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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, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth:
Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Happy Lunar New Year!

The year of the Rooster will be upon us on Jan 28!  To welcome the lunar new year along with the continued wishes and blessings of 2017, please join us for a small celebration embracing all of the good things to come! 

Special coffee hour Chinese pastries and delicacies will be shared with all after the main service on Jan 29th.


Ena Weick

Crackin' Crab Feast
     at All Saints Episcopal Church

     On Saturday, Feb. 4th.
Two seatings are available: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the church hall on 4033 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland.

The annual event has been a huge hit for those who love crab and like to have a good time with family and friends. A bargain at $37.50, the meal comes with fresh crab, salad and bread. A cash bar is available as well, and children 6 and under eat free with a mac & cheese option. All proceeds support All Saints outreach ministries.

For tickets or more info, go to or call Nancy at 916-202-7132.

Pajama Candlemas Service:

Thursday, February 2, 2017, 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel for children and their families. Crêpes, hot chocolate, and popcorn in the library following.
Opportunity for Holy Baptism

Holy Baptism is scheduled to take place on Easter Day, April 16. The Day of Pentecost, Sunday June 4, and the All Saints Sunday, November 5, are also recommended times for Baptism.  If you would like to learn more, please speak with Mother Laura. 

Confirmation Classes for Youth and Adults on Sundays and Wednesdays!
In order to accommodate other commitments, we will be offering three classes on both Sundays and on Wednesdays in the rector's study.  These will last for 45 minutes to no more than 1 hour each.

Please attend whichever day and time best fits your schedule!

Wednesday, February 1 - we meet at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 29, and February 5 - we meet at 9:15 a.m.

This is a time of inquiry and discernment for both young people and for adults of any age.  Those who decide they want to be confirmed will be prepared for the event when Bishop Michael Hanley comes to All Saints on Sunday, February 19th. It is a meaningful experience!

~ Mother Laura

Our love and sympathy to Francine Titherington who has been caring for her husband Jim so faithfully through his long illness. Condolence cards and calls are welcome.

Jim Titherington, passed away on Wednesday, January 25 at home in the late morning.  No arrangements have been made at this time.

May his soul, and the soul of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

~ Mother Laura
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. The Bishop's Visitation is an opportunity for Baptism, Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation.  We hope to have our new altar dedicated by Bishop Michael, as well as to have him bless our new Meditation Garden during his time with us.
Our Annual Meeting Elections

At our annual meeting, held on January 22nd, the following persons
were officially elected by the body:

Vestry Class of 2020:
Corey Banfield, Jacob Mathai, Deb Miller, Ena Weik

Jerry Meter will continue to attend the Vestry meetings
in his role as Treasurer.

Delegates to Diocesan Convention/Metro-East Convocation:
Nancy Carr, Ron Jones, Laurie McDowell

Alternate Delegate:
Shirley Jones

Endowment Committee:
Class of 2021:  Ardis Weir

Nominating Committee 2017: (by appointment of Rector)
Judy Heverly, Chris McClave, Ken Meeker

Elections Made by our New Vestry following the Annual Meeting:

Junior Warden:  Judy Clark
Vestry Clerk:  Mary Earl

Recognitions and Appreciations:

At our Annual Meeting, the following persons were
acknowledged by Rev. Laura Truby for their contributions:

Pat ten Broeke - for her 10 years of leadership of the Tuesday Bible Study.

Cris Breshears - for her extra efforts to prepare our annual meeting booklet
under the adverse circumstances of loss of work time because of snow days.

Bill Cox - for concluding 4 years of service as Chair of the Endowment Committee.

Mary Earl - for her 2 years of leadership of our Prayer Shawl Ministry.

Craig Gibson - for the knowledge and experience he brought to the Vestry the past three years.

Laurie Herr - a new member who will now serve as an At-large member of our
Finance Committee.

Sue Hiscoe - for her work to complete all our required background checks.

Chuck Martin - for the significant work he accomplished to acquire new building
users as our Building Use Coordinator.

Kathy Martin - for her leadership in Outreach that culminated in the adoption of
our expanded Mission Statement as a Believe Out Loud Congregation.

Sonja Miller - for her excellent leadership of our Finance Committee.

Ardis Weir - gratitude for her continuing to serve as the Director of the Altar Guild.

For our Officers - Laurie McDowell, Sr. Warden; Judy Clark, Jr. Warden; and Jerry
Meter, Treasurer, for their exceptional work individually and as a team.

Thank you all,

Mother Laura
To Obtain a Copy of our Annual Meeting Booklet

Please contact our Administrative Assistant, Cris, at the church office, or Mother Laura. 
Extra copies can be printed as needed.
Thank you to all who submitted such fine reports of the ministries that took place in 2016.
Senior Warden Annual Report 2017
Good Morning!
     All Saints is an amazing community of people!  We are growing and living out God’s message of hope and love in everything we do here in our Woodstock neighborhood and in our city of Portland.  Every member of the congregation is contributing in many ways.
     This Annual Meeting marks the beginning of our last year with Mother Laura before she retires next December.  I think we can all agree that her time with us has been uplifting and we are blessed to have her with us.  We also have been blessed with the presence of Deacon Kathleen and our choir director/organist Jim Denman, who, along with Mother Laura, enrich our worship and bring their experience, knowledge, and dedication in service to All Saints each week.
     I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve as your Senior Warden this last year.  It was fun! It gave me a chance to observe our church family at All Saints as we shined the light for others to follow…”let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven,” Matthew5:16.  And your light was bright indeed.
Here’s an idea of just some of the projects, events, and community outreach we accomplished this past year:
  • Roof repairs were made which allowed us to postpone, temporarily, the total replacement of the flat roof.  This gives us the opportunity to begin a capital funds drive, which with the help of a loan from the Diocese, will get that roof repaired so others down the line won’t have to.
  • Old and new building users are paying rent-always a good thing-and we’re planning on using 20% of the revenue to help with the capital funds drive.
  • We have a new altar being designed and built and will be installed in time for the Bishop’s visit in February.
  • We became a “Believe Out Loud” parish, welcoming all people to worship with us.
  • A lot of folks volunteered to help with the Great Mustard Seed Flood of 2016.  This helped save us some money, allowing the clean-up company to get right to work.
  • Hot Meals and the Dental Van continue to provide much needed support for our community.
  • The parish website is kept up to date—have you looked at it recently?—thanks to our webmaster, Jerry Meter. 
     We as a Vestry strive to be transparent with our finances, our communication, and our open meetings. I hope you know that Vestry meetings are open to all members of All Saints.  If you have a matter to bring to our attention, please contact us to get on the agenda. And please know, if you have questions or concerns, bring them to the attention of M. Laura or a member of the Vestry.
     We not only met, but exceeded our budget expectations for the year.  Thank you everyone!  The Vestry is continually working to reduce operational costs and look for ways to generate revenue from new building users.  Your Vestry continues to be excellent stewards of our treasures.
     As is customary each year, we have to say goodbye to our retiring Vestry members:  Craig Gibson, and Jerry Meter.  Each one has done excellent work during their time as Vestry members.  They have shown by example throughout their tenure what it means to fully participate in a mutual ministry.  They have consistently given their time and talent to all aspects of life at All Saints.  I know Craig will continue to volunteer for projects as he always has.  And while Jerry will not be continuing as a Vestry member, I want to personally thank Jerry for staying on as our treasurer, a calling he absolutely loves! Jacob will return for a full three year term.  In the coming year, I look forward to continuing to work with returning members: Elizabeth Allen, Chris Broderick, Amelia Brooks, Judy Clark, Ruth Mumm, and our secretary, Mary Earl.  I also am looking forward to welcoming the new Vestry class: Jacob Mathai, Deb Miller, Ena Weick, and Corey Banfield. Welcome aboard, and thanks to each of you for your willingness to serve and help lead us through the coming times of transition, roof replacement, and growth.
     Thanks to each of you, my friends, for the support you have given our Vestry and our church home during this past year.  Let’s look forward to 2017 with hope and optimism. Exciting, fulfilling times await all of us at All Saints.  Hang on tight!
Mustard Seed

As a special outreach to the poor and marginalized in our community, the Mustard Seed donates what doesn't sell in the shop to The Gospel Mission and to the St. Francis of Assisi. These gifts are then freely given to those in need. Thank you for your continued donations to the Mustard Seed so we can help support our community as well as the greater Portland area. 

The Friday before our big snow storm, our Mustard Seed crew took 5 bags of clothing to the Union Gospel Mission in downtown Portland.  The bags included winter coats, sweaters, pants, socks and a couple blankets that have not sold at the shop.  Several of the homeless men helped unload the bags.  They were very appreciative.  A big thank you to Mikki Wooldridge and her crew!!  Very timely.

Hot Meals needs 3-4 people to assist on Third Saturdays!  There are 2 shifts that need 2 people each.  9am to 11am is to  help set-up.  11:30am to 1pm is to help clean-up.  Please call Nancy Patrick at 971-271-1339 or call Church office and leave a message.

Also, the Oregon Food Bank values volunteer hours at $21.95 times the total volunteer hours for this. $21.95 is the nationally accepted standard. Using this figure and our 2668 hours of volunteering with Hot Meals, the value of service comes to $58,562.60. Wow!
Seeking Wellness: Keep It Simple Sister

May 20th 2017 St Paul’s Episcopal Church 1440 Liberty St. SE Salem Oregon Episcopal Church Women, in the Diocese of Oregon, are inviting you to hold the date of May 20th for an exciting spirituality day called “Seeking Wellness: Keep It Simple Sister”. This event is open to all women.

The focus will be on spiritual and physical health. Our keynote speaker will be noted author and lecturer Elaine Sanchez. There will also be a variety of spiritual and relevant workshops.

The cost of event, which includes luncheon and snacks, is $25.00. Pre-registration is required. More information along with the registration forms will be available in the next few months. If you have any questions, please feel free to call: Elizabeth Loring 503-364-4379
Mark Your Calendars with these Important Dates:

Confirmation Classes:
Sundays, January 29 and February 5 at 9:15 a.m. and
Wednesday, February 1 at 5:00 p.m.

Crackin' Crab Feast: February 4, 5:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m.

Bishop's Visitation & Meeting with Vestry: February 19, 2017, 8:30

These are the recommended upcoming dates for Holy Baptism:
January 8 - The Baptism of our Lord Sunday
April 15 - The Great Vigil of Easter - 8:00-10:00 p.m.
April 16 - Sunday of the Resurrection, Easter Day - 10:30 a.m.
June 4 - Day of Pentecost
November 5 - All Saints Sunday

SAFE Church


February 11, 2017, 8:30 a.m. at Christ Church in Lake Oswego

SAFE Church Trainings provides awareness in the areas of sexual conduct and sexual abuse issues for both employees and volunteers working within the congregations and organizations of the Diocese of Oregon.

We currently offer two different programs that have been developed by the Church Pension Group:

  • Safeguarding God’s Children
  • Preventing Sexual Harassment and Exploitation

Who should attend and why?

In striving to live out our Baptismal Covenant we are called to respect the dignity of every human being. As the people of God in the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon we are committed to the safety of all God’s people. This recommendation outlines who is required to attend which of the training sessions.

How do I register for SAFE Church?

To request a training, please use the training request form.

The link to registration is on the right-hand menu. After you have made certain you have supplied all of the requested information, submit your registration by clicking on the “Submit” button. You should receive a response saying your registration has been submitted. You will not receive further confirmation.

Please Note: The deadline for registration is 12pm on the Tuesday preceding the scheduled training. Additional registrations will be accepted, but trainings that do not have at least 12 people pre-registered by 12pm on the Tuesday before the scheduled trainings will be cancelled. If we have to cancel a training, those who have pre-registered will be notified of the cancellation.

Prayer for the President of the United States and all in Civil Authority

O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world: We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that, being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to the President of the United States, the Governor of this State (or Commonwealth), and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
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!
Friday, January 27
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed
8:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Saturday, January 28
9:00 a.m. Vestry Retreat at Bishop's Close
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals -- Youth

8:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Sunday, January 29
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:15 a.m. Confirmation Class
9:30 a.m. Choir Convenes
10:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II 
12:00 p.m.  Family Choir 

Monday, January 30
11:00 a.m. Tai Chi Practice
7:30 p.m. I Chuan

Tuesday, January 31
9:00 a.m. Staff Meeting
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, February 1
9:00 a.m. Suzuki Violin Lessons
10:00 a.m. Basket-Weaving
5:00 p.m. Confirmation Class
7:00 p.m. I Chuan
8:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Thursday, February 2
8:45 a.m. Dental Van
2:00 p.m. Suzuki Violin
6:30 p.m. Candlemas with Cocoa and Crepes
7:00 p.m. Portland Wheelman Touring Club
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir
8:45 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Parish Cycle of Prayer
Christopher Williams; Kim Woodhouse; Earl & Donna Woodruff; Mikki Wooldridge;
Sara Zito.

Special needs, immediate concerns
Amelia Brooks; Patrick Holland; Jean Klemsen; Barbara Liniger; Scott McDowell; Richard Morris; Tami Perkins & Lily Dietz; Millie Peterson; Bill Stewart; Francine Titherington; Ardis Weir; Bob Wilson.

Repose of the Soul
Harold Leahy, father of Jude Leahy; Jim Titherington.
Ministry Schedule January 29, 2017:
The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany—Year A
Rev. Laura C. Truby Celebrant & Preacher Rev. Laura C. Truby
Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch Deacon Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
  Director of Music & Organist Dr. James Denman
Ardis Weir Worship Leader Miriam Lain
Mary Camman, Jacob Mathai Lectors Miriam Lain, Nancy Carr
Ardis Weir Intercessor Johanna Burgess
  Eucharistic Ministers Miriam Lain, Warren Schafer
Peter & Esther Muiruri Ushers Steve & Sue Hiscoe
Peter & Esther Muiruri Greeters Kathy Martin
Mikki Wooldridge Coffee Hour Hosts Laurie McDowell
Lessons Appointed for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany You can find all the readings 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 a.m.
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

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