St. Thomas of Canterbury
Episcopal Church

Canterbury Communications
Week of October 8, 2017

From the Rector

Dear Friends,

Have you turned in your 2018 Gift FormIf not, please take time this week to prayerfully consider the gifts of self, service, and money that God is calling you to share for the building up of God's household at Canterbury in the coming year.  

This coming Sunday at 9AM we'll hold the first in our series of Budget Town Hall Meetings (10/15 at 9AM, 10/22 at 5PM, 10/29 at 11:30AM).  Please join us as we discuss our proposed budget for 2018 and answer any questions you might have about the finances of the church.  So far we've received financial pledges for 2018 totaling ~$64,000.  We need an additional ~$92,000 to fund our basic operating expenses in 2018.  This might sound daunting, but the good news is that we've already received more than one third (~41%) of the pledge dollars we need to move into the new year with an adequate and balanced budget.   

Of course, money isn't the only gift that's needed as we continue to build up the household of God together at Canterbury!  The gifts of love, labor, knowledge, and prayer that we offer are of tremendous value and importance!  This week we give thanks for Bob & Barney, who installed new parking lot signs at the church.  And Anne, who organized and hosted our terrific "St. Francis, Face to Face" fundraising event last weekend (pictured above.)  And we give thanks for the many ways that our Canterbury Kids are choosing to share their unique gifts to help build up the household of God at Canterbury(see below)!  

Thank you for gifts you bring, and the gift you ARE to this community!  You are blessed, and you are a blessing.  

Enjoy and share...

 But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. (James 1:22)

  • MORNING PRAYER: Monday-Thursday at 7:30AM MST
In person & online  at 
For a complete list of scheduled events at the church, including weekly 12 step meetings and outside groups, visit our Church Calendar Page

Tuesday, October 10​​​​​​​
Wednesday, October 11
11AM Prayer Group
12PM Holy Eucharist

Saturday, October 14th

10AM Funeral for Don Partridge

Sunday, October 15th

9AM Budget Town Hall Meeting

11:30AM Vestry Meeting

2PM World Food Day Interfaith Service (offsite, at B'nai Israel)

October 19-21

Diocesan Convention (in El Paso)

Sunday, October 22nd

3:30 PM Couples Class (Library)

3:30 PM Canterbury Growth Team (Parish Hall)

5PM Budget Town Hall Meeting (Potluck Dinner w/TODOS)

October 27-29th

Youth Group Mission/Immersion Trip to Navajoland

Saturday, October 28th

Sunday, October 29th

Sylvia+ gone in the AM.  Fr. Phil Dougharty to preach/preside at 8AM & 10AM

11:30AM Budget Town Hall Meeting

3:30PM Dance Rehearsal  (for All Saints combined service 11/5 @ 10AM) 

Sunday, November 5th 


Please submit names for inclusion in our All Saints Day prayers & remembrances here.

9AM Men's Group

10AM Combined Liturgy for All Saints (10AM + TODOS) 

12PM Canterbury Camino Inquirer's Retreat

For anyone discerning a call to baptism, confirmation, or membership at Canterbury

3:30PM Couples Class


November 17-18
Led by the Rev. Monica Whitaker with Sylvia+ assisting. Info/register here.

    Welcome David Poole to our TODOS Team!
    We are delighted to welcome David Poole (and his wife Winona) to our Sunday night TODOS Team.  David & Winona are excited to share their expertise and support in the coming months as we continue to build our capacity as a singing and music making community in our Sunday night services!  David has been active as a church musician for over 30 years, serving Presbyterian, Methodist and Episcopal congregations.  As a composer, he is a contributor to the Presbyterian hymnal Glory to God in addition to having published choral titles with a half dozen houses.  He teaches each summer at Ghost Ranch in northern New Mexico, including a one-week collaboration with Celtic author and theologian John Philip Newell.  David is also the founder and Music Director of the a cappella men’s group de Profundis, an active baritone soloist and teacher of singing. We are so delighted to welcome David & Winona to our TODOS team!

    Bishop's Call to Support Borderland Ministries
    (Collection at Canterbury, THIS Sunday 10/15)
    Bishop Michael is asking each congregation in the diocese to collect as many items as possible to support the outreach ministries of the churches along the
    border. The delegation of each congregation is requested to bring these items to Diocesan Convention in El Paso in October (10/19-10/21), where the deacons of the diocese will sort and package them to be sent back home with the delegations of the recipient churches. These donations will then be distributed to those in need along the border prior to Thanksgiving
    . You can find the complete text of the Bishop's letter, and a list of requested items here. 

    Canterbury's Growth Team 
    We know that if our church is to survive and thrive, it must grow.  This is true from both a practical and a spiritual perspective. There are a variety of areas that require commitment and focused action to facilitate church growth:  prayer; communications; evangelism/outreach; newcomer welcome; newcomer integration.  That's why we're convening a team of people at Canterbury who feel called to support the growth of the church in 2018.   
    Here’s what a commitment to serve on Canterbury’s Growth Team entails:
    • Commitment to participate in 4 Growth Team Meetings over the next 12 months (Sunday afternoons, 3:30-5PM on 10/22, 1/14, 4/22, 7/8) 
    • Commitment to prayer
    • Commitment to leadership, participation, or action in one of the following focus areas between each of our quarterly growth team meetings: Prayer, Communications, Evangelism/Outreach, Newcomer Welcome, Newcomer Integration
    We already have a strong core team in place that has made a commitment to this work.  If you feel called to join our team, please contact Sylvia+ or Eileen

    Canterbury's Bereavement Team
    Bereavement and grief are part of life.  Grief is hard and holy work, and it is work that we cannot do on our own. That's why we are forming a Bereavement Team at Canterbury to help support our members in the hard and holy work of moving through grief after a loss.  It doesn't take much--a prayer, a card, a phone call, a cup of coffee--every little gesture can become a sign and instrument of God's comfort and presence in the wake of loss.  We are in the very beginning stages of forming Canterbury's Bereavement Team.  If this is a ministry to which you feel called, please contact Sylvia+.   

    Saturday, October 28th
    Are you a crafter?  Do you know a crafter?  Reserve a table today to sell your creations at our Canterbury Craft Fair! (Cost is $20/table.) Limited space is available, so reserve your table soon!  Info & vendor application forms available here. If you haven't got a crafty bone in your body, don't worry!  Just come to shop and take care of all your holiday shopping at one time, while supporting local crafters and the church!  The Craft Fair is one of four major fundraisers Canterbury hosts each year to help support the general operating expenses of the church.

    Are you called to a Camino at Canterbury in 2018?
    Are you feeling called to explore baptism, confirmation, or membership at Canterbury?  Do you feel God calling you to SOMETHING, but you're not quite sure what it is?  A Camino at Canterbury is one opportunity to explore and deepen your spiritual life in this community in an intentional and supported way over the course of several months.  Want to learn more and explore whether you are being called to undertake a Camino at Canterbury in 2018?  Contact Sylvia+ and plan to join us for an  Inquirer's Retreat on Sunday, November 5th at 12PM

    Parking @ Canterbury on Weekdays 
    If you are coming to Canterbury on a weekday (for a class, appointment, group, worship, volunteering, or any other purpose) please try to park in a space FACING THE CHURCH.  Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM the parking spaces facing the church are reserved for CHURCH USE, while the parking spaces facing the street are reserved for PERMIT HOLDERS. 

    This Week's Thanksgivings
    We all "make church together" each week at Canterbury, helping out in a thousand different ways, small and large! We give thanks for all your good work--especially the many good deeds that go unseen!   Whenever you catch someone doing a good deed for Canterbury, please mark it on the white board in the office, so we can say THANK YOU!

    This week we extend special thanks to:

    Bob & Barney:  New parking lot signs
    Anne: Organizing and hosting "St. Francis: Face to Face" special event & fundraiser

      PLEASE REMEMBER TO LOG YOUR HOURS OF SERVICE ON THE SHEET IN THE CHURCH OFFICE!  This helps us have a holistic picture of stewardship at Canterbury, and an accurate understanding of what it takes to run the church!  


        Pastoral Needs and Ministry Opportunities

    Funeral for Don Partridge: Saturday, October 14th at 10AM
    Set up
    We plan to polish, shine, and set up the church & parish hall on Friday, October 13th beginning at 4:30PM.  Come lend a hand with set up and service preparations, then (if you wish) stay for a potluck supper and "mini-wake" for Don when the work is done! 
    Ettajane Conant will be coordinating the reception following Don's funeral. Members of Canterbury are asked to help provide tasty finger foods (sweet or savory) for the reception. We'll also need lots of help with set up, clean up, and dishwashing!  Please sign up in the entryway to the church, or contact Ettajane if you can help: 505-296-4781,


    World Food Day 2017: Interfaith Prayer Service
    Sunday, October 15th, 2PM at B'nai Israiel (4401 Indian School Rd.)
    Young people from St. Piux X High School, Salaam Academy, Congregation Albert, Congregation B'nai Israel, St. Therese School, and ABQ Bahai Community share sacred texts, prayers, and reflections about hunger, social justice, and service to our community.  Come at 1PM to participate in pick up choir (adult/youth) or dance choir!  

    LGBTQ+ Healthy Living Fair
    Saturday, October 21, 10AM-3PM @ Highland High School
    The UNM Truman Center is sponsoring this event, designed to connect LGBTQ+ and HIV+ community members connect with supportive organizations and services to encourage spiritual, physical, medical, occupational, financial, social, and emotional health. FREE admission, health screenings, healthy food, activities, HIV/Hep C testing, doorprizes and more!  Interested in helping staff a table for Canterbury/the Hildegard Center?  Contact Sylvia+

    Race, Law & Culture
    Star Trek & Dr. King in the Age of Trump:
    A call to new thinking, new leadership, & action
    w/ The Rev. Hon. Wendell Griffen
    Book Signing: Friday, 10/27 6PM at Bookworks (4022 Rio Grande NW)
    Workshop: Saturday, 10/28 4-6PM at St. Michael & All Angels (520 Montano NW); $35/in advance; $40/door.

    Community Groups at Canterbury
    Canterbury offers a space of spiritual refuge and healing, not only for our members, but for many others in our community including those who come for:
    AA (Sundays & Thursdays, 7PM)
    DA (Mondays, 5:30PM)
    ACOA (Wednesdays, 7PM)
    SLAA (Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7PM)
    NA (Saturday, 5PM)

    Regular Weekly Schedule for Sylvia+

    Sundays 7AM-8PM
    Monday 7AM-1 PM
    Tuesday 7AM-8PM
    Wednesday 7AM-1PM
    Thursday 7AM-1PM

    Please Note: While I am engaged in church business during these hours, I may not always be in the office, as I am often meeting with parishioners or involved in other off-site meetings and events. The best way to contact me during my office hours is text or call the church office at 505-247-2515 or email    If you need to contact me  on URGENT business or in case of PASTORAL EMERGENCY outside of my office hours please text or call me at 510-932-1315.


    Pastoral Care at Canterbury

    Each week we bring communion from our Sunday Eucharist to the sick and homebound.  If you would like to join our team of Eucharistic Visitors, or if you desire a visit or other pastoral support, please contact Sylvia+ by email (   or phone/text at the church office(505-247-2515) during regular office hours (Mon-Thurs 7AM-1PM)  so we can help connect you with the support you need.  In case of urgent pastoral emergencies, please text or call Sylvia+ directly (510-932-1315).

    Canterbury Prayer Requests

    To submit a prayer request to the Canterbury Prayer Group, simply email  To join the group and receive weekly prayer requests by email, simply email and ask to be added to the group.   

    Rota (Schedule of Lay Leaders for Sunday Services)

    It takes many hearts & hands to make our liturgies happen each week!  EVERYONE--newcomers and experienced leaders, youth and adults--is welcome and encouraged to get involved.

    Simply sign up  on the schedule posted in the entryway.  Add your name wherever there's an opening.  If you need information or training for any ministry, just ask!


    Canterbury Communications

    Canterbury Communications is published each week. The document is sent to the parish family via e-mail.  A few printed copies are also available each Sunday. The deadline for submitting articles or information to be included in the publication is Sunday at Noon.  Email

    Vestry Business

    Links to recent vestry meeting minutes, financial reports, and committee reports to the vestry can be found on the website at the top our Vestry Page. Current info about  church finances can be found on our Stewardship & Finance page.


    St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church
    425 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM  87106
    Call/Text: 505.247.2515
    Office Hours
    7:00 AM – 1:00 PM Monday through Thursday
    Closed Friday and Saturday


    Other Links

    Diocese of the Rio Grande
    In the Loop: 

    The Episcopal Church

    The Anglican Communion

    The Lectionary page (To find the Sunday Scripture Readings)
    (We are using "Track 2" readings at Canterbury)

    Our Mission

    We are a reconciling community of Christians who are nurtured at the Lord's Table, grounded in the truths of Scripture and the traditions of the Church, and sustained through prayer. We are called by God and empowered by the Holy Spirit to:

    Celebrate the joy of God's presence
    Feed the hungry, heal the wounded, and welcome the stranger
    Cherish diversity and strive for unity as one family in Christ
    Engage in active ministry to the UNM and CNM
    Honor God in all Creation