All Saints’ Episcopal Church – Announcements – March 25, 2018 

Palm Sunday Holy Communion at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.

New or Noteworthy This Week

All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Carmel California

Holy Week Worship Services – 2018

Maundy Thursday, March 29 – 7 p.m.

Good Friday, March 30 – 12 noon

Easter Vigil, Saturday March 31 – 7:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 1 – 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

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A message from Bishop Mary

March 15, 2018

Dear friends,

I write today to share with you my decision to begin the process of electing the next bishop of the Diocese of El Camino Real. Many of you became aware last year that I was praying and discerning the timing of my departure as your diocesan bishop. I spoke with both the Board of Trustees and the Standing Committee at that time, recommending that we begin budgeting for the transition process. The transition of a bishop takes time, money and oversight. A search process is necessary. It includes full diocesan participation about the identity of the diocese, a review of its history, what has been accomplished during our tenure, and what the hopes and dreams are for the future. This work is essential to a healthy discernment process that results in the fruitful calling of our next bishop.

While a date for an electing convention is not yet set, the ordination and consecration of the next bishop will be held January 11, 2020.  At that service the transition from my episcopate to that of our new bishop will take place. In other words, I will remain your bishop, working as I have, until that day. I will be in the 13th year of my episcopate at that time.

The Canons of the Episcopal Church and our diocesan canons will govern the process of the transition and election of the new diocesan bishop. The process will be overseen by our Standing Committee, assisted by the Office of Pastoral Development and a search consultant. This morning The Right Reverend Todd Ousley joined the Board of Trustees, the Standing Committee, myself and the staff so that we could be fully oriented to the process, to our respective roles during the time of transition and to express our own needs moving forward. The Standing Committee will soon communicate with you their next steps in appointing a Search Committee and the anticipated timeline.

Meanwhile, I am going to continue working as I have been, focusing on our Strategic Plan remix alongside diocesan leaders and staff. It will be important that I not involve myself in the search process, but continue to keep our diocese moving forward in the positive direction that has allowed us to accomplish so much in these years of ministry together.

Many will wonder what I am doing after my tenure here is completed. The answer is that I do not yet know. I will not run for election in another diocese. Personal considerations include needing more flexibility in my schedule, regaining balance in my personal life. The work of a diocesan bishop is demanding, and the Diocese of El Camino Real is no ordinary place! A leader who will harness the considerable energy, gifts and spiritual depth of this diocese will be needed to engage the Spirit’s call on our church and the ministry we share with our neighborhood partners. Our transition will be orderly and in the best interest of the church. Fresh energy will allow us not to miss a beat as we seek to live out God’s calling as a diocese.

Please join me in prayer, trusting in the grace of God who holds all life and calls us to exciting and fruitful opportunities to share the good news of Jesus Christ. May we be courageous as we are enlightened, faithful as our wisdom is deepened, and true to our following of Jesus whose path leads us into all life.

I love you and I am deeply honored to continue serving as your bishop in the nearly two years before us. I will treasure this time of transition, knowing that God has yet more wonderful life ahead for us all.

Blessings of grace and peace,

+Mary

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A message from the Standing Committee

March 16, 2018

Dear friends,

As you may have read, Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves has announced that she will be leaving the Diocese of El Camino Real in January 2020, and has asked the Standing Committee to begin the search process for her successor. On March 15 the committee met with The Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley, from the Presiding Bishop’s office, to advise us on the process. We will be following the process that Bishop Ousley outlined as we search for our next bishop.

Our next steps are to select a search consultant, Search Committee co-chairs, members and chaplain, and to establish the timeline for our process. We will communicate with you within the next few weeks as to how you can participate.

What you can expect? Regular communication from us regarding our progress, the timetable for the search and opportunities to provide input. The diocesan website (www.realepiscopal.com) will include a “Bishop’s Search” section that you can check regularly for updates. The updates will also be shared in the weekly newsletter Along the King’s Highway.

It is important that we allow time and space to celebrate the incredible gift and ministry of The Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves.  She has brought our diocese to health and we have a tremendous foundation from which to imagine future ministries in the Diocese of El Camino Real.

Bishop Mary will continue in her role until January 11, 2020; she has committed her full energy to leading the diocese in the next two years, as she has done for the last ten. We encourage your prayers for our bishop as she discerns her next step in service to Christ. Please also pray for our diocese as we discern our priorities for our common ministry and look for the person whom God has in mind to take us into our next chapter as a diocese.

As we celebrate the great blessings and hope that we experience together under Bishop Mary’s leadership, we trust that the Spirit will deepen our sense of ministry and purpose under our next bishop. Thank you for prayerfully being a part of the process.

The Rev. Dr. Caroline Hall, Chair of the Standing Committee

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Easter Flowers

If you would like to donate to the floral adornment of our sanctuary for Easter, please fill out a donation slip (found at the back of the church – please print clearly – and place it in the offering today or bring it to the church office.  $20.00 suggested donation.  Memorials and thanksgivings will be noted in Easter bulletins if received by Monday, March 26, 2018.

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For the Lenten season, the All Saints’ Outreach Commission offers you a Lenten Mite Box.

Please take a Lenten Mite Box, fill and return it on Easter Sunday.  Please donate with your thanks and gratitude.   Proceeds go half to Haiti and half to the ERD, (Episcopal Relief and Development.)

If you have brought packaged underwear and sox…men’s and women’s…white and colored, we will collect these items for the needy today, Palm Sunday.  Please place in the tote at the back of the church. Thanks!  -Hans Lehmann

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SEEKING GUITAR PLAYER(S) FOR MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE! 

Dear Friends, somewhere among us there must be people who play guitar! Are you one of those people? At our Maundy Thursday service on March 29th we will sing Taizé chants often sung on that holy day — “O Lord, Hear My Prayer,” “Ubi Caritas,” and “Jesus, Remember Me.” Following the stripping of the altar at the close of the service, we process downstairs, bringing the reserve sacrament to the chapel, where we sing “Stay With Me.” While no accompaniment is required for the simple, repetitive Taizé chants, quiet guitar chords can help weave individual hearts and voices into deeply shared communal prayer. If you play guitar and would like to participate (or know someone else who might be interested), please contact me in person, call 831-238-5102, or email me at jean.widaman@gmail.com. Thank you!

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Ecumenical Taize Service at Epiphany Tonight March 25th

Deepening our journey into Holy Week — At 7:30 p.m. this evening an ecumenical Taizé service takes place at Epiphany Lutheran & Episcopal Church in Marina. I will be among those leading the singing, along with people from St. Mary’s, Disciples of Christ Christian Church, and Epiphany, our former mission church. In addition to guitars and other instruments, we will be joined by “hammered dulcimer wizard,” Rev. Steve Eulberg from the Bay Area. Among the familiar chants to be sung are ones we’ll be singing at our Maundy Thursday service — “Oh Lord, Hear My Prayer,” “Ubi caritas,” “Jesus, Remember Me,” and “Stay With Me.” Consider coming, bringing friends, or carpooling with others, to what promises to be a deeply moving experience as we move forward into Holy Week. See me after church if you would like directions to Epiphany Church, help locating rides, or would like to drive up with me.  –Jean Widaman

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Have you contacted your Gratitude Neighbor this week?

A YEAR OF GRATITUDE

At our Annual Meeting, we declared the year 2018 to be a YEAR of GRATITUDE.

On Ash Wednesday we started our Lenten Series, “Forty Days of Gratitude,” and from this initial intention we will find ways to practice gratitude in our lives and in our faith community.

The anthropologist Angeles Arrien says that gratitude crosses all cultural customs and serves to unite us, “When people in great numbers choose to practice, integrate, and embody gratitude, the cumulative force that is generated can help create this kind of world we all hope for and desire, for ourselves and for future generations.”

If we adapted this quote for All Saints’ it might read as follows:

“When the MEMBERS OF A PARISH in great numbers choose to practice, integrate, and embody GRATITUDE, the cumulative force that is generated can help create the kind of CHURCH we all hope for and desire, for ourselves and for future generations.”

We bolstered our intention to practice gratitude in our community by assigning a Gratitude Neighbor to each person.  If you were not at the Annual Meeting it’s not too late to get a Gratitude Neighbor.  Please let Rev. Amber know if you would like to participate.

Here’s how it works:

1)      Receive the name of your Gratitude Neighbor

2)     Contact your Gratitude Neighbor once a week to share a gratitude about something at All Saints’ (an event; something that touched you in worship; the flowers; a painting; someone’s kindness) or something you appreciate about the person (the Gratitude Neighbor).  It only needs to be one thing; one statement of gratitude.

3)     Sometimes we may need to reflect to discover what we are grateful for and sometimes it may feel more spontaneous.

4)     You may contact your gratitude neighbor by e-mail, phone, text, or snail mail depending on the person’s preferred form of contact.  The person receiving the gratitude does not have to respond unless they want to.  The purpose is simply to pass on what you have received in gratitude.

5)     We will practice this exercise until April 22nd at the Bishop’s Visitation, our next congregational gathering.

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Termites

In late April, the church, office, and Grant Hall and classroom buildings will be tented and fumigated to eliminate termites.  We have raised $16,575 toward paying for this cost of $22,000. You may join in maintaining our sacred space by placing a check in the Sunday collection plate, or mailing your donation to the church office (PO Box 1296, Carmel, CA 93921).  Please indicate “Termites” on the memo line of your check.

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The 2018 Altar Flower Calendar

A huge THANK YOU to all of you who generously donated Altar Flowers this past year.  Your contributions added to the beauty of our sanctuary.  The 2018 Calendar is now posted in the back of the church.  You are invited to select a date to contribute flowers to honor or memorialize a special event or loved one.  We ask for a minimum donation of $65 which is the cost of the flowers. Do not worry if someone has already signed up for that special week; more than one person may sign up.  Mila will contact you in advance to see how you would like your dedication to read in the service bulletin.  If you have not been contacted by the Sunday before your chosen date, please contact Mila directly.  You may also contact her with any questions.  Please note: there are no weekly flower dedications during the Lenten season.

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Noon time prayer and conversation with Rev. Amber – Wednesdays in the Chapel will not meet during Holy Week

Rev. Amber will resume hosting a noon day prayer followed by a brown bag lunch each Wednesday in the Chapel after Easter.  This is an ideal time for everyone to get to know each other a little better and to talk to Rev. Amber on an informal basis.

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Rise Against Hunger with Jews, Christians and Muslims United

Jews, Christians and Muslims United is an organization that builds bridges of understanding between our religions and people, works to strengthen our larger community, and reaches out to help the less fortunate around us. We have joined with Rise Against Hunger for our next special event. Rise Against Hunger is an organization that packs food for distribution for schools in needy communities worldwide where children often are lucky to get one hot meal a day.

We invite Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Monterey Peninsula, along with others who love to serve, to join us on Sunday afternoon, April 15 at Congregation Beth Israel. Starting at 2:00 p.m. we will together package 10,000 individual meals. Rise Against Hunger brings all the food and materials that we will need to accomplish our goal. Our local religious communities must provide volunteers and raise about $2,944 to pay for the supplies (approximately 29 cents/meal).

We need at least 40 volunteers or more from our communities.

If many of us make a donation, we should be able to raise the needed money.  Together we can feed children who otherwise may not get any meal that day. Let’s continue to build understanding between our religious communities as we join in acts of social justice!

Please see Chaplain Holly if you and your family are interested in joining us, or send her an email: hhudson-louis@asds.org (All participants are required to sign a waiver that day; children will need chaperones.)

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The Episcopal Church Women – Day of Enrichment

The Episcopal Church Women invite all women, both clergy and lay of the Diocese of El Camino Real, to the Day of Enrichment on April 21, 2018 at St. George’s Salinas.  Registration is $25.00.  There will be an exploration of the opportunities and resources for women – young women and older women – in their lives of career, mother, wife.  The speakers’ panel will include Margaret Snow of Year-Up, Muffie Wiebe Waterman, PhD and Mary Richardson, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Bring donations to the Church Periodical Club, which supplies books, magazine, tapes, videos and computer programs free to those who cannot otherwise obtain them.  Registration deadline is April 13th.  Contact Jane Pomeroy at 408-263-8485 or pomeroyjane006@gmail.com.

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Ensemble Monterey Concert at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Carmel Saturday, April 28, 2018

Ensemble Monterey joins forces with the vocal ensemble Cantiamo and the Cabrillo Youth Chorus for their season finale, presenting the Brahms Serenade Number 1 in D Major in the original nine part instrumentation, Rihards Dubra’s Te Deum and the Chichester Psalms of Leonard Bernstein. Conductors John and Cheryl Anderson invite the audience to Conductor’s Notes, an informative and informal talk about the music, one hour before the performance. Concert at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets: $40, general admission; $30, seniors’ $10, students at ensemblemonterey.org.  For more information:  831- 333-1283.

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St. Dunstan’s Organ Concert Series continues

Alfred Yoon, high school senior and young organist whose talent far outstrips his years presents a concert on April 15th.  Program includes works by Mendelssohn, Schroeder, Albinoni, Bach and Boellmann.  Wine and cheese reception at 3:00 p.m.; concert at 4:00 p.m. Tickets:  $20.00.  For more information 831-624-6646.

 

The Current Calendar Schedule of Events

Morning Prayer in the Chapel, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. During Lent, morning prayer will also be held on Saturday mornings – 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, March 28th – Bible Study Group – in the Library 10:30 a.m. until noon.

Thursday, March 29th – The Centering Prayer Group – in the Chapel at 5:30 p.m.

Monday, April 9th – I-HELP at All Saints’

Tuesday, April 10th – Book Club meets in the Library at 6:00 p.m. .  The reading selection is Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.  Contact Kathy Nielsen, knielsen@redshift.com, for more information.

Sunday, April 15th – Rise Against Hunger with Jews, Christians and Muslims United, food packaging for schools in needy communities worldwide.  Meet at Congregation Beth Israel, 5716 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, CA from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 21st – Episcopal Church Women’s Day of Enrichment – 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at St. George’s Episcopal Church, Salinas.

Saturday, April 28th – Ensemble Monterey Concert at All Saints’.  Works by Brahms, Dubra and Bernstein.  8 p.m. Tickets at ensemblemonterey.org.

And Don’t Forget

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 hhudson-louis@asds.org.

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.

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.  

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.