Weekly Letters

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Weekly letters from the Senior Warden

5 February, Parish Announcements

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Dear Friends, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper:  9 February, 5:30 p.m., Seccombe Hall:  Crepes, pancakes, sausage, juice and FUN.  BRING your favorite crepe filling to share.  PREPARE a song, poem, or ?? for our TALENT OPTIONAL part of the evening.  JOIN in the pancake race.  Please sign up to come, to help, to entertain—on the back […]

This Week’s Announcements

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Dear Friends, Annual Parish Meeting:  Celebrate All Saints’! THIS SUNDAY, 31 January, immediately after the 10:30 service, Seccombe Hall:  POTLUCK luncheon and annual meeting.  Do come.  This is the one time of year that the whole parish has an opportunity to meet together. We thank all the many people who have done so much to […]

Everyone Matters

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Dear Friends, This Sunday we begin a new era in the life of the parish of All Saints’, Carmel, California.  We will welcome the Rev. Amber Sturgess as our priest in charge.  We will begin a life together exploring what God is calling us to be for the future.  Times have changed; we have changed.  […]

What’s in a Name?

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Dear Friends, Today is the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, a feast that gets kind of lost, unless you happen to use a Church Kalendar (available on the table in the back of the church).  Jesus, like all little Jewish babies, even today, was presented to God, circumcised and given a name.  For […]

A Light shines in the Darkness

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Dear Friends, On the third day of Christmas, Claudia finally got around to writing a parish epistle!  As you can imagine, life has been full the last couple of days as the Christmas season generally is. In addition to normal busy-ness I had an unexpected opportunity to see my sister who came up from Mexico […]

Advent Four

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Dear Friends, We begin the last week of Advent on Sunday: it is time to wrap up, figuratively as well as literally, all our preparations for Christmas.  Monday we will get the bulletins ready; Wednesday we decorate the church—please come.  There will be soup and sandwiches for the workers at noon.  Singers are putting in […]

Beauty in Worship

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Dear Friends, Beauty.  In our worship, liturgy, music and the place. On any given day, I notice tourists wandering through our parish grounds, admiring the flowers, taking notice of the architecture and the sculpture by the side doors to the church. A few years ago, Edith Williams, a long-time member of All Saints’ left a […]

“Tis the Season

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Dear Friends, It is definitely the season to be busy.  I check my calendar several times a day to make sure I am not forgetting somebody or something!  All Saints’ is preparing the way for the Christ Mass, for the celebration of Christ’s coming into our lives, not just 2,000 years ago but today, right […]

Faith, Worship and Beauty

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Dear Friends, Faith and Worship.  Two more of our parish values.  Spelled out in more detail they are:  We are an educated group with an interest in a deep and sincere faith and We treasure sacredness in worship in its manifold forms.  Now I am a bit out of my league (understatement), but, having begun […]

Service

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Dear Friends, Last week I shared some thoughts on one of our parish values, Community, and how that value is expressed through parish activities.  Today, with Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to consider another of our values. Service: We are committed to service both to the (wider) community and […]