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Expired: Seminar for Lent: A Spiritual Journey with the Mystics

In this seminar, we will explore the spirituality of the Christian Mystics, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and Mother Teresa through reading and discussion.  The course will meet on Saturdays at 9:30 AM until 11:00 AM at The Episcopal Church in Almaden beginning February 17, 2018.  Please register online following the instructions below.  

Course materials will be on this site and will be passed out in class for those without internet access. The materials for the first class are available on the website. It will be important to read class materials before class to be prepared to participate in class discussions.  

You may also take this course online.  Register as below and follow the class discussions online and by submitting your own reflections on the site website.  Additionally, the Saturday meetings will be available on video conferencing via Zoom.  An email on how to join each week’s video will be sent to registered participants.  We will be using Zoom.  Click here to find out more about Zoom.  

The course is open to both ECA and CCAV members, or others that are interested in the topic.  Invite your friends.   

If you do not want to register online, please contact David at and provide me with your full name and email address. Also, if you need the first week’s materials in hardcopy before the first class, let me know. 

Thanks, and I look forward to learning with you.

The Rev. David Starr

How to register Online

Continue reading Expired: Seminar for Lent: A Spiritual Journey with the Mystics

Enrichment Through the Arts

Enrichment Through the Arts is a kids camp exploring creativity through a variety of media. Each day a different art form will be highlighted. Look what’s being planned…

  • Monday – Weaving & Guatemala
  • Tuesday – Photography & Ansel Adams (Children will be using polaroid film.)
  • Wednesday – Painting & Monet, Seurat & Picasso
  • Thursday – Ceramics & Clay
  • Friday – Culinary Arts (Children will bring home dinner for the family.)

Each day includes at least 3 projects around the art theme of the day. Enrollment is limited each day due to materials needed for the projects. Spaces are on a first come first serve basis. Enrollment is only secured with completed registration form and fees.

For more information contact the Director of Children and Youth Ministries at ECA.

Registration Form

Lenten Meditations

Week 1

Wednesday, March 1
Thursday, March 2
Friday, March 3
Saturday, March 4
Sunday, March 5
Monday, March 6
Tuesday, March 7

Week 2

Wednesday, March 8
Thursday, March 9
Friday, March 10
Saturday, March 11
Sunday, March 12
Monday, March 13
Tuesday, March 14

Week 3

Wednesday, March 15
Thursday, March 16
Friday, March 17
Saturday, March 18
Sunday, March 19
Monday, March 20
Tuesday, March 21

Week 4

Wednesday, March 22
Thursday, March 23
Friday, March 24
Saturday, March 25
Sunday, March 26
Monday, March 27
Tuesday, March 28

Week 5

Wednesday, March 29
Thursday, March 30
Friday, March 31
Saturday, April 1
Sunday, April 2
Monday, April 3
Tuesday, April 4

Week 6

Wednesday, April 5
Thursday, April 6
Friday, April 7
Saturday, April 8
Sunday, April 9
Monday, April 10
Tuesday, April 11

Week 7

Wednesday, April 12
Thursday, April 13
Friday, April 14
Saturday, April 15

Ashes and Coffee to Go!

The Congregational Church of Almaden Valley and The Episcopal Church in Almaden (6581 Camden Ave, San Jose, 95120) encourage neighbors to drive through their circular driveway to receive ashes on their foreheads and a free cup of coffee or tea to go, with a smile. We want to bring a moment of spiritual connection and ancient tradition out of doors and into daily life. Ashes remind us that we are mortal and help us remember what is important in life. They remind us that God continually offers the forgiveness of unconditional love, and a new start. Come, start your morning with “Ashes and Coffee to Go”!

Ash Wednesday & Lenten Class

LENT IS RAPIDLY APPROACHING! Ash Wednesday is March 1st. The JV Churches will offer “ASHES AND COFFEE TO GO” from 6:45-8:30AM in our parking lot. Stop by on your way to work to receive your ashes and a free cup of coffee or tea to go! ECA will have services of Holy Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes at noon and 7pm that dayStations of the Cross will be at 3pm every Wednesday during Lent, beginning Ash Wednesday, immediately preceding Center Prayer. Our Lenten class will be offered from 7-8:30pm each Wednesday during Lent, from March 8 through April 5 in the Learning Center. The topic will be “The Vanishing Language of Sin and Salvation”.

Christmas Pageant 2016

This year’s Christmas Pageant is Saturday, December 17th! All ages participate.

Come at 3 PM to choose your part, get costumed, make some Christmas ornaments, decorate Christmas cookies and more. While the kids and youth are busy preparing for the pageant, parents can help prepare our dinner and set tables. At 5 PM we will present our pageant to all. Families are encouraged to invite friends and neighbors to join us for the presentation. Following the pageant everyone is invited to share in a delicious dinner with decorated Christmas cookies for dessert.

Harp Concert on May 14!

A harp recital by our very own Ruthanne Adams Martinez! All are welcome for a magical evening of food, fellowship. baroque, and jazz. Come for a salad bar dinner at 6 p.m., stay for the concert at 6:45 p.m. Concert is free – donations are accepted to refurbish our bells. An event not to be missed!


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Read the Bible in a Year! (May Readings)

This year we are having a “read the Bible in a year” program! Below are the readings for the month of May:


1st – Day 63 – Enjoy hearing the Scriptures read aloud in church

2nd – Day 64 – Deuteronomy 1-3, Psalm 53, Luke 11
3rd – Day 65 – Deuteronomy 4-6, Psalm 54, Luke 12
4th – Day 66 – Deuteronomy 7-9, Psalm 55, Luke 13
5th – Day 67 – Deuteronomy 10 -2, Psalm 56, Luke 14
6th – Day 68 – Deuteronomy 13-15, Psalm 57, Luke 15
7th – Day 69 – Deuteronomy 16-18, Psalm 58, Luke 16
8th – Day 70 – Enjoy hearing the Scriptures read aloud in church

9th – Day 71 – Deuteronomy 19-21, Psalm 59, Luke 17
10th – Day 72 – Deuteronomy 22-24, Psalm 60, Luke 18
11th – Day 73 – Deuteronomy 25-27, Psalm 61, Luke 19
12th – Day 74 – Deuteronomy 28-30, Psalm 62, Luke 20
13th – Day 75 – Deuteronomy 31-33, Psalm 63, Luke 21
14th – Day 76 – Deuteronomy 34, Psalm 64, Luke 22
15th – Day 77 – Enjoy hearing the Scriptures read aloud in church

16th – Day 78 – Joshua 1-3, Psalm 65, Luke 23
17th – Day 79 – Joshua 4-6, Psalm 66, Luke 24
18th – Day 80 – Joshua 7-9, Psalm 67, John 1
19th – Day 81 – Joshua 10-12, Psalm 68, John 2
20th – Day 82 – Joshua 13-15, Psalm 69, John 3
21st – Day 83 – Joshua 16-18, Psalm 70, John 4
22nd – Day 84 – Enjoy hearing the Scriptures read aloud in church

23 – Day 85 – Joshua 19-21, Psalm 71, John 5
24 – Day 86 – Joshua 22-24, Psalm 72, John 6
25 – Day 87 – Judges 1-3, Psalm 73, John 7
26 – Day 88 – Judges 4-6, Psalm 74, John 8
27 – Day 89 – Judges 7-9, Psalm 75, John 9
28 – Day 90 – Judges 10-12, Psalm 76, John 10
29 – Day 91 – Enjoy hearing the Scriptures read aloud in church

30 – Day 92 – Judges 13-15, Psalm 77, John 11
31 – Day 93 – Judges 16-18, Psalm 78:1 39, John 12

Christmas Pageant December 19th

On Saturday, December 19th all are invited to participate to a family affair:  dinner and Christmas Pageant.

From 3  to 5 pm,children and their families work on the pageant, doing Christmas crafts, decorating Christmas cookies, preparing the dinner and setting tables. It will be lots of fun working together.

The pageant which will be performed at 5 pm.

Children 4 and younger must be accompanied by a parent. No babysitting is provided.

Following the pageant there will be a light supper and dessert of Christmas cookies the children and youth will have decorated.

Dinner will be free for all. Bring your friends.  All are invited!

ECA Turkey Drive

It’s November and the Annual ECA Turkey Drive is upon us! Thanksgiving Day, November 26th we will be cooking turkeys in Legends Pizza ovens, and Friday the 27th we will be deboning and packaging them to freeze. We need volunteers that can give time and/or monetary donations.

Our Montgomery Meals team prepares turkey for the meals we cook in our kitchen to feed the homeless throughout the year! That’s why this annual drive is so important. Monetary donations are critical in making sure we are able to prepare complete meals.  Come and be a part of this great annual event by donating a couple hours of your time. Bring your family and friends. Signup sheets are on the wall in Fellowship Hall. In addition, here is the schedule for Friday:

Fri 11/27 8:30-10:00 AM – Turkey pickers & carvers – Shift #1
Fri 11/27 10:00-12:00 PM – Turkey pickers & carvers – Shift #2
Fri 11/27 12:00 PM – Final kitchen cleanup

Questions? Call Steve Wing at (408) 315-3565, (408) 997-0415, or email

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).

ECA Turkey Drive 2014

It’s November and the Annual ECA Turkey Drive is upon us! Thanksgiving Day, November 26th we will be cooking turkeys in Legends Pizza ovens, and Friday the 27th we will be deboning and packaging them to freeze. We need volunteers that can give time and/or monetary donations.

Our Montgomery Meals team prepares turkey for the meals we cook in our kitchen to feed the homeless throughout the year! That’s why this annual drive is so important. Monetary donations are critical in making sure we are able to prepare complete meals.  Come and be a part of this great annual event by donating a couple hours of your time. Bring your family and friends. Signup sheets are on the wall in Fellowship Hall. In addition, here is the schedule for Friday:

Fri 11/27 8:30-10:00 AM – Turkey pickers & carvers – Shift #1
Fri 11/27 10:00-12:00 PM – Turkey pickers & carvers – Shift #2
Fri 11/27 12:00 PM – Final kitchen cleanup

Questions? Call Steve Wing at (408) 315-3565, (408) 997-0415, or email

Montgomery Meals Get-Togethers

For all PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE Montgomery Meals Volunteers, we will be having two Montgomery Meals Get Togethers to thank those participating, share ideas on what is working, what we can do better, and transitioning to HOME FIRST site.


When:   Sunday Sept 7th

Time:    After church at  ~12noon – 2pm

Where:  Sharon & Don’s House, 6870 Goldpine Way. Bring a side dish or dessert to share.


When:   Saturday Sept 20th

Time:    6pm

Where:  Sharon & Don’s House, 6870 Goldpine Way. Bring a favorite hors d’oeuvre or dessert to share.

We have two evenings coming up in September (Sept 5th and Sept 19th) where we are serving food for the homeless at InnVision.  It looks like we have plenty of cooks – but we don’t have anyone signed up for serving.

If you have been serving – THANK YOU.  Please let Sharon Hall know the frequency you are willing to serve meals (once per month; twice per month?). Email to or call her at 408-910-2758. If you would like to serve and have never served, go to this URL to sign up online: If you don’t feel comfortable signing up on the online system, email Sharon or call her at 408-910-2758 and she will sign you up. Thanks for your support!!

Check out the hand bell choir

Ever watched the handbells play and thought, “Wow! That looks really fun!”?  Are you attracted to shiny objects?  Do you crave stress relief in the form of banging on things?  Handbells just might be the answer you’re looking for!  Join us for an informal workshop on September 3rd at 4:30pm in the Fellowship Hall, where you can learn about the joys of bell playing and lay your hands on those beautiful shiny noise makers.  Risk free!  No commitment!  No cost! So what are you waiting for?  For more information, contact: Ruthanne Adams, email:

Montgomery Meals in need of volunteers

Montgomery Meals is in need of cooks, drivers, and servers for both Montgomery Street and Julian Street sites.  Please sign up via the online sign up link below.  Remember – this is ECA’s opportunity to support the homeless and needy – assisting InnVision in getting people off the streets!

Please sign up for any of the following days:

August 15th – cooks, drivers, servers needed

Sept 5th – cooks, drivers, servers needed

Sept 19th – cooks, drivers, servers needed

Oct 3rd – cooks, drivers, servers needed

Oct 17th – cooks, drivers, servers needed

It would be nice to have people signed up in advance so we aren’t scrambling at the last minute.  Please look over your calendar. Grab your spouse and make it a date night, serving at InnVision and then going to dinner afterwards! The InnVision clients are really appreciative and recognize ECA’s support!  Come make a contribution to the community with 1-2 hrs of your time.

Santa Maria Urban Ministry Backpack Drive

SMUM is collecting materials and funds for their school supply/backpack program, serving K-12 students in the Washington area of San Jose. You can write a check to SMUM with ‘Backpacks Program’ in the memo, or drop off supplies at ECA or at the ministry downtown by the end of July. A list of needed supplies is posted on the bulletin board in the hall at church. Talk to Debbie Estill for more information.

Youth Group Summer BBQs

Join us for our summer barbecues on Thursdays this year. Here are the dates:

  • June 12
  • July 3
  • July 24
  • July 31
  • August 7
  • August 17 This will be a swim party.  Details to follow.

We’ll meet in the youth center/on the patio from 6-8 pm for a barbecue dinner, board games, badminton, or a movie, depending on the group’s mood.  Hope to see you Thursday!

Fundraising Tool will support your favorite charity, including ECA! It is fast and easy to sign up and it won’t cost you anything to join the Amazon Smile program. Just point your web browser to You will see an area on the right where you can select a charity. Enter “Episcopal Church in Almaden” and click the search button. Click the Select button next to Episcopal Church in Almaden (the listing does not contain our acronym, so ECA won’t get you where you need to go). Once you’ve selected the church, shop as usual and 0.5% of every transaction will be sent to ECA. Just remember to return to instead of so ECA can benefit from your midnight bunny-slipper shopping extravaganza.

Summer Children’s Worship

Children’s Worship begins Sunday, June 8th, at 10:30 AM. During the summer months we will be holding a special time for children, aged 4 through completing 5th grade, in our learning center during the first half of the service. We will follow the lectionary (Gospel readings assigned for each Sunday) with music, prayer, the reading, and an appropriate activity or craft to complement and reinforce the Gospel. The children will join the regular worship service at the offertory time. Activities and structure will be new and exciting for our summer months!

Montgomery Meals service opportunity

Looking for new people to join our ranks of serving at InnVision Montgomery Meals (downtown San Jose/Montgomery Street) It’s ~1.5 hrs of your time on Friday evening, serving the needy the great food that has been cooked by our team at ECA.  If you work, you can join us directly at the Montgomery street site at 6pm.   Ask your friends to join you!  Make this an event and then go out to eat afterwards at any of the fabulous restaurants in downtown San Jose.  Go to the following link to sign up for volunteering.  We are in need of servers for upcoming sessions:

“Five Wishes” Forum Sunday May 4

As part of our ongoing Senior Ministry presentations and discussions, the Rev. Roger Wharton will be visiting us this Sunday to share his experience with the “Five Wishes” approach to aging with dignity and advance planning. Roger Wharton has filled in for Kate during the last year and led a discussion on Hospice and Palliative care with us last fall. The “Five Wishes” presentation focuses on the preparation we can make to ensure that our beliefs and preferences about medical care and interventions are clearly stated before the need arises. This kind of planning, as we have been discussing for a couple of years now, makes these important decisions so much easier for the family and friends who will be supporting us at those critical times of medical emergencies.  Please join us after the 10:30 service on Sunday, May 4 to hear Roger’s presentation…we can all benefit from his experience in counseling families and individuals on these important issues. There will be time for discussion and questions.

Easter Outreach

Thank you to all who participated in our outreach efforts at the Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday! We are pleased to give $117 to Operation Starfish (Food for the Poor – feeding children in the Caribbean and Latin America); $168 to Santa Maria Urban Ministry’s ABC Playtime program; and $173 through the South Sudanese Youth Opportunity to help send a girl named Yar to school in Kenya. (The rector will raise that amount through her discretionary fund to make the $200 necessary.) Thank you for your ‘sweet’ generosity!

New Online Sign-Up System for Montgomery Meals!

Calling all volunteers! Those that are regular Montgomery Meals volunteers and those that have never volunteered at Montgomery Meals. Now is your opportunity to serve those less fortunate – when your schedule allows!  Let’s remember why ECA has served InnVision for over 20 years: to help those less fortunate; to use our gifts of food preparation and service to feed the hungry. And to enjoy doing this with our friends! We have established a new Online Volunteer sign-up, utilizing “SIGN-UP GENIUS.” Everyone in the church has access to the sign-up and you don’t need to go through me to sign up via a spreadsheet, etc. You’ll be able to see at a glance what jobs are needed and Sign-Up Genius will send automatic reminders to your email address for the days you have signed up. So grab a friend and come sign up at this link!

It’s quick and easy. You can scroll down the screen to see all the dates and job assignments for this quarter (April thru June). Sign up for all volunteer positions you can do this quarter, as the ‘best’ jobs will go first! Please provide any feedback and inputs back to me at or catch me at coffee hour. Thanks everyone for your support!

Youth Group Service Opportunity

Sunday, April 27 is the youth’s environmental service day, cleaning up after and sorting trash from the Big Sur International Marathon. This will be a great “everybody wins” scenario. First the youth will get to see spectacular Big Sur. Students can earn 5 volunteer hours for their school service requirements. Their service will divert trash from landfills, and they will help Habitat for Humanity receive a $4,000 donation by their volunteer efforts. If you would like to be part of this service day either as a youth or an adult willing to help with the transportation, please contact the youth leaders, Inge Bond or Bonnie McPherson, directly or through this email

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.

South Sudanese Youth Opportunity Presentation

Join us on Sunday April 6th, after the 10:30 service. Gabriel Makuie has brought back photos and two short videos of the students we sponsor in school in Kenya. Gabriel is secretary at Hope With South Sudan (our parent organization). He is a senior at San Jose State, majoring in Environmental Studies. Eventually he plans to study for ordination in the priesthood. Gabriel has just returned from his visit to the areas in Kenya where our students are, and also to visit family in the war zone area of Juba in South Sudan. You will be interested in what he has to say and show us, and there will be a time for you to ask any questions you have for him. Please mark your calendars – we will have healthy snacks so that you can keep up your endurance.

Ora et Labora Lenten series

This Lent we will be exploring ways to nurture and deepen our lives using the template of Benedictine rule. The 6th century founder of the monastery at Monte Cassino, Benedict created a rule for his monks that prescribed a balance of prayer and study, time spent alone and time spent with others. In our time of overwork and isolation, of too much time spent in our own heads and too little understanding, Benedict’s rule can be a powerful guide to deeper knowing. Come for a series of thought-provoking ideas and spirit-settling practice as we engage a wiser way this season. Each Wednesday evening will begin with Evening Prayer at 6:00 pm, continue with a simple soup supper at 6:30 and program and practice at 7:00 pm, and conclude by 8:00 pm. Come for what you are able to come for, and refresh your soul.

March 12              Prayer Alone

March 19              Work Alone

March 26              Prayer Together

April 2                     Work  Together

April 9                     Living Out Our Rule

Speaker on Dementia Next Sunday Forum

Nina Polentika will speak with us after the 10:30 service, Sunday February 9th, on the effects of and caring for dementia in family members. Nina is a therapist in Palo Alto whose own mother has dementia and who works with many family members of dementia patients in her therapy practice. She will tell us about her experiences and answer questions on this topic that many of you have expressed an interest in, whether you know someone who is currently experiencing this condition, or are just curious about how to manage it. Light refreshments will be served during Nina’s presentation. Please join us!

AA Meeting begins

As of January 7, we have begun hosting a weekly meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. The meeting, called ‘Fireside Big Book Study Group,’ has been meeting at another local church for many years, but needed a new location. They will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall on the first, fourth, and fifth Tuesday evenings from 8:15-9:15 pm, and as we have several meetings in our building on the second and third Tuesday evenings, they will use the nursery and preschool classrooms on those evenings. Please contact the church office with any questions about this group, and feel free to share the meeting information with anyone who is interested.

Montgomery Meals needs servers

We will be providing dinner this Friday, Jan 17th and are in need of at least 2 to 3 more servers. We are serving at two sites:

  • 358 N. Montgomery Street serves at 6pm
  • 546 W. Julian Street serves at 6:30pm

If you are available, please indicate if you can serve – and if you have a preference, please indicate which site you have a preference for.

In addition, we need servers for the following dates during this first quarter of 2014:

February 7th – Need 6-8 servers

February 21st – Need 5 more servers

March 7th – Need 3 more servers

March 21st – Need 6-8 servers

Please contact Sharon Hall at with your availability so we can keep a schedule and know where we have gaps to be filled. Thank you again for volunteering and being willing to share your time and talent!

Trailblazing Parenting: A Leadership Skills Class for Parents

This winter, ECA will be sponsoring a free parenting class, open to the whole community. The presenter will be parenting expert and author Beth Proudfoot, LMFT. Childcare provided.

SCHEDULE: Sunday, January 12, 2014, 1:00pm – 3:00pm Packing for the Journey: Great Leaders Remember the Map

Sunday, January 26, 2014, 1:30pm – 3:30pm (NOTE TIME CHANGE!) First, Adjust Your Own Oxygen Mask: How to Stay Calm When You’re Losing Altitude

Sunday, February 2, 2014, 1:00 pm – 3:00pm When the Natives are Restless: How to Speak the Language of Feelings

Sunday, February 9, 2014, 1:00 – 3:00pm Throw Away the Carrot and The Stick: 21st Century Discipline

Sunday, February 23, 2014, 1:00 – 3:00pm Backseat Diplomacy: Sibs Don’t Have to Be Rivals

TO REGISTER: All classes are free (donation optional). Location: Episcopal Church in Almaden, 6581 Camden Ave, San Jose. To RSVP (required if you are planning to use the childcare) for these and other classes, search for San Jose Parenting Class on or email

Women’s Retreat: ‘Come to the Water: Living Our Journeys’

If you are looking for time to rest, to pray, to learn more about God and each other, then the 2014 ECA Women’s Retreat is the perfect place for you. We are excited to announce that the Rev. Canon Linda Taylor will lead the program for this retreat. Linda is the soon-to-be retired rector of St Mark’s, Santa Clara. The retreat will be held the weekend of February 28 – March 2, 2014 at the beautiful St. Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista. The cost is $220 per person/double ($270 per person/single) including all meals (financial assistance is available – talk to Kate). If you are interested in attending this wonderful retreat, please contact Melinda Jennings. We look forward to sharing this special weekend with you.

Christmas Pageant

YOU ARE INVITED TO “It’s a Family Affair Christmas Pageant.”

Saturday, December 21 beginning at 3 PM Planning, Preparation & Party

Sunday, December 22 at 10 AM Pageant Presentation, Joint Venture Service

The Christmas Pageant this year is going to be a real “church family affair.” Young and old alike can take part creatively as actors, costume & set designers, and script writers. Maybe you prefer “grunt work” like slicing and dicing in the kitchen to prepare our kid friendly dinner, or mixing and matching and ironing costumes. Maybe you prefer to be inspirational with music or prayer. Everyone, who joins our festivities, Saturday December 21 at 3 PM, can fill the role they like the most as we put our pageant together….together. We will work on our pageant plans from 3 to 5:30 PM and then conclude with a kid friendly dinner. We will put forth our creation to the rest of our congregations Sunday morning.

Join us and let the story come alive anew, in you, as you experience it. All ages are welcome. Yes, from the very young to the most mature are welcome and encouraged to be a part.  Bring your neighbors and their children. Bring your grandchildren, even grown up ones. Come be a part of our first “It’s a Family Affair Christmas Pageant.” Stretch a little out of your comfort zone. This will be fun!  Look for the sign up on the bulletin board. It is very important we get a head count for adults, kids, and kids’ ages to plan for this special event.

ECA Christmas Dinner

Join us for the annual ECA Christmas Dinner on Saturday, December 14. Chef Alain Guichard and his capable staff will prepare a delightful dinner for all. The evening begins at 5:00 pm with a short service of light, followed by hors d’oeuvres and dinner at 6:00. Everyone is invited, family and friends alike. Cost is $25 (talk to Kate if you need assistance with this). BYOB. Sign up in Fellowship Hall by December 9. Contact David Byers for more information.

Philippines Disaster Relief

Episcopal Relief & Development is sponsoring a Philippines Fund to help the Episcopal Church in the Philippines attend to recovery efforts from Super Typhoon Haiyan. Go to to donate – a matching gift challenge will double every gift given by December 6. Please keep the people of the Philippines, and Filipinos in our own community, in your prayers.

ECA Turkey Drive

Yes, it’s November, which of course means that the Annual ECA Turkey Drive is coming on and around Thanksgiving Day, November 28th. We need volunteers that can give time and/or $ donations to help the Montgomery Meals team cook and freeze turkey for the meals we prepare in our kitchen to feed the homeless every other week throughout the year. The dedicated MM volunteers do a tremendous job in this fine example of ECA outreach, providing meals for close to 200 hungry people each time. The monetary donations are critical in making sure that complete meals can be put together. Please keep the turkey drive in mind if you’re going to be in town over the long weekend and may have some time available. Signup sheets are on the wall in Fellowship Hall – Come volunteer to be a part of this great annual event.

Holiday Donation Drives for SMUM

We are supporting two donation drives for Santa Maria Urban Ministry this winter. The ‘Warm Heart’ drive is for gently used or new sweaters, jackets, sleeping bags, hats and gloves, etc.,  or donations to purchase these items to give at the ministry throughout the winter months. The toy drive is for Christmas gifts: toys for children under 12, and new clothes, shoes, and gift cards for children age 12-14. Boxes for both kinds of donations are in the narthex at church. If you have questions, contact Debbie Estill for more information.

Conversational Meetings

ECA is beginning a campaign of small group meetings, an opportunity for all of us to engage in conversation with one another about what matters most for our lives and our community. How are we being called to serve our neighborhood today? Every active member of ECA will be invited to attend a meeting in the next few weeks, hosted in homes by members of the organizing team. Meetings will conclude by mid-December and the Christmas party. The core team will then work with what they have heard from you to prioritize what we can do next with our time and energy. Please say yes to your invitation when it comes – we want everyone to be part of this chance to know each more deeply and hear more carefully God’s call to us. If you have questions, or if for some reason you do not receive an invitation, talk to Bryan Bond or to Kate. And please keep ECA’s discernment in your prayers!

Christmas Workshop November 10

 Join us this Sunday after both services for a thoughtful discussion about the approaching holiday season. How would you like to celebrate this year? Are there changes you would like to make so that your celebration better matches your values and priorities? Engage these questions now so that you can better prepare for a holy and blessed Advent and Christmas.

The Bishop Is Coming!

Our Bishop Mary will be joining us for her annual visitation on Sunday, November 3, ECA’s 46th birthday. Join us for a festive service and luncheon! We’ll be celebrating ministries and the people who are part of them, and kicking off some new conversations for our community. Add in a youth ‘servant auction’ fundraiser and we’ll have a wonderful day. Please come!