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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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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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Oak Creek Village Summer Kids’ Club!

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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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Oak Creek Village Fire Relief Effort

This past Sunday’s Oak Creek Fire Relief Event was a tremendous beginning! I was overwhelmed by the way the church organized and came together in three short days to gather clothes, household items, furniture, food, and financial donations to help the households affected by the fire at Oak Creek Village.oak creek fire relief

Seven area churches came together to make Sunday a success. And we will need to continue working together if we are going to continue loving and following up with the displaced households. All Saints was joined by the efforts of The Gathering Church, Church of the Good Shepherd, Chapel Hill Bible Church, Cresset Baptist, Hope Valley Baptist, La Cosecha, and Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Over fifty volunteers from All Saints alone were on hand to receive, organize, and distribute donated items from noon to six this past Sunday. Our volunteers were amazing. Thank you for everyone who contributed so much time and energy!

The folks who were displaced by the fire came at  4 o’clock and took truckloads furniture and donated items back to their new apartments to begin putting their lives back together. However, they took back more than just physical possessions – they left knowing that they are loved and cared for by the body of Christ. It was deeply meaningful to interact with and the displaced families in the midst of their loss. In the last four days we have also collected over $20,000 in financial donations for displaced families!

thomas on TVThe evening news even showed up and did a little story on the event. CLICK HERE to check out the story! I have also placed a bunch of pictures at the bottom of this post.

The success of Sunday should not distract us from faithfully following up with the displaced families in the mid to long term.

Now it is time for phase two of our response! 

Phase two involves setting up relief partners with each household affected by the fire. These partners will covenant to walk with the displaced households for at least the next three weeks in order to pray with them personally in their homes, see what they still need, assess financial need, and help them to access available services.

All the residents have moved, but some in are greater need than others. We have many folks in the community who are making furniture available, but we need to know what each household still needs and we also need to work out the logistics to get the available furniture to them. These relief partners will take responsibility for one family and coordinate care and help! Many of the households are only Spanish speaking, but not all.

Would you be willing to be a relief partner? 

Would your small group take on this important role for the next three weeks? 

Do you know someone who would be good at this and who have the time to do this? 

The initial contact can be a phone call and I will email you all the contact information you need. 

This commitment needs quick response. 

If you can do this, we need to connect you with your household within the next day or so and you need to make contact by Thursday. Please forward this email on to any in your congregation that would be able to step into this important relationship.

These partners will help us determine how to distribute the money   we raised to the victims. It is also my prayer that these partners will have an opportunity to pray for and share their faith in Jesus with those they are walking with in the midst of this tragedy.

Please respond by emailing THOMAS KORTUS  (thomas@allsaints-chd.org). Also -please get in contact with anyone who you think would have the gifts and time to be a relief partner! 

Any ideas or input? Please let me know! 

thomas kortus

919.619.5007

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FIRE AT OAK CREEK

Oak Creek Village Fire Response! THIS SUNDAY: Gathering household items, clothing, non-perishable food, gifts cards, and money, and furniture from 12 PM – 4 pm

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Dear Church Family,

There was a major fire at Oak Creek Village on Wednesday night. This is the apartment complex a stones throw from All Saints Church on Garrett Rd and where we and many of you have served and invested much in over the years.

Sixteen apartments were affected; eight were completely destroyed and nothing is salvageable and eight have significant smoke damage. I met with the apartment manager this morning and most of the families affected did not have renters insurance and will have to completely start over. Praise God that no one was hurt or killed – only a dog perished on the fire. Thirty-seven adults and twenty children have been displaced as a result of the fire. Please pray for these families!

The families are being relocated to different apartments in the Oak Creek complex, but are in need of EVERYTHING.As a community we are reaching out to help the families who have been affected? Some of the families have been involved in our Eagles’ Nest after school program over the years.

Here is how we plan to respond:

1. Praying for those affected and pray for the Oak Creek Village community

2. Gathering cloths, furniture, household goods, car seats, kids gear, baby stuff, nonperishable food, anything needed to set up a new home!

3. Collecting money and gift cards to distribute to the 16 families significantly affected by the fire. Checks or gift cards. Please make checks out to All Saints Church (memo: OCV Fire Relief). Gift cards to Wal-Mart, Kroger, McDonalds, Bojangles, ect.

Time is important here. These families have nothing and need much in the coming days.

HOW YOU CAN HELP?

Please bring donated items, money, and gift cards to ALL SAINTS CHURCH THIS SUNDAY – Feb 24th from Noon am to 4 pm. We can also take donations today – Friday until 4pm.

Please plan on bringing nonperishable food, household items, clothing, baby and kid gear to church on Sunday.

We also need furniture! If you can bring it do so, but if not please

email me and we can arrange pick-up.

CAN YOU VOLUNTEER SOME TIME ON SUNADY FROM NOON-5PM TO HELP ORGANIZE, RECEIVE AND DISTRIBUTE THE DONATED ITEMS?

If you have any questions call me ASAP. Let me know if you have any

other ideas or input.

 

Thank you,

thomas kortus

919.619.5007

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