Saturday E-news August 29, 2020
Watching the service
The Neves family and cousins, watching
the worship service and working on Sunday fun bags.
Clergy Reflections
From Rock(star) to Satan in 0 to 60 Seconds

In last Sunday’s gospel lesson, Jesus praised Peter, formerly known as Simon, for correctly identifying Jesus as “the Messiah, the Son of the Living God” (Mt 16:16). This was such a good day for Peter. He was given the keys of the kingdom of heaven, the power to bind and loose, a truly awesome responsibility and challenge. He received a new name. To be named by another is to be claimed by that person as one’s own. God, through Jesus, claimed Peter as his own rock(star).

In this Sunday’s gospel lesson, we learn more about this being a good day for Peter, until it wasn’t! Shortly after Jesus praised Peter, he also rebuked Peter, because Peter tried to deter Jesus from what Jesus knew was his purpose and mission. “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things” (Mt 16:23).

Ouch! Poor Peter. And poor us. Peter is not the only one who is a child of Jonah, as Rev Tom talked about in his sermon last week. Peter is not the only one who gets “it” one moment and then loses “it” the next. Peter is not the only one who charges forward with great passion and courage, and then retreats in fear and weakness. Some version of this is the story of every human life, which means it is a sacred pattern that God works with for our good.

The dizzying ups and downs of life, the triumphs and the failures, the joys and the sorrows, have never been clearer to me than in our current situation. In one moment, I can be nearing despair with the suffering and confusion of the world and my students’ failure to read the syllabus, and in the next moment I can be oohing and awwwing over the sweet shoes that Amazon has just told me about and, in less superficial moments, feeling profoundly grateful I have what I need! We might be tempted to cling to the ups and try to avoid or deny the lows. But to do so would be to turn away from the fullness of being human. To do so would be to turn away from this sacred pattern that God uses for our good. Perhaps humbly accepting and growing from our lows is part of what Jesus meant by taking up our crosses and following him.

This week my new college semester began. In one of my classes, my students are studying a bit about Chaos Theory. Part of what Chaos Theory says is that seemingly randomly generated events often result in beautiful patterns. Google it; it’s super cool!

As we journey together through these turbulent, often chaotic times, trust that God is indeed creating a beautiful pattern with your life and with our lives collectively. As you take up your cross, as you accept and even embrace your lows, your less-than-fabulous-child-of-Jonah moments, continue to follow Jesus, trusting that God is working for our good.

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

With Facebook, if you have an account, 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

Mark Your Calendar
In-person, Outdoor, Compline Service
Wednesday, September 23rd at 6:30 p.m.
Please mark your calendar for our first in-person, outdoor, worship service. Wednesday, September 23rd at 6:30 pm wil be a Compline service. Pre-registration will be required so look for more information in the coming weeks.
Church of Rock
Youth Band Zoom Meeting
Rosie Sabado, our Music Director, is hosting a Zoom meeting for youth interested in the Youth Band. There are some great projects coming up, all of which can be done virtually. Be sure and join-in to learn more, see some friends, and have a few laughs.

Topic: Church of Rock Zoom Youth Band Meeting
Time: Aug 30, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 817 8390 3951
Passcode: 200647
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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:
Small Group Opportunities

Diocesan Partners in Ministries of Health
Promoting Hope, Healing & Health to
Our Congregations & Communities We Serve

A Perfect Storm:
Mental Health in the Collision of Pandemics
Noon-time 50 minute Brown Bag Zoom Webinar Series

Explore how global events are impacting mental health and learn strategies and resources
for supporting faith communities, families, local communities and yourself!
1.0 Free RN Continuing Education Units per 50-minute session.

#3 Storm Alert: Relapse and Recovery—September 2, 2020
The Rev. Anne Dryden McKeever, AB, MDiv
Helen A. Campbell, BSN, retired RN

#4 Storm of Loss: Grief in the Collision of Pandemics— September 16, 2020
The Ven. Margaret M. Grayden, CT, Archdeacon, Retired Hospice Bereavement Specialist

For more information contact Susan Wahlstrom at or (209) 304-8321

To REGISTER - email Ann Stoltz at

“I came that you may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10-10  

Spiritual Companions-A Small Group
Every Thursday Evening at 7 p.m.

Join us! This is an open group. We welcome everyone…..women, men, young adults, parents with young children. Anyone wanting to nurture their spiritual journey and strengthen community. 

In this Small Group we will nurture community by practicing Contemplative Prayer, explore spiritual practices for example Gratitude, Being Present, Examen, Lectio Divina, Wonder and more. We will ask questions such as, “Where have you seen Spirit working?” or “What is on your heart today?”

 Join in our Zoom meeting and see if this fits for your spiritual journey.   
For more information or to register contact: 
Susan Wahlstrom RN
Trained Spiritual Director
cell: (209) 304-8321

Road Closure
Just in case you plan to travel from Bass Lake Road to Faith Church or another nearby location, be aware that there are road closures planned. See the information below to learn more. This information was provided by

Country Club Drive - CLOSED 6PM Friday Evening August 28th from Tierra de Dios Dr to Bass Lake Rd at US50. Detour in effect through Sept 14th, when the new Country Club Dr alignment to Bass Lake Rd will open. Country Club Dr from Bass Lake Rd at US50 to Tierra de Dios will be closed to vehicles, and converted to a bicycle route.

Resources and Other Information
Mailing Address for Donations:
Faith Episcopal Church
PO Box 966
Shingle Springs, CA 95682

You can view a Liturgical Calendar for Upcoming Weeks with Links to the Lessons for Sundays and Major Holy Days from the Revised Common Lectionary (as adapted for use in Episcopal worship) at the following link:

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".