your conscience. Something that you really, really, really, wish you hadn’t done. Something that you keep reliving in your mind, wishing you could change what you said or did. Something that you wonder, just sometimes, whether God can really forgive – even this sin?! It’s a burden. Like carrying around a wooden beam on your shoulders. Only, you are not strong enough to bear it.
When Jesus invites all who are weary and burdened, it is a universal appeal. He offers rest, and he says, “take my yoke upon you”. No Jesus doesn’t literally bear the yoke of oxen. But he does carry the heavy beam of the cross. And there he was nailed, and from there he was hung, and on that heavy beam he suffered the punishment we deserve. On the cross. That’s really our yoke, our burden, that he bears.
And he gives us his yoke – an easy one, a lightweight yoke. In fact it weighs nothing at all. It is a yoke which actually lifts us up, carries us, even into heaven. It is a yoke of grace, mercy and peace. It is a yoke of unconditional love and forgiveness. It is an unburdening load, which takes away not just some, but ALL of our sins – even those we find unforgivable. God forgives. And in Christ, we find rest.
Every time we gather for worship we hear his word proclaimed, and we are rejuvenated. We remember his promise each time we recall our baptism, and know our guilt is washed away. We receive rest, recuperation, rehabilitation, and more – when we kneel at his altar and our load of sin is lifted.
For the Lord of the Sabbath has come to give rest. Rest from our sins, rest for our souls. He came to bear our burden, and suffer our cross. And he gives us a yoke of his own, easy and light. May we find our rest always in Him. Rest for the soul, in Jesus Christ, Amen.
St. Francis Sunday/Blessing of the Animals -SUNDAY, OCT. 5
You are invited to bring your well-behaved and housebroken pets to church for a Blessing of the Animals. All Animals must be on a leash or in an enclosed cage/habitat. Owners are asked to please clean/bath thier pets prior to church and to bring your own supplies for any cleanups that may need to happen – including hair/shedding/scaling/emolting, etc.
|Getting COMPLETE October 2-5, 2014, Kutztown, PA|
Getting COMPLETE! is the new work from playwright Santo D. Marabella. Bullying, and its impact, doesn’t end in school. This is the story of what happens when the bully grows up. Jo-Jo the bully, now Jo the adult, is on a quest to take responsibility and make amends. The only question: are the bully’s victims ready to get complete as well? All Souls and Reading Pride are both sponsors of this play – we think its something you will want to see if you can.
WEBSITE/TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR
|WE WILL BE SELLING YANKEE CANDLES!!! – UPDATED INFO|
Our Fall Fundraiser for ALL SOULS is a Yankee Candle Sale. We are asking all parishioners to help us sell the candles, flameless candles, fragrances, and other fine gifts. You can pick up catalog and packet to sell locally to your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors. Plus you are able to become a seller, get your own personal page/link and sell on line. The kicked off at out 5th Anniversary Pot luck on September 13 and ends October 19! Orders will be delivered in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas! So please purchase your items now and get busy selling to others and share your personal link!FLYER/INSTRUCTIONS on ONLINE SALES
SALE ENDES OCTOBER 19 – PLEASE SELL NOW!
|ECC SYNOD INFORMATION|
This year will be the sixth Holy Synod as the international Ecumenical Catholic CommunionSynod 2014 is scheduled for October 7 – 10 in Aurora, CO This is a big year for the ECC. We will be electing a new Presiding Bishop for the first time in our history.
Representing All Souls will be Fr. Henry Pruski, Jerry Schearer, and Joan Hanely as elected as delegates or alternative delegate our Annual Meeting last November. We do have a fourth slot available due to circumstances – if you are interested, please see Jerry or Joan. We will be putting updates about the Synod in here for the next few weeks leading up to the Synod and following.
Below you will see links to Bishop Rick’s letter about preparation for Synod and also a link to the synod schedule. We ask you as members of All Souls and the ECC to begin praying for Synod, your delegates, and all delegates as we gather in less than a month.
|SAVE THE DATES!!! – October Potluck and November Annual Meeting|
OCTOBER POT LUCK – Saturday, October 25
6:00 pm in the Pine Room (lower level)ANNUAL MEETING & Pot Luck –
Sunday, November 2
Thanksgiving Eve Service with the Northeast Miniserium.
Wednesday, November 26
Time and Location TBA
|LETS HEAR FROM YOU – PREPARING FOR ANNUAL MEETING AND ALL SAINTS SUNDAY|
We have four questions we would like to ask you about the life of All Souls Church. This is in preparation for our Annual Meeting on November 2. Please take time to print out thisSURVEY. Answers may be given to any Board member, put in the offering plate, or emailed back to firstname.lastname@example.orgALSO – November 2nd is our Feast Day – ALL SAINTS/ALL SOULS SUNDAY. We will have a form at the back of the church and at happy hour this month to put down the names of those who have passed away that you would like remembered. These names will be read during the service on November 2.