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  From The Rev. Heather Mueller, St. Andrew’s, Taft
The Diocese has a Labyrinth
Several years ago St Andrew’s in Taft borrowed the Diocesan Labyrinth. We used it several times and now the canvas labyrinth has been returned to the diocese and it is at ECCO.  This is a good place for it. The chapel is a large enough space for it to be laid out and I would imagine that some of the groups which use that beautiful place would be interested in using the labyrinth in their programs.
A Bit of History-
Labyrinths are not mazes!
A labyrinth is a path which leads to the center and the same path which leads a person out from the center. There are no blocks or barriers in a labyrinth. Labyrinths have been found on ancient gravestones in several countries and they were used in cathedrals in the middle ages. The process of pilgrimage is part of the Christian experience and  since it was too dangerous to make a pilgrimage to a place far away, the pilgrimages were instead taking place in the safety of the cathedral.
 
Some Recent History-
In the early 90′s The Rev. Lauren Artress, (an Episcopal Priest)  did a spiritual retreat and at that time experienced walking a labyrinth. She became very inspired and searched out the one on the floor in Chartres Cathedral, in France.
Lauren was serving at Grace Cathedral, in San Francisco, and with the support of the dean she arranged for a canvas labyrinth to be placed in the cathedral. From there, many people experienced it and churches throughout the United States created labyrinths. There is even one painted on the floor of the Methodist Church, here in Taft!!!!! Labyrinths are designed with rocks, bricks, and some are painted on floors or driveways.
There are many styles of Labyrinths but the most common one is the 11 circuit one like the one in Chartres Cathedral.
My Labyrinth Experience-
The church I served on Maui created a labyrinth in 1996. We painted it on our driveway. For many years we held walks on the evenings of the full moon. We surrounded the labyrinth with candles. We welcomed a lot of people from the category of, “I am spiritual but not religious”! It really put St John’s on the map for a number of people. We were the first to have a labyrinth on Maui and now there are many throughout the island. The Rev. Lauren Artress came to Maui and blessed our labyrinth and us with her presence and knowledge.
 
What the Labyrinth Can Be-
I call the experience of walking the labyrinth as a “massage of the soul”!  Many people consider it a healing experience. People from the senior programs would often come to walk the labyrinth. One day a woman said she was healed  from vertigo when she walked the labyrinth. Another day a woman came to me with a heavy question on her heart. She needed to decide whether to sue or not to sue a doctor who had made some destructive decisions about her health. I suggested that she ask the question, walk the labyrinth and see if she could get an answer. She did and did!!!
 
A St. John’s, on Maui, Story-
It was a summer night in August and there was a, full moon candlelight labyrinth walk, scheduled for that evening. I went to the church and in the park, across the street, there was a reggae band doing their jamming at full volume!
I wondered for a bit about how to handle this situation.  I decided to go to the park and explain the situation!!!!
As I approached the group, one of the guys said, “Hey, you da pastor who married my sista!” Another one of the group said, “I rememba you….”you buried my Grandmudda!”
I went on to explain the program for the labyrinth walk and I said that after about 45 minutes in the church we would go out to the labyrinth for the walk.  All was quiet for the lecture and when we went out to walk, the strains of “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” came wafting across the airwaves!!!!
The labyrinth is a gift and my hope is that people will take the time to lay it out and make the pilgrimage on the labyrinth. The Diocese of San Joaquin is blessed to have it.
The name of the organization which has been created by The Rev. Lauren Artress and others, is “Verititas” and it is based in Petaluma, California. If you check it out you will see that there are opportunities to make pilgrimages all over the world. They organize trips to Chartres, and there is even a labyrinth in Israel.
If I can help anyone find more information about the labyrinth please feel free to call me.
May you pilgrimage on the labyrinth be a meaningful adventure!!!!!

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE 79TH GENERAL CONVENTION
What is the General Convention?
* The General Convention is the governing body of The Episcopal Church. It is a bicameral legislature that includes the House of Deputies, with more than 800 members (up to four clergy and four lay persons from each diocese), and the House of Bishops, with over 300 active and resigned bishops.
* General Convention gathers every three years. The 2018 meeting will convene in Austin, Texas for a nine- day legislative session (July 5 -July 13, 2018), and will be the 79th General Convention of the Church.
* The work of General Convention includes adopting legislation of concern to the Church; amending the Book of Common Prayer, the Constitution, and the Canons of the Church; adopting a triennial budget for The Episcopal Church; and electing candidates to offices, boards and other committees. This work is undertaken in support of the mission and ministry of the Church, and with prayerful gratitude and spiritual discernment.
Now, that’s an Introduction to General Convention which can be found on the Episcopal Church Website.  It is certainly accurate and concise, consistent with good “Anglican Order;” however, it doesn’t go great lengths in capturing what I believe to be the most significant aspect of the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church.  In other words, it doesn’t occupy an abundance of space regarding what the heart of our General Convention can and must be.  This GC provides the opportunity, as did previous conventions, to show one another and the world the way we gather as church in a context which is both worshipful and legislating.  This is a context where we frame dreams and aspirations, responsibilities and tasks.  This is the forum in which we show how we can work and play together and how that working and playing translates into the ways we are
Called to be…Church, in the days following convention.  This is our opportunity through conversations, through speaking and hearing one another, through debate and resolutions, to provide a roadmap and description concerning how we are growing into the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement.
It will be my responsibility and honor to Chair the Legislative Committee:
Care of Creation and Environmental Stewardship.  Your Deputies from the EDSJ will also be serving on their own respective Legislative Committees.  In this prayerful and faithful work to which we have been called, we will constantly be aware of how we represent you, our Sisters and Brothers in the Diocese, moreover, how we represent the ways in which we are emerging as theJesus Movement in San Joaquin.
Our EDSJ Deputation includes:
Clergy
Kathie Galicia
Suzy Ward
Anna Carmichael
Robert Woods
Nancy Key
Carolyn Woodall
Lay
Cindy Smith
Barbara Inderbitzen
Jan Dunlap
Cathy Henry
Alexis Woods
Nedra Voorhees
And our Chancellor, Michael Glass will be serving as:
Chair of the House of Deputies Resolution Review Committee
We ask for your prayers.  Actually, these aren’t simply nice closing words to finish this article.  I am asking, nay, I am calling you to pray for the 79th General Convention.  Pray for everyone gathered.  Pray for your Deputation.  Pray that everything we do reflects the heart of God.  Please set aside intentional time for prayer leading up to and during the convention.
Blessings,
+David
 Warranting Your
Attendance and Prayers

Upcoming Deanery Meetings:
June 23, 2018
Northern Deanery Meeting
10am
The Episcopal Church of St. Anne’s, Stockton
 Agenda click here.
June 23, 2018
Southern Deanery Meeting
10:30am
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Ridgecrest
Agenda click here.
All are welcome to attend!

In case you missed Thursday email!
#Freedom4OurChildren
Statewide Action to End Family Separation & Incarceration of Our Children
Friday, June 22nd + Saturday, June 23rd + Sunday, June 24th
 US / Mexico International Border in San Diego, CA
Click here to find out how you can participate


In case you missed the Bishop’s email this week!
A Call To Prayer and Action for the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin
I constantly return to the words our Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Michael Curry, preached at Saint Paul’s, Bakersfield during our Revival last year. The theme of our Revival was
Called to be.. A Safe Place for All of God’s People where we gave particular attention to how these words apply to Dreamers (DACA Recipients). Bishop Michael proclaimed with great vigor as he is known to do these words:
“It’s not political, it’s biblical.” X 3.
Click here to read more of special email

ABOLITION
St. James’ Episcopal Church, Sonora will be the setting for a new dramatic play. The highly respected local playwright, Rick Foster, will premiere his latest work “Abolition” with 9 performances in July and August.
The play dramatizes the sometimes stormy friendship between John Brown and Frederick Douglass, two lions of the abolition movement. They first met in the Free Church of Springfield Mass, in the fall of 1847. Playwright Foster says he’s delighted that in this premiere the two will now meet in another socially conscious church, the historic Red Church of Sonora, which incidentally was built the same year that John Brown was martyred while trying to free the slaves of Virginia.
Like many of the plays by Rick Foster the subject is based on social conflict or problems. “Abolition” explores the greatest social problem this country ever faced and indeed many of the residual effects from the conflict are with us still.
This play brings into focus the differing perspectives of these two important men and a refreshing view of a pivotal period in our nation’s history.
A CULTURAL EVENT
SOLID ENTERTAINMENT
AN OPEN BRIDGE TO UNDERSTANDING
9 PERFORMANCES :
JULY 26 – 28, AUGUST 2 – 4, AUGUST 9 – 11
 CURTAIN TIME:
THURSDAY & FRIDAY 7PM
SATURDAY 2PM
More details coming in future Friday Reflections!

Diocesan Labor Day Service
Weekend at ECCO
August 31 – September 2, 2018
ECCO is our Diocesan Retreat and Conference Center located just outside Yosemite National Park. The center, located on a beautiful 163-acre property of forest, ponds, and meadows, features comfortable hotel-style lodging and delicious meals prepared under the guidance of our very own Executive Chef.
There will be a variety of service projects to choose between – really something for everyone – from painting to planting, and from organizing to window-washing. Come, relax, help, visit, worship, and explore. Click here for more details.

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Emergency Relief Fund
Your donations have been helping the victims of recent fires and donating will build our fund to help when disasters strike again.
Donations can also be made by check. Please send  your check donation to The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, Memo: ERF

Diocesan Events
Northern Deanery Meeting

June 23, 10am
St. Anne’s, StocktonSouthern Deanery Meeting
June 23, 10:30am
St. Michael’s, Ridgecrest

The Episcopal Church
General Convention
July 3-14, 2018
Austin, Texas

Deacon Retreat
July 31-August 2, 2018
ECCO
Immigration Task Force Retreat
October 12-13, 2018
ECCO
59th Annual Diocesan Convention
October 19-20, 2018
ECCO
Advent Clergy Retreat
December

www.eccoyosemite.org

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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

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The Rev. Heather Mueller

St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Taft

 

_______________________Sorting through the words!

We are in the midst of a season of a multitude of words, phrases and speeches! Words are flying past us and into our ears from every direction! These many verbal presentations are coming to us in a variety of ways…. From the radio waves, the television, the mouths of friends, and family and especially from the people who want to be elected to serve as leaders in our governmental systems.

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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

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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.

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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
      
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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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It’s Not About the Bag

Holy Family has become a sanctuary for numerous homeless persons who spend the night in what they perceive to be a safe place.

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