Saints Alive! 
All Saints Episcopal Church Newsletter
February 2016
All Saints Episcopal Parish, San Leandro, California 
In This Issue
 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.
Pastoral Care, Sacraments, and more!
Dear Saints,
In this newsletter, I want to focus on pastoral care and other sacramental services that are available to you such as anointing of the sick, the rite of reconciliation (private confession), premarital counseling, etc. These are all areas in which I have not only been trained, but have gained substantial experience in the time I served as priest-in-charge and then vicar at my former congregation.
I consider pastoral care to be one of the most important parts of my call as your priest and pastor. Pastoral care does not just mean being present for you when there is a death or crisis, but forging a pastoral relationship to nurture you in your spiritual journey so there is a foundation of connection, rapport, and support when life's surprises strike. I'd be glad to visit your family for dinner, to meet with any of you for lunch or coffee, or a more formal meeting in my office. Email me at or text/call me at 510-516-1182 to schedule a time to meet.
I also want you to know that there are sacramental rites that are available to you, which are all found in the Book of Common Prayer. Anointing for the sick (BCP, p453) is not just for when one is dying, but for anytime that we wish to seek God's healing grace. I will offer anointing at the noontime Celtic Earth Mass, but I can also come to your home or the hospital to offer this sacrament.
Another sacramental rite that is always available, but so often forgotten is the Rite of Reconciliation (BCP, p447), also called the Sacrament of Confession or known as private confession. If there is something weighing on your heart that you've done, or something you've neglected to do that you feel guilty about, you can meet with me in private for this sacrament, which includes pastoral counseling. Confession is held in strictest confidence, and that privacy is even protected by state law. One congregant at my last church commented on this rite:
"The way Fr. Justin approaches the Sacrament of Confession has no real relationship to the stereotypical ideas often held about it. His approach is extraordinarily pastoral, real, safe, upbuilding, and empowering, and draws from the original spirit and intent of the Sacrament, rather than from an unexamined custom."
I know "private confession" sounds like something only Roman Catholics do, but it's there in our tradition as well and has been a very profound experience for me and those to whom I have offered it. Don't hesitate to contact me to schedule a meeting if this is something that would support you in your spiritual journey.
Last, but not least, I have also been trained in premarital counseling. For couples wishing to be married, I do require three sessions of premarital counseling using the Prepare/Enrich tool as a foundation.  
Being your priest and pastor, obviously, extends far beyond delivering a hopefully moving sermon and beautiful service. I am here to support you in your spiritual journey and look forward to, over time, getting to know each of you.
Fr. Justin

P.S. I will have regular office hours Tue-Thurs; Friday will be one of my days off; Sunday will be a busy church day; and Saturday/Monday will be a bit flexible depending on what's scheduled (e.g. funeral, visits, Sunday prep, etc.). Of course, there's also evening meetings and work from home ;-)
Coming Soon!  
The 44th. Annual Crab Feed!
44th. 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!  
  'Pirate' Theme and Sing-a-long!
Donations requested:
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 20, 2016.  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 or in the Parish Hall on Sunday Mornings
Social Ministries Report 
by Tom Breckenridge
 social ministries team leader

Have you considered volunteering for April Showers? Would you like to come along with Father Justin and me on February 21st after the 10:15 service to check it out?

Guests avail themselves of a hot shower, a hearty soup, a bag lunch, new socks and underwear, used clothing, and information about other services in our area. Volunteers are needed to make soup, oversee the various service areas, and simply be a welcoming presence.

The Showers are held on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of each month at the San Leandro Boys and Girls Club. Hours of operation are 11:00 to 2:00, but volunteers can also start at 12:30.

How did this start? In the winter of 2001, Clement McMenemy, a homeless vet who had been attending St Leander Church, was found dead at a construction site in San Leandro. At the time, there were no shelter opportunities for men in the city. Finding the situation unacceptable, the faith community, including All Saints, came together to form the Interfaith Homelessness Network and start April Showers. Since then April Showers has grown into an award-winning, truly grass roots program, serving 100-120 grateful guests at each event.

Come on the 21st and see for yourself.
Coffee Hour News
by Connie Camp 
With sincere gratitude, All Saints people thank Rosemary and Don for their generous donation of five new tablecloths to adorn our tables for special events and most especially for coffee hour after the 10:15 service.

Our coffee hour has evolved over the years to be a wonderful place to catch up on the news with friends we might see only once a week or to discuss and plan for various church activities or just plain fellowship in the spirit of our church goal of building friendships. 

Coffee Hour can be fancy with homemade goodies or as simple as bagels and cream cheese with a veggie plate on the side.  There are no rules, written or unwritten about what to serve.  Please don't think you have to entertain like the President is coming to dinner.  We're just friends and family.

Everyone is encouraged to sign up for a turn to host coffee hour.  It would be great if two or three families would sign up together to help cut the work and the cost.  If you are not able to do the work, helping with the cost would be a welcome gift.  Please talk to Rosemary or Don and they can set you right up to be the next coffee hour host and hostess!   
New Bulletin Board
 by Mary Kincaid
We have a new bulletin board in the Parish Hall
 that is dedicated for you....the people.

You can't miss the board on the wall near the stage area,
 "The People Speak".

Please feel free to post things that are of interest to you and that you think others might enjoy.  That may include photos, cartoons or comic strips, newspaper articles, or even ads for items you want to sell. Appropriate, informative and interesting posts are welcome here.

You will find a bag of push pins attached to the bulletin board for your convenience.

If you want to have what you post back, please put your name on it, as I will periodically "weed out" things that have been there for several weeks, making room for new items.

I hope you will enjoy this way to communicate, and let's see what's on your mind.
Attention!  Attention!  
 Read All about GAME NIGHT!
by Connie Camp 

Who: All Saints family and friends; Everyone is invited; parents children, friends and friends of friends. Everyone is welcomed as always in our wonderful church. 
What: Third Annual All Saints Game Night . Come and enjoy a night of fun and games with your All Saints family. Board games will be set up for your use . Also, please feel free to bring a family centered game if that is your desire. Some of the games we have used in the past are Tile Rummy, Apples to Apples, Mexican Train, Ticket to Ride, and cards for games like Fish and Old Maid. A new one this year is Bunco. Be the first one to open the box!
Where: All Saints Parish Hall 911 Dowling, San Leandro
Why: It's an easy "fun(d)" raiser for the church. The cost is $10 per family. If times are hard, please forgo the payment and bring your family anyway. No one is counting and the most important goal is fellowship and building friendships among the members of the All Saints community and their friends. (Did you get it that you are encouraged to bring a friend? Not a requirement, but it would be fun.) 

When: Saturday night February 6 From 7-9 or until the last game is over!
Fellowship Group Ideas 
by Connie Camp 
Several people have mentioned to me a desire to learn to knit or crochet.  The idea always centers on getting a bunch of us together once or twice a month for lessons, support and fellowship.  If this is something that interests you, please contact me.  I would love to share what knowledge I have (I warn you, I'm a weird knitter!) and join with you for an afternoon or evening of fellowship either at my house or the church. Perhaps you might even want to work on a quilt project and I would be glad to help you with that.   My email is or see me at church and we'll see if we can get something started.
Editor's Note
   Over the course of the next few months Deacon Pam will share some of her insights concerning a topic that is difficult and yet important to understand as we seek to serve God and love our neighbors.  It is the topic of domestic violence. I'm sure she would welcome your comments and ideas. Please seek her out during coffee hour or at another time convenient for all.
An Introduction to
 Domestic Violence Issues
The Rev. Deacon Pam Jester
                As we approach Super Bowl 50, here's a question about domestic violence. Do more domestic assaults occur on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year?
                Although this is a popular myth, there are no data to support it. Sadly, domestic violence is more of an every day problem. Eighty-five percent of domestic violence victims are women; one in every four women in America will experience abuse during her lifetime. Women between the ages of 20 and 24 are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.
                What is domestic violence? It is a pattern of abusive behaviors that a person in a relationship uses to exercise power and control over another through psychological, emotional, sexual, economic, spiritual or physical abuse.
                One of the most under-reported crimes, domestic violence does not discriminate on the basis of income or ethnicity. Because women with money have more access to resources, poor women tend to use community resources and are therefore more visible.
                Getting out of an abusive relationship can be difficult. It can take up to seven incidents before an abuse survivor can safely extricate herself from a situation.
                In the coming months, I will write more about domestic violence, addressing such issues as the cycle of violence, forms of power and control, and why someone might stay in an abusive relationship.
                More information and resources are available from Building Futures With Women & Children in San Leandro ( and the Alameda County Family Justice Center in Oakland (
Newsletter Help Wanted
by Connie Camp, newsletter editor

   There is a need for an additional newsletter editor.  I am more than willing to continue sending out the contact notices, adding the articles to the Constant Contact program, but I need someone to help me by reviewing what has been written to check for dotted i's, crossed t's and misspelled words etc.  Larry Camp just did this for me and it took him all of about 30 minutes.  So if you can spare 30 to 45 minutes a month to help edit the newsletter, please contact me at or see me at coffee hour. 
Last by Not Least - from the vestry
by Connie Camp, clerk of vestry 

The annual Southern Alameda County Deanery Vestry Retreat is over and all came away with a sense of inspiration and commitment for another year.  We vestry members at All Saints are very excited this year to work with Father Justin and with all of you as we support each other and our surrounding community.  A big job in the vestry is to be a good listener.  We want to listen to what you have to say for ideas, concerns and encouraging thoughts.  Our names are listed in the bulletin each week.  Engage us in conversation about the wonderful work of All Saints. Please know that each of you are in our prayers and that we will work hard to represent you during this coming year. 

Church, 510-569-7020
Neighborhood Center: Cimberly Eng-Tamura, or Karen Taylor , 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 Cimberly or Karen. 
Priest: Father Justin Cannon,
Rector's Warden:  Claire Burke,
People's Warden: Maxine Sitts, 
Care Team Leader:  Please contact the office for new information this month
Newsletter Editor: Connie Camp,  
Parish Musician:  Dylan Snodgrass, 
All Saints Episcopal Church, 911 Dowling Boulevard, San Leandro, CA 94577
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