From the Rector
Dear All Saints Family,
I receive a weekly email newsletter from the American Anglican Council of which The Rev. Canon Phil Ashey is the President. A recent article got my attention; not because the results were unknown to me but because the statistics loudly communicate the concern and need. Please don’t let any information in the article cause discouragement, but instead let it drive us forward to action.
I am so proud of All Saints Church. We have grown together in many ways and have made progress from survival and maintenance toward mission. There is work still to do, but we can rejoice in every step that is made. I still cry out for God to raise up new workers for the harvest, because the harvest is ripe and ready. The world is on our doorstep. As you read this article, let it move you to prayer, and to support and encourage our church leadership, as we continue to raise up and train leaders and make disciples who will make disciples.
This is just one missional opportunity: roughly 3,000 international students attend California State University, Long Beach. I prayed upon my arrival to All Saints in 2012 until 2016 that God would open an opportunity for All Saints to reach CSULB students, and particularly international students. I met Arthur in the fall of 2016 who already has a ministry on campus who is gladly welcoming and encouraging help. There are many missional opportunities, but I do hope God will raise up someone, or several people at All Saints to facilitate our involvement in this ministry. When we reach one international student, when they return home, we have the potential to reach a nation.
The article is below. If you have any questions, please contact me.
On mission, and loving it!
WE NEED TO TRAIN-UP LEADERS – NOW
Written by The Rev. Canon Phil Ashey
The Anglican Church Must Train-up New Leaders and equip every member to share Christ – NOW!
Last week we published the first part of a survey that we took of clergy and laity in the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). You can see the results that we published
from the 250 clergy who responded (we will publish the results of the 700+ laity who responded in the weeks to come). I’ve had some time to reflect on these answers from fellow clergy, and would like to offer some suggestions in response to what we have learned: Read more here.
The Rev. Canon Phil Ashey is President & CEO of the American Anglican Council.
All Saints Sunday Funday
after the 10:00 am service until 3:00 pm
at All Saints
All are invited to attend this church wide Barbecue/Potluck. We are gathering as the family of All Saints to enjoy an afternoon of fellowship, food, water games, and bounce houses. Please come, be a part of this event and bring a dessert or side dish to share. Grilled burgers and hot dogs will be provided.
Sign up at the kiosk, or email Dawn at email@example.com:
1) to attend and to let us know what you are bringing.
2) to assist with set up and/ or clean up.
Contact John Calley with any questions.
Music Ministry – Fall Rehearsals Begin
Thursdays at 7:30 pm (beginning September 14)
Sundays at 9:00 am
Thursday night choir rehearsals begin again on September 14th at 7:30pm. Ephesians 5:18-19 instructs us to “be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.” Worshipping communally to the glory of God strengthens us individually, as we remind each other of the Gospel and through music meditate on its truth. Join the choir as we worship in practice each Thursday night and Sunday morning before the 10am Mass. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in becoming a part of our music ministry.
Worship Services at Alamitos Belmont Rehabilitation Hospital
Sunday, September 3, 17, 24
3901 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90814
in the Dining Hall
All Saints parishioners are invited to attend these brief services, and encouraged to sit with residents, guide them through the liturgy, and be an extension of God’s love as we worship together.
All Saints 3rd Saturday Feed the Hungry Meal
Saturday, September 16
8:30 – 11:15 am Set Up/Cook
11:15 am – 1:00 pm Serve/Clean Up
Come take part in this opportunity to provide a meal for our guests, the poor in our community. To help, please email Dawn at email@example.com or sign up on the kiosk at church.
Support the Hurricane Relief Effort
Hurricane Harvey has already displaced thousands in south Texas and Louisiana, and the rains and flooding are expected to continue throughout the week to come. Archbishop Beach is calling the Church to pray, give, and prepare.
You can help by donating through the Anglican Relief and Development Fund here.
Read more about this effort and Bishop Clark Lowenfield and The Anglican Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast, based in Houston, here.
Pray for those Affected by the Hurricane
Save the Date for this Evening Event: Dinner & the Dedication of All Saints Church as Pro-Cathedral
Friday, October 27
5:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Worship Service
at All Saints
You are invited to dinner followed by a worship service for the setting apart of All Saints as Pro-Cathedral of the Diocese of Western Anglicans and Fr. Scott’s investiture as Dean. Come to worship our Lord and to celebrate and fellowship with other Anglicans in our diocese.
This time was chosen to coincide with the beginning of our 2017 DWA Synod (House of Delegates meeting), to allow more people in our diocese to attend. Please mark your calendar and plan to come! More details will be forthcoming.
Holy Days in September
Feast of the Holy Cross (tr)
Mass at 6:45 pm
Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist (tr)
Mass at 6:45 pm
Feast of St. Michael and All Angels (tr)
Evensong at 6:45 pm