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.
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.
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!”)
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.
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.
Many years ago, my husband, children and I tearfully said our goodbyes to the small southern town we called home and moved to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry. One thing we knew we would miss dearly was our church — Saint Philips Episcopal Church, which was so small that we were all more like a family than some families actually are. We took part in almost all aspects of church life there, from vestry to choir to teaching bible school to lay reading.
I was a part of the Prayer Shawl knitting Ministry from the very beginning. I was involved because I loved to knit. Never attended a meeting. I just made shawls. Toni Larsen, a crocheter, took over the ministry and I was ask to lead the knitting part.
Having been in choir for about 12 years, you could say I’m a lifer. I started in mini-singers, and now continue to sing in the high school Trouveres. Over this time I’ve come to realize the meaningful opportunity that the choir program has given me: the opportunity to break down barriers and touch people emotionally in a unique way.
Kyla McCarrel and Lora McManus
I joined the All Saints Youth Choirs when I was four years old and attended fourteen years of weekly rehearsals and early Sunday morning services. This program was my first introduction to the world of classical choral music, and I know that without it, I would not be where I am today. I will be starting my senior year at Chapman University this fall, with a double major in Music Education and Vocal Performance.
Last year the Foster Care Project launched a family visitation program in partnership with the Department of Family and Children Services (DCFS) using a newly decorated, toy filled room at DCFS. Here parents whose children have been removed from their homes and placed in foster care can visit their children in a family-friendly environment monitored by a trained volunteer family visitation coach.
The All Saints Master Plan for our expanded campus has achieved an important milestone, receiving final approval from the City’s Design Commission.
Since we first envisioned the space the new buildings will provide, our need has continued to grow. We are committed to ensuring that our exceptional ministries and programs have the necessary facilities so they can continue to serve as beacons of God’s light and love for many years to come.