Gathering Information
On Sundays we meet at 9:30 a.m. with some restrictions. We now must wear masks again during worship, due to the unvaccinated and the threat of the Delta variant.

The Youtube liturgy is posted on Saturday evening.
Calendar for the Week

Youtube Service will be available on Saturday evening

Friday, Oct 22, 2021
8:30 Centering Prayer
Office Closed

Saturday, October 23, 2021
Office Closed
9:30 a.m. Prayers and Squares

Sunday, October 24, 2021
9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist

Monday, October 25, 2021
Office hours: 10 a.m.-Noon
4:30 p.m. Centering Prayer

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Office hours: 10 a.m.-Noon

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Office hours: 10 a.m.-Noon
7:30 p.m. Sacred Ground

Thursday, October 28, 2021
Office hours: 10 a.m.-Noon

Friday, October 29, 2021
Office Closed
8:30 a.m. Centering Prayer on Zoom, half hour session

The Office Hours are listed above, but you can contact Fr. Phil, to arrange a meeting at other convenient times during the week. He can meet you at the church office.

Quilt Opportunity
Hello St. Mary-ans (past and present):

St Mary’s-in-the-Valley will once again offer the opportunity to win a beautiful quilt this year. This year, we are fortunate to have a hand-made quilt by Jen DeSimone for the Opportunity Drawing. The twin-sized quilt will be beautiful on your bed! (See picture)
Since not everyone is able to be physically present to purchase tickets for this drawing, the Committee wants to give you the opportunity to support us this way. We are mailing you tickets so you will not miss out on this opportunity. If you feel led to participate in this opportunity drawing, please either sell the enclosed tickets or, if you choose, purchase them yourself. The drawing will take place at our 25th Annual Bazaar on November 13th, 2021. The quilt will be mailed to the winner if not in attendance.
Here are the instructions and cost:
Opportunity Drawing
$1.00 for one ticket
$5.00 for six tickets
$10.00 for twelve tickets
·     Please legibly write the name and phone number of persons buying the tickets on the back of each ticket.
·     All tickets with name, phone number AND payment must be returned to St. Mary’s by November 13th, 2021.
·     Drawing will take place on November 13th, 2021.
·     The winner will be contacted on that date or as soon as possible after that date if the winner isn’t present.
Tickets may be mailed back to St. Mary’s or dropped off directly at St. Mary’s office (modular) Tuesday – Thursday from 10 AM – 12 PM.
If you return tickets by mail, send to St. Mary’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, PO Box 491, Ramona, CA 92065 to arrive no later than November 13, 2021.
If you would like to purchase more than the number of enclosed tickets, please include a note and additional payment and we will ensure that the extra tickets are added to the drawing for you.

Thank you and God bless you all. Be well and stay healthy!

The 2021 Quilt Committee
Buying Scrip Helps St. Mary's. Contact Gail
Advent Book Study Invitation

Have you ever asked what the Gospels really teach about the birth of Jesus? "Because of the importance of Christmas, how we understand the stories of Jesus's birth matters. What we think they are about - how we hear them, read them, interpret them - matters". This statement is from the preface of a book called The First Christmas, by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. If you are interested in joining this book discussion group during Advent, please contact Fr. Phil or Cindy Dodson. We will make the time and the venue convenient for those who would like to read and talk about this compelling book.
Upcoming Dates

Sunday, October 31, 9:30 a.m. A liturgy to Unify the Triduum of All Hallow's Eve, All Saints' and All Souls' with special remembrances for our faithful departed loved ones

November 6 - 48th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, has been change to be a "Virtual" Convention

November 5, 6 p.m. Pauli Murray Film at the Church

November 12th, 13th: Fall Bazaar with Boutique and Craft items available for sale on Friday, November 12th
An Invitation to Intentional Stewardship
St. Mary’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 491
1010 12th Avenue
Ramona, CA 92065
Fall 2021
Fellow Stewards of St. Mary’s:
God loves cheerful givers because the flow of our time, talent, and treasure from our creative beings can be the joyful release of having our lives be relevant to other people in goodness in our specific ministries at St. Mary’s.
In the name of Christ, who sacrificed his life for that we might be living sacrifices, I invite you to intentional stewardship for our parish in 2022. Why do I believe we are a worthy “investment” for our stewardship investments?
1-Our parish is a graceful expression of the catholic church, with direct continuity in an historic tradition, where we forgive people of the past for not being perfect, but don’t let their failure at the full practice of justice keep us from more inclusive practice of love and justice in our age.
2-We need to survive, even when we don’t seem popular, because people are nomadic in their faith, and when persons grow disillusioned with other narrow-minded faith communities, we need to be a welcoming community.
3-St. Mary’s has a unique ministry in Ramona: openness to persons of different ethnic/faith backgrounds, affirm full participation of women in all ministries, openness to LGBTQ persons and their ministry in our church; we believe in modern science and modern medicine, and we believe that we can be poets and scientifically sound without contradiction.
4-We are established to be enlightened American patriots. We derived from the Church of England which was a state “established” church. We adapted to the American constitutional separation of church and state. We believe our strategies of loving our neighbors as ourselves are the fitting expressions of holding that all are created equal in God’s image and due equitable life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.
What is not to like about our identity and aspirations, as a community who believe that our faults are always correctable as we try to live out Spirit-filled lives? If you believe in our aspirations and ideals and that they are worthy to be promulgated in word and deed here in Ramona, please be a steward with us. Fill out a pledge card and Time and Talent Survey to help us plan for 2022, a year of great promise as we recover from the effects of the pandemic.
Thank you for the gift of your life which you offered to God, Christ, and the church in your baptism.
From a fellow steward who needs to give more,
Philip R. Cooke

Prayer and Squares Are Meeting
Prayers and Squares is meeting on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call Sandy if you have any questions.
Craft and Boutique will be open Friday Evening, November 12th
We are pleased to announce that the performance of the Shirthouse Band will be added to the Bazaar event. We hope that the additional venue will bring more people to our event to peruse the Boutique, the Craft Fair and our Outdoor yard sale.
Fall Bazaar
The ECW women of St. Mary's have finalized a date for our 25th Annual Fall Bazaar. It will be held on Friday Evening, November 12th and November 13th this year, so please mark your calendars! Craft and Boutique items will be available to buy on Friday evening. Since this is our only Fund Raiser we are hoping that everyone will participate in some way in order to make it a success! Please be thinking of where you can help.

Gail is in charge of the yard sale while Laura Myers and Sandy Bedard are co-chairs of the Boutique, Karen Cooke is heading up our newly formed Craft area and Carol Weissenberger and Jenn DeSimone are the Bazaar co-chairs.
Crafters wanted for the Craft Fair as a part of the Bazaar on November 12th & 13th

Just a reminder that we will be having a mini-craft fair as part of the Bazaar this year. Since we can't do our baked goods and soups we felt that we should replace it with something. If you can make something for us to sell we would be so grateful! It could be anything at all !

St. Mary's to Screen Documentary
St. Mary's is excited to announce outdoor movie night, Friday November 5 at 6:00 p.m.

We are showing the film My Name is Pauli Murray. Pauli Murray was a civil rights activist and lawyer who influenced many in the social justice movements, including Thurgood Marshall and Ruth Bader Ginsberg. She was ahead of her time as a non-binary woman and went on to become one of the first women, and the first Black woman, to be ordained in the Episcopal Church. This is an important documentary that you will not want to miss.

Starbucks pre-made coffee and individually wrapped treats will be available, but you are free to bring anything you would like to eat or drink during the film. Since we will be outdoors, and it will likely be a cool evening, bring a jacket. If you prefer your own folding chair, bring that also. If you have questions or would like further information, please contact either Fr. Phil or Cindy Dodson (602-549-9839).

Link for Trailer: My Name is Pauli Murray
Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground gathers via Zoom will meet next on October 27th, at 7:30 p.m. The work of racial justice is on-going and it is a continual work in our hearts so that we are unlearning bad habits of bias and learning how to be truly open to the appreciative regard for all people. Dates of our Meetings: October 27, November 3, 10, 17

Coming up will be a St. Mary's movie premiere on November 5th, a documentary on The Rev. Pauli Murray, the first African American woman Episcopal priest, a civil rights movement architect, women's rights activists and LGBTQ rights visionary, and one who influenced the lives of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Thurgood Marshall.

To get some more information you can visit this link:Sacred Ground
La Misa in English

St. Mary's in the Valley will joined our Diocese in "La Misa in English" Latino outreach project.  Laura Myer has joined Cindy as a facilitor. If you are interested please contact either Fr. Phil or Cindy Dodson (text to 602-549-9839) or email
Thank you!
We appreciate the work that Greg and Dawn did in putting a new roof on a storage shed and repairing the ramp and the door and lock. We're grateful for their labor of love!
Centering Prayer
Is God calling you to Centering Prayer? Two Opportunities to Explore

Centering Prayer will meet on October 25th, at 4:15 p.m.(prayer starts at 4:30 prompt) in person at the church. We have several copies of the updated version of Fr. Keatings's Open Mind, Open Heart, enough so that we probably don't need to share books. We will use this book for formation and we will practice lectio divina with our readings. The Friday morning Centering Prayer on Zoom continues at 8:30 a.m. for a short, half hour session of meditation only. If you want to know more and are interested in joining, please contact either Deb Lewallen ( or Cindy Dodson (
Vicar's Voice
Dear Parish family and friends,

The Gospel lesson for this Sunday is about "seeing again." New sight is what we often need in our lives to make creative advances to new excellence, both personally and as a parish. How can we be better? How can we be more Christ-like? How can we better stewards? How can we overcome littleness of mind and heart?

We pray that the Holy Spirit will give us new vision for our lives.

We hope that you are considering participation in our stewardship program to prepare for 2022. See the links for the pledge cards and the time and talent surveys above. Thank you for your participation! The finance committee is very grateful for your assistance in helping them prepare a reliable budget for next year.

Remember our event on All Hallows' Eve.

On Sunday, October 31st, the Sunday liturgy will be an attempt to unify the Triduum of All Hallow's Eve, All Saints' and All Souls'. We will remember the heroes in our cloud of witnesses, especially Blessed Mary, our Mother Saint. We will have a Day of the Dead Altar, las ofrendas, as a gift from Mexican culture which celebrates the interaction with the communion of our local saints in a very deliberate way. Tere Nichols has prepared our "Ofrenda" with such beautiful loving care in the past. We hope you will bring pictures of faithful departed loved ones and also bring/wear a family heirloom that connects you with forebears in a tactile and visual way. Also, I plan to have stencils and paint for you to paint the name of your faithful departed loved on a brick on the paths in our Labyrinth and our paths of prayer will be surrounded by the names of our faithful departed loved ones. I hope you can join us for this special liturgy.

Blessings and much love,

Father Phil

Keith, Jerry J., Nikki M., Bob W., Richard R., Janet S,Dottie H., Ralph D.,Doug S.,Jennifer D., Jerry P., Sarah S., Guillermo, Ward B., Stanley S., Antonio M., Frank and Rose, Donna N., Pamela W., Karen H., Nicole, Donna B., Dianne B.

Betty C., Michael B.,Stephen C., Dave C.

Faithful Departed

Chila, Dave C., Virginia P.

Brooke S., Barron S., Chris R., Ricky S.,
Joseph F.

Please submit the names of persons for our Prayer Lists so that we can keep them current and up to date

Vicar's Office Hours 10 a.m.-Noon
Tuesday - Thursday

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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