Dearly Beloved,

In the Gospel this past Sunday, we saw that Jesus had ventured outside Israel “into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.” He was met by a Canaanite woman who asked for healing for her daughter. She was persistent and continued to beg him to help, even though he said he was sent only to the “lost sheep of the house of Israel.” She would not be swayed. Her mother’s love drove her to seek out whatever might be possible to heal her girl. It was very clear that she believed Jesus was the one who could accomplish what was necessary. She expected him to heal her daughter. It was this persistent quality of her faith in him that gave Christ the opening. Jesus tells us, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened (Matthew 7:7-8).” He expects us to come to him again and again, to be persistent in our faith, just as the Canaanite woman. In that case, he healed the girl. And it is the same with us. When we expect great things of God, and are persistent in our expectation, which is faith, we are opening the window to the Kingdom in our lives. And it is through that opening that Christ will work his wonderful acts of love in our lives and in this world.

Welcome

We welcome into our parish family John Almert. John came to us last summer during the midst of the COVID crisis and has been worshiping with us ever since. John is life-long Anglican and we are so blessed that he has joined us in our journey with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Welcome aboard John!

First Friday Kids & Youth Night

Tomorrow, Friday, March 5, is the return of our First Friday Kids & Youth Night. The younger members of our parish and friends of All Saints will meet at 5:20 p.m. They will attend Evening Prayer at 5:30 p.m. in the church, have dinner and a game night, and close the evening by walking Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m. with me and the congregation. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to join us for Evening Prayer and Stations of the Cross. Pick-up time is 7:30 p.m.

Lenten Study
Our Lenten Study is well underway. We are watching and discussing the video series 24 Hours That Changed the World. I encourage you to come out and join us. All the “episodes” can stand alone so you would have no problem dropping in at anytime. Even with social distancing protocols in place, there is plenty of room for you to fit in. Classes are held on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. and also Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m.

Lenten Fish Fry
It’s that time again! On Friday, March 19, we will hold our Lenten Fish Fry. Tickets are $9.00 each in advance ($10 at the door) for breaded tilapia filets, roasted potatoes, hush puppies, coleslaw, and iced tea or lemonade. Take-out and dine–in will be from 5-8 p.m. Kids under 12 eat free. Ticket packets and individual tickets are available now!

Lenten Fish Fry Desserts
We know everybody loves desserts when coming to the Fish Fry but we need your help to make this happen. Please sign-up on the bulletin board. You may also contact Loretta Reynolds or Verna Shipman to let them know what you will bring. Desserts need to be brought to the church by 3 o’clock on the Friday afternoon of the Fish Fry.

Lenten Offering
Please remember our Lenten Offering this year is directed to Trinity Church in Connersville, Indiana. There are still mite boxes available in the entryway of the church if you would like to use them. There is an important update about the Trinity Church below.

Hendersonville Rescue Mission Service
Our day to serve lunch at the Hendersonville Rescue Mission is coming up on Wednesday, March 31, from 11:30-1:00. We need two more volunteers to sign up to serve that day. If you would like more information, please see Tom Clyde or Dss. Cynthia.

Parish Workday
On Saturday, March 27, we will have a parish workday. Following Morning Prayer at 8:00 a.m., we will have breakfast and then get to work! We need “all hands on deck” to get our parish spruced up for Easter, so please plan on coming out that day.

Vestry Meeting
Our Vestry will meet this coming Monday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall.

Food Bank
Please remember our area food banks when you come to church. All of you have done an incredible job making sure the pantries remain stocked with essential non-perishable foods for those in need during this terrible pandemic year. Please keep up the good work! Western Carolina Rescue Mission in Buncombe County is this month’s recipient of our in-gathering of food stuffs.

Easter Flowers
It is hard to believe but Easter is but 4 weeks away! Envelopes have been placed in the pews for Easter Flowers. Your gift in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving for a blessing will be noted in the Easter Day bulletin, April 4. The suggested donation is $25.00 and allows us to purchase lilies and special flower arrays for Easter Day, the Queen of all celebrations for Christian people. Of course, you may send in your gifts and dedications and Dss. Cynthia will make sure everything is noted correctly for you.

Finally today, I would like to express our condolences to Nancy Clyde and her family on the death of her mother Pauline last week. No arrangements have been made yet for her funeral. May Pauline’s soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace, and may light perpetual shine upon them. Amen.

Blessings,
Fr. Erich

Lenten Offering

This year’s Lenten offering is being directed to a new church plant in Connersville, Indiana. A friend of Fr. Erich, Fr. Richard Tarsitano, with his wife Meghan and their children, has procured a historic church building in that small town with the intent to recover that space for the worship of Almighty God in our traditional Anglican Way of Christianity. The family sold their home in Florida and used the proceeds to purchase what is now Trinity Anglican Church and its rectory. Fr. Tarsitano will be a “tent-maker” priest, working at a local social service agency. This is truly a missionary endeavor as the family has completely stepped out in faith, trusting that our Lord will bring the increase. The first services at Trinity Church are set to begin in March of this year as they bring renovation work to completion. For more information, please see Trinity Church’s website at www.trinityconnersville.com. We suggest a $1.00/day gift during Lent but, of course, any amount is helpful and is more than welcome. Thank you for your participation this year as we provide a blessing to this missionary work undertaken by a faithful priest and his wife. We ask that you return your mite boxes on Easter Sunday. Any other gifts you wish to direct toward this effort can be submitted at anytime. Just be sure to mark your check “Lenten Offering.”

Recent picture of Trinity Church. Truly a beautiful church building! Read the update below.

Trinity Church Update

Fr. Tarsitano has announced that Trinity Church will open for public worship this coming Sunday, March 7, at 10:00 a.m. They will celebrate the Third Sunday in Lent with Morning Prayer & Holy Communion. Also, on Sunday at 4:00 p.m., they will sing Evening Prayer (known as Evensong), which will be followed up with Catechism classes to educate enquirers and incorporate new members into the congregation. This is an exciting beginning for the public life of Trinity Church. Please keep them in your daily prayers, as we do every day during Evening Prayer here at All Saints.

This Week in the Parish

Friday, March 5
8:00 a.m., Morning Prayer
5:30 p.m., Evening Prayer
7:00 p.m., Stations of the Cross
Saturday, March 6
8:00 a.m., Morning Prayer
5:30 p.m., Evening Prayer
Sunday, March 7, Third Sunday in Lent
8:30 a.m., Holy Communion
9:45 a.m., Sunday School
11:00 a.m., Holy Communion
5:30 p.m., Evening Prayer
Monday, March 8
8:00 a.m., Morning Prayer
5:30 p.m., Evening Prayer
6:30 p.m., Vestry Meeting
Tuesday, March 9
8:00 a.m., Morning Prayer
11:00 a.m., Lenten Study
11:00 a.m., Holy Communion (Limited Seating)
12:00 p.m., Stations of the Cross
5:30 p.m., Evening Prayer
Wednesday, March 10
8:00 a.m., Morning Prayer
5:30 p.m., Evening Prayer
6:00 p.m., Holy Communion
6:30 p.m., Choir Practice
6:30 p.m., Meatless Dinner (Bring your own)
7:00 p.m., Lenten Study
Thursday, March 11
8:00 a.m., Morning Prayer
5:30 p.m., Evening Prayer
Friday, March 12
8:00 a.m., Morning Prayer
5:30 p.m., Evening Prayer
7:00 p.m., Stations of the Cross
Saturday, March 13
8:00 a.m., Morning Prayer
5:30 p.m., Evening Prayer

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