June 24, 2020
4th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 8)
Psalm 118
Numbers 21:4-9, 21-35
Acts 17:12-34
Luke 13:10-17
SUN. JUNE 28TH - 10:00AM
Officiants: Reverend Nick Lorenzetti & Cathedral/Diocese Staff Clergy
Preacher: Deacon Terrance Goodpasture



SATURDAY, JUNE 27@ 6:00PM-8:00PM

SUNDAY, JUNE 28 @ 12:00PM

5:30PM | ZOOM
The next education series of the Cathedral will be a wonderful opportunity to gather with others from the Diocese for the important work of racial reconciliation.

We are thrilled to announce that Constance and Dain Perry will be hosting a conversation on racism and white privilege. Our conversation will be framed by the book, "Waking Up White" by Debby Irving. It is available on Amazon, Kindle, and Audio Book.

Each Wednesday in July at 5:30PM on Zoom.  Registration is required. The link to signup is below.

In the summer of 2001 Dain joined filmmaker Katrina Browne and eight other cousins filming a documentary movie, Traces of the Trade: A Story From the Deep North, about their ancestors, the DeWolf family of Bristol RI, the foremost slave-traders in American history. While following the route of the Triangle Slave Trade, from Bristol to Ghana to Cuba, they explored the impact of slavery on America and its ongoing legacy of racism. The film premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, was aired on the PBS series Point of View (POV) in 2008, won the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film in 2009, and in July 2009 was nominated for an Emmy Award for historical research.

Constance and Dain both retired early to allow time to travel the country screening the film before civic, school, college and church groups and facilitating conversations on racism and racial reconciliation. Over the years they have conducted over 225 screenings, in 30 states and 115 cities, before over 17,000 people. They are both active in the Episcopal Church and have served on a number of committees and boards.

Constance is currently on the Board of Episcopal Relief and Development. Dain has served on the vestry at their church, Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston. They were married in 2006, live in Charlestown, MA, and have an adult son.

In January 2020, Constance and Dain were the leaders of the Diocese of San Joaquin Clergy Conference at ECCO. During the gathering, the clergy viewed Traces of the Trade and engaged in extensive conversation and training pertaining to racial reconciliation.

The schedule of reading is as follows:

  • July 1st: Ground rules/norms & Section 1
  • July 8th: Sections 2 & 3
  • July 15th: Sections 4 & 5
  • July 22nd: Sections 6 & 7
  • July 29th: Sections 8 & 9
Bishop speaks about racial reconciliation
St. James' Thrift Shop Ministry
Tomorrow Night at 7:00PM
Like so many businesses throughout the country, the COVID-19 Pandemic has significantly impacted the Cottage Shop, the Cathedral's Thrift Shop Ministry. As in past years, the summer heat requires that we shut down the ministry until the weather cools off because the Cottage Shop does not have air conditioning or in-wall insulation.

Despite the extraordinary work and dedication of our Cottage Shop volunteers, the ministry finds itself at a significant crossroad, both operationally and strategically. The Cottage Shop is an important ministry to the community around the Cathedral and it has the potential to be an essential community asset.

We are not without options! As the ministry has been required to press "pause" due to the pandemic and summer heat, our Cathedral Community has an amazing opportunity to come together with our Cottage Shop volunteers to begin dreaming and planning for the future of our Thrift Shop Ministry.

Dean Ryan, Stan Boone (Senior Warden), Aaron Schuelke (Chapter Liason for the Thrift Ministry), and the Cottage Shop volunteers invite anyone and everyone to a special "town hall" conversation, tomorrow night at 7:00PM on Zoom .

In order for this ministry to not only survive, but thrive, we are going to need the support and energy of our entire Cathedral family. Please plan to attend and participate.
Luke: 12:49-56 "Can listening to one another be the answer?"
Last Sunday, June 21st, Reverend Kathie Galicia preached on a difficult passage from the Bible when Jesus spoke of division. To view the sermon, click on the link below.
Wednesdays in June at 6:30PM
Happy Pride Month St. James!

Each Wednesday in June, Deacon Nelson, the Diocesan Latino Missioner, will lead us in conversations around pride and racial reconciliation. These conversations will be held on the Diocesan Facebook Page, Live at 6:30PM.
There was no episode this week, "Five Good Minutes" will return next week, June 29.

Every Monday at 6:00PM a new episode of "Five Good Minutes" premiers on St. James' Facebook page and YouTube channel and past episodes are available on both broadcast platforms.

"Five Good Minutes" is a production of the Dean, Deacons, and Cathedral Administrator. As the "five" say, "In each episode, our goal is for the five of us, to share at least five of the most important newsworthy items in the life of the Cathedral. . . and we do this all...in 'Five Good Minutes' (or so)."
During the month of June the St. James Youth group will be meeting weekly on Wednesdays at 6PM. All youth ages 10-18 are welcome to join. The group will be discussing how the week has gone, plan future activities, and choose a movie for our end of the month movie night on Netflix Party!
Bible Study with Emily Niblick
According to most biblical scholars today, when the authors of the gospels attributed to Matthew and Luke (and maybe John) sat down to put pen to paper they most likely had two sources to help them. One was a mysterious document that scholars have named “Q” (for quelle), now lost, and the other was the gospel of Mark.

Although there is debate concerning the date, most feel that the gospel of Mark was written, possibly by the companion of Paul’s named Mark, before the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple by Roman troops in the year 70 CE. If so, it is the only gospel written before that calamitous event and impacts our reading of Mark. Somewhat short, Mark’s gospel is the story of Jesus, from wandering preacher and healer in Galilee to Savior on the cross in Jerusalem.

Please join us via ZOOM Thursday nights at 6:00 PM starting July 1st. For more information, and help using ZOOM just email me at emilyeniblick@gmail.com
Following the conclusion of the 10AM service join us on Zoom
Every Sunday, following the 10:00AM service at approximately 11:00AM (maybe a little bit before), St. James hosts a "Digital Coffee Hour" on Zoom. We invite you to grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us for the conversation. We invite you to grab a cup of coffee or tea or your favorite drink and join us for the conversation.

To participate, log into the  Cathedral Coffee Hour on Zoom. The meeting password is " james4147".

You can also join the conversation by phone. Call (669) 900-6833 and enter the meeting ID 821-8772-3828. You will be prompted to enter the phone password "492292".

St. James offers Sunday worship each Sunday at 10:00AM on our YouTube Channel, Facebook Page , and Website . Archives of these services are available .

Starting this Sunday, we will once again begin offering digital service programs. Visit the St. James website to download the program. If possible, for our creation care work, please do not print the program.

To help us improve our digital church experience, please evaluate your experience of our "live stream service," by taking a moment to complete a short survey following Sunday's service.
Decrease pollution by investing in hybrid vehicles
The San Joaquin valley has some of the highest air pollution in the country. One organization is working to clean up our air. Drive Clean in the San Joaquin is an innovative vehicle replacement program that allows low-income residents to exchange their old high polluting cars for newer hybrid or plug-in electric vehicles.

Exhaust from fewer than a million of these older, very dirty cars could be creating 30 percent of actual statewide vehicle emissions.
This program is available in Fresno, Kern (partial), Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tulare counties. Check out the requirements at https://valleycan.org to see if you or someone you know qualifies.
Date and time of the next meeting is TBA and will held in a Zoom Conference. Call in option: (669) 900-6833 and enter the meeting ID 738-270-106.
Date and time of the next meeting is TBA and will held in a Zoom Conference. Call in option: (669) 900-6833 and enter the meeting ID 378-306-618.
Postponed until further notice. Thank you for your understanding.
St. John’s Episcopal Church, the “church of presidents” in Washington, D.C., that has become a major flashpoint during weeks of unrest related to systemic racism and police brutality, was vandalized again on June 22 during another night of clashes between police and protesters in front of the White House.
With COVID-19 restrictions preventing an intended in-person rally in Washington, D.C., at least a million supporters of the Poor People’s Campaign reportedly tuned in on June 20 to watch a mix of live speeches and pre-recorded clips of liberal religious leaders calling for a “moral revolution” and the enactment of a sweeping policy agenda focused on the poor.
One symbol that is proving harder to remove than an individual statue is the Confederate battle flag that appears on the state flag of Mississippi. The flag now commonly known as simply “the Confederate flag” – which was used as a battle flag by Confederate troops and formed part of the Confederacy’s official flag from 1863 to 1865 – has occupied the upper left corner of Mississippi’s flag since 1894.
Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Webster Groves, Missouri, has sent mission teams to the Rosebud Episcopal Mission in South Dakota since the 1990s – to supply volunteer labor for construction and repair projects, but also to develop lasting personal relationships that bridge cultures, decades and hundreds of miles.
If you have any feedback, comments, or questions for the Midweek Missive Editors, please email us . Submissions to the Midweek Missive are welcomed and must be submitted to midweek@stjamesfresno.org by Tuesday at noon.