The Celtic Courier - November 2019
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R The Celtic Courier November 2019 A Gregorian Rant Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. – Melody Beattie But is there such a thing as enough? Certainly, our culture and society would say there isn’t. We are bombarded everywhere we look with ads and things telling us more, more, more—this is better—you deserve it. And so, rather than stopping and giving thanks to God for what we have —we keep on going, asking God for more. Instead of rejoicing in what we have, we greedily want something more, something better, something different. We can’t be grateful because we are always making comparisons and coveting other possibilities. God gives us so much in our lives—everything we have is a gift from God—everything we can think of is a gift from God. And we are called to give thanks to God for all that God gives to us. One of the ways that we return thanks to God is by returning a portion of what we have been given, for use in God’s service: that means our time, our talents, and our treasure. In other words, what we do with our lives, our abilities, and our financial resources. Just like in the Eucharist, God takes what we give, blesses it, and returns it to us to use in God’s service. How will you show your gratitude to God? How will you unlock your relationship with the One who gives us what we have? In the coming weeks, take stock of all the many blessings that you have received in your life; and then make your pledge to St. Columba’s that we may continue to be the place that God calls us to be and to do the things that God calls us to do. And then come with joy and gladness on Sunday, November 24, as we celebrate Thanksgiving Sunday and dedicate our pledges to God. Faithfully yours, ST. COLUMBA’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH The Rev. Canon Gregory B. Larkin, Rector Wendie Roberts, Director of Family Ministry Brett Hanley, Director of Music
Dates to Remember November Birthdays Sally Gillespie 1 Maurice Hill 3 Julie Silvertrust 6 All Saints Sunday, 8:00 & 10:15 a.m. Terry De Wolfe 18 Eucharists/Daylight Saving Time ends, 2:00 a.m./ Feast of Faiths, 4:00-6:00 p.m. (at Islamic Center Mary Justice 19 of the Conejo Valley), Sunday, November 3 Gene Doswell 20 Lunch Bunch, Noon, Wednesday, November 6 Celtic Contemplative Prayer, 7:00 p.m., Friday, Harry Daubert 21 November 8 Tatianna Kraft 25 Visit from the Canon to the Ordinary, 8:00 & 10:15 a.m. Eucharists, Sunday, November 10 Veterans Day/CLC Closed, Monday, November Amazon Smile – Support 11 St. Columba’s As You Shop Celebration of Life for Donna Duke, 10:00 Our thanks go to those who have ordered items through a.m., Tuesday, November 12 Amazon’s charitable website (smile.amazon.com) and Diocesan Convention, Friday-Saturday, November designated St. Columba’s Episcopal Church Camarillo as 15-16 their charity of choice! We appreciate your support! CLC Thanksgiving Feast, 11:00 a.m.-Noon, Friday, November 15 Fr. Greg and Nancy Larkin Stewardship Skit, 8:00 & 10:15 a.m. Eucharists, are on vacation through Sunday, November 17 November 6. The Rev. Celtic Christmas Faire, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Nancy Brown will be here Saturday, November 23 on Sunday, November 3. Thanksgiving Sunday/Blessing of Pledges, 8:00 & 10:15 a.m. Eucharists, Sunday, November 24 Advent Lectio Divina, 7:00 p.m., Monday, November 25 Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday, November 28 (CLC closed November 27-29; Parish Office closed November 28-29) Eucharist in the Style of Taizé, 5:30 p.m., Sundays, 9:15-10:00 a.m. Sunday, December 8 in the Parish Hall Through November, we’re studying “A History of Christianity,” through a series of video lectures by Oxford history professor, Diarmaid MacCulloch. 2020 Stewardship Campaign • November 3 & 10: “Protestantism: Have you returned your Stewardship Pledge? Help the Vestry and Stewardship Committee by The Evangelical Explosion”—Parts 1 returning your pledge card in a timely manner. &2 All pledges received will be blessed on • November 17 & 24: “God in the Thanksgiving Sunday, November 24. Dock” —Parts 1 & 2 If you have questions about your pledge or third Grab some coffee and a treat from Coffee quarter statements, please contact Gail Hill. Hour and join us.
THE CELTIC COURIER “What you do makes a PUBLISHED MONTHLY difference, and you have to ST. COLUMBA’S EPISCOPAL decide what kind of difference CHURCH 1251 Las Posas Road you want to make.” Camarillo, CA 93010 —Jane Goodall ISSUE 11 (from the Newsletter Newsletter) Celtic Contemplative Prayer Friday, November 8, 7:00 p.m. On the second Friday of each month, September through June, we gather in the Chapel for an evening of Celtic Contemplative Prayer, in the traditions of the Iona and Taizé Communities. This service includes prayer, scripture, dialogues, songs and meditative chants. There is also a time of silence so we might listen more closely for God. We enjoy some refreshments and fellowship afterwards. All are welcome. Join us on Friday, November 8, at 7:00 p.m., to reflect on our theme of “The Harvest of Life.” Fr. Greg will be teaching that weekend, but Paul Amendt will ably lead us in the prayer. Come and spend some quiet time with God. The Parish Office will be closed on Special Visit from Thursday and Friday, November 28-29, Canon to the Ordinary for the Thanksgiving holiday. On Sunday, November 10, we will have a special visit from the The Children’s Learning Center will be closed Canon to the Ordinary—the Wednesday through Friday, November 27-29. Bishop’s Executive Assistant for Thanksgiving blessings to you and yours! matters Diocesan, the Very Rev. Canon Melissa McCarthy. She Daylight Saving is also a long-time friend of St Time ends Sunday, Columba’s and Fr. Greg’s, and we look forward to her being November 3. with us for both Eucharists. The ancient practice of Lectio Divina, or “divine reading,” a method of praying the Scriptures, will return on Monday evenings for Advent, beginning November 25. Join us in the Chapel at 7:00 with gathering music and quiet; we end by 8:00 p.m. Lunch Bunch Lunch Bunch returns on Wednesday, November 6, at Noon in the parish hall. Sign up in the narthex for this time of good food and fellowship, hosted by Michele Hauser, for a nominal cost of $4. Coffee Hour - Sign Up to Host! There are still opportunities to host Coffee The deadline for articles Hour/Fellowship Time, following the 8:00 or 10:15 a.m. service. Sign up in the Parish Hall. The for the December hospitality doesn’t have to be elaborate. Celtic Courier is Thanks for volunteering! November 15th.
Saturday, November 23 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Join us for our first Celtic Christmas Faire on Saturday, November 23, from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., in the parish hall. We will have various booths of holiday gifts and foods, made by St. Columba’s parishioners and by outside vendors. Lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. We also need your items. If you have holiday or autumn crafts or elegant articles that you would like to donate for us to sell, please bring them by the parish office during regular office hours (Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–Noon). Save the date – bring your friends – do a little early Christmas Shopping and join us at the Faire. Celebration of Life for Donna Duke Eucharist in the Style of Taizé There will be a Celebration of Life for Donna Duke on Tuesday, November 12, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Columba’s, followed by a reception with pizza at Ottavio’s. Donna was formerly active at St. Columba’s but suffered from Alzheimer’s for the past several years and recently passed away. Present Tense Gratitude After “turkey day” came and went last year, a Because of the busy holiday season, we’re combining pastor challenged church members to ask one our November and December services. On another not “How was your Thanksgiving?” but December 8, come for our monthly Sunday “How is your Thanksgiving?” After all, giving Evening service using the music of Taizé and quiet thanks should be an ongoing act. reflection to set the mood of worship. These services have Eucharist but also include simple chants sung That doesn’t always need to be profoundly deep, repetitively, to let the words of scripture settle into our either. A.J. Jacobs, author of Thanks a Thousand, hearts and minds. There is a time of silence (5-7 once asked a philosophy-professor friend what he minutes) and an opportunity for prayer around the was grateful for. The shockingly simple reply? cross. “Sometimes I’m just grateful I have arms.” That odd but spot-on answer shows the importance, We meet in the Chapel at 5:30 p.m. for worship, Jacobs says, of being “thankful for things so followed by a simple potluck supper in our Parish omnipresent that they can escape our notice.” Hall. All are welcome. Come and see if this So … how is your Thanksgiving? contemplative practice speaks to your heart. (from the Newsletter Newsletter)
Thanksgiving Sunday November 24 Again this year, we’ll celebrate Thanksgiving on Sunday, November 24, at both the 8:00 and 10:15 a.m. Eucharists. We’ll also have a Potluck Coffee Hour after both services. Plan to bring some goodies and be here with your parish family to offer thanks and praise to the One from whom all blessings flow! Vestry Nominations Requested The Vestry Nominating Committee is seeking names of candidates for the Vestry for the coming year. Candidates must be at least 16 years old and be regular in their participation at St. Columba’s. New Vestry members will be elected at the Annual Meeting. There are three 3-year terms for Vestry. If you have a name you would like to submit, please speak to Fr. Greg Larkin, Maurice Hill (Senior Warden), John Dannenbaum (Junior Warden), Nancy Hey, or Nancy Miller. This is your opportunity to put forth the best leadership possible to help guide St. Columba’s into the future. Feast of Faiths The annual Feast of Faiths, a gathering of individuals from various religions to discuss their beliefs with those of other faiths informally over dinner, will be from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, November 3, at Islamic Center of Conejo Valley, 2700 Borchard Rd., Newbury Park, 91320. Understanding is the theme for the 2019 Feast of Faiths. For more information, see the flyers in the narthex or contact Tim or Teri Helton. ADVENT PREPARATION EVENING Mark your calendar now for Sunday evening, December 1, at 5:00 in the Parish Hall for our annual Advent Preparation Evening. We begin with a Potluck Supper followed by wreath making, under the tutelage of our expert wreath guides. Each family or household will have the opportunity to create an Advent Wreath to use at home during the season. We conclude the evening in the church for a short service of blessing the wreaths. All craft supplies will be provided, so PRE-REGISTRATION is essential. Sign up in the Narthex. You will need to bring clippers to work on the greens, and enough greens for two Advent Wreaths, as well as a dish for the potluck supper. All members of the St. Columba’s Community are welcome to join in the fun and make an Advent Wreath for their home. “Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.”
Dear parish family, Our 6th Annual Harvest Festival was a huge success! The children enjoyed playing with the pumpkins. Having the pumpkins on the yard allowed the children to use their gross motor skills and self-help skills. It also prompted sharing and problem solving when they built mazes and so much more. It was very fun to watch. We also enjoyed all of our special visitors. This year we had the VC Senior Readers, Captain Carl and his marine lab, Newbury Park Dentistry, I talked about the life-cycle of a pumpkin and we had a face-painters for our festival. In just a few weeks we will have our Annual Feast in the Parish Hall. This is a wonderful event that allows all of the families to “break bread” together. We decorate the hall and enjoy yummy Thanksgiving food together. The feast is on November 15th at 11:00am, if you would like to stop by. Our Annual Silent Auction is just around the corner. This will take place during our Christmas program on December 20. Please remember to stop by the auction anytime after 4:30 p.m. in the parish hall to bid on our amazing items. Blessings always, Rebecca Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Catechesis of the Good Shepherd meets on Sunday mornings, for our children, with three atriums, Level 1, children 3-5, Level 2, ages 6-9, and Level 2-3, ages 8-12. Questions or concerns, please contact: Wendie Roberts, 310-710-8762 or Wencatekst@aol.com. HEALTH MINISTRIES The flu is only one of the many kinds of winter illnesses. The list includes the common cold, sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, and stomach bugs. The symptoms are well known by most adults. You need to take extra precautions such as a flu shot for most of us and pneumococcal vaccine if you are 65 or older. The 200 viruses of just the common cold and uncountable bacteria in winter challenge your immune system. Carry hand sanitizer for protection. Keep your hands off of your face. You can have medicines on hand in case you do pick up a bug. Have lozenges for sore throats, over the counter painkillers for body aches, and anti-diarrheals for diarrhea. “Afrin nose spray eases nasal congestion. Limit Afrin to 3 days as it can lead to increased nasal congestion beyond that. For excess mucus, use Guaifenesin (Mucinex) , and antihistamines such as Claritin, and a spray called azelastine (Astelin), which helps with a runny nose without drowsiness,” according to Dr. Suzanne Salamon, a geriatrician with Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. You will need to be treated with antibiotics for bacterial pneumonia or sinusitis. Antiviral medications for the flu will shorten its course if taken within two days after symptoms appear. Get enough rest and get lots of fluids so you can get better soon. Re: Harvard Health Letter, volume 44, number 12, October 2019, “Preventing seasonal maladies.” The surface of your skin (epidermis) contains natural oils that help keep skin moisturized. It is important to use a moisturizing skin cream such as Vanicream, a moisturizing Skin Cream for dry, irritated, or sensitive skin. The dry, east winds of winter are not good for healthy skin.
We are on the web! Non-Profit Org. www. stcolumbaca.com U. S. Postage Paid Permit 49 Oxnard, CA 93030 ST. COLUMBA’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 1251 Las Posas Road RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED Camarillo, CA 93010 Phone: (805) 482-8831 Fax: (805) 482-1288 E-mail: email@example.com A Thanksgiving Gift for St. Columba’s What are you thankful for? How has St. Columba’s been there for you this past year? How have you been supported by our Parish Family? What would you do without the community of St. Columba’s? As you answer these questions, think, too, about how you can support the church. As you count up your blessings for Thanksgiving Day, how about putting a token of your thankfulness into your Thanksgiving Day offering envelope to help us ensure we end the year in the black. We continue to pay close attention to our expenses and are continuing to expand our programs bit by bit as we search for new ways to be God’s people in Camarillo. Your special gift, given in thanksgiving, will assist us greatly in these pursuits. Won’t you make an extra gift in thanksgiving for all the blessings God has given you this past year? Thank you!!!
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