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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
October 4, 2018
In This Issue

Dear All Saints Family,

I am excited that Father Walter Bryan will begin his time with us this Sunday. I also wanted to let you know that there is a poster in the Family Life Center that shows the step by step process the Diocese will help us with as we move towards the next chapter in our Parish. Please remember to support each other and if you have concerns please let myself, a vestry member, or a deacon know. I know that God has wonderful things ahead for All Saints, as we keep Jesus Christ the center of our focus during this time of change.
Jeremiah 29: 11  

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the  Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Lee Wells,
Senior Warden


*  Change in Office Hours: The All Saints office hours will be: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 8:30 to 3:30. On Tuesday, the office will be open from 10 to 5. This change on Tuesday will allow Debra, our Parish Administrator to meet weekly with Lee, our Senior Warden at 4:15.

*  Announcements:  Anyone wanting announcements in the Sunday bulletins or in the weekly emailed newsletters should get them to Debra no later than Wednesday morning. All announcements should be submitted in finished form, exactly as you would like them to appear. Debra cannot rewrite or edit but will simply copy and paste your announcement. Thanks for being prompt and complete, and for making Debra's busy work days a little easier. Dn Cris

*  Día de los Muertos , or Day of the Dead will be celebrated on Friday October 26th at 6:30 in the Family Life Center.  This is one of the most important celebrations in Mexico and Latin America. This tradition honors loved ones who have departed in a festive atmosphere.  We will serve tacos as our meal.  Come dressed in whatever attire you desire.  We hope to have a Saints Walk as last year and are looking for volunteers to be a Saint.  Afterwards we will gather and have popcorn and dessert.  A sheet is posted in the Family Life Center to note what you can provide for the meal and to get a head count.  We hope to have a lot of children attend.  If you can be a "Saint", please contact Jerry Wertz or 704-577-9699.

*  Parade of Tables event took in $5,259.00, and subtracting the expenses, we made $4,614.14.

*  Parish Breakfast:  October 7th - We will be serving breakfast at 8:45 as well as a coffee hour after the 10:30 service.

* Cooking for the Army:  On Saturday, October 6th at 9am, parishioners will gather 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.

*  The Pacesetters are planning a trip to the mountains to see the frescoes on Tuesday October 16th leaving the church around 8:00.  The only expense will be your lunch.  George Sowersby has agreed to be our driver.  We plan to rent a van so it is important to know how many of you plan to go.  Please let Jerry Wertz know at or 704-577-9699.

*  Latino Ministry Support: Every Thursday  our diocesan Latino Minister, The Rev. Miquel Alvarez, will begin meeting at All Saints with a new Latino Episcopal Congregation. They will use our worship space on Thursday evenings between 6:30-8:30 PM. The hope is that 2019 brings them to a place where they will be conducting worship services on Sunday afternoon. This is a ministry of the diocese and we welcome them as their presence makes us all stronger.

*   Adult Christian Formation: Beginning October 7th, Mr. Brett Brown will be our facilitator as we view a video series presentation called "The Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity."  Professor Kenneth W. Harl, a scholar on Classical and Byzantine History at Tulane University will be your guide. This is a multi-week study and it is not required to attend every session so do not let vacations and other plans keep you away.

*  A Message from Pastor Dawn:  All of my All Saints family is invited to my MCC Ordination service, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, 7 pm, in the All Saints Sanctuary.  A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.  I look forward to you sharing this important event in my life.

Family Promise:  The remaining 2018 date that we will be host to the Family Promise guests are 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

Building Use Policy:  Our buildings are being used more and more and we are experiencing more scheduling conflicts with our church spaces. Effective immediately, all rooms/buildings will be reserved and scheduled ONLY by the Parish Administrator through a submission form available at the office.  For planning purposes every parishioner is able to access the Church Calendar, which reflects reserved rooms and activities, on our website ( by using the News & Events tab. 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.

Bible Study:  Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis is the book being studied.  Please join us  on Wednesday's in the Family Life Center at 10:00. 

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

Yoga at All Saints:  Wednesdays  Noon to 1 PM  - $5 (multi-level Beginning )  Integral Style Traditional Hatha Yoga. (This is the ancient style which is gentle, personal, go at your own pace) Our country changed the ancient yoga into all kinds of fun interesting sometimes not so safe competitive practices .  Our classes are based on safety in movement  and include the healing breathing techniques and stress reducing relaxation.   Judy devoted her teaching to bringing the "real" ancient technique to people at a very reasonable cost because it is so healing and personal.  

Saturdays  9AM to11 AM  (multi-level advanced) Integral Style Traditional Hatha Yoga.  Again, this class is go at your own pace, gentle and personal.  It is a 2 hour practice.   ( if you are athletic or exercise a lot this class may feel like a more thorough  practice)  People come to both classes with physical problems if their doctor approves and modify the practice as needed.  ($7 a class - Half of each $7 fee is donated to All Saints). 

Stretch, Strengthen, Balance, Tone, Breathe, Focus, Relax and Heal.  Any questions, contact Judy Blankenship, M.A., CPT, ERYT 500, Reiki Master (704) 867-7176

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.  

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:

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).

* 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. 

Zumba:  Now being offered 2 days a week in the Family Life Center!  
     - 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!  ($5/class or $20/month)
*  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.

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

*  Salvation Army Service Schedule:  Monday, October 8th - Team #3.  (William Graham, Pete Laine & Milton Halley)

*  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.  

*  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:
* 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 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 one of the Deacons.
All Saints Prayer List
Cathy Harvey, Laura Beth Murray, Jack Dixson, Charles Clamurro, Courtney Birk, Charlie Metcalf, Madison Krontz, Linda Stanford, Joseph Colarossi,  Art & Chong Saile, Johnny Featherston,  Tony &  Liz Butler,  Alan Austin,  Carl Delamar,  Gabrielle Eve,  Joshua Scruggs,  Robert Crotts,  Justin Amendola, Kirby Plemmons,  Haldora Caroline Churchill, Margaret  Hyatt,  Jim & Glenda Carpenter,  John Lowery,  Keith Lowe,  Sid Brandon,  Johnathan Myers,  Carroll Fugate,  Jackie Angioletti, M ary Neil,  Nancy Byers,  Emily Kline, Scarlett,  Anne Harrison, Kelsey Lecky, Kim Lee, Becky Storm,  Henry Forbes,  Rick Lewis, Royston Acheson,  Dave & Mary Jo Knowles,  Kevin Butler,  Martin Forbes & Family,  John Schmidt,  Dan Birk, Cindy,  Dennis Bolin, Eva Harrison, 
Ross Wallace,  Carol & Ron,  Keith Lowe,  Abigail Cheek, Kate Cryeski, 
Reggie Davis, Vivian Taylor, Lindsay Swift, Cindy Woolery, Bill Collins, Charlie Jenkins, Audie McSwain, Shannon Rasch & TJ Solomon.

  Upcoming Schedule    
October 6th:  Cooking for the Army
October 7th:  Parish Breakfast
October 9th:  Pastoral Care
October 16th:  Pacesetters
October 16th:  Vestry Meeting
October 26th:  Día de los Muertos
October 27th:  Vestry Work Day
 This Sunday's Scripture Readings

The Collect

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The First Lesson:  Genesis 2:18-24

The Lord God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner." So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said,

"This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;

this one shall be called Woman,
for out of Man this one was taken."

Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.

Psalm 8

1 O Lord our Governor, *
     how exalted is your Name in all the world!
2 Out of the mouths of infants and children *
     your majesty is praised above the heavens.
3 You have set up a stronghold against your adversaries, *
     to quell the enemy and the avenger.
4 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, *
     the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,
5 What is man that you should be mindful of him? *
     the son of man that you should seek him out?
6 You have made him but little lower than the angels; *
     you adorn him with glory and honor;
7 You give him mastery over the works of your hands; *
     you put all things under his feet:
8 All sheep and oxen, *
     even the wild beasts of the field,
9 The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, *
     and whatsoever walks in the paths of the sea.
10 O Lord our Governor, *
     how exalted is your Name in all the world!

The Epistle:  Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12

Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God's glory and the exact imprint of God's very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. But someone has testified somewhere,

"What are human beings that you are mindful of them,
or mortals, that you care for them?

You have made them for a little while lower than the angels;
you have crowned them with glory and honor,
subjecting all things under their feet."

Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them, but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying,

"I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters,
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you."

The Gospel: Mark 10:2-16

Some Pharisees came, and to test Jesus they asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" He answered them, "What did Moses command you?" They said, "Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her." But Jesus said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation, 'God made them male and female.' 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate."

Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. He said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery."

People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it." And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

Saint Day / Feast of the Week

Henry Melchior Muhlenberg
Lutheran Pastor in North America, 1787

Henry Melchior Muhlenberg is regarded as the patriarch of
Lutheranism in North America.

Muhlenberg, born near Hannover, Germany, in 1711, received his
education in Göttingen and Halle before immigrating to the American
colonies in 1742. Lutherans came to the colonies from a variety
of regional and ethnic backgrounds and tended to build churches
wherever they settled, sometimes with Lutherans of different origins
settling in closer proximity to each other. There was little organization
among these disparate groups until the arrival of Muhlenberg.

Upon his arrival, Muhlenberg visited Lutherans in coastal Carolina
and Georgia before making his way to Philadelphia. With enormous
energy and unflagging patience, Muhlenberg began to call together
the Lutherans, first the Germans, then the Swedes, until the formation
of the first Lutheran synod in America in 1748, the Ministerium of
Pennsylvania. At the inaugural synod, Muhlenberg offered a common
liturgy for use among Lutherans. The liturgy was adopted and became
the essential element in unifying the Lutherans in America for several
generations. Muhlenberg's axiom, "one book, one church," has been a
benchmark for liturgical revision among North American Lutherans to
the present day.

Muhlenberg also recognized the pastoral challenges of organizing
a new church in the new world. In the old countries, the church
was closely allied with the state. Taxes to support of the churches
were collected by the state and Christian education was part of the
curriculum in every school. In the new world, the churches were to
be voluntary, self-supporting associations and education in matters of
Christian faith was to be the concern of church and home.

Muhlenberg's family played prominent roles in the birth of the new
nation. One of his sons served as a brigadier general in the Revolution
while another was a member of the Continental Congress and later
the first speaker of the House of Representatives. His great-grandson,
William Augustus Muhlenberg, was a priest who shaped the Episcopal
Church in the mid-nineteenth century (see April 8).

Henry Melchior Muhlenberg died on October 7, 1787.

October 4th - John Woodward
October 8th - McNeal Miller
October 10th - Cathy Wright
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!

October 7
October 14
8:00 AM
Don Stine
Tony Fugate
10:30 AM
Cheryl Richard
David McDowell
Jim & Flo
Casey Allison
David McDowell
Sydney Wertz
Lindsey Wells
Faolin Tilly
Lee Wells
Zoe Tilly
Emory Borner
8:00 AM
Jim Howard
David Klocker
10:30 AM
Marc Dudley
Candy Albergine
George Sowersby
Pam Hart
Cathy Webster
Allison Wells
Jay Oden
Jocelyn King
Chris Butterworth
Parish Breakfast
Allison Wells
10:30 AM
Steve Morris
George Sowersby
Pete Laine
Eileen Klimkowski
Terry Eckard
Marc Dudley
George & Susan Sowersby
Jim & Flo
Carol Wertz
Eileen Klimkowski
Allison & Jay Miller-Roberts
Judy Mullins
VPOD 8:00
George Saylor
Lee Wells
George Saylor
William Graham

phone: 704-864-7201