This is All Saints’ newsletter for April 2013.
Thank you to all for your cards, thoughts and prayers when my Mother passed away. It helps to share the grief with so many friends and family knowing that so many care. We are consoled with the knowledge and belief that she is being taking care of by our loving Father in Heaven. Scott Holtan and Family
Pastor’s April Travel Plans
Pastor Clark, Sara, and Susannah are going back east for a quick trip at the end of April. The occasion is the wedding of dear friends, which will be near Pastor’s hometown of Hershey, Pennsylvania. Pastor will be away Mon, April 22, to Tues, April 30.
Pastor Don Sondrol will preach and lead worship April 28.
Pastor Britt Vickstrom of St. James in Bettendorf will be available in case of emergency. Reach her cell at 563-265-7404.
Greetings from Stan Wells
Stan writes : “Right now, I just let God take control of my life, by submitting everything to him. … I still do his will by telling people about him, which they can see for themselves that I live in the Spirit and what God is doing in my life right now. Tell the congregation I say “Hello”! I miss them and thank them for their prayer. All Saints is always in my prayers. … Happy Easter to you all!”
For now you can reach him at:
Stanford Wells #6051045
Iowa Medical and Classification Center
2700 Coral Ridge Ave.
Coralville, IA 52241
Autism Awareness: Join us for a special preview of our Royal Ball events as we also celebrate World Autism Awareness Day on Tuesday, April 2. Our friends at Milan HyVee will be hosting a special Taco Tuesday at the Milan Community Center from 5-7 pm $7 Deluxe Taco Meal (includes 3 deluxe tacos, rice, & beans prepared by Chef Brandon, Milan Hy-Vee) Taco Tuesday Bake Sale Race Registration Raffle Items; “Light it Up Blue” light bulbs for sale. All proceeds will benefit Quad City area autism programs and efforts to increase autism awareness www.royalballrun.com NOTE: Volunteers, auction and bake sale donations are needed!
SE IA Women of the ELCA (Cluster 6) Spring Meeting. Saturday, April 6, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady, Davenport, IA. 9-11:30 a.m. “Mental Health Ministry” will be discussed. See flyer & attachments in gathering space for details and list of Mental Health Love Gifts suggestions.
MVRBC Blood Drive at All Saints: Wednesday, May 29, 3:30-6:30 pm. All presenting donors will receive double IMPACT points to our Donor Loyalty store, a free T-shirt – designed by me 🙂 – and entry into our weekly $100 gas card drawing! The last date to donate elsewhere and still be eligible for our blood drive would be Wed., April 3. Thank you, Stephanie Sampiller
New from ELCA World Hunger — Thank you!
Thanks to people like you ELCA World Hunger achieved its goal of raising $18.5 million in fiscal year 2012. The ELCA Malaria Campaign also achieved its goal of raising $4 million in fiscal year 2012 and Lutheran Disaster Response received over $7 million in fiscal year 2012. You are reaching out and helping neighbors around the corner and around the world in many ways, making a difference in the lives of others.
What Council Learned in the Last Six Months
Recently, Pastor began reflecting with the council each month about All Saints’ purpose and core values—specifically, where he’s seen them in action in the last month. In March, he took a slightly different tact and invited the council to enact a core value. This one: “Seek strength through prayer, scripture, conversation, and study.” Pastor asked,
In the last six months, what have you learned about All Saints?
In the last six months, what have you learned about yourself in leadership?
The council was willing for Pastor to share in the newsletter their reflections. So, here, in a simple unordered list, is what your council has learned—both about All Saints and about their own selves as leaders.
+ All Saints has a desire to move forward.
+ The congregation is healthier now.
+ People who embraced change stayed.
+ All Saints is unstuck and ready to move.
+ There is a new sense of ownership now: not others but me.
+ Learned about church finances and the church’s inner workings.
+ New relationships have grown.
+ We took a healthy look in the mirror.
+ All Saints’ future is not automatic. It requires choice and effort, which we’re willing to invest.
+ This is not about the pastor alone but about everyone, especially the leaders.
+ It’s important for leaders to be on the same page, in harmony together.
There was strength to be found in reflecting on ourselves during these recent difficult times. Feel free to continue the conversation.
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.