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Purpose

 

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

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

 

Vision

 

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
March 30, 2017
In This Issue
  

Gary
Greetings in the Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
 
Jesus' words to Martha from John 11:25-26 are familiar, comforting words often read at funerals: "I am the resurrection and the life." Jesus' last question to Martha in that speech, though, is often left out: "Do you believe me?" When I read this passage, the question startles me, and I pause to consider my own answer. Do I believe that everyone who lives and believes in Jesus will never die? I am catapulted to Mark 9:24, where the father of the possessed boy says, "I believe; help my unbelief!" Like most of us, I live every day somewhere along the spectrum between belief and unbelief. Some days I am completely confident in God's resurrection power. On other days I am less sure, and I need more help with my unbelief. On those hard days I am grateful for the witness of the saints who have come before us, for the people at All Saints who hold me up, for clergy colleagues and friends, and for the grace of new mercies each morning.

Recently I have begun a more disciplined prayer life using an Ignatian method of prayer. I am using an app on my phone called "Pray As You Go" and I recommend it whole heartedly. The method consists of two parts: First, a quiet time with bells, music, a reading, a reflection and listening to the reading again. The second part is done near the end of the day when one reflects on the good and not so good of the day, what has brought life and light to your day as well as what has taken those things away. During the introduction to this phase the "Pray As You Go" app reminds the listener: "Know that you are in the presence of God. God rejoices that you have come however forgetful you may have been of God during the day." What a powerful reminder of God's love for us and God's desire that we return. God is always with us and always welcomes us into God's presence no matter our belief, unbelief, doubt or uncertainty. What is most important is that we reside with God and return always.

Lord, I need your help each day. I trust your promise, but so often I lived poised between belief and unbelief. Thank you for being present in my need, and for the witness of those who surround and sustain me with the signs of your mercy and grace. Amen.


See ya Sunday! 
Fr. Gary+

Holy Week Schedule
 
Every Week Day:  Morning Prayer at 8 AM
Thursday, April 13th:  Maundy Thursday at 6:00 PM
Friday, April 14th:  Good Friday Services at 12:00 Noon & 7:00 PM
                             (7PM Service followed by Stations of the Cross)
Saturday, April 15th:  Easter Vigil at 8:15 PM (Followed by a champagne and                                                   chocolate reception in the Family Life Center)
Sunday, April 16th:  Easter Day Services at 8:00 AM & 10:30 AM
 
*Don't forget to bring bells to the Easter Vigil Service, and
bells and flowers to the Easter Day Services.

Maundy Thursday at All Saints
6:00 PM, Thursday April 13, 2017
Parish Life Center
 
Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter when Christians all over the world commemorate Jesus washing the disciples' feet, as recorded in the Gospel of John. In Middle Eastern culture, it was the responsibility of the host to see that his servants washed the guests' feet upon arrival, since roads were not paved and travel was often by walking. This practical act of hospitality brought comfort and relief to road weary feet.

Jesus took it upon himself to wash the disciples' feet in an act of humility and to set an example for them and for us who follow him today. This year, we are doing something a little different. Instead of having a foot washing, we will be making up foot care packs to distribute to the homeless.

We will begin the evening at 6:00 with a simple Middle Eastern meal. The first course will consist of figs, grapes, crackers and cheese. The second course will be homemade hummus, flat bread, olives, Tabbouleh and lamb stew. A simple desert course will consist of dates and nuts. After dinner, we will assemble the foot care kits around the tables, and then have Holy Eucharist together. We will then process up to the sanctuary in silence for the stripping of the altar. If anyone wishes to have their feet washed after the stripping of the altar, Deacon Martha will have her basin and towel ready in the Parish Life Center.

A sign-up sheet is in the Parish Life Center so we can know how many to expect for the meal. Everything will be provided. Donations will be accepted to offset the cost of the food and supplies with any overage going into the outreach fund.

We hope you will come join us for this evening of fellowship, communion, and service to our neighbors.  
ANNOUNCEMENTS

*  Sign up sheet for Palm Sunday/Holy Week :  During Holy week we have more services and a need for more people to serve.  There is a sign-up sheet in the Life Center - please sign up for the times and services you are available for so we don't have to "assign" people.

*  Parish Picture Directory:  We are working on getting the Picture Directory out and need your help. The current directory is in the Parish Hall in The Life Center, please check, correct and update any new information. Additionally, if you did not get your picture taken you are invited to submit a favorite photo which will be included. Please e-mail this photo to secretaryallsaintsgastonianc@gmail.com.

*  Easter Flowers:   If you would like to contribute to the Easter Altar Flower Arrangement to be placed in the church for Easter Services in memory or in honor of your loved one, please fill out the form in this week's bulletin.  We plan to have one large arrangement like last year.  We suggest a minimum of $10.00.

*  Easter Egg Hunt :  after the 10:30 service on Easter Sunday.  We are looking for donations of candy and small goodies like stickers, coins, erasers, etc. to fill plastic eggs.  If you have any questions, please contact Allison Wells. 

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

*  Handbells:   rehearsal at 6PM on  April 5 and April 19.  Ring for  10:30 worship  April 23.

*  Small, portable Tiller needed: The Garden Committee is in need of a small portable tiller that can be easily lifted into the garden beds. We are asking for donations to purchase one for about $350. If you can assist please make a donation and in the memo line write "Garden Tiller." Your generosity and support is appreciated.

*  Belmont Abbey Lecture of Interest: The Cuthbert Allen Lecture at Belmont Abbey College.  8:00 PMThursday, March 30, 2017. Dr. Stephen Barr, "Science and Christian Faith:  The Myth of Conflict."  In this lecture, University of Delaware physicist Dr. Stephen Barr argues that the science-versus-religion myth is based on mistaken views of history and of what science has actually discovered.

*  Last Friday Get Together:  On Friday, March 31st at 6:30pm All Saints will begin our new Last Friday Fellowship Gathering.  We will gather for food, fun, and fellowship which will include games, a Zumba Gold demonstration (for a possible gold class offered at the church) , and who knows what else?  We just know it will be fun!  This will be an evening for getting to know one another better, laughing together, and celebrating the fellowship that is All Saints!  Please mark your calendars and join us.  PS:  If you have games hidden in your closet that you would like to bring along and/or donate to the church for these events, please feel free.  

*  Outreach:  The outreach committee will meet in the conference room on  Wednesday April 5, 2017 at 6:30pm.  We will be discussing the upcoming yard sale and the Parade of Tables in September.

*  Vestry Work Day:  Saturday, April 8th at the home of John Still (1-5PM)

*  Yard Sale:  The 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. We have no space to store your donations before the sale.  We can not accept old tv's - only flat screens that work.  If you have large items or furniture that must be moved prior to the yard sale, please call George Sowersby.  Contact Claudette Forbes or George Sowersby with questions.

*  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.

*  The Pacesetters  will be going to Greenville, SC on  Thursday May 4th to see the Andrew Wyeth exhibit.  Please let Jerry Wertz know if you plan to attend ( jerrywertz@att.net or 704-577-9699)

*  DATE CHANGE - Parish Picnic & Worship Service:  Sunday, May 21st at Rankin Lake

*  Monthly Parish Breakfast: The first  Sunday of every month we will have breakfast from  9:15 to 10 AM (last food off the griddle at  9:45) for the entire church.  The  10:30 volunteers will be the cooks and the  8 o'clock volunteers will clean up.  A sign-up sheet will be posted in the Family Life Center for items needed and we appreciate folks signing up.  Eggs and/or Pancakes and breakfast meat will be provided. Getting our parishioners from both services create opportunities for fellowship so we get to know everyone in our parish. We also hope committee heads will take the opportunity to talk up their ministries and let people know how they might help.  On that  Sunday, there will be no Adult Christian Formation or Coffee Hour, but there will be  Sunday School for the children.  If you want to assist with this event, please contact Jerry Wertz at 704-577-9699 or  jerrywertz@att.net.

*  Salvation Army Garden:  Plans are underway for the planting of the garden to provide vegetables for a salad each week or to use in the meals.   Charlie Jenkins is in charge of the garden along with a team.  We are in need of people/families willing to adopt 1 or 2 plots and do the weeding of those plots.  Yes, we are a little ahead of ourselves but the garden will be planted soon and before you know it, the beds will be covered in weeds.  There is a sheet in the Family Life Center for you to put your name on a plot. In case you didn't know, All Saints provides the meal and fresh salad every  Monday night at the Salvation Army.  The recipients are always very complimentary of the food provided.  The vestry representatives for the garden are Jerry Wertz and Linda Klocker.

*  New Partnership: New Life Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) has begun using space at All Saints for their worship services. New Life is a small parish of about 15 people who have recently lost their worship space in Charlotte. They are a liturgical church that celebrates The Eucharist weekly and our traditions share many common rites, rituals, symbols and theological underpinnings. The Vestry and Fr. Gary have been in discussions and negotiations with New Life for about six months and most of the details have been finalized. New Life will contribute to the financial needs of All Saints in this arrangement. New Life's services are held on Sunday evening at 7PM and on first Sundays they will gather in our parish hall for a potluck supper and worship beginning at 6 PM. New Life parishioners hope to participate in some of our ministries and attend some of our more unique services. Please give them a wonderful All Saints welcome! Any questions please contact Fr. Gary.

*  Adult Christian Formation: We are studying "Great Figures of the New Testament." Our guide is the esteemed Jewish 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 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  9:25 AM. Please join us!

*  Family Promise:   The remaining 2017 dates that we will be host to the Family Promise guests are: 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), and to provide homework and enrichment activities for children ( 5:30-6:30). For more information, or to volunteer please contact Marc Dudley at 704-718-4044 or  marcdudleync@gmail.com

*  Parade of Tables:  Save the date!!  Saturday, September 23rd.  

*  2017 Pledge Cards: 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:  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 will now be on Sunday mornings at 9:25am.

*  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).

*  Salvation Army Service Schedule:  Monday, April 3rd - Team #2.  (George Sowersby, Nancy Byers & Alex Haymaker)

*  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."

* 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!

*  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:  AllSaintsGastonia.org as well as our facebook and twitter pages.  To submit your story, go to AllSaintsGastonia.org 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.

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

*  Fr. Gary's Blog:  theway2016blog.wordpress.com

*  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.

*  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  calbergine@gmail.com. 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:  www.allsaintsgastonia.org/sermons
  
*  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 (secretaryallsaintsgastonianc@gmail.com) or speak to Fr. Gary.

 Upcoming Schedule  

 

March 31st:  Last Friday Get Together

April 1st:  Lenten Study

April 2nd:  Parish Breakfast

April 5th:  Handbells

April 5th:  Outreach

April 8th:  Vestry Work Day

April 13th:  Maundy Thursday

April 14th:  Good Friday

April 15th:  Easter Vigil

April 16th:  Easter

April 29th:  Yard Sale

May 4th:  Pacesetters

May 21st:  Service & Picnic at Rankin Lake

September 23rd:  Parade of Tables

This Sunday's Scripture Readings

The Collect

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

The First Reading: 
Ezekiel 37:1-14

T he hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, "Mortal, can these bones live?" I answered, "O Lord God, you know." Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord."

So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live." I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.

Then he said to me, "Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.' Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act," says the Lord.

Psalm 130

1 Out of the depths have I called to you, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice; *
let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
2 If you, Lord, were to note what is done amiss, *
O Lord, who could stand?
3 For there is forgiveness with you; *
therefore you shall be feared.
4 I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him; *
in his word is my hope.
5 My soul waits for the Lord,
more than watchmen for the morning, *
more than watchmen for the morning.
6 O Israel, wait for the Lord, *
for with the Lord there is mercy;
7 With him there is plenteous redemption, *
and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.


The Epistle: 
Romans 8:6-11


To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God's law-- indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.


The Gospel: John 11:1-45

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, "Lord, he whom you love is ill." But when Jesus heard it, he said, "This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God's glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it." Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.

Then after this he said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judea again." The disciples said to him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?" Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them." After saying this, he told them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him." The disciples said to him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right." Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him." Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him."

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him." Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" She said to him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world."

When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, "The Teacher is here and is calling for you." And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see." Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, "See how he loved him!" But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?"

Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days." Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, "Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me." When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go."

Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.
Saint Day / Feast of the Week

James Lloyd Breck
Priest, 1876

James Lloyd Breck was one of the most important missionaries of
the Episcopal Church in the nineteenth century. He was called "The
Apostle of the Wilderness."

Breck was born in Philadelphia in 1818, and like many important
Churchmen of his time, was greatly influenced by the pastoral
devotion, liturgical concern, and sacramental emphasis of William
Augustus Muhlenberg. Breck attended Muhlenberg's school in
Flushing, New York, before entering the University of Pennsylvania.
Muhlenberg inspired him, when he was sixteen years old, to dedicate
himself to a missionary life. The dedication was crystallized when
Breck, with three other classmates from the General Theological
Seminary, founded a religious community at Nashotah, Wisconsin,
which in 1844 was on the frontier.

Nashotah became a center of liturgical observance, of pastoral care,
and of education. Isolated families were visited, mission stations
established, and, probably for the first time since the Revolution,
Episcopal missionaries were the first to reach the settlers.

Though Nashotah House flourished, and became one of the seminaries
of the Episcopal Church, the "religious house" ideal did not. Breck
moved on to St. Paul, Minnesota, where he began the work of the
Episcopal Church. At Gull Lake, he organized St. Columba's Mission
for the Chippewa. It laid the foundation for work among the Indians
by their own native priests, although the mission itself did not survive.

In 1855, Breck married, and in 1858 settled in Faribault, Minnesota,
where his mission was associated with one of the first cathedrals
established in the Episcopal Church in the United States. He also
founded Seabury Divinity School, which later merged with Western
Theological Seminary, to become Seabury-Western. In 1867, Breck
went on to California, inspired principally by the opportunity of
founding a new, theological school. His schools at Benicia, California,
did not survive, but the five parishes which he founded did, and the
Church in California was strengthened immensely through his work.
He died prematurely, at the age of 55, in 1876.
  Prayer List 
 
  We pray for Anne Dalton, Page Lee, Adam Barnes, Cathy Harvey, Laura Beth Murray, Jack Dixson, Charles Clamurro, Courtney Birk, Charlie Metcalf, Madison Krontz, Linda Stanford, Joseph Colarossi, Art & Chong Saile, John, Owen Harpold, Johnny Featherston, Carolyn Healy, John King, Jim & Glenda Carpenter, William Knowles, Donald & Sadie Woody, Susan Lamb, Linda Klocker, Jane Tucker, Maxine Justice, Tony & Liz Butler, Michael Driscoll, Rita Ensminger, Mary Lou Butterworth, Christine McCular, John Kunes,  Shirley Jensen, Robert Starnes, JoAnne & Catherine Morris, Alan Austin, Nicole Middleton & Tonnie Canup .


March 30th - Kelly Eckard
March 31st - Millie English
March 31st - Bruce Kiser
April 1st - Ashley Birk
April 2nd - Andie Brymer
April 2nd - Pet Sumner
April 3rd - Ken Harvey
April 8th - Deb Alzner
April 8th - Nancy Byers
April 11th - Warren English
April 12th - David Klocker
April 12th - Van Balco
April 15th - Jim Howard
April 15th - Young McWhirter
April 16th - Regina Girdauskas
April 16th - Zoe Tilly
April 23rd - Calvin Boyd
April 24th - Deacon Cris South
April 25th - George Saylor
April 25th - Steve Stanford
April 26th - Allison Wells
April 29th - Robert DeCristofor

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

2017
April 2
April 9
CHALICE/LECTOR
8:00 AM
Jim McCarthy
Susan Maxon
CHALICE 
10:30 AM
George Sowersby
Kyle Tilly
Cheryl Richard
Adam Nygren
LECTOR
Allison Wells
Judy Mullins
ACOLYTES
Phill Wertz
Sydney Wertz
Emory Borner
Lee Wells
Noelle Martin
Lydia Kish
GREETER/USHER
8:00 AM
Jim Howard
Jerry Wertz
GREETERS/USHERS
10:30 AM
Allison & Lee Wells
Bob & Claudette Forbes
ALTAR GUILD
Allison Wells
Marc Dudley
BREAD
April
Cheryl Saylor
May
Allison Wells
ALTAR FLOWERS
Lenten Greens
Palm Sunday
COFFEE HOUR
Parish Breakfast

MORNINGSIDE
10:30 AM
C.B. Barr
Morningside Resident
Jim McCarthy
Eileen Klimkowski
SOUND TECH
William Graham
Marc Dudley
LAY EUCHARISTIC
VISITORS
William & Priscilla Graham
Adam Nygren
David McDowell
VPOD 8:00
10:30
Linda Klocker
Lee Wells
Jerry Wertz
John Woodward

Blessings & Peace,
Fr. Gary+

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