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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
January 11, 2018
In This Issue


Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

It is intriguing to imagine this story in the Gospel of John as the first evidence of a kind of divine, "Hide and Seek," or maybe even, "You're it!" First Jesus FINDS Philip and extends an invitation to follow Jesus. Then Philip runs to FIND Nathanael and then declares, "We have FOUND Jesus!" But clearly, Nathanael is not sure he wants to play, disputing Philip's eyewitness account and questioning if anything good can come from Nazareth. But then Jesus shows up again and says to Nathanael, "I see you!"

If it were only that simple--that believable. Sometimes, like Nathanael, as well as Eli and Samuel from our Old Testament lesson, it's hard for us to recognize the Invasion of Holiness. When we struggle in life and don't know which way to turn, we often find ourselves looking down, and wondering, "Where are you, Jesus?, Where are you God?" We cry out, "Please show up!" Then, when we least expect it, God comes to us, invades us, promises life and says, "I see you, beloved child of God; come and follow me."

Our prayer through the week continues... Help us to recognize you as you break through our broken lives and invade our very fragile and unsuspecting hearts,...

See ya Sunday!



Monday, January 15th:  Office closed in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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

*  Family Promise: This week we hosted three families in the Family Promise program, offering them meals, housing and fellowship. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of those who volunteered and assisted during their visit. This program continues to be a success due to the effort of our volunteers to bring some comfort and kindness to those who have found themselves in an unfortunate situation. The remaining 2018 dates that we will be host to the Family Promise guests are 4/8, 8/12, and 11/4. If you would like to volunteer for one of the activities or are just interested in finding out more about the program please contact Marc Dudley at 704-718-4044 or at

*  Bread Ministry:  The Bread Ministry at All Saints provides bread for each service throughout the year except during Lent.  We currently have a great group of bakers but would love to have a few more!  Currently we are each baking one month for every nine months.  The recipe is easy and you can choose to bake weekly during your month or once a month.  If you would like to learn more or would like to volunteer, please email or call Chris Butterworth 704-396-6053

*  Healing Service:  Cancelled for Wednesday, January 17th.

*  All Saints Annual Meeting:  On Sunday, January 21st, immediately following the  10:30 service we will have our Annual Parish Meeting.  This meeting is the only time during the year that we gather as a community and vote on things, hear reports, and discuss the state of the parish.  We will distribute the 2018 budget, elect new vestry members, and discuss the parish and the way forward.  Food will be provided.  We would love to have everyone attend.

 Last Friday Get Together:  Island Breezes Theme Night: Cris will bring teriyaki chicken (Maui style) and everyone is invited to bring a pot luck dish that reminds them of Hawaii. Challenge yourselves and have fun! Cris will do a brief talk about the Episcopal churches on Maui (with photos) and then we will all dance the "Hukilau" hula and laugh! A silly, fun, and informative night for all of us. So come and join the fun!  6 - 8 pm, Friday, January 26. Be there or "i he'aha like"!

*  Episcopal 101 : Began Sunday, January 7th and continues for 6-8 weeks, from  9:30-10:15.   Fr. Gary will offer an introductory course, Episcopal 101, for new and established members of the Episcopal Tradition. We are a tradition rich in scripture, history, heritage, literature, art and so much more. Fr. Gary's class will journey through our history, the Sacraments, prayer and how they intersect with our world today. Please mark your calendar to attend these classes and learn some new things about our tradition.

*  Annual Giving : The first Sunday of December was our ingathering of financial pledges for 2018. We thank everyone for their generosity. If you have not returned your pledge sheets we encourage you to do so. We appreciate your gifts in our corner of God's Kingdom.

*  2018 Sign Up Sheets:  For Coffee Hour, Altar Guild and Altar Flowers are on the bulletin board in the FLC.   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).

Cooking for the Army : This Saturday, January 13 th , parishioners will 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.

*   Server, Acolyte & Eucharistic Visitor (EV) Training : Servers, Acolytes and EVs have a unique and important history in our tradition. Each fills a unique calling in worship that goes back thousands of years. It has been a while since we have had dedicated training for these ministries. We know that in worship everyone wants to do things correct and uniformly. Thus, we will have two training sessions on the weekend of January 27-28 th ,   2018: Saturday morning at  9 AM  and Sunday immediately following the  10:30  service. Please mark your calendars now for this important training. We thank each of you who serve for your time and dedication. We also invite anyone who desires to serve or has questions to join us on this training weekend.

*  Pacesetters The Pacesetters will gather on Tuesday January 16 th  at 10:00 in the Family Life Center for the 2018 organizational meeting and for event planning for the year.  We will go to lunch after the meeting.  Please come with lots of ideas of what you would like to do this year.  Pacesetters is a group of 50+ individuals, both male and female, who gather in fellowship to enjoy each other's company.  You do not have to be a member of All Saints to be a member.  Our purpose statement is as follows:  Using the wisdom and experiences provided us through our lives, Pacesetters are called to Share The Blessing of His Love by:
Serving His Church Where Needed
Learning From Each Other To Better Teach The Word Of Jesus Christ
Ministering To Each Other and To Those in Need in the Community
Respecting the Opinions and Life Experiences of Others.
If you would like to learn more, please call Jerry Wertz at 704-577-9699 or Susan Maxon at 704-823-3318 or just join us on Tuesday January 16th. 

* Cookbooks :   $5.00   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. 

*  Lenten Study:  Beginning on Saturday, February 17 and continuing every Saturday through March 24 (6 sessions total), we will have a  study entitled "The Great Teachings: From Disciple to Apostle, A Lenten Study Based on the Gospel According to John." The group will meet from 9am-11:00/11:30am. Written and led by Deacon Cris South (perhaps with a friend or two), it will build upon last year's study as we move deeper into our lives in Christ. Everyone is welcome so please feel free to invite adult family and/or friends, regardless of religious affiliation. Also please call the church office and leave your name and phone number or sign up in the lobby to register so we have an accurate count. This is necessary for making sure there are enough study guides and snacks for everyone. From the course Introduction..."From the example of humble service through the washing of feet in John 13 to the great priestly prayer in John 17, Jesus prepares them to take his mantle and continue his work. In these chapters, he reiterates his entire message one last time. In doing so, he invites all of us to move into that same apostleship under our Christ.  Although a Bible study, this course is meant more to be a deep self-study, relating the teachings to ourselves and our lives in ways that enlighten and empower. Rather than lectures, each participant is invited to be present in that "upper room" with Jesus as he teaches, using his last chance to make all of us understand. It is only through that understanding that we can move from being disciples (believers and followers) to becoming apostles (literally, a person sent forth) of Christ's church in the world. It is relevant to us today and is meant to lead us to an apostolic life in Christ, serving the world and transforming all that is around us with his love. The season of Lent is a perfect time to deeply examine our faith, to commit ourselves, to accept our responsibility as new (or perhaps RE-newed) apostles. We come into this quiet season of reflection, knowing that we follow our Christ into the power, agony, and glory of Easter, and into his great triumph." I hope to see many of you there!

*  Bishop's Visitation: Our bishop, The Rt. Rev. José McLoughlin, will make his parochial visit on  Sunday, March 4, 2018. A bishop's visit is time for celebration as well as Baptism, Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation. For new members this is a time for being received or confirmed into your new faith community. Fr. Gary will offer a course, Episcopal 101, to assist anyone interested in better understanding our tradition.

*  Bible Study:   The Wednesday Bible Study group has completed  Zealot - The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan.  We highly recommend this book for all of you to read.  The next book we will study is Language of God by Francis S. Collins.  Dr. Collins was Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute.  He positions science not as a substitute for theology but as a subset of it.  The book traces his personal path to God and explains how his faith affects his work.  The group meets on Wednesday at 10:00 in the Family Life Center.   If you would like to join us for this study and need a copy of the book, please contact Jerry Wertz at 704-577-9699. 

*  Parish Lunch :  Thanks to Charlie Jenkins, Steve Morris and Marlene Nivens for being in charge of the last church luncheon.  We raised $57.00 for Outreach..  If this is something you would like to help with, please contact Jerry Wertz at

*  Needed:  Monetary donations for lettuce and carrots for the Salvation Army salads on Mondays.  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. 

*  Garden re-cycling of leaves and grass clippings:  If you bag your leaves or grass clippings, we would like to have them for organic mulch for the garden.  If you can haul them to the garden area, please do.  If you have bagged leaves or grass and cannot haul them, call Charlie Jenkins at 704-739-5332 or email:

*  Zumba:  Now being offered 3 days a week in the Family Life Center!  $5/class
     - Tuesday & Thursday at 7:15PM:  Please join Dana Wolfe for a fun workout made for everyone.  The class that started the dance-fitness revolution and changed the way we look at a "workout" forever. It's fun, effective and best of all? Made for everyone!
     - Friday at 9AM:  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!  

*  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.

*  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.

* Choir Rehearsal:  Sunday mornings at 9:25 am

*  Food Pantry:  Please help us restock the shelves!  Through your generosity, we have been able to help many families and individuals. 

*  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, and Fr. Gary preaches the other Sundays. We hope you find the different voices fulfilling in your spiritual journey.

*  Salvation Army Service Schedule:  Monday, January 15th - Team #1.  (Candy Albergine & Susan Marshall)

*  Church Financials: The Vestry wants to make sure that all parishioners are aware that the monthly financial reports are posted on the bulletin boards in The Family Life Center. If you have any concerns or questions please contact Phill Wertz or Fr. Gary.  Thank You!

*  Why Do You Love All Saints?  Who here loves All Saints?  Do you want to tell the world why you love being a part of the All Saints family?  Please help us spread the word about our congregation by telling your All Saints Story.  All Saints Stories will be published on our website: as well as our facebook and twitter pages.  To submit your story, go to and click "All Saints Stories" under the Parish Life tab.  If you can, please submit a photo with your story.  

* Prayer List:  Our prayer list grows rapidly.  We ask all parishioners to keep the office informed so that our prayer list remains current and manageable.

*  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 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:
*  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.  

*  Building Use Policy:  Our buildings are being used more and more and scheduling conflicts are occurring.  Effective immediately, all rooms/buildings will be scheduled by the Parish Administrator by the submission of a form which is available at the office and will soon be available on the web site.  We appreciate your understanding realizing that this will improve our ability to serve our parishioners and ministries.

* Planned Giving: Programs for Outreach Ministries are an important part of our parish. You can ensure the continuation of these programs by setting up an endowment or including a bequest in your will. The Episcopal Foundation of Western Carolina has set up "The Living Stones Society" to provide Education and training to all clergy and parishioners about setting up a program. For more information see Fr. Gary or call the foundation at 828-225-6656.
* Ministry Opportunities: There are a variety of Ministries available at All Saints including feeding at The Salvation Army, tending the Garden, Family Promise where we take care of those without a home for a week at a time, Altar Guild, Readers, Lectors, Acolytes, Chalicers, and many more. Everyone at All Saints is encouraged to serve in some way. Please let us know what you are interested in and we will put you in touch with the ministry coordinator. You can call the office (704-864-7201), email ( or speak to Fr. Gary.

 Upcoming Schedule  


January 13th:  Cooking for the Army

January 16th:  Pacesetters

January 21st:  Annual Meeting

January 24th:  Outreach Meeting

January 26th:  Last Friday Get Together

January 27 & 28th:  Server, Acolyte & EV Training

February 4th:  Parish Breakfast

February 10th:  Cooking for the Army

February 17th: Lenten Study

February 18th:  Parish Lunch

March 4th:  Bishop's Visitation

This Sunday's Scripture Readings

The Collect

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The First Lesson: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the  Lord under Eli. The word of the  Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.

At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the  Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the  Lord called, "Samuel! Samuel!" and he said, "Here I am!" and ran to Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you called me." But he said, "I did not call; lie down again." So he went and lay down. The  Lord called again, "Samuel!" Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you called me." But he said, "I did not call, my son; lie down again." Now Samuel did not yet know the  Lord, and the word of the  Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The  Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you called me." Then Eli perceived that the  Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, 'Speak,  Lord, for your servant is listening.'" So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Now the  Lord came and stood there, calling as before, "Samuel! Samuel!" And Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening." [Then the  Lord said to Samuel, "See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever."

Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the  Lord. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. But Eli called Samuel and said, "Samuel, my son." He said, "Here I am." Eli said, "What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you." So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, "It is the  Lord; let him do what seems good to him."

As Samuel grew up, the  Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the  Lord.]

Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17

L ord, you have searched me out and known me; *
you know my sitting down and my rising up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
2 You trace my journeys and my resting-places *
and are acquainted with all my ways.
3 Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *
but you, O  Lord, know it altogether.
4 You press upon me behind and before *
and lay your hand upon me.
5 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *
it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
12 For you yourself created my inmost parts; *
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
13 I will thank you because I am marvelously made; *
your works are wonderful, and I know it well.
14 My body was not hidden from you, *
while I was being made in secret
and woven in the depths of the earth.
15 Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb;
all of them were written in your book; *
they were fashioned day by day,
when as yet there was none of them.
16 How deep I find your thoughts, O God! *
how great is the sum of them!
17 If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand; *
to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.

The Epistle: 1 Cointhians 6:12-20

" All things are lawful for me," but not all things are beneficial. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be dominated by anything. "Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food," and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, "The two shall be one flesh." But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.

The Gospel: John 1:43-51

Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth." Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, "Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!" Nathanael asked him, "Where did you get to know me?" Jesus answered, "I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you." Nathanael replied, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" Jesus answered, "Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these." And he said to him, "Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."
Saint Day / Feast of the Week

Abbot in Egypt, 356

In the third century, many young men turned away from the corrupt
and decadent society of the time, and went to live in deserts or
mountains, in solitude, fasting, and prayer. Antony of Egypt was
an outstanding example of this movement, but he was not merely
a recluse. He was a founder of monasticism, and wrote a rule for
anchorites. Antony's parents were Christians, and he grew up to be
quiet, devout, and meditative. When his parents died, he and his
younger sister were left to care for a sizable estate. Six months later, in
church, he heard the reading about the rich young ruler whom Christ
advised to sell all he had and give to the poor. Antony at once gave his
land to the villagers, and sold most of his goods, giving the proceeds
to the poor. Later, after meditating on Christ's bidding, "Do not be
anxious about tomorrow," he sold what remained of his possessions,
placed his sister in a "house of maidens," and became an anchorite
(solitary ascetic).

Athanasius, who knew Antony personally, writes that he spent his
days praying, reading, and doing manual labor. For a time, he was
tormented by demons in various guises. He resisted, and the demons
fled. Moving to the mountains across the Nile from his village, Antony
dwelt alone for twenty years. In 305, he left his cave and founded a
"monastery," a series of cells inhabited by ascetics living under his
rule. Athanasius writes of such colonies: "Their cells like tents were
filled with singing, fasting, praying, and working that they might give
alms, and having love and peace with one another."

Antony visited Alexandria, first in 321, to encourage those suffering
martyrdom under the Emperor Maximinus; later, in 355, to combat
the Arians by preaching, conversions, and the working of miracles.
Most of his days were spent on the mountain with his disciple

He willed a goat-skin tunic and a cloak to Athanasius, who said of
him: "He was like a physician given by God to Egypt. For who met
him grieving and did not go away rejoicing? Who came full of anger
and was not turned to kindness? ... What monk who had grown
slack was not strengthened by coming to him? Who came troubled by
doubts and failed to gain peace of mind?"

January 11th - Terry Eckard
January 18th - Gary Butterworth
January 18th - Brad Frazier
January 18th - Jim McCarthy
January 21st - Erik Jager
January 22nd - Cathy Webster
January 26th - Kelly Halley
January 26th - David Smith
January 31st - Jay Oden
February 1st - John Cheek
February 2nd - Win Borner
February 4th - Courtney Birk
February 5th - Kathleen Broome
February 5th - Diane Camp
February 7th - Kathy Butler
February 8th - Gay Lindsey
February 11th - Cary McWhirter
February 19th - Kirsten Witry
February 22nd - Dennis Stewart
February 24th - Sydney Wertz

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

January 14
January 21
8:00 AM
Dennis Bolin
Lee Wells
10:30 AM
Lee Wells
Bob Forbes
David McDowell
Adam Nygren
Adam Nygren
Susan Stroud
Noelle Martin
Sophie Martin
Lindsey Wells
Cheryl Richard
Sydney Wertz
Zoe Tilly
8:00 AM
Jerry Wertz
Kelly Morris
10:30 AM
John & Jessica 
William & Priscilla Graham
Glenda Carpenter

Kelly Halley
Jay Oden
William & Priscilla Graham

William & Priscilla Graham
Annual Meeting
10:30 AM
Pete Laine 
Eileen Klimkowski
Jim McCarthy
Morningside Resident
Terry Eckard
William Graham
Jim & Flo
Jerry Wertz
David Klocker
Emma Butterworth
Judy Mullins
Christine Borner
Christine Borner
VPOD 8:00
George Saylor
John Woodward

George Saylor

Blessings & Peace,
Fr. Gary+

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