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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

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Season of Advent
Sunday, December 3 at 10:15 AM, All Saints’ Chancel Choir will present Advent Lessons and Carols as the Liturgy of the Word. Based on the same program that has been used at Kings’ College, Cambridge, for many years, this offering will be slightly abridged to consist of five scripture readings, each followed with a piece of music that in some way relates to or enlarges upon the reading. Our service will continue with celebration of the Holy Eucharist. The music will be rich and varied in style: you are certain to hear both new as well as familiar pieces. Plus, it will include several Advent hymns for the congregation to join in on. Your presence and participation will guarantee a rich and inspiring celebration as we greet the new year in the Season of Advent.
Advent Wreath Making 
December 3rd
In the Parish Hall between Services
All Welcome!!!
Your Mission:
Bring handheld pruners
Advent cuttings from your yard
A pie plate to hold your floral form
The Advent Wreath is a visual symbol marking the progress of the season of Advent. When used in private homes, the Advent Wreath provides a convenient focus for devotions at the time of the evening meal. The short form of An Order of Worship for the Evening, Prayer Book pages 109-112, is recommended.
Advent Soup Supper Series
~ Centering Prayer ~
with Bill Habel & the Rev. Deborah Hughes-Habel
Wednesdays, December 6, 13, 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!

A sign-up sheet for set-up, soups, and clean-up are on the table in the Parish Hall.
Join us for this Advent Series where we will discuss loving attentiveness, learn about prayer of the heart and sit quietly in God's presence.

Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to bring soups!  We still need people to sign up for bread, set-up and clean-up, please.

  • Sunday, December 3 - Advent Wreath Making between Services. 
  • Sunday, December 3 - Advent Lessons & Carols with Eucharist at 10:15 a.m.
  • Wednesdays, December 6, 13, 20 - Advent Soup Supper Series at 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 17, Christmas Pageant at 10:15 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 24, Family Christmas Eve with Eucharist at 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 24, Christmas Holy Eucharist with Carols at 10:30 p.m.
  • Monday, December 25, Christmas Day Holy Eucharist Rite 1 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 31, Christmas Lessons and Carols at 10:15 a.m.

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

Thanks to the efforts of Ardis Weir ordering new memorial plaques,
and the help of Darek Jenkins to put them up on the reredos in Our
Savior Chapel, five beautiful new plaques have been installed.
You are welcome to stop in to read them on either side of the crucifix
and to offer a prayer for those being remembered.

Thank you,
Mother Laura
At the annual Hot Meals Thanksgiving Meal on November 18,the Hat and Scarf Ministry gave the recipients 73 hats and scarves. The guests were very appreciative! 
It was a pleasure to spend time with the guests, many whom we know from previous Thanksgiving dinners. Ninety-one meals were served.
A special thanks to committee members who knitted and crocheted our gifts. At our recent meeting it was decided to continue with this project for another year. 
If you would like to be a part of our project, please let one of us know. If you want to learn to knit or crochet that option will be available in the spring of 2018.
Bev Curtis
Hygiene Items Needed ...

I am collecting hygiene items for our Hot Meals Christmas dinner. We urgently need approximately 50 additional items each of soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and deodorant.  

Please leave these donations outside my office door (next to kitchen). 


Dn. Kathleen
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
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, November 30
7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal 

Friday, December 1
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed Ministry & Book Nook
3:00 p.m. Lewis Elementary Cooking
6:30 p.m. After Dark Cookies 

Saturday, December 2
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed & Book Nook
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Ministry 

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

Sunday, December 3
8:00 a.m. The Holy Eucharist, Rite I 
9:15 a.m. Chancel Choir Convenes
9:30 a.m. Advent Wreath Making
10:15 a.m. Advent Lessons & Carols with Eucharist
10:15 a.m. Godly Play -- Holgate Tree Trimming
11:45 a.m. Chair Recovering

11:45 a.m. Building & Grounds Committee Meeting
12:30 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting

2:00 p.m. Girl Scout Group
4:00 p.m. Youth Group
5:45 p.m. After Dark Cookies

Monday, December 4
10:00 a.m. Beginning Tai Chi
11:00 a.m. Tai Chi
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts
7:00 p.m. Altar Guild Meeting
7:30 p.m. I Chuan

Tuesday, December 5
9:00 a.m. Staff Meeting
9:30 a.m. Women's Bible Study
11:30 a.m. Chair Recovering
5:00 p.m. Banners

6:30 p.m. AA

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

Thursday, December 7
8:45 a.m. Dental Van Ministry
7:00 p.m. After Dark Cookies
7:00 p.m. Portland Wheelman Touring Club
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Parish Cycle of Prayer  
Ruth Mumm; Matt & Mary Lynne Myatt; Belinda Nissen; Daniel & Meleah Noland; Susan Nunley; Joanne Osborn; Tami Perkins; Judith Perry; Mildred Petersen.

Special needs, immediate concerns  
Nancy Bateman; Dn. Kathleen Borsch; Susan Hanks; Sam Robertson; Rohingya People.
Ministry Schedule December 3, 2017
The First Sunday of Advent —Year A
Rev. Laura C. Truby Officiant Rev. Laura C. Truby
Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch Deacon Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
  Music Director & Organist Dr. James Denman
Ardis Weir Worship Leader Chris Broderick
  Lectors Joanne Osborn; Belinda Nissen; Chris Broderick; Laurie McDowell; Dn. Kathleen Borsch
Ardis Weir Eucharistic Ministers Chris Broderick; Warren Schafer
Peter Muiruri Ushers Ejy Agum & Bill Habel
Peter & Esther Muiruri Greeters Kathy Martin & Chris Broderick
Mikki Wooldridge Coffee Hour Hosts Geri Dash & Donna Woodruff
Lessons Appointed for the First 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")

  • Apocalypse:  From the Greek word apokalypsis, which means "unveiling" or "disclosing." Commonly thought to refer to unveiling the future, but many apocalypses unveil the deeper truths of the present situation, i.e., what God is doing underneath the human activity. Apocalyptic writings can be future-oriented and project where present trends are likely to end up. The "apocalyptic discourse" of Jesus in Mark 13 is a warning of the violence to come if his hearers continue on the course they have set.
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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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