The Celtic Courier - November 2019

                                                          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 ( 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.
                                      “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,

                            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

                                                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.
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                  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
     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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