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March 11, 2016
 Help Make Palm Crosses for Palm Sunday!

Saturday, March 19th at 9:00 a.m. in Parish Hall

Everyone is invited to participate in this fun and meaningful craft!

Peggy Polsky Funeral
The funeral for Peggy Polsky will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 14
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, and the dancers from the Claddagh School of Dance will perform for us! 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. 
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.  The best-selling author recounts how she stubbornly, and sometimes, hilariously, resists the God she feels called to serve.  But God keeps showing up in the least likely people and as she lives and worships alongside these "accidental saints," she is swept into first-hand encounters with grace.  Join us for fellowship, lively discussion, and potluck.  Please bring a dish to share and a beverage (wine, water, or soda) to enjoy. Please contact Rev. Vicki with questions;
Attend an informational meeting this Sunday, 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

Healing Presence Prayer Group Meets This Sunday at 9:15 a.m. in Church Office
Our journey through Lent is in its 5th week. For those who have accepted its intention and disciplines, these final days seem to stretch out and slow down. It helps us to remember that the chemistry of Jesus' way to transformation is achieved through patience. In the writings of Pierre Theilard de Chardin, one passage seems especially apt in this Lenten season as it speaks to the work of patience.

"Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We would like to skip the intermediate stages. we are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet, it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability - and that it may take a very long time. And so I think it is with you; your ideas mature gradually - let them grow, let them shape themselves, without undue haste. Don't try to force them on, as though you could be today what time (that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on our own good will) will make of you tomorrow. Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming in you will be. Give our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete."

The years of patient effort to become silent and present to the Holy Spirit in Centering Prayer and Healing Presence have given us an increasing sense of "this binding force of love - the root energy of the world - in which all things hang together."

Please join us this Sunday at 9:15 a.m. to sit and pray together in Healing Presence in the conference room of the church office. And bring a friend.

Pat McClure
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
Violence in the Holy Land Then and Now
Religious Studies Professor, All Saint's parishioner, and new vestry member Caryn Reeder, along with Bruce Fisk, will reflect on domestic violence and wars of conquest in the Bible and in the contemporary Middle East, drawing on their work and experiences there. Caryn lived in Jerusalem from 1999-2001 and led a student program in the Middle East in 2012. She spent a a year as a Fulbright Scholar in the West Bank in 2013-2014, teaching at a Palestinian university and conducting research. Her work examined women, children and war in biblical and classical antiquity. Event is 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 7th at the University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara Street. Contact the church office for more information.
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: Palm Sunday is filled with drama and action. We join in Jesus' triumphant procession into Jerusalem, only to be surprised by the cross at the end of the journey. We will begin our worship at 8 a.m. in the Sanctuary and the 10 a.m. Inter-generational service will begin on the lawn in front of the Church Office (across the street from the church). This service, rich in symbol and story, is a perfect way to invite children close to the saving mystery of Christ's death as we prepare for his Easter resurrection. Our little children will gather close to hear the story of Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem and to take a special part in the Blessing of the Palms. The congregation will then join in a boisterous procession into the Nave, as if following Jesus as he enters Jerusalem. As we transition from Palms to the Passion, the youth will lead us in recalling the Passion of Jesus. Please do not miss, nor have your children miss, this story so central to our lives and faith.
Maundy Thursday - March 24: The evening will commemorate the Lord's Last Supper. A sign up for the potluck supper at 5 p.m. can be found on the Information Table after church. We worship together at 6 p.m. with a service of foot washing and Holy Eucharist. All are invited to participate in the foot washing, and share in Jesus' servant ministry, including children and youth.
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 find our connection with the agony of the events of Good Friday, and we offer our thanks to God for Jesus' saving work on the cross. Another service rich in symbol, this solemn service can be very rich for children, as it teaches them the stories so central to our faith.
The Great Vigil of Easter - Saturday, March 26: We will gather outside to light the new fire of Easter. Gathered around the fire, we'll hear the stories of God's saving works throughout history, be led from death to life, and renew our promise to be people of the resurrection. DRESS WARMLY and do not miss this principle service of the Christian year. Service begins at 7:30 p.m.
Easter Day - Sunday, March 27: Come celebrate the victory of Christ's resurrection! We will gather for a chorale Eucharist at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., with baptism at the 8 a.m. service.

Children are welcome at all services.
Transition House
Next All Saints dinner at Transition House is this 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 Training Session Postponed

The March 12th Altar Guild training session has been cancelled and will be rescheduled. Please contact Linda Chapman ( 
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 

Sanctuary Tours This Sunday
If you haven't already, be sure to take the behind the scenes sanctuary tour! A tour will be offered after each service this Sunday. No need to sign up, just meet at the Bell Tower after either service!

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
Photo credit_ Rochelle Rose_Noozhawk

On Wednesday, Ed Birch was honored as The Santa Barbara Foundation's Man of the Year. Ed was honored for his extraordinary service and volunteerism to the Santa Barbara community, including the UC Santa Barbara Foundation, Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy, Community Arts Music Association, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, and Child Abuse Listening and Mediation, among others. We are so grateful for Ed's leadership at All Saints and are proud to claim him as our own. Click here to read the Noozhawk story!

Have you signed up? Golfers & Volunteers Needed!

12th Annual Jim Bower Community Outreach Golf Tournament

May 2, 2016
La Cumbre Golf Club
4015 Via Laguna; Hope Ranch

10AM Tournament Check In
11AM Tournament Tee Off

Tournament fees include golf with cart, lunch, and drinks on the course. Participation costs $200 per golfer, if payment is received by May 1, 2016. Payment on tournament day will cost $250 per golfer. 

This event continues to serve as the primary funding for our Outreach programs. Registration and Questions: 
Call - 805-560-6185; Email -
Election Officers Needed for the Tuesday, June 7th Primary Election
Please join volunteers from Trinity and St. Michael's Episcopal Churches to staff two precincts at the St. Michael's chapel in Isla Vista and donate your stipend to benefit St. Michael's Episcopal Campus Ministry at UCSB. Isla Vista is where election action will be, and you can be part of it! Half- and full-day positions are available, and required training will take place on Tuesday, May 24. Please sign up at the Information Table and contact David Boyd, for more details and questions.

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
Mark Your Calendars for the Next Adult Study!

"5 Habits of the Heart that Make Democracy Possible"

Wednesdays: April 6-27 & May 4-11 at 7:15 p.m. More information to follow in the coming weeks.

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 12 - Sanctuary Tours after each service
  • March 12 - Ireland Trip Information Meeting 11:30 in Parish Hall

  • March 12 - Transition House Dinner

  • March 13 - Healing Presence at 9:15 in Church Office

  • March 13 - Peggy Polsky Funeral at 2:00 p.m.

  • March 13 - Transition House Dinner - 5pm

  • 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... 


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! 

Churches put focus on refugees this Lent - Portraits, dioramas symbolize refugees' plight

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

Making reconciliation and evangelism the church's new normal - Episcopalians asked to live out convention's call for new attitudes, approaches

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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