Looking Ahead
Friday, November 1 st
All Saints Day

S unday, November 3 rd
Daylight Saving Time Ends

Thursday - Saturday
November 7 th , 8 th & 9 th
Diocesan Convention
McClellan Conference Center

Sunday, November 10 th
DOK Holiday Luncheon
Dottie Neil's Home
1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 12 th
Adult Formation Class
The Story of Abraham
Part III: Old and Full of Years
12:30 and 7 p.m.

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

Sunday, November 17 th
Profile Committee
Town Hall
Canterbury Hall
Light lunch will be served
11:15 a.m.

Sunday, November 17 th
Titley House Blessing
3:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 28 th
Thanksgiving Day

Sunday, December 3 rd
Service of Comfort
St. Augustine Church
7 p.m.

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

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

Wednesday, January 15 th
Wednesday Lunch Group
With Pastor Maryellen
12 p.m.

Friday & Saturday
January 24 th & 25 th
Rise Against Hunger
Meal-Packing Event

Sunday, January 26 th
Annual Meeting
Potluck Lunch
11:15 a.m.
 Ongoing Events
Choir Rehearsal
Sunday @ 9 a.m.

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

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

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

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

Prayer Shawl Ministry
2 nd Monday @ 1:30 p.m.

Profile Committee
Monday 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Evening Centering Prayer
Monday @ 6:30 p.m.

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

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

Vestry Meeting
3 rd Thursday @ 7 p.m.

Noonday Centering Prayer
Friday @ 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 Classes
Episcopal 101
The Story of Abraham
Transition Profile Committee Update
Transition Prayer
Town Hall Meeting Announcement
St. Luc School - Haiti Benefit Dinner
Halloween Church Tea
Coffee Hour Volunteer Opportunity
Altar Flowers
Outreach Ministry
The Gathering Inn Hosting Program
The Gathering Inn Donations
Blessing of the Animals
St. James Food Pantry
Service of Comfort
St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room Ministry
Titley House Blessing
Meal Train Ministry
FISH Youth Group
Sunday School News
News from the Nursery
Children's Choir
Daughters of the King
Brotherhood of St. Andrew
Spaghetti Dinner/Bingo Night
Kairos 23 Prison Ministry
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Companion's Corner - Gratitude
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Contact Information
From the Pastor

Thoughts on Parish Life.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how pledges can bring us into deeper relationship.
Financial support is vital. Things cost money and we really can’t carry out the mission of this parish without providing for its financial needs. Making an annual pledge to our operations fund helps our parish to continue the many ministries we have. Setting up automatic donations through our website is easy, takes only a few minutes and alleviates the need to remember your checkbook. Legacy giving, or planned giving, is another way to be part of our long range vision even if you don’t expect to be here forever. If you haven’t looked into these, please do!
As members of this parish, we’ve entered into a covenant relationship together. We are all here together to share in the work of ministry as a parish. It’s easy to reduce that to attendance and financial pledges, but parish life is so much more than that.
There are other pledges we need to make!
We can pledge our time. Will you pledge to participate in worship at least twice per month? Your presence is valuable and just being here is a gift to all of us.
We can pledge to offer our skills. Will you pledge to be part of a ministry project or committee? We need greeters, acolytes, singers and teachers! It can be as simple as making an extra stop on your way to church to make sure someone else has a ride.
We can also pledge to engage our hearts. Perhaps you could pledge to greet a newcomer and make it your personal mission for 30 days to help them feel connected, engaged and valued. Or you could pledge to pray for a person each day this week and then write them a postcard to remind them that they are loved and appreciated exactly as they are.
I’m sure you can think of many more creative and expansive ways to do this. As we all share what we have, we will find that we have more than enough to care for one another as we make a difference in our community because Christ’s love multiplies the more we share.

What is one pledge you can do that will bring you deeper into our parish life and the love God is calling you into?
Grace and peace to you from God our Maker,
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.
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 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, December 15 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 III: Old and Full of Years
Tuesday, November 12 th
12:30 and 7 p.m.
St. Augustine in Transition
Profile Committee Update
November 2019
  • To develop a Parish Profile that tells the story of St. Augustine
  • To encourage as much parish participation as possible in this process
  • To celebrate our gifts and identify the needs and challenges of our parish
  • To ground our work in the Holy Spirit

Goals in Motion
  • The Profile Committee meets regularly Monday evenings 5:30 - 7 p.m.
  • The Profile Committee is compiling input from the Living Room Conversations, online survey, mentimeter activity and the SWOT activity
  • The responses from these gatherings will be used in the Parish Profile
  • The questions focused on parishioners’ thoughts and dreams about the vision of St. Augustine
  • The last group gathering will be the Town Hall Meeting to be held Sunday, November 17th immediately following the 10 o'clock service. A light lunch will be served. Childcare will be available.
Transition Prayer
Prayer is at the center of our Transition Process. The Transition Prayer below grounds us in the Holy Spirit and guides our work as we prepare a document which reflects the spirit, the strengths, the challenges and the hopes and dreams of St. Augustine Church.
Lord of all, we give thanks for what you have done as we listen to hear what you are calling us to be and do. We pray for our priests, Tom and Maryellen, our Vestry, and the person who will answer our call. We humbly ask for the wisdom and patience this process involves. Keep the eyes of our souls open and the ears of our hearts tuned to you. We ask all these things in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
Town Hall Meeting

Sunday, November 17 th
Immediately following the 10 o'clock service
Canterbury Hall

A light lunch will be served. Childcare will be available. The Profile Committee will share the results of the congregation's input from the Living Room Conversations and the online survey. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and provide more input to the Profile Committee.
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St. Luc School (Haiti) Benefit Dinner

Folks Had a Great time Raising Funds for St. Luc School

Photos by Margie & Fred Buhler

Barbara Sawyer
Rick & Janice Stenzel
John Redmond
Carlton Allen, Reg Underwood, Andrew & Emily Saleh
John & Sarah Eccles
Mike Lloyd, Bob Deering, Debbie Lloyd
John Quigley
Beth Sulc
Reese Allen, Ginny Dearing, Sandy Burgner
Barbara Woolman, June Meredith
Delicious Cupcakes
Made by Camille!
Kathy Dillon, Amy Quinney, Christine Hohmann
Dr. Monica Crooks
Lead Singer
Cece Clark, Camille Grabowski
Fred Buhler
Close to 80 St. Augustine parishioners enjoyed a wonderful Octoberfest evening on October 5 th. The menu included bratwurst (hot dogs for kids), sauerkraut or coleslaw, German potato salad, chips, buns, all the fixins' and German chocolate cupcakes.

Rob Shonk and his band, SnowDay, played favorites from the '60s,'70 and '80s. The Haiti Team provided some amazing and fun raffle items. Over $4,950.00 was raised to support our ministries at St. Luc School in Haiti.

Haiti Partnership – St. Luc School - Thomassique, Haiti

St. Augustine Church began a partnership with St. Luc Episcopal School in April of 2016, beginning with a trip there to make our first connections and to begin building relationships. The Haiti Partnership is a long-standing program that connects Episcopal Churches and Schools in the United States with Episcopal schools in Haiti, supporting their educational programs and goals.

Our combined efforts so far have supplied uniforms and tuition for the over 100 students at St. Luc, teacher salaries and training, clean water on site and a daily meal for students. We were also able to help partner in the purchase of a lot adjacent to St. Luc to allow for expansion of the school. The St. Augustine Team has also created a non-profit (HEAD, Inc – Haiti Education and Development) in order to broaden fundraising options.

Please join our Haiti Partnership Team on the third Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. for our monthly meeting. All are invited to come and hear about our Partnership goals and plans! 
Halloween Church Tea!    

The St. Augustine sanctuary was turned into a Halloween-themed Tea Room on Saturday, October 19 th . The decorations, including beautifully set tables, all reflected the Halloween theme. Some ladies even dressed in awesome and scary costumes.
Ove r $2,000 was raised. The money will be used to purchase a large nativity set and accompanying items for its display. Co-chairs were Karen Hardage and Linda Bittman. Committee members included Ginny Dearing, Joan H owe, Christine Hohmann, Theresa Allen, Paulette Schloetter and Jane Keillor. Kathy Griffin and Kathryn Jordan assisted by preparing scones and decorating, respectively. The committee was assisted by several men: Wayne Hardage, Carlton Allen, Bill Schloetter and Fred Keillor, who helped set up, clean up and reset for Sunday services.
The highlight of the afternoon was a series of scary ghost stories told by Christine Hohmann and her mother, Jackie Pruett. Door prizes were also a big hit. Fred Buhler and Kathleen Quigley took photos of the event.
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:

Altar Flowers

We are ordering fresh flowers for the altar from the Rocklin Flower Shop on the corner of Stanford Ranch and Park Drive. If you wish to donate for altar flowers, please sign your name and the occasion (thanksgivings, memorial, anniversary, birthdays, etc.) on the sign-up sheet in the display rack near the office.

Please make checks payable to St. Augustine for $40 with ‘Altar Flowers’ in the memo line. Names of those giving flowers for special occasions will be acknowledged in the bulletin on the appropriate date.
Thank you.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Ginny Dearing at:


Outreach Ministry

In 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.
The Gathering Inn Hosting Program
Outreach Ministry continues to need volunteers to help prepare, serve and clean up at the monthly dinner we provide to The Gathering Inn guests who join us on the second Wednesday of every month. No experience is necessary! The Gathering Inn is the only homeless shelter in South Placer County and the only shelter that takes families. Join us as we extend to them a St. Augustine welcom e. www.thegatheringinn.com
St. James Food Pantry
Sometimes it is hard to imagine, but food insecurity is still an issue right here in our community. The St. James Food Pantry assists local residents by offering basic food items like beans, rice, tortillas and canned goods. Please drop off your donations in the grocery cart and they will be delivered to the pantry.
Rise Against Hunger Meal-Packing Event
SAVE THE DATES: January 24 th and January 25 th  will be the next Rise Against Hunger meal-packing event at St. Augustine. Did you know that you can feed a child for ONE FULL SCHOOL YEAR for only $75!
Join the Outreach Team
Interested in serving others in a proactive way? Consider joining our team. We meet the first Sunday of the month after the 10 a.m. service. All are welcome to attend. Our next meeting is November 3 rd  at 11:30 a.m. For more information, please contact Camille Grabowksi at:


The Gathering Inn Hosting Program

St. Augustine hosts the Gathering Inn guests on the second Wednesday of each month. We provide a hot meal and a place to sleep for 50 – 80 homeless men, women and children. We are lovingly referred to as “The Chicken Church” by our guests, because our meal typically includes Jack Dillon's barrel chicken, rice, salad, rolls and a homemade dessert.
In October, the dessert was made by our Sunday School class. They made a pumpkin cheesecake which got rave reviews. Some of our young Church members came to help serve as well; what a great experience for them. Our guests love seeing the young people help.
It takes a number of volunteers each month to pull this together – we need folks to prepare, cook and carve the chicken; make the salad, rice and dessert; set up the space, set the tables, serve, wash dishes, etc.
If you are interested in being a part of this wonderful ministry, please sign-up at the Welcome Center or talk to Rick or Janice Stenzel (916-218-2423). We would love to have you be part of our team! The next Gathering Inn Hosting event will be Wednesday, November 13 th .

The Gathering Inn Donations
The Gathering Inn is asking for women's underwear sizes 6, 7 & 8 (especially bras for women) and men's underwear in all sizes. There is also a need for men's and women's razors.

In addition, TGI continues to need High Energy detergent as well as bleach, bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths, fitted twin sheets and gently used pillows. TGI is also accepting women's jeans sizes 2-8 or juniors size 11.

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 deliver donations, please contact Beth at:

Thank you for your generosity!
Men's Razors
High Energy Detergent
Women's Razors
Blessing of the Animals
While tails wagged and noses bumped, Fr. Tom and Pastor Maryellen blessed the canine members of our congregation as their owners carefully brought them forward. Amidst sharp yips and loud barks, the pets received their blessings with dignity and grace and with no “accidents!”
All kinds of dogs received this honor - rescue dogs, a labradoodle, a big black lab, a poodle, a Shih Tzu and a poodle/chihuahua.
Not to be outdone, several worshipers brought cell phone pictures of their pets. All were tenderly blessed.
What a delightful way to acknowledge the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals!

Photos by Fred Buhler
Owned by Dina Marans.
Lovingly carried by Jeanne Rochelle
Owners: Jane & Jack Buffington
Owners: Lana & Bob Gartin
Owners: Lana & Bob Gartin
Owners: Sophie, Dianne, Fernando & Diego Sandoval
"Teddy Bear"
Owner: Carol Ann Hackley
St. James Food Pantry Ministry

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 have expanded their outreach into the community.

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.

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.

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

Jim Quinney

Please make sure your items are not past the expiration date and are unopened.
The holiday season can be difficult when we are suffering a loss or hardship. Join us for some time away from the hustle and bustle. Find a a place of peace in our candlelit service, Tuesday, December 3 rd at 7 p.m.
St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room
A special Thanksgiving meal will be served on Thursday, November 21 st by the volunteers from St. Augustine. Jack Dillon will make his famous "barrel chicken" along with the trimmings. Jack, Rick and Janice Stenzel, Rich and Rhonda Wampler and the Brotherhood of St. Andrew will make donations for this event. Deidre and Rob Shonk and Linda Peterson also will be assisting with the meal.

A group of volunteers from St. Augustine Church regularly 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. 

Please contact Rob Shonk if you are interested in working in this important ministry:
House Blessing
The Titley family will have their house blessed on Sunday, November 17 th at 3:30 p.m. The congregation is welcome to participate in the celebration.

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!
FISH is undergoing some change. We'll be partnering with St. James Episcopal Church and Lincoln United Methodist Church to form a cooperative youth group. This new partnership will rotate between our parishes, bring more of us together and offer more opportunities for building relations and forming our faith. For now, we are calling it the Co-Op. Our first event together will be a joint Christmas party hosted by Lincoln UMC (629 I Street) on Wednesday, December 18 th, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
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:

The Sunday School teachers and children are busy having fun and learning about many new concepts.

October began with Jim Quinney filling in as guest teacher. The students enjoyed having a relay race and dressing as the rich man and the poor man. The kids also enjoyed showing off their knowledge of the story of One Gave Thanks by running around saying "Extra Extra Read All About It" and then telling us if the headline (part of the scripture) was true or false. They also had a jump rope competition between please and thank you, and finally they made puppets and reenacted the story.

Once again, the class talked about the importance of prayer and acts of kindness. They made prayer chains to take home, hoping they will serve as a reminder throughout the week. The students played a board game in small groups about the judge and the persistent widow. 

In celebration of Halloween, the teachers invited the children to wear their costumes to Sunday School. The morning included games, snacks and gratitude!

We continue to ask that all parents/guardians of those currently attending Sunday School to sign up to be an assistant teacher so that we may be following the Safe Church guidelines. If everyone takes a turn, you will only need to sign up for about once every six weeks.  

Thank you for your continued support of our program!

Kara and Natalie 

If you need more information, please contact Natalie Cooper or Kara Diaz at:

Prayer Chains

The children made prayer chains and played a board game based around Luke 18:1-8. Be persistent in our prayers.
They discussed that even if their prayers are not always answered, it does not mean we should stop praying.

Making Mummies!

Halloween Fun!

Our Sunday School students wore their costumes to Church. They played a game "Minute to Win It" - wrapping each other with toilet paper like mummies.

News from the Nursery

Jordan Craft and Siena Giampaoli are the Nursery Attendants.

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.

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

Children's Choir

The Children's Choir rehearsals follow the 10 a.m. service, concluding by noon. Rehearsals 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.

We are looking for more children to share their enthusiastic voices in the awesome Children's Choir. Give it a try!

Questions? Contact Amy Quinney at:


Daughters of the King

The St. Augustine Chapter of Daughters of the King meets in the Sunday School room the second Sunday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Daughters of the King will celebrate the coming holiday season with a potluck luncheon, hosted by Dottie Neil, Sunday, November 10 th at 1:30 pm. DOK “secret prayer partners” will be revealed. 

Future programs include:
December 8 th

January 12 th

February 9 th

March 8 th
“Santa Surprise!”

Storytellers: Christine Hohmann and her mother, Jackie Pruett 

“The Sacred Kitchen”.....Practical spirituality for recovering a lost portion of everyone’s day: The time we spend eating and cooking:
The Rev. Maryellen Garnier

Craft Project - Homemade cards for Acres of Hope:
Penny Hart and Dottie Neil
Our one-hour meetings are held from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month.

All women interested in DOK are encouraged to contact Carol Ann Hackley, president, at 916-253-7565 or tchackley@yahoo.com

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 boys are welcome and encouraged to attend a meeting.

The Brotherhood will host its second Spaghetti Feed/Bingo Night, which will be November 16 th in Canterbury Hall, featuring dinner, Bingo, prizes. The Daughters of the King also will volunteer at the event, working in the kitchen and serving dinner. Dinner and Bingo will be $25 per person, beginning with Happy Hour at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by Bing. Speak to Rob Shonk for further information.

The Brotherhood will not hold a meeting in November. The next meeting will be December 7 th with election of officers.

"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," said Rob Shonk, Director. If you would like to learn more about the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, please contact Rob or Secretary John Redmond:


Kairos Prison Ministry

Kairos 23

A special thank you from Jack Dillon, Rob and Deidre Shonk and Steve Mershon to all of St. Augustine who contributed prayers, paper hands, cookies and financial support.

Following is a message from Kairos 23 Weekend Leader, Wayne Starks, to the team that went into Folsom Prison in early October.

"Brothers and Sisters in Christ - What a wonderful journey we have been on. The Lord's light of love and Christian message was brought into a dark place. The Lord's message was delivered, and perhaps we changed some lives and inspired some 'men in blue' to expand their B Yard Christian community. The talks, music, food and symbols of Agape (highest form of love and charity) were dynamic and inspirational. The Lord led us on this journey, and I thank Him for His help. I also thank all of you for your efforts and great attitudes for this longer than normal journey. You were a great team and I am proud that I was given the privilege to lead the journey. God Bless. Stay safe. Peace & Love."

Prayer Shawl
Do you long for a new way to calm a hectic lifestyle? Repetitive movement can become a form of meditation. Or perhaps you would just like to learn a new skill and enjoy the company and fellowship of a group of women. Have you considered joining those of us who knit and crochet prayer shawls? These shawls are given to people who need to feel the love of God and the support of our congregation as they struggle with illness or life’s challenges.

The group meets in Canterbury Hall on the second Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. There is always an open chair for anyone who would like to be a part of this ministry. The next meeting will be Monday, November 11 th .

We have several shawls in inventory. If you would like to give one to someone, contact Greer Nave. They are presented with a beautiful card and a selection of prayers from the Book of Common Prayer. 


Companion's Corner


Your Choice...
In this month of Thanksgiving, I share one of Henri Nouwen’s presentations on gratitude. It is taken from his book of daily meditations, You Are the Beloved .

He entitles it The Choice of Gratitude: "Gratitude claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I always thought of gratitude as a response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.

Gratitude as a discipline involves a conscious choice. I can choose to be grateful even when my emotions and feelings are still steeped in hurt and resentment. It is amazing how many occasions present themselves in which I can choose gratitude instead of a complaint. . .The choice for gratitude rarely comes without some real effort. But each time I make it, the next choice is a little easier, a little freer, a little less self-conscious. There is an Estonian proverb that says: 'Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.' Acts of gratitude make one grateful because, step by step, they reveal that all is grace."

November is a good time to examine our practice of gratitude. We do have so much to be grateful for in every circumstance!

Thanksgiving blessings, dear friends,
Carole Peterson

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to God."
Colossians 3:16 NRSV

Editor's Note: Henri Nouwen was a Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer and theologian. His interests were rooted primarily in psychology, pastoral ministry, spirituality, social justice and community. 

November 3
John Doyle
Sara Postulka
November 4
Candace Rousselet
November 7
Stephanie Tilton
Karen Hardage
Shelby Larkey
November 11
Kelly Brophy
November 15
Adeline Arcuri
Jon Titley
November 16
Ginny Dearing
November 18
Parker Booker
Christina Dyer
Mike McCormack
November 19
Chris Cooper
November 20
Lloyd Kriner
Tristen Ekberg
November 21
Nicole Johnson
November 22
Linda Braak
November 23
Christine Hohmann
November 24
Janet Dickens
November 28
Sarah Eccles
Clara Marshall
November 29
Ken Nelmes
Malia Dorr
Robert Vasser
November 30
Emily Saleh


November 5
John & Donna Carruth
November 9
Ron & Cindy Harton
November 12
Larry & Joan Buckmaster
November 25
Mike & Joanne McCormack
November 26
Bill & Joan Howe

Contact Information

Lead Pastor
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. 11 November 2019