NEWSLETTER

Before both of our parishes merged into the unified Episcopal Church of All Saints and Ascension in January of 2018, the All Saints Vestry and the Ascension Bishop’s Committee appointed a new task force to improve communications for the new parish.  They established the Communications Committee.

newsletter front cover jan 18One of the first tasks this new committee tackled was the resurrection of the “Broadcast” newsletter.   On January 1st of 2018, the first quarterly “Messenger” parish newsletter was mailed to all parishioners who had completed a Member Profile Form.  As a courtesy for this first edition, we also mailed newsletters to some past members that have not completed forms.  However, we are currently transitioning to communicating more via electronic media (e.i. this website and email announcements).  As a result, we will be removing unregistered names from the list of those receiving the Messenger via US mail to keep expenses down.

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ANNUAL  MEETING

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          2019 ANNUAL MEETING REPORT –  CLICK HERE 

          2018 ANNUAL MEETING REPORT –  CLICK HERE

EPISCOPAL CHURCH NEWSBishop Michael Curry

PRSIDING BISHOP CURRY GIVES SERMON AT ROYAL WEDDING Prince Harry and Meghan Markle invited the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Church, USA to address the wedding.  CLICK HERE.  to watch his video.

Refugee InprisonedFAMILY SEPARATION PRACTICE CONDEMNED BY TEC.   Recently, the federal administration announced that it will begin separating families, and criminally prosecuting all people, who enter the US without previous authorization.  The Episcopal Church (TEC) condemns this practice and wishes to stop family separation of those seeking asylum in the United States.  Presiding Bishop Curry joined several faith leaders in signing a letter urging that this practice be stopped.  Click here to view letter.  All Episcopalians are asked to join in this ministry of advocacy as well.  Click here to electronically send a message to your elected official.

DIOCESE NEWSBishop Wayne Smith

BISHOP SMITH ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT.  In Bishop Wayne Smith’s letter, he makes his announcement to the Diocese which sets in process the election and call of the 11th Bishop of Missouri.  Click here to read letter.

SEEK MAGAZINE   The Diocese of Missouri also publishes iSeek which is an online weekly newsletter at:

https://www.diocesemo.org/ministries/publications/weeks-news/

If you prefer to receive iSeek weekly via email, or  would like to sign up to receive their SEEK quarterly printed Seek  magazine then click the following website to subscribe:  https://www.diocesemo.org/subscribe.

OTHER PARISH NEWS

Letter from Rev Renee 3-31-19

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Rica Bond-Williams and Walter Fox   hand packing meals for children

Feed My Starving Children.   On Saturday, July 13, 2019, Rev. Renee and several parishioners volunteered for the “MobilePack” food packing event for about 2 hours at the Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Florissant.  The goal was to hand pack 100,0O0 nutritious meals to feed hungry children worldwide.  Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian non-profit that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for God’s starving and malnourished children.  FMSC states “We want to reach everyone, until ALL are fed.  Because no one deserves to go hungry, especially when we can do something about it.”

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Diana Oliver

Black History Celebration 2019  On March 10th, after several cancellations due to the weather, organizer Machelle West finally pulled together the Black History Celebration following Holy Eucharist conducted by The Rev. Sally  WeaverDiana Oliver, mistress of ceremonies, kept the program moving along which included   musical selections from our Adult and Community Children’s Choirs.  Stella Hughes, Ariana Lacey, Mildred Lewis, Sylvia Thomas, Michael Watson, and Annie White read literary selections.  Before concluding and proceeding to a bountiful pot luck dinner, everyone sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing”.

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Jeapardy!  On January 3, 2019 our music director, Chrissy Bellizzi, was a contestant on the popular TV quiz show, Jeopardy!  She did not win the competition that day, but in our eyes she is a winner.  It is quite a feat and honor to even be chosen to compete among countless applicants.   Congratulations Chrissy!

 

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Dorian Mabry-Men’s Day

Men’s Day 2018.  On December 16th, the first annual Men’s Day Celebration was introduced to our parish by the Men’s Club.  With the men adorned in bow ties, the theme was “Men on the Move for Unity”.  The inspiring keynote message was delivered by Dorian Mabry, son of parishioners Rickey and Laura Mabry.  Dorian’s message centered on his personal experiences as a youth at All Saints.  This includes many lessons that he learned from our male leaders who helped with “building up” the young men in our  parish.  The special service also featured praise dancers, a solo musical selection, harmonies from the men’s   chorus, poetry readings, and concluded with a  special presentations for Man of the Year.  Following the service, a delicious breakfast was served in the parish fellowship hall.

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Vivian/Walter Fox-20th Anniversary

Walter and Vivian Fox Celebrate 20th Anniversary!  On Sunday afternoon, December 30, 2018, fellow parishioner Walter Fox , and his lovely wife Vivian, renewed their vows before God.  The affirmation of wedding vows was conducted by Father Dunnington at the Ann O McDonald Family Center.  It was a blessing that several of the guests that were present were those who attended the wedding ceremony at All Saints Epicopal Church 20 years ago.  Congratulations to this couple that are able to make the claim “We Still Do”!

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Back To Sunday 2018.  Sam Lewis (son of Mildred Lewis) came back to give an inspiring address at Sunday service on Sept. 16th. The sanctuary was filled with parishioners, Lewis family members, out of town guests, and surprisingly some returning members! After service, delicious treats were served at the ice cream social thanks to ECW and the Men’s Club.

Picnic 2018 013Milton J. Patton Parish Picnic 2018 for the Episcopal Church of All Saints and Ascension was held on August 12th. This year, we gathered at the newly renovated and spacious pavilion in Vinita Park municipal park. Following a Holy Eucharist service, over 100 people enjoyed the delicious dishes prepared by parishioners and friends, with tasty meats barbequed by the Men’s Club. The children were later entertained by the puppet and magic show put on by Heaven’s Handful Puppet Ministry from the First Baptist Church of Ferguson.  See your 4th quarter Messenger broadcast newsletter that received in the mail for full story….or download it using the “Archive” link shown above on this page.

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Graduates Reception-2018 was hosted by the St. Margaret’s Guild on June 10th. This year, 3 graduates were honored.  Alexia Dukes graduated with honors from McClure Senior High School and will attend Harris-Stowe State University.  Arianna Lacey is a 6th grade graduate from Dewey International and will enter Carr Lane Middle School in the fall.   And Camryn Moore is an honors student graduating from Christ the King Catholic School heading to the 9th grade at Incarnate Word Academy.  To view the reception program with complete bios, click here.  CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES!

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Black History Month Sunday-Soul Food Luncheon

Black History Month special celebration at All Saints and Ascension on February 25, 2018 was a resounding success. Our own Alexia Dukes delivered an uplifting lesson on African American Episcopal church history that left everyone proud of young Alexia, and proud to be a part of this church family.  After the Eucharist, the program resumed in the Jean Harrell fellowship hall to a capacity crowd and a pot luck feast. Look forward to a full report in the upcoming quarterly newsletter.  To view a copy of the luncheon program Click Here.  To view photos and watch video Click Here.

The Rev. Marc Smith, our former Priest-In-Charge, was awarded the Sewanee Fellowship-in-Residence for developing a gun violence prevention curriculum. Learn More.

The Rev. Dr. Deborah Goldfeder, our former Deacon, will be traveling to the South Sudan in March 2018.  Our prayers are with her as she embarks on this challenging humanitarian mission.  To get an update on her mission there, click Learn More.