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Reflections Newsletter: October 2016

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

October 2016 Issue

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News List:
- Liturgy Schedule: October 2016
- Monthly Calendar: October 2016
- From The Rector
- Vestry Update
- Birthdays
- Picture Page
- From A Parishioner
- Just Wondering - The Halloween, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day Connection
- Did You Know

 From the Rector 


I have a friend who frequently has an intuition.

In fact, once in a while when something happens he'll say, "I woke up this morning thinking that would happen."

When I press him on why he didn't tell me earlier in the day, he doggedly admits that he doesn't like to tell his intuitions to people because they're not always right.

But, of course, sometimes it is.

The capriciousness of human intuition follows the capriciousness of human nature. It is not always right. However, this is not a good reason to never act on it.

You'll probably notice we're trying two new things this Fall, a pet-friendly 10am Eucharist in honor of St. Francis Day, as well as a Chili Cook-Off on Oct. 23 to raise money for the shower for the homeless we're including in our renovation plans.

My jaded and well-worn intuition tells me that these may be well-received. But if history is any indicator, I may be very far off.

What is your intuition telling you? What's keeping you from acting on it? The things we regret in life usually have less to do with trying and failing than not trying at all. 

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 Vestry Report 

The September 13, 2016 meeting of the St. David’s Vestry was called to order at 7:10 p.m. with prayer and reflection led by Father Chris, followed by approval of the July 12, 2016 minutes.

Father Chris provided a Rector’s Report that included an update on the Race for the Homeless which raised approximately $50,000 for the South Oakland Shelter. Father Chris also reported that the Diocese responded positively to St. David’s proposals for financial assistance, needed for our parish remodeling. A presentation to the Diocese about the proposals is scheduled for December. It was also reported that a Rector’s Tea for newcomers to the church was scheduled for September 18, 2016, that Father Chris would be emceeing the St. Anne’s Mead 50th Anniversary Celebration on October 15, 2016, and that a Chile Cook Off was scheduled at St. David’s on October 23. It was further reported that Father Chris was nominated for Diocesan Trustee and that a communications audit is underway at St. David’s. Father Chris advised that a pet friendly service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Sunday, October 2, 2016 in honor of St. Francis.

The Property Commission reported on a number of minor repairs needed to keep the church in good working order. A draft of responsibilities for a church Building Committee was also presented for review and consideration.

The Administration Committee used the month of August to prepare for work of the committee to be completed this fall.

The Finance Commission review the financial reports through August 31, 2016, noting that the finances of the church were trending well.

Under Old Business, it was decided the Vestry Visioning topic would be a Self-Audit of the church by the Vestry. In November, Racial Reconciliation work will be the Visioning Topic, while in December the results of the Communications Audit will be presented. The Vestry Person of the Week schedule was also reviewed.

Under New Business, the Vestry election process was reviewed and discussed. The Vestry was also reminded that the 2017 Vestry Retreat is scheduled for January 20-21.

The September Visioning presentation was provided by Jim Gettel, Canon for Congregational Life, Episcopal Diocese of Michigan. The title of his presentation was “Thriving from a Capital Campaign.” Topics discussed in the presentation included: (1) Keep the entire process centered in God, (2) Grow in discipleship, (3) Grow in leadership, (4) Follow an intentional and practical plan, and (5) Lead change. The Vestry found the presentation to be very helpful.

The next meeting of the Vestry is October 20, 2016.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

~ Gary Meier, Sr Warden 

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Amundson, Kristen
Clous, Brayden
Edwards, Valarie
Edwin, Michael
Elkins, Cash Anthony
Freeman Sr., Manju
Hoekwater, Wendy
Jones, Jason

LaMothe, Audrey
Lynady, Kaitlyn Rose
Lynady, Leah
Mackinder, Mary Ellen
Miller, Ken
Sullivan, Sean
Taylor, Diana

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 Picture Page 

We are grateful for another season of activities to begin.

Daughters of the King getting ready for their meeting.

Our first Haiti Outreach breakfast with a presentation about HOM's work in Haiti.

Maureen tells about her first mission trip to Haiti.

The St. David's Quilters donated fabric to a mission in Mexico so that the women can make quilts to earn some money for their families.

Some of our folks who went to Crossroads on the 18th.

Packing lunches.

The lemonade crew.

Passing out drinks and lunches.

Fr. Chris gives a blessing for the first day of Church School.

The annual Rector's Tea for newcomers at Fr. Chris' house.

We all got to know each other a little better and had some good discussions.

~ J & L Sackett

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 From A Parishioner 

Discovering The Little Free Library

Little Free LibraryA few years ago, while watching one of our local TV stations, I saw what I thought was the cutest little bird house, on a front lawn in Royal Oak. This “birdhouse” though was stocked with books. I kept on watching, curious as to why a birdhouse had books, only to find out that it was not a birdhouse, but a fascinating new concept known as a Little Free Library. Being an avid reader whose idea of fun is go to the library and the book shop, I was almost cheering.

Fast-forward to this summer- walking through my neighborhood I was pleasantly surprised and so happy to discover my community’s own free library. I immediately looked through the stacked books, and to my delight there were books about the Michigan way of life, classical novels, and even books for do-it-your-selfers. I was moved to do exactly what it was thought it would do--I doubled back home, got one of my favorites, and I left a book, and I took a book.

After my encounter with my community’s Little Free Library, I decided to really learn more about it and found the website ''. There I learned that in 2009 the Little Free Library concept was born in Hudson, Wisconsin, when Todd Bol built a model of a one room schoolhouse, stocked it with books and placed it on a post in his front yard. Neighbors and friends loved this idea and Todd built several more and gave them away with a sign on each that said FREE BOOKS. It was a tribute to Todd’s mother: she was a school teacher who enjoyed reading. The idea took hold and quickly spread.

The thinking behind the Little Free Library is take a book and leave a book, with the aim “To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity, and wisdom across generations. There are nearly 40,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world, bringing curbside literacy home and sharing millions of books annually.” The website provides all you need to know about little free libraries, including a map that shows the location of every registered Little Free Library worldwide. I was able to locate little free library’s in Australia, South Africa, The United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and of course the numerous free libraries here in our state of Michigan including ones at Belle Isle and the River Walk in Downtown Detroit. There are tips on how to buy (or build) a library and how to register and maintain one. There is a newsletter that one can sign up for, a spot to read about the stewards and their stories, and to follow the highlights of the “Across America with Little Free Library” road-trip, and of course you can donate.

I love this idea, because I saw first-hand the concept of community bonding at work- it’s such a joy knowing that I can take a walk to my Little Free Library to see what my neighbors are sharing and what I can share, and even meet a few neighbors there doing the same thing. Add to that the many benefits of reading, especially as a stress reducer and this is my favorite discovery. Go look for your community’s Little Reading Library, or even start one.

~ Alderine Jackson

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 Just Wondering - Halloween, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day Connection  

Q. What is the connection between Halloween, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day?

Considering this group of three days proved to be very interesting. They stem from an ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain. This festival celebrated the end of summer and also the end of the harvest season and was the time to stock supplies for winter. These ancient people thought that on October 31, the dividing line between the living and the dead was lifted and the dead would come back to their homes and eat food left for them. They also feared those who would come to harm them, thus they built bonfires as protection and dressed in costumes and masks so the spirits would not know them.

In 837 the day known as All Saints’ Day was moved to November 1 and All Souls’ Day to November 2. At that time the 31st of October became All Hallows’ Eve, (hallow means holy). In Ireland the children  dressed in costumes of Saints, or their opposite, and paraded in the streets and received treats from the onlookers. The Irish immigrants brought this custom to America where “trick of treat” tradition began.

All Saints’ originally was a day to remember all the saints and martyrs that may have been forgotten during the year. It has now become a way to honor all those who in God’s eyes are Saints.

All Souls’ Day followed on November 2. It is the day used to remember those loved ones who have died during the past year or any loved one that you would like to remember. Per Rev. Canon Jim Shoucair, “It is a way for us to cherish those whom we love but no longer see and ask God to continue his loving care for them.”

These are the days that complete this three-day cycle within our liturgical year.

 ~ M. M. Bair

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 Did You Know 


Jim and Kitty Kenning took a Rhine River cruise in early September enjoying beautiful weather throughout the trip. They started their adventure in Basel enjoying two days there before boarding the ship which would make stops in the ports of Basel, Koblenz, Strasbourg, Breisach, Cologne, Amsterdam, and Rudesheim, including a bus trip to Heidelberg. It was a wonderful journey taking in much beautiful scenery, making many new friends on board and enjoying delicious foods. They now have many pictures to sort through of beautiful towns, castles, museums, and landmarks which will help them remember and preserve their wonderful memories.

Wedding Blessings at St. David's

Saturday, August 27 found some of us here at St. David’s, dodging the raindrops. Not the playful, odd, drops that create designs on a pavement, but a deluge of raindrops that signaled God’s delight and the tremendous blessings poured out on Yonnie Freeman and Nathan Nix as they exchanged their vows of Holy Matrimony. God’s deluge also signaled the beginning of a magnificent afternoon grounded in prayer, thanksgiving and the Holy Eucharist; decorated with colors- pinks, greens and the inevitable white, and enlivened by people eager to share, bless and witness; eager to strike a pose, eat, drink and be merry, all this in full Liberian tradition.  

Thank you Yonnie and Nathan for your open invitation to the St. David’s community. We enjoyed the opportunity of being a part of a Liberian wedding that exposed us to so many interesting traditions. We especially enjoyed the Grand March. For those who weren’t there, the Grand March is a Liberian dance done at every wedding and other major event. Picture a huge hall with as many as 75 couples arm in arm, dancing to traditional Liberian music down the middle of the hall, each couple following the lead of the couple directly in front, snaking around the room, separating, then meeting again; all being led by an honored couple at the wedding. That, and then some, was the Grand March at the Freeman/Nix wedding.

The wedding ceremony and reception that followed were a wonderful blend of love, laughter, traditions, colors and regalia.

Every blessing to the Nix family- Nathan, Yonnie and Issy.


9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruits of righteousness which come through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11

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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