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Spreading Christmas Cheer!

The Women’s Group would like to spread joy to our neighbors at Columbia Healthcare this Christmas season.
We are filling 20 Christmas gift bags for Columbia’s residents. We have the bags and if you would like to join us in the spirit of giving, any of the following items would be appreciated:
soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, hairbrush, hair ties, perfume or cologne, word search books, crossword puzzle books, colored pencils, pens, markers, adult coloring books, crayons, magazines, socks, soft blankets, and pillowcases.
No food items, please. You can drop items off at the Parish Office during regular Parish Office hours until Monday, December 14th.

Holiday Shopping with SCRIP

Looking for a safe way to purchase Christmas Gift Cards and help All Saints Parish?
You can preorder your Christmas gifts through our office and we will get it ready for you to pick-up.
Check out our Special Order form with over 150 stores. You can drop your order and payment by the office or in the collection basket before Monday and we will place your order Monday morning. Your cards should be ready by the following Friday.

Looking for Stocking Stuffers!
SCRIP cards make great stocking stuffers!
Gifts for teachers, bus drivers, care givers and are thoughtful gifts for college care packages.
We will carry small denomination SCRIP cards for the following retailers:
Amazon $10
Bath & Body Works $10
Cold Stone Creamery $10
Dairy Queen $10
Denny’s $10
Donut Bank $5
G.D. Ritzys $10
Panera Bread $5/$10
Starbucks $5/$10
Subway $10
Target $10
Wal-Mart $10
Wendy’s $10

We have several local restaurants who have chosen to participate in our SCRIP program at All Saints Parish!
Pick up SCRIP today and enjoy these restaurants!
El Charro, El Patron
Pie Pan
GD Ritzy’s
Donut Bank
Azzip Pizza
Hacienda
Turoni’s

Everyday Stewardship ~ Recognize God in Your Ordinary Moments

There Is Much to Be Done

Growing up Catholic means I must have heard a million times the passage in Matthew’s Gospel about how doing things for the “least of these” means you have done them for Jesus. Okay, that is an exaggeration to make a point. But it has been a slogan for so many social justice activities, from clothing and canned food drives, to letter writing campaigns and peaceful protests.

Growing up I only knew how to help the least of these through the school and church activities of the time. Today, YouTube and GodTube are filled with videos of creative ways people reach out to one another. Have you seen the one about the pizza party for the homeless? How about the fake lottery ticket or the house bought from online donations for a poor man? There are even videos of people paying for the car behind them at the drive-through! The awesome thing about this is that it serves as a witness to others. It is not boasting but instead sharing the Good News. Giving and good stewardship can be contagious!

Our pastor has several times over the years handed out $10 bills to confirmation candidates and asked them to “pay it forward.” They can keep the money or use it to make a difference in someone else’s life. One teen planted a garden for an elderly woman. One bought ingredients for brownies and sold them to give even more than $10 to charity. The teens not only learned something about good stewardship in the process, but also served as great examples to the parish community.

As always, there is much to be done. The King is coming soon! Let’s spread the news and some love at the same time!

— Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS

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LA CORRESPONSABILIDAD DIARIA ~ RECONOCER A DIOS EN LOS MOMENTOS ORDINARIOS (Everyday Stewardship)

Hay Mucho por Hacer

Crecer como católico significa que debo haber escuchado un millón de veces el pasaje del Evangelio de Mateo acerca de cómo hacer las cosas por el “más pequeño ” significa que las has hecho por Jesús. Bien, eso es una exageración para enfatizar una idea. Pero ha sido un eslogan para tantas actividades de justicia social, desde campañas de recolección de ropa y comida enlatada, hasta campañas de redacción de cartas y protestas pacíficas.

Creciendo, yo solo sabía cómo ayudar al más pequeño a través de las actividades escolares y de la iglesia en ese momento. Hoy, YouTube y GodTube están llenos de videos de formas creativas en que las personas se contactan entre sí. ¿Has visto el de la fiesta de pizza para personas indigentes? ¿Qué tal el del boleto de lotería falso o la casa comprada para un hombre pobre con donaciones conseguidas en línea? ¡Incluso hay videos de personas que pagan la cuenta del automóvil detrás de ellos en la fila de comida rápida! Lo sorprendente de esto es que sirve como testimonio para los demás. No jactarse, sino compartir la Buenas Nueva. ¡La generosidad y una buena corresponsabilidad pueden ser contagiosos!

A lo largo de los años, nuestro pastor ha entregado billetes de $10 a los candidatos de confirmación y les ha pedido que “lo paguen.” Pueden quedarse con el dinero o usarlo hacer la diferencia en la vida de otra persona. Un adolescente plantó un jardín para una mujer mayor. Uno compró ingredientes para brownies (pastelitos de chocolate) y los vendió para dar incluso más de $10 a organizaciones benéficas. Los adolescentes no solo aprendieron algo sobre la buena corresponsabilidad en el proceso, sino que también sirvieron como excelentes ejemplos para la comunidad parroquial.

Como siempre, hay mucho por hacer. ¡El rey viene pronto! ¡Difundamos la Buena Nueva y un poco de amor al mismo tiempo!

Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS

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