All Saints Church — Bay Head

Community Outreach

The Outreach Committee offers our parish a way to provide time, talent, and financial support for the many needs and worthy activities, both in town, state, and global. Some of the Outreach Activates during 2018 include the following

 We created an “Easter tree,” adorned with decorated eggs that were made by our Sunday school children. Each egg listed the gender and age of a child and parishioners were invited to take an egg and create a basket for a child participating in the St. Gregory’s Easter distribution of food and baskets. We delivered over 26 beautiful baskets filled with candy and a small gift in each. In addition to the Church School students and teachers, Phyllis Kata, Kathy and Derry McLeer headed the project.

 During March 11-18 we took on a new outreach project, and asked parishioners for previously used suits, shirts, ties, and shoes, for Family Partners’ Dresss2Impress program. After classes in work skills and interview techniques, Dress2Impress provides a suit, shirt, tie, and other fashion extras for that very important interview, with a 3 out of 5 success rate. Otto Lowe brought Family Partners to the attention of Outreach, and Michelle Benedict wrote the newsletter article to present the project.

Once again, parishioners hosted directors and counselors from St. Paul’s summer program “Camp Faith” and provided a delicious BBQ picnic at All Saints followed by a fun day at the beach. We topped the day with treats from the Good Humor ice cream truck for the bus ride home. In addition, this year we used Outreach funds to provide the entrance fees for 4 children attending Camp Faith and were rewarded with numerous pictures of the 6-week Camp Faith activities. Thanks to Maureen Mulligan and Rick Hager for heading this event.

 Rick Hager, plus Steve Beresik and Ed Kata fired up the grill and Maureen Mulligan gathered supplies and helpers to make the day a fun one. Maureen Mulligan, Barbara Tuzio, and Rick Hager led the campers to the ocean, but only Rick Hager followed them in.

 August saw the start of the fourth year for Supper with All Saints, “an evening meal for those looking to enjoy good food and friends.” Each month, Phyllis Kata, with Barbara Tuzio, Linda Gyurko, Caroline Petrie, Julie Chowansky, Janice, Kiefer, Wendy Pyle, Bea Nagy, Lois Eberhart, Berry Yersin, Penny Witt, Chris and Larry Kyse, and many others prepare and serve tasty dinners for 35 - 45 guests from the greater community and thanks to Jim Doran and the In-Reach team who deliver to our four in-reach diners.

 Late August we held a “Brown Bag” collection of non-perishable groceries for St. Gregory’s clients. The theme was a Labor Day Bar - B Que. Thanks, again, to Kathy and Derry McLeer for taking nearly 30 grocery bags to St. Gregory’s Pantry in time for the holiday celebration.

 Another ongoing event was held in September; a group of parishioners hosted the annual September Friendship Dinner at Harvey Memorial Church. This team made and served a dinner meal to 35 guests and 12 shut-in’s. Many of the guests we recognized from our Suppers with All Saints. The Outreach Committee owes a huge thank you to Maureen Mulligan for heading up this project, too

 In October, the Outreach Committee held a Senior Resource Fair at All Saints Church on Tuesday, Oct. 9th from 10 and – 2 pm. We had representatives from The Jaqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center of Monmouth Medical Center Hackensack Meridian Hospital, Ocean County Senior Services with a table full of notices and programs for seniors, and Meals on Wheels which gave a presentation on the history and full complement of services from Meals on Wheels. The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office provided pamphlets warning about scams aimed at seniors. Attendance was less than we hoped; however, those who did come were able to pick up a boatload of useful information. Many thanks to Rick Hager and Phyllis Kata for organizing the event, Priscilla Hiby for donating our gift card raffle prizes, and our many volunteers who staffed the coffee pots, and the 5 “c’s: crackers, cheese, carrots, celery, and cookies.”

 A Dress2Impress Follow-up. We had about 4 additional individual people call to donate men’s clothing to Dress2Impress; moreover, Otto Lowe has again led the way to try to help Family Partners match up with estate-planning attorneys in the Trenton area to offer a brochure about Dress2Impress services for clothes no longer needed.

 Natural disasters occurring in October and November led to a successful “loose plate” ($927) for victims of Hurricanes Florence in the Carolinas and Michael in the Florida Panhandle. Right on top of the hurricanes came the Camp Fire wildfire in northern California that practically destroyed the town of Paradise. Using Outreach funds, we topped up the loose plate to $1,000, matched another $1,000 and sent two separate checks to Episcopal Relief and Development, one for each disaster.

 The Giving Tree was again set up with Christmas ornaments that designated a child’s age and gender. All Sainters generously donated over 60 toys and gift cards to assist St. Gregory’s in their Christmas distribution. Once again, Kathy and Derry McLeer transported the gifts to St. Gregory’s Pantry.

 ASC parishioners generously responded to a flyer all around town asking for toiletries and other sundries for our military men and women serving overseas. Ed and Phyllis Kata transported a large cardboard box plus two big shopping bags filled with warm socks, lip balm, sunscreen, and other items including candy and trail mix.

 The committee used the Outreach budget to make donations in support of The Bay Head Fire Company, Pt. Pleasant Beach First Aid, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Dottie’s House, Meals on Wheels, St. Gregory’s Pantry, Ocean’s Harbor House, Bishop George Councell’s Urban Promises Fund, and the two checks to ERD.

We are proud of the work that Outreach has done in 2018 and we always welcome new volunteers to join the committee in the hopes that All Saints can continue to support the important programs that have been put in place.

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Upcoming Events

Stewardship Update
as of Wednesday, November 27
We’re off to a great start! As of this past Friday, the church has received 86 completed pledge cards for a total of $156,800 for 2020. If you have already turned in your completed pledge card, “THANK YOU VERY MUCH!” If you have yet to do so, please turn in yours as soon as possible. BE A “PLEDGING MEMBER” OF ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL CHURCH. Also, check out the new posters about Stewardship. One is in the Narthex and one is in Bristol Hall.
Parish Family Christmas Tree Lighting and BBQ
Thursday, December 5, 6:00 pm
Parish family and friends are invited to our Christmas tree lighting, followed by a barbecue dinner in Bristol Hall. Dinner will be catered by Jersey Shore BBQ in Belmar, courtesy of John Tym Builders. Please let us know if you’ll be coming: email or fill out the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside Bristol Hall. And, let us know the number of people you plan to bring. All are welcome!
Bay Head Annual Christmas Walk
Friday, December 6, 5:30 - 8:30
Please join us at All Saints to welcome the season with our Christmas Tree Lighting, Caroling, and Christmas cookies & treats. The tree will be lit at 6:45 pm. We need volunteers to bake their favorite cookies and greeters to welcome visitors. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. Any questions call Julie Chowansky at 732-740- 9675
Outreach Support
through Sunday, December 8
We invite you to join Outreach to support MA22, a 501(c) 3 Jersey shore veterans support organization with an emphasis on helping veterans and their families prevent the devastation of military suicides. The "22" in their title refers to the 22 veteran suicides per day. Please use the 4th Outreach envelope in your current pledge packet and mark any check with MA22 in the memo line.
St. Gregory's Toy Drive
through Sunday, December 15
We have decked the Bristol Hall foyer with a Christmas Tree loaded with 'ornaments' listing the age and gender of the children of St. Gregory's clients. Please select an ornament and return an unwrapped gift to place under the tree by Sunday, Dec. 15th. Let's share our joyful spirit with the children of St. Gregory's Pantry.
Military Outreach
Once again the Outreach committee is asking for donations of new items for military personnel serving overseas. Check the flyer around town for a complete list, but please consider new socks for men and women, suntan cream, lip balm, bug repellent, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving supplies for men and women, hard candy, gum, pretzels, granola bars, and a holiday greeting card. There will be a box in Bristol Hall for your donations
Altar Flowers
Please consider donating flowers for the altar in honor or memory of loved ones. Many weeks for this year are still available. The sign up book is in the Narthex. The cost for Altar flowers is $55 and Font flowers is $65.
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