FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE Volume 63 Number 10
The Episcopal Church of Saint Michael Pacific View Drive at Marguerite
Corona del Mar
BELOVEDS IN CHRIST,
...From the Desk of the Rector
ovember begins with All Saints and All Souls days. We will celebrate on Sunday morning, November 3 at both eight and ten o’clock celebrations of The Holy Eucharist and with “Praying Our Goodbyes” at four o’clock that Sunday afternoon. The Collect for All Saints’ Day prays, “Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you...” (BCP 245) November ends with Thanksgiving Day. We will celebrate on November 28 at 10:00 a.m. with great hymns like “We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing,” “Come, ye thankful people, come,” “For the beauty of the earth,” and “Now thank we all our God.” The Collect for Thanksgiving Day (BCP 246) prays, “Make us...faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need...” Why not combine All Saints/Souls and Thanksgiving? Every day I give thanks for Don & Polly, my parents, and for other family, friends, teachers, mentors, colleagues, coaches who have enriched and brought God’s grace into my life. I whole-heartedly recommend this exercise and trust you will find it as rewarding, too. Observing All Saints/Souls days my feelings turn to nostalgia and lament over those who I’ve loved, and to wondering what heaven might be like. Our Catechism (BCP 862) says, “By heaven, we mean eternal life in our enjoyment of God.” Children have equally lovely perspectives: Eight-year-old Eric says, “Heaven is a place where there is a lot of money lying around. You could just pick it up, play with it, and buy things. I think I am going to buy a basketball and I am going to ‘shoot hoops’ with my great-great-grandmother.” Suzi: “Heaven is up in the sky, and you could look down at circuses for free if you want to, except you have to ask God for permission first.” Katie: “I know hat heaven is, but I don’t want to go there. I want to go to Disneyland.” Billie got into lots of mischief and his mother said, “Billy, how do you ever expect to get into heaven acting like that?” Billy thought for a moment, then he said, “Well, I’ll just run in-and-out and keep slamming the door until they say, ‘For goodness’ sake, either come in or stay out.’ Then I’ll go in.” And the young girl who I think understood it best looked at the stars one night, admiring their beauty; then she turned to her father and said, “Dad, I have been thinking: If the wrong side of heaven is so beautiful, what will the right side be?” Observing Thanksgiving Day I want to be lighthearted and part of formerly dispersed family gathered at laden tables and/or around games, a rare interval of authentic leisure. What I love most is Thanksgiving’s underlying idea: that existence itself is a gift.
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PARISH NEWS AND NOTES
* * * FINANCIAL UPDATE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2013 Preliminary YTD Income is $373,132. Our YTD Expense is $419,944. The parish Net Ordinary Income is ($46,812), which is $222 ahead of our plan. Our YTD Pledge Income is $304,548 which is $14,201 below our plan through the end of 2013. In the month of September we doubled our deficit, primarily because pledges were not received. At the end of September 2012 our ordinary income was ($42,480), and we are $4,331 behind last year. Our total operating cash balance is $226,162 of which $146,940 is designated gifts; leaving a net balance of $79,222. This also includes funds raised for the church refurbishment. The Endowment Trust has a balance of $ 164,461. We really need everyone to bring their pledges current so that we can end the year in the black. We are beginning the budgeting process for 2014, so we need to know that we will be current in 2013. Also if you have not made your pledge for 2014, please turn it in this month.
* * * LOAVES AND FISHES: In November we will collect new white crew socks for men, women and children. Monetary donations are always welcome, too, and checks should be made payable to Saint Michael & All Angels, with Loaves and Fishes on the memo line. (Tax ID #952123746)
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BUILDING OUR FAITH: LOVING CHRIST AND SERVING OUR COMMUNITY
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(MORE) PARISH NEWS AND NOTES CONTRIBUTIONS WERE MADE TO THE RECTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND most recently by Testa-HowardManning family in thanksgiving for the life of Janice Emily Testa; and, on our Saint Michael & All Angels’ Festival Day by: Pauline & Joseph Benjamin, Judy & Bill Brady, Ben Card, Bob & Dottie Cole, Marcia Commins, Clyde Dodge, Sam Horton, Marguerite & Jim Jackson, Bill Leasure, Ruth Poole, and Cam & Richard Wallis. These funds extend our Parish’s mission of outreach, providing for such needs as can be helped by financial assistance.
* * * HELP FOR HUNGRY PEOPLE: We are once again in need of donations for replenishing our food cupboard. Please call Murry McClaren with any questions; and THANK YOU ALL for your help!
* * * 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. "Stewardship as a Way of Life" is an excellent pamphlet that summarizes four aspects of stewardship. Treasure involves pledging to the church as an act of gratitude and faith. "We pledge 'off the top' of our income - that is, not giving God what is left over." Time and Talent stresses how we use these resources to build up God's kingdom in our lives by using our God-given abilities to help others inside and outside the church. Estate and Legacy asks the questions "What do we want to leave behind?" and "How do we want to be remembered?" Finally, Environment helps us understand what being stewards of God's kingdom means. The authors give us practical suggestions that help make stewardship truly a way of life. Senior Warden...............................Lynn Headley [email@example.com] 714.963.5932 Junior Warden........................................[Open] Christian Education.......................Barbara Black [firstname.lastname@example.org] 949.375.3048 Clerk of the Vestry...................... ...Karlene Miller [email@example.com] 949.336.6215 Building and rounds.................... ..........[Open]
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VERY IMPORTANT TO OUR CELEBRATION OF ALL SAINTS/ SOULS November 3, 2013, at both 8 and 10am. and “Praying Our Goodbyes” at 4pm. will be reading the names of beloveds who have died since All Saints/Souls 2012. Please give names of your beloveds who have died during this past year to Peter before November 3 and invite their families and friends to join you for both morning and afternoon worship that Sunday.
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PLEASE CHECK the lost and found box next to the tract rack in Michael’s Room.
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TIME AND TALENT If you are thinking about volunteering with one of our commissions at St. Mike’s, please review the “Parish Life” booklet on the “back rail” of the Sanctuary. which describes these activities. We need greeters, acolytes, coffee hosts, and ushers, and have other interesting assignments as well. Volunteering is a wonderful way to meet new people at St. Mike’s. Please call Melinda Rader with questions at 949.230.3644.
VESTRY MEMBERS 2013 Communications...........................Clyde Dodge [firstname.lastname@example.org 949.375.1530 Evangelism.................................Melinda Rader [email@example.com] 949.230.3644 Fellowship......................................Teri Corbet [firstname.lastname@example.org] 714.964.5505
Birthdays 3rd - Cam Wallis 7th - Jim Headley 11th - Constance Davidson 13th - Linda Sevier 19th - Marcia Commins Danielle Shaw 25th - Harry Stahl Jeff Stone 26th - Robin Hardt Baptism 1st - Lynne Ruedy Anne Warmington 8th - Susan Zevnik 16th - Stacy Stone Weddings 21st - Keith & Paddy Nelson 23rd - Tony & Mary Caldarone 28th - Harry & Susan Stahl
* * * NURSERY CARE IS AVAILABLE on Sundays from 9:30am.
* * * LEST WE FORGET: There have been 4,489 American military casualties in Iraq and 2,150 in Afghanistan. "Lord hear our prayers for those who are dead and for those who mourn." FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE is a publication of Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, Corona del Mar, CA. Copy deadline is the second Wednesday of the month. We welcome letters and articles. Editor: Susan Beechner 949.644.0463
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Rector’s Desk from page 1 If the holiday ritual calls for the bounty of culinary excess, it is not to celebrate affluence but to acknowledge the serendipitous richness of life itself; multiple desserts are a tribute to all that we don’t deserve. In some homes, couples look across the table at one another and recall how, years ago, each was ambushed by romantic desire, then was stunned to discover it as mutual. In others, parents marvel at the ways their children have surpassed them. Friends take note of how the passage of time has turned simple familiarity into unbreakable bonds. Perhaps sons and daughters glimpse in their mothers and fathers, or even in their brothers and sisters, a rock-solid trustworthiness for which, as yet, they have no words except “Thank you!” And, that’s enough for gratefulness defines us at our best!
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Sundays-at-Nine Adult Education Schedule Beginnning November 3rd 1. Reflections/Praying our Goodbyes with Norris Battin
2. The Rev’d Dr. Fennie Chang , UCI Episcopal Chaplain Come with your questions about this ministry
3. Lectionary Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 28
4. Lectionary The Last Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 29
5. Advent Godly Play for Adults
6. Alternative Gift Fair Time to browse & shop for your family & friends
7. Alternative Gift Fair
8. Godly Play Enrichment for Adults Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra
We meet in the Davis Library every Sunday morning at 9am between the 8 & 10 worship services. Pick up a cup of coffee and join us there. All are welcome! (MORE) PARISH NEWS AND NOTES PHONE TREE MINISTRY: NEW MEMBERS NEEDED. Our goal is to contact every parishioner by phone once a month.This is a great opportunity to get to know others better and to share information, needs and suggestions about Saint Mike's. Please contact Ruth Poole at 949.644.9263.
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* * * MEN’S GROUP: Each week we discuss a chapter or two of a book, typically on theology, philosophy and science. We meet 7.30-9.00am each Thursday in Davis Library. All men welcome regardless of faith or lack of it.
A PRAYER Loving God, we turn to you in times of heartbreak and grief. We know that your thoughts are not our thoughts, and you are too high for us to comprehend. But you, Loving One, suffer with us and know our pains, as we are your very own. We know you bend your heart to those who cry out to you. Send out your Spirit upon those who mourn a loss beyond comprehension, and give us guidance to do what we can to love them through these days and hours. --Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, University City, MO
PLEASE REMEMBER . . . Saint Michael & All Angels has a Parish Emergency Fund funded by parishioners and available to parishioners facing financial emergencies and needing economic assistance. Requests should be directed to our rector or any member of our Vestry. Currently there is $5000 in this Fund. At one time there was more than $20,000 in the Parish Emergency Fund; so, if you are able to contribute, all gifts are welcome!
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WORSHIP SCHEDULE Sunday Holy Eucharist 8am Choral Eucharist 10am Adult Education 9am Sunday School 10am Tuesday HE, MP, alternating Tues. at 7:30am Nursery Care provided from 9:30am Wednesday Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Peace and Healing-12 noon ABOUT SAINT MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS
Preparing for the Coming of Christ
friend of mine sent out a photo in June of herself at the hospital with her new grandbaby. The baby, whose face could barely be seen, was wrapped in its “burrito” shaped blanket. It was my friend’s first grandchild and her enthusiasm was one of elation. Recently, she sent another picture. I saw a precious four month old with bright twinkling eyes and a broad toothless grin. My attention was drawn to my friend’s son, the new father, and his fixed look of joy on the little one sitting up in his arms I remembered in June when my friend told me that the baby was to be born. She reflected that her daughter-in-law was ready but she wasn’t quite sure if her son was! His golfing buddies had given him a “shower” gift that was a big empty box. “This is all you will have time for,” they teased. But a picture speaks a thousand words. ‘Adoration’ is the only word I know to describe this new father’s facial expression. He adored this baby. His baby. As our society and culture around us prepare for Christmas in November, as liturgically minded Episcopalians we are taught to adjust our lives to Advent, to look forward to the Coming of Christ. Our baby. With Advent in sight which will begin Sunday, December 1st, let us take time to adore God’s only Son, Jesus. In the book of Matthew, heaven speaks to earth about how we are to view the Christ. “This is my Son who I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Dan Olive Sandy Clyde Hildy Sally John Dee Jack Nancy Pat Noelle Norm Sue Bob Roberta Mary Betty
GUIDANCE Victor Andrea Dan Greg Scott
REPOSE Janice Emily Testa
THANKSGIVING - with Lynne for Ken Ruedy; - with Peggy for Lisa Jordan; - for Danielle Shaw’s birthday; - for DeWitt F. Bowman’s birthday
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We are a Christian Community of the Anglican Communion who come to hear God’s word and receive and share the Lord Jesus Christ. Our purpose is to have Christ live in us in order that in Christ we may live faithful and productive Christian lives. Our commitment to the Gospel is evangelical; our liturgical tradition, catholic; our theology orthodox but open to thought, reflection, and spiritual endeavor. We care about the world and strive to serve Christ in it.
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“Listen to Him!” . -Matthew 17:5
“Hallelujah, Immanuel, God is with us.” -Matthew 1:23
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IN THE ABSENCE OF A VESTRY/ CHAIRPERSON for our Buildings and Grounds Commission, if you have a concern about our campus please put notes in cubbie/boxes in our Parish Office for both “Buildings & Grounds” and “Sexton” (parish custodian). Thank you.
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Christian Education continued from page 4 Through the words of John F. Wade, we can come afresh to the famous hymn, “O Come All Ye Faithful.” We can meditate on the words that he has chosen for the season. Oh, come, all ye faithful, Joyful and triumphant! Oh, come ye, oh, come ye to Bethlehem; Come and behold him Born the king of angels: Oh, come, let us adore him, Oh, come, let us adore him, Oh, come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord. How can you take time to adore the Christ this Advent season? How can you prepare for the Coming of the Messiah? Will you pause for reflection when you see a nativity? Can you share Jesus’ hope with a lonely friend or neighbor? Can you stop to light a candle to offer a prayer of thanksgiving? Ponder about the height and breath of salvation? Wonder about the mystery of the incarnation? Highest, most holy, Light of light eternal, Born of a virgin, A mortal he comes; Son of the Father Now in flesh appearing! Oh, come, let us adore him, Oh, come, let us adore him, Oh, come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord. Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation, Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above! Glory to God In the highest: Oh, come, let us adore him, Oh, come, let us adore him, Oh, come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.
Yea, Lord, we greet thee, Born this happy morning; Jesus, to thee be glory given! Word of the Father, Now in flesh appearing! Oh, come, let us adore him, Oh, come, let us adore him, Oh, come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord. Christmas time with all its festive music and foods and song and gift giving can bring great joy to others. Yet in the hustle and bustle of it all, there is the quiet fact that can escape us.“Jesus who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form,he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.” -- Philippians 2:6-8
May we invite the Lord in to sit with us by the fire, to share our meals and gather our packages? And may we be ever mindful of his willingness to be relational. Come, Lord Jesus, Come. We adore you. Advent begins Sunday, December 1st this year. AN ADVENT PRAYER
Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day. We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us. We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom. We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence. We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light. To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!” --Henri Nouwen
Diocesan Convention to Meet Dec. 6 - 7: Meeting theme is ‘Seeds of Hope’ By EN staff --Episcopal News, Los Angeles
he 118th meeting of Diocesan Convention will take place Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 - 7 at the Ontario Convention Center, where it will continue with the theme “Seeds of Hope: Serving Together in Abundant Vineyards.” A highlight of the meeting will be the third biennial Margaret Parker Memorial Lecture, delivered by Bishop Barbara Harris, first woman to be elected a bishop in the Anglican Communion The Ontario center is located at 2000 E. Convention Way in Ontario, just north of Ontario Airport. According to the Call to Convention mailed to delegates and clergy of the diocese on July 15, the meeting will be called to order at 1 p.m. on Dec. 6; the registration area will open at 9am in the lobby. Before the convention, delegates and clergy are invited to submit resolutions for the meeting to consider; the deadline is Sept. 27. Nominations for diocesan office will also be voted on at convention. Nominations must be submitted to Secretary of Convention Janet Wylie by Oct. 18. Resolutions and nominations must be submitted using the designated forms on the website. A draft convention agenda, detailed instructions for delegates, hotel and meal reservation forms, youth participation information and childcare reservation forms may also be found there. An assembly will be held in each of the diocese’s 10 deaneries before convention. The schedule is being finalized, and will be posted on the convention webpage.U
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SHARPS AND FLATS
t happened again yesterday. I was attending one of those hip, contemporary churches — and almost no one sang. Worshippers stood obediently as the band rocked out, the smoke machine belched, and lights flashed. Lyrics were projected on the screen, but almost no one sang them. A few women were trying, but I saw only one male (other than the worship leader) making the attempt. Congregational singing has ebbed and flowed over the centuries. It reached a high tide when I was a young man – but that tide may be going out again. And that could be bad news for men. First, a very quick history of congregational singing. Before the Reformation, laypersons were not allowed to sing in church. They were expected to stand mute as sacred music was performed by professionals (priests and cantors), played on complex instruments (pipe organs), and sung in an obscure language (Latin). Reformers gave worship back to the people in the form of congregational singing. They composed simple tunes that were easy to sing, and mated them with theologically rich lyrics. Since most people were illiterate in the 16th century, singing became an effective form of catechism. Congregants learned about God as they sang about God. A technological advance – the printing press – led to an explosion of congregational singing. The first hymnal was printed in 1532, and soon a few dozen hymns became standards across Christendom. Hymnals slowly grew over the next four centuries. By the mid20th century every Protestant church had a hymnal of about 1,000 songs, 250 of which were regularly sung. In the church of my youth, everyone picked up a hymnal and sang every verse of every song – praise God for the Episcopal Church! About 20 years ago a new technological advance – the computer controlled projection screen – entered America’s sanctuaries. Suddenly churches could project song lyrics for all to see. Hymnals became obsolete. No longer were Christians limited to 1,000 songs handed down by our elders.
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At first, churches simply projected the songs everyone knew – hymns and a few simple praise songs that had come out of the Jesus Movement. People sang robustly. But that began to change about ten years ago. Worship leaders realized they could project anything on that screen. So they brought in new songs each week. They drew from the radio, the Internet, and Worship conferences. Some began composing their own songs, performing them during worship, and selling them on CD’s after church. In short order we went from 250 songs everyone knew to now 250,000+ songs nobody knows. Years ago, worship leaders used to prepare their flocks when introducing a new song. “We’re going to do a new song for you now,” they would say. “We’ll go through it twice, and then we invite you to join in.” That kind of coaching is rare today. Songs get switched out so frequently that it’s impossible to learn them. People can’t sing songs they’ve never heard. And with no musical notes to follow, how is a person supposed to pick up the tune? And so the church has returned to the 14th century. Worshippers stand mute as professional-caliber musicians play complex instruments, sung in an obscure language. Martin Luther is turning over in his grave. All praise to Saint Michael & All Angels Church and her leadership for a rich, solid foundation and history in congregational singing. What does this mean for men? On the positive side, men no longer feel pressure to sing in church. Men who are poor readers or poor singers no longer have to fumble through hymnals, sing archaic lyrics or read a musical staff. But the negatives are huge. Men are doers, and singing was one of the things we used to do together in church. It was a chance to participate. Now, with congregational singing going away, and in some churches communion no longer a weekly ordinance, there’s only one avenue left for men to participate in the service – the offering. Is this really the message we want to send to men? Sit there, be quiet, and enjoy the show. And don’t forget to give us money.
There’s nothing wrong with professionalism and quality in church music. The problem isn’t the rock band, or the lights, or the smoke machine. The key is familiarity – I grew up with the phrase, “routine and familiarity are our friends,” and it holds true today – people enjoy singing songs they know. How do I know? When that superhip band performed a hymn, the crowd responded with gusto. People sang. Even the men. Now, next month Part 3 of ‘Sacred Music, Is It Really a Matter of Taste?’ U
nited Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through United Thank Offering, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. United Thank Offering is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the UTO monies to support mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and in Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the developing world.
* * * IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR the Sanctuary Light or Altar Flowers in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving for a birthday, anniversary, or other special event, please sign up on the board in the Parish Center and indicate the person or occasion to be remembered. The suggested donation for flowers is $30; the Sanctuary Light is $10. Please mark your check for the Altar Guild.
Calendar of Events At Saint Michael & All Angels
Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. Nursery care from 9:30 a.m. on Sundays-at-Nine, 9:00 a.m., DL Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. Godly Play, children 4-11, Yellow Room Formation, 5th-8th grade, Green Room
Basketball, 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 (not 11/26) 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 Peace and Healing, 12:00 Noon Whiz Kids, 1:45-5:00 p.m., AAC (not 11/27) Confirmation Class, 4:00-5:30 p.m., CR (begin 11/13) Basketball, 5:00-8:00, 8:00-10:00 p.m., AAC
Men’s Group, 7:30-9:00 a.m., DL Whiz Kids, 1:45-5:00 p.m., AAC (not 11/28) Basketball, 5:00-8:00 p.m., AAC Parish Choir Rehearsal, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Children’s Choir Rehearsal, 5:00 p.m., NW
Yoga class, 9:00-10:00 a.m., NW Whiz Kids, 9:15-11:30 a.m. AAC (not 11/29) Basketball, 5:00-8:00 p.m., AAC AA meeting, 7:00-10:00 p.m., SW
Basketball, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Handbell Rehearsal 10-11:00 a.m., NW (11/9, 11/23)
Meeting Rooms: AAC - All Angels’ Court MR - Michael’s Room CR - Conference Room
DL - Davis Library NW - North Wing BR - Blue Room, AAC
SW - South Wing PC - Parish Center RR - Red Room, AAC
1st Sunday of Advent, Year A Advent Lessons and Carols, 4:00 p.m. Fri. & Sat., Dec. 6th & 7th Diocesan Convention, Ontario Convention Center Sun., Dec. 8th Alternative Gift Fair, AAC th Wed., Dec. 11 Senior Ministry, 2:00 p.m., CR Sun., Dec. 22nd Last Sunday of Advent Tues., Dec. 24th Christmas Eve Worship, 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., & 10:00 p.m Wed., Dec. 25th Christmas Day Worship, 10:00 a.m., Sanctuary Sun, Dec. 1st
IN THE COMING MONTHS
Deanery Assembly at St. James the Great, Via Lido Daylight Saving ends--Fall Back! All Saints/Souls Celebrated Praying Our Goodbyes, 4:00 p.m., Sanctuary Wed., Nov. 6th Vestry Meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m., CR Thurs., Nov. 7th Staff Meeting, 9:30-11:00 a.m., DL Sat., Nov. 9th Harbor Day using our parking lot for dance recital Sun., Nov. 10th Adult Christian Ed Committee Meeting, 11:30 a.m., CR Mon., Nov. 11th Office closed for Veterans Day Wed., Nov. 13th Confirmation Class, 4:00 p.m., CR Deadline for December For the Love of Mike, 5:00 p.m. th Sun., Nov. 17 Worship Commission, 11:30 a.m., CR Thurs., Nov. 21st Hutchins Consort, 5:00 p.m., CR Sun., Nov. 24th Last Sunday after Pentecost:: Christ the King The Bible Challenge, 11:30 a.m., DL Tues., Nov. 26th Spyglass Hill Homeowners Board, 6:00-9:00 p.m., CR Women’s Fellowship, 7:00 p.m., Bianchi’s Home th Thurs., Nov. 28 Thanksgiving Day - 10:00 a.m. Worship Office closed today and Nov. 29th Sat., Nov. 2nd Sun., Nov. 3rd
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Mission Ministry Minute
In Sudan, Anglican Bishop Works to End LRA Militia Volence By Jesse Zink
Your Mission Commission is busy planning an epic Alternative Gift Market to support our many Mission Projects this December. The event will be held Sunday December 8. Returning booths this year are Habitat for Humanity, Heifer Project, Free Wheelchair Mission, Loaves and Fishes, Handcrafts from African Team Ministry and SERRV International (Fair Trade Gifts and Crafts) and several others. We will also be collecting toys for “Americas Children”, unwrapped, costing no more than $5-$10 (or a donation) to take down to Mexico after Christmas for the children. A new booth this year will be – “Michael’s Market” which will be selling donated items from our parishioners such as: Home Baked Goods, Jams, Soup Mix, Garden Baskets, Handicrafts, Gift cards etc. If you have items to donate please contact Gail Haghjoo 714 966-0314 or firstname.lastname@example.org regarding what you would like to contribute to Michael’s Market. We look forward to seeing you at this wonderful event and hope you will enjoy shopping for Christmas Gifts that make a difference in the world! U
Emergency Preparedness Update The draft Emergency Preparedness Plan for St. Michael and All Angels was revised and sent to the Emergency Preparedness committee and the Vestry for review. Comments are being received and a final draft will be completed in the next few weeks. Once the final Plan is issued, follow up implementation activities, such as training for the staff will begin. Thanks to the Emergency Preparedness committee for their participation and input.
* * * UPDATED PARISH DIRECTORIES are now available in Michael’s Room. Thanks to Peter Coppen.
nglican Communion News Service] Samuel Enosa Peni, bishop of the Diocese of Nzara in the Episcopal Church of the Sudan, is the deputy chairman of an interfaith group of religious leaders from South Sudan, Uganda, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The group, led by the Catholic archbishop of Kinsangani in the DRC, is working to end the violence caused by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). For Peni, the threat posed by the LRA is real. When he became bishop in 2010, thirtythree of his parishes—a quarter of the total— were closed after people fled their rural villages because of violence caused by the LRA. The LRA came into existence in the late 1980s as part of a civil war in northern Uganda, but has since transformed into a rebel army with a reputation for particular brutality. Shortly after Peni moved to Nzara from nearby Yambio to become bishop, the LRA killed two families in a village close to Nzara. Peni remembers hearing the news in his new home. With the diocesan secretary, he decided to go to where the bodies were being kept, and where many people had begun to gather. As he got out of the car, he remembers, “I could hear people whispering, ‘Oh, he is the new bishop.’ The secretary motioned the people to stop wailing and listen. Then I had to give a message of encouragement, of comfort. I had to cry with them.” Since that time, he has had success in encouraging people to return to their villages and resume their lives of subsistence agriculture. This, in turn, lessens their dependence on international assistance. In recent years, the combined pressure of the Ugandan military and a recent deployment of American armed forces has pushed the LRA out of South Sudan and into CAR. It is the regional nature of the threat that brought religious leaders together. Peni recalls that they were driven by a single question: “Why don’t we meet and find a way in which all of us as a regional body can speak to our governments and speak to the international community to find a way in which this can be solved?” A coup in CAR in 2013 has caused widespread instability, leading to fears that the LRA may regroup there. In the fall of 2012, Peni and other leaders were in Washington, D.C. for meetings on Capitol Hill and at the State Department and Pentagon to press for continued American
involvement in the region. Peni has a similar trip planned this autumn to lobby European Union officials in Brussels. Repeated peace talks with the LRA have not produced a solution. Peni and other religious leaders support continued military action to maintain pressure on the LRA’s leaders. If the military forces leave, Peni says, “they are going to give [the LRA] room, like has happened in the past, to continue to reorganize [itself] and continue to do the atrocities.” The international advocacy work is matched by a community-level healing program in the diocese. Peni and other trained facilitators lead trauma healing programs in communities that have been affected by the violence. Participants are encouraged to share their experience of suffering as a way to deal with the emotional legacy of the violence. “We are not a big organization to offer things like relief aid to them,” Peni says. “We can’t do that. But we can do the spiritual counseling.” The ultimate goal, he says, is to reach a point in which people in the diocese can forgive the LRA and begin to move past the experience of trauma to a more productive future. A particular focus of the workshops is women, who have been especially affected by the violence. Peni says that it can be a challenge, at first: “Sometimes even women don’t bring out all the things that they experienced with the LRA in the bush— the way they were kidnapped, the way they were treated, the way they were abused, all those things.” But female facilitators bring together women from different communities to share stories of their suffering: “When they share this and get to meet, they say, ‘Oh, I am not the only one who has gone through this. So and so from a different part of the county has gone through the same thing. If they have gone through it and they are surviving, then we can move on.’” Peni notes that, aside from the church, civil society organizations are weak in South Sudan. He supports the government’s effort for peace, but says the church must be involved as well: “When there is no peace, that means we can’t have Christians in the church, that means we can’t have prayers going on.” For the church to be involved in peace efforts—at both the international and local levels—is simply what it means to be the church: “The role of the church is to advocate for a peaceful environment, a peaceful community. Where there is hatred, where there is fighting, our role as the church is to go there and make peace.” Jesse Zink is the author of “Backpacking Through the Anglican Communion: A Search for Unity” U
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IMAGINING THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE FUTURE Members are invited to share memories, dreams in online forum
By EN staff --Episcopal News, Los Angeles The Task Force for Re-Imagining the Episcopal Church (TREC) has posted an “Engagement Kit” online at http://reimaginetec.org and invites Episcopalians throughout the church to contribute their memories, ideas and dreams to the conversation. TREC, created by authority of a unanimous-vote resolution at General Convention 2012, is charged with studying the structures and governance of the Episcopal Church “in a way that best responds to God’s call at this moment in our common life, and helps most faithfully live into the church God is calling us to become in the future,” according to The Rev’d Craig Loya, a member of the task force.
“The engagement kit is intended to be used by any local, diocesan, or churchwide gathering,” said Loya. The engagement kit may be downloaded as a PDF document or PowerPoint presentation. It includes overviews, guidelines for engagement, facilitator’s notes, charts and other resources. The website also offers an opportunity for online engagement through a series of four questions. “The members of the task force want to hear the memories, hopes and dreams that people have for the church,” according to the website. “We are trying to reach as many people as we can over the next few months. We will use what we hear to help us shape recommendations for the church’s structure, administration and governance.” People may participate as individuals, but the engagement kit is designed for groups to work on together, according to TREC member The Rev’d Joseph M.C. Chambers. Data from the engagement kit responses will be used by TREC to help inform its work.
The deadline for submitting information is March 14, 2014 at http:/ /reimaginetec.org/. For more information, or questions or comments, contact TREC members by email at email@example.com.U
REMEMBERING THOSE WE LOVE BUT SEE NO LONGER On Sunday November 3 at 4pm, Saint Michael & All Angels will hold this year’s Praying Our Goodbyes service. The service takes its name from a book by Cervite Sister Joyce Rupp in which she describes a spiritual approach to coping with the inevitable goodbyes that we all must face in our journey through life. The service will be held in conjunction with the first 2013-2014 program of Saint Michael’s Friends of Music “First Sundays at 4” series. This program is entitled “In Remembrance” and features organ and musical ensembles of the parish. U
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