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God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. – Revelation 21:4Worship with us
Fall is a wonderful time of year. The change in the season is energizing and with the holidays looming, it is a good time to step outside routine and think about the power of change. Fall is also one of the busiest seasons at River City Food Bank. We have particular need for volunteers to work as “personal shoppers,” stockroom sorters and organizers, and greeters. We also need a reliable volunteer to assist our driver on his daily pick-up route. There are no physical restrictions for greeters. Personal shoppers and stockroom volunteers do some lifting of 25 lbs.
RCFB is a volunteer powered organization. Our volunteers come from a myriad of backgrounds and skills, but one thing they all have in common is the feeling of fulfillment they get when they step out to help someone in need. We work five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 11 am to 3:00 pm. If you are interested in joining us, please call our Volunteer Coordinator, Jena Robinson, at
407-421-7934 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. Help us make a difference in the lives of others!
All Saints Church Women will sponsor a book sale in the Parish Hall on Thursday through Saturday, October 16th through October 18th, daily from 11AM to 2PM. The sale includes fiction, non-fiction,children’s books, collectors items mostly next to new. Prices are $.50 to $2.00. Everyone is invited to browse and buy.
The water drive for the homeless was a great success this summer. Thanks to John Miller, those who came to All Saints for bags of food were also given a bottle of cold water—because John kept them in the refrigerator. Since we received so much bottled water, Virginia McNeely offered to take some to Loaves and Fishes. Again, thank you for your donations.
Our D.O.K. chapter continues to study and enjoy The Good Book by Peter J. Gomes. We are reading and discussing the section entitled, “Use and Abuse of the Bible,” in which the author observes that “the Bible is a hard text.” He covers the subjects of temperance, race, women, and sexuality. This book is available on Kindle and also in book form at Amazon. It is well worth reading, as it addresses many of the questions we all have about the Bible.
We are discussing with Virginia McNeely the possibility of holding a quiet day at the beginning of the holiday season. There will be more information about this in the Sunday Announcement sheet.
Holy Wisdom Chapter meets the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the church workroom. Come visit us! A warm welcome awaits you.
In This article from the October 2014 Crown, Co-Rector Michael Monnot writes about some wonderful new ministries at All Saints
As I write this, I can look our of the window toward the construction going on outside, right across the alley. Our new community garden is going up, thanks to the planning and hard work of a number of the members of our congregation, as well as the generosity of a few individuals and a grant from Episcopal Community Services. I especially want to thank two individuals, Ingrid McCord and Virginia McNeely. Read more
All Saints Episcopal Church
2076 Sutterville Road
Sacramento, California 95822
8:00 am Sunday Holy Eucharist, Rite II
9:15 am Sunday Adult Bible Study
10:00 am Sunday Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Nursery and Sunday School at the 10 am service.
All Saints Church is located across the street from Sacramento City College. Each semester we offer students the opportunity to purchase a pass to park in our parking lot Monday through Friday from 7:00 to 4:00. For more information see our parking pass information page.
I evicted our tenants early this week. I want to tell you about it.
There were three people, plus a dog, who have had no better place than our courtyard to call home. Before they came to sleep in our courtyard, I saw them around the neighborhood. There is an older lady, Judy, who would always be pushing her walker, slowly trudging along. Her face is brown and lined, weathered from years living outside. Her hair is grayish, but really colorless. Her eyes, also, are pale. Her walker is one of those with wheels and brakes, although I can’t tell how much she really needs it and how much it is a convenient way to haul her things, like a parent who brings a stroller even after the child is old enough to walk. The stroller is full of diaper bags, snacks, and toys. The walker has clothing draped over it and bags hanging onto it.
A young man, Judy’s son, often wears some kind of costume–a flag draped as a cape, perhaps, with no shirt and feathers in his hair. He told me once that his Native American name is Raven. He seems to have some kind of cognitive or mental disabilities. He is usually in front of Judy, walking more quickly, pulled along by the dog. They have a muzzle for the dog–a little cage that goes over its nose. Read more
But maybe that says something about the nature of true religion. Maybe true religion has more to do with the way we respond to God and less to do with God wowing us with miracles. It’s one thing to respond when we see a miracle: a burning bush, a new baby, a sunrise. But it’s another thing to respond to God when we have to struggle for justice, or work hard to keep our families safe and happy, or when we feel frightened and powerless.
Sermon by the Rev. Betsey Monnot
Do you ever feel scared, or worried, or apprehensive, when you’re in a new situation–something that, whether you chose it or whether it happened to you, by its nature, you can’t predict the outcome of? Something that will be deeply challenging and may result in you getting hurt or losing the trust and admiration of people you care about? Or may even end up with your death?
It’s only natural to feel that way. I certainly do. And so I tend to do everything I can to mitigate the risk. I’ll plan, try to imagine what might happen, arrange things ahead of time so that there are as few uncontrolled factors as possible. I’ll talk to people who have done what I’m thinking about doing, and learn what they did and what they wished they had known beforehand. I’ll do a lot of preparation. But then when the time comes, I have to step out and do it, and it may or may not go the way I thought it would. Read more