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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

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Advent Soup Supper Series
~ Centering Prayer ~
with Bill Habel & the Rev. Deborah Hughes-Habel
Wednesdays, December 13, 20 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Stillness is a scarce commodity in today's world. It seems that we are constantly bombarded with ever-changing electronic media, sounding cell phones, and the endless demands of busy lives. Yet as the psalmist knew, stillness is needed for greater awareness of God's presence in our lives.

How do we get into a discipline of silence and honor it in our lives? Silence is God's first language. Find out how to structure it as a practice!

Join us for this Advent Series where we will discuss loving attentiveness, learn about prayer of the heart and sit quietly in God's presence.
Advent and Christmas Services
  • Wednesdays, December 13, 20
    Advent Soup Supper Series on Centering Prayer at 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 17
  • Traditional Christmas Pageant at 10:15 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 24
    Fourth Sunday of Advent Services on Christmas Eve Morning at 8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.
    Family Christmas Eve with Children at the Crèche and Eucharist at 5:00 p.m.
    Christmas Carols and Anthems with Chancel Choir at 10:30 p.m.
    Festive Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist with Carols and Candlelight at 11:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 25
    Christmas Day Holy Eucharist, Rite 1 in the Chancel at 10:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 31
    Christmas Lessons and Carols Office with Chancel Choir at 10:15 a.m.

Women's Bible Study will meet on Tuesdays, December 12 and December 19, at 9:30 a.m. and then will meet again in the new year.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone!

Daughters of the King will meet on Thursday, December 14, at 11:00 a.m.
Please join us.
Book Nook Thrift Store open this Sunday, December 10, after the 10:15 service. 
Superb selection of Mysteries hardback and paperback.  Also, Romance, Fiction, Biographies, Cookbooks and Children's Corner.  Excellent buys, all hardback books $3, softcover $2, and paperbacks $.50.  Come down and browse after church and pick up a few Christmas gifts for the readers in your circle.
Budget and Pledge Updates ...
We welcome end-of-the year gifts to help offset our shortfall created by unexpected expenses for 2017.  
Pledge update, we have 78 pledges and $134,000.  We give thanks for all the gifts and that 50% of our pledges were increases over last year.  Finance is hard at work at the draft budget for 2018 and will present it to the vestry this month.
~ Sonja Miller

Crackin' Crab Feast tickets on sale now.  Saturday Feb. 3, 2018.  Seating at 5 and 7 p.m.  $37.50 per person, internal senior discount $33.  Perfect stocking stuffer gift!
~ Sonja Miller
Our children made the cards that are hanging on the Holgate Gift Tree. Feel free to take one if you would like to participate in our Holgate giving this year. The gifts can be wrapped and placed under the tree by Tuesday, December 19th, before we deliver and go caroling at Holgate House.

Last week we transferred all your grocery donations from the big blue barrel and crates to rain-resistant bags for transport to the William Temple House food bank located in NW Portland. The bed of our pickup truck was filled!
The food pantry staff sends their deepest thanks to All Saints for your continued support. For more information on William Temple House, please go to
Dn. Kathleen

Did you know? A week seldom goes by that that Joe Marlia doesn't make a trip to the Oregon Food Bank near Marine Drive to pick up donated supplies for or Hot Meals. He picks up an average of 200+ lbs of canned goods, frozen vegetables and meat that keeps our program going!! 


Thanks to the efforts of Ardis Weir ordering new memorial plaques,
and the help of Darek Jenkins to put them up on the reredos in Our
Savior Chapel, five beautiful new plaques have been installed.
You are welcome to stop in to read them on either side of the crucifix
and to offer a prayer for those being remembered.

Thank you,
Mother Laura
At the annual Hot Meals Thanksgiving Meal on November 18,the Hat and Scarf Ministry gave the recipients 73 hats and scarves. The guests were very appreciative! 
It was a pleasure to spend time with the guests, many whom we know from previous Thanksgiving dinners. Ninety-one meals were served.
A special thanks to committee members who knitted and crocheted our gifts. At our recent meeting it was decided to continue with this project for another year. 
If you would like to be a part of our project, please let one of us know. If you want to learn to knit or crochet that option will be available in the spring of 2018.
Bev Curtis
Parish Profile Update

Our Parish Profile was affirmed and endorsed by our Vestry at their November meeting. The next step is to send it to the Diocese for review. Special thanks to all who contributed to this process and especially for the leadership of Mary Earl, Laura Axon, Laurie McDowell, Chris McClave, Ardis Weir, Sonja Miller, Ruth Mumm and Jerry Meter.

One tradition in churches is to have a basic data base on members – including when they were born. Fortunately, we have the birth dates of most of our parishioners, but some are missing.

Our Profile Committee has set a goal to have a bar chart showing how membership fits in age categories (like 20-29, 30-39, etc.) I have agreed to collect and prepare this data for our search process which begins after Mother Laura retires on February 1st.
If you are not contacted, it means we already have your information.

Thank you,

Chuck Martin

Thank you to all attendees who participated in our exploration of world religions. After prayerful consideration, Adult Forum is on hiatus and will resume in the new year.
~ 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
Thursday, December 7
8:45 a.m. Dental Van Ministry
7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:00 p.m. Portland Wheelman Touring Club
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Friday, December 8
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed Ministry & Book Nook
6:30 p.m. After Dark Cookies 

Saturday, December 9
Anniversary of Mother Laura's Ordination
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed & Book Nook
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Ministry 

4:00 p.m. Whole Child Montessori Celebration
6:45 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:00 p.m. Anonymous Group 

Sunday, December 10
8:00 a.m. The Holy Eucharist, Rite I 
9:15 a.m. Chancel Choir Convenes
9:30 a.m. Sunday School St. Nicholas Coffee Cake
10:15 a.m. The Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:15 a.m. Godly Play -- Advent IV, V
11:45 a.m. The Book Nook opens
11:45 a.m. Chair Recovering

12:00 p.m. Family Choir Convenes
4:00 p.m. Youth Group
5:45 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Monday, December 11
10:00 a.m. Beginning Tai Chi
11:00 a.m. Tai Chi
7:30 p.m. I Chuan

Tuesday, December 12
9:30 a.m. Women's Bible Study
11:30 a.m. Chair Recovering
5:00 p.m. Banners

6:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, December 13
6:00 p.m. Advent Soup, Supper, Study Series
7:00 p.m. I Chuan
7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Thursday, December 14
11:00 a.m. Daughters of the King
3:00 p.m. History Committee

5:00 p.m. Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:15 p.m. Chance Choir Rehearsal

Parish Cycle of Prayer  
Lucille Pierce; Rev. Liz Powers & Sam Robertson; Pat Roach; Becky Sanchez, Cassandra, Alexandra; Warren & Jen Schafer; Diane Scott, Collin; David Shochat.

Special needs, immediate concerns  
Nancy Bateman; Susan Hanks; Sam Robertson; Waite family.
Ministry Schedule December 10, 2017
The Second Sunday of Advent —Year A
Rev. Deborah Hughes-Habel Celebrant Rev. Deborah Hughes-Habel
Rev. Laura C. Truby Preacher Rev. Laura C. Truby
  Deacon Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
  Music Director & Organist Dr. James Denman
Nancy Janecek Worship Leader Nancy Patrick
Jen Schafer & Mary Cammann Lectors Nancy Patrick & Nancy Carr
Nancy Janecek Intercessor Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
Nancy Janecek Eucharistic Ministers Nancy Patrick & Elijah Kilian
Peter Muiruri Ushers Bill & Jocelyn Cox
Peter & Esther Muiruri Greeters Elizabeth Allen & Chris McClave
Mikki Wooldridge Coffee Hour Hosts Rev. Liz Powers & Pat Roach
Lessons Appointed for the First Sunday of Advent: You can find all the readings here:

Girardian Glossary of Terms (as defined by Abbot Andrew Marr, OSB in "Moving and Resting in God's Desire: a Theology of Peace")

  • Model:  Girard's term for a person who acts as an example for one or more people. Girard's interest in models is strongest ion the matter of modeling desires. This elicits mimetic desire where one tends to desire what the model desires. In early life, care-givers are particularly strong models for desire. Such modeling can be nurturing and non-rivalrous, but it can easily lead to conflict if what the model desires cannot be shared, or it is believed that it cannot be shared. If one's relationship becomes one of mimetic rivalry, the model becomes a skandalon, a stumbling block. It is quite possible for two people to be models to each other, in which case they become mimetic doubles.
  • Mimetic Doubles:  When two people enter into conflict because each is imitating the desires of the other, they become indistinguishable mirror images of each other.
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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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