Journey Through Narnia With Us
Greetings!

St. Gregory's is about to embark on a Narnian adventure! Starting October 23, we will make our way through the series, beginning with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. We will read one book each month, and come together during the education hour (between services) to retell the story, enact key scenes, and explore the drama together.

While hosted by the YFM, this event is for all Gregorians to participate in, if they so choose. We've ordered copies of the books to have for anyone to loan who would like to - just be in contact with me on an upcoming Sunday to grab your copy!

See you in Narnia!

Peace,
Peter
Dancing Saint Festival 2022 - Desmond Tutu
Mark your calendars! After a two-year hiatus, we will be honoring one of our Dancing Saints again this year. Past honorees include Queen Liliuokalani, John Muir, Emily Dickinson, and Martin Luther. This year we will dedicate our 10:30 liturgy on Sunday, October 30, to Desmond Tutu. Help us celebrate his newly added halo on our Dancing Saint icon as we hear music setting his words, including the premiere of a new choir anthem by Sanford Dole, “We were made to enjoy music."
Blessing of the Animals is October 2
We will celebrate St. Francis Day on October 2 between the two morning services by blessing our beloved pets. Bring your pet to church and gather at 10am on the front steps for your beloved furry friend to receive their blessing!

Our Shared Life
  • This week we pray for David Sanger, who is recovering from Surgery.
  • If you would like to participate in our Sunday Liturgy as a reader in person or on Zoom, you can sign up by contacting Peter (who is on family leave until September 6) he will share the new sign-up information with you.
  • We are actively recruiting more deacons, zoom hosts, and camera deacons for our hybrid service. If you'd like to help out, contact Peter (who is on family leave until September 6).

Announcements from Friends
and Partners

  • AA Big Book Meeting takes place at 10:00 am every Saturday at St. Gregory's. Enter by the ground floor admin building entrance.
  • The Food Pantry gives away free food every Saturday, Noon to 2:00 pm. Come at 9:00 am and help set up.
  • Mission Fusion dance comes to St. Gregory's on Saturday, September 17, from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am. Everyone is welcome to come and share in social dance and great company.


Calendar & Links for Events
Click the event name for the link. All times in PST.

Every Sunday:
  • The Early Liturgy (8:30 am, in-person). This 45-minute service features creative storytelling using Godly Play, gospel enactment, congregational singing, embodied prayer, and Eucharist. All ages are welcome and encouraged to come.
  • The Adult Forum continues the lectionary Bible study. We're using various texts to illuminate the Sunday readings. You can find this Sunday's readings here (we're using "Track One").
  • Contemplative Prayer (9:30 am, in-person) meets in the chapel. Everyone is welcome to come and share the silence.
  • The Late Liturgy (10:30 am, hybrid). This 75-minute liturgy highlights song, prayer, reflection, personal sharing, and the Holy Eucharist. All ages are welcome and encouraged to come.
  • Fifteen Good Minutes (following the late service). This is a 15-minute conversation about the Sunday liturgy, specially designed for visitors to learn more about how we make church together.

Every Week:
  • Zoom Morning Prayer (Tuesday-Friday 7:30 am, on Zoom). This 45-minute intimate gathering for prayer and reflection on the day's scripture follows the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer. Contact Ebba for more information.
  • In-Person Morning Prayer (Monday-Friday 8:00 an in-person) meets at the church for a 30-minute time of song, silence, scripture, and singing.
  • The Zoom Bible Study (Wednesdays at 12:00 pm, on Zoom) is studying the Hebrew Prophets Jonah and Amos. Everyone is invited, and no preparation is required - just bring your heart and wonderings.

Other Upcoming Events:
  • The Elder Women's Group (Monday, September 26, 11:00 am). This group is for St. Gregory's women over 65 and meets on Zoom. For more information, contact Tonia or Ebba.
  • The Icon Painters Group (Sunday, October 2, 12:30 - 5:00 pm, in-person). Join others and paint an icon - or just drop by and see others at work. For more information, contact Betsy.
  • The North Bay Group (Saturday, October 8, 2:00 pm, in person). This group is for folks living in the North Bay to connect spiritually with each other, meeting on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Contact Laurie for details.
  • Second Sunday visit to Anchor Taps (Sunday, October 9 at 12:15 pm). Join friends for conversation and beverages and food following the 10:30 service. Everyone is welcome.
  • Zoom Icon Group (Sunday, October 9, 2:00 - 4:00 pm). Connect with icon painters from around the world. For login and other information, contact Betsy.
  • East Bay Evensong (Thursday, October 13, 6:30-8:30 pm). This group meets on the second Thursday of each month for Gregorians in the East Bay to share prayer, fellowship, song, and a meal together. For more information about East Bay Evensong or to attend, contact Leesy.
  • St. Gregory's Vestry (Sunday, October 16, 12:30 - 2:30 pm, in-person and on Zoom). Everyone is invited to come. Contact Barb or Anne for information.
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One Last Thing...

Update from Vestry
 
Our vestry work includes the upcoming conversations about what we hope for and look forward to seeing more of post-COVID. We expect the community dinners in October will also include discussion about this. We’d like open conversations about wants, needs, hopes, and dreams. Everyone should look for an invitation to a community dinner in the next couple of weeks. 
 
The church’s income and expenses continue to catch our attention. Through August, our budget shows a deficit, which we planned for 2022. We expect to end the year about as budgeted with a deficit of $51,000.00. This deficit contrasts with last year when we did better than budgeted. Although we are confident in members’ ability to increase their pledges and make new ones, we need to keep an eye on finances. The good news is that we still have about twice our projected deficit amount in our ready reserves. We will begin to address the 2023 budget this fall. 
 
Your vestry is always open to discussion and input.

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