Sunday – December 3, 2017

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

A special welcome today’s Presider and Homilist, the Rev. Canon Jesus Reyes

New or Noteworthy This Week

Mission to Haiti

All Saints’ has been part of the effort to help Haiti recover from their devastating earthquake seven years ago.  We are partnered with St. Jude’s in Cupertino in this mission.  Rev. Amber has joined a mission trip to Locorbe, Haiti, to help assess the current needs of the St. Patrick’s school there and how best to assist the faculty, staff and students.  She will report the team’s findings when she returns to us next week.  Please pray for the mission and Rev. Amber’s safe and productive trip.


 “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.


Noon time prayer and conversation 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.  During Rev. Amber’s trip to Haiti on December 6th meet for prayer and conversation with a member of the vestry.


Monterey Symphony Christmas Potpourri at All Saints’

On Thursday, December 7th at 7:30 p.m. at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, the Monterey Symphony is pleased to offer a special Holiday chamber music treat, featuring concertmaster, Christina Mok. Selections will include music by Piazzolla, Beethoven, Mozart, and the Hampton String Quartet’s “What if Mozart wrote ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!'” Come have fun and enjoy holiday music in a classical style with the Monterey Symphony chamber players.  Purchase tickets at the Symphony website.


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 December 12th.  The book is Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick.  Contact Kathy Nielsen,, for more information.


Prayerful Yoga to take wintertime break

Beth Lefebvre reports that our prayerful yoga group will be taking a wintertime pause during the months of December and January and will resume in February.


Christmas Flower Donations

If you would like to donate toward the Christmas season flowers that adorn our sanctuary, please use the forms found at the back of the church.  Suggested donation is $20.00.  You may make your donation in memory or in thanksgiving.  All dedications received by December 19th will be acknowledged in the Christmas Eve bulletins.  Please return your donations to the church office.


Christmas Organ Concert and Holiday Reception Saturday, December 9th at St. Dunstan’s Church.

Dr. Angela Kraft Cross will perform a holiday concert on the Dobson Tracker organ.  There will be a reception with the artist at 2:15 p.m.  The concert begins at 3 p.m.  Tickets are available at the door for a suggested donation of $20.00; students and those under eighteen attend free.  Call 831-624-6646 for more information.

The Current Calendar Schedule of Events

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

Wednesday, December 6th – Noon prayer and conversation with a member of the vestry – noon in the Chapel.

Thursday, December 7th – The Contemplative Prayer Group – in the Chapel at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 7th – Monterey Symphony Xmas Potpourri Concert – 7:30 p.m. at All Saints’ Church.

Saturday, December 9th – Wisdom Day at All Saints’

Monday, December 11th – I-HELP at All Saints’

Tuesday, December 12th – Book Club Meeting at 6 p.m. in the Library

Wednesday, December 13th – Bible Study in the Library at 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, December 14th – All Saints’ Day School Christmas Program at All Saints’ Church, 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.

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

Wednesday, December 20th 3:30-5:30 p.m. – Friends of St. Benedict – Library and Chapel.

Wednesday, December 27th – Bible Study in the Library at 10:30 a.m.

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  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.

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.   

Interested in Inter-Faith Conversation, Fun, and Outreach?  Consider Joining JCM United! 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

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.



Sunday, 3 Dec      Holy Communion, 8:00am

Sunday, 3 Dec      Holy Communion, 10:30am

Sunday, 10 Dec    Holy Communion, 8:00am

Sunday, 10 Dec    Holy Communion, 10:30am

Sunday, 17 Dec    Holy Communion, 8:00am

Sunday, 17 Dec    Holy Communion, 10:30am

Wed, 20 Dec         Holy Communion at noon

Christmas Eve

Sunday, 24 Dec    Morning Prayer at 10:30am

Sunday, 24 Dec    Holy Communion at 4:00pm

Sunday, 24 Dec    Candlelit Music (carols) at 9:30pm

Sunday, 24 Dec    Candlelit Holy Communion at 10:00pm

Christmas Day

Monday, 25 Dec   Morning Prayer 9:00am (in sanctuary)

Wed, 27 Dec         Holy Communion at noon

New Year’s Eve

Sunday, 31 Dec    Service of Lessons and Carols at 10:30am

New Year’s Day

Monday, 1 Jan      Morning Prayer at 9:00am


Saturday, 6 Jan     Candlelit Evensong, 5:00pm – light

supper afterwards