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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
June 28, 2018
In This Issue
  

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


As I read this passage from Mark, Jesus' deep love for others stands out. The woman was suffering. She knew if she could just touch Jesus she would be healed. Immediately after touching him, she was freed from her suffering. Jesus said, "Daughter, your faith has healed you." These two healing stories show us that Jesus' heart is for healing things that seem impossible to heal.

Today, we are called to connect and love others. Through faith we can spread the word of God by our actions. How so? Reread the promise in verse 36; what does it say? Jesus is bringing us together at General Convention to have us be Jesus' hands and feet and to show others his deep love. Jesus shows us, be healing these two people, that this is part of why we gather, this year in Austin, and every three years.

Dear God, help me to do your work with my hands. I know it will not be easy, but give me strength to go beyond my comfort zone and be the light of Jesus for others. Amen.

See ya Sunday!

Blessings
Fr. Gary+
ANNOUNCEMENTS  

*  Beautification of The Life Center Foyer and Offices: The recent Yard Sale netted over $4000 for new carpet in The Family Life Center and we thank the Pacesetters and all who were involved for this generous gift. The Vestry is hoping to complete the project with new paint for the Foyer, Vestry room and offices in the front of The Life Center. We are in need of $2,000 to complete the project. If you would like to donate to this cause you may do so in honor of or in memory of someone special in your life. Please make note of your desires in the memo line of your donation. We appreciate your considering this effort.

*  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.

*  Parish Breakfast : This Sunday, July 1st starting before 9:00 and running until 10:00. There is enough time to eat and then attend Sunday School. Hope to see many of you there.

*  Holiday:  The office will be open July 2nd through July 4th.  It will be closed Thursday, July 5th.

*  79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church: Every three years The Episcopal Church meets in a General Convention to hear about ministries, meet partners in ministry and hear, discuss, debate and eventually vote on legislation. This coming Wednesday, July 4th will begin the 79th Convention. Fr. Gary is a deputy to convention and will be gone from July 3rd-July 14th. We ask for your prayers for the convention and for wise and faithful decisions. Fr. Walter Bryan will be the Supply Priest on July 8th. If anyone has a pastoral concern please contact Deacons Cris and/or Martha.

*  Outreach Meeting:  Tuesday, July 10th at 6:30PM in the conference room.

*  A delicious cooking class! Tantalizing Tarts,  Saturday July 14 at 11:00  in All Saints Family Life Center. Three tarts, three crusts, six techniques...French Pear tart with Pate sucree crust, Chocolate Truffle Tart with Pecan crust, and Blueberry Tart with lemon curd and a cookie crust. They're not as hard as you think!  Get in the kitchen with Barbara and Cris, and learn all this and more! $25 includes recipes, demos, and hands on participation if you'd like, and lots of tarts to taste and share.  You must preregister for this class by calling Jerry Wertz at 704-577-9699 or sign up in the Family Life Center no later than July 8. Scholarships are available.

*  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 ( www.allsaintsgastonia.org ) 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.

*  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 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 Cherylrichard417@gmail.com

* 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 linkhttps://smile.amazon.com/ch/56-1372678

*  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 marcdudleync@gmail.com.

*  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, July 2nd - Team #1.  (Candy Albergine & Susan Marshall)

*  Church Financials: The Vestry wants to make sure that all parishioners are aware that the monthly financial reports are posted on the bulletin boards in The Family Life Center. If you have any concerns or questions please contact Phill Wertz or Fr. Gary.  Thank You!

*  Why Do You Love All Saints?  Who here loves All Saints?  Do you want to tell the world why you love being a part of the All Saints family?  Please help us spread the word about our congregation by telling your All Saints Story.  All Saints Stories will be published on our website:  AllSaintsGastonia.org as well as our facebook and twitter pages.  To submit your story, go to AllSaintsGastonia.org and click "All Saints Stories" under the Parish Life tab.  If you can, please submit a photo with your story.  

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

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

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

*  All Saints Sermons online: Thanks to John Woodward, our sermons are available in audio and video on our website at:  www.allsaintsgastonia.org/sermons
  
* 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  

 

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

Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and
prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together
in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you;
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: Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15; 2:23-24

God did not make death,
And he does not delight in the death of the living.
For he created all things so that they might exist;
the generative forces of the world are wholesome,
and there is no destructive poison in them,
and the dominion of Hades is not on earth.
For righteousness is immortal.

God created us for incorruption,
and made us in the image of his own eternity,
but through the devil's envy death entered the world,
and those who belong to his company experience it.

Lamentations 3:21-33

This I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
"The Lord is my portion," says my soul,
"therefore I will hope in him."

The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul that seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
It is good for one to bear
the yoke in youth,
to sit alone in silence
when the Lord has imposed it,
to put one's mouth to the dust
(there may yet be hope),
to give one's cheek to the smiter,
and be filled with insults.

For the Lord will not
reject for ever.
Although he causes grief, he will have compassion
according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
for he does not willingly afflict
or grieve anyone.

The Epistle: 2 Corinthians 8:7-15

As you excel in everything-- in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in
our love for you-- so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking.

I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the
earnestness of others. For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though
he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become
rich. And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year
not only to do something but even to desire to do something-- now finish doing it, so that
your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means. For if the
eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has-- not according to what
one does not have. I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you,
but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that
their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. As it is
written,

"The one who had much did not have too much,
and the one who had little did not have too little."

The Gospel: Mark 5:21-43

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live." So he went with him.

And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, "If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well." Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, "Who touched my clothes?" And his disciples said to him, "You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, 'Who touched me?'" He looked all around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease."

While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader's house to say, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?" But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe." He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, "Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, "Talitha cum," which means, "Little girl, get up!" And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.


Saint Day / Feast of the Week

Walter Rauschenbusch, Washington
Gladden, and Jacob Riis

Prophetic Witnesses, 1918, 1918, 1914

Born the son of a German preacher in upstate New York, Walter
Rauschenbusch's childhood was steeped in traditional Protestant
doctrine and biblical literalism. While attending Rochester Theological
Seminary, he came to believe that Jesus died "to substitute love for
selfishness as the basis of human society." For Rauschenbusch, the
Kingdom of God was "not a matter of getting individuals to heaven,
but of transforming life on earth into the harmony of heaven."

In works such as Theology for the Social Gospel (1917),
Rauschenbusch enumerated the "social sins" which Jesus bore on
the cross, including the combination of greed and political power,
militarism, and class contempt. In 1892, he and some friends formed
the Brotherhood of the Kingdom, a group whose mission was to open
the eyes of the church to the reality of the Kingdom of God on earth.

Like Rauschenbusch, Washington Gladden's ministry was dedicated
to the realization of the Kingdom of God in this world. Gladden was
the acting religious editor of the New York Independent, in which he
exposed corruption in the New York political system. Gladden was the
first American clergyman to approve of and support labor unions. In
his capacity as Vice President of the American Missionary Association,
he traveled to Atlanta where he met W.E.B. Dubois and he became an
early opponent of segregation.

Though not a pastor like Rauschenbusch and Gladden, Jacob Riis's
"muckraker" journalism did much to awaken the nation to the plight
of the urban poor. Born in Denmark in 1849, Riis arrived in New
York City in 1870 as multitudes of immigrants flooded the city seeking
work following the devastation of the Civil War. Riis found a job as
a police reporter for the New York Tribune, and his work took him
to the poorest, most crime-ridden parts of the city. Teaching himself
photography, he combined word and image to display the devastating
effects of poverty and crime on so many in New York. His work led
future President Theodore Roosevelt, then City Police Commissioner,
to close down the police-run poor houses in which Riis had struggled
during his first months in New York.


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!
MINISTRY SCHEDULE  

2018
July 1
July 8
CHALICE/LECTOR
8:00 AM
Tony Fugate
Kelly Morris
CHALICE 
10:30 AM
Terry Eckard
Kyle Tilly
Terry Eckard
Jack Gaskey
LECTOR
Judy Mullins
Allison Wells
ACOLYTES
Cheryl Richard
Autumn Jager
Lydia Kish
Lee Wells
McNeal Miller
Lindsey Wells
GREETER/USHER
8:00 AM
Laurie Stewart
Jerry Wertz
GREETERS/USHERS
10:30 AM
Bob & Claudette 
Forbes
George Sowersby
Pam Hart
ALTAR GUILD
Cathy Webster
Glenda Carpenter
Marc Dudley
BREAD
July
Cheryl Saylor
August
Allison Wells
ALTAR FLOWERS
Jim & Glenda Carpenter
Kelly Morris
COFFEE HOUR
Parish Breakfast

MORNINGSIDE
10:30 AM
C.B. Barr
Morningside Resident
Pete Laine
Eileen Klimkowski
SOUND TECH
Marc Dudley
Terry Eckard
EUCHARISTIC
VISITORS
Lee & Casey Allison
William & Priscilla
Graham
VPOD 8:00
10:30
George Saylor
Marc Dudley
Linda Boyd


Blessings & Peace,
Fr. Gary+

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