Late News/Announcements/Upcoming Events


The youth of St. Anselm’s will be serving pancakes, sausage and orange juice on Tuesday, February 13th in Jackson Hall.  The supper will begin at 5:00 p.m.  Cost is $5 and all proceeds will go to the Food Bank.


Thanks to all who contributed to the Souper Bowl collection last Sunday.  With your help we raised $3,208 for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County.


What Bridges Summon Us?

We live in a world and a time where division seems rife.  We often take shortcuts in describing ourselves and making assumptions about our neighbors, with the unfortunate result that we over-simplify the rich ways in which we are both unique and have much in common.  Circumstances cause many people to feel disconnected from their communities. Many historic and recent examples illustrate how tendencies to categorize, isolate, and withdraw from those perceived to be different bring great harm.  At this moment, how can we rise above these tendencies and embrace a more inclusive, welcoming, bridge-building way of being?

On four Tuesday evenings in Lent (February 20 and 27March 6 and 13) we will meet to explore and discuss these issues.  Through brief Biblical and historical illustrations, facilitated conversations, and film screenings we will consider sources of division, the benefits of bridging divides, and the ways in which — as individuals and a faith community – we may be called to stretch beyond our walls.  Each night we will begin at 6 p.m. with a simple soup and salad supper.  Program will begin promptly at 7 p.m. and end by 8:30 p.m.  Please sign up in Jackson Hall so we can estimate attendance.

For more information, please contact:

·         Marian Mulkey (

·         Anne Brown (

or any member of the Christian Formation Commission.


Our annual Crab Feed will be held on Saturday, March 3rd.  Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. A sign-up sheet is in Jackson Hall.  Cost:  $40/adult; $15/children (12 and under).  Mark your calendar and save the date!


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 for our next meeting, on February 11th. 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.

FORWARD DAY-BY-DAY                    

The February/March/April issue of “Forward Day-By-Day” is now available.  Please feel free to take one home.


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 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.


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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