All Saints Episcopal Church Newsletter
All Saints Episcopal Parish, San Leandro, California
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Whatever you believe, whatever your experience of organized religion has been and wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at All Saints.
SENIOR WARDEN'S REPORT: VESTRY RETREAT
Very dear friends,
All Saints Vestry had a productive time together at Bishop's Ranch from January 23 to 25. We enjoyed worshiping and meeting with other Vestries in our Southern Alameda Deanery. We enjoyed good food, lovely weather, and superb accommodations. We benefited from the inspiration and companionship.
What did we actually get done? We elected People's Warden Connie Camp, Treasurer Brad Troutman and Vestry Clerk Nancy Churchill.
We identified four goals to focus on this year as a Vestry:
*Create a structured welcoming response to visitors and new participants.
*Develop leadership and mentoring of new leaders.
*Improve the financial health of the parish.
*Increase our visibility and strengthen public relations.
Each of these goals has many facets, but all of them are based on our confidence that we are and will continue to be a loving and active congregation. One vestry member will concentrate on each of these goals and develop a team to work on it. Updates will follow!
Particular thanks go to Jeffrey Korst, who faithfully recorded all our deliberations, and to Joy Korst, who served as hostess extraordinaire at each of our meetings, keeping us supplied with caffeine and other necessities. Thank you, Jeff and Joy!
Pictured in Retreat Photo:
The Rev. Karen Swanson, The Right Rev. Marc Andrus, Sheila Andrus, Claire Burke, Connie Camp, Nancy Churchill, Jeff Korst, Joy Korst, Thomas La France, Bill O'Hair, Brad Troutman
Annual Crab Feed
Contact: Jack Kincaid, Adv. Chair
Tel: (510) 886-5157
43rd annual Crab Feed supporting the Community Outreach Programs of The Neighborhood Center at All Saints Episcopal Parish, 911 Dowling Blvd., at E. Merle Ct., San Leandro.
All-you-can-eat, fresh, cracked Crab (or Chicken) with appetizers, salad, pasta & dessert. (Delicious Vegetarian available by advance order)
Food! Fun! Prizes! Musical Entertainment! 'Western' Theme and Sing-a-long!
Adults $45, youth (8 to 12) $10(Chicken only), under 8 No Charge but seating must be arranged in advance. (Nursery is open with attendant)
Saturday February 28, 2015. Social Hour at 5:00 pm, Dinner at 6:00 pm.
Hurry! Seating is limited and always sells out.
For tickets, call Parish Office at 510-569-7020 or on line at www.saintsalive.net or in the Parish Hall on Sunday Mornings
The Neighborhood Center
at All Saints Church
As a new year begins, so does another exciting year begin for the Neighborhood Center!
I have been in the process of thinking of new ideas on how to promote the Neighborhood Center to our neighbors and small and big organizations.
Here is what is planned for this year!
I am creating a one stop booklet, containing pictures of all our rental spaces with descriptions, room sizes other pertinent information.
I am looking at marketing the Neighborhood Center to local organizations and groups and yes, even individuals through Craigslist, Wedding photographers, and so on.
A one stop Neighborhood Center booklet will be an easy marketing tool for groups and individuals in that everything a potential partner needs to know will be contained therein. It will include room sizes, suggested event venues, etc., along with a tear out application and rules for use of the Center. We hand out the booklet, and the potential clients can have everything in their hands that they need to make a decision.
I am working with Rev. Karen and Senior Warden, Claire Burke to include their ideas and input.
Contest: We are looking for a new Logo for the Neighborhood Center to use on a Partners Guide. The logo should represent our Faith and our desire to share our resources with the community. Please send ideas to: The Rev. John Trubina @ Deaconjt0604@comcast.net
Report from the Pastoral Care Team
Monthly meetings were held during 2014 with members of the All Saints Pastoral Care Team and Fr. Rob, and then with Rev. Karen. In late October we handed out a Pastoral Care Team Survey to determine who in the parish was interested in participating in Pastoral Care and in what capacity. The survey allowed members to volunteer to visit, call or send cards to other members, or prepare food for another household if necessary. There are now 18 members on the team.
We are working on an organizational framework for communicating parishioners' needs and team members' activity to keep our efforts efficient and adequate to the members' needs.
If you have a need, or have any suggestions for the Pastoral Care Team, please contact Anne Phillips, Lindsay Ralphs or Rev. Karen Swanson.
Tom Breckenridge, Social Ministries Team Leader
The Social Ministries programs have been roaring on, feeding thousands and spreading good spirit. It's time to see what more we can do. This is a call for an open meeting to hear your views on what's next. Are there other ministries we can provide to our community?
Proposed meeting time is Sunday February 22, 12:30 to 1:30 in the Fireside Room. Please contact me to join the discussion or just show up. Hope to see you there!
REPORT OF SEARCH COMMITTEE
Lindsay Ralphs and Liz Berg, Co-chairs
The committee has met 3 times and has begun the first steps of the discernment of what we are looking for. We have discussed the first four questions from the Ministry Portfolio amongst ourselves, and will continue at our next meeting. We will be taking this process to the congregation toward the end of February.
Ash Wednesday Services
The Ash Wednesday services at All Saints will be held on February 18 at noon and at 7:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday is a solemn day, characterized by prayer and sometimes fasting. Each service at All Saints will include the invitation to a holy Lent, a litany of penitence, and the priest making the sign of the cross on the forehead of those who participate. In addition, each service will include the more usual sermon and Holy Communion. The ashes of Ash Wednesday remind us of our mortality, and the liturgy as a whole encourages us to begin the Lenten tasks of personal reflection and amendment of our lives to become more whole, integrated people.
All Saints' Lenten study will begin on Wednesday evening, February 25 and conclude on Wednesday, March 25. Each session of the five week study will begin with compline at 7 p.m., continue with adult study, and conclude by 9 p.m. Childcare will be offered in the nursery. Please watch the Take Along for more information.
Women's Group at All Saints Anne Phillips
The Women's Spiritual Group and Men's Group stopped after Fr. Rob and Karla left last summer. I felt I wanted the Women's Group to continue, and many others felt the same way.
We have had two Women's Groups, one on December 2nd and one on January 6th. We have had 8-10 in the group each time, with a reading for meditation and discussion. It is a time for sharing and fellowship, supporting our spiritual growth. Our next group will meet on February 3rd from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room. We would love to have you join us!
Second Annual Game Night Feb 7
Come One, Come All! It's the second annual GAME NIGHT event at All Saints, in the Parish Hall from 7 to 9 on Saturday night, February 7. Bring the family, bring some friends and enjoy popcorn and apple cider while participating in various board games. Bridge, Canasta and other card games are also welcomed. If you have a favorite game you like to play, be sure to bring it along. Make it your night to have fun with friends and family at All Saints. Donations of $10 per family are gratefully accepted in the name of our All Saints 2015 budget, but don't let that stop you from coming. Call Connie or Larry Camp for any questions. We hope to see you there!
Request for Crab Feed
submitted by Ken Wright
We are about to celebrate our 43rd Annual Crab Feed on February 28th, 2015. There will be a raffle entertainment and all the crab you can eat. This will also be our 15th year with the raffle and have made $10,000 for All Saints Church. We did this because you folks have always come thru donating prizes. Here are a few suggestions you might consider:
*Overnight stay cabin
If you have prizes you would like to donate, please leave them with our secretary in the parish office. We thank you for your support.
Welcome to the family!
May we introduce you to the newest member of the SaintsAlive church family: Gideon Rook Strohm. He was born in the wee hours of January 30 to Gloria and Jack Strohm. Please keep her and the whole family in your prayers as she continues to recover. According to Mama, all is well and life is good. Praise be to God for this new little miracle in the life of our church.
We try our best to make sure our contact list is current. However, I sure there are changes that need to be made. If you know of someone who would like to receive the newsletter via email, please have that person contact either Claire Burke or myself (Connie Camp) or notify the church office. Thanks!
Church Office:email@example.com, 510-569-7020
Neighborhood Center: John Trubina,firstname.lastname@example.org
Please check the calendar for scheduled meetings and to see what spaces and times are available for a meeting you are planning. To add a meeting time and space to the calendar, contact John.
Priest: Reverend Karen Swanson, email@example.com
Rector's Warden: Karen Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org
People's Warden: Claire Burke, email@example.com
Care Team Leader: Anne Phillips, firstname.lastname@example.org
Newsletter Editors: Connie Camp, email@example.com; Claire Burke
Parish Musician: Dylan Snodgrass, firstname.lastname@example.org
Choral Leader: Thomas LaFrance,email@example.com