"Opening Hearts and Minds to All"
The word Episcopal means "pertaining to Bishops," and refers to the way the church is organized into geographical dioceses containing many congregations, with bishops as their shared pastors and leaders. The Episcopal Church is a member of a worldwide association, or communion, known as the Anglican Communion. Together we join with our brothers and sisters all over the world in worshiping Jesus Christ in common prayer.
Commitment—We are committed to God in Jesus Christ, to one another, and to Jesus' mission to the world.
Care—We enjoy and care for one another at St. Mary's.
Compassion—We reach out in God's compassion to the world around us, including people from all backgrounds and cultures.
Celebration—We rejoice in God's love through worship, fellowship, and special events.
The purpose of St. Mary's Episcopal Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.
Every weekend is a celebration at St. Mary's! We are glad to be in God's presence and with one another. We have two worship services each Sunday, each with it's own style:
Evening Prayer Services
We have meditative Evening Prayer services at the church building on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - CommUnity
This is an exciting Saturday Evening service that uses contemporary prayers, music, videos, and skits to provide an additional sensory experience which brings the message of Jesus Christ into our present day lives. Holy Eucharist on 4th Saturday of each month.
Sunday, October 2nd at 4:00 pm. Bring your leashed or crated cats, dogs, bunnies, hamsters, lizards, etc. to be blessed! Pictures of animals unable to attend are also welcome! We'll gather on the lawn in front of the church. This year we will continue our tradition of building relationships with animal rescue groups and other organizations who partner with animals in a service role. We will also be collecting pet food and toys for donation to the Sacramento County Animal Shelter. This is a great opportunity to invite friends and family to join you for a fun event and see a little of what our parish is about!
Sunday, October 30th at 3:00 pm CommUnity will hold the annual Trunk or Treat! Bring your little ghouls and goblins by to enjoy games, music, face painting, and lots of treats! Costumes are encouraged, but not required. This FREE event is open to the community, so please be sure to share this with your friends and neighbors! If you would like to host a “trunk”, please contact Julie Vice for information.
You Can Bring the World Into Your Home!
Up with People (UWP) relies on the generosity and support of families all over the world. Since 1965, more than 800,000 families around the world have hosted UWP students. Host families are a big part of what makes our program unique and they provide a rich cultural learning opportunity for our participants.
As a host family, you will open your home and heart to provide a safe and welcoming environment for young people from around the world. In return you will form international friendships that can last a lifetime.
Whether you live in an urban flat, rural farmhouse, thatched hut, or suburban townhouse, you can bring the world into your home by hosting an UWP student during their international tour.
UWP host families provide:
UWP host families receive:
Interested in hosting? Use our Contact Us form to submit your interest today. We’ll send you updates when a cast is touring to your area. If you already know of a cast coming to your community soon, please check our Current Tour Schedule page and contact the UWP Promotion Representative in your city.
If you have specific questions about being a host family, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.