Chime In Fall 2019

“Chime In” is a music program being offered at ECA! Children 1st–6th grade will be making music this September every Wednesday from 3:30–4:15 PM. At each lesson the children will be working together in preparation for playing at our monthly family dinner and prayer service, Let’s ROC. Let’s ROC is a welcoming intergenerational community where we sing, we pray, we relax and share food together. Your children will be leading us in the music.

Playing chimes is an experience where each participant is very important to the whole. Every child will be responsible for a particular chime (music note) in each piece of music. Without every child the music is incomplete. Besides learning to be part of a music group your children will make new friends while they learn to read music.

Chime In Fall 2019

  • Wednesday, September 4, 3:30–4:15 PM
  • Wednesday, September 11, 3:30–4:15 PM
  • Wednesday, September 18, 3:30–4:15 PM
  • Saturday, September 21, 4:30–6:30 PM: Finale at Let’s ROC!

Important: Before you register your child or children, be sure you can commit to all the dates and times.

Expired: Cooking Camp

Let’s Get Cookin’ Around the World!

This Cooking Camp being offered at ECA (The Episcopal Church in Almaden) June 10 thru 15, 2019 is for children having completed 1st grade thru 5th grade. Camp will be from 9 AM to 12 noon, June 10 thru 14, and on Saturday, June 15, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Enrollment will be very limited so that participants will have maximum opportunities for a cooking experience!

Every day participants (our chefs) will have opportunities to learn specific cooking techniques and styles as they prepare food for a snack or meal. We will focus on healthy eating and learn about foods from different cultures around the world. The chefs will sample each day their culinary creations. We will be sure to send all the recipes home so they can be tried by the entire family.

Our chefs will also be preparing a “tasting menu” that all can sample at our Family Event, Let’s ROC, on Saturday, June 15th.

Besides cooking each day, we will include some art and some music. For music the chefs will learn to play tone chimes and will play at the family event on Saturday.

Participants in this program should be interested in cooking, be able to follow directions and instructions by adults and counselors so all will be in safe in our cooking environment, and be willing to try new foods. We are prepared to alter our menu plans to accommodate specific food allergies of our chefs.

For questions and more information please email

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Let’s ROC March!

Join us March 16th 4:30–6:30 for a St. Patrick’s Day themed “Let’s ROC” – “Shamrocks and Rainbows”. There will be dinner of corned beef and cabbage. The chime choir will help lead us in worship. We’ll have a special opportunity to view the art made by the young participants in our art class, taught by Dana Renfand, assisted by Leslie Rousseau and Judi Dimicelli. RSVP to Holly at, or look for the sign-up sheet in the parish hall.

Holly McCullough
Building Bridges Coordinator
Episcopal Church in Almaden

Let’s ROC February!

We are getting ready for “Let’s ROC” on February 16th. Come hear the chimes, enjoy dinner with friends and revisit Presiding Bishop Curry’s “Way of Love” initiative. Mark your calendar now and RSVP to Holly or sign up on the poster in the parish hall!

Holly McCullough
Building Bridges Coordinator
Episcopal Church in Almaden

Would you like to be a greeter for “Let’s ROC”? Greeters will be ministers of welcome, helping with nametags, getting families settled and making introductions. Contact Holly if you have gifts of hospitality you could share with our neighbors!

Spark Your Creativity

“Spark Your Creativity” is an art program being offered at ECA (The Episcopal Church in Almaden). Knowing God created each of us with a variety of gifts and talents we will develop each participant’s artistic gifts and talents through the creative medias that our featured artists used. Most sessions will be 3 weeks of 90 minutes group instruction and interaction. At each lesson the children will be learn about an artist and that artist’s style and medium. Then the children will have an opportunity to create their own art piece in that style and medium. The children’s art will be highlighted at an art exhibit at a special family event and service on a Saturday following the classes.

Participation at the family event and service is a requirement of participating in the art class experience.

Session 1: Be Abstract

  • Thursday, February 28, 3:30–5:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 7, 3:30–5:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 14, 3:30–5:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 16, 4:30–6:30 PM

Total Cost: $45 for the first child in the family, $15 for the second child in the same family

Future Classes will be arranged according to demand and interest. If you know of youth who would like this experience please let us know how to contact them and their families especially if they are middle school age!

Important: Before you register your child or children, be sure you can commit to all the dates and times including the Saturday Family Event and Service.

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Let’s ROC the New Year!

On January 19th at “Let’s ROC” we are celebrating the Epiphany, when we remember the magi or three kings who traveled from far away, following a star to find the baby Jesus. The travelers search and when then they find the Christ Child, they are overwhelmed with joy. I’m praying that this season of Epiphany can be a time for us to search for Christ, and be overwhelmed with joy.

January 19th at Let’s ROC we’ll seek Christ together. We will make cookies to share with the homeless guests at the Village House warming shelter, we’ll seek Christ as we reflect on scripture together, and I pray we will be overwhelmed with joy when we encounter Christ at the table.

I hope we can ring in the New Year together January 19th, 4:30-6:30! Please RSVP so we know you’ll be there.

Holly McCullough
Building Bridges Coordinator
Episcopal Church in Almaden

“When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.” Matthew 2:10

Join Us

Mark your calendar now! Let’s ROC (Reach Out in Community) will happen the third Saturday of each month from 4:30 to 6:30. Join us January 19th to ring in the New Year. February 16th will be talking about love and lovin’ those chimes. March 16th we’ll celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with shamrocks and rainbows.

Sermon – First Sunday of Advent – Year C – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Let’s ROC Christmas Pageant 2018

Christmas Pageant

Let’s ROC Christmas Pageant is December 15th at 4:30 PM. There will be Christmas carols, communion and a celebratory meal and of course a pageant. There is room for everyone who would like to participate in the pageant.

Actors will gather on December 15th at 3:45 to get in their costumes, go over their roles and make some ornaments. If you, or someone in your family would like to be a part of the pageant, please email Holly as soon as possible. This is a great time to invite grandchildren, or neighbors to celebrate Christmas with us. We are still on the look out for a real live baby who might be interested in playing Jesus in our play and we will have speaking roles available until the end of this week. When letting me know of a possible participant, it is helpful to know the age, and interest of the possible participant.

Help December 15th

December 15th actors and actresses will prepare in the learning center. We will need help with crafts, getting children into costumes, and hosting parents. Please let Holly know if you are interested in helping Saturday afternoon before the pageant.


Holly McCullough
Building Bridges Coordinator
Episcopal Church in Almaden

Sermon – Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 28 Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

1 Samuel 1:4-20
1 Samuel 2:1-10
Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25
Mark 13:1-8

Sermon – The Feast of All Saints – Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9
Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm 24
Revelation 21:1-6a
John 11:32-44

Sermon – Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 24 Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Job 38:1-7, (34-41)
Psalm 104:1-9, 25, 37b
Hebrews 5:1-10
Mark 10:35-45

Sermon – Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 23 Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Job 23:1-9, 16-17
Psalm 22:1-15
Hebrews 4:12-16
Mark 10:17-31

Sermon – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 22 Year B – The Reverend Lucretia Mann

Job 1:1; 2:1-10
Psalm 26
Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
Mark 10:2-16

Sermon – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 21 Year B – The Reverend Julie Nelson

Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
Psalm 124
James 5:13-20
Mark 9:38-50



Sermon – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 19 Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Proverbs 1:20-33
Psalm 19
James 3:1-12
Mark 8:27-38

Sermon Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 17 Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Psalm 45:1-2, 7-10
James 1:17-27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Sermon Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 14 Year B – The Reverend Jeffry Smith

2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33
Psalm 130
Ephesians 4:25-5:2
John 6:35, 41-51

Sermon Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 13 Year B – The Reverend Julie Nelson

2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a
Psalm 51:1-13
Ephesians 4:1-16
John 6:24-35

Let’s ROC 11/17/2018

Let’s be thankful and celebrate Thanksgiving together November 17th, 4:30 – 6:30. Join us for music from Chime In, worship and a feast. Please sign up in the fellowship hall to bring a side dish, or if you’re up for it, contact Holly and volunteer to roast a turkey.

Holly McCullough
Building Bridges Coordinator
Episcopal Church in Almaden

While you have your calendar out, make sure that you’ve set aside December 15th, 4:30 – 6:30 for our Christmas Pageant. It will be a heartwarming event.

Let’s ROC 10/06/2018

Looking Ahead… Let’s ROC Blessing of the Animals

Let’s ROC Blessing of the Animals is Saturday October 6th.

  • 4:30–5: Be a Blessing – Pray for the wellbeing of animals around the word, care for animals in your neighborhood
  • 5–6: Say Thanks to God – We’ll thank God for our pets and stuffed animals and they will receive a special blessing
  • 6–6:30: Eat – Come rest at the table

See you soon,

Holly McCullough
Building Bridges Coordinator
Episcopal Church in Almaden

Sermon – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 11 – Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

2 Samuel 7:1-14a
Psalm 89:20-37
Ephesians 2:11-22
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Sermon – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 9 – Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
Psalm 48
2 Corinthians 12:2-10
Mark 6:1-13


Sermon – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper – 8 – Year B- The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
Psalm 130
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Mark 5:21-43


Sermon – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 7 – Year B – The Reverend Andrea MacKenzie

1 Samuel 17: (1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49
Psalm 9:9-20
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Mark 4:35-41

Sermon – Trinity Sunday – Year B- The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Sermon – Sixth Sunday of Easter – Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Sermon – Fifth Sunday of Easter – Year B – The Reverend Karen Cuffie

Sermon – Fourth Sunday of Easter – Year B – The Reverend John Buenz

Sermon – Third Sunday of Easter – Year B – Andrea MacKenzie

Sermon – The Second Sunday of Easter – Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Sermon – Easter Day – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Sermon – The Great Vigil 0f Easter – The Reverend David H Starr

Genesis 1:1-2:4a [The Story of Creation]
Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21 [Israel’s deliverance at the Red Sea]
Ezekiel 37:1-14 [The valley of dry bones]
Romans 6:3-11
Psalm 114
Mark 16:1-8

Sermon – Good Friday – Year B – Andrea MacKenzie


Sermon – Holy Thursday – Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Sermon – Passion Sunday/Palm Sunday – Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

The Liturgy of the Palms
The Liturgy of the Word

Sermon – Fifth Sunday of Lent – Year B – Andrea MacKenzie

Sermon – The Fourth Sunday of Lent – Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Sermon – Third Sunday of Lent – Year B – The Reverend David H Starr

Sermon – Second Sunday of Lent – Year B – The Reverend Karen Cuffie

Holy Week and Easter at ECA

This is a synopsis of our Holy Week services, to let people know some of the symbolism of what we will walk through together March 25 through April 1.

We begin Holy Week on Palm Sunday in the circular gathering area in front of the church. We bless and distribute palm fronds. To the sound of All Glory, Laud, and Honor, we process to the sanctuary, and hear the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The Holy Eucharist swings from the joy of triumph to the reading of Jesus’ Passion and Death at the end of the service, and we leave in silence. This service takes us through the full range of emotion and the events of Holy Week.

Maundy Thursday is the first day of the Triduum: the three, great holy days. The Maundy Thursday Eucharist, Good Friday liturgy, and the Great Vigil of Easter are really all one service, spread over three days, that grounds us in the mysteries of our faith. On Maundy Thursday 7pm, the focus is on Christ’s institution of the Sacrament of his Body and Blood, the Eucharist, as well as on the self-giving love shown in his washing of the disciples’ feet. The altar and sanctuary are silently stripped of all adornment, in the near dark, to the sound of Psalm 22 being chanted. The altar is washed with consecrated wine and water – remembering the blood and water that poured out of Jesus’ side in the crucifixion. The altar represents the bier of Christ that received his body after his death the next day. We end in silence, with anointing and individual prayers of healing for those who wish at the altar rail.

Good Friday’s noon service includes hymns, prayers, Scripture readings, veneration of the cross and sermon – the official Liturgy of the Church for Good Friday. The 7pm service is the Stations of the Cross around the Fellowship Hall. The latter springs from the ancient practice of making a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in order to walk the Way of the Cross that Jesus walked. As it became increasingly difficult for Christians to do this, the practice began in villages and churches. We stop at each “station” that describes our Lord’s Passion, with Scripture reading, reflection, and prayer. Our beautiful Stations of the Cross posters were loving colored for us by our Warming Center guests last year.

The Great Vigil of Easter begins at dark on Holy Saturday: 8:15pm on the patio. This is the Church’s ancient, first liturgy of Easter Day, full of symbolism and meaning. Outside, we light the New Fire from which the Paschal Candle burns, process into the church and hear salvation history in Scripture and song. Our baptismal vows are renewed and we celebrate the first Holy Eucharist for the Feast of the Resurrection, in a brilliant blaze of light and glory. This is a truly inspiring and mystical liturgy that is received through all the senses.

On Easter Day, we have our two glorious celebrations of Holy Eucharist on the Day of Resurrection – with wonderful music at the 10:45am service. Children of all ages enjoy our traditional Easter Egg hunt and “Easter Bucks” are raised to contribute to charitable causes close to ECA’s heart.

These Easter celebrations are deepened and enriched by our walk with Jesus through Holy Week. The liturgies are designed to speak to participants in deep and meaningful ways through many senses. I encourage you to attend as many of the Holy Week services as you are able – they will make a difference in your Easter morning!

Sermon – First Sunday of Lent – Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Sermon – Ash Wednesday – Year B – Andrea MacKenzie

Sermon – The Transfiguration of Our Lord – Last Epiphany – Year B – Andrea MacKenzie