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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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Congratulations, Hank and Zac!



Congratulations to Hank Tarlton and Zac Koons on their ordination to the diaconate last night!

For Hank and Zac, chosen deacons in your Church, we pray to you, O Lord, that they may faithfully fulfill the duties of this ministry, build up your Church, and glorify your name.

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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  ( 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


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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.


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.


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

other ideas or input.


Thank you,

thomas kortus



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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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All Saints Church Prayer Vigil – THIS WEEKEND

THIS WEEKNED from 8:30 a.m. on Saturday through 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, please join our church family in praying for the unity and mission of our church, our rector search process, the individual that the Spirit is leading to be our rector, and other needs of our church family. Sign up for one or more half-hour shifts. You can pray wherever you are, but the sanctuary will be open and available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 20 for those who wish to pray there. Please sign up at the information table or online here. Contact Liz Harbaugh with questions.

How should we pray?

We have put together a prayer guide to unite our hearts and minds in prayer for our Church. Please consider signing up with the above link or simply using this prayer guide to pray for our church this weekend.

 All Saints Church Prayer Vigil

October 20-21, 2012

Some Scriptures and Specific Prayer Requests to Consider


Please use the requests and scriptures below to guide your prayers, or pray as God leads. Above all, let’s unite our hearts together in humble, penitent, prayer, asking God to work His will, in His way, for His glory through All Saints Church in this season of transition and expectation.

Psalm 127:1 Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.

Luke 6:12-15 In these days [Jesus] went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot.

Romans 8:26   In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.

Pray that we would be rightly humbled and open before God.

2 Chronicles 7:14  If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Psalm 62:1-2  For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.

Psalm 46:10  Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Matthew 6:9-16 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.  But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

This, then, is how you should pray:
” ‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’ For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

1 John 5:14-15  This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

Pray that God’s name will lifted up and that he will be honored and glorified among us.

Philippians 2:10-11  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Isaiah 57:15  For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.

Psalm 115: 1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!

1 Peter 2:9  But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Timothy 1:17  Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever.  Amen.

Psalm 84

How lovely is your dwelling place,
O LORD Almighty!

My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.

Even the sparrow has found a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,
O LORD Almighty, my King and my God.

Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
they are ever praising you.

Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.

As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools.

They go from strength to strength,
till each appears before God in Zion.

Hear my prayer, O LORD God Almighty;
listen to me, O God of Jacob.

Look upon our shield, O God;
look with favor on your anointed one.

Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.

O LORD Almighty,
blessed is the man who trusts in you.

Revelation 21:1-4, 22-25  Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” …I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.

Revelation 4:11 You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.

Revelation 5:12 In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”

We pray for unity and love among the All Saints Church Family.

Prayers for those who suffer or are in any trouble:

Jan Burks in the loss of her mother; Robin Dawson’s stepmother; Carrie Waffa’s sister, Cammie; Andrew Stillwell’s father; Denise Stillwell: For these and all who suffer, Lord Christ, we seek your mercies. Hold back those things which threaten to overwhelm them and protect them from the grip of despair. Heal their bodies and deliver them from all oppression, for the afflicted shall see and be glad, and those who cast their eyes upon you shall behold their salvation.

We pray for Steve Breedlove as he will be consecrated to the office of bishop in less than two weeks.  Prayer that God would meet him, affirm him and equip him with the gifts and graces needed to lead and serve His church.

We pray for Bishop Terrell Glenn and Teresa while they are on vacation. We pray for rest and rejuvenation and the blessing of their 25 years of marriage.

We pray for our 242 group leaders  that they would have the gifts and passion to lead well, to shepherd the people in their groups and to deepen that the discipleship of all Saints Church.  We pray for new 242 group leaders and for new groups that are just starting that the Holy Spirit would knit them together relationally and draw them into deep relationships.

We pray for our after school program Eagles Nest.  Especially for the director Laura Yost-Grande as she leads this important ministry.

Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayers.

1 Peter 1:22-23  Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

Psalm 133  Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes!  It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.

Ephesians 4:1-5   I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,  eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Ephesians 4:11-16  And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,  until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,  so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.  Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

1 Peter 1:22-25  Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;  for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.”

1 Peter 4:8-11   Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.  Offer hospitality to one another, without grumbling.  Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.  If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God.  If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ….

Pray that, through the power and blessing of the Holy Spirit, we will remain faithful to our essential commitments as a Church and our mission to become and make disciples of Jesus.

Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

John 4:23-24 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

John 13:34-35  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

Matthew 28:18-20  And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Micah 6:8  He has showed you, O man, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Pray for the Ministry Staff.

Pray that the Ministry Staff will individually and collectively rest in God’s peace in the midst of ongoing responsibilities and uncertainty. 

Pray for continued outpouring of the Holy Spirit for the staff and clergy as they lead, make decisions, discern, equip and care for the church. 

Pray for the protection of our staff and clergy as well as their families. May they lead lives deeply rooted in Christ and may their homes be an image of your kingdom.  

1 Timothy 1:5  The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 5:1-2  Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Pray for the Search Team and the Vestry.

  • Pray that the Search Team and Vestry will be faithful to their responsibilities and obedient to God’s call. Pray that they will listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit as they engage with candidates at this stage in the rector search.
  • Pray for patience – that every decision made will be in tune with God’s timing.
  • Pray that they will have the mind of Christ
  • Pray for wisdom and that their minds will be renewed in Scripture
  • Pray for discipline and stamina
  • Pray for unity

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Zechariah 4:6  So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.”

Philippians 2:1-4  So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,  complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

James 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

Pray that God will prepare us as a congregation for whomever He brings and that we will all grow in faith and trust in an ever present, all sufficient, loving God.

  • That as our congregation prepares for inevitable change we can say and mean it, “For all that has been, thanks; For all that will be, Yes!”
  • That we will remain united now and during the time of transition

Hebrews 13:20-21 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.

Romans 12:1-9  Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Pray for the next Rector of All Saints.

  • Pray that God would increase his passion for preaching the Word of God – that he will preach the Word in season and out of season, reproving, rebuking and exhorting with complete patience
  • Pray that he will equip the saints to do the work of ministry, building up the body of Christ at All Saints into unity and maturity.
  • Pray that when he comes to All Saints he will not shrink from declaring anything that is profitable, nor from proclaiming the whole counsel of God to our congregation
  • Pray that he would make decisions through earnest pray, godly counsel, and Scripture.
  • Pray for his relationship with the Ministry Staff, Vestry, and Ministry Leaders.
  • Pray that he will be confident and enthusiastic in his calling to shepherd All Saints
  • Pray that God would give him a love for All Saints Church and the strength to leave his current position.
  • Pray that the next Rector will begin relationships at All Saints Church in a God-honoring way.
  • Pray that our next Rector and his family will be sustained the midst of their call and transition.
  • That the next Rector will know his call to ASC and that the certainty of his call will be fueled by the persuasive and enabling power of the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 4:1-2 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:  preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

Colossians 1:28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 5:1-4  So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed:  shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly;  not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.  And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.

Lord, we thank you for your guidance, for teaching us, for leading us, for providing for us.  We thank You for the opportunity to show others Your abiding light, Your infinite goodness, Your unlimited patience.  May all your creation rest easy this day and night, in the love and knowledge that peace and tranquility are Your blessings and they are all loved by You.  Uplift our hearts and fill us with love so we may shine out and draw others towards the way of truth and light.  In Jesus Name we pray.  Amen.

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Why ‘Welcoming The Stranger’?

Why ‘Welcoming the Stranger’?
We need everyone’s help promoting our “Welcoming the Stranger” event on 4/27 and so we wanted to give you a list of a few reasons why we think this event is so important and exciting for evangelical churches in the Triangle. In no particular order, here are a few reasons:

Why It’s Important:

  • only 9% of Protestants claim that their faith is the biggest influence in thinking about immigration.
  • the future of the church in N. America depends on immigrants:
    • immigrant churches are the fastest growing churches in the US
    • by 2050, White Americans will no longer be the majority of residents in the US
  • Through Christ, the Church does not respond out of fear but with love (1 John 4:18), which requires concrete relationships with others, not avoidance.
  • Our own salvation depends on “foreigners” (Gentiles) being welcomed into another people, Israel (Eph. 2:11-22), who were themselves “foreigners” in Egypt (Lev 19:33-34).

Why We’re Excited:

  • Over 12 churches and organizations have joined us as co-sponsors.
  • Matt Soerens is a knowledgeable, experienced, and disarming speaker on these matters.
  • A panel with local experts will be answering your questions (a Q&A time after Matt speaks).
  • We’ll highlight ways you can concretely love and serve your immigrant neighbors (volunteer opportunities).

How You Can Help:

  • Pray. Pray that people would come and that Christ will be present and glorified.
  • email your pastors and church leaders: invite them to the pastors breakfast and ask them to promote the event to the church.
  • volunteer (we’ll need help setting up and cleaning up the event; you can also volunteer with us to work with refugees and immigrants in the Triangle). Email to volunteer.

Thank you for all your help. Here’s a short video for World Relief’s “Mission on Our Doorstep” conference that happened in March:

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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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WORK PARTY at the new space THIS SATURDAY!

Work Party this Saturday Morning! January 14th @ 10 am 

You are invited to meet at 10 am this Saturday to continue painting and getting the newly leased space ready for Sunday mornings. Show up this Saturday in your work clothes at the new space to help!  There will be jobs for all skill levels. Call Greg Ohmstead with any questions 818-6625.
Thank you to all the people that came out on Sunday. We had a great work force and got a lot done! Come help this Saturday if you can!
grace and peace,

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