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The November/December/January issue of “Forward Day By Day” is now available.  Please feel free to take one home.


The Bishop has invited congregations in the Diocese to “prayerful discussion” of whether or not this Diocese should become a Sanctuary Diocese as relating to the deportation of undocumented immigrants.  The Vestry and Deanery delegates met recently and determined the direction St. Anselm’s will take on this matter.  We will meet on two Sundays, October 15th and 22nd after services in the church to learn more about what this might mean for St. Anselm’s and the Diocese.  Written materiel will be provided.  We will have the opportunity to ask questions.  And we will have the opportunity to voice our opinions.  Please make this a priority as part of what makes a church is mutual discernment on where God is calling us.  We are less without you.

The Vestry

Episcopal Relief & Development urges prayers for the many communities battered by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.  If you wish to donate to the Hurricane Relief Fund, please make your check payable to St. Anselm’s with “Hurricane Relief” on the memo line.


Many thanks again for all the help from everyone who donated, organized, attended, enjoyed, and cleaned up after the Harvest Festival!  Here is one more set of Thank Yous that we can all make during our normal daily lives.  Please patronize and thank the following merchants whose generous donations helped make the event a great success:

Prizes for the Games;  Burger Habit, Sprouts Farmers Market, Freebird’s, Peets Coffee, Pairds Ice Cream, El Charro, and Wence’s Restaurant (Pleasant Hill)

Prizes for the Drawings; Lafayette Park Hotel, Kendra Scott Jewelry. Postino, The Cooperage, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. 

and of course  —  Kinder’s  — who gave us a good deal on the wonderful dinner.


On , October 29th, St. Anselm’s will be taking a collection to support the efforts of Church World Service in disaster recovery.  Please make your donation check out to St. Anselm’s with “Blanket Sunday” on the memo line.


Loyalty Sunday will be on November 12th and EVERYONE is invited to our 9:00 a.m. Stewardship Breakfast that morning in the spirit of  fellowship to support our St. Anselm’s community.  Jim Morrison will once again be coordinating the breakfast, so we know it’s going to be GREAT!


Dr. James Pellicer has offered to do series of talks about Mary Magdalene.   James, who with his wife, Patricia, comes to the 10 o’clock service, is a Biblical scholar, and has written a book about Mary Magdalene.   He will analyze her life and relationship to Jesus through references to her in our four Gospels and also in the Nag Hammadi, a series of Gnostic gospels discovered in Egypt in 1945.   He will also look at her through the lens of a woman’s place in the culture of Jesus’ time, as well as in the Roman Catholic church going forward.

There will be four talks, scheduled as follows:   Sundays, Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 12, and 19, starting at 11:30 am in the Jackson Hall conference room.  Each talk will last about an hour.

James refers to her as “The great female presence at the birth of Christianity:  the apostle to the apostles.”  There is a more detailed description in the October Canterbury Tales.   Better yet, come and find out for yourselves!


St. Anselm’s Ministry for Seniors provides assistance for those in our congregation who need rides, particularly to church on Sundays.    We also try to be available for those who have to get to medical or other appointments.   Our original  volunteer sign-up list has become depleted, so we are asking for your help with rides as well as visits to those who may be housebound for whatever reason.    If you can help at all please contact Kelvin Booty — or 934-0114.


Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church will host a presentation by Dr. Lucy Kalanithi on October 29th at 7 pm as part of their Journey Through Grief series.  Dr. Kalanithi is the widow of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, for which she wrote the epilogue.  She will speak on her personal experience alongside her husband during his life, diagnosis, treatment and death.  Deadline to reserve is October 15th.  Questions: email


Maybe you aren’t able to be on the vestry or altar guild, or be a deanery delegate, but here’s a chance for you to serve the parish and get to know people at the same time – host our coffee hour following the 10 o’clock services in 2018.   [The 8 o’clockers manage to do this without fanfare!]

The Parish Life Commission is responsible for this part of St. Anselm’s ministry and we’re looking at a new way to ensure that we have hosts signed up for at least six months, if not the whole year.  In order for this to work we would need each host to be willing to commit to TWO hostings a year, so that we can establish our roster.  We would like to hear from you about this relatively easy assignment – after all,  you’re at church anyway, aren’t you?!  Obviously there are going to be certain dates which will and won’t work for people, but we can work that out later in association also with the church’s annual activities.  We appreciate your support in many of the past years, but now we need your input for this plan in 2018.   Please email your views and willingness to sign up for TWO hostings in 2018 to Sheila Gorsuch –


St. Anselm’s Episcopal Church has an active Stephen Ministry group. The Stephen Ministers at St. Anselm’s are: Gene Bozorth, Naomi Chamberlain-Harris, Ina Merrill, Judy Peak, Gerry Starr, and Sara Swimmer. Vicki Pappas is the Stephen Ministry Leader. Stephen Ministers have received 50 hours of specialized training so that they can provide one-to-one Christian care to people who are experiencing grief, loneliness, divorce, hospitalization, job loss, and many other life difficulties. All care-giving relationships are absolutely confidential. We listen, care, encourage and pray for our Care Receivers. We walk alongside those who are going through a difficult time. We hope that you will consider asking for a Stephen Minister when you or someone you know has a need. It is not necessary for the person to be a member of St. Anselm’s. We also have a relationship with a consortium of churches so we have people from other churches who can act as Stephen Minsters for our church members. We are a small church, so some of you may be more comfortable with someone you don’t know. We also hope that you will consider becoming a Stephen Minister. For more information please speak with Father John or Vicki Pappas.




The Altar Guild would like you to know:

  • Opportunities to donate altar flowers in 2017 are still available!  Each week the Altar Guild provides beautiful flowers for our church.  By making a donation you can have these flowers dedicated to the memory of a loved one, in honor of a family member or simply to the glory of God.  Sign up chart and donation cards are located near the side door of the church (toward the garden.)
  • There is an opportunity for you to be more involved in the worship service without having to stand up in front of the whole congregation! Try the Altar Guild! Once per month you and your teammates meet on Saturday morning to  prepare the Sanctuary for Sundays’ services. On Sunday, you clean up after the service.  There is always an experienced member on hand to help out. All are welcome; parents who want their children to know more about the Episcopal service can create a family team. Altar Guild meets monthly, on the first Sunday of the month (except July and August) between services.  Contact Sally Morrison: 925-482-0267 or click here for more information.
We are trying something new in the Canterbury Tales. On a monthly basis we will publish what we are calling the “Recipe of the Month”.  Where do the recipes come from?  Anyone in the Parish is welcome and encouraged to submit as many recipes as they desire. Here are some guide lines:  Recipes must be easy to prepare for anyone with basic cooking skills, must not take too long to prepare (say 20 minutes or less), be aimed at the diner meal, be such that left overs for 1-2 nights will be available, and of course  must be nutritious and good tasting. Thanks in advance for your participation.  Please submit your recipes to Dick Orear by clicking here or by mail to Dick at 237 Overhill Road, Orinda, CA 94563.


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