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


                             October 27, 2016                                                                                 Volume    IX.10.4

Putting Christ’s Love into Positive Action


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

                                                                                                            Inclusion & Friendship  









All Saints’ / All Souls’ Days fall during next week: we will celebrate All Saints’ Day on the morning of Sunday November 6, and All Souls’ that afternoon at Evensong. The small shrine of remembrance will be in place this Sunday, however, for those who want to place a photograph of a deceased loved one and inscribe their name in the book of remembrance. All names will be read and prayed for at a Sunday Eucharist.


Also, as we draw to the end of October and the rains begin to fall, I want to once again acknowledge the many volunteers who help host our Hotel de Zinc guests. Sleeping rough in cold and wet weather is not only uncomfortable, it is dangerous on so many levels. Once again Jake Warde has led our parish efforts with good humor, calm competence and unflagging generosity, but I know he would want to acknowledge everyone who prepares meals, contributes milk and juice, ‘captains’ an evening, donates towards gift bags or responds to last minute requests.


Of course, people sometimes need shelter during the day as well, and so on cold, wet Sundays we can expect a few extra guests at church. Sometimes these people may have mental health issues and cause some discomfort. I would ask our ushers and/or vestry members to gently redirect visitors to the parish hall and offer hospitality there if they are disruptive or appear to be frightening other members of the congregation.   ~TPG+


LECTORS:  LESSONS for Sunday, October 30, 2016


8:00am          First Reading:                  Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4

10:00 am       First Reading:                  Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4

                      Second Reading:             2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12



In the Parish Hall

Sunday, October 30, 2016       9:00 - 9:55 a.m.


All members are encouraged to attend. We will elect three new vestry members for three year terms, receive a financial update and enjoy refreshments provided by the vestry.










I am Susan Bailey – a cradle Episcopalian and a recent empty nester. I moved to Palo Alto in 1992 and my husband and I raised our two children, Bolton and Caroline, here. I served as a Godly Play teacher and acolyte master when they were young and am currently a Lay Assistant.  I find our Sunday Eucharist to be quite fulfilling and enjoy sharing it with our congregation. I moved to the Bay Area straight out of college to work as an aerospace engineer at Lockheed Martin. After 15 years there I became a full-time mom and community volunteer.  I have served on the boards of many Palo Alto non-profits and most recently joined the Palo Alto Community Fund. I consider myself to be a good listener and a focused organizer and look forward to serving our All Saints’ community as a member of the vestry.





I am blessed to be a Mom to 2 sons and a Nana to 2 precious granddaughters. I had a teaching career that I loved for 38 years and retired in 2014.


My journey to All Saints’ began in the late 1990's when I realized the need to be part of a faith community once again.  Although raised a Lutheran until confirmation, I wasn't really drawn to return. At the time, the only friend I had that was a 'church-goer' happened to be an Episcopalian. I visited several churches in the area with her and finally found the right 'fit' at Epiphany in San Carlos. I was an active member there for 15 years.


A few years ago Leslie Bannerman invited me to join her at All Saints’.  Beginning with Mabel's warm greeting at the door, to the beautiful sound echoing throughout the sanctuary, to Terry's moving and thought provoking homily – all of these factors convinced me that I had found my new home.




Allyn Stott began attending All Saints in October 2015 and was received into the Episcopal Church in January 2016.


Allyn is a hacker, an engineer, a sci-fi nerd, and an avid reader. The oldest of four kids, he grew up in New Jersey and Ireland and has moved 16 times. Allyn and his life partner Alex have been together for nine years and married for almost seven.


When Allyn isn't glued to a computer or a book, Allyn and Alex spend their time hiking along the coast. All Saints’ is the first Episcopal Church Allyn's attended and it's been an especially exciting time of spiritual growth for him. 




Lindsay Littler will share her faith story this Sunday at both services.  She follows Liz Sawka, Jacob Kivett, and

Alex / Allyn Stott in what has become an anticipated part of All Saints' stewardship season.


Our formal stewardship campaign concludes on Ingathering Sunday, November 20, at which time we hope to have met our 2017 financial goal of $540,000.  To date, 35 pledges have been received for a total of $269,035 -- just shy of 50% of our goal.  It is very gratifying that this many pledges have been received thus far.  We hope for 100% participation, and we ask those who can to consider increasing your pledge by at least 3-5% to help us keep pace with increasing expenses.


Please be in touch with any of us if you have any questions, and thank you for renewing your support of All Saints'!


~Mary Ann Hayward, Kathy Veit, and Margaret Weil , Co-Chairs   


SAN FRANCISCO MANDOLINS– Sunday, October 30, - 4pm

San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra recently celebrated its tenth birthday. Their Fall 2016 season is one for reflecting on a decade of beautiful music, and considering a future full of potential. Achille Bocus will conduct the orchestra in a joyous revisiting of many of the pieces from past programs that our audiences have enjoyed, including selections from:

·         Dvořák: Symphony for the New World

·         Barber: Adagio for Strings

·         Calace: Serenata Gaia

·         Saint-Saëns: The Carnival of the Animals


Tickets are $18 (general) / $10 (students and seniors) and can be purchased at the door or via Brown Paper Tickets. Concerts are family-friendly, and admission is free for children 6 and under.   


SPANISH LANGUAGE GROUP STARTS, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., ALL SAINTS’ LIBRARY.   This is the first meeting of a group of us from All Saints’ who want to develop our Spanish-language skills.  Working on our Spanish in this group will help to equip us for mission to Mexico or other Spanish-speaking countries.


We plan to meet twice monthly.  This will be a self-teaching group - no teacher and no cost.  For more information, please contact Phillip Palmer at or at 650.851.2599.


NEW TESTAMENT STUDY CONTINUES, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 7:30 p.m., ALL SAINTS' LIBRARY.  We will begin our discussion of Paul's Letter to the Romans, focusing on the first eight chapters.   Please join us, even if you haven't read Romans recently.  Contact Phil Palmer at or at 650.851.2599 for more information.


It's past time to start working on the Advent/Christmas edition of Calling All Saints!, our parish newsletter. Please get copy to Heather and Kathy at by Election Day. Thank you!  


CHORAL EVENSONG FOR ALL SOULS - Sunday, November 6 - 4 p.m.


The All Saints' Choir offers Choral Evensong for All Souls' Day. The featured music:


Evening Canticles (Gloucester Cathedral) -- Herbert Howells

Psalm 23 (Requiem) -- Howells

Selig sind die Toten (Blessed are the Dead) -- Heinrich Schütz

Preces and Responses -- William Smith

Jesu dulcis memoria -- Tomas Luis de Victoria


Father Terry will officiate. As always, a lovely reception hosted by Joan and Jodi Scherer and Mary Ellen Bena will follow. Join us!



SATURDAY, Nov. 12th 10am – 4pm  

The Parish Hall will be filled with beautiful gift selections from over 20 vendors! Jewelry, hand-woven goods, and art work from Nicaragua are only some of the great items you will find at this event that supports our outreach work. AND…one lucky shopper will win $100!  Why not you? Hope to see you there…and bring your friends!  




Dear friends,

Thank you for all the prayers for my mom. They seem to be working. She is still in critical condition in the ICU in Schenectady, but her ICU MD (whom our favorite nurse told us never sugarcoats anything) remains optimistic that she will pull through this, since she made it through the worst already, the first 48 hours when they expected her to die, based on what had happened. (In a nut shell, she developed a clotting disorder following surgery to repair a tear when a routine colonoscopy went awry.) She almost bled to death, and the shock to her body has put kidneys and liver into a bad state, her white blood cell count is up, and she's still coming out of the clotting disorder, but her heart and lungs have been strong, so there is hope. It will just be a very, very slow process, and consequently I'm not sure when I will be back in California. So thanks again for your continued prayers, and thank God for blood donors and her excellent doctors and nurses! 


I also want to thank you for your prayers for Gloria and Alejandro, the cousins of my friend, Angelica, whom we wrote about recently. Angelica texted me last night. Not only did her cousins make it safely and legally into the United States from El Salvador (where they were fleeing domestic violence backed up by gang threats), but they have been released from detention and this morning are taking a bus from Texas to Arkansas to be reunited with family there, where they will continue their asylum process. Praise be!


Additional thanksgivings are in order for Cristosal. They just learned that they have been awarded a major grant from USAID (United States Agency for International Development, the United States Government agency which is primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid). This is their first US government grant and a huge testimony to the integrity and impact of their work. The grant will allow Cristosal to expand its work in the other two Northern Triangle countries, Guatemala and Honduras. This is a huge step for them, but the grant is for specific, focused work, and they will need the support of parishes even more going forward to secure their core operating expenses. Thus, they continue to be grateful for the support that All Saints' has provided, through an Outreach Committee grant, a gift from Fr. Terry's discretionary fund, and from several individuals. If you feel moved to add to this support as we enter the "season of giving," they would be most grateful. It's easy to make a gift online via their website


Blessings and thanks to you all,






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.









27 Thursday

8:10 AM Continuing the Conversation: YR

10:00 AM Art Workshop:  CF


28 Friday– Parish Office Closed


29 Saturday

9:30 AM Altar Guild: CH


30 Sunday

8:00 AM Holy Eucharist: CH

9:05 AM  Annual Meeting. Part 1: PH

10:00 AM Godly Play Sunday School: Rm 21

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist: CH

4:00 PM  SF Mandolins Concert: CH


31 Monday




1 Tuesday


2 Wednesday

12:00 PM Healing Service: CPL

7:30 PM New Testament Study Group: LB


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

Daylight Saving Time Ends

8:00 AM Holy Eucharist: CH

10:00 AM Godly Play Sunday School: Rm 21

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist: CH

4:00 PM Evensong and Reception: CH, PH


7 Monday


8 Tuesday


9 Wednesday


10 Thursday

8:10 AM Continuing the Conversation: YR

10:00 AM Art Workshop:  CF


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: Rm 21

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, LBLibrary,  MP Multi-Purpose Rm., PH Parish Hall.