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February 19, 2016

All Saints' Annual Meeting is this Sunday, February 21. As in previous years, we will have one combined worship service, at 9:00 a.m. to accommodate the annual meeting. We will then have a special coffee hour. The Annual Meeting is a wonderful chance to reflect on all the great work done at All Saints in the past year. We'll hear from Rev. Aimee, the Treasurer, and Sr. Warden on our financial situation and forecast for future ministries, and then we'll vote on Vestry members, Diocesan delegates and Nominating Committee members for the coming year. Please plan to attend this very important day. Extended childcare will be available.
Birding at the Carp Salt Marsh!
Tomorrow - Saturday, February 20, 9 a.m.
Come for a time of learning to see, name, and delight in birds at the Carpinteria Salt Marsh, the restored wetland home of dozens of species of songbirds, shorebirds, waterbirds, and wading birds.  We'll be walking down a gentle path welcoming to birders of all ages. Wear good shoes that you wouldn't mind getting a bit muddy. Bring binoculars and bird guides if you have them; if not, there will be extras you can share.   We'll meet at the Ash Avenue entrance, right at the intersection with 3rd Street at 9AM on Saturday, February 20.  The walk will last for around 1-1.5 hrs, and be led by parishioner Amanda Sparkman, a wildlife biologist at Westmont College.  Please email Amanda at if you're interested in joining in!
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Our Lenten Worship Space
All Saints' Lenten Altar - Designed by Parishioner LuLu Young
I was so moved the other day when I saw the Lenten transformation of our chancel. I was immediately taken to the desert to be with Jesus. I could feel my heart open. I was taken back to an arid wadi that I had walked in the Holy Land, a specific location across from where it is believed that Jesus spent his time in the wilderness. I witnessed that expanse of space at sunrise one morning. Never had I been in such quiet or sat so still for so long. It felt as if I could breathe in the breath of God and exhale a vibrant energy. Not being there now, this is a wonderful next thing, a worship space which exudes a stark reminder and drama of the desert experience of Jesus. God incarnate chose such a place to grow with this father. And, I can simply walk across the street from my office and be in it. May we all experience a blessed Lent.

The Rev. Vicki Mouradian
Acolyte Training - February 27th at 10 a.m.
For Current & New Acolytes

There will be a training for new and current acolytes on Saturday, February 27th at 10 a.m. in the church. Afterwards we will go to the Padaro Grill for lunch and fun! If your child is interested in being an acolyte, please contact George & Sally Messerlian at Your child must be in 4th grade or older to be an acolyte. 
M-4 Churches & Westmont Host Forum on Global Refugee Crisis, February 28 at Montecito Covenant Church
On Sunday evening, February 28 at 6 p.m. the M-4 churches along with Westmont College are hosting a forum on the causes and responses to the global refugee crisis with keynote speaker Rev. Steve Haas, Chief Catalyst from World Vision (WV). The two dimensions of the presentation will be what a Christian response is to the refugee crisis and how are we, as followers of Jesus, to engage with these insecure communities around our world. 
The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with a soup supper in the Peterson Family Life Center at Montecito Covenant Church (671 Cold Springs Rd) with the presentation starting at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. The entire Santa Barbara community is invited, so please let your friends know. A freewill offering is welcomed. For planning purposes, please sign up at the Information Table or RSVP to
World Vision is well known for over 65 years of excellence in providing Christian humanitarian relief and development to impoverished communities worldwide. Recently, World Vision discovered that out of the nearly 100 countries in which WV does its work, 31 could be considered as "fragile states." There are 52 Fragile States globally that are characterized by fractured infrastructure, high infant mortality, poor sanitation, and health, flagging educational opportunity, insufficient water resources, civil conflict, injustice, and government corruption. 
Sanctuary Tour 
"Why do I need to take a tour of the sanctuary? I sit in church every Sunday!" If this thought has crossed your mind, well, please think again. More than 120 parishioners have taken a sanctuary tour to receive an update on the plans to preserve our beautiful and history sanctuary and to ready it for the next 100 years of worship. The next opportunity for a sanctuary tour is February 28th after both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services. If you are interested in a tour, just meet at the Bell Tower after the service.
Do you make a delicious soup? Soups are needed!

During the winter months, soups are still needed to feed those who attend the weekly Eventide service on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. Soup containers are available for those who wish to make soup. If you have taken a soup container home, please return it to the Parish Hall kitchen hopefully with soup in it, as a few containers are missing.
Help Distribute Fresh Fruits & Veggies to Our Hungry Brothers & Sisters: Wednesday, February 24th

Carpinteria Food Distribution

26 families will receive fresh produce thanks to the loving kindness of volunteers at the Carpinteria Children's Project at Main. Come be the hands of Jesus Christ next Wednesday, February 24th at 1:00 pm. 

Please email David Boyd at if you can contribute food items or your time for this important ministry.
Lenten Study Continues Wednesday Feb 24
Lent has arrived and with it comes the church season when we look within ourselves to understand our spiritual relationship to God and how we might draw closer. Lent is a time when we practice certain disciplines that enable us to fully look forward to and experience the impact of the cross and Easter.

To aid our spiritual journey, All Saints is offering a Lenten Class based on the book by James W. Moore, Give Up Something Bad for Lent. Join us from Wednesdays from 7:15 - 8:45 p.m. or Thursdays from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. in the Parish House for the next four weeks: February 24/25 and March 2/3,9/10, and 16/17. Fifteen copies of the book have been ordered and will be available at the Book Table (on the patio each Sunday) for $10.00. 

If you missed the first session, not to worry! Join next week when we will discuss the chapter "Give up something bad for Lent". Contact Rev. Vicki at Click here to read more about this class!

Book Table News & Lenten Resources!

The Book Table will be offering thoughtful options for our journey through Lent. On it you will find items from the Forward Movement including daily devotional booklets, a Lenten Map Calendar, the Lent Madness Guide and Saintly Scorecard, and more; from Episcopal Relief and Development their 2016 Lenten Meditations; Fasting Prayer Cubes; and other books and publications. The Book Table will also carry our usual selection of Prayer Books, Bibles, and inspirational reading. This Sunday we will continue special sale section with a variety of books marked 30-40% off during Lent. Our Book Table will be on the patio every Sunday through Easter after worship services.

Lent Madness Returns!
"Taking our faith yet not ourselves too seriously is the essence of Lent Madness..." Join with others across our nation for a rousing online experience to determine which competing saint will win the Golden Halo for 2016 sponsored by the Forward Movement.  During Lent, 32 saints are placed in a tournament-style single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for 24 hours, and people vote online for their favorite saint. Sixteen saints make it to the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo. Visit to register and play and pick up your 2016 Saintly Scorecard ($3) at our All Saints Book Table. All Saints will help you keep score with a poster of the Saintly Scorecard displayed at the Book Table each week. Join the madness!
"Can We Be One With Christ?"
There is an ambiguity in this question. One might take the question to ask whether we can be united with Christ. Can we be so identified with our Savior that we might be said to be one with him?

But I mean the question in this way: Can we be alone with Christ? Can we be solitary Christians, having a personal relationship with Jesus but disregarding the community of the local church and of the broader church - the entire body of Christ?

 Photo of the Week

Pancake cooks working away, serving up yummy pancakes during our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Have you signed up? Golfers & Volunteers Needed!

12th Annual Jim Bower Community Outreach Golf Tournament

May 2, 2016
La Cumbre Golf Club

This event continues to serve as the primary funding for our Outreach programs. Contact Sally Messerlian at
Attend an informational meeting on March 13th!

May the Road to Ireland Soon Greet You!

All Saints-by-the-Sea will be off to discover St. Patrick's Ireland from October 16 - 25, 2016 on a faith tour designed by Collette. Join Rev. Vicki Mouradian and Collette Tour representative, Tyler Reardon, for slides and discussion regarding the trip.

Sunday, March 13, 2016
11:30 a.m - Parish Hall
Slide Show Presentation for Faith Tour to Ireland

Jones Memorial Service Set for February 27
A Memorial service for Anne Jones will be at Casa Dorinda on February 27th at 2pm.  All are welcome to attend.
Parishioner Artwork on Display
100% of Sales Go To All Saints!
Parishioner Ken Jewesson has created expressly for All Saints a new series of uniquely colorful art works that will be on sale in the Parish Office for the next two months. 100% of all proceeds go directly to All Saints. There is no set price for each work; it is Ken's wish that the purchaser donate to the church the amount he/she considers suitable for the painting. So come enjoy Ken's joyful creations, and give in to the irresistible temptation to take one home! Help turn Ken's generosity into a reality for All Saints.
Feeding Ministries
As Christians we are called to care for our brothers & sisters in need. There are a variety of feeding ministry opportunities to live out this calling. Contact David Boyd at for more information about any of these meaningful ministries.

Transition House: Every 2nd Sunday of the month at 5 p.m.; prepare & serve a simple meal to emergency shelter residents. Volunteers & food donations needed.

Carpinteria Food Distribution: Volunteers needed to organize and give free fruit and veggies to some of our less-fortunate brothers and sisters in Carpinteria. Correction: February 24 is the next distribution date - contact David Boyd at

Community Kitchen: Every 1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.; serve a simple lunch at Casa Esperanze Homeless Shelter.

Victoria Hotel: Every Tuesday & Thursday evenings; drive Victoria Hotel manager to Community Kitchen to pick up hot meals to veteran, disabled, and low-income residents.
An Invitation to Holy Week & Easter
Holy Week begins on Sunday, March 20 with Palm Sunday. All are lovingly invited to celebrate and participate in Holy Week at All Saints. 

Palm Sunday - March 20: We will begin our worship at 8 a.m. in the sanctuary and at 10 a.m. on the lawn in front of the church office (across the street from the church)

Maundy Thursday - March 24: The evening will commemorate the Lord's Last Supper. We will gather in the Parish Hall for a potluck meal at 5 p.m. and worship together at 6 p.m. A sign-up for the potluck supper can be found on the Information Table after church this Sunday.

An all night vigil will commence immediately following the Maundy Thursday service. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend an hour with Jesus! Sign up today for your hour of choice at the Information Table on the patio after church Sunday.

Good Friday - March 25: We will worship together at Noon and 6 p.m. During this service, we establish our connection with the betrayal, abandonment, and agony of the events of Good Friday.

The Great Vigil of Easter - Saturday, March 26: We will gather outside to light the paschal fire and prepare ourselves for Jesus' resurrection at 7:30 p.m.

Easter Day - Sunday, March 27: We will gather for a chorale Eucharist at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., with baptism at the 8 a.m. service.
Christian Formation
Christian Formation is open to everyone at every stage of the faith journey!

Centering Prayer & Healing Presence:
Every Sunday Fall through Spring, alternating Sundays, at 9:15 a.m. in the church office conference room. Contact Pat McClure for more information, 969-1426

Bible & Babble:
Every Tuesday at 6 p.m. Contact The Rev. Vicki for more information,

Sunday School, Sept-May:
Meets during the 10 a.m. service in the Parish House. Children pre-K to 8th grades.

Education for Ministry (EfM):
Theological education at a distance. Local seminar group meets weekly Sept to June at Trinity Library. Contact Robert Brown for more information, 895-3620.

Christ-Centered Prayer:
Every Wed at 5 p.m. and Thurs at 10:30 a.m. in Parish House youth room. For Wednesday group contact Jaque Reed 969-4409, for Thursday Group contact Jane Murray 684-4405.

Men's Bible Study:
Every Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. in Parish House youth room. Contact Ken Jewesson for more information, or 687-1683
Online Giving
All Saints-by-the-Sea now offers online giving.

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Give out of God's love and gifts in your life that others may feel Christ's love and grace. 

Looking Ahead...
  • February 20 - Birding at Carp Salt Marsh at 9am
  • February 21 - Annual Meeting - One service at 9am
  • February 24 - Carpinteria Food Distribution at 1pm
  • February 24 - Lenten Study at 7:15pm in Parish House
  • February 25 - Lenten Study at 10am in Parish House
  • February 27 - Acolyte Training at 10am in church
  • February 28 - Sanctuary Tour after each service
  • February 28 - M4 Event at Westmont at 6pm
  • March 2 - Lenten Study at 7:15pm in Parish House
  • March 3 - Lenten Study at 10am in Parish House
  • March 6 - Theology on Tap at 3pm at Live Oak Cafe  

Meme of the Week

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


From Around the Web
There are many more items for your attention than we can comfortably fit in the email each week. Please click on the headlines below to view some of the stories from the All Saints website and from around the country and the world! 

Video: Presiding Bishop's sermon commemorating Absalom Jones

Episcopal Church resources for exploring a holy Lent links to information about resources that ENS

Panorama: Blogs of the Episcopal Church - Various opinions and viewpoints of Episcopalians, as well as discussions of personal faith journeys, and conversations about the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church.

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