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Reflections Newsletter: April 2017

April 1, 2017
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St. David's Newsletter

 April 2017 Issue

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News List:
- Liturgy Schedule: April 2017
- Monthly Calendar: April 2017
- End Homelessness Now Race
- South Oakland Shelter Needs Your Help
- Building Committee Update
- From The Rector
- New in the Pews: Kathryn Urbiel 
- Birthdays
- Picture Page

 End Homelessness Now Race 

Warmer weather outside means it's time to get those running (or walking) shoes out and begin preparing for the South Oakland Shelter's End Homelessness Now 5K/10K.

The event, now in its fourth year, will take place Aug. 6 right here at St. David's. Registration is now open for the event, and can be done using a new, updated website this year:

Here, runners and walkers can sign up, view who else is signed up and even donate if they're not interested in running.

The planning committee has begun its planning, hold its first meeting in March to begin the process. Sponsorship opportunities are currently being discussed, as well as launching promotional efforts to increase the number of runners this year. Any company looking to jump in and help sponsor the event is encouraged to visit the race website and inquire further.

And while it's still early, it's not too early to register! As of March 25, five participants are listed as registered on the website and a total of $2,850 of the $80,000 goal has been raised, according to the status bar. Registering today will help SOS with its mission of providing support for the shelter's clients, which total more than 580 people each year. Eighty-nine cents of every dollar donated goes directly to help someone impacted by homelessness.

After the race, the a breakfast complete with pancakes and sausage will take place in the Corner Fellowship Hall, followed by the interfaith prayer service that will take place in the church at 10 a.m.

Early bird registration for the event is still available: it is $15 for the 1 mile fun run, $20 for the 5K and $25 for the 10K. After May 31, the cost for the 5K and 10K increases, so be sure to register today!

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 South Oakland Shelter Needs Your Help 

South Oakland Shelter needs your help!
This year our week to house the homeless at St. David’s is April 23 through April 30.

For those of you who are new to St. David’s, this is the week we have about 30 homeless people stay overnight in our building, serve them dinner, and drive them here in the evening and to wherever they need to go in the morning. Before they leave in the morning they pick up their lunches that we made for them the evening before.

We need Co-coordinators, and a Driving captain to help make things run smoothly. Share your time and talent by signing up often on the sign-up board in the vestibule. Remember you can help in more than one area. We will need dinner hosts, over night hosts, lunch makers, and drivers.

So save April 23-30th and choose the areas for which you would like to volunteer your time. If you have any questions, you can ask Joanne Sackett.

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 Building Committee Update 

The most significant goal for the Vestry this year is to engage and support the Building Committee as it prepares us for improvements in the church building next year. The Building Committee held its first meeting on March 7, 2017. The members are the following:

 Ray Litwinowicz  Wayne Atfield  Dick Boyes
 Ivy Forsythe-Brown  Steve Ernst  Kitty Kenning
 Bob Lynady  Gary Meier  Janny Milton
 Jane Morgan  Mark Riherd  Len Sackett
 Barb Veselenak  Carol Wells  

The Building Committee will carry forward the work of the Listening Campaign and the Capital Campaign. It represents a cross-section of the parish, to make certain all perspectives are considered in this important phase in the life of this parish. This committee will need to keep our vision for St. David’s future in focus as it balances desired improvements against the constraints of what we will be able to spend.

Father Chris opened the meeting by reminding us of the importance of staying connected to the vision of St. David’s future supported by the parish in the Capital Campaign. He read I Corinthians 13: 4-8 because this parish is grounded in love.

The Building Committee will evaluate options for improvements as we receive more definite indications of the available funding. The committee will present its recommendations to the Vestry, which is the body authorized to spend money for the church.

The amount of funding, which will define the construction options, is not yet known. The Capital Campaign generated commitments of about $380,000. In addition, a bequest to support building expenses provides an additional $60,000. We are presenting our proposals to the Diocese this month, and we will find out the amount available from the Diocese in the coming months. In the fall, we will apply to the Lasko grant (for support of sanctuary improvements) with a more specific idea of the construction parameters. By summer 2017, the committee should have a reasonable idea of the funds available for construction.

The Listening Campaign provided a ranking of the improvements most important to the parish. By this summer, the architect, Bill Weinrauch, will be able to prepare options for different construction configurations. The committee will need to be able to make compromises in terms of what can be accomplished with the available funds, while also considering features that would make a subsequent project, years in the future, easier to complete.

It is likely that the actual construction will begin in spring 2018. To achieve that starting time, the committee will need to work with the architect during the summer of 2017, select a construction manager in the fall and have contractor bids and selections completed before spring.
Please keep the members of the Building Committee and its mission in your prayers!

Mark Schneider, Senior Warden

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 From the Rector 

It's April! 
That's another milestone in my household - when three birthdays are celebrated and at least one of us will get yet another annual invitation to join the AARP...
Yep, these are milestones, reminding us we are on the right track (or not...). They serve to buoy our confidence in the direction we are headed. 
In many ways that's what our annual Easter celebration is all about. It reminds us that the path of following Jesus, the long journey of imitation and participation in his life and death, continues. We are on the right track. 
So we do well too remind ourselves what that track is all about: Easter is the declaration that love wins. It's the assurance that when we dedicate, and rededicate, ourselves to the sacred path of unbridled love in which we know that our every act of goodness, kindness, courtesy, and care - especially those that cause inconvenience, discomfort, and pain to us, for the sake of another, are not done in vain, but earn their own reward. 
So may you be strengthened on the journey, may Jesus reveal himself anew to you in his resurrection, and may this remind us that we are on this blessed path of love, that is everlasting life


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 New in the Pews - Kathryn Urbiel 

As most parishioners know, Father Chris and Kathryn (Katie) Urbiel recently became engaged during a trip they took to Paris, France. He proposed to her in one of the gardens on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles. Chris and Katie are planning a fall wedding at the Cathedral in Detroit, and according to Katie, “as soon as we know the date, all of you will be invited.”

It was the first visit to Paris for both of them and Katie shared a few of her impressions of the trip. “The French people could not have been more kind and welcoming,” she said. “They were enthusiastic about sharing their culture. The buildings had beautiful architecture. We had a wonderful time.”

Katie’s last name should be familiar to many St. David’s members. Her brother Chris served as our choirmaster and organist for the first five years of Father Chris’ tenure. A couple of years ago, her father Dan served for about a year as our organist. So Katie has known Father Chris for nearly ten years.

“He has been very supportive and comforting through some difficult times that our family has endured,” Katie said. “Recently, we reconnected and began sending greetings back and forth to one another. We just grew closer and closer.”

Katie lives in Plymouth and is a nurse in the cardiac step down unit at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia. She also does teaching and orientation for new hires. Katie admits that she always wanted to be a caregiver, mostly because her stepmother was a nurse too. “I love it. I absolutely love it,” she said. “I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Katie was born and raised in Detroit. Her family is of polish descent and they attended a small parish called St. Peter and Paul. She recalled that her grandparents were very involved in parish life.

“I kind of grew up in Catholic parishes,” Katie began. “I participated in liturgical dance, hand bell choirs and such. Often, I would be doing homework in choir while Dad was playing the music.”

After her family moved to Dearborn, Katie attended and graduated from Divine Child. She then attended Madonna University for their Nursing school.

At St. David’s, Katie has been learning about the Episcopal faith and is one of our parishioners in the confirmation class. She is looking forward to being received into the Episcopal Church this May. She spends time studying other religions and cultures and feels comfortable in continuing on her spiritual journey with us. Katie said that she has been overwhelmed by the welcoming she has received from the parishioners of St. David’s.

“The welcoming and inclusiveness that I’ve experienced so far is important and I am very grateful for that,” Katie said. “I’ve been to mosques and synagogues and have been very enriched by those experiences. I feel spirituality is not just attending church or studying the Bible. We need to acknowledge the presence of God in our daily lives. God is ever present.”

In her spare time, Katie loves to garden, cook and read. “I love food in general,” she admitted. “Most of the time when I’m not working, I’m in the kitchen. I read cookbooks like a novel, from cover to cover. I’m a bit of a foodie.”

Katie is also helping to develop the website for “Spice Miser,” a company that was started in 2009 by Father Chris’ parents. It is a concept whereby people who just want to try a recipe out, or who don’t cook for more than just themselves, can purchase food spices in smaller quantities. This way, they can use fresh spices on their newly prepared creations, rather than expired ones. “The spices are sold in around a tablespoon sized packet and we offer about 200 different varieties,” Katie said. “We’re trying to find creative ways to sell them.”

We congratulate and welcome Katie Urbiel to St. David’s.

 ~ J. Hawkes

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Byron Babcock
Richard Boyes
Grace Edwards
Princess Faith Gilbert
Kendall P. Harris
Carolyn Holliday-McClintock
Nathaley King
Devon King-Betts
Phyllis Leith

Jim Mader
Dominique Monde
Patreece Parks
Jeanne Petersen
Joanne Sackett
Scott Veselenak
Catherine Amy Yaw
Christopher Yaw

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 Picture Page 

St. David’s third year of 'Ashes To Go' was very successful.

About 200 people received ashes at our outdoor service.

These two are just happy to be together at St. David’s.

And these three are too!

Our acolytes carry a shrouded cross for Lent.

The children carried walking sticks in the procession to symbolize Jesus’ walk through the desert.

The next Sunday they carried sand to represent the hot dry land Jesus had to cross.

Pouring the sand into the container for the congregation to see.

The third Sunday of Lent: drink of the Living Water…

…and you will thirst no more.

Our confirmation class and their sponsors; keep them in your prayers.

Loose Change Sunday.

The SOS sign up board is up...

Please sign up as often as you can. It’s only one week and we need everyone’s help.

Everyone has been very generous in helping the Middle Eastern refugees at Vandenberg Cultural Academy.

We needed the dolly to move all the food.

On Life Celebrations Sunday Joan said she is celebrating her 86th birthday. Happy birthday, Joan!

These two are making plans for their wedding a year from this May. Congratulations!.

~ J & L Sackett

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