Summer is now winding to a close and we are all set to launch into all of our fall activities here at All Saints. It is time to catch up and get all of our calendars “synced up.”
Men’s Night at the Ballgame
The men of the parish had an absolutely fabulous time at our annual excursion to watch the Asheville Tourists play back on August 5. What was great about that evening is we had our brothers from three other area churches with us that night: St. George, Simpsonville; St. Mathew’s, Weaverville, St. Peter’s, Kingsport. All totaled, we had 45 guys show up for the night. There are lots of pictures of the outing on our parish Facebook Page, as well as on our national church’s website. We look forward to our brothers joining us every year from now on.
Meetings, Meetings, Meetings Tomorrow
There are three important meetings scheduled for tomorrow morning, August 17. They have all been scheduled to make it convenient for all of you to attend, since many of you are involved in more than one group.
9:30 a.m., Altar Guild Meeting
10:30 a.m., Ladies of All Saints Meeting
11:15 a.m., Craft Market Meeting
My wife Kathy will be providing brunch for all of you who turn out. She will begin serving at 10:15 a.m.
The Annual Deanery Picnic will be held next Saturday, August 24 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Mills River Park, located at 124 Town Center Dr., Mills River, NC. Please sign-up on the bulletin board to bring a picnic side dish and to let us know you are coming. Hamburgers and hotdogs are provided.
Classical Scholars begins their new school year with an open house on Sunday evening, August 25. Eliza Hardin has taken over from Lisa Dillon and I look forward to working with her. As you know, Classical Scholars is a middle school adjunct program for the homeschoolers in our area and over a one hundred kids participate. Dss. Cynthia and I are very happy to have the “noise and confusion” back in the building! In fact, Shakespeare auditions were happening yesterday, bringing the life of the young people back into our daily lives.
Lisa Dillon is not going away. She will be heading up a similar program for high school aged youth called Great Expectations. Last I heard, she has forty-five students enrolled. Great Expectation’s school year begins with their open house this coming Sunday, August 18.
I am excited about this expansion of education here at the church and having the opportunity to be involved with Lisa, Eliza, the students, and their parents as we live out the biblical principle to “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).
Safety & Security
The safety and security of all of us at All Saints has been an ongoing discussion the vestry has been having. One of things we have come to realize is that we are no longer a “little, country church” and we need to be serious about how we keep ourselves safe. The vestry approved a new key control policy, focusing on who needs particular access to our buildings outside of normal operating hours. As a consequence of this, our complex has been re-keyed. Since our buildings are open nearly every day, except Friday, most of us will be able to enter without the need for a key. This may require a little planning on the part of some who do occasional work here or a quick phone call to the church to see if someone is here. Remember, the office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and the schools operate from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., also Monday through Thursday. If you find a need to come into the church outside those times, please feel free to call me, Deaconess Cynthia, or our Wardens, Tom Clyde or Sally Blackburn.
Another safety concern is securing our buildings when someone is alone or when children are on the property. The vestry has approved the installation of a camera and intercom system for the main doors of the church, along with a remote locking device for those doors. We are in process of receiving bids to do that work. We will let you know when this system is installed.
Last year, when St. Timothy’s Church in Swannanoa closed, the leaders there distributed the assets among our area churches for particular needs. All Saints received a significant portion of those assets, with the request that we consider building a picnic shelter on our property. The vestry, at its monthly meeting this past Monday, voted to move ahead with the construction of such a shelter, which we are lovingly referring to as “St. Timothy’s Porch.” The shelter will be situated on the north side of the parish hall and will be approximately 25 ft. wide and 50 ft. long. We have already begun receiving bids on this project.
Annual School Supply Drive
Please bring your items for our school supply drive by this coming Sunday, August 18. Please help us in the gathering of supplies for children and their families who cannot afford these basic necessities for the upcoming school year. Boxes are available into which to drop your donations. A purchasing guide is available at the bottom of this post.
Parish Education Programs
Get ready to immerse yourself back in the education life of our parish.
Adult Sunday School returns on September 8 as we begin an in-depth look at The Articles of Religion. These Articles, commonly known as the “39 Articles,” are one of the formularies our Anglican Way of Christianity and in many ways offer us the boundaries within which we practice our faith.
Wednesday night Bible Study returns on September 11 and we will return to the Gospel according to St. Matthew. We care about halfway done with that book.
Tuesday Book Study will begin again on September 17. Our book this fall is Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “Life Together,” which is a discussion of Christian fellowship.
Check out the rest of your announcements below so that you do not miss a thing here at All Saints. And as always, pray for one another and also for this place, that comfortable Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ might always shine forth from here.
This Week in the Parish
Saturday, August 17
· 9:30 a.m., Altar Guild Meeting
· 10:30 a.m., Ladies of All Saints Meeting
· 11:15 a.m., Craft Market Meeting
Sunday, August 18, Ninth Sunday after Trinity
· 8:30 a.m., Holy Communion
· 9:45 a.m., Youth Sunday School Class
· 11:00 a.m., Holy Communion
· 6:30 p.m., Great Expectations Open House
Monday, August 19
· 8:00 a.m., Great Expectations Classes Begin
· 12:00 p.m., Holy Communion
Wednesday, August 21
· 9:00 a.m., Classical Scholars Teacher Workday
· 6:00 p.m., Holy Communion
· 7:00 p.m., Choir Practice
Thursday, August 22
· 9:00 a.m., Classical Scholars Teacher Workday
· 12:30p.m., Shakespeare Class Begins
Friday, August 23
· 9:00 a.m., Classical Scholars Student Council Retreat
Saturday, August 24, St. Bartholomew, Apostle
· 12:00 p.m., Holy Communion
· 12:00 p.m., Deanery Picnic @ Mills River Town Complex
All Saints T-shirts and Sweatshirts
· We are once again taking pre-paid orders for All Saints T-shirts and sweatshirts. After many requests, we have also made available hoodies and crewneck sweatshirts. Please see Dss. Cynthia for pricing and ordering. Orders will be taken over the next few weeks and placed on Tuesday, September 3. Get your order in this weekend!
Dealing With Sin In Others
· Dss. Cynthia is leading a discussion aimed at equipping Christians on dealing with sin in family, friends, and others. Interested youth and adults will meet in the parish hall at 9:45 a.m., during the Sunday school hour. This class will conclude before adult Sunday school reconvenes on September 8.
Choir Members Needed
· If you’ve been thinking about joining the choir, now would be the perfect time. No audition necessary, just some music-reading ability. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., and Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Speak to Brian or one of the members. We’d love to have you to join us in glorifying God with our voices!
Craft Market 2019
· It’s time once again to start preparing for our Annual Craft Market. The date for this year’s event is Saturday, October 19. If you are a crafter, artist, knitter, etc. we need you! Please see Kathy Zwingert and become a part of this year’s event. If you would like to buy a table to sell your goods, see Barbara Conner or Cynthia Hensley for a registration form.
Tuesday Book Study Returns!
· Beginning Tuesday, September 17, Fr. Erich will be leading a discussion on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s "Life Together." The books are available at a cost of $10.00. Please get your copy and come out and join us Tuesday mornings!
St. Bartholomew, Apostle
· Holy Communion next Saturday, August 24 at 12:00 p.m., prior to the Deanery Picnic.
· Our Sunday fellowship lunches will be starting up again on Sunday, September 8. For our first Sunday back, we will be having a potluck meal. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. Please let us know what you will be bringing. The meat will be provided by the church.Wednesday Night Bible Study
· Our Wednesday night Bible study will return to its regular schedule on Wednesday, September 11. Until then, we continue to celebrate Holy Communion each Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
Adult Sunday School
· Our adult Sunday school will return on Sunday, September 8 at 9:45 a.m. in the parish hall.
· Bread of Life in Transylvania County is this month’s recipient of our in-gathering of food stuffs.
School Supply Guide
These are the “You Can’t Buy Enough” items
· 24-pack crayons (Crayola recommended)
· glue sticks
· package of colored pencils
· marbled composition notebooks
· spiral bound notebooks
· packs of notebook paper
· pack of large pink erasers
· pack of pencil top erasers
· pack of #2 pencils
· pocket folders
Other items needed
· pair of scissors (Fiskars recommended)
· pack of square sticky notes
· 1 inch View Binders (can slide paper in cover and spine)
· Binder dividers
· three-hole punched zippered pencil case
· standard pencil box (latched)
· small pencil sharpener (with cover to catch shavings)
· red pens
· hand sanitizer