At All Saints’, our congregation has opened their hearts and launched a drive to collect new coats to keep local children warm this winter. The result has been overwhelming: a wagon placed in the church was overflowing with jackets for boys and girls, ages 5 to 12. We will be bringing these coats to Larchmont Elementary, where they will be distributed to needy families.
It’s been a good month at All Saints’. We’re developing a very effective ministry with the homeless community, particularly with the Veterans’ Camp at 82nd and Pacific Highway. Several of you have helped provide food for them which we’re continuing to do. Jeffrey reports that 20 people from that Camp now have permanent housing which is a great achievement. It’s working, and we have had a hand in it.
All Saints’ believes in bringing comfort and love to those who need it most, in the example set for us by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are privileged to have Deacon Jeffrey Boyce in our church, who is active in the Bishop’s Homeless Task Force. Jeffrey works closely with homeless advocacy groups and commissions from the local to state level, and is pivotal to All Saints’ mission of compassion and hospitality to the most vulnerable in our community.
National Night Out is a celebration of community across America, where neighbors meet neighbors, and neighborhoods celebrate what makes them wonderful places to live. This year, we met in the park on a warm August Saturday, where other diverse groups were also enjoying a day of togetherness, games and socializing. There were hot dogs and delicious potluck for all; it was a beautiful day to get to know each other and meet many new faces…
Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy, on May 12, 1820. She was trained as a nurse at Kaiserwerth (1851) and Paris and in 1853 became superintendent of a hospital for in-valid women in London. In response to God’s call and animated by a spirit of service, in 1854 she volunteered for duty during the Crimean War and recruited 38 nurses to join her.
On Saturday, July 30, The ECW (Episcopal Church Women) and St. Cecelia’s Guild held their annual yard sale in the fellowship hall of All Saint’s. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of our parishioners, and by noon on Friday the 29th, the hall was so filled with donated household items that we had to put up extra tables to display it all…
In our daily life at All Saints’, it’s easy enough to forget that we’re part of a much larger body of Christians. We are located in the Diocese of Olympia, from which comes our Bishop. Our diocese is part of the Episcopal Church in the United States which is then part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, based in England.
Last Thursday Jeffrey and I delivered sandwiches and soup to the veterans’ encampment at 82nd and Pacific Avenue. Trey made a lot of sandwiches of different configurations. Kresha made vegetable beef soup with barley. About ten people were living in the camp, so we had more than enough to serve all of them.