Fall Happenings at All Saints' church
The entire congregation is invited to join Family Ministries for pumpkin carving (plus cookies and cider) on Sunday, October 28 from 3:30 to 5pm in the undercroft. Bring your pumpkins and carving tools, and we will have some extra tools and patterns to share. Can't wait to see everyone's jack o' lanterns!
We are collecting donations of wrapped Halloween Candy to give out during the Seventh Avenue Halloween Parade on Wednesday, October 31. Greet guests in the church from 3-7pm and help share hospitality as thousands make their way down 7th Ave in their costumes. Drop off candy in the All Saints' office, and come join us on Halloween to greet Trick-or-Treaters!
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A Letter from the rector
Dear Friends in Christ,
It is with no small amount of relief that I’m happy to say the period of “holy uncertainty” in our parish has come to an end. This morning, I withdrew my name from consideration following the second ballot of voting in the bishop election of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, which means I will continue as rector of All Saints’ Church. While I was hoping to be able to report the name of the new bishop-elect, the Convocation’s convention will continue voting with a sixth ballot tomorrow morning. The two remaining candidates, the Rev. Canon Paul-Gordon Chandler and the Rev. Mark Edington, are gifted priests who have become good friends to Jesse and me. Please keep them, their families, and the delegates to convention in your prayers.
I am deeply aware that your prayers and words of encouragement for me have been offered, at times, through mixed emotions. It is no small thing to wonder about the future of this beloved community in which we encounter God’s love and grace. I have shared your anxieties about our parish at the same time that I offered myself for ministry elsewhere. Yet I have also, in moments of clarity, sensed God’s grace at work among us, a feeling made all the more real to me by the sacrifice of your loving support.
While it has seemed to us at times that the stakes of this process have been high, moments like these help put our ministry in context. In his Letter to the Romans, Paul writes, “I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (8:38-39). God has been loving All Saints’ Church for over 150 years, and there is nothing that can break that bond.
As we step boldly into this new chapter of ministry together, I do so with a heart overflowing with gratitude and a sense of excitement about the future. I hope to see you in worship this Sunday or in the near future. Until then, may God bless All Saints’ Church.
In Christ’s love,
The Rev. Steven D. Paulikas
Everyone is welcome at a free movie night at All Saints' tonight from 7-9pm. We will watch the critically acclaimed documentary I AmNot Your Negro about the life and work of author James Baldwin. Screening begins at 7pm; the evening concludes with a brief conversation.
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Evensong - Sunday, October 14 at 5pm
The All Saints' Evensong Choir sings music by Thomas Tallis and Orlando Gibbons in this beautiful and meditative traditional Anglican liturgy. A brief reception will follow the service--bring a friend! All are welcome and invited!
Movie Night @ All Saints'
Everyone is welcome at a free movie night at All Saints' on Wednesday, October 17 from 7-9pm. We will watch the critically acclaimed documentary I Am Not Your Negro about the life and work of author James Baldwin. Screening begins at 7pm; the evening concludes with a brief conversation.
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Letter from the Rector
I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you how grateful Jesse and I am for all your prayers and support over the past months, and especially while we were in Europe last week. As many of you are aware, my candidacy for Bishop in Charge of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe required us to travel to three different churches in the Convocation to speak and answer questions with the other candidates and to meet members of the various Episcopal churches in Europe. It was a remarkable experience: inspiring, fascinating, exhausting, and above all, Spirit-filled. I am so privileged to be counted in a group of such talented candidates, and their spouses surrounded us all with love and support. It gave me great delight to speak about the wonderful things God has done at All Saints' Church, and wherever we went, we took you with us.
Our tour began at the American Cathedral in Paris, a fascinating community that embraces Parisian expatriates as well as locals in search of a spiritual home. We were treated to dinner at the home of cathedral parishioners hours after arriving. The following day was a busy one; the candidates met with retiring Bishop Pierre Whalon and other diocesan officials while the spouses took a walking tour of the neighborhood. We recorded videos and then sat for our first town hall meeting of the tour, where we answered questions about our perspectives on ministry in the Convocation. Video from all three town halls can be found here.
The next morning we flew to Munich to meet the people of the Church of the Ascension and hold another town hall followed by a warm reception. There is a solid and historic Episcopal presence in Germany, and it was a pleasure to meet so many committed and talented clergy and laypeople there. Coincidentally, it was Oktoberfest; alas, both Jesse and I forgot to bring our lederhosen...
Our final stop was hosted by historic St. Paul's within the Walls in Rome, where the town hall coincided with the 26th anniversary of the parish's Spanish-speaking congregation. A highlight of the entire trip was an introduction to the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center, which serves 250 refugees in Rome daily and operates in the crypt of St. Paul's.
The conclusion of the walkabout means that our parish is entering the final stage of what I've come to understand as a period of "holy uncertainty." The bishop election will take place on Friday, October 19 during the Convocation's annual convention, held this year in Waterloo, Belgium. A new bishop will be elected when one of the candidates secures a majority of both the clergy resident in the Convocation and lay delegates elected by each of the parishes. The first ballot will take place at 3:45am our time...but if you're not planning to be awake just then, I will be sure to communicate the results to you as quickly as possible, or you can follow along on the Convocation's bishop search web site.
In the meantime, I'd ask that you continue to keep the Convocation, All Saints', and my fellow candidates and their spouses in your prayers. I will speak about the walkabout and answer any questions you might have at this week's Sunday Forum--and as always, please feel free to contact me.
It is one of the great blessings of my life to be rector of All Saints' Church. May God continue to guide and nurture us.
In Christ’s love,
The Rev. Steven D. Paulikas
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Farewell from Mother Offinger
Dear All Saints' Family,
The first sermon I ever preached from a pulpit was in All Saints' Church almost five years ago, on October 20, 2013, when I had just begun my time as your seminarian. This Sunday, October 7 at 10am, I will preach from that very same pulpit for the last time as a member of the pastoral staff, now a newly ordained priest.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for inviting me into your church, for walking with me as I have learned how to be a teacher, pastor, and preacher. Thank you for your faith, for your prayer, and for your love; you are all my role models in Christian life and community. You have strengthened my faith in God, and you have bolstered my hope for the Church and for the world.
Thank you for sticking around through my graduation from seminary, through my time running back and forth between All Saints' and St. Lydia's, through pounds gained and lost, names changed, and many different hair styles and colors! Thank you for welcoming my wife, Caitlin, with loving arms. We will miss you very much.
I hope that I will see each of you in church this Sunday, but know that I will carry you and All Saints' with me as I move into my new role at Grace Church in Manhattan. I hope that I can also leave with you, at the very least, the knowledge that All Saints' is a special place full of wonderful people. You are teachers, leaders, and models of Jesus' call to each of us. The world needs you now--going out into it and spreading the All Saints' love!
Your sister in Christ,
and with much love,
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Tomorrow, October 4, 4-7pmCelebrate the Feast of St. Francis on the steps at All Saints' Church with a special pet blessing
Bring your furry (or scaly!) friend for a walk-by blessing any time between 4 and 7pm. All are welcome and invited!
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