October 8, 2014

October 2017

St. Andrew Messenger

October 2017

Love, Celebrate, Nurture, Share and Serve

 

Back From the Dead

“But the truth is that Christ has been raised from death, as the guarantee that those who sleep in death will also be raised.”

-I Corinthians 15: 20

As I am writing this article, mayhem is breaking out in the other room.  Horribly disfigured people are limping about, trying to eat other people.  My granddaughter is watching a zombie television show, something she likes to do.  I, on the other hand, try to avoid seeing it if I can.

It’s hard to avoid them, though.  Zombies are the newest rage.  With TV shows like “The Walking Dead,” movies like “Resident Evil” and video games like “Plants vs. Zombies,” it seems as if we can’t escape their moaning and groaning.

Why are people so fascinated with zombies?  Some say that it’s because zombies don’t seem like real people, so if you kill one in a video game, you don’t feel bad.  I tend to think that this interest in zombies, like the ongoing fascination with vampires, is about the curiosity people have about life after death.  Zombies are dead bodies that have been animated through magic.  They have no life of their own, and they have no wills of their own.  Zombies must do the bidding of their masters, and they’re never truly alive.

People who watch the movies will tell you, “Oh, no, zombies are actually people who have come down with viruses that affect their minds.  They’re not really dead.”  This is similar to the new theory that vampires are not undead servants of Satan who are kept alive by stealing life from others.  No, they say, vampires are just people who suffer from anemia.

The real myths about zombies and vampires have to do with the long-held human desire to cheat death, to rise from the grave and continue to live.  All human beings have a fear of death, a fear of the eternal unknown.  Yet we know that if zombies and vampires were real, that would be no kind of life at all.  I certainly would prefer the sleep of death if the only alternative would be to be in thrall to evil forces.  Even in death I don’t want to work for the devil.

But the Scriptures tell us that true eternal life, a life truly worth living, is ours in Christ Jesus.  Instead of being at the mercy of evil forces, we receive eternal life by embracing all that is good.  As we approach Halloween and the kids show up at your door looking like they’ve spent the last few weeks in a grave, remember that that’s not the way death really is.  Even though we all end up in the grave, for a Christian, death is just a door into a new and glorious new life.

Yours in Christ,

Tom

 

Worship in October

October  1:     Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, the Sacrament of Holy Communion

October  8:     Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

October 15:    Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

October 22:    Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

October 29      Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost, All Saint’s Day, Reformation Sunday

Worship Notes

We will end the month with one of our most beloved services of the year, All Saints’ Day Sunday. All Saints’ Day is traditionally the day after “All Hallows Eve” or Halloween and the day before All Souls’ Day, November 1st. This year we will celebrate it on Sunday before Halloween, October 29th.  During this Sunday service, we remember those in our church family and extended family who have died in the past year. We light candles, say prayers and give witness to the fact that those who have died are still a part of our lives.

Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther presented his 95 theses about the church and its need for reform. Five centuries on is an exciting time to reflect on what we bring forward from the past that strengthens us and future generations for the coming 500 years of ministry of the gospel of Christ.

Keep in Mind…

Sunday, November 5th:      Daylight saving time ends – Fall Back – set your clock back an hour when you                                                  Go to bed on Saturday night.

Tuesday, November 7th:      Election Day

Thursday, November 23rd:  Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 26th:      St. Andrew Day – Wear your plaid and come hear the bagpipes     

October 2017

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
             
1

World Communion/

Peacemaking

9:15 AM

Worship, Sunday School, Child Care

10:15 AM

Coffee Hour

2

7:00 PM

Joint Management

Meeting

 

 

3 4

7:00 PM

Hand Bell Choir

5

7:30 PM

Choir Rehearsal

6 7

9:00 AM

Women’s Group

 

8             

9:15 AM

Worship, Sunday School, Child Care

10:15 AM

Coffee Hour

9

Columbus Day

 

Church Office Closed

 

 

10 11

7:00 PM

Hand Bell Choir

12

7:30 PM

Choir Rehearsal

 

13 14

 

15          

9:15 AM

Worship, Sunday School, Child Care

10:15 AM

Coffee Hour

16

7:00 PM

Pre School Board Meeting

17 18

7:00 PM

Hand Bell Choir

19

7:30 PM

Choir Rehearsal

20

 

21

10:00 AM

NAMI

22

9:15 AM

Worship, Sunday School, Child Care

10:15 AM

Coffee Hour

23

7:00 PM

Session Meeting

24

7:00 PM

Deacons’ Meeting

25

7:00 PM

Hand Bell Choir

26

7:30 PM

Choir Rehearsal

27

 

28

 

 

29

Reformation Sunday

         9:15 AM

Worship, Sunday School, Child Care

       10:15 AM

Coffee Hour

30

 

 

31

Halloween

 

       


Note:
Meeting dates and time subject to change; please call church office or check our website to confirm.

A.A. meetings: Sunday and Tuesday @ 7:30 PM; Women’s Meeting, Wednesday @ 7:30 PM

 

Save the Date / Upcoming Events

October 4, from 8am to 11am:  Coffee with a Cop

Please join employees from the Pacifica Police Department for coffee at the Fog City Java, 580 Crespi Drive from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4.  They will be there to answer questions, hear your concerns or to simply get to know each other.  Please come down and enjoy a cup!

October 7 & 8 (Saturday and Sunday) October Quilt Exhibit

Mizpah Fellowship is presenting its annual Quilt Exhibit from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 & 8 at the Sanchez Adobe, 1000 Linda Mar Boulevard.  Free Admission. They will be featuring antique quilts from the San Mateo County Historical Society, quilts from the Pacifica Quilt Guild and an old-fashioned “bed turning”.  The theme this year is “animals” for the competition portion of the event and the public is invited to vote for their favorite.  Jeanne Matysiak created a beautiful quilt for the raffle and you can contact Charlyne Smith or Judi Kuhn for tickets ($1 each or 6 for $5). The proceeds from this event are for high school scholarships for our Pacifica students.

Saturday October 21  10am – 12pm at St Andrew

Presentation by NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness [the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness; dedicated to educating, advocating, listening, and leading.]

 

News, Notes, & Updates 

St Andrew Deacons Report  

Submitted by Cheri Coulter Black    

Oh Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love, where there is injury, pardon, where there is doubt, faith , where there is despair, hope, where there is darkness, light, where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;  to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love;  for it is in the giving that we receive;  it is in the pardoning that we are pardoned and it is in the dying that we are reborn …

Deacons met again this month. We reviewed our parishes and the Prayer list. We wanted to remind everyone that they can add or drop prayer concerns from the prayer list by notifying the office (Tom and Peggy) by calling the office or writing a note on the back of the weekly registration cards and dropping it in the offering plate.

We want to let our members know there will be a presentation by our Local NAMI Chapter on services they provide. Saturday October 21,  10-12 at the Church. Come and invite others. It is open to the community.
NAMI is the National  Alliance on Mental  Illness. It is the largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. They provide support and education, advocacy for individuals, families and the community around living with mental illness.

KEEPING IT SIMPLE IN THE FACE OF DISASTER
submitted by Jeanette Waight ~Mission Committee

When so many devastating natural disasters happen, one on top of the other, we often feel overwhelmed and may be tempted to go into “chicken little” mode.  We might feel small and wonder how we can possibly help so many in need.  In his article, The significance of the insignificant, The Rev. Graham Standish * calls for wisdom and redirects our energy by Finding God in the mundane:

God is found most often in the mundane, not the miraculous. But we’re constantly searching for God in signs rather than in subtleties. Wisdom grows as we embrace the significance of the insignificant.

All of us have looked for God’s guidance in signs and miracles, but that’s rarely how God speaks. When we don’t find clear answers to our prayers, we often wallow in woe as we plead with God. Or we assuage our anger by turning away from God. Or we insulate ourselves in numbness as we snub God. The problem all along has been that we’ve looked for God in all the wrong places. We’ve expected God to write an answer across the sky. Meanwhile the answer has generally been in something simple—something we’ve ignored because it’s too ordinary.

Wisdom comes as we intentionally become more aware of God throughout life. As we do, we will notice how much more present God is in the mundane as all of life becomes a sacrament. This actually roots us in the sacraments, which are built on simple, mundane elements: water, wine, bread. And it’s out of these simple elements that profound experiences grow.

Wisdom is always found more in the mundane than the miraculous, the insignificant than the significant and the simple than the sophisticated.

When the “sky is falling” you don’t have to help the whole world; through the love of Christ we know that we are one body with many parts.

1 Corinthians 12:25-27:

25 … All of them will take care of one another. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. If one part is honored, every part shares in its joy.

Keep it simple and then choose how you will help.       GIVE~ACT~PRAY

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is the emergency response and refugee program of the denomination committed to the long-term journey of recovery of communities adversely affected by a crisis or catastrophic event.                                                                                                                                                                                 To support specific recovery efforts in the wake of

Hurricane Harvey: (please reference DR000169)

Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria:  (please reference DR000194)

To support the Mexico earthquake recovery efforts (please reference DR000014 )

You can donate online by going to     https://pma.pcusa.org/donate/make-a-gift/gift-info/102/#

If you prefer, you can send a check directly to:         Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700

(To ensure that your support is properly directed, don’t forget to write the applicable “DR” reference # in the memo line of your check).

You may also call Monday Through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT), at 1-800-872-3283 and donate by phone.

*The Rev. Graham Standish, Ph.D., M.S.W. (www.ngrahamstandish.org) is senior pastor of Calvin Presbyterian Church in Zelienople, Pennsylvania (www.calvinchurchzelie.org). He is the author of seven books on spirituality and church transformation, and is an adjunct faculty member of Pittsburgh Theological and Tyndale Seminaries. He also has a background as a spiritual director, and as an individual and family therapist. 

 

Submitted by Judi Kuhn

80th Anniversary

In 1937, Elmer “Al” Hale started Accurate Appliance in San Francisco. It was passed down to his son, Allan Hale and now to Jeanne Matysiak (Allan’s daughter).  Congratulations to the Hale’s for being in business at the same location for 80 years!

Disaster Response September 21, 2017

submitted by Jeanette Waight ~Mission Committee                                                                               https://www.facebook.com/pcusa/

Farmworkers in Immokalee begin recovery from Hurricane Irma

Local Presbyterian leaders look at immediate and long-term support

by Rick Jones | Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE – One of the hardest hit areas during Hurricane Irma was Immokalee, Florida, home to thousands of migrant farmworkers who pick the vegetables sold to restaurants and grocery chains across the country. The poor living conditions for the families went from bad to worse as high winds and flooding knocked out power, damaged homes and left many with little food.

Peace River Presbytery operates a mission in the community (Mision Peniel). Volunteers and presbytery staff joined members of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance National Response Team to visit with residents and assess needs, both short and long-term.

“They were hoping and praying we would show up because they know Presbyterians are experienced in long-term recovery,” said Graham Hart, executive presbyter with Peace River Presbytery. “When we came in, there was a beehive of activity as people sorted clothing and started getting ready for the afternoon hot meal.”

Hart says the community has four levels of need. The first need is for sustainable goods such as food, hygiene products and children’s diapers. The second need, according to Hart, is power. Efforts are underway to secure enough generators for refrigerators and freezers.

“Migrant workers are lucky if they have one or two days’ worth of food to begin with, let alone enough to sustain them through a hurricane,” he said. “Once the electric goes out, everything is gone.”

Hart says the third level of need is long-term, including the development of a community garden.  “There is enough land behind Mision Peniel and the landlord has given permission for a garden there so that’s what we are working on,” said Hart. “The irony is these workers pick thousands of pounds of fresh vegetables for others and they’re good farmers, but they don’t have a plot of land to raise their own vegetables.”   One question for residents now is whether to establish individual gardens or one large one for everyone.

The fourth level of need and one of the long-term projects will be housing. Most of the farmworkers live in substandard trailers, many of which were damaged by Irma.

“The units are deplorable and the workers are charged rent by the week or month depending on how long they work the area,” said Hart. “Over the long-term, we hope to create partnerships and come up with alternative, affordable and appropriate housing for the migrant community.”   Hart says a family of five on average will pay up to $300 a week for housing and he adds many of the trailers have multiple families living there. “Housing is a long-term issue.”

The Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) has facilitated the denomination’s accompaniment and advocacy with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) for years in its fight for fair wages and better living conditions for farmworkers.

“The CIW’s Community Center was miraculously undamaged, but the hurricane had a devastating impact on the homes of people in Immokalee,” said Andrew Kang Bartlett, PHP’s national associate. “With most of the community living in mobile homes and half of the community below the poverty line, the ability to rebuild is severely limited.”

The CIW has played a large role in the efforts to prepare the community and continues to play a crucial role in the aftermath.

“As we know from New Orleans, Houston and in Immokalee, impoverished communities with poor housing are drastically more vulnerable to hurricanes,” said Kang Bartlett. “The housing stock is mostly trailers and rather flimsy wooden shacks and houses.”

Kang Bartlett says such disasters underscore the need to continue to stand with the farmworkers and others as they organize to improve wages and build community resilience.

“Last year, the PC(USA) was the first major denomination to endorse the Wendy’s boycott with the goal of helping to bring this major tomato retailer into the Fair Food program,” said Kang Bartlett. “This program ensures human rights and higher wages to eliminate farmworkers’ long-term vulnerability.”

Despite the current living conditions and the slow return to normalcy, Hart believes the residents of Immokalee are coping as best they can.

“I saw patience and gratefulness that people care. This is one more thing that has impacted their life so they continue to live on the edge,” said Hart. “There is concern about their livelihood and how the storm may have impacted the crops they work.”

 

Respectfully submitted by

Anne DeJarnatt, editor  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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