All Saints’ Episcopal Church – Announcements – September 16, 2018

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

The altar flowers today are given to the Glory of God by Marla Robinson in celebration of her 84th birthday!

A special All Saints’ welcome to the Rev. Vincent Raj, our presider and homilist today.


Yoga Returns at All Saints’

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.


All Saints’ Choir is seeking additional Voices

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!

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


Workshop Series:  Nonviolent Communication

With NVC we learn to hear our own deeper needs and those of others. Through its emphasis on deep listening—to ourselves as well as others—NVC helps us discover the depth of our own compassion. This language reveals the awareness that all human beings are only trying to honor universal values and needs, every minute, every day.

NVC can be seen as both a spiritual practice that helps us see our common humanity, using our power in a way that honors everyone’s needs, and a concrete set of skills which help us create life-serving families and communities.  The form is simple, yet powerfully transformative.

Through the practice of NVC, we can learn to clarify what we are observing, what emotions we are feeling, what values we want to live by, and what we want to ask of ourselves and others. We will no longer need to use the language of blame, judgment or domination. We can experience the deep pleasure of contributing to each others’ well-being.

The workshop will be led by Timothy Regan, a Center for Nonviolent Communication trainer, as well as a Healthy Lifestyle Counselor and trainer in San Francisco, California.  Timothy embraces and welcomes our full human experience with kindness, bringing both lightness and depth to his counseling practice.  He works to establish a sacred space of respect where new skills and principals can be tried in safety and freedom.  Timothy co-hosts “Talk It Out Radio,” a live, call-in, “how-to” program all about Nonviolent Communication and Mindfulness on KPFA in Berkeley, California.

Principle Workshop Training

Saturday, October 6, 9:00am to 5:00pm, Seccombe Hall


Sunday, October 14, 12:00noon to 3:30pm with potluck, Seccombe Hall

Saturday, October 20, 9:00am to 12:00noon, Seccombe Hall

Saturday, November 3, 9:00am to 12:00noon, Grant Hall


$60 for the one day workshop with lunch, plus 3 follow-up sessions

*scholarships are available if needed

Sign up at the back of the church today!


Pilgrimage to England

Many of you have expressed interest in taking a pilgrimage to England to explore our rich Anglican heritage. On the pilgrimage we would worship daily in some of England’s most beautiful Cathedrals and sacred sites. Explore university cities, castles, and the English countryside. Most importantly, deepen your faith by traveling as a pilgrim to sites made holy by centuries of prayer.

This summer at General Convention, I made some contacts for spiritual pilgrimages. If you would be interested in taking a journey to Canterbury, please sign up at the back of the church or contact the church office.  (Signing up does not commit you, but at least will give me an idea of how many would like to make a pilgrimage.)  Here is the tentative itinerary for about 12 days:

  • Canterbury Cathedral (3 to 4 nights — attend Evensong and welcoming dinner; pilgrim Eucharist in the cathedral and a full guided tour and evensong.
  • Full day in London (St. Paul’s Cathedral) and free time — return to Canterbury
  • Attend principle Cathedral Eucharist.
  • Westminster Cathedral and free time — return to Canterbury
  • Windsor Castle
  • Ely Cathedral
  • Cambridge
  • Coventry Cathedral
  • Oxford  (home of C.S. Lewis and visit the Kilns); worship at Christ Church Cathedral
  • Salisbury Cathedral  2 to 3 nights (evensong); lodge at Salisbury Cathedral
  • Stonehenge
  • Stratford-upon-Avon (attend play)

The cost of the tour would be roughly around $4,000 which would include airfare and all entrance fees; bed and breakfasts and a few dinners.                                –Rev. Amber


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.


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.


Diocesan Survey for the Bishop Search Committee

The Diocesan Survey is under way!  The Bishop Search Committee is

conducting a diocesan-wide survey, to gather information about who we

are, our hopes and concerns, and who we want to call as our next

bishop.  We are asking all members of our Diocese to spend 7 minutes

to fill it out.  The information gathered will help our committee to

create a profile.


The survey, in English and Spanish, is now available at the diocesan

website: and can be completed online, or a

copy can be downloaded and printed, or you can obtain a paper copy

from All Saints’ parish office.


We want to hear from as many people as possible.  Your input matters.

Please join us in developing the diocesan profile.

— The Bishop Search Committee

The Curent Calendar Schedule of Events

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

Monday, September 17th – Yoga with Beth Lefebvre – 5:30 p.m. at the rear of the church.

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

Thursday, September 20th – Centering Prayer Group – in the Chapel at 5:30 p.m..

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

Saturday, October 6th – Workshop: Nonviolent Communication 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Seccombe Hall – see above.

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

Monday, October 8th – I-HELP in Seccombe Hall – afternoon and evening.

Tuesday, October 9th – All Saints’ Book Group – 6:00 p.m. in the Library.  This month’s selection is The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney.

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

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

Wednesday, October 17th – Friends of St. Benedict – 3:30-5:30 p.m. – Library and Chapel.

Wednesday, October 31st – Bible Study in the Library at 10:30 a.m.

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.