This Week at St. Columba's

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Partners with Christ in a caring and inclusive community

They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?”

John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know,

the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.”

Celtic Courier

Selected Sermons


Upcoming Events:

  • December 15: CLC Christmas Program / Deadline for January Celtic Courier
  • December 17: Third Sunday of Advent Lessons and Carols / St. Columba's Cookie Crumble / Vestry Meeting
  • December 21: Winter Solstice -- First Day of Winter
  • December 22-January5: CLC closed for Christmas-New Year's Holiday
  • December 23: Pageant Rehearsal
  • December 24: Christmas Eve / Fourth Sunday of Advent (One Service: 9:00 a.m.) / 4:00 p.m. Pageant / 9:30 p.m. Festival Eucharist
  • December 25: Christmas Day: 10:a.m. Eucharist and Carols
  • December 25-26: Parish office closed for Christmas Holiday
  • December 31: First Sunday after Christmas / New Year's Eve / East Coast Fling Party
  • January 7: Parish Epiphany Party
  • January 18: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Begins

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Christmas Schedule
December 16 6:00 p.m. CLC Christmas Program & Silent Auction
December 17 10:15 a.m. Service of Lessons and Carols
  11:45 a.m. Cookie Crumble
December 23 9:30 a.m. Pageant Rehearsal
December 24 9:00 a.m. 4th Sunday of Advent / Holy Eucharist
  4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Family Eucharist & Pageant
  9:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Festival Holy Eucharist
December 25 10:00 a.m. Christmas Day Holy Eucharist
December 31 8:00 & 10:15 a.m. First Sunday after Christmas
  6:30-9:30 p.m. New Year's Eve East Coast Fling (off-site)
January 7, 2018 4:30-6:00 p.m. Parish 12th Night / Epiphany Celebration

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Lectionary Corner

Find the readings for the upcoming Sunday

Third Sunday of Advent

December 17, 2017

Year B

Revised Common Lectionary

(To learn about RCL, Click Here.)

The Liturgy of the Word

8:00 a.m. Service

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

John 1:6-8,19-28

Psalm 126

or Canticle 15 (or 3)

10:15 a.m. Service

Traditional Service of Lessons and Carols

(Lectors for this Sunday should check the Service Bulletin for the exact readings to be used.)

Book of Common Prayer



Song of Mary

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; *
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed: *
the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him *
in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm, *
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, *
and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things, *
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel, *
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,

The promise he made to our fathers, *
to Abraham and his children for ever.

--Luke 1:46-55


It is to experience the holiness of the stranger who brings to us the gift of Salvation:


I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me,

 I was in prison and you visited me.


—Matthew 25:35-36



"When strangers sojourn with you in your land, you shall not do them wrong. The strangers who sojourn with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love them as yourself: for I am the Lord Your God."


-Leviticus 19:33-34


The Schedule for This Week at St. Columba's

Wednesday 12/13

LUCY, Virgin and Martyr, abt. 304   (More)

2:00-4:00 p.m.
Craft Group

Thursday 12/14

[JUAN DE LA CRUZ (JOHN OF THE CROSS) Mystic, 1591]   (More)

8:30 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.
Project Hope
10:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
6:30 p.m.
Choir Practice
Friday 12/15

Deadline for Celtic Courier

6:00 p.m.
CLC Christmas Program
Saturday, 12/16

[RALPH ADAMS CRAM, RICHARD UPJOHN, and JOHN LAFARGE, Architects, 1942, 1878; Artist, 1910]  (More)

9:30 a.m.
Guided Labyrinth Walk
10:00 a.m.-Noon
Lessons & Carols Rehearsal
Sunday 12/17


8:00 a.m.

Holy Eucharist

10:00 a.m.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
10:15 a.m.

Traditional Service of Lessons and Carols

11:45 a.m.
Christmas Cookie Crumble
12:15 p.m.
Vestry Meeting
Monday 12/18


6:00 p.m.
Boy Scouts
7:00 p.m.
Lectio Divina
Tuesday 12/19


10:00 a.m.
Staff Meeting
7:00 p.m.
Pleasant Valley School District Choir Concert (rehearsal 2:00-5:00 p.m.)
Wednesday 12/20


2:00-4:00 p.m.
Craft Group
4:30 p.m.
CLC School Board Meeting
6:30 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal


The Intercessory Prayer List is being posted here. If you have names of individuals that you

would like to have added or removed from the list, please send an email to or notify the Parish Office Manager.

Please be sure to notify us when an individual no longer needs to be on the Prayer List.

Those for Whom Our Prayers Are Asked

with immediate needs:


and for those who need our continuing prayers:
For all who have suffered loss of property or have been in harm's way from the local fires and for all First Responders
For All Those Serving at Home and Around the World



A prayer you may use for the end of extreme poverty in the world:

The world has the means to end extreme poverty, we pray we will have the will.

New Opportunities!

New sign-up sheets are available for you to sign up to host Coffee Hour, after the 8:00 or 10:15 a.m. services. Please sign up on the sheet in the Parish Hall. There are several openings in the coming months.

"Remember that hospitality doesn't have to be extravagant!"

Thanks for Volunteering!

Christmas Gifts for Project Hope Families

This year, we have decided to support the Project Hope families for Christmas (instead of the RAIN Project). Project Hope is one of St. Columba's food ministries. We currently provide groceries, produce, and fresh vegetables to about 40 families from the community twice a month.

There are 25 children ranging in age from less than one to 14 years old. We will place the name and age of each child on cards and place them on the Christmas tree in the Narthex. We ask that you select a card and purchase an age appropriate toy, gift wrap it, attach a small "To / From" card on the gift with the child's name and your first name. We would also like to provide a $20 gift card for the parents. There will be separate cards on the tree for the parents.

We need to receive all gifts no later than Monday, December 18.


Adult Forum: Promise of Enlightenment

The forum meets Sundays at 9:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall


December 17, 24, and 31: NO Forum (Lessons & Carols, Advent 4/Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve)

Sunday School

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

CGS meets each Sunday at 10:00 a.m..

There are three Atriums: Level 1 for children 3-5, Level 2 for ages 6-9, and Level 2-3 for ages 8-12.

Anyone who is ill or shut-in and unable to attend one of our Christmas Services, but would like to receive Holy Communion during the Season, please call the Parish Office e at 805-482-8831, so arrangements can be made.

On Monday evenings, we look at the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday through the ancient  practice of Lectio Divina, or "divine reading," a method of praying the Scriptures. Join us in the Chapel at 7:00 p.m. with gathering music and quiet; we end by 8:00 p.m.

Eucharist in the Style of Taizé

Our new monthly Sunday Evening service uses the music of Taizé and quiet reflection to set the mood of worship. These services have Eucharist (Communion) ut also include simple chants sung repetitively, to let the words of scripture settle into our hearts and minds. There is a time of silence (5-7 minutes), and prayer around the cross.

We meet in the Chapel at 5:30 p.m. for worship, followed by a simple supper in our Parish Hall, on the 4th Sunday of the month:

January 28, 2018.

Come and see if this worship speaks to your heart.

Guided Labyrinth Walk

Saturday, December 16

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 16, 9:30-11:00 a.m., led by Margaret Johnson, on the theme of "Giving from the Heart." All guided labyrinth walks at St. Columba's are designed so that anyone will feel comfortable, no matter their level of experience.

Finger labyrinths are available for those who have difficulty walking.

Friday, January 12

The Lord Is Always Coming into Our Lives

On the second Friday of each month, at 7:00 p.m., we gather in the Chapel for an evening of contemplative prayer using traditions from the Iona and Taizé communities.

This service includes prayer, scripture, dialogues, songs, and meditative chants. There is also a time of silence so we might listen more closely for God.

We enjoy refreshments and fellowship afterwards.

Come and listen to the heart of God

On Sunday, December 17, will once again observe our Annual Service of Lessons and Carols at the 10:15 Service. We will follow the traditional format of tracing the prophecies of the Messiah, and the stories of the Incarnation, told with music between each lesson. Your participation is important too as we offer our praise to God in thanksgiving for all God's love so freely bestowed on us, especially in Jesus.

Come and make this service for all ages a part of your Advent Participation for the coming of Christ.

Following the Service, everyone is invited to the Great St. Columba's Christmas Cookie Crumble in the Parish Hall.

Lunch Bunch for January TBA.

It's coming! It's the Great St. Columba's Christmas Cookie Crumble! Bakers from throughout the Parish will be squaring off in the Christmas Cookie Crumble.

Join us for the Cookie Crumble on Sunday, December 17, after the 10:15 a.m. Service of Lessons and Carols.

If you would like to participate in the Crumble, dig out your favorite Cookie recipes and put together those Christmas cookies that have been in your family for years, or try a new recipe and start a new tradition.

Join us for a night of fun and games as we host our own New Year's Eve Party with an East Coast twist. We gather at Nancy and Ed Miller's home on Sunday, December 31, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. to welcome in the New Year and watch the ball drop in Times Square. Bring your favorite game and beverage with munchies to share.

Watch for a sign-up sheet in the Narthex.


Once again, our lead rosarian is issuing the annual invitation to the Dance of the Thorns (aka: the annual rose pruning party). Veteran pruners and unseasoned novices are invited to the “Dance.” Even if you are unsure of your skills as a rose pruner—have no fear—we will have our Master Gardener Julian Hoyle on hand to provide expert instruction on the thorny issue of rose pruning.

If you have enjoyed the colorful show that our roses have provided, come and join us!

When: Saturday, January 20th, 9:00-11:00 a.m. (coffee & doughnuts at 8:30)

Bring: Gloves and pruning shears

In case of rain: Our fallback pruning date will be Saturday, 27th.


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Episcopal Relief & Development Responds to Southern California Wildfires

Ventura home destroyed by Thomas Fire -- Photo: Bob Waite

Home in Ventura destroyed by Thomas Fire

December 11, 2017

Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles to provide emergency support to help the most vulnerable impacted by the wildfires spreading across Southern California. This assistance includes gift cards and spiritual care for homeless and undocumented people in Ventura, Ojai and Santa Paula.

“One of the challenges in a situation like this is figure out a response when new needs become apparent,” noted The Very Rev. Canon Michael Bamberger of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, a member of Episcopal Relief & Development’s Partners in Response team and the Diocesan Disaster Coordinator for Los Angeles. “We used an asset based approach and identified that there are active Laundry Love ministries in Ojai and Ventura. It was easy to see how the existing ministry could be amplified to meet the needs of a community to clean their clothes of the smoke residue. In the days ahead, when we become aware of more needs, we will do our best to address them.”

California has one of the highest rates of homelessness in the country due, in part, to the lack of affordable housing and shelters with long waiting lists, forcing an increase in the number of people living in encampments and on the streets. 

In partnership with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ojai, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Santa Paula and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Ventura, the Diocese of Los Angeles is providing gift cards to help people who are homeless and undocumented to replace belongings lost in the fires. All three churches have strong interfaith relationships in their communities. Laundry Love, a national program that assists people struggling financially to have the dignity of clean clothes, is working with St. Andrew’s and St. Paul's in Ojai to provide laundry services.

Canon Bamberger and diocesan leadership are in regular communication with clergy and congregational leaders through AlertMedia, an emergency notification platform, to assess and organize responses.

Driven by high, unpredictable winds and mountainous terrain, six fires continue to burn and have destroyed approximately 800 buildings and charred 230,000 acres. More than 5,700 firefighters are battling these swiftly moving fires for the second week. The Southern California wildfires erupted less than two months after thousands of acres and hundreds of buildings and homes were destroyed in wildfires in the northern part of the state.

“Our church partners have deeply engaged ministries,” said Katie Mears, Director of Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Team. “As the fires continue, we will leverage the expertise of our congregations and diocesan disaster coordinators.”

Donations to the US Disaster Fund will help those affected by the devastating wildfires in California.

For over 75 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has served as a compassionate response to human suffering in the world. The agency works with more than 3 million people in nearly 40 countries worldwide to overcome poverty, hunger and disease through multi-sector programs, using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework. An independent 501(c)(3) organization, it works closely with Anglican Communion and ecumenical partners to help communities create long-term development strategies and rebuild after disasters.

The diocese has set up a direct donation link for its new wildfire relief fund:


The Rev. Canon Melissa McCarthy, canon to the ordinary, issued additional information in an email:


With the Rev. Canon Michael Bamberger, I have been working on identifying and assessing needs within the areas that have been affected by this recent outbreak of wildfire. Canon Bamberger has been in touch with Episcopal Relief and Development regarding a grant application for funds to support the most vulnerable in these areas. We are particularly concerned about the homeless and the undocumented. Once funds are secured we will deliver gift cards for food and clothing to organizations that work directly with these populations. Episcopal Relief and Development continues to be an excellent and generous partner and we hope to supplement what they are able to grant us with our own fire relief fund. If you would like to contribute to the fund, please send a tax-deductible contribution to the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. Checks may be made out to the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles with fire relief fund in the memo line. We will update you on funds received and how these gift cards have been distributed. 


As you know, any amount offered is gratefully received and makes a difference, as do your prayers. 


With gratitude for your prayers and generosity, 


The Rev. Canon Melissa McCarthy 

Canon to the Ordinary 

 Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles


Please share this information as widely as possible. According to our diocesan disaster response coordinator, the Rev. Canon Michael Bamberger, immediate relief needs are great, and recovery is going to be a long process.


Your contributions are tax-deductible.


We ask your prayers for those in the fire area. We will continue to issue updates as more information becomes available. 


Office of Diocesan Bishop John H. Taylor


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Sacred Space

Have you ever wondered about a Spiritual Director?

Do you think you might like to better focus your prayer life?

Did you develop a good practice this Lent and want to keep it going?

Then you might just be looking for a Spiritual Director to help with all this. St. Columba's is now host to Sacred Space Spiritual Direction, a team of Spiritual Directors (including Fr. Greg), any of whom would be happy to accompany you on your Spiritual Journey. Each of these Directors are certified through Stillpoint: the Center of Spiritual Direction, and are members of Spiritual Directors International.

You are invited you to make a 'Sacred Space' in your day,
and spend ten minutes, praying here and now, as you sit at your computer,
with the help of on-screen guidance and scripture chosen specially every day.

Click here to enter "Sacred Space."

For more daily meditations, visit the Geranium Farm, down-to-earth support for living.

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A thought found on a posting at the Geranium Farm:

"Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit."

'Bidden or not bidden, God is present.'


Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil.

May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.


--1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

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#PrayFastAct for Sustainable Development Goals

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry reminds us to pray, fast and act this Advent and Christmas, in support of good policies that provide opportunities for and respect the dignity of people struggling with poverty.

This month, we focus on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to end poverty and hunger, reduce inequalities, ensure quality education, create opportunities for decent work, care for creation, and promote a peaceful and just global community.

SDG Episcopal Bulletin UN

On December 21, join the Episcopal Public Policy Network and the Presiding Bishops of the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as we pray, fast and act.

During this Advent and Christmas, we focus on the praying aspect of this campaign, and encourage all to pray for the Sustainable Development Goals. Share on social media using #PrayFastAct and @TheEPPN. On the 21st, share which SDG matters most to you.

Pray for each of the goals using these prayers from the World Council of Churches:


17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development
Goal 1:  No Poverty Goal 10:  Reduced Inequalities
Goal 2:  No Hunger Goal 11:  Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 3:  Good Health and Well-Being Goal 12:  Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 4:  Quality Education Goal 13:  Climate Action
Goal 5:  Gender Equality Goal 14:  Life Below Water
Goal 6:  Clean Water and Sanitation Goal 15:  Life On Land
Goal 7:  Affordable and Clean Energy Goal 16:  Peace and Justice, Strong Institutions
Goal 8:  Decent Work and Economic Growth Goal 17:  Partnerships for the Goals
Goal 9:  Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure  



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1251 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA 93010

Phone: (805) 482-8831     Fax: (805) 482-1288

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