NURSERY TRANSITIONS- Next week, we welcome back Lynne Pardi to the nursery following her recovery from knee surgeries.  We are so grateful she is able to return to continue to care for our youngest members. We also want to extend a huge thank you and our gratitude to Ikram Aissi, who graciously was able to fill-in these last several months while Lynne was recovering from multiple surgeries.  We are so grateful for Ikram’s presence in the nursery and her care for our little ones. Please wish Ikram well (though we hope we will see her from time to time) as she continues her degree in early childhood development.

ASAC SPRING GROUNDS ENHANCEMENT DAY 2019- Please join us for the annual Grounds Enhancement Day on Saturday morning May 4th from 8 a.m. to noon, with a rain date of May 18th. We will trim bushes, remove debris, spread mulch, plant things and generally have a good time together beautifying our grounds. This year we will include work on our Community Garden plot.  Pizza lunch will be provided. Please contact Cindy Carter at carter.cindy73@gmail.com, or 978-609-1021 with questions and to sign up. Thank you!

ESL CLASSES AT ASAC-  Classes began last week, April 22nd, and running through June 10th (Monday evenings from 6-8pm). This is likely our last term. Amesbury Public Schools will be beginning an Adult ESL class next fall in the evenings and we’d like to support this effort and recognition from the town. We have filled a void for the last 7 years. Thank you to Patty and her team for their many years of faithful ministry. Stay tuned for other ways that we can reach out to our neighbors!

FOR OUR COMMUNITY DAY OF SERVING, SATURDAY, MAY 18TH (SPONSORED BY ROCK CHURCH)- Join our neighbors at Rock Church on Saturday May 18th for a day of serving our Amesbury community. Current projects include the Cashman school, Amesbury Conservation Trails, Amesbury Firehouse, Mill Yard, and much more!  This a wonderful way to partner with our neighbors in serving our community in really practical ways.  Sign-up for specific projects at ForOurCommunity.org.  If you have questions, please contact Bruce McBrien at brucemcb@gmail.com.

CONTINUED PRAYERS FOR THE CONTE FAMILY-  Please continue to hold the Conte family up to our gracious Lord as they grieve and celebrate the unexpected loss of River’s father, Darryl Conte, last week. Ann writes, “We are grateful for his good example of love and faithfulness. Thank you for surrounding our family with love and prayers during these days.” Plans are being made for services during late spring/early Summer. If you are interested in supporting the family through contributing to meals for the family, please contact Patty Champion at patty.champion@comcast.net.

HELP EMPOWER YOUNG LEADERS- Early this summer (June 17-23, 2019) Fr. Craig Vickerman will be leading over a dozen ADNE youth to the ACNA Provincial Youth Gathering (PYG) being held in Dallas Texas. The Vickerman family (Fr. Craig, Anna, Alethea and Andrew) were a vital part of our All Saints community during Craig’s time at seminary, and now serve at All Saints Attleboro.

The PYG presents us with a direct opportunity to support youth in our Diocese with funds, prayers, and commitment to the constant hope of enabling more young people to follow and deepen their walks with Jesus.

Our vestry has established a “Growing Young” fund in our budget to invest in developing the leadership and discipleship of young people in our church and diocese. We’ve committed $500 toward supporting the youth who are participating in the PYG. Would you consider adding you financial support as well? We’d love to reach and exceed $1000 to bless these young people and to encourage Craig’s excellent leadership with youth in our diocese.

If you’re led to give, please make a check to ASAC, and write “Provincial Youth Gathering” in the memo line. Our treasurer, Nate Etu, will write one check on behalf of ASAC to the diocesan fundraising effort.

SUPPORT RACHEL DANLEY-  Our vestry is pleased to partner with ASAC member Rachel Danley in her ministry of training and equipping disciples. In the Fall of 2019, she will be entering a three-year doctoral program in New Testament at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

ASAC will be providing Rachel with financial infrastructure and oversight in the form of a giving platform (Tithe.ly) and a funds-held account within our bookkeeping.

This will allow those who have been investing in Rachel’s ministry with InterVarsity over the past decade to continue supporting her in ministry in this new phase, while maintaining good fiscal oversight and transparency for her support.

Read more about Rachel’s ministry the ASAC blog posting titled “Renewed Callings” (allsaintsamesbury.org/2019/04/04/renewed-callings/)

DONATE FOR JAMES PLACE YARD SALE- Our campus partner, James Place, is holding a Yard Sale on Saturday April 27. They welcome donations from All Saints in their fundraising efforts. Donations may be placed on the porch of the Parish House. They cannot accept TV’s, computers, or encyclopedia-type books that they would have to pay to get rid of if they don’t sell. They can accept small furniture such as small chairs or end tables, but cannot accept recliners, couches, or other large furniture or appliances.

As a separate fundraiser, they are collecting bagged used clothing. They will be paid by the pound for the clothing they collect.