All Saints Episcopal Church
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All Saints Episcopal Church Newsletter
 January 2015
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.




SUNDAY JANUARY 11, 9:15 AM, ALL-PARISH ANNUAL MEETING. Our Annual Meeting will be brief this year, and will include the election of new Vestry members and Deanery Representatives, appointment of the Rector's Warden for 2015, and brief reports by the Priest and the Wardens. Nursery care will be available starting at 9:00, and refreshments will be provided by the Vestry. Both 8:00 and 10:15 services will take place as usual. Full written reports of 2014 from all officers and team leaders, as well as a new Parish directory, will be available at the end of January.

SATURDAY JANUARY 17, 7:30 PM, MAGIC SHOW BY JEFFREY KORST. The marvelous conjuring artistry of Jeffrey Korst is not to be missed! Tickets are $25 and can be reserved or purchased through the parish office, (510)569-7020.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 28, 43rd ANNUAL CRAB FEED. All-you-can-eat Crab, Chicken or Vegetarian Special; No Host bar, entertainment, music, prizes. Adults $45, Youth (8-12) $10 (chicken only), children under 8 no charge. Please give advance notice of number of children for seating. The theme is Western, so wear your cowboy duds. Tickets are available on-line (small fee), in the social hall after Sunday services and by calling the parish office. Doors open at 5:00 PM for social hour, dinner begins at 6:00 PM




We will be treated to a Sunday of Spirituals as acclaimed Bay Area singer Alexander Taite lends his talents to our service. A native and resident of Oakland, Alexander is a graduate of Pepperdine University and currently sings in the San Francisco Opera Chorus. He has taught at the Oakland School for the Arts, and he co-produces the local rap/hiphop group Laced Out Crew. We are grateful that Alexander will share his immense musical talent with us at this service.






I was looking for something in my car and came across a plastic box full of little cards we used in the 2008 Stewardship drive called "Living Out of Grateful Hearts".

These cards are six years old yet they contained things I am still grateful for. All Saints provided them for me in 2008 and still does.


Here are some of the cards I found, which still are reasons for me to be grateful for All Saints:

*Inspiring music and services

*The Prayer Book

*The Bible

*People committed to working with youth

*Rich variety of faith traditions

*Opportunities to serve, grow and share

*A place to belong

*What are you grateful for? Please give it some thought.


Editor's Note:
 Karen Taylor has been an inspiration to me since I became a member of All Saints in 1996. She has served, grown, and shared consistently and graciously, and at times I have been privileged to serve with her. In 2014 her service included shepherding the appointment of our interim rector and our search committee. She has helped All Saints immeasurably, and I am grateful for her presence among us.

Claire Burke



January 2015 newsletter report

from Search committee

 Lindsay Ralphs and Liz Berg

On Wednesday, December 4 the Search Committee, led by Liz Berg and Lindsay Ralphs, met in order to get to know each other better, and to get training from the Diocese on how we will proceed with our search for a new rector.


The committee consists of Kathryn Hack, Richard Burke, Larry Camp, Sallie Enderlin, Lorine Sharp, Jack Strohm and Linda Chase-Stroud. Dorothy Wright, our alternate, also attended.


We discussed the charge from the Vestry which is to present three candidates to the Vestry for consideration. Our training by Denise Obando, Transition Minister from the Diocese, and Rev. Karen Swanson answered many of our questions. We have been given directions on how to proceed with the process.  


Because of the confidential nature of the work done by this committee, we will be unable to discuss details with parishioners but will keep you informed as to what stage we are in.


The Committee meets again on Jan 5, 2015 in order to do some of our own work on the Ministry Portfolio, a document that will show what and who we are, and what type of priest we are looking for. It is a rather complex document.


We will firm up our plans to reach out to the parish in order to

get input from our members regarding our description of ourselves and the type of priest we would like to see. We will be defining for ourselves and any candidates our strengths and weaknesses and the direction we feel we would like to take.


We ask that you all pray for us during this process. We also ask that you start giving thought to what you feel our strengths and weaknesses are and what is important in our church for you as individuals. We will break into small groups to discuss this.


If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to ask any of the members of the committee or Rev. Karen. We are so fortunate to have her with us during this process as she is knowledgeable about the process and issues that we will be facing.


Welcome to the  

Rev. Dr. Katherine Ward


The Rev. Dr. Katherine Ward is a new pledging member of All Saints Episcopal Church. She has offered to celebrate and preach at both services at All Saints on Sunday, January 4 when Rev Karen will be away.


Rev. Ward is well known for her excellent sermons which include references to hymns, other music and poetry. She is a pianist and a flautist, as well as a devoted mother and grandmother, and a movie and football enthusiast.

The Rev. Dr. Ward has been a priest in the Diocese of California since her ordination in 1995. She has served in larger and smaller churches, and as a college chaplain at both San Francisco State and Cal State Hayward, where she began a Canterbury Club. Rev. Ward has a close and long-time relationship with True Sunshine Episcopal Church in Oakland. She served as Rector of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church from 1996-2004. Among the other churches that she has served and helped to shape are St. Christopher's, San Lorenzo; St. Stephen's, Belvedere; St. Francis, San Francisco; and Our Redeemer and United Lutheran Churches.


Dr. Ward began her career as a music teacher, and worked in the field of education as a counselor, a vice-principal, a principal, and a district coordinator of staff development before becoming a priest. In addition to her earned doctorate degree in education, Rev. Ward received an honorary doctorate for exemplary service to the Episcopal Church from her seminary, the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, from which she earned her Masters of Divinity.  


Please help welcome Rev. Katherine Ward to All Saints.




Welcome to Angelina Trujillo


Angelina Trujillo is our new parish secretary. She lives right here in San Leandro with the love of her life, and their two children Zaida (14) and Izack (8). Zaida attends San Leandro High School, and Izack attends Washington Elementary School. The family enjoys fishing and camping, and keep a dog and a bunny as pets.


Angelina grew up in Castro Valley. She graduated from Heald Business College in 2005 with an associate degree in Business Administration. Before coming to All Saints, Angelina worked for three years as an administrative assistant and for more than a year as a delivery driver for Meals on Wheels. If you have not yet met Angelina, please stop by the church office to say hello.  


Welcome to All Saints, Angelina!  






Hi! Sawadi ka! Jambo! Hello! My name is Mary Franco and I'm so excited to join your community as the new nursery program teacher. I've already received a very warm welcome from Reverend Karen and others. I am a bay area native and UC Berkeley grad who has returned from 4 years of teaching English in Bangkok, Thailand. I have deep roots in early education and a love for traveling; these two passions combined have led me to beautiful places filled with loving hearts and friendly faces. During one of my trips I taught at a children's home in east Africa and met my husband! All these journeys and experiences have taught me so much about the importance of love, openness, joy and community; something I am excited to share with the children in the nursery program and with your church. I look forward to what this next adventure has in store!


Editor's Note 
 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, 510-569-7020

Neighborhood Center:  John Trubina, 

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, 

Rector's Warden: Karen Taylor, 

People's Warden: Claire Burke, 

Care Team Leader:  Anne Phillips,

Newsletter Editors: Connie Camp,; Claire Burke

Parish Musician:  Dylan Snodgrass, 

Choral Leader:  Thomas LaFrance,

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