Ministries

Susan Brown

“The Call to Ministry”

Susan Brown

When I first arrived at All Saints, I remember feeling a bit confused at the use of the word “ministries” to describe what I might have thought of as “programs” or “services.” I understood ministry to be something one was “called” to be in or to have; I knew that I had been called to the healing ministry, and that others were called to preaching or teaching, but…

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Brenda Kobernusz

Parent Culture

Brenda Kobernusz

Every human deserves a support group! I found mine because of the most important things in my life: my children and my faith. The God, My Parents, and Me and Parent Culture groups at All Saints consist of parents who come from all walks of life. They are my most trusted and valued friends. Hi, my name is Brenda, and I am a struggling single-parent.

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Cathy Clement: The Joy of Ushering

Cathy Clement

At the north door recently I met a couple from Santa Monica who hadn’t been at All Saints since Christmas. They had just taken advantage of their home state of Minnesota’s recent legalization of same-sex marriage and knew we’d share their joy. In the midst of meeting them a former colleague of mine from Five Acres greeted me saying she’d moved back to the area and was living in Santa Monica. Unfortunately, it had taken her more than two hours by the metro line to join us.

Coincidence? I don’t think so. I introduced her to the couple, she gave them her card, and hopefully, they’ll carpool and we’ll see them again soon.

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Inside the Altar Guild

Gerti Reagan GarnerGerti Reagan Garner

I love setting the table for dinner parties and holiday meals. It’s satisfying to make the table inviting and attractive. As a member of the Altar Guild I have the privilege of doing that for the most significant meal we share, the Eucharist.

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Economic Justice and Nonviolence

Betsy PerryBetsy Perry

What Betsy Perry loves about working on the Economic Justice Nonviolence Working Group:

1. Amazingly interesting political opportunities to learn how to arrange meetings with California Assemblyman Christopher Holden and State Senator Carol Liu for the All Saints Legislative Action Group; and to learn from two parishioners who have extensive experience working with legislators and coached us in the best way to establish a working relationship with these legislators that can directly affect measures passed by our state legislature.

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Inclusive Families; Inclusive Sunday School

Derek WanDerek Wan

When my husband and I looked for a church community to participate in, it was important to us that fostered inclusive families and engaging activities for children and youth. While we are not yet parents (we have been in the adoption process for two years), we found that the Children, Youth & Families initiative is a strong ministry made up of recurring volunteers. When Laura Thornton shared her story and needs at our New Member Class, I knew immediately that I was going to work with her. I sought her out at the next Sunday service and began shadowing volunteers at Children’s Chapel. From there, I spent more than a year observing and leading in that ministry.

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My Journey at All Saints

Jim AlbaranoJim Albarano

When my husband and I first found All Saints, we immediately wanted to take the New Members Class. But then life got busy! We had to miss our first chance, but thankfully it’s offered a few times throughout the year and were able to sign up in the fall. I loved the first part of the class, where the clergy members introduce themselves and tell their story, but I was a little nervous about the small group hour afterward. Meeting new people can intimate me, but luckily I had an amazing group leader. Edna helped guide our group and made everyone feel comfortable. It felt amazing to chat with a group of people on similar (and not so similar) journeys and find connections and common ground. Over the eight weeks our group really bonded and we became friends — and we continue to get together to this day!

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Economic Justice and Nonviolence

Cecil HoffmanCecil Hoffman

On a hot mid-day Tuesday, August 13, five of us from the ASC Economic Justice/Nonviolence working group, together with Francisco Garcia, joined a picket line in front of the Food4Less Market at the corner of Lake St. and Washington Blvd. in Pasadena. We carried signs saying “Support Food4Less Workers.” We were there to express solidarity with employees of that market who were protesting the decision of Kroger Company (owner of Ralphs and Food 4Less) to reduce wages and benefits as a condition for contract renewal with The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW, Local 770). I was touched by the enthusiastic reception given us by the twenty or so union workers who had been picketing in front of the store a number of hours before our arrival.

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Latino Hispanic Ministry

Antonio GallardoAntonio Gallardo

I love being an active member of the Latino Hispanic Ministry because of the promise that our work holds, and because all the members of the Ministry share a passion for making of All Saints the Spiritual Home for the Latino / Hispanic population in Pasadena.

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New Member Class

Jason LyonJason Lyon

I work with the New Member Class because I love helping folks find their place at All Saints. In a large parish like ASC, it could be easy to get “lost in the crowd.” The New Member Class is a great way to explore a deeper engagement with this amazing place. I also just love the experience of sharing the stories of our personal journeys of faith. One of my favorite parts is how funny little details emerge that members of the group share in common — the big things, obviously (like having grown up in a different faith tradition, or coming back to church after a long absence), but also funny, quirky little details (“hey I have an Aunt Trudy too!” “You lived in Alaska? I lived in Alaska!” “I’m named after my mom’s favorite movie star too!”)

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Theatre Ministry

MaryAnn AhartMaryAnn Ahart

What is not to love about being on the Theatre Ministry? The obvious benefits are seeing good theatre at the three professional theatres in Pasadena, with friends, old and new, from All Saints. The wine and cheese receptions, the casual gatherings of the All Saints people before and/or after shows, meeting with directors, casts, designers to get a deeper understanding of the shows and the work around them — all of this makes it worthwhile. And then the Asterisk Program creates times for us to come together three times a year to explore ideas in more depth, often over food.

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Sunday School

Whit Hayslip

Whit Hayslip

This fall, for the 33rd year, I will be greeting a new group of two, three and four year old children into Sunday School at All Saints Church. The hour I spend with those children each Sunday has nurtured me and supported my own spiritual growth in ways I could not have imagined when I first volunteered to teach in 1981. No matter how difficult or stressful a week may be for me, the joy and enthusiasm that those children express in Sunday School always puts a smile on my face and fills me with hope for the future.

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