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My Soul

My soul waits

More than the tired wait

For night so they may sleep

More than a child waits to

Tell a secret they just can't keep

More than a commuter

Waits for the morning train

More than a flower waits

For a gentle spring rain

More than a new mother

Waits for the apgar score

More than the waves wait

To reach the shore

More than a fisherman waits

To fish with his new rod and reel

More than a spider waits

For its next meal

More than a band waits

To rock and roll

More than the watchmen wait

For the morning, for the Lord,

Waits my soul.

written by: Chuck Kean

News of Note

Cherub Bell Choir Begins

Our new Cherub Bell Choir will begin rehearsals Sunday, Sept. 16. If you have a child in Kindergarten through 5th-grade children who would like to participate, have them join us Sunday at 12:15 p.m. A light lunch will be provided, followed immediately by rehearsal, concluding at 1 p.m. This choir is designed especially for children to learn how to play an instrument in a relaxed setting. Using color-coded flashcards, children learn to play the bells, later translating that skill to the page with color-coded music. For more information contact Lauren Grangaard.

"Real Love" Program to be Offered

Youth Ministry will host a program at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 for 8th– through 12th-grade teens and their parents in the Parish Hall on “Real Love Is For Real: A Program on Christian Sexuality & Morality.” This 90-minute presentation is grounded on four core tenants:

1) If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything;

2) “No” is a love word;

3) Choose chastity; and

4) Trust the love.

Pam Heil, a Worthington resident and leading speaker, author and innovator in Youth & Young Adult Ministry will lead this engaging, interactive program. Help kids commit to a personal morality that leads to true love. Cost is $5 per person. Teens must have at least one parent attending with them. Lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m. immediately preceding the program. Please RSVP by Sept. 19 to Jill Reardon or on the Instant Sign-up in Sunday’s bulletin.

Thrivent Choice Dollars

Thrivent members must designate Choice Dollars each year in order for your donation dollars to be directed to your ministry of choice.

Why Is the Church Concerned About Voting?

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us, “The ELCA is a church called by Jesus Christ to be a public witness to the love of God poured out for all.” Martin Luther taught us that when we ask God to give us our daily bread, this includes “everything that pertains to the regulation of our domestic and our civil or political affairs.” As Lutherans, we are to engage those who govern. We are to participate in thoughtful and informed deliberation and decision making. We are to evaluate our government according to its ability to provide for the common good. In 2013, the ELCA Churchwide Assembly adopted a social policy resolution calling on members, congregations, and synods to engage in local efforts such as voter registration and the promotion of legislation to guarantee the right to vote to all citizens. In support of this initiative, participants in the All Saints Justice Ministry are exploring and will implement measures to facilitate voter registration and voting. More information will be forthcoming. If you wish to join this effort, please contact Joanna Huffer.

Bishop Eaton prays for us and our work with these words: “May the Holy Spirit guide you as you consider how to use the voice given to you by God and the vote given to you by this country.”

Save the Date

In preparation for the kick-off of our Ignite Faith Together Vision Campaign, we will gather for a prayer vigil at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. We will walk together throughout the church building to pray over the ministries of our church as well as the Vision Appeal itself. Plan now to join us as we seek God's guidance and blessing on this undertaking.

Worship

Worship Schedule

8:15, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Traditional worship

Holy Communion is observed on 1st and 3rd Sundays at 8:15 a.m.;

2nd and 4th Sundays at 9:30 a.m.;

and every Sunday at 11 a.m.

9:30 a.m. The Gathering Contemporary worship

Holy Communion is observed on 2nd and 4th Sundays in The Gathering.

Learning Opportunities

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 meets 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

How to Survive a Shipwreck

Life is turbulent - on that we can all agree. Dashed dreams. Broken relationships. Wounds from the past. There are so many ways life can send us crashing against the rocks. So when life leaves you shipwrecked, what can you do? The good news is that help is on the way and love is already here.

Join Pastor Mike and Rick Bradley for How to Survive a Shipwreck beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18. Based on the book by Jonathan Martin, this six-week class will help you trust in God’s goodness more profoundly and discover the resilience of your own soul.

Cross Training

5:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 13

Beginning a new 6-session study using the book ”If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat” by John Ortberg. This study will help us answer Christ’s call to greater faith, power-filled deeds, and a new way of knowing how to discern God’s call, transcend fear, risk faith, manage failure, and trust God. Relating to the story in Matthew 14 to life today we will consider the incredible potential that awaits us outside our comfort zone.

Tuesday A.M. Bible Study

9:45 a.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 11

The season will begin with “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young

Contact Chris Holmberg for more information.

Wednesday A.M. Women’s Bible Study

10 a.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 12

Beginning a new study “Jonah: Navigating A Life Interrupted”

Interruptions. They shock us; they shake us; they compel us to change. You can’t escape life’s interruptions, but you can change your perspective on them.

Dive into the study of Jonah and discover that what you see as an interruption may truly be God’s divine invitation to a life so much bigger than you can imagine.

Children’s Sunday School

Children's and Youth Sunday School classes will resume at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9.

Middle School Sunday School

We will begin a new Sunday School curriculum “Re:FORM.” Our middle school students will be able to participate in engaging conversations on topics such as:

-- Is God male?

-- If there is only one God, why are there so many religions?

-- Why should I pray when God doesn’t answer all my prayers?

We hope your 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-graders will join us!

Fellowship Opportunities

2019 High School Mission Trip

If you have a student in 8th through 12th grade who would like to participate in the 2019 Mission Trip to Hazlet, NJ, please contact Lisa Brooks.

Welcome Table

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

Moms' Day Out is underway and we are currently filling a Wednesday group. Groups can be held any weekday if there are at least eight participating families. Contact Ruth Ford for more information.

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Centering Prayer

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 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays

Joy! rehearsals 7:15 p.m., Tuesdays

(alternate weeks 6 p.m., Wednesdays)

Bell Choir: rehearsals 6:15 p.m., Wednesdays

Cherub Bell Choir: rehearsals 12:15 p.m., Sundays

How to Give Back

Kroger Loyalty Rewards Help Support High School Mission

Looking for an easy way to help support our High School Mission Trips? Do you shop at Kroger? You can designate your loyalty rewards to benefit All Saints Lutheran Church. The rewards percentages we receive will go to help offset the cost of high school mission trips.

Here’s how to sign up to use the Kroger Community Rewards program: visit http://www.kroger.com. Click the tab “Savings and Rewards,” then go to “Kroger Community Rewards”, then select “I Am A Customer.” Once logged into your account, you can search for ALL SAINTS LUTHERAN CHURCH either by name or by code: KC392 and then click “Enroll.” New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a registered Kroger loyalty rewards card.

*Customers who do not yet have a registered Kroger loyalty rewards card may obtain one at the customer service desk at any Kroger store

*Your rewards card must be swiped or associated phone number given with EACH purchase to count towards All Saints High School Youth Mission Trips.

Produce for Pantries

As your gardens 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 September is boxed cereal.

Look for the "Worthington Resource Pantry" bin in the main office hallway.

Student Success Stores Food Drive

As September is recognized as National Hunger Action Month, Student Success Stores is focusing on providing food items to be made available to students at Columbus Global Academy and Wedgewood Middle School who utilize the anonymous free store located at their school. These items will assist student's families who are food insecure. Items will be collected through Sept. 30. Please bring donations to the brown bin in the main office hallway.

Items being collected:

Rice (basmati, white, brown, yellow)

Oil

Flour

Dry beans

Pasta

Powdered milk

Canned tuna

Tomato paste

Diced tomateos

Broth (chicken, beef, or vegetable)

Peanut butter

Dates

Potatoes (canned or instant)

Canned vegetables

Cereal

Granola bars

Opportunities to Serve

LSS Food Pantry: Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed 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, September 16, 2018, Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary Texts: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 116:1-9; James 3:1-12; Mark 8:27-38.

8:15 a.m. Chancel Choir; Holy Communion.

9:30 a.m. Special Music.

11 a.m. Joy!, Holy Communion.

9:30 a.m. Contemporary.