What’s Happening at St. Mary’s (4th Week of October 2015)

+ Stewardship Letter

2015-10-16_0648Blessed to be a Blessing

In this season of abundance, we continue to give thanks for the many blessings we have received. For the past two Sundays, you were invited to identify some of those blessings by writing them on a small fabric leaf. Be sure to check out our many blessings, as those leaves now adorn the windows into the columbarium garden at the back of the church. Our theme continues this Sunday, October 25, as we call to mind those ways in which we have been a blessing to others. Our season then culminates on Sunday, November 1, with our All Saints Day celebration and in gathering of our 2016 pledge cards. It’s sure to be a day you won’t want to miss! We’ll see you in church. ~ Bob


+ Supper Club


If you signed up for a Supper Club, please try to come to the Guild Hall after the 10:30 am service this Sunday, Oct. 25, to meet with your group and select a month to host. Please contact Cindy Bird if you have a last minute itch to join! Each group will appoint a secretary to contact any absent members and include them in the festive, friendly fold of St. Mary's.


+ Amazon Smile

You can now help St. Mary's when you shop on AMAZON!

If you want Amazon to donate to St. Mary's Eiscopal Church, you need to start each shopping session at the URL http://smile.amazon.com, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases. The BEST way to do this is to bookmark the page on your first visit.

This is a great, easy way to help St. Mary's while doing your regular shopping on Amazon. Start helping us today!


+ Documentary

Return To Dak To – A 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



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)


+ Moon Angels

Save The Date
MoonAngels Annual Fundraiser

Wine~Olive Oil~Silent Auction
Saturday, November 7, 2015
454 Palmer Place~Laguna Beach ~ 1:00pm to 3:00pm
MoonAngels is a non-profit organization that helps children and their families whose lives are affected by cancer. Please contact Sandy Sieg at 949-376-2221 for more information.


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