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The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary the Virgin
June, July & August 2013
On Parenting The Rev. Scott E. Richardson, Rector
I say the same thing every year, in May, during the announcements at Sunday worship: “Happy Mother’s Day, to all mothers in attendance and to all those who exhibit motherly virtue in their life.” I repeat the same greeting in June, this time featuring fathers. I do so for several reasons.
First, we want to lift up and celebrate all those who nurture children. Good parenting is, perhaps, the world’s most important vocation. It is the cornerstone of society and the critical issue for those who hope to live in safe and thriving communities. There is no one way to parent effectively, no fixed formula, but there are a few constants that are observable in healthy families. Parents are not required to be perfect but it is necessary for them to be “good enough” (sufficiently loving, clear, firm, and present). The “good enough” parent meets the standard upon which children can healthfully grow; this does not guarantee future success but does provide the basis for it.
On Mother’s and Father’s Day, we are also mindful of those individuals and couples who yearn to be parents but are still waiting for that to happen. This issue emerges regularly in pastoral counseling relationships. It can be a frustrating and frightening time for those who ache to be parents and are, at least for the moment, thwarted in that desire – we might all be reminded to say a special prayer for them as we rejoice with those currently raising families.
And we are also aware of the people who are quietly sitting in our pews but having a hard time celebrating the lives of those who brought them into the world. Parents who suffer from an addiction or mental health challenge cannot always be the stable presence their children need. Those children may later find other figures to fill that gap or, perhaps through counseling, learn to re‐parent themselves. So we pray for them, as well.
Jesus had an interesting relationship with his parents. We don’t hear of Joseph after the scene in the temple, when pre‐teen Jesus snuck away from the family caravan to stun the elders with his wisdom. But Mary is a regular character in the gospel drama, as is Abba, the name that Jesus uses for God. Abba, you may know, is sometimes translated as Daddy or Papa. Can you imagine being that close, that familiar, with the One who brought you and all things into being?
We are blessed with a robust children’s and youth ministry at Saint Mary’s. I believe it is one of the most outstanding characteristics of this parish. We intend, in the years to come, to offer even more program support for those who are currently parenting, hoping to parent, or processing the impact their parents had on them. As we do this work, we will always view these issues through the lens of the gospel, trusting Abba to show the way forward in our varied circumstances.
News of Note from the Sr. Warden Betty Hood‐Gibson, Senior Warden
Happiness—Everybody wants it. How do we get it? One of the top ten most important steps to achieving happiness is right here at St. Mary’s, writes Dan Buettner, an expert on longevity, in an AARP article titled, “Give Yourself a Happiness Makeover.” Buettner has traveled around the world researching what makes people happy. One important step for happiness is the one Buettner calls “Meet, Pray, Love.” Statistically, churchgoers are happy people. He’s not sure if churchgoing makes people happy or if happy people go to church. In any case, research shows that people who belong to a faith‐based community and who go to services more than once a week live up to seven years longer than people who don’t — whether they’re happier or not. Here we are at St. Mary’s, members of a faith‐based community, already possessing a key component of happiness. We have ample opportunities to meet and pray. We have multiple services on Sundays as well as Sunday School for our children and occasional Adult Formation sessions. We also have Chapel Prayer every second Tuesday morning of the month at 9:00 am, Eucharist every week on Wednesday morning at 7:00 am, and Evening Prayer services on Thursday at 5:15 pm. Depending on the Church season, other services or study sessions are available. Please see the Highlights section on page 24 for upcoming events. With these thoughts in my mind, I focused on the third part of Meet, Pray, Love — “love.” I found myself discussing Buettner’s article with a friend at St. Mary’s. She believes happiness is something God wishes for us. With happiness comes peace. She defines happiness as the secret of the joy of living which Jesus summed up in three simple words—“Love one another.” In John 13:34, Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment, that you Page 2
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love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” Sometimes it is easy to give and receive love, and sometimes it is not so easy. In one of his recent sermons, Father Scott reminded us that Jesus says to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. When you have a chance in a quiet moment, read through a few of the many New Testament verses on love. Those verses help to remind us of the love God has for us and how God sent that love through Jesus. Jesus encourages each of us to pass it on to one another. Choose a day or a week and see how many times you give and receive a bit of love—maybe it is just giving a kind word to someone who needs it, or saying thank you, or lending an ear to someone, or offering a shoulder to cry on, or just giving a smile to someone who looks sad, grumpy or a bit down. It could change their day from a sad one into one filled with happiness. I know it has made a difference for me. When the day hasn’t started out very well, receiving a smile from someone has changed the whole tone of my day. And when we smile, a little of God’s love shows through. A member of our parish family told me she learned this truth as she was doing her volunteer work at the front information desk at San Francisco General Hospital. It was a particularly busy morning. A man who needed medical attention and certainly could have used a bath approached the desk. She quickly directed him to the free clinic and sent him on his way. A few hours later he appeared at the desk again and quietly said, “I want to thank you for the gift you gave me.” Puzzled, she asked, “What gift did I give you?” His answer was, “You gave me a smile. No one ever smiles at me. It made me feel like a real person‐‐someone who matters.” Our parishioner learned that morning the true value of something as simple as a smile. “Meet, Pray, Love.” Happiness is all around us at St. Mary’s. The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin
Sunday School News Nancy Clark, Sunday School Co‐Director
As we dash through spring and head to summer, Sunday School, like so many other programs linked to the academic year, is in wrap‐up mode. In April, Easter was the theme and with it the culmination of our Heifer Project activities. The official presentation of the children’s Heifer collection boxes in the balloon‐bedecked wagon took place on April 28. Thirty‐two boxes bearing $485 in pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, as well as varieties of paper money and the occasional extraneous bit of foreign currency, were rolled to the altar by second graders at the Offertory. That money, together with the proceeds from several spirited spring bake sales, netted just over $1300 for Heifer International. In Sunday School lessons during the weeks of Lent, we focused on sheep and goats, guiding the children to an understanding of what a gift of those animals would mean to a needy family. The goal was to fund at least one sheep or goat—the Heifer donation price is $120—as our gift to a family somewhere in the world. With the money raised this year we could in fact provide ten sheep or goats (imagine!!) to help ten needy families, a very impressive and generous gift from the children and families of our parish.
Next in the line‐up of spring activities was this year’s Bible Times Market on the first Sunday in May, the wrap‐up activity for a series of lessons on daily life in Bible Times. “Bible Times” is, of course, a highly imprecise term, spanning as it does some Cow Hollow Church News
2000 years. Clearly we don’t put a fine point on chronology, but instead present lessons and activities designed to help young children visualize the setting for the Old and New Testament stories they hear in church and Sunday School lessons. At the Bible Times Market—the culminating activity for that unit of study—the littlest children are the shoppers, buying flat bread, olives, onions, rosemary, and other geographically appropriate items, as well as handcrafted items from wily older students trying, generally unsuccessfully, to engage in bartering and bargaining. Meanwhile, the tax collector lurks and the money changers provide extra shopping money in exchange for answers to questions about Biblical people and stories. In what town was Jesus born? Who got swallowed by a whale? What giant was slain by a shepherd boy? Who was that shepherd boy? How many disciples did Jesus have? How many years ago was Jesus born?
The last days of Sunday School will include special activities on Mother’s Day to celebrate St. Mary (as well as mothers and good women in our midst) the launching of Holy Spirit gliders on Pentecost, Communion bread making (be ready) by the second graders, and celebratory activities on the very last day of Sunday School, June 2.
Are you tantalized by these activities? Next year will be just as exciting and the search for new Sunday School teachers is now officially in progress. It’s lively and rewarding work –‐ no experience necessary, all materials and mentoring provided. Please consider it; contact Nancy Clark at email@example.com. June, July & August 2013
Youth Group News
Allie Silvestri Graduating from Saint Ignatius College Prep Will attend Villanova University in the Fall
Mike Stafford, Director of Youth Ministry & Julie Legrand, Youth Group Leader
Godspeed Class of 2013
One of the most bittersweet aspects of being a Youth Minister is the annual need to bid our high school seniors a fond farewell as they venture off to the next phase of their lives. We’ve watched these amazing individuals grow from shy, awkward, silly middle schoolers into mature, intelligent, articulate young adults.
Amanda Woodworth Graduating from Alameda High School Will attend George Washington University this Fall
This year’s class is a particularly exceptional group that has been extremely active in the broader St. Mary’s community. Their friendly faces will be truly missed not just at Youth Group, but also at all the other St. Mary’s ministries they’ve participated in, such as Acolytes, Parish Choir, Lectors, Christian Community, Camp Counselors, and much more. And we wish them the best of luck on their next ventures:
Robby Metoyer Graduating from Saint Ignatius College Prep Will attend Sonoma State University in the Fall
Louise Prescott Graduating from Lowell High School Will Attend Bryn Mawr College this Fall
Lia Russell Graduating from Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep Will attend Bard College in the Fall Page 4
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Youth Choir News
The FFAB Four Graduating eighth graders officially end their days in the Youth Choir with the school year, but they’re always welcome to join the Summer Choir, continue in the Youth Choir, and join the Parish Choir. This year the “FFAB Four” graduating choristers – Frances, Fiona, Ainsley and Becca ‐‐ take a fond look back at how the experience has nurtured them in coming to know music, fellowship, and faith. Frances Sutton Nine years ago, my mom signed me up for our church’s Children’s Choir. And ever since, I have been a part of the choir program at St. Mary’s. I am so happy I stayed throughout the years, despite a lot of things, for a couple of reasons. First of all, being in the choir has really made me love and understand music—not just popular stuff on the radio, but more complicated, deep things. Also, I have so many wonderful memories of this choir—being in musicals directed by Mr. Secour, meeting and The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin
singing with a boys’ choir from Haiti— and singing Easter, Christmas, and Thanksgiving anthems, descants, and hymns. I will always remember being in countless Sankta Lucia and Three Kings pageants, Mrs. Secour drilling Children’s Choir anthems into our heads, snack time before rehearsal with chips, salsa, cheese, and apples. I’ll remember that first terrifying Wednesday of being in the Youth Choir, and Steve Repasky arranging yet another beautiful piece for us. And the last, but definitely not the least reason I’m so grateful for this choir program is the friends I’ve made. Those girls are my absolute best friends in the entire world. For years and years we’ve sung together, and I will miss being with them most when I graduate. I still plan to participate and sing whenever I can at St. Mary’s—basically indefinitely; there’s no reason not to and I would miss it too much. I have had an amazing nine years, despite some ups and downs, and for that I am glad.
Becca George I started choir in kindergarten. I have a very strong love for music and singing. Some of my best moments in the choir include being Sankta Lucia and singing with the Haitian boys’ choir. I am very proud of completing all nine years in the choir and am looking forward to using the experiences and training I have had to help me in the future. I thank Saint Mary’s for everything they have given me throughout the years. Fiona Bean My name is Fiona Bean, and this is my ninth and last year in the St. Maryʹs choir. I started singing in the Childrenʹs Choir in kindergarten because my mom made me, but since then itʹs become something I look forward to every week. One of Cow Hollow Church News
my best choir memories was singing with the Haitian boys’ choir this past year, and dancing in the pews to Haitian folk songs. My favorite part of choir is either the songs that we sing or seeing my friends. The sense of community grows every year, and Iʹm going to miss it a lot next year when I go to boarding school in Southern California. Iʹm going to The Thacher School, and I will definitely continue singing, and Iʹm thinking of joining or starting an a capella club. Being in the choir for so long has taught me to persevere and do the things I love! Ainsley Ball I have been in choir ever since kindergarten and have gained so much from the experience. I began choir under the direction of Mr. and Mrs. Secour, whose instruction was very enriching. With them I enjoyed doing church musicals, eating fudge at Christmastime, and singing our regular anthems. When the Secours left it was bittersweet. I was sad to see them go, but excited for the new directors. Since Chip and Steve began directing, I have expanded my knowledge of music and learned to be someone the Children’s Choir can look up to. Because of choir, I have learned a great deal about music, met some of my best friends, and come to appreciate music even more.
Summer Schedule Begins June 9 Service Times for Sunday Worship 8:00 am 10:00 am 5:30 pm June, July & August 2013
Planned & Major Gifts Jane A. Cook, Chair, Planned & Major Gifts Committee Under Scott Richardson’s leadership, St. Mary’s has created a new Planned & Major Gifts Committee. Our goal is to increase the number and size of planned and major gifts (separate from annual stewardship pledges) to St. Mary’s. These special contributions make possible significant improvements to the parish facilities and help fund new programs, all of which will continue to support our mission and work for years to come. The current members of our committee are Jane Cook (Chair), Betty Hood‐Gibson, Marta Johnson, Mike Lusse, Ellen McLean, Scott Richardson, Tom Robertson, and David Sullivan. We are formulating a multi‐step plan, which is being implemented in stages. The first step was to thank and honor the people who have remembered St. Mary’s in their estate plans. Such people are cherished members of the Legacy Society. In April, the committee hosted a tea and champagne reception for members of this important group. Going forward, we will be having Legacy Society events on an annual basis. Each time, we look forward to an increasing number of people participating. In the coming months, the committee will be organizing educational presentations which will provide helpful ideas, information and resources regarding ways one may make arrangements for planned and major gifts to St. Mary’s. Specific information regarding all such events will be distributed in advance. If you would like more information now, please contact Scott Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415‐921‐3665. Page 6
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Champagne Tea for Members of the Legacy Society On a warm and sunny Saturday in April, Senior Warden Betty Hood‐Gibson and David Gibson graciously opened their lovely home to welcome members of the Legacy Society (formerly known as the Lych Gate Society). Delectable hors d’oeuvres, pastries, tea, and champagne were enjoyed by generous parish members who have designated St. Mary’s as a beneficiary of their estate plans. About 40 people attended the event which was funded entirely by private donations. Scott Richardson thanked everyone for coming and for being so generous. David Gibson spoke about the positive impact that planned gifts have already made. He also reminded us that we are all the beneficiaries of such past gifts, and our generosity will in turn benefit countless unknown parishioners in the future. Jane Cook reported we will be having additional gatherings, encouraging new people to join the group.
2013 Legacy Society Members (Italics and dates indicate deceased donors) Barbara & John Addeo Kathleen & David Anderson Rayna Anderson 1985 Anonymous Roulhac & Thomas Austin Katie & John Balestreri Susan & Kent Barber The Richard Bohannon Charitable Trust Peggy Boyer 1996 Irene Boyle 2004 Marian Brischle Erma Jane Cartier 1993 The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin
Elizabeth Charleston 1997 Nancy Clark Dorothy Clark‐Jones 1992 Nancy & Thomas Clothier Sheryl & Michael Coholan Johanna & Colbert Coldwell 1957 Jane A. Cook Natalie Hala & David Crosson Susan Crown Elizabeth Rodriguez Cryer & Benjamin Cryer Martha Daetwyler Michael Dols 1990 Alice Ladyen Ellison 1986 David Felch 2006 Louise Fried 1992 Russell Fudge Beatrice Gay 1993 Betty Hood‐Gibson & David Gibson Elizabeth Gillespie 2000 Kristin & Dan Glunt Alice Wiley Hall & Peter Hall Lydia Hammaker 1987 Verda Hawkins 2003 E. Dixon Heise 2006 Rachel Higgins 2005 Kim Regan & Dan Hoth Ellen McLean & Anthony Imhof Marta S. Johnson Georgene & Hayes Keeler Cathryn Koons 1992 Dorothy Longthorp 2012 Po Gek Low 2013 Patricia & Wolfgang Lusse Robert Manette Frank T. Maynard Catherine (Belle) & Ryan McBride Gordon McWorkman 2001 Nancy Mead 1985 J. Sanford Miller Peter J. Musto Minnie Newell 1984 Cow Hollow Church News
Charles R. Page 1963 Geoffrey Paul 2009 Julian L. Peabody Kathleen Murray & Arthur Perkins Jose Polar 1992 Thomas Ramsey 1993 Irene Reif 1986 B. H. Reminton 1989 The Rev. Mary Moreno Richardson & The Rev. Scott E. Richardson Lily Reighley 2004 Jody Jahn & Thomas Robertson Janice Robison 1992 Dorothy Roller 1999 Elizabeth J. Rolph 1974 James Rolph 1968 Margaret Nichol Rolph 1968 Thomas Bales Rolph 1979 Evelyn Seifert 2004 Lynda Spence Diana & David Sullivan Ada Thompson 1988 James Tishler 1990 Jeanne Tucker 2008 Lisa Vance & Stephen Vance 2013 Sandra Gary & John Walsham Phyllis Wattis 2003 Lynn & Peter Wendell Georgia & Philip Westdahl 2011 Joyce Whitman 1997 Mary E. Wilkins 2011 Stephen P. White Grace Wooden 1984 If we have missed anyone who should be on this list, please contact Scott Richardson at email@example.com or 415‐921‐3665. June, July & August 2013
Reflections on Holy Week Jay Russell
Easter has, for me, always meant a celebration of Christ risen, a joyous outpouring of song and gratitude for Jesus’ redemptive gift, complete with a sanctuary filled with flowers and worshipers. The weather is almost always glorious, and catching up with friends and family is always a blessing.
But since I’ve joined our St. Mary’s choir and participated in the full measure of Holy Week, the Easter celebration has taken on a much deeper and more meaningful place in my worship life. The week starts with Christ’s triumphant return to Jerusalem, a carpet of palm fronds guiding him. Our choral work begins in earnest well before that Sunday, but even amidst the preparation, I now more closely feel the hint of sadness and foreboding that lingers over the music, the readings, and the day as a whole. I never before appreciated the day’s ambiguity until participating in the remainder of Holy Week.
washes his disciples’ feet. During the service, with the sanctuary and altar shrouded, we are asked to engage in the same awkward and meaningful ritual, washing each other’s feet. At this service, I see the Eucharist is truly the last supper, with Jesus knowing that it is his last meal on earth, instructing his disciples (and us) to remember and worship God each time we again gather. We leave in silence, knowing that sin’s full destructive power will be expressed the next day. When I leave that night, I’m overwhelmed with emotion, it is difficult to talk, and I slip out the side door quickly, hopefully unseen. I imagine that some disciples did the same 2,000 years ago.
Before joining the choir, I occasionally attended Good Friday services. I understood that we were acknowledging the crucifixion’s gravity and importance. But now, On Thursday, we are putting the service called to Maundy together with the Thursday, for me the remainder of the week’s most significant reflections, I keenly feel gathering of the week. the day’s despair and The Daughters of the King prepared a dinner offering both Gathering for a simple loss. Father Scott enters a lamb stew and a vegetarian stew, with nuts and grapes supper, Father Scott the sanctuary bearing the and homemade bread. Votives and wine were a backdrop explains that the to the Maundy Thursday Liturgy. cross, and the Passion is evening is one of the recited. Even so, I believe most meaningful services we can attend as that the focus of our service is not on guilt and parishioners. It is the night that Christ describes the suffering. We write our deepest and most sincere loneliness of being abandoned by his disciples, and prayers and thoughts and take them to the cross. even, seemingly God. Jesus then shows the most Doing so is not an expression of despair and grief, intimate sign of pastoral care and empathy—he but rather the beginning of hope and renewal. Page 8
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Laying these notes at the cross is not expressing despair, but rather acknowledging with certainty that hope and redemption will follow. Apart from the washing of the feet, laying these notes at the cross on this night is now, for me, the most emotional part of the week and greatest expression of our faith together. Which makes the Great Vigil such an exciting night. Jesus has been laid in the tomb, the church is completely shrouded, we enter in darkness, but a fire—fueled by our written prayers—fills the sanctuary with light. We pass that light between ourselves with candles, knowing that soon we will celebrate a risen Lord. We wait, but for me the waiting is now the same as when waiting as a child the night before Christmas, full of anticipation.
So now, on Easter, I feel like we’re letting everyone else in on the “secret” we learned the night before. As joyous as Easter remains, I feel now that our task is to proclaim to all what we learned earlier: that Christ is risen; he is risen indeed! What a great thing! In the past, I inwardly smiled at the folks who are “Christmas” and “Easter” Christians, including many of my friends. But now, I see it is why—at least in part—we have an Easter “celebration.” We know we serve a living Christ. We “learned” it the night before, when we “ran ahead” at the Great Vigil. And now I want to proclaim it to everyone who comes Sunday morning. So, if I sing the “Hallelujah Chorus” just a bit too loudly that morning, I have my reasons.
St. Mary’s Surpasses Stewardship Goals Tom Robertson, Stewardship Chair
A collective thank you to all who pledged for 2013. We now have 302 pledging households who have promised to give a total of $773,510.00 to keep St. Maryʹs running well during 2013. Our goals for this year were 300 pledges and $750,000, so our generosity has been well rewarded. These results also represent an increase from 265 pledges and $665,678 during 2012.
Celebrating the gift of service on Maundy Thursday, parishioners took turns washing each other’s feet.
After the foreboding and despair that have permeated the week, we attend a service knowing that we will celebrate the living God. And then, at the end, the lights turn on and we sing Handel’s Haec est Dies, “This is the Day!” We sing this on the night of the Great Vigil, the early morning when Mary Magdalene ran ahead and found the tomb empty! I’m struck that at the Great Vigil, we—like Mary Magdalene—get to celebrate the living Christ before everyone else the next morning. It’s almost like being in a secret club. Cow Hollow Church News
All those who pledged are urged to fulfill one‐half of their 2013 pledge by the half way point in the year: June 30, 2013. This will keep us in good shape from a cash flow standpoint during the summer months.
Planning for the 2014 campaign began in late May. We already have three generous families who have volunteered their homes for stewardship parties in the fall. Those who attended any of these events last fall know that they are a lot of fun and a great way to launch the campaign. If you are new to St. Maryʹs or have not yet pledged for 2013, there is, of course, still time to do so. Contact Tom Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Marybeth Volk at 415‐ 921‐3665, or online at smvsf.org . June, July & August 2013
David Sullivan, Event Chair
Every year a nation‐wide event is held called National Rebuilding Day on the last Saturday of April when teams of volunteers get together at sites throughout the city to provide free repairs for seniors living at home and for non‐profit agencies. St. Mary’s has participated every year since the early 1990s.
This year volunteers from St. Mary’s helped repair and renovate a home and garden in the city, together with volunteers from St. James Church and Treadwell & Rollo Engineering. Participants from St. Maryʹs included Marian Brischle, Nancy Bryan, Alexander Burnam, Winston Chapin, David Crosson, Victor Lobo, Josie McGann, Pat McGuire, Ned Mobley, Audrey Prescott, David Ryan, Pam Sauer, and Alexander Burnam and Audrey David Sullivan.
Prescott rebuilding the garden
And this was repeated at 22 homes, schools, and non‐profits in San Francisco. Throughout the USA, on April 27 over 10,000 homes, schools, and non‐ profits received the services of a local Rebuilding Together chapter. Now, it is amazing to know we are a part of something so big and so positive in communities all over the USA. We truly are the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in our community.
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Praying for Each Other The Rev. Dr. Everett Powell Praying for each other is a cherished and powerful spiritual reality we share at St. Mary’s. From time to time in our services, an announcement is made drawing attention to the prayer request cards and the prayers for healing. Individual requests may be indicated on the blue prayer request cards, which are in the pews. And then the cards may be placed in the offering plate. Individual requests may also be shared verbally with the healing minister at the chapel altar at the end of the service. At the 7:00 am Wednesday service, all present gather at the chapel altar and share in prayers for those who have requested them. There is also a prayer group meeting on the second Tuesday of each month whose members pray for the requests on the printed cards that have been turned in during Sunday services. The present practice of having prayer request cards in the pews began about 15 years ago as a traditional ministry of the Daughters of the King. Shortly after that, while St. Mary’s was holding services at the Presidio temporarily, in re‐ structuring the details of our liturgy, we began having prayers for healing available on request to the side of the altar during the Eucharist. When we returned to our church building, we continued the prayers for healing during the Eucharist or after the service. Those attending St. Mary’s find comfort, solace, community, and spiritual strength in knowing that their fellow parishioners will be praying for their specific requests. This is true whether the request is shared by putting a written request card in the offering plate or by coming forward to the healing minister to share verbally, or even if the request is not put into words. The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin
Garden Update John Addeo, Vestry Member for Buildings and Grounds
Some exciting changes have taken place in our gardens, and I want to share the details with you. The most significant change is the removal of the large cedar tree from our Meditative – Mary Statue garden. The tree trunk was about 18 inches in diameter, and it stood at least 30 feet tall. Its trunk and root system were growing right against the building foundation wall at the chapel side of the church. If you have noticed, the chapel shows water damage on the wall at that location. Also, over the years we have had to keep trimming the tree to keep its needles from blocking the roof drains, causing interference with proper drainage. Additionally, our gardeners informed us that the acidity of the tree and its falling needles were adversely affecting many ground cover plants under it. Our arborist, Mike Hyatt of Tree Works, Inc., did an outstanding job in removing the tree and grinding out the stump. Before Mike’s work began, our gardeners, Mandeville Gardens, removed all the plants in that area and stored them until the tree was removed, and then they not only replaced the plants from storage, but also installed two beautiful new camellias. The scale of the garden is much more appropriate now that the huge cedar has been removed. Please stop by and see how open the area is now and how lovely the new plantings look. In the Union Street Garden, just east of the ‘Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin’ sign, we planted a new Royal Purple Smoke tree. For those of us not familiar with this tree, it always adds drama and is showiest during a six‐week period in summer when it displays the pinkish puffs that account for its common name. This beautiful tree was donated to us by Parish Administrator Carla Ocfemia and her husband, Shawn and also planted by our outstanding Mandeville gardeners. Thank you, Carla and Shawn! Cow Hollow Church News
The sun shines brightly on our back courtyard, no longer shaded by an overgrown, intrusive cedar.
I would also like to add that we were happy to consult on these changes with someone whom I consider our “Resident Garden Expert,” Mrs. Cynthia MacKay. She approved the changes. Thank you, Cynthia.
Prayers of the People Some have asked about a recent change in the way we are offering the Prayers of the People at Sunday worship. We want to be clear about the process so that all the prayer concerns of this community can be held and heard. If you request prayers for a person in any need or trouble, or if you are requesting prayers of thanksgiving, we will hold these petitions in our spoken common prayers for two consecutive weeks; if the prayer need is urgent and persists beyond that period simply ask that it be continued. Be assured that after two weeks those names will continue to be read aloud at the Wednesday morning Eucharist. For those who have passed away, we offer Sunday and Wednesday prayers for a period of one month. We also leave room for additional petitions at every service and invite the gathered community to lift up those names that are in your heart, either silently or aloud. As we do this together, we are indeed offering the prayers of all the people. June, July & August 2013
From the Koi Pond to the Altar The Rev. Christopher Wendell
Chris grew up at St. Mary’s in the 80’s and 90’s and was ordained in 2007. He serves as a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. When you are a four‐year‐old at St. Mary’s, the holiest space at the church isn’t the altar, or a Sunday School classroom, or even the last pew of the balcony where my family sat for at least a decade. It’s the Koi Pond – hands down!
For more than a few years, church each Sunday was all about waiting to feed the fish small pieces of Wonder Bread while the grown ups talked for what seemed like hours in the courtyard after the service. I don’t think I ever actually saved my communion wafer to feed to the fish in the Koi Pond – but I thought about it many times. Also contemplated frequently was whether I could manage to push my brother into the pond without getting wet myself. Mostly though I just enjoyed watching the fish, and occasionally trying to gently and slowly reach out and touch one ‐‐ the way you would put your finger into a bowl of holy water upon entering a sanctuary.
So much of a child’s spiritual formation is sensory‐ driven, rather than intellectual. My memories of St. Mary’s as a kid are all sensory: hearing Mrs. Skewes‐Cox’s soothing voice (I have no idea what she was saying); ringing the “chapel bell” that she held, striking it with a small musical hammer that had a red handle and padded head. We could strike hard or soft, but only once. I remember the aisle sconces lit at Christmastime; incense; the “no room” song sung again and again during the Las Posadas procession; the bad taste of the communion wine; the feeling of the sharp pew pencil cutting into my arm as my brother and I Page 12
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tried to re‐enact Jesus’ instruction to “pluck it out” if your eye causes you to sin; touching the tails on [retired] Bishop William Swing’s funny hat.
I never imagined, sitting up in the balcony, that I’d ever sit much closer to the front in church. As a child I had no desire to become a priest. In fact, to be honest, as I got a little older – into middle school ‐‐ I didn’t really even like church much. When confirmation year came, I attended a few of the classes, but decided not to be confirmed. I had too many questions – and hadn’t yet realized that all my questions didn’t need to be answered – at least, not right away.
My sabbatical from church lasted for all of high school – it wasn’t until college, 2500 miles from the Koi Pond in the courtyard, that I found my own desire and motivation to come back to church. My experiences of the Episcopal Church in college were transformative – though I didn’t quite realize it while it was happening. My intellect had awoken, and combined with the familiar sensations of the prayers’ images, the pattern of worship, the wafer and the wine, church began to engage my whole being. I tried confirmation class again, this time as a freshman in college, and it took!
The exact ways in which the Holy Spirit helped weave the years that followed into my calling as a priest would take many pages to share with you. But suffice it to say that over a period of years, I came to believe that as frequently as faith is an obstacle to creating a world of compassion, justice, and reconciliation, it is also the only sphere of human inquiry with the power to solve those problems: in our own souls, in our communities, and in the life of the world. If you’d like to read more about why I think that, you can check out the book Claiming the Beatitudes by Anne Howard, to which I contributed some reflections on this topic. The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin
After three years at Episcopal Divinity School (in Cambridge, MA), I received my Masters of Divinity degree and served for four years at St. Andrew’s Church in Wellesley, MA (just across the street from Wellesley College). I used to describe St. Andrew’s as a kind of “East Coast” version of St. Mary’s – large church, large staff, large budget, always busy, family‐oriented and with faithful, generous people. It was a wonderful place to begin my ordained ministry, and I found myself drawing on my memories of St. Mary’s as a child in my work with St. Andrew’s children’s ministry – so much so, that I even bought them a bell for their children’s chapel so each of them could ring it!
has cultivated. You can check us out at www.stpaulsbedford.org.
I live about ten blocks from the church, with Kristen, my wife of six years (we met in college ‐‐ at church actually), and our son Nathan, who turned two in January. Kristen is a professor at UMass in Boston, where she teaches future Boston public elementary school teachers how to teach science, math and engineering. Nathan likes fire trucks, Duplos, fire trucks, dogs, trains, fire trucks, gas stations, and fire trucks. Though Nathan isn’t a Californian, we gave him the middle name Muir (after John Muir, one of the newest Episcopal “saints”) in the hopes that even here in the frozen Northeast, he’ll still develop a love of the natural world and the beauty of God’s creation.
I continue to think of St. Mary’s off and on, as the years go by, always with deep gratitude for the seeds of faith that the parish nourished in me during my early years. Whether you were there when I was young or not, thank you for helping to make and keep St. Mary’s a nurturing community of faith for everyone ‐‐ wherever we are on our spiritual journeys.
Chris, Kristen and Nathan Wendell
About two years ago, I left St. Andrew’s to accept a call as Rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Bedford, MA. This is an informal, medium‐sized parish, just large enough to support a full time rector and skeleton support staff. The parish is full of laughter, goodwill, challenges, joys, and children. We recently performed “St. Paul’s Tonight IV: Ship of Fools,” a home‐written musical comedy that has become a parish tradition to present every few years. It’s a place of great activity and also deep spiritual reflection, and we manage to get the bills paid and keep the front grass mowed most of the time, thanks to the culture of generosity and deep commitment that this parish Cow Hollow Church News
Ringing the “Chapel Bell” Sunday School Co‐Director Colleen Skewes‐Cox remembers. “Oh my, that takes me back,” she says. “I had a tradition when I taught preschool in those days. After the children played for a bit, I would call the class to altar time. We would gather in front of the altar table in the classroom and dress the table with candles and flowers and each child got a turn to ring the bell that I would hold. It could be a loud ring or a soft ring but you got only one ring! My children remember it too. Makes me really miss the wonderful time in my life when I was knee deep in little ones.”
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Welcome Committee News Tim and Ilia Smith, outgoing Chairs of the Welcome Committee
parishioners for a $10.00 donation in support of our welcome ministry.
We are expanding our newcomer welcome ministry in exciting new ways.
The most visible change is in the courtyard following the 8:00, 9:00, and 11:00 am Sunday services. On Sunday, May 5, a table was set up in the courtyard inaugurating a new focus for newcomers. It was and continues to be staffed after each service by one or two greeters. During the announcements at each service, newcomers are invited to go to this table after the service. There, they can hear about St. Mary the Virgin from the greeters and ask questions which they might have about our faith community. Newcomers can also pick up written information about the church including copies of the Cow Hollow Church News, Life at St. Mary’s, and member registration forms.
At the rectory, where Scott and Mary Moreno Richardson opened their home for a newcomer reception, Scott greets Susan and Walker Taylor.
The members of the welcome committee are excited about these new ways to welcome newcomers to the parish after the Sunday services and feel that this enhanced hospitality will help the parish to grow, going forward.
After six years as chairs of the Welcome Committee, Ilia and Tim Smith are passing this responsibility to Belle McBride, a member of the vestry. They will continue as greeters for the 11:00 am service. If you are interested in serving as a greeter for the welcome ministry, please let Belle know at email@example.com.
Welcoming newcomers in the courtyard: left to right, Beth Silvestri, Cynthia Harper, Belle McBride, and Liz Parkinson.
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Caroline McDermott and Marshall Worsham get to know Belle McBride at the rectory.
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Sandusky at 8:00 am; Daphne Ball, Evie Davis, Nel Ellwein, Cynthia Harper, Liz Parkinson, Liz Paxton, Beth Silvestri, Victoria Sutton, and Debbie Veatch at 9:00 am; Roulhac Austin, Ashley Clark, Natalie Hala & David Crosson, Greer Hopkins, Tom Robertson, Grant Schettler, Ilia & Tim Smith, and Laura & Jason Williams at 11:00 am.
Summer in the City Adult Formation Offerings Sunday Mornings at 9:00 am in the Study
Kathleen Bean, Director of Adult Formation
This summer, join us between the morning worship services for thought‐provoking conversations about our Christian experience through the lens of scripture, theology, and the Episcopal tradition. We meet at 9:00 am in the new Study (formerly the rector’s office) in Pixley House, or in the Great Room, depending on numbers. Bring a cup of coffee.
June 16 Introduction to the Gospel of Luke, with Kathleen Bean This year the lectionary focuses on the Gospel of Luke. Come and hear what is distinctive about this account of Jesus’ life, from the stories of Jesus’ birth to his post‐resurrection appearances. Learn why Luke has been called “the most beautiful book in the Bible.”
June 23 Gospel of Luke, Part II, with Kathleen Bean This week we’ll focus on the distinctive theology of Luke’s Gospel, including the significance of his treatment of women and the poor, and his emphasis on life in the “here and now.”
June 30 Christian Attitudes Toward War and Peace, with the Rev. Scott Richardson We will discuss the history of Christian thought regarding war and peace, including commentary on both pacifism and the Just War tradition. Modern theological reflection will also be presented that challenges both traditions and seeks to bridge opposing schools. Cow Hollow Church News
July 7 On the Good Use of Leisure, with the Rev. Scott Richardson The Book of Common Prayer includes a collect that reflects on the faithful role of leisure. Be with us to learn more about the Sabbath tradition and its practical application to daily life. July 14 To be announced. July 21 The Anglican Spirit: History, with the Rev. Christine McSpadden We begin our look at the Anglican Spirit with a return to the early days of the Reformation and journey through history to explore the forces that created the Anglican Church and how it has broadened into the Anglican Communion. July 28 The Anglican Spirit: Ethos, with the Rev. Christine McSpadden This week we identify the distinctive characteristics of Anglicanism and discuss some of our guiding doctrines, practices, and emphases. August 4 The Anglican Spirit: Worship, with the Rev. Christine McSpadden How does our praying shape our believing? This week we will explore the Book of Common Prayer, its history and contents. August 11 Instructed Eucharist, with the Rev. Christine McSpadden Following the outline of the eucharistic service, we will look at what we are doing in worship and why. We will explore the meanings of each part and action of the service, which are rich in theology and history. Meet in the chapel. August 18 To be announced. August 25 Food and Faith with Kathleen Bean What does one have to do with the other? An introduction to food in the scripture and its importance as symbol and practical reality in our faith journey. June, July & August 2013
What is Adult Formation?
According to the official website of the Episcopal Church: Christian formation is the lifelong process of growing in our relationship with God, self, others, and all creation. Every experience in our lives can provide us with the opportunity to express our faith; the challenge we face is recognizing these opportunities and learning ways to live a sometimes countercultural life in a secular world.
Adult Formation During Lent Kathleen Bean, Director of Adult Formation
This year St. Mary’s parishioners had two adult formation series to help us on our Lenten journey of reflection; one focused on communication skills and the other on spiritual practices.
how to use positive “strokes.”
After the first week, each program began with an invitation to celebrate our successes of the past week, reflecting on what we had learned and its impact on our relationships. People reported gaining insight into their interactions with loved ones, work colleagues, even strangers. Communications guru Sandra Gary recorded the programs and posted excerpts on St. Mary’s website; a number of parishioners who could not be present on Monday nights reported taking advantage of this option. The audio recordings are still posted under “audio files.”
We also had the opportunity to meet with Mother Christine on Sunday afternoons to consider Lent through the lens of pilgrimage, which was especially engaging as Christine was freshly returned from her own pilgrimage to North Africa. Using Ignatian spirituality as a frame of reference, Christine introduced us to the traditional Lenten practices of self‐examination, fasting, study, prayer, and alms‐giving. Participants were encouraged to incorporate these spiritual practices on our own Lenten journeys.
On Monday evenings, after a simple supper of soup and bread, Father Scott led participants through a four‐part series called “Holy Communication.” The topic of the first week was listening – the foundation for all real communication. We learned that sometimes “holy By offering different programs on different days grunts” are a more and times, more helpful response people were able to than words and participate – the two opinions, however programs combined well intentioned. In had attendance of 60 the second week we to 100 people each explored human week! Many thanks feelings, and to Scott and Christine specifically six for sharing their primary feelings teaching gifts with us. (joy, peace, Keep watching the confidence, Cow Hollow Church sadness, anger, and News, our website, fear). The next topic email updates, and was speaking the Sunday bulletins for truth in love, and more adult formation Father Scott At Eastertide, Mother Christine christened many babies including opportunities. twins Kaia and Gunnar Berardi, above, with their parents Alyssa finished the series Warnock and Todd Berardi. with advice about Page 16
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Altar Guild Commissioning
At the 11:00 am service on Sunday, April 21, the Altar Guild came forward for a covenant and commissioning. “You have been called to a ministry in this congregation,” said the Rev. Scott Richardson. He continued, “Will you, as long as you are engaged in this work, faithfully and reverently execute the duties of your ministry to the honor of God, and the benefit of the members of this congregation?” The members present vowed, “I will.” They were, left to right: back row, Nancy Clothier, Erika Coughlan, Valerie Mayer, and Landra Miles; middle row, Wendy Moseley, Barbara Addeo, Deborah Franklin, Cynthia Soyster, and Alisa Quint Fisher; front row, Gloria Powell, Gloria Galindo, Mary Roper, Darlene Sandusky, Lee Walsh, and Jan Bolles. Absent: Martha Dameron, Mary Hill (Chair), Anna Kharbas, Travis Lester, Ann Roth, Jane Standing, and Joan Toney. New members are welcome; if you are interested, contact Mary Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
News to Me Demi Bowles Lathrop Up until our Holy Communication class, I held a certain set of beliefs. Basically, that life can Carry this light into your life, go play, Scott be pretty rough, and at any moment, the bottom encouraged. For some time, I’d been eyeing a could fall out of the day. I’d walk around muttering funny place that looked like a pirate cove, 826 Valencia Street. With Scott’s words in hand, I to myself and sometimes in a particularly dark walked into the store and saw that it is actually The moment say to my husband Tom, “we struggle and Writing Center, a writing lab that our local author then we die.” So, I stewed in three of our six Dave Eggers co‐founded for students ages 6 to 18 – emotions, sadness, anger, and fear, and walked around lopsided, in the shadows. But our native only wishing it had a lab for the rest of us. There, I state lies in the light, Scott taught, of joy, peace, and bought a San Francisco Literary Map so that I can power/confidence – our other three emotions. This map out more days of play and joy, seek out Kay was news to me. Time to take action, the others Boyle’s Frederick Street house, or 746 Brannan, signal; we have within our power to take action, so birthplace of Rolling Stone magazine. as to get back to the light. Take action I did. Cow Hollow Church News
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What Should I Do If…?
describing the guidelines is posted on our website and will serve to clarify and support our decisions in serving our children, our community, and our church family. Our goals are to be safe, be prepared, and be of service in ways that show our love of Christ. Find our Policies and Procedures at http://www.smvsf.org/policiesandprocedures.pdf. Here are some highlights:
Diana Sullivan, Junior Warden and Lisa Carey, Vestry Member
Most of us know the regular words and flow of worship at St. Mary’s. Most of us have become accustomed to the weekly and Sunday rhythms of church activities, what we do on a regular basis. What would happen, however, if this natural ease was disrupted by something unexpected, such as a fire, or earthquake? Or something less threatening but perhaps out of our comfort zone happened, like being approached in the courtyard and asked for money by someone in need, or being asked to support a cause that is not part of the St. Mary family of activities?
To help all of us better understand our safety and security options, and to be our very best as leaders and thriving parishioners to our friends and community, the vestry has approved a short set of guidelines for practices in the areas of benevolence, public communications, building use, emergency procedures, and child safety protocols. A document
“Safe Child” Policy We intend to implement “Safe Child” policies that reflect best practices used by parishes and dioceses. We are currently evaluating curricula for “Safe Child Policy” and will implement on‐line training in the near future. Benevolence Policy We want to be responsive to those in need. We will now have leaflets in the courtyard for any of us to provide resources to those in need, day or night. Earthquake Drills We will have our first earthquake‐fire drill this fall to ensure all are prepared.
Acolyte Appreciation Day
Acolyte Appreciation day, on May 21, celebrated the service of 15 Senior Acolytes‐Crucifers; 11 Servers, and 23 Torch Bearers. Pictured above are, left to right: back row; James Sutton, Frannie Sutton, Ainsley Ball, and Peter Coholan; front row; Isabella Albert, Virginia Norris, William Hibbard, Mack Woodworth, Rollie Giovagnoli, Blake Case, Rebecca George, Allie Silvestri, Diana Silvestri, Amanda Woodworth, and Coordinator of Acolytes Sandy Briggs. Photographer and Co‐Coordinators: Debbie Veatch. All fourth graders and older are welcome to join; if you are interested, contact Sandy Briggs at email@example.com or Debbie Veatch at firstname.lastname@example.org. Page 18
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San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocates Susan Crown and Joanne Squire
This article is one of a series on organizations that receive funds from St. Mary’s Outreach Grant Program. Parishioners Susan Crown and Joanne Squire have served on the Board of Directors of SFCASA for over a decade.
San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocates (SFCASA) is a community‐based organization which recruits, screens, trains, and supervises culturally diverse volunteers to serve as advocates and mentors for abused and neglected children and youth under the jurisdiction of San Francisco’s juvenile dependency court. The Grant Program team designated funds to help support the salary of CASA’s Volunteer Recruitment and Training Coordinator.
Annually, SFCASA has an average of 300 dedicated community members serving as personal advocates for 320 foster children. Since CASAs have the distinction of being appointed by the court, they have the power within the court system to make significant recommendations for a child that might not always be in accord with family members or other constituencies in the childʹs life. A CASA will form a trusting relationship with a child, evaluate his or her health and educational needs, research and advocate for necessary services, build a more collaborative team of providers who can better serve the child, and report directly to the court every six months to communicate recommendations that are in the childʹs best interest.
Why are CASAs needed? Because more than half of San Francisco’s foster youth are in long‐term placement and will not return to their parents. They will be moved frequently to different placements and schools, and reassigned to new social workers, teachers, counselors, and attorneys Cow Hollow Church News
along the way. They are likely to be separated from their siblings and placed outside of San Francisco County. They may attend up to nine different schools by the time they reach 18 years of age. Foster youth typically grow up alone in a massive, impersonal government system. For children who have suffered abuse and neglect, the CASA volunteer may be the most consistent, interested presence in their lives. By assessing individual needs, by advocating for necessary and often critical services, and by providing one‐on‐one mentor support, CASA volunteers ensure that these vulnerable children and youth gain access to vital assistance that can break the cycle of abuse and neglect, develop self‐ esteem, and expand opportunities for a positive future. For more information about the organization, log onto www.sfcasa.org.
Joanne Squire co‐chaired SFCASA’s annual spring fundraising luncheon this year, marking her fourth year on the board since being recruited by Susan Crown who served on the board for 12 years, retiring in June of 2012. Joanne deployed both her leadership skills in organizing the event and her flower arranging skills as cultivated on St. Mary’s Flower Committee, by arranging flowers for the luncheon with the assistance of parishioners Joan Toney, Mary Von Zomeran, and Jerry Lehman.
CASA has received funds from St. Mary’s Grant Program since 2006. Linda Logemann, Chair at the time of the initial grant, describes why the team originally chose to support the organization. “Children are St. Maryʹs precious blessing,” she says. “SFCASA serves an annually increasing number of court‐dependent children who are in need of many blessings.” June, July & August 2013
Praying Shapes Believing The Rev. Christine McSpadden
The Episcopal Church, more than any other denomination, is regarded as the church which grounds its identity in terms of the way it worships. How a church prays together shapes its community, and the faith claims of that community. Likewise, the community shapes its worship, so that its expression before God reflects its values, ethos, character, and constituency.
The word “liturgy” finds its roots in the Greek word “leitourgia,” which means works of the people or public service. In ancient Greek culture, people performed works of civic duty for the state and religious duties for the pantheon of gods. As the word has come down to us as a term of Christian worship, it still has this sense of best works offered up to God out of who we are, and who we aspire to be, as a community.
Therefore, our liturgy represents a living, evolving, authentic expression of our intention and belief. As part of a larger Anglican Communion, our worship reflects our unity within that body and the breadth of that body’s expression. At St. Mary’s, we are designing our worship to reflect both the best practice of this unity as well as the richness of this diversity.
In order to keep our worship together enlivened, intentional, authentic to who we are, and representative of where we want to go, we will continue to experiment with new forms of prayers, styles of language and music, more inclusive imagery, and ways of using our space. This summer, for example, we will try new forms of prayers of the people and Eucharistic prayers at all services—the 8:00 am, the 10 am, and the 5:30 pm. We will reach out to different constituencies with activities around liturgy, e.g. a Spaghetti Mass on first Sundays starting in July; a Yappy Mass with the blessing of pets in July; youth‐planned and ‐led worship services.
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Come, pray, sing, chant, and be part of this living work going on at St. Mary’s. This Fall, we will have the opportunity to take surveys and discuss what worked well and where we want to go with our worship together.
Music News Chip Grant, Director of Music
New Service Music this Summer!
In an effort to expand our service music repertoire at St. Mary the Virgin, we will be exploring some new service music each month. Service music is the music sung each week in our liturgy. Historically, there were five major components: the Kyrie Eleison (which has Greek roots) and the Gloria, Credo, Sanctus / Benedictus, and Agnus Dei (which have Roman roots). The 1979 Book of Common Prayer only specifies the Sanctus be used in the Eucharist. For varietyʹs sake, the current rubrics allow for a Song of Praise in place of the Gloria.
In June, we will sing the familiar Canticle 13, Benedictus es, Domine (Glory to you) by John Rutter as well as reviving a Sanctus and Agnus Dei by David Hurd.
In July, we will switch to Canticle 16, Benedictus Dominus Deus (Blessed are you O Lord) by The Rev. Rick Fabian of All Saints Company, San Francisco and learn a new Sanctus sung to the American hymn tune, “Land of Rest,” a setting by Marcia Pruner.
In August, we will sing a Kyrie and Sanctus from “Freedom Mass” which draws melodies from the South African Freedom movement. We will also sing metrical versions of the Psalms each week. Metrical psalms are settings from the Book of Psalms set in poetic form in the vernacular meant to be sung as hymns in church. The composition of metrical psalms has its roots in the Protestant Reformation, most notably Calvinism. The hymn tune used for the traditional Doxology, called “Old 100th” is an example of a metrical psalm.
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Throughout the summer we will also have different guest musicians joining us from time to time. Our musical offering will be very rich indeed.
Amy Black Rocks Final Concert
The 2012‐2013 Season of Candlelight Concerts came to a boot‐stomping end on April 21 with a concert by country music artist Amy Black of Boston. Between songs Amy made friends of us all through her engaging personal stories of life and
this haunting piece at the following link: http://www.nimbitmusic.com/amyblack .
After the concert, Amy and her band stayed for a festive reception of conversation, snacks, and beverages, including tasty wine from our own David and Diana Sullivan’s label Promenade. Long after all the CDs were sold, Amy and her band‐ mates were still chatting with concert goers in our beautiful courtyard. A great time was had by all.
Director of Music Chip Grant put together a remarkable set of concerts this season. In addition to Amy Black, we heard from the rousing and danceable Pacific Mambo Orchestra, the innovative Chiara String Quartet, and the arresting vocal ensemble Solstice. The Candlelight Concerts never disappoint and are a great venue to bring friends to St. Mary’s. Chip has hinted that he is lining up another amazing season starting this fall. See you there!
Amy Black delighting concertgoers with her country rock compositions.
songwriting. The sanctuary provided a perfect acoustic setting for this intimate concert, where Amy and three other musicians, including Amy’s husband Ryan Black on percussion, fantastic guitar player from Boston Jim Scopa, and bass player Mark Petrella from our own Bay Area, delighted us with Amy’s country‐rock compositions. To see a video of Amy Black playing “Meet Me on the Dance Floor” at St. Mary’s, click this link or enter this address in your browser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36bt3OVCDA4 &feature=youtu.be .
Amy told us she grew up a “pk” (preacher’s kid) in Missouri and sang in church in her youth. At the end of the concert, Amy treated us to an a capella version of “Shadow of a Doubt.” You can listen to Cow Hollow Church News
Summer Choir Begins
Sunday, June 9 9:00 am Rehearsal in the Choir Room
Did you sing in high school or college and find you sometimes miss singing in a choir? The Summer Choir is an opportunity for singers in the parish who enjoy singing, but might not be able to commit to a separate rehearsal each week during the year, to participate more fully in leading worship. The Summer Choir rehearses only on Sundays before the 10:00 am Eucharist, learning a simple anthem, and reviewing hymns and other music for the liturgy. Summer choir is open to all members of the parish, in addition to members of the Youth and Parish Choirs. If you are interested, or would like more information, please contact Chip Grant, Director of Music, at email@example.com. June, July & August 2013
Parish Retreat Retreat! St. Mary’s annual parish retreat joined together more than sixty parishioners for a weekend of relaxation, renewal, reverie, and fellowship in the glorious setting of the Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg. After a taxing Friday afternoon drive from San Francisco, arrival at this pastoral place—the soft golden light of evening, the fragrance of spring, the company of friends—was sustenance for the spiritually weary. And a delicious and healthy pot‐luck dinner fulfilled our earthly needs. To get the group in the right frame of mind, The Rev. Christine McSpadden joined us in a circle and asked each of us to share a little‐known fact about ourselves. (Who knew there were so many movie‐star connections, Canadians and lapsed athletes among us?) Saturday was chock full of activities. Organized programs anchored the morning, including one for adults about spiritual gifts led by the Rev. Scott Richardson. The afternoon was more free‐form—with some opting to hike, some read, some nap, and still others zipping in to the town of Healdsburg for adventure. The re‐opened pool was a source of joy for many—the sounds of splashing, shouts of “Marco Polo” and laughter reverberating through the property.
Feeling the verdant spirit of springtime, in front of the original ranch house
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2013 In the evening, St. Mary’s youth dominated the Variety Show with an array of music performances and presentations, including a video of their own making entitled “A Day in the Life of Bishops Ranch.” To watch it, click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W‐GNLMkmgQI&feature=youtu.be or copy it into your browser Afterwards, most made their way to the campfire, where the youth led story‐telling and songs. Marshmallows were roasted and many a s’more was served up. It was a long day of good old‐fashioned family fun. Sunday morning Christine McSpadden celebrated an intimate and lively Pentecost Eucharist, with Chip Grant and Laura Ruppert conducting a specially‐composed retreat choir, and more than six parishioners participating in a multi‐lingual reading from the Book of Acts. The Holy Spirit was definitely among us. Maybe next year you will be among us, too? ‐‐ Fran Hegeler
Raising voices and ringing bells in the chapel, as Chip directs
Considering spiritual gifts in the capacious and soaring Swing pavilion, as Father Scott leads the discussion Cow Hollow Church News
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INSIDE… From the Rector ................ Cover Story Sr. Warden’s Letter............................ 2 Sunday School News ........................ 3 Youth Group & Youth Choir News ... 4 Planned and Major Gifts.................... 6 Reflections on Holy Week................. 8 Stewardship Goals ............................ 9 Rebuilding Together........................ 10 Praying for Each Other.................... 10 Garden Update ................................. 11 From the Koi Pond to the Altar....... 12 Welcome Committee News ............. 14 Summer in the City .......................... 15 Adult Formation During Lent.......... 16 What Should I Do If…? .................... 18 SFCASA ............................................ 19 Praying Shapes Believing............... 20 Music News ...................................... 20 Parish Retreat .................................. 22
HIGHLIGHTS—JUNE, JULY & AUGUST 2013 SPIRITUALITY & PASTORAL CARE
Summer Schedule for Sunday Worship begins June 9. Service times are 8 am, 10 am, and 5:30 pm Spiritual Support Group – 2nd & 4th Sundays, 4 pm, in the Vestry Room Chapel Prayer Group – 2nd Tuesday of the month, 9 am, in the chapel Wednesday Prayer – Every Wednesday,7 am, in the chapel Praying the Rosary – Wednesdays, 12:10 pm in the Study in Pixley House Thursday Night Evening Prayer – Every Thursday, 5:15 pm, in the chapel Nursing Home Ministry – Golden Gate Healthcare Center – Every 4th Sunday, 1:30 pm at 2707 Pine Street Presidio Gate – 2nd & 4th Mondays, 10 am at 2770 Lombard Street
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Summer Schedule for Sunday Worship begins June 9. Service times are 8 am, 10 am, and 5:30 pm Summer in the City Adult Formation Series – Sundays, 9 am in the Study (formerly the rector’s office) in Pixley House Confirmation of St. Mary’s Confirmands Saturday, June 8 at 11 am at Grace Cathedral Lacuna Arts Ensemble Concert – Sunday, June 9, 3 pm, in the church