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Reflections Newsletter: November 2016

November 1, 2016
K. Henry
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St. David's Newsletter

November 2016 Issue

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News List:
- Liturgy Schedule: November 2016
- Monthly Calendar: November 2016
- From The Rector
- New in the Pews: Ken & Deborah Gordon 
- Birthdays
- Picture Page
- From A Parishioner - My CSB Canoe Trips
- From Our Neighbors: St. Anne's Mead

 From the Rector 

Title: Welcoming Oldcomers

In mid-November St David’s will welcome another 20 new people or so into our fellowship. They include transfers from other churches, the previously unchurched, and the newly baptized. In fact, every year we welcome between 20 and 40 new friends, pledging to aid them in their spiritual journeys and offering them opportunities to become more deeply involved in our community.

One thing we don't do enough of, is celebrating the existing and especially long time members of our church. We have the blessed membership of some parishioners whose faithfulness spans decades. These members form the core of every activity we undertake. They provide the resources, financial and otherwise, that make us the vibrant, innovative, caring, and giving community we are. They set up tables, prepare snacks, make coffee, run for vestry, and serve on the altar guild, to name a few. Their tireless service can never be appreciated or applauded enough.

So this month, let's give a warm welcome to our newcomers, and a standing ovation to our old ones.


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 New in the Pews - Ken & Deborah Gordon 

One of the biggest challenges for Ken and Deborah Gordon in their lives is keeping themselves busy during their retirements. Whether time is spent volunteering, relaxing, or nourishing their spirituality, the Gordon’s cherish an active lifestyle.

Ken is a former elementary school teacher. He retired in 2007 after teaching for 32 years in the Woodhaven and Detroit districts. Deborah was a manager in a law office until her retirement in 2009.

Ken and Deborah split their time between three residences. In spring and fall, they live at their home in Redford Township. The house is full of antiques and has a formal living room and dining room. Ken likes to shop at garage sales and he discovered a rocking chair at one that attracted his interest. After purchasing it, he had it appraised and learned that the chair dated back to 1776!

Deborah admits that the basement of their house is Ken’s. “He is an avid model train collector and most of the basement is filled with boxes and boxes of trains,” Deborah said. “There is a large, twelve foot by eight foot train setup and his collection includes sixty engines alone.” First with HO models and now with Lionel trains, it is estimated to be worth about a quarter of a million dollars.

The Gordon’s spend summers in northern Michigan at a log cabin that they own in Rogers City. Ken’s family has owned a cottage for 40 years and the log cabin for twenty-five. His sister also owns a cottage nearby. According to Ken, the area is named Gordon’s Point, since so many of the properties in the vicinity are owned by the family. He admitted that his Grandfather loved being the center of attention back in the day.

When informed that many of St. David’s parishioners are familiar with Rogers City because of our annual Camp Chick fellowship experiences during the previous two decades, Ken stated that he was familiar with the lake that Camp Chickagami borders on. “I earned my scuba diving certificate by training on Lake Esau,” he said.

Ken and Deborah will celebrate their third wedding anniversary in November. This is the second marriage for each of them. The couple met via an online dating source. “He asked me out to dinner and arrived in a suit and with a pink rose,” Deborah said. “After dinner, he took me out for ballroom dancing.”

Deborah has one son and three grandchildren in Ohio. Ken has two sons, one who lives in Westland and the other in Davenport, Florida about a half-hour from Orlando. And Davenport is where Ken and Deborah spend the winter months.

When asked about how they discovered St. David’s, the couple admitted that they decided to search out another place to worship. “We went on the (St. David’s) website and watched the preaching and liked what we saw,” Deborah explained. “We also saw the activities and the outreach such as Crossroads and SOS and that appealed to us. We came here and felt comfortable. We like the friendliness of everyone.”

Deborah is a member of the St. David’s Stitchers. In early October, they delivered eight hand-crafted blankets, baby hats and layette sets to the Pediatric Unit of Beaumont hospital. She is also training with Susan Brooks to become a Eucharistic minister and is interested in the quilting group, even though her skills are more in the area of crocheting and making crafts.

In addition to his hobbies, Ken volunteers with animal shelters in Dearborn, Alpena and one in Florida. He is a senior black belt instructor and is also going after his pilot’s license. So far, he has performed twelve of the forty hours needed for certification.

For spiritual fulfillment, Ken belongs to the Order of St. Luke and follows the order of spiritual Christian healing. He reads one chapter a day from the book, “Healing Everywhere: A book of Healing Mission talks,” by John Gayner Banks. “I use it as inspiration to break free from the mundane in our daily lives,” Ken said. Deborah likes to read Women’s Daily Devotionals.

We welcome Ken and Deborah Gordon to St. David’s.

 ~ J. Hawkes

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Amanze, Onyebuchi
Awurum, David
Busse, George
Butler, Darryl
Campbell, Olivia
Campbell, Quentin
Clous, Megan

Dial, Krystina
Freeman Jr., Manju K
Henry, Karen
Humphrey, Audrey
Jones, Janeanne
MacKay, Marilyn
Russell, Mabel

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 Picture Page 

It's time for Church School...

...and the children head for their classes.

Some folks from St. Anne's Mead came to worship with us and the director speaks to the congregation.

The visitors from the Mead enjoyed the service.

Ok, c'mon everybody, it's time for Communion.

Taking Communion at St. David's.

Pen Pal letters from Vandenberg have arrived and Judy gives Cindy hers.

Ready for the service to begin.

Getting together with friends at church.

Real men wear pink!

Paul checks out the literature about Cuba at the Adult forum.

Our speaker tells about trip to Cuba.

Here are a few winter things for the Haiti Outreach fundraiser silent auction at the Comedy Castle.

All the auction items are ready to go to the Comedy Castle.

It's Comedy Castle time and time to buy 50/50 Raffle tickets and Tin can auction tickets.

Folks are making their bids for silent auction gifts.

Some of our St. David's folks ready for the great comedy acts...

...but first everyone enjoyed a delicious meal.

Oh, yum! All this chocolate and we must try it all.

Judging all this chocolate is serious business, first on appearance, then we get to taste it.

The doctor is on hand in case anyone overdoses on the chocolate.

Sweet Loraine's donated a $50 gift certificate which was raffled off at the Chocolate event.

~ J & L Sackett

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 From A Parishioner 

My CSB Canoe Trips

This past summer I had an opportunity that occurs only every two years. Along with seven other members of The St. David’s Christian Service Brigade (CSB) chapter, I spent ten days on a canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness. This was my third trip, so while being used to the preparations, the general enjoyment, the beauty and challenges of what was to come: the constant mosquitoes, horseflies, leeches, and the ever present possibility of bear encounters (enhanced by Mr. Kenning’s warnings), each trip was different, creating its own identity. This trip that happened between July 16-24, was another beautiful experience that I wish more people would be able to have.

We started at 6:30pm on Friday, with a nine hour car ride, heading north across Canada to pick up the Chi-cheemaun Ferry. The next morning, after a night in the car, we drove the cars onto the ferry, and hung out on the deck as we made our way further into remote Canada. Shortly after, we disembarked and from there, we drove some more. Many tired hours later we arrived at our launch point.

On one of the previous trips, we were to have taken the train to our launch point. We had arrived at a very small, very remote town in Canada, the kind of town that says (and in this instance it did say), “Welcome to Cartier- Population 100”. We unpacked all our gear and made our way to the train stop, only to be told that the train was going to be about two hours late. Two hours turned into four, four turned into six, six turned into eight!! Imagine waiting 8 hours alongside train tracks in a one street town! This past summer’s trip had no such hiccups.

Once we got to our launch site, we loaded our gear into the canoes, carried and pushed the canoes into the water, and started out, just the eight of us on the waters. The first few days entailed a lot of moving from campsite to campsite. We got very efficient at pitching our tents, making fires, hoisting our food when not in use so as not to attract bears, and understanding how to leave a campsite with no damage to the environment. We eventually came upon the most scenic place I've seen on my multiple trips- a one hundred twenty foot long island seemingly split in two by a long batch of trees. It was here that we spent most of our time exploring the giant nearby lakes, swimming, laughing, and lots of eating, (shout out to Mrs. Kenning for the recipes). Mrs. Kenning has a “test kitchen” during the in between years when she comes up with meal ideas for a wilderness trip, and it pays off. Those moments- just us, God and the wilderness, not only pulled us together and sometimes pushed us to our physical limits, but also provided us peace and humbled us as we basked in the endless beauty around us.


And then it all ended; another trip on the books. Even though the next one won’t be until I am ready to leave for college, Kenning has already started the planning. Nothing is taken for granted and every detail goes into making a successful trip. Thank you Kenning, CSB, and all others who help to make these trips happen.

~ Kwame Henry

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 From Our Neighbors: St. Anne's Mead 

St. David's Plays Key Role in 50th Year Celebration at St. Anne's Mead

Remember that old saying about good fences making for good neighbors? In our case, it could be amended slightly to account for the few yards of sod and asphalt that stand between St. Anne's Mead and St. David's Church. Well, that and a bit of time.

It's been 50 years since St. David's and St. Anne's Mead came together to celebrate the original dedication and open house for St. Anne's Mead. It was a long-awaited opening of the area's first retirement center especially for its founders who were church women from St. James, Birmingham, and Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills. For more than eight years, they had been trying to build a group home for retired members under the auspices of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan.

The choice of the property just east of St. David's was made after three or four other sites were found to be unavailable either due to zoning restrictions or other bidders. It turned out OK since St. David's and St. Anne's Mead make obvious neighbors given their common heritage and compatible missions.

In fact, groundbreaking for St. Anne's Mead actually took place on St. David's property. Then, two years later, on Oct. 2, 1966, a service of dedication took place at St. David's where the Rev. Herbert Meyers delivered the dedicatory sermon.

Jump ahead 50 years to 2016 and we find the relationship continuing with the Rev. Chris Yaw emceeing for St Anne's Mead homecoming in July and for the gala benefit dinner on October 15. St. David's also gave up parking for the homecoming while the congregation was invited to join in the fun, games, and entertainment.

In the next year, as St. Anne's Mead converts its unused 300 Wing to a Memory Care Unit, you can bet that the friendship and history will play a part in the new dedication, or re-dedication of the building. Until then, we will do what good neighbors always do: look out each other, lend support when it is needed and share happy times like this our 50th anniversary. 

Thank you, St. David's for being there all these years.

~ Victor Pytko, St. Anne's Mead

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