Saints Alive! 
All Saints Episcopal Church Newsletter
July Update 2015
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.
A Note from the Editors  
It is summer and life is abundant at All Saints - so much so that we decided to to an update to the June/July Newsletter.   The regular newsletter will be back up full steam ahead coming September first.  Have a wonderful rest of the summer and God's blessing be upon you.  

The Rev. Pamela Jester, Deacon,

to Begin Ministry on July 19


Newly ordained deacon Pam Jester will step into the liturgical portion of her new role at All Saints on Sunday, July 19.   Pam is entering active service as a deacon as she retires from a career with the University of California where she provided continuing education to other attorneys.   One of the distinctive roles of the deacon is to make the needs of the world known to the church, and to help the church to connect to the world, including its immediate neighborhood. We look forward to Pam's leadership in these areas. Pam has particular interest in helping to protect the vulnerable, including elderly persons and women, from emotional, physical and financial abuse.


Art and Music Festival

A Special Art and Music Festival is coming to San Leandro! It's Mulford Gardens annual festival on Saturday July 18th.  Free admission, great art and gift items for sale, wonderful live music.  Maureen Atkins will be teaching some short folk dancing sessions several times that day.  For full details: Art-Music-Festival.html  or just google Mulford Gardens 2015.


Vacation Bible School

Don't forget that Vacation Bible School  The dates are August 3 - 7 at All Saints - a week of music, indoor and outdoor games, Bible stories, cooking lessons, building projects, and arts and crafts. The hours of the VBS will be from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for those age 8 and above. Children who are not yet 8 are invited to participate between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Middle and high school students are invited to be involved as program aides and counselors, and will be offered optional leadership training in July. Friends are welcome to come! A donation of $60 from those who come for a half day, and $75 for those who come for a full day will help cover expenses.   However, scholarships will also be available; the intention is that all those who are interested may participate! Children are asked to sign up by July 15th so that supplies may be ordered. Registration forms are available through the church office (call 510-569-7020).

Discussion Classes for Seekers

People who would like to join others in thinking about the meaning and purpose of life, and in learning about the ways in which the Episcopal Church addresses this, are invited to sign up for one of two classes to be offered on Sunday or Wednesday mornings from July 15 through September 1 (excluding the first week of August.)   The Sunday morning class will run from 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Wednesday morning class will run from 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Both classes will be held in the Rector's office at church. If needed, childcare will be arranged for participants in the Sunday morning class. Although the most will be gained by those able to come regularly, participants are welcome to come in and out of the class as their summer schedules allow.

Name That Hymn


In the August liturgies we will feature some of the congregation's favorite hymns. Please take the opportunity to add the names of yours to the "Favorite Hymns Box" on the credenza in the narthex. Thank you!


Come to La Festa Italiana on Saturday, September 19


   SAVE THE DATE for All Saints fabulous Fall Fundraiser, La Festa Italiana. This year's event, co-chaired by the nine members of our Vestry, will feature a full course dinner, live and silent auctions, raffles and entertainment. Jeff Korst, our own incomparable Master of Ceremonies, has engaged chef Marco Berti to prepare a sumptuous Italian-style dinner.


     We need lots of items for the auctions and raffles. Original art works and crafts are especially desired, but restaurant vouchers, tickets to concerts and sporting events, travel vouchers, electronics, and more are all good auction items. Use your imagination! Please contact Claire Burke, Event Coordinator at, or any member of the Vestry, to donate an item or service.

     Tickets will be on sale after Sunday services beginning July 12, and online purchase options will be available on our Website, Adult tickets are $45, Youth tickets (17 and younger) are $15.

     We plan to have a terrific time and raise revenue for All Saints! Please invite your friends and relations to come too!


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:  Claire Burke,  

People's Warden: Connie Camp, 

Care Team Leader:  Anne Phillips,

Newsletter Editors: Connie Camp, Claire Burke

Parish Musician:  Dylan Snodgrass, 

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