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All Saints’ Episcopal Day School

Acolytes

The All Saints’ Acolyte program functions as a component of our youth ministry along with Sunday School and the EYC. Acolyting presents a visible and tangible way that the youth serve the parish as well as a way that they participate in stewardship ­ by offering their time and talent.

The acolyte program at All Saint’s is philosophically part of our youth ministry. Acolytes rotate among four acolyte roles and among our two Sunday services. Acolytes, thus, have an opportunity to serve as Crucifer/Altar Server, Gospel Server, Gospel Torch, and Epistle Torch, as well as participate in Rite I and Rite II services. With this approach, we seek to instill in the youth that all roles at the altar are important and that serving your parish when it needs you represents true service.

We do just-in-time on-the-job training. New acolytes review and rehearse their roles 20-30 minutes before their Sunday morning service, focusing on what to do and how to serve with the appropriate decorum and posture.

Acolyte Sponsors support the acolyte program (1) by ensuring teams are ready before services and (2) by assisting with acolyte training. Additionally sponsors facilitate rapport and communication with other groups who serve at the altar.Sponsors get on-the-job training also so no previous acolyting experience is necessary.

Fundraisers are held periodically to subsidize some costs of the trip to the National Acolyte Festival. We take advantage of our location by offering the church parking lot for the UT home football games asking for freewill donations.

We welcome all parishioners to become involved with the Acolyte ministry, especially youth of acolyting age (11+ years old) and their parents. We are ready to help you serve in this ministry.


CONTACT: Patricia Goubil-Gambrell 751-5723 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

St. Clare’s Guild

(The Prayer Shawl Ministry)
We are the guild of needleworkers who meet the third Saturday morning of the month in the Masterson Library. We knit, crochet, tat and sew to create prayer shawls, baptismal blankets, Confirmand crosses and prayer monkeys which are then presented at designated services for a special blessing. We welcome all who wish to participate in doing this work and will gladly help those who want to learn the fine art of needlework.

CONTACT: Carroll Patterson 454-4366 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Sunday School

Currently we have a short fellowship time in Kinsolving Parish Hall following the 9:00 a.m. service. At 10:20 a.m. we sound the gong and children are led to their classrooms by their teachers to begin Sunday School. Classes start at 10:30 a.m. and end at 11:20 a.m.

Children ages 3 through 2nd Grade explore the scriptures through the "Godly Play" curriculum.

Our 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade students all become crew members of our "3-4-5 Production Company". This involves the planning and producing a Bible Theme Park for younger classes to visit in the fall, two films about select Bible stories from the year's curriculum, and a Bible Time Machine in the spring which recaps the stories all classes have studied through the year. Everyone is invited to see the films and the Bible Time Machine play, which is followed by Ask A Priest, a popular event where the children have the opportunity to ask a priest any question they wish.

Micah 6 Food Pantry

What does the Lord require of you?

“to do justice, to love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.” – Micah 6:8


All Saints' joined the Micah 6 Coalition of University Area Churches in order to coordinate our services and resources more effectively for individuals and families in need. On July 20, 2004, Micah 6 was incorporated and approved as a 501(c)(3) in September. Becoming a nonprofit corporation allows Micah 6 to perform essential activities such as maintaining a bank account and accepting nontaxable donations. It is now also eligible to receive grant funding.

We have two representatives serving on the Micah 6 Council that meets monthly. The council has had two projects this year: The Food Pantry (an extension of Loaves & Fishes) and Winter Freeze Night (our rotation to help is on Friday nights that the temperature is below 34 degrees and wet, or below 32 degrees and dry). The Food Pantry, which is located at University Baptist Church, provides Loaves & Fishes clients with an additional source for a hot meal and opportunity to get food from the Food Pantry. The Food Pantry has expanded its hours to be open on both Thursday evening and Saturday morning. The Pantry is serving over 2000 people each month. Volunteers from All Saints' work at the Food Pantry weekly. Freeze Night provides shelter on very cold nights to homeless youths who participate in the Lifeworks program. Volunteers from All Saints' work on a rotational schedule for Freeze Night. We continue to need volunteers for both of these projects and we ask for your prayerful encouragement for the success of this mission. We receive many requests from the community and we would like to expand our projects to fill these needs.

CONTACT: Ana Salas-Poras 451-4442 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Micah 6 Board Representative from All Saints':
Brian Hopper 512-899-0750 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Micah 6 Austin Website: http://www.micah6austin.org/

Quin Choir

(2nd Grade through Adult) We invite our 2nd graders that are strong readers to join the Quin Choir to take advantage of the opportunity to sing and observe the liturgy up close. Rehearsals are held on Sunday at 8:00-8:50 a.m. Please contact David Eaton at 476-3589, ext 118 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Jr. Daughters of the King

The Order of the Junior Daughters of the King was formed in January 1896, based on the pattern of the senior Daughters of the King. St. Joan's Chapter of The Order of the Junior Daughters of the King is an order of baptized girls and young women ages 7-20 years, who take a vow of prayer and service, study, support of the Christian community, and for the extension of Christ’s Kingdom. The Junior Daughters at All Saints' meet one Saturday a month in the Library. Christian girls are invited to attend any of the Junior Daughters meetings as a guest. Please call or email to confirm date and time of the meeting.

Contact Co-Directresses:
Jane Shaughness 458-2952 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
LisaDiane Etheredge 289-6307 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Lee Read 252-8871 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Episcopal Youth   Community - EYC

EYC stands for Episcopal Youth Community. It is designed for those in the 6th through 12th Grades.

One way we like to think of our youth community is “a place for a young person to grow into themselves in Christian community.” Not all of our events are religious; some are just for fun; but all are in the company of others on the Christian path.

We believe that youth group can be one of the most important groups a young person belongs to. For six years we travel together through that sometimes very tough gauntlet called middle school and high school. We create a safe space to talk about our lives, consider spiritual matters, or live out our baptismal covenant. And we include as much just plain fun as we can. Looking backward, a graduating senior will remember trips, movies, mountaintop experiences, goofiness, supportive friends, involved adult friends, and all the tasks and adventures a youth group specializes in.

At All Saints, we have weekly gatherings on Sunday evenings. We do the occasional service project. We bless our pets on St. Francis' Day, we carol at Christmas, we learn what we need to learn to be confirmed in the faith, we have a mission trip, movie nights, game nights, times to sing, attend Camp Allen events, host the Mardi Gras party, have lock-ins and retreats, and more.

On the typical Sunday, J-EYC (for middle schoolers) will begin at 4 and go to 6. Usually they bring $5 for food and are always encouraged to bring friends. Regular EYC (for Senior High) begins at 5 and goes to 7. There is a time in the middle—5 to 6—where we all eat together and play some games until the J-EYC leave and Senior high have their own program.

At the first of each year, starting near back to school time, we have a The Quest, a four week program just for 6th graders to sort of prepare them to be a part of the youth group. They have an adventure and bond into their own little group.

The Youth Program at All Saints' includes many ministries. EYC is the evening group-type event. There is Sunday school on Sunday mornings between 10:25 and 11:25. This year we will launch the praiseworthy youth curriculum called Journey to Adulthood for our Sunday morning classes. Look them up here http://leaderresources.org/j2a to learn more about it.

And check us out on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/All-Saints-EYC/235183933178911


The All Saints' Acolyte program is the shining star for All Saints' youth and worship. Acolytes learn to serve with grace and precision at our worship services. They have fun fund-raising projects so that they are all able to attend the National Acolyte Festival every year. (See Acolytes)


Junior Daughters of the King is part of a national organization of prayer and service. They meet one Saturday a month. (See Jr. Daughters of the King)


For EYC Mission trips - Download Medical Release and Consent Form Here.

To check out Youth activities at Camp Allen go to:
http://www.campallen.org

To check out Youth activities in the Diocese of Texas go
to: www.epicenter.org/edot/Youth.asp?SnID=685113364

To check out the UN Millennium Development Goals:
www.un.org/millenniumgoals/

Austin Convocation Acolyte Festival

Austin Convocation Acolyte Festival (ACAF)
The Austin Convocation Acolyte Festival, hosted by All Saints' Episcopal Church, brings together acolytes from the parishes in the Austin Convocation for a day to celebrate the ministry of acolytes, to learn and enhance acolyting skills, to build community among Austin acolytes, and to have fun.

Who should attend the Festival?
Acolytes, Acolyte directors, parents of acolytes, anyone interested in the ministry of acolytes

When is the Festival?
The Festival is typically held on the last Saturday of February each year.

Where is the Festival?
The Festival is held at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Austin, Texas

What happens at the Festival?

· Festival Service: A special service to bless the ministry of acolytes featuring a procession of all participating acolytes with their banners, flags, and holy hardware.

· Workshops: Various topics: training for serving at the altar, work of the thurifer, Acolyte Jeopardy, BCP Scavenger Hunt, and Episcopal life at college. Workshops are geared to specific age groups.

· Acolyte Olympics: Games that draw on acolyting skills and agility.
Winning parish receives the ACAF Acolyte Olympic Lavabo Bowl to take home to their parish.

Questions: Send requests for information about the Festival to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Quin Choir

(2nd Grade through Adult) We invite our 2nd graders that are strong readers to join the Quin Choir to take advantage of the opportunity to sing and observe the liturgy up close. Rehearsals are held on Sunday at 8:00-8:50 a.m. Please contact David Eaton at 476-3589, ext 118 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Children’s Chapel

CHAPEL
Children’s Chapel is offered at both the 9:00 and 11:30 a.m. worship services. All children who wish to attend Children’s Chapel are asked to come to the Church with their parents, family members, or friends and find a seat. Children’s Activity Sheets are available at the back entrance for children as they wait. When the church bell is rung, 3 year olds through 2nd Graders join the cross procession as it makes its way down the center aisle. The children together with the All Saints’ Chapel Ministers proceed out of the church to the Chapel of the Holy Spirit which is located downstairs in the Gregg House. The children return to church during the passing of The Peace and are reunited with their families and friends. For more information concerning the Nursery or Children’s Chapel, please contact The Rev. Mike Adams 476-3589, ext. 104, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


CHILDREN AT COMMUNION
The tradition of the Episcopal Church is to welcome all who are baptized to receive communion – no matter what age! Parents should, of course, be responsible for determining how and when their child receives the bread and the wine that is offered. Children may receive the bread in their hands, eat the wafer, and then sip the wine from the chalice when it’s offered; or children may receive the bread in their hands and then dip the wafer (“intinction”) into the wine (taking care not to dip their fingers in the wine); or children may receive “in one kind” taking only the bread in their hands and then crossing their arms over their chest when the chalice passes indicating they are not receiving the wine; or children may cross their arms in front of their chests to receive a blessing. We invite all children to join us at the altar rail at communion time – even if not receiving the bread or wine. Children will be discussing in their Sunday Morning programs the symbols and the meaning of the Eucharistic Meal. Fr. Mike or Fr. Phil are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your child and communion.
Father Mike Adams 512-476-3589 ext 104, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or Father Phil Nazro 512-476-3589 ext 106, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Nursery

(Infants to 3 years old) While infants and toddlers are welcome in church, please know that we have a loving and safe Nursery in Gregg House available from 8:30 a.m – 1:00 p.m. every Sunday.

Art Guild

This is a group that was formed to promote Art appreciation by displaying artwork by parishioners on the All Saints' campus. In the past there has been a photography exhibit, a quilt exhibit, and an exhibit of the Stations of the Cross. The Church is currently displaying paintings, murals, art prints, a mosaic design, and photographs at various locations. If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, please contact Linda Jaques.

CONTACT: Linda Jaques 454-4277 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

St. Monica’s Guild

This group meets once a month on the third Saturday to work on quilts. As these quilts are completed they are blessed at the Altar during a Sunday service, and are then given to Dell Children's Hospital and Shiver's Cancer Center. If you are interested in this ministry, simply come to the next meeting, or contact Mary Wright for more information. No experience is required, just the desire to help.

CONTACT: Mary Wright 512-451-7662 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Kitchen Guild

The All Saints’ Kitchen Guild was established October 2010. Its mission is to facilitate cleanliness and safe food-handling by the many kitchen users. The Kitchen Guild strives to make the kitchen user-friendly while at the same time maintaining its guidelines.

The Kitchen Guild’s membership consists of at least one member of the Building and Grounds Committee and a representative from each user group. Currently, twenty All Saints’ groups are represented on the Guild including Facilities Director Mona Myers who represents the staff. To ensure parish-wide responsibility and oversight of our kitchen with built-in accountability, an Inspector General will provide for supervision along with four Kitchen Captains selected from the membership.

The supervisory positions are filled by the ad hoc Kitchen Committee:
Inspector General: Alan Stewart 512-797-1732 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Kitchen Captains: Mark Ball 512-450-1523 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Ruth Ann Lostracco 512-474-5228 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Mike McChesney 512-458-1862 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Patti Woolery-Price 512-476-7643 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Hospitality

HEAVENLY HOSTS

Heavenly Hosts (HH) is All Saints’ lay hospitality ministry with approximately 25 participating members who help with setup, food preparation, serving, and cleanup.

When you sign up to join our team, this is how it works:
1) When an event is coming up, the Heavenly Hosts’ chairs will email all Heavenly Hosts’ members.
2) Members respond back via email if they are available to participate and state what food item(s) they can prepare (e.g., fruit; quick breads; cookies; cheese & crackers) and/or how they can assist with the setup/serving/and cleanup.
3) The day of the reception, the food items are brought to the kitchen where the HH volunteers begin setting up.

Please know that each time a request goes out for a celebratory or funeral reception, you are not obligated to participate, but at the same time, we need members who are willing to help as much as they are able.
Come join the HEAVENLY HOSTS team!!!

Want to know more about us?
Contacts:
Ruth Ann Lostracco .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
or
Patti Woolery-Price .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Flower Ministry

Every week volunteers of the Flower Ministry create at least three arrangements and sometimes as many as five from the large Altar flower arrangements. They then deliver those new arrangements to our sick or homebound parishioners. This procedure is also done with the lilies after Easter and Poinsettias after Christmas. This ministry is an opportunity for parishioners to act as an important link between the Church and those unable to attend services. If you would like to volunteer to arrange and/or deliver flowers this year, please contact Judy Reinhart at 345-5936

Altar Guild

The All Saints’ Altar Guild continues our ministry of caring for the accoutrements of worship: from vessels to vestments to furnishings. Altar Guild members are trained for the procedures used in preparing for services in the church and chapel. Teams rotate on Sundays to serve for the week.

CONTACT: Donald Wertz 707-1929 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Daughters of the King

Founded in 1885, The Order of the Daughters of the King is an order of women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, churches in communion with it, or churches in the Historic Episcopate. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, each Daughter takes a lifetime vow to live by the Rule of the Order. Our Rule of Life requires and our vision of the Daughters of the King, is to know Jesus Christ, to make Him known to others and to become reflections of God’s love throughout the world. A Daughter pledges herself to a life of prayer, service and evangelism, and she is dedicated to the spreading of Christ’s Kingdom and the strengthening of the spiritual life of her parish.

The Order of the Daughters of the King meets in the Library on the second Wednesday of the month in the Masterson Library, (Gregg House), on the second Sunday of the month (12:45 – 2:00 p.m.) and the second Wednesday of the month (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) which includes the Eucharist. We invite all women of the parish to come as our guests. Please contact Jill Walker at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 512-382-9917 for further information or changes to our schedule.

(See also,The Order of the Junior Daughters of the King, Youth Ministries)

Greeters

A major part of the Newcomer & Visitor Ministry are the volunteers that make up the "Greeters". These volunteers greet those as they come to the 9:00 and 11:30 a.m. services as well as after each service on Sunday mornings. We are hopeful and intentional about making everyone welcome at All Saints’, and welcome ideas for doing that.

Please contact the Church Office if you are interested in being a part of this ministry at 512-476-3589

Usher Corps

The Usher Corps Ministry at All Saints’ is a group of dedicated men and women serving at the 9:00 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday services as well as special services. The group is broken up into 12 teams, each with a team captain. Six of the teams serve at 9:00 a.m. services and the other six serve at 11:30 a.m. services. Each Usher, therefore, serves once each six weeks. The duties of the Ushers include distributing Orders of Services and other literature for services, providing the clergy with the number attending each service, collecting and counting the offertory, controlling the flow of people during communion, and making sure the services run smoothly. For those who might be interested in serving in this important ministry, please contact Richard & Sandy Apperley 258-2503. We are always in need of new Ushers. It’s a great way to serve All Saints’ and to meet lots of new people!

CONTACT: Richard & Sandy Apperley 258-2503 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) , .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Choirs

The liturgical calendar keeps all choirs and instrumentalists busy through Holy Week, Easter, Lessons and Carols, and Christmas Eve. LisaDiane Etheredge leads the All Saints’ Handbell Choir. This is a group of committed musicians that adds much to our services during the year. Both the Quin Choir (9:00 a.m. service) and the Parish Choir (11:30 a.m. service) always welcome new members, and have a new repertoire throughout the year. The Concert Mass is performed early in the calendar year; with rehearsals beginning in the late fall. The Acoustic Mass at the 9:00 service give the great pool of musical ability in our parish to shine and add variety to the liturgy on occasional fifth Sundays.

God of glory, around whose eternal throne all the heavenly powers offer their ceaseless songs of praise: Grant that we may overhear these songs, and with our own lips interpret them to all in whose presence we play or sing; That your church may behold the beauty of God, and see with mortal eyes the land that is afar off, where all your promises are celebrated, and where all your love in every sight and sound is the theme of eternal rejoicing; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. — The Church Musician’s Prayer, written by Erik Routley (1917-1982)

Contact: David Eaton, Organist/Choirmaster
512-476-3589, ext 118 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Meals on Wheels

All Saints' parishioners and staff deliver approximately 5,600 meals annually. We have supported Meals-On-Wheels since 1984, by providing noontime food deliveries to Austin's homebound elderly who can no longer cook for themselves. We now have 44 volunteer delivery drivers, organized into teams of four or five members. Each team member is responsible for delivering 12 hot, nutritious meals one day per month. Our delivery driver also offers a friendly "hello" and checks on the person's welfare. Sometimes, our driver is the only human contact the person receives all day.

CONTACT: Bobby Wright 451-7662 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

El Buen Samaritano

Volunteers deliver our non-perishable food items and donations once a week to El Buen Samaritano. We are grateful to parishioners for their weekly contributions and ask for your continued support for the coming year. Our goal is to deliver a trunk load, not a sack load, of items each week.

www.elbuen.org

Habitat for Humanity

All Saints' teams with other Episcopal Churches in the Austin area annually to provide a building crew and a lunch crew for at least one "Episcopal Build Day". The parish also contributes funds each year to Habitat for Humanity, Austin. To learn more about this ministry contact Brian Hopper.

Brian Hopper at 512-899-0750 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

PASTORAL CARE

If you have a Pastoral Care emergency, or pastoral need please contact our clergy:

The Rev. Mike Adams
Rector
512-476-3589 ext 104
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The Rev. Phil Nazro
Associate Rector
512-476-3589 ext 106
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The Rev. Beth Magill
University Missioner
Episcopal Student Center at The University of Texas
512-477-6839
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Loaves and Fishes

“As you do it unto the least of these, you do it unto me.”

Loaves & Fishes is a ministry of the entire congregation to less fortunate people in our community. Currently members of the congregation interview individuals on Tuesdays, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending when all resources are depleted.

Many members of the congregation participate by contributing to the purchase of HEB gift cards and by donating toiletries, Christmas cards, stamps, and other items. Another quartet of All Saints' members prepares and brings breakfast tacos every Tuesday around 7:30 a.m. and staffs the "Prayer Room" (aka the Masterson Library). The spiritual help offered in the Prayer Room between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. is as great as the assistance given with checks or HEB cards. Several parishioners and volunteer clergy offer to listen and pray with clients.

Congregational giving makes it possible to purchase discounted Capital Metro bus passes and HEB gift cards (which are used for a small payment on food or anything sold at HEB except tobacco, alcohol and the lottery) and for financial assistance. Financial assistance (seldom more than $25 and sometimes less) is given for rent, ID's, birth certificates, prescriptions not available at HEB, out-of-town transportation, glasses, textbooks and work boots.

Loaves & Fishes serves between 18 and 26 people each week, depending on the amount of assistance available. Clients are served on a first-come, first served basis; therefore, some arrive as early as 6:00 a.m. If there are more people than the allotted number (and there always are), those not served are given the opportunity to return the next week and are assured of being seen first. At times, we have had more than 50 people come and have had to turn some away for two successive weeks.

Because of the connection with other Micah 6 churches, Loaves & Fishes has participated in a cooperative effort to assist some individuals. Also, information is being shared with regard to ways to help some of our mutual clients more effectively. All Saints' has become a founding member of the Micah 6 Food Pantry, housed in University Baptist Church. Because more food can be acquired through the Food Pantry than with HEB gift cards, clients with large families are directed there instead of being given the gift cards. Also, Loaves & Fishes contributes to the Micah 6 Food Pantry in the name of All Saints' Episcopal Church.

Another important part of this ministry is to see Christ in the people who come for assistance and to show them options they may have been too overwhelmed to discover. All of us who have personal contact with the clients, however, gain more than they when we observe the strength, perseverance and faith many of them exhibit in handling the difficulties of their lives.

CONTACT: Please call 512-476-3589 for more information.

Saints on Call

Saints On Call is a lay pastoral care ministry. Co-chairs Joyce Edwinson and Milton Bell receive the care needs and requests for practical assistance from The Rev. Mike Adams or from All Saints’ parishioners. Eight captains coordinate the care on a rotating weekly basis, recruiting caregivers from a list of volunteers and from the parish at large according to need, location, and availability.

Saints On Call provides the following assistance:

Food:
For bereaved individuals or families
For parishioners recovering from serious illness, surgery, or childbirth (usually meals for several days)

Transportation:
Rides to and from church for elderly and/or disabled parishioners
Rides to and from medical appointments for parishioners

Visits and phone calls:
To hospitalized, sick and/or homebound parishioners

Cards:
Get-well, sympathy, & birthday cards, and monthly notes to parishioners.

CONTACT: Joyce Edwinson 512-288-0754 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Milton Bell 512-454-2395 (Home) .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Lay Eucharistic Visitors

Lay Eucharistic Visitation continues to bless our homebound and hospitalized brothers and sisters. Lay Eucharistic Visitors are persons who take the Holy Eucharist to shut-ins or others who are unable to be present for Sunday worship. This is a ministry both necessary and extremely rewarding. Our practice has been to call on individual Eucharistic Visitors once every month or six weeks. Right now we have more people who are in need of this ministry than we have L.E.V.’s. If you would like to share in this ministry, please let Phil Nazro know. He will then set up a training class and get you aboard .

CONTACT: The Rev. A. Phillips Nazro: 476-3589, ext 106 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Grace Ministry

Mission Statement: Extending God's love through presence, listening, and spiritual support.

Grace Ministry is a lay pastoral care program intended to provide parishioners with a supportive, caring presence during difficult times. Not meant to replace the pastoral care of the clergy, Grace Ministry will be an extension of pastoral care and an integral piece of the community of caring in All Saints' Church. Grace Ministers will be available to meet with fellow parishioners and provide a one to one, confidential, empathetic listening presence, with an intentional, spiritual component. "Grace is love in action," wrote Dr. Gerald May and it is the intent of Grace Ministry to be a vehicle for sharing God's love with parishioners. Many circumstances might prompt a request for a Grace Partner. They range from joyful occasions, such as welcoming a new child into the household, to sorrowful ones, such as death of a spouse. In addition, Grace Partners may be of help when a parishioner wants to talk about spiritual issues.

Grace Ministers are not counselors, however, they have had extensive training in empathetic listening, spiritual practice, community resources, the grief process and a myriad of other topics and participate in ongoing continuing education at their meetings. Other caregiving ministries, outreach as well as inreach, such as Saints On Call, Lay Eucharistic Visitors, and Loaves & Fishes, are also invited to attend these presentations as appropriate for their missions.

Grace Ministry is completely confidential. If you are interested in either participating in this parish ministry, or visiting with a Grace Minister

CONTACT: The Rev. Mike Adams at (512)476-3589, ext. 104 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or
Dick LeVan at (512)451-4772 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Lectors and Chalice Bearers

Lectors and Chalice Bearers are specially trained and licensed members of the congregation whose main purpose is to assist clergy in the liturgy of the church. These members typically serve at the 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. Sunday morning services and at the 5:30 p.m. service on Sunday evening. Lectors are responsible for preparing for, and reading, the scripture lessons and leading the reading of the psalms at the various church services when the psalm is not sung. They also assist clergy by bearing chalice (serving the congregation the wine) during the Eucharist at the Sunday services and any other special services at which the Eucharist is celebrated. The Chalice Bearers generally lead the congregation in the Prayers of the People during the Rite I and Rite II services. Depending upon the particular service at which the Lectors and Chalice Bearers participate, they may be functioning as acolytes and crucifers as well. Lectors and Chalice Bearers may also be called upon to assist clergy during weddings and funerals.

CONTACT: Mary Hemby 512-312-5310(H) 512-423-8011(C) .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Bridge Ministry

This an Addiction Recovery Ministry

The Bridge Ministry Team provides a compassionate ministry to those who suffer from the disease of addiction by:


  • Presenting education programs aimed at improving awareness of the disease of addiction.
  • Offering confidential support to those who seek recovery for themselves or for their loved ones.
  • Developing a library of resources and information on organizations to promote recovery.
  • Participating in the celebration of personal growth and recovery.

Team members are not counselors, but are a confidential link to community resources.

For more information contact our Bridge Ministry Team Members
Bruce Bennett 512-458-2746
Ross Hindman 512-327-1878
Ed Myers 512-569-3663
Beverly Pond 512-451-6156
Deacon Ed Woolery-Price 512-476-7643
The Rev. Mike Adams 512-476-3589, ext 104

Outreach

Following our long-held tradition, members of All Saints’ parish were out in force to provide support and friendship to our less fortunate neighbors. Our outreach efforts include Loaves & Fishes, Meals-On-Wheels, Micah 6 Food Pantry, Freeze Night, El Buen Samaritano, Habitat For Humanity, Crop Walk, Refugee Resettlement Services, Released Prisoner Mentoring Ministry, All Saints’ Earthlings, and the Episcopal Public Policy Network continue to receive our volunteer services and/or funding on a regular basis. The committee is always receptive to new ideas and projects, as All Saints’ parishioners are ready to generously support a worthy cause.
“Let us go forth in the world, to love and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God!”

Contact Bobby Wright, Outreach Committee Chair
512-451-7662 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Adult Education

Adult Christian Education and Spiritual Formation offers seasonal offerings, not only on Sundays and Wednesdays, but throughout the week as well. Our offerings make full use of our unique location. We access professionals from UT, the Episcopal and others seminaries, Seton Cove, and our many talented in-parish professionals.

Acolytes

The All Saints’ Acolyte program functions as a component of our youth ministry along with Sunday School and the EYC. Acolyting presents a visible and tangible way that the youth serve the parish as well as a way that they participate in stewardship ­ by offering their time and talent.

The acolyte program at All Saint’s is philosophically part of our youth ministry. Acolytes rotate among four acolyte roles and among our two Sunday services. Acolytes, thus, have an opportunity to serve as Crucifer/Altar Server, Gospel Server, Gospel Torch, and Epistle Torch, as well as participate in Rite I and Rite II services. With this approach, we seek to instill in the youth that all roles at the altar are important and that serving your parish when it needs you represents true service.

We do just-in-time on-the-job training. New acolytes review and rehearse their roles 20-30 minutes before their Sunday morning service, focusing on what to do and how to serve with the appropriate decorum and posture.

Acolyte Sponsors support the acolyte program (1) by ensuring teams are ready before services and (2) by assisting with acolyte training. Additionally sponsors facilitate rapport and communication with other groups who serve at the altar.Sponsors get on-the-job training also so no previous acolyting experience is necessary.

Fundraisers are held periodically to subsidize some costs of the trip to the National Acolyte Festival. We take advantage of our location by offering the church parking lot for the UT home football games asking for freewill donations.

We welcome all parishioners to become involved with the Acolyte ministry, especially youth of acolyting age (11+ years old) and their parents. We are ready to help you serve in this ministry.


CONTACT: Patricia Goubil-Gambrell 751-5723 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Service Times

Sunday
(Choirs on break during Summer)

Tuesday

Wednesday




Friday