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  • SAINTS ALIVE! ALL SAINTS LUTHERAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER September 2012

    Saints Alive!

    All Saints Lutheran

    Church Newsletter

    630 S. QUENTIN RD., PALATINE, IL 60067

    All Saints moves in September to its "Program Year" schedule. Say goodbye to Saturday evening worship and say hello to Learning. Beginning with Sunday, September 9, we will worship at 8:30 and 11 each Sunday morning, celebrating Holy Communion each time. Between those services at 9:45, we will have Education Hour for everyone from age 3 through adults. If you are interested in getting your child registered for Sunday School (age 3 through grade 5), Confirmation (grades 6- 8), or High School Youth Group (grades 9-12), contact the church office. Adult Forum will begin that morning as well in the church library.

    Thanksgiving Planning On Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012 All Saints will once again open our doors to serve anyone who needs a place to be for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. For each of the past two years, we have fed around 200 folks. Whether homeless or alone for the holiday, we want everyone to feel welcome at All Saints. Plans again include serving turkey and all the sides from 11-2 in the Gathering Space. We'll need all hands on deck, so make plans for your family's Thanksgiving tradition to include helping to serve others. We'll need folks to invite the community, set up and decorate the space, clean up the space, cook the food, serve the food, procure donations from area businesses, and provide entertainment and hospitality. If you are interested in helping (especially to coordinate) any of these areas or have other great ideas, please contact Pastor Seth. Everyone, please watch for sign-up opportunities as we get closer for your donations and your volunteer time. An organizational meeting will happen on Wednesday, September 19 for anyone interested at 7 pm.

    Worship Schedule Change

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    If you haven't asked the question, surely you've heard it. From your kids, from confused friends; “Why do you go to church all the time?” In conversation language, we usually put it in those terms "go to church," when what we really mean is "Why do we worship?" So how do you answer the question: "Why do you worship?"

    The first, almost unthinking answer that many of us give is something along the lines of "because it's what we do." We may not really be able to put into words the reasons for what we do. We may worship because it's habit, because it's what our parents and grandparents did. We may worship just because it's what we've always done; because it's what we do.

    And I think that's a pretty good answer. We worship because it's what we do. As human beings created in the image of God, we worship God. It's what we were made to do and it's what we do. We hope and pray that, in worship, you connect with community (see friends and acquaintances), you hear and know that God loves you unconditionally, you learn something, you think about God and yourself and the world

    in a different way. But first and foremost, we worship because it's what we do.

    Try this: gather with your Christian community here at All Saints for worship each week for at least a month. Then see how you feel about it. I can almost guarantee you won't want to be away. Because it's what you were made to do. You were made to worship God together with other Christians. We go to church… we worship because we worship. It's as simple (and as life-changing) as that.

    Pastor Seth

    Light From The Pastor Why do we go to church?

    Daily Email Devotions & Conversation Each day (Monday through Friday), Pastor Jenn and Seth write a brief daily email devotional that is sent out via email. The scripture texts for these reflections are based on the daily lectionary, designed to tie in to and build upon the readings from the Sundays. If you'd like to receive these and are not currently, please send an email to [email protected] We also have a conversational component for those who wish.

    You can also read the devotionals at http://aslcdevotions.blogspot.com. Here, you can also leave comments either for the pastors or for other members and reflect back on what we've written. Join in the conversation and make the Bible a part of your daily life.

    http://aslcdevotions.blogspot.com/

  • SAINTS ALIVE! ALL SAINTS LUTHERAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER September 2012

    EVENTS & HAPPENINGS

    Chapter One Book Club Our book for September is Heart in the Right Place by Carolyn Jourdan . We will be meeting on Monday, September 17th at 7pm at All Saints Lutheran Church. All are welcome to attend. Please call Tina Keck or Jane Oppermann for information.

    Nursery Volunteers Needed! If you are able to help with providing a safe and learning environment for our youngest people during worship (and the Education Hour) please sign up on the sheet on the nursery door. Talk with Pastor Seth with any questions.

    Confirmation Orientation For students coming into 6

    th through 8

    th

    grade, plan to join us for a Confirmation Orientation session on Wednesday evening, September 5 at 5:30. Learn about the program and how you can get involved.

    Derek & Courney Balogh Jill Bays George Buerger Nathan & Judy Blume Katie Bolinger Riley Carlson Tracy Carter Anna & Emily Castaros Megan Chernich Jen & Madisyn DeFranco Kevin & Sandy Drucker Patrick Fiedler Ellen & Jill Finis Lizzy Fisk Grayson & Garett Garcia Ed & Kathy Garner Amy Grasso Dee Gray Ross Greenfield Zachary Hollingsworth Lizzy Jamnik Alex, Kyle & Derek Johnson Samantha Judd K.J. Kinsella

    Kim & Aaron Kuhlman Daren Latz Daniel Leatherman Eric & Debbie Lindstrom Brittany Mata Pastor Jenn & Pastor Seth Moland- Kovash Mike Nedzel Lauren Noelle Nancy Oakford Kristen Ottesen Karen Peterson Jennifer & Kristen Porzak Katie Rohn Dotty Shearer Katie Stearney Dina Stollfus Maureen VanHeerden Russel & Lea Wagner Kay Weir Laura Wurtz DeFranco Plumbing Seig Marketing

    Thank you for your help with

    Vacation Bible School!

  • SAINTS ALIVE! ALL SAINTS LUTHERAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER September 2012

    PADS Shelter opens again Oct. 6

    Will you help care for the homeless? All Saints will open its doors again as an emergency shelter for homeless persons in our community Saturday, Oct. 6. As we have done during the cold weather months for more than two decades we will offer warm, dry, secure shelter and nutritious food to the men, women and children who come to us in need.

    Fulfilling this ministry requires nearly two dozen volunteers each week who help in a variety of ways. Some work directly with our guests as hosts in the shelter; others prepare or purchase food; and every Sunday morning more volunteers clean up so Heedum Hall can be ready for Sunday School. Will you help? The shelter’s Co-Site Directors, Monika Fiedler and Tom Germuska, can provide detailed information about the ways members can be part of the ministry.

    In addition to the volunteers who care for guests each week a others assure that the shelter operates smoothly throughout the season. Last month four members stepped up to fill vacancies on the Leadership Team: Janine Byrne will manage laundry and non-food supplies; Dennis and Mary Kosko are our new clean-up coordinators; and Sandy Malouf will be a kitchen manager.

    Two critical leadership positions must be filled to open the shelter. A Director of Food Services is needed to oversee the feeding of our guests and coordinate with the other faith communities that provide food for the shelter. We also need a Volunteer Coordinator for the Early and First Shifts. Members who would like more information about these positions should contact Monika or Tom.

    In response to concerns about the stewardship of volunteer resources, this season our “First shift” has been split; we’re also taking steps to become Journeys’ first choice to accommodate families. A new “Early Shift,” 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., will be responsible for set up, welcoming and registering guests and serving dinner; and a “First Shift,” 8:15 p.m.–11 p.m., will handle guest relations and late registrations as has been done previously at that time of night. The second and third shifts were not changed.

    Adults and high school juniors and seniors who would like to participate in this ministry should plan to attend new-volunteer training conducted by Journeys: the Road Home (formerly Journeys from PADS to Hope). All training is conducted at the Hope Center, 1140 E. Northwest Highway, Palatine (between Route 53 and the U.S.P.S. sorting center). The schedule and additional information about the two-hour training sessions is on the Journeys’ web site www.padstohope.org.

    http://www.padstohope.org/

  • SAINTS ALIVE! ALL SAINTS LUTHERAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER September 2012

    CHOIR REHEARSALS RESUME

    SEPTEMBER 5th and 6th

    Come sing and ring your praise to the Lord! All of the choirs begin rehearsing again the first week of September, preparing beautiful music for our worship services here at All Saints. Please come and join us in making a joyful noise together with others who love to sing, ring, and play instruments. If you are not able to participate, please encourage someone else to do so. At the very least, please offer