Holy Hikes: Rood Bridge Park, Hillsboro

Holy Hikes: Rood Bridge Park, Hillsboro

We will meet at Rood Bridge Park in Hillsboro. This will be approximately a two-mile walk, and will include unimproved paths and some pavement. Along the way we will say prayers, hear readings from holy scripture, and celebrate Holy Communion.

We would describe this as an easy hike, with some modest elevation gains. Sturdy walking or light hiking shoes are adequate. Just a reminder that Holy Hikes meets rain or shine, so dress appropriately for the weather on the day.

With our wonderful Fall-like weather we hope that you will consider joining us to enjoy community with others and communion with God’s creation at this wonderful location!

Please go to the Holy Hikes web page for more information on Holy Hikes and to register your participation at: HolyHikesNWOregon.com

You must RSVP to attend. This will allow us to manage how many people are participating, as well as provide further updates on events for which you have registered.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or needs, at: HolyHikesNWOregon@iCloud.com

Full-time Rector – All Saints, Hillsboro

All Saints Church in Hillsboro, Oregon is seeking a full-time Rector.  Hillsboro is located 17 miles west of Portland.  What strikes people the most about Hillsboro is how much small-town charm is packed into a place so cosmopolitan.

We have been in Hillsboro since 1853, starting with occasional services by a traveling priest, then moving to our first of two locations in 1904, becoming the first Episcopal presence in Washington County.  We moved to our current location in 1945.

We are seeking a Rector who is outgoing, collaborative, and willing to be visible in our community.  Preaching, teaching, and pastoral care are important elements of the job.  We are seeking someone able and willing to encourage and support all areas of lay ministry.  The ability to be flexible, think outside the box, and always be searching for creative ways to improve our church community is highly desirable. 

For more information about All Saints Hillsboro please go to our website,  www.allsaintshillsboro.org.  Our parish profile will be found on our website. To apply for this position please send your resume, OTM portfolio, and a cover letter to Rev. Canon Neysa Ellgren Shepley, Canon to the Ordinary of the Diocese of Oregon, at neysae@diocese-oregon.org, tel: (971) 204-4116. 

The application deadline is October 20, 2021

Mother’s Tree at All Saints

Thank you to the community at All Saints, Hillsboro for contributing this reflection and sharing the history of the Mother’s Tree.


Mother’s Day at All Saints has always been a joyous occasion, highlighted by a potluck brunch prepared by the men and children in the congregation. 

For some, however, the occasion is bittersweet. The remembrance of mothers – and mother figures – who have passed away, led to moments of private sorrow and grief that no amount of celebration could overcome.

Two parishioners channeled these feelings into creating the Mother’s Tree Contemplation Garden in the All Saints back yard, a peaceful and serene place to honor those memories.

Melissa Knotts (who was mourning the passing of her mother Libby, a beloved member of the parish) and Alice Liddell teamed up on the concept, which included a decorative bench, a dedicated area of flowers and trees, and a plaque honoring important women in the lives of church members, be they mothers, grandmothers, aunts or influential mother figures.

Melissa and her sister Mary Beth generously donated the bench and Alice (with husband Blaine) provided flowering trees. Names to be engraved on the plaque, as well as donations towards the project, were coordinated by parish administrator Steve DeSanctis.

Several other parishioners, including Scott Smith, Jack Thornton, and Barb and Charlie Hopewell donated money, time and talent in installing the bench, planting, and upkeep of the area. Our former rector, Rev. Karen LaJoy Smith, held a blessing ceremony at the groundbreaking.

The beautiful plaque created by Award Specialties in Hillsboro will be mounted nearby, with room to add names every year around Mother’s Day.