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

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

This month's newsletter corresponds both with the sixth month mark of my pastoral relationship with you, and with the two and one-half month mark of our social distancing and sheltering in place restrictions. It has been a wonderful six months; I am so glad God brought us together. The changes that have been necessary because of COVID-19 have been new to all of us, but, with God's help, we have adapted remarkably well to the circumstances. 

Bishop Waggoner has now extended the directive that congregations not resume in-person worship and activities in the church building through June. He will review the data and issue a new recommendation with corresponding guidelines in early July. I have also learned that the Diocesan Convention in October will now be virtual rather than in-person. 

At St Catherine's, we continue to refine our Zoom worship services, and these have been well-attended. A virtual coffee hour now follows our Sunday services, and this month we will begin offering the Book Club again. Please see Lajuana Bryan's article about the Book Club in this newsletter.

We also continue offering the Daily Digest via email. This highlights ways of staying connected and provides at-home devotional resources that we hope you will find helpful during this time. There is also a PayPal link provided in the Daily Digest for those who would prefer to keep up with your pledges electronically.

I am pleased that St Catherine's launched a new outreach ministry in May. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vestry was already planning to launch our JumpStart Kitchen slow-cooker ministry this summer. By providing slow cookers, recipes, and ingredients, our goal is to help people, especially those without a lot of money or time to spare, prepare healthy and nutritious meals. 

Due to the circumstances of the pandemic and the economic downturn, the initial phase of our Jump Start Kitchen ministry has taken shape as a collaborative effort with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada and the Community Food Pantry in Sparks. Please see Beth Osborne's article in this newsletter for more about this project and how you can help. 

Especially amid the pandemic and its effects, I implore you to remember and celebrate the many blessings that God continues to bestow upon us. I have really been appreciating blessings like bright sunlight, blue skies, seasonable weather, blossoms, greenery, and majestic Nevada landscapes. God's goodness abounds, and God remains our sure and present hope. 

Fr. Tom +
JumpStart Kitchen: St. Catherine's Launches Slow-Cooker Ministry

By Beth Osborne

Our new JumpStart Kitchen ministry handed off the first 15 slow-cookers with recipes and ingredients this past Wednesday, serving 70 people!  

One of the families was especially delighted when they saw the slow-cooker, as they saw it as an answer to prayer.  The grandfather, who lives with them, has no teeth.  Unable to continue buying Ensure for him, they've had to boil his food to a mush.  The mother literally screamed with joy and sent blessings to all involved!  
This ministry has evolved into a three-way partnership with St. Catherine's providing the slow-cookers, choosing healthy recipes, and providing needed kitchen utensils and ingredients.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada (BBBSNN) is providing the access and delivery to local families impacted by the economic downturn, and The Community Food Pantry in Sparks, is assisting in obtaining much of the food for the recipes we choose.  The families will receive a new recipe with ingredients every two weeks.
The organizing committee includes Kris McCain (Chair), Sally Dickinson, Liz Skogerson, Beth Osborne (BBBSNN), and Elyse Monroy (The Community Food Pantry).  To find out how to donate food or money or otherwise be involved, please contact Kris at
Sally Dickinson organizing groceries for the slow-cooker recipes.
Big Brothers Big Sisters staff and volunteers waiting to load the food into their vehicles for delivery.
Walking Group hits the trail Saturday 6/13

By Charlie Dickinson

Please join us for a St. Catherine's June walk on Saturday, June 13.

Waking is a wonderful way to get together in a safe manner.  We can maintain social distancing, while seeing our friends again.  

This is a chance to see some of the local countryside and get some exercise.  Mid-June weather might be a little warm, so we will look to do a walk that includes the shady pathway along Galena Creek.

We will meet at the Galena Creek Trailhead (15960 Callahan Ranch Rd) near Callahan Park, at 9:15 a.m. 

We will probably walk 2-3 miles, but it will depend on who joins us and how far they want to walk.  All are welcome (including any 4 pawed friends that you want to bring). 

Please remember to bring water or something else to drink.  We hope to see you on Saturday, June 13.

If you have any questions, please contact Charlie Dickinson (
Book Club to meet outdoors Tuesday 6/9

By Lajuana Bryan

Dear St Catherine's family, I have missed you all, and I've missed the fun and inspiring Catherine's Corner Book Club, so we plan to meet at Liz Skogerson's house on June 9 at 10:30 a.m.

In regards to Covid-19 safeguards: We will meet outside, with masks, and keep social distance.  Please bring a sack lunch or snack for yourself; individual bottled waters will be provided. This meeting will also be available on Zoom, for those who do not want to attend in person. Check the Daily Digest for login information.  

We will pick a new book for a summer read, as well as discuss The Year of Living Biblically by A. J. Jacobs. 

If you need some community please join us, in person or on Zoom. This is an open format, and even if you have not read the book please join us for community!

If you need directions to the Skogerson's house, please contact Liz or myself 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