Stockton’s Family Shelter was very happy to receive a donation from St Anne. The donation was made possible by the generosity of the attendees at Pub Night 2016. Due to a clerical error the donation was a little late but never the less it will still help with the great work that the shelter does.

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June 2017 ROTA

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Behold your King comes to you Triumphant and Victorious is he Humble and riding on a donkey.

LOVE WINS ……BLESS THE WORLD

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March 17, 2017

From The Rev. Canon Anna Carmichael

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Thank you for allowing me to share with you some brief reflections on stewardship and The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) at our Special Meeting of Convention on March 4.  As a parish priest, I had to overcome a lot of obstacles–both personal and pastoral–to be able to talk about stewardship with any confidence.
Part of this lack of confidence on my part was because I was operating out of a place of scarcity.  I was worried that because I wasn’t a “tither” (a 10% giver) that I had no right or reason to talk about stewardship; that my financial contribution to the parish was insignificant.  But as I worked with my bishop, as I learned from TENS, as I spoke with other clergy in the area, I realized that my contribution was right along the national average for my income and household expenses–I’m a 5% giver.  After some serious conversation and prayer, I came to accept that I was not living in scarcity, but I was living in abundance.  And as a result, I felt freer to share my time, talent and treasure with my community.
Now, let me unpack these concepts of “scarcity” and “abundance” with you.
Abundance is about really living as a Christian–about knowing that we are called to be partners with God in making the world a better place.  Abundance is about seeing the world around us as a gift from God that it is freely given out of a place of love.  Abundance is about accepting the gifts from God that we have been given, and then sharing those gifts with others.  We can’t outdo God’s generosity, but we can share God’s love with others.
Scarcity, on the other hand, is about believing that you don’t have enough.  It’s rooted in fear and a sense of loss.  Scarcity is also about control.  When we feel like we are loosing control of things, we start grabbing at anything not nailed down, and ultimately we decide we don’t have enough.  Scarcity is the opposite of abundance (which may seem obvious), but really it’s the opposite of receiving the gifts freely given to us by God.
For me personally, the shift from scarcity to abundance was also about accepting my identity as a beloved child of God and of being created in the image of God.  Which means that the abundance of my life is meant to be shared with others; not kept only for myself.
As you think about stewardship, whether for yourself or your congregation, I invite you to consider how you live abundantly.  Where is the spirit of abundance rooted?  Is it in your care of your neighbor?  Is it in your sharing of your talents and skills?  How are you sharing your abundance?
God’s peace be with you all,
Canon Anna

Business Card Outreach

A few years back, my wife Terry and I were in Sarasota, FL to visit my sister and her family. While we were there, we attended church at St. Margaret of Scotland Episcopal Church there in Sarasota. One of the things they gave to newcomers was a generic church business card with all the pertinent information. At the time we thought it was a great idea and we brought one home to show everyone. Although everyone back at Church of the Saviour liked the idea, the idea fell by the wayside. Fast forward to a few weeks ago and Terry and I were preparing for Ash Wednesday and Ashes to Go. Terry remembered the business card idea and thought it would be a good idea to hand them out during Ashes to Go, along with a flyer with Church of the Saviour’s Lent and Holy Week schedule. I had put together a business card template, at an online printer, that Church of the Saviour has been using for staff business cards and it was trivial to replace the name and title with “All are Welcome!” and service times. By the way, Ashes to Go was an overwhelming success with over 200 foreheads “ashed”.
It was obvious that the business cards could be used year round as an outreach tool and this last Sunday, our Priest-in-Charge; Father John Day introduced them to the congregation. He asked that parishioners take a few and give them out to friends, family, co-workers and anyone else when it seemed appropriate. This last Saturday at the Special Convention, Terry showed one of the cards to Bp. David, he loved the idea and asked that she write up something for the Friday Reflection. I was immediately “assigned” to write the article. This idea is certainly not new or original, but it is such a simple way to introduce your Church to others. It is also very inexpensive; our cards were $18.21 for 500 cards, including tax and shipping. We use Vistaprint online, but any online or local printer would obviously work. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at ecosoffice1@gmail.com.
Jeff March, Episcopal Church of the Saviour

A Day of Discovery
A Program for Discerning Ministry
in the Episcopal Church
May 13, 2017
10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
St James Episcopal Cathedral
4147 E Dakota Ave, Fresno, CA 93726
Day of Discovery is designed to help Episcopalians broaden their understanding and appreciation of the four groups of ministers in the Episcopal Church. Participants will discover new arenas for ministry as well as see and experience the complementary relationship between all ministers of the Church.
Some people limit their definition of discernment as primarily an activity to find THEIR ministry, THEIR career, or THEIR place. This program, on the other hand, will define discernment as primarily a lifelong process of perceiving, listening, and responding to the movement of the Holy Spirit.
Most of all, Day of Discovery is designed to help people Discover and Appreciate the Mission and Ministry of Christ, how the Episcopal Church expresses that ministry, and how each person fits into that expression.

Click here for more information and registration form.

 2017 Theme:
 Journey to Generosity
The theme for the 2017 pledge drive materials provided by TENS will be, “Journey to Generosity”.  Bulletin inserts, letters and other support material will carry this theme and logo.  Look for additional information in January, 2017. Stewardship is year long!

Contact the Diocesan Office for the 2017 password!

SCHOLAR’S VIEW:
What’s All the Fuss About CRISPR?
with Dr. Ted Peters
Geneticists

Sunday, April 23, 2017
5:15 pm – Light dinner
6 pm – Lecture, followed by Q&A
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church

Hosted by:

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in partnership with Merced Wesley Foundation, United Methodist Church of Merced,
Merced Episcopal Church,
 LifeSpring Church,
Unitarian Universalists of Merced,
and Unity of Merced.
Click here for more information.

El Señor sea con ustedes.
Spanish Language Eucharist is now being offered at St James Cathedral on the
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 12:15.
We are grateful for The Rev. Canon Keith Brown’s pastoral leadership in
this new ministry being offered.
Regardless of your proficiency with Spanish, please know that you are always welcome!
Dios habla en muchos idiomas.
La paz del Señor sea siempre con ustedes.

Diocesan Events

       Standing Committee Meeting

Teleconference/Adobe
Tuesday, March 28
6:30pm

Diocesan Council Meeting Teleconference/Adobe
Thursday, March 30
6:30pm

Commission on Ministry
Saturday, April 8
10am-3pm
St. James Cathedral, Fresno

Chrism Mass
Tuesday, April 11
11am-1pm
St. James Cathedral, Fresno

Saturday, April 29
Diocesan Council Mtg 10am
Joint Meeting 12noon
Standing Committee Meeting 1pm
St. James Cathedral, Fresno

Northern Deanery Clericus
Wednesday, May 3
11am-2pm
St. Paul’s, Modesto

Clergy Retreat
May 9-11, 2017
St. Anthony’s Retreat Center
Three Rivers, CA

Day of Discovery
Saturday May 13
10am-3pm
St. James Cathedral, Fresno

Northern Deanery Meeting
Saturday, May 20th
10:00am-12noon
St. Paul’s, Modesto

Friday Reflection

All articles and special news can be submitted to the Diocesan Office at: emeyer@diosanjoaquin.org

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January 6, 2017

Happy New Year to all and Happy NEWS Year!
Many thanks go to our readers for your loyalty to The Friday Reflection. We appreciate the support of news articles and pictures from our parishes and missions and we encourage clergy and laity to continue sending in the Good News of the Diocese of San Joaquin.
In The Friday Reflection we also bring news from the Church at Large to increase awareness of who we are as Episcopalians and to bring awareness of the many ways The Episcopal Church can help us with our missions. This year’s focus of The Friday Reflection will be on Stewardship, which encompasses everything from Creation Care to Annual Giving. Please take advantage of the resources that are available to your congregation. Weekly, The Friday Reflection lists links to organizations within the church that offer news, inspiration, education, and support. With a click on a link one can find many valuable tools that help with leadership, stewardship, grants, service and mission. For example, in this email issue of The Friday Reflection free webinars from the Episcopal Church Foundation are highlighted and the link to TENS is a site that offers yearlong stewardship ideas and tools. Our Diocese pays dues for this service so please take advantage of TENS.
Canon Anna is also available to help direct you to resources, brainstorm creative ministry ideas and assist your congregation with leadership development, stewardship, and grants through The Episcopal Church. Please feel free to contact her to ask for support; much of what the Church has to offer is user-friendly and easy to access.
We ask your assistance with promoting The Friday Reflection to all in your praying community. Signing up is easy. Please direct others to our Diocesan Website (www.diosanjoaquin.org) where there is a link to subscribe to The Friday Reflection. We also strongly encourage those in our diocese who serve as a Vestry or Bishop Committee member or Treasurer, a Delegate/Alternate to Diocesan Convention, a Deputy to General Convention or as a Diocesan Committee member to read The Friday Reflection weekly to stay informed.
Fill up with the Good News that will inform, guide, assist and inspire!
Peace,
Diocesan Staff

Dear friends,
I can remember watching CNN as they covered the election of Gene Robinson to become the Bishop of New Hampshire. I was in my parent’s living room and my mother’s response was “How can the church let this happen”…I responded “How could it not?” For me, the election of Bishop Gene meant that finally, my sister, my friends, and many colleagues were now welcome in a church that had claimed “All Are Welcome” for years, but didn’t necessarily mean it. It was my great pleasure to meet Bishop Gene at the General Convention in Indianapolis during the Integrity Eucharist, where I shared this story with him.
This story is one of many in my family of origin around sexuality. Chances are you have some of these stories of your own, or know someone who does.
In our current political climate, the church is being called even more to a place of welcome. We have the unique opportunity to really practice and believe that “All Are Welcome.” One way we can practice that is by learning about and celebrating the lives of our LGBTQI brothers and sisters, so that we can be better allies and friends.
If you are unfamiliar with Integrity, which is The Episcopal Church’s LGBTQI ministry, I encourage you to check out their website (http://www.integrityusa.org), but more importantly, I encourage you to attend the Integrity Retreat which is scheduled for Jan 20-22 at ECCO. If you’ve never attended the Integrity Retreat, I hear it’s a weekend not to miss…good food, good drink and great company! Bp David and I will be there and hope that you will join us!
I pray that we may all live in a world and church where we can “proclaim and embody the all-inclusive love of God through worship, education, and advocacy.”
Peace be with you,
Canon Anna

Women’s Retreat
Saturday, February 4, 2017
St. James Cathedral, Fresno
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
What do you know about Mary?
Women of the Diocese of San Joaquin and their friends and neighbors are invited to attend a one day retreat at St. James Cathedral, 4147 E. Dakota Avenue, Fresno. Canon Anna will lead us in an Epiphany study of Mary. After a morning of welcome, prayer, and reflections, we will break for lunch. In the afternoon you will have your choice of activities ranging from quiet time, arts, and meditative to allow the Holy Spirit to work within you. For more information and registration form click  here.

Leadership Webinars
ECF’s free webinars are a great way to get your congregational leadership teams engaged in the strategic, leadership, and financial topics that are essential to the health of your congregation. The 2017 winter schedule includes webinars on vestry leadership, investment strategies for 2017, planning for the end of life, preaching and leadership, understanding congregational conflict, and more.
  • Vestry Orientation, January 12, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST: This webinar will help you understand roles, responsibilities, and best practices for vestries.
  • Vestry Covenants: A Great Start to 2017, January 24, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST:
    A covenant can be a powerful tool for helping a vestry or other leadership team to establish group expectations and accountability
  • Investment Strategies for Endowments for 2017, January 25, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST: How should you position your endowment/investment fund portfolio for 2017 with the advent of a new administration in Washington?
  • Spirits in Scripture and in Today’s Church, January 26, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST:
    The Rev. Reed Carlson, 2015 ECF Fellow and a doctoral candidate in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Harvard University, presents on spirits in early Judaism and Christianity.
  • Fulfilling your Wishes and Planning for the End of Life, February 1, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST: Few things are more important than making certain that your assets are distributed as you wish at your death, or ensuring the kind of funeral/memorial service you would desire.
  • [Spanish webinar] Orientación de la junta parroquial, February 7, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EST: Este webinar le ayudará a entender los papeles, responsabilidades, y las mejores prácticas para la junta parroquial.
  • Vestry Orientation, February 9, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST: This webinar will help you understand roles, responsibilities, and best practices for vestries.
  • Ways to Let God Lead Your Vestry, February 23, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST:
    Presented by the Rev. Dr. Blair Pogue, Rector of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul, MN, this webinar will discuss how clergy and vestry leaders can re-envision their vestry so members can help the church stay focused on what matters most: what God is up to in the lives of church members and their neighbors.
  • Preaching and Leadership, March 7, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST: This webinar will feature three panelists who will discuss and take questions on the connection between preaching, formation, and congregational leadership, as well as their practices for preparing to preach on Sunday.
  • First Steps in Understanding Congregational Conflict, March 9, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST: This one-hour webinar will introduce a theological and biblical context for seeing and understanding that conflict is essentially relational.
  • You Can Do It Too – Succeeding by Failing Faithfully, March 30, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST: Presented by the Rev. Dr. Robert K. Leopold, ECF Fellow, this webinar is crafted for leaders devoted to discerning the work of the Holy Spirit in their context and wondering how they might get on board.

Welcome to the Jesus Movement:
Episcopal Church slates 2017-2018 Revivals
[December 19, 2016] The Episcopal Church is working with diocesan teams to organize a series of Episcopal Revivals in 2017 and 2018, six major events that promise to stir and renew hearts for Jesus, to equip Episcopalians as evangelists, and to welcome people who aren’t part of a church to join the Jesus Movement.
“I love the surprised response when people hear we’re organizing Episcopal Revivals,” said the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, the Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Stewardship of Creation. “Why wouldn’t we? A revival is a movement of the Spirit among the people of God, a concrete sign that we want to share God’s love out loud with each other and with new people. That sounds like the Jesus Movement.”
The six Episcopal Revivals will vary in design, but most will be multi-day events that feature dynamic worship and preaching, offerings from local artists and musicians, personal testimony and storytelling, topical speakers, invitation to local social action, engagement with young leaders, and intentional outreach with people who aren’t active in a faith community.
The Revivals rise from partnerships of diocesan leadership and the Presiding Bishop’s Office for Evangelism Initiatives Neighboring dioceses are welcomed and encouraged to join. For more information: www.episcopalchurch.org/evangelism 
Revivals are multi-day events filled with such elements as energizing worship and prayers services, dynamic preachers, mesmerizing music, personal testimony and storytelling, topical speakers, and a call to action.
“These ‘Jesus Movement’ Revivals will motivate, equip, and mobilize dioceses to love and follow Jesus and to engage in his work of evangelism and reconciliation,” said Carrie Boren Headington, the church’s Consulting Evangelist for Revivals, who also serves as Missioner for Evangelism in the Diocese of Dallas. “We’re beginning months beforehand with research and training for leaders to learn about the locations where God has placed them and to build faithful relationship with their neighbors and communities. Then we work with local teams to shape an inspiring gathering that shares the good news in word and deed.”
Spellers explained that the Revivals serve as a foundation for continued service to the Jesus Movement. “Every Revival will have a clear plan for follow-up, to continue to water seeds the Spirit has planted. There might be a new church plant or new Mission Enterprise Zone,” she explained. “It might be a Jubilee Ministry born of new, reconciling relationships in the community. Most of all, we hope these Revivals help Episcopalians and our neighbors everywhere to fall more deeply in love with Jesus – a loving, liberating, life-giving God they might never have met before.”
Revival Dates
Six Episcopal Church Revivals have been slated for 2017 and 2018, and more will be planned in the years ahead:
February 3 – 5: Diocese of Pittsburgh (pilot)
May 5 – 7: Diocese of West Missouri
September 23-24: Diocese of Georgia
November 17-19: Diocese of San Joaquin
April 6 – 8, 2018: Diocese of Honduras
July 2018: Joint Evangelism Mission with the Church of England
The first Revival will be held in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, called The Presiding Bishop’s Pilgrimage for Reconciliation, Healing and Evangelism in Southwestern Pennsylvania. It will feature a worship service celebrating Absalom Jones and other gatherings that invite people across boundaries and into reconciling relationship with each other and with God. Many of the events will be live-streamed or available on demand here. www.episcopalchurch.org/evangelism.
For more information on the Revivals contact Headington at ccboren1@gmail.com or Spellers at sspellers@episcopalchurch.org. For information on the Revival in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, contact Rich Creehan at media@episcopalpgh.org or check the website here:

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Californian Episcopal bishops send letter of concern to Trump: Calls for reconsideration of Environmental Protection Agency head and cabinet appointments

During the month of December, the Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, Bishop of California, gathered support from all Episcopal bishops in the state of California on a group letter voicing concern over President-elect Trump’s intended appointment of Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency. The bishops also state their continuing support for all people in the United States and call for him to be “a leader for all [...] but especially [a] protector for the vulnerable” by reconsidering his cabinet choices. The letter was sent today, December 29, to President-elect Trump in hard copy and electronic form. For letter in full click here.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month
The Kern Coalition Against Human Trafficking(KCAHT) is holding muliple events in Bakersfield. Read more

Episcopal Youth Event (EYE17) will be held in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma from July 10-14, 2017 on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond.
If you are interested in being an adult chaperone contact the Diocesan Office.
For more information on EYE2017go to:

2017 Lenten Resources

We invite you to commemorate Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on the first Sunday in Lent, March 5, 2017, or another convenient date during the Lenten season.
To help your congregation prepare for this special Sunday and for the Lenten journey, we encourage you to order the 2017 Lenten Meditations guide. Available in English and Spanish, this year’s devotional focuses on creating economic opportunities and strengthening communities, with a particular focus on empowering women. The daily readings are co-authored by a group of leaders from across the Anglican Communion, who bring a range of perspectives as they reflect on Scripture and other sources of spiritual wisdom.

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Erskine Fire at Lake Isabella: Help Still Needed!

Thank you very much for your donations to help the parishioners whose property was damaged by the Erskine Fire at Lake Isabella. Trailer and water pump needs have been supplied!

Financial donations are needed to assist with installation and repair, hook-up costs and other needs to get our people on their own again.

Donations can be mailed to:

St. Sherrian’s Episcopal Church P.O. Box 1837,
Kernville, CA 93238.
Memo: Erskine Fire Assistance

2017 Theme:
Journey to Generosity

The theme for the 2017 pledge drive materials provided by TENS will be, “Journey to Generosity”.  Bulletin inserts, letters and other support material will carry this theme and logo.  Look for additional information in January, 2017. Stewardship is year long!

Who are your neighbors?

This information for your community can be found on The Episcopal Church website at:

The Five Marks of Mission
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  Safeguarding God’s Children
Please review your Safeguarding God’s Children program in your parish. Are all volunteers working with children current with the training or have gone through the program?
Please contact Stephanie Gilmer, Diocesan Coordinator at mzgilmer@att.net.

Missional Bags

Please 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.

Diocesan EventsNorthern Deanery Meeting
January 14, 10am
St. Francis, Turlock
Integrity Retreat
January 20-22, ECCOStanding Committee
Teleconference Meeting

January 24, 6:30pm

Diocesan Council Teleconference Meeting
January 26, 6:30pmCentral Deanery Meeting
January 28, TBD
St James Cathedral, Fresno

Women’s Retreat
February 4, 10am-3pm
St. James Cathedral, Fresno

Commission on Ministry Meeting
February 11, 10am
St. James Cathedral

Diocesan Council/Standing Committee Retreat
February 17-18, ECCO

Southern Deanery Meeting
February 25, 11am
St. Paul’s, Bakersfield

Diocesan Special Convention
March 4
St. James Cathedral

Friday Reflection

All articles and special news can be submitted to the Diocesan Office at: emeyer@diosanjoaquin.org

All submissions are due MONDAY for the following Friday Reflection.
Submission requirements:

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Please send all information as attachments.
Please edit pictures for best brightness, contrast, and lighting before sending in.
Thank you.
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A Shoot Shall Come Forth and a Christmas Medley on hand bells.

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