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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
August 2, 2018
In This Issue


The Forward Day by Day Meditation for THURSDAY, August 2

Matthew 27:55  Many women were also there, looking on from a distance; they had followed Jesus from Galilee and had provided for him.

When a clearly mentally ill man visited my church, many of us were afraid to approach him. A woman named Verglea took his hand and brought him up to the communion rail. Verglea and others like her are the spiritual descendants of the women in today's gospel. 
We should never forget that the world that Jesus lived in was very different from our own. Women were treated abhorrently-they could not own property and were often forced into marriages. They had little or no status politically or personally.

Living under such conditions often forces human beings into passive and fearful postures. But the women in Matthew's Gospel aren't defined by either of those characteristics. In fact these women, unlike the religious leaders who reject Jesus, have followed him and supported his ministry. These women hear God's voice in the message that in Christ there is no male or female. They believe, as does Verglea, that all are welcome in the kingdom of God.

MOVING FORWARD: God has blessed the church with many women who preach, preside, and serve. Are there other people you know who may not be appreciated as they should? See them today.

Year to Date (YTD) Income
YTD Expenses
Difference to the negative
Behind for the year (in percent)
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.


*  Fr. Gary is gone this 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 Deacons Cris or Martha.

*  Beautification of The Life Center Foyer & Offices:  The painting began on Monday, July 30th and will be completed no later than Saturday, August 4th.  The carpeting will be installed on August 6th & 7th.  

*  Parish Breakfast:  We will be serving breakfast this Sunday at 8:45 as well as a coffee hour after the 10:30 service.

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

*  Last Friday of the Month:  Please put on your calendars to attend the Last Friday of the Month gathering on August 24th at 6:00 in the Family Life Center hosted by the Pacesetters. ( Yes, we recognize that it is not the very last Friday in August but we didn't feel Labor Day weekend was a good time to get people to come.)  A barbecue supper will be provided with entertainment provided by a barbershop quartet.  If you would like to help by bringing a dessert or salad that would be great.  In order to know how many to prepare for, please sign up in the Family Life Center.

*  Saturday, August 25, noon - 2pm: It's All About the Dough!
In this class, you will learn how to make perfect pie dough every time and many creative ways to use it:
               Mushroom Duxelle Pasties (past-eez): a European hand pie
               Apple Galettes: a rustic, no pan, hand-formed fruit pie
               traditional Double-Crust Pie (blueberry)
               Quiche Lorraine with bacon and Swiss
$25 fee gives you a hands-on workshop, all of the recipes, and a whole lotta pie to sample! Register by contacting Jerry Wertz (704-577-9699)  no later than August 20. Then watch out for the fall class that will include Salmon Wellington, sides, and dessert!

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

* 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 ( ) 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.  We have just gotten started so if you would like to join us please do so on Wednesday's in the Family Life Center at 10:00. 

*  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 .

* 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 link

*  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, August 6th - 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:
* 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.
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  


August 4th:  Cooking for the Army

August 14th:  Pastoral Care

August 21st:  Vestry

August 224th:  Last Friday Get Together

August 28th:  Outreach

September 8th:  Parish Work Day

September 8th:  Cooking for the Army

September 16th:  Bishop Jose Visit

September 22nd:  Parade of Tables

 This Sunday's Scripture Readings

The Collect

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; 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: Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15

The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The Israelites said to them, "If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."

Then the Lord said to Moses, "I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not.

Then Moses said to Aaron, "Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, 'Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.'" And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. The Lord spoke to Moses and said, "I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, 'At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.'"

In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, "It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat."

Psalm 78:23-29

23 So he commanded the clouds above *
and opened the doors of heaven.

24 He rained down manna upon them to eat *
and gave them grain from heaven.

25 So mortals ate the bread of angels; *
he provided for them food enough.

26 He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens *
and led out the south wind by his might.

27 He rained down flesh upon them like dust *
and winged birds like the sand of the sea.

28 He let it fall in the midst of their camp *
and round about their dwellings.

29 So they ate and were well filled, *
for he gave them what they craved.

The Epistle: Ephesians 4:1-16

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it is said,

"When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive;
he gave gifts to his people."

(When it says, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people's trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body's growth in building itself up in love.

The Gospel: John 6:24-35

The next day, when the people who remained after the feeding of the five thousand saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, "Rabbi, when did you come here?" Jesus answered them, "Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal." Then they said to him, "What must we do to perform the works of God?" Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent." So they said to him, "What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'" Then Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." They said to him, "Sir, give us this bread always."

Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."
Saint Day / Feast of the Week

John Mason Neale
Priest, 1866

John Mason Neale was a priest of many talents. As a hymnodist, he
furnished The Hymnal 1982 with several original hymns and more
than thirty translations of Latin and Greek hymns. As a priest, he
gave active support to the Oxford Movement in its revival of medieval
liturgical forms. As a humanitarian, he founded the Sisterhood of St.
Margaret for the relief of suffering women and girls.

Neale was born in London in 1818, studied at Cambridge, where he
also served as tutor and chaplain, and was ordained to the priesthood
in 1842. He was both a scholar and a creative poet, whose skills in
composing original verse and translating Latin and Greek hymns into
effective English speech patterns were devoted to the Church. With
such familiar words as "Good Christian men, rejoice," "Come, ye
faithful, raise the strain," and "Creator of the stars of night," he has
greatly enriched our hymnody.

Gentleness combined with firmness, good humor, modesty, patience,
and devotion, with "an unbounded charity," describe Neale's
character. Despite poor health, he was a prolific writer and compiler.
Among his works are Medieval Hymns and Sequences, Hymns of the
Eastern Church, Liturgiology and Church History, and a four-volume
commentary on the Psalms. In a busy life, he also found time to
establish the Camden Society, later called the Ecclesiological Society.

Though he never received preferment in England, his great
contributions were recognized both in the United States and in Russia,
where the Metropolitan presented him with a rare copy of the Old
Believers' Liturgy. He died on the Feast of the Transfiguration at the
age of 46, leaving a lasting mark on our worship.

No future hymnal is conceivable without the inclusion of some of
Neale's fine devotional poetry. The Prayer Book, for example, cites
two of his translations by name as being especially appropriate for
Palm Sunday and Good Friday: "All glory, laud, and honor" for the
procession with the palms, and "Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle"
at the climactic point of the Good Friday service.

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
September 1st - Bill Collins
September 2nd - Jay Roberts-Miller
September 2nd - T.J. Solomon
September 3rd - Jessica Woodward
September 5th - Justin Butterworth
September 5th - Jack Gaskey
September 5th - Lydia Kish
September 5th - Carol Maiden
September 6th - Lynne Stine
September 8th - George Sowersby
September 9th - Adam Nygren
September 11th - Susan Maxon
September 14th - Aiden Klocker
September 15th - Ryan Klocker
September 17th - Casey Allison
September 19th - Kathleen Sowersby Deviney
September 22nd - Joan Cieslik
September 26th - Rob Forbes
September 28th - Laura Tilly

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

August 5
August 12
8:00 AM
Lee Wells
Lee Wells
10:30 AM
Jim & Flo
Terry Eckard
Jack Gaskey
Bob Forbes
John Still
Lee Wells
Autumn Jager
McNeal Miller
Cheryl Richard
Emory Borner
Lindsey Wells
8:00 AM
Tony Fugate
Bruce Kiser
Jerry Wertz
10:30 AM
Bob & Claudette 
George Sowersby
Pam Hart
Glenda Carpenter
Marc Dudley
Cathy Webster
Allison Wells
Kelly Halley
Carol & Sydney Wertz

Parish Breakfast

10:30 AM
George & Susan Sowersby
Lee & Allison 
William Graham
Marc Dudley
Jim & Flo
Lee & Casey Allison
VPOD 8:00
Lee Wells
Marc Dudley
Jerry Wertz

Blessings & Peace,
Fr. Gary+

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