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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


                             August 25, 2016                                                                                 Volume    IX.8.3

Putting Christ’s Love into Positive Action


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

Inclusion & Friendship

As many of you are aware, there has been a lot of discussion about the future of the 8am service. Ten years ago, the average attendance at 8am was 31; for the last twelve months is has been 18. As that is an average, it has meant attendance on some Sundays has been as low as 12 – and that is counting the celebrant, organist and scheduled Eucharistic minister. Some services have started with six people attempting to sing an entrance hymn.
I have heard many proposals, ranging from abolishing the 8am entirely, to keep on doing exactly what we are doing while expecting different results, an ecclesiastical variation on Einstein’s definition of insanity. There is no universally felicitous solution, so I decided to step away from all the conflicting opinions and consider what the ideal 8am service should look like, drawing on my own experience in different parishes as well as the practice of seminaries and religious communities, where a simple liturgy is celebrated daily. Accordingly, music will continue at the 8am service, but on a reduced scale.
In determining what should be sung in any liturgy, we do have guidelines: priority is given to those elements which are shared by all celebrations of the Eucharist, such as the Creed, the Gloria, the Kyrie, the Sanctus, the Fraction Anthem – what our Hymn Book classifies as ‘Service Music.’ And so in future we will continue to sing Service Music, but there will be fewer hymns and overall a simpler service. My hope is that by offering a genuine alternative to the 10am service, the 8am service will thrive.
With both organs currently in the main church, we will continue to hold the 8am there. I know it would be enormously helpful to the Altar Guild were we to move to the chapel: depending on attendance going forward, that will remain an option.
As with so much of our shared life, this is a work in progress. Let’s try this for the foreseeable future and see what the response is. Personally I would miss music at the 8am, and am excited to try a revised format.
Some committees and groups are experiencing difficulty in meeting during the week, and so as we prepare to return to our regular schedule of services, the Vestry is proposing that the first Sunday of each month be “Meeting Sunday.” Groups could meet between services at 9am, or around 11.30am, after the 10am service. No adult forums will be scheduled on those days.
LECTORS:  LESSONS for Sunday, August 28, 2016
First Reading:                   Jeremiah 2:4-13
Second Reading:                 Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Fr Isaias from La Joya has sent a very helpful report on work around the church of La Santa Cruz. We would like to discuss our response to that communication and any other related concerns this coming Sunday after the 9:30 Eucharist.  We will convene at 11 a.m. and will be finished by 12 noon.  The Multi-Purpose Room, upstairs in the Education Building, is reserved for the purpose. All welcome!
ALL SAINTS’ ANNUAL LEMONADE STAND – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Every year All Saints’ has a lemonade stand during the two days of the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts; this year the celebration is Saturday August 27 and Sunday August 28 from 10am-6pm.  We offer free lemonade to passersby, and water for dogs.  We make a lot of friends, who are always delighted and surprised that we don’t charge for the lemonade.  We staff the stand with at least two parishioners for each 2 hour shift.  Joanne Westendorf has offered to make the lemonade [picking up as last year on Mary Cloutier’s fine tradition], and Diane Frankle is organizing the volunteers.  Please let Diane know if you can volunteer this year – you can reach her or at 650-580-8273, or she will be at Hospitality Hour looking for volunteers. [Note that there won’t be a Book Sale this year, so this is our chance to have outreach during the Festival].  Thanks for helping!
JAM FOR SCHOLARSHIPS!  The church freezer is full of fruit to make jams, and it is almost time for the scholarship drive for the Diocese of Western Tanganyika.  Do you have jars to bring back to be refilled with jam? Are you ready to help make the jam to support the project?  Joanne Westendorf is planning to make jam this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27 and 28,  between noon to 5pm.  Please let Joanne at or 650-329-1425 know if and when you would like to help with this fun and rewarding project.  Let’s capture the smells and tastes of summer to help others!
CALLING ALL SAINTS!  Fall Edition Deadline
We are hoping to get the next edition of our parish newsletter, Calling All Saints!, out sometime in September. To that end, please send your submissions to the editors by Sept. 1. Thanks! Heather & Kathy 
Join people of many backgrounds to say "no" to fear and "yes" to friendship and peace. Mark Sept. 11 with this 2-mile walk in Palo Alto ending with a peace picnic. People from all walks of life, all ages, races, cultures and faiths are welcome! Meet at Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma Street, at 1:30pm for gathering activities (wagon/stroller decorating, refreshments, mural-making). Parking available there but please carpool! Program and walk begin at 2pm. Stops at University AME Zion Church on Middlefield, Our Lady of the Rosary on Cowper, and Mitchell Park for American Muslim Voice hosted closing program and picnic. Free shuttle available from Our Lady of the Rosary to Mitchell Park and back to 4161 Alma to get your car. (Final program at 4:30 and shuttles continue until picnic is over at 6pm.) For more information go to:
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.
LIFE LINE SCREENING, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, is pleased to offer a preventive health event at All Saints’ on 9/28/2016.  Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount).  All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.  In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit

25 Thursday
8:10 AM Continuing the Conversation: YR
10:00 AM Art Workshop:  CF
26 Friday– Parish Office Closed
27 Saturday
9:30 AM Altar Guild: CH
    Palo Alto Festival of the Arts
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Lemonade Stand
28 Sunday
9:30 AM Holy Eucharist: CH
  Palo Alto Festival of the Arts
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Lemonade Stand
29 Monday
30 Tuesday
31 Wednesday
1 Thursday
8:10 AM Continuing the Conversation: YR
10:00 AM Art Workshop:  CF
2 Friday– Parish Office Closed
3 Saturday
9:30 AM Altar Guild: CH
4 Sunday
9:30 AM Holy Eucharist: CH
5 Monday
Labor Day
6 Tuesday
7 Wednesday
12:00 PM Healing Service:CPL
8 Thursday
8:10 AM Continuing the Conversation: YR
10:00 AM Art Workshop:  CF
9 Friday– Parish Office Closed
10 Saturday
9:30 AM Altar Guild: CH
11 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.