PARISH NOTES: Week Of June 16, 2019
Sunday School Hiatus
Summer hiatus for Sunday School will be for six weeks, beginning June 23, through July 28. Classes will resume on August 4th.
A Message From Dianne Smith
The family of Clarence W. Smith, husband of Dianne Audrick Smith, wishes to sincerely thank all of the St. Augustine's Church family who offered prayers, cards, and thoughts at this time of loss. A reception to honor Clarence and share our memories with you will be held on Sunday, July 7th following the morning service. The entire parish is invited to attend, whether you knew Clarence or not. He enjoyed sharing and would want you all to be there. God's peace and blessings, ~ Dianne
Meditation and Bible Study this Wednesday, June 19th, 6:30 to 8:00.
St. Augustine’s Free Lending Library 📚📚📚
We need donations of books. Any genre. Children, youth, or adult. Please speak to Phyllis or Susan if you have questions and bring the books to one of us to be stamped before they go on the rack.
Calling All Gardeners
To all those who love the beauty of the plants and flowers around the church, we need your help. Marilyn Wall, who has worked tirelessly to keep our garden pretty and refreshed, wishes to do other things. We are in need of new gardeners. If interested please see Fr. Thornell or Marilyn.
Save The Date – Women’s Retreat
Join us for the St. Augustine's Fall Women's Retreat -- October 19, 2019. A daylong spiritual retreat for all women of the parish. Details to follow. Hosted by ECW. Questions? Call: Sandy De Shields. 510-547-6528 or Susan Ginsky 510-710-8579 All women of the church are invited.
Food Pantry Support Items Of The Week
THIS WEEK AT ST. AUGUSTINE’S – JUNE 16, 2019
Stuff you should know
Urge Congress to Fund Gun Violence Research
Advocate for Congress to fund gun violence research. The Office of Government Relations, in partnership with Bishops United Against Gun Violence, is calling on Episcopalians to support this funding.
The House is expected to approve a funding bill that includes $50 million, to be divided between the Centers for Disease Control and National Institute for Health, for studies into all aspects of gun violence and prevention. The legislation faces hurdles as the Senate negotiates internally and then the two chambers negotiate with each other – your Senators need to hear that you want this funding defended!
Join us in calling on the Senate to provide funding to research gun violence!
Sharable Link: https://www.votervoice.net/EPISCOPAL/campaigns/66921/respond
Parishioners in the News:
Architect Dan Parolek has ideas for solving the Bay Area housing crisis. His vision and the work his design firm is doing can be found in an excellent feature article printed in the San Francisco Chronicle on June 6th. Here is the link to the article:
Anne Price, President of the Insight Center For Community Economic Development, recently joined MSNBC’s Ali Velshi to discuss why the racial wealth gap still exists, and why racial wealth disparity involves issues well beyond America’s education system. The video can be seen here:
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Hear us, Lord; For your mercy is great.
We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.
We will exalt you, O God our King; and praise your Name forever and ever.
The Stained Glass Window Dedicated to Jeanette Hurd
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Jeanette Victoria Hurd was an active member of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church. She served on various committees. She was fond of and love beautiful things. Her passion in life was gardening, finely tailored hats, and clothing. She collected beautiful elephant figures from far and near. She had a sassy attitude along with a sassy walk and could give a look the told you to back up! Jeanette loved Mexican food, spicy food fried chicken Margaritas, and ice cream. She loved gardening with a group called “The Lovely Ladies” once a month brunch or lunch. Jeanette attended McClymonds High School and Business College. She was married to Ted Hurd who proceeded her in death.
The Jeanette Hurd Memorial Stained Glass Window is based on Julian (or Juliana) of Norwich, also known as Dame Julian or Mother Julian (late 1342 – after 1416). She was a medieval anchoress and theologian who was best known for writing the earliest surviving book in the English language to be written by a woman, Revelations of Divine Love.
This is a work on the Love of God in which St. Julian offers fervent prayers for a deeper understanding of Christ’s passion. Her visions revealed Christ’s sufferings with extreme intensity, but they also confirmed God’s constant love for humanity and his infinite capacity for forgiveness. Her Revelations have had a lasting influence on Christian thought.
She lived throughout her life in the English city of Norwich, an important center for commerce that also had a vibrant religious life. However, during her lifetime she was a witness to the devastating effects of the Black Death of 1349, the English Peasants' Revolt, which affected large parts of England in 1381, and the suppression of the Lollards.
In 1373, at the age of thirty and so seriously ill when she thought she was on her deathbed, Julian received a series of visions or "showings" of the Passion of Christ and of Mary, mother of Jesus. She recovered from her illness and wrote two versions of her experiences, the earlier one being completed soon after her recovery, and a much longer version being written many years later. From her writings came Julian’s famous “All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well” quote which Jeanette gained strength and solace from during her life and would often repeat in abbreviated form.
Julian was the greatest of all of the English anchorites of the Middle Ages. An anchoress was a woman who was walled into a cell to live a life of prayer and contemplation. For much of her life, Julian lived in permanent seclusion as an anchoress in her cell, which was attached to St Julian's Church in Norwich, England. Julian’s name is taken from this church; no one knows her given name. She lived and prayed in one or two rooms attached to the church. One window opened into the church so she could participate in services. The other window opened onto the street letting her listen to stories of the poor and suffering to which she gave solace and spiritual counsel. She spent the last half of her life in this place, probably 50 years. Look closely at the window to view an unexpected and delightful surprise! A lovely depiction of St. Augustine’s Church replaces St. Julian’s Church as a modern day reminder that as Julian of Norwich proclaimed, “All shall be well and all shall be well.”