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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
September 21, 2017
In This Issue
  

Gary
Greetings in the name of  Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, 

Jesus tells us the Kingdom of Heaven is like a landowner who hired people to work, and who reserved the right to choose how to pay those workers. The landowner shocks all when the landowner avoids all semblance of conventional wisdom in the process. Jesus is describing a God who is not stingy,  who lives in the abundant world...not the scarce world and whose dream is to bless the whole of creation. Those who heard Jesus' parable complained because the landowner (God) didn't think like them. 

Like the disciples, we are to hear Jesus' words as an invitation to get involved in God's work at any hour, in any life situation, without needing to analyze how others are called or rewarded. "Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven," we pray as followers of Jesus. We need not stop to think about how God's Kingdom or God's way of doing things will be scandalously different than the ways we might construct things with our prejudices and limited insight and sight. God is God. God gets to choose. Not us!

Merciful God, your ways are beyond our understanding, but we trust your ways with our whole lives. Thank you for your wisdom, choosing to be filled with generous abundance; rather than being scarce and stingy. Enable us to live in this grace, now and into the life to come. Amen.

See ya Sunday!

Fr. Gary+ 

All Saints Financials through August 2017

Year to Date (YTD) Income
$ 171,188.38
YTD Expenses
$ 179,735.14
Delta (to the negative)
$( 8,546.76)
Spending at 2% under budget / Giving 5% under budget
 

Please note that we are running a deficit.  All Saints fiscal well-being depends on your faithful giving. We thank everyone for your continued support of the programs and ministries of All Saints by your gifts of time, talent, and treasure.
ANNOUNCEMENTS  

*  Vacation:  Debra, our Parish Administrator, will be on vacation the week of September 25th.  Please be patient and understanding when calling or writing during this time.  

*  Fr. Gary will be in Chicago on Continuing Education Monday through Wednesday, September 27th.

*  Parish Breakfast:  The sign-up sheet for breakfast on October 1st is posted in the Family Life Center.  The menu is scrambled eggs, sausage and pancakes.  Fruit and coffee cake are needed.  Someone to clean up after coffee hour is needed. 

*  Parish Lunch:  The 3rd Sunday lunch is under new management and is in need of cooks, planners and clean-up personnel.  It would be great to have someone head up this ministry but until someone comes forward Jerry Wertz has volunteered to lead it at this time.  Charlie Jenkins has agreed to help but we need more people.  If you can help, please let Jerry Wertz know at  jerrywertz@att.net.

*  Youth Event, October 1, 4-5:30 p.m.  We are in need of at least four volunteers to help us with the activities that we have planned for this event. Please let us know if you can help with this date as soon as possible by contacting Chris Butterworth!  Many thanks!

*  Adult Christian Formation: Beginning this Sunday and for the next 12 weeks the 9:30 formation class will be learning about Islam. Our guide on this journey is professor John Esposito of Georgetown University. Please join us in The Life Center for this tour into one of the Great World Religions.

*  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 sell raffle tickets for 2.00 a ticket and a 50/50 cash prize.  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.  Please let your table host know if you need babysitting as we can have it available.  

*  Last Friday Get Together :  September 29th at 6PM.  Pot luck with Bingo and other games.  Bring a dish to share and be ready to play.  Food, fellowship & fun!  Any questions, contact Lee Wells.

*  Youth Ministry: Chris & Emma Butterworth are beginning a once a month youth event for All Saints. All children over the age of 6 are invited to participate. The hope is for three different age specific activities with a holy time together at the beginning and/or end. We thank Chris & Emma for their willingness to start this. They will need volunteers for each event, most especially the All Saints Walk.  If you have any questions or input, please contact Chris at  christina.s.butterworth@gmail.com or 704-396-6053.  Thank you all for your much needed support of this endeavor for our youth. 
- Sunday, OCTOBER 1, 2017 4-5:30 pm  FALL Get Together 
- Wednesday NOVEMBER 1, 2017  6:00 pm  ALL SAINTS WALK (Sort of a substitute/addition for Halloween.)  Parishioners dress up as Saints and tell their stories to those who come by and the Saints pass out candy and treats) (Children and youth of ALL ages are welcome) 
- Sunday, December 3, 2017  4-5:30 pm ADVENT Get Together

*  Our Family Promise guests will once again be with us starting Sunday October 8th, and will be with us the entire week until Sunday, October 15th. 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 marcdudleync@gmail.com
*  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.

*  Cooking for the Army: Our next day to cook will be Saturday, October 7th.  Parishioners gather at  9AM to cook approximately 700 meals for The Salvation Army & Cornerstone Ministry. We are always in need of more hands to assist in this life-giving project since "more hands make light work." If you are interested in this ministry, please contact the church office and we will put your name on the monthly e-mail reminder.

*  Work Day :  We will have a parish workday on Saturday, October 7th at 8:30AM.  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"

*  Outreach Meeting:  Tuesday, October 24th at 6:30PM.

*  Youth Christian Formation : Christian Formation for our young people begins at 9:30 sharp. Our new program is an Episcopal curriculum. We have 11 dedicated teachers and three dedicated musicians who will be guiding our young people. Please bring your children and let them experience God and Jesus with others.

*  Towel Ministry Coordinator :  All Saints Towel Ministry funds and builds handicap ramps and does other small building projects for those in Gaston County who have a need.  If you are a good organizer and understand basic building techniques All Saints could use your services as our new Towel Ministry Coordinator.  You are not expected to do all the work, just take requests, assemble the teams and help out the citizens in our community who need help.  If interested please speak to Fr. Gary.

*  Ministry Schedule:  The September through December Ministry Schedule is on the table in the Family Life Center.

* Choir Rehearsal:  Sunday mornings at 9:25 am

*  Handbell Rehearsal:  Rehearse at 6PM on 9/27 - Ring on 10/1.  
Rehearse on 11/1, 11/8, 11/15 - Ring on 11/19.

*  Food Pantry:  Please help us restock the shelves by bringing in the following items: canned meats only (chicken, ham, vienna sausages, spam, salmon, etc.). Through your generosity, we have been able to help many families and individuals. 

*  Zumba:  FIRST CLASS IS FREE!  All Saints will host a Zumba Gold class on Fridays at 9am in the Family Life Center.  It will be taught by certified instructor Barbara Mooradian who has been teaching for 6 years. Especially suited to older adults or those with mobility issues or restrictions, Zumba Gold has all of the liveliness and fun of Zumba while being low impact and easier on the body. It can even be done while sitting!  Zumba Fitness is fun-filled, energetic, and contagious. You do not have to know how to dance; you just have to enjoy yourself and keep moving!  Classes will be $5 each and payable by the month. Come try it out. You will be glad you did. For more info email Barbara at bjmooradian1@gmail.com or call 808-281-7172. See you on Friday.

*  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.  If interested in joining, get the book and come.

*  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 $20 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.

* 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. 

*  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, September 25th - 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.

*  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  

 

September 22nd:  Zumba

September 23rd:  Parade of Tables

September 26th:  Pastoral Care Meeting

September 29th:  Last Friday Get Together

September 29th:  Lion's Club BBQ

October 1st:  Parish Breakfast

October 1st:  Youth Ministry Get Together

October 7th:  Cooking for the Army

October 7th:  Parish Work Day

October 8th:  Family Promise Arrives

October 15th:  Parish Breakfast

October 24th:  Outreach

October 29th:  Worship & Picnic at Rankin Lake

This Sunday's Scripture Readings

The Collect

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; 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:  Jonah 3:10-4:11

When God saw what the people of Nineveh did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.

But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord and said, "O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. And now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live." And the Lord said, "Is it right for you to be angry?" Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city.

The Lord God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, "It is better for me to die than to live."

But God said to Jonah, "Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?" And he said, "Yes, angry enough to die." Then the Lord said, "You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labor and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?"

Psalm 145:1-8

1 I will exalt you, O God my King, *
and bless your Name for ever and ever.
2 Every day will I bless you *
and praise your Name for ever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; *
there is no end to his greatness.
4 One generation shall praise your works to another *
and shall declare your power.
5 I will ponder the glorious splendor of your majesty *
and all your marvelous works.
6 They shall speak of the might of your wondrous acts, *
and I will tell of your greatness.
7 They shall publish the remembrance of your great goodness; *
they shall sing of your righteous deeds.
8 The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, *
slow to anger and of great kindness.

The Epistle: Philippians 1:21-30

To me, living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.

Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, and are in no way intimidated by your opponents. For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation. And this is God's doing. For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well-- since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

The Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16

J esus said, "The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o'clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; and he said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.' So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o'clock, he did the same. And about five o'clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, 'Why are you standing here idle all day?' They said to him, 'Because no one has hired us.' He said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard.' When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, 'Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.' When those hired about five o'clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, 'These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.' But he replied to one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?' So the last will be first, and the first will be last."
Saint Day / Feast of the Week

Wilson Carlile
Priest, 1942

Born in 1847 in Brixton, England, Wilson Carlile was from an early
age afflicted with spinal disease, which made his education difficult.
He entered his grandfather's business at the age of thirteen and
soon became fluent in French, which he used in his own silk trading
endeavors in Paris. His business was eventually ruined in the economic
depression of the 1870's. The collapse of his business resulted in
physical and emotional distress, and it was during this time that
Carlile turned to religion for comfort and a new sense of direction.

After serving as an organist in Dwight L. Moody's evangelistic
missions, Carlile was ordained a priest in 1881, serving his curacy
at St. Mary Abbots, the parish church in Kensington. He had long
been concerned with the church's lack of presence among the poor
and working classes, and as a curate, he encouraged soldiers, grooms,
coachmen, and other working laymen to preach the gospel among
the residents of some of the worst slums of London. Many among the
church establishment accused Carlile of "dragging the church into the
gutter."

In 1882 he resigned his curacy and devoted himself to the formal
establishment of the Church Army, an organization dedicated to
the proclamation of the gospel among the least of society. Despite
great resistance, he sought official approval for his organization and
its work from the Church of England Congress in 1883. In 1885,
the Upper Convocation of Canterbury passed a resolution officially
approving and recognizing the Church Army. Carlile served as rector
of St. Mary-at-Hill, Eastcheap, London, from 1892-1926, where he
continued his administration of the Army's ministry. In 1905 he was
honored as a Prebendary of St. Paul's Cathedral.

Today, Church Army evangelists are admitted to their offices on
behalf of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, both of whom
are vice-presidents of the society. They are licensed to operate within
the Anglican system by individual diocesan bishops within the United
Kingdom and Ireland.


September 22nd - Joan Cieslik
September 26th - Rob Forbes
September 28th - David Outsen
September 28th - Laura Tilly
September 29th - Tyler Baird
October 1st - Ken Wright
October 2nd - Jim Braddy
October 4th - John Woodward
October 8th - McNeil Miller
October 10th - Cathy Wright
October 12th - Barbara Cooper
October 12th - Lucas Balco
October 14th - Marlene Nivens
October 14th - Jason Witry
October 17th - Phil Hicks
October 17th - Monica Vogt
October 17th - Sharon Tatlock
October 21st - Deloris Stewart
October 23rd - Chris Butterworth
October 23rd - Inga Kish
October 24th - Rob Webster
October 25th - Autumn Jager
October 27th - Robert Weeks
October 31st - Mark Ballenger

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

2017
September 24
October 1
CHALICE/LECTOR
8:00 AM
Susan Maxon
Lee Wells
CHALICE 
10:30 AM
Cheryl Richard
Adam Nygren
Jim & Flo McCarthy
LECTOR
Nancy Byers
William Graham
ACOLYTES
Lee Wells
Randy Mullins
Lydia Kish
Phill Wertz
Autumn Jager
Emory Borner
GREETER/USHER
8:00 AM
Linda Boyd
David Klocker
GREETERS/USHERS
10:30 AM
Bob & Claudette Forbes
William & Priscilla Graham
ALTAR GUILD
Glenda Carpenter
Adam Nygren
Glenda Carpenter
BREAD
September
Chris Butterworth
October
Gay Lindsey
REFECTORY FARE
October
Dudley/Graham
November
Klocker/Still
ALTAR FLOWERS
Carpenter
George Sowersby
Susan Stroud
MORNINGSIDE
10:30 AM
Pete Laine
Judy Mullins
C.B. Barr
Morningside Resident
SOUND TECH
Marc Dudley
William Graham
LAY EUCHARISTIC
VISITORS
Lee & Casey 
Allison
William & Priscilla Graham
YOUTH 
FORMATION
Emma Butterworth
Eileen Klimkowski
Lynne Stine
Eileen Klimkowski
VPOD 8:00
10:30
George Saylor
Lee Wells
William Graham
William Graham

Blessings & Peace,
Fr. Gary+

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