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All Saints Episcopal Church
Ministering in Palo Alto since 1892
Reﬂection from the Rector
‘“We’ll all be rooned” said Hanrahan, in accents most forlorn ….’ So begins one of John O’Brien’s best known
poems, published in 1921; it recounts a conversation among farmers outside an outback church one Sunday
about the need for rain. Someone suggests an inch would save them, another two, but one voice insists on the
gloomiest outlook: “If we don’t get three inches, man, or four to break this drought, we’ll all be rooned," said
Hanrahan, "Before the year is out." Of course, “in God’s good time” the rain comes, tanks and dams ﬁll, creeks
and rivers run a banker, but now Hanrahan can only see the certainty of ﬂoods. And when the grass is knee high
and the wheat ﬂourishing, Hanrahan insists that bushﬁres are just around the corner.
It was no great secret that, in reality, “John O’Brien” was a country priest, whose characters were drawn from
among his family and parishioners. I suspect he didn’t have far to look for a Hanrahan: every family and every
parish has at least one! It is the voice of Cassandra, the voice of Jonah, and perhaps, a small but insistent voice
within each one of us, relentlessly raising doubts and misgivings. This is, perhaps, why we need the practice of
prayer, where, over and over again, we receive and learn from God conﬁdence in the future. To submit the
deepest worries and hurts we carry to God, to lay bare our broken hearts and broken dreams and hand them
over to God’s care and God’s wisdom, is always to hear in return, with the psalmist, you sha! be happy, and it sha!
be we! with you. I think it is also the place where we learn to be patient with ourselves, to realize that the work
of our healing is seldom miraculous and instantaneous, but gradual and protracted if it is to be deep. Six
hundred years ago, the English mystic Julian of Norwich distilled centuries of prayerful listening when she
asserted that A! sha! be we!, and a! sha! be we!, and a! manner of things sha! be we!.
There is never a shortage of volunteers to insist “we’ll all be rooned.” It takes no imagination, no discipline, no
greatness of spirit or intelligence to give voice to our darkest fears. But facing the future with equanimity and
courage and assurance is grace, working in us and among us, but a grace born of hours of listening to, and being
formed in, the ways of God.
From where I am sitting I can see that the titmice are busy reworking last year’s
nest, warblers with their ﬂashes of yellow are working the garden while a house
ﬁnch sings among the last of the plum blossoms. They seem to know in their
bones what we can so easily forget, that all shall be well.
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Holy Week Services
supper at 5:30pm
service at 6:30pm
services at 12:00 noon and 5:30pm
service at 8:00pm
champagne reception following
services at 8:00am and 10:00am
Easter Brunch follows the 10am service
and so does the Egg Hunt
Easter Sunday music: details on page 3
E! Hunt: details on page 9
Let the resurrection joys lift us from
loneliness and weakness and despair
to strength and beauty and happiness.
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Special Music for Easter
by Rodney Gehrke, Director of Music
For the second year in a row, we welcome the premiere historically informed wind band in the Bay Area,
The Whole Noyse. This year we will be graced by six of them – two cornettos ( a curved wooden
instrument with a non-metal trumpet-like mouthpiece that makes the instrument sound like a very mild
trumpet), 3 sackbuts (early forms of the trombone), and a curtal (early form of the bassoon).
The choir will sing two anthems on Easter, accompanied by the winds and organ. First, we will hear a
double-choir setting of Psalm 100 by the greatest German composer of the 17th century, Heinrich Schütz
(1585-1672). Schütz included this piece in his Opus 2, “Psalms of David” (1619) using techniques he learned
on the ﬁrst of his two study trips to Italy, when he studied with the great Giovanni Gabrieli at St. Mark’s,
Venice, from 1609-1612. The Whole Noyse will play the four voice parts of Choir I and our choir will sing
Choir II (with two winds doubling the soprano and bass parts).
To extend the connection with Italy, the postlude ( at the 10 a.m. service) will be a glorious sonata by
Gabrieli in 12 voice parts. The winds will play six of the parts, and I will play the other six on the organ.
This has been a dream of mine for many years, and I am delighted to be able to oﬀer it this year.
One more connection with Italy and Schütz: the composer took a second study trip to Venice in 1628,
this time to study with the great Claudio Monteverdi. The choir will sing a 6-voice motet by Monteverdi
at communion (again doubled by the winds) called “Cantate Domino” (Sing to the Lord a New Song).
We very much look forward to sharing this glorious music with you all on the Queen of Feasts!
Rodney mobbed by adoring fans
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FROM THE COMPOST CONCIERGE…
After two months the All Saints
compost/recycling program is off to a
promising start. Every Sunday morning,
we find ourselves fishing fewer and
fewer paper plates out of the garbage
cans and watching more and more of
them pile up in the green compost can
the complexity of the program Susan Barkan,
and the fact that every town defines Compost
“compost” and “recycling” differently, Concierge
the All Saints community is to be
commended for their willingness to
keep trying to figure it out. Special
thanks go to Renee Reaves for her
tireless work on the project, from
acquiring the cool color-coded bins, to
sorting the debris, to hauling everything
outside for pick-up. We couldn’t do it
that lives in the
forest is toasting the saints of
All Saints’ for
y is Sund
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Way Finding/Signage Contract signed with Kate Keating Associates
by Margaret Weil
All Saints’ has just signed a contract with Kate Keating Associates (KKA), http://www.kkainc.com/
of San Francisco. KKA describes what it does as “environmental graphic design.” Its charge is to
more fully identify All Saints’ as a church, identify the main entrance, and help visitors navigate
the campus. Various components, including a larger and re-oriented sign at the corner of
Hamilton Avenue and Waverley Streets, are being considered. (The existing sign will be
You may have seen KKA’s work at: the Palo Alto Medical Foundation; Lucile Packard Children’s
Hospital; Ronald McDonald House; the California Academy of Sciences and Palace of Fine Arts,
both in San Francisco; and the Children’s Shelter in San Jose.
This is the ﬁnal element of our Vision 2007 project which has enhanced the campus with improvements to
the Education Building, exterior and interior lighting, sound system, a new movie screen and window tinting
in the Parish Hall, and removal of overgrown shrubs along Hamilton Avenue walkway ( recently replaced
We continue to be thankful for the generosity of the Saints who made all of these improvements a reality.
A big welcome to Nicole ( Nikki) Eisen who joined us March 11 as our new
childcare provider for Small Saints. Nikki has previously done childcare for
a few special events at All Saints’ and already knows some of the children, so
we’re happy to have her join us on a regular basis to care for our youngest
Nikki Eisen, A" Saints’ Child Care saints. She will be working in the Small Saints room each Sunday from 9:30
am to 12:30 pm ( so parents and
grandparents can attend the forum after the 10 o’clock
service if they wish). Nikki will also be available to assist in
the Godly Play room on Sundays when infant or toddler care
is not required. Nikki is an experienced nanny, and much
more -- she’s also an experienced Security Systems Analyst,
and she trained with the Army as a combat medic/EMT.
She told Barbara Sawka, our Senior Warden, that she loves
to do crafts of all types. How lucky can we get?
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Rehabilitate a Home in East Palo Alto
Join other Rebuilding Together Peninsula
volunteers to rehabilitate a home in East Palo Alto.
When:! Saturday, April 28, and Saturday, April 21 (prep day) 8 a.m. -
4 p.m. (work all of any part of the day)
Where:! 1120 Camellia, East Palo Alto
Who:! Contact Margaret or Curt Weil to volunteer, 650-323-7919,
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Qualifications:! If you have ever painted a room or pruned a rose
you are qualified!
Added Benefits: ! Rebuilding Together Peninsula provides lunch
for all volunteers plus a full-out picnic dinner on April 28 for
volunteers working on all RTP projects.!
Margaret and Curt Weil
Calling All Saints is a somewhat seasonal publication.
The Pentecost issue is next; the deadline will be May ﬁrst.
Submissions are ENCOURAGED!
Mattie Scott, editor
firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-841-8733
An Editorial Committee is forming. If you are interested in collaborating, please contact
Mattie Scott or Sally Cadigan. Believe it or not, people, it’s fun!
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MUNDANE AND EARTH-SHATTERING ISSUES
MARK MARCH 3 DEANERY MEETING
by Susan Barkan
Abby O’Connell and Jan Martin will be co-conveners
Ann Lane will continue as secretary-treasurer
Barbara Wright and Pat Williams will be representatives to the nominating
The Rev. Tom Sramek, Jr. Priest-in-Charge, St. Edwards, San Jose, proposed an
amendment to Canon 9.3 that would change deanery meetings from quarterly to semi-
•Establishment of a Ministry Center. Currently, venues for meetings and events rotate
around the deanery, with diﬀerent churches acting as hosts. Since our cathedral isn’t
large enough to host all-diocesan events, we need to ﬁnd one church with suﬃcient
space, parking, centrality of location, and technological resources to be used for
conﬁrmations, ordinations, seminars, and youth group events. Such a center would be
more eﬃcient and also lessen Bishop Mary’s travel time. Establishment of a Ministry
Center was approved as part of the
A deanery is an organizational unit that is larger than a Diocesan Strategic Plan voted on at the
last Convention. Future meetings will
parish and sma!er than a diocese. Our diocese of El Camino
consider questions of staffing and
Real comprises 49 parishes and is divided into three ﬁnancial compensation for the host
deaneries: Santa Clara Va!ey (ours), Monterey, and San Luis church.
Obispo. Meetings take place two or three times a year to elect
representatives to the diocesan executive council and to •Diocesan Disaster Initiative. Bill
consider the proposed diocesan budget and proposed Brooks of St. Andrew’s reported on a
resolutions in advance of the annual diocesan convention. A! conference he attended in Los Angeles
delegates attend the Diocesan Convention to represent the on how churches can help people cope
interests of the individual parishes. with natural disasters. He pointed out
that the Calaveras Fault erupted 156
years ago and is three years overdue for
another break. If a 7-point earthquake
occurs in Santa Clara County, we will need 250,000 beds for the injured and homeless;
at present we have 50,000. The question is what churches can do to help prepare
people for the inevitable Big One and, once it happens, to work with police and other
agencies to help organize aid. Since the diocese is 280 miles long, the deaneries are a
good place to start assessing where the most vulnerable people are living and which
churches have the most resources like space, a pantry, or a large kitchen. All three
deaneries are just beginning to discuss what such a plan might entail.
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A Message to All Saints’
All Saints just hosted Hotel
de Zink: Women's Shelter, the
new shelter initiated by
student group Stanford
Night Outreach and
coordinated with InnVision
the Way Home.! Thank you,
All Saints, for your
generosity and hospitality.!
Your space, special to you, held us together for days and nights.! The two
rooms you opened have taken on new warmth for us all.
As Night Outreach, we believe friendship is as important as food and
shelter.! ! Our student group volunteers at the Opportunity Center and
goes on weekly street outreach walks, where we walk around downtown
and talk to people we meet.!!It is with gratitude for our friends that we
have offered our work on the shelter.
At the shelter, we have tried to cultivate the values our group believes
in: listening and friendship.! These values have only been made because
of the friendship you have extended to us.! So thank you for everything.!
Thank you for your openheartedness, your patience, your trust. !We've
learned a lot from you, we are learning a lot from you.! Yours is a very
special community.! And we hope to continue in the love and joy that
we've seen here, with you.
Marie Baylon and Khalia Parish, for the Stanford Night Outreach Team
An extensive Palo Alto Weekly article about the Women’s Shelter can be found here:
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Safeguarding God’s Children and People
Training Coming to All Saints’
by Barbara Sawka
The Rev. Deacon Kathleen Crowe is coming to All Saints’ on Saturday, May 26 to lead the
programs Safeguarding God’s Children (9 am – 12 noon) and Safeguarding God’s People
(1:00 pm – 4:30 pm). Please mark your calendars and join us for these important sessions
focusing on the prevention of child abuse and sexual exploitation and harassment in communities
Since Safeguarding God’s Children is required by the diocese for anyone ( including both staﬀ and
volunteers) who works directly with or around children and youth, we are pleased that Kathleen
Crowe has agreed to oﬀer the programs here at All Saints’. Some parishioners have already
attended this training, but there are many who still need to do so. Safeguarding God’s People is
recommended for all who have a pastoral relationship with one another, including clergy,
Eucharistic Lay Ministers, Bible study leaders, and those in all leadership positions, including
Vestry members. Recertiﬁcation for both programs is required every three years.
There is no fee for the training, though participants are asked to contribute at least $5 to cover the
cost of copies.
You may register for either session or both by contacting either Barbara Sawka
(email@example.com) or the Rev. Deacon Kathleen Crowe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
will be no Godly
Play Sunday School
on Easter Sunday.
Childcare during the 10
o’clock service will be
provided in Small Saints, our
nursery facing the courtyard.
All children are invited to bring
your Easter baskets for the
Easter egg hunt following the
service. Extra baskets will
be available for those
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All Saints’ Concert Series:
Spring & Summer
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We made them . . .
. . . we served them . . .
. . . we ate them . . .
. . . we raced with them . . .
. . . and we raised money for Rebuilding Haiti, Brick by Brick.*
*or Pancake by Pancake
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Ken and Gloria share the joy of their
25th anniversary with us
The new vestry is
Spring is here!
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A LETTER OF THANKS FROM BISHOP MARY
TO THE CONGREGATIONS OF THE DIOCESE
OF EL CAMINO REAL
It is with full heart that I thank you for your outpouring of support for the students of the
Diocese of Western Tanganyika. Because of your generosity, $29,500.00 has been raised to
help 600 students who otherwise would not have been able to attend school. As you know,
the students we help are impoverished orphans, or
have only one parent (usually the mother) trying to
support the family. They often walk many miles
to school and have little to eat. Your donations
are helping to create an opportunity for these
students that otherwise would not exist.
Thank you for "Walking the Way" as Disciples of
our Lord Jesus Christ and, following His example,
expressing compassion for your fellow human
beings in DWT.
Bishop Mary is taking several months of sabbatical time this year. On the fo!owing page
we have reprinted her February letter to the Diocese describing some of her plans for that
time. She also discusses the continuation of the partnership process with our Companion
Dioceses of Gloucester and Western Tanganyika.
Tha fo!owing link takes you to an exce!ent video &om Episcopal News Service showing
the three bishops together in Gloucester at the beginning of Lent. It oﬀers, among other
things, ﬁrst-person descriptions of the partnership process, some breathtaking visuals and
music &om Gloucester Cathedral, and a wonderful glimpse of a cross-cultural pancake race!
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A MESSAGE FROM BISHOP MARY ABOUT HER SABBATICAL
My dear friends,
As many of you know I am going to be taking a sabbatical this coming year. I want to share with you my
plans for my time away. In fact though, prior to beginning sabbatical, I am going to England for three
weeks. The ﬁrst week there will have me preaching in Salisbury Cathedral on Sunday, February 12th,
followed by speaking at a conference called Leading Women, designed to work with the 'senior women' in
the Church of England as they prepare for the ordination of women in the Episcopate in that province
(God willing!). I will then spend a couple of days at Cuddesdon College in Oxford, preaching there, as
well as at Trinity College, and enjoying some time getting to know Oxford. On Monday the 20th, I go to
Gloucester to meet the rest of our team, and our ﬁnal Indaba encounter begins. I anticipate this will be
my last trip to the UK for some time, since our partnership with Gloucester and Western Tanganyika will
resume its normal rhythm of annual visits to one diocese and with more speciﬁc focus, such as teaching
and mission. You will hear more about these plans as they develop.
On March 2nd, I ﬂy directly from London to New York City, where I will stay until April 7th. I am going
to live with the Sisters of the Holy Spirit in Harlem, and study at Hebrew Union College, an esteemed
reform, rabbinical training institution, in downtown Manhattan. One of my goals for my sabbatical time
is to study the Hebrew Scriptures with those in whom the stories originated. I have been enjoying a
wonderful collegial friendship with Larry Hoﬀman, a professor there, for the past year, and through this
association have been warmly welcomed into that community. I will sit in on three classes, participate in
worship and community life, and do some lecturing while there. As well, Larry, Patrick Malloy, Professor
of Liturgics and Interim Dean at General Seminary in NYC, and I have begun a conversation about co-
teaching a course, using our religious diﬀerence to create a multi-religious setting for our students in
which they can learn to share faith with others completely outside their context. For myself, in the
teaching, my hope would be to learn how we can do this as The Episcopal Church in El Camino Real,
equipping ourselves to share our faith stories so others may hear the good news of Jesus Christ in today's
world. The course is still in a very nascent stage, but would be taught partially in NYC and then remotely,
through distance learning, early next year.
So that is the 'bookend' of the sabbatical, with time for retreat, writing, and meditating on Jesus' use of
agricultural metaphor by spending a little time in the rich growing ﬁelds of our diocese. I will be in the
diocese but still on sabbatical April 7 through May 7, then take vacation and additional sabbatical time
Aug 1 through September 11. I am not taking my sabbatical all at once, obviously, and this is best for the
diocese at this time. I am conﬁdent in our staﬀ and leaders that things will run
smoothly in my absence, and we have a clear system set up in case of
emergencies. Between March 2 and May 7, and again in August and
September, Brian Nordwick, our Canon for Finance and Administration, will
be receiving my email. He will ﬁle and organize matters for me to address
upon my return, and handle things as he is able. If you have an emergency, do
not email me, but call the oﬃce and speak with either Canon Brian or Canon
Jesus. Bishops Romero and Hughes will also be available and can be reached
through Jesus and Brian.
I want to thank the Standing Committee for working with me on the planning
of this sabbatical and for supporting the evolutionary and prayerful process by
which the opportunities for study, rest and rejuvenation are before me.
You will be in my prayers as I know I shall be in yours!
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Ministering in Downtown Palo Alto
555 Waverley St. • Palo Alto CA 94301
650-322-4528 • www.asaints.org
The Rev. Terry Gleeson, Rector
Sunday Eucharist 8 & 10:00 a.m.
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For all that has been:! Thank you!
For all that will be:! Yes!