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7/13/2020 Monday Message July 13

Monday Message July 13, 2020

Our Monday Message serves to help you discover how and where to engage with St. John’s, Lodi related programming for the week.

Tuesday July 14, 10:30am (1 hour) – Episcopal Polity (Class 3 of 3): “The Parish,” Facilitated by Deacon Tom – Over the next three weeks, Deacon Tom will help those who join him understand the workings of the National Church, the Diocese, and our Parish. His presentations are perfect for those looking to finalize their preparation for Confirmation/Reception in The Episcopal Church. As well, these sessions are fine for individual Christian formation.

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Wednesdays in July at 5:30pm Diocesan Anti-Racism Book Study: Please Attend – TO ATTEND YOU NEED A ZOOM LINK PROVIDED BY CANON ANNA CARMICHAEL OF EDSJ. CONTACT HER AT T canonanna@diosanjoaquin.org TO RECEIVE YOUR LINK. Using the book Waking Up White by Debby Irving (Elephant Room Press, 2018), chapters 17-28 (it is useful to read the book, but not necessary) the gathered are broken up into groups in order to answer brief discussion questions. Again, to receive the Zoom link you must rsvp to Canon Anna Carmichael in the EDSJ office at canonanna@diosanjoaquin.org


Thursday July 16th – The “Epistle” – This weekly communication serves to help keep the congregation updated in the goings on in the parish during this time of separation. Articles for this week’s Epistle should be received by Penny (with Fr. Peter copied) by Wednesday noon.
Friday NOONDAY PRAYER (JULY 17) on Our Facebook Page (Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi CA). You need to do nothing more than to go to our page (you do not even need a sign-up account). This service is relatively brief, so if you log on a little after twelve, it will remain on the page for you to engage with the rest of the day. Though you can worship with Fr. Peter without a Book of Common Prayer 1979 (BCP), you can access the pages for this service at https://bcponline.org/DailyOffice/noonday.html


Sunday Morning Prayer Worship July 19h at 9:30 a.m. – JoEllen Fortenberry Ford will officiate, Fr. Peter will preach, and various familiar faces and voices will present a service of Morning Prayer. This will premiere on both the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist Lodi, CA FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE pages, and will be available after the first broadcast for viewing throughout the day. COFFEE HOUR on ZOOM will follow the service; (information to join will be in the Thursday Epistle).


Sunday Youth/Young Adult Group – Jr. High through College – 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Please join Joey Soria and Barbara Krengel for a time to check in, chat, visit, stump the rector, and plan ahead for the next series of online gatherings. To obtain the link to this meeting please email Fr. Peter at rectorpete@gmail.com this week.

7/9/2020 July 09, 2020 Thursday Weekly epistle

July 09, 2020 Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter

Below are some “goings on” in the parish:

Please join us on Sunday for worship, at 9:30a.m. via our Facebook and YouTube pages,(a bulletin is attached to this email) and look to gather together for our celebratory – albeit separated – coffee hour on Zoom. The Best option for Worship is to go to the YouTube page (www.youtube.com) . Once you are in YouTube use the internal search bar to locate “Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist Lodi CA” and you will see the latest video as the page comes up. Second best option is to do the same on our similarly named Facebook Page. For the Coffee Hour link, see the information later in this Epistle.

Sunday Memorials/Thanksgivings/Celebrations FOR July 12 – Are given in by David & Diana Martin in celebration of the birthday of their son, Matthew James on July 11.

Friday Noonday Prayer – Friday’s 12noon you can catch Noonday Prayer on our Facebook Page (Episcopal Church of Saint John the Baptist, Lodi CA). Though you do not need the words to enjoy the worship, you can either turn to page 103 in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer or access the pages from this computer link: https://www.bcponline.org/DailyOffice/noonday.html

Sunday Virtual Coffee Hour! – Following the conclusion of the 9:30 a.m. premiere of our worship service, you are invited to join your clergy in a casual conversation on Zoom. This will begin around 10:10 a.m. Our question for this Sunday will be the one that did not get discussed last Sunday – “What is your favorite hymn?”

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Diocesan Anti-Racism Book Study Continues; Wednesdays in July at 5:30 p.m.
– Sign up for a Zoom Link by contacting Canon Anna Carmichael at canonanna@diosanjoaquin.org
Led by mixed race couple Dain and Constance Perry, who each have connections to the U.S. Slave Trade, the gathered from our diocese will converse using the book Waking Up White by Debby Irving (Elephant Room Press, 2018). This book is available as an eBook/audiobook/book (if backordered, it is still okay to attend the conversations). Bishop Rice, Fr. Peter, and others encourage and urge your participation.

Stay Tuned: Questionnaire(s) Coming Your Way: Within the next couple of weeks you might receive a survey from the parish (online for parishioners who email, and mailed to those who do not). One survey is for the families of our young members, to find out what more we can do to make their virtual Sunday a meaningful one. The other survey, for all, seeks to discover your thoughts around returning once we meet the state, county, and diocesan guidelines to returning to in person worship. Your answers will help us determine if we need to offer more than one live, and one streamed service. Please look for and take a moment to complete any parish survey that comes your way.

July 19th Virtual Youth Gathering 5pm – On this date and time Joey Soria and Barbara Krengel will gather online with interested young adults from junior high through college, to have a mid-summer check in, and enjoy a round of “stump the rector,” when Fr. Peter joins the gathering. If interested, please request the Zoom link information through our rector at rectorpete@gmail.com

Education for Ministry (EFM) Class Starting – Our own Derek Jones and Marcia Traner are excited to be mentors for an Education for Ministry (EfM) program starting in the fall. Initially it will be a Zoom based group but, when circumstances permit it will become a face-to-face group in Lodi. Many people think that one must be ordained to be a “minister” but every baptized person is called to ministry. The EfM program provides people with the education to carry out that ministry and to discover how to respond to the call of Christian service.
The EfM program offers a four-year foundation through study, prayer, and reflection. Year one is the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament); year two is the New Testament; Year three is Church History; year four is Theology, Ethics, and Interfaith Encounter.
The seminar group is the nucleus of the EfM program and will consist of up to 8 participants who, under the guidance of the mentors, will meet weekly over the course of a nine-month year. Each meeting will be approximately two and a half hours in length. The cost of the EfM program is $375 per year and includes all books and resource material. Marcia and Derek will be holding a Zoom informational meeting on July 30 at 7.00 pm. In the meantime, if you are interested in attending the Zoom meeting, please let us know by emailing us at derek147a@yahoo.com so that we can better gauge the level of interest.

Sacred Ground: An Invitation - You are invited to a conversation about race - in our lives, in the life of our nation - using Sacred Ground, a curriculum developed by the Episcopal Church as a part of its focus on racial reconciliation.
Over ten gatherings beginning in September, we will share stories and memories as we reflect on the readings and films provided by the program. You might think of it as a deep dive into our national family tree.
Since there is a substantial amount of material to watch and read between each session (estimate about 90 minutes of preparation/session), we will meet every three weeks.
We hope you will consider joining us in this dialogue that is crucial for the life of our congregation, community, and our nation, especially in these challenging times! We will begin meeting on our familiar Zoom platform, hoping for the day when we can meet face-to-face.
To learn more about Sacred Ground visit: https://episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground
Please join us in this journey of shared story and struggle - Sacred Ground.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Deacon Tom at deacontom2020@gmail.com

Join St. John’s Creation Care Ministry: This may be your last opportunity to be a part of the startup for our part as St. John’s, into a greater diocesan effort to support Creation Care. If you want to be a part of this conversation, please email congregant Derek Jones at derek147a@gmail.com. For more information on this adventure to care for our planet, please take a moment to explore the Episcopal Church site: https://episcopalchurch.org/creation-care (This invitation is offered to you by Deacon Tom Hampson, Derek Jones, Barbara Krengel)
“Episcopal 101 for Anyone/Continuing Confirmation” Course Continues Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. – This past Tuesday, Deacon Tom continued with his second of a three-week session on Episcopal Church: Polity, Structure, and Relationship. His final session will look at Episcopal polity at the parish level. This course of study will finalize preparation for those wishing to be confirmed/received when we have our next Bishop visit. Recordings of sessions will be on our YouTube page for later viewing. The basic Zoom information:

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Meeting ID: 896 6360 9812 Password: 1055
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Alarm Reset Soon:– Please make sure your alarm code is on file with the Church Office (by phoning Penny), or you will lose access! Phone Penny during office hours (Monday through Thursday 9am – 2p) to make sure that she has what we need.

Masks Still Available; Freewill Offering Encouraged! - Barbara Warburton continues to occasionally create masks to help fight off the virus. Feel free to phone ahead to Penny in the Church Office (to make sure that she is present and a mask in your size is in stock. She also can arrange a volunteer to drop one off to you.

“Feed a Family Ministry” (formerly identified as St. John’s Parishioners Helping Marginalized Lodians) – Our fellow parishioner, Cheryl Nix, along with Vestry person Pat Fehling have identified some local citizens who, due to circumstances and the loss of income from the virus, can use meals, and/or groceries. With the Vestry’s approval Cheryl is spearheading this kind of help. Many good souls have stepped up to volunteer, and we can use more households who are willing to prepare meals. As you decide if you are called to this ministry please, be mindful of the virus. Social distancing must be practiced, as well as mask wearing, etc. If you are at risk, it is better to remain at home. Please use your directory or phone the Church Office, and contact Cheryl to see if there is a way that you can help.

Great Plates Senior Meal Program: During the COVID-19 crisis, Lodi area restaurants are helping, through volunteers by delivering three meals per day to qualifying seniors (age 65 and above, as well as certain ages for those affected directly by the COVID-19 Virus). If you want more information and/or to apply to benefit from this ministry, please reach out to the LOEL Senior Center by calling 209-369-1591.

7/6/2020

Monday Message July 06, 2020

Our Monday Message serves to help you discover how and where to engage with St. John’s, Lodi related programming for the week.

Tuesday July 7, 10:30am (1 hour) – Episcopal Polity (Class 2 of 3): Facilitated by Deacon Tom – Over the next three weeks, Deacon Tom will help those who join him understand the workings of the National Church, the Diocese, and our Parish. His presentations are perfect for those looking to finalize their preparation for Confirmation/Reception in The Episcopal Church. As well, these sessions are fine for individual Christian formation.

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 896 6360 9812
Password: 1055


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Meeting ID: 896 6360 9812
Password: 1055
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kd4S8dQU0K
__________ __________ __________ __________ __________ _________

Wednesdays in July at 5:30pm Diocesan Anti-Racism Book Study: Please Attend – TO ATTEND YOU NEED A ZOOM LINK PROVIDED BY CANON ANNA CARMICHAEL OF EDSJ. CONTACT HER AT T canonanna@diosanjoaquin.org TO RECEIVE YOUR LINK. The first session of this course of conversations were well attended by St. John’s parishioners and clergy. It is okay to join whether you have attended a previous session or not. The book that prompts our conversations is Waking Up White by Debby Irving (Elephant Room Press, 2018). This week’s conversation will be from chapters 6-16 of this short book. Though the book is available as an ebook/audiobook, the paperback copy may still be sold out. You do not have to read it to attend the presentation and discussion. Your clergy, along with Bishop Rice encourage you to partake. Fr. Peter is happy to assist with the cost of the book if that is an issue. Again, to receive the Zoom link you must rsvp to Canon Anna Carmichael in the EDSJ office at canonanna@diosanjoaquin.org
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Thursday July 9th – The “Epistle” – This weekly communication serves to help keep the congregation updated in the goings on in the parish during this time of separation. Articles for this week’s Epistle should be received by Penny (with Fr. Peter copied) by Wednesday noon.
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Friday NOONDAY PRAYER (JULY 10) on Our Facebook Page (Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi CA). You need to do nothing more than to go to our page (you do not even need a sign-up account). This service is relatively brief, so if you log on a little after twelve, it will remain on the page for you to engage with the rest of the day. Though you can worship with Fr. Peter without a Book of Common Prayer 1979 (BCP), you can access the pages for this service at https://bcponline.org/DailyOffice/noonday.html
__________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ _

Sunday Morning Prayer Worship July 12h at 9:30 a.m. – Fr. Peter will officiate, Deacon Tom will preach, and various familiar faces and voices will present a service of Morning Prayer. This will premiere on both the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist Lodi, CA FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE pages, and will be available after the first broadcast for viewing throughout the day. COFFEE HOUR on ZOOM will follow the service; (information to join will be in the Thursday Epistle).

7/2/2020 July 2, 2020 Thursday Weekly Epistle

July 02, 2020 Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter

Fr. Peter is off this week and will return, at our Sunday Virtual Coffee Hour following the online 10:00 a.m. Diocesan Service.
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Below are some “goings on” in the parish:

First Sunday of the Month Worship with the Virtual Cathedral of St. James Fresno, at 10:00a.m. via our Facebook and YouTube pages: Please access the bulletin and feed from the Cathedral of St. James, Fresno California YouTube page. The service will also be streamed to our Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist Facebook and YouTube Pages.

Sunday Memorials/Thanksgivings/Celebrations FOR July 5 – Are given in Thanksgiving for Independence Day.

Our Current Member Birthdays and Anniversaries for July (send them a card, make a call, and say a prayer!)

Birthday            Anniversaries
July 14 Marlene Loseth    July 1   Barbara & Ken Warburton
July 15 Eva Bare    July 8   Penny & Greg Wilson
  Sarah Gay Gerard-Platt July 12  Donna & Robert Hoffman
July 16 Lindsey Williams  July 14  Michelle & Harry Hakala
July 23 Cheryl Nix  July 25  Karen & Corky Kuykendall
July 25 Amelia Hernandez         July 31 Kathy Quigley & Madalynne Reese
July 30 Aleathea Langone

Friday Noonday Prayer (on hiatus this week)

Sunday Virtual Coffee Hour! – Join wearing some red, white, or blue – or all, on this Independence Day weekend. Following the 10am service from The Cathedral of St. James we will gather here:

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Telephone:
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+1 253 215 8782 US
Meeting ID: 930 7319 5951
Password: 1055

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ad9wX8LY7r
__________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ ___

Diocesan Anti-Racism Book Study Continues; Wednesdays in July at 5:30 p.m. – Sign up for a Zoom Link by contacting Canon Anna Carmichael at canonanna@diosanjoaquin.org Led by mixed race couple Dain and Constance Perry, who each have connections to the U.S. Slave Trade, the gathered from our diocese will converse using the book Waking Up White by Debby Irving (Elephant Room Press, 2018). This book is available as an ebook/audiobook/book (if backordered, it is still okay to attend the conversations). Bishop Rice, Fr. Peter, and others encourage and urge your participation.

Sacred Ground: An Invitation - You are invited to a conversation about race - in our lives, in the life of our nation - using Sacred Ground, a curriculum developed by the Episcopal Church as a part of its focus on racial reconciliation. Over ten gatherings beginning in September, we will share stories and memories as we reflect on the readings and films provided by the program. You might think of it as a deep dive into our national family tree. Since there is a substantial amount of material to watch and read between each session (estimate about 90 minutes of preparation/session), we will meet every three weeks. We hope you will consider joining us in this dialogue that is crucial for the life of our congregation, community, and our nation, especially in these challenging times! We will begin meeting on our familiar Zoom platform, hoping for the day when we can meet face-to-face. To learn more about Sacred Ground visit: https://episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground Please join us in this journey of shared story and struggle - Sacred Ground.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Deacon Tom at deacontom2020@gmail.com

Join St. John’s Creation Care Ministry: This may be your last opportunity to be a part of the start up for our part as St. John’s, into a greater diocesan effort to support Creation Care. If you want to be a part of this conversation, please email congregant Derek Jones at derek147a@gmail.com. For more information on this adventure to care for our planet, please take a moment to explore the Episcopal Church site: https://episcopalchurch.org/creation-care (This invitation is offered to you by Deacon Tom Hampson, Derek Jones, Barbara Krengel)

“Episcopal 101 for Anyone/Continuing Confirmation” Course Continues Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. – This Tuesday, Deacon Tom began the first of a three-week session on Episcopal Church: Polity, Structure, and Relationship. These sessions will finalize preparation for those wishing to be confirmed/received when we have our next Bishop visit. We are recording these sessions and will have them on our YouTube page for later viewing. The basic Zoom information:

via pc: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89663609812?pwd=b1V1TllkVktRNUd6dHliaHRhV1czdz09

Meeting ID: 896 6360 9812 Password: 1055
Dial by your location
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kd4S8dQU0K

Alarm Reset Soon:– Please make sure your alarm code is on file with the Church Office (by phoning Penny), or you will lose access! Phone Penny during office hours (Monday through Thursday 9am – 2p) to make sure that she has what we need.

Masks Still Available; Freewill Offering Encouraged! - Barbara Warburton continues to occasionally create masks to help fight off the virus. Feel free to phone ahead to Penny in the Church Office (to make sure that she is present and a mask in your size is in stock. She also can arrange a volunteer to drop one off to you.

Updated 2020 Tax Laws Increase Charitable Giving Benefits to the Giver: Remember for 2020 you get more bang for your charitable giving. Whether through a pledge or freewill offering your tax credits for 2020 work in your favor! (see last week’s Epistle for the details if you are interested).

“Feed a Family Ministry” (formerly identified as St. John’s Parishioners Helping Marginalized Lodians) – Our fellow parishioner, Cheryl Nix, along with Vestry person Pat Fehling have identified some local citizens who, due to circumstances and the loss of income from the virus, can use meals, and/or groceries. With the Vestry’s approval Cheryl is spearheading this kind of help. Many good souls have stepped up to volunteer, and we can use more households who are willing to prepare meals. As you decide if you are called to this ministry please, be mindful of the virus. Social distancing must be practiced, as well as mask wearing, etc. If you are at risk, it is better to remain at home. Please use your directory or phone the Church Office, and contact Cheryl to see if there is a way that you can help.

Great Plates Senior Meal Program: During the COVID-19 crisis, Lodi area restaurants are helping, through volunteers by delivering three meals per day to qualifying seniors (age 65 and above, as well as certain ages for those affected directly by the COVID-19 Virus). If you want more information and/or to apply to benefit from this ministry, please reach out to the LOEL Senior Center by calling 209-369-1591.

6/29/2020 Monday Message June 29, 2020

Monday Message June 29, 2020

Friends,

Fr. Peter is taking “rest/on call week;” he is still on call for pastoral If you need an earlier response to non-pastoral needs, please contact Penny in the Church Office, or Karen Olds, our senior warden. Important reminders in this communication:

1. Read below on how to sign up for the Diocesan Book Study on July Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Fr. Peter encourages a strong showing of support from our parish.
2. Sunday July 5, we will worship with our diocese (EDSJ) via their Cathedral of St. James, Fresno feed at 10:00 a.m. – information below and links will be provided in the Thursday Epistle.

Tuesday June 30, 10:30am (1 hour) – Episcopal Polity (Class 1 of 3): Facilitated by Deacon Tom – Over the next three weeks, Deacon Tom will help those who join him understand the workings of the National Church, the Diocese, and our Parish. His presentations are perfect for those looking to finalize their preparation for Confirmation/Reception in The Episcopal Church. As well, these sessions are fine for individual Christian formation.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89663609812?pwd=b1V1TllkVktRNUd6dHliaHRhV1czdz09

Meeting ID: 896 6360 9812
Password: 1055


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+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Meeting ID: 896 6360 9812
Password: 1055

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kd4S8dQU0K
__________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ _

Wednesdays in July at 5:30pm Diocesan Anti-Racism Book Study: Please Attend – TO ATTEND YOU NEED A ZOOM LINK PROVIDED BY CANON ANNA CARMICHAEL OF EDSJ. CONTACT HER AT T canonanna@diosanjoaquin.org TO RECEIVE YOUR LINK. The course/conversations will use the Book Waking Up White by Debby Irving (Elephant Room Press, 2018). The gathered online will join in a conversation with our hosts Dain and Constance Perry a mixed race couple with stories that are connected to the U.S. Slave Trade. The book is available as an ebook/audiobook/book (if sold out, please know that you can still attend the class). Fr. Peter is willing to finance your copy if it will help. Bishop Rice, Fr. Peter, and more lay and ordained people encourage all persons to seriously consider attending these conversations. courage you to seek it out, and let me (Fr. Peter) know if you need financial assistance to pay for the work. If the book is not available in a form you need, you are still encouraged to join in the class sessions and discussion. To receive the Zoom link you must rsvp to Canon Anna Carmichael in the EDSJ office at canonanna@diosanjoaquin.org Deacon Whether you are able to read the sections before each Wednesday or not, Deacon Tom and I, Fr. Peter, look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday July 2nd – The “Epistle” – This weekly communication serves to help keep the congregation updated in the goings on in the parish during this time of separation. Articles for this week’s Epistle should be received by Penny (with Senior Warden, Karen Olds copied) by Wednesday noon.
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NO Friday NOONDAY PRAYER (THIS WEEK-JULY 3)
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Sunday Morning Prayer Worship July 5th at 10:00a.m. – ON THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH WE WILL WORSHIP WITH THE CATHEDRAL OF ST. JAMES (OUR DIOCESAN CATHEDRAL). Though this service streams a half our later than we are used to, our parish Coffee Hour will take place immediately following the service (a link will be included in the Thursday Epistle).
To watch the service at 10:00a.m. on Sunday July 5, 2020 – choose one of the following viewing options…..
 
1. Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi, CA YouTube Page
2. Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi CA Facebook Page
3. Cathedral of St. James, Fresno CA YouTube page.



6/24/2020 June 25, 2020 Thursday Weekly Epistle

June 25, 2020 Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter

Dear Friends,

We continue forward during this time of separation both looking for ways to prepare for our eventual reopening for services, while continuing on with the work of the parish. Penny just returned from a one-week vacation, and others are going to take a brief respite. Deacon Tom will take a well-earned couple of weeks off in July, and with the Vestry’s support I am taking a “rest week” beginning this coming Sunday after Coffee Hour. This means that I will not be engaging in my usual priestly vocational duties during the week of June 28th, however I am on call for pastoral emergencies. As this is not a vacation per se, it merely offers me a chance to step away from my duties as a way of recharging my batteries. Should Marie and take vacation time this year, it will most likely be in late November or early December.
The weeks that Tom is away we will receive additional support from our own JoEllen Fortenberry Ford, who is now a Postulant as she continues to work towards ordination to the Deaconate. There is more information about this stage of her call in an article below.
I am grateful for all who engage in our ministry together, no matter how different or uncomfortable, and I look forward to our process towards gathering together in live worship again. In the meantime, let us all continue to keep each other in our prayers.

Sincerely,

Fr. Peter
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Below are some “goings on” in the parish:

Please join us on Sunday for worship, at 9:30a.m. via our Facebook and YouTube pages,(a bulletin is attached to this email) and look to gather together for our celebratory – albeit separated – coffee hour on Zoom. The Best option for Worship is to go to the YouTube page (www.youtube.com) . Once you are in YouTube use the internal search bar to locate “Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist Lodi CA” and you will see the latest video as the page comes up. Second best option is to do the same on our similarly named Facebook Page. For the Coffee Hour link, see the information later in this Epistle.

Sunday Memorials/Thanksgivings/Celebrations FOR June 28th –VIRTUAL Altar Flowers this Sunday are given by Jan & Amanda, in loving memory of Gina Cariati on her birthday June 30.

Friday Noonday Prayer – Friday’s 12noon you can catch Noonday Prayer on our Facebook Page (Episcopal Church of Saint John the Baptist, Lodi CA). Though you do not need the words to enjoy the worship, you can either turn to page 103 in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer or access the pages from this computer link: https://www.bcponline.org/DailyOffice/noonday.html

Sunday Virtual Coffee Hour! – This continues to serve as a nice way for us to gather together and enjoy some post service conversation. This Sunday’s discussion starter will be to tell us about your favorite dessert. Coffee Hour starts around 10:05 am or so, after the first available viewing of the Virtual Service. Join COFFEE HOUR ON Zoom via….

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Meeting ID: 930 7319 5951
Password: 1055


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Parishioner JoEllen Fortenberry Ford Becomes a Postulant for the Deaconate – Many of you know that for some time, our own JoEllen, has been in the discernment process towards becoming a Deacon in our Diocese. She has elevated one step closer in the process and is now considered a Postulant. She will continue on her path as outlined by the Committee to the Deaconate. While she is still with us, Fr. Peter and Deacon Tom will assist her by having her join the Morning Prayer virtual services more often than not. She will sometimes serve as the officiant, and occasionally as our preacher. It is important for the work of the church to continue, so please keep JoEllen and her family in your prayers as her adventure towards ordination continues.

Bishop Rice Invites All To Join in Anti-Racism Book Study – Our Diocese is going to engage in a book study on every Wednesday in July beginning at 5:30 p.m. The discussion will be led by mixed race couple Dain and Constance Williams. He is a distant relation of the most successful slave traders in our nation’s history. He and his wife met during his work, which can be seen in the film Traces of the Trade, which the couple presented to diocesan clergy at our last conference. This time for all clergy and lay people we will work through sections of the book Waking Up White by Debby Irving (Elephant Room Press, 2018). This book is available as an ebook/audiobook/book. Though I understand that amazon is currently sold out of the paper copies of the work, I encourage you to seek it out, and let me (Fr. Peter) know if you need financial assistance to pay for the work. If the book is not available in a form you need, you are still encouraged to join in the class sessions and discussion. To receive the Zoom link you must rsvp to Canon Anna Carmichael in the EDSJ office at canonanna@diosanjoaquin.org Deacon Whether you are able to read the sections before each Wednesday or not, Deacon Tom and IFr. Peter look forward to seeing you there!

Join St. John’s Creation Care Ministry
: Dear Friends: At the beginning of Lent the newly formed St. John’s Creation Care Ministry, at the request of Bishop David, asked you to devote some prayerful time during Lent to discern whether you would like to join in this ministry. Although the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic brought about an unwelcome pause in this discernment, the Creation Care Ministry would now like to invite you to a journey to restore creation. If you are considering becoming part of the Creation Care Ministry we would ask you to email Derek Jones at derek147a@gmail.com. As soon as we have an indication as to how many people might be involved, we will hold a Zoom meeting to start the process of restoring creation in practical ways. In the ensuing couple of weeks we would also invite you to view the Episcopal Church site: https://episcopalchurch.org/creation-care Blessings to all of you from: Deacon Tom Hampson, Derek Jones, Barbara Krengel
 
“Episcopal 101 for Anyone/Continuing Confirmation” Course Continues Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. – This Tuesday, Deacon Tom begins the first of a three-week session on Episcopal Church: Polity, Structure, and Relationship. These sessions will finalize preparation for those wishing to be confirmed/received when we have our next Bishop visit. We are recording these sessions and will have them on our YouTube page for later viewing. The basic Zoom information:

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Alarm Reset Soon:– Please make sure your alarm code is on file with the Church Office (by phoning Penny), or you will lose access! Phone Penny during office hours (Monday through Thursday 9am – 2p) to make sure that she has what we need.

Masks Still Available; Freewill Offering Encouraged! - Barbara Warburton continues to occasionally create masks to help fight off the virus. Feel free to phone ahead to Penny in the Church Office (to make sure that she is present and a mask in your size is in stock. She also can arrange a volunteer to drop one off to you.

Updated 2020 Tax Laws Increase Charitable Giving Benefits to the Giver: Remember for 2020 you get more bang for your charitable giving. Whether through a pledge or freewill offering your tax credits for 2020 work in your favor! (see last week’s Epistle for the details if you are interested).

“Feed a Family Ministry” (formerly identified as St. John’s Parishioners Helping Marginalized Lodians) – Our fellow parishioner, Cheryl Nix, along with Vestry person Pat Fehling have identified some local citizens who, due to circumstances and the loss of income from the virus, can use meals, and/or groceries. With the Vestry’s approval Cheryl is spearheading this kind of help. Many good souls have stepped up to volunteer, and we can use more households who are willing to prepare meals. As you decide if you are called to this ministry please, be mindful of the virus. Social distancing must be practiced, as well as mask wearing, etc. If you are at risk, it is better to remain at home. Please use your directory or phone the Church Office, and contact Cheryl to see if there is a way that you can help.

Great Plates Senior Meal Program: During the COVID-19 crisis, Lodi area restaurants are helping, through volunteers by delivering three meals per day to qualifying seniors (age 65 and above, as well as certain ages for those affected directly by the COVID-19 Virus). If you want more information and/or to apply to benefit from this ministry, please reach out to the LOEL Senior Center by calling 209-369-1591.

6/22/2020 Monday message June 22, 2020

Friends,

Here is what is on tap for this week……

Tuesday June 23, 10:30am (1 hour) – Book of Common Prayer Deep Dive (Class 4 of 4) – Recordings of the first three sessions can be found on our YouTube page. You do not need to have seen these to enjoy the final one.

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Thursday June 25th – Fr. Peter’s “Epistle” – This is e-mailed (and mailed) weekly to the congregation, as long as we are sequestered in place. The purposes of this is to share what the leadership discusses each week, what surprises we find, and whatever else you might wish to share publicly with one another. Fr. Peter is happy to accept any news or article for inclusion into his Epistle.
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Friday June 26th– NOONDAY PRAYER on Our Facebook Page (Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi CA). You need nothing more than to go to our page (you do not even need a sign-up account). This service is relatively brief, so if you log on a little after twelve, it will remain on the page for you to engage with the rest of the day.
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Sunday Morning Prayer Worship June 28th – Fr. Peter will be our preacher for our service of Morning Prayer. Following the service will be our usual Coffee Hour on Zoom (information to join will be in the Thursday Epistle).

6/15/2020

Monday Message June 15, 2020
Friends,
Hopefully last week you accessed the Diocesan document sent
by the Bishop, and posted on our Facebook Page re: stages towards reopening for
our diocese.  These steps are careful,
and cautious. As I often say, our church (parish and diocese) is moving slow;
if we err, we do so on the side of being careful by loving our neighbor who may
be susceptible to the virus.
The document can be accessed here:  https://9ba86170-67b6-45b2-9021-fdf6663d3182.filesusr.com/ugd/4716d3_fe76527628544d3ca5327aa470b91f65.pdf   and note that a powerpoint is available on the diocesan website.
In regards to the power point, I will show it on a Zoom gathering on Wednesday at 4:00pm (see below). There is probably no one good time to share and discuss this as needed, but I figure we will start here.
As one of the members on the working group for the Bishop that helped to come up with these steps, I am delighted that we had an Episcopal lay person from our Diocese, Barbara Vassal on board as she is a Communicable Disease Manager for Stanislaw Public Health.  or those who are familiar you will see that our unfolding stages are well with guidelines recommend by the CDC, state and local health departments, as well as other Episcopal dioceses.  
As you will read there is nothing that is going to happen too fast, so we have time to talk, determine next steps and communicate around these steps.
Finally, when I spoke and prayed with Gwin Paden in her weekly call with the clergy (open to anyone who wants the same) she said “well, we are the church. Whether we worship in person, or via our computers, it is still church.”  I could not have said it better myself.
We are certainly blessed to be St. John’s, Lodi.  Deacon Tom and I feel the same around being
your clergy.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Peter
 
As promised…here is what is on tap for this week……
Tuesday June 16, 10:30am to 11:30am – Book of Common
Prayer Deep Dive (Class 3 of 4) – The first two session recordings can be found on our YouTube page.  For this session
we will go through the second third of the Book of Common Prayer 1979 (BCP) beginning with the section titled “The Holy Eucharist.”  Here we will see how, as a people of the Eucharist, the BCP guides us through our stages in life.  You will be just as informed if you join this meeting without viewing the others.
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Wednesday June 17, 2020 4:00 p.m. – Power Point on Steps Toward Public Worship on Zoom
– Hosted by Fr. Peter. He will walk us through the power point, making
comments, hearing ideas, and answering any questions that he can.  At our Vestry check in on Tuesday he will
invite Vestry members to join in with him.

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Thursday June 18th  – Fr. Peter’s “Epistle” – This is
e-mailed (and mailed) weekly to the congregation, as long as we are sequestered
in place.  The purposes of this is to share what the leadership discusses each week, what surprises we find, and
whatever else you might wish to share publicly with one another.  Fr. Peter is happy to accept any news or
article for inclusion into his Epistle.  
 
Friday June 19th–
NOONDAY PRAYER on Our Facebook Page (Episcopal Church of St. John the
Baptist, Lodi CA).  You need nothing more than to go to our page (you do not even need a sign-up account).  This service is relatively brief, so if you log on a little after twelve, it will remain on the page for you to engage with
the rest of the day.
Sunday Morning Prayer Worship June 21st  –  Deacon Tom will be our preacher for our
service of Morning Prayer.  Following the service will be our usual Coffee Hour on Zoom (information to join said hour
will be in the Thursday Epistle).  

6/11/2020 June 11, 2020 Thursday Weekly Epistle

June 11, 2020 Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter

Dear Friends,

Deacon Tom and I are excited for this Sunday’s service, which celebrates our young adults. Patrick Gaston, who just finished his first year of college, is scheduled serve as our Lay Officiant for our Morning Prayer service this Sunday. Additionally two of our high school graduate/acolytes, Hannah Wilson and Ethan Bronson will participate with the readings and will also be our preachers as they talk about what St. John’s has meant to them, as well as what their next steps in life are.

Please join us on Sunday for worship, at 9:30a.m. via our Facebook and YouTube pages,(a bulletin is attached to this email) and look to gather together for our celebratory – albeit separated – coffee hour on Zoom.

Though the world’s challenges are in the forefront today, much of the hope of my faith, rests on the leaders of the future. And now with a sort of related announcement….

Penny Away: Hannah’s mother, Penny, who serves as our Parish Administer, will be on a week’s vacation beginning this coming Monday. Because of COVID-19, please consider the office closed Monday, June 16-Friday, June 19. Voice mails and emails (even to Penny’s email address) will be checked by others. You can always reach out to one of the Wardens (Karen Olds and Ken Warburton) who are prepared to meet anyone who needs access into the building. Please phone them (or me) ahead of time to arrange access. Penny will return to the office on Monday the 22nd.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Peter
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Here is some parish information to keep you up to date on what is going on/available for parishioners of St. John’s, Lodi:

Sunday Memorials/Thanksgivings/Celebrations FOR June 14th – VIRTUAL Altar Flowers this Sunday are given in Thanksgiving for the Youth in our parish, their families, and all who follow their baptismal call to support and raise them.

Friday Noonday Prayer – Can now be enjoyed via a stream directly to our Facebook Page look for the live stream to begin a few minutes before noon. If you want to follow along, and know the responses, have a 1979 Book of Common Prayer (BCP) at the ready. You can also access the noonday service section of the BCP by following this link: https://www.bcponline.org/DailyOffice/noonday.html Remember, also that there are few responses in this service, so it is easy to follow and participate without a BCP.

Sunday Virtual Coffee Hour! – This continues to serve as a nice way for us to gather together and enjoy some post service conversation. This Sunday’s discussion starter – What have you learned, done differently, or is new to you – during this Covid-19 time?

This begins roughly around between 10:00a.m or so, after the first available viewing of the Virtual Services. Join COFFEE HOUR ON Zoom via….
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Photo Check Ins – Margaret Meyers began a feed on our Facebook page where parishioners are posting pictures of themselves, pets, and adventures during this time. Feel free to add yours in the feed. If you need some assistance, please contact Margaret Meyer to assist you.

“Episcopal 101 for Anyone/Continuing Confirmation” Course Continues – For two more weeks Fr. Peter will delve into the Book of Common Prayer (you need not attend a previous session to enjoy one). These gatherings last no more than one hour, and will continue in a few weeks for a three-week session on Episcopal Church: Polity, Structure, and Relationship (offered by Deacon Tom). These sessions will finalize preparation for those wishing to be confirmed/received when we have our next Bishop visit. We are recording these sessions and will have them on our YouTube page for later viewing. The basic Zoom information (Join via pc: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89663609812?pwd=b1V1TllkVktRNUd6dHliaHRhV1czdz09

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Church Treasurer Wanted! – Please contact Fr. Peter, Dee Mayfield, or Karen Olds our Senior Warden to discuss learning more about this vital volunteer position.

Veggies Coming In! – On behalf of our harvesters, parishioner and Vestry person Aleathea Langone wants you to know that zucchini and yellow crookneck squash are coming in, as well as cilantro and some greens. If anyone is interested, they can contact her to make arrangements for pick up at the garden (209) 366-3410. Additionally there are some fresh veggies available in the kitchen. For safe pick up, please phone Aleathea, or one of our Vestry Wardens and arrange a time to meet. The office will be closed due to Penny’s vacation week.

Deacon Tom Wants You To Know About “Love God, Love Neighbor” - In the month of June, join the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations and Episcopal Migration Ministries for Love God, Love Neighbor: Episcopal Month of Action, a series of webinars to learn and advocate with and on behalf of immigrants, DACA recipients, refugees, and asylum seekers.

As the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement, we are called to advocate with and for our siblings seeking safety and a better life in the United States.

June 14-20: Episcopal Action on Resettlement Week
WEBINAR: June 16, 3:30-5:00pm Eastern Time

June 21-27: Episcopal Action on Asylum Week
WEBINAR: June 23, 3:30-5:00pm Eastern Time

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Alarm Reset Soon:– Please make sure your alarm code is on file with the Church Office (by phoning Penny), or you will lose access! Phone Penny during office hours (Monday through Thursday 9am – 2p) to make sure that she has what we need.

Masks Still Available; Freewill Offering Encouraged! - Barbara Warburton continues to occasionally create masks to help fight off the virus. Feel free to phone ahead to Penny in the Church Office (to make sure that she is present and a mask in your size is in stock). She also can arrange a volunteer to drop one off to you.

Updated 2020 Tax Laws Increase Charitable Giving Benefits to the Giver: Remember for 2020 you get more bang for your charitable giving. Whether through a pledge or freewill offering your tax credits for 2020 work in your favor! (see last week’s Epistle for the details if you are interested).

“Feed a Family Ministry” (formerly identified as St. John’s Parishioners Helping Marginalized Lodians) – Our fellow parishioner, Cheryl Nix, along with Vestry person Pat Fehling have identified some local citizens who, due to circumstances and the loss of income from the virus, can use meals, and/or groceries. With the Vestry’s approval Cheryl is spearheading this kind of help. Many good souls have stepped up to volunteer, and we can use more households who are willing to prepare meals. As you decide if you are called to this ministry please, be mindful of the virus. Social distancing must be practiced, as well as mask wearing, etc. If you are at risk, it is better to remain at home. Please use your directory or phone the Church Office, and contact Cheryl to see if there is a way that you can help.

Great Plates Senior Meal Program: During the COVID-19 crisis, Lodi area restaurants are helping, through volunteers by delivering three meals per day to qualifying seniors (age 65 and above, as well as certain ages for those affected directly by the COVID-19 Virus). If you want more information and/or to apply to benefit from this ministry, please reach out to the LOEL Senior Center by calling 209-369-1591.

6/8/2020 Monday Message June 8, 2020


Monday Message June 8, 2020

Friends,

As you schedule your week, think about sending a note to one of our shut ins. We have a few, including two who live at River Fountains (Gwin Mitchell Paden and Katie Long) – if you want to write them each a “thinking of you” note or send them a letter updating them on what is going on with you, please do so. Gwin’s room number has changed, but they are both at 311 West Turner Rd. Lodi, CA 95240.

And for this week, for virtual church, we offer….

Tuesday June 9, 10:30am to 11:30am – Book of Common Prayer Deep Dive (Class 2 of 4)
– This session we will move through the first half of the Book of Common Prayer (BCP). There is a sense about humanity’s relationship to God, and the life of a church goer in its layout. It will be fun to delve through this topic together in an hour or less. If you have a BCP to use that is great. Otherwise, you can find and navigate through the internet version at bcponline.org

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Wednesday June 3, 2020 7:00 p.m. – LAST Bible Study with Derek Jones – Hosted when we met regularly on Sunday mornings and during these Covid days, by parishioner Derek Jones, his bible study always enjoyed a nice level of patriation. Because he and Marcia are to begin training to become Education For Ministry (EFM) mentors, he needs to put this aside. During a brief hiatus church leadership and I will discuss on the future of this popular offering. If you are interested in leading it (whether weekly, twice or once per month) do let me (Fr. Peter) know. Whether you have attended this gathering before, or not you are certainly welcome at this final gathering with Derek via the Zoom Meeting information is below:

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Thursday June 11th – Fr. Peter’s “Epistle” – This is e-mailed (and mailed) weekly to the congregation, as long as we are sequestered in place. The purposes of this is to share what the leadership discusses each week, what surprises we find, and whatever else you might wish to share publicly with one another. Fr. Peter is happy to accept any news or article for inclusion into his Epistle.
__________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ _______

Friday June 5th– NOONDAY PRAYER on Our Facebook Page (Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi CA). You need nothing more than to go to our page (you do not even need a sign-up account). This service is relatively brief, so if you log on a little after twelve, it will remain on the page for you to engage with the rest of the day.
__________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ _______

Sunday Morning Prayer Worship June 14th – This Sunday will feature some of our youth high school graduates participating in Morning Prayer and talking about their St. John’s memories in the sermon time. Links for our Sunday service (which is always streamed to our YouTube page will be available on Thursday.
      As always, do not forget our Coffee Hour following the service. It is held in an online Zoom room (links provided on Thursday).

Sincerely,

Fr. Peter

6/4/2020 Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter

June 4, 2020 Thursday Weekly Epistle from Fr. Peter

Dear Friends,

Attached to this email is the latest pastoral letter from the bishop. His words in these times are too important for me to assume that you have received them already. Please take some time today to read, ponder, and meditate over his words.

As a reminder, this Sunday we will worship (as we will do once per month while refraining from in person worship) with our diocese through the St. James Cathedral service at 10am. The good news is a couple of parishioners, and yours truly, are participating in that service, so you will see some familiar faces.

You can access the St. James Cathedral service stream and program, from their website (www.stjamesfresno.org). Additionally you have the choice of watching their service via their YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm2UgxeM0Is.

I will also post the service on our Facebook page as well as the links above by Sunday morning.

You are always invited to our Coffee Hour which will go “live” on Zoom right after the service concludes. Information for the Coffee Hour link will be posted on the Facebook Page and below.

Yours in Christ, Fr. Peter
__________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ _

Here is some parish information to keep you up to date on what is going on/available for parishioners of St. John’s, Lodi:

Sunday Memorials/Thanksgivings/Celebrations FOR June 4th –VIRTUAL Altar Flowers this Sunday are given to the glory of God by Beth & Jim Elwood in memory of her father; Darwin Lindsley, for his birthday on June 3; and in celebration of Beth’s sister, Sara Ferry’s birthday on June 8.

June Birthdays and Anniversaries – Looking for something to do? Make a phone call or send a card or note to the following:

BIRTHDAYS IN JUNE
9:   Celisse Johnson
11: Elaine Breckenridge
      Lauragrace Kinser
13: Haley Leffler
      Emily Weikle
15: Haley Pott
16: Abigail Freund
17: Christine Denny
19: Harry Hakala
21: Edyth Ledbetter
22: Colleen Walton
23: Steve Augusto
      Jay Bell
      Beth Elwood
      Sara Olds
      Steven Weikle
25: Charlotte Rosson
26: Mary Baker
27: Catherine Jennings
      Natalie Kafton
28: Greg Tudor
      Stephanie Roxson
29: Diana Martin
30: Rosemarie A Ostberg


ANNIVERSARIES IN JUNE
11: Jose & Carrie Mujica
13: JoEllen & James Fortenberry Ford
14: Teresa and Steve Culbertson
      Casey and Brandon Stevens
16: Lila and Don Smith
18: Sylvia and Steve Augusto
      Heather and Charles Jennings
21: Dr. Edmund & Charlene Freund

Photo Check Ins – A parishioner suggested that we open up an area on our Facebook Page for parishioners to submit pictures. Pictures can offer what we look like with our Covid-19 hair, projects we have undertaking around the house, pets we have always wanted to show off, etc. Margaret Meyers will let us know when she is ready to collect submissions, but first it will be helpful for her to know how many of us use our Facebook Page. It has become the best place to get instant parish information which such develops, and a place where one can go to attend virtual worship. It appears from Fr. Peter’s estimation that a lot of us are using it for one or more of these purposes. Can you send Margaret an email at margaretmeyers10@gmail.com and let her know if you are using the platform?

“Episcopal 101 for Anyone/Continuing Confirmation” Course Continues – Last Tuesday I (Fr. Peter) led the gathered on a dive into the Daily Office from the Book of Common Prayer. The next three weeks will be devoted to other treasurers found within our worship book. Following that, Deacon Tom will lead a three-week session on Episcopal Church: Polity, Structure, and Relationship (by Deacon Tom). These sessions will finalize preparation for those wishing to be confirmed/received when we have our next Bishop visit. We will try to record these one-hour (or less) sessions and have them on our Facebook page for later viewing). The basic Zoom information ( Join via pc: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/91062521631?pwd=bUYyRGNEdE9zMVV3MUpaNlU5VVRiQT09, or by phone: +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose). Meeting ID: 910 6252 1631 Password: 1055

“Feed a Family Ministry” (formerly identified as St. John’s Parishioners Helping Marginalized Lodians) – Our fellow parishioner, Cheryl Nix, along with Vestry person Pat Fehling have identified some local citizens who, due to circumstances and the loss of income from the virus, can use meals, and/or groceries. With the Vestry’s approval Cheryl is spearheading this kind of help. Many good souls have stepped up to volunteer, and we can use more households who are willing to prepare meals. As you decide if you are called to this ministry please, be mindful of the virus. Social distancing must be practiced, as well as mask wearing, etc. If you are at risk, it is better to remain at home. Please use your directory or phone the Church Office, and contact Cheryl to see if there is a way that you can help.

Great Plates Senior Meal Program: During the COVID-19 crisis, Lodi area restaurants are helping, through volunteers by delivering three meals per day to qualifying seniors (age 65 and above, as well as certain ages for those affected directly by the COVID-19 Virus). If you want more information and/or to apply to benefit from this ministry, please reach out to the LOEL Senior Center by calling 209-369-1591.

Church Treasurer Wanted! - Our current volunteer Treasurer, Dee, was only helping for a few months. Alas, COVID-19 restrictions mean that the person who was planning to step up to take this position can no longer do so. Dee is a trooper, but she is also retired, and volunteering elsewhere. If you might be interested in learning more about this vital volunteer church position, please contact Fr. Peter, Dee Mayfield, or Karen Olds our Senior Warden to discuss learning more.

WIFI Set up Assistance/Advice – The church wants to look further into a mesh system – one that will have one WIFI address/password and will fill the whole space. In the future this will ensure that live streamed services can happen without a hitch. If you are or know someone in this field, please let Fr. Peter know so that we can receive some direction on installing this type of system.

Veggies Coming In! – On behalf of our harvesters, parishioner and Vestry person Aleathea Langone wants you to know that zucchini and yellow crookneck squash are coming in, as well as cilantro and some greens. If anyone is interested, they can contact her to make arrangements for pick up at the garden (209) 366-3410

Deacon Tom Wants You To Know About “Love God, Love Neighbor” - In the month of June, join the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations and Episcopal Migration Ministries for Love God, Love Neighbor: Episcopal Month of Action, a series of webinars to learn and advocate with and on behalf of immigrants, DACA recipients, refugees, and asylum seekers.

Newcomers contribute greatly to U.S. communities, enriching our common life, strengthening the U.S. economy, and bringing joy as they join and reunite with families and friends. And yet, immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees face a wide array of challenges, including federal policies and legislation that are outdated and do not address the realities of immigrants in America today. As the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement, we are called to advocate with and for our siblings seeking safety and a better life in the United States.

June 7-13: Episcopal Action on DACA Week
WEBINAR: June 9, 3:30-5:00pm Eastern Time

June 14-20: Episcopal Action on Resettlement Week
WEBINAR: June 16, 3:30-5:00pm Eastern Time

June 21-27: Episcopal Action on Asylum Week
WEBINAR: June 23, 3:30-5:00pm Eastern Time

Participants may choose to attend one or more of the webinars offered. Registration is required : https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bOGYsIL1SyO81QoN_RgMtA
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Alarm Reset Soon:– Please make sure your alarm code is on file with the Church Office (by phoning Penny), or you will lose access! Phone Penny during office hours (Monday through Thursday 9am – 2p) to make sure that she has what we need.

Masks Still Available; Freewill Offering Encouraged! - Barbara Warburton continues to occasionally create masks to help fight off the virus. Feel free to phone ahead to Penny in the Church Office (to make sure that she is present and a mask in your size is in stock. She also can arrange a volunteer to drop one off to you.

Updated 2020 Tax Laws Increase Charitable Giving Benefits to the Giver: Remember for 2020 you get more bang for your charitable giving. Whether through a pledge or freewill offering your tax credits for 2020 work in your favor! (see last week’s Epistle for the details if you are interested).

Friday Noonday Prayer – Can now be enjoyed via a stream directly to our Facebook Page Look for the live stream to begin a few minutes before noon. If you want to follow along, and know the responses, have a 1979 Book of Common Prayer (BCP) at the ready. You can also access the noonday service section of the BCP by following this link: https://www.bcponline.org/DailyOffice/noonday.html Remember, also that there are few responses in this service, so it is easy to follow and participate without a BCP.

Sunday Worship – This week we will stream the EDSJ Diocese St. James Cathedral Service. Information and streaming options will be listed on (and include) our Facebook Page. This Virtual Worship Service, with, Kelly and Karen Olds reading and Fr. Peter preaching, will stream beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday June 7, 2020.

Sunday Virtual Coffee Hour! – This continues to serve as a nice way for us to gather together and enjoy some post service conversation. This Sunday’s discussion starter – where would you be vacationing if it weren’t for Covid (or what is your dream vacation spot)?

This begins roughly around between 10:40a.m or so, after the first available viewing of the Virtual Services. Join COFFEE HOUR ON Zoom via….

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Meeting ID: 930 7319 5951
Password: 1055


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6/1/2020 Monday Message June 1, 2020

Monday Message June 1, 2020

Before we look at this week (see below), Deacon Tom wants to let you know of these offerings:…..

Love God, Love Neighbor
In the month of June, join the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations and Episcopal Migration Ministries for Love God, Love Neighbor: Episcopal Month of Action, a series of webinars to learn and advocate with and on behalf of immigrants, DACA recipients, refugees, and asylum seekers.

Newcomers contribute greatly to U.S. communities, enriching our common life, strengthening the U.S. economy, and bringing joy as they join and reunite with families and friends. And yet, immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees face a wide array of challenges, including federal policies and legislation that are outdated and do not address the realities of immigrants in America today. As the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement, we are called to advocate with and for our siblings seeking safety and a better life in the United States.

June 7-13: Episcopal Action on DACA Week
WEBINAR: June 9, 3:30-5:00pm Eastern Time

June 14-20: Episcopal Action on Resettlement Week

WEBINAR: June 16, 3:30-5:00pm Eastern Time

June 21-27: Episcopal Action on Asylum Week
WEBINAR: June 23, 3:30-5:00pm Eastern Time

Participants may choose to attend one or more of the webinars offered. Registration is required here. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bOGYsIL1SyO81QoN_RgMtA

As we look at the week ahead NOTE: while we are away from worshipping together, with the Vestry’s approval we will exercise our connection to our wider church by worshipping once per month with our EDSJ Diocesan (St. James) Cathedral Service at 10:00am. This Sunday their preacher is…..Fr. Peter (aka me)...details below along with the rest of THIS WEEK…..

Tuesday June 2, 10:30am to 11:30am – Book of Common Prayer Deep Dive (Class 1 of 4) – This session we will primarily look at The Daily Office Section of the Book of Common Prayer (BCP). It will help you to have your own handy with you, or have access to a computer at bcponline.org. We will gather via Zoom, logging or phoning in via the information below: Join Zoom Meeting:     https://us02web.zoom.us/j/91062521631?pwd=bUYyRGNEdE9zMVV3MUpaNlU5VVRiQT09

Meeting ID: 910 6252 1631
Password: 1055


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Meeting ID: 910 6252 1631
Password: 1055

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Wednesday June 3, 2020 7:00 p.m. – Bible Study with Derek Jones – Hosted by parishioner Derek Jones, his bible study always enjoys a nice level of participation. This is a study that you are welcome to attend once, sometimes, or regularly…your choice! The Zoom Meeting information is below:

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Meeting ID: 373 320 998
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Thursday June 4th – Fr. Peter’s “Epistle” – This is e-mailed (and mailed) weekly to the congregation, as long as we are sequestered in place. The purposes of this is to share what the leadership discusses each week, what surprises we find, and whatever else you might wish to share publicly with one another. Fr. Peter is happy to accept any news or article for inclusion into his Epistle.

Friday June 5th– NOONDAY PRAYER on Our Facebook Page (Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi CA). You need nothing more than to go to our page (you do not even need a sign-up account). This service is relatively brief, so if you log on a little after twelve, it will remain on the page for you to engage with the rest of the day.

Sunday Morning Prayer Worship June 7th – This Sunday (along with the first Sunday of every month (while we are separated) we will join with the St. James Cathedral (the cathedral of our Diocese) and worship at 10:00a.m. Fr. Peter is our preacher at St. James this Sunday. This service will be found streaming on our Facebook page (and possibly YouTube).
 
We will enjoy our own Zoom Coffee Hour immediately following the service (links provided in our Thursday Epistle).

Blessings, Friends!

Fr. Peter

11/10/2019 Monthly Pancake Breakfast


11/4/2019 Chapel Jam Update

Chapel Jam for the youth of St. John's is off and strumming.  The chapel space was set for making music with a line-up of guitars, amplifiers, ukuleles, xylophones, and  rhythm instruments.  The next scheduled Chapel Jam for Youth is scheduled for Sunday, November 10.It will be held in the Historical Chapel from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.
 
Join us Sunday, November 10th at 6:00 p.m.  All are welcome!
 

10/13/2019 Welcome Father Peter

We welcomed Father Peter and his family today at service.  It was a wonderful service and sermon.  After the service we celebrated with a pancake breakfast; thank you to the hospitality committee for preparing a wonderful meal!
We are all blessed! 

9/20/2019 St John's welcomes The Rev. Peter Ackerman

The Reverend Peter K. Ackerman was born in Southern California, where he lived in the San Fernando Valley section of Greater Los Angeles. A life-long Episcopalian, he was born on Easter Day almost literally inside the All Saints Episcopal sanctuary, where his mother, as an adult, had been baptized just hours before.
 
As the sons of television executive producer Harry Ackerman and classic television actress Elinor Donahue, Peter and his three brothers grew up immersed in the television industry. It was only natural that as an adult, Peter was initially drawn to work in the entertainment industry, first as an actor and later in the administrative end of television production.

It was during that period of his life that Peter met and married his wife of 32 years, Marie, who hails from Stockton, CA. They have two adult children: Amy, who resides and works in Chicago, and Harry, who lives with them.

In the 1990’s, despite working as the assistant to the line producer on a number-one program, Peter felt unfulfilled vocationally. After some focused prayer, he found that God began opening doors. Not long after his realization, he began working in a commercial real estate office. His less-taxing work schedule afforded him the time to say “yes” when his parish, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Studio City, invited him to become a part-time youth leader. That position led to Peter leaving real estate entirely to become the church’s full-time parish administrator.

Over time, the St. Michael and All Angels clergy, youth members, and adult parishioners began seeing a sense of call in Peter, to which Peter responded by entering into a formal discernment process. Once it was determined that Peter would be going to seminary, his bishop at the time insisted that he and his family leave the familiar life of the San Fernando Valley and attend Virginia Theological Seminary. With the bishop providing financial help for their move, the Ackerman family acquiesced, and relocated to northern Virginia, near Washington, DC. Peter graduated seminary and was ordained in 2007, at which point a local parish in Alexandria, Virginia wanted to hire him as their Associate Rector. With permission from his home diocese, he accepted this call, which eventually led him to formally becoming a priest in the Diocese of Virginia. In 2011 he was then called as rector of St. Christopher’s Church in the nearby town of Springfield, Virginia. After serving with St. Christopher’s for over eight years, Peter and his family are delighted to return to their home state of California and settle into life in Lodi at St. John the Baptist Church.    

For recreation both Peter and Marie love National Park hiking. Additionally, Marie is a sommelier and hopes to put her wine expertise to use in the wine country which they love to explore. Peter and his son enjoy discovering used bookstores; Peter is a collector of vintage “movie tie-in books” and pulp novels, while Harry immerses himself in history. The entire family loves old movies and, of course, classic television. At the request of a literary agent, Peter is currently at work on a book about what it was like growing up in a family so intimately involved with classic television. Peter and his family are delighted to become a part of the Diocese of San Joaquin and members at St. John’s, Lodi.