Category Archives: Diocesan News

Diocesan Convention, October 28-29

Diocesan Convention will be held at ECCO, the Episcopal Conference Center in Oakhurst.

Convention Choir

Eucharist at 9:30 am on Saturday, Oct. 26. All of us are invited to that Eucharist and they are in need of singers to join together to form a choir singing that morning. Practice will be from 9:00 am – 9:30 am and the group will be singing John Rutter’s “Make Me An Instrument of Your Peace”. If you would like to see the music or sing at this event, contact Randy Knutson on Sunday, during the week at the church office.

Register Now for Celebration of Ministry Conference

The Annual Celebration of Ministry Conference at ECCO is August 30 – September 1, 2013.  Register by August 15, 2013 and save $10.00.  See information and retreat schedule on the ministry table.

Annual Celebration of Ministry Conference at ECCO

August 30 – September 1, 2013

Register by August 15, 2013 and save $10!

We will welcome the Rev. Eric Law as our conference Leader for this year’s ministry event at ECCO. The Rev. Eric Law is the Founder and Executive Director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, the mission of which is to create inclusive and sustainable churches and communities. 

For more than 20 years, he has provided transformative and comprehensive training and resources for churches and ministries in all the major church denominations in the United States and Canada.

He is the author of 7 books including The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb and, his latestHoly Currencies: Six Blessings for Sustainable Missional Ministries. You may order Holy Currencies on the Amazon website, either in print form or download to your Kindle reader.

Remember, the Ministry Conferences are for everyone in our Diocese! Laity and clergy alike will learn a great deal about transforming the way we think about church, “from a static, linear and maintenance-type mode to a dynamic, circulatory, and rejuvenating vision of a church that interacts with the wider community…” 

To read more about the Rev. Eric Law and the Kaleidoscope Institute visit their website atkscopeinstituet.org.

Here are the registration form, ministry conference schedule and map. Please mail your registration form with check made out to the Diocese of San Joaquin to 1528 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA 95355 by August 15, 2013.

Please add $10.00 for registrations mailed after August 15, 2013

Around the Diocese

Several church buildings have been returned to the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin by the Anglicans who had been occupying them during the past several years. First was St. Francis, Turlock, followed by St. Michael’s in Ridgecrest. The next parish to celebrate its “homecoming” will be St. Paul’s in Bakersfield (known as Grace during their exile). The Homecoming Eucharist will be on Sunday, July 28, at 4 p.m. Your prayers of thanksgiving and support are invited even if the distance prevents you from being physically present. More news to come!

Welcome the Rt. Rev. Chester Talton

This Sunday we are delighted to welcome the Rt. Rev. Chester Talton on the occasion of his Episcopal visitation to St. John the Baptist Church. Bishop Talton has served as the Provisional Bishop in the Restructuring Diocese of San Joaquin since March of 2011. He is assisted this morning by his Deacon, the Rev. Carolyn Woodall, whose presence at Episcopal visitations is intended to make more visible the order of the Diaconate.

Festival Homecoming at St. Francis, Turlock

After more than five years of worshipping in rented space, the Episcopal congregation of St. Francis Turlock will be returning to their original church building. The entire Diocese of San Joaquin is invited to welcome them back home, and we hope many from our congregation will be part of this celebration. The Festival Homecoming is at 4:00 p.m., and the church is located at 915 E. Main Street.

Evensong May 19

St. John’s will celebrate the arrival of Pentecost with a service of Evensong today,  May 19, at 4:00 p.m. in our Nave. This will be an event sponsored by our Deanery (the northern third of our Diocese) with congregations, choirs and clergy from the Deanery involved in the liturgy. It will include a massed choir of members from those churches, readings, Canticles and hymns, centered around the sung service of Evening Prayer found in the Book of Common Prayer.  All parish members are warmly invited to attend.

Evensong May 19

St. John’s will celebrate the arrival of Pentecost with a service of Evensong on Sunday, May 19, at 4:00 p.m. in our Nave. This will be an event sponsored by our Deanery (the northern third of our Diocese) with congregations, choirs and clergy from the Deanery involved in the liturgy. It will include a massed choir of members from those churches, readings, Canticles and hymns, centered around the sung service of Evening Prayer found in the Book of Common Prayer.  All parish members are warmly invited to attend.

Evensong May 19

St. John’s will celebrate the arrival of Pentecost with a service of Evensong on Sunday, May 19, at 4:00 p.m. in our Nave. This will be an event sponsored by our Deanery (the northern third of our Diocese) with congregations, choirs and clergy from the Deanery involved in the liturgy. It will include a massed choir of members from those churches, readings, Canticles and hymns, centered around the sung service of Evening Prayer found in the Book of Common Prayer.  All parish members are warmly invited to attend.