The long-awaited dedication of our new diocesan offices in Salinas took place on Friday, February 27. More than a hundred friends, family and neighbors attended a community open house at the historic Sargent House. Joe Gunter, mayor of Salinas, joined Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves for the dedication ceremony, presenting her with a plaque from the city before she cut the red ribbon to rousing cheers. Visitors enjoyed self-guided tours, food & drink, a big-screen slideshow and music by the band McGowan's Folly.
The event was covered by KSBW-TV -- their story, including interviews with Bishop Mary and Mayor Gunter, can be viewed here. Thanks to all who joined us to celebrate this beautiful restoration! Watch for more photos next week and on our Facebook page.
Rev. Keith Johnson Passes Away
As some of you will have heard, the Reverend Keith Johnson passed away earlier this week from pancreatic cancer. The diagnosis of his illness came just a week before his death. This is of course sudden and traumatic news for us all, but most especially for his beloved wife Ginny and their children, Sarah and Edward. Keith was known to us in El Camino Real as rector of St. Andrew’s, Ben Lomond, serving there between 2003 and 2008. I also knew Keith in the Diocese of Southeast Florida, where he was ordained. Through the years I have known him he has been a valued colleague, a loving and gentle man who loved and served the church well through both lay and ordained ministry.
I know you join me in grieving the loss of his life with us and in celebrating his entry into the fullness of eternal life. Our prayers and love extend to his family, to all who knew and loved him in the congregations he served. He is treasured and missed. May the God of peace fill our hearts as we mourn and lift us to joy as we trust and celebrate in the resurrection.
With blessings, +Mary
A Requiem Eucharist for the Rev. Keith Johnson will take place on Monday, March 9, at St. Philip's Church, his current parish, in Harlem, NY. Full details can be found here. Visit the congregation's Facebook page here.
ECR Board of Trustees Meeting Recap
Below are highlights from the El Camino Real Board of Trustees’ meeting on February 19:
- Bishop Mary reported that she has been extremely active in the past month. She led a retreat for the School for Deacons, attended the CDSP board meeting and the meeting of Church Pension Group. The previous month also included the annual Clergy Conference, a good time for clergy to gather and reconnect, as well as the installation of Lucie Thomas as the new Priest-in-Charge at St. Philip’s in San Jose and the co-rectors’ installation at Good Samaritan.
- Canon Jesus Reyes reported that Epiphany’s application for status as a diocesan mission is moving forward slowly pending investigation of several ongoing questions.
- Canon Brian Nordwick reported that the Property Committee has received an offer to purchase the church facilities of Trinity Gonzales. The board authorized the committee to proceed and accept the offer subject to a mutually acceptable purchase agreement.
- The board resolved that St. Luke’s, Hollister be retained as a restoration parish and has been referred to the Restoration Review Committee.
- Chancellor Nancy Cohen announced changes that need to be made to the diocesan personnel policy. The Board approved the changes, which will be sent to all churches in the diocese.
Annual Spaghetti Dinner March 15
at St. Matthew’sin San Ardo
St Matthew's Church in San Ardo is holding its Annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser on Sunday, March 15, from 4-7 pm; the suggested donation is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. The church is at the corner of Railroad St. and Jolon Rd., in the historic center of "downtown" San Ardo (pop. 450), which took its name from the San Bernardo Rancho which surrounds the town to this day.
For those who have visited our new diocesan headquarters at the Sargent House, Bradley Sargent, Sr. was construction chief for the Southern Pacific railroad in the Salinas Valley (which created the town of San Ardo); he also owned a ranch at the next town south, Bradley (pop. 132).
This is an opportunity for warm fellowship and great food in the midst of Earth's bounty. For those who can’t attend but would like to make a donation, send to: St. Matthew's Episcopal, PO Box 126, San Ardo, CA, 93450. Questions? Email Bart Bartosh at email@example.com.
St. Patrick's Day Dinner, Silent Auction
Coming to Atascadero
Enjoy a fun evening Saturday, March 14, with family and friends of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Atascadero. Our menu includes Corned Beef & Cabbage, Irish Stew (Vegetarian & Non-Vegetarian), Irish Soda Bread & dessert. $15.00 Adults & $10.00 wine is also available for purchase. Advance Tickets are available: contact St. Luke’s office at 805-466-0379, or Mike Ferree at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are also available at the door; join us for a fun evening! Proceeds for the evening assist in the operational cost of St. Luke’s, as well as our community outreach. Many exciting Silent Auction items will be available. See the flyer here.
Walking Among Stones of Fire
Crisis, Inclusion, and Healing with Youth and their Families
CDSP and the Diocese of California are hosting the Third Annual Youth Ministry Day on Saturday, March 14. It's a day of presentations, workshops, and conversations dedicated to developing the skills to support young people and their families in the community of faith -- particularly those on the autism spectrum and those struggling with emotional and spiritual crises of health and wholeness. Parents, youth ministers, clergy, teachers and those who care about young people are invited to take part. Cost is $25 including lunch. Full details can be Newsletter 1 of 77:123456NextLast