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For the Love of Mike

For the Love of Mike

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The parish newsletter of Saint Michael & All Angels Corona del Mar -- February 2010 edition.
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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 60 No.2 FEBRUARY 2010
UILDING OUR F UILDING OUR F UILDING OUR F UILDING OUR F UILDING OUR F  AITH:  AITH:  AITH:  AITH:  AITH: VING 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 
43rd Annual Parish Meeting February 7th, 11:30am, All Angels Court FAREWELL, TIM WELCOME, DAVID
 Editors note: As Tim departs for an exciting opportunity in the Bay Area, we are fortunateto have an interim mimister of music, David Clemensen, join us this month. In Tim’s final “Sharps & Flats” column below, he graciously hands the baton (sorry, couldn’t resist) to David.
by Tim Getz 
B
y now you have no doubt heardthe news that I have accepted anew position as Music Director atGrace Lutheran Church in Palo Alto. Iam thrilled about this new opportunity but also very, very sad to leave behindthis loving and joy-filled community atSaint Michael & All Angels.We have laid some wonderfulmusical groundwork together. We haveall grown in enjoyment andappreciation of a wider variety of music as a part of our common prayer,and we sing wonderfully well together.I have every hope and expectationthat in the coming months and yearsSaint Michael & All Angels’commitment and enthusiasm for greatliturgical music will continue toflourish.This month you will meet our interimMinister of Music, David Clemensen.David and I have been friends for several years and I know you will enjoygetting to know him.He has a doctorate in collaborative piano from USC and is accompanistfor Pacific Chorale. David has servedseveral churches in our area; mostrecently at Saint Mark PresbyterianChurch as interim organist while their regular organist recovered fromsurgery following an auto accident.David has often “borrowed” our organ and grand piano for practiceduring the week and has substituted for me on a number of occasions. He hasexperience working with choirs of alllevels. I believe he will provide awonderful, pastoral, and relativelyseamless transition while our parishdiscerns the future of its music program.One of your first opportunities to meetand hear David will be at this month’s“First Sundays at Four” evensongservice. (Coincidentally, he wasscheduled to play long before I hadeven applied for my new job!) OnSunday, February 7th at 4:00 p.m.—if you were looking for an alternative tothe Super Bowl, this is it!—David, alongwith our own Desmond Stevens onclarinet, flutist Mary Palchak, and bassoonist David Muller, will performthe Evensong Suite by Alex Shapiro.This beautiful, melodic piece of musicwas commissioned in 1999 by St.Bede’s Episcopal Church in Mar Vista.Its six movements are intended toaccompany and invoke the moods of various parts of the evening service. Allare invited to the service and thereception afterward!My last Sunday with you will beFebruary 14th, the last Sunday after theEpiphany.It will be a very musical day includingthe participation of our adult, children’s,and handbell choirs. I do hope you’ll be here, not just to say good-bye but tocelebrate our various music ministriesand to look forward to the future.As I did in my annual report, I’d liketo end simply by saying thank you. For your loving friendship and support, Ithank you. For your companionship onthe Christian pilgrimage, I thank you.For outstanding chili of every color, withand without beans, I thank you. Mostof all for singing and praying with me,Sunday by Sunday and year by year, Ithank you. I love you and will miss you.And whenever you find yourself on theSan Francisco peninsula, stop by andvisit!
ASH WEDNESDAY ANDLENTEN SERVICES
Ash Wednesday is February 14thServices at 7am, 12noon and 7:30pm
DURING LENT
Evening Prayer at 5:30pm eachWednesday in Lent preceding our Lenten discussion program“Ethical Issues of Our Time”(see Martha’s article on page 6 for details)
Evening Prayer with Remembrances onMarch 10th and 24th
 
FOR THE LOVE OF MIKEFOR THE LOVE OF MIKEFOR THE LOVE OF MIKEFOR THE LOVE OF MIKEFOR THE LOVE OF MIKE
 
www.loveofmike.netwww.loveofmike.netwww.loveofmike.netwww.loveofmike.netwww.loveofmike.netFEBRUARYFEBRUARYFEBRUARYFEBRUARYFEBRUARY
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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 monthly publication of Saint Michael & All Angels,Corona del Mar, CA. Copy deadlineis the second Wednesday of themonth. We welcome letters andarticles.Online at www.loveofmike.netEditor: Susan Beechner949.644.0463
Finance
..........................................Melinda Rader [melinda.rader@sbcglobal.net] 949.230.3644
Mission
...............................Tammy Smecker-Hane[tsmecker@uci.edu] 949.509.7195
Stewardship
...................................Darryl Stevens[darryl.stevens@cox.net] 949.552.4525
Worship
.......................The Rev’d Peter D. Haynes[phaynes@stmikescdm.org] 949.644.0463
VESTRY MEMBERS 2009
Senior Warden
..............................Mark Peterson[MarkPeterson@CatesPeterson.com] 949.640.2553
Junior Warden
...............................Norris Battin[nbattin@usa.net] 949.673.4299
Building and Grounds.
................Craig Kennedy[ckennedy@mtbklaw.com] 949.675.6711
Christian Education
....................Elizabeth Henry[eevanshenry@yahoo.com] 714.846.7456
Clerk of the Vestry
...........................Clyde Dodge[clydedodge@adelphia.net] 949.644.1695
Communications
.........................Michael Boor [michaelbo@cox.net] 949.651.9722
Evangelism
.............................Murry McClaren[murrymcclaren@ca.rr.com] 714.979.6978
Fellowship
........................... Mary Ellen Sindt[belle107@roadrunner.com] 949.640.2395
CONTRIBUTIONS WERE MADE TOTHE RECTOR’S DISCRETIONARYFUND
by
Jack Towner,
by
PeggyMaradudin
, by
Pamela and theHoffman family
in thanksgiving for thelife of her mother,
Louise Mahood
, by
Christie and Julie of the Wiggins-Headley family
in thanksgiving for thelife of their father,
Creighton,
and by
Pat & Jennifer Pellegrino Jackson
in thanksgiving for the celebration and blessing of their marriage. These fundsextend our Parish’s mission of outreach, providing for such needs ascan be helped by financial assistance.
 All Parish Retreat Friday, July 23 toSunday, July 25, 2010 Hosted by theBrothers of theOrder of the Holy Crossat Saint Mary’sRetreat Center in Santa Barbara
Please see Martha for more informationor to sign up
* *
ANNIVERSARIES INFEBRUARY
 
Birthdays
2nd - Sharon Perry6th - Myrna IrelandPauline BenjaminLibby Keating9th - Joseph Riyhani11th - Robin McDowell13th - Anna Ortt19th - John Ireland21st - Dottie Cole22nd - Russell Rees23rd - Wally Paulson24th - Sally McCulloch26th - Julianne Powell27th - Donald Alser 28th - Mike Draffin
Baptisms
13th - Joseph BenjaminPauline Benjamin14th - Amanda Corbet16th - Gracemarie Dell'AngeloDoug Little24th - Peter Haynes+Maria Solomon
Weddings
14th - Michael & Anna Ortt16th - Victor & Olive Rumbellow19th - Sam & Sally McCulloch26th - Terry & Catherine Lee
ON SUNDAY,MARCH 14TH
, jointogether for brunchafter the 10am serviceto celebrate familiesand hear author 
Janet Spiech
speak about her book “A LittleBook to Ease Meal-Time Madness” adirect result of one family's strugglesin juggling family with the daily routineof home management, in particular,handling the chaos during the dinner-hour. “A Little Book…” providesfamily-centered strategies to help bringorder to daily routines combined withopportunities to create strong, family bonds.
LOAVES AND FISHES:
During themonth of February we will collect $5gift certificates for McDonalds andBurger King. Monetary donations arealways welcome, too, and checksshould be made payable to Saint Michael& All Angels, with Loaves and Fisheson the memo line. (Tax ID #95-2123746)
* * * *
SIGN UP FOR ESCRIP
at
www.escrip,com
and designate SaintMichael & All Angels as a group youwant to support. Make your everyday purchases create rewards for our church.Contact
Teri Corbet
withquestions.
THE PARISH DIRECTORY
will beupdated in April, and we will add new pictures.
Doug Little
will be taking pictures for inclusion in the directoryafter services on selected Sundays inFebruary and March; the dates of thoseSundays will be announced in theSunday Bulletins.We invite those of you without pictures in the directory to be photographed, and also those whowould like to replace your present picture. Alternatively, if any of you havedigital pictures of your own which youwould like to use, please email them to
newquay@roadrunner.com
(
PeterCoppen.)
* * * *
PLEDGE ENVELOPES:
Alphabeticallylisted labels with your pledge numbersare available in Michael’s Room. If youwould like pledge envelopes for 2010, please take a box and attach your labelto it to remind you of your pledgenumber.
* *
DO WE HAVE YOUR MOSTRECENT EMAIL ADDRESS?
Please contact Susan Beechner atsbeechner@stmikescdm.org withchanges or additions
 
FOR THE LOVE OF MIKEFOR THE LOVE OF MIKEFOR THE LOVE OF MIKEFOR THE LOVE OF MIKEFOR THE LOVE OF MIKE
 
www.loveofmike.netwww.loveofmike.netwww.loveofmike.netwww.loveofmike.netwww.loveofmike.netFEBRUARFEBRUARFEBRUARFEBRUARFEBRUAR Y Y Y Y Y
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 BELOVEDS IN CHRIST,
...From the Desk of the Rector 
Yours, in Christ -
Have you read our Annual Parish Reports for 2009? In it, members of our Vestry and staff do our best to detail both allthat happens here and what all that happens here costs. This seems to us to be the most responsible approach in thesetimes of financial challenges.Frances read my “Rector’s Annual Report for 2009” and said, “This is the most boring thing you’ve ever written!”Although I tried to say how I’d done my best to put “treasure” where “heart is” in 2009, I took her review as a greatcompliment of my reports in previous years in which I told stories of the highlights of those years. This time next year I hope you will have in hand what I think have been the most memorable and important happenings here in 2010.Writing my latest “…Annual Report” I reflected on both (Matthew 6:21 and Luke 12:34) “Where your treasure is, thereyour heart will be also” and current financial challenges in this parish and our diocese as well as for our homes and businesses. In my sermon/homily for Christmas at the same time I kept thinking of how Martin Luther King Jr. summedup his vision of our world in his 1967 Christmas sermon on peace:“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We aremade to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality. Did you ever stop to think that youcan’t leave for your job in the morning without being dependent on most of the world?“You get up in the morning and go to the bathroom and reach over for the sponge, and that’s handed toyou by a Pacific Islander. You reach for a bar of soap, and that’s given to you at the hands of a Frenchman.And then you go into the kitchen to drink your coffee for the morning, and that’s poured into your cup by aSouth American. And maybe you want tea; that’s poured into your cup by a Chinese. Or maybe you’redesirous of having cocoa for breakfast, and that’s poured into your cup by a West African.“And then you reach over for your toast, and that’s given to you at the hands of an English-speakingfarmer, not to mention the baker. And before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve dependedon more than half the world. This is the way our universe is structured; this is its interrelated quality. Wearen’t going to have peace on earth until we recognize this basic fact of the interrelated structure of allreality.”The current density of interactions between people and the rapid interchange of news, ideas, money, and commerce iscalled “globalization”. Much has been written about “globalization” from social, economic, political and cultural perspectives.Recent theological studies have examined “globalization” in light of a universal ethic, the common good, interculturaldialogue, and the social mission of the church. These are contemporary concerns in world mission ministries which youwill know are very important to me.For Christians, the central questions about “globalization” ultimately are not about efficiency or profitability but abouthuman life and human freedom. We are to humanize “globalization”, make it more risk-averse to human costs than tofinancial costs, and challenge ourselves and others to become more interested in the human and spiritual assets of theglobal community than in the financial and material portfolio of its individual members.In a world where more and more people experience alienation from God and each other, we are to come into, and inviteothers to, communion. Amidst a consumer market saturated with material goods, Jesus’ words remind us of theirrepressible spiritual dimensions of the human heart. In a culture that creates new forms of slavery (to technology, to profit as the bottom –line, to many self-centered attractions), God names the idolatry of our hearts and proclaims the path to freedom. In a society where there is inner and outer fragmentation, the Gospel dares to foster a vision of humanlife that risks solidarity. Above all, Christians witness that the call to be fully human requires a conversion of heart thatleads to a “spirituality of ‘globalization’ and solidarity”. As John Paul II said, to advance a “globalization of solidarity”means building “a civilization of love.”Current relief efforts in Haiti after the January 12 earthquake, like those in 2005 after Katrina hit our Gulf Coast and 2004after the tsunami in South Asia, is an example of how the collective efforts of individuals, governments, businessorganizations, and churches from around the world can help alleviate widespread human misery. The “globalization” of institutions, networks, and systems gives expression to the unprecedented potential for doing good and concrete waysof affirming our interconnectedness.

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