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


                             January 4, 2017                                                                                 Volume    X.1.1

Putting Christ’s Love into Positive Action


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

                                                                                                            Inclusion & Friendship  





Even if you haven’t signed up for Saturday’s visit by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, please do attend if you possibly can. It is a privilege to welcome him to our diocese and to have the opportunity to hear him. However, while Bishop Michael understandably headlines the day, Canon Stephanie Spellers is not to be missed. You will recall that a few years ago as a parish we studied her book, Radical Welcome. I think that she has much to offer our parish and diocese, and I look forward to her input.


Thank you to all those who have so generously pledged their financial support to our parish for 2017. Due to death and career moves, we have felt the loss of several parishioners in many ways, and bridging the financial gap has been somewhat challenging this year. Our treasurer , Lauren Bonomi, the Finance Committee and the Vestry have dedicated an enormous amount of time and creative energy to creating a balanced budget. More details at our Annual Meeting, January 22nd, but in the meantime, many thanks.

Happy New Year!                                                                                                                                     





ADVENT / EPIPHANY SERIES CONTINUES: The Light Comes into Our World - Adult Forum after the 8:00 and 10:00 services this Sunday, January 8.


Welcome 2017. Welcome light of Epiphany and wisdom of the Wise Men. This Sunday is the fourth of five gatherings to meditate on the birth and childhood of Christ with texts and paintings.   In this Epiphany season, we begin to examine the emerging recognition of the incarnate Christ in the world beyond family.


Sunday, January 8, we consider the presentation of the Christ child, Luke 2: 22-39.


Next Sunday, January 15; Jesus lost to his parents, and found engaged with elders in the Temple.





There will be King’s Cake after both services.

Don’t forget to bite carefully…the cake holds surprises!



LECTORS:  LESSONS for Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017


8:00 AM       First Reading:                  Isaiah 42: 1-9

10:00 AM     First Reading:                  Isaiah 42: 1-9                                                               

                     Second Reading:             Acts 10:34-43




Margaret Cohen Radu, a lawyer who practices immigration law at the International Institute of the Bay Area, will bring us up to speed on current immigration issues. She will start with an overview of immigration statuses, then identify those immigrants most at risk in the current political environment, and finally suggest ways in which concerned citizens can help our immigrant brothers and sisters.  Offered in the Fireplace Room after the 10 a.m. celebration.

About Margaret Cohen Radu: Margaret, the daughter of Nancy and Bill Cohen, grew up in All Saints’.  She holds a B.A. in Music and Languages from Sarah Lawrence College and a J.D. from Stanford University Law School.  She is a Staff Attorney with the International Institute of the Bay Area.

About the International Institute of the Bay Area: Established in 1918, the International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) is a not-for-profit firm that provides immigration legal services, education, and civic engagement opportunities to immigrants, refugees, and their families.



Save the date!


Sunday, January 22, 2017


Session B of All Saints' Annual Meeting will be held in the Parish Hall at 9:00 on Sunday, January 22.. We will hear from Rector Terry Gleeson on the state of All Saints' Church, receive a report from Treasurer Lauren Bonomi, and elect diocesan delegates and alternates. As has become its custom, the vestry will provide refreshments.



SPANISH LANGUAGE GROUP CONTINUES, TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., ALL SAINTS’ LIBRARY.   We are a group of people from All Saints’ who want to develop our Spanish-language skills – build vocabulary, practice basic conversation, and strengthen the foundation for relationships with our Spanish-speaking neighbors in our local community, in Southeast Mexico, and in El Salvador.  Please join us as we empower ourselves to build love and justice for God’s children across linguistic and national borders!


This is 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, THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 7:30 p.m., ALL SAINTS' LIBRARY.  We will continue our discussion of Paul's Letter to the Romans, focusing on chapters 9 through 16.   Please join us, even if you haven't read Romans recently.  Contact Phil Palmer at or at 650.851.2599 for more information.



MultifaithService of Concern and Commitment on Eve of Inauguration Day
Thursday, January 19, 7pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto
We will gather from diverse faith and spiritual traditions for music, prayers, wisdom and silence. A time to voice concerns and commit to action for justice, compassion, equality and peace. Everyone welcome. Click here for more information.

Sponsored by Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice.

Visit our website for information about other events and efforts, too.




If you requested a supply of pledge envelopes for 2017 (there was a box to check on your pledge card) you will find them at the rear of the church this coming Sunday.  Boxes are labeled with the name of each requestor.

If you do not find a box with your name and you wish to receive envelopes with your pledge # on them, please contact your Parish and Campus Administrator, Susan Reaves, at or at (650) 322-4528 ext. 303.




Service and sermon recordings are now available on Youtube:

Many thanks to Allyn Stott for making this possible!






5 Thursday

8:10 AM Continuing the Conversation: YR

10:00 AM Art Workshop:  CF


6 Friday– Parish Office Closed


7  Saturday

9:30 AM Altar Guild: CH


8 Sunday

8:00 AM Holy Eucharist: CH

10:00 AM Godly Play Sunday School: Room 21

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist: CH

4:00 PM New Esterhazy Concert: CH


9 Monday

10 Tuesday


11 Wednesday


12 Thursday

8:10 AM Continuing the Conversation: YR

10:00 AM Art Workshop:  CF


13 Friday– Parish Office Closed


14 Saturday

9:30 AM Altar Guild: CH


15 Sunday

8:00 AM Holy Eucharist: CH

10:00 AM Godly Play Sunday School: Room 21

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist: CH


16 Monday

17 Tuesday


18 Wednesday



8:10 AM Continuing the Conversation: YR

10:00 AM Art Workshop:  CF

8:00 PM Voices of Music: CH


20 Friday– Parish Office Closed


21 Saturday

9:30 AM Altar Guild: CH


22 Sunday

8:00 AM Holy Eucharist: CH

9:00 AM Annual Meeting: PH

10:00 AM Godly Play Sunday School: Room 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.