The Christian year essentially comes to us in two halves. The first half begins in Advent and rehearses for us the great Drama of our Redemption, moving through Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost. It all culminates this weekend on Trinity Sunday, when we celebrate God as He is in and of Himself, as He has revealed Himself to us…Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
And so the second half of the church year is now on the horizon. This is the time that we focus on conforming our lives to the Truth that has been revealed to us in the first half of the year. “As Christians we are not only to know that our salvation is in Jesus Christ, but we ourselves must become like him. Religion consists of things to be believed and things to be done. Advent to Trinity has made clear the truth to be believed; but belief is unreal unless it is made the basis of action. The emphasis in Trinity season is on the transformation of our life by and through the Love of God.” (Vol. 4, Common Prayer) Simply put, we know the Truth. Now we must respond to that Truth. Let’s get to work!
Speaking of work…
National History Day Competition
Through a lot of hard work, our own Abigail Byrd and Katherine Grady, along with 3 other young ladies, have qualified for the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C. after placing 2nd in the North Carolina State competition. They are heading up to DC on Sunday to present their work on the Easter Rising, an armed insurrection to establish an Irish Republic independent of Britain. The “Rising” occurred during Easter Week of 1916, hence the name. Good luck ladies!
News of Note
Bonnie Wright has been diagnosed with a cancerous mass in her bowel. She has an appointment with a surgeon next week to discuss how to proceed. Please keep her in your prayers and don’t forget to pray for her doctors, nurses, and others who will care for her medically, that they may have God’s wisdom to affect a speedy cure for Bonnie.
We began our study of the Book of Jonah this past Wednesday. This coming Wednesday, we will talk about Jonah’s “great fish.” You don’t want to miss it!
Altar Guild Brunch & Social
The altar guild and flower ministries of the church will gather together on Saturday, June 17, at 10:00 a.m. in the parish hall. Anyone who is interested and/or curious about these ministries is encouraged to come out to see what it is all about.
Ladies of All Saints Meeting
Immediately following the Altar Guild brunch, the Ladies of the church will hold their quarterly meeting at 11:00 a.m.
The vestry will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall.
On a Personal Note
One of the priests of our diocese, Fr. Kevin Sweeney, had minor surgery Thursday a week ago. As he was heading home, his lungs began filling up with blood. He was rushed back to the hospital and was placed in ICU on a respirator. We feared we might lose him last weekend but he has rallied a bit. The doctors do not know what is causing this. He is still on a respirator and the medical staff is attempting to wean him from that. Fr. Kevin is a part-time pastor of St. James Church, Gloucester, Virginia. He also works two other jobs to help make ends meet for his family. Needless to say, this situation will devastate the family financially. A YouCaring funding page has been setup for Fr. Kevin and his family. Would you consider giving a gift to help one of our own? I thank you for the consideration. You can link to the YouCaring page by clicking here.
Finally, never forget there are many others in need and we can help by bringing in non-perishable foodstuffs. Western Carolina Rescue Mission is this month’s recipient.
This Week in the Parish
Sunday, June 11
· 8:30 a.m., Holy Communion
· 9:45 a.m., Sunday School
· 11:00 a.m., Holy Communion
· 12:15 p.m., Fellowship Lunch
Monay, June 12
St. Barnabas Day
· 12:00 p.m., Holy Communion
· 6:30 p.m., Vestry Meeting
Tuesday, June 13
· 11:00 a.m., Book Study
Wednesday, June 14
· 6:00 p.m., Holy Communion
· 6:30 p.m., Fellowship Dinner
· 7:00 p.m., Bible Study
Tuesday Book Study
· Our Tuesday Book Study is studying novel Heaven Breaks In by Nicholas Cappas.
Youth Confirmation Class
· This Sunday is the last class for our children this spring. We will resume class on Sunday, September 10, at 12:30 p.m.
Altar Guild Brunch
· On Saturday, June 17, All Saints Altar Guild is hosting a social brunch here at the church for guild members and anyone interested in learning more about this ministry, which includes our flower ministry. We will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the parish hall. Please join us! See Meredith Kuehn or Alice Owen for more information.
Ladies of All Saints Meeting
· Ladies, immediately following the Altar Guild Social on June 17, we will have our quarterly LASSES meeting in the parish hall at 11:00 a.m. As a reminder, all women of All Saints are considered part of our ladies group and encouraged to attend.
Calling All Canners
· As you are preserving and canning this spring, set aside 2-5 jars of your homemade favorites to sell at All Saints Annual Craft Market on October 7, 2017. The ladies are excited to expand their Craft Market bake sale to include parishioner’s own canned items.
Prayer List Reminder
· All of our prayer lists are purged at the end of every month. If someone you know needs continued prayers, please enter their name again on the Prayer Request Sheet on the bulletin board in the parish hall.
Altar Flowers & Sanctuary Lamp
· Please sign up for Flowers and Sanctuary lamp dedications. There are plenty Sundays left for your dedications. Remember, two dedications may be made each Sunday. The suggested donation for flowers is $50. Sanctuary Lamp dedication is $10.