We’re heading into Advent which is a wonderful time. Advent is the first season of the church year. It begins with the fourth Sunday before Christmas, and it continues to the day before Christmas. It’s a time of preparation for the coming of Jesus, and our Scriptures will reflect that fact. It also anticipates Jesus’ return, a good thing for us to consider these days.
With winter right around the corner, it’s time to ensure that the children most in need in our community have warm coats to get them through the season. Every year, All Saints’ launches a winter coat drive at the beginning of October. When you are out shopping over the next few weeks, please pick up a warm children’s size coat or two.
It is with sorrow that I note the passing of two women close to our church. Sarah Hockman-Pryor, long with her husband, Gary, was a long-time member. Sarah had been largely house-bound in the time I’ve served here, but in visits and phone calls, including time I spent with her in the hospital, I was impressed with her warmth and wisdom. Mina Garman, beloved wife of Jerry, visited frequently, shared her joyous spirit and delicious food on many occasions.
It’s that time of year again — back to school! In the spirit of giving, All Saints’ has launched our annual school supply drive for the students in need at Larchmont Elementary. The generosity and love from our congregation is deeply valued and appreciated by those kids and their families who need it most. Please open your wallets and hearts to help us fill up the supply wagon in the Narthex. Supplies will be accepted until the end of August. Lists of supplies needed by grades are below. God bless you all.
The Gospel first came to the northern English in 627, when King Edwin of Northumbria was converted by a mission from Canterbury led by Bishop Paulinus, who established his see at York. Edwin’s death in battle in 632 was followed by a severe pagan reaction. A year later, Edwin’s exiled nephew Oswald gained the kingdom, and proceeded at once to restore the Christian mission.