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All Saints Episcopal Church

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

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

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Presiding Bishop’s Letter Regarding Surgery; Prayers Welcomed

July 25, 2018

Dear Friends in Christ,

A few months ago, through my annual physical, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. After a variety of tests, consultations, and conversations with my wife and daughters, I decided on a surgical treatment course. On this coming Tuesday, July 31st, I will have surgery to remove the prostate gland. 

I am happy to say that the prognosis looks very good and quite positive. I have spoken with several others who have gone through this, and who have offered both encouragement and helpful advice. I will be in the hospital for at least a day, then at home to recuperate. 

I’ve been told that 4-6 weeks is a reasonable time to anticipate. I plan to resume my duties in early September and I do not anticipate any significant changes in my commitments. 

I am very blessed with a wonderful family, a first-rate medical team, a great staff, dear colleagues and friends, a calling to which I have given my life, and above all a good, great and loving God in whose hands we always remain. So, do say a prayer. And know that I look forward to being back at my post in September.

God bless you, and keep the faith,


The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry

Presiding Bishop and Primate

The Episcopal Church

News from the Mustard Seed &
Book Nook:

We will have a Bag Sale this weekend, August 3 & 4. $8 for a grocery size paper bag of any clothing from the designated areas.  We will be adding the ability to take debit cards by around September 1.  Hooray!
Summer Adult Forum
Please join us for an informal Gospel-based conversation in the Guild Room continuing this Sunday August 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
All Saints Annual Picnic
Mark your calendars!!
Sunday, August 26, following the 9:30 a.m. service.
Rite II service to be held in sanctuary with picnic following in fenced area.

You are invited to bring a salad or desert and to help where you can.

Sign-ups in the parish hall first three Sundays in August.

Contact person: Mary Earl 503-964-3242 
Naming and Claiming our Ministries Workshop
Are you interested in finding your niche in the church?
Exploring the many ways of serving God?
Being Christ's hands and feet in the world?
Make plans to attend this workshop from the Commission on Ministry - Committee for Baptismal Ministry Development.
September 15, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
All Saints Episcopal Church

4033 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202
Cost: $10 (cost covered by ECW for All Saints members)

Register online today.
A Note from Your Treasurer

Thanks for keeping your pledges current during the summer months. Summer is typically a low point in pledges and contributions, so please consider extending help as you are able.  We do appreciate your financial support of All Saints.
Jerry Meter


There are new volunteer opportunities for coffee servers. Beginning September 1st. I will be retiring as coordinator.  I have enjoyed this position for many years but, now it is time to give this responsibility to a new person. I will continue on as a server. Also, there are other openings for new servers.

I ask other parishioners to give this prayerful thought. This is fun job and an opportunity to meet and greet others new and old. Hosts serve once a month and always with lots of help in learning the job.

A special thanks to all who serve and to those who will in the future.

Donna Woodruff


Mary Earl and Laurie McDowell for planting and maintaining the beautiful garden of flowers by the front door of the church, and Craig Gibson for spraying the weeds in the driveway.  
Judy Clark,  Junior Warden 
News from  Woodstock Neighborhood Association:
Woodstock Gives Back and Woodstock Community Center Birthday celebration Sunday Sept. 9 2018. Woodstock gives back starts at 10 a.m. and continues until 3ish, Birthday celebration for WCC from 2 to 4.
 A Master Recycler presented at last night's meeting.  Help us clean up the Blue Bins!  No paper coffee cups or food contaminated paper such as freezer boxes.  Many of these items have a plastic coating and contaminate the recycling stream of paper.  Plastic tubs and bottles over 6 oz are good but if they have contained a pesticide or volatile chemical, put in the gray garbage can. No diapers, plastic lids, propane cylinders, plastic clam-shells, or Styrofoam.
Agrilyx in Tigard takes Styrofoam at 7904 SW Hunziker, Tigard or visit their website at

Also, bottle deposits are now 10 cents.  The Oregon Beverage folks have established regional recycling contracts for all containers that carry a deposit. A new bottle drop will open at 82nd and Holgate late fall.  There are some ways to make this an easy drop off or to have the returns go to charity.  Go to
William Temple House Donations

154 food Items were packed and picked up by William Temple House last week. As ever, they are so very grateful for our continued support of their ministry. Thank you all. 

~ Dn. Kathleen

A word from your deacon ...

We are gratefully accepting small hygiene products and other useful items year-round.
Currently we especially need shaving cream and razors. Please drop these off with Dn. Kathleen.  Feel free to ask me about current needs!

Thank you.
~ Dn. Kathleen
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
Lost and Found

Have you lost a pair of earrings? How about a silver spinning ring? If so, please see Cris in the office!
Summer Greetings,

During my short time here this past year, I have been trying to deepen my understanding of who is accessing our services. Every week I greet extraordinary people in all stages of life who pass through our doors: low income seniors, struggling young adults, families with children, and the ever looming “gray wave” of baby boomers who don’t have the resources to buy healthy food and meet their basic needs each month, even with Social Security and subsidized housing benefits. 

As many of you know, William Temple House is part of an important network of community-based human services organizations (CBOs) in Portland. I recently read the new
report from the American Public Human Services Association and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, which examines the health and impact of organizations like William Temple House across the country.

I was struck by many of the findings that show just how essential CBOs are in our society and economy, but what stunned me most is that one in five people in the U.S. receives critical services from the human services system, and that one in eight CBOs are technically insolvent, or financially unsustainable. These two findings – the rising need for services and the financial challenges agencies face to generate enough resources to provide these services – show how high the stakes are for everyone, especially our clients. When we consider other threats like possible reductions to government assistance programs like SNAP, the ongoing affordable housing crisis, and the ever-increasing populations of homeless people living on our streets, I see an increasingly stark future for our city.

This makes our work at William Temple House more relevant than ever and shows why the support from our community is essential to sustain these important services. We aren’t merely in the business of “welfare” but in promoting the well-being of our entire community. Because everybody benefits when our clients lead healthier, more productive lives.

Carrie Hoops
Executive Director

Woodstock Farmer's Market SNAP Matching Program 

The Market is in full swing! Help everyone enjoy fresh foods by supporting the SNAP matching program. The Woodstock Farmers Market has set a goal to raise $7,500 to fund their SNAP Matching Program during the 2018 season. Without donations, the program cannot continue to provide assistance to ensure everyone has access to fresh and local produce from local farms right here in Oregon. The Market has been offering SNAP matching since 2012, helping an average of 40 low income households every week! You can donate at the market, onlineThe Woodstock Farmer's Market is open every Sunday now through October 28th from 10AM-2PM
Thursday, August 2
8:30 a.m. Dental Van Ministry
7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Friday, August 3
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed Ministry & Book Nook

Saturday, August 4
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed & Book Nook
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Ministry

7:00 p.m. Anonymous Group

Sunday, August 5
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I 
9:30 a.m. Adult Forum
10:15 a.m. Holy  Eucharist, Rite II
11:45 a.m. Building & Grounds Committee

Monday,  August 6
10:00 a.m. Beginning Tai Chi
11:00 a.m. Tai Chi
7:00 p.m. Altar Guild Meeting
7:30 p.m. I Chuan

Tuesday, August 7
5:00 p.m. Banners
6:00 p.m. Search Committee Meeting
6:30 p.m. AA 

Wednesday, August 8
7:00 p.m. I Chuan

Thursday, August 9
5:00 p.m. JCWC Event
6:00 p.m. Search Committee Meeting
Parish Cycle of Prayer
Earl & Donna Woodruff; Mikki Wooldridge; Kathryn Work; Susan Wright; Ejy & Patience Agum, Amaka, Nonso, Chisom; Lisa Alan; Elizabeth Allen & Duane Kilian, Elijah, Miriam; Patti Allen; Marjorie Ashcraft; Laura Axon, Henry, Charlie.

Special needs, immediate concerns
Lisa Alan; Marjorie Ashcraft; Dn. Kathleen Borsch; Bishop Michael Curry; Steve Heleba; Hobe Kytr (John Keiter's brother); Laurie McDowell; Lucille Pierce; Guy Van Ortwick; Willie & Echo Wayman (friends of Susan Hanks); Kip (Mikki Wooldridge's grandson-in-law).
Ministry Schedule August 5, 2018
The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost —Year B

Rev. Dr. Robert Williams Celebrant & Preacher Rev. Dr. Robert Williams
Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch Deacon Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
  Organist Jerry Meter
Ardis Weir Worship Leader Chris Broderick
Deona Delong; Betty Meeker Lectors Chris Broderick; Nancy Carr
Ardis Weir Intercessor Dn. Kathleen Borsch
Ardis Weir Eucharistic Ministers Chris Broderick; Larry Chalew-Fuller
Peter & Esther Muiruri Ushers Ejy Agum & Bill Habel
Peter & Esther Muiruri Greeters Kathy Martin
Mikki Wooldridge Coffee Hour Hosts Geri Dash & Donna Woodruff
Lessons Appointed for The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost:

Exodus 16:2-4,9-15
Psalm 78:23-29
Ephesians 4:1-16
John 6:24-35

You can find all the readings here:
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 p.m.
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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