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The Episcopal Church


St. Peter's is an Episcopal Church, a member of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego.

The Episcopal Church is a Christian denomination, and is part of the world wide fellowship of churches called The Anglican Communion. You can learn all about The Episcopal Church, beliefs and practices here. (check out the What we Believe, Who we Are and What we Do menus, especially). Our diocesan site also has a nice summary of what we believe here.

Some context for the historically curious: we have our roots in the Church of England (if you got up early to watch the most recent Royal Wedding, you saw Will and Kate married by our Archbishop of Canterbury...). However, after the American Revolution, being the "Church of England" was problematic, in part because England was no longer a compelling "brand," and also because the monarch was (is) the head of the Church of England, and prayers for the monarch were considered treasonous in the new United States of America. Yikes.

So, the same leaders who established the government of our new country also established the structure and governance of the new Episcopal Church, as a more democratically led church, but with the worship style, theology and spirituality of the Church of England, in the Anglican Tradition.

What's the Anglican Tradition? The Anglican tradition harkens way back to the 2nd century church in what is now England, and in its current reality is a nice balance of catholic tradition, and protestant sensibility. Our worship style would be very familiar to Roman Catholics and those from other liturgical traditions, and at the same time we value the individual relationship with God emphasized by more protestant perspectives.  The Anglican tradition values the mystical and unknowable, and while valuing the intellect, cherishes the truth that beauty and art have as much to teach us as science. For example: Charles Darwin, C.S. Lewis, T.S. Elliot and J. R. R. Tolkien were all Anglicans. (Today, authors Madeleine L'Engle and Annie Lamott, physicist the Rev. John Polkinghorne (who discovered the quark), comedian Robin Williams, journalist Ray Suarez and the indominable Archbishop Desmond Tutu.)

What's with the odd name?  "Episcopal" means, simply, led by bishops ("episkopos" in Greek). So, we have bishops, but in our tradition, everyone in authority is put there by those over whom they have authority (see above re. democratically led church...) and governance is from the grass roots, and not top-down.  We do have a hierarchy, but it is built from the bottom up. Parishes elect their senior priests (whom we call Rectors) and also elect the people who go on to elect our bishops. They in turn elect and consent to our Presiding Bishop (at the present, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori).  That's right. Our Presiding Bishop is a woman.  (a woman who was an oceanographer in her previous life. How cool is that?)

When the Church of England broke from the Roman Catholic Church during the Reformation of the 16th Century, the single biggest difference was the absence of papal authority. Lacking the singular power of the pope, and the top-down hierarchy, our tradition has been open to changes that have resulted not only in clergy being free to marry, but in the 20th century, the ordination of women to all holy orders (in the Episcopal Church: deacons, priests and bishops. The Church of England has ordained women as deacons and priests for about two decades, and recently decisions have been made to make room for women bishops as well. Huzzah!).

The lack of singular authority does make us a bit...messier...than other traditions. We don't always agree on everything. In fact, we may disagree passionately with one another. We're ok with that. There is no list to check off or litmus test regarding participation in our community of faith. There are steps such as baptism and confirmation that open up some parts of our life and leadership, but all --all-- are welcome in this community. Admittedly, some may be more comfortable in a tradition that is more black-and-white.  But if you are comfortable in the gray places in between, or better yet, comfortable with vibrant color, then this may be the faith community for you, for a season, or for a lifetime.

Please don't hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions or wonderings. We're happy to answer questions as we can, and simply to wonder with you when we don't have all the answers.
Worship this weekend! Sat. 5 p.m. (spoken), Sun. 7:45 a.m. (traditional, spoken), 9 a.m. Family Service (sung), 10 a.m. Sunday School, 11 a.m. (organ and choir)
December 2014
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 CPC Meeting
Location: Library
Time: 9:00am -12:00pm

Smart Recovery
Location: Cozy Corner
Time: 10:00am -11:00am

San Diego Children's Choir (Prep)
Location: Music Center
Time: 5:00pm -6:00pm
Contact:  Margie Orem

EfM Year 3
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 6:00pm -8:30pm

EfM Year 4
Location: Library
Time: 6:00pm -8:30pm

San Diego Children's Choir (Intermediate)
Location: Music Center
Time: 6:15pm -7:30pm
Contact:  Margie Orem

CODA
Location: Youth Room
Time: 7:00pm -8:00pm

AA
Location: Music Center
Time: 8:30pm -9:30pm

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2 Holy Eucharist
Location: Church
Time: 7:00am -7:30am

Bible Study
Location: Library
Time: 7:30am -8:30am
Contact:  Hank George

Stillman Servicing HVAC
Location: Various
Time: 8:00am -10:00am

Centering Prayer
Location: Church
Time: 9:00am -9:30am

Del Mar Foundation Playgroup
Location: Nursery
Time: 9:00am -12:30pm

Staff Meeting
Location: Library
Time: 10:00am -12:00pm

Al Anon
Location: Library
Time: 4:00pm -5:00pm

Women's Cursillo Grouping
Location: Off Site
Time: 5:00pm -6:00pm

Fellowship Planning Meeting
Location: Library
Time: 5:30pm -7:00pm
Contact:  Valerie Donoghue

BSA Troop 713 Meeting
Time: 7:00pm -8:30pm
Set up at 6:30

12 Step Meditation
Location: Church
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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3 North Coast Toastmasters
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 7:30am -9:00am
 

Holy Eucharist with Anointing for Healing
Location: Church
Time: 9:30am -10:15am

Senior Coffee Hour
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 10:00am -11:00am
Contact:  Geoff Carson

Advent Program
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 10:30am -11:30am

Outreach Ministry Team Meeting
Location: Library
Time: 12:00pm -1:30pm

Parish Hall Decorations (Garlands et al.)
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 12:00pm -4:00pm

St. Nicholas Choristers
Location: Music Center
Time: 4:00pm -6:00pm

Evening Advent Program
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 6:00pm -8:30pm
Soup at 6:00, Program at 6:30

Women's SLAA Meeting
Location: Youth Room
Time: 6:30pm -8:30pm

Family Choir Rehearsal
Location: Music Center
Time: 7:00pm -8:30pm

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4 Life Story Writing
Location: Library
Time: 9:00am -11:30am

Del Mar Rotary
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 12:00pm -2:00pm
Set up begins at 10:00am.  Contact:  Bil ...

Centering Prayer
Location: Youth Room
Time: 4:30pm -6:00pm
Contact:  Kathy Agnew Centering Prayer is ...

CEA-How Meeting
Location: Youth Room
Time: 6:30pm -8:00pm
Contact:  Mary Klainer

Choir Rehearsal
Location: Music Center
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm
Contact:  Ruben Valenzuela

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5 Del Mar Toastmasters
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 7:30am -9:00am

Cursillo Grouping
Location: Library
Time: 7:45am -9:00am
Contact:  Fr. Tom Bond

Silver Yoga
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 10:00am -11:00am
Contact:  Bob Spindler

Christmas Dinner Set Up
Time: 11:30am -9:00pm

Al Anon
Location: Library
Time: 12:00pm -1:00pm

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6 Altar Guild
Location: Church
Time: 9:00am -11:00am

Centerpieces for Christmas Dinner
Location: Godly Play Classroom
Time: 9:00am -12:00pm

St. Peter's Playgroup
Location: Nursery
Time: 9:30am -11:00am
Contact:  Leeann Gooding

Advent Baby Shower Ingathering
Location: Church
Time: 5:00pm -6:00pm

Holy Eucharist
Location: Church
Time: 5:00pm -6:00pm

Parish Christmas Dinner
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 6:00pm -10:00pm

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7 Holy Eucharist Rite I
Location: Church
Time: 7:45am -8:45am

Advent Baby Shower Ingathering
Location: Church
Time: 8:00am -12:00pm

Alternative Christmas Market
Location: Patio
Time: 8:00am -12:00pm
Contact:  Alison Royle

Family Worship with Communion
Location: Church
Time: 9:00am -10:00am

Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
Location: Church
Time: 10:00am -10:55am

Forum: The Coming of Christ in Advent 1
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 10:00am -11:00am

Choral Eucharist, Rite II
Location: Church
Time: 11:00am -12:00pm

Advent Lessons & Carols with Reception
Location: Church & Reception
Time: 5:00pm -6:00pm

Al Anon
Location: Music Center
Time: 5:30pm -7:00pm
First Sunday of the month includes a Newcomers Mee ...

AA
Location: Music Center
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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8 Stillman
Location: Office, Nursery & Library
Time: 8:00am -9:00am
Completion of HVAC service

Smart Recovery
Location: Cozy Corner
Time: 10:00am -11:00am

San Diego Children's Choir (Prep)
Location: Music Center
Time: 5:00pm -6:00pm
Contact:  Margie Orem

EfM Year 3
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 6:00pm -8:30pm

EfM Year 4
Location: Library
Time: 6:00pm -8:30pm

San Diego Children's Choir (Intermediate)
Location: Music Center
Time: 6:15pm -7:30pm
Contact:  Margie Orem

CODA
Location: Youth Room
Time: 7:00pm -8:00pm

AA
Location: Music Center
Time: 8:30pm -9:30pm

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9 Holy Eucharist
Location: Church
Time: 7:00am -7:30am

Bible Study
Location: Library
Time: 7:30am -8:30am
Contact:  Hank George

Centering Prayer
Location: Church
Time: 9:00am -9:30am

Del Mar Foundation Playgroup
Location: Nursery
Time: 9:00am -12:30pm

Staff Meeting
Location: Library
Time: 10:00am -12:00pm

Judith Pipher Students Orientation
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 3:30pm -4:00pm

Al Anon
Location: Library
Time: 4:00pm -5:00pm

Boy Scouts Troop 713 SMC/BOR
Location: Upstairs Classrom
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm

Vestry Meeting
Location: Library
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm

12 Step Meditation
Location: Church
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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10 North Coast Toastmasters
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 7:30am -9:00am
 

Holy Eucharist with Anointing for Healing
Location: Church
Time: 9:30am -10:15am

Senior Coffee Hour
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 10:00am -11:00am
Contact:  Geoff Carson

Advent Program
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 10:30am -11:30am

DMCC Christmas Tea
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 12:00pm -5:00pm
Contact:  Mary Ann Emerson

St. Nicholas Choristers
Location: Music Center
Time: 4:00pm -6:00pm

Evening Advent Program
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 6:00pm -8:30pm
Soup at 6:00, Program at 6:30

Women's SLAA Meeting
Location: Youth Room
Time: 6:30pm -8:30pm

Family Choir Rehearsal
Location: Music Center
Time: 7:00pm -8:30pm

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11 Life Story Writing
Location: Library
Time: 9:00am -11:30am

No Rotary Today
Time: 12:00pm -2:00pm

Centering Prayer
Location: Youth Room
Time: 4:30pm -6:00pm
Contact:  Kathy Agnew Centering Prayer is ...

CEA-How Meeting
Location: Youth Room
Time: 6:30pm -8:00pm
Contact:  Mary Klainer

Choir Rehearsal
Location: Music Center
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm
Contact:  Ruben Valenzuela

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12 Del Mar Toastmasters
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 7:30am -9:00am

Cursillo Grouping
Location: Library
Time: 7:45am -9:00am
Contact:  Fr. Tom Bond

RCMDP Theory Exam
Location: Library
Time: 9:00am -12:30pm

Toastmasters Board Meeting
Location: Youth Room
Time: 9:00am -10:00am
Contact:  Nick Alameddin

Silver Yoga
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 10:00am -11:00am
Contact:  Bob Spindler

Al Anon
Location: Library
Time: 12:00pm -1:00pm

Judith Pipher Recital
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 5:00pm -7:00pm

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13 Altar Guild
Location: Church
Time: 9:00am -11:00am

No Docents Today
Time: 9:00am -12:00pm

Del Mar Foundation Playgrooup
Location: Nursery
Time: 10:30am -12:00pm

RCMDP Theory Exam
Location: Library
Time: 1:30pm -5:00pm

Maxwell Memorial Service
Location: Church
Time: 2:00pm -3:00pm

Maxwell Memorial Reception
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 3:00pm -4:30pm

Advent Baby Shower Ingathering
Location: Church
Time: 5:00pm -6:00pm

Holy Eucharist
Location: Church
Time: 5:00pm -6:00pm

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14 Holy Eucharist Rite I
Location: Church
Time: 7:45am -8:45am

Advent Baby Shower Ingathering
Location: Church
Time: 8:00am -12:00pm

Family Worship with Communion
Location: Church
Time: 9:00am -10:00am

Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
Location: Church
Time: 10:00am -10:55am

Forum: The Journey to Adulthood Youth Program
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 10:00am -11:00am

Choral Eucharist, Rite II
Location: Church
Time: 11:00am -12:00pm

Corby Stutzmann Piano Recital
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 1:00pm -5:00pm

Al Anon
Location: Music Center
Time: 5:30pm -7:00pm
First Sunday of the month includes a Newcomers Mee ...

AA
Location: Music Center
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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15 CPC Meeting
Location: Library
Time: 9:00am -11:00am

Smart Recovery
Location: Cozy Corner
Time: 10:00am -11:00am

La Jolla Conservatory of Music Request
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 4:00pm -5:30pm
Contact:  Kathleen Kranz

San Diego Children's Choir (Prep)
Location: Music Center
Time: 5:00pm -6:00pm
Contact:  Margie Orem

EfM Year 3
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 6:00pm -8:30pm

EfM Year 4
Location: Library
Time: 6:00pm -8:30pm

San Diego Children's Choir (Intermediate)
Location: Music Center
Time: 6:15pm -7:30pm
Contact:  Margie Orem

CODA
Location: Youth Room
Time: 7:00pm -8:00pm

AA
Location: Music Center
Time: 8:30pm -9:30pm

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16 Holy Eucharist
Location: Church
Time: 7:00am -7:30am

Bible Study
Location: Library
Time: 7:30am -8:30am
Contact:  Hank George

Centering Prayer
Location: Church
Time: 9:00am -9:30am

Del Mar Foundation Playgroup
Location: Nursery
Time: 9:00am -12:30pm

Staff Meeting
Location: Library
Time: 10:00am -12:00pm

Seniors' Lunch
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 12:00pm -2:00pm
Luncheon begins at noon with set up at 10:00.

Al Anon
Location: Library
Time: 4:00pm -5:00pm

Acolyte Training
Location: Church
Time: 5:15pm -6:15pm
Contact:  Woody Hays

BSA Troop 713 Court of Honor
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 7:00pm -8:30pm
Set up at 6:30

12 Step Meditation
Location: Church
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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17 North Coast Toastmasters
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 7:30am -9:00am
 

Holy Eucharist with Anointing for Healing
Location: Church
Time: 9:30am -10:15am

Senior Coffee Hour
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 10:00am -11:00am
Contact:  Geoff Carson

Advent Program
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 10:30am -11:30am

St. Nicholas Choristers
Location: Music Center
Time: 4:00pm -6:00pm

Evening Advent Program
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 6:00pm -8:30pm
Soup at 6:00, Program at 6:30

Women's SLAA Meeting
Location: Youth Room
Time: 6:30pm -8:30pm

Family Choir Rehearsal
Location: Music Center
Time: 7:00pm -8:30pm

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18 Del Mar Rotary
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 12:00pm -2:00pm
Set up begins at 10:00am.  Contact:  Bil ...

Centering Prayer
Location: Youth Room
Time: 4:30pm -6:00pm
Contact:  Kathy Agnew Centering Prayer is ...

Fellowship Meeting
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 6:00pm -8:00pm

CEA-How Meeting
Location: Youth Room
Time: 6:30pm -8:00pm
Contact:  Mary Klainer

Choir Rehearsal
Location: Music Center
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm
Contact:  Ruben Valenzuela

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19 Del Mar Toastmasters
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 7:30am -9:00am

Cursillo Grouping
Location: Library
Time: 7:45am -9:00am
Contact:  Fr. Tom Bond

Silver Yoga
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 10:00am -11:00am
Contact:  Bob Spindler

Al Anon
Location: Library
Time: 12:00pm -1:00pm

Igor's Violin Studio
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 7:00pm -8:30pm

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20 Altar Guild
Location: Church
Time: 9:00am -11:00am

Reserved for Children's Ministry
Location: Nursery
Time: 9:30am -11:00am
Contact:  Leeann Gooding

Holy Eucharist
Location: Church
Time: 5:00pm -6:00pm

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21 Holy Eucharist Rite I
Location: Church
Time: 7:45am -8:45am

Children's Church
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 9:00am -10:00am

Family Worship with Communion
Location: Church
Time: 9:00am -10:00am

Forum: The Coming of Christ in Advent 2
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 10:00am -11:00am

Choral Eucharist, Rite II
Location: Church
Time: 11:00am -12:00pm

Christmas Pageant & Concert
Location: Church
Time: 4:00pm -5:00pm

Christmas Pageant Reception
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 5:00pm -8:00pm
Set up begins at noon.

Al Anon
Location: Music Center
Time: 5:30pm -7:00pm
First Sunday of the month includes a Newcomers Mee ...

AA
Location: Music Center
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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22 Altar Guild Decorating
Location: Church
Time: 8:00am -2:00pm

Smart Recovery
Location: Cozy Corner
Time: 10:00am -11:00am

San Diego Children's Choir (Prep)
Location: Music Center
Time: 5:00pm -6:00pm
Contact:  Margie Orem

EfM Year 3
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 6:00pm -8:30pm

EfM Year 4
Location: Library
Time: 6:00pm -8:30pm

San Diego Children's Choir (Intermediate)
Location: Music Center
Time: 6:15pm -7:30pm
Contact:  Margie Orem

CODA
Location: Youth Room
Time: 7:00pm -8:00pm

AA
Location: Music Center
Time: 8:30pm -9:30pm

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23 Holy Eucharist
Location: Church
Time: 7:00am -7:30am

Bible Study
Location: Library
Time: 7:30am -8:30am
Contact:  Hank George

Centering Prayer
Location: Church
Time: 9:00am -9:30am

Del Mar Foundation Playgroup
Location: Nursery
Time: 9:00am -12:30pm

Staff Meeting
Location: Library
Time: 10:00am -12:00pm

Al Anon
Location: Library
Time: 4:00pm -5:00pm

12 Step Meditation
Location: Church
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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24 No Toastmasters Today

Christmas Eve Nursery Care
Location: Nursery
Time: 3:30pm -5:30pm

Family Eucharist
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 4:00pm -5:00pm

Women's SLAA Meeting
Location: Youth Room
Time: 6:30pm -8:30pm

Family Choir Rehearsal
Location: Music Center
Time: 7:00pm -8:30pm

Lessons & Carols with Eucharist
Location: Church
Time: 7:00pm -8:15pm

Carols
Time: 10:30pm -11:00pm

Midnight Mass
Location: Church
Time: 11:00pm -11:55pm

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25 CHRISTMAS

Christmas Service
Location: Church
Time: 10:00am -11:00am

Centering Prayer
Location: Youth Room
Time: 4:30pm -6:00pm
Contact:  Kathy Agnew Centering Prayer is ...

CEA-How Meeting
Location: Youth Room
Time: 6:30pm -8:00pm
Contact:  Mary Klainer

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26 No Toastmasters Today
Time: 7:30am -9:00am

Cursillo Grouping
Location: Library
Time: 7:45am -9:00am
Contact:  Fr. Tom Bond

No Silver Yoga Today
Time: 10:00am -11:00am

Al Anon
Location: Library
Time: 12:00pm -1:00pm

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27 Altar Guild
Location: Church
Time: 9:00am -11:00am

Del Mar Foundation Playgroup
Location: Nursery
Time: 10:30am -12:00pm

Holy Eucharist
Location: Church
Time: 5:00pm -6:00pm

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28 Holy Eucharist Rite I
Location: Church
Time: 7:45am -8:45am

Family Worship with Communion
Location: Church
Time: 9:00am -10:00am

No Forum Today
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 10:00am -11:00am

Choral Eucharist, Rite II
Location: Church
Time: 11:00am -12:00pm

Daughters of the King
Location: Library
Time: 11:15am -12:45pm
Contact:  Gail Carr

Al Anon
Location: Music Center
Time: 5:30pm -7:00pm
First Sunday of the month includes a Newcomers Mee ...

AA
Location: Music Center
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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29 Smart Recovery
Location: Cozy Corner
Time: 10:00am -11:00am

San Diego Children's Choir (Prep)
Location: Music Center
Time: 5:00pm -6:00pm
Contact:  Margie Orem

EfM Year 3
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 6:00pm -8:30pm

EfM Year 4
Location: Library
Time: 6:00pm -8:30pm

San Diego Children's Choir (Intermediate)
Location: Music Center
Time: 6:15pm -7:30pm
Contact:  Margie Orem

CODA
Location: Youth Room
Time: 7:00pm -8:00pm

AA
Location: Music Center
Time: 8:30pm -9:30pm

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30 Holy Eucharist
Location: Church
Time: 7:00am -7:30am

Bible Study
Location: Library
Time: 7:30am -8:30am
Contact:  Hank George

Centering Prayer
Location: Church
Time: 9:00am -9:30am

Staff Meeting
Location: Library
Time: 10:00am -12:00pm

Al Anon
Location: Library
Time: 4:00pm -5:00pm

12 Step Meditation
Location: Church
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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31 No Toastmasters Today

CPC Meeting
Location: Library
Time: 9:00am -11:00am

Holy Eucharist with Anointing for Healing
Location: Church
Time: 9:30am -10:15am

Senior Coffee Hour
Location: Parish Hall
Time: 10:00am -11:00am
Contact:  Geoff Carson

St. Nicholas Choristers
Location: Music Center
Time: 4:00pm -6:00pm

Women's SLAA Meeting
Location: Youth Room
Time: 6:30pm -8:30pm

Family Choir Rehearsal
Location: Music Center
Time: 7:00pm -8:30pm

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