Sunday, September 18th – The altar flowers are given today by Ray Krise, to the Glory of God and in memory of beloved grandmother, Ethel Mae Dorshimer.

Monday, September 19th – Prayerful Yoga – 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, September 21th – 6:30 p.m. – Seeking God, Seeking Christ:  An Invitation to the Spiritual Journey.  We continue our spiritual formation class for anyone who would like to attend.  Those who are seeking baptism, confirmation, reaffirmation of vows, or membership at All Saints’ will be required to take the class.  All are welcome and encouraged to come!  The bishop’s visitation will be October 30th. On this spiritual journey we will learn about Anglican spirituality and its roots in the Benedictine way of spiritual practice.  A sneak peek of themes includes:  “The Invitation to the Journey:  Listening for the Call”; “Commitment to Christ:  The Path of Stability and Change”; “Trusteeship:  Practicing the Presence of God in All of our Affairs”; “Living Together in Community”; “Prayer:  The Mortar of Christian Community”‘ and “Finding Balance:  Creating a Rule of Life”.  I look forward to traveling this path with you.  It’s not too late to join the class!  Please contact me if you would like to join us.  Amber+

Thursday, September 22nd 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.

Icons in Transformation – Gala Exhibit Opening, Sunday, September 25th, 5-8:00 p.m.:

— Ludmila (Mila) and Jan and the artwork have arrived! If you haven’t already met them, please introduce yourself to them after our 10:30 service coffee hour. They will be staying in our guest cottage until October 1.

–The Gala Exhibit Opening is one week from today. Purchase your tickets now! Please, please ask your friends to splurge and come with you to this once in a lifetime event. It will be a night to remember!

–Volunteer opportunities – We will be unpacking artwork today between the services, so come back with your work clothes on!

Wednesday, September 28th – 10:30 a.m. in Class Room A – Bible Study led by Bill Reed.  The group will meet every other Wednesday, continuing the study of the Epistle to the Colossians.  In October there will be only one meeting on Wednesday, October 26th.

Thursday, September 29th 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at All Saints’ Episcopal Church – An Exploration in Group Spiritual Direction: “Orienting to the Journey.”  This is an eight-week cohort – gathering in October and November facilitated by Cynthia Wigdahl.  Group spiritual direction offers a rich broadening and deepening to spiritual life in community.  You will learn to companion others without presupposition, and find mutual encouragement as you witness to the movement of God in the life of the other.  Space is limited to no more than six (6) participants.  Register by Monday, September 25th.  Send an email to cyndiwigdahl@gmail.com or call her at 857-756-9415 (mobile).  There is a suggested donation of $15-$20 per session.

Sunday, October 2:  We celebrate The Blessing of the Animals and The Feast of St. Francis.  Bring your pets, invite friends to bring theirs.  You may also bring photos of pets, stuffed animals, or a photo of a species that is threatened with extinction.  Please keep dogs on leashes and cats in carriers so that everyone can be safe and have fun!

Tuesday, October 11th – Join the All Saints’ Book Club on Tuesday, October 11th in the Library at 6:00 p.m.   We will be discussing The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.  Join us for discussion and a potluck meal.  Bring something to put in a salad or a goodie to share.  Contact Kathy Nielsen (knielsen68@gmail.com) to learn more about this group.

Saturday, October 15th – Honored Women’s Day at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Saratoga – 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Registration including lunch: $25.  See church bulletin boards for more information or contact the church office.  You may also contact ECW President Diane Lovelace (408) 813-4080.  Email: dilovelace@aol.com.

Our Memorial Garden Project is well on its way.  We are awaiting the final shipment of stone to complete the project.  Consider buying a brick to commemorate a loved one in your family or reserve one for yourself.  This project is being paid for completely with donations. This will be a beautiful meditative spot when completed.  Jana Gill is the contact if you have questions.

Daily Morning PrayerWelcome Happy Morning!  You are invited to join All Saints’ parishioners every weekday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for prayers, music, and reflection at Morning Prayer in the All Saints’ Chapel of Saints Benedict and Scholastica (opening onto 9th Street).

Thank you to all who have contributed to outfitting the Cottage.  We are just about ready for our first guests, Ludmila Palowska and her husband, Jan.  Dame Julian’s Cottage, as we have dubbed it, will be ready for retreatants in October.

There is a need for sleeping bags and windbreaker 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.

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.  Thank you for your generosity towards those in need.

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 ray.krise@allsaintscarmel.org.