Posts in the News Category

Moving Forward: Reflections on the Parish Forum

Posted onAugust 31, 2017 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

If you happened to miss our Parish Forum on Wednesday, August 23, allow me to recap for you the high points of what was shared and discussed. The purpose of this forum was threefold: to inform the parish of the process by which we as a Vestry are moving forward in stewarding our growth; to call the church to make this pivotal season we share a matter of prayer; and to solicit the wisdom of the parish about the process and our priorities. ...Keep Reading

Parish Forum: One Year Later

Posted onJuly 31, 2017 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

I find it hard to believe it’s been one year since we took the leap into two Sunday services. If you recall, this decision was the culmination of an eight-month-long process where we as a parish reconnected with our mission and rearticulated those aspects of our personality we wanted to stay alive to especially as our family continues to grow in number. As our Vestry facilitated this process, you played an integral role in helping us identify, articulate, and flesh out these defining aspects of our church....Keep Reading

40 Days with St. Ignatius

Posted onJune 7, 2017 | by: Fr. Ross Guthrie | 0 comments

This past Lenten season, I walked with a group of people through a 40- Day Stay-At-Home Retreat. We based our experience on St. Ignatius of Loyola's The Spiritual Exercises. Simply put, it is a series of meditations on the life of Jesus: his Incarnation, teaching, death, burial, resurrection, ascension, reign in glory, gift of the Holy Spirit, and bodily return....Keep Reading

Provincial Assembly 2017

Posted onMarch 3, 2017 | 0 comments

Assembly 2017 will draw Anglicans from across North America and the world. The conference will include worship, plenary speakers, and workshops. There will even be unique tracks for youth, church planting, worship arts, prayer ministry, and more!...Keep Reading

Support JACOA

Posted onFebruary 1, 2017 | 0 comments

The Holy Spirit is moving at JACOA, which stands for the Jackson Area Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency. JACOA works to provide the highest quality of care to those who are suffering from substance use disorders or co-occurring mental health disorders in an environment that preserves and promotes the dignity of each client....Keep Reading

Epiphany Book Clubs

Posted onJanuary 3, 2017 | 0 comments

Our church is filled with people who love to read, but too often we find ourselves reading alone, wishing we had others with whom we could discuss our thoughts. As a step toward creating a community that reads, thinks, and converses, together, we are offering a variety of different book clubs during the season of Epiphany. Each will be facilitated by a different person, will read a different book, and will meet at a different time and place. If you’re able, be sure to sign up for one of them and enjoy the conversation. Here are the groups that are being offered....Keep Reading

Kitchen Supplies for Refugees

Posted onDecember 5, 2016 | by: Brian Larsen Wells | 0 comments

During the season of Advent, our Youth and Children's Ministries will be collecting kitchen items to donate to refugee families who have been resettled in Memphis, TN. Many of these families are from Burma, the Congo, Somalia, Syria, and Iraq. They have left their homes in the hope of finding safety here in Tennessee. We want to welcome them to our country and show them that we care about their situation, remembering always that our Savior Jesus Christ was once a refugee in need of sanctuary (Matthew 2:13-23). We will take all collected items to World Relief in early January, during the season of Epiphany (the season when we remember Christ's refugee status). Please consider giving generously to this worthy cause!...Keep Reading

Stewardship Series: "Generous Living"

Posted onOctober 2, 2016 | by: Ben Mehr | 0 comments

Our Stewardship Series begins on Sunday, October 16, marking the time of year when we as a church focus our thoughts and prayers on our pledges to All Saints for 2017. It is also a time for reflection on how our monies have been used over the past year and how blessed we are at All Saints. Our slogan for the series this year is "Generous Living," which describes the kind of lives we want to steward for God's kingdom....Keep Reading

Making the Move to Two Sunday Services

Posted onAugust 31, 2016 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

Since the start of the new year, the vestry has been exploring what it means to be good stewards of our ongoing growth. Above all, it means remaining faithful to our mission: to share in the life of God for the life of the world....Keep Reading

Offering Prayer at JACOA

Posted onAugust 31, 2016 | 0 comments

At my ordination as a deacon, the bishop gave me a charge to work with my brothers and sisters in Christ to search "for the sick, the poor, and the helpless, that they may be relieved." Each Wednesday, we find them at JACOA, an alcohol and drug dependency treatment facility here in Jackson that serves West Tennessee....Keep Reading

Parish Forum on Two Services

Posted onAugust 1, 2016 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

As God continues to bless All Saints with more people, no doubt you've felt our walls close in a bit tighter. Our church is full of life, but it's also feeling a bit cramped! Such growth is exciting to be a part of, but it does raise the question of how we are to be good stewards of it....Keep Reading

Gardens R Us

Posted onMay 2, 2016 | by: David Knack | 0 comments

On a sunny Saturday, the weeds that had grown all winter were removed and new plants made their home in St. Patrick's Place. Last year, All Saints donated over $300 of organic produce to the Jackson Harvest Share, and we hope to do even more this year. ...Keep Reading

Bishop's Well

Posted onMarch 7, 2016 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

Beginning on February 14, All Saints will be participating in the 2016 Bishop's Well Project. For forty days during Lent, we are encouraging everyone to save their spare change to help save lives in Africa. At the end of the project, money collected will be sent to help dig wells for children and families in Africa who lack clean water....Keep Reading

Lent: The Path of Life

Posted onFebruary 3, 2016 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

Over the last few months, our church calendar has led us to anticipate and prepare for the coming of our King during Advent, and then to celebrate his humble arrival during Christmas, and then finally to gaze at the light of Jesus' kingdom ministry during Epiphany. But as each of the four accounts of the Gospel attest, something significant happens at some point during Jesus' ministry when he begins to turn his face toward Jerusalem and the looming fate that awaits him there: "When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem" (Luke 9:51). As the Gospel reveals, the path of life is through the cross. ...Keep Reading

Welcome Our New Pastor of Spiritual Formation

Posted onJanuary 4, 2016 | 0 comments

Ross Guthrie has been a follower of Jesus Christ for over thirty years. He was not raised in a Christian home. Growing up, he did not go to church except for more than a handful of times with his grandmother. He began attending a Southern Baptist church in Pinckneyville, Illinois when he was sixteen. ...Keep Reading

Planting Anglican Churches in Chicago

Posted onNovember 9, 2015 | by: Danny Linton | 0 comments

I have felt the desire to do ministry since I was a child, and over the last several years I've followed that call in various ways. During my time as an undergraduate student at Union, I studied Biblical Languages during the year and did ministry each summer....Keep Reading

Rector Emeritus

Posted onSeptember 30, 2015 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

It's hard to believe that it's been over a year since Fr. Chuck Filiatreau retired as All Saints' first rector. We are incredibly blessed to have him and his wife, Gretchen, continue to be a part of our parish. As a way to honor his presence among us and in order to better communicate with our newer folks that our former rector still serves among us, we plan to give Fr. Chuck the official title of Rector Emeritus on Sunday, October 11. This will also be the first Sunday since his retirement that he'll preach God's Word to us. We hope that you can join us....Keep Reading

It's All a Gift

Posted onSeptember 30, 2015 | by: Ben Mehr | 0 comments

It's that time of year for our emphasis on stewardship to be brought to our attention. While this always presents us with the annual opportunity to reassess our monetary contributions, this is only a part of what stewardship means. A biblical definition of stewardship is "utilizing and managing all resources God provides us for the glory of God and the betterment of his creation." That's why the theme of our stewardship series this year is this: "It's all a gift."...Keep Reading

Adoption Support and Preservation

Posted onAugust 31, 2015 | by: Mallory Morris | 0 comments

We're blessed to be able to offer our facilities to the Adoption Support and Preservation (ASAP) program of West Tennessee. They will be meeting every second Monday evening of the month from 6:00 to 7:30. The meetings are open to the public, and anyone from All Saints interested in learning more or even volunteering can attend. Here's a little bit more about ASAP from Mallory Morris. ...Keep Reading

Reflections on Our Summer Mission to Honduras

Posted onJuly 29, 2015 | by: David Laird | 0 comments

"If they can see your eyes, they know that you care." (Dr. Rev. Ravi Zacharias) This is true throughout the mission field. Since 1998, All Saints parishioners have had a relationship with Suzy McCall and The LAMB Institute. That relationship has grown over the last 17 years. ...Keep Reading

The Bread of Heaven

Posted onJuly 29, 2015 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

For the month of August, our lectionary takes us into the Bread of Life Discourse in John 6, which occurs immediately after the miraculous feeding of the five thousand. As we reflect upon the provoking words of Jesus in this passage each Sunday, we are not only prompted to move more eagerly toward him for our daily sustenance, but we also get to explore more deeply the wonders of the Eucharist....Keep Reading

New Assistant Student Pastor

Posted onMay 28, 2015 | 0 comments

We're thrilled to announced that David Knack has been hired to serve as All Saints' new Assistant Student Pastor. Didn't know that we were looking for an Assistant Student Pastor? Well, neither did we, exactly! As Fr. Brian's role continues to grow, we've definitely been open to help. And then along came David, and we quickly recognized his talents and giftedness....Keep Reading

We Support CASA

Posted onFebruary 16, 2015 | by: Shannon Stewart | 0 comments

There is a crisis in our community in which the basic rights and needs of our most vulnerable citizens-our children-are being violated because the very system that is supposed to be looking out for them simply does not have the resources to do so. If I sound passionate, it's because I am. If I sound angry with the system, it's because I am. And I submit that you should be too....Keep Reading

Gifts for the Christ Child

Posted onDecember 8, 2014 | by: Ali Holcomb | 0 comments

It’s hard for me to believe that Christmas is right around the cornerâ€"again! In this season of Advent, we are given so many opportunities to honor Christ. For the past several years, we have had the opportunity to be a part of God’s generosity through the “Gifts for the Christ Child” Christmas tree. The Salvation Army provides children’s names that are hung from the tree in our foyer. There will be 45 names to choose from, and gifts will be collected through December 21. We encourage everyone to signup and buy gifts for a child....Keep Reading

We Support the Ministry of ARM!

Posted onNovember 25, 2014 | 0 comments

Area Relief Ministries, or ARM, is a faith-based nonprofit organization that has been around since the 1970s here in Jackson. Originally created as a collaboratively-funded nonprofit, churches across the community would give to the organization, which was then tasked with assisting individuals at risk of eviction, utility cut-off, hunger, and homelessness. Over thirty years later, much has changed at ARM, but its collaborative nature with local churches as the core has not only remained, but also grown even stronger. ...Keep Reading

Advent 2014

Posted onNovember 3, 2014 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

The liturgical calendar tells the Christian story by marking certain moments and seasons that enable us to feel the rhythms of our salvation. Like any good story, it begins with conflict, a crisis in search of a resolution. We call this conflict Advent....Keep Reading

Heifer International

Posted onNovember 3, 2014 | by: Celecia Osborne | 0 comments

Heifer International provides sustainable hope for communities around the world by partnering with local families to empower them to achieve their goals of self-reliance. Using the philosophy of “teach a man to fish,” the founder of this organization inspires the mission of aiding people to utilize local, natural resources in such ways that help to alleviate hunger and poverty. The methods used create countless opportunities for individuals to care for the Earth, allow for human dignity, and foster community....Keep Reading

Stewardship 2014

Posted onOctober 30, 2014 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

What is stewardship but an invitation to partner with the God of heaven and earth in his transforming work of world renewal. Think about that: God himself is beckoning you to join him, to give yourself to the healing of the world....Keep Reading

Introducing Ali Holcomb

Posted onAugust 31, 2014 | 0 comments

Hi! I’m Ali Holcomb, and I’ll be All Saints’ social work intern for the next year (through April). I’d like to share a few things about myself and explain my purpose at the church. I’m from Northwest Arkansas, and I’ve lived in Jackson for the last four years....Keep Reading

A Call to Pray for 230 Abducted Nigerian Girls

Posted onMay 5, 2014 | by: Bishop Bill Atwood | 0 comments

On April 15th Boko Haram members armed with AK-47s abducted almost 300 high school girls who were gathered to take exams. In the confusion, some fifty escaped, leaving some 230 still in captivity. Recent reports indicate that they are being smuggled across the borders to Chad and Cameroon....Keep Reading

Holy Week and Easter

Posted onApril 7, 2014 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

Holy Week is the last week of Lent leading up to the climax of the Christian year when we commemorate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter. There are many opportunities here at All Saints for your to prepare for and celebrate our risen Lord this Easter season....Keep Reading

Announcement of Next Rector

Posted onNovember 28, 2013 | 0 comments

The Vestry voted unanimously to call Wesley Adam Gristy to be the second Rector of All Saints at a called meeting on November 9, 2013. The call was extended to Wes on November 11 and he has accepted. At the direction and recommendation of Bishop Atwood, Fr. Wes will become a Co-Rector alongside Fr. Chuck on January 1, and they will serve together in that capacity until Fr. Chuck’s retirement on June 30, 2014....Keep Reading

Remembering Archbishop Gitari

Posted onOctober 4, 2013 | by: Bishop Bill Atwood | 0 comments

Archbishop David Gitari, the retired Primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) died Monday at 2:10 pm. He was 76. Gitari was one of those larger than life figures. He was absolutely courageous, brilliant, and committed to the implications of the Gospel in everyday life. He was marked for death by government hit squads and three times had to escape in the middle of the night when they came to kill him. One of the times, he escaped through the roof of his house and slipped into the jungle....Keep Reading

Spring Pastorates

Posted onMarch 7, 2013 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

Our Spring Pastorates meet every other Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for five meetings beginning April 3. We have four groups available for adults this semester....Keep Reading

New Website!

Posted onJanuary 27, 2013 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

Welcome to All Saints Anglican Church's new-and-improved presence on this thing called the Internet! Have a look around, kick the tires, and let us know what you think....Keep Reading