Looking Ahead
Coming Events
May 4 th
David Allen Thomas
Memorial Service @ 2 p.m.
Reception to Follow

May 6 th
Guest Preacher
The Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin
8 and 10 a.m. services

May 6 th
Newcomer's Open House

May 9 th to July 25 th
Disciples Bible Study Class

May 12 th . ................
1 to 2:30 p.m. ............
Ladies Spring Tea

May 13 th
Mother's Day

May 15 th
Evening Centering Prayer

May 26 th
Godly Play Seminar

June 5 th
Statewide Direct Primary Election
Polling Place

July 16 th to 20 th
9 a.m. to Noon .....
Vacation Bible School

July 22 nd
Vacation Bible School Sunday

July 27 th
7 p.m.
Deacon Tom Gartin's Ordination to the Priesthood
St. Augustine Church

July 29 th
Brotherhood of St. Andrew BBQ
Table of Contents

  • Pastor Letter
  • Service Times
  • forward in faith
  • Bishop's Prayer
  • Stewardship in Action
  • Evening Centering Prayer
  • Vestry Members
  • Memorial Service
  • Open House
  • The Gathering Inn Hosting Program
  • Grocery Cart Ministry
  • The Gathering Inn Donations
  • Meal Train Ministry
  • Lunch w/Pastor Maryellen
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • FISH
  • Sunday School
  • Nursery
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Children's Choir
  • Daughters of the King
  • Brotherhood of St. Andrew
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • Friday Centering Prayer
  • Bible Study
  • Cursillo 114
  • Luau Celebration
  • Mission & Outreach Grant Funds at Work
  • Farewell to Hill Family
  • Haiti Project
  • Birthdays & Anniversaries
  • Companion's Corner
  • Contact Information
From the Pastor

Life in the Fast Lane
May is upon us and all kinds of changes! Graduations are in the air… pre-school, Kindergarten, Middle School, High School and College. Weddings will be coming up and vacation trips near and far. The grassy hills are still green and flowers are everywhere we look. Life transitions are all around us.

How often we forget to nourish our faith when things get busy like that. Daily prayer, daily quiet time to rest in God’s love and draw strength from that love. Gathering with others to sing songs of praise, to be fed by shared time with others who are trying to find their way with God’s love and help.

Holding out our hands to be fed and nourished by the bread and wine, the love of God offered in the life and death and resurrection of Jesus. Making time to serve our neighbors by bringing food for St. James’s Food Closet, serving dinner for the Gathering Inn, reaching out to the women and children of Acres of Hope, partnering with St. Luc school in Haiti.

My hope for each of us is that we fight off neglecting the core of our strength and hope in our busyness. It is God’s love for us, God’s constancy, God’s eagerness to work in and through us that helps keep our lives set right. Having a “balanced” life always seems out of reach to many of us. Instead of balance, let’s seek instead to be diligent in feeding our faith so that we can be fully alive with an awareness of God’s presence in our daily lives.

Stay connected to God’s love for you. Honor God’s love for you. Nourish God’s love for you. Whatever comes your way God is with you!

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.
forward in faith

Capital Campaign

July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018


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 of your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ladies, you will not want to miss the St. Augustine Spring Tea Party. It will take place Saturday, May 12 th at 1 p.m. The cost is $25. Proceeds will benefit the Church aesthetic projects. The group is hoping to raise funds to begin purchasing benches for the patio area.

The afternoon festivities will begin with a champagne and sparkling cider reception. Gifts will be placed at each table for the ladies to take home. A surprise mother and daughter duo will provide storytelling entertainment at the event.
This is a chance to celebrate all of the women in your life, young and old. Live music and entertainment will make you smile. Look for many lovely door prizes. This is a traditional English Tea, so feel free to wear a fun hat, though hats are not required.

The last day to purchase tickets for this event is Sunday, May 6 th .
Stewardship Update
The Vestry is having great discussions at its meetings about what good stewardship looks like for leaders and for each of us as part of the St. Augustine community. Education and the sharing of our stories are two key elements.

Education in the area of Planned Giving had its kick-off with a seminar on April 21 st and will continue with Fred Buhler as the Planned Giving point person. Storytelling will begin soon about the gift it is to our families to plan well for the end of our lives, preparing medical directives, wills and trusts and even funeral and memorial service planning.

The Vestry will begin implementing more information sharing about our operational finances and about the many ways to share our resources with St. Augustine. Look for new bulletin and newsletter features that will help us all understand more about the finances and the outreach of the Church. Please let us know what kinds of things you would like to know about to help us moving forward. 
On Tuesday, May 15 th, the College for Congregational Development (CCD) Team and the Center for Contemplative Outreach will present an introductory session for Centering Prayers. The evening will include: discussion on What is Contemplative (Centering) Prayer, a presentation by Janice Boyd from the Contemplative Outreach at Mercy Center, a video by Fr. Thomas Keating, five to ten minutes for centering, a discussion and next steps. The session will be held at St. Augustine, and everyone is welcome to attend.
The Vestry 2018-19…Do you know your Vestry members?
Our Vestry has nine members and is the canonically mandated board with specific responsibilities and duties in the parish. Three Vestry members are elected each year at the Annual Meeting (which is typically held at the end of January or beginning of February). Terms are three years and in a typical year, three members are completing their terms and three members are beginning their terms.

On a Vestry, the Senior Warden is selected by the Rector and has specific canonical responsibilities. The Junior Warden is elected by the Vestry members and has traditionally had oversight of the buildings and grounds. Other regular attenders at Vestry meetings, with voice but not vote, are the Treasurer and the Clerk. Please talk to your Vestry members about any questions you may have…and feel free to share your thanks, too! These are our current Vestry members and the year their term ends:
Joan Cavanagh 2019, Senior Warden
Chris Cooper 2019
Marcia Rush 2019
Carlton Allen 2020
Pierce Leavell 2020
Jon Titley 2020
Kathy Dillon 2021
Peggy Doyle 2021
Jim Quinney 2021, Junior Warden
Bob Deering, Treasurer
Chris Deering, Clerk
Memorial Service
A memorial service to celebrate the life of
David Allen Thomas will be held Friday, May 4 th at 2 p.m. David requested that friends and family not wear black.

A reception will follow in Canterbury Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Augustine Episcopal Church with David Thomas Memorial in the memo line.
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. While there used to be one or two women among the 70, last month the host churches served 22 women, one infant, two preschoolers, six school-age children and four high students. 

Three teams support this ministry: food preparation, room set-up, serving and clean-up. Please consider volunteering for one of the teams. It is very rewarding. Sign-up sheets are at the Welcome Center in Canterbury Hall. For more information, please contact Jim Quinney at:

Grocery Cart Ministry
Hunger and food scarcity are not seasonal. This problem does not go away as the weather gets nice. Pastor Sarah Quinney said they have seen an increase in demand after making the “Food Pantry” at St. James more accessible in the heart of Lincoln. Cereal, rice, canned tuna and chicken and canned pinto and kidney beans are always needed and much appreciated.

If you can, please add a can or two 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.
The Gathering Inn Donations
Donations of new or gently used and washed clothing for The Gathering Inn are greatly appreciated. Spring and summer are on the way. Clothing for warmer weather is requested. Jeans and socks are also welcomed. There are more than 500 homeless individuals in Placer County who have clothing needs.
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.
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 lunch group will not meet in May. The next date for lunch with Pastor Maryellen is June 20 th .
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:
The FISH Youth Group meets most Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., and discussion and activities begin at 6:30 p.m. Each week, the evening ends with a worship service at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to join us for this service. FISH is for any youth 6 th  through 12 th  grades.
Over the last few weeks, the group had some extraordinary conversations about relationships and sex. As we continue into May, we will be talking more about how to have difficult conversations about important topics.
On the second Sunday of each month, the youth will be receiving communion during the worship portion of their evening. This is open to anyone who would like to join the youth for worship. The service begins at 7:30 p.m. and the youth lead the service.
Fish leaders are Tom Gartin, Gaby Sisk and Shelby Larkey.

May 6 th
Discussion (Conflict) and Eucharist
May 13 th
Mother's Day - No FISH meeting
May 20 th  
Discussion and Compline
May 27 th
FISH Youth Group Game Night
Sunday School

Godly Play
We are excited to begin planning the implementation of the Godly Play Curriculum. For those interested in learning more about this program, please consider attending our Saturday Seminar with Pastor Sarah Quinney!. It will take place Saturday, May 26 th from 1 to 3 p.m. at St. Augustine Church. For more information, please contact Shelby Larkey at:

larkey.shelby@gmail.com com

News from the Nursery

We have the nursery available for children ages six months to three years. Emma Andres is our Nursey 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

Mark Your Calendars!

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.

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.

Registration is now. For more information, the flyer and registration forms are at the Welcome Center or on the website. 
Children's Choir

Our Children’s Choir is off to an awesome start. They are working hard on musical offerings and have performed at many of our services. New members are always welcome. We rehearse following the 10 a.m. service on the 1 st and 3 rd Sundays of each month. All children in grades K – 5 th are invited. For more information, please contact Amy Quinney at:


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. There will not be a meeting in May because of Mother's Day.

The Daughters of the King Spring Assembly was held at St. John's Roseville Saturday, April 21 st . Our Chapter supplied the morning refreshments. Our next meeting will be Saturday, June 10 th .

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 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.

The Brotherhood is planning projects in recognition of The National Day of Service. The actual Day of Service was April 28 th. The Brotherhood service projects will take place at a later date and will include improvements at the Church as well as in the community. A Church BBQ, sponsored by the Brotherhood, will be held July 29 th following the 10 a.m. service.

The next meeting will be Saturday, May 12 th at 9 a.m.

If you are interested in more information about the Brotherhood, please contact Director Rob Shonk at: robshonk1976@hotmail.com.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Prayer Shawls:
How they help while helping others..

From an on-line blog by Kathryn Vercillo September 1, 2013

"We do not live in isolation in this world.We live in an interconnected global community. When something difficult happens to someone else, it hurts us. Prayer shawls are a way to heal others while healing ourselves.

"Praying for Others: When you make a prayer shawl you are intentionally infusing each stitch with hope, warmth, love, compassion and care. You emanate the hope that the person will be healed from pain. When the gift is received, that warmth is felt, the connection is recalled and healing takes place.

"Your Own Healing: When we see pain, loss and tragedy in others, we feel it in ourselves. We feel sad about our own tragedies. We feel fear about possible pains. As we stitch together our connection to this other person through intentional prayer, the  meditative  action calms us. Our hearts open up through the work of our hands and we feel safe and loved again."

The St. Augustine Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the second Monday of each month in the Sunday School rooms at 1:30 p.m. There is always an open chair for anyone who would like to be a part of this ministry. We have several shawls in inventory. If you would like to give one to someone who is not a member of St. Augustine, contact Greer Nave. For shawls given outside the congregation, a donation to replenish our yarn supply is appreciated but not required.

For more information, please contact Greer at: gnave@aol.com
Friday Noonday Prayer Service & Contemplation
Be Still, Reflect, Transform
Please join us for noonday prayer and contemplation in the Sanctuary on Fridays. Facilitated by Jim Quinney and Kathy Dillon.
Disciples Bible Study

Pastor Liz will be leading a 12-week study of Genesis and Exodus. The study group will meet on Wednesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. beginning May 9 th and ending July 25 th. If you are interested, please sign-up on the clip board on the kiosk in Canterbury Hall.
Cursillo 114

Cursillo 114 is scheduled for May 31 st, through June 3 rd at Camp Alta. This year's theme is "Walk in Love." If you are interested in registering as a candidate, sponsoring a candidate or participating on the support team, please contact Jack Dillon at:

Luau Celebration
Mission & Outreach Fundraiser
Roasted pig, fabulous side dishes, Hawaiian Hula dancers, a silent auction and a super dessert auction - all were enjoyed by over 90 guests at the Luau Celebration April 28 th . Fundraising results will be in the next issue of the Canterbury Tales.
Mission & Outreach Grant Funds at Work
Approximately three years ago, the Mission & Outreach Team developed a format to help encourage and assist a variety of ministries our members are involved in personally via financial grant awards. Last month, we received a grant request from the "Pay it Forward" Club at Whitney High School.

This Club has participated in several of our meal-packing events, and they also helped serve the food at the St. Luc's Molly’s Revenge Fundraiser in March. We learned they had two projects, one to assist homeless people in our area and a blanket program for people in the hospital.

We awarded this club a $200 grant to help support both initiatives. We look forward to seeing the results of their program and are excited to grow our relationship in our immediate community.
Farewell to the Hill Family
The St. Augustine Choir bid farewell to the Hill family (Patrick, Evelyn and Divine). The choir, along with the entire congregation, extend to the Hills best wishes and safe travel back to Uganda. Pat and Evelyn will resume their ministry activities with Team in Faith, a non-governmental organization (NGO) formed by Patrick five years ago.

Team in Faith is a public charity to support education, health care and evangelism projects in Uganda and DR Congo. Patrick and Evelyn will also introduce baby Divine to her family in Uganda.

Patrick was a loyal member of the choir during his time at St. Augustine. He shared how when he came to St. Augustine he wanted to contribute by singing and how he really enjoyed his time with us.

Choir members point out that it is not just about singing, it is also about being in the Choir Family supporting one another and the worship at St. Augustine. Amy Quinney, Music Director, reminds us that there is always room for more singers!
St. Luc Episcopal School
Haiti Partnership

You don’t have to go to Haiti to have a heart for Haiti!

The Haiti Partnership fundraiser held at the Church March 18 th proved to be a great event with over 110 attendees. Molly’s Revenge provided the entertainment and featured three delightful Celtic dancers.

All enjoyed the traditional corned beef and cabbage meal served by the “Pay It Forward” Club at Whitney High School. We also had a fun and lively auction of art from Haiti.

Together we raised $5,265 to help supplement and complete the funding required for this school year and for the first quarter of next year at St. Luc School. A wire transfer of $8,000 was recently completed. Father Noe was very appreciative. He wanted to thank everyone for the financial support, prayers and love, and he said the students will be fed and the teachers paid to finish the school year.
May Birthdays

May 1
Eloisa Arcuri
May 2
Martha Kennedy
May 3
Bill Howe III
May 5
Lucas Weston
May 7
Steve Mershon
May 8
Jane Buffington
Ken Cichocki
May 16
Hannah Wampler
May 17
Norma Crutcher
Les Geiger
May 19
Rosanna Jensen
Jeanne Rochelle
Natalie Cooper  

May 20
Sharon Mershon
May 21
Kathy Dillon
May 22
John Redmond
Jerry Harner
Kathy Griffin
Lisa Marshall
May 23
Beth Sulc
May 24
Bob Hamacher
Kaden Lehnig
May 27
Carter Cooper
May 28
Christopher Buck
May 29
Liz Armstrong
May 30
Tim White
May Anniversaries
May 5
Fernando & Dianne Sandoval
May 22
Brian & Terri Arcuri
May 24
Lloyd & Priscilla Kriner
May 27
Tom & Mary Ann McKay
May 30
John & Jennifer Doyle
Companion's Corner

I found Christine Valters' teaching on Statio helpful. My hope is that it can also be helpful to you.

“In the monastic tradition there is a practice called Statio, which is the commitment to stop one thing before beginning another. Imagine, instead of rushing from one appointment to the next, that between each one you pause and breathe five long slow breaths. Imagine how this might transform your movement from one activity to another. Allow a brief pause on the threshold.

For the Celtic monks, thresholds were sacred places. The space or the moment between. . .whether physical places or experiences. . .is a place of possibility. Rather than waiting being a nuisance, or a sense that you are wasting time, it is an invitation to breathe into the now and receive its gifts.

Statio calls us to a sense of reverence for slowness and mindfulness. We can open up a space within for God to work. We can become fully conscious of what we are about to do rather than mindlessly starting another task. We call upon the breath as an ancient soul friend to help us witness our lives unfolding, rather than being carried along until we are not sure where we are going. We can return again to our bodies and their endless wisdom and listen at every threshold.

Our invitation is to awaken to the gifts right here, not the ones we imagine waiting for us beyond the next door.”

(excerpted and adapted from The Wisdom of the Body by Dr. Valters)

Breathe, my friends. . .

Carole Peterson
"The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life."
Job 33:4

Contact Information
Pastor Liz Armstrong
Associate Priest
The Rev. Maryellen Garnier
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. 3 April 2018