All Saints’ Episcopal Church – Announcements – August 20, 2017

Sunday – August 20th

Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

New or Noteworthy This Week

Hugs for our homebound parishioners:  Three of us meet in the church office from one to three on the third Thursday of the month, making “prayer shawls” for members of All Saints’ who land in the hospital, or are confined to their homes for a variety of reasons.  The “shawls” can be knitted, crocheted, or quilted; what matters is that these folks know that they are thought of and prayed for.  Please consider joining us, even if you can’t come every month.  Also, if you are unable to meet at that time, you are welcome to contribute to our supply of afghans, blankets and lap robes.  Call Claudia Ward, 373-5069, if you have any questions.


Seeking God, Seeking Christ

A Course on the Benedictine Spiritual Practices which enable us to live out the Gospel in companionship with Jesus Christ. Benedictine prayer and spirituality is the backbone of the Book of Common Prayer and therefore shapes our belief and understanding.  In the class we will explore worship, the daily office, lectio divina, and trusteeship, the baptismal covenant, rule of life, and the spiritual practices of listening and hospitality.  This class is foundational for understanding the mission of All Saints’ and everyone is encouraged to attend. * If you are seeking to become a member of All Saints’ this course is required for membership.  The Class will begin in the Fall.  TBA.


The Fine Arts & Crafts Fair – Many of our vendors from previous Fairs are coming back this year, but we are looking to expand our list of presenters.  Please call Barbara Dickason if you know of any artists who might be interested. 972-567-3572.


This morning’s “Pickup Choir” actually picked up four members of the All Saints’ Choir who were officially on break until September! Nancy Jones brought back music she loved singing at a Friends of St. Benedict retreat and wanted to try it out with one or two of her choir buddies. This turned into the quartet we hear this morning, singing a lovely setting of “Blest are the pure in heart.”

Thanks go to Lisa Bennett, Barbara Dickason and Elizabeth McInnis, members of last Sunday’s “Pickup Choir” who stepped up to the plate and did a beautiful job! We have two more Sundays before the All Saints’ Choir comes back from its summer break. That means two more opportunities for others who love to sing to meet downstairs in the choir room at 9:00 am next Sunday (Aug 27) or the following Sunday (Sept 3) to practice a simple, easy-to-learn song to sing at the Offertory. Please let me know after church if you are interested, or give me a call at 831 238-5102. The All Saints’ Choir returns on September 10. New members are welcome!  Jean Widaman Interim Choir Director


Help feed our community’s hungry by filling one of the red bags located under the table at the back of the church.  Items that are needed most are printed on the bags.  No glass items please.  Many thanks from your Outreach Commission who will include your contributions in our daily food bags.  Please return bags to the back of the church.                                         


Prayerful Yoga at All Saints’ will take a summertime break.  However you may join Beth Lefebvre Tuesday mornings at Yoga Center of Carmel in cottage #18 located on San Carlos at 10th (Sunset Center) – 7:45 and 9:30 a.m.  Prayerful Yoga at All Saints’ will resume Monday, September 11th at 5:30 p.m.  Contact Beth at 831-595-8502.


You are invited to participate in the annual PASTA WITH THE PASTORS benefit dinner on Thursday, August 24, at San Carlos Parish Hall, in Monterey –  4:30 – 7:30 PM.  Enjoy a delicious pasta dinner and a silent auction at this annual IHELP fundraiser. (Interfaith Emergency Lodging Homeless Program.)  Help support Rev. Amber, one of those pastors serving.  Tickets are $20 and Hans Lehmann has some.  831-624-0540.


We will be having a Benedictine Wisdom Day on Saturday, August 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at All Saints’. We’ll start with prayer and Lectio Divina, then move in silence to break into small groups to do some sprucing up around the campus. There will be work that everyone can participate in, from labeling and cataloging books in the library to slightly more strenuous chores that will be garden or campus oriented. If you plan to attend, please sign up in the back of the church this Sunday or in the office during the week.


The Congregation Beth Israel, 5716 Carmel Valley Road, presents the 30th Annual Jewish Food Festival – Sunday, August 27th – 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Free admission and free parking at the Carmel Middle School with shuttle bus service.  Live music, folk dancing, craft booths, storytelling, and Jewish food for the soul:  corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, matzo ball soup, latkes, knishes and lots more.


Our all parish meeting is less than three weeks away.  Rev. Amber and your vestry will be presenting the new mission, vision, core values and objectives to the congregation at the half year parish dinner meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6, in Seccombe Hall.  (Indian food prepared by Sameera!)  This will be a very important gathering which we hope everyone will try to attend. We will be celebrating the achievements of the last eighteen months and mapping out the next few years as we work towards a vibrant sustainable future for our parish.  -Candace DiLello


Putting on the Mind of Christ: 

Centering Prayer Meditation Workshop

Saturday, September 9th, 9:30am – 3:30pm. 

$25 suggested donation includes lunch.

Even if you have attended a Centering Prayer Meditation workshop before, it’s helpful to attend again to undergird your practice.

In this one day retreat workshop we will learn about the gift of contemplative prayer which is the opening of mind and heart, our whole being, to the presence of God who is the Ultimate Reality and Mystery.  The practice of Centering Prayer can lead us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer where the spirit prays within us beyond all words, thoughts, images, and emotions.

Cynthia Bourgeault says that the real work of Centering Prayer is to “lay the inner foundations for an entirely different kind of spiritual attentiveness. . . Centering Prayer opens up “attention of the heart.”  It will gradually lead you into a whole new reality, which some have likened to “putting on the mind of Christ.”

Join us for the workshop and learn how to open yourself more fully to the presence of God in your midst.

To register contact Ray Krise at All Saints’, Carmel:   831-624-3883, ext. 14 or   Please register by September 6, 2017 so that we can have an accurate count for lunch.


A Walk through the Holy Eucharist:  Worship is the anchor and foundation for who we are as followers of Jesus Christ in the Episcopal tradition.  It is essential for our spiritual formation and growth.  When we come to worship it requires the sacrifice of our full attention – body, soul, spirit, and mind.  Keeping our attention focused on God takes practice and an understanding of what we are doing in each moment.  Join us each Sunday for Worship (Sept. 10, 17, 24, & Oct. 1) as we walk through the liturgy.


The All Saints’ Book Group meets in the Church Library on the second Tuesday of each month.     We enjoy a light dinner at 6:00 and then begin our discussion at 6:30.  Please bring something to add to the salad or a goodie to share.  The September 12th book selection is The Light Between Oceans: a Novel by M.L. Stedman.  You may borrow a book in the church office.  Sign in on the yellow paper in the outside pocket of the green library bag.  Grace Swearingen is the leader for this book.  Contact Kathy Nielsen,, for more information.


For over 20 years, All Saint’s church has hosted twenty six I-HELP men once a month for dinner and the night. (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program) If you are interested in helping this inspiring volunteer program, by cooking, serving, or eating with the men, please contact Hans Lehmann at (831) 624-0540. Many thanks.


A Seminar on Dreams: Healing and Wholeness

Presenter: Peter L. Fritsch, writer, priest, spiritual director.

Date and Time: Sunday October 1. 5:15 pm. to 8:15 pm.

Location: The home of Karen Fredrickson and Mohsen Banuazizi

25877 So. Carmel Hills Dr. Carmel

Cost: $40 Registration: email Peter at Payment at the door by check or cash

About the Workshop: This workshop provides an understanding of how God may be guiding or healing us through our dreams. Peter will give a historical overview of why dream work faded out as a spiritual practice by the Fifth Century in the Western Church but never lost its authority in the East.

Participants will learn how to understand the basic structure and symbolic language of their dreams. They will also learn how to use scholastic reference books on world symbolism to help them do their own individual dream analysis.

The Current Calendar Schedule of Events

Morning Prayer in the Chapel, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, August 23rd – Bible Study in the Library at 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, August 23rd – Teatime Theology with Rev. Amber – 3 p.m. at Cypress Inn.

Thursday, August 24th – Pasta with the Pastors dinner to benefit I-Help.  San Carlos Parish Hall, Monterey – 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.  Tickets $20 – see Hans Lehmann

Thursday, August 24th – The Contemplative Prayer Group –in the chapel at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday August 26th – Wisdom Day at All Saints’ Church 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This will be a Benedictine morning, similar to the Big Sur Wisdom Day this spring. Prayer, Lectio Divina, work on the grounds followed by lunch. Please bring a bag lunch. The church will provide drinks.

Saturday, August 26th – Worship Service at 5 p.m.

Sunday, August 27th – 30th Annual Jewish Food Festival at Congregation Beth Israel – 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 6th – Parish dinner meeting at 6:00 p.m. in Seccombe Hall.

Saturday, September 9th – Centering Prayer Seminar, Seccombe Hall – 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Sunday Worship – September 10, 17, 24, October 1 – A Walk through the Holy Eucharist.

Monday, September 11thPrayerful Yoga resumes – 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. with Beth Lefebvre.

Sunday, September 17th Margot Sisler memorial service at the 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist.

Friday, September 22nd Small Bites for Big Hunger – 5:00 p.m. – Seccombe Hall. Proceeds to fund All Saints’ outreach ministries.  Contact Nancy Jones – 831-238-0316.

Sunday September 24th – Clay Couri Organ Concert 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 1st – A Seminar on Dreams:  Healing and Wholeness – Contact presenter Peter Fritsch –

And Don’t Forget

Mark your calendars! This fall we are going to be treated to a fabulous organ concert by Clay Couri to introduce our mighty new organ to the community.  Clay’s program will encompass music of the 1600’s through the 20th Century.  The pieces will be chosen to highlight the huge variety of registration available on our organ.   Clay has also arranged for a superb tenor soloist to perform for us. The concert will be at 3 p.m. the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 24. Admission is free; there will be a donation basket.  Refreshments will be served following the concert in Seccombe Hall.

The 2017 Altar Flower Calendar has been posted in the back of the church.  Almost all dates in 2017 are now available for you to contribute flowers to honor or memorialize a special event or loved one.  We ask for a minimum contribution of $65 which is the cost of the flowers.  More than one person can sign up for that special Sunday – it is within the rules to have multiple dedications! Please contact Mila Murphy with any questions.

Our Memorial Garden Project has been completed. Consider buying a brick to commemorate a loved one in your family or reserve one for yourself.  This is a beautiful meditative spot.  Jana Gill is the contact if you have questions.

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 831-624-3883.