The Friday Reflection Title



    St. John the Evangelist, Stockton

Even more about St. John’s
The Northern Deanery met once again at St. John’s in Stockton last week. The first meeting in response to St. John’s being returned to the diocese six weeks before had over forty people in attendance. I fully expected that this meeting held six weeks later would have half the number in attendance. I was wrong; very wrong. Again, there were over forty people in attendance (and not the same 40).
I continue to be amazed at the good will, great spirit and can-do attitude of the Northern Deanery. It seems as if everyone is willing to help. Sunday services and Wednesday services are being held with a rota of clergy from the northern area of the diocese. Some people working in the downtown area have started coming to the Wednesday service. Some people who used to attend St. John’s before the split have come to check us out.
The deanery meeting consisted of more brainstorming about the future ministry at St. John’s. We started with the question, “how are things going at St. John’s”? The response included, “good, better attendance on weekdays vs. weekends, new improved signage coming, website in progress as well as brochures and literature, etc.” Possible ideas about our next steps included supporting a food closet, finding gaps is services in Stockton, possible co-op food distribution, meeting place to connect service providers in Stockton, adult education and recreation, afterschool activities and tutoring, etc. What is exciting to me is the way that people are coming together to talk about a mission to the needs in an urban downtown setting.
The group decided to continue as we have been doing for another six weeks. Our next meeting is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 15 with a Eucharist scheduled for 3:00 p.m. in honor of St. Mary the Virgin. Regular staff meetings will be held and are open to anyone interested. They will take place on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.
This has been a wonderfully creative time as we all discern together a future ministry at St. John’s.
Canon Kate+

“Participating in God’s Reconciling Love”

From the Bishop…

Looking for Stories as I travel the Diocese…

I am looking for stories, stories of mission, stories about people involved in the missional experience, stories about the ways in which we are joining with what God is already doing in streets, lanes and cul de sacs near us.  And so, I will be coming to you with I Pad or I Phone or Go Pro (a wee camera I can mount anywhere including on my mitre) or all the above, to capture your story, our story, the story of the People of God engaging, serving, living.  I hope to post these stories on our Website, perhaps on Face book.  I hope to ensure that our stories are told.  I hope to ensure that San Joaquin is known as a place where faithful Episcopalians are involved in the lives of the people in our communities.  < /p>
Bishop with camera will see you soon.

Promotion of Friday Reflections…

Where do you get your news?

Do you Lean Forward with MSNBC?
Do you Decide with Fox News?
Do you Reflect with Friday Reflections?
You reflect with Friday Reflections of course! It has become something you look forward to and has become YOUR news source. If it does not show up in your email box for whatever reason it can tilt your whole day.


Bishop David, Canon Kate and I would like all of our parishioners to have the Friday Reflection be THIER source for news of the Diocese and please help us get others signed up to receive the Friday Reflection!


1. Promote the Friday Reflections at announcement time during your services.

2. Print out and Post the Friday Reflection for those who do not have the internet.

3. Create a sign up list and mail to the Diocesan Office.


4. Assist those not receiving the Friday Reflection.

If a parishioner is having problems receiving the Friday Reflection it could be:


a. They opted out of receiving the Friday Reflection. To receive the Friday Reflection again direct them to our website Click on Friday Reflection, scan down to the bottom and click on the join our mailing list box.

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Ellen Meyer,

For Northern Deanery…

Northern Deanery Meeting

Saturday, June 14, 2014 is the next scheduled Northern Deanery meeting. Plan now to be at Christ the King in Riverbank at 10 a.m.  In addition to elections for deanery officers, Cindy Smith, chair of the diocesan Sustainability Committee, will be at the meeting to present the suggestions from the committee for a conversation about the future of the Episcopal Church in the Northern area of the San Joaquin Diocese.

It is important for all voting members of the Northern Deanery, clergy and lay delegates to convention, to be present for the election.  The deanery meetings are open to all Episcopalians. It is also very important that everyone comes who wants to be part of the conversation. Where and how will the Episcopal Church’s ministry be alive in this valley/sierra part of California? What is our part in the future of the church here?

Juanita Weber, President Northern Deanery

For Central Deanery…

Central  Deanery Meeting

A meeting of the Central Deanery has been called to discuss properties in those areas of the diocese.The Central Deanery Meeting is currently scheduled for July 13, 2014, 3:00 p.m. at Holy Family, Fresno.


For Southern Deanery…

Town Hall Meeting
There will be a town hall meeting with Bishop David and Canon Kate on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s in Bakersfield. This meeting is open to anyone who is interested in what the future of the Episcopal Church might look like in the Bakersfield area. We are hoping to glean and share ideas, vision for the future and hear any concerns from those interested in the ministry of the Episcopal Church in Bakersfield. Please do plan to attend. Everyone is welcome to come and be part of this dialogue.
Southern Deanery Meeting
A meeting of the Southern Deanery has been called to discuss the ministry of the Episcopal Church in the Southern region of the diocese. Anyone interested in the ministry of the Episcopal Church in the Southern end of the diocese is welcome and encouraged to attend. The Southern Deanery meeting is currently scheduled for

From the Diocesan Office…

Reminder -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 and Church of the Saviour- Hanford for completing their plan.  YOU ROCK! 

Picture of Bishop David

At the Diocesan Office- Modesto there are pictures of Bishop Jerry and Bishop Chet. It has been asked many times when Bishop David’s picture will be hung beside them. A shout out to St. Paul’s, Modesto:  The picture is coming!

An 8×11 of Bishop David is going to be printed soon and if any other parish would like to have a picture please email by June 15, 2015. I will mail the picture (frame and matting not included) once printed.



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:

Thank you,

Ellen Meyer,


Whats going on…

What’s Happening in the DIO
Northern Deanery Clericus, June 10, 2014, 11:00 a.m., St. John the Evangelist, Stockton

Bakersfield Town Hall Meeting, June 11, 2014, 7:00 p.m., St. Paul’s, Bakersfield

Northern Deanery Meeting June 14, 2014, 10:00 a.m., Christ the King, Riverbank
Southern  Deanery Meeting July 12, 2014, 10:00 a.m., St. Andrew’s, Taft
Central Deanery Meeting July 13, 2014, 3:00 p.m., Holy Family, Fresno
Northern Deanery Eucharist August 15, 2014  3:00 p.m., St. John’s, Stockton
Northern Deanery Meeting August 15, 2014  4:00 p.m., St. John’s, Stockton
Annual Convention, October 24-25, 2014, St. Paul’s, Modesto

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


From Our Parishes and Missions…

Northern California’s Premier Abba Tribute Band
Friday June 6, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
The Episcopal Church of St. Anne
1020 W. Lincoln Rd., StocktonPurchase tickets online at:
$15.00 adults $7.50 children and $40.00 family

Bluegrass Festival
Saturday July 12, 2014, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Episcopal Community of Christ the King
6443 Estelle Avenue, Riverbank

Live Music, Barbeque, Dunking Booth, Beer Garden, Children’s Games, Raffle, Craft Vendors and more!

Proceeds will benefit Casa Del Rio

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