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All Saints Episcopal Church

4033 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 777-3829

The Rev. Laura C. Truby, Rector
The Rev. Kathleen Borsch, Deacon
Dr. James Denman, Director of Music
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray,
and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid,
and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask,
except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
BCP 182
All Saints Supper Club Kick Off
Can you make it?  This Friday, September 30, 6 pm, at the church, Supper Club will hold its “beginning of the season” potluck supper.  Groups will be announced and logistics will be discussed.  If you have signed up already, please come if you can.  If you haven’t signed up and are interested, this is a great opportunity to meet and make friends by joining a group.

Groups usually meet every other month, but each group can determine how often to meet.  Some groups prefer to meet at a host’s home while others prefer meeting at a local restaurant or choose to have a potluck at the church.
Questions? Call or email Laurie McDowell at 503-760-2268 or
St Franics lover of creation
Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 2 in our Services
(after Birthdays & Anniversaries)

This year we are going to try something new!
The feast day of beloved St. Francis of Assisi, patron
of all creatures, great and small,
will be celebrated at our Sunday services at 8:00 and 10:15 a.m.
We invite you to bring your furry friends, well leashed
to church for their yearly blessing
and for our appreciation of God's blessings to us in them.
Creation, Francis of Assisi, and a cat named Jeoffry.
This week’s services combine our observance of the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost with the traditional Blessing of the Animals for St. Francis’ Day. Music for the day naturally draws from a wealth of examples that champion the beauty and richness found in God’s tapestry of species that are Creation, the treasures that inspired the life and witness of St. Francis of Assisi.
In my planning and preparation, I found myself reminded several times of the lovely cantata by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), Rejoice in the Lamb, where he set a number of excerpts from the poem Jubilate Agno by the British poet, Christopher Smart (1722-1771). Smart himself was both a visionary and a sadly troubled soul. He was a high church Anglican who kept company with such literary figures as Samuel Johnson, but who also suffered mental afflictions, committed for many years to asylum for treatment of what was called “religious mania” or at times, simply “madness.”
Smart’s text, a gargantuan effort comprising over 1200 lines of poetry, speaks of creation, of witness, of faith, and at times, his own cruel treatment while confined (a full text may be found at
Britten took approximately 70 lines of Smart’s poem, composing Rejoice in the Lamb in 1943 for choir, soloists, and organ. A favorite passage of many is the movement where the poet ponders his cat (Jeoffry, by name), and how, by simply being and behaving as the cat he is, Jeoffry fulfills his role in Creation—thereby both giving, and inspiring others to give, glory to God.

                                                                               ~  James Denman

Britten uses only these verses:
   For I will consider my cat Jeoffry.
   For he is the servant of the living God.
   Duly and daily serving him.
   For at first glance
   Of the glory of God in the East
   He worships in his way.
   For this is done by wreathing his body
   Seven times round with elegant quickness.
   For he knows that God is his saviour.
   For God has bless'd him
   In the variety of his movements.
   For there is nothing sweeter
   Than his peace when at rest.
   For I am possessed of a cat,
   Surpassing in beauty,
   From whom I take occasion
   To bless Almighty God.
We are pleased the Vestry approved the Believe out Loud Statement, which will be added to our Mission Statement.  Members of our parish had the opportunity to learn about this on Sunday June 12th following the 8 and 10:15 services.

The purpose of All Saints is to celebrate God's love and seek and serve Christ in all persons, and to go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the spirit. Your presence is a blessing regardless of your background, sexual orientation, gender identity, race or ethnicity, age or family structure, abilities or limitations or wherever you are in life's journey.
                                                                                         Kathy Martin, Outreach Chair

You are invited to an Adult Forum, beginning this Sunday at 9:15 a.m. in the Guild Room to watch the DVD "The Story of Paul the Apostle".  It will consist of three 20-25 minute sections, with discussion following.
October 2:  2nd & 3rd journeys through his arrest in Caesarea
October 9:  Imprisonment in Rome through his influence in Christendom

A good overview, it covers the basic tenets of St. Paul's beliefs and teaching.
Produced by the History Channel and narrated by Martin Sheen, it uses lots of images from great works of art, old movie footage, contemporary scenes, some reenactment, and noted theological scholars from various traditions.


Tuesday Morning Women's Bible Study on the book of Exodus
All women are invited to join us every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in the parish hall for discussion, prayer and fellowship. We generally end our meetings at 11.  Just bring your Bible and a desire to read and respond to God's word.  
For further information, call Pat ten Broeke at 503-772-5273.


Basket group

will start again Wednesday Oct. 5 at 10:00.

We will be doing a coiled basket and all are welcome. 

NO  experience required. 

Other Vestry Action, August 16, 2016

The resolution was approved as follows: All Saints Episcopal Church of Portland commits to increasing our payments of DPA due by up to 5% a year starting from 2016 with the goal of reaching 100% in the year 2023. In recognition of this commitment, the diocese will forgive the portion of unpaid DPA for each of the years from now until then as we strive to full payment. We are grateful to the Diocese for their support and assistance as we return to a fully sustaining status.
The Hat and Scarf Ministry invites members of our Church to join us in knitting or crocheting gats and or scarves for those in need. You need not belong to the Ministry in order to help with this outreach project. On November 19, during the Hot Meals Thanksgiving dinner, each of our guests will receive a handmade hat and scarf.

If you would like to join us in this Ministry, in addition to helping others who are less fortunate, it is a good way to use your yarn scraps. There is a greater need for masculine colors rather than feminine colors.

Should you be in need of yarn, needles, or a pattern for simple hats, please contact me by phone or email. Or, catch me at coffee following the 10:15 a.m. service. 

Cold weather will be here before we know it. Special thanks to all who want to join us in helping keep others warm.

Bev Curtis

of church grounds

Saturday, OCTOBER 22nd
10:00 - 12:00

Free pizza lunch for all workers!
Bring shovels, rakes, brooms if you can.
Call Judy Clark for more information
Are you longing for new adventures? Novel activities? Interested in making a contribution in a rewarding and enjoyable way? Look no further — why not JOIN THE CHOIR?
Chancel Choir Openings 
New voices in All Saints’ Chancel Choir are always welcome. We gather twice weekly to share time and talent, combining each other’s efforts in a parish ensemble that makes weekly contributions to All Saints’ worship life, leading music at the 10:15 service by supporting congregational singing and offering choral selections to enhance the celebration of the day.
Neither church membership nor auditions are required. Rehearsals are 7:30 to 9:00 on Thursday evenings, with Sunday rehearsal and service from 9:30 to 11:45. Please contact Jim Denman, parish Music Director, at 503-927-6177 or by email at
Family Choir Opportunity
Not able to schedule two events a week? Perhaps you have young singers in your family? Consider making a gift of your time in the FAMILY CHOIR. This intergenerational group rehearses each Sunday following the 10:15 service and coffee hour, singing on Youth Sunday (the fourth Sunday of every month). Parents and children welcome! Please contact Belinda Nissen, Family Choir director, through the parish office: (503) 777-3829.
Instrumentalists Invited!
Play an instrument? How about joining the Fourth Sunday Ensemble? This group welcomes players of every stripe to a read-through and musical offering, starting at 9:15 every fourth Sunday morning, and enhancing the 10:15 family service with rich and colorful accompaniment. Contact Jim Denman at the above phone or email to express your interest. We’re looking forward to having you join us!
--James Denman
Director of Music

The “call” button at the bottom of the stair lift going to the Mustard Seed and lower floor of Keiter Hall has been replaced. We appreciate that Bruno, the manufacturer, sent us a new one at no additional cost.
                                                                       Chuck Martin
Calendar Updates?
Please remember to give any changes
or postponements of scheduled meetings
or events to Cris in the Church Office
( so that she can update
the calendar on a weekly basis.
Thank you!
Parish Cycle of Prayer
Charles & Susanne Bateman; Gaye Benson; Mike & Anne Bernatz, Caroline; Jeff Cechini & Rachel Blakeman, Ryan, Henry; Kathleen Borsch; Rebekah Borsch.

Special needs, immediate concerns: 
Darek Jenkins; Jim Titherington; Rosie Hostetter; George McCowan.
Thursday, September 29
8:00 p.m. "After Dark Cookies".

Friday, September 30
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed Thrift Shop
6:00 p.m. Supper Club Kickoff
8:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Saturday, October 1
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed Thrift Shop
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals
7:00 p.m. NA
8:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Sunday, October 2
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I & Blessing of the Animals
9:15 a.m. Adult Forum - DVD "The Story of Paul the Apostle"
9:30 a.m. Chancel Choir Convenes
10:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II & Blessing of the Animals
10:15 a.m. Godly Play Sunday School
12:00 p.m. Family Choir
4:00 p.m. Youth Group

Monday, October 3
11:00 a.m. Tai Chi Practice

Tuesday, October 4
9:00 a.m. Staff Meeting
9:30 a.m. Women's Bible Study
5:00 p.m. Banners
6:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, October 5
10:00 a.m. Basket Weaving with Susan Hanks
8:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Thursday, October 6
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal
8:45 p.m. After Dark Cookies




Ministry Schedule
Ministry Schedule for Sunday, Sept. 25th:

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
Ardis Weir
LECTORS: Jen Schafer, Esther Muiruri

10:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

LECTORS:  Chuck Bateman, Nancy Carr
INTERCESSOR:  Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: Chuck Bateman, Elijah Kilian
ACOLYTES: Rowan Budlong, Simon Lain, Noah Kilian
USHERS: Ejy Agum, Earl Woodruff
GREETERS: Kathy Martin
COFFEE HOUR: Mikki Wooldridge, Geri Dash, Donna Woodruff
Lessons Appointed for Proper 20, Year C
Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4
Psalm 37:1-10
2 Timothy 1:1-14
Luke 17:5-10

You can find the readings here (alternate version):
October Recognizes Bone and Joint Awareness
A woman’s risk of breaking a hip is equal to her risk of developing breast cancer, uterine and ovarian cancer combined, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation website.   
This is why All Saints Episcopal Church is hosting Life Line Screening, the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings on Friday, October 21, 2016.   The screenings provided include an ultrasound of the heel, which is a first-rung osteoporosis risk test. This is an important test to take during October, a month dedicated to recognizing bone and joint disorders such as osteoporosis.
Screenings include tests to check for blocked carotid arteries, atrial fibrillation, and high blood pressure, which are the three leading risk factors for stroke.  Nearly 800,000 strokes will occur this year.
Other tests check for abdominal aortic aneurysms and PAD, also called “hardening of the arteries” in the legs. Many events also offer blood tests, including cholesterol, glucose and c-reactive protein screenings, as well as take-home colon cancer early detection tests.
Screening packages start at $139. Single tests cost around $70.
For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment,
call 1-888-653-6441. Pre-registration is required.
News from the Diocese of Oregon
Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches
October 1 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

"The Conflict Resolution Skills for Churches workshop teaches some basic skills that will help participants manage conflicts within their congregations in a healthier manner.
The goal of the workshop is prevention. We want participants to gain the understanding and the skills needed to prevent destructive conflicts. We also want participants to see how church conflict can be transformed into an opportunity to learn something new about God’s will for their church."

For more info click here:
OUR  "Believe Out Loud" MISSION

The purpose of All Saints is to celebrate God's love,
to seek and serve Christ in all persons,
and to go forth into the world,
rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.
Your presence is a blessing regardless of your background,
sexual orientation, gender identity, race or ethnicity,
age or family structure, abilities or limitations,
or wherever you are in life's journey.
View the Church Calendar here

Printed calendars are updated weekly and available
in the narthex - please take one - thank you!

Printed copies of sermons are available for use during the Sunday service.  Please find them on the table in the narthex.

New Office Hours:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

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