This is All Saints’ newsletter for February 2013.
Good Soil Groups:
New Good Soil Groups are back in full swing. In groups of two or three called “Good Soil Groups,” we are listening to God–reading scripture, growing friendships, and praying together. Read before you meet, and when you do, reconnect, talk about what you read, and pray. It’s that simple! Truly, God will open you to the seed of God’s Word and grow something new in you, this congregation, and its ministry in Davenport and beyond. Visit allsaintsdavenport.org/goodsoil for weekly reading introductions. Watch what God grows in you!
Good Soil Reading Schedule Epiphany and Easter 2013
Read the following chapters and meet by these dates…
1 Corinthians 1-2 Sun Jan 20
1 Corinthians 3-4 Sun Jan 27
1 Corinthians 5-6 Sun Feb 3
1 Corinthians 7-8 Sun Feb 10
1 Corinthians 9-10 Sun Feb 17
1 Corinthians 11-12 Sun Feb 24
1 Corinthians 13-14 Sun Mar 3
1 Corinthians 15-16 Sun Mar 10
Philippians 1-2 Sun Mar 17
Philippians 3-4 Sun Mar 24
Easter is Sunday, March 31! Good Soil groups will take a short Easter break before continuing in April and May.
Sunday Learning: All Saints’ weekly learning for all ages began in September. It is at 9 am before worship. Everyone under 10 years old is invited to All Saints’ One Room Sunday School.
New Interim President: Steve Kalber: In January, Council appointed Steve Kalber as All Saints’ interim President. He will serve until May 2013, completing the remainder of Mark Collier’s term. Steve is trustworthy and steady. He has skill in listening. He also brings the wisdom and history of many years of membership at All Saints. I hope we all can find ways to thank Steve and support him, the Council, and the New Vision Team in prayer.
Ministry Site Review Rescheduled and Expanded
On Monday, February 4, Bishop Michael Burk and Pastor Gloria Dovre will visit All Saints to facilitate a Ministry Site Review.
+ 6-7p, an open forum for all, downstairs in the Fellowship Hall
+ 7:15-8:30p, leaders only, Council and New Vision Team
Despite the ice storm, many gathered and participated in a forum on Sunday, January 27, including Pastor Gloria Dovre who had stayed the night in town. But the weather prevented many from participating, including Bishop Burk who was forced to turn back on his way from Iowa City. We also postponed the leaders’ conversation.
This second forum is for everyone, people who participated in the first and those who did not. We will catch each other and the Bishop up and take the conversation a few steps forward. The purpose of the Ministry Site Review is to consider together where we are going and how we want to get there from where we are now.
I hope, on this short notice, you can participate. All are invited. Pastor Clark.
Quarterly Clean-up Day (All Saints Inside Clean-Up) Feb. 9 – You Can Help!
Who: Worship Ministry Team invites all who are able to help!
What: Inside Clean-up Day
Where: All Saints Lutheran Church
When: Saturday, February 9 from 8:30am – 1:00pm
Why: To beautify the inside of our property.
We will strip and wax the fellowship hall floor, clean (general & glass cleaning) areas of the church that aren’t done on a regular basis (i.e. Sunday School Rooms, Meeting Room, Nursery, Sacristy, etc.), tighten loose pews and altar rails, and remove recycling, rummage, etc to name a few items on the agenda.
RSVP:There is a sign up sheet located in the gathering place, but feel free to show up to help even if you haven’t signed up. Many hands make light work!
Ash Wednesday is February 13, service at 7pm. Lenten Evening Prayer & Soup Suppers begin February 20. Come for fellowship before the 7pm Lenten Services for a Soup Supper starting at 6pm. There will be a sign up sheet for to let everyone know when you are able to bring a pot of soup for the dinner. Soup Suppers will be held, Feb. 20 & 27, Mar. 6, 13, 20. Hope to see you there!
Mid-Week Worship Opportunities at All Saints.
All mid-week services will begin at 7:00pm.
February 13 – Ash Wednesday service
Midweek Lenten Series: Beneath the Cross of Jesus
“We live our lives beneath the cross of Jesus, beneath God’s manifold love and grace that reach to us even from Calvary. Based on the hymn “Beneath the cross of Jesus” (ELW #338), this series explores what it means for us to abide at the foot of the cross, to cling to the rock of our salvation, to dwell in the house of the Lord, and to confess our sins and receive God’s forgiveness.” From Sundays & Seasons, copyright © 2012 Augsburg Fortress.
February 20 – Lent 1: Beneath the cross of Jesus I long to take my stand”
February 27 – Lent 2: “The shadow of a might rock within a weary land”
March 6 – Lent 3: “A home within a wilderness, a rest upon the way”
March 13 – Lent 4: “From my contrite heart, with tears”
March 20 – Lent 5: “I take, O cross, your shadow for my abiding place”
March 28 – Maundy Thursday service
March 29 – Good Friday service
Birthday Bingo: We will be doing Birthday Bingo at the Lutheran Home on February 18. We need 5 or 6 people and 5 dozen cupcakes as well as items for prizes. The prizes could be put in the box in the gathering space. They could be small stuffed animals, beads, lip balms, lotions, candy bars, healthy granola bars, snacks like chips, etc.. We also need people to visit with people who get few visitors. If you can help please talk to Marvin Lafrenz.
Come for fellowship before the Special Congregational Meeting on February 24 for a potluck. The potluck will be held directly following worship. See ya there!
A HUGE THANK YOU to Garfield Elementary School for organizing a food drive and so graciously delivering over 30 boxes of canned goods to our All Saints Food Pantry this week. This is the second year that church member Barb Frerichs, who is a Reading Specialist at Garfield, has given our name for their drive. Thank you Barb for helping with this ministry. Maybe you know a business, school, group or neighborhood that would gladly hold a food drive for the All Saints Food Pantry.
We have been so blessed with another wonderful year filled with great volunteers, donations, meeting so many truly inspiring people that we serve and hearing their heart warming stories. God continues to care for all those who are struggling and, with his grace and love, allows us to truly give back. Thanks be to God and to All Saints Lutheran Church.
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.
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 AllSaintsDavenport.org/Leaders.
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.