ORDINATION OF BRIAN DOUGLAS BETHKE- SATURDAY, AUG. 31ST- By the Grace of God, The Right Reverend Andrew T. Williams Bishop of the Anglican Diocese in New England will ordain Brian Douglas Bethke to the Sacred Order of Priests in Christ's One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Four o'clock in the afternoon at All Saints Anglican Cathedral. A reception will follow Any Questions contact Brian Bethke (562)322-4194/ firstname.lastname@example.org. Please RSVP at https://www.evite.com/event/0149V76R3EAY7MMWCEPJVF63E6AFPI/rsvp
UPCOMING FALL SCHEDULE: MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
- September 8th- Celebration Sunday- immediately following the service, join us downstairs for food and fellwship.
- September 15th- Cross training resumes. Stay tuned for more information.
- September 29th- Home Groups resume. Opportunities to sign-up and get connected will be coming in the next few weeks- stay tuned!
THANK YOU FROM RACHEL DANLEY- Thank you ASAC family for your warm welcome over the last couple of years at seminary and your caring send-off reception! I would love to stay in touch and update you on my Ph.D. in New Testament program while I'm in Scotland at the University of Aberdeen over the next three years. If you would like to join my prayer list or contact me, e-mail me at email@example.com or you can share your information with me through this link: https://forms.gle/G7uUXGRXHGhKf4sv9
RALF HARTWELL (MAY 12, 1928 - AUGUST 16, 2019) - Ralf Hartwell, ADNE member (former member of ASAC) died last Friday morning, August 16th. A remembrance of his life will be held at Brooksby Village for the local community on Friday, August 23, 2019, at 10 a.m. and a memorial service for all will be held during the Thanksgiving Holidays when the whole family can gather at Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, Danvers. Ralf’s obituary can be found at http://obituaries.salemnews.com/obituary/ralf-hartwell-1076677481
A NEW ROLE FOR FR. NATHAN AS CANON FOR THEOLOGICAL FORMATION IN THE ADNE- As announced on August 23rd, Fr. Nathan has accepted Bp. Andrew’s invitation to step into a new role in the diocese as Canon for Theological Formation.
He will take a 10-week sabbatical for rest, prayer and preparation, starting mid-September and concluding at the end of November.
During that sabbatical, Bishop Andrew has graciously agreed to provide pastoral leadership for All Saints. This sabbatical season will allow All Saints to become better acquainted with our new bishop’s pastoral heart for All Saints and our diocese.
From December through June, Fr. Nathan will undertake a Study Leave to design, develop, deploy, and direct a diocesan venture providing theological training and formation for both lay and ordained leaders in the New England context. He will be collaborating with the Bishop and the diocesan team of Canons to seek and secure longer-term financial resources for the diocese that will be needed for that endeavor.
During that transitional time, the leadership of All Saints will be working with Bishop Andrew to plan for succession in leadership at ASAC.
A letter relating how Fr. Nathan came to this decision, and what it means for our life together at All Saints is available on our church website’s blog.
Potential Initial Questions Answered:
- Will Fr. Nathan be coming back?
◦ Yes, as an assisting member of the clergy resident as ASAC. ASAC is the Baxter family’s home church.
- How long will Fr. Nathan be away?
◦ He’ll be away for about ten weeks (mid-September through November). He’ll be back at ASAC starting in Advent. The responsibilities of the Study Leave (December through June), though, will occasionally have him visiting some of the other churches in the diocese during some of the Sundays of Epiphany, Lent, and Eastertide.
- Who will be fulfilling Fr. Nathan’s responsibilities while he’s away on Sabbatical?
◦ Bp. Andrew has graciously agreed to provide pastoral leadership during Fr. Nathan’s Sabbatical. Bp. Andrew will be working with the ASAC Vestry leadership to arrange for day-to-day operations to be covered during that time. This means that ASAC will not incur the customary costs to a congregation for their pastor’s sabbatical.
- What’s going to happen at ASAC in the transitional season between December and when a new senior leader is called?
◦ Bp. Andrew will work with ASAC Vestry leadership to develop a clear succession plan for ASAC while Fr. Nathan is pursuing the Study Leave. That plan will work within the canons of the ACNA and of the ADNE.