Recap of Ministry for 2021
- December 28, 2021
- Steve Macias
These are some highlights of my ministry activity for 2021 – feel free to ask questions in the comments.
I currently serve as the Rector of Saint Paul’s Anglican Church and Headmaster of Canterbury School and below are some of my extra opportunities in addition to my typical duties leading daily chapel and weekly services.
Visited Christ the King (REC) in Grover Beach, CA to preach and celebrate Holy Communion for Christmas II.
Blessing the Church Doors for Epiphany, an old tradition that the Canterbury students love to participate in.
Recorded a Lecture entitled “Monks and Monasticism in the Anglican Tradition” based on some work I’ve been doing at Cranmer Theological House.
Fr. James and I held St. Paul’s first off-site Ash Wednesday at “St. Arbucks” in a nearby shopping center which required more Spanish than I expected – “pues polvo eres, y al polvo volverás.”
Had a virtual lunch with The Gospel Coalition (TGC) South Bay Area Pastors Network. Praying together as we all pastor through COVIDtide.
Helped lead a mass in my hometown of West Sacramento at a Baptist Church (where my younger sister was Baptized!) It remains one of my goals to help establish an Anglican presence in the Sacramento Area.
My daughter Lucy was our all-star egg finder at our Church’s Easter egg hunt.
I’m grateful for an all-star altar guild that loves our church inside and out!
During my vacation following Easter, I took “The California Motorcyclist Safety Program Motorcyclist Training Course” and bought a motorcycle. Did you know the Anglican Priest John Wesley rode enough miles on horseback to circle the earth 10 times? I’ve now driven hundreds of miles on my new-to-me “steel horse” going back and forth to celebrate communion and our priestly functions at our other churches.
We also had Jeff Williamson, High School Principal at The King’s Academy, and twenty of his students join us at Canterbury in April for chapel and some service projects. Always a delight to have Canterbury alumni return to visit campus.
I also taught an Instructed Eucharist for our Canterbury students on the Feast of St. Anselm of Canterbury
And celebrating St. Mark’s Day for Chris the King in Grover Beach
Bishop Sutton came to visit us in May and my son Athanasius was confirmed along with a young man from our school who I had previously baptized!
In June, we held a successful VBS program with over sixty students attending!
I led our Bible station as Sir Knight!
And we had them come for Sunday Matins to sing for Church!
I also had the honor and privilege of serving at my friend Brandon’s wedding at Saint Mark’s Anglican Church in Loomis, CA.
And another special trip to Christ the King in Grover Beach.
And attended my first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class at Lanistæ Academy.
In July, I attended the Forward in Faith North America Conference and the Anglican Way Institute, where I also led a workshop entitled, “Narnian Apologetics.” I was also able to witness the ordination of my friend the Rev. Kent Bartels. (I’m the priest in khakis on the right side fo the huddle.)
I also attended Choir Camp up at St. Andrew’s Lake Almanor where I was able to officially confirm that I’m not a very good chorister. We ended up leaving a day early due to emergency evacuations and the hotel where we stayed was partially burned by the Dixie fire.
In August, I led our weeklong teacher orientation and we sorted out our books and materials from Abeka, Memoria Press, and Singapore Math for the new academic year at Canterbury.
Our 2021-2022 Canterbury Staff
I also recorded a fun lecture on the history of the Anglican tradition in American Episcopalianism. Starting with Sir Francis Drake, this video is a survey of the significant Anglican leaders that helped forge America’s religious identity from the pre-colonial period through the start of the 20th century.
We also held our annual teacher commissioning service – every year we renew each teacher’s vows with the school.
A visit from Canterbury alumnus Dr. Derek Halvorson, who currently serves as Covenant College’s sixth president. Our founder Rev. Norm Milbank was his grandfather.
Took my son Basil to his first Football game (Valley Christian at Saint Francis).
Our son Ambrose Charles Stuart Macias was born! Named after St. Ambrose (Doctor of the Church and Bishop of Milan) and King Charles I (the Martyr King of England, Scotland, and Ireland of the House of Stuart).
Due to an unforeseen staff change, I also took on teaching the 5th-grade class at Canterbury.
With teaching and a new baby, November was spent here in town.
I did record a video about John Calvin’s connection to Anglicanism:
In December, I attended a symposium with the Center for Cultural Leadership with some of my favorite people – including Pastor Stoos.
My long-time friend and writing partner Pastor Uri Brito visited St. Paul’s and Canterbury and gave two wonderful talks!
And Father Brian Foos came down and baptized Ambrose!
Finished the last Sunday of the year by preaching on my namesake: St. Stephen.