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November 2, 2018

From Bishop David

I am framing these words on 1 November, otherwise known as The Feast of All Saints. It is the moment in time for the Life of the Church when we remember those who have gone before us, to give thanks for their lives, to consider their example, and to follow them.
And addition, this morning on The Today Show our Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Michael Curry was interviewed regarding his new book The Power of Love.  This book of “Sermons, Reflections, & Wisdom to Uplift & Inspire” also includes his Homily from the Royal Wedding.
And lastly, we are five days from 6 November, otherwise known as the Mid-Term Elections.  I’ll come back to that in a moment.
I wanted to give this context because today’s Feast Day reminds us that from whence we have come and from whom we have come, certainly informs, even defines where and who we are at present, furthermore, sheds significant light on where and how we go from here.
Reflected in the lives of the Saints, those women and men who have gone before us, we see a common thread in the ways in which they lived. Their lives reflected Jesus.  He was, remains and will continue to be the common thread.  To frame this in the simplest yet most profound terms, their lives were characterized in the ways they embraced, expressed, exercised and engaged LOVE.  The love reflected in their lives and about which I write was no more evident than in those moments when the Saints worked to ensure that everybody had enough.   It was no more evident than when justice was extended to all.  It was no more evident than when hope was accessible to everyone.  And it was no more evident than when the voices, better said, the yearnings of those who lived on the margins and those who were far too often invisible, were acknowledged and heard.
The Saints worked at and in LOVE.
And this very work was evident in the ways in which they prayed.  A few years ago, Pope Francis articulated the nature of this “work of prayer.”
He said: “We pray for the hungry.
                   We feed them.
                   And that’s how prayer works.”
We are called to reflect Jesus, to follow the example of the Saints, to give ourselves to this work of prayer, and to embrace, express, exercise and engage LOVE.
This call requires that we ensure that everybody has enough in our own day and in our own context. It requires that we, too, ensure that justice is extended to all.  It requires that hope is accessible to everyone, here and now.  And this call upon our lives requires that we acknowledge and hear all of God’s People and thatmeans all without exception.
More often than not, this call means that we challenge and seek to amend the very systems which foster an environment where everyone doesn’t have enough, where justice isn’t extended to all, where hope isn’t accessible to everyone, and where far too many people are rarely acknowledged and heard.
Sisters and Brothers of The EDSJ, this is a call to follow Jesus.  This is a call to follow the example of the Saints. This is a call to work at and in LOVE.  This is a call to engage in the work of prayer.  And this is a call to challenge and amend any system which works counter to the lives to which we are called, namely to follow Jesus as did the Saints before us.  Voting is most definitely one of the ways we can live into and out that call.
And when we do this Sisters and Brothers, when truly and earnestly follow the life of Jesus, reflect the lives of the Saints then we live with the knowledge that in the end, LOVE WINS!  So let’s help it along.

The 59th Diocesan Annual Convention
Take a peek!
EDSJ Convention
EDSJ Convention

  Congratulations go to The Rev. Dr. Tim Vivian!
 The Rev. Gary Commins ’80 ’01 presents the honorary degree to the Rev. Dr. Tim Vivian.
CDSP awarded an honorary degree to the Rev. Dr. Tim Vivian ’88 at its annual alumni convocation on October 11.
Vivian, a retired Episcopal priest and professor emeritus of religious studies at California State University Bakersfield, holds bachelor, master’s, and PhD degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as a master’s degree from Cal Poly and an MDiv from CDSP. Read more

    Click here for Flyer   Click here for Press Release

St. James’, Sonora:
The Red Church Concert Series
  November 4, 2018, 3pm
42 Snell Street, Sonora
We are honored to welcome violinist, Corina Stoian and pianist,Ron Brickman in their second St. James’ Concert. Both are popular artists
of the Calaveras musical community. They will perform pieces including Tartini’s”Didone Abbandonata” and one of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances.
to find out more about St. James’ Concert Series and to order tickets.

 Warranting Your
Participation and Prayers

The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin
St. James Episcopal Cathedral
cordially invites you to a
to celebrate the Call of
On Saturday, December 1, 2018, 11am
St. James Episcopal Church
4147 E. Dakota Ave.
Fresno, CA 93726
Luncheon to follow                    Clergy: White stoles
Please RSVP to: canonanna@diosanjoaquin.org

God Willing and the People Consenting

The Right Reverend
David Cappel Rice
Bishop of San Joaquin
Will Ordain
Terrance M. Goodpasture
Amy L. Larsen
Gregory T. Masztal
Marilee E. Muncey
To the Sacred Order of Deacons in Christ’s One, Holy,
Catholic and Apostolic Church on
Saturday, the First of December Two Thousand Eighteen at
Two O’Clock in the Afternoon.
St. James Cathedral
4147 E. Dakota Ave.
Fresno, CA 93726
Your prayers and presence are requested
Reception to follow                      Clergy: Red Stoles

 Media Release from
The Episcopal Church
United Methodists and
Episcopalians Convene in Chicago

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For Priests, Deacons and Postulants
Advent Clergy Conference
December 11-13, 2018
Click here for details and to
sign up

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Support the work of the Immigration Task Force by purchasing one of these shirts that features their logo (designed by Zoe Rice).  SJRaise stands for San Joaquin Refugee and Immigrant Support and Empowerment.  Thanks!

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Emergency Relief Fund
Many thanks to those who have donated!
At Annual Convention we raised
driving up our total for

$2,443.00 for the year!

Your donations have been helping the victims of recent fires and donating will build our fund to help when disasters strike again locally and in Northern California!
Donations can also be made by check. Please send  your check donation to The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, Memo: ERF 1528 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA 95355

Annual Financial Audits
Many thanks to those who have completed their Annual Financial Audits!
St. Michael’s, Ridgecrest
St. Paul’s, Modesto.
St. James Cathedral, Fresno
St. John the Evangelist, Stockton
St. Andrews, Taft
St. Francis, Turlock
St. Anne’s, Stockton
Holy Trinity, Madera
St. Clare of Assisi, Avery
St. John the Baptist, Lodi
St. James’, Sonora
St. Paul’s, Bakersfield
St. Matthew’s, San Andreas
St. Raphael’s, Oakhurst
If you have yet to do your audit please get it done now.
Thank you!
Diocesan Staff EDSJ

   Diocesan Events
Commission on Ministry
November 3, 2018 10am
St. James Cathedral, Fresno
Standing Committee Meeting
November 27, 2018 6:30pm
Diocesan Council Meeting
November 28, 2018, 6:30pm
Day of Diocesan Celebration
Saturday, December 1
St. James Cathedral, Fresno
Dean Installation
Deacon Ordinations
Advent Clergy Conference
December 11-13. ECCO



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