Episcopal Diocese of
When we gather with our congregations this First Sunday of Lent, we will hear the story of Jesus tempted by the devil after his forty days in the wilderness. A core belief of our Christian faith is that Jesus was truly, fully, human along with being God’s only Son. Since Jesus was truly human he was tempted as we are all tempted to put ourselves first and ignore other people and our relationship to God. During the middle ages this theme of the temptations of Jesus was a favorite for the artists of the day. There are graphic paintings of Jesus and the devil on the highest pinnacle of the temple. But, Jesus would not give in to the temptations and defeated the devil by turning constantly to scriptures and their references to God and God’s Law for his people.
I believe that the church lays out this event so that we will remember that in the midst of temptation, God is with us and we can overcome evil by God’s grace.
Correction: In last week’s reflection, I said that the recent suit filed by this diocese did not include individuals, but only the parish corporation. Chancellor Michael Glass has corrected my misstatement. The suit is also suing the individuals that are hold themselves out to be the clergy and vestry controlling the property.
From the Diocesan office…
Messages regarding the earthquake in
Episcopal life Online continues to be a good source of information about the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti and the response to the earthquake by Episcopal Relief and Development. It can be read at www.episcopalchurch.org/episcopal_life.htm.
To donate to the Haiti Fund, visit www.er-d.org or call 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129.
Gifts can be mailed
to Episcopal Relief & Development,
The Vestry of St.
John's, Tulare, has issued a letter requesting support of the international
relief effort from parishioners, making it clear that money is the first salvo.
Fr. Eaton shared his conversation in the letter with Bp Ambrose Gumbs of the
The second appeal, including encouraging the process of beginning to set aside blankets and clothing, was made on Sunday (the Last Sunday after the Epiphany), which has also been of late known as World Mission Sunday.
Stockton’s Sunday school and Tweens group hosted a
coffee hour and sold valentine cards and little valentine bags of candy. All
the proceeds went to the
We would like to
hear more stories about how the people in your church have responded and are
reaching out to the people of
Fr. Connor Lynn shares this letter with us:
The new year has certainly brought with it challenges for the Sisters of St. Margaret.
The earthquake in Haiti on January 12 destroyed most of the buildings that the Sisters have ever lived, worshipped or worked in - Couvent Ste. Marguerite (the Convent itself), Cathedrale Ste. Trinite (Holy Trinity Cathedral), Ecole Ste. Trinite (including the Elementary School, the Trade School, and the Music School), the Foyer Notre
Dame (our home for the indigent elderly), Universite Episcopale d'Haiti (The Episcopal
Sr. Joan in 1949), and Seminaire de Theologie Eglise Episcopale D'Haiti (the Episcopal Theological Seminary).
According to the Diocese of Haiti, "millions of people are now homeless. College
St-Pierre, one of
the best high school in
Among our contacts
within the Episcopal Church we hear talk of rebuilding. But it is far too soon
to be able to say in any detail what the plans might be. What we can say is
that the ministry that has been is continuing and will continue. We pray for a
stronger and renewed presence of the Society of St. Margaret in
May God be with you to strengthen and guide you this Lent.
The Sisters of St. Margaret
A note to treasurers from Bill Latham, Diocesan
Treasurer: As the Diocesan Council reviews the budget process for this
year, a valuable tool would be a copy of the parish and missions budgets. To
help in our planning we request that each parish and mission please forward a copy of your 2010 budget
to the Diocesan office at
Diocesan Altar Guild will hold a board meeting on Saturday, March 13, 2010, from 10:00 a.m.
to noon at Holy Family,
CPC SUNDAY (Church Periodical Club) May 2, 2010: This message is from Priscilla Magar: Thank You for posting this date nown as preparations for celebrating this Annual CPC event need to be started early by all parishes and missions in the Diocese. For any and all CPC Information or assistance, I am available as: San Joaquin CPC Diocesan Director as well as Province VIII CPC Representative.
Priscilla Magar 661- 763-3081 firstname.lastname@example.org
Taft, CA. 93268
Annual Convention Delegate Certification: The form for certification of lay delegates to the 2010 Annual Convention to be held in October is posted on the Web site www.diosanjoaquin.org. Congregations elect delegates and alternate at annual meetings held between November 1 and January 21. The completed form is due to the diocesan office by July 1, 2010.
Parochial Reports for 2009: Although not due until March 1, churches
can start on the Parochial Report. You should have received a mailing from the
Check the 2010 Calendar: A monthly and yearly calendar is posted on the diocesan Web site. www.diosanjoaquin.org Commission and committee members are encouraged to plan their meetings ahead and get them on the calendar. Congregations are encouraged to check the calendar when they plan events so conflicts with diocesan events can be avoided. They also can notify the diocesan office of parish events that will be of interest to others in the diocese so all events can be coordinated.
Materials for Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday: At the 2009 General Convention, Lent was officially designated as a time to encourage diocese, congregations and individuals to remember and support the life-saving work of Episcopal Relief & Development. All Episcopalians are invited to join together on the first Sunday of Lent, February 21 to pray for those in need and to consider a special offering in support of our mission to assist people living in poverty worldwide. Resources such as sermon notes, special prayers and bulletin inserts are available at www.er-d.org/Lent/.
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News and Notes from Congregations...
This is a section of the Friday Reflection to post reports and information about special events at your church, especially if the event will be of interest to others in the diocese. Send the information to Juanita at email@example.com.
The Arts at St.John’s,
Interfaith at Grace!
Grace, Bakersfield now has an Interfaith Group with members of
Temple Beth El and the
· Soup Supper, Wednesday, February 24, 6-8. Grace has invited the Interfaith Group to join us at our first Lenten soup supper.
· Interfaith Meeting: Monday, March 15, 6-7, in the Chapel of First Congregational Church.
· Unitarian-Universalist Potluck, "Food for the Spirit," Tuesday, April 6. 6:30-8:30. Prof. Liora Gubkin Malicdem from the Religious Studies Department at CSUB will facilitate a discussion on "Passover: Its Universal Moral & Ethical Dimensions."
Everyone’s welcome to everything!