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All Saints Episcopal Church

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

The Rev. Dr. Robert Williams, Rector
Laurie McDowell, Senior Warden
The Rev. Kathleen Borsch, Deacon
Dr. James Denman, Director of Music
Cristina Breshears, Administrative Assistant

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
Daylight saving time
 begins this Sunday, March 11, at 2:00 a.m. And yes, this is the one where you lose an hour of sleep. But don't fret! That means you gain one more precious hour of sunlight at the end of the day to beat those end-of-winter doldrums. Set your clocks ahead on Saturday night, and don’t miss church on Sunday morning with Father Bob!

Please join me in welcoming our interim rector, Rev. Dr. Robert Williams  
Recently retired from St. James, Tigard, Fr. Bob is pursuing his first interim opportunity with All Saints.  He began his ministry with us Thursday, March 1, and will be with us at least through August 31.  Father Bob will begin preaching and presiding this Sunday, March 11.  I am grateful to the Diocese and Executive Committee members for helping All Saints accomplish this important step on our journey to a full-time rector.

~Laurie McDowell, Senior Warden
Rev. Dr Robert Williams (Father Bob as he likes to be called) was welcomed last Sunday at both services.  Father Bob will serve as our interim Rector for six months, March 1-August 31, with month-by-month extensions after that as needed.
Adult Forum in Lent: The Return of the Prodigal Son

Based on the highly acclaimed and bestselling book, The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri J.M. Nouwen, this Lent course helps us to reflect on the meaning of the parable for our own lives. A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt's painting 'The Return of the Prodigal Son' catapulted Henri Nouwen on a long spiritual adventure. In his book, he shares the deeply personal and resonant meditation that led him to discover the place within which God has chosen to dwell.

During the course, adapted from the book and using a narrator and actor, we probe the several movements of the parable: the younger son's return, the father's restoration of sonship, the elder son's resentment, and the father's compassion. All of us who have known loneliness, dejection, jealousy or anger will respond to the persistent themes of homecoming, affirmation and reconciliation.

Sunday, March 11 -- The Father
Sunday, March 18 -- Living the Painting. 
Soup, Supper & Study Series

The Saint John's Bible with Dr. Karen Eifler
Join us for a tactile, prayerful encounter with the hand-illuminated St. John's Bible
 Wednesdays:  March 14, and 21
6:00 - 7:30 p.m

March 14: Images of Community, Wholeness & Integration
March 21: Images of Fruitful Failure, including the Crucifixion.

A Lenten Invitation to Renewal

Lord our God, in every age you call a people to hear your word and to do your will.  Renew us in these Lenten days:  washed clean of sin, sealed with the Spirit, and sustained by your living bread, may we remain true to our calling and, with the elect, serve you alone.  Grant this through Christ, our liberator from sin, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, holy and mighty God for ever and ever.1

As we draw closer to the end of our Lenten journey, we are reminded how quickly we have come from the anticipation of Advent, the celebration of Christmas, the excitement of Epiphany, through the sober penitence of Lent on our journey with Jesus to the Cross. This is a good place to pause for a few moments and reflect.
Lent is a season of wilderness, a journey of struggle, testing and turmoil.  There are times in the life of every person and every congregation when we experience struggle, testing and turmoil.  There may be times when God seems quite distant.  This doesn’t mean God is any less present.  It doesn’t mean we’ve done anything wrong.  It simply means that life has its wilderness times just as we experience the winter season of the year.  

Seasons vary in intensity, not always predictable.  Deep down, we Christians know that the wilderness is not the end of the story but only a part of the journey, part of the way of the Cross, which leads to new life. 

Transitions can seem very much like time in the wilderness. Check out the Exodus story of Moses and the people who would become the nation Israel.  We learn from the Exodus story that there’s no point in trying to rush our time in the wilderness but vitally important that we strive to stay connected to God and each other as we prayerfully seek God’s guidance on our journey to the promised land, God’s preferred future for us.

The season of Lent is also the church’s springtime.  Out of the darkness of sin’s winter a people emerges, reborn into new life through baptism.  It’s a time of spring cleaning.  A time to ask how are we doing, we who have died to sin and come alive to a new life in Christ? 

Lent is a time for self-examination and repentance of those things in our lives that separate us from God and each other.  In other words, a time for housecleaning and recommitment to the new life in Christ we entered in baptism.

Let us hear again these blessed words from our Ash Wednesday liturgy, "I invite you to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting and self-denial; and by reading and meditating of God’s holy Word,"  (BCP, 265). 

Please join us during these final weeks of the Lenten Season at our Sunday services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.; at our Wednesday evening Lenten Soup Supper Series featuring exploration of the Saint John's Bible; and during Holy Week.

Fr. Bob+
1Internation Commission on English in the Liturgy.  1997.
Dear All,

On behalf of the staff of Russian Oregon Social Services, I want to thank you cordially for allowing us to be under the roof of All Saints Episcopal Church for almost a quarter of a century.

We sincerely appreciate hospitality and friendship that your church community extended to us during these years.  As we move on, we will keep you all in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.  I know that this is a small world and hope that our paths will cross again in the future.
Thank you for being such a wonderful, supportive community!
God bless you,
Tamara Burkovskaia
Manager of Russian Oregon Social Services
Save the Date!

NEEDED: Pruning saws and clippers, shovels, brooms and muscle! If you've got it, bring it! (Please!)  
Let's make All Saints beautiful for Easter!

MARCH 17, 2018
10 am - noon
We have a new expensive key pad on our alarm system.  It just needs a tender touch on the keys now, not a hard push as before.  
Let's be careful so it lasts as long as possible!  Thank you. 
A word from your deacon ...

The ladies of the Mustard Seed Thrift Shop have been giving socks and other clothing items to the homeless for years. We are now in the process of expanding this ministry and organizing a space that will also include personal care items. We now gratefully accept small hygiene products year-round, from hotel stays, trial size, dollar stores, etc. Please drop these off with Dn. Kathleen.  
Thank you.

Godly Play: 
All the people of God are connected.

March 11 ~ Faces of Easter I, II, III, IV
March 18 ~ Faces of Easter V, VI, VII
March 25 ~ Youth Sunday
April 1 ~ Easter Sunday
A Prayer for Special Guidance
Almighty Lord, source of all knowledge and loving kindness, bring your grace upon the  All Saint’s Search Committee as we discern the needs of our parish in finding a new priest to serve as our Spiritual guide. Give us ears to hear, open hearts to feel, and clarity of vision so we might see your light. Shine your light upon us and grant us courage to move forward for your Honor and Glory. Let us all work together in your spirit of love for all who make up our All Saints’ community. We ask this For His Sake, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen
Written By Nancy Patrick & Miriam Lain,
Daughters of the King
Thursday, March 8
4:00 p.m. Write Around Portland
7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 9
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed Ministry & Book Nook
6:30 p.m. After Dark Cookies 

Saturday, March 10
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed & Book Nook
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Ministry

6:45 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:00 p.m. Anonymous Group 

Sunday, March 11
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:15 a.m. Chancel Choir Convenes
9:30 a.m. Adult Forum
10:15 a.m. The Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:15 a.m. Godly Play: Faces of Easter
12:00 p.m. Family Choir Convenes
4:00 p.m. Youth Group

5:45 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Monday, March 12
10:00 a.m. Beginning Tai Chi
11:00 a.m. Tai Chi
7:30 p.m. I Chuan

Tuesday, March 13
9:30 a.m. Women's Bible Study
5:00 p.m. Banners

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

Wednesday, March 14
6:00 p.m. Lenten Soup, Supper, Study
6:00 p.m. Parenting Class
7:00 p.m. I Chuan

Thursday, March 15
8:30 a.m. Dental Van Ministry
9:00 a.m. Over the Hill Gang

7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:00 p.m. Rhododendron Society
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Parish Cycle of Prayer
Jacob Mathai, Lucas, Sana Mary; Christine McClave; George & Gail McCowen; Laurie & Steven McDowell; Rob McMonigal; Ken & Bettie Meeker; Jerry Meter & Chuck Ford.

Special needs, immediate concerns
Chuck Ford and Jerry Meter; George McCowan; Waite family.

Repose of the soul
Dave Beckenholdt (Chuck Ford's step-father).
Ministry Schedule March 11, 2018
The Fourth Sunday in Lent—Year B
Rev. Dr. Robert Williams Celebrant & Preacher Rev. Dr. Robert Williams
Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch Deacon Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
Ardis Weir Worship Leader Chuck Bateman
Esther Muiruri; Jacob Mathai Lectors Chuck Bateman; Nancy Patrick
Ardis Weir Intercessor Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
Ardis Weir Eucharistic Ministers Chuck Bateman; Warren Schafer
Peter & Esther Muiruri Ushers Bill & Jocelyn Cox
Peter & Esther Muiruri Greeters Christine McClave
Mikki Wooldridge Coffee Hour Hosts Rev. Liz Powers & Pat Roach
Lessons Appointed for the Fourth Sunday in Lent: You can find all the readings here:

On Saturday, March 17, a mini-silent retreat will take place, God willing, at the Parish of St John the Baptist, 6300 SW Nicol Road, Portland, (on the campus of Oregon Episcopal School). 

It will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the Chapel, followed by a free breakfast in the Ladehoff Room in the parish house. The first meditation will follow that, with plenty of time to meditate privately or walk around the church and attractive grounds--weather permitting of course. Please bring a bag lunch as well.  Freewill offerings will be accepted so that the work of the St Benedict's Guild, the sponsor of the day, can continue.

In all, there will be three short meditations, given by the Rev. Julia McCray-Goldsmith, Canon for Cathedral Life at Trinity Cathedral, Portland. Julia is now in her second year at Trinity and comes from the Diocese of California where she was on the staff of the Bishop for many years. She is a former missionary and non-profit fundraiser, and is fluent in Spanish. Her theological education took place at Creighton University in Omaha and CDSP in Berkeley.  She will offer three scriptural meditations in the Ignatian manner of contemplation, chosen to help us encounter and accompany Jesus on the way to his passion.

The Quiet Day will end at 3:00 pm. Questions about the day may be addressed to Fr Phillip Ayers at or (971) 275-2663.  Please come and prepare for Easter in this way.

From Bishop Michael

Dear Friends in Christ:

I recently saw the video of Brene Brown’s preaching at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. Brene is a writer and researcher who talks about what we need to thrive as humans in the world today and, most especially about the barriers to our own thriving. In the sermon she talked about why she goes to church and what she hopes to find in attending. She said she wants to sing with people she does not know, pass the peace with people with whom she disagrees, and share the rail with a community of faithful worshippers.  I agree with Dr. Brown. And yet, as we continue to live in our small worlds of likeminded individuals I worry that we are losing the capacity to live together in community with those with whom we disagree.

The recent school shooting in Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida is again one more example of how hard it is to have a civil discourse about any type of violence in American society. I am deeply aware that when I share with you that I am a member of Bishops Against Gun Violence there are good Episcopalians in Oregon who mark me as too liberal for them. In what follows you will also hear a call to parishes and missions in Oregon to consider using their financial decisions to speak out on issues. If someone in the diocese disagrees with this invitation they may well be labeled too conservative. And we will most likely do all this labeling without any real dialogue with one another. I am troubled about this state of the church.

And yet, we must continue to speak our minds on issues that concern us, we must be willing to engage with each other and I believe we must sing the Lord’s song together, we must pass the peace with people we do not agree with and we must come to the rail together as one Body of Christ. This is good and challenging work.


At the present moment, the student-led calls for legal action, community protests, and economic boycotts highlight that gun violence is one of the most difficult topics we must engage with in our country. Each day, 96 people die from gunshot wounds*; for each of these deaths, two more people are injured. While horrific mass shootings at schools garner the bulk of media attention, seven children and teens are killed by guns every day. Whether due to homicide (13,000 deaths per year), suicide (62% of all gun deaths), or accident, we cannot turn a blind eye to the great tragedy of these lost lives. There is no single cause of gun violence and no simple solution, but as people of faith we covenant to strive for justice and peace among all people, respecting the dignity of every human life.

Part of that, as Bishop Michael points out, is in keeping Christian fellowship that bridges disagreements. Within our parishes, there will be various ideas about the place of guns in our country, and what constitutes responsible gun ownership, and what would be effective in reducing violence. Being in fellowship calls us to hope that, no matter what we each believe about this topic, we are all acting in good faith as we  consider the kind of creative steps we might take individually, as parishes, and as the diocese.

On February 26, Christ Church, Lake Oswego announced that they will no longer engage the services of FedEx after that business decided to continue offering discounted rates and other shipping perks to NRA members. For diocesan investments, we follow the Episcopal Church policy, which encourages restrictions to avoid holdings in military/weapons-based companies. The diocese’s Socially Responsible Investment Fund is also designed to help create investment choices for parishes that can creatively reflect the gospel values which as members we prioritized during our 2017 Convention.

While individual actions may not seem to carry the weight of those done by organizations, the Rev. Jaime Sanders, priest-in-charge of Christ Church, St. Helens recognizes in the following reflection the moral imperative on her personally.

Being Called on BS: A Reflection on Investment Choices

In my first year of seminary, there was a weekend retreat at which we were given an art challenge: make a collage of your present relationship with God.  There was a corner of my paper with a representation of a wall, and in that walled-off area was money.  I was giving my life to the church – but I was keeping back the money in my IRA that I had accumulated through years of private law practice.  That was to put my children through college, protecting my family’s standard of living to the extent possible given my loss of income.  Of course, it wasn’t really walled off from God – much of it also went to pay seminary tuition, and now, after an M.Div. for me and a B.A. for a daughter, it is much depleted.  But I still protect the remnant.  I don’t sell it all and give it to the poor, for example, despite Jesus’ fairly clear directive and the example of early followers of The Way.

Money has its own laws, and I have tried to learn them.  In my last month at my law firm, when the flow of new work to me had dried up, I made a study of investing, and devised an investment strategy appropriate for our expected needs and my personal appetite for risk.  I moved my 401(k) to a Vanguard IRA, and have been proud that my returns matched various indices.  Some of the money I put in a Socially Responsible Investing fund – but not all of it.  I was hedging risks, as one of the laws of money dictates.

I just sold all of my remaining investment in the Vanguard fund that has done so well for me over the years.  As a citizen and a Christian and a priest I believe that we need to put the lives of people above the profits of gun manufacturers.  In the voices of the Parkland students, I hear Jesus’ voice.  “We call BS” is 2018-speak for “‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” (Mt. 23:27).   For me, I can no longer own a fund that might cause me to profit from the manufacture of guns.

In the next week or two I will be researching SRI funds open to individual investors.  ( has a comprehensive list) This change is not make in the expectation that it will, in any way, change the strategies of companies.  American Outdoor Brands’ CEO is not going to say, “My God!  A small investor in Vanguard’s PRIMECAP Fund just sold her stake because it doesn’t screen out gun manufacturers!  We better change our business strategy!”  All it will do is move, in a small way, my money choices more in line with my values.  To make me a little less of a hypocrite.

People of the diocese have different ideas politically, and different experiences with guns, but we join in prayers.  May our prayers, and shared thoughts, lead to understanding, ideas, and action.


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