July 29, 2014

July 2015

St. Andrew Messenger

July 2015

 

Love, Celebrate, Nurture, Share and Serve

 

But ask the animals,

And they will teach you;

The birds of the air

And they will tell you;

Ask the plants of the earth,

and they will teach you;

And the fish of the sea,

will declare to you.

Who among all these

does not know

That the hand of the Lord

                         has done this?                        —     Job 12:7-9

St. A’s Family News

 

Transitions

Berni Schuhmann retired from the Redwood City School District on June 10th. She will work on a contract basis for the next year.

Terrie Hillyer retired on June 17th.

Worship in July

5:         Sacrament of Holy Communion.

12:       Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.

19:       Robin Crawford, preaching.

26:       Ninth Sunday after Pentecost.

Worship Notes

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. On July 5th, we will continue the celebration of the Independence Day holiday with national hymns.

If you would like to participate in our summer Sunday music, please come to our Summer Music rehearsals on Thursday, July 2nd, and Thursday, July 9th, from 7:00 to  9:00PM in the sanctuary.If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Jeanneret at kathyjchoir@gmail. com or call 415 298-2254.

About People

At the Spring sports awards program at Terra Nova High School both Katie Hall and Audrey Meiman received Most Improved for Track; Jacob Micheletti received a Sophomore Academic Athlete Award; and Katie Hall received a Senior Academic Athlete Award.

Noah Geertsema, grandson of Joanne Geertsema and 2015 graduate of Alma Heights Christian Academy, received an Exemplary Social Justice Contribution Award at a special ceremony on May 2nd.

Stella Christ received the Louis Armstrong Award for excellence in Jazz Band.

Stella Christ, Katie Hall and Sophia Micheletti all graduated with High Honors at Terra Nova graduation. Stella received a Golden State Merit Diploma and was enrolled in the Achievement Hall of Fame for Fine Arts; Katie and Sophia received California Scholarship Federation Life Membership Highest Honors and received Department Recognition for World Languages in Spanish.

Samantha Johns graduated last month from San Jose State Summa Cum Laude and was named Outstanding Undergraduate Student of Music.

In the inflight magazine for Southwest Airlines, there is a section called Our Star. Angela Koblitz was notified that she will be this featured star in the September edition of Southwest The Magazine. She also received a little plaque!

Seth Bartlett is a member of the Serra (high School) Padres’ No. 1 eight-man crew team. The Padres competed in the national scholastic regatta in Camden, New Jersey, over the Memorial Day weekend when, racing against 36 other squads, the Padres won the Petite Final to finish as the No. 7-ranked high school team in the nation.

Flowers to Glorify God

If you would like to bring a floral arrangement for our Sunday services, look for the 2015 FLOWER sign up sheet on our bulletin board.

Session and Deacon News

 

Deacon News

At their regular meeting on June 23rd, the Deacons welcomed Valerie Davidson, the elected Vice Moderator, to the position of Moderator and to her first meeting moderating, after the move to Sacramento of Elaine Collins. They also discussed the success of their emergency prepared focus in the month of June and plans to continue to make available to St. Andrew folks the possibility of purchasing emergency kits and/or the tool to shut off utilities and the emergency radio at a discounted price. If you are interested and did not order your supplies, talk with Moderator Valerie Davidson or your deacon. The deacons made two contributions: $500 to the Pacifica Educational Fund and, “moved by love and concern after a racist shot and killed nine members of the church at a prayer meeting,” $250 to the Mother Emmanuel Hope Fund on behalf of St. Andrew.

Terra Nova Christian  Preschool/Day Care

On Friday, June 19th, our preschool celebrated the graduation of our oldest students with a special ceremony (complete with robes!) and a pot-luck dinner and reception. We sent 14 boys and girls, some of whom had been with us since they were two years old, off to the next part of their educational journey. It was a joyous evening.

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 planning 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.

Volunteer Opportunity with Elderly

Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County, Inc. (OSSMC) is pleased introduce several significant volunteer opportunities. OSSMC is a federally-mandated health oversight agency that protects and advocates for residents of long-term care facilities across San Mateo County. With administrative offices in Redwood City, OSSMC serves more than 9,000 elderly and functionally disabled men and women living in over 500 long-term care facilities. Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County has great need for volunteers to assist OSSMC to continue our vitally important work in the community:  ensuring that long-term care residents have access to the health and social service programs that can improve their quality of life.

Volunteer opportunities include:

1) Becoming a volunteer field ombudsman-Ombudsman visit area nursing homes and residential care facilities to visit residents, investigate complaints, and advocate on residents’ behalf on quality of care and quality of life issues.  This volunteer opportunity requires training and a minimum 20 hours per month time commitment.

2) Becoming an “Ombuddy”- provides volunteer opportunities for those who may not have the time or inclination to become an ombudsman, but who would like to become involved in our work in other ways (marketing, flower delivery, fundraising events, social media, etc.)

Contact Mitchell Reitman, Volunteer Coordinator, at Mitchreitman@ossmc.org or 650-7249. More information about Ombuds-man Services is available on the website: www.ossmc.org.

For and About Families

 

Sunday School

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.

Youth Group

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 July 5th, to walk over to Pacific’s or the Grill. If you have $5 to throw into the kitty for lunch, bring it.

Westminster Woods

The last week of June, the 21st through the 27th, was a big one for us with St. Andrew campers at the Woods. Macy Lindow went to Adventure Camp; Heather Davidson and Parker Lindow went to Forest; Saijai Chaloemtiarana, Thea Davidson, Dean Meiman and Abby Moore went to Elevation. Teagan Allen did Bridge June 28th to July 4th. July 5th through the 11th, Lauren Benesis, Kate Chaloemtiarana, Haley Fiske and Jacob Micheletti will be at High School Camp; the 12th through the 18th, Jackson Fiske will be at Elevation; and the 19th through the 25th, Allie and Teagan Allen and Kate Chaloemtiarana will be at High School Camp. Stella Christ and Mallory Moore are on staff all summer!

Heifer Project

We emptied the “tube” after Teacher Appreciation on June 14th and counted $150 that we collected since September in quarters! It was exciting to see the tube topped off with quarters and overflowing! Heifer has been reminding us that in areas that have been devastated by natural disasters, such as the earthquake in Nepal or tornadoes in the middle part of our country, and where Heifer has been working with partners for many years, they will be rebuilding herds, flocks and crops to help people be self-sustaining and to instill hope. Thank you all for your part in that hope!

UNICEF

Every year in October, we make available those familiar orange boxes for our children to take Trick or Treating with them to benefit the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund. The rest of the year, we tend to forget about UNICEF. This is what your coins given to UNICEF have been doing:

  1. Delivering urgent aid to displaced children and families in Iraq and Syria.
  2. Constructing child-friendly spaces in Nepal, so that children traumatized by the recent earthquakes can finally play like kids again.
  3. Celebrating Liberia’s recent announcement that it’s Ebola-free, and working to keep it that way.
  4. Working with local governments to free children kidnapped by armed groups — such as the 300 children released in the Central African Republic last month.
  5. Fighting to eliminate polio in Nigeria, so that it can join the majority of countries around the world that are polio-free.
  6. Giving millions of children lifesaving vaccinations to protect them from deadly diseases.


Opportunities for Growth

 

Zephyr Point

The Zephyr Experience

July 5-10, 2015

Looking for a weeklong escape to a quiet setting to reconnect with God? The Zephyr Experience conference provides you and your family with that time to grow in faith and community. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada on a half-mile of Lake Tahoe shoreline, Zephyr Point is one of the most beautiful retreat centers in the world. This week allows you to take full advantage of the Tahoe setting and all it has to offer as a summer playground while you grow in your faith.

The Zephyr Experience conference supports theological learning, spiritual growth and deepening Christianity in our everyday lives through classes in: Bible, Church & Society, and Spirituality, with workshop leaders from our Presbyterian seminary and other pastors and Presbyterian leaders. Interactive and fun programs are provided for children and youth of all ages. Join them for a stimulating and enriching experience surrounded by the unparalleled splendor of Lake Tahoe and the Sierras. Cost is $570 in the Tahoe Center for double occupancy; ages 3-17 is $305.

The Handbell Conference

July 26-30, 2015

Each summer the beautiful sound of handbells ring out over Lake Tahoe. Come join old friends and make new ones while learning new skills. Bell ringers at every level of experience are invited. Come with a group, or by yourself. Bring your gloves and a happy smile and be part of a choir making music fit for the angels!

At the Zephyr Point Handbell Conference there are opportunities for ringers of all levels. Each day, participants have the chance to break up into smaller ensembles – the “Mountains” and the “Lakes” – under the exceptional leadership of a skilled team of handbell directors and composers. There is also a slate of additional optional classes for participants to choose from to help them improve in specific ringing skills. Daily mass rehearsals help all ringers prepare for the final rehearsal in which everybody participates making incredible music, all on the majestic and inspiring setting of Lake Tahoe! Cost is $505 for double occupancy; $695 for single (space is limited).

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.

For more information or to register, go online to zephyrpoint.org or contact the office at (775) 588-6759.

Mission News

 

Pacifica Resource Center

In the past month, we donated one box of food on May 31st, on June 7th, and on June 14th, and one bag of food on June 21st. Thank you to all who help the hungry.

Safe House

Stories from Glenda Hope about Safe House, a safe and sober transitional housing program in San Francisco for women escaping prostitution.

A woman came to SafeHouse eight years ago saying: “I cannot be homeless one more day.” Today she has found her strong woman’s voice, is a graduate of a prestigious college, has a good job utilizing computer skills she began acquiring at SafeHouse and I was lucky enough to be able to be a part of her wedding to a really fine man who adores her. She herself, her mother, grandmother and sister all tearfully said: “thank you.”

Another graduate remailed to say she feels “divine inspiration” to reach out to women on the streets of the city where she is now working for a building design company and has gotten the company owner involved in doing that.

Another graduate has received her third workplace promotion and is moving steadily through the mass of papers and red tape to start her own business so that she can hire women off the streets.

Another has recovered from a relapse suffered after incredible system abuse (she is an immigrant and was imprisoned) and a divorce and is again working as a Medical Assistant.

A graduate has just been gifted with a house which, when rehabbed, will be the location for her dream of establishing a SafeHouse in her home state. A woman from India and another from England have asked for consultation on starting a SafeHouse in their own countries.

I passed by a young, homeless woman lying on the sidewalk. She was heavily bandaged, pieces of her clothing had been ripped off and she asked me to call the police with what little energy she had left. It was clear that she had been beaten, raped and left to die on the streets of San Francisco.

Puente de la Costa Sur

Puente is beginning their annual school supply drive. They just celebrated the end of the first year of Homework Club, and found that the students of the La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District are tenacious about learning. But, the South Coast is a hard place to buy school supplies which are necessary for making learning successful. That’s why Puente works with people and communities to bring the school supply shopping to the students! On August 10th, they’ll transform the multipurpose room of the Pescadero Elementary School into a free store and students will come with their families to pick out what they need from the supplies we receive in this drive. The easiest way to donate supplies that Puente needs is by going to: https://www.roonga.com/puentebackpacks2015.

If you’d prefer to give directly to Puente, give them a call a 650.879.1691 or visit https:// donatenow.networkforgood.org/Puente and designate your donation for the Backpack Campaign.

 

Announcements

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 July newsletter; the June issue of the magazine, Presbyterians Today; the July/August/September issue of the devotional booklet, These Days; the inserts Taking Faith Home from the previous Sunday bulletin; and the 2014 Annual Report.

The deadline for the August newsletter is July 15th. Please get your articles, flyers and notices to the church office as soon as possible, or email them to pennynewall@aol.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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