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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
March 29, 2020


Today, I want to speak to you about control. Most of us may be feeling a bit disoriented, in part because we have lost control of our daily routines: waking up and going to the gym, attending church in a building, or dropping off our kids to school. This loss of control can lead to added stress.

Think of it this way that God is calling us to give up our controls, to let go, and to let God take control. You see, when we let go of controls, God can move more freely in our lives.

Today, let us give up control by saying:
Not my plan, but your plan, O Lord
Not my will, but thy will be done.

I wonder what is God asking of you today?

Keep the Faith,
Rev. Alicia+

During this period of the coronavirus and beyond, it is essential that we have your updated contact information so that we can remain connected and to be able to attend to your needs. I ask, especially those of us who live alone like myself, to provide emergency contact information. Please send your updated information to
All Meetings will be held ONLINE using ZOOM or some platform that is most comfortable for the group. Training and Education is provided by the Communication Task Force - Ronnie and Justin Jolley, Marc Dudley, Kelly Morris and Rev. Alicia Alexis.  There are also many of you who are familiar with social media platforms and can help one another. The Diocese has someone is place who can help as well.  
Please dust off those Books of Common Prayer and keep it handy for all services
If you need a copy kindly contact us.
Worship will continue to be by ZOOM and you will also see postings on FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE, INSTRAGRAM, MESSENGER, and other sources used by All Saints and the Diocese.  Please feel free to reach out to anyone of us should you need assistance.  The Liturgy and Worship Committee is working on planning the Services for Holy Week and Easter. We will keep you informed by early next week.  Stay tuned!!!
By now you should have been communicated by a member of the team to check on how you and your family are doing during this crisis period. Please help us by letting us know how you are doing and if you are in need of prayer, conversation, food or drink.

Our Beloved Chip Mays, Choir Director has been a joy and a blessing to all of us with his music, sense of humor and deep commitment to serve the good people of All Saints. The time has come where God has called him out of All Saints to another call at our Savior Church in Rock Hill, SC.  Chip will be leaving All Saints. He will be with is through Easter Sunday, which is also his last day with us.   Please take time to say thanks to Chip.  We will have coffee hour (via Zoom) on Sunday following the service to wish him well.  More to come!!
The only group that has permission to use the use the building during this coronavirus time is NA and feeding ministries.  Kindly do your best to follow the CDC, Gaston County Health Department guidelines and Bishop Jose's pastoral directive to move all church services and ministry programs to online.  For any questions and or for permission to use the building kindly contact the Junior Warden, John Still.  Thanks for your cooperation with this matter. 
There is a mandate going around for all of to have some fun, rest, try to relax and enjoy this time of waiting, and wondering. 

Joshua 1: 9, Be strong, Be Courageous. Know that the Lord your God will be at your side always.!!

COVID-19 / Coronavirus: Awareness and Response

The emergence of cases of COVID-19 (the "coronavirus") in our area and recent deaths in Washington State are a matter of concern to all of us.
There are basic steps each of us can follow to minimize risks to all our clergy and people and to the ministries in which we all participate.
First, the best advice on precautions to take is provided on the website of the CDC ( ).
To summarize the CDC suggestions and some other ideas for our church:
  • Wash your hands frequently, using soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer. All Eucharistic ministers should use an alcohol-based sanitizer before the distribution of the sacrament, whether in the context of the liturgy or in visiting someone at home or in the hospital.
  • Practice respiratory hygiene. Cover your mouth with tissue when sneezing or coughing; discard tissues immediately in closed bins.
  • Practice social distancing. In general, maintain a distance of 6 feet between you and others, particular those who are coughing, sneezing, or evidently ill. This may mean passing the peace with a nod or an elbow touch.
  • Liturgically, receiving communion in either form is valid and acceptable. We are used to having both bread and wine, we recommend bread only during this time. Intinction is not recommended and is discouraged.
  • Avoid touching your own eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Any ministries in which food is served should give particular attention to the standard recommendations regarding food safety.
  • It goes without saying that if you feel ill, stay home and watch our live stream. We will miss you but we appreciate the care for our whole parish. Seek medical attention if you need it.
  • If someone who is elderly or lives alone does not appear at church in what would otherwise be a regular function, be sure to speak up and help us initiate wellness checks.
Caring for each other and for all the people of God means being careful in the midst of any known danger. With a reasonable amount of caution we can keep our people and those we serve healthy-and continue to minister to those who are ill and in need of our care.

All Saints Financial Needs

While we hope the coronavirus will be controlled as we go through the next few weeks, we must also anticipate the potential for an extended period during which services are cancelled.

In any event, we know that during the next few weeks, the cancellation of services will result in reduced pledge and plate collections. If possible, please consider dropping off offerings at the church if you go out; or, you may mail pledge or other offerings to:
All Saints Episcopal Church
1201 South New Hope Road
Gastonia, N.C.   28054
All Saints can also accept contributions made using PayPal which can be accessed through the All Saints website (
Please do not send cash payments through the mail.
If there is no one at the Church, please drop your envelope into the mail box outside the Family Life Center.
During this time, please remember that the church expenses still go on.
All Saints Worship Remotely Using "Zoom"
 Please join us for  Morning Prayer  at 8:00 AM or at 10:30  AM.   


We are having Morning Prayer remotely using the meeting platform "Zoom".  It is a free App so the easiest way to get to the App is to click on the invitation link sent to you for the meeting and it has a place to "Download" the Zoom App.

Once you have Zoom loaded click on Join the Meeting.  It will start at the time stated.   

Children's Word will be a separate Service taking place from 10:00 - 10:15 AM.  

At Dinner Church, worship takes place at the table around a light meal, snack or drink while we share stories together virtually. We give thanksgiving for our food and drink, and for others by reading scripture, singing, and praying together. Come as you are!


Wednesday Nights In Lent - Compline and Check-In Done Remotely at 7:00 PM

Please join us on Wednesday nights remotely by "Zoom".  You will be sent an invite for the meeting from the church in your email with information regarding the meeting.  Click on the link and join the meeting.  Check-in is from 7:00-7:15 PM with Compline starting at 7:15 PM. The service will require the use of the Book of Common Prayer.
Public Healing Service by Remote on Saturday at 5 PM
Please check your email for an invitation to join Rev. Alicia remotely for a Healing Prayer Service from 5:00 - 5:45 PM this Saturday.  
Transition Prayer

O God, during this time of transition at All Saints, we pray for our parish family, that we may be prayerful in our self-reflection, open to growth during our transition, patient in our discernment, loving as your Son Jesus Christ teaches us, and daring in our faith. We thank you for the gifts and experiences which have blessed us and brought us to this moment. Help us to view this period of change, not as a threat to what has been, but as an invitation to build on the foundation which has been given to us. May we, being guided by the Holy Spirit, be united to accomplish our calling; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Adam Nygren's Seminary Fund

All Saints sponsors Adam Nygren as he attends the Episcopal Seminary  at Sawanee , Tennessee.  In keeping with All Saints commitment to financially support Adam while he is at seminary, we are beginning our annual campaign to raise funds to pay part of his tuition.  

We have collected $1425 to date which is way behind our 2019 collection of $2420.  Make checks to All Saints but note that it is for Seminary Fund.  We have extended the time frame in hopes of getting more funds.

Ple ase be generous! Adam is very important to us!!!!

Second Annual All Saints Oyster Roast & 
Low Country Boil

Will reschedule at a later date!

*Parking Lot Re-Lined:  Thanks to Lee Wells for lining the parking spaces in our parking lot.  This really makes a difference.  

*Church Grounds:  Please remember that the church grounds still needs a lot of work.  
The following is list of things that could be done:
  • Pull up all ground cover beside the church steps in hopes of finding the azalea bushes underneath.
  • With a weed eater, cut back all monkey grass beside the church - both sides.
  • Try to find the bottom of the handicapped signs in the parking lot.  Cut back and remove all overgrown growth along top side of parking lot.  
  • Garden needs tilling for planting.
  • Branches on left side of Family Life Center need cutting way back.   

* Annual Yard Sale: The dates for the sale are unknown at this time. You can bring items for the sale and put them in the rooms in the Education Building.  It is best to let Jerry Wertz know if you are planning to bring items as there may be no one there to open the door for you.

Church Office Closed:  Please do not call the church telephone number because there is no one there to get your call.  Please contact Rev. Alicia at 336-541-3161 for pastoral emergencies or Jerry Wertz at 704-577-9699 if you need anything.

Yoga at All Saints:  Cancelled.

Book Exchange: The book exchange is set-up in the Family Life Center in a bookcase along the wall to your left when entering the big room.  Read and return and perhaps contribute some you have as well.  A lot of new books have been added. 

Amazon Smile:  All Saints is NOW a registered nonprofit on Amazon Smile!  We need your help and assistance.  Amazon will give .5% to All Saints on every purchase made through Amazon Smile. This can be a significant amount when considering all the people you know who use Amazon.  Simply click the link below and start shopping:

Our unique charity link:

*   Food Pantry:  Please help us restock the shelves with canned goods & paper products.  Through your generosity, we have been able to help many families and individuals. 

*   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.  
Crisis Assistance Ministries Food Needs During This Time
Kim Wheeler, who directs CRISIS ASSISTANCE MINISTRIES in Gastonia, and her team do a phenomenal job of providing food and other financial / human services to over 4000 families each year.  
Things are running well at CAM but Kim informs me that the supply chain logjam is making it challenging for her to get food to replenish the shelves after she distributes what is on hand now.  
No panic or cry of fear but as supply chains unclog, please consider food donations to CAM at the CAM office at 805 W. Airline Avenue, Gastonia.  Food is usually received around back at door at top of concrete stairs.  You must knock on the door.   
If it is easier for you to drop food donations at GREATER GASTON BAPTIST ON RANKIN LAKE ROAD, the Gateway and GGBA are already partnering closely with CAM and will be glad to receive food donations for CAM. 

(Dwayne Burks, Gateway)

S alvation Army Ministry

The Salvation Army is still serving food but it is doing so in take-out containers. 

For all those scheduled to serve at the Salvation Army on Monday nights, this service has been discontinued for the present time.

A fresh salad and a meal was provided this past week by All Saints.  Cooking for the Army has been discontinued until further notice due to the coronavirus.  However, All Saints is going to pay local restaurants to provide the meals for the Salvation Army which gives the Salvation Army a meal to use but also gives the restaurants needed business.  

Thanks to all who participate in this valuable ministry!!!
All Saints Prayer List
We pray for Linda Stanford, Joshua Scruggs, Anne Harrison, Jane Reilly, Ben Johnson, Melissa Holland, Stephanie Carpenter, Steve Bostian, Anita Blake, Bob Forbes, Fr. Shawn Griffith, Pam Quinn, Pam Coleman, Rick Martin, Donna Hamra, Royston Acheson, Courtney Birk, Jack Dixson, Michael Crayton, Emily Kline, Dave & Mary Jo Knowles, Jim Carpenter, Jenn Oleksa, Donald Adams, Lindsay Swift, Shay Matthews, John Holland, Glenda Carpenter, April Bone, BF Beasley, Keith Watkins, Josie Polhemus, Wanda Adams, Cindy Knight, Allan Henry and Laurel Kish.  
The Lessons Appointed for Use on the
Fifth Sunday in Lent
Year A
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Romans 8:6-11
John 11:1-45
Psalm 130
The Collect
A lmighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Old Testament
Ezekiel 37:1-14
T he hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, "Mortal, can these bones live?" I answered, "O Lord God, you know." Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord."
So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live." I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.
Then he said to me, "Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.' Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act," says the Lord.
The Response
Psalm 130
De profundis
O ut of the depths have I called to you, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice; *
let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
2 If you, Lord, were to note what is done amiss, *
O Lord, who could stand?
3 For there is forgiveness with you; *
therefore you shall be feared.
4 I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him; *
in his word is my hope.
5 My soul waits for the Lord,
more than watchmen for the morning, *
more than watchmen for the morning.
6 O Israel, wait for the Lord, *
for with the Lord there is mercy;
7 With him there is plenteous redemption, *
and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.
The Epistle
Romans 8:6-11
T o set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God's law-- indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.
The Gospel
John 11:1-45
N ow a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, "Lord, he whom you love is ill." But when Jesus heard it, he said, "This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God's glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it." Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
Then after this he said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judea again." The disciples said to him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?" Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them." After saying this, he told them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him." The disciples said to him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right." Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him." Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him."
When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him." Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" She said to him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world."
When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, "The Teacher is here and is calling for you." And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see." Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, "See how he loved him!" But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?"
Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days." Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, "Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me." When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go."
Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.


March 29    Linda Duffy
March 29    Jerry Wertz
March 30    Kelly Eckard
March 31    Millie English 
March 31    Bruce Kiser
April 1        Ashley Birk
April 2        Pet Sumner
April 2        Rachel Isbill
April 3        Ken Harvey

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

Schedule of Church Events This Week via Zoom
Sat Mar 28
5:00 -5:45 PM
Public Healing Service
Sun Mar 29
8:00 -9:00 AM
Morning Prayer Rite II
followed by Fellowship and Coffee Hour
10:00-10:20 AM
Children's Word with Family
followed by Fellowship
10:30 AM
Morning Prayer with Music
followed by Fellowship Hour
3:30 -4:30 PM
Dinner Church
5:00 PM
Evening Prayer
followed by Fellowship
7:00 PM
Compline (Night Prayer)
April 1
7:00 PM
7:15 PM


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Apr 12
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Jim McCarthy
Kelly Morris
Susan Maxon
10:30 AM
Vicki Smith
Jim McPherson
Casey Allison

Rev. Dr. Alicia Alexis
Interim Rector

phone: 704-864-7201