I am going to keep this week’s newsletter brief just to keep you updated on what is happening this week here at All Saints Church.
Deanery Picnic Tomorrow
The Deanery Picnic is tomorrow, Saturday, August 24. It runs from 12 Noon until 3 PM at the picnic shelter at the Mills River Town Center complex off NC 191. There are about 50 of us attending so it is incumbent upon us to bring side dishes to share
with all our brothers and sisters from our area churches. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided. Our old friend Deacon Thad Osborne from Knoxville is the man that coordinates this event every year. See you tomorrow!
In honor of and in loving memory of Edwin Blackburn, we are updating the “useability” of our kitchen. Edwin absolutely enjoyed the way we always gather together for food and fellowship. With that in mind, Glen and Sally Blackburn brought a proposal to the vestry, which the vestry approved. The interior kitchen window to the parish hall will be opened up to a 10 ft by 5 ft opening, with a new serving counter extending into the parish hall side of that window. Storage cabinets will be installed under that counter. Also, a shutter will be installed over the opening so that it may be closed when kitchen work is happening while a class or other event is happening in the parish hall. A butler’s door will also be installed where the present entrance to the kitchen is located. The work will start this week.
I have been in touch with our bell maker, Rick Watson. Unfortunately, the arthritis in his back has “bedeviled” him terribly over the past few months. This doesn’t allow him to stand for long periods of time as he turns the bells for tuning, so that put him behind on the job that was in line before us. He says he is seeing the “light at the end of the tunnel” on that job and then will get our final two bells tuned. He was able to tune one of our bells before his health problems surfaced. All the equipment necessary to operate our bells has been manufactured, so only the tuning remains. I know it is frustrating to have to wait but think how glorious it will be when they finally are in place! Please keep Rick in your prayers as that is the best thing we can do for now.
Great Expectations, our new high school program, began this week. It is awesome to have the young people back in the building! Classical Scholars, the middle school program, kicks of its new year with an open house on Sunday evening, August 25, at 6:00 p.m. Their classes start this coming Tuesday morning, August 27.
Get Ready for Fall Education
As a reminder, all of our usual classes are set to kick off in the next couple of weeks, so mark your calendars now.
- Adult Sunday School returns on September 8 as we begin an in-depth look at The Articles of Religion. These Articles, commonly known as the “39 Articles,” are one of the formularies our Anglican Way of Christianity and in many ways offer us the boundaries within which we practice our faith.
- Youth Sunday School will return to its regular schedule on Sunday, September 1 at 9:45 a.m., in the large classroom of Simcox Hall. Beginning on Sept. 8, we will start off our year with a four week discussion on the topic of popularity and being a Christian.
- Wednesday night Bible Study returns on September 11 and we will return to the Gospel according to St. Matthew. We are about halfway done with that book.
- Tuesday Book Study will begin again on September 17. Our book this fall is Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “Life Together,” which is a discussion of Christian fellowship.
The rest of this week’s announcements are below. I look forward to seeing all of you tomorrow and on Sunday in church. Remember, keep on praying!