November 25, 2014

September 2015

St. Andrew Messenger

September 2015

Love, Celebrate, Nurture, Share and Serve

A Labor Day Poem

The people I love the best

jump into work head first

without dallying in the shallows

and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight.

They seem to become natives of that element,

the black sleek heads of seals

bouncing like half-submerged balls.

I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a heavy cart,

who pull like water buffalo, with massive patience,

who strain in the mud and the muck to move things forward,

who do what has to be done, again and again.

I want to be with people who submerge

in the task, who go into the fields to harvest

and work in a row and pass the bags along,

who are not parlor generals and field deserters

but move in a common rhythm

when the food must come in or the fire be put out.

The work of the world is common as mud.

Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust.

But the thing worth doing well done

has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.

Greek amphoras for wine or oil,

Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums

but you know they were made to be used.

The pitcher cries for water to carry

and a person for work that is real.

To be of use

by Marge Piercy

St. A’s Family News

Worship in September

6:         Sacrament of Holy Communion; Labor Day weekend; no Sunday School.

13:       Teacher Dedication; regular Sunday School season begins; Annual Picnic.

20:       Choir returns; Robin Crawford, preaching.

27:       Reception of New Members; Fog Fest weekend.

Worship Notes

On September 13th, we begin our “regular” Sunday schedule with the dedication of our teachers for 2015/2016. This year, the Sunday School children, grades K through 5th, will attend the first part of worship on every Sunday except the first Sunday of the month when they will join us later for communion. The older class will have an hour of Sunday School on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month and will continue with their viewing of Joan of Arcadia.


Dawn, Jan and Jo Van Hasselt have moved back into the family home on 17th Avenue in San Francisco. Joy continues as a student at UCLA.

The Pacifica Coastside Museum was dedicated on August 22nd in a joyous ceremony. It is housed in the Little Brown Church where St. Andrew started in 1910. Congratulations to all who worked so hard to make this a reality; from St. Andrew: Mary Dougherty, Shirley Drye, Maxine Hines. Active also has been Patricia Kremer, Grace McCarthy’s daughter. And, in attendance was Herschel and Bessie Harkins’ granddaughter, Donna.

Brett Nava-Coulter and Julianna Brody-Fialkin are engaged to be married and will have the legal ceremony in Austin, Texas on November 16th. Congratulations, Brett!

Brian and Sue Von Hagel transferred their membership to Mingus View Presbyterian Church in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Congratulations to Mingus Valley; lucky congregation!

About People

Kris Belland, who joined St. Andrew and was baptized here in 1990, was recently installed as president of the office of Aerospace Medicine Association, the largest aerospace medicine organization. Belland is an Executive Officer Captain at the Navy Medicine Operational Training Center in Pensacola, Florida, and is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, as well as a 1980 graduate of Terra Nova High School.

Joan Huff self-published a memoir, Celtic Knot: Claiming My Voice, which is available through Amazon.

Allan Hale was re-elected Commander of the VFW Post 10245 for the 2015/16 year. In an article for the Pacifica Tribune, he gave a shout out to Toby Fall.

More than handing out a bulletin

Every Sunday, there are two people greeting you in the narthex. The greeters at the door are part of the work of the Board of Deacons. Each Deacon is assigned a month to either be greeter or arrange for someone to welcome with a smile. The usher is responsible for giving out the order of service, making sure the candles are lit on non-communion Sundays, discretely seating latecomers, taking the offering and tracking the attendance for that Sunday. Sign up in the Social Hall if you would like to usher.

Session and Deacon News


2015 Annual Work Day

On Saturday, August 1st, from 9 am to after lunch, we did a variety of indoor and outdoor tasks from the inevitable cobweb sweeping in the sanctuary and Social Hall to cleaning the kitchen to tree trimming, roofing a garden shed, cleaning the roof and gutters and such. We had about 20 folks in all including, from St. Andrew:

Stephen Black, Cheri Coulter, Allan Hale, Hal Humphrey, Meg Hunter, Paul Kuhn, Marjory Matic, and David Morath.

Back to School Packing

For the second year, we assisted the Pacifica Resource Center in their Back to School Project by packing the backpacks with the supplies requested by the Pacifica schools. St. Andrew supplied 100 backpacks (thank you Lisa for getting them and thank you all who purchased one). On Saturday, August 8th, from 10 am until about 11:30, we teamed up with other volunteers from New Life and the Lions to get this done. Thank you to Karen Brandenberger and Nancy Crawford who came early to set up hospitality and stayed to the end; Allie and Carol Allen, Lisa Angelot, Eileen Andrews, Wayne Boykin, Jennifer Chaloemtiarana, David Morath, and Nick Raisis.

Rebuilding Together

Last August, we painted a house! This summer, we hoped to do that again, but our project has been delayed. So, we partnered with Rebuilding Together on Saturday, August 22nd, on a site in the La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve. We had eight volunteers working: Lisa Angelot, Stephen Black, Wayne Boykin, Karen Brandenberger, Cheri Coulter, Jacob Nava-Coulter, Nick Raisis, Berni Schuhman and Nancy Stotts, doing siding demolition, window/door framing, electrical and plumbing evaluation and roofing evaluation.

2015 Harvest Festival

Last year, we had a wonderful time enjoying one another’s home crafted products and goodies and supporting our children and teens to attend Westminster Woods. Over $2,000 was raised for camperships which we gave out last month. We hope to do the same this year on Saturday, October 17th, but need your help! We would love to have donations of anything you would like to share: needlework, woodwork, baked goods, craft items. We are looking for helpers, so if you don’t feel crafty…. For the day of the event we are looking to borrow easy-up shade structures. If you have one, please contact us. For more information or to let us know what you are donating, please call Peggy at the church office 359-2462 or Judi at 355-1072 or email the church office at standrewpacifica@


St. Andrew Saturday Handcrafters (SASH) meet once a month to work on community, special or personal projects. Our current on-going projects are the Lap Quilts for Spirit Care and Chemo Caps for Cancer patients. We also work on special projects. To date, we have made and donated (2001 to 2015):

Over 2000 Chemo Caps and Knitted Caps

Over 275 Knitted Blankets

About 170 Scarves

Almost 300 Lap Quilts (our goal is 1 per week)

Several special projects

We have given Chemo Caps and Quilts to several members, family and friends. If you know anyone who needs a cap or quilt, please let us know. Our knitters for the caps have dwindled. We have patterns and yarn specifications available. All materials for the quilts have been donated by our quilters and yarn donations are from various folks. If you would like to donate fabric, please contact us for specifications (i.e. cotton, flannel & batting).

We invite all of you to join us at our monthly workshop. Get on the e-mail list and a reminder .

For and About Families

Sunday School

Thank you to everyone who volunteered this summer for Summer Sunday School:

Carol Allen

Jennifer Benesis

Kim Carpenter

Jennifer Chaloemtiarana

Shirley Drye

Christina Fiske

Hal Humphrey

Holly Stotts

Teacher dedication and the new season starts up on September 13th with 50 kids ages infant through high school and 10 teachers. They are:

Kindergarten, First and Second Grades

Carol Allen

Heather Burns

Jesse Lindow

Laura Perdikomatis

Third, Fourth and Fifth Grades

Jennifer Benesis

Kim Carpenter

Amy Davidson

Lori Lindow

Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grades

Jennifer Chaloemtiarana

Christina Fiske

Rebecca Moore

The Joan of Arcadia class for grades 6-8 will meet in September on 27th for the whole hour. If you are older or younger and want to be a part of this class, you are very welcome!

Youth Group

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 September 6th, to walk over to Pacific’s or the Grill. If you have $5 to throw into the kitty for lunch, bring it.

Westminster Woods

2015 Family Camp Weekend

October 2nd-4th

What a great way for the whole clan to relax and enjoy 48 hours of life at The Woods, with delicious meals in our dining hall, hiking in the redwoods, lounging by the pool, and s’mores around the campfire! Some of the activities available will be:  archery, nature hikes, yoga, and time on the Challenge Course!  Your family will have your own cabin for the weekend, or you can choose to share a cabin with another family, or bring your own tent — it’s up to you! Go online to for more information or to register.

Looking ahead:

NovemberBash for middle schoolers

November 6th-8th

DecemberFest for high schoolers

December 4th-6th

Women’s Weekend (just one!)

January 22nd-24th

Forest Adventure for 4th-6th graders

February 5th-7th

Men’s Weekend (yay!)

February 19th-21st 

Terra Nova Christian Preschool/Day Care

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

Opportunities for Growth

Zephyr Point

The Artist Retreat – September 22nd to October 2nd

The Presbyterian Conference Center at Lake Tahoe will be offering a retreat for artists two more times in the coming months. The next session will be September 22nd to October 2nd. 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 beds, 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.

The Men’s Retreat – September 18-20, 2015


Brothers…Fun…Help. Men long for such things, though it is often difficult to express the need. The Zephyr Point Men’s Conference is intended to offer strong Biblical teaching to build wisdom and the confidence of your manhood, to create a community of brothers who can strengthen and encourage and build one another up in brotherly love, and to offer experiences of adventure and a connection to the wilderness that so many of us have in our hearts. Don’t miss this opportunity to hang with the guys, soak up wisdom expounded from the Scriptures, eat great food and discover again (or for the first time) what it means to be a godly man. Cost is $169-$309 depending on type of accommodations.

For more information or to register, go online to or contact the office at (775) 588-6759.

Mercy Center Burlingame

Day of Prayer with Julian of Norwich – Friday, September 25, 2015
9:00 am to 3:00 pm    $30 (bring a bag lunch)

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 English. Today, Julian’s 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 focus on Julian’s Revelations about Christ’s unconditional love, her teachings on prayer, and the Motherhood of God. She will also explore the meaning of Christ’s promise to Julian (and to us): “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and thou shalt see thyself that all manner of thing shall be well.”

New College Berkeley

Psychology of Moral Practice:  Exploring Individual Differences

John White (Ph.D.)

Saturday, October 3 and 10, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Cost: $150 Student: $80

Pacific School of Religion

1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

Why do people so readily assume the worst about motives of their fellow citizens? Based upon the work of Jonathan Haidt this course will explore the new research how individuals generate their moral foundations, with emphasis on what forms this takes in day-to-day life. To register, call 510-841-9386 or go online to

Mission News

Pacifica Resource Center

In the past month, we donated one box of food plus two boxes of school supplies on August 2nd, one box of food and two bags of toiletries on August 9th, one box of food and one bag of toiletries on August 16th, and two boxes of food on August 23rd. Thank you to all who help the hungry.

Saturday, August 8th, was our morning for packing the backpacks for the Resource Center Back to School Project. Thank you to all who helped out.

On August 9th, we had a Minute for Mission on the work of the Resource Center around our homeless citizens in Pacifica. The final report for the San Mateo County Homeless Count in January came out in mid-August. It recorded that, at the time of the count, there were 63 homeless individuals in Pacifica, compared with 95 in 2011 and 150 in 2013 (the count is conducted alternate years), and 22 on the coastside (no figures available for previous counts).

Puente de la Costa Sur

Mariela Lopez and Barbara Guzman were Pescadero teens with college dreams when they started work with the Puente Youth Leadership Development and Employment Program seven years ago. Now they are conquering heroes, returning with university diplomas that will springboard them into graduate schools and fulfilling careers.

Their lives are already very different from their parents’ lives, as well as those of their siblings and many of their hometown friends. They are walking a new path, one with different expectations. And if that sounds scary and exhilarating, it is.

Lopez and Guzman – along with their high school compatriot, Luis Mendez – are the first Puente youth to graduate from a 4-year college since Puente created its leadership program. Their accomplishments reflect an extraordinary resilience and strength of character. They also represent the culmination of Puente’s youth programming goals, which endorse a college education from the word go.

“I went to college because of Puente. I had no idea how an application was done,” says Lopez. “Rachel at Puente helped me apply to different schools and talked with me about the different advantages and disadvantages.”

Lopez and Guzman have a lot in common. Both are 22, and grew up in Pescadero in low-income families. Both women enrolled in Puente’s youth program at 14 or 15, gaining skills through different summer jobs with Puente and saving their paychecks for college. Both chose to attend Cal State Monterey Bay, from which they both graduated this past winter. Neither woman ever questioned that she would make it to college, even though they were both first in their families to matriculate to a 4-year university.  And both will pursue advanced degrees – Lopez in social work, Guzman in law.

Both Lopez and Guzman made it all the way through college without having to take out any student loans. They successfully applied for financial aid and merit-based scholarships – in many cases, with letters of reference from Puente. And Puente’s own college scholarship programs, sponsored by individual donors as well as the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, helped cover books and other school supplies.


The next Newcomer’s Group will be held on Saturday, September 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.

Save the date for our next Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 17th. We will need craft items for sale along with helpers to set up and take down. Contact Judi Kuhn, 355-1072, for more information or to sign up.

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 September newsletter; the July/ August issue of the magazine, Presbyterians Today; the inserts Taking Faith Home from the previous Sunday bulletin; and the 2014 Annual Report.

The deadline for the October newsletter is September 15th. Please get your articles, flyers and notices to the church office as soon as possible, or email them to













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