From the Rector:
Of Life and Labor
Mary Robert and I have recently volunteered for a fundraiser for Fam-ily Promise of Mobile, an organization that houses among a network of churches homeless families year round. Several area restaurants hosted meals over five evenings with celebrity volunteer servers. Our job as the celebrity servers was to help serve meals and plead, schmooze, for generous tips which would go to the benefit of Family Promise. The meal was to last two hoursand after the two hours I was beat. It was hard work, and I thought of the many restaurant servers and cooks and
support personnel who do this day after day, night after night for a living. One young woman waits tables at night at the restaurant at which I volunteered, and teaches at Baker High School during the day. How do you do it, I asked her.I dont have a choice she said. Having more than one job these days is becoming more and more common, a common necessity.the disparity of wealth grows exponentially. We never took a break; things were too busy, but I couldnt stop thinking all even-ing of people whose labor demands so much of not just their minds but of their bod-ies. the laborers of our world, who are paid disproportionately relative to the energy they exert. A recent study has shown that the lower ones income, the lower ones life expectancy. That being said, there is dignity in a so-called honest days work. There is something sacred in serving.there was decided community among the people I worked withand at the end of the evening we were satisfied with what we had done. In order to make ends meet our oldest son has taken on an additional part time job, which at first grieved mebut as he puts it its what Im good atand well have enough..so I dont mind it. I think the point I want to make in this reflection is that we would do well to value those among us.and those out of our sight who do the common labor of this world, labor that puts food on our tables, labor that removes our garbage and manages our sewers, cleans our laundry and houses, constructs our houses and buildings, repairs our automobiles, works the factory lines, hauls our cargo, tends our children, patrols our streets for safetys sake.the list is endless.but these are the moving parts of cre-ationa creation that God sees as good, and in which we all are intimately connected, one organism.but a creation whose order requires hard work of mind and body. labor that requires enduranceand labor in which dignity is affirmed by all as sacred, never taken for granted. When the chance arises, thank a laborer for their good work; and let us also work for a living wage for all. The minimum wage in this country is scandalous. Fair pay for hard work. There ought to be a law about that.a guarantee of the dignity of our lives of labor.weve got the means to do it, despite the fiscal hand-wringing in Washington; we just lack the moral will. Almighty God, who has so linked our lives one with another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP, p.210)
The Herald October 2, 2011 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
On the Calendar: Wednesday, September 28 9:15am LArche (Chapel) 12N Holy Eucharist (chapel) 4pm St Cecelia Choir IHN/Family Promise continues 6pm Rectors Forum 7pm Adult Choir Thursday, September 29 12N Al-Anon IHN/Family Promise continues 6:15pm Choral Evensong with Musica Sacra 7pm AA Friday, September 30 IHN/Family Promise continues Saturday, October 1 IHN/Family Promise continues Sunday, October 2 IHN/Family Promise ends 8am Holy Eucharist 9am Breakfast 9:20am Sunday School 10:30am Holy Eucharist Reception following 4pm Blessing of the Animals Tuesday, October 4 11:30 All Saints serves @ 15 Place 3:30pm St Michael Choir Wednesday, October 5 8am Race Relations Committee 9:15am LArche (Chapel) 12N Holy Eucharist (chapel) 4pm St Cecelia Choir 7pm Adult Choir
Save the Date!!! Bayou Bash 2011
November 12 is the date for All Saints annual Bayou Bash fundraiser. Come enjoy a great evening of good food and drink, great music, silent and live auctions, and great people! Tickets are $30. You wont want to miss a thing!!! This year, long-sleeve t-shirts will be made if enough folks are interested. The price will be deter-mined by the number of shirts ordered. Contact Carol Mackey if you are interested. Many volunteers are needed to run this great evening. To volunteer, please contact Carol Mackey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-402-9448, or Pete Mackey at email@example.com or 251-510-6905 . More details will be coming in the weeks to follow. Bayou Bash is our annual fundraiser, ben-efiting the community ministries supported by All Saints. Mark your calendars for this terrific event!
Blood Drive on Sunday, Oct. 9
There will be a blood drive at All Saints on Sunday, October 9, from 8:30am to 1:30pm in Stirling Hall. LifeSouth Community Blood Centers provides the blood for all our local hospitals. They have set a goal of 15 units to be collected at All Saints. Please consider donating to help meet or exceed that goal. Call Mary Robert (438-2492) with questions and/or to sign up. There are permission forms for 16-year-olds who would like to donate (parents must sign). Thank you for supporting our community with the gift of life!
All Saints Online Directory
Did you know that you can update your own infor-mation and pictures in the All Saints Online Directory? If youve been able to access the directory, you know that most of the pictures are several years old. If you and your family have recently had family portraits made or you have a favorite picture of your family, you can change the picture. Simply go to the website http://www.membersonline.us/ase and click on the My Profile button. Then click on Edit. On the next screen you will see a place for Photo. Simply Browse through the photos on your computer until you find the picture you want. Click on that photo, and when it appears in your photo window, click Keep Photo. You have now successfully changed your photo. If you have problems or need other information, email Andi Bar-rett at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and she will be happy to assist you with it.
The Rectors Forum has been moved to every other Wednesday instead of Tuesday, beginning this week, Sept. 28 at 6pm. Potluck dinner begins at 6, fol-lowed by conversation from 6:30-7:30. In addition to being conversation for anyone who is interested, this gathering is the place for all those who might be con-sidering joining the Episcopal Church and wanting to know more about it. The next two sessions will be a discussion about the Gospel of Mark. Everyone is wel-come!
The Musica Sacra Chamber Choir will be singing Choral Evensong at All Saints on Thursday, September 29th, the Feast of St. Michael and All An-gels, at 6:15 pm. Works by Philip Moore, Charles Vil-liers Stanford, William Byrd, and Edward Bairstow will be sung. Everyone is welcome.
The Annual Blessing of the Animals will take place on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 4pm in the garden,
weather permitting. This service is held on the Sunday closest to the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4 . Bring your dog, your
cat, your rabbit, frog, fish, ferret, or any other creature of God you take care of; be sure it is on a leash or con-tained, and bring a plastic bag to scoop donations your pet might make to the fertilization of the garden!
Golden Circle will begin its 2011-2012 season on Tuesday, October 11 at 12noon in Stirling Hall. Join us for a great meal, a chance to visit with good friends and a few rousing games of bingo after lunch! All are welcome.
Baptism, anyone? All Saints Sunday, Novem-ber 6, is the next day for baptism in the church. If there are any babies, children or adults who wish to be baptized, please contact Jim Flowers or Mary Robert at 438-2492.
Please join us as we gather together at the Crescent Theater, located at 208 Dauphin Street, in beautiful downtown Mobile, to view the hilarious 1986 comedy The Money Pit. Proceeds go to Brewer Ayres Eagle Scout Project to improve Detonti Square Park. *All tax deductible donations will be used to improve DeTonti Square Park. Specific park improvements and landscape architectural renderings available upon request
Brewer Ayres Eagle Scout
At The Crescent Theater Wednesday, October 12th
$15.00 donation in advance*
See Brewer to purchase tickets after church!
***Free childcare available
at the church; contact Pam Ayres to confirm
All Saints Episcopal Church
Stirling Hall Sunday, October 9th
8:30 am 1:30 pm
Save up to 3 lives in your community!
All registered donors will receive a LifeSouth recognition item.
Mark your calendars now!!!
All Saints Sunday November 6
Join us for a day of Celebration for the WHOLE Parish
Schedule for the day:
9:00am Annual Parish Meeting
10:00am Holy Eucharist (one service only)
Following the service: LUNCH!
Annual Parish Meeting, Nov 6 This year the Annual Parish Meeting will be held on All Saints Sunday, November 6. On that day we will elect five vestry members each to serve three-year terms as usual, and one to serve an unexpired