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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

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.
The great news is that Tom has been transferred to the family medical unit on 5A, room six. 

His cognition is returning, he can engage and reply briefly, and will begin physical and occupational therapy today. He can move his limbs and extremities some on command, even folded his hands. Since the swelling was in the left hemisphere of his brain, his right side is less mobile but will improve. His radiant smile is a joy to see. A number of people from our All Saints community have come by to visit him, along with his parishioners and friends. Our family pulled together and has been wonderful. His support has spanned the globe and crossed borders to include friends of many different branches of the faith. We send our love and appreciation to all for your marvelous prayers, as he was very sick and we nearly lost him.

Truly this is a Christmas miracle. 

Joy! Joy! Joy!
A Christmas Pageant
by Belinda Nissen

Sunday, December 17,
at the 10:15 a.m. Service
Advent Soup Supper Series
~ Centering Prayer ~
with Bill Habel & the Rev. Deborah Hughes-Habel
Wednesday, December 20 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Stillness is a scarce commodity in today's world. It seems that we are constantly bombarded with ever-changing electronic media, sounding cell phones, and the endless demands of busy lives. Yet as the psalmist knew, stillness is needed for greater awareness of God's presence in our lives.

How do we get into a discipline of silence and honor it in our lives? Silence is God's first language. Find out how to structure it as a practice!

Join us to discuss loving attentiveness, learn about prayer of the heart and sit quietly in God's presence.
Advent and Christmas Services
  • Sunday, December 17
  • Traditional Christmas Pageant at 10:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, December 20
    Last meeting of the Advent Soup Supper Series on Centering Prayer at 6:00- 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 24
    Fourth Sunday of Advent Services on Christmas Eve Morning at 8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.
    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 at 10:15 a.m.
Can you help get the church ready for newcomers and old friends visiting All Saints this Christmas?
Saturday December 16th at 9:00 a.m., the Altar Guild will be "greening" the sanctuary
and we will be looking for volunteers to help with three cleaning jobs around the church building.

We need volunteers to: 
    1 - Vacuum the carpeted stairs    
    2 - Clean the baseboards and window sills, mainly in the Parish Hall        
    3 - Vacuum and dust the cushions and pews in the sanctuary.

If you can help, but that date or time doesn't work, please call Judy Clark 605-670-8141 and we can set up another time for you.  We have most supplies needed.

Thank you for your help.  We want the church to look welcoming and fresh! 

Women's Bible Study will meet on Tuesday, December 19, at 9:30 a.m. and then will meet again in the new year.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone!
Chair Recovering Project Update ...

 Marjorie Ashcroft and Mary Earl are working chair-by-chair and so far, 32 of our torn parish hall chairs have been recovered! 

You can help on any Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. and starting in January Saturday's at 1:00 p.m.  Thank you!
The Hot Meals Christmas Celebration will be on Saturday, December 23rd. There are a few items we still need:
  • 42 small tubes of toothpaste
  • 12 toothbrushes
  • 30 soaps
  • 10 lotions
  • 80 deoderants
  • AND lots of individually-wrapped Christmas candies
Thank you!
Dn. Kathleen
Budget and Pledge Updates ...
We welcome end-of-the year gifts to help offset our shortfall created by unexpected expenses for 2017.  
Pledge update, we have 78 pledges and $134,000.  We give thanks for all the gifts and that 50% of our pledges were increases over last year.  Finance is hard at work at the draft budget for 2018 and will present it to the vestry this month.
~ Sonja Miller

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
Holgate Tree update ...

All cards have been claimed. Thank you! The gifts can be wrapped and placed under the tree by Tuesday, December 19th, before we deliver and go caroling at Holgate House.

Last week we transferred all your grocery donations from the big blue barrel and crates to rain-resistant bags for transport to the William Temple House food bank located in NW Portland. The bed of our pickup truck was filled!
The food pantry staff sends their deepest thanks to All Saints for your continued support. For more information on William Temple House, please go to
Dn. Kathleen

Did you know? A week seldom goes by that that Joe Marlia doesn't make a trip to the Oregon Food Bank near Marine Drive to pick up donated supplies for or Hot Meals. He picks up an average of 200+ lbs of canned goods, frozen vegetables and meat that keeps our program going!! 

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
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 14
11:00 a.m. Daughters of the King
3:00 p.m. History Committee
7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Friday, December 15
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed Ministry & Book Nook
6:30 p.m. After Dark Cookies 

Saturday, December 16
10:00 a.m. Greening of the Church
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed & Book Nook
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Ministry 

1:00 p.m. Pageant Dress Rehearsal
6:45 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:00 p.m. Anonymous Group 

Sunday, December 17
8:00 a.m. The Holy Eucharist, Rite I 
9:15 a.m. Chancel Choir Convenes
10:15 a.m. The Holy Eucharist, Rite II  and Christmas Pageant

12:00 p.m. Family Choir Convenes
2:00 p.m. Girl Scout Meeting
4:00 p.m. Youth Group
5:45 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Monday, December 18
10:00 a.m. Beginning Tai Chi
11:00 a.m. Tai Chi
7:30 p.m. I Chuan

Tuesday, December 19
9:30 a.m. Women's Bible Study
11:00 a.m. Chair Recovering
1:00 p.m. Holgate House Caroling and Gift Delivery
5:00 p.m. Banners

6:30 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Vestry Meeting

Wednesday, December 20
6:00 p.m. Advent Soup, Supper, Study Series
7:00 p.m. I Chuan

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer  
Jim & Sara Soland, Grady, Ainsley; Jack Stephenson-Carr, August, Lucius; Bill Stewart; Alicia Swindel; Pat Ten Broeke; Francine Titherington; Tom & Laura Truby.

Special needs, immediate concerns  
Nancy Bateman; Susan Hanks; Sam Robertson; Tom Truby and Truby family; Waite family.
Ministry Schedule December 17, 2017
The Third Sunday of Advent —Year A
Rev. Laura C. Truby Celebrant & Preacher Rev. Laura C. Truby
Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch Deacon Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
  Music Director & Organist Dr. James Denman
  Pageant Director Belinda Nissen
Ardis Weir Worship Leader Noah Kilian
Esther Muiruri; Nancy Janecek Lectors Noah Kilian; Belinda Nissen
Ardis Weir Intercessor Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
Ardis Weir Eucharistic Ministers Noah Kilian, Sonja Miller
Peter Muiruri Ushers Mary Earl & Laurie McDowell
Peter & Esther Muiruri Greeters Deb Miller & Barbara White
Mikki Wooldridge Coffee Hour Hosts Jude Leahy & Nancy Patrick
Lessons Appointed for the Third 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")

  • Prayer:  A dialogue with God. It includes requests for self and others, confession of sins, thanksgiving, and praise. Can also be a silent colloquy with God. 
  • Contemplative Prayer:  An approach to prayer that seeks to empty the mind so as to direct one's attention to God without images or trains of thought. The point of this emptying is to open oneself so that God can come and dwell within.
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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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