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The Good News from El Camino Real - December 12, 2014

In this issue:

  • Presiding Bishop's Christmas message
  • Holiday Events across El Camino Real
  • Winter Conference workshops Jan. 17
  • Recap: Convention resolutions & elections

December 12, 2014

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Calvary Church Celebrates 150 Years

of Santa Cruz Ministry

Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Santa Cruz will celebrate a major milestone in 2015 -- its 150th anniversary. The congregation has kicked things off with a series of concerts and tours. A historic walking tour was held on December 6 (left); church tours, historical displays and choir performances also took place. This Saturday, December 13, Calvalry will host a Concert in Church with pianist Kylan de Ghetaldi and
soprano Amanda Mendon. A reception in the parish hall will follow; admission is free and donations are appreciated. For more information visit the Calvary website here.

The historic anniversary was also featured in the December 3 Santa Cruz Sentinel; read the story here. Visit Calvary's Facebook page or the church website to learn more. (Thanks to Jeff Diehl for use of his tour photo)
A vintage photo of the main Calvary Church building in its early years.

Presiding Bishop Issues Christmas Message: "May Christ be born anew"

“May Christ be born anew in you this Christmastide," writes Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori in her 2014 Christmas Message. "May his light burn in you, and may you labor to spread it in the darkness.” The full message can be found here in English and Spanish.

"Advent leads us into darkness and decreasing light," her message notes. "Our bodies slow imperceptibly with shorter days and longer nights, and the merriness and frantic activity around us are often merely signs of eager hunger for light and healing and wholeness."

"The Incarnation, the coming of God among us in human flesh, happened in such a quiet and out of the way place that few noticed at first.  Yet the impact on human existence has been like a bolt of lightning that continues to grow and generate new life and fire in all who share that hunger . . .

"God is among us, and within us, and around us, encountering, nudging, loving, transforming the world and its creatures toward the glorious dream the shepherds announced so many years ago, toward the beloved community of prophetic dreams, and the nightwatch that proclaims “all is well, fear not, the Lord is here.”

Don’t Miss Application Deadline for Young Adult Service Corps

Don’t miss the deadline for application for the Young Adult Service Corps. Commonly known as YASC, applications for 2015-16 are now being accepted for the Young Adult Service Corps from young adults between the ages of 21-30.

Full details and an application link can be found online here. The application deadline is Friday, January 2, 2015. The Episcopal Church offers untold opportunities for young adults to live, work and pray with brothers and sisters around the Anglican Communion through YASC.

Reminder: United Thank Offering Provides Grants for Young Adults

In honor of its 125th anniversary, the United Thank Offering has created a special $1,250 grant for young adults (ages 21-30) to provide start-up funds for a new project that focuses on any of the Five Marks of Mission. One grant will be awarded in each of the nine provinces of The Episcopal Church.
Deadline for young adults to submit applications to their diocesan bishop is February 1, 2015. From there, bishops will select one application per diocese. Applications are due from the diocesan offices on February 15. The application and full details are available here. (Espanol)

St. Jude's Hosts Holiday Event Series

St. Jude’s Church in Cupertino is hosting a continuing series of holiday services and an Epiphany book study:

Taize Prayer Services, December 14 at 5 p.m.
Join us for candlelight song and silence, advent readings and prayers, to kick off the advent season and to find some space during this busy season. A candlelight labyrinth walk will follow the service.

Lessons and Carols by Candlelight, Sunday December 21, 6 pm: with brass ensemble and candle-lighting for hope and healing. Cookies and hot chocolate after.

Wednesday Epiphany book study, Jan. 7, 14 & 21; 7:00 to 8:30 pm with Wendy Smith, This series, Looking at Jesus, through Icons and History, will expand and challenge our images of Jesus through the visual images in icons. Using the book by Reza Aslan, Zealot: the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, we will reflect on our own images of Jesus. We will look at hand painted icons of Jesus and discuss the Zealot book, which is about the social, political and economic context that shaped Jesus and his ministry. More details are available here.
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