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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
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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.
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