The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin
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June 21, 2013


Dear Friends,


Our annual meeting, the Diocesan Convention will happen on Friday and Saturday October 25 and 26 at St. Paul's Church in Modesto.  The Arrangements Committee for Convention is already at work, and has been for some time planning for the meeting.


Faye Choate is again the overall chair of the Arrangements Committee. Other members are Marilyn Metzgar, Don Austin, Stephanie Gilmer, Paul Colbert, Chuck Sheaffer, Judy Teter, Luis Rodriguez, Kathleen West, Ann and Rex Adamson, and Beryl Simpkins.  From the host church: Don Dunlap, Edd Endicott, Michael Jurkovic, Robbie Hoggard, Lynne Sutton, Mark West, April Talton, Carol Foote, Secretary of Convention, Canon Kate Cullinane, and Ellen Meyer, Administrator. 


This will be an exciting convention as we welcome back to Convention the Churches of St. James, Sonora; St. Francis, Turlock; St. Michael's, Ridgecrest; and St. Paul's, Bakersfield.


The theme for this year's Convention will be this:


"Participating in God's reconciling love"


"...first, be reconciled with your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift at the altar." Matthew 5:24.


The Convention is not only for clergy and lay delegates.  The Convention is the annual coming together of the whole Diocese.  Everyone in the Diocese is invited to come to Convention for fellowship, celebration, renewal, and business. 




+Chet Talton

"Participating in God's reconciling love"
From St. Michael's, Ridgecrest...


 saint michaels




                                          June 23, 2013

                                      4:00 p.m.

                       200 West Drummond Avenue

                             Ridgecrest, CA 93555





St. Michael's Episcopal Church welcomes all to our Festival Homecoming Eucharist on Sunday June 23, 2013. There will be refreshments starting at 4:00 p.m. and the Festival Eucharist will start at 5:00 p.m. Dinner will be served after the service.


The entire community is welcome to  come  join in song, praise, and thanksgiving  for St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Ridgecrest. Bishop Chet Talton will be here with us to celebrate our Festival Homecoming.


Anyone who would like to join our choir for this momentous occasion will be most welcome. Please come and bring friends to join us in our celebration!


People News...




The Rev. Dr. Tim Vivian has recently published two journal articles: "The Bodhisattva in the Desert: Ahimsa in the Desert Fathers," Cistercian Studies Quarterly 48.1 (2013): 3-26, and "Vindicated by Her Deeds: A Preferential Option for the Dispossessed," Anglican Theological Review 95:2 (Spring 2013): 311-324.


From the Community of St. Francis...


Thinking about the religious life?


'Consider your Call' with the Community of St. Francis


The Community of St. Francis is a group of Franciscan Sisters in the Episcopal Church. They live a community life under the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, inspired by the example of St. Francis. They are active in the wider church and community in works of compassionate service and social justice advocacy. If you are a woman between 25 and 59, you are invited to visit for a discernment week and share in a life of prayer and ministry with the poor in San Francisco.


When: Wednesday, July 10 to Monday, July 15

Where: St. Francis House, 3743 Cesar Chavez St., San Francisco

Cost: Free

Deadline Date: Saturday, June 31

Contact: Sr. Pamela Clare, CSF,, 415-824-0288




Third Order Society of St. Francis


The Third Order Society of St. Francis: Do you believe in spiritual growth and social justice? You can be both active and contemplative! Explore the possibilities in The Third Order of the Society of St. Francis. Click here for more information: Third Order Society of St. Francis Or contact Terrance Goodpasture, for any questions.


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From the Diocesan Office...




EfM - Education for Ministry

through Sewanee Theological Seminary at Holy Family, Fresno


Enrollment is open now for classes at Holy Family Episcopal Church in Fresno that will begin in fall 2013. Weekly classes will be held on Sunday evenings and a monthly class (ideal for long-distance commuters) will meet the first Saturday of each month. Read more details on the program at: EfM grants 18 Continuing Education Units (CEU) for each year of study. There are no examinations or papers. EfM does not grant college credits.

The class begins with opening worship and moves into a seminar style discussion of the weekly reading assignment. A theological reflection engages the entire group as they examine how our culture and our tradition shape our everyday life experiences. A group member will offer a closing worship and everyone will be on their way home. You don't need to be a member of Holy Family to enroll, there are no prerequisites; you do need an open and inquiring mind, ready to go deeper into our faith as Christians. During the month of May, visitors are welcome to come and sit in on a current EfM class any Sunday evening at 6pm.


EfM is Christian education unlike anything you have ever experienced before. If you are interested or just want more information, contact the Holy Family church office at: 559-439-5011 or email:

Anyone interested in training to be an EfM mentor for the first time or those who need to train for the 2013-2014 year, we have good news...    


EfM Mentor Training will be held at Holy Family Episcopal Church on Wednesday, July 31 beginning at 3pm, all day Thursday, August 1 ending on Friday, August 2 at 2pm.   


You do not need to be a current group mentor to attend.  The training provides an excellent opportunity to broaden your understanding of EfM, help discern if you have the desire and skills to be a mentor for the Education for Ministry program or to pick up the education required to continue mentoring.   


Training is offered in small groups of six to eight people. The cost is $195 and includes two meals.  It does not cover any overnight accommodations; let us know if you need a list of local hotels.


Please complete the attached registration form and send your payment as indicated by July 8th.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Rev. Michele Racusin by e-mail at  or by telephone at 559.439.5011.  



Friday Reflection Articles-


Thanks to all for sending in your news for Friday Reflections and PLEASE keep it coming!  Please note that articles are due by  5 p.m. Tuesdays.


Important Calendar Dates!...


Please mark your calendar for these upcoming meetings and events. Watch for additional details in the Friday Reflection.

  • Commission on Ministry Pre-meeting, June 22, 2013, 9:00 a.m., Holy Family, Fresno
  • Commission on Ministry Meeting, June 22, 2013, 10:00 a.m., Holy Family, Fresno
  • Sustainability Committee Meeting, June 22, 2013, 10:00 a.m., Holy Family, Fresno
  • Diocese Convention Arrangement Committee, June 22, 2013, 10:00 a.m., St. Paul's, Modesto
  • Parish and Mission Audit Committee Meeting, June 22, 2013, 2:30 p.m., St. Paul's, Modesto
  • St. Michael's, Ridgecrest Homecoming Eucharist Celebration, June 23, 2013, 4:00 p.m., St. Michael's, Ridgecrest
  • Southern Deanery Meeting, July 13, 2013, 11:00 a.m., St. Michael's, Ridgecrest
  • Commission on Ministry Meeting, July 20, 2013, 10:00 a.m., location TBD
  • St. Paul's, Festival Homecoming Eurcharist, July 28, 2013, 4:00 p.m., St. Paul's, Bakersfield


Do you wish to see what else the Diocese is up to? Click here for The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin calendar.


For our Diocesan Prayer Calendar.... click here
Bishop's and Canon's Calendars... 
Bishop Talton's Calendar 


June 23                                    St. Andrew's, Taft
                                                 St. Michael's, Ridgecrest
July 7                                       St. Paul's, Bakersfield
July 14                                     St. Clare of Assisi, Avery
July 21                                     St. Sherrian's, Kernville
July 28                                     St. Paul's, Bakersfield



Canon Cullinane's Calendar


June 23                                    St. Paul's, Visalia
June 30                                    St. Andrew's, Taft
July 7                                       St. Paul's, Modesto
July 14                                     St. Paul's, Bakersfield
July 21                                     Holy Family, Fresno
July 28                                     St. Paul's, Bakersfield
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