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Finding our Family

When we walked in to the foster/adopt presentation at All Saints, one year ago, we knew in our hearts that our journey was about to take a dramatic turn.

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To Celebrate, Appreciate and Agitate

An All Saints Day to Remember
May 1, 2016

by Susan Russell

On Sunday, May 1st All Saints Church gathered 2000 strong to celebrate the 21 year tenure of Ed Bacon as its rector with a blow out “four alarm glory attack” service in the street marked by joy, energy and diversity.

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The Next Chapter Begins: An Update from our Senior Warden

by Jason Lyon

What an exciting time to be a member of All Saints Church!  As we bid a fond and bittersweet farewell to our beloved Rector of 21 years, Ed Bacon, the Rector Search Committee continues its prayerful, diligent discernment with the final candidates for the call to be our next Rector. On behalf of the vestry and search committee, I invite your prayers for this important and holy work as we wait together for the decision and announcement we hope will come very soon.

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Putting Our Faith Into Action WORKS!

On Sunday, April 10 our “Faith in Action” action on the lawn was signing letters to the California Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee supporting a bill that provides a bonus to developers who build housing that sets aside 10% for transitional foster youth.

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Whoever you are and wherever you find yourself …

All Saints Church is there!

Our growing online community of live-streamers and YouTube viewers means that the Good News of God’s love made tangible 24/7 is truly available 24/7 … wherever you find yourself on the journey of faith or in the journey of life.

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Lenten Meditation: March 26

by Jon Dephouse

Today is known is Holy Saturday. I write this from my living room chair in the early morning hours. The sun is just coming up and the birds are teaming with life, as they do. Theologians in the Church have thought of this day as a cosmic Sabbath day.

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Lenten Meditation: March 23

by Christina Honchell

I started with Good Friday this year.

Seven weeks ago my mother had a heart attack, and in the four weeks between that night and the night she died, I was with her for three hospitalizations at four hospitals, a skilled nursing facility and finally in hospice at a wonderful memory care home where she died peacefully. The liturgical calendar gives us a good run up to Good Friday, a context for it, a frame for the grief and the sadness. It’s not quite so helpful when your Good Friday goes on for weeks.

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Lenten Meditation: March 22

Zelda Kennedy has returned to All Saints Church from two months of sabbatical leave and offers this Holy Week Meditation on mountain tops and discipleship.

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Lenten Meditation: March 21

“By paying tribute to the men and women whose only instrument is free speech, who imagine and act, we recognize in poetry its value as a symbol of the human spirit’s creativity. By giving form and words to that which has none – such as the unfathomable beauty that surrounds us, the immense suffering and misery of the world – poetry contributes to the expansion of our common humanity, helping to increase its strength, solidarity and self-awareness.”

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Lenten Meditation: March 17

Patrick was born into a Christian family somewhere on the northeast coast of Britain in about 390. When Patrick was about sixteen, he was captured by a band of Irish slave-raiders. He was carried off to Ireland and forced to serve as a shepherd. When he was about twenty-one, he escaped and returned to Britain, where he took holy orders both as a presbyter and bishop. A vision then called him to return to Ireland.

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