Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Notice of a Death in the Parish

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I write to inform you that our sister in Christ, Marjorie Coleman, died early this morning.

The Burial Mass will be celebrated this Friday at 11:00 AM in the church.  A luncheon will follow. Interment will be at a later date at the family plot in Virginia.

Please pray for the repose of her soul, and for those who mourn.

Father of all, we pray to you for Marjorie, whom we love, but
see no longer: Grant her your peace; let light perpetual shine 
upon her; and, in your loving wisdom and almighty power, 
work in her the good purpose of your perfect will; through 
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Rev. David Benedict Hedges, n/BSG
Rector, Saint Michael and All Angels Church, Tucson, Arizona
(520) 886-7292

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Thanksgiving to God

Dear Friends:

Terri and I send you love, prayers, and congratulations as you gather with your new Rector and his family this Sunday!  For us it is an answer to our daily prayers for all of you.  I know Br. Hedges and his loved ones will receive the same loving support you gave my family during our happy years at St. Michael and All Angels Church and School.  You will always be in our thoughts and prayers.

Things are very well for Terri and I in Antigua and this beautiful country of Guatemala.  Remember that you are welcome to visit us anytime.  We would love to see you!  Please include in your plans to stay over a Sunday so you can join in the Holy Eucharist at St. Alban's.

Again, Congratulations, and Peace, Love, and Joy in Jesus,

John+ and Terri too

Monday, August 01, 2016

Help Us Welcome Our New Rector!



With great joy, we announce that the Rev. David Hedges, the current Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Sycamore, IL, has accepted the call from our Bishop Kirk Smith, as requested by our Vestry, to be the next Rector of our spiritual home, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. On 14 August, Father Dave will begin his first Sunday at St. Michael’s by officiating the Morning Prayer at 9:00 AM and celebrating the sung Solemn High Mass at 9:30 AM.  His wife, Carly Flagg, and their daughter, Zoe, will arrive later, in time for Zoe to begin class at our parish day school on 18 August.

Fr. Dave received his Bachelor of Arts in History from San Francisco State University in 2002 and his Master of Divinity from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in 2005. He was ordained Deacon at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, in 2005, and priested at St. James Cathedral, Chicago, six months later. He was Curate at St. Mary’s, Crystal Lake, IL (2005-2007), then Rector of St. Peter’s (2007-present). He is passionate about the liturgy, sacramental pastoral care, and about the work of inviting into the church those who are not yet its members. He is excited by St. Michael's because of its balanced blend of catholic liturgy and social action, as well as the presence of the parochial school community.

Fr. Dave is a member of the Brotherhood of Saint Gregory, a religious community of men in the Episcopal Church, whose members, lay and ordained, follow a common rule of life and serve the church on parochial, diocesan, and national levels. Their Rule includes prayer, service, stewardship, and individual renewal among other matters. Brothers may be married, partnered, or single, and aim to follow St. Gregory the Great as "servants of the servants of God" whether in church or in society. Dave was thrilled to discover the sign at the back of St. Michael's saying Soli Deo Gloria, the very motto of the Brotherhood! Shortly before coming to St. Michael's, Dave will become a Novice Brother, and will be properly addressed as Brother Dave for short.

Dave's wife, Carly, will be serving the Tucson community as an American Sign Language Interpreter. She has an MA in ASL-English Interpretation from Gallaudet University, and a BA in Early Childhood Education from Smith College, and taught ASL-English Interpretation at the university level for sixteen years. Other graduate work includes study in Counseling and Developmental Psychology. Carly enjoys yoga, running, gardening, and cooking. She shares with Dave a common interest in letter-writing and postal ephemera. Dave enjoys bowling, photography, and long road trips.
Their daughter Zoe (12) will be enrolled at St. Michael's School. She has been a Girl Scout for six years and has earned her Bronze Award for efforts in increasing community literacy. She also enjoys horseback riding, drawing, and theatre.

As we joyfully welcome our new Rector and his family, we must wholeheartedly acknowledge our congregations’ enthusiastic participation in our self-study, our Nominating Committee’s wisdom and perseverance, our Vestry’s prayerful discernment, our Interim Rector Fr. Richard Mallory’s loving care, Canon Russ Smith’s consultation, the Rev. Canon Megan Traquair’s guidance, and our Bishop’s blessing throughout the challenging process. Alleluia!

Respectfully yours,
Howard Creswell, Junior Warden, and Ke Chiang (John) Hsieh, Senior Warden
3 July 2016



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Casa Maria Friday July 22 - With Notes on Parking

Casa Maria sandwich making is this Friday, July 22nd at St Michael's Parish Center 602 N. Wilmot . The kitchen opens at 5 PM; come any time after that!

Come join the fun!  Bring friends.  It’s family fun with a purpose!

Please bring 2 or 3 dozen peeled eggs.  We don't get extra eggs from the school students in the summer. We also need medium sized boxes for transporting the lunches. Fruit boxes from Costco or banana boxes are ideal.

Karl will deliver the sandwiches.  (Thanks to Byron for June!)  If you can deliver sandwiches once or twice a year, please let us know.

You all are great!  Thanks for your efforts and help so far this summer!

Parking info! Due to school construction the alley east of the church complex is blocked at the south entrance. You can still park in the north section of the alley near the parish center, but you will need to back up to get out. Also there are 3 new parking spots North of the church near the breezeway to the sacristy, in front of the large storage shed.

Mark your calendars:  Casa Maria is every 4 weeks...


2016 2017
Aug 19th   Jan 6th
Sept 16th Feb 3rd
Oct 14th Mar 3rd
Nov 11th     Mar 31st
Dec 9th Apr 28th


Casa Maria Team
Georgiana & Colby Maye, Karl Macomber…  Food Coordinators and purchasing
Robin Donaldson…  purchases and delivers the cookies
Carolyn Schlager…  purchases and delivers the ham
Pat Miller, Sue Peyron, Robin Donaldson, Jo Leeming, Sam Meyer… Kitchen Coordinators
Karl Macomber, Maruice Wilde, Byron Brandon…Transportation
Pam Stalkfleet… Lower school Coordinator for Friday afternoon prep (when school is in session)

Friday, July 08, 2016

An Invitation - Sendoff for Fr. Richard Mallory!



All are invited to attend Mass on July 31, 2016 at 9:30 am.
(One Mass only that day!)

The Rev. Dr. Richard Mallory
Presiding
_________________

“SEND OFF” CEREMONY AND “FESTIVE LUNCHEON” ~

SMITH PARISH CENTER FOLLOWING THE EUCHARIST

(Reservation sheets in back of church)
(suggested brunch donation $10.00)

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

A Note from Guatemala


Hola, relatives and tennis buffs.

Because we are still working on the papers to get a significant reduction in import taxes on the donor vehicle, I had a little hiatus in the capital and watched the classic Federer - Cilic match on a really bad tiny TV (no HD here!) in my bargain room at the historic Spring Hotel, while I sorted papers and organized materials, or pretended to.

What a treat!  Usually I miss Wimbledon, or most of it, in the communities.  Will miss much of the rest, unless there are major glitches in some crazy travel plans.  But this was the remarkable one to see.  So elegant.

Am feeling the lack of health professionals to run around with, and huge time compression.  Also, there are multiple children who have required special treatment, and we will be clipping heavily into "Legado Elisabet."  Femur fracture, Q4000 platin (about $475), to which we will pay Q500 unless I find more funds.  Child born with spinal problem and two twisted feet in a really remote community to a 14-year-old mother (this is the simple version), followup needed on Maglena of the heart condition in Pal, and I really want to get Nicolas of the repaired cleft lip and still-to-do wide open palate to the good location in Antigua, where a volunteer is willing to come up with a match for the hospital costs.  Petrona Chavez continues orthodontic followup for same, corrected several years ago.

We went to Pedro Bernal's community for 2 nights and a full day because he couldn't leave for Nebaj when we wanted, thinking to do some light Hgb and glucose testing, and ran into everybody's wanting a test.  This was to be the easy, well-regulated community.  Until the woman who had discontinued diabetes treatment showed up with glucose too high to read and BP at 250/140.  We were the only ones with equipment to test and simple meds, and an MD visiting with an optical jornada agreed there was absolutely no point in trying to get her to a hospital.  We set up a plan and did some good, simple social work counseling.  Do you know what diabetes is?  Do you know what is can do the body?  Etc.  Also tested her feet for sensation (fine), using Dr. Pust's simple wire testers.

Then, when we were ready to fold up our tents (figurative) and call it a day, a family showed up with a boy suffering from "susto" (fright, panic) because the youth who had raped his sister when she was 11 and the perpetrator 15 had returned to the community after prison and MAY have threatened the little brother (some of you already have this news).  They got to ventilate, and we did some Capacitar exercises, breathing, but it seems the frailest stay against the complicated dynamics (you, again, are getting the simplified version).

Need to stop before the computer runs out of juice.  And I had written just to glory in the fantastic tennis.

Asi es la vida!

Hello, Goodbye

Greetings! The new Rector, Fr. Dave, will have his first Mass at St. Michael's on Sunday, August 14. There will be one mass that day at 9:30 AM, followed by a Festive Brunch in the Smith Parish Center.















As we say goodbye to Fr. Richard, his  last mass  at St. Michael's will be held on Sunday, July 31. There will be one mass that day at 9:30 AM, followed by a Luncheon in his honor in the Smith Parish Center.

May God richly bless everyone!  Amen!

Nancy