All Saints Messenger - May 25, 2017

posted Jun 1, 2017, 11:42 AM by Church Secretary   [ updated Jun 1, 2017, 11:43 AM ]
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Greetings in the Name of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ,

Today is the Feast of the Ascension. It is the day we remember when the risen Christ is taken into heaven after appearing to his followers for forty days. The Ascension marks the conclusion of Jesus' post resurrection appearances. It is the final elevation of his human nature to divine glory and the near presence of God. The Ascension is affirmed by the Nicene and Apostle's Creeds. The Ascension is listed as one of the seven Principal Feasts in The Episcopal Church along with Easter, Pentecost Sunday, Trinity Sunday, All Saints Day, Christmas Day and The Epiphany.

Most Episcopal Churches do not celebrate Ascension on Thursday so the celebration is moved or "slides" to the following Sunday. This "sliding" recalls for me our human forgetfulness to recognize all that is good, not only in our lives but also in our parishes. We just don't say thank you enough and recognize and affirm the wonderful "extras" that are needed to make All Saints work smoothly.

Two weeks ago I was in Atlanta with our Bishop attending a workshop put on by The College of Bishops about better utilization of our resources. One of the things they emphasized is that, as a church, we don't recognize and thank all those who give of their time, talent and treasure. We are to continuously thank people for their gifts to All Saints.

So I want to take this opportunity to thank the following: Our Vestry; our Altar Guild; our Deacons; our Parish Administrator; our Godly Play coordinator and teachers; our choir; our musicians; our children who serve and bring smiles; our Outreach coordinators; our Pastoral Care coordinators; our Towel Ministry team; our Acolytes, Servers, Readers and Chalicists; our Greeters & Ushers, our Building & Grounds people; our Breadmakers, our birthday card team; our Eucharistic Visitors; our Sound Technicians; our web presence technician; our Morningside ministers and musicians; our Salvation Army & Cornerstone cooks and serving teams; our Coffee Hour coordinator and hosts; our Treasurer; our SOCKS coordinator; our Parish nurses; our Crisis Assistance Ministry (CAM) Coordinator; our financial advisor and pledge coordinator; our collection counters; our Garden coordinator and weeders; our Backpack Ministry folks who pick up, pack and deliver; our Family Promise Coordinators; our handbell choir; our EfM facilitators; our childcare person; our Director of Music Ministries; our finance committee; our Bereavement Committee; our Shepherds; our Pacesetters; our Wedding Coordinator; our 1 st Sunday Breakfast Coordinator; our 3 rd Sunday Parish Lunch coordinator and cooks and clean up folks; our Last Friday Gathering coordinators; our Facebook page coordinator and whew...I'm sure I forgot someone and some ministry and if I did please tell me.  It's important that we recognize all the good work they do for God's Kingdom.

You can tell by this list that there are so many things happening here as well as the normal things that need to be done and we could not be successful without them and you. If you see something that you feel called to, ask one of us and we will put you in touch with the coordinator. Also, use the list as a reminder for your prayers. We are all in this together following Jesus' lead to love and serve the Lord in our little corner of God's Kingdom.

See ya Sunday!

Fr. Gary+