All Saints Newsletters

All Saints publishes two newsletters regularly, which keep members and visitors informed about what is going on. 

  • Grace Notes is a weekly short email newsletter (see below), focusing on what is happening in the upcoming few weeks.  3-4 pages.
  • Calling All Saints is a periodic longer news publication, distributed by email and by postal mail, with longer pieces that cover recent milestones and events, and more detail on the major upcoming events of the season. 8-16 pages. Back issues are online in the Document Archive

Please download a sample issue of these newsletters to see what we're up to!

In addition, we have several brochures that describe our church, our community ministries, our volunteer opportunities, and the ways people can help the church.

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                                                            GRACE NOTES


                            November 26, 2015                                                                                 Volume    VIII.11.4

Putting Christ’s Love into Positive Action


Worship –Spiritual Life & Intimacy with God – Outreach – Partnership in Ministry –

Inclusion & Friendship






THANKSGIVING DAY – Thursday November 26!

Our Thanksgiving Day Service will be at 10am, Father John Buenz presiding.

The annual Palo Alto Community Thanksgiving Meal will take place once again this year in our Parish Hall, courtesy of InnVision Shelter Network and Downtown Streets Team. Volunteer slots are now full but food donations are still needed. Donations can be brought to the hall on Wednesday 11/25 from 9 AM - 12 PM. For more information please contact


There will be two meals this year: on Thanksgiving Day from 12PM – 2PM, and then a Left Over Meal on Friday from 11.30AM – 1PM.


A Potluck Thanksgiving Day Meal will be offered at St Andrew’s in Saratoga from 1PM – 4PM: turkey, gravy and dressing provided, just bring your favorite side. Please email or message 408 264 0798 for more information and to sign up



November is a month in which we remember our departed relatives and friends. Sometimes the loss of a dear one is uncomplicated and relatively easy, leaving us with rich memories and a sense of gratitude …. and sometimes not! This month prompts us to bring to God all of the ways in which the lives of others have touched our own and to ask for whatever graces are needed: release, peace, resolution, thankfulness, forgiveness. The small shrine has returned to the church and you are invited to place their photographs of your own loved ones, and to write their names in the register. Over the month of November we will pray our way through the list of names.

Lord God, you are the glory of believers

and the life of the just.

Receive, we pray, into the arms of your mercy


Ruth & Napoleon Shaloub (Diana Romley’s parents)

Jean & Wes Albro  (Susan Barkan’s parents)

Bill Sheehan & Phil Barkan (Susan Barkan’s husbands)

Bill Cohen

Rich Scherer

Fred Gandel

Dorothy and Carl Naumann

Harriet and Bill Kenyon

Margaret Snowden

Dick and Patsy McAfee

Verna and Walter Palmer

Elizabeth Dye

Aiko & Koji Hinata

Rosann Mae Martin

Marie Gleeson

Colin Lane and Sara Pezzimenti

Joani Lane

Joseph & Lina Melnyk

Barbara Melnyk

Charlotte and Gil Cloutier

Ralph Boyd

Adrian Allain

David Fairbank

E. C. Robert and Pacita Bobadilla

Richard Hardesty.

Shirley Oxidine

Jeanne Packard

Nellie Donahue

Selda Gehrke

Brian Leslie

Larry Howes

Ramona Henderson


James Henderson

Sally Howes

Ruth and Fritz Raiter

Mary Ailene Cecilia McConnell

Robert and Kathleen Waggener

Dick and Jeanne Abbott

Paul Ernst

Charles and Betty Holt

Charles Holt Jr

Magdalene & Paul Morris

Gene Kelly

Katherine Lindseth

Herb Greenman

Betty and Howard Swinehart

Canon Michael Channell

Bonnie Johnson Shurman

Victor Matuseck         

Lois Matusek

Kay Matuseck

Brett Matusek

Harvey Baraze

Ray Zablocki

Jack and Lorna Quon

Jim Jarrett

Brian Franklin

Kelly Ruiz

Lorraine and Edward Clauser

Gordon, Joseph & Claire Baldwin

John Burt & Marcella Chalkley Holmes

Juliane Miller

Ben Tachibana

Steven Wertheimer

Give them eternal rest, O Lord, and may your light shine on them forever.





LECTORS:  LESSONS for Sunday, November 29,  2015


First Reading:          Jeremiah 33:14-16

Second Reading:    1 Thessalonians 3:9-13



California Bach Society , Paul Flight, Artistic Director

Presents JOYEUX NOËL!: A French Christmas

Saturday, December 5, 8 p.m. at All Saints' Episcopal Church

Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.


Join us for a concert of adventurous holiday repertoire with a characteristic Gallic flair. The program features Gregorian chants, dance tunes, Marian hymns, and traditional French carols by composers ranging from Jean Mouton, Henri Dumont, and Marc-Antoine Charpentier to Hector Berlioz, and Christmas motets by 20th-century masters Francis Poulenc and Pierre Villette. Plus, hear All Saints' own Rodney Gehrke at the organ performing Louis-Claude Daquin's Noël X, Grand jeu et duo! 


Advance Ticket Prices: General - $28, Senior - $20, Students and Under 30 - $10   

At the door: General - $33, Senior - $24, Students and Under 30 - $10


Special Early Bird Offer for All Saints' Parishioners!

Order tickets by Thursday, December 3 at 5 p.m. and receive $5 off the above price of Advance General and Senior tickets.


Order by phone at (650) 485-1097 and mention All Saints'; or online at  and use discount code allsaints (online orders subject to $3 handling fee)


Tickets are also available from Margaret Wootton on Sunday morning.




On Sunday, December 13, immediately following the 4 PM Evensong we will have our annual Christmas Festival Supper.


The Hospitality Group is seeing to the decorations.  The Men's Group will be preparing entrees of roasted beef and roasted turkey, roasted garlic, Brussel sprouts, green beans, rolls, carrots and sweet potatoes.


To complete the menu, the Men's Group is asking  the members of the parish to sign up to provide as potluck the following items, and indicate the number of people in your party, so we can estimate quantities of food:



Pasta salad or green salad




Sign-up sheets are in the parish hall on the customary table opposite the door to the church.


A second set of sign-up sheets solicits kitchen assistance. 

Preparation will commence from 9 until 3 PM. Carving and serving commencing about 5 PM.

Tear-down of tables and racking of chairs to follow festivities. 




John Tinsley, Ken Van Bree, and Dennis Romley



Youth Christmas Service Project: Calling All Saints!

For Christmas, the Youth Group will lead a service project to benefit the Downtown Streets Team and the Food Closet. On Sunday, Dec. 21, after church, youth will assemble gift bags for DST members and small bags of cookies for Food Closet clients. We intend to bake and decorate some cookies ourselves, but would like to ask parishioners for help with both of these projects by making donations. We would also welcome any volunteers who would like to help us on the 21st!


1)    Cookies: Dec. 21 is also our annual Christmas Cookie Party, where parishioners bring Christmas cookies to share with the parish. Could you please bring an extra dozen or two that Sunday for our Food Closet clients? We plan to make small individual bags of ~a half-dozen cookies each for the Food Closet clients. We need to make about 150 bags.


2) Gift Bags: Downtown Streets Team has asked for our help in donating gift bags for their 35 team members. These will be similar to the bags we give to Hotel de Zink clients as they depart. Below are the items they have requested, which we will need (in most case) X 35. There will be a hard-copy sign-up sheet at church, but we have also created an online spreadsheet, so we don’t duplicate efforts and cover all our bases. The link is here (or just email DST staff notes: “Socks is one of the items listed, but they are also the most needed and least donated. You can combine any number of these items—they are just suggestions. Any donations are welcome.

Wish List:

·         Band aids/ First Aid

·         Bath soap

·         Cleaning wipes

·         Deodorant

·         Facial cleansers

·         Feminine hygiene products

·         Hair ties

·         Lotion (travel-size)

·         Razors

·         Shampoo/Conditioner (men and women), travel-size

·         Shaving cream (men and women), travel-size

·         Socks

·         Sunscreen (travel-size)

·         Toothbrush/toothpaste/floss (travel-size)

·         Gloves

·         Hats

·         Gift cards (Walmart, Target, Safeway and Safeway My Choice, Trader Joe's, CVS, Walgreens,

·         Grocery  Outlet, DD's; Arco, Valero, Chevron, and Shell gas stations)



Building Bridges - A Dialogue - Fostering Understanding Between Jews and Christians – Another Offering Starting January 12, 2016!

Judaism and Christianity – two faiths which developed from a common source and yet so much misunderstanding over the years!  What do we have in common?  How can we share our values and learn about each other’s beliefs in a safe environment?  Can we form friendships and have an honest discussion about our differences?  Can we work together to heal the world? 

In early 2016 Jews and Christians will come together in a supportive environment for lively conversation about their faith and life experiences.  The program, Building Bridges - A Dialogue, consists of 5 sessions every other Tuesday from January 12 to March 8.  Sessions will be held at All Saints’ and at Congregation Beth Am from 6:00-9:00PM.   Lay-led discussion based on an established curriculum will follow dinner.  A program fee not to exceed $50 covers the cost of two catered dinners; the other dinners are potluck.

Space is limited to a maximum of 24 people - 12 Christians and 12 Jews.  If you are interested or want to learn more, please contact: Diane Frankle at



All Saints’ Episcopal Church, upstairs in the Education Building

Energized speakers and interested community members discuss a variety of interesting and relevant topics facing our community.  All are welcome to attend. 





25 Wednesday


26 Thursday – Parish Office Closed

Thanksgiving Day

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist; CH

12:00 PM Thanksgiving Community Meal: PH


27 Friday– Parish Office Closed



28 Saturday

9:30 AM Altar Guild: CH


29 Sunday

8:00 AM Holy Eucharist: CH

10:00 AM Godly Play Sunday School, Room 21

10:00 AM Sunday School: LB

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist: CH



30 Monday



1 Tuesday


2 Wednesday

12:00 PM Healing Service: CPL


3 Thursday

8:10 AM Continuing the Conversation: YR

10:00 AM Art Workshop:  CF


4 Friday– Parish Office Closed


5 Saturday

9:30 AM Altar Guild: CH




6 Sunday

8:00 AM Holy Eucharist: CH

10:00 AM Godly Play Sunday School, Room 21

10:00 AM Sunday School: LB

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist: CH


7 Monday


8 Tuesday


9 Wednesday

12:00 PM Healing Service: CPL


10 Thursday

8:10 AM Continuing the Conversation: YR

10:00 AM Art Workshop:  CF

7:30PM New Testament Study Group:  LB


11 Friday– Parish Office Closed


12 Saturday

9:30 AM Altar Guild: CH




13  Sunday

8:00 AM Holy Eucharist: CH

10:00 AM Godly Play Sunday School, Room 21

10:00 AM Sunday School: LB

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist: CH




Weekly Activities

Mon. 7:00p Women’s AA – Rm. 28 

Wed. - 7:30p Women's AA, FR

Thur. - 8:00p Narc. Anon., PH

11:30a Breaking Bread Meal, PH:

Fri. - 11:30a Breaking Bread Meal, PH:

Sat. - 8:00a Yoga, PH;

7:00p Young Peoples’ AA: MP


CF Conference Rm, CPL Chapel, CH Church, FR Fireplace Rm, LB Library,  MP Multi-Purpose Rm., PH Parish Hall