FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE Volume 64 Number 5
The Episcopal Church of Saint Michael Pacific View Drive at Marguerite
Corona del Mar
...From the Desk of the Rector
BELOVEDS IN CHRIST,
nly months before he would be asked by King George VI to form a government to lead England,Winston Churchill walked into the home of friends on a chilly evening, sat down by the fireplace, and stared silently into the flames. Resin-filled pine logs were crackling and hissing and spitting as they burned. Suddenly in his bulldog growl, Churchill remarked: “I know why logs spit. I know what it means to be consumed.” The first disciples, between the Resurrection and Pentecost, knew what it meant to be consumed -- consumed by change and uncertainty During that first Easter Season, they had to live as we so often find ourselves living in this Easter Season: “in between” -- “in between” . . . In between the “good old days” of being with Jesus, and the “brave new world” of living in the Spirit. Like it or not, life put them on the Ferris wheel of change -- that cycle which accompanies all change: the movement from orientation to disorientation to reorientation. An ending has taken place that needs to be acknowledged and embraced, not denied. No longer will they be able to look Jesus in the eye to ask a question, to receive a rebuke, or to get an “Attaboy!” How will they now live? How could he be visible, but then invisible? Within space and time, yet beyond it? How could he eat fish, yet walk through doors? How could Jesus at once not be a ghost, yet also not be palpable? How do you conceptualize a state of existence that is unparalleled, yet is identifiable with the old person? How do you put into words a completely different state of being, a wholly new mode of existence? Transitions --holy or unholy-- are made up of endings: a death, a divorce, a move from one way of living to another. Such significant changes inevitably bring confusion and doubt, groping along in the dark to find one’s way. If things turn out well, the transition takes us to the other side, to the place of a new beginning. Nevertheless, the process of change is never pain free, and it most always is consuming -- frequently making you want to spit. The first disciples returned to basics, to what works. They returned to familiar places and relied on prayer. The poet Francis Thompson speaks of the connection that such single-minded prayer brings to a person or to the community caught up in the throes of transition: O world invisible, we view thee O world intangible, we touch thee O world unknowable, we know thee Inapprehensible we clutch thee. continued on page 2
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e’re beginning something new and exciting at Saint Michael & All Angels, a program of online study. Do you remember the survey forms that we sent in the end of the year statements in early January? The Adult Christian Education Committee tallied the answers, assessed the results, and decided to move forward with online education. We are partnering with The Rev’d Chris Yaw, the director of ChurchNext. If his name sounds familiar it’s because Chris participated in a ministry study year at Saint Michael’s back in 1998-1999. Now located in Kansas, he is managing the ever growing and expanding ChurchNext Online Study Program. Ecumenical and international, ChurchNext will be a great resource to our adult Christian education program. Within the ChurchNext program, we have our own, unique school, which we named: “The Well: For Learning, Refreshment and Inspiration” Beginning on May 4, parishioners may sign up to participate in an online class titled, “Introducing Episcopal Worship with James Hamilton.” For regular parishioners it will be a great opportunity to get the “why” of our worship practice. For inquiring and continued on page 7
BUILDING OUR F AITH: L OVING CHRIST AND SER VING OUR COMMUNITY FAITH: LO SERVING
FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE
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From the Rector’s Desk -- continued from the first page They pray. They wait. They gather. They take care of each other. Together, they live through the labor pains of Jesus’ death-Resurrectiondeparture to give birth to a new thing. A new way of life. A new truth. A new community. Throughout the delivery, they will rely on one thing: their life of prayer and their care for one another. At this point, all else is commentary. Maybe during this season of transition from Easter to Pentecost we, too, would do well to focus on basics. To deepen our commitment to prayer and to our care for one another. To remember the Jesus of the flesh as we await the coming of the “Second Jesus” in the Holy Spirit. To see our Christian community as “upper rooms” or “delivery rooms” in which single-minded prayer and community responsibility become paramount. A telling story out of our nation’s capitol makes the point. It concerns Arthur J. Burns, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, ambassador to Germany, and advisor to presidents from Eisenhower to Reagan. An informal prayer gathering had been started at the White House in the late 1970s and Burns, though he was Jewish, attended the predominantly Christian prayer group. No one among the leadership knew quite how to treat Burns, nor how to involve him in the group. While many of the members took turns closing the meeting with prayer, Burns was never asked -- one hopes more out of respect than ignorance or prejudice. Then one week a newcomer unknowingly asked Burns to close the meeting with prayer. Many were surprised, and wondered what would happen. Without missing a beat Burns reached out and the participants clasped hands and bowed their heads while he prayed: “Lord, I pray that you would bring Jews to know Jesus Christ. I pray that you would bring Muslims to know Jesus Christ. Finally, Lord, I pray that you will bring Christians to know Jesus Christ. Amen.” In this time between times, in this liminal season between Easter and Pentecost, let us as Christians come to know Jesus Christ -- especially through the means of grace known to us as single-minded prayer and whole-hearted care for one another.
MAY Anniversaries Birthdays 2nd - Peter Coppen Nancy Lyons 7th - Matthew Shaw 9th - Russ Hardt 10th - Teri Corbet 12th - Judy Brady 14th - Richard Wallis 17th - Melinda Rader 18th - Mary Caldarone 21st - Mary Bowman 24th - Keith Nelson 25th - Sherry Crail 28th - Jamie Mead 29th - Cal McLaughlin Harry Selling Baptisms 3rd - Constance Davidson 14th - Norm Bianchi 23rd - Richard Zevnik 25th - Chace Warmington Weddings 10th - Russ & Robin Hardt 22nd - Mark Annerl & Anne Conover
* * * LEST WE FORGET: There have been 4,489 American military casualties in Iraq and 2,178 in Afghanistan. "Lord hear our prayers for those who are dead and for those who mourn." FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE
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ST. MIKE’S TO HOST U2CHARIST By Clyde Dodge
n May 10, at 7:30 PM in All Angels’ Court, Saint Michael & All Angels will host its first ever U2charist. This is a celebration of Holy Eucharist accompanied by the music of the Irish rock band U2. The Right Reverend Diane Jardine Bruce will be celebrant, and returning to Saint Michael & All Angels to preach will be our former assistant priest, the Reverend Canon Jaime Edwards-Acton. All offerings collected at the U2charist will be donated to the African Well Fund, contributing to their 2014 campaign to “Build a Well for Bono.” Bono is the lead singer and frequent spokesman for the band, and he is also a powerful voice of the campaign to eliminate extreme poverty, one of the UN Millennium Development Goals. The 12 songs to be used before, during, and after worship will be performed live by the local group The Joshua Tree, a U2 tribute band. The idea of using the music of U2 during worship was first developed in the Episcopal Church. Sarah Dylan Breuer, an Episcopal theologian, is a fan of U2, and designed the first U2charist. A U2charist was presented for the first time in the Diocese of Maryland at a conference for diocesan clergy in October, 2004. The first church to present a U2charist was Saint George’s Episcopal Church in York Harbor, ME, under the leadership of the Rev. Paige Blair. Since then the U2charist has been celebrated in many denominations and countries around the world. Since the early years of U2, this rock band has been recognized for the intense spiritual content of much of its music. One of its biggest early hits, “Pride (In the Name of Love)” is a dual anthem of praise to Martin Luther King, Jr., and Jesus. Here are some lyrics from that song: One man caught on a barbed wire fence One man he resist One man washed on an empty beach One man betrayed with a kiss In the name of love! What more in the name of love? Early morning, April 4 Shot rings out in the Memphis sky Free at last, they took your life They could not take your pride Through the three plus decades that U2 has been a major force in popular music, they have continued to include themes rooted in Christian religion in their songs. This is what makes their music so suitable as a setting for Holy Eucharist. Individually, Bono has become one of the strongest voices in our culture for the Millennium Development Goals, in particular eliminating extreme poverty. He also is a leader of the movement to forgive the debt of third world nations, which falls under goal eight of a Global Partnership for Development. Among his many friends, Bono counts both George W. Bush and Nelson Mandela. Bush called Bono “the real deal.” They have worked together to promote humanitarian efforts in Africa. Mandela and the members of U2 were good friends, which makes the U2’s writing of the Oscar-nominated song “Ordinary Love” for the 2013 film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” a perfect match of artist and message. The African Well Fund conducts a campaign every year at this time to raise money to build a well in Africa. It is called “Build a Well for Bono” because it happens around the time of Bono’s birthday, May 10th. This year they are engaged in a campaign to raise $30,000 to build a well in Angola. It is our goal to raise a sizable part of that at our U2charist. You can learn more about U2, Bono, and the connection between the U2charist and Millennium Development Goals here: http://bit.ly/1t14AMO. And, of course, you can enjoy a particularly uplifting experience at our U2charist on Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 pm. The Joshua Tree will perform “Pride (In the Name of Love)” and “Ordinary Love”, as well as 10 other songs. Song lyrics will be projected on screens, and you will be encouraged to sing along.
U2'S BONO OPENS UP ABOUT JESUS, GOD AND PRAYING WITH HIS KIDS When Bono and his family want to worship, they read Scriptures, go to church or sometimes just pile into bed and pray. In an interview with Ireland's RTE One in June 2013, the U2 frontman opened up about his belief in Jesus, his prayer practice and the way he and his wife instill religious values in their children. “I pray to get to know the will of God, because then the prayers have more chance of coming true -- I mean, that’s the thing about prayer,” Bono told interviewer Gay Byrne. “We don't do it in a very lofty way in our family. It’s just a bunch of us on the bed, usually, we’ve a very big bed in our house. We pray with all our kids, we read the Scriptures, we pray." Byrne presses Bono on his perception of Jesus -- Was he divine? Did he truly rise from the dead? Bono answers in the affirmative. "[Jesus] went around saying he was the Messiah. That’s why he was crucified. He was crucified because he said he was the Son of God. So, he either, in my view, was the Son of God or he was nuts. Forget rockand-roll messianic complexes, I mean Charlie Manson-type delirium. And I find it hard to accept that whole millions and millions of lives, half the Earth, for 2,000 years have been touched, have felt their lives touched and inspired by some nutter. I just, I don’t believe it.” When asked if he believed Jesus made promises that would come true, Bono replied, "Yes, I do." Apart from his prolific music career, Bono is also an avid philanthropist and social entrepreneur. In 2002 he co-founded DATA, an AIDS and poverty awareness organization that would go on to create ONE: The Campaign to Make Poverty History. Bono's faith has been an ongoing factor in his advocacy work, and it even cropped up in the lyrics of some of his most famous U2 hits. From 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For': "I believe in the kingdom come/ Then all the colors will bleed into one." -- Huffington Post
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Helping Set the Table
o you like helping others? Do you like to see things done well ? If so, becoming an adult acolyte captain may be just the ministry for you. What do adult acolyte captains do? Adult acolyte captains make sure a large portion of the worship choreography runs smoothly. Acolytes light the candles, assist the priest during the Eucharist, hold the torches for The Gospel reading and Communion, carry the cross in the procession and extinguish the candles so parishioners know that the worship service is officially over. Please consider what Darryl Stevens has to say about being an adult acolyte captain. “I very much enjoy my ministry as a subdeacon and lay reader, but it is my role as an acolyte that is most important to me. As an acolyte, I am at the most fundamental level of service. When I was a growing up and we were having company for dinner, my brother and sister and I were expected to help set the table and clean up afterward so that others could more fully enjoy the meal. That is very much how I see my role as an acolyte… quiet, unobstrusive service that allows others to be more completely engaged in the sacrament. “Over the years, most of us have grown used to having younger parishioners serve in this role which, I believe, has made it difficult for adult parishioners to see themselves in this ministry. Being an older acolyte serving with much younger acolytes has been one of the more gratifying things that I have done. A couple of weeks ago, I was serving with one of our younger parishioners who has been on my team for a couple of years. I had gotten in the habit of taking the cross down the center aisle and then running around the church because he usually . needed a “push” to begin extinguishing the candles. On that Sunday, he met me at the side door with two candle sniffers… one for me and one for him. It is a shame that other adults cheat themselves of those few and fleeting great moments.”
Sally John Noelle Dottie Rosemarie Nancy Pat Norm Bob Mary Betty Craig Andrea Patricia Robin Joan Jeanne Gary Mari GUIDANCE Sue Esther Leslie Brad Marisa Suzanne Scott Steve REPOSE Nancy Babbe Gladys Corbet Mavis Teska THANKSGIVING for our U2Charist; for birthdays: Matthew Shaw, Mary Ellen Bowman, Cal McLaughlin; in loving memory of Ken Ruedy, La Juan Horton, Walter Speck, Anna Hirka and Alice Kersey; with the Zevniks
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Calendar of Ev ents At Saint Mic hael & All Ang els Events Michael Angels
Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. (9:00 a.m. only beginning May 25th) Nursery care from 9:30-11:30 a.m. (8:30 on beginning 5/25) Sundays-at-Nine, 9:00 a.m., DL (Sundays-at-Ten beginning 5/25) Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. (Starts at 9:00 a.m. beginning 5/25) Godly Play, children 4-11, Yellow Room Formation, 5th-8th grade, Green Room Basketball, 3:30-5:30 p.m., AAC
Basketball, 3:00-4:00 p.m., 4:00-5:00 p.m., AAC House of Speed, 5:00-6:30 p.m., AAC St. Mike’s Basketball, 7:00-9:00 p.m., AAC
Holy Eucharist, Morning Prayer, alternating on Tuesdays, 7:30 a.m. Whiz Kids, 9:15 -5:00 p.m., AAC JOURNEY , 7:00-9:00 p.m., NW (only 5/4) Basketball, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., AAC
AA meeting, 7:00-8:00 a.m., SW Yoga class, 9:00-10:00 a.m., NW Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing, 12:00 Noon Whiz Kids, 1:45-5:00 p.m., AAC Basketball, 5:00-10:00 p.m., AAC
Men’s Group, 7:30-9:00 a.m., DL AA Big Book Study, noon-1:00 p.m., SW Whiz Kids, 1:45-5:00 p.m., AAC Basketball, 5:00-8:00 p.m., AAC Children’s Choir Rehearsal, 5:00 p.m., NW Parish Choir Rehearsal, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Yoga class, 9:00-10:00 a.m., NW Whiz Kids, 9:15-11:30 a.m. AAC Basketball, 3:00-4:00 p.m., 5:00-8:00 p.m., AAC AA meeting, 7:00-10:00 p.m., SW
Basketball, 8-10:00 a.m., 10 a.m.-5:00 p.m., AAC
DL - Davis Library NW - North Wing BR - Blue Room, AAC
SW - South Wing PC - Parish Center RR - Red Room, AAC
Easter VII Jazz Vespers, 4:00 p.m. Polling Place here at Saint Michael’s --Vote! Pentecost - Wear RED! Baroque Music Festival Recital here at Saint Michael’s, 8:00 p.m. (
IN THE COMING MONTHS
Orange County Marathon Easter III Bishop Bruno here - Confirmation Audit Vestry Meeting, 5:00-7:00 p.m., CR Staff Meeting, 9:30-11:00 a.m., DL U2charist with +Diane Jardine Bruce and Jaime Edwards-Acton+ Easter IV Bishop Bruce here Hutchins Consort, 5:00 p.m., CR Senior Ministry, 2:00 p.m., CR Deadline for June 2014 For the Love of Mike Easter V UTO Spring Ingathering Worship Commission, 11:30 a.m., CR Easter VI Summer Worship Schedule begins: One Sunday worship at 9:00 a.m Breakfast following worship today! The Bible Challenge, 10:30 a.m., DL Parish Office closed for Memorial Day Women’s Fellowship, 7:00 p.m., Bianchi’s Home Spyglass Hill Homeowners Board, 6:00-9:00 p.m., CR
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IN THE COMING WEEKS
Canterbury Garden Party on April 5th with Special Guests Bishop Diane Bruce and The Very Reverend W. Mark Richardson, PhD., The Reverend Fennie Chang and our own Keith Nelson
The Great Vigil of Easter
Good Friday Childrensâ€™ Stations of the Cross Please go to https://www.facebook.com/SMAACDM to see more pictures!
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PARISH NEWS AND NOTES
* * * PLEASE CHECK THE DISPLAY RACK ON THE WALL IN MICHAEL'S ROOM. Pick up a pamphlet or two to share with family and friends. A donation box is provided. The pamphlet “For Those Who Mourn” is labeled a part of a "Foreword Movement Classics." Now in its 44th printing, it was first published in 1944 and originally written by The Rev’d G. Carleton Barnwell, whose daughter was killed in a car accident on her way to school. This pamphlet serves as a help and comfort to those who mourn. "Love does not cease when we die. Thoughts do not perish. Growth does not come to an end. Beauty does not vanish away...Moreover, we need not lose all contact with our loved ones when they die. If we believe in life after death...Surely we must believe also in love after death." Please treat yourself to this important Foreward Movement publication. If necessary, we will order more.
* * * PLEASE JOIN IN HONORING MICHAEL ANDREW KIPER as he receives his Eagle Scout Rank at the Court of Honor: Tuesday, May 20, 7pm; The Newport Beach LDS Church, 2150 Bonita Canyon Drive. Michael’s Eagle Scout project adorns the pillar of our sanctuary overlooking our labyrinth. Celebrate with Michael and his family. (RSVP to: KristyKiper@aol.com)
INCREDIBLE NEWS! ...AND HEARTFELT GRATITUDE to the 46 families who have helped us to “close the gap” between projected receipts and expenses in our Program and Budget for 2014. We are so very grateful to our two members who came forward and presented this “Challenge” to us. We have met the Matching Funds Challenge!
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UTO SPRING INGATHERING SUNDAY, MAY 18th
NEW ACOLYTES WANTED: Do you have one hour to offer this parish each month? Would you like to participate in the worship service on Sundays by carrying the Cross or lighting the candles? Acolyting is a valuable ministry in the life of Saint Michael & All Angels. We especially need acolytes for the 8am worship service. Please contact Susan Caldwell if you are interested in learning more about this ministry, or to volunteer! 949.644.0463 Ext. 12. . . .AND WE NEED ADULT ACOLYTE CAPTAINS. The ministry commitment is based on a rotation Sunday schedule and on “as needed” basis depending upon the liturgical calendar year. See article on page 4 for more information and contact Susan Caldwell, Director of Christian Education 949.644,0463 Ext.12 if you would like to take part in the Acolyte Ministry at Saint Michael & All Angels.
GOT WINE? Do you have bottles of rare and fine wines that you will never use? Might a friend? Would you, or they, like to donate them in a way which will benefit Saint Michael & All Angels or a charity of your, or their, choice? Saint Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church in Los Olivos will hold their 5th annual “Cellar Classic” on June 28, 2014. We are invited to attend and/or to donate wines for auction. When wine is donated, an expert will give an appraisal for tax deduction purposes. If you donate bottles by June 15, our rector will get them to his friend, the rector of Saint Mark’s-in-the-Valley, Los Olivos, in time for their 2014 “Cellar Classic.” For more information please, ask our rector or visit Saint Mark’s-in-the-Valley’s web site, www.SMITV.org.
LOAVES AND FISHES: In May we will collect large jars of peanut butter and strawberry jam. Monetary donations are always welcome, too. Checks should be made payable to Saint Michael & All Angels, with Loaves and Fishes on the memo line. (Tax ID #95-2123746)
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THE SAINT MICHAEL’S HISTORY GROUP is requesting photographs to accompany its soon to be published history of the parish. We particularly need photos dated before 1999, but are happy to look at others, too. Naturally we prefer digital images, so please mail your pics to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have prints, please lend them to Susan Beechner in the parish office for a few days while we take digital images of them. We will return them unharmed when we have finished.
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promote important social reforms. Until her death, May 13, 1965, she said that these were the happiest years of her life. The Episcopal Church USA remembers the life of Frances Perkins every May 13.
Sources: Episcopal Church USA 77th General Convention, Standing Committee on Liturgy and Liturgy and Music, rances Perkins, who, at a high Resolution A098,“A Short History of the personal cost, probably meant more Life of Frances Perkins.”
FRANCES PERKINS (1880-1965) Public Servant, Prophetic Witness
to 20th Century American social reform than any other person, was born in Boston of parents who encouraged her every effort at a a time when women were not encouraged to seek academic excellence. They named her Fannie Coralie Perkins. In 1902 she graduated from Mount Holyoke College, and in 1905, embarrassed by being known as “ Fannie” Perkins, she changed her name to “Frances” Perkins. In 1910 she earned her MA in economics and sociology. The horror of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in which she witnessed the death of hundreds of factory workers trapped by locked doors, galvanized her to make a career of protecting American workers. She started her crusade as a lead member of a committee commissioned to see that such a thing as the Triangle fire would never happen again. In 1913 she married fellow economist Paul C.Wilson. In 1916 their daughter Susannah was born and the Wilsons enjoyed a happy family lifeuntil emotional problems (now known as bipolar disorder) made it impossible for Paul to hold a job and Frances became the family breadwinner. Her work schedule, which had kept her away from home much of the time, also created problems with Susannah who was at the age she needed the presence and counsel of a mother. In 1918, Frances still found time to attend Wharton College to continue her economics and sociology studies. When Franklin Roosevelt became Governor of the State of New York she followed him to be his Commissioner of Labor. When Roosevelt was elected President of the United States in 1932, she followed him to Washington D.C. to serve as his Secretary of Labor for twelve years. During the Great Depression she worked tirelessly on a huge number of reforms, especially the establishment of Social Security. FDR called her the “Cornerstone of his administration.” Upon leaving the federal government Frances became a professor in the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations,which gave her opportunity to
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y first exposure to Brené Brown’s research was an NPR radio broadcast during a long car ride. On the topic of things that shape human connection: vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame, she was humorous and engaging. The program was interesting and as the miles ticked by I was increasingly curious. Then, Brown described that the pattern of behavior she was trying to measure in her research was “whole heartedness.” She continued, “I go to an Episcopal church and in one of our prayers there’s a phrase that, you know, ‘I have not loved you with my whole heart.’” “I go to an Episcopal church and . . . .” Suddenly, my interest spiked not only in the topic, but in the manner in which church, religion, and prayer vocabulary were used in ordinary discourse. The phrase segues to a variety of possibilities: “I go to an Episcopal church and . . .” • we were talking about Brené Brown’s work on Sunday • we’ve been reading a book about... • some of us are taking food to a school in Mexico • there’s a group hiking in the Sierra’s this summer • we started a Bible study on the Gospel of Mark • we’re just starting an online school • we’ve had leaders from other faith traditions speak at our meetings • I’ve met people who are engaged in the world In a separate TED Talk, Brené Brown speaks about connection. “Connection is why we’re here, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives . . .” That thought of connection has meaning to me, and as a bashful evangelist I can make a connection to people who might be curious about a faith community and say, “I go to an Episcopal church and . . . .” ---Melinda Rader
Living with HIV Is No Walk in the Park… …But Episcopalians Walking in the Park can help!
alkers and runners will gather on May 17 at the Great Park in Irvine for the Annual Orange County AIDS Walk to raise funds for the AIDS Services Foundation. The Coordinating Committee for LGBT Ministry in OC (GLEAM/OC) is encouraging Episcopalians to join the 5K walk, or to sponsor people who are walking. Episcopalians will be walking as an identified group, and will gather for a pre-walk Eucharist at the Great Park at 8:30 am. The Rev’d Kay Sylvester will celebrate. Perhaps there is someone in your parish who is walking. Perhaps YOU would like to walk. Or, perhaps you would like to add your contribution to the team of those walking on behalf of GLEAM/OC in the Saints AElred and Hildegard group from Messiah, Santa Ana. Go to the Home Page Search for “AIDS Walk Orange County” and note the Sponsor or Walker buttons to the right, If you sponsor a team, A&H is listed first:.http://www.ocasf.org/ category/asf-events-activities/aidswalk-orange-county. What a great way to witness to the presence of God to those in difficulty – and to the wider community of the acceptance of the Church of all people! AIDS Walk Orange County was started in 1985, and has been walked every year since, to raise money to provide critical services for people with the disease and awareness to prevent its spread. Funds are raised by individual walkers and walk teams by soliciting pledges from their friends and colleagues. Each year, the money raised is distributed among recipient agencies that provide help such as: food, housing, medical case management, transportation, testing, prevention, education…all free of charge!
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WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP continues to meet monthly at the home of Beth Bianchi at 7pm on the 4th Tuesday. and has been very well attended. Contact the parish office for details. This month they will be meeting on May 27th.
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Online Learning continued from page 1 new parishioners it will be a valuable introduction to our faith tradition. Cost for the course is $15 and scholarships are available. The ChurchNext website describes the course and the teacher: About this course Why does Sunday morning Episcopal worship look like it does? What’s happening? From the processional hymn to the Bible readings, the sermon, and Holy Communion - why do Episcopalians do what they do? The Episcopal liturgy is rich in tradition and symbolism, but it can also be a bit overwhelming to a visitor unfamiliar with the service. Even those who attend Episcopal services may regularly forget the meaning and significance of the liturgy. For instance, why is the service structured the way it is? What's the meaning of the various prayers? Why are there three readings? What is the purpose of the hymns? What is Communion all about? James Hamilton James Hamilton, an Episcopal priest and gifted liturgist, is rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Farmington Hills, Michigan. His background in literature, art, and theatre enables him to explain the abundant meaning of Episcopal worship in accessible and inspiring ways. Melinda Rader and Corinne Stover will be hosting the class. It will run for seven weeks. Parishioners can complete class work at home on their own time. There will be two oncampus, “live” meetings, one at the beginning of the seven weeks and one at the end. The purpose of these meetings, is to share ideas, answer questions and to work out and spot check any computer issues. Are you interested in learning more? Need a scholarship? Please contact Susan Caldwell 949.644.0463 Ext. 12. And continue to watch for upcoming bulletin announcements regarding new courses to be offered.
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TIME FOR CAMP by Corinne Stover “Will you go to camp this summer?” asked a friend. “Yeah, I’m going back to Camp Stevens…and this year I’m goin’ rogue on the ropes!” “But is there a pool? Gotta have a pool!” Lucky for new generations of Episcopal youth, there is a pool at Camp Stevens, in Julian, San Diego County, California. It wasn’t the case in 1943, when Bishop Bertrand Stevens sought a site in Idyllwild for a summer camp for young people in the diocese of Los Angeles. Friends in my confirmation class at St. Mark’s, Downey, were excited about going to camp that summer. It was a new experience away from our World War II activities: collecting scrap metal and tires, rolling bandages after school, saving for War Bonds, rationing good things like meat, sugar, butter. Gasoline was also rationed, so parents took turns driving to and from camp. Sleeping in tent cabins, we found new friends at once. Days began with a walk to an outdoor chapel for communion, crossing a stream where we collected ‘fool’s gold.’ You could take hikes, read, make up skits, do crafts or do nothing. Talked a lot about how God worked, but enjoying outdoors was the best! At the end of the week, Bishop Stevens led the clergy in a talent show, with trumpet, accordion and harmonica playing. The Bishop had a big, booming voice to lead campfire singing. The 1944 year at Camp Stevens was my last year as a camper. I have done counselor training at Camp Stevens in Julian, and my daughter, Catherine, loved Girls Friendly Society and choir camps! “Besides swimming and roping, can you just gaze at the stars?” Come and see! The Bishop W. Bertrand Stevens foundation is named in honor of the second Bishop of Los Angeles. Each year, the Foundation awards grants that help clergy and other staff to become better ministers to youth and to fund programs that strengthen the connection between youth and the church, or endeavors that will strengthen ministries to and by young adults.
A Camp Stevens Reflection by Imogen Kirsch and Susan Caldwell Imogen Kirsch, aged 10 and the daughter of Jullie, has her memories of Camp Stevens which were made last year in the summer of 2013. When I interviewed Imogen on the phone, she had this to say. “I went to Camp Stevens. It was really fun!” “What did you like about it?” I asked. “I loved their food. It tastes really good. There is cereal and pancakes and bacon and OJ. There is a mulberry tree and a plum tree that you can eat off of.” “What activities did you like?” “We made chapstick out of bees wax. And there is a swimming pool with a diving board. We also did archery. But it is completely safe so no one gets hurt.” “What else did you do?” “There is a place called the Cow Pond. There you can catch little frogs and hold them in your hand. And there is a chicken coop where you can gather eggs for breakfast and lunch. We did an overnight where you set up camp and bring just your sleeping bag and pillow.” “Do you mean you sleep outside under the stars?” “Yes. “ “Wow!” “And the normal cabins don’t have any doors. I like Camp Stevens. It is really fun. There is a rock wall that you can climb. You can’t call home or your mom, but you can bring a camera.” Thank you, Imogen, for letting the parishioners at Saint Michael &All Angels know what Camp Stevens is like. If anyone would like to contribute to the Camp Stevens Scholarship Fund so children and youth may attend summer camp, please contact Barbara Black, Christian Education Vestry Commissioner 949.640.7989.
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NOTABLE BOOKS Backpacking through the Anglican Communion: A Search for Unity by the Rev. Jesse Zink
he Anglican Communion is said to be coming apart at the seams, divided by debates about sexuality, gender, and power. But is that really true? It may depend on who‘s talking – and who‘s listening – according to Jesse Zink, a well traveled author, Episcopal priest, and graduate student at Cambridge University. Perhaps the great mistake Anglicans have made in recent years has been listening to our loudest voices and thinking they are the most representative in the Communion. They are not, he writes. Instead, there is a deep and holy humility at the heart of what it means to be Anglican. For “Backpacking through the Anglican Communion,” Zink traveled tens of thousands of miles around the world, visiting and worshiping with Anglicans in some of the Communion‘s most diverse provinces -- Nigeria, the largest province ministering in an
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The Rev. Canon John L. Peterson, former secretary general of the Anglican Communion and current president of the Anglican Communion’s Compass Rose Society, said this about the book, ”When visiting the church on four of the seven continents, Jesse enters into the local life of the churches and helps us to understand the diversity and unity of our global family and our mutual responsibility to each other. He has beautifully and insightfully articulated a story that needs to be told. “ The Rev. Jesse Zink is a doctoral student in world Christianity at Cambridge University and assistant chaplain at Emmanuel College. Prior to ordination, he was a news reporter, missionary, and ambulance driver. He is also the author of “Grace at the Garbage Dump” (2012), a book about his years working in a shantytown community of South Africa.
unstable political environment; South Sudan, at one point the fastest-growing church in the world, now rebuilding after devastating civil wars; England, the mother church of Anglicans, struggling to adjust to a new, secular age; and South Africa, a church dealing with the legacy of entrenched discrimination and rapid social change. Drawing on these encounters, he demonstrates that when conversations about power, history, and sexuality are undertaken in a spirit of mutuality and trust, they can strengthen, not weaken, the Anglican Communion. The result is a book that presents vivid slices of Anglican life around the world, argues convincingly that unity is central to the Communion‘s mission, and presents a credible path to achieving that unity in a global church. “Backpacking through the Anglican Communion” is an exciting new book from Morehouse Publishing that challenges the tired narrative of Anglican disunity. The story Zink learns at the grassroots level of the church is far different from the one that dominates its highest levels. It is a book that will be sure to enrich debates about the future of the Anglican Communion.
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