News & Events from St. John’s Episcopal Church • Oakland, California
May 2011 Rector’s Message
“To Everything There is a Season”
Apr. 30 – 11 a.m.
Confirmation of CnC youth We are all familiar with that fa- impacted by her ministry, as well as her ministry
at Grace Cathedral, SF mous passage from the third to all of us, cannot be easily captured. How can
chapter of Ecclesiastes that re- one even begin to ponder the impact of such de-
May 1 – 2nd Easter minds us that there is a time for votion? Fortunately, Sara will not be leaving St.
7:45 – Early Eucharist all things: John’s and will continue to sing in the Chancel
10:00 – CnC Confirmands Choir and assist Ernest as needed.
‘Come and Teach” 6 A time to search, and a time to
No Eucharist at 10 a.m. give up as lost; A time to keep, On June 5th we will celebrate Frank Sterling’s
Noon-ish – CnC celebration and a time to throw away. ministry at St. John’s. Frank has recently been
party reassigned by Bishop Marc and this will neces-
7 A time to tear apart, and a time to sew together;
May 7 – Parish Work Day A time to be silent, and a time to speak. sitate Frank’s resignation from the staff as well
And BBQ as Outreach Ministry Catalyst. Frank has been
Apparently, for St. John’s, this is a time to say the heart and soul of outreach here at St. John’s.
May 8 – 3rd Easter “goodbye”. We are about to bid farewell to sev- But Frank’s ministry at St. John’s goes back long
Earth Sunday eral key players on staff. So get out your calendars before he was ordained. I have a special rela-
7:45 – Early Eucharist and make ready your Kleenex. tionship to Frank because he was the very first
8:55 – Family Eucharist person I met from St. John’s when I was an ap-
10:45 – Choral Eucharist On May 22nd we will say goodbye to Sara Ev- plicant for the position of rector. He came out
inger who has been our Youth Choir Director to Boston to check me out and when I met him
May 13-15 – Parish Retreat for decades. On that Sunday Sara will direct our
at Bishop’s Ranch I knew that if Frank was representative of the
youth for the last time. Long before I arrived at people of St. John’s, I wanted to be there.
May 15 – 4th Easter
St. John’s Sara was well on her way to legendary
7:45 – Early Eucharist status as a music leader. The hundreds of youth ––Continued on Page 2
8:55 – Family Eucharist
10:45 – Choral Eucharist
May 22 – 5th Easter
Senior Warden Speaks
7:45 – Early Eucharist
8:55 – Family Eucharist &
I have been silent in this column space over • Worship: Make physical improvements to the
Youth Choir Concert the past few months trying to stay with and worship environment (see operations below),
& Food Raiser enable closure to the work we started with the resolve banner / music storage conflicts, devel-
10:45 – Choral Eucharist Appreciative Inquiry process in April 2010. After op the acolyte program.
all of the “one on one” conversations around an
May 29 – 6th Easter appreciative inquiry about life and service at St. • Stewardship: Develop a year round educa-
Summer Schedule starts John’s; the discernment developed by Ann Hal- tional effort of an “attitude” of being grateful,
7:45 – Early Eucharist lisey and her core team and the development of glad and giving and a year round understanding
10:00 – Choral Eucharist
conceptual (grouped) themes; the statements of of stewardship.
“possibility” developed by the parish participants • Education: Develop year round educational
during the all day “Re-Wired” summit; discus- activities for all age groups (pre-school through
sions between the Vestry, the Catalysts and our adults) with a particular emphasis for kids that
Financial folks began transforming all of the ear- are pre CnC and post CnC.
lier thoughts and concepts into attainable opera-
tional goals as well as goals of aspiration. • In-Reach: Advance the “welcoming of new-
comers” program, market our emerging educa-
Following a two month period of researching tional programs, create and implement a plan to
and talking with others who would be involved retain and re-incorporate post-CnC & post-col-
in implementing activities to enable the goals to lege youth.
become realized in the next year or so, the pro-
posed goals and objectives were presented to the • Out-Reach: Consolidate all outreach pro-
Vestry during its March meeting. (See the posted grams for coordination purposes and develop
minutes and minute attachments for full details.) new concepts for enabling additional outreach
The following groups are the ones that ultimately programs.
evolved to establish and develop these target ob- ––Continued on Page 2
jectives based upon all of the earlier work:
Rector’s Message Senior Warden Lenten Series - Reflections
––Continued from Page 1 ––Continued from Page 1 on non-violence:
I am afraid I have more. On June 12th we • Operations Management: Address Our focus during this
will bless Annie Pierpoint as she leaves for on-going facility needs including signage, Lenten season has been
Virginia Theological Seminary. We will exterior repairs, accessibility and a ramp, a community partner-
have a party following the 10 AM service and pew repair and refurbishing. ship with Corpus Christi
that will also be an opportunity for us to Catholic Church exam-
contribute to her seminary fund. Annie • Communications: Update the Web- ining the subject of non-
grew up here at St. John’s and I know she site and develop small group networks on violence. I was pleased
will always see St. John’s as her spiritual line to provide the tools for support, com- to be invited as a guest
home. She has been an amazing leader in munication / dialogue and be the creative speaker, yet aware of the difficulties re-
her short time as our Sunday School Co- format platform for St. John’s. Always garding my selected topic; Warfare.
ordinator and it is clear to all that she has give the parish multiple ways to get infor-
mation. I knew there would be an emotional
found her calling as she seeks ordination. connection with nearly everyone in at-
With all this transition, that prayer from All of the objectives proposed were dis- tendance. Many in attendance including
the Compline service in our prayer book cussed and accepted as targets for the next myself, were Veterans, many had family
comes to mind. It asks God to protect three years moving forward. I urge you all members and friends that were Veterans
us “so that we who are wearied by the to become familiar with the specifics of or currently serving in harms way. My
changes and chances of this life may rest these goals and feel free to talk with me, goal was not to be controversial; yet ex-
in your eternal changelessness”. It always any Vestry person or a Catalyst regarding amining the subject of warfare in regards
helps me to remember that the God who them. We welcome additional objectives, to our Christian faith is not an easy task.
brought such talent to St. John’s will con- ways and means of working towards these When discussing a controversial subject,
tinue to do so. And if Karma really works, goals, and any refinements to these goals I believe it’s important to be aware of the
then given the talent we have sent forth as we move forward; this is a continuing common reactions experienced by many
from St. John’s to work in God’s field, we process. in attendance.
can expect some amazing folks to come As we move reflectively through Lent, It has been said that all truth passes
and take up the cause. I pray that we all remain open, creative through three stages. 1) Denial 2) Vehe-
There is a time to say goodbye. But let us and strong as we move into the call and ment opposition 3) Acceptance as com-
also remember that for every “goodbye”, challenges in the new “light” and life of mon knowledge. During our Lenten
God will also bring us a new opportunity the resurrection. discussion of warfare and non-violence,
to say “Hello”! Robert Davidson, those in attendance may have experienced
Senior Warden similar reactions. In category one, imme-
Scott+ diate denial arises by thinking “this can’t
possibly be true”. In category two, some
may vehemently deny and resort to dis-
crediting the messenger rather than lis-
tening to the message. In category three,
The Year in Worship some may sit back and think “I knew it all
Black Episcopalians along, that’s how I’ve always felt, but no
Eucharistic Lectionary: A one has ever raised the issue”
Daily Office Lectionary: Year One Article by Brenda Richardson
Advent 2010 to Advent eve 2011 For those who could not attend, our dis-
Follow the link below to CDSP’s
quarterly newsletter and read about cussion was centered on “re-thinking” the
black Episcopalians’ spiritual roots. centuries old doctrine of a Just War Theo-
St. John’s Episcopal Church ry, which states:
This is the first time the magazine is
1707 Gouldin Road, Oakland, CA 94611 available strictly online. To download • War must be waged only for a just
510/339-2200 –– Fax 510/339-2487 a copy of the issue, people can also go cause.
www.stjohnsoakland.org to the homepage of the Church Di-
vinity School of the Pacific (CDSP. • Peaceful means of settling the conflict
The Rev. Scott Denman, Rector should first be pursued.
edu) look to the right of the page and
Editor: Laurie Bennett open the link for Crossings 2011. The • The war must not target innocent civil-
Layout: Ray Craun story is entitled “Spiritual Roots.”
Production: Dennis Reeve ians
Publisher: Bedivere http://cdsp.edu/docs/crossings/ • The war should not cause greater evil
Crossings_Winter2011.pdf than that which it is trying to eliminate.
It ys a sotyll mouse that slepyth
in the catty’s ear.
––Hilles Commonplace Book, 1530
2 ––Continued on Page 3
Lenten Series Service Project for Chancel Choir’s
––Continued from Page 2 Marines in Afghanistan Palm Sunday Concert
• The war must be waged by a legitimate On Friday, April 15, Elaine Reich- A delighted audience of well over
authority. ert invited her friend Jan Darmody 100 attendees awarded a standing
to join a group from St. John’s to make ovation to the Chancel Choir, guest solo-
We examined the Just War Theory in light cooling scarves for our Marine unit in Af- ist Angela Cadelago, and an instrumental
of our Christian faith, and theologian ghanistan. At 10am sewing machines ap- ensemble, conducted by our Minister of
Walter Wink’s “Myth of Redemptive Vio- peared, along with two irons and several Music Ernest Knell, for their Palm Sun-
lence” which states: volunteers: Marian Barnes, Barbara Cad- day concert performance of John Rutter’s
• The myth of redemptive violence pro- wlader, Jill Winegarden, Sandra Davidson, Requiem.
motes peace through war with the be- Sara Evinger, Nancy Hall, Lone Beeson,
Maddy Kho (an 8th grader and soon-to- Rutter’s Requiem (1985) is one of the
lief that violence saves, war brings peace, most beloved pieces in the choral reper-
might makes right. be-confirmed), and Nancy Everett.
toire. We sang Rutter’s own ensemble ver-
• Redemptive violence is one of the oldest Jan, a member of the American Legion sion scored for harp, cello, flute, oboe, or-
continually repeated stories in the world. Auxiliary in Marin County, taught us how gan, tympani and – glockenspiel! Those of
to cut, sew, press and assemble the cooling us who had the privilege of studying and
• The god of redemptive violence is not scarves, and in record time over 60 were performing it under Ernest’s expert tute-
the impartial ruler of all nations but a trib- completed. With leftover supplies, Elaine lage and baton, and reinforced by supple-
al god worshipped as an idol. Its symbol is Reichert completed another 12! mental singers drawn from his profession-
not the cross but the crosshairs of a weap- al associations (including the San Francis-
on. Its offer is not forgiveness but victo- (Note that Jan gained her experience sewing cool- co Opera Chorus), were richly rewarded
ry. Its good news is not the unconditional ing scarves for her son’s unit of 80 when he did a for the extra hours of rehearsal and prepa-
love of enemies but their final elimina- tour with the Army in the Middle East.) ration. In fact, we had an absolutely won-
tion. Its salvation is not a new heart, but a Elaine, Lone, Barbara, Nancy and Sara derful time.
successful foreign policy. served a delicious lasagne lunch to the The program also included Francis Pou-
Through personal experience I have stitchers (there was minimal bitching). Ac- lenc’s Litanies à la Vierge noire de Roca-
found violence as a means to solve con- tually the whole thing was quite convivial madour, winningly and gracefully sung by
flict as repetitive, not redemptive. As and we all felt so productive as Jan told our outstanding regular soloists, sopranos
Christians, I believe our faith calls us to us stories and read us a thank-you from a Elizabeth Gallagher and Sara Evinger and
be peacemakers. Through the life of Jesus soldier who received one of the scarves we alto Julianne Booth Knell. The composer
we can observe the incarnation of non- had knitted. – previously known for his almost flippant
violence, the teacher of non-violence, the Sunday’s Episcopal 101 was transformed secularism – wrote this affecting trio in
model of non-violence, and the prophet of into a jolly service project party: Adults 1936, upon returning to Roman Catholi-
non-violence. In a world filled with vio- were joined by an enthusiastic crew from cism after the death of a close friend.
lence, wars, and unrest, the Church can be CNC, and all 74 cooling scarves were
a powerful agent for peace. What is need- Audience and musicians lingered at a live-
quickly folded and packaged and are now ly reception following the concert, ably or-
ed most at this crucial time in history is di- ready to send to our troops. As soon as
alogue and communication. I believe that ganized by Ray Reiss.
seminarian Andrew Hybl provides us
on a local and international level, the first with our new contact, four boxes of toilet- These questions kept coming up at the
step towards peace is bringing communi- ries, snack foods and cooling scarves are reception: “will you perform this again?
ties into healthy dialogue to discuss these ready to be mailed. Will you do more concerts?” Only Ernest
challenging issues. I am pleased to see the knows the answer to that. We can only
communities of St. John’s and Corpus Thanks to all who contributed snack food, hope that this event – and the enthusiastic
Christi moving in the right direction. toiletries, and crafty talents to support our response – will prompt a reprise or more.
troops! For those of us in the choir, this concert
For anyone interested in further exam-
ining the topic of non-violence, please Sara E was a thrilling launch for our several Holy
check out the Episcopal Peace Fellow- Week musical offerings.
ship. This can give you an idea of other Sylvia Ahern
Parishes within our faith tradition that are
following Jesus’ call for peace, connecting P. S. Have you thought about joining the choir?
Episcopalians doing justice, dismantling We welcome newcomers, and it’s a rare and won-
violence and striving to be peacemakers. derful opportunity for interested amateurs to learn
http://epfnational.org/ and perform gorgeous sacred music together with
top-notch professionals. Talk to Ernest!
Blessings and Peace,
St. John’s Financials
We continue to show a loss year to
date, but now we are in line with
both the budget and last year. As I men-
tioned in last month’s Mouse, we will be
updating the budget based on progress re-
ports to make certain that we do not end
as we did last year, but rather turn this
ship around with God’s help. As I witness
the commitment to contribute to outreach
without the outreach grants I am inspired
to confidence that we will have a greater
year than ever as our hearts remain com-
mitted to reaching out with our blessings
to share with others in all ways - sharing
our time talent and treasure even as we
struggle as all are struggling with budget
constraints. With your continued support
and God’s continued blessing and guid-
ance we will all succeed in these efforts.
Yours in Christ,
P.S. Remember to sign-up for eScrip! Do you
know about eScrip? Do you shop at Safeway, the
Village Market, Andronico’s, Piedmont Grocers?
Please go online to www.escrip.com and register
your Safeway Card and your credit cards. These
merchants and many others will sent up to 3 some-
times 5% of your purchase money to St. John’s
through the eScrip program. These receipts are de-
posited into the Samaritan Fund to support Out-
reach efforts at St. John’s. (St. John’s ID number
for eScrip is 136952675.)
2. Even if capital gains taxes will not be by using a charitable remainder trust that
Also note that if you have signed up in the past, an issue, placing a portion of the property was trusteed by the Diocese of California
you need to renew your eScrip commitment for your in a charitable remainder trust before sell- and will eventually benefit several differ-
Safeway Card at least once a year - so if you think ing will result in very significant income ent charities as well as their church.
you had signed up but haven’t checked in a while, tax deduction, reducing taxes and thus in-
please go online and renew! • When Sarah sold her longtime $49,500
creasing disposable income. home for $1 million, she saved $100,000
3. Placing a portion of the property in on taxes by placing $200,000 of the pro-
Transitioning Out such a trust prior to sale results in the sell- ceeds in a charitable trust which paid her
er receiving both a lump sum plus a life- monthly fees at the retirement center to
of Real Estate? which she moved.
time income, often a desired formula for
Sometimes one cannot wait those entering a retirement living arrange- • Virginia’s laundromat was sold upon
for the real estate market to ment. her death with the proceeds designated to
fully recover before having When the income from such a trust is no fund an endowment fund that has been
to sell one’s property. Oth- longer needed, the remaining principal is supporting social ministries in her name
er factors may rule when it distributed to whichever charities have for 25 years.
comes to timing. been designated, or may establish a named The Rev. Richard L. Schaper, CFP
Whenever you sell, here are some strate- endowment fund to fund these charities (415) 869-7812
gies that you may wish to consider: in perpetuity.
Gift Planning Officer
1. If capital gains taxes will be a consid- Examples: RichardS@DioCal.org
eration, you may use a “Wealth Preser- • When Ed and Anne wished to liquidate
vation” (Charitable Remainder) Trust to Episcopal Diocese of California
their depreciated rental holdings at retire- www.EpiscopalGift.org
avoid or reduce upfront taxes, preserving ment, they avoided capital gains taxes and
the capital to produce reliable life-long in- the hassle of handling the sales themselves
Food for Thought They drank from a fountain when they your life . . . your home . . .
were thirsty, instead of using a cup or a your way
Here’s a perspective that Bob Davidson picked plastic bottle every time they had a drink
off of the Internet that reminds us of where we of water. They refilled pens with ink, in- a membership organization
have been as we work to understand where we stead of buying a new pen, and they re- to support aging in place
need to go. Chuckle and enjoy. placed the razor blades in a razor instead
of throwing away the whole razor just be- News from
It’s All About the Green Thing cause the blade got dull. But they didn’t North Oakland Village
have the green thing back then.
In the line at the store, the cashier told We are open for business! Yes, we have
the older woman that plastic bags weren’t Back then, people took the streetcar and
kids rode their bikes to school or rode the members for whom we are providing ser-
good for the environment. The woman vices. For example, we have taken photo-
apologized to her and explained, “We school bus, instead of turning their moms
into 24-hour taxi services. They had one graphs of items valued by two of our mem-
didn’t have the green thing back in my bers and burned CDs/DVDs for them.
day.” electrical outlet in a room, not an entire
bank of sockets to power a dozen appli- Another member has needed our Medical
That’s right, they didn’t have the green ances. And they didn’t need a comput- Companion service from a volunteer fir
thing in her day. Back then, they returned erized gadget to receive a signal beamed transportation and help with doctor’s ap-
their milk bottles, Coke bottles and beer from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in pointments. Providing a referral to a paid
bottles to the store. The store sent them order to find the nearest pizza joint. service provider is another member’s need
back to the plant to be washed and steril- we have met. Of course, a volunteer has
ized and refilled, using the same bottles But that old lady is right. They didn’t have been provided transportation to grocery
over and over. So they really were recy- the green thing back in her day. shopping.
cled. But they didn’t have the green thing Since our first public appearance last May,
back in her day. 2010, North Oakland Village has been
In her day, they walked up stairs, be- growing itself into the village it knows
cause they didn’t have an elevator in every this area of Oakland wants and needs. We
store and office building. They walked to
Do You Hear What I just made three ‘house meeting’ informa-
the grocery store and didn’t climb into a Hear? tional presentations in March!
300-horsepower machine every time they We really hear with our brains. Would you like to be a part of making this
had to go two blocks. But she’s right. They No matter what your age, one happen? We welcome MEMBERS, VOL-
didn’t have the green thing in her day. of the best ways to exercise the hear- UNTEERS, and DONORS! Also, feel
Back then, they washed the baby’s diapers ing part of your brain is with musical free to recommend NOV to friends and
because they didn’t have the throw-away training. The brains of older musi- neighbors by sponsoring an information-
kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in cians were found to perform as well al meeting in your home for people you
an energy-gobbling machine burning up as those of younger musicians when think might be interested.
220 volts – wind and solar power really listening attentively to sound. Old-
How do you get involved? You can do
did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me- er non-musicians demonstrated de-
this in three ways: 1) check the web site
down clothes from their brothers or sis- creased listening performance typi-
northoaklandvillage.org for information
ters, not always brand-new clothing. But cal of normal “aging.” This means
about us; 2) download membership ap-
that old lady is right, they didn’t have the that even though older musicians
plications, volunteer applications, or paid
green thing back in her day. might need hearing aids at some
service provider applications, fill them
point, they are likely to function bet-
Back then, they had one TV, or radio, out, and mail them to P.O. Box 21573,
ter with their hearing aids than many
in the house – not a TV in every room. Oakland, 94620; 3) and of course, make a
older non-musicians who have hear-
And the TV had a small screen the size tax deductible donation to NOV. You can
ing loss. Since musicians spend much
of a pizza dish, not a screen the size of have a ‘donor’ membership which is tax
of their time paying attention to the
the state of Montana. In the kitchen, they deductible or an active ‘service’ member-
details of sound, that experience may
blended and stirred by hand because they ship.
be responsible for enhancing audi-
didn’t have electric machines to do every- tory brain function. So if you want Memberships are $600.00 a year for a sin-
thing for you. When they packaged a frag- to exercise the hearing part of your gle person, $750 for a couple. You get a
ile item to send in the mail, they used wad- brain, come join the choir! %10 discount if you pay by the year. When
ded up newspaper to cushion it, not styro- your family asks what you would like for
foam or plastic bubble wrap. Dimitra Loomos
Christmas or birthday, tell them a mem-
Back then, they didn’t fire up an engine bership in NOV.
and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. Please feel free to call me for anything
They used a push mower that ran on hu- concerning North Oakland Village.
man power. They exercised by working
so they didn’t need to go to a health club Sandra Davidson 652-4924
to run on treadmills that operate on elec- Northoaklandvillage.org
tricity. But she’s right, they didn’t have the PO Box 21573 Oakland CA 94620
5 Phone (510) 450-4895
green thing back then.
Adult Faith Formation A Lectionary
Talking the Talk:
Getting Behind and Beyond Christian Where: St. John’s, reception room, As a Reader lately I have remembered
Clichés with Marilyn McEntyre 1707 Gouldin Road, Oakland something long forgotten about scripture
When: Sundays, June 5, 12, and 19, that I learned in Sunday School decades
Teacher, poet, and author past: The Word of God is not like any oth-
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Marilyn McEntyre will er written word—it is a living thing with
consider some of the ways Contact / RSVP: Sandra Ahn, the capacity to heal, nurture and comfort.
language is used in Chris- sjahn_Vienna@yahoo.com, 510.290.2850 They have power that no other words
tian communities and the have spiritually. As I set about learning
ways language develops my Reader’s assignment, I became more
usage that both enable Coming Soon: and more familiar with the reading, I no-
and inhibit understanding ticed inflections of speech: A pause or an
and unity. The Green Bible
inflection of speech soon sent me back to
• Using the Lord’s name – discussion So have you heard about The Green Bi- my commentaries for clarification.
of how we use, and sometimes perhaps ble? Would you like to discuss questions I decided to submit this to informal scien-
abuse, the names we are given for the like: Is God green? Did Jesus have any- tific redress. If the Word possesses these
Holy One. thing to say about the environment? What traits, it should have a measurable impact
• These words are my very life – which is my role as a Christian in caring for the on subjective my day-to-day living and the
translation of scripture we use makes a earth? The Green Bible has ten narratives challenges associated with it. I placed a
difference in how we define and devel- written by famous scholars, a subject in- copy in strategic places where I complete
op our relationship with God and each dex, a ‘Trail Guide of six themes for dis- mundane tasks (washing dishes, brush-
other. cussion, and if you wish, a supplemental ing my teeth, etc.) and began memorizing
Green Bible Devotional. Note: it is called each verse.
• I cry unto you – discussion of vari- the Green Bible because pertinent verses
ous language practices in prayer that can are written in green. Somewhere between the daily contempla-
open up and deepen relationship to the tion and rote repetition, I found myself
Lord. For six Sunday mornings, we will discuss more God-conscious—more aware of
our responsibility to our planet and en- the scripture’s message and of the bibli-
Marilyn McEntyre writes for Weavings: vironment from a Christian perspective. cal book from which it was taken as well
A Journal of Christian Spirituality; her books Anne Meyer and a second co-leader will as its place in the Episcopal calendar of
include Christ, My Companion: Meditations on walk us through these thought provok- Holy Days. I became aware of the person
the Prayer of St. Patrick, and Caring for Words ing discussions. Questions: Sandra Ahn in scripture to whom the verse is credit-
in a Culture of Lies. at email@example.com or 510-290- ed for having first rendered the scripture
2850. by the power of the Holy Spirit. But, what
I did not expect was the impact that the
verses would have on my daily living. I
Singles Group Springs Out 4. Piedmont Avenue Neighbors Annual found myself easily discerning the best
Spring Mixer Saturday April 23, 5-7 PM. plan of action when faced with compli-
St. John’s Singles Group is contact- 5. Balenciaga & Spain March 26th - July 4th cated choices on critical problems in my
ing other San Francisco Bay Area at the de Young Herbst Exhibition Galler- life. I was calmer during difficult nego-
congregations to begin co-sponsored ac- ies - This is a real treat (probably more for tiations whether at work or with friends.
tivities. Here are some events that they are the ladies) as it chronicles the Haute Fashion The particular randomly assigned scrip-
considering. over the past 70 years. The link: http://dey- ture seemed to fit my personal struggle to
oung.famsf.org/deyoung/exhibitions/balen- a “T.” It reminded me of those pictures of
1. San Francisco International Film Festival
ciaga-and-spain Jesus so popular in years past where his
- April 21 - May 5th: sffs.org
eyes seem to follow you wherever you go.
2. The University of California Alumni 6. Zellerbach and the Cal Performances are
well underway for 2011 and the Spring and Most of all, I have the most incredible
Chorus is presenting: “Faure’ Requiem” The
Summer 2011 schedule is amazing. Link: sense of well-being and peace, even on my
North American Premiere of Paul Ayres’ 4A
http://calperformances.org/community/ most hectic days and the memorizing was
Wreck ( A reinterpretation of the Faure’ Re-
events a lot easier than I thought it would be. I
quiem) Sunday, May 1st@ 7:30 PM at Hertz
would love to hear the thoughts of fellow
Hall on the UCB Campus 7. Gefelte Fish Cupcakes Anyone? KQED’s Readers and members of the congrega-
3. Chris Hedges KPFA Radio 94.1 FM May Check Please Event was January 26, 2011, tion on similar experiences.
2, 2011 “Dispatches on the Myth of Human but they are planning additional outings this
year. Bette Ingraham
Progress” First Congregational Church of
Berkeley 23445 Channing Way http://www. Contact Bette Ingraham at thegooddocmedbil@ya-
kpfa.org/events/evening-chris-hedges. This hoo.com if you have questions or ideas.
enough in advance to make plans.
Aptos Youth Retreat - Spring 2011
In the 48 hours of the youth week-
end on April 8-10 we experienced
rain, hail, cold wind storms, and even sun.
But weather did not slow down 22 youth
and the six young adults at the youth re-
treat on the beach.
The topic this year was the “Masks We
All Wear”. This topic was selected by the
young adults who ran the retreat. They
all remember a similar retreat topic when
they were in the youth group. It was im-
portant to them then and now. It is a great
example of recycling and reusing of ideas,
talents and energy!
The leaders were Lucas Denman, Annie
Pierpoint, Charlie Stebbins, Liz Clayton,
and Will Berkey who all who grew up
at St John’s. Plus we had Andrew Hybl,
our seminairian, Sarah Jones, and myself
working with all these wonderful young
adults. It was inspiring and a special gift
to everyone. For me personally my heart
was full of joy as I worked along side all of
them. I have not laughed so hard and so
often in months.
The youth ranged from 6-12 grades – a
great mix of girls and boys. They all got
along great and had so much to offer each
other about their daily ups and downs of
being a teenager today.
They were open, honest and funny about
their lives. I was impressed by the young
adults who were great mentors.
But all the youth and adults agreed, “What
happens in Aptos stays in Aptos”.
Who says Thanksgiving has
to be the fourth Thursday in
With a working title of
ThanksGiving, Sara E is
preparing a special 8:55 a.m.
service for May 22 (heavy on
music) to celebrate the Youth
Choirs at St. John’s. In addition to lots of
choral music there will be lively hymns
and a sermon of reminiscences covering
the last 30+ years. The Youth Choir will
combine with the Pizza Club for an end-
of-year party on Tuesday, May 10 from
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Rehearsal will follow
from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
If your offspring has ever been in the
Youth Choir, they are welcome to attend
this party and rehearsal – please RSVP
ASAP to Sara E so we can have enough
food and music (sevinger@comcast.
Check out the Youth Choir event on Fa-
Youth Choir Reunion –
Sunday, May 22
Former members of the Youth Choir are
invited to attend the 8:55 a.m. service on
Sunday, May 22 to celebrate the Sara E’s
retirement, and to participate in a special
service with current and former mem-
bers. Rehearsal will be held from 7:00 –
8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10; there will
be a short rehearsal at 8:20 a.m. on May
22 before the 8:55 service. Following the
service there will be a party on the pa-
tio. Please RSVP ASAP to Sara E at sev-
firstname.lastname@example.org. You are invited to
sing some of our greatest hits – please let
Sara know so she can have enough mu-
sic bulletins for everyone. Songs will in-
clude: Yellow Pages, Beautiful, Fruits of
the Spirit, You Don’t Need a Phone to
Call Jesus, Let There Be Peace on Earth
and All for One.
Child care will be available (as always) be-
ginning a little before 9:00 a.m. – and of
course, your children are welcome at the
service. If you are unable to attend, please
send updates on your life to Sara E for
a special edition newsletter (sevinger@ Do you recognize any of these young people?
Church School News
May is a mini-month Fischer room. The curriculum will be
Annie’s Farewell mostly video-based, and will include a
for Church School! snack. It’ll be a relaxed, casual atmosphere
Change has been
one of the over- – just like summertime! Children will be
St. John’s is a vibrant, active parish – it’s
arching themes for escorted into the Sanctuary during the
the thing that brought many of us through
us this year at St. peace to join the congregation for com-
the doors. What a blessing! However, this
John’s. There are munion. Summer Church School will be-
means that we get really busy around here.
so many stories of gin on June 5th.
The month of May is notoriously crazy,
new ideas, chang- not just at St. John’s, but in all our com-
ing lives, and re- munities. In light of that, Church School
wiring in our par- is being held May 1, May 8, and May 22 Are YOU called to teach?
ish. But the bottom only. There’s the Parish retreat, confirma-
line in all of them is that we continue to be tion, farewells to Sara E and Annie, Earth We are seeking fresh faces to join our
blessed, and we continue to flourish. I am Sunday, team of wonderful, dedicated volunteer
now adding my own story into the fray. teachers! There are opportunities in our
May 29th, 2011 will be my last Sunday at 4th-6th grade classroom, as well as God-
St. John’s as the Sunday School Coordi- ly Play. Start thinking about the Fall – or
Summer Church School maybe you’re ready now! Our children
nator. I’m flying the nest that I’ve called
home since I was four to begin studies benefit from hearing a variety of voices.
All-ages Church School will be held this
at Virginia Theological Seminary in the No experience is needed! We’ll train you.
summer from 10:00am – 10:45am in the
Fall. It’s my hope to be ordained to the Contact Annie for details!
priesthood, and to serve the church that
has given me so much over the years. I’m
following in the footsteps of many other Godly Play Stories – May Calendar
St. John’s parishioners – the rate at which
we “crank out” seminarians has become a In May, the children will hear stories about how Jesus’ life and ministry has
kind of inside joke. But I’m so excited to manifested itself in our traditions. They’ll also have the chance to choose a
begin the next step on this journey! story on May 22! This is a wonderful series that links Christian tradition and
ritual to scripture. You won’t want to miss these stories!
I can’t express my gratitude to St. John’s
adequately in words. How do you thank Date Time Pre K/K Room 123 Room
a group of people that helped raise you, May 1 10am - 11am 1 room school house in the Fischer Room
challenged you, and loved you without FOE 4: Jesus' Desert and Discovery Experience
fail? St. John’s is so much more than nice
folks to worship with. It’s family, the kind May 8 10am - 11am Jesus and the Twelve The Good Shepherd and
that calls you to be who you are. No mat-
ter where I end up, my roots remain here. May 15 No Church School
May 22 10am - 11am The Good Shepherd Jesus and the Twelve
Love to you all, and World Communion
May 29 No Church School
Church School Calendar – May 2011
Day Date Time PreK-3rd Grade 4th, 5th, and 6th Youth/CnC Church Calendar
Sunday May 1 10am - 11am 1 Room School House in Fischer Room: Movie and a snack! iConfirm Service @ 10am
Sunday May 8 10am - 11am Godly Play Sundays with Sundays with Spongebob Earth Sunday/Mother's
Sunday May 15 No Church School Parish Retreat
Sunday May 22 10am - 11am Godly Play Sundays with Sundays with Spongebob Youth Choir Performs
Spongebob at 8:55/Celebration of
Youth Choir and Sara E!
Sunday May 29 10am - 11am No Church School Summer Schedule Starts;
No 8:55 service ‘til Fall
St. John’s Family From Michelle Inama
Nuptial news Dear St. John’s,
The REV SCOTT DENMAN and KENDACE O’DONNELL will be married As some of you know, my husband,
in early May and a reception held at The Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg on Satur- Tim, has been transferred to Wash-
day May 14, at 2:00 p.m....Our seminarian ANDREW HYBL announced his en- ington State for his job. He moved up in
gagement to JULIE WILKINSON on Sunday, April 17 during the Birthday/An- January and I will follow him in early May.
niversary/Transition prayers. They are already prepared for priest/lawyer jokes... I stuck around for several more months
IAN GREENSIDES, our former director of Church School, has announced his for two primary reasons: I wanted to com-
engagement to KAREN FRIAS. They were recently married and will be cele- plete my commitment to CnC as a mentor
brating with a reception in June at Church of the Resurrection in Pleasant Hill... to Kate Walker (and what a great experi-
ence that has been!) and I wanted to com-
And in other news:
plete my 3rd year in EfM.
KENDALL DAVIDSON and ALBERTO SANTOS-DAVIDSON are both
I had other, less quantifiable, reasons
looking at colleges, reports their proud grandmother, SANDRA...Ask MARIAN
for sticking around: I hate moving, I’m
BARNES why some of us have nicknamed her “Tina Turner”...
a Northern California girl through and
CHRISTOPHER ATEGEKA HELMS will graduate from through so how can I leave my beloved
U.C.Berkeley on May 14, and has been accepted into the grad- redwood trees, Golden Gate Bridge, Sier-
uate program of mechanical engineering there. MIKE and ra mountains, and Russian River? Lastly,
MARTHA HELMS began supporting him through St. John’s/ and equally important, I’ve come to love
Carol Adams’ program when he was about 15. She actually sent being a part of St. John’s. I’m not looking
him a CAL sweatshirt at that time, and they have a photo of forward to establishing myself in yet an-
him wearing it in Uganda. He has been here about 4 ½ years. other parish, but it’ll happen. But it won’t
Christopher gave the sermon a few weeks ago at the 10:45 ser- be the same. I have been an active mem-
vice. Martha writes that he recently gave a short talk at the ma- ber at St. Matthew’s in San Mateo and St.
jor CAL alumni function, a dinner at S.F. City Hall. He was Martin’s in Davis. Both parishes were vi-
selected to talk as a recipient of a Cal Alumni scholarship (really the only finan- brant and full of wonderful people. But
cial aid he was eligible for because he is an international student)...HILLARY and St. John’s has been the best for me, in
MARTHA HELMS spent their spring break in Paris... TRISTAN HELMS has part because you have nurtured my spiri-
been working at the Army Research Labs in Adelphi, MD. He has been accepted tual growth and church knowledge more
into the PhD program at U of Michigan with a full finanical package. His sister, than any other place. Many of you have
HILLARY, will graduate from the U of Washington at Seattle in English Litera- touched my life, have invited me to be a
ture in December. and plans to spend three months teaching in Peru in the sum- part of a class, a group, an outing, have
mer...ASHLEY STEBBINS has graduated from law school and has a job as JAG made me always feel welcome and equal.
with the Navy... For all of this I want to thank you! And
there are a few people in particular I want
to publicly thank.
May 7 Work Day and BBQ around us and he is truly inspiring. Last,
but not least, I’d like to thank Scott. There Soon after joining St. John’s, Carolyn Cal-
Spring Work Day is Saturday, May is a lot of harmony, diversity of ideas, and hoon encouraged me to consider becom-
7th.....all day, 8-5, with BBQ at end, open-mindedness at St. John’s and I rec- ing a subdeacon and a reader. The former
as it was last May........... And like last ognize that is because there are a lot of was something I knew little about and
year, folks can work as many or few big hearted, intelligent and loving people had even less thought about joining and
hours as they can make it there, and here. But I also think Scott’s leadership the latter was something that scared me
may then return for the BBQ at the style – to empower and lead by example – to do – but what a gift they have been!
end of the day. helps to foster risk taking, to embrace dif- Thank you, Carolyn, for always poking
ference, to encourage us to bring our own and prodding us in the 7:45 a.m. service to
This work day will include carpet Christian ethic into action in the world. be active participants. Sandra Ahn joined
cleaning, painting the sacristy; fin- And thank you, Scott, most of all for en- St. John’s about the same time I did and
ish the paint/stain on exterior of Ed suring that St. John’s is a place where ALL it didn’t take long for our paths to cross.
building, paint the “new” kitchen stor- ARE WELCOME AT GOD’S TABLE Her spiritual journey, her generosity, her
age room (it used to be the adult edu- (alleluia!). As they always say at the Os- passion for pastoral care and Christian ed-
cation room) and more repairs to the cars, there are too many to thank and not ucation has influenced my own journey. I
fences. We want a large crew to work enough time to do so…….Thank you all! want to thank the Ecology Group for not
in the yard! A sign up board is posted I’ll be back, just not sure when. I’ll give only existing but for constantly promot-
in the narthex. PLEASE let us know Dennis my new contact info for the par- ing care for all of God’s creation. I had
when you are coming and where you ish directory. I hope to see at least some of heard about (and admired) St. John’s envi-
want to spruce up St. John’s. you in the great Northwest. ronmental ethic long before arriving here.
Ken Fuller – email@example.com Frank Sterling has had a big hand in inspir-
Yours in Christ, ing my spiritual growth. Frank is a tireless
Michelle Inama advocate for Christian action in the world
––Continued at left
Extra Special Parish Retreat
The parish retreat is always terrific, but this
“Inspiring!” —The New York Times* year it features Scott and Kendace’s wedding
celebration on Saturday afternoon, May 14.
Everyone is Invited to this Phenomenal An-
“Two thumbs up!” —Roger Ebert*
nual Parish Retreat that starts on Friday, May
13 and continues through lunchtime on Sun-
day, May 15. Come for the weekend or come
for the day, but how can you miss it? Down-
“Not to be missed.” —Margie Bowman load a registration form or pick one up in the
Produced and directed by Alberto Santos–Davidson, For any questions, please contact Melissa Brauer at
Single Stream Recycling is a love story — starring St. 531-8849 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
John’s Oakland staff and parishioners — that traces
the travels of stuff thrown in the (often confusing)
colored trash cans. Join the conversation and be Needs List
inspired to do more for Mother Earth. St John’s has started a “Needs List” that
will be an ongoing clearinghouse for any
Exclusive world preview screening. special items that St John’s is in need of.
This list is focused on physical items that
are needed, as opposed to chores or tal-
*at least, we’re ents, and will be published regularly in the
mostly sure Mouse and the bulletin.
say this. Here is a list of real goods that St. John’s is
currently looking for:
1. Two lateral 3-drawer file cabinets for
2. Baking trays (4-8) for the kitchen (need
to fit in standard ovens - half sheets not
3. Plastic earthquake latches for the kitch-
en (that you have to push to release/open
Sunday, May 8th 4. Large font label maker (for more attrac-
tive signage for the cabinets in the kitch-
10:00 a.m. en)
St. John’s Oakland 5. First Aid supplies (to boost our first aid
Admission: Free. Refreshments served. kits)
Length: 20 minutes. Not rated. 7. A large flat propane powered grill/grid-
dle for pancake diners and other events
8. A new fridge for the youth room
Image, “Blue Marble,” in the public domain. From the NOAA-NASA GOES Project If you would like to donate any of these items
or you can think of any additions to this list,
please contact vestry members William Ber-
key at 510.914.3855 or william.berkey@gmail.
com or Elizabeth Clayton at 510.301.9354
Do you long for a deeper understanding of the
Scriptures, Christian tradition or theology, but
don’t have time to go to seminary?
Are you struggling to make
Christian tradition relate to
your 21st-century life?
Do you wish you were in a community of
people that helped one another follow
Christ with heart, strength and mind?
If you can answer “yes” to one or more of the above questions,
you may be a good candidate for Education for Ministry!
EFM (Education for Ministry) combines the Students commit to EfM one year at a time.
traditional functions of fellowship group Tuition is $350 per year, with some scholar-
and Bible study with a method of theologi- ship support available. Students receive 18
cal reflection designed to tap into our met- Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for each
aphorical and mythical ways of thinking, to year completed and a certificate after the
help us make conscious connections fourth year. Deadline for registering for aca-
between our faith traditions and the “post- demic year 201 1.
1–12 is July 30, 201 Classes
religious” world we find ourselves in today. will begin in September, and meet on Monday
It is a distance-learning program created evenings at St. Clement's in Berkeley (near
and administered by the School of the Claremont Hotel), from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Theology, University of the South in
Sewanee, Tennessee. A group of six to elev- Please talk with Laura Craig or Michelle Inama
en participants is led by a trained mentor if you have any questions or would like to
for 36 weeks during the academic year, register for EfM at St. Clement's Episcopal
usually meeting for 3 hours a week. Church in Berkeley.
Education for Ministry is an education-by-extension program of the University of the South, a seminary of the
Episcopal Church in the United States. Tel: 1.800.722.1974. Web: http://www.sewanee.edu/EFM/index.htm
St. John’s Bulletin Board
Berkeley Julia Morgan Home to Light Bulb Patrol May Java Corps
Host Bishop’s Society May 22
Wanted!! A parishioner once per month to 1-May CnC families/Saints & Sinners Kel-
If you have remembered your church in your check and change, if necessary, light bulbs, lor Smith/Sarah Jones (CnC Confirmitzvah
will or estate plan, Bishop Marc would like inside and outside. This does require ladder service at 10)
to thank you in person. Please join him for work (ladders and bulbs will be provided!).
Please consider this ministry. There may be a 8-May Ecology Group
a gathering at 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon,
few added tasks to go along with this. Should Bonnie Moran (Mother’s Day)
May 22 at 2821 Claremont Boulevard, Berke-
ley. Renowned architect “Julia Morgan” will take about 1.5-2 hours of your time monthly. 15-May School for Deacons
make an appearance and Christopher Putnam Please contact Ken Fuller, thunder572002@ Frank Sterling (Parish retreat)
will lead a hymn sing around the baby grand yahoo.com
piano. For more information, please call The 22-May Youth Choir Families: 8:55 YOUTH
Rev. Richard Schaper at (4150 869-7812. CONCERT Sara Evinger
Vision: Changes and Challenges 29-May Architectural Planning/Construc-
June - July Church Mouse On Wednesday May 11, Dr. August Colen- Jerry Moran (Memorial Day weekend)
brander, M.D. of the Smith-Kettlewell Eye
The next issue of the Mouse covers Research Institute in San Francisco will show
both June and July. Submit articles to a film and answer questions about living with
email@example.com by close vision loss. Glaucoma, Macular Degenera- Write a Will for $75 May 14 or 21
of day on Monday, May 16. If you have tion, Diabetes and other health challenges
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firstname.lastname@example.org. For all vices that support living rich lives despite vi- on May 14 or at Epiphany San Carlos on May
issues, the deadline for submissions sual challenges. 21. Please call (415) 869-7813. Be a good stew-
is the middle of the month preceding ard, protect your family, benefit your church.
publication. Noon Eucharist followed by a delicious
lunch. Film at 1PM.
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