Saints Alive! 
All Saints Episcopal Church Newsletter
September 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.
 La Festa Italiana 
September 19 
     Come and enjoy! Social hour begins at 5 0'clock, dinner at 6 o'clock, plus live and silent auctions, raffles, and live entertainment by David Miotke. Jeff Korst, our own incomparable Master of Ceremonies, has engaged Chef Marco Berti to prepare the dinner. On the menu:
Green Peas sautéed with pancetta & fresh garlic
served with pearl couscous & fresh basil
il Contadino
Chicken sautéed with garlic & ginger, in a reduction of Rum & Balsamic Vinegar from Modena. Combined with pork sausage roasted with sage & red onions in a reduction of white wine served over Linguine
il Secondo
Pork Shoulder Blade braised alla Marco
il Dolce
Il Briacone - Fresh Pastry Cream over fried bananas 
marinated in Cointreu
 You may wish to enhance your culinary experience even further with an optional purchase of a flight of three Italian wines to savor with your meal.
     Auction and raffle items can still be donated. 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, or any member of the Vestry, to donate an item or service.
     Tickets are on sale now at and at Sunday services on Sept. 6 and 13. Checks, cash and credit cards are all cheerfully accepted. Purchase your tickets now and invite your friends and relatives to share in this festive event that supports all of the ministries of our parish. Adult tickets are $45, Youth tickets (17 and younger) are $15.

Search Committee Report for September 
The Search committee is in the process of having phone (Skype or FaceTime) interviews with the applicants. These will finish the first week of September at which point we will discuss them and make decisions as to who goes on further in the process. Once that is done, we will then be contacting references, going to churches to hear the applicants preach, confer with the Diocese, and then make our final choices.
We anticipate meeting our guidelines of being able to present 3-4 excellent applicants to the Vestry for their choice the mid part of October.

The vestry is also beginning to prepare for its part in the selection process.  Time in October has been scheduled with a representative of the Office of Transition Ministry to teach the vestry members the task of selecting the final and most qualified candidate for Rector at All Saints. 
Please continue to pray for the search committee. This is a hard, but exciting time.
Wednesday Bible Study To Start on September 2

A study of one or more of the Scripture readings for the following Sunday will begin on Wednesday, September 2 at 11 a.m. in the Wicker Room. The study lasts for an hour. Past participants report that the study enhances both their general understanding and their worship experience. Come one, come all and join in the discussion!

A Celebration of Generations
On Sunday, September 13 (Grandparents' Day) we will celebrate the generations of our families and church family. Special prayers and remembrances will be included for our elders, and our children. Please think about a friend from another generation that you would like to invite to join you for the celebration: a grandparent, a grandchild, or a special friend.

 Welcome to All God's Creatures!
On Sunday, October 4, your dogs, cats, rabbits, mice, etc. are cordially invited to come with you to church for a special blessing, a service focused on God's creation, and special snacks just for them. The service will be held in the Parish Hall at 10:15 a.m. If you cannot bring your pet, please bring a picture to share, and we will say a special prayer for him or her.

Four Evenings of Discussion and Learning   

Deacon Pam Jester will lead a discussion on Biblical Justice on four Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, starting September 10. The class will begin by discussing "The Little Book of Biblical Justice" by Chris Marshall.  The meetings are at the church and will be on September 10 and 17 and October 1 and 8. 
Report of the Facilities Care Committee
by Jack Kincaid
Building Repairs and Maintenance:
Fireside Room Window: A window on the North side of the room has been targeted three times over the last several months, perhaps with a pellet gun. Because of the resulting broken glass hazard, the window has been replaced. Hopefully the problem will not arise again.

General Maintenance:   
My shoulders have become really bad, and for some time now I haven't been able to do tasks above shoulder level or lift most anything. Following surgery on my right shoulder on July 7th my arm is in a sling and will be for some weeks to come. Hopefully I will be able to do light tasks with it eventually. In the meantime, we need a number of small repairs done that require full arm mobility.


*The motion detector light for the bottom of the parking lot ramp needs to be replaced.
*The drapery pull cords in the Parish Hall need to be replaced and threaded correctly so that the drapes open and close easily.
*One of the light bulbs over the altar is burned out and needs a replacement bulb.
*The interior door frame of the red door from the parking lot is chipped, battered and needs painting.
*The air filters for the furnaces in the attic will need to be replaced before winter.
*If you are able to help with any of these tasks or some others please contact me (JK) or Bill O'Hair.

We do have a good supply of paint, tools and maintenance supplies.
Thank for caring enough to keep our beautiful facility looking cared for.
Jack Kincaid

Independent Living in a Cohousing Community
By Angela Hunkler

 Phoenix Commons is an active senior cohousing condominium complex in Jingletown which is one of the safest areas of Oakland.  In a couple, one member needs to be age 55 to join this group.  Located at 340 29th Avenue on the Oakland water front (the former Pier 29 restaurant site), the complex is within walking distance of Fruitvale Bart (or take bus which goes by the building) or Alameda's Park Avenue district.  Phoenix Commons is expected to be ready for occupancy by mid-November of this year; there still are openings for people who want intentional community rather than living alone.  Common space alone is 7,000 square feet on the first floor with 2 shared guest rooms on the second floor.  Angela Hunkler and Kate Murphy, soon to be residents of Phoenix Commons write:
"My wife Kate Murphy and I had the joy of caring for her mother at an assisted living facility near us. Consequently we had many lessons on how not to age and realized quickly that our present house was not accessible and too small to accommodate our future needs as we age. We realized the core ingredient we wanted was to live in a community. I had lived communally for 11 years with a small Benedictine group.
We researched and visited cohousing communities throughout California and Colorado. Phoenix Commons, with its accessible location proved to fit our needs as we are still working in the Bay area. After a day with our clients, we want to come home to shared meals with our community. We are so excited to overlap our present social life with the folks in our new community."
For more information visit or contact Angela at 510-206-6643.
Coffee Hour
Help is needed for sponsoring coffee hour on September 6, 13, and 20. If you have not served before, this is a wonderful opportunity to help the church in a way that will be appreciated by all who attend the mid morning service. It does not have to be a fancy spread. Simply getting the coffee and tea ready with maybe a few cookies and a veggie plate are all that's needed. Instructions as to how to make the coffee are in the office and the kitchen. And anyone who has been a host would be glad to mentor and help.

Church, 510-569-7020

Neighborhood Center: The Rev. 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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