April 7th Celebration for Fr. Sean and Family

As you have heard, Fr. Sean has accepted a call to serve on the diocesan staff in Indianapolis. Sunday, April 7 will be the Cox family’s last Sunday with us. You are invited to celebrate the end of Fr. Sean’s ministry at Faith Church with a potluck immediately following the 10 a.m. service. Please bring your favorite main dish, salad or dessert to share.

There is also an opportunity to share your personal thanks, blessings and well wishes with Sean, Katie and the kids via a note or card. Cards are available in a couple of locations in the rotunda. A box is also available for your personal note. An additional expression of our thanks for Sean’s ministry will be a gift. The Cox family has requested a monetary gift. If you choose to give towards this gift, you can either place a check or cash in the specific box for this. Notate on the check: ‘Rectors gift’ on the memo line.  A gift can also be made using online giving.

Fr. Sean and Katie have given each of us so much during their time here at Faith. It is now our turn to thank them for all the times of joy, tears, laughter and bad puns. Let us bless them in this small way for how much we have been blessed by their ministry to us.

Members can give online by clicking here.

Guests can give online here.



Easter Giving Options

EXCITING NEWS ABOUT EASTER GIVING

This year Faith Episcopal Church will the split Easter donations between two local charities: The Assistance League Sierra Foothills and Empty Bowls.

Learn more about the Assistance League of the Sierra Foothills (ALSF).  https://www.facebook.com/AssistanceLeagueSierraFoothills/

ALSF will use our Easter donations to provide clothing to underprivileged elementary and middle school children, literacy and comprehension help in local schools, and support for Paradise fire victims who have had to relocate to our county. and

Empty Bowls Event on April 26th

We encourage you to attend the event on April 26th and visit the Empty Bowls site for more information. We are thrilled to be part of the event this year!

https://www.facebook.com/events/397786254099255/

Senior Lunch Bunch Starting-up

Back by Popular Demand: The Senior Lunch Bunch Rides Again
April 17th at Noon

Whether you are visiting Faith for the first time or searching for a church home, are a new member, or remember with fondness The Senior Lunch Bunch with our late beloved Pastor Gene Jewel, please join us for fellowship and community at our first get together at noon on Wednesday, April 17th.

All you have to do is bring your good self, as many friends as you like, a brown bag lunch, and your ideas for possible future discussion and activities. We will supply water and coffee.

Our first guest will be Fr. Sean and we’ll be talking about the Lenten traditions each of us has had in the past (or not J), and what the heck all this Holy Week stuff in the Episcopal Church is all about.

FED Talk Sunday, March 24th

FED Talks – This Sunday!
March 24, 2019 from 9:15 – 9:45 am
“Bishops, Priests & Deacons, is this church or chess!” 
Join us for bacon, eggs, & pancakes for breakfast. $3.00 per person or $10 for a family.

Stephen Ministry Information

Is God Calling You to Serve as a Stephen Minister?
As we go about our worship, fellowship, and other ministries, we may recognize the many needs for care in our congregation and community. We may encounter people who are experiencing grief, illness, hospitalization or other challenges. We may feel drawn to listen and help but wonder how we can make a difference in the lives of those who need support. If you are interested in developing lay caregiving skills that can encourage others, consider learning more about Stephen Ministry.
To learn more about Stephen Ministry at Faith Episcopal Church and the new training class that will begin this spring, contact the office or speak to Bob Gilmore, Sharon Lawrence, or Patti Faires on Sundays.

Reconciliation Available

Invitation to Reconciliation
As part of your Lenten practice, in preparation for the great feast of Easter, I invite you to experience the sacrament of Reconciliation.
This sacrament of healing is available during any season, not just Lent. And it is for any season of your life, not just near death. This is one of God’s gifts of healing offered through the Church. It is intended to liberate you from shame and guilt, to offer comfort, insight into harmful habits, and to deepen your experience of intimacy with God.
In the sacrament of Reconciliation, you are invited to unburden your mind and heart to a priest, who will then offer you counsel, extend God’s promise of forgiveness, and offer God’s blessing. There is a liturgy for reconciliation in The Book of Common Prayer (check it out, beginning on page 446).

Is this “confession” necessary in order to receive forgiveness and blessing? No, absolutely not. Can this “confession” be healing, cathartic and a vehicle of grace? Yes, indeed! There is a famous Anglican saying: “None must; all may; some should.”Some may have negative feelings about the practice of confession. I grew up in a Christian tradition that required “confession.” Most of my experiences were okay, but I had a couple of negative zingers, too. I recall two memorable confessions: one of being told I was going to burn in hell (at 15 years old); another of the priest snoring during my confession (apparently my sins were less hell-worthy that time around!). I assure you, an experience of Reconciliation at Faith Episcopal Church will not involve shaming or snoring!
God is always wooing us, luring us to respond, loving us into more whole and holy relationships. Profound growth and healing can occur when we are vulnerable in safe ways with safe people. Our safe vulnerability allows God to slide by our defenses and touch our broken, aching places with grace.  
It is Love and only Love that heals. The sacrament of Reconciliation is an embodiment of God’s love. It is safe and non-shaming.
Come and see.
To make an appointment, please call the office at 530-676-5348, or email Father Sean atsean@faithec.org or Rev Sonya at sonya@faithec.org