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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. Mary Anne Gard, Assisting Priest
The Rev. Kathleen Borsch, Deacon
"Nothing wills or works with God
but the Spirit of Love,
because nothing else works
in God himself."
William Law
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
Led by Chuck Martin, Senior Warden

Do We Have Room in the Inn?

Come to the Guild Room at 9:15 today and on December 20thfor the three-week series on refugees and the United States of America. Today's speaker is from SOAR (the landing place for refugees in Portland). There will be time for questions and discussion on this very topical international issue.
Advent Soup Supper Series
Final Meeting: Wednesday, December 16
6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall

Praying our Visions:
Story, Gender, and Icons of the Theotokos
Continuing our study of four different depictions of Christ's mother, side by side with the hymns and poetry which shape how we 'read' these images.  Taught by Dr. Maria Gwyn McDowell, a member of Trinity Cathedral and scholar of gender, ethics and Eastern Christian traditions.

Christmas Hot Meal

Next Saturday, December 19, our guests will be served a Christmas dinner with ham, donated by Otto's. Guests will have opportunity to select bath and body items as gifts.

Christmas Offering Envelopes will be made available for all who wish to make a special contribution at Christmastime for the blessing of hope: God with us and with our world in need of consolation. This offering will help us meet our ministry obligations.
Services of Advent & Christmas

Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 20
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:15 a.m. Christmas Pageant with Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Thursday, December 24
5:00 p.m.: Christmas Eve Family Service
Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service:
10:30 p.m. - Music    11:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II

10:00 a.m. Service in the Chancel, Rite I

First Sunday after Christmas, December 27
9:30 a.m.--ONE SERVICE
Christmas Lessons & Carols with Holy Eucharist, Rite I
Many thanks to Rachel Blakeman, Chuck Bateman,
Laurie McDowell, and Barbara White for a wonderful
breakfast of fellowship for the Sunday school families.
Pictured below:
St. Nicholas left treats in children's shoes.
Chuck Bateman (as St Nicholas), Jim, Sarah & Grady Solund.
Crackin' Crab Feast

The CRABS are coming!!
Get ready for a CRACKIN' good time in January! Save the date, Saturday, January 23rd.
Two seatings: 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Opportunity for Holy Baptism

The next recommended time to receive the sacrament of Holy Baptism will be at the Baptism of Our Lord Sunday, on January 10. Baptism is meaningful at any age or stage of life. Please contact Mother Laura if you desire to schedule one.

Congratulations to Geoff Sasser!
Goeff, our Youth Director, has been admitted as a postulant for holy orders by Bishop Michael Hanley.
One of our new members (Johnny Townes) wrote the following an will be very missed:

Dear Mother Laura,
I have returned to Gallatin,Tennessee. I really enjoyed being at All Saints, the only place I found peace. I'm going to miss All Saints, and I will also miss working on the hot meal program. I did it for the Glory of God. Thank you, Mother Laura, for the opportunity to serve on that ministry.
I have many friends here; and they have not ceased to tell me that they are glad to see me back. I will always have a special place in my heart for All Saints! I was a stranger, and you all welcomed me into the church family. I am grateful for everyone I met there. Peace be with you! 

Mustard Seed Thrift Shop
Come and check out our holiday displays and new items! The thrift shop is open Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Gifting Opportunity to Benefit All Saints

Are you looking at your year-end tax situation? You may use year-end gifting to benefit All Saints parish. Financial Advisor Tamara Still with Edward Jones can assist you in that process. Her branch is located at 5522 East Burnside Street, Portland 97215, phone 503.233.8920, e-mail: Please note that Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors cannot provide tax or legal advice. Please consult your attorney or a qualified tax advisor regarding a specific situation.
Save the Date!
Our Annual Meeting is slated for Sunday,
January 31st, following the 10:15 a.m. service.

A potluck lunch will be shared, to be enjoyed by all.

Reports by our committee chairs, wardens, and staff
need to be submitted to Irene Weldon
at the church office no later than January 10th.
Thank you!
Mother Laura
Nominating Committee - 2016

If you might be interested in serving as one of the three members who work to identify persons for leadership of the Vestry and other arenas, please be in touch with Rev. Truby. The work would take place in the fall of 2016.  Thank you.
Thursday, December 10
7:15 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Friday, December 11
11:000 a.m. Mustard Seed Thrift Shop
1:15 p.m. Cookie Baking Class (OCHIN)

Saturday, December 12
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals with Music
3:00 p.m. Whole Child Montessori
7:00 p.m. NA

Sunday, December 13
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 a.m. Adult Forum; Refugees
10:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
12:00 p.m. Family Choir
4:00 p.m. Youth Group

Monday, December 14
10:00 a.m. Tai Chi Instruction
11:00 a.m. Tai Chi Practice
6:00 p.m. Girl Scout Daisy Group
7:00 p.m. Altar Guild

Tuesday, December 15
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

Wednesday, December 16
6:00 p.m. Advent Soup Supper & Study

Thursday, December 17
9:00 a.m. Over the Hill Gang
7:00 p.m. Rhododendron Society
7:15 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Friday, December 18
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed Thrift Shop

Saturday, December 19
9:00 a.m. Greening of the Church
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed Thrift Shop
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals
1:00 p.m. Pageant Dress Rehearsal
7:00 p.m. NA



Ministry Schedule
Ministry Schedule for Sunday, December 13th:
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
Worship Leader: 
10:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II:
Eucharistic Ministers
Acolytes:Henry Axon, Simon Lain, Emma Lain

Ushers: Bill & Jocelyn Cox
Greeter: Christine McClave
Coffee Hour: Amelia Brooks, Patricia Kugler
Lessons Appointed for Advent III
Zephaniah 3:14-20
Canticle 9
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:7-18

If countries fail to sustain policies that combat the impacts of climate change while also providing safety nets for the world’s poor, global warming will drive an additional 100 million people into poverty by 2030, a new World Bank report finds.
SAFE Church 2016
The following SAFE Church trainings have been scheduled for 2016:
Preventing Sexual Harassment of Church Workers
Saturday, January 9, 8:30-12:30 – St. John the Baptist, Portland
Saturday, February 27, 1:00-5:00 – St. Matthew, Portland
Saturday, March 5, 1:00-5:00 – St. James, Tigard

Preventing Sexual Exploitation in Communities of Faith
Saturday, January 9 8, 1:00-5:00 – St. John the Baptist, Portland
Saturday, February 27, 8:30-12:30– St. Matthew, Portland
Saturday, March 12, 1:00-5:00 – St. James, Tigard

Safeguarding God’s Children
Saturday, February 27, 1:00-5:00 – St. James, Tigard
To register on-line registration click 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, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Tuesday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The purpose of All Saints is to celebrate God's love,
to seek and serve Christ in all persons,
and to go forth into the world,
rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.
Celtic Cross
An Ancient Blessing
May the love of the Father enfold us,
the wisdom of the Son enlighten us,
the fire of the Spirit enflame us;
and may the blessing of the triune God
   rest upon us,
and abide with us, now and evermore
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