E-news August 8, 2020
Jonah and the Whale: Sunday Fun Art by James Goodness
What are you doing here?

What did you learn about being afraid when you were a child? Did you learn that someone would always come to find you and make you safe? Or did you learn that you were all alone, that the only person you could count on is yourself? Did you learn that it’s okay to express your fear, or did you learn that crying would only make things worse?

This week’s readings take us into the heart of fear. Elijah hides in a cave. The faithful in Rome hesitate in the face of rejection, shame, and persecution. The disciples tremble at the unexpected. Until God visits, until the saint provides encouragement and wisdom, until Christ reveals his face. Amidst the anxiety, fear, confusion, and despair, we witness the fearful faithful being shown the way back into the fullness of God’s love. There’s no loyalty test, no proving ground, no judgment declaring them unfit to bear the Gospel or unworthy of God’s love.

So take heart whenever you feel lost, whenever you feel unprepared, whenever you feel battered and hopeless. When God comes and asks “What are you doing here?” it’s not with the teacher voice and it’s not with the voice of condescension, disappointment, or shame. It’s not the voice of someone who’s come to drag us out and give us a lesson in tough love. The question comes from the one who made you out of an abundance of love and joy. It comes with the voice of divine love, the sound that breaks the loneliness, abandonment, and fear to draw us to remember. Remember that we are noticed, accepted, and cared for by a God whose love is immeasurable, incomprehensible, and inexhaustible.

Truly, that is wonderful news and something worth celebrating. How can you do that today?

Rev. Tom

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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.

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.

Join the webinar by Phone:
Dial: 1 669 900 6833
Webinar ID: 815 8984 1085
This Sunday, August 9th at 11 a.m.
Zoom for Parents
Let's Talk Sunday School and More
Reminder, this Sunday we are offering a Zoom meeting for parents of all students in pre-k to 12th grade to discuss programs for children and youth. We need to hear from you! What ideas do you have for Christian Education and celebration of events like Halloween, Advent, Christmas during this era of COVID? How can Faith Church support your family through remote learning, working from home, social distancing etc.?

Join by Computer:

Join by Phone:

1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 825 9349 2322
Passcode: 3865131

Homebrewed Reading Group Opportunity
Black Theology
It's not too late to join the Homebrewed Reading group on Black Theology.

Description from the Homebrewed Website:

The aim of this course is to explore four major themes that shape Black Theology. Black Theology is critical thinking about the framing stories and interpretive structures that organize and give meaning to black life. It is a way of framing Christian faith through the goal and practice of liberation. As we dig into each of the four themes we will examine a number of short reading selections, receive lecture from Adam in conversation with Tripp, hear from a different special guest scholar, QnA time, and engage the community in the online group.
Can't join live? Want to save the content for later? No problem! ALL THE CONTENT OF THE CLASS WILL BE RECORDED AND SHARED AS BOTH AUDIO and VIDEO TO THE CLASS. SO go ahead and join.

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

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 faithec@faithec.org.


Reverend Tom Gartin

Reverend Sonya Reichel

Please email and contact information changes to the office at faithec@faithec.org.
Fun with Children & Youth of Faith Church

Sunday Fun Kits are being delivered to homes every two weeks and include an Old Testament story and craft along with a snack. Last Sunday the children learned about Jonah and the Whale. Jonah was an Israelite whom God had called to be a prophet but who refused to accept his divine mission and left on a sea voyage instead. God then raised a great storm as a sign of his anger with Jonah. The sailors, realizing that Jonah's disobedience had caused the storm, threw him overboard in an attempt to save their ship. Jonah was saved from drowning when he was swallowed by a “great fish.” He lived for three days inside the creature, after which the fish “vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.” Thankful that his life had been spared, Jonah took up his prophetic mission.

Jonah and the Whale: Sunday Fun Art by Isobella Goodness
by Isobella Goodness
Youth Outing to Sacramento Aquatic Center

Fifteen youth and adults ventured out to the Sacramento Aquatic Center for a few hours of kayaking and fun. Everyone seems to be getting use to the idea of wearing a mask! Youth are meeting regularly via Zoom for games and companionship.
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Youth at Sac Aquatic
Youth kayaking