Looking Ahead
Coming Events
August 12 th
Return of FISH
6 p.m.

September 8 th
Gratitude Dinner Hosted by Vestry

September 15 th
Rib Cook-off
5:30 p.m.

September 23 rd
FISH Parent Lunch

September 29 th
Memorial Service for Richard Dickens @ 2 p.m.
Reception to follow

September 30 th
Gratitude Sunday

October 20 th
Pre-Convention Convocation
10 a.m. to Noon

October 26 th to 28 th
College for Congregational Development Weekend

November 9 th to 10 th
Diocesan Convention

December 24 th
Christmas Eve Services
3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Table of Contents
  • Pastor's Letter
  • Service Times
  • Bishop's Prayer
  • Centering Prayer
  • Stewardship Update
  • Haiti Partnership
  • Adult Formation Classes
  • The Gathering Inn Hosting Program
  • The Gathering Inn Donations
  • Grocery Cart Ministry
  • Camp Noel Porter Celebration
  • Meal Train Ministry
  • Lunch w/Pastor Maryellen
  • In Loving Memory
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • FISH Youth Group
  • Sunday School News
  • News from the Nursery
  • Welcome Emma Andres
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Children's Choir
  • Daughters of the King
  • Brotherhood of St. Andrew
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • Companion's Corner
  • Birthdays
  • Anniversaries
  • Contact Information
From the Pastor

What to do...
I’ve just gotten news that my ex-husband is nearing the end of his life at the young age of 63. The years of alcohol and opioid addiction have taken their toll and his body is winding down. I went to see him in the hospital simply to say good-bye and to say thank you for such kindness to the woman who has been with him. We have not stayed in touch with each other much over the course of the seven years we have been divorced and it was disorienting to see him in such a condition. We were married for 27 years and this was not that man from so long ago.

What to do? To thank those who have cared for him. To whisper good-bye. To pray that he may have a peaceful and pain-free ending. It doesn’t feel like much but it was what I have to offer. And then I felt God’s reassurance that it was enough. That the absence of bitterness and the simplicity of gratitude were enough for that moment.

God does not promise us anything more than God’s love and God’s presence. And that is enough, too.

No matter what is going on in our unpredictable lives, it is enough.

God’s Peace,
Pastor Liz
Service Times
8 a.m. Sunday Service
The early service begins at 8 a.m. This is a simple communion service without music using Rite II. The quiet service will appeal to some every week and to others occasionally as a quieter way to worship.

10 a.m. Service
The 10 a.m. service is supported by the St. Augustine Choir. Sunday School begins at 10 a.m., except on some Holy days and special occasions. The FISH Youth Group meets 6 to 8 p.m. for dinner, lessons and worship most Sundays. The group is on summer break until August 12 th .
Special Prayer for
The Election of a Bishop
Almighty God, giver of every good gift, look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a Bishop for this Diocese, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Centering Prayer

One of the themes that is emerging in our ongoing practice of Centering Prayer is the awareness that God just wants to spend time with us. In response to the enthusiasm growing around this feeling, our Centering Prayer gatherings are now offered Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and Fridays at noon. The former Tuesday evening gathering has been changed to Monday. We hope that you will join us and see how contemplation can enrich your own experience.

Stewardship Update           
by Pastor Liz

On Saturday, September 8 th we will kick off our Fall Stewardship season as we prepare for our 2019 budget. We base each year’s budget income on the financial pledges we will all be asked to make. We don’t have “deficit” budgets at St. Augustine or what some churches call “Holy Spirit budgets” that are based on a hopefulness that money will come in. 

Over the next weeks, the Vestry will be providing several kinds of information: facts and projections about our financial picture over the next several years, personal stories from people about giving to the Church, and stories from our faith tradition about giving and generosity.

I know people can begin to get nervous this time of year. I understand. We will be asking each of us to give money to the Church on Consecration Sunday, September 30 th . I have a specific income and a home budget just like most of us. In the middle of daily life, I work to keep the lens of abundance in focus instead of a lens of scarcity.

And I keep in the forefront of my mind that the mission of St. Augustine is the one God is calling us to and that Jesus showed us all about…to be a place of sacred worship of God and to be a place that works hard to serve and love our neighbor. Nothing is more important than those two things. Stay tuned…stewardship is upon us.

St. Luc Episcopal School

Haiti Partnership News

by Pastor Liz            
Our Haiti Partnership team has been working on creating new ways to invite other groups into our plans and fundraising, groups like Rotary and other secular foundations. To do this we knew we needed a separate organization to work in conjunction with St. Augustine’s Haiti Partnership.

The Haiti Education and Development Corporation (HEAD) was recently formed and filed with the State on January 30, 2018. We are a domestic non-profit entity in the State of California. Our vision is to develop partnerships here and in Haiti to help advance education and the development of local communities with sustainable economic programs.

Our first project is the development of a collaborative relationship with St. Luc Episcopal School in Thomassique, Haiti. This School currently serves an average of 100 students from Thomassique and the outlying countryside. At the end of the last school year, the adjoining property to the church where the school currently meets became available for purchase. This was totally unexpected, and HEAD has responded with the funds required to purchase the land ($6,000 USD).

This will allow St. Luc to build a new school building much sooner than anticipated, with less school disruption by not having to build on the existing Church structure. Our upcoming mission trip January of 2019 will be exciting as we plan and dream with our partners.

We are looking for people who want to visit St. Luc and participate directly with our partners in Haiti. Is that you or someone you know? Please talk to any member of the team if you have ideas or questions. We are excited to be moving forward in these new ways!

Haiti Partnership Team : Jim Quinney, Jerry Harner, Mary Layman, Rick Lovin, Ashley Booker, Lyn Fuson, Liz Armstrong
Adult Formation Classes
Coming Soon!

Short Stories by Jesus.  Everything you've wondered about the parables of Jesus but were too afraid to ask! Join us for a six-part class starting Tuesday, September 18 th . Time to be decided on September 9 th at a quick meeting for anyone interested.

Disciple Bible Study: Luke-Acts. Join us for a 12-week class as we explore Luke's narrative of the life of Jesus and the birth of the Church. Meets Wednesdays at 2 p.m., starting August 22 nd .

Braving the Wilderness Book Group.  Join us for a three-week study of Brené Brown's book, Braving the Wilderness , starting on Tuesday, August 28 th .

Episcopal 101. Join us every third Sunday for a quick discussion of all things Episcopal. We meet in the sanctuary after the 10 a.m. service. Do you have questions about the liturgy, our tradition, or why we do things a certain way? Sunday, August 19 th , our focus will be the Book of Common Prayer and how it influences our common life.
The Gathering Inn Hosting Program
Every second Wednesday of the month, we host 70-plus homeless men, women and children, guests of The Gathering Inn, for a delicious barrel chicken dinner and a place to sleep at our Church.Three teams support this ministry: food preparation, room set-up, serving and clean-up.

Please look carefully at the new and improved sign-up sheet for the team hosting the dinner for The Gathering Inn. We are trying to have slots available for serving and cleaning up starting at 6:20 p.m. which hopefully will make this more accessible to many members who work and commute. Consider volunteering for one of the teams. It is very rewarding.

The Gathering Inn continues to have exceptional results with placing people in housing and assistance finding employment. They also offer an array of medical services designed to help reduce the amount of emergency care in our local hospitals. None of this would be possible without the core component of a place to stay every night and a good hot meal. Thanks to all who support this ministry with your time and treasure.

Sign-up sheets are at the Welcome Center in Canterbury Hall. The next hosting event is Wednesday, August 8 th. For more information, please contact Jim Quinney at:

The Gathering Inn Donations
Thank you for the awesome response over the past two months. Most of the important missing pieces have been donated for the Auburn Shelter. We are now back in the regular ongoing needs of liquid detergent, small toiletry items, adult jeans and new socks.

S ummer is here, and The Gathering Inn guests are in need of cooler clothing and shoes for men and women.

The Inn is also in need of liquid detergent for the mountains of laundry they do daily in the laundry room. All donations can be left in the grocery cart in the entrance way . Every item is greatly appreciated.

As always, unused travel-sized toiletry items are needed. Please place your donations in the grocery cart at the entrance to Canterbury Hall.
Jim Quinney will be delivering the items to The Gathering Inn each Sunday after Church.
St. James Grocery Cart Ministry

Protein – canned chicken and tuna are always in need as well as pop-top type pouch servings for those who do not have access to a kitchen. Rice and pinto beans, cereal and fruit cups (especially low-sugar content) are also in need. In addition, there is a need for flour and corn tortillas. The community garden is producing fresh produce which is also used to help supplement the food shortages in Lincoln. 

If you can, please add a can or two of tuna or chicken or maybe a bag of rice or a box of cereal or a package of tortillas, into your cart then into ours. The grocery cart is located at the entrance to Canterbury Hall. Thank you for your generosity.
Camp Noel Porter

For decades, Camp Noel Porter has been a sacred place for families, young adults, youth and children. As camping programs have changed, the Camp Noel Porter Board and the Board of Trustees have prayerfully decided that it is time to say goodbye to this summer camp ministry, remembering the spirit-filled gifts that we have received here. The time has come to "pass it on" as our camp-song reminds us.

To honor this beloved ministry, Bishop Barry Beisner invites you to a day of memory, celebration, prayer and song. This event is free, and dinner will be provided. Camp Noel Porter attire is welcome!

2 p.m.

4 p.m.

5 p.m.

6 p.m.

7:30 p.m.
Visit the camp, arts/crafts, ping-pong, connect with old friends

Eucharist at the Outdoor Chapel

Dinner Provided


Closing Prayer and Closing Song
" Pass It On"
Meal Train Ministry
The Meal Train Ministry is an online calendar that organizes delivery of meals for parish families in times of need.

Barbara Woolman is in charge of the Meal Train Ministry. If you are interested in providing meals for parish families, please contact:

Lunch with Pastor Maryellen

Please join Pastor Maryellen at noon for an informal, unrehearsed and fun time of conversation. No program, no agenda, no reservations required. Just bring your lunch to St. Augustine. A homemade dessert will be provided. The next date for lunch with Pastor Maryellen is scheduled for August 15 th .

In Loving Memory

Charles Richard Dickens

July 10, 1934

July 14, 2018
Memorial Service

A service will be held Saturday, September 29 th at 2 p.m. A reception will follow in Canterbury Hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Gathering Inn in Richard's memory.

St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room
A St. Augustine group of volunteers serves meals at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room the third Thursday of each month. They volunteer from approximately 9:15 a.m. until 1:45 p.m., helping prepare, cook and serve a warm meal for those in need.

Approximately two to three hours of standing are involved. All food is provided, and no cooking experience is needed.
Volunteers include Jack Dillon, John Redmond, Rob and Deidre Shonk, Catherine Beckman, Jim and Stephanie Tilton, Jim and Carla Dolislager, Rick and Janice Stenzel, Lyn Fuson, Linda Peterson, Steve Broce and Kathyrn Jordan.
  Please contact Rob Shonk if you are interested in working in this important ministry:
FISH is Back!

Youth in 6 th through 12 th grades will meet Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. for dinner, activities and worship. Our regular FISH schedule resumes Sunday, August 12 th. All are welcome to join us for youth-led worship at 7:30 p.m.

Parent Lunch

Parents are invited to a special lunch meeting on Sunday, September 23 rd , to connect, talk about FISH, upcoming events and goals for how we can support what our youth are doing.
Sunday School News
Sunday School will be available throughout the summer for children ages four to 11. We are always open to new volunteers. If you would like to volunteer to teach, please reach out to Shelby Larkey: larkey.shelby@gmail.com or 916-807-0880. More information about Godly Play will come in the fall.

News from the Nursery

The nursery is available for children ages six months to three years. Emma Andres is our new Nursery Attendant. She has a volunteer helping her each Sunday. If you would like to volunteer to help in the nursery, please contact Shelby Larkey: larkey.shelby@gmail.com.
Meet Emma Andres
Emma Andres is our new Nursery Attendant. Emma will be a senior at Rocklin High School this fall.

She is a Level 10 gymnast and trains at Byers Gym in Roseville (22 1/2 hours a week). Emma is excited to share that she has committed to UCLA for the Fall of 2019 and will compete on their gymnastics team.

Emma also plays the ukulele, piano and guitar. And she loves to surf. Her favorite surfing places are Santa Cruz and Huntington Beach. Her brother attends the University of Nevada, Reno.

Please extend a warm welcome to Emma! You will find her in the nursery.
Vacation Bible School 2018

Wow! What an amazing time we had at VBS 2018! We learned that although sometimes life makes us feel shipwrecked, Jesus is always there to rescue us!

So many powerful lessons and insights were seen this week, and the participants had a blast! A special thank you to Catherine Beckman who made the Shipwrecked theme really come to life. Her creativity and faith shone in her work this week.

Thank you also to all of those who volunteered, donated and prayed for our week. We would not have been this successful without every one of you! 
VBS 2017 Staff

Director Shelby Larkey
Assistant Staff Isabel White
Castaway Sing & Play
Amy Quinney & Tom Gartin
KidVid Cinema
Ashley Booker & Rob Shonk
Ship Rec Games
Maddie Lovin & Chris Deering
Bible Discovery
Sharon Taylor & Christine Holman
Catherine Beckman
Imagination Station
Catherine Beckman & Susan Ronan
Tropical Treats
Martha Kennedy & Natalie Cooper
Spotlight VBS
Rhonda Wampler & Nicole Johnson
Registraton Desk
Emily Buck
Tech Guru
Melissa Lovin
Crew Leaders
Christopher Buck
Colin Cooper
Lily Beckman
Hannah Johnson
Zach Beckman
Sam Glau
Franklin Glau
Sam Weston
Lucas Weston
Katelyn Cochenour
Nate Cochenour
Children's Choir

The St. Augustine Children's Choir will resume rehearsals Sunday, August 19 th following the 10 a.m. service. We will continue our rehearsals on the l st and 3 rd Sundays of each month. All children in kindergarten through fifth grade are welcome. For more information, please contact Amy Quinney:


Daughters of the King

The St. Augustine Chapter of Daughters of the King meets on the second Sunday of each month following the 10 a.m. service.

The previously schedule August 24 th meeting (meditative painting retreat) has been postponed until a later date.

DOK will meet at the Church Sunday, August 12 th following the 10 a.m. service.

If you are interested in becoming a Daughter or would like more information, please contact our Chapter President, Joanne McCormack:


Brotherhood of St. Andrew

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew holds its regular monthly meetings at 9 a.m. in Canterbury Hall on the second Saturday of each month. Coffee and breakfast are served. All men are welcome and encouraged to attend a meeting. If you are interested in the Brotherhood, feel free to join the group for a Saturday meeting and breakfast. If you would like to learn more about the Brotherhood, please contact Director Rob Shonk or Secretary John Redmond.

Gerald Harner was our guest speaker at the July 14 th meeting. He shared his Christian endeavors with the group.

The Brotherhood hosted a BBQ following the July 29 th 10 a.m. service. Nearly 100 Church members enjoyed hot dogs, hamburgers, salads and dessert. The Brotherhood raised over $500 in donations. After expenses, approximately $300 will be dedicated to outreach projects.

The group will not meet in August. Our next meeting will be Saturday morning September 8 th at 9 a.m. in the Sunday School room. All men are welcome to join us.

If you have further questions, please contact Director Rob Shonk: robshonk1976@hotmail.com.

Prayer Shawl
The St. Augustine Prayer Shawl ministry began in 2011 and to-date has given away almost 250 shawls. The recipients are those who are in need of a visible sign of caring and comfort to face life's more difficult challenges. Members of the ministry either knit or crochet the shawls with very soft, washable yarn that can be easily cared for and is very comfortable.

We currently have 11 active members, most of whom gather every second Monday of the month at the Church at 1:30 p.m. Members work on their own projects and enjoy each other's company.

If you wish to request a shawl for someone, notify Pastor Liz, Pastor Maryellen or Greer Nave. Please speak with Greer if you are interested in joining the ministry.
Companion's Corner

“Give us this day our daily bread.” How often we say those words! Karen Beattie elaborates on “bread” in the Daily Lesson Book I use (2018, A Book Of Grace-Filled Days , Loyola Press)

“There’s something about bread that is sustaining, life-giving, comforting, and filling. I still remember the smell of the bread my mother used to make. Not surprisingly, over and over again, Christ is described as “bread." And just like bread, Jesus sustains us, comforts us, gives us life and is our home.”

I would close with this verse from John 6:51: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven, whoever eats this bread will live forever, and the bread that I will give is my Flesh for the life of the world.”

Amen, dear friends,
Carole Peterson

Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

John 6:35

August Birthdays

August 1
Mary Morehead
August 2
Bob Deering
Sam Weston
August 3
Sheryl Forster
August 4
Lydia Nelmes
August 6
Britton Brophy
August 8
Barbara Sawyer
Vicki Cichocki
August 9
Carole Peterson

August 10
Jack Buffington
August 11
Bob Gartin
August 21
Jacob Applen
August 26
Carol Yelton
August 27
Terry Arcuri
August 28
Larry Buckmaster
August 29
Alice Burggrabe
August 31
Rhonda Wampler
Jesse Cochenour

August Anniversaries
August 8
Bill & Marcia Rush
Reg & Linda Underwood
August 11
Rob & Deidre Shonk
August 24
Jim & Stephanie Tilton
August 26
Scott & Martha Kennedy
Contact Information
Pastor Liz Armstrong
Associate Priest
The Rev. Maryellen Garnier
The Rev. Tom Gartin
Please contact the Church Office or Pastor Liz for pastoral emergencies.

St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal
A Safe Place for People Seeking God
1800 Wildcat Boulevard
Rocklin, CA 95765
Volume 8 No. 8 August 2018