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

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                                                            GRACE NOTES


                             July 14, 2016                                                                                 Volume    IX.7.2

Putting Christ’s Love into Positive Action


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

Inclusion & Friendship






Services for longtime parishioner, Lin Miller, will be held this coming Friday, July 15th at All Saints’ at 4pm.  A reception will follow immediately in the Parish Hall.





As some of you know, last week I made a very quick trip to Kamloops, BC, to visit the wife of my best friend from school days: she is the “Donna Molloy” on the prayer list. Donna and her husband Steve were traveling on the Rocky Mountaineer train when Donna fell and sustained serious head injuries. A section of her skull was removed and she remained in a coma for about five days. She is receiving excellent medical care and is recovering well, and hopes to be home in Australia early August. I was best man at their wedding, am godfather to their only daughter and baptized one of their sons, so it was a privilege to be able to spend a few days with them, particularly when they are feeling so isolated and far from home.


In case you missed the news from the Anglican Church of Canada's General Synod this week, delegates were asked to vote on a Marriage Equality resolution. The intention was to change the church's canons and make the marriage rite gender neutral. This is essentially the same change that our church made at our General Convention last year. To change a canon, a two thirds majority of each of the three Houses - bishops, clergy and laity - is required.

On Monday night, after a damaging debate, the motion failed by one clergy vote! This was, of course devastating news to many people, particularly as Canada has had "gay marriage" for over ten years. Many people immediately left the floor of Synod, more than a few in tears. A motion was made to reconsider the vote, but that failed to achieve a two thirds majority also, as many of the original motion’s supporters were now absent from the floor.


The next morning, however, delegates requested a hardcopy of the voting records. Voting is done entirely electronically: there were no paper ballots, but it became apparent that some people's votes were not counted. It also emerged that the Chairman's vote had been counted as a lay vote, whereas it should have been counted as a clergy vote. And so on Tuesday the result of Monday night's vote was amended: the motion had passed! Of course, there are really no winners and losers: as with our branch of the church, all are diminished by conflict, and no doubt the church in Canada will now suffer much of the same treatment we have received. In the words of a hymn I learned as a child, “There is no promise that we shall not suffer, no promise that we shall not need to fight, only the word that love is our redemption, and freedom comes by turning to the Light.”


AND finally the news broke yesterday that the California Supreme Court has denied a petition for review by the breakaway Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin, and so the Court’s earlier finding stands: around 28 church properties, including the Cathedral, as well as funds, must be returned to The Episcopal Church. This ends years of litigation, and both parties have promised to work together to achieve an orderly transition. The Diocese of San Joaquin is located in the San Joaquin Valley and centered in Bakersfield. 






You are invited to join us at our home for an informal outdoor Eucharist and potluck dinner on Wednesday, July 27, at 6:00 p.m.  We will grill an assortment of tasty sausages and provide a variety of mustards.  Side dishes of the picnic variety, and beverages to share, are requested. 

Children are welcome.


IMPORTANT:  Please respond by July 24 to if you are coming, indicating the number in your party. 


Margaret and Curt Weil

867 Lincoln Avenue (between Channing and Guinda)

Palo Alto 




This past Sunday worshipers for the first time heard sounds from the harpsichord that has been in the worship space since last summer. The instrument is on long-term loan from our member Mark Allendorf. It was built 40 years ago by Richard Miller from a kit created by master builder Frank Hubbard. It has been in need of serious regulation work, but none of the local craftsmen had had time to do it. Eugene Petroshansky now has the time and has so far completed one of the four stops. I will be offering at least one voluntary on the instrument each Sunday. As with all music in our incredible acoustic, the harpsichord's sound is rich and lovely. ~  Rodney Gehrke




LECTORS:  LESSONS for Sunday, July 17, 2016


                                                                                                                                                                                                 First Reading:                   Amos 8:1-12

                                                                                                                                                                                             Second Reading:                   Colossians 1:15-28




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.







14 Thursday

8:10 AM Continuing the Conversation: YR

10:00 AM Art Workshop:  CF


15 Friday – Parish Office Closed




16 Saturday

9:30 AM Altar Guild: CH


17 Sunday

9:30 AM Holy Eucharist: CH


18 Monday


19 Tuesday

7:00 PM Vestry Meeting: CF


20 Wednesday


21 Thursday

8:10 AM Continuing the Conversation: YR

10:00 AM Art Workshop:  CF


22 Friday– Parish Office Closed


23 Saturday

9:30 AM Altar Guild: CH


24 Sunday

9:30 AM Holy Eucharist: CH


25 Monday


26 Tuesday


27 Wednesday

6:00 pm: Home Eucharist at the Weils’


28 Thursday

8:10 AM Continuing the Conversation: YR

10:00 AM Art Workshop:  CF


29 Friday– Parish Office Closed


30 Saturday

9:30 AM Altar Guild: CH


31 Sunday

9:30 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