St. Mary’s Pledges To Be Part of Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

News of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey has traveled worldwide and individuals and groups have mobilized to assist our friends in Southeastern Texas. St. Mary’s will be an active part of those relief efforts in the days and months ahead as those in the storm’s path rebuild their lives and homes. A message from…

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The People of Haiti Need Our Help

  The people of Haiti are in dire straits. As well as being one of the poorest nations on Earth, Haiti suffered from a huge earthquake in 2010, followed by a cholera outbreak during which 10,000 people died, and now has been devastated again by Hurricane Matthew and another cholera outbreak. Pictures on the internet…

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Terry Thomas Smith: August 13, 1942-September 29, 2016

  (Text courtesy of the Laguna Beach Indy) For over 35 years, Terry was a devoted resident of Laguna Beach and a long time benefactor and Trustee of Laguna College of Arts & Design. He served as Development Committee Chair, Collectors Choice Committee Chair, and was instrumental in funding many special projects, and the LCAD…

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Taizé Service will miss Elizabeth and Jay

On the third Monday of every month, St. Mary’s holds a Taizé service. This past Monday, was Elizabeth’s very last service as Rector. A number of people joined us from other faith communities knowing it was her last service. The music and candlelight always make this a special service of contemplative prayer and healing. This…

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Elizabeth and Jay’s Farewell Party

On Sunday, July 19th, the congregation of St. Mary’s celebrated the ministry of Elizabeth Recter. Elizabeth has been the Rector of St. Mary’s since October, 2005 and is taking a new position as the Executive Director of Stillpoint: The Center for Christian Spirituality. The party started at with opening prayer, led by Suffragan Bishop, Diane…

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LETTER FROM Bishop Coadjutor Search Committee

As many of you know, our Bishop Coadjutor Search Committee is working on the process of identifying candidates for our next Bishop Diocesan. An essential part of that process is listening to as many voices as possible from throughout the Diocese to inform our profile.

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“God’s Song”

The Easter Sermon, a professor once said, should be sung. There are three basic verses to the Resurrection song: 1. Recognition – the heart is open to knowing Jesus is not dead but alive. He has not perished but is present. And this Risen One, this Light of the World, the power of the universe,…

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Courage To Change The Things We Can

I have continued to follow the tragic story of Bishop Heather Cook of Maryland who now awaits her trial for vehicular manslaughter for the death of cyclist Thomas Palermo on December 27. The Diocese of Maryland’s website reflects their attempt to seek meaning and healing from these devastating events by posting many links to guide people toward understanding and support. I found this posting by Bishop James Mathes of San Diego helpful and wanted to share it. I carry in my heart my belief that hope is the ability to believe that good can happen out of anything.

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