St. Catherine 
of Siena
Episcopal Church

10435 Double R Blvd.
Reno, NV
775-851-4168

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

PRAYER LIST

Those on our prayer list include: Victoria, Nonette,  Sue,  Riley, Bob, Rob, Marlene and the Sam family
SUNDAY SERVICES

In-person services s uspended until further notice.
ST. CATHERINE'S VESTRY

Charlie Dickinson Sr. Warden
Liz Skogerson, Jr. Warden
Kevin Goss
Todd Kodet
Carol Lacy
Kris McCain
Donna Sanders, Clerk
Sally Dickinson, Treasurer
MINISTRY CONTACTS

Prayer Ministry
Joann McKeeman: 815-4637

Coffee Hour Hosts,  Greeters
& Ushers
Sharyl Milegich: 853-5016 or smilegich@aol.com
  
Lay Readers  & Eucharistic Ministers 
Anne Towner: 827-3784 or annetowner@att.net
  
Altar Guild  
Linda Stetzell: 826-8585 or stetzreno@att.net

Lap Quilts for Seniors
Amy Heintz:  851-1026 or heintzad@gmail.com

Children's Flannel Blankets
Carol Dyer:  702-496-8595

Episcopal Recovery Ministry
Joann McKeeman: 815-4637
IMPORTANT LINKS
May 2020
The Rev. Thomas Blake
Father Tom's Message

When Mary Magdalene arrived at Jesus' tomb and found it empty, she was catapulted deeper into an already existing state of crisis. A lot of unexpected things had already happened in a short window of time and, like every human being, she longed for a return to normalcy.

You and I know that feeling, too, especially now. A once-in-a century global pandemic seemed like an abstract idea only a few months ago. When it happened, it brought to the surface an awareness of our humanness, vulnerability, and mortality. We can be easily blinded to such realities when life seems to be going well. I think of that scene in "Titanic" when Leonardo DiCaprio's character stands at the bow of the ship and says, "I am king of the world." The moment, both iconic and ironic, is a profound window into the human soul.

The Easter stories, interestingly, are not about a return to normalcy. God does not seem much interested in the resumption of business as usual. 

The risen Christ appears, and we witness moments of conversion and corresponding joy, together with moments of fear, terror, doubt and disbelief. The risen Christ advises Mary Magdalene "not to hang on to [him]," because what's happening is greater than a single moment; it's part of God's larger plan of salvation unfolding.

The risen Christ's imperative to those he encounters is, "Go tell others about this news." What is happening is larger than individual sets of circumstances. What God is accomplishing cannot be contained. Encountering the risen Christ never results in, "okay, the problem is fixed; everything is fine; now, everyone, continue on with what you were doing." 

Rather, the risen Christ comes to us amid varying sets of circumstances and our lives are changed and radically reoriented, such that we can never see the world in the same way. Saul, on the road to Damascus, encounters the risen Christ and experiences a stunning conversion that shakes up his life forever. Renamed "Paul," he goes from persecuting Christians to helping spread the good news of our Lord far and wide.

To be clear, I do not believe that God causes human suffering, and I believe that God grieves whenever any of us experience it -- whether we live in first century Palestine, twenty-first century North America, or otherwise. I also believe that God's nature is always to come to us where we are, especially in moments of crisis.

One of the gifts of the ancient Israelites was their ability to share about their moments of crises, and how, often retrospectively, they became aware of God's profound nearness in such moments. I wonder if one day, people will hear similar insights from *our* stories about this jolting, abrupt, interruption in our lives: how suddenly we found ourselves wandering in the wilderness; how we heard reports of someone arriving at church on Easter morning only to find it cold, dark, and empty; how, strangely, amid all of this we came to recognize that God was profoundly near and doing far greater things than we could have ever asked for or imagined.

Fr. Tom +
'Jump Start Kitchen' crock pot ministry

By Charlie Dickinson, Senior Warden

St. Catherine's has been discussing the possibility of establishing a crock pot meal ministry similar to the "Jump Start Kitchen" ministry that was developed by St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Boulder City, NV.  

Karen Wilkes from St. Christopher's met with us in November to discuss the program and we were planning to move towards developing a similar program at St. Catherine's prior to the suspension of services due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

St. Catherine's is now looking to move forward with a meal program by possibly partnering with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada for our initial effort.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada has recently started partnering with the Community Food Pantry at St. Paul's to deliver food to a group of families who lack transportation.  In doing so, they have identified a need which St. Catherine's could address through a meal ministry similar to "Jump Start Kitchen."

We will be discussing how to proceed with this program at our May Vestry meeting.   Based on those discussions will be asking for help from the Parish to get the program started in our area.
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We'd also like to mention that your pledge checks are still being gratefully accepted during this time and can be mailed to:

St. Catherine of Siena Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 17831
Reno, NV 89511-1033

Thank you!
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 https://dfms.formstack.com/forms/uto_book_of_prayers2020.
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:  https://soundcloud.com/the-revd-thomas-blake
St. Catherine of Siena Episcopal Church | http://stcatherinesreno.org
 E-mail: office@stcatherinesreno.org  | Phone: 775-851-4168 
Physical address: 10435 Double R Blvd.  Reno, NV  89521
Mailing address:  PO Box 17831 Reno, NV  89511-1033