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Welcome to San Francisco Anglicans! This website is a ministry of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). More specifically it is a ministry of St. James Anglican Church in San Jose. It has a very simple purpose: help people in San Francisco find us so we can help launch new Anglican Churches in San Francisco. Emmaus Anglican Church is our first. We hope to launch many more in the coming months. We hope this interests you. If you would like more information please email Fr. Ed McNeill or call him at 408-674-2770.

 
St. John the Divine in Burkburnett: Little Church with a Big Heart

After the church’s founding in 1962, the very first vestry resolved to tithe to outreach, but that commitment weakened after just a few years. When Air Force master sergeant Nolan Bell and his wife, Kerry, were stationed in the area some years later, Kerry urged the vestry to recommit itself, based on her personal experience of tithing.

“While we lived in Bossier City, La.,” Kerry recalls, “a couple at our church gave their testimony on tithing. It was an eye-opening talk, and we looked at our finances to see how we could manage it. We were told that what you do is give God His money first, and the rest just seems to fall into place. At the time we had four children at home. We were kind of living payday to payday, and sometimes it seemed the funds wouldn’t stretch.

“But we both felt led to do our best and started giving God his money first. It worked. Then one month the dentist bill for the kids was high, and I thought I would pay it before we gave our check to the church. Everything went wrong – the car broke down, and all kinds of weird things happened. I looked at the check book and saw that if I paid the tithe we would have $10 left. We wrote the check, and everything worked out.

“When we transferred to St John’s, I agreed to be the church treasurer. At my first vestry meeting, I discussed tithing, and we all agreed to start small and work our way up. We looked around and decided we should give to the local drug store to help people pay for their prescriptions. We also supported our local Ministerial Alliance, the Senior Citizens organization, and the food pantry, which also helps folks with utility bills and other minor emergencies.

“Each year, when we proposed the budget, we would raise the amount for outreach. When we agreed on which places we would support, we left some funds undesignated in case something would come up later in the year. At the end of each year, we made sure that all of the funds we budgeted for outreach were donated. As time went on, and the outreach budget grew, we added more places to donate to. One was Christ’s Home place Ministries, a Christian counseling center started by Fr. James Rogers and his wife, Susan. Recently we have added SAMS and student support for the Gainesville School for Boys to the monthly payment list. We make other donations periodically as well, usually in a lump sum for the year.”  Kerry appreciates the example set by their vicar, Fr. John Munson, who supports the outreach and donates time in the community. Fr. Munson is a chaplain for the police force, board member for Grace Ministries, and a member of the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce.

The church doesn’t need to conduct fund-raiser events. When a Methodist friend asked Kerry about this, Kerry says, “I told her we have found that if we give God His money first, we never have need to raise funds. All of our needs are met and then some. When I hear of churches having money problems, the first question I ask is, ‘How much is your outreach?’ Sadly, they tell me there isn’t any because they can’t pay their bills.”

The church does host two events for the community each year. The Christmas Gift Shop is a tradition going back to the 1960s and provides needy children with a chance to select gifts for their parents or guardians. While the gift is wrapped, the children enjoy a party and visit with Santa Claus. On Shrove Tuesday, St. John’s opens its doors for a free pancake supper.

“There used to be a fee charged for that,” Kerry notes, “but as our outreach grew, we realized that this was another area where we could serve the community without a fee. All of Burkburnett is invited to come and have pancakes with us. It is really a fun time that we get to see our friends and neighbors!”

Over the years, the tithe has been met and exceeded. Currently about $11,000 goes to projects outside the diocese, while another $5,000 is given to support World Mission programs and seminary students.

“God is so awesome the way He provides for all of these things,” Kerry says. Despite the congregation’s small size, she says, “We feel it is our mission to support our community. And through it all, we have been truly blessed!”

 
St. John the Divine in Burkburnett: Little Church with a Big Heart

After the church’s founding in 1962, the very first vestry resolved to tithe to outreach, but that commitment weakened after just a few years. When Air Force master sergeant Nolan Bell and his wife, Kerry, were stationed in the area some years later, Kerry urged the vestry to recommit itself, based on her personal experience of tithing.

“While we lived in Bossier City, La.,” Kerry recalls, “a couple at our church gave their testimony on tithing. It was an eye-opening talk, and we looked at our finances to see how we could manage it. We were told that what you do is give God His money first, and the rest just seems to fall into place. At the time we had four children at home. We were kind of living payday to payday, and sometimes it seemed the funds wouldn’t stretch.

“But we both felt led to do our best and started giving God his money first. It worked. Then one month the dentist bill for the kids was high, and I thought I would pay it before we gave our check to the church. Everything went wrong – the car broke down, and all kinds of weird things happened. I looked at the check book and saw that if I paid the tithe we would have $10 left. We wrote the check, and everything worked out.

“When we transferred to St John’s, I agreed to be the church treasurer. At my first vestry meeting, I discussed tithing, and we all agreed to start small and work our way up. We looked around and decided we should give to the local drug store to help people pay for their prescriptions. We also supported our local Ministerial Alliance, the Senior Citizens organization, and the food pantry, which also helps folks with utility bills and other minor emergencies.

“Each year, when we proposed the budget, we would raise the amount for outreach. When we agreed on which places we would support, we left some funds undesignated in case something would come up later in the year. At the end of each year, we made sure that all of the funds we budgeted for outreach were donated. As time went on, and the outreach budget grew, we added more places to donate to. One was Christ’s Home place Ministries, a Christian counseling center started by Fr. James Rogers and his wife, Susan. Recently we have added SAMS and student support for the Gainesville School for Boys to the monthly payment list. We make other donations periodically as well, usually in a lump sum for the year.”  Kerry appreciates the example set by their vicar, Fr. John Munson, who supports the outreach and donates time in the community. Fr. Munson is a chaplain for the police force, board member for Grace Ministries, and a member of the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce.

The church doesn’t need to conduct fund-raiser events. When a Methodist friend asked Kerry about this, Kerry says, “I told her we have found that if we give God His money first, we never have need to raise funds. All of our needs are met and then some. When I hear of churches having money problems, the first question I ask is, ‘How much is your outreach?’ Sadly, they tell me there isn’t any because they can’t pay their bills.”

The church does host two events for the community each year. The Christmas Gift Shop is a tradition going back to the 1960s and provides needy children with a chance to select gifts for their parents or guardians. While the gift is wrapped, the children enjoy a party and visit with Santa Claus. On Shrove Tuesday, St. John’s opens its doors for a free pancake supper.

“There used to be a fee charged for that,” Kerry notes, “but as our outreach grew, we realized that this was another area where we could serve the community without a fee. All of Burkburnett is invited to come and have pancakes with us. It is really a fun time that we get to see our friends and neighbors!”

Over the years, the tithe has been met and exceeded. Currently about $11,000 goes to projects outside the diocese, while another $5,000 is given to support World Mission programs and seminary students.

“God is so awesome the way He provides for all of these things,” Kerry says. Despite the congregation’s small size, she says, “We feel it is our mission to support our community. And through it all, we have been truly blessed!”

 
A Message from Dean Harvey

From where I sit as Provincial Dean, I have witnessed the Lord working powerfully through the ministry of this extraordinary servant of our Lord Jesus Christ. Many, both here in North America and beyond our borders, realize that we would not be where we are today without the faith, sacrifice, leadership, and vision of His Grace.

The Church, for generations to come, will remain deeply indebted to this man and we want to give thanks to God through a gift from all of us - not to him personally, but to the work of the Province to which he has been so devoted.
 
Just consider what the Lord has done in our first five years together under His Grace’s leadership. Among his many contributions, four are especially noteworthy:

 
~ A miraculous bringing together of our churches and dioceses into a new Province.
 
~ A prophetic call to start new churches throughout our Province. The conversation has been changed from survival to growing the Kingdom of God through church planting and evangelism.
 
~ An opportunity to have a common liturgy available for use within our new Province. This huge undertaking has been started in our provisional Texts for Common Prayer that will lead to our new Book of Common Prayer.
 
~ A goal to have a new Anglican Catechism for our Province. The magnificent work of “To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism” will be available for purchase later this spring to be used for the purpose of discipleship in our congregations.
 

Please consider partnering with us to honor the tireless work of Archbishop Duncan by making a generous gift to our Province. Every gift - large and small - will help toward establishing a firm financial foundation to continue the good work begun by our Lord.

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Know that all gifts received from this special appeal will go towards the Province’s work in our next chapter of life together. Furthermore, in deep appreciation and as a “thank you” from the Province, all donors will be recognized in the fall edition of The Apostle, and donors who give $250 and above will receive an advanced copy of “To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism” signed by Archbishop Duncan.

Archbishop Duncan’s generosity continues as we look to the Lord to raise up our next Archbishop for the Anglican Church in North America.
 
Faithfully,

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The Rt. Rev. Donald F. Harvey,
Provincial Dean, Anglican Church in North America
Moderator Bishop, Anglican Network in Canada
 

College of Bishops

The Rt. Rev. Keith Ackerman
The Rt. Rev. Kevin Allen
The Rt. Rev. Roger Ames
The Rt. Rev. David Anderson
The Rt. Rev. Bill Atwood
The Rt. Rev. Thaddeus Barnum
The Rt. Rev. Foley Beach
The Rt. Rev. David Bena
The Rt. Rev. Steve Breedlove
The Rt. Rev. David Bryan
The Rt. Rev. Julian Dobbs
The Rt. Rev. Charles Dorrington
The Rt. Rev. Amos Fagbamiye
The Rt. Rev. Ronald Ferris
The Rt. Rev. Alphonza Gadsden
The Rt. Rev. Raymond Gillin
The Rt. Rev. Terrell Glenn
The Rt. Rev. Royal Grote
The Rt. Rev. John Guernsey
The Rt. Rev. David Hicks
The Rt. Rev. Todd Hunter
The Rt. Rev. Jack Iker
The Rt. Rev. William Ilgenfritz
The Rt. Rev. Derek Jones
The Rt. Rev. Quigg Lawrence
The Rt. Rev. Neil Lebhar
The Rt. Rev. Steven Leung
The Rt. Rev. Richard Lipka
The Rt. Rev. Clark Lowenfield
The Rt. Rev. Francis Lyons
The Rt. Rev. Peter Manto
The Rt. Rev. Charlie Masters
The Rt. Rev. Eric Menees
The Rt. Rev. John Miller
The Rt. Rev. Alberto Morales
The Rt. Rev. Dan Morse
The Rt. Rev. Winfield Mott
The Rt. Rev. William Murdoch
The Rt. Rev. Felix Orji
The Rt. Rev. Leonard Riches
The Rt. Rev. Kenneth Ross
The Rt. Rev. Stewart Ruch
The Rt. Rev. Sam Seamans
The Rt. Rev. Ray Sutton
The Rt. Rev. Bill Thompson
The Rt. Rev. Trevor Walters
The Rt. Rev. Bill Wantland
The Rt. Rev. William White
The Rt. Rev. Steve Wood
The Rt. Rev. Mark Zimmerman

Note: To ensure that Canadian gifts are tax-deductible, the Anglican Network in Canada is receiving and receipting donations for this appeal on behalf of the Anglican Church in North America. Canadians are encouraged to mail donations to:

Anglican Network in Canada
Box 1013
Burlington, ON, Canada L7R 4L8