On Sundays we meet at 9:30 a.m. in the courtyard, under the stained glass window or in the cloister. The Youtube liturgy will be posted on Saturday evening, and on Sunday we will offer prayers, greetings and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament.
The Women of St. Mary's have set the date of November 22nd as our annual UTO In-Gathering day. Please bring your little blue boxes to Church or you can drop them off at the Office if you cannot get there on the 22nd. For those that don't know about UTO, it stands for United Thank Offering. Whenever you are thankful for something or feel that a blessing has come to you, you say a prayer in gratitude and drop a coin in your box. This is done at churches all over the country, and by the end of the year millions of dollars are collected at the in-gathering. Individuals and/or groups can apply for Grants to benefit new worthy causes. The grants this year are mainly going to issues from Covid-19, but you can certainly access their website for more info. The grants will be announced in 2021.
In closing, if you would like to participate and do not have a box, they can be obtained in the office or you can contact Sandy Bedard or Gail Voorhes, and we may be able to drop one off for you.

Church Calendar

The Last Sunday after Pentecost:
Christ the King
Youtube Service will be available on Saturday evening
Sunday, November 22, 2020,We are gathering on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtyard.

Monday, November 23, 2020
Office Closed

Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Office Open
9:00am- 2:00pm

Eve of Thanksgiving Eve, Zoom Thanksgiving liturgy

7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Office Open

Thursday, November 26, 2020
Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 27,
Office Closed

Saturday,November 28,2020



We are hoping to keep our annual tradition of the Christmas Giving Tree alive and well during this pandemic time. St. May’s congregation has always been so generous and giving when it comes to this mission.It will be a little different this year since we are not meeting in the church on Sundays.

Marisa has taken names of families who are in need of this service. Dawn and Debbie will use this list to make ornaments for the tree. The big difference will be that the Christmas Tree will be in the Haven. Marisa is in the church office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am—2 pm. She said that you can either call her or show up at church and she will open the Haven for you.

As usual, there will be a clipboard that you need to sign, next to the ornament number you choose. We are hoping everyone will be able to participate. We no longer have Kmart, but, Gail has scrip for Walmart. One change should be noted: please no gift cards for children under 12 years old—they should have gifts. The Christmas Tree will be set up in the Haven by Wednesday, November 25th. Please return the gifts wrapped, with the ornament securely fastened to it, by Tuesday, December 15th. The party will be on Sunday, December 20th.We are hoping this way will work during a difficult time. We are trying to keep it safe for everyone. Our goal is to help 50 children in need in the Ramona community.
Weekly Greetings St. Mary’s in the Valley Thursday, November 19, 2020
Hello Friends –  
Here we are, back to purple, and I’ll have to admit I guess I’m not keeping up with my news reading, because I haven’t caught up with too many differences yet. I’ve been told we’re seeing some empty shelves in the stores again, and when Costco has no paper towels at all, I’m sure that’s a hint of things to come. Happy shopping folks – the great race for toilet paper and paper towels apparently has already started! I’m also seeing a few more people dining al fresco here and there around our restaurants, so it seems perhaps we’ll be enjoying our Christmas lunches outdoors in the elements. My heart goes out to anyone trying to run a restaurant – it’s hard to get ahead these days. 
We had a good BC meeting on Tuesday night – Richard Wade brought us up to date on our very real and quite scary financial picture for 2021. Pledge income is down and we haven’t even started to ask for pledges for the new year (although that is coming very soon!), we’ve lost or are soon to lose long time members of our St. Mary’s community, and of course, our income stream dried up several months ago with the initial round of COVID closures and quarantining. Our proposed budget is bare bones, and we’re looking for any new ideas that you may have for future possibilities to bring in additional income. So many of the usual things have had to be canceled or postponed – the bazaar, the Bluegrass Festival, quiche making, the bridge players – all have been set aside, at least for the time being. But those events represented a significant part of our annual budget, so it is obvious that we either think of new things that we can try, or we bite the bullet and exist with extreme frugality in 2021. Put your thinking caps on, and let us know your thoughts, and hopefully, your ideas. We look forward to hearing from you! I would be totally remiss if I didn’t say a huge thank you to Gail Voorhes and Janice Backholer for keeping scrip alive and well for St. Mary’s. This program has truly been a godsend to us financially, and the hard work and dedication of Gail and Janice cannot be commented upon enough. Kudos ladies! Keep up the good work, and just so you all know, Gail is starting to place orders for additional scrip that will help everyone take care of folks on their Christmas giving lists. 
We knew we did not want everything associated with St. Mary’s and the holidays to fade away this year, so we are thrilled to let everyone know that we will still be doing our very successful Angel Tree this Christmas season. Check out Debbie Benson’s article in the St. Mary’s e-news this week for all of the details. 
A short thought for this week - a friend in Denver posted this last week, and I loved it. I know she found it somewhere, but no credits were given. 
“Marriage is hard. Divorce is hard. Choose your hard. 
 Obesity is hard. Being fit is hard. Choose your hard. 
 Being in debt is hard. Being financially disciplined is hard. Choose your hard. 
 Life will never be easy. It will always be hard. But we can choose our hard.” 
Warm wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving next week. Life has been hard this past year, but I’m sure it came with many opportunities to say Thank You as well! Stay safe, stay healthy, and have a peaceful, joyful week ahead. 
Quilt Opportunity Drawing
View the quilt made by Karen Cooke for our Opportunity Drawing. We will be sending out tickets to buy and sell for the opportunity drawing.
Quilt Underside
The quilt that is being offered has a cross on the underside. You will be able to sleep "under the cross" should you be lucky enough to win. Buy and sell as many tickets as you can.
Long Arm Quilting
The Prayers and Squares women were given a Long Arm Quilting unit which has been set up in the nursery. Long arm quilting is a quilt finish process to sew together quilt top, batting and backing with a stitch pattern. The women will be able to offer this process to our community and it can be a potential fundraiser.

We are open for scrip (gift card) orders. Please don't forget to order your Black Friday and Christmas scrip. Please look through the attached list of over 300 retailers and let either Gail Voorhes (760) 271-7630 or Janice Backholer (760) 789-5566 know what you would like. We will be placing several orders throughout the next couple months.

Thank you from your Scrip Committee

List of Scrip Merchants: Link
Philip Cooke is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Vicar's Voice
Dear Parish family and friends,

The calendar is consistent and repeating holidays occur whether we feel in the mood or not. Thanksgiving arrives this year in the middle of new bad news of rising number of deaths from the Coronavirus and many new people who have contracted the virus. Hospitals are full and extended family gatherings are discouraged for the holidays. And we're supposed to sing, "Come ye thankful people, come?"

In the midst of the screaming bad news, our eyes of faith have to work a bit harder to see the overwhelming amount of good that surrounds us and that we take for granted. Thanksgiving is a completion of the contract of reciprocity. A need is fulfilled and the recipient completes the contract by saying "thank you." Thanksgiving is the celebration of the fact that we need each other and we need the overwhelming Plenitude of the Divine provision of all that is. I invite you to join our Zoom Eve of Thanksgiving Eve liturgy, on Tuesday Evening at 7:30 p.m. We will stop and intentionally give thanks, especially for all of the heroes who have been serving us through the difficult times, for our members of the Arm Forces, and our First Responders.

Our finance committee is in the planning process for a proposed budget for 2021. With the loss of fundraising revenues we are faced with some severe cuts. To help in our budget, we will be asking for members to let us know how much they can give for the ministry in 2021. A letter and pledge card/commitment card will be sent out this next week. We will also send an email letter and e-pledge card. With the Covid-19 restrictions to be in place for perhaps another year, we face a challenging year. Thank you for helping us in the planning through our stewardship program this fall.

The liturgy for Sunday will be posted on Saturday evening on my Youtube Channel. You can go to this channel to review and revisit all of our videoed liturgies. We will be meeting in the courtyard at 9:30 a.m. for greetings, prayers, and receiving the reserved Sacrament.

The Gospel parable for this week is about where the hidden Christ the King is to be found.

Blessings and much love,

Father Phil

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