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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 9, 2018
In This Issue

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

"Be angry but do not sin." Have you ever been  hangry--so hungry you became angry? When we are hangry, there is not enough sugar in the brain, making us rather unpleasant. Only one thing cures "hanger": food.

Paul is talking about a different kind of anger, a spiritual anger-- spanger, if you will: a combination of spirituality and anger. It's the kind of anger that emerges when things are not as God intended them to be. There is really only one thing that cures "spanger": the truth. This is the kind of anger that demands speaking truth to injustice, lies and corrupt power. There are moments and seasons of life that call for "spanger"--and for care that our anger does not turn into hatred. "Spanger" exists because we love the world God loves, and we desire this world to be the way God created it to be.

Lord, sometimes I get angry when I think about the way things are. Teach me to love, inspire me to speak truth and guide me in your way. Amen.

See ya Sunday!

Fr. Gary+

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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.


*  Healing Service:  cancelled for Wednesday, August 15th.

*  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.

*  Fr. Gary  is in Nevada next week helping the Diocese of Nevada with their Bishop Discernment Retreat. In case of emergency please contact Deacon Cris or Deacon Martha.

*  Vacation : Debra, our Parish Administrator, will be on vacation from Thursday, August 16th through Tuesday, August 21st. Please be patient and understanding when calling or writing during this time.  

*  Blessing of the Backpacks : Calling all students, Kindergarten-College and all teachers and professors!  On Sunday August 26th, Fr. Gary will have a "Blessing of the Backpacks" for all those who are returning to school (in any capacity).  Bring yourselves, backpacks, computers, briefcases, etc. for a blessing and start out your school year with the Blessing of God!  We will also be collecting backpacks, pencils, crayons, glue sticks and any other school supplies to donate to Pleasant Ridge Elementary that we support through the Backpack Ministry.  

*  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"

*  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. 

*  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

*  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!

* Cooking for the Army :  On Saturday, September 8th 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. 

* 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

*  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 13th - 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: 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 14th:  Pastoral Care

August 21st:  Vestry

August 24th:  Last Friday Get Together

August 26th:  Blessing of the Backpacks

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

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; 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: 1 Kings 19:4-8

Elijah went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: "It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors." Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, "Get up and eat." He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. The angel of the Lord came a second time, touched him, and said, "Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you." He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God.

Psalm 34:1-8

1 I will bless the Lord at all times; *
his praise shall ever be in my mouth.

2 I will glory in the Lord; *
let the humble hear and rejoice.

3 Proclaim with me the greatness of the Lord; *
let us exalt his Name together.

4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me *
and delivered me out of all my terror.

5 Look upon him and be radiant, *
and let not your faces be ashamed.

6 I called in my affliction and the Lord heard me *
and saved me from all my troubles.

7 The angel of the Lord encompasses those who fear him, *
and he will deliver them.

8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; *
happy are they who trust in him!

The Epistle: Ephesians 4:25-5:2

Putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil. Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

The Gospel: John 6:35, 41-51

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

Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven." They were saying, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, 'I have come down from heaven'?" Jesus answered them, "Do not complain among yourselves. No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh."
Saint Day / Feast of the Week

Abbess at Assisi, 1253

In the latter part of the twelfth century, the Church had fallen on evil
days, and was weak and spiritually impoverished. It was then that
Francis of Assisi renounced his wealth and established the mendicant
order of Franciscans. At the first gathering of the order in 1212,
Francis preached a sermon that was to make a radical change in the
life of an eighteen-year-old young woman named Clare.

The daughter of a wealthy family, and a noted beauty, Clare was
inspired by Francis' words with the desire to serve God and to give
her life to the following of Christ's teaching. She sought out Francis,
and begged that she might become a member of his order, placing her
jewelry and rich outer garments on the altar as an offering. Francis
could not refuse her pleas. He placed her temporarily in a nearby
Benedictine convent.

When this action became known, friends and relatives tried to take
Clare from her retreat. She was adamant. She would be the bride of
Christ alone. She prevailed, and soon after was taken by Francis to a
poor dwelling beside the Church of St. Damian at Assisi. Several other
women joined her. She became Mother Superior of the order, which
was called the "Poor Ladies of St. Damian."

The order's practices were austere. They embraced the Franciscan
rule of absolute poverty. Their days were given over to begging and
to works of mercy for the poor and the neglected. Clare herself was
servant, not only to the poor, but to her nuns.

Clare governed the convent for forty years, caring for the sisters, ready
to do whatever Francis directed. She said to him, "I am yours by having
given my will to God." Her biographer says that she "radiated a spirit
of fervor so strong that it kindled those who but heard her voice."

In 1253 her last illness began. Daily she weakened, and daily she was
visited by devoted people, by priests, and even by the Pope. On her
last day, as she saw many weeping by her bedside, she exhorted them
to love "holy poverty" and to share their possessions. She was heard
to say: "Go forth in peace, for you have followed the good road. Go
forth without fear, for he that created you has sanctified you, has
always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Blessed be God, for
having created me."

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 12
August 19
8:00 AM
Lee Wells
Susan Maxon
10:30 AM
Terry Eckard
Jack Gaskey
Lee Wells
Bob Forbes
John Still
William Graham
Cheryl Richard
Emory Borner
Lindsey Wells
Sydney Wertz
Noelle Martin
Sophie Martin
8:00 AM
Jerry Wertz
Laurie Stewart
10:30 AM
George Sowersby
Pam Hart
Sharon & Bob Tatlock
Cathy Webster
Terry Eckard
Allison Wells
Kelly Halley

William & Priscilla Graham
Diane Camp

10:30 AM
Lee & Allison
George Sowersby
Marc Dudley
William Graham
Lee & Casey 
William & Priscilla Graham
VPOD 8:00
Jerry Wertz
Marc Dudley

Blessings & Peace,
Fr. Gary+

phone: 704-864-7201
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