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Grace notes

October 2013


OUR TEAM Stan McKinnon Rector

stan@gracesiloam.or

Lora Walsh

Curate, Director of Christian Formation and Youth Ministries

lora@gracesiloam.org Angie Chaney, Kitchen and Nursery Coordinator Liesl Dromi, Assistant Choirmaster Bay GreenHill, Office Administrator Hope Johnstone, Communications Administrator Anne Jones, Financial Administrator Dr. Jan Wubbena, Director of Music & Organist Terri Wubbena, Children’s Choir School Director

VESTRY

COMMITTEES

Shereen West, Sr. Warden (2013) Ben Rhoads, Jr. Warden (2013) Meredith Bergstrom (2014) Curtis Smith (2014) Grace Davis (2015) Rob Lambert (2015) Mike Moss, Treasurer Hope Johnstone, Clerk

Building & Grounds Christian Formation Community Life Finance Outreach Worship

MINISTRIES Altar Guild Episcopal Church Women Episcopal Peace Fellowship Meals on Wheels Prayer Chain

WORSHIP SCHEDULE SUN

Holy Eucharist, 9:00 AM Christian Formation (all ages), 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist, 11:00 AM

WED

Holy Eucharist & Healing, 12:10 pm

MON

Morning Prayer, 7:15 AM

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS Monday – Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm


Curate’s Corner It's 10am. Do You Know Where Your Youth Are? In case you haven't noticed, Grace Episcopal Church has been overflowing at 10am. We've expanded our Christian formation programs, and we don't have space for all of the new age groups! Thankfully, Chris Moore offered us the key to Pour Jon's so that the youth can meet there until we transition to a more permanent place. (Thanks, Chris!) So, for the past few Sundays, I 've been dashing out of the 9am service, driving to Pour Jon's, and getting back just in time for the 11am service. Miraculously, I haven't gotten a speeding ticket. Grace Youth manage to pack a lot into their brief time together. Most people come to youth group a bit sleepy, so we start with a warm-up game or two. I learned most of these games from improv teachers in Chicago. You may know that Chicago is famous for improv—a form of comedy performance. Although improv is an unscripted art form, it still takes a lot of rehearsal. The purpose of rehearsal is to build a community of trust that you can rely on to support you and laugh with you in unexpected situations. I use several improv rehearsal games with the youth to help us build a community with that level of trust and joy. We spend other time exploring the Bible in different ways. For the next several weeks, we're reading a graphic novel based on the gospel of Mark—"Marked," by Steve Ross. (A graphic novel is like a high-quality comic book.) The book has some arresting images and interesting angles on the basic gospel story. For example, instead of eating locusts and wild honey, John the Baptist eats out of the dumpster. Satan pulls up in a slick limousine to tempt Jesus. The demons that possess the people look like a cross between dinosaurs and goblins. What's especially interesting so far is that Jesus seems less sure of himself than we usually expect. When he hears John the Baptist preaching over the radio, he runs to be baptized. Then, when he's waiting in line for baptism, he starts to question what he's doing there. As his thought bubble says, "This isn't like me to get swept up in some crackpot fad." When the Holy Spirit descends on him, it comes in the form of a gigantic dove that grabs Jesus by the ankles and flies off with him, while he calls out "Heeeelp!" I hope that this book helps us to see Jesus with fresh eyes, and that the images impress themselves on our imaginations. We're all looking for ways that God can mark us as his own forever. Lora Walsh


WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

Christine & Scott Blaha  Brad Gambill  Clark Scholz  Morgan Honnold  Robert & Verna Smith  Nancy Efurd  Tucker Gambill  Patty Gambill  David & Jayme Amonsen  Jessica Day  Bryson & Mandy Moore  Matt & Meghan Feyerabend  LaNeece White  Charlie & Lois Hicks  Edith Bossler  Ted Barnett  Amanda & Matt Orcutt  David Pierson

Jacob Little  Alyssa Milroy  Taylor & Wes Vanlandingham Thanks to everyone who participated in the Sept. 29th Bishop’s Visit to Grace! We had a record breaking Sunday with a class of 29 confirmands (12 was the previous high) and 202 total attendees (this is the highest we've ever had for an Episcopal visit)! Welcome to all new members!


Acciaccaturas NOTES FROM THE MUSIC STAFF At a recent rehearsal, one of our newest choristers asked, “Why does the choir sometimes sing a piece in a foreign language? What’s the point?” That’s a very good question, just possibly one that you have formed but never voiced aloud. I just went through the “Anthems” folder of Word documents on the computer here in the church office, each document containing an anthem text so that it’s easy to copy and paste the anthem text into the service booklet. The texts of all anthem texts sung by the Choir since 1985 are in this folder. Of the 214 pieces therein, 31 – one in every seven – are in Latin, German, or Russian. I would have guessed that that number might be even higher. With some frequency you hear us sing in a language that you – and we – cannot understand. Each of these 31 Word documents contains not only the foreign language text but also an English translation (as literal as possible, yet still in idiomatic English) in a parallel column. By following the translation you, the listener, may know the meaning of what we are singing. Still, if it can be translated, why not sing it in translation? “What’s the point?” There are several reasons, and in this month’s column I will address one of those. First, this is essentially a technical matter. The composer set a text in a tongue other than English, and his music was conceived to fit that text. It doesn’t follow that his music would also fit a translation. This is particularly true of rhyming, metrical poetry. It is almost impossible to compose a translation that 1) preserves the original rhyme scheme, 2) has the same number of syllables per line, and 3) has the same pattern of accented and unaccented syllables – and to do so without altering the meaning of the text, however subtly. I dare you to sing the Spanish for “Happy birthday to you, dear John” to the tune to which we sing this text. (The accented syllables are underlined – they must be placed on the accents in the music.) Fe-liz cum-ple-a-ños a usted [or tu], querido Juan. That’s a pretty close translation, but, if you accepted my challenge, you probably had a good laugh. You’d have to omit something, squeeze in some extra notes, do something. Even this translation alters the literal meaning of “birthday” in some respect. Feliz cumpleaños is what Spanish speakers may say when English speakers would say “Happy birthday,” but cumpleaños does not literally mean “birthday.” Años means “years,” and cumple looks very much like a Spanish cognate of “complete.” Literally, cumpleaños would seem to be something like “completion of [yet another] year.” “Birth” and “day” (“day of birth”) would literally be dia de nacimiento. A Spanish speaker would catch the meaning – and also have a good laugh at this translation by a hack. Have you ever chuckled over English subtitles to a foreign language film in decidedly non-idiomatic English?  Enough! You grasp the point, yes? Stay tuned for “the rest of the story” (to borrow from Paul Harvey) in November’s Acciaccatura. Jan Wubbena


BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS October 6th at 3:00 p.m. Join us for the annual Blessing of the Animals at 3:00 p.m. on the north lawn of the church. All of our animal friends are welcome for a short prayer service and blessing from Stan. This year Tailwaggers will join us, bringing adoptable shelter dogs for a blessing. They are in need of collars and bags of treats for both cats and dogs; we will be accepting donations on Sunday.

October 6th at 10:00 am... Children of all ages may bring stuffed animals to Christian Formation at 10:00 am to receive a blessing.

TIME & TALENT TRAINING Eucharistic Minister and Acolyte Training If you are interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister (EM) or Acolyte, please attend the following training:  EM/Acolyte – Oct. 6th (during late coffee hour)


RECTOR’S READING GROUP Monday, Oct. 7th at 7:00 p.m. Join us as we start the 2013-2014 season of Rector's Reading Group. On October 7th, at 7:00 p.m., we will study Bob Ekblad's Reading the Bible with the Damned. This reading was chosen by our Curate Lora Walsh. Books are available for purchase from Bay GreenHill, through the church office, for $10 ($10.28 if using a charge card, see article below). We will meet at Pour Jon's.

SQUARE CARD READER Now Accepting Card Payments for Merchandise Join We now have a Square reader, a small card reader that allows us to accept charge card payments for items like Rector’s Reading Group books and other similar materials. By using a card reader, there is convenience fee for each transaction of 2.75% (ex. If you purchase a $10 book the total will be $10.28). We hope this will make it easier for those who do not usually carry checks or cash. Any donations made with square reader will also incur the 2.75% fee.


HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Genesis House Event, Oct. 19th at 6:30 p.m. Genesis House presents "Home for the Holidays," a fundraising event on Oct. 19th at 6:30 p.m. with a silent auction, reception, dinner, and music. Please email Genesis House for more information Genesis3438@gmail.com. We collect donations year-round for organizations such as the Genesis House. Click here to download a list of specific needs. This list is also on the Outreach table in the Parish Hall.

ACCESS GRACE APP Grace Directory on You Smartphone Access to the Grace Directory is now at your fingertips! The ACS Church Life app allows easy access to the Access Grace directory on your iphone or android smartphone. You can search contacts and even save the number! Search “ACS Church Life� in your app store and look for the navy and gold icon for a free download. Sign in to the Church Life App using your Access Grace username and password.


EPISCOPAL CHURCH WOMEN Fall Gathering in Helena, AR Arkansas Episcopal Church Women (ECW) invite you to enjoy Southern Hospitality, Helena Style at the annual Fall Gathering on Oct. 25-26. Click here to download brochure and registration form, or pick one up at Grace.

GRACE CHILDREN’S CHOIR SCHOOL Leading worship Nov. 3rd The Grace Children's Choir School will lead worship on November 3rd at the early service. There will be a small reception after the program. Please come out and support our young singers!


GRACE HOUSE

New Venue for Grace Gatherings Vestry approved the use of The Benjamin house for Christian Formation use. Thank you George and Mary for facilitating the needs of our growing congregation! This new venue will facilitate the growth of our congregational needs. Starting this Sunday, EYC and ECY, Jr. will meet at the Grace House.


ALL SAINTS DAY Submit names to be included in The Litany of Remembrance The litany of remembrance will be sung during the All Saints’ service on November 3rd. If you would like to have a loved one remembered please put their name on the signup sheet in the Parish Hall no later than October 27th . You may also email Bay in the church office (bay@gracesiloam.org).

2013/2014 POTLUCK SCHEDULE Additional details will be available closer to the date Nov. 10, 2013 Stewardship Sunday, 10:00 a.m. Jan. 06, 2014 Epiphany Pageant & Chili Supper Apr. 19-20, 2014 Champagne Breakfast & Easter Sunday July 2014 Summer Potluck & BBQ Aug. 14, 2014 Rally Day Potluck


LECTIONARY READINGS O CTOBER 6 T H Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4 Psalm 37:1-10 2 Timothy 1:1-14 Luke 17:5-10 O CTOBER 13 T H 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c Psalm 111 2 Timothy 2:8-15 Luke 17:11-19

O CTOBER 20 T H Genesis 32:22-31 Psalm 121 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 Luke 18:1-8 O CTOBER 27 T H Sirach 35:12-17 or Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22 Psalm 84:1-6 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Luke 18:9-14


Grace Notes | 2013 October