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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
September 27, 2018
In This Issue

Hello All Saints Family,

            I know all of us are having mixed emotions as we begin a time of transition. It is my goal as Senior Warden to keep everyone updated on where we are as we go through the transition together.  I have spoken with Canon to the Ordinary Augusta Anderson several times. She also met with the vestry on September 20th.  Augusta's role will be to consult the vestry during this time of transition. Our first step is to find an interim priest. We will have Father Walter as supply beginning October 7th through November 25th.  Please come to me or any vestry member with any concerns or questions you may have. I am excited about what the future holds for all of us.

Lee Wells,
Senior Warden

Isaiah 41:10 

10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.


*  Change in Office Hours: The All Saints office hours will be: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 8:30 to 3:30. On Tuesday, the office will be open from 10 to 5. This change on Tuesday will allow Debra, our Parish Administrator to meet weekly with Lee, our Senior Warden at 4:15.

*  Announcements:   Anyone wanting announcements in the Sunday bulletins or in the weekly emailed newsletters should get them to Debra no later than Wednesday morning. All announcements should be submitted in finished form, exactly as you would like them to appear.  Debra cannot rewrite or edit but will simply copy and paste your announcement. Thanks for being prompt and complete, and for making Debra's busy work days a little easier. Dn Cris

*  Parish Breakfast:  October 7th - We will be serving breakfast at 8:45 as well as a coffee hour after the 10:30 service.

* Free Religious Books:  Please help yourself to any books on or under the long tables or in the grey bookcase in the Parish Hall.  These are books that were cleaned out from our library.  On October 6th, all remaining books will be donated to the Gaston Co. Library.  This does not include the books in the tall bookcase that is part of our book exchange.  

*  Terry's Group: Are you stressed and having trouble coping? Do you have a mood, anxiety or personality disorder and need support? Then Terry's group is for you! The Group is named for Terry Nichols who was a therapist and later developed bi-polar depression. He died in January unexpectedly and had dreamed of All Saints offering such a group to our parishioners. We all go through difficult times in our lives. What better place to deal with them than with our church family. Christine Borner and Deacon Martha will be offering an informational meeting about Terry's Group on Monday, October 1 at 5:30 PM. We will meet in Miss Bessie's room (the nursery) on the upper level of the education building. Light refreshments will be provided. Come learn more on October 1st!

* Cooking for the Army:  On Saturday, October 6th 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.

*  The Pacesetters are planning a trip to the mountains to see the frescoes on Tuesday October 16th leaving the church around 8:00.  The only expense will be your lunch.  George Sowersby has agreed to be our driver.  We plan to rent a van so it is important to know how many of you plan to go.  Please let Jerry Wertz know at or 704-577-9699.

*  Latino Ministry Support: Every Thursday  our diocesan Latino Minister, The Rev. Miquel Alvarez, will begin meeting at All Saints with a new Latino Episcopal Congregation. They will use our worship space on Thursday evenings between 6:30-8:30 PM. The hope is that 2019 brings them to a place where they will be conducting worship services on Sunday afternoon. This is a ministry of the diocese and we welcome them as their presence makes us all stronger.

*  Kairos -  A prison ministry.  We have members involved in this ministry.  It costs about $15,000.00 for this 4 day program to happen.  The next one is October 4-7, 2018 at Foothills Prison.  We would like to have contributions for this ministry.  If you would help this ministry, make a check to "Kairos" for offering plate or deliver to church by Wednesday, October 3rd.  It will be taken to meeting on October 4th by one of our congregation involved in this ministry.  It is tax deductible.  God Bless.

*   Adult Christian Formation: Beginning October 7th, Mr. Brett Brown will be our facilitator as we view a video series presentation called "The Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity."  Professor Kenneth W. Harl, a scholar on Classical and Byzantine History at Tulane University will be your guide. This is a multi-week study and it is not required to attend every session so do not let vacations and other plans keep you away.

*  A Message from Pastor Dawn:  All of my All Saints family is invited to my MCC Ordination service, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, 7 pm, in the All Saints Sanctuary.  A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.  I look forward to you sharing this important event in my life.

Ministry Schedule:  The September through December ministry schedule is available on the table in the Family Life Center.

Family Promise:  The remaining 2018 date that we will be host to the Family Promise guests are 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), 10, 20, and 30 gallon storage tubs w/ lids, towels and washcloths (both used or new), bed linens (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

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.  Please join us  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. 

Yoga at All Saints:  Wednesdays  Noon to 1 PM  - $5 (multi-level Beginning )  Integral Style Traditional Hatha Yoga. (This is the ancient style which is gentle, personal, go at your own pace) Our country changed the ancient yoga into all kinds of fun interesting sometimes not so safe competitive practices .  Our classes are based on safety in movement  and include the healing breathing techniques and stress reducing relaxation.   Judy devoted her teaching to bringing the "real" ancient technique to people at a very reasonable cost because it is so healing and personal.  

Saturdays  9AM to11 AM  (multi-level advanced) Integral Style Traditional Hatha Yoga.  Again, this class is go at your own pace, gentle and personal.  It is a 2 hour practice.   ( if you are athletic or exercise a lot this class may feel like a more thorough  practice)  People come to both classes with physical problems if their doctor approves and modify the practice as needed.  ($7 a class - Half of each $7 fee is donated to All Saints). 

Stretch, Strengthen, Balance, Tone, Breathe, Focus, Relax and Heal.  Any questions, contact Judy Blankenship, M.A., CPT, ERYT 500, Reiki Master (704) 867-7176

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.  

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 2 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)
*  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. 

*  Salvation Army Service Schedule:  Monday, October 1st - Team #2.  (George Sowersby)

*  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.  

*  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 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 one of the Deacons.
All Saints Prayer List
Cathy Harvey, Laura Beth Murray, Jack Dixson, Charles Clamurro, Courtney Birk, Charlie Metcalf, Madison Krontz, Linda Stanford, Joseph Colarossi,  Art & Chong Saile, Johnny Featherston,  Tony &  Liz Butler,  Alan Austin,  Carl Delamar,  Gabrielle Eve,  Joshua Scruggs,  Robert Crotts,  Justin Amendola, Kirby Plemmons,  Haldora Caroline Churchill, Margaret  Hyatt,  Jim & Glenda Carpenter,  John Lowery,  Keith Lowe,  Sid Brandon,  Johnathan Myers,  Carroll Fugate,  Jackie Angioletti, M ary Neil,  Nancy Byers,  Emily Kline, Scarlett,  Anne Harrison, Kelsey Lecky, Kim Lee, Becky Storm,  Henry Forbes,  Rick Lewis, Royston Acheson,  Dave & Mary Jo Knowles,  Kevin Butler,  Martin Forbes & Family,  John Schmidt,  Dan Birk, Cindy,  Dennis Bolin, Eva Harrison, 
Ross Wallace,  Carol & Ron,  Keith Lowe,  Abigail Cheek, Kate Cryeski, 
Reggie Davis, Vivian Taylor, Lindsay Swift, Cindy Woolery, Bill Collins, Charlie Jenkins & Audie McSwain.

 Upcoming Schedule  


October 1st:  Terry's Group

October 6th:  Cooking for the Army

October 9th:  Pastoral Care

October 16th:  Pacesetters

October 16th:  Vestry Meeting

October 27th:  Vestry Work Day

 This Sunday's Scripture Readings

The Collect

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; 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:  Numbers 11:4-6,10-16,24-29

The rabble among them had a strong craving; and the Israelites also wept again, and said, "If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we used to eat in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; but now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at."

Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, all at the entrances of their tents. Then the Lord became very angry, and Moses was displeased. So Moses said to the Lord, "Why have you treated your servant so badly? Why have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people on me? Did I conceive all this people? Did I give birth to them, that you should say to me, 'Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a sucking child,' to the land that you promised on oath to their ancestors? Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they come weeping to me and say, 'Give us meat to eat!' I am not able to carry all this people alone, for they are too heavy for me. If this is the way you are going to treat me, put me to death at once-if I have found favor in your sight-and do not let me see my misery."

So the Lord said to Moses, "Gather for me seventy of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tent of meeting, and have them take their place there with you.

So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord; and he gathered seventy elders of the people, and placed them all around the tent. Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders; and when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do so again.

Two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the spirit rested on them; they were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. And a young man ran and told Moses, "Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp." And Joshua son of Nun, the assistant of Moses, one of his chosen men, said, "My lord Moses, stop them!" But Moses said to him, "Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord's people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit on them!"

Psalm 19:7-14

The law of the  Lord is perfect
and revives the soul; *
the testimony of the  Lord is sure
and gives wisdom to the innocent.
8 The statutes of the  Lord are just
and rejoice the heart; *
the commandment of the  Lord is clear
and gives light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the  Lord is clean
and endures for ever; *
the judgments of the  Lord are true
and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
more than much fine gold, *
sweeter far than honey,
than honey in the comb.
11 By them also is your servant enlightened, *
and in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can tell how often he offends? *
cleanse me from my secret faults.
13 Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins;
let them not get dominion over me; *
then shall I be whole and sound,
and innocent of a great offense.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my
heart be acceptable in your sight, *
Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

The Epistle:  James 5:13-20

Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.

My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner's soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

The Gospel: Mark 9:38-50

John said to Jesus, "Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us." But Jesus said, "Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

"If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.

"For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another."
Saint Day / Feast of the Week

Saint Michael and All Angels

The scriptural word "angel" (Greek: angelos) means, literally, a
messenger. Messengers from God can be visible or invisible, and
may assume human or non-human forms. Christians have always
felt themselves to be attended by healthful spirits-swift, powerful,
and enlightening. Those beneficent spirits are often depicted in
Christian art in human form, with wings to signify their swiftness and
spacelessness, with swords to signify their power, and with dazzling
raiment to signify their ability to enlighten. Unfortunately, this type
of pictorial representation has led many to dismiss the angels as "just
another mythical beast, like the unicorn, the griffin, or the sphinx."

Of the many angels spoken of in the Bible, only four are called by
name: Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, and Raphael. The Archangel Michael
is the powerful agent of God who wards off evil from God's people,
and delivers peace to them at the end of this life's mortal struggle.
"Michaelmas," as his feast is called in England, has long been one of
the popular celebrations of the Christian Year in many parts of the

Michael is the patron saint of countless churches, including Mont
Saint-Michel, the monastery fortress off the coast of Normandy that
figured so prominently in medieval English history, and Coventry
Cathedral, England's most famous modern church building, rising
from the ashes of the most devastating war of our time.
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September 28th - Laura Tilly
October 1st - Ken Wright
October 4th - John Woodward
October 8th - McNeal Miller
October 10th - Cathy Wright
October 12th - Lucas Balco
October 14th - Marlene Nivens
October 14th - Jason Witry
October 17th - Phil Hicks
October 17th - Monica Vogt
October 17th - Sharon Tatlock
October 21st - Deloris Stewart
October 23rd - Chris Butterworth
October 23rd - Inga Kish
October 24th - Rob Webster
October 25th - Autumn Jager
October 27th - Robert Weeks
October 31st - Mark Ballenger

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

September 30
October 7
8:00 AM
Jim McCarthy
Don Stine
10:30 AM
George Sowersby
Kyle Tilly
Lee Wells
Bob Forbes
Marc Dudley
Casey Allison
Phill Wertz
Autumn Jager
McNeal Miller
Sydney Wertz
Lindsey Wells
Faolin Tilly
8:00 AM
Kelly Morris
Linda Boyd
10:30 AM
Bob & Claudette Forbes
Marc Dudley
Candy Albergine
Glenda Carpenter
Cathy Webster
Kelly Halley
Jay Oden

Diane Camp
Parish Breakfast
10:30 AM
Lee & Allison Wells
Steve Morris
George Sowersby
Marc Dudley
Terry Eckard
Jerry Wertz
David Klocker
George & Susan Sowersby
Sydney Wertz
Eileen Klimkowski
Carol Wertz
Eileen Klimkowski
VPOD 8:00
Linda Boyd

Lee Wells

phone: 704-864-7201