Is the journey too much for you?
Do you feel overwhelmed and overburdened? Does it feel like life has become too much to bear? Or, sometimes do you feel like things are going well, and then WHAM! out of nowhere, you feel like you get blindsided by a crisis, or the bottom suddenly drops out of a situation?
While it is very hard to understand the "Why?" of life's twists and turns, we can take comfort in the fact that we belong to our heavenly Father, and that he cares about our lives and our troubles. He does not leave us without his love and strength to surround and accompany us. The devotional "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young reminds us that we are "always enveloped in Peace, which is inherent in My Presence." This week's Old Testament reading tells us that an angel came to Elijah and told him to "Get up and eat [food and drink that God had provided for him], otherwise the journey will be too much for you." (1 Kings 19:4-8)
Sometimes years later we can see how God walked through a difficult situation with us. Because we have traveled the road with God's help, we then can have greater empathy for someone else who may be in the midst of a similar trouble. God gives us insight to be better able to relate to and share with that person how we saw God work it through in our own lives, thereby encouraging them.
I have experienced being comforted and encouraged by friends who stood by me and prayed for me because, having been through similar experiences, they understood my struggles. Through their encouragement, I was better able to receive refreshment from God. I pray that you allow God to refresh you through his own provision, and through the encouragement you receive from others -- so that you can, with his help, withstand the journey.
News of Note
All Saints Preschool Openings
All Saints offers a part time preschool program for 3- to 5- year olds. Currently there are a couple openings in our for 4-year old class. Children must be 4 years old by Sept. 30. The 4-year olds meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9-11:30 a.m. We also have a few openings in our 5’s class which meets Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Children in this class must be 5 years old by Dec. 30. If you would like to tour our preschool or learn more, please contact Suzy Eakin in the preschool office.
We have several orphan serving dishes and containers left at church from food having been brought in them for potluck meals, etc. If you are missing a dish or container, check the kitchen counters for your missing item. Those items still remaining unclaimed will be put out at a "FREE" table on Sunday, spet. 9 or will be donated.
Help us put on a Party! (at First English)
All Saints and Lord of Life Lutheran are excited to be partnering again for a fifth year to host a block party at First English Lutheran Church, located at 1015 East Main Street, Columbus (corner of E. Main and 22nd Streets). This year's party will be from 5 - 7 p.m. on Friday, August 17.
This is a huge community-building event with several hundred folks attending. The streets will be closed off around the church for maximum space to party! There will be a D.J. pumping out great tunes, dancing in the streets, popcorn, shooting hoops and game activities for children. Our menu will include grilled burgers and hot dogs with buns / fixings, cole slaw, grilled veggies, baked beans, chips, watermelon, cookies, cupcakes and lemonade.
We need your VOLUNTEER HELP. Your time and talents are essential to help make this party a success. At least 30 volunteers are needed to help set up, grill, cook, slice watermelon, serve, play with the children and mingle with our neighbors. Sign up here to donate food or to assist in your choice area of serving (be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the sheet for all available choices). Sign-up sheets will also be available in the narthex hallway on Sunday.
We also welcome monetary donations: you can donate through our website, or donate by check payable to All Saints (write "Block Party" on the memo).
This is an incredible opportunity for our churches to partner in reaching out to our neighbors with the love of Christ in a tangible way. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact Jim and Joanna Huffer.
Kindergarten Milestone: 10 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 26
Celebrate with us as we recognize our students who will begin Kindergarten this Fall. If you have a student who will be entering Kindergarten and would like to participate in the Milestone recognition, please contact Lisa Brooks.
Blessing of the Backpacks: 10 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 26
Seasoned Saints Begin Again
The 2018-19 schedule of events will get underway again at noon on Sept. 12 (note this is the second Wednesday) with a luncheon and program. We invite you to join us. We will welcome Dr. Violet Meek, who will be presenting “Mr. Lincoln’s Newspaper”. More than just a look at Abraham Lincoln, this program brings into focus the impact of media and communications over the years on politics and the lives of people. This program, originally scheduled for February, was canceled due to weather. Catered luncheon is $10; contact Arlene Belter to sign up or you may write your name on the bulletin board in the Gathering Area.
Summer Worship Schedule
Sundays through September 2
8:15 and 10 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:30 am. "The Gathering" Contemporary worship
Holy Communion is observed 1st and 3rd Sundays at 8:15 a.m.;
and every Sunday at 10 a.m.
2nd and 4th Sundays in The Gathering
5 Things at All Saints
Highlighting news bits of which you should be aware as well as upcoming events, "5 Things at All Saints" is a fun, quick look at some pertinent information that you won't want to miss. Find a link on YouTube or on our Facebook page.To be sure you don't miss the latest, subscribe to our YouTube channel (click the "Subscribe" button just below the YouTube video) and then click the bell icon at the right to be notified of new postings.
Adult Sunday School
Adult Sunday School will resume at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9. Meeting in Rooms 12/14, they will begin a new five-session study, "Life Among Pagans," by Ray Vander Laan. Discover how to live in a dechristianzed world: our day mirrors those when Paul lived in Athens and Corinth.
-- Engaging the Mind: Paul in the Stoa of Athens
-- Engaging the Heart: Paul Before the Areopagus
-- Turning Weakness into Strength
-- The Lord's Supper: Discerning the Body
-- Transforming the Chaos
Sunday School Fall Kick-off: Sunday, August 26
Children's and Youth Sunday School classes will resume at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9.
High School Appreciation Luncheon and
2019 Mission Trip Parent Meeting
12:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9
Dinner is served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month. Please join us as we host our community friends and fellowship with our community over a great meal. Contact Ruth Ford with any questions or to get involved with this ministry.
Moms' Day Out
Groups are currently forming for Moms' Day Out, which will begin in late August or early September. We are filling a Wednesday group, and have openings in a newly forming Tuesday group. Groups can be held any weekday if there are at least eight participating families. Contact Ruth Ford for more information.
Columbus Crew: Faith and Family Night
Join other soccer fans for Faith and Family Night with the Columbus Crew on Aug. 11 at Mapfre Stadium. Game time is at 7:30 p.m. against the Houston Dynamos. Visit this link to purchase tickets and for more information.
WIN International Picnic
Worthington Interfaith Neighbors will host its third annual International Picnic Potluck from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 at Selby Park, 358 N. Selby Blvd., Worthington. The event is family friendly and drug and alcohol free. Beverages and table ware will be provided. Bring a dish to share and a blanket or lawn chairs.
How Can I Get Involved?
Depending on your interests, there are many opportunities to be a part of the fun here at All Saints.
High School Youth
Meets every Sunday evening at 6 p.m. Contact Lisa Brooks for more information. We have many fun activities both on-site and off, and gather for engaging conversation.
See "How to Give Back" below
Yoga and Pilates
Meets: Mondays at 6 p.m.
Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. (Pilates)
Thursdays at 10:45 a.m. (Gentle Yoga)
Contact Jane Karras for more information.
Daily Morning Prayer
Meets at 8:30 a.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Contact Pastor Mike Weaver for more information.
Meets at 7 p.m. every Thursday in the Youth Room. Contact Scott Heller for more information.
Music and Choirs
We offer a wide variety of age-level and interest-focused choirs and musical opportunities. Contact Lauren Grangaard for more information.
Chancel Choir: rehearsals resume 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 22
Joy! rehearsals resume 7:15 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28
(alternate weeks 6 p.m., Wednesdays)
Bell Choir: rehearsals resume 6:15 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29
Choirs resume participation in worship on Sunday, Sept. 9
How to Give Back
Produce for Pantries
As your garden begins to produce, please consider dropping off any extra veggies fore the Worthington Resource Pantry. Items can be left in the basket on the table near the blue bin, and marked "Resource Pantry."
The Worthington Resource Pantry focus for August is canned vegetables.
Drop off your donations in the blue food pantry bin in the main office hallway.
Student Success Stores Shoe Collection
Student Success Stores is having a “Shoes For School” donation drive. They are looking for trendy, new or gently used shoes, all sizes in both mens’ and womens’, to benefit students served by the Success Stores. Donations can be dropped off in the brown bin near the church office.
Opportunities to Serve
LSS Food Pantry: Volunteers Needed
Are you looking for activities to keep your family busy during the summer while school is out? We need volunteers for the Food Pantry distribution locations.
Champion Avenue, third Fridays, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Delaware (London Road): second, fourth & fifth Tuesdays, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.
For more information about any of these opportunities, contact Ruth Ford.
Sunday, August 12, 2018, Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Lectionary Texts: 1 Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 34:1-8; Ephesians 4:25 - 5:2; John 6:35, 41-51.
8:15 a.m. Special Music.
10 a.m. Special Music; Holy Communion.
9:30 a.m. Contemporary; Holy Communion.