Bounty Bags at St. George’s

We’re collecting Bounty Bags of necessities for those who need them. Our Bounty Bags go to River City Food Bank:

  • grocery_bagdry goods,
  • canned goods,
  • dried cereals,
  • soaps,
  • toothpaste,
  • tooth brushes or
  • any non-perishables.

We collect Bags ANYTIME!!

No time to shop? Write a check to St. Georges with memo to River city Food Bank, and they will shop for you (everything is welcome)!

St. George’s Episcopal Church
5600 Winding Way
Carmichael, CA 95608


St. George’s Prayer Request

Do you have a need for prayers?  St. George’s would love to pray for you.

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Prayer Request Information
(please print and deliver to the Church Office, or email the church.

__ Private Prayer (Rector Only)
__ Private Prayer (Rector and Intercessory Prayer Group Only)
__ Public (Rector, in Bulletin & Intercessory Prayer Group)
__ Public (Rector, in Sunday Bulletin, Intercessory Prayer Group, and Prayer List Email)

Date of Request: ___________
Praying for: ___________
Requested by: ___________
End Date: ________ (End date will be 2 weeks from start unless a date is stipulated.)

Prayer Request: _________________

Click here to email your prayer request to the church.

Intercessory Prayer Group

If you are interested in being part of St. George’s Intercessory Prayer Group, please contact Fr. Ray or leave a message at the office (916-487-5600).

Community BBQ

by Sandra Crenshaw, Senior Warden

Join Us for Our Community BBQ

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Come One, Come All for Some Free Food, Drinks, and Fun!

We are going to have so much fun! So please mark your calendars for Saturday, July 22 from 11 am – 2 pm. On that day, St. George’s Parish will host a Community Barbecue and bring a Pop-Up Adventure Playground for young kids to play creatively.

Men and Child Care (MaCC) will bring this Pop-Up Adventure with funding through First Five Sacramento. Adventure Playgrounds started in Europe after WWII when children were observed having great fun playing in the rubble. So that became the idea behind Adventure Playgrounds. Pop-Up Adventure Playgrounds is now less permanent and only exists for the day. Men and Child Care will set-up, take down, provide some adult safety monitors, and provide advertising all for free!

This event is part of our Outreach Ministry and the Vestry strongly encourages all parishioners, their, families, friends, and neighbors to join us. So come one, come all for some free food, drinks, and fun on Saturday, July 22 from 10 am – 2 pm.

Saturday, July 22, from 10:00 – 2:00​

St. George’s Episcopal Church
5600 Winding Way

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EFM -Education for Ministry 2017-2018

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education through Sewanee College. It is based upon small-group study and practice. Since its founding in 1975, this international program has assisted more than 80,000 participants in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service. EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together.

  • Time: 2:00-4:30 PM Day: Mondays starting in September (commitment to full school year)
  • Place: Tognozzi Room, St, Francis Episcopal Church, Fair Oaks
  • Tuition: $375 a year (books included)
  • (partial scholarships may be available)
  • Contact: Laura Simkins 916 944-3426 or c. 916 425-3754


  • Year One: The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament)
  • Year Two: New Testament
  • Year Three: Church History
  • Year Four: Theology, Ethics, and Interfaith Encounter.

Anyone who is interested should let Laura Simkins know by July 1, 2017

Thoughts from on the Road

by the Rev. Bob Olsen

On the morning of May 12th, Sandy and I were awakened at 5:30 to the sound of fire alarms in our hotel. So it was get dressed and down the stairs. I’m rethinking getting rooms on the upper floors even though they might get less traffic noise. Anyway, as we were standing out in the parking lot waiting for the firemen to give the all clear, it dawned on me to question just what we grabbed and what we left in the room. In my case I grabbed my phone, GPS, flash drive with all our trip photos and my car keys. Oh and unlike many of the guests I grabbed the key card for our room. Sandy figuring, we might be outside for a while grabbed her iPad and of course her purse. We left our suit case and medicine bag, along with my computer. So essentially, we only had the cloths on our back (well except for all those still in the car, which was plenty). Re-thinking things if it had been an actual fire, grabbing our medications might have been a good idea, but otherwise, everything we left in the room was easily replaceable.

This incident got me thinking about what in an emergency is important to us. I guess being able to contact people and memories (all the photos on our phones) rated highest. While the suit case,  some clothing and “niceties” for the trip (computer, snacks, iPod player) weren’t all that important. A day or so later, the morning talk show we listen to (Pod Cast) got to talking about moving/possessions and one of the guys saying for much of his early career everything he owned could fit in his car. Sandy and I have recently come to the conclusion, (after 24 years) that we should stick to our plan upon my retirement from the Army that if our “stuff” didn’t fit in our house we’d get rid of it. So, while we aren’t going to down size our home, we are going to right size what is stuffed into it.

I find that “stuff” can get in the way of what is really important – friends and family. Bob and Sandy on the Road.jpgThis might be colored by having visited friends on this trip who we hadn’t seen in 35 years, but reconnected like it was only days. I’m sure coming up on my 70th birthday has also got me thinking about the people in my life and the part they’ve played in my story. I’m also reminded how closely we are connected to each other, learning a couple of years ago that one of my childhood friends was a “not so distant” cousin to Bill Keye. My other thought as I was driving was how important it was to let folks know how important they have been to me while I can. The year or two before my dad passed away he would call me pretty much every day, usually around 6 p.m., knowing I’d be home at dinner. When he passed, there was nothing left unsaid, no regrets that I wish I’d had said or told him something. I think those calls were one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received. I pray that each of us can do that for others.

Happy Pentecost!

by the Rev. Ray Hess

Pentecost is the orphan of the three great Christian feast days – Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost. Churches tend to be full on Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday, but not so much for Pentecost. Like Easter, Pentecost moves around for its date; this year the feast day is Sunday June 4 (fifty days after Easter Sunday).

You will not see Pentecost cards, gifts, or special family celebrations. Does your family get together for a Pentecost dinner? Probably not. Why is Pentecost difficult to celebrate? I think it is because we have a hard time dealing with the Holy Spirit. Who is the Holy Spirit and how does the Spirit act in our lives?

Pentecost DoveThese are not easy questions to answer.

The feast of Pentecost is based on the account in the Book of Acts in the New Testament, part of the story of the Gospel according to Luke and Acts, both by the same author and really like parts one and two of a play. According to Luke/Acts, the risen Jesus appeared to his disciples for forty days after his resurrection, then ascended to be with the Father in heaven, and then ten days later sent the Holy Spirit upon his disciples on the Jewish feast day of Pentecost (a spring harvest festival fifty days after Passover).

The New Testament talks about the coming of the Spirit in a variety of ways, mostly in Luke/Acts, the Gospel according to John, and the letters of Paul. The Spirit is usually described as God’s presence within us or alongside us. I had an experience a while ago that helped me understand this better. In the fall of 2015, I attended a conference for Episcopal clergy in Richmond, Virginia. While I was there, I was able to meet with an important mentor, Father Bob Hetherington, the priest who encouraged me to go to seminary back in the late 1960s. Bob has been retired for a while and lives in Richmond, where he served as a parish rector. Bob has a very strong sense of the leading of the Holy Spirit in his life. He uses the expression often of being “prompted” by the Spirit.

I like this idea of being prompted by the Spirit, like a person in a play who prompts you with your lines. I want to be open to the guidance of the Spirit in my life. How is the Spirit guiding me? How can I be more aware of the presence and leading of the Spirit, instead of following my own “bright ideas”? I find that my life flows much better when I follow the prompting of the Spirit!

I encourage to you to attend worship on Pentecost Sunday June 4 and to celebrate the coming of the Spirit in the life of the early Christians. I also invite us all to be more deeply responsive to the presence and prompting of the Holy Spirit in our individual lives and in our parish.

by Julie Vice

Hello Friends!!

It’s hard to believe that this is the second to last By George article I will be writing. This time has been such a blessing!!

However, before I say goodbye we have a couple fun opportunities together. First is coming up THIS SUNDAY 5/28 when we have ONE service at 10:00 am. This will be a CommUnity worship service.

I would like to explain CommUnity to you in case you are not familiar. CommUnity is more than a service with a funny spelled name. This is a worship experience which has been celebrated everyday Saturday evening at 6:00 pm at St. Mary’s for nearly 6 years. It is a service that recognizes that you (hence the “u” in the word) are important to the experience. The capitalization also recognizes that the word Unity is a huge part of worship; our unity with God and with one another is a huge part of our Anglican faith. CommUnity has been made completely mobile meaning with one plug in I am able to provide a complete worship experience complete with music and video. We have taken the service to several different venues including 5 churches other than our own and various outdoor locations. This service is highly supported by the Bishop and the Diocese as a whole. In fact, we were even invited to lead service at the Bishop’s Conference for over 150 people and had been invited to worship at Camp Noel Porter prior to its closing.

As you can tell, this is a passion of mine, to be able to take our faith and tradition (albeit, looking slightly different) into the world which so desperately needs Jesus’ love and reconciliation.

Please plan to come with an open heart and mind to worship with us on Sunday and I would love your feedback and suggestions following.

The other thing that I am working with several St George folks on is a CommUnity BBQ. This will be held on July 22nd midday. Please mark your calendar please we certainly hope to see you and have you help us to welcome and engage with the larger community. We will be inviting all those who use the property (AA groups, Community gardeners, landscapers, etc) and out neighbors around us. This is an opportunity to get to know each other and possibly to welcome to the church if they find themselves interested. This will only be as good as the amount of folks who engage it!! More details will follow but I wanted everyone to know it is in the works.

So, I think that’s enough for this month. Once again, I feel very blessed to have spent this time with you and hope it can continue for the next couple months and in other ways into the future!!!

God is Good!!