Today, Sunday, October 2ndAltar greens are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Imelda and Ralph Borreson by Nan Borreson.

Today, Sunday, October 2nd:  We celebrate The Blessing of the Animals and The Feast of St. Francis.  Bring your pets, or 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!  The service will take place in the Church.

The Icons in Transformation exhibit will be open to the public – for free – today until November 20. Please invite your friends and tell everyone you know! We have docents M-F 10-2:00, Thurs. Eve, 6-8:00, and Sat.-Sun. 1-4:00.

Monday, October 3rd – 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.

Thursday, October 6th 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.

Friday, October 7th at 7:30 p.m., the Monterey Symphony Chamber Orchestra Chamber Players will perform in our beautiful sanctuary as part of the Icons in Transformation celebration:  “Chamber Music Concert with Clarinet.”  Monterey Symphony Chamber Players will present music by Kokai, Debussy, and Brahms, featuring Concertmaster, Christina Mok and Steve Sanchez, clarinet.  Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased through our website.

Saturday, October. 8th at 4 p.m.  As part of the Icons in Transformation celebration, guest speaker Dr. Rossitza Schroeder, PhD, medievalist, Graduate Theological Union, will present a free lecture on “Byzantium & Rome, East & West in Iconography.”  Please plan to attend.

Sunday, October 9:  Join us after 10:30am Sunday service for a Pie Fest!  If you don’t know what a Pie Fest is come and see how you can participate and you are guaranteed a piece of the pie.

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.

Wednesday, October 26thBible study led by Bill Reed, continuing the study of the Epistle to the Colossians.  Meeting will take place in the Library.

Due to the busy fall schedule at All Saints’ the upcoming cohort, “An Exploration in Group Spiritual Direction” is being rescheduled for Spring 2017. Please stay tuned for more information.  And in the meantime, if you have questions and would like to interact with Cynthia Wigdahl about Spiritual Direction or Group Spiritual Direction, she invites you to email her at:cyndiwigdahl@gmail.com.

Our Memorial Garden Project is nearing completion.  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).

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.