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The Episcopal Church of Saint Michael & All Angels
Pacific View Drive at Marguerite
 
Corona del Mar 
 California 92625
949.644.0463
www.stmikescdm.org
FOR THE
LOVE OF MIKE
Volume 62 Number 11 DECEMBER 2012
UILDING OUR F UILDING OUR F UILDING OUR F UILDING OUR F UILDING OUR F  AITH AITH:  AITH AITH:  AITHVING CHRIST VING CHRIST VING CHRIST VING CHRIST VING CHRIST  AND SER  AND SER  AND SER  AND SER  AND SER VING OUR COMMUNITY VING OUR COMMUNITY VING OUR COMMUNITY VING OUR COMMUNITY VING OUR COMMUNITY 
(More News and Notes on pages 2 & 6)
...From the Desk of the Rector 
 BELOVEDS IN CHRIST,
Continued on page 3
A
mong all the wonderful stories born in Christmas Pageants is one of a little boy who had only one line to remember. He was the Archangel Gabrieland his line was, “
 Behold, I bring you good tidings
.” After the rehearsal, heasked his mother what “tidings” meant. She told him that “tidings” meant“news.” When the Pageant was rolling, the boy got a case of stage fright andcouldn’t remember his line; then,all of a sudden, the idea came back and he blurted out, “
 Hey! … Boy, have I got news for you!
At Christmas 2012, imagine what it would be like if, instead of saying thetraditional introduction,“The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ accordingto Luke (or John),” and your traditional response, “Glory to you, Lord Christ,”I introduced the Gospel saying, “Hey! … Have I got news for you!” and youreplied, “Bring it on!” Then, after reading, instead of the priest’s traditional“The Gospel of the Lord” followed by your “Praise to you, Lord Christ,” Iconcluded, “What do you think of that?” and you responded,
“Wow! ”
God’s hopes and dreams have always been wrapped in news like that of theincarnation, “Word become flesh” (John 1:14), we celebrate especially atChristmas. Since God first invested in the human experiment and picked upthat handful of dust, rolled it into a ball and shaped it into “Adam,” whichliterally means “dirt ball,” and then breathed God’s own breath into Adam’slungs, God has intended the very best hopes and dreams. Scripture says so:
What are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned themwith glory and honor.”
(Psalm 8:4-5, NRSV) God loves us so much that our name is tattooed on the palms of his hands:
See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands.”
(Isaiah 49:16a)When we turned away from God and chose our own ways over God’s ways,God didn’t give up on his hopes and dreams for us. God sent prophet afte prophet, leader after leader, trying to get our attention. And when that didn’twork, God decided to come himself. God came in a most unusual manner, asa babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a feeding trough in a cave beneath a small town of little consequence. God’s coming, taking human flesh,made all the difference because God gave us something that mattered, somethingfrom the heart.The Director of another Christmas Pageant let the children decide what gifts they’dgive to the baby Jesus. Some wanted to give him stuffed animals, some wanted to givehim toys. One little girl named Sally had several conversations with the Directo before admitting what she wanted to give to the baby Jesus. The Director finally has to ask, “
Sally, what do you want to give Jesus?” “Oh, I’m tooembarrassed,” said Sally, “I shouldn’t tell you.” “That’s okay. What is it?”
PARISH NEWSAND NOTES
CHRISTMAS WORSHIPSCHEDULE 2012Sunday, December 23
 Last Sunday in Advent 8 & 10am
Holy Eucharist
4pm
Christmas Pageant & Eucharistin Saint Michael’s Sanctuary(nursery care available)Monday, December 24
Christmas Eve5:30pm
Choral Eucharist(nursery care available)
10:00pm
Gift of Musicand Festival Choral EucharistTuesday December 25
Christmas Day10am
Holy Eucharistwith Carols & SermonALTERNATIVE CHRISTMASGIFT FAIR 
Sunday, December 2
nd
following both 8am and 10amworship services, AAC
You will have the opportunity to makedonations to worthwhile organizationslike the Free WheelChair Mission, Heifer,Habitat and Loaves & Fishes, and buycrafts made by Third World artisans.There will be crafts from local vendorsand parishioners, toffee candy and muchmore. Don’t miss this opportunity todo your Christmas shopping in a waythat benefits so many!!
 
FOR THE LOVE OF MIKEFOR THE LOVE OF MIKEFOR THE LOVE OF MIKEFOR THE LOVE OF MIKEFOR THE LOVE OF MIKE
 
DECEMBERDECEMBERDECEMBERDECEMBERDECEMBER 2012 2 2012 2 2012 2 2012 2 2012 2
(MORE) PARISH NEWS AND NOTES
FOR THE LOVE OF MIKEFOR THE LOVE OF MIKEFOR THE LOVE OF MIKEFOR THE LOVE OF MIKEFOR THE LOVE OF MIKE
 
is a publication of Saint Michael & All AngelsEpiscopal Church,Corona del Mar, CA.Copy deadline is the secondWednesday of the month.We welcome letters and articles.Editor: Susan Beechner949.644.0463
Finance
......................................... Jim Palda[paldajim@yahoo.com] 626.533.8037
Mission
.......................................................(Open)
Stewardship
...................................Joan Short[joanshort@earthlink.net] 949.644.0719
Worship
.The Very Rev’d Canon Peter D. Haynes[phaynes@stmikescdm.org] 949.644.0463
VESTRY MEMBERS 2012
Senior Warden
................................Lynn Headley[pirrung@earthlink.net] 714.963.5932
Junior Warden
...............................Paul Multari[paul.multari@sce.com 949.760-1454
Christian Education
.................... Anne Conover [anabananacaddie@aol.com] 949.721.1050
Clerk of the Vestry
..........................Gail Haghjoo[gail@hallresearch.com] 714.966.0314
Building and Grounds......................
.Mike Orttseagate@socal.rr.com 714.323.8189
Communications
..........................,Clyde Dodge[clydedodge@cox.net 949.375.1530
Evangelism
.............................Deborah Newquist[debnewquist@gmnail.com] 949.854.2675
Fellowship
......................................Teri Corbet[hbangel49@msn.com] 714..964.5505
CONTRIBUTIONS WERE MADE
tothe Rector’s Discretionary Fund mostmost recently by
Bill Leasure andTerry Lynberg, Ruth Poole and Judy& Bill Brady,
and by the
Aune
-
Callahan
family in celebration of thelife of 
Barbara Ward Aune
.Thesefunds extend our Parish’s mission of outreach, providing for such needs ascan be helped by financial assistance.
Anniversaries inDecember 
BirthdaysBaptismsWeddings
* *
LEST WE FORGET
: There have been 4488 American militarycasualties in Iraq and 2029 inAfghanistan.
"Lord hear our prayers for those who are dead and for thosewho mourn." 
* *
LOAVES AND FISHES:
ThisDecember we are collecting
$5 giftcertificates to Burger King andMcDonalds
. Monetary donations arealways welcome, too, and checksshould be made payable to SaintMichael & All Angels, with Loaves andFishes on the memo line. (Tax ID#95-2123746)
* *
St. Mike’sFacebook Page
facebook.com/SMAACDM
“Like” usRead us every dayWE’VE GOT 51
Can we reach 75?
1st - Doug Little4th - Pat McNamee5th - Tony Caldarone6th - Bob Dell Angelo7th - Corinne Stover 26th - Kathy Stuart30th - Karlene Miller 
THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND LIVED AMONG US, AND WE HAVE SEEN HIS GLORY!
 JOHN 1:14A
 
 Dear Friends in Christ,
As we celebrate the wondrous birth of our Savior Jesus Christ,we continue to pray in hope for the promise of peace with justicethat God brings to all. Especiallyat this time, we, the staff of SaintMichael & All Angels, want tothank our beloved parish familyfor the opportunities to serveamong you during the entire year.As we work together with youin our various ministries, we areable to bring the message of Christ beyond our parish into our community, our nation, and theworld.We wish you a most happy and blessed New Year 2013! 
 Peter, Stephen, Susan C., Susan B., Donnie, and the Westroms(Susan, Heidi, and Erik & Katie)
SAINT MICHAEL’S FINANCIALUPDATE FOR OCTOBER 2012:
Preliminary YTD Income is $426,584.Our YTD Expense is $458,386. The parish Net Ordinary Income is($31,801), which is $13,493 ahead of our plan. Our YTD Pledge Income is$338,863
which is $12,928 below our  plan through the end of September.
Our total operating cash balance is $79,993;we have $88,652 in “designated gifts,”so our net balance is ($8,659). TheEndowment Trust has a balance of $156,166.
We really need everyone tomeet their 2012 pledges in order for usto have a break-even financial report  for 2012. And please give prayerful thought about your 2013 pledge, your  gift to God and His work here on earth.
11th - Cliff & Teri Corbet21st - Jack & Suzie Peltason28th - Bill & Mitzi CurrieMark & Sondra Valentine2nd - Corinne Stover Louise Stover 7th - Libby Keating18th - Bob Dell Angelo21st - Cal McLaughlin23rd - Murry McClaren
 
FOR THE LOVE OF MIKEFOR THE LOVE OF MIKEFOR THE LOVE OF MIKEFOR THE LOVE OF MIKEFOR THE LOVE OF MIKEDECEMBER 2012 3DECEMBER 2012 3DECEMBER 2012 3DECEMBER 2012 3DECEMBER 2012 3
Yours, in Christ -
 Rector’s Desk from page 1
THEY NEED HELP!”
O
n the Second Sunday of Advent, December 9, 2012,during both eight and ten o’clock worship we will havea very special homilist/preacher,
Erin Tharp
. Erin is a young parishioner of Saint John the Baptist Episcopal Parish Churchin Corona who was disabled as a result of viral encephalitisfifteen years ago. She now speaks through an Ipad and is aneloquent spokesperson for 
Free Wheelchair Mission.
Erin wrote following the experience of lying in a hospital bed after that virus attacked the white matter in her brain,“I never thought I would say this, and my life does have itsshare of frustrations, but I believe I am happier now! I ammuch closer to my family and God.”Erin believes that God called her to become involved with
Free Wheelchair Mission
in the summer of 2011. Shewas sound asleep and had a dream about an African boy:
“He was on the floor of a tiny kitchen in aramshackle house. His family was cookingand he so wanted to help, but all he could dowas watch, feeling left out. Though I waswatching the scene, I could feel hisdisappointment and it broke my heart, thinkingthis sweet little boy who couldn’t be morethan nine years old had a lifetime of disappointment ahead of him. Just then, Iheard a man’s deep voice. It was like he wastalking through a bullhorn when he was twofeet away (it actually hurt my ears): ‘Theyneed help!’ I jumped awake and felt this burning desire to do something, anything, tohelp these people.”
“A kiss,”
Sally said. And the night of the Pageant, that iswhat she gave him. All the other angels brought their gifts of toys and animals, and Sally bent over the manger and gavethe little baby a kiss. A loving sigh went up from thecongregation as they watched.Sally knew the secret of giving. She gave the baby Jesusexactly what God gave us in Jesus in the manger, somethingthat matters, something that summed up God’s hopes anddreams, something from the heart. That’s what God givesus, something from the heart. God gave us himself when hegave us his son.What do you think of that? Wow?
[The Times, UK -- Ruth Glrdhill] The Prime Minister gave a warmwelcome to the new Archbishop of Canterbury as Justin Welbyannounced that he would be the first occupant of the See to useTwitter.. Appropriately, the appointment was confirmed by a tweetfrom Downing Street, where David Cameron recently set up his ownTwitter account. As Bishop of Durham, Bishop Welby is a prolifictweeter. Unusually, he does the tweeting himself and does notdelegate it to a member of staff.The choice of Bishop Welby, a former oil company executive, is adeparture for the Church of England, which has in the past chosentheologians to occupy the top spot. Unusually, he has no doctorate.However, he will be welcomed as someone who speaks clearlyand plainly and is familiar with new technology. Mr Cameron said: “Ithink having someone who had a life outside the Church in business,who understands difficult, complicated issues, will bring a great breath of fresh air.”Tony Blair, who since leaving office has worked with religiousleaders in some of the most conflicted parts of the world, said: “Hewill bring to the Church and the Anglican Communion a rich experienceand spirituality alongside a deep commitment to building harmoniousinterfaith relations.”The new archbishop joked at a press conference at Lambeth Palacethat his appointment was the “best-kept secret since the last Cabinetreshuffle”. Confirmation of his name was leaked to The Times beforeyesterday’s announcement and bookmakers closed their books after a flurry of bets.“It’s something that I never expected and the last few weeks have been a rather strange experience,” he said of his appointment. “I feela massive sense of privilege at being one of those responsible for the leadership of the Church at a time of spiritual hunger.”Bishop Welby paid tribute to Dr Rowan Williams, who retires atthe end of December after a decade in the post, praising him as a manof great “personal, moral and physical courage” and one of theworld’s “principal theologians and philosophers”.Bishop Welby, 56, has been Dr Williams’s special envoy to Africa,where he has worked on reconciliation between Muslim and Christiangroups. He has been Bishop of Durham for only a year and willinherit a Church that has been riven by arguments over female bishops and gay marriage. He will oversee the consecration of thefirst woman bishop as one of his earliest steps towards detoxifyingthe Church’s public image.He will be enthroned at Canterbury Cathedral on March 21.Although his roots are as an evangelical, Bishop Welby has movedtowards AngloCatholicism. He is an oblate, or lay monk, in SalisburyPriory, the Anglican Benedictine house, and his spiritual director is aRoman Catholic monk. “Learning from other traditions than the oneinto which I came as a Christian has led me into the riches of Benedictine and Ignatian spirituality, the treasures of contemplative prayer and adoration, and confronted me with the rich and challengingsocial teaching of the Roman Catholic Church,” he said.He also brings a new optimism to a role that in recent years has been seen in terms of managing decline. “Because of that vastcompany of serving Anglicans, together with those in other churches, I am utterly optimistic about the future of the Church,” hesaid. “We will certainly get things wrong, but the grace of God is far greater than our biggest failures. We will also certainly get muchright and do so already.”On the issue of homosexuality, he said, “We also face deepdifferences,” adding: “We must have no truck with any form of homophobia, in any part of the Church.” He was supporting hisfellow bishops in opposition to the Government’s plans for gaymarriage. But he added: “I know I need to listen very attentively tothe LGBT communities, and examine my own thinking prayerfullyand carefully. I am always averse to the language of exclusion.”
THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY DESIGNATE
Please come to worship on Sunday morning, December 9,and welcome Erin Tharp to Saint Michael & All Angels.

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