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December 2012

 

Secrets of the Advent artichoke

By Barbara Bartocci, part of the Vestry Papers (November 2009)

One day before Christmas, my four-year-old grandson Danny was acting particularly obstreperous. His exasperated mother finally said, “Danny, settle down and behave or Santa’s going to bring you rocks and sticks.” Danny’s eyes lit up. “Goody! I like rocks and sticks!”

We laughed, but though he didn’t know it, my grandson was reminding us of the joy that exists in what is real.  Here’s something to remember for the season of Advent. This is a time of expectation, of preparation: a time of longing for the reality that is birthed in each of us as Christ within. So that we can say, as St. Paul said, “Not I, but the Christ in me.”

A common symbol of Advent is the wreath. But when I lead Advent retreats, I use a different symbol: the Advent Artichoke! To eat an artichoke you must pull off the outer leaves in order to reach the succulent delicious heart. We, too, need to pull off whatever may be keeping us from recognizing our deepest selves, for that is where we find Christ who lives in our hearts. For instance, superficial status symbols. The right label, the right car, the right neighborhood. Are we clinging to these?

Borrowed values
Most of us follow what we learned from parents, teachers, church pastors and the media. But is it time to take a second look? What if you’re ignoring something that may be different from what you learned but is God’s way of alerting you to a unique gift you haven’t yet used?

Unnecessary fear
Jesus said, “You cannot serve two masters.” He didn’t say, “You should not.” He said you cannot. It may be necessary for church members or pastors to occasionally take a risk, to step out of your comfort zones now and then. Don’t let fear hold you back. Fear will push out love and prevent a quiet trust in the will of God.

 

Here are four of the words I offer at my retreats that can help us pull off outer leaves:

    Watch.  Jesus often encouraged his disciples to “watch.” This Advent, pay attention to your actions. Check out your motives. But do it non-judgmentally, simply as a way of gaining information about yourself. About what is really going on with you.

   Accept.  We live in a time of turbulent change. Parishes are struggling more for money. This Advent, practice accepting each day as a gift from God and vow to recognize all that happens in your life as part of God’s plan for you.

   Choose.  An “attitude of gratitude” will help us discover that ultimately all things intermingle for good when we place God at the center.

    Pray.  Those serving on vestries often say they wish they had more time to pray. See Grace on the Go: 101 Quick Ways to Pray.* (Morehouse) It offers ways to find prayer opportunities in the daily actions you’re already doing.  Like this one:

   Make a driveway meditation.  Before leaving on your morning commute, place your hands lightly on your car’s steering wheel and breathe deeply. Ask God to steer you through your day. Pump in the spirit. Need gas? As you fill your car, ask God to fill you with loving kindness toward everyone you meet that day.

As a final reminder, try serving artichokes at dinner. As you pull off the outer leaves, let this act remind you that Advent is a season for removing what doesn’t really count in our lives in order to discover the true Christ that lives within our hearts.

 

A member of St. Michael’s and All Angels in Mission, Kansas, Barbara Bartocci is an award-winning author of nine books, including the Grace on the Go series* from Morehouse.


Advent/Christmas Schedule

 

Sunday, December 2               1st Advent

Northern deanery combined worship – Evensong at 4:00  P. M. St. John the Baptist, Lodi.  Reception following.

Sunday, December 9               2nd Advent

ONE SERVICE at 9:00 a.m. followed by the Annual Meeting, Part 1.

 Poinsettia sale in the back parking lot 11:00 – 2:00.   Youth selling cards, crafts, and baked goods in the parish hall.

Sunday, December 16             3rd Advent

Las Posadas, meet in the church at 5:00 p.m.  Following the play we end back in the parish hall for fiesta dinner.

Sunday, December 23             4th Advent

Monday, December 24            Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Family service at 5:00 p.m.  Children help build a creche as we tell the Christmas story.

Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols with Eucharist begins at 10:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 25            Christmas Day service at 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, December 30

Eucharist at 8:00 and 10:00.

Youth led service at 10:00 a.m. with special musical program by Puna One Ola.

Sunday, January 6                  Epiphany.

 

Looking Ahead

Jan. 20              Annual meeting, part 2, one service at 9:00 am

Feb. 8-9             Pub Nights

Mar. 31               Easter


Financials       Oct             YTD

Income                       13,763                 143,213

Operating Exp            13,501                 117,917

Assessment                 2,084                    19,019

Mortgage                     1,400                     14,018

Over/(Under)              (3,222)                    (7,741)

Statements for contributions through November will be available the 2ndweek in December.  It would be nice to get any errors corrected prior to the year end.  Statements for 2012 will be available on Sunday, January 20.

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Annual Meeting, Part One

When we will elect four church members to serve 3-year terms on the Vestry, three to serve as our delegates to deanery and diocesan convention, and three alternates for delegates, will be on Sunday, December 9.  The annual meeting, part 2, will be held on Sunday, January 20 when we will have the annual reports, report on the finances from 2012 and the budget for 2013.

Each of these Sundays, there will be ONE Service beginning at 9:00 a.m.  In December we will be using Rite 1, and in January we will use Rite 2.  All members are encouraged to attend both meetings.  We strive to keep them informative and fun.  Mark your calendars – now.

 

CODE 7

Spencer Lockwood

With Christmas Eve coming, St. Anne’s will host another Code 7! This is something we do every year for all the brave Police, Fire & EMS who work the night shift on December 24.  Code 7 means meal time and since all the restaurants are closed on this night, some of us stay up late and serve these good people a hot meal.  It’s just a way of saying THANKS for all that they do and keeping us safe.  Some of our main dishes have already been donated, so we are looking for a ham, a green salad, a couple vegetable dishes and a few dozen cookies & brownies.  (Please, NO PIES!  We want deserts that are easy to take on the go.)   A few cases of soda and water are also needed.  A sign up sheet will be put in the Parish Hall by next Sunday.  If you have any questions, please contact Spencer Lockwood, Amy Miller or Rev. Lyn! Thanks & Happy Holidays!

 

Bible Study

Wednesday, Dec.12th

Have you thought about being in a Bible Study Group but were thinking you didn’t have the time or wouldn’t be able to make every meeting?

Well, you’re in luck!St. Anne’s Bible Study meets the2nd Wednesday of the month,6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Each session is designed so that missing a meeting is not a problem.

Mark your calendar and come check it out. Bring a friend or even two.  Everyone is invited.

If you have any questions talk to Dave Morlan

 

Searching – for Sunday Teachers

And speaking about ministries…We have 6 openings for Sunday teachers in our Primary, Intermediate and Tween classes.

(Wow! We’ve made it to needing 3 classes).

The rewards of teaching are great if you are interested talk to:

Nina O’Regan,

Leslie Sanchez

Rev. Lyn

 

PUB NIGHT is coming

February 8th & 9th, 2013

The pub night committee has been meeting each month since April.

If you are interested in being a member of the committee, our next meetings are on the following days:

December 2nd 1145am

December 19th 630pm

January 6th 1145am

January 23d 630pm

All meetings will be held in the office conference room.

We also need raffle and silent auction items.

Silent auction items might include use of vacation homes or time shares, catered dinner for 6-8 persons, or baseball tickets, for example.The list is not exhaustive use you imagination the committee is open to suggestions.

If you have anything to contribute, please contact one of the following:

Bridget Childs 415-939-0995 bridchilds@yahoo.com

Bill DeMotte 209-477-9140 wdemotte@comcast.net

Erin Rausch 209-401-0178 erinrausch@hotmail.com

Devin Landreth 209-601-2171 devinroderic@hotmail.com

 

Men’s Group Meeting

The Men’s Group will be meeting Thursday, December  13th  at 6pm.

All men are welcome to attend.  Bring a friend and plan to enjoy good food (Pot Luck) and good fellowship.
For more information please call:
Bill DeMotte at 477-9140
 

Searching -for an Altar Guild Director

Sarah King, the interim Altar Guild director had been serving for two years and is ready for someone else to take over this ministry. She officially “retires” as interim director on October 1, 2012. She will be staying on as one of the weekly teams as a member of the Altar Guild. The director of the Altar Guild heads recruiting and training new altar guild members-the people responsible for cleaning the Altar area and the Sacristy, making sure that all vessels and linen are kept clean and in good repair. There are two special teams in St. Anne’s Altar Guild: one is responsible for the flower arrangements on Sunday; and one is responsible for the cleaning and preparing the linens. The director is the conductor of all parts. If you have a gift of organization, find spiritual feeding in working behind the scenes and enjoy working with people who feel the same, please talk with Sarah and Rev. Lyn. Sarah will be able to give you a realistic time commitment. Pray about this ministry- I know that God is speaking to someone out there.

Morning / Evening Prayer

Would anyone be interested in offering the Daily Office (i.e. Morning or Evening Prayer) at St Anne’s? If you are, please contact

Devin  Landreth by email at devinroderic@att.net or

telephone at 209- 601-2171.

These services can easily be led by lay persons and are in many churches


A Reminder

Healthy Habits of Communication

1.  I tell my own story and let others tell theirs.

2.  I avoid “awfulizing” negative experiences.

3.  I say what needs to be said to the one who needs to hear it.

4.  I devote as least as much energy to careful listening as to careful speaking.

5.  If something prompts anger in me, I report it honestly in a way that invites positive solutions.

6.  I refrain from blaming and shaming.


Food Bank

This Time of year the food bank is in great need please help if you can.There is a basket in the back.

For November and December we would like

“Holiday Specific” foods:

stuffing mix, pie filling, canned gravy, yams, cranberry sauce, and such.

Baby food is always good to donate.

Thanks,Evelyn Kiddie

 

Book Mark & Prayer for Haiti are available               

The Haiti/San Joaquin Friendship Task Force is distributing bookmarks, imprinted with contact information for the Foyer Notre Dame and a daily prayer, for $1.00 each. Proceeds will be used to support our friends in Haiti.

Christina Aasen will be in the back of the church on Sundays so please pick your bookmarks.

Want to exercise but think you can’t? Think again!

Anybody can do TAI CHI for HEALTH

Slow, graceful controlled movement for ∙ BALANCE ∙ STRENGTH ∙ FLEXIBILITY ∙ ENERGY

During the past year, St. Anne’s has sponsored a Tai Chi class on Friday afternoons from 3:30-5:00.  Typically we have from 8-15 participants – the group is a friendly bunch of folks who are always incredibly welcoming to newcomers!  So if you have the time free and the interest, please come join us.

Perhaps you are interested in learning Tai Chi but would prefer to start with a step-by-step instruction (rather than just dropping into an on-going class).  If so, a new opportunity is coming up. Beginning Nov 1, St. Anne’s will offer a second Tai Chi class for those new to the practice on Thursday pm from 5:30-7:00.  The class will be on-going and interested folks can drop in as able.  If not available to start on the 1st Nov, newcomers will always be welcome to start at a later date.  In this class we will do a progressive relaxation process, short mindfulness meditation, Tai Chi/Yoga-based warm-ups, and a beginning 12-step Tai Chi form modified so that all can participate, regardless of current fitness level. In fact, the entire sequence can be done in sitting if needed.  So if you have the time and interest, please join us for this mind-body-movement healing practice.

For more information, please contact Pat Tirone at 209-607-9876 or at pltirone@gmail.com.

We suggest a $4 contribution but do not want anyone to be unable to participate due to financial burden; everyone is free to contribute according to his/her own means

 

News from Around the San Joaquin Diocese…

 

The Firday Reflection

November 9, 2012 

At the beginning of October I was privileged to be part of a St. Francis’ Day blessing with the congregation in Atwater. St. Nicholas had planned the event to be held at The Last Hope Cat animal shelter just outside of town. When I got to the shelter I discovered that the shelter housed not only rescue cats, but also goats, horses, donkeys, dogs, and even pot-bellied pigs. It was an afternoon of great fun with about 75 people in attendance from the surrounding community who came at the invitation extended by St. Nicholas.

We had holy water and incense as we processed around the animal sanctuary. We had fun. This is one of the reasons I became a priest: to celebrate with joy the expression of the Spirit among us.

At the conclusion of the animal blessing a boy of about 11 years approached me. He had a cross on a chain around his neck and he asked if I would bless it. As I held it in my hand, I noted aloud that it was not like any cross I had ever seen before. It looked…boxier.

The boy explained to me that the cross held some of his brother’s ashes. His brother, only two years older, had recently died in a car accident. I didn’t perceive sadness in the boy, but rather a feeling of seriousness about the blessing and a feeling of pride in his brother. As I looked up after the blessing I saw the boy’s mother standing behind him with tears in her eyes. I could tell that this had been a meaningful blessing and poignant moment for both the boy and his mother. This is also one of the reasons I became a priest: to enter with tenderness into the place where God is among us and cares for each one of us in our most difficult times.

As I drove home that day I found myself reaffirmed in ministry and vocation. In the midst of blessing animals and blessing a cross, I was deeply blessed.

Canon Kate+

 

at ECCO!

December 31, 2012 – January 1, 2013

ECCO  -  A Sensible Celebration for New Year’s.

Have you wanted to do something fun for New Year’s but not wanted to risk being on the road? Ecco wants you to Stay and Play with us. Music, Games, Dancing and Socializing

Begin your evening with yummy appetizers and a chance to get acquainted. Then enjoy a dinner of your choice of Prime Rib or Lemon Herb Salmon with roasted red potatoes, steam vegetable medley, fresh baked rolls and your choice of fresh baked pie all served from our buffet line

After dinner: an evening of games and music provided by DJ for your dancing or listening pleasure. Ring in the New Year on New York time at 9:00 pm and then dance and play the night away knowing your comfortable lodge room is steps away.

Complete your stay with a delicious Sunday Brunch.

New Year’s Eve: Social Hour 6:30 pm | Dinner 7:00 pm | New York Midnight Toast 9:00 pm New Year’s Day: Brunch 10:00 am and late check-out at 12:00 pm

Pricing: Includes New Year’s Eve Celebration, Social, Dinner and Festivities, Sunday Brunch. Prices are per person. Prices listed below is what you pay, there are no additional charges.

Single Occupancy (Private Lodge Room)$99.00

Double Occupancy (Two per Lodge Room) $77.00

Get your friends together and reserve a table for 8. Reservation deadline is December 14th.

Kristen Hobbs

Program Coordinator/ Road Scholar Coordinator Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst

43803 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

ph.559.683.8162 ext. 210

fax.559.683-4971

www.ECCOyosemite.org

programs@eccoyosemite.org

Office of the Bishop

1528 Oakdale Rd, Modesto, 95355

The Rt. Rev. Chester Talton, Bishop

The Rev. Kate Cullinane, Canon to the Ordinary

 

St. Anne’s Office

Rector                  The Rev. Lyn Morlan; office 209-473-2313, cell 209-423-8477

Pianist                  Sandra Durkin

Choir Director        Kimberly Watts-Willis

Church Secretary  Nita Rabena

Sexton                  John Blair

Newsletter Editor   Christina Aasen

Sunday School                 Nina O’Regan

E-mail:  stannestkn@sbcglobal.net

Web page:  episcopalchurchofstanne.com

 

Vestry

Senior Warden              Bill DeMotte; 477-9140

Co-Junior Wardens        Lydia Fox; 608-0784 and Kim Odenweller; 951-2471

Class of 2013                Bret Espil; Lydia Fox; Kim Odenweller

Class of 2014                David Beales; Bill DeMotte; Denice Flynn; Luis Sanchez

Class of 2015                Floyd Crame; Melanie Dane; Devin Landreth; Dan Sandoval


November 2012

 

Change

Rev. Lyn Morlan

Change is a part of living, we can’t avoid it.    All living things experience change.  Then how can it be true that “the more things change, the more things stay the same”?  Change is not necessarily a linear process, it’s circular.

Think about nature.   Plants grow from seeds; they mature and produce more seeds; the plant dies and the seeds are released; there is a time of rest and then plants grow from some of those seeds.  The great ‘circle of life’.  We can’t stop it.

Most of us have at one time or another wished for the good ‘ole days, for the way it used to be.  That is good when we’re talking about basic values, but not so good when we want to stop growth and progress.  We need change.

Jesus was all about changing.  He taught about changing from a strict adherence to the laws to acting in accordance with the intent of the laws.  Summed up – love your neighbor as yourself.  (What we may tend to forget is the loving ourself part.)  The gospels are full of healing stories.  Any who ask Jesus for help or healing are changed.  Their affliction is removed, they are made whole.  But not only are they different, those around them are changed.  They are now witnesses to the love and grace of God.

As Christians we are charged with changing the things in our world which are broken, including ourselves.  Change, like life, is definitely not for sissies.  Perhaps one or two of the following quotes on change will make you chuckle or think a bit.  Enjoy.

What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger… Jörgen Elofsson, Ali Tamposi, David Gamson, and Greg Kurstin.  Sung byKelly Clarkson.

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

Charles Darwin

This is your time and it feels normal to you, but really, there is no normal. There’s only change and resistance to it and then more change.

Meryl Streep

 They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

Andy Warhol

 Change is the constant, the signal for rebirth, the egg of the phoenix.

Christina Baldwin

 Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.

King Whitney Jr.

 All appears to change when we change.

Henri-Frédéric Amiel

 Disconnecting from change does not recapture the past. It loses the future.

Kathleen Norris

 Truth is eternal, knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them.

Madeleine L’Engle

 

Looking AheadOct 26 -27       Diocesan Convention, St Paul’s,  Modesto

Nov. 14-16       Clergy Retreat San Juan Bautista

Nov. 16            Family movie night, 6:00 p.m.

Nov. 18            Holiday Bazaar

Dec. 2              1st Advent, Church Year C begins


FinancialsFinancials                  Sept                   YTD

Income                       15,996                 129,449

Operating Exp            11,750                  104,416

Assessment                 2,042                    16,935

Mortgage                    1,400                     12,618

Over/(Under)                 804                    (4,520)

 

Between the surplus carried from last year and a prepaid pledge for 2012, we are able to cover the year to date deficit without having to transfer funds from our contingency account.  Thank you for keeping your pledges up to date!

Consecration SundayA big thank you to the committee and to you the members of St. Anne, for a very successful stewardship campaign!  Valerie Leyva, our guest leader; Denice Flynn, Chair of Consecration Sunday; Amy Miller and Madeline Ruiz, Consecration Sunday luncheon; Christina Aasen, telephone caller extraordinaire; Kim Odenweller, Lewis Gale, and Sylvia Dobrow, Sunday speakers, and Luis Sanchez, Stewardship chairperson.

Based on the Estimate of Giving cards turned in and the past history of giving for those who were unable to attend Consecration Sunday, we expect a 10% increase in our income for 2013.

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Bible Study

Wednesday, November 14

  Have you thought about being in a Bible Study Group but were thinking you didn’t have the time or wouldn’t be able to make every meeting?  Well, you’re in luck!

St. Anne’s Bible Study meets the

2nd Wednesday of the month,

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Each session is designed so that missing a

 Meeting is not a problem.

Mark your calendar and come check it out. Bring a friend or even two.  Everyone is invited.  If you have any questions talk to Dave Morlan.

 

Searching

 for Sunday Teachers

And speaking about ministries…

We have 6 openings for Sunday teachers in our Primary, Intermediate and Tween classes.

(Wow! We’ve made it to needing 3 classes).

The rewards of teaching are great, talk to

Nina O’Regan, Leslie Sanchez or

Rev. Lyn  if you are interested.

Men’s Group Meeting

The Men’s Group will be meeting Thursday,

November 8 at 6pm.  All men are welcome to attend.  Bring a friend and plan to enjoy good food and good fellowship.  For more information

Please call Bill DeMotte at 477-9140.


PUB NIGHT is coming

February 8th and 9th 2013.

The Pub Night committee has been meeting each month since April. If you are interested in becoming a member, please plan to attend the next meeting of the committee on Sunday November 4th at11:45am, in the office conference room.

In addition, we need items to serve as

Silent Auction or Raffle prizes.

If you have items to donate, please contact

Bill DeMotte  477-9140

Devin Landreth  601-2171

Erin Rausch  401-0178

 

A Reminder

Healthy Habits of Communication

1.  I tell my own story and let others tell theirs.

2.  I avoid “awful zing” negative experiences.

3.  I say what needs to be said to the one who needs to hear it.

4.  I devote as least as much energy to careful listening as to careful speaking.

5.  If something prompts anger in me, I report it honestly in a way that invites positive solutions.

6.  I refrain from blaming and shaming.

 

Sunday School Throughout the year, the Sunday School children hold fundraisers to raise money for different causes. They sell Christmas cards, Valentine’s Day cards, Cookies, Crafts etc. Through the Episcopal Relief Development Organization (click below to see) the most recent funds  raised will be used to help those in need. The children voted to purchase/support the following: Bees, drought resistant seeds and tools, clean water, mosquito nets, community garden,  health clinic, food at school, and a goat. Thank You to all our church members who support our fundraisers.

The Episcopal Relief and Development Organization 

Searching -for an Altar Guild Director

Sarah King, the interim Altar Guild director had been serving for two years and is ready for someone else to take over this ministry. She officially “retires” as interim director on October 1, 2012. She will be staying on as one of the weekly teams as a member of the Altar Guild. The director of the Altar Guild heads recruiting and training new altar guild members-the people responsible for cleaning the Altar area and the Sacristy, making sure that all vessels and linen are kept clean and in good repair. There are two special teams in St. Anne’s Altar Guild: one is responsible for the flower arrangements on Sunday; and one is responsible for the cleaning and preparing the linens. The director is the conductor of all parts. If you have a gift of organization, find spiritual feeding in working behind the scenes and enjoy working with people who feel the same, please talk with Sarah and Rev. Lyn. Sarah will be able to give you a realistic time commitment. Pray about this ministry- I know that God is speaking to someone out there.

Morning/Evening Prayer

Would anyone be interested in offering the Daily Office (i.e. Morning or Evening Prayer) at St Anne’s? If you are, please contact

Devin  Landreth by email at devinroderic@att.net or

telephone at 601-2171.

These services can easily be led by lay persons and are in many churches

 

Voices of Witness: Out of the Box- November 4th, St Anne’s, Stockton        At St. Anne’s in Stockton on Sunday evening, November 4, at 4:00 p.m., the Rev. Carolyn Woodall will present “Voices of Witness: Out of the Box“. She states, “This video was made so that the church could better understand what  is likely the least understood group in the church – those who, like me, are transgender. It features interviews with me, Bishop Chet, Fr. Harold Clinehens, Bishop Gene Robinson, and others.” This is an event open to the community (much like Dan Odenweller’s  presenting “Over Troubled Waters”). Carolyn will be available following the video for discussion and to answer any questions.

Food Bank

This Time of year the food bank is in great need please help if you can.

There is a basket in the back

For November and December we would like to

“Holiday Specific” foods:

stuffing mix, pie filling, canned gravy, yams, cranberry sauce, and such.

Baby food is always good to donate.

Thanks,

Evelyn Kiddie


Book Mark Prayer Reminder available for HaitiThe Haiti/San Joaquin Friendship Task Force is distributing bookmarks, imprinted with contact information for the Foyer Notre Dame and a daily prayer, for $1.00 each. Proceeds will be used to support our friends in Haiti. Christina Aasen will be in the back of the church on Sundays so please pick your bookmarks.

One thing we can all do is pray.  The prayer on the back of the bookmark is as follows:

O God, who created all peoples in your image, we thank you for our rich diversity.  Enrich our lives by ever widening circles of friendship, especially in Haiti and San Joaquin, show us your presence in each other until our knowledge of your love is made perfect in our love for all your children, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Want to exercise but think you can’t? Think again! Anybody can do

TAI CHI for HEALTH

Slow, graceful controlled MOVEMENT ∙ BALANCE ∙ STRENGTH ∙ FLEXIBILITY ∙ ENERGY

During the past year, St. Anne’s has sponsored a Tai Chi class on Friday afternoons from 3:30-5:00.  Typically we have from 8-15 participants – the group is a friendly bunch of folks who are always incredibly welcoming to newcomers!  So if you have the time free and the interest, please come join us.

Perhaps you are interested in learning Tai Chi but would prefer to start with a step-by-step instruction (rather than just dropping into an on-going class).  If so, a new opportunity is coming up. Beginning Nov. 1, St. Anne’s will offer a second Tai Chi class for those new to the practice on Thursday from 5:30-7:00 p.m.  The class will be on-going and interested folks can drop in as able.  It’s okay if you can’t make the Nov. 1 class, newcomers will always be welcome.  In this class we will do a progressive relaxation process, short mindfulness meditation, Tai Chi/Yoga-based warm-ups, and a beginning 12-step Tai Chi form modified so that all can participate, regardless of current fitness level. In fact, the entire sequence can be done in sitting if needed.  So if you have the time and interest, please join us for this mind-body-movement healing practice.  For more information, please contact Pat Tirone at 209-607-9876 or at pltirone@gmail.com.

We suggest a $4 contribution but do not want anyone to be unable to participate due to financial burden; everyone is free to contribute according to his/her own means.

 News from Around the Diocese…

Ordination to Priesthood,

Eldon (Andy) Anderson,

October 6, 11 a.m.,

St. Anne’s, Stockton

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  On a beautiful October morning, Eldon (better known as Andy) Anderson was ordained to the Priesthood by our Bishop, Chester L. Talton.  Following the ordination service was a wonderful reception.  Andy was busy bestowing blessings on many who attended.

Andy does not have an assignment yet.  He and Karen are taking some time to relax.  We wish him all the best!

Diocesan Website:

www.diosanjoaquin.org

 

Our website is where you can get the news on recent and upcoming events, forms for registration of events or for your parish/mission needs, contact information, commissions and committees and much, much more. If you wish to have something posted on our website contact Ellen Meyer atemeyer@diosanjoquin.org

 

History of the Episcopal Church

For a lot of us that know how the Episcopal Church came about this is old hat. But for the new Episcopalians, I am going to put a small article each month till we are up to date on our history. I think it is fun to read about.

Part II    The history of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America

Colonial origins (1607-1775) The Church of England in the American colonies began with the founding of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607 under the charter of the Virginia Company of London. It grew slowly throughout the colonies along the east coast becoming the established church in Virginia in 1609, the lower four counties of New York in 1693, Maryland in 1702, South Carolina in 1706, North Carolina in 1730, and Georgia in 1758. By 1700, the Church of England’s greatest strength was in Virginia and Maryland.

The overseas development of the Church of England in British North America challenged the insular view of the church at home. The editors of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer found that they had to address the spiritual concerns of the contemporary adventurer. In the 1662 Preface, the editors note:  “…that it was thought convenient, that some Prayers and Thanksgivings, fitted to special occasions, should be added in their due places; particularly for those at Sea, together with an office for the Baptism of such as are of Riper Years: which, although not so necessary when the former Book was compiled, …is now become necessary, and may be always useful for the baptizing of Natives in our Plantations, and others converted to the Faith.”

In 1649, Parliament granted a charter to found a missionary organization called the “Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in New England” or the “New England Society”, for short. After 1702, the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts(SPG) began missionary activity throughout the colonies.


 

 

October 2012

Consecration Sunday Is Coming

Congregations that approach financial stewardship from a biblical perspective do not view the money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay its bills.  Rather, such congregations see financial contributions as a way to help people grow spiritually in their relationship with God by supporting their church’s mission and ministry with a percentage of their incomes.

Our congregation’s Stewardship committee has selected the New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program as a way to teach the biblical and spiritual principles of generous giving in our stewardship education emphasis this year.

New Consecration Sunday is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive.  Instead of treating people like member of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship.  New Consecration Sunday encourages people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response to the question, “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?”  During morning worship on Consecration Sunday, we are asking our members to make their financial commitments to our church’s missionary, benevolent, and educational ministries in this community and around the world.

Every member who completes an Estimate of Giving Card does so voluntarily by attending morning worship on Consecration Sunday.  We urge people to attend who feel strongly opposed to completing a card.  The procedure is done in such a way that no one feels personal embarrassment if he or she chooses not to fill out a card.

We will do no home solicitation to ask people to complete cards.  During morning worship our guest leader will conduct a brief period of instruction and inspiration, climaxed by members making their commitments as a confidential act of worship.

We will encourage participation in Consecration Sunday events through the Consecration Sunday team and Vestry members.  Since we will make no follow-up visits to ask people to complete their cards, we will make every effort to inform, inspire, and commit everyone to attend Consecration Sunday worship.

Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation in Consecration Sunday events.

Chairperson for Consecration Sunday,

Denice Flynn


Looking Ahead

 

Oct. 6              11:00 a.m. Ordination to Priesthood                          Eldon (Andy) Anderson

2:00 p.m.  Northern Deanery mtg.

Oct. 7              5:00 p.m.  Blessing of the Animals

Oct. 21                        Consecration Sunday; Spirit Sunday

Oct 26 -27       Diocesan Convention, St Paul’s,

Modesto

Nov. 14-16       Clergy Retreat San Juan Bautista

Dec. 2              Advent, Church Year C begins

 

 

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TAI CHI for HEALTH

Slow, graceful controlled MOVEMENT  ∙  BALANCE  ∙ STRENGTH ∙ FLEXIBILITY ∙  ENERGY

Parish Hall, Fridays    3:30-5:00 pm

  • Improved balance, flexibility, endurance, strength, and circulation.
  • Relief from stress and pain
  • Improves flexibility & range of motion while reducing joint pain

 

Suggested contribution $4 per class;

however, any amount gratefully accepted

 

Contact Pat Tirone, PT, DPT, EdD

pltirone@ gmail.com or call (209) 607-9876

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Bible Study: Wednesday, October 10th

  Have you thought about being in a Bible Study Group but were thinking you didn’t have the time or wouldn’t be able to make every meeting?  Well, you’re in luck!

 

St. Anne’s Bible Study meets the

second Wednesday of the month,

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Each session is designed so that missing a

 meeting is not a problem.

Our next meeting is October 10th  Mark your calendar and come check it out. Bring a friend or even two.  Everyone is invited.  If you have any questions talk to Dave Morlan.

 

 

Financials – 2012             Aug              YTD

Revenue                              15,724            113,453

Operating Expenses              11,268              92,665

Assessment                           3,549              14,893

Mortgage                              1,400               11,219

Over/ (Under)                       (493)           (5,324)

 

Between the surplus carried from last year and a prepaid pledge for 2012, we are able to cover the budget deficit without having to transfer funds from our contingency account.  Thank you for keeping your pledges up to date!

 

 

Something to Lose

The Get Healthy/Lose Weight group meets on Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Room.  We weigh-in (which keeps us accountable), talk about our week and get answers to questions or suggestions for how to stay on a plan for healthy living.  All are welcome!

 

 Men’s Group Meeting

The Men’s Group will be meeting Thursday, October 11th   at 6pm.  All men are welcome to attend.  Bring a friend and plan to enjoy good food and good fellowship.  Pot Luck   For more information

Please call Bill DeMotte at 477-9140.

 

PUB NIGHT is coming

February 8 and 9, 2013

The Pub Night Committee has been meeting each month since April. If you are interested in being a part of the committee, our next scheduled meetings are October 7th 11:45;  Oct 17th  7:00pm and  Nov 4th 11:45 in the office conference room.

Also we are in need of items for silent auction and raffle prizes, call Bridget Childs, she could use your call her. So if you have anything to contribute or know of anyone who might be willing to contribute toward our raffle or silent auction please let   Bridget Childs, Devin Landreth, Erin Rausch or Bill DeMotte know

NOTICE THE CLEAN,

SHINY BRASS PIECES!

Thanks to the Vestry, which approved the use of money from Memorial Funds for the professional refinishing of all our major brass pieces. Thanks, too, to Melanie Dane for organizing and overseeing this project; to Devin Landreth who helped me transport the items to and from Sacramento; and to Amy Miller’s brother, David Goldsworth, who reassembled the most challenging pieces.

The finish on all the pieces will last for many, many years. Altar Guild members will be able to maintain the bright shine by gently wiping the items with a soft damp cloth followed by soft dry cloth. Polishing is forbidden as it would remove the finish.

Updates on other projects: The linens that we ordered from Haiti have not yet arrived. After the Ordination on October 6, the cushions will be removed from the Altar Rail and Sanctuary chairs to be cleaned and refurbished. This will take about three weeks.

Sarah King, Interim Altar Guild Director

 

 

A Special Coffee Hour Celebration

To honor the ministries and contributions of

Steve Bentley and Sue Dickson

will be held on

Sunday, October 14, 2012

All are invited.

Jeff and Heather Ryan

 

 

Bishop Chet has assigned Steve to Christ the King in Riverbank to complete his process.

 

Morning/Evening Prayer

Would anyone be interested in offering the Daily Office (i.e. Morning or Evening Prayer) at St Anne’s? If you are, please contact

Devin Landreth by email at devinroderic@att.net or telephone at 601-2171.

These services can easily be led by lay persons and are in many churches.

St. Anne’s Stewardship Campaign 2013 Planning Underway

First of all, I would like to thank you, each and everyone, for supporting our Church ministries and supporting the Episcopal Church of St. Anne this year. The year is not over yet, so please continue your pledge commitments throughout the rest of the year. Our hope is that you have been able to get closer to God through your giving of your time, talent and treasure.

We are now approaching the time period in which the Vestry, the Stewardship Commission and you, as members of our church, begin planning for next year’s Stewardship campaign.  For 2013, we will be taking a different approach: a spiritual-growth-oriented process designed to enrich our biblical understanding of Christian stewardship. Our new campaign will focus on you, as followers of Jesus Christ, who give for your own spiritual development.

We will initiate Consecration Sunday”, a program which asks every member of this church to respond to the question, “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?”

Over the next several weeks, more details will be shared in preparation for this event.

 

Thank you,

Luis Sanchez

Stewardship Chairperson

 

 

A Reminder

Healthy Habits of Communication

1.  I tell my own story and let others tell theirs.

2.  I avoid “awful zing” negative experiences.

3.  I say what needs to be said to the one who needs to hear it.

4.  I devote as least as much energy to careful listening as to careful speaking.

5.  If something prompts anger in me, I report it honestly in a way that invites positive solutions.

6.  I refrain from blaming and shaming.

 

Searching -for an Altar Guild Director

Sarah King, the interim Altar Guild director had been serving for two years and is ready for someone else to take over this ministry. She officially “retires” as interim director as of October 1, 2012. She will be staying on as one of the weekly teams as a member of the Altar Guild. The director of the Altar Guild heads recruiting and training new altar guild members-the people responsible for cleaning the Altar area and the Sacristy, making sure that all vessels and linen are kept clean and in good repair. There are two special teams in St. Anne’s Altar Guild: one is responsible for the flower arrangements on Sunday; and one is responsible for the cleaning and preparing the linens. The director is the conductor of all parts. If you have a gift of organization, find spiritual feeding in working behind the scenes and enjoy working with people who feel the same, please talk with Sarah and Rev. Lyn. Sarah will be able to give you a realistic time commitment. Pray about this ministry- I know that God is speaking to someone out there.

Searching – for Sunday teachers

And speaking about ministries…

We have 6 openings for Sunday teachers in our Primary, Intermediate and Tween classes.

(Wow! We’ve made it to needing 3 classes).

The rewards of teaching are great, talk to

Nina O’Regan, Leslie Sanchez or Rev. Lyn if you are interested.

 

 

This month in History

October 21, 1879 – Thomas Edison successfully tested an electric incandescent lamp with a carbonized filament at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey, keeping it lit for over 13 hours.

October 21, 1915 – The first transatlantic radio voice message was made by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company from Virginia to Paris.

October 24, 1945 – The United Nations was founded.

 

 

 

News from Around the San Joaquin Diocese…

Book Mark Prayer Reminder available for Haiti

We need a volunteer to take charge of offering the bookmarks to the congregation. If you are interested, please talk with Rev. Lyn.

The Haiti/San Joaquin Friendship Task Force is distributing bookmarks, imprinted with contact information for the Foyer Notre Dame and a daily prayer, for $1.00 each. Proceeds will be used to support our friends in Haiti.

One thing we can all do is pray.  The prayer on the back of the bookmark is as follows:

O God, who created all peoples in your image, we thank you for our rich diversity.  Enrich our lives by ever widening circles of friendship, especially in Haiti and San Joaquin, show us your presence in each other until our knowledge of your love is made perfect in our love for all your children, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

 

 

 

Diocesan Website:

www.diosanjoaquin.org

 

Our website is where you can get the news on recent and upcoming events, forms for registration of events or for your parish/mission needs, contact information, commissions and committees and much, much more. If you wish to have something posted on our website contact Ellen Meyer at emeyer@diosanjoquin.org

 

San Joaquin Diocesan

Convention October 26-27, 2012

   You can pick up the various forms for registration, vendors, maps, and programs for our Diocesan Convention, Friday, October 26 through Saturday, October 27, at St. Paul’s in Modesto, in the church or at the church office or on the diocesan website.  There are special forms for Youth registration.  All members of the diocese are encouraged to attend the convention, and we are especially looking for a Youth presence.  There will be childcare for children 5 and below.  Special activities will be available for children ages 6 to 10.  Youth in grades 6 through 12 will have their own program on Friday and Saturday at St. Paul’s and sleep over under the supervision of adult leaders.  The youth will definitely have the most fun!

There will be a diocesan choir at the Saturday, 9:30 Eucharist.  If you are interested, please contact Chuck Sheaffer at (cbshea@pacbell.net).  The combined choir will practice at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

We need a banner carrier for the procession at the Eucharist on Saturday morning.  Acolytes from all the churches are encouraged to vest and participate in the Convention Eucharist.  Please let Rev. Lyn know if you can represent St. Anne’s, and if you would be willing to carry our banner!

The business portion of the convention will be on Saturday afternoon, so delegates please mark your calendars now.  Any delegate who is not able to attend should let Rev. Lyn know as soon as possible so that an alternate can be asked to take your place.

 

Integri TV- Voices of Witness: Out of the Box 

A Must-See Video for the Diocese of San Joaquin:  June 1, 2012, a video entitled Voices of Witness: Out of the Box was made available on YouTube on the IntegriTV channel.

We in the Diocese of San Joaquin know more the than most the destructive effects exclusivity can have on the church. We have seen it first hand and it came close to destroying us.  We have worked hard and prayed hard to leave that behind and build a diocese where all are welcome.  It is a continuing process and much of the church lags behind in being fully inclusive – and neither are our own efforts complete.

 

This video was made so that the church could better understand what is likely the least understood group in the church – those who, like me, are transgender.  It features interviews with me, Bishop Chet, Fr. Harold Clinehens, Bishop Gene Robinson, and others. It will be distributed in DVD form, along with a study guide, to all of the Bishops and General Convention Deputies, and will be shown at General Convention on July 4, 2012. Please watch this very informative and important video. I will be willing to show the video and engage in discussion of it anywhere in the diocese. I can be contacted at: deacon.carolyn@gmail.com.

 

History of the Episcopal Church

For a lot of us that know how the Episcopal church came about this is old hat. But for the new Episcopalians, I am going to put a small article each month till we are up to date on our history. I think it is fun to read about.

The history of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America has its origins in the Church of England, a church which stresses its continuity with the ancient Western church and maintains apostolic succession.[1] Its close links to the Crown led to its reorganization on an independent basis in the 1780s. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, it was characterized sociologically by a disproportionately high number of high status Americans as well as English immigrants: More than a quarter of all presidents of the United States have been Episcopalians (see List of United States Presidential religious affiliations). Although it was not among the leading participants of the Abolitionist movement in the early 19th century, by the early 20th century its social engagement had increased to the point that it was an important participant in the Social Gospel movement, though it never provided much support for the Prohibitionist movement. Like other mainline churches in the United States, its membership decreased from the 1960s. This was also a period in which the church took a more open attitude on the role of women and toward homosexuality, while engaging in liturgical revision parallel to that of the Roman Catholic Church in the post Vatican II era.

 

 Correspondence from Deacon Carolyn and Bishop Chet.  We can all participate by wearing purple on October 19th and being prepared to talk about why we are doing so.

 

Dear Bishop Chet,

 

October 19th is Spirit Day. If you’re not familiar with it, here is part of the Wikipedia entry about it:

 

         In early October 2010, Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan promulgated the observance of a new commemoration called Spirit Day, the first observance of which took place on October 20, 2010, in which people wear the color purple to show support for LGBT young people who are victims of bullying.[1] Promoted by GLAAD, many Hollywood celebrities wore purple on this day to show their support of this cause[2][3][4], and many websites added a prominent purple shade to their design.

      The name, Spirit Day comes from the purple stripe of the Rainbow Flag, defined by

 Gilbert Baker, creator of that flag, as ‘representing “spirit”‘. The observance was inaugurated  in response to a rash of widely-publicized bullying-related suicides of gay school students 

 in 2010, including that of Tyler Clementi.[5]

 

At our convention in 2010 we started our forum on blessing of same sex relationships with

a memorial to Tyler and the others we know of who had taken their lives because of bullying.

 

I personally observe this day by wearing purple and not being shy about why. I believe that

we, the Church, should also observe it. It is not on Sunday, but on a Friday. That keeps it

on a school day. However, for those congregations who wish to commemorate those youth

and to express an anti bullying message (which would be all of them, I would hope), I would

ask leave to wear purple stoles and use purple paraments on October 21st. I would also

ask it be put in the Friday Reflection for a few weeks beforehand – maybe starting this Friday.

 

Given our commitment to inclusion, especially considering GC2012′s resolutions

against bullying, for transinclusion and the blessing of same sex relationships I believe this

is a perfectly appropriate message which should be observed by all, and which should be

voiced far and wide. It is, simply put, that our prayers are with those who have been, and

currently are, victims of bullying and we condemn it as being a violent act not in keeping

with Christianity.

Carolyn+

 

(for those in the Diocese of San Joaquin)

I think that Carolyn is performing diaconal ministry by bringing Spirit Day to our attention. I do believe in the proposal that we as a Church observe this day. I do commend it to you and ask Sunday October 21 be designated as Spirit Day Sunday and that the color purple be used, and that there be some comment as to the meaning of Spirit Day in your bulletin and or announcements. This is not a Direction, but a request entirely in keeping with our baptismal vows “to recognize the dignity of every human being”.   SUNDAY OCTOBER 21, SPIRIT DAY SUNDAY.

 

Faithfully,

 

+Chet Talton

 

 

 


Office of the Bishop

1528 Oakdale Rd, Modesto, 95355

The Rt. Rev. Chester Talton, Bishop

The Rev. Kate Cullinane, Canon to the Ordinary

Ellen Meyer, Administrator

 

St. Anne’s office

Rector                  The Rev. Lyn Morlan; office 209-473-2313, cell 209-423-8477

Pianist                  Sandra Durkin

Choir Director        Kimberly Watts-Willis

Church Secretary  Nita Rabena

Sexton                  John Blair

Newsletter Editor   Christina Aasen

Sunday School                 Nina O’Regan

E-mail:  stannestkn@sbcglobal.net

Web page:  episcopalchurchofstanne.com

 

Vestry

Senior Warden              Bill DeMotte

Co-Junior Wardens        Lydia Fox and Kim Odenweller

Class of 2013                Bret Espil; Lydia Fox; Kim Odenweller

Class of 2014                David Beales; Bill DeMotte; Denice Flynn; Luis Sanchez

Class of 2015                Floyd Crame; Melanie Dane; Devin Landreth; Dan Sandoval

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