13. January 2021 · Comments Off on St. Anne's on Amazon Smile · Categories: Uncategorized

Do you shop on Amazon? St. Anne’s is a registered charity and we can get proceeds from your shopping. Once you’re signed into your amazon account go to smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/change/ and search for “St. Anne Stockton” then select us as your charity. Each time you shop go to the homepage smile.amazon.com and do your browsing just like normal. The items you buy will let you know they are eligible for an Amazon smile donation. When you check out, we’ll get the credit and we’ll get sent a check each quarter based on how much people purchase. It’s an easy way to help out our church!

17. July 2020 · Comments Off on St Anne's New Solar Panels · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , , , , , ,

Solar panels were installed at St Anne last week. They will help fulfill our commitment to be good stewards of the environment as well as keeping our utility costs down.


 

20. March 2020 · Comments Off on Service Bulletin for March 22, 2020 · Categories: Uncategorized

Episcopal Church of St. Anne

The Fourth Sunday in Lent – Live Streaming

March 22, 2020  10:00 a.m.

Morning Prayer

Prelude          H #149
L:  Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.
People:  His mercy endures for ever.
 The Decalogue
R:  Hear the commandments of God to his people:
I am the Lord your God who brought you out of bondage.  You shall have no other gods but me.
Amen. Lord have mercy.
DC:  You shall not make for yourself any idol.
Amen. Lord have mercy.
C:  You shall not invoke with malice the Name of the Lord your God.
Amen. Lord have mercy.
L:  Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.
Amen. Lord have mercy.
R:  Honor your father and your mother.
Amen. Lord have mercy.
DC:  You shall not commit murder.
Amen. Lord have mercy.
C:  You shall not commit adultery.
Amen. Lord have mercy.
L:  You shall not steal.
Amen. Lord have mercy.
R:  You shall not be a false witness.
Amen. Lord have mercy.
DC:  You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Amen. Lord have mercy.
C:  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all
unrighteousness.    1 John 1:8, 9
 Deacon:  Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
  (a period of silence)
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.  For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name.  Amen.
   
L:  Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.
 R:  Lord, open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen. 
 The Lord is full of compassion and mercy: Come let us adore him.
 Jubilate 
1   Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; * serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song.
2   Know this: The Lord himself is God; * he himself has made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
3   Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise; * give thanks to him and call upon his Name.
4   For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; * and his faithfulness endures from age to age.
The Lord is full of compassion and mercy: Come let us adore him.
 R:  The psalm appointed for today is Psalm 23.  Let us say it together.
1   The LORD is my shepherd; * I shall not be in want.
2   He makes me lie down in green pastures * and leads me beside still waters.
3   He revives my soul * and guides me along right pathways for his Name’s sake.
4   Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; * for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5   You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; * you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over.
6   Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, * and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.  Alleluia
 R:  The first reading is from First Samuel 16:1-13
The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul?  I have rejected him from being king over Israel.  Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.”  Samuel said, “How can I go?  If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.”  And the LORD said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’  Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.”
Samuel did what the LORD commanded, and came to Bethlehem.  The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?”  He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.”  And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.  When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed is now before the LORD.”  But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the LORD does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”  Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.”  Then Jesse made Shammah pass by.  And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.”
Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen any of these.”  Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?”  And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.”  And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.”  He sent and brought him in.  Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome.  The LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.”  Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward.  Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
18    A Song to the Lamb              (All in unison)
Splendor and honor and kingly power are yours by right, O Lord our God,
For you created everything that is, and by your will they were created and have their being;
And yours by right, O Lamb that was slain, for with your blood you have redeemed for God,
From every family, language, people, and nation, a kingdom of priests to serve our God.
And so, to him who sits upon the throne, and to Christ the Lamb,
Be worship and praise, dominion and splendor, for ever and for evermore.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
 C:  The second reading is from Ephesians 5:8-14
For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light.  Live as children of light — for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true.  Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord.  Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.  For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”      The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
16    The Song of Zechariah          (All in unison)
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior, born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old, that he would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship him without fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
To give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
Deacon:  The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 9:1-41
Glory to you Lord Christ.
As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth.  His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.  We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work.  As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”  When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent).
Then he went and washed and came back able to see.  The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?”  Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.”  He kept saying, “I am the man.”  But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?”  He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.”  They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”
They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind.  Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes.  Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight.  He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes.  Then I washed, and now I see.”  Some of the Pharisees said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?”  And they were divided.  So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him?  It was your eyes he opened.”  He said, “He is a prophet.”  The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind?  How then does he now see?”  His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes.  Ask him; he is of age.  He will speak for himself.”  His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue.  Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”  So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give glory to God!  We know that this man is a sinner.”  He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner.  One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”   They said to him, “What did he do to you?  How did he open your eyes?”  He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen.  Why do you want to hear it again?  Do you also want to become his disciples?”  Then they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.  We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.”  The man answered, “Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes.  We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will.  Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind.  If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”  They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?” And they drove him out.  Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”  He answered, “And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him.”  Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.”  He said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped him.  Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.”  Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not blind, are we”” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin.  But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Christ.
 Sermon                                 Rev. Lyn
 Music    H#339
 The Nicene Creed
People together, all standing
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.  Through him all things were made.  For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.  For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.  With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.  He has spoken through the Prophets.  We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.  We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.  We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.   Amen.
R:   The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
R:   Let us pray.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever.  AMEN.
Christian to bid the suffrages:
V.    Show us your mercy, O Lord;
R.    And grant us your salvation.
V.    Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
R.    Let your people sing with joy.
V.    Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
R.    For only in you can we live in safety.
V.    Lord, keep this nation under your care;
R.    And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
V.    Let your way be known upon earth;
R.    Your saving health among all nations.
V.    Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
R.    Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
V.    Create in us clean hearts, O God;
R.    And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.
C:  Collect of the Day: The Fourth Sunday in Lent
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.
L:  Prayer for Critically Ill or Facing Great Uncertainty
God of the present moment, God who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the frantic heart; bring hope and courage to all who wait or work in uncertainty.  Bring hope that you will make them the equal of whatever lies ahead.  Bring them the courage to endure what cannot be avoided, for your will is health and wholeness; you are God and we need you.  Amen. 
R: A Collect for Guidance
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.
DC:  Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.
ALL:  Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting.  Amen.
DC:      Let us bless the Lord.
            Thanks be to God.
 R:  Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever.   Amen.    (Ephesians 3:20, 21)
 Postlude Music                    H# 690

09. May 2019 · Comments Off on New Service Time · Categories: Uncategorized

Special service on Sunday, October 6.  We will be combining with Zion Lutheran (808 Porter Street) at Zion Lutheran.  The service begins at 10 a.m. and we are pleased to have the Rev. Dr. Canon Anna Carmichael preaching.  Following the service there will be a Blessing of the Animals outdoors in Zion’s courtyard.
On October 13, we are back at St. Anne’s with a service time of 9:00 a.m.
On October 20, we go to winter service time of 10:00 a.m.

28. February 2019 · Comments Off on St. Anne's Public House – The Mitre's Edge: March 1 & 2, 2019 · Categories: Uncategorized

31. January 2019 · Comments Off on St.Anne's & St. John's Working Together "Stockton Point-in-Time Count" · Categories: Uncategorized

2019 Unsheltered Homeless Point-in-Time Count – 185 Volunteers showed up to count and survey homeless households in Stockton on Wednesday, January 30, at 6:00 A.M. at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church.

22. June 2018 · Comments Off on Friday Reflections June 22, 2018 · Categories: Bishop, Friday Reflections, Uncategorized · Tags: , , , , ,
Diocese of San
Joaquin
The Episcopal Church
Episcopal Shield
The Friday Reflection Title
June 22, 2018

  From The Rev. Heather Mueller, St. Andrew’s, Taft
The Diocese has a Labyrinth
Several years ago St Andrew’s in Taft borrowed the Diocesan Labyrinth. We used it several times and now the canvas labyrinth has been returned to the diocese and it is at ECCO.  This is a good place for it. The chapel is a large enough space for it to be laid out and I would imagine that some of the groups which use that beautiful place would be interested in using the labyrinth in their programs.
A Bit of History-
Labyrinths are not mazes!
A labyrinth is a path which leads to the center and the same path which leads a person out from the center. There are no blocks or barriers in a labyrinth. Labyrinths have been found on ancient gravestones in several countries and they were used in cathedrals in the middle ages. The process of pilgrimage is part of the Christian experience and  since it was too dangerous to make a pilgrimage to a place far away, the pilgrimages were instead taking place in the safety of the cathedral.
 
Some Recent History-
In the early 90’s The Rev. Lauren Artress, (an Episcopal Priest)  did a spiritual retreat and at that time experienced walking a labyrinth. She became very inspired and searched out the one on the floor in Chartres Cathedral, in France.
Lauren was serving at Grace Cathedral, in San Francisco, and with the support of the dean she arranged for a canvas labyrinth to be placed in the cathedral. From there, many people experienced it and churches throughout the United States created labyrinths. There is even one painted on the floor of the Methodist Church, here in Taft!!!!! Labyrinths are designed with rocks, bricks, and some are painted on floors or driveways.
There are many styles of Labyrinths but the most common one is the 11 circuit one like the one in Chartres Cathedral.
My Labyrinth Experience-
The church I served on Maui created a labyrinth in 1996. We painted it on our driveway. For many years we held walks on the evenings of the full moon. We surrounded the labyrinth with candles. We welcomed a lot of people from the category of, “I am spiritual but not religious”! It really put St John’s on the map for a number of people. We were the first to have a labyrinth on Maui and now there are many throughout the island. The Rev. Lauren Artress came to Maui and blessed our labyrinth and us with her presence and knowledge.
 
What the Labyrinth Can Be-
I call the experience of walking the labyrinth as a “massage of the soul”!  Many people consider it a healing experience. People from the senior programs would often come to walk the labyrinth. One day a woman said she was healed  from vertigo when she walked the labyrinth. Another day a woman came to me with a heavy question on her heart. She needed to decide whether to sue or not to sue a doctor who had made some destructive decisions about her health. I suggested that she ask the question, walk the labyrinth and see if she could get an answer. She did and did!!!
 
A St. John’s, on Maui, Story-
It was a summer night in August and there was a, full moon candlelight labyrinth walk, scheduled for that evening. I went to the church and in the park, across the street, there was a reggae band doing their jamming at full volume!
I wondered for a bit about how to handle this situation.  I decided to go to the park and explain the situation!!!!
As I approached the group, one of the guys said, “Hey, you da pastor who married my sista!” Another one of the group said, “I rememba you….”you buried my Grandmudda!”
I went on to explain the program for the labyrinth walk and I said that after about 45 minutes in the church we would go out to the labyrinth for the walk.  All was quiet for the lecture and when we went out to walk, the strains of “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” came wafting across the airwaves!!!!
The labyrinth is a gift and my hope is that people will take the time to lay it out and make the pilgrimage on the labyrinth. The Diocese of San Joaquin is blessed to have it.
The name of the organization which has been created by The Rev. Lauren Artress and others, is “Verititas” and it is based in Petaluma, California. If you check it out you will see that there are opportunities to make pilgrimages all over the world. They organize trips to Chartres, and there is even a labyrinth in Israel.
If I can help anyone find more information about the labyrinth please feel free to call me.
May you pilgrimage on the labyrinth be a meaningful adventure!!!!!

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE 79TH GENERAL CONVENTION
What is the General Convention?
* The General Convention is the governing body of The Episcopal Church. It is a bicameral legislature that includes the House of Deputies, with more than 800 members (up to four clergy and four lay persons from each diocese), and the House of Bishops, with over 300 active and resigned bishops.
* General Convention gathers every three years. The 2018 meeting will convene in Austin, Texas for a nine- day legislative session (July 5 -July 13, 2018), and will be the 79th General Convention of the Church.
* The work of General Convention includes adopting legislation of concern to the Church; amending the Book of Common Prayer, the Constitution, and the Canons of the Church; adopting a triennial budget for The Episcopal Church; and electing candidates to offices, boards and other committees. This work is undertaken in support of the mission and ministry of the Church, and with prayerful gratitude and spiritual discernment.
Now, that’s an Introduction to General Convention which can be found on the Episcopal Church Website.  It is certainly accurate and concise, consistent with good “Anglican Order;” however, it doesn’t go great lengths in capturing what I believe to be the most significant aspect of the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church.  In other words, it doesn’t occupy an abundance of space regarding what the heart of our General Convention can and must be.  This GC provides the opportunity, as did previous conventions, to show one another and the world the way we gather as church in a context which is both worshipful and legislating.  This is a context where we frame dreams and aspirations, responsibilities and tasks.  This is the forum in which we show how we can work and play together and how that working and playing translates into the ways we are
Called to be…Church, in the days following convention.  This is our opportunity through conversations, through speaking and hearing one another, through debate and resolutions, to provide a roadmap and description concerning how we are growing into the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement.
It will be my responsibility and honor to Chair the Legislative Committee:
Care of Creation and Environmental Stewardship.  Your Deputies from the EDSJ will also be serving on their own respective Legislative Committees.  In this prayerful and faithful work to which we have been called, we will constantly be aware of how we represent you, our Sisters and Brothers in the Diocese, moreover, how we represent the ways in which we are emerging as theJesus Movement in San Joaquin.
Our EDSJ Deputation includes:
Clergy
Kathie Galicia
Suzy Ward
Anna Carmichael
Robert Woods
Nancy Key
Carolyn Woodall
Lay
Cindy Smith
Barbara Inderbitzen
Jan Dunlap
Cathy Henry
Alexis Woods
Nedra Voorhees
And our Chancellor, Michael Glass will be serving as:
Chair of the House of Deputies Resolution Review Committee
We ask for your prayers.  Actually, these aren’t simply nice closing words to finish this article.  I am asking, nay, I am calling you to pray for the 79th General Convention.  Pray for everyone gathered.  Pray for your Deputation.  Pray that everything we do reflects the heart of God.  Please set aside intentional time for prayer leading up to and during the convention.
Blessings,
+David
 Warranting Your
Attendance and Prayers

Upcoming Deanery Meetings:
June 23, 2018
Northern Deanery Meeting
10am
The Episcopal Church of St. Anne’s, Stockton
 Agenda click here.
June 23, 2018
Southern Deanery Meeting
10:30am
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Ridgecrest
Agenda click here.
All are welcome to attend!

In case you missed Thursday email!
#Freedom4OurChildren
Statewide Action to End Family Separation & Incarceration of Our Children
Friday, June 22nd + Saturday, June 23rd + Sunday, June 24th
 US / Mexico International Border in San Diego, CA
Click here to find out how you can participate


In case you missed the Bishop’s email this week!
A Call To Prayer and Action for the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin
I constantly return to the words our Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Michael Curry, preached at Saint Paul’s, Bakersfield during our Revival last year. The theme of our Revival was
Called to be.. A Safe Place for All of God’s People where we gave particular attention to how these words apply to Dreamers (DACA Recipients). Bishop Michael proclaimed with great vigor as he is known to do these words:
“It’s not political, it’s biblical.” X 3.
Click here to read more of special email

ABOLITION
St. James’ Episcopal Church, Sonora will be the setting for a new dramatic play. The highly respected local playwright, Rick Foster, will premiere his latest work “Abolition” with 9 performances in July and August.
The play dramatizes the sometimes stormy friendship between John Brown and Frederick Douglass, two lions of the abolition movement. They first met in the Free Church of Springfield Mass, in the fall of 1847. Playwright Foster says he’s delighted that in this premiere the two will now meet in another socially conscious church, the historic Red Church of Sonora, which incidentally was built the same year that John Brown was martyred while trying to free the slaves of Virginia.
Like many of the plays by Rick Foster the subject is based on social conflict or problems. “Abolition” explores the greatest social problem this country ever faced and indeed many of the residual effects from the conflict are with us still.
This play brings into focus the differing perspectives of these two important men and a refreshing view of a pivotal period in our nation’s history.
A CULTURAL EVENT
SOLID ENTERTAINMENT
AN OPEN BRIDGE TO UNDERSTANDING
9 PERFORMANCES :
JULY 26 – 28, AUGUST 2 – 4, AUGUST 9 – 11
 CURTAIN TIME:
THURSDAY & FRIDAY 7PM
SATURDAY 2PM
More details coming in future Friday Reflections!

Diocesan Labor Day Service
Weekend at ECCO
August 31 – September 2, 2018
ECCO is our Diocesan Retreat and Conference Center located just outside Yosemite National Park. The center, located on a beautiful 163-acre property of forest, ponds, and meadows, features comfortable hotel-style lodging and delicious meals prepared under the guidance of our very own Executive Chef.
There will be a variety of service projects to choose between – really something for everyone – from painting to planting, and from organizing to window-washing. Come, relax, help, visit, worship, and explore. Click here for more details.

Need some? Get some! Contact

emeyer@diosanjoaquin.org

EDSJ

Emergency Relief Fund
Your donations have been helping the victims of recent fires and donating will build our fund to help when disasters strike again.
Donations can also be made by check. Please send  your check donation to The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, Memo: ERF

Diocesan Events
Northern Deanery Meeting

June 23, 10am
St. Anne’s, StocktonSouthern Deanery Meeting
June 23, 10:30am
St. Michael’s, Ridgecrest
The Episcopal Church
General Convention
July 3-14, 2018
Austin, Texas
Deacon Retreat
July 31-August 2, 2018
ECCO
Immigration Task Force Retreat
October 12-13, 2018
ECCO
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25. August 2016 · Comments Off on Faith In the Valley – New Faith Based Community Organization · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , , , , ,

LIFT Power Faith & Community Forum

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

11:00am – 2:00pm

Fresno Convention Center, 848 M St, Fresno, CA 93721 

Click here to register today! 

Join over 1,500 Central Valley families, elected officials, candidates, faith leaders, and community partners as together we proclaim a NEW vision for life in the Valley rooted inracial, economic, and environmental dignity for all people during this critically important election year. 
Together we will launch Faith in the Valley, a new faith-rooted grassroots community organization in California’s Central Valley of 120 congregations representing over 100,000 families from Kern, Fresno, Merced, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin Counties.
We believe a different, better future is possible for the Central Valley if we work together. A future in which everyone is included, treated as sacred, has a chance to thrive and live a decent life. A future in which no one is seen as “less than” or lives in fear because of the color of their skin, their legal status, or the amount of money they earn. A future where everyone has access to good jobs, clean air and water, and alternatives to incarceration
Today, too many people cannot find work that pays enough to support their families. Too many young people feel they have to leave the Valley to make a life. The reason is clear – we’ve allowed our Valley economy to be dominated by extraction rather than investment, extraction from our people through poverty-wage jobs, extraction from our land and our air through uncontrolled water and air pollution, extraction from our communities through mass incarceration.
We’re coming together to create a different, a better future and take control of the Central Valley for its families and communities.  Bus transportation from Stockton to Fresno and return is provided.

 This can only happen if we unite together across region, race and religion.

Join us on September 10th!

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info@faithinthevalley.org

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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.