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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
May 3, 2018
In This Issue

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

If you jump into a swimming pool you will get wet. It's not that if you jump in you will prove that you are worthy to get wet and therefore will be granted wetness. No, it's just the way it works. Jesus said if we keep his commandments--love God and love each other--we will find ourselves abiding in Christ--a place of abundant life and complete joy. That's just the way it works. It's hard to love as Jesus loved, though--to put yourself aside for the good of the other, especially to the point of sacrifice and suffering. But Jesus chose us for this and gave us the command so that we could love one another. We love--we abide; we abide--we love.

Lord, sometimes you talk in circles. It's a circle of love. Help us to color inside the lines of your love, which has no boundaries, so it shouldn't be too hard for us! Amen.

See ya Sunday!

Fr. Gary+


"Free" to a good home:   LifeSpan My Tread TR 100/TR 200 tread mill.  
If interested please contact Linda Klocker 704-827-3901 - free will donation to the yard sale appreciated.  You will need a van or pickup to get it from my home + a few husky people!

*  Presentation:  On Sunday, May 6th at 1pm, an overview of The International Order of St. Luke, a prayer healing ministry, will be presented, about 20 minutes in length for anyone who would like to consider this ministry.  Please contact Eileen Klimkowski if you have any questions.

*  Ministry Schedule:  The May through August Ministry Schedule is on the table in The Family Life Center.

*  Mother's Day Flowers : If you wish to make a donation in Memory or in Honor of all mothers' or women who have guided, mentored and loved us, please fill out the form in this week's bulletin.

*  Reminder:  All loose offerings from the first Sunday of every month are deposited into the Rector's Discretionary Fund.

* Pre-Yard Sale:  Friday, May 4th will be All Saints members pre-sale from 6-8PM.  BBQ sandwiches, chips & drinks will also be sold.  

*  Yard Sale:  The Family Life Center will be open today until 7pm for you to drop off your yard sale donations.  On Friday, you can drop donations off between 8:30am and 5pm.  If you need to drop off after 7pm, please contact Jerry Wertz.  (704-577-9699)  The proceeds from the Yard Sale will go to the church.  Some of our needs are new carpet in the Family Life Center and professionally pressure washing the church and Family Life Center.

*  Parish Breakfast:  Sunday, May 6th, 9 - 10:15AM. The men of the church will be the cooks!  Adult Christian Formation will be held.  Donations of donuts or pastries would be appreciated.  If you want to assist with this event, please contact Lee Wells at

* Cooking for the Army: Sunday, May 6th parishioners will gather at  noon (after the 10:30 service) 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.  

*  Youth Event:   May 20 @ 2:00pm Putt Putt Golf - details to follow.  This is our final activity until the Fall.

*  Assistance needed:  Linda Klocker (CAM representative from All Saints) will be unavailable for about 2 weeks in June (5-18).  This is All Saints month for CAM donations of food.  She is looking for a "back-up" to take food delivered to church to CAM when she is unable. Give her a call if you can help out with this.  Thanks.

* 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. 

*  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.  Thanks to Jim Braddy for donating the book case.

*  Pastoral Caregivers: Committee meetings will now be once a month on the second  Tuesday of the month in Conference Room starting in May. 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:  We are reading Original Blessings:  Putting Sin in Its Rightful Place by Danielle Shroyer.  Since we have just started, this would be a great time to join the group.  You can get the book through Amazon.  Please come and join us.

*  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.  The procedures are simple, simply log into amazon by going to, if this is the first time you have used Amazon Smile you will be taken to a page to select your charitable organization. At this point type in "All Saints Episcopal Church Gastonia," (be sure to put in Gastonia because there are 5 pages of All Saints) select it and then every time you order go through and All Saints will receive .5%.  If you have identified another charitable organization and desire to change it to All Saints please click the down arrow beside the 'supporting' link in the black header and change to "All Saints Episcopal Church Gastonia."  That's all there is to it. We thank you for your support!

*  Family Promise:  The remaining 2018 dates that we will be host to the Family Promise guests are 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), washcloths (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

*  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.

*  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.

*  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.  

*  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 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, May 7th - Team #5.  (Linda Boyd & Charlie Jenkins)

*  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  


May 4th:  Pre-Sale 

May 5th:  Yard Sale

May 6th:  Parish Breakfast

May 6th:  Cooking for the Army

May 6th:  Presentation

May 8th:  Pastoral Care

May 20th:  Youth Event

May 25th:  Last Friday Get Together

June 2nd:  Summer Blast Picnic

September 16th:  Bishop Jose Visit

September 22nd:  Parade of Tables

This Sunday's Scripture Readings

The Collect

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

The First Lesson: Acts 10:44-48

W hile Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, "Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?" So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.

Psalm 98

Sing to the  Lord a new song, *
for he has done marvelous things.
2 With his right hand and his holy arm *
has he won for himself the victory.
3 The  Lord has made known his victory; *
his righteousness has he openly shown in the sight of the nations.
4 He remembers his mercy and faithfulness to the house of Israel, *
and all the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
5 Shout with joy to the  Lord, all you lands; *
lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing.
6 Sing to the  Lord with the harp, *
with the harp and the voice of song.
7 With trumpets and the sound of the horn *
shout with joy before the King, the  Lord.
8 Let the sea make a noise and all that is in it, *
the lands and those who dwell therein.
9 Let the rivers clap their hands, *
and let the hills ring out with joy before the  Lord,
when he comes to judge the earth.
10 In righteousness shall he judge the world *
and the peoples with equity.

The Epistle: 1 John 5:1-6

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth.

The Gospel: John 15:9-17

Jesus said to his disciples, "As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another."
Saint Day / Feast of the Week

Harriet Starr Cannon
Religious, 1896

Harriet Starr Cannon founded the Community of St. Mary. Cannon
was born in Charleston in 1823 and was orphaned in 1824 when
her parents died of yellow fever. She grew up with her only surviving
sibling in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in the home of relatives. In 1851,
Cannon entered the Sisters of the Holy Communion, an order founded
by William Augustus Muhlenberg, Rector of the Church of the Holy
Communion in New York City. The Sisters were heavily involved
in the operation of clinics and care facilities that would become St.
Luke's Hospital in the City of New York. During her years with the
Sisters of the Holy Communion, Cannon served as a nurse.

Over time, Harriet Cannon yearned for a more traditional monastic
form of religious life. When agreement could not be reached with
Sisters of the Holy Communion, Cannon and a small group of her
sisters moved to form a new order. On the Feast of the Presentation,
February 2, 1865, Horatio Potter, Bishop of the Diocese of New
York, received from Harriet Cannon and her sisters the traditional
vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, at St. Michael's Church in
Manhattan. The sisters began life together as the Community of St.
Mary and Harriet Cannon became the Order's first Superior.

The apostolate of The Community of St. Mary began with nursing
and the care of women who had endured difficult circumstances. After
time, however, Mother Cannon and her Sisters became increasingly
committed to providing free schools for the education of young
women in addition to their medical work. The Community continued
to grow and developed girls' schools, hospitals, and orphanages in
New York, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

The Community of St. Mary played a critical role in response to the
yellow fever epidemic in Memphis in the 1870's. Sister Constance and
her companions are remembered on September 9.

May 5th - Emily Frazier
May 8th - Ally Miller
May 10th - Emma Butterworth
May 11th - Tim Whittaker
May 12th - Mike Mong
May 16th - Al Ellison
May 16th - Randy Mullins
May 18th - LouAnne Hicks
May 21st - Joshua Jager
May 26th - Courtney Brunder
May 26th - Charlie Jenkins
May 29th - Abby Woodward
May 30th - Paul Balco

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

May 6
May 13
8:00 AM
Don Stine
Susan Maxon
10:30 AM
Jim & Flo
Lee Wells
Bob Forbes
Kyle Tilly
Susan Stroud
Phill Wertz
McNeal Miller
Fallon Tilly
Sydney Wertz
Zoe Tilly
Lindsey Wells
8:00 AM
David Klocker
Jerry Wertz
10:30 AM
Gay Lindsey 
Pete Laine
Sharon & Bob
Glenda Carpenter
Cathy Webster
Gay Lindsey
Chris Butterworth
Don & Lynne 
Mother's Day
Parish Breakfast
Helene Goulet
10:30 AM
C.B. Barr
Morningside Resident
Jim McCarthy
Eileen Klimkowski
Terry Eckard
William Graham
George Sowersby
Susan Stroud
Lee & Casey Allison
Chris Butterworth
Judy Mullins
Allison Wells
Christine Borner
VPOD 8:00
Flo McCarthy
Marc Dudley
Jerry Wertz
Susan Stroud

Blessings & Peace,
Fr. Gary+

phone: 704-864-7201
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