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…
 Have you checked it out?
Keep up to date on news and events with our
Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin website  


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

The Episcopal Church Website
Episcopal News Service

For the Bishop and  Canon’s Calendar…

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


For our Diocesan Prayer Calendar….click here

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