Sunday – November 12, 2017

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

New or Noteworthy This Week

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Ninth Annual Interfaith Outreach Thanksgiving Service

Interfaith Outreach of Carmel (IOC) announces its 9th annual Thanksgiving service.  This interfaith event will be on Tuesday, 21 November, at 7:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Monterey and will be followed by a dessert buffet.  Participants include Rev. Amber, IOC Board members Nancy Jones, Candace DiLello, and Diane DeBerry and Monterey Community Gospel Choir member Judy MacClelland.  Please join us for this inspiration community activity.

 “God Bless Us, Everyone!” – Dickensian Christmas Dinner

Please join us as we come together to welcome Christmas
with our long tradition of the Dickensian Dinner. On Friday, December
15th, we will enjoy the decorated Hall, drink some Wassail,
and Dine with Dickens.  Gwynn and her helpers will prepare a delicious
ham meal, Claudia will bring her equally delicious mincemeat pies and
several other old, familiar recipes will be included. Come enjoy an evening of music, poetry, and singing Christmas carols.  We will gather around the Wassail Bowl at 5:30 p.m. in Seccombe Hall for light appetizers. Dinner will follow promptly at 6.00 p.m. A paid reservation is required. Please sign up at church, in the office, or phone the office at 831-624-3883. Dinner is $15.00. Children under 12 are free; students are $10.00.  Mail your check to All Saints’ Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 1296, Carmel CA, 93921 or pay at the office. Make checks to All Saints’ and note “Dickensian” on the memo line.  Seating is limited and reservations must be made by December 10th.

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Noon time prayer with Rev. Amber – Wednesdays in the Chapel

Now that summer is over, Rev. Amber’s Tea and Theology will be taking a winter break. Instead, she will be hosting noon day prayer followed by a brown bag lunch each Wednesday at noon in the Chapel. This will be an ideal time for everyone to get to know each other a little better and to talk with Rev. Amber on an informal basis.

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Fine Arts and Crafts Fair – this Saturday November 18 – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Fine Arts & Crafts Fair is rapidly approaching!! Our artisans are excited to be back at All Saints’!  We parishioners will have a baked goods booth, and are looking for home baked items that can be purchased by our fair goers and taken home – pies, cakes (even upside down), etc. You may bake these on your own or with us in the kitchen. We’ll also be selling lunches, and will need help with that. This is a great time for all of us to work together and to get to know one another even better! The sign-up sheet is at the back of church today and in the office thereafter. Many thanks to those of you who signed up last week.

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Outreach Request

Help feed our community’s hunger 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.                                                                           ______________________

All Saints’ Book Group

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 next meeting is slated for November 14th.  The book is Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crises by J. D. Vance.  Contact Kathy Nielsen, knielsen@redshift.com, for more information.

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Interested in Inter-Faith Conversation, Fun, and Outreach?

Consider Joining JCM United! by Chaplain Holly Hudson-Louis

A new organization on the Monterey Peninsula, called JCM United is bringing together Jews, Christians, and Muslims in order to build bridges of understanding and strengthen our community.  At times we will unite to help the less fortunate around us.  For more information contact Chaplain Holly Hudson-Louis at hhudson-louis@asds.org

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Centering Prayer & the Relationship between Contemplation and Action

November 17-19, 2017 at Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, CA.  Begins at 6 p.m. Friday; concludes 1 p.m. Sunday.  The retreat will include silence, several periods of Centering Prayer, conferences, sharing, liturgy, contemplative free time, reflections, rest, and the opportunity for gentle yoga and body work.  Retreat led by Rev. Amber and Catherine Regan, Ph.D.  For information or to register go to www.mercy-center.org or telephone 650-340-7474.

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St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church Bake Sale

St. John’s Philoptochos Ministries (their social outreach committee) is sponsoring a bake sale after their service on Sunday, November 19th in Seccombe Hall.  Assorted packages of 12 pieces of pastry for $15.00, and tsourekia also for $15.00.  Since quantities are limited they have asked those interested to make pre-orders.  Order blanks are at the back of the church, on the bulletin boards or in our church office.

The Current Calendar Schedule of Events

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

Monday, November 13thPrayerful Yoga – 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. with Beth Lefebvre.

Tuesday, November 14th – Book club Meeting at 6 p.m. in the Library

Wednesday, November 15th – Noon prayer with Rev. Amber – noon in the Chapel.

Wednesday, November 15th – Friends of St. Benedict meet in the Chapel and Library 3:30 until 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 16th – The Contemplative Prayer Group –in the chapel at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 18th – All Saints’ Fine Arts and Crafts Sale – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 22nd – Bible Study in the Library – 10:30 a.m.

Friday, December 15th5:30 p.m. in Seccombe Hall – Dickensian Christmas Dinner

And Don’t Forget

Northern California Fires Relief Donations – Episcopal Relief & Development is working with impacted Episcopal dioceses throughout California as they assess damage and coordinate with local congregations to shelter and feed those affected by the wildfires. The US Disaster Team is in regular communication with the dioceses to organize response efforts.

“The fires are ongoing and assessments are limited due to safety concerns,” said Katie Mears, Director of Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program. “We will be working with church partners to reach the most vulnerable in the days ahead.”

Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves has announced that the offering at our 2017 Diocesan Convention in Salinas will be directed to the Diocese of Northern California to support relief work.

Please support Episcopal Relief & Development’s response to these devastating wildfires in California by donating to the US Disaster Fund and pray for all those impacted.  Visit www.episcopalrelief.org.  Go to the box U.S. Disaster Response.

Prayer shawls. 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.

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.

Office Front Desk Volunteers.  We are currently seeking volunteers to help out at the front desk in the office. Please consider doing this valuable service ministry. Help to welcome those who visit our office and call us on the phone.  If interested, please contact Rev. Amber, Candace DiLello, or Ray Krise.

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.