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To be a Community where all persons will encounter the power and 

love of the Living God, through His Son, Jesus Christ.




All Saints Episcopal Church is called by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to...


·     Worship Jesus Christ

·     Learn and Teach His Word

·     Minister in His Name

·     Proclaim Him and Share the Blessing of His Love

·     Welcome All in His Name


The All Saints Messenger
January 12, 2017
In This Issue

Sunday, January 15th 
immediately following the 10:30 service

This meeting is the only time during the year that we gather as a community and vote on things, hear reports, and discuss the 
state of the parish.  We will distribute the 2017 budget, elect 
new vestry members, and discuss the parish and the way 
forward.  Meat will be provided and we ask everyone to bring a dish to share for the potluck.  We would love to have everyone attend!

Greetings in the Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

This Sunday is special and exciting for a couple of reasons. First, it is our Annual Parish Meeting where we gather for food, fun, fellowship and business. Contrary to other denominations we have only one meeting of the parish each year. This is because the Vestry of the church conducts all business of the church up to and including the selection of the rector. Since the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church were written at the same time as our country's constitution it is easy to see certain parallel in our polity (how we govern ourselves). The parish's input to the Vestry is your opportunity to have your voice heard through the people you elect to serve on Vestry. We do this at our Annual Meeting this Sunday so it is important that you join us. Additionally, you will hear reports on ministries, finances and Fr. Gary will share with us his "State of the Parish." Please join us.

Secondly, this Sunday is exciting because Bishop José has assigned The Rev. Cris South as deacon at All Saints. Cris has been worshiping with us for over six months and has gone through the appropriate checks and balances in our diocese to be assigned as deacon. Cris has been ordained about three years and comes to us from The Diocese of Hawaii where she served a couple of parishes. She moved to North Carolina to be closer to her family. Her passions are Outreach and Pastoral Care. Deacon Cris will preach this Sunday and will share with us parts of her life story and call.

Some of you may be asking if Cris' arrival affects Martha being with us. The simple answer: No! Martha remains an essential part of the ministry team here at All Saints and the assignment of Cris will allow both Deacon Martha and Cris to support one another, the parish and me more deeply. Thanks be to God!

Please join me in welcoming The Rev. Cris South into the All Saints Family!

May the Light of Christ shine upon you this Epiphany!

See you Sunday!

Fr. Gary+

*  Bread Ministry :   The Bread Ministry is a great way to serve at All Saints and is not overly time consuming!. Right now we have 7 different people baking, so we are baking once every seven months,   It is a simple recipe and you can choose to bake the entire month at once and freeze or bake weekly, etc.   We are looking for new volunteers to join us in our baking efforts.  If you are interested, please contact Chris Butterworth at either 704-396-6053  or  as soon as you can. Thanks!

*   Office Closed :  The office will be closed on Monday, January 16 th  in observance of Martin Luther King day.

*   Youth Brainstorming Meeting: Will be rescheduled.  W e will gather with parents of our youth and any and all interested parishioners who care about how we minister to our children. Our goal is to brainstorm and then act on doing ministry for our youth in exciting, real and new ways in this time of doing Church differently. Questions contact Fr. Gary.

*   2017 Pledge Cards:  Our 2017 budget is being fine-tuned.  If you have not turned in your pledge card yet, please think about doing so.  Pledge Cards are available in the Narthex.  The Vestry thanks everyone for their generosity.

*   The Bible Study Group began a new study of Paul on Wednesday January 11th.  The group meets  on Wednesday at  10:00am in the Family Life Center.   We welcome anyone who would like to join us. You do not have to be a member of All Saints to come. If you would like to learn more about the group, please contact Jerry Wertz at 704-577-9699. 

*  Choir :  Rehearsal weekly on Wednesday at 7PM.

*  Pacesetters:  On Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 10:00 am, the Pacesetters will hold our organizational meeting in the All Saints Life Center.   Please come share ideas for
 activities for the upcoming year.  After the meeting, we will go out to lunch (location to be determined). Pacesetters is All Saints' senior fellowship, and we welcome anyone who wants to take part, regardless of age.  Highlights of our recent activities are posted on the bulletin board near the kitchen in the Life Center.  For more information, please contact Susan Maxon  ( ; 704-747-4561)  or Jerry Wertz ( ; 704-577-9699).

*  Handbells:   Jan 18th handbells will rehearse at  6:00pm. Rehearse  Jan 25February 1 and ring in church  February 5.

*  Vacation:  Debra, our Parish Administrator, will be on vacation from January 10th until January 17th .  Please be patient and understanding when calling, visiting or writing during this time. 

*  Vestry Meeting:  January 17th at 7PM.

*  Pastoral Care Meeting:  Tuesday, January 31st at 7PM.

*  CAM Fundraiser: Fr. Gary currently serves as the Vice President of Crisis Assistance Ministry (CAM). On  February 4th CAM will hold their annual Truffles and Trivia fundraiser. This is CAM's largest fundraising event for the year and will make a difference in the lives of many in Gastonia who are in need.  Truffles and Trivia is  Saturday, February 4, at the Gastonia Conference Center.  The evening begins at  6:30 PM with food and libations, followed by team trivia play at  7:30. Fr. Gary has sponsored a table and is looking for 6 additional table mates who can help offset the cost ($62.50 per person) as well as attend and participate. Any questions ask Fr. Gary.

*  The 2017 Sign Up Sheets for coffee hour, altar guild and altar flowers are on the bulletin board in the Family Life Center.  Coffee Hour hosting can be as simple as drinks and cookies.  Coffee hour is provided to have fellowship with our parish family.  Please sign up or call the church office to add your name to the list (704-864-7201).

*  Souper Bowl Of Caring:  is youth across the nation working to fight hunger and poverty in their own communities around the time of the Super Bowl.  On Sunday, February 5th, our children will have a soup pot available for you to drop your money into.  Dig deep in your pockets for loose change and bills!  All donations go to CAM (Crisis Assistance Ministry).  Please see Carol Wertz if you have any questions.

*  Salvation Army Service Schedule:  Monday, January 16th - Team #4.  (Carol Maiden & Anita Elgin)

*  Mid-Week Service : All Saints offers a "Service of Healing with Eucharist" on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 PM.  All of us are hurting, in need of healing, or want to be made whole again.  Christ comes to us in the quiet times of a contemplative service where we can "be still and know that God is God." Think about joining us and be renewed, refreshed, transformed, and continue your journey towards "wholeness."

*  Family Promise:   The 2017 dates that we will be host to the Family Promise guests are:  2/19 - 2/26, 5/21 - 5/28, 8/6 - 8/13, 10/8 - 10/15 . Family Promise is a community program that provides housing and support to homeless families.  All Saints is one of the original churches that helped establish this ministry more than ten years ago.  We host families in this ministry four times a year at our parish facilities with assistance from the Redeemer Lutheran Church here in Gastonia. There are many ways to support this ministry. During hosting weeks we need parishioners to greet and engage guests (5:00-6:30 pm), to prepare and serve dinner (6:30-8:00 pm), to spend the night (8:00 pm - 7:30 am), to provide homework and enrichment activities for children (5:30-6:30 and 7:00 - 9:00 pm), and to donate items that our guests need (see below). For more information, or to volunteer please contact Marc Dudley at 704-718-4044 or Suggested Donations List: Clothes detergent, toothbrushes and toothpaste, small first aid kits, hair products, soap and/or body wash, suitcases (both used or new), 10, 20, and 30 gallon storage tubs w/ lids, towels and washcloths (both used or new), bed linens (both used or new), family friendly movies or videos, board games, & craft supplies.

*  Save The Date The 2017 All Saints Yard Sale will be on Saturday, April 29th so start collecting items for our sale.  Please only donate items that are in good, working condition, clean and no stuffed animals.  We will need lots of help the week prior for setting up and pricing, as well as on the day of the sale.  The sale is sponsored by the All Saints Outreach Committee.   If you have any questions please contact Claudette Forbes or George Sowersby.

*  Adult Christian Formation: Continuing through the Christmas Season, Fr. Gary will lead a Bible Study and discussion on the Birth Narratives of Matthew and Luke Chapters 1 & 2.

* Cookbooks:   $15 each or 2 for $25 - If you don't need a cookbook, but would like to help our Outreach committee reach their budget goal, consider buying a cookbook to donate to our newcomers committee. Any donated cookbooks will be included in the welcome bag we hand out to newcomers.  

*  Church Financials:  The Vestry wants to make sure that all parishioners are aware that the monthly financial reports are posted on the bulletin boards in The Family Life Center. If you have any concerns or questions please contact Phill Wertz or Fr. Gary.  Thank You!

*  Parish Lunch: Help is needed to clean up the kitchen after lunches.  There is a sign up sheet in the Family Life Center.

*  Holy Land Pilgrimage:  Our next gathering will be after the  10:30 service on January 22nd. We hope to have The Rev. Shawn Griffith with us who went this past summer to answer specific questions we may have as well as offer some insight.

*  Why Do You Love All Saints?  Who here loves All Saints?  Do you want to tell the world why you love being a part of the All Saints family?  Please help us spread the word about our congregation by telling your All Saints Story.  All Saints Stories will be published on our website: as well as our facebook and twitter pages.  To submit your story, go to and click "All Saints Stories" under the Parish Life tab.  If you can, please submit a photo with your story.  

* Prayer List:  Our prayer list grows rapidly.  We ask all parishioners to keep the office informed so that our prayer list remains current and manageable.

*  Picture Directory:   We will have one make up day for pictures.  Watch for the sign up sheet in the Family Life Center.  Emma Butterworth is our photographer.  

*  Ministry Schedule:  The 2017 January through April Ministry Schedule is on the table in the Family Life Center.

* Parish Nurse Ministry will be taking blood pressures after the 8:00 and 10:30 services on the first Sunday of the month.  Nurses interested in the parish nurse ministry please contact Cheryl Saylor, MSN at 803-656-5110. 

*  Fr. Gary's Blog:

*  Gaston Library is sorely in need of used books etc. for their annual book sale held next year.  Paperbacks, hardback, fiction, nonfiction, children's, magazines, DVD and CD's are needed.  If you're cleaning out, now's a good time to give those old books a new home.  Books can be left at the dock at the library or at the church and I'll see they get over there.  (Put them next to the CAM box).  Please no wet, moldy or books with broken spines.  Thanks,  Linda Klocker.

*  Food Pantry:  Please help us keep our food pantry stocked.  If you would like to give a monetary donation, we'd be happy to do the shopping for you.

*  Flower Ministry:  We are looking for a volunteer to head up our Flower Ministry.  It entails breaking down the large  Sunday flower arrangement into smaller arrangements  on Monday mornings.  These smaller arrangements are then delivered to parishioners who are home bound or sick.  Please let Debra know if you would be interested in this ministry.

*  New Partnership: All Saints has entered into a new relationship with the YMCA's Resource Connection Gateway.  This new relationship enables us to help those in need more rapidly and efficiently while also addressing long-term needs versus only addressing immediate concerns.  If you would like more information please see Fr. Gary.

*  Salvation Army Serving:   If anyone is interested in serving at the Salvation Army on Mon. nights from 5:00 to 6:00, please contact Candy Albergine at 704-868-8691 or email We have a couple of spots open and you will find this ministry is a true blessing to all involved. The schedule is on bulletin board in Family Life Center.

* Christian Formation for Youth.  If you have questions please ask Laura Tilly,  Phill Wertz, or Fr. Gary.

*  All Saints Sermons online: Thanks to John Woodward, our sermons are available in audio and video on our website at:
*  Free Mulch:  There are several piles of mulch in the upper parking lot that you are welcome to take.  We need to free up some parking spaces in that upper lot.  Please do not take the mulch by the shed as that is intended for the garden.  

*  Church Directory :  Available on the table in the Family Life Center.

*  Towel Ministry:  We are excited and thankful that Vic Cooper and Jim McCarthy have taken over the coordination of our Towel Ministry.  Please approach them and let them know your talents and availability when projects arise.

*  Building Use Policy :  Our buildings are being used more and more and scheduling conflicts are occurring.  Effective immediately, all rooms/buildings will be scheduled by the Parish Administrator by the submission of a form which is available at the office and will soon be available on the web site.  We appreciate your understanding realizing that this will improve our ability to serve our parishioners and ministries.

* Planned Giving: Programs for Outreach Ministries are an important part of our parish.  You can ensure the continuation of these programs by setting up an endowment or including a bequest in your will. The Episcopal Foundation of Western Carolina has set up "The Living Stones Society" to provide Education and training to all clergy and parishioners about setting up a program. For more information see Fr. Gary or call the foundation at 828-225-6656.
* Ministry Opportunities: There are a variety of Ministries available at All Saints including feeding at The Salvation Army, tending the Garden, Family Promise where we take care of those without a home for a week at a time, Altar Guild, Readers, Lectors, Acolytes, Chalicers, and many more. Everyone at All Saints is encouraged to serve in some way. Please let us know what you are interested in and we will put you in touch with the ministry coordinator. You can call the office (704-864-7201), email ( or speak to Fr. Gary.

 Upcoming Schedule  


January 15th:  Parish Lunch/Annual Meeting

January 16th:  Office Closed

January 17th:  Vestry

January 22nd:  Holy Land Pilgrimage Meeting

January 31st:  Pastoral Care

February 5th:  Souper Bowl of Caring

April 29th:  Yard Sale

This Sunday's Scripture Readings

The Collect

A lmighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The First Reading:  Isaiah 49:1-7
Listen to me, O coastlands,
pay attention, you peoples from far away!
The Lord called me before I was born,
while I was in my mother's womb he named me.
He made my mouth like a sharp sword,
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow,
in his quiver he hid me away.
And he said to me, "You are my servant,
Israel, in whom I will be glorified."
But I said, "I have labored in vain,
I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my cause is with the Lord,
and my reward with my God."

And now the Lord says,
who formed me in the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him,
and that Israel might be gathered to him,
for I am honored in the sight of the Lord,
and my God has become my strength--
he says,
"It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
to raise up the tribes of Jacob
and to restore the survivors of Israel;
I will give you as a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth."

Thus says the Lord,
the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,
to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations,
the slave of rulers,
"Kings shall see and stand up,
princes, and they shall prostrate themselves,
because of the Lord, who is faithful,
the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you."

Psalm 40:1-12

1 I waited patiently upon the Lord; *
he stooped to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the desolate pit, out of the mire and clay; *
he set my feet upon a high cliff and made my footing sure.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God; *
many shall see, and stand in awe,
and put their trust in the Lord.
4 Happy are they who trust in the Lord! *
they do not resort to evil spirits or turn to false gods.
5 Great things are they that you have done, O Lord my God!
how great your wonders and your plans for us! *
there is none who can be compared with you.
6 Oh, that I could make them known and tell them! *
but they are more than I can count.
7 In sacrifice and offering you take no pleasure *
(you have given me ears to hear you);
8 Burnt-offering and sin-offering you have not required, *
and so I said, "Behold, I come.
9 In the roll of the book it is written concerning me: *
'I love to do your will, O my God;
your law is deep in my heart."'
10 I proclaimed righteousness in the great congregation; *
behold, I did not restrain my lips;
and that, O Lord, you know.
11 Your righteousness have I not hidden in my heart;
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your deliverance; *
I have not concealed your love and faithfulness from the great congregation.
12 You are the Lord;
do not withhold your compassion from me; *
let your love and your faithfulness keep me safe for ever,

The Epistle:  1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,

To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind-- just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you-- so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Peter began to speak to them: "I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ--he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."

The Gospel: John 1:29-42

John saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, "Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, 'After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.' I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel." And John testified, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God."

The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, "Look, here is the Lamb of God!" The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, "What are you looking for?" They said to him, "Rabbi" (which translated means Teacher), "where are you staying?" He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, "You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas" (which is translated Peter).

Saint Day / Feast of the Week

Abbot in Egypt, 356

In the third century, many young men turned away from the corrupt
and decadent society of the time, and went to live in deserts or
mountains, in solitude, fasting, and prayer. Antony of Egypt was
an outstanding example of this movement, but he was not merely
a recluse. He was a founder of monasticism, and wrote a rule for
anchorites. Antony's parents were Christians, and he grew up to be
quiet, devout, and meditative. When his parents died, he and his
younger sister were left to care for a sizable estate. Six months later, in
church, he heard the reading about the rich young ruler whom Christ
advised to sell all he had and give to the poor. Antony at once gave his
land to the villagers, and sold most of his goods, giving the proceeds
to the poor. Later, after meditating on Christ's bidding, "Do not be
anxious about tomorrow," he sold what remained of his possessions,
placed his sister in a "house of maidens," and became an anchorite
(solitary ascetic).

Athanasius, who knew Antony personally, writes that he spent his
days praying, reading, and doing manual labor. For a time, he was
tormented by demons in various guises. He resisted, and the demons
fled. Moving to the mountains across the Nile from his village, Antony
dwelt alone for twenty years. In 305, he left his cave and founded a
"monastery," a series of cells inhabited by ascetics living under his
rule. Athanasius writes of such colonies: "Their cells like tents were
filled with singing, fasting, praying, and working that they might give
alms, and having love and peace with one another."

Antony visited Alexandria, first in 321, to encourage those suffering
martyrdom under the Emperor Maximinus; later, in 355, to combat
the Arians by preaching, conversions, and the working of miracles.
Most of his days were spent on the mountain with his disciple

He willed a goat-skin tunic and a cloak to Athanasius, who said of
him: "He was like a physician given by God to Egypt. For who met
him grieving and did not go away rejoicing? Who came full of anger
and was not turned to kindness? ... What monk who had grown
slack was not strengthened by coming to him? Who came troubled by
doubts and failed to gain peace of mind?"
  Prayer List 
We pray for Anne Dalton, Page Lee, Adam Barnes, Cathy Harvey, Laura Beth Murray, Joshua Scruggs, Jack Dixson, Charles Clamurro, Courtney Birk, Charlie Metcalf, Caroline, Carolyn Reese, Eric Hilemon, Eddie Butler, Madison Krontz, Randy Mikeal, Coleen Birk Falk, John Klimkowski, Anne Ebe, Ron Blew, Linda Stanford, Joseph Colarossi, Vic Cooper, Maureen Cooper, Art & Chong Saile, Brendan McKiernan, John, Lester Walker, Owen Harpold, Johnny Featherston, Carolyn Healy, John King, Glenda Carpenter, H olly,  William Knowles, D onald & Sadie Woody, Marsha Ellison, Eileen Klimkowski, Susan Lamb & Linda Klocker .

January 18th - Gary Butterworth
January 18th - Brad Frazier
January 18th - Jim McCarthy
January 21st - Erik Jager
January 22nd - Cathy Webster
January 26th - Kelly Halley
January 31st - Jay Oden
February 1st - John Cheek
February 2nd - Win Borner
February 4th - Courtney Birk
February 4th - Smokey Craven
February 5th - Kathleen Broome
February 5th - Diane Camp
February 7th - Kathy Butler
February 8th - Gay Lindsey
February 11th - Cary McWhirter
February 19th - Kirsten Witry
February 22nd - Dennis Stewart
February 24th - Sydney Wertz
February 26th - Katie Huskins

Please let the office know if we have missed your birthday!

January 15
January 22 
8:00 AM
Brad Frazier
Don Stine
10:30 AM
Cheryl Richard
Adam Nygren
Jim & Flo
Claudette Forbes
Nancy Byers
Sydney Wertz
Noelle Martin
Lee Wells
Scott Witry
Randy Mullins
Lindsey Wells
8:00 AM
Jerry Wertz
Laurie Stewart
10:30 AM
Candy Albergine
Marc Dudley
Sharon & Bob
Cathy Webster
Allison Wells
Jocelyn King
Gay Lindsey
Jim McCarthy's Office Staff

Annual Meeting

10:30 AM
George Sowersby
Morningside Resident
Pete Laine
Judy Mullins
John Woodward
William Graham
William & Priscilla Graham
George Sowersby
Susan Stroud
VPOD 8:00
Lynne Stine
Marc Dudley

Blessings & Peace,
Fr. Gary+

phone: 704-864-7201
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