Benediction Weekly, July 10, 2021

Benediction Weekly, July 10, 2021


ABUNDANCE SHOP– Thrift shop at 2025 9th St. COMMUNITY DINNER – Providing and serving food at SBCC, on 1st Thursday of odd-numbered months, in conjunction with Los Osos Cares. EARTHCARE – ZOOM 3rd Wednesdays 3pm. Discussion/action group seeking spiritual and practical solutions to environmental concerns. MEN’S GROUP – 3rd Saturday of the month, 9am at the Budget Cafe in SLO. Contact John Horsley HEALING SERVICE – FACEBOOK – A time for prayers for healing at the 10:30  service on 5th Sundays HOLLISTER INSTITUTE – ZOOM –Opportunities for stimulating discussion and thoughtful exploration. Currently: “Beauty” Tuesdays at 10:15 and Renewing the Process of Creation, Thurs at 10am LAUNDRY LOVE – Helping low-income families with funds, soap, and friendly assistance at Osos Clean Laundry.  4-6pm on last Wednesdays

PEOPLE’S KITCHEN – Providing and serving lunch at 40 Prado, 1st  Saturday of even-numbered months SATURDAY EUCHARIST Evening Eucharist on 2nd Saturdays at 5:30pm Zoom and Facebook VESPERS AND CONVERSATION  – ZOOM –  5:30 pm Tuesdays

VESTRY / PARISH COUNCIL – ZOOM –  3rd Sundays at 12:30pm.

  • The Rev. Dr. Caroline Hall, Rector 
  • Stef Shuman, Sr. Warden
  • Jane Wu, Jr. Warden
  • Lisa Gonzalez, Treasurer,     
  • Lorienne Schwenk, Clerk 
  • Esta Kandarian, 
  • Alan Kiste, 
  • Benjamin Nucum
  • Helen Schnieders
  • Barbara Schippers
  • Maureen Titus

July 11 Brad and Susan Stamet’s anniversary July 14 Kevin Cadigan’s birthday July 16  Jay Bonestell’s birthday

Bidding Book Prayers – If you’d like to request prayers for someone and have their names read out during the online worship services on Sunday, please submit their names to during the week (by Friday).   

We are grateful for God’s financial providence and blessing. Thank you for making your offerings by mail to our PO Box, or on-line

Unless otherwise stated, our meetings happen on Zoom: Passcode is: 93402

The 10:30 am Sunday serviceis now INDOORS for anyone wishing to attend in person.  Masks are still required, and we will continue to ask people to maintain social distancing by having no more than three people per pew.   Communion will be distributed in bread only. The service will also be live-streamed for those who watch remotely — on Facebook at  

Service leaflets are available under the Worship tab on our website:

This Week at St. Benedict’s

 Sunday, July 11 St. Benedict’s Day

  • 8:00 am – Online Worship service (Zoom)
  • 10:30 am – Eucharist indoor in-person, and online on Facebook
  • 11:30 Zoom room open for conversation
  • 12:30 Staff-Parish Liaison

Monday, July 12 RECTOR’S SABBATH

Tuesday, July 13

  • 9:45 am – Prayers for the Morning Zoom
  • 10:15am – Spiritual Conversation – Love is the Way Zoom
  • 5:30 pm – Vespers in-person in the church/ or join online on Zoom

Saturday July 17

  • 9am Men’s Group at the Budget Cafe in SLO

Sunday, July 18

  • 8:00 am – Worship service in-person and online on Zoom
  • 10:30 am – Eucharist indoor in-person, and online on Facebook
  • 12:30 pm Parish Council

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 July 11th is the feast day of our patron saint, Benedict of Nursia.

St. Benedict’s Church in Los Osos was established in July 1987 as a Bishop’s Congregation of the Diocese of El Camino Real. We were named for Benedict of Nursia, whose Rule of Saint Benedict, written to show how to live a balanced life, is still used today to inspire Christians’ spiritual journey. From the beginning, Benedictine Spirituality has been a vital part of congregational life here for many.


RECTOR’S SABBATICAL – Caro+ will be on sabbatical starting August 2nd and returning to take services on October 31st when we will celebrate All Saints Day. If you want to talk with her before she goes, please make an appointment very soon.    In her absence, Sunday services will be led by Susan Plucker+ and the Rev. Brian Stein-Webber. If you have a pastoral concern, please contact Senior Warden Stef Shuman. Jay Matthew will be continuing in the office to answer questions and help with administrative details. The Parish Council will be responsible for the congregation in the Rector’s absence.

NAME TAGS –  We haven’t seen some of you for quite a while, and new hairstyles and face masks make it hard to recognize each other.   So we are asking everyone to wear a name tag. Please check the name tag board by the door for yours.  If you can’t find it, please ask Stef for a replacement. (Or just tell the ushers).  In the meantime, you can fill out an adhesive tag for the day.    

DONATIONS  – Collection plates are not passed during the service, but you may put your contributions in the plate by the usher’s station before the service, or contribute on-line at:  or by mail to our PO Box.   Thank you for your offerings!  We are grateful for God’s financial providence and blessing.

LOVE IS THE WAY – Throughout July, our online spiritual conversation will be based on the ideas in Bishop Michael Curry’s book Love is the Way – Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times. This is an easy book to read so we will initially aim to cover three chapters each week but if that seems too fast we will slow down.   St James Austin has a reading guide on their website which you may find useful. If you don’t have time or inclination to read the book the reading guide will help you to think about it. But as usual there is no requirement that you read the book. You are welcome just as you are.  Tuesdays in July at 10:15 on Zoom  following Prayers for the Morning at 9:45.

NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR HIRED  – We are pleased to announce Dave Alm has been hired as St. Benedict’s new Music Director, starting July 25. Dave studied at UC Berkeley and then studied Music Composition at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is well-known locally as an excellent accompanist, and a fine choir director. Dave has previously played for the Saturday evening service when John was unavailable.  Please make him welcome among us


The Way Home is a series of short documentaries focusing on homelessness in California. We have the opportunity to view two episodes from the upcoming Season 2 (online). The two films we will be watching are:

— ‘Repercussions of Racism’ which explores the history of systemic racism on housing policy and homelessness, examining the impact of redlining in Pacoima, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley, and solutions to end homelessness.

— ‘A Challenge, An Opportunity’ shows how the sense of urgency amid the COVID-19 pandemic spurred action, revealing that powerful policies and programs, such as Project Roomkey, can be implemented at an accelerated pace.

Following the two short films (running time about 25 minutes) there will be an opportunity for discussion. We don’t yet have the link for the videos so please watch the Benediction Weekly and your email. It will be necessary to sign up in advance.

VESPERS SERVICE CHANGE – Our Tuesday night Vespers service has returned to the church, but in order for people to still be able to participate from home we are experimenting with a hybrid format of both a zoom and in-person gathering.   Jjoin us – one way or the other – any Tuesday at 5:30.

VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR – for those watching at home, the Zoom room is available between 11:30-12:30 on Sundays for informal no-host conversations. 

DAILY PAUSINGS  – Join us for Pausings – a few minutes of reflection with Caro+ posted most every day at about 7pm on St. Benedict’s Facebook page.  These few minutes of poetry, psalms, and prayers are a great way to end your day, or access anytime.

BIDDING BOOK PRAYERS – If you’d like to request prayers for someone to have their names read out during the worship services on Sunday, please submit their names to during the week.

PERSONAL PRAYER – A member of the Healing Prayer Ministry team is available each week to pray with you for special concerns. If you’d like this prayer support this week, contact Jill Denton at (805) 704-1364. If no answer, please leave a message and your call will be returned.

BENEDICT’S CONNECTIONS Please do not hesitate to reach out to each other to stay in contact, and feel free to call Caro+ at 805-544-2895 She loves to hear from you. In an emergency, texts are best.

Be well, be safe, and stay in touch.