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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
June 14, 2018
In This Issue

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

"Don't you care?" You can just imagine the fear and frustration of the disciples as the storm battered their boat. The waves were treacherous, the shore was distant and their odds of survival were increasingly slim--yet Jesus continued to sleep. Do their lives matter so little to him that he cannot be bothered to awake?

When God seems silent in our seasons of distress, the same question comes to mind. Hard pressed by anxieties and tragedies, we have little choice but to try and wake God up. We pray, we beg, we shout: "Lord, don't you care that I'm perishing?" If you are waiting for an answer to that question, then take this to heart: your God cares so deeply that God underwent death for you. Though the silence is deafening, your God is neither distant nor indifferent. The one who watches over you neither slumbers nor sleeps.

God of salvation, draw near to me in my distress and give me the peace that comes from you. Amen.

See ya Sunday!

Fr. Gary+
June is CAM (Crisis Assistance Ministry) month for All Saints.  
CAM is a cooperative ministry of the greater Gastonia faith community and provides emergency food and financial assistance to those facing financial crisis or struggling with the burden of poverty.  CAM needs financial assistance, food contributions, and volunteers.  More information can be found on the table in the Family Life Center and you will find a grocery list in this week's bulletin.  Please get your donations in early and place them in the CAM container in the Family Life Center.  If you have any questions contact Linda Klocker.

*  Last Friday Get Together:  June 29th at 6PM.  Pot luck & games!   This will be an evening for getting to know one another better, laughing together, and celebrating the fellowship that is All Saints!  Please join us. 

* Cooking for the Army:  On Saturday, June 30th at 9am, parishioners will gather to cook approximately 700 meals for The Salvation Army & Cornerstone Ministry. We are always in need of more hands to assist in this life-giving project since "more hands make light work." If you are interested in this ministry, please contact the church office and we will put your name on the monthly e-mail reminder.

*  Building Use Policy :  Our buildings are being used more and more and we are experiencing more scheduling conflicts with our church spaces. Effective immediately, all rooms/buildings will be reserved and scheduled ONLY by the Parish Administrator through a submission form available at the office.  For planning purposes every parishioner is able to access the Church Calendar, which reflects reserved rooms and activities, on our website ( ) by using the News & Events tab. Additionally, if you are in need of advance set-up for the room or event you are scheduling (night before, earlier than the event, etc.) please take that into consideration when reserving. We appreciate your understanding realizing that this will improve our ability to serve our parishioners and ministries.

*  The Phantom of the Opera:  Sydney Wertz will be performing!  June 27-29th at 7:30PM at Gaston Day School.  Tickets are $10.  All are invited to come!

*  Bible Study:  Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis is the book now studied by the Bible Study Group that meets on Wednesday at 10:00 in the Family Life Center.  We have just read the introduction so this is a good time to join us.  We are following a study guide on the book.  You may purchase the book through Amazon.  If you need further help, please contact Jerry Wertz at 704-577-9699.

*  Work Day :  We will have a parish workday on Saturday, September 8th.  Please put the date on your calendar and join us in sprucing up the church and the grounds before the Bishop visits. Many hands make light work! "Please don't fall for that voice that tells you someone else will do it"

*  Cursillo WNC Storage Locker:   Downsizing & Inventory!  Wednesday, July 11th from 9am until ???  A self storage depot at 450 Naples Rd, Hendersonville, NC.  Gate 0950, Unit 62.  Please contact Cheryl at

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

*  Summer Choir schedule :  The choir will sing through  Sunday July 1st , take a 6 week break and resume on  Sunday August 19th at 9:25am.

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

*  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.

*  Amazon Smile:  All Saints is NOW a registered nonprofit on Amazon Smile!  We need your help and assistance.  Amazon will give .5% to All Saints on every purchase made through Amazon Smile. This can be a significant amount when considering all the people you know who use Amazon.  Simply click the link below and start shopping:

Our unique charity link

*  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

*  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.  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. 

*  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.

* 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, June 25th - 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: 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  


June 29th:  Last Friday Get Together

June 30th:  Cooking for the Army

July 1st:  Parish Breakfast

July 10th:  Outreach 

July 14th:  Cooking Class

July 15th:  Parish Lunch

August 14th:  Pastoral Care

August 28th:  Outreach

September 8th:  Parish Work Day

September 16th:  Bishop Jose Visit

September 22nd:  Parade of Tables

This Sunday's Scripture Readings

The Collect

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving­kindness; 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: Job 38:1-11

The  Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:

"Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Gird up your loins like a man,
     I will question you, and you shall declare to me.

"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
     Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements-surely you know!
     Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk,
     or who laid its cornerstone
when the morning stars sang together
     and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy?

"Or who shut in the sea with doors
     when it burst out from the womb?-
when I made the clouds its garment,
     and thick darkness its swaddling band,
and prescribed bounds for it,
     and set bars and doors,
and said, 'Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
     and here shall your proud waves be stopped'?"

Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32

Give thanks to the  Lord, for he is good, *
and his mercy endures for ever.
2 Let all those whom the  Lord has redeemed proclaim *
that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe.
3 He gathered them out of the lands; *
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.
23 Some went down to the sea in ships *
and plied their trade in deep waters;
24 They beheld the works of the  Lord *
and his wonders in the deep.
25 Then he spoke, and a stormy wind arose, *
which tossed high the waves of the sea.
26 They mounted up to the heavens and fell back to the depths; *
their hearts melted because of their peril.
27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards *
and were at their wits' end.
28 Then they cried to the  Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
29 He stilled the storm to a whisper *
and quieted the waves of the sea.
30 Then were they glad because of the calm, *
and he brought them to the harbor they were bound for.
31 Let them give thanks to the  Lord for his mercy *
and the wonders he does for his children.
32 Let them exalt him in the congregation of the people *
and praise him in the council of the elders.

The Epistle:  2 Corinthians 6:1-13

As we work together with Christ, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says,

"At an acceptable time I have listened to you,
and on a day of salvation I have helped you."
See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! We are putting no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see-- we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. In return-- I speak as to children-- open wide your hearts also.

The Gospel: Mark 4:35-41

W hen evening had come, Jesus said to his disciples, "Let us go across to the other side." And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?" And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"

Saint Day / Feast of the Week

Isabel Florence Hapgood
Ecumenist and Journalist, 1929

Isabel Hapgood, a lifelong and faithful Episcopalian, was a force
behind ecumenical relations between Episcopalians and Russian
Orthodoxy in the United States around the turn of the twentieth
century. Born in Massachusetts of a wealthy family, Hapgood was
educated in private schools. She was a superior student with a
particular talent for the study of languages. In addition to the standard
fare of the time-Latin and French-she also mastered most of the
Romantic and Germanic languages of Europe and most notably
Russian, Polish, and Church Slavonic. She possessed the particular gift
of being able to translate the subtleties of Russian into equally subtle
English. Her translations made the works of Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy,
Gorky, and Chekov, among others, available to English readers. She
was also a prolific journalist writing regularly for The Nation, and
The New York Evening Post, and was a contributor to The New York
Times, Harper's Weekly, The Century, and The Atlantic Monthly.

Between 1887-1889, Hapgood traveled extensively through Russia.
That visit cemented a lifelong love of Russia, its language and culture,
and particularly the Russian Orthodox Church. She would make
return visits to Russia almost every year for the rest of her life.

Her love of Russian Orthodoxy and its great Divine Liturgy led her to
seek the permission of the hierarchy to translate the rites into English.
Hapgood's already established reputation as a sensitive translator
certainly contributed, but in the meantime she had developed close
relationships with Russian clergy and musicians at all levels of the
hierarchy. The work, Service Book of the Holy-Orthodox Catholic
Church, took eleven years to complete. It received support of the
Russian Orthodox bishops in North America, particularly Archbishop
Tikhon who was later to give Hapgood's work a second blessing when
he became Patriarch of Moscow.

Isabel Florence Hapgood is faithfully recalled among the Russian
Orthodox in North America for her contribution to their common
life, her desire for closer relations between Russian Orthodox and
Episcopalians, and for her making the liturgical treasures of their
tradition available to the English-speaking world.

June 21st - Carol Wertz
June 22nd - Theo Sloop
June 24th - Cathy Harvey
June 25th - Vic Cooper
June 27th - Lee Wells
June 27th - Emory Borner
July 1st - Mark Sims
July 2nd - David McDowell
July 4th - Lana Ray
July 4th - Don Stine
July 5th - William Graham
July 6th - Kelly Morris
July 6th - Lee Allison
July 9th - Cheryl Richard
July 11th - Ofejiro Sido
July 13th - Allison Roberts-Miller
July 15th - Lindsey Wells
July 15th - Amber Forbes
July 16th - Debbie Birk
July 16th - Josie Polhemus
July 19th - Judy Mullins
July 23rd - Martha Richard
July 25th - Connor Kish
July 25th - Eileen Klimkowski
July 26th - Bob Tatlock
July 26th - Flo McCarthy
July 30th - Wayne Butler
July 30th - Alice Braddy

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

June 24
July 1
8:00 AM
Don Stine
Lee Wells
10:30 AM
Adam Nygren
David McDowell
Terry Eckard
Kyle Tilly
Zoe Tilly
Judy Mullins
Phill Wertz
Sydney Wertz
McNeal Miller
Cheryl Richard
Autumn Jager
Lydia Kish
8:00 AM
David Klocker
Laurie Stewart
10:30 AM
Sharon & Bob 
Bob & Claudette Forbes
Terry Eckard
Cathy Webster
Chris Butterworth
Cheryl Saylor
George Sowersby
Susan Stroud
Operating budget
William & Priscilla Graham
Parish Breakfast
10:30 AM
Lee & Allison 
C.B. Barr
Morningside Resident
William Graham
Marc Dudley
Jim & Flo
Lee & Casey
VPOD 8:00
Linda Klocker
Flo McCarthy
Lee Wells
Marc Dudley

Blessings & Peace,
Fr. Gary+

phone: 704-864-7201
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