Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 1st, 3:00 p.m.

Animal lovers, join St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in celebrating it's 150th year!

The celebration honors St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and one of the earliest environmentalists.  You and your beloved pets will receive a blesing, and we will affirm the role of animals in Creation and Salvation.  Joining in the celebration will be Pacific Wildlife Care, who rescue and rehabiliate wild animal,s with some of their beautiful animals and birds who were unable to return to the wild; and Woods Humane Society, who do tireless work on behalf of domestic animals who are in need of rescue, care and adoption here in SLO County.


This free event will take place at Emerson Park in SLO at Pismo and Nipomo Streets across from the church.


Please bring a folding chair or picnic blanket for your comfort.  Pets should be on a leash or in a carrier.  Dog sitters will be available for animals that might be over-stimulated by the exhibits.


We encourage you to walk, bike or take SLO Transit bus #2 which stops at the park/church.  Parking is available on the street or at the church parking lot at 650 Pismo St.



Enchilada Festival

Sunday, October 8th, 3:00 p.m.

To raise money for the Canterbury Shire Ministry.

Enchilada vendors from around the county will compete for the Best Enchilada.  There will also be a silent auction and raffle.  If you would like to enter your enchilada, have a prize to donate for the silent auction or raffle, or would like to buy an Enchilada Tasting Ticket, contact Berkeley Johnson.



Out of the Darkness

Sunday, October 14th

Fundraiser for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


St. Stephen's is an official sponsor of this walk.  To walk or to sponsor the St. Stephen's team, email

  • Walk location: Mission Plaza, SLO
  • Registration Time: 8:45 a.m.
  • Walk Begins: 10:00 a.m.
  • Walk Ends: 12:00 noon

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) invests in research, creates educational programs, advocates for public policy and supports survivors of suicde loss.  AFSP has set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.



Adult Education - Potluck & Book Discussion

at St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

"The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World's Largest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to Be Chritian" by Brian D. McLaren is the book that St. Barnabas' will be reading, and we are invited to join them in the discussion of the book on Thursdays

  • October 19
  • October 26 (Fr. Ian will lead this one)
  • November 2
  • November 9

Session are 6-8 p.m., starting with a potluck


at St. Stephen's

We'll be inviting St. Barnabas to join us in the study of "Stations of the Cosmic Christ" by Matthew Fox and Bishop Marc Andrus (California).  We will meet on Tuesdays.

  • November 14
  • November 21
  • November 28

This will be in advance of Matthew Fox coming to the SLO Deanery on December 1 & 2.  Sessions are 6-8 p.m., starting with a potluck.


If you would like assistance with purchasing the books, please let Fr. Ian know.  There is an Adult Education fund that can be used for this purpose.

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