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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

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
O God, heavenly Father, who by thy Son Jesus Christ hast promised to all those who seek thy kingdom and its righteousness all things necessary to sustain their life: Send
us, we entreat thee, in this time of need, such moderate rain and showers, that we may find relief and protection from the fires and receive the fruits of the earth, to our comfort and to thy honor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Come to an Instructed Eucharist!

Our Worship Committee has requested that we offer an Instructed Eucharist this Sunday, September 17.  This will take the place of the sermon.  The last Instructed Eucharist was held in September 2013, four years ago.  We hope you will find the explanations add to the understanding, depth of meaning and appreciation of the Episcopal liturgy.  We will take a look at its structure and content.  Whether you are a cradle Episcopalian or new to this expression of Christian worship, we hope it will enrich your worship experience. 

~ Mother Laura

This Sunday, September 17th at 9:30 a.m. in the Guild Room, the Adult Forum will continue a 12-week study featuring the videotape series "The Religions of the World." Narrated by actor Ben Kingsley, it presents an overview of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Catholicism, Protestantism, and Islam. 

Religion has become a major influence in world politics as well as in the multicultural society we are each a part of. Most of us have a neighbor or co-worker who is of a different faith. This series can help us find greater understanding and mutual respect for them and an appreciation of our own. I hope you'll join us.

Sept. 17 – Hinduism, Part 2
Sept. 24 – Buddhism, Part 1
Oct. 1 – Buddhism, Part 2
Oct. 8 – Judaism, Part 1
Oct. 15 – Judaism, Part 2
Oct. 22 – Catholicism, Part 1
Oct. 29 – Catholicism, Part 2
Nov. 5 – Protestantism, Part 1
Nov. 12 – Protestantism, Part 2
Nov. 19 – Islam, Part 1
Nov. 26 – Islam, Part 2

~ Dn. Kathleen
  • Sunday, September 24 - Celtic Spirituality Liturgy & Music with a special anthem written by Belinda Nissen and dedicated to Mother Laura. Also, Parish Profile Survey will be ready for 10:15 a.m. service.
  • Sunday, October 1 - The celebration of St. Francis of Assisi's Feast Day with a Blessing of the Animals at both the 8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Eucharistic services--You are welcome to bring your beloved pet friends to worship with you!
  • Sunday, October 15 - Mother Laura Truby's 5th Anniversary as our Rector.
  • Sunday, October 29 - 4:00 p.m. - Annual Halloween Concert with Dr. Jim Denman at All Saints, followed by Halloween party.

Our New Preschool is Underway!
By our count, 38 children are now enrolled in the Homestead Schoolhouse Preschool that meets in Keiter Hall.  They attend three different sessions, MWF and TTH.
The classroom is equipped for a limit of 20-22 students at a time.
Already, it is delightful to see little faces peering in from the hallway by the restrooms, families entering by the Woodstock entrance doors, and portable play equipment appear inside our new front fence during the daytime.
Their director, Amy Lawrence, has two teaching assistants working with her.
We are grateful for the beautification project the preschool directors have accomplished with the grounds care around their corner of the church building, and for their sharing of the cost of the fence.  We anticipate a long and satisfying relationship with their staff, Kiley and Keli Cronen.
~ Mother Laura
It’s done!  The fence and gates were completed last week and the area is ready for families and pre-schoolers!  A huge thanks to everyone’s input into this wonderful project. We can look forward to many years of playful and fun use of our new space.  Be sure to check it out and use it at your earliest convenience. 
Laurie McDowell, Senior Warden
The Parish Profile Survey is nearly ready for your input.
  • 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
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
The Prayer Shawl Ministry:
The Shawl Ministry meeting is at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, September 24th. Everyone is welcome. If you've never knitted or crocheted but are curious, we can teach you! 
Join us in the Guild Room!
Hello Mother Laura! We are adjusting nicely to the Nashville area. There is a steep learning curve, challenges, and opportunities at work, but all things considered everything is going well. We just moved into our house this week and are in the process of unpacking.
How are you and how is All Saints? You must be feeling all sorts of emotions as you draw closer to retirement. Let everyone at the parish know that we miss them. God bless.
~ Corey Banfield
Nashville, TN


George McCowen is very relaxed and happy at Fairlawn Village and would love to receive cards and visits.

George McCowen
Fairlawn Village
3457 NE Division Street, Room 42 
Gresham, OR 97030-4652.    
Youth group is open to all of our young people in 6th grade and up, and I am very much looking forward to spending time in formation with our youth! 
We are continuing to use a modified version of the Rite 13/Journey to Adulthood program, which views confirmation as a vital rite of passage in the church and aims to prepare young people to make a mature commitment to Christ at around the age of 16.

If you would like to now more about the program progression or have any questions, I encourage you to visit or just ask me!
See you all Sundays at 4:00 p.m.!
Noah Kilian
Due to some recent large expenses and loss of some of our rental income, our need for continued financial support is more important than ever.  Our Budget for this Fiscal Year had a deficit of $8680 and at the end of August, we find ourselves with a deficit of $13,727.  We have had to transfer $6500 from our Savings to our Checking Account to keep our bills current.  We do not want to alarm you, but just letting you know about our financial situation as transparency has been very important for us.  Summer has typically been a low point in pledges and contributions, so please consider extending help as you are able. Updating pledges is very important so thank you for doing so! We do appreciate your financial support of All Saints.
Jerry Meter
New Books of Common Prayer
The new Books of Common Prayer have arrived and are on display in the Parish Hall and in the Narthex.  Any parishioner who would like the opportunity to donate toward each book in memory of a loved one or dedicated to someone, now can do so. You can place the completed forms in the collection basket on Sunday, drop in the Church Office, or give them to me.  A special memorial sticker will be made and put in the front of each BCP that are given in someone’s honor.  The Feast of All Saints is Sunday, November 5th, a great time to honor your loved ones with a memorial BCP. That is our deadline for replacing the older and worn BCP’s in the Sanctuary with the new ones.  When you see Bev Curtis, please thank her for making it possible to start this now almost completed project.  Thank you also goes out to the Vestry for making this project become a reality. 

Jerry Meter
The Ministry of Lamps:

Matt Johnson, John Herr and Chuck Martin changed out at least 30 lamps. Six out of 14 lamps in the kitchen were replaced; many in the Mustard Seed, and in the Parish Hall.

Thank you, Chuck, Matt and John! Thank you all so much!  Now our building looks like somebody cares about it!  

Much relieved,
Junior Warden,  Judy
Thank you to Donna Woodruff for all her help in the Mustard Seed. We are going to miss her enthusiastic and helpful spirit. God bless Donna and Earl.

We also want to thank Barbara White who will be helping the Mustard Seed with bookkeeping tasks. With faith the size of a Mustard Seed, nothing is impossible!

~ Mikki Wooldridge 
Chair recovering 
  • Saturday, September 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 
  • Saturday, September 30, from  1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 13, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tools will be supplied but staple guns are welcome so that more than one person can staple at a time. Call Mary at 503-964-3242 or email

Thank you,
Bev Curtis & Mary Earl
Want to join the fight against toothache and gum disease?

We need a few volunteers to help with our Dental Van Ministry on the first and third Thursday of each moth. Volunteers greet and check-in the patients; no experience required!

Other volunteers will always be present to provide orientation and assistance. 

Please contact Dn. Kathleen if you have questions. (503) 568-9420
The irreplaceable Earl Woodruff has requested retirement from his ushering position on the first Sunday of  the month, 10:30 service.  Earl has been partnering with Ejy Agum, who faithfully continues to serve All Saints in this important position.  We must honor Earl’s request, and ask our membership to consider stepping forward to participate in this vital ministry.
Ushers are vital to the conduct of our services.  In addition to obvious duties such as carrying the Elements to the Altar and taking the collection, the ushers also are first greeters of the congregation as they distribute the day’s bulletin.  During conduct of the service, the ushers handle any emergencies experienced by members.  They signal clergy when a congregant is unable to come forward to receive Holy Communion, and they watch for other special needs among attendees.
There are other duties, but in general none consume more time than the 10:30 service on a monthly basis. 
A team of substitute ushers also is greatly needed at All Saints.  If you could consider filling this occasional need, please let us know.
Please contact Bill Cox or Jocelyn at 503-652-6370 or email to
billjos(@)spiretech(dot)com.  Thank you!  And remember, as a perk, you get to pull the bell rope! 


Seminar » 1 to 5:15 p.m
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Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
147 NW 19th Ave., Portland


» Seminar/Lecture
Includes Dinner
$50 General
$25 Student

» Evening Lecture Only
$25 General
$15 Student with ID

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For more information, visit or call the EMO office at (503) 221-1054.


Join us for education, reflection & a call to action!
» What is climate justice and why is it a civil rights issue?
» Explore the ties between ecological justice and social justice as we respond to God's call to be faithful stewards of Creation.
» Learn about innovative, practical ways to protect people, places and the common good through individual, legislative and congregational actions.
» Join in building spiritual resilience to meet the challenge of caring for our beloved Earth home.

The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham
president and founder of Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) and canon for the environment in the Episcopal Diocese of California

The Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley
civil rights leader, climate change activist and retired pastor of the historic Providence Missionary Baptist Church of Atlanta

Thursday, September 14
8:30 a.m. Dental Van Ministry
2:00 p.m. EMO All-Staff Meeting
3:00 p.m. History Committee Meeting
7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Friday, September 15
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed
6:30 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Saturday, September 16
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Ministry

6:45 p.m. After Dark Cookies 

Sunday, September 17
8:00 a.m. The Holy Eucharist, Rite I - Instructed Eucharist
9:15 a.m. Chancel Choir Convenes
9:30 a.m. Adult Forum in the Guild Room
10:30 a.m. The Holy Eucharist, Rite II - Instructed Eucharist

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

Monday, September 18
11:00 a.m. Tai Chi at All Saints
7:30 p.m. I Chuan

Tuesday, September 19
9:00 a.m. Staff Meeting
9:30 a.m. Women's Bible Study
5:00 p.m. Banners

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

Wednesday, September 20
7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:00 p.m. I Chuan

Thursday, September 21
8:30 a.m. Dental Van Ministry
9:00 a.m. Over the Hill Gang
7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Parish Cycle of Prayer   
Ernie & Pauline Azevedo; Steve & Emily Bacchetti, Jameson; Joan Barnes; Charles & Susanne Bateman; Gaye Benson; Rachel Blakeman & Jeff Cechini, Ryan, Henry.

Special needs, immediate concerns  
Christ Broderick; Judy Clark; Jann Jaspers; Keiter family; Noah & Elijah Kilian; George McCowan; Ken Meeker's cousin; George McCowen; all people affected by fires, floods and wars.
Ministry Schedule September 17, 2017
The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost —Year A, Proper 19
Rev. Laura C. Truby Celebrant & Preacher Rev. Laura C. Truby
Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch Deacon Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
  Music Dir. & Organist Dr. James Denman
Nancy Janecek Worship Leader Nancy Patrick
Esther Muiruri; Jacob Mathai Lectors Nancy Patrick; Nancy Carr
Nancy Janecek Intercessor Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
Nancy Janecek Eucharistic Ministers Nancy Patrick; Warren Schafer
Peter 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 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost:
You can find all the readings here:

Girardian Glossary of Terms (Defined by Abbot Andrew Marr, OSB)

Institutional Sacrificial Violence: Social structures, such as empires, in which some people, or groups of people, are sacrificed through economic oppression or other forms of social injustice. Slavery and racism are notorious examples of this.

Jubilee: The fiftieth year when, according to legislation in Leviticus, Chapter 25, all debts were to be forgiven and slaves were set free. Isaiah 61:1-2, read in the synagogue by Jesus in Luke 4:18-19, refers to this Jubiliee.

   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
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.

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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