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Friday, March 7, 2014
Diocese to Host Vestry/Treasurer Training in Early April
Coming to your deanery next month: an evening of training for vestry members, treasurers, parish administrators, and anyone who's interested in the business affairs of running a church. The evening includes a light supper at 6 p.m., with the program beginning at 6:30 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m.
Each workshop includes presentations by the Diocesan staff about the following:
- Vestry roles
- Church business and finance/administration
- Civil and canon law
- Risk management/insurance
- Congregational development
- Diocesan life and training events
- Q&A session
This year's series will take place on the following dates:
Monday, April 7: San Luis Obispo Deanery, location TBA.
Tuesday, April 8: Santa Clara Deanery, All Saints Church in Palo Alto.
Wednesday, April 9: Monterey Deanery, location TBA.
Watch for more details soon about RSVP and contact information. We hope to see you there!
A Call to Peace and Prayer for Ukraine
On Ash Wednesday, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori joined the heads of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in issuing a call to peace and prayer for Ukraine.
“We have watched with dismay, along with the rest of the world, as tensions rise and peace is jeopardized in Ukraine,” read the joint statement. “Recent dangerous developments in the Crimean region of the country put the lives of many innocent people at risk, and threaten peace and security far beyond that region of the world.
As Christians in the western tradition, Anglicans/Episcopalians and Lutherans today enter the season of Lent, a time of repentance. We cannot remain indifferent in the face of the injustice befalling the people of Ukraine, nor toward the potential suffering and cruelty further military intervention might bring. We call on all of those involved—whether governments, movements, or individuals—to repent of aggression and violence, and turn instead to the way of peace through dialogue. We also call upon the faithful people of our churches to pray throughout the season of Lent for wisdom, peace, and justice to prevail.”
The full statement can be read HERE.
Diocese of Western Tanganyika Scholarship News
Thank you for your wonderful support of the Scholarship Fund for children in our Partner Diocese of Western Tanganyika! This year, 564 students will continue their education through the gifts you have provided:
- 516 students are attending Secondary School—our grades 7-10.
- 12 students have progressed to “A” Level—our grades 11-12.
This year, scholarship students are attending more than 120 secondary schools, an increase over 2013. Thirty six students who graduated in high standing have advanced to university and professional schooling, with scholarship assistance:
- 12 students are enrolled in university-level coursework;
- 7 students are attending nursing school;
- 9 students attend teacher’s colleges;
- 8 students are receiving instruction in specialized areas: agricultural school, laboratory school, government training, and clinical officer training.
Your gift of education for the children of DWT will touch many lives for years to come!
"Safeguarding God’s Children and People" Workshops in March
The Rev. Deacon Kathleen Crowe, Chaplain, Episcopal Ministry at San Jose State University, is presenting two important workshops this month that are available to members of all parishes. "Safeguarding God’s Children" is a required workshop for all who work directly with or around children, including clergy, church staff, Godly play and VBC volunteers, contractors, vestry members and parents. "Safeguarding God’s People" is required for all who have a pastoral relationship with another individual, including but not limited to clergy, youth leaders, Eucharistic Visitors, Stephen Ministers and vestry members
Both workshops will be held at St. Timothy’s Church in Mountain View from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 15. Cost is $10 for one session or $15 for both sessions (payable at the door)
Childcare is available. Register online at: http://www.sttims.org/events/signups_safeguardingtraining.html
A "Safeguarding God's People" workshop will also be held at Calvary Santa Cruz on Saturday, March 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Rev. Joel Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Lenten Series at St. Andrew’s Shares Diverse Perspectives
St. Andrew’s in Ben Lomond is hosting a series of Sunday soup suppers during Lent, addressing the subject from several different perspectives. The suppers begin at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a presentation of varying lengths. Presenters include:
March 9: The Rev. Amy Denney Zuniga, Rector, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Hollister CA, formerly a priest in El Salvador.
March 16: The Rev. George Washburn, attached priest at St. Peter & St. Paul Antiochan Orthodox Church in Ben Lomond, CA.
March 23: Robin Denney, Lay Evangelist serving at Trinity Episcopal Church in Gonzales, CA, former missionary to Liberia and South Sudan.
March 30: The Rev. Bob Murrin, Rector of St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Boulder Creek, CA
April 6: TBD
April 13 (Palm Sunday): A Seder will be held instead of the soup suppers, organized by Gene Kodner and Deidre Guindon.
Five Pews Need a New Home . . .
Good Shepherd has 5 pews looking for a new home. They are good solid pews, brought here from St. Paul's years ago during a remodeling, but they’re not needed at St. Paul's. They need a good home before Easter. Any ideas are welcome – contact Rev. Linda McConnell at email@example.com.
The Church Periodical Club Needs Your Support
The Church Periodical Club is an independent, affiliated organization of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, dedicated to the worldwide ministry of the Printed Word and to the promotion of Christian mission. It’s the only organization in the Episcopal Church dedicated solely to providing free literature and related materials -- both religious and secular -- to people worldwide who need and request them and who have no other source for obtaining them. Prayer books, books for seminarians, educational materials, medical textbooks, agricultural manuals and books for those in local and global mission are some of the publications the Periodical Club supplies. The Church Periodical Club operates at all levels of the church: national, provincial, diocesan and parish.
The Miles of Pennies Fund was established in 1988 on the 100th anniversary of The Church Periodical Club. The Miles of Pennies Fund Committee awarded its first grants in 1991. The maximum grant given by Miles of Pennies is $844.80, which represents one mile of pennies. The grants serve the needs of children from kindergarten through high school; any organization, church or individual affiliated with the Anglican Communion may apply, including Christian education classes, camps, VBS, libraries, tutors, youth ministry, and more.
The National Books Fund (NBF) is the older of the two funds within the Church Periodical Club. NBF has limited itself primarily to books and related materials for adults since the advent of the Miles of Pennies FUND. Grant requests come from schools, libraries, individuals, agencies and parishes throughout the Anglican Communion. Grants are made for books, magazines, audio and video materials and computer software. The specific materials are determined and purchased by the recipients. Materials may be religious or secular, but must be used within the mission of the church. NBF Grants are not given for equipment, (such as projectors, computers or shelves) operating expenses, (such as postage and stationery) or for the production of material (such as translations or printing).
Funds to cover the requests are donated by individuals, parishes, dioceses and provinces. This year the diocesan Mile of Pennies gathering will occur at Women’s Day on April 5 at St. Paul’s in Salinas. Please consider designating the first Sunday in May (or another Sunday near that) as “CPC Sunday” to collect monies for the National Books Fund. Checks for contributions should be made out to Episcopal Church Women of El Camino Real and designated for CPC/ Mile of Pennies or CPC/ NBF. Please send them to: Jane Pomeroy, 1496 Jupiter Court, Milpitas, CA 95035. For grant application forms visit www.churchperiodical.com.
The Times Are A-Changin’ . . . Literally!
Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 9, so don’t forget to set your clocks forward by one hour.
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