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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, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Please join me in welcoming our interim rector, Rev. Dr. Robert Williams  
Recently retired from St. James, Tigard, Fr. Bob is pursuing his first interim opportunity with All Saints.  He begins his ministry with us Thursday, March 1 and will be with us at least through August 31.  I will be introducing him at both the 8:00 service and 10:15 service this Sunday, March 4.  He will begin preaching and presiding on March 11.  I am grateful to the Diocese and Executive Committee members for helping All Saints accomplish this important step on our journey to a full-time rector.

~Laurie McDowell, Senior Warden
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, 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 ~
Dear All,

On behalf of the staff of Russian Oregon Social Services, I want to thank you cordially for allowing us to be under the roof of All Saints Episcopal Church for almost a quarter of a century.

We sincerely appreciate hospitality and friendship that your church community extended to us during these years.  As we move on, we will keep you all in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.  I know that this is a small world and hope that our paths will cross again in the future.
Thank you for being such a wonderful, supportive community!
God bless you,
Tamara Burkovskaia
Manager of Russian Oregon Social Services
Save the Date!

MARCH 17, 2018
10 am - noon
A word from your deacon ...

The ladies of the Mustard Seed Thrift Shop have been giving socks and other clothing items to the homeless for years. We are now in the process of expanding this ministry and organizing a space that will also include personal care items. We now gratefully accept small hygiene products year-round, from hotel stays, trial size, dollar stores, etc. Please drop these off with Dn. Kathleen.  
Thank you.

Thank you to Mary Earl for all her hard work recovering our Parish Hall chairs. Here she is applying the finishing touches on our "like new" chairs!

Godly Play: 
All the people of God are connected.

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
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:
Our search for a new, full-time rector continues. The Search Committee is working closely with the Diocese to ensure a smooth transition with qualified candidates. An advertisement has been written based on the Parish Profile and will be presented at the Vestry meeting on Tuesday, February 27, for review and approval. The step after that is to submit the ad to the Diocese who will then post it on their web site.  

The Diocese has also been very helpful in our search for an interim priest.  They are forwarding names to us for review and the Executive Committee will begin interviewing interim candidates beginning next week.

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
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, March 1
7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 2
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed Ministry & Book Nook
6:30 p.m. After Dark Cookies 

Saturday, March 3
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed & Book Nook
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Ministry

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

Sunday, March 4
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
11:45 a.m. Building and Grounds Committee Meeting
12:00 p.m. Family Choir Convenes
4:00 p.m. Youth Group

5:45 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Monday, March 5
10:00 a.m. Beginning Tai Chi
11:00 a.m. Daughters of the King
11:00 a.m. Tai Chi
7:00 p.m. Altar Guild Meeting
7:30 p.m. I Chuan

Tuesday, March 6
9:00 a.m. Staff Meeting
9:30 a.m. Women's Bible Study
5:00 p.m. Banners

6:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, March 7
6:00 p.m. Lenten Soup, Supper, Study
6:00 p.m. Parenting Class
7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:00 p.m. I Chuan

Thursday, March 8
4:00 p.m. Write Around Portland Class
7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Parish Cycle of Prayer
Howard & Carolyn Leavenworth, Jeremiah; Paige Lehmann, Lucius; Richard & Marjorie Lindquist; Barbara Liniger; Joseph Marlia; Chuck & Kathy Martin.

Special needs, immediate concerns
Chuck Ford and Jerry Meter; George McCowan; Waite family.

Repose of the soul
Dave Beckenholdt (Chuck Ford's step-father).
Ministry Schedule March 4, 2018
The Third Sunday in Lent—Year B
Rev. Liz Powers Celebrant & Preacher Rev. Liz Powers
Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch Deacon Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
Nancy Janecek Worship Leader Jerry Meter
Jen Schafer; Mary Cammann Lectors Jerry Meter; Belinda Nissen
Nancy Janecek Intercessor Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
Nancy Janecek Eucharistic Ministers Jerry Meter; Sonja Miller
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 Third Sunday in Lent: You can find all the readings here:

On Saturday, March 17, a mini-silent retreat will take place, God willing, at the Parish of St John the Baptist, 6300 SW Nicol Road, Portland, (on the campus of Oregon Episcopal School). 

It will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the Chapel, followed by a free breakfast in the Ladehoff Room in the parish house. The first meditation will follow that, with plenty of time to meditate privately or walk around the church and attractive grounds--weather permitting of course. Please bring a bag lunch as well.  Freewill offerings will be accepted so that the work of the St Benedict's Guild, the sponsor of the day, can continue.

In all, there will be three short meditations, given by the Rev. Julia McCray-Goldsmith, Canon for Cathedral Life at Trinity Cathedral, Portland. Julia is now in her second year at Trinity and comes from the Diocese of California where she was on the staff of the Bishop for many years. She is a former missionary and non-profit fundraiser, and is fluent in Spanish. Her theological education took place at Creighton University in Omaha and CDSP in Berkeley.  She will offer three scriptural meditations in the Ignatian manner of contemplation, chosen to help us encounter and accompany Jesus on the way to his passion.

The Quiet Day will end at 3:00 pm. Questions about the day may be addressed to Fr Phillip Ayers at or (971) 275-2663.  Please come and prepare for Easter in this way.

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!
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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