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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

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.
Nathan, Amelia, and Sondre Brooks are moving down to Pittsburg, California.

Thank you to Chuck and Susanne Bateman for providing the cakes for their loving send-off. 

At the Staff Meeting on Tuesday, we celebrated ...
  • The 4th anniversary of Laura Axon as our Children's Ministry Coordinator
  • The 11th anniversary of Joe Marlia's work as Custodian of All Saints
  • And, Deacon Kathleen Borsch's 62 birthday!
After much thought and hard work, our fence around the front lawn will be a reality!  Fence construction will begin next Monday, August 7th.
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
Good morning Mother Laura.
On behalf of Fountain Gateway Church family, I would like to thank you, the vestry, and the entire All Saints congregation for your kindness, love, and hospitality. When we came knocking at your doors, not only did you open your doors but you went out of the way to help us birth our vision of planting a Kenyan congregation in the PDX area. You will forever feature in the story of our humble beginning. Our special thanks go to brother Chuck who initiated the whole process.

We'll forever be grateful for your congregation for the love and support you've accorded us since we came knocking at your doors.
We love you all and will always pray for you.
Pastor Isaac Kangara

Thank you to Jason and Paige Lehmann for the gift of a beautiful new baby changing table for our church's use with young families. As soon as the need was expressed, it was generously offered. It's location is to be determined. At this time, it is in the Guild room. 


We need a cook for hot meals for the third Saturday of August to take the place of Ena Weik this month. Nancy Patrick, recovering from back surgery, would be able to work with and help plan the meal itself. We want to keep our program constant for our guests. Please contact Nancy or the church office if you are able to help fill in on August 19th. We would be most grateful. 

Mother Laura 

Vestry Openings

Two of our valued Vestry members have recently had job-related moves:  Amelia Brooks and Corey Banfield.  

We are looking for two new persons to fill out the remaining time left for the Class of 2017 and the Class of 2019. 

If you might be interested in learning more about what it means to serve on the Vestry, please speak to Mother Laura, one of the Officers, or a member of the Vestry.  They are pictured in the glass case in the entryway (Narthex).  Please let one of us know if you would like to be considered for this position.

Thank you,

Mother Laura


Most people are current on their Financial Pledges. We appreciate it so much, especially during the summer months! Thank you!
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.  
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,

One service only. 
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 

Several people asked for the name of Abbott Andrew Marr's excellent book that I have been quoting, so let me share it here in case others want it as well. Our friend, Andrew, is a monk of St. Gregory's Abbey in Three Rivers, Michigan, a Benedictine monastery in the Episcopal Church.  I am using this for my daily devotional time and finding it readable and richly instructive on the practice of Christian spirituality using the Gospel and insights of Rene Girard.  I commend it to you. 
~ Mother Laura

Moving and Resting in God's Desire:  A Spirituality of Peace
by Andrew Marr, OSB
St. Gregory's Abbey Press

All Saints Service/Companion Animal Policy
Service Animals are allowed in the Parish Hall and Sanctuary of All Saints. No person shall be asked to leave because of his/her service animal unless that person and/or animal are threatening.
Staff are not allowed to request any documentation for the dog, require that the dog demonstrate its task, or inquire about the nature of the person's disability. All are welcome. Thank you.
Sunday schedule for greeters to welcome visitors and guests:

Aug 6: Laurie McDowell
Aug. 13: Elizabeth Allen
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 3
8:30 a.m. Cook First Summer Camp
7:00 p.m. Portland Wheelman Touring Club

Friday, August 4
8:30 a.m. Cook First Summer Camp
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed

Saturday, August 5
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals

Sunday, August 6
8:00 a.m. The Holy Eucharist: Rite I
9:15 a.m. Worship Committee Meeting

10:15 a.m. The Holy Eucharist Rite II
11:45 a.m. Building and Grounds Committee Meeting

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

Tuesday, August 8
5:00 p.m. Banners
6:30 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Finance Committee Meeting

Wednesday, August 9
7:00 p.m. I Chuan

Parish Cycle of Prayer  
Peter & Esther Muiruri; Ruth Mumm; Matt & Mary Lynne Myatt; Belinda Nissen; Daniel & Meleah Noland; Susan Nunley; Joanne Osborn; Tami Perkins; Judith Perry.

Special needs, immediate concerns  
Judy Clark; Jim Denman; Steve Hiscoe; Richard Morris; Cindy Van Ortwick; Nancy Patrick; Dawn Phillips; Earl Woodruff and family.
Ministry Schedule August 6, 2017
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost —Year A, Proper 13
             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
  Dir. of Music & Organist Dr. James Denman
Nancy Janecek Worship Leader Jerry Meter
Jacob Mathai & Esther Muiruri Lectors Jerry Meter & Chuck Kraft
Nancy Janecek Intercessor Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
Nancy Janecek Eucharistic Ministers Jerry Meter & Ron Jones
Peter & Esther Muiruri Ushers Ejy Agum
Peter & Esther Muiruri Greeters Laurie McDowell
Mikki Wooldridge Coffee Hour Hosts Geri Dash & Donna Woodruff
Lessons Appointed for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost:
  • Genesis 32:22-31
  • Romans 9:1-5
  • Matthew 14:13-21
  • Psalm 17:1-7, 15
You can find all the readings  here:


   News from the Diocese . . .
Jumping In

I am writing to you from Mexico. It is Tuesday during our second week in Cuernavaca and we are deep into our studies. This morning we have classes from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. One is a conversation class, and the other focuses on grammar. So far everyone seems to be having a great time and enjoying the study, the teachers, and the interactions with staff and other classmates. We have been treated well and several people are already thinking of returning again next year. We are truly blessed.

During times like this I also have a bit of extra space to just sit and think and pray, and I feel deeply thankful for this as well. I was sitting in a coffee shop this morning and I started to think about faith, and how finding faith in God and growing in my faith is a lot like swimming. Yes, you heard right: swimming. I know a lot of people who are interested in faith and religion, but they are like people who want to learn to swim but have never dipped their feet in water. You can study swimming (or religion) all you want, but you will never begin to understand swimming (or faith) until you actually try it out. And even then you have many choices about how you will experience water — or faith in God.

Some individuals like to get into the water and just play around, while others use it to exercise. It may become a way of life, for those who scuba dive or teach children to swim. Others are content to simply sit in a bath tub or sauna. We all have various relationships with water, and we have various relationships with faith. For some faith is a thing to be studied, for others it is a something to make them stronger, for others it is a way of life and for some it is a living.

However you experience your faith is fine, but I would make one main observation: it will always be theory until you jump in. Studying swimming will never get you to the point of understanding how water works on a body, and studying religion will never get you to the point of understanding how God works in one’s life. So, to those who like to study I say fine — now consider jumping in!

I pray you are well wherever you are in your journey of faith and that you will continue to experience the love of God in your life and in the life of those you know and care about. Jumping into the culture of Mexico continues to help me understand how blessed I am in life, and causes me to pause and give thanks to the Lord.


View an online photo album from the Cuernevaca 2017 team.
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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Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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