All Saints’ Episcopal Church – Announcements – September 2, 2018

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


Yoga Returns at All Saints’

Beginning Monday, September 10th yoga classes will again be held at the back of the sanctuary.  Meet Monday nights at 5:30 p.m.  Meet yourself on your mat, find comfort in your body and mind with Yoga Therapist, Beth Lefebvre.  All levels welcome.  $10.00 suggested contribution.  Contact Beth at



You are invited to “attend” another Phantom Ball, a non-event where every ticket you purchase gives you the opportunity to win a week’s stay at the Little Grass Shack on Kauai, Hawaii (in 2019).  The drawing for this week in Hawaii will be on Sunday, October 7, 2018.  Your donation helps provide food and shelter to those in need.  Tickets are $ 25.00 and can be obtained by going to the All Saints’ website at  Follow the link for ordering instructions on the home page.  Make checks payable to All Saints’ Episcopal Church and note Phantom Ball on the memo line.  See Hans Lehmann for further information.



Following a well-deserved summer break, the small but mighty All Saints’ Choir will be back to adorn our worship next Sunday. The choir rehearses Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 in the choir room downstairs. If you love to sing and think this is something you might like to do, join us for choir practice and give it a try. Auditions and the ability to read music are not required. Some people begin by practicing with a choir and singing softly at first, then discover new-found joy as they find themselves singing with confidence they never experienced before!

Our first rehearsal is Thursday, September 6th. If interested in joining us, speak with me or another choir member at Coffee Hour following the service. Thank you.

Jean Widaman, Interim Choir Director


Presiding Bishop Curry’s statement on the death of Senator John McCain

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry issued the following statement on August 26:

The life of Senator John Sidney McCain has been a witness to the nobility of living not for self alone but for the ideals and values that make for a better world.

With countless others, we of the Episcopal Church give God thanks for his life and service and pray likewise for his wife, children and family.

May his soul and the souls of all the departed Rest in Peace and rise in glory. Amen.


Monterey Bay Greek Festival

On behalf of our St. John’s community, I would like to invite the All Saints’ community to the Greek Festival that we will be running this weekend. It will take place at the Custom House Plaza in Monterey. I hope you can stop by for some of our delicious food and fun.

Have a blessed weekend!

Father Ion


Episcopal Relief & Development partners with NorCal Diocese to aid fire victims

Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Diocese of Northern California to provide emergency support to help the most vulnerable in communities impacted by the Carr Fire that started on July 23.  The agency is providing support for rental assistance, short-term storage for recovered belongings, food, gasoline and replacement of lost household supplies.

“The diocese and congregations are working together taking into account lessons from last year’s devastating fires,” said Katie Mears, Senior Director of Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program. “It is heartening to witness the church work together at all levels to monitor the fires, assess damage and help those most in need.”

Please support Episcopal Relief & Development’s response to the wildfires in California by donating to the US Disaster Fund and praying for all those impacted.


Altar Flowers

Most of the upcoming Sundays are available for YOU to donate the flowers and make a personal dedication.  Please sign up on the calendar on the bulletin board in the back of the church.  The minimum contribution is $65, the cost of the flowers.  Please contact Mila Murphy with any questions.  Also, if Mila has not contacted you regarding your dedication two weeks before your chosen Sunday, please get in touch with her.


All Saints’ Episcopal Church is participating in the AmazonSmile program.

On select eligible items purchased at, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to All Saints’.  Register at and follow the online instructions to benefit our church when purchasing at Amazon.  Note that henceforth every time you purchase something from Amazon, make sure you sign on at (not  You will see “Supporting All Saints’ Episcopal Church” in the upper left hand corner.


Hike with Bishop Mary on the Central Coast

Members of the diocese and the public are invited to join Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves for a scenic hike in Andrew Molera State Park on Saturday, September 15. Children are welcome along with family and friends.

Hikers can choose either a round trip of six-plus or nine-plus miles; in between, we’ll gather on a hidden beach cove for lunch. The outbound hike is more than three miles along the Bluffs Trail overlooking the Big Sur coastline, with a choice of returning back along the bluffs or returning up and along six miles of the Ridge Trail. Hiking boots are suggested for either option and walking sticks should be used if you plan to return along the Ridge Trail. Bring your own lunch and plenty of water!

RSVP to Mary Beth Powell at or 831-394-4465. For questions or more details please contact the Pathfinders: The Rev. Eliza Linley at or Celeste Ventura at 

Andrew Molera State Park is located at the mouth of the Big Sur River, 20 miles south of Carmel-by-the-Sea on State Route 1.


Save the date for Honored Women’s Day October 13 in Gilroy

Join the Episcopal Church Women for the annual Honored Women’s Day & United Thank Offering Ingathering on Saturday, October 13. We will honor a woman from each of our congregations in the Diocese of El Camino Real – women who proclaim their faith through their lives and actions – for the congregation, the diocese, and the community.

Being the Good News is the theme of the event, to be held from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 pm at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Gilroy. The celebration will include Holy Eucharist with the Rev. Tracy Wells Miller.

For the United Thank Offering Ingathering, please bring a food item for St. Stephen’s Resource Center.  Deadline to register is October 1. For more information, contact ECW President Diane Lovelace at or 408-263-8945.


Save the date: Centering Prayer and the Soul’s Journey into God 

The fruits of Centering Prayer are numerous and emerge slowly in stages through our daily surrender to love in the practice of this prayer. The evolution of our soul is the principle gift to us out of this deep abiding in divine love. A weekend retreat, “Centering Prayer and the Soul’s Journey into God,” is being offered November 9-11 by the Mercy Center Centering Prayer Program in Burlingame. Inspired by Bonaventure’s “The Soul’s Journey into God,” we will explore the life of St. Francis of Assisi who embodied the unity of all things in himself. Bonaventure reflects on St. Francis as a model for union with God through prayer, whereby one is able to see Christ in all beings, even the most neglected.

Facilitated by the Rev. Amber Sturgess and Joy Andrews Hayter, PhD., join us for a weekend – with God, a praying community, and the natural beauty of the Mercy Center grounds – to deepen our consent to this transformation. For details and registration information, see the church bulletin boards.

The Current Calendar Schedule of Events

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

Monday, September 3rd – Labor Day – Parish Office closed.

Thursday, September 6th – Centering Prayer Group – in the Chapel at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 8th – All Saints’ Work Day – Morning prayer at 9 a.m. in the Chapel followed by community work projects around campus until 11 a.m.

Monday, September 10th – I-HELP in Seccombe Hall – afternoon and evening.

Monday, September 10th – Yoga with Beth Lefebvre – 5:30 p.m. at the rear of the church.

Tuesday, September 11th – All Saints’ Book Group – 6:00 p.m. in the Library.  This month’s selection is The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane: A Novel by Lisa See.

Wednesday, September 12th – Bible Study in the Library at 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, September 15th – Hike with Bishop Mary on the Central Coast.  See above.

Wednesday, September 19th – Friends of St. Benedict – 3:30-5:30 p.m. – Library and Chapel.

Wednesday September 26th – Bible Study in the Library at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, October 7 – drawing for the Phantom Ball grand prize – see above.

Saturday, October 13th – Honored Women’s Day – see above.

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

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.