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Purpose

 

To be a Community where all persons will encounter the power and 

love of the Living God, through His Son, Jesus Christ.

 

Vision

 

All Saints Episcopal Church is called by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to...

 

·     Worship Jesus Christ

·     Learn and Teach His Word

·     Minister in His Name

·     Proclaim Him and Share the Blessing of His Love

·     Welcome All in His Name

      

The All Saints Messenger
February 22, 2018
In This Issue
  

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

This past Tuesday at Vestry we had a lively discussion about numerous topics. One of the topics we discuss every Vestry meeting is "Concerns from the Congregation." This is a time for Vestry members who have heard about issues or who have been searched out by parishioners with concerns to voice them to the parish leadership. Sometimes we hear about, "Where is the Rector?," "Why do we not use simple bulletins?," or "Do you know that so and so is having surgery?" It is a time to share, get concerns on the table, share new ideas, etc. This week one of the concerns was our Processional Cross that has the Resurrected Christ on it. Some say they don't like it and want a simple, basic cross.

So with that comment, I thought I would provide you with some context and a theological grounding on this issue. First, I want to make sure that everyone understands that the Jesus on our Processional Cross is the Resurrected Christ NOT the Crucified Christ. Take a careful look next time and see this important distinction.

We have three Processional crosses at All Saints: 1) The Resurrected Christ Cross (used on most Sundays), 2) a simple wooden cross (used when children are the crucifer) and during Lent, and 3) an ornate and heavy polished brass cross used on high holy days, if the crucifer can handle the weight of it.

The Roman Catholic tradition often has a processional cross with the Crucified Christ. I believe that because our cross is relatively small those who have voiced a concern may be thinking it is a Crucified Christ versus a Resurrected Christ.

The Episcopal Tradition preaches both the Crucified Christ AND the Risen Christ. Had Christ not risen, the cross would be meaningless. He would have just been another in a long line of Jews that got themselves into trouble and killed for their trouble.

It IS the Risen Christ that makes the Church. Remember the great mystery of faith: Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again.

Hopefully this has helped those who had a concern or inquired. Also, we encourage any and all parishioners to share with myself or Vestry members their "Concerns of the Congregation." Rest assured that the issues raised are important and will be discussed at Vestry and, if needed, action taken. We appreciate and need your input.

See ya Sunday!

Blessings,
Gary+
ANNOUNCEMENTS  

*  Giving Envelopes:  Recently, we have received cash gifts in unmarked envelopes. Please know we fully appreciate your gifts. However, we can only credit the giver if you place your name on the envelope. Many thanks and appreciation!

*  Kairos:  A prison ministry.  We have members involved in this ministry.  It costs about $15,000.00 for this 4 day program to happen.  The next one is March 1-4, 2018 at Foothills Prison.  We would like to have contributions for this ministry.  If you would help this ministry, make a check to "Kairos" for offering plate or deliver to church by Wednesday.  It will be taken to meeting on March 1st 2018 by one of our congregation involved in this ministry.  It is tax deductible.  God Bless.  

*  Past Sunday Lunch:  Many thanks to Charlie Jenkins, Jerry Wertz, Calvin Boyd Jr. and Linda Boyd for cooking and for Marlene Nivens and Alice Rudisill- Braddy for also providing food.  Thanks to Marsha Ellison for helping to clean up. Thanks also to the many people who contributed.  We raised $114 for Outreach.

*  Garden/Salad Fund:  The garden fund is in need of refueling.  We are down to $84 and Charlie Jenkins is now getting the garden ready for planting and has expenses.   Providing the salad each  Monday for the Salvation Army has been averaging about $80/month.   Any help is greatly appreciated.  If writing a check to All Saints, please mark it for Salad Fund.  Many thanks!

*  Pacesetters - Trip to see St. John's Bible:  We will be taking the church bus to Charlotte on Wednesday March 7th to see the St. John's Bible on display at Christ Church.  Our tour starts at  noon so we will be meeting at the church and leaving around  11:00.  The tour will last 1 to 1 ½ hours. In order to know about the Bible, please follow the following link:   https://youtu.be/Dt4AeidkDyc .  There is still room on the bus so if you would like to go, please let Jerry Wertz know at  jerrywertz@att.net.  

*  Lenten Study:   Continues 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!

*  Youth and their Family Bowling! Save the Date  March 18  2-4 pm details to follow.
Please email Chris Butterworth at Christina.s.butterworth@gmail.com if you want to attend!  Thank you!

*  Bible Study:  The  Wednesday Bible Study group is studying  The 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.  We are now 10 strong and would welcome anyone to join us.  Get a copy of the book and come  on Wednesday for some excellent discussions.   

*  Cursillo WNC has entered into a Season of Reflection and we are not having Cursillo weekends at this time. Each Deanery is hosting Holy Conversations to discuss the direction of Cursillo in this Diocese. This is an opportunity for all voices to be heard and concerns expressed.  All Saints is honored to host the next Holy Conversation, which will be held on
Saturday March 24, 2018 from 2:00 pm-3:00 pm. There will be an Ultreya from 1:00pm-2:00pm.  We ask for your prayers; we ask for your thoughts and ideas; but most importantly we ask for your presence. All are welcome to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Richard, Marsha Ellison, or Flo McCarthy.

*  Outreach Committee:  Will meet on Tuesday, March 27th at 6:30PM.

*  Bishop's Visitation: Our bishop, The Rt. Rev. José McLoughlin, will make his parochial visit on Sunday, September 16, 2018 (Please note the date change. The Bishop had to change his visitation date due to a calendar conflict). 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.

*  Foyers:  It is time to create new Foyers Groups for 2018.  Foyers is a social gathering taking place at a restaurant or in member's home with the purpose of getting to know each other better in a small group setting.  If you would like to remain in Foyers and be assigned to a new group or if you are new to Foyers and would like to participate, please let Jerry Wertz know at  jerrywertz@att.net.   It is an excellent way to get to know different people within the church. 

Cooking for the Army : On Saturday, March 3rd , 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.  Upcoming dates:  Saturday, April 7th and Sunday, May 6th.  

*  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.

*  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.

*  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!

*  Save the date:  Parade of Tables on Saturday, September 22nd.  

*  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).

* 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. 

*  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  marcdudleync@gmail.com .

* 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. 

*  Zumba :  Now being offered 3 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)
     - 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!  ($5/class)

*  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, February 26th - 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:  AllSaintsGastonia.org as well as our facebook and twitter pages.  To submit your story, go to AllSaintsGastonia.org and click "All Saints Stories" under the Parish Life tab.  If you can, please submit a photo with your story.  

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

*  Partnership: All Saints has entered into a relationship with the YMCA's Resource Connection Gateway.  This relationship enables us to help those in need more rapidly and efficiently while also addressing long-term needs versus only addressing immediate concerns.  If you would like more information please see Fr. Gary.

*  Salvation Army Serving:   If anyone is interested in serving at the Salvation Army on Mon. nights from 5:00 to 6:00, please contact Candy Albergine at 704-868-8691 or email calbergine@gmail.com. We have a couple of spots open and you will find this ministry is a true blessing to all involved. The schedule is on bulletin board in Family Life Center.

*  All Saints Sermons online: Thanks to John Woodward, our sermons are available in audio and video on our website at:  www.allsaintsgastonia.org/sermons
  
*  Free Mulch:  There are several piles of mulch in the upper parking lot that you are welcome to take.  We need to free up some parking spaces in that upper lot.  Please do not take the mulch by the shed as that is intended for the garden.  

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

 Upcoming Schedule  

 

February 23rd:  Last Friday Get Together

February 24th:  Work Day

March 3rd:  Cooking for the Army

March 18th:  Youth & Family Bowling

March 24th:  Ultreya & Holy Conversations

March 27th:  Outreach Committee

June 2nd:  Summer Blast Picnic

September 16th:  Bishop Jose Visit

September 22nd:  Parade of Tables

This Sunday's Scripture Readings

The Collect

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The First Lesson: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the  Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, "I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous." Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, "As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.

God said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her."

Psalm 22:22-30

22  Praise the  Lord, you that fear him; *
stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel;
all you of Jacob's line, give glory.
23 For he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty;
neither does he hide his face from them; *
but when they cry to him he hears them.
24 My praise is of him in the great assembly; *
I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship him.
25 The poor shall eat and be satisfied,
and those who seek the  Lord shall praise him: *
"May your heart live for ever!"
26 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the  Lord, *
and all the families of the nations shall bow before him.
27 For kingship belongs to the  Lord; *
he rules over the nations.
28 To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; *
all who go down to the dust fall before him.
29 My soul shall live for him;
my descendants shall serve him; *
they shall be known as the  Lord'S for ever.
30 They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn *
the saving deeds that he has done.

The Epistle: Romans 4:13-25

For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.

For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations") -in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become "the father of many nations," according to what was said, "So numerous shall your descendants be." He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith "was reckoned to him as righteousness." Now the words, "it was reckoned to him," were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.

The Gospel: Mark 8:31-38

Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things."

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."
Saint Day / Feast of the Week

Saint Matthias the Apostle

In the nine days of waiting between Jesus' Ascension and the Day of
Pentecost, the disciples remained together in prayer. During this time,
Peter reminded them that the defection and death of Judas had left
the fellowship of the Twelve with a vacancy. The Acts of the Apostles
records Peter's proposal that "one of the men who have accompanied
us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken
up from us-one of these men must become with us a witness to his
resurrection" (Acts 1:21-22). Two men were nominated, Joseph called
Barsabbas who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. After prayer, the
disciples cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias, who was then enrolled
with the eleven.

Nothing further is told of Matthias after his selection. According to
tradition he was an exemplary Apostle, but we know nothing more.
Matthias seems an appropriate example to Christians of one whose
faithful companionship with Jesus qualifies him to be a suitable
witness to the resurrection, and whose service is unheralded and
unsung.


February 22nd - Dennis Stewart
February 24th - Sydney Wertz
March 2nd - Kyle Tilly
March 4th - Marian Watts
March 5th - Sid Brandon
March 5th - Brandon Maher
March 5th - Christina Solis
March 9th - Linda Stanford
March 14th - Chong Saile
March 14th - Larry Kish
March 19th - Sammy Miller
March 24th - Jocelyn King
March 24th - Karen Sims
March 28th - Debra Sayles
March 29th - Jerry Wertz
March 30th - Kelly Eckard
March 31st - Millie English
March 31st - Bruce Kiser

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

2018
February 25
March 4
CHALICE/LECTOR
8:00 AM
Dennis Bolin
Lee Wells
CHALICE 
10:30 AM
Lee Wells
Bob Forbes
Jim & Flo 
McCarthy
LECTOR
Jim Carpenter
Allison Wells
ACOLYTES
Phill Wertz
Noelle Martin
Sophie Martin
Cheryl Richard
Autumn Jager
Lydia Kish
GREETER/USHER
8:00 AM
Jerry Wertz
Kelly Morris
GREETERS/USHERS
10:30 AM
George Sowersby
Pam Hart
John & Jessica Woodward
ALTAR GUILD
Marc Dudley
Glenda Carpenter
Adam Nygren
BREAD
February
Jay Oden
March
Jocelyn King
ALTAR FLOWERS
Lenten Greens
Lenten Greens
COFFEE HOUR
Alzner/Martin
Parish Breakfast
MORNINGSIDE
10:30 AM
Jim McCarthy
Morningside Resident
C.B. Barr
Morningside Resident
SOUND TECH
John Woodward
Marc Dudley
EUCHARISTIC
VISITORS
Jim & Flo
McCarthy
Lee & Casey Allison
YOUTH 
FORMATION
Allison Wells
Judy Mullins
Sharon Tatlock
Christine Borner
VPOD 8:00
10:30
Jerry Wertz
Susan Stroud
Linda Klocker
Flo McCarthy

Blessings & Peace,
Fr. Gary+

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