On Sunday, November 5, 2017, the Rt. Rev. Chandler H. Jones, Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of the Eastern U.S., visited All Saints Church, Mills River, North Carolina, for teaching, preaching, and confirming and receiving new members. Bp. Chad, as he is affectionately called, in his sermon at both Sunday morning celebrations of the Holy Communion, taught the congregation on the meaning of the word “saint” as contained in Scripture and as the Church has manifested the word in those worthies who have gone before, marked with the sign of faith.
He addressed the Adult Sunday School class on the recent Global Partnerships mission to trip Ecuador, providing the class of over 50 participants with an understanding of the history and the needs of our sister church in that country. He also admitted to the folks attending that he has a new nickname given him by the Ecuadorans—Obispo baῆo! (Fr. Erich Zwingert, Rector of All Saints advises to look it up!) Several members of the parish expressed their interest in joining the next mission trip to assist the faithful in Ecuador.
At the 11:00 a.m. Holy Communion, Bp. Chad confirmed 9 members of the parish and received 8 others who has already been confirmed by a bishop elsewhere. There also were two young people who could not be at All Saints Church for Bp. Chad’s visitation. He graciously consented to come up early on October 26 and he confirmed the two children then.
Two members of the church, Anthony Johnson and Robert Sumner, also received their first Holy Communion on this day.