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Do Not Be Afraid The Rev. Claire Dietrich Ranna, Associate Rector
“Do not be afraid” (Luke 1:30). Other than a greeting, these are the first words the angel Gabriel says to Mary. I have often been puzzled by this phrase. Throughout Scripture, angels often tell those they visit not to be afraid ‐ the shepherds in the field, the women gathered at the empty tomb – but these words have always seemed incongruous in this case. Mary was highly favored, chosen to bear the holy child. Gabriel came to share good news of great joy. What could she possibly have to fear?
Do not be afraid. On November 30th, we entered the season of Advent, a time of heightened anticipation as we await the coming of the infant Jesus at Christmas and his coming again at the end of the age. Just as the world around us rushes to celebration, rolling out twinkling lights and nostalgic marketing campaigns, we are called to sit with our wonder, our uncertainty, and our hope. Who is coming into the world? And what new life does he bring?
Do not be afraid. These words have made much more sense to me in recent months. The beginning of Advent marked, in some ways, the end of my nine‐month advent of pregnancy. On November 19th, my husband, Haamid, and I were Haamid, Claire, and baby Safina blessed to welcome into the world our first daughter, Safina Olive Ranna. In the weeks before, I found myself reflecting on the miracle of birth and the challenges of waiting. It was a time of great excitement. When will she come? We just can’t wait to meet her! And uncertainty. What if I go into labor during worship? Will we ever get a good night’s sleep again? But there was also a lot of fear. What if something happens during delivery? Are we even remotely ready to be parents? Haamid and I, like all new parents, had to sit with the reality that our lives were about to change in ways we couldn’t even imagine.
Do not be afraid. In Advent, we remember that God is not only creating new life in the womb of Mary but in each of us as well. And new life always brings with it great change. The birth of Jesus has profound implications for our lives and the life of the world. So this is the great invitation set before us: to wait faithfully and allow ourselves to be led into an ever‐deepening trust.
Do not be afraid. The months ahead are incredibly rich. I pray we might all be open to whatever new life God is growing in us, walking through Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany with these wise words echoing in our hearts:
“Do not be afraid … for nothing will be impossible with God.”
News of Note from the Sr. Warden Betty Hood‐Gibson
Advent – A Time for Waiting
Advent is a time for waiting – we wait and anticipate the arrival of Christ, the anointed one, born as a baby. The word “Advent” comes from the Latin adventus, which means “coming” or “arrival.” Advent is about waiting and about faith ‐‐ so critical in the waiting process.
Waiting during the Advent season is a joyful sort of waiting. However, sometimes we are waiting for a hard time to be over, and we don’t always have assurances of a happy ending. When we are sick, we wait to get well. Sometimes we don’t know how long that wait will be. We must have faith to endure this kind of waiting. However, even with faith, waiting can be difficult. Is there a way to make waiting more bearable? What about doing something while we wait—something good?
As I was thinking about doing something good while waiting, I remembered the program that was held at St. Mary’s during the “Summer in the City” program series, Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust. Marty Brounstein told the story of Frans and Mien Wijnakker, two very courageous and compassionate people, who hid Jewish children and adults in the Netherlands while under Nazi occupation during World War II.
In May 1940, German forces invaded the Netherlands and Holland became a Nazi occupied country. Frans and Mien began waiting—waiting for World War II to end, the Nazi occupation to be over and to be free again. Fortunately, they lived in the countryside and were removed from the harshness of the Nazi occupation in the cities.
Frans met a doctor who asked him to let a German Jewish girl stay at his home for two to three weeks. Freetje was malnourished and needed to spend time in the country to regain her health. At first, Frans didn’t fully understand the danger the Jews Page 2
in Holland faced, and the danger he and Mien would face for harboring them. But he quickly came to understand, as Frans and Mien kept Freetje hidden until the end of the war.
While the Wijnakkers were waiting for the war and Nazi occupation to end, they worked with the Dutch underground to hide many Jews and help them escape from Nazi persecution. While they were waiting, Frans and Mien put themselves at great risk, by helping as many as two dozen Jews avoid the concentration camps.
We may not be called upon to do something as courageous as the Wijnakkers did, but there are many things we can do today to help in our community. For example, we can volunteer to help with the following at St. Mary’s:
1. Join the partnership between Larkin Street Youth Services and St. Mary’s to support the youth at the Edward II in celebrating the Christmas holiday. 2. Prepare baked goods for the Pantry Sale for Tidings of Comfort and Joy, supporting St. Mary’s Grant Outreach Program. 3. Contribute gifts to the “Giving Tree” at St. Mary’s for the residents of Canon Barcus House. 4. Cook or serve at Raphael House on the first Monday of each month. 5. Work with “Rebuilding Together” in April each year to help rehabilitate homes for low‐income and elderly homeowners. 6. Help make sandwiches for Open Cathedral four times a year. 7. Contribute canned goods to the Food Basket for the San Francisco Food Bank. 8. Contribute new toiletries to new mothers at St. Luke’s Hospital.
Let’s do good things while we wait – while we wait for the arrival of the Christ Child and during the rest of the year. The need is always there – let’s turn our time of waiting into a beneficial and rewarding time. The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin
Sunday School News Nancy Clark, Sunday School Co‐Director
With eleven Sundays behind us, and 140 children and 14 teachers and assistants in the classrooms, there is no question that the 2014‐15 Sunday School year is operating at full tilt. Led by veteran Phil Woodworth, the Confirmation class has 25 students, at last count, and that number is still growing. As always, the focus for the first semester in classes other than Confirmation has been on the classic Old Testament heroes. We have also engaged the children with stories, as well as special celebrations for St. Francis Day, All Saints’ Day, and Dia de los Muertos. Birds, dogs, and cats (not in attendance), were rewarded with special treats in honor of St. Francis and his love and concern for all Creation. A Day of the Dead altar, the handiwork of the 5th and 6th graders, comprised of sugar skulls, skeletons, marigold bouquets, and butterflies was crafted, colored and assembled, and served as a teaching
point. All Saints’ Day, one of the important Christian holidays always falls on November 1st, and is the day to remember the great saints of the Church as well as all Christians who have died; All Souls’ Day, a.k.a. Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos, is celebrated on November 2nd, and is a cultural variation celebrated with exuberance in Latin America as a time to remember all souls, especially family members, who have died. In November, we welcomed Bishop Marc Andrus to St. Mary’s, and in the process learned about the work of bishops as shepherds of their flock; this provided a smooth introduction to stories of Jesus the Good Shepherd. Advent is upon us and then comes Christmas and Epiphany, all with built‐in themes. In Advent, we transition to New Testament stories and along the way, meet John the Baptist, Santa Lucia, St. Nicholas, and the Virgin of Guadalupe. In Epiphany, we will hold our much‐ anticipated, traditional Bible Times Market, a mini‐ experiential learning activity designed to help students visualize daily life in Jesus’ time.
Fifth and sixth graders created a Day of the Dead altar, using sugar skulls, skeletons, marigold bouquets, and butterflies. With their handiwork, left to right: Jeremy Pitzer, Ali Saraceni, Amanda Davis, Wyatt Alt, Margaret Veatch, and Maddy Tunnell. Cow Hollow Church News
New Structure for Youth Group
Michael Stafford, Director of Youth Programs
Roulhac Austin, 2015 Stewardship Chair
We are really excited about piloting a new format for Youth Group: Middle School Youth Group and High School Youth Group. Previously, all 7th through 12th graders would come to all Youth Group meetings, which was a wonderful blend of ages and energy. With the new setup, we have the opportunity to continue with the energy and community, and we can have more age‐specific activities and age‐appropriate discussions. Both the high schoolers and middle schoolers have embraced the new structure, and we have already had a lot of fun and many great conversations with our new groups. Adventure Nights and community service days continue to be for all 6th through 12th graders, which brings together the whole Youth Group community at least once a month.
During Stewardship season, Fr. Scott invited me, as your Stewardship Chair for 2015, to talk about pledging, reaching our pledge goal of $900,000, and why I support St. Mary’s financially. At press time for the Cow Hollow Church News, I want to begin by busting five myths about pledging and money in the church.
Youth Group gets into the spirit of Bollywood dancing.
Of course, Youth Group could not do the incredible activities that we do without the support of the Rev. Claire Ranna; our fantastic volunteer Youth Group leaders Riley Haggin, Caroline McDermott, and Marshall Worhsam; our wonderful youth; and all the parents who have helped make church and Youth Group a priority for their 6th through 12th graders. Thank you!
First, it is a myth that we have an endowment that pays for our overhead. We do have an endowment and it contributes to the operating budget in a small and responsible way. The vestry lets the endowment stay stable or grow so that it will be available to fund big vision ideas. You may not be aware, but St. Mary’s is the go‐to parish in the diocese to launch big impact outreach projects: we started a homeless shelter at Grace Cathedral that has developed into a network of homeless services supporting thousands on the streets of San Francisco. More recently, we put up the initial $100,000 to start Canon Barcus House, the first housing for homeless families with support services right on site. These are the kinds of big projects our endowment is designed to launch.
The second myth is that we have outside sources of funds for our ministries and mission. The national Church does not give us money and the diocese certainly doesn’t either. St. Mary’s doesn’t charge tuition, or make you pay rent for your seat like some congregations, or ask for your tax return like some churches. Instead, we rely on your yearly pledge of generosity to pay our earthly bills.
In Mission Trip news, we are still working on the Mission Trip plan, but we have set aside June 15th to 30th as the dates for the trip. All current 8th through 12th graders are invited to participate! Page 4
The third myth is that a couple of really rich people pay for the church. That’s flat not true – if it once was, they’re all dead or gone now. The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin
beginning is infused with God’s spirit and can The fourth myth is that the church expects you to coalesce with other particles to become whatever tithe, to give ten percent of your income to the God chooses – a quasar, a rock, a giraffe, or me. I church. St. Mary’s does not demand or expect this am astonished that this collection of atoms is of you. We recognize that you support the arts, conscious, alive, and grateful that God willed me to your children’s schools, your alma mater. We want your pledge to St. Mary’s to be a substantial part of be. How could I not reflect that gratitude daily for your overall strategy of graciously giving back. the mystery of my own existence? Finally, the fifth myth is that we’re plenty generous I am approaching my pledge with questions: can I do more? Am I honestly giving in gratitude? Or am as it is. Our average pledge is $2,700, short of the $3,100 a day it costs to operate. That $2,700 figure is the average pledge for Episcopal churches generally ‐‐ meaning that a parishioner in East Oakland or Detroit is pledging more than most of us as a percentage of income. If we pledged more generously, more in line with our wealth here, I cannot even imagine what wonderful works God would give us to do. Now for the truth about pledging and money: We all choose to be here at St. Mary’s. Roulhac Austin, standing left, created connection and community with We are choosing to be enriched in this First Sunday Feast Days. lovely space with like‐minded people: I just tipping God, like a waitress at Rose’s? adults, children, teenagers, seniors, who share If you have already pledged, we thank you. If similar values, who want to support and be you’ve procrastinated, you know you’re going to supported by the people in this parish. As Colleen pledge eventually, so make your promise today. Skews‐Cox declared years ago: where else can you go where you know everyone really hopes for your success? Stewardship Update Thank you to all who have acted to support the Pledging is your promise to support the mission mission of this parish in 2015. We encourage and ministries offered and created here. We could those who have yet to pledge to please do so have a loaf of bread and jug of wine on the beach now. Your pledge will allow the vestry to make and that would be lovely. We could not have faithful plans and, as importantly, deepen your Sunday School. But that’s not the place and style of personal spiritual journey. worship we want to share here. As much as Pledges Received: 228 showing up on Sundays, pledging is integral to Pledges Needed: 325 giving back in gratitude.
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Amount Received: $713,490 Amount Needed: $900,000
In 2009, due to the economic downturn, Senior Warden Roulhac Austin saw the need for another kind of fundraiser. It was an “in house” event, hosted by Beth and Russ Silvestri. That year more than $35,000 was raised, making it clear that, even Greens and Pantry Sale, Sunday, December 7th in difficult times, our collective commitment to Benefactor Party, Friday, December 12th outreach was unwavering. In years since, the fundraising model has been varied: “Eggnog and Jazz” in 2010 and “Tidings of Comfort and Joy” most Anne Kieve and Fran Hegeler, Event Co‐Chairs recently. Ava Eichler, Chair, Outreach Granting Team Celebrating Ten Years of Outreach Grants In the past 10 years these fundraisers have raised more than $340,000. This amount, combined with 2014 marks the 11th year that the St. Mary’s varying funds budgeted by the vestry, has enabled our community to distribute almost $460,000 to 22 community has made a significant fundraising different nonprofit effort to support the financial organizations. component of our outreach ministry: the ministry which, In the second year of in so many ways, serves “Home for Christmas,” disadvantaged fellow recognizing the citizens of all ages, mostly in importance of diligence the Bay Area. This single in allocating the outreach effort enlists the greatest funds, Linda Logemann number of participating proposed forming the parishioners, from committee Outreach Granting Team. chairs and members to This part of the ministry benefactors and volunteers of focuses on distributing any single St. Mary’s cash grants to non‐profit ministry. organizations that serve disabled and In 2004, a committee chaired disadvantaged peoples, by Stephanie Barmmer and mostly in the Bay Area. Jennifer Smith organized the The Committee reviews first “Home for Christmas” grant requests and makes fundraiser featuring a tour of awards based not only on five neighborhood homes need (all are pressing decorated for the holidays needs), but also on where and refreshments, and a Ava Eichler signing people up for greens. our dollars can make the boutique at the church. That biggest difference. Site first event raised $32,000, and visits and follow up assures St. Mary’s donations was deemed such a success, not only as a are well used, and their effect maximized. fundraiser, but also as a community event, that it became the fundraising model for the next four Our outreach grant program is a wonderful model years. Each year, different people stepped up to that assures each and every dollar raised is chair the event and serve on the committee. Page 6
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distributed and used in the most effective way. In November, we tackled this question head‐on Also, because the grant requests indicate precisely when we took up biblical scholar Ellen Davis’ book how the funds will be used, the granting team can Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament. Davis invites the reader to approach the work with organizations to help them achieve stories and teachings of the O.T. through the lens of important, sometimes long‐range goals. In the relationship, saying that the words of thanks from a point of the most challenging spokesperson for the stories in scripture is to Episcopal School for demonstrate God’s relentless Deacons, “In many ways, the grant from St. Mary pursuit of an intimate the Virgin is a powerful relationship with multiplier of ministry, humankind. If you were not even a turbo charger, of able to join us, keep this book social ministry and on your list of things to read! justice making.” In December we will explore the different This model of combined Anne Kieve (left) and Fran Hegeler talking up Tidings. accounts of the nativity effort of fundraising and story as we read The First Christmas: What the discerning allocation of those funds has held strong Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Birth by Marcus J. for ten years. As the St. Mary’s community Borg & John Dominic Crossan. Join us in the Study embarks on the second decade of making on Thursday mornings, December 4 and 11 from commitments to area non‐profit agencies, the goal 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. or on Tuesday evening, is to pass $500,000 in gifts. December 16 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. In January we will return to the Old Testament, with a study of Adult Formation Programs the book of Genesis, meeting on Thursday mornings January 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 10:00 a.m. Kathleen Bean, Pastoral Associate to 11:00 a.m. and Tuesday, January 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. I’m delighted to report that we have expanded our Adult Formation offerings for the next few months, If you can’t join us in person, read along anyway adding some new events and times and ways to and check the website for discussion questions and gather in community, and I hope many will be able comments. to take advantage of them. Seeing as a Holy Act Bible & Book Study Series We will welcome Peggy Parker, mother of We have resumed our popular Bible & Book Study Margaret Stafford and the artist who created our series. I had a great kid in Sunday School a couple Mary statue in the side courtyard, on Saturday, of years ago who said to me, “I don’t really believe January 10 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Peggy will offer any of that stuff in the Old Testament. I just believe an Adult Forum on the topic “Seeing as a Holy Act in the New Testament.” I appreciated his honesty, ‐‐ An invitation to a discipline of sight.” and he made me smile – and I know a few adults who would agree with him. Who hasn’t read We will open with a brief Morning Office and then something challenging in the O.T. and thought, take time to share our experiences of seeing. We “What am I supposed to think about this?” will then look at and discuss images that call us to
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attend to the small beauties that we walk past every day and also to the sorrows from which we instinctively avert our eyes. After a break for coffee and refreshments, we will have the opportunity to experience holy seeing: perhaps through time spent in individual reflection on a work of art; through the act of drawing or taking photographs; or through observations noted in a journal. We will re‐gather to talk about ways that each of us might take on a discipline of sight before ending with a brief Noonday Office. Peggy (Margaret Adams) Parker is a printmaker and sculptor who created the Mary statue in our courtyard. Her work often deals with religious and social justice themes and she has taught the “language” of the visual arts at Virginia Theological Seminary for over 20 years. For more information about Peggy Parker, go to www.margaretadamsparker.com. Mt. Calvary Retreat
We are already planning for a rich season of Lent, beginning with a retreat at Mt. Calvary Monastery in Santa Barbara February 24 to 27. This beautiful facility, nestled between the Mission Santa Barbara and the Natural History Museum of Santa Barbara, offers retreat goers an experience of monastic life, complete with services observing the Daily Office in a historic chapel, but in much more comfortable rooms than a medieval monk’s cell. Check out the website at http://mount‐calvary.org. The cost of $100/night includes all meals; space is very limited so please be in touch with Kathleen if you are interested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rutter’s Requiem for All Souls Jay Russell, Parish Choir Bass Last year, for the first time, our choir presented a requiem for All Souls’ Day, singing Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, a beautiful piece that moved performers and parishioners alike. Making a requiem an annual tradition, Director of Music Chip Grant announced that we would perform John Rutter’s Requiem this year. I was very pleased, as our choir sings several carols by this contemporary British composer—most notably “For the Beauty of the Earth” at Thanksgiving—but I had not sung Rutter’s Requiem before. I lost my mother last year, and Fauré’s Requiem had affected me deeply. Both she and my late father were always in my mind as we rehearsed and performed. Before starting practice on Rutter’s work, I did some brief research and I was amazed to find his comment: The Requiem was written in 1985 and dedicated to the memory of my father, who had died the previous year. In writing it, I was influenced and inspired by the example of Faure. I doubt whether any specific musical resemblances can be traced, but I am sure that Fauréʹs Requiem crystallized my thoughts about the kind of Requiem I wanted to write: intimate rather than grandiose, contemplative and lyric rather than dramatic, and ultimately moving towards light rather than darkness – the ʺLux aeternaʺ of the closing text. Chip knew that our Parish Choir, joined by members of other choral ensembles, would build on last year’s experience by performing the work directly inspired by Faure. When practice on Rutter’s Requiem began in early September, we concentrated on its most difficult parts. Experienced directors like Chip teach that if a choir can recognize repeated themes, intensive practice on one section will yield benefits throughout the The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin
Chip Grant, Director of Music, conducts John Rutter’s Requiem on All Souls’ Day at St. Mary’s, drawing 180 people into our pews. The choir performed the work at St. John’s Presbyterian Church on the Eve of All Souls’ Day.
piece. Early on, he explained that essentially three main melodic themes run through Rutter’s work. If we could master those, things would be just fine. I had doubts. Even if the Requiem sounds “clear”— or even simple—to audiences, it is difficult to sing. Time signatures change constantly, and many chords are “compressed” so that, for example, the bass section is often singing notes a half‐tone away from tenors. Rutter’s Requiem can challenge even accomplished choirs, and it sometimes seemed overwhelming to us. But Chip never lost faith in our ability and capacity to practice, listen, learn, and create. The beginning movement, the “Requiem Aeternum,” presented the first tonal challenge. It starts with three very compressed, sharply dissonant chords that might symbolize the confusion and tension we experience in earthly life. We practiced singing these three opening chords so many times that Cow Hollow Church News
soon Chip needed only to hold up three fingers for us to know what he wanted. To overcome time signature problems, we would clap or tap to ourselves until the rhythms were confidently within our heads. The entire piece demands dynamic discipline, and Chip constantly reminded us that the work’s expressive power is driven by the choir’s ability to grow louder or softer as the score requires. Many times, after reaching what we thought was the right dynamic level, Chip would respond, “nice, but now half that loud and people will really pay attention.” These technical complexities never overwhelmed the Requiem’s emotional pull. Chip would end rehearsals with a Compline prayer, and I would leave practice humbled and contemplative, reminded of the Requiem’s purpose and intent to honor the departed, and the responsibility we had in performing it.
Before Sunday’s service at St. Mary’s, I again went online to find more information about the Requiem, and found a video of John Rutter discussing his work and honoring his recently deceased father: I wanted to remember him in music, in some way. And preferably in a way that he might have enjoyed and appreciated. He was fond of music, and had a good ear, but never had any formal music training. So, the kind of work I wanted to write would be one that if he had been sitting in the front row, he could have appreciated. Echoing my own experience, Rutter’s words made it difficult for me to gather the discipline to sing that morning. Processing into church, I thought of my father who loved music but, like Rutter’s father, had no music training; my mother and uncle singing gospel duets in church; and all my departed family, friends, and acquaintances who had been “fond of music” and “might have enjoyed and appreciated” the Requiem. I sang for them, imagining them seated in the front row just beyond Father Scott. I knew they would have been moved by soloist Lindsay McLennan’s last, ethereal notes of the “Pie Jesu,” reveled in the joy of “Sanctus,” and taken solace in the final prayer that all will rest in “Lux Aeterna,” God’s light eternal. I did my best to concentrate on the important messages we were charged to convey to our fellow parishioners, and not be overcome with emotion. But after recessing from the church in silence, I needed several quiet minutes to gather myself emotionally. I consider myself blessed to sing, doubly so in a choir and community as inspiring and comforting as St. Mary’s. Any notion that we “work” in choir is belied by the pure joy derived from assisting the St. Mary’s community to find contemplation, comfort, and solace from the music we are privileged to offer. Singing the Requiem is a highlight within a year of these blessings. Page 10
Pittsburgh Pirates Pick Premier Pitching Prospect Sandy Stadtfeld, Admiring Fan
Parish Pride Palpable!
Frank Duncan, son of parishioners Carol and Ken Duncan and brother of Della Duncan, was drafted this June by the Pittsburg Pirates as a right‐handed pitcher. Frank is a 2010 graduate of San Francisco’s Stuart Hall School, where he lettered in basketball, soccer and baseball. In his senior season Frank compiled a gaudy 1.36 ERA with 127 strikeouts over 72 innings pitched, before graduating to attend the University of Kansas. His standout career on the Jayhawks’ mound culminated in the 2014 season, when he started 16 games, pitched 118.2 innings, and struck out 82, posting a 6‐4 record and a career‐best 2.58 ERA. His 2014 season performance earned honors including Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, and First Big‐12 Conference Team, while helping propel the Jayhawks into the 2014 College World Series. Frank had been selected in the 2013 draft by the Cleveland Indians, but stayed at KU to complete his senior year, toward earning a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with an environmental focus. The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin
After signing with the Pirates organization, Frank played this summer for the Jamestown Jammers, Pittsburgh’s Single ‘A’ farm team. Frank is a veteran of the rigorous spiritual development program at St. Mary’s, where he completed Sunday School, was confirmed, and started for more than six seasons with the Virgin acolyte squad. We wish Frank and his family continued success and fulfillment in his professional baseball career!
Andrea Imhof Aces Races Ellen McLean, Proud Mom Parish Pride Pervasive!
and outdoor track for four years at Dartmouth College, graduating in 2011. Her specialty was really “middle distance,” specifically 800 meters, 1500 meters, and one‐mile races. She signed up to run the “New York double” i.e. the New York half marathon and the New York Marathon. Because she had never run a marathon and therefore had no qualifying time, she decided to qualify to run by raising money for “Team for Kids” a non‐profit that raises money for running programs for New York City public school kids. She raised almost $4000 and has herself started a “Team for Kids” running program for 50 first and second graders in the school where she is a teacher in the Hunts Point neighborhood in the Bronx. Andreaʹs comment after her race was, “I am humbled by all the emotional and financial support I received from friends and family. I am so happy I made my goal of running under three hours; because it was so painful, I never want to run another marathon.” She does expect to continue running competitively in the mile, 5K, 10K and half marathon races.
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Andrea Imhof running in the New York City Marathon.
Star runner Andrea Imhof ran the New York Marathon in November and placed fourth in her division, Women 25 to 29, and 39th woman overall. Her time was a very impressive 2:58:18.
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On Christmas Eve at 3:00 p.m., we will stage our beloved Pageant, complete with animals, shepherds, a holy family, and angels. If you would like to play a part in this very special worship service, whether behind the scenes or out in front, please contact Kathleen Bean at email@example.com Participants of all ages are needed and welcomed! Winter 2014-2015
St. Mary’s is Partnering With Larkin Street Youth Services The Rev. Claire Dietrich Ranna and Marta Johnson Monday, December 8 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Great Room ”Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:37‐40 In October, we were thrilled to announce a new partnership between St. Mary’s and Larkin Street Youth Services. Larkin Street helps homeless and troubled youth between the ages of 12 and 24 to rebuild their lives by providing a place where they can feel safe; rebuild their sense of self‐respect, trust, and hope; learn school, life, and job skills; and find the confidence to build a future. With 25 comprehensive youth service programs located
Training session: Larkin Street’s Jessie Backer (standing) working with Elaine Larkin and Jeanne Lacy.
streets. Starting in October, the first of 24 young adults ages 18 to 24 began moving into the former King Edward II Inn, now converted into 24 units as part of a public‐private partnership. For many young adults moving into the Edward II, this will be their first stable home in a long time, if not their entire lives. When they arrived, they each found a welcome basket assembled by St. Mary’s volunteers waiting for them, complete with a St. Mary’s coffee mug. St. Mary’s also hosted their first Thanksgiving dinner, a joyful and festive celebration. At Christmastime we will mark the holiday for our new neighbors and, starting in January, our volunteers will be cooking their dinner alongside them once a month. The project was controversial for many local residents, and Larkin Street is Preparing welcome baskets: left to right, Ellen McLean, Jeanne delighted that St. Mary’s has agreed to Lacy, Tom Robertson, Marta Johnson, and Georgene Keeler. support the new program not only through volunteer participation by our throughout San Francisco, Larkin Street is an parishioners but also through opening our doors to internationally recognized model for the successful people from the wider community – in a kind of integration of housing, education, employment, multi‐dimensional outreach effort that is new for and health services in the interest of getting our parish. For example, Larkin Street runs in‐ homeless and at‐risk kids off the streets. depth training sessions for volunteers who want to in become involved in supporting the work of Lark The newest residence of this exemplary Street staffers with the young adults. In October, organization is only a few blocks from our front Jessie Backer, Larkin Street’s Manager of door at the intersection of Scott and Lombard
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Volunteers, met in our vestry room with a group of St. Mary’s parishioners and others to train them in how to optimally interact with the young people, including how to build trust, set boundaries, and maintain confidentiality. Several parishioners have been involved for over a year in laying the groundwork for this partnership and its launch, including Marta Johnson, Georgene Keeler, Anne Kieve, Loren Kieve, Stephen Koch, Ellen McLean, Jeanne Lacy, Tom Robertson, and Beth Silvestri. Forty St. Mary’s parishioners have signed up to volunteer in this new partnership since its launch. Jesus had a special place in his heart for the poor, the lost, and those most in need. He was explicit that his followers were to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, and visit the sick and imprisoned. This partnership with Larkin Street is one way that we can do just that as living witnesses of God’s profound love for these young people, who have lived through more hardship than many of us can imagine. When we volunteer to feed, mentor,
We hope you will consider how you may be called to be present with these young people and explore some of the many ways to get involved. If you’d like to learn more, join us on Monday, December 8 from 6:30pm – 8:00 pm in the Great Room for an informational gathering coordinated by Larkin Street for the Cow Hollow and Marina neighborhoods. Please RSVP to Marta Johnson to attend the gathering, or ask her any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
California Counseling Institute
Marian Brischle, CCI Board Member The California Counseling Institute is one of the organizations that receives funding from St. Mary’s Outreach Granting Team. The mission of the California Counseling Institute (CCI) is to aid in the healing transformation of individuals, couples, and families from all backgrounds and at all levels of income through the integration of psychotherapy and spirituality. Since 1980, CCI has been a healing, safe place for people to receive counseling and therapy. Beginning as a Center for Pastoral Care, CCI was established at the Episcopal Church of The Advent in 1978 and renamed the California Counseling Center in 1981 to reflect its expanding clientele and direction when it moved to Grace Marking the opening of the Edward II as Larkin Street transitional Cathedral. CCI was originally formed to be housing, Mayor Ed Lee (center) enters with a young resident. a resource for ministers in their pastoral care, which included their congregants. CCI dream with, and walk alongside them toward a also served as the primary provider to the Diocese more stable and independent future, we are of California and Deanery for psychological responding faithfully to Jesus’ invitation. services.
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Now CCI serves people of all faiths and backgrounds. Offices are located adjacent to St. James Episcopal Church on California Street and an additional office is located in the East Bay hills in Kensington near Berkeley. Elaine Chan‐Scherer is Clinical Director, and Meg Bloomfield is Executive Director. CCI is dedicated to integrating the mind, body, and spirit through psychotherapy. Short‐term and long‐term in‐depth psychotherapy is available to individuals, couples, families, teens, and children. Staff members also lead workshops and group sessions. Currently there are seven staff therapists, including a Clinical Psychologist (PhD), Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT), and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW). CCI also trains registered interns who work under the supervision of a licensed therapist. CCI is incorporated as a non‐profit 501 (c)(3) organization, with a Board of Trustees and is self‐supported by client fees and donations. Approximately 34% of clients pay below industry standards and are supported through the Client Assistance Fund (CAF). Since its inception, CCI has enjoyed a very long and rewarding relationship and partnership with St. Mary the Virgin. For approximately three decades, St. Mary’s has provided continuous support through grant funds to both the CAF and the Intern Training Programs, as well as referrals from staff members, and pre‐marital counseling. Grant funds from St. Mary’s help to pay a portion of the cost of training interns and expanding the intern program. Each year, CCI’s board includes at least one member of St. Mary’s. Parishioners in addition to myself who have served on the board include Susan Barber, David Gibson, Alyiffe Mumford Pittman, and Cynthia Soyster. CCI is currently hoping to expand its board membership. For additional information, please consult the CCI website: www.californiacounseling.org or contact Marian Brischle at email@example.com. Page 14
Diocese Planned Giving Award Goes to St. Mary’s Jane A. Cook, Chair, Planned & Major Gifts Committee Each year, the Planned Giving Department of the Diocese of California gives the Margaret Wosser Award to a parish or Episcopal institution which has demonstrated exemplary efforts in promoting estate planning and legacy gifts within their congregation or organization. An award is presented and the recipient’s name appears on a plaque at Diocesan House. The Margaret Wosser Award is named after a San Francisco woman who left over one million dollars to the diocese in her estate for outreach programs to the homeless and AIDS communities. Ms. Wosser, a neighborhood fixture in the Castro District, owned a community laundromat, which she personally operated every day for over 30 years. Ms. Wosser was known for two things: her frugality and her love for her only son. Unfortunately, her son was diagnosed with AIDS in the 1980s and subsequently died from the disease. Ms. Wosser was eternally grateful to the Episcopal Church for the love, care, and support shown to her son during his last years. In his memory, she bequeathed the laundromat building to the Diocese so the proceeds of the sale could support the church’s outreach ministries. St. Mary’s has a long history of generous donors who have lovingly made arrangements for planned gifts to our parish and other Episcopal institutions. Last year, we created a formal Planned & Major Gifts Committee to renew our efforts. Since then, the ten members of the committee have embarked on a number of initiatives and accomplished a great deal. We have offered two annual gatherings for members of our Legacy Society: one last year at the home of Betty Hood‐Gibson and David Gibson, and another this year at the home of Kim Regan and Dan Hoth, where 30 people listened to Lisa The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin
Parker, an inspirational speaker and expert on Reports. In addition, we plan to include planned philanthropic topics. Both events generated a lot of giving information on our parish website. enthusiasm about and interest in planned gifts, and For all these reasons, the Rev. Scott Richardson they reinforced a sense of community among our nominated St. Mary the Virgin for this prestigious Legacy Society members. award this year. We received the 2014 Margaret Wosser Award during the 165th Convention of the We have also sponsored two educational Diocese of California at Grace Cathedral on presentations for all parishioners, as part of the October 18, 2014. Scott and I were present to accept summer Adult Formation series. The first, in 2013, the award on behalf of featured attorneys David our parish. Gibson and Martha Daetwyler speaking on estate planning We wish to thank all of and planned giving the generous donors, techniques. This year Sandy past and present, who Stadtfeld gave a wonderful have made illustrated talk on Frank arrangements for Pixley’s fascinating life and his planned gifts to St. amazing gift of the land on Mary’s. They have which our church was built. made a meaningful The 20 people in attendance had several great questions difference for our and observations. Afterwards, parish and will we had a lively discussion continue to do so for regarding other substantial many years to come. If received gifts and how they you have not notified were used. We concluded by us of your planned gift, reminding everyone that please speak with The Rev. Scott Richardson and Jane Cook lifting up our award. planned gifts may be Scott so we can include you in future Legacy Society events. And made in many forms, including some quick and we appreciate the diligent work being done by the easy ways. All of these events, as covered in the members of our Planned & Major Gifts Committee. Cow Hollow Church News, spread the word about _______________________________________________ planned giving at St. Mary’s. During an event promoting St. Mary’s Columbarium, we distributed a list of Easy Ways to Remember St. Mary’s In Your Estate Plan. Afterwards, we transferred the content into a flyer and put copies in the entryway of our sanctuary. We are also revising our Remember St. Mary’s planned giving brochure. We have an attractive plaque listing the names of our Legacy Society members, living and deceased, The Rev. Claire Dietrich Ranna will be ordained on a wall leading to the balcony in our church. We into the priesthood on Saturday, December 6, at will also publish their names in St. Mary’s Annual Grace Cathedral, at 3:00 p.m. All are invited. Cow Hollow Church News
St. Mary’s Walking Group
Deborah Franklin, who walks with us when she can, once wrote an email from her work outpost in Kim Regan Washington DC: “Iʹm there in spirit! Hugs and gratitude and cherry blossoms to you all! Iʹve had It’s foggy and windy on a chilly Tuesday morning many thorny issues suddenly lose their thorns at 8:30 a.m. on Crissy Field. Or it is sunny and under the wise, collective counsel of the Walking warm, a perfect windless beach day. Either way, Group. Many thanks, friends ‐‐ each and all.” the gathering has begun. Anywhere from two to 20 folks will meet at the East Beach parking lot on Another far‐flung correspondent, Lizzy Cryer, Crissy Field, and set off to walk to the Golden Gate wrote from Singapore about her first encounters Bridge at exactly 8:35 a.m. They will return to the with the group: “I joined the walkers in 2010, after Beach Hut for coffee between 9:30 and 9:40 where leaving the corporate world. One of my primary there may be more friends waiting to join in this goals at that time was to build community. I had most convivial way to begin the day in San read about the SMV Francisco. Walkers and decided to give it a go. I have This is St. Mary’s to confess, the first Walking Group which time I attended I was has been stepping off in a little unsure I would most kinds of weather fit in ‐‐ I was clearly at (pouring rain does stop the younger end of us) every Tuesday and the age spectrum. Thursday since sometime During my second in the 1990s. What began walk, Marta Johnson as a daytime Foyer was talking about Group evolved into a having a birthday caring community of party for the 42s. faithful friends from ʺ42?ʺ I asked with many parts of the St. excitement, ʺWhoʹs Mary’s family. History 42?ʺ to which Marta records that it was Erika replied, ʺUm, the Coughlan, ever the 1942s!ʺ and we all had practical one, who first a good laugh. In the said, “8:30 at Crissy Field; years since then, I Walking Group gathering at the Beach Hut Cafe. be there or not.” have shared many more laughs, and a few tears, Many have followed her lead. Everyone is with this wonderful and very wise group. They are welcome, and both men and women have made the the epitome of community: a group that accepts semi‐weekly trek. Life circumstances find many of anyone who turns up, without expectations, and the most consistent walkers are retired, though like the wider community of St. Maryʹs, meets you they, too, often find it hard to fit it into their lives. wherever you are.” Most of us know that finding time for ourselves, for our friends, and for our health has to be a priority How we live our lives as members of St. Mary’s on our personal calendars. Every walk has been also comes up in our three‐mile conversations. well worth it in myriad ways. Linda Logemann’s example is only one of many: “My experience as walker was to get to know the Page 16
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great generosity that the walkers offer to each other LGBT Group Kicks Off and to the community. They were key advisors to Jory Sandusky me in the creation of the Outreach Grant Program, and Home for Christmas in 2006. They unselfishly Kicking off the fall in fine style, 16 members of St. gave insight, wisdom and volunteer time that Mary’s LGBT community gathered for brunch, helped to lay a foundation for each fund‐raising conversation, and getting to know one another. The program to grow, transition, and mature.” Rev. Scott Richardson shared how many of his s piritual mentors have been gays and lesbians; and, We have found that being there for each other can other members of the group discussed living in a mean celebrating birthdays over our morning “post‐Prop 8” San Francisco which is becoming coffee or something more physical, as Jeanne Lacy increasingly inclusive. Conversation was upbeat recollects: “When I was moving upstairs, Linda and relaxed as the group discussed an interest in Logemann pointed out something which was meeting on a semi‐regular basis as well as serving obvious: I was not ready for the movers. Many of with outreach projects in the months to come. the Walkers stepped in, packed, carried, hauled, put away. They just did everything. It was With an eye toward serving the community, amazing. I am forever grateful. Iʹd still be running discussion and interest surfaced about working up and down stairs if it were not for them.” with Larkin Street Youth Services, which provides support for homeless Who is a good youth in San plumber? Where can I Francisco (see story take my five‐year‐old on page 12). A granddaughter? Is disproportionately anyone going to high number of carpool to the Opera? I are homeless youth need a house LGBTQ teens who sitter/lawyer/babysitter. have been ostracized Can you use my extra from their families ticket to 42nd Street and are seeking a Moon? All this and new beginning. It’s more are the topics of a natural fit for St. conversation. And we Mary’s LGBT are always amazed that community to offer even the most esoteric assistance to this questions seem to have group. Additionally, the group LGBT Group convening in fine style. an answer in the group. looks forward to helping to host festive church functions. The group gathers, whoever shows up, and walks as far as they choose. Many go to the bridge. It is The LGBT Group will have their next event on good for your body and soul. Consider showing up Wednesday, December 10, at 7:00 p.m., at Chip to take a picture‐postcard walk with the SMV Grant and John Moore’s house. All people who Walkers at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday identify as LGBTQ and their allies are welcome to mornings. We have incorporated friends, relatives, join! Please contact Jory Sandusky at dogs and babies. Come! firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to RSVP. Cow Hollow Church News
Marybeth Volk Retires
1997, St. Mary’s was midway through an extensive project of upgrading the church property. Clergy Ellen McLean, Former Treasurer and staff had their offices in cramped temporary quarters on Fillmore Street while the congregation At the end of November, Marybeth Volk retired worshiped in temporary space in the Presidio. after serving the parish for 17 years as Finance Marybeth’s cheerful attitude, cooperative spirit and Manager for St. Mary’s one million dollar a year Boston accent charmed everyone. She quickly operations. “I would be driving to work and feel became an indispensable component of the excited to get there,” says Marybeth, reminiscing enterprise with a clear understanding of its about the people she has worked with over the purpose.” years. “I will miss everybody here.” Through all changes, she has tended to Scott Elaine Case, church Treasurer from 2013 to contribution and stewardship accounting; the present, observes: “We are truly going to miss managing, reconciling and reporting all bank Marybeth. She takes great care with the generosity activity; maintaining bequest records; reporting of each of our members and has been a dedicated and serving as liaison for our endowment accounts; steward of our finances and endowment. Every managing payroll and benefits; coordinating our month, without fail, flawless financial statements annual audits; and dealing with all kinds of are reconciled and questions from delivered to the parishioners, vestry vestry. We have so members and clergy. Not much to thank her for to mention paying all the during her 17 years of bills. service.” Gene Weber, who was Hired by Richard vestry chair of the Fowler in 1997, she Finance Committee when served under three Marybeth arrived, adds: rectors, worked with “Soon after Marybeth eight vestry Finance joined the SMV staff, we Chairs and helped faced several once‐in‐a‐ guide us through two generation challenges: interim periods. Richard Fowler’s Although most retirement, financing the members of the reconstruction of Fowler parish may not have Hall, and adding had direct contact Marybeth Volk focusing on the details that keep us functioning. ownership of the rectory. with Marybeth, she And then the situation has been integral to every aspect of parish life was complicated further by the dot com crash. through her competent and attentive focus on the Marybeth rose to those major challenges, working details that keep the business part of St. Mary’s diligently and leveraging her experience, functioning. remaining upbeat all the while.” In 1997, Frank Maynard served in the volunteer Marybeth’s part‐time schedule has allowed her to position of church Treasurer. He remembers commute between Ferndale, in Northern California Marybeth’s arrival: “When Marybeth was hired in and the Bay Area. In retirement, she is looking Page 18
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forward to simplifying her life by living full time in Ferndale which will allow her to spend more time with her partner, Herb Chaker, to do more fun and spontaneous travel, and to return to social work by volunteering at the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program in Eureka, California. The parish celebrated Marybeth’s work and ministry on Sunday, November 16th with prayers and a cake‐fueled sendoff in the courtyard. A grateful congregation wishes Marybeth a long and happy retirement!
Staff Transitions The Rev. Scott Richardson, Rector
I have three exciting personnel announcements to make. The first is that Kathleen Bean is joining our staff as our Pastoral Associate on an interim basis while Rev. Claire is out on a three‐month maternity leave. Kathleen will be responsible for the Evening Service, other liturgical assignments, some pastoral matters, the continuing development of adult formation programs, and “other duties as assigned by the rector.” She prepared for this ministry through her studies at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, earning her Masters of Theological Studies in 2012. She has been serving as our Associate for Adult Formation since 2012, enriching our spiritual life by arranging forums and occasionally preaching, often on creation care topics. We are delighted to welcome Kathleen into this new ministry for her and for us. We are also grateful to the Church Pension Group for the generous maternity support it offers our congregations.
Kevin Bulivant has joined us to replace Marybeth Volk as our Finance Manager. Marybeth retired with a grand send‐off on November 16th. Kevin will be with us full‐time and, in addition to his accounting duties, will also help with donor support and personnel matters. Kevin recently served as an accounting associate with the St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation, and, at Cow Hollow Church News
different points in his career, as a financial analyst, small business owner, treasurer, project leader, manager, and consultant. He earned his Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
And we are also blessed to receive the ministrations of the Rev. Hannah Elyse Cornthwaite for a brief period of time as she transitions from the diaconate to priesthood. Hannah is canonically resident in the Diocese of Iowa but comes originally from a small island in Southwest Alaska. She has been studying at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley since 2010. Hannah has a passion for ministry with children, including those with special needs, and for engaging with young adults who are often called “spiritual but not religious.” Her ministry to us will be primarily on Sundays as she brings her time in seminary to a close.
Someone once reminded me that the church is a river and not a pond. It is the case that people come, make their contribution, and then go – just like in Scripture. But even though the people may move on, one prays that the contribution to the life of the congregation endures. With that hope, we receive Kathleen, Kevin, and Hannah into our midst – may God bless them and keep them as they give themselves in service to us and to the world.
QUIET DAY FOR ALL MEN and WOMEN Hosted by the Daughters of the King
The day starts with a bringyour-own bag lunch at noon. Water, coffee, and tea will be provided as well as snacks and dessert. The day will include prayer and guided meditations by Dr. Roderick Douglas, Dean of the School for Deacons. There will be periods of silence for reflection. To RSVP for this afternoon of peaceful reflection and time for practicing the presence of God, email Catherine Secour: email@example.com. Saturday, February 21, 2014, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Winter 2014-2015
Hilda Jonas 1913 - 2014
composed or arranged by Mozart for two keyboards, including his Fantasia in F minor. In a recent conversation with Hilda she recalled that particular concert and said that it was the most fun. Michael said, “It was, indeed, a lot of fun, but I also remember how much work it was trying to keep up with her. She was always a bundle of energy, even approaching her eighth decade of life.”
Michael Secour, Organist‐Choirmaster, and Catherine Secour, Children’s Choir Director, at St. Maryʹs from 1976 to 2009 Hilda Jonas, internationally known harpsichordist and pianist, passed away peacefully at the age of 101 years, in her home in San Francisco. Hilda and her husband Gerald were German‐born The Ebeloe harpsichord which resides between the and were married in January 1938. By May of 1938 pulpit and the organ console was given to St. Mary they fled Germany, taking the Ebeloe, and arrived the Virgin by Hilda in 2010. She wished that we in Australia, and have it in our then settled in building to honor Hawaii. After Pearl her time Harbor, they moved participating in the to Cincinnati, Ohio. Concert Series for She performed 16 years. Her first regularly with the concert was on Cincinnati December 30, 1984. Symphony, and She performed a toured extensively. New Year’s concert In 1988, 50 years every year until after escaping from January 9, 2000, the Nazis, Hilda when she returned to her performed Bach’s hometown to Goldberg perform in honor of Variations. the 700th Earlier in Anniversary Hilda Jonas at the keyboard of the Ebeloe harpsichord that she gave to St. Mary’s. 1984, before of Düsseldorf. performing at St. Mary’s for the first time, Hilda During the San Francisco years, she also gave performed at the American Guild of Organists numerous recitals. She recorded four CDs, mainly Convention with an orchestra under the baton of Bach. She was a teacher who took special interest Simon Preston. Hilda’s page turner at that concert in her students and many remained life‐long was Steve Repasky. friends. Her presence will be missed by her family and the greater musical community in which she Most of her concerts were solo recitals but there participated for so many years. were several collaborative efforts including Bach’s Coffee Cantata with St. Mary’s soloists Margaret Meeting Hilda Jonas Secour and Neal Rogers. Hilda regularly attracted Steve Repasky, Associate Director of Music large crowds for her masterful concerts and frequently attended other concerts in our series. I was in my late twenties at the time. It was afternoon, June 26, 1984, at a rehearsal of Tuesday In 1992, Michael Secour had the rare privilege of G.F. Handelʹs Israel in Egypt (a Baroque sacred performing with Hilda in a program of music
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oratorio scored for strings, double choir, and continuo instruments) held in the cavernous St. Maryʹs Cathedral. The concert was under the direction of the world‐renowned conductor, Simon Preston. This presentation of Handelʹs oratorio was one of the events for the gathering of the national convention of the American Guild of Organists in San Francisco that year. I was asked to be Hilda Jonas’s page turner as she played her harpsichord.
During the rehearsal, Hilda registered her harpsichord in the style suitable to Handelʹs music. However, in the large acoustic, Mr. Preston could not hear the harpsichord and stopped the rehearsal and then asked Hilda to bolster her sound. A little stunned and with a twinkle in her eye, she turned to me and said in her adorable mid‐western German accent, “Now watch this, honey.”
Much to my surprise and within a second, Hilda placed all the stops of the harpsichord in the on position and proceeded to play the continuo (chordal accompaniment) part in double octaves in a Franz Lisztian style. I sat there in abject horror and disbelief as this style of keyboard playing was so uncharacteristic of proper harpsichord accompaniment that would have been suitable to Baroque style music.
With my mouth open in sheer astonishment at Hildaʹs chutzpah, Simon Preston nodded toward Mrs. Jonas as much as to say, yes, thatʹs the sound I am looking for. Hilda looked at me and said, “Idiot!” while still playing her continuo part. From that moment on, I only had the deepest and utmost respect for Hilda.
It was one of those meetings that I will never forget and in my mindʹs eye I can still picture her under Simon Prestonʹs direction just whaling away at her harpsichord. It was one of the most absolutely electrifying performances of that work I have ever heard. It is an honor to play her Ebeloe harpsichord, a fine instrument that still retains its original 1938 strings. It is a real survivor, just like Hilda was. Cow Hollow Church News
Annual Parish Meeting On Sunday morning, January 25, 2015, we will come together for our Annual Parish Meeting. Once again, this meeting will take place in the church, beginning at 10:30 a.m., following the 9:00 a.m. service. A lunch in the Great Room will be served right after the meeting.
The 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services will be combined, taking place at 9:00 a.m. on this day.
The Annual Parish Meeting is different from most of the obligations we experience elsewhere; for, in addition to taking care of some of the normal temporal actions we need to fulfill—such as the election of new members of the vestry and new delegates to represent all of us within the Diocese of California and the San Francisco Deanery, as well as reflection on the proposed budget for the coming year—we also take time to ponder our spiritual health and condition.
We receive reports and remarks about many of our ministries and programs, and take time to raise questions about how we might better serve the community and the world. Parish leaders, lay and ordained, offer their reflections on the State of the Parish. And, unlike in many other meetings, we join together as one community: we sing, laugh, remember our departed sisters and brothers, and, in general, recall who we are, whose we are, and why we gather, week in and week out, season after season, and year after year, in this holy place. Child care will be available, and we encourage teenagers to attend.
Please take part in this year’s Annual Parish Meeting, and join your sisters and brothers in faith, discerning God’s presence in, and call to, this community of faith. Winter 2014-2015
Baby Shower for Claire
In anticipation of the arrival of Claire and Haamid’s baby, the vestry and parishioners gave a bountiful and joyous baby shower for the expectant parents.
At an occasion buoyant with good wishes; clockwise: gift table with diaper “cake;” expectant mom Claire; opening presents; the actual cake; warm welcoming sentiments.
Thanks to all who helped, including: Betty Hood‐Gibson, David Gibson, Diana Sullivan, David Sullivan, Liz Paxton, Ursula Clark, Jane Cook, Gloria Powell, Everett Powell, Jan Bolles, Nancy Bryan, Mary Hill, Josie McGann, Steven Currier, Lisa Carey, Laura Ruppert, Vanessa Lane, Carla Ocfemia, and Manny Gabiana. Page 22
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Second Sunday of Advent
La Virgen de Guadalupe Celebration Children’s Choir
December 14 Third Sunday of Advent 9:00 a.m.
Sankta Lucia Celebration Children’s & Youth Choirs
December 20 A Festive Parish Tradition 1:00 p.m.
Caroling on Union Street All are Welcome to Participate
December 21 Fourth Sunday of Advent 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. A Service of Lessons and Carols Children’s, Youth, Handbell, & Parish Choirs and Chamber Orchestra 5:30 p.m. A Service of Lessons and Carols
CHRISTMAS EVE December 24
3:00 p.m. Christmas Pageant Costumed players and live animals 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Eucharist Children’s and Youth Choirs 10:30 p.m. Candlelight Carol Sing Parish Choir and Chamber Orchestra 11:00 p.m. Candlelight Eucharist Parish Choir and Chamber Orchestra
CHRISTMAS DAY December 25
Holy Eucharist with Carols Parish Choir and Organ
December 28 First Sunday after Christmas
8:00, 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
regular service times
FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY January 4 9:00 a.m. Cow Hollow Church News
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INSIDE… From the Assoc. Rector ... Cover Story Sr. Warden’s Letter............................ 2 Sunday School................................... 3 Youth Group....................................... 4 Stewardship ....................................... 4 Tidings of Comfort & Joy.................. 6 Adult Formation Programs ............... 7 Rutter’s Requiem for All Souls......... 8 Pitching Prospect & Aces Races10-11 Partnering With Larkin Street ......... 12 California Counseling Institute....... 13 Planned Giving Award ..................... 14 Walking Group ................................. 16 LGBT Group .................................... 17 Marybeth Volk Retires .................... 18 Hilda Jonas ...................................... 20 Claire Ranna’s Baby Shower ......... 22
HIGHLIGHTS—WINTER – 2014-2015 SPIRITUALITY & PASTORAL CARE
Holy Eucharist, Rite II – Wednesdays, in the chapel, at 7 am Nursing Home Ministry – every 4th Sunday, Golden Gate Healthcare Center, 2707 Pine Street, at 1:30 pm Presidio Gate Ministry –2nd & 4th Mondays, 2770 Lombard Street, at 11 am
Raphael House Ministry – First Monday of each month. Contact Alisa Quint Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org
MEETINGS & MISCELLANY
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SAVE THESE DATES
Bible and Book Study Series – Thursdays, December 4 & 11, 10 am, and Tuesday, December 16, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, in the Study Ordination of Claire Ranna – Saturday, December 6, 3 pm, at Grace Cathedral Tidings Greens and Pantry sale – Sunday, December 7, between services, in the courtyard LGBT Group Christmas Party – Wednesday, December 10, 7 pm, at Chip Grant and John Moore’s home
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Tidings Benefactor Party – Friday, December 12, at a beautiful home Open Cathedral – Sunday, December 21. For details on attending, contact Nancy Bryan at email@example.com. Caroling on Union Street – Saturday, December 20, 1 pm, meet in the courtyard Seeing as a Holy Act – Saturday, January 11, 9-11 am, in the Great Room Candlelight Concert “West Coast Wildfire” – Sunday, January 11, 7 pm Annual Parish Meeting – Sunday, January 25, 10 am, in the church; lunch to follow, in the Great Room Mt. Calvary Retreat – February, 24-27, Mt. Calvary Retreat Monastery in Santa Barbara Quiet Day for All Men and Women – Saturday, February 21, noon-5 pm. For details on attending, contact Catherine Secour at firstname.lastname@example.org.