Week of 10/8 Highlights- National Coming Out Day and A Crabby Story

Week of 10/8 Highlights- Happy National Coming Out Day!

It’s National Coming Out Day for LGBTQ+ people! Coming out when you feel ready and safe feels amazing! I came out over 10 years ago in suburban Missouri and although it was not always easy I was grateful I felt supported in my hometown Episcopal Church. It’s been 10 years since that time and still there are plenty of places though out the Episcopal Church where it still doesn’t feel safe to be openly LGBTQ+. We still have bishops who don’t celebrate LGBTQ+ people and it’s way past time we say- enough. Actions and stances from church leaders that are homophobic, biphobic and transphobic negatively impact the lives, health and safety of LGBTQ+ young people. I want us to claim that the Episcopal Church world wide doesn’t only allow LGBTQ+ people in the door- we celebrate the gifts they bring to all of us and the gift that is their LGBTQ+ identity. And that’s exactly what we do here at All Saints Church. We celebrate the gifts of LGBTQ+ people.

 It’s a joy today to get to hear the stories of young LGBTQ+ people here at All Saints and all over the country through my job and my volunteer work with The Trevor Project! My favorite thing about being a queer person is the community I have everywhere I go. No matter what city I am in I’m able to find other LGBTQ+ people who love and celebrate me. I adore my LGBTQ+ family here in Los Angeles and I’m so grateful to be able to be out in all parts of my life. Whoever you are you deserve to be treated with respect, celebrated, and loved. To quote Veggie Tales, “God made you special and [God] loves you very much”.

Thursday, 10/11

God, My Parents, and Me- MEETING IN SCOTT HALL 4

A parent group for families with young children. God, My Parents and Me supports the challenging work of parenting by offering spiritual fellowship and emotional nurturing to parents at All Saints Church and in the community at large. Meetings are held Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the Guild Room. Child care is provided. 

We welcome all types of parents. Foster parents, LGBTQ+ parents, single parents -- all are welcome here.

Sunday, 10/14

Children’s Chapel at 9 and 11:15 am

Children’s Chapel occurs every Sunday at 9 am and 11:15 am for Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Children’s Chapel is a space for children to explore church community at their own level. We radically welcome, pray, explore themes of the people of God, and discuss what’s happening in the world.  

This week in Children’s Chapel we will read You’re a Crab!: A Moody Day Book by Jenny Whitehead  ! Storypath gives a description how this story relates to our bible stories this week: “The words from Job show us just how angry and sad he is with his situation. These are words of lament in the midst of suffering. Job has not abandoned his faith in the midst of suffering. He calls out to God. These words of lament remind us that we have all sorts of feelings. We give praise and thanksgiving to God, but when we are really angry or sad, we tend to pull away from God. Yet, God is there, even if we cannot experience God’s presence. In You’re a Crab!: A Moody Day Book, we see the many different moods of a young crab, and his mother’s continued presence. Anger and sadness can be difficult emotions for adults, and even more so for children. Hearing scripture bearing witness to these emotions can be helpful for all. We can turn and yell at God in faith, and then we have to sit back and listen for the answer, which the scriptures don’t provide us. We have the opportunity to sit in the lament.” -http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-october-14-2018/

If we have time we will make crabs from paper plates! It is a baptism Sunday at 11:15 so I hope we get to crabs!

Questions for the car ride home could include:

  • What happened in chapel this week? (Don’t worry if your child doesn’t remember- ask them how they felt instead!)

  • Is it ok to be angry?

  • Does anyone in the Bible every get angry? Do you remember any examples?

Pre-K Sunday School : 10:15 — 11:00 am

Enjoy a Godly Play story on The Flood and the Ark

K — 5 Sunday School  : 10:15 — 11:00 am

Enjoy a Godly Play story on The Flood and the Ark for grades K-3 and 4/5 Feasting on the Word.

Parent Culture : 10:15 — 11:00 am

In Scott Hall 2.

1pm Children’s Chapel  : 1:15 — 1:25 pm

Getting to know you/ welcome.

Love,

Kelly O’Phelan

kophelan@allsaints-pas.org