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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Children’s Ministry Director Opening at All Saints Church

Children’s Ministry Director

Employer: All Saints Church, Durham, NC 

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Children’s Ministry Director will work under the supervision of the Rector and in partnership with pastoral staff and parents to disciple the children of All Saints Church (birth through 5th grade) to know, love, and worship Almighty God.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Develop and implement a compelling and comprehensive vision and strategy for ministry to children (birth through fifth grade) at All Saints Church. This vision should enhance the overall vision of the church. This will include communicating the vision, curriculum development and planning, and organizing special events.

Lead the Children’s Ministry Team. Recruiting, training, and pastoring this team of leaders and volunteers who will be responsible: to disciple our children, organize special events, and partner together with parents and clergy to accomplish the vision and strategy of All Saints Church among our children. Organize appreciation events for Children’s Ministry volunteers and staff.

Plan and organize Sunday morning programming and services. Oversee and administrate the nursery, preschool, and elementary school Sunday offerings on Sunday Mornings. Currently these include: Nursery care and children’s church at both services and nursery and faith formation classes for children (birth to fifth grade) during the Sunday School hour. This will include regularly leading and teaching.

Hire, train, and supervise paid childcare workers for Sundays and other events.

Minister to parents and families. Creatively equip parents to disciple their children and connect parents and families in this essential responsibly.  It is expected that the director plan quarterly gatherings, teaching sessions, and/or events for parents and families to create community and equip and aid parents to disciple their children. The Director will lead the First Communion process for children in partnership with the rector and/or other clergy.

Pursue relationships with parents and their kids outside of Sunday mornings: play dates, coffee dates, etc.  The goal of these relationships is two-fold: to build trust and to discern needs.  This will come primarily through watching and listening.  Out of these relationships new insights and ventures for family ministry and children’s ministry will naturally arise.

Coordinate childcare and programs for special events and services: Weeknight Lenten Soup Suppers, New Comers Luncheons, Holy Week and Advent services.

Administer Children’s Ministry. This includes but is not limited to: seeing that rooms are set-up and in order in the appropriate manner and timeframe; seeing that the caregivers are scheduled and present in the appropriate venue at the appropriate time; coordinating background checks on caregivers and volunteers; maintaining accurate attendance and safety data; and ordering supplies, making copies, organizing children’s spaces as needed, and keeping records of financial spending.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Possess a vibrant faith in Jesus evidenced by a life of worship, obedience, and Spiritual growth.
  • Continue to learn and grow as a disciple and minister of the gospel.
  • Demonstrate a visible sense of calling to serve and disciple children and parents.
  • Pray for the children of All Saints Church and their families.
  • Have experience with and awareness of children and their development process (emotionally, spiritually, relationally).
  • Agree with and the vision of All Saints Church.
  • Maintain a personal and professional lifestyle of high Christian character.
  • Demonstrate skill and execution of administrative and organizational tasks.
  • Be effective at building teams, leading teams and serving on teams.
  • Be willing to train, lead, and enter into conflict lovingly and truthfully with others.
  • Regularly attend worship at All Saints and actively participate in the overall life of the church.
  • Attend and contribute to weekly staff meetings on Wednesdays from 9:00-11:00
  • Affirm the Jerusalem Declaration (http://gafcon.org/images/uploads/jerusalemdeclaration.pdf)
  • Pass criminal background check.
  • Possess the necessary computer skills to use email, create documents, and maintain spread sheets, ect.
  • Possess a High school and undergraduate degree.

DETAILS

  • Part-time: 25 hours a week
  • Reports to: Rector
  • Supported by: Children’s Ministry Team made up of a leadership team and dozens of volunteers
  • Scope of Ministry: Children birth through fifth grade and their parents
  • Start Date: As soon as possible
  • Closes: When position is filled
  • Compensation: Will be determined by education and experience ($13-$18 an hour)
  • To apply: Send resume and cover letter to Rev Thomas Kortus (thomas@allsaints-chd-org)

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REACH Work Camp 2014

14OTN2_0585If I have learned anything from my four years of youth ministry, it is that teenagers tend to be the most underestimated members of most communities. And at the end of June, our teenagers at All Saints Church proved that to me once again.

Ten youth, our brave adult volunteer, Amy Hopson, and I all drove to Oliver Springs, TN, just northwest of Knoxville, to join up with over two hundred other campers at a REACH Work Camp. These amazing youth spent six nights and five full days doing renovation and construction work on nearby homes in the community. They spent their evenings at a local High School, at their meals there, and worshiped there alongside other youth from all over the country, including Alabama, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

They were each placed on teams, split up among the other campers so that only a few people from each church would ever be on one team. They painted, swept, calked, demolished, rebuilt, framed, and roofed houses badly in need of 14OTN2_0415repair and attention.

Many of the people whom they served were disabled, elderly, or lacked the means to care for their home. Our youth turned dark and abandoned places into warm and light-filled places. These “Neighbors,” whom they served were blessed by this outpouring of care and hard work, but they also blessed in return either through gifts, or prayers, or feeding us some local TN BBQ at the end of our last day.

Our teenagers made connections with other students from all over the country, and the time they invested into this community is something they will never forget. Thank you to everyone who prayed for this camp, who prayed for our youth, who gave sacrificially to make this trip possible, to parents who both allowed and supported this chance for their children to do missional work, and to the youth themselves for giving away a week of their summer instead of spending it by the pool or in front of television screens.

14OTN2_0426Our church is blessed with amazing students. I pray God continues to walk with them and guide them for all their years to come. They have already been a profound blessing to me and my family.

I know they are and will continue to be an invaluable gift to this church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Church Survey Now Available

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The Rector Search Committee invites all members and regular attenders of All Saints, including children ages 8+, to complete the All Saints parish survey.  This survey gives you the opportunity to share your thoughts on who we are as a congregation and what qualities you would like to see in our new rector.

If you did not receive an email with a link to this survey, please contact the committee at  allsaints.searchteam@gmail.com.  Printed copies of the survey are also available by mail.  The survey closes on Sunday, August 3, so don’t delay—fill yours out today!

Please continue to pray for All Saints Church, for the vestry, and for the Search Committee.

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