As always, the All Saints community was at the top of my Thanksgiving gratitude list, and this year my appreciation was even more keenly felt as a result of experiencing the Youth Rocks Out for Hurricane Relief concert held at St. Matthew’s Church on the Saturday before the big feast. Seeing our students share their talent as a way of helping others was absolutely moving. Together we raised $2,020 for Music Rising, an organization committed to reinvigorating music programs devastated by the hurricanes in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico. Our students raised enough money to purchase five violins, two clarinets, one flute and one trumpet. The joy I felt as the students performed underscored the powerful role music and the arts have to play in positively influencing personal, social and emotional well being.
This year we are trying a new tradition - a Holiday Bake-a-Thon. The goal of this event is to leverage the power of our wonderful and generous community for the benefit of others. On Tuesday, December 19 at 1:00pm, we will gather at the St. Matthew’s parish hall and bake cookies and casseroles for the guests at their Lunchtime Ministry Program. If you are available that afternoon, please come prepared with some baking ingredients or pre-made dough. If you can’t come, don’t worry – there are still ways to help! You can send in baked goods, ready-to-bake cookie dough, or quick mixes for cookies and sweet breads. We hope those who are free will join us as we share some holiday cheer and put our skills to good use by bringing the joy of community to others. RSVP with Carrie Wachtler: firstname.lastname@example.org