November 2012 Newsletter

This is All Saints’ newsletter for November 2012.

+ Calendar

+ Pastor’s article

+ ELCA “Hunger Rumblings” blog

+ 20-30s group

+ 39+ group

Good Soil Groups

Curious what Good Soil groups will be reading next? Click here for a Fall 2012 schedule.

Note for November, All Saints is NO longer a polling place.


Sunday Learning:  All Saints’ weekly learning for all ages began September 9th.  It is at 9 am before worship. Everyone under 10 years old is invited to All Saints’ One Room Sunday School.


Thank you for all who contributed to the Adopt-a-Bill Resealing Project. Without you, this couldn’t have been accomplished in such a timely fashion. Thanks – Worship Ministry Team

Do you like to see the church decorated for the Advent and Christmas season? If so, we need your help! On Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012 at 4:00 pm All men (or women) of the congregation are invited to set up the Christmas Tree and put lights on it. On Nov. 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm everyone is invited to help decorate the church for Advent and Christmas. We will be trimming the tree, hanging wreaths, and decorating the sanctuary and gathering space for the season. All are welcome! Please let Kristen Reece know if you plan on attending.


The Altar Guild is in need of additional people to help with communion set up/clean up on Sunday mornings, as well as baking communion bread. Contact Ellen Bloomingdale, Barb Stadie, Diane Radloff or Marilyn Oliver if you can help.


Daylight Savings Time for most of the US, including our area, will end on 11/4/12. This means that we turn our clocks back an hour to 1 am when our clocks reach 1:59 a.m. on Sunday, 11/4.


Veterans Day (Armistice Day) falls on Sunday, November 11, and will be observed on Monday, 11/12/12. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect ending WW 1, thus resulting in the name Armistice Day.  On June 1, 1954, Congress approved the name change from Armistice Day to Veterans’ Day, and November 11 became a day to honor all American veterans, where ever and whenever they had served. 


Thanksgiving Day  2012 is Thursday, November 22.  We pray that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving shared with friends and family and filled with all God’s blessings. Praise God for his goodness and mercy.  Thanksgiving Worship will be on Thanksgiving Eve, 11/21, at 7 p.m.


Some dates of importance:
11/03 (8a-2p)                                   All Saints Rummage Sale                    (volunteers to work the day of the sale still needed)

11/04 (9a)                                         New Vision Team Open Forum)

11/10 (9a-1p)                                        Core Values Writing Retreat

11/11                                                      Veteran Day (Armistice Day)

11/21 (7p)                                                 Thanksgiving Eve Worship

11/22                                                                         Thanksgiving Day

11/25 (4p)                                                    Good Soil Holiday Break

Christmas Tree set-up & hanging lights

11/30 (5p)                                                       Decorate tree & church

12/02                   Potluck & Semi-annual Congregational Meeting

12/05, 12/12, 12/19 (7p)                        Advent mid-week services

12/08 (4-7p)                                 “Night in Bethlehem” live nativity

12/24 (7p)                                                      Christmas Eve Worship

12/25                                                       NO Christmas Day Worship


Men’s Choir is always looking for men who like to sing.  Come and join us! We practice Sundays from 8:30-9:00 a.m.


All Saints Fall Rummage Sale – Sat., November 3rd, 8 am to 2 pm.  We will have a Sign-up Sheet for volunteers to work the sale or if you are willing to help organize and price donations. If you would like to bring anything for the sale early, we will

have a classroom to store articles until the sale. If you have some items you would like to donate and need assistance getting them to the church, call and let the church office know. We hope to have a volunteer to come and pick them up. If you don’t have any items to donate, a check made out to “All Saints Lutheran Church – rummage sale” will be gladly accepted.  We will be having adult clothing as well as children’s clothes for sale. With the cold weather arriving and increased demands of the food pantry – we see the need to help out those in need.

Other items you may want to donate to the sale:

Antiques, Appliances – small, Accessories / Ties, belts, purses, Baby items, Baskets,  Books, Candles, Children’s Books, Children’s & Adult Clothes, Collectibles – knick knacks, Games and Puzzles, Glassware, Jewelry, Linens, Lotion – Perfumes, Miscellaneous items, Pots and pans – kitchen items, Religious books and items, Seasonal Items for example: Christmas decorations, Shoes, Stationary / Paper Products – Cards, Bows, Art supplies, Tools, Toys. Be sure the items donated are clean and not damaged. Contact Anne Holtan for more details.


November 39+ will be on Sunday, 11/11, around 8:15 a.m. at Mickey’s Country Cafe, 24487 Valley Drive, Pleasant Valley, Iowa.

Hope to see you there!


On Sunday, December 2nd, All Saints will have a potluck following by the Semi-annual Congregational Meeting.  The potluck will begin after worship, and the meeting will follow.  Please make plans to attend.  The next Congregational Meeting will be May 5, 2013.


On Saturday, December 8th, 4-7 pm, All Saints will present “A Night in Bethlehem” living nativity.  Be sure to SAVE the DATE and also see how you can participate.  More information to follow.


New Vision Team

The New Vision Team visited Seeds of Faith in Lisbon, Iowa on Thursday, October 25th to discuss their current redevelopment process. The New Vision Team gave a presentation about redevelopment and talked about our experiences with the process. Seeds of Faith were very appreciative and said they took away a lot of great information. If you are interested in learning more about the New Vision Team and what we are doing, please join us on Sunday, November 4th at 9 am for an open forum.


On Saturday, November 10th, from 9 a.m. – 1 pm, members of the congregation will be meeting to compose All Saints’ core values. This writing retreat is another great opportunity for you to be a part of the redevelopment process. Mark your calendars and we will see you there as all are welcomed.

Starting in November, please check out the New Vision Team bulletin board in the gathering area. This will provide you with updates on what the New Vision Team is up to and when we are meeting. You will also find information about All Saints members to help us all get to know each other better.

Please feel free to ask questions or give suggestions to the New Vision Team (Katey Krull, Tim Sampiller, Julie Schoville and Pastor Clark). You can also find more information online at

All Saints’ God-given purpose is…

        Igniting people—

                   passionate for God’s Word,

                                     real relationships,

                                                and prayer—

       who boldly transform our neighborhoods

                                                    with love and hope.

Announcements from Our Friends

 SoundReach will have their Concert on December 4th at 6:00 p.m. in the All Saints sanctuary.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Making a difference, one stop at a time! The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train hits the rails again in November, visiting over 150 communities across our network.  It returns to Davenport (Corner of Western Avenue and West River Drive) on Thursday, December 6, 2:00 PM (Time indicate show time – train arrives 10-15 minutes before, come early).  Schedule subject to change.


Since the program’s inception back in 1999, more than $6.4 million and over 2.6 million pounds of food has been collected in Canada and the United States. The goal of the Holiday Train is to collect food and money for local food banks and to raise awareness in the fight against hunger. At each event, the Holiday Train provides a box car stage, a line up of great musical talents and a corporate contribution to the local food bank. The community, in turn, is encouraged to donate food and funds, all of which stays in the community. Items such as infant formula, canned meats, and spaghetti sauce are in popular demand.


By the Numbers: All Saints publishes attendance and giving summaries in print only. Contact the office for a copy.

In Our Prayers: All Saints publishes its prayer list in print only. Contact the office for a full list.

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