All Saints Episcopal Church to hold festival

All Saints Episcopal Church will celebrate its anniversary with a community festival in September.

The church, which has been located for its entire existence at the corner of South First and Academy streets, will hold the festival from Friday, Sept. 14 to Sunday, Sept. 16.

Members of the festival committee are reaching out to all of Fulton’s churches, civic groups and the public to join the celebration. Any legitimate group may have space for a booth to offer arts, crafts, food, activities, information, displays and more.

Booths are free and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Church officials only ask that groups taking a booth consider making a donation to the church in return for the space, especially for those booths selling products.

Proceeds from the festival will support the church’s programs and outreach, including it’s successful Tuesday Night dinner program, which offers a free meal to members of the community.

The dinner program has served thousands of meals in its three-year existence. It operates on volunteer labor, donations and grants.

The event will also feature rides from Ontario Amusements. Tours of the historic church are planned. Tours of the church will include history, historic windows, organ and carillon.

The carillon chimed 175 times Jan. 15 to begin the church’s anniversary celebration. The year has also been marked by a rededication of the church. With Bishop Gladstone “Skip” Adams in attendance, a joyous event marked Rev. Harold Avery’s 60th anniversary of his Episcopalian ordination.

Still to come is a dinner and special Sunday service on the weekend of Nov. 3-4.

Zion, the name of the first Episcopal church in Fulton, was changed to All Saints November 7, 1915. According to the Liturgical Calendar, All Saints Sunday is the Sunday following Nov. 1, All Saints Day.

Those seeking additional information may call Sonja Shoen-Delong at 378-3744, Marilou Santoro at 343-0172 or Lynn Bullard at 598-9535.

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