St. Thomas of Canterbury
Episcopal Church

Canterbury Communications
Week of April 1, 2018

From the Rector

Dear Friends,

I cannot begin to name all of the members and guests of Canterbury who poured their time, talent, and love into creating beautiful liturgies, scrumptious meals, stunning decorations, inspiring music and so much more this past week.  I pray that you experienced the palpable presence of God and were touched and transformed by your journey through Holy Week and Easter this year.  

EVERYONE is welcome to join us to reflect on our experiences of Holy Week/Easter 2018 at Canterbury this coming Sunday, April 8th at 11:30AM in the Parish Hall.  I'll invite all liturgy leaders to share their practical and technical notes via email later this week,  then on Sunday we invite all members and guests to gather in person to reflect on the spiritual experiences of preparing for and/or participating in Holy Week/Easter together at Canterbury this year.  What did you notice?  What did you wonder?  How were you surprised, touched, encouraged, or transformed by the Spirit among us during Holy Week and Easter?  

Just as the Paschal Mystery provides the shape for the whole Christian Life, I believe our patterns of working  & worshipping together during Holy Week/Easter provide the shape for how we work and worship together as the Body of Christ incarnate at Canterbury all year round.  Intentional spiritual reflection on our experience, in community, is an essential part of that pattern.  I hope you'll join us! 

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!  The Lord is Risen indeed! Alleluia!
Enjoy and share...

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An Episcopal Definition of Evangelism
"Through through the spiritual practice of evangelism, we seek, name and celebrate Jesus’ loving presence in the stories of all people - then invite everyone to MORE." 
For a complete list of scheduled events at the church, including weekly 12 step meetings and outside groups, visit our Church Calendar Page

Monday,  April 2-Thursday, April 5
(Morning Prayer & Breakfast as usual; Church Office otherwise closed)
For pastoral emergencies, contact Sylvia+ at 510-932-1315

Wednesday, April 4th
5PM Dinner, Bible Study, Worship at Luther House

Friday, April 6th
7PM A Tour of the British Isles (Harp Concert at Canterbury)
Details below

Sunday, April 8th
11:30AM Ed Haddaway Art Show POSTPONED
11:30AM Holy Week/Easter Reflections (Parish Hall)
11:30AM Finance Committee (Library)

Saturday, April 14th
10AM Kitchen Orientation & Team Meeting
Learn to work the new dishwasher, figure out where things are stored, and contribute to developing shared expectations & protocols to help keep our kitchen clean & communication flowing among the many different members who use Canterbury's kitchen from week to week. 

Sunday, April 15th
9AM Grief 101; Session 1 (Parish Hall)
Join Canterbury member Donnel Miller-Mutia (bereavement coordinator for Compassus Hospice) for a 2 session introduction to Grief & Bereavement
11:30AM Vestry Meeting (Library)
3PM "Churchyard" Chicken Meeting
Contact Alex
4PM Camino Group Meeting

Monday, April 16th
1PM Writing Workshop (Parish Hall)
Join Canterbury Bereavement Team member Chandra Bales for a creative writing workshop that makes space for exploring grief. We'll have pen and paper or you are welcome to bring your own.
6PM Bishop Candidate's Walk About (St. John's Cathedral)

Saturday, April 21st
9AM Deanery Meeting (at Hope in the Desert)

Sunday, April 22nd
9AM Grief 101; Session 2 (Parish Hall)
3:30PM Growth Team Meeting (Library)
  • Saturday, May 5th Election of our next Bishop
  • Sunday, May 13th Canterbury's Mother's Day Tea (Fundraiser)
  • Sunday, May 20th Pentecost, Potluck & Annual Outreach Celebration
CANTERBURY NEWS                  

    A Tour of the British Isles (Harp Concert at Canterbury)
    Friday, April 6th at 7PM
    Take a tour of the isles with the harp playing and song of Kelly Brzozowksi.  Join us for an evening of music from Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, and experience the love, strength, and drama of traditional music.  This is a lovely way to introduce a friend to Canterbury!  $15 at the door. 

    Canterbury Kitchen Meeting
    Saturday, April 14th at 10AM
    The kitchen has undergone a major realignment and sprucing up in recent months (thank you for your hard work, Ramona!), including the replacement of several very old and broken appliances (thank you Dick Steele, Pat Eads, Ettajane Conant).  Anyone who is interested taking taking a tour of the kitchen, or who would like to take part in this discussion, is welcome to attend.   The kitchen is seeing more regular use than it has in several years, with preparation of weekly TODOS dinners, coffee hour snacks, and occasional special events and community meals.   As a result of this increased usage we have experienced a few hiccups.  The purpose of the meeting will be to determine which activities are taking place at which times, to identify areas of concern, to explore ways to coordinate activities so that we are not getting in each other's way and to present ideas for kitchen usage moving forward.  If you are able to attend the meeting, or if you cannot attend the meeting but have thoughts to share,  please contact Eileen Lambert at 505-265-2269 or at

    Grief & Bereavement 101 
    Sundays April 15th & 22nd at 9AM
    Even as we celebrate the joy of new life at Easter, we know that death always precedes resurrection.  Whether it is the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, changing jobs, changing bodies, or a changing world, grief is a normal part of our lives.  Join Canterbury member and bereavement counselor Donnel Miller-Mutia as we seek a deeper understanding of the grieving process in the hopes of becoming more compassionate with ourselves and with others in times of grief and loss. 

    Exploring Grief through Writing
    Monday, April 16th, 1-3PM
    Join Canterbury Bereavement Team member Chandra Bales in a safe, supportive space as we explore grief, loss, and other aspects of our interior lives through creative writing.  Write whatever speaks to you!  The session will include suggestions for exploration in a judgement-free setting. 

    Send Walk About Questions to the Bishop Candidates

    The new DRG Bishop Transition website provides an easy way for anyone to submit questions to the candidates prior to their Walk Abouts in April. To send a question online, point your browser to the Transition website ( and complete the online form. (The page also provides the mailing address where questions may be sent via US Mail.) We welcome any and all comments and questions. Bishop "Walk About" On April 16 at 6:00 p.m. at St. John's Cathedral.   Everyone interested is invited to attend. Child care will be provided.  Full information about the Walk-Abouts, Electing Convention, Bishop Vono's Retirement Celebrations, as well as other Diocesan Transition information can be found at, on the Diocesan website, and weekly in the diocesan In the Loop emails.  

    Canterbury's Mother's Day Tea
    Sunday, May 13th, 3:30PM
    It's time to reserve your tickets for Canterbury's annual Mother's Day Tea!  The tea is one of 3 major fundraising events to support the general operating expense of Canterbury in 2018.  You can learn more and buy your tickets online at:  Please take a moment to share this facebook event and pick up a flier in the church entryway to post in the community or share with a friend.  

    Start Planning for Summer
    Albuquerque Metro VBS 
    June 4-7, 5:30-7:30PM
    Albuquerque Metro Episcopal VBS: Again this year we'll have a combined Vacation Bible School with other local Episcopal churches. This year's event will be at St. Michael and All Angels from June 4-7. 5:30-7:30 pm each night. The VBS includes dinner, music, lessons about the building of the Tabernacle in 1440 BC, and actually building the Tabernacle (with related arts and crafts)! Register a child and/or sign up to volunteer one or more nights!

    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!

    Palm Sunday: AnneMarie Werner-Smith (Coordinator)

    Maundy Thursday: Janet Steele & Heather Jim (Coordinators); Kristina Lauer, Edwina Beard, Ginger Lawrence, Larry Malick, David Poole, Alex Miller-Mutia; Cyrus & Hadrian Mingley, Mark Miller (Special Music)

    Good Friday: Amy Malick & Victor Torres-Tollardo (Meditation Coordinators);  Courtney Angermeir & Ruth Meredith (Evening Service Coordinators); Warren Smith (Reflection); Ali Payne & Erica Voges (Dancers); Emily Morgan-Tracy (Special Music)

    Holy Saturday (Easter Set Up): Pat & Bob Eads; Dick & Janet Steele; Anne McCormick; Fritz Frurip, Robert Lauer, Preston Jones, Warren Smith, Emily Wirth, Fred & JoAnne Chreist, Dave Tod, Jonathan Yazzie, Kaitlin, Sylvia, Donnel, Alex, Jo & Lu Miller-Mutia; Nancy & Peter Rogers, Eileen Lambert (and everyone else I'm forgetting!) 

    Easter Day: Fritz Frurip, Robert Lauer, Preston Jones (Vigil Coordinators); Dick Steele (10AM Coordinator); Anne McCormick, Susan Patrick, Erika Partridge (Breakfast Hospitality & Clean Up)  Ettajane Conant, Eileen Lambert, Ramona Montoya, Mark & Anne Miller (Luncheon Hospitality & Clean Up); Krissy, Susie, Kathy & Canterbury Harp Ensemble (Special Music)

      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

    Looking for a house sitter?   Contact Canterbury member Ruth Meredith 358-5772;


    Stand with Immigrants!
    NM Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice Fundraiser
    Saturday, April 7th, 2018 6:30-9:30 pm
    First Unitarian Church, 3701 Carlisle Blvd. NE, Albuquerque
    A terrific event for a terrific cause.  Download flier with details here. 

    Hildegard Center offers Healthy Living Workshops
    Liliana Maria Restrepo (MPH) is our newest community partner at Hildegard Center at Canterbury.  She will be offering a series of workshops aimed at helping empower people to live happier, healthier, more wholesome lives. Upcoming Workshops include:
    • Saturday, April 14th at 1PM (topic TBA)
    • Saturday, April 28th at 1PM (topic TBA)
    For more info or to register, visit Liliana's website  or text/call 505-545-1999; email LM@InfinitePossibilities.World

    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)
    NA-Young People (Saturday, 8:30PM)

    Regular Weekly Schedule for Sylvia+
    *Please note changes, in red. This trial schedule will be in effect April-September 2018

    Sundays 7AM-7PM (at church)
    Monday 7AM-10AM (at church); 10AM-2PM (offsite)
    Tuesday 7AM-10AM (at church); 10AM-2PM (offsite)
    Wednesday 7AM-10AM (at church); 10AM-7PM (offsite)
    Thursday 7AM-10AM (at church); 10AM-2PM (offsite)

    Please Note:The best way to contact me during my normal working hours is to 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 normal working 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 – 10:00 AM 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