FED Talks – April 22

Join us on Sunday, April 22 from 9:15 – 9:45 am for FED Talks and breakfast. Sit, stand, wander around: Episco-aerobics; where’s my fitbit? Pancakes, bacon and eggs will be served. $3.50 per person or $10 per family.

Annual Sierra Service Project Dinner and Auction

Get your tickets now and join us on May 4th for an evening of Star Wars and Super Heroes!

Our Annual SSP fundraiser will include dinner, silent auction, time and talent donated by our youth, and a dessert auction.  Tickets are $20 each and childcare is available for $5 additional per child.  Come meet some of your favorite characters and support  our youth.  Tickets will be available after each service April 15, 22, and 29.

May the 4th be with you!

Fly on over to the fun at VBS

June 25 – 29 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon Monday – Friday

PreK and KG attendees and volunteers register here
Grades 1-5 attendees and volunteers register here
Grades 6-12 as volunteers can register in one of the above age groups

Registration is now open for volunteers and attendees.
You can pay the $30 fee per child by clicking here.

Easter Sunday Services – April 1

Please join us Easter Sunday for worship services at 8:00 am and 10:00 am with childcare for ages 0-5 years at the 10:00 am service.  There will be an Easter egg hunt at 11:30 am.

Children – Childcare for ages infant – 3 and Sunday school for Pre K – 8th grade at the 10:00 am service.  We have added a new activity shelf in the sanctuary, near the back left side.  Should your child prefer to stay in the service with you, please feel free to visit the cubby and choose some toys to enjoy during the service.  Simply return the activities/toys to the cubby when you leave.  Children of all ages are welcome to enjoy the activity cubby.

This year following the 10 a.m. Easter Service you and your children/youth are invited to join us for coffee, snacks, and activities.  We have new activities for each age group.

Grades 3 and Under
Children-Third grade and under will be traveling the Easter Bunny Path.  Parents should plan to join in and help children under age 3.  There is a check-in table on the grass, where the children can get an Easter bucket to gather their treasures.  From there they will follow the bunny footprints along a path that matches a story they have been learning in Sunday School.

Grades 4-12
This age group should not be left out of the fun, they will play the Greek Easter Egg Game.  There will be two groups, Grades 4-8 and Grades 9-12. Please gather on the back patio under the pop ups.

Wishing you a joyful Easter!


Holy Week Schedule

Tuesday, March 27  Taizé Style Service – 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy a meditative service of readings, prayers, and music from the Taizé Community, a Protestant and Catholic movement that has roots in Burgandy, France.
Wednesday, March 28 Stations of the Cross – 6:30 p.m.
Contemporary interpretation of an ancient form of devotions.
Thursday, March 29 Maundy Thursday Service – 6:30 p.m.
Altar Watch – 9:00 pm to 9:00 am watch the altar to commemorate the Garden of Gethsemane.

Friday, March 30 Good Friday – 

8:00 a.m. – Walking Stations of the Cross. Meet at the fountain at Town Center in El Dorado Hills for a contemplative walk around the perimeter of Town Center Lake with pauses to read the Stations of the Cross.
12:00 noon Traditional Good Friday Service at Faith Episcopal Church
6:30 p.m. Interfaith service at Faith Episcopal Church with readings and music with Faith Church, Foothills United Methodist and Latter Day Saints. Music provided by an interfaith choir.
Saturday, March 31 Holy Saturday Easter Vigil – 7:30 p.m.
Baptisms take place at this service which traces the history of God’s people,
beginning in darkness, and ending in the light of the Easter promise.
Sunday, April 1 Easter Sunday, Holy Eucharist 8:00 & 10:00 am
**Easter egg hunt after the 10:00 am service only

Lessons from Afar – Rector’s Bible Study

Have you ever experienced being in another culture and coming away with some new insights as a result?  Seeing life through the lens of missionaries in South Sudan and learning about the human spirit and God’s grace on the other side of the world is the topic of the next Rector’s Bible Study beginning April 4 through May 16 at 6:30 pm.  The class will use Mary Higbee’s yet unpublished book, Lessons from Afar, and be led by Fr. Sean Cox and Mary.
In the introduction to Lessons from Afar, Mary asks the readers:
On the other side of the world, amid scarcity and need, I experienced God’s generosity and a life-affirming purpose for me. Which brings us to the question that is at the center of this book: Can the lessons taught to me by God and the Dinka people of South Sudan be brought home to the United States for a life that is more abundant and generous? Please join me in seeking answers to that question.
Please email or call the office to reserve your copy of Lessons from Afar.

FED Talks

Feast, Fasts, Sacraments….am I in for a holy diet?  Pancakes, eggs, bacon and fruit for breakfast.  9:15 – 9:45 am in the big room.  Tickets are $3.50 per person or $10 per family.
For more information, please contact Katie Cox.

Education for Ministry (EFM)

“But I don’t want to go to become a Clergy Person……….”
It is surprising how often the above statement is made when someone first hears about the opportunity to join “Education For Ministry” small group at Faith on Monday evenings.
However, ministry simply means ‘the act of serving’.  So we are all at one time or another ministers.  Moms and Dads serve children, daughters and sons serve (take care of) parents or grandparents, teachers serve students, friends serve friends, business employees serve customers, etc.
 And in truth, God serves (takes care of, nurtures, loves) us and we are each called to serve Him and His creation.
Education For Ministry is a 34 week small group study that takes the next deeper step into understanding the purpose and calling of service from Scripture, Church History and tradition.
It is a trans-formative experience, as we learn to incorporate scripture, Christian tradition and history as well as our own thinking of God into our daily lives. Faith’s Education For Ministry (EFM) small group meets on Monday evenings starting  August  2018 through May 2019  with weeks off during Holiday seasons.  We also have great potlucks to begin and end the 9 month session.
We will be having an introductory session Sunday April 15  after the 10:00 am service in the Library from 11:45-1:00 pm.  We invite you to come explore with current group members the materials, commitment and process of this year study. Dennis Johnson and Sharon Morrison are the co-mentors of this group so they are happy to talk with you about any questions.
Email Sharon  or call her at 916 599 6875.

An Invitation to Reconciliation

Drop-in: with Rev Sonya in the Reconciliation Room (Library)
            March 29, Maundy Thursday, 3:00-5:30 pm or shortly after the service
            March 30, Good Friday, after the Noon service until 3:00 pm
By Appointment: call the office to schedule an appointment with Father Sean or Rev Sonya

I invite you to experience the healing, liberating power of the sacrament of Reconciliation. This is one of the many ways we can very directly experience the grace of God drawing us into deeper relationship. This sacrament is available during any season, for any reason (not just near death), but seems particularly fitting during the season of Lent as part of our preparation for Easter.

God is always wooing us, luring us to respond, loving us into a more whole and holy relationship. Our most profound growth occurs when God breaks through our defenses, or we soften them just enough, for God to touch our broken places. Our struggles, our weaknesses, our sins, our brokenness—what we consider our defects and failings crack open our illusion of self-sufficiency just enough for God to gain entry into our lives and love us into wholeness.

Why confession?

We all mess up. We all “miss the mark” (sin). We all do things or say things we should not. And we all fail to do things or say things we should. We either momentarily or habitually compromise our integrity. We can either just dismiss this as “being human” and continue to bumble along. Or we can take responsibility for it and try to intentionally cultivate better health, better relationships. Confession is a way to do this.

Why the sacrament of Reconciliation (Private Confession)?

A famous Anglican saying is: “None must; All may; Some should.” None must make a private confession with a priest. We are assured of receiving God’s forgiveness through our own private prayer and through our public worship (confession and absolution are part of every Eucharist). But sometimes we have a nagging sense of alienation from God, from ourselves, from others. Sometimes we carry a deep sense of shame. Shame thrives in secrecy. Sometimes we feel burdened. Burdens that are hidden are so much heavier than they need to be.

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.

Don’t know what to do? Stay tuned for the next article about preparing for the sacrament of Reconciliation or talk with one of your priests.

Faith 101

If you are new to Faith Episcopal Church and would like to be acquainted with the life and ministry of Faith Episcopal Church, learn to use your gifts as God builds this community and grow your faith and commitment to Christ, then you are invited to Faith 101 on March 11 at 11:30 am and lunch will be served.  Please sign up using the insert in the Sunday bulletin.