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“To love what you do and feel that it matters — how could anything be more fun?”
Katharine Graham

The Code 7 was a great success this year. We are able to serve 98 Police and EMS working the night shift on Christmas Eve.
The Code 7 stands for meal time for all Police, Fire and EMS that are on duty. We have been doing this event on Christmas Eve for over 17 years at St. Anne’s and every year, its always a great time and a joyful event. My grandmother, Joni Lockwood, put in a lot of hard work before passing the duties on to me and I look forward to it every year. The Code 7 team consists of myself and leaders like Spencer Lockwood, Amy Miller, the Johnson Family, Madeline Ruiz and a host of others.
Thank you for your support,
Spencer Lockwood Code 7 Team Leader

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“To love what you do and feel that it matters — how could anything be more fun?”
Katharine Graham

The Code 7 was a great success this year. We are able to serve 98 Police and EMS working the night shift on Christmas Eve.
The Code 7 stands for meal time for all Police, Fire and EMS that are on duty. We have been doing this event on Christmas Eve for over 17 years at St. Anne’s and every year, its always a great time and a joyful event. My grandmother, Joni Lockwood, put in a lot of hard work before passing the duties on to me and I look forward to it every year. The Code 7 team consists of myself and leaders like Spencer Lockwood, Amy Miller, the Johnson Family, Madeline Ruiz and a host of others.
Thank you for your support,
Spencer Lockwood Code 7 Team Leader

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4th Sunday of Advent

Today we get to talk about Joseph. Joseph was an amazing man. We are told that he was righteous, a just man, a good person. Why does Matthew talk about Joseph in his birth narrative, but not talk about Mary? Recall Matthew was writing to Christian Jews in conflict with other Jews and that his purpose was establishing that Jesus was the Jewish messiah. It makes sense that he makes use of OT prophecy to prove his point. The messiah would come from David’s line and be born of a virgin. Matthew first traces Joseph’s lineage to establish that indeed, this child is from David’s line. Then there’s establishing how, given the culture in that day and age, any man would put up with a pregnant, virgin bride.

Social customs were different in those times. A normal man would have rejected Mary and she would have been stoned to death for committing adultery. Not to mention the generations of shame her family would suffer. In those days, unlike our society, the betrothed couple may not even have known each other. “Since marriages were political, economic, religious, and kinship arrangements between families, they were often arranged long before the actual age of marriage, and thus betrothal could extend over a considerable period of time.” (Malina and Rorhbaugh).

We know Mary was a young woman – probably 13 or 14, but what about Joseph? Was he a young man, or, as some commentaries suggest, was he an older man possibly a widower? It seems more plausible that Joseph was in his late 20’s or early 30’s. He may or may not have been married before. There is a certain maturity implied with his solution to save Mary (and her family) from shame by “resolving to divorce her quietly.”

Faced with the dilemma of being betrothed to a girl who is pregnant and knowing it’s not his child, Joseph does not react quickly. He is really thinking this through. If he denounces Mary, then she dies. If he marries her, he suffers the shame of “having relations” with his betrothed prior to the “marriage”. Premarital sex was looked down upon – and could have grave consequences for Joseph as well as Mary. He could go through the marriage and then quickly and quietly divorce her before she has the baby. I read one commentary that suggested Joseph thought that by divorcing Mary, the real father of the child could claim Mary and the child. So Joseph has decided on a course of action that will have the least consequences for everyone involved – until an angel of the Lord speaks to him.

Joseph did as he was told. He had decided on a course of action, but was open to change when he got direction from God. There have been several times in my life when I have pondered what to do. When my own actions didn’t work, I would finally ask God. It took prayer, a time of quiet, and sometimes advice from a friend to be able to honestly state ‘God, whatever you need me to do’? For example, when it became clear to me that I needed to move from where I was an assistant priest to a position as vicar or rector. I began with an interview with the Diocesan Deployment officer, and then began applying for appropriate openings within the Bay Area. After almost two years and not even getting close to being hired, I finally asked God to send me where I was suppose to be – even if that meant moving to another state. Not long after that a colleague forwarded me an e-mail from a Fr. Mark Hall in Stockton who was looking for someone to come a day or two a week to help him with pastoral care. God wasn’t calling me to go far – just to Stockton. I will confess that when I truly turned a problem over and follow God’s direction, it is good.

Those of you who have had a problem or dilemma in your life and asked for guidance – did you receive direction from God? If the guidance from God was different from your decided course of action, did you change? Joseph was a righteous man, he knew the scriptures, he believed in God, and he had faith. He was willing to change his course of action, and do what he was told to do rather than what he wanted to do.

Do you have a situation like Joseph? Is there a relationship that you are struggling with – whether it’s a family member, a neighbor, a coworker? Have you taken the time to think about what would be best for them? It’s rare to get a direct answer from God – either in a dream or through the voice of an angel. Most of the time we have to rely on that small voice within us, a random thought or solution that comes in the unguarded moment. We may even have to take the first step in faith, testing to see if obstacles block our path or if doors just seem to open.

This is the time of year to specifically look at our life – to take inventory as it were – of how close we are to walking the path that those righteous ones like Joseph walked. It’s a time to make adjustments, to make changes.
We are of Christ’s line. At our baptism, we were sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked as Christ’s own for ever. As children of God, we are responsible to act righteously and justly towards each other and ourselves. Each week we gather at the table to commemorate our heritage. We partake of the one bread and the one cup with the resolution to be like Joseph, to be the person that God made us to be.
Amen.

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The Friday Reflection Title

December 20, 2013

Dear Friends,

As you know, our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori is coming to visit the Diocese of San Joaquin.  This will be the first visit of the Presiding Bishop to the Diocese since she presided at the organizing Convention and the Seating of Bishop Lamb as Provisional Bishop of the Diocese of San Joaquin in 2008.

 

The occasion of this visit will be to receive the Rt. Rev. David Rice as a Bishop in the Episcopal Church and a bishop in the Diocese of San Joaquin (this must occur before Bishop Rice can be nominated and elected as Provisional Bishop of the Diocese). This service will be held at St. Paul’s Church, Modesto, February 23, 2014 at 4:00PM.

 

The Presiding Bishop will be the presider and preacher.

 

This will be an important occasion for the Diocese as we welcome Bishop Rice.  It is also important as we will welcome the Presiding Bishop back to the Diocese. Bishop Katharine has been a big supporter of the Diocese.  I urge everyone from all parts of the diocese, all clergy and laity to gather at St. Paul’s for this important time in the life of the Diocese of San Joaquin.

 

Faithfully,

 

+Chet Talton

“Participating in God’s Reconciling Love”

Blessings to all for a very Merry Christmas!

Friday Reflections is taking a break for Christmas. See you next year!

People News…

The Rev. Ruth Eller came to the Diocese of San Joaquin following her retirement in order to help the diocese rebuild. Her past five years assisting the congregation in Ridgecrest has been a huge blessing to that community. Ruth is moving to San Pedro, CA at the beginning of the year. We will miss her and wish her Godspeed.

From The Episcopal Church…

  Episcopal Church Mission Enterprise Zones,

           New Church Starts Grants Announced

 

[From ENS - December 17, 2013] Bishop Stacy Sauls, Chief Operating Officer of The Episcopal Church, has announced the first recipients of the grants for Mission Enterprise Zones and for New Church Starts.

These two innovative Episcopal Church initiatives are funded through the Five Marks of Mission triennial budget, approved by General Convention July 2012. In the budget, $2 million was allotted for the work of establishing Mission Enterprise Zones and for supporting New Church Starts for the First Mark of Mission, To proclaim the Good news of the Kingdom.

Matching grants were available for up to $20,000 for a Mission Enterprise Zone and up to $100,000 for New Church Starts.

Thirty grants totaling $1.3 million were awarded to 27 dioceses, including one to an Episcopal/Lutheran initiative. The committee continues to meet monthly to review new applications.

Application forms can be accessed herehttp://www.episcopalchurch.org/NewMinistryApplication
Applications were reviewed and considered by the Local Mission and Ministry Committee of Executive Council, serving as the review committee for the grant applications.

 

Grant Recipients

The following are the grant recipients, the sponsoring diocese and the amount:

  • Allston Project, Diocese of Massachusetts, $100,000
  • Canton/Fells Point Mission, Diocese of Maryland, $100,000
  • Divine Power Yoga, Diocese of  Chicago /Metro Chicago Synod, $100,000
  • Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Hurricane Shelter, Sewing Clinic, Diocese of Honduras, $20,000
  • Episcopal Development Agency of Thomasville, Diocese of Georgia, $20,000
  • GEORGE: Center for Community – An Artist’s Space, Diocese of Olympia, $20,000
  • Grace Church – Episcopal, Diocese of  Oklahoma, $100,000
  • Hmong Ministry Planting Initiative, Diocese of Minnesota, $100,000
  • Holy Apostles Episcopal Sudanese Church, Diocese of South Dakota, $20,000
  • Iglesia Santa Maria, Diocese of Arizona, $100,000
  • Kairos West Community Center, Diocese of Western North Carolina, $20,000
  • Korean Ministry of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Diocese of El Camino Real, $20,000
  • La Iglesia Detroit, Diocese of Michigan, $100,000
  • Latino Ministry Leadership Development, Diocese of Southwest Florida, $20,000
  • Lawrence House Service Corps, Western Massachusetts, $20,000
  • Living our Baptismal Covenant Together, Diocese of Idaho           , $20,000
  • Mission Christ the Liberator (Cristo Libertador), Diocese of Dominican Republic, $100,000
  • Organizing Latinos for Mission, Diocese of San Diego, $20,000
  • Our Lady Of Guadalupe Episcopal Church, Diocese of Olympia, $100,000
  • Reviving Cultural and Ministry Needs of the Penn Hills Area, Diocese of Pittsburgh, $20,000
  • Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center, Diocese of Maine, $20,000
  • St. Columba Church Replant, Diocese of Hawaii, $20,000
  • St. Mary in Palms Spanish speaking ministry, Diocese of Los Angeles, $100,000
  • St. Matthew’s Mission Enterprise, Diocese of Northern California, $20,000
  • The Matthew 25 Project, Diocese of Los Angeles, $20,000
  • Trinity Episcopal Bread and Roses Ministry, Diocese of Virginia, $20,000
  • Urban Core Mission Enterprise Zone, Diocese of Southern Ohio, $20,000
  • Warriors of the Dream – Transforming Violence, Building Leaders, Diocese of New York, $20,000
  • Westside Ministry Partnership, Diocese of Northern Indiana, $20,000
  • Young Adult Ministry Development Team, Diocese of Iowa, $20,000

 General Convention Resolution

General Convention 2012′s Resolution A073 established “the Mission Enterprise Fund, to be administered by a grants committee for that purpose established by the Executive Council, with $1 million for the 2013-2015 triennium.”  It also states that “Diocesan Standing Committees and Bishops partner to create ‘Mission Enterprise Zones,’ defined as a geographic area, as a group of congregations or as an entire diocese committed to mission and evangelism that engages under-represented groups, including youth and young adults, people of color, poor and working-class people, people with a high-school diploma or less, and/or people with little or no church background or involvement.”

Text here: http://www.generalconvention.org/gc/resolutions?by=number&id=a073

For more information contact the Rev. Thomas Brackett, Episcopal Church Missioner for New Church Starts and Missional Initiatives, at tbrackett@episcopalchurch.org

From Integrity of Diocese of San Joaquin…

 

  Register Now!

 

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 January 6th. 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”.  She also serves on the board of People of Faith for Justice, and is a founder of theCoalition of Welcoming Congregations.

For Clergy…

HOUSING ALLOWANCE – FRIENDLY REMINDER

December is the month that housing allowance resolutions should be completed for clergy by your Vestry or Bishop’s Committee. If you need assistance with the wording for the resolution, please contact the diocesan office.

SAVE THE DATE – CLERGY RETREAT – Spring 2014

Dear Clergy,

Please plan to save the dates of February 25 – 27, 2014 for our next clergy retreat. Great news is upon us! The Rev. Gay Jennings, President of the House of Deputies, has agreed to be our retreat leader at that time for a Pre-Lenten clergy retreat. We will once again be at St. Anthony’s retreat center in Three Rivers.

 

This will be our first retreat with our new bishop, Bishop David Rice, in attendance with us. Please do mark your calendars now to save the dates. More information about the retreat itself and about registration will be coming soon.

 

We are looking forward to The Rev. Gay Jennings being with us for this Pre-Lent retreat and to having some significant time as clergy together in this diocese with our new bishop. Please do plan to join us and mark your calendars now.

 

From Episcopal Church Foundation…

 

Upcoming ECF Web Conferences: Winter 2014

As part of ECF’s on-going efforts to assist congregations in developing their leadership and financial resources, we are offering a wide range of web conferences for clergy and lay parish leaders this winter. There is no cost to participate in ECF’s web conferences and all lay and clergy leaders are welcome to participate.

 

Topics include planned giving, capital campaigns, vestry leadership, vision and planning, parish finances, stewardship, endowments, communications, and leading change.

Go to http://www.episcopalfoundation.org/news-and-events/events-detail.

 

From the Diocesan Office…

Upcoming Meetings: 

  • Standing Committee Teleconference Meeting, Saturday,  December 21, 2013, 11:00 a.m.
  • Diocesan Council Meeting, Saturday, January 18, 2014, 10 a.m., Holy Family, Fresno
  • Integrity Retreat, January 24-26, 2014, ECCO, Oakhurst
  • Northern Deanery Meeting, Saturday, February 22, 2014, TBD
  • Celebration of Ministry for Bishop Rice, Sunday,  February 23, 2014, 4 p.m., St. Paul’s, Modesto with The Most Rev. Bishop Katharine Jefforts Schori presiding
  • Southern Deanery Meeting, Saturday, March 1, 2014, 11:00 a.m., St. Paul’s, Bakersfield
  • Central Deanery Meeting, Sunday, March 16, 2014, 3 p.m., Holy Family, Fresno
  • Special Convention, Saturday, March 29, 2014, St. Paul’s, Bakersfield

 

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…

st francis

 

 

Speaker Series to begin in January at St. Francis, Turlock

 

St. Francis Church in Turlock is organizing a speakers’ series to begin in January, 2014 and extending through the 2014 calendar year. We already have a wide variety of topics to be offered, and invite you to visit us for our first event on Tuesday, January 14th at 6:30 p.m. The topic will be “Getting the Most out of the Affordable Care Act” (aka Obamacare). The presenter, Howard Grieshaber, is a state-certified expert on the Affordable Health Care Act and will answer all your questions regarding the many choices in health insurance that are now available.

 

Future topics that will be offered in the series by local experts include:

 

– A Victory Garden That’s a Victory for All: Growing Your Local Food Bank from Your Own Backyard

– Beautiful but Deadly: Poison Plants in Your Backyard and Pasture that Can be Harmful

–The Perils of Self-Publishing: Fundraising and Income from Effective Use of the Internet

– Getting the Most out of the Current Real-Estate Market: Investments, Property Flips, and Solid Value

–A number of other topics of general interest to the public will range from archeology, psychology, and history to music and art.

 

We invite you to join us at St. Francis in the New Year! Tuesday, January 14th at 6:30 p.m. At 915 East Main St, Turlock. Please contact the Rev. Kathie Galicia at 209-324-1677 or email revkathie@hotmail.com for more information.

For our Diocesan Prayer Calendar…. click here

Bishop’s and Canon’s Calendars…

Bishop Talton’s Calendar 

January 7-9                       Province VIII Bishop Meeting

 

January 18                        Diocesan Council Meeting, Holy Family, Fresno

 

Canon Cullinane’s Calendar

 

December 22                   St. John’s, Tulare

 

December 29                   St. John’s, Tulare

 

January 18                        Diocesan Council Meeting, Holy Family, Fresno

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December 4, 2013

On the first Sunday in Advent, I was catching up on my reading and discovered this article on the front page of The Boston Globe: “A gift of warmth for and from the homeless.” This ministry – started by people who formerly were homeless and who trained alongside congregational leaders at the diocese’sLeadership Development Initiative - is a powerful witness to what can happen when people venture beyond their comfort zones and begin to build relationships with those they might otherwise ignore.

This month, Vestry Papers continues our theme ofAnswering Jesus’ Call with stories from congregations and individuals who choose to live their lives as agents of Jesus’ mission to make the world more loving and more just. There are many stories like this across our church. Here are the four chosen for this month’s Vestry Papers:

Sometimes the way to get people ‘back to church’ is by starting a different kind of church. Better yet, offering individuals or small groups the freedom to design their own form of worship. In “Laundry Love,” Nancy Davidge shares the story of a tiny worshipping community in Southern California where community engagement takes precedence over worship.

Ruth Meteer’s “College Ministry to Go” describes how the relationship between St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church and the University of Rhode Island has become stronger thanks to two students interested in addressing issues of hunger on campus.

One of the country’s first diaper banks began in a small Episcopal Church in McHenry, Illinois. “Diaper Bank” by Lu Stanton León shares the story of how given the increased need for diapers, St. Paul’s changed their strategy and invited others in the community to join them in this ministry.

There is no more sacred moment in our lives than when we are able to serve those around us with love and humility. In “I’ll Go With You” Ema Rosero-Nordalm shares how she discovered a gift we can offer each other in times of anxiety and fear. This article is available in Englishand Spanish.

Each article includes a list of linked resources offering additional information and/or practical tools.  Interested in what else might be on the ECF Vital Practices’ website? Use the Topics index on each page of the site to find other resources related to leadership including past Vestry Papers articles, blog posts, and the many resources found in our Your Turn and Tools sections.

For those reading this who only receive Vestry Papers, please consider subscribing to ECF Vital Practices andVestry Papers. Click on Subscribe on the upper right hand corner of this page and complete the registration form to have Vestry Papers and ECF Vital Practices content delivered twice a month to your email inbox.

Faithfully,

Nancy

Nancy Davidge
Editor, ECF Vital Practices

PS: To make it easier for congregational leaders to find the resources offered through ECF Vital Practices, please consider adding a link to ECF Vital Practices to your website. Here’s how: Using your websites ‘add a link’ tool, insert our full URL –  http://www.ecfvp.org/.

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The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin
The Friday Reflection Title

November 29, 2013

Presiding Bishop Advent Message 2013

Advent is a time of waiting and for many people it’s a time to reflect on what Mary must have experienced as she waited for the birth of this unusual child.

You may never have been pregnant or lived with someone who was, but put yourself in her place for a while. Consider what it would have been like to have a new life growing within you. And reflect on what new is growing within you this season of Advent.

What new concern is growing for the people around you? What new burden is on your heart for the woes of the world? What new possibility do you see emerging in the world around you and how might you be part of that?

Advent is a quieter time of the year in the Church’s understanding. It’s a time to be still and listen, listen deep within to what is growing, ready to emerge into new life.

And as the season for the birth of the Christ Child arrives, I would encourage you to consider how you yourself will be present in the world in a new way this year. How will you give evidence of love incarnate to the world around you?

I pray that you have a blessed and joyful and peace-filled Advent. God be with you.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

 

“Participating in God’s Reconciling Love”

For Clergy…

 

SAVE THE DATE – CLERGY RETREAT – Spring 2014

Dear Clergy,

Please plan to save the dates of February 25 – 27, 2014 for our next clergy retreat. Great news is upon us! The Rev. Gay Jennings, President of the House of Deputies, has agreed to be our retreat leader at that time for a Pre-Lenten clergy retreat. We will once again be at St. Anthony’s retreat center in Three Rivers.

 

This will be our first retreat with our new bishop, Bishop David Rice, in attendance with us. Please do mark your calendars now to save the dates. More information about the retreat itself and about registration will be coming soon.

 

We are looking forward to The Rev. Gay Jennings being with us for this Pre-Lent retreat and to having some significant time as clergy together in this diocese with our new bishop. Please do plan to join us and mark your calendars now.

 

From Diocesan Altar Guild…

It is time once again to send in your annual contribution for Diocesan Altar Guild. Suggested donations are $50 for a mission/parish altar guild, $25 for individual altar guild members who wish to have personal membership, and any amount is very welcome from Friends of Diocesan Altar Guild!

Your contributions make it possible for  Diocesan  Altar Guild to hold  annual DAG deanery gatherings, pay our Province VIII and National Altar Guild Dues, operate and maintain our Diocesan Donation Closet, buy supplies, supply stoles to clergy at their ordinations and receptions, represent Diocesan Altar Guild by attending functions, including annual Fall Convention, Province VIII conferences and the Triennial National Altar Guild Conference, held at General Convention. Your contribution also makes it possible for us to attend important worship services, meetings and other gatherings within our diocese.

Please make your checks payable to The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin and send them directly to Diocesan Headquarters, 1528 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA (209) 576-0104 and clearly insert into the memo, “DAG Annual Contribution” by January 15, 2014. Contributors will receive a letter noting receipt for your records, along with our gratitude and hearty thanks!

The continuing presence, growth and representation of our Diocesan Altar Guild depends on your generous contributions, and we thank you in advance.

May you be richly blessed in His name,

Susan Ohanneson,
Altar Guild Director, The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin

and

Beatrice Huerta Boswell, Board Representative, Southern Deanery

Terri Van Huss, Board Representative, Central Deanery

Barbara Weeden, Board Representative, Northern Deanery

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 Teleconference Meeting, Tuesday, December 12, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
  • Commission on Ministry Meeting, December 14, 2013, 10 a.m., Holy Family, Fresno
  • Standing Committee Teleconference Meeting, Saturday,  December 21, 2013, 11:00 a.m.

 

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…

                              

 

AGO and St. Francis to offer

 Lessons and Carols

Concert on December 1st

 

The American Guild of Organists, Stanislaus Chapter, will offer A Service of Lessons and Carols at St. Francis Episcopal Church on Sunday, December 1st at 4 p.m. Several talented organists from our region, a clarinetist, and a brass quartet will play some of the best-loved carols of the season, interspersed with scripture readings from the Old and New Testaments. This is a beautiful way to begin the Advent and Christmas seasons, so be sure to come and bring your family, friends, and neighbors. The Guild will host a reception in the parish hall following the concert. St. Francis Episcopal Church is located at 915 East Main St, at the corner of Pioneer. Admission is free. For more information, phone 209-632-0896.

 

                     

For our Diocesan Prayer Calendar…. click here

Bishop’s and Canon’s Calendars…

Bishop Talton’s Calendar

 

 

December 12                   Diocesan Council Meeting

 

Canon Cullinane’s Calendar

 

 

December 8                       St. John’s, Tulare

 

December 12                     Diocesan Council Meeting

 

December 15                     St. John’s, Tulare

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