Late News/Announcements/Upcoming Events

NEXT WEEK’S READINGS:

Exodus 3:1-15, Psalm 63:1-8, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 13:1-9.  If you would like to receive the readings on a weekly basis, please contact Cathy Witkay in the office.

 LENTEN SERIES 2019:  WELCOMING LGBTQ PEOPLE WITHIN OUR FAITH COMMUNITY

This year’s Lenten Series continues (March 19, 26 and April 2) with a focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) people and the faith community. Personal stories and lived experience will be our primary focus.

This Tuesday, Jorge Flores will join us to provide his perspective as a Queer Person of Color (QPOC). On March 19, The Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge will join us to bear witness to his faith journey and transgender identity. At the final session, April 2, we will be joined by The Rev. Kelsey Davis, who identifies as queer and serves as the Curator for Emerging Communities in the Diocese of El Camino Real, who will share her story and guide us in an exploration of how St. Anselm’s might more fully realize its ministry to the LGBTQ community.

Each night begins at 6:30 p.m. with a simple soup and salad supper.  Program will begin promptly at 7 p.m. and end by 8:30 p.m.  Dinner is provided and an offering to benefit the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties is invited.

Sign-up sheets are in the Parish Hall; please let us know if you will attend so we can plan food and seating accordingly.  Questions can be addressed to Anne Brown (annechalfantbrown@gmail.com) or Marian Mulkey (marianmulkey@comcast.net) of the Christian Formation Commission.

LENTEN SOCK COLLECTION

Once again, Deacon Naomi is collecting NEW, WHITE sport socks during Lent to be given to Trinity Center.  There is a basket next to the front doors of the Church for donations through Palm Sunday, April 14th.  Thank you!

TRINITY CENTER GALA: SAVE THE DATE

The Trinity Center “Night of Hope” will be held on Thursday, May 16, at Boundary Oak in Walnut Creek from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. This is the fifth annual Spring Gala for the Trinity Center, which is a key part of their annual fundraising efforts. Your support will help provide housing, employment, meals, temporary shelter, substance abuse and mental health treatment, showers, laundry, and more.  St. Anselm’s will be organizing a table at this great event; please contact John Powers (johntpowers@gmail.com) to participate.

 WINTER NIGHTS PARKING LOT PROGRAM

We recently received this notice from Judy Stillman, Executive Director of the Winter Nights Family Shelter Program:

Our Parking Lot Program will start in January and continue for at least two months.  If enough funding is provided more time will be added.  The Parking Lot Program is for persons sleeping in their cars to be able to park safely.  It is for anyone, not just families.  They are given access to restrooms and some breakfast items.  They also have access to the Oasis where they can shower and are entered into the county data base so they can be referred for services.  We will need staff to help organize and to supervise at night.  If you have an interest in helping in any way, please let us know.  Donations can be sent to Winter Nights at 1543 Sunnyvale Avenue, Walnut Creek, 94597.  Be sure to mark “Parking Lot Program”  or “PLP” on the memo line.

ALTAR FLOWERS

The 2019 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 at the side door of the church (nearest the memorial garden).

TRINITY CENTER DONATION REQUEST

Trinity Center is looking for donations of books, magazines and DVDs (G or PG only) to share with their clients. Please contact John Powers (john.t.powers@gmail.com) if you have questions.

FOOD BANK

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.

SENIOR MINISTRY NEEDS HELPERS

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 sgtroodgrouch8@gmail.com or see her during coffee hour to say you can be a visiting angel.

WANT TO PRAY FOR SOMEONE?


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 (vrpappas@gmail.com).


CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

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 jrjpmaggie@hotmail.com for more information.

 HATHA YOGA

 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 (annechalfantbrown@gmail.com) if you have any questions.

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

STEPHEN MINISTRY

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.

 

                                                                                              

ALTAR GUILD OPPORTUNITIES

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.

CONTRA COSTA CHILD CARE COUNCIL

Established in 1976, the Contra Costa Child Care Council is a nonprofit organization that is the only child care resource and referral agency serving all of Contra Costa.   Our mission is to provide leadership to promote and advance quality care and early education. Innovative programs, free or low cost services and child development expertise help parents work and children grow, learn and fulfill their potential.  Contact us for assistance and/or support our work for children and families (925)676-5442; www.Cocokids.org

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