2022 Gregory Kenneth Sherrill Memorial Scholarships

by Vicki Karsetn

Saint George’s Episcopal Church was pleased to award the 2022 Gregory Kenneth Sherrill Memorial
Scholarships to this year’s recipients at our church service on June 12th. There was a reception following
the service to meet these wonderful students. The scholarship has been given out since 1985 to
students who graduated in the San Juan Unified School District.


This year three scholarships were given and awarded to individuals who fully intend to matriculate at a
college this calendar year. On our scholarship committee this year were Aaron Atkins, Lana Engler and
John Karsten. One scholarship, awarded in the amount of $4,000, was given to Michael Maslianka of Del
Campo High School who will be attending UC Davis with a major in Global Disease Biology. A $3,000
scholarship was awarded to Zachary Fisch, a graduate of Casa Roble High School, who will attend UCLA
with a major in Civil Engineering. Unfortunately, Irie Odom, the $2,000 scholarship recipient, was
unable to attend the presentation as she was in the hospital when the awards were given. She
graduated from Mira Loma High School and will attend UC Santa Cruz with a Biology major.
It is a blessing for Saint George’s to be able to award grants of financial aid to such worthy students.

Calling all artists and craftspeople

Calling all artists and craftspeople!!! We are pleased to announce that the Arts N Crafts Show will be held on May 14th, 2022. From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, enjoy some art, bid on some art, and enjoy some snacks and drinks as well. Please bring in your arts and crafts, and we will begin collecting them on the day of May 14th, between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM, with set up beginning shortly after.

Wearing masks will be optional, although highly recommended, and dress will be casual.


We will need help setting up and cleaning up, so volunteers will be welcomed and desired. The artists will be setting their own prices for some of their work while the rest will be auctioned off. The auction will be a silent auction; proceeds will go to the parking lot fund, and the artists will keep
half. If you do not wish to sell your work, you do not have to sell. As mentioned earlier, there will be food and drinks available. Deacon Bob will also be offering one of his son Robert Olsen’s (who is a very well-known artist) prints for an opportunity drawing! Bring your arts and crafts, friends, and family alike, for the Arts N Crafts Show!!!

*Note: we will not be accepting pieces if we cannot get them through the door or exhibit them due to size, subject matter, or if we are unable to hang or display them. If you have any questions or
comments, you can contact the organizer and host, Bridget Engler, at (916)742-3047 or
email them at bengler.asarc@gmail.com

St. George’s, Carmichael Hosts Community Garden Celebration on Palm Sunday

Saint George’s Episcopal Church celebrated Palm Sunday in a special way this year. After the church service, members of our congregation joined the New Roots Gardeners for a garden clean-up, followed by lunch and fellowship. New Roots is part of the International Rescue Committee and the gardeners are refugees, asylees and other immigrants. Since most of the gardeners are of Russian background and speak little or no English, our Music Director who speaks Russian translated all that was said in English to the gardeners and all that was said by the gardeners into Russian for the rest of us. The New Roots Gardeners have done an amazing job on their plots. They are thankful to be able to grow fresh food for their families and to share with others, but also to be outdoors in a wonderful environment. This special Palm Sunday Celebration made us all aware that having our garden is a blessing for many and a good way for St. George’s to serve and love those around us. 
– Vicki Karsten | Junior Warden | Community Garden Liaison

Flowering of the Cross

by Vicki Karsten

At St. George’s we have a tradition of Flowering the Cross for Easter.  This is an ancient tradition among Christians.  As worshipers bring beautiful, live, fragrant flowers to adorn the cross, eventually the cross becomes covered in a brilliant array of color, light and lovely fragrance. A symbol of death, darkness, pain and hopelessness is transformed into something beautiful, new and alive in celebration of the Resurrection of Christ. Together, we can transform the cross and help make this Easter a celebration of new life.

We look forward once more to the Flowering the Cross on Easter Sunday, April 17 at both the 9:00 am and 10:30 am services.

Please bring any flowers that day that you have to share in this beautiful tradition. Everyone at the service will be invited to participate in decorating the cross on Easter as a part of the worship service.

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Community Garden

By Vicki Karsten

It’s Spring and there’s lots going on in our Community Garden!

In March the New Roots Program had a welcoming event to encourage new gardeners to sign up for a plot.

On Palm Sunday St. George’s is having one service at 10 am. Please dress casually and if you are able we hope you’ll consider checking out and working in our garden area for about an hour after church. We plan on meeting some of the New Roots gardeners and looking at the wonderful produce they are growing. Following that lunch will be provided.

Hope to see you on Palm Sunday, April 10th!

Arts N Crafts Show

Calling all artists and craftspeople!!!

We are pleased to announce that the Arts N Crafts Night is now the Arts N Crafts Show and the very special and official date is May 14th, 2022. From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, enjoy some art, bid on some art, and enjoy some snacks and drinks as well.

Want to participate in the show? Please bring in your arts and crafts, and we will begin collecting them on the day of May 14th, between 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM, with set up beginning at 2:00 PM. Wearing masks will be optional, although highly recommended, and dress will be casual. We will need help setting up and cleaning up, so volunteers will be welcomed and desired.

The proceeds will go to the parking lot fund, and the artists will keep half. If you do not wish to sell your work, you do not have to sell. As mentioned earlier, there will be food and drinks available.

Deacon Bob will also be offering one of his son’s prints for a door raffle prize! Bring your arts and crafts, friends, and family alike, for the Arts N Crafts Show!!! If you have any questions or comments, you can contact the organizer and host, Bridget Engler, at bengler.asarc@gmail.com.

May 14th, 2022 — 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Spring Note From Your Senior Warden

Spring has sprung! As I sit at my computer writing this column I can hear birds chirping and smell
the fresh grass that is growing. As we come to the end of the season of lent I hope you are taking time to
nurture a new spiritual practice in preparation for a joyous Easter.

As we prepare for Easter the Vestry is always looking for people willing to help out the church in
any way that they are able to. We have openings in the choir and we are looking into starting a fellowship
committee to organize social events throughout the year. If this interests you let me know.

As we face less restrictions with masking and other COVID measures I encourage everyone to
give the vestry feedback on what we are doing. I would love to make sure that we are making choices
based on feedback from the congregation.

Yours in Christ,
Zack Wilcox, Senior Warden

Holy Week 2022

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Palm Sunday

April 10, 2022 | 10:00 am

 There will be one Sunday service on Palm Sunday with the procession of the palms, followed by time in the Community Garden & lunch outside. 

Maundy Thursday

April 14, 2022 | 7:00 pm

This service includes the very moving practice of having your hands or feet washed, following Jesus’ command to serve and love one another.

 

Good Friday

April 15, 2022 | 12:00 p.m.

Stations of the Cross

Easter Sunday

April 17, 2022 | 9:00 am & 10:30 am

Easter Sunday worship offered at two services.

Easter Egg Hunt | 10:00 am

All children are invited to participate in our Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 am between services.

Invite-Welcome-Connect This Easter!

Thoughts From Our PIC (Priest in Charge)

Holy Week and Easter are coming very soon. This is the focal point of the whole church year.
There is so much drama in the services of Holy Week and Easter Sunday! This makes it a great time to
invite others to join us.


Our diocese has been participating in the process of “Invite, Welcome, Connect” for a few years.
In this process, we find creative ways to invite others to join us at St. George’s, welcome visitors when
they attend, and help newcomers become connected to our congregation.

Holy Week gives us an opportunity to invite friends or family to our services. Here is the schedule
for Holy Week and the highlights of our services:

Palm Sunday April 10 – We will have one Palm Sunday service at 10 a.m., followed by time to help out
in our Community Garden and to have lunch outside in the garden area. The Palm Sunday liturgy
includes the blessing of palms and the procession into the church building. We then will have the
dramatic reading of the passion account according to Luke. All of this is very dramatic and something a
visitor might appreciate. This also gives visitors a chance to see our Community Garden and learn about
our outreach ministry through the garden.

Maundy Thursday April 14 – Eucharist at 7 p.m. with hand or foot washing. This service includes the
very moving practice of having your hands or feet washed, following Jesus’ command to serve and love
one another. This is another good opportunity to invite a guest to participate.

Good Friday April 15 – Stations of the Cross at noon. The Stations of the Cross are a dramatic and
visual way to follow Jesus on the way to the cross. This is a chance for a visitor to experience the
meaning of Good Friday in a powerful way.

Easter Sunday April 17 – Easter services at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The Easter services are a great
celebration of the resurrection. This is a wonderful time to include guests in the celebration. The 9 a.m.
service will be informal and include our tradition of having the Resurrection Eggs which tell the story of
Holy Week. The 10:30 service will be traditional and include wonderful Easter music.

Easter Egg Hunt Sunday April 16 – Our annual Easter Egg Hunt will be at 10:00 a.m., between the two
services on Easter Sunday. We especially would like to invite children from our neighborhood or from
our families and friends to come to the egg hunt.

Please think and pray about whom you might invite to attend one or more of our Holy Week
services, and be on the alert to welcome any visitors during Holy Week!

In Jesus’ love,
Father Ray