Saints Alive Newsletter - Saints Episcopal Church

Lenten Offerings at All Saints
Inside This Issue:
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Prayers & Thanksgivings
Ministry Schedule
February Calendar
A long-time tradition in Christianity is the blowout before Lent starts.
Historically held on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, it was a time to
get ready for a bit more austere diet, which often would not include
sweets or things like butter or other fattening foods. It has long been the
tradition to enjoy (or use up) those kinds of things the evening before
Lent started.
It’s called FAT TUESDAY -- or in French, MARDI GRAS
In many Christian traditions, it involves PANCAKES!
Come and share fellowship laughter as we enter this season of Lent.
The men of All Saints are in charge and serve
mouth-watering pancakes!
Tuesday, February 17th from 5:00 – 7:00
To Serve You:
The Rt. Rev. Gregory H. Rickel
Senior Warden:
Richard I. "Dick" Woods
Junior Warden:
Candace "Candy" Weatherby
Parish Administrator:
Jennifer Myers-Power
Office Hours:
Mon., Tue. & Wed.
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ash Wednesday
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. For almost two millennia, members
of the Christian faith have made a practice of preparing for the
celebration of Easter with a period of self-examination and reflection.
For many, this season (of Lent) has been rewarding in many ways—
increased faith – increased self-awareness – and a deepening of
Ash Wednesday
Prayers, Imposition of Ashes and Communion
Wednesday, February 18th at 6:30 pm
The Rev. Vickie Dogaru, Celebrant
Wednesdays in Lent
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
2206 NW 99th Street
PO Box 65825
Vancouver, WA 98665-0028
[email protected]
Please join us for a simple meal of soup and bread, followed by Evening
Prayer/Compline. This Lenten Series features meditation and discussion
from materials prepared by authors Richard Rohr, Henri Nouwen and
Joyce Rupp and provides opportunities for worship, growth, fellowship
and learning offered by our community.
Soup Supper, Prayer, Discussion
Wednesdays, February 25th – April 1st
6:30 – 8:00 pm
February 2015 Page
We are making a concerted effort this year to
document exactly how much money it takes to run
this church, and how we make up the difference
between “what it takes” and “what we get” in the way
of pledge and plate income. This has an immediate
impact on budgeting, grants, and on the availability of
a new priest. Please help us out.
When you spend money on behalf of the
church for which you need reimbursement, you
already know you have to turn in the receipt so we
can accurately account for the expenditure of church
Now we’re asking that when you spend
money on behalf of the church for which you do NOT
want reimbursement you turn in those receipts as
well. Examples of this would be for those who
purchase supplies – paper towels, computer paper,
toilet paper, coffee for coffee hour, all those things.
We need to know how much of All Saints’ own funds
we are saving through the generosity of our members.
If you want “credit” for the expenditure (for
instance, on the annual statement you receive for the
pledge and other cash payments you make to the
church), simply write your name on the receipt and
circle the amounts which are church related. We all
fit those purchases in with personal shopping – for
instance, going to Costco and purchasing toilet paper
or Kleenex, along with the usual things you buy there.
If you want to be anonymous, that’s okay too. Just
write “anonymous” on the receipt, circle the
appropriate items, and turn it in.
Receipts can be turned in to Suzanne directly
or put in the offering plate, if it’s a chore to get to the
as donations to Share House Christmas Tree or the
Clark County Food Bank) as it will place an
impossible burden on our volunteer bookkeeping
system. You should save those receipts in your own
tax file so you can support any claim for charitable
deduction you are able to make.
Thanks for all you do!
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February 2015
• Martha & John S., and John & Candy W.
who trekked all over Portland looking for
the best deal on the best new dishwasher
for our kitchen.
• To Sheridan, Sydney, Rob, Kitty and
Martha, all of whom have provided
transportation to services for our elder
population - and not just once, either!
• To all who have brought Epiphany Gifts
for All Saints.
• To Pat S. for her tireless work on
publicity and the parish profile draft.
• To Candy for ably filling the role of
Acting Senior Warden during Dick’s
absence, hours put in on our parish
profile, and working faithfully to hasten
the day we have a new priest.
• To Sydney for the gift of a used portable
dishwasher for our larger events.
• To John W. for transporting it and
checking out the hoses and connections.
• To Rob and John S. for installing more of
the energy-efficient T8 ballasts and neon
tubes to replace some of the worn out
• To Martha and Kitty for sorting and
organizing the narthex closet, robing
room and AA storage room and making
the priest’s office welcoming and
• To Rob for repairing the base of our
Madonna statue, hanging the stained glass
Madonna & Child in the Prayer Chapel,
and repairing the library table.
Babies In Need
Serving Needy Newborns in Southwest Washington
~with car seats, layettes, portable cribs, and love.
Frogs, Pond and Dragonflies ~ The Clark County Quilters' 2015 Opportunity Quilt.
This quilt grows upward from scenes at the bottom of a pond to things that swim in it, to plants that grow in it
and on up to the birds and sky above. It is whimsical and beautiful with “shadow box” squares and is all
handmade... they've been working on it for a year.
Each year the Clark County Quilters select a local charitable organization to receive the proceeds and this
year they've chosen Babies In Need! 5000 tickets are printed. They cost $1.00 apiece and the drawing will
be in April 2015 at their annual Quilt Show. Contact [email protected] for tickets. Buy 20, 5 or 1 and/or
take some to sell to friends at your favorite club. This is a fun, easy way to support our Babies In Need
Our next layette assembly day is Monday, February 9th at 2 pm.
Kitty Ash
“We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”
- Mother Teresa
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The Bishop’s Committee received a letter early in January from a parishioner (who did not sign it) expressing
concerns about the format for worship here at All Saints. Specifically, the person is upset over the lack of a
Rite I service, and because in the past few months we have sung the Creed (not using the actual BCP
language) and/or used a different form of the Lord’s Prayer, and because the General Confession has been
omitted. The person is also upset about the use of a printed bulletin, rather than the Book of Common Prayer.
Finally the person asked for a response to the letter to be published in Saints Alive.
As Acting Senior Warden, and on behalf of the Bishop’s Committee, I am writing this response.
The easy part is the bulletin. Yes, it costs a little additional money to print the entire service in a bulletin, but
not as much as you think, because we used to have an 8-1/2 x 11 page, folded once, which contained the order
of service (with references to the Book of Common Prayer pages), names of the hymns (with references to
hymnal page numbers) and other information. We now use an 8-1/2 x 14 page, folded multiple times, which
contains the order of service with all the congregational parts printed. That means that the congregation, and
particularly newcomers, do not have to juggle two books, a bulletin and the leaflet containing the scripture
readings. The Bishop’s Committee discussed this some time ago, and decided that the cost of what we saw as
a more “user friendly” bulletin was worth it.
Actually, the answer to the other questions and concerns is also easy. The person in charge of the worship
services of this - and any other Episcopal mission church in this diocese - is the Rector of the church. Because
we are a mission, the rector is the Bishop. Any priest we have serves at the Bishop’s pleasure, and stands in
for the Bishop in matters of sacraments and worship. If there is a “regular” priest, he or she makes all
decisions about worship services. The absence of a regular priest does not mean the Bishop’s Committee has
the authority to make changes to the order of service. Nor does the Worship Committee (which, by the way,
no longer exists. Since early last year the Worship Committee has been incorporated into a Parish Life
Committee which is charged with making sure that we continue to function as a church in worship services,
necessary committee meetings, parish functions such as potlucks, coffee hours, picnics, work parties and the
The current bulletin was written for us by Bob+, as our priest, before he retired. He tried very hard to produce
a streamlined service which would be useable for each Sunday of this year, until we have a new priest. The
insert containing the scripture readings and psalm(s) is provided by the national church. Each Monday,
Suzanne – after much prayer and thought – sends to the office a list of the hymns and settings for the music for
that Sunday. And once the draft bulletin is prepared, it is sent to the supply priest for that Sunday for his or
her review. That priest has the right, and really the obligation, to make any changes he or she thinks
necessary. That’s happened recently. The Confession was erroneously omitted from the first service in
January. Vickie+ Dogaru, our priest for the first two services of the year, had not caught the omission in the
draft bulletin, but felt it should be included from now on. The Confession is back in the service.
The decisions about worship and liturgy are made by the Bishop and the priests who serve this congregation,
as his representatives. The business decisions of this church are made by the Bishop’s Committee at its
meetings, which are open to all. We do our best with the information and resources we have. If there are
concerns, please bring them to us. We’ll listen. You may not get a decision – because the concern is not
really within the BC’s scope of authority, such as the form of worship, or you may not like the decision you
get (from the BC or the Bishop, as appropriate), but you will be heard.
Candace (Candy) Weatherby
Acting Senior Warden
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February 2015
Around the Region
Steinway Dedication Recital Series at St. Luke’s, Vancouver. 7 pm. Free-will offering.
February 14th Soprano Catherine van der Salm & Friends with special selections for Valentine’s Day.
March 14th
LeRoi-Nickel Duo play four hands on one piano. Shubert’s F minor Fantasy and more
Jazz Vespers at St. Luke’s Vancouver. Saturday at 5:50 pm. Free-will offering.
Been wondering what those mysterious little red flags, lines, squiggles and such are in the parking
strip, the lawn and the driveway at church? We found out.
The Clark PUD is getting ready to replace some underground lines. What you see shows where the
lines are now. And in some cases, where the property corners are. It will take a couple of months for them to
design the project, which will replace unprotected (not in conduit) power lines with new lines, also placed in
conduit for their own protection – and for the protection of others who forget to call before they dig. Yes, the
lines do run under our driveway. Yes, there will be some work done there.
At this point the PUD has a couple of choices – they can bore a hole under the driveway and pull the
lines through, or they can dig a trench and replace them that way. There are a couple of considerations, one of
which is of course cost. Another is the large tree right next to the driveway. If they dig a trench they’ll almost
certainly either have to remove the tree or bore underneath it anyway. On the other hand, if they dig a trench
we might be able to get some much-needed repairs done to that section of the driveway.
When the PUD project is further along, they’ll be in contact with us, both for our input (how much do
we like that tree, anyway?) and to work out scheduling to minimize inconvenience to us and to the groups that
use the church. Either way, we’re looking at probably a day of work in the driveway area.
As we get more information, we’ll keep you posted through the newsletter or the Flash.
As you’re all aware, on the third Sunday of each month, we pass the “silver plate” and money put in it
is given to the Priest’s Discretionary Fund. This is a fund which is administered by the church’s priest for
“pious purposes.” This often amounts to a helping hand for someone, or some church purpose. (For instance,
the money for the “Have a Meal on Us” cards comes from that fund,)
Now we have no regular priest. With Bob’s input, the BC has decided to do what we did before Bob
joined us. That is, as the Bishop wants it to, the fund will continue. A committee of three parishioners (Pat
Stephens, Sheridan Curtis and Candy Weatherby), will administer it. If the fund makes a payment to or on
behalf of an individual, the particulars will be (as they always have been) confidential. But a note is put in the
confidential file and at the end of the year that fund is audited by an team of independent auditors as all the
church funds are.
If you know of anyone – including you -- who needs a little help (for instance, the fund has in the past
helped pay medical bills, energy bills, and rent), please let one of the three administrators know. We’ll discuss
it, and may come back to you for more information and may go to the person directly to see what, if anything,
the Discretionary Fund can do. The three administrators will make a joint decision and, assuming there is
money in the fund, an appropriate amount will be made available – (or the administrators may decide there is a
better and more appropriate way of handling the problem). At any rate, when you report it, you’ve done your
part and we’ll take it from there.
We sometimes receive phone calls or visits from people outside our church who are looking for
monetary assistance. Please tell anyone who asks that we have a committee which handles this sort of thing,
take contact information, and give it to one of us. We’ll take it from there.
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Prayers & Thanksgivings
Keep In Your Prayers:
For Healing:
Carol L.
Bonnie P.
E’Lani B.
Dan H.
A Friend
For Guidance, Protection, and Strength
Mike & Willa
We also pray for:
Families served by Babies In Need
Members of AA and Al Anon Family Groups who meet at All Saints
St. Matthews, Castle Rock
We Give Thanks for our:
February Birthdays:
Mike Brand
Troy Heurlin
Richard Pounder
Suzanne Philbrook
Ed Harvey
Dan Haase
Jayne Knoop
Feb. 2
Feb. 3
Feb. 5
Feb. 8
Feb. 16
Feb. 18
Feb. 20
The 2015 Altar Flower chart is on the
bulletin board. We invite you to
provide flowers to celebrate an event,
honor someone special to you,
give thanks or to the glory of God.
Flowers are $15 each week.
Please put a check for $15 in the
offering plate, memo: altar
flowers. Thank you.
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February 2015
Curious who will be celebrating with us
this month? Look on the Ministry
Schedule under "Services" and you'll see
a row labeled "Celebrating."
Announce your ministry’s events!
The next deadline for the March 2015
Saints Alive! is February 15, 2014.
Email your submissions to
[email protected]
All Saints Ministry Schedule: February 2015
4th Sunday after
the Epiphany
5th Sunday after
the Epiphany
Last Sunday after
the Epiphany
1st Sunday of Lent
First Lesson
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Isaiah 40:21-31
2 Kings 2:1-12
Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm 111
Psalm 147:1-12, 21c
Psalm 50:1-6
Psalm 25:1-9
Second Lesson
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
1 Corinthians 9:16-23
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:21-28
Mark 1:29-39
Mark 9:2-9
Mark 1:9-15
Sunday, 9:00
Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
The Rev. Robert
The Rev. Joe
The Rev. Joe
The Rev. Vickie
Lay Eucharistic
Jon Metts
Fiona Neumann
Sheridan Curtis
Leslie Woods
Sheryl Haase
Leslie Woods
Rob Ash
Fiona Neumann
First Lesson
Suzanne Philbrook
Candy Weatherby
Beverly Brown
Tom Williams
Second Lesson
Cathleen Rogers
Dick Woods
Remington Scovel
Alice Williams
Vicki Setzer
Joe Curtin
Derick Scovel
John Stephenson
Kitty Ash
Crystal & Linus
Elizabeth & Roman
Vicki Setzer
Sunday School
Sydney, Paula,
E’Lani & Ralph,
Carol L.
Kitty, Rob, Vicki,
Sharon & John A.
Candy, Leslie,
Alice & Tom
Martha, Carol S.,
Clare, Cathleen
Altar Guild
6:30 PM
Worship Leaders
Suzanne, Rob
Coffee Hour/
& Martha
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All Saints: February 2015
1 4th Epiphany
Holy Communion 9 am
Coffee Hour
Evening Prayer
6:30 pm
Adult Reflection
7 pm
AA: 11:30 - 1:30
6:30 - 8:30 pm
8 5th Epiphany
AA: 11:30 - 1:30
7 - 9 pm
AA: 11:30 - 1:30
7 - 9 pm
AA: 11:30 - 1:30
6:30-8:30 pm
Holy Communion 9 am
Coffee Hour
Evening Prayer
6:30 pm
Adult Reflection
7 pm
AA: 11:30 - 1:30
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Holy Communion 9 am
Girl Scouts
9-11 am
Bishop’s Committee Mtg.
11 am
15 Last Epiphany
AA: 11:30 - 1:30
6:30 - 9:30 pm
AA: 11:30 - 1:30
7 - 9 pm
AA: 11:30 - 1:30
17 Shrove
18 Ash
AA: 11:30 - 1:30
7 - 9 pm
AA: 11:30 - 1:30
6:30-8:30 pm
AA: 11:30 - 1:30
5:30 - 9:30 pm
Miracles at Noon
Potluck 1:303:30pm
Office Closed
Pancake Supper
Imposition of
6:30 pm
Saints' Alive! Deadline
AA: 11:30 - 1:30
6:30 - 8:30 pm
22 Lent 1
AA: 11:30 - 1:30
7 - 9 pm
Holy Communion 9 am
Coffee Hour
February 2015
AA: 11:30 - 1:30
7 - 9 pm
AA: 11:30 - 1:30
6:30-8:30 pm
AA: 11:30 - 1:30
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Soup Supper
6:30 pm
Compline &
Reflection 7 pm
AA: 11:30 - 1:30
6:30 - 8:30 pm
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AA: 11:30 - 1:30
AA: 11:30 - 1:30
7 - 9 pm
AA: 11:30 - 1:30
AA: 11:30 - 1:30
7 - 9 pm
AA: 11:30 - 1:30
6:30-8:30 pm
AA: 11:30 - 1:30
6:30 - 9:30 pm