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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
Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Seeing the Face of God in Each Other:

We will not Blame or Shame Self or Others
  • Victims are not to be blamed for their oppression.
  • We will not demean, devalue, or trivialize anyone or any group for their experiences or perspectives.
  • We assume that people are doing their best to participate in dialogue and to behave in an antiracist way.
  • We acknowledge that one of the consequences of racism is the systemic misinformation we have been taught about all groups of people. 
The first season of the church's liturgical year is Advent ends on Christmas Eve. The color of the season is purple or deep blue and lasts for four Sundays. We use an Advent Wreath to help us prepare for the birth of Christ. A candle is lighted on the First Sunday of Advent and another each week until all four candles are lighted on 4 Advent. Small Advent wreaths can be a focus for family devotions during the season. 
Adult Forum
What do you think Jesus looked like? Are there any true images anywhere? We will have discussion with a short film that uses science and computer technology to create an image of a man of Christ's time.
~ Dn. Kathleen 
Gifts for Holgate House
All Saints has been sending Christmas Gifts to individuals at Holgate House for a very long time and the tradition continues this year. The children and their families will be delivering the gifts at 1pm on Dec. 21. We sing to the residents at their doors as we deliver the gifts. The children received some lovely thank you notes last year.
~ Laura Axon
Hot Meals Christmas Celebration

This year's celebration will take place on Saturday, December 17, with a Christmas feast and a Portland Chamber Players Concert. Many thanks to all who have contributed hygiene items for this event. We are still in need of deodorant and socks. I will be able to take donations until Wednesday, December 14. Thank you.
~ Dn. Kathleen
Thank you to all who have generously made a commitment
to support our church.

2017 Pledge Drive Update:  70 cards have been received totaling $127,815. We need everyone to submit their pledges as soon as possible in order to reach our Annual Goal of $163,000.

The time is now!  It's not too late. Our annual budget requires your participation. If you've misplaced your card, there are more available at Church.
Sonja Miller & Amelia Brooks 
Stewardship 2016 Catch-Up!
It's getting toward the end of the year.
We need everyone to make the effort
to catch up on your financial pledges!!
Thank you for your gifts to All Saints.
Your Finance Committee
Christmas Altar and Church Flowers:
Please consider a Christmas greens and flower donation, as we fill the church with the joy of this Advent - and the opportunity to celebrate special moments of this year, remember family and friends, and give thanks. Please use the form in our Sunday bulletin or call Nancy Carr at 916-203-7132 or
Confirmation Classes for Youth and Adults in January

Confirmation classes will be offered for those interested in exploring the possibility of being confirmed or received. They will take place on four Sundays in January from 9:15-10:00 in the Guild Room.  These classes are for any youth or adult in our parish who is ready to consider
 and explore making a "mature commitment" of faith. 

"Confirmation is appropriate for those of any age who are making a mature commitment for the first time," as the Bishop's Customary says.

"Reception is for those who have previously made a mature commitment in any other Christian church, regardless of the pedigree of the minister."

Reaffirmation is for those who want to renew their faith asking the Holy Spirit to direct and uphold them in the service of Christ and his kingdom.

The Bishop's Visitation is the special opportunity for confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation of one's faith with the laying on of hands. 
Crackin' Crab Feast
at All Saints Episcopal Church

Get your tickets now for the "Crackin Crab Feast!" at All Saints Episcopal Church, Saturday, Feb. 4th.

Two seatings are available: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the church hall on 4033 SE Woodstock Blvd.

The annual event has been a huge hit for those who love crab and like to have a good time with family and friends, and tickets make for great holiday presents and stocking stuffers!

A bargain at $37.50, the meal comes with fresh crab, salad and bread. A cash bar is available as well, and children 6 and under eat free with a mac & cheese option. All proceeds support All Saints outreach ministries.

For tickets or more info, go to or call Nancy at 916-202-7132.

The Tuesday Morning Women's Bible Study
We are beginning a study of the Sermon on the Mount in chapters 5 and 6 of Matthew.  All women are invited to join them for  this study at 9:30  every Tuesday in December except for the 27th. (We will have a pot luck on December 20 and a white elephant gift exchange.)  Come join us!
~ Pat ten Broeke
Nominations Process Beginning:
If you are interested in serving on the Vestry (a three-year term), the Endowment Committee (five-year term), Finance Committee, as a Delegate to Diocesan Convention (or as an Alternate), or on the 2017 Nominations Committee, please let one of the following people know: Rachel Blakeman, Chris McClave, or Chuck Martin.  
Thank you, Mother Laura
Help Warm Hearts
We need blankets (not quilts or comforters) for the homeless, as well as men's socks and any warm clothing you want to give the Mustard Seed. The nights are cold already, so your donations will be welcome and deeply appreciated. 

~  Mustard Seed Volunteers
When to call the Rector ...

You should call Mother Laura when:
  •  You would like a pastoral conversation or visit
  •  You are facing serious life challenges
  •  Someone wants to join the Church
  •  There is the birth of a child
  •  There is illness in the house
  •  There is a surgery scheduled
  •  When there is death in the home
  •  There is an engagement leading to marriage. 
The All Saints Episcopal Church seeks to be a serving church.
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!
Thursday, December 15
8:45 a.m. Dental Van
7:00 p.m. Rhododendron Society
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Friday, December 16
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed Thrift Shop
6:00 p.m. NA meeting
8:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Saturday, December 17
8:30 a.m. Suzuki Violin Lessons
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mustard Seed Thrift Shop

11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Christmas Party
1:00 p.m. Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
8:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Sunday, December 18 
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:15 a.m. Choir Convenes
9:30 a.m. Adult Forrum
10:15 a.m. The Christmas Pageant with Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:45 a.m. Parish Life Committee
4:00 p.m. Youth Group

Monday, December 19
11:00 a.m. Tai Chi Practice
7:30 p.m. I Chuan with David Miller

Tuesday, December 20
9:30 a.m. Women's Bible Study and Potluck

5:00 p.m. Banners
6:00 p.m. Finance Committee
6:30 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Vestry Meeting

Wednesday, December 21
10:00 a.m. Basket Weaving with Susan Hanks
1:00 p.m. Caroling and Gift Giving at Holgate House
7:00 p.m. I Chuan with David Miller

Thursday, December 22
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Bishop's Visitation

Our Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Michael J. Hanley, will be coming to All Saints for his annual visit on Sunday, February 19, 2017. The Bishop's Visitation is an opportunity for Baptism, Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation. Please speak with Kathy Martin or Mother Laura if you are interested. Confirmation classes can be provided.
  • Confirmation is for children who were baptized in the Episcopal Church or who came to this church with their families before making a "mature commitment."
  • Confirmation is also appropriate for those of any age who are making a mature commitment for the first time.
  • Reception is for those who have previously made a mature commitment in any other Christian church, regardless of the pedigree of the minister.
We hope to have our new altar dedicated by Bishop Michael, as well as to have him bless our new Meditation Garden during his time with us.
Parish Cycle of Prayer
Chris McClave; George & Gail McCowen, Jr.; Laurie & Steve McDowell; Ken & Bettie Meeker; Jerry Meter & Chuck Ford; David & Sonja Miller, Ben, Ali.

Special needs, immediate concerns
Chuck Bateman; Ray Harris; Jean Klemsen; Sonja Miller; Jim Titherington; Shukrat in Mosel; Tom Woodruff and girlfriend.




Ministry Schedule
Ministry Schedule December 11, 2016:

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
Nancy Janecek
LECTORS: Mary Camman, Deona DeLong
USHERS: Peter & Esther Muiruri
GREETERS: Peter & Esther Muiruri
COFFEE HOUR: Mikki Wooldridge

10:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II ~ Youth Sunday
Nancy Patrick
LECTORS: Nancy Carr, Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
INTERCESSOR: Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: Nancy Patrick, Warren Schafer

USHERS: Mary Earl & Laurie McDowell
GREETERS: Barbara White
COFFEE HOUR: Jude Leahy & Nancy Patrick 
Lessons Appointed for The Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A
You can find all the readings here (alternate version):
News from the Diocese of Oregon
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.

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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