St. Andrew Messenger
Love, Celebrate, Nurture, Share and Serve
Prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving
We thank you God for this land of Aotearoa*
our place of belonging.
We thank you for the sight of
towering mountain peaks
We thank you for the sound of tui and korimako*
rushing mountain streams
gurgling braided rivers
waves pounding the shore
the silence of solitary places.
We thank you for the smell of rain soaked forests
city gardens’ perfumes
fresh frosted air
We thank you for the touch of
soft moist moss
sharp mountain rock
smooth coastal stones
crisp leaf and snow
tender hands of friends and lovers
the heart-beat of all that lives.
Bill Wallace, Aotearoa/New Zealand
*Aotearoa is the Maori name of the land the European settles called “New Zealand.” Aotearoa can be translated “land of the long white cloud.” *Bellbird
St. A’s Family News
Charles Humphrey, Hal’s uncle, died on June 7th at the hospice at the Palo Alto VA.
Nathan Ford, Nadine Morey’s grandson, completed his enlistment in the Marine Corps after postings in Libya, Afghanistan, the Philippines and other places. Congratulations, Nathan, and thank you for your service.
Worship in August
2: Sacrament of Holy Communion.
9: Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.
16: Robin Crawford, preaching.
23: Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
30: Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
We continue our summer worship schedule this month with school aged children attending the first part of worship and then going to Summer Sunday School classes. If you would like to participate in our summer Sunday music, please contact Kathy Jeanneret at kathyjchoir@gmail. com or call 415 298-2254.
Save the Date
July is the anniversary month of the founding of our congregation. On July 24, 1910, the Presbyterian Church of Salada Beach had its first public worship service and the dedication of its building. That building soon became known as the Little Brown Church and was the first public building in what is now known as Pacifica. Only the Sanchez Adobe is older.
The Pacifica Historical Society has been working for ten years to save that building and re-purpose it for a museum and public space. The members of the Historical Society have worked tirelessly and are now extending an invitation to celebrate with them on August 22nd when the Pacifica History Museum will be dedicated. The festivities are planned to begin at 1 pm. More information will be posted in our bulletin and on our Facebook page.
Save the date to be a part of the history of our city and a part of our own Presbyterian history.
Maxine Hines was featured in a July 7th CBS report regarding the use of Social Security numbers on mailed documents from the EDD (Employment Development Department). Google this to see her “live.”
Our coffee hour is a special time for us to greet one another, catch up with news and enjoy goodies. It is also a way we practice the call to extend hospitality to one another and the community. One of the ways we do that is by using Fair Trade coffee. Sign-up sheets are on our bulletin board for volunteers to bring goodies of your choice: cookies, cakes or cupcakes, fruit or vegetables.
We extend a big thank you to Becky Christ and Sandy Quibell who have been doing coffee duty faithfully, along with those who arrive early to help out. If you would like to assist or learn how to host (for a month), talk with them at the coffee hour.
Putting Faith to Work
This month, as we ease back into the routines of school and work from the vacation and leisure of July, we have several opportunities for our members to put our hands and hearts to work. Each of these has a space for you, for folks of all abilities.
2015 Annual Work Day
For over 25 years, we have joined with the members of our partner congregation to spruce up our facility and to share work and fellowship with one another. This year, we are extending an invitation to our Terra Nova Christian PreSchool families to be a part of this endeavor.
On Saturday, August 1st, from 9 am to after lunch, we will do a variety of indoor and outdoor tasks from the inevitable cobweb sweeping in the sanctuary and Social Hall to cleaning the kitchen (stove, anyone?) to tree trimming, roofing a garden shed, cleaning the roof and gutters and such. We have let the lawn “go” for the drought but still have a variety of gardening needs as well.
You may sign up on the board in the Social Hall for a particular task or just show up with gloves, hat and sunscreen. We provide cleaning supplies, snacks and lunch.
Back to School Packing
For the second year, we will be assisting the Pacifica Resource Center in their Back to School Project by packing the backpacks with the supplies requested by the Pacifica schools. St. Andrew committed to supplying the backpacks themselves (thank you Lisa for getting them and thank you all who purchased one). On Saturday, August 8th, from 10 am until we are done (probably around noon), we will team up with other volunteers to get this done. If just love to be around school supplies (the smell of erasers!) or want to help out the neediest families in our community, sign up to join us.
Last August, we painted a house! This summer, we hoped to do that again, but our project has been delayed. So, we will partner with Rebuilding Together on Saturday, August 22nd , from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in La Honda at 900 Sears Ranch Rd in the La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve. The target activities include siding demolition, window/door framing, electrical and plumbing evaluation and roofing evaluation. Eight to ten volunteers are needed and you can sign up by contacting Penny at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa Angelot at email@example.com or calling the church office at 359-2462.
2015 Harvest Festival
Last year, we had a wonderful time enjoying one another’s home crafted products and goodies and supporting our children and teens to attend Westminster Woods. Over $2,000 was raised for camperships which we gave out last month. We hope to do the same this year on Saturday, October 17th, but need your help! We would love to have donations of anything you would like to share: needlework, woodwork, baked goods, craft items. We are looking for helpers, so if you don’t feel crafty…. For the day of the event we are looking to borrow easy-up shade structures. If you have one, please contact us. For more information or to let us know what you are donating, please call Peggy at the church office 359-2462 or Judi at 355-1072 or email the church office at standrewpacifica@ sbcglobal.net.
Old First Community Dinner
Last October, led by Mike Fredenburg, members of St. Andrew cooked and served dinner to over 200 guests of Old First Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. Most of the guests were participants in Old First’s Hospitality program which extends care to the neediest of its neighbors in the Sacramento and Van Ness neighborhood, folks who are poor and/or homeless. This year, we will do the same on the last Saturday of February. So, mark your calendar now and look for more information with possibilities of cooking and/or serving.
For and About Families
We are able to provide Sunday School in the summer for our children because folks volunteer to take a Sunday and give our regular teachers a break. This is a great way to serve the church and get acquainted with our terrific children. Look for the sign up sheet on our bulletin board. We have two classes, K-2 and 3-6, and an easy to use curriculum. The classes run about 45 minutes. Kids first go to worship except on the first Sunday of the month when they will join us for communion at the end of the service. Talk with Kim Carpenter, 728-7788, if you have any questions.
The Youth Group meets on the first Sunday of the month for brunch together. So, if you are in 9th through 12th grade and want to join us, meet at the church at 11 am on August 2nd, to walk over to Pacific’s or the Grill. If you have $5 to throw into the kitty for lunch, bring it.
Fifteen of our children and teens had the experience of Westminster Woods this summer! What a privilege it is to send our kids off to the Woods and know that they will come back inspired and renewed in their faith. Mallory Moore and Stella Christ were on staff all summer. This month, we will send camperships out to all families of students who attended the Woods. If you have not received your campership by the end of the month, please contact the church office.
2015 Family Camp Weekend
What a great way for the whole clan to relax and enjoy 48 hours of life at The Woods, with delicious meals in our dining hall, hiking in the redwoods, lounging by the pool, and s’mores around the campfire! Some of the activities available will be: archery, nature hikes, yoga, and time on the Challenge Course! Your family will have your own cabin for the weekend, or you can choose to share a cabin with another family, or bring your own tent — it’s up to you! Go online to www.westminsterwoods.org for more information or to register.
NovemberBash for middle schoolers
DecemberFest for high schoolers
Women’s Weekend (just one!)
Forest Adventure for 4th-6th graders
Men’s Weekend (yay!)
Terra Nova Christian Preschool/Day Care
Summer has been exciting at our preschool! We had special theme weeks such as Clown, Beach, Wheels and Disney weeks. What fun! We provide a safe, nurturing environment for children age two to pre-Kindergarten five days a week, 11 hours a day, at our Terra Nova Christian PreSchool & Day Care. We are hoping to extend our care to children as young as 18 months as soon as we can get the proper certification. The pre-Kindergarten program has been designed in consultation with Pacifica Kindergarten teachers. If you have a TK or K student at Ortega School, we provide an afternoon program for that age with pick up from Ortega. There is a 10% discount for church members. If you would like to know more, please contact the Director, Janis Brunori, at 355-2962, or check out our website at www.pacificapreschool.org.
Opportunities for Growth
The Artist Retreat
August 9-14, 2015
The Presbyterian Conference Center at Lake Tahoe will be offering a retreat for artists two more times in the coming months. The next session will be August 9th to the 14th. Imagine working at your own pace with no interruptions and having your own work area where you can leave everything set up. How about having others who have similar talents and interests with whom you can share ideas? Finally deliciously prepared meals and comfy bed, all on the shores of Lake Tahoe! All this can be found at The Artist Retreat where knitters, needleworkers, painters, quilters, scrapbookers, writers, musicians, photographers and more come together to enjoy their art, each other and the beauty and peace of Lake Tahoe. This retreat will be repeated September 22nd to October 2nd. Cost is $425 in the Tahoe Center for double occupancy.
The Men’s Retreat
September 18-20, 2015
Brothers…Fun…Help. Men long for such things, though it is often difficult to express the need. The Zephyr Point Men’s Conference is intended to offer strong Biblical teaching to build wisdom and the confidence of your manhood, to create a community of brothers who can strengthen and encourage and build one another up in brotherly love, and to offer experiences of adventure and a connection to the wilderness that so many of us have in our hearts. Don’t miss this opportunity to hang with the guys, soak up wisdom expounded from the Scriptures, eat great food and discover again (or for the first time) what it means to be a godly man. Cost is $169-$309 depending on type of accommodations.
For more information or to register, go online to zephyrpoint.org or contact the office at (775) 588-6759.
Mercy Center Burlingame
Retreat in the style of Taizé
Jean Evans, RSM and Mary Criscione, RSM
August 3-6, Mon 5:00 pm – Thu 9:30 am
$300 Overnight / $250 Commuter
This is a retreat with daily scripture sharing by Mary Criscione, RSM, and prayer in the style of Taizé. There will be daily morning and evening prayer, with opportunity for group sharing on the writings of Brother Alois, prior of the community. It is also possible to spend the days in silence. Participants can take advantage of the opportunity to attend Mass at Marian Oaks at 11:30 a.m. if they wish. There will be time for reflection, rest, walks, and art during the day. To register, go to www.mercy-center.org.
New College Berkeley
Psychology of Moral Practice: Exploring Individual Differences John White (Ph.D.)
Saturday, October 3 and 10, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Cost: $150 Student: $80
Pacific School of Religion
1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley
Why do people so readily assume the worst about motives of their fellow citizens? Based upon the work of Jonathan Haidt this course will explore the new research how individuals generate their moral foundations, with emphasis on what forms this takes in day-to-day life. To register, call 510-841-9386 or go online to www.newcollegeberkeley.org
Pacifica Resource Center
In the past month, we donated one bag of food on June 28th and July 5th, one box of food on July 12th, one bag of food on July 19th and one box of food plus school supplies on July 26th. Thank you to all who help the hungry.
Saturday, August 8th, is our morning for packing the backpacks for the Resource Center Back to School Project. See page 3 for more information.
In Nigeria, thousands of young men and boys are being arbitrarily arrested and deliberately killed or left to die in detention — in the most horrific conditions.
Amnesty International investigators just released evidence that more than 8,000 people have died at the hands of the Nigerian military since 2011.
After years of research and analysis of evidence, we found that these thousands of people were starved, suffocated, tortured to death or executed while in government custody.
Following interviews with more than 400 survivors, eyewitnesses and senior members of Nigeria security forces, Amnesty has documented a range of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity committed by the Nigerian military in the course of the armed conflict with Boko Haram.
AI’s report, Stars on their shoulders. Blood on their hands: War crimes committed by the Nigerian military, reveals that more than 7,000 young men and boys — some as young as nine years old — died in military detention, and more than 1,200 people were unlawfully killed since March 2011.
One former detainee told Amnesty International: “All I know was that once you get detained by the soldiers and taken to Giwa [military barracks], your life is finished.”
The Nigerian military has arrested at least 20,000 young men and boys since 2009. Detainees are held incommunicado in extremely overcrowded, unventilated cells without sanitary facilities and with little food or water. Many are subjected to torture, and thousands have died from ill-treatment and dire detention conditions.
On May 29th, Nigeria inaugurated a new president, General Muhammadu Buhari, who has promised to rebuild a professional military and restore respect for human rights. The international community must hold President Buhari to his promises and help him act decisively to end the pervasive culture of impunity within Nigeria’s armed forces and outlaw torture.
Nigeria’s military has blood on its hands. Claims of unlawful killings, torture and enforced disappearance must be investigated immediately. The people of Nigeria deserve no less.
Managing Director of Government Relations
Amnesty International USA
You can write a letter on this issue by going to www.amnesty.org.
The next Newcomer’s Group will be held on Saturday, September 12th, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30. Child care is provided if requested. If you are interested in joining this group or if you have taken the newcomer’s group and want to join the church at this time, please call the church office.
Save the date for our next Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 17th. We will need craft items for sale along with helpers to set up and take down. Contact Judi Kuhn, 355-1072, for more information or to sign up.
Do you know anyone looking for a housemate or renter, or trying to rent out a room in their home? HIP Housing’s non-profit Home Sharing program can help make that a safe, comfortable process. HIP Housing has given free, long-term support to those who need it most in San Mateo County for 42 years. This is especially important now, as our county has become one of the most expensive areas to live in within the United States. The need for extra income is a common one, and renting out a room in your home is a great way to reduce costs and help your community. For more information, contact 650-348-6660 x303 or visit www.hiphousing. org.
For the taking: copies are available on the table in the narthex of our August newsletter; the July/August issue of the magazine, Presbyterians Today; the inserts Taking Faith Home from the previous Sunday bulletin; and the 2014 Annual Report.
The deadline for the September newsletter is August 15th. Please get your articles, flyers and notices to the church office as soon as possible, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.