Gathering Information
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.
Calendar for the Week

The First Sunday after the Epiphany:
The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Youtube Service will be available on Saturday evening
Sunday, January 10, 2021,
We are gathering on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtyard.

Monday, January 11, 2021
Office Closed

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Office Open
9:00am- 2:00pm

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Office Open
Epistle to the Romans Study on Zoom
7:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 14, 2021
Office Open

Friday, January 15, 2021
Office Closed

Saturday, January 16,2021
Office Closed

Weekly Greetings
St. Mary’s in the Valley Thursday,
December 31, 2020

Good Morning Friends,

Happy New Year! I had high hopes for a kinder and gentler 2021, but yesterday was something of a setback to be sure. With hope and a lot of prayers, we have started today off in a quieter and more peaceful USA. Thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who died in yesterday’s violence, and may justice prevail for those who were arrested in a day of tragic and senseless mayhem.

COVID continues to rage with yesterday’s death toll the highest ever. January 6th will certainly be remembered for days and years to come. We continue ask for God’s love and grace to be our shelter in the storm. A message was sent out yesterday from Bishop Susan Brown Snook. She has called upon all Episcopalians in our diocese to enter into a deep practice of prayer for our country and for the peaceful transfer of power over the next two weeks. Bishop Susan provided a variety of prayers that could be used. I really liked the very first suggestion,
A Prayer for the Human Family found on page 815 of the Book of Common Prayer.

Oh God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infects our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in
harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

There are so many wonderful prayers found in The Book of Common Prayer beginning on page 814. I encourage you to take a look and make any number of them a regular part of your prayer life.

Here are a couple of very brief thoughts for your week. I’m sorry to say I can’t really credit them to any particular person or website. They were just out there, and I took the opportunity to borrow them to share with you. You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens.

And Sometimes it takes an overwhelming breakdown to have an undeniable

Love and peace,
Heavenly Soap
Hand Crafted Soaps and Lip Balm by Women of St. Mary's Still Available. Display is in the haven and some holiday masks
Bishop's Committee News

In the November BC meeting, the meeting centered around the budget planning process for 2021. The finance committee report presented by Richard Wade included a recommended budget, based upon the performance in 2020 and the projected revenues for 2021. With the loss of fund-raising revenues, we had to dip into parish reserves to meet expenses. Based upon anticipated decreased pledge totals and not anticipating fundraising revenues, the proposed budget recommended not funding a music director position and the Office Administrator position for 2021, in order to achieve a balanced budget. It was offered with the realization that 2021 is going to be a non-gathering and virtual year due to the Covid-19 virus.

Between the November BC meeting and the December BC, a contingent of the BC met and generated a response to the Finance Committee, asking them to release certain endowment funds which had designations and were not being used and most likely would not have immediate use.

The Finance Committee offered their new budget proposal at the December BC meeting, which included a proposal to release some endowment monies to the Operation Reserve Fund to be used to fund the Office Administrator position for 2021, even though there was not yet confirmed pledge totals to meet the proposed budget. Certain BC members felt like the church would have to close down if we did not have the office administrator. It was repeated that members of St. Mary's would leave and not support the parish, if we did not have an office administrator. A member said we needed the Office Administator's fluency in Spanish to communicate with the Community gardeners. Another members said that the parish office was vital to keep open to welcome the people who came there each day and to answer the phone. Another said that parish volunteers were not able to perform the skilled duties of the Office Administrator. The vicar stated that under the uncertainty of the budget issue that he would have to work without renewal of his agreement to enable the parish to be able to reduce/ eliminate his services if the financial circumstances in 2021so dictated. In a compromise, a resolution to fund the Office Administrator for six months through June was offered and passed.

At a second BC Meeting in December, which did not achieve a quorum, and therefore had no vote, the Finance Committee presented a budget proposal based upon the previous vote of the BC regarding the funding of the Office Administrator's position for six month and an update on the pledge totals for 2021.

The other business pertained to the Christmas liturgical events and the gathering limitations given the county and diocesan requirements. Also, the BC accepted the letter of resignation of BC member Stanley V. Smith, Jr. to be effective at the Annual Meeting. We are grateful for Stanley's service and his continued offerings of wonderful music on the Hammer Dulcimer. The Annual Meeting date was announced for January 24th, with a Zoom meeting. Connie Bley as the nominating chair, will have a list of nominees for the 2021 nominees. Nominees should be committed to the ministry of the parish with their time, talent and treasure, as indications of their solidarity with our mission. The BC meetings will all be Zoom Meetings in 2021 due to the continuing Covid-19 gathering restrictions.

Stewardship Letter
St. Mary’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 491
1010 12th Avenue
Ramona, CA 92065

Thanksgivingtide 2020

Dear members and friends of St. Mary’s-in-the-Valley,

This has been an interesting and unplanned year, to say the very least.  The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us into new parish worship, gathering, business, learning and fellowship formats.  And we have tried to make transitions to virtual forms of communication.

As we prepare a budget for 2021, we are faced with some stark realities forced upon us by the Covid-19 pandemic and by the departure of people.  We passed our 2020 budget based on the assumption of revenues from fundraising, chiefly relying upon the Fall Bazaar, the Bluegrass Festival, rental of our facilities and the sale of quiche.  We have received no revenue from these venues this year, leaving us in a budget deficit for 2020 and requiring us to dip into our parish reserves.

As we endeavor to present a balanced budget for 2021, we need to be able to anticipate the revenues that come from the generosity of our membership.  The Covid-19 restrictions will most likely prevail for another year which will not allow our traditional fundraising events.  Our response will require budget adjustment to reassess personnel needs, ministerial and outreach efforts, dipping into available parish endowments, while we look for doable new fundraising opportunities.

To this end, we ask for your prayerful consideration of your financial commitment for the calendar year 2021.  Our proposed budget will be presented at the Bishop’s Committee on December 15th.  We would like to have your commitment cards by December 13th to help us in our budget planning.  With personnel cuts, we also may need to have help in the office and with the various kinds of onsite maintenance tasks that arise.  Your time and talent offerings are also valuable stewardship commitments.

A commitment card is enclosed, and we are very grateful for your giving for the survival of our important mission and ministries of our parish.

In Christ,

Father Philip R. Cooke                             Ms. Connie Bley
Vicar                                                              Bishop’s Warden
Download the Commitment/Pledge Card Here: Link

There's always time to pledge; it's not the amount you pledge, it's a courteous saying from your heart that you are with us in the support of the ministry.

Philip Cooke is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Epistle to the Romans Study
Time: Jan 8, 2021 07:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Vicar's Voice
Dear Parish family and friends,

I was part of a Zoom meeting with our Bishop and clergy on Thursday afternoon. Our guest speaker was the chief epidemiologist from UCSD, who is also a member of St. Peter's in Del Mar. She tracks daily the Covid-19 reports for our county and region and is part of advisory teams for recommending policy.

One clergy asked her when it might be safe for indoor regathering within churches. She said that at the very best, probably after December 31, 2021. There are new strains of the virus being discovered in our area; there is uncertainty about the timing of the general availability of the vaccines, and when enough people will vaccinated to achieve what is called herd immunity. We have to steel our hearts and minds to adjust to this reality in 2021.

The Bishop advises against open parish offices, since there has been a parish office in our diocese which reported Covid-19 infections. Being in enclosed spaces without adequate ventilation and circulation of air is a risk. I would advise very limited congregating in the modular, since it is very small and ventilation and air circulation is an issue. It is best to schedule office use time so that the number of people in the modular is kept to a bare minimum and for a short period of time.

We are sad to say good bye to Sonja Schurer and her family. They will be moving to the Denver area for Daniel's employment. We enjoyed Sonja and the delightful presence of the children and we will miss them, even as we wish them every good blessing in their new location.

We are happy to welcome, Jim, Kersten and Faith Williams to St. Mary's. They have taken up residence in San Diego Estates. Jim is a talented "Mr. Fix-it" guy and has offered his services to St. Mary for the maintenance of our property. And with Pete leaving and the Covid-19 situation, it is a blessing to have such a generous offering of ministry.

A former member of St. Mary's, Ann Everett passed away recently, and her grand daughter sent a generous gift in her member to our parish. We are very grateful.

January 9, Sunday, 2 Christmas, Youtube liturgy plus 9:30 a.m. Courtyard service, weather permitting or FM transmitter broadcast to car radios in the parking lot.

We will have our next study in the Epistle to Romans on Wednesday, January 13th.

The Annual Meeting will be a Zoom Meeting on Sunday, January 24th.

You may have seen what I wrote in the Ramona Sentinel this week about the "goals" for 2021 in Ramona. I had to admit that 2021 is still going to be dominated by the pandemic, and so it will be a Serenity Prayer year, of needing serenity to accept things we cannot change, having courage to do what we can and receiving wisdom to know the difference. This is not a "passive" give up surrender to the conditions, it is the seeking to make ourselves better in spite of what the pandemic is.

Let this year in the pandemic, be for us an "in spite of" year, as we seek to be more inventive and creative in how we can continue to comprise community in inspired ways.

Blessings and much love,

Father Phil

Betty C., Rhona H.,Jennifer D., Molly C., Charlene M., Alfred M., Carolyne S, Jay B., Erica H., Laura R., James “Chip” Mc C., Judy B., Amelie B., Hanne A., Richard R., Ken Mc M., Martha k., Robin J., Dave L., Joani G., Ron M., Dan F., Amber G., Beatrice L., Katie D.,Phillip C., Malina O., Dave J.,Walter S., Steve O., Alex W., Jo W.,Susie S.
Elizabeth P., Michael B., Byron H., Adeline R., Kaya D., Geneva P., Shirley K., Bella S., Harry L., Ashton F., Jennifer D., Marisa P., Charlene M., Renee R., Bev H., Shirley C., Bastion C., Justin M.

Virginia P., Ken N Cindy D., Shirley K., John A., Doris S., David S., John & Lisa M., Mary B., Sandi & William F., Renee R., Belinda L., Carlee R., Kevin V., Lola T., James T., Mary Jane R., Kathryn T., Tim S., Sandra F., Charlotte B., Richard R., Maria J., David L., Dan & Lisa, Grace M., Alma S., John & Nancy F., John & Geri B,Aaron B., Michelle M., Joy L.
Brooke S., Barron S., Chris R., Ricky S.,
Joseph F.

Names are listed for various lengths of time and may be extended on request.
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Office Phone: 858-487-2159
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Blessings to you and your family and friends!
St. Mary's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church
1010 Twelfth Street, Ramona, CA 92065
Mail: P.O. Box 491
(760) 789-0890
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