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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 God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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The first season of the church's liturgical year is Advent and begins next Sunday, November 27. 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. Sometimes a rose or pink candle is used on 3 Advent, reflecting the tradition that the lessons for this Sunday are celebratory rather than penitential. Small Advent wreaths can be a focus for family devotions during the season. 
Adult Forum
The Adult Forum has finished viewing the excellent film, The Twelve Apostles. Since we are now beginning the Advent season, we have selected portions of the BBC film series, "Jesus the Complete Story - The Early Years," to be shown during these weeks. This series uses archaeological discoveries to shed further light on society during Jesus’ time on earth, and this Sunday, November 27, our first 20-minute segment will highlight some interesting facts in the Christmas narrative.
~ Dn. Kathleen 
Advent Soup, Supper & Study Series
Relaxing about Race: Opening Our Minds, Addressing Fear, Enhancing Relationships

Sam Robertson, Presenter, Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • November 30
  • December 7
  • December 14
Think of one person who needs your compassion and bring them to the table with you.
Hot Meals Thanksgiving dinner, hats and scarves distribution 
On Saturday, November 19, over 100 Hot Meals guests were served a Thanksgiving dinner of turkey and all the trimmings, and each guest was given the opportunity to select from a collection of hats and scarves that were knitted or crocheted by All Saints parishioners. We had several volunteers from our church as well as community members, ensuring that everything went smoothly. Many people came up to us to express their thanks and appreciation for all that All Saints is doing.
~ Dn. Kathleen
Dear All Saints Parish,

After working it out with our Vestry, I announced my retirement to the parish at our brunch on Sunday, November 6. It will begin next year on December 1, 2017, when I turn 70, have completed five years as rector of All Saints, and 45 years of service in parish ministry. The Vestry has been very caring about me and my future, as well as of the well-being of the parish.

I am grateful that it will give us all time to prepare carefully for this transition and for a good ending. Canon Neysa Ellgren, the assistant to Bishop Michael, is fully informed about this decision and ready to assist the Vestry with the process when the time is right. 

God has granted us this tender time together. I am available to you as we process this change in our lives together. I welcome conversation and look forward to a fulfilling year of moving forward strongly, the wind of the Spirit in our collective wings.

The parish is very fortunate to have such an excellent staff in place.

God's blessings to each of you,

Mother Laura
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

2017 Pledge Drive Update:  60 cards have been received totaling $116,805. 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 
Vestry Actions
  • Mustard Seed flooding will cost $3,467.42. ServPro agrees to work with us regarding payment over next six months.
  • Roof repair project is completed. Cost is $6,029.00.  We will use money already received from the endowment funds. 
  • There is exploration regarding removal of carpeting in the two small rooms in the Mustard Seed affected by the flooding. It is understood that the drainage system around All Saints is insufficient. Sealing the cracks in the floor may be an option. 
New Altar Proposal Approved by Vestry:

The Vestry approved by unanimous vote the recommendation presented by our History Committee to have John Stump of Bond Organs build a new altar for our chancel. It will be 90" in length, 30" longer than our current altar.

The History Committee approved the more simple design option John prepared for us. The new altar will be built of European Red Beech to match our furnishings. The historic medallion will be kept for the front.

The project will be paid out of our Columbarium/Memorial Fund.

We are grateful for the History Committee and Altar Guild's thoughtful ground work have helped make this possible. And we are grateful for the Vestry's action and God's provision for all our needs!

Happy Thanksgiving to all,
Mother Laura
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

In celebration of 30 years of marriage, Ron and Shirley Jones will renew their wedding vows on Sunday, December 4 during the 10:15 a.m. service. There will be a reception for the entire church after in the Parish Hall. Please join in celebrating their renewal of covenant marriage vows. 
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
"Wake up! Wake up! Clothe yourself with strength, O arm of the Lord!"  Isaiah 51:9

We need two new hosts to welcome and share our abundant hospitality
during our Second Sunday Coffee Hour. 
Talk with Donna Woodruff to learn more! 503-655-2009
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
Hot Meals Christmas Gift Bags

Please bring any unused hygiene articles, such as hotel soap, lotion, shampoo, and dental care items to the church beginning this week through early December, as we prepare gift bags for the Hot Meals Christmas event.  
~ Deacon Kathleen
Charitable Bequests

If you plan to include charitable gifts in your estate plans, consider naming All Saints Church as the beneficiary of your Retirement Assets. Charities are tax exempt and unlike your heirs, will not pay taxes on IRAs and other retirement plans. 
  • You must be 70 1/2 years old.
  • Gifts can be up to $100,000.
  • The transfer must go directly from IRAs to a qualified charity.
  • Gift must be made outright.
Ken Meeker has recently been through this process and is happy to share his experience and answer any questions at
A message from William Temple House:

Dear All Saints Episcopal Parish,
   Thank you so much for the special offering of $74.00 you collected for William Temple House! Through your generous support of our work, you have assured that our Food Pantry will continue to serve over 5,000 families each year and 4,300 hours of free and low cost mental health counseling will be provide to those in need.
Thank you!
Brianna Richards
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!
Wednesday, November 23
9:00 a.m. Suzuki Violin Lessons
10:00 a.m. Basket Weaving with Susan Hanks
7:00 p.m. I Chuan with David Miller

Thursday, November 24 ~ Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 25
9:00 a.m. Mustard Seed Thrift Shop 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Saturday, November 26
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 ~ Youth

Sunday, November 27 
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 a.m. Adult Forum
9:30 a.m. Family Choir Convenes
10:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II ~ Youth Sunday
11:45 a.m. Shawl Ministry
12:00 p.m. Acolyte Training
12:30 p.m. Executive Committee

Monday, November 28
10:00 a.m. Tai Chi Beginners
11:00 a.m. Tai Chi Practice
3:45 p.m. Suzuki Violin Group Lessons
4:15 p.m. Girl Scout Group
7:30 p.m. I Chuan with David Miller

Tuesday, November 29
9:30 a.m. Women's Bible Study
1:30 p.m. Nominations Committee
2:00 p.m. Suzuki Violin Lessons
5:00 p.m. Banners
6:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, November 30
9:00 a.m. Suzuki Violin Lessons
10:00 a.m. Basket Weaving with Susan Hanks
6:00 p.m. Advent Soup, Supper & Study with Sam Robertson
7:00 p.m. I Chuan with David Miller

Thursday, December 1
8:45 a.m. Dental Van
2:00 p.m. Suzuki Violin Lessons
7:00 p.m. Portland Wheelman Touring Club
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal
8:45 p.m. After Dark Cookies

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.

In the course of their Christian development, those baptized at an early age are expected, when they are ready and have been duly prepared, to make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and to receive the laying on of hands by the bishop.

Those baptized as adults, unless baptized with laying on of hands by a bishop, are also expected to make a public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism in the presence of a bishop and to receive the laying on of hands.
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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
Jann Jasperse, Bella; Darek Jenkins; Matthew Johnston & Dawn Odell, Alex, William; Ron & Shirley Jones; John & Micky Keiter; Duane Kilian & Elizabeth Allen.

Special needs, immediate concerns
Nicole Budlong; Jim Denman; Patricia Kugler; George McCowan; Jim Titherington. Pray for the people of Standing Rock Reservation in their desire to protect water and Mother Earth, and for the President to take action.




Ministry Schedule
Ministry Schedule November 27, 2016:

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
Ardis Weir
LECTORS: Jacob Mathai, Mary Camman
USHERS: Peter & Esther Muiruri
GREETERS: Peter & Esther Muiruri
COFFEE HOUR: Mikki Wooldridge

10:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II ~ Youth Sunday
ACOLYTES: Liora Banfield, Noah Kilian, Simon Lain
USHERS: Steve Heleba & Nancy Patrick
COFFEE HOUR: Pat Roach & Barbara White
Lessons Appointed for The First Sunday of Advent, Year A
for Sunday, November 27, 2016

You can find all the readings here (alternate version):
News from the Diocese of Oregon

The other day I drove past my favorite gas station and saw a poster in the window offering to install snow tires for the winter months. I must admit that even after six years in Oregon I did chuckle a bit on reading the sign. In Minnesota snow tires are illegal because they tear up the roads. Now, don’t get me wrong, I get why Oregonians might need to have snow tires installed. If it does snow no one is going to help move that snow off the road, so it is good to be prepared. We just prepare differently for snow here than people do in Minnesota. In Minnesota people depend on the community to prepare but in Oregon it is a much more personal preparation that is needed.

I make this observation for two reasons: one has to do with the church and one has to do with the wider society we find ourselves in today in these United States. First I’ll say a word about the church, then something about the wider society.

In the church we often talk as if we are a family and to some extent we act as members of a family. But mostly we are not a family but a community. In a family what we seek is the unconditional love of those in the family; in a community we gather to accomplish goals, and those goals define how we interact with each other. In a community we prepare for our life together with liturgy and music that reminds us of who we are in Christ, so that we do the work of ministry in the world. And this is key: we act in the world by reconciling the world to God through Christ. When we insist that the church is mostly a family, we focus on ourselves and seek the unconditional love of those in the family, and we only secondarily reach out in love to the world around us. Acting in this way we fail to fully fulfill our gospel imperative to love. To stretch the metaphor above about snow tires, we prepare for the winter by adding the tires and we come together as Christians on Sunday so that on Monday we can be God’s people in the world.

We exist as a church for the sake of the world and our ministry is to those who are the poor and the disenfranchised in society. In the Gospel of Luke we read, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” This is the call of God for the life of the world through the Church. We go into the world to love and serve God’s people because we have been given the Spirit of the Lord and we are called to ministry in God’s name. To stretch the snow tire metaphor even farther, we put on snow tires so that we are ready if it snows and we act as God’s people in the world because the world is full of poor and disenfranchised people.


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