All Saints Gather Lutheran Church

'People of Christ, Living in Community & Working in Partnership'

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Pastor Alan Eschenbacher of All Saints Lutheran Church in Spokane WA since June of 2002. Undergrad from Gonzaga University in Spokane WA, seminary studies at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley CA. Married to Laurel in 1980, three children, nine grandchildren.

If everything changes, will I still be the same person?

You may be worried that massive change may wind up making you unrecognizable. A valid concern, after all, I have worked hard to make something of myself and I want to keep it! Well the good news is; you will always be the child of God you were created as and God will always know that. On the other hand we must change along with life and the world we find ourselves a part of. We must be open to change and to look at things differently as we proceed with the future. Recognizing that we are an integral part of this world and what we say and do does make a difference. We do not live in a vacuum and cannot expect to simply exist without impact. The phrase “EVERYTHING must change” … should be on your mind at all times, subtly working on every thing you do, shaping and directing, leading you into a richer, deeper, fuller experience of creation. You are a wonderful expression of all that you have been a part of over your whole life and now, to know that you have some control you must decide to be proactive in your relationships and interactions with the world and its people. The combined influence of all of us will determine where we go and how things will look in the future. The creator is our partner in the change that will inevitably come … your decision is how will your participation look?

Well then … if everything must change, where do we start?

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all have put some thought into “change” and maybe even a little thought into the “why” behind the need. I’ll try to be brief. The “why” in my opinion revolves around the way in which we as Americans “see” our life. Life in America is all about “stuff” we buy stuff and sell stuff …invent stuff and make stuff, and the marketing of this stuff is what drives the economy that you hear so much about. So in other words … Americans “see” their life as one of accumulation of assets and material stuff. Now I know I am going to take a bunch of criticism from people who will tell me …”My life is not about accumulation”. But I am going to stand by my assessment … We are constantly reminded to buy this or that and to by all means remember to accumulate enough money for retirement … so you can continue to buy even more stuff after you retire. Of course material items in and of themselves are benign, they only serve to fulfill or drive a need, it is the mindset around these things that is the disease that will eventually destroy us. I am going to shut up for now … but I leave those of you who are over 40 with a little test; think back to your grocery store visits of 1980 and compare the number of items on the shelves then with what you see now in 2013. Are there more or less items now?

I know we all don’t like change … but, everything MUST change

Sometimes I think I should just publish some of my ideas and ramblings. Just reading a book by Brian McLaren titled “everything must change” and it’s filled with ideas, thoughts and information that I have literally been thinking about for YEARS … Mr. McLaren put it into a book … probably better that he did than me, since he is a well known author more people will read it than if I had published my thoughts. The point IS THIS … things must change and we have a plan … now let’s see if anyone will not only listen but implement!

Are you ready?

Dumb question you suppose? Ready for what you ask? Well obviously I didn’t say  … that’s the point. That just maybe there isn’t any way for you to answer. However … you may assume that since this post is from the Pastor that I might want to know if you’re ready for Sunday service; for example, did you read the texts for the week ahead of time, do you have questions etc.

Or it could be that I want to know if you are ready to meet God … after all that’s part of what being a Christian is … isn’t it?

Are you ready to love your neighbor? To care for the sheep that Jesus left us? To visit the sick and those in prison? In other words …

TO BE  A COMMUNITY THAT IS WITNESS TO THE CROSS

Are you ready for that?

Bible Study – 9am, Sundays

Bible study is offered at 9 am on Sunday mornings and 11:30 am on the second
Wednesday each month, both in the fireside room at All Saints. We also offer
a “new members” class that meets at noon on Sundays in Epiphany and Lent
seasons. This class is for folks new to the Lutheran tradition and for anyone who
wants to know more!

Worship With Holy Communion – 10:30am every Sunday

We have a traditional
service including varying liturgy and music components. Scripture is read and
a sermon offered. We sing the old and new hymns of the church and celebrate
Holy Communion every week and the table is open for all.

Community Meal – 5pm, Tuesdays

Every Tuesday evening at 5pm we serve a community meal open to all who can
make it in the door and even those who can’t! A nutritious hot meal is served by
our many loving volunteers; this is a great opportunity to come and help serve or
get served whatever your need may be!

Food Pantry – 10am-2pm, Mon, Wed & Thurs, 5:30-6pm Tues

Our food pantry is open 10am to 2pm Monday, Wednesay and Thursday, 5:00pm Tuesdays; one bag of
groceries may be picked up at a time. Our partners at Northwest Harvest and
Second Harvest Food Banks, as well as many private donations make this
program possible.

Mental Health Chaplaincy

Our mental health chaplaincy program is in its infancy here at All Saints, but we
are excited about the future direction that God is leading us in this venture!
We are pursuing a “companionship” model that hopefully results in a circle
of care for people in need of help with a brain disease. There will be many
opportunities for volunteers in this program in the coming months.