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The Good News from El Camino Real -- July 18, 2014

In this issue:

  • Diocese Youth Attend EYE14
  • Church of England Approves Women Bishops
  • Host Families Needed at CSUMB
  • Barbara Miller Ordination

July 18, 2014

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EYE14 Youth are “Marked for Mission”

Students from El Camino Real attend "life-changing" four-day event

After four days of worship, workshops, prayer, long walks across the Villanova University campus near Philadelphia, late-night conversations and contemplation of Scripture and the Five Marks of Mission, EYE14 came down to the call to go out into the world and love it.
“Whenever God is about to change the world, God tells somebody to ‘Go’” and that is what is happening now, Diocese of North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry said during his sermon at the Episcopal Youth Event 14 closing Eucharist on July 12. “Our mission is to love this world and ourselves into the very dream of God and when you do that, you’ll have the strength you need to bear any hardship and carry any cross because you’ll find power.”
EYE14 was attended by 786 youth in grades 9-12 and 263 adult leaders, who spent July 9-12 on the campus of Villanova University near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Among the attendees were Nick Martin and Will Bond from the El Camino Real Diocese.
“I had a wonderful and life-changing experience at EYE this year,” said Martin. “The variety of workshops and workshop topics helped me answer some questions that I had regarding faith and what God’s calling is for me after high school and during college.”
EYE14’s theme was “Marked for Mission” and the gathering was built around helping participants discern how the Holy Spirit has marked them for mission and how they might engage in the work of the Anglican Communion’s Five Marks of Mission, as a way to enact the call to love that they were hearing.
The four-day event also included a “Philadelphia Pilgrimage” for EYE14 participants, who boarded 20 buses and fanned out to 16 sites all over the Philadelphia area to learn about the current ministry of the Episcopal Church in city and get a glimpse of the history of the Episcopal Church.
“I feel more comfortable knowing that there are other teens that have the same views as me along with the same questions,” added Martin. “I loved the morning and evening services and the connection with others made it even more comfortable for me to express my faith. I wish this event was held more often and also had a young adults’ event. I will never forget the people I met and the things I learned from them regarding how to live a Christian life to the fullest.”
For the full story of EYE 14 – including videos of sermons by Bishop Curry and Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori – click here.
Three of nearly 800 youth sit on a wall on the terrace of the Philadelphia Museum of Art during a hug picnic July 11 during the Episcopal Youth Event 2014. EYE14’s theme was “Marked for Mission” and their T-shirts and accompanying tote bags were donated by the Diocese of Pennsylvania, co-sponsor of the gathering. Photo by Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service

Church of England Votes to Approve Women Bishops

The Church of England made history July 14 when its General Synod, meeting in York, approved legislation to enable women to serve as bishops, possibly by 2015. The vote ends centuries of tradition and follows more than a decade of often-emotional debate accompanied by various stages of legislative action.
Before the vote, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said to pass the legislation “is to commit ourselves to an adventure in faith and hope.” Welby said the legislation “allows us to move forward together, all of us as faithful Anglicans and all of us committed to each other flourishing in the life of the church … Today we can start on a challenging and adventurous journey to embrace a radical new way to be the church.”
One synod member read out a message from Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu. “I’m thrilled to hope that our mother church, the Church of England, will do the right thing today … to allow women to become bishops as we have in Swaziland and in Cape Town,” said Tutu. “Wow, you are in for a great surprise and treat should you do this. Your church will be enriched [to] no end … God be praised. Yippee.”
On hearing the news, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said, “I am overjoyed for the Church of England as it has finally consented to the ordination and consecration of women as bishops. I believe that the inclusion of women in this order will bring new gifts and possibilities for its partnership in God’s mission in England.”
For the full story at Episcopal News Service, click here.

Host Families Needed at CSUMB

California State University Monterey Bay is hosting international students from Japan that are looking for host families. Japanese students will participate in the American Language and Culture programs at CSUMB and take excursions in the beautiful Monterey Bay area; families are needed to host one or two international students per household. 
Host families provide students with a furnished room, various meals, transportation help to and from CSUMB (students can take the public bus for free), and create a positive experience of American cultural exchange. Each family will receive $700 per student for a three-week program ad $900 per student for a four-week program.
Dates are August 3-24 for the first group and August 24-Sept. 20 for the second group. For more information contact Fr. Jon Perez at jperez1@csumb.edu.

You’re Invited . . .

The Right Reverend Mary Gray-Reeves will ordain Barbara Ruth Miller to the Sacred Order of Priests on Friday, August 15, 2014, at 6 p.m. at United Methodist Church in Atascadero. Your prayers and presence are requested.
The church is located at 11605 El Camino Real in Atascadero. Reception to follow. Clergy: Red Stoles please.


Youth Leader Summit on August 16

On Saturday, August 16, join us for a free Youth Leader Summit at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salinas, designed for all who work with children and youth in the churches of our diocese. Whether you're a volunteer or staff member, whether you're clergy or lay, this one-day training summit will provide practical how-to tips for engaging and ministering to youth of all ages.

Our goal is a cohesive, supportive community that shares in a day of sharing, worship, general sessions and activities. By building relationships between children and youth ministers in our diocese, we can increase communication, collaboration and support. At the summit you’ll learn to:

• Discover practical, helpful ideas for ministering to children and youth;
• Understand teenage culture for effective outreach;
• Connect with God and build faith in every area of young people's lives;
• Find balance between your ministry and your personal life;
• Work with parents to help their kids grow in faith.

Participants should bring a “show and tell” example of a successful youth program at their church, to share ideas and inspire fellow participants. For example, bring a photo display or poster of a program that finds Biblical themes in modern books or movies.
Lunch is included! Join us August 16 at St. Paul’s and be refreshed and inspired . . . personally, emotionally and spiritually. Online registration can be found by clicking here. For more information, contact Jennifer Suttie at jennifer.suttie@mac.com.

Event Reminders


SLO Deanery Sponsors July 26 “Transforming Church” Workshop in Los Osos

You’re invited to the “Transforming Church” workshop on Saturday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Benedict's Episcopal Church in Los Osos. Sponsored by the San Luis Obispo Deanery, this workshop will examine ways we can better support the ministry of all baptized believer-priests in daily life and in our churches.

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the calling of our baptism and develop new ideas for empowering ministry in and outside of congregations. The workshop will provide a basis for ongoing conversation in the deanery about how we can support each other in making our churches into vibrant, relevant and joyful places. To register, download the flyer by clicking here. St. Benedict's Church is located at 2220 Snowy Egret Lane in Los Osos. Cost is $15 (includes lunch).


Return to Wholeness in 4th Annual
Recovery Retreat

“Recovery: A Return to Wholeness,” is the theme of the fourth annual Recovery Retreat on August 1-3. Presented by the Diocese of El Camino Real’s Commission on Recovery, the retreat will feature Dr. Kathleen Tonti-Horne, a holistic family physician whose approach to recovery involves the whole person: body, soul, mind and spirit. Participants can interactively experience the connection between successful recovery and the importance of balancing all aspects of oneself, including the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual being. The retreat will be held at the St. Francis Retreat House in San Juan Batista; download the registration flyer by clicking here.
For questions, contact either Brian Nordwick at
brian@edecr.org or Kathleen Crowe at kathleencrowe@sbcglobal.net.


Time Out With God: Mary Lou Thompson Women's Retreat is August 7-8

Leave your busy life to refresh, reflect and renew at the Mary Lou Thompson Retreat on August 7-8 at St. Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista. The music and prayer of the Taize community in France will frame the retreat day, as we use music, walking meditations, creative artistic expression, silent reflection on Scripture, and optional small group sharing to experience anew God's love. There will also be time to meet others and to socialize.

Celebrating its 32nd year, the retreat is sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women of El Camino Real. Our retreat leader will be The Rev. Wilma Jakobsen from St. Jude’s, Cupertino. For more information and to register, download the flyer and reservation form by clicking here. For more information, contact ECW President Diane Lovelace at DiLovelace@aol.com or 408-263-8945.

Live Your Journey at August 15-17 Women’s Retreat

“Come to the Water: Living Our Journeys” is the theme of a women’s retreat on August 15-17, sponsored by the Episcopal Church in Almaden, San Jose. The spiritual weekend was moved to August this year and is open to all women of the diocese. Led by The Rev. Canon Linda Taylor, the retreat will be held at St. Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista. Cost is $220 per person (double) or $270 per person (single), which includes all meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. A $100 nonrefundable deposit is required. To register, contact Melinda Jennings by phone (408-225-0528) or email at melinda1948@gmail.com.

“A Day of Listening”: The First Step Toward Loving Well

The San Jose Canterbury Foundation and Christian Listeners USA invite you to “A Day of Listening” on Saturday, August 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will include Introduction to Christian Listening, a course where participants learn the importance of deep level listening by exploring ways they have previously learned to listen, both helpful and unhelpful. We will learn about our own blocks that keep us from being effective listeners both in ministry and daily life. Interactive tools and opportunities for personal engagement will open doors for relationship building, healing, and reconciliation with oneself, others and God.
Presented by Joanna Zeiner, Director of Training for Christian Listeners USA, the event will be held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Saratoga. Cost is $50 (lunch is included); partial scholarships are available. Please register by sending a check to The Canterbury Foundation, 484 E. San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95112. Please write “Listening Workshop” on the memo line. For more information, contact the Rev. Kathey Crowe at chaplain@canterburybridge.org or call (408) 506-3554.


St. John's Episcopal Church of Aptos, is hiring a new Volunteer and Youth Programs Coordinator. Emphasis on leadership development, encouragement and support of youth and family ministry volunteers. Administration and coordination of youth and family programs; responsible for recruitment, training, coordination and support of volunteers serving in these programs. Development and facilitation of Youth Council and Youth Strategic Planning Team in collaboration with vestry members and rector. Experience working with volunteers is required. Strong leadership, administrative, and organizational skills are desired. Knowledge of Christian Education and Community outreach are preferred. Approximately 15 hours per week as agreed. Please send your resume, including three references to stjohnyouthcoord@gmail.com. The starting rate is $15 per hour; first round of interviews are scheduled for July 16 and 19. For full job details, click here.

The Episcopal Church in Almaden (ECA) in San Jose is seeking a Music Director and Organist/Pianist. Ideal candidate qualities and background include: familiarity with Episcopal/liturgical worship; flexibility and willingness to learn and lead new styles; ability to work collaboratively with the Rector and other music leaders and musicians; range of experience with musical styles and genres; experience introducing congregations to new musical styles; experience with choral conducting; talented organist and pianist; ability to recruit and nurture choir members. A detailed job listing can be found at: eca-sj.org/files/music_search.pdf. Organ specifications are available at eca-sj.org/files/graphics/Phoenix_specs.pdf. Half-time position (15 hours/wk. average) with competitive salary and negotiable benefits. Deadline to apply is July 31. Email your resume to music-search@eca-sj.org.

St. James Church in Paso Robles is receiving applications for Rector until July 21, 2014. To apply, please submit your OTM portfolio, resume and a cover letter via email to Canon Brian Nordwick at brian@edecr.org.  For further information, please contact Canon Brian. To view St. James’ Rector Search page, click here. To view the Parish Profile, click here.
Saint Andrew’s Church is looking for a Director of Children’s Ministry to help oversee our weekly church school program, weekly young family worship service, Summer Toddler camp, and Summer Vacation Bible School. We are seeking someon

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