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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 11, 2016
In This Issue
 

           "Give us grateful hearts, our Father, for all thy mercies, and make us mindful                           of the needs of others; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
                                                                                         -Book of Common Prayer, p. 835

When I walked into our June vestry meeting and saw the sign-up sheet for Messenger articles during Father Gary's sabbatical, my heart sank. What was I going to do? Being a man of few words, how was I going to fill this page? I had visions of my junior high English teacher announcing that it was time to turn in an essay that I had not even thought about writing!

Later in the meeting the discussion turned to "How do you know when God answers prayers?" That's when it hit me. God lets me know my prayers are answered the moment I realize no matter how bad I think my situation is, there are many in this world whose situation is worse. During the times in my life when things feel bleak, I am eventually (God's comfort is always there, I just need to do a better job of recognizing it) comforted by the certainty that in the end, I will be better for it. This passage in Romans, chapter 5 comes to mind:

" 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us."

I am really blessed to be a part of the All Saints family. When I am down, God lifts me up through you. Thanks to each and every one of you for your stories, your relationship and your comfort. It's an honor and privilege to serve you.

John Woodward
Save the Date

On Saturday, September 10th, we will have a Pig Pickin' Fundraiser for Outreach.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.  We hope you will bring friends and family with you to our annual fundraiser.  Tickets are $25.  Join us for great food, fellowship and live music by the Blue Train Band.  


We will be selling raffle tickets for a large screen TV between now and the Pig Pickin' with the drawing to be held that evening.  Tickets are $2 each and can be purchased from any Outreach committee member or Vestry member.  They will be sold on Sunday after each service. 
Please join me at Retreats for a Retreat, the annual fundraising event in support of the ministry of Lake Logan. I'll be attending the Retreats event at Lake Logan on September 9th and hosting breakfast there the following morning. This will be my first opportunity to meet many of you who have worked to preserve this important resource for our Diocese. Places like Lake Logan are vital. In this hectic world, it's important that we have a space where we can come together in fellowship, pause in God's peace, and renew our spiritual commitment. I look forward to gathering with you in support of this mission.
-- Bishop-Elect José A. McLoughlin

2016 RETREATS FOR A RETREAT
Asheville - September 9 at 6 p.m.
Home of John McNabb

Lake Logan - September 9 at 6 p.m.
Lake Logan Episcopal Center
+$75 for overnight lodging
+$25 for breakfast w/ the Bishop-Elect on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Highlands - September 10 at 8 p.m.
Blue Jeans and Bow Ties at Church of the Incarnation, featuring a concert by world-renowned pianist Robert Henry in the
Sanctuary at 8pm, followed by an Intermission Celebration and Silent Auction.

Purchase tickets online at  www.lakelogan.org.

Please register for Retreats by August 25th so you will be able to participate in our online auction, which includes two lovely retreats at Wild Dunes, a stay at the beautiful Mansfield Plantation, two nights at Gideon Ridge Inn, a visit to Snowbird Lodge, a week's stay at a lovely villa on St. Barth, just to name a few! Each party site will include a smaller silent auction with items including a wood carving of your favorite pet, a painting of your home by Bee Sieburg, a dinner party for 10, a luncheon for 8, jewelry by John Laughter, a beautiful handmade wooden chair, wine, rugs, pottery, artwork, etc.

Questions? Call 828.225.6656 or email  mrobinson@diocesewnc.org
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
  
*  Blessing of the Backpacks:  Calling all students, Kindergarten-College and all teachers and professors!  On Sunday August 28th, Fr. Walter 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.  If you have any questions, please contact George Sowersby or Deacon Martha.

*  Garden Work Day:   We need to lay the mulch on the paths of the garden again.  The weeds are taking over.  Anyone who can come out on the 20th at 8am for an hour or so, would greatly appreciate it. Or you can come out whenever suits you and put a load or two of mulch down.

*  Ice Cream Social:  Join us after the 10:30 service on August 21st.

*  Saturday, October 1st:  Consecration of the Seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Western North Carolina.  The Consecration will be at 11 AM at UNCA's Kimmel Arena.  

*  Ushers & Vergers Needed:  For the Consecration of Jose McLaughlin.  More details on the Diocesan bulletin board in the Family Life Center.  

*  Statements:  Second quarter statements are available for pick up after the 8:00 and 10:30 services.  

*  Pastoral Care Meeting:  Tuesday, August 30th at 7PM.

*  Fall Clean Up:  We will have a parish workday on Saturday, October 8th at 9AM.  Please put the date on your calendar and join us in sprucing up the church and the grounds before the Bishop visits. Many hands make light work!  "Please don't fall for that voice that tells you someone else will do it"

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

*  Christian Formation:  Fr. Walter is conducting a study of the book "The Book of Forgiving" by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu  on Sunday at  9:15 in the church library.   Coffee and lite snack will be provided.  Please come and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to study this book with Rev. Walter and your fellow parishioners.

*  Save the date:  10:30 service & parish picnic at Rankin Lake on Sunday, October 23rd.

*  Food Pantry:  The shelves in our food pantry are almost empty!  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 Service Schedule:  Monday, August 15th - Team #6.  (Jerry Wertz, Deloris Stewart & Charlie Jenkins)

*  Bulletin Boards:  The bulletin boards in the Family Life Center are getting a make-over. It is a work in progress so please be patient as it is completed.  If you have donated any personal items to the boards in the past and it is no longer hanging, you can pick up your items from the office.  

*  Chef on vacation:  We have given our chef, Jim McCarthy, the summer off from cooking Parish Lunches.  

*  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 Office Hours:  Fr. Walter will be in the office on Wednesdays during Fr. Gary's Sabbatical.  To accommodate his schedule, Debra will now work 10am - 5pm every Wednesday.  Monday, Tuesday & Thursday office hours remain the same; 8:30 - 3:30.  

*  Bishop Porter Taylor's Retirement Event:  Saturday, August 13th at the Kanuga Conference Center from  1-4PM.  More details can be found on the bulletin board in the Family Life Center.

*  Fr. Gary's Sabbatical: Our priest, Fr. Gary to most of us, is on sabbatical until October 16th. His sabbatical is filled with walking the Camino de Santiago with his son, visiting holy sites in Ireland and Scotland with his wife Chris, doing some continuing education, and spending about six weeks writing, meditating, studying and traveling parts of America. Our sabbatical supply, Fr. Walter, is a retired Episcopal Priest of 40 years who last served Good Shepherd in Tryon, NC. Walter will be with us every Sunday during Fr. Gary's sabbatical except the third Sunday of every month when Deacon Martha will lead Morning Prayer. During this time of sabbatical ask questions, love one another, keep coming and pray unceasingly.

*  Family Promise:  The remaining dates for 2016 dates are:  9/11- 9/18 & 12/4 - 12/11.  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 every thirteen weeks in our parish facility.  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 or George Sowersby.  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.

*  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."

*  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.

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

*  Holy Land Pilgrimage: The Holy Land Pilgrimage 12-24 June 2017 is being planned.  . If you are interested, please speak with Fr. Gary or Lynn Witry.

*  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. Have a great New Year! Teams already serving will find your new schedule on bulletin board in Family Life Center.

*  Vestry Members:  There is a VPOD sign up sheet in the Family Life Center.  

* Sign Up Sheets:  Sign-up sheets for Coffee Hour, Altar Flowers and Altar Guild 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).

*  Cookbooks:  They are still available at the church office or you can purchase them online on our website:  allsaintsgastonia.org You can pay online and pick them up at the office or we will ship for you.  Cookbooks are $15.00 each. Everybody needs to be a seller - ask your friends and family and help us raise money for Outreach!! (If paying by check, please make check payable to All Saints with "cookbook" on the memo line)

* 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 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.

* 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.

*  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 16th:  Vestry Meeting

August 21st:  Ice Cream Social Coffee Hour

August 23rd:  Finance Committee Meeting

August 28th:  Blessing of the Backpacks

August 30th:  Pastoral Care

September 10th:  Pig Pickin'

September 11th:  Family Promise

October 1st:  Consecration of Bishop

October 8th:  Fall Clean Up

October 16th:  Bishop Visit

October 23rd:  10:30 Service & Picnic at Rankin Lake

This Sunday's Scripture Readings

The Collect

A lmighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The First Reading:  Isaiah 5:1-7

Let me sing for my beloved
my love-song concerning his vineyard:
My beloved had a vineyard
on a very fertile hill.
He dug it and cleared it of stones,
and planted it with choice vines;
he built a watchtower in the midst of it,
and hewed out a wine vat in it;
he expected it to yield grapes,
but it yielded wild grapes.
And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem
and people of Judah,
judge between me
and my vineyard.
What more was there to do for my vineyard
that I have not done in it?
When I expected it to yield grapes,
why did it yield wild grapes?
And now I will tell you
what I will do to my vineyard.
I will remove its hedge,
and it shall be devoured;
I will break down its wall,
and it shall be trampled down.
I will make it a waste;
it shall not be pruned or hoed, 
and it shall be overgrown with briers and thorns;
I will also command the clouds
that they rain no rain upon it.
For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts
is the house of Israel,
and the people of Judah
are his pleasant planting;
he expected justice,
but saw bloodshed;
righteousness,
but heard a cry!

Psalm 82

1 God takes his stand in the council of heaven; *
he gives judgment in the midst of the gods:
2 "How long will you judge unjustly, *
and show favor to the wicked?
3 Save the weak and the orphan; *
defend the humble and needy;
4 Rescue the weak and the poor; *
deliver them from the power of the wicked.
5 They do not know, neither do they understand;
they go about in darkness; *
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
6 Now I say to you, 'You are gods, *
and all of you children of the Most High;
7 Nevertheless, you shall die like mortals, *
and fall like any prince.'"
The Epistle:  Hebrews 11:29-12:2

By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days. By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace.

And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets-- who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented-- of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.

Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

The Gospel: Luke  12:49-56

Jesus said, "I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! From now on five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; they will be divided:

      father against son
            and son against father,
      mother against daughter
            and daughter against mother,
      mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
            and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."

He also said to the crowds, "When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, `It is going to rain'; and so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, `There will be scorching heat'; and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?"
Saint Day / Feast of the Week

Jonathan Myrick Daniels
Seminarian and Martyr, 1965

Jonathan Myrick Daniels was born in Keene, New Hampshire, in
1939. He was shot and killed by an unemployed highway worker in
Hayneville, Alabama, August 14, 1965.

From high school in Keene to graduate school at Harvard, Jonathan
wrestled with the meaning of life and death and vocation. Attracted
to medicine, the ordained ministry, law and writing, he found himself
close to a loss of faith when his search was resolved by a profound
conversion on Easter Day 1962 at the Church of the Advent in Boston.
Jonathan then entered the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge,
Massachusetts. In March 1965, the televised appeal of Martin Luther
King, Jr. to come to Selma to secure for all citizens the right to vote
drew Jonathan to a time and place where the nation's racism and the
Episcopal Church's share in that inheritance were exposed.

He returned to seminary and asked leave to work in Selma where he
would be sponsored by the Episcopal Society for Cultural and Racial
Unity. Conviction of his calling was deepened at Evening Prayer during
the singing of the Magnificat: " 'He hath put down the mighty from
their seat and hath exalted the humble and meek. He hath filled the
hungry with good things.' I knew that I must go to Selma. The Virgin's
song was to grow more and more dear to me in the weeks ahead."

Jailed on August 14 for joining a picket line, Jonathan and his
companions were unexpectedly released. Aware that they were in
danger, four of them walked to a small store. As sixteen-year-old Ruby
Sales reached the top step of the entrance, a man with a gun appeared,
cursing her. Jonathan pulled her to one side to shield her from the
unexpected threats. As a result, he was killed by a blast from the
12-gauge gun.

The letters and papers Jonathan left bear eloquent witness to the
profound effect Selma had upon him. He writes, "The doctrine of
the creeds, the enacted faith of the sacraments, were the essential
preconditions of the experience itself. The faith with which I went to
Selma has not changed: it has grown ... I began to know in my bones
and sinews that I had been truly baptized into the Lord's death and
resurrection ... with them, the black men and white men, with all life,
in him whose Name is above all the names that the races and nations
shout ... We are indelibly and unspeakably one."
  Prayer List 
   
We pray for Austin Kepley, Linsey Gibson, Billy Johnson & Family, Ian Williams & Family, Kate & Walter Cryeski, James Catron, Anne Dalton, Page Lee, Adam Barnes, Rev. Deacon Alice Mason, Roland Moran, Cathy Harvey, Laura Beth Murray, Joshua Scruggs, Jack Dixson, Charles Clamurro, Courtney Birk, Charlie Metcalf, Caroline, Carolyn Reese, Eric Hilemon, Eddie Butler, The Young Family, Leila Mull, Sandy Lekin, Madison Krontz, Randy Mikeal, Rose Brice, Coleen Birk Falk, Lori Fannon, Jessica Sills, John Klimkowski, Anne Ebe, Ron Blew, Linda Stanford, Joseph Colarossi, Joanie Phillips, Addison M., Noel, Vic Cooper, Maureen Cooper, Art & Chong Saile, Amber Nash, Brendan McKiernan, Carol Cleary, Ann Brinkhous, Larry Snyder, Kelsey King, Jacob Melton, The Gardner Family, especially Bibsy & Rose, Charley Woodward, John, Lester Walker, Owen Harpold, Jean McKinney, Eileen Klimkowski, Wanda, Marc, Johnny Featherston, Fr. Mo, & Sharon Lineberger.


August 13th - Erin Balco
August 14th - Mary Anne Whitesides
August 19th - Susan Keith
August 29th - Anne Dalton
August 31st - Bob Forbes
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  

2016
August 14
August 21
CHALICE/LECTOR
8:00 AM
Lee Wells
Dennis Bolin
CHALICE 
10:30 AM
Terry Eckard
Jack Gaskey
George Sowersby
Kyle Tilly
LECTOR
Judy Mullins
Allison Wells
ACOLYTES
Cheryl Richard
Zoe Tilly
Lydia Kish
Lee Wells
Scott Witry
Lindsey Wells
GREETER/USHER
8:00 AM
Jim Howard
Jerry Wertz
GREETERS/USHERS
10:30 AM
John & Jessica
Woodward
Sharon & Bob 
Tatlock 
ALTAR GUILD
Terry Eckard
Terry Eckard
BREAD
August
Cheryl Saylor
September
Allison Wells
ALTAR FLOWERS
Kelly Morris
Martha Richard
COFFEE HOUR
Diane Camp
Ice Cream Social
MORNINGSIDE
10:30 AM
William Graham
Morningside Resident
Pete Laine
Eileen Klimkowski
SOUND TECH
John Woodward
William Graham
LAY EUCHARISTIC
VISITORS
Jim & Flo
McCarthy
Jerry Wertz
Chong Saile
VPOD 8:00
10:30
George Sowersby
Glenda Carpenter
John Woodward
Phill Wertz



Blessings & Peace,
Fr. Gary+

phone: 704-864-7201
e-mail: secretaryallsaintsgastonianc@gmail.com
web site: www.allsaintsgastonia.org
Fr. Gary's blog: http://thevenite.blogspot.com