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All Saints Episcopal Church

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

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

Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
All Saints Music Ministry:

Music is a joyous way for people to offer praise to God and to remember the truth that they have just sung. At All Saints’, music is valued as intrinsic to our parish life. We are blessed to be able to give back a portion of that gift through our several ministries. Here’s a few ways to revel in the gift of music and share your time and talent in the parish family:
Chancel Choir – rehearses Thursdays, 7:30­–9:00pm and sings the 10:15am service most Sundays. We are always able to welcome new talent to this vital (and fun!) ensemble. Jim Denman directs.
Family Choir – rehearses Sundays following the main service and sings the 10:15am service on the 4th Sunday of each month. Parents and children can join together in song and celebration! A loving and learning experience for all. Belinda Nissen directs.
Fourth Sunday Ensemble – come all guitarists, string, wind, and brass players to our instrumental ensemble that joins the family choir on the 4th Sunday of each month. Warmup read-through rehearsals precede the service.
Join the growing musical life of All Saints! Please talk with Jim or Belinda following today’s service, or give a call to the Parish Office and leave your name and number.

Willamette National Cemetery
wouldn't be what it is today without this Navy veteran

(excerpt from the full Oregonian article)

When Dr. Walter Warren Schafer went to Willamette National Cemetery in 1968 to see his 21-year-old son buried, he was disgusted by what he saw.

Forty acres of mud; many of the 2,000 graves lacking permanent markers; standing water where soil and grass should have blanketed the dead. Cemetery personnel had to weigh down caskets to get them to sink into waterlogged concrete cutouts. 

"I didn't like that," Schafer said. "I didn't want my son to be one of them. I thought there was a better way."

Five decades later, Schafer is upheld as a key force behind the manicured beauty and stature of Willamette National Cemetery, often considered second among national cemeteries only to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. "The changes have been dramatic since then," he says. Expansion, accessibility and beautification work continue on the cemetery's current 307 acres.

Watch video here

It’s the Great All Saints Pasta Feed!
 On October 20 (next Saturday) between 5 and 8 PM, we are hosting a fundraiser Pasta Feed for our Hot Meals Ministry who could really use our help.  Please come support Hot Meals and enjoy a tasty meal as well.  We will have three kinds of pasta available including red, white and meatless sauces, along with salad, bread, lemonade and dessert. 

It would help the cooks to know how many meals to make, so try to buy your tickets in advance  If you can’t come but would like to support the Hot Meals Ministry, consider ordering a “to go” container of pasta!

Please see the ticket seller at the door to the Parish Hall during coffee hour, buy tickets online at our website (ALLSAINTSPDX.ORG) or call the church office and ask for more information.

Thank you for supporting this important ministry.

Please contact the office if you’d like to be officially welcomed on Sunday, October 21st. 
The Shawl Ministry
will be meeting
Sunday, October 21,
at 11:45 a.m. 
Please join us!
Convention is Coming!
Online registration for all attendees will close October 26.

Registration for Lay Delegates and Voting Clergy:  Registration as a lay delegate or voting clergy is $30.00 per person with a deadline of Saturday, September 30. If you choose to pay by check, it must be received in the diocesan office by that date. Payments received after September 30 or submitted at the door will be $50.00 per person even if registration was prior to September 30.

Beginning October 1, late registration for lay delegates and voting clergy will continue online at a cost of $50.00 per person.

Register online at Eventbrite.
Last week the Diocesan Council Budget Committee published the 2019 Proposed Diocesan Budget. All delegates and voting clergy should review this and other business-related documents before Convention.
All materials for Convention business matters will be shared on the Convention website as they become available.
All Convention delegates, alternates and any visitors should register as soon as possible for all Convention-related events.
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Save the Date! 
It's time for our semi-annual Fall Clean-up again!  We need to get the grounds ready for winter, and this year especially, ready for our new Rector to see our beautiful church.  Any and all help is appreciated - we need ladder holders as well as ladder climbers, rakers and planters, trimmers and sweepers!  
We'll meet at 10:00 am on Saturday and work until twelve or there about.  We'll have sandwiches and drinks at noon, along with fellowship after a good day's work!  If you want to come earlier than 10:00, or leave earlier than 12:00, please do.  We'll be looking for you!   Please bring tools - especially hedge clippers, broom, shovels - if you have them.   

Questions?  Call or text or email Judy Clark.    THANK YOU!  

To my All Saints family,

My sincere thanks to all of you who helped me through my recent surgery. Some prayed, some visited me, some sent cards, some called, some provided meals, and others drove me to physical therapy appoints, one friend brought me to church and one person took me for a haircut. You are an amazing group of people with a wide spectrum of talents.  You are special and I am grateful to each of you! 

Thank you, 


Wow!  Thank you so much, all of you who attended and all who in participated in our September Ministries Fair.  Many of you visited each ministry represented and many of you signed up to volunteer for one or more ministries.  The delightful folks who represented their ministry were able to give out information and answer questions for their own and several other ministries. 
This is one of the things I love about All Saints.  People are willing to volunteer their time and talents to make this church home of ours amazing!  Thanks, everyone!
Laurie McDowell, Senior Warden
Thank you, Jerry Meter! 

A huge "Thank you" to Jerry Meter who made possible the addition of Microsoft Office 365 to the Administrative Assistant’s office computer.  The previous version of Microsoft Office was 2007, so now Cris will have the most updated Microsoft Office and future updates and new versions will automatically be installed on her computer.  Thank you, Jerry, for your contribution of Microsoft Office 365 to All Saints.
Thank you, Chuck Ford
A note of appreciation goes out to Chuck Ford who recently gave a generous donation to All Saints to pay for an expensive repair of our All Saints organ.  The repair work required several days to complete, and some damage of trackers had to be also fixed in order to make the organ fully functional.  This spirit of generosity on Chuck’s behalf is truly appreciated by all of us at All Saints who love the organ music that enhances our Sunday Worship Services. 

Dear All Saints Parishioners,

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be your new rector! I sense that God is about to do some great things at All Saints and in its wider community, and I am thrilled to be part of it. There’s no doubt in my mind that we are going to have a lot of fun growing together.

To give you some background about me, I received my Masters of Divinity from the University of Chicago Divinity School, with training in Anglican Studies from Seabury Western. I have a B.A. in Communication Arts from Warner Pacific College (now University), in Portland, and a post-baccalaureate degree in Philosophy from the University of Oregon. (Go Ducks!)

For the past four and a half years, I have been the rector of a growing, urban parish in Rockford, IL, part of the diocese of Chicago. My work in Rockford has given me the opportunity to share leadership in several significant outreach ministries, including a drop-in center for people who suffer from chronic mental illness and an arts outreach initiative. It is also a church with strong music and children and family ministry programs, which wonderfully accords with the strengths and goals of All Saints. 

My family consists of my husband, Jordan, whom I met at Warner, and our 2 year old son, Jacoby (Coby for short). My husband recently received his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible, also from the University of Chicago, and our son has the curiosity, energy and opinionatedness that you’d expect from someone his age. At this moment in time, he loves soccer and baseball, buses, trains and airplanes, and monsters. As a family, we enjoy camping, biking, swimming, paddle-boarding, playing music, and hanging out in interesting neighborhoods. We also eat a vegan diet, which should explain our frequent, future visits to the Laughing Planet across the street from the church. If you’re hosting a meal or event with food, please know I’m always happy to bring something vegan or provide ideas.

Another thing Jordan, Coby and I are looking forward to about this move is being closer to family. My parents and brother's family live in Portland on the Southeast side, and Jordan’s family lives in Chico, CA. The position at All Saints helps us fulfill a long desire to move back to the Pacific Northwest, which we consider to be home. Also catching a few more Timbers games won't hurt!

I'm really looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you. The time I spent with your Vestry and Search Committee was very meaningful, and I am grateful for their thoughtfulness, prayerfulness and devotion to and throughout this process.

When I arrive, please don’t hesitate to reach out to grab a cup of coffee or share a meal, and let me know if there’s anyone you’d like me to reach out to. I will be praying for you in the time leading up to my arrival. November 3rd will be here before we know it!


The Rev. Andria Skornik

Your stewardship letter and pledge card should have arrived in your mailbox last week. If you didn't receive one or need another, additional copies are available in the Narthex.

Bible Study Needs YOU!

Tuesday Morning Bible Study is NOW open to everyone, women AND men!

Join us as we explore A Journey Through Acts on Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. with social time and treats afterwards.

We look forward to seeing you!

A word from your deacon ...

We are gratefully accepting small hygiene products and other useful items year-round.
Currently we especially need shaving cream and razors. Please drop these off with Dn. Kathleen.  Feel free to ask me about current needs!

Thank you.
~ Dn. Kathleen
Check out this week's games at
Children's Bulletins by clicking 

This week's secret code for ages 3-6 is J60733
This week's secret code for ages 7-12 is BSZ721

* And find the Children's Bulletin in the basket
at the back of the Sanctuary every Sunday.
Thursday, October 11
5:00 p.m. JCWC Event
7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Friday, October 12
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed Ministry & Book Nook
6:30 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Saturday, October 13
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed & Book Nook
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Ministry

6:45 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Sunday, October 14
8:00 a.m. Holy  Eucharist, Rite I 
9:00 a.m. Chancel Choir Convenes
9:30 a.m. Adult Forum
10:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II 
10:15 a.m. Godly Play
11:45 a.m. Security Protocol Task Force
12:00 p.m. Family Choir Convenes
4:00 p.m. Youth Group

5:30 p.m. After Dark Cookies 

Monday,  October 15
10:00 a.m. Beginning Tai Chi
11:00 a.m. Tai Chi
7:30 p.m. I Chuan

Tuesday, October 16
9:30 a.m. Bible Study ~ Men & Women Welcome!
5:00 p.m. Banners

6:30 p.m. AA 
7:00 p.m. Vestry Meeting
7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Wednesday, October 17
6:00 p.m. Parenting Class
7:00 p.m. I Chuan

Thursday, October 18

9:00 a.m. Over the Hill Gang
3:30 p.m. Girl Scout ~ Craigmiles
7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:00 p.m. Rhododendron Society
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Parish Cycle of Prayer
Ken & Bettie Meeker; Jerry Meter & Chuck Ford; David & Sonja Miller; Deb Miller, Silvia; Anne Moorehead; Richard Morris; Peter & Esther Muiruri; Ruth Mumm; Matt & Mary Myatt.

Special needs, immediate concerns
Lisa Alan; Marjorie Ashcraft; Dn. George Goold, retired; Steve Heleba; Marjorie Lindquist; Dan Phillips (Micky Keiter's brother); Tanya ten Broeke; Guy Van Ortwick; Willie & Echo Wayman (friends of Susan Hanks); Kip (Mikki Wooldridge's grandson-in-law).

Repose of the Soul
Shirley Konigsburg (friend of Constance Hammond).
Ministry Schedule October 14, 2018
The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost —Year B

Rev. Dr. Robert Williams Celebrant & Preacher Rev. Dr. Robert Williams
Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch Deacon Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
  Dir. of Music & Organist Dr. James Denman
Ardis Weir Worship Leader Chris Broderick
  Lectors Chris Broderick; Nancy Carr
Ardis Weir Intercessor Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
Ardis Weir Eucharistic Minister Laurie McDowell
Peter & Esther Muiruri Ushers Bill & Jocelyn Cox
Peter & Esther Muiruri Greeters Michelle Waite
Mikki Wooldridge Coffee Hour Hosts Mary Earl
Lessons Appointed for The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost:

Amos 5:6-7,10-15
Psalm 90:12-17
Hebrews 4:12-16
Mark 10:17-31

You can find all the readings here:
View the Church Calendar here

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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