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The Love Issue SUMMER 2016

LOV E “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians” (I John 3.16). True love (agape love/divine love) tips the scale of the heart from self-preservation to self-offering. It’s risky. Unnerving. It can even be painful at times. Our fallen tendency is to shy away from agape love, for fear that our self-offering may somehow diminish what we have or who we are. Something profoundly paradoxical happens with agape love. The death of the self is transformed into divine life -- both within us and our beloved. This principle, this reality, is revealed in all it’s glory through the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Every time we allow our self-interested thoughts, desires, opinions, feelings, or wills to die for the sake of another, it is a manifestation of Our Lord’s charge to take up our cross and follow him. It is difficult to allow a part of ourselves to die for the sake of another. And yet this is our calling. As a community, St. Michael’s by-the-Sea continues to make intentional decisions to pick up our cross, to allow parts of ourselves to die, that others might have life. We see this in our pickleball courts, our partnership with the Carlsbad Music Festival, and in our efforts to establish a preschool on the parish campus. Each one of these endeavors comes with a considerable price to our community; emotionally, physically, financially. That is because these are not the soft choices of self-preservation. They are conscious choices to follow our Lord to the cross that we might share in his mission to the world, “that they would have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10.10). 2016 is The Year of Love at St. Michael’s by-the-Sea, so it seemed fitting to dedicate our Summer Messenger to this theme. I hope you will enjoy the stories of agape love in this issue. Let us continue in all things to “Walk in love as Christ loved us, and gave himself for us an offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5.2). In Christ,

Fr. Doran+






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VIVA LA PICKLEBALL Fr. Doran Stambaugh


THAT’S NICE Fr. Ivor Kraft


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COMMUNITY WORKDAY 9:00 am - 12:00 pm / Parish Campus

2 ND SUNDAY SACK PACK 11:00 am - 12:00 pm / Parish Hall

THE BROTHERHOOD 7:00 - 8:30 pm / Youth Room

VESTRY MEETING 6:30 - 8:30 pm / Parish Library

MOVIE ON THE GREEN 6:30 BBQ & 7:45 Movie

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M O U NT H ER M O N Full Week / Mount Hermon

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DAUGHTERS OF THE KING 9:00 - 11:00 am / Library

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All Parish

Beach day Sunday, August 21st 11:30 am - 3:30 pm Beech Street Beach

After the 10:00 am Mass head over to the beach for some family fun! Bring a lunch and a blanket or a beach chair. Beverages will be provided.


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It was an otherwise unremarkable May-gray morning in Carlsbad Village. One by one, folks started gathering. A couple parishioners, a couple residents from Carlsbad by the Sea, a couple neighborhood picklers. The colorful blue and green finish had been installed the day before. The pickleball courts were finished, and ready for play! Ten of us gathered that Wednesday morning in early May 2016. We played for several hours, laughing and celebrating on Carlsbad’s very first outdoor pickleball courts. The story of the pickleball courts at St. Michael’s by-the-Sea is one of friendship, community, and faithfulness to God’s gracious will: In the fall of 2013, our friends at Carlsbad by the Sea called in search of some space to play this curious sport with the funny name (It’s actually named after the dog of the man who invented it). CBTS aided in the resurfacing of our north parking lot, painted some lines, and put up some nets. For several years residents gathered three times a week to play. The parking lot surface was less-than-ideal, but it sufficed. As I watched them play (and learned myself), I couldn’t help but

imagine courts in the overgrown vacant lot just north of the church. One afternoon, while giving a tour of the property to some visitors, I said jokingly, “And here’s where the pickleball courts will go.” One visitor replied, “Did you say pickleball? You should apply for a grant!” This visitor was Jason Hanson, founding member of the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation.

this project for years to come. The courts are open to the public, and managed and maintained by the Association.

With the Vestry’s blessing, I applied for the grant. In the Spring of 2015, St. Michael’s was awarded $23,400 for pickleball courts, one of the largest single grants from the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation in recent years. Shocked, excited, and a bit overwhelmed, the Vestry committed the project to very intentional and concerted prayer. We had the money...But is this really what God wanted? After nearly a year of discernment, in January of 2016 the Vestry voted to move forward with the project.

and surprising gift from God to St. Michael’s and the local community!

As the site was being prepared, so too was the foundation of the St. Michael’s Pickleball Association. The Association is governed by an advisory board comprised of parishioners, residents of Carlsbad by the Sea, and local pickleball players. This diverse representation solidifies the cooperative nature of

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Pickleball is a healthy, fun, social, relationship-building activity for people of all ages. It is, in so many respects, the perfect antidote to our culture’s increasing temptations to virtual entertainment and sedentary individualism. What a wonderful

Thanks be to God, and viva la pickleball!

Photos: Row 1 & 2: Applying the topcoat and installing fencing. Row 3: Fr. Ken Simon, parishioner Chris Craig-Jones. Bottom: (left to right) Mark Packard, Carlsbad City Council member, Jason Hansen, founding member of the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, Joan Johnson, Executive Director of Carlsbad by the Sea, Ray Pearson, Board Chair of the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, and Fr. Doran Stambaugh on Opening Day.

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The 2016 theme for our blessed parish is the, “The Year of Love.” Please note that this theme of love ties directly to our mission statement in that, “The mission of St. Michael’s is to be a beacon of God’s Truth & Love through the richness of traditional Anglican worship, by equipping the saints to bear witness to Christ wherever they may be, and by sharing in Christ’s work of reconciliation and healing in the world.” Accordingly, in developing the 2016 Senior Warden’s goals, the Vestry has directed me to focus on the following four areas: 1. Establishing the St. Michael’s Preschool

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God willing, once the pre-school has been established, the next focus area will be to accomplish Phase II of the Campus Master Plan. Primarily, this phase involves the landsacape architecture for the areas in front of the main church building along Carlsbad Boulevard. Although physical work here will not be accomplished in 2016, the goal is to complete the planning process for what the street-view look of St. Michael’s is to become and how to make it an exhibition of the Love that can be found at St. Michael’s. 3. Let Love be showcased in our weekend services

In striving to achieve our mission as a “beacon of God’s Truth and Love,” our parish will show Love of by serving young children and their families. The window of opportunity to establish a Preschool this Fall is closing quickly and we are making a concerted, prayerful effort to do so.


2. Pave Path for Campus Master Plan Phase II

This goal centers on the timeframes before and between Masses, and our campus atmosphere during those periods. Parishioners of St. Michael’s know this parish to be a warm and inviting spiritual home. The question becomes how we communicate this warmth and

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invitation to individuals or families who may be visiting for a first time, or who have yet to make a meaningful, personal connection. 4. Fiscal Responsibility Although not a Love-specific goal per se, we are setting a goal for 2016 to balance our budget and operate within the means of the revenues brought into the parish. All of us at St. Michael’s know firsthand the gift that God has given to us in this blessed parish. May we, in 2016 and beyond, show forth His Love. Please join me in praying that Almighty God, His blessed Son, and the Holy Spirit guide us in achieving these goals for 2016.

Photo: 2015 St. Michael’s Master Plan (concept).







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God does not ask me, much less does He command me, to like you. He doesn’t ask or command me to like anyone! And that’s a very good thing because it means I’m not required to like Fr. Doran who’s always making up crazy stories about me! But I digress.“To like” means, according to Webster, “To get pleasure from something.” As in, “I like coffee.” Or to regard something or someone in a favorable way, or to feel affection for someone or something. “To like” is about the affections. That is to say, the emotions. But “to love” is about will. “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” says the Lord (Mt 5:44, Lk 6:27). For many years I believed this to be the most impossible of all the commandments given to us by our Lord to observe. You see, I had mistakenly believed that our Lord was asking me to like my enemies, and nothing could be further from the truth. Our Lord does not ask you or me to like anyone, but commands us to love everyone. If I were to tell our Lord that I like St. Michael’s and that I like you (and I do!), I suspect He’d


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say to me, “That’s nice.” Nice is as different from good as like is from love. I don’t know if the Lord likes me, but I’m convinced that He loves me. Not because of any virtue of mine but because He is good. He is absolute goodness. People are sometimes scandalized by the God of Jesus Christ and by Jesus Himself because they read the Bible looking for a nice God rather than a good God. Around 3,500 years ago, the Lord God led Israel out of Egypt, out of slavery, and He led Israel to the Holy Mountain, to Sinai, and there He gave Israel His commandments. God had proven to the Israelites that He was all-powerful when He defeated the gods of Egypt, and He was in the process of proving that He was trustworthy because He was keeping the promise that He had made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give to them and their descendants a land to dwell in. But at Mount Sinai, at the Holy Mountain, He did something every bit as great as all that, and inseparable from Him. The Lord revealed that He is good, not simply all-powerful, not simply trustworthy, but good. He revealed that He is a moral being.

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At the Holy Mountain, Moses came before the Israelites and he built an altar of stone with twelve pillars representing the twelve tribes of Israel, and on that altar he sacrificed oxen and he took the blood of the oxen, the life of the oxen, drained it into bowls, and then he read all the words, that is to say all the commandments, of the Lord to the Israelites. and the Israelites responded and said that “all that the Lord has said, we will do, and we will be obedient.” And Moses took half the blood of the oxen, of the sacrificial beasts, and he threw it against the altar and the other half he cast onto the Israelites and he said, “Behold the blood of the covenant which the Lord has made with you this day in accordance with all His commands” (Ex 24:8). When we hear the word of Christ today, “All of you drink of this cup, for this cup is the new covenant in my blood,” (Lk 22:20) we need to hear the word of Moses, casting the blood of the oxen onto the Israelites and saying, “Behold the blood of the covenant which the Lord has made with you this day.” That is precisely the old covenant. You cannot have a new covenant without an old one.

The Lord gave Israel His commandments to reveal His moral being, His goodness, and to invite Israel to participate, to share in His goodness by observing His commandments. He didn’t give Israel the commandments for His good, because we can add nothing to His goodness. He gave Israel the commandments so that by receiving them and observing them, Israel could share in the goodness of God, could participate in His goodness, and be a sign in the midst of all the other nations of the goodness of God.

my mind — a Christian, and recently the author of a book titled, On the God of the Christians (and On One or Two Others). It’s a slender but profound meditation on the God of Jesus Christ, the Most Holy and Blessed Trinity. The book provides a critically important clarification of Who God Is in our very troubled and confused times. And in it, Brague the Christian philosopher makes this observation about the God of Jesus Christ:

The only thing that anyone can possess greater than the word of God, greater than the commandments of God, is the author and definitive interpreter of those commandments, that is to say God Himself, Jesus Christ our Lord, which is the one we are here to receive today. In fact, the only thing that God did not give to Israel was Himself. And the climax of everything that God wills to do is to give Himself to us.

is God Himself.

The pagan philosopher Aristotle argued that happiness is an activity of the soul in accord with the good. Whatever the disciples of Aristotle may think he means by that, the part that has always interested me is that Aristotle grasped the inseparable connection between happiness and goodness. No goodness, no happiness. I’ve been guilty of saying that I just want my children to be happy. But I think I’m mistaken in this. Rémi Brague is a French professor of Arabic and religious philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris and a German university in Munich. He is also more importantly — at least to

God does not seek our happiness. He does not seek our unhappiness. He seeks our good, which is to say, our sanctification. Our good, in other words,

No goodness, no happiness. No obedience, no love. We know that God the Son loves His

Hear then the word of the Lord:

To love another is to seek to bring the other into a relationship of faith with Jesus Christ so that through Christ the other can know the Father and live in communion with Him through the Son. It is in this way that we can love everyone and anyone. To love another is to seek the other’s good. Thus, I can love my enemies, even my enemies, not to mention those I don’t like and wouldn’t invite into my home. “Love your neighbor as yourself,” says the Lord (Lk 10:27). “Love your enemies and those who persecute you,” says the Lord (Mt 5:44). “Love one another as I have loved you,” says the Lord (Jn 13:34).

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How can we know that Jesus loved God the Father? “I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father” (Jn 14:31).

heavenly Father because He does what the Father commands Him to do. “I came,” says the Lord, “not to do My own will, but the will of Him Who sent Me” (Jn 6:38). And that’s the only way the world will know that we love God.

And all of this is about love because to love in the way that Jesus our Lord uses the word is to seek the good of the other, and the greatest good of anyone, the ultimate and final good, for which every person has been created from the first to the last, is God Himself, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

To love is to seek the good of the other. And it is necessary to understand this in order to

understand the word of God for us today. “If you love me,” says the Lord, “you will keep my commandments” (Jn 14:15). To love another person is to seek his good. But we cannot seek the Lord’s good because He is goodness itself. Therefore the form of the love of God is to keep His commandments.

If a man loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s Who sent Me (Jn 14:23-24). If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love just as I keep My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things have I spoken to you that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be full (Jn 15:10-11). To love God is to keep His commandments. And when I keep His commandments — and only when I keep His commandments — do I love you as Jesus loves me. Amen.

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FRIDAY, JULY 2 2ND 6:30 - 10:00 PM A fun family event! B B Q 6 : 3 0 p m / M OV I E 7: 4 5 p m Other great movie snacks will be provided. BYO c h a i r o r b l a n ke t .


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I have three nieces and one more on the way. Being an aunt is the best! I read to them, push them on the swings, take them out for ice cream. While I love just hanging out with them, I often feel this nagging responsibility to teach them – to say please and thank you, to share, to read, write and count – and to prepare them for all the things they might encounter in life. More than anything, my prayer is that they will know they are loved not only by their family, but by the God who created them. We all have hopes and dreams for our families, whether for nieces and nephews, children, or grandchildren – or even parents, aunts, uncles, or grandparents. We can think about our church family in the same way. Generally speaking, we hope our church will be kind and welcoming. But there is a deeper desire to share the love of God in the St. Michael’s community. Each Sunday, the Coffee Hour team prepares a special tray of cookies and lemonade for the children; teenage acolytes lead the procession to bring Communion to members with limited mobility; children enthusiastically hand flowers to moms and grandmas on Mother’s Day. This is unique and wonderful. The young serve the old; and the old serve the young. They talk to one another, eat together, play together, and worship together. We enjoy being around each other, and

desire the best for one another, regardless of age. Research shows intergenerational relationships benefit older adults by enhancing socialization, encouraging life-long learning, increasing emotional support and improving health. Youth and children also experience many benefits: greater social skills, decreased negative behavior, and increased stability. For a community, fostering intergenerational relationships dispels stereotypes, conserves historical and cultural traditions, inspires collaboration, and promotes a sense of personal and societal identity.* The more we interact with people of different generations, the stronger our community becomes. In a culture that increasingly self-segregates by age, we must continue to actively choose to be an intergenerational parish. St. Michael’s members may span in age, but proximity does not automatically lead to relationships. People of different generations often have diverse life experiences, values, and interests. It can be difficult to talk to people with whom you feel you have nothing in common. C.S. Lewis wrote, “Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another ‘What! You too?’” The good news is that we all share at

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least one thing, whether we lived through World War II, or are too young to remember 9/11. The next time you stand to recite the Nicene Creed, look around – we all share a faith in Christ. Through Baptism, we have become adopted sons and daughters of God. We have become a family! From Psalm 145:4, “One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.” We have countless opportunities to do just that every week. I would urge each of us to prayerfully consider the role we play in this community. You may attend a play or sporting event a parishioner is in. You may ask an empty-nester how their children are doing. You may visit a homebound senior. I don’t know what it will look like for you, but I do know that we are all called to be a part of this family – old and young alike. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:21

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This year I have been attending Community Bible Study here in Carlsbad. We have been studying the life of Jesus as told by Matthew. In this gospel we see Jesus as a role model for how to live. How he tenderly showed love to others during his ministry here on earth! He reached out to all--the leaders in the community but also those who were seen as unclean and unworthy. He healed those with ailments and deformities. He fed the hungry. He welcomed the rejected ones. The parable Jesus tells his disciples found in Matthew 25 describes six acts of kindness: I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you visited me. I was in prison and you came to me. The sheep in this parable wonder when they had shown the King such kindness. He replies, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” 16

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How wonderful to know that Jesus honors small and even hidden acts of service. Every time we serve, God looks at our service as if we had served Christ himself, and indeed we have. How precious is that! We are told to love our neighbors as ourselves. Right now I am fortunate to have been blessed with wonderful neighbors that are easy to love. That has not always been the case. It is hard to love neighbors who allow their dog to bark all day. It is hard to love the person who cuts you off while driving down the freeway. It is hard to love the person who insults you or makes you feel small. Yes, there are times when living this new commandment to love others is a real challenge. I have tried to make a shift in my thinking. I try to think of those that may be difficult to love as quirky and charming. I try to remember to say a prayer for the drivers that cut me off. I try to remember that what I do and how I treat people is as if I were doing it to Jesus Himself.

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Oh how I love being a part of the community of believers at St. Michael’s! I love that the church has love as its mission...”to be a beacon of God’s truth and love to all”. When I first visited St. Michael’s, I felt surrounded by God’s truth and love. I was greeted by clergy and church members with a warm and welcoming spirit. The joy was evident in the smiles of welcome as well as in the strength of the handshakes and the strength of the coffee. I learned that there is an active visitation program, an active prison ministry, a program that feeds the hungry, a program that collects clothing and personal items for local people in need. Yes, let us remember that every time we serve, God looks at our works as if we are serving Christ Himself, for indeed we are. May the people of St. Michaels continue to be a beacon of God’s truth and love!

Photos: God’s creation in full bloom this spring at the Flower Fields in Carlsbad.




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We are Chuck and Margaret Herr, new members. We have been visiting St Michael’s off and on for a couple years, and we both looked at each other recently and asked, “Why haven’t we joined”? There was no good reason why we dilly-dallied around . . . but we did! Every time we came to Sunday worship we just felt like we were home where we belonged. Now we really belong! Margaret is originally from Ireland and Chuck from Ohio, but we have been residents in an area about ten miles north of Escondido for 30 years. We have owned and operated a family business in North County for 35 years. One of our three sons now owns the business. We have three sons and one daughter, and 8 grandchildren. They all live in Southern California so we are blessed to have family close. BUT, we are gone more from the area than we are here. Our great passion for the last 25 years is boating. Our second great passion is Southeast Alaska, where we

have gone the last 10 years with our 58 ft. powerboat. We live on the boat in Alaska about five months of the year and frequently drive it up and down the West Coast all the way to San Diego and back. We love the beauty of Alaska as well as the abundant wildlife, and of course, fishing for salmon and halibut. It might sound odd, but we prefer living on our boat in any location more so than living at home. But of course our family ties keep us close. Because of our travels you won’t see us soon, as we are already in route to Alaska as we write this note. Probably returning in late September or October. We will be with all of you in spirit, and will enjoy exploring the St Michael’s web site. We look forward to reuniting soon. In Christ, Chuck and Margaret Herr

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