To All the Saints–January 2014

To All the Saints

A supplement to the Parish Calendar by the Rector

Kenneth L. Schmidt
22 January 2014

Christmas Giving Appeal: Great thanks from all the saints to all the saints at All Saints’ for your generous response to the annual “Christmas Giving” appeal this past December.  A record amount of $29,250 was contributed by over thirty people to various programs.  As of today the following amounts have been received:

  • Jackson Building Fund: $8,750, with $6,000 designated for Phase II of the stained glass window repair in the nave of the church
  • Operating Expenses: $11,100
  • Haight Ashbury Community Services: $8,050
  • Music Fund: $150
  • Rector’s Discretionary Fund: $1,200

Your generosity this time of year goes a long way in helping us maintain the quality of our worship and ministry at All Saints’, and the work of the many neighborhood groups that rely on our facilities for their programs.  THANK YOU!

And More Thanks…

  • …to the many members of All Saints’ who made pledges in our Stewardship Appeal for 2014, coordinated by Rick Cornelius and his faithful band of canvassers. As of last week, there are 61 pledging units [a unit can be an individual, a couple, or a family] for a total of $179,837.
  • …to the Deanery of San Francisco for a grant of $1,000 to our Saturday morning neighborhood food program, coordinated by the Haight Ashbury Community Services and chaired by Joan Carroll.
  • …to all who gave “gifts in kind” this past Advent and Christmas, including the sign for the banner in front of the church; refreshments for the receptions after the Children’s Pageant and Christmas Eve Mass; gifts for the children at the pageant; and Advent Greens and Christmas Flowers.

 

Welcome to the Rev. Dan E. Burner:  On Sunday, 5 January, we welcomed Dan as a transitional deacon to All Saints’.  Bishop Andrus appointed Dan to serve as a volunteer transitional deacon in preparation for ordination to the priesthood this coming June.  Dan was ordained a deacon last December after assisting at All Saints’ as a Parish Intern in 2013. Welcome home, Dan; we’re glad to have you back where you belong!

 

Farewell to the Rev. Margaret Anne Trezevant: On Sunday, 29 December, we said farewell to Margaret who has served as the Parish Deacon at All Saints’ for the past two-and-a-half years and before that as Parish Seminarian from the School for Deacons.  Bishop Andrus has transferred Margaret to St. Luke’s Church, San Francisco, where she has begun a new ministry with a team of “rotating deacons” who will serve several churches at the same time.  Thank you, Margaret, for your ministry among us, and best wishes on your new ministry at St. Luke’s!

 

Anniversary Celebrations: In December we celebrated two milestones in ministries at All Saints’: my 25th anniversary as Rector on the First Sunday of Advent, 1 December; and The Rev. Thomas W. Traylor’s 10th anniversary as a volunteer Pastoral Associate on the Second Sunday of Advent, 8 December.  Tom and I are grateful for the parties held in our honor and the lovely gifts you gave us.  Special thanks go to:

  • The Rt. Rev. William E Swing, retired Bishop of California, for officiating and preaching at the anniversary celebration you hosted for me.  Bishop Swing appointed me as Rector in October 1988 and I began my new ministry here at All Saints’ that December.
  • to all of you for your gifts to Tom and me.  To me: an engraving of a silver chalice and paten: “Kenneth L. Schmidt + 25th Anniversary + All Saints’ San Francisco + Rededicated 1 December 2013 +”; also a silver case, engraved “Silver Anniversary + All Saints’ SF 1988-2013,” which I will use for my rosary, which I pray every Thursday at the Quaker Vigil for Peace at the entrance to the Federal Building near Civic Center. And your gift to Tom: a leather portfolio to hold the superb sermons he preaches monthly as part of the wonderful team of volunteer clergy and seminarians we are privileged to have here at All Saints’.

Tom, we thank you for serving All Saints’ so long and so well! We are filled with gratitude to God (and you) for your steadfast faithfulness, joy, and good humor, in your ministry as our pastor, priest, counselor, teacher, colleague and friend!

 

Congratulations!

  • …to the newest members of All Saints’: by Letter of Transfer from another Episcopal Church: Br. Simon, Craig Schillig, Colby Roberts and Katherine Mckee Roberts; by Reception from another denomination: William Walsh, Janet Molinari, Malcolm Campbell, and Susan St. Martin; and by Confirmation: Claire Dworsky.  Welcome to your new parish home!
  • …to The Rev. Marcus Crim, our Parish Seminarian from the School for Deacons for the 2012-13 academic year, who was ordained a vocational deacon last December; and The Rev. Dan Burner, our Parish Intern, who was ordained a vocational deacon last December.
  • …and to Philippa White, our Parish Seminarian from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific for the 2013-14 academic year, who has been appointed  Curate at Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln, and St. John the Baptist, Ermine, starting upon her ordination as a transitional Deacon at Lincoln Cathedral on 29 June this year.

 

In Memoriam: Steven A. Wright, a member of All Saints’ since 2007, died at the age of 61 after a long struggle with cancer, at Coming Home Hospice on Monday, 20 January.  A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at All Saints’ on Monday, 27 January, at All Saints’, 7 p.m., led by the Society of St. Francis and the Third Oder of Franciscans in honor of Steven’s long time profession in the Third Order.  The Requiem will be preceded by a vigil in the Lady Chapel at 5 p.m.

After becoming a member of All Saints’, Steven served two terms as a parish representative to the Deanery of San Francisco and the annual Convention of the Diocese of California.  Rest eternal grant to Steven, O Lord; And let light perpetual shine upon him.  May his soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

 

Annual Meeting on Sunday, 9 February: Yes, it’s that time of year again!  All are invited to celebrate another anniversary: the 110th anniversary of All Saints’ in the Haight Asbury, originally founded as a mission of St. Luke’s, San Francisco.  I will give the Rector’s Annual Report as the sermon at the 10 a.m. Mass; the Wardens, Treasurer and Stewardship Officer will give their reports at the meeting after Mass, with refreshments hosted by the officers and the vestry.

Also, the voting members of the parish will elect three members of the vestry, a trustee of the parish endowment, and parish representatives to the San Francisco Deanery and Diocesan Convention, presented as a slate by the Nominating Committee, chaired by the Senior Warden.  The slate currently includes: Charles Attix, Boyd Charette, and Caryn Matter for vestry; and Seth St. Martin for trustee. In addition, the Building and Grounds Committee will present an update on our stained glass windows renovation project.  We successfully completed phase I (the east side of the nave) in 2013 and look forward to phase II (the west side) in 2014.

A list of the voting members of the parish was posted on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall last Sunday.  To be a voting member you must  [a] be registered at All Saints’ by baptism, confirmation, reception, or a letter of transfer; [b] be at least 18 years old; and [c] be a regular contributor to the financial health of the parish by a pledge or special gifts.  If your name is not on the list and you believe it should be, please speak to me by phone, email, or in person as soon as possible.

 

The New Children’s Room: With the funds provided by a gift from an anonymous donor, we have begun to renovate the Children’s Room off the Undercroft in order to inaugurate the beginning of a new children’s and child care program.  If the room is ready by 9 February, we will bless it at the annual meeting.  Thanks, of course, go to the donor, to the parents and children who have been waiting a long time for the program to resume, and to the Building and Grounds Committee for overseeing the project.  The room will help us fulfill Jesus’ invitation to “let the little children come unto me,” an invitation we hope to extend to bigger children too!

 

“Brims to Sweet Excess”:  In all the giving and receiving at All Saints’, we fulfill what the poet Richard Wilbur sees as the meaning of the Wedding at Cana which we celebrated this past Sunday to conclude our commemoration of the Epiphany.  Based on the account of Jesus “first sign” in turning water into wine in John 2:1-10, Wilbur writes in “A Wedding Toast” to his son and “dear new daughter” that Jesus “sign” is a story of God’s abundance:

 

It made no earthly sense, unless to show

How whatsoever love elects to bless

Brims to sweet success

That can without depletion flow.

Which is to say that what love sees is true;

That the world’s fullness is not made but found.

Life hungers to abound

And pour its plenty out for such as you.

 

At the beginning of this New Year of Our Lord 2014 I wish you what Wilbur hopes for his son and daughter-in-law as they begin their marriage:

 

May you not lack for water

And may that water smack of Cana’s wine.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 Kenneth

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