St. Andrew Messenger
Love, Celebrate, Nurture, Share and Serve
And there, ahead of them,
went the star that they had seen at its rising,
until it stopped over the place where the child was.
St. A’s Family News
Ed Boykin, Wayne’s brother, died in Oklahoma on December 8th.
Clint Wilkerson and Kristen Lacy were married In Monterey on December 16th.
On December 20th in morning worship, Clarissa, Ella and Heather Burns, and Dylan Johnson were baptized. Heather and Max Burns, Dylan and Spencer Rice were received into membership. Congratulations!
Worship in January
3: Epiphany Sunday; Sacrament of Holy Communion.
10: Baptism of the Lord; Renewal of Baptismal Vows.
17: Installation of New Officers; Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Sunday.
24: Third Sunday after Epiphany.
31: Fourth Sunday after Epiphany; First Sunday before the Super Bowl; Annual Congregational meeting @ 6 pm (see insert).
Epiphany is celebrated on January 6th — for us this year on January 3rd. It is the Twelfth Day of Christmas and the festival of the Three Kings in Latin culture. On that day, we will mark the coming of the Wise Men to Bethlehem. Traditionally, gifts are given in remembrance of the gifts of the Magi and the Christmas season is bade farewell. We will celebrate with Epiphany hymns, Holy Communion and an Epiphany cake in coffeehour.
The next Sunday, January 10th, is Baptism of the Lord Sunday when we renew our own baptismal vows in remembrance of Jesus’ baptism by John in the Jordan River, an event that marked the beginning of his public ministry. This renewal of our faith is a wonderful way to start the year.
We do need to issue some thank yous for the past Advent season and Christmas.
First, as always, we need to thank our musicians under Music Director, Kathy Jeanneret, and Matthew Edwards, our pianist extraordinaire, for a wonderful season. Thank you to Kathy for making our Sparkle boxes and getting the gift tags for our acts of kindness. Thanks to the dedicated members of our Adult and Bell Choirs. Thanks also to all the members of our worship band, Jonathan Christ, band wrangler. As always, the music was glorious all through the season and especially on Christmas Eve.
Thank you to David Koblitz, head usher, who, with the assistance of Wayne Boykin, managed the crowd on Christmas Eve.
And thank yous to all who came to our informal, no-fuss, Christmas party on the evening of December 20th. We had wonderful food!, did some crafts, had a lot of visiting and sang Christmas songs. The highlight (along with meeting Cheri and Stephen’s brand new puppy) was enjoying everyone’s ugly Christmas apparel, including Kathy’s hats and Susan’s light up Rudolph nose.
Ross Walker, son of Barbara and Larry Walker, is in his first year of a PhD program in Organizational Psychology at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.
Session and Deacon News
Offering envelopes for 2016 were distributed in the last weeks of December. If you made an estimate of giving but did not receive a box of offering envelopes, please contact the church office so we can get one to you. If you did not make a pledge but would like envelopes, please let us know; we would be happy to make them available.
If you would like to make automatic pledge payments or any other automatic payments to the church such as donations to the Deacons Fund, go to the online banking site for your bank, look for “bill pay,” then “automatic/ recurring payments,” then enter the information for St. Andrew (St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1125 Terra Nova Blvd., Pacifica CA 94044), when you want the payment sent and the amount of payment. Many members do their giving in this way.
End of year giving
This is a gentle reminder that, by IRS regulations, we may receive pledges and gifts through the end of the day on December 31st and credit that to your 2015 statement. Anything received in the new year will have to be credited to 2016. The church office will be open until 5 on December 31st to receive last minute giving.
The first envelope in your box of offering envelopes, the teal colored one titled “Per Capita,” is put there to provide an opportunity for you to pay the “tax” we pay on every member of St. Andrew. This per member levy is used to fund the essential functions of our Presbyterian government at the Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly level. Our per capita for 2016 is $35.15 per member and comes to $6,889.40. This includes teenagers who have become members of the church but not children who may be baptized but not yet confirmed. If you would like to pick up a Per Capita envelope, they are available on the narthex table for those who did not pledge or receive envelopes and would like to pay their Per Capita.
In the days following Christmas, your deacons delivered 25 poinsettias to those in the congregation who needed to be remembered at this special time of year. Thank you to all who made the plants available for us to do this.
Terra Nova Christian Preschool/Day Care
We had a joyous time with our preschool children these past two months. On November 18th, the school celebrated Thanksgiving with a mini-feast (turkey dogs and tater-tots and colorful place mats made by the children themselves). On December 15th, the teachers and students had a Christmas program with songs and, the next day, a visit from you-know-who, Santa himself!
We provide a safe, nurturing environment for children age two to pre-Kindergarten five days a week, 11 hours a day, at our Terra Nova Christian PreSchool & Day Care. The pre-Kindergarten program has been designed in consultation with Pacifica Kindergarten teachers. If you have a TK or K student at Ortega School, we provide an afternoon program for that age with pick up from Ortega. There is a 10% discount for church members. If you would like to know more, please contact the Director, Janis Brunori, at 355-2962, or check out our website at www.pacificapreschool.org.
For and About Families
The Joan of Arcadia class for grades 6-8 will meet in January on the 10th and the 24th for the whole hour. If you are older and want to be a part of this class, you are very welcome!
The Youth Group meets on the first Sunday of the month for brunch together. So, if you are in 9th through 12th grade and want to join us, meet at the church at 11 am on January 3rd, to walk over to Pacific’s or the Grill. If you have $5 to throw into the kitty for lunch, bring it.
Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2016
2016 is a Triennium year! Every three years, around 5,000 high school students from entering freshmen through graduated seniors gather at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, for a life changing week. The dates for the 2016 PYT are July 19th through the 25th. You will be hearing more about this, but please save those dates. If you want to learn more, Google “Presbyterian Youth Triennium” and watch the video invitation.
Forest Adventure for 4th-6th graders
Go online to www.westminsterwoods.org for more information or to register.
The European Union (EU) awarded Heifer Netherlands and Heifer Tanzania a grant of €1.6 million, about $1.78 million, to fund the Igunga Eco Village project in Tanzania, which will help vulnerable communities cope with the impact of climate change.
This grant is one of five grant contracts under the second phase of the EU Global Climate Change Alliance in Tanzania that were signed during the EU Climate Diplomacy Day, a celebration of the EU’s work on climate change mitigation and adaptation toward an environmentally conscious world and economy.
The Global Climate Change Alliance provides a platform for dialogue and financial support to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and works through an integrated eco-village approach.
In the Igunga Eco Village; Heifer Netherlands, Heifer Tanzania, Aqua for All, the Igunga District Council and ICIPE will work together with local communities in nine villages to increase their resilience toward the effects of climate change. It will target 6,000 families directly and 6,000 families indirectly, with a total of 72,000 beneficiaries in the communities.
During the grant signing, Heifer Tanzania Country Director Henry Njakoi said, “We will work with communities to support natural resource management, strengthen socio-economic situations and increase the agricultural productivity in the villages. Heifer will also work with the Igunga District Council to build the capacity of its technical departments. The capacity building will enable the Igunga District Council to access, plan and implement climate change practices within its policies and programs and share lesson learned and experiences with others.
Opportunities for Growth
New College Berkeley
Food and Faith
Saturday, February 13th
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pacifica School of Religion
1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley
$25, no lunch provided
Taught by spiritual director, Nancy Wiens
This retreat explores personal and corporate Christian spiritual practices, as daily ways to contribute to thriving social and ecological systems. This retreat will encourage life practices that create more redemptive food systems where God’s shalom becomes visible for a hungry world.
To register, call 510-841-9386 or go online to www.newcollegeberkeley.org.
Mercy Center Burlingame
Workaholism: Healing a Rampant Disease: A Don Bisson Workshop
Saturday, January 9, 2016
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
$75 nonrefundable registration
Please bring your own lunch
In today’s culture, beset by addictions and ever enhanced technology, there is the growing problem of lack of boundaries. Workaholism is the socially acceptable disease. This workshop will look at the characteristics of soul loss of the workaholic, and from a Jungian and Christians perspective, suggests a healing process that strives to distinguish the difference between workaholism, and a passion for work and life.
Overcoming our Resistance to Joy: A Don Bisson Workshop
January 16 (9:30 am) -17 (noon)
$195 overnight; $120 commuter
Joy is a mysterious encounter with Otherness. As the soul quiets itself, deep joy and contemplation become possible, although humans tend to resist their deepest desires, including joy. Though we long to experience its fullness, we must learn to receive joy and face the powerlessness and manipulation of the ego. This guided retreat will focus on the qualities of a life saturated in God, and filled with the joyous mysteries of life.
Don Bisson is a spiritual director, trainer, and supervisor of directors, who is widely respected as a commentator and workshop leader on the inter-relationship of spirituality and psychology. A Marist brother based in New York, he has graduate degrees in liturgy, spiritualty, and transpersonal psychology.
Speaker: Amy Seymour Haney
January 22 – 24, 2016
Hospitality, despite what Pinterest and the magazines at the grocery store checkout lane tell us, is not really about how pretty our home looks to guests or how pretty we look to others. Hospitality is about relationship – how are we changed by welcoming others into our lives, and how are we a part of the world around us. The Bible is ripe with stories of hospitality: how people welcomed Jesus and how Jesus welcomed them, how eating a meal with strangers meant angels had gathered around your dining table.
Amy is the pastor of Windsor Presbyterian Church in central Sonoma County, where she has served for almost 10 years.
Speaker: Jeff Chapman
February 26 – 28, 2016
Rev. Jeff Chapman of Faith Presbyterian Church in Sacramento will be our speaker, and together we will enjoy a weekend filled with just the right blend of activity and relaxation.
Promises Made Promises Kept
2015 Christmas Joy Offering
$2,035.52 was collected to date in our 2015 Christmas Joy Offering. As reported in the December newsletter, ½ will be donated to StarVista’s Transitional Youth Services (TYS) which provides housing assistance and case management services to youth ages 18-24 who have been in the foster care system but have “aged out” and are on their own.
The other half will be divided between the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church which provides Assistance Grants to retired or disabled church workers and our racial/ethnic schools and colleges.
Pacifica Resource Center
In the past month, we donated two bags and one box of food on December 6th, one box and one bag on December 13th, one box on December 20th and on bag on December 27th. Thank you to all who help the hungry. The Resource Center marshals many resources to feed Pacificans in need: Second Harvest Food Bank, day old baked goods from local markets, produce from a variety of places and donations such as ours. They regularly need kid-friendly food such as breakfast cereal, mac and cheese, tuna, jam and jelly (they can get peanut butter from Second Harvest), as well as dried milk, pasta and rice. Please, no calendars. Thanks!
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration
On Monday, January 18th, San Mateo County will mark the 17th annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 8:30 am at the San Mateo
Downtown CalTrain Station, 385 First Avenue, with a program and continental breakfast. Following the celebration, take the 10:05 am CalTrain #135 to the San Francisco Martin Luther King Walk and Celebration.
Puente de la Costa Sur
On Friday, January 22nd, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pescadero Elementary School, 620 North Street, Kerry Lobel, outgoing Director of Puente, will be honored and Rita Macero, incoming Director will be welcomed with music, food and drinks. RSVP to Eleanor Palacios at email@example.com or 650-262-5997 by January 15th.
In November, the Mission Committee made a grant of $1,000 from our Mission Investment Fund to support SafeHouse. Our donation was not designated and, in a letter from the Executive Director, Jessica Li, we learned that it will be used for their educational fund. In fact, this fund was first established eleven years ago with an anonymous donation of $17,000 from a family of St. Andrew. It has been used since then to support women from SafeHouse get degrees and continued training as they move into their independent and self-sufficient lives. Fewer than 50% of Safe House women completed high school, so their continuing education is a heroic effort.
The next Newcomer’s Group will be held on Saturday, March 12th, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30. Child care is provided if requested. If you are interested in joining this group or if you have taken the newcomer’s group and want to join the church at this time, please call the church office.
Do you know anyone looking for a housemate or renter, or trying to rent out a room in their home? HIP Housing’s non-profit Home Sharing program can help make that a safe, comfortable process. HIP Housing has given free, long-term support to those who need it most in San Mateo County for 42 years. This is especially important now, as our county has become one of the most expensive areas to live in within the United States. The need for extra income is a common one, and renting out a room in your home is a great way to reduce costs and help your community. For more information, contact 650-348-6660 x303 or visit www.hiphousing. org.
For the taking: copies are available on the table in the narthex of our January newsletter; the January/February issue of the magazine, Presbyterians Today; the inserts Taking Faith Home from the previous Sunday bulletin; and the 2015 Annual Report.
The deadline for the February newsletter is January 15th. Please get your articles, flyers and notices to the church office as soon as possible, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.