Today: vestry report to the congregation—Your vestry will respond to our recent discernment conversations and written input, and will present our next steps for growth in faith, love, and service. The gathering will be held after the 10:30 a.m. service. This vestry report will take the place of the usual rector’s forum, which will resume next Sunday.
Today: Children’s Worship at 10:30 a.m.—Pre-kindergarten and elementary children worship in an age-appropriate manner in Room A during the Liturgy of the Word, and then return during the Peace so that they can participate in Holy Communion. Parents may accompany their children. The nursery will still be in session, and parents may always keep their children with them in church. Children’s bulletins will continue to be available at the entrance of the church. If you would like to help with Children’s Worship, please contact Jennifer Suttie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 831-521-9654.
Monday: Healthy Saints hike at Wetlands of Watsonville—Our 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. outing to Ohlone and Upper Struve Slough offers three hours (5.4 miles) of easy to slightly moderate near-level walking over exposed trails, followed by an optional lunch. Dogs are allowed. Bring your camera: this hike should provide many opportunities to photograph wetland birds. Please contact Mother Cynthia at 520-260-5158 or email@example.com if you would like to join the group. Coming in November: Ford Ord National Monument (Engineer Canyon Loop); Delaveaga Park, Santa Cruz; Jack’s Peak, Monterey (Sage/Madrone/Ceanothus Loop); and Garland Ranch, Carmel Valley (Garzas Canyon and Redwood Trail).
Monday: Christian yoga—Creating space in the body through breath, movement, and stillness creates space in your heart and life. Join instructor Beth Lefebvre in Seccombe Hall from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. No previous yoga experience is required.
Wednesday: Learning and Belonging the Episcopal Way—The final class will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Next Sunday: The Feast of All Saints—We’ll mark our feast day with worship and celebration, and the chance to view displays from all the ministries of All Saints’ Parish. Evensong at 5:30 will feature the chanting of the names of our deceased loved ones. (Forms for the Necrology are available in the office and church.) You’re also invited to bring paintings, portraits, and photographs to adorn the nave with a “cloud of witnesses.”
Next Sunday: photos taken for new church directory! The photo directory team will be calling you to confirm your contact information for our new directory. We are adding birthdays so that we can celebrate with each other; if you want your birthday included, we will publish the month and day, but not the year. Our listings will include one photo per household. You are invited to submit a jpeg photo (but no individual photos from multi-person households, please) to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can also take your photo at church. Parish photographers will be available after all three services on November and November 16. We expect the new directory to be available on December 7. We look forward to knowing our church family better by seeing photos and having an up-to-date directory!
Walking the Way—Join your vestry in praying about your 2015 financial commitment to All Saints’, and plan to present your pledge card on All Saints’ Sunday, November 2.
Enjoy Dinner with Bishop Mary—Spend time with Bishop Mary and help celebrate the commitment of those who are confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church. RSVP to save a seat for yourself and your family at the All Saints’ celebration dinner on Tuesday, November 4. The service begins at 5:30 and the dinner at approximately 6:30.
Helping with hospitality—Do you enjoy fellowship in the patio after church? Part of what makes fellowship so enjoyable is the coffee and treats that are provided for us each Sunday by members of our church. However, we are very short-handed in volunteers for this important ministry! The more people we have, the less work for the people who host Sunday after Sunday. Please let Sofia Osborne or Fr. Rick know if you would be able to serve every eight weeks or so. Thank you!
Calling All Bakers, Confectioners, and Pastry Chefs! Once again, the Craft Fair (November 22) will feature a bake sale table in support of the discretionary fund. Whatever your kitchen specialty, you are invited to participate by donating such items as muffins, breads, cookies, cakes, pies, and more. Calling now with your commitment to participate will help us plan ahead for a great event. Don’t feel you’re much of a baker? Join the fun by volunteering to staff the sale table for a couple of hours. Please contact Grace Swearingen at 392-0202 or email@example.com.
Sunday handout deadline—To be included in next Sunday’s handout, your announcement must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on the preceding Wednesday. Most special parish events are included in the announcements for three weeks before they occur. Contact Andrea Matters at firstname.lastname@example.org or 624-3090.