Mysteries and Miracles!

The weekly Newsletter of 
A Welcoming Family of Faith!
May 26, 2016
We had a groovy good time at our 70′s Saturday Night Potluk!!! Thank to every one who came out to make it a fun time for your All Souls Family!  Mark your calendar for our next Pot Luck for June 18, when we will be hosting families from Family Promise!
 Don’t forget about our new addition to our weekly newsletter -LINKS to Sunday‘s hymns.   When possible we will try to put any new hymns we are singing in the GOOD NEWS.  So in addition to knowing and reading this weeks scriptures you can also preview the hymns and be more prepared to sign.  MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE!!!!  These links are in the left column toward the bottom of the newsletter.
Please take the time to read the articles and information in this week’s “GOOD NEWS” including clicking on our prayer list and pray for the requests listed there.
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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:How will I love and respect Jesus truly present in the needy this week?

 Genesis 14:18-20
 Psalm 110: 1, 2, 3, 4
 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
 Luke 9:11b-17
Luke 9:11b-17
but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.  Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.”   He replied, “You give them something to eat.”
They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish-unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” (About five thousand men were there.) But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” The disciples did so, and everyone sat down.Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people.They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
  • Mother Teresa said about Jesus, “He uses us to be his love and compassion in the world in spite of our weaknesses and frailties.” In this miracle Jesus does not produce food out of nowhere. He takes the little that the apostles have, and he multiplies it a thousand fold. No matter how little I think I have to give, once I freely place my gifts in Jesus’ service they become limitless.
  • In the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, I am reminded that Jesus can also provide spiritual sustenance beyond my imagining. There is a mysterious disproportion between what I give and what the Lord makes of it.
  • “You give them something to eat.” Lord, what did you mean by that? One reading is that many people had brought food with them, but did not want to share it out, until the apostles led the way with their five loaves and two fish. So Jesus turned selfish, suspicious people into generous people, happy to share – a greater miracle than multiplying bread.
  • Lord, transform me in the same way.

Ecumenical Catholic Communion Synod – Parish Representatives sought

Every other year, the ECC holds a Synod, a type of National meeting.   We can send up to 4 delegates (two for House of Pastors, two for House of Laity).

The 2016 Holy Synod will be at the American Airlines Training and Conference Center in Fort Worth Texas, October 10-13.  If you are interested in attending please see any member of the Board of Directors for more details.   We need to finalize who is attending soon – as there is some work and research expected of each delegate before the Synod begins to help with the passing of legislation.

JUNE POT LUCK:  Saturday, June 18  –
Good ‘Ole Summertime!

Our last potluck before the summer break will be on Saturday, June 18th at 6:00 PM.  Please join us for great food and great fellowship!
Our theme will be  the Good ‘Ole Summertime!   Wear you favorite cool summertime outfit, bring your sunglasses, and share a favorite summer time story or family tradition – or both!
We will be hosting families from Family Promise this night.

All Souls Hosting Interfaith Service – Help Needed for fellowship
Help also needed for the All Souls Booth at Reading Pride

Reading Pride Interfaith Service 
July 9th, 7:00 PM 
All Souls will be hosting the Reading Pride Interfaith Service this year.  The Service will be held in Calvary’s main sanctuary and a light fellowship hour will be held after the service down in the Pine Room. There is a sign-up sheet available in the Heritage Room for people who wish to donate desserts. Any donations will be greatly appreciated! 
Reading Pride Celebration  
Sunday, July17th 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM 
All Souls will again have a booth at Pride that will include a children’s activity. We will need volunteers to help with the children and to help staff the booth.  You can volunteer for a certain time or spend the whole day! A sign-up sheet is available in the Heritage Room. Sunday Service will not be held on this day. 

Last year we had our first Parish Picnic.  It was great fun and a success and the parish demanded another one!  So we hope you can join us for our 2nd Annual Parish Picnic on Saturday, September 17.  If you would like to take charge of any aspect of the day (kids games; adult games; food arrangement; etc) – we would welcome volunteers!!!!  See any board member today!
Other Fall Dates to save!
Saturday, October 6 – Pot luck
Saturday, November 6 – Annual Meeting
Saturday, December 10 – COOKIE BAKE 

How are you doing answering this  past week’s 
question of the week? 
Despite my faults and sins, God loves me personally forever. To whom or to what situation is God inviting me to go share my love and forgiveness?