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Volume 63 Number 5 MAY 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
BELOVEDS IN CHRIST,
oly Spirit Day, which we call “Pentecost,” is May 19th! We will celebrate here with Holy Eucharist, Holy Baptism, balloons and a Birthday-of-theChurch party. Please join us! “Can you define the ‘Holy Spirit’?” some have asked me. After referencing “The Holy Spirit” in our Catechism on pages 852-3 of our Book of Common Prayer, trying to not be a smart aleck I ask, “Can you define ‘define’?” My dictionary says that the word “define” comes from Latin words that mean “to put a boundary around; to put an end to; to state precise meaning.” Since we cannot limit, bound or end God, especially God we know as Holy Spirit, and because the Bible speaks of God as boundless, unending, unlimited and not having precise meaning, “No, I cannot define the ‘Holy Spirit’.” And, we experience much we can’t define. Define “time.” Define “love.” Define “human spirit.” The Holy Spirit is God. Christians relate God the Holy Spirit/Sustainer to God the Father/Creator and God the Son/Redeemer in the divine Trinity (Trinity Sunday is May 26th). When our faith was mentioned for the first time to an Asian man who was curious about Christianity, an old story goes, he said, “Ah, now I see. You are governed by a divine committee.” When told that in the story of Jesus’ baptism the divine Son heard a voice from heaven and “saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove,” the same man said, “Father I understand; Son I understand; bird I do not understand at all.” Such puzzlement should inform us that we have work to do in approaching the concept and reality of the Spirit. Despite our best efforts, we finally must give up trying to say what the Spirit is and turn to saying what the Spirit does: The Spirit hovers over the waters at creation: Creator Spirit. The Spirit is the breath of God in the voice of the prophets; God inspires, and speaks to and through, the human voice and human writings. The Spirit appears at Jesus’ baptism as a sign that, from the first, Jesus participates in the boundless, endless nature and activity of God. Jesus claims that the Spirit commissions him. In John’s Gospel Jesus promises the Spirit, and after Jesus is bodily removed from the disciples and this world, the Paraclete --usually this Greek word is translated “Comforter”-- comes (Acts 2:1-21). The Spirit is presented as a divine advocate who takes our side, speaks up for us, makes us strong and makes Christ a living presence. Paul sets a good example by firmly refusing to define the Spirit; but he makes Christ central to whatever he wants to say about God and closely connects Christ with the Spirit.
PARISH NEWS AND NOTES
SAINT MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS ANTIQUES SALE: Save May 30th to visit our fellow parish, St. Francis in Palos Verdes and attend their 45th annual antiques sale. We are considering having a similar event here at Saint Michael’s which would be a fund raiser and an all parish event. Come along and enjoy the day with us. Besides the show and sale, there is an appraisal booth, patio luncheon and a garden gazebo. We can carpool from St. Mike’s parking lot - leaving around 9am and returning whenever we need to. Please let me know if you can join this group going to explore the possibility of our hosting a St. Mike’s antique sale. Lynn Headley, Senior Warden 714-963-5932 Lynnheadleygc@earthlink.net
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DO YOU APPRECIATE “THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE” the ways we offer them during Sunday morning worship? Louise Stover has been providing the forms we use; now, you are invited join Louise in doing likewise. Provide forms for “The Prayers of the People” you would like us to use a month or two in advance of the Sunday for which that form would be used and be part of our worship planning. Questions? Please see our rector.
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BUILDING OUR F AITH: L OVING CHRIST AND SER VING OUR COMMUNITY FAITH: LO SERVING
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(MORE) PARISH NEWS AND NOTES
CONTRIBUTIONS WERE MADE to the Rector ’s Discretionary Fund recently by Jay Launt , by Sam Horton , and by Peggy and the Montgomery family in thanksgiving for the life of their Bob. These funds extend our Parish’s mission of outreach, providing for such needs as can be helped by financial assistance.
SAINT MICHAEL’S ON EBAY
Only household items for now, no clothing or furniture.Fill out the consignment sheet when you drop off your items. Indicate if you want the item back if it doesn’t sell or if we can donate it. A copy of the sheet is your receipt for taxes.Call Ken Norton for pickup: 714.815.7273. Items will be posted for sale on Ebay. Proceeds benefit Saint Michael & All Angeles. Results will be posted quarterly in For The Love of Mike One Man’s Junk Is Another Man’s Treasure!!
MA Y Adult Anniversaries
Birthdays 2nd - Peter Coppen Nancy Lyons 7th - Matthew Shaw 9th - Russ Hardt 10th - Teri Corbet 12th - Judy Brady Richard Wallis 17th - Melinda Rader 18th - Mary Caldarone 24th - Keith Nelson 25th - Sherry Crail 28th - Jamie Mead 29th - Cal McLaughlin Baptisms 3rd - Constance Davidson 14th - Norm Bianchi 16th - Marlene Pope 23rd - Richard Zevnik Chace Warmington Weddings Russ & Robin Hardt 22nd - Mark Annerl & Anne Conover
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THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING of Province VIII will hold its Spring Assembly 2013 on Saturday, May 4, 8am.-1:30pm at St. George’s Church, Laguna Hills. Sister Greta Ronningan of the Community of Divine Love will be the keynote speaker. To download a registration form online, go to http://bit.ly/Z7foe4. For more information, contact Lanneau Miller at 949.498.2618 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To register by post, make checks payable to Lanneau Miller, and send to: Daughters of the King, Lanneau Miller, 714 Calle Monserrat, San Clemente, CA 92672. St. George’s Church is located at 23802 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills 92653. The Order of the Daughters of the King was founded by Margaret J. Franklin in 1885. The mission of the order is to extend Christ’s kingdom through prayer, service, and evangelism.
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LIFE LINE SCREENING RETURNS TO SAINT MICHAEL’S ON JUNE 25TH: Most people can’t identify a single risk factor or a warning sign of stroke, yet over 750,000 Americans will be affected by a stroke this year alone! Life Line Screening will be here at Saint Michael’s performing a day of preventive health screenings on 6/25/2013.Screenings are fast, painless and offered at low cost. They involve the use of ultrasound technology and scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which can lead to a stroke, aortic aneurysms which can lead to a rupture, and plaque buildup in the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease. Also offered is a bone density screening to assess the risk for osteoporosis early enough for their physician to begin preventive procedures. Appointment spaces are limited and pre-registration is required. Sign up now by calling toll free to 1-888-653-6441.
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PLEDGE ENVELOPES: If you would like pledge envelopes for 2013, please leave a message for our bookkeeper, Donnie Lewis, 949.644.0463, ext. 15. For those of you who have already requested pledge envelopes, they are now available in Michael’s Room in alphabetical order. FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE
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Rector’s Desk from page 1 Today, the Spirit creates, speaks, anoints, comes, empowers: the lifeless comes alive. The past becomes present. The long ago is as fresh as the now, and the Spirit moves us toward tomorrow. The Spirit --undefined, unending, unlimited-- acts among and in us. The Spirit, promised by the Father, connected with Jesus Christ, comes to us when we cannot naturally come to him; and there are no limits, no ends to what God would work now, through us. So we do not define. We pray: “Come, Holy Spirit!”
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WHAT IS PLANNED GIVING?
This is the first in a series of articles based on information supplied by the Episcopal Church Foundation. For more information about establishing a planned gift for the benefit of Saint Michael & All Angels, please contact our rector.--Ed. lanned giving encompasses a variety of ways that gifts can be made to the church from accumulated resources. It usually involves financial or estate planning; however, it is not reserved for the wealthy. Planned giving is a means by which anyone concerned with the wise use of his or her personal resources makes a considered choice about their ultimate disposition. In general planned gifts are made through: * A Bequest in a Will * A Life Income Gift such as a pooled income fund, a charitable gift annuity, or a charitable remainder trust * Gifts of Special Assets (real estate, closely held stock, life insurance, retirement accounts) Planned giving establishes a way for a donor to provide for family members while remembering the church as well. It often enables the donor to provide more for his or her heirs and to make a larger gift than thought possible. It often reduces taxes as well. Planned gifts can be designated for an organization’s general funds or its endowment. Planned gifts are either outright gifts (i.e., gifts of appreciated securities, real property, personal property, etc.) or deferred gifts (i.e. bequests, property, etc.) or deferred gifts (i.e. bequests,charitable gift annuities, charitable trusts). A BEQUEST IN A WILL Perhaps the easiest and most common way of making a planned gift is through your will. Yet over 50% of Americans do not have one. (continued in the next column)
If you die without a will, the state will divide your assets among your spouse and children (regardless of their age); appoint an administrator that may cost the estate large fees; and appoint guardians, who may or may not have been your choice, for your dependents. The state makes no charitable contributions, and it will ensure that your estate pays as much tax as possible. By making a will, you appoint your own administrator; you name the guardian of your dependents; you control applicable taxes; you can create a famil y or charitable trust; and you can share your resources with your family, church, or other institutions as you choose. A bequest in a will can take the form of a set amount of money, a percentage of an estate, a specific asset, a trust, or the naming of a church-related organization as a contingent beneficiary. Sample language for including the church in your will might be: “I give, devise, and bequeath (state amount, asset, or percentage of the estate) to (name and address of your church) to be used (describe use) or as the church’s governing board or vestry deems appropriate.” The next article in this series will touch on life income gifts, gifts of real estate, appreciated property and tangible property and gifts of life insurance and retirement accounts. The above and further infomation in this topic is available from the Episcopal Church Foundation www.episcopalfoundation.org.
BOSTON AND TEC
[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Amy McCreath awoke in Washington, D.C., April 19 to learn that her parish of Church of the Good Shepherd in Watertown, Massachusetts, was close to the epicenter of an unprecedented manhunt for the second of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. She also soon learned that the Episcopal Church sometimes is really just a small parish. Soon after a call from her bishop, the Rt. Rev’d M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE, of the Diocese of Massachusetts, McCreath’s phone kept ringing. “I’ve heard from quite a few bishops and parishes all over the country – and friends – and I’ve been just very moved and amazed by the power of social media and the connectedness we have through the Episcopal Church,” she told Episcopal News Service. As soon as she learned the news, McCreath said she, one of the wardens of the parish, and an intern began contacting parishioners. Before coming to Good Shepherd in 2010, McCreath was the Episcopal chaplain at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, 26, of Somerville, was killed at about 10:30pm April 18 during what the Boston Globe called “a chaotic, violent night” that preceded the April 19 manhunt. “My heart goes out to the MIT community. I’m a huge a fan of the MIT police,” McCreath said. “They’re top notch. I am grieving with them as they mourn the loss of a fine colleague.” Events began to unfold on the evening of April 18 after the FBI released photos of two then-unidentified men they called “armed and extremely dangerous.” They had asked the public’s help in identifying the men but added a cautionary warning. Continued on page 5
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Our mission is to seek and share Jesus Christ as spiritual food for life’s journey.
n April 21 st, the JOURNEY members said their “goodbyes,” and during the 8 and 10am worship services on April 21, the JOURNEY class was decommissioned. I remember how many months ago, in the early season of summer 2012, the concept of JOURNEY came before the Christian Education Committee. Father Jeff Hulet presented a ministry that he and his wife, DJ had actively participated in at their former parish in New Jersey. The JOURNEY ministry was comprised of two elements: Lectio Divina, which is a form of contemplative prayer, and a teaching time of Anglican history. JOURNEY was accepted and embarked in the fall of 2012. On November 19, fifteen parishioners and two clergy gathered to begin the JOURNEY program held in the North Wing of Saint Michael & All Angels. Every Monday night the class started at 7pm and ended at 9pm. Father Hulet began each class session with a selection of music and an introduction to the night’s discussions. Following the introduction time, the group participated in Lectio Divina for one hour. In Lectio Divina, people sit together in small groups and listen to a Scripture reading. Time is given to reflect and to contemplate what the Holy Spirit may be saying through this reading. Each person present is given time to share his or her thoughts. Lectio Divina takes place during the first hour of the class. After a break for refreshments, the second hour of JOURNEY is dedicated to a time of teaching. Father Jeff led the class through five teaching modules over a . period of six months. Module One: Origins of Anglicanism and the Episcopal Church, Nov.-Dec.
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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.
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EACH WEEK IN THE COMING WEEKS
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 Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. Godly Play, children 4-11, Yellow Room Formation, children 11-13, Green Room
Basketball, 3:00-3:45 p.m., AAC House of Speed, 5:00-6:30 p.m., AAC 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 (not 4/16) 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, 12:00 Noon Whiz Kids, 1:45-5:00 p.m., AAC (not 4/17) Confirmation Class, 4:00-5:30 p.m., CR Basketball, 5:00-8:00 p.m., AAC
The Men’s Group, 7:30-9:00 a.m., DL Whiz Kids, 1:45-5:00 p.m., AAC (not 4/18) Basketball, 5:00-8:00 p.m., AAC Parish Choir Rehearsal, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Wed., May 1st Vestry Meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m., CR Thurs., May 2nd Staff Meeting, 9:30-11:00 a.m., DL Sat., May 4th AIDS WALK OC 2013, Disneyland Resort Refurbishment Committee, 9:00 a.m. Sun., May 5th Formation class begins (children 11-13), Green Room Cinco de Mayo Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., AAC The Bible Challenge (short meeting), 11:30 a.m., DL Wed., May 8th Senior Ministry, 2:00 p.m., CR Fri., May 10th Harbor Day using our parking lot Sun., May 12th Adult Education Committee, 11:30 a.m., CR Tues., May 14th Hutchins Consort Board, 3:30 p.m., CR Wed., May 15th Deadline for June 2013 For the Love of Mike, 5:00 p.m. Sat., May 18th Friends of Music present “LYRA” in Concert, 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary, and Reception in MR Sun., May 19th Pentecost - Wear Red! Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., AAC Sun., May 26th Worship Commission, 11:30 a.m., CR Mon., May 27th Office closed for Memorial Day Tues., May. 28th Spyglass Hill Homeowners Board, 6:00-9:00 p.m., CR IN THE COMING MONTHS Sun., June 2nd
Yoga class, 9:00-10:00 a.m., NW Whiz Kids, 9:15-10:15 a.m., AAC (not 4/19) Basketball, 3:30-8:00 p.m., AAC AA meeting, 7:00-10:00 p.m., SW
Handbell Rehearsal, 10-11:00 a.m., NW (only 5/4, 5/18) 15 (11(11/ Hand Meeting Rooms:
SW - South Wing PC - Parish Center RR - Red Room, AAC
Bishop Bruce here for Confirmation, 10:00 a.m. Jazz Vespers, 4:00 p.m., Sanctuary th Wed., June 12 Interfaith Council Luncheon Meeting, 11:00-1:30 p.m., MR Mon., June 17th Baroque Music Festival Organ Recital, 8:00 p.m.
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Up It Goes! The cellular tower building moves to the roof!
Good Friday Stations of the Cross Liturgy for Families The Cast of Characters
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Boston continued from page 3 The two men led police on a long chase during which they fired on police. During the gunfight, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, apparently was wounded. At some point, his younger brother, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, ran over Tamerlan and escaped, according to several media reports. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was brought to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center emergency room about 1:10am with multiple traumatic injuries. He was pronounced dead at 1:35am. The Rev. Samuel T. Lloyd III, priestin-charge of Trinity Church Copley Square, told his parish April 19 that the Rev. Patrick C. Ward, Trinity’s associate rector for worship and communications who lives in Belmont, reported “that much of the gunfire of the night was happening only blocks from his home.” In his letter to the parish, Lloyd said that “in moments like this it’s crucial for us to remember who we are and whose we are.” “Amid the tension and anxiety of the moment, we remain a people held in God’s love, certain of our ultimate safety in God’s providential care, and called to be Christ to each other and our city in even the hardest of times,” he wrote. Bp. Shaw asked early on April 19 for prayers while police conducted their search. “Please pray for all in the affected communities, and pray for a speedy and violence-free resolution to these disturbing events. Keep watch, Lord, with those who work or watch or weep this day.” The diocesan offices and the Cathedral Church of St. Paul office near Boston Common were closed. Members of both Good Shepherd and Trinity Copley Square gathered in prayer for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings earlier in the evening of April 18. What Lloyd called “a goodly number of Trinity parishioners” gathered for a service of music and prayers at the intersection of Berkeley and Boylston streets, which he said has become the main gathering place for taking in the deserted landscape in and around Copley Square. The marathon’s finish line is on Boylston just yards from the west side of Trinity’s building. During the service the choristers led us in singing “Amazing Grace” and
Christian Education continued from page 4 Module Two: Spirituality and Theology, Jan.-Feb. Module Three: Being Called to Service and Leadership in the Church, March Module Four: The Triduum Holy Week, March 24-March 31 Module Five: Telling My Story, April Having completed the JOURNEY course, I can say with all sincerity, I am glad I spent each Monday night at Saint Michael’s. God spoke in new ways to me. I made new friends and learned about the sacred journeys of those contemporary and those of the past. JOURNEY was a time of commitment and fellowship. Those who participated in the course grew in their understanding and knowledge of their faith. “JOURNEY has been like waking up to new riches in my faith journey, in prayer and in listening and deepening friendships.” Corinne Stover. “What a wonderful JOURNEY it was! I hated to see it come to an end. Enjoyed every minute – especially the camaraderie.” Lynne Ruedy “It was meaningful to spend time with people I usually only see at church.I look forward to continuing ‘the JOURNEY.’ ” Melinda Rader For those wishing to be confirmed, Journey is also recognized as an adult Confirmation class. Two Journey participants will be confirmed on June 2 with Bishop Diane Bruce presiding. If you would like to participate in the next JOURNEY beginning in the fall of 2013, please contact Father Jeff Hulet at email@example.com. “America the Beautiful.” New media hovered to capture the scene, Lloyd said. “I can’t tell you how good it was to see the faces of our Trinity community, the strength it brought to catch up with one another, the assurance it gave that we’re all in this together.” – The author, The Rev’d Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service.This article has been edited for length and emphasizes the role of the Episcopal Church in the recent events in Boston.--Ed.
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ormation is the catch word and the name of the curriculum adopted for our fifth through eighth graders in Sunday School, beginning May 5th in the Green Room. Just as we seek to grow in our faith, our youth look for ways – consciously or unconsciously – to understand the how, why and why not of the contents of the Creed we recite each Sunday. The “Formation” curriculum meets those basic tenets with direct strategies for thought, discussion and humour. Another piece in the Christian education program is the Children’s Choir. Stephen Black (Director of Music Ministry) is working to find an agreeable time for that choir to rehearse. How important is it to have a Children’s Choir in a Church? Let me count the ways: 1) Young singers can absorb understanding of our faith through the words of hymns and songs; 2) When children sing and participate in the worship service, the liturgical experience is deepened for the congregation; 3) When making music together, choir singers bond and develop a sense of community with each other, also extending their bond to the larger church community; 4) Music itself enriches the life and soul of the singer. Remember that St. Augustine tells us that “singing is praying twice.” Our JOURNEY group has concluded their work under Fr. Jeff Hulet, having met for the last time on April 15th. A new JOURNEY group begins next Fall. Meanwhile all other Christian Education. program parts continue: the Men’s Group weekly meetings, Vestry meetings, Sundays at Nine, choir rehearsals, handbell rehearsal – yes, all provide Christian Education to souls in growth.
HELP FOR HUNGRY PEOPLE: Thanks to your generosity in donating to this project, we have temporarily suspended our collection of food. Our cupboard is currently full to overflowing! (We will resume collecting whenever needed in the future.) Please call Murray McClaren with any questions; and THANK YOU ALL for your help!
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As presented at our Annual Parish Meeting on Feb. 3, our parish sanctuary is in need of refurbishing. The goal is to accomplish this during the coming summer months. The question now becomes how to provide the funds for these needed items. As you can see from the breakdown below, the bids come in at $22,849.00 If we could get a bit more than that it would cover any “extras” (in my house there are always “extras”). Should those not come up - then we would be able to do a few other things, like remove carpeting in the North Wing and refinish that floor, etc. PAINTING SANCTUARY REPAIR & REFINISH Pews and Kneelers FLOORING Remove carpets & repair cracked slab Install center aisle carpet Install side aisle carpets $ 4,685 10,980 2,120 2,109 2,955
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PROPOSED COST FOR SANCTUARY RENOVATION $ 22,849 We are hoping that those who pledged this year would consider adding a one-time gift of $200.00. Please contact either of us with any questions you may have with regard to this project ---Lynn Headley & Murry McClaren
A NEW BOOK BY NORA GALLAGHER Nora Gallagher of Trinity Church, Santa Barbara, is author of a new book, “Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic”, to be released May 21. Described by its publisher as “a medical mystery, a spiritual crisis, a riveting memoir,” the book covers Gallagher’s diagnosis of a serious eye condition and its treatment at the famous Mayo medical clinic. According to Publishers Weekly, “This book offers a response, both poetic and emotive, to illness, uncertainty, and faith that is both meditative and highly relatable for anyone who has experienced life-threatening illness or supported a loved one who has.” Gallagher is the author of “Changing Light,” “Things Seen and Unseen: A Year Lived in Faith and Practicing,” “Resurrection: A Memoir of Work, Doubt, Discernment, and Moments of Grace.” Her essays, book reviews, and journalism have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, DoubleTake and Mother Jones, among other publications. She sits on the advisory board of the Yale Divinity School. (From Episcopal News Weekly)
his month I would like to tell you about Episcopal Relief & Development. Saint Michael’s member Lynne Ruedy takes the lead in presenting special projects like the “Nets for Life” last year that our congregation contributed to in the amount of $4,000! The Episcopal Relief Site states that “The NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund has successfully exceeded its $5 million goal due to the incredible generosity of supporters across the Episcopal Church and beyond. Over the 2010-12 triennium, thousands of individuals joined congregations, dioceses, schools and organizations in this church-wide, grassroots effort to unite Episcopalians in the fight against malaria. Thank you!” Charity Navigator, a reliable rating agency, gives a 60 out of 70 score to EDR ranking them among the top charitable organizations worldwide. As the ERD website states, “ Episcopal Relief & Development partners with the worldwide Anglican Church and local organizations around the world to save lives and transform communities. We rebuild after disasters and empower people by offering lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease.” How wonderful to be able to unite and help so many in the world! You can donate to Episcopal Relief anytime. When Lynne puts out a call for a special project for Episcopal Relief, I hope you will step up and join in the effort.
A PRAYER God, in Jesus you have come among us and showered us with your steadfast love. In the desert journeys of our lives, keep us moving forward in faith. Come to us at the point of our greatest need and help us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. -- The Rt. Rev. Henry N. Parsley Jr. Retired Bishop of Alabama Birmingham, Alabama in “The Bible Challenge”. LEST WE FORGET: There have been 4,488 American military casualties in Iraq and 2,068 in Afghanistan. "Lord hear our prayers for those who are dead and for those who mourn."
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(MORE) PARISH NEWS AND NOTES
SAINT MICHAEL’S FINANCIAL UPDATE THRU MARCH: Preliminary income is $149,066. YTD Expense is $145,573.The parish Net Ordinary Income is $3,496 which is $29,305 ahead of our plan.YTD Pledge Income is $120,659, $14,409 above our plan through the end of 2013. Total operating cash balance is $121,561 of which $87,984 is designated gifts leaving a net balance of $33,577, about two-thirds of one month’s operating cash requirement. The Endowment Trust has a balance of $ 162,822.If you have not made your 2013 pledge, please do so now.
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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 $5905 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! THE MEN’S GROUP: Each week we discuss a chapter or two of a book, typically on theology, philosophy and science. We meet 7.30-9am each Thursday in Davis Library. All men welcome regardless of faith or lack of it.
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. The Spring Ingathering will be Sunday, June 9th. Blue boxes and envelopes are available in Michael’s Room.
PLEASE CHECK THE DISPLAY RACK ON THE WALL IN MICHAEL'S ROOM. Pick up a pamphlet or two to share with family and friends. A donation box is provided. This monnth’s featured pamphlet is "Baptismal Promises Explained" which reminds all of us what our Baptismal vows mean. For example, "Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?" "Continue" means every day, whether you feel like it or not. "A covenant is a solemn agreement or commitment. Once a covenant is made it is no longer optional." We promise to meet with others to study God's word and the teachings of the church and discuss them "and discern how the Holy Spirit calls us to live God's Word in our day." It means "to gather together simply to experience the joy and blessing of being with others who are trying to live faithfully." The author goes on in some detail to discuss the importance of Eucharist and daily prayers. Each Baptismal promise is given a detailed and meaningful explanation. More information on these pamphlets can be found at www.forward movement.com.
AIDS WALK OC 2013 Please join or support the Saturday, May 4th AIDS WALK 2013 at Disneyland Resort with your donation to sponsor walkers Justin Palmer and Ryan Clayton, as they walk to raise money to support those living with and affected by HIV and AIDS! All funds raised go to Orange County agencies that provide services to those in our community affected or infected by HIV/AIDS or to groups that provide HIV/AIDS prevention education. To make a donation, see : www.StMikesAidsWalk.com. Donations of any size are greatly appreciated!
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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.
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UPDATED PARISH DIRECTORIES are available in Michael’s Room.
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LOAVES AND FISHES: In May we will collect funds for scholarship for the high school graduates who have been volunteers at the Loaves & Fishes soup kitchen. 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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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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WE NEED Greeters, Ushers and Altar Guilders. Please contact Canon Haynes if interested.
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.
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FOR THE L OVE OF MIKE LO
MA Y 2013 MAY
SHARPS AND FLATS
aint Michael & All Angels Church is privileged to host the vocal ensemble LYRA from St. Petersburg, Russia in concert on May 18. Here is an excerpt from a review in the Washington Post, written by Andrew Malone and dated August 30, 2004. “…LYRA produced a pure a cappella sound that could both fill the intimate space and drop to an edge-of-yourseat whisper, and the ensemble coordination remained impeccable through even the most complex polyphony. The group’s clear harmonies gave a sense of how the unique flavor of Orthodox music persists in both the clean, bright music of 17th-century Dmitri Bortniansky and the aching chromatics of turn-ofthe-last-century Pavel Tchesnokov. Dobri Khristov’s “Praise the name of the Lord” made the greatest impression of all, though, because it featured a
solo by Vladimir Feliauer, one of those force-of-nature Russian basses, whose tone was rock-solid and velvetsmooth no matter how low he went. After the sampling of intense, elevated Orthodox music, the singers’ postintermission entrance in traditional dress and singing a jaunty folk tune brought everything back to earth. The simpler music offered showcase solos for most of the singers, and lots of broad acting, like Ekaterina Isatchenko’s charmingly coquettish posing in “Black-browed, black-eyed fellow,” partially made up for the lack of texts and translations. Yet it was the Russian Orthodox music, especially in LYRA’s fine performances, that left one wanting more.” Opportunities to hear live performances of a cappella repertoire from the great repertory of Russian sacred and secular vocal music are quite rare. For that reason alone, this promises to be an extraordinary event. Please come to the concert, and invite your friends! The program is on Saturday evening, May 18, at 7:30 P.M. The concert is free, and there will be a reception afterwards. Feel free to visit the group’s website at http://www.lyra-online.org
“LYRA is a community of professional musicians. Most of our members are students or postgraduates of Saint-Petersburg Conservatoire, working in different choirs of Saint-Petersburg. Some of us are also soloists at musical theatres of our city. Though the members of our community represent different musical professions: choir conductors, opera singers, instrumentalists, music teachers - we are all united by love for choir and ensemble singing. The choir community LYRA includes about 25 people. However, due to different difficulties connected with the arrangement of concerts for such a numerous group, we usually perform in small groups of soloists consisting of 5-6 people, trying to keep the harmony of choir sound. “In 2001 we were awarded the Montreux (Switzerland) international choral festival diploma. In 2005 our group was also a winner of Coleraine International Choral Festival (Northern Ireland).” --Sergey Tupitsyn, Artistic Director
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Inside the May Issue:
Page 1: The Holy Spirit & P entecost Pentecost Page 3: Planned Giving P age 8: L YR A sings at St. Mik e’s Page LYR YRA Mike’s
Pray for and Remember our Parish Emergency Fund
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