Diocese of San
The Episcopal Church
Episcopal Shield

ext | Optional L

January 15, 2016
The Friday Reflection Title
From Bishop David,
I wish to offer these words from our Presiding Bishop to his fellow Primates:
“Many of us have committed ourselves and our church to being ‘a house of prayer for all people,’ as the Bible says, when all are truly welcome,” Curry said in remarks he later made available to Episcopal News Service.
“Our commitment to be an inclusive church is not based on a social theory or capitulation to the ways of the culture, but on our belief that the outstretched arms of Jesus on the cross are a sign of the very love of God reaching out to us all.  While I understand that many disagree with us, our decision regarding marriage is based on the belief that the words of the Apostle Paul to the Galatians are true for the church today: All who have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female, for all are one in Christ.”
“For so many who are committed to following Jesus in the way of love and being a church that lives that love, this decision will bring real pain,” he said. “For fellow disciples of Jesus in our church who are gay or lesbian, this will bring more pain. For many who have felt and been rejected by the church because of who they are, for many who have felt and been rejected by families and communities, our church opening itself in love was a sign of hope. And this will add pain on top of pain.”
Curry told the primates that he was in no sense comparing his own pain to theirs, but “I stand before you as your brother. I stand before you as a descendant of African slaves, stolen from their native land, enslaved in a bitter bondage, and then even after emancipation, segregated and excluded in church and society. And this conjures that up again, and brings pain.
“The pain for many will be real. But God is greater than anything. I love Jesus and I love the church. I am a Christian in the Anglican way. And like you, as we have said in this meeting, I am committed to ‘walking together’ with you as fellow primates in the Anglican family.”

I must admit, I am writing this brief reflection from a position of disbelief, that is to say, this morning when I read the Primates’ decision to suspend the church which I now serve from participation in Anglican Communion leadership and decision making, I could not fathom the words I read.
According to Section 7 of the Statement, here’s what suspension means:
“It is our unanimous desire to walk together.  However given the seriousness of these matters we formally acknowledge this distance by requiring that for a period of three years The Episcopal Church no longer represent us on ecumenical and interfaith bodies, should not be appointed or elected to an internal standing committee and that while participating in the internal bodies of the Anglican Communion, they will not take part in decision making on any issues pertaining to doctrine or polity.”
I have served in different parts of our Anglican Communion and one of the reasons I was attracted to my “adopted” church was the belief that the umbrella under which the church lived and had its being provided enough room for all.
Today I am deeply saddened.  It feels like there isn’t enough room for us, at least for three years!
And so Sisters and Brothers, we pray, we pray for all, we pray for those of us who are “suspended” thus relegated to the weather beyond the umbrella and we pray for those who supposedly remain protected from the weather.

Celebration for Canon Kate Cullinane

 Canon Kate Cullinane
Ho’olu komo la kaua
(Come join us)
 to see Canon Kate off to Hawaii!
Canon Kate is moving to serve the Episcopal Church
 in the Diocese of Hawaii
January 16, 2016
Holy Family Episcopal Church
1135 E. Alluvial Avenue
Fresno, CA
See you there!

Travel to the
Land of the Holy One

From The Rev. Heather Mueller
Dear friends in the Diocese of San Joaquin,
As many of you already know I am organizing a group for travel to the Land of the Holy One.
The pilgrimage is scheduled for September 23 to October 6, 2016, with the option of going to Jordan….Petra and possibly Ista #CDD7E9nbul.
It is time to make a decision about going and I will connect each person with the travel agent who will work out the travel details. Read more.
For Flyer click here.

Diocesan Events

Central Deanery Gathering – February 6- update 

The next gathering of the Central Deanery will be on Saturday, February 6 in Fresno. We will be joining Taize’ Fresno at First Congregational Church (also known as The Big Red Church on Van Ness) at 2131 N. Van Ness Avenue for a day of Taize Prayer with a theme of Social Justice. Registration is at 8am, with the final prayer session concluding at 3:45 pm. The cost is $25 and includes lunch. To view the brochure, and print the registration form for mailing, go to:http://www.earthprayers.net/taizeweekend.htm

Diocesan Events

Standing Committee Meeting January 16, 12:30pm, Holy Family Fresno
Celebration for Canon Kate, January 16, 2-5pm, Holy Family, Fresno
Integrity Retreat January 22-24, ECCO
Standing Committee Adobe/ Teleconference Meeting, January 26, 6:30pm

Diocesan Council Adobe/Teleconference Meeting, January 28, 6:30pm
Central Deanery Gathering, February 6, 8:00am,  First Congregational Church, Fresno
Commission On Ministry Meeting, February 13, 10am, Holy Family, Fresno
Diocesan Council/Standing Committee Retreat, February 19-20, ECCO
Southern Deanery Meeting, February 27, 11am, St. Sherrian’s, Kernville

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.

Human Trafficking Update
Freedom Sunday
 February 7th
is a day to take time to proclaim freedom for all who are trapped in modern day slavery. Read more

Integrity Retreat
January 22-24,2016
Not too late to register!

Friday, January 22nd

to Sunday January 24


 $145 per person/double room, $195 single room
2 nights, 5 meals
For questions contact:
Integrity Diocesan Organizer,

Jan Dunlap 661.201.2630 661.201.2630

Congratulations to Amanda Gaona
Amanda Gaona, St. Paul’s, Bakersfield was selected by our 26th Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori as a member of the Episcopal Church’s delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) during its 60th session.
Please see attached letter asking for financial support for Amanda to attend this very important event.  Click here.
We are very excited that a delegate was chosen from our Diocese. Please help Amanda get there.
Please contact the Diocesan Office if you which to donate.

St. Francis Goes Blue for Advent
 Members of St. Francis in Turlock were proud supporters of the Turlock Police Department’s Operation Blue Santa, which is a program that provides toys and other donated items to families in need during the holiday and distributes important holiday safety tips! In addition to collecting toys to be donated to the entire operation, St. Francis was blessed to be able to adopt a family through the program.
On quite short notice, parishioners rallied to collect gifts for the kids, needed household items, and grocery gift cards for a family of five living below the poverty line in our community. While we all had a great time shopping, wrapping, and supporting our adopted family, our thoughts have turned to the need that will still exist after the presents are opened and the candy consumed. St. Francis looks forward to expanding our new partnership with the Turlock Police Department and the other city and non-profit organizations that strive to help those in need in our community.


St. Andrew’s, Taft ordered their shirts!
Front and Back!!


Called to be… 
T-Shirts available!


Orders are to be collected by each parish or mission  and emailed to
Sizes still available are:
Youth Large
Adult Large
Adult X-Large
Adult 2X-Large
Adult 3x-Large
Adult 4x-Large
First come, first serve!
Contact your clergy or office for more details!

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

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


Friday Reflection

Stories of the Bag, Missional Days, Special Events Articles can be submitted to the Diocesan Office atemeyer@diosanjoaquin.org.
All submissions are due no later than the Tuesday before theFriday Reflection. Pictures submitted are to be in jpeg format and forms to be attached to theFriday Reflection are best in PDF format.
The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin  1528 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA 95355
PH 209-576-0104 F 209-576-0114 E contact@diosanjoaquin.org

Comments closed.