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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

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Adult Forum

Please join us for an informal Gospel-based conversation in the Guild Room continuing this Sunday September 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

The Shawl Ministry
will be meeting
this Sunday, September 23,
at 11:45 a.m. 
Please join us!
Welcome To Our New Rector
The Vestry is delighted to announce that, after a prayerful search, our new rector, Rev. Andria Skornik, will join us beginning November 1, 2018.  Her first official service will be November 4. 

Please welcome the Reverend Andria Skornik and her family to our church family.  Rev. Andria, her husband Jordan, and their sweet little son, Coby, are coming to us from the Chicago area, happily returning to her roots here in Portland.

Stay tuned for welcoming events, the Installation Service officiated by the Bishop, and getting to know each other as we continue our journey in our parish life.
~ Laurie McDowell, Senior Warden

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

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. Our first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 1, 2018.

We look forward to seeing you!
A Note From Your Treasurer
It has been almost 10 months since we transferred our Church Funds to Advantis Credit Union and since that time, we have undergone discussions with them regarding our Church Members being able to make their pledge payments on line. 

That process has turned out to be a most complex one and would involve divulging Church Account Numbers in order to have funds transferred from an individual account to our General Fund Account in order to make a pledge payment. This would also be difficult for us to track who has made a specific transfer in order for us to give them credit for making a pledge payment.  We are not comfortable giving out Church Account Numbers and incurring additional costs in making this happen. 

Most, if not all, banking institutions have some type of bill payment system in place where you can go and have a recurring payment sent to All Saints Episcopal Church and have them directly send us a check to deposit. There is no cost to do this and it gives us the ability to track who has sent the payment and update your pledge record. Many of our church members currently utilize this method of pledge payment including your Treasurer. It works well, and I never have to worry about my pledge payment being sent to All Saints. I can change the amount any time I like just by logging into my bank’s website and accessing the bill pay section. 

If you have been wanting to pay your pledge payments on line, we encourage you to utilize this method of payment. I would be very happy to answer any questions you may have if you are not certain this would be a good way for you to make a pledge payment.  As always, we are most grateful for your support and generosity in contributions to All Saints.  Thank you.
Most respectfully submitted,
Jerry Meter, Treasurer
As you may have heard, our search for a new rector has been successful. Thank you so much for your prayers, patience, and support as we went through the process. A new chapter in the All Saints story will soon begin and we owe many thanks to our church family, Mtr Laura, and Fr Bob as we begin this exciting next step.
Although we can’t divulge any pertinent information till mid-September, I can tell you that this call was unanimously agreed to by our Vestry. Details have been worked out, the Diocese is thrilled with our choice, and in a just a few short weeks, we will be introducing our new rector.
Thank you, one and all!
Laurie McDowell, Senior Warden
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.
Do you want to know how to use your gifts in service to others?
Do you want to get more actively involved in Parish life?
Plan on attending the All Saints Ministry Fair on Sunday, September 30.
Learn about the many ministries at All Saints.  You’ll discover:
  • What makes our Parish tick,
  • What exciting opportunities are waiting for you, and
  • How your time and talents can be part of this amazing community!
You can make a difference—See you there!
It’s the Great All Saints Pasta Feed!
Please join us for the Great All Saint’s Pasta Feed on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m.
All Saints Episcopal Church will be hosting a Pasta Get Together for us and for all friends and folks who share our building – Homestead PreSchool, Johnson Creek Watershed, Portland Wheelmen, The Rhododendron Society, The Scouts, and all the other groups who are part of the All Saints Family.
Please join us for an evening of fun, food, festivities and live music!  Suggested donation $10, $8.50 for seniors and students. Purchase your tickets here!
Coffee Hour Needs Your Help!
Many thanks to our retired coffee hour coordinator, Donna Woodruff.  After many years making sure we enjoyed hot coffee and sweets every Sunday, Donna is ready to move on to other ministries. 

ECW is looking for a new person to continue this fine ministry.  Please ask the coffee hour hosts behind the counter how you can get involved. You can be the new coordinator—lots of great helpers willing to train you and/or you can be a coffee hour host along with a partner.  You generally serve one Sunday a month.  This is a great way to get to know folks!

Speaking from experience, I find it a most pleasant task.  I host every fifth Sunday along with Deb Miller after the 10:15 service.  There is a bit of set up before the service, such as making sure there is enough coffee made and the sweets are ready to display—about 9:45 to 10:00 am.  Deb and I then attend the service and after the Eucharist, we head back into the kitchen to set everything out.  I can tell you it is a pleasure to visit with folks as they come through the line after the service!

There’s a bit of clean up to be done after the coffee hour, but it is minimal and does not take long.  A bit of stacking dishes and running the dishwasher, a bit of wiping down counters and tables, and a bit of rinsing out the coffee pots.
Join us, won’t you?

Laurie McDowell


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 BNV435
This week's secret code for ages 7-12 is HGDC98

* And find the Children's Bulletin in the basket
at the back of the Sanctuary every Sunday.
Thursday, September 20
8:30 a.m. Dental Van Ministry
9:00 a.m. Over the Hill Gang
3:30 p.m. Girl Scout Meeting: Craigmiles
6:30 p.m. Girl Scout Meeting: Davis
7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:00 p.m. Rhododendron Society
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Friday, September 21
8:00 a.m. Homestead Event
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed Ministry & Book Nook
4:00 p.m. JCWC event
6:30 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Saturday, September 22
9:30 a.m. Parenting Class
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed & Book Nook
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Ministry ~ Youth

6:45 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Sunday, September 23
8:00 a.m. Holy  Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 a.m. Family Choir Convenes
9:30 a.m. Adult Forum
10:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II ~ Youth Sunday
11:45 a.m. Shawl Ministry

5:30 p.m. After Dark Cookies 

Monday,  September 24
11:00 a.m. Tai Chi
7:30 p.m. I Chuan

Tuesday, September 25
5:00 p.m. Banners
6:30 p.m. AA 
7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Wednesday, September 26
7:00 p.m. I Chuan

Thursday, September 27

7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Parish Cycle of Prayer
Nancy Janecek; Jann Jasperse; Darek Jenkins; Matthew Johnston & Dawn Odell, Alex, William; Ron & Shirley Jones; John & Micky Keiter; Kris & Liz Kelly-Campanale, Ava.

Special needs, immediate concerns
Marjorie Ashcraft; Bishop Michael Curry; Bev Curtis; Dn. George Goold, retired; Steve Heleba; Jan Jaspers; Marjorie Lindquist; Belinda Nissen; Tanya ten Broeke; Guy Van Ortwick; Willie & Echo Wayman (friends of Susan Hanks); Fr. Bob Williams; Kip (Mikki Wooldridge's grandson-in-law).

Repose of the Soul
Loie Nissen.
Ministry Schedule September 23, 2018
The Eighteenth 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
Nancy Janecek Worship Leader Noah Kilian
Jen Schafer; Ardis Weir Lectors Noah Kilian; Belinda Nissen
Nancy Janecek Intercessor Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
Nancy Janecek Eucharistic Minister Chuck Martin
Peter & Esther Muiruri Ushers Steve Heleba & Nancy Patrick
Peter & Esther Muiruri Greeters Mary Earl; Youth
Mikki Wooldridge Coffee Hour Hosts Cindy Van Ortwick; Barbara White
Lessons Appointed for The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost:

Jeremiah 11:18-20
Psalm 54
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
Mark 9:30-37

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!

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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