Blessing of the Animals at St. George’s

Our annual blessing of the animals service will be this Sunday, October 15, at 10:00 am.

The service will be outside in the fresh air.  Animals of all shapes and sizes are welcome, and will be blessed.  If it isn’t convenient to bring Fluffy or Rover, bring a picture, and we will be happy to bless him in abstention.

This service, held on the Sunday closest to the feast of St. Francis’ celebrates our bond with all God’s creatures.  “Caring for our pets and the world around us is an important part of our stewardship. We are caretakers of creation, which belongs to God” says Father Ray Hess, priest in charge. We hope that you will be able to join us.

St. George’s Episcopal Church is located at 5600 Winding Way in Carmichael, California.

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St. George’s News

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St. George’s has many ways to share news with its members.  Hopefully, you are all signed up to receive the monthly newsletter, the By George.  If not, you can sign up by contacting the church office or by contacting the editor, Sandy Olsen.

You might also want to follow the St. George’s Facebook page for news and updates and upcoming event information.  (You can also share pictures you take on the page!)

DragonstailsWe also have an online news room.  Dragonstails shares stories of Ministry and activities of St. George’s. You can subscribe to Dragonstails to have this news come directly to your inbox by visiting this page.

Are you an author?  We are always looking for someone to help report on the many events happening at St. George’s.  Contact Sandy Olsen or Thea Mangels for information about publishing St. George’s news in the By George and/or in Dragonstails.


Artistic Accomplishments

by Lani Hahn

Our parish, St George Episcopal Church, is planning to publish a book about the artistic
accomplishments of our parishioners and their families. Think about your artistic accomplishments that you would be willing to share in our book and let us know. Please look at the following list for ideas or add something you have created that is not on the list:

  • Poetry or prose
  • Stained glass
  • Knitting or crocheting
  • Quilting or other sewing projects
  • Woodworking including carpentry
  • Flower arranging
  • Toy making
  • Cooking specialty
  • Photography
  • Jewelry
  • Other Art work of any kind

If you are willing to share your original creations with our parish, please e-mail Lani Hahn ( and give her your name and what you are willing to share. Mel Rose will give us directions on how to gather your information to put it in a book.


by the Rev. Bob Olsen

The first Sunday of last month fell on August 6th, which happens to be the day each year we celebrate the Transfiguration. The last time this happened was 11 years ago (2006) and it won’t happen again until 2023. So in the midst of our long green season of Pentecost we had a Holy Day, breaking the sequence of Gospels we have been hearing from Matthew. On that Sunday we heard Luke’s version of the transfiguration. Now we hear these passages every year on the last Sunday of Epiphany, so it is a story we should know well. Reverend Susan’s sermon got me to thinking. Jesus transformation in front
of Peter, John and James, and hearing the voice of God from the cloud wasn’t for Jesus, rather it was for them and us. Jesus knew who he was, Moses and Elijah knew and of course God knew – it was the apostles who needed to know. They needed to know so they could be transformed and her question to those hearing her sermon that morning, “how are we transformed?”

Her question reminded me of one of the hymns we sing at the 9 a.m. service “We are one in the Spirit” which ends with the refrain “And they’ll know we are Christians by our love…”. For me that phrase seems to be the answer to Susan’s+ question. Through God’s love we are transformed and that love shines through us.

Bruges - Fresco of the Crucifixion orthodox churchMany years ago, when my new boss was briefing me on my new jobs, she spent some time giving me a run down on the various staff that I would be coming into contact with doing my job. For one of the individuals she concluded with something like “you’d never know he was a minister, from the way he acts.” At that point I was just beginning my third year at the School for Deacon’s and anticipating ordination as a deacon some nine or ten months later, so her remark struck me then and I still think that if someone I don’t know on learning that I was a deacon, responds with “you’d never know it by his
actions” that would be the worst thing they could possibly say about me.

If Jesus and his message is to have any meaning in our lives, than our lives should reflect that message of love. Our love of God and our neighbors should be so self-evident that it isn’t a surprise to anyone, when they learn we are Christian. Their reply shouldn’t be “oh really!” or worse a long pause because they remembered what their mother taught them about “if you can’t say something nice…”. Their immediate response should be “well of course.” Because we have been transfigured by the love and mercy of God and we reflect that love to the world – brighter than the dazzling sun.

Women’s Guild

by Carol Adkins

September – beginning the final third of the calendar year. Time to shift gears from the ‘lazy’ days of summer to the cooler weather and different activities.

A Women’s Guild meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 20 at 11:00 AM in the parish hall. We hope many of the women of St. George’s will attend and help plan activities for the coming months. If anyone has suggestions for Women’s meetings, we are eager to hear them. Something in addition to the periodic lunches we have been having that all could enjoy. Perhaps there is a topic of interest that several may be interested in discussing and learning more about or perhaps we could visit a place of interest. Mark your calendars and attend our meeting with your ideas.

Support St. George’s While you Shop

by Mel Rose

Amazon has started a program called “Amazon Smile.” When you purchase through this Amazon venue, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your purchase “to the charitable organization of your choice.” St. George’s is one of the qualified charities! Your purchases will not cost you any more than ordering from

Our unique charity link to assign St. George’s is: and only needs to be used one time. After that just go to and Amazon will remember you are contributing to St. George’s.

This link will take you or your friends and relatives directly to in support of St. George’s so they won’t have to search for us among almost a million other organizations. It’s the easiest way for you to find and support St. Georges!

After registering, remember, always start at and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

If you have any questions just let me know.

Fourth of July

by the Rev. Bob Olsen

My article’s tend to stay away from secular topics, but a few weeks ago when going through our books, many I haven’t opened since shortly after purchasing and reading them 20-30-40-50 years ago. I ran across a small volume containing a Fourth of July Oration. Given the current state of politics I thought the speaker’s words still hold a message for us today.  As Sandy would not appreciate a 10-12 page article, I will only quote excerpts from the text.

independence day“Mr. Mayor, Fellow-citizens: We meet to-day on the common ground of American citizenship.  In the celebration of the national anniversary we forget all sectional divisions, all diversities of political opinion, all prejudices of race or creed. We remember only our common sympathies and interests in the present, our common homes and desires for the future. It is no time for the expression of narrow views, cynical criticism, or gloomy prognostications…We are reminded by recent public utterances that some of our fellow-citizens, of eminent virtues and not wanting in patriotism, seem to find our times hopelessly out of joint. They read in every passing event the signs of apprehension for the future…I believe that we may look at the present and the future with tranquil eyes. Our government is not going to destruction; our institutions are not falling into decay. There are some evils which affect all society and all government, and from these we cannot hope to be exempt…which call for attention and remedy…The stream will not always run clear, but its source in the heart and conscience of the people will not be corrupted…The people can be trusted…Let us, then, look forward with hope and confidence, trusting in the God-fearing, law-abiding character of the American people, “rich in saving common-sense,” grounded in love of justice and order, and vital with public spirit, to keep secure the great trust committed to their hands.”

This speech/Oration was given by the Hon. Albert E. Pillsbury, in the city of Boston on July 4, 1890. No that isn’t a typo – 1890. The style of oratory may have given away the era, but I believe the message to the folks in 1890 could serve us as well today. The decade leading up to this speech was part of what is referred to as the “gilded age.” This was a time of rapid industrialization and increasing wages, however as the book by Mark Twain The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today, portrayed it as an era of serious social problems covered with a thin gold gilding of economic expansion.

What Mr. Pillsbury said about remembering only our common interests and desires for the future, rather than those who speak to divide us one from another. It seems clear to me that our country has had its problems, just as it was in 1890, we are called to work together for the good of all.

During this month when we celebrate the anniversary of the founding of our nation on the 4th of July, I ask you to prayer for the United States of America, the President, the Supreme Court and the Congress.

God Bless America.