June 5, 2024

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All Saints Episcopal Church

Fr. Christopher Wilkerson, Rector

100 N. Drew Street, Appleton, WI 54911

920-734-3656 (office) or 920-249-4147

allsaintsappleton@gmail.com

Parish Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-3pm


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the schedule of servers for upcoming Sundays.

What's Up With That?

Hi, folks ~ just a short column this week in our intermittent series “What’s up with that?” in which I attempt to answer all the questions about our liturgy and our Anglican tradition that you maybe didn’t even know you had. For today, let’s take a look at our Sunday liturgy ~ in particular, our Eucharistic prayers.

 

There are six different Eucharistic prayers in our 1979 BCP: two in Rite I and four in Rite II. With the exception of Prayer C in Rite II, they all follow the same pattern … and Prayer C has the same parts as the others, just in a slightly different order. More on that in a future “What’s up with that?”

 

The piece I want to focus on today is the very end of these Eucharistic prayers. You may have noticed that the “amen” at the conclusion of these prayers is typeset in all capital letters. It’s the same for all six Eucharistic prayers, and it’s the only place in the BCP where a word or phrase is in all-caps. So, why is that? Did the editors make six typos that were never caught? Not exactly…

 

No, as with all things in our BCP, the capitalized AMEN at the end of each Eucharistic prayer is deliberate and rooted in a specific theology: namely, that the Eucharistic prayer, in our Anglican tradition, is not something that the celebrant at the altar merely recites to the congregation, nor is it a prayer that the celebrant alone offers up to God, whilst the people sit idly by, just waiting for the time to come up to the rail and receive the Host. 

 

On the contrary, our liturgy presumes that the celebrant not only prays the Eucharistic prayer on behalf of the congregation, but also that he or she leads the congregation in praying this prayer. The idea is that we all are praying the Eucharistic prayer together, even though for most of it, only the celebrant is pronouncing the prayer out loud. At the end, however, we are all not only invited but also instructed to join in with our full voices and shout “AMEN!”

 

Indeed, this “amen” is called, in the business, “the great AMEN!” And it is significant, because throughout the medieval period, the majority of people were not allowed to participate in the Eucharist. In fact, the medieval practice was that only the clergy actually received Communion; the people were allowed the blessing of watching the Eucharist (called “ocular Communion), but not actually eating the bread or drinking the wine. Our great AMEN matters, because we are emphatically rejecting that faulty, one-sided understanding of Christ’s Holy Communion, and instead we are saying, fervently, that we ALL participate fully in the Eucharistic sacrament.

 

So when we come to the great AMEN this Sunday, let’s make sure that God can hear us clearly, yes? Let the people say “AMEN!”


--Fr. C

From the Senior Warden, Stephanie Gadzik

June kicks off the Appleton downtown Farm Market! New this year, the vestry invites you to sign up and sit at the Drew Street entrance with our chalkboard prayers! Every Saturday morning, a parishioner can push out the chalkboard on wheels and set out some water and literature for Farmer's Market foot traffic. The chalkboard has the title, "Today I pray for:" and then several blank spaces for folks to write in their prayer requests. The next day, we'll add the prayer requests to the prayers of the people. The following Saturday, the chalkboard will be erased and we'll begin again.


I love this project's potential for sharing love and compassion with our neighbors. Thank you to Sarah Gilbert for bringing this idea to our attention. Here's the Episcopal News Service article she shared. I had the privilege of taking the first Saturday and a mom walked up to the board with her two young children to add a prayer for "Grandma Mary." She smiled at me and said, "Thank you for helping start the conversation." The chalkboard drew lots of eyes from foot traffic and car traffic. Just think how many other people could be adding their own prayers and petitions when they see this list! 


Sign up for a Saturday when you can, for as many hours as will fit with your schedule. 8:30-12:30 is what you can aim for - but arriving late or putting things away early is just fine. If it's cold you can sit inside the lobby area. If it drizzles, pull the chalkboard under the canopy. If you have questions, please ask me. I look forward to hearing the stories that you collect when you take a turn!

All Saints Events

Lawrence University Commencement

Lawrence University will hold its commencement ceremony at 10 am this coming Sunday, June 9. This will affect traffic and parking in the area, so please make sure to allow extra time to get to church. College Ave. will be blocked off between Drew St. and Lawe St. for the whole morning.

Jul-Aug-Sept Server Availability

Emily is starting to put together the servers' schedule for July-August-September. If you haven't done so already, please contact the office by Monday, June 10 with your availability during those three months.


This is also a good time to add new people to the schedule. If you're interested in serving on Sunday mornings or know of anyone in the parish who might be, please contact Emily ASAP. Thank you!

Coffee Hour

There's a new sign-up sheet on the bulletin board for hosting coffee hour in July, August, and September. Please consider signing up so we can have delicious treats and socializing time after the service! You can also contact the office to get your name on the schedule.

Lost & Found

This insulated bag (along with the two ice blocks inside) was left behind in the Palmer Room after Sunday's parish picnic. If it's yours, please come pick it up in the office.

Fiber Night

Our next Fiber Night gathering will be held on Tuesday, June 11 at 6:30 pm. Join us in the Palmer Room for an evening of crafting and fellowship! Bring along any portable handcraft you'd like to work on (or want to get help with). Tea and refreshments will be provided. Contact Sarah Gilbert for more info.

Office Closed 6/14

The parish office will be closed on Friday, June 14 while Emily is out of town.

Arts Events

Upcoming events being held at All Saints:


June 6: 6:30pm - Senior Recital, Emily Lange, Appleton North High School, student of Gabrielle Hass


June 14: 7 pm - Attic Theatre Party, Sense and Sensibility at UWO-Fox Valley Campus — Contact Carol Jegen for tickets and we will go as a group. This contemporary adaptation of the Jane Austen classic is a delightful, swift moving comedy of manners that will tickle your imagination. Tickets are $22 each and performances take place in the Perry Theatre. Carol will purchase the tickets and meet everyone in the lobby pre-show.

Parish Birthdays & Anniversaries

REMINDER: If you'd like to have your birthday or anniversary recognized, please contact the office.


June Birthdays

6/2 - Karah Crabb

6/10 - Sarah Gilbert

6/12 - Ellen Watson

6/19 - David Lepisto

6/21 - Annette LaBrake

6/22 - Aiden Javoroski

6/22 - Brenda Perkins

6/24 - Heidi Bates

6/25 - Joanne Bozeman

Barbara Schimmelpfenning


June Anniversaries

6/13 - Jan & Bill Reeves

6/18 - Dean & Janet Kaul

6/27 - Eric & Catherine Neiswender

Diocesan & Community Events

Fox Valley Pride

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Appleton Pride is now Fox Valley Pride! Join us in Neenah's Riverside Park on Saturday, June 22 for an inclusive celebration of the LGBTQIA2S+ community in the Fox Cities and beyond. Featuring entertainment, food trucks, LGBTQIA2S+ owned and allied vendors, resource booths, and more! Visit the Fox Valley Pride website or Facebook page for more information.


All Saints will be one of the vendors again this year. Full details will follow, but please contact the office if you're interested in helping with our booth!

Opportunities to Serve

New Outreach Opportunities at All Saints

We are excited to share plans to strengthen and expand the outreach work we do at All Saints. In addition to our 2 regular monthly volunteer meal opportunities at Pillars and Salvation Army we are kicking off quarterly collection of items that support a specific charitable organization serving residents in the Fox Valley. Roughly each quarter, we will select an organization, and request items that are of most need to that organization. More information about the organization and their needs will be shared in the bulletin, newsletters, hallway bulletin boards, and on our social media.


All Saints parishioners are invited to give as much or little as you are able! Together, our gifts will help individuals and families who need shelter, food, clothing, and personal care in the Fox Valley.  As we follow the footsteps of Jesus, we want to collectively live out his calling to feed the hungry, clothe the poor, and serve the needs of our neighbors. 


Our first organization we identified to support is Pillars. From homelessness to coming home, Pillars provides shelter, support, and solutions to address the housing needs in our community. To learn more about Pillars and the work they do throughout the Valley, click here. Throughout the months of May – July, we will collect items needed as identified by Pillars. This list can be found in your bulletin, the bulletin board, or here. Pillars also needs gifts cards, which you can purchase through Suzanne Fischer as RaiseRight and benefit All Saints at the same time!

 

Collection runs from May 1 – early July. Items can be brought to church on Sundays, or dropped off at any time the church office is open. Questions can be directed to Jan Watson or Catherine Neiswender.

Calendar of Upcoming Events
All Saints Weekly Schedule

NOTE: Even if you don't have a Facebook account, you can still view the livestreams or any other information on the All Saints page by clicking the links below.


Wednesday, June 5

E-newsletter out

12:15 pm Lunchtime Organ Recital

5:30 pm Rector's Office Hours

6:30 pm Evening Prayer


Thursday, June 6

12:30 pm Faith Talk (Zoom)

6:30 pm Emily Lange Senior Recital  


Sunday, June 9

9:30 am Holy Eucharist (in-person and Facebook livestream)


Monday, June 10

11:30 am Bible Study (Zoom)

5:30 pm Finance Committee Meeting

6:30 pm Living Christianity


Tuesday, June 11

9:30 am Holy Eucharist

6:30 pm Fiber Night

6:30 pm Mahjongg Group


Wednesday, June 12

5:30 pm Rector's Office Hours

6:30 pm Holy Eucharist    


Thursday, June 13

12:30 pm Faith Talk (Zoom)


Friday, June 14

Parish office closed

7:00 pm Sense & Sensibility Theatre Party


Sunday, June 16

9:30 am Holy Eucharist (in-person and Facebook livestream)


Monday, June 17

11:30 am Bible Study (Zoom)

6:30 pm Living Christianity


Tuesday, June 18

9:30 am Holy Eucharist

6:30 pm Vestry Meeting


Wednesday, June 19

E-newsletter out

5:30 pm Rector's Office Hours

6:30 pm Holy Eucharist   


Thursday, June 20

12:30 pm Faith Talk (Zoom)


Saturday, June 22

Fox Valley Pride - Riverside Park, Neenah

Serving Schedule

Sunday, June 9

Third Sunday

after Pentecost


9:30 am

Lectors

Mike Gadzik

1 Samuel 8:4-20, 11:14-15

Jan Watson

2 Corinthians 4:13 - 5:1


Intercessor

Bill Reeves


Cantor

Carol Jegen

Psalm 138


Chalice Bearers

Sarah Gilbert,

Nancy Krueger


Acolyte

Julie Holly


Ushers

Ken Bozeman,

Mike Soffa


Counters

Peter Gilbert,

Peggy Garefino


Altar Guild

Sarah Gilbert


Livestream

Peter Gilbert


Coffee Hour

Ruth Ring

Sunday, June 16

Fourth Sunday

after Pentecost


9:30 am

Lectors

Susan Allen

1 Samuel 15:34 - 16:13

Ruth Ring

2 Corinthians 5:6-17


Intercessor

Jan Watson


Cantor

Matt Kierzek

Psalm 20


Chalice Bearers

Suzanne Fischer,

Dolores Wiseman


Acolyte

Tina Wilfer


Ushers

Mike Gadzik,

Steve Gilling


Counters

Anne Wilkerson,

Cathy Twomey


Altar Guild

Suzanne Fischer


Livestream

Pam Sealy


Coffee Hour

Jan & Bill Reeves

Sunday, June 23

Fifth Sunday

after Pentecost


9:30 am

Lectors

Bill Reeves

1 Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49

Karl Breice

2 Corinthians 6:1-13


Intercessor

Paul Van Duser


Cantor

Dean Kaul

Psalm 9:9-20


Chalice Bearers

Peter Gilbert,

Bill Reeves


Acolyte

Barb Schoenike


Ushers

Tina Wilfer,

Pam Sealy


Counters

Susan Allen,

Joanne Bozeman


Altar Guild

Nancy Krueger


Livestream

Ken Bozeman


Coffee Hour

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