Today is the feast of St. Nicholas of Myra (270 - 343). He's the precursor of the present day Santa Claus/Father Christmas/Kris Kringle character... but that's a different story. St. Nicholas was the real deal. His wealthy Greek parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemc when he was young. He took to heart Jesus' teachings and used his inheritance to help the poor and suffering. Stories abound of his generosity, love for children and concern for sailors and ships. He joined the clergy and eventually became the Bishop of Myra (formerly Greece, now Turkey). He attended the 325 Council of Nicea, and suffered persecution under Diocletian. It's said that William the Conqueror prayed to St. Nicholas for safe passage before setting sail for England in 1066.
Family service and potluck with picture taking opportunities with St. Nicholas. Find the kids’ slippers so they can leave their shoes at the altar rail after the service to be filled with treats during the potluck. Kids of ALL ages are welcome to attend and leave their shoes. Grandkids, neighbors with kids, nieces, nephews, the young at heart, bring them all with you. Come be a part of the fun! The sign-up sheet is in the narthex (hallway). We especially need volunteers to help clean up after the event as our families with young children must get them home and tucked into bed. Please see Kathy Foxen with any questions.
Deadline is Friday December 22.
Important invitation from the
Bishop Nominating Committee:
We invite you to complete Landscape, an online survey that will help our diocese gauge the strength, vitality, and trends in our church today. The information gained from this assessment will be valuable in helping to build a profile of our diocese. The profile is one of the major means we have of introducing ourselves to clergy members who may wish to discern if they are called to be our fifth bishop.
Go online by clicking on the link provided above and tell us about your experiences in and priorities for our diocese. Each adult (16+) member of the household is asked to complete the survey for her/himself, even if there is only one email address for all members of the family. Please do not discuss the survey or your answers with others as this may influence their answers. We want to know what YOU are thinking. Thedeadline to complete the survey is Friday, December 22.
If you do not have access to the Internet or for some other reason wish to have a paper copy of the survey, please contact your clergy person or warden.
All answers are strictly anonymous. We have no way of matching any assessment to a particular person, so please feel free to candidly share your perceptions, opinions and experiences. The confidentiality of your responses is important. Our future together is dependent on your participation and your honest answers.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the nominating committee via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail: 2083 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., San Diego, CA 92107.
Bishop Nominating Committee
St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church is looking for a volunteer to assist the Communications Group with all or most of the following Social Media areas:
Facebook (church and school)
Assistance with operating the flat screen TV in the Narthex would also be helpful. We do have instructions to play photos from a USB drive but apparently it can play notices also.
This individual will report to the Communications position on the Bishop’s Committee and to the Vicar. Responsibilities would include:
Posting approved information to the various sites/media to increase the church and school’s social profiles;
Responding to inquiries;
Monitoring activity and report such activity; and
Developing information as to how the various mediums work to be able to pass that on to future volunteers.
The Annual Church Meeting will take place in Julian Hall after the 10:15 service on Jan 28, 2018. ALL ARE INVITED!
There will be a pitch-in/pot luck luncheon, and we will distribute the Annual Report, vote for new Bishop's Committee (vestry) members, as well as vote for our delegates to the convention. A sign up sheet for the pot luck in the Narthex in early January.
The December issue of Canterbury Tales is now available for download here.
As usual, hard copies will be distributed at church services and available in the literature racks in the narthex.
$10 Amazon gift card for all who donate!
Canterbury Youth Group
Let’s Wrap Fundraiser
December 16th It’s a Wrap Fundraiser. Youth group will wrap Christmas presents for the parishioners. How are your wrapping skills? This includes Boys and Girls.
The Canterbury Youth Group (CYG) will be available Saturday, December 16th from 12:00-4:00 pm to wrap your Christmas presents. Please support this fundraiser by bringing the presents you would like to have wrapped. Please provide any boxes if needed. Monetary donations will be accepted at the time of the event.
Wanted: Donations of wrapping supplies
Do you have wrapping paper you would like to donate? We are accepting donations of wrapping paper (new or past years), bows and tape will be greatly appreciated by the congregation. Please bring these items by Wednesday, December 13. A donation box has been set up in the Narthex.
Canterbury Trails Hikers – January 1st Annual Hike up Stonewall Peak
Because of the busy holiday season, we will NOT hike in December.
HOWEVER! Be sure to join us on New Year’s Day for our annual hike to Stonewall Peak at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park located approximately 50 miles east of San Diego on Highway 79. It is 15 miles south of the quaint historical town of Julian. The 5 mile (RT) trail to the top of Stonewall Peak—only moderately difficult due to many switchbacks—climbs from 4,800 to 5,700 feet to a 360 degree view of the valley. The last section includes a scramble up rocks with a handrail. This has traditionally been a hike for the gals who are not looking forward to a day of football and the Rose Parade! Of course guys are always welcome. Julian Apple Pie is our reward. Hiking boots are required for this hike, especially since we have twice traversed the trail in snow and ice. You MUST confirm your participation on this hike with Deb Mitchell (text/call 951-440-1919 or sign up on Announcement Board) as last minute weather events may cancel or require additional clothing requirements! Hikers will meet at church at 8AM and carpool to the trailhead. Parking is $10 per vehicle.
VIDEOS OF FR. TIM'S SERMONS AVAILABLE ON-LINE
Did you know that videos of Fr. Tim's sermons are available on-line? Great if you missed a Sunday, or if you're recommending St. Thomas to a friend or neighbor. And recently upgraded hardware has allowed us to make the audio & video quality even better. Check out the video library here. If you'd like to assist in this ministry, contact Pat Grannan at email@example.com.
Envelopes are available in the Narthex and also in your pledge envelope packet (dated December 10) if you wish to make an offering for a Christmas poinsettia in thanksgiving for or in memory of a loved one. Please include the information on who you wish to remember and place the envelope in the collection plate. Suggested donation is $15. All flower requests received by Sunday, December 17th will be included in the Christmas service bulletins.
ACT NOW - SPACE IS LIMITED
Application opens on November 27, 2017 and closes on December 15, 2017
Requirements to apply: youth completed application, youth leader/Rector completed nomination form, and $50 application fee
Application fee will be returned if not selected
Total cost of trip is $1500 $500 participant/ $500 parish/ $500 edsd
20 spots available Apply at edsd.org
For more information contact Charlette Preslar, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADVENT & CHRISTMAS SERVICE SCHEDULE
Around the diocese...
Please be generous this Christmas season.
Here in San Diego, the challenge of homelessness continues to grow. Within the city, the homeless population has increased 10% in the last year, including an 18% increase in unsheltered individuals.
But, because of you, ECS continues to foster hope, dignity, and independence in the lives of nearly 1,000 homeless adults struggling with mental illness.
Through ECS Friend to Friend, we connect individuals to services such as housing assistance, food, mental health care, vocational rehabilitation, and substance use disorder treatment.
Through ECS Uptown Safe Haven we provide transitional housing to homeless adults with mental health issues. In this supportive environment, residents receive employment counseling, educational guidance, disability income enrollment assistance, and other resources to aid their independence and recovery.
Mrs. Vicki Bergstrom and Canon Peter Bergstrom shepherded our diocesan camp from 1982 until 2012.
Learn more about this Holy Land Pilgrimage at a gathering which will be held at All Saints’ Episcopal Church (625 Pennsylvania Ave. San Diego 92103) on Thursday, November 9 at 6pm. Pizza and drinks will be served.
The church parking lot is on the corner of 7th Ave. The Parish Hall is across Pennsylvania Avenue and down the alleyway which is to the left of the Parish Office. Take the steps/ramp on the right by the desert Garden and proceed down the passageway to the Parish Hall which is on your left.
Please RSVP to Fr. Sanders at 619-933-2147. ASAP. Leave a message including your name and the number of guests who will accompany you.