ARE YOU READY FOR FUN, FOOD, ENTERTAINMENT & GAMES IN A BRITISH PUB?

Pub Nights are here. Tonight, Friday, Feb. 5th & Saturday, Feb. 6th from 6 – 8:30 PM

         

Bringing the community together in fun and fellowship.

SEE YOU THERE 

 

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The Friday Reflection Title
February 5, 2016
Called to Be…Deacons
Shortly after the Ascension of Jesus, the flourishing Church came to the point where the Twelve could no longer meaningfully preach and teach and effectively minister to the needs of the expanding community. This concern was addressed in Acts: “In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said ‘It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables’.”(Acts 6:1-2) And so it came to pass that a small group was selected to serve in this capacity.
Over time, these servants or ministers became known as deacons. Their numbers grew and their role and contributions in the community evolved to meet the needs within their local context. Phoebe was a deacon in Greece who received accolades from Paul in his letter to the Romans (Rom. 16:1). Philip baptized an Ethiopian (Acts 8:26-40) and tradition holds that this newly baptized brother returned to his homeland and was instrumental in founding the Church there. St. Francis of Assisi was, (reluctantly), ordained a deacon and birthed the Order of the Franciscans.
While all Christians are called to be…ministers of Christ and his Church, we recognize that some are called to the particular ministry of the diaconate. This is an ordained ministry that, in part, helps to identify the needs of the community outside the walls of the Church and to work to meet those needs. Depending upon the circumstances, this work may take the form of community organizing, advocacy, and/or working side-by-side with existing organizations to partner with them by leveraging their expertise and lending much needed support.
Christian community ministry is always bathed in prayer. The deacon performs a distinctive role in the liturgy of the Church, taking the needs of the world to the worshiping community by offering prayers of intercession, (The Prayers of the People). Deacons also proclaim the Gospel and may preach on occasion to further inform the congregation of the needs of the suffering and their role as Christians to work diligently to alleviate class distinctions, hunger, poverty, and lift up those relegated to the margins of society.
Of course, this is not a comprehensive model of the diaconate. This ministry varies according to the needs of the communities served and according to the gifts of the minister. Gifts are as varied as are the individuals being called.
So here is the question….might you be hearing the call to the diaconate? Might you be feeling a restlessness, an urge, a longing?
Here are the first steps: pray, pray, pray. Pray for guidance. Pray for discernment. Pray for strength. Pray for courage. Pray for wisdom. Then go and talk with your priest. After listening and praying with you, he or she may convene a parish/congregational commission to help with the discernment process. The road to Holy Orders, (ordination), is one that is discerned and supported in community. From there you may be invited to enter into conversation with the bishop and may be referred to a diocesan Commission on Ministry to further discern the calling. In time, they may send you to the School for Deacons here in San Joaquin.
The School for Deacons in our diocese is a rigorous, intensive program, with small class sizes and hands-on mentors.
It meets once a month, eleven months a year. The academic portion of this formation is two years.
Is God calling you to this?
You will find yourself immersed in Holy Scripture and learning about Church History and theology.
Can you hear the call?
You will learn to lead the Daily Office, to become accustomed to reading with clarity and authority, and to teach with confidence.
Is God calling you?
Skills in community organizing, spiritual practices, and pastoral care are also offered.
Are you hearing the call?
Are you Called to be…a deacon?
The Rev. Michele Racusin

Human Trafficking News
Freedom Sunday
 February 7th

is a day to take time to proclaim freedom for all who are trapped in modern day slavery. Read more

Diocesan Events

Central Deanery Gathering – February 6- update 
The next gathering of the Central Deanery will be on Saturday, February 6 in Fresno. We will be joining Taizé Fresno at the First Congregational Church (also known as The Big Red Church on Van Ness) at 2131 N. Van Ness Avenue for a day of Taizé Prayer with a theme of Social Justice. The event starts at 8:a.m. with registration and refreshments, followed by Taizé prayer introduction by Sherah Moore and Sandy DeGraff.
The Rev. Suzy Ward of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Visalia will present the first general session, “Reflections on the Tour Against Trafficking,” at 9 a.m.  At 10:15 a.m., participants can choose between several prayer-experience sessions.  The final prayer session concludes at 3:45 pm. The cost is $25 if registered by February 1, and $30 after that date. Lunch is included.  No formal meeting will be held, but during the breaks and at lunch time, members of the Central Deanery and friends can meet and socialize. To view the brochure, and print the registration form for mailing, go to:http://www.earthprayers.net/taizeweekend.htm

Diocesan Events

Central Deanery Gathering, February 6, 8:00am,  First Congregational Church, Fresno

Commission On Ministry Meeting, February 13, 10am, Holy Family, Fresno

Diocesan Council/Standing Committee Retreat, February 19-20, ECCO

Southern Deanery Meeting, February 27, 11am, St. Sherrian’s, Kernville

Northern Deanery Meeting, March 19, 10 am, St. Paul’s, Modesto

Chrism Mass, Tuesday, March 22, 11am, Holy Family Fresno

News from St. Raphael’s, Oakhurst

New time!
St. Raphael Episcopal Church in Oakhurst is now holding their Sunday Service st 10:00am

They meet at 49777 School Road in Oakhurst

 From: ecf Vital Practices

Reboot’ Your Vestry”
by Nancy Davidge on February 3, 2016
Creating a vibrant and vital vestry is an ongoing task. The period following your annual meeting, when newly elected members join the vestry, is a good time to review and renew your congregation’s vision statement and to think about what putting this vision into practice looks like. This month our articles support you in these efforts, with our fourth article sharing a practice designed to free up meeting time to address these important issues.Read more

The Five Marks of Mission
The Five Marks of Mission
      
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Deacon Coat Ministry
We have a new Deacon Coat Ministry in our diocese! Click
here for more information and more pictures of the coats!

Congratulations to Amanda Gaona
Amanda Gaona, St. Paul’s, Bakersfield was selected by our 26th Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori as a member of the Episcopal Church’s delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) during its 60th session.

Please see attached letter asking for financial support for Amanda to attend this very important event.  Click here.

We are very excited that a delegate was chosen from our Diocese. Please help Amanda get there.

Please contact the Diocesan Office if you which to donate.

Travel to the
Land of the Holy One

From The Rev. Heather Mueller

Dear friends in the Diocese of San Joaquin,

As many of you already know I am organizing a group for travel to the Land of the Holy One.
The pilgrimage is scheduled for September 23 to October 6, 2016, with the option of going to Jordan….Petra and possibly Ista #CDD7E9nbul.

It is time to make a decision about going and I will connect each person with the travel agent who will work out the travel details. Read more.

For Flyer click here.

Website Links
Tour Against Trafficking
The Episcopal Church
Episcopal Church Foundation
TENS
Episcopal News Service
Integrity USA

Calendars

Missional Bags

 
SUPPORT THE BAG!

Send your donations to The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, 1528 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA 95355. Please write Yellow Bags in the memo line.
Thank you.

Friday Reflection

Stories of the Bag, Missional Days, Special Events Articles can be submitted to the Diocesan Office atemeyer@diosanjoaquin.org.

All submissions are due no later than the Tuesday before the FridayReflection. Pictures submitted are to be in jpeg format and forms to be attached to the FridayReflection are best in PDF format.

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Who’s it going to be Denver Broncos or the Carolina Panthers.

It looks like Denver is slightly favored right now

Where’s the love for Carolina

It’s a classic East West Battle that may be decided by either Chicken Noodle or Minestrone.

St Anne’s Annual Souper Bowl Drive to feed those in need has begun.

Cast your votes now with a can of soup.

You can vote as often as you like and everyone is a winner!

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The Friday Reflection Title
January 22, 2016
From The Rev.’d Nick Lorenzetti,
St. Paul’s, Modesto

ENGAGING THE WORLD

In his book “Engaging the Culture, Changing the World,” Philip Eaton asks a question pertinent to the mission, the privilege and the challenge we embrace at St. Paul’s, Modesto. He asks: “How do we go about embracing a story of what is true and good and beautiful, embracing our ancient Christian story, so that we might bring hope and radiance and meaning into the world we serve?”
Over the past year I have asked that question (paraphrasing) to a significant number of my sisters and brothers here at St. Paul’s. Many respond without hesitation: (1) our distribution of yellow back-packs, (2) our adoption of a family through Interfaith Ministries at Christmas, (3)our housing of homeless families for one week through Family Promise, (4) our “program” about human trafficking, (5) our participation in the “CROP Walk” to fight hunger, (6) our canned goods collection for the Salvation Army, (7) preparing and serving hot meals at the Salvation Army once a month, (8) our monthly food distribution to needy families, and, well…you get the idea! While each of these responses is different, permit me to suggest that there is a similarity that runs through each of them. They are what we might call “bridge-building activities.” And indeed, they represent God’s work. Yet activities (acts) they remain, and each of them comes and goes, while the deeply rooted social injustices that they attempt to address remain constant.

Our call to be “missional,” the message inherent in the “Five Marks of Mission,” calls us, I believe, to perpetual reflection on our way of living in the world, only a part of which is constituted by individual good deeds. Our isolated actions must be demonstrative of our dispositions and attitudes as members of the human family. We must partner with government officials, social agencies, and our communities at large in order to effect meaningful, and hopefully, more permanent solutions to address the needs of those less fortunate. Our efforts must be consistent and ongoing. Godly behavior everywhere, it seems, is the best way to reach a hurting world.

At St. Paul’s, Modesto, we are striving to pick up and maintain a note of universal mission. This, admittedly, is not always easy. In fact, it’s a lot of work! How we live as God’s people is the vital link between our calling and our mission. God wants to use us to bless the world. And by His grace, we strive to live according to His standards – and draw others nearer to him.

Greetings from your Sisters and Brothers in Modesto.
Fr. Nick

Travel to the
Land of the Holy One

From The Rev. Heather Mueller

Dear friends in the Diocese of San Joaquin,

As many of you already know I am organizing a group for travel to the Land of the Holy One.
The pilgrimage is scheduled for September 23 to October 6, 2016, with the option of going to Jordan….Petra and possibly Ista #CDD7E9nbul.

It is time to make a decision about going and I will connect each person with the travel agent who will work out the travel details. Read more.

For Flyer click here.

Diocesan Events

Central Deanery Gathering – February 6- update 
The next gathering of the Central Deanery will be on Saturday, February 6 in Fresno. We will be joining Taizé Fresno at the First Congregational Church (also known as The Big Red Church on Van Ness) at 2131 N. Van Ness Avenue for a day of Taizé Prayer with a theme of Social Justice. The event starts at 8:a.m. with registration and refreshments, followed by Taizé prayer introduction by Sherah Moore and Sandy DeGraff.
The Rev. Suzy Ward of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Visalia will present the first general session, “Reflections on the Tour Against Trafficking,” at 9 a.m.  At 10:15 a.m., participants can choose between several prayer-experience sessions.  The final prayer session concludes at 3:45 pm. The cost is $25 if registered by February 1, and $30 after that date. Lunch is included.  No formal meeting will be held, but during the breaks and at lunch time, members of the Central Deanery and friends can meet and socialize. To view the brochure, and print the registration form for mailing, go to:http://www.earthprayers.net/taizeweekend.htm

Diocesan Events

Integrity Retreat January 22-24, ECCO
Standing Committee Adobe/ Teleconference Meeting, January 26, 6:30pm

Diocesan Council Adobe/Teleconference Meeting, January 28, 6:30pm

Central Deanery Gathering, February 6, 8:00am,  First Congregational Church, Fresno

Commission On Ministry Meeting, February 13, 10am, Holy Family, Fresno

Diocesan Council/Standing Committee Retreat, February 19-20, ECCO

Southern Deanery Meeting, February 27, 11am, St. Sherrian’s, Kernville

Northern Deanery Meeting, March 19, 10 am, St. Paul’s, Modesto

Missional Bags

 
SUPPORT THE BAG!

Send your donations to The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, 1528 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA 95355. Please write Yellow Bags in the memo line.
Thank you.

Friday Reflection

Stories of the Bag, Missional Days, Special Events Articles can be submitted to the Diocesan Office atemeyer@diosanjoaquin.org.

All submissions are due no later than the Tuesday before the Friday Reflection. Pictures submitted are to be in jpeg format and forms to be attached to the Friday Reflectionare best in PDF format.

Human Trafficking Update
Freedom Sunday
 February 7th

is a day to take time to proclaim freedom for all who are trapped in modern day slavery. Read more...

Congratulations to Amanda Gaona
Amanda Gaona, St. Paul’s, Bakersfield was selected by our 26th Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori as a member of the Episcopal Church’s delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) during its 60th session.

Please see attached letter asking for financial support for Amanda to attend this very important event.  Click here.

We are very excited that a delegate was chosen from our Diocese. Please help Amanda get there.

Please contact the Diocesan Office if you which to donate.

St. Francis Goes Blue for Advent
 Members of St. Francis in Turlock were proud supporters of the Turlock Police Department’s Operation Blue Santa, which is a program that provides toys and other donated items to families in need during the holiday and distributes important holiday safety tips! In addition to collecting toys to be donated to the entire operation, St. Francis was blessed to be able to adopt a family through the program.
On quite short notice, parishioners rallied to collect gifts for the kids, needed household items, and grocery gift cards for a family of five living below the poverty line in our community. While we all had a great time shopping, wrapping, and supporting our adopted family, our thoughts have turned to the need that will still exist after the presents are opened and the candy consumed. St. Francis looks forward to expanding our new partnership with the Turlock Police Department and the other city and non-profit organizations that strive to help those in need in our community.

T-Shirts!!

St. Andrew’s, Taft ordered their shirts!
Front and Back!!

 


Called to be… 
T-Shirts available!

$12.00

Orders are to be collected by each parish or mission  and emailed to
emeyer@diosanjoaquin.org.
Sizes still available are:
Youth Large
Adult Large
Adult X-Large
Adult 2X-Large
Adult 3x-Large
Adult 4x-Large
First come, first serve!
Contact your clergy or office for more details!

The Five Marks of Mission
The Five Marks of Mission
      
Click here for poster to post

Website Links
Tour Against Trafficking
The Episcopal Church
Episcopal Church Foundation
TENS
Episcopal News Service
Integrity USA

Calendars

ECCO

ECCO

First week in January

Pond is full!

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January 15, 2016
The Friday Reflection Title
From Bishop David,

I wish to offer these words from our Presiding Bishop to his fellow Primates:

“Many of us have committed ourselves and our church to being ‘a house of prayer for all people,’ as the Bible says, when all are truly welcome,” Curry said in remarks he later made available to Episcopal News Service.

“Our commitment to be an inclusive church is not based on a social theory or capitulation to the ways of the culture, but on our belief that the outstretched arms of Jesus on the cross are a sign of the very love of God reaching out to us all.  While I understand that many disagree with us, our decision regarding marriage is based on the belief that the words of the Apostle Paul to the Galatians are true for the church today: All who have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female, for all are one in Christ.”

“For so many who are committed to following Jesus in the way of love and being a church that lives that love, this decision will bring real pain,” he said. “For fellow disciples of Jesus in our church who are gay or lesbian, this will bring more pain. For many who have felt and been rejected by the church because of who they are, for many who have felt and been rejected by families and communities, our church opening itself in love was a sign of hope. And this will add pain on top of pain.”

Curry told the primates that he was in no sense comparing his own pain to theirs, but “I stand before you as your brother. I stand before you as a descendant of African slaves, stolen from their native land, enslaved in a bitter bondage, and then even after emancipation, segregated and excluded in church and society. And this conjures that up again, and brings pain.

“The pain for many will be real. But God is greater than anything. I love Jesus and I love the church. I am a Christian in the Anglican way. And like you, as we have said in this meeting, I am committed to ‘walking together’ with you as fellow primates in the Anglican family.”

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

I must admit, I am writing this brief reflection from a position of disbelief, that is to say, this morning when I read the Primates’ decision to suspend the church which I now serve from participation in Anglican Communion leadership and decision making, I could not fathom the words I read.

According to Section 7 of the Statement, here’s what suspension means:

“It is our unanimous desire to walk together.  However given the seriousness of these matters we formally acknowledge this distance by requiring that for a period of three years The Episcopal Church no longer represent us on ecumenical and interfaith bodies, should not be appointed or elected to an internal standing committee and that while participating in the internal bodies of the Anglican Communion, they will not take part in decision making on any issues pertaining to doctrine or polity.”

I have served in different parts of our Anglican Communion and one of the reasons I was attracted to my “adopted” church was the belief that the umbrella under which the church lived and had its being provided enough room for all.

Today I am deeply saddened.  It feels like there isn’t enough room for us, at least for three years!

And so Sisters and Brothers, we pray, we pray for all, we pray for those of us who are “suspended” thus relegated to the weather beyond the umbrella and we pray for those who supposedly remain protected from the weather.

Blessings
+David

Celebration for Canon Kate Cullinane

Ho`olaule`a

(Celebration)
For
 Canon Kate Cullinane
Ho’olu komo la kaua
(Come join us)
 to see Canon Kate off to Hawaii!

Canon Kate is moving to serve the Episcopal Church
 in the Diocese of Hawaii

January 16, 2016
2-5pm
Holy Family Episcopal Church
1135 E. Alluvial Avenue
Fresno, CA

See you there!

Travel to the
Land of the Holy One

From The Rev. Heather Mueller

Dear friends in the Diocese of San Joaquin,

As many of you already know I am organizing a group for travel to the Land of the Holy One.
The pilgrimage is scheduled for September 23 to October 6, 2016, with the option of going to Jordan….Petra and possibly Ista #CDD7E9nbul.

It is time to make a decision about going and I will connect each person with the travel agent who will work out the travel details. Read more.

For Flyer click here.

Diocesan Events

Central Deanery Gathering – February 6- update 

The next gathering of the Central Deanery will be on Saturday, February 6 in Fresno. We will be joining Taize’ Fresno at First Congregational Church (also known as The Big Red Church on Van Ness) at 2131 N. Van Ness Avenue for a day of Taize Prayer with a theme of Social Justice. Registration is at 8am, with the final prayer session concluding at 3:45 pm. The cost is $25 and includes lunch. To view the brochure, and print the registration form for mailing, go to:http://www.earthprayers.net/taizeweekend.htm

Diocesan Events

Standing Committee Meeting January 16, 12:30pm, Holy Family Fresno

Celebration for Canon Kate, January 16, 2-5pm, Holy Family, Fresno

Integrity Retreat January 22-24, ECCO

Standing Committee Adobe/ Teleconference Meeting, January 26, 6:30pm

Diocesan Council Adobe/Teleconference Meeting, January 28, 6:30pm

Central Deanery Gathering, February 6, 8:00am,  First Congregational Church, Fresno

Commission On Ministry Meeting, February 13, 10am, Holy Family, Fresno

Diocesan Council/Standing Committee Retreat, February 19-20, ECCO

Southern Deanery Meeting, February 27, 11am, St. Sherrian’s, Kernville

Missional Bags

 

SUPPORT THE BAG!

Send your donations to The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, 1528 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA 95355. Please write Yellow Bags in the memo line.
Thank you.

Human Trafficking Update
Freedom Sunday
 February 7th

is a day to take time to proclaim freedom for all who are trapped in modern day slavery. Read more

Integrity Retreat
January 22-24,2016

Not too late to register!

Friday, January 22nd

to Sunday January 24

 

 $145 per person/double room, $195 single room
2 nights, 5 meals
For questions contact:
Integrity Diocesan Organizer,

Jan Dunlap 661.201.2630 661.201.2630

Congratulations to Amanda Gaona
Amanda Gaona, St. Paul’s, Bakersfield was selected by our 26th Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori as a member of the Episcopal Church’s delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) during its 60th session.

Please see attached letter asking for financial support for Amanda to attend this very important event.  Click here.

We are very excited that a delegate was chosen from our Diocese. Please help Amanda get there.

Please contact the Diocesan Office if you which to donate.

St. Francis Goes Blue for Advent
 Members of St. Francis in Turlock were proud supporters of the Turlock Police Department’s Operation Blue Santa, which is a program that provides toys and other donated items to families in need during the holiday and distributes important holiday safety tips! In addition to collecting toys to be donated to the entire operation, St. Francis was blessed to be able to adopt a family through the program.
On quite short notice, parishioners rallied to collect gifts for the kids, needed household items, and grocery gift cards for a family of five living below the poverty line in our community. While we all had a great time shopping, wrapping, and supporting our adopted family, our thoughts have turned to the need that will still exist after the presents are opened and the candy consumed. St. Francis looks forward to expanding our new partnership with the Turlock Police Department and the other city and non-profit organizations that strive to help those in need in our community.

T-Shirts!!

St. Andrew’s, Taft ordered their shirts!
Front and Back!!

 


Called to be… 
T-Shirts available!

$12.00

Orders are to be collected by each parish or mission  and emailed to
emeyer@diosanjoaquin.org.
Sizes still available are:
Youth Large
Adult Large
Adult X-Large
Adult 2X-Large
Adult 3x-Large
Adult 4x-Large
First come, first serve!
Contact your clergy or office for more details!

The Five Marks of Mission
The Five Marks of Mission
      
Click here for poster to post

Website Links
Tour Against Trafficking
The Episcopal Church
Episcopal Church Foundation
TENS
Episcopal News Service
Integrity USA

Calendars

Friday Reflection

Stories of the Bag, Missional Days, Special Events Articles can be submitted to the Diocesan Office atemeyer@diosanjoaquin.org.

All submissions are due no later than the Tuesday before theFriday Reflection. Pictures submitted are to be in jpeg format and forms to be attached to theFriday Reflection are best in PDF format.

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El Toyon Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution,

welcomed 14 new members Dec. 5 at their annual Christmas Luncheon.

 

Copied From Post: Dec. 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM In The Record 

El Toyon Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, welcomed 14 new members Dec. 5 at their annual Christmas Luncheon. Each new member was presented with flowers.

The Stockton-based chapter serves San Joaquin County and is the third oldest chapter in California. If you are interested in learning if you are eligible to join the El Toyon Chapter DAR please contact Carol Edgren at edgrenc@yahoo.com

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history and support better education for our nation’s children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 165,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. Information:DAR.org.

Information and photo submitted by Dorothy Pace

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December 2015 ROTA

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December 4, 2015
The Friday Reflection Title
ADVENT
From Canon Kate Cullinane
I read an article recently where the author reports about a Christmas card that he reads every year. The card came to him from a friend who had cancer. Much to his surprise the card received from his friend was upbeat even after the chemotherapy and hair loss. In his friend’s last paragraph she mentions the ornaments on the tree, support of family and friends and moments of laughter. Her last paragraph read:
“Cancer’s darkness is strong, but faith’s light is stronger. So as the darkness grows, it is the little things which help me see the light. After all, God sent a tiny Child to bring light into the world. So I choose to look for the light.”
Look around you over the next few weeks. You will see lights everywhere; on houses, on trees, candles in windows. Little lights will be everywhere.
We are entering the season of Advent when we anticipate the coming of Jesus once again this Christmas. We have the custom in our church of using an Advent wreath with four candles to mark the Sundays as we near Christmas. And please do notice: the lighting of the Advent candles is not a task for the clergy. For centuries the Church has said to Christians in this ever-darkening world and season; ‘Go home, gather with those you love and light another candle on your Advent wreath at home. Don’t wait for someone else to do it for you. You should light another candle!’
The message is clear. Your candle may seem small against the darkness, but light it anyway. And do that precisely when the darkness seems to be winning and life appears too overwhelming.
The candles on the Advent wreath remind us that Christ does not just call us to see the light; we are also called to be the light. The darkness will only get greater if we fail to be the light of Jesus right here and right now.
There is darkness everywhere. There is homelessness, hunger, human trafficking and suffering. But Jesus promises us that the darkness can be overcome. We are often paralyzed and frightened by the darkness.
Yet, Jesus calls us to not only to see the light but to be the light of the world. He says in Matthew 5:14,  ”You are the light of the world.” And he meant it.
So now, it is time to light another candle. This season of Advent leads to the birth of the tiny One who is, after all, the Light of the World.
We can all choose now to look for the light and to be the light. At our Diocesan Convention our theme was “Called to be…”
In Advent I believe that we are “Called to be…” the light.
Canon Kate

ECF- Advent

Advent is frequently described as a season of joy, expectation, and waiting. In the midst of this busy season, the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) has the tools and resources to keep your congregation running smoothly. This Advent, ECF will be offering tools and  webinars on a wide variety of financial and leadership topics from different parts of the Church. Clickhere.

ADVENT CALENDAR
This Advent calendar is created each year by the Rev. Thomas Mousin and the Rev. Merry Watters. Beginning on the First Sunday of Advent and concluding on December 24th, the calendar offers a scripture reading and suggested devotion for each day of the season. This year, musical settings for the calendar’s poem can be downloaded, along with the calendar at:
Permission is granted to reproduce and distribute the calendar and music for the 2015 Advent season.

Integrity Retreat – January 22-24, 2016
  • Friday, January 22nd – We gather in the evening for registration, introductions, fellowship, and snacks as we arrive at ECCO in Oakhurst, south of Yosemite.
  • Saturday, January 23rd – Canon Randy Kimmler leads our retreat program throughout the day.  We gather for a movie, discussion and social time in the evening
  • Sunday, January 24th – After morning Eucharist with Bishop David and free time, we enjoy lunch together before departure.
 $145 per person/double room, $195 single room
2 nights, 5 meals
  Registration Deadline – Dec. 26th.
For questions contact:
Integrity Diocesan Organizer,
Jan Dunlap 661.201.2630 661.201.2630
Canon Randy Kimmler returns as our 2016 Retreat Leader.
Even before the end of the 2015 gathering, it was consensus that we wanted to have Randy return to lead our next retreat in 2016!

xt retreat in 2016! Randy is a recently retired Missioner for Vocations in the Diocese of Los Angeles, where he supported and oversaw clergy development prior to and after ordination. About 8 years ago, he helped plant the Community of the Holy Spirit (CHS) in the Silver Lake district of LosAngeles. Lay-organized and led, the group is an

emergent progressive Christian community that is being studied by many Episcopal dioceses. “It’s not a church. It’s not a mission. It’s an anomaly and dioceses around the country are trying to figure out what to do with groups like us that are springing up all over the place.”  Randy attends St. John’s ProCathedral in Los Angeles, serves on the Bishop’s Commission on LGBT Ministries and has been recognized by Bishop Jon Bruno for his significant service to the wider church.

For Clergy
Friendly reminder to all clergy: December is the month that you should be thinking about having a housing allowance passed by your Vestry or Bishop’s committee for tax purposes in 2016.
Clergy Retreat December 15-17, 2015- Register Now!
Click here for information about retreat, registration, and speaker.

Diocesan Events

Diocesan Council Meeting, Dec 5, 10am, Holy Family, Fresno

Joint Meeting of Diocesan Council and Standing Committee, Dec 5, 12 noon, Holy Family, Fresno

Standing Committee Meeting, Dec 5,1pm, Holy Family, Fresno

Southern Deanery Clergy Christmas Party,Postponed

 
Central Deanery Clergy Christmas Party, December 12, 3pm, Home of Bishop David and Tracy
Clergy Retreat, December 15-17, St. Anthony’s

Northern Deanery Christmas Party, December 19, 4pm, Home of The Rev. Nick Lorenzetti and Wil Colon

Integrity Retreat January 22-24, ECCO

Lost- Please Find
LOST:
Canon Kate Cullinane has lost a black Book of Common Prayer/Hymnal someplace during her travels to various congregations throughout the diocese.
Her name is imprinted with gold lettering on the front cover.
Please look for it and if you find it, please let her know at kcullinane@diosanjoaquin.org.  Thank you.

T-Shirts!!

Called to be…
T-Shirts available!
$12.00

Orders are to be collected by each parish or mission  and emailed to
emeyer@diosanjoaquin.org.
Sizes still available are:
Youth Large
Adult Large
Adult X-Large
Adult 2X-Large
Adult 3x-Large
Adult 4x-Large
First come, first serve!
Contact your clergy or office for more details!

Missional Bags

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

Please consider a year end donation for this very important program!

Send your donations to The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, 1528 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA 95355. Please write Yellow Bags in the memo line. Thank you.

  Trafficking Awareness Event

St. Clare of Assisi, Avery  
Tuesday, December 8

6:00 pm

Murphys Inn and Suites
134 Hwy 4
Murphys, CA
  

Last Chance to Order
 Tour Against Trafficking Merchandise!

To order Tour Against Trafficking merchandise

Last day to order is December 31, 2015

The Five Marks of Mission
The Five Marks of Mission
      
Click here for poster to post

Parish and Mission News and Events

Annual Cookie Walk

Need an inexpensive gift for your family or a unique gift for your office mates? Never Fear, the Cookie Walk is here!
St. Paul’s, Modesto presents their annual Cookie Walk.

December 12th from 9am-3pm and on December 13th to 12 noon.

Click here for more info.

Website Links
Tour Against Trafficking
The Episcopal Church
Episcopal Church Foundation
TENS
Episcopal News Service
Integrity USA

Calendars

Check It Out!

Go to:

http://episcopalmarketplace.org/

Friday Reflection

Articles for Friday Reflection are needed:
Stories of the Bag, Missional Days, Special Events Articles can be submitted to the Diocesan Office atemeyer@diosanjoaquin.org.
All submissions are due no later than the Tuesday before the Friday Reflection. Pictures submitted are to be in jpeg format and forms to be attached to the Friday Reflection are best in PDF format.
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The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin  1528 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA 95355
PH 209-576-0104 F 209-576-0114 E contact@diosanjoaquin.org

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