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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
August 10, 2017
In This Issue
  

Gary

The Forward Day by Day Meditation for THURSDAY, August 10

Acts 19:13  Then some itinerant Jewish exorcists tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, "I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims."

I have never witnessed anything quite like the beating the sons of Sceva receive in our reading from Acts. I have never come across "itinerant Jewish exorcists." No one close to me depends on the relics of a saint, and I don't know anyone who has been healed by a handkerchief.
  
However tempting a miraculous narrative may be, it does not resonate with the eternal truth of Christ in the same way vulnerability does. For me, the strength of Jesus is power made perfect in weakness. My desire to be the conduit of miracles negates the grace upon which I depend daily. The more I long for my own greatness, the less I sense the heavenly substance of healing that adorns Paul's aprons and handkerchiefs. When the love that shapes all things is formed from some sacrifice of my prideful heart, I begin to see Christ's handiwork in the world.

MOVING FORWARD: Do some handiwork you have been putting off-mend a shirt, fix a button, sew on a patch. Commit yourself to praying along with your work.



The Fall session of EfM is coming up quickly.  EfM is a four year program from The University of the South, Sewanee.  It is a wonderful way to study the Bible, history and theology.  EfM has two new Mentors, Don Stine and Adam Nygren.  If you are interested in joining in the fun, please contact one of these Mentors as soon as possible.  We will continue to accept applicants up until September, with the understanding that it could delay you getting your books.  
If you have any questions, please contact 
Don at 704-691-4089 
Adam at 980-285-0915.
ANNOUNCEMENTS  

*  Food Pantry :  Please help us restock the shelves by bringing in the following items: peanut butter, canned meat, soups, canned vegetables and fruit. Through your generosity, we have been able to help many families and individuals. 

*  Towel Ministry :  The Towel Ministry will be installing a ramp for Rob Forbes on Friday, August 11th.  If you are available to help, please meet at the church at 2pm.  If needed, the ramp will be completed on Saturday morning.  Please contact Jim McCarthy if you have any questions.

*  Fr. Gary out of town: Fr. Gary is out of town this week ( 6-11 August) in Ohio finishing up preparations to put his mother's house on the market. Please contact Deacons Cris or Martha in a pastoral emergency. Deacon Cris will lead the  Wednesday healing service.

*  Slide Presentation of Pilgrimage to Holy Land :  The Pacesetters will meet at  10:00  on Tuesday August 15th in the Family Life Center for a slide presentation of the pilgrimage to the Holy Land presented by those who went on the trip.  Lunch will be an oriental buffet served after the presentation.  Donations for the meal of $5 would be appreciated.  Guests are more than welcome.  Please sign-up on the sheet in the Family Life Center if you plan to attend or let Jerry Wertz know at  jerrywertz@att.net   so we can plan how much food is needed.

*  Blessing of the Backpacks Calling all students, Kindergarten-College and all teachers and professors!  On Sunday August 20th, Fr. Gary will have a "Blessing of the Backpacks" for all those who are returning to school (in any capacity).  Bring yourselves, backpacks, computers, briefcases, etc. for a blessing and start out your school year with the Blessing of God!  We will also be collecting backpacks, pencils, crayons, glue sticks and any other school supplies to donate to Pleasant Ridge Elementary that we support through the Backpack Ministry.  

*  Statements :  Quarterly statements are available for pick up after both services this Sunday.

*  Preaching ROTA (rotation) at All Saints: We are blessed at All Saints to hear three different voices in preaching. Each one of our clergy; Gary, Cris and Martha, have experienced the world and see the world differently and through different lenses.  Because our community is made up of different people from different experiences we need to hear different voices. At All Saints, Deacon Cris preaches on the 3rd  Sunday of each month, Deacon Martha preaches on the 1st  Sunday
 of alternate months (next time is in September) and Fr. Gary preaches the other Sundays. We hope you find the different voices fulfilling in your spiritual journey.

*  Bible Study:  The Faith Club is a wonderful book that has generated excellent discussion.  It is not too late to join this group which meets on Wednesday morning at 10:00 in the Family Life Center library.  For next meeting, please read Chapters 4 & 5.  If interested in joining, get the book and come.

*  First Sunday of the month Coffee Hour:  We need someone to set up and clean up  only for Coffee Hour on Parish Breakfast Sunday.  You do not have to provide any food, just set out the food left from breakfast.  Please sign up for this on the Coffee Hour sign-up sheet.

*  A liturgical change for the summer : We are currently rotating between three alternative Eucharistic prayers written by The Episcopal Church's Standing Commission on Liturgy & Music. The three prayers are in booklets placed in each pew. We hope these new prayers, with new images might help open the Eucharist in new and exciting ways for you. The plan is to return to the Prayer Book prayers in the fall. Other minor changes include: a different Gloria, the Contemporary Lord's Prayer (said not sung, also considered by some scholars to be the original prayer of our Lord), new Sanctus & Fraction anthems, and a new Great Amen.

*  Family Promise:  Our Family Promise guests have been with us this week and will move to the next church on Sunday August 13th.  All Saints is one of the original churches that helped establish this ministry more than ten years ago. This program offers our guests shelter, substance and some compassion due to a temporary situation. Currently, we have 3 families that are staying with us. During the week we provide them housing, breakfast and dinner meals, and activities for the children. This ministry provides assistance to families who for various reasons need a temporary home and other support while they work toward creating a better life for themselves and their families. A heartfelt thanks to the volunteers who make this program possible and such a success. If you would like to be part of this ministry contact Marc Dudley with an email at marcdudleync@gmail.com or a phone call/text message at 704-718-4044.

*  Parade of Tables:  Saturday, September 23rd from 6 - 8:30PM.  This is an outreach event that raises money for our church. It is an elegant evening with friends and includes dinner, a band and an auction. Church members host a table that is decorated in various themes. The table hosts sell tickets for a seat at their table. There are usually 12 to 15 tables and each ticket is $25.00 dollars. This includes appetizers, dinner and desert as well as great music and an auction. We will also have a 50/50 raffle!  The evening is very enjoyable and full of fun. Please feel free to contact Lee and Casey Allison if you have any questions. All proceeds go to support our All Saints Outreach Programs.  Tickets: $25.00 per person.  

*  Needed:  Monetary donations for lettuce and carrots for the Salvation Army salads on Mondays.  Our lettuce in the garden has "gone over to the dark side...bolted".  Will be a month or two before the new crop is in.  Until then, we need donations for lettuce and carrots.  Each week, we use up one large bag of sliced carrots and 6 heads of lettuce.  Cost is about $8 a week.  Donations are needed to offset this cost.  Anyone willing to donate cash or a gift card to the project, please see Linda Klocker, 704-827-3901.  Checks should be made out to All Saints, garden fund.  Thanks for your generosity.  The clients at the Salvation Army really enjoy a fresh salad.

*  Diocesan Picnic:  Saturday - August 19th, 11am until 3pm at Valle Crucis Conference Center.  The diocese will provide hot dogs (regular & veggie) and lemonade, and each parish can bring dishes to share and a dessert for the dessert table. We will have lots of opportunities to play outside, enjoy the beauty of Valle Crucis Conference Center, hike, etc. Please plan to carpool if possible!

* Choir Rehearsal:  will resume  Sunday August 20th at 9:25 am

*  Children's Christian Formation :  Our youth formation committee has been meeting and have decided to place Godly Play in a "Season of Reflection" for the upcoming year. In its place we will be using an Episcopal Church curriculum that is accessible to children and the adults leading it. Presently, we are in need of 10 or more volunteers and a coordinator. There is a sign up sheet in The Family Life Center.  At the conclusion of the 2017-2018 year we will assess where we have been with Godly Play and the new curriculum and plan accordingly. If you feel called and/or are interested in this very important ministry please see Fr. Gary.


* 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. 

* Cookbooks :  $10  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. 

*  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.  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: Cancelled for Friday, August 11th.  Will resume on August 18th.

*  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!

*  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, August 14th - Team #3.  (William Graham, Pete Laine & Milton Halley)

*  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.

*  Partnership : All Saints has entered into a relationship with the YMCA's Resource Connection Gateway.  This 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.

*  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  

 

August 15th:  Pacesetters (Holy Land Presentation)

August 15th:  Vestry

August 19th:  Diocesan Picnic

August 20th:  Choir Rehearsal Resumes

August 20th:  Blessing of the Backpacks

August 23rd:  Youth Christian Formation Meeting

August 25th:  Last Friday Get Together

August 29th:  Outreach Meeting

September 23rd:  Parade of Tables

October 29th:  Worship & Picnic at Rankin Lake

This Sunday's Scripture Readings

The Collect

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The First Lesson:  Genesis 37: 1-4, 12-28

Jacob settled in the land where his father had lived as an alien, the land of Canaan. This is the story of the family of Jacob.

Joseph, being seventeen years old, was shepherding the flock with his brothers; he was a helper to the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father's wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he had made him a long robe with sleeves. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him.

Now his brothers went to pasture their father's flock near Shechem. And Israel said to Joseph, "Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them." He answered, "Here I am." So he said to him, "Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock; and bring word back to me." So he sent him from the valley of Hebron.

He came to Shechem, and a man found him wandering in the fields; the man asked him, "What are you seeking?" "I am seeking my brothers," he said; "tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock." The man said, "They have gone away, for I heard them say, 'Let us go to Dothan.'" So Joseph went after his brothers, and found them at Dothan. They saw him from a distance, and before he came near to them, they conspired to kill him. They said to one another, "Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild animal has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams." But when Reuben heard it, he delivered him out of their hands, saying, "Let us not take his life." Reuben said to them, "Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but lay no hand on him" -that he might rescue him out of their hand and restore him to his father. So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the long robe with sleeves that he wore; and they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it.

Then they sat down to eat; and looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels carrying gum, balm, and resin, on their way to carry it down to Egypt. Then Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh." And his brothers agreed. When some Midianite traders passed by, they drew Joseph up, lifting him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.

Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b

1 Give thanks to the LORD and call upon his Name; *
make known his deeds among the peoples.
2 Sing to him, sing praises to him, *
and speak of all his marvelous works.
3 Glory in his holy Name; *
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
4 Search for the LORD and his strength; *
continually seek his face.
5 Remember the marvels he has done, *
his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,
6 O offspring of Abraham his servant, *
O children of Jacob his chosen.
16 Then he called for a famine in the land *
and destroyed the supply of bread.
17 He sent a man before them, *
Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
18 They bruised his feet in fetters; *
his neck they put in an iron collar.
19 Until his prediction came to pass, *
the word of the LORD tested him.
20 The king sent and released him; *
the ruler of the peoples set him free.
21 He set him as a master over his household,
as a ruler over all his possessions,
22 To instruct his princes according to his will
and to teach his elders wisdom.
45 Hallelujah!

The Epistle: Romans 10: 5-15

Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that "the person who does these things will live by them." But the righteousness that comes from faith says, "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Christ down) "or 'Who will descend into the abyss?'" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say?

"The word is near you,
on your lips and in your heart"

(that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, "No one who believes in him will be put to shame." For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."

But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"

The Gospel: Matthew 14: 22-33

Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, "Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid."

Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?" When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."
Saint Day / Feast of the Week

Clare
Abbess at Assisi, 1253

In the latter part of the twelfth century, the Church had fallen on evil
days, and was weak and spiritually impoverished. It was then that
Francis of Assisi renounced his wealth and established the mendicant
order of Franciscans. At the first gathering of the order in 1212,
Francis preached a sermon that was to make a radical change in the
life of an eighteen-year-old young woman named Clare.

The daughter of a wealthy family, and a noted beauty, Clare was
inspired by Francis' words with the desire to serve God and to give
her life to the following of Christ's teaching. She sought out Francis,
and begged that she might become a member of his order, placing her
jewelry and rich outer garments on the altar as an offering. Francis
could not refuse her pleas. He placed her temporarily in a nearby
Benedictine convent.

When this action became known, friends and relatives tried to take
Clare from her retreat. She was adamant. She would be the bride of
Christ alone. She prevailed, and soon after was taken by Francis to a
poor dwelling beside the Church of St. Damian at Assisi. Several other
women joined her. She became Mother Superior of the order, which
was called the "Poor Ladies of St. Damian."

The order's practices were austere. They embraced the Franciscan
rule of absolute poverty. Their days were given over to begging and
to works of mercy for the poor and the neglected. Clare herself was
servant, not only to the poor, but to her nuns.

Clare governed the convent for forty years, caring for the sisters, ready
to do whatever Francis directed. She said to him, "I am yours by having
given my will to God." Her biographer says that she "radiated a spirit
of fervor so strong that it kindled those who but heard her voice."

In 1253 her last illness began. Daily she weakened, and daily she was
visited by devoted people, by priests, and even by the Pope. On her
last day, as she saw many weeping by her bedside, she exhorted them
to love "holy poverty" and to share their possessions. She was heard
to say: "Go forth in peace, for you have followed the good road. Go
forth without fear, for he that created you has sanctified you, has
always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Blessed be God, for
having created me."



August 10th - Jacque Sumner
August 13th - Erin Balco
August 14th - Mary Anne Whitesides 
August 31st - Bob Forbes
September 1st - Bill Collins
September 2nd - T.J. Solomon
September 3rd - Jessica Woodward
September 5th - Justin Butterworth
September 5th - Jack Gaskey
September 5th - Lydia Kish
September 5th - Carol Maiden
September 6th - Lynne Stine
September 8th - George Sowersby
September 9th - Adam Nygren
September 11th - Susan Maxon
September 14th - Aiden Klocker
September 15th - Ryan Klocker
September 17th - Casey Allison
September 18th - Erica Baird
September 19th - Kathleen Sowersby
September 22nd - Joan Cieslik
September 26th - Rob Forbes
September 28th - David Outsen
September 28th - Laura Tilly
September 29th - Tyler Baird

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

2017
August 13
August 20
CHALICE/LECTOR
8:00 AM
Don Stine
Lee Wells
CHALICE 
10:30 AM
Lee Wells
Bob Forbes
Jim & Flo
McCarthy
LECTOR
Judy Mullins
Jack Gaskey
ACOLYTES
Cheryl Richard
Lydia Kish
Lindsey Wells
Phill Wertz
Noelle Martin
Sophie Martin
GREETER/USHER
8:00 AM
Laurie Stewart
Kelly Morris
GREETERS/USHERS
10:30 AM
John & Jessica Woodward
Gay Lindsey
Pete Laine
ALTAR GUILD
Marc Dudley
Glenda Carpenter
BREAD
August
Jocelyn King
September
Gay Lindsey
ALTAR FLOWERS
Martha Richard
Cathy Harvey
COFFEE HOUR
Judy Mullins
Deb Alzner
James Martin
MORNINGSIDE
10:30 AM
George Sowersby
Morningside Resident
Lee & Allison
Wells
SOUND TECH
Marc Dudley
John Woodward
LAY EUCHARISTIC
VISITORS
Adam Nygren
David McDowell
Jerry Wertz
Chong Saile
VPOD 8:00
10:30
Linda Klocker
Marc Dudley
Linda Klocker
Marc Dudley

Blessings & Peace,
Fr. Gary+

phone: 704-864-7201
e-mail: secretaryallsaintsgastonianc@gmail.com
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