PARISH NOTES: Week Of August 4, 2019 


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Sunday School

Lessons and activities each Sunday for young people aged 5-18. Ask an usher or a person sitting near you to bring you into Trinity Chapel to our schoolroom. We begin at 10:00 and end in time for the young people to join communion. Children under 5 welcome with an adult.

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.

ECW Fall Women’s Retreat

Episcopal Church Women's -Fall Women's Retreat will take place on Saturday, October 19th 2019 St. Cuthbert Episcopal Church. 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Donation: $40.00

Scholarships are available.

Please see Susan Ginsky or Sandy De Shields

Please refer to the flyer in the bulletin.

Food Pantry Support Items Of The Week

  • Peanut Butter   
  • Cup O Noodles 
  • Kraft Mac-n-Cheese 


  • AA Meeting, Monday, August 12 @n8: 00 pm
  • AA Meeting, Thursday, August 15 @n8: 00 pm
  • Service, Sunday, August 18 @ 10: 00 am


This painting by Sidney King depicts Virginia in 1619 as a Dutch frigate dock at Point Comfort bringing 20 African slaves to be traded to the settlers for food

  In recognition of the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Virginia, the Union of Black Episcopalians provided today’s Collect and Prayers for the People.


The year 1619, extensively linked to Jamestown, Virginia, marked the start of slavery in what is now the United States of America.  In August 1619, a woman and a man were aboard a ship known as The White Lion. They were among the “20 and odd Negroes” that disembarked in Virginia. They were Africans who were “brought for victuall [food],” as recorded by a merchant. Sometime after, the woman and the man, named Isabell Negro and Antoney Negro, had a son named William who was baptized, according to the 1624 census.

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Bishop of California's statement on President Trump's xenophobic tweets

The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, Bishop of California

Like so many people in the United States and around the world, I am sickened and deeply distraught by the destructive, dehumanizing language the President of the United States has unleashed against four members of Congress over the last few days. As bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California and as a Christian, I cannot be silent on this matter. The President's tweets were blatantly xenophobic, tinged with racism, and designed to fuel further discord within an already divided nation.

Although some continue to dismiss the President's words as mere political posturing, refusing to recognize those words for what they are — hate speech — comes with dire implications for the health of our nation and the integrity of the ideals for which it stands. To quote the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

Hate multiplies hate,
violence multiplies violence,
and toughness multiplies toughness
in a descending spiral of destruction...
The chain reaction of evil --
hate begetting hate,
wars producing more wars --
must be broken,
or we shall be plunged
into the dark abyss of annihilation.
- The Strength to Love
, 1963

In the shadow our President’s words have cast, I call on all people of faith and goodwill to denounce them. Let us instead recommit ourselves to nonviolence — in our hearts, our minds, our actions — and the work of reconciliation that restores the Beloved Community. May we all redouble our efforts to speak with love and with respect for the dignity of all people.
Savior Christ, grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations. Give us the courage to stand against all that divides, degrades, and dominates any and all of your children, to the glory of your Name.
+Marc Andrus

Stuff you should know


07/30/2019 06:58 pm ET Updated 1 day ago National Cathedral On Trump’s Racist Comments: ‘Have We No Decency?’

Faith leaders said Tuesday that the president’s history of racism and his recent remarks about Baltimore are “a clarion call, and give cover, to white supremacists.”

By Sanjana Karanth

Leaders of the Washington National Cathedral have joined the voices denouncing President Donald Trump for attacking Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and labeling his majority-black district a “rodent infested mess.”

The Episcopal cathedral released a statement on Tuesday from Revs. Mariann Edgar Budde, Randolph Marshall Hollerith and Kelly Brown Douglas calling Trump’s comments “dangerous” and “more than a ‘dog-whistle.’”

“When such violent dehumanizing words come from the President of the United States, they are a clarion call, and give cover, to white supremacists who consider people of color a sub-human ‘infestation’ in America,” the statement reads. “They serve as a call to action from those people to keep America great by ridding it of such infestation. Violent words lead to violent actions.”

A response to @realDonaldTrump from @Mebudde, @Rhollerith and @DeanKBD @ @WNCathedral:

"The question is less about the president's sense of decency, but of ours." 

 Trump has consistently attacked Cummings, a black lawmaker whose district includes parts of Baltimore. Cummings chairs the House Oversight and Reform Committee and has been a vocal Trump critic, recently denouncing the administration’s treatment of migrants at in border detention centers.

Trump’s comments have provoked backlash from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who called the remarks racist, and the Baltimore Sun’s editorial board, which published a scathing op-ed saying it was “better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood” than to be one.

The National Cathedral’s leaders compared Trump to Joseph McCarthy, the Republican senator from Wisconsin who stoked anti-communist fears in the 1950s to stay in the political spotlight. In 1954, then-U.S. Army attorney Joseph Welch asked McCarthy on live television, “Have you no sense of decency?”

“In retrospect, it’s clear that Welch’s question was directed less toward McCarthy and more to the nation as a whole,” the cathedral said. “Had Americans had enough? Where was our sense of decency?” 

The faith leaders encouraged people to find their “sense of decency” and not stay silent in the face of Trump’s racism.

Kelly Brown Douglas@DeanKBD

As Donald Trump continues to shout dehumanizing, violent and racist words from the most powerful office in the land, we all must transform our silence into words and action.

 “As leaders of faith who believe in the sacredness of every single human being, the time for silence is over,” their statement read, adding, “To stay silent in the face of such rhetoric is for us to tacitly condone the violence of these words.”

The cathedral has been outspoken about the administration’s controversial policies before, denouncing the transgender military ban, the decision to weaken the Johnson Amendment, and family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border. But the statement on Tuesday appears to be the first time the cathedral has called the president’s words bigoted and racist.

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!

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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:

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.

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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.”


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