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 in Lent

Youtube Service will be available on Saturday evening
Sunday, February 21, 2021,
We are gathering on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtyard.
The Great Litany on Zoo, 11 a.m.

Monday, February 22, 2021
Office Closed

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Office Open
9:00am- 2:00pm

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Office Open

Thursday, February 25, 2021
Office Open

Friday, February 26, 2021
Office Closed

Saturday, February 27,2021
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 18, 2021 
Hello Friends –  
 I hope this finds you all safe and healthy. There seem to be some rays of sunshine pushing through the dark clouds of this pandemic. More and more people are receiving the vaccine, hospital numbers and new cases seem to be falling a bit, and we have some new freedoms like dining out, on patios, of course, 
but still the idea is a welcome treat after so many days of staying in and staying home. 
For the first time ever in my long working life, I’m actually taking a few weeks off as Family Leave. My daughter fell on Jan. 31st and fractured her ankle. This was followed by surgery this past Friday. She’s 
getting along fairly well, but naturally is in non-weight bearing mode and will be for at least the next six weeks or so. I’ve become her chauffeur, sometime cook and shopper, and various other things that hopefully are making her life a bit easier. I’m thankful that I’m able to take the time and can be available when needed. 
Today is Ash Wednesday, and we just had a lovely Zoom service with Father Phil. It was very nice with many meaningful and thoughtful scripture readings, and Father Phil offered reflections on each of the readings. It was nice to be in community with others to begin this next forty days of penitence, atonement, self-denial, prayer and study. In one sense, Lent always seems to last forever, but I’ve found that the time goes much faster than I ever thought it would. Before we know it, Holy Week will be here, and we can enjoy the blessings of our Lord’s resurrection. While we will probably still be worshiping via You Tube and the back courtyard, plans are afoot for some special types of worship opportunities. Stay tuned for some of those ways that will help to make Holy Week both personal and spiritual. 
My family attends Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, and they provided their families with a Lenten Devotional booklet called Steadfast Love. These are inspirational short devotions from Henry Nouwen for all of the days of Lent. I shared the Ash Wednesday devotion with the BC at our meeting last evening, so I thought I would include all of you for Thursday after Ash Wednesday. It’s entitled Becoming Flesh. 

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.  John 1:14 
Dear Lord Jesus, you, the eternal Word, through whom all things came into being, you became flesh among us so that you could speak with us, walk with us, pray with us, yes even die with us. You became a human being among other human beings so that nothing human would be alien to you, so that in everything, except sin, you could be like us. 
Lord, you became like us that we might receive your grace. Amen. 
Here’s a very short thought for this week. Sorry that I can’t give credit where it is due – we will just have to enjoy!      God is still writing your story. Quit trying to steal the pen. Trust the author. 
Blessings to you and yours –  

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

Bishop's Committee News

The Bishop Committee met via Zoom on Tuesday, February 16th. The full committee was present. The meeting began with a meditation led by Cindy Dodson and a devotional reading by Connie Bley.

The main business of the meeting was assignments for BC members to represent the various ministries of the parish on the BC. Connie Bley is the Bishop's Warden again this year. Andrew Simmons was elected to be People's Warden, and will be responsible for our campus and buildings. Pam Patterson will continue to serve as parish treasurer and Connie Wiessenberger remains as our Parish Clerk. We are grateful for the willingness of our officers to serve the parish in these roles.

The other BC roles are as follows:
Liaison Roles-for areas of ministry Carol Weissenberger, -ECW, Prayers and Squares. Fern Smith-Prayers and Squares. Cindy Dodson-Centering Prayer and Education and Sacred Ground Program mentor, Deb Lewallen-Music, Liturgy, Centering Prayer. Virginia Polllack -Finance, Endowment, Outreach Projects. David Ortiz-Community Garden. Some of the goals in each of these areas of parish ministry were presented and discussed.

The Vicar gave an update on the regathering guidelines sent by our Bishop.

The parish has been given by Andrew a significant amount of "returned items from Amazon purchases," and we have the opportunity to market these items to try to replace some of the revenues that we have previously gained from fundraisers like the Fall Bazaar and the Bluegrass Festival in pre-pandemic days. Andrew has installed security cameras on the property for further security.

The BC reviewed and approved the Parochial Report for 2020, which is the "official statistics document" submitted each year to the Episcopal Church.
Caregiver's Coffee Support group & Bereavement Support Group

Dawn Stary, pastoral counselor and seminarian, and I have been doing a Caregiver’s Coffee support group for the past 6 months on the third Wednesday of the month from 1:30 – 2:45 pm, via zoom. This has been a positive experience for those attending, giving them a place to share successes and struggles. This group is slow growing but mighty. 
Tonight we will begin a bereavement support group from 6-7:15pm. This group will meet the second Tuesday of the month unless we find a time that is better suited to the group. I am reaching out to the North County Churches to see if you have any people who may be in interested in either of these groups. This is not limited to North County Churches as we’ve seen our doors open to people far beyond our church walls.  
As I begin to reach out to the community, if you have people whom you believe may be interested, please contact me or pass along the individual’s contact information and I will give them a call. If you’d like more information or would just like to talk about this ministry, please contact me. 
Many blessings.
Rev. Cindy Campos
St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church
16275 Pomerado Road
Poway, CA 92064
Cell – 858-449-0964
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 Great Litany on Sunday 11 a.m. on Zoom
Philip Cooke is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Great Litany
Time: Feb 21, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Topic: Epistle to the Romans Study
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Vicar's Voice
Dear Parish family and friends,

During Lent, we are encouraged to "simulate" tests and trials by self-denial and reaching out to help others. The Pandemic has seemed to keep us in a perpetual trial, a "perpetual Lent," being forced to give up things we have cherished, like meeting together and going out to eat.

The crisis of cold in Texas and the South, only emphasizes the fact that we always need practice to "be there for each other," since we do not know when the trials will come to us.

This week we ponder the temptations of Christ as we understand how connected that God wanted to be with us in Jesus. God connected with us and we should connect with God and each other in intentional ways. The Season of Lent provides us the time to work on enhancing our connections with God and each other.

Coming up:

February 21, Sunday, Last Sunday after the Epiphany, Youtube liturgy will available on Saturday evening the 20th. We will meet at 9:30 a.m. Courtyard service.

At 11 a.m. on Sunday, the 21st, we will pray the The Great Litany, a common disciple during the Season of Lent. See the Zoom link above.

We will have our next study in the Epistle to Romans on Wednesday, February 24th at 7:30 p.m.

Blessings and much love,

Father Phil

,Jennifer D., Molly C., Charlene M., Alfred M., Carolyne S, Jay B., Erica H., Laura R., Judy B., 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., Frank C., Jo M., Dinah, Aaron & Jillian G., Terrie & Jaelynn R.

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., Bev H., Shirley C., Bastion C., Justin M.

Virginia P., 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.
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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