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September 9, 2016
This Sunday! 
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. (

A potluck on the patio will follow the 10 a.m. service and All Saints will provide hotdogs. 

NEEDED: Chips/Salsa, BBQ Beans, Salad, Cookies, and Soda - Please bring one or more these items 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. 
We are very excited to announce that our first Youth Group activity will be held on Saturday, October 8th at 5:30pm in the Parish House. All Junior High youth (6th-8th grades) and Senior High youth are welcome. The Youth Group will be making and enjoying dinner together under the guidance of Kathryn Roberts and other Youth Group Committee members. They will not only enjoy food and fellowship but will be discussing plans for this year. The Youth Group Committee members are The Rev. Vicki Mouradian, Kathryn Roberts, Chris Belanger, Michael Swift, and Scott Danielson along with Peer Mentors Callahan Morgan and LIana Mueller. We look forward to a fun-filled and menagful year! Youth Group attendees are always welcome to bring friends!
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!
Healing Prayer Resumes This Sunday!
Summer is over, and the rituals of fall are calling us back to our patterns of meeting and seeking God's presence collectively again. Last week, Centering Prayer met at 9:15 a.m., and this coming Sunday at 9:15 a.m., we're called to gather again in the Healing Presence.

WE'll resume our inner journey together, and, for those moments of collective silence, we'll release our habits of thought so that deeper faculties of seeing and knowing our lives become available to us. Subtly and quietly, feelings or insights come to us in healing prayer that reorder our very being. Marcel Proust wrote: "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."

We hope you'll join us in the voyage of discovery that is the natural result of navigating by listening for the Holy Spirit...this coming Sunday morning in the downstairs conference room of the church office. And please bring a friend!

Contact Pat McClure for more information:
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. 
M-4 Veterans Group
All Saints' veterans of military service are invited to a special breakfast hosted by El Montecito Presbyterian Church in their Parish Hall on Saturday, September 17th at 09:00 hours to 11:00 hours. 

The M-4 Veterans Group is a great way to meet and get to know others who have served our country and thereby have some commonality to draw together. This group promotes comradery among fellow M-4 veterans to share the "gung ho" spirit with our churches as well as increase awareness of services for our veterans in our community.

Please RSVP to Bill Gowler by phone 845-3522 or email with your name, church, and branch of service. Please include any food allergies.
Big Day in the Parish! Combined Worship Set for Sunday, Oct. 23 at 9 a.m.
Ringing of the bell in the new Bell Tower
Single, combined worship service

Immediately After Combined Service

Town Hall meeting after the 9 a.m. worship service

A single combined worship service is planned for Sunday, Oct. 23 at 9 a.m. The new Bell Tower will be dedicated at the beginning of the service and a special Town Hall gathering will take place after the service. 

Please plan to arrive by 9 a.m so that all in the parish can hear the ringing of the bell in its new tower to begin worship. Following the service you will have a chance to grab a cup of coffee and return to the Sanctuary for an update on the Sanctuary Preservation and Readiness Project.

NOTE: We will only have a 9 a.m. service on Oct. 23: there will be no 8 a.m. service and no 10 a.m. service: ONLY a 9 a.m. combined worship service. 
Godly Play Comes to All Saints!
Starts September 18th
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.
St. Frances Day Pet Blessing
Sunday, October 2 at the 10 a.m. Service
Bring your favorite furry, feathered or finned friend, and join the chorus of all creation. We believe God made all of creation and called it good. To share God's blessings, we invite our pets to join us in the sanctuary for this special (and slightly shortened) Sunday service of Holy Communion. This will be our October inter-generational (and inter-species) service.

The 8 a.m. service will be pet free.
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!
"What is Gender?" Panel Discussion at Westmont
Tuesday, Sept 20
Three Westmont professors - two of whom are parishioners - will be addressing different definitions of gender in their respective fields. Parishioner Caryn Reeder, All Saints Vestry, will moderate.

Amanda Sparkman, assistant professor of biology, Sameer Yadav, assistant professor of religious studies, and Meredith Whitnah, assistant professor of sociology, examine the ways gender might be defined in their respective disciplines on Tuesday, September 20th at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont's Kerrwood Hall. "What is Gender?" co-sponsored by the gender studies program and the Westmont Feminist Society, is free and and open to the public. 

For more information, please contact organizer Caryn Reeder, associate professor of religious studies, at (805) 565-7047
All Saints Choir Season Began 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 
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.
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. 

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
  Photo of the Week

All Saints Parish School teachers celebrate the start of a new year!
Election Officers Needed For 
Presidential General Election
Tuesday, November 8
Help make this historic election happen by joining with volunteers from Trinity and St. Michael's Episcopal Churches to staff the vote center and its 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. Half and full-day positions are available, and r equired training will take place on Tuesday, October 25 for precinct workers and on Thursday, October 27 for vote center workers.

Please sign up at the Information Table and contact David Boyd, 969-2710 or for 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 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, 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, or 687-1683
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...
  • 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 - M-4 Veterans breakfast at El Montecito
  • 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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