This Weeks Service Schedule

Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King

Morning Prayer Services

8:40-9 a.m. on Tuesday & Wednesday only in the Chapel

Thursday, November 23

No Services. Happy Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 25

5 p.m. Holy Eucharist in the Celtic Tradition in the Chapel


Sunday, November 26

8 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II in the Sanctuary

Bulletin | Readings/Music

9 a.m. Education Hour in the MPR

Roles for the Laity in Worship

10 a.m. Choral Eucharist in the Sanctuary


We will livestream the 10 a.m. Sunday service on YouTube and Facebook. View worship bulletins on the St. Bart’s App or on the Worship Schedule page of our website in addition to this weekly newsletter.

ReGeneration Contemporary Eucharist services with meal are held the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 6 p.m. in the Chapel.

In This Issue

In this week’s newsletter, you’ll find the following items:

A Note from the Rector: Rector's Post-it Note


  • Saints Alive! An Advent Luncheon
  • Vestry Elections on the Horizon
  • 2024 Stewardship Update
  • Forum: Roles for Laity in Worship, Nov 26
  • Flower Donations

Saints Alive!

  • Theme
  • Purpose
  • Volunteer Opportunities

December Worship & Music Events

  • Advent Wreath-Making, Dec 3
  • Lessons & Carols, Dec 3
  • ReGen Service, Dec 6
  • Handel's Messiah, Dec 8 & 10
  • Dickens' Christmas Carol, Dec 17
  • Blue Christmas, Dec 20
  • Christmas Eve, Dec 24
  • Christmas Day, Dec 25

Service & Outreach

  • Year-End Outreach Opportunities
  • Angel Tree Program, Nov 25 & 26

Children & Youth

  • Youth Crew Friendsgiving, Nov 29
  • December Activities Schedule
  • New Preschool Class Options
  • Preschool Pizza Fundraiser

Upcoming Events

  • Altar Guild Meeting, Nov 25
  • December Forum Schedule
  • Save the Date: Blood Drive, Dec 4
  • Dec 10: St. Nick Visit & Christmas Cookie Extravaganza

Parishioner News

  • Yardwork for the Morrisons

Interfaith & Community Events

  • Christmas Tree & Menorah Lighting Ceremony w/Mother Nina, Dec 5
  • Sandy Hook Vigil, Dec 9

Diocesan News

  • Bishop Susan's Thanksgiving Message

The Greater Episcopal Church

  • ECF Tip: Remember God is Good
  • A Case for Love Workshop Preview

Weekly Ministries Calendar

Fall Service Schedule

Note from the Rector
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Rector's Post-it Note

 The Reverend Mother Nina Bacas

Dear St. Bart’s Family,

With thanks to Jim and Judy Macemon, all your post-it notes from Saturday and Sunday arrived in my email inbox! It is such a privilege to read through them as they give a snapshot into everyone’s heart at St. Bart’s. While the wordings vary, several common themes pop out at me. You give because: [...]

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Saints Alive! Advent Luncheon, Dec 5

The Wisdom Circle of St. Bart's is shining a light in the darkness of Advent with an opportunity for fellowship, food, music, and reflection. Come join us in the sanctuary on Tuesday, December 5, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. as we strengthen our relationships with another, and prepare for Christ's birth.

Worship & Office Schedule Update

We will not be gathering for Morning Prayer or the Healing Eucharist on Thanksgiving Day. In addition, the church office will be closed all day Thursday and Friday.

Vestry & Convention Delegate Elections on the Horizon

Seeking candidates for vestry and Diocesan Convention delegates.

Now is the time to place your name on the ballot for the annual election.

During November and December, we will accept nominations for vestry and Diocesan Convention with the election to be held at the annual meeting on January 28, 2024. There will be four open seats to be filled. Please see the attached documents for details. 

Available Vestry Positions
Nomination Forms
Election Procedures
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2024 Stewardship Update

Thank you for showing your commitment to stewardship by participating in St. Bart’s Forward in Faith Giving weekend. We are currently over $635,239 in pledges and supporter commitments made by 141 households (28 of which are new or returning!). 


Please use the link below to watch a one-minute video by Bill Angus, St. Bart’s Treasurer and key member of our church community, about how his own giving began and why it is important that everyone pledge, regardless of the amount. 


Blessings and a Happy Thanksgiving from your Stewardship team!

Questions? Contact Anne Hand, Campaign Co-Chair, Judy Macemon, or Bill Angus, St. Bart’s Treasurer.

Bill's Pledge Video
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This Sunday's Adult Forum: Roles for Laity in Worship

Come hear an overview of the joyful work of the lay worship team: lay eucharistic ministers, altar guild, acolytes, flower guild, lectors, vergers. Is God calling you to join them? All your questions can be answered at this session.

Church Flower arrangement

Church Flower Donations

This weekend’s flowers are given by Khawla Qafiti in memory of her mother Eleanore Ayad, and by the Johnston Girls in memory of Johnny, husband and father, and, also, given by Emily C. Gomes in memory of Hudson Frand Gomes. 

Thank you to everyone for your donations.

If you would like to donate flowers in memory of a loved one, contact Bobbie Davis.

Saints Alive!

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What is Saints Alive!?

It is a festive luncheon that happens a couple times a year in the St. Bart's sanctuary where our parishioners who are of retirement age enjoy a meal, hear some words of wisdom from our pastor and leaders, sing some songs led by our music director and have time for prayer and reflection. The meal usually consists of pizza, salad and cake. This year Mother Nina will lead a special Advent presentation.

What is the purpose of Saints Alive!?

The goal is to strengthen our relationships with one another and build community through fellowship, food, music, and reflection as we prepare for Christ's birth.

What volunteer 0pportunities are needed?

  • Setup & Decorating: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Table Hosts: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Cleanup: 1-2 p.m.

Contact Nancy Peterson to RSVP to the event and to sign up to volunteer.

December Worship & Music Events

Dec 3: After 10am, Advent Wreath-Making

Dec 3: 4pm Lessons & Carols (Sanctuary)

Dec 5: 11:30am Saints Alive Luncheon (Sanctuary)

Dec 6: 6pm ReGen Service (Chapel)

Dec 8: 7pm Handel’s Messiah (Sanctuary)

Dec 9: 7pm Christmas Cookie Extravaganza (Chapel Patio)

Dec 10: 11:30am Christmas Cookie Extravaganza (Church Courtyard)

Dec 10: 4pm Handel’s Messiah (Sanctuary)

Dec 15: 7pm Dickens Christmas Carol (Sanctuary)

Dec 20: Noon & 7pm Blue Christmas Services (Chapel)

Dec 24: 10am Advent 4 Service (Sanctuary) (No 8am Service)

Dec 24: 4pm Christmas Pageant & Holy Eucharist w/ReGen Band (Sanctuary)

Dec 24: 7pm Choral Service & Holy Eucharist w/Orchestra (Sanctuary)

Dec 24: 9pm Solemn Service & Holy Eucharist w/Incense & Bells (Sanctuary)

Dec 25: 10am Christmas Morning Holy Eucharist Service (Sanctuary)

Advent Lessons and Carols 2023

Advent Lessons and Carols, Dec 3

Be sure to mark your calendars for Sunday, December 3, 4 p.m. as the season of Advent will begin with our annual Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols, led by the parish choir, with beautiful carols and hymns that help usher in the season of expectation and anticipation. 

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ReGen Service, Dec 6

On the first Wednesday of the month, we will have a regular ReGen service in the chapel at 6 p.m. The Hospitality Committee will provide a baked potato bar as our shared meal. Note that instead of having a ReGen service on the third Wednesday of December, we will participate in the Blue Christmas Service that evening at 7 p.m. which will be held in the chapel this year.

Messiah 2023 Poster

Handel's Messiah, Dec 8 & 10

Join us for our annual Messiah Sing-Along in collaboration with the Greater San Diego Music Coterie, on Friday, December 8, 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 10, 4:00 p.m. Enjoy the brilliant music of Handel's Messiah (Christmas portion), with choir, orchestra, and soloists, as we all share in the joy of the season.

Bring your own score or rent one ($5) at the door.

Tickets $25 ($10 for students)

Click Here for Tickets
Dickens Christmas Carol 2023

Dickens' Christmas Carol, Dec 15

Come hear a dramatic reading of Dickens' beloved classic, accompanied by an audience sing-along of some of our best-loved Christmas carols. Free admission (donations welcome).

Blue Christmas Ad 2023

Blue Christmas, Dec 20

The holidays can be a hard time for many of us. Life and holidays just aren't the same without our friends and family who have passed away. Join us at Noon or 7 p.m. on December 20 to remember those we have lost and miss during this time of year.

Christmas Eve 2023

Christmas Eve Schedule

December 24 is going to be a very busy day. There will be two Advent 4 services that morning at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. followed by three Christmas Eve services, all of which will include music and Holy Eucharist. The Christmas Pageant will take place at 4 p.m. with music provided by the ReGen Band. The 7 p.m. service will have orchestra and timpani and there will be a quick transition to the 9 p.m. Solemn service which will include incense and bells.

Christmas Day Service

On Monday, December 25, St. Bart's will have one Christmas Day service at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Join us to celebrate the birth of Christ the King.

Service & Outreach

Calling All Parishioners: Year-End Outreach Ministries at St. Bart’s

The last three months of the year are a very busy time for St. Bart’s outreach ministries, and we have many opportunities for everyone to engage in both hands-on service and the giving of gifts to our neighbors. Please join us for the ministries that call to you. Click the button below to see all the upcoming year-end events, and contact the ministry coordinators listed for more information.

Volunteer for Outreach Opportunities

Angel Tree Program

Nov 25 & 26


Project Angel Tree will start next weekend! Pick up your wish lists on Saturday, November 25, or Sunday, November 26. By sponsoring a family, you can ensure that children whose parents are incarcerated will still receive gifts for Christmas. Your wrapped gifts are due back to church the following weekend: Saturday, December 2, or Sunday, December 3. If you have any questions regarding gift selections, don’t hesitate to email our Angel Tree Coordinator, Rosalind Duddy, or call her at (858) 485-1770.

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Children & Youth

Youth Friendsgiving 2023

Youth Crew Friendsgiving, Nov 29

On Wednesday, November 29, the St. Bart's Youth Crew will have a Friendsgiving Celebration. We have invited area youth groups to join us and the youth have each been encouraged to bring a friend and a dish to share. This is an annual event that they look forward to because besides eating a delicious meal, we share our gratitudes and play lots of silly games.

To make this event possible, we still need a couple of adults to volunteer as chaperones. Click the link below to sign up.

Volunteer for Youth Crew Events

December Activity Schedule

Dec 3: 11:30am Advent Wreath-Making Activity (Courtyard)

Dec 10: 10am Service - Saint Nicholas Visiting ('s a surprise!)

Dec 10: 11:30am Christmas Cookie Decorating (Courtyard)

Dec 17: 10am Service - Bring Blankets & Quilts up during the Offertory

Dec 20: 6-8pm Youth Crew White Elephant Christmas Party (Youth Room)

Dec 24: 10am Service - No Sunday School or Children's Chapel

(Prayground available without church-provided supervision)

Dec 24: 4pm Christmas Pageant & Bring Reverse Advent Boxes (Sanctuary)

Dec 25: 10am Christmas Morning Eucharist Service (Sanctuary)

Dec 31: 10am Service - No Sunday School or Children's Chapel

(Prayground available without church-provided supervision)

Preschool Class Options

We’re excited to share that new class options for our 2024-25 school year are now available on the St. Bart’s Preschool website. Registration starts January 23 for currently enrolled families, church members and siblings of alumni. Community registration starts January 30. For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact the Preschool Director, Tracey Buzo, at (858) 487-2140 or [email protected].

Preschool Pizza Fundraiser

St. Bart's Preschool is selling pizza kits for dinner and cookie dough for dessert that you and your children can make at home. Children love to help in the kitchen and this is such a fun way to make memories together. Your purchase is sent FedEx right to your door, it doesn't get any easier than that. Little Caesars also offers in store purchases on fresh n' ready pizzas through this fundraiser. Proceeds go to the preschool to help with the purchase of STEAM materials for the children to enjoy. You can order through the QR code on the flyer or by clicking on the button below. 

Preschool Fundraiser
Upcoming Events
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Altar Guild Meeting, Nov 25

Altar Guild members who are in town this weekend are requested to attend a training this Saturday morning, November 25, 9-11 a.m. Contact Cyndi McClelland with any questions.

Daughters of the King

DOK Meeting, Nov 25

The Daughters of the King will be meeting this Saturday, November 25, 11am-1 p.m. in the Education Building, Rm 3AB. Contact Sandy Morrison with questions.

December Adult Forums

Finding Jesus in Advent: Spiritual Practices 

An Advent Series with Dr. Elisabeth Koenig 

Sundays, 9 a.m.

Advent is the season of Incarnation in which Christians await the birth of God in Jesus Christ. As such, it is a perfect time to talk about Discernment, because Discernment mirrors Incarnation: Whereas God takes on human flesh in Jesus, Discernment makes the relationship with God concrete and actual through lived human choice and decision-making.

Blood Drive Flyer

Save the Date: Blood Drive

Dec 4

The next blood drive on campus will be Monday, December 4, 9 .a.m-3 p.m. Register at

Christmas cookie extravaganza

Save the Date: Christmas Cookie Extravaganza

Dec 9 & 10

Bring a plate of your FAVORITE Christmas cookies (homemade or store bought) to share on the patio after services on December 9 and 10. We will have goodie bags so you can take some to go. On Sunday after the 10 a.m. service, we will offer a cookie decorating opportunity, so bring the kids! All are welcome to participate, regardless of their contribution.

NOTE: To protect those with allergies, please clearly label cookies that contain nuts.

Parishioner News

Parishioners are invited to send in photos and short announcements about their families that they would like to share with the congregation: graduations, marriages, birth of a child, promotions, transfers, new house, upcoming performances or games that the congregation can attend and support. We all missed years of connecting with one another in person. Here is an opportunity to build back our community and help us learn about each other and share the Good News! Please send photos and stories to

yardwork crew at the Morrisons

Pictured Left to Right: (Back Row) Jerry Blanton, Bob Leiter, Rick Peters, John Dentone, Mike Jewett, John Tomlinson, and Tom Harper (Center) Sandy Morrison (Front) Lee Morrison and Arlene Neuert

Yard Work for the Morrisons - Green Thumb Ministry!

On Nov 11, a group of St Barts parishioners got together and spent the morning doing some much needed garden work at the home of Lee and Sandy Morrison. They trimmed trees and bushes, weeded, raked, repaired a raised bed, and filled three green waste cans for the Morrisons. This was the result of Mother Nina asking Sandy what besides prayers could be done to help them, and a comment of Sandy’s on Facebook that Jerry Blanton replied to. The group of 7 did a wonderful job and took a huge worry off Sandy’s shoulders. Pictured is the group with Lee, Sandy, and Sandy’s mom. Thanks to all who came to help!

If you enjoy doing yard work, contact Mike Jewett to help around campus.

Interfaith & Community Events

Rotary Lighting Event Flyer

Christmas Tree & Menorah Lighting Ceremony, Dec 5

Head to Rancho Bernardo to this Rotary-sponsored holiday event on Tuesday, Dec 5, 5:30 p.m. Mother Nina will give a brief ecumenical invocation. RSVP to (800) 644-1150. Contact Mike Fuqua with any questions.

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Sandy Hook Vigil, Dec 9

The San Diego 11th Annual Sandy Hook Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence is being held at Mission Hills United Methodist Church, 4044 Lark St., San Diego, CA 92103, on Saturday, December 9th, at 4:30-5:45 pm.  Please join other St. Bart's parishioners to show-up for gun violence prevention and remember the children and educators who died on December 14, 2012, and the thousands more who have lost their lives to senseless gun violence since. This year's event will feature youth voices, music and hope for change. Please contact Paul Conry at [email protected] or 808-927-4157 with any questions.

Diocesan News

Thankful wooden letters


By: Bishop Susan Brown Snook

As we approach the Thanksgiving season, I am filled with gratitude for each one of you and the vibrant community we share in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego. As we gather with family and friends around tables laden with the fruits of the earth, let us remember those who may be experiencing hardship and uncertainty. May our hearts be open to the needs of others, and may our hands be quick to offer compassion and support to those who are less fortunate. [...]

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The Greater Episcopal Church

Kathy Culmer gratitude video

Photo Credit: Youtube video screenshot

Episcopal Church Foundation Tip:

Remember that God is Good

  • Gratitude gives us reason for celebrating all we have been given, whether because of, or in spite of, what it might be. This is the day that the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad … be grateful … come what may, just because I got to be in it.
  • Gratitude can be misunderstood when we think that it exists on the condition of our getting something, especially something pleasant or desired or hoped for.
  • Gratitude goes deeper than simply finding the right words to respond to what we get, though words are perhaps the most convenient way we have to express it. But it, too, must come from a deeper place. It, too, must reside within us; otherwise, it becomes mere lip service.

Read Kathy Culmer's, The Joy and Gratitude Within, for more inspirations to get you in the spirit this Thanksgiving.

Read Full Article Here
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The Case for Love: Bridging the Divide

Tuesday, December 5th

3:00pm EST

Join us for this special preview of the upcoming film A Case for Love. This documentary, inspired by the teachings and writings of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, examines the question of whether or not love, specifically unselfish love, is the solution to the extreme societal and political divisions and the current rending of our social contract. Anticipating Bishop Curry’s time with EPN at our 2024 Annual Conference in Houston, we are pleased to preview a work of art that documents and memorializes his witness as chief pastor and inspirational leader of our beloved Episcopal Church.

More Info & Registration

Weekly Ministries



  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. Chair Yoga & Meditation - MPR - First class free - Contact Lisa Oakes for pricing
  • Noon. Brown Bag Lunch on 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month - MPR - Contact Rev. Nancy Burnett
  • 1-3 p.m. Quilting Ministry on 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month - Ed Building, Quilt Rm - Contact Holly Gray
  • 7:30 a.m. Tuesday Morning Book Review - Starbucks (12469 Rancho Bernardo Rd., San Diego, CA 92128) - Contact Jerry Blanton
  • 5 p.m. Centering Prayer - Zoom - Contact Parth Domke
  • 6 p.m. EfM Class - MPR - Contact Bill Doehr



  • 8-10 a.m. Food Bank Delivery to St. Luke’s - Contact Jerry Blanton
  • 10 a.m.-noon. Bible Study: Searching for the Historical Jesus - Zoom - Contact Bob Capettini
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. Choir School - Ed Building, Choir Room - Contact John-Luke Addison
  • 7-9 p.m. Parish Choir for Adults and Teens - Ed Building, Choir Room - Contact John-Luke Addison



  • 10 a.m-noon. Daughters of the King on 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month - Ed Building, Rm 3AB - Contact Sandy Morrison


  • 9-9:50 a.m. Sunday School for ages 3-12 - Ed Building, Godly Play Room - Contact Mother Nina Bacas
  • 9-9:50 a.m. Youth Forum for grades 6-12 - Ed Building, Rm 3D - Contact Lauren Sleeper
  • 9-9:45 a.m. Adult Forum - MPR - Led by various ministries and guests
  • 1 p.m. Eucharist Service on the 1st Sunday of the month - Casa de las Campanas
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