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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
Cristina Breshears, Administrative Assistant

Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquility your dominion may increase until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Parish Profile Survey is nearly ready for your input.
  • Those who attend the 8:00 a.m. Rite I service may complete the survey on August 20 at 9:00 a.m. 
  • Those who attend the 10:15 a.m. Rite II service may complete the survey on September 24 at 11:30 a.m.  Childcare will be provide.
Your input is greatly valued and will help guide us as we seek our new priest.  
Thank you,
Ardis Weir


Our end-of-summer Outdoor Service is planned for Sunday, August 27 at 10:30 a.m. Seating provided on pavement.

The All Parish Picnic will start after the service, and there will be games for the children!

One service only. 

Some thoughts on our Outdoor Service and Picnic ...
We've all been there: the traffic sounds disrupting, the children's voices distracting, the weather imposing. Outside worship is so different than when it is within the quiet of our sanctuary.
Some tips on making our outdoor service a beautiful expression of our faith:
  • Accept that noise is part of our outdoor service and picnic.
  • Call to mind the living, breathing, feeling human beings behind the noise and wish them well.
  • Let the noise be a sort of secondary focus of our worship. If you stop hearing the noise as the enemy of worship and instead see it as part of our fuller experience, then noise can become the holy hum of our lives.
Hopefully, realizing this will make noise just another part of our experience, like the feeling of grass beneath our feet, or like our breath in song, or like the warmth in our heart.

New Vestry Members

We are happy to inform everyone in our parish that we have officially been able to fill two vacancies so that our Vestry may continue strong for the remainder of the year.

The two new members of the Vestry are: 

Sue Hiscoe, Class of 2018, completing the position of Amelia Brooks, and

Lorraine Herr (Laurie), Class of 2020, filling out the term of Corey Banfield.

They will be joining our Vestry at its next meeting on the third Tuesday of the month in September. 

We are grateful for the many years of experience they each bring to their position.

~  Mother Laura


Fall Start-Ups

Sunday, September 10
  • Adult Forum begins
  • Sunday School Kickoff and Ice Cream Social after 10:15 a.m. service
  • Chancel Choir returns
Tuesday, September 12
  • 9:30 a.m. Bible Study begins
After much thought and hard work, our fence around the front lawn will be a reality! Fence construction has begun!
The Vestry voted and overwhelmingly agreed to the design proposal and the funding
expenditure.  Cornerstone Fencing Company has assured us that they can get the job done before August 27, in time for our All Parish Picnic. 
We will have an aluminum three-rail fence system that surrounds the entire front lawn. Each panel will be 6 feet wide and 4 feet high.  The posts will measure 2 ½” x 2 ½” and the pickets will measure ¾”  x  ¾”. This will ensure the strength of the fence to keep our little ones safe, both our children and the children of the Homestead preschool. The height of the fence will be slightly over 4'--approximately 51"-- because we would like a 3" gap between the ground and the bottom railing.  There will be two steel gates:  one 4’ and one 16’.  These gates will have an arched scroll design.
The fence is being paid for from four sources:  Homestead Preschool, the Gruggen Fund, the Memorial Fund, and the Endowment Fund. A lot of time and energy went into making this project happen and I’d like to thank the fence committee members, the executive committee, the finance committee, the endowment committee, and the Vestry for their consideration, ideas, and advise.

~Laurie McDowell, Senior Warden
We are pleased to announce that the Vestry voted unanimously this week to purchase 140 new Book of Common Prayers for our Sanctuary to replace the books that are well worn and in many cases, held together with tape. 

As in years past, the congregation will have an opportunity to make a donation in memory of loved ones of these new Book of Common Prayers.  As soon as these books arrive, we will put them on display for you to see and make it possible for a donation to be given if that is your desire. 

Many thanks go out to Bev Curtis who originally went through all of the Book of Common Prayers in our Sanctuary to determine how many new ones were needed to enhance our worship experience at All Saints. Any of the current Book of Common Prayers with a memorial page will be disbursed throughout the church in areas such as Sunday School or the Youth Loft where prayer books might occasionally be needed.

~  Jerry Meter

Our High School Graduate
Amaka Agum is working as a camp counselor this summer and will be attending Portland Community College this fall.  She already had nine college credits, and is interested in Information Technology.
All the best, Amaka!

Welcome to our Parish!
We welcome to our parish family the Rev. Deborah Hughes-Habel and her husband, William "Bill" Habel.  Since Deborah and Bill moved to SE Portland from Salt Lake City, Utah, they have been looking for a faith community and a home.  We are happy they have chosen to be part of us at All Saints.
Since coming one year ago to the Portland area  to be with grandchildren, Deborah was assisting at St. Matthew's Episcopal in Portland.
Rev. Deborah was raised up at All Saints Episcopal in Salt Lake City and then ordained to the Holy Order of priest on May 21, 2011  at St. Stephens.
Prior to that, she was employed full time as a nurse.  She has over 30 years experience working with people with disabilities, with heart disease in ICU, and also as a traveling nurse.  Bill has held a career in the field of law.
Bill and Rev. Deborah have been active in the practice of centering prayer and are interested in developing it and offering it.  While Rev. Deborah is not on staff, we welcome her as an Associate Priest of our parish.
Mother Laura
Needed: Ministry of the Lamps

Corey Banfield, who recently moved away to take  a promotion, was the volunteer who kept all the lights working. There are 634 lamps (the correct term) in and outside of the church. Every month about three burn out. The secret ministry maintains the lamp inventory and replaces bad lamps. It does require using all 3 of our various step ladders. Chuck Martin will provide all details and provide training, as needed. Thank you,

Judy Clark

100 padded black chairs were donated in 1998 or 1999 to replace the metal folding chairs we were using. About 94 of them remaining, and only about 7 have intact seat covers.  

Your help is needed to recover the seats of the black chairs in the parish hall. No experience needed. If you think you may be interested in helping with this "hands-on" project, please email or speak with Mary Earl [
bymaryearl (@)].

Thankfully yours, Mary 
Episcopal Cursillo of Oregon and SW Washington
Episcopal Cursillo of Oregon and SW Washington invites one and all to a Grand Ultreya and finger food Potluck gathering on Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 2pm – 4:30pm. 

It will be held at Church of the Good Shepherd, 805 SE Ellsworth Road, Vancouver, WA 98664.  Lots of singing, sharing, and connecting with friends old and new.  Find and join us on Facebook under Oregon Episcopal Cursillo, and sign-up for Cursillo email at .
Sunday schedule for greeters to welcome visitors and guests:

Aug. 20: Deb Miller
Aug 27: Chris Broderick

Thanks again for your participation. It's been going well so far and I think you will find it enjoyable to connect with newcomers. If you have any questions, just ask myself or Kathy Martin. If a conflict comes up and you have to change your schedule, please contact me via email.
Thank you,
Chris Broderick
Thursday, August 17
8:45 a.m. Dental Van Ministry
8:30 a.m. Cook First Camp

Friday, August 18
8:30 a.m. Cook First Camp
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed
1:00 p.m. Oboe Seminar

Saturday, August 19
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Ministry

1:00 p.m. Oboe Seminar

Sunday, August 20
8:00 a.m. The Holy Eucharist: Rite I
9:00 a.m. Parish Profile Survey for 8:00 a.m. Service

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

Monday, August 21
11:00 a.m. Tai Chi at All Saints
7:30 p.m. I Chuan

Tuesday, August 22
9:00 a.m. Staff Meeting
5:00 p.m. Banners
6:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, August 23
7:00 p.m. I Chuan

Parish Cycle of Prayer  
David Shochat; Jim & Sara Soland, Grady, Ainsley; Jack Stephenson-Carr, August, Lucius; Bill Stewart; Alicia Swindel; Pat Ten Broeke; Francine Titherington.

Special needs, immediate concerns  
Judy Clark; Bev Curtis; Steve Hiscoe; Richard Morris; Cindy Van Ortwick; Nancy Patrick; Rev. Liz Powers.
Ministry Schedule August 20, 2017
The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost —Year A, Proper 15
             8:00 a.m.                                                                                           10:15 a.m.
Rev. Laura C. Truby Celebrant & Preacher Rev. Laura C. Truby
Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch Deacon Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
  Guest Organist Jerry Meter
Nancy Janecek Worship Leader Nancy Patrick
Esther Muiruri & Jacob Mathai Lectors Nancy Patrick & Susan Hanks
Nancy Janecek Intercessor Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
Nancy Janecek Eucharistic Ministers Nancy Patrick & Sonja Miller
Peter & Esther Muiruri Ushers Mary Earl & Laurie McDowell
Peter & Esther Muiruri Greeters Deb Miller
Mikki Wooldridge Coffee Hour Hosts Jude Leahy & Nancy Patrick
Lessons Appointed for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost:
You can find all the readings  here:


   News from the Diocese . . .

SAFE Church

SAFE Church Trainings provides awareness in the areas of sexual conduct and sexual abuse issues for both employees and volunteers working within the congregations and organizations of the Diocese of Oregon.

We offer two different programs that have been developed by the Church Pension Group:

  • Safeguarding God’s Children
  • Preventing Sexual Harassment and Exploitation
September 30, St. John the Baptist, Portland 
October 21, St. Stephen's, Portland

How do I register for SAFE Church?

 Click here to go to the online registration. After you have made certain you have supplied all of the requested information, submit your registration by clicking on the “Submit” button. You should receive a response saying your registration has been submitted. You will not receive further confirmation.

Register Now for Convention
Registration is now open for all delegates, clergy, and visitors, and will be processed by Eventbrite. Click here to register.
September 30 is the deadline for registration.
More details, including hotel information, how to register as an exhibitor, and a brief proposed agenda are on our website.
Other Convention notes:
The deadline for proposing Resolutions of Policy is July 29.
The Rev. Nancy Gallagher is leading the Nominating Committee for the open diocesan positions. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, go to our Convention page for position descriptions and nomination forms.
Learn more about Convention.
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Office Hours:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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