This June, an energetic team of volunteers transformed the parish hall of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Jensen Beach into a fabulously imaginative “Maker Fun Factory” complete with tools, gears and even robots. On Monday, June 12th, the “factory” doors opened and 29 enthusiastic “workers” (aka Vacation Bible School attendees) entered for five days of educational activities, giving back to the community, and summer fun ‒ completely free of charge.
With the help of songs, stories, and “KidVid” videos, the children learned that they were created by God and made for a purpose. They raised $255 for the Florida Oceanographic Society, and collected a wide range of canned goods and staples that will fill the shelves of Indiantown’s House of Hope food pantry.
The young Vacation Bible School (VBS) attendees also learned about endangered bees and each one made a bee house to take home and put in the backyard, along with bee-attracting plants. They also built their own robots, each more creative than the last!
On the final day, the children got to play in an inflatable obstacle course in the church lawn. Kids and parents alike agreed it had been a fantastic week. Special thanks are due to All Saints’ Church’s Christian Education Director Karen Neff and the many volunteers, both from the parish and the community, who helped make the 2017 “Maker Fun Factory” Vacation Bible School week so successful. Please stay tuned to www.allsaintsjensenbeach.org for the dates of next year’s VBS!
Helping Martin County students to go on to college is a sacred mission for many members of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Jensen Beach – also known as The Little Church on the Hill with a Big Heart. Thanks to the generosity of past and present parishioners who have established scholarship funds, All Saints’ Church presented at total of $284,200 in college scholarships to 27 high school seniors this year.
The Henry Sumner LeDuc Fund awarded a total of $31,500 in scholarships to 12 Jensen Beach High School seniors at the school’s Scholarship Night on April 20, 2017. Distributions from the LeDuc Fund as well as a grant from the Gladys Waaler Foundation are used for these scholarships, and they also include the annual Tony Langran Memorial Scholarship Award. The criteria utilized in selecting the recipients may include their efforts in school, civic, and religious activities; obstacles overcome; personal characteristics, and/or work experience.
The 2017 LeDuc Scholarship Awards were presented to:
Six seniors from the Jensen Beach High School graduating class of 2017 received coveted four-year college scholarships from the Sirote Charitable Foundation at the school’s Awards Night. These scholarships, which are awarded through the auspices of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Jensen Beach, include $10,000 toward the student’s first year of college, renewable annually for up to three years for a total of $40,000.
The Sirote Charitable Foundation is a self-sustaining fund established in 2002 by Stanley Sirote. It began granting scholarships in conjunction with All Saints’ Episcopal Church in 2015 because of the founder’s fondness for Jensen Beach, where he had a vacation home for over 40 years. The most influential factors in the selection of Sirote Awardees are Mr. Sirote’s personal values: honesty, integrity, vision, and evidence of hard work pursuing specific goals. These $40,000 awards are given annually to Jensen Beach graduating seniors entering a four-year accredited college or university.
The 2017 Sirote Foundation Scholarship recipients are as follows:
All Saints’ Church presented a total of $10,800 in college scholarships from the DeFiore-Glover Scholarship Fund to nine South Fork High School Seniors at the school’s Scholarship Awards Night on April 27th. This year, the fund increased the total amount of its awards by $2,400.
The DeFiore-Glover Scholarship Fund was created in 2010 through the generosity of the late Donald DeFiore and his partner of 51 years, Clarence “Buddy” Glover, a Martin County resident and member of All Saints’ Church. It was their wish to provide scholarships to worthy local students in need of a “financial lift.” Each year, the DeFiore-Glover Scholarship Fund Committee, comprised of members and clergy of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, selects the award recipients from a large pool of South Fork High School senior applicants based on the following criteria:
The 2017 DeFiore-Glover Scholarship Award recipients, each of whom received a $1,200 college scholarship, included:
“All Saints’ Church is proud to be one of the largest sponsors of graduating seniors in our community thanks to the generous scholarship funds established by and in memory of former parishioners,” said Father Frisby. “The DeFiore-Glover, LeDuc and Sirote Scholarship recipients in the Class of 2017 are all exceptional young adults, and we wish them the very best of success in their college careers.”
All Saints’ Episcopal Church honored all the scholarship recipients at its Scholarship Sunday service on Sunday, May 7th. Afterward, the students planted a tree on the church campus that will serve as a permanent reminder of their achievements.
On Saturday, November 5th at 11 a.m., an historic marker was unveiled at All Saints’ Cemetery by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Prior to the ceremony, at 9:30 am, an All Saints’ Episcopal Church history tour will was provided.
The historic marker was placed in front of the white building at the base of the hill, across from the flagpole. It will provide insights to passersby into the history of our cemetery, which dates back to 1889. All Saints’ Cemetery is the third site in the Diocese of Southeast Florida to be awarded a DAR historic marker and will join the more than 200 hundred historic sites marked throughout Florida alone.
All Saints’ Cemetery is located off NE Dixie Highway and NE Seaview Drive in Jensen Beach, Fla., adjacent to All Saints’ Episcopal Church and facing the beautiful Indian River Lagoon. The cemetery is an independent, not-for-profit corporation that is operated separately from the church. However, by charter, its members and Board of Directors must be members of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, and the two organizations work closely together.
The DAR has three goals – Patriotism, Education, Historic Preservation. This apolitical, international 503(c) organization is a women’s service organization that provided in excess of 125,000 volunteer hours to organizations around the world last year alone.
Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) has inspired many, including the Fifth Rector of All Saints’, the Rev. Frank Alvarez, who named one of his sons “Francis”. The stained glass window in the sacristy is given in honor and in memory of that son, Francis Alvarez. We at All Saints’ are inspired to honor the Patron Saint of Animals on the Sunday closest to his feast day, October 4, with an annual service of the Blessing of the Animals. A stone statue depicting Francis and his love for animals stands in the Close of the parish church.
One of St. Francis’ biographers writes that Francis, the son of a prosperous merchant of Assis, “spent his youth in harmless revelry and fruitless attempts to win military glory”.
After several encounters with beggars and lepers, Francis decided to devote his life to Lady Poverty.
In 1210, Pope Innocent the Third confirmed the simple Rule for the Order of Friars, a name Francis chose to emphasize his desire to be numbered among the “least” of God servants.
The order grew throughout Europe, and now exists in America. The Episcopal Church has Franciscans throughout the country, along with Orthodox and Roman Catholic Christians.
The Francis Window was dedicated in September, 2016, when the Rev. Mary Rosenthal, sister of Francis and daughter of Fr. Alvarez, preached, thus creating another link to Francis with the All Saints’ parish church.
On Sunday, May 31st All Saints’ Episcopal Church blessed and dedicated the Donald DeFiore Memorial Window, located in the narthex.
Donald was born on May 30, 1936, in Brooklyn, New York, and was the son of Helen and Frank DeFiore. As a child, Donald grew up in the Roman Catholic Church and attended schools and colleges in that tradition. He was an honor student and was awarded the “French Award” at Fordham University. His love for language was manifested not only in speaking French, but also in speaking Italian and Spanish. Donald was an accountant and worked for a Danish firm for thirteen years, until they relocated out of state.
Donald met Buddy Glover on May 30, 1959, on Donald’s birthday. By the time Donald left his job, Donald and Buddy were established in Real Estate and Antiques, and Donald assumed the management of their affairs. Donald and Buddy were two young fellows who started with nothing and through hard work, dedication and love, managed to do extremely well in their 52 years together.
Donald and Buddy moved to Florida full time in 2003, where they were blessed to find “the white church on the hill.” They bought a house at Eagle Marsh and now Buddy lives in the 33rd home they purchased together.
In 2005, Donald was diagnosed with lung cancer. On Easter Sunday, 2010, Buddy received a call from Martin Memorial Hospital that Donald was calling for him. That day, on his death bed, Donald requested that Buddy become involved with All Saints’ and share their good fortune. Buddy is convinced that Donald’s life of good deeds and his love of God gives him the strength to implement Don’s good wishes. Donald died on Easter Monday.
It is appropriate that the window of Saint Michael is dedicated and placed in the narthex. Stained glass windows are meant to teach and what a wonderful instrument of teaching this is. Folk leaving the church to attend church school or adult forums will see an image of Michael, patron saint of churches and church schools (his Feast Day is September 29, the beginning of English school terms, known as Michaelmass). The image of Michael looks down upon the students, as they depart the church building.
Michael holds a globe representing the sanctification of the Spirit and God, which, like the circle, has neither a beginning nor an end. He holds a rod, representing a miracle, as he made the waters of a flood recede.
The image of Saint Michael the Archangel is particularly appropriate for the life and ministry of Donald DeFiore. Donald was devoted to the fine arts, especially opera. The scholarship that is in his name perpetuates his goal of introducing the fine arts to children who need a financial lift, and who look to Saint Michael as their patron.