Late Summer 2012

Welcome to All Saints Lutheran Church!

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

Receive the Bread. Live the Life!

In these Bread of Life Sundays, God’s people at All Saints hold a place for you at Christ’s Table. May Christ feed you and your faith.

Grace and peace be yours,

Pastor Clark

New Vision: Purpose Writing Retreat

All Saints,

The disciples were troubled. Peter and John had just been released from jail and warned not to preach or heal in Jesus’ name. So shaken, discouraged, even angry, they prayed together. They read scripture which addressed their circumstances, and they said, “And now, Lord, look at their threats, and grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

In the very next verse, Acts reports: that “place…was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.” God answered their prayer, and the rest of Acts shows what the Holy Spirit accomplished through their boldness.

What about our boldness? we wondered together at the Acts retreat on July 14. Not just individually, but also together as All Saints, What has God given us to do with all boldness? Setting aside all the things we could do with lukewarm passion or while divided over its importance… What one thing belongs uniquely to All Saints to do with all boldness? What is of utmost importance? Why is All Saints here?

Probably, you have some ideas about that, because you’ve stuck it out through some hard times. You’ve seen some glimpses of God’s will here. Chances are, we’re already doing it. But we’ve yet to name it. We haven’t talked about it together, so we can’t form a consensus around it. We can’t celebrate it. We can’t change our minds. We can’t make decisions based on it. We can’t evaluate all we do and spend according to it.

On Saturday, September 15, from 9a to 1p, we will begin to name it at a Purpose Writing Retreat, hosted by the New Vision Team. Everyone who comes will have a voice. Together we’ll read scripture and pray, and then we will put pen to paper and, in 12 words or fewer, say what we are here to do with all boldness. We’ll call it All Saints’ Purpose Statement, and we’ll keep working it until its right. And as we do it—using that Purpose along with a Core Value Statement (which will come later)—God’s vision for All Saints will emerge.

Mark your calendar—Saturday, September 15. Then, pray this prayer. If you can’t pray it three times a day, pray it once a day: “God, as you unified your Son’s first disciples, unify All Saints in your will. With the loving power of your Holy Spirit, fill us and draw us together, so that, with one voice, we might claim boldly your Christ-centered purpose for your congregation. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.” The Spirit will shake this place too, and we will find renewed courage, direction, and unity to do God’s will in the Quad Cities.

Thanks be to God.

Pastor Clark Olson-Smith

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

August 2012 Newsletter

This is All Saints’ newsletter for August 2012.

+ Calendar

+ Pastor’s article

+ ELCA “Hunger Rumblings” blog

+ 20-30s group

+ 39+ group

+ “Faith in Daily Life” seminars

Good Soil Groups

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

Go Girl International Foundation

Ellen Bloomingdale’s boss, Lola VanDeWalle, Founder of the “Go Girl International Foundation”, is headed to South Dakota in August with her associates to help out the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation school “Red Cloud” located in the badlands. For those of you who are not familiar with the Red Cloud school, it is the lowest poverty level in our nation, suicides are at a very high level among young teenage girls at 25 to 30%, and there is great need there. The average age to live to on the reservation is only 40.

Lola and her associates  are loading a big trailer full of school supplies, teacher supplies, and basic needs bags, and Lola will personally be delivering them to the reservation. Many of you may have seen the TV specials on this reservation and have seen how bad the day-to-day living is there. The hope of the foundation is to reach out to the children and help give them the education to make a better life and choices. Your support is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

To donate, call Lola with any question 563-529-5496, or you can bring donations to church and Ellen will get them to Lola. Lola is planning to leave the third or fourth week of August.  Thanks and God’s blessings.

Quad Cities CROP Hunger Walk

This year’s CROP Walk is Sunday, October 7, 2012! What is the Crop Walk? The Quad City Crop Walk is a bi-state walk where scores of churches and other faith groups enlist pledged sponsors to pay them to “walk for the hungry”. Registration begins at 12:00 with entertainment and FUN prior to the walk start at 2 PM from Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport.  Of the money raised, 25% comes back to the Quad Cities to benefit to local hunger ministries and the rest going to Church World Service to combat hunger and disaster relief around the world. More information to come.

Vacation Bible School:

If you know someone who missed out on Vacation Bible School, there are still programs going on around the area.

August 6‐10, Cambridge UMC Church, Cambridge, IL

August 6‐9 5:30‐8:30 pm, First Christian Church, 510 E. 15th, Davenport

August 11, Sat. 9‐2 pm, Faith UCC, 1630 W. 38th, Davenport IA

 

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

August 20’s/30’s/40’s

We will not meet in the month of August.

If you have questions about the group, wish to be removed from the mailing list, or would like to host: please contact Kristen.

The 20′s & 30′s (20’s/30’s/40’s) is a group of young people at All Saints who gather monthly in each other’s homes for fellowship and fun.  For more information, please contact the church office.