Reminder that the week after Easter, the Saturday emails with separate worship links and bulletins will be discontinued. Links to bulletins are already in the “Weekly News” emails, as well as on our website and in our app, and we believe our parishioners will appreciate one fewer email each week.
Palm Sunday
Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

Saturday, April 1
5 p.m. Evening Prayer and Holy Eucharist in the Celtic Tradition

Sunday, April 2
9:30 a.m. Choral Eucharist with Handbells

ReGeneration Contemporary Worship Services take place on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. The next ReGen Bulletin will go out with the upcoming Holy Week Bulletin email. We livestream the Sunday services on YouTube and Facebook. View worship bulletins on the St. Bart’s App or on the Worship Schedule page.
Holy Week 2023
Holy Week Schedule
Our upcoming Holy Week schedule is listed above. A separate email with links to bulletins will be sent on Sunday. Please note that the Wednesday and Thursday evening services include a meal and will start at 6 p.m.; all other evening services will start at 7 p.m. Please invite your friends and neighbors to join us!
New Rector Called

We have called our new rector! The Rev. Nina Bacas will be joining us on June 1 and will preside at her first worship service on Sunday, June 11. We have big plans for that day: we will appreciate all volunteers, honor teachers and graduates and recognize scholarship recipients, as well as enjoy a catered meal after the service. It will be so wonderful to have Nina with us to celebrate! Plan to be at church in person on June 11—you won't want to miss this!
Nina Bacas
If you haven’t had a chance to read it, here is the letter from our Senior Warden announcing this call:
And if you haven’t watched Nina’s welcome video yet, here it is:
Help Promote Our Preschool on Social Media

The St. Bart’s Preschool website has recently been updated, and we need to increase our visibility. Please take a moment to visit our preschool’s social media channels and review sites—Facebook, Instagram, Google, MapQuest, Yelp—and like/share our posts and leave positive reviews.
Upper Parking Lot Closed 9-11 a.m. on Apr 2
The upper parking lot will be closed to vehicle traffic immediately before and after the 9:30 a.m. service this Sunday, April 2, as the lot will be in use for donkey and horse rides for the children. If you need to park in that lot, plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the service starts. Otherwise, please park in the lower lot.
Charlie Riding Donkey
Donkey Rides This Sunday!
Four volunteers will be overseeing rides this Sunday, April 2, to ensure all children ages 3-12 have a chance to ride a donkey or horse. Teens who help out with Sunday school will also have an opportunity to ride. Various games and activities will be set up in the grass area by the Education Building to keep the children entertained while they await their turn for a ride.
Easter Flower Donations

A donation to the Flower Guild for Easter lilies and flowers is a wonderful way to celebrate Easter and honor special people in your life. Easter Flower envelopes are available in church. Please list the people you are giving thanks for or memorializing on the designated spot on the envelope and write “Flower Guild donation” on the memo line of your check. The Flower Guild is supported solely by donations. They are always thankful for your generosity at Christmas, Easter and all year long. For more information, contact Bobbie Davis, Flower Guild Chair, at (858) 485-0132.
Vestry Updates
The vestry’s February meeting minutes have been posted to our website. To read the minutes, click the button below.
Stewardship 2023
gala 2023
St. Bart’s Gala Ticket Sales Closing Apr 7

Reserve your seat at the second annual St. Bart’s Gala on April 22 while you still can! Invitations have been passed out on campus over the last couple weeks, as well as mailed to our mailing list parishioners. If you haven’t received one, they are available at the back of the church or in the main office. Our venue is quickly booking up, so don’t wait to buy your tickets. As you declutter your homes for the St. Bart’s Bargain Boutique, please also consider donating high-end items, experiences and services for the Gala’s silent and live auctions. This event benefits the mission and ministry of St. Bart’s Episcopal Church. Join us for an evening of fun and fellowship as we support a good cause. Contact Demetreus Gregg with donations and/or questions.
Box of donated clothing
Bargain Boutique Donations on Hold

Bargain Boutique donations will not be collected for the next two weekends due to the Holy Week holidays. Collections will resume Saturday, April 15, 2-5 p.m., in the UPPER parking lot, and Sunday, April 16, 10:45 a.m.-noon, in the LOWER parking lot.
Spotlight on Service
Youth Day Retreat Service
Cleanup Hike on Apr 16

Our next cleanup hike is on Sunday, April 16, 1-3 p.m. We will hike for an hour on the Pomerado Trail connected to our church campus to clean up trash. If hiking is not for you, feel free to join us at 2 p.m., when we will do some planting as part of Earth Month. Please dress for the weather and bring a reusable water bottle. We will provide vests, gloves, trash bags and plants for all participants. Contact Christine Sleeper to RSVP.
Outreach Opportunities
Hands-On Outreach: Tijuana House Build #2, May 6

Last October, St. Bart’s teamed with Incarnation Lutheran Church to build houses for two families over one very long day in a colonia outside Tijuana. This year, we will again join forces with Incarnation to build two more houses, this time over two separate trips: one on Saturday, May 6, and one this fall. Each build will be done in a single day trip, departing from Poway, with a stop in Tecate on the way home for the best tacos you’ll ever eat. We’re looking for 8-10 adventurous hearts for this hands-on outreach experience. For more information, contact J.D. Cowart at or (619) 857-8088.
Upcoming Events
chair yoga
Chair Yoga Classes

Free Chair Yoga classes are continuing through April 4 on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. in the MPR for Wisdom Circle members and anyone else who would like to join. Contact Lisa Oakes with any questions. RSVP to Cheryl Roop so we can set up enough chairs for all participants.
Godspell Musical Cover
Godspell Auditions

St. Bart’s is holding auditions for our upcoming production of Godspell. Mark your calendars and share these dates with your friends.
Audition Dates:
Friday, April 14, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 15, 12:00 noon-4:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 16, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Performance Dates:
Friday, June 2, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 3, 12:00 noon
Sunday, June 4, 4:00 p.m.
To book your audition, please email Dr. John-Luke Addison by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 7.
Tickets are now on sale for the event.
Earth Month at St. Bart's 2023
Celebrate Earth Month at St. Bart’s 

Earth Month is coming to St. Bart’s!  

Earth Day was established to raise awareness of the need to protect our planet’s natural resources. First observed in several American cities on April 22, 1970, it has since grown into a global event. This year, Earth Day falls on Saturday, April 22, but St. Bart’s will be celebrating throughout the month with an array of offerings designed to help parishioners reflect on the goodness of God’s creation and our role in its stewardship, as well as take practical steps to care for our fragile island home. 

Worship services on April 15-16, April 22-23, and April 29-30 will feature special liturgies, prayer, and music focused on creation care, including the California Benedicite. In addition, the following activities are scheduled: 

Wednesday, April 5, 6 p.m.
ReGeneration Contemporary Worship and Eucharist
St. Bart’s mid-week contemporary service, with post-service dinner hosted by the Peace and Justice ministry

Saturday, April 15, 1 p.m
A contemplative nature experience at Blue Sky Ecological Reserve

Sunday, April 16, 10:45 a.m.
A forum in the sanctuary following the 9:30 a.m. service

Wednesday, April 26, 6-8 p.m.
A contemplative creative gathering featuring poetry to inspire new responses to creation care

Saturday, April 29, 5 p.m.
A creation care–focused service by and for various faiths in Balboa Park

Click the link below for more detailed descriptions of these offerings. Please join us in commemorating Earth Month—all are welcome!
Parishioner News
Janice Ellis with quilt
Janice Ellis, sister of parishioner Jean Johnson, sent in this photo and message: “A prayer quilt from Jean’s church arrived today. It’s beautiful and my thanks to those whose hands made it and to my loving sister Jean who facilitated my receiving the prayers and the quilt.” Thank you to our Prayers and Squares Quilting Ministry for their labors of love in making these quilts for people who need our prayers and comfort. If you would like to get involved, this ministry meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, 1-3 p.m. Contact Holly Gray for more information.
Kay Hines
Kay Hines’s memorial service will be on April 15 at 11 a.m. Contact for more details.
Beyond Our Parish
Discounted Meals in Poway

In January, the Poway City Council approved an agreement for Charlie’s Classic Cooking to provide catering for its senior meal program. The City, in partnership with Friends of Poway Seniors, a nonprofit aimed at assisting local seniors, is now serving meals from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Oak Hall West. There is a tiered pricing structure for meals, starting at $5 for adults 50 and up. Staff, caretakers and special needs individuals pay $8, and all other guests pay $16. Reservations are required. The St. Bart’s communications committee has shared this information with our Wisdom Circle, but we thought everyone should know about this amazing program.
Diocesan News
Diocese-Wide VBS Coming This Summer!
VBS board
Children and youth ministers throughout our Diocese met this week to receive training on leading this summer’s Diocese-wide VBS curriculum. The theme is “Love Is....” St. Bart’s VBS will be July 17-21. Save the dates and spread the word! Registration info coming soon!
Charlette at VBS
Our Diocesan Director of Formation, Charlette Preslar, has put together this curriculum. To read more, click the button below.
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Read the weekly EDSD “News with News” to find out what is happening in our Diocese. There are additional book studies, webinars, ordinations, lunches, a Gala and more! It’s inspiring to know what the greater church is accomplishing in 2023.
Did you know our Diocese has a podcast? Lauren Sleeper from St. Bart’s was recently a guest; listen to the latest episode as she and podcast hosts discuss the gospel reading about Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem and share their thoughts on triumphal entries.
Clergy Renewal of Vows at St. Paul’s Cathedral
Episcopal clergy will worship together, renew their ordination vows and bless holy oils at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday, April 4, at 11 a.m. After the service, clergy will gather for lunch. Because of this event, St. Bart’s clergy will be out of the office during the day on April 4.
Weekly Ministries


  • 10 a.m.-noon Bible vs. Quran Study on Zoom. Contact Bob Capettini
  • 5-6 p.m. Schola Cantorum in the Choir Rm. Contact John-Luke Addison
  • 6-8 p.m. Youth CREW, 6th-12th grade in the MPR. Contact Lauren Sleeper
  • 6-7:30 p.m. Womens Bible Study in the Main Office (on pause during Lent; will resume the week of April 19). Contact Anne Snyder

  • 8-10 a.m. Food Bank Delivery to St. Luke’s. Contact Jerry Blanton
  • 7-9 p.m. Parish Choir for Adults and Teens in the Sanctuary. Contact John-Luke Addison

  • 7:45-9 a.m. Mens Ministry on Zoom. Contact Bob Leiter
  • 2-4 p.m. Daughters of the King in the MPR. Contact Sandy Morrison

  • 9:30-11:30 a.m. UK Choir/Community Choir in the Sanctuary. Contact John-Luke Addison

  • 9:15-10:15 a.m. Sunday School for ages 3-12 in the Ed Building. Contact Christine Sleeper
  • 10:45-11:30 a.m. Choir School for ages 6-13 in the Choir Rm. Contact John-Luke Addison
Photo Requests
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Do you have photos from events past and present? Are you involved with a ministry? Please send photos with date and description of event or where taken, with names of any pictured people, to

St. Barts will add photos to our database to share via our website, social media and blog, and newsletters.
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