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 Second Sunday in Lent

Youtube Service will be available on Saturday evening
Sunday, February 28, 2021,
We are gathering on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtyard.
Stations at the Cross on Zoom, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, March 1, 2021
Office Closed

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

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Office Open

Thursday, March 4, 2021
Office Open

Friday, March 5, 2021
Office Closed

Saturday, March 6,2021
Office Closed
Community Garden News

For those of you who gather in the courtyard on Sunday mornings, you may notice some new pots that have been planted. The Moreno sisters who have all of the cactus plants in the garden took it upon themselves to repot and replant some of our big pots so that they would grow better. So a huge thanks goes out to them!

I also had a visit from Jacqueline Reyes from Vista Hill who was inquiring about renting a couple of plots for some of her clients. We will be welcoming Jacqueline and her clients sometime next month!

Weekly Greetings St. Mary’s in the Valley
Thursday, February 25, 2021 
Hello Everyone!

For Thursday, the First Week in Lent, the devotion from Henry Nouwen’s Steadfast Love, is entitled, Poured Out.

While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Matthew 26:26-28

In the Eucharist, Jesus gives all. The bread is not simply a sign of his desire to become our food; the cup is not just a sign of his willingness to be our drink. Bread and wine become his body and blood in the giving. (With Burning Hearts, 68)

As I kneel at the altar waiting for the pastor to come my way, I often fidget. I know he’s getting close, and before long, he will say, “Take, eat; this is my body. This is my blood, given for you.” Those are not just the pastor’s words, those are Jesus’ words, and when I look into the pastor’s eyes at that moment, I see Jesus and I know he sees me. I recall visiting the nursing home where my mother spent her last months and days. She was lying still in a sleep state, no longer even able to open her eyes. Yet I remember nurses coming to feed her and quietly saying, “Here now. This is for you.” Then she would open her lips and sip by sip she would take it in, and I would remember Jesus.

Dear Lord Jesus, before you left this earth, you left behind the gift that keeps on giving: you Body and your Blood. You gave it even to me. I thank you with all my heart. Amen.

Here is a poem by John O’Donohue that I thought I would share. During these difficult days of the pandemic, it helped me to see that we would see good days again. After all, slow and steady wins the race! This is the time to be slow, Lie Low to the wall Until the bitter weather passes.

Try, as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And Your hesitant light.

If you remain generous,
Time will come good;
And you will find your feet
Again on fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blushed with beginning.
Peace my friends,

Heavenly Soap
Hand Crafted Soaps and Lip Balm by Women of St. Mary's Still Available. Display is in the haven and some masks

Sacred Ground: A Program to Understand How Our Racial Attitudes Have Been Socially Constructed

The Episcopal Church and our Diocese are committed to explored the way of love, and what it means for our faith to live the life of what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called the "Beloved Community." We have the opportunity to participate in a study program generated by the Episcopal Church, called Sacred Ground. It is quite a thorough program and involves watching some videos and reading some books. The people who have made the commitment to complete this program have had enlightening experiences. We plan to offer Sacred Ground at St. Mary's-in-the-Valley in Zoom sessions beginning the Wednesday after Easter. Cindy Dodson has done two programs and has been mentored in being a facilitator for us to guide us through these sessions. It will require a commitment, and the willingness to have our lives exposed to some of the results of living in segregated ways from persons of color.

From Cindy: Starting on Wednesday evening, April 7, 2021, we will begin a Sacred Ground Circle at St. Mary's. Sacred Ground is a 'deep dive' study into anti-racism, a program developed and supported by the Episcopal Church. Sacred Ground is much more than a teaching tool. It is a pilgrimage and an often difficult journey. Its aim is to call us, by use of film, readings and discussion, to a deeper understanding of racism and bigotry, how we got here and how we can change our hearts to help heal our community. The time to dismantle hatred and injustice is now. 

Typically there will be a film to watch, an article to read, chapters in our assigned book, or a combination of those things that will be part of this journey and will need to be completed before each meeting. If you are interested in this commitment, please contact Cindy Dodson, call or text 602-549-9839. Cindy will be the facilitator for this pilgrimage and will provide more details to those who are interested.

To get some more information you can visit this link:Sacred Ground
Church Periodical Club Ministry of the Written Word Grants

National Book Grant applications are available for enhancing, supporting, and developing your ministry with written materials including books, ebooks, CD, audio books etc. for adults.

Applications are due March 1st, 2021, then reviewed at the board annual meeting with notification in mid- summer. Funds are sent in late summer/early fall 2021.

Information and grant application can be accessed on the CPC website
These grants are part of NBF (National Book Fund).
Further information or questions please contact Maryfran Crist maryfrancrist64@gmail or Debbie Ventura

Birth thru 18 y/o grants are under Miles of Pennies (MOP) and may be applied for throughout the year. More information on these grants and the application can be found on CPC website
We will be doing the Stations at the Cross on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom
Philip Cooke is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Vicar's Voice
Dear Parish family and friends,

According to the words of Jesus, to be disciples we are to "take up our cross" and follow him. About this we cannot be too literal since it would mean seeking out a method of capital punishment. "Taking up the cross of Christ," was a metaphor for what Paul wrote, "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me." Identity with the cross of Christ is part of the spiritual program of Paul. He found in this identity the power to die to what was unworthy within himself.

A liturgical devotion during Lent is to pray the Stations of Cross. We will do this together in a Zoom Meeting on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

I hope you are praying about participation in the Sacred Ground program which will begin after Easter. It is part of the commitment of our church to explore our attitudes on racial relations in our country.

Coming up:

February 28, Sunday, Second Sunday in Lent, Youtube liturgy will available on Saturday evening the 27th. We will meet at 9:30 a.m. Courtyard service.

At 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, the 28th, we pray the Stations of the Cross in a Zoom Gathering. See the Zoom link above.

We will have our next study in the Epistle to Romans on Wednesday, March 3rd at 7:30 p.m.

Blessings and much love,

Father Phil

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Office Hours 9:00am-2:00pm
Tuesday - Thursday

St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church
16275 Pomerado Road
Poway, California 92064
Office Phone: 858-487-2159
  • Pastoral Counseling is provided as follows:
Monday's - 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Dawn Stary M.A.
Pastoral Care & Counseling

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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