What’s Happening at St. Mary’s! (Fourth Week in October)

+Time Change


+Potluck this Sunday

Please remember to bring your favorite dish to pass for the potluck this Sunday after the 10:30 am service in the Guild Hall.


+Message from Rector
2015-10-16_0648For All the Saints...

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday, November 1, for our All Saints Day celebration here at St. Mary’s. It will surely be a great day! As a part of our worship on Sunday, we will also be gathering in our pledge cards for 2016. If you received one in the mail, please bring it with you on Sunday. And if you didn’t get one, or have misplaced the one you got, fear not!! We will have additional cards available on Sunday. Following both services we will have a festive meal – a light breakfast after the 8 a.m. service, and a pot-luck lunch after the 10:30 a.m. service. We hope you’ll be a part of all that fun as well. This will be a wonderful morning at St. Mary’s. Be sure to be a part of all the celebrations.

Many blessings,


+Message from Donna Phillips


Please mark your calendars to join us on November 15 & November 22 as we begin the process of looking towards our future search for our new Rector. Gary Mangiofico will lead our Adult Education hours with the following topics:

November 15 – Envisioning the Future of St. Mary’s
November 22 – What We Are Looking For in a New Rector

This is where you can be heard! Adult Education begins at 9:15 AM in the Guild Hall.

Donna Phillips
(949) 233-8198


+Commemoration of the Faithful Departed

Rose-Stained-Glass_600Please join us in the celebration of our loved ones
Reception and candlelight prayers
On Saturday, November 7th at six o’clock
St. Mary’s Columbarium
428 Park Ave.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


+Altar Book

2015-10-30_0521It seems the Altar book has been misplaced.
If you know it’s whereabouts please contact the office at
(949) 494-3542 or e-mail at parishoffice@stmaryslb.org


+ 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


+ 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.