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Volume 63 Number 1 JANUARY 2013

The Episcopal Church of Saint Michael
Pacific View Drive at Marguerite Corona del Mar California 92625 949.644.0463

& All Angels

...From the Desk of the Rector

n the first frame, Snoopy looks quizzically at one of his little bird friends and asks, “It is New Year’s Eve already?” In the next picture his eyes narrow to slits and he gasps, “I can’t believe it!” In the third square Snoopy turns his back to his friend and forlornly thinks to himself “My life is going too fast.” In the final frame he is lying on his back atop the doghouse with the little bird perched on his feet and Snoopy says, “My only hope is that we go into overtime.” As Bill Cosby laments, “time flies!” The realities of our mortality, the fact that this is not our abiding home, that our bodies are frail and fragile are truths that our old texts never tire of pressing upon us: “Our days are like the grass; we flourish like a flower of the field; When the wind goes over it, it is gone, and its place shall know it no more.” (Psalm 103: 15-16, BCP 734) Perhaps you were like me when younger and didn’t believe this, thinking yourself indestructible singing those lyrics from Fame: “I’m gonna live forever...”. Now older, when we deny brevity of body-boundness, as I’ve learned to do, we miss some of life’s best gifts. A sociologists’ study asked fifty people over the age of ninety-five one question: “If you could live your life over again, what would you do differently?” Three answers dominated the results: (1) I would reflect more; (2) I would risk more; (3) I would do more things that would live on after I am gone. The press of time passing can lead to decisive living, life with less drift or devotion to trivia and delay. But we live in a culture which discourages intentional living with its smorgasbord of diversions and plethora of options; this can lead to confusion and immobility. Too many New Year’s resolutions sound to me like sportscaster Harry Kalas’ introduction of Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Gary Maddox: “Gary has turned his life around. He used to be depressed and miserable; now he’s miserable and depressed.” Real life, life of vitality and purpose, life by the will of God comes only as we become intentional about what is essential to us. Another pastor, John Maxwell, declares, “You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.” We should stick that on our bathroom mirror! Intentional decisions about what is and what is not important give our lives power and direction, and enables us to make contributions. Continued on page 3



Our worship schedule for Tuesdays at 7:30am this month is: January 1 – The Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ will be celebrated with The Holy Eucharist. Our rector will preside. January 8 – Morning Prayer will be said. Herb Hoffman will officiate. January 15 – The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated. Fr. Jeff Hulet will preside. January 22 – Morning Prayer will be said. Michael Strong will officiate . January 29 – Morning Prayer will be said. Harry Selling will officiate. Please join us!

PHONE TREE MINISTRY: NEW MEMBERS NEEDED. Our goal is to contact every parishioner by phone once a month.This is a great opportunity to get to know others better and to share information, needs and suggestions about Saint Mike's. Please contact Ruth Poole at 949.644.9263. (More News and Notes on pages 2 & 7)

Remember Parish Pray for and Remember our Parish Fund Emergency Fund





CONTRIBUTIONS WERE MADE to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund most most recently by Terry Lynberg, by Judy Selling in thanksgiving for her and Corinne Stover’s birthdays, and by Barbara and Wally Paulson in thanksgiving for beautiful worship here.These funds extend our Parish’s mission of outreach, providing for such needs as can be helped by financial assistance.

Again and again, when the people of God are in trouble and distress, tears flow. So it was in the time of Rachel, the mother of the people of Israel, whose grave lies near to Bethlehem, Rachel weeping for all her children. It was in the last days of Jerusalem before it fell to the Babylonians, when the prophet Jeremiah looked down upon the tragedy and wept....A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are no more. (Jeremiah 31:15)

Anniversaries in January
Birthdays 2nd - Craig Kennedy 5th - Nora Higgins 12th - Gracemarie Dell Angelo 18th - Sharon Ferguson Bruce Stuart 19th - Marcia Last 20th - David Davidson 22nd - Herb Hoffman Anne Logie 27th - Ann Morris Stacie Tibbetts 31st - Ali Haghjoo Baptisms 6th - Courtney Falde Weddings 14th - Ray & Monty Pentz

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SAINT MICHAEL’S FINANCIAL UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 2012: Preliminary YTD Income is $454,059. Our YTD Expense is $491,308. The parish Net Ordinary Income is ($37,249), which is $5,585 ahead of our plan. Our YTD Pledge Income is $360,748 which is $26,222 below our plan through the end of October. Our total operating cash balance is $74,834 of which $89,030 is designated gifts; leaving a net balance of ($14,196) The Endowment Trust has a balance of $155,603. Don't forget to make sure that you have sent in your 2013 Pledge card. Normal operating expenses are up about 2.5% this year, so prayerfully consider your pledge to Saint Michael for next year.

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IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR the Sanctuary Light or Altar Flowers in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving for a birthday, anniversary, or other special event, please sign up on the board in the Parish Center and indicate the person or occasion to be remembered. The suggested donation for flowers is $30 and for the Sanctuary Light is $10. Please mark your donation for the Altar Guild.

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THE MEN’S GROUP: Each week we discuss a chapter or two of a book, typically on theology, philosophy and science. We meet 7.30-9.00am each Thursday in Davis Library. All men welcome regardless of faith or lack of it. St. Mike’s Facebook Page “Like” us Read us every day WE’VE GOT 51 53 55

LOAVES AND FISHES: This January we are collecting classroom packs of Valentines (24 per pack) for the children who come to the soup kitchen to share with their friends at school. Monetary donations are always welcome, too, and checks should be made payable to Saint Michael & All Angels, with Loaves and Fishes on the memo line. (Tax ID #95-2123746)

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PLEASE CHECK the lost and found box next to the tract rack in Michael’s Room. FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE
is a publication of Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, Corona del Mar, CA. Copy deadline is the second Wednesday of the month. We welcome letters and articles. Editor: Susan Beechner 949.644.0463

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PLEDGE ENVELOPES: If you would like pledge envelopes for 2013, please leave a message for our bookkeeper, Donnie Lewis, 949/6440463, ext. 15. For those of you who have already requested pledge envelopes, they are now available in Michael’s Room in alphabetical order.

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WE NEED Greeters, Ushers and Altar Guilders. Please contact Canon Haynes if interested.

Can we reach 75?

Senior Warden................................Lynn Headley [] 714.963.5932 Junior Warden...............................Paul Multari [ 949.760-1454 Christian Education.................... Anne Conover [] 949.721.1050 Clerk of the Vestry..........................Gail Haghjoo [] 714.966.0314 Building and Grounds.......................Mike Ortt 714.323.8189

Communications..........................,Clyde Dodge [ 949.375.1530 Evangelism.............................Deborah Newquist [] 949.854.2675 Fellowship......................................Teri Corbet [] 714..964.5505

Finance......................................... Jim Palda [] 626.533.8037 Mission....................................................... (Open) Stewardship...................................Joan Short [] 949.644.0719 Worship.The Very Rev’d Canon Peter D. Haynes [] 949.644.0463




Rector’s Desk from page 1 Real life, agonies and joys and all, is the intensive life, the investing life, the giving life. I love George Bernard Shaw here: “This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. ” Faith, hope and love do abide, as does everything that contributes to them in our lives and world. Jesus prioritized those dimensions of life which death cannot destroy: development of character, growth of deep relationships; contribution to the eternal well-being of others. Life intentional and intensive and infinite. Seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us run with patience the race set before us, looking to the author and finisher of our faith, God in Christ.

“THOMAS CRANMER OF CANTERBURY” A PLAY BY CHARLES WILLIAMS by Louise Stover n celebrating the 350th anniversary of our Book of Common Prayer this year, Saint Michael & All Angels 2013 Lenten Series presents playwright Charles Williams' “Thomas Cranmer of Canterbury.” Charles Williams (1886-1945) was a prolific writer of prose, poetry, and plays. His greatest admirer was probably C. S. Lewis, whose novel “That Hideous Strength” was at the time regarded as entirely inspired by Williams's novels. “Thomas Cranmer of Canterbury” was commissioned for the Canterbury Festival and was presented at Canterbury Cathedral in 1936, the following year after T.S. Eliot's “Murder in the Cathedral.” The play dramatizes the key events in Cranmer's life. Cranmer had been a Cambridge scholar and a diplomat, before being plucked by Henry VIII to be archbishop in 1532. Over the next 30 years, Cranmer became a leader of the English Reformation, and the first Book of Common Prayer was published in 1549. After Mary I became queen in 1553, she restored Roman Catholic worship to England. Cranmer was tried for treason and heresy. He was executed by fire in 1556. In Williams' play, the two main characters are Cranmer and a skeleton. The skeleton figure apparently representing Evil or Death ultimately appears, in the light of eternity, as the instrument of Good. A portion of the play will be be presented each week. The series runs every Wednesday throughout Lent with a soup supper at 6pm and our program beginning at 6:30pm. All programs will close with Compline, finishing by 8pm.


Yours, in Christ -

Al Ahli Hospital to continue work in spite of budget cuts, recent violence
Episcopal News, Los Angeles -- The Diocese of Jerusalem has announced that Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza will remain open in spite of severe cuts to its funding and the recent fighting between Hamas forces and those of Israel, according to American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. The violence was halted by a Nov. 21 cease-fire agreement. The hospital, founded in 1902 by the Anglican Church, is working around the clock and is filled to overflowing despite limited electricity and supplies, said AFEDJ executive director Anne Lynn. The Diocese of Jerusalem commissioned an analysis from PriceWaterhouse Coopers that outlines a new business model for the hospital since the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA) announced that it will not renew a $1.5 million grant to the hospital after 2012. Al Ahli Hospital continues to depend on donations from Episcopalians and Anglicans throughout the world. Members of the Diocese of Los Angeles, which shares a companion relationship with the Diocese of Jerusalem, recently raised $40,000 for the hospital and its work. Additional donations may be sent to the Diocese of Los Angeles ("Al Ahli Hospital" in the memo line) at 840 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles 90026. NOTE: The proceeds from lunch at the Alternative Market will be sent to Al Ahli Arab Hospital.

Charles Williams worked nearly all his life for the Oxford University Press, also lecturing extensively on English literature for evening institutes and latterly for Oxford University. Much of his critical writing grew out of this activity. His seven novels appeared from 1930 onwards; unlike much fantasy fiction, they deal not with imaginary magical worlds but with the eruption of supernatural elements into everyday life. A legal officer has bequeathed to him the original set of Tarot cards; the investigation of a murder in a publisher’s office merges with the rediscovery of the Holy Grail; the ghost of a girl killed in an accident helps thwart a plot for world domination His later poetry, which he considered his main work, included a number of striking plays (Thomas Cranmer of Canterbury was the next Canterbury Festival commission after Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral) and two volumes of poems on themes connected with the Arthurian cycle. He was perhaps the most original lay theologian of the century (his chief books in this field being The Descent of the Dove, “a history of the Holy Spirit in the Church”(1939), and He Came Down From Heaven(1938)). Above all, he was passionately interested in the ways in which romantic love can be a key to understanding our relationship with God. This vision blended with his critical work in his great study of Dante, The Figure of Beatrice (1943), which inspired Dorothy L. Sayers to translate the “Divine Comedy” into English. --From the Charles Williams Society web page




CHRISTIAN Susan EDUCATION Caldwell Christian Education 2013
By Susan Caldwell ducation begins when one person takes the time to share what they have learned. At the Los Angeles Diocesan Convention, Bishop Suffragan Mary Glasspool reflected on a novel by Willa Cather. As I sat there at the luncheon table listening to the presentation made by those in leadership, I was taken by the truth of Bishop Glasspool's reference, "Where there is great love, there are always miracles." I appreciated the bishop’s investment in reading good literature and her willingness to share what she had learned. We can't be present everywhere at all times, but those who educate bring us on new paths and on new journeys. In 2013, I will be reading other works by Willa Cather than the ones I read in college. In what ways have you been inspired recently? Is there a particular age group that God has placed on your heart to pray for and or support through teaching? Christian Education is one way of fulfilling the Great Commission. As Jesus said before his Ascension, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the end of age." Matthew 28:18-20. Jesus is always present in our efforts of going forward in His Name, teaching and equipping those who are new to the faith. In 2013, I would like to invite you to consider being a part of Saint Michael and All Angels Adult Christian Education event and program planning. Worship and . Christian Education are high priorities and sharing new inspiration takes participation. At present, we have children and adult Sunday school, Continued on page 7


Our mission is to seek and share Jesus Christ as spiritual food for life’s journey.

3233 Pacific View Drive Corona del Mar, CA 92625 949.644.0463 949.644.9247 FAX The Very Rev’d Canon


Peter D. Haynes, Rector
[] Susan Caldwell Director of Chrisatian Education [] Stephen M Black, Minister of Music [] The Rev’d Fennie Chang, Ph.D., Canterbury Irvine The Rev’d Canon Ray Flemming Assisting Priest The Rev’d Jefferson Hulet Assisting Priest The Ven. Canon Terry Lynberg, Ed.D Assisting Priest The Rev’d Barbara Stewart, Ph.D., Assisting Priest Susan Beechner, Parish Secretary [] Donnie Lewis, Bookkeeper []

Michele Bill Olive Sam La Juan Sally Bob Pat John Mary Betty Nancy Roberta Phil Patricia Ruth Norm Sue Linda and Phil GUIDANCE Peggy Victor Gail Sam Scott Jeanne Lynne Cliff & Teri Courtney, Amanda, Patrick

Sunday Holy Eucharist 8am Choral Eucharist 10am Adult Education 9am Sunday School 10am Nursery Care provided from 9:30am Wednesday Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Peace and Healing-10am

THANKSGIVING - for this new year; - for our forty-sixth Annual Parish Meeting on SOUPer Bowl Sunday, February 3, 2013

We are a Christian Community of the Anglican Communion who come to hear God’s word and receive and share the Lord Jesus Christ. Our purpose is to have Christ live in us in order that in Christ we may live faithful and productive Christian lives. Our commitment to the Gospel is evangelical; our liturgical tradition, catholic; our theology orthodox but open to thought, reflection, and spiritual endeavor. We care about the world and strive to serve Christ in it.

Call Esther McNamee for prayer requests at 949.640.1749

NURSERY CARE for infants through 2 years of age is available in the Parish Center beginning at 9:30am. and Sunday School is available for children from 3 to 13 years.




HOLY Norm Ewers WOMEN HOLY MEN AGNES OF ROME (c.291-c.304) Virgin Martyr

It’s Complimentary
[Episcopal News Service] On the evening of Dec. 4, a certain anonymous Episcopalian in a certain undisclosed diocese in the continental United States was surfing on her iPhone while watching the movie “Bridesmaids” on television when she saw a Facebook friend had “liked” a compliments page at his college. Curious, she clicked through to the site. “What I found was just anonymous compliments by students at his college. And they were so earnest and heartfelt and genuinely kind,” she said. “I thought, ‘Gosh, if college students can do this, maybe Advent’s a good time for [members of] the Episcopal Church to take some time and have an opportunity to be kind to one another.” And lo, the Episcopal Compliments Facebook Page was born. The page was quiet for the first day and a half. “I came back from a meeting at noon Thursday, and suddenly things were happening,” recounted Ms. Episcopal Compliments, “EC” for short. By Dec. 10, 130 people had “liked” the page – only 12 of them Facebook “friends” of EC – and the page had reached more than 3,400 people. “I think it’s remarkable,” she said. The fact that so many people had interacted with the page without becoming “friends” of it “really speaks to the whole quality of the Web in that one connection leads to many other connections.” For the most part, posters aren’t highlighting the Episcopal Church’s most visible leaders. “There are youth leaders and deacons and altar guild ladies and Sunday school teachers getting the compliments,” EC said. “It feels like it’s really grassroots.” And the comments come from across the country – Virginia, Indiana, New York, Texas, Michigan. A Dec. 7 compliment acknowledges Peter, a third-grader from Saint James Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who “sold hot chocolate at a roadside stand and raised $650 to buy food for a homeless shelter.” Another poster offered “thanks and blessings for the terrific job and devotion that the ‘coffee hour’ folks do for our Grace Church [in] Chanute, Kansas.” On Dec. 9, EC was delighted to discover two people from the same congregation complimenting each other about something that occurred in their South Dakota church that day. “One is complimenting a deacon who had children up at the altar. And then that deacon … is complimenting the people in the congregation and the kids with being willing to go with a sort of ad-hoc situation.” “That makes me happy,” EC said. “These are just simple people just doing the normal work of the church. It’s people who are volunteering, it’s people who have made a difference in individuals’ lives … That’s where the grace and the life of the church is. It’s right at the local level. And so, even though I don’t even know any of these people, I take great delight in hearing just a sentence or two about their ministry.” EC has kept her identity hidden because she believes that helps maintain the page’s grassroots nature, she said. “Obviously I don’t believe in anonymity when it comes to criticizing.” But in this case, it’s a plus that an anonymous person, not an official Episcopal Church entity, is sponsoring the page, she said. “It’s just one Episcopalian who said, ‘Hey, this is a good idea.’ What it means is that people can own it for themselves. It’s not tied to any official view of evangelism or anything. There’s nothing behind it, other than providing a channel.” Anonymity seems to serve the complimenters well, also. EC moderates the submissions, but “I haven’t seen anything … that would cause me to question the sincerity of someone. I think it’s a genuinely thoughtful group of people out there.” Several years ago, she recalled, she adopted as her Lenten discipline sending an e-mail or handwritten note to someone about something she appreciated each day. The positive responses she received even six or eight months later were “amazing,” she said. There’s a little bit of that to Episcopal Compliments, just taking the moment when you think a nice thing or you want to compliment somebody on something they do well or something you’ve observed them do that you’ve found to be kind, to just try to take a moment and let them know.” “I think as of Dec. 25 we’ll put it away until next year,” EC said. “I’m not going to shut the page down, but I’m going to kind of go underground until maybe next Advent. “I see myself as being the cutting and pasting fingers of Jesus here. We’re sent out to be his hands and feet. This is just a little way that I can be the fingers.” -- Sharon Sheridan is an ENS correspondent.


gnes (depicted in art as a lamb) is venerated as a Saint in the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Anglican Communion and Lutheranism. She is the Patron Saint of betrothed couples, chastity, Children of Mary, crops, gardeners, Girl Guides, girls, rape victims and virgins. According to tradition, Saint Agnes was a member of the Roman nobility and raised in a Christian family. She suffered martyrdom at age twelve or thirteen during the persecution of the reign of the Emperor Diocletion in January 301 because, true to her faith she refused to marry the son of the Prefect Sempronius that required her to worship the Roman gods. Outraged, Sempronius condemned her, a virgin, to death, which was forbidden under Roman law. After being subject to blandishments, followed by brutal and humiliating tortures, Agnes still refused to renounce her faith. She was then brought to trial before another Roman officer who condemned her to death. Her death at the stake proved to be an especially painful one. An early account of Agnes' death, stressing her steadfastness and virginity, is given by Saint Ambrose. A few days after Agnes' death, her foster-sister, Emerentiana, was found praying by her tomb. After refusing to leave the place and reprimanding the pagans for killing her foster-sister, she was stoned to death. Emeretiana was later also canonized. The daughter of Constantine, Constance, was reported to have been cured of leprosy after praying at Agnes' tomb. She, too was later canonized. Emerentiana and Constance appear in the scenes from the life of Agnes on the 14th-century Royal Gold Cup in the British Museum. Agnes' bones are conserved beneath the high altar in the church of Sant'Agnes fuori le mura in Rome, which was built over the catacomb that housed Agnes' tomb. Her skull is preserved in a separate chapel in Rome's Piazza Navona. In the Anglican Communion Saint Agnes' Feast Day is January 21.

The Saints Come Marching In!
All Saints’ Day



The Metric Ton of Food Goes to Mexico!

Filling up the shelves again!

The cars are loaded up. Olivia and the Staff from Children of the Americas



The new nursery and dining room.

Lunch Time!

Tues., Jan. 1st



Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. Nursery care from 9:30 a.m. on Sundays-at-Nine, 9:00 a.m., DL Children’s Choir, 11:30-12:15 a.m., NW Sunday School at 10:00 a.m.


Basketball, 3:00-3:45 p.m., AAC House of Speed, 5:00-6:30 p.m., AAC JOURNEY, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary St. Mike’s Basketball, 7:00-9:00 p.m., AAC


HE, Morning Prayer, alternating on Tuesdays, 7:30 a.m. Whiz Kids, 9:15-11:30 a.m., 1:45-5:00 p.m., AAC (begin 1/8) Basketball, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., AAC


AA meeting, 7:00-8:00 a.m., SW Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Peace and Healing 10:00 a.m. Whiz Kids, 1:45-5:00 p.m., AAC (begin 1/9) Basketball, 5:00-8:00 p.m., AAC

The Festival of The Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 7:30 a.m. Happy New Year 2013! Office closed Bible Challenge reading begins Thurs., Jan. 3rd Staff Meeting, 9:30-11:00 a.m., DL Vestry Meeting, 11:30 a.m., CR Sun., Jan. 6th Friends of Music present Stephen Black & Friends with music for organ and instruments, 4:00 p.m. Morning Prayer, 7:30 a.m. Tues., Jan. 8th Hutchins Consort Board, 4:00 p.m., CR th Senior Ministry, 2:00 p.m., CR Wed., Jan. 9 Vestry Meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m., CR Sat., Jan. 12th Lisa Jordan CoL/BoD, 11:00 a.m. Sun., Jan. 13th Adult Christian Education Committee, 11:30 a.m., CR Tues., Jan. 15th The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated, 7:30 a.m. Wed., Jan. 16th Annual Reports due Deadline for February 2013 For the Love of Mike, 5:00 p.m. Mon., Jan. 18th Office closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Sun., Jan. 20th Worship Commission, 11:30 a.m., CR Tues., Jan. 22nd Morning Prayer, 7:30 a.m. Spyglass Hill Homeowners Board, 6:00-9:00 p.m., CR Bible Challenge discussion meeting, 11:30 a.m., PC Sun., Jan. 27th Tues., Jan. 29th Morning Prayer, 7:30 a.m.

Thursday Sun., Feb. 3rd

The Men’s Group, 7:30-9:00 a.m., DL Whiz Kids, 1:45-5:00 p.m., AAC (begin 1/10) Basketball, 5:00-8:00 p.m., AAC Parish Choir Rehearsal, 7:00-8:30 p.m.


Friday Sun., Feb. 10th Mon., Feb. 11th Wed., Feb. 13th Sun., Feb. 17th

Yoga class, 9:00-10:00 a.m., NW Whiz Kids, 9:15-10:15 a.m., AAC (begin 1/11) Basketball, 3:30-8:00 p.m., AAC AA meeting, 7:00-10:00 p.m., SW


NJB Basketball, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., AAC Handbell Rehearsal, 10-11:00 a.m., NW 15(11(11/ Meeting Rooms: Hand
SW - South Wing PC - Parish Center RR - Red Room, AAC

46th Annual Parish Meeting, 11:30 a.m., AAC SOUPer Bowl Sunday Friends of Music present Horizon Chamber Choir in concert, 4:00 p.m. Baroque Music Festival Concert & Dinner, 1:30-11:00 p.m., all campus UCI Canterbury Board, 1:30-3:00 p.m., CR Ash Wednesday, The First Day of Lent 7:00 a.m. and Noon, HE with ashes and homily 7:30 p.m., HE with ashes and homily & music First Sunday in Lent

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Christian Education Continued from page 4 Journey and Confirmation. The Bible Challenge begins this month. There are other avenues for the ministry of education that have yet to take formation at Saint Michael and All Angels. There is the consideration of our youth and our toddlers. Though you may not see them, they are present and are in need of committed helpers. "Where there is great love, there are always miracles." I think that when we invest ourselves in the lives of others, sharing our traditions, our hopes and dreams, there is charity, agape and phileo. And from the voice of Willa Cather's character Jean Marie Latour, a French Catholic priest living in New Mexico, an abundance of love brings supernatural surprises. Miracles mind you! So please gather around the sign-up tables to participate and share in the vision of Christian Education at Saint Michael and All Angels. PLEASE REMEMBER . . . Saint Michael & All Angels has a Parish Emergency Fund funded by parishioners and available to parishioners facing financial emergencies and needing economic assistance. Requests should be directed to our rector or Junior Warden, Paul Multari, or any member of our Vestry. Currently there is $5000 in this Fund. At one time there was more than $20,000 in the Parish Emergency Fund; so, if you are able to contribute, all gifts are welcome!
PLEASE CHECK THE DISPLAY RACK ON THEWALLIN MICHAEL'S ROOM. Pick up a pamphlet or two to share with family and friends. A donation box is provided. Do you wait until the fall season to begin thinking about stewardship and your yearly pledge? A helpful and rewarding approach might be to begin in January to examine what your commitment is to God and Saint Michael's. The pamphlet "Stewardship: A Response to Love" poses questions that help us understand what stewardship means. "Stewardship is no longer just another word for money in church. Stewardship is nothing less than our complete lifestyle. It is a total response and accountability before our Lord . . Stewardship is what we do after we say, 'I believe.’" www.forward

Epiphany at Epiphany, Los Angeles
Celebration to mark feast day, 100th anniversary of landmark Lincoln Heights church building Episcopal News, Los Angeles -Bishop Jon Bruno will preside as members and friends of Church of the Epiphany, Los Angeles, gather at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, to celebrate the congregation’s feast day and the 100th anniversary of the completion of the landmark church building located at 2908 Altura Street in L.A.’s Lincoln Heights district. A festive liturgy, music and fiesta are planned, said the Rev. Tom Carey, SSF, vicar. Restoration of the church building is now in process under the direction of the Epiphany Conservation Trust. The 1913 building -- the current sanctuary designed by architect Arthur Benton -adjoins the congregation’s first 1880s church designed by Ernest Coxhead. A center of the Chicano civil rights movement of the 1960s and ‘70s, Epiphany Church frequently hosted United Farmworkers leader Cesar Chavez and colleagues, and was a publication site for La Raza newspaper. For more information, phone 323.227.9931. Contributions to the Epiphany Conservation Trust may be mailed in care of the Cathedral Center.



Every once in a while the front doors stick due to the weather, as you might have noticed this past Sunday. Today the tops of the doors were sanded and sealed. The windows in the Sanctuary have been overhauled, and I hope they last for awhile. I’m sure the ushers are happy. I checked to make sure all of the lights around the outside of the church are working in time for Christmas Eve. I’m ashamed to say we had 18 burnt out bulbs. I received two donations for building and grounds this month. You know who you are and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and I wish you all a Happy New Year. Your Brother in Christ, Mike Ortt


DO WE HAVE YOUR MOST RECENT EMAILADDRESS? Please contact Susan Beechner with changes or additions. SAINT MICHAEL’S ON EBAY
While you’re doing your holiday housekeeping, don’t throw away things that might sell on Ebay. One of our friends has agreed to put items donated to Saint Michael’s on Ebay starting in January to create a small funding source for the church. Watch for further details about where to drop off items, who to call for pick up, etc. Please do not include clothing or shoes. Just gently used household items are in order. Watch for the flyer and remember:

nited Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through United Thank Offering, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. United Thank Offering is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the UTO monies to support mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and in Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the developing world.

One Man’s Junk Is Another Man’s Treasure!!

TIME AND TALENT If you are thinking about volunteering with one of our commissions at St. Mike’s, please review the “Parish Life” booklet on the “back rail” of the Sanctuary. which describes these activities. We need greeters, acolytes, coffee hosts, and ushers, and have other interesting assignments as well. Volunteering is a wonderful way to meet new people at St. Mike’s. Please call Deborah Newquist with questions at 949.854.2675.








On Epiphany I will play, as a prelude to the 10:00 A.M. liturgy, a chorale prelude by J. S. Bach entitled “Das alte Jahr vergangen ist.” It is from a collection of chorale preludes Bach wrote entitled the Orgelbüchlein (the little organ book). I’m including the text here.

The old year now hath passed away; We thank Thee, O our God, today That Thou hast kept us through the year When danger and distress were near. We pray Thee, O eternal Son, Who with the Father reign’st as One, To guard and rule Thy Christendom Through all the ages yet to come. Take not Thy saving Word away, Our souls’ true comfort, staff, and stay. Abide with us and keep us free From errors, following only Thee. Oh, help us to forsake all sin, A new and holier course begin! Mark not what once was done amiss; A happier, better year be this, Wherein as Christians we may live Or die in peace that Thou canst give, To rise again when Thou shalt come And enter Thine eternal home. There shall we thank Thee and adore With all the angels evermore. Lord Jesus Christ, increase our faith To praise Thy name through life and death.

Happy New Year!!

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Inside the January Issue:
Page 1: Page 6: Time Flies! Time Our Littlest Saints

Page 8: Music on Epiphany