Looking Ahead
Coming Events
July 16 th to 20 th
Vacation Bible School
9 a.m. to Noon

July 22 nd
Vacation Bible School Sunday

July 29 th
Brotherhood of St. Andrew BBQ
11:30 a.m.

August 5 th to 7 th
FISH Youth Group Retreat

September 8 th
Gratitude Dinner Hosted by Vestry

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

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

October 26 th to 28 th
CCD Weekend

November 9 th to 10 th
Diocesan Convention
Redding

December 24 th
Christmas Eve Services
3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Table of Contents

  • Pastor Letter
  • Service Times
  • Bishop's Prayer
  • Centering Prayer
  • forward in faith
  • Stewardship Update
  • Haiti Partnership
  • Mission & Outreach
  • The Gathering Inn Hosting Program
  • The Gathering Inn Donations
  • The Gathering Inn Mid-Sierra
  • Grocery Cart Ministry
  • Meal Train Ministry
  • Lunch w/Pastor Maryellen
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • FISH Youth Group
  • Sunday School News
  • News from the Nursery
  • 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

We are Beloved...
I hope that, in the midst of the travel and the play of summer, you are finding some real rest. It can be hard to find any real rest. The TV, our computers and our phones – all of these fill our heads with images and words that can keep us fearful and angry and overwhelmed. Our spouses and partners, our families, our friends – all of these can be both sources of joy and sources of struggle. Life.

We may be struggling to see how God’s love and God’s justice can prevail. I have no pat answers. I understand that God’s time is not our time and that God is not my butler to do as I command. God’s experience of creation in eternity brings a lens on the flow of life through time that we cannot have. We all have those times in our lives when that fact is no solace. Maybe this is one of those times for you. Maybe you find yourself crying out to understand what on earth is going on around you.

You may hear God more clearly in the midst of silence, or it may be that you hear God more clearly in the midst of noise. The thing is we need to keep trying to hear God. We need the solace of feeling that we are beloved and that we are doing our best to make each person we meet feel like God’s beloved, too. Keep your heart wide open even though it feels risky. God is counting on us to be the love of God in our corner of the world.

No time to rest. The world needs love now more than ever.

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.
Amen
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.

forward in faith

Capital Campaign

July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018
Goal
$400,000

Committed
$397,427

Collected
$383,339.66



Stewardship Update
Capital Campaign Draws to a Close          
by Pastor Liz



We embarked on our second Capital Campaign, forward in faith, in 2015. Three facts were presented to the congregation in the printed materials for the Campaign:

  • Annual operating pledges do not cover our mortgage and ongoing costs.
  • Funds raised in this three-year Campaign will be used to pay down the principal on our $1.5 million loan from the Diocese.
  • Funds raised will also bridge the budget gap of mortgage payments & operating costs.

That campaign drew to an end on June 30, 2018 (though you may continue to fulfill your pledge after that date)! We have made a $200,000 reduction in the loan principal, and our loans amortized to 20-year loans on schedule this year.

Last Fall, the Vestry provided updates during our operating-budget pledge drive, including the plan not to initiate a third Capital Campaign at this time. Our operating pledges still do not cover our full mortgage and ongoing costs. Of the over $397,427 pledged, we have received $383,339 as of June 21, 2018 and have $324,976 still in the bank. These funds will be used over the three years or so to bridge the gap of mortgage payments (principle and interest) and operating costs. The Vestry is working on projections and plans to manage our debt going forward.

In our upcoming Fall operating pledge drive, the Vestry will be providing you with more information and projections about how to increase our operating income and how to reduce the principal on our remaining loans of $1.3 million. This building is an incredible resource for us, for our Diocese and for the larger community. We are committed to being good stewards of all that God has provided! 


St. Luc Episcopal School

Haiti Partnership News

by Pastor Liz            
St. Augustine Church began a partnership with St. Luc Episcopal School in Thomassique, Haiti, in the Spring of 2016. That April, a small group of us traveled there to make our first connections and to begin building relationships. Since then we have received donations enabling us to send over $10,000 to help fund education for the over 125 students, to provide a simple system for clean water at the school and installed solar lighting. In addition, our funds have helped to supply a hot meal for students on school days and pay for teachers.

Our Partnership is just beginning!

In order to draw support from beyond the St. Augustine community, a 501(c)3 non-profit has been formed – Haiti Education And Development (HEAD). Our team can now seek support from corporations, service groups, foundations and from multiple grant sources. We are very excited about this next step.

Perhaps you have a specific skill to offer the Haiti Partnership project. We are looking for those with communication skills in the areas of:
  • Promotional materials including a quarterly newsletter
  • Help develop an “elevator speech” as we expand our circle of potential supporters
  • Grant writing

Or maybe you feel a nudge to go to Haiti and visit our friends and students at St. Luc. We are planning a trip for adults for early December 2018 or early January 2019. During that trip we will visit the school while students are in session, and we will continue to build our relationships there. Our next steps include bringing a local WiFi hotspot to the school and making connections for teacher training.

The Haiti Partnership team here at St. Augustine is currently comprised of Jim Quinney, Jerry Harner, Rick Lovin, Mary Layman, Ashley Booker, Lyn Fuson, and myself. The team is inviting any who are interested to attend a meeting (3 rd Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m.) and to prayerfully listen for God’s nudging. Don’t hesitate to ask any of us about our Haiti Partnership and about St. Luc School.

God is up to great things!
Mission & Outreach

The Gathering Inn Family Room
In June, the Mission and Outreach Committee and the Vestry approved and sent $3,028 to The Gathering Inn Roseville for improvements to the family room at the Roseville facility . With the surge of families being served by The Gathering Inn, (recently 15 children plus their parents were guests), there was a dire need for a dedicated room for families.

Infants needed changing, toddlers needed to be protected from the dangerous streets, and school-age children needed to do homework after school. This grant will continue the improvement of what was a TV room started by the Roseville Police Department. The monies will buy shelving, infant changing table, chairs, tables, lighting and a white board. The room will be decorated in a Star Wars theme.

There is a great need for these improvements. The families will be so thankful to all who support St. Augustine Outreach fundraisers. Once the equipment is received, there will be a work day to organize and install the additions.

Beth Sulc, Outreach Chair 
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 each and 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, July 11 th. For more information, please contact Jim Quinney at:

jim@caliwaii.com
The Gathering Inn Donations
Donations of new or gently used and washed clothing for The Gathering Inn are greatly appreciated. S ummer is here, and The Gathering Inn guests are in need of cooler clothing and shoes for men and women. Also in demand are shaving cream for both men and women and deodorant for both - but especially for men.

The Inn is also in need of bleach for the mountains of laundry they do daily in the laundry room. All donations can be left in the shopping 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.
The Gathering Inn Mid-Sierra

As of July 1 st, The Gathering Inn Roseville took over management of the homeless facility, Right Hand Auburn, which was formerly run by Volunteers of America (VOA). It will be called The Gathering Inn Mid-Sierra. This new addition is a 100-bed shelter which is a 24/7 residential facility serving single homeless men and women in Auburn.

The Gathering Inn had only 30 days to make the transition from VOA management and has had to acquire beds and all the furniture and supplies needed to run a full-time residential facility. Consequently, they are in need of all sorts of provisions, and your help is needed in buying these supplies.

On the Welcome Table is a listing of those needs. Your donations can be brought to the shopping cart at the church and will be transported to The Gathering Inn. If, however, you have furniture, please check with Jim Quinney or Beth Sulc to see if it is still needed and discuss shipping needs.

Good News Report on St. Augustine's
Gathering Inn Support
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. The community garden is starting to produce 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 into your cart then into ours. The grocery cart is located at the entrance to Canterbury Hall. Thank you for your generosity.
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:

barbwoolmn@comcast.net
916-771-8830
 
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 lunch group will not meet in July due to VBS. The next date for lunch with Pastor Maryellen is scheduled for August 15th.
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:
robshonk1976@hotmail.com
 
FRIENDS IN SERVING HIM
SUMMER BREAK
The FISH Youth Group is on summer break. FISH resumes Sunday, August 12 th at 6 p.m.

FISH Retreat in Magalia
Our annual Youth Group Retreat is coming up August 5 th to 7 th. We will embark after the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, August 5 th. Activities will include movies (rated up to PG-13) and capture the flag. This is a great chance to kick back before the school year begins. The Group will return the afternoon of Tuesday, August 7 th. For more information or to register, contact Tom Gartin at tomgartin@gmail.com.
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 at larkey.shelby@gmail.com or 916-807-0880. More information about Godly Play will come in the fall.
There will not be Sunday School July 16 th or 21 st . The staff will be setting up for Vacation Bible School. On Sunday, July 21 st , the VBS staff and participants will be sharing their experiences with the congregation.


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 at larkey.shelby@gmail.com.

Vacation Bible School

Spaces are still available!

Join the 2018 Vacation Bible School crew for music and drama, Bible discovery, high energy games, tropical treats and science experiments at this year's VBS 2018 - Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus.

If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please email Shelby Larkey at larkey.shelby@gmail.com. We are in need of volunteers, so please reach out if you are available.

VBS 2018 continues to accept registrations! You can register online or on paper. Payments can be made via cash, check, or the church’s online payment system. Please do not hesitate to share the VBS information with your friends and family!

Online Registration Form: https://goo.gl/forms/oPLrSnmYIrbBKBp02

Hard copy registration forms are available at the Welcome Center, on the Church website or by contacting Shelby Larkey at: larkey.shelby@gmail.com 
Children's Choir

Congratulations to the Children's Choir! After a very successful first season, the Children's Choir is on summer break. We will resume rehearsals once the new school year begins. All children in kindergarten through fifth grade are welcome. For more information, please contact Amy Quinney at:

1-916-257-2343
or
amyquinney@yahoo.com

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 group will not meet July 8 th. The next meeting will be held at the home of Rhonda Wampler, Friday, August 24th at 1:30 p.m. The group will participate in a meditative painting retreat. Cost is $5 per person.

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

joanneola@icloud.com
DOK Triennial 2018
Our Chapter President, Joanne McCormack, attended the DOK Triennial Convention in Austin, TX in late June. Ove r 800 DOK members, representing 21 countries from around the world, participated in the event held at the Renaissance at the Arboretum in Austin. The theme of the convention was “Pave the Way.”




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 and boys 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.

The Brotherhood is planning projects for the National Day of Service. They plan to do projects around the Church. The date has not been set. 

The Brothers are also gearing up for their summer fund-raising BBQ, July 29 th after the 10 a.m. service. Hamburgers, hot dogs and salads will be available for the congregation.

Our next meetings will be Saturday morning July 14 th at 9 a.m. and August 11 th at 9 a.m. Gerald Harner will be our guest speaker at the July 14 th meeting. All men are welcome to join us.

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



Prayer Shawl
Ministry
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. The group works 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

Freedom
As we celebrate our freedom during our beautiful summer season, I want to share the prayer written by Henri Nouwen:

Dear God, with you everything is possible.
let the cup of war, killing and destruction, the cup of bloodshed,
human anguish and desolation, the cup of torture,
breakage in human relationships and abandonment. . .

Dear God, let this cup pass us by.
We are afraid.
We are trembling in the depths of our being.
We feel the sweat and tears
of thousands of people all over the world,
people who are afraid-
afraid to fight, afraid to kill, afraid of being killed,
afraid of an uncertain future.

Henri J.M. Nouwen
Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer and theologian.

Blessings,
Carole


Thus says the Lord of hosts: Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another.

Zechariah 7:9

July Birthdays

July 1
Kristen Lehnig
Susie Souad Tuppo
July 2
Lucas Diaz
July 3
Rod O'Connor
Mary Ann McKay
July 5
Rob Scafe
July 6
Ceci White
July 8
Carole Geiger
Sofia Sandoval
Tom Gartin
July 9
Amanda Bannister
July 10
Richard Dickens
July 11
Peggy Doyle


July 12
William Titley
July 13
Diego Sandoval
July 16
James Schmidt
July 19
Sandra Burgner
Aubrey Cooper
July 20
Portia Hopkins
July 21
Kyle Sisk
Matt Diaz
July 29
Jeannie Craig
Jeff Cichocki
July 30
Rob Shonk
Margie Buhler

July Anniversaries
July 2
Les & Carole Geiger
July 3
Jack & Kathy Dillon
July 7
Jack & Jane Buffington
July 15
Steven & Lynn Applen
Tony & Amanda Bannister
July 16
Ralph & Greer Nave
July 22
Tim & Ceci White
July 26
Bob & Lana Gartin
July 27
Chris & Natalie Cooper
Contact Information
Pastor Liz Armstrong
916-201-3319
earmstrong@prodigy.net
Associate Priest
The Rev. Maryellen Garnier
916-409-5687
The Rev. Tom Gartin
916-300-5980
tomgartin@gmail.com
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
916-435-9552
 
Volume 8 No. 7 July 2018