The Friday Reflection Title

 2-7-2014
 
COVENANT COMMITTEE
 

The Diocese of San Joaquin has enjoyed financial, emotional and spiritual from the Episcopal Church during our sojourn. About two years ago a Covenant Committee was established as a means of creating better communication between our diocese and the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church. Bishop Chet has appointed four people (Cindy Smith, Michael Glass, The Rev. Michele Racusin and Canon Kate Cullinane) and Executive Council appointed four people (The Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner, The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Dr. Fredrica Thompsett and Anne Watkis) to that committee. The committee meets by teleconference in advance of every Executive Council meeting.

 

The Covenant Committee met last week and we were asked as a diocese to produce some positive highlights to be shared by our Executive Council members at the Executive Council meeting in February. Below is a copy of those highlights:

 
Positive Highlights in the Diocese of San Joaquin (February 2014)
 

1. The diocese received five properties back over the summer of 2013. In four of those five properties we had parallel congregations prepared to go back into the church buildings. All four of those congregations have experienced growth since returning to their properties.

 

2. The fifth property is currently rented to a Free-Will Baptist group and they are expressing interest in purchasing that property from us.

 

3. We are very excited about the anticipated arrival of Bishop David Rice from New Zealand in just a few weeks.

 

4. We are extremely grateful that the Province VIII bishops have given the diocese a grant of $100,000 over the next four years [$40,000 (2014), $30,000 (2015), $20,000 (2016), $10,000 (2017)] to help defray the costs of a full-time, non-retired bishop and assist us with a pension and benefits package.

 

5. There is growing excitement about the arrival of the Presiding Bishop for the Service of Dedication and Celebration as Bishop Rice takes the Oath of Conformity. Her presence with us at this time is being interpreted as on-going significant support.

 

6. We are also thrilled that the President of the House of Deputies has agreed to be our retreat leader for the first clergy retreat we will share with Bishop Rice.

 
These highlights are being shared with Executive Council this week.
 

I thought all of you in the diocese would like to see the report and know also of the very positive outlook in the diocese just now.

 
I pray many blessings on all of your ministries.
 
Canon Kate+

“Participating in God’s Reconciling Love”

People News…

 

Cindy Smith, from St. Paul’s, Bakersfield has been elected chair of the 2015 deputation to General Convention.

 
 
Click here to read article about Bishop Rice and family on the Anglican Communion News Service web site.
 

For Clergy…

 

The Clergy Spring Retreat: Feb 25-27, 2014

Registration forms due February 14, 2014 

 
 
The clergy conference this Spring will be held at St. Anthony’s retreat center in Three Rivers. The Rev. Gay Jennings will be our retreat leader for this pre-Lenten retreat. The Registration form can be found here.
 
 

From The Bishop of the Diocese of San Joaquin …

  Madonna and Child

From the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin

Service of Dedication and Celebration

of the Ministry of

 

David Rice

 

as a Bishop of the Diocese of San Joaquin

 

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presider

 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

4:00 p.m.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

1528 Oakdale Road

Modesto, CA 95355

209-576-0104

Bring your Banner…..

Banners for the Service of Dedication and Celebration with Bishop Rice on February 23.

All Churches in the diocese are invited to send their banner (along with banner stand) and a banner bearer (with their own alb or other vestments) to the service welcoming Bishop Rice as a bishop in the diocese and as he takes the oath of conformity. Please let Canon Kate know if you will be bringing a banner and who your banner bearer will be by emailing: kcullinanne@diosanjoaquin.org.

Call to Special Convention…

 

Dio seal

The Recognition and Seating

of the

 Provisional Bishop

The Right 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

 

Registration is due February 27, 2014

For Northern Deanery

 DON’T MISS THE BUS!

 

Up date to last week’s announcement

 

The Charter coach to the Special Convention on March 29th is now over one third filled!

 

This coach departs Modesto at 5:30 a.m. on the 29th, with a same day return at approximately 8:00 p.m. Round trip fare is $50.00, which includes on-board refreshments both ways. If seats remain after March 8th, the fare  increases to $65.00. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a very special event, whole leaving the driving to someone else. For reservations contact (209) 869-1075, orctkriverbank@sbcglobal.net.

                 

From the Diocesan Office…

Did you know 
that one of the 2014 Football Top Recruits rated by 247Sports Rating  is Tre’ Williams?
 
Tre’ is an inside linebacker for St. Paul’s Episcopal High School in Mobile, Alabama and is in the Class of 2014.
 
Go Tre’! Go Episcopal!
 

From the Diocesan Office…

Upcoming Meetings and Events:

 

  • Standing Committee Meeting, Saturday, February 15, 2014, 10:00 a.m. Holy Family, Fresno
  • Diocesan Council Teleconference Meeting, Thursday, February 20, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
  • Celebration of Ministry for Bishop Rice, Sunday,  February 23, 2014, 4 p.m., St. Paul’s, Modesto with The Most Rev. Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori presiding
  • Clergy Retreat, February 25-27, 2014, St. Anthony Retreat, Three Rivers, CA
  • Southern Deanery Meeting, Saturday, March 1, 2014, 11:00 a.m., St. Paul’s, Bakersfield
  • Northern Deanery Meeting, Saturday, March 8, 2014, 10:00 a.m., St. Anne’s,     Stockton
  • Central Deanery Meeting, Sunday, March 16, 2014, 3 p.m., Holy Family, Fresno
  • Special Convention, Saturday, March 29, 2014, St. Paul’s, Bakersfield
  • Annual Convention, October 24-25, 2014, St. Paul’s, Modesto
Do you wish to see what else the Diocese is up to? Click here for The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin calendar.

From Our Parishes and Missions…

Julian of Norwich  

Love Suffering and the Cross:

A Retreat with Julian of Norwich

 

February 12-14, 2014

 

Due to lack of interest this event was cancelled

 

 

It’s time again for…
 

 
Join us for a fun evening of food, drink, singing,
games, a raffle and silent auction.
 

February 21 & 22, 6:00 -8:30 p.m. 

 
Adults $30.00 and Children under 12 $15.00

 

Your ticket includes dinner, an alcoholic beverage, soda, coffee,
and all the festivities.
 
Purchase tickets in advance at:
1) PubNight2014.eventbrite.com
2) PubNight.EpiscopalChurchOfStAnne.com
3) the church office by calling 209 473-2313
 
1020 W. Lincoln Road, Stockton, CA 95207

 

For our Diocesan Prayer Calendar….click here

Bishop’s and Canon’s Calendars… 

Bishop Talton’s Calendar 

February 20                   Diocesan Council Meeting

 
February 23                      Service of Dedication and Celebration of
the Ministry of Bishop Rice, St. Paul’s, Modesto
 
March 29                          Special Convention, St. Paul’s, Bakersfield
 
 
Bishop Rice’s Calendar
 

February 23                      St. John the Baptist, Lodi
     

February 23                      Service of Dedication and Celebration of
the Ministry of Bishop Rice, St. Paul’s, Modesto
 
February 25-27                 Clergy Retreat, St. Anthony Retreat, Three Rivers
 
March 1                             Southern Deanery Meeting, St. Paul’s, Bakersfield
 
March 2                             St. Michael’s, Ridgecrest
 
March 5                             Holy Family, Fresno
 
March 8                             Northern Deanery Meeting, St. Anne’s, Stockton
 
March 9                             St. James, Sonora
 
March 16                           St. Paul’s, Visalia
 
March 16                           Central Deanery Meeting, Holy Family, Fresno
 
March 20-26                      House of Bishops
 
March 29                           Special Convention, St. Paul’s, Bakersfield
 
March 30                           St. Paul’s, Bakersfield
 
 
Canon Cullinane’s Calendar
 
February 20                       Diocesan Council Meeting
 
February 23                       Service of Dedication and Celebration  of
the Ministry of Bishop Rice, St. Paul’s, Modesto
 
February 25-27                 Clergy Retreat, St. Anthony Retreat, Three Rivers
 
March 1                             Southern Deanery Meeting, St. Paul’s, Bakersfield
 
March 8                             Northern Deanery Meeting, St. Anne’s, Stockton
 
March 16                           Central Deanery Meeting, Holy Family, Fresno
 
March 29                           Special Convention, St. Paul’s, Bakersfield

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