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.
From Rev. Karen
Dear All Saints Friends,
I have been searching for words to tell you how full my heart is following the festivities marking the transition in our relationship from priest and people to friends. My heart is so full of your love that it is spilling over every which way. I will truly remember your kind words and your generous gifts forever. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Now you will have the joy of nurturing and growing your new identity with the guidance and support of Rev. Justin. How fortunate you are to have such an energetic and creative leader for the next part of your journey, and how fortunate he is to have all of you!
I will miss you, but I am also excited to see where God will lead me. I am confident that the year(s) ahead will be one(s) of growth and joy for me, because that is how our God is. I will pray in thanksgiving for you, as I hope you will pray in thanksgiving for me. If you like, feel free to contact me in a year, and we will have lunch.
With gratitude, delight, and much love,
Happy 2016 from your Rector's Warden
With a grateful heart, I remember the many expressions of faith in our parish community during 2015. Far from being a 'stand still and wait' interim year, 2015 was filled with faithful service. We raised funds and sent a delegation of our members to the Corazon house build in Mexico, with leadership from Bill and Irene O'Hair. We held a Vacation Bible School - our first in several years - led by Rev. Karen. We conducted a successful search for a new rector with the dedicated work of the Search Committee, led by Liz Berg and Lindsay Ralphs, and of the Vestry. We worshiped together with vibrant liturgies and homilies led with radiance and dignity by Rev Karen, Rev Katherine and Deacon Pam.
Those are just a few highlights of the past year. For a complete report of 2015's accomplishments, and to thank the many contributors to those accomplishments be sure to attend Annual Meeting following the 10:15 service on January 24. New Vestry members will be elected too, and Fr. Justin will be with us to share in our celebration of the year past as we begin to focus on the next chapter in our parish life.
Despite Fr. Justin's splendid qualifications to be our Rector and his passion to come to All Saints, he will nevertheless be the new kid on the block. Let all of us welcome him with open hearts and help him to feel at home right away!
May the Holy Family and all the saints bless us as our parish family continues to thrive. May we anticipate new growth in finding God's good purpose for us in the New Year.
Claire Burke, Rector's Warden
All Saints Annual Meeting
Be sure to put this date on your calendar.
Sunday, January 24, immediately following the 10:15 service in the parish hall.
A light brunch will be served.
Are you on Facebook? Guess what? All Saints is on Facebook!
Often, what happens at All Saints, stays at All Saints. We are in many ways, a closed group and if we are going to grow, we need to change that!
Think about it - if you were looking for a church, wouldn't you use Google to find out what churches were in your area? Wouldn't you then check Facebook to see what they are up to?
Social Ministries Report
by Tom Breckenridge
Food Pantry: The food pantry was a busy place over the holidays. At our four pantries in November and December, we welcomed 429 guests and fed over 1400 people - and gave away more than 200 chickens!
Warming Center: The Social Ministries Team approved a disbursement of $1,000 to purchase 13 relief beds - self inflating mattresses that are comfortable as well as easy to clean and store.
Building Futures with Women and Children purchased 12 more, so all Warming Center guests will now have comfortable respite from the cold and rain. All Saints provides dinner on Thursday nights that the center is open.
Contact me if you'd like to help out and thank you for your generous support that makes our outreach to the community possible.
by John Trubina
To all our wonderful friends, donors and volunteers.
It is that time of year, when we look back on our blessings. Sacred Space has been blessed throughout the year with wonderful supporters. From those who donate, to those who make sandwiches, to those who work directly with those in need.
We wish to thank each and every one of you for your continued support, prayers and love.
As we enter into the new year, may God bless each and every one of us and fill us with His love and compassion. May He bless all of those who are in need of his loving touch. May He guide us in this world of strife and place peace in our hearts.
Happy New Year. Wishing you and yours a very blessed year from all of us at Sacred Space.
Holy Hikes- Communion
with God's Creation
by the Rev. Justin R. Cannon
This past December, Bishop Marc and other leaders and laypersons from our diocese joined people from around the world in Paris, France, for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. This conference worked for a universal agreement to curb rising greenhouse gas emissions around the world. This work is very important as the relationship between humanity and the whole of God's creation is not just an environmental issue, but also a profound and important matter of faith. The Rev. Thomas Berry once wrote: "There is no such thing as 'human community' without the earth and the soil and the air and the water and all the living forms. Without these, humans do not exist. In my view, the human community and the natural world will go into the future as a single sacred community or we will both perish in the desert."
A true and lasting solution to the environmental crisis of our day must focus on the rebuilding of that single, sacred community. Manychurches have recycling programs, solar panels, and have worked to confront environmentally damaging practices that have become normative in our culture. These are very important and needed, but a relationship must go deeper. A relationship is about connection, and systematically our connection with the earth has diminished. For example, the norm in our culture has separated us from the source of our water and food. Thank God there are still farmer's market where we can buy locally grown food and meet the people who grow our food. I think the greatest problem, however, is just how much time we spend indoors. American author and journalist Richard Louv coined the term "nature deficit disorder" to give a name to this phenomenon (see his book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder
). But what can be done to restore our connection to the earth?
Just like any relationship, there must be time spent together. In this case, I believe we must find ways to wed our lives and the life of the church with the outdoors. How about a "Garden of Eden" movement with churches planting community gardens on their property? One priest in Marin County has expressed interest in a "Holy Bikes" outing. Whatever your outdoor passion, I suspect there are others who share that interest and would love to band together with you in bridging that interest and our faith. In 2010, I started a ministry in our diocese called Holy Hikes (www.holyhikes.org
). Each month we celebrate a stational Eucharist in the context of a hike, usually 2 or 3 miles long. We've done this on beaches, at Muir Woods, Golden Gate park, and have even held these liturgical hikes in the rain.
Outdoor ministries like this are one way of rebuilding this relationship, but it still is just a beginning. In what ways might God be calling us, in our daily lives, to restore our connection with the earth? It could be in small ways like spending time each day praying or meditating outdoors, setting a regular hiking or walking schedule for yourself, growing your own food, or changing your diet. I believe that we are called, both in large ways and small ways, to reorient our priorities toward the restoration of this relationship. What small step might you take today to work towards that "single sacred community" of which Fr. Thomas Berry spoke?
A Message from Deacon John Tribuna
As of December 27th it will be my last day of serving at St. Clare's. I have requested from the Bishop to leave St. Clare's after 4.5 years of serving as their Deacon. It has been a phenomenal journey with the members of St. Clare's church and will miss them tremendously.
I began discernment about a year ago and I felt the hand of God leading me to work with the homeless and poor and to serve Sacred Space with more time, energy and effort.
I am now able to go out and preach when invited by local churches, groups, not only Episcopal but of all faiths. I will be working closely with our sister churches in the Alameda and Southern Alameda Deaneries in bringing in more ministers, rabbi's and clergy to share in the serving at Sacred Space (Oakland and Hayward).
We are looking to possibly startup another Sacred Space to serve the poor and homeless in the Berkeley area. I have been asked by several people to look into this ministry there.
We will be doing more fund-raising, not only to purchase, food, clothing and assist in sheltering the homeless, but we are looking to purchase a van in which we can carry and store our supplies in.
I will be hosting the Ecclesia Ministry conference in November, 2016 in the Bay area for all those who serve on the streets. I have been asked to organize this big event in our area. This conference usually draws about 50-60 people from all over the country to explore with each other our street ministries.
If you would like more information, please contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or give me a call (415-517-5646)
I humbly ask for your prayers as I begin a new journey in my vocation. Thank you for your support and hope to see you at Sacred Space one day soon. It is a life-changing experience.
In Christ's Service,
Rev. John Trubina
In Memory of Gus Kriletich
The life of Gus Kriletich will be memorialized at St. Anthony's Church in Novato on Saturday, January 9. The service will begin with a rosary at 10:30 a.m. At 11 a.m. a mass in Gus' honor will be held. Following the mass, there will be a reception in the Parish Hall.
Gus was a longtime member of All Saints. He was actively involved in the Brotherhood of St. Andrew's which provided Thanksgiving and Christmas Day baskets as well as pancake breakfasts on Mother's Day and Back to School night. Gus also pursued a theological education, and was a thoughtful and intelligent leader in the congregation. Gus' beloved wife Claire preceded him in death.
In addition to the service in Novato, we will be celebrating his memory at All Saints in San Leandro on February 13 at 10:30 am. It will be followed by a light lunch in the parish hall.
Picture Days with Lifetouch
Many have signed up for Picture Days for our new church directory that will be coming out soon. Please don't forget your appointment to have your photo taken. The days are January 9th and 10th. Check the church office if you have forgotten your time slot.
It will be wonderful to have a new directory with new faces and "seasoned" ones too. As we settle in with a new year what better way to start than to have a new directory.
February Special Events
Be sure to mark your calendars for two very special events coming up in February.
On February 6, we are having our third annual pay to play game night at the church from 6:30 to 9:30. The cost is $10 per family which covers the cost of light after dinner snacks and the remainder going to the church. There will be board games, tables for conversation, and lots of fun fellowship and getting to know the families who attend All Saints. Also, this is an opportunity for you to bring a friend who might be looking for a church home or who just enjoys hanging out with people who are fun to be with. No babysitting - there will be games for little ones and enough grandmas and grandpas in the crowd to keep them safe and happy.
The second event takes place at the church on February 20. Those of you who have been around for a bit know what that means: The All Saints Church Annual Crab Feed! It is a major fundraising effort for the church. Do plan on coming to the party with all your friends. Because of the ongoing crab season closure, we are not sure yet what will be served, but know that the meal will be delicious and you will go home feeling happy and well satisfied. In the next few weeks, more news will come out as to what the theme will be and what needs to be done to make it a successful fund raiser.
This is from your friendly People's Warden and Newsletter Editor.
It's New Year's Day. People are partying still, watching football, taking naps, going for walks, hugging kids and grandmas.... and it is all good.
My heart is full after having read these articles and thought about all of you and all that we do at All Saints. For being on the smallish side, we are big thinkers and doers. I am proud to be a part of it all. I look forward to getting to know you better this year and pray that God bless you, each and everyone.
Church Office:email@example.com, 510-569-7020
Neighborhood Center: The Rev. 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, allsaintsepiscCopal@att.net
Rector's Warden: Claire Burke, email@example.com
People's Warden: Connie Camp, firstname.lastname@example.org
Care Team Leader: Anne Phillips, email@example.com
Newsletter Editors: Connie Camp, Claire Burke
Parish Musician: Dylan Snodgrass, firstname.lastname@example.org