Hold Bishop of Gloucester Michael Perham in Your Prayers
It is with great sadness that I inform you of Michael Perham's 'stepping back' from his ministry as Bishop of Gloucester. +Michael was scheduled to retire in November; however, over the weekend it was announced that he would step back immediately from his ministry. I do not anticipate that he will return as Bishop of Gloucester before November.
The link below is a press release from the Bishop of Tewkesbury (Gloucester's Suffragan bishop) offering some details regarding the matter, which includes reports of allegations of sexual misconduct dating back to 1980. There are various other articles from news outlets online, but this is the most basic, accurate information we have at this time.
While we have prepared to say goodbye to Bishop Michael as our partner bishop in November, his departure now comes in a sudden and shocking way. We have enjoyed nearly six years of a vibrant, positive and transforming partnership with the Dioceses of Gloucester and Western Tanganyika. This partnership was and is scheduled to continue – however, a scheduled visit to Gloucester by both ECR and DWT will be postponed to a later date.
I know we love Bishop Michael; he has been a great blessing to us through our partnership. Most certainly this affection extends to his wife Alison and their four daughters. May we hold them in our hearts and in our prayers in these difficult days and in the months ahead. May we give thanks to Jesus for showing us the way of grace, and may we trust in the power of resurrection which helps us look to the new creation God makes of us all.
"God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
Grace and Peace, +Mary
St. Mary’s Ministry Team Helps Change Young Lives in Honduras
The St. Mary's Painting Company – a.k.a. “Flip Flops on the Ground,” whose motto is "When you want it to look like you did it yourself!” – has returned home from Honduras with heartfelt memories, more joy than they left with and seeds of hope for the next journey.
Last month a team from St. Mary’s by-the-Sea in Pacific Grove traveled to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, to assist Our Little Roses – a home that ministers to abandoned, orphaned and abused girls. The 13-member team included five St. Mary's Youth Group members and eight adults, including Rector Richard Leslie and parishioner Kirsten Matsumoto, who began volunteering at Our Little Roses 27 years ago. Also accompanying the group was a local storeowner who provides gently-used children’s clothing for the girls. This was the third trip for the St. Mary's team, who also traveled to Honduras in 2010 and 2011.
“The girls are awesome and the staff amazing. Theirs is a mutually loving, compassionate, nurturing and inspiring learning community,” said team member Celeste Ventura. “With them and through them, we experienced soccer and music every evening, painted a 1,600 square-foot cinder block wall, had our hair styled, co-created an untold number of treasures with sparkling pipe cleaners, yarn and beads, laughed and cried, played a multitude of card games, sang and danced, and ate oh so well. We have many, many new friends and lifelong images reflective of the dignity of every human being!”
“Each of the girls who come to Nuestras Pequeñas Rosas are placed there until they turn 18 because they’ve been abused, abandoned, exploited, or found in a high risk situation,” said Brita Bruemmer, parishioner and team member. “Many came from the shanties we saw at the edge of the river, but you would not know that seeing them now. To see their bright and healthy faces, watch them play and laugh with each other, and hear their dreams, represents nothing less than a magical transformation.”
“The girls who come out of Our Little Roses are going places: a dentist, an electrical engineer, a lawyer, several teachers, and much more,” Bruemmer added. “These girls will help make their country a better place for all Hondurans.”
Our Little Roses was founded in 1988 by Dr. Diana Frade, wife of the Rt. Rev. Leo Friday, Bishop of the Diocese of Southeast Florida. Bishop Frade also serves as Chair of Our Little Roses Foreign Mission Society. For more information please contact Kirsten Matsumoto, who leads and inspires the St. Mary's team. Kirsten's email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kirsten Matsumoto and Brita Bruemmer of St. Mary's by-the-Sea are seen with new friends at Our Little Roses in Honduras; at right are youth members from the team. Top photo: The team helped paint a 1,600 square-foot cinder block wall.
Elegant Evening at Robert Hall Winery to Benefit St. Luke’s Renovation
Please join St. Luke's of Atascadero for our 2nd annual Elegant Evening Fundraiser, on Thursday, September 11, at 6 p.m. at Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles. Appetizers will be served at 6 p.m. in the Courtyard, followed by a four-course gourmet meal with paired wines in the Meritage Room. Last year's dinner was a huge success and seating this year is limited to 64 people. Music will be provided throughout the evening by Brett Mitchell. We'll also have a live wine auction.
Tickets are only $100 per person and tables for eight are available. Tickets must be purchased in advance; to buy tickets or for menu questions, please contact St Luke’s Office at (805) 466-0379 or email@example.com. More details will be posted to St. Luke's website at http://www.stlukesatascadero.org/. Reserve early!
Bishop Mallory Leading August Worship Services in Big Sur
[Please note revised dates] El Camino Real's founding Bishop, The Rt. Rev. C. Shannon Mallory, will be celebrating and preaching weekly at 10 a.m. from August 10 through August 31 at Santa Lucia Mission in Big Sur. Bishop Mallory and his wife Marti, who live in Indian Wells, CA, will be staying in Carmel Valley for the month of August; he will lead worship at Santa Lucia's outdoor Chapel in the Redwoods.
Bring a picnic to enjoy at our campground after the service. Next door, the River Inn has Jazz every Sunday during the summer on their deck overlooking the Big Sur River. Our campground has been hosting church groups for over 30 years. If you want to bring a group or book on a "site basis" when available, please call camp hosts Duane or Pat Gomez at 831-667-2310.
Santa Lucia Mission (a mission of All Saints’, Carmel) is located at 46896 Highway One in Big Sur. For questions about Bishop Mallory's visit, contact The Rev Cynthia M. Spencer at All Saints’ at (520) 260-5158 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information and directions to the mission, click here.
Join St. Jude's for a Preview
of Desmond Tutu Film
On Friday, August 22, you're invited to a work-in-progress screening of a film about Desmond Tutu -- The Foolishness of God: A Forgiveness Journey with Desmond Tutu. Director Karen Hayes will show two 20-minute previews, containing remarkable footage from over the years, talk about her journey, and answer questions. The screening will be held at 7:30 p.m. at St. Jude's in Cupertino; refreshments will be provided and donations are welcome. View and download the flyer by clicking here.
Last Chance: Financial Review & Audit Training August 16 in Gilroy
New treasurers, bookkeepers, and anyone who loves being financially responsible are invited to the Financial Review/Audit Training in Gilroy on Saturday, August 16. Our diocese will host the training from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Stephen's Church, located at 651 Broadway. Our goal is to certify more people across the Diocese to do financial reviews and/or audits for our churches.
Attendees will enjoy a lively workshop conducted by Diocesan Accountant Jo Ann McClain and Diocesan Treasurer Joanna Shreve. No accounting degree or financial background is required! Cost is $25 per person, which includes lunch & materials. Register online by clicking here, or contact Jo Ann at email@example.com or (831) 394-4465. Registration will close August 13, so sign up today!