Monthly Archives: August 2012

Soul Kitchen Community Dinner (8/31)

Our next Soul Kitchen dinner is Friday, August 31. We need your help! Pass out flyers: pick up flyers to pass out on the Thursday and Friday before the dinner, at the dollar store, by Kmart, at the Farmer’s Market, Lowell Center, etc. Service and clean-up: set-up begins Friday at 4 p.m., and clean-up begins in earnest at 7 p.m. Thank you!

Pumpkin Patch Weeding Party

The patch desperately needs weeding. We cleared about half of the patch on Saturday (8/18) with the help of several of Aleathea’s students (thanks!) and will finish the other half next Saturday. Please come out any time from 8‑11, or any time you can spare to clear out some space.

Adult Forum (8/19 & 26)

Today and next week, Rev. Anne will continue the “Episcopal Church 101” series we started August 5. We’ll talk about the what and why of the Episcopal Church. An excellent opportunity for anyone newer to the Episcopal Church to explore what it’s all about. Join us at 9:30 a.m. outside the nursery.

Welcome Canon Kate!

We thank the Rev. Kathleen Cullinane, Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of San Joaquin, to St. John’s today and next Sunday as she preaches and worships with us. When you say hello, don’t hesitate to ask what a Canon does and who the Ordinary is!

Coming Events (8/12)

Vestry Meeting, August 14, 7:00 p.m.
Newsletter deadline, Wednesday, August 15
Soul Kitchen Community Dinner, August 31, 5:30 p.m.
Interim Rector’s first Sunday, September 2

Interim Rector Jim Stickney

On Sunday, September 2, the Rev. Jim Stickney will celebrate his first Eucharist with us as our interim rector. Pastor Jim has graciously agreed to come out of his recent retirement to serve at St. John’s. He comes to us with several years of experience working with congregations in transition, including most recently St. Paul’s, Modesto, as well as Holy Family, Fresno; Church of Our Savior, Hanford; and St John’s, Clayton. For twenty years prior to this work, Pastor Jim served as Rector of St. Alban’s, Albany, CA. He and his wife Joni Stickney live in El Cerrito, CA. They have two adult married children.

Pastoral Emergencies

For the remainder of the month of August, the Rev. Anne Smith is available to address pastoral needs, should any arise. She is available during regular office hours (Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at the church, 209-369-3381. At other times, please call 209-642-5375. If you would like to contact Rev. Anne by email, you may do so at reverendannesmith@gmail.com.

Service Time Change

Next week and going forward, our second service will begin at 10:30 am. This will reduce the lag time between services making Sunday mornings easier for families and all involved in Sunday School. Christian Formation for all ages will continue to convene at 9:30 am.

Community Vigils in Support of the Sikh Community

You are invited to join in solidarity with the Sikh community in the wake of the Wisconsin shootings. Prayer vigils have been scheduled which you may wish to join, and your prayers are encouraged even if you are unable to attend an event. Vigils to be held today include one Union Square, San Francisco, at 9 p.m. Visit the Sikh Coalition website Visit the Sikh Coalition website at http://bit.ly/O5kSzD for up-to-date information and more ways to help.

Adult Forum

No Adult Forum or children’s Sunday school this week. Next week, Rev. Anne will continue the “Episcopal Church 101” series we started August 5. We’ll talk about the what and why of the Episcopal Church. An excellent opportunity for anyone newer to the Episcopal Church to explore what it’s all about. (Series concludes August 26.) Join us at 9:30 a.m. outside the nursery.