Message from Vanessa


Let us pray.  The liturgy reflects the liturgical season, but also the seasonal rhythm of our lives. This summer, we’ll be taking a sabbath from singing or saying the Gloria which is optional in the service after Eastertide. Instead of including this hymn of praise in the service find ways to praise God either in nature, through friendships and life-giving relationships or in service to others. Although we worship at different times, sometimes it is important to all be praying in the same way. In July, the Saturday night service will join the other two services in praying the traditional version of the Lord’s prayer. In August, at the Saturday service and Sunday 10 am service will pray two new prayers – the confession and post-communion prayer, both from Enriching our Worship. In September we’ll return to praying the Eucharistic Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer. During the transition, I have enjoyed introducing you to the variety of ways the Episcopal Church sings and prays. I welcome your questions and feedback. – Rev. Vanessa


Sunday Bulletin 10:00 AM July 15

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Sunday Bulletin 10:00 a.m. July 22

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Children's Ministry


During the summer months we are changing up the way we do children’s Sunday school! Every Sunday from TODAY to August 10 (excluding July 8 ) from 9:45am to 11:00am we will be doing something special that focuses on our social, spiritual and service growth. Here’s what happening…

Sizzling Summer Sunday Series for Children & Youth






July 8

No Meeting




July 15

Can I Help?


Anne Saunders

We’ll be discussing ways youth can help others!

July 22

Lending a Helping Hand


Anne and Stewart Saunders

We’ll be putting our ideas from last week into use!

July 29

A Morning with the Deacon


Deacon Don


Bring an open mind and “Stump the Deacon” questions!

Parents are welcome to join us!

August 5

Whipping Something Up in the Kitchen



Bring your apron!

August 12


Painting Rocks with the Artist!


Cat Roberts

Bring a colored drawing of what you will paint on a rock


If you have any questions, contact Ann Gibson at (707) 337-6682 or

Foyer Groups Sign-Up


For the past thirty-six years, St. Mary’s adult parishioners have enjoyed foyer group activity. It is time to sign up for the 2018-2019 groups. You will find the sign-up sheet on the kiosk located in the courtyard. If you don’t want to have a dinner at your home, the dinner can take many forms. The host/hostess and group may want to have a casual picnic with wine tasting, or a brunch, or ferry ride to San Francisco and lunch, etc. The last day to sign up will be September 2nd. The foyer kick-off will be held at David and Joyce Abbott’s home, 200 Silverado Springs Drive, September 16th, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Please bring an appetizer and beverage of choice. This is a nice way to meet and get to know the wonderful people at St. Mary’s. If you have any questions please call one of us. Joyce Abbott, 226-1251 or Darlene Joens, 255-8127.

Burgers, Dogs, and Bingo

Burgers, Dogs, and Bingo- Bingo in August. What better way to spend a Hot August Night than with grilled burgers, hot dogs, and Bingo. Join us on Saturday, August 25th starting at 6:00 p.m. We will begin with grilled burgers or hot dogs, chips, drink, and dessert and then continue with a rollicking game (or 10) of Bingo. Dinner is $10 and Bingo is $1 a card. Sign up after the services so that we know how many to expect.

Finance Listening Session Questions and Answers

Several questions were asked by attendees at the Finance Listening Sessions. This is the first phase of providing responses to those questions. Please continue to watch ‘Happenings’ for additional Q & A’s.

What should our mission be in the community?

The mission of the Church is defined in the Catechism in the Book of Common Prayer. “The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ. The Church pursues its mission as it prays and worships, proclaims the Gospel, and promotes justice, peace, and love. The Church carries out its mission through the ministry of all its members.” Catechism BCP, p. 855

The specific mission of each parish church is determined according to its local context by members in the parish in conversation with the clergy and vestry. Shortly, the parish will engage in a ‘Profile’ effort. This effort includes describing our mission as a church in addition to the qualities we seek in our next rector. Your clergy and lay leadership welcome ideas for outreach efforts. Please speak to any committee chair, vestry member or clergy about your ideas.

Why is the expectation that the new rector will start at the same salary the last rector received after 35 years of ministry?

The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California maintains compensation guidelines for parishes/missions within the diocese. These guidelines include an annual salary range along with criteria if a rectory is provided. All parishes and missions follow the diocesan salary guidelines. Accordingly, an annual compensation package within these guidelines is the requirement. For a church of St. Mary’s size the 2018 guidelines state:

No Housing Provided: High $100,791 - Midpoint $86,483 - Base $72,168

Housing Provided: High $77,531 -  Midpoint $66,527 - Base $55,514

This information is found on the Diocesan website at:

Could the Buildings & Grounds slide be added to the St. Mary’s Happenings for a closer look?

Yes, look for it as it is coming. In addition, it will be posted on the Vestry Bulletin board.

How is our Outreach amount determined by the diocese?

The outreach program and expenditures are determined by the generosity and level of giving by members of St. Mary’s. Outreach expenditures are reviewed and approved by the vestry. In times of crisis and disaster the Diocese and Episcopal Church may conduct specific appeals for funds. Examples include the appeal for funds for fire relief, and the disaster related appeals from Episcopal Relief and Development. Your vestry welcomes your suggestions. 

Why has rent not gone up for house rental next door if we should be charging more, as mentioned?

The house on Third Street is managed by a property management firm. The vestry reviews a number of factors with the management of the rental house. Maximizing rental income is weighed along with vacancy and turnover costs, maintenance costs, and capital repairs. The current rent is based on a number of factors including: maintaining a relationship with a long-term tenant in a house that needs upgrades to bring the rent up to market.

Fr. John's Celebration Service

A Celebration and Service of Thanksgiving

for the 26 years of ongoing ministry at

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church


The Reverend John K. Morris 


Saturday, August 11, 2018

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

St. Peter’s Chapel, Mare Island

1181 Walnut Avenue, Vallejo


Reception to follow

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

1917 Third Street, Napa


RSVP by Sunday, July 29 to

Marilyn Bennett

During the transition we are celebrating

John’s years of faithful ministry to

St. Mary’s and look forward to many more years.  

Outreach Collections

Christmas in Summer?

Yes - and a merry Christmas it will be for our shoebox recipients. All of you have done an amazing job of donating items for the Samaritan Purse Shoeboxes. We filled 151 last year and hope to fill 200 this year to bring “joy to disadvantaged children around the globe.” We do still need hair brushes, combs, Ivory soap bars, flashlights, yoyos, harmonicas, t-shirts, chapstick and of course money for the shoeboxes and for shipping. We greatly appreciate your help in this outreach program sponsored by St. Elizabeth’s Guild.


Update on Our Pastor Search

For any and all updates on St. Mary's search for a new pastor, please see the St. Mary's Pastor Search page on this website.

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