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.
Social Ministries Report
Community Peace Award
The Interfaith Homelessness Network (IHN) earned the District 18 Community Peace Award for 2015. It was presented by state assemblymember Rob Bonta at a special awards ceremony. IHN was recognized for its work with the homeless through its April Showers program. All Saints parish is one of the founding members of IHN and continues to support April Showers through volunteer work, board membership, and bag lunch preparation. Congratulations!
Social Ministries Team meetings
The Social Ministries Team met several times over the past months in order to make decisions on disbursement of funds and to more clearly define the mission of the All Saints Social Ministries programs. As for disbursements, the team decided on the following:
- $250 to Sacred Space
- $250 to Reverend Karen's discretionary fund
- $250 to Deacon Pam's discretionary fund
- $100 to Durant Avenue Task Force in support of National Night Out
As for our mission, the team determined that acts of justice need to be more prominent in our mission. The following mission statement and call to action now define our way forward. They are posted in the Social Ministries section of our church website:
: Inspired by the Marks of Mission of the national Episcopal Church, the mission of the Social Ministries Programs of All Saints is the mission of Christ:
- To respond to human need through loving service
- To pursue justice, reconciliation, and peace
Our Christian Call to Action:
All Saints Social Ministries Programs strive to fulfill our understanding of the requirements and the vows of our Christian faith:
- Micah 6:8 asks: "And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?"
The Baptismal vow of the Episcopal Church asks: "Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?" and "Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?"
Taking the mission and call to heart, three team members joined SAVE (Soldiers Against Violence Everywhere) for a Saturday afternoon "stand-in" on an Oakland street corner to witness against the violence in the neighborhood. Stay tuned for more calls to action.
A wet winter is being forecast, and this is good news. However, for the homeless of our city, wet weather is problematic. Warming Centers will once again be opened under the direction of Building Futures with Women and Children. This year, All Saints will discuss the possibility of being one of the IHN member churches to provide shelter. The Social Ministries Team will be meeting to discuss, and will keep you informed.
Blessings to all,
Tom Breckenridge, Social Ministries Team Leader
Opening the Door To Possibilities: The Key is Your Generosity!
The year 2015 has been fruitful for us at All Saints. We've maintained our pledges and supported our fundraisers, participated in joyful and meaningful worship with terrific sermons, tended to each other's needs, shared our building with our neighbors, nurtured our children, learned from one another, and fed thousands.
Thanks be to God, who is with us in this transition time. And thanks to the faithful members who are contributing their time, talents, and financial resources. The Vestry, Finance Committee, and Search Committee have worked exceptionally hard this year - trimming expenses to keep our budget on track, mounting a search process, and preparing for the hiring of a permanent rector.
Now is the time for members and friends (who might become members) to contribute to our life together in 2016. The reality is:
All Saints needs about $250,000 in total income next year to maintain our current activities and to pay the salary and benefits of a full-time rector. .This represents an increase over last year of close to $50,000. We have 62 pledging households, as well as others who do not currently pledge. Pledge income is by far the largest item in our total income. We need everyone to be as generous as they can be this year.
DRAFT OF 2016 EXPENSES
CLERGY COMPENSATION $125,324
(full-time rector with required experience and health insurance)
OTHER COMPENSATION (secretary, musician, janitor) $ 32,781
CHRISTIAN LEARNING (nursery, youth ministry) $ 17,326
BUILDING (utilities, maintenance, insurance, taxes) $ 26,800
OPERATIONS (altar supplies, office supplies and technology) $ 16,100
OUTREACH (diocesan assessment, social ministries & food pantry) $ 32,900
INTEREST AND FEES (interest on note) $ 1,500
Our 2016 Pledge Drive is simple and short: We need a good estimate of our pledge income by November 1, 2015. Please make your pledge as soon as you feel ready to do so. If you did not receive a pledge card at worship or in the mail, please contact the office by phone or email and we will provide you with a card. Thank you very much.
By Claire Burke, Rector's Warden
Heartfelt appreciation goes out to everyone who helped make La Festa Italiana a success. Members and friends enjoyed a very festive evening in support of our parish.
TO OUR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS
Jeff and Joy Korst Thomas La France
Sue Leiga and Kathleen Waters Jack and Mary Kincaid
Cynthia Eaton and Jim Halligan Bill and Irene O'Hair
Maxine Sitts and Tom Breckenridge Brad Troutman
The All Saints Vestry Nancy Churchill
John Owens Richard Burke
Anna Libet and Mike Hanna Cimberly Eng-Tamura
Karen Taylor Brandon and Pat Maus
Ken Wright The Kriletich Family
Kathryn Hack Rev Karen Swanson
Larry and Connie Camp Mark O'Neill
Clyde and Allie Fralick Liz Berg
Gloria and Jack Strohm Jeanne Cochran
TO OUR CHEF Marco Berti
TO OUR AUCTIONEER Spike Connor
TO OUR MASTER OF CEREMONIES AND CONJUROR Jeff Korst
TO OUR MUSICIAN David Miotke
TO OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Heidi Marie Crespin
Leon's Hair Studio
Hawk's Cay Resort
Island City Opera
San Francisco Opera
Welcome to All God's Creatures!
On Sunday, October 4, your dogs, cats, rabbits, mice, etc. are cordially invited to come with you to church for a special blessing, a service focused on God's creation, and special snacks just for them. The service will be held in the Parish Hall at 10:15 a.m. If you cannot bring your pet, please bring a picture to share, and we will say a special prayer for him or her.
by Anne Phillips
Ladies, let's join together again!
The next meeting of the Women's Group will be on Tuesday, October 6 at 7:30 in the Nave Circle. Please come and share your thoughts, gifts, concerns and faith with each other in this time of quiet fellowship.
Two More Evenings of
Discussion and Learning
Deacon Pam Jester will continue leading a discussion on Biblical Justice on Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The class will begin by discussing "The Little Book of Biblical Justice" by Chris Marshall. The next two meetings are at the church and will be on October 1 and 8.
All Saints Pastoral Care Team
The All Saints Pastoral Care team provides a number of valuable services to members of our parish when there is a requested need or change in one's circumstances. Team members visit people in the hospital or those confined to their homes, provide rides to church, send cards to members when they are not feeling well or are having a birthday, call to follow up if someone returns home from the hospital, and bring Eucharist into the homes of those who cannot come to church. We have a wide range of skills, and are remarkably resourceful!
I would like to personally thank all those who have offered these compassionate acts of kindness and generosity over the last several months.
If you find you need a ride, or would like a visitor, a friendly phone call or have the Holy Sacrament of Eucharist brought to you, or any other requests or needs, please contact the church office at (510) 569-7020, or call Rev. Karen Swanson at (650) 200-8449, Anne Phillips at (510) 562-3856 or Lindsay Ralphs at (510) 410-7933. Blessings to you from our team.
And the Good Times Rolled!
On Sunday, September 27 the Rev. Dr. Katherine Ward celebrated her birthday in grand Louisiana style. Rev. Ward preached, weaving her thoughts about the lessons assigned for the day with sage wisdom garnered from her 81 years of living the Christian faith. Her joyful and hopeful words and presence were infectious. At the later service, Rev. Ward's friend Emma Borens filled the church with her powerful and heartfelt rendition of "Great is Thy Faithfulness." At the earlier service, she sang a meditative version of "Let Us Break Bread Together" during the administration of Holy Communion. Our own Liz Berg gave Rev. Ward two stunningly beautiful chasubles that she had made by hand for Katherine to wear when she leads services. More than 125 handkerchief waving church members and friends sang "O when the saints come marching in" as they marched from the church to either breakfast or lunch in the parish hall, both provided by Rev. Katherine. There friends of various ages and races mingled and chatted as they munched on food from New Orleans. Grits, egg casserole, and beignets were served for breakfast, while lunch featured gumbo, red beans with rice, succotash, jambalaya, bread pudding and birthday cake. Rev. Ward requested that instead of birthday gifts for her, those in attendance make a special gift to All Saints. In this way, Rev. Ward gifted the church with more than $2000.
Liz Berg Creates New Chasubles
Devoted parish member and fabric artist Liz Berg has hand made two lovely chasubles designed specifically to fit our petite priest member, the Rev. Dr. Katherine Ward. One chasuble was made for the long Pentecost season, a season which emphasizes our growth in Christ. Its green color with purple accents matches our frontal (table cloth for the altar) for the Pentecost season. The other chasuble is in festive white with varied textures and fabrics, and will be used for festal occasions like All Saints Day, Christmas, Easter, the Sundays of Easter, and weddings.
In addition to creating these lovely vestments, Liz turned down Rev. Ward's offers to reimburse her for expenses. For this reason, money donated to Katherine's birthday chasuble fund have gone instead directly to All Saints Episcopal Church. Thank you, thank you, thank you Liz!
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People's Warden: Connie Camp, email@example.com
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