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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
March 29, 2018
In This Issue
  

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

It is Maundy Thursday, the first holy day of the three holy days known as the Easter Triduum. During these three days we will journey alongside our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. We are called to ponder, listen, reflect about our Lord...about his gift to us and how we will respond.

On this holy day, this Maundy Thursday, when Christ washed his disciples' feet and gave them bread and wine to remember himself, we pause to remember in awe, both for what Christ has done for us and for the charge he has given us. We have been washed clean, through and through, by our Lord and Master, who took on the role of a servant that we might be freed from all that would keep us away from God. Such a gift is beyond all understanding! What does this gift, this washing, mean to us? Might it be that as followers of Jesus, we are called to put aside our ambitions, our strivings, all that we think brings us glory and become servants to those who need us. Not out of obligation or striving do we do this, but solely in gratitude for the one who loved us so much.  In his life, death, and resurrection w are freed to serve.

Oh Lord, give us the heart of a servant, and wash us through and through. Amen.

See ya throughout the Triduum!

Blessings,
Gary+

Holy Week Schedule
 
Thursday, March 29th:  Maundy Thursday at 7:00 PM
Friday, March 30th:  Good Friday Services at 12:00 Noon & 7:00 PM
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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS  

*  Office Closed:  Monday, April 2nd.  

*  Special Announcement for Holy Week: New Life Metropolitan Community Church (NLMCC) has been sharing space with us for a year now. This Holy Week we are excited that they will be joining us for some of our Holy Week services. This year Pastor Dawn Flynn will preach at the Good  Friday  noon service and two of NLMCC's parishioners will read lessons at the Easter Vigil. Our relationship together is more than just renting space, we are Christians together on a journey discovering what our Loving God is calling us to do; taking action and then being transformed. Please join us in mutual worship.

*  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.

* 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.  

*  Youth Events:  Please mark your calendars for the following Youth Events:
 - April 8, 2:00pm - Movie and popcorn at the Stine Residence.  The Stine's  have graciously offered their home theater to the youth for a movie.  Please let Chris know if you plan to attend.   christina.s.butterworth@gmail.com so we can arrange car pool; their residence is gated.
 - May 20 2:00pm Putt Putt Golf - details to follow.  This is our final activity until the Fall.

*  Spring Worship & Potluck: On Sunday April 29th we will gather at 10:30 at the Waterfront Pavilions at Rankin Lake for our Spring worship and potluck. No chicken will be provided so we ask people to bring main dishes, side dishes, salads, desserts and drinks. There will be an 8 AM service at the church. Please join in the fun as we worship our Lord in the beauty of creation.

*  Pastoral Caregivers: Committee meetings will now be once a month on the second  Tuesday of the month in Conference Room starting in April,  April 10th.  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.

*  Wednesday Book Club at 10:00:  The next book we will be reading starting  in two weeks is Original Blessings:  Putting Sin in Its Rightful Place by Danielle Shroyer.  If you were thinking of joining the group, this would be a good time as we start a new book.  The book costs $15.41 new with used books costing nearly the same.  If you would like me to order a book, please contact me at  jerrywertz@att.net

*  Family Promise: Family Promise is a community program that provides housing and support to families that are less fortunate. Our Family Promise guest will once again be with us starting Sunday April 8th, and will be with us the entire week until Sunday, April 15th. On the Sunday they arrive, we need individuals assist in moving the family belonging, and on the following Sunday to load the trailer. During the week, we like to have volunteers at the Fellowship Center when the guests arrive. During the week we find it rewarding to engage the children by playing games, coloring and other types of entertaining activities in the evening. We also need volunteers to prepare and serve meals. One of the most important duties that is required during the week is that someone be on the church premises to ensure the families' safety and to assist in case of an emergency during the evening. This program is a wonderful opportunity to give families without a place that they can call home, a temporary sanctuary by providing a bit of compassion. Any assistance that you might offer, would is greatly appreciated. For more information, or to volunteer please contact Marc Dudley at 704-718-4044 or  marcdudleync@gmail.com.

*  Concert of Healing & Reconciliation: On  Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 7:30 PM The Gay Men's Chorus of Charlotte will present a concert at All Saints Episcopal Church. The concert will feature Joel Thompson's Seven Last Words of the Unarmed which is a powerful creative piece addressing the deaths of unarmed men and police officers shot in the line of duty. For tickets, log on to www.gmccharlotte.org.  Parishioners can use the code S18MAD which will set the ticket price to $0.

*  Community Foundation Run AKA Run for the Money is being held on  April 14th.  Those who wish to sponsor an agency for this event such as CAM, Gaston Library, AIDS foundation of Gaston County, Family Promise etc. should contact the agency involved to sign up or look at the website for the Community Foundation Run of Gaston County.

*  Luncheon Results:  The St. Patrick's Day Luncheon was well received and thanks go to Alice Rudisill-Braddy, Charlie Jenkins, Cheryl Saylor, Linda Boyd, Marlene Nivens and Helen Goulet for preparing the meal and Bill Collins, Dave Smith, George Saylor & William Graham for helping to clean up.  Thanks to all who so generously contributed, we raised $232.00 with expenses of $38.75 netted us $193.25. 

*  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.

*  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
while. 

*  Church Yard Sale:  The sale will be Saturday May 5th.  When you are doing spring cleaning, remember us.  Things that sale well, to name a few, are costume jewelry, books, clothes and kitchen items.  We plan to sale food at the Sale as well.  If you would like to help in any way, please let me know.  We can use all the help we can get.   Jerrywertz@att.net

*  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.

*  Book Exchange:  If you like to read, we have set up books on 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.  

*  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.

*  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. 

* 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, April 2nd - Team #6.  (Jerry Wertz & Deloris Stewart)

*  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  

 

April 2nd:  Office Closed

April 7th:  Cooking for the Army

April 8th:  Youth Event

April 10th:  Pastoral Care Committee

April 14th:  Concert

April 15th:  Parish Lunch

April 21st:  Vestry Work Day

April 27th:  Last Friday Get Together

April 29th:  Worship & Picnic at Rankin Lake

May 5th:  Yard Sale

May 6th:  Cooking for the Army

May 20th:  Youth Event

June 2nd:  Summer Blast Picnic

September 16th:  Bishop Jose Visit

September 22nd:  Parade of Tables

This Sunday's Scripture Readings

The Collect

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord's resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; 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: Acts 10:34-43

Peter began to speak to Cornelius and the other Gentiles: "I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ--he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

Give thanks to the  Lord, for he is good; *
his mercy endures for ever.
2 Let Israel now proclaim, *
"His mercy endures for ever."
14 The  Lord is my strength and my song, *
and he has become my salvation.
15 There is a sound of exultation and victory *
in the tents of the righteous:
16 "The right hand of the  Lord has triumphed! *
the right hand of the  Lord is exalted!
the right hand of the  Lord has triumphed!"
17 I shall not die, but live, *
and declare the works of the  Lord.
18 The  Lord has punished me sorely, *
but he did not hand me over to death.
19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
I will enter them;
I will offer thanks to the  Lord.
20 "This is the gate of the  Lord; *
he who is righteous may enter."
21 I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *
and have become my salvation.
22 The same stone which the builders rejected *
has become the chief cornerstone.
23 This is the  Lord's doing, *
and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 On this day the  Lord has acted; *
we will rejoice and be glad in it.

The Epistle: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you--unless you have come to believe in vain.

For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them--though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.

The Gospel: Mark 16:1-8

W hen the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?" When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you." So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
Saint Day / Feast of the Week

James Lloyd Breck
Priest, 1876

James Lloyd Breck was one of the most important missionaries of
the Episcopal Church in the nineteenth century. He was called "The
Apostle of the Wilderness."

Breck was born in Philadelphia in 1818, and like many important
Churchmen of his time, was greatly influenced by the pastoral
devotion, liturgical concern, and sacramental emphasis of William
Augustus Muhlenberg. Breck attended Muhlenberg's school in
Flushing, New York, before entering the University of Pennsylvania.
Muhlenberg inspired him, when he was sixteen years old, to dedicate
himself to a missionary life. The dedication was crystallized when
Breck, with three other classmates from the General Theological
Seminary, founded a religious community at Nashotah, Wisconsin,
which in 1844 was on the frontier.

Nashotah became a center of liturgical observance, of pastoral care,
and of education. Isolated families were visited, mission stations
established, and, probably for the first time since the Revolution,
Episcopal missionaries were the first to reach the settlers.
Though Nashotah House flourished, and became one of the seminaries
of the Episcopal Church, the "religious house" ideal did not. Breck
moved on to St. Paul, Minnesota, where he began the work of the
Episcopal Church. At Gull Lake, he organized St. Columba's Mission
for the Chippewa. It laid the foundation for work among the Indians
by their own native priests, although the mission itself did not survive.

In 1855, Breck married, and in 1858 settled in Faribault, Minnesota,
where his mission was associated with one of the first cathedrals
established in the Episcopal Church in the United States. He also
founded Seabury Divinity School, which later merged with Western
Theological Seminary, to become Seabury-Western. In 1867, Breck
went on to California, inspired principally by the opportunity of
founding a new, theological school. His schools at Benicia, California,
did not survive, but the five parishes which he founded did, and the
Church in California was strengthened immensely through his work.
He died prematurely, at the age of 55, in 1876.


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!
MINISTRY SCHEDULE  

2018
April 1
April 8
CHALICE/LECTOR
8:00 AM
Don Stine
Dennis Bolin
CHALICE 
10:30 AM
Lee Wells
Bob Forbes
Terry Eckard
Jack Gaskey
LECTOR
John Still
Bob Forbes
ACOLYTES
Phill Wertz
Omar Scott
Lydia Kish
Lee Wells
Autumn Jager
McNeal Miller
GREETER/USHER
8:00 AM
Tony Fugate
Bruce Kiser
Jerry Wertz
GREETERS/USHERS
10:30 AM
Bob & Claudette Forbes
George Sowersby
Pam Hart
ALTAR GUILD
Altar Guild
Allison Wells
BREAD
April
Judy Cheek
May
Gay Lindsey
ALTAR FLOWERS
Easter Flowers

COFFEE HOUR
Diane Camp

MORNINGSIDE
10:30 AM
Deacon Martha
Morningside Resident
Jim McCarthy
Eileen Klimkowski
SOUND TECH
Marc Dudley
Terry Eckard
EUCHARISTIC
VISITORS
Lee & Casey Allison
George Sowersby
Susan Stroud
YOUTH 
FORMATION
No Class
Christine Borner
Judy Mullins
VPOD 8:00
10:30
Linda Klocker
Lee Wells
George Saylor
Susan Stroud

Blessings & Peace,
Fr. Gary+

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