Category Archives: Fun



We are in need of some new pictures for our church website! Do you have a good camera? Could you take some high resolution pictures for us in the next few weeks? People pics are needed – posed and casual. People smiling, laughing, talking, posing, – would all be great! Particularly horizontal pics! Pics in our new worship space as well! Please email the high resolution pics to admin@ALLSAINTS-CHD.ORG and share them on our Facebook page!

The picture above is a particularly adorable example of what we need! Unfortunately for me and ASC the Taylor family and Glasses are moving to TX!


WEBSITE EXPERIENCE? Also do you have any experience working on websites? Mark Harbaugh is leading a revamp effort for  our website. Thank you!

BLOG? Are you interested in being a blog contributor? Email Thomas Kortus ( if you are interested!

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It all started with a cup of coffee…(VBS!)

Meet Caroline Efird, the director of Children’s Ministries at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Durham:


(She doesn’t usually look quite so—what’s the word? festive!—but I think you’ll agree that she makes those glasses look pretty good.)

It was over a cup of coffee this spring that Caroline and I somewhat accidentally hit upon the idea of All Saints jumping in and joining Good Shepherd for their Vacation Bible School this summer. And I couldn’t be more thankful for that “accidental” conversation!


This past week, about twenty children and four volunteers from All Saints joined 250 children and over 100 volunteers for a week of fun and learning about the life of David, what it means that he was a man after God’s own heart, and what it means for us to emulate that heart in our own lives. Through drama and puppets and games and crafts and even meticulously themed snacks, the children experienced stories from David’s life in new and exciting ways.

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Even the children who knew the story of David and Goliath inside out were freshly impressed by the giant (on stilts!) whose strobe-lit slaying at the hands of the boy David was made real in a new way for them through the impressive dramatic skills of the folks at CGS. Thanks to the creativity of ASC’s own Nicki Carpenter and with the assistance of four faithful youth volunteers, including Luke Jackson, sweaty games of tag and water balloons and ultimate frisbee took on new meaning with pool noodles as swords and shepherds and sheep as players.

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Marnie Densmore, another ASC volunteer, became a master slingshot maker over the course of the week, and in the meantime had conversations with and built relationships with lots of children and adults who made their way to her tent in the marketplace. Sarah McSwain and I both had the enviable role of leading groups through the whole week, comprising children from ASC, CGS, and other local churches. The questions we had the opportunity to answer, the prayers we got to pray with them, and the fun we had together with our groups are memories that will certainly stick with the children (and us!) for a very long time.

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Over the course of the week, the children memorized Bible verses daily. One verse that showed up on the list and also during our worship time several mornings is from 1 Samuel 16:7:

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(Here’s ASC’s own David Carpenter, bravely reciting a memory verse for the entire group of children and volunteers during our opening worship time! Go, David!)

What a beautiful promise to each of the children who participated in VBS this week, that what the Lord wants for them is a clean heart, longing most of all for what He wants, seeking most of all after the things of His kingdom; and what a sweet gift it was to me, as an adult walking through the week with these children, to be reminded by their simple but profound questions how the faith of a child can serve as a model for all of us. Ask, seek, knock: that’s what children do instinctively and without reservation, and in doing so, seek after the heart of God, sometimes without even knowing it.

Thank you, Caroline and your fantastic team of coordinators and volunteers, for inviting us to join you at VBS this year! What a gift it was to serve and pray and work and play alongside you–we already can’t wait until next year!

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{Here’s a fun one-minute summary of our time at VBS as told by one of the children’s favorite “volunteers”: a puppet!}

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{Beautiful professional photographs courtesy of Julie Yoo at Vibrance Photography: Cell phone photographs courtesy of parents and volunteers!}

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Oak Creek Village Summer Kids’ Club!



Our fourth annual OCV Summer Kids’ Club was a huge success! Here’s what a few of our faithful volunteers had to say about the experience:

“I loved being a part of Kids’ Club.  So many beautiful children came out to be with us each day!  They sang, they snacked, they listened to a Bible lesson, they made a craft, and they played games.  I helped with signing in the children each day, getting a name tag and a wristband on each one, and directing them to their correct groups.  What fun it was to greet them, even when I didn’t know their language!  I hope all the children who were a part of Kids’ Club left with a new awareness of God’s love and care for them.  I was blessed to be there.” –Teresa Waggoner

“My experience with Kids Club was great. I enjoy helping with kids, so this was a great opportunity. I think that it is great for the community because it gives Oak Creek Village a chance to learn about God. I wish that more people would have participated with this event. I am glad that I was able to help and would be glad to do it next year.” –Julie May (age 11–one of several youth group members who served faithfully all week!)

“The whole experience was very powerful and truly delightful. The way it was organized, having the children broken into the various age groups and eliminated big sister taking care of younger sibling it brought moms into the group. That exchange was new and real! The numbers this year were amazing.” –Peggy Morrell

Many thanks to all who helped make this great outreach event happen!

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A Tiny Break from the Fast to Revisit the Feast

Many, many thanks to Brad, the youth group, and all the volunteers who made our first annual Shrove Tuesday party such a fun celebration!  (And thanks to Michael Parsons and Emily Acton for the photos.)

(And now back to your regularly-scheduled Lent.)

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Operation Christmas Child!

On behalf of the 134 children who will receive what is likely their first Christmas gift ever thanks to your contributions, I want to express my gratitude for the participation of so many people–from packing boxes at home to baking for the box-packing party to helping in Children’s Church to putting together the OCC boxes to loading my van after the service Sunday, so many of you chipped in to help make this happen. Thank you!

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Mugs for Ministry!

Mugs for Ministry: Another way to drink coffee and do good, and just in time for Mother’s Day and graduation gifts (did you forget that’s today?

Purchase an 11 oz. reusable ceramic travel coffee mug in the narthex this Sunday and for the next few weeks! $10 each or two for $18; proceeds benefit the mission and ministries of All Saints Church.

Mugs are also available at the church office during the week.


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Men’s Breakfast – April 28 from 8:30-10 am

Men’s Breakfast at the All Saints Church Annex 

Saturday, April 28th from 8:30-10:00 am

Relationship Building in the FaceBook Age 

There was a recent article in the Atlantic Monthly that had this to say about relationships:

“…within this world of instant and absolute communication, unbounded by limits of time or space, we suffer from unprecedented alienation. We have never been more detached from one another, or lonelier. In a world consumed by ever more novel modes of socializing, we have less and less actual society. We live in an accelerating contradiction: the more connected we become, the lonelier we are. We were promised a global village; instead we inhabit the drab cul-de-sacs and endless freeways of a vast suburb of information.”

To read the full article: IS FACEBOOK MAKING US LONELY?  here is the link:

At our gathering we will explore themes surrounding men and friendship. We have invited speaker, Mark Landon ( Rector of St Patricks Anglican, Charlotte,NC ) to get the ball rolling and engage us in the topic before we open things up for discussion. Mark is a great guy with a lot of life experience as well as a great communicator!

Please mark your calendar and plan to come! We look forward to a great time together! If you have any questions direct them to Dhrubo Sircar: Please pass this invite on to others you know! 

Have a great weekend!

thomas kortus


1. Bagels and Coffee

2. Speaker

3. Speaker / Panel. Q&A.

4. Testimony.

5. Prayer.

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NAME THAT FACE – A fun game for us to play as a church!

We invite All Saints Church members and regulars to email old pictures of yourself, friends, spouse, or family for a fun game on our blog and Facebook page called “Name that Face.” Email pictures to Brian Maiers ( with a brief explanation of names, dates and where you were and what you were doing in the photo. We hope this will be a fun activity that produces laughter and greater fellowship in our church body. FYI – You might want to get your loved one’s permission before you share embarrassing photos of them. I HAVE LEARNED FROM EXPERIENCE… 🙂

Name that Face #1 – Who is it? Where? Why?

Post answers in the comment section.

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A Red-Letter Day

This past Sunday was a red-letter day in the history of our church family: our official move-in day at the All Saints Annex!

It was so much fun to see so many people at our two Open Houses after each service. After many, many hours spent preparing the space, those of us who have been patiently (and sometimes impatiently!) waiting for this day were thrilled to see the space finally put to use for some of the many things we’ve been imagining: fellowship for our church family, conversations and friendships, good food, children having fun–what a joy! We hope and trust that Sunday was just the tip of the iceberg, and we know God has plans for this space beyond what we can imagine.

There are already lots of exciting things happening in the Annex: Children’s Church classes, youth groups, Essentials class, and Newcomers’ Luncheons already call it home. Staff have moved into their offices, and we’re excitedly settling in; what a gift it is for our pastoral staff to have space for a private conversation!

If you missed the Open House, don’t worry; there are lots of ways to get in on the excitement as we’re still very much in the process of settling in.

  • Come visit us! Check to see which direction Thomas Kortus’s desk is facing this week (it’s anyone’s guess!) or what new projects grace the lower elementary students’ bulletin board. Check out the work still in progress on our kitchen (it’s going to be great!) or sit down for a cup of coffee with a staff member in a comfortable new chair. Check out Barbara Barnes’s artwork in the youth room or preschoolers’ artwork in the yellow classroom.
  • Volunteer your time and skills! One thing is for sure: we need your help to do the good work God has planned for his people in the Annex. Spend a Sunday assisting in a Children’s Church class or working with the youth on a special project. Help clean up or set up for fellowship events by joining the hospitality team. Help design, decorate, and put the finishing touches on our walls.
  • Donate! We still need furniture, youth equipment, and many other things to make the Annex feel like home. Contact any staff member if you have gifts you’d like to share.
  • Give! Moving into the Annex represents a significant financial stretch for our church family. Help us meet our financial obligation to make this new home possible.
  • Pray! Most importantly, please pray for the staff working in the Annex, for the ministries making their homes there, and for the people God will reach within these walls. Give thanks for the many volunteers who have worked so hard to get the Annex ready.

I know I speak for the whole staff when I say thank you for what so many of you have already done to help make this move possible. Thank you to our volunteers, thank you for your donations and gifts, thank you for coming out to celebrate our Open House. Welcome to the All Saints Annex! Please don’t be a stranger!

(Photographs courtesy of Sonya Ewing Photography–thanks, Sonya!)

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Christmas Eve Pictures

We had a great celebration of worship on Christmas Eve at All Saints! Here are some pictures from our 4:30 family service. We had three guests from the Nativity. The Innkeeper, a Shepherd and a Wise Man who shared their experience of the birth of Jesus. I am grateful to all who made our worship together such a joyful time of celebration and I pray that we would continue to live in light of the mystery of the incarnation.

Almighty God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin: Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit: through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.


A special thank you to Esther Ransom for taking these great pictures! 

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