Saints Alive! 
All Saints Episcopal Church Newsletter
MAY 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.
Institution and Celebration
 of New Ministry
A wonderful time was had by all at the Celebration of New Ministry and institution of our new rector, the Rev. Justin R. Cannon.  The Rt. Rev. Marc H. Andrus presided and preached a wonderful sermon regarding the compassion and the love of God and how that manifests itself in the community of All Saints. Church Members were joined by clergy wearing red stoles and participating in the opening procession. Family and friends and church members were in abundance. Oh, what a marvelous celebration is was! Who could not help but have a tear in their eye when Fr Justin's own father shared his wonderful music with us. The service was followed by a delicious potluck lunch. We were truly blessed that day with a wedding like celebration of a new beginning and a joyful commitment to begin the work God has called us all to do under the guidance and leadership of our Fr. Justin.
A Change in Leadership

Please offer congratulations on a job well done to Claire Burke.  For almost two years now she has led us through the perilous waters of change and is now taking a well deserved rest from being Rector's Warden. Taking her place is another wonderful leader who is relatively new to All Saints.  

Our new Rector's Warden will be Robert Rankin who attends the 10:15 service. Robert has management experience in his work background. He is very involved in networking and organizing his neighborhood through the online Neighborhood social media website called NextDoor.  We look forward to his leadership and all that he will bring to our community.  

Thank you Claire for seeing us through these past several months and thank you Robert for taking on this important position. 
Meet Your Muslim Neighbor Forum
Saturday, May 14th
The Neighborhood Center at All Saints
"Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. You are not obligated to complete the work of perfecting the world, but neither are you free to abandon it." -
The Talmud

Fear has become a major force in U.S. politics, resulting in the stereotyping and marginalization of our Muslim-American friends and neighbors.  Gloria Strohm, a member of All Saints, and a mom, wanted to respond to this fear with information.  As a mother it is her hope to leave a kinder world for her son.

The Strohm family is sponsoring a forum of five practicing Muslims from various professional and ethnic backgrounds to come and speak about Muslim-American life.  They will address what it is like to be Muslim in America, common misconceptions about Muslims and Islam, and also discuss the challenge of ISIS and Islamophobia.  The event will consist of a panel discussion and there will be a Q&A with questions from the audience.
Please invite those people you may know in the community.  We would like to show our support with a full audience.  Coffee and donuts will be provided. 
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Gloria Strohm at or 510-414-7403.
Cinco De Mayo Fiesta!
Please join us for the annual fund raising dinner that benefits the Corazon Building Project which helps to provide needy families in Mexico with housing.

Saturday, May 7, 2016
5 PM to 7:30PM
911 Dowling Blvd.
San Leandro, CA

Adults $18.00 children 12 and under $10.00
Margaritas, Beer and Wine Bar Extra
Game Night is coming up!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 14 from 7 to 9 pm or until the last game is over.  The cost is free but of course donations to the work of All Saints are always welcome.  Bring the family, bring a friend, come by yourself!  Refreshments will be simple with popcorn and lemonade.  If there is something you absolutely have to have, feel free to contribute but don't forget to take your leftovers home.

Where you say?  The Parish Hall at 911 Dowling Blvd. in San Leandro, but of course!!!  Hope to see you there!
Let the Spirit in! Pentecost arrives!
 On Sunday, May 15th, we will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost with one combined service at 9:15am. This will be a chance for worshipers from our two morning services to celebrate The Holy Eucharist together, and the altar party will include people from both services. Mark this date on your calendar and consider inviting a friend!
Wear RED! Wear RED! Wear RED!
All Saints Joins the City Wide Garage Sale

All Saints will be participating in the San Leandro City Wide Garage Sale,
Saturday, May 21, 8 AM - 1 PM.  

Donations are now being accepted. All items should be in good condition and clean. Clothing, shoes, small appliances, books, toys, art work, jewelry, seasonal items, decorative items, furniture, misc. kitchen utensils, dish sets, etc.  Please no large T.V.s,  box springs, mattresses or large exercise equipment. All donations will be stored in the first classroom.

We will also need volunteers to help with sorting, set up, and on the day of the sale. There is a sign up sheet in the parish hall. The event is being organized by Joy Korst 510-407-4859 - and Mary Kincaid 510-886-5157 - Please bring in your donations on Sundays leading up to the event, or contact Mary or Joy to arrange other drop off times.

Thank you for making this event a success for All Saints.

Centering Prayer

A CENTERING PRAYER GROUP is now forming at All Saints Episcopal Church  in San Leandro.    Anyone interested in participating on an ongoing basis is encouraged to attend.   Being a member of All Saints Episcopal Church is not necessary.  Individuals in AA modeled recovery groups will find this group supportive of their 11th step.  All participants are assumed beginners and we all profit in returning to a beginner's mind anyway.  This group will meet every Tuesday from Noon to 1 pm in the back of the worship space. 
Myron Gulseth Ph.D. is facilitator for this group.  Dr. Gulseth is a Clinical Psychologist who has committed himself to a contemplative life in Centering Prayer.  He has also developed an East/West Meditation Group at Lenox House in Oakland, California.

Welcome Baby Merchant!!!
Congratulations to Candace Carpenter and John Merchant on the newest addition to their family: John William Merchant, born April 18, 2016. He came into the world at 9 lbs. 2oz. We look forward to his grand entrance into the community of All Saints. 
Editor's Note  
The following article is a continuation of an interesting and valuable series of essays written by Deacon Pam on the difficult subject of domestic violence.  Thank you, Deacon Pam, for sharing your knowledge and insight.  In our celebration of Fr. Justin's institution to new ministry, Bishop Marc spoke of compassion and seeing through another person's eyes.  These articles indeed help us to see what we need to see in order to carry out our ministry.  

  The Cycle of (Domestic) Violence
The Rev. Deacon Pam Jester

Why does anyone stay in an abusive relationship? One explanation is the
cycle of violence is a continuum of behavior that often starts in the "Honeymoon," moves into the "Tension Building" phase and ends in the "Explosion." (1)

In the Honeymoon phase, everything is good; there is romance and fun in
the relationship. The abuser is charming, loving and remorseful of any previous abusive behavior, vowing never to do anything like that again. The victim is the "prize" and the focus of the abuser's attention. Gifts of candy, flowers, cards are not uncommon.

A discouraging part of the Honeymoon is that it fosters false hope. The
victim sees the good qualities they wanted in a partner and begins to believe that the situation can improve if only the stressors in the relationship are removed. Victims who had sought professional help often abandon those efforts during this phase because they believe that the abuser has reformed and problems havebeen resolved.

The Tension Building phase is marked by increasing tension, arguments,
verbal abuse and minor incidences of violence. The abuser may become highly critical of the partner, exhibiting "out of bounds" behavior in which the abuser becomes the authority for both parties. The abuser may try to control the partner's behavior by, for example, monitoring the partner's cell phone. The victim's experience of the Tension Building stage may be "walking on eggshells," trying to appease the abuser by being compliant.

Tension sets the stage for the Explosion, the acute battering event. The
abusive behavior can include physical violence (hitting, slapping, strangling), emotional or psychological abuse (cursing at, ridiculing, berating), financial abuse (taking money) or sexual abuse. The abuser may justify their behavior by cataloging the minor annoyances that occurred during the Tension Building phase.

After the actual attack, both the abuser and victim may be in shock or
denial of the event. Even physical injuries may be minimized.

More information and resources are available from Building Futures With Women & Children in San Leandro ( and the AlamedaCounty Family Justice Center in Oakland (
(1) Lenore Walker first described the cycle of violence in The Battered Woman (Wm. Morrow 1980).
Contact Information

Church Office:, 510-569-7020
Neighborhood Center: 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 an event time and space reservation to the calendar, contact the church office at 510-469-7020 
Priest: Father Justin Cannon,
Rector's Warden:  Robert Rankin 
People's Warden: Maxine Sitts, 
Care Team Leaders: Roseann Minafo, and Wesley Capps,
Newsletter Editor:
Connie Camp,  and Gloria Strohm, 
Parish Musician:  Dylan Snodgrass, 
Vestry Liaisons to Church Ministries 

Social Ministries - Brad Troutman; 
Pastoral Care - Fr. Justin;
Music/Liturgy - Gary Lindberg;  
Facilities Care - Bill O'Hair; wjohair@hotmail
Outreach- Robert Rankin 
Neighborhood Center - Maxine Sitts; 
Children and Youth - Fr. Justin;
Adult Ed - Liz Berg; 
Finance - Brad Troutman; 
Fundraising - Jack Kincaid; 
All Saints Episcopal Church, 911 Dowling Boulevard, San Leandro, CA 94577
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