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March 4, 2016
 All Saints Book Club - March Selection & Meeting
All Saints Book Group will meet next on Monday, March 14, at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish House
to discuss, Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People by Nadia Bolz-Weber. Click here to read more.

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
Theology on Tap Meets Sunday, March 6 (3pm at Live Oak Cafe)
Leaders Michael Swift and Scott Danielson will present spiritual topics for consideration and discussion over a glass of wine, bubbly, or brew. Come explore your faith and its relevance today in a relaxed environment - and meet new friends!
Join us for fellowship this Sunday, March 6th at 3pm at Live Oak Cafe (2220 Bath Street, Santa Barbara.) Click here to learn more. 
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.

Children Welcome!
We have adjusted the times of the services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday to make them more accessible to families with children.
Next Inter-generational Service
Mark your calendars for the upcoming inter-generational service on Palm Sunday, March 20th, at the 10 a.m. service.
Transition House
The All Saints Valentine's Day dinner at the Transition House shelter for homeless families was made festive by place mats decorated by students of the Parish School as shown in this photo of the dining room. 
Some families kept the place mats for reuse later. The homeless children also received valentines with candy. The loving message of a hand-decorated place mat is that someone cares enough to add a personal touch to the impersonal life of group living in a shelter. Thank you to the staff and children on the Parish School who made this possible.


Next All Saints dinner at Transition House is Sunday, March 13! We expect about 53 homeless family members to be present for dinner, and we need donated food items. Please sign up at the Info Table.

All Saints Food Wagon Ministry
After helping the UCSB students organize their Food Pantry at St. Mike's in I.V. last Sunday, we want to offer a few suggestions for your much appreciated weekly food donations:

NO MORE BEANS for the time being:  no green beans, no raw beans, no refried beans or baked beans.

YES to more peanut butter, jelly, pasta sauce and crackers.

Yes to Tide laundry detergent PODS, which the students can easily share.

Calling All Men!

The Wednesday morning Men's Bible Study group is looking for a few good men to join them in their weekly exploration of the Bible and Sunday lessons. They meet on Wednesday mornings at 8:15 a.m. in the Youth Room in the Parish House. For more information contact Ken Jewesson at
Altar Guild Needs You!

Altar Guild training for new and current Altar Guild members will be on Saturday, March 12th at 9:00 a.m. in the church. If you are interested in being on Altar Guild, please contact Linda Chapman ( or come to the March 12th training.
Fulfilling Your Wishes: Planning for the end of life
Don't miss this special event presented by Jim Murphy, Managing Program Director for the Episcopal Church Foundation, and the Rev. Aimee Eyer-Delevett, on Friday, March 11th at 5 p.m. Jim Murphy will explain estate planning, reviewing what medical care you may desire if you are incapacitated, and how you wish to be remembered by your loved ones. Rev. Aimee will give a presentation on funeral planning. To register for this informative event, please email Kathleen at by Tuesday, March 8th.
Spirituality Named Compassion:
Uniting Mystical Awareness
With Social Justice

Trinity Lenten Practice

Spirituality Named Compassion:
Uniting Mystical Awareness
With Social Justice

Weekend With Matthew Fox

March 11 & 12

Trinity Episcopal Church
1500 State Street, Santa Barbara

Friday, March 11, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm Lecture & Book Signing

$10 - buy tickets at If you need help registering, call the

Trinity office, 805-965-7419

The Gifts of the Christian Mystics for Our Times

Fox will explore and celebrate the mystical path with insightful commentary on the thoughts and revelations of some of history's greatest religious visionaries. We will learn what the Christian mystical tradition can bring to the issues of our day and the religious renewal of our times.

Saturday, March 12, 10:00 am-1:00 pm

$20 - buy tickets at If you need help registering, call the Trinity office, 805-965-7419

Spirituality Named Compassion: Mystical Awareness & Social Justice

In this seminar with Matthew Fox, we will explore the marriage of mysticism and social justice. How compassion as creativity put to the service of justice can achieve compassion for both humanity and the environment as we recognize the interconnectedness of all things.

Matthew Fox, the author of over thirty books, including Original Blessing, and The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, is a theologian, educator and winner of numerous awards. He became a Catholic priest of the Dominican order, but was removed in 1992, and has subsequently become an Episcopalian priest. Fox has been renewing the ancient tradition of Creation Spirituality, which is feminist, prophetic and committed to eco, social, and gender justice.
Save the Date
Sunday, April 10th @ 11:30 a.m. - All Saints Parish School Families Potluck at the Rectory

Saturday, April 30th - Parish field trip to the Huntington Library & Garden 

All Saints Cottage Available for Rent
The cottage owned by the church has unexpectedly became available.If you or someone you know is searching for a small one bedroom/one bath in Montecito, please contact Kathleen immediately ( or 969-4771).

New Art Exhibit in Church Office

Please stop by and see the wonderful paintings by Margaret Stivers, daughter of Father Don and Flo Stivers. Margaret received her B.A. of Arts and March (Master's of Architecture) from Clemson University. She was awarded the highest honor at the graduate level with the Alpha Rho Chi medal. She subsequently became a licensed architect. But life often has many turns. This is true for Margaret. She discovered a love of flying and detoured into aviation. For over 20 years, she performed aerial stunts on the wings of a Stearman biplane with the Silver Wings Wingwalking Team. She developed into one of the most experienced  and prominent stunt wingwalkers world wide performing in front of millions of people. In 2013, she and her husband Harley Forstad, retired the team from airshows. More information and online gallery can be found at www.whitelightar
 Photo of the Week

Volunteer Lexy Belanger helps out at the office putting the Sunday bulletins together. Thank you, Lexy!!

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

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at All Saints!
St. Patrick's Day Dinner at All Saints is just around the corner! Join us for our annual St. Patrick's celebration on Thursday, March 17th at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Connie Lindberg is making her fabulous Irish Stew for our entree and parishioners are invited to bring appetizers, salads, sides, desserts, and beverages (beer, wine or soda) to share. Tap your feet to the rousing music provided by Robert Brown and Patrick Hackney. Families and friends are welcome! Join us for a great evening of fun and fellowship and don't forget to wear green! Please sign up at the information table and let us know how many in your party and what you will bring to share. May leprechauns lead you to a rainbow!
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.
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.

Convenient. Easy. Secure.

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

Looking Ahead...
  • March 6 - Theology on Tap at 3pm at Live Oak Cafe 
  • March 11 - Fulfilling your wishes presentation

  • March 12 - Altar Guild Information Meeting at 9am in Church

  • March 12 - Ireland Trip Information Meeting 11:30 in Parish Hall

  • March 12 - Transition House Dinner

  • March 14 - All Saints Book Club - Parish House at 6pm

  • March 17 - St. Patrick's Day Dinner & Celebration 

  • March 20 - Palm Sunday - Holy Week Begins

Meme of the Week

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


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