Diocesan Communications

Diocesan Communications (August)
Linda Morris                                                                                                             
  • Follow Bishop Mary's peacebuilding blog posts.  Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves will be blogging for the next few weeks as part of her sabbatical study with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey. Hosted by the Center for Conflict Studies at MIIS, the summer peace-building program looks at post-war societies, as well as the violent, cultural and structural realities in our own culture, exploring community assets that can collaborate for peace.  Read Bishop Mary's and other student’s blog here.
  • Music Under the Oak Tree Saturday, August 12 6:30-9:30 p.m. Please join St. Timothy's Church musicians and friends under twinkling lights and the oak tree for a night of free outdoor music, ice cream, and kid’s activities in Mountain View. View details and register to attend here.
  • Pine Car Derby at Good Samaritan San Jose. You’re invited to Good Samaritan Episcopal Church’s second annual Pine Car Derby on September 23. Car kits are $5 and registration ends August 7. All ages are welcome! Stop by the office to pick up your registration form or email Rachael Subia at admin@goodsamaritanchurch.net or call (408) 377-0158. Download the flyer here.
  • Committee on State of the Church issues surveys on Pension Plan, Social Justice. The House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church is asking church leaders to complete two online surveys:  one about the Church Pension Fund here (for lay and ordained people who work in the church) and the other about the Episcopal Church’s social justice work here (to gather information about the ways that dioceses and congregations are involved in advocating for a fairer and more just society). The data that the committee collects from the surveys (due 8/18) will be used to prepare its report on the state of the church for the 79th General Convention in 2018.
  • Spiritual Care Volunteers Needed. The Episcopal Chaplaincy is looking for a few good people to apply to become spiritual care volunteers ministering to Episcopal patients at Stanford Hospital. Successful applicants will be invited to join in a series of three training classes (Mondays, September 11, 18, and 25 from 6:30 - 9 pm at Our Lady of the Rosary, 1350 Cowper Avenue, Palo Alto). Participating in each of the three classes -- as well as completing background screening, a TB test, online classes, and mentoring -- are required to successfully complete the free training program. Applications will be accepted up to 5 pm on September 1. Information on becoming a Spiritual Care volunteer can be found here.
  • Please save the date: Saturday, September 23, Deanery Meeting to prepare for Convention at St. Timothy’s Church, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View. (Gathering at 9:00, meeting convenes at 9:30) This meeting is important.  Pre-convention deanery meetings provide a venue for discussion of the budget and resolutions in small groups prior to convention and an informal process for comment and amendments.  Convention this year is scheduled for November 3 and 4, 2018.
  • The Good News Along the King’s Highway, the weekly format for diocesan news, comes in your email as Real Episcopal.  Subscribe to get issues in your Friday email at the bottom of the home page at http://realepiscopal.org/.  Please send news/photos about parish events to our new Communication Specialist, Elrond Lawrence, at elrond@realepiscopal.org.  The deadline is Wednesdays at 6 pm before the Friday issue date.   Elrond Lawrence, editor of Along the King's Highway, is on vacation through August 9. Mary Beth Powell will edit the August 4 and August 11 issues. Send her news at marybeth@realepiscopal.org. Thank you!

For more diocesan or deanery information, contact Linda Morris, St. Jude’s Diocesan Communications Liaison, at communications@saintjudes.org or 408-376-0593.  St. Jude’s website page for Diocesan and Episcopal news is at http://saintjudes.org/beyond-saint-judes.


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