All Saints’ Episcopal Church
We welcome, serve and love all unconditionally
through Jesus Christ
THIS WEEK AT ALL SAINTS:
From the Rector:
It has been a little more than a month since our last Newsbytes. I hope you all are well. In that time, many changes have occurred. COVID-19 infections are still on the rise, economic and social unrest continues to challenge us. We all want to convene again in person but until South Carolina sees a 14-day decrease, we will continue to stream online each Sunday morning at 10:30 am. As of today, SC has close to 19,000 cases with a 52% increase in Laurens County alone from last week. I hope we are all trying to be part of the solution to see a decrease. I pray you are being safe; staying at home when you can, keeping away from large gatherings, washing your hands, and wearing a face covering whenever you are out. You may feel you’re the only one wearing a mask in a store but wear it as a witness to others because you want to protect them.
Our senior warden is working on a letter to send out reminding you of First Sunday offerings. Since we have not worshiped together, we have not been able to send funds to the groups we support each month. His letter will be a reminder to you with a way to continue to support our community and its ministries. I also remind you to keep your pledge up as you can. Our bills continue to have to be paid.
But all is not doom and gloom! Two outreach opportunities are taking place this summer.
The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for those blessings. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion. This year all contributions are being collected by doing an episGOpal walk, run or ride. The funds will be given away to support Episcopal/Anglican ministries directly responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn. More information can be found at https://www.unitedthankoffering.com/race/ #episGOpalrace All Saints’ plans to do a bike ride of approximately 14 miles on July 25th or 26th. We will limit the number to 10 to ride together, so please let me know if you’d like to participate. You are also welcome to do a walk, run or ride on your own.
Secondly, the Flight of the Dove bicycle ride to raise money for Hospice of Laurens County will take place virtually August 1st – 8th. You sign up and complete the ride of your choice on your own during those 7 days. All Saints’ will have a small group to join in this ride as well.
Finally, please keep our nation, our state and county in your prayers. Also keep All Saints’ in your prayers. I hope you will use the parish prayer list as a way to pray. Please call and take care of one another.
June 21st, the Third Sunday after Pentecost (Father’s Day)
Psalm 69: 8-11, (12-17), 18-20
These links will provide you with the text for our online worship this Sunday by clicking on them directly.
ALL SAINTS’ NEWS:
The First Sunday Outreach Offering is going to support the ministry of the Laurens County Memorial Home for the month of July.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
June 16 – Anna Kiley
June 17 – Cindy Perry
June 21 – Judi Bishop
June 24 – Forrest Adair
June 25 – Lila McKean
June 26 – Sam Wilson
June 27 – Dot Wilson
The flowers on the altar are given to the Glory of God in memory of Marion Prater.
Parish Prayer List
To add or remove names, contact one of the following
Neal Prater at 833-1545 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Alicia Davis at 803-360-5247 or email@example.com
Please pray for: +Mikell & Hal Stribling; Devon Stewart; +LeAnn Watson; Ted Watson; Virginia Sides; Whitney McDuffie; Bo White; Ian Pearson; Nicole McAlister; Pam Davis; +Leslie Anne Jackson; Walter Appleby; +Jessica Parris; Bill Barrus; Phillip Clark; Jean Hess; Murray Handback; Pamela Waite; +Lois Wilson; Faye Bennett; +Mac Howe; Tom Gallagher; Haddon Norris; Toni Sharle Bates; Dana Harwell; Jimmy Sullivan; Linda Caplan; Donna Rinehart; Marcia Bronson; Beverly Keen; Diane Gouge; Sheila Sears; Andrew Pearson.