Happy are the People Whose God is the Lord

September is  here! Prayers are needed for our youngsters who have started school and for the health of some of our older members and for everyone in-between.  Hold up your brothers and sisters in prayer every day and watch how God will bless you for blessing others.

Dont forget to “save the date” for our end of summer church cookout on Saturday, September 26 from 2-5 pm in Exeter. We need help with planning events, games, music, and food! We will discuss this after the service for the next couple weeks so think about how you can contribute!
We need at least three people to serve on a short-term committee. The Nominating committee needs to be formed by September 1 to pray, recruit and nominate at least two members for the Board of Directors. This is a two month commitment.  See below for more details.  Also see important information below about our Greeter’s Ministry and Transportation Ministry!
Please take the time to read the articles and information in this week’s “GOOD NEWS” including a change with our prayer list. Feel free to forward this newsletter to a family member or friend, or share it on your facebook page or twitter by using the “like” and “share” icons at the top of the page.

This weeks readings and question of the week:

Take time to mediate on God’s word and prepare for worship this Sunday.  And as you meditate on them, consider the Question of the Week:

Noting the communal aspect of this healing in the gospel, since others brought the man to Jesus, have I brought anyone to Jesus lately? Is there someone I should invite?
Isaiah 35:4-7a
Psalm 146 :4-9
James 2:1-5
Mark 7:31-37
Psalm 146:4-9
Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help!*
whose hope is in the LORD their God;
Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them;
who keeps his promise for ever;
Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, *
and food to those who hunger.
The LORD sets the prisoners free;
the LORD opens the eyes of the blind; *
the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
The LORD loves the righteous;
the LORD cares for the stranger; *
he sustains the orphan and widow,
but frustrates the way of the wicked.

The LORD shall reign for ever, *
your God, O Zion, throughout all generations.
The psalmist encourages us to put confidence in God. We must hope in the providence of God for all we need as to this life, and in the grace of God for that which is to come. The God of heaven became a man that he might become our salvation. Though he died on the cross for our sins, and was laid in the grave, yet his thoughts of love to us did not perish; he rose again to fulfil them. When on earth, his miracles were examples of what he is still doing every day. He grants deliverance to captives bound in the chains of sin and Satan. He opens the eyes of the understanding. He feeds with the bread of life those who hunger for salvation; and he is the constant Friend of the poor in spirit, the helpless: with him poor sinners, that are as fatherless, find mercy; and his kingdom shall continue for ever. Then let sinners flee to him, and believers rejoice in him. And as the Lord shall reign for ever, let us stir up each other to praise his holy name.

2nd Virtual Happy Hour with
Presiding Bishop Elect Francis
       September 10, 2015
The OPB is excited to announce our
2nd Virtual Happy Hour with Presiding Bishop Elect Francis Krebs!  All are welcome to join in Sept. 10th at 4pm PST, 5pm MST, 6pm CST, 7pm EST by calling phone # 712-432-0750 Code: 549473# or follow along via our Facebook page or our Twitter handle @ecc_opb.
Bishop Francis will be discussing events surrounding his upcoming Commissioning, give a report back on our current financial situation, share about some of the projects to create more unified structure in the areas of ordinations, incardinations, handling complaints or grievances, and much more!
There will also be time again for questions and answers, so think about what you would like to hear from our next presiding bishop.  We hope you can join us on Sept. 10th!

Nominating Committee

Now is the time to start looking ahead to our Annual Meeting in November and looking for new persons to fill the board.  Every year, two terms expire – so we have at least two positions to fill, but we can also add more members to the Board of Directors.
We will be seeking new board members before our November Annual meeting – if you are interested in being on the Board of Directors, see Jerry Schearer, Fr. Henry, or any of the other board members for more information or to express your interest.   If you want to be part of the Nominating Committee that  we are not forming, please see Jerry.  This committee will be responsible to find at least two people to serve on the Board and then present these at the Annual Meeting to be voted on.


We love our greeters!  And we could use more!  They are the first impression for visitors and a welcoming smile when returners enter the chapel.  Its an important part of our ministry!

Kimmie Kalbach is our Greeter Coordinator.  She will be having a class after services, on Sunday September 13.  This is a mini-greeter class/ refresher class for anyone who currently greets or is interested in greeting.  So even if you just want to check it out and see if its something you might want to do – feel free!  See Kimmie for more details.
If there is another part of ministry you would like to know more about like setup/clean up;  Hospitality;  Lay-Assistant; Readers; Prayers; Chalicer; Offering Teller/Counter, etc….please see any board member! We need volunteers – at All Souls – EVERYONE IS A MINISTER – just find your part or parts!


Our first Potluck of the year – will be a “end of summer” cookout!   
DATE: Saturday, September 26 
TIME: 2 pm – 5 pm 
Location: Exeter Community Park  
More details and directions to come, but please save the date and start preparing now! Food, games, and lots of fun!  Bring  your family and friends!
If you want to help lead any children’s activities or adult activities or help with food or other planning, please let any board member know or email allsoulsecc@gmail.com   
If you’ve been gone for the summer or even longer or moved away, but want a reason to come see everyone – then come join us!!!!  Everyone is welcome!


We always want to be sure your information is up to date.  If you have moved, changes phone numbers, or use a new email address – let us know!

We are now ready for phase II and Wendy is starting work on the new directory.   If your not sure if your info is correct please  email any changes to allsoulsecc@gmail.com.

DRIVERS NEEDED FOR TRANSPORTATION MINISTRY – help 1 or 2 Sundays a month by driving a family or older member who do not drive or have cars to and from church.  Its a great way to make friends, meet new people and become part of the ministry of All Souls.  If you can help, please email Jerry  – jerryws@outlook.com




How are you doing answering this  past week’s 
question of the week? 
What religious tradition enriches my personal faith life?  How does it prompt me to translate my spiritual devotion into practical love toward my neighbor?