Dear Friends,

This Sunday, many wonderful things converge: the 2024 Barbie-themed Pledge Campaign; the Feast of St. Francis with Pet Blessing; festive coffee hour and Sparkling Sunday; and a three-day weekend for Indigenous People’s Day / Columbus Day!

We had a BLAST last Sunday with a great kick-off from Pledge Co-Chairs Katrina Kasten and John Williams:

Katrina: 

This is the best day ever.

John: 

It IS the best day ever. So was yesterday, and so is tomorrow, and every day from now until forever! And you know why!?! Because today is the first day of All Saints’ Annual Pledge Campaign!

Then we had a fun improv activity led by Halley Hoffman where we shared, round robin, a word that represents All Saints for us, going round and round after Halley yelled “Action” to the moment she shouted “Cut!” You all shared words like these: Quirky, Disco Ball, Community, Justice, Bake Auction, Youth Group, Loving, Lobster on the HVAC, Flamingoes, Home.

Then, to top it off, Colin may have slipped in a little piano rendition of “I’m a Barbie Girl” (IYKYK)!

It was just one of those awesome, joyful All Saints Sundays—Amazing!

And this Sunday promises all kinds of joy, too, as we fill the pews at the 9:00am and 11:00am services with our scaly, furry, bumpy, and feathered friends to be blessed during the service. We’ve tried to shorten the service a bit, but we know there will be general joy and chaos. And just like we’re good with crying babies, we’re good with barking dogs, so don’t worry, just come! 

PSA: As always, the 8:00am service is fur / feather / scale free.

In the midst of all the fun and joy here, we also know there are serious issues in the world, and you can read below to see how we are responding with charity and justice, fueled by our worship and celebrations and joy on Sunday.

See you in church!

Faithfully, Suzanne+