St. Thomas of Canterbury
Episcopal Church

Canterbury Communications
Week of July 16, 2017

From the Rector

Dear Friends,

After a year of offering a WEEKLY "Songs & Stories" program for kids & parents at Canterbury, we decided it was time to try something a little different.

Beginning in September, we're planning to offer a MONTHLY "Supper, Songs & Stories" gathering for all ages at Canterbury. 

We'll gather on the 3rd TUESDAY of each month from 5:30-7PM to share supper, songs & stories (along with occasional seasonal activities or art projects, if we wish)

We're hoping that this monthly gathering will serve as an opportunity for:
  • Canterbury kids & parents (who may worship at different services and not get to connect on a weekly basis) to stay connected and build relationships
  • Canterbury kids & parents to invite friends to come enjoy a fun evening and build relationships with Canterbury Families
  • Canterbury elders and folks w/out kids to enjoy and support Canterbury kids
  • ABQ Episcopal kids & families (from Canterbury & other churches) to continue connecting between collaborative intergenerational events like VBS, St. Nicholas Event, and Palm Saturday Event
  • People of ALL ages and family structures to enjoy the life-giving power of intergenerational relationships, a shared meal, stories and songs!  

If this is a program you think your family might like to participate in during the coming year, I'd appreciate your feedback about DIETARY RESTRICTIONS ASAP!  I'd like to come up with a simple, consistent, kid-friendly menu that doesn't exclude anyone from participation based on allergies or other dietary issues, and I need your help to do it!

If there are other ways you or your family would like to be involved in helping plan, lead, or support this program, please let me know!  

In particular, we'll need volunteers to help out with:
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Cooking
  • Dishwashing
  • Set up
  • Storytelling
  • Special activities and art projects (optional/occasional)

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 18th

1PM Organ Volunteer Workday

Come pitch in to support the swift and successful completion of Canterbury's new organ!   Please RSVP to Mike at!

Wednesday, July 19th
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.)

Thursday, July 20th
5PM Drum Circle for Healing
6PM Theology Cafe (@ Winnings Coffee, 111 Harvard Drive SE)
Topic: The Bible. Contact Moriah Baca or check Facebook for more info.

Saturday, July 22nd

Sharing Burritos w/the Hungry & Homeless (aka "John Brown Breakfast Club")

Contact Chris Jackson for more info:

Sunday, July 23rd

7AM Serving Breakfast for the Hungry at St. Martin's

Sign up sheet in Becket Hall. Contact Eileen Lambert

9AM Summer Bible Series (Session 3)

3:30PM Stewardship Team

Friday, July 28th

5:30PM Drum Circle

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)

11:30AM Vestry Meeting


Monthly Treasurer's Report
Despite our income being down compared to last year (which was not unexpected, as several members of Canterbury died or moved away during the past year), we are happy to report a budget excess of nearly $10,000 year to date.  This budget surplus reflects our dramatic decrease in spending, and the fantastic, ongoing commitment of church members who enable our ministries to continue growing and our office to continue running smoothly in the absence of any office staff at Canterbury. We hope that this trend towards surplus income will hold through the end of 2017, in which case we will use a simple "Save, Share, Spend" model to allocate any surplus money at year's end.  We'll save a third (set it aside for rector's 2020 sabbatical); share a third (give it away to support outreach projects at Canterbury and in our community); spend a third (on deferred expenses to improve the building and enhance our ministries.) Thank you for your generosity of time, talent, and treasure to support God's work at Canterbury!

CURRENT YEAR: As of 6/30/2017

Income Year to Date - $88,982.24

Expenses Year to Date - $79,116.85

Excess – $9,865.39



Income Year to Date - $96,642.99

Expenses Year to Date - $94,580.38

Excess - $2,062.61

Support Canterbury's Annual Rummage Sale
August 11-12th
Our annual Rummage Sale is coming up and we need your support!  Donate items to sell (Bring in your items beginning July 30th. No clothes please! Homemade baked goods MOST welcome!) Volunteer to help staff the sale!  (Sign up sheets in Becket Hall!) Invite your friends to come! And Shop! We encourage every member of Canterbury to DONATE, VOLUNTEER, INVITE, AND SHOP, because:
  • 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! 

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:

Garden: Faith & Ray, Fred & JoAnn
Our Awesome Audit Committee & Treasurer:
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.

Congratulations Virginia Marie+
Mother Virginia Marie Rincon is an Episcopal Priest and one of the healers ministering at Canterbury through our new Hildegard Center.  At the end of June, Virginia Marie joined 7 other sisters in taking their vows as members of a new religious community, the Hildegard Community, in Austin, TX.  Since 1996, members of St. Hildegard's Community in Austin, Texas, have lived radical Christian lives of contemplation, authentic community, non-violence, and call. This month the community has published its Rule of Life, now available for purchase on Amazon. We rejoice with Virginia Marie and the newly professed Sisters of Hildegard, and we thank God for the gifts that she is bringing to Canterbury through our Hildegard Center!

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