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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
April 27, 2017
In This Issue

Greetings in the Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
This Sunday we hear from The Gospel of Luke the wonderful story about the disciples on the Road to Emmaus. For many of us here at All Saints just the word Emmaus may conjure up memories of a Cursillo Weekend because our Methodist brothers and sisters use Emmaus instead of Cursillo for their weekends of transformation and new learning.

Just like the disciples on the road, all of us are moved from unconscious incompetence to conscious incompetence and hopefully, if we are open to new learning we move to conscious competence. For the disciples on the Road to Emmaus their conscious competence came when Jesus said the prayers and broke the bread in their presence.
The two disciples on the road to Emmaus did not recognize Jesus: "their eyes were kept from recognizing him." They were disheartened because they had hoped this man Jesus they followed was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And now here Christ was right in their midst and they did not know it was him. Sometimes God is active in our daily lives and we do not even know or recognize it. We can sometimes get so caught up in the destination that we don't stop and see God's presence right in front of us in our lives. But when we pause to look back on our lives and reflect, sometimes we are able to recognize where and when God was present--that chance meeting in a coffee shop, that phone call we received, that turn in the road we made. When was a time in your life you felt God was especially present or active or so close to you that you could reach out and touch him?

Present God, we give thanks that you walk along the road of life with each of us. Help us recognize your presence. Amen.

See ya Sunday! 
Fr. Gary+

*  First Sunday of the Month:  the loose offering from May 7th will go to benefit Camp Henry instead of Fr. Gary's discretionary fund.  

*  The Wednesday morning Bible Study, which meets at the church at  10:00am, will be watching a movie about Paul next week.  After that we will be reading "An Altar in the World" by Barbara Brown Taylor.  If this sounds of interest to you, please plan to join us.

*   Statements:  First quarter giving statements are available for pick up after both services on Sunday.

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

*  The Pacesetters  will be going to Greenville, SC on  Thursday May 4th to see the Andrew Wyeth exhibit.  We will meet at the church at 8:15am and leave by 8:30.  Please let Jerry Wertz know if you plan to attend .  (  or 704-577-9699)

*  Parish Breakfast:   Sunday morning breakfast will take place on May 7th.  Sausage and eggs is the menu.  If anyone has a special item they would like to bring, please sign up and let us know.   Breakfast starts early for those attending choir practice ( 9:00) and continues until  10:00.  Hopefully we can get more  10:30 people to attend with these expanded hours.  It is a great time to relax and visit!

*  Music Fest:  May 7th 3:00pm, Bradley Memorial UMC.  T his program of choral music and hymn singing is sponsored by several churches in Gastonia.  All Saints choir will be a part of this program.  Please come out and hear some great singing and support the All Saints choir. 

*  Mother's Day Flowers :  If you wish to make a donation in Memory or in Honor of all mothers' or women who have guided, mentored and loved us, please fill out the form in Sunday's bulletin.

*  Parish Picnic: We will have our Spring parish picnic with worship on May 21st at 10:30 AM at the waterfront shelters at Rankin Lake Park.  We are hoping for great weather, great attendance, lots of fun, and good food. We have lost our provider of chicken so we ask people to bring main dishes, side dishes, salads and desserts.

*  CAM:  June is CAM (Crisis Assistance Ministry) month for All Saints.  CAM is a cooperative ministry of the greater Gastonia faith community and provides emergency food and financial assistance to those facing financial crisis or struggling with the burden of poverty.  CAM needs financial assistance, food contributions, and volunteers.  A shopping list and more information can be found 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 second Sunday of the month .  Nurses interested in the parish nurse ministry please contact Cheryl Saylor, MSN. 

*  Vestry Meeting:  Tuesday, May 16th at 7PM.

*  Yard Sale:  The All Saints Yard Sale will be this Saturday, April 29th.  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.

*  Work Day :   We will have a parish workday on Saturday, May 20th at 8AM.  Please put the date on your calendar and join us in sprucing up the church and the grounds. Many hands make light work!  "Please don't fall for that voice that tells you someone else will do it"

*  Pastoral Care:  Tuesday, May 30th.

*  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.

*  Salvation Army Garden:  Planting of the garden is underway 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.

*  Zumba:  Will resume on Friday, June 9th.

*  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:   Our Family Promise guest will once again be with us starting Sunday May 21st, and will be with us the entire week until Sunday, May 28th. This program is a wonderful opportunity to give families without a place that they can call home, a temporary sanctuary by providing shelter, substance and a bit of compassion. 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 volunteer for several activities during on that week. This includes helping to unload and load the families' belongings on the Sunday mornings of the week they are with us ( 8:30am - 10:15am) , 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 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.

*  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.

*  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, May 1st - Team #6.  (Jerry Wertz, Deloris Stewart & Charlie Jenkins)

*  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: 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.

*  Fr. Gary's Blog:

*  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  


April 29th:  Yard Sale

May 4th:  Pacesetters

May 20th:  Parish Work Day

May 21st:  Service & Picnic at Rankin Lake

May 30th:  Pastoral Care

June 27th:  Outreach

September 23rd:  Parade of Tables

This Sunday's Scripture Readings

The Collect

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Gospel:  Acts 2:14a, 36-41

Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd, "Let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified."

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, "Brothers, what should we do?" Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him." And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.

Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17

I love the  Lord, because he has heard the voice of my supplication, *
because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him.
2 The cords of death entangled me;
the grip of the grave took hold of me; *
I came to grief and sorrow.
3 Then I called upon the Name of the  Lord: *
"O  Lord, I pray you, save my life."
10 How shall I repay the  Lord *
for all the good things he has done for me?
11 I will lift up the cup of salvation *
and call upon the Name of the  Lord.
12 I will fulfill my vows to the  Lord *
in the presence of all his people.
13 Precious in the sight of the  Lord *
is the death of his servants.
14 O  Lord, I am your servant; *
I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;
you have freed me from my bonds.
15 I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving *
and call upon the Name of the  Lord.
16 I will fulfill my vows to the  Lord *
in the presence of all his people,
17 In the courts of the  Lord'S house, *
in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.

The Epistle:  1 Peter 1:17-23

If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.

Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.

The Gospel: Luke 24:13-35

Now on that same day two of Jesus' disciples were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, "What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?" They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?" He asked them, "What things?" They replied, "The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him." Then he said to them, "Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?" Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, "Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over." So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?" That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, "The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Saint Day / Feast of the Week

Catherine of Siena

Catherine Benincasa was the youngest of twenty-five children of a
wealthy dyer of Siena. At six years of age, she had a remarkable vision
that probably decided her life's vocation. Walking home from a visit,
she stopped on the road and gazed upward, oblivious to everything
around her. "I beheld our Lord seated in glory with St. Peter, St. Paul,
and St. John." She went on to say, later, that the Savior smiled on her
and blessed her.

From then on, Catherine spent most of her time in prayer and
meditation, despite her mother's attempts to force her to be like other
girls. To settle matters, Catherine cut off her hair, her chief beauty. The
family harassed her continually; but in the end, convinced that she was
deaf to all opposition, her father let her do as she would: close herself
away in a darkened room, fast, and sleep on boards. Eventually, she
was accepted as a Dominican postulant.

Catherine had numerous visions, and was also tried most severely
by loathsome temptations and degrading images. Frequently, she felt
totally abandoned by the Lord. At last, in 1366, the Savior appeared
with Mary and the Heavenly Host, and espoused her to himself, so
ending her years of lonely prayer and struggle. She became a nurse, as
Dominicans regularly did, caring for patients with leprosy and cancer
whom other nurses disliked to treat.

Opinion in Siena was sharply divided about whether she was a saint or
a fanatic, but when the Bishop of Capua was appointed her confessor,
he helped her to win full support from the Dominican Mother House.
Catherine was a courageous worker in time of severe plague; she
visited prisoners condemned to death; she constantly was called upon
to arbitrate feuds and to prepare troubled sinners for confession.

During the great schism of the papacy, with rival popes in Rome
and Avignon, Catherine wrote tirelessly to princes, kings, and popes,
urging them to restore the unity of the Church. She even went to
Rome to press further for the cause.

Besides her many letters to all manner of people, Catherine wrote
a Dialogue, a mystical work dictated in ecstasy. Exhausted and
paralyzed, she died at the age of thirty-three.

May 2nd - Lynn Witry
May 5th - Emily Frazier
May 10th - Emma Butterworth
May 11th - Tim Whittaker
May 12th - Mike Mong
May 16th - Fred Ellison
May 16th - Randy Mullins
May 18th - LouAnne Hicks
May 18th - Oliver Baird
May 20th - Brett Brown
May 21st - Joshua Jager
May 26th - Courtney Brunder
May 26th - Charles Jenkins
May 29th - Abby Woodward
May 30th - Paul Balco

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

April 30
May 7
8:00 AM
Don Stine
Brad Frazier
10:30 AM
Terry Eckard
Jack Gaskey
Lee Wells
Bob Forbes
John Still
Marc Dudley
Noelle Martin
Lee Wells
Lydia Kish
Phill Wertz
Noelle Martin
Sophie Martin
8:00 AM
Brad Frazier
Jim Howard
10:30 AM
Gay Lindsey
Pete Laine
Sharon & Bob
Terry Eckard
Marc Dudley
Allison Wells
Kelly Halley
Jerry, Etc. 
Jay Oden
Eileen Klimkowski
Parish Breakfast
10:30 AM
William Graham
Eileen Klimkowski
C.B. Barr
Morningside Resident
John Woodward
Terry Eckard
George Sowersby
Susan Stroud
Jim & Flo
VPOD 8:00
George Saylor
William Graham

Blessings & Peace,
Fr. Gary+

phone: 704-864-7201
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