Parish Work Day on Saturday

The photo at the right is from our archives and shows Alma and me cleaning up the church for Easter a few years ago. This is one of the real joys of Holy Week and Easter: working together to make the church ready for our celebration. And the work continues after Easter as we put things in order for the summer and fall months leading up to Christmas.

Everyone is invited to gather at the church on Saturday, May 14, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm for this opportunity to serve the community by cleaning the church-house. We will put away extra chairs, rearrange platforms, store music books, hang up vestments, and much more.

Please bring food and drinks to share. I look forward to working with you on Saturday.

Christ is Risen!
Jen Blecha Talks About Good Courage Farm

This Sunday, in the Adult Forum, Jen Blecha will share news about how ministry is progressing at Good Courage Farm. Many of you will remember that Jen and her wife Kerri Meyer, St. Gregory's former associate, moved to Minnesota in 2019 to begin an innovative ministry of farming and churching. Many exciting things have happened since then, and Jen is going to tell us the story.

You can join us in person in the conference room downstairs in the admin building, or on Zoom. We gather at 9:15 and open the Zoom Room at 9:30. Everyone is welcome!

Our Shared Life
  • This week we pray Tim and Megan Yip's son, Owen whose leg was burned in an accident on Monday.
  • 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 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.

Announcements from Friends
and Partners

  • The Calling All Choir meets tonight, 6:00 - 9:30 pm.
  • AA Big Book Meeting takes place at 10:00 am every Saturday at St. Gregory's. Enter by the ground floor admin building entrance.
  • Join our friends at Smuin Center for Dance for a special event for older adults. This hour-long session is a low-level dance and movement class. For more information, click here.
  • 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 Saturday, May 21, 8:00 pm to 12:00 am.
  • Bay Choral Guild (under the direction of Sanford Dole) closes its season with a concert of upbeat music from across the centuries. O Sing Joyfully is the concert's name, and the dates are June 3, 4, and 5.

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

Every Sunday:
  • The Early Liturgy. 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 meets this Sunday (in person and on zoom) in the downstairs conference room in the admin building. Paul will continue his series on the new saints to be featured in our entryway icon.
  • 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, and personal sharing. 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 (Tues-Fri 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 Bible Study (Wednesdays 12:00 pm, on Zoom) is taking a break until May 18, when we will begin a new series on Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians.
  • Story of a Saint (Wednesdays 5:00 pm, on Zoom) meets this evening, with Paul telling us the story of our new saint, Frances Perkins. Join us for 30 minutes of prayer and reflection. This is our last meeting until the fall.

Other Upcoming Events:
  • The North Bay Group (Sat. May 14, 2:00 pm, in person). This group was recently formed for Gregorians living in the North Bay to connect spiritually with each other and meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Contact Laurie for details.
  • The Icon Painters Group (Sun. May 15, 12:30 - 5:00 pm, in-person). This group is for icon writers who would like to develop their craft with others. Contact Betsy for more information.
  • The Elder Women's Group (Mon. May 23, 11:00 am). This group is for St. Gregory's women over 65 and meets on Zoom. For more information contact Tonia or Ebba.
  • East Bay Evensong (Thurs. June 9, 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 at Anchor Taps (Sun. June 14, 12:15 pm) everyone is welcome to join us for refreshments and food.
One Last Thing...

The May vestry meeting is being moved from the 15th to the 21st and will be a part of the annual vestry retreat. Contact Barb or Anne for more information.
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