September 2014

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In This Issue...
 Ramblings in the Redwoods
 C.I.A. Youth Group News
 God's Story. Our Story. My Story: Tanya.
 Golf Tourney Huge Success
 The Back Page... Coins of the Realm

Ramblings in the Redwoods
Father Blaine Hammond

Our Earth has circled back around the Sun to Autumn again. Apples on our tree are ripening, and if you want to come and pick one or two for yourself, drop on by – no permission needed, it is always in place. Along with all the other signs of Autumn – school, harvests, shortening days, football, the World Series, and hopefully rain --- the program year of the Church starts up again. The choir is back in the “saddle,” Youth Group starts again, The Piper is back in monthly production, and people are back from their Summer travels.

It’s also back to a busier time of the year for those of us with children. School activities become part of an already busy life again and sleep becomes a shrinking asset for everyone in the family. The alarm, always an irritant, begins to seem like an enemy.

Fortunately, Church services and activities are life- and health-giving rather than being just another calendar item, or just another meeting.

On days where you’re not sure if anyone sees you as something other than a walking dollar sign, remember that if you walk into church without a spare nickel in your pocket, everyone’s glad to see you. On days when you’re not sure if anyone likes you, let alone loves you, the minute you are among a gathering of St. Andrew’s people you are in an environment where you know you are loved for who you are. And in a world where it seems that everyone wants to use and manipulate you – and granted, that can happen almost anywhere – at St. Andrew’s we try to find ways to recover from those unhealthy styles of relationship.

The things that you experience at St. Andrew’s will often give you tools and ideas for dealing with a difficult and sometimes predatory world. They will help you find ways to counter those voices, which are sometimes our own, which seem to tell us that we have no real value. The ways in which we encounter our Creator and divine lover reinvigorate and strengthen us for the drains on our sense of self and our energy and hope. And everything is designed to help us to restore our strength, to build us up in those many ways that we need to be built up.

Back in 1996, I had some time to myself in Tacoma, WA, where I attended my last few years of elementary school, all of Jr. High, and my sophomore year of High School. Those were some in-tensely difficult years for me, and I decided to drive around and revisit some of those places. I was shocked at the level of emotion I still felt when I saw the physical monuments to those difficulties. Then I decided to visit the Church where my father had been the minister, Asbury Methodist. The doors were locked but a man spotted me trying to get in, and introduced himself as the current pastor. He offered to show me around, and I discovered that much of the Church had scarcely changed from what I remembered. What came flooding back at that time, along with other memories, was the feeling I had that the Church was a safe place, a place where I could relax and be myself without having to guard myself against who might be around me or what they might say or do.

I remembered the beautiful blond wood of the pews, the peaceful blues of the stained glass windows, the activities that we carried on in the basement, the classes that were held in the office building, including my Confirmation Class. The pastor took me to look at some pictures in the archives, where I found pictures of my family from the late 50s and early 60s. The Pastor invited me to come and take a look at the parsonage, where we had lived for six years, but I had to decline. My emotional cup was so full already that I was afraid to try to put anything more in it.

I had no idea at the time that I was building those kinds of memories. Now I am more aware of how the choices I make about where to spend my time are affecting my state of mind and my mental, emotional and spiritual health. I invite you to a place that can give you the same sort of experience.

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Why I Am An Episcopalian: Reason #28
We have the liturgical beauty of the Catholics combined with the local authority of the Southern Baptists. - Cynthia McLeod, Diocese of East Tennessee from 101 Reasons to be Episcopalian

We Welcome Visitors...

Mark your calendars so you won’t miss this opportunity to hear and meet with our bishop. September 28th! We have been advertising Bishop Mary’s visit for October 5 at the Blessing of the Animals. Unfortunately, the Presiding Bishop (“PB” for those in the know) has requested her attendance at a meeting on that date. Although she hates to pull out on a commitment, Bishop Mary needs to respond to the PB’s call, so she asked us to change the date to September 28th and we have agreed. However, she feels badly about pulling out on the Blessing of the Animals, so she has announced that she will be vising St. Andrew’s for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday next year to help make it up to us. Fr. Blaine told Mary Beth that we didn’t want to make the Bishop feel guilty but that if she wanted to spend extra time with us we would say “Hooray!”

For Maundy Thursday, the service will be as usual; but on Good Friday, we usually only do the Stations of the Cross. With Bishop Mary there, it might be time to try out the proper liturgy for that day (page 276 in the Prayer Book) with Communion from Reserved Sacrament. We will talk about that in Worship Committee; please feel free to give your views.

Canon to Visit St. Andrew’s September 14
Canon Brian Nordwick, Canon to the Ordinary, will be visiting St. Andrew’s on September 14th. Get to know him at either coffee hour.

What is a Canon anyway? From the Greek Kanon for a “measuring rod or rule” the term has several meanings within the church, including referring to those on the staff of a Bishop who assist the Bishop. It also can mean a rule or law of the church.

But do you know what a Loose Canon is? An assistant to the Bishop turned loose to do what s/he knows how to do to form persons for ministry, discern the right fit between clergy and congregations and to assist in the growth (discipleship as well as numeric growth) of the Diocese.

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Children and Youth Group News

Sunday School: Sunday School is every week for ages 4-18 during the 10am service. Children (grades pre-K through 5th) and youth (grades 6-12) are to meet in the Parish Hall at 10am. They will re-join their families during announcements for communion.

Call to serve: We need more Sunday School leaders and nursery caretakers (for ages 3 and under). We are looking to have enough people to rotate through the month (ideally, everyone will have just one Sunday a month). A brief, free, online Child Safety course is required by the Diocese. If interested, please contact Teresa Ruff. There will be a leader meeting coming soon. Thank you for considering.

C.I.A. Youth Group: Wednesday night meetings have been postponed until further notice. With school starting and schedules changing, we thought it would be best to let the dust settle first. Mid-week meetings will start again once the group has a better handle on their schedules. We will meet on Sundays at 10am.

C.I.A. Youth Group Breakfast: September 7th at 9:15am. Youth will meet at 8:30am to set-up and start cooking. Breakfast will be served between 9:15am-10am. Donations accepted.

Annual Mini-Olympics To Be Held Sunday September 21
All Middle & High School students are invited! Lunch will be served. Events include badminton, horseshoes, soccer kick, and more. Meet at the Fishel’s after the 10 am service.

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God's Story. Our Story. My Story: Tanya's Story.

Sometimes I have daydreams about a place where everything is perfect, stable and ideal. While I have fantasies about this place, my thoughts link with my childhood. This place is printed on my memory like a fairy-tale place where everybody is happy. It is a warm, calm memory of my grandparents’ house.

My grandparents’ house was located on the east side of the Ukrainian Crimea Peninsula in a town named Kerch (Penticapei, in Greek). This place was full of ancient legends, stories of battles between primeval tribes at first; then Romans and Greeks, and after this, Turkey and Russia. My ancestors on my father’s side participated in the Turkish wars 300 years ago. Ac-cording to my family’s hypothesis, one of the numerous brothers was married to a Greek woman whom he liberated from Turkish incarceration. My father’s face reflects this ancient ancestral appearance. He has hair black as tar and light blue eyes. His sister, Tanya, had the nickname “Greek Girl” during her childhood.

It took a day and a night to travel to Crimea on the train. Aunt Tanya and cousin Lena, who lived with my grandparents, would meet us in the train station. We would go together to my grandparents’ home. They lived in a 5-floor brick building in a 3-room apartment. This building housed about 5-10 other families. The neighbors were always aware of our arrival. It was usually senior people who sat on the bench and welcomed our pro-cession by nodding their heads.

When the door to the apartment was opened, the first picture that I remember is my Grandma sitting in her chair as on a throne. My grand-mother wasn’t able to move because of her sickness. She sat all the time in her chair and even slept in this chair. Grandma had developed a metabolism problem that started during World War II when she virtually starved for a very long time. After food became available again, she couldn’t stop eating. Her metabolism changed so that even if she ate normally she still grew fatter. When I became an adult, I learned how she had become that way, but in my childhood I just wondered how she could sit in her chair so long and be so big. I remember her suffering face, big blue eyes full of gentleness toward her grandchildren and her tired smile worn from life’s tragedies. Everything here was filled with warmth, trust and love. Beds were extra soft, food was extremely delicious, and life was just perfect.

The table was ready and the family would gather around it for the whole evening. I don’t remember that we ate anything unusual at this welcoming table. Usually it was mashed potatoes, a variety of salads, diversity of fish and fruits. What I remember is the spirit of love, happiness of meeting and joy of communication with kinfolks. Every-body shared his or her thoughts, feeling and stories from throughout the year. Those conversations were warm and calm like the sound of a lullaby. The children usually fell asleep during this chattering.

The next day was beach day. Here by the Black Sea I learned how to swim, how to climb on the mountains and learned the diversity of the Crimea’s flora and fauna. My brother, Lena and I would have a great time playing together on the beach, swimming, fishing and enjoying the sun. This would continue for three months until autumn would start.
This place on the Black Sea was full of images that I can still see, touch, hear, smell and taste. I close my eyes and see the bright blue color of the sea. I hear the singing of thousands of crickets on the quiet evenings that blend with the rustle of the steppes and the sea. The air in this town was full of the fragrance of ginger, exotic trees, flowers and see breezes. I remember the taste of Crimean peaches, grapes and pears that were especially delicious there in my grandparents’ house. All these sensors are tied together and became an important part of my memory and feelings. Furthermore, those feelings gained a symbolic meaning of irretrievable childhood. The significance of these memories has increased since my childhood, and has been growing even more since I left my homeland.

One of the significant wonders of the Black Sea evokes a most direct and powerful perception in my memory. In the late evening of August, when the sea would become very warm, we would gather on the beach to observe this phenomenon of nature. The warm sea causes an increase of bacteria in the water, which the luminescent microorganisms feed on in great numbers. Because of this, the smooth dark water emitted a bright light after it was touched or there was some other motion.

I remember mingled feelings of awe, fear and joy when the fluorescent sea touched my small body and I was covered by millions of lights. My body looked like a flaming torch. When I would start to swim, light-bearing water spread diamonds around me as I passed through. Even the small waves light up as they break on the shore. The fish fry that slumbered along the shore resembled tiny mystic stars. Ships far away would look like giant mermaids with tails of emeralds. All those pictures stay unforgettably in my memory like a slow motion dream.

I very often visit the Crimea, even though my grandparents passed away and my Aunt Tanya sold the apartment. Everything has changed there since my childhood. My grandparents’ house became too old, too small, and even miserable. Nobody sits on the benches any more. The new generation changed all the surrounding style of life. Crime and corruption increased there during perestroika when Russia and the Ukraine squabbled over whose territory the Crimea is. Peaceful residents often shook with fear from gun fire and robberies. After this period of social transition the area has become stable again. Most of the Crimea is now a resort area where many people take their vacations during the summer.

Every time I go to Crimea, I feel nostalgic for my childhood experiences. Everything that I see around me seems more ordinary and less exciting. Although I have become an adult, my inner voice whistles to me a specific song when I breathe in the aroma of the Black Sea. “This is your home”, says this voice and brings significance to everything connected with my childhood. My childhood memory allows me to hold this place as a sacred symbol of happiness, a place where everything was secure, very stable and ideal. It is still a place where I want to return.

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Golf Tourney Another Huge Success

Hall & Dolby Teams Big Winners!

This year there were 51 players on 13 teams. Jerry Fishel was reported to be well-behaved, the teams all had a great time, and the treasurer was equally happy!

The Closest to the Pin winners: Men - Barry Holtzclaw; Women - Sandy Thormen; Youth - Jacob Hudson.

The Longest Drive winners: Men - tied Barry Holtzclaw, Greg Musberger; Women - Kim Rooks; Youth - Austin Krusee.

The winning team was the Hall Team, who won in a tie-breaker: Steve Hall, Jaime Butler, Steve Richardson, and Mark Gandart.

Taking the second place honors was the Dolby Team: Bill Dolby, Louise Schultze, Brian Schultze, and Ron Shultze.

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You Are Cordially Invited to Attend the Annual Harvest Dinner

Saturday, October 25th, 6-8 pm

Social time at 6:00, dinner at 6:30

Includes: A complimentary, sit-down dinner served to all parishioners to thank everyone for supporting the ministries of St. Andrew’s this year.

A list of those ministries will be on display, as well as a list of ministries in our diocese that we support with our annual Fair Share. It is amazing how much we can accomplish with all our hands joined together. Come see what your gifts of time, talent and money can accomplish.

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LOST

My BCP. It’s red, 4X6, a personal version, soft bound. There is a photo inside taken at Tillie's house at Christmas time a few years ago. I'm in the photo. If found, call Paula.

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News Brief (or Brief News...)

Around the Parish ~ Wanted: Your B-I-G news. The Piper will be adding a column, Parish Briefs, featuring whatever you want in the way of family/parish news bits. E.g., Gram & Gramps Rochelle &
Kelly welcomed Carl James, born in August to Tim & Meghan. Blessings abound!

Around the Town ~ VCUM has named a new Executive Director, Dave Mills. He grew up in Felton and Scotts Valley, and currently lives in Santa Cruz. Drop by and introduce yourself.

Around the Diocese ~ Bishop Mary asks, “What is in your hand?” Then she says, “It is more than enough for God to work a miracle.” To read more, click here.

Around the World ~ Archbishop Justin Welby is opening up Lambeth Palace to adults aged 20-35 to spend a year living, praying and studying together as a radical new Christian community. He is WHAT? More information
about the Community of St Anselm can be found at: www.stanselm.org.uk

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Chris Fogarty (August 2)
Dan Kelly (August 5)
Jim Lieb (August 5)
Mark Carling (August 14)
Diane Dearinger (August 15)
Shirley Greenwood (August 17)
Becky Rooks (August 18)
Colin Whitby-Strevens (August 26)
Rob Carling (August 27)
Bill Hall (August 29)
Jennifer Kennedy (August 29)
Katherine McCormick (September 3)
Diane McCormick (September 4)
Delle Townsend (September 5)
John Wooliscroft (September 6)
Jessie Landeros (September 10)
Linda Nunes (September 11)
Rachel Ogilvie (September 18)
Bob Nunes (September 19)
Stephanie Laufenberg (September 20)
Steve Rooks (September 26)
Janet Butler (September 28)
Rick Garay (October 2)
Jonathan Smith (October 4)
Jean Templeman (October 18)
Cathe Lieb (October 22)
Mitsuno Bauermeister (October 25)
Steven Ruff (October 29)
Blaine Hammond (October 30)
Stephen Mello (October 31)

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The Back Page...

cALLed - Elizabeth Forbes

After reading June’s back page, if you went to the web sites for Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) or Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action (COPA) and were mightily impressed with the work they do, if maybe you thought you’d like to get involved, or maybe your heart felt strangely warmed: It may be time to talk with Fr. Blaine about diaconal calling.

Or is your calling on the lay side of that ministry coin? You may have a call to work closely and officially with the church, but not in an ordained capacity. Our diocese licenses lay ministers in eight areas. Most of us know about the Eucharistic Ministers and Eucharistic Visitors. The other six are Worship Leader, Preacher, Catechist, Evangelist, Healing Minister, and Small Group Leader. These are areas in which the church wishes to have consistency in theology, rite and ritual, and expertise. Licensing is a means of keeping the teachings and practices within the Anglican-Episcopal tradition. This is particularly important in a tradition as broad and open as ours. So let’s take a look at the Licensed Lay Ministries in the Diocese of El Camino Real. The first six are established under national canons, and the last two are specific to our diocese.

1. Worship Leader: a lay person who regularly leads public worship. We saw this utilized in Costa Rica where the Worship Leader presided over the Service of the Word (the first half of the service) and the priest then presided over the Eucharistic Service. It added a positive energy to the worship experience.

2. Preacher: a lay person authorized to preach on a regular basis. Bill Dolby is a Licensed Preacher who preaches regularly at St. Philip’s. Fr. Blaine’s previous congregation also had a Licensed Lay Preacher who added another voice and another perspective to the lessons.

3. Eucharistic Minister: a lay person authorized to administer the chalice at a Celebration of Holy Eucharist. Our newest EM is Teresa Ruff! Our EMs also act as acolytes at many services.

4. Eucharistic Visitor: a lay person authorized to take the consecrated elements to members of the congregation who, by reason of illness or infirmity, were unable to be present at the Sunday Celebration. It is a privilege to bring not only the elements, but the sense of belonging and being remembered to someone who can’t be with us on Sunday morning. An EV may go alone or with one or two others.

5. Catechist: a lay person authorized to prepare persons for Baptism, Confirmation, Reception and the Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows.

6. Evangelist: a lay person who inspires, encourages, and equips church members to be effective witnesses to the Good News in Jesus Christ.

7. Healing Ministers: a lay person authorized to pray, lay hands on, and anoint with consecrated oil those in need of physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional healing. Most of us are happy to add our hands and prayers to Blaine’s for one who has requested prayers on a Sunday morning. But there are those who have a sense of being led to this specific ministry.

8. Small Group Leaders: provides pastoral support and facilitates scriptural and spiritual learning in a small group setting, normally within the context of a congregation.

All of the above are under the direction of the priest in charge of the congregation. They are ministries that were for a large part of our history reserved to the ordained, and which we lay people have not yet picked up to the extent that we might. As you read through the list, which are you drawn to? I’ve heard some express interest in being a Worship Leader, an EM, and an EV. Who among us has a heart for praying for the sick? For inspiring effective telling of our stories to others who are longing to know where our joy and meaning come from? For drawing out the meaning of scripture in our lives?

If people come to mind who seem to fit these ministries, why not tell them that you thought of them? Let us encourage one another in bringing the Good News to others in whatever way God is calling us to do so. All of us are called and have vowed in baptism to serve one another. Each of us is a part of the body of Christ. What part are you?

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If you are interested in submitting an article in next month's newsletter, contact Elizabeth Forbes or Paula Jansen.