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January 1, 2016
On Sunday, January 10 at 10 a.m. All Saints hold our annual pageant, when we'll celebrate Epiphany. This is a special day when our parish and Parish School children take the lead in telling us the Good News of the Nativity story. The children have been preparing for this important leadership role for many weeks now, and they are eager to tell you through story and song of the revelation of God's love for the world through the birth of Christ.  
You may wonder why we are holding the pageant on Epiphany rather than in early December, as in years past. As you may know, the season of Christmas lasts 12 days in the church and concludes with the visit of the Wise Men to the Christ Child. Their arrival symbolizes the revelation of God's love to all people. The arrival of the Wise Men at the manger concludes the Christmas story, and allows us to celebrate the fullness of the Nativity together.
Moving the pageant to Epiphany also allowed us to wait with eagerness for the arrival of Christmas, much the way new parents wait for their child's birth. Advent, the season preceding Christmas, is marked by eager anticipation and preparation for the birth of Christ in our world, and in our hearts and lives. In previous years, our Christmas pageant took place during the season of Advent, which is kind of like planning a premature C-section. The culture around us clutters our lives with Christmas preparations as early as Thanksgiving (if not the day after Halloween). In this rush toward Christmas, we lose so much of the true meaning of Christmas revealed in God's self-giving love to us, and the preparations needed for us to welcome God-with-us are crowded out.
My hope in moving our annual pageant to Epiphany is to have given us all the gift of Advent by taking one thing off the to-do list so that we could slow down, and focus our hearts and minds of the deeper meaning of Christmas. To that end, we introduced a new tradition, St. Nicholas Day, where our children were invited to learn about the life of St. Nicholas and his generous giving to people in need. St. Nicholas's witness leads us all to follow God's self-giving love made known to us in the incarnation, so that by Christmas we may have prepared a place within ourselves for God's love to take root.
Now, on Epiphany, our children will have an opportunity to lead worship during our Epiphany Pageant, as we hear God's love story one more time.
I hope to see you there!
God's peace be with you all,

Rev. Aimée

 Gloria Vitae Novae!

It is with great joy that we announce the birth of
Ella Hope Yadav
Ella joined her parents Sameer & Whitney, 
and her siblings Noah & Ezra,
on October 8, 2015

New Year Toast & Pinata Party!
This Sunday, January 3
Let's celebrate the New Year together! On Sunday, January 3 we will toast the New Year with a champagne and (equally festive) sparkling juice toast after both the 8 and 10 a.m. services. And for the children, we will have a piñata party on the patio after the 10 a.m.service! ALL are invited as we are so blessed to be able to serve God and the world together in 2016!
Don't Miss The Epiphany Pageant, Sunday, Jan 10
The Epiphany Pageant is set for Sunday, January 10th at the 10 a.m. service. The children, cast and crew have already begun rehearsing for this liturgical drama about the birth of the Christ child and the arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem. Don't miss this wonderful intergenerational service!
Remember Items for All Saints' Food Wagon 
All Saints' Food Wagon program will continue each Sunday, as we collect food for the hungry along with essential hygiene products. Food and items that you bring for the hungry will be gathered each Sunday at the entrance in a green wagon and brought forward to the altar with our offerings and oblations to God. Your donations will be delivered to Cafe Picasso Food Pantry at St. Michael's University Church (St. Mike's) in Isla Vista to serve UCSB and SBCC students struggling with food insecurity. 

All Saints' Food Wagon provides us all with an opportunity to give out of our abundance. One way to do so is to try spending 10% (the biblical tithe) of your grocery bill on food that you will give away. Parents, you might invite your children weekly to choose the food that your family will bring to church to give to those who don't have enough to eat. This makes them aware of the blessings of their life and forms them at a young age to make a difference in the hurts of their world. Through this simple but loving service, both young and old can extend Christ's grace from the meal we share at the altar to our hungry neighbors' tables.

Pledge Update

So far we have received 196 Pledge Cards. 78 of these have made an increase over last year and 19 of these pledges are from brand new pledgers. The dollar total so far is $736,988.00. If you haven't turned in your pledge card yet, please feel free to drop it in the offering plate or mail/bring it to the church office.

Donations & Volunteers Needed for Transition House Dinner, Sunday, January 10 at 5pm

Sunday, January 10th is All Saints' night to make and serve dinner to the residents at Transition House. Food donations (or financial) are needed to help make this dinner complete for the expected 57 deserving family members who will enjoy it. Volunteers are also needed to help prepare the food and to serve it. Please contact David Boyd if you can help at or find him at the Information Table after the service this coming Sunday. 

All Saints Book Club Meets January 11

Our next All Saints Book Group will meet on Monday, January 11th in the Parish House for potluck and discussion at 6:00 p.m. The book we will be discussing is Brussels to Beirut to Bali: The 1958 World Travels of Four Girls in a Second-Hand Chevy by parishioner Dana Kent. We are delighted that Dana will joins us that night to talk about her adventures. We have several copies of of her book at church which can be purchased after services at our Book Table, or you can find her book locally at Chaucer's and Tecolote book stores, and of course online. Dana tells the story of her travels with three other young women who drove through Europe, Turkey and into the war-torn Middle East. When civil upheaval in Iraq threatens to disrupt their plan to circle the globe, they sell their car and travel by an means available through 26 countries. Join us for a delightful evening.

Save the Date: Parish-wide Capital Campaign Kickoff Celebration

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Parishwide Campaign Kickoff Celebration
Sanctuary Readiness and Preservation Project

At the home of Peggy & George Ittner
1111 Dulzura Drive, Santa Barbara

More info to come in the next weeks
 Photo of the Week

Children are enthralled during the Christmas Eve service by the story of Jesus' birth.
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Looking Ahead...
  • January 3 - New Year's Toast after each service, Pinata Party after 10am
  • January 5 - Bible & Babble resumes at 6pm in Church Office
  • January 10 - Epiphany Pageant at 10am service
  • January 10 - All Saints Night at Transition House - 5pm
  • January 11 - All Saints Book Club at 6pm in Parish House

Meme of the Week

Because we all deserve a chuckle now and then... 


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