All Angels’ Weekly Update – July 19th

**Click here for this week’s worship bulletin**

  • Your Daughters Will Prophesy series continues with the Rev. Erin Roesch, parishioner and Methodist deacon
     
  • “Priests on Zoom Getting Coffee” 
     
  • Great volunteer opportunity with “New City Kids”
     
  • “Streams in the Desert” video project
     
  • Psalm 91 funds still available

Your Daughters Will Prophesy…

At the very first Pentecost, St. Peter stood before the crowd gathered in Jerusalem, and addressed them with these words from the prophet Joel:

“In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
    and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy” (Acts 2.17).

This Pentecost season, we will to acknowledge this truth, spoken at the very first Pentecost, by honoring the voices of women in our pulpit. Over these ten weeks, we will feature ten women from our congregation who have been called as teachers and preachers of God’s word.

Erin is an ordained clergywoman serving the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. In 2019, Erin was appointed to All Angels as a “Deacon in Residence” where she currently attends with her two-year-old daughter, Ella, and mathematician husband, Henri. The couple is also expecting the birth of another little girl, Nadia Elizabeth Roesch, this coming November. 

In addition to leading a House Church at All Angels and caring for her daughter full-time, Erin has raised over $1.6 million to help low-income families overcome unemployment and homelessness as a professional grant writer. She also works part-time as a fitness coach/influencer leading REALNation, a virtual fitness community consisting of 200+ women and female entrepreneurs pursuing health and wellness across six countries.

Erin holds a B.A. in Political Science and a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University. Prior to her time in New York, Erin worked as a full-time nonprofit fundraiser and program director with specialties in prison ministry/reentry, community organizing, and lobbying at the state and federal level. 


We have consolidated all our adult education and prayer services into one hour on Wednesday evenings. Over the summer, two of our priests–John Schmidt and Jimmy Lawrence–have introduced a new series of videos called “Priests on Zoom Getting Coffee.” Each video includes a mixture of theology, personal stories, resources of going deeper in prayer and most importantly: coffee. You can watch last week’s episode here. Next week, John and Jimmy will be talking about contemplative prayer.

Both the prayer service and the study will take place on Zoom. Please RSVP to YJ@allangelschurch.com to participate. Hope you can join us!


Praying During Social Isolation

Session 3: “Contemplative Prayer”

Are you stressed? Do ever find it hard to concentrate and pray? Do you ever wish you could escape the business of life for a few moments of quiet? Then contemplative prayer is for you. Believe it or not, this is not just a prayer for monks in monasteries! This is an ancient, beautiful discipline that shapes and forms one over a lifetime of learning to be within God’s presence. It’s for everyone and you can do it anywhere: on the subway or crowded street, in the park, or your very own home. Come and hear what contemplative prayer has to offer for you!  

If you missed last week’s episode, check out the link below.

Miss last week’s episode? Check out the above to hear John and Jimmy talking with John Wagner about “Prayer in Tough Times”

New City Kids is a nonprofit in Jersey City that many All Angels folks have been involved in for 25 years. They serve kids, families, and teens in the Jersey City area, providing safe after school programs that mix academics and music, as well as a year-long teen employment program. This summer they have a fun volunteer opportunity through their Epic! Summer Literacy Program. This reading program lasts throughout the summer, helping 1-8th graders to read and fight summer learning loss. Many of our students are English language learners and could benefit from reading with native English speakers. We need volunteers to read with kids over Zoom every Tuesday and Thursday from 1-3pm. You can sign up for one or both days, and it can even be a great opportunity for older kids to volunteer as well! If you are interested, sign up here and you will be invited into a volunteer orientation. 


Behold, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming.
Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness and 
streams in the desert.
” 

-ISAIAH 43.19- 

Recent months may have felt like the wilderness, the desert. But even here, God is present. What is being made new? Where have you seen hope? Do you have an anecdote to share or a word of encouragement for your fellow parishioners? We want to hear your stories. Write a few lines or make a video clip and email it to covid19@allangelschurch.com. All are welcome!


For those needing financial relief in the midst of this pandemic, there are still funds available in our Psalm 91 benevolence fund. We encourage you to reach out. These funds are here to help.

You can apply for assistance by filling out this form and emailing it to relief@allangelschurch.com.

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