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September 2, 2016
Mark Your Calendars! 
Sunday, September 11th at 10am
Homecoming Sunday and Inter-generational service
All Saints welcomes the program year on Homecoming Sunday. With a special inter-generational choir in full swing, we'll celebrate by coming together as the whole household of God! This Sunday, we will bless our Parish School teachers and Sunday School teachers. We'll also gather all of the children at the altar to hear a message from Rev. Aimee. Children from the Parish School and Sunday School will be blessed as they begin their school year. Families are encouraged to join Steve in the sanctuary at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday the 11th if you are interested in singing in the inter-generational choir. (steve@asbts.org)

A potluck on the patio will follow the 10 a.m. service and All Saints will provide hotdogs. Please bring a dish to share plated and ready to go. 
Transition House Dinner Sunday, September 11
Sunday, September 11th is All Saints' night to prepare and serve dinner to Transition House residents. Approximately 59 family members will attend this dinner - and rely on this hot meal. Please consider donating food for the dinner or your time in preparing or serving dinner to our less fortunate brothers and sisters in Christ. Please contact David Boyd at dboydinc@aol.com or find him at the Information Table on the patio after service this Sunday. 
The church office will be closed Monday, September 5th 
in observance of Labor Day. 
Education for Ministry (EFM) Information Meeting Sunday, September 11th after 10 a.m. Service
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 will be held Sunday, September 11th after the 10 a.m. service in the Parish House. Come learn about EfM!
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 vicki@asbts.org 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, 969-4771.
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!
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! 

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 and 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!

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

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 vicki@asbts.org. 
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
crackers
corn & mixed vegetables (canned)
jelly/jam & peanut butter
rice
soup
tuna & chicken (canned)

Please, no beans of any kind at this time.
Soups Needed for Eventide
As we continue with our Eventide soup dinners, soups are still needed to feed those who attend the weekly Eventide service on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. Soup containers are available for those who wish to make soup.
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. 
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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.

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Remember:

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
  Photo of the Week

#FlashBackFriday to this precious moment 
from Homecoming Sunday last year. 
Don't forget - Homecoming 2016 is September 11th! 
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 dboydinc@aol.com 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 

Bible & Babble:
Every Tuesday at 6 p.m. Contact The Rev. Vicki for more information, vicki@asbts.org Begins Sept. 20

Sunday School, Sept-May:
Meets during the 10 a.m. service in the Parish House. Children pre-K to 8th grades. Begins September 18th.

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. Info meeting Sept. 11th in Parish House after 10am service

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, kfjewesson@cox.net or 687-1683
Online Giving
All Saints-by-the-Sea now offers online giving.

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

Looking Ahead...
  • September 5 - Labor Day, Church Office Closed
  • September 8 - All Saints Choir Season Begins
  • September 11 - Homecoming Sunday & Inter-Generational Service
  • September 11 - EfM Info Meeting in Parish House after 10am service
  • September 11 - Transition House Dinner at 5pm
  • September 12 - First Day of Parish School
  • September 12 - All Saints Book Group
  • September 16 - Godly Play training
  • September 17 - Godly Play training
  • September 18 - Sunday School Year Begins
  • September 18 - Parent Orientation for Sunday School after 10am service

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