- Welcome Banner news. The news story about St. Jude’s being featured in several Bay Area media outlets when a banner welcoming immigrants and refugees was damaged by vandals was also featured in the recent Diocesan newsletter: “The banner was originally hung in December and mysteriously disappeared on Jan. 7. The theft was reported and a new sign ordered; on February 6, church staff noticed the new signpost was crooked, its steel post bent. The banner's repair resulted in a news story in the Cupertino Courier, a local Mercury News paper, Then Bay Area ABC and CBS television news stations picked up the story and broadcast their own segments.” Links were included, but those links and more info can be found here: http://saintjudes.org/banner-vandalism-come-and-talk-us.
- Summer SSP Weekends Announced for High School & Middle School Students. Work at Smith River will be building repairs, beach cleanup and invasive dune grass removal. The high school dates are July 1 – July 9, while middle school dates are August 5 – August 13. Cost of the week is $450, which includes transportation from El Camino Real to Smith River, all meals on site and a T-shirt. For full details and deposit/registration see here http://www.realepiscopal.org/event/sierra-service-project-2017-smith-river-california/.
- Village House: An Interfaith Shelter of Hope needs volunteers. The new multi-faith, year-round rotating homeless shelter network serves 15 medically-challenged women referred from professional social workers in the homeless care system. Good Samaritan Church in San Jose will host a Warming Center from February 19 through March 29, taking over form ECA. St. Francis Willow Glen will take over from Good Samaritan in April. Operating the daytime warming center requires 16 volunteers per day, including individuals who will provide lunch for the guests. It's easy to sign up online to be a volunteer at www.villagehousesccca.com.
- Diocese to Host Anti-Racism Training at St. Jude’s. Have you wondered how to relate to the community outside the church doors? Do you seek a stronger toolbox to engage in urban ministry? Anti-Racism Training will be held March 17-18. This training is required or recommended for all clergy and lay leaders. More info coming soon.
- Deanery Meeting will be Saturday, March 18 at St. Timothy's Church in Mountain View. 9:00 gathering, meeting 9:30 – noon at 2094 Grant Rd., Mountain View 94040. Agenda items include: Brief orientation for new delegates to Diocesan Convention, sharing of reflections on the January 7th diocesan "Revival" meeting with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, learning more about "Living Room Conversations" -- an excellent tool to be using in your church and local communities to have conversations about issues which often have strongly-held diverse opinions, and announcements of upcoming events. Contact Linda Morris for more info.
- UK Youth Choir to Perform at Three Churches in El Camino Real. The angelic voices of an internationally renowned youth choir can be heard next month at three performances across the Diocese of El Camino Real. The Salisbury Youth Choir are traveling to California in March from historic Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire, England. The group of 19 students, ranging from 10-13 years old plus accompanying adults, will perform concerts at the following churches: All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Carmel on Saturday, March 18, at 5 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Saratoga on Sunday, March 19, at 7:30 pm., and St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Sunnyvale on Saturday, March 25, at 4 pm, which will also include participation from local choir members.
- Grief and Recovery Retreat. Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves will facilitate a retreat in April for those seeking a faith based, safe community in which to process deep loss and the long-term work of recovery. The Grief and Recovery Retreat will take place April 21-23 at the Mount Hermon Camp and Conference Center in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains. Cost is $297 for double occupancy, including all meals and snacks starting with dinner on Friday night and ending with lunch on Sunday. To register see http://www.realepiscopal.org/event/this-bewildering-easter-way-a-retreat-on-grief-and-recovery/?instance_id=405 or contact Mary Beth Powell at 831-394-4465.
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For more diocesan or deanery information, contact Linda Morris, St. Jude’s Diocesan Communications Liaison, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-376-0593. St. Jude’s website page for Diocesan and Episcopal news is at http://saintjudes.org/beyond-saint-judes.
Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here.