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                              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.
                  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                    • 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                                                                               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 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:                               
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-
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-
                                                                                        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-                                             
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:
                                                                                                   Reader’s Benefits
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-, 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 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
                                                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:
                                                                                                   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
                                                    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- This 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- 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
                                                                                                             World Communion
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
Annie Pierpoint
                                                     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
                                                          Spongebob                                            Day
  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.
                                                                                              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 –                                                          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
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.
                                                                        they would
                                                                           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
                                                                                       Dennis’s office

                                                                                       2. Baking trays (4-8) for the kitchen (need
                                                                                       to fit in standard ovens - half sheets not
                                                                                       full sheets)
                                                                                       3. Plastic earthquake latches for the kitch-
                                                                                       en (that you have to push to release/open
                                                                                       the cabinet)
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:

 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
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-
                                                                                                  tion Committee
   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 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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   the Mouse, contact Laurie Bennett at        plain these conditions as well as adaptive de-     meet with attorneys at St. Michael’s, Concord 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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