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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
July 26, 2018
In This Issue
  

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

There was still some left over! Do you see that? After the disciples worried that there was not enough food for all those people (a worthy concern when you consider how much they had to work with) there were leftovers. Scarcity and anxiety turned into abundance and a promise that there will always be enough.

Isn't that really the nature of Jesus? Our Lord takes our own short-sided vision and expectations and completely turns them on their head. Sometimes I think we fall into the trap of assuming there is no way forward. Like the disciples who felt there was no way to feed that many people, we often put limits on what God can do for us and through us. Yet, time and again God does more and God is more. Think about it for a moment--when was there a time Jesus did something for you that completely out did your expectations? Really, think. Have it? Now find someone to tell about that God. The story of God's abundance must be told--and you get to be the storyteller.

God of surprises, shake us from our complacency and stir us to be radical storytellers of the ways you fill our gaps and out do our expectations. Where we are limited in our scope, expand us. Where we are sure there is no way forward, show us your ways among us. Amen.

See ya Sunday!

Blessings & Peace
Fr. Gary+

FINANCIAL REPORT
 
Year to Date (YTD) Income
$126,818.99
YTD Expenses
$146,413.67
Difference to the negative
$19,594.68
Behind for the year (in percent)
 14.3%
 
Please note that we are running a negative discrepancy in our giving trends. Please try to bring your pledge amounts up to date.  
We thank you for your generosity and attention to this matter.

Parade of Tables:
Saturday September 22, 2018
From 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Tickets: $30.00 per person
 
Come join us for an elegant evening of Fellowship, Food, Fun and more. This annual event includes dinner, musical entertainment, an auction and lots of fellowship. Hosts will decorate tables in various themes and sell tickets to their tables This is an outreach/fundraiser for the church to help provide services to many organizations we serve. So please mark your calendars for this exciting night!!!
 
Please contact Lee and Casey Allison with any questions or concerns.
(704-909-0544)

ANNOUNCEMENTS  

*  Fr. Gary is gone next week moving Emma to Massachusetts as she begins her PhD studies. We send her God's blessing as she begins this new journey. If there is a pastoral emergency please contact Deacon Cris or Martha.


*   Quarterly Statements :  will be available after both services this Sunday.

Last Friday Get Together..."Read 'Em and Weep"...Cards night. Bring decks of cards and your favorite games. Everything is welcome...from Go Fish to 7 Card Stud! Let's have some wheeling, dealing fun. Potluck theme...The Earl of Sandwich. Bring your favorite sandwich fixings including pimento cheese, egg salad, sloppy Joe's, or anything else that moves you. You know the Earl of Sandwich created this classic dish so he could continue to play cards  while eating and not get his hands dirty! Seems a good night for it, right? And bring some simple sides. It's hot. It's Friday. It's fun. See you there!!!

*  Salvation Army Salad Fund:  From June 2017 thru June 2018, we have spent $1,027.43 preparing 3 to 4 pans of fresh salad each Monday for the Salvation Army.  Charlie has spent $153.26 on the garden this year from the salad fund.  People have generously contributed $1,313.08 for the year.  We have $132.39 left in the account.  We are in need of some replenishing of funds.  If you can help, please make your check to All Saints and designate it for the salad fund.  Thanks go to Linda Boyd and Jerry Wertz for preparing the salad and to Charlie Jenkins for the garden and to all the many people at All Saints who serve the food on Monday night and to Claudette Forbes who is in charge of preparing the meals served on Monday nights. 

 

* Cooking for the Army :  On Saturday, August 4th 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 ( 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 being 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 information, 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"

*  Family Promise Our Family Promise guest will once again be with us starting Sunday August 12th, and will be with us the entire week until Sunday, August 19th. This program is a wonderful opportunity to give families without a place that they can call home, a temporary sanctuary by providing shelter, substance and a bit of compassion. Family Promise is a community program that provides housing and support to homeless families.  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 volunteer for several activities during on that week. This includes helping to unload and load the families' belongings on the Sunday mornings of the week they are with us (8:30am - 10:15am) , to greet and engage guests (5:00-6:30 pm), to prepare and serve dinner (6:30-8:00 pm), to spend the night (8:00 pm - 7:30 am), to provide homework and enrichment activities for children (5:30-6:30pm). Currently we still need volunteers for greeting the families, providing enrichment activities for the children, provid dinner on Sunday, Friday or Saturday, and to spend the evening on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday or Thursday. For more information, or to volunteer please contact Marc Dudley at 704-718-4044 or marcdudleync@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  resume on  Sunday August 19th at 9:25am.

*  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

*  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. 

*  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.

*  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 30th - 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:  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.
ADOPT A PLOT!
 
At our last Vestry meeting, the vestry approved allowing parishioners to "adopt a plot" in the family garden located next to the church.
 
  1. Beginning September 2018, vegetable gardens will be available to be "adopted" by members of the congregation.
  2. The adopted gardens are for the member's personal use. The members would be responsible for planting, weeding, maintaining, fertilizing etc. said plot and the walkway between and around the plots.
  3. The food grown in this plot is for the members use. Any overabundance of vegetable that the growers wish can be given to the church for the Salvation Army or stored for the member's personal use.
  4. Cost of the plot is $25.00 annually payable with the first payment due in September 2018. This first payment will cover cost for end of 2018 and all of 2019. After that, $25.00 will be due in January of each year beginning in 2020. Fees will split between the Salvation Army Salad Fund and maintenance (mostly water usage).
  5. Plots can be shared between members. There are 6 plots which are 4 feet x 24 feet and three that are 4 feet x 8 feet.
  6. Plots will be awarded on a first come, first served basis, one plot per family. A drawing of the plots and paid assignments will be posted on the bulletin board in the family life center. Additional plots will be available if not "adopted" by September 30th.
  7. Checks to be made out to All Saints, please specify "garden plot" in memo section of the check.
  8. Questions and checks may be given to Jerry Wertz or Linda Klocker.

 Upcoming Schedule  

 

July 27th:  Last Friday Get Together

August 4th:  Cooking for the Army

August 14th:  Pastoral Care

August 21st:  Vestry

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 God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; 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: 2 Kings 4:42-44

A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, "Give it to the people and let them eat." But his servant said, "How can I set this before a hundred people?" So he repeated, "Give it to the people and let them eat, for thus says the Lord, 'They shall eat and have some left.'" He set it before them, they ate, and had some left, according to the word of the Lord.

Psalm 145:10-19

10 All your works praise you, O Lord, *
and your faithful servants bless you.

11 They make known the glory of your kingdom *
and speak of your power;

12 That the peoples may know of your power *
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; *
your dominion endures throughout all ages.

14 The Lord is faithful in all his words *
and merciful in all his deeds.

15 The Lord upholds all those who fall; *
he lifts up those who are bowed down.

16 The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord, *
and you give them their food in due season.

17 You open wide your hand *
and satisfy the needs of every living creature.

18 The Lord is righteous in all his ways *
and loving in all his works.

19 The Lord is near to those who call upon him, *
to all who call upon him faithfully.

The Epistle: Ephesians 3:14-21

I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

The Gospel: John 6:1-21

Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, "Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?" He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, "Six months' wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little." One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, "There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?" Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, "Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost." So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, "This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world."

When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid." Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going.
Saint Day / Feast of the Week

Ignatius of Loyola
Priest and Monastic, 1556

Ignatius was born into a noble Basque family in 1491. In his
autobiography he tells us, "Up to his twenty-sixth year, he was a man
given over to the vanities of the world and took special delight in the
exercise of arms with a great and vain desire of winning glory." An
act of reckless heroism at the Battle of Pamplona in 1521 led to his
being seriously wounded. During his convalescence at Loyola, Ignatius
experienced a profound spiritual awakening. Following his recovery
and an arduous period of retreat, a call to be Christ's knight in the
service of God's kingdom was deepened and confirmed.

Ignatius began to share the fruits of his experience with others, making
use of a notebook which eventually became the text of the Spiritual
Exercises. Since his time, many have found the Exercises to be a way
of encountering Christ as intimate companion and responding to
Christ's call: "Whoever wishes to come with me must labor with me."

The fact that Ignatius was an unschooled layman made him suspect in
the eyes of church authorities and led him, at the age of 37, to study
theology at the University of Paris in preparation for the priesthood.
While there, Ignatius gave the Exercises to several of his fellow
students; and in 1534, together with six companions, he took vows
to live lives of strict poverty and to serve the needs of the poor. Thus,
what later came to be known as the Society of Jesus was born.

In 1540 the Society was formally recognized, and Ignatius became
its first Superior General. According to his journals and many of his
letters, a profound sense of sharing God's work in union with Christ
made the season of intense activity which followed a time of great
blessing and consolation.

Ignatius died on July 31, 1556, in the simple room which served both
as his bedroom and chapel, having sought to find God in all things
and to do all things for God's greater glory. His life and teaching, as
Evelyn Underhill and others have acknowledged, represents the best of
the Counter-Reformation.



July 26th - Bob Tatlock
July 26th - Flo McCarthy
July 30th - Wayne Butler
July 30th - Alice Braddy
August 1st - Linda Bolin
August 2nd - Phill Wertz
August 3rd - Scott Witry
August 7th - Pete Laine
August 9th - Faolin Tilly
August 10th - Jacque Sumner
August 13th - Erin Balco
August 14th - Mary Anne Whitesides
August 31st - Bob Forbes

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

2018
July 29
August 5
CHALICE/LECTOR
8:00 AM
Jim McCarthy
Lee Wells
CHALICE 
10:30 AM
Adam Nygren
David McDowell
Jim & Flo
McCarthy
LECTOR
Jack Gaskey
Bob Forbes
ACOLYTES
Phill Wertz
Zoe Tilly
Lydia Kish
Lee Wells
Autumn Jager
McNeal Miller
GREETER/USHER
8:00 AM
David Klocker
Tony Fugate
Bruce Kiser
GREETERS/USHERS
10:30 AM
Gay Lindsey
Pete Laine
Bob & Claudette Forbes
ALTAR GUILD
Marc Dudley
Glenda Carpenter
Marc Dudley
BREAD
July
Cheryl Saylor
August
Allison Wells
ALTAR FLOWERS
Jerry Wertz
Carol Wertz
COFFEE HOUR
Diane Camp
Parish Breakfast
MORNINGSIDE
10:30 AM
Pete Laine
C.B. Barr
Morningside Resident
SOUND TECH
Terry Eckard
William Graham
EUCHARISTIC
VISITORS
Adam Nygren
David McDowell
Jim & Flo
McCarthy
VPOD 8:00
10:30
Linda Klocker
Marsha Ellison

Marc Dudley

Blessings & Peace,
Fr. Gary+

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