St. Andrew Messenger
Love, Celebrate, Nurture, Share and Serve
On Sunday, May 15th, which is also Pentecost Sunday, we will recognize and “appreciate” the folks who make up our music program. The following is a “thank you letter” for musicians from Roger Wayne Hicks, a “50 plus-year veteran of church music leadership” which was printed in Reformed Worship. His remarks, directed to a church choir, are equally applicable to our St. Andrew band and bell choir members:
Dear Choir Member,
Notes, rests, intervals, rhythms, tempos, dynamics, tone, diction, and interpretation are your tools. Your diligent use of these tools has great effect on many lives, bringing them joy and a sense of God’s presence. In fact, God himself [sic] is blessed by your singing.
Thank you for the hours you spend in rehearsal. Thank you for those often-hurried dinners, or missed dinners, the juggled family schedules, the late hours; each contributing to effective music ministry.
What a delight it is to see the choir step into the choir loft each Sunday morning. Its buoyant, enthusiastic appearance seems to say, “God is here. Let’s worship!” Sometimes it has not been easy for you to be in your place in the loft. Thank you for being there, especially at those times.
God has indeed blessed you with a beautiful and meaningful ministry. Please accept your talent as a gift from God and your musical ministry as a marvelous medium of God-centered worship.
Thanks to God for giving you the gift of music. Thanks to you for giving much to others through your gift of music.
Those you’ve led in worship
St. A’s Family News
Connor Brian McKiernan was born to Erika (Wolf) and Jeff McKiernan on February 19th. Grandmother is Barbara Wolf.
Madeleine Crawford, daughter of Raina Crawford and Paul Spitz, sister of Everett James Crawford, granddaughter of Nancy and Robin Crawford, was born on March 29th in Baltimore.
Steve Calcagno, son of Carol Rick Calcagno and grandson of Catherine Montgomery, will be married on April 30th to Anna Wheatley in Seattle where they live. Mom says, “we are thrilled.”
Worship in May
1: Sixth Sunday of Easter; Sacrament of Holy Communion.
8: Seventh Sunday of Easter; Mothers’ Day.
15: Pentecost (wear red!); Music Recognition Sunday.
22: Trinity Sunday.
29: Memorial Day weekend.
The month of May continues with the season of Easter, a period of seven weeks, 50 days, that stretches from Easter to Pentecost which, this year, is May 15th. During this time, we continue the celebration of Easter with resurrection hymns and the joyous proclamation of Christ’s rising from the dead.
That day is also Music Recognition Sunday when we will thank all the musicians who make our worship vibrant. Come to celebrate with them.
Pentecost, the birthday of the Church and the Festival of the Holy Spirit is on May 15th. This is the only day of the church year on which the liturgical color is red, so we invite, plead, with you, to wear red. We want the whole sanctuary to glow with the fire of the Holy Spirit!
Sunday, May 22nd, is Trinity Sunday, the day in which we pause to consider the most mysterious doctrine of the Christian faith, God known as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Trinity Sunday has great hymns for us to hum all through the week.
We have some thank yous to note from worship during Lent and Holy Week:
To our Worship Committee for the wonderful “Seeking Home and the Practice of Belonging” theme we followed during Lent.
To all who cooked, set up and cleaned up for our Maundy Thursday service: Toni Boykin, Karen Brandenberger, Angela Cunneen and Nancy Stotts, soup makers; Wayne Boykin, Mary Dare, Kathy Jeanneret, Nancy and Roy Stotts who helped set up; Berni Schuhmann who arranged flowers and cut bread; and all who helped clean up.
To Hal Humphrey for his moving reading on Good Friday.
To our musicians, Kathy and Matthew, for their hard work during the Lenten season, and to our many choir members.
To Kate Chalometiarana who coordinated our Easter Egg Hunt, to the teenagers who “staged” the egg hunt (we are still looking for or at some of those eggs), and to Kim Carpenter who packed activity bags for our children for Easter.
Session and Deacon News
The Session continues to prepare for a transition period for St. Andrew. The Transition Task Force met with our liaison with Committee on Ministry, Betty Delaney, on April 24th.
The deacons prepared the reception following the memorial service for Francis Mendonca on April 9th.
Mother’s Day Cards
How do you honor the important women in your life on Mothers’ Day? We have a suggestion. Every year, St. Andrew offers for sale (you choose the amount) Mothers’ Day cards for Healthy Women Healthy Families. This project supports a range of programs of Presbyterian partner churches globally that promote health, education, and development of women and children. These programs are aimed at alleviating poverty and suffering of women and children, and include: primary and pre-primary education, prenatal and essential obstetric services, trauma healing and psychosocial support, early-childhood health and nutrition programs, health and hygiene education, food security, and fistula repair surgery. The cards will be available for sale during the coffeehour.
Annual SF Aids Foundation Ride
This year two Saint Andrew members, Pam Dolan and Robin Crawford, are participating in the Aids Life Cycle, a bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. You can support them online by going to “aids life cycle” and searching the “participant” list.
As he did last year, local painter Michael Kranzke is supporting the Aids Foundation by generously donating the proceeds of any sales of his art to the Aids Foundation. Robin and Michael will be available at coffee hour on May 15th to share art and information.
As a result of the shift of relations between the United States and Cuba, the Presbyterian Church (USA) has finally been able to provide the pension and survivor benefits due to its faithful workers who were living in Cuba. This is an article from the Board of Pensions:
Cuba Update: Final Pension Accounts Unblocked
The Board of Pensions has long sought the release of pension benefits belonging to more than 50 Cuban Presbyterian church workers, whose accounts were blocked by the U.S. government after the Cuban revolution. Now, some 55 years later, the Board has been granted all of the licenses needed to release the overdue pension benefits.
Of the nearly $1 million in pension benefits held for these church workers, the Board has distributed all but about $75,000 — and only because the rightful heirs have not yet been located. The Board will also continue to pay monthly benefits to 13 of the original 50-plus church workers still living.
“Our own” Toni Boykin “won a seat on the Economic Development Committee for the City of Pacific,” according to the Pacifica Tribune dated April 20th. Congratulations, Toni!
Brae Hunter is a member of the Tulane Women’s Rugby team which won the DII Spring Championship in Davis on April 24th.
For and About Families
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 May 1st, 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
Triennium registration closed on April 1st and we are so pleased to have six high schoolers planning to attend. We will also host the entire San Francisco Presbytery delegation overnight on July 18th, so if you want to help with meals or airport transportation (early in the morning on the 19th), let Penny know. Our “delegates” will be commissioned on Sunday, July 17th. Look for more information as we get closer to July 19th!
The sign up sheet for Westminster Woods is on our bulletin board for those who have registered for summer camping to indicate when they will be going. Those whose children have attended the Woods previously should have received email notification of registration and dates. The season will be from June 26th through July 30th. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for you or your child(ren) to experience “heaven on earth.” If you would like to speak with other parents or campers who have attended the Woods in the past, ask Penny for a reference. Camperships will be given to each attendee and other assistance is available if financial considerations would prevent you from going to the Woods. Speak with Penny about this.
Go online to www.westminsterwoods.org for more information or to register.
After Palm Sunday, our tube was overflowing. Ruth Holmes counted the quarters and we collected $140! This is only since Sunday School started in September. So, congratulations to all our young philanthropists.
For millions of children around the world, it is duck and geese eggs — not chicken eggs — that form the cornerstone of a healthy diet. By regularly selling duck and geese eggs, families can generate the steady income needed to purchase food, clothes, medicine and pay for school fees. Before receiving a gift of ducks from Heifer, Pham Thi Nguyen from Vietnam remembers, “In the past my children would be sick often.” Now she has a flock of more than 300 ducks and says, “We have more money to improve our house and send our children to school. Our children will have a better life.”
Our last Kids’ Club for the season will be a bowling party at Sea Bowl on May 1st from 1 to 3 (our lane reservation time). St. Andrew has paid for the lanes, so just bring any refreshment money you might want. If you have not yet let Penny know you are coming, please do so. This is for kids grades 1 through 8, but younger (or older) is fine if you are coming with a sibling.
Opportunities for Growth
New College Berkeley
Writing and Reading Spiritual Memoirs
Saturday, May 7th
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Berkeley Covenant Church
1632 Hopkins Street, Berkeley
$25, no lunch provided
Taught by Sharon Gallagher
This is a writing seminar for those who enjoy reading spiritual memoirs and those who would like to begin writing their own “soul” stories. The seminar will feature readings from important spiritual writers with invitations to write short personal responses to the themes. The class will involve writing short pieces and listening to the responses of others in the class.
Sharon Gallagher is the editor of Radix magazine and New College Associate Director.
To register, call 510-841-9386 or go online to www.newcollegeberkeley.org.
Mercy Center Burlingame
A Weekend Retreat with Julian of Norwich
Led by Veronica Mary Rolf
May 21-22, 2016
Saturday, 9:30 am, to Sunday after lunch
$180 Overnight (Includes bedroom; lunch and dinner Saturday; breakfast and lunch Sunday)
$150 Commuter (Includes lunch and dinner on Saturday, and lunch on Sunday)
In 1373, Julian of Norwich received sixteen Revelations of Divine Love and set them down in the first book ever written by a woman in the English language. Thomas Merton called Julian “one of the most wonderful of all Christian voices” and “the greatest English theologian.” Her timeless voice resonates across the ages, speaking to us of the love and mercy of God with a passion that is irresistible. It is a voice we need to hear…
Veronica Mary Rolf will guide us through Julian’s profound Revelations concerning Christ’s unconditional love, the transformation of suffering and death, and the value of prayer. We will also delve into Julian’s mystical theology of the Motherhood of God and explore the deeper meaning of Christ’s promise to Julian (and to us) that: “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and thou shalt see thyself that all manner of thing shall be well.”
The Artist Retreat June 5-10, August 7-12, September 25-30
The Presbyterian Conference Center at Lake Tahoe will be offering a retreat for artists three times over the summer months. The first session will be June 5th to the 10th. Imagine working at your own pace with no interruptions and having your own work area where you can leave everything set up. How about having others who have similar talents and interests with whom you can share ideas? Finally deliciously prepared meals and comfy bed, all on the shores of Lake Tahoe! All this can be found at The Artist Retreat where knitters, needleworkers, painters, quilters, scrapbookers, writers, musicians, photographers and more come together to enjoy their art, each other and the beauty and peace of Lake Tahoe. Cost is $425 in the Tahoe Center for double occupancy.
For more information or to register, go online to zephyrpoint.org or contact the office at (775) 588-6759.
Pacifica Resource Center
In the past month, we donated one box of food on April 3rd and on April 10th, one box and one bag of food and one bag of toiletries on April 17th and one box on April 24th. 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.
The Resource Center also coordinates with Second Harvest a fresh food give-away the last Wednesday of every month at the American Legion Hall. The Legionnaires provide the “man power,” including “our own” Wayne Boykin, Toby Fall and Allan Hale. Families receive bread, eggs, meat and chicken along with fresh vegetable.
Rebuilding Together Peninsula celebrated National Rebuilding Day on Saturday, April 30th, with three projects in Pacifica. Ours was the Jurado family home on Foothill Drive in the Manor area of Pacifica near Skyline Drive. Our “team” started working on this project on the 21st, worked on the 23rd and will complete the project on the actual Rebuilding Day. Many thanks to Lisa Angelot who coordinated this for St. Andrew and put in many hours pulling all the details together.
Earth Day 2016
We participated in the Earth Day events with the Pacifica Beach Coalition, as we did last year, on Saturday, April 23rd, 9 to 11. We were assigned the area around Park Mall and behind the Sanchez Library and had volunteers from three years old to much older than that. Thanks to Rob Carpenter for coordinating this project for the Mission Committee and thanks to Laura Perdikomatis for bringing her Brownie Troop to work with us! We managed to pull over 350 pounds of garbage from the bushes and creeks side of this area, including a couple of mattresses, some auto parts, granite countertops and more cigarette butts than we wanted to count. The 2016 “honoree” was the Sea Otter and the theme was “Healthy Waters; Healthy Otters.” We looked all over for otters and didn’t see any but the ocean will be cleaner for them because of the work we did. Thanks to:
Abby and Rob Carpenter
Valerie Davidson, her friend and two children
Aaron Grech, Nathan, Mercy and Ava
Terri Hillyer and grandson
Laura and Ian Perdikomatis, Alex and Charlotte
You can write a letter on behalf of prisoners of conscience by going to www.amnesty.org.
The next Newcomer’s Group will be held on Saturday, June 11th, 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.
Please join us for the Mizpah Tea and Craft Fair on Sunday, May 1st, 1-4 p.m., at Shelldance Orchid Gardens, 2000 Coast Highway, Pacifica. We will be honoring long-time Pacifican, Allan Hale. Free admission, complimentary tea and refreshments. Handmade crafts and beautiful plants for sale. Donations appreciated. Proceeds benefit Mizpah scholarships and other local community service projects.
Do you have 2016 graduates in your family? We want to know about College, Graduate School, High School, Middle School or anything else. Please let us know so that we can acknowledge them in the newsletter and have a chance to congratulate them. Mark your registration card, send a note to the church office or email Penny at email@example.com.
For the taking: copies are available on the table in the narthex of our May newsletter; the March/ April issue of the magazine, Presbyterians Today; the April/May/June edition of the devotional booklet, These Days; the inserts Taking Faith Home from the previous Sunday bulletin; and the soul stirring, riveting 2015 Annual Report.
The deadline for the June newsletter is May 15th. Please get your articles, flyers and notices to the church office as soon as possible, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.