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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

Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Hot Meals Christmas Celebration 

This Saturday, December 23rd, we will be giving 100 gift bags containing hygiene items and new socks to our guests at the Hot Meals Christmas Dinner. Thanks to all who have contributed items for this, and special thanks to Rebekah Borsch and Nancy Patrick for helping to fill all the bags. 
The 8:00 a.m. Christmas Eve Morning Service, (Fourth Sunday of Advent) is CANCELLED.  All are invited to come to the 10:15 a.m. Rite II service or to one of the Christmas Eve or Christmas Day services, or any of the above.  Please accept special thanks from Mother Laura for offering to do cancel the early service to help me through this time.
~ Mother Laura
Please join us for the Children's Liturgy for Christmas Eve.
Children of all ages are encouraged to be a part of this fun and joyous
All Saints tradition!
  • A storyteller will recount the Christmas story.
  • Interspersed with the story, we will sing familiar Christmas hymns such as "O Little Town of Bethlehem," "Away in the Manger," "We Three Kings," "Silent Night" and more.
  • The children will carry the crèche figures from the back of the church to the chancel to create the manger.
  •  Join us, bring your family, bring your friends, and sing into the Mystery of Christmas.
Advent and Christmas Services
  • Sunday, December 24
    Fourth Sunday of Advent Services on Christmas Eve Morning,
    one service only at 10:15 a.m. Rite II
    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 
    one service only at 10:15 a.m.

Important Holgate Gifts Update ...

Most of the gifts were delivered to Holgate House on Tuesday, December 19. Unfortunately, two gifts were missing:
  • the gift for Jacquie in room 405
  • the gift for Susanna in room 509. 
If you chose to donate these gifts and will no longer be able to, please contact Laura Axon as soon as possible so she can make other arrangements for Jacquie and Susanna before Christmas day.

Thank you.

Thank you for all the gifts shared during the past year:
time, talent and treasure!
We welcome end of year gifts through your Christmas offering.
Mustard Seed and Book Nook Thrift Store will be closed for the holidays so the volunteers can have a break. They will reopen their doors on Friday, January 5th 2018
Tom is Recovering!
The Rev. Dr. Tom Truby is making steady progress in his recovery every day. Surely your love and prayers are contributing to that, and we thank you for your tremendous support. Tom no longer has the feeding tube and is beginning to use the walker but is still at OHSU in the Acute Care Unit on floor 5A, room 8.

His doctor says his earliest possible release from the hospital is tomorrow, Friday December 22. From there he would be sent to a facility for nursing care and rehabilitation. Both his physical and mental capacities are in process of returning. Your ongoing prayers mean everything.

The generous offering of the 8:00 a.m. parishioners to cancel their service this Sunday and next (December 24 & 31), and the offers to assist from our resident priests, Rev. Liz Powers and Rev. Deborah Hughes-Habel, means so much. 

Thank you.
~ Mother Laura

Christmas Altar Flowers
Given by                                             in celebration / loving memory of:

Chris & Mary Gay Broderick               Mackenzie, Delancy & Tally
Steve & Christina Dieterich                 Hugo, Freja, Erin, Leah, Ehren & John
Charles Kraft                                          Jacqueline and Shannon Kraft
Steve & Sue Hiscoe                               All Saints Parish
Chuck Martin                                         Meredith Martin
Chris McClave                                       The voices and music and ensembles
Sam Robertson                                      In gratitude for all the prayers & healing

Marjorie Ashcraft comes to the office to fold bulletins every Thursday. She folded nearly 400 bulletins today!

She is steadfast, dependable and brings so much joy and enthusiasm to her volunteering. As Marjorie says, "You're my family! Your my joy!"
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
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

Women's Bible Study will meet again in the new year.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone!
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 21
8:45 a.m. Dental Van Ministry
9:00 a.m. Over the Hill Gang
7:15 p.m. Chance Choir Rehearsal

Friday, December 22

Saturday, December 23
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Ministry & Christmas Celebration
7:00 p.m. Anonymous Group 

Sunday, December 24
8:00 a.m. Service Cancelled this Sunday
9:00 a.m. Chancel Choir Convenes
10:15 a.m. The Holy Eucharist, Rite II  ~ Youth

5:00 p.m. Family Christmas Eve Service
9:00 p.m. Chancel Choir Convenes
10:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Carols

Monday, December 25 ~ Merry Christmas, Office Closed
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I

Tuesday, December 26
9:30 a.m. Women's Bible Study
11:00 a.m. Chair Recovering
5:00 p.m. Banners

6:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, December 27
7:00 p.m. I Chuan

Thursday, December 28
Parish Cycle of Prayer  
Dale & Cynthia Van Ortwick, Robin Ramsdell; David & Michelle Waite, Christian, Liam; Judy Wallace; Ena Weick; Ardis Weir; Barbara White; Christopher Williams; Susan Wills; Earl & Donna Woodruff; Mikki Wooldridge; Kathryn Work; Sara Zito.

Special needs, immediate concerns  
Nancy Bateman; Gail Doyle & Family (Elizabeth Allen's niece); Susan Hanks; Sam Robertson; Tom Truby and Truby family; Waite family.
Ministry Schedule December 24, 2017
The Fourth Sunday of Advent —Year B
Celebrant & Preacher Rev. Liz Powers
Deacon Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
Organist Jerry Meter
Family Choir Director Belinda Nissen
Worship Leader Miriam Lain
Lectors Miriam Lain; Youth
Intercessor Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
Eucharistic Ministers Miriam Lain, Chuck Martin
Ushers Nancy Patrick & Steve Heleba
Greeters Youth
Coffee Hour Hosts Pat Roach & Barbara White
Lessons Appointed for the Fourth 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")

  • Incarnation:  The doctrine that the Second Person of the Trinity, known as the Son, and called "the Word" in John 1, took on human nature via the Blessed Virgin Mary and became a particular human being, namely Jesus of Nazareth.. 
  • Meditation:  In Christian spirituality, refers to a systematic reflection on a Bible story or a spiritual theme, such as forgiveness. Not to be confused with mediation as understood in Eastern traditions such as Hinduism and Buddhism, which stress the emptying of the mind in various ways, akin to contemplative prayer.
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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