September 03, 2015

Epistle September 3 2015

If you missed last Sunday’s adult forum presentation on our 2016 Budget and the challenges and opportunities it presents, you can watch the video below:

You can find a PDF copy of the 2016 Narrative Budget referenced in the presentation by clicking here, or pick up a paper copy at the front desk of the Cathedral offices.

Common Threads will meet on Thursday, September 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall and will work on making sleeping bags for Church of the Advocate. This project requires no special skills and all supplies are provided; all you need to bring is your lunch! If you want more information about this group and our projects, please contact Sally Fargo at

On Sunday, September 13, the Cathedral will welcome the Rev. Michael Lapsley, author of “Redeeming the Past – My Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer” and founder of the South Africa-based Institute for Healing of Memories. Father Lapsley will be the preacher at both the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services, in addition to being the featured speaker during that Sunday’s adult education forum.

AmiciMusic continues its series at All Souls on Sunday, September 13 at 3:00 p.m. with LIVE at the USO – Great songs from the 1940s featuring Amanda Horton, soprano; Jonathan Ross, baritone; and Daniel Weiser, piano. This will be a fun show in honor of the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII that will include nostalgic war-related songs such as GI Jive, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, and Moonlight Serenade as well as hits from Bernstein’s “On the Town” and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific”.  Cost is $15 for church members and $20 for general audience. Tickets are available at the door and advanced payment discounts are available online at

The Monthly Lunch Brunch meets again on September 16 at 12:30 p.m., with guest speaker Laura Baker-Seseika, Program Manager of the Care Partners Pace Program, which offers medical and social services for the elderly with the aim to help them remain safely in their homes. Laura has over 20 years of experience in assisted living, skilled nursing, and hospice care. Lunch is a potluck, so bring a dish to share!

Join us on Saturday, September 19 in the Owen Library for an overview on end-of-life issues related to memory loss or dementia, including resources in Buncombe County. The session will be led by Chad Contay, Development Director for Memory Care. Coffee and Snacks will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the session beginning at 10:00 a.m. To submit a question ahead of time or for more information, contact Babie Chromy at or Linda Hundredmark at

Newcomers Class starts September 20th and runs for 6 weeks. The class is intended for individuals new to All Souls or those wanting to learn more about our ministries, architecture, the ethos of the Episcopal Church, and the gifts of our community. We will meet at 10:10 a.m. in Owen Library. For more information, contact Thomas Murphy at

Kairos West Community Center FREE Food Markets at Kairos West 742 Haywood Rd, sponsored by Asheville Youth Mission. We would love to have you join us to play music, meet our neighbors, or network around resources. Share the good news & join us to celebrate caring for our neighbors & the abundance of God’s creation! Tuesdays 10:00-11:30 a.m. Sep 19, Oct 3, and Nov 14. Questions? Call Milly Morrow at 828-772-1429.

Ongoing Needs

Children First Food Pantry – Now that summer is over, we are especially in need of staples like beans and rice, canned vegetables, and canned meats. Also needed are baby items. Baby food, diapers and shampoo are in short supply. And just for fun, once in a while add a special treat like granola bars, or other healthy snacks. Shop before the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays and leave your items in the car so you won’t forget to bring them to church! 

The Clothes Closet of Church of the Advocate – The Clothes Closet is still almost out of men’s pants – shorts, khakis, jeans – and we have no underwear or white socks. Our men also need caps, belts, light jackets and hoodies. We urgently need sneakers and sandals for men and women, underwear and long casual dresses for women, bags and totes, blankets and sleeping bags. Items left in the parish hall will be collected after the 11:15 a.m. service every Sunday. Thanks so much for all that you to ease the lives of our homeless congregation.

Children First/CIS Donations – we will continue donations on the 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sunday of each month. Consider offering personal care items, cleaning supplies & baby needs. Food donations are always appreciated but the greatest need is for non-food items. Thanks for your support.

Around All Souls

Seeking a Way to Serve at All Souls? Visit the New Ministry Board. If you have been seeking a way to offer your gifts in ministry we have a new way for you to consider how to do so. The Ministry Board will be hanging on the church porch each Sunday and will have cards you can take which have the following on them: a basic introduction to the ministry, what kind of gifts/skills work best in that ministry, and who you can contact for further information.

DID YOU KNOW?  The Cathedral of All Souls has made it easier for members - and visitors - to make donations and/or payments to your pledge simply go to, click “make a donation” and enter your donation with your credit or debit card. This is a secure site and you do not need a Paypal account.

​Nearly 3/4 of our revenue comes from pledges from members of the parish. It’s what we depend on to pay the bills and keep the parish going. If we were significantly behind on pledge payments, there might be obligations that we wouldn’t be able to pay right away. So, we’ve started sharing – here is information on pledges and collections through July 31.

Annual Budget for pledges – 621,878
Pro-rated to 7 months – 362,762
Actual Jan-July – 367,144
Amount ahead or behind – +4,382

Thank you for your faithfulness. Let’s continue to keep up our pledges up-to-date.

- Jack Parsons, Cathedral Treasurer

We pray for those for whom prayers have been requested – Bev Gaines, Bob Morrow, David Truelove, Guy Sayles, the Spangler family, Linda Evans, Carolyn Herman, Janice Harvey, Emma Mamone-Peeples, Betty Nokes, Stevie Turner, Myrtle and Sondra Stamey, the Teitelbaum family, Will Bryant, Del Hare, Pat Hill, Larry Crawford, Joe Gernoske, Ralph Lewis, Ken Prentice, Lorraine, Benjamin and Heidi Griepp, Mike Martinelli, Jan and Steve Davis, Norma Lea and Bob Ferguson, Aaron Stranberg, Kerstin McDaniel, Nancy Keller, Helen Maxwell, Laura Morrow, Babie Strobel and family, Gail Wiley, Mary Lou Vitek, Peter Horn, the Rt. Rev. Ned Sherrill, Betsy Taylor, Sally Conder, George Sherrill, Bill Norlin, Sumner Smith, Jay Preston, Becky Donatelli, Jack Parsons, Nancy Martin, Charlotte Hutchison, Tom Wise, Chip and Sherry Prazich, Kelli Brown Mullinix and family.

We pray for those celebrating birthdays this week – Bonnie Bellows, Vivian Muir, Lewis Sorrells, Olivia Diamond, Max Shaw, Macon Clark, Jean Scribner, Susie Stokes, Bill Auman, Sr., John Hickman, Mary Sorum, Elizabeth Douglas, Madeline Wilson, Steven Cislo, Barry Pate, Kerstin McDaniel, Karen Wimmer, Martha Zeigler, and David Fortney.

We pray for those celebrating anniversaries this week – Paul and Diane Summey, Robert and Barbara Boylan, Jr., Willie and Sarah Repoley, John and Georgia Raines, and David and Vicki Thompson.

The flowers in the church are given to the glory of God and in memory of Sally-Bruce Blackford McClatchey and Marvin Reynolds McClatchey.

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