St. Thomas of Canterbury
Episcopal Church

Canterbury Communications
Week of July 23, 2017

From the Rector

Dear Friends,

On Sunday morning (7/30) I leave for Calgary, where I will be helping lead a Music that Makes Community Conference.  From there I'll fly to Omaha for a family vacation with my kids, my parents, and my sister and her family.  I look forward to seeing you back at church on Sunday, August 13th! 

In case of pastoral emergencies between July 30th-August 12th, please contact:
Fr. John: 505-254-4969
Fr. Jim: 505-200-9675

Between now and then, we have our annual Rummage Sale and we need your support! WHY support Canterbury's annual Rummage Sale?

  • Proceeds from the RUMMAGE SALE help support the work of the Church!  If we can raise $1,300, that will pay for Canterbury's gas usage for the entire year!
  • Simplifying your life by getting rid of unnecessary possessions and clutter frees up space and energy in your life and home for LIVING!
  • Buying used items (rather than new) is a great way to honor our commitment to care for the earth! 
  • Working alongside other members of Canterbury to make this event a success helps generate and support strong relationships--between members of the church AND with our neighbors and community members who drop in to shop! 

Here's how you can help:
You can drop off items to donate for the sale at church on Sunday, July 30th and Sunday, August 6th. NO CLOTHES PLEASE!
We welcome your homemade baked goods and other tasty treats to sell! Sign up in Becket Hall or contact Eileen at
We need help sorting, pricing, and selling items!  Grab a friend and sign up for a shift together! It would be awesome to have a table outside with bubbles, chalk, facepainting etc. for kids of all ages! You could make it happen. Sign up in Becket Hall or contact Dave at
4) INVITE your friends to come and SHOP
August 11th and 12th, 8AM-3PM
You can share this webpage; or the Facebook Event.

Enjoy and share...


For a complete list of scheduled events at the church, including weekly 12 step meetings and outside groups, visit our Church Calendar Page

Tuesday, July 25th

5:30PM Rising Strong Book Group (Chapter 9)

Wednesday, July 26th
11AM Prayer Group
12PM Spiritual Book Group: Reversed Thunder: The Revelation of John and the Praying Imagination  (Visit our Revelation Page for additional resources to aid your study of the often perplexing book of Revelation.)

Friday, July 28th

5:30PM Drum Circle

Saturday, July 29th

Sharing Burritos w/the Hungry & Homeless (aka "John Brown Breakfast Club"; near 1st and Silver)

Contact Chris Jackson for more info:

July 30th-August 12th



For Pastoral Emergencies please contact:

Fr. John: 505-254-4969 or Fr. Jim: 505-200-9675

Sunday, July 30th

Sylvia+ gone; Jean Campbell to preach & preside at 8 & 10AM


Collection of Items Begins for Canterbury's Annual Rummage Sale

Please bring in donations for our Rummage Sale Fundraiser between July 30th-August 6th! NO CLOTHES PLEASE. Contact Dave Tod.

Sunday August 6th

Sylvia+ gone; Jean Campbell to preach & preside at 8 & 10AM


August 11-12th

Canterbury's Annual Rummage Sale Fundraiser

Donations & Volunteers Needed. Please sign up in Becket Hall. Contact Dave Tod.

Sunday, August 13th

11:30AM Finance Committee

Sunday, August 20th

9AM "Back to School" Theology Series (Session 1:Trinity)

11:30AM Vestry Meeting

Sunday, August 27th

9AM  "Back to School" Theology Series (Session 2: Trinity)

3:30PM Stewardship Team Meeting


Weekday work "Behind the Scenes"
Members of Canterbury pitch in a wide range of ways on a daily basis to keep our church running smoothly and our ministries growing and thriving! Nancy stuffs bulletins and hangs hymn numbers and does dishes.  Dennis waters the plants.  Emily organizes the file cabinets and photo boards. Fred and JoAnn tend the flowers. Bob fixes the lights. Projects happening "behind the scenes" at Canterbury this past week included the successful completion of our annual financial audit (by Ettajane, Sally, Eileen, and Dave, pictured above)  and "groundbreaking" of our new Hildegard Healing Herb Garden out back (by Faith, Heather, and Preston, pictured below.)   Several guests from the UNM Curanderismo class (including two Native Healers from Guatemala) even came by to bless the earth with their prayers and drums before we planted our first herbs!  Canterbury is alive with activity--and not just on Sundays! People come to Canterbury to work, pray, share, and heal seven days a week!

    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:

    The Team that served breakfast at St. Martin's on July 23rd!
    Garden: Faith, Heather, Preston, & Ray, Fred & JoAnn
    Our Awesome Audit Committee & Treasurer: Eileen, Sally, Ettajane & Dave
    Office & Miscellaneous: Nancy, Emily, Dennis

    In  JUNE Canterbury members logged 150+ hours of service in support of the church (not including our Sunday liturgical ministries and weekday prayer & pastoral care ministries)!  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

    Syrian Refugee Family: Welcome Baby Hisham!  We celebrate the safe birth of the newest member of the Al-Awan Family (a Syrian Refugee family that is living in Albuquerque that Canterbury has been assisting for several months.)  This week we learned that Ahmad (the dad) lost his job, and is in temporary need of assistance paying rent.  If you'd like to help, you can write a check or make a paypal donation to St. Thomas of Canterbury and mark "Syrian Family" in the memo line.

    September 14-17, 2017
    Sylvia+ is thrilled to be serving as Spiritual Director for the inaugural year of the Pilgrimage for Unity.  Join us for a three day walking pilgrimage from Ghost Ranch to the Santuario de Chimayo in Northern New Mexico. In the spirit of ecumenism, build relationships with your brothers and sisters in Christ through conversation, liturgy, dialogue, education, prayer and song. Enjoy breathtaking scenery and good fellowship while fostering respect and trust and building a stronger Christian Community. All are welcome, but young adults are especially encouraged to apply. Want to support the pilgrimage, but don't feel able to walk 20 miles/day?  Volunteers are still needed to drive support vehicles and provide logistical support for pilgrims along the way.  Registration deadline for pilgrims and support team is July 31st! Registration fee is only $50/person! Download Registration Here.  Questions? Email Mike Pitchford.

    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)
    CODA (Friday, 12PM)
    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. On Thursdays, in particular, I am generally off-site working on sermon preparation after morning prayer. I regularly check my email during these hours.  However, I DO NOT normally check email outside these times. If you need to contact me outside these hours on URGENT business or in case of PASTORAL EMERGENCY, 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