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It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of Rev. Dr. Katherine L. Ward.  An educator, musician, religious leader, and community activist, Rev. Ward dedicated over 55 years of committed service to the City of Oakland and the Bay Area.

Rev. Ward was a teacher, counselor, principal and district administrator in the Oakland Public Schools for 34 years.  Upon her retirement, she entered Church Divinity School of the Pacific and was ordained as an Episcopal Priest in 1995.  She subsequently served as Rector of St. Augustine Episcopal Church and later as clergy to Our Saviour, St. Anselm’s, and St. Stephens Episcopal Churches and Chaplin at San Francisco State University.  She also served as a minister at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.  Most recently, she was Assisting Priest at All Saints Episcopal Church.

The Celebration of Life for Rev. Dr. Katherine L. Ward will be held on Tuesday, October 23 at 3:00PM at Grace Cathedral.  The Rt. Rev. Marc H. Andrus, Bishop of California, and the Rev. Justin R. Cannon, rector of All Saints, San Leandro, will concelebrate, and the Rev. Dr. Fran Toy will offer the homily. Please wear something red, Katherine’s favorite color, in her memory. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Rev. Ward’s memory to All Saints Episcopal Church.


Next Sunday, October 28th , St. Anselm’s will be taking a collection to support the efforts of Church World Service in disaster recovery.  If you wish to make a donation, please make your donation check out to St. Anselm’s with “Blanket Sunday” on the memo line.


Next Sunday, October 28th from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Deacon Naomi will be facilitating a conversation about memorial service pre-planning in the Jackson Hall conference room.  This will be similar to the workshop Naomi conducted about 2 years ago and we do have a form to help with the planning process.


St. Anselm’s annual loyalty Sunday will be on November 4th 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.  Please plan to attend and enjoy the goodies prepared by our Stewardship Commission chefs.


Inge O’Neill has moved to a board and care facility in Walnut Creek,   Her family is looking for a forever home for her cat, Callie.   Callie is a domestic short hair calico.   She is an indoor cat and has possibly never had contact with other cats or with dogs.  She is probably about eight years old, but since she was a rescue cat her birth certificate is missing!   If interested, please contact Inge’s son, the Rev. Bruce O’Neill at, or Sheila Gorsuch during coffee hour.


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


·               Work Party, November 10th

·               Bishop’s Visit, November 11th


Did you know that St. Anselm’s can make it easier for you to donate to the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano?  Bring your dry goods in unbreakable containers to church and put them in the basket just inside the door of the church, to the left.  The basket is taken to the altar by the ushers at the same time as the collection plates; the contents are then transferred to the huge barrel in the cloakroom area of Jackson Hall, until there is enough to warrant our Office Manager making a call to have the items picked up.  This is another way we can expand St. Anselm’s ministry and you can personally help the homeless and others in need.


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.


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.


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