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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

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, Hanford
Northern 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, Fresno
HUB Grand Opening, Saturday, April 16,12noon-3pm, St. John the Evangelist, Stockton
Ordination to Priesthood, Gail Bernthal, Saturday, April 23, 11am, Church of the Saviour, Hanford
Diocesan 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

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.

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Friday Reflection

Stories of the Bag, Missional Days, Five Marks of Mission,  Special Events Articles can be submitted to the Diocesan Office [email protected].
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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The Friday Reflection Title


As we enter Bethlehem this week, “Come, let us adore him” as he truly is,  a baby – dependent, vulnerable and Hope Incarnate.
As we enter Bethlehem this week, “Come, let us adore him, as he becomes, a baby who grows through adolescence into adulthood – dependent, vulnerable and Hope Incarnate.
As we enter Bethlehem this week, “Come, let us adore him, as we, too, were born to be – dependent, vulnerable and Hope Incarnate.
May that which is both gift and burden be ours this Christmas – dependency, vulnerability and Incarnating Hope.
Christmas Blessings San Joaquin

+David, Tracy, Ian, Zoe and Lexi

“Travel Light, leaving baggage behind.”

                                                                             Luke 10:1-12

From the Diocesan Office…

For All Clergy:

HOUSING ALLOWANCE: Dear Clergy, please remember that you need to have a housing allowance resolution passed by your Vestry/Bishop’s committee in December of 2014 for the 2015 tax year. If you have any questions about this process or would like a recommended format, please contact Canon Kate.


For Clergy, Vestries and Bishop Committees:

The Bronze Disaster Preparedness Plan:  

Is to be completed by all parishes and missions and turned into the Diocesan Office. Many thanks to St. Clare of Assisi- Avery, St Matthew’s- San Andreas, St. James- Sonora, St. John the Baptist- Lodi, St. Raphael’s- Oakhurst, Holy Trinity- Madera, Church of the Saviour- Hanford,  St. Paul’s- Bakersfield, St. Paul’s, Modesto, St. Sherrian’s, Kernville, St Anne’s, Stockton, St. John the Evangelist, Stockton and St. Paul’s, Visalia.
For those parishes and missions who have not completed this: They need to be turned in ASAP.
For Clergy and Treasurers:
Be on the look out for manila envelopes arriving right after the first of the year. Clergy will receive the yearly reports and forms that are required by the Episcopal Church and the Diocese and Treasurers will receive forms and information for assessment reporting.
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,


3rd Annual Diocese of San Joaquin Integrity Chapter Retreat..

The Time to Register is Now.
Do Not Miss Out!


  • Friday, January 23rd – We gather in the evening for fellowship, snacks, a movie and discussion as we arrive at ECCO in Oakhurst, south of Yosemite.
  • Saturday, January 24th – Canon Randy Kimmler leads our retreat program throughout the day.
  • Sunday, January 25th – After morning Eucharist with Bishop David and free time, we enjoy lunch together before departure.

 $130 per person/double room

2 nights, 5 meals



For questions or to register contact:

Integrity Diocesan Organizer,

Jan Dunlap 661.201.2630661.201.2630

Email: [email protected]

Meet Canon Randy Kimmler, our 2015 Retreat Leader.  
Randy is Missioner for Vocations in the Diocese of Los Angeles, where he supports and oversees clergy development prior to and after ordination. About 8 years ago, he helped plant the Community of the Holy Spirit (CHS) in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles. Lay-organized and led, the group is an emergent progressive Christian community that is being studied by many Episcopal dioceses. “It’s not a church. It’s not a mission. It’s an
anomaly and dioceses around the country are trying to figure out what to do with groups like us that are springing up all over the place.” Those who attended the 76th General Convention 2009 in Los Angeles experienced wonderful worship services and worship spaces designed by Randy and his team. Randy attends St. John’s ProCathedral in Los Angeles, serves on the Bishop’s Commission on LGBT Ministries and has been recognized by Bishop Jon Bruno for his significant service to the wider church.

Interfaith …

 The Dalai Lama and Karen Armstrong are confirmed keynote speakers! Already more than 3,200 people have registered for the 2015 Parliament of World’s Religions in Salt Lake City. This may well be the largest interfaith gathering ever convened. The meeting is intended to move beyond talk to action, addressing three important issues for all human beings: climate change and ecological sustainability, the increasing wealth-poverty gap, and religious hate speech and violence.
If you are involved in interfaith work, this meeting will provide you with important information, personal connections, and inspiration! If you would like to begin interfaith work, attending this conference is a very good way to begin.
Information about registration and program proposals can be found here:
Finally, I would like to extend my personal invitation, as a Trustee of the Parliament, to all in the Diocese of San Joaquin. I would love to see you there!
In God’s Peace,
Rev. Dr. Anne Benvenuti

For Northern Deanery…

Northern Deanery Meeting
10:00 a.m., St. John the Evangelist, Stockton

For Southern Deanery…

Southern Deanery Meeting
11:00 a.m., St. Michael’s, Ridgecrest.

Whats going on…

What’s Happening in the DIO  
Diocesan Council Teleconference Meeting, January 22, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Northern Deanery Meeting, January 31, 2015, 10:00 a.m., St. John the Evangelist,Stockton
Integrity Retreat, January 23-25, 2015, ECCO, Oakhurst
Diocesan Council and Standing Committee Retreat, Friday-Saturday, February 20-21, 2015, ECCO, Oakhurst

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


From our Parishes and Missions..

Diocesan Website and Facebook…
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Keep up to date on news and events with our
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Check out postings from Bishop David and Canon Kate at 
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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


I have often heard it suggested that Leslie Newbigin remains one of the most significant influences in the theology of mission (missiology).  This suggestion, I hasten to add, appears to be easily substantiated by the fact that many “missiological thinkers” like Tickle, Roxburgh, Law and the like, refer to and credit Newbigin for giving language and action to missiology.  In this Reflection, I wish to give thanks for the life and work of Leslie Newbigin.  And in doing so, I would commend to you his tome The Gospel in a Pluralistic Society which is a marvelous read.  In addition, The Open Secret and Foolishness to the Greeks are equally readable moreover memorable.  I will leave this recommendation to read Newbigin with you and I will await with interest your impressions and responses.

During the recent Clergy Retreat at St. Anthony’s in Three Rivers, I suggested to our clergy that they read the book, Missional, Joining God in the Neighborhood by Alan J. Roxburgh.  I want to seize the opportunity in this space to make the same recommendation to you.  I have already alluded to the fact that for Roxburgh and others, Newbigin sets a foundation for missiological thought and practice.  This is certainly evident in the manner in which Roxburgh begins Missional.
Roxburgh writes:”As a missiologist, Newbigin’s consistent focus in his writing over thirty years involved a continual wrestling with the question of how the gospel engages the culture of the modern west.  He was in a constant dialogue with the culture, in which he lived, and the gospel, which he loved.  It was a back-and-forth dialogue, not one-way.  Reading these books is to know one is listening in on someone who has spent time immersed in, listening to, and loving this culture in which he is embedded. (Newbigin lived in India for thirty years).  It’s striking how Newbigin doesn’t use this culture to get somewhere else – he indwells it and through that indwelling reads again the biblical narratives to ask how the gospel could reengage his culture in his time.” Missional, pg 42.

And so, Episcopalians in and of San Joaquin, I hope to introduce you to Leslie Newbigin if you have not already met.  I encourage to read Alan Roxburgh, Phylis Tickle and Eric Law and anyone else influenced by Leslie Newbigin.  And most importantly, I hope and pray that we, too, “will be in constant dialogue with the culture, in which we live, and the gospel, which we love.”  And that we will ever-increasingly join God in our own neighborhoods, walking with Jesus, and guided by the Holy Spirit.

Continued Blessings through Lent

+ David

“Participating in God’s Reconciling Love”

Call to Special Convention…


Dio seal

The Recognition and Seating

of the

 Provisional Bishop

The Rt. Rev. David Rice


March 29, 2014

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Bakersfield


2216 17th Street

Bakersfield, CA 93301

Click here for Special Convention Schedule 

Check here for Special Convention Registration Form


Invitation to Sing at Special Convention...

The Choir of St. Paul’s Church in Bakersfield and director, Christopher Borges, would like to invite members of the Diocese to participate with them in singing at the service for the Seating of Bishop David Rice on Saturday, March 29.  There will be a rehearsal that Saturday morning at 11am in the Choir Room.
Please contact Fr. Vern at
[email protected] for an email advance copy of the music.

For Northern Deanery


In an attempt to keep California Green, and help people offset the nearly $4.00 a gallon gas price, a few remaining seats on the Convention Coach to Bakersfield will remain at the $50 rate.Remember the coach departs Modesto’s Vintage Faire Mall Park and Ride on the 29th at 5:30 AM returning to Modesto that evening.  On your luxury coach there will be a continental breakfast in the morning, with libations and snacks for the return trip.

For more information and reservations please call Christ the King at


For Clergy…

Attention Clergy! 
 The liturgical color for the Celebration and Seating of Bishop Rice
following the Special Meeting of Convention on March 29

is red.

For Lent…



Walk through Lent with beautiful daily devotions,

The Lent App (for iPhone)

Illustrated with art by the inimitable Roger Hutchison, author of The Painting Table, and inspirational daily reflections by beloved author and Spiritual Director Mary C. Earle provide food for the journey. A built in journal function lets you record your own thoughts, and you can share Scripture, the daily image, or your own thoughts via email or social media.

 Learn More 

Since 1922, Episcopalians have supported the ministries of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East through the Good Friday Offering. Through the work of the Episcopal dioceses in the Middle East, Christians maintain a peacemaking and stabilizingpresence in the region, serving their neighbors regardless of faith background.


To make a donation  to  the Good Friday Offering, please write a check  payable to the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, write “Good Friday Offering” in the memo line, and mail to:

DFMS – Protestant Episcopal Church US
P.O. Box 958983
St. Louis, MO 63195-8983
Click here for Good Friday Offering Resources

From the Office of Public Affairs…


Justice and Advocacy Fellowships

applications accepted 

for poverty alleviation and environmental stewardship

[March 18, 2014] Applications are now accepted for one-year and two-year Justice and Advocacy Fellowships for social justice and advocacy work for The Episcopal Church.

The Justice and Advocacy Fellowships for Domestic Poverty and Environmental Stewardship, new initiatives of The Episcopal Church, will provide financial support for service, professional development and education to those who are engaged in poverty alleviation and environmental stewardship. Hands-on experience, professional training and leadership development are intrinsic in the Fellowships.


Focusing on the Anglican Marks of Mission Mark 4 and Mark 5, the 2014 Justice and Advocacy Fellowships are sponsored by the Episcopal Church Office of Justice and Advocacy Ministries.


The Domestic Poverty Fellowships are one-year each and call for addressing domestic poverty in communities. The Environmental Stewardship Fellowship are two-years each and will provide leadership on key environmental issues in affected domestic communities.

Fellowships range from $24,000 over one year to $48,000 over two years.
Details, requirements, special data and instructions on applying are located herehttp://www.episcopalchurch.org/form/justice-and-advocacy-fellowships

“The Justice and Advocacy Fellowships for Domestic Poverty and Environmental Stewardship are ideal opportunities to focus on a myriad of possibilities, such as engaging in work with the poor, prisons, poverty, healthcare, climate change, water conservation, and other important issues of our society,” explained The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Domestic Poverty Missioner. “The Justice and Advocacy Fellowships are available to candidates from any ethnic background or geographical location.”

Deadline for applications is May 9.

For more information contact Stevenson at [email protected] or Jayce Hafner, Episcopal Church Domestic Policy Analyst, at [email protected].

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Justice and Advocacy Fellowships applications accepted for poverty alleviation and environmental stewardship

Women’s Retreat…

Dying and Living into Resurrection…Now.

As we celebrate Easter, we can find ourselves wondering – “What are we doing?”  Are we celebrating a past or historical event – the resurrection of Jesus?  Or are we praying into a future hope for ourselves?  Either way, is there anything the resurrection can say to us right now?  Is resurrection a “present moment” event?  This year the Diocesan Women’s Retreat will focus around these questions.  We will gather in the beautiful surroundings of ECCO, and through scripture, addresses, music, silence and meditation seek to encounter resurrection not as a past event or a future promise, but a present reality.  Once again this year, the Rev’d Luis Rodriguez will be our retreat leader.  Fr Luis is the rector of the Episcopal Church of the Saviour in Hanford and has a background in theology,counseling and spiritual direction.

Women’s Retreat

May 2-4, 2014


Be on the look out for Registration Form and Retreat Schedule  

in the upcoming Friday Reflections. 

From the Diocesan Office…

Since you have asked….

Bishop David now has an email and it is: [email protected]


for the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, Bishop, Canon, and Administrator is to go to the current address: 1528 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA 95355

Time sensitive material can be emailed to [email protected].

Whats going on…

Want to know what is happening in the Diocese of San Joaquin?
Special Convention, Saturday, 11:00 a.m. March 29, 2014, St. Paul’s, Bakersfield
Registration starting at 9:30 a.m.
Chrism Mass, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 11.00 a.m. Church of the Saviour, Hanford
Annual Convention, October 24-25, 2014, St. Paul’s, Modesto
    Click on the link below to see upcoming events and meetings around the diocese.

From Our Parishes and Missions…





(followed in the Parish Hall with a Soup Supper)

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church

414 Oak Street,

San Andreas, CA

April 4, 2014



The Episcopal Church of the Saviour, Hanford


In keeping with the Church’s ancient Lenten tradition, the Episcopal Church of the Saviour in Hanford (519 N. Douty St.) will be hosting its annual Fish Fry on Friday, 4 April 2014, from 5:00pm-7:30pm.  Come along for a wonderful fish supper and fellowship, or take your meal “to go”.  Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at the church office or at the door the night of the event.  Please contact the Church of the Saviour with any questions at [email protected]. We look forward to seeing you there.


May 3, 2014


Christ The King will host their annual Spring Tea on Saturday, May 3 beginning at 11:00 am. Reservations and tickets are available by calling the church office or from a church member. Click here for for flyer for details and to post in your church.

 May 15-16, 2014
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Bakersfield
Join Bishop David Rice
for a Weekend with an Internationally Known Visionary,
Author, Lecturer, & Entrepreneur
Fr. Eric Law, Episcopal Priest

Friday, March 15
Check-in 4pm Breakfast 8-9am
Dinner 5pm Session I 9-11:30am
Program 6-8pm

Saturday, May 17th, 2014
Check-in 4pm Breakfast 8-9am
Dinner 5pm Session I 9-11:30am
Program 6-8pm Lunch 11:30-12:30
Session II 12:30-2:30
Break 2:30-2:45
Session III 3-5pm
Dinner 5-6pm
Session IV 6-7:30pm


Registration form online at www.stpaulsepiscopalbakersfield.org

 Click here for flyer to post.


For our Diocesan Prayer Calendar….click here

Bishop’s and Canon’s Visitations Calendars… 

Bishop Talton’s Calendar 
March 29                         Special Convention, St. Paul’s, Bakersfield
Bishop Rice’s Calendar
March 29                           Special Convention, St. Paul’s, Bakersfield
March 30                           St. Paul’s, Bakersfield
April 6                                St. Paul’s, Modesto
April 13                              St. Andrew’s, Taft
April 19                              St. Francis, Turlock
April 30                              Church of the Saviour, Hanford
Canon Cullinane’s Calendar
March 29                           Special Convention, St. Paul’s, Bakersfield
March 30                           St. Andrew’s, Taft
April 16                              St. Raphael’s, Oackhurst
April 20th                           Holy Trinity, Madera
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NEW Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin websitewww.diosanjoaquin.org
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Contact Information: Ellen Meyer

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