PO Box 181680, Coronado, CA 92178
Village Hall – Corner of 6th and H Streets
(619) 437-6827 www.coronadocommunitychurch.org
Minister: Stephen J. Mather Board Chairperson: Stephen Duermeyer
Minister Emeritus: Dr. Thomas P. Warmer Trustees: Merrill Wood
Minister Emerita: Marlys Simmons Pastor / Parish: Penny Duermeyer
Administrator: Candace Tyler Finance: Glenn Welch
Treasurer & Financial Secretary: Al Ovrom Global Missions: Stephen Duermeyer
Christian Life: Sara Wood Membership & Outreach: Susie Ovrom
Music Director: Elizabeth Kimery Adult Education: Steve Mather
Pianist: Sharon Axelson Congregational Care: Marlys Simmons
PHC: Jeff Tyler
Adult Sunday School: 9:00 AM, Library
Children’s Sunday School: 10:00 AM, Under the Direction of Laura and Mark Dugger
Child Care: 9:45 – 11:00
The Minister’s Musings
Ben Franklin’s Challenge – “If You Can Keep It”
At the close of the constitutional convention in 1789, a woman asked Benjamin Franklin what type of
government the Constitution was bringing into existence. Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
Our country is at an intersection of freedoms as we seek to preserve the republic that Franklin and others
bequeathed to us. We seem to be in a collective fog about what freedom means, who should have it, and where
restrictions should be placed. If it affects me, it is the freedom won on battlefields. If it is someone else’s, well, that
is expendable. So we have conflicting views of when life begins, and it seems, when it ends. What are the rights of a
patient with terminal illness to refuse heroic measures to prolong life? What are the rights of a fetus? What right
does a woman have to terminate a pregnancy or control her fertility? Is it permissible for a religious charity to refuse
granting adoptions to gay or lesbian applicants? Whose rights or freedoms are trampled upon if another’s are
With everyone claiming ties to revolutionary thinking, it may behoove us to stand back and try to get a bird’s
eye view of what is going on. How do we continue the sweeping panorama that is the American experiment of
republican government for future generations? How do we pursue the big picture that recognizes that the curtailing of
freedom for one affects every citizen? There are restrictions to the untrammeled exercise of freedom. It is considered
bad taste, and an illegal act, to shout “Fire!” in a crowded theater, if there is no fire. License to do what you please is
not freedom but a prescription for anarchy. Freedom is present when citizens use common sense to restrain
themselves and not act out every fool idea that comes into their heads. We must continually ask, “does my exercise
of freedom intrude on someone else’s rights?”
This level of wisdom is what Franklin wondered about when he answered the woman in 1789. “Will you be
able to keep the republic that we have given you?” he asked. That question is relevant today – and highly debatable.
If we continue down the road traveled lately with shouting and name calling, it is unlikely that the freedoms we claim
will survive. This is a time for visionary voices, prophetic voices to do what Abraham Lincoln did for the country
during the Civil War. He appealed to the “angels of our better nature” to evoke from citizens then a different
response to the challenges of war and division. People of faith in churches, synagogues, mosques and ashrams
throughout our country can contribute to a needed dialogue about how to “proclaim liberty throughout all the land,
and unto all the inhabitants thereof” (Leviticus 25:10). Perhaps we can learn from the wisdom embedded in our
respective scriptures on ways to exercise our freedom responsibly, both for ourselves and in service to the common
CCC Board Minutes Summary - May 18, 2010
Chairperson: Steve Duermeyer
A card and gift certificate were presented to Al and Susie Ovrom for hosting our 1st Annual Clutter Clearance.
September 2010 will be designated 2011 Month in our church. In September 2010 recommendations and suggestions
will be solicited from the congregation for projects and activities accomplished by the church in 2011. The board will review all
suggestions at its October board meeting.
Assisted in comforting the Parker family and coordinated the services for Dick Parker scheduled for Wednesday June 9.
The Council of Churches meets next month.
Asked that the subcommittee for transport to and from Sunday service be reinvigorated. Doug St. Denis is the contact
Our regular class on Judaism is complete. He is attempting to coordinate a joint class with Christ Church on a new
Finance: Glenn Welch
The finance report for April was very positive. Contributions are up as compared to last year. The Clutter Clearance
brought in $3,800. At the end of April we have a net operating income of $3,487"
Total Checking/Savings $142,393.11
Total Reserve $274,361.69
Congregational Care: Marlys Simmons
Marlys has been in touch with several of our members who can no longer attend service on a regular basis.
Pastor Parish: Penny Duermeyer
Penny reports that her committee is on schedule in accordance with the staff advocacy plan.
Christian Life: Sara Wood
Sara reports that the Duggers are committed to teaching through the Fall. We will review our Sunday school program in
September. Sunday school is going to install a new "One Room Sunday School" program for the Summer.
Nursery staff is stable.
Youth choir is now up to 28 children. Volunteers who help Elizabeth are Penny, Susie, Joan Maden, Sara and Mebane.
Youth choir will perform at the San Diego County Fair on June 30.
Membership and Outreach: Susie Ovrom
The church potluck gathering was very successful and fun with about 35 people attending.
The next planned all-church event will be on August 22 at the Coronado Yacht Club.
Penny and Steve will be hosting the next small fellowship dinner, for new people to the church, on a date to be
Another Clutter Clearance will be held soon at Joanne Fix's home.
Trustees: Merrill Wood
Merrill agreed to find out about carpet cleaning at Village Hall. The carpet is quite dirty.
Global Missions: Steve Duermeyer
There is still a serious need for a committee chairperson. Steve Duermeyer is currently interim committee chair.
Easter offering for Global Missions was $2,820.
Karen Erickson is meeting with Marlys this week to decide how to make the Free Clinic project more visible to our
other churches in Coronado. Volunteers will be needed. St. Mathew's in National City will solicit volunteers from National City
A $1,000 gift to Church World Service (Afghanistan Women's Education Project) was approved.
A $500 gift to San Diego's Third Avenue Charitable Organization (TACO) was approved.
Note the day change for our regular board meeting, the 2nd Monday of each month.
Up Close and Personal
Memories of the Holy Land
You recall that twelve members of our church visited the Holy Land last spring. It has been just about one year since we
returned from that wonderful trip. It is fair to say we embarked on our journey with a religious and spiritual curiosity. We were
regarded as pilgrims. It is said that the tourist passes through the place, while the place passes through the pilgrim. That was so
very true for us. Yes, it was a religious and spiritual experience, but it also became an archeological, historical and political
adventure. Each of us formed our individual opinions from those experiences.
We embarked our flights to Tel Aviv with much excitement and eager anticipation. Though we were tired from the long
flights, we were wide-eyed on the bus journey to Jerusalem. We didn't want to miss anything. We had read and heard about
Jerusalem all our lives, and we were about to be really there. We learned immediately we were not the only pilgrims on our
mission. There were hundreds if not thousands of pilgrims in Jerusalem from all over the world. Like us, they were also
attempting to walk in the steps made by Jesus more than 2,000 years ago.
Oh, Jerusalem. The famous city is a fascinating mix of warm humanity, political reality and hope that persons of
different faiths can get along. We loved exploring ancient Jerusalem's mysterious, crowded and uproarious Muslim Quarter; it's
quiet, orderly Christian Quarter; it's prosperous if not stylish Jewish Quarter; and it's gracious, friendly Armenian Quarter. Every
evening in the city, over our glasses of wine, we regaled each other, our dear friends, with stories of our wonderful discoveries.
However, our pilgrimage extended far beyond the walls of the ancient city. It was during our excursions miles from our
Jerusalem base that we began to realize that the familiar biblical stories that were based on "tradition" and handed down through
the centuries were open to interpretation. And, not being biblical scholars ourselves, we tended to believe what we were taught
to believe. Here is an example. At Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, the Silver Star of Bethlehem in the floor of the grotto is
said by tradition to be the site of Jesus' birth. This has been reported since at least the 2nd century, and like the other pilgrims, I
waited in line
to go to my knees to kiss the famous Silver Star. Yet, since my childhood Sunday school days, it has been reported that Jesus
was born in a manger in a stable, not in a cave. This is so interesting to think about.
Here is another example. It is tradition that Jesus spent considerable time in the area of Galilee, inspiring, teaching and
healing. It is tradition that he even lived there for a time in a village named Capernaum. At Kibbutz Ginosar, on the western
shore of the Sea of Galilee, not far from Capernaum, in a special museum there is an amazingly preserved first-century
fisherman's boat discovered in the mud-flats a few decades ago. Probably for commercial purposes, this wonderful boat is called
the "Jesus Boat." You can even Google it at www.Jesusboat.com. It is tradition that Jesus befriended the fishermen of Galilee.
And, it is tradition that from one of their fishing boats he rebuked the Sea's fierce winds and waves. Was that fishing boat similar
if not the same as the "Jesus Boat" salvaged from the sea and preserved at Kibbutz Ginosar? We would like to believe it,
wouldn't we? Again, so very interesting to think about.
A final but very prominent example takes us back to Jerusalem to the most famous Christian church in the world, the
Church of the Resurrection and Holy Sepulchre. By tradition, this church is built around and over Jesus' tomb. Indeed, is this the
site where Jesus died, was buried, and was raised? Was this site the notorious rock quarry with the criminals' crosses, Golgotha
or Calvary? The opinions of scholars differ, but again, it is what we believe, isn't it? Again, so very, very interesting to think
Experiencing these traditions and comparing them to my beliefs was the total joy of this pilgrimage. Loaves and fishes,
Jordan River waters, Herod's seaside residence and hanging palace, layers upon layers of civilization at Jericho, Dead Sea caves,
Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, so many sites, so many traditions to think about. What a marvelous experience it was!
Dome of the Rock, Wailing Wall, Old walled City The “Jesus Boat”
Church of the Resurrection, Golgotha, Calvary Damascus Gate
Sea of Galilee Jesus’ Birthplace, Bethlehem
Health Care Reform
One of the challenges we faced was finding a church in the South Bay that was willing to share our commitment as
well as their building. We were excited to learn that the vestry of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in National City
wanted to be our partner in this endeavor and together we formed the South Bay Community Free Clinic.
Regretfully, we learned that the church facility would not be acceptable to state inspectors. Because the inspection
standards are very rigid, the charming but old church infrastructure was found to be unacceptable by our State of
California. After this disappointing set-back, we have renewed the search for an acceptable building in the South
Dale St. Denis June 15
Al Ovrom June 15
Tom Warmer June 15
Suzanne Ware June 21
Neda Warmer June 22
Elsie Jane Plumb June 28
Jeanne Shoemaker July 13
Susie Ovrom August 8
Art Mikles August 27
Sandy and Jim Strickland July 1
Pat and Dick Pilcher August 4
Doug and Dale St. Denis August 26
Anita Bumgardner, Ruth Doherty, Luana Hutton, Lee Mather, Jacque Parker, Maria Siebrand, Larry Wade, Marty Williams’
4:30 p.m. Women’s Bible Study – Contact Laurie McCaull, 435-7019
7:00 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting (2nd Monday of Each Month)
9:00 a.m. Conversations with Pastor Steve, Starbucks
3:30 p.m. Community Youth Choir Rehearsal-Ruby Room, Library
6:00 p.m. Bell Choir Rehearsal - 111 Orange Avenue
7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal – 111 Orange Ave.
Please remember the Food Bank basket at church each Sunday.
The hint is PST! (Peanut butter, Soup, Tuna).
The PIG collections also go to the Food Bank
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