Choral Evensong: Spirituals
Sunday, February 10, 4 p.m.
Our February Evensong surveys choral music from African-American Spirituals, including music arranged by Moses Hogan, John Leavitt, and John Rutter. Featuring guest organist Alex Benestelli, Director of Music at St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, La Jolla. Choral Evensong is often called one of the great treasures of the Anglican tradition. A fusion of the ancient monastic evening prayers (Vespers and Compline), Evensong is a service of reflection, song, and prayer at the close of the day led by the choir. We offer Choral Evensong typically on the first Sunday of each month, October through June, followed by a light reception. All are welcome!
What's Your Calling? Come Discover it at the Ministry Fair
Saturday/Sunday, February 9/10 after all services
At St. Bart's there are many ways to use your gifts serving the church and the world. Come explore where you might find your place to love and serve the Lord. Stop by the tables after services to ask questions.
Help Out at This Year's Temporary Shelter
February 16-March 3
St. Bart's will host the temporary shelter for two weeks from of February 26-March 3. There are still plenty of volunteer spots that need to be filled. We hope you can help us out at that time. Please sign up after church, view the sign up sheet , or  contact Outreach , if you can volunteer.
Fr. Al's Nook is Open!
We have Valentine's, St Patrick's, and Easter items, along with our usual gift items. We look forward to seeing you at the Nook or Thrift Shop on Poway Road.

Get involved in your
faith community
Blood Drive
Sunday, February 17, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
American Red Cross will be at St. Bart's. Schedule now! Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or use The Blood Donor App and enter sponsor code stbarts. The American Red Cross is excited to introduce RapidPass, a new tool that allows blood donors to help save lives in less time. Visit
Questions? Contact  Beth Dean , 858-487-2159.
Ashes to Go
Wednesday, March 6
Ashes to Go takes Ash Wednesday to the streets of our community as we reach out to people who have lost their connection to a church or have never experienced this ancient practice. Today more than ever, the church needs to experiment with how we connect with people in new and unexpected ways. Ashes to Go is just one way of offering moments of grace in the midst of our hectic lives. Would you like to join us? Anyone is welcome to join us - no experience necessary. Just a willingness to step out of your comfort zone and experience what the Spirit does with us when we do! Always fun, often heartfelt, occasionally transformative. Contact the Rev. Canon Allisyn Thomas , 858-487-2159, for more information. 
Caregivers Support Group
Thursdays, March 7-April 18, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
If you are a caregiver for an ailing or aging spouse, parent, sibling, child, or otherwise, this group is for you. We will create a safe space to share the joys and challenges of being a caregiver, and to explore ways to care for ourselves. Find strength and community along the way – you don’t have to walk this path alone. This group is free of charge, and are all welcome – you don’t have to be a St. Bart’s parishioner to participate! To join, please email Dawn Stary,
Collecting Palms for Ash Wednesday
Through Tuesday, March 5
At the Shrove Tuesday Zydeco Mass, we will burn palm from last year's Palm Sunday service for use on Ash Wednesday. If you have palm leaves from last Palm Sunday, please bring them to the office before Tuesday, March 5.
Shrove Tuesday - Zydeco Mass
Tuesday, March 5, 6-8 p.m.
The day before Ash Wednesday is Shrove Tuesday. Other common names are Carnival or Mardi Gras. This year we'll be celebrating with a zydeco mass - festive music, dancing (yes, in the sanctuary), and making a joyful noise to the Lord. Be sure to wear a mask (or even face painting)! This is your chance to kick up your heels before the somber season of Lent begins. We'll end the evening with a festive Cajun dinner. Hope to see you there!
Calling all Cajun Cooks!
If you have a delicious Cajun dish that you'd like to cook and share with us, we need you! Contact Judy Macemon to volunteer.
Join Us for Midweek Prayer Service
Wednesdays, 11 a.m.
Join our St. Bart’s community in midweek prayer. Halfway through the stress and busyness of your week, come seek out a moment of peace to connect with God. We gather in the sanctuary and listen for God’s spirit. We will take time to intentionally pray through our parish prayer request list and for each student and teacher in our preschool.

Explore your faith
at St. Bart's
St. Bart's Forum offers interesting and timely topics, guest speakers and a chance to explore the corners of our faith and the issues of the day. Join us for an always stimulating conversation. ALL WELCOME!
What Happened at the Electing Convention?
Sunday, February 10, 9 a.m., South Parish Hall
Delegates from across the San Diego diocese attendED the Electing Convention here at St. Bart's on Saturday. Our own delegates - Dan Crane, Diane Forbes-Berthoud, Elaine Coke, Hanna Hagshenas, Donna Watson - will share their experiences electing the 5th Bishop to the San Diego Diocese.
Paradoxes of Prayer
Sunday, February 17 & 24, 9 a.m., South Parish Hall
This forum will begin with three deceptively easy questions: What is prayer? What is its purpose? How do we do it? These simple questions will lead us into deep waters. Prayer is one of the most intimate, personal practices and also one of the most formalized, shared in liturgies by the body of Christ around the world. Prayer is basic to our relationship with God, and yet it remains one of the great mysteries of our faith. Do we initiate prayer, or is it the Spirit Who prays in us? If God already knows everything, why are we asked to bring God our petitions? Does prayer  really  work? If so, why are some fulfilled and not others? How do we recognize God's voice? How does intercession work? What does it mean to 'pray without ceasing'? On these questions and more we will hear from C.S. Lewis's  Letters to Malcom The Way of a Pilgrim , Flannery O'Connor's prayer journal, Dante, St. Francis, Sir Thomas More, Thomas Merton, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Teresa of Avila, Peter Gomes, Kathleen Norris and each other. Each session, finally, will consider some classic prayers so that we leave with concrete words and practices to enrich our prayer life.

Justina (Tina) Torrance is a Ph.D. candidate in religion at Harvard University and has attended St. Bart’s for the last couple of years. She came back to San Diego from Fr. Mark's favorite city last fall to teach a course in comparative world religions at UCSD and is currently finishing her dissertation on William James and Herman Melville.
Join a Small Group Bible Study for the New Year
Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. (Women's Bible study)
Contact Anne Snyder to sign up or with questions.

Fridays, 7:45-9 a.m., Church Office (Men's Bible study)
Contact Mike Jewett to sign up or with questions.

Sundays, 6-7:30 p.m., Church Office
Contact Greg Moran to sign up or with questions.
Sunday School - Ages Pre-K-5th grade
Sundays, Education Building
10 a.m. Gather / 10:15 a.m. Lessons Begin
Nursery Care Available
Sunday, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Education Building
Contact the Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson   with questions about Children's Formation.  Learn more about Children's Formation .
Last Sunday, Jason Huntley spoke at The 9am Forum about his passion for faith and coaching young people.  Watch how his passions weave together .
Mark Your Calendar for Vacation Bible School
June 17-21, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Early Registration Begins March 1
At Roar VBS, kids discover that even though life gets wild, God is good. Roar is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch, and even taste! Team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that help faith flow into real life. Plus, we’ll help kids discover how to see evidence of God in everyday life.
  • VBS is for children 3 years old though through 5th grade (grade in fall)
  • Children going into 6th grade or older may be volunteers
  • Adult volunteers are needed and welcome
Cost: $60 per child, $5 sibling discount
Register by March 31 and recieved a $5 early registration discount per family.
Contact the Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson , if you have questions.
For all 6th-12th graders to explore our faith, have loads of fun, and help those less fortunate through service. CREW stands for Continuously Riding the Eternal Wave.

Youth CREW Wednesday
Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., Youth Room
Dinner, games, fellowship, and faith formation.
Youth CREW Trip to Vida Joven in Tijuana - Last Chance to Sign Up!
Saturday, February 16
8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Vida Joven is a foster home for children whose parents are incarcerated or otherwise unable to care for them. The home is located in Tijuana, Mexico, just a short drive from the U.S. border. Vida Joven cares for, educates, clothes, feeds, and loves children the world has discarded. We will go to Vida Joven to play board games, soccer, puzzles, and there’s usually lots of Play-Doh! We will leave from St. Bart’s around 8 a.m. and return around 2 p.m. All participants must have an updated U.S. passport. RSVP to the Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson if you can come!
Register for 30-Hour Famine
March 23-24
What is 30 Hour Famine? Take a youth group lock-in, thought-provoking Bible studies, games, inspirational videos, and more — and mash them all up into an unforgettable day of going without food to raise funds for the hungry. Middle and high schoolers are invited to participate in this transformational overnight retreat.  Register online today!
Youth CREW Serving Dinner at Rotational Shelter
Wednesday, February 20, 5-7 p.m.
The Youth CREW will cook and serve dinner for guests staying at St. Bart’s for the Interfaith Rotational Shelter - an emergency, night-time shelter program utilizing area congregations of faith to house, feed, and care for 12-15 men, women, and children throughout the county. Please arrive by 5 p.m. to start cooking. After dinner we will continue with regular Youth CREW until 7 p.m.
Apply Today! Youth Mission Trip to Diocese of Western Mexico
August 3-11, 2019
High School Youth (Ages 15-18)
Passport required
Experience a new culture while helping to transform a community! This summer’s EDSD youth mission trip will be with The Diocese of Western Mexico. During the 9 days that we are in Guatemala we will have the opportunity to complete several construction projects aiding the Pame, an indigenous people living in the mountains outside of San Luis Potosi. We will also run a children’s program in Guadalajara with the youth of the diocese of Western Mexico. This will be a deeply cultural and transforming trip. We are being hosted by Bishop Gomez Osnaya and he will travel with us the entire time. Make no mistake though, this is a service trip. Our goal will be to come home sweaty, dirty, and tired, with hearts full of love for the work we have done and the people we have served.  Applications available online .

Application opens on January 29, 2019 and closes on February 14, 2019
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 $600 - 20 spots available
Fundraising will be planned after the delegation is selected.
Volunteer at
St. Bart's and in
the community
Feeding San Diego at St. Bart's
Sundays, 2 p.m.-until food is gone
Feeding San Diego at St. Bart's welcomes everyone who is struggling with hunger - children, families, seniors, immigrants, employed or underemployed - with no forms to fill out an income requirement to prove. All are welcome - no exceptions. Please tell your friends and neighbors. Volunteer today, visit or contact Lisa Marie Oakes, .
Altar Flower Donations
Honor your loved ones throughout the year by making an offering to support our altar flowers. Place an envelope in the weekly offering (write Altar Flowers in the memo line of your check). Contact Beth Dean , 858-487-2159, with questions. Suggested donation $25.