January 19, 2023 Edition

Collect and Readings for January 22, 2023 | Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Upcoming Events

Happy New Year, saintly sisters of All Saints’! Mark your calendars for some extraordinary Saturday gatherings of food, fellowship, and faithful journeys in 2023! Our winter series will focus on “Resilience and Perseverance in a post-COVID world.” Rachel Berg will lead us through learning and sharing together. We also plan to have a Lenten/Easter gathering on Saturday, April 1. All women are welcome! Click to sign up.

Registration is now open for this year’s After Dark @ All Saints’! You can find the class listings and a link to registration by clicking here. We offer a wonderful variety of sessions with topics ranging from food to gardening, painting to auto maintenance. Most of the sessions are in the evenings, but several are scheduled for afternoons. The cost to attend is $20 per session, although there is an additional supplies fee for some of the sessions. Because the presenters donate their time, the entire registration amount is given to our Outreach fund to support community organizations that serve those in need. AD@AS will take place from February 2 through February 13. Sign up soon, as the classes are filling up fast!

Grapevine | News from the Parish

Stained Glass Window Restored! This beautiful stained glass window, first given to the glory of God and in honor of the founding rector, The Reverend John Thomas Wheat, by the Sunday School children of All Saints’ in 1892, has been restored in 2023 to the glory of God and in loving memory of Alice Jackson "Jack" Hilbish by her children George Hilbish and Melissa Hilbish.

Alice Jackson “Jack” Hilbish was born in Massie Mill, VA on November 21, 1926. She was the youngest child of Alice and Robert Massie. Jack graduated from Lovingston High School and married her childhood sweetheart, Frederick "Buddy" Hilbish of Piney River on June 2, 1945. A lifelong Episcopalian, Jack was inspired by Henry Riley and his brother David to join St. James Episcopal Church, Kannapolis, NC. The Hilbishes adopted two children, Melissa and George. The Hilbishes were active at St. James and, after the merger, at All Saints’, Concord. They were also instrumental in the founding of Concord Academy, now Cannon School. Jack was lively, artistic and did exquisite needlework. She chaired the craft section of the Olde Countrie Faire for many years. With Ginny Aberle, Jack organized the creation of the needlepoint kneelers for the altar and the Chrismons which adorn the altar trees at Christmas. She was frequently the life of the party and had a special gift with young people who were happy to have her as a chaperone and sought her out during Kanuga Parish Weekends. Jack died in Lynchburg, Virginia, March 5, 2001 and is buried in the Massie Family Cemetery, Troy, Virginia.

You are invited to view the restored window in its current placement between the Welcome Center and Sanctuary.

We offer condolences and prayers for the family and friends of Randy Bratton, husband of Ruth Bratton, who entered the Resurrection on January 11, 2023. We cherish Randy's memory and pray for his precious family.

A huge "thank you" to the following ministries for providing their annual reports by last week's deadline Acolytes, Adult Christian Formation, After Dark, Altar Flower Delivery, Altar Guild, Benevolence, Building & Grounds, Columbarium, Creation Care, Cursillo, Daughters of the King, Deacon Missioner, Director of Music & Coordinator of Communications, EfM, Finance, Gardens of All Saints', Koinonia, Lectors/Chalice Bearers, Literacy, Lockhart Child Development Center, Newcomers Ministry, Night Shelter, Online Worship, Outreach, Prayer Ministry, Racial Equity Ministry, Senior Adult Ministries, Small Group Ministry, Stephen Ministry, Stitches from the Saints, Tellers & Counters, Tour de Saints, Welcome Team 9 AM & 11:10 AM, and Wesbury Affordable Housing. If the ministry you lead is not listed above, then we have not received a report yet. Please provide one ASAP to Ruth Brown.

Stewardship Campaign Update | Thanks to a very generous response, we exceeded our target in pledges for 2022 by 3.9%. Total pledged income received was $495,510, compared to a budget of $477,091! Thank you for your faithful generosity.

With the blessing and permission of the Rt. Rev. Samuel Rodman, Deacon Jackie Whitfield will retire from her position as Deacon Missioner on Sunday, February 19, 2023. All Saints' has been deeply blessed by Deacon Jackie's faithful service. We are planning various farewell celebration opportunities over the next month. Be watching for upcoming details.

We are pleased to introduce Stephanie Trosper as the new church administrator! Stephanie highly values volunteers and is excited to partner with those who carry out God’s work. You can reach Stephanie at admin@allsaintsconcord.org.

Ways to Serve

In this Weekly Word section, ministry teams share various ways to serve at All Saints'. Some of the opportunities are quick and easy, while others require training and coordination. Ministry leaders can email service opportunities to Ruth Brown.

Help Wanted | Volunteers are needed to work with the existing team of Tellers and Counters, who process offerings after the 11:10 AM Sunday service. Tellers need the ability to use a computer and enter data into Excel. Counters assist in counting the offering. Two people are always involved. The commitment is one Sunday a month. Call or text Martin Ericson at 704.533.9614 or email him, if you can assist in this ministry that is essential to the financial well-being of the church.

Seeking Volunteers to provide Youth Group dinners | EYC Middle School and High School students eat together each Sunday afternoon from 5-5:30 PM as part of our weekly youth gatherings. We are looking for sign-ups for dinner donations in the new year. Volunteers can sign up here.

Ways to Worship

Worship on Sundays

All Saints' invites you to attend in-person Eucharist Services on Sundays. The first service is at 9 AM in the Parish Hall. The second service is at 11:10 AM in the Nave. Both of these services are also live-streamed via Facebook Live and our YouTube Channel. All are welcome!

Christian Formation at 10 AM with opportunities for all ages.

Nursery is provided during both Sunday services, from 8:45 AM-12:30 PM, for children ages infant to 3-years-old.

Youth Group (EYC) meets each Sunday. Middle School at 4 PM. Dinner for Middle and High School from 5-5:30. High School meets 5:30-6:45 PM. Contact Tiffany Fulton for details.

Please note that masks are optional for fully vaccinated people in most settings at church. Click for details.

During the Week

Compline is led by our Compline Team on Facebook Live every Tuesday at 8 PM.

Noonday Prayer provides spiritual encouragement via Facebook Live on Wednesdays at Noon.

All Saints' Choirs The Resurrection Choirs meets Sundays, 8 AM. Bells of All Saints' meets Wednesdays, 6-7 PM. The Choir of All Saints’ meets Wednesdays, 7-8:30 PM. On Tuesdays, the St. Nicholas Choir (5:30-6 PM) and Junior Choir (6-7 PM) meet. Contact Brian Sapp-Moore for details.

Older Wiser Laity (OWLs) typically meet in-person at the church on the second Thursday and have Zoom gatherings on the fourth Thursday of the month. For details, email Deacon Vern or call/text him at 704-699-0810.

Prayer Shawl Ministry meets in-person, in the Welcome Center on the second Tuesday of the month, from 10 AM-Noon. For details, email Jan Millar or call her at 704-918-8645.

Saturday Morning Men's Group meets at 8 AM in the Welcome Center. Contact Mark Robinson or Chuck Collier for details.

Prayer Requests

Prayer is the foundation of the ministry of this parish. If you would like to request prayers, please share here.

If you are hospitalized, please let the church know. If you are unable to make the call yourself, ask for the chaplain on call and they will make it for you. The church phone number is 704-782-2024.

Prayers have been requested for Dorothy, John, Rodney, Charlene, neighbors in dispute, David and Sutton.

The Lord be with you.