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The Good News from El Camino Real - April 11, 2014





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            Elrond Lawrence, editor
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 Friday, April 11, 2014



St. Mary's by-the-Sea Honored at Community Service Awards

Congratulations to St. Mary's by-the-Sea in Pacific Grove, who received the Agency Star Award at the 38th Annual Community Service Awards on April 8 in Monterey. Held during National Volunteer Week, the award program recognizes volunteers who have made significant contributions to the community through service over the past year. 

St Mary’s was nominated by the Food Bank of Monterey County and was one of 13 organizations nominated in the Health and Human Services category. For more than 50 years, they have provided a variety of services to those in need with food or clothing. Along with operating an emergency food pantry and community thrift shop, the church serves about 250 families a month on the Monterey Peninsula.

“It was inspiring to hear all the wonderful things volunteers are doing in Monterey County,” said Darleen Trautsch, who attended the awards ceremony with Karen Weill and Phillip Frey to represent St. Mary’s. “Imagine my surprise when St. Mary's received the award.”

The plaque and accompanying certificates will be displayed in the library in Clay Hall at St. Mary's. For more information about the awards program, visit http://www.volunteermontereycounty.org/CSA.


Vestry/Treasurer Training Materials Available for Download

Thank you to all who attended one of the Vestry/Treasurer training days in either San Luis Obispo, Palo Alto or Monterey.  We appreciated your presence. For those who were unable to attend, we missed you!  For your use, we have included the link for the presentation and handout materials for your use HERE. They are great resources that cover vestry roles, church business and finance/administration, civil and canon law, insurance, communication, congregational development and more. Feel free to share as needed. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the diocese office at info@edecr.org. Thanks to each of you for serving your congregation, and have a blessed Holy Week and Easter!


How do we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?

Reflecting on her recent visit to the House of Bishops, Bishop Mary wrote a letter asking the question we find in the Psalms: How do we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?

In 2014, Iglesia San Pablo Apostol in Seaside will be living into this very question. For the first time at Holy Week, San Pablo will offer to the community both the Passion Play on Thursday and the Way of the Cross on Friday. From the script directly from Mexico, members of the congregation will sing the Lord’s song in Spanish in a foreign land. All are invited to attend this spirited drama (see dates and times below).

¿Como cantar la alabanza del Señor en tierra desconocida?

Pensando en su reciente vista a la Casa de los Obispos, La Obispa Mary hizo una pregunta que podemos encontra en los Salmos: ¿Como cantar la alabanza del Señor en tierra desconocida?

En el 2014, La Iglesia San Pablo Apostol estara y al mismo tiempo contestando esta pregunta. Por primera vez en Semana Santa, San Pablo ofrecera a la comunidad la obra de la passion de Cisto, empezando el jueves y seguido por el viaacrucis el viernes. El libreto usado viene directamente de Mexico. La congrgacion cantara la alabanza del Senor en tierra desconocida. Todos estan invitados a precenciar esta obra viviente.

Thursday/Jueves- 4/17: 6 p.m. Gathering and Soup Meal; 7 p.m. Presentation of the Passion.

Friday/Viernes- 4/18: 5 p.m. Gathering; 6 p.m. Way of the Cross (Viacrusis).

Annual Integrity / El Camino Real Retreat Coming in May

The Annual Integrity/El Camino Real Retreat will take place May 2-4 at The Ranch in San Miguel, hosted by Bart Bartosh and Tony Saponate. This year we’re honored to welcome the Rev. Caro Hall, President of Integrity USA and rector of St. Benedict's Episcopal Church in Los Osos, as our program facilitator. Program information will be announced soon.  

We plan to gather on Friday evening for a casual potluck (please arrive no later than 8 p.m. so that everyone can enjoy the meal together). Friday evening will be a time for renewing old friendships and creating new ones. On Saturday, in addition to morning and afternoon workshops, we will include quiet time for individual reflection and generous amounts of free time for enjoying The Ranch. Sunday morning we will conclude with a celebration of the Eucharist at The Ranch. Some time will probably be set aside for a short Integrity/El Camino Real business meeting.  

Cost is $50 per person. Please send your checks by April 22 to Dottie Fuller, Integrity Treasurer at 24285 Pheasant Court, Salinas, CA 93908. The Ranch has limited overnight capacity and has sold out in years past, so please respond ASAP. 

Other than the Friday night potluck, food will be provided. Watch for more information on directions, what to bring and what to expect at the retreat. Those planning to attend or with questions should contact Jeff Diehl at (831) 588-7775 or email jdiehl@albionenvironmental.com.


Deadline is April 30 for Episcopal Church Scholarships

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 awarding of educational scholarships from The Episcopal Church. Scholarships are available for ethnic communities, children of missionaries, bishops and clergy, and other particular wide-ranging eligibility for education and training. The amounts of the scholarships vary according to the availability of payouts from the funds. The maximum is $5,000.

The lists of trust funds and scholarships, as well as key information, are found here. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read each trust and identify in the application those trust funds that best fit their own profile. The application form is available
here. Deadline for applications is April 30. Only complete applications will be considered. For information contact Terry Foster at tfoster@episcopalchurch.org. 

Rev. Canon Linda Taylor to Speak at St. Andrew’s on May 5

 “Spiritual Direction: Listening to the Holy Inside” is the theme of a presentation by the Rev. Canon Linda Taylor on Monday, May 5 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal. The event will take place from 6-7:30 p.m.; a light supper will be held at 5:30 p.m.

 The ministry of Spiritual Direction is an ancient form of listening that focuses on a person’s relationship with God. The Rev. Canon Linda Taylor will be with us to talk about the process of spiritual direction. She will discuss the history, what happens in a direction session, and how one goes about selecting a spiritual director.

 Some of the reasons people seek spiritual direction include the desire to:

      Develop and deepen their relationship with the Holy;

      Have assistance in the process of discerning life decisions;

      Integrate spirituality more fully into daily life;

      Talk with someone about the spiritual issues they are experiencing;

      Strengthen connection with the Holy during times of change and loss.

 Linda was active in lay ministry at Saint Andrew’s Parish prior to her ordination; thereafter, she served here as deacon and priest until she was called in 2000 to be an Associate at Trinity Cathedral in San Jose.  She recently retired after 12 years as the Rector of St. Mark’s Santa Clara and is enjoying the opportunity to serve at Saint Andrew’s again.  In 1997, Linda completed studies at the Spiritual Direction Institute at Mercy Center in Burlingame. This ministry of companioning has been an ongoing thread in Linda’s life, and she offers individual, couple and group spiritual direction. Call 408-867-3493 for more information or visit www.st-andrews-saratoga.org.


Holy Child Hosts Hawaiian Dinner and Dance in San Jose

You're invited to a Hawaiian Dinner and Dance at Holy Child Episcopal Church on Saturday evening, May 17. The dance will be held at Mt. Hamilton Grange Hall on 2480 Aborn Road in San Jose. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing to follow. Music will be provided by Oscar & Son DJ Entertainment. Cost is $25 for adults, $15 for ages 6-12; kids 5 and younger are free. For reservations and more details, email the Rev. Ruth Paguio at ruthcasipit_paguio@yahoo.com.


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