The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin
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August 30, 2013




Friday Reflection for August 30, 2013


A few days ago I parked in front of my bank on the main street in town and was amazed to see a dozen or more little white receipts blowing all over the sidewalk.  I commented to the man using the other ATM machine that people didn’t seem to care about what happened to their receipts or maybe they didn’t see the nearby  trash can.  He made some acknowledgement that indicated that he had heard but didn’t seem interested in more conversation.  As I waited for my transaction to process, I bent over and picked up a few of the receipts littering the sidewalk.  When my transaction was totally complete, I made a point of picking up all the receipts I saw on the sidewalk and put them in the nearby trash can.


As I climbed into my car and started the engine, I noticed the man who had been at the neighboring machine was also done.  Then, I was surprised to see him bending over picking up some receipts near his own car, one in the gutter and one near the front of his car.  I wondered to myself, did I start him thinking about the trash or would he have  done it on his own?

I didn’t really know the exact  answer to that question.  Do we ever know what influence we might have on others?  Do we ever know how our modeling, our simply act, might influence someone else?

As a classroom teacher, I  never really know if anything I say or do has a life-changing effect on my  students, especially with the kindergartners I teach daily.  Will they remember any of what I say, more importantly will they remember any of what we did together?  Will they remember the hugs, the challenges, the successes, the caring environment I try so hard to create?


What about Jesus, he  taught his disciples with stories and hoped his own life would be a model to others.  He compared real things with our lives. Our faith is like a mustard seed. He compared people saying,  Don’t be like  hypocrites.  He washed his disciples feet to model how to serve others.   He hoped that his modeling would be seen by others so they might act more faithful and loving.  His most famous biblical quote might be the key to all that we model in our lives.

“Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.  35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”


As I thought about this man seeming to model what I had done, I wondered what other actions do I model?  What do I model toward my students? What do I model to my congregation and my friends?  What do I model as a believer to unbelievers? Our greatest act of Christian witness to the world  comes in how we live our life.

Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.  11 Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. (1 Peter 4:10)  Amen.


Suzy Ward+


“Participating in God’s Reconciling Love”

St. James, Sonora Festival Welcoming Eucharist…


St. James, Sonora  

St. James Episcopal Church

 affectionately known as “The Red Church”



Festival Welcoming Eucharist 


September 8, 2013

4:00 p.m. 

42 Snell Street

Sonora, CA 95370


St. James Episcopal Church welcomes all to our Festival Welcoming Eucharist, Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served after the service.

The entire community is welcome to come join in song, praise, and thanksgiving for St. James Episcopal Church in Sonora. Bishop Chet Talton will be our celebrant and preacher.
Come and bring friends to join us in our celebration!

From The Haiti Task Force …



Due to the vision and the encouragement of our bishop, The Rt. Rev. Chet Talton, we’ve been engaged in a friendship with the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti for almost two years.


The major focus of our efforts has been to support the Foyer Notre Dame, a home for indigent older women in Port au Prince. The Foyer is lovingly and efficiently run by the Sisters of St. Margaret and seeks to house, feed and care for seven residents at this time. About half of the Foyer was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake and the hope is soon they will be able to house more ladies. It costs $200 per month to house and care for a resident and our goal his year was to sponsor all seven residents for the year.


While there are many other things we could do and might do to support the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, the continuing sponsorship of the residents of Foyer Notre Dame is not only attainable, it is tangible and direct. The Sisters of St. Margaret are 100% accountable, and the money we send to them goes directly to the support of the residents of the Foyer, who would certainly be homeless without the Foyer.


In 2012 we sent around $11,000 to Haiti for Foyer Notre Dame, and this year, as a result of a Diocesan-wide Pentecost Ingathering, we have sent slightly over $8,250, a good portion of which went to the improvement of toilet facilities at Foyer Notre Dame.


During our Diocesan Convention in October, we will have the opportunity to get acquainted with Sister Marie Therese, who is the Sister in charge of Foyer Notre Dame. She is a delightful woman and never misses an opportunity to help someone in need. I am glad you will be able to meet her yourselves. In the meantime, please continue praying for our sisters and brothers in Haiti, and to raise monies for the support of Foyer Notre Dame. It would be very good if our giving this year exceeded that of last year.




The Rev. Harold Clinehens

Chair, Haiti Task Force


The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS)…

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Dear Friends,


The Diocese of San Joaquin is a member of The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS), an organization committed to inspiring generosity and faithful discipleship.  A primary benefit of membership is that all congregations throughout the diocese have access to the 2013 Stewardship Narrative Series, a program designed to complement and support the fall annual giving program. The series is now available in English Spanish, Chinese and Korean.


To access the material contact the diocesan office for the username and password to our TENS account.


You will have access to the following materials:

  • Seven Bulletin Inserts to include Worship Bulletins, E-Newsletters, E-Blasts beginning October 6th through November 10th. Each reflection includes discussion questions that can be used for adult formation gatherings.
  • Pledge card and proportional giving chart
  • Prayers of the People to be used in liturgy over the course of six weeks
  • Prayer over the Pledge Cards to be used at the in-gathering of pledges.
  • Introductory Letter from the Rector/Vicar
  • Introductory Letter from the Stewardship Chair
  • Letter of Encouragement from the Senior Warden


Best Practices in Using the 2013 TENS Flourish in Faith Stewardship Narrative Series


If you are looking to learn best practices in using the Flourish in Faith Series for this year’s fall pledge campaign, sign up for a free webinar on September 18th hosted by The Episcopal Church Foundation. Led by TENS Board Members The Rev. Angela Emerson, Stewardship Missioner, in The Episcopal Diocese of Vermont and JR Lander, President of TENS, and Vicar of St. Columba’s in the Diocese of Olympia, who will share how to effectively plant the seeds of faithful giving in your congregation using the Flourish in Faith Narrative Series.


Click Here to Register!  


We give thanks to the ministry of The Episcopal Network for Stewardship for their work in inspiring generosity and faithful discipleship.


From the Diocesan Office…


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The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin

54th Annual Convention

October 25 and 26, 2013

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Modesto

Participating in God’s Reconciling Love

” So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled with your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.”

- Matthew 5:23-24


Registration Forms available on-line now at




A reminder for all parishes and missions.  By Canon to have seat, voice, and vote at the upcoming diocesan Convention, participating parishes and missions must be current in their assessment payments.  To be considered current all assessments through September 2013 must be received at the diocesan office no later than October 18, 2013.  If you have questions about your assessment payment status please contact the Diocesan Administrator Ellen Meyer at 209-576-0104 or

From the Diocesan Office…


Please mark your calendar for these upcoming meetings and events. Watch for additional details in the Friday Reflection.

  • Celebration of Ministry Retreat, August 30 through September 1, 2013, ECCO
  • Festival Welcoming Eucharist, September 8, 2013, 4:00 p.m., St. James, Sonora
  • Parish and Mission Audit Committee Teleconference Meeting, September 11, 2013, 10 a.m.
  • Northern Deanery Clericus, September 10, 2013, 11:00 a.m., St Matthew’s, San Andreas
  • Southern Deanery Meeting, September 14, 2013, 11:00 a.m., St. Sherrian’s, Kernville
  • Diocesan Council Meeting, September 21, 2013, 10:30 a.m., Holy Family, Fresno
  • Standing Committee Meeting, September 21, 2013, 11:00 a.m., Holy Family, Fresno
  • Northern Deanery Meeting, October 5, 2013, 10 a.m., TBD
  • Convention Arrangement Committee Meeting, October 12, 2013, 10 a.m., St. Paul’s, Modesto
  • Commission on Ministry Meeting, October 12, 2013, 10 a.m., Holy Family, Fresno
  • Central Deanery Meeting, October 13, 2013, 3:00 p.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…

St. Matthew’s, San Andreas has a Tabernacle FREE for any parish that would like to have it.  It is used and needs have a locksmith fix the lock.  It is 19 3/4 inches high X 15 inches. Please call Saint Matthew’s Church in San Andreas at (209) 754-3878.

Jesus Icon 2 St. Francis, Turlock -

Iconography Workshop Offered in Northern Deanery

September 20-22nd! 


We have a rare gift in store: Joyce Tanner, our Diocesan Iconographer, will be presenting a series of workshops at St. Francis in Turlock. Learning to “write” an icon–which is really a form of prayer–is an ancient devotion. Joyce Tanner, a member of St. Paul’s, Bakersfield, will teach us, step by step, the process of putting prayer into image.


The three workshops will begin on Friday, September 20, from 9 am to 4 pm, continue all day Saturday, and will conclude on Sunday from noon until 4 pm. St. Francis meets for Holy Eucharist at 10 am, so class members are encouraged to visit us that day.


Joyce will supply all materials needed to complete an icon of ‘Christ, the Good Shepherd’ but if you already have your own brushes you are welcome to bring them.  The cost for the 3 day workshop is $50. Snacks and beverages will be provided but please bring a sack lunch for Friday and Saturday’s sessions.

St. Francis is located at 915 East Main St, Turlock, on the corner of Pioneer St.  The class size is limited to 12 participants, so don’t delay! If you’d like to register or have any questions, please contact The Rev. Kathie Galicia at, or 209-324-1677.




St. Paul’s Church

First Annual Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, September 21st

7-11 am



Family Adventure Door Prize

Bountiful Raffle Prizes

Children’s Decorate a Pancake: Edible Craft Tables


Adult tickets $10

Children (3-12) are only $5


*Tickets sold in the church office




St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

1528 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA


St. John the Bapisit Flyer

For our Diocesan Prayer Calendar…. click here

Bishop’s and Canon’s Calendars…

Bishop Talton’s Calendar



August 30- September 1    Ministry Conference, ECCO


September 8                       St. James, Sonora –  Welcoming Eucharist


September 15                     Church of the Saviour, Hanford


October 6                            St. Francis, Turlock


October 13                          St. Paul’s, Visalia




Canon Cullinane’s Calendar



August 30-September 1      Ministry Conference, ECCO

September 8                       St. James, Sonora- Welcoming Eucharist


September 15                     St. Andrew’s, Taft


Keep up to date on news and events with the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin website www.diosanjoaquin.orgClick here: Our Website
Contact Information
phone: 209-576-0104

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