All Saints Episcopal Church
Annual Report, 2018

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Index to reports
Staff & Officer Reports
Senior Warden Adult Christian Education Finance Parish Life
Junior Warden Building & Grounds Outreach - Local Stewardship
Treasurer Children, Youth, & Family Outreach -
Music Director Communications Worship




Senior Warden’s Report
Joyce Emmett


We have seen evidence of God’s faithfulness throughout 2018 here at All Saints.  The Episcopal Church of South Carolina continues to move forward with strong involvement from our parish.  Led by our Rector, Rick Lindsey, All Saints is known to be a driving force in the life of our diocese.  In addition, our clergy provide support to this part of the diocese while still meeting the needs of our parish.  Lay leaders at All Saints do the same by participating in the activities of the diocese, the region, and our parish.

All of this occurs as our own church undergoes significant transitions.  In the fall, All Saints appointed a new preschool administrator, Bonnie Fick, previously a member of the teaching staff.  She has successfully transitioned several beginning teachers as well as forming strong bonds with clergy, staff, vestry, and parishioners in looking for ways to better serve our preschool population and their families.

The most significant transition, of course, is saying goodbye to our Rector of 16 years, Richard Lindsey, while simultaneously making preparations for the future.  On November 11th more than 225 parishioners joined Father Rick and his family to celebrate his ministry at All Saints Church.  Several other events were held to recognize and honor Rick and Jane for all that they have contributed to the life of our church.

We are now in the process of calling our next Rector.  This process began with a parish survey.  What have we learned from the results of this survey?  We learned that we are a “high energy, high satisfaction” church.  According to the search firm, churches in this category are “sources of new meaning and purpose for their members and they may serve as mentors to other churches.”  In addition, we learned that we are “an adaptable, progressive” church.  We are clearly well positioned for the next phase of our parish life.

All Saints Episcopal Church will continue to live out our vision as “a welcoming, inclusive church empowered by The Holy Spirit to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ” as we call our next Rector.  It has been a privilege to serve on the vestry for three years and an honor to serve as Senior Warden for 2018.

Joyce Emmett, Senior Warden


Junior Warden’s Report
Tony Rizza

A year after leaving the Vestry, I returned for my third 3-year term at the request of Father Rick to assist in the smooth transition of his leaving and the hiring of the interim rector.  For the past year I have been involved in the process of transitioning from Father Rick’s leaving to finding an interim rector. I am pleased to report that we have found a great seasoned candidate – the Rev. Dr. John DeWitt Stonesifer – who devotes all his time and energy to helping parishes in the transition process.

I continue for my tenth year on the finance committee working on implementation of the budget and controlling expenses.

I also have been a part of the Personnel Committee working on resolving staff issues and making the departure of Father Rick less stressful.

I am planning on staying on as Senior Warden for the final two years of my term to assist the interim rector during his time at All Saints and to help establish the new permanent rector once hired.

Tony Rizza, Junior Warden


Treasurer’s Report
Mark Szen

[Report will be added after the "books" are closed for 2018.]

Mark Szen, Treasurer


Music Program
Jason A. Wright, Director
Vestry liaison: Karen Reuter

The clergy, vestry, and congregation of All Saints continue to be supportive of all aspects of the music ministry at All Saints, including music for the liturgy and the concert series.

Music and Musicians at Saturday@5

Beginning in January 2018, Saturday@5 went to an every-week service. Music for these services has included a rotation of musicians from classical guitar, flute, piano, and jazz combo. Musicians are both members of All Saints and from the greater community of the Lowcountry, including our own Ian Garner (HS Youth) who played his soprano saxophone.

All Saints Ringers

All Saints Ringers has continued to grow in both membership and musicianship. The ensemble of adults has offered music at the 10:15 Eucharist several times throughout the spring and fall.

Meeting Street Ringers

It was planned this fall to have an instrumental ensemble for middle-aged musicians in the parish. This ensemble hopes to start in 2019.

Novus Ringers

Novus Ringers, like All Saints Ringers, has continued to grow in both membership and musicianship. This ensemble of youth has offered music at the 10:15 Eucharist several times through the spring and fall.

All Saints Strings

String players from the Lowcountry (some members of the HHI Symphony), have played for various worship services including Christmas Eve and Maundy Thursday this year. These musicians are a great addition to the liturgy.

All Saints Flute Ensemble

Various members of our congregation who are flautists have provided music both in the context of the liturgy and in concerts.

Other Instrumentalists

Throughout the year we have had guest instrumentalists (flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, trumpet, French horn, and trombone) participate in worship. The Rector requested a guest musician at each service during Lent 2018.

During the summer, several of Dr. Wright’s piano students provided music for the voluntary at the 10:15 service.

The Parish Choir

The Parish Choir has grown musically over the course of 2018. In addition to Sunday morning, Christmas Eve, and Holy Week, the ensemble has led services of Evensong and Advent Lessons and Carols. The Parish Choir retired three members in December of 2018: Syd Small (moved to the upstate of SC), George Hitchcock, and Bill Standen.

The Chamber Choir

The Chamber Choir had its beginning in the spring semester of 2018. This ensemble is comprised of 8 singers who have exceptional music reading skills, are able to rehearse their music outside of our weekly scheduled rehearsal, and are able to manipulate and adapt their voices to the requirements of the music.

Voce Sacra (Sacred Voices)

This is a new ensemble as of the fall of 2018. It is comprised of 4 singers of the highest musicianship. This ensemble is responsible for singing a wide array of music from Renaissance to 21st Century sacred music.

Preschool Music

The preschool has continued to meet once per week using the curriculum of First Steps in Music for Preschool and Beyond by GIA. The preschool puts on several programs each year that includes music, the biggest being the Christmas Pageant in mid-December.

Concert Series

The concert series in 2018 featured:

  • Chamber Music Charleston (January 2018)

  • Jason Wright and Friends (Jason Wright, organ; Rebecca Flaherty, soprano; Roger Moss, baritone; Mario INcorvaia, violin; Erica Pisaturo, violin; Loraine Jones, flute; and Paul W. Lott, trumpet. (January 2018)

  • Colla Voce (Columbia based professional choir) (February 2018)

  • Bravo Piano (Part of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition and Festival)

  • The Vista Ensemble (Columbia based early music ensemble of Square Piano, Baroque Violin, and Baroque Flute.) (April 2018)

  • 20th Anniversary Concert for the Low Country Chapter of the American Guild of Organists which included organists from Beaufort County, SC and Savannah GA, instrumentalists from the Hilton Head Symphony, the Parish Choir of All Saints, and a vocalist from Savannah (October 2018)

  • The Rededication Organ Concert by Dr. Patrick Hawkins (October 2018)

Extra Liturgical Services

  • Evensong and Organ Recital (Dr. Brian Taylor) (March 2018)

  • Evensong and Organ Recital (Chad Martin) (Arpil 2018)

  • Evensong and Organ Recital (Douglas Roenbekke) (November 2018)

  • Advent Lessons and Carols (December 2018)


The associate priest and director of music revamped the liturgy and music to Maundy Thursday. We also continue to revisit music for the liturgies of Saturday@5, Sunday morning, and the extra liturgical services.

The Organ

Due to faulty equipment, three boards and the Poet System of the Walker Digital portion of the organ were replaced by Walker Technological Company. The digital voices were revoiced by Bob Walker, Dan Umholtz, and Jeremy Rush in September and October.


Nicole Galli continues to be responsible for the Music Library on a volunteer basis. She spends around 5 hours, more during busier liturgical seasons, preparing folders for singers and instrumentalists.

Submitted as a partner in ministry,
Dr. Jason A. Wright, Director of Music


Adult Christian Education Commission
Vestry liaison: Carol Coonley

During 2018, All Saints presented several well-received adult education programs. Traditional weekly programs are Women’s Bible Study, Men’s Bible Study, University of the South’s (Sewanee) Education for Ministry (EfM) program, and Sunday morning education. 

In 2018, Education for Ministry concluded the 2017-18 curriculum of "Living Faithfully in Your World” and began the 2018-19 curriculum of “Living Faithfully in a Multicultural World. 

Sunday Adult Education was rich and varied. Sessions based on videos and discussion included: "Reading Biblical Literature-from Genesis to Revelation" and "The Roots of Religion”. A series entitled “Challenges to Christianity in the 21st Century” featured each of the parish clergy presenting on single topic. To round out the year, the Bishop held a forum on the occasion of his annual visitation and the Search Committee presented the results of the parish survey.

Women’s Bible Study, led by Deacon Sandy Grant, focused on the Gospel readings each week; during the summer the group watched and discussed a video series on the Book of Revelation. 

In addition All Saints had several short term programs including classes for inquirers and book discussion groups. This fall featured a program designed to prepare people interested in the Rites of Confirmation or Reception while this year’s Wednesdays in Lent series involved the congregations of the deanery sharing in a common program led by different presenters each week. It was called “Seek. . .Knock. . .Ask: A Lenten Journey of Discovery”. The Thursday morning book study group discussed Love Wins by Rob Bell. The newly formed Off Island Book Group is discussing What Is the Bible? also by Rob Bell. 

All Saints also maintains an extensive library for self-directed study.

Carol Coonley

EfM (Education for Ministry)

EfM is a unique parish-based program of theological education designed to help laity to become theologically informed and articulate.  Through study of scripture, history, theology, ethics, and spirituality, small groups read and reflect on how God is calling them to work in the world.  EfM is a program of the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

At All Saints we have an EfM group that meets in weekly seminars on Wednesdays during the academic year.  This year we have group members in the first year studying the Hebrew Scriptures, members in the second year studying the New Testament, members in the third year studying Church History, and members in the fourth year studying Theology and Ethics.

Two members of All Saints, Pam Cooper and Babs Knapp, graduated from EfM in 2018, and one member, John Phillips, will graduate in May 2019.  

Registration for the 2019-2020 academic year begins in May 2019, and seminars will begin in September 2019.  For information, contact Marilyn Roper at 843-363-6696 or at

Marilyn Roper, EfM Mentor


Building & Grounds Commission
Vestry liaison: Tony Rizza

For the fifth year I have continued as head of Building & Grounds. The challenge this year as always is dealing with a campus that is older and in constant need of repair and upkeep.  In 2018:

  • We replaced two large HVAC units that supply heat and cooling to the main church.  

  • We made roof repairs in many areas of the church as a result of finding wood rot and water damage.  

  • The freezer in the kitchen was replaced.  

  • We embarked on a new service for our cleaning of the building by changing cleaning services.  

  • We hired a new service to maintain the exterior landscaping of the campus.  

  • Several additional trees causing problems left over from Hurricane Mathew were removed.  

  • The second-floor flooring of the main building was professionally cleaned by an outside company.  

  • The walls of most of the second-floor space were freshly painted, thanks in part to the work of the volunteer painting crew.  

  • Lastly, we have done a great deal of improvement around the grounds outside of the church with new plantings and reworking of the irrigation system. This was spearheaded by many hours of work provided by Bob Reuter and volunteers.  

Tony Rizza, Junior Warden


Children, Youth & Family Ministry
Vestry liaison: Leslie Martin

2018 was a year of increased programming activity, but with a smaller “core” group than in previous years.  Our dedicated staff person, CYF Coordinator Lindsay Ernst, has worked hard to identify activities that our current families value and can commit to, while also serving the needs of our congregation.  ‘Not an easy task!  This process will continue.  

CYF coordinated several events, such as:

  • the CYF art show on Palm Sunday, where our youth displayed their paintings and murals of symbols of Christianity during coffee hour; 

  • compiling fixings for the Shrove Tuesday pancake supper;

  • hosting coffee hour twice during the year;

  • arranging the annual Easter egg hunt for 50+ children;

  • participating in the gospel reading during the 10:15 service as well as helping weekly during the Offertory with the red wagon (food bank donations);

  • hosting three beach outings for CYF during the summer months;

  • hosting the annual parish picnic during May;

  • hosting October’s parish-wide Fall Frolic;

  • assembling food baskets at Deep Well during Thanksgiving; and,

  • coordinating the Nativity dramatization during the Christmas Eve service.

Additional involvement includes music, the acolyte corps, and the nursery. 

MUSIC.  Jason Wright, ASEC’s music director, was instrumental in developing Novus Ringers, a children’s two-octave hand bell ensemble for ages 8 and up.  This group practices every Sunday during the school year for 45 minutes during coffee hour.

ACOLYTES.  Our faithful corps is growing up!  We lost one of our regular acolytes due to high school graduation.  We are now down to two high school kids who share the task with acolyte coordinator Brad Tufts.  We typically have one acolyte per Sunday for the 10:15 service.  We are always looking for volunteers who may be interested in serving.

CONFIRMATION.  Working with the Rector, confirmation classes are available during certain times of the year.  

NURSERY.  Our nursery is open from 10am – noon every Sunday (except Christmas week) and is staffed by our faithful and professional child care employee, Kharnesheia Ferguson, as well as one adult volunteer.  This means we are in charge of filling at least 51 volunteer spots during the year!  We could not do this without our volunteer scheduler, Brenda Hand.

PRESCHOOL.  At the beginning of 2018, CYF’s goal was for the CYF vestry representative to meet with the Preschool Director and a Preschool parent once every quarter in order to facilitate the sharing of information and identify ways in which we could support one another.  Due to last-minute scheduling conflicts, only one meeting was conducted.  ‘Room for improvement!

Lastly, we elected not to host Vacation Bible School (“VBS”) this year.  This offered us the opportunity to not overtax our wonderful, dependable (and older) volunteer pool who already donate so much of their time to other ministries within the parish and diocese.    

2018 marks my final year of having the privilege to serve on All Saints’ vestry.  In looking ahead to 2019 I am reminded of All Saints’ welcoming and inclusive nature, and I pray that the parish will keep CYF in their thoughts as we are reminded that they are our future.

“Children are valued and nurtured here, and we have a commitment to help them learn to worship.  They may not always understand what is going on, but they can know that this is a place where they are loved and accepted.”

Leslie Martin


Communications Commission
Vestry liaisons: Kerry Grant, Carol Grish

In the spring, All Saints transferred the web-based church directory to an on-line, interactive one, “Instant Church Directory”, allowing members to access the directory via smart-phone, computer, etc.  2018 saw a revision to long-range calendar planning, including a new Calendar Request form.  The Vestry approved the Commission’s recommendation to officially adopt the All Saints logo (which appears at the top of this report). 

Much of the Commission’s meeting time was devoted to discussion of the web-site, resulting in a shift from a static calendar to a Google calendar and a major “pruning” of out-of-date material, some of which was moved to a new archive section, others simply dropped.  Web-Master Jessie McIlwee has been working on several iterations of a proposed new layout for the web, which will be implemented in 2019.

Throughout the year, clergy, staff, Vestry members, and committee chairs and members generated materials to maintain the flow of communications appearing on the web-site and Facebook site, weekly e-blasts, print advertisements, brochures, flyers, and the reception-area monitor – not to mention the multiple print materials for the three weekly worship services.   

Thanks to the Commission members: Father Mark Brinkmann, Joyce Emmett, Kerry Grant, Carol Grish, Bill Jordan, Jessie McIlwee, John Phillips, Tony Rizza, and Jason Wright.

Kerry Grant, Chair


Finance Commission  
Vestry liaisons: Jack Case, Joyce Emmet, Mark Szen

Not unlike the financial markets, 2018 was characterized by significant volatility in All Saints’ financial performance.  The year started strong and, through April, revenue was about $15,000 over budget and we had a $20,000 operating surplus.   However, over the next seven months, revenue fell significantly.  In fact, by the end of November, revenue was $55,000 below budget and we faced a $95,000 operating deficit!  Amazingly, December’s total revenue was almost $150,000 (an all-time record) reducing the deficit to $23,000 as of December 31.  For the year, Total Revenue was about $11,000 below budget and Total Expenses were about $12,000 over budget resulting in the $23,000 operating deficit.  Revenues included $48,000 of shortfall reduction contributions, so the results would have been much worse without these.  Thanks to everybody who contributed.  In light of this, the Finance Committee recommended, and the Vestry approved, that any contributions received in January 2019 but designated to be applied to the 2018 deficit would be accounted for as income for 2018. 

Unfortunately, the financial outlook for 2019 is also bad.  Through December 31, giving commitments for 2019 are $724,000, almost $100,000 below our target.  And, with expenses related to Fr. Rick’s retirement and the additional costs to recruit, interview, and relocate our new rector, we can only expect the annual deficit to increase by as much as $50,000-75,000.  Our cash reserves plus our access to our line of credit at South State Bank will enable us to meet our cash needs during this time of deficits.  Fortunately, with these transition costs behind us, 2020 looks like our opportunity to balance our budget and begin to repay the deficits of 2018 and 2019.  However, this will be dependent on future giving levels.

Some of the volatility in contributions could be the impact of the new tax law.  We will need a few years to better understand the impact on our income.

Now for some good news.  After five years, financial activity in the More Than We Can Imagine fund has basically ended.  But what a success!!  We have received $617,000 versus pledges of $637,000 or 97%.  Churchwide averages for capital campaign collection rates are much lower.  We have been able to complete all the planned projects and actually have a little money left.  Thanks to everyone who participated.

The All Saints Pre-School completed fiscal 2018 with a $12,000 surplus.  The budget for fiscal 2019 shows another slight surplus.

A substantial courtyard renovation has been proposed which is covered elsewhere in this annual report.  As exciting as this project could be, the Finance Commission believes that the funding of this effort must not interfere with our ability to fund our daily operations. 

An internal financial review for the year ended December 31, 2017 was conducted by the three-person Audit Committee.  The purpose was to determine if approved church procedures were being followed with respect to personnel, counters, accounts payable and vestry approvals.  Three minor exceptions were noted which have since been addressed.

The Finance Committee works closely with the All Saints Foundation, which completed a very successful year.  During 2018, the Foundation developed an investment strategy working with the Episcopal Church Foundation in New York.  This was timely in that the Foundation received a very large contribution shortly thereafter.  The Foundation will annually determine how much to withdraw from the funds and the Vestry will determine how to use it for purposes other than church operations.

Many thanks to all members of the Finance Commission, including Counters, Finance Committee members, All Saints Foundation Board members and office volunteers for their active participation and significant contributions to All Saints.  We are particularly grateful to Lesley Gilbert for her four years as Chair of the Finance Commission and to Paul Ostergard who will be stepping down as Board Chair of the All Saints Foundation. 

Respectfully Submitted,
Jack Case


Outreach Commission
Vestry liaison: Carol Coonley, John Phillips

(It should be noted that with the exception of the Rector’s discretionary account, local and national outreach is not supported by the ASEC operating fund.)

Local Outreach

Angel Tree
Sandy Grant, Chair

In November Angel Trees were placed around our campus with two kinds of tags: One was an invitation to give a $25 donation so that a child who faithfully attended a Neighborhood Outreach Connection (NOC) after school study program would receive as a Christmas gift a $25 gift card to Wal-Mart. The second tag invited a donor to buy a gift for the One-Day Christmas Store at the Bible Missionary Baptist Church in Bluffton. 

The $25 gift cards were distributed to the NOC children at their pre-Christmas party, and were greatly appreciated. Many volunteers appeared at the All Saints’ library to make price tags for the One-Day Store, where the gifts are marked 75% off. Volunteers also packed all the toys for transport to the Store. All proceeds from the One-Day Store are donated to charity.

We received the following report from Pastor Paul Hamilton of the Bible Missionary Baptist Church, regarding the contributions our parishioners made to the One-Day Christmas Store, and also several Walmart gift cards that one of our parishioners donated to his church:

“We want to again express the joy of the time we shared on Saturday. The sale was a huge success. This is the first year we completely sold out (90-95%).  Our total sales netted $793.00.   $400.00 will go to the American Cancer Society, directed to children's research. The balance goes to the Bible Missionary Ministry, to be used for food and medical assistance. The gift cards are being given to those on our sick and shut-in list, those that we know for a fact are having difficult times making ends meet. We truly have our hearts warmed by these things and we thank God for you all for the heart of God that you have. It is on my heart to have some kind of fellowship event for early spring. Keep thinking. Will keep in touch and look for you to do the same. With Love from The Bible Missionary Baptist Church (Pastor Paul)

PS, This event [the One-Day Christmas Store] is helping us develop a relationship with the Hispanic neighbors, which is also a blessing!!” 

Garden Tour
Terry Orr, Chair 2018, and Barbara Peterson, Chair 2019

The 31st Annual Garden Tour took place on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

In advance of the Tour, a Premier Party was held to honor the garden owners. 80 tickets were sold at $25 per ticket for income of $2,000.  Ten of the 12 owners were present. Parishioners provided wine, flowers, food. The musicians were from the junior jazz foundation courtesy of the Jazz Corner.

Terry Orr distributed the proceeds from the 2018 Garden Tour of $25,000 at the 10:15 Service on Sept.16, 2018 to Antioch Education Center, Backpack Buddies of Bluffton, Backpack Buddies of Hilton Head, Safe Harbor, and St. Stephens Food Bank. Each received $5,000. (In 2017 there were six recipients, each of whom received $4,900.) In 2019 there will again be six recipients, including the five above. The size of the grants will depend on money raised by the tour. Net distributable income from the Garden Tour has been declining.

The 2019 Garden Tour will be held May 18, 2019. 38 parishioners currently serve on the Garden Tour Board.

One Blood
MaryAnne Good, Chair

The people of All Saints hosted two successful Blood Drives in 2018 to benefit the One Blood Organization.

May 12, 2018:  With a goal of 15 units we had 31 appointments and 20 completed donations.

December 15, 2018:  We had a goal of 18 with 32 appointments and 25 completed donations. 

The tentative dates for 2019 are May 4th and November 23.

Project IMPACT

Project IMPACT is a mentoring program for children at Hilton Head public schools. Several parishioners have made this a personal ministry. Feedback from school administration and faculty continues to be very positive.

Volunteers in Medicine

In addition to the administrative and professional support provided by many ASEC parishioners, the Vestry determined that a portion of the food donations made each month be donated to ViM’s pantry.


National and International Outreach

Dominican Republic Mission Group
Steve Tabor, Coordinator
Mission Chairs: Steve Tabor, Augie Ghessie

The Dominican Mission Group (DMG) sponsored by All Saints and supported by St. Mark’s had a reasonably successful 2018, supporting children and adults in the DR.  As explained in last year’s report, we lost our leadership for medical mission and were unsuccessful in finding a replacement. We did conduct construction and Vacation Bible School mission trips, provided school scholarships for students in need at the two schools in Barahona, and sent shoes. Each of these activities is highlighted below.

Construction Trip

The construction trip took placed May 5 – 11. Jan Cooper, Augie Ghessie, Rick Lindsey and Steve Tabor built a playground set for the Cathedral school in Santo Domingo.  It is hoped that this installation will attract more students to the school.

Vacation Bible School

Pam Cooper and Steve Tabor traveled to the DR to assist with vacation bible school at the two churches in Barahona. For several reasons, attendance was down.

School Scholarships

Pam Cooper took over the scholarship program. Thus far, All Saints parishioners have contributed over $ 13,000 to the fund. Due to improved changes in the public-school system in the DR, the two schools in Barahona can no longer compete. Thus, they are now focusing on pre-school and kindergarten. The money collected will support more children than in the past due to lower costs.

Shoe Ministry (Happy Feet)

This year, we collected and sent about 400 pairs of shoes to the DR, which are distributed throughout the diocese.  Shoes are donated from a variety of sources.

DMG Leadership

After 7 years, Steve Tabor resigned his role of his role in coordinating DMG activities. His leadership and commitment have been outstanding.

DMG Retreat

As you can see from this report, this mission is changing. There is a new bishop in the DR whose priorities for the diocese may have changed. Members of the DMG group met for a morning retreat on October 22 to discuss the future.  Father Roy Tripp from St. Mark’s facilitated. As a result of the discussion, a small delegation (Rick Lindsey, Augie Ghessie and Roy Tripp) visited Santo Domingo in November to meet with the new bishop to establish a relationship and discover what his priorities are for mission work in the DR.

Sewing for Hope
Chair, Jo Anne Rizza

We made over 200 dresses for the orphans in Tanzania to support Sewing For Hope - The Tumaini Fund USA. Father Rick blessed the dresses and we tucked our love notes to the girls in the dress pockets.


ASEC was visited by Susan Wilson, Founder and CEO of the Tumaini Fund. Dr. Wilson attended a dinner on April 17, 2018 at ASEC to speak about the organization and its mission and was present at services on Sunday, April 22, to participate in the blessing of Sewing for Hope dresses. Feedback from those who were present at the dinner was universally positive and felt that Dr. Wilson’s presentation was powerful.


Parish Life Commission
Vestry liaison: Jack Case

The thirteen Parish Life ministries enjoyed a positive 2018.  All the ministries somehow relate to fellowship within the parish.  Two are for women only, one is for men only and the rest are open to everybody.  Six of these meet for a meal and two for hors d’oeuvres.  Two facilitate gatherings at church and three provide support and fellowship to parishioners in need.  Three of the groups are under new leadership this year and are moving forward nicely.  All are described in more detail on the All Saints website and all are always looking to welcome new members.  Whether you are new to the Parish or a long-term member looking to make some new contacts, one or more of the Parish Life Ministries could be for you. 

Seasonal Saints

Seasonal Saints is a fellowship group for parishioners who are on Hilton Head for only part of the year.  Our gatherings are planned for the first Monday of the month from November through April.  We meet in parishioners’ homes, and attendance during 2018 ran from around 20 in the fall and late spring to more than 50 during the winter months.  Newcomers are always welcome.

Men’s Breakfast Group

Over the past year, the All Saint’s Episcopal Church Men’s Breakfast Group had an unusual year.  We started off the year by cancelling our January Breakfast due to SNOW…go figure.  During the year we decided to change locations and moved to the British Open Pub in Bluffton after our former location had labor issues.  The new location offers good or better food, ample parking, and a pleasant environment for our fellowship.  During the year our attendance in the Fall and Winter months has grown to 17 to 18 attendees.  During the Summer months we averaged about 10 attendees.  Our growth has come from Hilton Head, Bluffton, and Sun City.  We encourage everyone to join in the fellowship and a healthy (?) breakfast on the first Wednesday of each month.  Please contact Howard Coonley at to get on the email notice list.

Jack Case


Stewardship Commission
Vestry liaisons: John Phillips, Mark Szen


With Great Thanks to Marilyn Adams, Mike Binford, Mark Brinkmann, Jack Case, Joyce Emmett, Bill and Robin Jordan, Roberta Koonce, Rick Lindsey, Jessie McIlwee, Joan Reusswig, Mark Szen, Linda Phillips, and others I have very likely failed to mention.

This year has been one of changing expectations.

As of September, we began to have an expectation of a significant shortfall in this year’s giving. It initially appeared that it could be as much as 50 to 70 thousand dollars. Through Mark Szen’s hard work and persistence much has been done to close the gap. Though we will not know until year end, it seems likely that the deficit will reduce to 20 to 30 thousand dollars or less. Fingers are crossed.

This year’s Thanks to God Giving is well along with phone call follow-up to begin any moment as of the above date. So far, we are seeing an overall increase to individual Giving Card indications, but we are still in need of nearly 90 commitments to reach our goal. (I shall append Mark Szen’s year-end update.)

In Stewardship’s other role of a broad oversight of Missions and Ministries, I shall defer to Carol Clapp Coonley – Outreach and Adult Christian Education, Karen Reuter - Music and Worship, Jack Case – Parish Life, Leslie Martin – Children Youth and Family, and Lisa Ghessie – Welcoming.

Further, I shall defer to Paul Ostergard regarding some very exciting news from the ASEC Foundation/ Pelican Society/Planned Giving.

Meetings of the Stewardship Committee were held on July 7, July 30, and August 16, 2018.

As we speak of changing expectations, it must be noted that the Stewardship Committee has shrunk to about five members. Some have stepped down after having served fabulously for long periods and others have (sadly) simply not shown up. It must be one of the primary efforts of the next Stewardship Chair to seek out a number of parishioners ready willing and able to assist in our stewardship efforts.

Finally, we at All Saints must each work to be sure we are properly devoting our generosity to God through our chosen conduit. Our love and caring for each other as well as those we serve in so many ways must be supported and augmented to the best of each of our abilities. That support is vital to the future of ASEC and all we do!

Respectfully Submitted,
John W. G. Phillips, Chair

“Discovering Our Spiritual Gifts Workshop” Ministry

This ministry provides a workshop that allows participants to discover their spiritual gifts. We observe how those gifts relate to the participants’ personality and interests as well as how they affect the choices they make.  We then further explore how our relationship with God grows as we more closely align our gifts with our activities and how we choose to serve. 

The workshop is offered once a year during February. Pre-registration for the workshop is required. Participants receive a packet of material when they pre-register and another during the workshop to facilitate the process and to provide material for them to use in the future.  It is open to all parishioners of ASEC and advertised through both the church bulletin and E-Blasts.  We extend a personal invitation to all those who have joined All Saints during the previous year as well as to any new vestry members who have not previously taken the workshop. 

Currently there are eight members serving in the ministry and thirteen people took the workshop in February 2018. To date, fifty-three people have taken the workshop at ASEC. 

Respectfully submitted,
Laurie Rotella, Chair


Welcoming Commission
Vestry liaison: Lisa Ghessie

Welcoming evolved over the course of 2018 to include adjustments in clergy responsibilities. Mark Brinkmann oversees the “Welcoming” of newcomers and Pam Fahrner oversees the “Integration”.  Welcoming starts at the front door with our Greeters. We currently have a rotation of 8 Greeters for the 8 am service and 30 Greeters for the 10:15 service.  A Newcomer’s Dinner was held in the spring and two were held in the fall. All of the prior visitor records have been transferred to our in-house computer system. This enables any staff member to access these records on site and update appropriately. Thirty-three new members were registered in the database this year.  A New Member Sunday will be held in January for these new members.

Pam Fahrner created a Connection Station in Gordon Mann Hall as a central place where people can get information about getting connected in the church.  There are currently 24 parishioners who have volunteered to man the Connection Station at the 10:15 Coffee Hour and the Saturday@5 fellowship hour.  The desk holds a wide variety of connection information to include confirmation and membership forms, contact information forms, name badge requests, prayer list requests, welcome cards, ECW email list, and website information. For those seeking a way to get involved there is a listing of ministries by topic and ministries by time commitment. Pam also instituted “First Serve” a concept where prospective volunteers are allowed to test drive a service opportunity with no strings attached. The goal is for people to try out different ministries until they find one that fits.

Lisa Ghessie


Worship Commission
Vestry liaison: Karen Reuter


Only five people served as acolytes at All Saints in 2018, and the majority of Sunday 10:15 services were covered by either Caitlin Lewis or Kyle Martin. Their loyalty and dedication has been deeply appreciated by the scheduler. Because of having so few acolytes, we are able to schedule only one person each Sunday.

Those serving in 2018 were Hayden Garniewicz, Aishling Lewis, Caitlin Lewis, Kyle Martin and Brad Tufts.

As I indicated in my report last year, it would certainly be nice to have additional acolytes. As I also indicated, I will continue to schedule them and can train them, but I am not in a position to recruit them.

Respectfully submitted,
Brad Tufts, Scheduler

Altar Guild

Altar Guild membership is slowly but steadily growing. As Saturday @5:00 expanded to every Saturday, we needed new Altar Guild members, and we did successfully recruit people for this service. We currently have approximately twenty-six members of both sexes.

Training, per usual, for new members occurs via a new person "shadowing" an experienced member, until he or she feels ready to solo. In November, we reached out to ECW with the possibility of recruiting new members. However, most new members result from word-of-mouth explanations of the ministry.

We have been blessed by two substantial gifts this year, a green frontal donated by Karen Reuter in memory of her Mother and green lectern hangings donated by Linda and John Phillips, in memory of their respective parents. These generous gifts have enhanced the worship of all parishioners, especially since green is the color of Ordinary Time and is thus used for nine months of the year.

In addition, Altar Guild purchased new linens to replace ones that were aging, discolored, and/or thin. We purchased 6 new purificators, 2 new palls, 2 new lavabo towels, and 2 new corporals. These are now in weekly circulation. We also kept up with our needs for credence candles, wine, and wafers, of course.

We plan to have an in-church workday to be scheduled in early 2019, with the intent of straightening and polishing; all members will be invited to attend. We hope that the new interim will join us for refreshments, so that he can meet us and we can meet him.  Our workday saves the church money by avoiding professional treatment of brass and silver.

The Altar Guild is a quiet but very fulfilling ministry, and we all appreciate the honor of our call to serve God and God’s people.

Nancy Binford and Linda Phillips

Centering Prayer

The Centering Prayer Group meets every Monday at 11:15, in the Deacon’s office upstairs.  The gathering is open to all, not just All Saints parishioners, and we have been joined on occasion by Presbyterians and Catholics.  

We play a recording which features twenty minutes of silence followed by music to end the quiet session.  The goal is to attempt to clear the mind of thoughts and be present to God.  Over time, the procedure can help on one’s spiritual journey.  Immediate results should not be expected.  We close with individuals taking turns asking intercessory prayers and then we end with the Lord’s Prayer. We require no funding and invite anyone interested to join our group.

Flower Guild

Since parish membership has increased, more has been expected of the Guild with the same, limited

storage space which has been a subject of this report for several years.  In addition, we were originally budgeted $5,000 for total expenses this year and had spent $3,665 through October ($3,710 had been collected by that time.  In 2018 we have happily provided extra resources for the retirement parties, the Bishop's visit, several Memorial services, and an upcoming wedding.

It would be nice to have funds for training new Flower Guild people. It would be nice to have the

proper storage space in a properly sized Flower Guild Room. It would nice to be administratively

recognized for the work the Flower Guild does for the church. Without addressing these issues, I fear the Flower Guild's mission will have to be simplified.


Shirley Pearse, Flower Guild Chair

Healing Ministry

The Healing Ministry is a body of Eucharistic healing ministers, currently ten active members, who serve each Sunday at the 10:15 service to listen to, pray for and with members of the parish seeking to honor specific needs at each encounter. Upon leaving the Hay chapel, parishioners are gifted with a prayer token to keep with them as a tangible reminder of God’s abiding love and presence. We are all very grateful and thankful to continue this ministry into the new year.  

Leslie Pickel and Pam Divan

Lay Eucharistic Ministry

Twenty-five men and women served as Lay Eucharistic Ministers/Lay Readers at All Saints during 2018. The LEMs assisted at the 8:00 and 10:15 services on Sundays, at the 10 a.m. service on Thursdays and at various special services throughout the year, including Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Eve, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.  Those serving as LEMs were Sherm Barker, Patty Blackmon, Tom Calanni, Judy Cote, Pam Crossley, Kerry Grant, Peg Hamilton, Marisa Hay, Carol Horowitz, Dave Howell, Michael Jordan, Marjorie Milbrandt, Mary Kay Montgomery, Bob Moore, Samantha Nochita, Steve Padolik, John Phillips, David Poole, Karen Reuter, Dave Saunders, Loni Saunders, Willis Shay, Monica Stephens, Bob Taylor and Brad Tufts.

We were delighted to welcome Pam, Marisa, Carol and Samantha as new LEMs in 2018.

We have been generally able to schedule each person once a month, but this becomes difficult at times because of absences during the summer and when people are travelling. There is no limit on the number we could have on the roster, and we particularly need additional people for the 8:00 Sunday and 10:00 Thursday services.

Respectfully submitted,
Brad Tufts, Scheduler and Coordinator

Sacred Storytellers

In 2018, the Sacred Storytellers completed the sixth year of their ministry to present scriptural readings in a fresh and meaningful way. We added several new readers, including one youth member, in 2018. 

Our 14 Storytellers continue to offer Old and New Testament readings 2-3 times a month and more on special occasions like Holy Week and the Easter Vigil. 

Bob Taylor, Coordinator


For most of 2018, I served as overall coordinator and trainer of ushers and scheduled ushers for 10:15 services, memorial services, and special services including Easter and Christmas services. Bob Taylor continued to handle scheduling for the 8:00 services. After three years as coordinator, I stepped down in September due to an upcoming move out of the area.

At the end of 2017, one 10:15 usher team was dissolved due to health concerns of the members. All members of the dissolved team were moved to new teams or added to the list of substitute ushers. The transition to four 10:15 teams occurred smoothly with no apparent problems. During the year, the identity of the team captain had changed for two teams, with Jim Moore assuming leadership for Team 3 and Howard Coonley assuming leadership for Team 2.

Entering 2019, there are four 10:15 teams of five each with seven substitutes. The 8AM teams are transitioning to another format appropriate for the reduced attendance at the early services. Until someone is identified to assume the usher coordinator role, the four 10:15 team leaders will rotate as coordinator on a quarterly basis. In addition, Gretchen Spiridopoulos will assume responsibility for scheduling ushers for memorial and special services.

Jim Osberg, Coordinator