St. Thomas of Canterbury
Episcopal Church

Canterbury Communications
Week of May 6, 2018

From the Rector

Beloved of God,

This coming Sunday, May 13th, we will be hosting our annual Mother's Day Tea from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Music will be provided by the Canterbury Harp Ensemble, and the menu will feature scones, fresh strawberries, tea sandwiches and a variety of delicious homemade baked goods in addition to tea, coffee and sparkling punch. Do you HAVE a mother?  Do you KNOW a mother?  Have you BEEN a mother? Or do you just love tea, and music, and food, and fun?  In any case, this celebration is for you!  If you haven't already purchased your tickets, please call Edwina Beard at 828-0673 ASAP to reserve your space!

Yours in the love of God, who is the Mother and Father of us all,

Enjoy and share...

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

Tuesday, May 8th
7PM Contemplative Prayer Group (Upstairs Office C, contact Dennis Kane)

Wednesday, 9th
11AM Prayer Group (Offsite, contact Warren Smith)

Sunday, May 13th
Kitchen Closed 11AM-5PM for Mothers Day Tea Preparations
11:30AM Finance Committee Meeting
5PM TODOS Community Meeting (NO DINNER)
6PM TODOS Worship

Monday, May 14th
1PM Bereavement Team Meeting (Offsite; contact Sylvia+)

Tuesday, May 15th
1:30PM OASIS Outreach Team Meeting (Contact Shelley)

Saturday, May 19th
8:30AM-3:30PM Canterbury CLAD (Congregational Life & Development)  Retreat (details to come) 
Sunday, May 20th
9AM Camino Group Meeting
9AM Pentecost Music Rehearsal (contact Edwina)
9:15AM Pentecost--Dramatic Reading Rehearsal (all are welcome)
10AM Combined Liturgy (10AM/TODOS)
11:30AM Potluck Lunch & Annual Outreach Celebration
A sign up sheet for our Pentecost Potluck Lunch is posted on the bulletin board in Becket Hall. Please sign up to bring a dish to share!

Tuesday, May 22nd
"Luther-bury" Campus Ministry Visioning Retreat (Offsite; contact Sylvia+)

Friday, May 25th

Sunday, May 27th
11:30AM Vestry Meeting

Sunday, June 3rd
9AM Gospel of John Study (Library)
11:30AM Guest Presentation: Stormwater Runoff Pollution Prevention

June 4-7
5:30-7:30PM Vacation Bible School  (Offsite; contact Sylvia+)

  • Gospel of John Class w/Warren Smith: Sundays at 9AM in June
  • Sunday, June 24th: Canterbury serves breakfast at St. Martin's
CANTERBURY NEWS                  

    Summer Schedule Changes at Canterbury
    In order to accommodate the changing seasonal schedules & preferences of our members, we're adjusting our Wednesday schedule for the Summer!  Beginning this week:

    • Wednesday Prayer Group (11AM): Meets offsite.  Contact Warren Smith at 505-869-9133  if you need a ride to the prayer group from the church. 
    • Wednesday Eucharist (12PM): On Summer Break.  No Wednesday Eucharist during the summer. You are welcome to join us for a communion service on select Wednesday mornings at Atria del Rio Senior Home, instead. Contact Sylvia+

    Announcing our Bishop Elect: The Rev. Canon Michael Hunn
    On Saturday morning the Rev. Canon Michael Hunn was elected (on the 3rd ballot) to serve as the next Bishop of the Diocese of the Rio Grande.  Bishop Elect Michael will be consecrated & installed the first weekend of November.  You can learn more about Bishop Elect Hunn here.

    Resources from your Bereavement Team
    Canterbury's Bereavement Team has hosted several classes and workshops this Spring at Canterbury.  If you were not able to attend (or even if you were able to attend, but already need a refresher) you can link to the resources below.
    You can also access these and other resources at any time on our website, from our Bereavement Page. 

    OASIS Update from Rev. Shelley
    The Rev. Shelley Drake will be working closely with Canterbury over the next few months in her capacity as Outreach & Pastoral Care Facilitator/Consultant.  Shelley is actively engaging in a series of "one on one" conversations with members and facilitating our ongoing community conversations regarding outreach, pastoral care and other emerging areas of interest or concern. On Sunday, April 29th Shelley facilitated the second open congregational conversation  in our series of conversations regarding our ongoing and emerging ministries with people experiencing homelessness at Canterbury.  One of these emerging ministries is our weekday OASIS experiment. You can learn more about the first six weeks of our OASIS experiment here. Shelley will be meeting with the Outreach team and OASIS volunteers on Tuesday, May 15th at 1:30PM to discern the shape of this experiment for the next 4-6 weeks.  We encourage you to make the most of Shelley's limited time with us by actively participating in this process. Please contact Shelley directly at 480-257-0797 if you would like to set up an individual meeting.

    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!

    Sam B for making a new processional banner pole & stand (for outdoor processions)

    Eileen L. & Anne M. for hosting the Diocesan Quiet Day at Canterbury during Saturday's Bishop Election

    Dick, Warren, AnneMarie, Joe, and Victor for serving as Canterbury's delegates to the Bishop Election Convention on Saturday

    JoAnn C. for contributing beautiful altar flowers from her garden

      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

    Help make Jonathan's new place a home: After living on the streets of ABQ for the past 5 years, Canterbury friend & neighbor Jonathan Brown Yazzie has finally moved into his own apartment.  If you would like to help Jonathan shop for essentials for his new place (dishes, cleaning supply, laundry supplies, etc.) the church will gladly reimburse you for your purchases from our "Good Works Fund", up to $150. You can contact Jonathan directly by texting him at 505-589-2747, or contact Sylvia+.

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

    Visiting the Elderly: Canterbury member Warren Smith is looking for partners to join him in weekly visits to bring communion to elders at Princeton Place.  Contact Warren for more information:, 505-869-9133


    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)

    Rector's Schedule 
    Sylvia+ is generally on site at Canterbury on Sundays from 7AM-7PM for worship and meetings, and Mondays-Thursday from 7-8AM for Morning Prayer. 

    Outside of these times, she is generally engaged in church work offsite.  If you'd like to meet with the rector please message the rector by texting/calling the church office at 505-247-2515 or emailing and she will get back to you when she's available (usually within 24 hours, except for Friday/Saturdays).  For emergencies or urgent issues requiring a more immediate response, please text/call Sylvia+ on her personal cell at 510-932-1315 and she will get back to you ASAP.  


    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 – 8:00 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