What’s Happening at St. Mary’s (3rd Week of October 2015)

Stewardship Season 2015
Blessed to be a Blessing

We had a wonderful response during our first Sunday of our stewardship season last weekend, as many of you identified some of the blessings you have received by writing them on fabric leaves. As you come to church this Sunday, you will see all of those leaves prominently displayed. We continue with our season of blessings, as you will be invited to name those ways in which St. Mary’s in particular has been a blessing to you. I hope you will all be there to join us! Our stewardship season will conclude on Sunday, November 1, at our All Saints Day celebration as we gather in our 2016 pledge cards. You’ll be hearing much more about this festive day real soon. In the meantime, continue to give thanks for the great blessings we have received, and how we can use those blessings to bless those around us. ~ Bob Honeychurch

Please join us this Sunday October 18, 2015, as we will be discussing some of the elements of Stewarship during our Adult Education hour from 9:15 – 10:15. As many of us grapple with this topic, discussing this can help all of us better understand the part it plays in our Christian development. Cluadia Mellin will facilitate the discussion.


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Return To Dak To – A Documentary Film by Christopher Upham

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Dear Friends,

Thought your congregation might be interested in this upcoming documentary screening one night only, Thursday, October 29th, as your church has been active in outreach.

Return to Dak To is a powerful personal account by former Laguna Beach resident, Vietnam vet and writer/producer Christopher Upham. It's a compelling story that's framed by the 2015 40 year anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, and tells how the 61-day siege at Dak To shaped the lives of those who survived.

Doors open @ 7 p.m. and RSVPs are strongly recommended to ensure adequate seating. The attached Press Release and flier provide more information.

We hope you'll share this information and encourage people to attend.


Linda Halopoff & Sandy Sieg

Former Laguna Beach Filmmaker Presents Award-Winning Vietnam Documentary
Veteran Returns to Vietnam to Conquer Fears, Shares Story

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. – Return to Dak To, the award-winning 49-minute documentary about five Army veterans who return to Vietnam 40 years after the Fall of Saigon, will be shown at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach on Thursday, October 29 at 7pm.

Former Laguna Beach resident Christopher Upham, the film’s producer/writer will introduce the documentary and answer audience questions at the conclusion. Early in his career, Upham worked on various assignments for MacGillivary-Freeman Films and The Laguna News-Post.

“Telling stories is my way of coping with the war,” Upham said. Upham’s unique situation as both a fellow veteran and filmmaker allows him an intimate reach into each vet’s personal battles that linger as invisible scars – raising profound questions about the personal cost of moral injury and aftermath of war.


Return to Dak To has been featured at the San Diego Film Festival, the Black Maria Film Festival, and the Sedona International Film Festival. Among other venues, it recently screened at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. and at the University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum.

Local venue Seven Degrees participates in this artistic exchange by featuring the film. Doors open at 7pm with a $10 suggested cash donation.

“After getting my first break from Producer/Director Greg MacGillivray, I feel honored to share my documentary with the community that first inspired me to filmmaking,” explained Upham. In 1969, half of his 600 troop mates were killed or wounded in the 61-day siege. To come to terms with the weight of his loss, Upham reconnects with four survivors from his unit who all return to Dak To – questioning what they were asked to do, and what they agreed to do, for their country.

More details about Return to Dak To and Christopher Upham can be found at http://www.returntodakto.com

Seven Degrees is located at 891 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. Parking available on Sawdust Festival frontage road. Please RSVP so adequate seating can be provided.


Contact: Linda Halopoff
Tel. 949-929-9040
Email: lehalopo@cox.net


Enjoy Fun and fellowship in a St. Mary's Supper Club!

To sign up, call Cindy Bird at (949) 338-2983 or email her at cindybird@yahoo.com. Please try to be in the Guild Hall after the 10:00service on October 25 to help your group set up a calendar. If you are unable to attend that meeting, your group leader will call or email you to decide which month you would like to entertain a potluck in your home with your group of new and better friends from St. Mary's.


OPENING NIGHT PARTY! Oct. 2 at 6:00 (Show at 7:30)

Catered by YouTasteBuddy.com

Friday Oct. 2 / Saturday Oct. 3
Friday Oct. 9 / Saturday Oct. 10 / Sunday Oct. 11
Friday / Oct. 16 ~ Narrated by Kelly Boyd
Saturday Oct. 17 / Sunday Oct. 18
Friday Oct. 23 / Saturday Oct. 25 ~ Narrated by Pat Kollenda
GALA! Sunday Oct. 25 at 5:00 (Show at 6:30)