- Presiding Bishop Curry Brings Revival to El Camino Real. On Saturday, January 7 in Sherwood Hall, Salinas about 60 from St. Jude’s joined about 750 more to hear Our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Canon Stephanie Spellers give rousing, inspirational addresses about The Jesus Movement and what that means for us as people of faith living in a nation and a world of division and brokenness, including panel discussions, all emceed by Joseph W. Heston, president of central coast television station KSBW-TV. See more here: http://www.realepiscopal.org/presiding-bishop-curry-brings-revival-to-el-camino-real/
- Village House: An Interfaith Shelter of Hope Opens in San Jose. A new multi-faith, year-round rotating homeless shelter network has been created in the greater south San Jose area. Village House – An Interfaith Shelter of Hope, will serve 15 medically-challenged women referred from professional social workers in the homeless care system. Village House is truly interfaith, presently comprised of 12 area churches, including Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Jewish, inter-denominational and three Episcopal members: Episcopal Church of Almaden (ECA), Good Samaritan, and St. Francis. The program consists of a monthly rotation of both overnight shelters and daytime warming centers. ECA is hosting the Warming Center in January, with Good Samaritan and St. Francis doing so in March and April, respectively. Operating the daytime warming centers requires 16 volunteers per day, including individuals who will provide lunch for guests. ECA is operating the shelter seven days a week from Jan. 4 - 31, resulting in the need to fill a total of 448 separate volunteer shifts of two to four hours each. Volunteer sign-ups can be made easily online at www.villagehousesccca.com. There is still a need for several more churches to join Village House, especially to operate the daytime warming centers. For more details, visit the website listed above. Many, many hands are needed to support this village! Please prayerfully consider volunteering!
- 2017 Faith and Innovation Conference at St. Andrew's Saratoga, February 25, 2017. Our theme is "What kind of a world do we want to live in?" The speakers, including Bishop Mary, will focus on creating a framework for engaging innovation in a way that creates a greater good for all. The conference will be practical in its content and helpful in facilitating a way forward. See more here https://gallery.mailchimp.com/99ebbaf4cee8d012c9edafe60/files/FIC2017_corrected_3.pdf.
- The Five-Minute Citizen: Preserve Affordable Health Care in California. The Diocesan Partnership Commission shared information from the California Council of Churches IMPACT about the possible repeal the Affordable Care Act. As an alternative the House can defund it with a filibuster-proof budget reconciliation vote -- meaning they can leave the mandate in place with zero subsidies for the working families. California stands to lose $20 billion in federal health funding, leaving working families, homeless adults, and people on disability without adequate health care coverage. It is critical that we keep the pressure on to stand for justice in health care. Please consider calling your representatives and senators (no matter which party) and express your strong opposition to either a repeal or defunding. And please commitment that this will be the first of such efforts. Please go to http://www.churchimpact.org/ to get access to your elected officials with phone numbers and other contact information. If you prefer to write, please FAX a letter so it will not get caught in the Capitol mailroom waiting to be screened. If you prefer, you may contact the Congressional Switchboard and be transferred to your Representative or Senator. That number is (202) 224-3121.
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