St. Catherine 
of Siena
Episcopal Church

(Physical Address)
10435 Double R Blvd.
Reno, NV 89521

(Postal Address)
P.O. Box 17831
Reno, NV 89511-1033

A publication to promote our mission:
"In community, love God, love others, serve both."

Marlene & The Sam Family
In-person services s uspended until further notice.

The Rev'd Thomas Blake

Charlie Dickinson
Senior Warden

Liz Skogerson
Junior Warden

Kevin Goss

Todd Kodet

Carol Lacy

Kris McCain

Donna Sanders

Sally Dickinson

Georgia Tachoires, 

Prayer  & Recovery Ministries
Joann McKeeman

Lectors  & EM's 
Anne Towner 
Altar Guild  
Linda Stetzell 

Lap Quilts for Seniors
Amy Heintz

Children's Blankets
Carol Dyer

Hosts, Greeters
& Oblationers

July 2020
The Rev'd
 Thomas Blake
Father Tom's Message

The diocese is now receiving reopening proposals from congregations in counties where COVID-19 cases have been declining or flat for fourteen days. Washoe County does not currently meet this criterion. The Vestry is monitoring the matter and will be exploring next steps. Meanwhile, we continue offering worship and activities such as the Book Group via Zoom, and activities such as the Hiking Group in-person. We also encourage everyone to continue following safe practices.

We are pleased that our new Jump Start Kitchen slow-cooker ministry, in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada and the Community Food Pantry in Sparks, is progressing nicely. Please see the article in this newsletter by Kris McCain and Beth Osborne to find out more about how you can support or participate in this ministry.

We continue our support for Nevadans for the Common Good (NCG) in Northern Nevada. We will welcome the Rev'd Deacon Veronica Galas as preacher on Sunday, 2 August 2020, on behalf of the organization. Please also mark your calendars for the next NCG general meeting on Tuesday, 25 August 2020 at 4:30 pm (most likely via Zoom). Anyone who is not already on the NCG email list and would like to be, please let me know.

We will be resuming our discernment of the viability of a NETworX USA site in the Reno area. Kevin Goss and I plan to meet with representatives of the Capital City C.I.R.C.L.E.S Initiative this month as we had planned to do earlier in the year before the COVID-19 crisis escalated. Stay tuned for more information.

We continue to offer the Daily Digest as a resource. It includes announcements, contact information, churchwide links, and devotional resources. If you are not receiving the Daily Digest, or know anyone who would like to be added to the email list, please let me know at

Please know, especially during this time of uncertainty, that you remain in my prayers.


Fr. Tom +
Vestry Corner

St. Catherine's has applied for and received two loans associated with federal relief due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Since we haven't been able to meet at St. Catherine's due to Covid-19, these loan funds will be used to help St. Catherine's cover qualified salary and rent expenses.  

These loans should qualify to be converted to grants once we file the appropriate paperwork.

We are hoping that these funds will help us to reduce our projected budget deficit for 2020.

-- Charlie Dickinson, Senior Warden
Mission under way, here's how to help

By Kris McCain and Beth Osborne

After a month of partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada and the Community Food Pantry, St. Catherine's new Jump Start Kitchen Ministry is running smoothly.  We have received numerous positive comments from the 15 families who have been the recipients of our slow cookers and first three recipes/ingredients.  All are extremely grateful for the healthy food options, the ease of use, and the kid-friendly recipes.  We are providing recipes and their ingredients to 15 families every other week, and are now asking parishioners to sign up for a Wednesday to sponsor a meal going forward.

The following steps detail what an interested participant should expect:
  1. Please contact parishioner Kris McCain at or 615-483-4678 to schedule a date and receive potential recipes to choose from (or choose your own).
  2. Once a recipe is selected, please email a copy of the recipe to Beth Osborne at  She will have it translated and pass it along to The Community Food Pantry for them to check on which ingredients they are able to provide.  
  3. By the Friday prior to your selected date (or sooner), Beth will let you know which ingredients will be available at the Food Pantry that week.  You will be responsible for purchasing the remaining ingredients for 15 families. Please keep all receipts to turn into St. Catherine's for reimbursement.  It is important that we document all expenditures.  If you wish to donate, please do so separately, by writing a check to St. Catherine's and noting that it is for the Jump Start Kitchen ministry.   
  4. Certain ingredients like spices may be able to be purchased in bulk and broken down into smaller sizes according to the recipe.  Feel free to contact Kris with any questions. 
  5. Plan to meet Beth at the Community Food Pantry at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1135 12th Street, Sparks at 5:00 PM on your scheduled Wednesday, with all of the ingredients you have purchased.  She will help you unload your purchases into the Food Pantry where you will have a long table to divide all ingredients, including those supplied by the Pantry, into 15 individual bags. Once the bags are complete, you will load them back into your vehicle and follow Beth to the library parking lot next door, where Beth's staff from Big Brothers Big Sisters will be waiting to transfer the bags into their vehicles for distribution to the families.  
  6. Turn in your receipts to St. Catherine's for reimbursement.
Thank you for considering being a part of our new Jump Start Kitchen Ministry, so we can continue to serve our community members most in need at this time!
Do you have allergies?

By Kris McCain

Greetings!  The vestry is hoping to make St. Catherine's a more allergy-friendly space.

I, Kris McCain, am very sensitive to scent so I have requested unscented soap and cleaning supplies. I know a number of parishioners have food allergies or sensitivities. We would like your input. 

What are your allergies or sensitivities? Would it be helpful to have an ingredient list on the foods we serve at coffee hour and fellowship dinners?

Please let me know if you have any needs, issues or suggestions by emailing me at:
Walking group meets again to hike July 11

The St. Catherine's walking group will meet for a morning hike on Saturday, July 11.

Meet at Starbucks in the Raley's center on Mt. Rose Highway at 9 a.m., and we will caravan to the trailhead.

All walking abilities are welcome, and dogs too! Bring water and a light snack.
Book Club to meet up outdoors on July 14

By Lajuana Bryan

Hello, all.  Another month of Covid-19, and by God's grace we are still here.  That reminds me that God's grace comes by the minute, hour, day; that is how we live, not in the future.  

We plan to have the July and August book club meetings available via Zoom and in person, if you feel you want to venture out.  We will meet outside and keep social distance.

Thanks to Liz for hosting the meeting last month.  I will host the next meeting  July 14, 10:30 a.m. at my house (10060 Zephyr Heights Dr.)   

We are reading All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes by Maya Angelou.  This is an amazing account of Maya's experiences in Guana, Africa.  

Please come if you wish, and bring a snack. I will provide drinks.  Father Tom will provide Zoom access if you wish to join us that way.  Take care, I miss you all.

Questions? Contact Lajuana at lajuanabryan@gmail or 707-226-6809.
Listen to Father Tom

Fr. Tom has been recording sermons and services in his own voice.  You can listen to them for free via any internet connection on a website called Soundcloud.  Whether you're on a laptop, iPad, desktop computer, or a smartphone, just click the link below and it will take you to the website -- there is nothing to download or purchase.   You may see a button that asks you to "listen through the app," and if you choose to download the app, you can do that for free. However, you don't have to ... you can just scroll to one of the sermons and click the orange "play" button, and listen without downloading anything.

Here's the link to Fr. Tom's audio files:
UTO's next Book of Prayers

By Georgia Tachoires

Every three years the United Thank Offering assembles a book of prayers. This small book is one of the most popular items UTO gives out at the General Convention/Triennial. These prayers are from people throughout the Episcopal Church, in the following categories: Gratitude, Guidance, Healing, Love of God & Creation, Sorrow or Fear, Prayers for Morning, Prayers for Midday, Prayers for Night, and Other.

We all have more quiet time on our hands lately.  Please consider writing a prayer for the 2021 Prayer Book, and then submit it online at
St. Catherine of Siena Episcopal Church |
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Physical address: 10435 Double R Blvd.  Reno, NV  89521
Mailing address:  PO Box 17831 Reno, NV  89511-1033