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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
Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us;
and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins,
let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom,
with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory,
now and for ever. Amen.
Seeing the Face of God in Each Other:

We are Each Responsible for Ourselves
We acknowledge that racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, classism,
heterosexism, mental healthism, and other forms of oppression exist.
The first season of the church's liturgical year is Advent ends on Christmas Eve. The color of the season is purple or deep blue and lasts for four Sundays. We use an Advent Wreath to help us prepare for the birth of Christ. A candle is lighted on the First Sunday of Advent and another each week until all four candles are lighted on 4 Advent. Sometimes a rose or pink candle is used on 3 Advent, reflecting the tradition that the lessons for this Sunday are celebratory rather than penitential. Small Advent wreaths can be a focus for family devotions during the season. 
Adult Forum
What do you think Jesus looked like? Are there any true images anywhere? We will have discussion with a short film that uses science and computer technology to create an image of a man of Christ's time.
~ Dn. Kathleen 

Holiday Open House

Please join us in the Mustard Seed, following the 10:15 a.m. service on Sunday, December 11th, for our Holiday Open House. 
Great buys for the entire family!
Gifts for Holgate House
All Saints has been sending Christmas Gifts to individuals at Holgate House for a very long time and the tradition continues this year. The children and their families will be delivering the gifts at 1pm on Dec. 21. We sing to the residents at their doors as we deliver the gifts. We will have the Holgate House Tree up with the angel ornaments for people to take and shop for the requested items as soon as I get gift list. The children received some lovely thank you notes last year.
~ Laura Axon
Advent Soup, Supper & Study Series
Relaxing about Race: Opening Our Minds, Addressing Fear, Enhancing Relationships

Sam Robertson, Presenter, Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • December 14
Think of one person who needs your compassion and bring them to the table with you.
Chuck Martin's Diversity Collect:
Lord, let us acknowledge that privilege exists in all societies and at many levels. This includes within and between races, cultures, education levels, economic status, and vocational status. Grant that those who have privilege acknowledge it, are truly thankful for it, do not abuse it; but above all, let them direct our efforts to helping those who are perceived to have less privilege so that all peoples may be lifted up. In the name of Christ, Amen.
In appreciation ...

We would like to express our appreciation to all who shared in our 30th anniversary celebration. A special thank you goes to Mother Laura, Ardis Weir and her crew, Laurie McDowell, Jim Denman, and Joan Barnes. Thank you all for sharing in our celebration. 
~ Ron and Shirley Jones
Hot Meals
During the Hot Meals gathering on December 3rd, the guests surprised us by sending around a Thank You card. Sixty-one people signed it expressing their appreciation: 

"To: All of the People who work each week to serve these lunches and to those who donate their time and efforts thank you, and may God bless everyone."
Thank you to Earl and Donna Woodruff
for their phenomenal service on first Saturdays of each month
with Hot Meals!! Earl has been doing this for 11-12 years.
"They work their hearts out as part of our team."
Verne Lindner Has Volunteered for 9 Years

"One of the things about the people here is that they're not just coming
for the meal; it's a community of friends and we are part of it.  We do this together and then we all go home and come back and do it again!  We form relationships.  I'd say I get as much out of this as they do, maybe more! For people considering working the first Saturday, it is a great shift.
Ellie Krieger and Greg Weigel Honored for 15 years of Service

Nancy Patrick presented a beautiful plaque to this husband and wife team; a reporter of The Bee was present to record the event for a feature story. 

Ellie shared this: "We try to serve food we would serve our family. They ARE our family.  They've just had different kinds of misfortune. Many have rough lives and still they have a good spirit. They are people. Watching people visit and socialize is what it's all about. It feels like their sense of community has grown through the years. The Hot Meals program began 26 years ago in 1990. My husband has always cooked enough food so people have seconds and can have a take-out.  It's his goal for people to have good, nutritious food. I feel this room (Parish Hall) is so uplifting that the Spirit of the Lord is here."

Recorded by Mother Laura
Hot Meals Christmas Celebration

This year's celebration will take place on Saturday, December 17, with a Christmas feast and a Portland Chamber Players Concert. Many thanks to all who have contributed hygiene items for this event. We are still in need of deodorant and socks. I will be able to take donations until Wednesday, December 14. Thank you.
~ Dn. Kathleen
Thank you to all who have generously made a commitment
to support our church.

2017 Pledge Drive Update:  70 cards have been received totaling $127,815. We need everyone to submit their pledges as soon as possible in order to reach our Annual Goal of $163,000.

The time is now!  It's not too late. Our annual budget requires your participation. If you've misplaced your card, there are more available at Church.
Sonja Miller & Amelia Brooks 
Stewardship 2016 Catch-Up!
It's getting toward the end of the year.
We need everyone to make the effort
to catch up on your financial pledges!!
Thank you for your gifts to All Saints.
Your Finance Committee
Christmas Altar and Church Flowers:
Please consider a Christmas greens and flower donation, as we fill the church with the joy of this Advent - and the opportunity to celebrate special moments of this year, remember family and friends, and give thanks. Please use the form in our Sunday bulletin or call Nancy Carr at 916-203-7132 or
Confirmation Classes for Youth and Adults in January

Confirmation classes will be offered for those interested in exploring the possibility of being confirmed or received. They will take place on four Sundays in January from 9:15-10:00 in the Guild Room.  These classes are for any youth or adult in our parish who is ready to consider
 and explore making a "mature commitment" of faith. 

"Confirmation is appropriate for those of any age who are making a mature commitment for the first time," as the Bishop's Customary says.

"Reception is for those who have previously made a mature commitment in any other Christian church, regardless of the pedigree of the minister."

Reaffirmation is for those who want to renew their faith asking the Holy Spirit to direct and uphold them in the service of Christ and his kingdom.

The Bishop's Visitation is the special opportunity for confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation of one's faith with the laying on of hands. 
Crackin' Crab Feast
at All Saints Episcopal Church

Get your tickets now for the "Crackin Crab Feast!" at All Saints Episcopal Church, Saturday, Feb. 4th.

Two seatings are available: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the church hall on 4033 SE Woodstock Blvd.

The annual event has been a huge hit for those who love crab and like to have a good time with family and friends, and tickets make for great holiday presents and stocking stuffers!

A bargain at $37.50, the meal comes with fresh crab, salad and bread. A cash bar is available as well, and children 6 and under eat free with a mac & cheese option. All proceeds support All Saints outreach ministries.

For tickets or more info, go to or call Nancy at 916-202-7132.

The Tuesday Morning Women's Bible Study
We are beginning a study of the Sermon on the Mount in chapters 5 and 6 of Matthew.  All women are invited to join them for  this study at 9:30  every Tuesday in December except for the 27th. (We will have a pot luck on December 20 and a white elephant gift exchange.)  Come join us!
~ Pat ten Broeke
Nominations Process Beginning:
If you are interested in serving on the Vestry (a three-year term), the Endowment Committee (five-year term), Finance Committee, as a Delegate to Diocesan Convention (or as an Alternate), or on the 2017 Nominations Committee, please let one of the following people know: Rachel Blakeman, Chris McClave, or Chuck Martin.  
Thank you, Mother Laura
Help Warm Hearts
We need blankets (not quilts or comforters) for the homeless, as well as men's socks and any warm clothing you want to give the Mustard Seed. The nights are cold already, so your donations will be welcome and deeply appreciated. 

~  Mustard Seed Volunteers
Hot Meals Christmas Gift Bags

Please bring any unused hygiene articles, such as hotel soap, lotion, shampoo, and dental care items to the church beginning this week through early December, as we prepare gift bags for the Hot Meals Christmas event.  
~ Deacon Kathleen
William Temple House Donations
In recent weeks, the people of All Saints have donated 214 items (125 cans, 21 jars of peanut butter, and 68 other things) to the blue William Temple House barrel, which will supply their food pantry at their NW Portland location. This is especially exciting and encouraging to me, because a couple of months ago someone came in the building and stole most of the items when the barrel was located near the front door. Now this has been replenished and even overflowing! Thank you to everyone for your generosity and compassion for those in need. For more information on this ministry of our diocese, please go to  
– Deacon Kathleen
When to call the Rector ...

You should call Mother Laura when:
  •  You would like a pastoral conversation or visit
  •  You are facing serious life challenges
  •  Someone wants to join the Church
  •  There is the birth of a child
  •  There is illness in the house
  •  There is a surgery scheduled
  •  When there is death in the home
  •  There is an engagement leading to marriage. 
The All Saints Episcopal Church seeks to be a serving church.
Calendar Updates?
Please remember to give any changes
or postponements of scheduled meetings
or events to Cris in the Church Office
( so that she can update
the calendar on a weekly basis.
Thank you!
Thursday, December 8
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal
8:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Friday, December 9
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed Thrift Shop
8:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Saturday, December 10
8:30 a.m. Suzuki Violin Lessons
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mustard Seed Thrift Shop

11:30 a.m. Hot Meals ~ Youth
4:00 p.m. Whole Child Montessori Community Celebration
8:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Sunday, December 11 
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 a.m. Adult Forum
9:30 a.m. Choir Convenes
10:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
12:00 p.m. Family Choir
4:00 p.m. Youth Group

Monday, December 12
10:00 a.m. Tai Chi Beginners
11:00 a.m. Tai Chi Practice
3:45 p.m. Suzuki Violin Group Lessons
4:15 p.m. Girl Scout Group
7:30 p.m. I Chuan with David Miller

Tuesday, December 13
9:30 a.m. Women's Bible Study on Sermon on the Mount

2:00 p.m. Suzuki Violin Lessons
5:00 p.m. Banners
6:00 p.m. Finance Committee
6:30 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Daughters of the King

Wednesday, December 14
9:00 a.m. Suzuki Violin Lessons
10:00 a.m. Basket Weaving with Susan Hanks
6:00 p.m. Advent Soup, Supper & Study with Sam Robertson
7:00 p.m. I Chuan with David Miller
8:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Thursday, December 15
8:45 a.m. Dental Van
2:00 p.m. Suzuki Violin Lessons
7:00 p.m. Rhododendron Society
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal
8:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Bishop's Visitation

Our Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Michael J. Hanley, will be coming to All Saints for his annual visit on Sunday, February 19, 2017. The Bishop's Visitation is an opportunity for Baptism, Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation. Please speak with Kathy Martin or Mother Laura if you are interested. Confirmation classes can be provided.
  • Confirmation is for children who were baptized in the Episcopal Church or who came to this church with their families before making a "mature commitment."
  • Confirmation is also appropriate for those of any age who are making a mature commitment for the first time.
  • Reception is for those who have previously made a mature commitment in any other Christian church, regardless of the pedigree of the minister.
We hope to have our new altar dedicated by Bishop Michael, as well as to have him bless our new Meditation Garden during his time with us.
Parish Cycle of Prayer
Howard & Carolyn Leavenworth, Jeremiah; Richard & Marjorie Lindquist; Barbara Liniger; Joseph Marlia; Patty Marshall; Chuck & Kathy Martin; Jacob & Simmy Mathai, Lucas.

Special needs, immediate concerns
Chuck Bateman; Nicole Budlong; Jean Klemsen; Patricia Kugler; George McCowan; Ross; Jim Titherington; Shukrat in Mosel; Dick Tully and family; Tom Woodruff and his girlfriend.



Ministry Schedule
Ministry Schedule December 11, 2016:

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I

USHERS: Peter & Esther Muiruri
GREETERS: Peter & Esther Muiruri
COFFEE HOUR: Mikki Wooldridge

10:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II ~ Youth Sunday

USHERS: Bill & Jocelyn Cox
GREETERS: Christine McClave
Lessons Appointed for The Third Sunday of Advent, Year A
for Sunday, December 4, 2016
You can find all the readings here (alternate version):
News from the Diocese of Oregon
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 a.m.
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

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