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Recent News from All Saints

End of Life Workshop

Are you ready to die? That sounds grim, but it is estimated that as many as 55% of all Americans don’t have a will. I hope you have a will, but do you also have a durable power of attorney for health care, an advanced health care directive, and physician orders for life sustaining treatment? What about information for your heirs on how to find your assets and how to distribute them? All Saints will be hosting a workshop on Saturday, Sept 26 from 8:30 to noon to cover all of these issues and more. The Episcopal Foundation of Northern California will be providing an instructor and an attorney, and our own clergy will be assisting. The event is free, but we need people to sign up in advance.

 

To parents of young children: Welcome!

We are so very glad that you want to bring your children to worship at All Saints. You, and they, are most welcome.

We know from our own experience (we have three boys) that worshiping with children can sometimes pose some challenges. We also know that children sometimes worship more actively or loudly than most adults. This is fine with us. If you would prefer to bring them out of the church, we have nursery care and Sunday school available in the parish hall: just ask someone how to get there.

  • Some tips for helping your children be involved in worship:
  • Sit close to the front so that they can see and hear what is going on around the altar (there is seating on the right side up at the front of the church as well).
  • Explain to them what is going on in the liturgy.
  • Participate in worship as fully as you can yourself – your children will learn how to participate in worship by copying you.
  • Feel free to make use of the activity bags located by the door that leads into the church from the parish hall. They contain paper, crayons, and other (relatively) quiet activities.
  • At the time of communion, please know that your children (and you) are invited to come forward and receive the Body and Blood of Christ. If you would prefer that your children not receive communion, or receive only the bread or only the wine, have them cross their arms over their heart, and we will give them a blessing instead.

Above all, we hope that both you and your children will feel at home at All Saints. Let us know what else we can do to help you have a worship time that helps you connect with Jesus, who told his disciples to let the little children come to him.

–The Rev.s Betsey and Michael Monnot, Co-Rectors

End of Life Workshop Posponed

We received the following e-mail from the Episcopal Church Foundation of Northern California:

[Facilitator] Marcie Larkey suffered a trip and fall, and broke her right arm.  She undergoes surgery this Friday.  She will not be able to conduct the workshop on May 30.

However, we are confident that later this summer we would be able to hold the workshop.  If you can review All Saints’ calendar and provide alternate dates that would work for you, we will be happy to commit to a later date.  Any time beginning in July or later will work for us.

I am sorry for the need to reschedule.  I hope we can find a date that will work for your parish. 

We will post further updates as they become available.

End of Life Planning Workshop

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UPDATE: Our facilitator from the Foundation has had a medical issue and we have postponed this event.  We hope to reschedule at a later date.

Are you ready to die? That sounds grim, but it is estimated that as many as 55% of all Americans don’t have a will. I hope you have a will, but do you also have a durable power of attorney for health care, an advanced health care directive, and physician orders for life sustaining treatment? What about information for your heirs on how to find your assets and how to distribute them?

All Saints will be hosting a workshop on Saturday, May 30 from 8:30 to noon to cover all of these issues and more. The Episcopal Foundation of Northern California will be providing an instructor and an attorney, and our own clergy will be assisting.t your obituary and loving letters to your families? And will they know your passwords for accounts both on line and off?

What does it cost? Nothing!! (How often do you have this kind of offer?) Just sign up in advance (so we can copy the materials for you).

This is an invitation that you can share with your neighbors, friends and family members. They are all invited, but all must sign up by the Saint Day of Saint Alcuin, Deacon and Abbot of Tours. (May 20, if you don’t want to look up the day we remember this illustrious deacon.)

Upcoming Events

8AM Service

August 2, 2015 8:00 am

Adult Bible Study

August 2, 2015 9:15 am

10AM Service

August 2, 2015 10:00 am

Parent Spirituality Group

August 16, 2015 11:30 am

End of Life Workshop

September 26, 2015 8:30 am

Christmas Eve Family Service with Pageant

December 24, 2015 4:00 pm

Our Address and Phone Number

All Saints Episcopal Church
2076 Sutterville Road
Sacramento, California 95822
Voice: 916-455-0643
Fax: 916-455-0142

Worship Service Times

8:00 am Sunday Holy Eucharist, Rite II
9:15 am Sunday Adult Bible Study
10:00 am Sunday Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Nursery and Sunday School at the 10 am service.

City College Parking Permits

All Saints Church is located across the street from Sacramento City College. Each semester we offer students the opportunity to purchase a pass to park in our parking lot Monday through Friday from 7:00 to 4:00. For more information see our parking pass information page.

Let Freedom Ring

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Sermon for July 5, 2015, by the Rev. Betsey Monnot

Readings: 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10, Psalm 48, 2 Corinthians 12:2-10, Mark 6:1-13

“From every mountainside, let freedom ring.” Happy Fourth of July weekend, as we celebrate the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, and as we remember what a blessing it is to live in this remarkable country. And happy Sunday, as we celebrate God’s love for us and our love for God and one another, and as we remember what a blessing it is to have a savior who died for us and rose again, and who feeds us week by week with his very own body and blood.

We gather this morning in the recollection of the shooting deaths of nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina, as they sat together in a prayer meeting. We gather in the recollection of the remarkable response to those killings across the country, as people of all races came together in solidarity and love to condemn racial violence. We celebrate the election of the first black presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael Curry of North Carolina. We bear in our minds and on our hearts the seven black churches across the south that have burned since the killings in Charleston, and the knowledge that arson attacks on black churches have played a strong role in the history of racial oppression in this country.

We gather this morning in a country in which the right of two persons, whatever their genders may be, to marry legally has been declared the law of the land. We gather in a church whose highest earthly authority, the General Convention, has decreed that the sacrament of marriage shall be available to all couples equally. We bear in our minds and on our hearts the increase of violence Read more

“Let us go across to the other side”

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Readings: 1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16, Psalm 133, 2 Corinthians 6:1-13, Mark 4:35-41

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

June 21, 2015

Please remain standing as you are able and join me in prayer for those murdered during Bible study in Charleston as I read their names

Pastor Clementa Pickney, State senator and lead pastor at Immanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest AME church in the south; 

Ethel Lance, who had worked at the church for over 30 years

Susie Jackson, 87 years old and the oldest church member killed, a long-time church member and cousin to Ethel Lance

Rev. Depayne Middleton Doctor, a minister at this church who also sang in the choir and was leading the bible study class 

Rev. Daniel Simmons, a retired pastor from another Charleston church

Cynthia Hurd, a beloved library branch manager for over 30 years

Tywanza Sanders, a 26 year old who got his degree in business from Charleston’s Allen University just last year.

Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, assistant pastor, as well as a speech therapist and girls’ high school track and field coach

Rev. Myra Thompson, the final pastor to die from this church often referred to as “Mother Emanuel” because of its prominence and leadership in the African-American community

May they each rest in peace and rise in glory.

 

“Let us go across to the other side”

Today’s gospel brings a popular image of Jesus and the disciples in the often-told story of failed faith and aquatic miracles, “the calming of the storm”. This story, which many of us have heard since early years in Sunday School, describes a miracle and then a personal challenge.  Invited to cross the Sea of Galilee, the apostles set out with Jesus who falls asleep in their boat as a storm arises, swamping the boat and threatening their very lives. Jesus is awakened, perhaps simply to help with the bailing, so thoroughly stilling the storm that we are told it is dead calm. And then he asks the questions that come to us across the centuries: “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?”

The hazard of this story, like much of the Bible but especially the New Testament, is that it is can become ordinary and even trivial. But if we probe the story honestly, its implications are almost offensive. The suggestion that volunteering to take a trip only to find oneself in a sinking boat at night should not produce fear seems frankly ridiculous. Read more

Fire? Dove? Wind? Listen!

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Sermon by the Rev. Betsey Monnot, Pentecost Sunday, May 24, 2015

Readings: Acts 2:1-21;Psalm 104:25-35, 37; Romans 8:22-27; John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15

The Holy Spirit often appears unexpectedly, and urges followers of Jesus in directions they may have not imagined.

Before he died, Jesus, speaking to his disciples, said: “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”

In other words, Jesus had more to tell the disciples than they could take in. Any teacher–or preacher, for that matter–knows the glazed look in the eyes of the students who are no longer able to digest what is being taught. The wise teacher does what Jesus does here: stops trying. There is always time for more learning later: in the meantime, trying to continue after it is too much for the students only risks confusing and scrambling what they have already learned. Jesus knew that he was better off Read more