Do you ever wonder what it is the Bishop’s Committee does? Do you have a commitment and passion for St Thomas and want to be part of a team that helps cultivate our vision and purpose? If so, please consider running for a position on the BC. Elections will be held during our annual meeting on February 23rd. The Bishop’s Committee will be hosting a dinner on February 8th at 6 PM for everyone interested. Please come and join us. If you are undecided, please join us and learn more about the what the BC Committee is doing and some of the exciting and challenging work we have in front of us in 2020. We look forward to seeing many of you there.
Eucharistic Visitor &
Pastoral Care Visitor Training
Ministries of Healing, Presence and Hope
Saturday, February 22
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
St. Thomas of Canterbury
44651 Avenida de Missiones, Temecula, CA 92592
$15 per person
Learn about the history, customs and roles for both the Eucharist Visitor and Pastoral Care Visitor Ministries. These related ministries have much in common yet are distinct.
The Ven. Pam Rieger, archdeacon, will lead the training, which is required by the office of the bishop. Check-in and hospitality begin at 9:30 a.m. The program begins promptly at 10 a.m. Lunch included.
Registration required prior to the event. No walk-ins will be allowed. Please click the button below to register today.
Information packets available on the display table in the narthex.
EPIPHANY SEASON SERIES
During the Epiphany Season, please join Father David as he leads us through a series called If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat, between the two services (9:15 AM - 10:00 AM).
This series will help you answer Christ’s call to greater faith, power-filled deeds, and a new way of knowing how to discern God’s call, transcend fear, risk faith, manage failure, and trust God. Relating to the story in Matthew 14 to life today, this series invites you to consider the incredible potential that awaits you outside your comfort zone.
There is a participant guide that accompanies this series, available for $10.
Upcoming Training in 2020
We're patient, we're persistent and we have the skills to make life better for other people. What we need is people willng to help us do it. It takes commitment and training. We can provide the training. You need to dig deep and say "Yes, this is important enough that I will make a 50 hour commitment to learning the skills that will make me a Stephen Minister and a better human being." We also meet every two weeks to learn new skills and share praise notes with each other confidentially. For a class to form we need a minimum of four trainees. We currently have one application.
Oh and by the way, we need at least one man. The reason for this is that the Stephen Ministry doesn't allow cross-gender counseling. They've been around about 50 years and I guess they've learned that sometimes that can cause more complications than solutions.
Stephen Ministry gradually reshapes you into an even more wonderful human being than you already are. I know that sounds improbable but it's true. You become a better listener, a kinder human being, and a caring friend, the training has a positive impact on all the relationships in your hfe.
I'd also like to thank all the members of our wonderful Stephen Ministry team at St. Thomas, including our leader Deb Mitchell, our four wonderful ministers, Elena Gimpel, Suzie Grindle, Lani-Karyn Jones and Jo Anne Dreyfus. We also had a fifth minister, Peter Hicks who completed his training just before he and his wife moved to Arizona. He is now a Stephen Minister at his new church. So we have sown the seeds and they have taken root.
If you are feeling called to this ministry please get in contact with Deb Mitchell.
"St. Thomas of Canterbury Meals on Wheels"
WoW (Women of Worth) has a ministry with Michelle Lee at the helm. The ministry "Saint Thomas of Canterbury Meals on Wheels" will provide dinner to church members that are ill, having a medical procedure, or having a difficult time in general, and could use the help with this ministry providing evening meals on a temporary basis. If you would like to sign up to be in the rotation to provide an evening meal, or if you or a church member you know could use the help of this ministry, please contact Michelle Lee at (909) 208-9875, or you can email Michelle at email@example.com.
If you would like your children 6th to 12th grades to get involved with the Canterbury Youth Group please contact Monica, Brigitte or the church office.
Around the diocese...
RefugeeNet Hope Gala
Saturday, February 22, 6-9 p.m.
The 2020 Hope Gala supports the programs and ministries of RefugeeNet. In keeping with the times, RefugeeNet has shifted its priority from welcoming and establishing newly arrived refugees to shoring up and improving the lives of those who have been here and struggling for years. Attend the gala to support refugees in our midst. Royal Banquet Hall, 8990 Miramar Road. $125 per person. Register by February 12 . Learn more .
Year of Discipleship
Epiphany: Rule of Life & Prayer
Bishop Susan launched an exciting new initiative this year called the Year of Discipleship. In this season after Epiphany we focus on creating a rule of life and deepening our prayer lives.
Mr. Christian Gillette is our new diocesan canon for discipleship and evangelism. In this role he will oversee evangelism, church growth, church planting, discipleship and formation. He will consult with congregations in discovering strategies to help them grow. He begins work on February 10. A third generation San Diegan, Mr. Gillette is a member of St. Paul’s Cathedral. He has a humanities degree from University of San Diego and a master’s of divinity from Azusa Pacific Seminary. Welcome him to the team via email .
Youth Event: NightWatch
Saturday - Sunday, February 29 - March 1
Leap into faith with this annual overnight in St. Paul's Cathedral. Meet other youth from around our diocese while keeping vigil and deepening your faith. 6 p.m. on Saturday to 9 a.m. on Sunday. $20 per person. Grades: 6-12. Questions? Please contact Youth Missioner Charlette Preslar .