E-news August 2, 2020
Join us this Sunday for worship and to welcome Reverend Tom Gartin
Daily Bread

One of the surprising gifts of this pandemic is my falling more and more in love with Faith Church. In these past months. I’ve seen who you are even more clearly, and who you are is beautiful. Crisis can either bring people together or drive them apart. Crisis can bring out the best or the worst in us. In these past few months, I’ve seen so much beauty, creativity, flexibility, patience, and generosity in response to our rapidly changing circumstances. The Love that is our cornerstone is abundantly clear. While I dearly miss being with you in person, I am deeply grateful for the many ways you express your love and faith while we are physically distanced. And I am inspired by the ways you continue to be the Body of Christ in our local and global communities.

Our service last Sunday was a great example of how those touched by Faith Church, near and far, show their love. What a special service that was, sending our beloved Pastor Liz off into retirement! And this Sunday we have another opportunity to show our love as we welcome Father Tom. We will celebrate his new ministry among us during our worship service and our Zoom coffee hour afterward. Having already been blessed with a bit of time with Father Tom, I can assure you that your leadership has made a Spirit-filled choice in calling him. I find him to be a deeply kind and thoughtful person who listens attentively for the wisdom of the Spirit. He smiles easily, and I have a feeling he may bring a bit of mischief! He is different in some ways than other priests who have served at Faith Church. That’s a good thing. He brings his own unique strengths and gifts, and I look forward to seeing how those are exercised in our midst. I am confident he is the priest leader God intends to help us understand how God wants to move in us and through us in this next season of our congregational life.

As you welcome Father Tom this Sunday, I encourage you to continue welcoming him over these next months and years as he leads us in ways that will undoubtedly sometimes be uncomfortable. Remember, as the saying goes, it is the job of a prophet to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” And it’s not just Father Tom who is called to speak and act as a prophet. It is all of us. Through our baptisms, we too are called to be prophetic leaders. If that stresses you out, then just take a moment to breathe. And then breathe again. And then breathe some more until you feel the peace of God that is in you and around you.

In our gospel lesson this Sunday, we will hear about Jesus multiplying the loaves of bread and fish to feed the multitude. Bread reminds me of Communion, which I dearly miss in the form of bread and wine. But it also reminds me of the Lord’s Prayer. In our service, we will pray together: “Give us this day our daily bread.”

In John 4:34, Jesus said, “My bread is to do the will of the One who sent me and to accomplish the work I have been given to do.” Faith Church, that is our daily bread, too. Together, with Father Tom as one of our spiritual guides, we will discern what is our work at this time and we will support each other in doing that work.

As our Psalm 145 for this Sunday says: “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion and of great kindness.” God is so very good to us. Our daily breath and our daily bread are evidence of God’s loving presence with us every moment of our lives. I join the psalmist in saying, “My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord; let all flesh bless his holy Name for ever and ever.” Amen!

Reverend Sonya Reichel

New option for Viewing the Worship Service
You now have two options for viewing the worship service: Facebook Live and Zoom Webinar. If you have had any trouble watching the service using Facebook Live, consider trying the ZOOM link instead. You can also find these links on our website.

With Facebook, you can add comments and prayers while watching the service.

Zoom Webinar Information
This will look similar to Facebook Live except that you will not be able to comment or add prayers. Unlike a Zoom meeting, your personal video does not show, it is more like watching TV.


Or iPhone one-tap : 
  US: +16699006833,,81589841085# 
Or Telephone:
  Dial: 1 669 900 6833 
Webinar ID: 815 8984 1085
Coffee Hour
Get to Know Reverend Tom
Sunday, August 2nd at 11 a.m.
Get to know Reverend Tom Gartin during Coffee Hour this Sunday. The format is a bit different this week:

  • You will still join in using a link to Zoom
  • You will be watching a live broadcast, rather than interacting in breakout groups.
  • Unlike a normal Zoom meeting, your own video does not show, it is more like watching TV.
  • Several families and individuals from our community will help us learn about Reverend Tom during a fun Q&A.

Click the link below to join the Coffee Hour, after the worship service ends.

Giving Options
Mailing Address for Donations:
 Faith Episcopal Church
PO Box 966
Shingle Springs, CA 95682

Spiritual Companions
Ongoing Small Group
Sunday, August 9th 11 a.m.
Zoom for Parents
Let's Talk Sunday School and More
Dear Parents,

You are invited to join me for a Zoom meeting on Sunday, August 9th at 11 a.m. to discuss programs for children and youth. I need to hear from you! What ideas do you have for Christian Education in this era of COVID? How can Faith Church support your family through remote learning, working from home, social distancing etc.

Look for the Zoom link in the E-news next week and a separate email just for parents at Faith Church.

Regards, Monica Ness
Regathering Plan Completed
The Vestry has approved a Regathering Plan for Faith Church and a copy has been sent to the Bishop's Office. Click the link below to read the plan and learn more. There are additonal detailed instructions for volunteers and cleaning procedures. If you would like a copy please email the office at faithec@faithec.org

While potential plans for regathering are under discussion, no specific time-line has been set.

New Calendar on the Web
You can now view the church calendar on our website. It is up-to-date with events happening via Zoom. Thank you to Pat Ekelund, office volunteer extraordinaire, who has been working very hard to get this new calendar setup.

Timeshare Seeking a New Home
Pueblo Bonito Sunset
Pueblo Bonito Timeshare – Your Annual Vacation in Cabo
Would you like to vacation for a week each year in Cabo San Lucas? Faith church has a timeshare in the Pueblo Bonito complex where you can enjoy the sun and surf of Mexico. The unit is available to use one week each year. Several members of our congregation have stayed in the unit in the past as previously the week was auctioned off as a fund raiser for SSP. The vestry has decided to re-home the unit since it has not been used by Faith for several years. If you are interested in acquiring the timeshare and would like more information, please contact Cathy Daust by September 30, 2020.
Pueblo Bonito Bar
Resources and Other Information
Online resources for people in recovery

Isolation is perilous for people in recovery. We learn that our sobriety depends upon keeping connected to sober people, being accountable to others, being of service to others.  The Rev. Anne McKeever, Diocesan Recovery Facilitator has compiled resources that are still available during the "shut-down".

There are no established office hours during this time when the church is closed due to COVID-19 precautions. If you have any questions, please email the church at faithec@faithec.org.

If you or someone you know is in need of prayer, please email prayer requests to f aithec@faithec.org .


Reverend Tom Gartin

Reverend Sonya Reichel

Please email and contact information changes to the office at faithec@faithec.org .