Saturday E-news August 22, 2020
Prayers shawls and blankets available in the Library, courtesy of the Knitting and Crochetting Group. Email to arrange for pickup.
Clergy Reflections
Dear Friends in Christ,

If you’d like to donate to fire relief, let me encourage you to donate to the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund for Disaster Relief. Every penny goes directly to where it’s needed, and it goes there pretty quickly as we’ve seen in recent years’ fires. You can give at the following link, or through our website and selecting “Fires” in the fund menu. Online Giving Link

This Sunday we will hear Jesus’ promise to Peter that the Church will endure against the gates of hell. It was a powerful promise of hope and comfort in the midst of an ancient empire that embodied a dangerous fixation on power, a destructive addiction to wealth, and a disturbing comfort level with death. The Church in those days faced the gates of death. As much as the Church has changed in the last two thousand years, or even in the last six months, this message of hope is just as compelling today.

Death itself shall not prevail against the body Christ has made us into. We who face the presence of a dangerous virus in our communities, who face economic losses and financial hardships, who face uncertainty in the face of inequality and systemic injustice, and who face the visible smoke of a landscape that is quite literally burning. We who face these gates of death can take comfort knowing that we will endure as we have always done.

We are called to prayer, we are called to act as we are equipped (and if you’re not sure, the Holy Spirit has a way of getting your attention), and we are called to love. As we are nourished by the promises and love of Christ, as we feed on the bread of the Word, we are called to let our love be like bread for the hungry and like solid rock for the shaken. We are called not just as a nice spiritual metaphor, but bodily as the bearers of Christ’s Real Presence in the world: established, equipped, and assured in faith.

Grace and peace,
Rev. Tom+

Reverend Tom
Outside Service Trial Run
Volunteers Needed
Do you have an interest in helping Faith Church fine-tune the details of an outdoor worship service? We are looking for volunteers to help with a "trial run" on Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m. Please click this link to learn more about how to help.
Seasonal Event Planners Needed!
Holidays at Faith
Do you love seasonal events like Halloween, Blessing of the Animals, Christmas? Would you enjoy being part of a team to help plan COVID-safe virtual and in-person activities for Faith Episcopal Church? Here is your chance!

We are forming teams to work along-side Reverend Tom and staff members to generate ideas and implement intergenerational activities that bring joy and hope to our church community and the greater community here in the foothills. Planning will primarily be done via Zoom meetings. Events include:

  • Blessing of the Animals
  • Halloween
  • Landscape Improvement Days
  • Group Games
  • Advent
  • Christmas Pageant

Click here to learn more about the opportunities, then sign-up for a team and bring your ideas, enthusiasm and prayers!

If you have questions, please contact Monica Ness via email:
Options 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.

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. The passcode is Faithec.

Join the webinar by Phone:
Dial: 1 669 900 6833
Webinar ID: 864 1772 2967

A Note From Pastor Liz
Dear Faith Church Community,
Thank you all so much for the stack of kind notes and cards I received here in Lagunitas and for the generous cash gift. I was floored by it all! I wish we could have had a proper going away/retirement party, and I wish I could have properly communicated my gratitude in person. But life is pretty unpredictable nowadays.
I have moved to West Marin county to be with Eric and where we are set to be nervous for the next several months of fire season. The smoke is visible from the Point Reyes National Seashore Woodward fire and we had fire trucks headed up the road early last Sunday morning when lightning strikes started a small (thankfully!) fire on Mt. Barnabe in the wee hours of that crazy thunder and lightning storm.
It is weird to be your priest and pastor one moment and then not the next, but that is the way our system works. Please know how very much I continue to love and care for you all. Over the years I have had the privilege of being part of so many of your lives at the tenderest of times: in sickness, at the last moments of life and at funerals, at births and baptisms and confirmations, with your teens as they struggled with depression or questioned their sexuality, when you were asking the big questions of God about the meaning of life, when you celebrated birthdays and wedding anniversaries and Cursillos…and so many more important moments. 
Thank you for your trust in me over the years. Thank you for propping me up in my own tough times. I am beyond grateful and am continuously discovering new depths to the ways in which we have shaped each other for the good. I am grateful to have followed Jesus with you. You have loved me well and I hope you have felt well loved by me.
God’s peace be with you,
Pastor Liz
Resources and Other Information
Mailing Address for Donations:
Faith Episcopal Church
PO Box 966
Shingle Springs, CA 95682

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

If you or someone you know is in need of prayer, please email prayer requests to


Reverend Tom Gartin

Reverend Sonya Reichel

Please email and contact information changes to the office at
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".