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Sunday Morning Kids Programming and New Church Staff!

I am so grateful to announce two new additions to our ASC staff team! Rev. Julie Cate Kelly is now our Ministry Coordinator. Julie will be working to organize and support our numerous lay ministry teams and preaching occasionally. She has a rich history of life and ministry experience. Dre (Andrea) Acosta is now our Director of Children’s Ministry! Dre has 10 years of children and youth ministry experience in the Church of England and is passionate and enthusiastic about connecting kids to Jesus! Please continue reading to find their bio’s and see pictures!

THIS SUNDAY! 

This Sunday we will worship at 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., and kick off our Spiritual Formation classes at 10:15 between the services!

Children’s Program Information (Starting this Sunday!) 

– We provide nursery care for infants and toddlers at both services.

– Children’s Church for preschoolers only during the 9 a.m. service.

– Children’s Church for preschool through fifth grade during the 11:15 a.m. service.

– Nursery and children’s Sunday school classes are also provided during Spiritual Formation hour. It is at this time when we will offer our traditional Children’s Sunday School

Adult Spiritual Formation Classes 10:15-11 a.m. 

Bible Study: 1 Peter Hopeful Witness in a Post-Christian Age
How do we bear witness to “the hope that we share” (1 peter 3:15) among neighbors whose assumptions, imagination, and frame of reference are largely ‘post-Christian’? This focal question will guide our 10-week study of 1 Peter as we seek to allow an ancient pastoral letter to shape our imaginations, affections, and practices as a church. Taught by Dr. Ross Wagner.

Welcoming The Stranger: Discovering God’s Heart for Immigrants
Immigration issues can be complicated, controversial and emotional. We often get so caught up in personal experience and political arguments that it is difficult to understand what the Bible teaches. Come investigate what the Bible has to say about the strangers in our midst. This six week class is taught by Paul Watkins.

 

New Staff Bios! 

Rev Julie Cate Kelly 

Ministry Coordinator 

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I was born in a small village in the midst of the Iranian revolution to missionary parents, and spent much of my early life exploring the rich culture and sweet-smelling spice bazaars of the Middle East.  I transitioned (quite awkwardly) from the bustling streets of Cairo, Egypt to the sleepy, Amish countryside of Pennsylvania when I was 10 years old, and lived there until I went to Wheaton College (IL) to study Interpersonal and Organizational Communications.

Desiring the excitement of a big city, I ventured to Washington, DC upon graduation, and spent three years working on Capitol Hill as the Scheduler for a U.S. Senator. (I like to pretend it was my very own West Wing experience.) Upon my boss’s retirement from the Senate, I changed fields (entirely!) and began working as the Community Coordinator for Kairos, a vibrant young adult community at The Falls Church (Anglican),  just outside of DC.  I planned retreats and community gatherings, coordinated our weekly worship service for 300-400 young adults, organized small groups, recruited, trained and managed volunteer ministry leaders, and even tried out my very first (embarrassing) sermons on them. It was during my time at TFC that I sensed God’s call to pursue further theological training for a lifetime of ministry. I studied for my M.Div at Duke Divinity School in Durham, and especially enjoyed my ministry placements in a male juvenile detention center, a small Episcopal parish, and as a chaplain on the neuro-oncology floor at Duke University Hospital.  I was ordained by the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) as a Vocational Deacon on All Saints Day of 2008.  I love the creative job opportunities and hands-on aspect of the diaconate, which allow me to minister to people both in and outside the walls of the church. I enjoy creating thoughtful spaces and fostering community where pastoral care and spiritual growth can occurr, where individuals–young and old alike–can embrace God’s goodness, mercy and profound love for them.  I was drawn to the Anglican church while in college, because it offers beautiful liturgical order to worship, rich symbolism, and holy mystery to my then rather narrow faith.

I met my husband Patrick at a presidential inaugural ball (how DC is that!?), and we married and moved to Durham, while I was in seminary. We began attending All Saints the day after we returned from our honeymoon in August of 2007. We developed wonderful, rich friendships in our various 242 groups, and loved having ASC as our church home. Our daughter, Cecilia, was born in October of 2009, and baptized at ASC just before her 1st birthday.  Quite unexpectedly, in 2010, we were both offered jobs in Charlotte, and although we grieved the loss of our All Saints community and our plans to stay in the area, we felt as though God was calling us elsewhere, even if for only a season. Patrick was a management consultant, working primarily with federal agencies to streamline their systems and help with their decision-making capabilities. I worked there as the Pastor of Family Ministries at St. Paul’s Anglican Church. A year later, Patrick received an amazing job offer at a consulting firm in DC, so we packed up (yet again!) and returned to the endless beltway traffic and steep cost of living that Washington offers. Five months into our time there, Patrick was diagnosed with brain cancer. He was treated at NIH, but despite all of their best efforts and our hopeful prayers, his neurological decline and pesky cancer cells would not let him live past the young age of 34. He died in January of 2012, leaving me as his widow and the single-mom to our precocious 2 year old little girl, who couldn’t fathom why her daddy would never return home, (or why her mommy was constantly sad!).  In June of 2012, Ceci and I moved back to Durham, because the thought of being a single-mom in DC seemed practically impossible. We have loved being back here, and have credited our community and worship at All Saints as a major part of our healing process. She’s almost 5 now, and promises to be taller than me in a very short amount of time. She loves being “craftable”, and making friends with any furry creature she meets! (According to her, she’s lucky to have 3 “siblings” — two very fat cats and a sweet, but overly-friendly dog.)

I am excited to be back in ministry in a more formal way, and feel hopeful for the future of All Saints. I love bringing order to chaos, and establishing systems and mechanisms that can enable our life together to occur more easily, while equipping lay leaders to serve our church and community in fruitful, productive ways.  I hope I can help All Saints journey through this season of growth and change, and help to make it a welcoming, accessible, and healthy place for new and old members alike.

When I’m not singing show tunes to my daughter at bedtime, or keeping my animal kingdom fed and loved, I love watching tennis, enjoying a glass of oaky red wine, traveling with Cecilia, reading historical novels, making Middle Eastern food, and creating my own jewelry.

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Dre (Andrea) Acosta 

Director of Children’s Ministry 

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I was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, and have loved working with children and youth since I was a pre-teen! An excellent youth group allowed for missions opportunities throughout high school, both locally and abroad in Australia and England. After graduating high school, I interned with a local missions organization, specializing in discipleship and international mission, before becoming staff and expanding my role. Just after my 20th birthday, I moved to the south west of England to pursue youth & children’s ministry training, while working for two local Anglican churches. Three fantastic years later, I moved on to Coventry, England, to become Youth & Children’s Minister of Holy Trinity Church. After developing healthy rhythms of ministry in the church and local community, it was time to return Stateside, with a four month stint in Nairobi, Kenya on the way. My immediate family had trickled down South from Buffalo over the years, so I came to Raleigh, where I met my awesome husband, Jorge.

Jorge is a Miami-raised Cuban-American. He graduated cum laude in the honors program at Florida International University with a B.A. degree in History and Asian Studies and a minor in Religious Studies. After teaching high school history and criminal justice for three years in Florida, Jorge was drawn to North Carolina to pursue graduate studies in Christian apologetics and focus on his deep love for computers, technology and all things digital. He currently works for a local branding agency as a digital engagement specialist. We were married on October 5th, 2013!

I have just begun my studies to complete a degree in Developmental and Child Psychology, with a view of developing quality care standards for vulnerable children, foster children, and those recently adopted. I’m currently serving as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the Wake County Court System, monitoring and advocating for foster children in their custody cases. I’m consistently studying Spanish in hopes my fluency will someday overtake Jorge’s!

Jorge and I both love animals and have one four legged, curly haired fur-child at home. We love to dance salsa, cook Cuban feasts, and are both voracious readers.

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Spiritual Formation Classes Begin September 7th

 

 

 

 

We have two Spiritual Formation classes beginning this Fall on Sunday, September 7th. Classes will be held on Sunday mornings from 10:15-11 a.m. at Five Oaks SDA Church. Please see the information below and plan to participate!

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If you have questions please contact the church office.

Spiritual Formation classes will also be held for children preschool through 5th grade.

Nursery will be provided during this time as well. 

 

 

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New Service Times and Spiritual Formation Classes

We will be worshipping together on Sunday mornings in one service at 10am for the next two weeks (August 24 and 31). On Sunday, September 7th we will begin offering two services of Holy Eucharist on Sunday mornings: 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Spiritual Formation classes will begin on September 7th as well. These classes will meet between the services from 10:15-11:00 a.m. Spiritual Formation classes for children will be offered at this time as well and nursery is provided.

This Fall we are pleased to offer two course for adults: A Bible Study on 1 Peter, and a class on God’s heart for immigrants in our midst. Please plan on participating in one of these offerings. Look below for more details.

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ASC WELCOMING THE STRANGER PROMO 2014

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Children’s Ministry Volunteers Needed!

“Jesus loves the little children…”

                                            and so do we at All Saints Church.  

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The Children’s Ministry is committed to nurturing all the children of our church in the Christian faith with the help of dedicated teachers and assistants. We can’t accomplish this important ministry without your help. Please prayerfully consider joining this team of volunteers by teaching or assisting the teachers and group leaders, or by volunteering in the nursery. 

Nursery volunteers and teacher assistants serve once a month and are absolutely necessary for our children’s Ministry! When we baptize children we declare as a church that we will support the parents and disciple the child in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We need about forty nursery assistants and 25 teacher assistants in order to love and serve and disciple our children well. Whether you have children or not please sign up today by emailing Dana Irons (danairons@hotmail.com) or Vivi Watkins (viviani.watkins@gmail.com)! 

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If you can’t help on a regular basis, please consider acting as a back-up substitute in case one of the volunteers is unable to serve.  

It is truly a blessing to serve our youngest members and a great way to get to know others in the congregation.  Contact Dana Irons (danairons@hotmail.com) or Vivi Watkins (viviani.watkins@gmail.com) if you would like more information or are willing to volunteer.  Thank you!

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All Saints Church Reads: Reflection by Paul Watkins

Last week we had our first (of many I pray) meetings of the All Saints Church Reads book club.

torranceThere were two meetings: one in the morning at 7 am at the Upper Room and one in the evening at 7 pm at my house. Over 15 people met and discussed the first two chapters of James Torrance’s book Worship, Community and the Triune God of Grace.

It is a short book that profoundly explores the depth and grace of the gospel of God! It is a book that leads me to worship and marvel at the grace of God!

The book club will meet again on July 24th (at 7am and 7pm) to discuss the last two chapters of the book. All are welcome!

Paul Watkins attended and wrote this poignant reflection:

“The worship and mission of the church are the gift of participating through the Holy Spirit in the incarnate Son’s communion with the Father and the Son’s mission from the Father to the world.” (p. 9)

This sentence embodies the main thesis of Torrance’s book: that we live Christianly by entering into participation with what is already happening within the life of the Trinity.

Acceptable worship is already ascending to God – from our great High Priest in the heavens who ever lifts up holy hands to His Father in praise and thanksgiving; when we worship rightly, we do so only by entering into and taking part in the Son’s worship already taking place.

Likewise, acceptable mission is already happening – climactically in the Father’s sending forth the Son into the world to call all men to Himself, but also in the Son’s sending forth of the Spirit He received from the Father into the world to carry on the same mission; when we do mission rightly, we only do so by entering into and taking part in the Son’s and Spirit’s mission already taking place.

Which is to say, living Christianly does not mean offering worship and mission of our own to God, but in participating in what the Father has already provided for Himself through His Son and Spirit. This is the meaning of “grace.” It is not so much that God gives grace for us, extra nos, and we respond in faith and service for God, extra Deum, as two actions by two different actors playing their parts in turns; rather, our faith and service are nothing other than the faith and service of the Son through the Spirit operative in us, which is one and the same thing as grace itself, as one action by two different actors playing their respective parts in simultaneous, intimate co-action.

So our work (of worship and mission) and God’s grace are not two different things, traded between us; they are one and the same thing, seen from two perspectives. This is why we can never imagine our service to God apart from His grace (Pelagianism), nor imagine His grace apart from our service (radical Protestantism).

So remember, when we worship it is the Son through the Spirit that is worshiping through us. And when we go forth in mission to the world, it is also the Son through the Spirit that is going forth in mission through us.

All that we do, if we do it Christianly, is nothing other than what God Himself is doing while using us as His vessels. It is “not I, but the grace of God which is with me.” Which is to say, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.” So let us be cooperators with the Spirit, and co-workers with the Son, joining them in their worship and mission as we are drawn ever more intimately into the life of the Triune God.

– Reflection by Paul Watkins

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Eagles’ Nest After School Tutoring Program

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COMING FALL 2014 

Thanks be to God! 

We are praying, planning, and recruiting toward starting Eagles’ Nest up again Fall of 2014! 

When we left our building on Garrett Road we left a neighborhood that God had called us to love and serve! We have been wrestling in prayer and conversation with how to continue being involved with people that we love and care about at Oak Creek Village for the past six months.  I have some great news! God has answered our prayers!

A few months ago Vintage Church moved into our former worship space and they heard about Eagles’ Nest. They are very interested in opening up their space for the program!

Therefore, we are partnering with Creekside Elementary School, the Gathering Church, and Vintage Church to start this ministry up again in the Fall of 2014. We need to recruit a minimum of twenty volunteers from all the churches involved in order to begin in the Fall.

Would you consider volunteering as a reading tutor? Tutors are needed Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:45-6 p.m.

Anna Sircar has graciously volunteered to lead the team from All Saints Church. She is a veteran Eagles’ Nest Tutor with a passion for the kids in the neighborhood!

Contact Anna Sircar (anna.sircar@gmail.com) to sign up or for more information.

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Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, c. 202

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Today is the Feast Day of Saint Irenaeus! 

There is some doubt as the year of Irenaeus’ birth, with estimates varying from the years 97 to 160. Most authorities settle on a year around 130. Born in Asia Minor, Irenaeus learned the Christian faith from Polycarp, the bishop of Smyrna, who was himself a disciple of the Apostle John. Irenaeus later studied at Rome and then became a presbyter in the church at Lyons, at the invitation of its first bishop, Pothinus. Lyons, then known as Lugdunum, was a flourishing trade center that soon became the most important of its kind in the West, and the principal see in Gaul. During a sudden persecution which caused the imprisonment of many of the members of the church in Lyons, Irenaeus was sent to Rome to mediate a dispute regarding Montanism, a sect of enthusiasts whose teachings Eleutherus, the bishop of Rome, seemed to embrace. On his return to Lyons around 178, Irenaeus was elected bishop, as Pothinus had been killed during the persecution.

True to his name (which means, “the peaceable one”), he acted as mediator again in a dispute in 190. Victor, the bishop of Rome, had excommunicated the Quartodecimans (the “Fourteenthers”) of Asia Minor, who celebrated Easter on the same day as the Jewish Passover, the fourteenth day of Nisan, instead of on the Sunday following the fourteenth day of Nisan, with all other Christians. Irenaeus urged patience and conciliation, and a result of his intervention, good relations were restored. Some centuries later the Quartodecimans conformed to the practice of the catholic Church of their own accord.

Irenaeus’ enduring significance rests on his writings as a theologian, in particular a large treatise entitled, The Refutation and Overthrow of Gnosis, Falsely So-Called, usually shorted to Against the Heresies. In it, Irenaeus describes the major Gnostic systems of thought, thoroughly, clearly, and often with biting sarcasm. This treatise is one of our chief sources of knowledge about second century Gnosticism. He also makes a case for teaching authority in Christianity that has deeply influenced subsequent thought, resting primarily on Scripture (of which the four Gospels are supreme) and emphasizing the interpretive authority in the continuity between the teaching of the apostles and the teaching of bishops and presbyters in the churches, generation after generation, in a visible and public succession (as opposed to the secret handing on of Gnostic doctrines from teacher to disciples). Against the Gnostics, who despised the material and exalted the spiritual, Irenaeus stressed the doctrines of the goodness of creation and of the resurrection of the body. A quote from Irenaus:

If Jesus did have a special secret teaching, to whom would He entrust it? Clearly, to His disciples, to the Twelve, who were with Him constantly, and to whom he spoke without reservation (Mark 4:34). And was the teaching of the Twelve different from that of Paul? Here the Gnostics, and others since, have tried to drive a wedge between Paul and the original Apostles, but Peter writes of Paul in the highest terms (2 Peter 3:15), as one whose teaching is authentic. Again, we find Paul saying to the elders of the church at Ephesus (Acts 20:27), that he has declared to them the whole counsel of God. Where, then, do we look for Christ’s authentic teaching? In the congregations that were founded by the apostles, who set trustworthy men in charge of them, and charged them to pass on the teaching unchanged to future generations through carefully chosen successors.

In his other major treatise, the Demonstration of Apostle Preaching (which was rediscovered only in 1904), he also sets out the case against Gnosticism. His principal points in this work are a clear reassertion of Christian monotheism, emphasizing the identity of the God of the Old Testament with the God of the New, and the unity of the Father and the Son in the work of revelation and redemption.

Irenaeus died at Lyons about the year 202 and was buried in the crypt of the church of Saint John (now Saint-Irenée). According to a late and uncertain tradition, he suffered martyrdom for the faith.

Taken from The Oxford Dictionary of Saintsand Lesser Feasts and Fasts (1980)

The Collect

Almighty God, you upheld your servant Irenaeus with strength to maintain the truth against every blast of vain doctrine: Keep us, we pray, steadfast in your true religion, that in constancy and peace we may walk in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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