I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent: by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and alms-giving; and by reading and meditating of God's holy Word - BCP2019, p. 544
Dearly Beloved in Jesus Christ,
As you and I begin the observance of Lent on this Ash Wednesday, I want to ask you to build into your Lenten observance specific times of prayer (and fasting) asking for God's intervention in the spread of the Coronavirus in North America and all around the world.
This Lenten season we as Christians should be confessing our sins to God in addition to our other Lenten disciples. Here's a great article from Edward Bouverie Pusey, one of the main figures of the 19th century Oxford movement about preparing for sacramental confession.
Five Questions From Archbishop Foley Beach
to Ask Before I Press Enter, Send, or Like
Most of us have done it!! We have posted something on the Internet when we had thought, incorrectly, that we had heard all the facts. Or we have written something slamming a brother or sister in Christ personally without talking to them in person first. Or we have written something when we were in the flesh and not in the Holy Spirit that caused heartache and pain to some innocent victim of our written words. Or we have spoken prophetically only later to have wished we had shared the comments in person.
The following is a simple code of ethics (5 Questions) for the follower of Jesus to consider before one clicks the “enter” button. It is intended for the follower of Jesus to remember that even in cyber-space we are witnesses (either for good or for bad) for Jesus Christ modeling a life which is supposed to emulate him.
Bishop Eric has scheduled a joint Pastoral Intervention Training with the Diocese of Western Anglicans to be held at Saint Columba Church from March 14. The training will cover how to pastorally support congregants who are dealing with spiritual warfare.
The diocese has gotten a block of rooms at the nearby San Joaquin Hotel if you'd like to stay overnight in Fresno during the training. The rooms will be $79 a night and include breakfast. The price of the rooms may go up if we have fewer than 5 people staying there.
The registration link is here: https://forms.gle/338buqGUmXFQHkzm8
If you have any questions please contact the diocesan office.
At this point in January your congregations have probably either elected their vestries or are about to shortly. This is a reminder that there's still time to sign up your vestries for the 2020 Diocesan Vestry Retreat. Bishop Eric will be the retreat speaker and the retreat will be about renewal of discipleship.
Attached is a schedule for the retreat and a flyer you can print up. The retreat will be held at St. Anthony Retreat Center on March 20-22. It begins with dinner at 6pm on Friday March 20 and ends with lunch at noon on Sunday March 22. Please be sure you and/or your participating Vestry members register by 5pm on Friday, March 6, 2020.
The registration link is here: https://forms.gle/HJKsCKZrXMXLkpY77, and the information is also available on our website ("Home" page and "News & Events" page).