The Altar Flowers for Pentecost were given by Rosemary Smith to the Glory of God and in Thanksgiving for Pentecost Sunday.
The Church Office will be closed on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016
No Prayerful Yoga session this Monday, May 30th, Memorial Day – Yoga will resume on Monday, June 6th. Creating space in the body through breath, movement, and stillness creates space in your heart and life. Join instructor Beth Lefevre in Seccombe Hall from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. No previous yoga experience is required. Donations go to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund.
Wednesday, June 1st – Bible study – at 10:30 a.m. in Classroom A. We are studying the Epistle to the Ephesians, led by Bill Reed and Pastor Amber.
Thursday, June 2nd at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel: Our Contemplative Prayer Group continues its weekly meetings to practice Centering Prayer. We will begin with a short reading from Fr. Thomas Keating’s book, Open Mind, Open Heart, followed by Centering Prayer meditation, and a short discussion about our practice. Please join us even if you have not attended a workshop.
Welcome Dinner for Newcomers – this Friday June 3rd – 6 to 8 p.m. Parish Hall. This is an opportunity for the congregation to meet and get to know newcomers better and for you newcomers to meet some of us. If you are new to All Saints’, please plan to join us. Sign up on the clipboard in the back of the church or call the office. We need to know how much food to cook.
Tuesday, June 14th: Join the All Saints Book Club on Tuesday, June 14th in the Library at 6:00 pm. We will be discussing Barbara Brown Taylor’s The Luminous Web: Essays on Science and Religion. Join us for discussion and a potluck meal. Bring something to put in a salad or a goodie to share. Contact Kathy Nielsen (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more about this group.
An Introduction to Centering Prayer with The Rev. Amber Sturgess – Saturday, June 25, 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $25.00 suggested donation includes lunch (but no one turned away for lack of funds). SPACE IS LIMITED: Deadline for registration is June 22nd. To sign up, please call the church office. Here’s the prospectus:
Would you like to deepen your prayer life? In this one day retreat we will learn about prayer and contemplation and the method of Centering Prayer, “the prayer of the heart,” a form of Western Meditation which is rooted in Jesus’ teachings and widely used for over 1,500 years – sustaining great spiritual masters like Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and Thomas Merton. This ancient discipline has the power to gradually transform and heal our relationship with the Divine, others and ourselves. It’s even been scientifically proven to reduce our susceptibility to stress. Come and experience it yourself!
Hold the date: On Saturday, July 2nd, we will have an Independence Day Celebration. The picnic will be from noon to 4 p.m. on the patio. Pray for sun! Meat and beverages will be provided (donations accepted) and everyone is asked to bring a salad or dessert to share. Come wave the flag!
Get ready for All Saint’s incredible Phantom Ball. An Outreach Commission gala fundraiser. Plus, you may win a Napa Valley Dream Come True, a remarkable Napa Valley weekend for two for a mere $25.00. For more information go to our website: www.allsaintscarmel.org.
Daily Morning Prayer – Welcome Happy Morning! You are invited to join All Saints parishioners every weekday morning from 9.00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for music, prayers, and reflection at Morning Prayer in the All Saints’ Chapel of Saints Benedict and Scholastica (opening onto 9th Street).
There is a need for sleeping bags and windbreak jackets for those in need. Jackets need to be clean and light enough to roll up tightly. Marked containers will be under the tables by the front doors. Thanks from your Outreach Commission. Thanks from those in need.
Coffee Hour Changes – We’d like to restructure the coffee hour by splitting the work load. Instead of one person or couple doing everything, there will be 2 sign-up lists. One for just making coffee and the second list for bringing the “goodies”. No need to prepare a banquet – just a fruit, something sweet (doesn’t have to be homemade) and something savory (e.g., cheese, crackers, chips or veggies.) Juice is optional. The coffee hour is a special time for people to linger, get to know new faces and greet our friends. We really need help and hope this new procedure of splitting the load will encourage you to sign up. For more information or to sign up contact Izzi Shillinglaw.
Opportunities for the good of our Community:
Clerk of the Vestry: Are you good at taking minutes? We need you. This is critical. Please call Ray in the church office for information: 624-3883. This is an important task which will require your time once a month to attend the vestry meeting and write up the minutes afterwards.
Missing persons! If you notice someone missing in the pew, give them a call. People are bashful; maybe all they need is a ride. This is an opportunity to reach out in community to our members.
Donations for the Food Pantry – The food pantry can use canned meats, tuna, peanut butter, canned fruit or vegetables, and toiletries. Please place donated items in the basket at the entrance to the church to be brought forward at the offertory. Thank you for your generosity towards those in need.
Have you ever wanted to toll the bell? All Saints’ has a great bell; just stand out in front when it is rung! A small contingent of Carmelites is now tolling the bell twelve times at noon each day at All Saints’ and Church of the Wayfarer. They are looking to add a few more people to the list. Would you be interested in signing on to toll the bell one day a week at noon? If so, talk to Ray in the church office. 624-3883
Announcement deadline – To be included in next Sunday’s bulletin, your announcement must be submitted by 11 a.m. on the preceding Wednesday. Most special parish events are included in the announcements for three weeks before they occur. Contact Ray Krise in the office at 624-3883, ext. 14 or email@example.com.