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Next Week’s Readings

Amos 7:7-17, Psalm 82, Colossians 1:1-14, Luke 10:25-37.  If you would like to receive the readings on a weekly basis, please contact Cathy Witkay in the office.


·               Work Party, September 28th

·               Opportunity Sunday, September 29th

·               Harvest Festival, October 12th

·               Outreach Sunday, October 20th

·               Women’s Retreat, October 25th-27th


Our annual Harvest Festival will be held at St. Anselm’s Church on October 12th starting at 5 PM. Last year this event raised more than $54,000 for The Trinity Center of Walnut Creek.  All net proceeds 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. Put October 12 on your calendar now. Sign-ups will begin September 1st and the cost is $50 per person. Enjoy games, a good dinner and fund raising events with great live auction items and raffle drawing prizes.

2. Making a tax-deductible gift. Contribute now to the event’s matching money challenge fund. This fund will be matched later in this campaign and at the event to double your contribution. 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. Gift items. We need all kinds of 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. We need more committee members with great ideas and helpers at the event itself. Contact Marty Fischer after church or email or call 925-247-4192


Trinity Center sends a big thank you to everyone who has donated toiletries.  However, due to multiple moves planned before their new building is completed, they have asked that we halt our current collection.


Hosting this coffee hour comes under the jurisdiction of the Parish Life Commission and it’s time to draw up the roster for the second half of the year.  If you’ve volunteered before you’ll soon be receiving an email, but if you are new or haven’t yet hosted please consider joining this group.  Basically it means offering to host just twice a year.    This includes setting up the beverages and providing goodies — home-baked or from your favorite bakery or Farmers’ Market.   Detailed guidelines are provided to each host and there are many resident experts to answer any questions.  Please contact Sheila Gorsuch — or see her during coffee hour today.


 The May-June-July issue of “Forward Day By Day” is now available.  Please feel free to take one home.


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 is looking for donations of books, magazines and DVDs (G or PG only) to share with their clients. Please contact John Powers ( if you have questions.


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.


 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 2019 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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