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All Saints Episcopal Church

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

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

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

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, February 18 -- The Younger Son Leaves Home
Sunday, February 25 -- The Younger Son Returns
Sunday, March 4 --The Elder Son
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
Three Wednesdays: March 7, 14, and 21
6:00 - 7:30 p.m

~ Soup Sign-up Sheet in Parsh Hall ~
Meet the Vestry:
Jim Soland, Class of 2021

My family and I started coming to All Saints about three years ago when we moved here, and we love the church and the community.  I especially appreciate the great Sunday school offerings for our kids and the chance to play my trumpet with the ensemble Jim puts together. 
I met Sara in Boston almost 12 years ago (hard to believe!).  We just celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary last August.  I'm sure most people at the church have already met our kids. We have a son Grady who is four and a daughter Ainsley who is two.  Sara and the kids are the best part of my life, hands down. 
I grew up on the East Coast, but came out here for graduate school.  I got my Ph.D. in quantitative psychology from Stanford in 2015 and now work at NWEA, an education nonprofit in Portland.  If one activity typifies my professional life, it's been accumulating graduate degrees that do nothing to improve my marketability or income. 
It's been hard to be too involved while chasing the kids around, but I've tried to support music and children's ministries at All Saints.   
I hope to do what I can to help sustain a community we love and to see it through the important transition that is finding Mother Laura's replacement.
Godly Play: 
All the people of God are connected.

February 18 ~ The Parable of the Good Shepherd
February 19 ~ The Parable of the Mustard Seed
February 25 ~ Youth Sunday
March 4 ~ The Mystery of Easter
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
Crackin' Crab Feast Update! 

Thank you to the Crackin Crab Feast Committee for their tireless work to make this a successful fundraiser-Chris McClave, Nancy Carr, Laurie McDowell, Steven Dieterich, Deb Miller, Mary Earl, Susanne Bateman, Jerry Meter and MaryGay Broderick.  In addition to planning and organizing, they donated over $400 in printing, wine and beer, cocktail sauce, and other supplies.  Our net profit is $4025.

Thank you also to our kitchen and clean-up staff: 
Phalyn Avants-Earl 
Rowan Budlong; Chris McClave; Matt Johnston; MaryGay Broderick; Craig and Judy Heverly; Mary Taylor; John Hinman; Lorraine and John Herr; Deb Miller; Mary Earl; Susanne and Chuck Bateman; Michelle Waite; David Miller; Laura, Henry and Charlie Axon; and of course, Sonja Miller & Laurie McDowell. 
Tuesday Morning Women’s Bible Study

The Tuesday Morning Women’s Bible Study group is embarking on a 50 Day Bible Challenge from Forward Movement called, A Journey with Luke.  We will use their book to guide us on a daily reading and reflection on the Gospel of Luke followed by a question(s) for our own reflection. The book costs $10. This study concludes on Easter at which point we will start on a study of Acts for the 50 days of Eastertide. We meet from 9:30 to 11:00. The book is both interesting and informative. Please consider joining us next week as we get started.  Talk with Mother Liz if you have any questions or feel free to join us on Tuesday.
From our Senior Warden:

Mother Laura leaves us with a wonderful legacy of kindness, compassion, and unity as she heads into her well-earned retirement. Now we begin our next chapter together, looking for a new rector at All Saints!

The Parish Profile, as you recall, shows the world what we are all about at All Saints. The Profile Committee worked hard to gather your thoughts, priorities, and comments. We again thank Ardis Weir, Chris McClave, Jerry Meter, Laura Axon, Ruth Mumm, and Mary Earl for putting together such a welcoming report. The Bishop read it and heartily approved it!

Now it’s your turn. 
Click here. to read a digital copy of our Parish Profile, or ask Cris in the office for a hard copy.

Ready, set, go!
Laurie McDowell, Senior Warden
Supply Priests Serving for the month of February:

February 18 - The Rev. Canon Neysa Ellgren-Shepley, Celebrant and Preacher
February 25 - The Rev. Liz Powers, Celebrant and Preacher

Pick up your copy of the

2018 Annual Meeting Booklet

on the table in the Narthex.
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, February 15
8:45 a.m. Dental Van Ministry
7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:00 p.m. Rhododendron Society
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Friday, February 16
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed Ministry & Book Nook
6:30 p.m. After Dark Cookies 

Saturday, February 17
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed & Book Nook
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Ministry 

1:00 p.m. Chair Recovering
6:45 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:00 p.m. Anonymous Group 

Sunday, February 18
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
12:00 p.m. Family Choir Convenes

2:00 p.m. Girl Scout - Olsav

4:00 p.m. Youth Group
5:45 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Monday, February 19 -- Presidents' Day, Office Closed
10:00 a.m. Beginning Tai Chi
11:00 a.m. Tai Chi
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts - Tara
7:30 p.m. I Chuan

Tuesday, February 20
9:00 a.m. Staff Meeting
9:30 a.m. Women's Bible Study
11:30 a.m. Chair Recovering
5:00 p.m. Banners

6:30 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Vestry Meeting

Wednesday, February 21
6:00 p.m. Parenting Class
7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:00 p.m. I Chuan

Thursday, February 22
7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Parish Cycle of Prayer
Rev. Deborah Hughes-Habel & Bill Habel; Nancy Janecek; Jann Jasperse; Darek Jenkins; Matthew Johnston & Dawn Odell, Alex, William; Ron & Shirley Jones; John & Micky Keiter.

Special needs, immediate concerns
 Nancy Bateman; Kim Higham (sister-in-law of Joan Barnes); George McCowan; Pat Phillips (Micky Keiter's brother); Voth family; Waite family.
Ministry Schedule February 18, 2018
The First Sunday in Lent—Year B
Rev. Canon Neysa Ellgren Shepley Celebrant & Preacher Rev. Canon Neysa Ellgren Shepley
Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch Deacon Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
  Director of Music & Organist Dr. James Denman
Nancy Janecek Worship Leader Noah Kilian
Mary Camman; Jacob Mathai Lectors Noah Kilian; Chuck Kraft
Nancy Janecek Intercessor Dn. Kathleen Borsch; Noah Kilian
Nancy Janecek Eucharistic Ministers Chuck Martin; Warren Schafer
Peter & Esther Muiruri Ushers Mary Earl; Laurie McDowell
Peter & Esther Muiruri Greeters Barbara White
Mikki Wooldridge Coffee Hour Hosts Jude Leahy; Nancy Patrick
Lessons Appointed for the First Sunday in Lent: You can find all the readings here:


Early Christians observed "a season of penitence and fasting" in preparation for the Paschal feast, or Pascha (BCP, pp. 264-265). The season now known as Lent (from an Old English word meaning "spring," the time of lengthening days) has a long history. Originally, in places where Pascha was celebrated on a Sunday, the Paschal feast followed a fast of up to two days. In the third century this fast was lengthened to six days.

Eventually this fast became attached to, or overlapped, another fast of forty days, in imitation of Christ's fasting in the wilderness. The forty-day fast was especially important for converts to the faith who were preparing for baptism, and for those guilty of notorious sins who were being restored to the Christian assembly.

In the western church the forty days of Lent extend from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, omitting Sundays. The last three days of Lent are the sacred Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.

Today Lent has reacquired its significance as the final preparation of adult candidates for baptism. Joining with them, all Christians are invited "to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word" 

A pair of silver earrings were found in the Narthex.
Please see Cris in the office if you've lost a pair!

We invite you to take a look at our website often, not only to see how it is updated, but because when you do, our website will come up at the top when people are looking for a church.  It is based on how many "hits" or visits a website gets, the frequency of interest in the site. Jerry puts a lot of work into our website and it is beautiful. Check it out here!
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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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