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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
July 5, 2018
In This Issue

Gary The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 5, 2018

Matthew 22:14   For many are called, but few are chosen.

"It's going to be hot, so bring shorts," my friend wrote in preparation for my trip to South Africa. "But be sure to bring a jacket and long sleeves for the cool evenings."

I hate to pack, mainly because I never know what to take. And invariably, I pack things I don't need. 

When it comes to packing wrong, no one outdoes Captain John Franklin, the doomed British explorer who sailed to the Arctic in 1845 with two ships full of the most inappropriate things-silver, fine china, nearly 3,000 books, and a grand piano. Much of his inventory was later found dumped on the ice, pitched when the crew became stranded. 

No, I may not be that bad, but schlepping my overstuffed luggage through a foreign airport, I wonder what I might have been better off leaving at home.

MOVING FORWARD: How can you travel lightly? What might you need to dispose of so that you can enjoy the journey?


*  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.

*  Pacesetters:  Plan to gather at 10:00 in the Family Life Center on Tuesday July 24th to give your family a gift by filling out the church forms that will plan for your funeral.  We will discuss the various options the church offers.  Hymnals, Bibles and Prayer Book will be available as well as Father Gary to help all of us.  We will have an oriental buffet for lunch.  This is open to anyone in the church.  Any questions contact Jerry Wertz ( or 704-577-9699.

* Cooking for the Army :  Once a month, 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 : Thanks to all who helped cook and clean-up especially Marsha Ellison, Linda Boyd (excellent pear bread), Steve Morris and Tony Fugate (Quiches).  We took in $120 with expenses of $11.00 netted us $109 for Outreach.

*  Holiday:  The office 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 ( ) 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

* 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, July 9th - Team #2.  (George Sowersby)

*  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:
* 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  


July 10th:  Outreach 

July 14th:  Cooking Class

July 15th:  Parish Lunch

July 24th:  Pacesetters

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 God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; 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: Ezekiel 2:1-5

The Lord said to me: O mortal, stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you. And when he spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me on my feet; and I heard him speaking to me. He said to me, Mortal, I am sending you to the people of Israel, to a nation of rebels who have rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have transgressed against me to this very day. The descendants are impudent and stubborn. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, "Thus says the Lord God." Whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house), they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.

Psalm 123

1 To you I lift up my eyes, *
to you enthroned in the heavens.

2 As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, *
and the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,

3 So our eyes look to the Lord our God, *
until he show us his mercy.

4 Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy, *
for we have had more than enough of contempt,

5 Too much of the scorn of the indolent rich, *
and of the derision of the proud.

The Epistle: 2 Corinthians 12:2-10

I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven-whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows. And I know that such a person-whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows- was caught up into Paradise and heard things that are not to be told, that no mortal is permitted to repeat. On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me, even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness." So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.

The Gospel: Mark 6:1-13

Jesus came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, "Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him. Then Jesus said to them, "Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house." And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.

Then he went about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, "Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them." So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

Saint Day / Feast of the Week

Independence Day

Proper Psalms, Lessons, and Prayers were first appointed for this
national observance in the Proposed Prayer Book of 1786. They were
deleted, however, by the General Convention of 1789, primarily as a
result of the intervention of Bishop William White. Though himself
a supporter of the American Revolution, he felt that the required
observance was inappropriate, since the majority of the Church's
clergy had, in fact, been loyal to the British crown.

Writing about the Convention which had called for the observance
of the day throughout "this Church, on the fourth of July, for ever,"
White said, "The members of the convention seem to have thought
themselves so established in their station of ecclesiastical legislators,
that they might expect of the many clergy who had been averse to the
American revolution the adoption of this service; although, by the use
of it, they must make an implied acknowledgment of their error, in an
address to Almighty God ... The greater stress is laid on this matter
because of the notorious fact, that the majority of the clergy could not
have used the service, without subjecting themselves to ridicule and
censure. For the author's part, having no hindrance of this sort, he
contented himself with having opposed the measure, and kept the day
from respect to the requisition of the convention; but could never hear
of its being kept, in above two or three places beside Philadelphia."

It was not until the revision of 1928 that provision was again made
for the liturgical observance of the day.

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!

July 8
July 15
8:00 AM
Kelly Morris
Lee Wells
10:30 AM
Terry Eckard
Jack Gaskey
Lee Wells
Bob Forbes
Allison Wells
Jim Carpenter
Lee Wells
McNeal Miller
Lindsey Wells
Phill Wertz
Emory Borner
Fallon Tilly
8:00 AM
Jerry Wertz
Kelly Morris
10:30 AM
George Sowersby
Pam Hart
Candy Albergine
Marc Dudley
Glenda Carpenter
Marc Dudley
Marc Dudley
Cheryl Saylor
Allison Wells
Kelly Morris
Allison & Lee
Diane Camp
Parish Lunch
10:30 AM
Pete Laine
Eileen Klimkowski
William Graham
Judy Mullins
Terry Eckard
Marc Dudley
William & Priscilla Graham
Jerry Wertz
David Klocker
VPOD 8:00
Linda Boyd
Marc Dudley
Jerry Wertz
Flo McCarthy

Blessings & Peace,
Fr. Gary+

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