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March 25, 2016
Thank you, Fred Allen, for capturing such wonderful photos at our Palm Sunday service! Click here to view the photos.

The Paschal Mystery - Christ's death and resurrection- is the heart of Christianity. And 
it is the life-saving center of our own lives and stories.  Christ's  Paschal Mystery finds us in the darkness of our human life, gathers us in beloved community, and makes  us, once again, a new creation

This Holy Week, come and experience the life-saving mysteries of Christ's death and resurrection. The services of Holy Week are the most meaningful and life-changing services of the year for many. During Holy Week, we not only remember Christ's saving acts for us, but we participate in the very acts of Christ's passion, so that on Easter we can  become God's  Resurrection people, agents of God's transforming love to this broken world.
 
Good Friday - March 25, 6 p.m.*: On Good Friday we commemorate and participate in Christ's suffering and death because we believe they have purpose. We believe that Christ's death conquered death, in all of its forms, once and for all. When we have found ourselves on one of life's many crosses, Christ, who suffers with us, has sustained us. We meet Christ on the cross, and we know that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God. In baptism, we die with Christ on the cross, promising to surrender ourselves to God for the sake of our salvation, and to enter into the suffering of others for the sake of their salvation. Come walk the way of the cross for salvation sake.
 
The Great Vigil of Easter - Saturday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. Service on the Patio: Fire. Light. Word. Water. Bread. Wine. These are the symbols that lead us from death to life with Christ. This ancient service, the most important service of the year,  begins with the kindling of a new fire-  the light of Christ breaking into the darkness of our world. And then we hear the story, our story, of salvation from the beginning of time. We will gather on the patio around the fire as we share  our ancestral stories of how God has worked for our salvation since the beginning of time, and how we still participate in God's ongoing story of salvation. We renew our baptismal covenant and commit ourselves anew to be people of Christ's resurrection. Then we celebrate that resurrection in the first Eucharist of Easter.  Dress warmly, and don't miss this  principle liturgy of the year gathered around the simplicity of a campfire.
 
Easter Day - Sunday, March 27, 8 and 10 a.m.
Alleluia! Christ has Risen! Come celebrate the victory of Christ's resurrection.  8 and 10 a.m. Choral Easter Eucharist with Renewal of Baptismal Vows (Egg Hunt follow the 10 a.m. service). Don't forget to bring cut flowers for the Flower Cross on the lawn.

*Please note the earlier times to accommodate children's participation in the services. Childcare will also be available.

Children are welcome at all services.
Violence in the Holy Land Then and Now
Religious Studies Professor, All Saint's parishioner, and new vestry member Caryn Reeder, along with Bruce Fisk, will reflect on domestic violence and wars of conquest in the Bible and in the contemporary Middle East, drawing on their work and experiences there. Caryn lived in Jerusalem from 1999-2001 and led a student program in the Middle East in 2012. She spent a a year as a Fulbright Scholar in the West Bank in 2013-2014, teaching at a Palestinian university and conducting research. Her work examined women, children and war in biblical and classical antiquity. Event is 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 7th at the University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara Street. Contact the church office for more information.
"5 Habits of the Heart That Make Democracy Possible" 
New Adult Study Group Begins April 6
The Biology of Transcendence was the title of 3 Adult formation classes offered last Fall  that tied physics, neuroscience, and Gospel teaching teaching together to reveal a  humbling glimpse of the phenomenal capacity that our Creator has wired into our 
physical-spiritual being. The ultimate gift we've been given is the fusion of heart's and  brain's intelligence that St. Paul called "The Mind of Christ". 

Still, nothing much happens when we just know about something. It is only when we  take the risk and muster the energy to try these great teachings out in real life situations 
that we begin to crack out of our anxious, limited ways of living. Nowhere is such an  experiment more needed than in the divisive politics of this year's presidential election. 

We invite you to bring Easter's practice of resurrection living to explore the issues that  are dividing our political life in this pre-election year - to take part in Healing The Heart  of Democracy by Parker J Palmer. The online journal Democracy & Education calls it  "one of the most important books of the early 21st Century". 

We'll explore Palmer's five "habits of the heart" that can help us restore democracy's  foundations when we nurture them in ourselves and each other: (1) An understanding  that we are all in this together. (2) An appreciation of the value of "otherness." (3) An  ability to hold tensions in life-giving ways. (4) A sense of personal voice and agency. (5)  A capacity to create community.  

With the co-leadership of Pat McClure, Karen Teleen-Lawton, and Paul Collins, the  classes will begin after Eventide supper from 7:15 to 8:45 on April 6th and run for six  weeks to May 18th - with a 'mid term break' on April 27th. An optional Saturday Retreat  will be offered following the series. The book can be purchased online or at Chaucer's. 

But whether you're reading the book or not, everyone is invited to join us for this  adventure in spiritual and political skill building. 

Please sign up on the Heart of Democracy sheet on the Information Table after  Sunday's services.
Reservations Due April 11th!

May the Road to Ireland Soon Greet You!

All Saints-by-the-Sea will be off to discover St. Patrick's Ireland from  October 16 - 25, 2016 on a faith tour designed by Collette. 

Family Potluck at the Rectory
Saturday, April 10
Please join Rev. Aimee, Alyson, and Willa at the Rectory at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 10, for potluck, fun, and fellowship! Meet and greet Sunday School families for food, games, and relaxation. Bring a dish and beverage to share and be prepared for a fun-filled time. A sign-up sheet can be found on the patio Information table after services. Friends and family members are welcome! For questions, please contact Rev. Vicki at church, vicki@asbts.org.
All Saints Food Wagon Ministry
After helping the UCSB students organize their Food Pantry at St. Mike's in I.V. last Sunday, we want to offer a few suggestions for your much appreciated weekly food donations:

NO MORE BEANS for the time being:  no green beans, no raw beans, no refried beans or baked beans.

YES to more peanut butter, jelly, pasta sauce and crackers.

Yes to Tide laundry detergent PODS, which the students can easily share.

All Saints Day Trip - April 30th

Join us for a day trip to the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in Pasadena on Saturday, April 30th. The Santa Barbara Airbus will depart All Saints at 8:00 a.m. to arrive at the Huntington Library around 10:30 a.m. We will have tea in the Huntington Rose Garden Tea Room at 10:45 a.m. followed by private docent tours of the gardens from noon until 1:00 p.m. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore all that the Huntington has to offer. We have been assured by the staff that this is an ideal weekend to see the gardens; the roses should be in their glory of first bloom! For those who also enjoy shopping, The Huntington Store is a gift shop not to be missed. We will depart the Huntington around 4:00 p.m. and return to All Saints between 6:00-6:30 p.m. The cost of the day trip is $110/person. Join us for this lovely outing and don't forget to bring sun hats and cameras! The deadline for reservations is Thursday, April 14. Reservation forms are available on the patio Information Table after services. All are welcome! For questions, please contact Rev. Vicki at the church, vicki@asbts.org. 

All Saints Book Group Makes May Selection

All Saints Book Group will next meet on Monday, May 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish House. Join us for potluck dinner and discussion of In God's Name: An Investigation into the Murder of Pope John Paul I by David A. Yallop. "As David Yallop reveals, Pope John Paul I had, by the evening of September 28, 1978, decided on startling changes that would affect the doctrine, finances and hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. These changes would be opposed by many, among them six powerful men who knew that the Pope's decisions could mean the end of their careers, if not their lives. Unless, of course they acted first." The pope was found dead on the morning of September 29. No official death certificate has ever been issued. No autopsy was performed. Pope Paul I died suddenly just thirty-three days after his reign of pope had begun. 

Join us for lively discussion around this investigative journalist's great question: Was Pope John Paul I murdered? All are welcome! For questions, please contact Rev. Vicki at the church, vicki@asbts.org. 
  Photo of the Week

All ages explored more deeply Christ's servant ministry by having their feet washed or washing someone's feet last night at the Maundy Thursday Service


Have you signed up? Golfers & Volunteers Needed!

12th Annual Jim Bower Community Outreach Golf Tournament

May 2, 2016
La Cumbre Golf Club
4015 Via Laguna; Hope Ranch

10AM Tournament Check In
11AM Tournament Tee Off

Tournament fees include golf with cart, lunch, and drinks on the course. Participation costs $200 per golfer, if payment is received by May 1, 2016. Payment on tournament day will cost $250 per golfer. 


This event continues to serve as the primary funding for our Outreach programs. Registration and Questions: 
Call - 805-560-6185; Email - mrosespec@aol.com
Election Officers Needed for the Tuesday, June 7th Primary Election
Please join volunteers from Trinity and St. Michael's Episcopal Churches to staff two precincts at the St. Michael's chapel in Isla Vista and donate your stipend to benefit St. Michael's Episcopal Campus Ministry at UCSB. Isla Vista is where election action will be, and you can be part of it! Half- and full-day positions are available, and required training will take place on Tuesday, May 24. Please sign up at the Information Table and contact David Boyd, dboydinc@aol.com for more details and questions.

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

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.

Christ-Centered 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.

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...
  • March 25 - Good Friday services at Noon and 6pm
  • March 26 - Great Vigil of Easter at 7:30pm
  • March 27 - Easter Sunday with egg hunt after 10am service
  • March 28 - Parish Office Closed
  • April 6 - Adult study, 5 Habits of the Heart, begins
  • April 7 - Violence in the Holy Land Then & Now event at 5:30pm
  • April 10 - Family potluck at the Rectory at 11:30am
  • April 11 - Reservations deadline for Ireland trip
  • April 14 - Reservations deadline for day trip to the Huntington
  • April 30 - Day trip to the Huntington

Meme of the Week

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