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All Saints Episcopal Church

4033 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 777-3829

Laurie McDowell, Senior Warden
The Rev. Kathleen Borsch, Deacon
Dr. James Denman, Director of Music
Cristina Breshears, Administrative Assistant

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

We hope that you stayed safe and warm during our recent winter weather! 

The Vestry Meeting has been changed to next Tuesday, February 27th, at 7:00 p.m.  
Adult Forum in Lent: The Return of the Prodigal Son

Based on the highly acclaimed and bestselling book, The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri J.M. Nouwen, this Lent course helps us to reflect on the meaning of the parable for our own lives. A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt's painting 'The Return of the Prodigal Son' catapulted Henri Nouwen on a long spiritual adventure. In his book, he shares the deeply personal and resonant meditation that led him to discover the place within which God has chosen to dwell.

During the course, adapted from the book and using a narrator and actor, we probe the several movements of the parable: the younger son's return, the father's restoration of sonship, the elder son's resentment, and the father's compassion. All of us who have known loneliness, dejection, jealousy or anger will respond to the persistent themes of homecoming, affirmation and reconciliation.
Sunday, February 25 -- The Younger Son Returns
Sunday, March 4 --The Elder Son
Sunday, March 11 -- The Father
Sunday, March 18 -- Living the Painting. 

The All Saints Prayer Shawl Ministry
will meet after the second service on Sunday, February 25, at 11:45 a.m.
Please join us!
Soup, Supper & Study Series

The Saint John's Bible with Dr. Karen Eifler
Join us for a tactile, prayerful encounter with the hand-illuminated St. John's Bible
Three Wednesdays: March 7, 14, and 21
6:00 - 7:30 p.m

~ Soup Sign-up Sheet in Parsh Hall ~

Thank you to Mary Earl for all her hard work recovering our Parish Hall chairs. Here she is applying the finishing touches on our "like new" chairs!

Godly Play: 
All the people of God are connected.

February 25 ~ Youth Sunday
March 4 ~ The Mystery of Easter
March 11 ~ Faces of Easter I, II, III, IV
March 18 ~ Faces of Easter V, VI, VII
March 25 ~ Youth Sunday
April 1 ~ Easter Sunday
Tuesday Morning Women’s Bible Study

The Tuesday Morning Women’s Bible Study group is embarking on a 50 Day Bible Challenge from Forward Movement called, A Journey with Luke.  We will use their book to guide us on a daily reading and reflection on the Gospel of Luke followed by a question(s) for our own reflection. The book costs $10. This study concludes on Easter at which point we will start on a study of Acts for the 50 days of Eastertide. We meet from 9:30 to 11:00. The book is both interesting and informative. Please consider joining us next week as we get started.  Talk with Mother Liz if you have any questions or feel free to join us on Tuesday.
From our Senior Warden:
Our search for a new, full-time rector continues. The Search Committee is working closely with the Diocese to ensure a smooth transition with qualified candidates. An advertisement has been written based on the Parish Profile and will be presented at the Vestry meeting on Tuesday, February 27, for review and approval. The step after that is to submit the ad to the Diocese who will then post it on their web site.  

The Diocese has also been very helpful in our search for an interim priest.  They are forwarding names to us for review and the Executive Committee will begin interviewing interim candidates beginning next week.

The Parish Profile, as you recall, shows the world what we are all about at All Saints. The Profile Committee worked hard to gather your thoughts, priorities, and comments. We again thank Ardis Weir, Chris McClave, Jerry Meter, Laura Axon, Ruth Mumm, and Mary Earl for putting together such a welcoming report. The Bishop read it and heartily approved it!

Now it’s your turn. Click 
here. to read a digital copy of our Parish Profile, or ask Cris in the office for a hard copy.

Ready, set, go!
Laurie McDowell, Senior Warden
Supply Priests Serving for the month of February:
February 25 - The Rev Constance Hammond, Celebrant and Preacher
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, February 22
7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Friday, February 23
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed Ministry & Book Nook
6:00 p.m. NA
6:30 p.m. After Dark Cookies 

Saturday, February 24
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed & Book Nook
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Ministry ~ Youth

6:45 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:00 p.m. Anonymous Group 

Sunday, February 25
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:15 a.m. Family Choir Convenes
9:30 a.m. Adult Forum
10:15 a.m. The Holy Eucharist, Rite II ~ Youth Sunda

5:45 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Monday, February 26
10:00 a.m. Beginning Tai Chi
11:00 a.m. Tai Chi
7:30 p.m. I Chuan

Tuesday, February 27
9:30 a.m. Women's Bible Study
5:00 p.m. Banners

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

Wednesday, February 28
6:00 p.m. Parenting Class
7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:00 p.m. I Chuan

Thursday, March 1
7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Parish Cycle of Prayer
Kris & Liz Kelly-Campanale, Ava; Noah Kilian; Carolyn Kimbrough; Charles Kraft; Doug & Miriam Lain, Ben, Emma, Simon, Noah; Jude Leahy, River Hogan.

Special needs, immediate concerns
Nancy Bateman; Kim Higham (sister-in-law of Joan Barnes); George McCowan; Pat Phillips (Micky Keiter's brother); Waite family.
Ministry Schedule February 25, 2018
The Second Sunday in Lent—Year B
Rev. Constance Hammond Celebrant & Preacher Rev. Constance Hammond
Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch Deacon Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
  Director, Family Choir Belinda Nissen
Ardis Weir Worship Leader Miriam Lain
  Lectors Youth
Ardis Weir Intercessor Dn. Kathleen Borsch
Ardis Weir Eucharistic Ministers Miriam Lain; Sonja Miller
Peter & Esther Muiruri Ushers Steve Heleba & Nancy Patrick
Peter & Esther Muiruri Greeters Youth
Mikki Wooldridge Coffee Hour Hosts Pat Roach & Barbara White
Lessons Appointed for the Second Sunday in Lent: You can find all the readings here:


Early Christians observed "a season of penitence and fasting" in preparation for the Paschal feast, or Pascha (BCP, pp. 264-265). The season now known as Lent (from an Old English word meaning "spring," the time of lengthening days) has a long history. Originally, in places where Pascha was celebrated on a Sunday, the Paschal feast followed a fast of up to two days. In the third century this fast was lengthened to six days.

Eventually this fast became attached to, or overlapped, another fast of forty days, in imitation of Christ's fasting in the wilderness. The forty-day fast was especially important for converts to the faith who were preparing for baptism, and for those guilty of notorious sins who were being restored to the Christian assembly.

In the western church the forty days of Lent extend from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, omitting Sundays. The last three days of Lent are the sacred Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.

Today Lent has reacquired its significance as the final preparation of adult candidates for baptism. Joining with them, all Christians are invited "to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word" 

A pair of silver earrings were found in the Narthex.
Please see Cris in the office if you've lost a pair!

We invite you to take a look at our website often, not only to see how it is updated, but because when you do, our website will come up at the top when people are looking for a church.  It is based on how many "hits" or visits a website gets, the frequency of interest in the site. Jerry puts a lot of work into our website and it is beautiful. Check it out 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, 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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