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August 27, 2016
Youth Group Committee Meeting This Sunday
The Youth Group Committee is meeting this Sunday, August 28, after the 10 a.m. service. in the Youth Room of the Parish House.
Summer Outreach Opportunities for Youth
All Saints youth are invited to feel good while earning community service credits and doing Jesus' work by helping s erve dinner to homeless people at St. Mike's Chapel, corner of Camino Pescadero and El Greco Rd., Isla Vista on Monday, August 29 from 4:45 to 6:00 pm.
All ages  are welcome, and no preparations or experience is necessary. You will work alongside friendly All Saints parishioners. Just show up with a smile and the desire to help some folks who need it. Please contact David Boyd,969-2710,, for more info.
The church office will be closed Monday, September 5th 
in observance of Labor Day. 
Last Picnic on the Patio of the Summer
Wednesday, August 31st
Last Picnic on the Patio of the Summer - Don't Miss It!
Enjoy food and fellowship on the patio after Eventide.
Bring a dish to share as well as a beverage of your
choice-wine, beer, or sodas.
August 31, 6:30pm

Join The All Saints Book Group
Our next All Saints Book Group meets
Monday, September 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish House. We will be discussing
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. "A respected mystery writer turns his attention to the biggest mystery of all: God. An award-winning author for his long-running Cork O'Connor series, Krueger aims higher and hits harder with a standalone novel that shares much with his other work...'the awful grace of God,' as it manifests itself within the novel, would try the faith of the most devout believer. Yet, ultimately, the world of this novel is one of redemptive grace and mercy, as well as unidentified corpses and unexplainable tragedy. A novel that transforms narrator and reader alike." (Kirkus Reviews) 
Join us for potluck dinner, fellowship and lively discussion. Bring a dish and beverage to share (wine or soda). All are welcome! Please contact Rev. Vicki at for more information. 
Fall Support Groups at Hospice Santa Barbara

Organ Location Update: Altar Area Chosen Due to Budget Constraints and Construction Challenges
As you have read in previous newsletters, the possible locations of our new pipe organ had been honed down to two: at the west end near the entrance to the church or behind the altar area. There were significant pros and cons to each location, liturgically and architecturally. Fisk, our organ manufacturer, noted that both locations would produce excellent sound and serve the parish well, but recommended that the best location acoustically was the entrance area. However, our architect and structural engineers advised that this organ location would require strengthening the Baptistery to house the organ blower and air conditioner or installing sealed ducts from the entry area to the basement beneath the altar to run the blower and air conditioning from there, at an unbudgeted cost of at least $200,000.  Project leaders recognize the necessity of reserving our contingency to address necessary structural deficiencies, and have therefore determined the entry location not practical, irrespective of other considerations. we are confident that our new Fisk organ will provide music worthy of the God to whom we give praise. 
Godly Play Comes to All Saints!
We are very excited to announce that the Godly Play curriculum is coming to All Saints this fall! This curriculum will be introduced to our Sunday School, grades Pre-K through 5th, when we begin our new Sunday School year on September 18! Godly Play is a unique way of doing Christian Formation. Developed by Jerome Berryman, an Episcopal Priest, Godly Play uses religious language, parable, sacred story, liturgical action, and wondering to help children discover the deep resources of our faith.Out Sunday School teachers and volunteers will be busy throughout August and September with Godly Play training and converting our rooms into Godly Play space. For parents, grandparents, and others interested in learning more about the curriculum and the Godly Play approach, you are welcome to visit one of our two training sessions: September 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. followed by September 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Our training sessions will be conducted on our campus by the Rev. Carren Sheldon from Holy Trinity in Santa Barbara. If you wish to attend, please contact Rev. Vicki at the church.
Check Out Bell Tower Construction Photo Album
You can keep up with the Bell Tower construction from home! 

Photos are updated weekly. Check out the latest behind-the-scenes (or behind-the-fence) photos of all the work being done to remove and rebuild the Bell Tower. It's truly amazing! 

Education for Ministry (EFM) to Begin Again
in September  
The seminar group is the nucleus of the EFM program. A group of six to twelve participants and a trained mentor meet weekly over the course of a nine-month academic year. Through study, prayer, and reflection, EFM groups move toward a new understanding of the fullness of God's kingdom. Participants are given weekly assignments to study with the help of resource guides. Through discussion and guided reflection, the seminars furnish an opportunity to deepen understanding of the reading materials.
By examining their own beliefs and their relationship to our culture and the tradition of our Christian faith, participants can learn what it means to be effective ministers in the world and in coming to terms with the notion that everything we do has potential for manifesting the love of Christ, we discover that our ministry is at hand wherever we turn. An Information Meeting is being planned for September and this date will be publicized soon.
'Into Silence' Contemplative Retreat Planned for September in Santa Barbara
The Community of Divine Love, an Episcopal monastery in the Diocese of Los Angeles, will offer "Intro Silence," a guided contemplative retreat, September 8-11 at Mt. Calvary Monastery in Santa Barbara. It will be led by Brother Dennis Gibbs and Sister Greta Ronningen of CDL, both of whom are chaplains to the incarcerated of the Los Angeles County Jail system, as well as writers, retreat leaders and spiritual directors. Cost for the retreat is $400 per person for four days and three nights, including accommodations and meals. Space is limited to 15 participants. 
For more information, or to register, contact CDL at 626-703-4474 or, or Mt. Calvary Monastery at 805-682-4117 or 
The Book Cart Ministry Needs Your Used Books!
The Book Cart Ministry is calling for your books! We welcome donations on an ongoing basis and are currently seeking new titles. We rotate out books every several months to make room for new titles. Gently used books may be dropped of during the week at the Church Office or on Sunday at the Book Cart location on the patio. Please check what you have read at home and might share with others. Money raised through the Book Cart Ministry helps support other ministries on campus. For questions, please contact Rev. Vicki at 
Help All Saints Food Wagon Ministry
By Adding Just Few Items To Your
Grocery Cart This Week
Donations Still Needed!
We collect food for the hungry each Sunday. Food & items that you bring for the hungry will be gathered each Sunday at the entrance in our green food wagon and brought forward to the altar with our offerings and oblations to God. The food will be donated to Cafe Picasso Food Pantry at St. Michael's University Church (aka St. Mike's) in Isla Vista to serve UCSB and SBCC students struggling with issues of food insecurity. 

Items needed:
Tide laundry pods
toothpaste & toothbrushes
feminine hygiene products (pads, tampons)
almonds & peanuts
dried fruit
corn & mixed vegetables (canned)
jelly/jam & peanut butter
tuna & chicken (canned)

Please, no beans of any kind at this time.
Sunday School Parent Orientation

There will be a parent orientation for Sunday School this year immediately following the 10:00 a.m. service on September 18 with child care provided. We will be sharing updates with you as we prepare to launch Godly Play and Youth Group. We hope you can join us in prayerful support of our exciting Sunday School efforts!
Summer Music - EFM Singers This Sunday

Our summer at All Saints has been filled with the music of a wide variety of musicians. We've been especially blessed to have a number of our own members playing and singing at the 10:00 a.m. service.

Our summer series continues through early September. August 28, we'll welcome the Santa Barbara EFM singers and on September 4, our own Eventide Band will lead the music of the 10 a.m. service.

You will not want to miss these upcoming Sundays!
Major Deficiencies Uncovered During Phase 1 Bell Tower Work; Overall Project Costs Being Updated
We have recently learned that we will likely need to rebuild a significant portion of the north and possibly south walls of the church as part of Phase 2, including adding new exterior shingles, interior framing and new interior plaster. The need for this significant new element of the project was learned after the Bell Tower was removed and we opened the entire northwest corner of the building. The north aisle ceiling has been "sagging" for perhaps decades because no support beam was originally installed during the 1930s addition., pushing the top of the north wall outward. The roof will have to be shored while new walls are built. The cost for this work will hopefully be covered in our generous project contingency fund; however this is being analyzed. 

Project leaders have requested that architect Bob Easton, the contractor, structural and mechanical engineers, and other professionals undertake further exploratory work on the walls, roof supports and other areas to be addressed in Phase 2 in order to identify likely "surprises" not covered by our original budget and to prepare an update. A 20 percent contingency is included in teh project budget and is designed to handle these types of surprises. However, if we have significantly under-budgeted, even with this contingency amount, we want to know now so the leadership and, ultimately, the Vestry, can undertake a process of prioritizing project elements. That task will begin this fall once the revised budget is received in late August. "We are committed to making sure we address the needs of the sanctuary while ensuring we monitor the project, its costs and our budget," said Rev. Aimee. "We have excellent lay leadership working daily to monitor all aspects of this major undertaking. We also have a stellar team of outside professionals managing the project. The Vestry is updated regularly and we will continue to keep the parish informed," she added. More information about all of these developments will be presented at a fall Town Hall meeting.



During the construction we will need to enter and exit the church using the door on the front right hand side of the church (closest to the Parish House) and the Vesting Room door.  

If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please call the church office (805) 969-4771
Save the Date: Sunday, September 11th
Homecoming Sunday!
Com celebrate as we commission our parish school and Sunday school teachers and bless our children from both the parish school and the church as they begin a new year! We will also have our inter-generational choir, so families are encouraged to join Steve in the sanctuary at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday the 11th if you are interested in singing. Contact Steve at with any questions.
  Photo of the Week

Youth Group is coming to All Saints! More details to come...

If you are an adult and you would like to assist with youth group planning, etc. contact Rev. Vicki at
All Saints Choir Season Begins September 8th
I love the words of Psalm 100: Make a joyful noise unto the Lord...Serve the Lord with Gladness. Come before His presence with singing... September is almost here adn with it comes the return of our wonderful All Saints Choir. Once again I want to extend a warm and broad welcome to anyone who'd like to join us this year. Here's your chance to serve the Lord with gladness and with singing!

Each season All Saints Choir sings a broad mix of repertoire from sacred classics including Mendelssohn, Pachelbel, and Handel, to newly composed works by working musicians. Our liturgical choral identity can be described as variety with excellence! However, don't let the flashy language scare you. We are a church choir with a primary mission to serve the worshiping community. All levels of musicianship are welcome. In fact, if you ever wanted an opportunity to learn about liturgical worship or about music in general, All Saints choir is the place for you. We spend some time during each rehearsal talking about the nuts and bolts of music, music reading, singing and sharing the "good news" of the Gospels. Choir is a great place to learn! Join us, won't you?

We gather to rehearse on Thursday evenings from 7pm-9pm and our first rehearsal will be Thursday, September 8th in the church. 

If you have more questions, catch me after church on Sunday morning or shoot me an email at I can't wait to make music with you!

God's peace,
Steve O'Connor, Music Director
Mary Jo Yaeger and Terry Dodge 
Commit to the Capital Campaign
Mary Jo and Terry started attending All Saints in 2012, a few years after their marriage and a few more years after retirement: both from the U.S. Postal Service. She was raised Roman Catholic and he a Baptist.  Mary Jo was the longtime postmaster in Summerland and Terry
 currently works part time at Montecito's Read 'n Post.  After participating in Rev. Vicki's confirmation class, Mary Jo was received and Terry was confirmed into The Episcopal Church.

Terry and Mary Jo appreciate their connection to the All Saints community.  As with so many parishioners, they participate in different ways.  Mary Jo is a regular at Bible and Babble and Tuesday morning Eucharist, and serves on the Outreach Committee. Terry recently volunteered as an election worker at St. Michael's in Isla Vista.
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Feeding Ministries
As Christians we are called to care for our brothers & sisters in need. There are a variety of feeding ministry opportunities to live out this calling. Contact David Boyd at for more information about any of these meaningful ministries.

Transition House: Every 2nd Sunday of the month at 5 p.m.; prepare & serve a simple meal to emergency shelter residents. Volunteers & food donations needed.

Carpinteria Food Distribution:
Volunteers needed to organize and give free fruit and veggies to some of our less-fortunate brothers and sisters in Carpinteria.
Community Kitchen: Every 1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.; serve a simple lunch at Casa Esperanza Homeless Shelter.

Victoria Hotel: Every Tuesday & Thursday evenings; drive Victoria Hotel manager to Community Kitchen to pick up hot meals to veteran, disabled, and low-income residents.
Christian Formation
Christian Formation is open to everyone at every stage of the faith journey!

Centering Prayer & Healing Presence:
Every Sunday Fall through Spring, alternating Sundays, at 9:15 a.m. in the church office conference room. Contact Pat McClure for more information, 969-1426 On Summer Hiatus

Bible & Babble:
Every Tuesday at 6 p.m. Contact The Rev. Vicki for more information,  On Summer Hiatus 

Sunday School, Sept-May:
Meets during the 10 a.m. service in the Parish House. Children pre-K to 8th grades.

Education for Ministry (EfM):
Theological education at a distance. Local seminar group meets weekly Sept to June at Trinity Library. Contact Robert Brown for more information, 895-3620.  On Summer Hiatus

Centering Prayer:
Every Wed at 5 p.m. and Thurs at 10:30 a.m. in Parish House youth room. For Wednesday group contact Jaque Reed 969-4409, for Thursday Group contact Jane Murray 684-4405. On Summer Hiatus

Men's Bible Study:
Every Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. in Parish House youth room. Contact Ken Jewesson for more information, or 687-1683 On Summer Hiatus
Online Giving
All Saints-by-the-Sea now offers online giving.

Convenient. Easy. Secure.

Give out of God's love and gifts in your life that others may feel Christ's love and grace. 

Looking Ahead...
  • August 28  - Youth Group Committee Meeting in Parish House after 10am service
  • August 31 - Picnice on teh Patio at 6:30pm
  • Septemberr 5 - Labor Day, Church Office Closed
  • September 8 - All Saints Choir Season Begins
  • September 11 - Homecoming Sunday & Inter-Generational Service
  • September 18 - Sunday School Year Begins
  • September 18 - Parent Orientation for Sunday School after 10am service

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