This weeks service will be LIVESTREAMED on Facebook or Zoom. Email the office for the Zoom link. The link will be uploaded to this site after the service.
In memory of Anne & Ben Unda by Elizabeth Unda.
Allin family and friends!
There is a spirit brewing in the hearts of the faithful of Dedham that I am excited to share with you! We have been asked to participate and lead a movement of peace we are calling, “Peace US Together …with love.” The idea grew out of our concerns for the tension and possibilities for violence on and around Election Day. St. Susanna’s Pax Christi ministry has begun planning peace vigils in the effort to sway folks from their partisan loyalties to a peaceful unity. The vision is simple: We vote for our candidate of choice, and then we choose unity and peace over anger, gloating, fear, condescension, and violence. We do this because we value life and we believe that God’s grace through us can make a difference in the community that is God’s creation.
Peace Vigils will be held 3 evenings in a row: Nov. 2nd, Nov. 3rd, and Nov. 4th. And they will be held on the front lawn of Allin Church for the greatest space and visibility. Already St. Paul’s Epicopal, St. Susanna’s, and First Church and Parish have committed to joining this movement. I know we can too! Conversation has just started around this effort so keep an eye out this week for more news and information!
**.IN OTHER NEWS… Your Designated Term Director of Music Search Committee is very excited to announce that Andrew Jonathan Welch has accepted the position and will begin in earnest next week, on November 1st! Be sure to mark your calendars and join us in welcoming Andrew to our church and organ!
** IN RELATED NEWS… Finally, you will notice this week we have a mish-mosh of music as a part of our worship. From Jake Ross, to a recording of Janice Girard accompanied by Martin Steinmentz, to myself and a choral major friend, to a VERY special guest organist/musician playing our Postlude, we are blessed with shared gifts and skill of all kinds. On this “inbetween” Sunday, I am deeply grateful for everyone who offered your gifts to this Sunday’s worship!
As we ring in the usual beginning of the school year in a very unusual way, the Christian Education Committee met September 17 to discuss ideas for engaging with Allin’s kids. For one, we are hoping to put together a cleverly edited video Christmas pageant, which we think will bring joy to all this Holiday season. We are also considering a monthly virtual bible story and craft, complete with small craft kits delivered to anyone who wants to participate (young and old!). We’re also going to work on providing families with some low-key, quiet activities for children to complete during our online worship services, if they like. For our older kids,we are considering virtual or individual scavenger hunts or geocache adventures. These are both great ways to connect with each other and share experiences, even if we are having those experiences in different places or at different times. If you have any interest in offering your time to support these efforts, please email the office at email@example.com.