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Austin Interfaith ASEC Core Team

The All Saints' Austin Interfaith Core Team has completed its report on the outcome of the house meetings held in April and May 2017. Our conversations indicated a high level of concern for our ministries to the aging and to children an youth, as well as concern for the issues of homelessness and lack of affordable housing in our city. Leaders have stepped forth to help us take action in all these areas, and volunteers are invited to help them.

You can read the report below or pick up a hard copy at the Church between services, July 23rd.
Or you can download the report here: http://allsaints-austin.org/uploads/forms/Outcome_of_House_Meetings.docx



REPORT
TO: The Clergy, Vestry, and People of All Saints’ Episcopal Church
FROM: The Austin Interfaith Core Team
RE: Outcome of House Meetings, Spring 2017
DATE: July 10, 2017

In April and May we held a total of 8 house meetings in which 66 members of our congregation participated. The purpose of these meetings was to “take the pulse,” as it were, of the congregation: To discover the most pressing concerns in our common life, within both our church community and our civic community of Austin, to identify those who are prepared to lead our response to these concerns, and to organize groups to take action.

First of all, the overwhelming majority of participants expressed a deep appreciation of All Saints’. Many facets of our life together were positively affirmed. Those most frequently mentioned were:
• Worship experience – the architectural beauty of our church building, stirring music, our liturgical style, and dynamic preaching
• An atmosphere of tolerance for a wide range of beliefs, including deep spirituality and free thinking
• The clergy
• Service ministries – Loaves and Fishes, Micah 6, and Habitat for Humanity, etc.
• Opportunities to become integrated into the parish community through participation in groups – Daughters of the King, choir, altar guild, lectionary group, supper clubs, etc.

In response to the question, “What concerns you and your family most about our life together in All Saints’?” the groups converged in a strong concern for two areas: Our aging congregation and our declining ministry to children and youth. In response to the question, “What concerns you and your family most about our life together in Austin?” two concerns repeatedly surfaced: homelessness and affordable housing.

Aging Membership
This reality was seen as both a challenge and an opportunity. It’s an opportunity in the sense that it opens up an area of ministry in which we could be more intentional. It’s a challenge in the sense that an aging membership also tends to imply a shrinking membership. How can we better serve our growing elderly constituency while also attracting and retaining younger members? Several dimensions of this concern were prominent in the conversation:
• Keeping the elderly involved in and in contact with the congregation to the greatest extent possible at each stage of their aging
• Supporting the middle-aged children now faced with the issues of caring for their aging parents
• Raising awareness of the need to consider end-of-life questions in advance – medical power of attorney, do-not-resuscitate orders, wills, funeral and burial plans, etc.
• Having intergenerational activities that engage young and old alike
Whatever emerges along these lines will need to be coordinated with the Grace Ministry and Saints on Call, which are already doing some of this work.

Mary White has agreed to chair an action team that will work on these concerns. Joining her will be Michelle Carlson and Nancy Lynch, with Nanci Felice in a consulting role. Anyone else who would like to participate in this working group should contact Mary (maryewhite05@gmail.com).

Children and youth
As it turns out, concern with this issue had already surfaced and begun to gather momentum even before it was registered in the house meeting discussions. Lee Read had already voiced her concern and begun to enlist volunteers to do a reassessment of the Sunday School program. The house meeting discussions thus provided a boost to this effort that was already underway. The group that is forming includes Melissa Agnese, Rosemary Stewart, and Madre Cynthia Caruso. In addition, the following have agreed to serve as Sunday School teachers: Edward Abili, Sam Berry, Donna Clift, Megan Dowell, Allison Gaylord, Nora Jeffrey, Jessica Johnson, Tristan Ketcham, Steve Lemmon, Cara Mueller, Sarah Peet, Barbara Reyes, Sharon Smith, and Merry Wheaton. Their goal is to begin putting their plans into effect with the start of Sunday School this coming fall.

In addition to improving the Sunday School program, one other matter surfaced in the house meeting discussions, which we commend to this action team: Adding to the children’s program a dimension of greater support for parents, including the provision of parenting resources as well as child care to give parents some free time

Anyone who is interested in participating in this work should contact Lee Read (hleeread@gmail.com; 512-632-2431).

Homelessness
Although this is not a problem, as far as we know, for any members of our own congregation, it is a highly visible problem that our members experience both up close and from a distance. This is obviously a large and complex problem, but there are programs in our community that are dealing effectively with various aspects of it. Charlotte Frazier is gathering information about these programs to see if there are some that we might want to become involved with, whether individually or as a congregation. Anyone interested in exploring this possibility should contact Charlotte (athomefrazier@aol.com; 512-301-8730).

Affordable Housing
From the house meeting discussions, it became evident that this is an increasingly critical concern for middle-income as well as low-income households. Rising property values, and the attendant rising property taxes, are making it too expensive for many current residents to stay and for new families to move in. We feel that this is too big a problem for All Saints’ to try to address by itself in any effective way. We therefore propose joining with other institutions in Austin Interfaith to determine whether there are any feasible courses of action that we might take together.

An Austin Interfaith action team is currently analyzing how CodeNEXT, the proposed revision of Austin’s land use code, affects the availability of affordable housing. David Guarino and Michael Floyd of All Saints’ are members of this group. When the action team completes its work, sometime in the near future, they will conduct Civic Academies at various member institutions to inform the Austin Interfaith constituency on the code revision issues relating to affordable housing. Out of the ensuing discussions we will decide whether Austin Interfaith should take a position and try to influence any particular principles or provisions of the proposed CodeNEXT.

We propose that All Saints’ host one of these Civic Academies and encourage attendance, not only from our own congregation, but also from the various neighboring University area churches, including those that do not belong to Austin Interfaith as well as those that do. Anyone who would like to know more about this work should contact David (dsguarino@gmail.com; 512-826-1549) or Michael (michaelhfloyd@yahoo.com; 512-712-4397).

We are thankful for the level of participation that we had in this round of house meetings—which was very good for our first time—and for the leaders who are stepping forward to help us take action on the concerns that were identified. We will report back to the congregation on the progress being made in dealing with the internal issues mentioned above, and also keep you informed on the ways in which we can collaborate with fellow members of Austin Interfaith to make a positive difference in the life of our city.

Faithfully,
Your Austin Interfaith Core Team
Nancy Bernhardt Nancy Lynch
April Floyd Anne Province
Michael Floyd Richard Ribb
Charlotte Frazier Merry Wheaton

All Saints’ Episcopal Day School

Parents’ Day Out

Parents’ Day Out
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
209 W. 27th Street
Austin, TX 78705
512-476-3589 voicemail 153
Parents’ Day Out operates three classes for infants and toddlers on Mondays and Thursdays between 9:00 and 2:00. The program was initiated in March 1987 under the volunteer management of Wini Wood. Siblings of children who are in, or have been in the program, receive first consideration for openings, followed by parishioners, and then anyone else who is interested. For enrollment information or to get on the waiting list, contact Wini Wood (see below.)
Nursery – Ten children from 2-18 months of age at the start of the session are cared for by three adults, Betty Cuan, Isabel Flores, and Ana Flores. Only two children under seven months will be enrolled. Children play, eat and sleep.
St. Michael’s Room – Eight children, ages 18 months to two years are in the care of Shujia Pan with Victoria Trejo on Mondays and Isabel Arriaga on Thursdays. The children play, eat, experience art, finger plays, singing, outdoor play and nap.
Laura’s Corner – Fifteen children, ages two and three are in the care of Estela Trejo and Candy Menjivar. The children play, eat, experience art, finger plays, rhythm instruments, singing, play outdoors and nap.

Enrollment requires a $40.00 non-refundable annual registration fee. ($20 registration fee for mid-year start.) Monthly tuition for 2017-2018 session is $300.00 (2 days per week) or $150.00 (1 day per week).

It is helpful to get on the waiting list early. Openings in the program are filled throughout the year. Re-enrollment takes place in late February with offers to those on the waiting list beginning in late March. To get on the list, submit your child’s name, gender, birth date and telephone numbers/email address with parent’s name for the file to Wini Wood at 512-476-3589 x153 or winiwood@usa.net. No wait list fee is required.

Limited spaces available for the Fall session which begins August 28, 2017

Also accepting names on the wait list.

Acolytes

The All Saints’ Acolyte program functions as a component of our youth ministry along with Sunday School and the EYC. Acolyting presents a visible and tangible way that the youth serve the parish as well as a way that they participate in stewardship ­ by offering their time and talent.

The acolyte program at All Saint’s is philosophically part of our youth ministry. Acolytes rotate among four acolyte roles and among our two Sunday services. Acolytes, thus, have an opportunity to serve as Crucifer/Altar Server, Gospel Server, Gospel Torch, and Epistle Torch, as well as participate in Rite I and Rite II services. With this approach, we seek to instill in the youth that all roles at the altar are important and that serving your parish when it needs you represents true service.

We do just-in-time on-the-job training. New acolytes review and rehearse their roles 20-30 minutes before their Sunday morning service, focusing on what to do and how to serve with the appropriate decorum and posture.

Acolyte Sponsors support the acolyte program (1) by ensuring teams are ready before services and (2) by assisting with acolyte training. Additionally sponsors facilitate rapport and communication with other groups who serve at the altar.Sponsors get on-the-job training also so no previous acolyting experience is necessary.

Fundraisers are held periodically to subsidize some costs of the trip to the National Acolyte Festival. We take advantage of our location by offering the church parking lot for the UT home football games asking for freewill donations.

We welcome all parishioners to become involved with the Acolyte ministry, especially youth of acolyting age (11+ years old) and their parents. We are ready to help you serve in this ministry.


CONTACT: Patricia Goubil-Gambrell 751-5723 pgg@utexas.edu

Children’s Chapel

All Saints' Lighthouse - Children and Youth Ministries at All Saints'

Children's Chapel is a meaningful program of Bible-based music, movement and stories. Children’s Chapel is offered for Pre-K to 2nd grade children during the 10:30 am worship service.

At the end of Sunday School, children move with Children's Chaplains from Sunday School, through the Sunday School pick-up area in the north lobby of Gregg House, and on to the Chapel of the Holy Spirit for Children's Chapel. The Chapel of the Holy Spirit is located on the lower level in northeast corner of Gregg House.

The children are guided through a Bible story, songs and games, and end with some play time on the playground. The Chaplains lead the children back to their families in the Sanctuary at the exchange of the Peace, just before the Eucharist begins.

If your child did not attend Sunday School, they are welcome to participate in Children's Chapel. If you arrive at or before 10:20, take your child to the north lobby of Gregg House, where they can meet the Children's Chaplains and move with the group to the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. At or after 10:30 please take your child directly to the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. The Chapel of the Holy Spirit is located on the lower level in northeast corner of Gregg House; use the wooden door that faces 29th Street.

If you have questions or need directions, please ask a member of the All Saints' Lighthouse team (wearing Lighthouse buttons) at All Saints' on Sunday, or contact The Rev. Cynthia Caruso - 512-476-3589 x110, cynthia@allsaints-austin.org.


Children at Communion

The tradition of the Episcopal Church is to welcome all who are baptized to receive communion – no matter what age! Parents choose how and when their child receives the bread and the wine.

We invite all children to join us at the altar rail at communion – even if not receiving the bread and wine. There are four options for how to participate:

  • Receive the bread in your hands, eat the wafer, and then sip the wine from the chalice
  • Receive the bread in your hands and then dip the wafer into the wine
  • Receive only the bread and cross your arms over your chest when the chalice passes to indicate you are not receiving wine
  • Cross your arms over of your chest to indicate your are not receiving bread or wind and receive a blessing

Our clergy are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your child and communion.

The Rev. Mike Adams at 512-476-3589 x104, mike@allsaints-austin.org
The Rev. Cynthia Caruso at 512-476-3589 x110, cynthia@allsaints-austin.org

Sunday School

All Saints' Lighthouse - Children and Youth Ministries at All Saints'

Sunday School is held from 9:20 - 10:20 am each week in the upstairs wings of Gregg House. A member of the All Saints' Lighthouse Team will be in the hallway to welcome and guide children to Sunday School.

Where and When:
Sunday School classes for children and youth are held in Gregg House. PreK - 5th Grade classes are in the north upstairs wing. 6th - 12th Grades classes are in the south upstairs wing.

Sunday School begins at 9:20 and is finished at 10:20.

Pick-up and/or transition to Children's Chapel:
The 3rd to 5th graders will meet their parents in the north lobby of Gregg House.

Pre-K to 2nd graders will move with the Children's Chaplains from Sunday School, through the Sunday School pick up area in the north lobby of Gregg House, and on to the Chapel of the Holy Spirit for Children's Chapel. The Chapel of the Holy Spirit is located on the lower level in northeast corner of Gregg House. The Chaplains guide the children back to their families in the Sanctuary at the exchange of the Peace, just before the Eucharist begins.

If you do not wish your Pre-K to 2nd grader to attend Children's Chapel, please meet them in the north lobby of Gregg House promptly at 10:20.

If you have questions or need directions, please ask a member of the All Saints' Lighthouse team (wearing Lighthouse buttons) at All Saints' on Sunday, or contact The Rev. Cynthia Caruso - 512-476-3589 x110, cynthia@allsaints-austin.org.


Classes:

· Godly Play (PreK - 2nd Grade) - our youngest Sunday Schoolers explore Biblical concepts through Godly Play, a Montessori-inspired curriculum that encourages children to explore their faith in their own unique ways. There are two classes of Godly Play organized by age: PreK - Kindergarten, and 1st - 2nd Grade.

· All Saints Production Company (3rd, 4th, 5th Grades) - In the "Production Company", children explore their faith through creativity, centered around a spiritual theme. Each year the class creates a Bible Theme Park for younger classes to visit, produces and shares two films about select Bible stories from the year's curriculum, and presents a "Bible Time Machine" performance in the spring which recaps the stories all classes have studied through the year.

· Youth Sunday School (6th-12th Grades) - The eldest of our youth come together during Sunday School time to explore who they are and investigate their own beliefs in a faith community. The youth discuss current events and how it impacts them, study sacred stories and how they are still relevant in our current lives, and play games that teach them about God. All are welcome, and questions are encouraged.

· Children’s Choir (Pre K - 2nd Grade) - Following our Godly Play activities, the kids join Ms. Nora for music, movement, and fun from 10:05-10:25 am. The children's choir performs three times over the "school" year, see calendar on the Sunday School page for specific dates. Following music time, kids can be picked up by their parents or escorted directly to Children's Chapel by our chaplains.



Flower Ministry

Every week volunteers of the Flower Ministry create at least three arrangements and sometimes as many as five from the large Altar flower arrangements. They then deliver those new arrangements to our sick or homebound parishioners. This procedure is also done with the lilies after Easter and Poinsettias after Christmas. This ministry is an opportunity for parishioners to act as an important link between the Church and those unable to attend services. If you would like to volunteer to arrange and/or deliver flowers this year, please contact Amanda Schmidt at 512-347-0371 or amandaschmidt1@mac.com

Greeters

A major part of the Newcomer & Visitor Ministry are the volunteers that make up the "Greeters". These volunteers greet those as they come to the 9:00 and 11:30 a.m. services as well as after each service on Sunday mornings. We are hopeful and intentional about making everyone welcome at All Saints’, and welcome ideas for doing that. Please contact Silvestre Silvas if you are interested in being a part of this ministry at 512-394-8631 or austexsly@gmail.com

Quin Choir

(2nd Grade through Adult) We invite our 2nd graders that are strong readers to join the Quin Choir to take advantage of the opportunity to sing and observe the liturgy up close. Rehearsals are held on Sunday at 8:00-8:50 a.m. Please contact Gregory Eaton at 476-3589, ext 118 or gregory@allsaints-austin.org

St. Clare’s Guild

(The Prayer Shawl Ministry)
We are the guild of needleworkers who meet the third Saturday morning of the month in the Masterson Library. We knit, crochet, tat and sew to create prayer shawls, baptismal blankets, Confirmand crosses and prayer monkeys which are then presented at designated services for a special blessing. We welcome all who wish to participate in doing this work and will gladly help those who want to learn the fine art of needlework.

CONTACT: Carroll Patterson 454-4366 CarollPatterson@austin.rr.com

Quin Choir

(2nd Grade through Adult) We invite our 2nd graders that are strong readers to join the Quin Choir to take advantage of the opportunity to sing and observe the liturgy up close. Rehearsals are held on Sunday at 8:00-8:50 a.m. Please contact Gregory Eaton at 476-3589, ext 118 or gregory@allsaints-austin.org

Micah 6 Food Pantry

What does the Lord require of you?

“to do justice, to love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.” – Micah 6:8


All Saints' joined the Micah 6 Coalition of University Area Churches in order to coordinate our services and resources more effectively for individuals and families in need. On July 20, 2004, Micah 6 was incorporated and approved as a 501(c)(3) in September. Becoming a nonprofit corporation allows Micah 6 to perform essential activities such as maintaining a bank account and accepting nontaxable donations. It is now also eligible to receive grant funding.

We have two representatives serving on the Micah 6 Council that meets monthly. The council has had two projects this year: The Food Pantry (an extension of Loaves & Fishes) and Winter Freeze Night (our rotation to help is on Friday nights that the temperature is below 34 degrees and wet, or below 32 degrees and dry). The Food Pantry, which is located at University Baptist Church, provides Loaves & Fishes clients with an additional source for a hot meal and opportunity to get food from the Food Pantry. The Food Pantry has expanded its hours to be open on both Thursday evening and Saturday morning. The Pantry is serving over 2000 people each month. Volunteers from All Saints' work at the Food Pantry weekly. Freeze Night provides shelter on very cold nights to homeless youths who participate in the Lifeworks program. Volunteers from All Saints' work on a rotational schedule for Freeze Night. We continue to need volunteers for both of these projects and we ask for your prayerful encouragement for the success of this mission. We receive many requests from the community and we would like to expand our projects to fill these needs.

CONTACT: Ana Salas-Poras 451-4442 or anaspspa@progidy.net
Micah 6 Board Representative from All Saints':
Brian Hopper 512-899-0750 or jubal@earthlink.com

Micah 6 Austin Website: http://www.micah6austin.org/

Episcopal Youth   Community - EYC

All Saints' Lighthouse - Children and Youth Ministries at All Saints'

EYC is a special fellowship group for those in the 6th through 12th Grades.

Our EYC meets two Sundays a month from 11:30 - 1:30 pm, following the 10:30 am service. We eat lunch together, and follow lunch with some sort of activity - games, field trips, cooking experiments, and helping out around the church. Our goal is simple - have as much fun as we can, and be excellent to each other! On a typical Sunday, please plan to bring $5 for lunch, and know that friends are always welcome.

The All Saints' Lighthouse is the Children and Youth Ministry at All Saints' and encompasses many programs that nurture the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical well-being of our children and youth. EYC is a core part of our youth program. We believe that youth group can be one of the most important groups a young person belongs to. For six years we travel together through the challenges of middle school and high school. We create a safe space to talk about our lives, enjoy spending time together, consider spiritual matters, or live out our baptismal covenant.

Our youth community is a place for a young person to grow into themselves in Christian community. Some of our events are devotional; some are just for fun; but all are in the company of others on the Christian path.

EYC also participates in community service projects scheduled by The Window. The Window is a community outreach program focused on education and service to others. Outreach days are scheduled throughout the year on different dates and times to accommodate various projects. The Window is hosted by The Front Porch, which is collaboratively supported by All Saints'. Dates All Saints' EYC plans to participate in The Window will be posted to the Google Calendar.

See the Google Calendar for upcoming dates for EYC.

You can also find news and updates on the All Saints Lighthouse Facebook page.



Jr. Daughters of the King

The Order of the Junior Daughters of the King was formed in January 1896, based on the pattern of the senior Daughters of the King. St. Joan's Chapter of The Order of the Junior Daughters of the King is an order of baptized girls and young women ages 7-20 years, who take a vow of prayer and service, study, support of the Christian community, and for the extension of Christ’s Kingdom. The Junior Daughters at All Saints' meet from noon to 1 p.m. on the 4th Sunday of the month in Laura Corner Library (upstairs in Gregg House). Christian girls are invited to attend any of the Junior Daughters meetings as a guest. Please call or email to confirm date and time of the meetings.

Contacts:
Barbara Reyes 512.968.7973 or barbreyes5@gmail.com
Linda Jaques 512.939.2199 or Jaquestx@gmail.com
Beverly Pond 512.451.6156 or bevpond@gmail.com

Nursery

(Infants to 3 years old) While infants and toddlers are welcome in church, please know that we have a loving and safe Nursery in Gregg House available from 8:30 a.m – 1:00 p.m. every Sunday.

Art Guild

This is a group that was formed to promote Art appreciation by displaying artwork by parishioners on the All Saints' campus. In the past there has been a photography exhibit, a quilt exhibit, and an exhibit of the Stations of the Cross. The Church is currently displaying paintings, murals, art prints, a mosaic design, and photographs at various locations. If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, please contact Linda Jaques.

CONTACT: Linda Jaques 454-4277 jaques@austin.rr.com

Choirs

The liturgical calendar keeps all choirs and instrumentalists busy through Holy Week, Easter, Lessons and Carols, and Christmas Eve. Gregory Eaton leads the All Saints’ Handbell Choir. This is a group of committed musicians that adds much to our services during the year. Both the Quin Choir (9:00 a.m. service) and the Parish Choir (11:30 a.m. service) always welcome new members, and have a new repertoire throughout the year. The Concert Mass is performed early in the calendar year; with rehearsals beginning in the late fall. The Acoustic Mass at the 9:00 service give the great pool of musical ability in our parish to shine and add variety to the liturgy on occasional fifth Sundays.

God of glory, around whose eternal throne all the heavenly powers offer their ceaseless songs of praise: Grant that we may overhear these songs, and with our own lips interpret them to all in whose presence we play or sing; That your church may behold the beauty of God, and see with mortal eyes the land that is afar off, where all your promises are celebrated, and where all your love in every sight and sound is the theme of eternal rejoicing; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. — The Church Musician’s Prayer, written by Erik Routley (1917-1982)

Contact: Gregory Eaton, Organist/Choirmaster
512-476-3589, ext 118 or gregory@allsaints-austin.org

St. Monica’s Guild

This group meets once a month on the third Saturday to work on quilts. As these quilts are completed they are blessed at the Altar during a Sunday service, and are then given to Dell Children's Hospital and Shiver's Cancer Center. If you are interested in this ministry, simply come to the next meeting, or contact Mary Wright for more information. No experience is required, just the desire to help.

CONTACT: Mary Wright 512-451-7662 or mlwbazaar@gmail.com

Kitchen Guild

The All Saints’ Kitchen Guild was established October 2010. Its mission is to facilitate cleanliness and safe food-handling by the many kitchen users. The Kitchen Guild strives to make the kitchen user-friendly while at the same time maintaining its guidelines.

The Kitchen Guild’s membership consists of at least one member of the Building and Grounds Committee and a representative from each user group. Currently, twenty All Saints’ groups are represented on the Guild including Facilities Director Mona Myers who represents the staff. To ensure parish-wide responsibility and oversight of our kitchen with built-in accountability, an Inspector General will provide for supervision along with four Kitchen Captains selected from the membership.

The supervisory positions are filled by the ad hoc Kitchen Committee:
Inspector General: Alan Stewart 512-797-1732 or alan190e@gmail.com
Kitchen Captains: Mark Ball 512-450-1523 or MEBL3@yahoo.com
Ruth Ann Lostracco 512-474-5228 or ralostracco@austin.rr.com
Mike McChesney 512-458-1862 or mike@roseproperties.com
Patti Woolery-Price 512-476-7643 or pattiwoo@aol.com

Hospitality

HEAVENLY HOSTS

Heavenly Hosts (HH) is All Saints’ lay hospitality ministry with approximately 25 participating members who help with setup, food preparation, serving, and cleanup.

When you sign up to join our team, this is how it works:
1) When an event is coming up, the Heavenly Hosts’ chairs will email all Heavenly Hosts’ members.
2) Members respond back via email if they are available to participate and state what food item(s) they can prepare (e.g., fruit; quick breads; cookies; cheese & crackers) and/or how they can assist with the setup/serving/and cleanup.
3) The day of the reception, the food items are brought to the kitchen where the HH volunteers begin setting up.

Please know that each time a request goes out for a celebratory or funeral reception, you are not obligated to participate, but at the same time, we need members who are willing to help as much as they are able.
Come join the HEAVENLY HOSTS team!!!

Want to know more about us?
Contacts:
Ruth Ann Lostracco ralostracco@gmail.com
or
Patti Woolery-Price pattiwoo@aol.com

Altar Guild

The All Saints’ Altar Guild continues our ministry of caring for the accoutrements of worship: from vessels to vestments to furnishings. Altar Guild members are trained for the procedures used in preparing for services in the church and chapel. Teams rotate on Sundays to serve for the week.

CONTACT: Donald Wertz 707-1929 donaldwertz@yahoo.com

Daughters of the King

Founded in 1885, The Order of the Daughters of the King is an order of women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, churches in communion with it, or churches in the Historic Episcopate. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, each Daughter takes a lifetime vow to live by the Rule of the Order. Our Rule of Life requires and our vision of the Daughters of the King, is to know Jesus Christ, to make Him known to others and to become reflections of God’s love throughout the world. A Daughter pledges herself to a life of prayer, service and evangelism, and she is dedicated to the spreading of Christ’s Kingdom and the strengthening of the spiritual life of her parish.

The Order of the Daughters of the King meets in the Library on the second Wednesday of the month in the Masterson Library, (Gregg House), on the second Sunday of the month (12:45 – 2:00 p.m.) and the second Wednesday of the month (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) which includes the Eucharist. We invite all women of the parish to come as our guests. Please contact Jill Walker at mcjwalker@sbcglobal.net or 512-382-9917 for further information or changes to our schedule.

(See also,The Order of the Junior Daughters of the King, Youth Ministries)

Usher Corps

The Usher Corps Ministry at All Saints’ is a group of dedicated men and women serving at the 9:00 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday services as well as special services. The group is broken up into 12 teams, each with a team captain. Six of the teams serve at 9:00 a.m. services and the other six serve at 11:30 a.m. services. Each Usher, therefore, serves once each six weeks. The duties of the Ushers include distributing Orders of Services and other literature for services, providing the clergy with the number attending each service, collecting and counting the offertory, controlling the flow of people during communion, and making sure the services run smoothly. We are always in need of new Ushers. It’s a great way to serve All Saints’ and to meet lots of new people! For those who might be interested in serving in this important ministry, please contact Michelle Carlson.

CONTACT: Michelle Carlson 512-750-9977 or mj2carlson@gmail.com

Meals on Wheels

All Saints' parishioners and staff deliver approximately 5,600 meals annually. We have supported Meals-On-Wheels since 1984, by providing noontime food deliveries to Austin's homebound elderly who can no longer cook for themselves. We now have 44 volunteer delivery drivers, organized into teams of four or five members. Each team member is responsible for delivering 12 hot, nutritious meals one day per month. Our delivery driver also offers a friendly "hello" and checks on the person's welfare. Sometimes, our driver is the only human contact the person receives all day.

CONTACT: Bobby Wright 451-7662 or rswrightjr@gmail.com

El Buen Samaritano

Volunteers deliver our non-perishable food items and donations once a week to El Buen Samaritano. We are grateful to parishioners for their weekly contributions and ask for your continued support for the coming year. Our goal is to deliver a trunk load, not a sack load, of items each week.

www.elbuen.org

Habitat for Humanity

All Saints' teams with other Episcopal Churches in the Austin area annually to provide a building crew and a lunch crew for at least one "Episcopal Build Day". The parish also contributes funds each year to Habitat for Humanity, Austin. To learn more about this ministry contact Brian Hopper.

Brian Hopper at 512-899-0750 or jubal@earthlink.net

PASTORAL CARE

If you have a Pastoral Care emergency, or pastoral need please contact our clergy:

The Rev. Mike Adams
Rector
512-476-3589 ext 104
mike@allsaints-austin.org

The Rev. Phil Nazro
Associate Rector
512-476-3589 ext 106
phil@allsaints-austin.org

The Rev. Beth Magill
University Missioner
Episcopal Student Center at The University of Texas
512-477-6839
bmagill@utepiscopal.org

Saints on Call

Saints On Call is a lay pastoral care ministry. Co-chairs Joyce Edwinson and Milton Bell receive the care needs and requests for practical assistance from The Rev. Mike Adams or from All Saints’ parishioners. Eight captains coordinate the care on a rotating weekly basis, recruiting caregivers from a list of volunteers and from the parish at large according to need, location, and availability.

Saints On Call provides the following assistance:

Food:
For bereaved individuals or families
For parishioners recovering from serious illness, surgery, or childbirth (usually meals for several days)

Transportation:
Rides to and from church for elderly and/or disabled parishioners
Rides to and from medical appointments for parishioners

Visits and phone calls:
To hospitalized, sick and/or homebound parishioners

Cards:
Get-well, sympathy, & birthday cards, and monthly notes to parishioners.

CONTACT: Joyce Edwinson 512-288-0754 jackandjoyce@sbcglobal.net or Milton Bell 512-454-2395 (Home) rmbell36@gmail.com

Lay Eucharistic Visitors

Lay Eucharistic Visitation continues to bless our homebound and hospitalized brothers and sisters. Lay Eucharistic Visitors are persons who take the Holy Eucharist to shut-ins or others who are unable to be present for Sunday worship. This is a ministry both necessary and extremely rewarding. Our practice has been to call on individual Eucharistic Visitors once every month or six weeks. Right now we have more people who are in need of this ministry than we have L.E.V.’s. If you would like to share in this ministry, please let Phil Nazro know. He will then set up a training class and get you aboard .

CONTACT: The Rev. A. Phillips Nazro: 476-3589, ext 106 phil@allsaints-austin.org

Loaves & Fishes

“As you do it unto the least of these, you do it unto me.”

Loaves & Fishes is a ministry of the entire congregation to less fortunate people in our community. Currently members of the congregation interview individuals on Tuesdays, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending when all resources are depleted.

Many members of the congregation participate by contributing to the purchase of HEB gift cards and by donating toiletries, Christmas cards, stamps, and other items. Another quartet of All Saints' members prepares and brings breakfast tacos every Tuesday around 7:30 a.m. and staffs the "Prayer Room" (aka the Masterson Library). The spiritual help offered in the Prayer Room between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. is as great as the assistance given with checks or HEB cards. Several parishioners and volunteer clergy offer to listen and pray with clients.

Congregational giving makes it possible to purchase discounted Capital Metro bus passes and HEB gift cards (which are used for a small payment on food or anything sold at HEB except tobacco, alcohol and the lottery) and for financial assistance. Financial assistance (seldom more than $25 and sometimes less) is given for rent, ID's, birth certificates, prescriptions not available at HEB, out-of-town transportation, glasses, textbooks and work boots.

Loaves & Fishes serves between 18 and 26 people each week, depending on the amount of assistance available. Clients are served on a first-come, first served basis; therefore, some arrive as early as 6:00 a.m. If there are more people than the allotted number (and there always are), those not served are given the opportunity to return the next week and are assured of being seen first. At times, we have had more than 50 people come and have had to turn some away for two successive weeks.

Because of the connection with other Micah 6 churches, Loaves & Fishes has participated in a cooperative effort to assist some individuals. Also, information is being shared with regard to ways to help some of our mutual clients more effectively. All Saints' has become a founding member of the Micah 6 Food Pantry, housed in University Baptist Church. Because more food can be acquired through the Food Pantry than with HEB gift cards, clients with large families are directed there instead of being given the gift cards. Also, Loaves & Fishes contributes to the Micah 6 Food Pantry in the name of All Saints' Episcopal Church.

Another important part of this ministry is to see Christ in the people who come for assistance and to show them options they may have been too overwhelmed to discover. All of us who have personal contact with the clients, however, gain more than they when we observe the strength, perseverance and faith many of them exhibit in handling the difficulties of their lives.

CONTACT: Please call 512-476-3589 for more information.
If you have any questions about Loaves & Fishes contact Coordinator: Amy Pro at apro@austin.rr.com

Grace Ministry

Mission Statement: Extending God's love through presence, listening, and spiritual support.

Grace Ministry is a lay pastoral care program intended to provide parishioners with a supportive, caring presence during difficult times. Not meant to replace the pastoral care of the clergy, Grace Ministry will be an extension of pastoral care and an integral piece of the community of caring in All Saints' Church. Grace Ministers will be available to meet with fellow parishioners and provide a one to one, confidential, empathetic listening presence, with an intentional, spiritual component. "Grace is love in action," wrote Dr. Gerald May and it is the intent of Grace Ministry to be a vehicle for sharing God's love with parishioners. Many circumstances might prompt a request for a Grace Partner. They range from joyful occasions, such as welcoming a new child into the household, to sorrowful ones, such as death of a spouse. In addition, Grace Partners may be of help when a parishioner wants to talk about spiritual issues.

Grace Ministers are not counselors, however, they have had extensive training in empathetic listening, spiritual practice, community resources, the grief process and a myriad of other topics and participate in ongoing continuing education at their meetings. Other caregiving ministries, outreach as well as inreach, such as Saints On Call, Lay Eucharistic Visitors, and Loaves & Fishes, are also invited to attend these presentations as appropriate for their missions.

Grace Ministry is completely confidential. If you are interested in either participating in this parish ministry, or visiting with a Grace Minister

CONTACT: The Rev. Mike Adams at (512)476-3589, ext. 104 mike@allsaints-austin.org or
Dick LeVan at (512)451-4772 dick.levan@austin.utexas.edu

Lectors and Chalice Bearers

Lectors and Chalice Bearers are specially trained and licensed members of the congregation whose main purpose is to assist clergy in the liturgy of the church. These members typically serve at the 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. Sunday morning services and at the 5:30 p.m. service on Sunday evening. Lectors are responsible for preparing for, and reading, the scripture lessons and leading the reading of the psalms at the various church services when the psalm is not sung. They also assist clergy by bearing chalice (serving the congregation the wine) during the Eucharist at the Sunday services and any other special services at which the Eucharist is celebrated. The Chalice Bearers generally lead the congregation in the Prayers of the People during the Rite I and Rite II services. Depending upon the particular service at which the Lectors and Chalice Bearers participate, they may be functioning as acolytes and crucifers as well. Lectors and Chalice Bearers may also be called upon to assist clergy during weddings and funerals.

CONTACT: Mary Hemby 512-312-5310(H) 512-423-8011(C) mhemby@yahoo.com

Bridge Ministry

This an Addiction Recovery Ministry

The Bridge Ministry Team provides a compassionate ministry to those who suffer from the disease of addiction by:


  • Presenting education programs aimed at improving awareness of the disease of addiction.
  • Offering confidential support to those who seek recovery for themselves or for their loved ones.
  • Developing a library of resources and information on organizations to promote recovery.
  • Participating in the celebration of personal growth and recovery.

Team members are not counselors, but are a confidential link to community resources.

For more information contact our Bridge Ministry Team Members
Bruce Bennett 512-496-9400
Marion Callahan 409-201-5203
Bill McLellan 512-633-8471
Ed Myers 512-569-3663
Beverly Pond 512-451-6156
James Williamson 512-820-7710
Deacon Ed Woolery-Price 512-476-7643
The Rev. Mike Adams 512-476-3589, ext 104


Outreach

Following our long-held tradition, members of All Saints’ parish were out in force to provide support and friendship to our less fortunate neighbors. Our outreach efforts include Loaves & Fishes, Meals-On-Wheels, Micah 6 Food Pantry, Freeze Night, El Buen Samaritano, Habitat For Humanity, Crop Walk, Refugee Resettlement Services, Released Prisoner Mentoring Ministry, All Saints’ Earthlings, and the Episcopal Public Policy Network continue to receive our volunteer services and/or funding on a regular basis. The committee is always receptive to new ideas and projects, as All Saints’ parishioners are ready to generously support a worthy cause.
“Let us go forth in the world, to love and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God!”

Contact Bobby Wright, Outreach Committee Chair
512-451-7662 or rswrightjr@gmail.com

Adult Education

Adult Christian Education and Spiritual Formation offers seasonal offerings, not only on Sundays and Wednesdays, but throughout the week as well. Our offerings make full use of our unique location. We access professionals from UT, the Episcopal and others seminaries, Seton Cove, and our many talented in-parish professionals.

Acolytes

The All Saints’ Acolyte program functions as a component of our youth ministry along with Sunday School and the EYC. Acolyting presents a visible and tangible way that the youth serve the parish as well as a way that they participate in stewardship ­ by offering their time and talent.

The acolyte program at All Saint’s is philosophically part of our youth ministry. Acolytes rotate among four acolyte roles and among our two Sunday services. Acolytes, thus, have an opportunity to serve as Crucifer/Altar Server, Gospel Server, Gospel Torch, and Epistle Torch, as well as participate in Rite I and Rite II services. With this approach, we seek to instill in the youth that all roles at the altar are important and that serving your parish when it needs you represents true service.

We do just-in-time on-the-job training. New acolytes review and rehearse their roles 20-30 minutes before their Sunday morning service, focusing on what to do and how to serve with the appropriate decorum and posture.

Acolyte Sponsors support the acolyte program (1) by ensuring teams are ready before services and (2) by assisting with acolyte training. Additionally sponsors facilitate rapport and communication with other groups who serve at the altar.Sponsors get on-the-job training also so no previous acolyting experience is necessary.

Fundraisers are held periodically to subsidize some costs of the trip to the National Acolyte Festival. We take advantage of our location by offering the church parking lot for the UT home football games asking for freewill donations.

We welcome all parishioners to become involved with the Acolyte ministry, especially youth of acolyting age (11+ years old) and their parents. We are ready to help you serve in this ministry.


CONTACT: Patricia Goubil-Gambrell 751-5723 pgg@utexas.edu

Service Times

Sunday
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Friday