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The Good News from El Camino Real - June 13, 2014

In this issue:

  • "Share The Journey" Campaign Spotlights Refugees
  • Campus Ministries Grants Announced
  • St. Mary's Antiques Show July 11-13
  • Concert and Event News

June 13, 2014

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Share the Journey . . .

Episcopal Migration Ministries Launches Awareness Campaign for Refugees

When a refugee begins her journey, she doesn’t know where it will end. It’s not a journey that anyone wants to take, but sadly, many must, fleeing for fear for their lives due to war, violence, and persecution.

Refugees may be people you already know: courageous, resilient men and women who, through resettlement, have a chance to live in safety and peace in their new American communities. Thanks to Episcopal Migration Ministries, thousands of refugees are able to begin again. The journey of escape is over; the journey of hope has just begun. 

And now, this journey is one you can share. Episcopal Migration Ministries is launching a year-long awareness campaign, Share the Journey, to raise awareness of the church’s role in responding to refugee crises through domestic resettlement.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, at the beginning of 2013, there were 15.4 million refugees worldwide. This number continues to rise with the recent refugee crises in Syria, South Sudan, and the Congo.

Celebrate the strength, resilience, and contributions of refugees to our communities by becoming part of Share the Journey. Join the social media campaign, which launches the week of World Refugee Day, June 20, a day observed by millions of people across the globe.

During the week of June 16-21, make a handwritten sign that reads, “#ShareTheJourney with @EMMRefugees.” Take a “selfie” while holding the sign, and post it to your social networks (Facebook and/or Twitter). Be sure to include the hashtag #ShareTheJourney in your post or tweet.

Please also share your post with the church at:
@EMMRefugees (Twitter)

For more information, visit http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/share-journey.




Episcopal Church Campus Ministry Grants Announced

The Diocese of El Camino Real recently received a $2,750 grant to help expand campus ministry at West Valley College in Saratoga. The seed money will be used to set up "Listening Posts" and also to help fund a coffee shop/WiFi ministry to De Anza College in Cupertino. In all, two Leadership Grants and 12 Program Grants were awarded by the Episcopal Church to 11 dioceses. The Leadership Grants will start new campus ministry initiatives, while the Program Grants provide seed money to assist in the start-up of new, innovative campus ministries or to enhance a current initiative.

The Campus Ministry Grant program provides dioceses, parishes or community college/college/university campuses with funding for new as well as current campus ministries in higher education institutions in the Episcopal Church. A team of eleven, including the Provincial Campus Ministry Coordinators, reviewed a total of 53 grant applications.




St. Mary's Annual Antiques and Collectibles Show & Sale Coming July 11-13

Save the dates of July 11-13 for the 57th Annual Antiques Show and Sale at St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Pacific Grove. There’s much more than antiques -- drought tolerant plants and color spots for sale on the front lawn, black smithing and weaving demonstrations, daily organ concerts, daily live music in the patio, special items from the popular thrift shop. The Friday lunch is grilled salmon, while Saturday features Tri-tip and Sunday is our famous Centennial Chicken Salad, all served with dessert and a beverage for only $10. Antique dealers are from throughout California, bringing Japanese blue and white dishes, vintage kitchen items, silver, Italian mosaics, vintage jewelry and linens, furniture and much more. The silent auction has "buy it now" items for folks who don't want to wait. And for lovers of homemade jams and baked goods, the Corner Cupboard is the place.

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