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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
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
BCP 236
Dear All Saints Parish,

After working it out with our Vestry, I announced my retirement to the parish at our brunch on Sunday, November 6. It will begin next year on December 1, 2017, when I turn 70, have completed five years as rector of All Saints, and 45 years of service in parish ministry. The Vestry has been very caring about me and my future, as well as of the well-being of the parish.

I am grateful that it will give us all time to prepare carefully for this transition and for a good ending. Canon Neysa Ellgren, the assistant to Bishop Michael, is fully informed about this decision and ready to assist the Vestry with the process when the time is right. 

God has granted us this tender time together. I am available to you as we process this change in our lives together. I welcome conversation and look forward to a fulfilling 13 months of moving forward strongly, the wind of the Spirit in our collective wings.

The parish is very fortunate to have such an excellent staff in place.

God's blessings to each of you,

Mother Laura
Adult Forum
This Sunday, the adult forum will conclude its viewing of the film, "The Story of the Twelve Apostles." We will discover the exciting next events in their stories. Get some coffee and goodies after the 8:00 a.m. service, then join us in the Guild Room for this fine film. All welcome!
~ Dn. Kathleen 
"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more ....." 
                        Henry V,  Act III     
Yes, it's true we need you one more time this year to finish up some very important jobs at All Saints!  We must get the wall to wall carpet up in the front rooms of the Mustard Seed, finishing moving the mulch and gravel and transplanting a couple of ferns.  If you can help we'll be at church:  
Saturday, Nov.19 at 10:00 - 12:00  
Thank you for your help!
Judy Clark  605-670-8141
Hot Meals Fun Fun Fun ...

Steering Committee Meeting on Saturday, November 19, at 1:00 p.m. At 1:30 p.m. we will need five or six people to wipe down ALL surfaces and clean in the drawers. There will be pizza afterwards while watching the Food Safety Video! 

Thank you!  
Nancy Patrick

On Saturday, November 19th, the Hat and Scarf Ministry will be giving hats and scarves to our Hot Meals Guests. 
Thank you to Susan Hanks' Basket Weaving Class for sharing their work during our November 13 service with Sam Robertson. This was a lovely visual representation that helped us recognize Native American month. 
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 again for your gifts to All Saints.
Your Finance Committee

2017 Pledge Drive Update:  52 cards have been received totaling $109,000. We hope to collect another 40+ pledges to reach our Annual Goal of $163,000. The average amount  per pledge needed to close the campaign is $1,370 annually or $27 per week.

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 
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.
  • November 30
  • December 7
  • December 14
Think of one person who needs your compassion and bring them to the table with you.
Sam Robertson: an introduction:

Sam has Scotsman, English, Irish and Dutch blood in his ancestry. Sam was the Chairperson of the Anti-racism committee in the Diocese of South Dakota for three years. The committee took an alternative method concerning racism and learned a great deal about individual and group actions. Sam has a Masters Degree in Education and completed all the class requirements in the Counselor Education Doctorate program at North Dakota State University. Sam and Mother Liz have been married for 20 years, and Sam has been in recovery for 18 years. Sam and Liz relocated to Portland to be closer to their children. They were both with the clergy witness at Standing Rock.

In celebration of 30 years of marriage, Ron and Shirley Jones will renew their wedding vows on Sunday, December 4 during the 10:15 a.m. service. There will be a reception for the entire church after in the Parish Hall. Please join in celebrating their renewal of covenant marriage vows. 
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

Volunteer Opportunity!  

We need two new hosts for our Second Sunday Coffee Hour.
Talk with Donna Woodruff to learn more!
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
Charitable Bequests

If you plan to include charitable gifts in your estate plans, consider naming All Saints Church as the beneficiary of your Retirement Assets. Charities are tax exempt and unlike your heirs, will not pay taxes on IRAs and other retirement plans. 
  • You must be 70 1/2 years old.
  • Gifts can be up to $100,000.
  • The transfer must go directly from IRAs to a qualified charity.
  • Gift must be made outright.
Ken Meeker has recently been through this process and is happy to share his experience and answer any questions at
Vestry Actions
  • Mustard Seed flooding will cost $3,467.42. ServPro agrees to work with us regarding payment over next six months.
  • Roof repair project is completed. Cost is $6,029.00.  We will use money already received from the endowment funds. 
  • There is exploration regarding removal of carpeting in the two small rooms in the Mustard Seed affected by the flooding. It is understood that the drainage system around All Saints is insufficient. Sealing the cracks in the floor may be an option. 
New Altar Under Consideration:

A number of people have expressed dissatisfaction with the change made to our altar some years ago when it was shorted from its overlarge 102 inches to the current 60 inches. However, the foreshortened altar lacks generosity and feels out of proportion to the size of the church. The need for change was studied by the History Committee and findings were presented to the Vestry on April 21, 2015. The appeal for a new altar was approved. 

Recommended craftsman, John Stump, met with the History Committee, the Altar Guild, and the clergy and has produced several drawings for consideration. The new altar would be 90 inches and made of European Red Beech. He would use the current emblem in the new design. There is a specially designated fund for this kind of expenditure.
When to call the Rector ...

You should call Mother Laura when:
  •  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, November 17
8:45 a.m. Dental Van
7:00 p.m. Rhododendron Society
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Friday, November 18
9:00 a.m. Mustard Seed Thrift Shop 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Saturday, November 19
8:30 a.m. Suzuki Violin Lessons
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PARISH WORK DAY
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mustard Seed Thrift Shop

11:30 a.m. Hot Meals & Shawl Ministry
1:00 p.m. Steering Committee & KITCHEN CLEAN-UP
8:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Sunday, November 20 
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 a.m. Adult Forum 
10:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:45 a.m. Vestry Meeting in Guild Room
12:00 p.m. Family Choir
4:00 p.m. Youth Group

Monday, November 21
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, November 22
9:00 a.m. Worship Committee
9:30 a.m. Women's Bible Study
2:00 p.m. Suzuki Violin Lessons
5:00 p.m. Banners
6:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, November 23
9:00 a.m. Suzuki Violin Lessons
10:00 a.m. Basket Weaving with Susan Hanks
7:00 p.m. I Chuan with David Miller

Thursday, November 24
Happy Thanksgiving!

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. 
Parish Cycle of Prayer
Steve Heleba & Nancy Patrick; Craig & Judy Heverly; Steve & Sue Hiscoe, Cassandra Sanchez; Dean & Rosie Hostetter; Isaac Hudson; Beverly Jackson; Nancy Janecek.

Special needs, immediate concerns
Jim Denman; Patricia Kugler; George McCowan; Jim Titherington. Pray for the people of Standing Rock Reservation in their desire to protect water and Mother Earth, and for the President to take action.




Ministry Schedule
Ministry Schedule November 20, 2016:

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
Nancy Janecek
LECTORS: Jen Schafer, Deona DeLong
INTERCESSOR: Nancy Janecek
USHERS: Peter & Esther Muiruri
GREETERS: Peter & Esther Muiruri
COFFEE HOUR: Mikki Wooldridge

10:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
LECTORS:  Nancy Patrick, Susan Hanks
INTERCESSOR: Belinda Nissen
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: Nancy Patrick, Chuck Martin
USHERS: Mary Earl, Laurie McDowell
GREETERS: Barbara White
COFFEE HOUR: Jude Leahy, Nancy Patrick
Lessons Appointed for Proper 29, Year C
for Sunday, November 20, 2016
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Psalm 46
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43

You can find all the readings here (alternate version):
News from the Diocese of Oregon

Following the way of Jesus: 

Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry has issued the following statement:

Last week I shared what I pray was a reconciling post-election message to our church, reminding us that ‘we will all live together as fellow Americans, as citizens.’ Today I want to remind us that during moments of transition, during moments of tension, it is important to affirm our core identity and values as followers of Jesus in the Episcopal Anglican way.

Jesus once declared, in the language of the Hebrew prophets, that God’s “house shall be a house of prayer for all nations” (Mk 11:17). He invited and welcomed all who would follow saying, “come to me all who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens” (Mt. 11:28).

We therefore assert and we believe that “the Episcopal Church welcomes you” – all of you, not as merely a church slogan, but as a reflection of what we believe Jesus teaches us and at the core of the movement he began in the first century. The Episcopal Church welcomes all. All of us!

As the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement today, we Episcopalians are committed, as our Prayer Book teaches to honor the covenant and promises we made in Holy Baptism: To proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ; To seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves; to strive for justice and peace among all people, and to respect the dignity of every human being.

As Christians, we believe that all humans are created in God’s image and equal before God – those who may be rejoicing as well as those who may be in sorrow.

As a Church, seeking to follow the way of Jesus, who taught us, “you shall love your neighbor as yourself,” (Mt. 22:39) and to “do to others as you would have them do to you” (Mt. 7:12), we maintain our longstanding commitment to support and welcome refugees and immigrants, and to stand with those who live in our midst without documentation.  We reaffirm that like all people LGBT persons are entitled to full civil rights and protection under the law. We reaffirm and renew the principles of inclusion and the protection of the civil rights of all persons with disabilities. We commit to the honor and dignity of women and speak out against sexual or gender-based violence.  We express solidarity with and honor the Indigenous Peoples of the world. We affirm the right to freedom of religious expression and vibrant presence of different religious communities, especially our Muslim sisters and brothers. We acknowledge our responsibility in stewardship of creation and all that God has given into our hands. We do so because God is the Creator. We are all God’s children, created equally in God’s image. And if we are God’s children we are all brothers and sisters.

“The Episcopal Church Welcomes You,” is not just a slogan, it’s who we seek to be and the witness we seek to make, following the way of Jesus.

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

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