Late News/Announcements/Upcoming Events



Pam Green, an 8:00 parishioner and resident of Burton Valley, has let us know that her nephew and his family lost their home in the early days of the Carr Fire near Redding.  Their home was among the approximately 50 homes destroyed in the obliterated town of Keswick.   If you would like to assist Pam’s family, please make your check payable to St. Anselm’s with “Stricklin Family” noted on the memo line. We will send all monies collected directly to the family which includes Jessie, his wife Kallie and two children, Hanna (9) and Cooper (7) Stricklin.


The next WORK DAY is Saturday, September 8th.   Please mark your calendars so that you can be available from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon, or anywhere in between.   The Property Commission will have plans for you, as will the Parish Life Commission for kitchen clean-up.   Listen for verbal announcements during the 8 and 10 o’clock services and watch this space for any updates.


Our annual Harvest Festival will be held here at St. Anselm’s on October 6th starting at 5:00 pm. For each of the last two years, this event has raised more than $50,000 for The Trinity Center of Walnut Creek.  All net proceeds will go to the TC Winter Shelter program providing shelter and food for area homeless, protecting them from the elements for over 4 cold and wet months. You can help by:

1.      Attending the event. Sign-ups will begin September 2 and the cost is $50 per person. Enjoy games, a good dinner and fund raising events with great auction items and raffle drawing prizes.

2.      Making a tax-deductible contribution to the event’s $10,000 matching money challenge. Just write a check to St. Anselm’s Church and footnote it “HF Matching”. This can be put in the offering plate or dropped off at the church office.

3.      Providing gift items for the Live Auction, Raffle drawing or as game prizes. Contact John Powers after church or email him at

4.      Help out at the event. Contact Marty Fischer after church or email or call 925 247-4192.

If you can’t attend the event you can still help the Winter Shelter program and make this year’s Harvest Festival the most successful ever. Just write a tax-deductible contribution now and buy raffle tickets when they are available after church in September.


The August-September-October issue of “Forward Day-by-Day” is now available.  Please feel free to take one home.


St. Anselm’s Senior Ministry is a small group who try to keep an eye on the members of our congregation who may need help with rides to church, doctor appointments, etc.  Currently we have some church members in Assisted Living and Board & Care in Walnut Creek and they would really appreciate visitors, but our small group needs some assistance in filling such needs.   Maybe you’ve noticed that someone you used to see most weeks in church is no longer able to be a regular attendee and these are the folk who would love to see a friendly face from St. Anselm’s — if you can give, say, 15 or 30 minutes from time to time, we would be grateful for your help in this Ministry.

Please contact  Sheila Gorsuch at or see her during coffee hour to say you can be a visiting angel.


  • Outreach Sunday, September 9
  • Harvest Festival, October 6
  • Bishop’s Visit, November 11


As you enter the church, there is now a table with a basket on it with names of folks for whom prayers have been requested. These names are on the St. Anselm’s Prayer Chain which many people in our church get regularly by email. There are copies of the entire Prayer Chain on the table as well. You may add names into the basket of folks you would like someone to pray for.  You are also welcome to take a name, or names of folks and pray for them too.


If you want to add someone to the Prayer Chain, please let Vicki Pappas or Father John know. If you would like to receive the Prayer Chain by email, please notify Vicki Pappas (



The St. Anselm’s Cancer Support Group welcomes new members to join us. We are a caring, supportive group of cancer survivors that meet monthly, usually on the first Sunday of the month at 11:30 am. If you or a loved one are affected by cancer, you are welcome to join us. We also invite people affected by cancer from outside of St. Anselm’s to join us for the meeting. If you or someone you know might be interested in joining us, please contact Julie Rinkenberger at for more information.


The 2018 Altar Flower donation chart is now 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.  The signup chart and donation cards are located near the side door of the church (toward the garden).


 Did you know that weekly Yoga classes are held in Jackson Hall every Wednesday morning starting at 9:30 a.m.  Classes last an hour and cost $10/session. Please feel free to contact Anne Brown ( if you have any questions.

Join in the fun and get a great start to your day!


St. Anselm’s Episcopal Church has an active Stephen Ministry group. The Stephen Ministers at St. Anselm’s are: Gene Bozorth, Naomi Chamberlain-Harris, 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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