Looking Ahead
Coming Events
September 8 th
Gratitude Dinner Hosted by Vestry
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

September 9 th
Grandparents Day
Seniors First Project

September 12 th
The Gathering Inn Hosted Dinner

September 16 th
Episcopal 101
11:30 a.m.

September 19 th
Lunch with Pastor Maryellen

September 22 nd
FISH Lock-in
6 p.m. to 8 a.m.

September 23 rd
FISH Parent Luncheon

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

September 30 th
Gratitude Sunday
8 and 10 a.m. Services

October 19 th
Ordination to the Priesthood
Deacon Tom Gartin

October 20 th
Pre-Convention Convocation
St. John's Roseville
9 a.m. to Noon

October 26 th to 28 th
College for Congregational Development Weekend

November 9 th to 10 th
Diocesan Convention

November 17 th
Rib Cook-off
5:30 p.m.

December 9 th
Winds of Faith Christmas Concert

December 24 th
Christmas Eve Services
3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Table of Contents
  • Pastor's Letter
  • Service Times
  • Bishop's Prayer
  • Centering Prayer
  • Giving in Gratitude
  • Adult Formation Classes
  • The Gathering Inn Hosting Program
  • The Gathering Inn Donations
  • Grocery Cart Ministry
  • Meal Train Ministry
  • Mission & Outreach Tech Grant
  • Journey Through Grief
  • Lunch w/Pastor Maryellen
  • Richard Dickens Memorial Service
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • FISH Youth Group
  • Sunday School News
  • News from the Nursery
  • Children's Choir
  • Seniors First Project
  • Daughters of the King
  • Brotherhood of St. Andrew
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • Companion's Corner
  • Birthdays
  • Anniversaries
  • Contact Information
From the Pastor

There can be days, even weeks, when gratitude may feel hard to come by. We’re frazzled and stretched by spouses, partners, kids (young and old), money, health, jobs, school, neighbors, friends and ever-present political dramas. Our mood, attitudes and blood pressure are challenged. We may find ourselves snappish and crabby.

When we are in that state if someone is silly enough to remind us to be grateful for our lives, they may get an earful. It’s like telling someone to smile when they’re particularly down. It may feel like too much to ask of us to feel grateful when our nerves are frayed, and we feel discouraged and even angry.

And yet…gratitude is the very thing that can change us from the inside out. Science is telling us that complaining rewires our brains and makes complaining come more easily. Science tells us that expressing gratitude also rewires our brains and makes us feel better about life. The Bible tells us the very same thing:

"Finally beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things…and the God of peace will be with you."
Philippians 4:8-9 

Stop. Breathe. Pray. It is possible to find peace within.

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

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

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

Giving in Gratitude
Fall Stewardship Kickoff
by Pastor Liz

On Saturday, September 8 th we will gather as a community for a wonderful dinner, fun activities for our kids, fellowship and some sharing about our Church community life. Your Vestry is in high gear planning this dinner that they are hosting – from invitations to table decorations – and preparing the information necessary for all of us to do our part in being good stewards for St. Augustine.

We have so much to be grateful for as a community – a sacred space for worship and a building that allows us to host homeless families, to hold classes to go deeper in our faith, space for people to gather for Centering Prayer and space for local Al-Anon meetings, Rotary trainings and polling on election days. Those are just a few of the things we are growing into with the gift of this building and the legacy it is for generations to come.

I invite each of us to ask God to help us see all of these things and more (did I forget space for beautiful adult and children’s choirs, meal-packing events to ease world-wide hunger, youth group meetings and worship and Kairos prison ministry planning?).

We have so much to be grateful for as a community of people learning how to follow Jesus. God is inviting us and calling us to wonderful things as a community!   
Adult Formation Classes

Coming Soon!

Short Stories by Jesus.  Everything you've wondered about the parables of Jesus but were too afraid to ask! Join us for a six-part class starting Tuesday, September 18 th , at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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

Braving the Wilderness Book Group.  Join us for a three-week study of Brené Brown's book, Braving the Wilderness , starting on Tuesday, August 28 th at 2 p.m.

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, September 16 th .
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 great meal and a safe place to sleep. Due to some changes in people's schedule and availability, we need a few more volunteers for meal preparation, coordination of volunteers and grocery shopping.

Sign-up sheets are at the Welcome Center in Canterbury Hall. The next hosting event is Wednesday, September 12 th. This is a very rewarding ministry, and if you are interested in learning about how to become involved or even more involved, please contact Jim Quinney at:

The Gathering Inn Donations
Thank you for the awesome response over the past two months. Most of the important pieces have been donated for the Auburn Shelter. We are now back in the regular ongoing needs of adult jeans, new men's underwear, new or gently used colored T-shirts, men's belts, adult size socks and toiletries. Gently used bed sheets, towels and wash cloths are also needed.

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

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

Thanks to everyone who generously brings food items for the St. James Pantry. The pantry serves a small niche in Lincoln, and the needs are pretty specific: flour and corn tortillas, pinto beans, canned chicken or tuna, rice, cereal, fruit cups and peanut butter.

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.
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:


Tech Grant for Haiti Young People

At the last Mission & Outreach meeting, Rich Wampler presented a $2,000 grant request from the NouKod Foundation to assist in paying three months’ rent to procure new, secure office space. Their previous space was broken into, and 12 laptop computers were stolen. The request was approved by the Mission & Outreach Team and the Vestry.

The NouKod Foundation is a startup company dedicated to creating technology jobs in Haiti. NouKod means "We Code" in Haitian creole. The Foundation operates on a self-sufficient business model that requires only computers, internet connection, trained programmers and work space. It can do business with anyone in any place in the world.

The mission-driven social enterprise focuses on identifying young people aging out of orphanages and children’s homes. It hopes to give them the skills necessary to get jobs in computer programming for outside companies and organizations. These types of job creation opportunities and new industry development are vital factors in seeking a better future for Haitians.

Submitted by
Barbara Woolman

Editor’s Note: Ted and Rebecca Barlow, co-founders of Noukud, have worked in Haiti since 2010 following the earthquake. Members of the St. Augustine Haiti Team met Ted when they attended the Haiti Connection Conference in April 2016 , in Port-au-Prince. Rebecca met Rich when she recently visited St. Augustine. It was an instant connection. Rich says it was a God thing! Our support of the NouKud Foundation certainly complements our partnership with St. Luc Episcopal Mission School.

Journey Through Grief

The ten-week "Journey Through Grief" begins Tuesday, September 11 th at 1 p.m. at the home of Peggy and Alice Doyle. The group will meet each subsequent Tuesday concluding November 13 th.

Because each session builds upon the rest, we are not able to add new members after the second session.

If you have questions, please contact Rhonda Wampler at:



Pastor Maryellen at:


Lunch with Pastor Maryellen

Please join Pastor Maryellen at noon for an informal, unrehearsed and fun time of conversation. No program, no agenda, no reservations required. Just bring your lunch to St. Augustine. A homemade dessert will be provided. The next date for lunch with Pastor Maryellen is scheduled for September 19 th .

Memorial Service

A memorial service for Richard Dickens will be held Saturday, September 29 th at 2 p.m. A reception will follow in Canterbury Hall. Richard passed away July 14, 2018.

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

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

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

Youth Group News & Updates
Come & Worship with FISH

The FISH Youth Group has resumed its regular schedule, meeting Sunday nights 6 to 8 p.m. The meeting includes a youth-led time of worship. All are welcome to join us for this youth-led compline at 7:30 p.m. (with incense!)

Lock-in September 22 nd !

FISH members are having a lock-in Saturday, September 22 nd, beginning at 6 p.m. Teams will compete in numerous games and challenges. At the end of the night, we will watch a movie on the big screens. Inevitably, some poor souls will play video games instead of sleeping.

Pick-up time is 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

Parent Lunch September 23 rd !

Parents are invited to a special lunch meeting on Sunday, September 23 rd , to connect, talk about FISH, upcoming events and goals for how we can support what our youth are doing. Lunch will be catered. Please advise of any dietary needs or restrictions.

FISH Calendar

September 2 nd Labor Day – No FISH Meeting

September 9 th Discussion & Eucharist  6 to 8 p.m.

September 22 nd & 23 rd FISH Lock-in  6 p.m. to 8 a.m.

September 23 rd FISH Parent Luncheon 11:30 a.m.

September 30 th Discussion & Compline 6 to 8 p.m.

October 19 th Ordination to the Priesthood
Deacon Tom Gartin
Sunday School News
Sunday School will be available throughout the summer for children ages four to 11. The fall session will begin in a few weeks. We are always in need of more volunteer teachers. If you would like to volunteer to teach, please contact Shelby Larkey:
larkey.shelby@gmail.com or 916-807-0880

News from the Nursery

The nursery is available for children ages six months to three years. Emma Andres is our 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:

Children's Choir

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


Seniors First

"Care Kit"


Join us on Sunday, September 9 th (Grandparents Day) for our outreach event benefiting the seniors in Placer County. This activity is sponsored by the Mission and Outreach Team. The Daughters of the King are assisting with the project.

We will be packing “Care Kits” with various toiletry items to be donated to Seniors First. All those in attendance will be packing a box (one box per family) and writing a personal note to a senior.
Seniors First exists to provide programs, services and long-term support to Placer County seniors so that they may maintain their independence as long as possible. Many seniors in our community are trying to live on less than $1,000 a month. These care packages, along with a friendly note, will brighten their day.

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 meet Sunday, September 9 th following the 10 a.m. service. Daughters will assist the Mission and Outreach Team packing "care kits" for Seniors First.

All Daughters will be recognized and blessed at the September 9 th service.

Rhonda Wampler will host the December 2 nd meeting at her home for Christmas Social. Members will exchange secret partner gifts at that event.

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


Brotherhood of St. Andrew

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew holds its regular monthly meetings at 9 a.m. in Canterbury Hall the second Saturday morning of the month. Coffee and breakfast are served. All men and boys 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 have an interest in learning about the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, please contact Rob or Secretary John Redmond.

The Brothers had their summer fund-raising BBQ, July 29 th after the 10 a.m. service, raising over $300 for outreach projects at the Church. Hamburgers, hot dogs, salads and ice cream were served. Everyone stayed cool inside Canterbury Hall.

The Brotherhood will be planning for a second Bingo Night/Spaghetti Feed. They will be working with other fund-raising organizations in the Church as to a good date for putting on the event.

The next Brotherhood meeting will be Saturday, September 8 th at 9 a.m. in the Sunday School room.

If you have further questions, please contact Director Rob Shonk:


Prayer Shawl
It is believed that the origin of the prayer shawl can be found in the books of Numbers and Deuteronomy in the Old Testament. Moses wrote that God instructed him to have the men make tassels for the four corners of their cloaks to remember God's commands. Some Christians believe that Jesus wore such a shawl and,today, wish to follow His example.

Wherever it started, there has been a resurgence in recent years to provide such shawls to people who need a visible sign of caring and comfort to face life's more difficult challenges. Members of our ministry either knot or crochet the shawls with very soft, washable yarn that can be easily cared for and is very comfortable.

The St. Augustine Prayer Shawl ministry began in 2011 and, to date, has given away almost 250 shawls. Our group gathers every second Monday of the month at the Church at 1:30 p.m. to work on our 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 this ministry. For more information, please contact Greer at:

Companion's Corner

….what we feel is not who we are….
Our emotional lives move up and down constantly. Sometimes we experience great mood swings from excitement to depression, from joy to sorrow, from inner harmony to inner chaos. A little event, a word from someone, a disappointment in work, many things can trigger such mood swings. Mostly we have little control over these changes. It seems that they happen to us rather than being created by us.

Thus it is important to know that our emotional life is not the same of our spiritual life. Our spiritual life is the life of God within us.

As we feel our emotions shift, we must connect our spirits with the Spirit of God and remind ourselves that what we feel is not who we are. We are and remain, whatever our moods, God's beloved children.

Text taken from:
Bread for the Journey
Reflections for Every Day of the Year
By Henri J M Nouwen, a Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer and theologian. 

Amen, dear friends,
Carole Peterson

A fool gives full vent to anger, but the wise quietly holds it back.

Proverbs 29:11

September Birthdays
September 6
Dan Dorr
September 7
Sarah White
Kelly Bran
September 8
Jack Dillon
September 11
Charley Berger
September 18
Gary Garnier
September 21
Kalie Geiger
Chelsea Bran

September 24
Susan Lampton
September 25
Kathryn Jordan
Linda Bittman
September 27
Brian Arcuri
September 28
Sue Hunnell
September 29
Susan Landolt
Elizabeth Schooss

September Anniversaries
September 5
Bob & Chris Deering
Don & Ginny Dearing
Joe & Joan Cavanagh
September 7
Willie & Nicole Johnson
September 16
John & Susan Ronan
Gersson & Kelly Bran
September 17
Paul & Sharon Taylor
September 22
Charles & Molly Ibenthal
September 30
Michael & Emily Buck
Contact Information
Pastor Liz Armstrong
Associate Priest
The Rev. Maryellen Garnier
Deacon Tom Gartin
Please contact the Church Office or Pastor Liz for pastoral emergencies.

St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal
A Safe Place for People Seeking God
1800 Wildcat Boulevard
Rocklin, CA 95765
Volume 8 No. 9 September 2018