St. Andrew Messenger
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“What Is ‘Real’?”
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face.
Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. -I Corinthians 13: 12
The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are. -Carl Jung
As an Interim Pastor, I keep finding myself moving into other people’s offices. They always say that it’s my office, but I look around the room and think that this place still feels like it belongs to the last pastor. I know how pastors like to furnish their offices with items and pictures that reflect their personalities, their theologies, their travels and their families. Each office is unique, telling you who the pastor is and what he/she is like.
I have been here for eight months now, and as I look at the walls of my office, what do I see? Not much. One photo of my granddaughter and two of my wife, my diploma from my doctorate, no articles or political cartoons, and a lot of blank wall space. How boring. If someone were to look at the walls of my study, what would they learn about me? Absolutely nothing.
During my last pastorate I had two works of art on the wall that I enjoyed looking at each day. One was a print by Damon Rodrigues, a member of my last church. It depicted a farmer’s market in Brentwood, California. The other was an oil painting by a local artist, Kanna Aoki, showing a food truck in Seattle. As soon as I find them in my garage, I intend to hang them here.
As I sat and admired the two paintings, I thought about how they were similar and how they were different. Both had good composition and both used vivid colors. Both were simple everyday scenes, and both were about food (maybe I’m hungry?). They were both about the same size and were simply framed. About the only real difference was that one was a print and the other was an oil painting. Is that an important difference?
It is an important difference to museums and galleries, who disdain prints and only display the original works of art. To these institutions, if you cannot get up close and see the actual brushstrokes of the artist, then the artwork is not really art; it is not really “real.” Original works fetch much higher prices than prints (this makes sense, since one original painting can produce hundreds of prints). The idea is that only in the presence of the original work can one experience the aura or the essence of the artist himself.
However, nowadays the science of printmaking has advanced considerably, so that you have to look closely to see the difference between the print and the “real” painting. If you were collecting art in hopes of selling it later at a profit, then you need to buy the original work. But if you are buying art because you like it, a print will serve just fine. I could have bought the original painting from Damon, but I liked the way the colors showed up in the print. When I look at my two works of art, I don’t care whether one is a print or not: I like them both.
For a Christian, the process of becoming “real” or authentic, has nothing to do with how we are made. It has to do with how we grow. Are we pretending to be what we are not, because we worry how others will react? Do we express what we truly feel inside, or do we put on a show? Most importantly, do we truly love our neighbor, or do we grumble about him as soon as he walks away?
In the 13th chapter of I Corinthians, the Apostle Paul talks about the nature of love. Love that is real, love that is genuine is focused on what is good for the one we love, not on what is easy for us. When we were children, our love focused on what we could receive. As adults, however, we “put away childish things.” In this lifetime we will never fully know what it means to love. We see love as if we were looking into a primitive mirror: dim and wavy, like our reflection yet not perfect. We will fully understand one day, when we see Jesus face-to-face. When we look into that face that was once crowned with thorns, we will know what real love is.
In the end, it is not what we put on our walls or whether we collect original oils or prints that matters. What is real is determined by looking in our hearts.
Yours in Christ,
About Our People
David and Eileen Andrews became grandparents with the birth of Mia Catalina Andrews, born to Scott and Laysa Andrews. Mia was born on April 16, 2017 (Easter Sunday!) at 9:17 AM. She weighed 7lbs and 13 ounces and was 20 inches long. St. Andrew sends our congratulations to her family and warmest welcome to her. Join us on June 11, for Mia’s baptism during our Sunday service.
Byrnn Allen from Humboldt State on May 13
Lisa Fredenburg from CA State University Monterey Bay on May 20
Sophie Shapiro from UC Santa Cruz on June 18
Audrey Meiman from Terra Nova High School on May 25 – headed to UCSB
Jacob Micheletti from Terra Nova High School on May 25 – headed to UCSB
Haley Fiske from St. Ignatius High School on June 3 – headed to Europe to play soccer
Amy Kuhn from UC Irvine with a Master’s Degree on June 17 – headed to Claremont Graduate School
Barbara Del Castello is spending the summer as an intern at the White House, in Washington D.C., and is working in the OSTP, writing science policy. She was chosen from several hundred candidates and is funded by a grant from the University of Georgia.
Westminster Woods Summer Camp:
June 25 – July 1 (Elevation Camp): Julia Garcia
July 16 – July 22 (Forest Camp): Macy & Parker Lindow
July 23 – July 29 (Buccaneer Camp): Heather Davidson
July 23 – July 29 (High School Camp): Saijai Chaloemtiarana, Thea Davidson, Jackson Fiske, Dean Meiman &
Programs, Committees, Etc.
Submitted by Hal Humphrey
Several folks occasionally meet after church to evaluate how the services are going, suggest changes and plan upcoming ones. What would you like the service to be? What should we discard, what should we try? Come contribute your thoughts and ideas! Join Mary Dare, Barbara Asay, Eileen Andrews, Nathalie Berwick, Hal Humphrey, Pastor Tom Waddell and Music Director Kathy Jeannerett. The next meeting is June 11 in the pastor’s office.Truly, the Worship “Committee” is the many people who take on the little tasks to enhance the worship, fellowship, learning and sharing we enjoy in our Sunday morning service. The people change from week to week, signing up to bring flowers for the chancel or to usher, volunteering to be liturgist, preparing the communion elements, changing the parament colors for the different church seasons and more.
[Paraments (from Late Latin paramentum, adornment, parare, to prepare, equip) are the hangings or ornaments of a room of state. Paraments include the liturgical hangings on and around the altar, as well as the cloths hanging from the pulpit and lectern, as well as the ecclesiastical vestments and mitres, and altar cloths.
In most Christian churches using paraments (including Roman Catholic and a wide variety of Protestant denominations), the liturgical paraments change in color depending on the season of the church year. Advent = purple (or in some traditions, blue); Christmas = white; Lent = purple; Easter = white; Pentecost = red; “Common time” = green].
Submitted by Berni Schuhmann
“Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?” Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of these, you did not do it to me.” (Mt. 25: 44-46)
The St. Andrew Mission Committee is guided by the legacy of two influential members, Pat Meddars and Shirley Bier.
Mother’s Day cards help PC(USA) church partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi and South Sudan support programs that protect and restore the health of women and children in their communities. This project was Pat Meddar’s mission project. We honor her this year as St. Andrew raised $543 by selling these Mother’s Day cards.
Food bags for the homeless was a project Shirley Bier took on year after year. Shirley would put together non- perishable food items in a plastic bag for distribution to the homeless. This month, the Mission Committee again sold food bags and collected $210. Twenty bags were sold. We dedicate our efforts to the memory of Shirley Bier.
The Nominating Committee
Submitted by Doug Kimsey
The Nominating Committee is one of several committees that serves St. Andrew’s congregation. Each year the Nominating Committee selects Deacons and Elders to serve 3-year terms. The Deacons and Elders perform various tasks for the church. Deacons connect with members of the congregation, while Elders oversee operations of the church. More recently, the Nominating Committee appointed a Mission Study Team that is in the process of completing a Mission Study Report that looks at how St Andrew could grow in the future. The report will also lead the Nominating Committee in selecting a Pastor Nominating Committee that will recommend St Andrew’s next Pastor.
Minutes for Mission
Submitted by Cheri Coulter Black
Mental illness, Mental Health, Mental Wellness~
May is mental health awareness month; this is a vital topic that touches our community ….
How do we label and address a difficult subject in a way that allows us to talk about it, want to understand, and engage in tolerance, support, healing, and in helping or getting help?
When it comes to Mental Illnesses, helping or getting help is unfortunately, not our common response.
Instead we often shy away or avoid someone experiencing a mental illness, even in an emergency. A first response is often to regard what is happening as personal, or a family matter. Afraid to intervene or get too close, we don’t do anything.
Family Matter or not, the same instinct to avoid happens in the families whose lives are being affected and it keeps them from talking about it as if it were shameful or a result of being bad. The less we talk about mental illnesses the less we are able or willing to help each other even when we are in the midst of it.
If it is true that 1 in 4 or 5 of every American, or a family member, or a friend has been impacted by mental illness, there is a good chance we are talking about someone today who is sitting in front, beside, or behind you, or even in your seat.
Many people do not realize the stigma and shame of labels. No one says I’m Cancer (unless they are talking about their astrological sign) or I’m a heart condition or a broken arm. But we do say, “He’s a Schizophrenic, or She’s Bipolar, He’s Autistic, She’s OCD”.
I have members of my family who have or had suffered from Major Depression, Anxiety Disorder, and Alcoholism. Each of them is or was among many things, a wonderful human being. There were times of crisis. The hardest part of those was the secrecy, shame, and fear.
I pray: let us learn, Let us be open, help us to understand, let us be kind, let us be there for each other, let us carry hope for ourselves and one another.
Please visit the website of the National Alliance on Mental Health for excellent resources. https://www.nami.org
Minutes for Mission
Submitted by Jeanette Waight
On May 29th, our country observed Memorial Day. Traditionally, we do this to honor those who have died while serving in the U.S. military. Many of our service men and women are returning home, only to wage a silent war
with their own mental health. They are suffering the effects of PTSD (Posttraumatic stress disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). The Veteran’s Administration estimates that the Nation is losing an average of
22 Veterans each day due to suicide.
On April 10, 2017, our family friend Steve McCamey began a solo cross country cycling expedition in support of #Mission22, an organization which was started to raise awareness, enlist support, and end veteran suicide in America.
We first met the McCameys when our girls attended Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School together. We soon learned that Steve and his wife both came from military families. As a Major and a flight nurse for the USAF, Shannon McCamey served in the field of combat, providing vital patient care during America’s intense conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The McCamey’s moved from Pacifica after our girls graduated from Terra Nova in 2009. That same year, Shannon received orders to relocate to North Carolina. While living there, Steve became friends with a Veteran who helped to start #Mission 22 . He recently spoke with Jean Barlett of the Pacifica Tribune about the project.
Steve learned firsthand from his friend who suffered from PTSD and TBI that “many people, can’t escape the horror of war. Their very waking and even sleeping moments are filled with nightmares from their past…Unless or until they get the treatment they need to mitigate this trauma, many are at severe risk of suicide.”
Steve started his cycling journey here in Pacifica and got as far as Oklahoma City. He posted his adventures across Route 66 on social media. It was his great and humble honor along the way, to meet Americans, many of them veterans; to hear their stories and tell them about Mission 22. It had been his goal to ride “coast to coast” ending on day 47, back in North Carolina.
On May 2, Steve was compelled to cut his journey short due to an unexpected tragedy in the family. While all were deeply saddened by this news, from the side line, I couldn’t help but notice … Steve’s journey had ended exactly 22 days after he started off, from our beach in Sharp Park.
Each year on Memorial Day many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. In our National cemeteries, many volunteers place an American flag on each grave.
Perhaps you will consider a new tradition…What better way to honor our fallen soldiers than to help save the life of another?
Please visit www.mission22.com and join the War Against Veteran Suicide.
If you are interested in seeing more about Steve McCamey’s cross country journey, you can also catch
W.A.V.eS- War Against Veteran Suicide on facebook.
As God’s church, we are encouraged to learn what we can do to support all those struggling with mental health challenges.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD…”plans to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11
Submitted by Lisa Angelot
I had no idea of what to expect when I agreed to represent St. Andrew as a commissioner at the San Francisco Presbytery. I agreed to do it because there were many changes happening at that time in the Presbyterian Church and I thought it would be an interesting experience. Besides, it gave me an opportunity to spend time with Shirley Bier, who was also a Presbytery commissioner, and Penny Newall. What could be better to do on a Tuesday afternoon?
The first thing that struck me about the meeting was the process. Not having come from a Presbyterian background, and despite Penny’s new member training, I didn’t really understand the structure of the church. Having come from a religious background where all the decisions of the Church were made by mythical men far away, here was a religious organizational structure that was controlled by the people. The Presbyterian Church is based on democratic principles with a structure not unlike that of our United States government. However, as the Book of Order says, “Presbyters are not simply to reflect the will of the people, but rather to seek together to find and represent the will of Christ”. How refreshing! A democratic process with Jesus on top. Not a President or a Priest, but Jesus with all his love and glory. How interesting that was and continues to be for me. I love and respect the process.
We’ve seen many changes over the years. We’ve been sad to see churches leave the denomination, and joyous in the development of new church communities that have been started with the love and support of the entire Presbytery. The thing that hasn’t changed is the Presbyterian commitment to community and social justice as reflected in the San Francisco presbytery Mission Statement, “Our Mission is to celebrate, nurture and serve our communities by our life together in Christ”. We see this in action at every Presbytery meeting.
There are 5-6 meetings per year and they rotate among many of the larger churches in the Presbytery. The next meeting will be on Saturday, September 9th, 10am-4pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Newark. The focus of the meeting will be on anti-racism organizing and training.
To vote at a Presbytery meeting you need to be a Commissioner appointed by Session but you don’t have to be a Commissioner to attend Presbytery meetings. Everyone is welcome. I encourage you to attend a meeting to gain a better understanding of what makes us tick as Presbyterians.
Hope to see you there.
An Invitation from Jeanette Waight
Please join Presbyterians from around the country at Big Tent 2017, held on the beautiful campus of Washington University in St. Louis, MO, July 6 -8, 2017. The theme will emphasize the hope of the Gospel and its power to transform society in our current cultural context, marked by anxiety, racial division, political animosity, and economic inequality. Through dialogue, workshops, exhibits, and engagement with one another, participants will engage the Church in its mission of justice-making and peace.