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 8, 2021
8:30 a.m. Centering Prayer on Zoom
Office Closed
6 p.m. White Elephant Potluck at Sandy Bedard's

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

Sunday, October 10, 2021
9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist

Monday, October 11, 2021
Office hours: 10 a.m.-Noon
4:30 p.m. Centering Prayer Group

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Office hours: 10 a.m.-Noon

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Office hours: 10 a.m.-Noon
3:30 p.m. Finance Committee on Zoom
7:30 p.m. Sacred Ground on Zoom

Thursday, October 14, 2021
Office hours: 10 a.m.-Noon

Friday, October 15, 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.

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 13th: Fall Bazaar
From the Bishop's Warden: Connie's Comments
Weekly Greetings
      St. Mary’s in the Valley
      Thursday, October 7, 2021
Dear St. Mary’s Friends –
Sweaters? Long pants? Despite the gloom, the fall temperatures have been so welcome. While I’m certain we will see more heat in the weeks ahead, I am loving the respite. It makes me feel as though I’m back in the mid-west at least for a week or so. The rainy days have been most welcome as well.
Things are happening at St. Mary’s as we welcome fall and all of its various activities. Last Sunday, we worshipped together outdoors on our new labyrinth area. Of course, that was in deference to Father Phil’s blessing of the animals and, of course, all of creation. Several people brought favorite plants to receive blessings. It was really a lovely and meaningful service, and it was actually very nice to worship together outside. Father Phil has plans for the October 31st service too. It will be a combination of All Hallow’s Eve, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day. Stay tuned for more information, and I’m sure Father Phil will also be providing more words of wisdom regarding this special weekend.
Here are some short thoughts for the week ahead. I’m sorry I can’t properly credit the following – it’s a post sent to me from a friend but with no other identifying information. I still found it quite meaningful.

A satisfied life is better than a successful life. Because our success is measured by others, but our satisfaction is measured by our own soul, mind and heart.
This second one came to me, also from a dear friend, but it can be credited to Brian Zahnd at
We all make errors in our theology; you and me both. So my recommendation
is to err on the side of love.
Because…. God is not doctrine. God is not denomination. God is not war.
God is not law. God is not hate. God is not hell….
God is Love.
And, finally, from Awareness Act:
Things end. People leave. Time passes. Memories fade.
Feelings change. And you know what. Life goes on.
Blessings and love,
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.
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 November 13th this year, so please mark your calendars! 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 13rh

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 !

Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground gathers via Zoom will meet next on October 13th, 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 13, 27, November 3, 10, 17

Coming up will be a movie premiere in October, 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
Centering Prayer
Is God calling you to Centering Prayer? Two Opportunities to Explore

Centering Prayer will meet on October 11th, 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,

We are into the fall and the finance committee is beginning to plan a "rational" budget for 2022 to present to the Bishop's Committee and then to the Annual Meeting to be a financial blueprint for the next year. A budget needs to be "informed" with predictable data including a reasonable projection of revenues and expenditures for the new year. With expenditures, we rely mainly on the expenses from the previous year and bump projection upward if things like utilities are likely to rise. For revenue projections we rely on the "data" of what we get from the pledge cards turned in by our membership. A pledge card is the way which members participate in a courteous effort of being wise stewards with the collective resources of the parish.

Stewardship is not just about money; it is essentially the full expression each member's "ordination" into ministry which occurs at Holy Baptism. When most of us were baptized, we did not have a wallet in our pocket or purse, but our whole being was baptized and gifted for ministry in the church to be manifest in our time, talent, and treasure and released when the events and occasions arise.

Since we already belong to God, we await for insight from God in the strategic release of our gifts for ministry when we are led by the Holy Spirit to offer them for the ministry of our parish.

It is true to say that a completely "omni-competent" God does not need our money or our ministry, however, it is also true that St. Mary's-in-the-Valley needs both our money and our ministry since unlike the invisible God, we are very much visible with property to maintain and ministries which need time, talent, and treasure to be offered to God like the bread and wine to be blessed and then distributed in the completion of the mission and ministry of our parish.

We are asking your help in preparing for ministry in 2022. We are thankful to have survived the pandemic, limping, but still in tact and ready to ramp up old and new ministries as further reprise from the pandemic is achieved.

In the next days we will be sending pledge cards and time and talent surveys for each of us to prayerfully register how we are to express our calling to ministry in our parish for 2022. Thank you for participating in our stewardship planning and thank you for the legacy of ministry and giving which is so evident in so many of you who have been the angels who have kept us being a unique community of inclusive welcome in Christ's church in Ramona, letting our community know that God loves everyone.

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 Hayden, 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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