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Reflections Newsletter: January 2017

January 1, 2017
K. Henry
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St. David's Newsletter

January 2017 Issue

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News List:
- Liturgy Schedule: January 2017
- Monthly Calendar: January 2017
- From The Rector
- Birthdays
- Picture Page
- From A Parishioner
- From Our Neighbors: St. Anne's Mead
- Did You Know

 From the Rector 

"Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old.  I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?" - Isaiah 43:18
If you're like me you don't always like the prospect of trying something new. Give me my old bedroom slippers, my familiar desk, my sturdy and reliable pen and journal.
Yet we have no option when it comes to embracing the new - it just happens. Every day is new. Slowly but surely we notice new things about our jobs, bodies, relationships - certainly there will be something new happening in the United States government this year.
Amidst this newness, we have a job: to find Christ in the midst of it. We are called to ponder what Jesus might be up to - we are called to look at the newness around us through the lens of Christ. This means we must be 1) open to what might be new, for we cannot forget we are 'works in process' and God is continually looking to form and mold us, and 2) confident that whatever happens it was no surprise to God - indeed, that things will work out, for God is in control.
Around church, we will be trying some new things. In January we're launching the Mystery Meal. If you would like to get to know your fellow parishioners better you're invited to let us know and we'll set you up, blind date style, and invite you to share a meal together some time during the month with someone you may or may not have met before. We can even furnish talking points if you're at a loss over what to talk about. Details are coming.
Also, during Lent we're going to take some time to explore our relationship with Jesus by asking who Jesus is and what his life means. We'll be walking through a 5-week course called, 'Speaking Our Faith.' Again, details will are coming, but the idea is to draw closer to Christ through the process of teachings and small group conversation.
I am so excited to be entering 2017 with you! October 1 will mark 10 years serving our beloved parish. And my 2017 goal is to draw closer to Christ than ever - through our core beliefs of worship, outreach, and inclusion. May Jesus answer our prayers and make 2017 a year of blessed devotion to him, each other, and our community.


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Gustave Amundson
Susan Brooks
Zoe Carter
Judith Cloutier
Frances Damery
Mark Dingwall
Brian Edwards
Brennan Rae Elkins
Gerry Erwin
Marilyn Greening

Carolyn Johnson
Patricia Kay
Skylor King
Winifred Knights
Richard Leith
Lori Mackinder
Carole Porter
Shirley Small
Carol Wells
Norma Yuille

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 Picture Page 

Paula Tutman was mistress of ceremonies at the Southfield Chamber of Commerce Awards Ceremony. Gary and Karla Meir, Fr. Chris, and Len and Joanne Sackett attended the festive event.

Karla won one of the beautiful table centerpieces.

During Advent the children did their part by lighting the Advent candles,

…decorating the Mitten Tree, 

…and decorating the Jesse tree.

Everyone waits for their turn to add an ornament.

Fr. Chris blessed the stoles that the DOK purchased for Carolynn Johnson as she is ordinated to the deaconate.

This little one wants to help with the blessing.

A lesson being read for Lessons and Carols.

Our beautiful choir sings a hymn during Lessons and Carols.

After the Lessons and Carols service, the children discovered that St. Nicholas had filled their shoes with goodies.

The children gather around St. Nicholas.

St. David’s hosted the South Oakland Shelter Hope for the Holiday brunch party.

We served pancakes, sausage, and fruit salad.

Along with the many activities at the party, Santa made a visit.

Adults could “shop” at the gift store made possible by many donations.

Christmas Eve is a time to gather to together.

A young usher welcomes all who come to worship our newborn King.

Our children’s Christmas Pageant message was to offer ourselves as gifts to Christ...

...just as the three wise men offered their gifts to the newborn King.

~ J & L Sackett

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 From A Parishioner 

A Day in the Life of the Altar Guild

I’ll bet most of you reading this have no idea what goes in to the preparation of a typical Sunday service at St. David’s. In fact, I’ll bet most of you never even considered that there is even much preparation to consider! As any member of the Altar Guild can vouch, just like dusting the TV screen, much of what we do goes unnoticed - unless it doesn’t get done! Ours is certainly a behind-the-scenes ministry.

So today, let’s walk through a typical Altar Guild weekend, and maybe there will be things you can see on Sunday that you never even knew to look for…

Saturday morning, often around 9:30, two members of the Altar Guild will arrive at St. David’s bright and eager to work. First chore (after making sure to disarm the alarm system) is a little light dusting in the chapel and removing the dust covers that adorn the altar and credence table during the week. We then begin the set up for 8:00 am Eucharist. This includes making sure the readings and altar books are in place, Father Chris’s chasuble and stole are set out, the chalice stack is complete, and there are water, wine, bread and a lavabo bowl arranged on the credence table.

Back in the sanctuary, the Saturday chores continue with more light cleaning and weekly maintenance: dusting, wiping down the altar rail, checking candles and oil levels, cleaning the candle snuffers, and so on. The 8-day candle in the Aumbry light is replaced and the color of the glass globe changed if necessary. Most weeks, flowers are retrieved from the refrigerator and put in their place on the rail behind the altar (aka the “retable”). Depending on the season or special occasion, the banner may need to be changed or other tasks may be done. This week, watering the poinsettias was add to the chore list. Once a month the mission box needs to be set up so Father Chris, Father Tom or Susan can take communion to the Rescue Mission. Every week a home communion kit must be prepared, and typically last week’s kit is waiting to be washed. Although the list may seem long, two members on Saturday can usual do the job in just over an hour or so. We also have a cheatsheet – a binder in the Sacristy has a checklist for all the tasks that need to be completed.

Sunday duties begin a shortly after 9 o’clock as we clear the 8 am service from the chapel. We wash the communion vessels and then set up for the 10:00 am service. Blessed and unblessed sacrament are treated differently out of reverence; unused portions of blessed elements are disposed of directly to the earth by way of a special sink called a piscina.

Once the cleaning is done, a chalice stack is set up for the 10:00 service with a second chalice and purificator placed on the credence table. A smaller chalice and purificator are also placed on the credence table for gluten free wafer recipients, as are the lavabo bowl and towel. The sermon, readings, Gospel and Altar books are all moved from the chapel to their respective spots in the church. To the back of the church we take the divided bread box and the ciborium (a fancy word for a container of hosts) and a cruet each of wine and water. (A number written on a tiny slip of paper lets Father Chris and the LEM know how many wafers have been set out.) On the altar rail we lay out a chasuble, stole and microphone for Father Chris, as well as set out two glasses of water for his use during service. The home communion kit is placed on a table behind the credence table, its wine and water temporarily placed underneath the chalice stack. This week, we will have the additional duty of turning on the crèche light.

Service happens. While most parishioners go to the receiving line in the back of the church, for the altar guild, the work continues. We clear the service and wash all the vessels. Some are put away, others are used to set up for the Tuesday service, which is put in place in the chapel before we leave. Most weeks, the toughest part of a Sunday is finding the appropriate party to present the flowers to! Finally, dust covers are placed on the altars and credence table and the work ends with a friendly negotiation of which partner will be taking the linens home to clean and press! (Note to all: wine is much easier to get out of linens than lipstick is.)

There are a few details I have left out I’m sure, but the above is a decent representation of a typical weekend. Now let’s see how closely you have been paying attention!

Here are few things to look for next Sunday:

Find the rectangular brass “box” in the back wall near where the bells are played. This is the aumbry where the reserved (blessed) bread and wine are kept. Just to the left of this is the aumbry or sanctuary light. Notice what color the glass globe of the light is. This changes based on liturgical season!

The Altar guild replaces a candle in this globe weekly to ensure that the sanctuary (aumbry) light remains lit continuously all year. The only time this candle is not lit is the time between Good Friday and Easter.

At the beginning of service, look on the right hand altar rail. You will see Father Chris’s chasuble laid out. He will put this on before the Eucharist begins. The color of the chasuble and stole will also change depending on season. Don’t worry – we don’t have to memorize this! We simply look at the liturgical Kalendar – the color of the number indicates which altar frontal, banner and priest garb should be used.

This Sunday, while the choir is singing the anthem and as we sing the offertory hymn watch Father Chris closely. If you are quick, you will see him wash his hands in a little silver bowl, bless the elements (water and wine), and even pour some water into the chalice of wine.

After communion is over, watch the LEM or acolyte. If you are observant, you will see them put a small container of wine and a pyx containing hosts into the black home communion kit and zip it up to give to the visiting Eucharistic minister.

I guess that’s enough homework for one article! Let’s see how you do. As I said, the above job description is for a typical Sunday. A few times a year the Altar Guild duties go beyond typical. But that is perhaps a story for another day…

~Anne Jeannette LaSovage


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 From Our Neighbors: St. Anne's Mead 

Here we are fresh in the middle of January with a forecast calling for at least two more months of winter weather. Where did summer go?
“This time of year can be particularly hard on seniors as snow, ice, and fewer hours of daylight make getting around much more difficult,  risky and mentally challenging ” says Jane Collins, executive director at St. Anne's Mead. 
Here are Jane's suggestions to help older adults avoid the winter blahs, and make the most of their situations.
The downside of staying indoors where it’s safer and warmer is the loss of social interactions, loneliness and a feeling of isolation.  You can help combat this by arranging a visit to a senior center,  taking up a new hobby or activity, attending church or a synagogue, walking inside a shopping center or seeking out other places where you can meet friends, make new ones, or just sit and people-watch.  
Okay, someone gave you an amaryllis bulb for Christmas and it has already gone by the wayside. You can also grow (force) tulips, narcissus (daffodils), hyacinths, crocus, scintillas, grape hyacinths, and lily of the valley into flower the same way giving you springtime blooms in late winter and early spring.  Visit your local greenhouse to learn how and which varieties are best for forcing. Plus, it makes for a great outing when getting about is hampered.
Shed light on the drearies by opening curtains and blinds and letting in natural light, and by replacing tungsten or fluorescent light bulbs with full-spectrum alternatives.  
Between the Super Bowl and opening day for the Tigers, is an ideal time to call together the family to watch a good movie.  Here are some older titles that can be rented, borrowed, downloaded or streamed to be enjoyed at all age levels but especially for seniors. 
 “The Intern”
 A heart warmer with Robert DeNiro as a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that  retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. With Anne Hathaway as his new boss. 
 “Driving Miss Daisy”
 Set in her ways, Miss Daisy, a recent widow, needs help getting around by car.  Heartwarming  and funny relationship develops between her and her driver. Stars Morgan Freeman and Jessica  Tandy.
 “Walk the Line”
 The story of Johnny Cash and his rise to fame. Great music and story.
 “Calendar Girls”
 Based on a true story, this funny and touching movie depicts the adventures of a group of  British homemakers who decide to pose for a nude calendar to raise money for the local  hospital after one of the women loses her husband to cancer. Starring Helen Mirren and a  delightful cast.
 An all-star cast portrays residents in a senior community encounter aliens, who offer them the  gift of eternal life.
 “The King’s Speech” 
 Based on a true story of Britain’s King George VI and his triumph over his own speech  impediment.
And, here are a few tips on getting through the winter safely, in good health and in good spirits: 
Drink or eat fortified foods, especially those boosting Vitamin D, such as milk, grains and seafood. Experiment with soups, stews and baked goods.
Walk cautiously on sidewalks where snow or ice has yet to be removed. Slips causing hip or wrist fractures, head trauma or major lacerations are a leading cause of death after age 65.  Buy footwear that offers good traction with non-skid soles, replace worn cane tips with new, and remove shoes indoors to reduce chances of wet soles on kitchen floors.
Protect all exposed arms, legs, feet, and head as cold can cause frostbite and hypothermia leading to death especially for those over the age of 65.  Wear warm socks, a heavy coat, a warm hat, gloves and a scarf. Use a scarf to cover the mouth and protect the lungs.
Winter driving can be hazardous for anyone but it is especially dangerous for seniors whose reflexes area a bit slow.  Offer to drive when possible.  And, be sure to check oil, tires, battery, wipers and windshield washer levels. 

~ Victor Pytko

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 Did You Know 

There were many proud moments for grandparents Joan and Dick Boyes this past year. Grandson Justin Williams, son of Susan and Stanley Williams, graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Exercise Sciences. Justin is planning to pursue a career in nursing. His sister, Morgan Williams, graduated from Ypsilanti Community Schools and is now a student at the University of Kentucky.

 Justin  Williams
- Eastern Michigan

Morgan Williams
-- high school graduate 
-- now at Univ of Kentucky

In December, their oldest grandchild, Hannah McKee Boyes, daughter of Susan McKee and Erik Boyes completed a six year program at Wayne State University earning the degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy. She was also the recipient of the Exceptional Clinical Award. Hanna has accepted a position with the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and begins in January.

Hanna McKee Boyes
- Dr. of Phys Therapy from Wayne State

Abbey McKee Boyes 
- Health Sciences, Oakland Univ 

Her sister, Abbey McKee-Boyes, graduated Magna Cum Lauda with a degree in Health Sciences from Oakland University. She was a member of the Honors College, School of Health Services and was recognized for achieving outstanding levels of Academic Achievement. She was also the recipient of the Presidential Award. Abbey is pursuing a career in medicine.

Joan and Dick were pleased to see their grandchildren accept their well-earned awards as they move on to their next challenges.

Congratulations to all of the these young people for their achievements!

We welcome your news about family trips, reunions, achievements, and celebrations. 
Please submit your items to Edna Buday at by the 15th of the month.

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