FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE

Volume 62 Number 4 APRIL 2012
Pacific View Drive at Marguerite Corona del Mar

EASTER FLOWER FORM ON PAGE 7

The Episcopal Church of Saint Michael
California 92625 949.644.0463

& All Angels
www.stmikescdm.org

...From the Desk of the Rector

BELOVEDS IN CHRIST,
Let’s celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus, the heart of our faith! But, first, what do you most want to know about this Resurrection? What you most need to know about the Resurrection of Jesus, I think, is that it took place after his death. Does this sound both simple and profound to you? Remember the sequence of events: Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, then Easter. First death, then Resurrection; no death, no Resurrection. There is no Easter without Good Friday, no spiritual growth without spiritual turmoil, no breakthrough without effort. Holy Week and Easter are not simply about events in the past. There is no reason to doubt that a man walked out of a grave almost two thousand years ago; there were many such stories around the Mediterranean world then. What confirms the truth of Jesus’ Resurrection, what is really important about it, doesn’t lie in the past. The rising of Christ confirms itself over-and-over again in the present, in your life and mine, in the world we live in today . . . but only if we remember the sequence of events: Jesus died on Good Friday in the most horrible of ways. Crucifixion was a terrible form of capital punishment. It was a act of extreme cruelty by vengeful people, people who felt they were acting in the name of who they thought God to be. Jesus understood what would happen to him if he continued to confront powers and principalities, heal on the Sabbath and forgive sinners in the face of religious and political opposition. But Jesus could not accommodate himself to, or accept, prevailing political or religious attitudes and sentiments where they obstructed or contradicted God’s dominion. He was particularly critical of those religious leaders whose primary focus was protecting their own position; he was vitally interested in the power of God to heal and save and he brought that power into human lives in such dramatic and astonishing ways that everyday people received him gladly and authorities were scandalized. Jesus willingly walked the way of the Cross because he would not abandon the reign of God. Easter is God’s act of restoring to life that power of love which the world would kill. It marks the defeat of spiritual agents of darkness that work to stifle and deny the healing and hope that Jesus brought into the world. God will not be tamed. God will not be domesticated or denied by conformity which tries to contain God. Easter is the triumph of life-giving truth. God is of new life who brings about miracles of transformation. God has the power to transform human suffering, even crucifixion, and bring forth from it something miraculous, something new and beautiful, that defies rational explanation. God is of Resurrection. Continued on page 3

HOLY WEEK 2012 WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Palm Sunday , April 1st Holy Eucharist at 8am and 10am with Blessing of Palms and Procession • Evening Prayer at 5:30pm • Monday in Holy Week, April 2nd Evening Prayer at 5:30pm • Tuesday in Holy Week, April 3rd Matins at 7am • Peace Mass at 7:30am • Evening Prayer at 5:30pm • Tenebrae at 7:30pm • Wednesday in Holy Week, April 4th Evening Prayer at 5:30pm • Maundy Thursday, April 5th Holy Eucharist with Healing at 12noon • Evening Prayer at 5:30pm • Holy Eucharist with Washing of the Feet at 7:30pm in the Sanctuary • The Stripping of the Altar* • The All Night Watch at the Altar of Repose, 9pm to 9am • Good Friday, April 6th Morning Prayer at 9am • Evening Prayer at 5:30pm • Stations of the Cross on the Patio at 7pm • Good Friday Liturgy with Music at 7:30pm* Holy Saturday, April 7th Morning Prayer at 9am • Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm • The Great Vigil of Easter at 7:30pm with the Lighting of the Paschal Candle, Holy Baptism, and Eucharist* • Festive Dessert Reception follows • Easter Sunday, April 8th Festival Choral Eucharist** with Choir, Organ and Instruments at 8am and 10am •
*childcare provided for this evening’s worship **nursery care provided from 8:00 a.m. through Easter worship

FAITH: LO SERVING BUILDING OUR FAITH: LOVING CHRIST AND SERVING OUR COMMUNITY

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PARISH NEWS AND NOTES
CONTRIBUTIONS WERE MADE TO THE RECTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND by Pauline Benjamin, by the

Anniversaries in April
Birthdays 1st - Linda Moorman 4th - Barbara Paulson 8th - Sondra Valentine 17th - Michael Ortt 26th - Bob Hine Baptisms 8th - Sharon Perry Weddings 11th - Bob & Dottie Cole 17th - Bill & Judy Brady Norm & Sue Ewers 21st - Matthew & Danielle Shaw 24th - Mike & Jill Draffin

Henry family and by Bill Leasure in thanksgiving. These funds extend our Parish’s mission of outreach, providing for such needs as can be helped by financial assistance.

LOAVES AND FISHES: This April we are collecting new full-size hygiene items that will be given out in gift bags to the mothers and their families in honor of Mother’s Day. Specific examples include shampoo, bar soap, toothpaste, deodorant, toothbrushes and specialty bath items. 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 #952123746)

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FORWARD MOVEMENT PUBLICATIONS: 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. We always need Lectors and Chalice Bearers at Saint Michael's. If you are thinking of joining either or both of these wonderful ministries and want to learn more about them, do pick up the pamphlets "Tips for Lectors" and "Tips for Chalice Bearers." For those of you who perform these services already, you might want to refresh your memory with one of these booklets.

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NURSERY CARE for infants through 3 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.

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DO WE HAVE YOUR MOST RECENT EMAIL ADDRESS? Please contact Susan Beechner at sbeechner@stmikescdm.org with changes or additions.

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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 if you would like to be part of this ministry.

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WEB SITE OF THE MONTH Brother Give Us a Word http://ssje.org/word/ Society of St. John the Evangelist
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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LEST WE FORGET: There have been 4,488 American military casualties in Iraq and 1,792 in Afghanistan. "Lord hear our prayers for those who are dead and for those who mourn." St. Mike’s NEW Facebook Page

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FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS THROUGH FEBRUARY 29: February year to date net income is $15,585, which is $30,439 ahead of our 2012 Plan. Pledge income YTD is $76,641, which is $6,282 ahead of our 2012 Plan. Net operating cash after designated gifts is $39,121. Total cash including designated gifts is $130,497. The endowment fund balance is $146,782. God’s many bblessings to our parish.

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Celebrant People Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

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Continued from page 1 There have been many moments of resurrection within our lifetimes. Two I detailed at The Great Vigil of Easter last year are incidents when systems of brutality we had believed were invincible came crumbling down with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the end of apartheid in 1990. Such are Easter times, moments of miracle, when we see what we thought could never happen. Easter is God’s entire way with the world in our time and place, in every act of new life rising out of old pain, in every moment of hope that springs unexpectedly from depths of despair. One challenge of Easter is being open to the power of God to transform us.God’s way is to disturb and transform everything and everyone through the power of Resurrection. Images of spiritual tranquility are a seduction and faith communities that cling to certainties and resist new ideas are falsehoods. If we look for justice without suffering we are romantics; if we look for renewal without struggle we have missed the sequence of events. God is behind Easter and its countless examples through history, but we must make some important decisions before we can experience it for ourselves, choices like those in The Baptismal Covenant at the bottom of page 304 and top of page 305 in our Book of Common Prayer (see below.) Choose the path Jesus took, journey toward the miraculous and the new.

Celebrant

People Celebrant

Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers? I will, with God’s help. Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord? I will, with God’s help. Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ? I will, with God’s help. Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons loving your neighbor as yourself? I will, with God’s help. Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being? I will, with God’s help.
(BCP pages 304 & 305)

People Celebrant People Celebrant People Celebrant

People

Yours, in Christ -

RESURRECTION. 'T was a long parting, but the time For interview had come; Before the judgment-seat of God, The last and second time These fleshless lovers met, A heaven in a gaze, A heaven of heavens, the privilege Of one another's eyes. No lifetime set on them, Apparelled as the new Unborn, except they had beheld, Born everlasting now. Was bridal e'er like this? A paradise, the host, And cherubim and seraphim The most familiar guest. Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

The Baptismal Covenant
Celebrant People Do you believe in God the Father? I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Celebrant People

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

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(MORE) PARISH NEWS AND NOTES

PRAYERS
HEALING

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] The Rev’d Betsy Starbuck [bstarbuck@stmikescdm.org] Stephen M. Black, Minister of Music [stephenmblack@gmail.com]
The Ven. Canon Terry Lynberg Assisting Priest The Rev’d Ronald C. Bauer Assisting Priest The Rev’d Canon Ray Flemming Assisting Priest The Rev’d Jefferson Hulet Assisting Priest The Rev’d Fennie Chang, Ph.D., Canterbury Irvine

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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LABYRINTH: If you are interested in helping with Saint Michael’s Labyrinth Project, please contact Lynn Headley, 714.963.5932, or Peggy Montgomery, 949.644.2239.

Michele Leasa Olive Doris La Juan Sally Sam Pat Peggy Susie Jack Mary Betty Jan Vera Kathleen Marty George Laura Linda GUIDANCE Scott John, Jack Victor Maureen Sam Fay Krist Harvey Hermine Betsy REPOSE Rick Taylor Ann Clawson Elizabeth Christian Dackerman THANKSGIVING - for Pam & Phil Milner’s wedding anniversary; - for John DeWitt Bowman’s birthday

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

Susan Beechner, Parish Secretary [sbeechner@stmikescdm.org] Donnie Lewis, Bookkeeper [dlewis@stmikescdm.org]

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PLEASE CHECK the lost and found box next to the tract rack in Michael’s Room.

WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Sunday Holy Eucharist 8am Choral Eucharist 10am Adult Education 9am Sunday School 10am Nursery Care provided from 9:30am Tuesday Matins 7am Peace Mass 7:30am Thursday Eucharist with Healing - Noon
ABOUT SAINT MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS CORONA DEL MAR

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THE MEN’S GROUP, READERS AND SEEKERS, meets on Thursdays at 7:30am in the Davis Library to discuss classical and contemporary thought in theology, science and philosophy. All men are invited.

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.

THOUGHTS FOR THIS LIFE
The test of faith is whether I can make space for difference. Can I . recognize God’s image in someone who is not in my image, whose language, faith, ideals, are different from mine? If I cannot, then I have made God in my image, instead of allowing Him to remake me in His.
-- Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Call Esther McNamee for prayer requests at 949.640.1749

APRIL 2012
IN THE COMING WEEKS
Sun., Apr. 1st Mon., Apr. 2nd Tues., Apr. 3rd Wed. Apr. 4th Thurs., Apr. 5th

EACH WEEK

Sunday

Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. and 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.

Monday

Volleyball, 3:30-5:00 p.m., AAC House of Speed 5:00-6:30 p.m., AAC St. Mike’s basketball, 7:00-9:00 p.m., AAC
Fri., Apr. 6th

Tuesday

Matins at 7:00 a.m., Peace Mass at 7:30 a.m. Whiz Kids 9:15 a.m.-5:00 p.m., AAC (not 4/10) Volleyball, 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., AAC (not 4/3)
Sat., Apr. 7th

Wednesday

AA meeting, 7:00-8:00 a.m., SW Rusty’s music class, 9:00 a.m.-Noon, NW Whiz Kids, 1:45-4:00 p.m., AAC (not 4/11) Volleyball, 5:00-9:00 p.m., AAC
Sun., Apr. 8th Mon., Apr. 9th Tues., Apr. 10th Sun., Apr. 15th Mon., Apr. 16th Tues., Apr. 17th Wed., Apr. 18th Sat., Apr. 21st Sun., Apr. 22nd Tues., Apr. 24th Sun., Apr. 29th Mon., Apr. 30th

Thursday

Men’s Readers & Seekers, 7:30-9:00 a.m., DL Holy Eucharist with Healing at Noon Whiz Kids 1:45-5:00 p.m., AAC (not 4/12) Volleyball, 5:00-9:00 p.m., AAC (not 4/5) Parish Choir rehearsal, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Friday

Yoga class, 9:00-10:00 a.m., NW (not 4/6) Whiz Kids 9:15-10:15 a.m. AAC (not 4/13) Basketball, 3:30-5:00 p.m., AAC (not 4/6) Basketball, 5:00-8:00 p.m., AAC (not 4/6) AA meeting, 7:00-10:00 p.m., SW (not 4/6)

Palm Sunday - Blessing of Palms, Procession Evening Prayer (said), 5:30 p.m., Sanctuary Monday in Holy Week Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Holy Week - Evening Prayer 5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m., Tenebrae, Sanctuary Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m. Vestry Meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m., CR Maundy Thursday -Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m., Sanctuary 7:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Sanctuary The Washing of the Feet The Stripping of the Altar, Sanctuary 9:00 p.m.-9:00 a.m. The All-Night Watch at the Altar of Repose Good Friday - 9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer Staff Meeting, 9:00 a.m., DL 5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer 7:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross, Parish Patio 7:30 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy with music (child care) Holy Saturday - 9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer 5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer 7:30 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter (child care) Lighting of the Paschal Candle, Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist Reception following, MR Easter Day! 8:00 & 10:00 a.m. Festival Choral Eucharist Office closed Hutchins Consort Board, 4:00 p.m., CR Worship Commission, 11:30 a.m., CR R. Welch’s PEO meeting, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., MR St. Mike’s History Group, 4-5:30 p.m., CR Senior Ministry meeting, 4:00 p.m., CR Deadline for May For the Love of Mike, 5:00 p.m. Vestry/Staff Retreat, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Chez Palda Vestry Commissioning, 8:00 & 10:00 a.m. Spyglass Hill Homeowners Board, 6:00-9:00 p.m., CR Rusty’s student recital, 1:00 p.m., Sanctuary Canterbury Irvine Board, 1:00-2:30 p.m., CR Deanery Council, 7:00 p.m.; Faith, Laguna Niguel

Events Michael Angels Calendar of Events At Saint Michael & All Angels
IN THE COMING MONTHS
SW - South Wing PC - Parish Center RR - Red Room, AAC

Saturday

Handbell Choir, 10:00-11:00 a.m., NW
Sat., May 19th Tues., June 5th Sun., June 17th

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

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

CdM High School Music Dept. Renaissance Banquet Primary Election Polling Place at Saint Michael’s, AAC Baroque Music Festival Opening Concert/Reception, 4:00 p.m.

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PRESIDING BISHOP UPHOLDS GOOD FRIDAY OFFERING APPEAL
February 27, 2012, Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs -- Marking the 90th anniversary of the annual Good Friday Offering, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has written to all congregations asking them to consider assistance for Jerusalem and the Middle East. “This annual appeal is a unique spiritual opportunity to continue Jesus’ work in the land of his birth and early ministry,” the Presiding Bishop writes. “Please join me in continuing that incarnate presence of love and healing.” Funds collected from the Good Friday Offering are gathered and distributed to the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East which includes the Dioceses of Jerusalem and Cyprus and the Gulf, all members of the Anglican Communion. Among the many projects assisted by past Good Friday offerings are: Diocese of Jerusalem’s St. Peter’s Elderly Home for Christian seniors, St. Andrew’s Clinic for diabetes, educational scholarships, and St Andrew’s Housing Projects for young Christian couples; and in the diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf, the many medical ministries of Ras Morbat Clinic based at Christ Church in Aden, Yemen, such as a clinic for mothers and babies, eye care, a vocational school, and ministry to seafarers. Information and resources for the Good Friday Offering are available at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/good-friday-offering. For more information contact the Rev. Canon Robert Edmunds, Episcopal Church Middle East Partnership Officer, redmunds@episcopalchurch.org. The Presiding Bishop’s letter in full: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I give thanks for the faithful, inspiring, and compassionate witness which I see in my travels throughout The Episcopal Church. Mission born of deep listening and responding to local and international needs continues to blossom in innovative ways throughout the Church. I am heartened to see how the Holy Spirit continues to move among us. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the annual Good Friday Offering. Since 1922 this ministry of The Episcopal Church has consistently provided solidarity with, and financial support for, our sisters and brothers throughout the Episcopalian-Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. You are well aware of the social and political challenges which exist for Christians and their neighbors in this region. You may be less aware that the bishops, clergy, and people of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East sponsor, support, and sustain many institutions of compassion, healing, and education throughout the Province. The Good Friday Offering provides essential funding to strengthen the visibility and vitality of the Christian presence through the schools, hospitals, clinics, and churches which bear witness each day to the reconciling love of God in Christ for all people, whether Christian, Muslim, or Jew. This annual appeal is a unique spiritual opportunity to continue Jesus’ work in the land of his birth and earthly ministry. Please join me in continuing that incarnate presence of love and healing. I remain Your servant in Christ, The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori Presiding Bishop and Primate The Episcopal Church

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.

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2011 UTO GRANTS (List continued monthly as space permits.)
-- $35,000.00 to the Anglican Church of Central America Region for reconstruction of the Diocese of El Salvador Pastoral Center and Retreat. -- $35,000.00 to the Diocese of Chicago for physical facilities expansion and learning environment enhancement of The Angels' Child Development Center of Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Berwyn. -- $55,200.00 to The Amity Foundation Rural Church for Community Health Promotion Project of Guanmian Town of Kai County, Chongqing Municipality: to provide a safe water plant, construct a clinic and build trash ponds. --$28,646.00 to the Diocese of Colorado toward cost of construction of a building to serve the medical needs of school children in Petit Trou de Nippes in the Diocese of Colorado's Companion Diocese of Haiti. -- $61,812.21 to The Province of the Anglican Church of Congo for construction of a conference center in the Diocese of Kisangani, Congo.

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HOLY Norm Ewers WOMEN HOLY MEN MELLITUS (d. 624) Bishop of London Archbishop of Canterbury Mellitus was likely born into a noble Italian family. In response to an appeal from Augustine, First Archbishop of Canterbury, for more clergy to join the mission to England converting the Kingdom of Kent, in 601 Pope Gregory I sent Mellitus and several other clergy. They brought with them a gift of books and “all things which were needed for worship and the ministry of the Church.” The king of Kent was Aeltheberht, a Christian; Mellitus baptized his nephew, Saeberht, who allowed a bishopric to be established in London. Aeltheberht gave lands to support the new bishopric and probably founded the Episcopal church built there. Following the departure of the Romans in 604 Augustine consecrated Mellitus as the first Bishop of London in the Saxon period. He was the recipient of a famous letter from Pope Gregory I known as the Epistola ad Mellitum, which suggested that conversion of Anglo-Saxon pagans be undertaken gradually, integrating pagan rituals and customs into Christian worship. Historians see this as a turning point from forcible conversion to conversion by persuasion. Both Aeltheberht and Saeberht died around 616 or 618, creating a crisis for the mission. Saeberht’s three sons had not converted to Christianity and drove Mellitus from his see because they had transferred allegiance to the pagan King of East Anglia. Mellitus was exiled and took refuge in Gaul. He soon returned to England but was unable to reoccupy his see which was vacant until about 654. Mellitus became the Third Archbishop of Canterbury in 619. Legend has it that in 623 he miraculously saved the cathedral and much of Canterbury from a disastrous fire by being carried into the flames, causing them to change direction, away from the cathedral and the town. Other than that, little happened during Mellitus’s time as Archbishop. Mellitus died April 24, 624, and was buried in St. Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury. After his death he was revered as a saint and was allotted the Feast Day of April 24. There was also a shrine to him at Old Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London.

NATIONAL CATHEDRAL'S PRESERVATION NEEDS TOP $50M
By Brett Zongker, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's where the nation's capital gathers to mourn, to pray and to seek comfort during tragedies. Now the Washington National Cathedral needs help weathering its own financial emergency. The church has long been a spiritual center for the nation, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors and worshippers each year. It's the burial site of President Woodrow Wilson and for Helen Keller. It's hosted funeral services for Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and other presidents. And during ordeals such as the Sept. 11 attacks, it's been a place for interfaith reflection. But the Episcopal cathedral is facing one of the worst financial binds of its 105-year-old history. An earthquake in August severely damaged its intricate stone work and architecture, with repair costs estimated at $20 million. Aside from that damage, the structure faces $30 million in preexisting preservation needs. Even before the earthquake, a financial crisis forced the cathedral to slash its operating budget from $27 million to as little as $13 million in recent years and cut paid staff from 170 full-time employees to 70. The church relies heavily on donations to fund its operations. Still, cathedral officials say the financial problems won't close the church. The building is stable, and repairs will be made as funds are available. Cathedral officials tell The Associated Press they are partnering with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to boost its fundraising efforts, while they also pursue efforts of their own to increase visitor traffic and donations. "So many people see the cathedral as the landmark in Washington that it is in the nation's daily life, but they don't often think about what it takes to preserve a place like that," said David Brown, the trust's executive vice president. Officials recently announced they had raised $2 million for earthquake repairs and $5 million for the annual operating budget, inching toward recovery. Months after the 5.8-magnitude earthquake, scaffolding remains atop the 330-foot central tower - a reminder of the pinnacles and hand-carved stonework

that cracked and crashed onto the roof. Much of the damage occurred on older parts of the gothic church built in sections over 83 years, beginning in 1907. The resident head stonemason, Joseph Alonso, has called it "one big piece of sculpture" because of its hand-carved architectural details. Uniquely American touches include a moon rock showcased in a stain glass window and a sculpture of Darth Vader, designed by a child. More than 2 tons of stonework have been removed from the highest tower to be repaired or replicated. Major cracks also formed during the earthquake, and mortar rained down from the 100-foot-high ceiling inside. Safety nets still stretch overhead even as services have resumed. Even before the earthquake, mortar was cracking in the oldest sections. Repointing the building will likely cost at least $5 million. Interior preservation work is needed on doors, metalwork and stained-glass windows. Mechanical and plumbing systems need repairs. Refurbishing the massive organ could cost as much as $15 million. "The dollars are big ... this cathedral was built on that kind of effort," said Kathleen Cox, the cathedral's chief operating officer. "It's just one foot in front of the other, and you keep going." There is no steady stream of revenue from the government or the Episcopal Church for the church that draws about 200,000 visitors and 300,000 worshippers a year. It has long relied on donors for its annual budget, along with interest from a modest endowment. This year, it must raise $10 million for its operating fund. The cathedral, first envisioned by President George Washington and architect Pierre L'Enfant, was built on one of the city's highest points. Episcopalians took in donations from around the country to fund construction. At one point, the National Cathedral Association had nearly 35,000 members. But in the 1990s and early 2000s, the cathedral was considered complete, and the association was disbanded. Leaders had built a dedicated congregation and felt the finances were strong enough to incur some financial risk, Cox said. For example, the cathedral agreed with the schools that share its property to finance and build a $34 million garage that was completed in 2007. They expected to recoup most or all of the construction costs with parking fees over 30 years. Continued on Page 7

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Betsy Starbuck

Cathedral from page 6 SUMMER PROGRAM EcuFilm Classics We will regroup after the summer to continue the LtQ2 series beginning in the fall. FALL & WINTER Reclaiming the World 8. Restoring Relationships 9. The Prophetic Jesus 10. Evil, Suffering & A God of Love 11. The Myth of Redemptive Violence 12. Practicing Resurrection 13. Debunking the Rapture 14. Reclaiming the World Call to Covenant 15. A Kingdom without Walls 16. Social Justice: Realizing God’s Vision 17. Incarnation: Divinely Human 18. Prayer: Intimacy with God 19. Compassion: The Heart of Jesus’ Ministry 20. Creative Transformation 21. Embracing Mystery I look forward to exploring with you our questions of faith. In Christian Love, Then came the Great Recession, and the garage debt became a drag. The cathedral is devoting more than $500,000 a year in its budget to the garage, setting aside some funds to prepare for higher principal payments that will come due in 2017. Declines in the endowment and in donor support as the stock market tumbled also led the church to cut back on growth and refocus on core services in 2008 and 2009. Dozens were laid off. Since the financial crisis, the cathedral has begun rebuilding its donor base, said Cox, who was formerly CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Officials have restarted the National Cathedral Association, which now includes about 5,000 members. To help fund a 10th anniversary commemoration of Sept. 11, the cathedral sought a corporate sponsor, Lockheed Martin, for the first time. Since it reopened in November following the earthquake, visitors encounter a new experience. A new welcome counter lists fees for $10 audio tours and specialty tours focused on its stained glass, gargoyles and other features. Visitors are asked for a contribution of at least $5 for a basic tour, replacing a single donation box. So far, visitors are giving an average of about $3 per person, nearly double what the box elicited. Cox said visitors have responded positively to the new approach to contributions. It also hopes its partnership with the trust will help it tap donations from foundations focused on historic sites. The earthquake simply crystalized the need, Cox said, "to be taking fairly dramatic and aggressive steps to find a way to fund this cathedral for the future and for its preservation."

ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION LIVING THE QUESTIONS BEGINS APRIL 15TH Sundays at Nine
The Easter Season Adult Christian Education begins Sunday, April 15th at 9:00 a.m. with an exciting new series called Living the Questions, LtQ2. LtQ2 is a popular video & internetbased small group exploration of progressive Christianity featuring premier religion voices of our day. Session leaders include: Marcus Borg, John Dominic Crossan, Walter Brueggemann, Matthew Fox, Hans Küng, Helen Prejean, Barbara Rossing, and many more of the most progressive thinkers on Christianity of our time. LtQ2 is an open-minded alternative to studies that attempt to give participants all the answers and instead strives to create an environment where participants can interact with one another in exploring what’s next for Christianity. Featuring thirty acclaimed scholars, theologians and other experts, LtQ2 consists of 21 sessions as three independent flights of seven units each: “Invitation to Journey,” “Reclaiming the World” and “Call to Covenant.” The 20minute video segments include conversations with leading voices of faith, digital stories illustrating aspects of an evolving faith, and concrete spiritual practices and disciplines. April & May 2012 Invitation to Journey 1. An Invitation to Journey 2. Taking the Bible Seriously 3. Thinking Theologically 4. Stories of Creation 5. Lives of Jesus 6. A Passion for Christ: Paul 7. Out into the World: Challenges Facing Progressive Christians

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SHARPS AND FLATS

STEPHEN BLACK

Recently I have enjoyed listening to some relatively obscure pieces of music written for Holy Week and Easter. It occurred to me that some of you might find it interesting to explore music that may not be that well known. So I have put together a little list of listening suggestions that relate to Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter. I’m going to start with two large pieces. The first is La Pasion Segun San Marcos (The Passion according to St. Mark) by the Argentinian Jew Osvaldo Golijov. This piece was one of four passion settings commissioned by the Bach Academie Stuttgart on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of J. S. Bach’s death in 2000. The work combines elements of European choral singing,African rhythms, and a variety of South American and Caribbean styles, including Argentine tango, Brazilian capoeira, and Cuban són. The passion setting as a whole is more of a psychological drama, rather than a linear narrative that adheres strictly to scripture. The novelty of a Jew from Argentina

writing a Christian oratorio and the unique and beautiful character of the music makes this work a very interesting exploration! The second piece is Passion Week by the Russian composer Alexandre Gretchaninoff (1864-1956). This is an a cappella composition of several movements, and is written in the typical chordal style of the time. If you have never heard good Russian basses, this is a great piece to get an introduction to that sound. It is a sound like no other vocal bass sound on the planet, and the great Russian composers knew how to exploit it! I would recommend the recording by the Kansas City Chorale, Charles Bruffy, conductor. A work for Palm Sunday that I’m sure is unfamiliar to many people is Cantata 182 Himmelskönig, sei willkommen by J. S. Bach. It is one of his earlier cantatas, and features a wonderful opening instrumental sinfonia, scored for flutes and plucked strings. The choral movements in the cantata are marvelously crafted. A work featuring texts you would hear if you attend Tenebrae at Saint Michael’s is the Lamentations of Jeremiah by Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983), another

Argentinian composer. This piece is in three movements, and is an extremely emotional composition. It is a virtuosic, a cappella piece for mixed chorus. Finally, I will suggest two pieces which relate to Easter Sunday. The first is As One Who Has Slept by the English composer John Tavener. Tavener has written a great deal of music which is influenced by Russian and Eastern Orthodox tradition. Because of this, one hears the sound quality of drones in his work, as well as the rhythmic undulations and melodic contours of chant. His music has often been cited as having a mystical quality. The other piece I would like to recommend is Nigra sum by the Spanish Catalan composer and cellist Pablo Casals. The text is from Song of Solomon, and the work is scored for women’s chorus and piano. The music is gorgeously shaped, and perfectly complements the text, a portion of which I will quote here, “For now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. Alleluia.” Enjoy!

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