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All Saints Episcopal Church

4201 W. Washington Street
Las Vegas, NV 89107
(702) 878-2373

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All Saints’ was formed as a mission under Bishop William Wright on December 12, 1960.  In 1976 a preschool was established, and grew almost immediately to include a Kindergarten.  The school continues to thrive and is the only Episcopal School in Nevada.  In 1996, a new church building was consecrated, replacing the original church built in 1962.  The new space has chairs instead of pews and an open and inviting feel.  In 1999 the recently retired organist donated a custom-build pipe organ and a grand piano. 

Since late 2004, the parish has grown in overall membership and in the number of communicants in good standing (increased by 28%), and in average Sunday attendance (18% increase).  The parish budget is growing (18% increase in average pledge), as is mission and ministry.  A new energetic church school and youth program is giving new life for ministry with children and young people.  Outreach ministries have expanded to include sponsorship of two orphans in Kenya and supporting the homeless youth shelter in Las Vegas.

All Saints’ is a leader in the diocese for ethnic ministries with Holy Child Filipino Ministries, which began in 2004 and led by a Filipino priest.  We also began a Hispanic ministry in September 2007 using the talents and experience of a former Roman Catholic priest who is Hispanic and an experienced Hispanic missioner.  We believe we are the Fastest growing Episcopal Church in Nevada, and try hard to live up to our mission statement “To know Christ, and to make Christ known,” seeking God’s spirit for growth in mission and ministry from our little corner of Las Vegas.

The Rev. Eldwin (Ed) Lovelady, Rector          The Rev. Bede J. Parry, Assisting Priest and Music Director
The Rev. Arsolin Almodiel, Assisting Priest for Filipino Ministries
The Revs.  Karl Gustafson, Sandra Oetjen, and Emma Jean Gregory, Deacons

 

MUSIC AT ALL SAINTS’
2007-2008


Sunday, September 16, 2007 – 10:30 am
Choral Eucharist with Sun City Ringers

Sunday, November 4, 2007 – 5:30 pm
Choral Evensong & Organ Recital by Bede Parry

Sunday, December 2, 2007 – 10:30 am
Ceremony of Lessons & Carols for Advent

Christmas Eve, December 24, 2007 – 10:30 pm
Christmas Carol Prelude to Midnight Mass

Epiphany Sunday, January 6, 2008 – 5:30 pm
Choral Evensong & Organ with Instruments Recital

Saturday, February 2, 2008 – 5:30 pm
Candlemas Procession with Choral Eucharist

Ash Wednesday, February 6, 2008 – 7:00 pm
Solemn Liturgy with Allegri “Miserere”

Maundy Thursday, March 20, 2008 – 7:00 pm
Choral Eucharist with Duruflé “Ubi caritas”

Good Friday, March 21, 2008 – 7:00 pm
Solemn Liturgy with Chant by Choir

Easter Day, March 23, 2008 – 5:30 am
Great Vigil of Easter with Festival Eucharist

Whitsunday, May 11, 2008 – 5:30 pm
Choral Evensong with Special Anthems by Choir

All Saints’ Episcopal Church
4201 West Washington Avenue – Las Vegas, Nevada 89107
702- 878-2373

All Saints’ Parish began with a worship service in the home of The Rev. Duncan McCoy on August 29, 1960 and was organized as a mission on December 12th. The letter of institution from Bishop William G. Wright, Bishop of the Missionary District of Nevada, reads that the new mission is “to have primary responsibility for churching the area of Las Vegas west of Rancho Road and North of West Charleston.”

The first church building was completed in 1961 and worship began in the new church without pews; each family brought folding chairs and the children sat on rugs on the floor. By 1963 Church school enrollment was 135, and increased by 1966 to 160 and the average Sunday church attendance was 80.

On April 11, 1969 All Saints’ was approved for parish status and in September The Rev. Donald Cole was installed as All Saints’ first rector. By 1974, All Saints’ was recognized as the fastest growing Episcopal Church in Nevada and All Saints’ Day school opened in October of that year, with an initial enrollment of 12 students.

In 1981 a joint project with Christ Church established a food pantry. Fellowship grew with the membership and an annual custom of “Alls Fair” and “Oktoberfest” celebrations still draw members and guests from all over the valley. A new worship space was completed and dedicated by Bishop Steward C. Zabriskie on September 15, 1996, and a custom-built organ was installed and dedicated in 1999.

The parish had some difficult years and declined in membership and ministry and is now in full recovery, claiming once again the title of “the fastest growing Episcopal Church in Nevada.” Outreach programs continue, with the food pantry in its 25th year and the relationship with a neighboring middle school growing in new ways each year.

The congregation represents the full diversity of the Las Vegas valley in the geographic diversity of its membership, and the broad spectrum of ethnic, economic, and church backgrounds. Holy Child Filipino Church began at All Saints’ in 2003, and this year became a Ministry of the parish with the full membership joining All Saints’ parish.

They continue to have worship and fellowship appropriate to their culture and tradition and have their members in leadership roles of the parish. All Saints’ Day School is now a Day Care, Preschool, and Kindergarten, with 80 children, age 3 to 6 enrolled.

The area Bishop Wright gave to All Saints’ care now has a population greater than the entire Las Vegas valley in 1960. The growing city population challenged the parish to adopt a philosophy of “keeping the doors open” to whomever comes in, and offering welcome and hospitality; good music, liturgy, and preaching.

New member incorporation is a high priority to keep up with growth, as well as a growing Christian education and Youth ministry. Advertising is key in this “high tech” world where seekers are more likely to do an Internet search than read the yellow pages. A significant challenge is in the area of ethnic ministries, with an active and growing Filipino congregation whose goal is to grow into an independent parish, and to reach out to the neighborhood that has become predominately Spanish speaking.

Each week presents new opportunities for ministry and mission. The parish mission statement “To know Christ and make Christ known” is a reminder of the challenge to remain faithful to seek God’s guidance, and to be open to new ways of encountering others in the name of Christ.

[Thanks to The SMALL CHURCHES web section of the National Episcopal Church website]