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Sunday Bulletin 10:00 AM Oct. 21

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The Holy Cow CAT Survey

The CAT’s Back — CAT Survey 2! – Survey can be taken on-line now through Nov. 4.

Once again, the Vestry invites you to participate in a parish-wide survey called the “Congregation Assessment Tool” — CAT for short. Essentially the same as last year, the survey has two additional questions: 1) one that asks you to rank the critical abilities of our next rector; and 2) another that asks you to rate the impact of selected spiritual practices or programs at St. Mary’s. Both the Profile and the Applicant Review Committees will use the data from these surveys — last year’s and this year’s — in completing their missions over the next several months.

* The online CAT survey must be completed in one sitting. It should take between 30 and 45 minutes to finish. If this is a problem, you may pick up or request a paper version of the survey from the Parish office.

* Every person in a family, aged 16 and over, may complete the survey, but only one person in the household should answer the section on household demographics. 

* As we saw in the presentations last year, all responses are anonymous and information is only presented in the aggregate. Outcomes will be presented at the planned “Listening Session #4” on December 9th after the 10 o’clock service.




Listening Session 2

Stop, Look, Listen! Liturgy and Music

From: Peter Juve and Corkey Bates

October 21, 11:30 to 1:30, Listening Session #2

Following the 10:00AM service we’ll meet again, in small groups, to discuss four questions about the future of St. Mary’s. Please come, enjoy a light lunch provided by the Profile Committee, then engage in this key process discovering who we are and can become. The information from our listening sessions will be used by the Profile Committee to develop a parish profile. This profile will be displayed on our website, which is in the process of being updated! The profile will be the first introduction to those who are interested in discerning a call to St. Mary’s. 

As with the Day of Discovery, we want to give you time to think about your answers before the Liturgy and Music Day, so here at the questions: 

  1. What service do you attend and why?
  2. Are there some liturgical practices, either Holy Eucharist on Saturday evening/Sunday morning or on special occasions (i.e. Lessons and Carols, Taize, Easter Vigil, Advent or Lenten Wednesday Eucharist, Sunrise Vigil, Blessing of the Animals etc.) that are particularly meaningful for you? Why?
  3. What do you appreciate about the music program at St. Mary’s?
  4. If St. Mary’s were to try something new with music what would interest you? Think about parishes you’ve visited or previous parishes you’ve attending.

Save the Date:

Listening Session #3, November 18, Faith and Culture

Listening Session #4, December 9, CAT Survey II




Stewardship

Stewardship is the way of life to Christian service 

Take to heart the words of Psalm 24: “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it”. We should recognize that part of following Jesus is a need to give as he has given to us. This a source of peace and happiness to all Christians. As such, the Stewardship campaign is a time for you to return a portion of your time, talent and resources to God in a spirit of gratitude for what he has given to you. As we think about giving, it is essential that we consider the gifts we have received and shared, and the role St. Mary’s plays in our lives. As we reflect on what St. Mary’s means to each of us and our call for Stewardship, it is important to consider our Parish’s needs and community during the transition that is currently underway.

If you did not pick-up your pledge card during the last two week-ends, it will be mailed to you this week. Extras are available in the office. 

Our Goals for this year:

o   100% participation of current pledgers with at least one ministry participation.

o   10 new pledgers.

o   $275,000 in pledges to fund 2019 Operating Costs (equal to 2018)

o   $20,000 in pledges to fund Programs based on results of Listening Sessions and CAT survey

o   Continued support of St. Mary’s Endowment and Special Gifts Fund.

 Please return your pledge card at the service, drop by office or mail.    Thank you for your support!




All Saint's Sunday

All Saints Altar

Let's build an All Saints Altar to remember those whom we love, but see no longer. Please bring a framed picture of a loved one who has passed away and place it on the Mary Altar. Photos will stay on the altar until All Saints Sunday, November 4. Put your name and phone number of the back of your framed photo. and pick up your photo after All Saints Day.




Godly Play is Here!

Dear Parishioners of St. Mary’s,

 

You probably have noticed many changes taking place at St. Mary’s in preparation for our new children’s Sunday school program. Let me officially introduce you to Godly Play!

 

The goal of Godly Play is to teach children the art of using religious language to help them become fully aware of the mystery of God's presence in their lives. Through parables, sacred stories, and liturgical action presentations, the wonder of God is opened. The Godly Play® method focuses clearly and deeply on the child's spirituality. This evolves, enhances, supports, and enlarges the quality of relationships in other activities for children. This approach to religious education is about engaging the child to be a member of a circle and to wonder about God's elusive presence through story. With Godly Play, we tell Bible stories to children and encourage them to enter into the stories. This helps them wonder about them and relate them to their personal experiences. One of the goals of Godly Play is to create a safe space for children. Here, ideas, opinions, and gifts are deeply respected. Everything in the Godly Play Room is designed for children to use and enjoy.

 

Two adult teachers, a Storyteller and a Door Person, will guide the children each week. These teachers have gone through 18 hrs of training to prepare for this program. You will recognize many of them as many were our wonderful Children’s Chapel Leaders. If you are interested in becoming a Godly Play Storyteller or Door Person, please contact me.

 

This program will be held every Sunday. It will serve children ages 3- 12 yrs old. Teachers and children will meet in the new Jerusalem Room or as it is commonly known as the Godly Play Room. We will start promptly at 9:45am and will be together until 10:30am when the children join the congregation for Communion.

 

Changes and new beginnings usually come with questions or concerns. We hope this letter adequately explains Godly Play to you but if you have further questions, please feel free to contact Rev. Vanessa or Ann Gibson to address these concerns.

 

God Bless you and our children!

 

Ann Gibson

Director of Children’s Ministry




Children's Chapel Chatter

Children’s Chapel Chatter

This section is devoted to all the happenings for children at St. Mary’s.

Nursery: The Nursery is available for infants to 2 year olds, every Sunday from 9:30 to 11:30.

Sunday School: Godly Play is offered to children 3-12 years old every Sunday. To avoid interrupting the class after it starts, we ask that children be present by 9:45am. The program is held in the Godly Play Room as so known as the Jerusalem Room. Children will rejoin their families during the 10:00 Service for Communion.

Thank you SHOUT OUTS go to…

… our Acolytes for last week, Henry and Jayden!

… our Godly Play Leaders for today, Claire Simpkins and Patti Coyle

… our Nursery Attendants, Tara and Jonathan

If you have any questions, contact Ann Gibson (707) 337-6682 or anngibson@stmarysnapa.org.




St. Elizabeth's Guild

News from St. Elizabeth’s Guild!
We are not having our bake sale this year! We are having a Christmas tea fundraiser on December 8 instead! We hope we have your blessings in our new endeavor!

We will be selling raffle tickets after each service for our raffle baskets that will be on display in the hall from October 3rd through 28! Purchasing raffle tickets? Here's a helpful tip, bring your return address labels and put them on the ticket so you don't have to fill them all out by hand.

Our drawing will be on October 28 after the 10 service!




Outreach Collections

LOVE and HOPE!

This is what Operation Christmas Child is all about according to Yves Dushime, who at the age of 11 in Togo, Africa was a Samaritan Purse shoebox recipient. (to hear Yves’ amazing story please go to napavalleychurch.org - click on Sermons, scroll to August 19, 2018 real life-changing stories, click on watch) Marilyn Bennett, Pam Bonotto, Diane Dexter and Mary Hamler had the pleasure of hearing Yves, a young man now living in Buffalo, NY but born in a refugee camp in the Congo after his family fled from the Rwandan genocide, speak in Napa of how the red and green shoebox changed his life and transformed his community. You may hear Yves’ speech at the above website and hear for yourself how St. Mary’s, through our shoebox donations, is bringing love and hope to the young children who receive these gifts of real toothbrushes, real school supplies, real toys and our love and prayers. Yves said what touched him the most was the personal note that said “God loves you, Jesus loves you, I love you.” Love and gifts from a complete stranger reaffirmed Yves’ faith in God. Operation Christmas Child uses simple gifts to plant these seeds of Love and Hope.

 




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