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July 29, 2016

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.
How are we, as Christians, called to respond, sort through and process the words and then vote with integrity when the time comes for us to mark the names on the ballot?
We, as Christians, are so blessed because we have the guiding principles of the Gospel. Jesus our teacher and savior has given us a whole system which we can use as a filter and a lens. He taught us how to live and make decisions, through statements, parables and most importantly through his life, death and resurrection. He showed us, with great power and deep passion, how we are called to live and use the resources over which we have control. This means that we have guidance from the Gospel message, in our choices about how to spend our time talent, treasure and our vote!
We have the Gospel through which we can view these many messages and discern therefore, how we are called to function. The gospel is a system of teachings given to us by Jesus and his followers…Saint Matthew, Saint Mark, Saint Luke, Saint John, Saint Paul and others. It is this powerful message, of the Gospel, which can be the compass for our souls, the plumb line for our lives and the way we are called to make our decision, in this season of such an abundance of words! Read more …

Canonball Express

Preparing for Canonball Express
Current Total: $8,496.55

Thank you, Thank you, and again Thank you.  The donations  are rolling in. If you have not yet contributed to the Canonball Express please prayerfully consider doing so. The new Canon to the Ordinary needs some wheels!
Blessings,
+David

Please send your donations to The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, memo Canonball Express,1528 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA 95355

Call to The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin

57th Diocesan Annual Convention


Radical, Welcome, and Sending

Call to The Episcopal Diocese of
San Joaquin 57th Annual Convention
October 28-29, 2016
ECCO
Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst


Guest Speaker
The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers
Canon to the Presiding Bishop
for Evangelism and Reconciliation

Registration is online only this year!

Click here to go to registration site on our Diocesan Website
And
find all reports and information about our annual convention.
 See you at ECCO!

School For Deacons

Called to Be…Life Long Learners!
  • Have you ever heard a “Bible quote” in the media and wondered…Is that really in the Bible?
  • Have you ever heard that the Episcopal Church was started by King Henry VIII because he wanted a divorce and wondered… Is that really what happened?
  • Have you ever wanted to go deeper in your spiritual life and wondered…What type of spiritual practices might help me?
  • Have you heard about the Anglicans and wondered…What makes someone an Anglican and why does it matter?
  • Have you ever….
Well…Maybe you are called to be…a participant in The Adult Life-Long Learning Center where you can explore your faith in a safe environment with other adult learners.
What is it?
  • Classes offered include Scripture, Church History, Spiritual Practices, and more.
  • Sessions are facilitated by University professors and ordained clergy.
  • Participants can attend one or more of the classes.
When is it?
  • Classes offered on a monthly basis (third weekends–on Friday evenings and Saturdays) from September 16-17th to June 16-17th.
  • Some of the classes are offered for the academic year (10 sessions), some for a semester, (5 sessions), others vary week to week.
  • The length of each class ranges from one-half hour to three hours depending upon the subject.
Where is it?
  • Conveniently located in the center of the diocese at Holy Family Episcopal Church in Fresno.
How much does it cost?
  • Are you ready for this? We simply ask for a donation as you are able to support the expenses of the school. The facilitators donate their time. You will be responsible for the purchase of your books and supplies from outside vendors.
Frequently asked questions
  • Do I have to write papers? No.
  • Is there work outside of the class? Yes. Depending upon the class, you may read a few pages, to several chapters of Scripture, to a book. You may be asked to try spiritual practices or to reflect on a Christian ethic. Commitments vary according to the class.
  • What is the class schedule for the first year? Clickhere.
  • How long is the program? Two academic years.
  • Do I need to take the whole program or can I pick and choose what interests me? You can take whatever inspires you. The program repeats every two years.
  • What should I do if I want more information or want to sign up? Email The Rev. Michele Racusin here: rector@holyfamilyfresno.org

The Episcopal Church of St. Anne, Stockton

Community Event

What Can We Do to Address the Needs
of the Homeless
in North Stockton and Beyond?
A Conversation with Jon Mendelson
of Central Valley Low Income Housing
Sunday, August 21, 2016, 4:00 p.m.
Episcopal Church of St. Anne
1020 West Lincoln Avenue (@ Gettysburg)
(light refreshments provided)

Jon and his dad, Bill, manage Central Valley Low Income Housing, which also acted as the lead agency to prepare San Joaquin County’s Continuum of Care plan to address homelessness in the County. Join us in a conversation about what we can do individually and together to respond to and address homelessness.
‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And he answered them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’     Matthew 25:37-40

The Episcopal Church of St. Anne, Stockton

Welcome Back!

Fr. Luis Rodriguez is returning to the diocese in early August. While his time in New Hampshire has been exciting and eventful, the pull of friends and family in California has been significant.

Fr. Luis is available to cover Sundays for any parish or mission that is in need of a priest. Fr. Luis can be contacted at fr.luisr@gmail.com.

Welcome Fr. Luis!

 

For Clergy and Lay Leaders


California Interfaith Power& Light
The mission of California Interfaith Power & Light is to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. I encourage you to learn more about this group by going to their website at:

AND Click here to join!
+Bishop David

 

Erskine Fire at Lake Isabella: Help Needed!

Thank you for your calls and concern for parishioners whose property was damaged by theErskine Fire at Lake Isabella. The good news is that  2 out of the 3 homes are repairable. One needs just cleaning, the other some electrical work and clearing outbuildings that burned.  The third home burned to the waterline and there is no insurance.
Please contact Fr. Bob Woods at 760-376-2455 if you can donate or have connections to the following:
Motor home or trailer or
a tiny house or house kit
Wellhead and pump motor
Financial donations to purchase  the above.
Donations are to be mailed to:

St. Sherrian’s Episcopal Church P.O. Box 1837,
Kernville, CA 93238.
Memo: Erskine Fire Assistance.
Thank you,
Diocesan Staff

TENS -Stewardship

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A steward is not one who owns, but one who makes the best
use of everything he/she
have been given
If you have yet to start your Stewardship plan, start now!
Contact the Diocesan Office for  the TENS password.

Stewardship is a year long program!

The Five Marks of Mission

The Five Marks of Mission
      
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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.

Safeguarding God’s Children

  Safeguarding God’s Children!

Please review your Safeguarding God’s Children program in your parish. Are all volunteers working with children current with the training or have gone through the program?

Please contact Stephanie Gilmer, Diocesan Coordinator at mzgilmer@att.net.

Diocesan Events

Southern Deanery Meeting

Saturday,
September 17, 11am,
St. Michael’s, Ridgecrest

Northern Deanery Meeting
Saturday, October 1, 10am,
St. John the Evangelist, Stockton

Central Deanery Meeting
Sunday, October 9, 3pm
St. Paul’s, Visalia

57th Diocesan Annual Convention
October 28-29, ECCO
Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst

Advent Clergy Retreat,
December 6-8,
  St. Anthony, Three Rivers

For Clergy, Wardens, Treasurers

HAVE YOU SCHEDULED YOUR AUDIT?

All audits should be have been done or scheduled by now and date communicated to the Diocesan Office! Audit is not optional.

 Please turn in the form included in the Annual Congregation Management Review Binder and send to the Diocesan office with confirmation of intent of audit.
Fr. Paul Colbert is available to do the required peer audit. Contact him at: pcolbert@diosanjoaquin.org

Completed Audits:
St. Matthew’s, San Andreas
St. Paul’s, Visalia
St. John the Baptist, Lodi
St. Nicholas, Atwater
St. Raphael, Oakhurst
St. John the Evangelist, Stockton
 Holy Trinity, Madera
 St. Paul’s, Modesto

Scheduled Audits:
St. Michael’s, Ridgecrest
St. Anne’s, Stockton
St. Andrew’s, Taft
St. Sherrian’s, Kernville
St. Francis, Turlock

Website Links
Tour Against Trafficking
Friday Reflection Archives
The Episcopal Church
Episcopal Church Foundation
Episcopal Relief & Development
TENS
Episcopal News Service
Integrity USA

Calendars

Friday Reflection

Announcements, Stories of the Bag, Missional Days, Five Marks of Missions articles,  and special events articles can be submitted to the Diocesan Office at:emeyer@diosanjoaquin.org
All submissions are due Tuesday for the following Friday Reflection.

Submission requirements:
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March 25, 2016

From Bishop David,

Rather than occupying this space with my own words, I wish to offer the words of others who have inspired me to courageously embrace the “resurrection reality” into which we have all been called.  I hope you will be equally inspired.

You will notice here the absence of a quote from Jesus, I would strongly encourage you to reread these quotes and there, I would suggest, you will discover Jesus in and through each WORD.

Triduum (The Three Days) Blessings, Sisters and Brothers of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin

+David

General Convention 2015-C019 Establish Response to Systemic Racial Injustice

At General Convention this summer, our church made the strongest commitment in a generation to racial justice and reconciliation. As the leaders of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies, we were tasked by Resolution C019 to lead in this holy work, and thus to enable every diocese, ministry, and baptized person in our church to live and bear witness to the teaching of Jesus to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-40), by respecting the dignity of every human being, and working to transform the unjust structures of society.
Please click here for letter from the House of Bishops and House of Deputies concerning  Resolution C019 Establish Response to Systemic Racial Injustice.

AN-006 Resolution adopted by the Executive Council

Click here for AN-006 Resolution from Executive Council Condemnation of Domestic Violence.

Ordination to Priesthood

By the Grace of God
The Right Reverend David C. Rice
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin
will ordain
Gail Elizabeth Bernthal
To the Sacred Order of Priests
In Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church
Saturday, The Twenty Third day of April
Two Thousand and Sixteen
At Eleven o’clock in the morning
The Feast Day of Saint George
Episcopal Church of the Saviour
519 North Douty
Hanford, California
Your prayers and presence are requested
Reception to follow                                            Clergy: red stoles

Parish and Mission Events

Helping Urban Bicyclists
Grand Opening
April 16, 2015
12 noon to 4pm
St. John the Evangelist
131 E. Miner Street
Stockton, CA

Diocesan Events

Commission on Ministry Meeting, Saturday, April 9, 10am, Holy Family, Fresno

HUB Grand Opening, Saturday, April 16,12noon-3pm, St. John the Evangelist, StocktonOrdination to Priesthood, Gail Bernthal, Saturday, April 23, 11am, Church of the Saviour, HanfordDiocesan Council Meeting, Saturday, April 30,10am, Holy Family, Fresno

Diocesan Council and Standing Committee Joint Meeting over lunch,Saturday, April 30, 12 noon, Holy Family, Fresno

Standing Committee Meeting, Saturday, April 30, 1pm, Holy Family, Fresno

Central Deanery Clericus, Thursday, May 18, 5:30pm, Holy Family, Fresno

Northern Deanery Meeting, Saturday, May 21, 10am, St. Francis, Turlock

Central Deanery Meeting, Saturday, June 11, 11am, Holy Family, Fresno

Day of Discovery

Day of Discovery!
April 16, 2016
10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
1528 Oakdale Road
Modesto, CA 95355
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.
Click here to find out more and to register.

Pathways 2016: Journey Toward Reconciliation

FOR TEENS!
Pathways 2016: Journey Toward Reconciliation
This event will facilitate training for the participants to learn about some of the skills and tools that our Christian tradition has to teach us about the work of reconciliation and to be ministers of truth and peace in our own communities.
 If you are or know of a teen interested in please contact Alison Fischer at alisonmfischer1@gmail.com

For more information clickhere.

For Clergy, Wardens, Treasurers

The following forms WERE due by MARCH 1st to the Diocesan Office:
  • Parochial Report
  • Congregation Contact Form
  • Certificate for Lay Delegates Form
  • Church Directory
  • Updated Bronze Disaster Preparedness Form
Forms were given out at Annual Convention or go to our website at

 Please get them in NOW!  
Many thanks  go to
St. Matthew’s, San Andreas, St. Clare of Assisi, Avery, Holy Trinity, Madera,
St. Raphael’s, Oakhurst,
St. Paul’s, Visalia,
St. Michael’s, Ridgecrest,
St. Andrew’s, Taft,
St. Paul’s, Modesto,
St. John the Baptist, Lodi, St. John the Evangelist, Stockton and St. Nicholas, Atwater for  having their forms in ON  TIME!!
Annual Peer Audits are to be done by  June 30, 2016. Contact the Diocesan Office if you have any questions.Taking orders now for our yellow missional bags!Thank you!

The Five Marks of Mission
Central Deanery Meeting, June 11, 11am, Holy Family, Fresno
Deacon Nancy Key will be sharing highlights
and showing slides
of her recent Spanish Immersion pilgrimage with the Diocese of Los Angeles to the Anglican Diocese of Cuernavaca. She will include information on opportunities for others from the Diocese of San Joaquin to participate in future Spanish Immersion pilgrimages.

The Five Marks of Mission
The Five Marks of Mission
      
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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.

Website Links
Tour Against Trafficking
The Episcopal Church
Episcopal Church Foundation
TENS
Episcopal News Service
Integrity USA

Calendars

Friday Reflection

Stories of the Bag, Missional Days, Five Marks of Mission,  Special Events Articles can be submitted to the Diocesan Office atemeyer@diosanjoaquin.org.All submissions are due
Tuesday for the following Friday Reflection.Please note:

Submission requirements:
pictures -JPEG format
articles- word document
linked documents- PDF

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March 18, 2016

Called to be…at St. Francis, Turlock: Integrating the Five Marks of Mission
By The Rev. Kathie Galicia
Most of our churches in this diocese have The Five Marks of Mission displayed, and many of you may have spent some time discussing them. As a reminder, they are:
1. To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
2. To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
3. To respond to human need by loving service
4. To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
One of the most challenging aspects of a small church like St. Francis is striking a balance between ministering to the needs of the community and the needs of the church itself. Many of our members are survivors of the Great Schism of San Joaquin. Having lost the use of our church building for several years, we especially appreciate having a place of our own to gather in order to worship God, to devote time for study and conversation, to strengthen old relationships and to nurture new ones. It requires hard work to maintain or even improve the building and grounds of a church that was built nearly 70 years ago. We are blessed with a well-educated congregation, most of who are not yet retired. Managing already busy lives, our members sacrifice their time, talent, and treasure to lovingly tend the church that so aptly reflects the loving, peaceful nature of her patron saint, Francis of Assisi.
St. Francis sits on the corner of East Main Street and Pioneer Avenue. We inhabit a neighborhood of great contrasts: rich and poor, employed and unemployed, apartment dwellers and those who live in single homes are all within a stone’s throw of our front door. Small businesses, professional offices, and a park that is a haven for the homeless are all within sight. As is true of many urban churches, none of our members lives close enough to walk to church. Although Turlock is not a large city, we have all of the ups and downs of a much larger place.
At St. Francis, we are Called to be… read more

General Convention 2015-C019 Establish Response to Systemic Racial Injustice

At General Convention this summer, our church made the strongest commitment in a generation to racial justice and reconciliation. As the leaders of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies, we were tasked by Resolution C019 to lead in this holy work, and thus to enable every diocese, ministry, and baptized person in our church to live and bear witness to the teaching of Jesus to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-40), by respecting the dignity of every human being, and working to transform the unjust structures of society.
Please click here for letter from the House of Bishops and House of Deputies concerning  Resolution C019 Establish Response to Systemic Racial Injustice.

Ordination to Priesthood

By the Grace of God
The Right Reverend David C. Rice
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin
will ordain
Gail Elizabeth Bernthal
To the Sacred Order of Priests
In Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church
Saturday, The Twenty Third day of April
Two Thousand and Sixteen
At Eleven o’clock in the morning
The Feast Day of Saint George
Episcopal Church of the Saviour
519 North Douty
Hanford, California
Your prayers and presence are requested
Reception to follow                                            Clergy: red stoles

 Incarnation 100- Santa Rosa

Parish and Mission Events

 Join us at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
FOR OUR  ANNUAL

SAINT PAT’S AT SAINT MATT”S
   CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE DINNER
MARCH 19th
   The donation is $ 6.00  for
” helping to find the cure”
    All proceeds goes towards cancer research
and for  cancer victims through the
Calaveras Relay for Life.
414 Oak Street, San Andreas, CA

Diocesan Events

Central Deanery Clericus, Friday, March 18, 4pm, Church of the Saviour, HanfordNorthern Deanery Meeting,Saturday,  March 19, 10am, St. Paul’s, Modesto
Chrism Mass, Tuesday, March 22, 11am, Holy Family, Fresno

Commission on Ministry Meeting, Saturday, April 9, 10am, Holy Family, FresnoHUB Grand Opening, Saturday, April 16,12noon-3pm, St. John the Evangelist, StocktonOrdination to Priesthood, Gail Bernthal, Saturday, April 23, 11am, Church of the Saviour, HanfordDiocesan Council Meeting, Saturday, April 30,10am, Holy Family, Fresno

Diocesan Council and Standing Committee Joint Meeting over lunch,Saturday, April 30, 12 noon, Holy Family, Fresno

Standing Committee Meeting, Saturday, April 30, 1pm, Holy Family, Fresno

Central Deanery Meeting, Saturday, June 11, 11am, Holy Family, Fresno

Day of Discovery

Day of Discovery!
April 16, 2016
10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
1528 Oakdale Road
Modesto, CA 95355
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.
Click here to find out more and to register.

For Clergy, Wardens, Treasurers

The following forms WERE due by MARCH 1st to the Diocesan Office:
  • Parochial Report
  • Congregation Contact Form
  • Certificate for Lay Delegates Form
  • Church Directory
  • Updated Bronze Disaster Preparedness Form
Forms were given out at Annual Convention or go to our website at

 Please get them in NOW!  
Many thanks  go to St. Clare of Assisi, Avery, St. Raphael’s, Oakhurst, St. Paul’s, Visalia, St. Michael’s, Ridgecrest,  St. Andrew’s, Taft,St. Paul’s, Modesto, St. John the Baptist, Lodi, St. John the Evangelist, Stockton and St. Nicholas, Atwater for  having their forms in ON  TIME!!
Annual Peer Audits are to be done by  June 30, 2016. Contact the Diocesan Office if you have any questions.Taking orders now for our yellow missional bags!Thank you!

The Five Marks of Mission
Central Deanery Meeting, June 11, 11am, Holy Family, Fresno
Deacon Nancy Key will be sharing highlights
and showing slides
of her recent Spanish Immersion pilgrimage with the Diocese of Los Angeles to the Anglican Diocese of Cuernavaca. She will include information on opportunities for others from the Diocese of San Joaquin to participate in future Spanish Immersion pilgrimages.

The Five Marks of Mission
The Five Marks of Mission
      
Click here for poster to post

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.

Website Links
Tour Against Trafficking
The Episcopal Church
Episcopal Church Foundation
TENS
Episcopal News Service
Integrity USA

Calendars

Friday Reflection

Stories of the Bag, Missional Days, Five Marks of Mission,  Special Events Articles can be submitted to the Diocesan Office atemeyer@diosanjoaquin.org.All submissions are due
Tuesday for the following Friday Reflection.Please note:Submission requirements:
pictures -JPEG format
articles- word document
linked documents- PDF

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May 22, 2015

Being homeless in Taft is illegal and the homeless
stay pretty hidden and under the “radar”.

 

 

We have a person who worships at St. Andrews who is on the staff at the ARC program. When we received the bags, she mentioned to a friend that our challenge was to fill the bags with items which could be used by the people in Taft who were homeless. It was November and cold weather was anticipated. The friend is a member of the board of the Sharon Corporation. Sharon Corporation is an organization which is planning to use aqua ponics to help people transition from homelessness into community life. He went shopping and filled the bags with items that are needed including blankets.

 

The congregation had a wonderful time distributing the bags to the homeless people that we knew in the community. I gave one bag to a woman who was just kicked out of a place she was staying. Cleanliness is important to her and the shampoo received was a treasure. She wants clean hair when she attends church. She attends St. Andrew’s regularly and the people in the congregation accept her and always greet her when she comes.

 

We are grateful to have a second supply of bags. The bags are helping those in need and bringing people in the community together.

 

Aloha Heather

 

“Travel Light, leaving baggage behind.”

                                                                             Luke 10:1-12

St. Anthony’s Retreat…

                                                  

 

Love, Suffering and the Cross: 

A Retreat with Julian of Norwich

June 5-7, 2015

While having lived in the 14th century, Julian of Norwich has much to say to us today. Her visions of Christ’s suffering reveal the depths of love, and surprisingly convey a sense of peace and joy. Come to St Anthony’s Retreat House in Three Rivers to learn about and pray with this extraordinary woman. Fr. Luis Rodriguez, the Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Savior in Hanford, will be leading this retreat, which is very similar to the Women’s Retreat he led some years ago at ECCO. He is a friend of the Julian Shrine in England, has visited there many times and led a number of pilgrimages to this holy place.

A registration form with further details can be clicking here , or by visiting St Anthony’s website at http://www.stanthonyretreat.org.

 

The Benedictine Experience…

The Benedictine Experiencetakes place each year in a number of special places around the United States and England. Each Experience offers an opportunity to live the rhythm of Benedictine life for a few days in a “thin place” where God’s presence seems very near. Each offers a chance to explore Benedictine values such as humility, stability, and listening. Every day, rich in silence, offers the distinctive balance of time for prayer, study, work, and rest. Two Benedictine Experiences are coming up in June:

Bishop’s Ranch, Healdsburg, California, June 22-29, 2015: This is truly a “thin place,” with beautiful views of the surrounding vineyards and hills. We will learn from conferences by Sr. Mary Donald Corcoran, OSB as well as Fr. James Knutsen and Fr. Robert Hale, OSB. Sacred music helps us build a Benedictine community of constant prayer with John Renke as musical director.

Canterbury Cathedral, June 22-29, 2015: We will stay at the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, within the Precincts of the Cathedral. In this splendid and sacred space, we will join the Cathedral community in Morning Prayer, Eucharist, and Evening Prayer each day, often with the Cathedral choir. Our spiritual director is Abbot Stuart Burns, OSB, who is the abbot of a growing community of Benedictine brothers and sisters at Mucknell Abbey in Worcestershire.

For more information and registration details, please visit www.benedictfriend.org, emailinfo@benedictfriend.org.

From the Diocesan Office…


For Clergy and Lay:
We need Stories of the Bag from all parishes and missions for Friday Reflections. Please submit to emeyer@diosanjoaquin.org!For Clergy and Lay:

The 56th Annual Diocesan Convention is October 23-24, 2015 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Modesto, CA. The Convention Committee is asking everyone to save the date. We encourage everyone to attend and welcome all who would like to participate.
Please direct any questions to:
Stephanie Gilmer (sgilmer@diosanjoaquin.org)
Marilyn Metzgar (mmetzgar@diosanjoquin.org)

For Clergy:

Is your parish/mission information correct on The Episcopal Church Website?
Go the Episcopal Church website at www.episcopalchurch.org and click on Find a Church. Upon finding your church, you can verify, update, and correct your information if needed.

Articles for Friday Reflection

Parishes and Missions! We want to know what’s happening!
Articles can be submitted to the Diocesan Office at emeyer@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 Reflection are best in PDF format.
Treasurers:Cash donated for the Bishop Discretionary Fund at your Episcopal Visits, should be deposited it into your parish account and a check for the total amount be sent to the Diocese of San Joaquin. Thank you.
ALL MAIL…
for the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, Bishop, Canon, and Administrator is to be mailed to 1528 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA 95355.

Thank you,

Ellen Meyer,

Administrator

For Northern Deanery…

Northern Deanery Meeting: 

 

The next Northern Deanery Meeting is Saturday, June 6, 2015. 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.,

St. Francis, Turlock.

For  Central Deanery…

Central Deanery MeetingLet’s all go to the ball game!

 

The next central deanery event will be gathering at Chukchansi Park to watch the Grizzlies play on August 2, 2015. The game starts at 6:05 PM.  The Rev. Suzie Ward is working on reserving a block of tickets.   Each congregation in the Central Deanery needs to make an estimate of  how many people will be coming and email her at  sward1978@sbcglobal.net.

 

For Southern Deanery…

Southern Deanery Meeting

 

The next Southern Deanery meeting is scheduled for Saturday, July 11, 2015, 11:00 a.m., St. Andrew’s, Taft. There will also be a Warden and Treasurer Meeting from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

Whats going on…

What’s Happening in the DIO 
Diocesan Council Meeting, Saturday, May 30, 2015, 10:00 a.m., Holy Family, FresnoJoint Meeting with Standing Committee and Diocesan Council, Saturday, May 30, 2015, 12:00 noon, Holy Family, FresnoStanding Committee Meeting, Saturday, May 30, 2015, 1:00 p.m., Holy  Family, Fresno

 

Northern Deanery Meeting, Saturday, June 6, 2015, 10:00 a.m., St. Francis, Turlock

 

Commission on Ministry Meeting, Saturday, June 13, 2015, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Holy Family, Fresno

 

Southern Deanery Meeting, Saturday, July 11, 2015, 11:00 a.m., St. Andrew’s, Taft

 

Warden and Treasurer Meeting, Saturday, July 11, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., St. Andrew’s, Taft

 

Warden and Treasurer Meeting, Saturday July 18, 2015, 10:00-noon, St. Paul’s, Modesto

 

Warden and Treasurer Meeting, Saturday July 18, 2015, 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Fresno,Holy Family

 

Annual Convention, October 23-24, 2015, St. Paul’s, Modesto

Click on the link below to see more upcoming events and meetings around the diocese.

 

From our Parishes and Missions..

Walking To Stamp Out Hunger! 

 

 

 

Here’s a nice photo of the St. Paul’s, Modesto contingent getting ready to participate in the Modesto CROP Hunger Walk today (May 9). The Walk raises funds to assist hungry people in Modesto and around the world. 75% of the funds from this Walk go to Church World Service and 25% go to Modesto’s Interfaith Ministries. St. Paul’s, Modesto hadn’t participated in the Walk before, but we got into it in a big way!We had the largest contingent of walkers.

We’ve raised $3135.00 thus far with some donations yet to be turned in.  A goal was set for $1500, and we have more than double that. and when the totals are tallied will likely have raised the most money. Anyone interested in learning about CROP Hunger Walks in their community can learn more at www.crophungerwalk.org.

Tom Hampson, St. Paul’s, Modesto

 

 

You are invited to Holy Family!
We know that you are concerned, as are we, with the human trafficking that is occurring in our valley communities. We join in and support your efforts to bring awareness to the tragedy of human trafficking. Because of your commitment and leadership on this issue, we invite you to participate in an upcoming event, we hope, will inspire further action to bring liberty to those enslaved and justice to those who ensnare.
Please consider joining us for a Human Trafficking Awareness to Action Summit, to be held on May 30th at 4:00 pm. This summit will feature the film, A Trafficked Life, which explores the problem of human trafficking in our own valley communities. The film will be followed by a question and answer session and a call to action to eradicate human trafficking.
We hope you will consider participating. It will take all of us, working together in a sustained fashion, for liberty and justice in our communities.
Shalom,
The Rev. Michele Racusin
and the community of
Holy Family Episcopal Church

Human Trafficking Awareness to Action Summit

 

When: Saturday, May 30, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
Where: Park Inn
3737 N. Blackstone Ave.
Fresno, CA 93726
Featuring:
a short documentary by Michael Fagans
Sponsored by:
Holy Family Episcopal Church
Catering: ChariTea

 

” But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act-they will be blessed in their doing.” James 1:25 (NSRV

 

 

 

  

RENEW MY CHURCH, TRANSFORM MY LIFE
A WEEKEND OF SPIRITUAL RENEWAL AND PARISH REVITALIZATIONSaturday, June 20, 2015 St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church
316 El Dorado St., Stockton, CA
Guest Speaker: The Rev. Canon Dr. Fred Vergara,
Episcopal Church Missioner, Asiamerican Ministries

 

9:30 AM – ARRIVAL, REGISTRATION & NETWORKING
10:00 AM – MISSION, VISION AND PRAYER
What is the mission of the church? What is your specific vision for your church? How do you integrate them into prayer?
11:00 AM – Break
11: 15 AM – A THREE-FOLD MINISTRY: WORSHIP, FELLOWSHIP, AND SERVICE
Worship is ministry to the Lord; fellowship is ministry to the church; and service is ministry to the world. How do you develop and improve your church’s three-fold ministry?
12: 15 PM – Lunch
1:15 PM – PRACTICUM 1: How to Lead Contemporary Worship
2:15 PM – PRACTICUM 2: How to Pray for Healing and Deliverance
3:15 PM – PRACTICUM 3: How to Share the Gospel/Evangelize

Please join us for Holy Eucharist on Sunday, June 21 at 10:30 AM
The Rev. Dr. Winfred Vergara, guest preacher.

To register for the Seminar please e-mail Karen at episcopalangel@outlook.com

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The Friday Reflection Title

May 8, 2015

 

I’m baaaaaack!

 

I’ve been back from my extended vacation for a while but this is my first time to write for the Friday Reflection since returning from my time in France.

 

For those of you who are not aware, I have a priest friend who retired from working in the US about 7 years ago and moved to the south of France. While in France he discovered an ecumenical English speaking group of Christians who were meeting together for prayer but had no minister or pastor. Over the past seven years he has gradually brought this group of English speakers living in France into the Church of England. It is still a very ecumenical group (Methodists, Quakers, Anglicans and Baptists) and very international (Scots, Brits, Irish, Americans, Canadians, and even some New Zealanders) but now officially part of the Church of England chaplaincy in the south of France.

 

My friend turned 75 this year and decided that he wanted to really, really retire. He wrote and asked me if I would like to come and do a mini-interim at his congregation for a couple of months while he travelled back in the US. That would give his congregation a time to get used to not having him around and I would get the use of his house and car while in France in exchange for Sunday services. I was delighted when Bishop David let me move last year’s vacation into this year along with some of my vacation time from this year in order for me accept this once in a lifetime opportunity.

 

My experience with this ecumenical group has caused me to ponder some about models for church in our own diocese. This group of Christians in France had Holy Communion on the first and third Sundays of the month, Morning Prayer led by very well trained Lay Readers on the second and fourth Sundays (and on those Sunday’s I was assigned to lead Eucharist at a different English speaking congregation within the chaplaincy), and a lay led Prayer and Praise service on the fifth Sunday of the month.

 

Everybody in the congregation seemed to get it that they needed to make room for someone else’s worship style even though it wasn’t their particular cup of tea. It made me think more about the hub model that we are moving toward as a diocese and how even more expansive our hub concept could be. What might happen if we really attempted to be more ecumenical and inclusive with Lutherans, Methodists and others as we move into our new model? What might our church look like in the future?

 

Only God knows.

 

A blessed Eastertide to all of you,

 

Canon Kate

 

“Travel Light, leaving baggage behind.”

                                                                             Luke 10:1-12

From School For Deacons…

Nancy Key has graduated from The School for Deacons. Congratulations Nancy! 

Published…

http://www2.bakersfieldcollege.edu/lhr/3-1/Vivian.html

Way to go Fr. Tim!

From Integrity of San Joaquin…

 

Believe Out Loud Workshop Coming to Modesto!

 

Integrity’s Believe Out Loud (BOL) workshops are designed to teach people how to engage their parishes in meaningful conversations about becoming more welcoming to LGBTQ persons, and how to take the next steps in being public about it.  With the tools you will gain from this workshop, you can work with your fellow Christians to build your churches as inclusive communities that welcome EVERYONE into the body of Christ. BOL Workshops ensure that each participant will leave with the ability and confidence to start the conversation in a collaborative, non-confrontational way.

 

 

Sponsor: Integrity USA
Facility by:  Integrity Provincial Coordinator Cindy Smith

and San Joaquin Diocesan Organizer Jan Dunlap

Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church,

Fellowship Room, Parish Hall

1528 Oakdale Rd, Modesto, California 95355

Date: May 16, 2015

Time: 10:00a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (lunch provided)

Sign in: 9:30a.m.

Registrations on-line: Click Here

 

Fee: $25.00 non-members

$10.00 low income/students/seniors(55+)

$00.00 integrity members

Local organizer: Claudine Romegialli at

msgialli06457@yahoo.com

St. Anthony’s Retreat…

                                                  

 

Love, Suffering and the Cross: 

A Retreat with Julian of Norwich

June 5-7, 2015

While having lived in the 14th century, Julian of Norwich has much to say to us today. Her visions of Christ’s suffering reveal the depths of love, and surprisingly convey a sense of peace and joy. Come to St Anthony’s Retreat House in Three Rivers to learn about and pray with this extraordinary woman. Fr. Luis Rodriguez, the Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Savior in Hanford, will be leading this retreat, which is very similar to the Women’s Retreat he led some years ago at ECCO. He is a friend of the Julian Shrine in England, has visited there many times and led a number of pilgrimages to this holy place.

A registration form with further details can be clicking here, or by visiting St Anthony’s website at http://www.stanthonyretreat.org.

 

The Benedictine Experience…

The Benedictine Experiencetakes place each year in a number of special places around the United States and England. Each Experience offers an opportunity to live the rhythm of Benedictine life for a few days in a “thin place” where God’s presence seems very near. Each offers a chance to explore Benedictine values such as humility, stability, and listening. Every day, rich in silence, offers the distinctive balance of time for prayer, study, work, and rest. Two Benedictine Experiences are coming up in June:

Bishop’s Ranch, Healdsburg, California, June 22-29, 2015: This is truly a “thin place,” with beautiful views of the surrounding vineyards and hills. We will learn from conferences by Sr. Mary Donald Corcoran, OSB as well as Fr. James Knutsen and Fr. Robert Hale, OSB. Sacred music helps us build a Benedictine community of constant prayer with John Renke as musical director.

Canterbury Cathedral, June 22-29, 2015: We will stay at the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, within the Precincts of the Cathedral. In this splendid and sacred space, we will join the Cathedral community in Morning Prayer, Eucharist, and Evening Prayer each day, often with the Cathedral choir. Our spiritual director is Abbot Stuart Burns, OSB, who is the abbot of a growing community of Benedictine brothers and sisters at Mucknell Abbey in Worcestershire.

For more information and registration details, please visit www.benedictfriend.org, emailinfo@benedictfriend.org.

From the Diocesan Office…

For Clergy and Lay: 

The 56th Annual Diocesan Convention is October 23-24, 2015 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Modesto, CA. The Convention Committee is asking everyone to save the date. We encourage everyone to attend and welcome all who would like to participate.
Please direct any questions to:
Stephanie Gilmer (sgilmer@diosanjoaquin.org)
Marilyn Metzgar (mmetzgar@diosanjoquin.org)

For Clergy:

Is your parish/mission information correct on The Episcopal Church Website?
Go the Episcopal Church website at www.episcopalchurch.org and click on Find a Church. Upon finding your church, you can verify, update, and correct your information if needed.

Articles for Friday Reflection

Parishes and Missions! We want to know what’s happening!
Articles can be submitted to the Diocesan Office at emeyer@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 Reflection are best in PDF format.
Treasurers:Cash donated for the Bishop Discretionary Fund at your Episcopal Visits, should be deposited it into your parish account and a check for the total amount be sent to the Diocese of San Joaquin. Thank you.
ALL MAIL…
for the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, Bishop, Canon, and Administrator is to be mailed to 1528 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA 95355.

Thank you,

Ellen Meyer,

Administrator

For Northern Deanery…

Northern Deanery Meeting: 

 

The next Northern Deanery Meeting is Saturday, June 6, 2015. 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.,

St. Francis, Turlock.

For  Central Deanery…

Central Deanery Meeting 

 

The next Central Deanery event will be May 17, 2015. It is a BBQ potluck hosted by St. Raphael’s.

 

The event will be held at the Fresno Flats Historic Village. Fresno Flats Historical Park is located near Oak Creek Intermediate School and Yosemite High School on Road 427, also known as School Road.

 

The fun begins at 2 PM. St. Raphael’s is cooking the hot dogs and hamburgers. The rest of us need to bring salads and/or desserts. Everyone should bring their own drinks. Paper products will be provided.

 

Click this link for driving directions.

Each parish group should RSVP to the Rev. Suzy Ward so we can cook enough hot dogs and hamburgers at sward1978@sbcglobal.net.

 

For Southern Deanery…

Southern Deanery Meeting

 

The next Southern Deanery meeting is scheduled for Saturday, July 11, 2015, 11:00 a.m., St. Andrew’s, Taft. There will also be a Warden and Treasurer Meeting from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

Whats going on…

What’s Happening in the DIO  

 

General Convention Deputation Meeting, Saturday, May 9, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.,

Holy Family, Fresno

 

Central Deanery Meeting, Sunday, May 17, 2015, 2:00 p.m., St. Raphael’s, Oakhurst

 

Diocesan Council Meeting, Saturday, May 30, 2015, 10:00 a.m., Holy Family, Fresno

 

Joint Meeting with Standing Committee and Diocesan Council, Saturday, May 30, 2015, 12:00 noon, Holy Family, Fresno

 

Standing Committee Meeting, Saturday, May 30, 2015, 1:00 p.m., Holy  Family, Fresno

 

Northern Deanery Meeting, Saturday, June 6, 2015, 10:00 a.m., St. Francis, Turlock

 

Commission on Ministry Meeting, Saturday, June 13, 2015, 9:30a.m.-4p.m., Holy Family, Fresno

 

Southern Deanery Meeting, Saturday, July 11, 2015, 11:00 a.m., St. Andrew’s, Taft

 

Warden and Treasurer Meeting, Saturday, July 11, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., St. Andrew’s, Taft

 

Annual Convention, October 23-24, 2015, St. Paul’s, Modesto

   Click on the link below to see more upcoming events and meetings around the diocese.

 

From our Parishes and Missions..

St. Paul’s, Modesto Outreach to Girl Scout Community

As part of our service to the community, St. Paul’s regularly opens its doors free of charge to various Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops. This past month about 60 girls took part in the Girl Scouts Powder Puff Derby held in our church hall. Each competitor received a kit with pinewood to create her car. The girls then placed them atop the sloping track and let gravity carry them to the floor. They created designs on the cars that included Girls Scout Cookies, flowers and “The A-Team.” A special themed Girl Scout Cookie pinewood derby car was included in the race. Herein is an example of the types of community building events to which our church aspires as part of nurturing the local community.

ICON WORKSHOP

St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Taft

May 14, 15 and 16    

 

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM each day

Joyce Tanner will provide the supplies and the expertise for people to create an icon. St Andrew’s will provide the lunches.

Joyce will be at St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Taft for three days in May to help whoever would like to create an icon.

As many of you already know Joyce has been offering these icon workshops all over the diocese and many people have benefited by her faithful instruction.

We can see her beautiful icons in many churches in the Diocese of San Joaquin.

Everyone is welcome to come and be given the opportunity to create. It is a wonderful way to explore some of the important people and symbols imbedded our common faith. A person does not need to be a talented artist to come, participate and have some fun painting in the long and ancient tradition of “writing an icon”.

The cost of the workshop is $35.00 which is meant to cover the cost of the supplies needed to create an icon. Scholarships are available. Please contact the church if a scholarship is needed.

Joyce will be the speaker at the Taft Rotary Club luncheon meeting on Wednesday May 13

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The pictured icon is the Baptism of Jesus which is in St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, in Taft, California.

 


From St. Michael’s, Ridgecrest

   
Even though we are in the desert and complying with the new guidelines of 3 times a week watering, at St Michael’s Ridgecrest we have a beautiful garden. Cactus, succulents, established trees and drought tolerant shrubs, plants in containers and a few wildflower volunteers enable us to save water and still give our grounds some lovely “curb appeal”.

  

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The Friday Reflection Title

May 1, 2015

Stories of the Bag…

from St. Anne’s, Stockton

 

with gratitude from Renee Jacobs

 

I took one of the yellow bags that were designed to hand out to the needy people on the streets of Stockton. I had it for a couple of weeks, and while I saw some needy people, it was either unsafe to stop, or to be honest, it may have been an inconvenience to me.

A short while ago I was at one of the shopping centers, and as I came out of the store a man approached me in the parking lot. He was dirty and disheveled, and was not pushing a cart or anything I could see. He put his hands together under his chin, in a pleading manner, and attempted to smile – poor thing had no teeth and it was a very sad, but earnest plea. My first instinct was to distance myself from him, and I got in my car and started to leave. As I was driving away the thought of the bag came to mind, and I turned around and came to a stop. I got out of the car and retrieved the bag from the back of my car. I walked over to him and handed him the bag; he looked inside and the sweetest smile cross his face. He again placed his folded hands under his chin and mouthed “Thank You” to me.

 

As I was leaving, I thanked God for bringing that bag to mind, and then I thanked St. Anne’s for making those bags available to myself and others. It brought to mind how blessed I truly am, and how grateful I am to be in a place where the needy are thought more of than mere annoyances. Thanks to all who made it possible for me to learn the lesson of giving, and to encourage me to be grateful for all that God has graced me with.

 

and the lesson grows from Leslie Sanchez

When we began collecting our supplies for the bags, Leslie got her place of work involved. She put a container in the beauty shop so that coworkers and customers could bring in supplies to go in the bags. She had a yellow bag with the tub so people could see what we were doing. A couple of the high school age children of coworkers wanted to help us ‘stuff the bags’ at St. Anne’s, but were unable to make it the evening the Confirmation Class was preparing the bags. The idea stuck with one of the students from Bear Creek High School. He asked Leslie if it would be alright for him to put a bin at his high school so that they could collect supplies for bags. Of course, she told him yes.

He got permission from the school to put out the bin and to spread the word about what St. Anne’s was doing. Turns out they went even further. The high school group not only collected supplies, they created their own bags and have been handing them out to those in need. How awesome is that!

 

a story of the bag from Kimberly Watts-Willis as told to those gathered for Maundy Thursday (any errors in this retelling are the fault of the editor)

 

I had taken a bag and placed it in my car. I added a couple items to the bag which I thought would be helpful. Usually I encounter people with signs for help standing in the median or at the side of the road at stop signs and lights, but for some reason I had gone for a few weeks without encountering one. The bag continued to ‘roll’ around in the back of my minivan, and I was considering just taking it out.

On my way to work I pulled up to a stop sign, and there was a man in the middle of the traffic lane with a sign which said “Help”. This was unusual and I was trying to decide whether to just go around him (into an oncoming traffic lane) or go a different route. Other cars were pulling up behind me. He just stood in the middle of the road looking very dejected. I remembered the bag in the back of the car, but was weighing the annoyance of the drivers behind me with the moments it would take to get the bag and give it to the man. Figuring, what the heck, I got out of the car, went back and got the bag, and took it to the man. I told him that I hoped there might be something in it that he could use. He didn’t say anything and wouldn’t take the bag from me.

Knowing that I needed to get back in the car and move out of the way, I placed the bag at his feet. He still didn’t pick it up. I got back in and pulled around the man who was standing in the street with a bright yellow bag at his feet. When I’d gone a block and was at the next stop sign, I looked back in my rear view mirror. The man and the bag were gone. I hope that there was something in that bag that he needed.

 

“Travel Light, leaving baggage behind.”

                                                                             Luke 10:1-12

From Your Administrator-Ellen…

29th B+E+S+T Conference 
 

Last week I attended the 29th B+E+S+T (Bishop Executive Secretaries Together) Conference. The conference is held every year rotating by province. The conference this year was hosted by our Province VIII and was held in San Diego. Administrators, Bishop Executive Secretaries and Personal Assistants to the Bishop attend this conference from the entire Episcopal Church of the United States including South America and the pan pacific.

 

This year 14 out of the 18 dioceses of Province VIII were represented. Bishops attend these conferences and a high number attended this year. Our Bishop David was asked to be the keynote speaker. His presentation was inspirational and well received knocking it out of the ball park. His presentation continued to be mentioned throughout the entire convention with great admiration for him and our diocese. Many mentioned that our diocese was fortunate to have him as our bishop and I agree.

 

For the third year I was nominated to be the Provincial Representative for Membership. It is a great privilege and honor to represent the Diocese and the Province in this capacity.

From Integrity of  San Joaquin…

 

Believe Out Loud Workshop Coming to Modesto!

 

Integrity’s Believe Out Loud (BOL) workshops are designed to teach people how to engage their parishes in meaningful conversations about becoming more welcoming to LGBTQ persons, and how to take the next steps in being public about it.  With the tools you will gain from this workshop, you can work with your fellow Christians to build your churches as inclusive communities that welcome EVERYONE into the body of Christ. BOL Workshops ensure that each participant will leave with the ability and confidence to start the conversation in a collaborative, non-confrontational way.

 

 

Sponsor: Integrity USA
Facility by:  Integrity Provincial Coordinator Cindy Smith

and San Joaquin Diocesan Organizer Jan Dunlap

Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church,

Fellowship Room, Parish Hall

1528 Oakdale Rd, Modesto, California 95355

Date: May 16, 2015

Time: 10:00a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (lunch provided)

Sign in: 9:30a.m.

Registrations on-line: Click Here

 

Fee: $25.00 non-members

$10.00 low income/students/seniors(55+)

$00.00 integrity members

Local organizer: Claudine Romegialli at

msgialli06457@yahoo.com

St. Anthony’s Retreat…

                                                  

 

Love, Suffering and the Cross: 

A Retreat with Julian of Norwich

June 5-17, 2015

While having lived in the 14th century, Julian of Norwich has much to say to us today. Her visions of Christ’s suffering reveal the depths of love, and surprisingly convey a sense of peace and joy. Come to St Anthony’s Retreat House in Three Rivers to learn about and pray with this extraordinary woman. Fr. Luis Rodriguez, the Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Savior in Hanford, will be leading this retreat, which is very similar to the Women’s Retreat he led some years ago at ECCO. He is a friend of the Julian Shrine in England, has visited there many times and led a number of pilgrimages to this holy place.

A registration form with further details can be clicking here, or by visiting St Anthony’s website at http://www.stanthonyretreat.org.

 

The Benedictine Experience…

The Benedictine Experiencetakes place each year in a number of special places around the United States and England. Each Experience offers an opportunity to live the rhythm of Benedictine life for a few days in a “thin place” where God’s presence seems very near. Each offers a chance to explore Benedictine values such as humility, stability, and listening. Every day, rich in silence, offers the distinctive balance of time for prayer, study, work, and rest. Two Benedictine Experiences are coming up in June:

Bishop’s Ranch, Healdsburg, California, June 22-29, 2015: This is truly a “thin place,” with beautiful views of the surrounding vineyards and hills. We will learn from conferences by Sr. Mary Donald Corcoran, OSB as well as Fr. James Knutsen and Fr. Robert Hale, OSB. Sacred music helps us build a Benedictine community of constant prayer with John Renke as musical director.

Canterbury Cathedral, June 22-29, 2015: We will stay at the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, within the Precincts of the Cathedral. In this splendid and sacred space, we will join the Cathedral community in Morning Prayer, Eucharist, and Evening Prayer each day, often with the Cathedral choir. Our spiritual director is Abbot Stuart Burns, OSB, who is the abbot of a growing community of Benedictine brothers and sisters at Mucknell Abbey in Worcestershire.

For more information and registration details, please visit www.benedictfriend.org, emailinfo@benedictfriend.org.

From the Diocesan Office…

For Clergy and Lay: 

The 56th Annual Diocesan Convention is October 23-24, 2015 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Modesto, CA. The Convention Committee is asking everyone to save the date. We encourage everyone to attend and welcome all who would like to participate.
Please direct any questions to:
Stephanie Gilmer (sgilmer@diosanjoaquin.org)
Marilyn Metzgar (mmetzgar@diosanjoquin.org)

For Clergy:

Is your parish/mission information correct on The Episcopal Church Website?
Go the Episcopal Church website at www.episcopalchurch.org and click on Find a Church. Upon finding your church, you can verify, update, and correct your information if needed.

Articles for Friday Reflection

Parishes and Missions! We want to know what’s happening!
Articles can be submitted to the Diocesan Office at emeyer@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 Reflection are best in PDF format.
Treasurers:Cash donated for the Bishop Discretionary Fund at your Episcopal Visits, should be deposited it into your parish account and a check for the total amount be sent to the Diocese of San Joaquin. Thank you.
ALL MAIL…
for the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, Bishop, Canon, and Administrator is to be mailed to 1528 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA 95355.

Thank you,

Ellen Meyer,

Administrator

For Northern Deanery…

Northern Deanery Meeting: 

 

The next Northern Deanery Meeting is Saturday, June 6, 2015. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.,

St. Francis, Turlock.

For  Central Deanery…

Central Deanery Meeting- Fun Update 

 

The next Central Deanery event will be May 17, 2015. It is a BBQ potluck hosted by St. Raphael’s.

 

The event will be held at the Fresno Flats Historic Village. Fresno Flats Historical Park is located near Oak Creek Intermediate School and Yosemite High School on Road 427, also known as School Road.

 

The fun begins at 2 PM. St. Raphael’s is cooking the hot dogs and hamburgers. The rest of us need to bring salads and/or desserts. Everyone should bring their own drinks. Paper products will be provided.

 

Click this link for driving directions.

Each parish group should RSVP to the Rev. Suzy Ward so we can cook enough hot dogs and hamburgers at sward1978@sbcglobal.net.

 

For Southern Deanery…

Southern Deanery Meeting

 

The next Southern Deanery meeting is scheduled for Saturday, July 11, 2015, 11:00 a.m., St. Andrew’s, Taft. There will also be a Warden and Treasurer Meeting from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

Whats going on…

What’s Happening in the DIO  

 

General Convention Deputation Meeting, Saturday, May 9, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.,

Holy Family, Fresno

 

Central Deanery Meeting, Sunday, May 17, 2015, 2:00 p.m., St. Raphael’s, Oakhurst

 

Diocesan Council Meeting, Saturday May 30, 2015, 10:00 a.m., Holy Family, Fresno

 

Joint Meeting with Standing Committee and Diocesan Council, Saturday May 30, 2015, 12:00 noon, Holy Family, Fresno

 

Standing Committee Meeting, Saturday, May 30, 2015, 1:00 p.m., Holy  Family, Fresno

 

Northern Deanery Meeting, Saturday June 6, 2015, 10:00 a.m., St. Francis, Turlock

 

Southern Deanery Meeting, Saturday, July 11, 2015, 11:00 a.m., St. Andrew’s, Taft

 

Warden and Treasurer Meeting, Saturday, July 11, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., St. Andrew’s, Taft

 

Annual Convention, October 23-24, 2015, St. Paul’s, Modesto

   Click on the link below to see more upcoming events and meetings around the diocese.

 

From our Parishes and Missions..

ICON WORKSHOP

St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Taft

May 14, 15 and 16    

 

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM each day

Joyce Tanner will provide the supplies and the expertise for people to create an icon. St Andrew’s will provide the lunches.

Joyce will be at St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Taft for three days in May to help whoever would like to create an icon.

As many of you already know Joyce has been offering these icon workshops all over the diocese and many people have benefited by her faithful instruction.

We can see her beautiful icons in many churches in the Diocese of San Joaquin.

Everyone is welcome to come and be given the opportunity to create. It is a wonderful way to explore some of the important people and symbols imbedded our common faith. A person does not need to be a talented artist to come, participate and have some fun painting in the long and ancient tradition of “writing an icon”.

The cost of the workshop is $35.00 which is meant to cover the cost of the supplies needed to create an icon. Scholarships are available. Please contact the church if a scholarship is needed.

Joyce will be the speaker at the Taft Rotary Club luncheon meeting on Wednesday May 13

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The pictured icon is the Baptism of Jesus which is in St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, in Taft, California.

 

  


From St. Michael’s, Ridgecrest

   
Even though we are in the desert and complying with the new guidelines of 3 times a week watering, at St Michael’s Ridgecrest we have a beautiful garden. Cactus, succulents, established trees and drought tolerant shrubs, plants in containers and a few wildflower volunteers enable us to save water and still give our grounds some lovely “curb appeal”.

  

Diocesan Website and Facebook…
 Have you checked it out?
Keep up to date on news and events with our
Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin website www.diosanjoaquin.org  

 

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Check out postings from Bishop David and Canon Kate at 
Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin

The Episcopal Church Website
Episcopal News Service

For the Bishop and  Canon’s Calendar…

Bishop David’s Calendar -Click Here
 
Canon Kate’s Calendar- Click Here

 

For our Diocesan Prayer Calendar….click here

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The Friday Reflection Title
1-23-2015

April 22, 2015

 

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. Most of them sleep in their cars, although there have been those who sleep outdoors. Some use our tables for their meals, others stash their bicycles for later retrieval behind the metal sheds, and a few leave their belongings hidden in the bushes.

 

One of our “regulars”, a couple who sleeps in their van, was still parked in the lot this Sunday when I arrived. After the sun rose, I became concerned for their well-being as they normally leave before sunrise. I tapped lightly on the side window of the van. Startled, Sarah reached for the hood release, came out and asked for a jump. She began a story of why they were stranded….a dead battery…

 

As she took a breath, I said to her, “Look, I know you spend the night here. I wanted to make sure you were okay. Would you like a cup of coffee?”

 

To which she snapped: “Well you’re pretty smart there. Almost as smart as I am. My partner doesn’t drink coffee.”

 

“Would she prefer tea?” I persisted. “Come on, I’ll make some for you.”

 

As she walked with me to the kitchen, she commented: “Well, you’re kinda nice. You are smart too, so I’m gonna be honest with you.” And as I made coffee for her and green tea for her partner, she opened up….about being a veteran, about failed relationships, about abuses, about how she has a place to stay, but doesn’t want it, about the child she has who is in foster care because she lives in a van, about her partner’s childhood and her relationships.

 

Would it be easy to be judgmental? You bet! Had she made bad decisions? Certainly. Did she have a way off of the streets? Yep.

 

But that is not really the point, is it? This is someone in need. This is a human being. This is someone’s child, someone’s mother, someone’s lover…..and she is a child of God.

 

The yellow bag project is not only about what you put in the bag. And to an extent, it is not about to whom you give the bag. It is about really seeing and attending to the necessities of those who so desperately need compassion, love, and comfort. The yellow bag serves as our reminder that we, as people of God, are called to minister to a broken world.

 

As I put lids on the cups of coffee and tea, I invited her into our food pantry. I handed her a yellow bag and told her to take whatever she needed. She placed cereal, granola bars, and canned goods with pull tabs into the bag. I noted that she was not at all greedy. She thanked me profusely. We hugged.

 

As she got ready to leave she said, “You know, I have been to your church.”

 

“I know and you are welcome anytime.”

 

As she walked across the parking lot, she began to say something under her breath. As I strained to hear, her words became evident. “Thank you God. Thank you God. Thank you God.”

 

Rev. Michele Racusin

Holy Family Fresno

 

 

“Travel Light, leaving baggage behind.”

                                                                             Luke 10:1-12

Follow up to Stewardship University…

The Rev. Canon Timothy M. Dombeck spoke of Demographic Reports and  Participation and Trend Charts at the Stewardship University Workshop.

 

Here is the information from the Episcopal Church Website. Click here to print out your demographics and latest Chart.

 

 

Studying Your Congregation and Community  

 

In order to know who you are, you need to examine where you are and where you have been.

 

Looking at the social and demographic characteristics of the local community sheds light on the people to which we hope to minister.  Looking at trends in membership, average worship attendance, and financial giving sheds light on congregational strength and whether current patterns indicate growth, decline or stability.

Mosaic Descriptions (link is external)

Safeguarding God’s Children…

From the Episcopal Church Website on Children’s Ministries:

 

Children’s enthusiastic expressions of faith can help transform the church and everyone in it. To assist children in fully participating in their church communities and in exploring their own ministries, we provide imaginative, innovative resources for those who work with children.

The Episcopal Church is serious in its call to love, shelter, protect, and defend children within its own community and in the world. The General Convention of The Episcopal Church adopted the Safe Church Resolution (B008) in 2003 to “Protect Children and Youth from Abuse.”

The Safeguarding God’s Children program was developed to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse in everyday life and ministry. By keeping our children safe we can empower them to grow, receiving and responding to God’s love.

 

We here in the Diocese of San Joaquin are serious about protecting our children.

 

Is your parish/mission making Safeguarding God’s Children a priority?

 

Contact Stephanie Gilmer at sgilmer@diosanjoaquin.org to get started or renew your commitment to our precious children.

 

From the Diocesan Office…

For Clergy:
 

Is your parish/mission information correct on The Episcopal Church Website?
Go the Episcopal Church website at www.episcopalchurch.org and click on Find a Church. Upon finding your church, you can verify, update, and correct your information if needed.
For Clergy and Lay:

Articles for Friday Reflection

Parishes and Missions! We want to know whats happening!
Articles can be submitted to the Diocesan Office at emeyer@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 Reflection are best in PDF format.

Diocesan Website:

We know our website has been disappointing, but hold on just a little bit longer!
It’s coming soon!
Missional Bags… 
are in the office.  If you have not made your request please email me at the Diocesan Office with your needs.
I have mailed the bags to those who have requested them.
Treasurers:Cash donated for the Bishop Discretionary Fund at your Episcopal Visits, should be deposited it into your parish account and a check for the total amount be sent to the Diocese of San Joaquin. Thank you.
ALL MAIL…
for the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, Bishop, Canon, and Administrator is to be mailed to 1528 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA 95355.

Thank you,

Ellen Meyer,

Administrator

For Northern Deanery…

Northern Deanery Meeting: 

 

The next Northern Deanery Meeting is Saturday, June 6, 2015. 10 a.m. to 12 noon,

St. Francis, Turlock.

For  Central Deanery…

Central Deanery Meeting- Fun Update 

 

The next Central Deanery event will be May 17, 2015. It is a BBQ potluck hosted by St. Raphael’s.

 

The event will be held at the Fresno Flats Historic Village. Fresno Flats Historical Park is located near Oak Creek Intermediate School and Yosemite High School on Road 427, also known as School Road.

 

The fun begins at 2 PM. St. Raphael’s is cooking the hot dogs and hamburgers. The rest of us need to bring salads and/or desserts. Everyone should bring their own drinks. Paper products will be provided.

 

Click this link for driving directions.

Each parish group should RSVP to the Rev. Suzy Ward so we can cook enough hot dogs and hamburgers. sward1978@sbcglobal.net.

 

For Southern Deanery…

Southern Deanery Meeting

 

The next Southern Deanery meeting is scheduled for Saturday, July 11, 2015, 11:00 a.m., St. Andrew’s, Taft. There will also be a Warden and Treasurer Meeting from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

Whats going on…

What’s Happening in the DIO  

 

General Convention Deputation Meeting, Saturday, May 9, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.,

Holy Family, Fresno

 

Central Deanery Meeting, Sunday, May 17, 2015, 2:00 p.m., St. Raphael’s, Oakhurst

 

Diocesan Council Meeting, Saturday May 30, 2015, 10:00 a.m., Holy Family, Fresno

 

Joint Meeting with Standing Committee and Diocesan Council, Saturday May 30, 2015, 12:00 noon, Holy Family, Fresno

 

Standing Committee Meeting, Saturday, May 30, 2015, 1:00 p.m., Holy  Family, Fresno

 

Northern Deanery Meeting, Saturday June 6, 2015, 10:00 a.m., St. Francis, Turlock

 

Southern Deanery Meeting, Saturday, July 11, 2015, 11:00 a.m., St. Andrew’s, Taft

 

Warden and Treasurer Meeting, Saturday, July 11, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., St. Andrew’s, Taft

 

Annual Convention, October 23-24, 2015, St. Paul’s, Modesto

   Click on the link below to see more upcoming events and meetings around the diocese.

 

From our Parishes and Missions..

From St. Paul’s Modesto
Organ available
There is a Thomas Organ available for any parish who needs it.
It is a Celebrity Royal with a 2-tier keyboard. If you are interested
please call St. Paul’s, Modesto 209.522.3267 and ask for Mike Cox.

ICON WORKSHOP

St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Taft

May 14, 15 and 16    

 

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM each day

Joyce Tanner will provide the supplies and the expertise for people to create an icon. St Andrew’s will provide the lunches.

Joyce will be at St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Taft for three days in May to help whoever would like to create an icon.

As many of you already know Joyce has been offering these icon workshops all over the diocese and many people have benefited by her faithful instruction.

We can see her beautiful icons in many churches in the Diocese of San Joaquin.

Everyone is welcome to come and be given the opportunity to create. It is a wonderful way to explore some of the important people and symbols imbedded our common faith. A person does not need to be a talented artist to come, participate and have some fun painting in the long and ancient tradition of “writing an icon”.

The cost of the workshop is $35.00 which is meant to cover the cost of the supplies needed to create an icon. Scholarships are available. Please contact the church if a scholarship is needed.

Joyce will be the speaker at the Taft Rotary Club luncheon meeting on Wednesday May 13

.

The pictured icon is the Baptism of Jesus which is in St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, in Taft, California.

 

Diocesan Website and Facebook…
 Have you checked it out?
Keep up to date on news and events with our
Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin website www.diosanjoaquin.org  

 

Facebook  
Check out postings from Bishop David and Canon Kate at 
Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin

The Episcopal Church Website
Episcopal News Service

For the Bishop and  Canon’s Calendar…

Bishop David’s Calendar -Click Here
 
Canon Kate’s Calendar- Click Here

 

For our Diocesan Prayer Calendar….click here

Episcopal ShieldDio seal
Join Our Mailing List

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