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11/30/2020 Monday Message, November 30, 2020

Monday Message
November 30, 2020
2020 11 30 Monday Message.docx

11/25/2020 Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter

Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter
November 26, 2020
(sent out Wednesday, November 25, 2020)
2020 11 26 Thursday Weekly Epistle.docx


11/23/2020 Monday Message, November 23, 2020

Monday Message, November 23, 2020

11/19/2020 Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter

Thursday Weekly Epistle
November 19, 2020
2020 11 19 Thursday Weekly Epistle Final.docx

11/16/2020 Monday Message, November 16, 2020

Monday Message
November 16, 2020

11/12/2020 Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter

Thursday Weekly Epistle From Fr. Peter
2020 11 12 Thursday Weekly Epistle Final.docx


11/9/2020 Monday Message, November 9, 2020

Monday Message, November 9, 2020

11/5/2020 Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter

Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter
2020 11 05 Thursday Weekly Epistle Final.docx

11/2/2020 Monday Message, November 2, 2020

Monday Message from Fr. Peter
Monday, November 2, 2020

11/2/2020 October 29, 2020 Letter from the Bishop

 The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin
October 29, 2020 Letter from
The Rt. Rev'd. David C. Rice
 

10/29/2020 Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter

Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter
Thursday, October 29, 2020
 


10/26/2020 Monday Message, October 26, 2020

Monday Message
October 26, 2020
2020 10 26 Monday Message.docx

10/22/2020 Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter

October 22, 2020
Thursday Weekly epistle from Fr. Peter
2020 10 22 Thursday Weekly Epistle Final.docx

10/19/2020 Monday Message, October 19, 2020

Monday Message
October 19, 2020
 

10/15/2020 Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter
2020 10 15 Thursday Weekly Epistle Final.docx

10/13/2020 Monday Message, October 12, 2020

10/8/2020 October 8, 2020 Thursday Epistle

 October 8, 2020
Thursday, Weekly epistle from Fr. Peter
 
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10/5/2020 Monday Message, October 5, 2020

Monday Message October 5, 2020


From Fr. Peter: Happy Monday! I am delighted to be back after my first real vacation in a few years (last year’s vacation time from by previous parish was used to move to Lodi)! Thank you to Deacon Tom, Senior Warden Karen Olds, our Vestry, and Penny our Administrator, for keeping our parish well during the past two weeks. All of these persons are blessings to our parish, and I can never thank them enough.
 
As you will read below, we have a full week ahead of us, and I hope you will join us in some of these activities, some parish specific, and others Diocesan. It is always an honor to have Bishop Rice with us, and though his visit will be virtual this year (see “Wednesday”) I encourage everyone to join on that Zoom meeting to welcome him and Canon Anna, to pray together, and chat! Finally, Marie, Harry and I were filled with joy when we heard about this Sunday’s anniversary drive through (See “Sunday”). Marie, Harry and I look forward to saying “hello” to one and all!

This Week…..

TUESDAY Bible Study Continues Tuesday 10:00 a.m. on Zoom– The dive into and through Paul’s letter to the Ephesians will continue this Tuesday, 10/6. We will go through Chapter 5: verses 21-33. All are invited whether you have been a part of the course thus far or not.

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Wednesday October 7, 7:00 p.m. : Bishop and Canon Evening Prayer and Visitation for St. John’s Lodi, via Zoom! - Fr. Peter encourages all parishioners, either by telephone or computer to join Bishop Rice and Canon Anna who will lead us in Evening Prayer at 7:00 PM. Following Evening Prayer, 7:30-8:15 pm, the Bishop and Canon will share in discussion about the current state of the diocese and respond to questions. Here is the Zoom link for the evening : Join Zoom Meeting
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THURSDAY October 8 – The St. John’s Weekly “Epistle” – Our Weekly Communication. Articles for this week’s Epistle should be received by Penny by Wednesday noon.

FRIDAY Noonday Prayer on Our Facebook Page - At noon, merely go to “Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi, CA Facebook Page” and there will stream Fr. Peter’s brief Friday service of Noonday Prayer, beginning on page 103 in The Book of Common Prayer (you can still follow along without one).

Saturday October 10th - Deanery Day (We are Northern 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) - Deanery Day Message! As published in the Friday Reflection last week, we hope you will all share this important information regarding deanery day! Bishop David, Canon Anna and others will present information for Diocesan Convention. We will hear about resolutions and the budget for 2021! Clergy and convention delegates are required to attend. Wardens, treasurers, and other leaders are encouraged to join as well (parishioners can observe, as well)!

Join the Zoom meeting HERE

Meeting ID: 863 0770 8543
Passcode: 586377


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If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, and would like to test it out beforehand, please contact Rev. Angela (dioadmin@diosanjoaquin.org). Peace, The Rev. Angela Lerena; The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin; Diocesan Administrator.

Sunday Worship, October 11, at 9:30 a.m., with Coffee Hour Immediately Following: Meet our Seminarian – Our Thursday Epistle will direct you to where to view our pre-recorded Sunday worship service on our Facebook and YouTube Pages. There will be a Zoom link provided for the Coffee Hour afterwards. At the latter you will have an opportunity to meet Jessica Harmon, our seminarian intern who will is doing her Field Education with us, virtually, from the East Coast!

Sunday Afternoon 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: LIVE Happy 1ST Year Anniversary to Fr. Peter Drive Thru! Can you believe that October 13, 2020, marks the one-year anniversary for Fr. Peter as our Rector! Please jump in your car and come to church to participate in a drive through appreciation for Fr. Peter. Wave, smile, shout your appreciation of Fr. Peter as you drive through the church parking lot where Fr. Peter and family will be waiting to see you. We will have someone collecting cards and feel free to add a monetary gift for Fr. Peter. Thank you. Karen Olds (626) 716-4192 Cell

10/1/2020 Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter

October 1, 2020
Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter

Fr. Peter is away on vacation and will return on Sunday October 4 when he will bless our animals at the Coffee Hour following the Cathedral of St. James Worship Service at 10am.

Happy 1 Year Anniversary, Fr. Peter!
Can you believe that October 13, 2020, marks the one year anniversary for Fr. Peter as our Rector! Can you believe that for almost eight of those months Fr. Peter has served as our "Virtual" Priest! Imagine answering a call to serve at St. John's in Lodi, CA, moving your family across country, and then being able to interact with the parishioners for a four month period before being forced to shelter in place because of COVID-19. Do you have any idea how hard it must be to serve a congregation you can't see for the next eight months and still counting? It's time we, as the people Fr. Peter has served so well this past year, let him know how much we appreciate his service to us. Please jump in your car and come to church on

Sunday, October 11, 2020, between
1:00 pm and 2:00 pm

to participate in a drive through appreciation for Fr. Peter. Wave, smile, shout your appreciation of Fr. Peter as you drive through the church parking lot where Fr. Peter and family will be waiting to see you. We will have someone collecting cards and feel free to add a monetary gift for Fr. Peter. Thank you. Karen Olds (626) 716-4192 Cell

FRIDAY

FRIDAY Noonday Prayer on Hiatus - This service will continue on Friday October 9th, after Fr. Peter returns from vacation.
Thanksgivings

Sunday Memorials/Thanksgivings/Celebrations FOR October 4: Walter & Barbara Wolterstorff in celebration of their wedding anniversary on Oct 1. Lois Johnson and the Knutson family in loving memory of Garland Johnson, her husband and their father and grandfather for his birthday, Oct 5

SUNDAY (WORSHIP/COFFEE HOUR)

First Sunday of the Month Worship with the Virtual Cathedral of St. James Fresno, at 10:00a.m. via our Facebook and YouTube pages: Please access the bulletin and feed from the Cathedral of St. James, Fresno California YouTube page. The service will also be streamed to our Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist Facebook and YouTube Pages. Virtual Pet Blessing at our Virtual Coffee Hour –Immediately after, at our Coffee Hour we invite participants to have any pets handy to be blessed. Additionally you can email pet information to Deacon Tom at - deacontom2020@gmail.com – your pet’s name, what type of animal/breed is she or he, as well as a photo if you have it. We will use our coffee hour time to share our pets, and Fr. Peter will bless each!


Sunday Virtual Coffee Hour! Coffee Hour for Sunday October 4 – Virtual Pet Blessing at our Virtual Coffee Hour Following the 10:00 am service:

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Our Current Member Birthdays and Anniversaries for October (send them a card, make a call, and say a prayer!)
Birthdays for October Anniversaries for October

Birthdays for October    Anniversaries for October
1 Mark Weiss                                                        1 Barbara & Walter Wolterstorff
2 Norma Gaston                                                      Sandie & Richard Stevens
3 Jack Cook      13 Jennifer & Martin Gaston
4 Dick Williams
   David Diekman
5 Patrice Tait
8 Harry Ackerman
9 Peter Burkett
11 Kourtney Ford
12 Katie Kendall
     Bri Stevens
18 Joey Soria
21 Austin Bronson
23 Rosemary Cress
28 Marlene Roa
     Joyce Petrotta
NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

Diocese to Review Reopening Stages - As you may recall from a few weeks ago, Fr. Peter initiated a conversation with the Bishop’s office around the idea of allowing for outdoor worship and/or aligning the Diocesan steps towards reopening with that of the State of California’s color coded steps. Fr. Peter and other members of the Reopening Stages Working Group are meeting with the Bishop next Tuesday evening. Should there be any changes; those will first need to be approved by two Diocesan committees. Fr. Peter believes that if there is positive movement toward carefully gathering in person, socially distanced, smaller worship groups that due to the necessary contributions and affirmations of Diocesan Council and Standing Committee, that said changes would come to pass sometime after October 11th. Please stay tuned to our parish communications where you will hear updates and plans as they evolve.
 
Virtual Bishop’s Visit – Wednesday October 7th 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm “Save the Date" – Bishop Rice and Canon Anna will join us (the Vestry and congregation) for a chance to pray together, check in and hear from the Bishop. We'll begin with Evening Prayer at 7:00 PM. Following Evening Prayer, 7:30-8:15 pm, the Bishop and Canon will share in discussion about the current state of the diocese and respond to questions. Here is the Zoom link for the evening : Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87409472172?pwd=ZnVRTnRjRm5RT3BlZVhOeWRPTWQ2QT09

Meeting ID: 874 0947 2172
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Deanery Day Message! As published in the Friday Reflection last week, we hope you will all share this important information regarding deanery day! Deanery day will be similar to the spring deanery day. Bishop David, Canon Anna and others will present information for Diocesan Convention. We will hear about resolutions and the budget for 2021! Clergy and convention delegates are required to attend. Wardens, treasurers, and other leaders are encouraged to join as well!

This is Saturday, October 10th:
Southern Deanery | 9-11 AM
Central Deanery | 12-2 PM
Northern Deanery | 3-5 PM

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If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, and would like to test it out beforehand, please contact Rev. Angela (dioadmin@diosanjoaquin.org). Peace, The Rev. Angela Lerena; The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin; Diocesan Administrator

Sacred Ground – Session #1 Eleven members of St. John’s have committed to 10 months of study on the racial injustices in this country, through a program of The Episcopal Church called Sacred Ground. It turns out that the starting point for healing the divisions – racial, economic, political - is knowing ourselves and what assumptions we have about what it means to be American. Using the film American Creed to focus our discussions, we explored ways people are striving to overcome their differences. (You can view the whole film, free, at www.americancreed.org/watch ) And we came away with hope: hope from seeing the miracle that happens when we come together one-on-one, heart-to-heart. When we find a balance between American individualism and watching out for each other, of valuing the importance of not leaving others behind. When we recognize our mutual freedom comes hand-in-hand with mutual obligation.

When immigrants become citizens, they take a naturalization oath. What would it be like if all Americans took a similar oath now – kind of like a renewal of baptismal vows, but for the country? Through this film, we were introduced to the “Sworn-Again America” Oath, developed by Citizen University as a way “for every one of us to experience the urgency, the solemnity, yet also the utter joy of choosing citizenship actively.” At the end of our first Sacred Ground study session, we took the oath together. Until we can work out a safe way to invite everyone at St. John’s, and everyone in Lodi, to come together to renew our common commitment to America, we invite you to read the oath, and affirm it in your heart:

Sworn-Again America Oath
I pledge to be an active American
to show up for others
to govern my self
to help govern my community
I recommit myself to my country’s creed
to cherish liberty as a responsibility
I pledge to serve and to push my country
when right, to be kept right;
when wrong to be set right
Wherever my ancestors and I were born
I claim America
and I pledge to live like a citizen (Submitted by Andee Zetterbaum)

Creation Care Team Did you know that single use water bottles are the biggest source of plastic trash in the world? If you are using single use water bottles at home you might consider having a bottled water delivery service. Two such services in Lodi are:
Aero Pure Water (209) 333-9200
All Pure Water (209) 224-5898.
When walking or going to a picnic try using refillable metal water bottles.

Tip 1 Buy less plastic packaging and buy in bulk instead.
Tip 2 Choose products with environmentally friendly wrappers (e.g. kitty litter in cardboard boxes).

Reduce your carbon footprint by converting a part of your back lawn into a vegetable garden. Your Creation Care Team members are: Barbara Krengel, Charlene Martin, Cheryl Nix, Derek Jones, Elaine Sager, Hennie Van Konynenburg, Marcia Traner and Tom Hampson. any questions you might have to: derek147a@gmail.com

Are You Going to Pledge This Year? Upon my return from vacation we will begin our Financial Stewardship Pledge Drive for 2021. Pledging is a spiritual practice. It is not one where we control what happens or the outcome. It is where we gift God, out of a place of gratefulness and thanksgiving for what God has done, and turn it over to God for God’s purposes and use in our parish. How does this happen? Pledges are promises. Marie and I “promise” what we will give in 2021. The Vestry takes those promises and computes them and comes up with our budget. Out of that budget we know before January 1, if we can afford to pay our mortgage, our staff members, office supplies, our “assessment” to the Diocese (think of this as the parish as The Body of Christ giving to the larger church), and more. A free will gift, or directed giving is not a pledge…that kind of generosity with its control removes it from God’s hands as prayerfully discerned by your Vestry whom you vote for in order to engage in this hard kind of business/spiritual work. Because we are an Episcopal Church and follow the rules of our denomination an item that comes in as a pledge for 2021 will be unencumbered, unassigned, and treated as pledges are supposed to be; under the God guided direction of leadership into a budget that the congregation will review in January 2021 at our Annual Meeting. In the past our parish was out of step with the expected norm of the wider church, and though understandable, I take my ordained promise to obey my bishop, serve my parish, and uphold the rules of our denomination seriously. So, what may seem new to some in our parish, is actually how Episcopal churches are supposed to function in regarding pledges. This is why Vestry service is so important and not to be taken lightly. I pray that you will join me, as I do every year, carefully consider your pledge, consider raising it (Marie and I raise ours each year), and then give it over to God. This type of unencumbered giving is what makes a pledge into a faith practice. I invite you this season to give, to be generous, and to join me in pledging faithfully. When we do so, just watch what God does in return for, and on behalf of St. John’s Lodi!

A Note From Your Treasurer: St. John’s financial responsibilities continue each month and we depend on your pledges to meet them. We would like to thank those who kept up on their pledges over the Summer and remind those who let their pledges slip to please bring them up to date. You may choose to mail in a check or use our new Givlify app to send in your payment.

CLASSES, CLUBS, MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES

Gospel of Mark Class with Friend of the Parish - Father Tom Bonacci - Tuesday (October 6) from 10:30am - 12:00noon. If you are interested in attending please contact our parishioner Andee Z at azetterb@aol.com to reserve your space.

Tuesday Class 10:30 a.m. – Bible Study through Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians (one hour/session) – Every Tuesday until it concludes, Fr. Peter will facilitate a shared learning experience using this Epistle from Paul. (NOTE THERE WILL BE NO CLASS ON 9/22 AND 9/29). There is no need to read ahead of time, just come to any class on Tuesday and join in.

Covid Kit Making for Field Workers- The Stockton group in charge of this project has added new dates for assembling mask kits and are in need of volunteers. Dates and times are listed below. We will be meeting at Stockton Unified School District, 701 N Madison St., Stockton, CA 95202. We will be set-up inside the air-conditioned board room. You will need to push button at entrance to be let in. Just let them know you are there for the masking campaign. The entrance to the parking is the gate off of Flora St. Please contact Monica Gamboa at the number below to volunteer.

• Monday October 5th – 9:00am – 12:00pm
• Monday October 5th – 1:00 – 4:00pm
• Tuesday October 6th - 9:00am – 12:00pm
• Tuesday October 6th - 1:00 – 4:00pm
• Wednesday October 7th - 9:00am – 12:00pm
• Wednesday October 7th - 1:00 – 4:00pm

Once again, thank you for volunteering your time to help us in this great effort to keep San Joaquin County safe.

Monica Gamboa, Health Education & Outreach Coordinator
Community Health, Dignity Health, St. Joseph's Medical Center
1800 N. California St.; Stockton, Ca. 95204
(209) 461-5142 Direct, Monica.Gamboa@dignityhealth.org

Participation with No Children Left Hungry Continues - The Parishioners of St. John's have been incredibly generous in contributing to our food outreach to children and seniors during this difficult time. We have made one large purchase of shelf stable food which was given to the No Children left Hungry program and special fruits for the seniors. In between time we have been delivering milk, bread and eggs to the shut-in seniors so they have some fresh food. We will be making another large purchase this next week to share with those in need. We give thanks to God for all that He blesses us with so that we may share with others! Cheryl Nix, Pat Fehling

Great Plates Senior Meals Program: The Great Plates program has extended again until October 9th. Seniors call the Loel Center and get three delicious meals everyday for FREE. Meals are provided by The Dancing Fox, Lodi Beer Co, Julias, and The Brickhouse. Annual income has to be below $75,000.During the COVID-19 crisis, Lodi area restaurants are helping, through volunteers by delivering three meals per day to qualifying seniors (age 65 and above, as well as certain ages for those affected directly by the COVID-19 Virus). If you want more information and/or to apply to benefit from this ministry, please reach out to the LOEL Senior Center by calling 209-369-1591.
 
Interested in Being A Reader for A Sunday Service? If you would like to participate in the Morning Prayer service offered each Sunday, please contact Penny at the Church Office. You can email: stjohnslodi@sbcglobal.net or call 209-369-3381. After confirming a date with Penny, Fr. Peter or Dcn. Tom will send you the information you need to participate. It is a great way to stay connected and participate.

9/28/2020

Monday Message September 28, 2020

Fr. Peter is away on vacation and will return on Sunday October 4 when he will bless our animals at the Coffee Hour following the Cathedral of St. James Worship Service at 10am.

Happy 1 Year Anniversary, Fr. Peter!
Can you believe that October 13, 2020, marks the one year anniversary for Fr. Peter as our Rector! Can you believe that for almost eight of those months Fr. Peter has served as our "Virtual" Priest! Imagine answering a call to serve at St. John's in Lodi, CA, moving your family across country, and then being able to interact with the parishioners for a four month period before being forced to shelter in place because of COVID-19. Do you have any idea how hard it must be to serve a congregation you can't see for the next eight months and still counting? It's time we, as the people Fr. Peter has served so well this past year, let him know how much we appreciate his service to us. Please jump in your car and come to church on

Sunday, October 11, 2020, between
1:00 pm and 2:00 pm

to participate in a drive through appreciation for Fr. Peter. Wave, smile, shout your appreciation of Fr. Peter as you drive through the church parking lot where Fr. Peter and family will be waiting to see you. We will have someone collecting cards and feel free to add a monetary gift for Fr. Peter. Thank you. Karen Olds (626) 716-4192 Cell

TUESDAY Bible Study On Hiatus– The dive into and through Paul’s letter to the Ephesians will continue on 10/6 when Fr. Peter return from vacation.

THURSDAY October 1 – The St. John’s Weekly “Epistle” – Our Weekly Communication. Articles for this week’s Epistle should be received by Penny by Wednesday noon.

FRIDAY Noonday Prayer on Hiatus - This service will continue on Friday October 9th, after Fr. Peter returns from vacation.

CATHEDRAL OF ST. JAMES SERVICE Sunday, October 4, at 10:00 a.m. and Virtual Pet Blessing at our Virtual Coffee Hour – That morning we will celebrate St. Francis Day with the Cathedral of St. James, Fresno service. Immediately after, at our Coffee Hour we invite participants to have any pets handy to be blessed. Additionally you can email pet information to Deacon Tom at - deacontom2020@gmail.com – your pet’s name, what type of animal/breed is she or he, as well as a photo if you have it. We will use our coffee hour time to share our pets, and Fr. Peter will bless each!

Our Current Member Birthdays and Anniv. for October (will be repeated in Thursday Epistle).

Birthdays for October Anniversaries for October

Our Current Member Birthdays and Anniv. for October (will be repeated in Thursday Epistle).

Birthdays for October
     Anniversaries for October
1 Mark Weiss       1    Barbara & Walter Wolterstorff
2 Norma Gaston                  Sandie & Richard Stevens
3 Jack Cook         13 Jennifer & Martin Gaston
4 Dick Williams
   David Diekman
5 Patrice Tait
8 Harry Ackerman
9 Peter Burkett
11 Kourtney Ford
12 Katie Kendal
     Bri Stevens
18 Joey Soria
21 Austin Bronson
23 Rosemary Cress
28 Marlene Roa
    Joyce Petrotta

9/24/2020 September 24, 2020 Thursday Epistle

September 24, 2020
Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter

Fr. Peter is away on vacation and will return on Sunday October 4 when he will bless our animals at the Coffee Hour following the Cathedral of St. James Worship Service at 10am.

FRIDAY

FRIDAY Noonday Prayer on Hiatus - This service will continue on Friday October 9th, after Fr. Peter returns from vacation.

Thanksgivings and Birthdays and Anniversaries!

Sunday Memorials/Thanksgivings/Celebrations FOR September 27 Linda Harkins & Lisa Ayers in loving memory of husband & father, Jack on his birthday, Sept 29

SUNDAY (WORSHIP/COFFEE HOUR)

SUNDAY Morning Prayer Worship September 27 – Episcopal Church St. John the Baptist Facebook and YouTube Pages, 9:30 a.m. - Gather ‘round the young ones and/or get in touch with the child of God within you, as we present our second, last Sunday of the month, children’s themed service. NOTE: BECAUSE MANY OF OUR PARTICIPANTS RECORDED THEIR READINGS FROM HOME, THE BULLETIN WILL NOT BE UP FOR THE WHOLE SERVICE, ESPECIALLY DURING THE READINGS. SO, PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE BULLETIN ATTACHED TO THIS EPISTLE ONTO ANOTHER DEVICE, OR PRINT IT OUT, IF YOU WANT TO FOLLOW ALONG 100% OF THE TIME. (a bulletin is attached to this email) and look to gather together for our coffee hour on Zoom. The Best option for Worship is to go to the YouTube page (www.youtube.com) . Once you are in YouTube use the internal search bar to locate “Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist Lodi CA” and you will see the latest video as the page comes up. Second best option is to do the same on our similarly named Facebook Page. For the Coffee Hour link, see the information later in this Epistle.

Sunday Virtual Coffee Hour! Coffee Hour Question for Sunday September 27 – “What's a family custom or artifact that's been passed down to you?” Following the 9:30 am service:

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NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

Frank Pegg Laid to Rest - Last Friday, in a private ceremony attended by his family, Frank Pegg’s cremains were interred along side his wife Joyce, in their columbarium space located inside our historic chapel. Fr. Peter invited the family to share their memories in a word or phrase, and it will surprise no one that “loving,” “fun,” “follower of rules and regulations,” were some of what was shared. The family was happy to put him to rest, and looks forward to joining with the congregation of St. John’s for a memorial service at a future date. For those who might want to make a visit to pay their respects to Frank, please phone the church office to make arrangements to do so.

The Rev. George Ross If you are interested in reading Fr. Ross’ obituary, please follow the link below. George Crawford Lauren Ross; December 22, 1929 - August 29, 2020; Resident of Woodbridge
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/eastbaytimes/obituary.aspx?n=george-crawford-lauren-ross&pid=196814789

Are You Going to Pledge This Year? Upon my return from vacation we will begin our Financial Stewardship Pledge Drive for 2021. Pledging is a spiritual practice. It is not one where we control what happens or the outcome. It is where we gift God, out of a place of gratefulness and thanksgiving for what God has done, and turn it over to God for God’s purposes and use in our parish. How does this happen? Pledges are promises. Marie and I “promise” what we will give in 2021. The Vestry takes those promises and computes them and comes up with our budget. Out of that budget we know before January 1, if we can afford to pay our mortgage, our staff members, office supplies, our “assessment” to the Diocese (think of this as the parish as The Body of Christ giving to the larger church), and more. A free will gift, or directed giving is not a pledge…that kind of generosity with its control removes it from God’s hands as prayerfully discerned by your Vestry whom you vote for in order to engage in this hard kind of business/spiritual work. Because we are an Episcopal Church and follow the rules of our denomination an item that comes in as a pledge for 2020 will be unencumbered, unassigned, and treated as pledges are supposed to be; under the God guided direction of leadership into a budget that the congregation will review in January 2021 at our Annual Meeting. In the past our parish was out of step with the expected norm of the wider church, and though understandable, I take my ordained promise to obey my bishop, serve my parish, and uphold the rules of our denomination seriously. So, what may seem new to some in our parish, is actually how Episcopal churches are supposed to function in regarding pledges. This is why Vestry service is so important and not to be taken lightly. I pray that you will join me, as I do every year, carefully consider your pledge, consider raising it (Marie and I raise ours each year), and then give it over to God. This type of unencumbered giving is what makes a pledge into a faith practice. I invite you this season to give, to be generous, and to join me in pledging faithfully. When we do so, just watch what God does in return for, and on behalf of St. John’s Lodi!

Open Conversation Regarding Easement Question - Last Sunday about a dozen people in total gathered via zoom to talk about the granting of an easement to a developer at the far West border of St. John’s property. Fr. Peter opened with a brief reflection and prayer and then our Senior Warden, Karen Olds, entertained questions that were brought forth by those who attended. Our fellow parishioner Dick Williams, who serves on the Land Committee contributed some clarifying historical facts along the way. Those included questions around the size of the underground easement (15 feet), to the current state of the church’s mortgage, as well as the reason why we hired an appraiser (so that we understand our land’s worth). The Vestry, Land Committee, and Diocese will venture carefully into deliberations around the easement As Fr. Peter noted, this easement question is separate from one that will be discussed further with the congregation down the road, if a party who has shown interested in purchasing some of our land continues to inquire. We are certainly in a good and healthy place right now, and your responses are important for us to hear. Your vestry takes seriously their mission to represent you in matters such as considering easements, and we are grateful for those who entered into the conversion with us. If you were unable to attend and want to view a tape of the session, please email Karen Olds and she will send you a link. Karen Olds (626) 716-4192 Cell

Creation Care Team Your Creation Care Team is now formed and is ready to provide you with helpful information to give you the opportunity to assist in caring for “this fragile earth, our island home (BCP).” Your Creation Care Team members are: Barbara Krengel, Charlene Martin, Cheryl Nix, Derek Jones, Elaine Sager, Hennie Van Konynenburg, Marcia Traner and Tom Hampson. We look forward to sending you helpful information and we also welcome your ideas of ways to positively impact our environment. You can send your ideas, as well as any questions you might have to: derek147a@gmail.com

Participation with No Children Left Hungry Continues - The Parishioners of St. John's have been incredibly generous in contributing to our food outreach to children and seniors during this difficult time. We have made one large purchase of shelf stable food which was given to the No Children left Hungry program and special fruits for the seniors. In between time we have been delivering milk, bread and eggs to the shut-in seniors so they have some fresh food. We will be making another large purchase this next week to share with those in need. We give thanks to God for all that He blesses us with so that we may share with others! Cheryl Nix, Pat Fehling

Salvation Army Lunch, Drive through Fundraiser on Sept 26 - On September 26th, for just a pre-purchase of $12 you can obtain a tri-tip sandwich and potato salad side from the Salvation Army. First, buy your lunch tickets from LodiLunch.org and Second, on September 26 between 12noon and 2pm, bring your receipt to the Salvation Army location art 525 West Lockeford Street, Lodi CA 95240 and you will be given your lunch to go. Safe and socially distancing you can support a good cause.

Covid Kit Making for Field Workers- The Stockton group in charge of this project has added new dates for assembling mask kits and are in need of volunteers. Dates and times are listed below. We will be meeting at Stockton Unified School District, 701 N Madison St., Stockton, CA 95202. We will be set-up inside the air-conditioned board room. You will need to push button at entrance to be let in. Just let them know you are there for the masking campaign. The entrance to the parking is the gate off of Flora St. Please contact Monica Gamboa at the number below to volunteer.

• Monday October 5th – 9:00am – 12:00pm
• Monday October 5th – 1:00 – 4:00pm
• Tuesday October 6th - 9:00am – 12:00pm
• Tuesday October 6th - 1:00 – 4:00pm
• Wednesday October 7th - 9:00am – 12:00pm
• Wednesday October 7th - 1:00 – 4:00pm

Once again, thank you for volunteering your time to help us in this great effort to keep San Joaquin County safe.

Monica Gamboa, Health Education & Outreach Coordinator
Community Health, Dignity Health, St. Joseph's Medical Center
1800 N. California St.; Stockton, Ca. 95204
(209) 461-5142 Direct, Monica.Gamboa@dignityhealth.org

Virtual Pet Blessing! Sunday October 4 at our Virtual Coffee Hour – That morning we will celebrate St. Francis Day with the Cathedral of St. James, Fresno service. Immediately after, at our Coffee Hour we invite participants to have any pets handy to be blessed. Additionally you can email pet information to Deacon Tom at - deacontom2020@gmail.com – your pet’s name, what type of animal/breed is she or he, as well as a photo if you have it. We will use our coffee hour time to share our pets, and Fr. Peter will bless each!

A Note From Your Treasurer: St. John’s financial responsibilities continue each month and we depend on your pledges to meet them. We would like to thank those who kept up on their pledges over the Summer and remind those who let their pledges slip to please bring them up to date. You may choose to mail in a check or use our new Givlify app to send in your payment.

Interested in Being A Reader for A Sunday Service? If you would like to participate in the Morning Prayer service offered each Sunday, please contact Penny at the Church Office. You can email: stjohnslodi@sbcglobal.net or call 209-369-3381. After confirming a date with Penny, Fr. Peter or Dcn. Tom will send you the information you need to participate. It is a great way to stay connected and participate.

Virtual Bishop’s Visit – Wednesday October 7th 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm “Save the Date" – Bishop Rice and Canon Anna will join us (the Vestry and congregation) for a chance to pray together, check in and hear from the Bishop. We'll begin with Evening Prayer at 7:00 PM. Following Evening Prayer, 7:30-8:15 pm, the Bishop and Canon will share in discussion about the current state of the diocese and respond to questions. Here is the Zoom link for the evening : Join Zoom Meeting
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CLASSES, CLUBS, MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES

Gospel of Mark Class with Friend of the Parish - Father Tom Bonacci - Tuesdays (Sept 15, 22, 29, and October 6) from 10:30am - 12:00noon. If you are interested in attending please contact our parishioner Andee Z at azetterb@aol.com to reserve your space.

Tuesday Class 10:30 a.m. – Bible Study through Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians (one hour/session) – Every Tuesday until it concludes, Fr. Peter will facilitate a shared learning experience using this Epistle from Paul. (NOTE THERE WILL BE NO CLASS ON 9/22 AND 9/29). There is no need to read ahead of time, just come to any class on Tuesday and join in.

Great Plates Senior Meals Program: The Great Plates program has extended again until October 9th. Seniors call the Loel Center and get three delicious meals everyday for FREE. Meals are provided by The Dancing Fox, Lodi Beer Co, Julias, and The Brickhouse. Annual income has to be below $75,000.During the COVID-19 crisis, Lodi area restaurants are helping, through volunteers by delivering three meals per day to qualifying seniors (age 65 and above, as well as certain ages for those affected directly by the COVID-19 Virus). If you want more information and/or to apply to benefit from this ministry, please reach out to the LOEL Senior Center by calling 209-369-1591.

9/21/2020 Monday Message, September 21, 2020

Monday Message September 21, 2020

Fr. Peter is away on vacation and will return on Sunday October 4 when he will bless our animals at the Coffee Hour following the Cathedral of St. James Worship Service at 10am.

TUESDAY Bible Study On Hiatus– The dive into and through Paul’s letter to the Ephesians will continue on 10/6 when Fr. Peter return from vacation.

THURSDAY September 17 – The St. John’s Weekly “Epistle” – Our Weekly Communication. Articles for this week’s Epistle should be received by Penny by Wednesday noon.

FRIDAY Noonday Prayer on Hiatus - This service will continue on Friday October 9th, after Fr. Peter returns from vacation.

SUNDAY Morning Prayer Worship September 27 – Episcopal Church St. John the Baptist Facebook and Youtube Pages, 9:30 a.m. - Gather ‘round the young ones and/or get in touch with the child of God within you, as we preset our second, last Sunday of the month, children’s themed service Links to the Service will be provided in our Thursday Epistle.

9/17/2020 September 17, 2020 Thursday Epistle

September 17, 2020
Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter
Dear Friends,

As advertised, Bishop Rice asked his clergy to take vacations. I have not been fully away from my duties since right before I began almost one year ago, Thus I will be off for two consecutive weeks beginning this Sunday, September 20th. I will return at our Coffee Hour on October 4th to bless any pets we either bring to screen or mentioned via email to Deacon Tom (see reminder about this below). Please pray for Marie and me as we have some “getaway time” within the two weeks, for Harry when he watches over the home, and know that you remain our prayers. Sabbath is one of my favorite topics to teach about, and to live by example! May these two weeks be a peaceful, restful, and restorative one for all of us, as God counted to invite us into partnership to heal our world.

Sincerely, Fr. Peter+
FRIDAY

Friday Noonday Prayer – Friday’s 12noon you can catch Noonday Prayer on our Facebook Page (Episcopal Church of Saint John the Baptist, Lodi CA). Though you do not need the words to enjoy the worship, you can either turn to page 103 in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer or access the pages from this computer link: https://www.bcponline.org/DailyOffice/noonday.html

Thanksgivings and Birthdays and Anniversaries!

Sunday Memorials/Thanksgivings/Celebrations FOR September 20 Beth & Jim Elwood in loving memory of Jim’s mother Mary Elwood & Beth’s father Darwin Lindsley & her brother in law, David Ferry. Kathy & Pete Girard in loving memory of Pete’s father, Jerry Girard, for his September birthday
SUNDAY (WORSHIP/COFFEE HOUR)

Please join us on Sunday for worship, at 9:30a.m. via our Facebook and YouTube pages, (a bulletin is attached to this email) and look to gather together for our coffee hour on Zoom. The Best option for Worship is to go to the YouTube page (www.youtube.com) . Once you are in YouTube use the internal search bar to locate “Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist Lodi CA” and you will see the latest video as the page comes up. Second best option is to do the same on our similarly named Facebook Page. For the Coffee Hour link, see the information later in this Epistle.

Sunday Virtual Coffee Hour! Coffee Hour Question for Sunday September 20 – “tell us about some piece of nature that you nurtured, like a plant, or an experience where you witnessed the beauty of someone’s care to nature.” Following the 9:30 am service:

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NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

Open Conversation Regarding Easement Question - Last Sunday about a dozen people in total gathered via zoom to talk about the granting of an easement to a developer at the far West border of St. John’s property. Fr. Peter opened with a brief reflection and prayer and then our Senior Warden, Karen Olds, entertained questions that were brought forth by those who attended. Our fellow parishioner Dick Williams, who serves on the Land Committee contributed some clarifying historical facts along the way. Those included questions around the size of the underground easement (15 feet), to the current state of the church’s mortgage, as well as the reason why we hired an appraiser (so that we understand our land’s worth). The Vestry, Land Committee, and Diocese will venture carefully into deliberations around the easement As Fr. Peter noted, this easement question is separate from one that will be discussed further with the congregation down the road, if a party who has shown interested in purchasing some of our land continues to inquire. We are certainly in a good and healthy place right now, and your responses are important for us to hear. Your vestry takes seriously their mission to represent you in matters such as considering easements, and we are grateful for those who entered into the conversion with us. If you were unable to attend and want to view a tape of the session, please email Karen Olds and she will send you a link. Karen Olds (626) 716-4192 Cell

Creation Care Team Your Creation Care Team is now formed and is ready to provide you with helpful information to give you the opportunity to assist in caring for “this fragile earth, our island home (BCP).” Your Creation Care Team members are: Barbara Krengel, Charlene Martin, Cheryl Nix, Derek Jones, Elaine Sager Hennie Van Konynenburg, Marcia Traner, Tom Hampson. We look forward to sending you helpful information and we also welcome your ideas of ways to positively impact our environment. You can send your ideas, as well as any questions you might have to: derek147a@gmail.com

HELPFUL HINT Did you know that Dart Containers, 1400 E. Victor Road, Lodi recycles foam food service containers, foam cups, foam plates, foam clamshells and shaped or molded foam packaging? They are open from Monday through Friday, 8.30 a.m. -4.30 p.m. Their telephone number is 209-333-8088.

A Note From Your Treasurer: St. John’s financial responsibilities continue each month and we depend on your pledges to meet them. We would like to thank those who kept up on their pledges over the Summer and remind those who let their pledges slip to please bring them up to date. You may choose to mail in a check or use our new Givlify app to send in your payment.

Participation with No Children Left Hungry Continues - The Parishioners of St. John's have been incredibly generous in contributing to our food outreach to children and seniors during this difficult time. We have made one large purchase of shelf stable food which was given to the No Children left Hungry program and special fruits for the seniors. In between time we have been delivering milk, bread and eggs to the shut-in seniors so they have some fresh food. We will be making another large purchase this next week to share with those in need. We give thanks to God for all that He blesses us with so that we may share with others! Cheryl Nix, Pat Fehling

Salvation Army Lunch, Drive through Fundraiser on Sept 26 - On September 26th, for just a pre-purchase of $12 you can obtain a tri-tip sandwich and potato salad side from the Salvation Army. First, buy your lunch tickets from LodiLunch.org and Second, on September 26 between 12noon and 2pm, bring your receipt to the Salvation Army location art 525 West Lockeford Street, Lodi CA 95240 and you will be given your lunch to go. Safe and socially distancing you can support a good cause.

Virtual Pet Blessing! Sunday October 4 at our Virtual Coffee Hour – That morning we will celebrate St. Francis Day with the Cathedral of St. James, Fresno service. Immediately after, at our Coffee Hour we invite participants to have any pets handy to be blessed. Additionally you can email pet information to Deacon Tom at - deacontom2020@gmail.com – your pet’s name, what type of animal/breed is she or he, as well as a photo if you have it. We will use our coffee hour time to share our pets, and Fr. Peter will bless each!

Interested in Being A Reader for A Sunday Service? If you would like to participate in the Morning Prayer service offered each Sunday, please contact Penny at the Church Office. You can email: stjohnslodi@sbcglobal.net or call 209-369-3381. After confirming a date with Penny, Fr. Peter or Dcn. Tom will send you the information you need to participate. It is a great way to stay connected and participate.

Virtual Bishop’s Visit – Wednesday October 7th 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm “Save the Date" – Bishop Rice and Canon Anna will join us (the Vestry and congregation) for a chance to pray together, check in and hear from the Bishop. The first thirty minutes will be devoted to Evening Prayer worship, with the remainder of the time dedicated to a conversation around an appropriate topic. All are invited! Info on the log in and phone in links will be shared closer to the date.
CLASSES, CLUBS, MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES

Gospel of Mark Class with Friend of the Parish - Father Tom Bonacci - Tuesdays (Sept 15, 22, 29, and October 6) from 10:30am - 12:00noon. If you are interested in attending please contact our parishioner Andee Z at azetterb@aol.com to reserve your space.

Tuesday Class 10:30 a.m. – Bible Study through Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians (one hour/session) – Every Tuesday until it concludes, Fr. Peter will facilitate a shared learning experience using this Epistle from Paul. (NOTE THERE WILL BE NO CLASS ON 9/22 AND 9/29). There is no need to read ahead of time, just come to any class on Tuesday and join in. We will meet on Zoom via the following links… Via pc: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89663609812?pwd=b1V1TllkVktRNUd6dHliaHRhV1czdz09
Meeting ID: 896 6360 9812 Password: 1055
Dial by your location +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kd4S8dQU0K

Great Plates Senior Meals Program: The Great Plates program has extended again until October 9th. Seniors call the Loel Center and get three delicious meals everyday for FREE. Meals are provided by The Dancing Fox, Lodi Beer Co, Julias, and The Brickhouse. Annual income has to be below $75,000.During the COVID-19 crisis, Lodi area restaurants are helping, through volunteers by delivering three meals per day to qualifying seniors (age 65 and above, as well as certain ages for those affected directly by the COVID-19 Virus). If you want more information and/or to apply to benefit from this ministry, please reach out to the LOEL Senior Center by calling 209-369-1591.

9/14/2020 Monday Message, September 14, 2020

Monday Message September 14, 2020

TUESDAY September 19, 10:30am (1 hour) – Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians Bible Study– This week we will focus on the first part of chapter 5 in the epistle. Please know that you are invited to participate at any time, whether you have attended a previous session or not. NOTE: DUE TO AN EARLIER MORNING APPOINTMENT ON 9/15, IF FR. PETER HAS NOT LOGGED IN BY 10:40A.M., THEN CONSIDER THIS SESSION POSTPONED. There will be no bible study 9/22 or 9/29 since Fr. Peter will be on vacation.

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THURSDAY September 17 – The St. John’s Weekly “Epistle” – Our Weekly Communication. Articles for this week’s Epistle should be received by Penny (with Fr. Peter copied) by Wednesday noon.

FRIDAY Noonday Prayer September 18 on Our Facebook Page (Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi CA). A brief worship with Fr. Peter. You can follow along with A Book of Common Prayer 1979 (BCP), page 103, or access the service pages at https://bcponline.org/DailyOffice/noonday.html
NOTE: AS WITH BIBLE STUDY, THIS SERVICE WILL GO ONTO HIATUS FOR TWO WEEKS 9/25 AND 10/02 WHILE FR. PETER IS AWAY ON VACATION.

SUNDAY Morning Prayer Worship September 13 – Episcopal Church St. John the Baptist Facebook and Youtube Pages, 9:30 a.m. - Links to the Service will be provided in our Thursday Epistle.

9/10/2020 September 10, 2020 Thursday Epistle

September 10, 2020
Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter

Dear Friends,

Please know that Deacon Tom and his spouse, Hennie, are away on vacation this week (through Sunday). I will leave for two weeks on September 20th. Until then here is what we, as a parish, are up to this week…

FRIDAY

Friday Noonday Prayer – Friday’s 12noon you can catch Noonday Prayer on our Facebook Page (Episcopal Church of Saint John the Baptist, Lodi CA). Though you do not need the words to enjoy the worship, you can either turn to page 103 in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer or access the pages from this computer link: https://www.bcponline.org/DailyOffice/noonday.html

Thanksgivings and Birthdays and Anniversaries!

Sunday Memorials/Thanksgivings/Celebrations FOR September 13 Sept 13 Beth Elwood in celebration of her husband, Jim on his birthday September 13

SUNDAY (WORSHIP/COFFEE HOUR)

Please join us on Sunday for worship, at 9:30a.m. via our Facebook and YouTube pages, (a bulletin is attached to this email) and look to gather together for our coffee hour on Zoom. The Best option for Worship is to go to the YouTube page (www.youtube.com) . Once you are in YouTube use the internal search bar to locate “Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist Lodi CA” and you will see the latest video as the page comes up. Second best option is to do the same on our similarly named Facebook Page. For the Coffee Hour link, see the information later in this Epistle.

Sunday Virtual Coffee Hour! Coffee Hour Question for Sunday September 13 – “What is your favorite sound of nature?” Following the 9:30 am service:

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NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

A Note From Your Treasurer: St. John’s financial responsibilities continue each month and we depend on your pledges to meet them. We would like to thank those who kept up on their pledges over the Summer and remind those who let their pledges slip to please bring them up to date. You may choose to mail in a check or use our new Givlify app to send in your payment.

Something Fun for Friday, September 11! Hannah Wilson is turning 18 and her family and friends have arranged a “Surprise Drive by Birthday Celebration.” At 4:00 pm on Friday September 11 you are invited to drive-thru the parking lot at St. John’s here in Lodi and “Beep, Honk, Yell and Wave…” a happy 18th birthday to Hannah. Thank you.

Easement Interest on Parish Property – Parishioners were emailed or mailed a letter last Tuesday regarding some interest by a developer to pay for an underground easement through a part of our property. This prompted the Vestry to hire an individual to make an assessment of the current value of the land. For those interested, the rector, Wardens, Vestry, and St. John’s Land Committee representatives will be available on Zoom this Sunday (at 2pm) to answer any questions regarding the easement interest. Join Zoom Meeting via computer:
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Participation with No Children Left Hungry Continues - The Parishioners of St. John's have been incredibly generous in contributing to our food outreach to children and seniors during this difficult time. We have made one large purchase of shelf stable food which was given to the No Children left Hungry program and special fruits for the seniors. In between time we have been delivering milk, bread and eggs to the shut-in seniors so they have some fresh food. We will be making another large purchase this next week to share with those in need. We give thanks to God for all that He blesses us with so that we may share with others! Cheryl Nix, Pat Fehling

Vacations for Deacon Tom and Fr. Peter! Bishop Rice asked that all of his clergy take vacation time, especially if they have not during the pandemic. Thus, Deacon Tom will be away from September 9 through September 13. Fr. Peter will take two weeks beginning September 20, and returning on October 4.

Salvation Army Lunch, Drive through Fundraiser on Sept 26 - On September 26th, for just a pre-purchase of $12 you can obtain a tri-tip sandwich and potato salad side from the Salvation Army. First, buy your lunch tickets from LodiLunch.org and Second, on September 26 between 12noon and 2pm, bring your receipt to the Salvation Army location art 525 West Lockeford Street, Lodi CA 95240 and you will be given your lunch to go. Safe and socially distancing you can support a good cause.

Virtual Pet Blessing! Sunday October 4 at our Virtual Coffee Hour – That morning we will celebrate St. Francis Day with the Cathedral of St. James, Fresno service. Immediately after, at our Coffee Hour we invite participants to have any pets handy to be blessed. Additionally you can email pet information to Deacon Tom at - deacontom2020@gmail.com – your pet’s name, what type of animal/breed is she or he, as well as a photo if you have it. We will use our coffee hour time to share our pets, and Fr. Peter will bless each!

Seminary Intern to Virtually Serve – As Fr. Peter announced to the Vestry on Tuesday evening, we are getting a seminary intern. Jessica is in her third year at seminary on the east coast, and she recently transferred to our diocese. Another parish will act as her Sponsoring one, and Bishop Rice asked Fr. Peter to serve as her Supervisor here at St. John’s. Fr. Peter is delighted at this opportunity, having been a Field Education Supervisor for four seminary students when he was in Virginia. Jessica will do her work with us in the virtual world, and her course of internship (based on her specific learning goals and growing edges) is being worked out now. In early October she will introduce herself via a brief note in a Thursday Epistle, and Fr. Peter hopes to have her begin with us, and join us at our virtual Coffee Hour, on or around October 18th.

Covid Kit Making for Field Workers- The Stockton group in charge of this project has added new dates for assembling mask kits and are in need of volunteers. Dates and times are listed below. We will be meeting at Stockton Unified School District, 701 N Madison St., Stockton, CA 95202. We will be set-up inside the air-conditioned board room. You will need to push button at entrance to be let in. Just let them know you are there for the masking campaign. The entrance to the parking is the gate off of Flora St. Please contact Monica Gamboa at the number below to volunteer.

• Wednesday September 9th - 9:00am -12:00pm
• Wednesday September 9th - 1:00pm -3:00pm
• Thursday September 10th - 9:00am -12:00pm
• Thursday September 10th - 1:00pm -3:00pm

Monica Gamboa, Health Education & Outreach Coordinator
Community Health, Dignity Health, St. Joseph's Medical Center
1800 N. California St.; Stockton, Ca. 95204
(209) 461-5142 Direct, Monica.Gamboa@dignityhealth.org

Interested in Being A Reader for A Sunday Service? If you would like to participate in the Morning Prayer service offered each Sunday, please contact Penny at the Church Office. You can email: stjohnslodi@sbcglobal.net or call 209-369-3381. After confirming a date with Penny, Fr. Peter or Dcn. Tom will send you the information you need to participate. It is a great way to stay connected and participate.

Virtual Bishop’s Visit – Wednesday October 7th 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm “Save the Date" – Bishop Rice and Canon Anna will join us (the Vestry and congregation) for a chance to pray together, check in and hear from the Bishop. The first thirty minutes will be devoted to Evening Prayer worship, with the remainder of the time dedicated to a conversation around an appropriate topic. All are invited! Info on the log in and phone in links will be shared closer to the date.

CLASSES, CLUBS, MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES

Gospel of Mark Class with Friend of the Parish - Father Tom Bonacci - Tuesdays (Sept 15, 22, 29, and October 6) from 10:30am - 12:00noon. If you are interested in attending please contact our parishioner Andee Z at azetterb@aol.com to reserve your space.

Tuesday Class 10:30 a.m. – Bible Study through Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians (one hour/session) – Every Tuesday until it concludes, Fr. Peter will facilitate a shared learning experience using this Epistle from Paul. (NOTE THERE WILL BE NO CLASS ON 9/22 AND 9/29). There is no need to read ahead of time, just come to any class on Tuesday and join in. We will meet on Zoom via the following links… Via pc: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89663609812?pwd=b1V1TllkVktRNUd6dHliaHRhV1czdz09
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Great Plates Senior Meals Program: During the COVID-19 crisis, Lodi area restaurants are helping, through volunteers by delivering three meals per day to qualifying seniors (age 65 and above, as well as certain ages for those affected directly by the COVID-19 Virus). If you want more information and/or to apply to benefit from this ministry, please reach out to the LOEL Senior Center by calling 209-369-1591. The Great Plates Program (through the Loel Center) has been extended until September 10th.

9/8/2020 Monday Message, September 7, 2020


Monday Message September 7, 2020
Sent on Tuesday SEPTEMBER 8TH due to Labor Day!

TUESDAY September 8, 10:30am (1 hour) – Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians Bible Study– This week we will focus on the second part of chapter 4 in the epistle. Please know that you are invited to participate at any time, whether you have attended a previous session or not.

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THURSDAY September 10 – The St. John’s Weekly “Epistle” – Our Weekly Communication. Articles for this week’s Epistle should be received by Penny (with Fr. Peter copied) by Wednesday noon.

FRIDAY Noonday Prayer September 11 on Our Facebook Page (Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi CA). A brief worship with Fr. Peter. You can follow along with A Book of Common Prayer 1979 (BCP), page 103, or access the service pages at https://bcponline.org/DailyOffice/noonday.html

SUNDAY Morning Prayer Worship September 13 – Episcopal Church St. John the Baptist Facebook and Youtube Pages, 9:30 a.m. - Links to the Service will be provided in our Thursday Epistle.


9/2/2020

September 3, 2020
Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter

THE CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY SEPT. 7, 2020 IN OBSERVANCE OF LABOR DAY
(Monday Message will arrive Tuesday)

MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM THE RECTOR

Peace is needed in our lives, in our community, and in the world right now. Never forget the words that Christ spoke upon his followers at what was a very anxious time for them; “Peace be with you.” It is through peace that we will infuse the world with the goodness, the healing, and the instruction that is needed today. Yet the ways of the world are everywhere we look. It is exhibited in rhetoric from politicians, the public, television networks, and advertisers. I feel that those who demonstrate the ways of the world do so with delight because they divide us, and the evil one loves it when Christians lose their focus. If we are to live as a people of faith, we must double down in remembering how we are connected to one another. Because when we work at connecting, when we live in relationship, we move through hate, and build love. That, my friends is Kingdom work.

This is why I am glad that Bishop Rice directed his clergy to step out and away from our normal lectionary for the month of September and embrace one designed to help us focus on the Environment. Each Sunday we will turn the crystal a bit and look at creation through a different prism, always examining how we are a part of the world, which serves us, and for which we are asked to serve.

What a marvelous opportunity to exercise the idea that we are connected to all sorts of life outside of ourselves; plants, animals, water, sky, and yes if we think about it, people. We all come from God in different shape, sizes, colors, life experiences, and we need to stop tearing one another down, threatening, and intimidating fellow human beings, by living instead as a people of faith, and not of societal segments spreading fear.

As you will hear me say, I do not care for whom you vote, or for whom you march, especially if you do so prayerfully and peacefully. Our lot is not to carry firearms, baseball bats, or any weapons in order to intimidate, and spread fear and hatred. The church, and we saints of God, must take this moment to set ourselves apart and do the good that we are called to; to end racism, to care for the environment, to cease people in power abusing their positions, and do so by faith. The Apostle Paul recognized the fact that the world sometimes pulls the faithful in another direction.

His last known letter, written around 67 A.D., was composed to his protégé and follower Timothy. Paul warned him about the church becoming something was not intended to be, by moving away from sound doctrine. In fact, in this letter, Paul reminds Timothy that the “fight” is actually over. He adds that “…God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

And so friends, with a peaceful protest set for this weekend in Lodi, with negative actions happening on all sides of the racism issue around the country, with an upcoming election, and with cable news channels all selling “fear” to spin us up and keep us tuned in to them, I offer you the way of Jesus; love, self-control; peace as breathed upon us by a loving God who loves the blue and red hat wearing folks equally, and calls them both sides to live lives of the faithful.

As we celebrate the environment in September, I pray that we use this opportunity to remember that we are connected with all living entities, including each other. If you want to join me in pursuing your faith in midst of all that is going on, then please pray this prayer daily throughout the month of September. May doing so draw you deeper into doing the work of the one whom we are to follow, The Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where th3ere is despair; hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen. (A Prayer attributed to St. Francis, (Book of Common Prayer, p. 833).


Peace be with you, Friends.

Fr. Peter

FRIDAY

Friday Noonday Prayer – Friday’s 12noon you can catch Noonday Prayer on our Facebook Page (Episcopal Church of Saint John the Baptist, Lodi CA). Though you do not need the words to enjoy the worship, you can either turn to page 103 in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer or access the pages from this computer link: https://www.bcponline.org/DailyOffice/noonday.html

SUNDAY (WORSHIP/COFFEE HOUR)

First Sunday of the Month Worship with the Virtual Cathedral of St. James Fresno, at 10:00a.m. via our Facebook and YouTube pages: Please access the bulletin and feed from the Cathedral of St. James, Fresno California YouTube page. The service will also be streamed to our Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist Facebook and YouTube Pages.

Thanksgivings and Birthdays and Anniversaries!

Sunday Memorials/Thanksgivings/Celebrations FOR September 6 Chester & Rose George in honor of their 60th wedding anniversary, Sept 1. Gwin Paden in loving memory of her husband, John for his birthday, Sept 2. Kathy & Pete Girard in honor of their wedding anniversary, Sept 3. Patricia Fehling in loving memory of her mother, Lenore Lambert, for her birthday, September 4. Bob Mustain in loving memory of his wife, Mary on her birthday Sept 5. Ruth Diekman in loving memory of her parents, Mina B. Clark & William Wakeham for their September birthdays.

Sunday Virtual Coffee Hour! Coffee Hour Question for Sunday September 6 – “Where in nature does God speak to you? What is that location where you feel one with nature?” Following the 10am service from The Cathedral of St. James we will gather here:

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NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

Vacations for Deacon Tom and Fr. Peter! Bishop Rice asked that all of his clergy take vacation time, especially if they have not during the pandemic. Thus, Deacon Tom will be away from September 9 through September 13. Fr. Peter will take two weeks beginning September 20, and returning on October 4.

Salvation Army Lunch, Drive through Fundraiser on Sept 26 - On September 26th, for just a pre-purchase of $12 you can obtain a tri-tip sandwich and potato salad side from the Salvation Army. First, buy your lunch tickets from LodiLunch.org and Second, on September 26 between 12noon and 2pm, bring your receipt to the Salvation Army location art 525 West Lockeford Street, Lodi CA 95240 and you will be given your lunch to go. Safe and socially distancing you can support a good cause.

Virtual Pet Blessing! Sunday October 4 at our Virtual Coffee Hour – That morning we will celebrate St. Francis Day with the Cathedral of St. James, Fresno service. Immediately after, at our Coffee Hour we invite participants to have any pets handy to be blessed. Additionally you can email pet information to Deacon Tom at - deacontom2020@gmail.com – your pet’s name, what type of animal/breed is she or he, as well as a photo if you have it. We will use our coffee hour time to share our pets, and Fr. Peter will bless each!

Covid Kit Making for Field Workers- The Stockton group in charge of this project has added new dates for assembling mask kits and are in need of volunteers. Dates and times are listed below. We will be meeting at Stockton Unified School District, 701 N Madison St., Stockton, CA 95202. We will be set-up inside the air-conditioned board room. You will need to push button at entrance to be let in. Just let them know you are there for the masking campaign. The entrance to the parking is the gate off of Flora St. Please contact Monica Gamboa at the number below to volunteer.


• Thursday September 3rd - 9:00am -12:00pm
• Thursday September 3rd - 1:00pm -3:00pm
• Wednesday September 9th - 9:00am -12:00pm
• Wednesday September 9th - 1:00pm -3:00pm
• Thursday September 10th - 9:00am -12:00pm
• Thursday September 10th - 1:00pm -3:00pm
 
Monica Gamboa, Health Education & Outreach Coordinator
Community Health, Dignity Health, St. Joseph's Medical Center
1800 N. California St., Stockton, Ca. 95204
(209) 461-5142 Direct, Monica.Gamboa@dignityhealth.org

Interested in Being A Reader for A Sunday Service? If you would like to participate in the Morning Prayer service offered each Sunday, please contact Penny at the Church Office. You can email: stjohnslodi@sbcglobal.net or call 209-369-3381. After confirming a date with Penny, Fr. Peter or Dcn. Tom will send you the information you need to participate. It is a great way to stay connected and participate. Note: Though we often have everyone together “live” via Zoom to record the Sunday service, if you are not available to gather on Thursday at 11am virtually, we can work with you on pre-recording your reading or prayer, for insertion into the service. Why not give it a try, in order to keep active in this Covid time?

Virtual Bishop’s Visit – Wednesday October 7th 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm “Save the Date" – Bishop Rice and Canon Anna will join us (the Vestry and congregation) for a chance to pray together, check in and hear from the Bishop. The first thirty minutes will be devoted to Evening Prayer worship, with the remainder of the time dedicated to a conversation around an appropriate topic. All are invited! Info on the log in and phone in links will be shared closer to the date.

CLASSES, CLUBS, MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES

Gospel of Mark Class with Friend of the Parish - Father Tom Bonacci - Tuesdays (Sept 15, 22, 29, and October 6) from 10:30am - 12:00noon. If you are interested in attending please contact our parishioner Andee Z at azetterb@aol.com to reserve your space.

Tuesday Class 10:30 a.m. – Bible Study through Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians (one hour/session) – Every Tuesday until it concludes, Fr. Peter will facilitate a shared learning experience using this Epistle from Paul. This course of immersion will take the group intentionally through each chapter for however many weeks it takes us. Fr. Peter encourages those who attend to bring whatever bible version you have. There is no need to read ahead of time, just come to any class on Tuesday and join in. We will meet on Zoom via the following links… Via

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Great Plates Senior Meals Program: During the COVID-19 crisis, Lodi area restaurants are helping, through volunteers by delivering three meals per day to qualifying seniors (age 65 and above, as well as certain ages for those affected directly by the COVID-19 Virus). If you want more information and/or to apply to benefit from this ministry, please reach out to the LOEL Senior Center by calling 209-369-1591. The Great Plates Program (through the Loel Center) has been extended until September 10th.

LAST CALL: St. John’s “Welcome” and “No Hate Here” Signs! – Come by the Church office to pick up your sign (these are waterproof) for your yard (front or back). A suggested “freewill offering” is encouraged at $10 per sign if you can. Call the Church Office to arrange for a mutually convenient pick up time. Margaret Meyers will also deliver one, free of charge to you, if you would like. Simply phone her at (209-327-2242).

8/31/2020 Monday Message August 31, 2020

Monday Message August 31, 2020

NEXT WEEK THIS COMMUNICATION WILL BE A “TUESDAY” MESSAGE DUE TO LABOR DAY ON SEPTEMBER 7TH.

TUESDAY September 1, 10:30am (1 hour) – Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians Bible Study– This week we will focus on the first part of chapter4 in the epistle. Please know that you are invited to participate at any time, whether you have attended a previous session or not.

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THURSDAY September 3 – The St. John’s Weekly “Epistle” – This weekly communication serves to help keep the congregation updated in the goings on in the parish during this time of separation. Articles for this week’s Epistle should be received by Penny (with Fr. Peter copied) by Wednesday noon.

FRIDAY Noonday Prayer September 4 on Our Facebook Page (Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi CA). You need to do nothing more than to go to our page (you do not even need a sign-up account). This service is relatively brief, so if you log on a little after twelve, it will remain on the page for you to engage with the rest of the day. Though you can worship with Fr. Peter without a Book of Common Prayer 1979 (BCP), you can access the pages for this service at https://bcponline.org/DailyOffice/noonday.html

SUNDAY Morning Prayer Worship September 6 – CATHEDRAL OF ST. JAMES SERVICE SEPTEMBER 6, 10:00 a.m. - Our monthly opportunity to worship as members of our Diocese takes place as always on the first Sunday of each month as we worship virtually. The service begins one half our later that we are used to, and our St. John’s Coffee Hour will continue as always immediately following the premiere broadcast of the service. Links to the Cathedral of St. James, Fresno service will be provided in the Thursday Epistle.

8/26/2020

August 27, 2020 Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter

Dear Friends,

Though I do not wish to raise the bar, I hope you will join Deacon Tom, me and others in our attempt to present a Children’s Themed Service for our Morning Prayer; something we hope to do on the last Sunday of each month. One aspect about St. John’s that I know is that we value and want to bring up younger folks to experience church life as many of us have enjoyed. Though our number of active young people was relatively small when I began, my hope is when Covid is a past memory, to be able to take serious steps towards bringing youth further into the life of the church. Since our youngest members occasionally worship online with their parents and see our grown-up services, I thought it will be nice to allow the grown-ups to worship at a children’s service.
      Some of you may not know that I was a staff Youth Leader, as my first paid ministry in the church. Youth Groups (talking about tweens and teens now) are also an important component. As I have discussed briefly with the Vestry and our own adult leaders, Youth Group is not about them living up to our definition of a group, but instead allowing them to enter into their own identity as members of the parish. Just as we do not tell the Men’s BBQ Group or Women’s Bible Study how to live into their group identity, a healthy Youth Group is one that with loving care of its leaders, such as Joey S. and Barbara K. whom are currently shepherding the group, is allowed to find its own way.
      As we celebrate the “child” within us this Sunday, I hope you will invite other young people in your lives to do so as well. Perhaps you might like to become involved in a future service; maybe you feel God tapping you to work with youth in the way I describe, as a shepherd who safely guides them into who God calls them to be, as they identify, as members of Christ’s Body at St. John’s. Just because we are mostly separated in these Covid days, does not mean we cannot allow the Spirit to guide us. Please contact me if you have ideas for our Children’s Service, and/or if you would like to offer a pre-recorded reading or prayer. Reach out to me for further conversation together if you feel God nudging you to help lead our children, tweens, and teens in some capacity. And also, I want the teens to feel free to contact me, and tell me their imaginations for Youth Group.
      Raising up children into a life in Christ is part of our baptismal call, and I invite you to join me, those named, and unnamed, to make this a priority for our parish life.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Peter

Below are some “goings on” in the parish:

FRIDAY

Friday Noonday Prayer – Friday’s 12noon you can catch Noonday Prayer on our Facebook Page (Episcopal Church of Saint John the Baptist, Lodi CA). Though you do not need the words to enjoy the worship, you can either turn to page 103 in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer or access the pages from this computer link: https://www.bcponline.org/DailyOffice/noonday.html

SUNDAY (WORSHIP/COFFEE HOUR)

SUNDAY Morning Prayer Worship August 30th – 9:30 a.m. - LAST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH: CHILDREN’S THEMED SERVICE! NOTE: BECAUSE MANY OF OUR PARTICPANTS RECORDED THEIR READINGS FROM HOME, THE BULLETIN WILL NOT BE UP FOR THE WHOLE SERVICE, ESPECIALLY DURING THE READINGS. SO, PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE BULLETIN ATTACHED TO THIS EPISTLE ONTO ANOTHER DEVICE, OR PRINT IT OUT, IF YOU WANT TO FOLLOW ALONG 100% OF THE TIME. Our weekly Morning Prayer Service with various voices and faces from the congregation will take place on the Episcopal Church of Saint John the Baptist YouTube and Facebook Pages. Immediately after (a little after 10am) we will gather for our Coffee Hour on Zoom – for more faces and voices! A bulletin is attached to this email and look to gather together for our celebratory – albeit separated – coffee hour on Zoom. The Best option for Worship is to go to the YouTube page (www.youtube.com). Once you are in YouTube use the internal search bar to locate “Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist Lodi CA” and you will see the latest video as the page comes up. Second best option is to do the same on our similarly named Facebook Page. For the Coffee Hour link, see the information later in this Epistle.

Deacon Tom Preaches at the Virtual Cathedral This Sunday! - Our children’s service at 9:30a.m. will conclude in time for you to go over to. The Cathedral of Saint James in Fresno’s YouTube page and catch Deacon Tom’s service at their 10:00a.m. service. If you would rather go to Coffee Hour we will see about posting the sermon on our own Facebook and YouTube pages later on Sunday.

Sunday Virtual Coffee Hour!
– Following the conclusion of the 9:30 a.m. premiere of our worship service, you are invited to join your clergy in a casual conversation on Zoom. This will begin around 10:10 a.m. Our question for this Sunday: “What I did this summer….(What would you write on the imaginary, traditional report you compose on your return to school?).”


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Thanksgivings and Birthdays and Anniversaries!

Sunday Memorials/Thanksgivings/Celebrations FOR August 30 – Bob Mustain in loving memory and celebration for Mary and their wedding anniversary on August 28. Kathy and Pete Girard in loving memory of her mother, Hilda Roa for her birthday, August 28. Linda Harkins in loving memory of her husband, Jack on the anniversary of their wedding, August 28. Mark and Lucy Deak in loving memory of his mom, Rose Deak for her birthday, August 30.

Our Current Member Birthdays and Anniversaries for September (send them a card, make a call, and say a prayer!)

Birthdays for September Anniversaries for September

7 Megan Loiacono     1    Rose & Chester George
   Max Loicacono        3    Kathy & Pete Girard
   Jennifer Gaston      17  Nancy & Joel Walker
9 Carlo Bagnasco      18  Sarah Kate & Daniel Kafton
10 Dawn Buck  26 Marie & Peter Ackerman
11 Hannah Wilson
     Mike Williams
12 Kevin Canwell
13 Jim Elwood
15 Joel Walker
17 Clifford Geist
21 Casey Stevens
25 Ali Stevens
29 Michelle Hakala
     Diane Burkett
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Covid Kit Making for Field Workers- The Stockton group in charge of this project has added new dates for assembling mask kits and are in need of volunteers. Dates and times are listed below. We will be meeting at Stockton Unified School District, 701 N Madison St., Stockton, CA 95202. We will be set-up inside the air-conditioned board room. You will need to push button at entrance to be let in. Just let them know you are there for the masking campaign. The entrance to the parking is the gate off of Flora St. Please contact Monica Gamboa at the number below to volunteer. If you are signed up to help this week on the 26th and 27th, we are still assembling kits on these days and will see you soon. Respond directly to Monica Gamboa through her email or phone number below.

• Wednesday September 2nd - 9:00am -12:00pm
• Wednesday September 2nd - 1:00pm -3:00pm
• Thursday September 3rd - 9:00am -12:00pm
• Thursday September 3rd - 1:00pm -3:00pm
• Wednesday September 9th - 9:00am -12:00pm
• Wednesday September 9th - 1:00pm -3:00pm
• Thursday September 10th - 9:00am -12:00pm
• Thursday September 10th - 1:00pm -3:00pm

Please note that we will also be looking for at least 10 volunteers on either August 31st OR September 1st, from 9:30 – 11:30am, to help with delivery and preparation of all the materials. Volunteers must be able and willing to lift boxes. Once this date is confirmed, I will send out another email. Thank you in advance.

Monica Gamboa, Health Education & Outreach Coordinator
Community Health, Dignity Health, St. Joseph's Medical Center
1800 N. California St.
Stockton, Ca. 95204
(209) 461-5142 Direct, Monica.Gamboa@dignityhealth.org

Interested in Being A Reader for A Sunday Service? If you would like to participate in the Morning Prayer service offered each Sunday, please contact Penny at the Church Office. You can email: stjohnslodi@sbcglobal.net or call 209-369-3381. After confirming a date with Penny, Fr. Peter or Dcn. Tom will send you the information you need to participate. It is a great way to stay connected and participate. Note: Though we often have everyone together “live” via Zoom to record the Sunday service, if you are not available to gather on Thursday at 11am virtually, we can work with you on pre-recording your reading or prayer, for insertion into the service. Why not give it a try, in order to keep active in this Covid time?

Virtual Bishop’s Visit – Wednesday October 7th 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm “Save the Date" – Bishop Rice and Canon Anna will join us (the Vestry and congregation) for a chance to pray together, check in and hear from the Bishop. The first thirty minutes will be devoted to Evening Prayer worship, with the remainder of the time dedicated to a conversation around an appropriate topic. All are invited! Info on the log in and phone in links will be shared closer to the date.

Our Giving To Feed Marginalized is Helping the Salvation Army- The Salvation Army has a program called No Child Left Hungry during school holidays. Qualified families come every Monday and receive a bag(s) of food for breakfast and lunch for their children for the week. We are averaging over 30 kids a week needing food since March. Additionally Cheryl and I decided to help with the senior program as well since the self-stable food is similar. The Army has been delivering food to 32 seniors every week since March. We thank all of you who have contributed money for this great need in Lodi. You can still contribute money as we help those in need with food. Cheryl Nix, Pat Fehling

Salvation Army dinner service Update - We have once again been notified that we will NOT BE SERVING at the Salvation Army until further notice. This is a result of the governor’s recent roll back of open businesses. Please contact Karen Olds (1-626-716-4192), Kelly Olds (1-626-716-4191) if you have questions.

CLASSES, CLUBS, MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES

Tuesday Class 10:30 a.m. – Bible Study through Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians (one hour/session) – Every Tuesday until it concludes, Fr. Peter will facilitate a shared learning experience using this Epistle from Paul. This course of immersion will take the group intentionally through each chapter for however many weeks it takes us. Fr. Peter encourages those who attend to bring whatever bible version you have. There is no need to read ahead of time, just come to any class on Tuesday and join in. We will meet on Zoom via the following links… via pc: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89663609812?pwd=b1V1TllkVktRNUd6dHliaHRhV1czdz09
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Great Plates Senior Meals Program: During the COVID-19 crisis, Lodi area restaurants are helping, through volunteers by delivering three meals per day to qualifying seniors (age 65 and above, as well as certain ages for those affected directly by the COVID-19 Virus). If you want more information and/or to apply to benefit from this ministry, please reach out to the LOEL Senior Center by calling 209-369-1591. The Great Plates Program (through the Loel Center) has been extended until September 10th.

Still Available: St. John’s “Welcome” and “No Hate Here” Signs! – Come by the Church office to pick up your sign (these are waterproof) for your yard (front or back). A suggested “freewill offering” is encouraged at $10 per sign if you can. Call the Church Office to arrange for a mutually convenient pick up time. Margaret Meyers will also deliver one, free of charge to you, if you would like. Simply phone her at (209-327-2242).



8/24/2020 Monday Message August 24, 2020

Monday Message August 24, 2020

TUESDAY August 12, 10:30am (1 hour) – Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians Bible Study– This week we will focus on the latter part of chapter3 in the Epistle. Please know that you are invited to participate at any time, whether you have attended a previous session or not.

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THURSDAY August 27th – The St. John’s Weekly “Epistle” – This weekly communication serves to help keep the congregation updated in the goings on in the parish during this time of separation. Articles for this week’s Epistle should be received by Penny (with Fr. Peter copied) by Wednesday noon.

FRIDAY Noonday Prayer (August 28th) on Our Facebook Page (Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi CA). You need to do nothing more than to go to our page (you do not even need a sign-up account). This service is relatively brief, so if you log on a little after twelve, it will remain on the page for you to engage with the rest of the day. Though you can worship with Fr. Peter without a Book of Common Prayer 1979 (BCP), you can access the pages for this service at https://bcponline.org/DailyOffice/noonday.html

SUNDAY Morning Prayer Worship August 30th – 9:30 a.m. - LAST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH: CHILDREN’S THEMED SERVICE! Our weekly Morning Prayer Service with various voices and faces from the congregation will take place on the Episcopal Church of Saint John the Baptist YouTube and Facebook Pages. Immediately after (a little after 10am) will gather for our Coffee Hour on Zoom – for more faces and voices! More information for both will be posted in our Epistle which is sent via email and postal mail on Thursday.


8/19/2020 August 20, 2020 Thursday Epistle

August 20, 2020 Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter

Dear Friends,

It is hot and dry out there, so please be safe! We remain in EDSJ-Stage 1 (no public worship), and your vestry has begun implementing the cleaning protocols, and the planning for the preparation to a return to a reduced number (50 people total) worship service. There are many stressors during these times, and though for some it is not being able to meet for outside worship, or “drive-in” church, I am also glad that we have a plan. Because our diocesan plan focuses on care and safety; built into it is grace that allows us to not spend a lot of emotional energy each week making decisions around “will it be too hot to meet;” “what if the state changes the rules,” continually forcing us to regroup, and re-decided what to do each week.
With the normality of virtual worship, lay leaders, Deacon Tom, and I are attempting to bring a little variety into the experience for those who watch our efforts. A service at the beginning of the month with our diocese provides a break in our weekly production, and allows us all to remember that we walk with others in the wider church. The second Sunday is our standard, pre-recorded on Zoom worship. Beginning in September we are going to try to pre-record one service in our worship space for the third Sunday of each month (as of this moment we cannot go “live” because the area internet available to us does not yet offer the ability for us to have a strong “upload,” though we still have one company to check with), and finally we are hoping that the last Sunday of each month will be one that is aimed towards children, but which can be enjoyed by people from all age groups.
We hope that you appreciate all of our efforts, and regardless where you worship (at another parish’s outdoor or online service, or ours, we appreciate our ability to serve you in the best ways that we can.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Peter

Below are some “goings on” in the parish:

FRIDAY

Friday Noonday Prayer – Friday’s 12noon you can catch Noonday Prayer on our Facebook Page (Episcopal Church of Saint John the Baptist, Lodi CA). Though you do not need the words to enjoy the worship, you can either turn to page 103 in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer or access the pages from this computer link: https://www.bcponline.org/DailyOffice/noonday.html

SUNDAY (WORSHIP/COFFEE HOUR)

Sunday Memorials/Thanksgivings/Celebrations FOR August 23 – Elfonda Filomeo in loving memory of her husband, Don for his birthday, August 23. Chester & Rose George in memory of both our parents.

Please join us on Sunday for worship, at 9:30a.m. via our Facebook and YouTube pages,(a bulletin is attached to this email) and look to gather together for our celebratory – albeit separated – coffee hour on Zoom. The Best option for Worship is to go to the YouTube page (www.youtube.com) . Once you are in YouTube use the internal search bar to locate “Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist Lodi CA” and you will see the latest video as the page comes up. Second best option is to do the same on our similarly named Facebook Page. For the Coffee Hour link, see the information later in this Epistle.

Sunday Virtual Coffee Hour! – Following the conclusion of the 9:30 a.m. premiere of our worship service, you are invited to join your clergy in a casual conversation on Zoom. This will begin around 10:10 a.m. Our question for this Sunday: “a vacation memory, perhaps of one that went horribly wrong!”

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Stockton Volunteer Opportunity: assemble Covid prevention masks for San Joaquin County– Deacon Tom and his spouse, Hennie, as well as Andee Zetterbaum attended this ministry in Stockton where “agents of ministry” are needed to help assemble a total of 100,000 mask kits that are being distributed throughout San Joaquin County. They are continuing to assemble kits on:

• Wednesday August 26th - 9:00am – 12:00pm
• Wednesday August 26th - 1:00 – 4:00pm
• Thursday August 27th - 9:00am – 12:00pm
• Thursday August 27th - 1:00 – 4:00pm

Volunteers meet at Stockton Unified School District, 701 N Madison St., Stockton, CA 95202. You will need to push button at entrance to be let in. Just let them know you are there for the masking campaign. The entrance to the parking is the gate off of Flora St. They will be set-up inside the nicely air-conditioned board room. Water will be provided, however, feel free to bring your own water as well and please wear cool clothing.

They will be limiting the volunteers to 25 per shift. Please respond to Monica (below) and let her know which date and time you are available to work and she will confirm and let you know if they still need volunteers for that date/time. It will be on a first come basis, whoever responds 1st.

They do have the room set-up so that everyone is social distancing. Feel free to bring your own mask but if
you do not have one, one can be provided to you. Gloves will also be provided to you as you check in and get
your temperature taken. Thank you for considering this volunteer opportunity to help keep San Joaquin County safe. To volunteer, call or email:
Monica Gamboa
Health Education & Outreach Coordinator, Community Health
Dignity Health, St. Joseph's Medical Center
(209) 461-5142 Direct, Monica.Gamboa@dignityhealth.org
 
Available: St. John’s “Welcome” and “No Hate Here” Signs! - With the approval of the Vestry we have obtained yard signs to remind all who seem them that our parish focuses on Jesus’ great commandment to “Love God, Love your neighbor, as you Love yourself.” These signs (see photos) are available for any parishioner who would like to place one in their yard. Signs are free, while at the same time a “freewill offering” is encouraged for those who can contribute. $10 per sign. If you are interested in picking one up, you may call ahead to the Church Office (Monday-Thursday 9am-2pm) and make sure that it will be open for you to grab one. For those who are unable to get out, please contact parishioner and vestry person Margaret Meyers at (209-327-2242) and she will see about getting one to you (let her know in which – or if it is both – that you are interested).

Virtual Bishop’s Visit – Wednesday October 7th 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm “Save the Date" – Bishop Rice and Canon Anna will join us (the Vestry and congregation) for a chance to pray together, check in and hear from the Bishop. The first thirty minutes will be devoted to Evening Prayer worship, with the remainder of the time dedicated to a conversation around an appropriate topic. All are invited! Info on the log in and phone in links will be shared closer to the date.

Our Giving To Feed Marginalized is Helping the Salvation Army- The Salvation Army has a program called No Child Left Hungry during school holidays. Qualified families come every Monday and receive a bag(s) of food for breakfast and lunch for their children for the week. We are averaging over 30 kids a week needing food since March. Additionally Cheryl and I decided to help with the senior program as well since the self-stable food is similar. The Army has been delivering food to 32 seniors every week since March. We thank all of you who have contributed money for this great need in Lodi. You can still contribute money as we help those in need with food. Cheryl Nix, Pat Fehling

Salvation Army dinner service Update - We have once again been notified that we will NOT BE SERVING at the Salvation Army until further notice. This is a result of the governor’s recent roll back of open businesses. Please contact Karen Olds (1-626-716-4192), Kelly Olds (1-626-716-4191) if you have questions.

CLASSES, CLUBS, MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES

Tuesday Class 10:30 a.m. – Bible Study through Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians (one hour/session) – Every Tuesday until it concludes, Fr. Peter will facilitate a shared learning experience using this Epistle from Paul. This course of immersion will take the group intentionally through each chapter for however many weeks it takes us. Fr. Peter encourages those who attend to bring whatever bible version you have. There is no need to read ahead of time, just come to any class on Tuesday and join in. We will meet on Zoom via the following links…
 
via pc: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89663609812?pwd=b1V1TllkVktRNUd6dHliaHRhV1czdz09
Meeting ID: 896 6360 9812 Password: 1055
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Great Plates Senior Meals Program: During the COVID-19 crisis, Lodi area restaurants are helping, through volunteers by delivering three meals per day to qualifying seniors (age 65 and above, as well as certain ages for those affected directly by the COVID-19 Virus). If you want more information and/or to apply to benefit from this ministry, please reach out to the LOEL Senior Center by calling 209-369-1591. (Program concludes August 10th unless extended).

8/17/2020 Monday Message August 17, 2020

Monday Message August 17, 2020

At the conclusion of this Monday Message is further information on an opportunity in Stockton for socially distanced volunteers to put together Covid prevention packets for field workers. But first, as always, here is what we have on schedule for this week…..

TUESDAY August 18, 10:30am (1 hour) – Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians Bible Study– This week we will focus on the first part of chapter3 in the epistle. Please know that you are invited to participate at any time, whether you have attended a previous session or not.

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THURSDAY August 20th – The St. John’s Weekly “Epistle” – This weekly communication serves to help keep the congregation updated in the goings on in the parish during this time of separation. Articles for this week’s Epistle should be received by Penny (with Fr. Peter copied) by Wednesday noon.

FRIDAY Noonday Prayer (August 21st) on Our Facebook Page (Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi CA). You need to do nothing more than to go to our page (you do not even need a sign-up account). This service is relatively brief, so if you log on a little after twelve, it will remain on the page for you to engage with the rest of the day. Though you can worship with Fr. Peter without a Book of Common Prayer 1979 (BCP), you can access the pages for this service at https://bcponline.org/DailyOffice/noonday.html

SUNDAY Morning Prayer Worship August 23rd – 9:30 a.m. - Our weekly Morning Prayer Service with various voices and faces from the congregation will take place on the Episcopal Church of Saint John the Baptist YouTube and Facebook Pages. Immediately after (a little after 10am) will gather for our Coffee Hour on Zoom – for more faces and voices! More information for both will be posted in our Epistle which is sent via email and postal mail on Thursday. Beginning this month, the LAST Sunday of the month (August 30th) will be a
Service for Children of All Ages!
 
Stockton Volunteer Opportunity: assemble Covid prevention masks for San Joaquin County– Deacon Tom and his spouse, Hennie, as well as Andee Zetterbaum attended this ministry in Stockton where “agents of ministry” are needed to help assemble a total of 100,000 mask kits that are being distributed throughout San Joaquin County. They are assembling kits on:

• Tuesday, August 18th (PM ONLY) - 1:00 -400pm
• Wednesday August 19th – 9:00am – 12:00pm
• Wednesday August 19th – 1:00 – 4:00pm
• Wednesday August 26th - 9:00am – 12:00pm
• Wednesday August 26th - 1:00 – 4:00pm
• Thursday August 27th - 9:00am – 12:00pm

“Location: Stockton Unified School District, 701 N Madison St., Stockton, CA 95202. You will need to push button at entrance to be let in. Just let them know you are here for the masking campaign. The entrance to the parking is the gate off of Flora St. We will be set-up inside the nicely air-conditioned board room. We know that temperatures will be high for the next week and so we understand the importance of a cool working environment. Water will be provided, however, feel free to bring your own water as well and please wear cool clothing.

We will be limiting the volunteers to 25 per shift. Please respond to me and let me know which date and time you are available to work and I will confirm and let you know if we still need volunteers for that date/time. It will be on a first come basis, whoever responds 1st.

We do have the room set-up so that everyone is social distancing. Feel free to bring your own mask but if you do not have one, one can be provided to you. Gloves will also be provided to you as you check in and get your temperature taken.” To sign up:

https://link.zixcentral.com/u/a7967070/AlvcqEXX6hGrFXC-hnsoMg?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.surveymonkey.com%2Fr%2FGWV6FG6
If you have any trouble accessing the link, or have any other questions, contact Andee Zetterbaum at azetterb@aol.com or call her at 209-923-7932.

Additionally, Andee came up with a way to incorporate this service into a spiritual practice: “I found that the mask packing works well to the rhythm of prayer:

May you be well,
And all whom you love,
And those you work with,
And all who eat of the crops you handle.
Amen.

When I was packing the individual bags (one mask or bandanna, a small bottle of hand sanitizer, and 3 instructional cards), I prayed this prayer for each one. Then I switched to counting out the mask bags into boxes of 50 or 150, and discovered that it’s impossible to pray while counting, or else you lose count! Instead, I said the prayer as I carried each completed and sealed box to the staging area, ready to be picked up by the agencies that would be distributing to them. During the two 3-hour shifts, roughly 2,500 mask bags got blessed this way.

8/13/2020

August 13, 2020 Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter

Dear Friends,

Jesus said “be wise as serpents and gentle as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)
 
The latter part of the phrase reminds us to never lose sight of who we are as Christians for whom love is at our core. Yet the former reminds us that the world is full of those who are tempted to take advantage of us.
 
A parishioner recently posted on Facebook how, in the course of one day, she received by phone three different attempts to scam money out of her. The persons on the other end pretended to be either the IRS, AT&T, or Amazon.
 
Con games by phone work on fear and human nature. The thieves will get you frightened over owing something, missing out, or a danger that your phone and cable will shut off immediately.
 
Do not fall for these scare tactics. Additionally, people have at times pretended to be me. They will send an email, or a text to a parishioner describing a believable situation that has me tied up with a pastoral concern, where I ask “you” personally to send me codes off of gift cards.
 
As I previously said, do not fall for this. Even if you think it’s me - check the email address. Is it new to you? Does it have my name with the name of the parish with lots of periods in between? This is called spoofing and it is far from funny. Do not engage. Block them. If you can - report them (so that others are not spoofed) and if you still think it is me, though I will never ask you for something like this...phone me directly to check.
 
No doubt scams like these, including ones having to do with Covid, are on the rise because people who try these scams are either panicking or in need. They will hopefully learn better ways to reach out for help than attempting to steal.
It is not about you, so do not let their attempts make you lose your dove like gentleness. Yet as the same time be wise as a serpent, take a moment, breath yourself into a calm state and ask questions of yourself. Rarely will any company, clergy, or organization demand you provide money instantly.
 
We can pray and remember, we are allowed to be suspicious, while also never losing the God breathed commandment to love.

Your Brother in Christ, Fr. Peter

Below are some “goings on” in the parish:

FRIDAY

Friday Noonday Prayer – Friday’s 12noon you can catch Noonday Prayer on our Facebook Page (Episcopal Church of Saint John the Baptist, Lodi CA). Though you do not need the words to enjoy the worship, you can either turn to page 103 in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer or access the pages from this computer link: https://www.bcponline.org/DailyOffice/noonday.html

SUNDAY (WORSHIP/COFFEE HOUR)

Sunday Memorials/Thanksgivings/Celebrations FOR August 16 – Jan Cariati and Amanda in loving memory of Joe Cariati. Diane and Peter Burkett in loving memory of her parents, Carolyn and Arthur Marquardt for their wedding anniversary, August 18.


Please join us on Sunday for worship, at 9:30a.m. via our Facebook and YouTube pages,(a bulletin is attached to this email) and look to gather together for our celebratory – albeit separated – coffee hour on Zoom. The Best option for Worship is to go to the YouTube page (www.youtube.com) . Once you are in YouTube use the internal search bar to locate “Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist Lodi CA” and you will see the latest video as the page comes up. Second best option is to do the same on our similarly named Facebook Page. For the Coffee Hour link, see the information later in this Epistle.

Sunday Virtual Coffee Hour! – Following the conclusion of the 9:30 a.m. premiere of our worship service, you are invited to join your clergy in a casual conversation on Zoom. This will begin around 10:10 a.m. Our question for this Sunday: “a vacation memory, perhaps of one that went horribly wrong!”

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Meeting ID: 930 7319 5951
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Help us get Covid-19 prevention kits into the hands of farm workers in this county! Dignity Health, SJC Public Health Services, and United Way are partnering to assemble and distribute 100,000 mask kits (includes a reusable mask, hand sanitizer, and educational materials on proper use and care of masks). They desperately need volunteers to assemble the kits. Volunteers will work in an air-conditioned, socially-distanced location in Stockton, wearing masks and gloves. To sign up for one or more of the available 3-hour slots, or to indicate your interest in helping on later dates, go to this link:
https://link.zixcentral.com/u/a7967070/AlvcqEXX6hGrFXC-hnsoMg?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.surveymonkey.com%2Fr%2FGWV6FG6
If you have any trouble accessing the link, or have any other questions, contact Andee Zetterbaum at azetterb@aol.com or call her at 209-923-7932.

Available: St. John’s “Welcome” and “No Hate Here” Signs! - With the approval of the Vestry we have obtained yard signs to remind all who seem them that our parish focuses on Jesus’ great commandment to “Love God, Love your neighbor, as you Love yourself.” These signs are available for any parishioner who would like to place one in their yard. Signs are free, while at the same time a “freewill offering” is encouraged for those who can contribute. $10 per sign. If you are interested in picking one up, you may call ahead to the Church Office (Monday-Thursday 9am-2pm) and make sure that it will be open for you to grab one. For those who are unable to get out, please contact parishioner and vestry person Margaret Meyers at (209-327-2242) and she will see about getting one to you (let her know in which – or if it is both – that you are interested).

Virtual Bishop’s Visit – Wednesday October 7th 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm “Save the Date" – Bishop Rice and Canon Anna will join us (the Vestry and congregation) for a chance to pray together, check in and hear from the Bishop. The first thirty minutes will be devoted to Evening Prayer worship, with the remainder of the time dedicated to a conversation around an appropriate topic. All are invited! Info on the log in and phone in links will be shared closer to the date.

Our Giving To Feed Marginalized is Helping the Salvation Army- The Salvation Army has a program called No Child Left Hungry during school holidays. Qualified families come every Monday and receive a bag(s) of food for breakfast and lunch for their children for the week. We are averaging over 30 kids a week needing food since March. Additionally Cheryl and I decided to help with the senior program as well since the self-stable food is similar. The Army has been delivering food to 32 seniors every week since March. We thank all of you who have contributed money for this great need in Lodi. You can still contribute money as we help those in need with food. Cheryl Nix, Pat Fehling

Salvation Army dinner service Update - We have once again been notified that we will NOT BE SERVING at the Salvation Army until further notice. This is a result of the governor’s recent roll back of open businesses. Please contact Karen Olds (1-626-716-4192), Kelly Olds (1-626-716-4191) if you have questions.

CLASSES, CLUBS, MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES

Tuesday Class 10:30 a.m. – Bible Study through Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians (one hour/session) – Every Tuesday until it concludes, Fr. Peter will facilitate a shared learning experience using this Epistle from Paul. This course of immersion will take the group intentionally through each chapter for however many weeks it takes us. Fr. Peter encourages those who attend to bring whatever bible version you have. There is no need to read ahead of time, just come to any class on Tuesday and join in. We will meet on Zoom via the following links…
via pc: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89663609812?pwd=b1V1TllkVktRNUd6dHliaHRhV1czdz09
Meeting ID: 896 6360 9812 Password: 1055
Dial by your location
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Join St. John’s Creation Care Ministry: This may be your last opportunity to be a part of the startup for our part as St. John’s, into a greater diocesan effort to support Creation Care. If you want to be a part of this conversation, please email congregant Derek Jones at derek147a@gmail.com. For more information on this adventure to care for our planet, please take a moment to explore the Episcopal Church site: https://episcopalchurch.org/creation-care (This invitation is offered to you by Deacon Tom Hampson, Derek Jones, Barbara Krengel)

Sacred Ground: An Invitation - You are invited to a conversation about race - in our lives, in the life of our nation - using Sacred Ground, a curriculum developed by the Episcopal Church as a part of its focus on racial reconciliation. Over ten gatherings beginning in September, we will share stories and memories as we reflect on the readings and films provided by the program. You might think of it as a deep dive into our national family tree. Since there is a substantial amount of material to watch and read between each session (estimate about 90 minutes of preparation/session), we will meet every three weeks. We hope you will consider joining us in this dialogue that is crucial for the life of our congregation, community, and our nation, especially in these challenging times! We will begin meeting on our familiar Zoom platform, hoping for the day when we can meet face-to-face. To learn more about Sacred Ground visit: https://episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground
Please join us in this journey of shared story and struggle - Sacred Ground. If you are interested in participating, please contact Deacon Tom at deacontom2020@gmail.com

Great Plates Senior Meals Program: During the COVID-19 crisis, Lodi area restaurants are helping, through volunteers by delivering three meals per day to qualifying seniors (age 65 and above, as well as certain ages for those affected directly by the COVID-19 Virus). If you want more information and/or to apply to benefit from this ministry, please reach out to the LOEL Senior Center by calling 209-369-1591. (Program concludes August 10th unless extended).

8/10/2020 Monday Message August 10, 2020

Monday Message August 10, 2020

We do not usually do Birthday’s in the Monday Message, however there are two very important ones for me (Fr. Peter) this week. My Marie celebrates hers on the same day as our Parish Administrator, Penny – Tuesday August 11th – Happy Birthday to both!

IMPORTANT: It is the responsibility of the rector to be sure that everyone in his or her parish has heard/read any missive sent from the Bishop of our Diocese. In the weekly Friday newsletter from the diocese (please sign up for to receive these to your email at www.diosanjoaquin.org if you do not already receive it) the Bishop included his latest Epistle. I have also posted it, in its entirety and the end of this weekly calendar.

TUESDAY August 11, 10:30am (1 hour) – Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians Bible Study– This week we continue our conversation, this time through Chapter 2: verses 11-22. Participants come and go, though we have a nice core group. Even if you join for one, or a few, you are welcome to drop in. Space is made for all voices, thoughts, and personal reflections:

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THURSDAY August 13th – The St. John’s Weekly “Epistle” – This weekly communication serves to help keep the congregation updated in the goings on in the parish during this time of separation. Articles for this week’s Epistle should be received by Penny (with Fr. Peter copied) by Wednesday noon.


FRIDAY Noonday Prayer (August 14th) on Our Facebook Page (Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi CA). You need to do nothing more than to go to our page (you do not even need a sign-up account). This service is relatively brief, so if you log on a little after twelve, it will remain on the page for you to engage with the rest of the day. Though you can worship with Fr. Peter without a Book of Common Prayer 1979 (BCP), you can access the pages for this service at https://bcponline.org/DailyOffice/noonday.html

SUNDAY Morning Prayer Worship August 16th – 9:30 a.m. - Our weekly Morning Prayer Service with various voices and faces from the congregation will take place on the Episcopal Church of Saint John the Baptist YouTube and Facebook Pages. Immediately after (a little after 10am) will gather for our Coffee Hour on Zoom – for more faces and voices! More information for both will be posted in our Epistle which is sent via email and postal mail on Thursday. Beginning this month, the LAST Sunday of the month (August 30th) will be a Service for Children of All Ages!

From our Bishop Rice – The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin – August 6, 2020

Sisters and Brothers of EDSJ,

I am aware that pastoral letters from my hand and heart reached you in March (two separate), April (again, two), May and June. The last correspondence came to you on June 2nd. Immediately following the issuing of that pastoral letter, a diocesan working group, as you know, put together recommendations for diocesan guidelines and protocols in our response to the pandemic. Subsequently, those recommendations were discussed and endorsed by Diocesan Council and Standing Committee and then made available to you.

Since June‘s pastoral letter, much has occurred. We spent the month of July in the largest social platform gathering in EDSJ’s history. Over one hundred gathered for five consecutive Wednesdays exploring and discussing realities of white supremacy, entitlement and privilege. We discussed the prevalence of institutional racism in our midst and explored how we might move from complicity to holy action. I know you join with me in thanking Constance and Dain Perry for facilitating this important work with us.

Additionally in July, it was my absolute pleasure to ordain Rev’d Angela Lerena and Rev’d Nelson Povedo to the priesthood. This was an unprecedented and unique occasion for EDSJ as we exercised social distancing, we wore masks and much of the service was pre-recorded. And through it all, God was there and God made the extraordinary occur as God does. Congratulations to both Angela and Nelson.

Since June we have progressed well on our diocesan-wide solar project. We are now thoroughly into Phase 1 and beginning to move towards Phase 2. Panels have been installed at St. Anne’s, Stockton and construction is beginning at ECCO.

And last week, we announced the arrival of Rev’d Julie Kelly at Church of the Savior, Hanford and Rev’d Ryan Eikenbary, at St. Anne’s, Stockton. Julie will also be serving at St. James Lutheran, Hanford and Ryan will also serve at Zion Lutheran, Stockton. This is the first time EDSJ has engaged in our full communion relationship with our Lutheran Sisters and Brothers. This is truly an important “ecumenical moment” for EDSJ. I know that you will join me, laity and clergy, in welcoming Julie and Ryan.

And other developments to note since June include the continued progress of our Creation Care Commission under the leadership of Deacon Terrance Goodpasture and the movement towards a Racial Reconciliation Commission. We have continued our weekly “Clergy Cohort” zoom gathering and this week we begin our “Weekday Virtual Visitations” which will ultimately include every Faith Community. And of course, socially platformed worship continues through our cathedral and diocese.

Lastly, concurrently released with this Pastoral Letter, our Diocesan Commission SJRAISE has launched a must see video on “Uncaged Art.” Please take the time see this important piece displaying the art of young people confined to Detention Centers. Please visit: diosanjoaquin.org to view.

So, Sisters and Brothers of EDSJ, we have not been still since my last pastoral letter. We have not remained still in these summer months. And we have not been still through this horrific pandemic. Much has occurred and yet one thing remains. God is with us and God has not been still during these inordinately challenging days of COVID-19.
On occasion, I have had clergy and laity recount this question posed to them, “Why have I seen people walk into the church, down the street, on a Sunday morning, or gathering outside the church, and we’re not.” I cannot answer for the church down the street. I can, however, remind us of our caring, cautious and conservative response from the moment we first became aware of this pandemic. I can remind us that God perpetually calls us to consider the safety, the well-being and the health of those with whom we share community. I can remind us that listening to health care professionals and the scientific community has also been and will continue to be integral to the development of Episcopal ethos, theology and practice. And I can remind us that you and I are called by God to actively pray along and walk through the Way of Love, that is the Way of Jesus, and that most definitely includes wearing masks, social distancing and consider how our decisions impact everyone in our personal and communal orbit. And lastly, I can remind us, as I have suggested, that God is with us and God continues to move in our midst.

Stay well and safe EDSJ.

Blessings

+David

8/5/2020

August 6, 2020 Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter

Dear Friends,

August is upon us, and we are still not at a point where we can enjoy seeing each other in person. Though not perfect, we continue to offer opportunities for us to gather in faith together - through online worship, Bible Study, and upcoming long term course work together such as Sacred Ground (see advertisement later in the Epistle).
 
Frankly, what is most challenging for me is feeling is the disconnection from everyone. As a community we normally interact in various ways. Whereas something shared at Coffee Hour of a pastoral nature, would make its way to me, now that communication style is outside of our toolbox. Please be mindful that if there is news you want to share with me, or need some sort of pastoral conversation or prayer with Deacon Tom or me, do not hesitate to reach out. This is why we are here.
 
Speaking of staying connected; on Sunday I had a brief but nice phone conversation with Frank Pegg. Though he remains on hospice, his spirits remain high. He does not have the energy to write, and a little talking is all he can manage. Yet it is our community, who he continues to hold in his heart, that brings him comfort. He mentioned that some time ago one of our Sunday school leaders (Mandy and/or Ruth is my guess) got the children in their class to write him “get well” notes. These kindnesses still make his soul soar. He wishes he could reach out to each of the children and thank them. Additionally he asked me to let you know that his daughter is able to visit him daily, so he finds great solace in her presence. On our behalf I let him know that the congregation sends him our love, and he invited me to say “hello” to all of you from him!
So, friends, never forget, no matter what storms knock us about in life, Jesus is always there, inviting us to seek and serve Him in one another. In this way, and more, we continue to be and serve as God’s church in Lodi.

Yours in Christ, Fr. Peter+

Below are some “goings on” in the parish and our Diocese…including ordinations:

FRIDAY

Friday Noonday Prayer – Friday’s 12noon you can catch Noonday Prayer on our Facebook Page (Episcopal Church of Saint John the Baptist, Lodi CA). Though you do not need the words to enjoy the worship, you can either turn to page 103 in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer or access the pages from this computer link: https://www.bcponline.org/DailyOffice/noonday.html

SUNDAY (WORSHIP/COFFEE HOUR /YOUTH)

Sunday Memorials/Thanksgivings/Celebrations FOR August 9 – Tom Ramonda and family in loving memory of his wife, Caroline.

Please join us on Sunday for worship, at 9:30a.m. via our Facebook and YouTube pages,(a bulletin is attached to this email) and look to gather together for our celebratory – albeit separated – coffee hour on Zoom. The Best option for Worship is to go to the YouTube page (www.youtube.com) . Once you are in YouTube use the internal search bar to locate “Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist Lodi CA” and you will see the latest video as the page comes up. Second best option is to do the same on our similarly named Facebook Page. For the Coffee Hour link, see the information later in this Epistle.

Sunday Virtual Coffee Hour! – Following the conclusion of the 9:30 a.m. premiere of our worship service, you are invited to join your clergy in a casual conversation on Zoom. This will begin around 10:10 a.m. Our question for this Sunday: “a story surrounding a live performance; whether you performed in, watched, or heard about it."

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Available: St. John’s “Welcome” and “No Hate Here” Signs! - With the approval of the Vestry we have obtained yard signs to remind all who seem them that our parish focuses on Jesus’ great commandment to “Love God, Love your neighbor, as you Love yourself.” These signs (see photos) are available for any parishioner who would like to place one in their yard. Signs are free, while at the same time a “freewill offering” is encouraged for those who can contribute. $10 per sign. If you are interested in picking one up, you may call ahead to the Church Office (Monday-Thursday 9am-2pm) and make sure that it will be open for you to grab one. For those who are unable to get out, please contact parishioner and vestry person Margaret Meyers at (209-327-2242) and she will see about getting one to you (let her know in which – or if it is both – that you are interested).

Virtual Bishop’s Visit – Wednesday October 7th 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm “Save the Date" – Bishop Rice and Canon Anna will join us (the Vestry and congregation) for a chance to pray together, check in and hear from the Bishop. The first thirty minutes will be devoted to Evening Prayer worship, with the remainder of the time dedicated to a conversation around an appropriate topic. All are invited! Info on the log in and phone in links will be shared closer to the date.

Migrant Worker Group Question - Besides checking with our parishioners in the wine industry, Fr. Peter wants to see if there is a group or family of workers who make their way through Lodi each year during the harvesting season. As part of an initiative encouraged by our diocese, he wants to see if he can reach out to the group, perhaps serve as a minister to their needs, and find out what ways the congregation, if it so chooses, wants to “adopt” the workers so that we can offer them comfort and sustenance each year when they pass through. Perhaps such as group of family does not exist on its own, but Fr. Peter is learning and in case someone knows of people with whom he can be in touch, he is putting this query in our Epistle. He can be reached at rectorpete@gmail.com.

Our Giving To Feed Marginalized is Helping the Salvation Army- The Salvation Army has a program called No Child Left Hungry during school holidays. Qualified families come every Monday and receive a bag(s) of food for breakfast and lunch for their children for the week. We are averaging over 30 kids a week needing food since March. Additionally Cheryl and I decided to help with the senior program as well since the self-stable food is similar. The Army has been delivering food to 32 seniors every week since March. We thank all of you who have contributed money for this great need in Lodi. You can still contribute money as we help those in need with food. Cheryl Nix, Pat Fehling

Salvation Army dinner service Update - We have once again been notified that we will NOT BE SERVING at the Salvation Army until further notice. This is a result of the governor’s recent roll back of open businesses. Please contact Karen Olds (1-626-716-4192), Kelly Olds (1-626-716-4191) if you have questions.

CLASSES, CLUBS, MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES

Tuesday Class 10:30 a.m. – Bible Study through Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians (one hour/session) – Every Tuesday until it concludes, Fr. Peter will facilitate a shared learning experience using this Epistle from Paul. This course of immersion will take the group intentionally through each chapter for however many weeks it takes us. Fr. Peter encourages those who attend to bring whatever bible version you have. There is no need to read ahead of time, just come to any class on Tuesday and join in. We will meet on Zoom via the following links…
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Youth Group on Zoom – August 9th, 5:00p.m. – Joey Soria and Barbara Krengel, our Youth Leaders, invite young people who are going into Junior High, through High School, as well as our Young Adults in College to gather for this one hour to ninety minute meeting on Zoom. To receive a copy of the Zoom link, please contact Fr. Peter rectorpete@gmail.com An email will soon go out to regular participants and/or parents, as well. At our last meeting Fr. Peter left us with an interesting question which can kick off our conversations – “When you pray, to whom do you find yourself praying to; God the Father/Parent, God the Son, or God The Holy Spirit?” There is no “correct” answer, only your authentic one! From here the leaders will lead us into a discussion and more fun around where we see, need, and encounter God in our lives.

Join St. John’s Creation Care Ministry: This may be your last opportunity to be a part of the startup for our part as St. John’s, into a greater diocesan effort to support Creation Care. If you want to be a part of this conversation, please email congregant Derek Jones at derek147a@gmail.com. For more information on this adventure to care for our planet, please take a moment to explore the Episcopal Church site: https://episcopalchurch.org/creation-care (This invitation is offered to you by Deacon Tom Hampson, Derek Jones, Barbara Krengel)
 
Sacred Ground: An Invitation - You are invited to a conversation about race - in our lives, in the life of our nation - using Sacred Ground, a curriculum developed by the Episcopal Church as a part of its focus on racial reconciliation. Over ten gatherings beginning in September, we will share stories and memories as we reflect on the readings and films provided by the program. You might think of it as a deep dive into our national family tree. Since there is a substantial amount of material to watch and read between each session (estimate about 90 minutes of preparation/session), we will meet every three weeks. We hope you will consider joining us in this dialogue that is crucial for the life of our congregation, community, and our nation, especially in these challenging times! We will begin meeting on our familiar Zoom platform, hoping for the day when we can meet face-to-face. To learn more about Sacred Ground visit: https://episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground  Please join us in this journey of shared story and struggle - Sacred Ground. If you are interested in participating, please contact Deacon Tom at deacontom2020@gmail.com

Great Plates Senior Meals Program: During the COVID-19 crisis, Lodi area restaurants are helping, through volunteers by delivering three meals per day to qualifying seniors (age 65 and above, as well as certain ages for those affected directly by the COVID-19 Virus). If you want more information and/or to apply to benefit from this ministry, please reach out to the LOEL Senior Center by calling 209-369-1591. (Program concludes August 10th unless extended).

8/3/2020 Monday Message August 6, 2020

Monday Message August 3, 2020

Be the Church in the way afforded by God today – join us in the virtual world to embolden our spirits for this world!

TUESDAY August 4, 10:30am (1 hour) – Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians Bible Study– This week those who gather will join Fr. Peter as they recognize where and how God speaks to us today through this historical letter. They will continue with the first chapter of the Epistle and perhaps even make entry into the second one. Whether you have joined us in the past or can only make this one time, all are welcome:
 
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THURSDAY August 6th – The “Epistle” – This weekly communication serves to help keep the congregation updated in the goings on in the parish during this time of separation. Articles for this week’s Epistle should be received by Penny (with Fr. Peter copied) by Wednesday noon.

FRIDAY Noonday Prayer (August 7th) on Our Facebook Page (Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi CA). You need to do nothing more than to go to our page (you do not even need a sign-up account). This service is relatively brief, so if you log on a little after twelve, it will remain on the page for you to engage with the rest of the day. Though you can worship with Fr. Peter without a Book of Common Prayer 1979 (BCP), you can access the pages for this service at https://bcponline.org/DailyOffice/noonday.html

SUNDAY Morning Prayer Worship August 9th – 9:30 a.m. - Our weekly Morning Prayer Service with various voices and faces from the congregation will take place on the Episcopal Church of Saint John the Baptist YouTube and Facebook Pages. Immediately after (a little after 10am) will gather for our Coffee Hour on Zoom – for more faces and voices! More information for both will be posted in our Epistle which is sent via email and postal mail on Thursday.

11/10/2019 Monthly Pancake Breakfast


11/4/2019 Chapel Jam Update

Chapel Jam for the youth of St. John's is off and strumming.  The chapel space was set for making music with a line-up of guitars, amplifiers, ukuleles, xylophones, and  rhythm instruments.  The next scheduled Chapel Jam for Youth is scheduled for Sunday, November 10.It will be held in the Historical Chapel from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.
 
Join us Sunday, November 10th at 6:00 p.m.  All are welcome!
 

10/13/2019 Welcome Father Peter

We welcomed Father Peter and his family today at service.  It was a wonderful service and sermon.  After the service we celebrated with a pancake breakfast; thank you to the hospitality committee for preparing a wonderful meal!
We are all blessed! 

9/20/2019 St John's welcomes The Rev. Peter Ackerman

The Reverend Peter K. Ackerman was born in Southern California, where he lived in the San Fernando Valley section of Greater Los Angeles. A life-long Episcopalian, he was born on Easter Day almost literally inside the All Saints Episcopal sanctuary, where his mother, as an adult, had been baptized just hours before.
 
As the sons of television executive producer Harry Ackerman and classic television actress Elinor Donahue, Peter and his three brothers grew up immersed in the television industry. It was only natural that as an adult, Peter was initially drawn to work in the entertainment industry, first as an actor and later in the administrative end of television production.

It was during that period of his life that Peter met and married his wife of 32 years, Marie, who hails from Stockton, CA. They have two adult children: Amy, who resides and works in Chicago, and Harry, who lives with them.

In the 1990’s, despite working as the assistant to the line producer on a number-one program, Peter felt unfulfilled vocationally. After some focused prayer, he found that God began opening doors. Not long after his realization, he began working in a commercial real estate office. His less-taxing work schedule afforded him the time to say “yes” when his parish, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Studio City, invited him to become a part-time youth leader. That position led to Peter leaving real estate entirely to become the church’s full-time parish administrator.

Over time, the St. Michael and All Angels clergy, youth members, and adult parishioners began seeing a sense of call in Peter, to which Peter responded by entering into a formal discernment process. Once it was determined that Peter would be going to seminary, his bishop at the time insisted that he and his family leave the familiar life of the San Fernando Valley and attend Virginia Theological Seminary. With the bishop providing financial help for their move, the Ackerman family acquiesced, and relocated to northern Virginia, near Washington, DC. Peter graduated seminary and was ordained in 2007, at which point a local parish in Alexandria, Virginia wanted to hire him as their Associate Rector. With permission from his home diocese, he accepted this call, which eventually led him to formally becoming a priest in the Diocese of Virginia. In 2011 he was then called as rector of St. Christopher’s Church in the nearby town of Springfield, Virginia. After serving with St. Christopher’s for over eight years, Peter and his family are delighted to return to their home state of California and settle into life in Lodi at St. John the Baptist Church.    

For recreation both Peter and Marie love National Park hiking. Additionally, Marie is a sommelier and hopes to put her wine expertise to use in the wine country which they love to explore. Peter and his son enjoy discovering used bookstores; Peter is a collector of vintage “movie tie-in books” and pulp novels, while Harry immerses himself in history. The entire family loves old movies and, of course, classic television. At the request of a literary agent, Peter is currently at work on a book about what it was like growing up in a family so intimately involved with classic television. Peter and his family are delighted to become a part of the Diocese of San Joaquin and members at St. John’s, Lodi.