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.
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                                                            GRACE NOTES


                    October 23, 2014                                                                                 Volume    VII.10.4

Putting Christ’s Love into Positive Action


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

Inclusion & Friendship






The first installment of All Saints' annual meeting is this Sunday in the parish hall.  We will elect three new vestry members for three year terms, receive a financial update from treasurer Lauren Bonomi, and enjoy refreshments provided by the vestry.  See you there!



Message from the Rector ~


November has long been a month of special prayer for the dead in the Western Church. This year we will solemnly inaugurate our month of prayer with Evensong on All Souls’ Day, celebrated by Bishop Mary. On that day – and throughout the month of November – we will have a small shrine of remembrance in one of the bays of the church. There will be some small votive lights and the opportunity to place photographs of deceased loved ones. Throughout November we will pray intentionally for those whom we have loved and lost. In the next few weeks before All Souls’ Day you are invited to bring to the church a photograph of anyone you want remembered, to be placed in the shrine. 


Because God exists outside the limitations of time and space, the totality of our lives are all fully present to God eternally. And so even though a person is dead to us, they – and we – are alive to God. The prayers we offer for our deceased loved ones, then, are not so much for “the dead” as for the living, offered with the confidence that we all abide in God’s grace eternally. This is also a time when we deal with the residue of another’s death, when we pray for our own need for healing, confidence, forgiveness, trust ….


**Please note that there will only be ONE SERVICE ONLY AT 9:30AM on All Souls’ Day, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND .  (With the end Daylight Savings, don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour the night before.)


UPDATE! I have just heard from Bishop Benito Juarez from SE Mexico that he and his wife, Sra. Angélica Juárez Montoya, will not only be joining us for our Diocesan Convention in a few weeks, but they will also be able to spend a few days with us at All Saints’ before Convention. They are both extremely grateful for the assistance we have been able to provide with hurricane recovery, the purchase of gas tanks for two bakeries, a water purification system in Arroyo Zacate and a new parish building in La Joya, as well as contributing to their diocesan scholarship fund. Unfortunately Bishop Benito and Doña Angelica can’t be with us on a Sunday but I have arranged for us to meet with them the evening of Thursday the 13t at the home of Chris and Mary Jo Kelly, which also happens to be the anniversary of Bishop Benito’s consecration!   Watch for more details in future Grace Notes.  ~ Fr. Terry +



ADULT FORUM AFTER 10 A.M. SERVICE ON OCTOBER 26.  Susan Barkan will facilitate a discussion of Fr. Terry's sermon.  Please join to share your thoughts inspired by the sermon



2015 PLEDGE PACKETS HAVE BEEN MAILED OUT so please watch for them in your mail in the next day or so.  If you did not receive one and would like one, there will be a supply of packets in the back of the Church this Sunday.  You may also request one to be mailed to you.  Please contact Susan Reaves at or (650) 322-4528 ext. 303.



THE OVERNIGHTERS, which premiered at Sundance, where it received rave reviews and won a Special Jury Award for Intuitive Filmmaking, opens tomorrow at the Landmark Opera Plaza in SF and the Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley.  There will be panels and Q&As with the director throughout the weekend:


THE OVERNIGHTERS features a storyline of struggle between sexuality and faith  to. Here is the synopsis:  "It does amaze me that giving people floor space is provocative," muses Jay Reinke, the pastor of the Concordia Lutheran Church in Williston, North Dakota.  He knows of what he speaks – for some months now, he has been offering up his church, and car park, for down on their luck men to sleep in.  He's never short of takers: the fracking rush has brought tens of thousands to North Dakota, many more than can squeeze into this small community.  But Reinke soon faces an ugly backlash.  With his angry congregation fleeing, local law makers are determined to legislate to protect their own, and The Williston Herald is keen to know why Reinke is housing a sex offender.  In this astonishing, Sundance award-winning film, we watch Reinke fight his ground on many fronts – all the while keeping up a public persona at painful odds with the troubled private person within.

You can find more info and rave Sundance reviews about the film at the film's



REMINDER - Those persons preparing for confirmation or reception during the Bishop’s upcoming visit will meet this Sunday after the 10am service in the Conference Room in the Parish Office Building.



LECTORS:  READINGS for Sunday, October 26


First Reading:       Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18

Second Reading:  1 Thessalonians 2:1-8






Heather Hadlock:  I first came to AS in 1998. I worked with Annie Dolber and she had invited me to a Christmas party with Clayton Crawley and some other friendly, funny, smart and musical people from her church. I hadn't been to church since high school, but one Sunday I just drove into town and found myself at All Saints'. I loved this church immediately and it became a core of my spiritual and social life. All Saints' supported me through Madeleine's premature birth in 2001, and Madeleine was baptized here and took her first steps in this sanctuary. A few years later, All Saints' friends and clergy supported me through my divorce. Another year after that, I met Kathy here when Jim Dawson brought her for an Invite-a-Friend Sunday.  We formed our relationship and new family in the Episcopal church of St John the Evangelist in SF (where Kathy was living), but we kept in touch with All Saints’ and when we bought our house at Stanford in 2012, it made sense to return full-time.  It’s wonderful to be back. We keep coming back for Terry's sermons, special music like Evensong, beloved friends, and fellowship with people who care about serving our community. Madeleine, now 13, looks forward to youth group discussion, hymns, and walking the labyrinth on Sundays.


Carol Hubenthal:  I first walked into All Saints about 45 years ago, pregnant with my first child, Camas. Jim McCloud was the new rector and I have been attending ever since. I am a “Cradle Episcopalian and the Church has been a home and anchor during my life. (We moved several times during my youth, so the church and its liturgy was a constant touchstone.) I have been a member of the Altar Guild since 1982 and served as a vestry member. Those experiences as well as being a member of an active neighborhood group and volunteering at Breaking Bread have deepened my involvement and appreciation of  the communion we share. I have wanted to transform our downtown plot of ground into a garden for many years and I am excited to serve on the vestry at a time when this vision may become a reality.



Christopher Kelly:  By now, most of my life has been spent elsewhere, but I was born in Chicago and still have a Chicagoan's world-view:  I expect corruption in government and late-season collapses in baseball.  Mary Jo and I had figured that if we ever left Washington DC, where I'd been an antitrust lawyer since 1988, we'd be heading back to Chicago.  But by 2010, most of my work involved high technology, making Silicon Valley's pull was too great to ignore, so Mary Jo, Madeleine and I moved here on December 26 of that year.  After checking out a couple of other Episcopal parishes in the area for a month or so, we finally came to All Saints' and never left.  I'd already known the parish a little bit from a couple of 8:00 visits back in 2009, so I was glad to be back.  And the warm welcome, the good liturgy, and Rod Gehrke's music made our choice easy.  All Saints' has been a great home for us, and I'm honored to have the opportunity to serve the parish as a member of the vestry.   


Like quite a few of us here, I grew up as a Roman Catholic.  Catholicism is now a big piece of my Episcopal experience, but I fell away during college, and kept God and the church at a distance for nearly 20 years.  It was not a search for meaning but happenstance that brought me to the Episcopal church:  I was still a pretty comfortable anti-cleric and agnostic (and Sunday-morning soccer player) when in 1996 I got an invitation to sub in the choir of the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes in downtown Washington.  Everything changed.  From the very start, the Mass' beauty and solemnity, and the music's depth and intensity, told me that I was tapping into something way beyond what I could explain.  A spectacularly diverse (including politics, race, nationality, and orientation, for starters), kind and good-humored congregation helped, just as it does here.  That was about it for soccer.  Ascension & St. Agnes is where Mary Jo and I were married, Madeleine was baptized, Mary Jo was received into the Anglican Communion, and -- on Christmas Eve 2010 -- I once again received Holy Communion.  Even as I dawdled about joining the Anglican Communion, I became more involved in parish life, helping with outreach and the search committee that found a renowned new organist & choirmaster for the parish.  


Now, after nearly four years with you here in Palo Alto, I'm finally ready to take the plunge, and am preparing to be received.  Our time with you at All Saints' has been a joy, and is already full of deep experiences and grateful memories.  Having seen your painstaking and careful search find us a superb rector, having spent time singing with Rod and our wonderful choir, having shared in beautiful Masses and Evensongs with you, and having felt your love and care for all of my family, I'm looking forward to at least beginning to pay back my debt to all of you by serving on the vestry.




NEW TESTAMENT STUDY GROUP CONTINUES, Wednesday, October 29, 7:30 p.m., Conference Room.

We will continue our discussion of chapters 10 - 19 of Luke's Gospel.  For more information, please contact Phillip Palmer at or 650.851.2599.  All are welcome, regardless of whether you have read Luke recently.



CALLING ALL SAINTS’!  The next edition of our parish newsletter will come out in time for the Advent/Christmastide season and cover from December until early March. Our goal is to mail the week of Thanksgiving, so the deadline for submissions is October 25 - except for items reporting on the Annual Meeting -- please submit these by Nov. 1. To submit ideas, articles or for questions, please contact Heather or Kathy at



SEASONS IN OUR LIVES - Church Songs of Ireland

Alexander and Luke Edward Harding Bradley

Nativity Church - 210 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park’ Sunday, October 26, 2:00 p.m.

Alexander and Luke Edward have been singing with our choir for Evensongs since June. Natives of Ireland, they are wonderful boys and great young musicians: Alexander sang for two years with the world-famous Vienna Choir Boys, and Luke Edward has sung at Westminster Cathedral in London. They are singing a concert of Irish hymns and songs covering the seasons of the year from All Saints and All Souls, to Christmas and St. Patrick's Day, to Easter and summer, celebrating Irish saints through music. Pianist Jill Mueller accompanies. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted.



DONATIONS NEEDED! Hotel de Zink Halloween "treat" Bags –Once again this year we are putting together "treat" bags to give to our 15 guests on Halloween – their last night with us. Last year they included a pair of warm gloves, socks, a rain poncho and various toiletries. Listed below are the items we need. If you are able to donate a smaller quantity of an item, please let me know how many you wish contribute – any donations are greatly appreciated. And if you don’t have time to shop, your monetary donations will be used to purchase non-donated items. (Please make your check out to All Saints’ and give it or cash to Joan). Sign up form is the table in the Parish Hall. Please place donated items in our special Halloween decorated basket located at the back of the church or in the Parish Hall or bring them to the office.


Here are the items needed (16 of each or as noted):




Soap (liquid)


Kleenex Tissues


Mints (i.e Altoids)

Pairs of socks




Small flashlights


Feminine supplies (6)


Individual “bags” to store/pkg  these items

Money towards  the purchase of gloves, hats, scarves

Thanks for once again for your support of this endeavor. ~ Joan Scherer

CHORAL EVENSONG FOR ALL SOULS’ DAY - Sunday, November 2, 4 p.m.

All Saints Choir: Rodney Gehrke, Director & Organist

Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves, Officiant

We are delighted that Bishop Mary will officiate at this special Evensong for the Commemoration of All Faithful Departed. The featured musical works will be by Herbert Howells (1892-1983): his Magnificat and Nunc dimittis for St. Paul's Cathedral and selected movements from his Requiem. Bishop Mary and the All Saints Choir will also offer the Preces and Responses for Salisbury Cathedral by Richard Shephard (b. 1949). A lovely reception will follow the liturgy.




Bishop Mary will be speaking at Congregation Beth Am on Friday November 7 at the evening Shabbat service, which begins at 6:15pm.  The title of Bishop Mary’s talk will be “When the Desert Comes to You; Faith for all Terrains.”  There will also be a dinner following the service and Bishop Mary will also share a teaching with a Jewish commentary from Senior Rabbi Janet Marder.  The dinner requires a sign up and has a fee to cover the dinner; seating may be limited.  More details can be found here:  


LINK FOR DINNER SIGN UP:  Congregation Beth Am and All Saints have been engaged in Building Bridges together for the past 18 months and this is another exciting bridge!  Congregation Beth Am is located at 26790 Arastradero Rd, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022.   If you are interested in carpooling contact Diane Frankle at and she will put together a list of interested carpoolers and connect everyone.




SATURDAY, Nov. 8th, 10am – 4pm  

The Parish Hall will be filled with beautiful gift selections from 20 vendors! Jewelry, hand-woven goods, and art work from Nicaragua are only some of the great items you will find at this fundraiser which will support educational scholarships for children in Southeast Mexico.

AND…one lucky shopper will win $100!  Why not you? Just ask Margaret Wootton, our winner from last year!

Hope to see you there…and bring your friends!



The orchestra returns to All Saints with a program entitled "The New World." Celebrating our conductor's move to America from Italy, our repertoire will focus on the New World (America) and on new worlds in general. We'll play, among others, Calace's Pavana, Bruce Graybill's Walnut Valley Suite, Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, and the first movement of Dvorak's New World Symphony. For advance tickets and further information:




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)

·         Salad dressing (ranch, if possible)

·         Peanut butter (non-organic, please)

·         Apples, bananas, oranges or any other fresh produce which will not spoil easily.

·         Soup, canned or in packages (such as Ramen)

·         Jam

·         Empty egg cartons



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.






23 Thursday

8:10 AM Continuing the Conversation: YR

10:00 AM Art Workshop:  CF

6:15 PM Outreach Committee Meeting: LB


24 Friday – Parish Office Closed


25 Saturday

9:30 AM Altar Guild: CH


26 Sunday

8:00 AM Holy Eucharist:  CH

10:00 AM Godly Play :Rm 21
10:00 AM  Holy Eucharist: CH

27 Monday


28 Tuesday


29 Wednesday


30 Thursday

8:10 AM Continuing the Conversation: YR

10:00 AM Art Workshop:  CF


31 Friday – Parish Office Closed




1 Saturday

9:30 AM Altar Guild: CH


2 Sunday

Daylight Saving Time Ends

One 9:30 AM Service—All Souls’ Sunday
9:30 AM Holy Eucharist: CH
9:30 AM Godly Play: Rm 21




3 Monday


4 Tuesday


5 Wednesday

12:00 PM Healing Service: CPL


6 Thursday

8:10 AM Continuing the Conversation: YR

10:00 AM Art Workshop:  CF


7 Friday – Parish Office Closed


8 Saturday

9:30 AM Altar Guild: CH



9 Sunday

8:00 AM  Holy Eucharist: CH
10:00 AM  Godly Play :Rm 21
10:00 AM  Holy Eucharist: CH
4:00 PM SF Mandolin Concert: CH


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