Animal Blessing & Service October 4, 2015

Please join us for an Animal Blessing & Service on Saturday, October 3 @ 4:30 PM. All animals & people of all ages welcome. The blessing includes an informal meal and will be held on the church grounds (6581 Camden Avenue, San Jose, 95120).

Everyone is invited to bring any animal of any size or photograph of the animal to be blessed. Children are invited to bring stuffed animals to display with St. Francis. Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to come with you. Let’s make it a real neighborhood event!

Celebration of Creation: Fall Camp For Kids 2015 October 1 & 2

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Our 2015 Fall Camp For Kids will be held Thursday, October 1 and Friday, October 2 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Special guests each day include a veterinarian, “therapy dogs,” a high school student involved with FFA, and the Santa Clara Audubon Society team, plus worship, art, music, cooking, and more. We will follow up our 2 day camp with a special neighborhood event of a Saturday Service to include the blessing of the animals. Mark your calendars and round up your animals! Download the registration form or pick up a copy in the narthex at church.

Sunday Evening Volleyball 2015

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Join us for volleyball and a BBQ meal every Sunday evening between July 12 through August 16, 2015 inclusive, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. All youth from ages 13-18 are invited. We will organize refereed games and open play for all abilities.

Games will be played on church property. Please be careful when driving and parking nearby, especially at drop-off and pick-up times.

2015 Celebrations Around The World Enrichment Program

“Celebrations around the World” was our program for Winter Break, 2015. This program featured Mardi Gras & Chinese New Year along with studying the African culture of our adopted student in Nairobi, Sarah Yar Jacobs. Each day included special art and cooking projects to suit the theme of the day. We finished our week with a “Snow Day” studying the Inuit culture. As a finale we had snow delivered and the children had great fun in and out of our “homemade igloo.” Our campers enjoyed the first hour of the “snow time” before we opened it up to all in our neighborhood. Check out our photos of the fun!

Here’s just a few comments from our campers’ families:

“My son was super excited about the Snow Day! You guys did an awesome job!” J. L.

“Cooking is always a favorite activity. Snow Day was a big hit, too.” M. L.

“Everything was wonderful, art, cooking, and especially the snow playing.” H. Y.

“My kids loved the cooking and the art. You selected things they don’t often do in school which made the week extra fun for them. Thank you.” B. G.

2014 Fall Festival Enrichment Program

Fall Festival began as a pilot program in 2014 to provide a safe, enriching and creative program for children kindergarten through 5th grade during their school break. The program’s design was to run the usual school hours 9 AM to 3 PM for 5 days providing enrichment experiences for the children. The program was extremely well received. Enrollment filled to capacity with a waiting list.

Each day featured a guest artist, a French chef, a ceramic teacher, an accomplished musician on bells and Celtic harp, a watercolorist, and a knitter and home arts hobbyist.

What did our campers’ families have to say about this week?

“My son had a great time at camp! Now he wants to be the ‘garlic bread chef” for all our meals.” A. S.

“This camp was so much more than daycare. It was full of lots of fun and handcraft activities. Weaving and cooking were my son’s favorite activities.” S. L.

“What a fantastic fall week. My husband and I were amazed at all the cool and fun projects the children did. It was a great experience for them and we really appreciated it.” A. M. V.

“I was amazed at all the projects completed and all the activities they did. Our son is asking for more clay for projects and our daughter for more yarn for her birthday to continue weaving. I couldn’t believe they ate all the marinara sauce on Monday (they typically don’t like seeing vegetables in their food!) Every day my children were excited to attend and eager to learn more. Thank you for the positive examples you provided our kids this week.” A. G.

“Our son had a GREAT time. He loved everything about the week. He cannot wait to do this again. Don’t forget to let us know when, please.” H. B.

Check out our Fall Festival 2014 photo gallery!

Thank You!

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Save The Dates: VBS Let’s Rock Summer Camp June 15-19, 2015

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Registration form with medical release:

We are taking registrations for VBS ’Let’s Rock!” Camp for 2015. The dates are June 15-19 from 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM every day.

The program is for children from five years old through completing fifth grade (going into sixth for 2015-2016). Extended day care is also available until either 3:00 PM or 6:00 PM. Enrollment is limited, but you may choose one or more days during this week.

The program fee this year will be $55. Early registration ends May 1, and until that time the program fee is only $45. Extended day care until 3:00 PM is $15 per day, and until 6:00 PM is $25 per day.

Registration and a medical release are required. Please complete these two pages forms (available in PDF and Word formats) and submit payment as soon as possible.

We’ll publish more program details as we get closer to June. See you this summer!

Celebrations Around The World 2015

Celebrations Around the World is a cultural week for children Junior Kindergarten through 5th grade. Offered February 17 – 20, The program includes cooking, art and drama every day and lots more from 9 AM to 3 PM. Early signup is encouraged as enrollment is limited to 15 children per day. Cost is $25/day. Extended care is offered for an additional charge.

Here’s our line-up of themes for the week:

  • Tuesday, Feb 17 – Mardi Gras
  • Wednesday, Feb 18 – African Culture
  • Thursday, Feb 19 – Chinese New Year
  • Friday, Feb 20 – Snow Day and the Inuit

Interested in enrolling your child (or children)? Please complete the registration form (Word format).

Children’s Programming at ECA for School Breaks

The Episcopal Church in Almaden is continually looking for ways to be of service to their neighborhood and their community. Fall Festival began as a pilot program in 2014 to provide a safe, enriching and creative program for children kindergarten through 5th grade during their school break. The program’s design was to run the usual school hours 9 AM to 3 PM for 5 days providing enrichment experiences for the children. The program was extremely well received. Enrollment filled to capacity with a waiting list.

Each day featured a guest artist, a French chef, a ceramic teacher, an accomplished musician on bells and Celtic harp, a water colorist, and a knitter and home arts hobbyist.

Nature Weavings Joon and Ethan

“This camp was so much more than daycare. It was full of lots of fun and handcraft activities. Weaving and cooking were my son’s favorite activities.” – SL

Puppet Show

“What a fantastic fall week. My children had a wonderful time. My husband and I were amazed at all the cool and fun projects they did. It was a great experience for them and we really appreciated.” – AMV

Alain And Sous Chefs

“I thought this was your best camp yet! My kids loved the cooking, the music, and the art. You selected things they don’t often do in school, which made the week extra fun for them. Thank you.” – BG

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“Arts and crafts and the cooking of snacks were a highlight for my children.” – AJ

Everyone Interested

“Our son had a GREAT time. He loved everything about it. He cannot wait to do this again. Don’t forget to let us know when, please.” – HB

Jeanne and Clay Day

“I was amazed at all the projects completed and all the activities they did. Our son is asking for more clay for projects and our daughter for more yarn for her birthday to continue weaving. And I couldn’t believe they ate all the marinara sauce on Monday (they typically don’t like seeing vegetables in their food). Every day my children were excited to attend and eager to learn more. Thank you for the positive examples you provided our kids this week.” – AG

More Garlic Bread

“My son had a great time at camp! Now he wants to be the ‘garlic bread chef’ for all our meals.” – AS

Sparks Fly 2014 Recap

“Sparks Fly” in June 2014 was another opportunity to extend Bible stories around every day science. This year we explored 5 stories around fire in the Bible with Fire Prevention and safety for children. Once again through drama, art, music, study, science and fun we provided an exciting week of activities for children kindergarten through completing 5th grade.

What fun to explore the fire stories of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, the burning bush, Pentecost, and breakfast with Jesus at the beach.

One highlight of our week was a visit from our local fire station. This followed a week of learning fire safety around a campfire, cooking in the kitchen at home, and how to act in case of a fire emergency.

All Our Chefs!

“Cooking is always a big hit with my children.” – RA

Personal Attention At Its Best!

“Great balance of learning and activities. I love the extra attention given by the counselors. My kids liked everything!” – AJ

Water Play Every Year!

“So good…make it longer. My twins would like this for 2 weeks…and for a full day!” – KD

Firemen and VBS Campers

“The kids really enjoyed the program. Thank you for a great week. The science portion in particular was a big hit!” – JM

 

 

 

Kids Fall Festival Lineup Announced

We’ve announced our activity line-up for the upcoming Kids Fall Festival from September 29 through October 3. Briefly, we will have Cooking with a French Chef; Bells, Chimes, and a Celtic Harp; Ceramics and Clay; Recycled Art, Fabric and Nature Crafts; and Painter in Residence. Five days of fun for $15/child/day.

For more details and to sign up, visit our Kids Fall Festival event calendar post.

Potluck BBQ + Outdoor Movie Night This Friday

Come to our automobile themed neighborhood event this Friday, July 11: a potluck bbq prior to an outdoor night time showing of “Cars.” The event starts at six or when you can get here. Enjoy a BBQ meal. Talk about and race cars. The movie starts after it gets dark, which is around nine these evenings. Event ends when the movie does.

Summer 2014 Parenting Classes

Beth Proudfoot will be hosting parenting classes at ECA on Sunday afternoons from 1:00-3:00 PM throughout the summer. The series is called Leadership Skills for 21st Century Families and includes the following classes:

  1. VISION: Creating a Roadmap for Successful Parenting, June 1
  2. HAPPINESS: First, Adjust Your Own Oxygen Mask!, June 8
  3. CONFLICT: What To Do When You’re Mad at Your Kids, June 22
  4. DISCIPLINE: Inspirational Leadership for 21st Century Kids, July 13
  5. RESOLUTION: Sibs Don’t Have to Be Rivals, July 27

Beth would appreciate an email letting her know you’ll be joining the class, but walk-ins are welcome.

For more details, please read the course flyer.

Holy Week 2014 Schedule

Here is a list of all activities at The Episcopal Church in Almaden during Holy Week, or the week from Palm Sunday up to and including Easter Sunday.

April 13, Palm Sunday

7:30 AM: Palm Sunday Liturgy

10:30 AM: Procession with Palms and Palm Sunday Liturgy. We begin in the rose garden and process with palms into the church, where we continue with the reading of the Passion and a celebration of the Eucharist.


April 17, Maundy Thursday

7:30 AM: Holy Eucharist

6:30 PM: Agape Meal and Eucharist with our sister parish, CCAVUCC. Come for a simple meal in the context of worship, washing feet, and breaking bread together. We end with worship in the church.


April 18, Good Friday

12:00 Noon: Good Friday Liturgy
. The traditional Book of Common Prayer liturgy with silence and praying the Solemn Collects. We will follow with Stations of the Cross.

7:00 PM: Taizé Service with Veneration of the Cross with CCAVUCC. Come for chant, silence, and prayer together.


April 20, Easter Sunday

7:30 AM: Choral Eucharist

10:30 AM: Festive Choral Eucharist. Family Easter egg hunt following.

Save The Dates: VBS Summer Spirit Camp June 16-20, 2014

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Registration forms and medical releases:

We are taking registrations for VBS Summer Spirit Camp for June 2014. The dates are June 16-20, and VBS is from 8:45 AM to 12:30 PM.

The program is for children from four years old through completing fifth grade (going into sixth for 2014-2015). Extended day care is also available until either 3:00 PM or 6:00 PM, and you may choose one or more days during that week.

The “Sparks Fly” theme is multidimensional, touching on art, cooking, drama, music, and science. Children having all kinds of interests will enjoy the program.

The program fee this year will be $50. Early registration ends May 1, and until that time the program fee is only $40. Extended day care until 3:00 PM is $15 per day, and until 6:00 PM is $25 per day.

Registration and a medical release are required. Please complete these two pages forms (PDF and Word formats) as soon as possible.

We’ll publish more program details as we get closer to June. See you this summer!

Youth Servant Auction Through November 10

Do you need some help getting some yard work done?
Do you need some help with Christmas tasks?
Would you like someone to come wash your car – or your dog?

You need the Youth Servant Auction!

Purpose: Assist the youth in raising funds for youth group activities

What can a servant do for you?

•    Clean gutters
•    Hang Christmas lights
•    Computer help: set up email or Facebook accounts/help with iTunes
•    Party prep/serving
•    Stack firewood
•    Wash cars
•    Yard work (rake leaves, plant bulbs, weed flower beds, etc.)
•    Babysitting
•    Have a need that isn’t listed?  Contact us and we can set it up.

(What students are capable of will vary depending on the individual)

All money received will go directly to youth activities

Adults who win the bid will be responsible for contacting the students and selecting a time for them to come work.  Service period ends April 30, 2014

Minimum bid of $25.  Bid increases in increments of $5

Bidding is open from November 3 – 10, 2013: if you can’t be at church to submit your bid (or want to ask a question), email Inge Bond or Bonnie McPherson.

Thank You for supporting our youth, and for allowing them to help you!

Youth Activities Summer Schedule

Come one, come all! Summer is here and we want YOU! Our youth group gets better over the summer and all that is missing is YOU! Come join us for one of our many fun activities over the summer when we let our hair down and just have fun. The first BBQ is on Sunday the 23rd, and most Sundays after that. See the calendar below and download it as a PDF file. Come on down and bring a friend!

  • Sunday, June 23, 5:00-7:30 PM: BBQ/games
  • Sunday, June 30, 5:00-7:30 PM: BBQ/games (Inge gone)
  • Friday, July 5, 5:00-7:30 PM: Montgomery Meals
  • Saturday, July 6, 12:00 Noon-?: Mystery spot/Bigfoot museum, $10 + food
  • Sunday, July 14, 5:00-7:30 PM: BBQ/games
  • Sunday, July 21, 5:00-7:30 PM: BBQ/games (Bonnie gone)
  • Saturday, July 27, 9:00 AM-?: Six Flags amusement park, $30 + food
  • Tuesday, August 6-Thursday, August 8: Camping trip at the beach, $40
  • Sunday, August 18, After church-?: Swim party at the Casale/Gunderson house
  • Sunday, August 25, 5:00-7:30 PM: Final BBQ/game night of the summer
  • Sunday, September 8, 5:30-7:30 PM: New season, regular meetings start
  • Friday, November 1, 5:00-7:30 PM: Montgomery Meals

Notes: Costs stated for the activities are approximate. We need 15 participants total to get the group rate at Six Flags. The camping trip cost will be finalized after we receive a head count and menu. We need to purchase tickets in advance and plan for transporting everyone to and from off-site events, so as these get closer please answer up if you will be going! Stragglers may pay more or be left behind completely, and we would hate that :-(. All activities are open to friends, and we encourage you to bring them: the more the merrier, just let us know ASAP!

Community Organizing Event May 22

‘How to Be a Neighbor!’ Join us Wednesday, May 22 for a potluck dinner and an opportunity to learn and experience the tools of community organizing. IAF organizer Joaquin Sanchez will be with us to introduce the ideas of organizing and how we might put them to use at ECA and in our community. The vestry has been exploring these ideas for several months and would like everyone to have a chance to learn about them as well. Sign up on the sheet in Fellowship Hall to RSVP. Dinner is at 6:30 and the presentation begins at 7:00. Come when you can, but come!

Fundraiser Feast June 1

Chef Alain Guichard and his superb crew will be presenting wonderful fare for all to enjoy. You will be served your choice of Braised Lamb or BBQ Salmon, a medley of vegetables, and a tomato/mozzarella cheese salad with beets and basil. All of this, and much more, complimented by a wonderful dessert of chocolate and wild berries. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be provided. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments and hors d’ oeuvres, followed by the dinner at 6:30. (Yes, the kegerator will be in operation.) More information will be posted on the ECA Bulletin Board this Sunday. For more information, contact David Byers. This will be a fundraising function, to benefit one of the worthwhile programs at ECA. Cost is $30 per person.

Vacation Bible School June 10-14


P1150442Children from four years old through fifth grade are welcome to join us for this summer’s Vacation Bible School on June 10-14 from 8:45 AM to 12:30 PM. Extended care options are available, up to as late as 6:00 PM. 

This year’s theme is “Splash Zone: Water For Life.” The Biblical stories use water as a teaching analogy, with clean water and water conservation as extended life application themes. Something cool to think about! VBS2013WaterCycle

Parents, please complete and sign the registration form, which includes emergency care permissions, and return this with your payment to the church as soon as possible. Do so by May 1 to receive an “early bird” registration discount. For more information, please see our program flyer–and share it with others!VBS2013ArtTime