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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 20, 2017
In This Issue

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

Our son would occasionally wake up screaming at night when he thought that his beloved stuffed animal had somehow swam away and forsaken him.

"Lobby is gone!" he would shout in a panic. One of us often had to run into his room and turn on the light for him so that he could see that "Lobby" was indeed still in the bed lying next to him.

Today is the inauguration of our new president. I know that there are people on each side of the aisle at All Saints and that's OK...that's your right and I honor that...even more than that...I fought and some of my friends died for that right with 31 years of sacrificial service. Our place as The Body of Christ in Gastonia and the world is to remember that our only true allegiance is to Jesus Christ. It is in him that we place our trust.

There are many in our nation right now who are screaming, "God, your kingdom is gone!" For those who are suffering now and for those who will suffer in the future place in the center of your fears, the knowledge and assurance that our Savior, Jesus Christ is the light of the world, and shines on us to reveal that God's kingdom has been here all along and it is always closer to us than we think. As Kabir Helminski puts it, "We are knee deep in the river looking for water." We need not be afraid of the dark. God's kingdom hasn't gone away just because we think that it has been misplaced. The light visits us and constantly reminds us that God is much nearer than we think. Strive always to remember the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., "Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that." 

God, help me believe in the sun, even when it is not shining. God, help me believe in love, even when I don't feel it. God, help me believe in you, even when you are silent. Amen (from words found on a wall at Auschwitz).

See you Sunday!

Fr. Gary+

*  Adult Christian Formation: Starting this Sunday, January 22nd we will be studying "Great Figures of the New Testament." Our guide is the esteemed scholar Amy-Jill Levine who teaches at Vanderbilt University. What Ms. Levine brings to the table is a unique Jewish understanding of the New Testament, the culture and people of the day. She can do this because she is Jewish. She will take us on a journey of specific characters: who they are, what they do and how they have been assessed across the centuries. We begin at  9:30 AM. Please join us!

*  Holy Land Pilgrimage :  Our next gathering will be after the  10:30  service this Sunday, January 22nd. 

*  Fr. Gary's Annual Meeting Address: Fr. Gary's address to the Parish at the Annual Meeting is available on the table in the Life Center. If you were not able to make it to the Annual Meeting please pick up a copy.

*  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!

*  Foyers:  Would you like to get to know more people at All Saints in a fun, friendly, small group environment? Then Foyers is for you.   Groups consist of 6-8 people who gather in each other's homes or a restaurant roughly once/month for dinner.  Members of the groups change each year in order for you to get to know more people.  You do not have to be a couple to participate.  There are usually as many single people as there are couples who participate.  If you would like to participate, please sign the sheet in the Family Life Center or let Jerry Wertz know  or 704-577-9699.

*   Youth Brainstorming Meeting: Will be January 29th or February 4th.  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.

*  Handbells:  Rehearse at 6PM on  Jan 25February 1 and ring in church  February 5.

*  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 23rd - Team #5.  (Jacquie Burr)

*  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.

* 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.

*  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 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

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The First Reading:  Isaiah 9:1-4
There will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness--
on them light has shined.
You have multiplied the nation,
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as people exult when dividing plunder.
For the yoke of their burden,
and the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.

Psalm 27:1, 5-13

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom then shall I fear? *
the Lord is the strength of my life;
of whom then shall I be afraid?
5 One thing have I asked of the Lord;
one thing I seek; *
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life;
6 To behold the fair beauty of the Lord *
and to seek him in his temple.
7 For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe in his shelter; *
he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling
and set me high upon a rock.
8 Even now he lifts up my head *
above my enemies round about me.
9 Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation
with sounds of great gladness; *
I will sing and make music to the Lord.
10 Hearken to my voice, O Lord, when I call; *
have mercy on me and answer me.
11 You speak in my heart and say, "Seek my face." *
Your face, Lord, will I seek.
12 Hide not your face from me, *
nor turn away your servant in displeasure.
13 You have been my helper;
cast me not away; *
do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.

The Epistle:  1 Corinthians 1:10-18

Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. What I mean is that each of you says, "I belong to Paul," or "I belong to Apollos," or "I belong to Cephas," or "I belong to Christ." Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power.

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

The Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23

When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

"Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,
on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles-
the people who sat in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death
light has dawned."
From that time Jesus began to proclaim, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."

As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea-for they were fishermen. And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fish for people." Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.
Saint Day / Feast of the Week

Martyr at Rome, 304

As a child of twelve years, Agnes suffered for her faith, in Rome,
during the cruel persecution of the Emperor Diocletian. After
rejecting blandishments and withstanding threats and tortures by
her executioner, she remained firm in refusal to offer worship to the
heathen gods, and was burned at the stake-or, according to another
early tradition, was beheaded with the sword. The early Fathers of
the Church praised her courage and chastity, and remarked upon her
name, which means "pure" in Greek and "lamb" in Latin.

Pilgrims still visit Agnes' tomb and the catacomb surrounding it,
beneath the basilica of her name on the Via Nomentana in Rome that
Pope Honorius I (625-638) built in her honor to replace an older
shrine erected by the Emperor Constantine. On her feast day at the
basilica, two lambs are blessed, whose wool is woven into a scarf
called the pallium, with which the Pope invests archbishops. Pope
Gregory the Great sent such a pallium in 601 to Augustine, the first
Archbishop of Canterbury. A representation of the pall appears on the
coat of arms of Archbishops of Canterbury to this day.
  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, 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, Walter Frazier, Jane Tucker, Joe Myers, Maxine Justice, Aiden, Courtney & Ryan .

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 22
January 29 
8:00 AM
Don Stine
Dennis Bolin
10:30 AM
Jim & Flo
Nancy Byers
Mike Huskins
Nancy Byers
Pete Laine
Scott Witry
Randy Mullins
Lindsey Wells
Sydney Wertz
Sophie Martin
Autumn Jager
8:00 AM
Laurie Stewart
Kelly Morris
10:30 AM
Sharon & Bob
Bob & Claudette Forbes
Allison Wells

Jocelyn King
Gay Lindsey
Kelly Morris
Glenda Carpenter
Diane Camp
Allison Wells
10:30 AM
William Graham
Judy Mullins
Lee & Allison
William Graham
Terry Eckard
Jim & Flo
George Sowersby
Susan Stroud
VPOD 8:00
George Saylor
Lee Wells
Linda Klocker
Marc Dudley

Blessings & Peace,
Fr. Gary+

phone: 704-864-7201
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