Giving Thanks…For Underwear

In some parts of Africa, a bra can save a women’s life. If a potential rapist sees a woman is wearing one, he will think she has a husband who has given her the money to buy one – in other words, she “belongs” to a man – and the would-be attacker will leave the woman alone.

That is why Network for Africa has shipped boxes of second hand underwear to parts of Africa where women and girls face daily terror at the hands of men. Unfortunately, officials on the continent are
clamping down on allowing second hand clothing donations in. However, we have joined with Diaspora groups who take bundles of underwear with them when they visit their countries of origin.
The photographs here show a Sudanese refugee in the UK with one of our boxes; and the recipients,
in South Sudan, which has one of the highest rates of rape and sexual assault in the world. We also
send underpants, by the way. Having underpants makes it easier for girls to attend school at all
times of the month. As so often, it is these simple fixes that have a big impact on people’s lives.
Sadly, it isn’t practical to send boxes of second hand clothes from the States. However, we hope All
Saints and Network for Africa will have a pilgrimage to Rwanda in 2019, and everyone will be
encouraged to bring second hand clothing (especially children’s garments, which are expensive in
Africa) in their luggage – so start collecting from your friends now, please. For more information,
contact Becky Tinsley at

All Saints has kindly supported Network for Africa for several years. As a way of saying thank you, we
hope you enjoy the smiles on the faces of the girls in South Sudan, with their treasured almost-new

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The Story of St. Nicholas

Another Successful Celebration of St. Nicholas at All Saints

Check out an online photo album from our most recent celebration of this most noteworthy of saints. Just click this link or click on the image below.

All Saints celebrated St. Nicholas with a special children’s worship service and marketplace. Click on the image above to relive the day in photos!

 Who Was St. Nicholas of Myra?

An ancient merchant had three lovely daughters. But due to a tragic turn of events, he had lost all hope that his daughters would be able to marry and live a happy life. It was the third century, and this businessman had lost his fortune when pirates pillaged his ship. His beautiful daughters were of marrying age, and without money he could give them no dowry.

In those days, young women without a dowry had few options for survival. Many were forced into slavery or prostitution.St Nich St Gl 3

The father prayed around the clock that somehow God would grant a miracle for his family. A young Christian bishop discovered the plight of this man and his daughters. This bishop was a wealthy man, having received a large inheritance at the death of his parents. One evening, in the middle of the night, the bishop secretly slipped a sack of gold through a window into the merchant’s house. This timely gift saved the virtue of the man’s oldest daughter.

SNGLater, another sack saved the second daughter.

Anticipating a third gift of gold, the father determined to discover who was helping his family. He stayed up all night and when the sack was dropped through the window, the father ran down the road and apprehended the mysterious benefactor. The merchant immediately recognized the young bishop and tried to give thanks to him.

The humble minister deflected the praise. “No, all thanks go to God, not to me.”

The father answered, “I need to let everybody know you did this.”

The bishop responded, “No, you must promise me that not until I’m dead will you let anyone know how you received the gold.” This compassionate bishop believed literally Christ’s injunction that when we give, we should do so in secret, sacrificially in Christ’s name and not our own.

The merchant promised that he would tell no one of the way this minister helped save this family. And it wasn’t until after his death that the world learned the numerous stories of the generosity of this bishop of the early Church, Saint Nicholas.

Through his timely gifts, Saint Nicholas helped to restore the hope of this family, and hundreds more in his community. But the ministry of Bishop Nicholas extended beyond giving gifts. History tells us that he was persecuted by the Roman authorities and imprisoned for his faith. Later, when Emperor Constantine made Christianity the state religion, Nicholas boldly defended the doctrine of the Trinity at the Council of Nicea.

Throughout his ministry, Bishop Nicholas selflessly poured out his life and his fortune as he served the people in and around his home. CBN

St. Nicholas Becomes Santa Claus

According to the Saint Nicholas Center Web site, after the American Revolution, New Yorkers were looking to break with British tradition, and they remembered with pride the colony’s nearly-forgotten Dutch roots. John Pintard, an influential patriot who founded the New York Historical Society in 1804, promoted St. Nicholas as the patron saint of both the society and the city.

In January 1809, Washington Irving published the satirical Knickerbocker’s History of New York, which made numerous references to a jolly St. Nicholas character. This was not a saintly European bishop, but rather a Dutch burgher with a clay pipe. The jolly elf image received a big boost in 1823 from a poem destined to become immensely popular, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” — now better known as “The Night Before Christmas.”SC

Washington Irving’s St. Nicholas strongly influenced the poem’s portrayal of a round, pipe-smoking, elf-like St. Nicholas. The poem generally has been attributed to Clement Clark Moore, a professor of biblical languages at New York’s Episcopal General Theological Seminary.

In North America, the popular name Santa Claus was taken from the Dutch Sinterklaas, which originated with a contracted form of Sint Nicolaas (Saint Nicholas). The “Mall Santa” that we are all familiar with — sporting a red suit with white cuffs and collar, and black leather belt, became the popular image in the United States in the late 19th century and early 20th century because of the “Merry Old Santa Claus” images created by political cartoonist Thomas Nast.

Beginning in 1863, Nast began a series of annual drawings in Harper’s Weekly that were inspired by the descriptions found in Washington Irving’s work. These drawings established a rotund Santa with flowing beard, fur garments, and a clay pipe. Nast drew his Santa until 1886, and his work had a major influence in creating the modern American Santa Claus.

In the mid-20th Century a series of Coca-Cola advertisements featuring a rotund and jovial Santa Claus was drawn by artist Haddon Sundblom and further popularized Nast’s depiction.

There are, of course, controversial aspects of the American Santa Claus fiction. Some Christians believe he takes the focus of Christmas away from Jesus Christ, placing it on a fictional character with little redemptive value. Others insist that it is unhealthy for parents to lie to their children to enforce their belief in Santa Claus. And others say that Santa Claus is a symbol of the commercialization and consumerism that has seized the Christmas holiday in the West. Still for others, Santa Claus and the modern celebration of Christmas is seen as an intrusion upon their own national traditions.

But beneath all the symbolism and tradition that has been attached to the modern American Santa Claus, he, like so many other “Father Christmas” characters before him can hearken back to a simple Christian bishop who loved God and loved people. Bishop Nicholas displayed his love through the giving of gifts, just as our Heavenly Father gave the gift of His Son to us that first Christmas morning 2000 years ago.

In this season, we celebrate how God gave His Son, Jesus, to bring hope to the world. May each of us prayerfully consider how we, like Nicholas, can give of ourselves to help restore hope to those that God brings into our lives. CBN

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Adult Formation Continues: The Development of the Episcopal Church in America

Dr. Anne Plane, professor of history at UCSB and parishioner at ASBTS, will continue the discussion on the development of the Episcopal Church begun by Dr. Sears McGee in his two-part lecture on the Reformation in September. Join us on Wednesday evenings, November 1 and 8, in the Parish House living room at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Plane’s lecture will focus on the impact of the Reformation on the New World and the emerging Episcopal Church.

November 1: Christianizing the New World

The colonization of the Americas played out at the same time as the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counterreformation changed the map of Europe. Religious conflict – Catholic vs Protestant and the established church vs dissenters – often motivated colonization in the New World. This session shows some of the impact of the Reformation on colonization efforts and on the missionization of Native Americans and African American peoples.

November 8: Anglicans and Episcopalians

Dissenters from the Anglican church played a major role in most of the English colonies of North America. What role did the Anglican church play in the diversity of colonial religion and in what ways did it stand in the larger political conflict between the colonies and Britain? This section focuses on religious awakening, dissenter protest, and the conflicts that brought the American Episcopal Church into being.

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Cleveland School Focus Project Update


In 2014 Cleveland Elementary School was chosen to be the Outreach Focus Project.  One-third of our Outreach budget and many volunteers have focused on this vibrant energetic school for three and a half years.  We have watched the school change and grown while we have established friendships with the staff, the teachers and especially the students.

We have ten weekly and three seasonal volunteers who will are committed to their work at Cleveland, as one volunteer exclaimed, “My time at Cleveland has become the best part of my week.”   They are involved in the classroom, the library, and the office and the homework center.  Our volunteer presence will continue, as we welcome new volunteers for the current school year.

Our financial relationship with Cleveland is complete as we investigate other organizations where we might focus our attention.

Gabe Sandoval, principal at Cleveland School, offered this short review of the ways he was able to use the funds they received from All Saints.

Excerpt from Mr. Sandoval’s letter:  In our first year, we focused on developing teacher capacity in instruction and practices. We trained all teachers in Strategies Guided Language Acquisition and Design (G.L.A.D.).  We also purchased books for classrooms so teachers could update their libraries.  The teachers have been using what they learned in their training well and we have had follow-up training to support their implementation.  Also, the district recognized the success of this training and has decided to train every school in G.L.A.D.

In our second year, we focused on updating our technology in every classroom.  We now have every class equipped with appropriate updated laptop devices.

This year we focused on reading materials and have purchased a D-3 leveled library to be used in classrooms.  Teachers are using these leveled books to strategically focus on more intentional reading skills in small reading groups.  Also, we are purchasing materials to re-invent our library by creating a “Makers-Space” where students will be able to be innovators and creators through the use of independent centers using Lego engineering, movie making, writing corners and more.

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Final Lenten Organ Series Concert, Sunday March 19th at 3:30PM

All are welcome to attend the final concert of the annual LENTEN ORGAN SERIES at First United Methodist Church, Santa Barbara.

Sunday, March 19, 3:30 p.m.
$10 suggested donation

Works by Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), César Franck (1822-1890), Dan Miller (b. 1954), Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937), and J. Christopher Pardini (b. 1973)

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Summer is Coming – Sign Up for Camp Stevens!

Did you know that summer camp is as good for the church as it is for the campers attending? Not only does summer camp increase self-esteem and empathy toward others and the natural world, over two-thirds of college students participating in religious groups attended a church-based summer camp as a child!

Camp Stevens serves the Episcopal Dioceses of Los Angeles and San Diego, where all are welcome. Camp Stevens times to provide campers with a loving, accepting, and compassionate community which encourages respect and responsibility for self, others, and God’s creation and invites personal expression and creativity. The staff at Camp are passionate about creating and providing a safe space for all campers without regard to national origin, creed or religious belief, color, ethnicity, gender or gender identity, or sexual orientation.

There are so many wonderful opportunities to experience Camp Stevens!

Summer Camps
Wilderness Trips
Transformational Summer Jobs
Weekend Retreat
Family Programs Throughout the Year

Click here for the 2017 Registration Form.



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Parish Operating Budget Woes: Income and Expenses Out of Sync

Last year was a challenging one of the parish’s finances. As has been the trend over the past few years, we’ve had to dip into our reserves, or “savings,” far too deeply in order to maintain the ministries in place and meet our various financial obligations.

The Vestry made some difficult decisions over the past few months and adopted a 2017 budget that brings the gap between revenues and expenses closer together. In addition to our income from pledges, we include plate offerings and other financial gifts, rental income, and a limited annual draw against our invested reserves and endowment.

Pledge income represents 74% of our budgeted total revenue and is the critical component of our financial well being. At this writing, pledges for 2017 are 5% ($25,889) short of budget, and we seek out of necessity, to close the gap. If you haven’t yet submitted your pledge for 2017, please do so by filling out a card found in the pews or simply call the church office. 

We thank all pledgers for their faithfulness in making a firm financial commitment to our continued ministry.

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Leah Watson – Bio

Faith in Action: Lenten Series Speaker Bio
Wednesday, March 15: Leah Watson
Leah is originally from Northern California, finding her way to Santa Barbara via Westmont College, where she graduated in 1997. The following year, on a Sundaymorning, she shook the new associate pastor’s hand in the doorway of El Montecito Presbyterian and then proceeded to marry The Rev. Dr. Mark Watson the following year. Leah served as a pastor’s wife for twelve years alongside Mark in Presbyterian churches in Santa Barbara, Silicon Valley and North Carolina. During this season they were blessed with the birth of two children, Benjamin and Clara — who continue to be a blessing, now in 3rd and 2nd grade at Montecito Union School (both are alum of All Saints Parish School). A few years ago, Mark transitioned out of traditional pastoral ministry into working with the elderly as the chaplain at Valle Verde retirement community and founding Watson Fiduciary. For the first time the Watson Family could “church shop” and to their delight All Saints become home. Their first Sunday here, Clara snuggled up to Leah after receiving communion and said, “I think God wants us here.” They never left. Leah is the Director of Marketing for a local academic publisher and also does consulting work in content development, strategy and web design. Her greatest joys are adventures with her family, dance parties in the living room, spiritual journaling and all sorts of domestic puttering.
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Capital Campaign Update: We Are Almost At Initial Goal!

We are almost there! Thanks to the 240 parish families who have made a gift to the  “How Firm Our Foundation” capital campaign, we are just $44,350 shy of our initial $10.1 million goal which will fund all costs associated with our Sanctuary Preservation and Readiness Project.
Once we reach this major milestone, we will turn our attention to raising the $1.5 million endowment to help maintain our beloved and historic Sanctuary.
With the expert guidance of our architect and engineers we’ve developed a thoughtful plan that will strengthen the Sanctuary and retain its beauty and charm, as well as address several other needs. After much planning and prayer, in 2016, we came together as a parish to raise the necessary funds. The costs we have or will incur include:
  • Rebuild the Bell Tower to combine structural steel, concrete and world-class engineering to keep it standing for centuries
  • Add a foundation, steel supports, new walls and so much more to seismically strengthen our beautiful – but poorly built -Sanctuary structure
  • Add a brand new tracker pipe organ to be built in Gloucester, Massachusetts by renowned organ manufacturer C.B. Fisk, Inc.
  • Lower the communion rail from the altar level to the floor level to allow everyone, regardless of their physical ability, to join in the Holy Eucharist
  • Add accessible restrooms inside the Sanctuary
  • Repurpose unused space inside the Sanctuary to add a Memorial Chapel with columbarium to enable parishioners to have their cremated remains interred at All Saints
  • Take advantage of the old vesting room to add a new Seaside Chapel that will enable and support lifelong Christian formation
  • Update the rooms of the Altar Guild, Flower Guild and Pew Guild, and add much-needed storage
  • Remove, care for, store and then move into the new Sanctuary our pews, stained-glass windows and reredos (the large carved wooden piece at the back of the altar)
  • Add new plant material and landscaping around the newly updated structure and address drainage issues
  • Pay the fees of our architect, engineers, contractors, fundraiser, permit processors, etc.
  • Fund the costs needed to worship in a different location than our Sanctuary for nearly two years
In short, we will have an essentially new Sanctuary that continues to honor the historic look and feel of our original Bell Tower and Sanctuary.
It is due to the vision and generosity of 100-plus project leaders, Vestry members and staff that we have made such remarkable progress. Words cannot express the deep appreciation we feel for so many who have contributed their time, talent and treasure to this vital project. We have enjoyed the path thus far, thanks to so many of you.
If you would like to help us raise the remaining $44,350 with a new or increased gift, please contact Kathleen or Alyson in the Church Office: or 

Bitsy Bacon, Sheri Benninghoven, and Edward Birch, Capital Campaign Co-Chairs
Click on the image above to see the latest campaign status report.
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Publications Archives

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“Parish Notes” newsletter

Annual Reports

2012 Outreach Annual Report

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2016 RAAI Archive


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2016 Christmas Service Schedule

Christmas Schedule of Services
12/24 – Family Service, 4pm
Carol Sing, 7pm
Early Service, 7:30pm
Carol Sing, 10pm
Midnight Service, 10:30pm
12/25 – Holy Eucharist, 10:30am
Luncheon, follows service
The church office will be open limited hours the week between Christmas and New Years, please call ahead before visiting to ensure someone is available to help you.
New Years Day
1/1 – Holy Eucharist, 8am
Holy Eucharish, 10am
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