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1312, 2019

Important News from Cheryl Etu

December 13th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|Tags: , |0 Comments

Dear All Saints family, I hope this finds you well in a week of snow, ice, heavy rain and a moment where the temperatures were almost Spring-like! In much the same way, we are clearly in a continuing season of change and transition as a church family. I have the bitter-sweet task of letting you all know that after two extraordinarily faithful years of service, our much beloved, Cheryl Etu, will be standing down in her role as Connections Coordinator at All Saints effective January 1, 2020. The encouraging part is that Nate and Hannah will remain among us in our parish family and Cheryl will be returning to her career as a licensed clinical counselor with the hope of being able to practice near Amesbury. Cheryl also looks forward to having more devoted and undivided time with her and Nate’s sweet 2-year old daughter, Hannah, whose needs have also changed since Cheryl was hired two years ago. This was a difficult decision for the Etu family. Their commitment and love for All Saints and the desire to see the love of Jesus brought to the wider community is unwavering. I wholeheartedly agree with our Senior Warden Chris Sherratt in [...]

1112, 2019

Upcoming Events, Week of December 15, 2019

December 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized, Upcoming Events|0 Comments

THIS WEEK'S READINGS: Psalm 16:5-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, Luke 1:46-56 THIS WEEKEND! AMESBURY WINTERFEST, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14th- Come join us as we participate in the second Amesbury Winterfest downtown in Market Square. ASAC will be joining in the fun by providing a hot cocoa bar.  Please stop by to say hello our Amesbury neighbors! GREENING OF THE CHURCH, NEXT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22ND- Join the Altar Guild following the morning service to help green the church in preparation for Christmas. A light lunch will be provided. Please contact Mary Hall (978-317-2121 or mary@hallfolk.com for more information. GIVING TREE: AMESBURY HOLIDAY PROGRAM- RETURN THIS SUNDAY- This program helps provide gifts for children and families in our community.  Following the service today, the gifts will be delivered to the program for wrapping and they will be distributed to families on Friday, December 20th.   Please remember to attach the tag from the candy cane to the outside of the gift- this makes it easier for the program to sort.  You may include a note, a prayer, a card with the gift- be sure it is attached in some way so it does not get lost.  INVITE FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS TO JOIN [...]

712, 2019

Upcoming Events, Week of December 8th

December 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized, Upcoming Events|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY'S READINGS:Psalm 72:1-3, Isaiah 11:1-10, Luke 1:5-28 CELEBRATION SUNDAY- THIS WEEK -Join us for food and fellowship downstairs in lower hall to celebrate what God is doing among us!  AMESBURY WINTERFEST, DECEMBER 14th - Come join us as we participate in the second Amesbury Winterfest downtown in Market Square. ASAC will be joining in the fun by providing a hot cocoa bar.  We would love to have 2-3 people for every 2-hour block on Saturday 10-2pm so that we can enjoy talking to our neighbors while we serve hot cocoa. Please sign-up at the back or contact the church office at office@allsaintsamesbury.org to find out how you can help! GREENING OF THE CHURCH, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22ND- Join the Altar Guild following the morning service to help green the church in preparation for Christmas. A light lunch will be provided. Please contact Mary Hall (978-317-2121 or mary@hallfolk.com for more information.  GIVING TREE: AMESBURY HOLIDAY PROGRAM- Our giving tree for the Amesbury Holiday Program is at the back of church. As a reminder, this program helps provide gifts for children and families in our community.  All of the tags have been distributed across churches and organizations in [...]

2711, 2019

Gratitude is an Essential Guardian of the Soul

November 27th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Before we leave the season of Thanksgiving, let me offer a few words on the power of gratitude. Even before I could walk, I was trained by my mom and dad to say thank you. As a Brit, saying thank you comes as naturally as introducing yourself by saying sorry! It is simply the right thing to do (even if you are not especially grateful). Indeed, almost every British conversation ends with the words, “Cheers, thanks, thanks so much, really thank you very, very much…bye…and thank you. Sorry!” Brits have even taken the art of passive-aggression to new heights with the insertion of a simple word of thanks. In the U.K., ending an email with the word “thanks” is a clear signal that one is perilously close to losing one’s temper! But what if thanksgiving were more than just socially warranted behavior or annual holiday? What if gratitude is the means by which the inner man or woman is strengthened? What if thankfulness is good for our spiritual well-being? Let me put it this way. Let’s imagine that the Town of Amesbury was surrounded by enemy forces whose desire was to wreak havoc and destruction. Let’s also imagine that there [...]

2711, 2019

Upcoming Events, Week of December 1, 2019

November 27th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Upcoming Events|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY'S READINGS: Psalm 122, Isaiah 9:2, Matthew 24:29-44,  CONGRATULATIONS TO PATTY CHAMPION- Patty Champion received the Lay Person of the year award during the Amesbury Council of Churches Thanksgiving Service last week. Thank you to the many from All Saints who came out to support and encourage Patty in this well-deserved award. Check out the All Saints FaceBook for photos of the event.  RALF L. HARTWELL MEMORIAL SERVICE- A memorial service will be held for Ralf Hartwell, a beloved former parishioner of All Saints on Saturday, November 30th at 10:00 am at Christ the Redeemer in Danvers.  GIVING TREE: AMESBURY HOLIDAY PROGRAM- Our giving tree for the Amesbury Holiday Program is at the back of church. As a reminder, this program helps provide gifts for children and families in our community.  Last week, during our first week- all of the tags were taken- thank you! We’ve added additional tags for those that were unable to get one or would like an additional tag.  On the tag is the gender, age of a child and some gift suggestions. Please note the following regarding your gifts: Please return to the tree by December 15th unwrapped (you can [...]

2211, 2019

Growing Wings

November 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Dear friends, here are a few words of encouragement as the holiday season approaches! Have you ever noticed that in the season of thanksgiving that is soon upon us, amidst warm and convivial family gatherings, there might possibly be a friend or a relative upon whom just a smidgen of extra grace is required? Why is it that Auntie Flora can behave with perfect civility while Uncle George is a seasonal social wrecking ball? I recall a great aunt at our wedding who was so offended by the “perfectly dreadful dance music” that followed dinner that she hid among the guests’ coats and growled at the wedding party as they attempted to retrieve their belongings. But perhaps there is another way to look at this? Is it possible that Auntie Flora’s warm and congenial temper is God’s gift to Auntie Flora and not Auntie Flora’s gift to God? Certainly, God knows all the circumstances of Uncle George’s life that have scraped and dinted his soul. To put it another way, God knows the incapacity of the “beaten-up car” that is Uncle George’s interior life in which he is attempting to make his way through life, including those ill-fated attempts to [...]