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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 25, 2018
In This Issue

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

Authority. As a naval officer in charge of photolabs and imaging facilities across the globe I was able to choose any number of things: the film we used, the paper we printed on, the copy paper we used. It's a simple, natural thing. It was that simple and natural for Jesus, Son of God, to teach the Hebrew Scriptures. It was that simple and natural for Jesus to tell a noisy and chaotic spirit, "Shut up and get out!"

But choosing photo paper and other supplies was not my main job. Teaching Scripture and rebuking spirits weren't Jesus' main jobs. No, God  authorized Jesus--and through Jesus, God authorizes you and me--to "proclaim the good news of God." Simply and naturally that good news is this: It is time! God's effective presence is as close as our right hand. We are all called to adjust your strategy for living. Live as though it is true!

Holy God, let us know and love you as Jesus knew you. Give us authority to proclaim your good news simply, naturally and with complete confidence. Amen.

See ya Sunday!



*  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 27-28th, 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.

*  Year End Statements:  Statements will be available for pick up after both services on Sunday.

*  Annual Meeting Luncheon:  Thanks are due to the many people who cooked and cleaned.  The cooks were Linda Boyd, Susan Maxon, Marlene Nivens and Jerry Wertz with Charlie Jenkins and Tony Fugate helping set-up. Desserts were provided by Erin Balco, Barbara Cooper, Kelly Halley, Judy Mullins, and Cheryl Saylor.  Tea was provided by Chong Saile.  Accolades for clean-up go to Tony Fugate, Jim McCarthy and one of our youth, Zoe Tilly.  Thanks to all who contributed - we raised $171.

*  Youth Meeting - The next meeting for Youth ages 6 and up will be  Sunday, February 4 from 3 - 4:30 pm in the Parish Life Center.  Any questions, please contact Chris Butterworth at c

 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"!

*  Building Use Policy :  Our buildings are being used more and more and scheduling conflicts have occurred.  Effective immediately, all rooms/buildings will be reserved and scheduled by the Parish Administrator through the submission of a form which are available at the office.  Additionally, if you are in need of advance set-up for the room or event you are scheduling (night before, earlier than the event, etc.) please take that into consideration when reserving. We appreciate your understanding realizing that this will improve our ability to serve our parishioners and ministries.

*  Vestry Election:   We welcome new Vestry members Linda Boyd, Flo McCarthy, Don Stine & Susan Stroud.   We are truly blessed here at All Saints!

*  Pacesetters:  The Pacesetters had their organizational meeting on January 16th.  The following were elected as officers:  Jerry Wertz President; Linda Boyd, 1st VP; Marian Watts, 2nd VP; Cheryl Saylor, Secretary and Joan Cieslik, Treasurer.  The dues for the year were voted to be $25/person.   Pacesetters is a group of 50+ individuals, both male and female, who gather to enjoy each other's fellowship in a social setting.  You do not have to be a member of All Saints to attend.  We try to have an event each month.  
Next Outing: The Pacesetters will visit the Schiele Museum on Tuesday March 20th at 10:00.  Our guide will be Dr. Dawn Flynn who will show us how collections are done and maintained.  The cost is $2.00.  Afterwards we will go out to lunch.  If you plan to attend, please let Jerry Wertz know at

*  Episcopal 101 :  Continues from  9:30-10:15.   Fr. Gary is offering 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.

*  Souper Bowl Of Caring:  is youth across the nation working to fight hunger and poverty in their own communities around the time of the Super Bowl.  On Sunday, February 4th, our children will have a soup pot available for you to drop your money into.  Dig deep in your pockets for loose change and bills!  All donations go to CAM (Crisis Assistance Ministry).  Please see Carol Wertz if you have any questions.

*  Save the date: All Saints Outreach will host a "Summer Blast Picnic" fundraiser on Saturday, June 2nd from 5-8. Please put it on your calendar and plan to attend. More details will follow!

*  Shrove Tuesday Pancakes: On   Tuesday  February 13th at 6PM we will have our Annual Shrove  Tuesday Pancake Supper. Donations go to Outreach. There is a sign-up sheet in The Life Center. The kitchen volunteers are in need of donations of syrup, butter & sausage. Please mark your calendars and plan on attending!

*  Ash Wednesday Service Schedule: Ash  Wednesday is  Wednesday, February 14th. All Saints will administer ashes on a walk in basis between  7AM-8AM and we will also have a 7PM service.  Please join us for one of these services as we are reminded "that we are dust, and to dust we shall return."

*  Annual Giving : 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 : On Saturday, Februaru 10th , 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.

* 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!

*  Family Promise:  The remaining 2018 dates that we will be host to the Family Promise guests are 4/8, 8/12 and 11/4. Family Promise is a community program that provides housing and support to families that are less fortunate. 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 greet and engage guests, to provide homework and enrichment activities for the children, to prepare and serve dinner, and to spend the night.The other way that parishioners can assist these families is to donate items that our guests need. Suggested items to donate are 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.  For more information, or to volunteer please contact Marc Dudley at 704-718-4044 or .

*  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.

* 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. 

*  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. 

*  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.  

*  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 9:15AM:  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 29th - 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: 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.  

* 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 26th:  Last Friday Get Together

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

February 4th:  Parish Breakfast

February 4th:  Youth Meeting

February 10th:  Cooking for the Army

February 13th:  Shrove Tuesday

February 14th:  Ash Wednesday

February 17th: Lenten Study

February 18th:  Parish Lunch

March 4th:  Bishop's Visitation

March 20th:  Pacesetters

June 2nd:  Summer Blast Picnic

This Sunday's Scripture Readings

The Collect

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; 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: Deuteronomy 18: 15-20

Moses said: The  Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet. This is what you requested of the  Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said: "If I hear the voice of the  Lord my God any more, or ever again see this great fire, I will die." Then the  Lord replied to me: "They are right in what they have said. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command. Anyone who does not heed the words that the prophet shall speak in my name, I myself will hold accountable. But any prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, or who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded the prophet to speak-that prophet shall die."

Psalm 111

I will give thanks to the  Lord with my whole heart, *
in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation.
2 Great are the deeds of the  Lord! *
they are studied by all who delight in them.
3 His work is full of majesty and splendor, *
and his righteousness endures for ever.
4 He makes his marvelous works to be remembered; *
the  Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
5 He gives food to those who fear him; *
he is ever mindful of his covenant.
6 He has shown his people the power of his works *
in giving them the lands of the nations.
7 The works of his hands are faithfulness and justice; *
all his commandments are sure.
8 They stand fast for ever and ever, *
because they are done in truth and equity.
9 He sent redemption to his people;
he commanded his covenant for ever; *
holy and awesome is his Name.
10 The fear of the  Lord is the beginning of wisdom; *
those who act accordingly have a good understanding;
his praise endures for ever.

The Epistle: 1 Cointhians 8:1-13

Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that "all of us possess knowledge." 
Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. Anyone who claims to know something does not 
yet have the necessary knowledge; but anyone who loves God is known by him.

Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that "no idol in the world really 
exists," and that "there is no God but one." Indeed, even though there may be so-called 
gods in heaven or on earth-as in fact there are many gods and many lords- yet for us there 
is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, 
Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

It is not everyone, however, who has this knowledge. Since some have become so 
accustomed to idols until now, they still think of the food they eat as food offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. "Food will not bring us close to God." We are 
no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this liberty of 
yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if others see you, who 
possess knowledge, eating in the temple of an idol, might they not, since their conscience is
weak, be encouraged to the point of eating food sacrificed to idols? So by your knowledge 
those weak believers for whom Christ died are destroyed. But when you thus sin against 
members of your family, and wound their conscience when it is weak, you sin against 
Christ. Therefore, if food is a cause of their falling, I will never eat meat, so that I may not 
cause one of them to fall.

The Gospel: Mark 1:21-28

Jesus and his disciples went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God." But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, "What is this? A new teaching-with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him." At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

Saint Day / Feast of the Week

Thomas Aquinas
Priest and Theologian, 1274

Thomas Aquinas is the greatest theologian of the high Middle Ages,
and, next to Augustine, perhaps the greatest theologian in the history
of Western Christianity. Born into a noble Italian family, probably in
1225, he entered the new Dominican Order of Preachers, and soon
became an outstanding teacher in an age of intellectual ferment.

Perceiving the challenges that the recent rediscovery of Aristotle's
works might entail for traditional catholic doctrine, especially in its
emphasis upon empirical knowledge derived from reason and sense
perception, independent of faith and revelation, Thomas asserted that
reason and revelation are in basic harmony. "Grace" (revelation),
he said, "is not the denial of nature" (reason), "but the perfection of
it." This synthesis Thomas accomplished in his greatest works, the
Summa Theologica and the Summa Contra Gentiles, which even today
continue to exercise profound influence on Christian thought and
philosophy. He was considered a bold thinker, even a "radical," and
certain aspects of his thought were condemned by the ecclesiastical
authorities. His canonization on July 18, 1323, vindicated him.

Thomas understood God's disclosure of his Name, in Exodus 3:14,
"I Am Who I Am," to mean that God is Being, the Ultimate Reality
from which everything else derives its being. The difference between
God and the world is that God's essence is to exist, whereas all other
beings derive their being from him by the act of creation. Although,
for Thomas, God and the world are distinct, there is, nevertheless,
an analogy of being between God and the world, since the Creator
is reflected in his creation. It is possible, therefore, to have a limited
knowledge of God, by analogy from the created world. On this
basis, human reason can demonstrate that God exists; that he
created the world; and that he contains in himself, as their cause, all
the perfections which exist in his creation. The distinctive truths of
Christian faith, however, such as the Trinity and the Incarnation, are
known only by revelation. 

Thomas died in 1274, just under fifty years of age. In 1369, on
January 28, his remains were transferred to Toulouse. In addition to
his many theological writings, he composed several eucharistic hymns.
They include "O saving Victim" and "Now, my tongue, the mystery

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 28
February 4
8:00 AM
Kelly Morris
Jim McCarthy
10:30 AM
Cheryl Richard
Adam Nygren
George Sowersby
Kyle Tilly
Marsha Ellison
Casey Allison
Lee Wells
Omar Scott
Lydia Kish
Phill Wertz
Autumn Jager
Emory Borner
8:00 AM
Laurie Stewart
Linda Boyd
10:30 AM
Gay Lindsey
Pete Laine
Sharon & Bob Tatlock
Marc Dudley
Glenda Carpenter
Adam Nygren
Kelly Halley
Jay Oden

Kelly Morris
Allison & Lee 
Parish Breakfast
10:30 AM
William Graham
Judy Mullins
C.B. Barr
Morningside Resident
John Woodward
Marc Dudley
Lee & Casey Allison
David McDowell
Adam Nygren
Jerry Wertz
Eileen Klimkowski
Phill Wertz
Judy Mullins
VPOD 8:00
Marc Dudley
Lee Wells
Linda Klocker
Susan Stroud

Blessings & Peace,
Fr. Gary+

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