All Saints Church
“For it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”
[Paul's Letter to the Philippians 2:13]
In the 130-plus years since All Saints Church's founding in Bay Head on the iconic New Jersey Shore, its members have journeyed on smooth seas and weathered storms, both metaphorical and real.
Nearly eight years after surviving Superstorm Sandy, which nearly destroyed our church building and irreparably damaged the rectory, we are again sailing on uncharted seas. We have been buffeted but not overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and economic downturn, and cultural and political uncertainties. We know that Jesus is among us as we continue to gather in his name on Sunday mornings via Zoom. We give thanks also that we were able to continue, within the constraints necessitated by the coronavirus' spread, to baptize babies and to help families say good-bye to loved ones. And now, we give thanks that we can take the first steps in re-opening the church property for worship and fellowship.
We pray for our families and friends, for those who continue to work to keep us safe, for our nation and the world, and for ourselves. We, in turn, continue to explore the new "normal" and new ways to help others in our communities and around the world. We live in hope because of our faith in Jesus and his promises. He has invited us to travel with him along the Way of Love and build the beloved community that is open to all. No matter who you are and where you are on your journey, we welcome you and offer you our companionship on the way.
The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg, D.D.
June 1, 2020-May 31, 2021