As Thanksgiving approaches we are grateful for all of the blessings that have enriched our lives. Many of us would like to show our appreciation by helping those who are in need.

We are excited to announce that we will be collecting food to donate to the Emergency Food Bank. To make it easy for all of us we can bring our donations to church on Sunday and the St Ann Vestry will get them to the Food Bank. If you forget there are stores right around the corner that you can stop by after the service and pick up a few items to bring back.

The Emergency Food Bank is in need of all of the fixing for Thanksgiving Dinner, but is also making a push to fill it’s pantry selves. High Protein foods are especially appreciated but all items are welcome.

To learn more about the Emergency  Food Bank visit their website at: http://www.stocktonfoodbank.org

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The Friday Reflection Title

November 15, 2013

My year at Saint George’s College, Jerusalem

I resigned from a 29 year Ministry at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Kula, Maui, Hawaii October 1, 2010. I still had a desire to serve in some capacity! My house is 500 yards up the mountain from St. John’s so I knew I needed to do something in a place far away from there, for the sake of the parish and also for my transition as well!!
I saw the small ad asking for a Warden at St George’s College in the email from, The American Friends in the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. I applied and got the honor of serving there for the year 2011.
Serving at St George’s College was a great opportunity for me to see so many places in The Land of the Holy One and to meet people from places all over the world.  www.sgcjerusalem.org

The main experience offered by St George’s College is the two week course called, The “Palestine of Jesus”. It offers the course participants the opportunity to visit the places where Jesus was conceived, born, lived, exercised his ministry, was arrested, imprisoned, walked to Calvary, was crucified, buried and where he was raised into new life for all humanity. It was such a great privilege to see people experience the course and have testimony at the end of the course about how the two weeks had changed their lives. The course is an effective combination of lectures, worship and field trips.  My life was enriched in so many ways and I will mention just a couple of ways.

I worked closely with a Palestinian Staff, which was a group of 9 people, Christians and Muslims. Together we arranged for, registrations, transportation from the airport, clean rooms and appropriate meals. I call my job as being in charge of Creature Comforts!
I developed relationships with the Palestinian people that I am still maintaining today. I found the Palestinian, Arab people to be the most gracious, hospitable and welcoming people that I have ever met. I never felt fear even on the streets of the Old City or any place in Jerusalem.
I am in awe at the faithfulness of the Muslims to the requirements of their faith. The Muslims I worked with honored the Prayers, The fasting in Ramadan, the ministry to the poor and they manifested the gifts of hospitality in so many ways. Working with the local people was a great joy for me.

Another very special way that my life was enriched was in the inter-Faith group which met monthly at St George’s Cathedral. That group studied the traditions of Jews, Christians and Muslims, prayed together and shared a meal.

In that group was a Jewish woman named Dalia Landau.  I got to know her very well and we enjoyed outings and she and a friend even visited me last year in Hawaii.

Dalia, immigrated, with her parents, from Bulgaria, to Israel in 1948. She was a baby. She and her family moved into a house in  Ramla which had been lived in before their arrival by an Arab family.

Many Arabs were forced out of their homes during that time, and the Jews, who came from many parts of Europe, were not always even aware of the forced evacuation of millions of Palestinian families. There are still, to this day, Palestinian families and descendants of these people, in the refugee camps.

 

There was a lemon tree in the back yard of this house, and the book written by Sandy Tolan about the friendship between Dalia the Jew and Bashir the Palestinian is called, “The Lemon Tree”. It is an account which, in my opinion gives a most realistic and human portrayal of the issues that are today causing the great challenges for finding the peace.

Dalia and Bashir maintain, to this day a friendship and together they decided to give the house over to be a preschool for Christian, Muslim and Jewish children. The ministry is called, The Open House. It is a most hopeful endeavor and I have taken it on as an important recipient of my prayers and resources. I recommend the book, “The Lemon Tree” and the ministry called, The Open House.

I am happy to be a resource for anyone planning a trip to The Land of the Holy one. There are many more experiences I can share!I have a power point presentation which I am willing to show.
However, the most important thing is to go there yourself and experience the places where our Lord traveled, served, died and rose again. It is an enriching experience, not only in the area of our faith but also in the awareness of the challenges for the Palestinians in the West Bank.

In Christ, Salaam and Shalom,
The Rev. Heather Mueller

 

“Participating in God’s Reconciling Love”

Episcopal Relief and Delevepment—Philippines…

 

From the Episcopal Relief & Development Website:

On the morning of November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the central Philippines, causing widespread damage and knocking out power and communications lines.

Episcopal Relief & Development’s local partner, the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, is assessing needs and determining how best to respond. For daily updates go tohttps://www.episcopalrelief.org/press-and-resources/press-releases/2013/super-typhoon-haiyan.

Your donation to the Philippines Fund will enable Episcopal Relief & Development to support the Episcopal Church in the Philippines as they respond to Super Typhoon Haiyan.

 Go to  https://www.episcopalrelief.org/what-you-can-do/donate-now/individual-donation to make your donation.

From Medical Trust…

 

Do Not delay!!

 

OPEN ENROLLMENT – Medical Trust

 

If you currently have medical and dental coverage through the Medical Trust of the Episcopal Church you should have received an open enrollment letter in the mail. Open Enrollment for the Diocese of San Joaquin is October 31 through November 21, 2013. You must enroll online by the November 21 deadline to keep your coverage or to change coverage for 2014.

 

If you did not receive a letter and you think you should have, or if you have any questions please feel free to call Canon Kate at the diocese for assistance. [209-576-0104]

From Integrity of Diocese of San Joaquin…

 

 

Join the Integrity LGBT and Allies Winter Retreat at ECCO!!

The 2nd Annual Winter Retreat for the San Joaquin Chapter of Integrity will be held at ECCO in Oakhurst on January 24 - 26, 2014.  We are thrilled to have the Rev. Dr. Caroline ‘Caro’ Hall, President of Integrity USA, as our 2014 Retreat Leader.  The retreat begins Fridayevening, January 24th as we arrive at ECCO and gather for fellowship, snacks and a movie.

On Saturday, the Rev. Dr. Caro Hall, Integrity President, leads our retreat program throughout the day. On Sunday, after morning Eucharist (joined by our friends from St. Raphael’s, Oakhurst) and free time, we enjoy lunch together before departure.

Accommodations at ECCO are $119 per person/double room and include 2 nights lodging and 5 meals. Registration deadline is Dec.15th. For questions or to register contact the Integrity – San Joaquin Diocesan Organizer, Jan Dunlap at 661.201.2630 orjan@kerncomputer.com.

About our Retreat Leader: One of Caro’s passions is helping people who feel excluded from a Christian faith community because their beliefs don’t fit the mold, to realize that Christianity is a lot bigger and broader than they thought and that God’s abundant love is available to everyone. Her background is in social work and non-profit management. Caro is English but has lived in the U.S. for more than 20 years – most of them in Los Osos, where she is now priest-in-charge of St. Benedict’s. She met her spouse at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland where she lived for several years in the 1980s.

Caro is the author of the just-published

“A Thorn in the Flesh: How Gay Sexuality is Changing the Episcopal Church”.http://www.stbenslososos.org/A_Thorn_in_the_Flesh.pdf)

She also serves on the board of People of Faith for Justice
(http://peopleoffaithforjustice.org/home0.aspx) (on the Central Coast),

and is a founder of the Coalition of Welcoming Congregations (http://cwcbay.org/).

From the Diocesan Office…

Upcoming Meetings:

 

  • Diocesan Council Meeting, November 23, 2013, 10:30 a.m., Holy Family, Fresno
  • Joint Meeting: Standing Committee and Diocesan Council Meeting, November 23, 2013, 12:00 noon, Holy Family, Fresno
  • Standing Committee Meeting, November 23, 2013, 1:00 p.m., Holy Family, Fresno
  • Commission on Ministry Meeting, December 14, 2013, 10 a.m., Holy Family, Fresno

 

Do you wish to see what else the Diocese is up to? Click here for The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin calendar.

 

From Our Parishes and Missions…

Transgender Day of Remembrance Observance

Wednesday, November 20, 2013,

6:00 p.m.

St. James Episcopal Church (The Red Church)

Washington St & Snell St, Sonora, CA 95370

 

The Transgender Day of Remembrance occurs on November 20th each year. The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

 

“The Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people — sometimes in the most brutal ways possible — it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.”

 

- Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith

(Source: glad.org)

 

Please include prayers for the transgender persons killed during the last twelve months because they are transgender. Awareness of a great wrong is the first step in eliminating it.

 

 

 Organ Recital

with the

San Joaquin Valley Chapter

of the American Guild of Organists

 

 Sunday, November 24, 2014  

3 p.m.

 

Church of the Saviour

519 N.  Douty Street, Hanford

When the Episcopalians in Hanford built the “new” brick church in 1911, it was their desire not only to build a place to the glory of God, but to reflect their own love of the beautiful and their commitment to our cultural heritage. Towards that end they contracted with Murray Harris (the “Father of Organ Building in the West), to build an organ in keeping with their vision. Harris was a significant organ builder in California and ours is the only remaining Murray Harris organ in the entire Central Valley. This year marks the 100th anniversary of its installation, and in that time its music has both inspired and served the church and the local community. Of course, over time a number of mechanical parts within the console of the instrument had begun to fail, specifically the electro-pneumatic system which operates the stop action. This caused the bellows and accompanying mechanical works in the console to become unpredictable. To celebrate the instrument’s centennial it has undergone considerable refurbishment to repair the effects of deterioration, but also to include a digital memory system which can “remember” different stop selections, electric stop actions, and a new direct current rectifier, which is located near the organ blower in the church basement.

The work is now complete, and in celebration ECOS will be hosting an organ recital in conjunction with San Joaquin Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Organists from throughout the San Joaquin Valley will be joining Dennis Flynn, our organist, and our choir to “show off” our newly-refurbished treasure. The recital will be next Sunday, 24 November, at 3pm and there will be a reception following the performance. To benefit the Organ Refurbishment Appeal a donation of $5.00 is requested per person.

 

This instrument is not only part of the history of the Church of the Saviour or of Hanford, but of the entire diocese. Come join the members of ECOS to celebrate, and if you feel you would like to a personal contribution to the Refurbishment Appeal, please contact our church office on (559) 584-7706.

                     

For our Diocesan Prayer Calendar…. click here

Bishop’s and Canon’s Calendars…

Bishop Talton’s Calendar

 

 

November 23                    Diocesan Council and Standing Committee Meetings

 

Canon Cullinane’s Calendar

 

 

November 17                     St. Anne’s, Stockton

 

November 23                    Diocesan Council and Standing Committee Meetings

 

November 24                     St. John’s, Tulare

 

December 8                       St. John’s, Tulare

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The Friday Reflection Title

November 8, 2013

ALL SAINTS DAY

Like many married couples, my parents died two years apart. As a matter of fact, they both died in February just 9 days short of exactly two years apart.

 

I find that when February comes around I have a little more sadness within me than most other months. It’s the February blues and being tired of winter, but for me it is also something more personal. I find myself remembering them both and myself feeling just a little bit bluer.

 

All Saints Day feels different to me. I find myself, once again, remembering my parents on this feast day but somehow it feels different and not quite as sad. I think it probably has something to do with the context.

 

We remember all the saints on All Saints day, those past and present, who are part of the community of faith which is also called the ‘cloud of witnesses.’ Somehow, remembering my parents on All Saints is more joyous as I think of them as part of the fellowship; part of the crowd. I love this feast because I believe it gives me some insight into the joy which is to come and which will be shared with others.

 

I hope you all had a blessed All Saints Day.

 

Canon Kate+

“Participating in God’s Reconciling Love”

From Medical Trust…

OPEN ENROLLMENT – Medical Trust

 

If you currently have medical and dental coverage through the Medical Trust of the Episcopal Church you should have received an open enrollment letter in the mail. Open Enrollment for the Diocese of San Joaquin is October 31 through November 21, 2013. You must enroll online by the November 21 deadline to keep your coverage or to change coverage for 2014.

 

If you did not receive a letter and you think you should have, or if you have any questions please feel free to call Canon Kate at the diocese for assistance. [209-576-0104]

From Medical Trust…

 

 

Join the Integrity LGBT and Allies Winter Retreat at ECCO!!

The 2nd Annual Winter Retreat for the San Joaquin Chapter of Integrity will be held at ECCO in Oakhurst on January 24 - 26, 2014.  We are thrilled to have the Rev. Dr. Caroline ‘Caro’ Hall, President of Integrity USA, as our 2014 Retreat Leader.  The retreat begins Fridayevening, January 24th as we arrive at ECCO and gather for fellowship, snacks and a movie.

On Saturday, the Rev. Dr. Caro Hall, Integrity President, leads our retreat program throughout the day. On Sunday, after morning Eucharist (joined by our friends from St. Raphael’s, Oakhurst) and free time, we enjoy lunch together before departure.

Accommodations at ECCO are $119 per person/double room and include 2 nights lodging and 5 meals. Registration deadline is Dec.15th. For questions or to register contact the Integrity – San Joaquin Diocesan Organizer, Jan Dunlap at 661.201.2630 orjan@kerncomputer.com.

About our Retreat Leader: One of Caro’s passions is helping people who feel excluded from a Christian faith community because their beliefs don’t fit the mold, to realize that Christianity is a lot bigger and broader than they thought and that God’s abundant love is available to everyone. Her background is in social work and non-profit management. Caro is English but has lived in the U.S. for more than 20 years – most of them in Los Osos, where she is now priest-in-charge of St. Benedict’s. She met her spouse at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland where she lived for several years in the 1980s.

Caro is the author of the just-published

“A Thorn in the Flesh: How Gay Sexuality is Changing the Episcopal Church”.http://www.stbenslososos.org/A_Thorn_in_the_Flesh.pdf)

She also serves on the board of People of Faith for Justice
(http://peopleoffaithforjustice.org/home0.aspx) (on the Central Coast),

and is a founder of the Coalition of Welcoming Congregations (http://cwcbay.org/).

For Vestries and Bishop Committees…

Serving on a vestry is an adventure in faith and The Vestry Resource Guide is the

ultimate companion to help each and every vestry member embark on that adventure.

Whether you’re a first time vestry member or a seasoned veteran, The Vestry Resource Guideprovides information and handy, how-to advice on your responsibilities. Topics covered include: the ministry of the vestry, leading a community of faith, origins of conflict, stewardship, and navigating transitions in clergy leadership. In addition to loads of practical information, you’ll also find helpful biblically based personal and vestry reflection questions.

The Vestry Resource Guide is distributed by Forward Movement Publications and can be ordered by clicking here or calling 800-543-1813.  The cost is $12.00 per copy/$10.00 per copy for order of 10 books or more.

No vestry should be without this easy to use book.

Note: This is just one of the many services that Episcopal Church Foundation offers.

Check out www.episcopalfoundation.org now.

From the Diocesan Office…

Annoucement:

 

The Rev. Robert Eaton has resigned as rector of St. John’s, Tulare. Fr. Rob has accepted a call as the Interim Rector at St. James in Paso Robles.

Upcoming Meetings:

 

  • Joint Meeting: Standing Committee and Diocesan Council Meeting, November 23, 2013,Holy Family, Fresno, TBD
  • Standing Committee Meeting, November 23, 2013, Holy Family, Fresno, TBD
  • Diocesan Council Meeting, November 23, 2013, Holy Family, Fresno, TBD
  • Commission on Ministry Meeting, December 14, 2013, 10a.m., Holy Family, Fresno

 

Do you wish to see what else the Diocese is up to? Click here for The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin calendar.

 

From Our Parishes and Missions…

           

For our Diocesan Prayer Calendar…. click here

Bishop’s and Canon’s Calendars…

Bishop Talton’s Calendar

 

 

November 23                    Diocesan Council and Standing Committee Meetings

 

Canon Cullinane’s Calendar

 

 

November 17                     St. Anne’s, Stockton

 

November 23                    Diocesan Council and Standing Committee Meetings

 

November 24                     St. John’s, Tulare

 

December 8                       St. John’s, Tulare

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The Friday Reflection Title

November 1, 2013

Dear Friends,
I am writing to give thanks for our very good convention which took place one week ago.  I also thank all of you for your participation.  Thank you to the clergy and lay delegates who represented all of our congregations.
Much appreciation goes to everyone who stood for election to Standing Committee, Diocesan Council, and Deputy to General Convention.  Some were elected and some were not but each served our diocese just by allowing their name to go forward in nomination.
We passed three good resolutions on Saturday, one to freeze the congregational assessment at its present level, a second to recognize our newly merged congregations of St Paul’s, Bakersfield, St Francis, Turlock, St Michael’s, Ridgecrest, and St James, Sonora and a third resolution created the position of assistant bishop for the diocese and set March 29, 2014 as the date of a Special Convention to elect a Provisional Bishop for the diocese.
We had wonderful entertainment and music on Friday evening from the Norman Freeman Quartet and we took time to thank leaders of the diocese who finished their terms in office. We gave special thanks for the ministries of our Treasurer, Bill Latham and our Chancellor, Michael Glass.
The Rev Norm Freeman and Katherine Cash provided wonderful music for the SaturdayEucharist and Fr. Norm preached as well.

 

Special thanks to the entire arrangements committee and to the deanery teams who did their jobs well.

 

Finally, most sincere appreciation goes to Faye Choate, who, for the third year, was our chair of the convention arrangements committee- a difficult position in which she did so well

It takes a great effort to mount a Diocesan Convention, even one as small as ours. So, thank you, thank you, and thank you.

 

In the two days of our convention we met as “participants in God’s reconciling love” and will continue with that in our ministry.

+Chet Talton

“Participating in God’s Reconciling Love”

Annual Convention News…

Dio sealAnnual Convention News

 

 

Haiti Outreach:

Foyer Notre Dame- $3,443.44 donations collected

 

Resolutions Passed:

R-13-01 Canonical Amendment Regarding Assessments

R-13-02 Consolidation of Congregations

R-13-03 Creation of Assistant Bishop Position

Nominations:

 

Standing Committee Clergy (4 year term):

The Rev. Luis Rodriguez, Church of the Saviour, Hanford

Standing Committee Lay (4 year term):

Cindy Smith, St. Paul’s, Bakersfield

Diocesan Council at Large Lay (3 year term):

George Sitts, St. Raphael’s, Oakhurst

Deputies to General Convention (2015)

Deputies: Clergy

C1 The Rev. Canon Kate Cullinane, Diocese of San Joaquin

C2 The Rev. Glenn Kanestrom, Christ the King, Riverbank

C3 The Rev. Michelle Racusin, Holy Family, Fresno

C4 The Rev. Luis Rodriguez, Church of the Saviour, Hanford

Alternate Deputies: Clergy

CA1 The Rev. Paul Colbert, St. Raphael, Oakhurst and Holy Trinity, Madera

CA2 The Rev. Lynette Morlan, St. Anne’s, Stockton

CA3 The Rev. Anne Smith, Diocese of San Joaquin

CA4 The Rev. Kathleen West, St. Paul’s, Modesto

Deputies: Lay

L1 Nancy Key, Holy Family, Fresno

L2 Cindy Smith, St. Paul’s, Bakersfield

L3 Jan Dunlap, St. Paul’s, Bakersfield

L4 Bill Latham, Christ the King, Riverbank

Alternate Deputies: Lay

LA1 Heather Ryan, St. Anne’s, Stockton

LA2 Marion Austin, Holy Family, Fresno

 

From Medical Trust…

OPEN ENROLLMENT – Medical Trust

 

If you currently have medical and dental coverage through the Medical Trust of the Episcopal Church you should have received an open enrollment letter in the mail. Open Enrollment for the Diocese of San Joaquin is October 31 through November 21, 2013. You must enroll online by the November 21 deadline to keep your coverage or to change coverage for 2014.

 

If you did not receive a letter and you think you should have, or if you have any questions please feel free to call Canon Kate at the diocese for assistance. [209-576-0104]

For Vestries and Bishop Committees…

Serving on a vestry is an adventure in faith and The Vestry Resource Guide is the

ultimate companion to help each and every vestry member embark on that adventure.

Whether you’re a first time vestry member or a seasoned veteran, The Vestry Resource Guideprovides information and handy, how-to advice on your responsibilities. Topics covered include: the ministry of the vestry, leading a community of faith, origins of conflict, stewardship, and navigating transitions in clergy leadership. In addition to loads of practical information, you’ll also find helpful biblically based personal and vestry reflection questions.

The Vestry Resource Guide is distributed by Forward Movement Publications and can be ordered by clicking here or calling 800-543-1813.  The cost is $12.00 per copy/$10.00 per copy for order of 10 books or more.

No vestry should be without this easy to use book.

Note: This is just one of the many services that Episcopal Church Foundation offers.

Check out www.episcopalfoundation.org now.

From the Diocesan Office…

  • Joint Meeting: Standing Committee and Diocesan Council Meeting, November 23, 2013,Holy Family, Fresno, TBD
  • Standing Committee Meeting, November 23, 2013, Holy Family, Fresno, TBD
  • Diocesan Council Meeting, November 23, 2013, Holy Family, Fresno, TBD
  • Commission on Ministry Meeting, December 14, 2013, 10a.m., Holy Family, Fresno

 

Do you wish to see what else the Diocese is up to? Click here for The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin calendar.

 

From our Parishes and Missions…

 

TONIGHT!

 

firstFRIDAY

Music at St. Anne

presents

 

Carlos McCoy & Friends

A Spicy Evening of Hot Latin Jazz

 

7:30 p.m., Friday, November 1

 

Tickets: $15

 

Available at Sunday services, FirstFridayNov1.eventbrite.com or the door.

 

For more information, call 209 598-0648.

 

Come… Dance… Enjoy

 

 

For our Diocesan Prayer Calendar…. click here

Bishop’s and Canon’s Calendars…

Bishop Talton’s Calendar

 

 

November 3-5                     Clergy Retreat

 

 

 

Canon Cullinane’s Calendar

 

 

November 3-5                    Clergy Retreat

 

November 17                     St. Anne’s, Stockton

 

November 24                     St. John’s, Tulare

 

December 8                       St. John’s, Tulare

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