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  • 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 30, 2014                                                                                 Volume    VII.10.5

Putting Christ’s Love into Positive Action


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

Inclusion & Friendship








**Please note that there will be ONE MORNING 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.)
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.  A book will also be available to inscribe the names of the deceased.
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 ….~ Fr. Terry
Bishop Benito Juarez and his wife Angelica will be visiting us from S.E. Mexico the weekend of November 15 & 16th. Bishop Benito has changed his travel plans and can now be with us for Sunday Eucharist. He will be available for conversation after the 10am Eucharist that day.
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.
LECTORS:  READINGS for Sunday, November 2nd
First Reading:         Revelation 7:9-17
Second Reading:    1 John 3:1-3 
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.
By now you should have received your 2015 pledge packet in the mail.  It included messages from Fr. Terry, Sr. Warden Lucinda Abbott, and the stewardship committee, all urging you to make your 2015 pledge to All Saints’.  The reason for making a pledge versus giving less formally is clear:  74% of All Saints’ budget is made up of this income; it therefore allows the vestry to plan confidently for the year ahead.  We are blessed with other sources of revenue but pledges clearly comprise the foundation of our income budget.
Another compelling reason to make a pledge is to reduce our reliance on a very few donors.  In 2014, out of 93 pledges, 47% of our pledge income came from just seven pledges and 74% came from only 25 pledges.  It is risky to be so dependent upon so few.  Please see page 9 in your pledge booklet under “All Saints’ 2015 Stewardship Challenge” to see how a relatively small increase in all our pledges would make a very big difference.
We invite you all to consider prayerfully what you will share from all that has been given to you.  Would you please bring your pledge to the altar at the Ingathering on Sunday, November 16, or send it to Susan Reaves in the church office by that date.
With continued thanks,
Mary Ann Hayward and Margaret Weil
Stewardship Committee co-chairs
*If you did not receive a Pledge Packet and wish to have one mailed to you, please contact Susan in the Parish office via email to or phone (650) 322-4528 ext. 303.  Thank you.
Services will be held at All Saints’ on Tuesday, November 11th at 4pm.  A dinner and party for all to celebrate Charlie’s life will follow in the Parish Hall. 
To my family at All Saints - My heartfelt thank you for ALL your prayers, love, care and concern.
Our trials are part of God's Grace.  I rejoice and feel His abiding love and peace.  Praise be to God
who loves and cares for each of you.      
Dianne Krueger
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:
EPISCOPAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT Launches Special 75th Anniversary Matching Gift Challenge
In honor of Episcopal Relief & Development’s 75th Anniversary Celebration, a group of generous donors has pledged $750,000 in matching funds for the organization’s 2014 Matching Gift Challenge.
“We are excited and extremely grateful for this 75th Anniversary match, which is our largest ever match amount,” said Joy Shigaki, the organization’s Senior Director of Advancement.  “I am inspired by the energy and commitment of our donors around the 75th Anniversary Celebration, and hope that our supporters will take advantage of this special opportunity to see their contributions have double the impact toward healing a hurting world.”
Any donation to the organization between October 30 and December 31 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to the total match amount.  This includes contributions through Gifts for Life, Episcopal Relief & Development’s alternative giving catalog, and monthly donations scheduled during the Challenge period.
The matching amount for all donations will go to the 75th Anniversary Fund, which enables the organization to respond to needs where they are greatest.  The overall fundraising goal of the 75-week-long celebration is to secure $7.5 million to support programs that touch the lives of more than 3 million people in nearly 40 countries.
“This is a time for all Episcopalians to commemorate their shared legacy of compassionate care and striving for justice through the work of Episcopal Relief & Development,” said Rob Radtke, the organization’s President.  “It is with much gratitude that I invite everyone to join the celebration and consider how their gifts of time, talent and treasure can contribute toward the growth of relationships and initiatives that create thriving, connected communities.”
Gift matching is automatically activated when a contribution is made – online, via mail or by phone – to one of the organization’s listed funds.  For an even bigger impact, Episcopal Relief & Development’s 75th Anniversary Campaign toolkits provide fun and engaging resources to help congregations rally around a particular program area.
To have a gift matched, simply make a donation between now and December 30.  Click here to donate online, or call 1.855.312.HEAL (4325).  Gifts can also be mailed to Episcopal Relief & Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.
Episcopal Relief & Development works with more than 3 million people in nearly 40 countries worldwide to overcome poverty, hunger and disease through multi-sector programs that utilize local resources and expertise. An independent 501(c)(3) organization, Episcopal Relief & Development works closely with Anglican Communion and ecumenical partners to help communities rebuild after disasters and develop long-term strategies to create a thriving future. In 2014-15, the organization joins Episcopalians and friends in celebrating 75 Years of Healing a Hurting World.
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.

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
10 Monday
11 Tuesday
4:00 PM Memorial Service – Weigle:  CH
12 Wednesday
13 Thursday
8:10 AM Continuing the Conversation: YR
10:00 AM Art Workshop:  CF
14 Friday – Parish Office Closed
15 Saturday
9:30 AM Altar Guild: CH
16 Sunday
8:00 AM  Holy Eucharist: CH
10:00 AM  Godly Play :Rm 21
10:00 AM  Holy Eucharist: CH


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