All Saints, Portsmouth, will celebrate their 200th anniversary in June, and many plans are being made ready. A history of the parish, focusing on people and ministries rather than the buildings, is being crafted. On Saturday, June 8, the parish will hold a community picnic at the Kinney 1810 House on Waller Street in Portsmouth. One of the oldest homes in Portsmouth, Mr. Kinney was one of the founders of All Saints. The homestead contains many interesting items related to the church. There will also be tours of Greenlawn Cemetery to view Kinney Circle and to remember many founders of the parish who were laid to rest there.

On Sunday, June 16, worship services will be conducted as they would have been in 1819, using the 1789 Book of Common Prayer. That will be interesting!

Sunday, June 23, is the big day – the exact 200th anniversary of the founding of All Saints Church, June 23, 1819. After the service, there will be a festive reception or luncheon in the Parish Hall. Bishop Breidenthal will be there to celebrate, as will many invited guests.

At our annual meeting on January 20, we unveiled a new logo to brighten the bicentennial year and the years ahead. Designed by Shawnee State University graphic design student Kaleb Kendall, the image is meant to express visually who we believe we are and long to be as a community of faith. It graphically depicts the purpose statement emblazoned in our bulletin insert week by week: “The Purpose of All Saints’ Episcopal Church is to be an open, engaged and inclusive community, responding to God in our neighbors and ourselves with hope and service in Christ.”

Some facets of the logo: It has the words, “All Saints’ – serving Christ in Scioto County since 1819.” The font is energetic and contemporary as we live out our faith in our generation. There is what looks like a “Conversation Bubble” depicting a congregation that values dialogue and learning from the presence of Christ in others. Over that bubble is a dynamic cross that also represents an open intersection. Because of the cross of Christ, All Saints’ identity is in part to be that place at the intersection of 4th and Court Streets – where an untold number of people have found hope: in worship, in service, and through the recovery communities that have had a home there for generations. The color version highlights the valued diversity that All Saints’ strives to embody: profoundly unique souls who value unity in sometimes challenging diversity.

More details about this milestone in the hills of Southeastern Ohio will be forthcoming. Come, celebrate with us!

Submitted by the Rev. Steve Cuff, rector of All Saints, Portsmouth