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June 8, 2016

I was reflecting last week that it has only been four months since the launch of the parishwide phase of the "How Firm Our Foundation" capital campaign. So much has taken place during this time, including reaching the $8.8 million mark in funds raised to prepare our Sanctuary for its next 116 years as home to so many who believe in or seek the abiding love of God.
I noted at the kickoff event that I was confident you had heard of the dire condition of our Sanctuary. This point could not have been driven home more clearly than when we saw the Bell Tower removed and the lack of bracing, supports and foundation and the poor construction standards in 1900. Perhaps it's only God's hand that has kept our building intact over these many decades?
She is indeed crying out for our care and it's time for us to heed her cry. Please join as you are able to support the campaign. Gifts of every size, spread over 1 to 5 years, are welcome and appreciated.
God's Blessings,
Rev.  Aimée 
Time Capsule Found; 
Unveiling Set for this Sunday!
That "boulder" seemed to make a funny sound when the jackhammer hit it while removing the old foundation under the Bell Tower about a week ago. Sure enough: it wasn't a boulder but a lead box time capsule set into place by All Saints' founding parishioners and the Rev. Moore back in the year 1900 when the cornerstone was laid. What a find! The jackhammer didn't do as much damage as water seepage and the passage of 116 years, but the box held its secrets . This Sunday, June 12 the contents of the box will be on display after the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services
Note: the contractor doing our Bell Tower deconstruction recommended that a crew member wearing a hazardous materials suit open the box to avoid possible contamination from the aging lead. Thus the box has been opened and its contents will be revealed to the parish for the first time this Sunday. -- Ed.

How many haz mat-suited workers does it take to open a 116-year-old lead time capsule?

Seven Weeks Remain to Meet Challenge Match
Capital Campaign Status Report: 
You Are Doing Great, Keep It Up!!
By Raye Haskell Melville

As phase 1 of the Sanctuary Preservation and Readiness Project, the Bell Tower reconstruction, moves into full swing, we are now into a critical phase of our campaign.  We have experienced great momentum stimulated by the $500,000 matching challenge, yet we only have until July 31 to take advantage of this gift.  

We have 135 gifts totaling $8.85 million, $293,378 of which count towards the match.   To view the Honor Roll of Donors, which is the list of all who have given thus far, just click here. You can also head to the campaign website by clicking on this link
We are now inviting gifts from   EVERY  member of the parish.  We will soon send a letter to each parishioner who has not yet made a gift to the campaign.  We must reach the $10 + million mark by the end of summer so the Vestry can authorize moving forward with construction documents.
And as we have applied for funds from foundation grants we are repeatedly asked if every parishioner has given.  We want to be able to say "YES!"  With the full participation of the parish we can achieve our goal. Gifts of all sizes are needed and welcome. If you've been thinking about your gift we encourage you to finalize your commitment before the July 31 deadlin e. 
To learn more or if you are ready to make a gift, please call the Church Office or visit the information table on the patio. Our goal is to achieve 100 percent participation in the campaign.

Click on the image above to see the latest campaign status report.
Campaign Leadership Working Hard!
Tom Mack, senior warden, makes a presentation to the "How Firm Our Foundation" Cabinet and Honorary Committee held this week in the Rectory. We have surpassed the $8.8 million mark thanks to the hard work of 100+ parishioners who are leading the way. Click on the photo to see a list of all those involved.
So . . . Are They Caissons, Pilings, Footings? Yes!
Deep cylindrical concrete pilings 
which are tied together with steel (called "footing extensions" or caissons in the construction trade even though no water is involved, thank goodness!) are now being installed. These go 26 feet deep - yes: 26 feet deep! They connect to the Bell Tower structure to anchor it deep into the earth.

Construction standards of 1900 are obvious: no proper wall bracing, headers, plates, foundations, or other typical construction methods to keep a building standing have been found in our beloved Sanctuary. God left this massive undertaking to each of us to tackle!

Check out the "teeth" on the drill used to dig the pilings. No driving of piles: too noisy.

The giant drill creates holes into which go cement and steel piles that will support the new Bell Tower - hopefully forever.


The steel beams are holding up the building while foundations under the walls are built. And did you notice how dark it seemed in the back of the Sanctuary last Sunday? The baptistery stained glass windows have been covered to protect them during this tricky time of the deconstruction work.

Photos Updated Weekly!
Check Out Bell Tower 
Construction Photo Album
Click the link below to see the latest behind-the-scenes (or in this case, behind-the-fence) photos of all the work being done to remove and rebuild the Bell Tower. It's amazing!

Organ Location Update: 
Town Hall Set for Fall
By Tom  Mack, Senior Warden/Organ Committee Member
For the past several months, our leadership has been working on important aspects of where to locate the new tracker organ.  A team from organ maker CB Fisk visited in late January and we learned that the location of the organ would impact the quality of the sound. 
The location of the new organ has been narrowed to two locations, each with its own advantages and challenges.  One is at the altar end of the church, and the other is at the entry area of the church.  These options reflect a range of trade-offs as to likely acoustics, liturgical quality, integration with the church architecture, and consistency with the historical look and feel of the space. 
We considered holding a Town Hall meeting before summer to get your feedback but we find ourselves a few weeks short of being fully prepared to do this.  So, rather than do this during summer when many are away, we are targeting fall for the meeting.  We are planning a brief survey afterward to gather your feedback. We look forward to seeking your input before a final decision is made about the organ.
The Case of the Lead Box
By Carolyn Kincaid, parishioner and All Saints' archivist

Someone took delivery of "one lead box to order" on September 12, 1900  at Roeder & Ott,  purveyor of Hardware, Stoves, Tinware, and Plumbing Goods, 727 State Street, Santa  Barbara, California on September 12, 1900.

Who was he, and why was his boss willing to pay $2 for a lead box, made to his measurements? Two dollars was a considerable amount in those days, and the whole job he was working on was supposed to cost no more than $2,881. He charged the box to the account of "All Saints Church" and walked out with it. How big was that box? And what was it for?

An old invoice, found in the church archives 115 years later, is dated November 14, 1900, just  ten day before the church was scheduled to be consecrated. But the 
Many of you will remember the local hardware firm of Roeder & Ott. It was the place to go back in 1900. 
purchase was made on  September 12. What happened at All Saints Church between September 12 and November 14  and where was the box during that time?

Rev. Melville M. Moore, at that time priest of the mission to Montecito and Carpinteria, kept a  "Diary" of baptisms, confirmations, marriages and burials, as well as a "Register", in which he  recorded Services, with dates, sermon subjects, attendance, collections, etc. All Saints archives  contain these precious old records; but missing Volume One of the register, which would cover  his previous years in Springfield, Missouri and the first years of his mission in Montecito and  Carpinteria.

We do know that one important service was held during that time as we have a photo: on  September 26, 1900 the cornerstone for the new church was laid.

We also know that last week, almost one hundred sixteen years later, a workman drilling down  through the rubble just four feet below the co rnerstone hit something odd. It sounded like metal.

He quickly turned off his jackhammer to investigate and found that it wasn't just another stone. He'd found Reverend Melville Moore's lead box! A time capsule? Come and see for yourself this Sunday!

For Sale Now in Church Office
Noted Artist and Parishioner Jim Dow Supports Project with 8 Paintings
Jim and Pat Dow have been members of the parish since 1957 and have supported many All Saints initiatives. Jim even served as a key leader of our last capital campaign when he attended  weekly  meetings to oversee the work of the architect and contractor. 

Staffer Miguel Ruiz hangs one of Jim's paintings in the Church Office.
And he's stepping up again as an accomplished artist and supporter of our current $11.6 million campaign: he's donating 8 water color paintings, the proceeds of which will not only go toward the campaign but will be matched dollar-for-dollar through t he campaign matching fund.
Click on the image to see a list of Jim's paintings, titles and proposed cost.
" Pat and I made our gift last month, but we want to help raise even more funds for this necessary renovation project ," Jim said."Anyone who buys one of my paintings can write a check to the church with the proceeds going to the 
capital campaign." The paintings range in cost from $300 to $600 and would raise $3,720 and would be doubled by the match; included is a brand new painting of the Sanctuary with its "original" Bell Tower. It's also possible that a bidding war might break out and of course, we think of Jim's artwork as priceless, as are Jim and Pat.