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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

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Fall Start-Ups

Sunday, September 10
  • Adult Forum begins
  • Sunday School Kickoff and Ice Cream Social after 10:15 a.m. service
  • Chancel Choir returns
Tuesday, September 12
  • 9:30 a.m. Bible Study begins
After much thought and hard work, our fence around the front lawn will be a reality! Fence construction has begun!
The Vestry voted and overwhelmingly agreed to the design proposal and the funding
expenditure.  Cornerstone Fencing Company has assured us that they can get the job done before August 27, in time for our All Parish Picnic. 
We will have an aluminum three-rail fence system that surrounds the entire front lawn. Each panel will be 6 feet wide and 4 feet high.  The posts will measure 2 ½” x 2 ½” and the pickets will measure ¾”  x  ¾”. This will ensure the strength of the fence to keep our little ones safe, both our children and the children of the Homestead preschool. The height of the fence will be slightly over 4'--approximately 51"-- because we would like a 3" gap between the ground and the bottom railing.  There will be two steel gates:  one 4’ and one 16’.  These gates will have an arched scroll design.
The fence is being paid for from four sources:  Homestead Preschool, the Gruggen Fund, the Memorial Fund, and the Endowment Fund. A lot of time and energy went into making this project happen and I’d like to thank the fence committee members, the executive committee, the finance committee, the endowment committee, and the Vestry for their consideration, ideas, and advise.

~Laurie McDowell, Senior Warden
Good morning Mother Laura.
On behalf of Fountain Gateway Church family, I would like to thank you, the vestry, and the entire All Saints congregation for your kindness, love, and hospitality. When we came knocking at your doors, not only did you open your doors but you went out of the way to help us birth our vision of planting a Kenyan congregation in the PDX area. You will forever feature in the story of our humble beginning. Our special thanks go to brother Chuck who initiated the whole process.

We'll forever be grateful for your congregation for the love and support you've accorded us since we came knocking at your doors.
We love you all and will always pray for you.
Pastor Isaac Kangara
Special thanks to Senior Warden's son Scott McDowell and his friend Eric for moving the bike rack to its new location and giving it a sturdy, neat installation!
The rack had to be moved in order to install our new fence.  The new location can be overlooked from the Parish Hall and allows users to keep an eye on their bikes.
Thank you Scott and Eric!  
Needed: Ministry of the Lamps

Corey Banfield, who recently moved away to take  a promotion, was the volunteer who kept all the lights working. There are 634 lamps (the correct term) in and outside of the church. Every month about three burn out. The secret ministry maintains the lamp inventory and replaces bad lamps. It does require using all 3 of our various step ladders. Chuck Martin will provide all details and provide training, as needed. Thank you,

Judy Clark



We need a cook for hot meals for the third Saturday of August to take the place of Ena Weik this month. Nancy Patrick, recovering from back surgery, would be able to work with and help plan the meal itself. We want to keep our program constant for our guests. Please contact Nancy or the church office if you are able to help fill in on August 19th. We would be most grateful. 

Mother Laura 

Vestry Openings

Two of our valued Vestry members have recently had job-related moves:  Amelia Brooks and Corey Banfield.  

We are looking for two new persons to fill out the remaining time left for the Class of 2017 and the Class of 2019. 

If you might be interested in learning more about what it means to serve on the Vestry, please speak to Mother Laura, one of the Officers, or a member of the Vestry.  They are pictured in the glass case in the entryway (Narthex).  Please let one of us know if you would like to be considered for this position.

Thank you,

Mother Laura


Most people are current on their Financial Pledges. We appreciate it so much, especially during the summer months! Thank you!
The Parish Profile Survey is nearly ready for your input.
  • Those who attend the 8:00 a.m. Rite I service may complete the survey on August 20 at 9:00 a.m. Childcare will be provided.
  • Those who attend the 10:15 a.m. Rite II service may complete the survey on September 24 at 11:30 a.m.  Childcare will be provide.
Your input is greatly valued and will help guide us as we seek our new priest.  
Thank you,
Ardis Weir


Our end-of-summer Outdoor Service is planned for Sunday, August 27 at 10:30 a.m. Seating provided on pavement.

The All Parish Picnic will start after the service, and there will be games for the children!

One service only. 

Some thoughts on our Outdoor Service and Picnic ...
We've all been there: the traffic sounds disrupting, the children's voices distracting, the weather imposing. Outside worship is so different than when it is within the quiet of our sanctuary.
Some tips on making our outdoor service a beautiful expression of our faith:
  • Accept that noise is part of our outdoor service and picnic.
  • Call to mind the living, breathing, feeling human beings behind the noise and wish them well.
  • Let the noise be a sort of secondary focus of our worship. If you stop hearing the noise as the enemy of worship and instead see it as part of our fuller experience, then noise can become the holy hum of our lives.
Hopefully, realizing this will make noise just another part of our experience, like the feeling of grass beneath our feet, or like our breath in song, or like the warmth in our heart.
100 padded black chairs were donated in 1998 or 1999 to replace the metal folding chairs we were using. About 94 of them remaining, and only about 7 have intact seat covers.  

Your help is needed to recover the seats of the black chairs in the parish hall. No experience needed. If you think you may be interested in helping with this "hands-on" project, please email or speak with Mary Earl [
bymaryearl (@)].

Thankfully yours, Mary 
Sunday schedule for greeters to welcome visitors and guests:

Aug. 13: Elizabeth Allen
Aug. 20: Deb Miller
Aug 27: Chris Broderick

Thanks again for your participation. It's been going well so far and I think you will find it enjoyable to connect with newcomers. If you have any questions, just ask myself or Kathy Martin. If a conflict comes up and you have to change your schedule, please contact me via email.
Thank you,
Chris Broderick
Friday, August 11
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed

Saturday, August 12
11:00 a.m. Mustard Seed
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals

Sunday, August 13
8:00 a.m. The Holy Eucharist: Rite I
10:15 a.m. The Holy Eucharist Rite II

Monday, August 14
8:30 a.m. Cook First Camp
11:00 a.m. Tai Chi at All Saints
7:30 p.m. I Chuan

Tuesday, August 15
8:30 a.m. Cook First Camp
5:00 p.m. Banners
6:30 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Vestry Meeting

Wednesday, August 16
8:30 a.m. Cook First Camp
7:00 p.m. I Chuan

Parish Cycle of Prayer  
Mildred Petersen; Lucille Pierce; Rev. Liz Powers & Sam Robertson; Pat Roach; Becky Sanchez, Cassandra, Alexandra; Warren & Jen Schafer; Diane Scott, Scott Collins.

Special needs, immediate concerns  
Judy Clark; Steve Hiscoe; Richard Morris; Cindy Van Ortwick; Nancy Patrick.
Ministry Schedule August 13, 2017
The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost —Year A, Proper 14
             8:00 a.m.                                                                                           10:15 a.m.
Rev. Laura C. Truby Celebrant & Preacher Rev. Laura C. Truby
Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch Deacon Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
  Dir. of Music & Organist Dr. James Denman
Ardis Weir Worship Leader Noah Kilian
Mary Camman; Deona DeLong Lectors Noah Kilian; Elijah Kilian
Ardis Weir Intercessor Rev. Dn. Kathleen Borsch
Ardis Weir Eucharistic Ministers Noah Kilian; Warren Schafer
Peter & Esther Muiruri Ushers Bill & Jocelyn Cox
Peter & Esther Muiruri Greeters Laurie McDowell
Mikki Wooldridge Coffee Hour Hosts Rev. Liz Powers & Pat Roach
Lessons Appointed for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost:
You can find all the readings  here:


   News from the Diocese . . .

SAFE Church

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

  • Safeguarding God’s Children
  • Preventing Sexual Harassment and Exploitation
September 30, St. John the Baptist, Portland 
October 21, St. Stephen's, Portland

How do I register for SAFE Church?

 Click here to go to the online registration. 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.

Register Now for Convention
Registration is now open for all delegates, clergy, and visitors, and will be processed by Eventbrite. Click here to register.
September 30 is the deadline for registration.
More details, including hotel information, how to register as an exhibitor, and a brief proposed agenda are on our website.
Other Convention notes:
The deadline for proposing Resolutions of Policy is July 29.
The Rev. Nancy Gallagher is leading the Nominating Committee for the open diocesan positions. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, go to our Convention page for position descriptions and nomination forms.
Learn more about Convention.
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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