UPCOMING EVENTS FOR SEPTEMBER

  • 9/22- Join us this Sunday for a special celebration and send-off for Fr. Nathan as he heads into his sabbatical. 
  • 9/29- Finances and Mission (see “Save the Date” below)

FINANCES AND MISSION: NEXT WEEK, SEPTEMBER 29TH- Following our worship service on the 29th, the Vestry would like to invite you to a special all-parish informational session on All Saints' current finances. We are exploring whether an early Fall gathering could serve as a "Part One" on finances/mission, which could then be followed by further and proposed financials at January's Annual Meeting. This approach would provide extra time to review our overall financial situation as well as set the stage for next year's planning. Please mark your calendars and join us!  If you have questions you'd like to see addressed, please email Chris Sherratt at christine.sherratt@gmail.com

CELEBRATE RECOVERY AT ASAC- This summer, the leaders of Celebrate Recovery (CR), a ministry that has been held at the Rock Church in Amesbury, approached All Saints’ to discuss their need for temporary space in order to keep serving in our town: Rock Church relocated early September. Many of the CR participants walk and/or lack transportation, and ASAC provides convenient location and access for them.  Celebrate Recovery is part of the national organization born out of Saddleback Church in California. It uses the12-step AA program to bring a Christ-centered message of healing and freedom.

 After working through the details, and recognizing this ministry is congruent with the mission of ASAC, the Vestry voted to approve a one-year Agreement to allow CR participants and their leaders to meet weekly in the church’s Lower Hall. For further details, please contact any Vestry member. If you are interested in exploring this ministry, ASAC members are welcome to participate. For more information about this, please contact Diana Teel: dianateel33@gmail.com. 

COME SUPPORT ASAC & THE FIRE DEPARTMENT! OCT 5TH- “Holy Smokes,” a 6-member team from ASAC, will be representing our parish at the 15th Annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, October 5th from noon-4:00PM. The fundraiser benefits the Amesbury Fire Fighter’s Local 1783 and is a great way to support our community as well as cast your vote on the best creations! Tickets are available at the entrance near the Amesbury Fire Department for $5 and kids under 12 are always free. If you’d like to make cornbread for the team the day before, or help with breaking-down our station when the event finishes, please contact Patty Champion at patty.champion@comcast.net or Nate Etu at nathan.etu@gmail.com.

PRAYER RETREAT- "Encourage One Another," a NE Prayer Ministers Network Annual Retreat is a Retreat for prayer and to build up healing prayer ministry & ministers throughout the Northeast. Location: Miramar Retreat Center, 121 Parks Street, Duxbury, MA 02332. Contact for Questions: neprayerministers@gmail.com.

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. 

His last Sunday will be September 22nd. He’ll be taking his last week of vacation starting on the 23rd and then entering a 10-week sabbatical for rest, prayer and preparation. The sabbatical will start on Oct. 1 and finish on December 7th. 

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 Fr. Nathan’s 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. 

Cn. Susie Skillen has agreed to assist Bp. Andrew during this transitional time, providing day-to-day oversight during the week. Calls and emails that might have been sent to Fr. Nathan will be handled by Mthr. Susie, and passed on for Bp. Andrew’s attention as needed.

During the transitional time of Sabbatical and Study Leave, 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.