Looking Ahead
Thursday, August 15 th
Vestry Meeting
7 p.m.

Saturday, September 7 th
5:30 p.m.
Gratitude Dinner

Sunday, September 8 th
Grandparents Day

Sunday, September 8 th
4 p.m.
Leader Team

Sunday, September 8 th
FISH Kickoff

Friday & Saturday,
September 20 th & 21 st
DOK Province VIII Retreat
Faith Episcopal Church
Cameron Park

Saturday, September 20 th
Episcopal Men's Conference
Brotherhood of St. Andrew
Trinity Cathedral Sacramento
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, September 23 rd
First Day of Fall

Sunday, September 29 th
Gratitude Sunday
8 & 10 a.m. Services

Saturday, October 5 th
Haiti Partnership Event

Sunday, October 6 th
Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, October 12 th
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Safe Church Workshop

Saturday, October 19 th
Church Tea
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 19 th
Deanery Convocation
Location TBD

Thursday, October 31 st

Friday, November 1 st
All Saints Day

Friday, November 7 th , 8 th & 9 th
Diocesan Convention
McClellan Conference Center

Sunday, November 10 th
DOK Holiday Luncheon
At Dottie Neil's Home

Saturday, November 16 th
6 p.m.
Brotherhood Spaghetti Feed
& Bingo Night

Sunday, December 15 th
6 p.m.
Winds of Faith Concert

Tuesday, December 24 th
3 p.m.
Christmas Eve Service
Children's Pageant
8 p.m.
Traditional Christmas Eve Service

 Ongoing Events
Choir Rehearsal
Sundays @ 9 a.m.

Children's Choir Rehearsal
1 st & 3 rd Sundays @ 11:15 a.m.

Episcopal 101
3 rd Sunday @ 11:30 a.m.

Outreach Committee Meeting
1 st Sunday @ 11:30 a.m.

Daughters of the King
2 nd Sunday @ 11:30 a.m.

FISH Youth Group
Sundays @ 6 p.m.
Will resume September 8 th

Prayer Shawl Ministry
2 nd Monday @ 1:30 p.m.
Evening Centering Prayer
Mondays @ 6:30 p.m.

The Gathering Inn Hosting
2 nd Wednesday @ 6 p.m.

Lunch with Pastor Maryellen
3 rd Wednesday @ 12 p.m.
Will resume October 16 th

Haiti Team Meeting
3 rd Wednesday @ 6 p.m.

Vestry Meeting
3 rd Thursday @ 7 p.m.

Noonday Centering Prayer
Fridays @ 12 p.m.

Brotherhood of St. Andrew
4 th Saturday @ 9 a.m.
Table of Contents

Looking Ahead
Ongoing Events
Table of Contents
From the Pastor
Service Times
Centering Prayer
Adult Formation
Episcopal 101
Fall Classes ~ The Story of Abraham
Giving in Gratitude ~ Fall Stewardship
Gathering in Gratitude ~ Hosted Dinner
Coffee Hour Volunteer Opportunity
The Gathering Inn Hosting Program
The Gathering Inn Donations
Outreach Ministry
St. James Food Pantry
Safe Church Workshop
Lunch w/Pastor Maryellen
St. Vincent de Paul
Meal Train Ministry
FISH Youth Group
Sunday School News
News from the Nursery
Children's Choir
Church Tea
Daughters of the King
Brotherhood of St. Andrew
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Goats
Companion's Corner
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Contact Information
From the Pastor

Discernment is one of the most difficult spiritual disciplines. In our recent Bible study on the wisdom literature of the Hebrew scriptures, we examined the question, “What does it mean to be faithful?” If this question seems simple at first, it quickly leads us into complex and difficult terrain as we try to understand what the Creator’s intention is for us, what God expects of us and how we are supposed to live. 
It’s tempting to substitute the discipline of listening for God with the drive-thru version of religious life, to check in for prayer every once in a while but avoid the time it takes to gather, prepare, and taste all the ingredients and steps along the way. And yet, the God we meet in the scriptures and in the world around us is Creator, a gardener who laughs in the language of flowers and teaches in the language of goats and golden grass. 
This same Creator delights in you, loves you and calls you to grow. Into what? For what purpose? To what end? Sometimes we think these questions require practical steps and we make bullet point lists, we take advice, we carry expectations. But what if God’s call is beyond the lists, the well-intentioned advice and the expectations laid upon us? What if God is the place and the purpose God calls us toward is to the inexplicable delight of our Creator’s love? 
Discernment, then, means learning to see ourselves as God sees us, to see others as God sees them, to see that the life of faith God desires for us is saturated by wondrous love. So may that love warm your heart as you seek the wisdom to navigate that difficult relationship, may that love sustain you as you seek the wherewithal to wait through that anxious time, and may that love fill you with childlike exuberance as you find the gifts of courage, hope and truth that your Creator offers.
In Christ,
Service Times

8 a.m. Sunday Service
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. Sunday 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 during the school year at 6 p.m. for formation and worship (resumes September 8 th).
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. We hope that you will join us and see how contemplation can enrich your own experience.

Adult Formation Classes

Episcopal 101

Join us every third Sunday for a quick discussion of all things Episcopal. We meet in the Sunday School room after the 10 a.m. service. Do you have questions about the liturgy, our tradition or why we do things a certain way? Our next meeting will be Sunday, August 18 th . The classes are led by Fr. Tom.
Fall Classes
The Story of Abraham
What does it mean to be chosen by God? What does it mean to be obedient or righteous? What is the hope of faith? Learn the strange story of God's covenant with a man called Abraham.

Part I: In Pursuit of Peace
Tuesday, September 24 th
12:30 and 7 p.m.

Part II: The Promised Child
Tuesday, October 22 nd
12:30 and 7 p.m.

Part III: Old and Full of Years
Tuesday, November 12 th
12:30 and 7 p.m.
Giving in Gratitude
Money can be an uncomfortable subject, but it is a topic that Jesus spent a lot of time teaching about…money is an essential tool in doing the work of ministry as we walk the way of love that he taught us. Our faith shows us that all we have belongs to God and calls us to be faithful stewards of what we have been given. 

On Saturday, September 7 th we will kick off our Fall Stewardship season as we begin to prepare our 2020 budget. Following sound financial wisdom, we budget carefully to avoid deficits to carefully nurture the ministries of St. Augustine. So, each year we are asked to make a financial pledge for the upcoming year, and we use these pledges to create our budget.

In the coming weeks, the Vestry will be providing information about our financial health and goals we have that support our ministries. You may have already noticed the charts and graphs in the bulletin over the last few months providing some up-to-date information about our financial progress through the current year. If you have questions, please feel free to talk to me, to Bob Deering (our Treasurer) or to Sharon Mershon (our Parish Administrator). 

As I think about all that God has done through this blessed community, I feel a deep sense of gratitude that leads me back to the mission God has called us into and is calling us into again each day. May we walk faithfully the way of love, and when we look to our right and to our left, may we see Christ walking with us to strengthen and encourage us.

Fr. Tom+
Many hearts fill our Church with love!

Gathering in Gratitude
Fall Stewardship Kickoff

Please join us on Saturday, September 7 th  at 5:30 p.m. for a wonderful dinner, fellowship and sharing about our Church community life. The Vestry is hosting this event. Children of all ages are invited to join their families at this dinner. Please let us know if you need childcare for the very young children.
The Vestry will share with parish members information necessary for all of us to do our part in being good stewards for St. Augustine. We will take a look back at the year in review and also a look toward the future.
Mark your calendars for this event. Plan to be an important part of the future of St. Augustine.
Hosting Coffee Hour is Easy!

All of us enjoy Coffee Hour after church. However, we need more volunteers to sign up to provide snacks. It is easy! Find a partner to share the experience. Keep it simple.

Although occasionally those who host provide a generous offering, that is NOT the expectation. Snacks can be simple finger foods such as: cookies, crackers, cheese, chips, veggies, fruit . . . you get it. You will need about 100 pieces.

TIP: Check out the big box stores for large packages.

Come early to set up, stay late to clean up. You do not have to worry about coffee and tea as those are provided by the Hospitality Coffee person. Look for the sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center. Thank you for volunteering. If you have questions, please contact Camille Grabowski at:


The Gathering Inn Hosting Program

Are you looking for a way to serve? The Gathering Inn Hosting Program is a fabulous outreach ministry. Over 30 Church members volunteer throughout the year to help with the work involved in serving our Gathering Inn guests. Volunteers are needed each second Wednesday of the month for meal preparation, set-up, serving and clean-up. Over 70 guests arrive each second Wednesday of the month for a hot meal and a safe place to sleep.

The menu includes Jack Dillon's special barrel chicken, green salad, rice with chopped vegetables, rolls and homemade desserts. Volunteers begin working Wednesday afternoon to set up Canterbury Hall and the sanctuary and to prep the meals.

After dinner, the guests watch a movie in the sanctuary. Families with children usually sleep in the Nursery or Sunday School rooms. Single men sleep in the sanctuary, while single women sleep in Canterbury Hall. Mats are provided by The Gathering Inn staff. The guests watch a movie in the sanctuary before they settle down for the night.

By 6 p.m., everything is ready for the guests who arrive by bus or van. They drop their bags and duffels in the Sunday School rooms and take a seat. After grace is said, guests line up to get their food which is dished out buffet-style by Church volunteers.

Guests are assigned tasks by The Gathering Inn monitors who accompany them. In the morning, guests serve themselves a granola bar and coffee and juice for the children. They clean the kitchen, sweep the floors, scrub the toilets and reset the sanctuary.

Around 5:30 a.m., a St. Augustine volunteer comes to check our facility and lock up. Everyone is gone by 6:30 a.m., and our Church is back to normal. You would never even know anyone had been there!

Sign up at the Welcome Center to help with this ministry. This is an amazing way to serve. Rick and Janice Stenzel are in charge of this ministry. If you have questions, please contact Rick or Janice at:

The Gathering Inn Donations
The Gathering Inn has a great need for High Energy detergent as well as bleach, bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths, fitted twin sheets and gently used pillows. TGI is also accepting men's undershirts (tee-shirts and tank tops), men's shorts, women's jeans sizes 2-8 or juniors size 11 and women's summer shorts.

Please place your donations in the grocery cart at the entry to Canterbury Hall. Every item is greatly appreciated. Beth Sulc will deliver the items to The Gathering Inn. If you are interested in helping to deliver donations, please contact Beth at:

Thank you for your generosity!
Gently Used Towels
Men's Tee Shirts
High Energy Detergent
Outreach Ministry

I n the spirit of our Church tradition, the mission of Outreach Ministry is to love others as God loves us. We do this by serving those in need and inviting others into transformational experiences of serving others.

Some of the organizations we serve include:
  • The Gathering Inn Hosting Program. Our next meal event will be Wednesday, August 14th. The sign-up sheet for volunteers is located in the Welcome Center.
  • St. James Grocery Cart Ministry. Donations of food staples for this small pantry in Lincoln can be dropped off in the grocery cart at the entrance to the church. Flour and corn tortillas, pinto beans, canned chicken and tuna, rice, cereal, fruit and peanut butter are especially appreciated.
  • Rise Against Hunger. 178 people raised over $8000 and packed over 20,000 meals for struggling families. We will be hosting it again. Watch for the new date!
  • Seniors First. Daughters of the King members packed 48 Care Kits adding notes of good wishes for local seniors.
  • St. Luc Episcopal in Haiti, Acres of Hope and Kairos have also received funds from the Outreach Ministry. All funds come from generous donations of our parishioners and from our annual fundraiser. 
St. James Food Pantry Ministry

St James Food Pantry is actually busier than ever with school being out for the summer. Thank you for the rice, raw pinto beans, tortillas, canned chicken/tuna and cereal. We can also use healthy fruit cup snacks or drinks with moderate sugar would also be very helpful. Other items are appreciated as well.

Thank you to all who have generously donated food to support the pantry. The pantry in Lincoln is low in supplies. They are distributing a good bit of food every week. The need is not diminishing, and they appear to have expanded their outreach into the community.

St. James is grateful, and we are responding with the specific items of food requested. Your continued support is appreciated and important. Food scarcity is a very real situation and is 24/7.

Please make sure your items are not past the expiration date and are unopened.

The grocery cart is located at the entrance to Canterbury Hall. Thank you for your donations.

Jim Quinney
Safe Church Workshops

Safe Church training is important for all Church leaders. The next opportunity to complete the Safeguarding God's Children and Safeguarding God's People is Saturday, October 12 th , 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Augustine Church.

As part of our denominational standards, all staff and volunteers who work with children or vulnerable adults are required to complete training on the prevention of sexual abuse. Anyone with high access to children or vulnerable adults must complete the Safeguarding training, including Sunday School teachers and Lay Eucharistic Visitors. Please contact Fr. Tom with any questions. You may register by visiting the St. Augustine website:

Lunch with Pastor Maryellen
The Wednesday Lunch Group will not meet during the summer. The next gathering will be Wednesday, October 16 th at noon.

Please plan to join Pastor Maryellen 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.
St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room
A group of volunteers from St. Augustine Church 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, Steve Broce, Linda Peterson and Kathryn Jordan. 

Volunteers for Thursday, August 15 th are Rick and Janice Stenzel and Steve Broce.

  Please contact Rob Shonk if you are interested in working in this important ministry:

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:

Youth Group News & Updates
The FISH Youth Group, grades 6 - 12, is on break now. The group will begin meeting Sunday, September 8 th at 6 p.m.

FISH Calendar
September 8 th

September 15 th

September 29 th

October 6 th
Fall Kickoff

Discussion & Worship

Discussion & Worship

St. Francis Walk & Talk
Connect With Us!
Make sure you are getting all of the information about Sunday School as we are moving over to Shutterfly, where we can communicate and safely share photos at:

From the Lead Teachers

Hello, Busy Parents!

In case you have missed hearing about the exciting changes in Sunday School, here is a quick overview.  

Fr. Tom is now overseeing and supporting the Sunday School program. Kara Diaz and Natalie Cooper have volunteered to be our lead teachers.  They are committed to providing a cohesive learning environment, focusing on activity based lessons, learning a prayer from worship monthly and creating a caring church community for our children.  So far the kids have had very positive feedback! We are also helping the children choose one way to show God's love throughout the week.  

Moving forward, we will be using a Shutterfly share site to communicate with you. It's an invite-only page, so it's "safe" to share pictures and other not-for-public-viewing information. There you can find out who is teaching each week, what our classroom needs, and sign up to volunteer to be the assistant teacher for the week. Please check those other folders for your invite from Shutterfly!

What We Need from YOU! 

We are asking that each family participating in our Sunday School program prayerfully consider committing to one Sunday a month to be the assistant teacher. If everyone just took one Sunday a month, we'd be all set. Our Safe Church policies require two adults with the kids at all times. The assistant is the second adult in the room and might be asked to help pass something out or help a child read. It's easy, rewarding and so important!

Thank you!

Kara and Natalie
Hudson Atiya Saleh was baptized into the Kingdom of Heaven Sunday, July 28 th. His parents are Andrew and Emily Saleh. The godparents are Ryan and Erin Town. Over 25 family members gathered to celebrate Hudson's baptism. He celebrated his first birthday July 30 th. We welcome Hudson into the St. Augustine family. The Saleh's began attending St. Augustine about six months ago.

News from the Nursery

Changes in the Nursery!

Please welcome Jordan Craft and Siena Giampaoli as our new Nursery Attendants.

Jordan will be a junior at Whitney High School this fall. She is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America Club and the Varsity Track Team in discus and shot put. Jordan has been active in pageants the last few years and was selected Miss Teen Lincoln 2019.

Siena will be a senior in the fall at Rocklin High School, where she is very active. She is currently on the Rocklin High Dance Team, volunteers for the kids camp that the Dance Team hosts each year and is an active member of St. Peter and Paul Church in Rocklin.

Our Nursery is a very active place, which is awesome. Please know you are welcome to bring your child back into the nursery after communion if you choose. Please let our Nursery Assistants know if you plan to do this so they are prepared. Our attendants do take turns for communion, but there is always someone in the Nursery.

We thank Emma Andres for her service in the Nursery. She leaves next month for UCLA where she will be a freshman. While at UCLA, she will continue competing in gymnastics for the UCLA team. We wish her the best of luck.

Many thanks to Melissa Lovin for her dedicated service as coordinator of the Nursery. Kathy Dillon will oversee the Nursery needs until a Children's Ministry Coordinator is hired.

Please contact Kathy or Fr. Tom if you have questions:

Jordan Craft
Melissa Lovin
Emma Andres
Siena Giampaoli
Children's Choir

The Children's Choir will resume rehearsals Sunday, August 18 th following the 10 a.m. service, concluding by noon. Rehearsals will take place on the first and third Sundays.

The choir sings periodically during the 10 a.m. service throughout the school year. All children from kindergarten through 5 th grade are welcome. Give it a try!

We are looking for more children to share their enthusiastic voices in the awesome Children's Choir.

Questions? Contact Amy Quinney at:

    Mark Your Calendars – Saturday, October 19 th

St. Augustine is hosting a Tea Party!  

What a perfect time to be thinking about a Tea Party at St. Augustine. As I am writing this, I am grateful for the AC, as the gauge on the thermometer climbs to 98 degrees. I close my eyes and conjure up an image of brisk cool winds, brilliant blue skies and trees turning the colors of gold, orange and red.

The Tea will be held on Saturday, October 19 th from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. It will take place at St. Augustine Church. The proceeds will go to the Aesthetics Committee projects.

There will be delicious food and wonderful fellowship. Word is that there is a chance of a good ghost story or two by a couple of old Storytellers who will be there.

Maybe Christine will wear a hat….perhaps a costume!!

Something to think about as you Save the Date!

Daughters of the King

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

Province VIII, which covers the western states, will host a two-day retreat September 20 th and 21 st at Faith Episcopal Church, Cameron Park. Newly-elected Bishop Megan Traquair will speak on Friday, and Former Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefforts Schori will be the keynote speaker on Saturday.

Joanne McCormack, our current president, is also the president the Diocese of Northern California. Member Penny Hart is vice president. There are currently 19 DOK chapters in the Diocese of Northern California. A 20 th chapter will be instituted at Incarnation in Santa Rosa in September. The Diocese of Northern California is part of Province VIII, which includes eight western states.

The next meeting for the St. Augustine chapter is Sunday, August 11 th. We will elect new officers at that meeting.

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


Brotherhood of St. Andrew

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew holds its regular monthly meetings at 9 a.m. in Canterbury Hall the fourth Saturday of the month. Coffee and breakfast are served. All men and youth are welcome and encouraged to attend a meeting.

Even if you are not a member of the Brotherhood, and just have an interest in what we do, you are welcome to join us for breakfast. Rob Shonk is the Director. If you would like to learn about the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, please contact Rob or Secretary John Redmond.

The Brotherhood is gearing up for its second Episcopal Men’s Conference, which will be held at Trinity Cathedral in Sacramento on September 21 st . Brotherhood Executive Director Tom Welch and Vice President Jack Hanstein will be in attendance.

Topics include:
  • Serving our Veterans: How can we assist those who have served our country?
  • Men and Social Action Panel: Human Trafficking; Helping the Homeless; Kairos Prison Ministries
  • Paradise Wildfire Update: How can we help?
  • Brotherhood of St. Andrew: What we are about!

The Conference is open to all men and youth. Registration is $20, and includes Continental breakfast and lunch. For more information, contact Rob Shonk.

The Brotherhood is also planning its second Spaghetti Feed/Bingo Night, which will be held Saturday, November 16 th .

The next Brotherhood meeting will be held August 24 th , 9 a.m. in the Sunday School room.

Prayer Shawl
The dedicated group who knit and crochet our prayer shawls consider it a privilege to share their talents making these garments of comfort and compassion.  Patterns and yarn are available to our members.

Some choose to do all their knitting/crocheting at home, and some enjoy coming to our monthly meetings on the second Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Church.  

Please contact Greer Nave if you are interested in giving a shawl to someone or joining the group:


The One That Got Away...
The goats arrived on the Church property to eat their way through the grass and weeds. They left our grounds cleaner and safer.

One goat got away...clearly, she was very clever. Wonder if she was looking for a way back inside.
Companion's Corner

As summer heats, up so does our national and international discourse. Technology has brought a new level of speed to communications, and it can be both divisive and dangerous.

I have never before seen the level of vitriol and rigidity in our national communications. It makes one almost fearful of the election in 2020 that is obviously now in full gear. The international discourse and behavior have also reached alarming levels. One particular newscast so alarmed me this past week that my recourse was to mute the TV and, at the same time, an old hymn began going through my mind. I was grateful as it settled my anxiety, and I found myself humming it throughout the day. It is an old chestnut in the music realm and its lyrics go something like this:

In Christ there is no East or West,
In Him no South or North;
But one great fellowship of love
Throughout the whole wide earth.

It also called to my mind the Biblical spiritual imperative to “become perfect as God, whole.”

As Christians we need to avoid becoming argumentative regarding politics and help ourselves examine the real issues facing this country. Sadly, the hatred and untruthfulness flashing from screen to screen and person to person is one of them.

Galatians gave the basis for the hymn and can also help us live peacefully in the overheated atmosphere in which we currently find ourselves.

“As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”
                            Galatians 3:27-29 New Revised Standard Version

A blessed and linguistically cooler August, dear friends,
Carole Peterson
August Birthdays
August 1
Mary Morehead
August 2
Bob Deering
Sam Weston
August 3
Sheryl Forster
August 6
Britton Brophy
Isabella Carruth
August 8
Barbara Sawyer
Vicki Cichocki
August 9
Carole Peterson
August 10
Jack Buffington
August 11
Bob Gartin
August 15
Linda Peterson
August 21
Jacob Applen
August 26
Carol Yelton
Ryan Bannister
August 27
Terry Arcuri (Sears)
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

Assistant Rector
The Rev. Tom Gartin

Associate Priest
The Rev. Maryellen Garnier

Please contact the Church Office or Fr. Tom for pastoral emergencies.

St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal
A Safe Place for People Seeking God
1800 Wildcat Boulevard
Rocklin, CA 95765
email: staugustine@staugustineepiscopal.com
Volume 9 No. 8 August 2019