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                                                            GRACE NOTES


                    November 20, 2014                                                                                 Volume    VII.11.3

Putting Christ’s Love into Positive Action


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

Inclusion & Friendship





From the Rector ~
As many of you heard on Sunday, our long time and greatly loved parishioner Nellie Donohue died last Friday. While undergoing surgery, Nellie suffered a heart attack and never fully recovered consciousness. Although most of us know her and her sister Clara as the ladies who sat at the back of the church most Sundays, in the past Nellie was a force to be reckoned with in the parish, a tireless usher and hospitality provider. She joined All Saints’ when she moved to California from Guatamala in the early 60’s, when the legendary Fr Richard Byfield was rector. Nellie was 93.
s funeral will take place on Monday, November 24th, at 10am. A fuller account of Nellie’s life will appear in the next Calling All Saints’. For now, we give thanks for the blessings she brought to our community over many decades, for the gift of her joy and laughter, and pray that she is now held in the eternal embrace of our God.
For many months we have been praying for our dear friends and former parishioners Annie Dolber and Shirley Oxidine. Shirley was diagnosed with ALS only last year but the progress of that disease has been rapid and unrelenting, and resulted in Shirley’s peaceful death last night. Four of Shirley’s children were with her, as well as Annie, of course, who has cared for Shirley with extraordinary tenderness and selflessness throughout.
When Chiara was just a few months old, one of her first outings was to visit Annie and Shirley at their farm in Vermont.  Shirley, the quintessential Granma, held our tiny little girl and radiated adoration and delight: I suspect that is how each of us remembers Shirley, glowing with love and wide-eyed with wonder at such beauty, such grace.
Annie and Shirley have belonged to several parishes, Castleton and Middlebury in Vermont, and more recently Astoria, Oregon, but All Saints’ has always been their home, and we will be honored to farewell Shirley at a Memorial Service on Saturday, December 13th at midday.
As we enter into this festive holiday season, no doubt the thoughts of gift giving come to mind.  In the past an informal collection for some members of the staff has taken place before Christmas. The Finance Committee has learned that, when organized through the church, these gifts are considered to be fringe benefits. As such, they are subject to the relevant tax codes and must be considered as taxable income to an employee. Therefore, the Finance Committee requests all parishioners who would like to give gifts to thank our hard working employees to do so on an individual basis.  We deeply appreciate your understanding this issue and our need to comply with the tax code.
VOICES OF MUSIC * Thursday, November 20, 8 p.m.
The early music all-stars return with concertos by C.P.E. Bach and Vivaldi.
Single tickets:  Adults: $40 Seniors/SFEMS/EMA/ARS member: $35 Student: $5 with valid student ID
For more information:
It’s hard to believe, but it is already time for the Advent Festival!  This Sunday November 23, candles, wreaths, and greens will be available for making your Advent wreath in time for the first Sunday in Advent November 30.  There will also be some crafts available to get you thinking about the season.  As usual, there will be materials available to make quilted Christmas ornaments.  Still haven’t finished yours from last year?  Bring the materials to church, and help will be available.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a group from All Saints’ could make ornaments for our veterans at the December 3rd PA Veterans Hospital Craft Fair?  Questions?  Contact Joanne Westendorf at  And, yes, there will be jams for sale to support scholarships in the Diocese of SE Mexico again on Sunday.
BAY CHORAL GUILD Brahms German Requiem   * Sunday, November 23, 4:30 p.m.
The fine community choir and guest soloists present Brahms' choral masterpiece with the alternate piano-four-hands accompaniment prepared by Brahms himself. Tickets ($25 general, $20 senior, $5 student with ID) will be available at the door or in advance at
LECTORS:  READINGS for Sunday, November 23rd
First Reading:          Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Second Reading:     Ephesians 1:15-23
Advent is upon us; a wonderful season of dark and candles and blue. It marks the beginning of our liturgical year and carries us through the shortest days of December in the Northern Hemisphere and to the joyful celebration of Jesus’ birth.  It is a time of reflection and contemplation, of waiting, and preparation. And what a beautiful opportunity that our Advent season of preparation precedes the wild kick-off of The New Year, of 2015, of firecrackers and New Year Resolutions.
In the spirit of contemplation and preparation, I invite you to join me in a weekly Advent ‘mini-retreat’. The first Sunday in Advent is November 30th. We will meet weekly for four Sundays, in the chapel, between services, at 9:15, for 30 minutes of shared silent meditation, of contemplative prayer in community.
We will start with a brief Bible verse, poem, or thought and then enter into silence for about 20 minutes. There will be a brief time to share as we close. Please feel free to bring your cushion or mat of choice. Dress comfortably. All styles of quiet ‘sit’ are welcome.
In Christ’s Peace,
Beth Wigen
CHORAL EVENSONG FOR ADVENT  *  Sunday, December 7, 4 p.m.
The All Saints' Choir, directed by Rodney Gehrke, offers Choral Evensong for Advent. Rector Terry Gleeson officiates. The Evening Canticles are from the 6th Service by late-Tudor master Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623), active mostly at Winchester and Chichester Cathedrals. The Magnificat and Nunc dimittis alternate sections for one, two, or three soloists with the full choir. The Preces and Responses are by Richard Ayleward (1626-1669), active at Norwich Cathedral. The two anthems are contemporary: Ralph Vaughan Williams' (1872-1958) setting of the English carol "The Truth from Above" and a modern setting of the ancient Advent prose "Rorate coeli" by Richard Lloyd (b. 1933). An annual tradition, the liturgy is followed by High Tea hosted by Joan and Jodi Scherer. Invite your family and friends!
The Food Closet is one of the major outreach services that operate out of All Saints' Parish Hall to aid members of the community. Nonperishable food donations are always welcome. Here are some items that the Food Closet could use this week:
·         Protein products (canned meats, tuna)
·         INSTANT COFFEE, hot chocolate packets, tea bags
·         Peanut butter (non-organic, please) and Jams
·         Packaged instant oatmeal
·         Soup, canned or in packages (such as Ramen)
CALIFORNIA BACH SOCIETY * Paul Flight, artistic director
Saturday, December 6th, 8 pm  *  A German Christmas - The Nativity from the Baroque to the present
Artistic Director Paul Flight leads the 30-voice California Bach Society in “A German Christmas,” music of the Nativity from the 16th century to the present.  The program ranges from Schütz, Hassler, to Mendelssohn and Reger, and finally to 20th century Günter Raphael. Johann Ahle’s cantata Fürchtet euch nicht features a dramatic dialogue between a choir of angels and a choir of shepherds, with a lively consort of sackbuts and bassoons.  The concert also features Johann Eccard's Resonet in Laudibus, Mendelssohn’s lyrical Frolocket ihr Völker auf Erden, and Hugo Distler's beautiful Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen.
All Saints’ Early Bird discount through Thursday, December 4th at 5 pm:  General $28; Senior $20; Students and Under 30 $10. At the door: General $33, Senior $24, Students and Under 30 $10
 Order by phone: (650) 485-1097 or online: with the code "allsaints" 
Tickets are also available from Margaret Wootton on Sunday morning. 
BUILDING BRIDGES - An Interfaith Dialogue – A New Opportunity to Participate!  Judaism and Christianity - two faiths which developed from a common source, and yet have had 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?  Is there a way we can work together to heal the world?
If you want to discuss answers to these questions, meet new friends from another faith community, and explore your own faith, sign up for “Building Bridges - An Interfaith Dialogue,” starting in January 2015.  This program will bring together congregants from All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Palo Alto, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Mountain View, and Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills.  There will be 5 sessions held at one of these congregations from 5:30-8:30PM every other Sunday evening on the following dates: January 11, January 25, February 8, February 22 and March 8.  Each session will begin with a shared dinner followed by a video and small group discussions on the topic for the session.  The program is led by four lay facilitators from the different congregations.
Participation in Building Bridges is limited to 24 people, approximately equally divided between Christians and Jews.  Because the program is designed to build a community of trusted friends, it is essential that participants attend each of the five sessions.  There is a registration fee not to exceed $50.
If you are interested in Building Bridges or want to learn more about the program, please contact Phillip Palmer at or Diane Frankle at, or just talk with us at church!  Because space is limited, we encourage you to register early if you plan to participate.
20 Thursday
8:10 AM Continuing the Conversation: YR
10:00 AM Art Workshop:  CF
8:00 PM Voices of Music: CH
21 Friday – Parish Office Closed
7:30 PM French Film Club Movie: PH
22 Saturday
9:30 AM Altar Guild: CH
23 Sunday
8:00 AM  Holy Eucharist: CH
10:00 AM  Godly Play :Rm 21
10:00 AM  Holy Eucharist: CH
4:30 PM Bay Choral Guild Concert: CH
24 Monday
10:00 AM DONAHUE Funeral:CH
25 Tuesday
26 Wednesday
27 Thursday– Parish Office Closed
Thanksgiving Day
28 Friday – Parish Office Closed
29 Saturday
9:30 AM Altar Guild: CH
30 Sunday
8:00 AM  Holy Eucharist: CH
10:00 AM  Godly Play :Rm 21
10:00 AM  Holy Eucharist: CH
1 Monday
2 Tuesday
3 Wednesday
12:00 PM Healing Service:CPL
4 Thursday
8:10 AM Continuing the Conversation: YR
10:00 AM Art Workshop:  CF
5 Friday – Parish Office Closed
7:00 PM French Film Club Movie: PH
6 Saturday
9:30 AM Altar Guild: CH
8:00 PM California Bach Society: CH
7 Sunday
8:00 AM  Holy Eucharist: CH
10:00 AM  Godly Play :Rm 21
10:00 AM  Holy Eucharist: CH
4:00 PM Evensong: CH
5:00 PM English High Tea: PH


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