E-news June 20, 2020
Welcome
Father Tom Gartin!
Dear Faith Church Community,
 
This is an exciting and challenging time to be the Church and you have just received a gifted leader to be your Priest-in-Charge – Fr. Tom Gartin. As many of you know, he has been serving as the Interim clergy lead at St. Augustine following my departure last year. Tom was at St. Augustine for his discernment process for the priesthood and served as both a deacon and as the Assistant Rector after his priestly ordination. I have been privileged to be Tom’s mentor, boss, and friend. His path these last several years has been a hard one, and I am consistently impressed with Tom’s commitment to his own well-being and self-awareness and his commitment to his faith and his role as a spiritual leader.
 
Please know that the ARC and the Vestry maintained strict confidence throughout this process, and I was never asked about Tom until it came time to contact his references. As his former employer I was contacted a few weeks ago to be a reference, and it was only then that I knew he had applied for this position. Canon Andrea asked me the list of reference questions provided to her by the ARC, and she summarized my answers and provided them to the ARC for their report to the Vestry.
 
Faith Church has such wonderful and strong lay leadership and that is a gift for Tom as your PIC. The Holy Spirit is on the move and it is wonderful!
 
God’s Peace,
Pastor Liz
Dear Faith Church,

It is my honor and great delight to accept the call to serve as your Priest-in-Charge. You have done some incredible work serving Christ in your community, in this diocese, and across the world. My heart is filled with hopeful expectancy as we prepare to partner together in ministry.

We will share many stories together as we weave new ones together, and I look forward to our time of getting acquainted. I heard a rumor that one of the questions planned is about my hair color--I confess that I do not have purple hair, but I’m open to the possibility when we have our next fundraising event.

I’m passionate about faith formation and all the ways our learning and sharing life together helps us to see the radiance of divine joy that sparked the universe into being and knit each of us together with loving purpose. It’s hard not to get together and throw a big party--I know FEC knows how--but as we attend to the necessary work of health and caution, I know we will find ways to share life and fellowship and faith together.

May God’s Spirit fill our hearts as we prepare to join together in the life of faith.

Grace and peace,
Fr. Tom+

10 a.m. Live Stream Worship Service
You can view the worship service on Facebook Live and you do NOT have to sign up for Facebook. Simply click the link below.


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Zoom Coffee Hour at 11 a.m. Sunday!
Cathy Daust will be opening the meeting with a few comments about our new Priest-in-Charge, Father Tom Gartin. Eva Tak is our host this week.

Join Zoom Meeting Link:

Meeting ID: 886 2124 1262
Password: faithec

To Join by phone:

 Dial: 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 886 2124 1262

Password: 636978

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

Faith@Home
Blessing the Shawls
Our Knitting and Crocheting Ministry has been making shawls with their time at home! Today, we will bless their work during the 10:00 virtual service and the shawls will be donated.
Music Ministry Update
We are continuing with our task force in our work in regathering. Though the full Music Ministry team may not get to sing and play together for awhile, we can still combine our voices. You will be hearing more voices of our music team members on our music tracks heard during our livestream worship. It will still be a team effort.

Youth Band: The Youth Band is currently working on a Virtual Music project. There is still time to participate.

If you would like to be a part of this project please email me at
rosie@faithec.org or Brendan Campbell-Craven b.campbellcraven@gmail.com to get the links and instructions.

A Big Thank You to Brendan Campbell-Craven who is volunteering his time and putting this project together for us.

The music continues……

Rosie Sabado
Director of Music
Summer Fun For Everyone
Sign up ASAP!
A subcommitte of our Regathering Task Force has been hard at work to identify opportunities for Christian Formation and community connection during the summer. The committee members included Dan West, Amy Daust, Mary Higbee, Linda West, Kathleen Ober, Tassie Burton and Monica Ness. You can learn more about the options below.
Ding Dong Cookie Stash
Do you miss coffee and cookies after church on Sundays? Then join us for Ding Dong Cookie Stash this summer! There are two ways to participate:

  • Bake a batch of cookies and deliver it to your "Cookie Buddy" at an agreed-upon date and time during the month of July. 
 
  • Cards of Encouragement: Don't drive or bake? We need you too! Sign up to write a card with words of encouragement. We will team you up with someone who can drive and bake. Your card can be added to their special delivery.


The deadline to sign up is
June 20th.

Tassie Burton will coordinate this activity and you can contact her with questions at (916) 642-6868 or by email tassieburton1@gmail.com. 
Community Art Display
Open to All Ages!
Help us create a community art display at Faith Church!

Just imagine driving by Faith Church and seeing beautiful, colorful, inspiring posters on our lawn where the entire neighborhood can enjoy them.

Children and youth will automatically receive a poster to color. Adults who want to join in the fun can sign up. There are various styles and sizes.


The deadline to sign up is
June 20th.

Posters are due by July 18th. Youth from Faith will set up the display as part of the Faith Service Projects on July 11th and 18th.
Sunday School Fun Bag
Sunday Fun Kits
Pre-K to 5th Grade
A 10-week series has been created with our favorite stories from the Old Testament.

Sunday Fun Bags will be delivered to your doorstep this Sunday for families with children in the 5th grade and lower.

With the help of a parent, students can take a photo of their finished projects and submit them for our Faith@Home webpage, Facebook and Instagram.

MC Abajian will host a ZOOM Cookie Hour once per month where children can show off their project, play games and chat.
Fruit of the Spirit
Bible Study for Youth
Youth in grades 5-12 are invited to join in a Bible Study. This 30-day study, "Fruit of the Tongue", will challenge youth to think about how their words affect themselves and others. These are daily journals with scriptures to read, places to write and draw, stickers and more! There will be a ZOOM time to talk about the journals, share drawings, play games etc. Students who finish the entire Bible Study will get to plan and attend a summer party (assuming we are allowed to gather as a group.) Questions? Contact Monica Ness at monica@faithec.org.


Sign up deadline is June 20th!
Faith Service Projects
Grades 6-12
Faith Service Projects are open to youth entering 6th grade to 12th grade. We will gather outside to have fun and serve the church by taking on a landscape improvement project.

The Faith Service Projects are 1/2 day and include breakfast and lunch, a short spiritual enrichment, and water games at the close of the day. There are opportunities to be on the landscape team or the hospitality and art team. Our adult team consists of Dan West, Tim Daust, Steve Long, Jeffry Cannon, Monica Ness, and Amy Daust.

We want to offer two sessions, July 11th and 18th with July 25 as a backup date.

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".

OFFICE HOURS
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.

PRAYER REQUESTS
If you or someone you know is in need of prayer, please email prayer requests to Faithec@faithec.org .


PASTORAL SUPPORT
Pastor Liz Armstrong and Rev. Sonya are both available by email and phone to support you, but cannot make in-person visits at this time.

Liz Armstrong
(916) 201-3319

Sonya Reichel

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

SHARE FOOD CLOSET
The SHARE Food Closet is temporarily closed. Those in need can be directed to the El Dorado County Food Bank.