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Sign Up Now for All Saints’ Free Vacation Bible School, June 11th through 15th from 9am to Noon

At Shipwrecked VBS, children discover how Jesus rescues us through life’s storms. Shipwrecked is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences that kids will see, hear, touch, and even taste! The day will be filled with “Sciency”-Fun gizmos, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats. Plus, we’ll help kids discover how to see evidence of God in everyday life – something we call God Sightings.

This year’s Vacation Bible School will benefit the World Vision project, “Growing God’s Love in Haiti”. Every $10 that the children raise will provide drought-tolerant seeds that can feed a child for a year.

All children age 5 through 5thgrade are welcome. To register your child for this free, week-long summer camp, please call Karen Neff at 561-758-5276. Vacation Bible School runs from June 11ththrough June 15th, from 9 am to noon each day.  All Saints’ Episcopal Church is located at 2303 NE Seaview Drive in Jensen Beach, Florida.

More than $280,000 in College Scholarships Awarded to 2018 High School Seniors

All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Jensen Beach, Fla., is delighted to announce it has presented $280,600 in college scholarships to Class of 2018 seniors from Jensen Beach High School and South Fork High School in Martin County, Fla. The scholarship awards were made in collaboration with the Sirote Charitable Foundation, Henry Sumner LeDuc Fund and DeFiore-Glover Scholarship Fund, all operating under the auspices of the church. This is the second year in a row that scholarships presented by All Saints’ Church have totaled more than a quarter of a million dollars.

“All Saints’ Episcopal 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 our parishioners and friends,” said the Reverend Walter Frisby Hendricks, III, Rector. “The recipients, who are chosen through a long, careful selection process, are all exceptional young adults and we wish them the very best of success in their college careers.”

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”. The eight South Fork High School Seniors who each received a 2018 DeFiore-Glover Scholarship Award of $1,200, include: Georgie Arsenault, Sandra Francisco Juan, Madison Garrity, Lee Parisi, Olivia Pratt, Melissa Sansevere, Rai’me Weaver and Katharine Williams.

Since the DiFiore-Glover Fund was established, it has awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships to South Fork High School seniors.

The Henry Sumner LeDuc Fund, which incorporates a grant from the Gladys Waaler Foundation,  presents scholarships to members of the Jensen Beach High School graduating class each year. The selection process utilizes criteria that may include the students’ efforts in school, civic, or religious activities; obstacles overcome; personal characteristics, and work experience. This year, the LeDuc Fund presented a total of $31,000 in 2018 college scholarships to 12 students. Casey Foster, Alexis Guerra, Briann Laventure, Savannah Nardone, Shenecia Roopnarine, and Madison Wnok all received one-year scholarships. Two-year award recipients included: James Beard, Mariead Brady, Tia Cox, Kayla McDonald, and Kiara Turgeon. Madelyn Parker won the Tony Langran Memorial Award, which stresses, in addition to the above criteria, dedication to a faith-based life.

The Sirote Charitable Foundation, founded in 2002 by the late Stanley Sirote, 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 process are Mr. Sirote’s personal values: honesty, integrity, vision and evidence of hard work pursuing specific goals. This year, the Sirote Charitable Foundation made six $40,000 awards under its Scholarships for College Program (each award is $10,000 for 2018, renewable for three additional years). The Sirote Awards went to Jenna Johnston, Jenna Paton, Zach Seidle, Cameron Soviero, Zachary Soviero, and Dimaggio Tucci.

 

Awards to Jensen Beach High School seniors by the Leduc and Sirote scholarship programs have totaled over $1 million since 2005, when the LeDuc Fund commenced.

The Bishop’s Visit

All Saints’ Episcopal Church Parish was honored by a visit from The Right Reverend Peter Eaton, Bishop of the Diocese of Southeast Florida, and his wife, Kate, on January 20-21. On Saturday, Bishop Eaton attended the “Alice in Wonderland”-themed Women’s Fellowship High Tea, where he sat in the Red Queen’s Court. At the 10 am service on Sunday, the Bishop baptized Jaqueline Gowran and confirmed both her and Robert Negron (shown with him in the photo). He also congratulated All Saints’ Church Parish on the 125th anniversary of the first recorded worship service according to the Book of Common Prayer in Waveland (the former name of Jensen Beach) – a milestone on the path to the founding of our congregation and our daughter parish, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Stuart, Fla.

Here is a link to  the Bishop Eaton wrote to the members of All Saints’ Church:

Letter from Bishop Eaton

 

 

DAR Historical Marker Placed at All Saints’ Episcopal Church

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.

The Francis of Assisi Stained Glass Window

 

 

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.