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FOR THE

LOVE OF MIKE
Volume 65 Number 7

SUMMER 2015

The Episcopal Church of Saint Michael & All Angels
Pacific View Drive at Marguerite

Corona del Mar

...From the Desk of the Rector

BELOVEDS IN CHRIST -

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oetry as summertime reading appealed to
many in this space last summer. As I had
hoped summer provides time and space for
me and others to weigh words and savor
wisdom, such as:
Summer Sun by Robert Louis Stevenson
Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.
Though closer still the blinds we pull
To keep the shady parlour cool,
Yet he will find a chink or two
To slip his golden fingers through.
The dusty attic spider-clad
He, through the keyhole maketh glad;
And through the broken edge of tiles
Into the laddered hay-loft smiles.
Meantime his golden face around
He bares to all the garden ground,
And sheds a warm and glittering look
Among the ivy’s inmost noon.
Above the hills, along the blue.
Round the bright air with footing true,
To please the child, to paint the rose,
The gardener of the World, he goes.

California 92625

949.644.0463

www.stmikescdm.org

Great news!
A check came via the Orange County Community Foundation
with a covering letter which said:
I have enjoyed the Christian neighborly kindness of
your congregation for nearly 25 years, and I want to
thank you by assisting in your landscape project.
On many occasions in the 90s, Saint Michael & All
Angels Episcopal Church generously shared your parking
with my family and friends during Harbor Day School
events, even when I am sure it was not always
convenient for you.
Additionally, I very much appreciate that you have
provided a home for Goodwill collection for as long as
I can remember.
Now I see you taking a bold leadership and
stewardship role, converting your landscaping to drought
tolerant plants.
Enclosed is a donation to support the cost of this
project.
I wish you God’s abundant blessings as you embark
on your ‘next 50 years.” Thank you for being such a
great neighbor.
The enclosed check was for $25,000.00.
Thanks be to this generous giver!!
Thanks be to God!

Continued on page 6

Our Parish History Now Available Directly from the Publisher and On Our Website
Saint Michael & All Angels is pleased to announce that a printed copy of its new parish history -- “A Celebration of 50
Years” -- is now available for purchase directly from our publisher, Lulu Press, for $15, and that $3.13 of this is
returned to Saint Michael's to supplement the working budget of the church. If you have not yet acquired this colorful
book (51 pages of text, photographs, and tables on premier quality paper), we urge and encourage you to go on line at
http://goo.gl/VKgp4K and order one from Lulu. Every Saint Michael's family should have a copy of our history. The
volume also makes a splendid gift for relatives and close friends.
This month we will also post the history as an attachment to our parish web-site, thus enabling you to read it on your
computer, either in its normal size or in zoom magnification.
BUILDING OUR F
AITH: L
OVING CHRIST AND SER
VING OUR COMMUNITY
FAITH:
LO
SERVING

FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE

CONTRIBUTIONS WERE MADE TO
THE RECTOR’S DISCRETIONARY
FUND most recently by Helen Dahn in
gratitude for the baptisms of her
grandchildren Miles Anthony
DiNuzzo, Benjamin Chandler Keller
and William Raymond Keller, and by
Gavin & Karen Dahn Keller for the
baptisms of William and Benjamin; by
Nancy Johnson in thanksgiving
for the life of her husband John; by
Susannah and Robert Perkins
in thanksgiving for the life of their mother,
Alix; by the Ewers family in thanksgiving
for Sue’s life; and by Bob & Marilyn
Whiton in thanksgiving for their fiftieth
wedding anniversary.These funds extend
our Parish’s mission of outreach,
providing for such needs as can be
helped by financial assistance.

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ATTENTIONVETERANS: Saint Michael
& AllAngels will participate in the National
Celebration honoring Veterans (especially
WWII) "Celebrating the Spirit of ‘45" to
take place on Sunday, August 9th. We want
to honor all Veterans at the 9:00 a.m. worship
service at church, followed by a brunch in
All Angels’ Court. All families and guests
are welcome to celebrate with us. The
Senior Ministry at St. Mike’s is hosting this
gathering. Please contact Murry McClaren
at 714/979-6978 to let us know if you have
a Vet in your family whom we can honor.
We also would like pictures and memorabilia
to share at the brunch. It will be a fun time
to tell stories and relive those times with
families and friends.
We need people to help prepare the
brunch on Sunday, August 9th and to clean
up afterwords. Also needed are people who
can transport our Veterans to church and
return them to their homes after the brunch.
Please Call Murry McClaren to volunteer!

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CHURCH NEXT: Our parish subscribes
to the online learning program “Church
Next” through our e-learning program
“The Well.” If you are interested, please
contact Kathleen Peterson at
kathleenopeterson@gmail.com, or (949)
378-5002; or Susan Caldwell at
scaldwell@stmikescdm.org.

SUMMER 2015

SUMMER
ANNIVERSARIES
JULY

AUGUST

Birthdays

Birthdays

1st - Jeanne Rees
2nd -James Jackson
4th - Steve Caldwell
Frances Haynes
7th - Marjie Blevins
Bob Jenkins
Chuck Vaughan
11th - Steve Morris
Marshall Solomon
12th - Olive Rumbellow
19th - Richard Zevnik
24th - Anne Warmington
28th - Catherine Lee
29th - Suzie Peltason
30th - Peter Haynes+
31st - Louise Stover
Baptisms
16th - Anne Conover
22nd - Susan Caldwell
Weddings

1st - Susan Stahl
3rd - Paddy Nelson
Victor Rumbellow
9th - Bob Anderson
17th - Carole Palda
18th - Jan Faller
20th - Jack Keating
Ruth Poole
23rd - Murry McClaren
Barbara Stewart+
27th - Lynne Ruedy
28th - Ray Johnson
Stacy Stone

Baptisms
25th - Teri Corbet
Weddings

6th Adam & Lisa Dooley
7th - James & Marguerite Jackson
10th - Wally & Barbara Paulson
18th - Michael Boor & Marjie Blevins
27th - Ali & Gail Haghjoo
30th - Norm & Beth Bianchi

4th - John & Myrna Ireland
20th - Richard & Cam Wallis
25th - Steve & Ann Morris
26th - Bob & Shirley Anderson

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 Anne
Warmington with questions:
202.550.4100.

HELP FOR HUNGRY PEOPLE: We
are once again in need of donations
for replenishing our food cupboard.
Please call Murry McClaren with any
questions or to learn what types of
food are currently needed; and
THANK YOU ALL for your help!

THE VESTRY
Senior Warden.............................Myrna Ireland
mireland6@sbcglobal.net....................949.759.1509
Junior Warden.............................Donald Sheetz
donald.sheetz@gmail.com..................949.720.0700
Christian Education.....................Barbara Black
bbblack56@sroadrunner.com...............949.640.7989
Clerk of the Vestry........................Karlene Miller
karlenemiller@gmail.com...................949.336.6215

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Building and Grounds..............Tom Nicholson
tom@nicholsoncompanies.com.........949.872.9067
Communications...........................Clyde Dodge
[clydedodge@cox.net.......................949.375.1530
Evangelism.............................Anne Warmington
amwarmington@hotmail.com...... ...202.550.4100
Fellowship............................................OPEN

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MEN’S GROUP: Meets on Thursdays
at 7:30am in the Davis Library to
discuss questions relating to theology,
science and philosophy. All men are
welcome.
Finance......................................Julie Jenkins
jdfritz@aol.com.............................949.640.0134
Mission...............................Barbara Stewart+
barbarastewart001@gmail.com.........714.979.7449
Stewardship.............................Matthew Shaw
mattjshaw@yahoo.com..................949.645.4942
Ombudsperson..........................Louise Stover
lstover@volt.com..........................714.432.7371
Worship...The Very Rev’d Canon Peter D. Haynes
phaynes@stmikescdm.org...........949.644.0463x11

FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE

CLERICAL DETECTIVES
By Norris Battin

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ach year in our summer issue, I like
to detour a bit to the lighter side with
some notes about what I’ve come to call
“clerical detectives” -- named after a
wonderful website that those with a similar
interest will find at http://www.detecs.org/
intro.html. I try to find popular fiction
which includes lead characters who have
some connection, at least tangentially, to
The Episcopal Church or the broader
Anglican world.
This year, with thanks again to quotes
from “Kirkus Review,” I’ve found two
that should help you suspensefully through
the summer once again. Here’s the first
one: FALSE TONGUES by Kate
Charles.
A trip to her old college offers
deacon Callie Anson (Deep Waters,
2009, etc.) both challenges and
opportunities.
Callie hadn’t planned on attending
Deacon’s Week, her alma mater’s
conference for recent graduates. Her
memories of Archbishop Temple
House are sweet, but her breakup with
her classmate Adam is just too recent
and painful. Even her budding
romance with Family Liaison Officer
Mark Lombardi can’t take the sting
out of her memories of Adam’s
announcement shortly after their
graduation that he’d be marrying
parishioner Pippa instead of Callie. But
Tamsin Howells swears that Adam
isn’t coming to Deacon’s Week, and
Callie would love to see Tamsin and
her old friends Val Carver and Nicky
Lamb. So she bundles off to Kings
Cross station only to be bedeviled by
weekend repairs on the District and
Circle Lines—and finds when she
finally arrives at Archbishop Temple
that Adam has decided to come after
all. Back home, Mark confronts his
Italian family’s coolness toward his
relationship with Callie and their
determination to find him a nice Italian
girl instead. At work, he’s involved in
a heart-rending case: the stabbing
death of Sebastian Frost, young,
athletic and promising, the only child of
Richard and Miranda Frost, a doctor and
a surgeon. As Mark tries to guide the Frosts
through the challenges of a police
investigation they’d prefer was
unnecessary, Callie confronts mysteries of
her own: the mysteries of the human heart.
Callie has never been more appealing than
in this sensitive exploration of love and
loss.

SUMMER 2015

Take a look at Charles’ web page
www.katecharles.com to review
information about her entire series of
ecclestiastical novels.
Two other review blurbs said:
“The toll of cyberbullying and the
pressure to conform to social
expectations is intelligently and
poignantly rendered.” (Publishers
Weekly)
"Kate Charles does a fine job of
juggling the various storylines within
this novel. It was a nice change of
pace to not have all of these threads
somehow conveniently blend into one
major storyline as so often happens in
crime fiction. ‘False Tongues’ is
simply a story of several people’s lives
over the course of a week. All of them
will be changed by the end – and it is
just possible that the reader will see
the world slightly differently before it
is all over as well.” (Bolo Books)
Our second book for this summer
is SIDNEY CHAMBERS AND THE
FORGIVENESS OF SINS by James
Runcie, son of the former Archbishop
of Canterbury Michael Runcie. About
this novel, Kirkus says:
The loveable full-time priest and parttime detective, Canon Sidney
Chambers, continues his sleuthing
adventures in 1960's Cambridge. On
a snowy Thursday morning in Lent
1964, a stranger seeks sanctuary in
Grantchester's church, convinced he
has murdered his wife. Sidney and his
wife Hildegard go for a shooting
weekend in the country and find their
hostess has a sinister burn on her
neck. Sidney's friend Amanda receives
poison pen letters when at last she
appears to be approaching matrimony.
A firm of removal men 'accidentally'
drop a Steinway piano on a musician's
head outside a Cambridge college.
During a cricket match, a group of
schoolboys blow up their school
Science Block. On a family holiday in
Florence, Sidney is accused of the
theft of a priceless painting.
Meanwhile, on the home front,
Sidney's new curate Malcolm seems
set to become rather irritatingly popular
with the parish; his baby girl Anna
learns to walk and talk; Hildegard longs
to get an au pair and Sidney is offered
a promotion.
Entertaining, moving, suspenseful,
thoughtful, and deeply humane, these six
new stories are bound to delight the clerical
detective's many fans. - See more at: http:/
/www.bloomsbury.com/us/sidneychambers-and-the-forgiveness-of-sins9781632861061/#sthash.NlvCXnvr.dpuf

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The “Seattle Times” offers a bit more
Runcie background quoted from their
review below:
Sidney Chambers, crime-solving
Anglican priest, is back. In “Sidney
Chambers and the Forgiveness of Sins,”
Sidney takes on several new challenges,
including fatherhood, a promotion, an
apparently dead musician whose body
vanishes and the 1966 flood that
decimated Florence, Italy.
Brief recap — Sidney Chambers is the
creation of James Runcie, a talented
English novelist and screenwriter and the
son of Robert Runcie, Archbishop of
Canterbury from 1980 to 1991. Runcie
knows Anglicanism and the English
temperament inside and out, as well as a
thing or three about telling a story.
This is the fourth of six books planned
by Runcie for the “Grantchester” series.
Runcie has said the series was inspired
both by G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown
and his own father ’s experiences,
preoccupations and priestly dilemmas.
The books have been made into a BBC/
PBS series called “Grantchester,” and I
am happy to say that they have not
suffered from TV fame — if anything,
they are getting better.
To be sure, there are the standard
stock characters of the English mystery
universe. Sidney’s detective partner,
Geordie Keating, is an avowed atheist
who nevertheless respects Sidney’s
acute understanding of human nature.
There’s a cake-loving curate. And of
course, there’s an adorable dog —
though Sidney’s original black Lab has
passed to his reward, he has a new canine
companion.
What’s different from the standard
cozy mystery form is these books’
contemplation of human nature and what
we 21st-century types would call
spirituality. Sidney struggles with his faith
and his workload, but he has an incisive
view of good and evil. There’s plenty of
both in these six short stories, just about
perfect for a long read before going to
bed.
The Sidney Chambers series may be
comforting, but it’s not simple. Runcie
meant these novels to be a commentary
on life in post-World War II Britain, and
so they are. But the themes of good and
evil, temptation and sacrifice, remain as
fresh as today’s news feed.
I hope you enjoy the summer and these
two new Clerical Detectives.
REMINDER: Please wear your name
badge on Sundays.

FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE
SAINT MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS
EPISCOPAL CHURCH
A CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY OF
THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION

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
www.stmikescdm.org
The Very Rev’d Canon

Peter D. Haynes, Rector
[phaynes@stmikescdm.org]
Susan Caldwell
Director of Christian Education
[scaldwell@stmikescdm.org]
Ray Urwin, D.M.A.
Minister of Music
[rurwin@stmikescdm.org]
The Rev’d Fennie Chang, Ph.D.,
Canterbury Irvine
The Rev’d Canon Ray Flemming
Assisting Priest
The Rev’d Barbara Stewart, Ph.D.,
Assisting Priest
Susan Beechner, Parish Secretary
[sbeechner@stmikescdm.org]
Marybeth Waniek, Bookkeeper
[mwaniek@stmikescdm.org]

WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Sunday
Holy Eucharist at 9am
Nursery Care from 8:30-10:30am
Sunday School 9am
Adult Education 10am

Wednesday
Holy Eucharist with Prayers
for Healing-12 noon

ABOUT SAINT MICHAEL & ALL
ANGELS, CORONA DEL MAR
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.

SUMMER 2015

CHRISTIAN
EDUCATION

Susan
Caldwell

Youth Sunday, June 7th, was a
special time to engage our teens,
youth and children in the worship
ministry experience. They served as
Greeters, Ushers, Acolytes and
Readers. The children helped to pick
out the Chalices and stoles to be used
in the worship service. The children
also provided the artwork for the
bulletin. During the Homily, there
were five guest speakers. In this
edition of the For the Love of Mike
we would like to give you a chance
to read what two of our guest
speakers, Kati Mowat Nicholson and
Anne Conover wrote. Here are their
Homilies.
Youth Sunday
Journey to
Adulthood/High School Group
By Kati Mowat Nicholson
Each and every one of us carries a
memory tucked away somewhere
close to the heart, of the first time
someone, somewhere, took us
seriously and gave us enough time
to amaze and astonish them with our
questions and insights. Well, every
2nd and 4th Sunday since September
– Ali Haghjoo, Danielle Shaw, and I
have had the pleasure of spending
time with some of the most
interesting, driven, and thoughtful
members of our congregation – our
Teens!!
Journey to Adulthood is a diocese
approved program and curriculum
that focuses on guiding teens in
creating and understanding the
importance of Christian community
as they develop critical thinking and
other skills they will need in
adulthood. This is their time to be
their authentic selves – to share and
debate and support each other in a
space created just for them.
Speaking of which – Our J2A room
has to be the best-kept secret in
Church! Thanks to Susan Caldwell
for creating such an awesome place
for us to hang out, work and play!
The J2A experience focuses on
discussion, debate, learning and
laughter - it takes our participants
seriously and gives them real work
to do. As a group, we debated the
causes of poverty and the best ways
to help; we all recalled stories that
connected us to our faith; we shared
who we are versus who people see
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PRAYERS
HEALING
Russ
Brad
Cathy
Andrew
Beth
Cathy
Mary Betty
Nadine
Austin
GUIDANCE
Julie & Bob
Esther
Jim, Sarah
Kathleen
Mari
REPOSE
Sally McCulloch
THANKSGIVING
- in loving memory of
Edith Coppen, Muriel Ferguson,
and Fr. George McClaren;
- for the marriage of
Emily Ernsdorf & Ladd Fritz;
- for wedding anniversaries of
Wally & Barbara Paulson,
John & Myrna Ireland,
Ann & Steve Morris,
Kate & Nate Eaton

Call Esther McNamee
for prayer requests 949.640.1749

LOAVES & FISHES: For July - August
9th (2nd Sunday) we will be helping fill
backpacks for the children through our
collection of the following items: Crayola
Broadline (thick) Markers - Classic Colors;
"Big Kid/Adult" 8" Scissors (no"value"
quality please); Spiral Notebooks & Filler
paper (wide or college rule)
For the convenience of parishioners on
select Sundays we will be selling markers
at $2 and scissors at $5 for donation.

FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE

FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE - ADS
NEEDED: Our newsletter is printed
by C & M Publications at no cost to
St. Mike’s, thanks to the support of
the local businesses whose ads are
found on the back of the calendar each
month. If you or someone you know
might like to become a sponsor, please
call Susan Beechner in the parish
office for more information.
949.644.0463 x10.

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ADULT ACOLYTE CAPTAINS
NEEDED: The ministry commitment
is based on a rotation Sunday schedule
and on an “as needed” basis depending
upon the liturgical calendar year.
Contact Susan Caldwell, Director of
Christian Education 949.644,0463
Ext.12 if you would like to take part
in the Acolyte Ministry at Saint Michael
& All Angels.

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LEST WE FORGET: There have been
4,491 American military casualties in
Iraq and 2,356 in Afghanistan and
other locations. "Lord hear our
prayers for those who are dead and
for those who mourn."
NEWS REGARDING THE
MANSE/RECTORY PROJECT
I am reaching out to all parishioners
again to advise you of your Vestry's
concern for our new rectory. For
those who may have missed my
previous notices regarding this, I am
writing to briefly update you. Very
often Episcopal churches provide
living accommodations for their
rectors. Saint Michael & All Angels
does not currently have such a
residence to offer our replacement
rector when Peter retires. Our
intentions are to have the rectory
located in close proximity to our
church campus. This will provide for
more accessibility to our parish and
to our priest.
Accordingly, we are planning for
this inevitable situation now. There are
many ways to prepare for this, such
as the benefit of personal estate gifting
or tax planning preparations to name
some. I am pleased to meet with any
family or individual who would like
to learn more on this matter. Your
Vestry welcomes your input and
consideration.
With respectful regards,
Donald Sheetz
Junior Warden
Manse Commission Chair

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Susan Caldwell
continued from page 4
us to be and how we can learn more
about ourselves and others; and we got
a little awkward talking about
stereotypes, gender roles and “isms”
of all kinds - why they exist and how
to move beyond them.
As a group we decided we needed a
purpose outside of discussion as well.
We agreed that community service
would be an integral part of our J2A
experience, so in addition to helping
with Friday Movie Night and the
Pancake Breakfast here at church; we
also chose to support HomeAid,
Orange County’s dedication to
assisting homeless families. Through
them our teens have collected toiletries
and baby diapers, assembled CareKits
for babies and homeless families, and
prepared and served Sunday Brunch
to the homeless at Isaiah House!
So, instead of just talking about
Christian service, we SERVE. Instead
of sharing about Christian Community
we actively and intentionally work to
BUILD community.
This was our first year of J2A at St.
Mikes, and while we don’t meet for
long, or very often, I think it has been
a successful Inaugural year. I,
personally, am walking away from this
year with the J2A group already looking
forward to what we can accomplish
next year. Next year we will work
toward more Youth Engagement in St.
Mike’s Ministry and Outreach
programs. We will be applying for a
youth program grant to support the
creation of an Urban Garden &
Education program. And of course, we
will welcome our newest members into
the fold next year and look forward to
incorporating their new ideas and
interests.
Youth Sunday -Godly Play
By Anne Conover
In the spring of 2012, along with
Melinda Rader, Kristy Kiper, Elizabeth
Henry, and Corinne Stover, I attended
a training session to learn about Godly
Play. We thought we were there to find
out how Godly Play worked and then
to decide if we wanted to bring it to
St. Michael’s. It turned out to be a
weekend when we were all plunged
into experiencing the wonder and
mystery of God’s presence through
our Sacred Stories, the Parables of
Jesus, and our Liturgical Traditions.
continued on page 7

GENERAL CONVENTION
INFORMATION AVAILABLE
ONLINE
Another General Convention summer!
And much of the information is already
available on line. There has been a
concerted effort to make more
information available through the
General Convention web site before the
Convention itself. So, if you'd like to
look ahead here are some suggestions.
First, from the General Convention
web page you can link directly to the
two reports that have been getting the
most attention: the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church (TREC)
and the Task Force on the Study of
Marriage. With an additional click, you
can link to the Blue Book reports
(formally, the Reports to Convention of
Committees, Commission, Agencies,
and Boards). Instead of waiting for a
printed version, these are being loaded
to the web site. And, instead of waiting
for one complete publication, reports are
being added as they are submitted. So,
if there's a report you're interested in
and don't see yet, keep checking back.
The same thing is happening with
resolutions to General Convention. If
you link to the Legislative Resources
page, you can link through to all the
resolutions that have been submitted.
Once again, these are being added as
they are submitted, so keep checking
to see if your particular interest is
addressed.
With the Reports from the Task Force
for Re-imagining the Episcopal Church
and the Task Force on the Study of
Marriage, and also the election of the
next Presiding Bishop, this should be
an interesting General Convention. You
can go ahead and start your review, and
so be better able to keep informed about
all that happens in and around this year's
General Convention.
YOU CAN FIND THE HOUSE OF
DEPUTIES “State of the Church”
report prepared for the 78th Episcopal
Church
Convention
here:
extranet.generalconvention.org/staff/
files/download/12702.pdf.
The
convention begins on June 23rd in Salt
Lake City. The hashtag for the
convention is #GC78.

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DO YOU HAVE A NEW EMAIL
ADDRESS?
Please
contact
sbeechner@stmikescdm.org with
changes or additions.

FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE

SUMMER 2015

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Summer Poems continued from page 1
It will be Summer -- eventually by Emily Dickinson
The Summer Day by Mary Oliver
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean –
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down -who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
. which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?
Peaceful Summer Day by Gary R. Ferris
Sitting on the front porch enjoying a peaceful summer day,
Writing down the words that He’s given me to say.
Sipping on my coffee and watching the wind blow the trees,
Quietly watching the birds sailing in the breeze.
When I look at this beauty it takes my cares away,
The majestic mountains that top these skies today.
Off in a distance a bird begins to sing,
And the sounds of the country and the music it can bring.
The dogs are lying in the sun and lost in the deep,
To watch them in this summer breeze make me want to fall asleep.
To realize that I have been so blessed,
All of my troubles become no more than a pest.
Listening to the sound of children playing in the sun,
Reminds me of a boy and all the things I had done.
Laughing and playing and cherishing each day,
Sometimes I wish that those times were here to stay.
In a world full of struggle, turmoil, and strife,
I feel so blessed to get to live this life.
There are no brilliant words that I could ever say,
That ever could describe a peaceful summer day.
Summer Stars by Carl Sandburg
BEND low again, night of summer stars.
So near you are, sky of summer stars,
So near, a long-arm man can pick off stars,
Pick off what he wants in the sky bowl,
So near you are, summer stars,
So near, strumming, strumming,
So lazy and hum-strumming.

It will be Summer -- eventually.
Ladies -- with parasols -Sauntering Gentlemen -- with Canes -And little Girls -- with Dolls -Will tint the pallid landscape -As ‘twere a bright Bouquet -Tho’ drifted deep, in Parian -The Village lies – today -The Lilacs -- bending many a year -Will sway with purple load -The Bees -- will not despise the tune -Their Forefathers -- have hummed -The Wild Rose -- redden in the Bog -The Aster -- on the Hill
Her everlasting fashion -- set -And Covenant Gentians-- frill -Till Summer folds her miracle -As Women – do -- their Gown -Or Priests -- adjust the Symbols -When Sacrament -- is done -Summer by Louise Gluck
Remember the days of our first happiness,
how strong we were, how dazed by passion,
lying all day, then all night in the narrow bed,
sleeping there, eating there too: it was summer,
it seemed everything had ripened
at once. And so hot we lay completely uncovered.
Sometimes the wind rose; a willow brushed the window.
But we were lost in a way, didn’t you feel that?
The bed was like a raft; I felt us drifting
far from our natures, toward a place where we’d discover nothing.
First the sun, then the moon, in fragments,
stone through the willow.
Things anyone could see.
Then the circles closed. Slowly the nights grew cool;
the pendant leaves of the willow
yellowed and fell. And in each of us began
a deep isolation, though we never spoke of this,
of the absence of regret.
We were artists again, my husband.
We could resume the journey.

How will you “resume the journey” every day of this
summer 2015?

Yours, In Christ -

Calendar of Ev
ents At Saint Mic
hael & All Ang
els
Events
Michael
Angels

All That Dance Rehearsals, 7:30-11:15 a.m., SW
Yoga class, 9:00-10:00 a.m., NW
Vacation Bible School, Fri., July 10, 17, 24, 31, 5:30-7:45
AA meeting, 7:00-10:00 p.m., SW
World Vision Korean Methodist Church, 7:30-9:00 p.m., CR
Truth Spiritual Study Group, 6:00-8:00 p.m., DL (begin 7/17)

Friday

5Basketball

Meeting Rooms:
AAC - All Angels’ Court
MR - Michael’s Room
CR - Conference Room

DL - Davis Library
NW - North Wing
GR - Blue Room, AAC

SW - South Wing
YR - Yellow Room, AAC
RR - Red Room, AAC

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Men’s Group, 7:30-9:00 a.m., DL
All That Dance Rehearsals, 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., AAC
Basketball, 5:00-8:00 p.m., AAC

Thursday

Basketball, 8:00-10:00 a.m., AAC

AA meeting, 7:00-8:00 a.m., SW
Yoga class, 9:00-10:00 a.m., NW
Whiz Kids, 9:00-5:00 p.m., AAC (July only)
All That Dance Rehearsals, 9:30-11:30 a.m., SW
All That Dance Rehearsals, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., AAC
Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing, Noon
Basketball, 5:00-8:00 p.m., AAC

Wednesday

Saturday

Whiz Kids, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., AAC (July only)
All That Dance Rehearsals, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., SW
Basketball, 5:00-8:00 p.m., AAC

Tuesday

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JULY
Vestry Meeting, 5:00-7:00 p.m., CR
Staff Meeting, 9:30 a.m., DL
Independence Day
Communications Com, 10:20 a.m., CR
Senior Ministry, 2:00 p.m., CR
Vacation Bible School begins: Journey with the Saints
5:30-7:45 p.m., AAC, Sanctuary, NW
Citizens’ Climate Lobby, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., DL
Adult Christian Education Commission, 10:30, CR
Worship Commission, 11:30 a.m., CR
The Bible Challenge, 8:30 a.m., DL
Friends of Music Executive Committee, 10:15 a.m., CR
Women’s Fellowship, 7:00 p.m., Sara Hyatt’s Home
Spyglass Hill Homeowners Board, 6:00-9:00 p.m., CR

Mon., Sept. 7th
Sun., Sept. 13th
Wed., Sept. 16th
Sun., Sept 27th

Office closed for Labor Day Holiday
Sunday Worship returns to 8:00 & 10:00 a.m.
Deadline for October For the Love of Mike
Saint Michael & All Angels’ Day observed

IN THE COMING MONTH

Sat., Aug. 1
Citizens’ Climate Lobby, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., DL
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Mon.-Fri., Aug. 3 -7 , Coach Jon Basketball Camp, 9-12 noon, AAC
Vestry Meeting, 5:00-7:00 p.m., CR
Wed., Aug. 5th
Thurs., Aug. 6th Staff Meeting, 9:30 a.m., DL
Sat., Aug. 8th
AAC being set up for tomorrow’s celebration/brunch
Sun., Aug. 9th
Celebrating the Spirit of ‘45, honoring Veterans at worship
and with brunch in MR following
Wed., Aug. 12th Deadline for September issue of For the Love of Mike
Worship Commission, 11:30 a.m., CR
Sun., Aug. 16th
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Sun., Aug. 23
The Bible Challenge, 8:30 a.m., DL
Friends of Music Executive Committee, 10:15 a.m., CR
Tues., Aug. 25th Women’s Fellowship, 7:00 p.m., Sara Hyatt’s Home
Spyglass Hill Homeowners Board, 6:00-9:00 p.m., CR
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Tues., July 28th

Sat., July 11th
Sun., July 12th
Sun., July 19th
Sun., July 26th

Whiz Kids, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. AAC (July only)
All That Dance Rehearsals, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., SW
Volleyball, 3:30-6:30 p.m., AAC
St. Mike’s Basketball, 7:00-9:00 p.m., AAC

Monday

IN THE COMING WEEKS

July & August: Sunday Morning Worship 9:00 a.m. only
Wed., July 1
Thurs., July 2nd
Sat., July 4th
Sun., July 5th
Wed., July 8th
Friday, July 10th

Nursery care from 8:30
Holy Eucharist at 9:00 a.m.
Sundays-at-Ten
Summer Sunday School at 9:00 a.m., Yellow Room
World Vision Korean Methodist Church,
1:00-2:30 p.m., MR, 2:30-5:00 p.m., AAC

Sunday

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Sunday’s @ 10 Highlight
Parishioner Adventures
Our summer 2015 adult education
program, Sundays-at-Ten, featuring
travelogues by parishioners who have
been to (and lived in) some very
interesting places, will continue
through September 6th. The series, is
under the direction of Ruth Poole.
We meet in the Davis library
following worship. Pick up a cup of
coffee and join us!
The meeting dates and topics:
June 28 - Ann & Steve Morris:
England
July 5 - The Rev'd Peter Haynes:
General Convention
July 12 - Barbara Black: Hungary
July 19 & 26 -Norris Battin:-Africa
(Compass Rose Society
Communion Visits)
August 2 - War-time Memories -All
August 9 - No Meeting
(Reception Honoring Veterans)
August 16 & 23 - Keith Nelson: Sweden
August 30 - Barbara Stewart: Mexico
September 6 - Lynn Headley: Israel

NEW ACOLYTES WANTED: Do
you have one hour to offer this parish
each month? Would you like to
participate in the worship service on
Sundays by carrying the Cross or
lighting the candles? Acolyting is a
valuable ministry in the life of Saint
Michael & All Angels. Please contact
Susan Caldwell if you are interested in
learning more about this ministry, or
to volunteer! 949.644.0463 x 12.

* * *
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.

SUMMER 2015

7

PARISH FINANCIAL NOTES

Youth from page 5

PLEASE CHECK THE FORWARD
MOVEMENT 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. Featured this month is the
pamphlet "Teaching Children to Pray,” a
helpful guide for parents. "Training
children to pray from early childhood is an
excellent way for Christian parents to help
their children become 'doers of God's
words and not hearers only.' Teaching
young children to pray not only gives them
a firm foundation on which they can build
trust and obedience, but also prepares them
for a mature life of prayer as adult
Christians."Suggestions include keeping it
simple, joyful, genuine, and honest. Helpful
examples are given. The author reminds
the reader that "The best training in prayer
for a child is seeing parents pray, or better
still, praying with the parents. And, of
course, there is no substitute for
worshiping together in church week by
week."

Now, with the addition of Anne
Warmington, Marjie Blevins, Barbara
Black, Louise Stover, and Susan
Caldwell, we are finishing up our third
year of Godly Play in the Yellow Room
with children 4 to 10 years old. The
lessons form a circular curriculum,
where most of the stories are retold every
year, just as we re-read the same sections
of the Bible during our worship service.
In fact, Godly Play mirrors our worship
service in every way. You may have read
that every week there is a doorkeeper
and a storyteller. The doorkeeper greets
each child by name, welcoming the child
by name, asking if the child is ready to
come in and ushering the child into the
sacred space. The storyteller heads a
circle on the floor, surrounded by the
children and gives the lesson. The lesson
is followed by the children’s work time.
And the gathering concludes with a
feast, a blessing, and a handshake.
It is a great privilege to retell the stories
to children one year after another; to provide
them a time and place to seek God’s presence
and witness their spiritual growth as we get
to know each other better and deeper. When
the littlest ones hear about Abraham and
Sarah, they wonder how there was a woman
named Sarah so long, long ago and a girl
named Sarah at school too! A little older and
they marvel at the journey through the desert.
By 9 or 10, the building of the altars to mark
the places God came close catches them.
And all ages are shocked and saddened and
eyes are moist when old Sarah dies and is
buried in a cave near the Oaks at Mamre.
We mark the year with a wall hanging
calendar that displays the liturgical year with
appropriately colored blocks to create the
Circle of the Church Year. If you look at the
children’s bulletin board in Michael’s Room,
you might notice that the activities and artifacts
for Godly Play are arranged in the same circle.
This year’s is almost complete, waiting only
for the Youth Sunday bulletin cover and this
summer’s Vacation Bible School to finish it.
Next September we will start a new circle of
stories and experiences together. Some of
our older friends will move next door to the
Green Room and Formation and some of
our youngest friends from the nursery will
join us in the Yellow Room and the Godly
Play Circle. We will revisit our stories and
commence our wondering again.
We storytellers and doorkeepers have the
great blessing and joy of being as much guided
by the children as by guiding them in seeking
the elusive presence and mystery of God.
I could not be more grateful to be part of
this wondrous adventure here at St. Michael
and All Angels. Thank you.

Total Parish income through June 22nd,
2015, is $261,632. This is 3.2% ahead of
budget for the year. Total Parish expenses
are $285,522 which is $3,048 above our
budget plan. Pledge income to date is
$213,254. This is about $2,811 ahead of
the budget estimate.
Plate and Easter giving are ahead of our
budget. We are doing really well with
donations that are given to use our facility.
To date we have received $25,350.
Expenses for Building and Grounds is
about $500 below the year to date budget.
Most of our Commissions are under
budget except the Worship Commission.
This is because of unplanned music
expenses.
At the May Vestry meeting, it was voted
to use funds that were in the Labyrinth
Designated Gift Fund and the Memorial
Donation Fund to help fund the landscaping
project.
To fund the new landscape project we
will use the $110,000 rebate from the City
of Newport Beach first, and we can fund
other smaller projects (ie. orchard,
community garden, etc.) with donations
from our Parish members. We will do
these other projects as the money comes
in.
Please think about keeping your Pledges
up to date during the summer. Plan ahead
if you are going to be gone. Thank you!
We are still in need of a Teller or two.
Please contact me or Susan Beechner in
the office
Julie Jenkins, Finance Chairman

FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE

SUMMER 2015 8

THE CLASS OF 2015
Mimi Hefner earned her degree from USC in the Price School of Public Policy. Mimi’s proud grandfather is
Harry Bubb.
Ryan G. Jenkins graduates from San Francisco State University with a BS in Computer Engineering. Ryan,
grandson of proud Julie & Bob Jenkins, will begin his work to prevent hacking in San Francisco at Wells Fargo
Bank.
Jack Kirsch is graduating 8th grade at Brethren Christian HS-Junior High in Huntington Beach. Jack will be a
freshman there in August! His proud mom is Julie Kirsch.
Jack Mahoney will graduate from William S. Hart High School, Newhall, CA. Grandmother Susan Beechner is
as proud as parents John and Melissa Mahoney. Jack will major in Business/Finance while attending the University
of Alabama.
Jacob Rosenson Montgomery graduates from Harvard University, Class of ’15. Jacob will begin studies in
Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His proud grandparents are Peggy & the late Bob Montgomery.
Harrison Vandervort graduates from Newport Harbor High as valedictorian. He will attend UC Santa Barbara.
Harrison built new cupboards for our nursery as his Eagle Scout project. Proud parents are Robert & Mary
Vandervort. Grandfather Harry Bubb is proud of two graduates this June.
Helene Wierzbicki graduated from Reed College in Portland with a B.A. in Sociology. Helene’s next job is
seeking work that taps into her writing and data analysis skills. Her proud mother is Susan Brown.
Francis Carter Wheatley graduated 2015 Magna Cum Laude from Boston University, College of Engineering.
After 4 years on the Dean’s list, Francis will be in Computer Engineering at Wayfair. His proud parents are Brad
and Clare Wheatley, joined by Chase Wheatley.

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A Christian Community of the Anglican Communion
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