Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting:
Sunday, January 30
10:15am
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Rector’s Report

Rev. Denise Trogdon, Rector

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15


The story of our year together in 2021 has been flexibility and faithfulness. We have traveled a journey, moving forward together, only knowing the next few steps ahead. It has required creativity and nimble spirits, willing to pivot as our circumstances changed. Our vestry regathering subgroup has worked hard this year to develop protocols with everyone’s safety as a top priority. Despite all of the transitions this year, our community is strong and growing.


While we held outdoor worship services in the first quarter of 2021, we shifted to in person, masked services, indoors at Pentecost, and gradually reinstated our hospitality. Many of the  worship ministries such as readers and ushers, altar and flower guild reinitiated their schedules to support indoor worship. Ministries remained vital through the use of zoom technology, and we held our first virtual new member social, to recognize those who joined All Saints in the previous months. Later in the year we held an in person, new member luncheon that included 18 people. We continue to add new members to the All Saints community.


The Sacred Ground Classes began in January with thirty participants, and in October of 2021, a new set of classes began. This new educational endeavor inspired more efforts to formalize a Social Justice Ministry. This program is developing both educational and service opportunities and forging new community partnerships. We began a new Adult Education program between the two Sunday services called Humble Ponderings. Women’s Bible Study and Men’s Forum continued to meet regularly throughout the year. A new preschool task force was formed to explore opportunities to expand our program to better meet the needs of a diverse community. Saturday@5 hosted an outdoor jazz concert and a zoom Mardi Gras celebration.


After saying goodbye to our former Music Director, Jason Wright, we embarked upon a search process. Suade Anderson served faithfully as our Interim Music Director, and has brought a new and fresh perspective to the music program. He has been named our new permanent Music Director. The choir is growing and we have added some professional support to both our Saturday and Sunday Music programs. This has enabled us to move the Director from a full-time to a part-time position. We are thrilled with all that Suade brings to us and welcome him.


With Mark Szen’s relocation, we had some shifts this year in our finance department. Jack Case is serving as Treasurer and Mick Jaeger who has served two years as our Finance Manager, will be relocating. We have recently hired  Blair Milburn as our new Finance Manager. We converted to an updated database that will more adequately service our membership and finance needs. With last year’s hire of Brian Hayes as our Buildings and Grounds Manager, we have embarked upon some much needed maintenance and repair. He will be overseeing a list of projects this year. We also raised funds and completed a refurbishment project for the front entrance and the narthex. 


In August of 2021, we elected our Diocesan Bishop Ruth Woodliff-Stanley and she has presided at her first Diocesan convention. She has provided much support and guidance to clergy and we look forward to an exciting year ahead with her leadership. Our new vestry and staff will explore creative ways to continue our regathering and building programs in the coming year. We have so much for which to be thankful, and I add my personal thanks to each of you for your enduring support and encouragement. Let us with joy and peace move forward together with grateful hearts.  


Blessings,
Denise+

Senior Warden’s Report

 

What a tumultuous year! Pandemic changes have been two steps forward and one step back, and while our situation is better, we all still must deal with the restrictions on personal interactions and fellowship. Zoom meetings have proliferated, including this Annual Meeting. Despite these limitations, the All Saints community is strong, vital,  and stable, due to the hard work and tireless efforts of our clergy, staff, vestry, and parish members. You all have my strongest thanks and deepest appreciation for your faithfulness.


We have lost several long-time members this year, and we are saddened at their passing. We have met many new members as we continue to attract and welcome people to the Low Country. As our Finance report shows, we are maintaining a steady position, due in large part to the faithful giving of the parish. Last year, we received 99% of our pledges. Hopefully, 2022 will allow us to grow even more. Again, my thanks to everyone who supports our church.


We said good-bye to several staff members this year, and we have welcomed several new ones: Brian Hayes, Building Manager; Suade Anderson, Music Director; and Blair Milburn, Business Manager. Each is a welcome addition to our strong staff. We elected a new Bishop this year, and we enjoyed a wonderful visit from the Right  Reverend Ruth Woodliff-Stanley in December. Her calm, guiding presence and strong leadership will help our diocese prosper.


I want to alert you to a big upcoming project: the repair and repainting of the church building. Cleaning and pressure-washing revealed several significant areas with wood rot. After repairs, the building will need to be painted when the temperature permits. The outside of our building has not been painted in over thirty years, and we must address these repairs and repainting as soon as possible. The cost is estimated at between $40,000 and $50,000, depending on the scope of the damage. We have a building reserve fund which can cover the repairs, but the fund will obviously need replenishing. I hope that you can help us with a special gift, much as many of you did after Hurricane Mathew and in our renovations of the reception area and narthex this last year. If we all can buy a couple of gallons of paint (which costs about $25.00 per gallon), we can replenish the building reserve fund, in case of any future, unforeseen building needs.


I look forward to seeing each of you in person, if we can, on Zoom, if we must. Thank you again for your faithfulness in challenging times.
Michael Binford
Senior Warden

Junior Warden’s Report

 

In January, just before I began to serve on the vestry as junior warden, I read Bishop Michael Curry’s book, Love is the Way. I was so captivated by his message (and subtitle):  “Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times'' that I recommended to the rector and senior warden that the vestry read a chapter each month and share the passage that most resonated with them and impacted their ministry at All Saints.  I believe the Bishop’s message influenced many of our actions this year as we dealt with the ups and downs of Covid 19 and the changes in our church population.


Serving with many others in the newly created “social justice'' initiative was a significant part of my involvement with All Saints this year.  I took the Sacred Ground course under the talented leadership of  Laurie Rotella and Bob Taylor.  I am a member of the Social Justice committee and the Outreach Committee where I continue to serve on the Garden Tour board and work with high school staff as we seek to secure approval for using grant money from the national church. This grant is intended to provide opportunities for low income students and their families to ensure equal access for all.  If approved, our grant will enable the high school robotics team to expand their offerings to the elementary and middle schools to excite children about the possibilities of technology.


I am actively involved in children’s ministries.  I collaborate with Jessie McIlwee, who does an outstanding job planning Children’s Chapel.  She has done it remotely as well as live this year and I have enjoyed being her assistant (along with other parishioners) on Sundays.  In addition, I consulted with  Brenda Hand who coordinated the Sunday Nursery prior to its suspension because of Covid 19.  I work closely with the preschool staff and the preschool advisory board as we return after the Covid shutdown.  We currently employ 4 teachers, including the director, and serve 24 children.  We are exploring ways on how the preschool could better serve our community.  A number of parishioners with backgrounds in education are collaborating in this initiative.


I am a member of the planning team for the Saturday @ 5 service and participate as an altar guild member, reader, and hospitality coordinator.  Although we’ve had a significant change in the lay leadership of this group, newer members are stepping up and are involved in all aspects of the service.  Attendance continues to grow as we continue to attract new members to the parish.


Finally, I serve on the personnel committee, the finance committee, the regathering committee, and provided support to the stewardship committee by stuffing pledge envelopes and delivering a stewardship minute to the congregation.


It is a joy to worship and serve at All Saints Episcopal Church,
Joyce Emmett
Junior Warden  

All Saints Preschool 2021-2022

Director Bonnie Fick

2021 has continued to be a challenging year for All Saints Preschool with the Covid Percent Positive numbers constantly changing. I have kept my faith, and with the help of State Grants the Preschool budget is thriving.
 
Enrollment increased to 19 children last January after starting the Preschool year off with 12 students. The 3 and 4 yr. old classroom had full enrollment with Ms. Rickey and I as the teachers. The 2yr. old classroom reopened with Ms. Sarah as the teacher.
 
This August, enrollment increased enough to open all 3 classrooms and hire a wonderful new teacher, Ms. Karlie, for the 4-year-old room. However, when masking became required of all teachers and students, eight families dropped out and classrooms were once again condensed back down to 2 rooms.
 
This January, enrollment is up to 23 families and 25 students. The 2-year-old classroom is full, and I anticipate opening all 3 classrooms back up in the fall. The Preschool Board is also discussing starting an extended day program to help more working families in the community be able to send their children to learn, grow, and love at All Saints Preschool.

Finance Commission

Chair: Jack Case

 

For 2021, operating revenues were $801,000 but operating expenses were $889,000 resulting in a deficit of $88,000.   Both revenues and expenses were within 2% of our budgeted amounts so there weren’t any surprises.  Expenses were maintained at 2017 levels but revenues have been negatively impacted by the reduction of in-person services and meetings from covid.  This operating deficit was lower than the budgeted deficit.  Our saving grace for the past two years has been Payroll Protection Plan loans from the Federal Government.  Both our 2020 loan and our 2021 loan were forgiven by the Small Business Administration in 2021.  Combined, these loans added $201,000 of revenue to the church and another $67,000 to All Saints pre-school.  As a result, the church concluded 2021 with a $113,000 surplus!  And our cash and securities balances at yearend were near record levels.

Obviously, this financial strategy of a large operating deficit offset by government grants is not a recipe for future success.  But the 2022 church budget also calls for a large operating deficit of $63,700.  The new budget calls for a $2,000 reduction of expenses and a $23,000 increase in revenues.  Although an improvement from 2021, we must do better.  Our 2022 stewardship campaign goal was to generate $800,000 in pledges.  As the campaign is winding down, we believe we can get to $750,000, the same level we’ve been at for the last five years.  However, this is not enough to fully fund our ministries, programs, outreach and mission.  With the two PPP loans, we have the resources to absorb this deficit this year but we must find ways to increase revenues going forward.

Another challenge for our financial resources is the deteriorating condition of our facilities.  Brian Hayes, our Building and Grounds Manager, has identified major decay in the window and door frames and the railings throughout the building and has determined that the exterior of the facility has never been painted.  He has proposed a project to correct this situation but it will cost $40,000-$50,000.  Fortunately, we’ve been building our maintenance reserves over the last several years and have accumulated about $120,000, so we believe we have the resources to address this project plus other large maintenance projects that our 30 year old facility may need soon.

An important accomplishment in 2021 was the satisfactory conclusion of our 2018 audit.  This audit dragged on for over two years because of covid and some staffing issues at McGregor & Company, the audit firm.  Because of the audit, we were required to restate both 2018 and 2019 earnings.  We reduced 2018 earnings by $58,500 but increased 2019 earnings by the same amount, resulting in a complete offset.   After making these changes, we received a satisfactory audit opinion.  We plan to conduct less rigorous audit examinations for 2019 and 2020 before returning to a full audit for 2021.


The pre-school completed a financially successful calendar 2021.  In addition to the funds from the two PPP loans, it received 3 grants from the State of South Carolina totaling $73,000.  The school was an important contributor to our overall cash position in 2021.

In September and October, we upgraded our Shelby management system.  This had been under consideration for several years but was necessary now because support for the former system was being discontinued.  Both the Membership and Financial modules were converted and appear to be improvements from the prior version.  One upgrade possible with the new system is that our parishioners will be able to access their membership and contribution information online.  More to follow on this new capability.


In early December, we renewed a two-year, $200,000 revolving line of credit facility with South State Bank.  Although hardly needed at this time, we thought it was an inexpensive insurance policy for the future.

The All Saints Foundation enjoyed another year of prosperous growth.  At December 31, 2021 total assets were $675,801.  In 2021, the Foundation distributed $19, 627 to the church which was used to increase our maintenance reserves and to fund both Community and Program Development.  Another distribution for 2022 is being considered.  This is the beauty of the Foundation—long term financial support for our church.


In June, 2021, we sadly said goodbye to Mark Szen, our treasurer for the prior 20 years.  During his tenure, the church experienced growth and financial stability.  He will be missed.  Unfortunately, we were not successful in recruiting a permanent replacement for Mark.  Ultimately, Jack Case, chair of the Finance Commission, agreed to become the new treasurer.  Although this transition has gone well and much has been accomplished, we are still looking for a qualified individual to step into the treasurer role for the longer term.  Any interested candidates should contact Jack.


Also, Mick Jaeger has announced his resignation.  Mick joined All Saints in January, 2020 as Business Manager and has done a fantastic job of supporting the accounting and payroll functions since then.  We wish him well as he and his wife relocate out of the low country.  In the meantime, we were fortunate to hire Blair Milburn as Finance Manager.  Blair will essentially be replacing Mick and has shown an eagerness and aptitude to learn his new role.  Welcome aboard, Blair.

As always, we would like to thank the parish volunteers who are supporting the financial functions—the Finance Committee, the All Saints Foundation Board and the Collection Counters.  Their contributions are very much appreciated.


And I could not conclude this report from the Treasurer without thanking the generous members of this parish.  We have collected almost 100% of our 2021 pledges!  Even though we have not been able to gather together for almost two years, we have continued to support the church financially.  This is truly Saintly behavior.  Thank you very much.

For 2021, operating revenues were $801,000 but operating expenses were $889,000 resulting in a deficit of $88,000.   Both revenues and expenses were within 2% of our budgeted amounts so there weren’t any surprises.  Expenses were maintained at 2017 levels but revenues have been negatively impacted by the reduction of in-person services and meetings from covid.  This operating deficit was lower than the budgeted deficit.  Our saving grace for the past two years has been Payroll Protection Plan loans from the Federal Government.  Both our 2020 loan and our 2021 loan were forgiven by the Small Business Administration in 2021.  Combined, these loans added $201,000 of revenue to the church and another $67,000 to All Saints pre-school.  As a result, the church concluded 2021 with a $113,000 surplus!  And our cash and securities balances at yearend were near record levels.

Obviously, this financial strategy of a large operating deficit offset by government grants is not a recipe for future success.  But the 2022 church budget also calls for a large operating deficit of $63,700.  The new budget calls for a $2,000 reduction of expenses and a $23,000 increase in revenues.  Although an improvement from 2021, we must do better.  Our 2022 stewardship campaign goal was to generate $800,000 in pledges.  As the campaign is winding down, we believe we can get to $750,000, the same level we’ve been at for the last five years.  However, this is not enough to fully fund our ministries, programs, outreach and mission.  With the two PPP loans, we have the resources to absorb this deficit this year but we must find ways to increase revenues going forward.

Another challenge for our financial resources is the deteriorating condition of our facilities.  Brian Hayes, our Building and Grounds Manager, has identified major decay in the window and door frames and the railings throughout the building and has determined that the exterior of the facility has never been painted.  He has proposed a project to correct this situation but it will cost $40,000-$50,000.  Fortunately, we’ve been building our maintenance reserves over the last several years and have accumulated about $120,000, so we believe we have the resources to address this project plus other large maintenance projects that our 30 year old facility may need soon.

An important accomplishment in 2021 was the satisfactory conclusion of our 2018 audit.  This audit dragged on for over two years because of covid and some staffing issues at McGregor & Company, the audit firm.  Because of the audit, we were required to restate both 2018 and 2019 earnings.  We reduced 2018 earnings by $58,500 but increased 2019 earnings by the same amount, resulting in a complete offset.   After making these changes, we received a satisfactory audit opinion.  We plan to conduct less rigorous audit examinations for 2019 and 2020 before returning to a full audit for 2021.


The pre-school completed a financially successful calendar 2021.  In addition to the funds from the two PPP loans, it received 3 grants from the State of South Carolina totaling $73,000.  The school was an important contributor to our overall cash position in 2021.

In September and October, we upgraded our Shelby management system.  This had been under consideration for several years but was necessary now because support for the former system was being discontinued.  Both the Membership and Financial modules were converted and appear to be improvements from the prior version.  One upgrade possible with the new system is that our parishioners will be able to access their membership and contribution information online.  More to follow on this new capability.


In early December, we renewed a two-year, $200,000 revolving line of credit facility with South State Bank.  Although hardly needed at this time, we thought it was an inexpensive insurance policy for the future.

The All Saints Foundation enjoyed another year of prosperous growth.  At December 31, 2021 total assets were $675,801.  In 2021, the Foundation distributed $19, 627 to the church which was used to increase our maintenance reserves and to fund both Community and Program Development.  Another distribution for 2022 is being considered.  This is the beauty of the Foundation—long term financial support for our church.


In June, 2021, we sadly said goodbye to Mark Szen, our treasurer for the prior 20 years.  During his tenure, the church experienced growth and financial stability.  He will be missed.  Unfortunately, we were not successful in recruiting a permanent replacement for Mark.  Ultimately, Jack Case, chair of the Finance Commission, agreed to become the new treasurer.  Although this transition has gone well and much has been accomplished, we are still looking for a qualified individual to step into the treasurer role for the longer term.  Any interested candidates should contact Jack.


Also, Mick Jaeger has announced his resignation.  Mick joined All Saints in January, 2020 as Business Manager and has done a fantastic job of supporting the accounting and payroll functions since then.  We wish him well as he and his wife relocate out of the low country.  In the meantime, we were fortunate to hire Blair Milburn as Finance Manager.  Blair will essentially be replacing Mick and has shown an eagerness and aptitude to learn his new role.  Welcome aboard, Blair.

As always, we would like to thank the parish volunteers who are supporting the financial functions—the Finance Committee, the All Saints Foundation Board and the Collection Counters.  Their contributions are very much appreciated.


And I could not conclude this report from the Treasurer without thanking the generous members of this parish.  We have collected almost 100% of our 2021 pledges!  Even though we have not been able to gather together for almost two years, we have continued to support the church financially.  This is truly Saintly behavior.  Thank you very much.

Stewardship

Vestry liaison: Tom Longin 

 

What Did We Plan to Do … Goals / Priorities?


The Committee entered the new year with firm commitment to its traditional goals: to develop a year around stewardship plan; to craft an educational initiative that would engage Vestry and congregation in a deeper commitment to a broader sense of stewardship; and to implement of an even better organized and more successful pledge campaign. Realistically, with the pandemic still fully affecting all aspects of the global society, bringing the “delayed” 2020 campaign to a close and ensuring a sound foundation for the 2021 campaign would require more of the committee’s attention than expected or planned.
   
In fact, monitoring and reporting on progress toward achieving 2020 campaign goals and preparing for follow up activities (thank you notes and phone calls) engaged the committee in a level of communication that only a pandemic could have induced.  Nonetheless, by mid-March and on through May, with Covid easing a bit and with clergy and parishioners eager to “return to normal” or at least to a more engaged church life, the committee turned its attention to considering how best to support the regathering and rebuilding effort. In addition to a plan for year around stewardship, a “roadmap” for a year of discernment began to take shape – who are we, how do want to be going forward; can we initiate a series of town hall meetings (including a parish retreat) and small group discussions around stewardship; we need to renew ministries and consider a ministry fair; and we need to transition from “keeping us together” to regathering and community building.
   
Although the committee continued discussions about implementation of the “roadmap,” the pandemic again manifested itself in appearance of new variants (delta in the summer and fall, omicron in fall and early winter) and the committee returned to planning and preparing for the annual pledge campaign (theme, timetable, revision and preparation of materials, and identification and solicitation of “stewardship minute” presenters.  And finally, from October to the present, the committee and clergy have focused intently and intentionally on implementing the stewardship pledge campaign (a thoughtful and systematic communication campaign, homilies, stewardship packet, presentation of numerous stewardship minutes, regular monitoring and reporting of campaign results, and a summary report for the Annual Meeting.
What’s Been Accomplished?
   
Clearly, the committee’s major accomplishment over the past two years has been the development, refinement, organization, and implementation of the Annual Pledge Campaign.  In spite of the many obstacles presented by the pandemic, especially the impact on in-person worship and engagement in services and ministries, the congregation not only stayed together and relatively engaged, but members of the church community manifested strong support for the work of the clergy and lay leaders by sustaining participation where possible and by giving generously of time, talent and especially treasure in a challenging social and economic environment.  The culminating result of the 2020 Campaign was an impressive participation rate of 235 pledging units and participation level of $740,000 against aspirational (and pre-pandemic) goals of 250 pledging units and $850,000.   Although the 2022 Pledge Campaign is in its final stages (with delivery of thank you notes and follow-up calls impending), preliminary results are once again substantial and impressive – currently 191 pledging units and a participation level of $695,317 as against revised goals of 240 pledging units and a total return of $800,000.  If pledging and giving behaviors remain steady for the remainder of this year, it is not unreasonable to expect culminating totals of 235 pledging units and $740,000.  Then too, having a well-developed campaign plan and process in place together with a congregation ever more attuned to a contemporary and sophisticated sense of stewardship are as significant as indicators of progress as are the numbers.
   
Finally, although a classic resistance to change and a firm commitment to tradition, combined with the effects of the pandemic (fear, uncertainty and isolation) have done much to impede desired progress toward a richer and deeper sense of stewardship (development of a year around plan together with commensurate practices), the persistence of these priorities on the committee’s agenda, reinforced by serious and thoughtful discussion of a “roadmap” for regathering and rebuilding, have given the deliberations and initiatives of the committee a higher degree of credibility and suggest the arrival of a level of sustainability that could and should enliven and enrich the spirit and practice of stewardship in the years ahead, especially as the damaging effects of the pandemic recede and a more positive energy and spirit is unleashed.

 

What’s On Going?  What’s Been Left Undone?

 

  1. Development and implementation of a year-around stewardship plan

  2. Description and implementation of an educational initiative to engage Vestry and congregation in a deeper understanding of and commitment to stewardship – time, talent and treasure

  3. Enhanced collaboration between stewardship, finance and communications

  4. Sustained improvement of the annual pledge campaign with focus on realistic goals, a more strategic presentation of allocations, and growth in number of participants and level of participation

All Saints Episcopal Church Foundation

On behalf of the Board of the Foundation, I am pleased to announce that we had a successful 2021, though not as we had envisioned. First, what is the All Saints Foundation? The Mission of the All Saints Foundation is to build permanent and non-permanent funds to assist our parish in fulfilling its Christian calling.

 

The Pelican Society recognizes those who have made a legacy commitment to the Foundation. Close to fifty individual members of the society have either already contributed financially to the Foundation or have expressed a commitment. Their commitments range from bequests directly in their wills, through Donor Advised Funds, IRA transfers, or Life Insurance beneficiaries. We do appreciate those of our members who have submitted the form that specifies where their donation will come from, but more importantly, how the donor wishes the funds applied. These funds can be assigned to the Permanent Fund, the Non-Permanent Fund, a combination, or to a specific mission of the church. We will make a concerted effort to have these forms so that we will follow your wishes. If you think you are a Pelican, and you did not receive one of these holiday cards, please reach out to one of the Foundation Board members so that we can get you included.

 

With strong financial support, the Foundation was privileged to make our third distribution based on prior years performance. Following our By-Laws, we distribute 3.75% of the of the average of the previous 5-year performance of the funds to the Vestry. In 2021, as we announced at the last Annual Meeting, we distributed $3,231 from the Non-Permanent Fund and $16,397 from the Permanent Fund, for a total of $19,628. And there is more good news. In 2022, based on solid fund performance, we will be distributing $3,895.92 from the Non-Permanent Fund and $17,199.54 from the Permanent Fund, for a total of $21,095.46, a 7.5% increase. It is also important to note, that these distributions are not to be used for the General Operations of the church. They are to enhance our facility and support new ministries. We closed 2021 with $152,951 in the Non-Permanent Fund and $522,850 in the Permanent Fund.,

 

We are making plans to host a workshop to cover the how to and ways to give. By teaming with the Finance Committee, the Stewardship Committee, and the Episcopal Church Foundation, we will provide practical information for giving. Once clear for in-person meetings, we will host a Pelican Society social event for current and potential Pelican members.

 

I refer you to the Prospectus found on the website for more in-depth information about the goals, structure, and governance of the Foundation. Following advice from the Board and nomination by the rector, the new Board members are to be confirmed at this Annual Meeting. Our nominees this year are:  2nd 3-year terms for Howard Coonley and Sara Hall, a 1st 3-year term for new member Warren Harkness, and Elizabeth Loda will fulfill the remaining year of Carolyn Moore’s term. We ask your approval.

 

In closing, I would like to thank John Phillips who left the board this year and Jack Case who has stepped into the Treasurer role for the Foundation. Finally, we lost two amazing women who helped shape this Foundation, Dottie McIlraith and Carolyn Moore. We honor their memory and redouble our efforts to have the Foundation a vibrant force for All Saints.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Lesley Gilbert, Chair

Howard Coonley, Vice Chair

Sara Hall

Don Hendrickson, Recording Secretary

Jim Titus

 

Jack Case, Treasurer, Ex-Officio

Paul Ostergard, Emeritus Advisor

The Reverend Denise Trogdon, Rector, Ex-Officio

Adult Christian Education Commission

Vestry liaison: Julie Zeccola

 

During 2021 and due to the Covid Pandemic : all programs met on Zoom until late November, and even as the numbers came down toward the end of the year, many programs continued to meet on Zoom. Most parishioners have acclimated to the new “norm” of participating in a meeting, but most would agree they miss personal contact.

    

Sunday Adult Formation Program : due to Covid the Sunday Adult Formation Program met in the afternoon on Zoom.  The group studied “Crossroads”, and then read about and discussed environmental Justice and care of creation.  The group did not meet over the Summer and reconvened in late November at church with a program called Humble Ponderings, led by parishioner Pat Brown.  Contact : Denise Trogdon.

     

Men’s Morning Forum : a group of men gather weekly every Tuesday Morning to explore the Bible, theology and other relevant topics.  During the year they discussed stories of Genesis, history and archaeology of the Bible, and the rise of the monarchy in Israel.  The last part of the year was spent following and discussing the GREAT COURSES video series.  Contact : Mark Brinkmann

    

Woman’s Tuesday Bible Study : a group of women met on Zoom primarily to read and discuss the readings for the next Sunday.  However, in June the group read and discussed MUDHOUSE | SABBATH by Lauren F. Winner, in August they explored AN ODD COUPLE, JONAH AND RUTH by Carol J. Miller, and during Advent they read and discussed FAITHFUL : CHRISTMAS THROUGH the EYES of JOSEPH by Adam Hamilton. In November they met  using the new technology OWL, thus, allowing members the option of meeting at church in person, or from home on Zoom.  Contact : Carol Clapp Conley

    

Off Island Spiritual Group :  the group meets every other Friday on Zoom to discuss spiritual books selected by the group.  Among the books read and discussed during the year were : SABBATH by Wayne Muller, THE SHACK by Wm. Paul Young, HELP, THANKS, WOW by Anne Lamont, and THE UNIVERSAL CHRIST by Richard Rohr.  Contact : Julie Zeccola

    

Sacred Ground : small groups meet every other week to explore the history of race in America. Through viewing documentaries, reading accounts of events and written articles, the groups worked toward a better understanding of race and racism to explore ways to promote racial healing and reconciliation.  One class has completed the course and a second class has formed and has begun to work through the 10 sessions.

Contact : Laurie Rotella and Bob Taylor

Building and Grounds

February/March

Items completed this quarter:

  • As the new vestry liaison to Buildings & Grounds, I met with Building Manager, Brian Hayes and B&G committee member, Bob Rueter on 3/11 and 3/20. We discussed the daily, weekly & monthly routines for Brian that would be supervised and guided by the rector. The building did not open to in person worship/gatherings until May23, 2021.

  • Replacement of unit #10 air conditioner was completed

April/May/June

Items completed this quarter:

  • Two  (2) name tag holders were built & installed in the Narthex

  • Installed new LED fixture in men's restroom

  • Copier room was rewired for space & functionality

  • Elevator - New Sump Pump was installed in box pit.

  • Pressure washed steeple over Gordon Man hall and bell tower

  • Pre-School: Carpets in preschool were cleaned, replaced two sink fixtures in large classroom and filled in holes under the swings with mulch

  • Ground Maintenance: Repaired multiple garden hoses throughout property
    Brian took over the mowing & edging of property. Mulch was placed around property.

  • A new storage unit was purchased in June 2021, to house all of Brian's equipment that is needed for maintenance.

July/August/September

Items completed this quarter:

  • Brian worked with Rector/Office Manager to establish a new form for the use of the building by outside groups.

  • Assembled and installed new table for Narthex

  • Cleaned one section of gutter along roadside of church

  • Cleaned valley on roof off back of kitchen to stop roof leak

  • Pressure washed windows and doors front of parish hall/library. It was during this time, that Brian discovered how bad the paint was on the building, which prompted the discussion of repainting the entire building.

  • Rodent issue discovered in Pantry of kitchen, Brian set traps

  • Air Conditioning: (3) HVAC units damaged from T-Storm Danny were fixed

  • Pre-School: 40 bags of new sand were put out for the  preschool playground. Assembled & hung bulletin boards in preschool for new school year. Assembled and installed a new playground table

October/November/December

Items completed this quarter:

  • Completed dealing with rodent issue in pantry of Kitchen, set traps & sealed holes in ceiling

  • Scrubbed floors in Gordan Mann Hall

  • Raised name tag holders to match new table in narthex

  • Installed power to new grounds building/space

  • Pre-School: Assembled and installed new bookshelf in preschool work room. Thanksgiving play & feast set up

  • Elevator- Returned to working status, inspection completed on 11/03/21

  • Pressure washed Columbarium and hauled off debris and limbs

  • Wreaths were hung in Sanctuary and on the front of the church

  • Installed new exterior lights in courtyard for security &  safety

  • Kitchen: Repaired coil in refrigerator. Stove pilot light needed to be re-lite

  • Pre-School: Built (2) new benches for pick up area

  • Worked with Boy Scouts to clean up the over flow parking lot area

  • Met with painting contractor & Sherwin Williams rep to determine amount of paint needed to re-paint entire building.

Outreach Commission


Outreach ministries continued to provide a vital channel for sharing God’s love beyond our church walls by helping to fill the gaps of those struggling to survive and thrive both locally and internationally.  Clearly, needs were exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic.  We worked hard to address this situation by modifying or even expanding past efforts, while some of our longstanding programs remained on hold.  The abundant support and generosity of All Saints members made a significant difference in the lives of many.  The Outreach Committee oversees, directs, and prioritizes Outreach efforts at All Saints.  Accomplishments of 2021 are summarized as follows.

 

Angel Tree.  Students of Hilton Head High School and Middle School, identified by school social workers as being at-risk, celebrated Christmas with donated gifts deemed by the school as necessary for these students’ school attendance, as well as with items to make their holiday brighter.  The many donations from All Saints members included bicycles, sports balls, backpacks, and breakfast food items.  Supplemental cash donations were used to fill additional specific needs. 
 
Blood Drives.  More on-site blood drives were held to bolster the area’s dwindling blood supply.  An average of 25+ donors attended each of the five drives held. 

 

Clothing Drives.  All Saints partnered with the Women in Philanthropy (a women’s giving circle and a fund of the Community Foundation) by collecting socks for their annual Fall Sock Drive.  All Saints members also contributed to the annual coat drive hosted by our neighboring Congregation Beth Yam.  
 
Family Promise of Beaufort County.  Gift cards and monetary donations enabled Family Promise to operate at maximal capacity by sheltering families transitioning from homelessness at a local hotel.  Hosting families on-site remains a post-pandemic goal.


Food Insecurity Ministries.  Weekly donations of fruits and sandwiches enabled the Grateful Hearts Soup Kitchen operating at the Holy Family Catholic Church to provide lunches to an increasing number of local workers and residents in need of food.  In addition, weekly donations of food and personal care items were made to the Sandalwood Food Pantry at Queens Chapel AME Church.  This Pantry strongly relies on our support as they strive to serve an escalating number of individuals and families suffering from food insecurity.

  

Garden Tour.  The All Saints Garden Tour was the first Outreach fund raising effort created by All Saints to assist deserving local charities operating under a limited budget.  This annual event was cancelled in 2021 due to the pandemic.  Nevertheless, the Garden Tour Committee executed a fund raising effort by creating and selling notecards featuring winning art work from previous Tour events.  This effort, along with monetary donations, enabled All Saints to grant $1,000 to each of six deserving local charities:  Backpack Buddies of Jasper County, Hilton Head, and Bluffton; Family Promise of Beaufort County; Hilton Head Island Safe Harbour, and St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church Outreach Foodbank.  The Garden Tour event is scheduled to resume in May 2022 with pandemic-related safety modifications.

 

Grant for Student Internet Access/Technology.  In 2020, a “Beloved Community” grant from The Episcopal Church combined with donations from parishioners raised funds to provide internet access and technology support to at-risk students of Hilton Head Middle and High Schools.  Since then, outside funding from multiple sources has addressed internet access needs.  Therefore, schools have requested that grant monies be reallocated to support an underfunded Robotix Club program that partners older students with those younger to expand exposure to robotics technology.  This request is now under consideration by the National Church.

 

Pop Tops for the Ronald McDonald House of Savannah.  An effort was initiated to position aluminum pop-top collection stations at the church.  Collected pop-tops are given to the Ronald McDonald House organization; the pop-tops are sold for scrap metal and the funds raised help pay for facility utilities.

 

The Hilton Head Island MLK Committee for Social Justice. A member of Outreach continues to serve on this Committee.  In addition, All Saints provides ongoing support for this organization’s activities and events.  For example, All Saints supported two local Covid-19 vaccination drives by assisting with publication and event operation, and by donating water bottles for staff and attendees.  MLK events for February of 2021 and 2022 were both canceled because of Covid concerns.

 

Tumaini Fund.  Donation solicitations continued for The Tumaini Fund, a program founded to support the HIV/AIDS widows and orphans in north-west Tanzania toward independent existence.  As part of this fund’s efforts, Sewing for Hope volunteers handmade approximately 75 dresses for Tanzanian girls, thus enabling them to attend church and school. 

 

Activities on Hold Due to COVID 19: 
Medical Mission to the Dominican Republic    
Voorhees College Choir hosting 

 

Social Justice Committee 

(Contacts:  Sherm Barker, Caroline McVitty) 
Formed  last summer, inspired by the teachings of the initial Sacred Ground program, the mission of the ASEC Social Justice Committee (SJC) is to educate and inspire the congregation to increased awareness of human need and the unjust distribution of resources in our society, and to increased action to meet those needs in  the Lowcountry through (1) affirmative action, (2) the development of programs to help address such needs and injustices, (3) partnering with likeminded people and organizations, and (4) giving voice to the marginalized in our community.  

 

Currently, the SJC is sponsoring a monthly noontime Lunch & Learn zoom series.  In October, the SJC held a Zoom session on the Literacy Center and in February the SJC  will host a program on Human Trafficking in the LowCountry. A  prayer vigil is scheduled for March 30, and at the end of April members of the SJC will join with Christ Lutheran and other Gullah and Latino groups and churches in our area to sponsor a Diversity Weekend celebration featuring music, presentations and conversation among representatives of our diverse communities wanting to come together.

Fellowship Commission

Fellowship Commission: On March 18, a meeting of the Fellowship Commission was held on Zoom to meet each other and discuss various issues.  On October 20, a breakfast meeting was held in the Hall for Fellowship leaders and others interested.  Egg casseroles, fruit and rolls were prepared by the kitchen crew.  Denise spoke to the group and each person introduced themselves and their ministry.  Since Carol Coonley did not want to continue as head of the Coffee Guild, Jen Neyhouse was asked to take over this job.  The ministries under the Fellowship Commission are the following:

The Connection Station: Requires 12-15 people so that each person works about one Sunday every three months.  Barbara Colegrove, the leader, was out of town until October.  Until she returned, the Coffee Guild handed out coffee mugs filled with Hershey’s kisses to those new to the church and kept track of new member information.  Upon her return, Barbara scheduled a meeting for her new volunteers to discuss procedures and dates.

Coffee Guild: Due to the re-emergence of the Covid 19 virus, the coffee hour was held between the two services for the months when church services were held outside.   It returned to being held after the 10:15 service when church was again held inside in November.  Depending on the pandemic numbers, we have had only packaged items with bottled water and lemonade or, with better numbers, had a normal array of treats, as well as tea and coffee.

The coffee guild is again asking members of various groups to provide snacks while the coffee guild members do the set-up and clean-up, as well as provide extra food as needed.   Groups are told that they can set up a table to promote their ministry on the day they are providing the food.

On Pentecost, May 23, a special reception was held outside between the services with the tables set with red paper products, the color associated with Pentecost.  Deviled eggs, fruit, and cookies were brought by parishioners, and a cake was ordered by Denise.  Approximately 50 people were in attendance.

One Sunday in October we had an extra table set up for Jack Nietert, an assisting priest, for his handmade wooden objects.  All monies from sales of the objects go to support the Zariki school in Tanzania.

ECW:  Has not been active this year and does not have a President.

Grill Night:  Previously led by Tony Rizza, this social group met a few times before shutting down again because of the virus.

Juliets:  Loni Saunders and Carol Coonley had been co-leaders, but Carol has decided not to continue  Loni will now be joined by Julie Zeccola as co-leader.  This social group has met the third Wednesday of the month for breakfast in the screened-in area at the Bluffton British Open Pub seated far apart throughout the pandemic.

Memorial Reception Committee:  Jennifer Gajdalo is in charge of this committee which provides food for receptions after funerals.  There have been no receptions in the church during the past year.  As an extra duty, this committee was asked to provide food and service before the Jazz Concert held on November 20 after the Saturday service.  They also provided food for the Bishop’s reception on December 10.

 

Men’s Breakfast Group:  Howard Coonley will continue as the leader.  The men’s social group met on Zoom for most of the year and then met in person in November and December at the Bluffton British Open Pub.

 

Prayer Shawl Ministry:  Leanne Harkness and Carol Barker are co-chairs and the group has met monthly either on Zoom or in the Columbarium area during 2021.   Twenty one prayer shawls were blessed in May and almost forty others are to be blessed a week before the annual meeting.  I am told that this ministry has been transferred to Pam Fahrner’s Caring Connection Ministry.

 

Seasonal Saints:  This social group is for those who are not here all year, and generally meets monthly from November through April at a parishioner’s house.  During 2021 they did not meet at all, but are hoping to meet again later in the year.

 

Sunny Saints:  This social group from Sun City was led by Sheila Standen until both she and her husband became ill.  There is no leader at present and it is not clear whether it will be continued.

 

Supper Clubs:  Joanne Rizza organizes this event bringing small groups together to meet for supper at each other’s houses.  No groups met during 2021.

Welcoming Commission

Vestry liaison: Marilyn Roper

SUNDAY MORNING GREETERS As people arrive for the Sunday morning services each week, they are welcomed by Greeters on the front steps.  The Greeters let people know that we are happy they are present, and invite newcomers to get a name tag if they would like. Jenifer Gajdalo is the leader of the Greeters for the 8:30 am services.  This service is usually small, and there is one Greeter scheduled for this service each Sunday. A leader is needed for the Greeters for the 10:15 service.  Two Greeters are scheduled for each 10:15 service.  The schedule for Greeters for the 10:15 service is put in place quarterly.

 

CONNECTION STATION Volunteers staff the Connection Station in Gordon Mann Hall during coffee hour after the 10:15 service.  There people can pick up a list of All Saints ministries, register for permanent nametags, request information about joining All Saints, request to meet with the Rector, and ask questions about All Saints.  During surges in the pandemic, the fellowship time is being held outside in the courtyard rather than in Gordon Mann Hall. Barbara  Colegrove is the leader of the Connection Station ministry.

 

NEWCOMERS MINISTRY 
Guests and newcomers are welcomed informally as they attend services and other events at All Saints.  If they indicate interest in joining All Saints, the Rector meets with them.  People who want to join All Saints are invited to attend a Newcomers Event, which may be a dinner or luncheon or, when in person meetings are not being held because of the pandemic, a Zoom event.  In 2021 a Newcomer’s luncheon was held in Gordon Mann hall, and newcomers were seated with members of the Newcomers’ Ministry and with other newcomers in order to get to know other parishioners.  The Rector and Senior Associate Rector gave presentations on the Episcopal Church and on All Saints in particular, and newcomers’ photos were taken to go into the Church directory.  All Newcomers who have joined in the last year are recognized in a Sunday Worship Service. Peggy Brennan organizes the Newcomers Events, and a leader for the Newcomers Ministry is being sought.

 

TOURS Before the pandemic, tours of All Saints were occasionally offered after the 10:15 Sunday Worship Service.  A new team leader for the tours is being sought. 

Worship and Music Commission

Vestry Liaisons: Marjorie Robinson and Jerry Simmons

 

 

Acolyting

We continue to need more acolytes at All Saints. Only five people served in 2021 and there are currently only three people on the regular roster. That’s how many there were in 2020. I began scheduling for the year in May and for most of the summer months the assignments were filled by Caitlin Lewis and Jackson and Jerry Simmons. Caitlin left for college in mid-August and since then Jackson and Jerry Simmons and I have covered every service except one that John Phillips did when the three of us were unavailable. We will continue to try to have someone assigned for every service, but the limited roster is not sustainable for a long period of time. New acolytes are definitely needed.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Brad Tufts

Scheduler

 

 

Altar Guild

2021 was another unusual year; for the first half of the year, one member set up all services in the Sacristy, and the clergy then moved the set-up to the Altar. In September, in the hopes of reclaiming normalcy, we went back to having separate Thursday, Saturday@5:00, Sunday morning volunteers. With inside services, we also initiated Altar Guild’s putting individual wafers in little plastic cups for ushers to distribute among congregants.

Christmas was joyful. The beautiful Marian blue vestments – small chasuble (for Pam and Denise), super frontal, and lectern hangings arrived, and the congregation seemed very pleased; these were donated by John and Linda Mikita. With extra monies in our account, we ordered a veil and burse to match, which will appear next Christmas. In addition, the clergy treated Altar and Flower Guilds to a lovely Christmas brunch (cancelled last year due to Covid), and we all very much appreciated this social event.

Membership is steady. We are short one team for Saturday@5:00, but have a healthy number of volunteers, including two new members, for Sunday. Thursday services are set up by two of our male members. All seems well.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Binford, Altar Guild Chair

 

 

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer continues to meet on Thursday after the 10:00 AM service. Everyone is welcome to attend.

 

Respectfully submitted

Loni Saunders

 

Daughters of the King

Members continued to meet twice monthly, first and third Wednesdays, via zoom until most recently going hybrid due to ASEC’s acquisition of technology(the Owl) which allowed us to gather at the church as well as on zoom. Meeting time was devoted to prayer, study of Scripture and ways to be of service to clergy, our parish and those in need, especially those members and fellow parishioners who had requested prayer. Specific activities include sponsoring Stations of the Cross during Lent and presentation of Advent Wreath Service in December. Members attend service on All Saints Day, Celebration of Life/Funerals of parishioners and family members throughout the year and host DOK Regional Meeting. In October we gathered for a luncheon at Frankie Bones Restaurant private dining room to elect new officers. Both Denise and Pam joined us for installation of new officers.

Respectfully submitted,

Peggy Brennan

 

 

Lay Reading

I begin this report with a deep sense of sadness. Karen Reuter was a dedicated and devoted Lay Reader and Lay Eucharistic Minister at All Saints for more than a decade and was always ready to step in to fill a vacancy on the schedule. Rest in peace.

Because of the delayed beginning of indoor services, I did not start assigning Lay Readers in 2021 until the two Pentecost Sunday services on May 23. Readers were then assigned for only one service until August 22, when I began doing it for both services. The following served as Lay Readers in 2021 --- Patty Blackmon, Judy Cote, Peg Hamilton, Marisa Hay, Carol Horowitz, John Phillips, Karen Reuter, Loni Saunders, Willis Shay, Monica Stephens and Brad Tufts. At the current time, we have a sufficient number of readers for the 10:15 service but would like to have one or two more in the rotation for the 8:30 service. When we return to having Lay Eucharistic Ministers we will definitely need more people on the roster.

 

I have very much appreciated Tessa Hahn helping me make sure that all services are covered and sending material to the assigned readers.

Respectfully submitted,

Brad Tufts,

Scheduler

 

 

Ushers

The usher teams have worked well together this year with the different requirements for the indoor and outdoor services. We do still need more ushers at both the 8:30 and 10:15 services on Sunday. Howard Coonley has graciously agreed to be head of all the ushers on Sunday morning. Please contact Howard if you would like to help out in this ministry. (h.coonley2@gmail.com)

 

Music

From: Suade Anderson, All Saints Music Director

 

I am excited about 2022! August through December 2021 was a beautiful time for learning and growth. We brought the choir back from their long hiatus in September and we rejoiced together! We’ve utilized the piano quite more frequently than in previous years. We hired three new section leaders to the choir to aid us in those transitional times when our regular choir members are out of church. We had our first Christmas Party in who knows how long! I hear that our choir has been as big as 40 people in the past and I look forward to seeing and hearing that again!

 

In order to build the choir, I create sound files for each of the parts so that a person who can hold a melody can learn their part. It allows even those without advanced music-reading capabilities to take part in the praise that we offer. COVID is still a consistent challenge; as our infection rate returns to where it was in October or lower, I’m expecting to see more returning choir members.

 

We encourage any All Saints parishioners who would like to “make a joyful noise with us,” please reach out to me! If you play an instrument and would like to offer your talents to preludes or postludes, I’d love to have that conversation also.

 

In 2022, We are making plans to resurrect the Handbells, We are having conversations about what kind of concerts are really important to us as musicians, but most importantly as a congregation. We are planning special music for Good Friday. We are dreaming about what life will be like as things return to quasi-normal—Dreaming about the Broadway Dinner and a Show and many other possibilities with as much talent as All Saints has! My electronic door (email: suade.anderson@gmail.com) is always open and I always want to hear feedback for what makes us happy. Thank you! -Suade Anderson

 

From the All Saints Music Committee:

David Purdy (Committee Chair / All Saints Choir)

Rev. Denise Trogdon (Rector, All Saints)

Michael Binford (All Saints Vestry Warden)

Carol Barker (All Saints Choir)

Laura Kling (All Saints Choir)

Jerry Simmons (All Saints Choir / All Saints Vestry member)

 

The great task for the All Saints Choir Committee in 2021 was the search for a new All Saints Music Director. After several months working to craft a new music director job description, the committee posted the position advertisement in early Fall 2021. Interviews began shortly thereafter. By the end of November the Committee unanimously selected interim music director Suade Anerson as the new All Saints Music Director. Suade started in the position of permanent Music Director on January 1, 2022.

Special Report: Sandalwood 

 

Dear Pastor Denise Trogdon & All Saints Local Outreach Ministry, Our little ones give you the biggest hug because they know all too well that Hunger Hurts their tummies every day.  For the past 101 weeks we continue to serve outdoors, rain or shine, throughout this Covid-19 Pandemic. This week, once again we served over 100 families!  We continue providing local farm produce of every color and fresh fish, dairy, eggs, a variety of proteins, canned foods, vegetarian meals, breads and desserts, along with basic needs and toiletries, detergents, paper products, diapers, clothing and so much more, to last our Families the entire week.
 
Thanks to All Saints Episcopal Church leaders and members, we have been able to provide so much more for the hundreds of families that grace our porch week after week.  This partnership began on Dec 15, 2020 when Pam and Neil Crossley came to visit and see how you could help us.  That began the collecting of gift card for our Pantry Families for Christmas 2020!  At the start of the 2021 New year, your members/volunteers, arrived every single Tuesday with a car load of requested items that your members bless us with.  Now with the 2022 New Year, you continue to fill in our gaps with non-perishable foods, Juice, oil, Paper products, soaps, diapers and all and anything we request when Faith calls to inquire for the following week.
 
I was personally blessed to have made the acquaintance of Carol Grist, who became a special and dear friend in such a short time.  From the first moment Pam brought Carol in January 2021 to meet me at the Pantry, as the Crossley's were moving, I was taken with Carol's energy, joy and excitement about our work together.  She was a gift to me and on Easter Sunday my heart wept for her passing.
   
Into our second full year of serving with this Pandemic, and you have delivered over 5,000 lbs. of food and hundreds of dollars of basic needs and hygiene supplies.  You have gone above and beyond in making a difference in the live of our neighbors in need.  It is a joy to see the volunteers arrive and just this week another member came to visit with her husband and will be starting to volunteer at the Pantry this Tuesday!

There is so much need and so I write this note to share with you how blessed and filled with gratitude the Sandalwood Community Food Pantry Board and Clients, especially the children, are with your most gracious and generous weekly sharing of your members time, talents and bountiful blessings bestowed upon our Pantry Families. This Partnership and kindness brings a smile to my heart and allows us to focus on feeding the hungry, and keeping them clothed and healthy, as we move closer to our Dream of building a Resilient Pantry to call Home because Hurricanes and Pandemics will come and go but Hunger is never-ending.  This will a  Safe Space where we can serve many more Islanders healthy foods, basic needs and also offer life-changing services such as job training, nutrition education, voter registration, stretch classes, weekly BP monitoring and so much more, for we know that people, much more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; but never thrown away because, we have always known, there are no throwaways!  Please thanks each and every member for their generous kindness.  

 

Peace be with you always,
Rev. Dr. Nannette Pierson
Founder & Joyful Servant
Because Hunger Hurts!