All Saints Episcopal Church Newsletter
All Saints Episcopal Parish, San Leandro, California
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you believe, whatever your experience of organized religion has been
and wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at All
Pastoral Care, Sacraments, and more!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or text/call me at 510-516-1182 to schedule a time to meet.
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.
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:
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."
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.
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.
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.
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 ;-)
The 44th. Annual Crab Feed!
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.
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!
$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 www.saintsalive.net
or in the Parish Hall on Sunday Mornings
Social Ministries Report
by Tom Breckenridge
social ministries team leader
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?
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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".
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.
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.
by Connie Camp
Read All about GAME NIGHT!
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.
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
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
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
email@example.com or see me at church and we'll see if we can get
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
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?
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
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
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.
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.
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 (http://www.bfwc.org/
) and the Alameda County Family Justice Center in Oakland (http://www.acfjc.org
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or see me at coffee hour.
Last by Not Least - from the vestry
by Connie Camp, clerk of vestry
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
Church Office:email@example.com, 510-569-7020
Cimberly Eng-Tamura, firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen Taylor ,
email@example.com. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rector's Warden: Claire Burke, email@example.com
People's Warden: Maxine Sitts, firstname.lastname@example.org
Care Team Leader: Please contact the office for new information this month
Newsletter Editor: Connie Camp, email@example.com
Parish Musician: Dylan Snodgrass, firstname.lastname@example.org