Synod 2019

What is Synod?

By Heather Adams

The Synod is the legislative body of the diocese meaning it adopts canons (our governing rules), approves the budget, elects diocesan committee members and takes any other action necessary for the life and work of our diocese. Synod meets annually and consists of the clergy order and the lay order. The clergy delegates include the bishop and the priests and deacons of the diocese under the authority of our bishop. The lay delegates are those elected by the local congregations and missions, plus the lay members of the Standing Committee. In addition, the Synod includes four youth delegates, nominated by our churches and chosen by the Standing Committee. They have full voice and vote.

But Synod is more than just “business.” It’s a joy-filled opportunity to gather as a diocese for worship, fellowship and spiritual growth. Come and be re-energized and refreshed by the worship, Bible teaching, testimonies and breakout sessions on topics central to our churches’ ministries and mission. In addition, many mission agencies are on hand in the exhibit area, offering us a wide range of resources.

It’s a great event, so much so that it draws even more guests than delegates!

Everyone is invited to Synod, so plan to come this fall, Nov. 15-16.


No • No registration is needed if you plan to only attend the Friday night Eucharist or the Saturday breakout sessions. You also do not need to register if you plan to just drop by to visit the exhibits.

Yes • If you would like attend Synod as a guest or observer and stay for lunch on Saturday, please register so we have an accurate count for lunch. There is no charge for this event. Clergy and delegates are asked to register so that ballots can be prepared for them. You need to register if you would like to attend the Pre-Synod Session on Friday, November 15.


What is the Equip! Pre-Synod Session?

By Tom Herrick

Equip! 2019 will focus on helping our congregations find and develop new ministry leaders for the next generation. Join us as we discuss strategies for how to cultivate new leaders and develop pathways for them to grow and mature. Speakers will focus on how to develop a leadership culture in your church, strategies for cultivating emerging leaders, the risks and rewards of entrusting responsibilities to others, developing pathways for emerging leaders to follow, and planning for growth and reproduction.

This year's featured speaker will be The Rev. Dr. Esau McCaulley, Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College, and Director of the ACNA’s Next Generation Leadership Initiative.

Please register, so we can have enough dinner for everyone.

Operation Christmas Child!

Pick up your boxes in the Atrium beginning Oct. 20. Instructions for packing will be in each box. ALL SAINTS’ SHOEBOX COLLECTION DAY IS SUNDAY, NOV. 17.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993 Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 168 million shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

Operation Christmas Child collects shoebox gifts—filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items—and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

In 2019, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach another 11 million children in countries like Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda and Ukraine. More than 10.6 million shoebox gifts were collected worldwide in 2018, with more than 8.8 million collected in the U.S. Process

Learn how to pack a shoebox, view gift suggestions, get your Follow Your Box label and find the nearest drop-off location at

Do not include candy; toothpaste; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; seeds; chocolate or food; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items, such as snow globes or glass containers; or aerosol cans.

Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through Follow Your Box and receive a tracking label to discover its destination.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Samaritan’s Purse currently works in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. Delivered into the hands of children through local churches, every shoebox gift is an opportunity to share about Jesus Christ and God’s love.

Since 2010, more than 14 million children who have received a shoebox gift have participated in The Greatest Journey—a 12-lesson discipleship program. Children learn from trained, local volunteers what it means to follow Jesus and share their faith with friends and family.

Welcome Tea for Tammy & Eliana

Come help welcome Tammy and Eliana to our Parish at a ladies’ tea, Saturday, Oct. 26, starting at
2 p.m. in the multipurpose Room. Ladies ages 6-96 are welcome. Bring your favorite tea cup, a finger-food to share and, of course, you can wear your stylish hat. Fill in the form below to register, then hit “Submit” to be taken to our finger-food sign-up list. (If you are successfully transferred to the signup list, consider yourself registered at this event.)

NOTE: Those who cannot commit to bringing a finger food at this time, you can also return to this page later and access the sign-up form at this link.

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NOTE: When you click this “submit” button, you will be taken to the finger-food sign-up form.

Saints Together Weekend

Saints’ Together Weekend is coming November 2 and 3! The weekend incorporates times of fellowship, teaching, worship and ministry in a relaxed atmosphere that offers longer time for savoring each activity. 

This year’s schedule begins Saturday morning with fellowship for all ages over coffee and breakfast treats, followed by a time of family worship together.  Then our bishop, John Guernsey, will conduct a teaching session for the adults while our wonderful children’s leaders minister to our kids.  A time of prayer ministry and testimonies will round out the morning. 

On Sunday, our bishop will preach at both services, lead a forum during the Discipleship (Sunday School) Hour, and conduct Confirmation at the 11 a.m. service. The weekend will conclude with a parish picnic on the lawn. This once-a-year event offers us an opportunity to grow individually and as a parish; it is well worth making the time to enter in! 

Details regarding meal provision will be posted as soon as confirmed.


Bishop Guernsey preaches 8:15 a.m.

Bishop’s Forum (Sanctuary) 9:45 a.m.

Confirmation, Bishop Guernsey preaches 11:15 a.m.

Parish Picnic 12:45 p.m.


Breakfast 9-10 a.m.

Teaching 10-11:30 a.m.

Tuesday Morning Women's Bible Study - Hosea: Unfailing Love Changes Everything

Hosea, an Old Testament prophet, used his own personal, passionate, difficult love story of an adulterous marriage to illustrate the devastating doom and harsh judgment Assyria would bring on Israel; and God’s true, pure, continuing love and longing for the return for His covenant people, the Israelites who wouldn’t repent of spiritual adultery with false gods. Hosea showered his wayward wife with love that illustrates God’s compassion and unfailing love that cannot let His people go.

Please join us Oct. 1-Nov. 12, for Jennifer Rothschild’s DVD based study and workbook as we learn from Hosea about judgment, repentance, hope, love, and the promised Messiah. We meet in the multipurpose room at All Saints’ Church from 10 a.m.- noon. All women are welcome, and we’ve saved a place for you. Contact for more information or to order a workbook.

Thursday Morning Women's Bible Study

Thursday Morning: Peacemaking Women:
Biblical Hope for Resolving Conflicts

The first of a three-part series on Healing Relationships, led by Julie Tilton and Shelley Lingamfelter. In the first part, offered this fall, we will be focusing on healing our inner conflicts with God, leading to peace with God. Parts two and three will be offered in the winter and the spring and will focus on conflicts within ourselves and conflicts with others. Don’t miss this exciting journey through reconciliation with God, reconciliation with ourselves, to reconciliation with others, based on God’s Word to us. Class material for part one will be $15 and include the book, Peacemaking Women and other materials gathered by the class instructors. Books will be available on the first day of class. Class begins Thursday, September 12 at 10 a.m. in the Administration Conference Room. Please contact Julie Tilton if you have questions at

Bishop's Visit & Confirmation Service

Bishop John Guernsey will be visiting All Saints’ Church November 3, for our annual Confirmation service. This is an invitation to anyone age 16 and older, who is baptized and ready to make a public affirmation of the faith. This is also a great opportunity for those who have come from another denomination and would like to be Received into the Anglican Church in North America, and for those who would like to Re-affirm their faith.

Preparation for this event (for adults) requires attending the Confirmation course on Sundays during discipleship hour (9:45-10:45 a.m.) from September 8 to October 27. Teenagers will attend one-on-one meetings with a member of the church leadership for individualized teaching.
Those wishing to Reaffirm their Baptismal Vows who have previously been Confirmed or Received into the Anglican Church are not required to take the Confirmation Course but are strongly encouraged to.

This class is also for anyone who might like to learn or relearn these things for themselves. These are foundational teachings that can help us as we share with others the traditions and principles our church is founded on. So come join us in September as we prepare, learn and remind ourselves of all that make us who we are. Join us as we learn the essentials of our faith, what it means to be an Anglican, and how we are to pursue a life in Christ.

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Foundations for Ministry

"No one can lay a foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

1 Corinthians 3:11

Foundations registration for the 2019-2020 academic year is now open.

Classes start on Sept. 8, 2019.

Foundations for Ministry is an adult Bible study course designed for those willing to make a serious commitment to daily Bible study.  It is intended for those who wish to deepen their understanding of Scripture and our Christian heritage.  It will also equip us to meet the challenges of daily opportunities for ministry in the Church and in the world. The course is divided into two academic years but students commit themselves to one year of study at a time.  A new class will begin in September 8, 2019. Class will meet on Sunday evenings from 6-8 p.m. at the church from September to June, breaking for 3 weeks at Christmas, 1 week at Easter and 1 week at Memorial Day. 

Weekly Meetings include a teaching session and small group discussion. Discussions will be based on the weekly homework and will include topics such as Bible study skills, personal application, scriptural content, theological concepts, and interpretation of Scripture. The program requires a commitment to daily study, homework, class attendance and a willingness to share within a small group. Foundations small groups form a close-knit environment for participants to share what they are learning, grow in their knowledge of Scripture and their relationship with the Lord and one another. 

Nursery care will be provided upon request. Please see our Nursery Policy for more details.

Course Materials
All participants require:  

Foundations for Ministry Participant Workbook, $37.50* (*required and only available from All Saints' Church)

-ESV Study Bible (Crossway) – It must be the Study Bible version. This can be ordered at the time of registration or you can order it on your own, if you do not already own one. (hardback $32 or large print hardback $55)

-Old Testament textbook, (optional, not required) $36 (hardback version also available for order on the registration form)

Participants will need to set aside time each day to read and study.  Homework will take approximately one half hour per day.  The text for the study, during both years, will be the ESV Study Bible: English Standard Version. Please note that even if you choose to read in another version of Scripture, you will need to have The ESV Study Bible for the study notes and introductions.
Note:  The NIV Study Bible, 1984 Edition may also be used. This version is no longer available for sale but may be used if you already own one.

Course Leaders
This class is led by qualified teachers and group leaders. Those teaching have many years of Bible study training and experience. Those leading the small groups are dedicated leaders with both small group and Bible experience.

Attending weekly class meetings is an essential part of the class experience. Themes and lessons build on one another from week to week. Participants must attend at least 80% of the weekly meetings to be eligible to complete each year.

If you would like further information or have questions, please email Desiree Barker ( or contact any member of the Adult Ed leadership team.

Some scholarships are available. Please check with Desiree Barker (or write in the Message blank below) regarding the availability of scholarships for Foundations.

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Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study: Romans

When: Saturday Mornings, 8 a.m.

Where: Sanctuary

Each Saturday All Saints’ Church hosts a Men’s Bible Study in the Sanctuary. These studies take the group on a book-by-book, in-depth discussion on God’s word with emphasis being placed on the modeled male leadership within the body of Christ. We are currently in the Book of Romans. The class is led by a cadre of teachers from our parish men’s ministry team. For questions or additional information, please contact any member of the men’s ministry leadership team, or Deacon Andy Terry.

The Gospel According to Luke: Savior, Christ, Lord

When: Sunday mornings, 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Where: Sanctuary

Luke wrote his Gospel in order that we may know the certainty of the things we have been taught. We will be examining Luke’s unique perspective on the life and ministry of Jesus and what it means to us and for us. This is a walk-in Bible study and new participants are welcome to join at any time.