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All Saints’ Episcopal Church Designated a Martin County Historic Site

May 13th marked the official dedication ceremony for the plaque designating All Saints’ Episcopal Church as a site on the Martin County (Fla.) Historic Register. Martin County Commissioner Doug Smith and Historic Preservation Board Member Joette Lorion Rice attended the ceremony. The plaque is affixed to the outside of All Saints’ Church beneath the original plaque commemorating the church’s opening in 1898 and consecration in 1899.

The designation of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Jensen Beach, Fla., as a Martin County Historic Site resulted from the diligent work of Julie Preast, Historian Joyce Fletcher Menard and Paul Neff, who submitted a 179-page Historic Designation Petition to the Martin County Historic Preservation Board. The Petition noted that All Saints’, which was constructed by Bell & Baker, “is a prime example of the frame, rural Carpenter Gothic style found mostly in the Southern United States during the 19thCentury, inspired by the work of Richard Upjohn.”

All Saints’ not only is the oldest Episcopal church in Martin County, but it also is the oldest community church in the county that has served as a place of worship throughout its entire existence. We are proud of our beautiful, historic church!

Sign Up Now for All Saints’ Free Vacation Bible School, June 11th through 15th from 9am to Noon

At Shipwrecked VBS, children discover how Jesus rescues us through life’s storms. Shipwrecked is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences that kids will see, hear, touch, and even taste! The day will be filled with “Sciency”-Fun gizmos, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats. Plus, we’ll help kids discover how to see evidence of God in everyday life – something we call God Sightings.

This year’s Vacation Bible School will benefit the World Vision project, “Growing God’s Love in Haiti”. Every $10 that the children raise will provide drought-tolerant seeds that can feed a child for a year.

All children age 5 through 5thgrade are welcome. To register your child for this free, week-long summer camp, please call Karen Neff at 561-758-5276. Vacation Bible School runs from June 11ththrough June 15th, from 9 am to noon each day.  All Saints’ Episcopal Church is located at 2303 NE Seaview Drive in Jensen Beach, Florida.

More than $280,000 in College Scholarships Awarded to 2018 High School Seniors

All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Jensen Beach, Fla., is delighted to announce it has presented $280,600 in college scholarships to Class of 2018 seniors from Jensen Beach High School and South Fork High School in Martin County, Fla. The scholarship awards were made in collaboration with the Sirote Charitable Foundation, Henry Sumner LeDuc Fund and DeFiore-Glover Scholarship Fund, all operating under the auspices of the church. This is the second year in a row that scholarships presented by All Saints’ Church have totaled more than a quarter of a million dollars.

“All Saints’ Episcopal Church is proud to be one of the largest sponsors of graduating seniors in our community thanks to the generous scholarship funds established by and in memory of our parishioners and friends,” said the Reverend Walter Frisby Hendricks, III, Rector. “The recipients, who are chosen through a long, careful selection process, are all exceptional young adults and we wish them the very best of success in their college careers.”

The DeFiore-Glover Scholarship Fund was created in 2010 through the generosity of the late Donald DeFiore and his partner of 51 years, Clarence “Buddy” Glover, a Martin County resident and member of All Saints’ Church. It was their wish to provide scholarships to worthy local students in need of a “financial lift”. The eight South Fork High School Seniors who each received a 2018 DeFiore-Glover Scholarship Award of $1,200, include: Georgie Arsenault, Sandra Francisco Juan, Madison Garrity, Lee Parisi, Olivia Pratt, Melissa Sansevere, Rai’me Weaver and Katharine Williams.

Since the DiFiore-Glover Fund was established, it has awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships to South Fork High School seniors.

The Henry Sumner LeDuc Fund, which incorporates a grant from the Gladys Waaler Foundation,  presents scholarships to members of the Jensen Beach High School graduating class each year. The selection process utilizes criteria that may include the students’ efforts in school, civic, or religious activities; obstacles overcome; personal characteristics, and work experience. This year, the LeDuc Fund presented a total of $31,000 in 2018 college scholarships to 12 students. Casey Foster, Alexis Guerra, Briann Laventure, Savannah Nardone, Shenecia Roopnarine, and Madison Wnok all received one-year scholarships. Two-year award recipients included: James Beard, Mariead Brady, Tia Cox, Kayla McDonald, and Kiara Turgeon. Madelyn Parker won the Tony Langran Memorial Award, which stresses, in addition to the above criteria, dedication to a faith-based life.

The Sirote Charitable Foundation, founded in 2002 by the late Stanley Sirote, began granting scholarships in conjunction with All Saints’ Episcopal Church in 2015 because of the founder’s fondness for Jensen Beach, where he had a vacation home for over 40 years. The most influential factors in the selection process are Mr. Sirote’s personal values: honesty, integrity, vision and evidence of hard work pursuing specific goals. This year, the Sirote Charitable Foundation made six $40,000 awards under its Scholarships for College Program (each award is $10,000 for 2018, renewable for three additional years). The Sirote Awards went to Jenna Johnston, Jenna Paton, Zach Seidle, Cameron Soviero, Zachary Soviero, and Dimaggio Tucci.

 

Awards to Jensen Beach High School seniors by the Leduc and Sirote scholarship programs have totaled over $1 million since 2005, when the LeDuc Fund commenced.

The Bishop’s Visit

All Saints’ Episcopal Church Parish was honored by a visit from The Right Reverend Peter Eaton, Bishop of the Diocese of Southeast Florida, and his wife, Kate, on January 20-21. On Saturday, Bishop Eaton attended the “Alice in Wonderland”-themed Women’s Fellowship High Tea, where he sat in the Red Queen’s Court. At the 10 am service on Sunday, the Bishop baptized Jaqueline Gowran and confirmed both her and Robert Negron (shown with him in the photo). He also congratulated All Saints’ Church Parish on the 125th anniversary of the first recorded worship service according to the Book of Common Prayer in Waveland (the former name of Jensen Beach) – a milestone on the path to the founding of our congregation and our daughter parish, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Stuart, Fla.

Here is a link to  the Bishop Eaton wrote to the members of All Saints’ Church:

Letter from Bishop Eaton

 

 

DAR Historical Marker Placed at All Saints’ Episcopal Church

On Saturday, November 5th at 11 a.m., an historic marker was unveiled at All Saints’ Cemetery by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Prior to the ceremony, at 9:30 am, an All Saints’ Episcopal Church history tour will was provided.

The historic marker was placed in front of the white building at the base of the hill, across from the flagpole. It will provide insights to passersby into the history of our cemetery, which dates back to 1889. All Saints’ Cemetery is the third site in the Diocese of Southeast Florida to be awarded a DAR historic marker and will join the more than 200 hundred historic sites marked throughout Florida alone.

All Saints’ Cemetery is located off NE Dixie Highway and NE Seaview Drive in Jensen Beach, Fla., adjacent to All Saints’ Episcopal Church and facing the beautiful Indian River Lagoon. The cemetery is an independent, not-for-profit corporation that is operated separately from the church.  However, by charter, its members and Board of Directors must be members of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, and the two organizations work closely together.

The DAR has three goals – Patriotism, Education, Historic Preservation. This apolitical, international 503(c) organization is a women’s service organization that provided in excess of 125,000 volunteer hours to organizations around the world last year alone.