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All Saints Weekly Newsletter
The Fish Rap

February 26th, 2018

                                                         Lent Edition 


The News in a Nutshell

          ·      March Servers Schedules- Attached

·      Monthly Evening of Song- This Sunday, March 5th

·      Choir Practice Begins March 5th- Voices Needed

·      Lent- What and Why

·      Lines from the Library- Send a review

          ·      New Hymnal Drive- Has begun

          ·      Sunday School- for all Ages, 9:30 Sunday Morning

          ·      Like and Share- All Saints Facebook Page

·      Web feature- Lives of the Saints


For more information see the full announcements below



March Servers’ Schedules

The schedules for March are in the first attachments to this newsletter. Please review the list carefully and let Fr. Charlie know if there are any conflicts.


Note: You can also see the servers for each week by going to the All Saints Calendar page on the website and hovering over the “Weekly Servers” for that day. You will find the All Saints Calendar page here:




Sunday Sing- This Sunday, February 11th @5pm

Our Monthly Evening of Song and Prayer well be this Sunday February 11th @ 5pm. Join us for this wonderful time of prayer, song, and fellowship. As always, invite a friend



Choir Practice Begins- This Sunday, March 4th

Choir Practice Begins, this Sunday, March 4th shortly after the worship service.

Also, we need more voices in our choir. If you have been thinking about giving the choir a try, if you have ever sung in a choir before, or if you just like to sing, we could really use you! I encourage you to prayerfully consider giving the choir a try. If you are interested, please see Glenn.



Lent- What and Why

We need to be careful that we do not mistake the point of the Lenten season. The giving up of certain luxuries during Lent was never intended to be the focus of Lent. Rather, it merely provides the context in which the true purpose of Lent might be fostered.

The purpose of Lent remains a sober assessment of, a true sorrow for, and a turning away from our sins. In other words, the giving up of certain worldly things during Lent is not an act of special piety, self-denial, or extra devotion that we give to God. Instead, the idea is that one does not approach the throne of our heavenly Father with sincere repentance and true sorrow for sins while feasting on and rewarding one’s self with the fineries of life. Rather, one lays aside the pleasures and niceties of daily life and comes before God for undeserved mercy and favor. During Lent we aren’t giving things up for God. In fact, during Lent we acknowledge that we have nothing worthy to give.

As for Lent itself, it is the 40-day period following Ash Wednesday. It recalls the period of Christ's fasting and meditation in the wilderness, and is a time of penitence and preparation for Holy Week.

The term Lent is derived from an old word for "lengthen," and refers to the lengthening days of early spring. As such, the very name Lent proclaims the Gospel and sets the greater framework of this season. As we turn to God in repentance, we do so with our eyes on Easter and the assurance that it gives.  Each day of repentance brings us renewal, assurance, and a lightening of our burdens until at last we arrive at Holy week to celebrate the forgiveness and life that God has given us in His Son. Simultaneously, as Lent progresses, the days of the week grow brighter, warmer, and longer. The result is that the Gospel proclaimed by the season of Lent is mirrored by the very season of the year.




Lines from the Library- Write a Review

Our All Saints Librarian, Bobbi Killinger, has suggested a new feature for our Newsletter. She would like to feature titles from our library that folks have read and found to be a blessing. She is asking anyone in our congregation who has read a book from our library to write a brief review to let others know about it. These reviews will appear on a regular basis in

Our hopes for this new feature are to remind folks that the library is there, let them know books that may be of interest to them, and provide a resource for folks looking to study a particular subject

Here is “Lines from the Library’s” first instalment provided by Bobbi


Working in the church library recently, I found three titles that relate to the current sermon series on prayer:

Matthew Henry, A Method for Prayer

W. Graham Scroggie, Method in Prayer

and a biography, David Livingstone, Man of Prayer and Action


If you have any books you'd like to donate on the subject, we'd love to have them!

The non-fiction section is located on the shelf opposite the door, alphabetized by author. Our few biographies are on the short shelf on the right-hand wall. Fiction, audio-visual and children's are on the unit on the same wall as the door.

If anyone has a labeling device, I would like to label the shelves. (We're also running short on shelves!) 

I'd like for these library notes to be a regular feature in the Fish Rap. If you read a book from our library and think others would enjoy it, please write a review and send it to Fr. Charlie (or to me).



!!!New Hymnal Drive- Has Begun!!!

In praise and thanksgiving for all the many blessings that God has given us, we are doing a New Hymnal Drive.

As you are probably well aware our current hymnbook (1940) is very dated and lacks many of the songs we love to sing. Therefore, we will be replacing it with the brand new Reformed Episcopal Hymnal. Our Hymnbook Drive gives you an opportunity to not only thank God for the lovely facility He has provided us but also to do so in a way that will significantly enhance our worship each Sunday

Here is How the drive works

          ·      The Hymnbooks are $25 each.

          ·      You can simply make your check out to All Saints and put it in the offering plate. Be sure to indicate “Hymnal” on the “For” line.

          ·      We are asking that you provide a new hymnbook for each person in your family that uses a hymnbook (or that will one day soon)

          ·      Of course we will need more copies for visitors and etc. Therefore, if you would like to purchase additional books, that would be greatly appreciated. Our goal is to replace all the current hymnbooks in the church with the new ones

·      There will be “Given in Honor of” stickers on the information table in the parish hall. You may fill one out for each hymnbook you donate and when the hymnbooks arrive we will place the sticker on the inside cover of the book




Sunday School For all Ages

Sunday School begins at 9:30. Invite a friend and plan to attend! I know it will be a blessing to you!



Like and Share- All Saints Facebook Page

Remember to like and share our All Saints Facebook page with your Facebook friends. Also, since our Facebook page is public (meaning, you don’t have to have a Facebook account to view it), you can share any of its features (VDevs, Midday Prayer, Articles, and etc…) by simply cutting and pasting the following link and emailing it to someone you know.



Web Feature (

In light of our season of Lenten devotion, this week’s web feature is the Lives of the Saints feature on our devotion page.


The Lives of the Saints feature on our Devotion page provides information about the major figures of Church History and why the Church remembers them. The saints are listed alphabetically, by their place on the Church Calendar (so you can read about the saint or saints being remembered during any given week of the year), or you can search for a particular saint in whom you are interested. As you read I encourage you to note the examples set by past believers as well as the sacrifices they made to pass the faith on to those who would come after.


To find the Lives of the Saints feature, go to the All Saints’ Home page (, locate the tool bar at the top right of the screen, find the Devotion tab and select Devotion from the drop down menu. On the Devotion page, scroll down to the “Lives of the Saints” and click on the blue link button on the left. Enjoy!!!




Spread the Word about All Saints’

If All Saints’ has been a blessing to you, invite someone you know to church!



Weekly Servers

4 (Lent 3)


Alan Brown

Andrew Carlberg

Lector- Christine Carlberg



Steve (A)

Tim (G)

Charles (C)

Don (Ch)



How can we pray for you?
If you have any special prayer needs or praise reports that you would like to share with the group, feel free to email them to me (or you can call me if you prefer) and I will be glad to include them in our weekly newsletter.

Prayer Requests

That God would bless our new phase of ministry and that we would be faithful stewards of His many blessings


For the folks in FL and the churches ministering to them as they seek to recover after the terrible school shooting


Protection for all our School teachers, administrators, and students


Brad Coffee- for the issues he is facing


Don and Blythe as they minister to family


Everyone in our parish who is sick with cold, flue, or crud


For Katie and Alan that God would bless their travels and their studies in Japan.


Pat Childers- for health issues


Steven Wright- heart and health issues


Ray and Betty Froman- for health concerns


All those serving in our armed forces, especially Brad Coffey, Matthew Orders, Eden Basinger, and David Willis.




~Dates to Remember

Please, email your events to Fr. Charlie with a brief description. Your description should include: date, time, location, cost, as well as the name of the parishioner participating in the event (when applicable).


Diocesan Synod                                             September 14-15, 2018

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