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

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




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


·     Worship Jesus Christ

·     Learn and Teach His Word

·     Minister in His Name

·     Proclaim Him and Share the Blessing of His Love

·     Welcome All in His Name


The All Saints Messenger
March 15, 2018
In This Issue

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

"We wish to see Jesus." Do we? Or are we, like so many in the crowd, just dazzled by the signs Jesus has done, including recently in John's story raising his friend Lazarus from the grave? Dazzled? Life is complicated! It would be a gift to find a super hero, a magic maker who could eradicate the power of evil and make it all right again. We need not be surprised that our affections drift toward those whose ability to transcend a "normal" life make them seem larger than life--the strong, the assertive, the attractive, the brilliant, the lucky. Our stories are full of heroes who had the courage and might to change the course of life for the better. 

But Jesus, this Jesus, was not such a hero. He journeys toward Jerusalem where they kill the prophets. Is this our kind of hero? The hour had come when he was about to be revealed in all his complexity. Life springs from death. Not simple, not easy, not what the disciples wanted...but true.

Jesus, we want to see you. Make us ready. Invite us into the paradox of your truth. Amen.

See ya next Sunday!


Holy Week Schedule
Every Week Day:  Morning Prayer at 8 AM
Thursday, March 29th:  Maundy Thursday at 7:00 PM
Friday, March 30th:  Good Friday Services at 12:00 Noon & 7:00 PM
                             (7PM Service followed by Stations of the Cross)
Saturday, March 31:  Easter Vigil at 8:15 PM (Followed by a champagne and
                              chocolate reception in the Family Life Center)
Sunday, April 1:  Easter Day Services at 8:00 AM & 10:30 AM

*Don't forget to bring bells to the Easter Vigil Service, and
bells and flowers to the Easter Day Services.


*  Sign up sheet for Palm Sunday/Holy Week:  During Holy week we have more services and a need for more people to serve.  There is a sign-up sheet in the Life Center - please sign up for the times and services you are available for so we don't have to "assign" people. 

*  Last Friday Get Together:  Save the date! Due to our usual final Friday landing on Good  Friday, we are having our gathering of food, fellowship, and fun on  Friday, March 23, at 6pm until  8pm. We will have our usual potluck, games, and fellowship. Even in the season of Lent, we continue to celebrate our family in Christ! Join us! All are welcome!

*  Easter Flowers:  If you would like to contribute to the Easter Altar Flower Arrangement to be placed in the church for Easter Services in memory or in honor of your loved ones, please fill out the form inserted in this week's bulletin.  We plan to have one large arrangement like last year.  We suggest a minimum of $10.00.

*  Easter Egg Hunt:  after the 10:30 service on Easter Sunday.  We are looking for donations of candy and small goodies like stickers, coins, erasers, etc. to fill plastic eggs. If you have any questions, please contact Allison Wells.

*  Donation:  Linda Klocker has donated a set of DVD's/books from "The Great Courses".  The Holy Land Revealed and Great Figures of the New Testament.  Will put them in the conference room if anyone wants to borrow them.

*  Youth Bowling:  Sunday March 18th,  2-4 pm at Textile Lanes, Belmont. Note:  All children of any age and their families are invited!!! Fee for each person is $9.50 per person for two games and shoes.  The Church will pay for all youth but family members need to pay for themselves. You MUST sign up by  March 15, which is the deadline that I have to give them our final numbers. The more we have, the less the price. If you have already touched base with me, then I have you down.  Any questions or to register, please email me at

*  Parish Lunch:  This Sunday the luncheon will be a St. Patrick's Day Party.  The menu will be Reuben sandwiches.  If you have special needs such as no cheese or anything else, you need to let us know ahead of time as we will prepare during the  10:30 service. If you attend, please consider making a $5 donation per person to offset the costs of this wonderful meal.  Hope that many of you will plan to attend.

*  Garden/Salad Fund:  The garden fund is in good shape right now and many thanks to those who have donated.  Right now we have around $600 which should last us for a

*  Pacesetters:  Our next outing is Tuesday March 20th with a trip to the Alphabet and Mexican Museums at JAARS in Waxhaw.  We will leave by cars at  8:45 in order to start our tour at  10:00.  We will have lunch at a local restaurant.  Please let Jerry Wertz know if you plan to attend.

*  Church Yard Sale:  We will have a church yard sale on Saturday May 5th.  Begin to save things for the sale, but if you feel you want to get rid of it sooner I can store some things in my garage.  Jerry Wertz 704-577-9699

*  Adult Christian Formation: A study on The Lives of Great Christians. Our guide is Professor William Cook. Some of those we will journey with are St. Antony, the First Monk; Francis of Assisi; Augustine; and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Please join us  on Sunday mornings at  9:30 in The Life Center.

*  Sunday Breakfast:  Thanks to all who contributed to the breakfast.  We raised $140 with expenses of $24.44 netting us $115.56.  Special thanks to the helpers - Linda Boyd, Charlie Jenkins, Tony Fugate, Marsha Ellison & Jim McCarthy.

*  Book Exchange:  If you like to read, we have set up boxes of books under the table in the large room in the Family Life Center.  Take what you want and return when finished.  We will sell books at the yard sale on May 5th.  

*  Pastoral Caregivers: The Pastoral Care Committee is reorganizing. We are looking for parish volunteers to walk, communicate and visit with our parishioners who are homebound, struggling, lonely or sick. This ministry is key to ensuring those who are in need receive care and knowing that their church family loves them. Our desire is to have enough people on our team that no one has more than two people. No special skills are required; just a desire to love their neighbor. If you are interested please contact Deacon Martha, Deacon Cris or Father Gary.

*  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.

Cooking for the Army : On Saturday, April 7th , 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 date:  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.

*  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 .

* 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.

* 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, March 19th - Team #4.  (Carol Maiden)

*  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  


March 18th:  Parish Lunch

March 18th:  Youth & Family Bowling

March 20th:  Pacesetters

March 23rd:  Last Friday Get Together

March 24th:  Ultreya & Holy Conversations

March 27th:  Outreach Committee

April 7th:  Cooking for the Army

May 5th:  Yard Sale

May 6th:  Cooking for the Army

June 2nd:  Summer Blast Picnic

September 16th:  Bishop Jose Visit

September 22nd:  Parade of Tables

This Sunday's Scripture Readings

The Collect

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The First Lesson: Jeremiah 31:31-34

The days are surely coming, says the  Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt-a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the  Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the  Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, "Know the  Lord," for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the  Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

Psalm 119:9-16

How shall a young man cleanse his way? *
By keeping to your words.
10 With my whole heart I seek you; *
let me not stray from your commandments.
11 I treasure your promise in my heart, *
that I may not sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, O  Lord; *
instruct me in your statutes.
13 With my lips will I recite *
all the judgments of your mouth.
14 I have taken greater delight in the way of your decrees *
than in all manner of riches.
15 I will meditate on your commandments *
and give attention to your ways.
16 My delight is in your statutes; *
I will not forget your word.

The Epistle: Hebrews 5:5-10

Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who 
said to him,

"You are my Son, 
today I have begotten you";
as he says also in another place,

"You are a priest forever, 
according to the order of Melchizedek."
In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, 
to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent 
submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and 
having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, 
having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

The Gospel: John 12:20-33

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.
"Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say-'Father, save me from this hour'? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name." Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again." The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him." Jesus answered, "This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself." He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.
Saint Day / Feast of the Week

Bishop and Missionary of Ireland, 461

Patrick was born into a Christian family somewhere on the northwest
coast of Britain in about 390. His grandfather had been a Christian
priest and his father, Calpornius, a deacon. Calpornius was an
important official in the late Roman imperial government of Britain.
It was not unusual in this post-Constantinian period for such state
officials to be in holy orders. When Patrick was about sixteen, he was
captured by a band of Irish slave-raiders. He was carried off to Ireland
and forced to serve as a shepherd. When he was about twenty-one, he
escaped and returned to Britain, where he was educated as a Christian.
He tells us that he took holy orders as both presbyter and bishop,
although no particular see is known as his at this time. A vision then
called him to return to Ireland. This he did about the year 431.

Tradition holds that Patrick landed not far from the place of his earlier
captivity, near what is now known as Downpatrick (a "down" or
"dun" is a fortified hill, the stronghold of a local Irish king). He then
began a remarkable process of missionary conversion throughout
the country that continued until his death, probably in 461. He
made his appeal to the local kings and through them to their tribes.
Christianizing the old pagan religion as he went, Patrick erected
Christian churches over sites already regarded as sacred, had crosses
carved on old druidic pillars, and put sacred wells and springs under
the protection of Christian saints.

Many legends of Patrick's Irish missionary travels possess substrata of
truth, especially those telling of his conversion of the three major Irish
High Kings. At Armagh, he is said to have established his principal
church. To this day, Armagh is regarded as the primatial see of all

Two works are attributed to Patrick: an autobiographical Confession,
in which he tells us, among other things, that he was criticized by
his contemporaries for lack of learning, and a Letter to Coroticus, a
British chieftain. The Lorica or St. Patrick's Breastplate ("I bind unto
myself today") is probably not his, but it expresses his faith and zeal.

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
April 1st - Ashley Birk
April 2nd - Andie Brymer
April 2nd - Pet Sumner
April 3rd - Ken Harvey
April 8th - Deb Alzner
April 8th - Nancy Byers
April 11th - Warren English
April 12th - David Klocker
April 12th - Van Balco
April 15th - Jim Howard
April 15th - Young McWhirter
April 16th - Zoe Tilly
April 23rd - Calvin Boyd
April 24th - Deacon Cris South
April 25th - George Saylor
April 25th - Steve Stanford
April 26th - Allison Wells
April 29th - Robert DeCristofor

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

March 18
March 25
8:00 AM
Jim McCarthy
Don Stine
10:30 AM
George Sowersby
Kyle Tilly
David McDowell
Adam Nygren
Lee Wells
Jack Gaskey
Sydney Wertz
Emory Borner
Zoe Tilly
Cheryl Richard
Noelle Martin
Sophie Martin
8:00 AM
Linda Boyd
David Klocker
10:30 AM
Gay Lindsey
Pete Laine
Sharon & Bob 
Allison Wells
Gay Lindsey
Jocelyn King
Judy Cheek
Lenten Greens
Palm Sunday
Parish Lunch
10:30 AM
William Graham
Judy Mullins
Allison & Lee
Terry Eckard
John Woodward
David McDowell
Adam Nygren
William & Priscilla Graham
George Sowersby
Eileen Klimkowski
Deb Alzner
Christine Borner
VPOD 8:00
Don Stine
Lee Wells
Lee Wells
Susan Stroud

Blessings & Peace,
Fr. Gary+

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