Canterbury Shire

We are about to embark on a series of service opportunities, and I wanted you to know about them. You will have the opportunity to learn more about them in the coming weeks and months, but I am also going to create a separate list of folks who are participating so we’re not flooding the rest of your inboxes with unnecessary information.
Therefore, if you are interested in serving in some capacity as is being outlined here, I need to hear back from you. Just a simple reply saying “add me to the list” so that I can create a separate list for those engaged in this work.
The main project the group would like to undertake at this time is a free, weekly meal. We discussed the fact that there are a number of college and college-age students who are hungry in this area who could benefit from this. The plan is to host it at The Shire on Thursday evenings, utilizing produce from the organic farm in Los Osos, located across from St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church on LOVR. The produce is available for “free” through volunteering at the farm, so that’s how it works.
Help will be needed for service at the farm, in the kitchen for preparation of the meal, and of course being present at The Shire to host, serve, and clean up afterward. Since everyone will not be available every week, I’m thinking a core group of at least 8-10 is what we’ll need to get started. There is also an important environmental justice component to this, as we are facing a major drought and looking for sustainable ways to live and eat.
Additionally, this coming Wed. at the Shire we will hear from folks at Restorative Partners who will be presenting service opportunities at the jail as volunteers, in their garden program, and with Juvenile Hall.
And, as previously mentioned last month, help is needed at the Monastery of the Risen Christ in their gardens, and building a labyrinth, which should be an exciting project.
So, again, if you would like more information and to be kept in the loop regarding these service opportunities for young adults, please reply and let me know.

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A note from the Rev Robert Keim

To the community of God at St. Barnabas,

Change is afoot — for you and for us. And this change is good. We all have been on a journey over the last many months and years, and that journey is converging. I feel very blessed by God to have been called to be your next Rector, and I am humbled by the mission that is being set before us by the Holy Spirit. How are we being called to be the hands and feet of Christ in Arroyo Grande and the Five Cities? How can we continue to move into closer relationship with God, with others and with ourselves? What can we do to put our spirituality into action?

I have to admit a sense of anticipation at becoming part of the beauty that you already have at St. Barnabas. Jeff and I have felt warmly welcomed, and during the search and interview process we had quite a bit of fun. It was good to get to know the folks on the Search Committee and Vestry, and we look forward to getting to know you further.

June is going to be busy for us. My last day at St. Thomas is Wednesday, June 3rd. The family starts flying in the next week, and my daughter graduates from Cal Poly on June 13th. The next day, I leave for an eight day priest training session in northern Florida. The day after I return to California, Jeff leaves for General Convention in Salt Lake City. He is helping to lead our diocesan delegation, and he is serving on the Episcopal Church’s committee on marriage that will update our language, liturgy, and rules so that we are consistent with the relationships that we have already been witnessing and blessings over the past few years. June is going to be a blur… and soon it will be July 1st.

You are in my prayers, and I would ask that you would pray for us also. Pray that we find the “right” place to live. Pray that all of the logistics go well in June. Pray that my daughter be blessed on the next stage of her life. Pray that we have safe travels. Pray that the Holy Spirit equip us for the next adventure that is being set before us.

Blessings on your week, and I look forward to our journey together. God is good to us.

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Get On The Bus

Get On The Bus unites children with their mothers and fathers in prison. We train and educate hundreds of volunteers and supporters throughout California and engage the media to raise awareness about the plight of children with a parent in prison. Get On The Bus advocates for the right of children to see, touch and talk to their parent who is incarcerated. 

Over the last fourteen years, we’ve witnessed the power of Get On The Bus. We’ve seen visits ease the heartache suffered by children separated from their parents. We’ve confirmed that keeping families intact can sustain critical relationships during long separations. Time after time, we’ve celebrated the magic that happens when children and parents come ​together and visitation rooms become child-friendly environments.  

St. Barnabas has chosen to be involved in this worthy cause.  On May 30th, Members from St Barnabas as well as members from Nipomo Community Presbyterian are getting together to assist in the bringing together children with their fathers at San Luis Obispo Men’s Colony.  

This worthy cause has been proven to give hope to the families involved and to also reduce recidivism by encouraging incarcerated men and woman to want to transform their lives.

 For more information contact Phil West at


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Reimagining Our Worship Together

The Rev. Jane McDougle, D.M.A., will invite us into an exploration of music from traditional to contemporary in which all can be engaged and spiritually nourished.

May 16, Saturday Workshop: 1:00pm to 5:00pm
May 17, Sunday Worship Service: 10:00am
The Rev. Jane McDougle, D.M.A., is currently serving (since 2012) as Vicar at Holy innocents Episcopal Church, San Francisco. Prior to that, she served at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, Menlo Park, as Director of Music from 1992, and additionally from 2005, as associate priest. She also taught class music in Trinity School
Episcopal from 1992-2010. She received her Master of Divinity and Theology from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in 2005, and has a Doctorate in Musical Arts (1989), from Stanford University, specializing in early vocal music.
Jane is passionate about a number of things, including liturgy. As both priest and musician, she cares a great deal about all the elements that make for a spiritually enriching liturgy for as many participants as possible. Her tastes in church music range from chant to contemporary, with the one stipulation that it is ‘good’. Simply sappy, happy or clappy is not good enough, although meaningful, joyous music that makes you want to dance is wonderful!
For more information or to sign up to attend the worship please contact:
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Office at 805-543-7212 or email them at:

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church
1344 Nipomo Street San Luis Obispo CA 93401
Office hours: Monday — Thursday 9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m
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May 2015 Birthdays’ and Anniversaries

May Birthdays

1          Ruth Monroe

3          Alysenne Pano

6          Marilyn Cockshott

6          Lynne Schulz

7          John Steffan

8          Suzanne Bradford

8          Cole Ramey

10        David Williams

11        Satoe Pence

17        Judy Gilbert

20        David Pano

20        Kyle Petersen

27        Joyce Bettles

27        Shirley Holgate

29        William Meyer


May Anniversaries

4          Judy & Norman Burdick

21        Bill & Ann Napier

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April 29, 2015

Last Chance:
Join the Presiding Bishop at our May Conference!

It’s not too late to join The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, at our Spring Conference this Saturday, May 2. Bishop Jefferts Schori will speak, lead an interactive discussion and take questions in the last official visit of her nine-year term.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Saratoga is hosting the conference; its theme is “Maturing in Mission: Growing into the Full Stature of Christ.” Bishop Jefferts Schori will speak on viewing mission through the lens of the Five Marks (see below), and how we understand mission as God’s work in which we partner.

In the afternoon she will join Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves for an interactive Q&A session. The conference begins at 10 am and ends at 3:30 pm (coffee and snacks at 9:30 am). Cost is $25, which includes lunch. Don’t wait — the conference is limited to just 200 attendees!

To register and pay online, visit this link:

To sign up online and pay at the door, visit our “pay later” link.

The Presiding Bishop is chief pastor to the Episcopal Church’s 2.1 million members in 17 countries and 109 dioceses, ecumenical officer, and primate, joining leaders of the other 38 Anglican Provinces in consultation for global good and reconciliation. She was elected at the 75th General Convention on June 18, 2006, and invested at Washington National Cathedral on November 4, 2006.

The California trip will be Bishop Jefferts Schori’s final visit before her nine-year term ends in June at the conclusion of the Episcopalian General Convention in Salt Lake City.



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Bishops Pilgrimage

On Friday May 1st the Most Rev. Katherine Jefferts Schorie, our Presiding Bishop and our own bishop, the Rt. Rev Mary Gray-Reeves will lead a pilgrimage at Luke’s Jolon from 9:30-1:30 at St Luke’s, Jolon.  The Presiding Bishop will then be with us at the annual Spring Conference of the Diocese at St.Andrew’s Saratoga on Saturday May 2nd.

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Thank you!

Thank you !! The pilgrimage through Holy Week to Easter has been an amazing journey this year.  The depth of the journey is the result of a lot of very hard work by many members of the community.  We are thankful to the Sunday School for its presentation of Mark’s Passion on Sunday School. To Audrey Manville for help to place the palms throughout the courtyard and church entrance.  To those you prepared the dinner on Maundy Thursday and set up the parish hall Thank you.  To the altar guild for polishing silver, pressing linen, setting out the candles, thanks.  We especially thank Jane Delgadillo and Alison Fesler for their endless hours of organizing, fixing, and interpreting some vague direction from the interim, thank you.  Thanks to Sandy Matson for preparing and printing all the bulletins.  To the choir, we sing your praises for music that transports the heart into heavenly realms.  To the Brotherhood of St Andrew for preparing an amazing Easter breakfast we offer our thanks, To Jason Manville, Todd Long, Kevin Pence thanks for hauling chairs and fire pits. And to the whole parish community thank you for you powerful witness during these past weeks.

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Diocesan Women’s Day

On May 9th, all the women of the diocese are invited to attend Women’s Day, a day of learning through workshops on many topics, for spiritual growth, education, and celebration.

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The changing shape of the Chimes


In the past year there has been an ongoing conversation about how to most effectively communicate the news of the parish to the community. The St. Barnabas community generally does a good job of communicating the good news to the community. But we want to do better. There will be a notable change in the shape of the Chimes. This will be the last edition of the newsletter in this form. In the future the various components of the Chimes will be published in a timely manner. Postings will be made in the blog on the parish website two times a week. You are encouraged to check the website regularly for the most current news. Reflections from the rector and other members of the community will appear on the blog. Everyone on the parish mailing list will receive the Weekly E on Thursday morning. And of course, the Sunday bulletin will continue to have the latest announcements of parish activity.
Kim MacMillan will become the blog content manager. Any announcements and articles you would like to submit for publication will continue to be sent to the

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