Lavender Light, an LGBTQ Gospel Choir, will return to All Saints’ for a service of Evensong this Sunday, June 2, at 5pm. Please join us for this festive service as we mark the beginning of Pride month!
Dear Friends in Christ,
I'm writing today to let you know about an exciting opportunity to make real and lasting difference in the life of our parish and the wider community through the Abounding in Good Works initiative to renew the facilities of our church building for ministry.
As you may be aware, our downstairs space currently used for children and youth programs falls far short of our needs. After a season of information gathering and discernment, the Vestry has received bold architectural plans to transform this space into classrooms and meeting rooms worthy of the crucial ministries that will take place there. This new space will create opportunities for our children and youth to grow in knowledge and faith, and we expect that the renewed space will meet our growing program needs for at least a generation and build capacity for us to welcome new members and potential community partners.
St. Paul writes, “whoever sows generously will also reap generously…and God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having everything that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Cor. 9:6, 8). We know these words to be true because of the grace we experience in so many ways at All Saints’ Church.
In the spirit of generous sowing and reaping, All Saints’ is seeking to raise $150,000 of the estimated $250,000 cost of this project in pledges from parishioners and friends of All Saints’ Church. The more that is pledged, the less stress will be put on our very modest reserve funds and the greater the impact of the renovations. To date, $70,462 has already been pledged or contributed toward this initiative from generous donors. We give thanks for this early abundance and invite you to join!
I ask that you prayerfully consider how generously you may sow this season. You can find pledge cards in the church or here; please return your completed card by mail or in person by Pentecost Sunday, June 9, when we will have a special celebration of good works. Abounding in Good Works pledges can be paid in full at the time of pledging or over a period of up to two years. Pledges can be paid by check or online at allsaintsparkslope.org/giving. Abounding in Good Works will support permanent improvements to our building, which means it is separate from our annual stewardship campaign, and pledges do not count toward your annual giving.
Special thanks go to our initiative co-chairs, Dr. Sharon Smith and Tom Cannell. All three of us are eager to answer any questions you might have. Thank you, and God bless you for your generosity.
In Christ’s love,
The Rev. Steven D. Paulikas
Click here to read on about upcoming events, including our New Member Sunday, Annual BBQ, and Choral Evensong with Lavender Light, who will return to All Saints’ for a service of Evensong on Sunday, June 2, at 5pm. Please plan to join us for this festive service as we mark the beginning of Pride month!
In the Book of Leviticus, God instructs the Israelites to let the land rest once every seven years. The wisdom of this commandment lies in the acknowledgement that the design of God's creation includes the need for rest and contemplation. After eight years of joyful ministry at All Saints', I will be taking my first sabbatical this summer, from June 12 to September 4. I plan to use this time to work on my doctoral thesis and spend time with family and friends. I am immensely grateful for this opportunity. At the same time, it will be a chance for renewal within our parish and for the many talented leaders among us to reaffirm their roles in our common life.
Aside from my absence, very little will be different about this summer at All Saints' Church. Fr. Spencer, Fr. Blunt, and Deacon Jennifer will provide able leadership of our Sunday services and will look after the pastoral needs of our congregation, and the office will be open during regular hours. Liturgy and fellowship will be as warm and lively as any summer at All Saints'.
I will generally be out of email and phone contact during the period of the sabbatical; in case of pastoral or other concerns, please be in touch with the clergy or wardens, who will notify me in case of emergency. Even though I will be out of touch, I will, as always, keep our parish in my prayers--and take you with me wherever I go.
I look forward to celebrating the rest of the Easter season with you through our summer BBQ on Pentecost, June 9. We have much to look forward to, including our Abounding in Good Works campaign for the renewal of our downstairs facilities, which is now getting underway. Thank you for your kind wishes, and God bless you all!
In Christ’s love,
The Rev. Steven D. Paulikas
Click here to read more about upcoming events, including a tour of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens this weekend, our annual BBQ, and to see pictures from last weekend's tea party.
Please join us in welcoming our new Parish Administrator, Katherine Slingluff. Katherine will be responsible for a variety of administrative functions crucial to the ministry of All Saints' Church, including communications, financial administration, preparing liturgical bulletins, and managing the parish calendar. She begins her service in the office this week.
This Saturday, May 11, is the annual All Saints' Tea Party from 4-7pm. This year's theme is Tea is Poppin' and is sure to be a great time! We hope to see you there.
Click here to read more about other upcoming events, including a church field trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and our annual spring BBQ!
The next Sound Bath Evensong will be this Sunday, May 5 at 5pm. Come to this immersive sound experience and meditative liturgy, and consider bringing a friend! All are welcome.
Weekday Eucharist is celebrated in the chapel on Tuesdays at 12:15pm.
Next Saturday, May 11, is the annual All Saints' Tea Party from 4-7pm. This year's theme is Tea is Poppin' and is sure to be a great time!
Click here to read more about our upcoming Tea Party, BBQ, and more!