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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
You have made me glad by your acts, O Lord;
and I shout for joy because of the works of your hands.
Psalm 92:4

New Processional Candles

We thank the Altar Guild for purchasing new, tall torches to be used in the Gospel procession. They are beautiful!   Mother Laura 

Thanks to Gaye Benson for showing up on a rainy cold day to rake leaves next to our church! Shown with our ever-helpful Senior Warden, Chuck Martin.      
Mother Laura 

Dear Mother Laura,
You and your ministerial team are a blessing to this community.  Thank you for your service.  
Sincerely, Joan Barnes


One of the things I am thankful for this year is the presence of each of you at All Saints and the gifts of your respective ministries. 
May you and yours enjoy all the blessings of this Thanksgiving Day. 
        --Gaye Benson 

Dear Belinda and the Family Choir,
Thank you for honoring the third anniversary of my induction as Rector of All Saints with your joyful rendition of "It's a Good Thing!"  Belinda had written it for the occasion in January 2013, based on Psalm 92.  It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to God's name for our life together as the parish of All Saints!
Happy Thanksgiving to all,
Mother Laura

The Children of All Saints
invite EVERYONE to an AdventFest

November 29
Following the 8 a.m. & 10:15 a.m. Holy E

Making wreaths, an intergenerational activity!

Kids' ornament crafts & 
angel ornaments
for the Holgate House Tree.
We will also put up the tree in the Parish Hall.
Advent Festival of Lessons and Music
On the Second Sunday of Advent at the 10:15 Service on December 6, we will enjoy a traditional service in the manner prescribed in the Daily Office.

Nine Lessons are customarily interspersed with appropriate Advent hymns, canticles and anthems.

The Sacrament of Holy Communion, Rite 1, will be administered only at the 8:00 a.m. service.
Advent Soup Supper Series
December 2, 9,and 16
6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall

Praying our Visions:
Story, Gender, and Icons of the Theotokos

Over the course of three Wednesdays, we will come face to face with four different depictions of Christ's mother, side by side with the hymns and poetry which shape how we 'read' these images.  This class will be a little bit theology, a little bit gender theory, a little bit story, and an inroad into ways of praying with the "visual metaphors" of the Christian tradition.  Taught by Dr. Maria Gwyn McDowell, a member of Trinity Cathedral and scholar of gender, ethics and Eastern Christian traditions.

Soup supper sign-up sheets will be out this Sunday.
Looking Ahead - Mark your Calendars
Next Sunday - Second Sunday of Advent, December 6
     8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite One
     9:30 a.m. St Nicholas Breakfast in the Godly Play Room.
    10:15 a.m. An Office of Advent Lessons & Carols.
                      (like Morning Prayer)
Saturday, December 19, 9:00 a.m. - Greening of the Church
Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 20 
     8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite One
    10:15 a.m. Christmas Pageant with Holy Eucharist Rite II.
Our thoughts and prayers are with two of our All Saints families this week:
Dr. James Denman and family as they mourn the loss of his brother, Gerald Denman; and, Craig & Sarah Gibson, in the loss of Craig's mother, Sybil Gibson.

Director of ROSS Retires
After 21 years of service as the founding director of Russian Oregon social services  housed in Offices on the top floor of All Saints, Yelena Hansen is retiring this week. (On the left).
The newly hired director who will continue the important work of this branch of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is Margarita Vejo. (On the right.) Please welcome her when you see her! The ministry they're conducting on behalf of the Russian community is significant and their presence life- changing and ongoing support through their excellent staff.
Mother Laura 

The gift of a prayer shawl to Yelena for her retirement meant a great deal to her. Thank you Prayer Shawl Ministry!
Hot Meals Update
A special thank you to Otto's for offering to donate the hams needed for our Hot Meals Christmas Dinner guests.
Nancy Patrick
Attention All Program Chairs & Staff!

Please consider and submit your budget requests for 2016 to Sonja Miller, Finance Chair, no later than Sunday, December 6, 2015. The budget setting process will take place on Tuesday, December 8.

Thank you.

Mother Laura
Thanksgiving Feasting and Fellowship came early to 102 guests at Saturday's hot meal. A traditional Thanksgiving meal was served and while the guests were eating they were invited to select a hat and scarf made by our Hat and Scarf Ministry. The selection was colorful and given just in time for this week's colder weather. Each of our guests were so appreciative of our work. 

On Sunday our Ministry voted to continue the project in 2016. We feel blessed to be able to provide a small gift to make someone's day a little brighter.
Bev Curtis
Three motions passed at the September and October Vestry meetings are as follows:

1) Our Junior Warden will be obtaining quotes to make the side walk safety repairs on both 40th and 41st. A maximum of $2,500 was authorized, with funding coming as a capital improvement from the annual Endowment Fund potential distribution. (Note: a contract has been issued for $1,200)

2) Ken Meeker was elected to the Endowment Committee to fill the unexpired term of Ken Rupp, who has resigned.

3) The Vestry adopted a No Trespassing Policy. The policy is on file in the office. In summary, the policy states that we do not allow anyone to sleep or camp on our property. We will complete an agreement with the City that gives them authority to  help with trespass matters. For our members and guests, the policy adopts an “observe and call” strategy involving church leaders and the police emergency and non-emergency numbers. Other details involve the ushers, Wardens and Clergy.
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.
Pick up your photo directory supplemental sheet this Sunday
or stop by the church office during the week.  
We have 14 additional individuals and families added.  

A big thank you to Jerry Meter for going the extra mile 
and doing this beautiful job for us!
Kathy Martin     
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.
Thursday, November 26
Thanksgiving Day - Office Closed

Friday, November 27
6:30 p.m. NA

Saturday, November 28
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals
7:00 p.m. NA

Sunday, November 29
First Sunday of Advent
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II
11;45 a.m. Inter-generational Advent Wreath-Making
12:00 p.m. Family Choir
4:00 p.m. Youth Group

Monday, November 30
10:00 a.m. Tai Chi Instruction
11:00 a.m. Tai Chi Practice
7:30 a.m. Body Back, Fit4Mom

Tuesday, December 1
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. Eco Faith

Wednesday, December 2
5:00 p.m. Outreach Committee
6:00 p.m. Advent Soup Supper & Study

Thursday, December 3
11:00 a.m. DOK
7:00 p.m. Rhododendron Society
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir

Friday, December 4
9:00 a.m. Lewis Elementary
10:00 a.m. Internment of Ashes, Jeff Weick - Columbarium
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed Thrift Shop


November 29, 2015, First Sunday of Advent, Year C

Ministry Schedule
Ministry Schedule for Sunday, November 29th:
8:00 a.m. Rite I: 
Worship Leader: David Champion
Lectors: Mary Camman, Betty Meeker
Intercessor: Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
10:15 a.m. Rite II:
Worship Leader:
Mary Earl
Lectors: Mary Earl, Susan Hanks
Intercessor: Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
Eucharistic Ministers: Mary Earl, Howard Leavenworth
Ron Jones, Elijah Kilian
Acolytes:Emma Lain, Henry Axon, Geoff Sasser

Ushers: Steve Heleba, Nancy Patrick
Greeter: Youth
Coffee Hour: Pat Roach, Barbara White
Lessons Appointed for First Sunday of Advent, Year C
Jeremiah 33: 14-16
Psalm 25:1-9
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Luke 21:25-36
"Every one of us can do something to protect and  care for our planet. We have to live in such a way that a future will be possible for our children and our grandchildren. Our own life has to be our message."   
Thich Nhat Hanh
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
Ancient & Modern Celtic Blessings
May the Creator bless you and keep you,
May the beloved companion face you
     and have mercy upon you;
May the eternal Spirit's countenance be turned to you and give you peace;
May the Three in One bless you..
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