Memorial Day: Pray, Thank, and Remember
Since 1868, on the fourth Monday of May, in the Spring when flowers were abundant, Americans have decorated the graves of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their nation while serving in military uniform and remembered them and their families.

Normally, for most of us, in past years we have seen it as a long weekend, the beginning of Summer, a time to begin a vacation, or just spending time with family and friends. These days we are living in a new reality of self-isolation and being quarantined, it is similar in many ways and yet different than those who gave their lives in their sacrifice to our country. Memorial Day is just around the corner, and rather than it being just another day at home, (we all have had enough of that) maybe this year join one of our parishes offering a Memorial Day service online or watching on TV what is happening in Washington D.C.
This day is a day to pray for all those who gave their lives while serving in the Armed Forces and died in combat and pray for those serving now who are not getting a day off, like all our healthcare workers. If you know someone who is serving, or a veteran thank him or her for their service. But most of all, take a moment to remember the men and women who lost their lives and thank God for them.

Again, if you need any assistance in planning a service, or would like to invite me to speak to your congregation, please contact me at or at 858-395-0203.
Presiding Bishop: COVID19 Memorial Sermon May 24
[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will offer a brief sermon for a  virtual memorial service  for the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic hosted by the National Council of Churches on May 24 at 6 p.m. Eastern time.

Over 325,000 people worldwide  have died of COVID-19 , including more than 92,000 in the United States. The NCC noted in a  press release  announcing the memorial service that “the nation has not had a public moment of collective grief to acknowledge and mourn the impact of losing so many lives in such a short period of time.” Read More
EDSD Youth Baccalaureate Service
The Diocese of San Diego will be honoring graduating high school seniors with a special Baccalaureate Service on June 6 at 5:00 p.m. on the Diocesan YouTube and Facebook pages. All graduating High School Seniors are invited to be part of this service which will be live-streamed on the diocesan YouTube channel and Facebook page. The service will be lead by Bishop Susan and will include Seniors throughout the service. There are multiple levels of participation from submitting a photo of your Senior to being involved as a reader or providing service music. We would love to have youth from all of our parishes featured in the service. Interested Seniors and their families are asked to contact Charlette Preslar, youth missioner, at for details on how to be involved. 
Pentecost Virtual Bonfire
Join with youth from all over our diocese as we gather on Zoom to celebrate Pentecost. Our time together will feature music from Camp Stevens, fellowship, a campfire, prayers, and an opportunity to be the Church and share the light. Youth are encouraged to bring an unlit candle and something to light it. For more details and for the Zoom link, please email youth missioner, Charlette Preslar at  

I would also like to convene us on Zoom to discuss what comes next. Many of us will be part of the reopening task forces at our home parishes. It is important to consider what youth ministry will look like in this next phase of being church. Instead of traveling alone, please join me on Zoom so that we can consider this in community. We will meet next Wednesday, 5/27 at 3pm on Zoom . Here is the link for that call: Youth Ministry Check-in
Paycheck Protection Program Info
The Payroll Protection Program has been a real blessing for many of our congregations. The first step was to apply, but a second, equally important step, is to document the disbursements so that the maximum amount of the loan can be converted to a grant that does not have to be repaid.  Read More
Digital Tooling Tuesdays: OBS
Are you reaching as many people as you can with your digital worship service? We can help at Digital Tooling Tuesdays, a new offering to dive deep into the tools used for live streaming worship, engaging people on social media, and creating evangelistic content that attracts people to the church.

Digital Tooling Tuesday on May 26 at 2 p.m. with live streaming professional Phil Loiacono . Mr. Loiacono will explore OBS (Open Broadcast Software) as an option for churches to integrate live and prerecorded footage into their broadcast.
The Future: Online Ministry
Virtual Youth Group
Diocesan Youth Group - a chance to be together, when we can't be together! - youth in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in a diocesan wide youth group offering. The group meets Tuesday nights at 6:30 for games, movie nights, music and more. On Thursdays there are faith formation opportunities for both Middle and High School students. The Middle School group meets at 10:00 a.m. and the High School group at 11:00 a.m. Our time together includes check-ins, scripture, laughter and prayer. Please contact Charlette Preslar, youth missioner, for more information: 
Faith to Go: Your weekly formation resources
A Weekly, On The Go Resource for Parents and Non-Parents Alike

Hosted by the Faith To Go team in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, David Tremaine and Charlette Preslar. Joined each week by a special guest, the Faith To Go team highlights themes from the Sunday Gospel reading for you to take into your faith discussions and reflections throughout the week More Here
COVID-19 Resources
Episcopal Diocese of San Diego
The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego is here to support you through this difficult time. The sudden impact of COVID-19 on our community-life does not mean we need to give up community. Find a list of resources that can help here : including a bulletin for Morning Prayer, resources for online giving for your congregation, help in setting up video meetings, Faith at Home resources, and more .
If you have or need any type of resource that is not listed here, please email Christian Gillette, Canon for Evangelism and Discipleship with your materials or request. 
Diocesan Staff: Working Remotely
holy trinity building
Due to COVID-19 the Diocesan Staff will be working remotely. You can find contact information for each of the staff members here. Feel free, as always, to call Bishop Susan, Canon Gwynn, Canon Christian, Rev. Kirby, or Chris for any reason. Please email the other members of the Diocesan Staff as their cell phone numbers are not listed.