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

A Journey Through Lent to Easter
Beginning Tuesday, March 5th
EasterJourney Download the Guide for the Lenten Season
United Thank Offering
Now available
The little blue boxes are now available for your thankful coins. The UTO is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church.
Newsletter deadline
Wednesday, March 20
Please submit all articles to Linda Gyurko.
The Way of Love
Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 pm
This 5-week Lenten program is based on Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s design that includes a nine-point approach to practices for a Jesus-centered life. [Benedictine Way will resume on Wednesday, May 1]
Dress 2 Impress
through March 24
Family Partners and Dress 2 Impress is celebrating 160 years of helping fathers and families. All Saints is conducting a clothing drive for men's suits, sports jackets, dress shirts, dress pants, belts, ties, socks, and shoes. The racks will be in Bristol Hall from March 3rd thru the 24th. Can we help Family Partners celebrate 160 years with 160 articles of clothing? See the flyer on the Outreach bulletin board, or call Phyllis Kata, 732-892-5198.
Lenten Soup Supper
Sunday, March 24, 6:00 pm
We will gather in Bristol Hall to share a meal and fellowship. A sign up sheet has been posted on the bulletin board outside Bristol Hall. Additional questions, please call Julie, 732 740 9675. Extra crock pots available, if needed!
Supper with All Saints
Tuesday, March 26, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
We welcome all to enjoy good food with friends. For any who would like to help serve the dinner, please check the sign-up sheet on the Outreach bulletin board in Bristol Hall. See you on the the 26th!
In Reach Committee Invitation
Sunday, March 31, after Hospitality
All interested parishioners, please join us in the Conference Room. We’ll be talking about our programs to keep in touch with our fellow parishioners in need or sorrow and other activities and initiatives. We welcome new members and especially men of the parish, to join us. “Come and see!”
Easter Baskets for St. Gregory's Pantry
Through Sunday, April 7
Please stop by the pussy willow display in Bristol Hall and select a special "egg," created by our church school children. Each one has the gender and age of a child from birth to 17, hoping the Easter Bunny will bring a basket for Easter morning. We invite you to create a basket or buy one already made, and return it to Bristol Hall by Sunday, April 7th. We also have suggestions for items to include in a basket if you’re looking for ideas.
Recurring Events
Sundays and Wednesdays
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