About Us

Our vision is to be a spiritual oasis
where lives are transformed.

Our Vision and Mission Covenant

Our Vision: To be a spiritual oasis where lives are transformed.

Our Mission Covenant: We strive to follow Jesus Christ and his Great Commandment to “love God with all our heart and soul and mind and strength … and love our neighbor as ourselves.” Therefore, to help us continue to mature spiritually as a people and thrive as a faith community, we covenant to:

  1. Learn to live as disciples of Jesus in the modern world.
  2. Focus energy and resources to make a greater impact in social justice and outreach.
  3. Support parishioners through all stages of their lives.
  4. Strengthen our community by holding courageous conversations within a safe space.
  5. Deepen our welcome and accessibility to people of various backgrounds, ethnicity, ages, and situations.
  6. Nurture our volunteers and leaders.
  7. Joyfully share our abundance.

Read the full Mission Covenant here.

Mission Covenant Prayer:

Gracious, Life giving God, Thank you for the mission covenant that is setting our direction. Help us to hear your call to us, as we participate in various ways. As we continue to engage in these seven areas of our life, bring us life and energy to do the tasks. Keep the vision in front of us and help us to put this covenant into action. Amen.

At our annual parish meeting, we celebrate the prior year and commit ourselves anew to shared mission and ministry in the coming year. Read last year’s Annual Parish Report here.

Our Leadership

Learn about our process of saying goodbye to Wilma, seeking and finding our next clergy leader, and attending to the important needs of the parish during the transition period. Information is available in the Clergy Transition section of the Community page.

Clergy

The Rev. Wilma Jakobsen, Rector
Wilma joined St. Jude’s as Rector in October 2012. She is passionate about the integration of spirituality in all areas of life, and her belief that “ministry built on a solid basis of prayer, relationships, loving mutual ministry with priest and people as equals, contemplation and action, creativity, Eucharist and social action, can transform people’s lives.”

The Rev. Bruce Bramlett, Assisting Priest
Bruce is an ordained Episcopal priest and Christian educator in Inter-religious relations, world religions and a facilitator in inter-group relations.  He is a freelance educator providing Holocaust education in Bay Area schools and Board member of the Helen and Joe Farkas Holocaust Studies Center at Mercy High School.  Bruce is also a Spiritual director at San Quentin’s Death Row.

Vestry

The Vestry is the church’s “Board of Directors”, the elected lay leadership of the parish. It is an integral part of strategic planning and goal setting for the mission of the parish. The vestry is called to support the parish mission by word and deed, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances.
There are 12 members of St. Jude’s Vestry. Four members are elected each year at the January annual meeting for a 3 year term of office.

Current Vestry members, by the year that their 3-year term ends:

2019: Liz Mulford, Shanie George, Ken Foot (Junior Warden), Judy Bailey
2020: Don Disney, Lauren Minkel, Scott Rotondo, Kathy Yates (Senior Warden)
2021: Jennifer Shearin, Beth Leonard, Wren Gray-Reneburg, Dan Putler
The Clerk of the Vestry is Elena Lamp, and the Treasurer is Jeffrey Pugh.

 

Convention Delegates

The Diocese of El Camino Real Delegates & Alternates St. Jude’s at the Santa Clara Valley Deanery meetings, workshops, and the annual convention. Delegates are elected at St. Jude’s annual meeting and serve a two year term; the first year as an alternate, the second year as a delegate.

Staff

Donna Araiza, Office Manager
Donna came to St. Jude’s in 2007 after a long career in the advertising and publishing industry, most of it at the San Jose Mercury News.  At St. Jude’s she assists the priests (in the office), vestry and parishioners; works on the Sunday liturgical bulletins, announcements, and other communications. She is also the point person for facility rentals, A/P and a host of other projects.

Laura Green, Music Director and Organist
Laura is a professionally trained organist and pianist. She has gathered and directed eight choirs and choral groups over 30 years, directed the music and accompanied several musical productions, teaches Suzuki piano, and is a published composer and arranger.  Laura directs the Choraliers, a senior outreach choir that performs for senior facilities.

Billie Bandermann, Choir Director
Billie has been a singing instructor at De Anza College in Cupertino since 1983. She teaches beginning and intermediate singing classes and founded and directed the De Anza Women’s Chorus (1992-2009).  She has sung with the Honolulu Opera Society, the Vintage Singers, and the De Anza Orchestra. She has been music director and vocal coach for many musicals.

Steve Swayze, Watchperson
Steve is our Watchperson.  He ensures that the campus is safe and secure, assists with physical set-up for church activities and other events, and works with staff and parishioner leaders on various projects around the campus.

Erika Domokos and Andy Estrada, Childcare Providers
Erika Domokos and Andy Estrada are our childcare providers and provide professional childcare in our nursery during services and special services/events.

Our History

Our History

St. Jude’s has been a thriving, vibrant congregation since 1962. Over time, there have been many physical changes to the grounds at St. Jude’s, but our church has not changed in its commitment to caring for each other and our wider community.

50th Anniversary Celebration in 2012 with Clergy and/or spouses who have served at St. Jude’s, and Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves in front of the Parish Hall.

 

Early Days

1962 procession, when St. Jude’s was founded. The farmhouse (now our office) is shown in the background. Later, this grassy area became a parking lot and today it is our courtyard with the fountain and labyrinth.

An early pet blessing from 1970. We still have a pet blessing service every October (but turtles continue to be unusual).

Our classroom wing in 1979. The classroom courtyard has just been renovated, including a new playground.

Service Together

Two of our youth have fun while cleaning nursery toys.

Helping at Santa Maria Urban Ministry in San Jose.

A St. Jude’s team performs (and walks, of course) at the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Campus Updates

Installing our beautiful apricot windows in the sanctuary 1994.

Parishioners complete landscaping for our new Parish Hall in 1996.

Renovation of our courtyard began in 2011, to add a labyrinth, paving, and landscaping.

Our Worship Together

We come together each Sunday (here in 2018) to celebrate the Eucharist, to share “the gifts of God for the people of God.”

On Pentecost in 2012 with our Rector Search Committee. The Rev. Wilma Jakobsen joined us as our Rector later that year.

We enjoy special Worship Services together in our courtyard.

Fun and Community

Parish camp, seen here in 2006, is an annual tradition for St. Jude’s.

Bishop Mary, Wilma and flat Jesus at our 50th Anniversary celebration.

4th of July Talent Show and potluck supper, shown here in 2008. It’s fun for the whole family each year.

Our St. Jude’s community makes new memories every year of our time together.  We look forward to creating those memories both with old friends and new friends that will join our community.

Wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here.

Our Religious Connections

The Right Reverend Mary Gray-Reeves

The Most Reverend Michael Curry

St. Jude’s is part of:

The Diocese of El Camino Real. Our Bishop is the Right Reverend Mary Gray-Reeves. Click here for more information on the Diocese.

The Episcopal Church and global Anglican Communion. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church.

Click here for more information on the Episcopal Church. Click here for more information on the global Anglican Communion.

Contact Us

You can reach us at (408) 252-4166, or email the office.

Our office hours are:
   Monday to Friday, 9am – 3pm

For pastoral emergencies after regular business hours, please call the office and you will be directed from there.

Our mailing address is:
   St. Jude’s Episcopal Church
   20920 McClellan Rd.
   Cupertino, CA 95014

Click here for our campus map and parking information.

 

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St. Jude the Apostle Episcopal Church

20920 McClellan Rd.

Cupertino, CA 95014

(408) 252-4166

office@saintjudes.org