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CARILLON
A Free Publication of
First United Methodist Church
305 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
805-963-3579 ~ [email protected] ~ www.fumcsb.org
Facebook: First United Methodist Church Santa Barbara
March 10, 2015
A PEOPLE OF RECONCILIATION
Henri Nouwen was an internationally renowned priest and author who wrote over 40 books on
the spiritual life. He was born in Holland (where one side of my family originates) and was ordained as a diocesan priest in 1957 (the year I was born). I had the privilege to hear him speak
once in Chicago in the early 1980s. He died in 1996, leaving a literary and spiritual legacy for
those of us who long for a deeper relationship with God. I have read nearly everything Nouwen
wrote during his lifetime. Though you may not know his writing, you may recognize hints of his
writing style and spiritual perspective in mine.
In his book Finding My Way Home, Nouwen speaks of belonging to God from eternity to
eternity, and explains that this brief earthly life is simply an opportunity to say, “I love you, too.”
What touches me the most about his writing is that it combines spiritual passion, poetic sensibility,
and a deep commitment to our shared humanity. He says that if you dare to believe that you are beloved
before you are born, the length of your life doesn’t matter. He writes, “You are sent into this world to believe in
yourself as God’s chosen one and then to help your brothers and sisters know that they also are beloved sons
and daughters of God who belong together. You’re sent into this world to be a people of reconciliation. You are
sent to heal, to break down the walls between you and your neighbors, locally, nationally, and globally. Before
all the distinctions, the separations, and the walls built on foundations of fear, there was unity in the mind and
heart of God. Out of that unity, you are sent into this world for a little while to claim that you and every other
human being belongs to the same God of Love who lives from eternity to eternity.”
In the short time Dallis and I have been in Santa Barbara, I have had a number of opportunities as a spiritual
leader to be a person of reconciliation simply by showing up and being present.
Following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, I went to a community meeting at the Second
Baptist Church (which is primarily African American) because of my concern that racism may have played a
role. It is imperative that Americans not be so naïve as to think, 50 years following the peaceful march in Selma,
Alabama, that our country is free of racism. Last week’s Department of Justice findings have shown systematic
racial bias in the Ferguson police department. While this is not reflective of most law enforcement personnel, it
does shine a light on a problem that still exists in our society. It’s important that we learn from such experiences in
order to move toward change. The march for equality and justice is not over.
Recently in our own coastal community a sign was placed on property owned by the Islamic Society of
Santa Barbara. It read Je suis Charlie (French for “I am Charlie”) in reference to the satirical weekly newspaper
Charlie Hebdo. Not only was it anonymously and illegally placed on private property, but it was clearly a sign of
hate toward a whole group of our neighbors. The Muslim community in Santa Barbara chose not to directly
address this crime, believing it better not to give public attention to such ignorance and intolerance. It troubled
other religious leaders though, including me. I couldn’t let it go. So several weeks ago on my day off I attended
Muslim Friday Prayer. It was out of my comfort zone because I had never been before. I became a guest,
observing and praying alongside this congregation (which by the way, is larger and younger than ours). That
would have been that, except that the Imam Yama Niazi saw me and at the close of the service asked me to
please come forward and say a few words to those gathered. I spoke of my belief in religious freedom as a
founding principle of our nation and that I wanted to come and stand in support of their community being here.
I stated my conviction that we need to build bridges of understanding between persons of different religious
traditions if we are to move forward as the land of the free. I pronounced a blessing of peace. It meant a great
deal to them.
“You’re sent into this world to be a people of reconciliation. You are sent to heal, to break down the walls
between you and your neighbors.”
Grace and peace, Mark
A Community of Prayer
LENTEN AND EASTER CALENDAR
Please keep the following people in your prayers
Diane & Dan Adamson, Collin Barham,
Terry Becker, Anne Clark, Gracie Fisher and family,
Cathy Haas, Myra Hogan, Brigitte McKee,
Ken McMillan, Marilyn Metzner, Betty Rezin,
Joyce Richardson, Jack Smith, Carol Holle Umber,
March 29th Palm Sunday: One Service @ 10:00
am. Follow Wilson the donkey and the procession
into the Sanctuary and give glory to Jesus.
April 2nd Maundy Thursday: 7 p.m. in Wesley
Chapel. Worship service commemorating Jesus’
Last Supper.
Pam Umthun, Ruth Warkentin, Nancy Weirbach,
Rev. Elwood Wissmann.
April 3rd Good Friday
Community Worship Mid-Day Service at First
Presbyterian Church at Noon. “7 Last Words.”
• SB Mission Area Good Friday Evening Service at
St. Mark UMC 7:00 p.m.to include a “Cross-Walk.”
April 4th Holy Saturday: Easter egg hunt and crafts,
cleaning and preparing the Sanctuary for Easter
begins at 9:30 a.m.
April 5th Easter: Worship services to celebrate the
glorious resurrection. Special music by the Chancel
Choir with a brass ensemble.
•
In Remembrance
John Ballje, March 1st. Husband of Ruth.
Service Personnel
Damon Belanger, Ryan Hirschler, Sean Jones,
Catherine Lily Karl, Scott McKee, Kevin Meinert,
Alycia Porter, Timothy Radcliffe,
Matthew Wissmann.
Prayers and Support Continue for Grace Fisher
SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP
LENTEN AND EASTER SERMONS & SCRIPTURES
Prayers and support continue for
Grace Fisher and her family as she undergoes treatment for her paralyzing
illness. For updates from the family,
please see the website
Holy communion will be offered throughout Lent.
March 15th “The Feast of Extravagant Grace.”
Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21
March
22nd
Pastor Alan Strout
preaching.
March 29th Palm Sunday
(One service @ 10 a.m.):
“The Feast of Humble Love.”
Philippians 2:5-11, Mark 14:1-9.
April 5th Easter Service:
“The Laughter of the
Redeemed.”
Mark 16:1-8
THANK YOU
WILSON ANGELS!!
The Worship Committee would
like to give our heartfelt thanks to
the Wilson Angels who have sponsored the beloved Wilson the Donkey. Because of our Angels, Wilson
will once again lead the Palm Procession into the Sanctuary on Palm
Sunday. Thank you!
The Worship Committee
www.posthope.org/gracefisher
Donations to cover mounting medical expenses
are always welcome and greatly appreciated! Please
make your checks out to the Grace Fisher Fund and
mail to 308 Paseo Del Descanso, SB, CA 93105
Dear Church and Extended Family,
On December 4, 2014 the unexpected
happened. I fell head first and fractured
number C2 vertebra in my neck. Thanks
to a skilled neurosurgeon, and Cottage
Hospital’s Trauma and Rehabilitation
Centers, I am recovering on schedule.
This miracle could not have happened
without the loving care of Nadine, my children and
other family members, Pastors Alan and Mark and my
church family’s encouragement and prayers. Thank all
of you so much. You indeed hastened the healing
process.
A few years back, I remember that the theme of
our stewardship program was “This is the Place” meaning our Church and its programs. Well, this is
definitely my place, my sanctuary and my refuge. I
am safe there being close to God and my loving
church family.
Blessings, Jack Schlothauer
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LENTEN ACTIVITES
LAST CONCERT IN LENTEN ORGAN SERIES
THIS SUNDAY @ 3:00 PM
LISTENING WITH THE HEART
Silence and sharing around the Word of God
Lent is a unique season for the soul’s
exploration of life lived in God. As people on a journey
of faith, we listen for the Word within the words of
Scripture as we seek to hear the voice of God.
Our free Lenten Organ Recital series concludes this Sunday with Ty Woodward. Ty is
an organist with an extensive international
career including classical and theatre
organ concert performances at Westminster
Abbey, London; Trinity Church, New York;
the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los
Angeles; and, the outdoor pipe organ in Balboa Park,
San Diego.
You are invited to a Lenten spiritual practice
involving the reading of Scripture, contemplative
silence, and prayers for our community and world.
The Lenten recitals are sponsored by the SB Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and FUMC.
Wednesday evenings in March: 6:30 p.m. in Wesley
Chapel. Led by Pastor Mark
MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE - APRIL 2ND
“Holding Space,” a time of prayer for Grace
Fisher, will become part of Pastor Mark’s “Listening
With the Heart” Wednesday night program
HOME MEMBER COMMUNION
Holy Week: March 29 - April 4
During Holy Week volunteers will take
the sacrament to facilities, homes and
bedsides where our home members
can receive the bread and the cup.
The elements will be consecrated in
advance by a pastor and an informal
ritual to follow will be provided.
Parish Care Team member, Frances Paresa will
have the serving kits ready for pick up by servers after
the Palm Sunday services. Servers will take the sacraments during Holy Week at a time convenient for
home members.
If you would like to serve in this very meaningful
ministry to church family members unable to attend
Sunday worship, please contact the office.
The Maundy Thursday worship
service on Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m. will
include a simple drama called “At the
Table” in which we hear from biblical
characters like Peter, John, Mary, Martha,
and others. We will meet in Wesley
Chapel (note the location change) for
this worshipful time of singing, scripture, prayer, and
the sharing of Holy Communion. Jesus gives a new
commandment (mandatum novum in Latin) to love
one another. “Just as I have loved you, so you also
must love each other” (John 13:34). Please join us and
invite a friend to this meaningful Holy Week service.
EASTER LILY DONATION
If you would like to commemorate a
loved one by designating Easter lilies in
his/her honor or memory, please return
the form below to the office by Friday,
March 27th so that we can include your
dedication in the Easter Lily Donors brochure. Be sure to write your check to
FUMC with “Easter Lilies” in the memo line. Thank you!
EASTER LILY ORDER 2015
In Honor of ______________________________________________________________________________
In Memory of _____________________________________________________________________________
My (our) name(s) __________________________________________________________________________
Easter Lilies @$10.00 each.
Total: $____________
Enclosed is my check payable to FUMC for _______________________
Please turn in order by Friday, March 27th so we may include your dedication in the Easter Lily Donors brochure.
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IF YOU ARE SPRING CLEANING,
WE HAVE MESSAGES FOR YOU!
MASTER CHORALE CONCERTS AT FUMC
Saturday, March 21st at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 22nd at 3 p.m.
From Missions Committee:
Westmont’s Master Chorale, under the masterful direction of our own Dr. Steve Hodson, will
perform :
Canto General: Song of the People.
Lyrics from the epic poem by Pable Neruda;
music by Mikis Theodorakis (who also composed
the music for Zorba the Greek.)
Tickets are $22
$12 students with I.D.
general,
$20
Senior,
BACH/VIVALDI CONCERT AT FUMC
Saturday, April 18th at 7:00 p.m.
A truly magnificent concert featuring Bach’s
“Magnificat” and Vivaldi’s “Gloria” will be performed under the baton of our own Nathan Kreitzer on Saturday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m. at FUMC.
Three choirs with orchestra and soloists will participate. More information will follow, but mark your
calendars for this not-to-be-missed event.
WARMING CENTER AT FUMC CONCLUDES
The . kitchen
crew concluded this year’s
Warming Center season at
FUMC. Various
churches open
their doors to
the
homeless
on
rotating
weeks throughout the winter
Kitchen crew, bottom row from left: Muriel Pehle, months.
This
Patti Strout, Sally Laan, Reba Gonzales, Anita
was
a
light
year
Baldwin, Sylvia Morikawa. Top row from left:
for rain and
Steve Carlson, Kevin Marvin and Dexter Pehle.
cold so many
FUMC volunteers did not have a chance to serve. Our
Warming Centers were also blessed by wonderful donations that provided funds for the food that was prepared and served some 360 meals over the four
month season. THANK YOU!
FUMC YOUTH NEWS
On March 29th the Youth Group will
meet for a program and to canvass
our surrounding area to invite the
neighborhood children to the Holy Saturday Egg Hunt.
For more information, see Izzy, Elizabeth, Gary or
Pastor Alan.
Are you planning or in the midst of a
healthy spring cleaning or downsizing? Missions Committee asks you
to consider saving your treasures and
loving discards for the next Treasure
Sale to be held May 8th. Items can be brought to the
church beginning after Easter (April 5th). Thank you!!
From Health Ministries:
Now is the time to clean out your
medicine box! Be sure to look at the
expirations dates on ALL your medicines.
Remove any pills, liquids, drops, creams
or other pharmaceuticals that have
expired and bring them to the church on any Sunday
this month. Give them to Jeanette Day, the person
offering you the hand sanitizer as you enter Fellowship
Hall. Note, no syringes or needles can be accepted.
BABY BOOK BASKETS
TO BE DEDICATED MARCH 15TH
Aimee and the Children, Youth
and Family Ministries are still requesting
donations of new and gently-used baby
and children's books for Book Baskets.
Our congregation has been blessed
with many new babies and we would
like to be able to bless these families with these
baskets which will be blessed during the March 15th
worship service. Thank your for your donations!
NEW STEPHEN MINISTRY TRAINING
Preparations are beginning to offer a new training
class for Stephen Ministers. The weekly training covers
the basics of caring and supporting those going
through transitions, crises, or special times of need.
Stephen Ministers are not counselors,
social workers, or therapists. They are not
invited to do errands, household chores,
personal services, home health care, etc.
They are commissioned to represent the
congregation’s love and support in
relationships of listening and caring and
operate under strict rules of confidentiality. After the
weeks of training, Stephen Ministers are assigned to a
care receiver. They also meet monthly as a group for
mutual support, study, and supervision. The training will
be led by Martha Saatjian, Coventry Harris, and Pastor
Alan. To learn more about Stephen Ministry please
contact Pastor Alan.
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MISSIONS OUTREACH AND MISSION AREA NEWS
Shoes Needed for the Maundy
Thursday Foot Washing: WillBridge,
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING - UMCOR
NEXT SUNDAY: MARCH 15TH
a local non-profit/advocate for the
homeless and mentally ill, is hosting
the 8th Annual Inter-Faith Homeless
Foot Washing on Maundy Thursday,
April 2nd from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at
the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 112
W. Cabrillo Blvd.
On Sunday, we, along with thousands
of other United Methodist churches, will
participate in the One Great Hour of
Sharing. Our gifts will go to UMCOR, the
United Methodist Committee on Relief.
With our financial support, UMCOR can
continue to represent us in providing
relief in over a hundred humanitarian causes in many
places in the U.S. and internationally.
Donations of NEW men’s and women’s boots, sandals, sneakers are needed. If you can donate, please
bring the items to the office by Monday, March 30th.
Please call the office if you would like to join the pastors
in volunteering for this event.
Wrapped Candy Needed for
Holy Saturday Children And
Youth Activities: Our Easter Eggs
Please bring your gift to church on March 15th or
send/bring your gift to the office at your convenience.
Please write your check to FUMC with One Great Hour
of Sharing (or OGHS) in the memo line. Thank you for
your gift to assist UMCOR’s many mission programs.
SB MISSION AREA MONTHLY GATHERINGS
need your candy! We will be hosting our Annual Easter Egg Hunt on
Holy Saturday and would appreciate donations of wrapped candy to
fill the eggs. Please drop off candy
in the church office before March 27th.
Help Clean and Prepare the
Sanctuary for Easter Sunday on Holy
Saturday, April 4th: Mark your calendar
to help spruce up the Sanctuary on Holy
Saturday. We supply the rags and Lemon
Pledge and you can supply the elbow
grease. The altar needs to be readied
with Easter lilies and the white banners
hung. Pew racks need checking and
even the sidewalks need sweeping. We'll
start at 9:30 and we'll be done before noon. Grab a
few of your friends, don your work clothes and join us
on that Saturday at 9:30 a.m. prepare the Sanctuary for
JOIN PASTOR MARK ON THE
SPRING UMC WORKTEAM TO SLC
Pastor Mark will lead a FUMC
team and join other Central
Coast UMC’s to work at the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Depot in Salt Lake
City, from April 27 - May 1. UMCOR West is a 22,000
square-foot depot that stores much needed disaster
relief supplies that are sent stateside and abroad in
times of disaster and war. Team members gather,
assemble, package and shelve relief supply kits for
future shipments.
Expenses will include travel, lodging and meals.
Lodging costs will be $50/night and will be at the
Episcopal Church Center of Utah. If you are planning
on joining the work team from FUMC, please call the
office or Scott Burns, Chair of the FUMC Missions
committee.
The Santa Barbara Mission Area
continues to strengthen the bonds
between the three churches: FUMC, St.
Mark UMC, and Isla Vista University
UMC.
In addition to participating in each
other’s Lenten activities, monthly
Mission Area gatherings will be hosted
by a different church each month. The gatherings
offer a variety of experiences for fun, fellowship, study,
worship, and service that will further build relationships
and strengthen the bonds and mutual mission and
outreach of the three congregations in Christ. Please
plan to join one of the following gatherings:
April 19 Mission Area Gathering at St. Mark UMC:
Sunday, 4:00-5:30 pm
May 17 Mission Area Gathering at Isla Vista UMC:
Sunday, 4:00-5:30 pm
June/July Mission Area Gathering at FUMC:
Speaker: Guest missionary to be announced.
Date and time: to be announced
*Workteam Wednesdays: Weds. evenings in July
Rotating gatherings and projects at each church.
The Mission Area is growing! You are invited to be
UMW GENERAL MEETING
THURSDAY MARCH 11TH AT 11:00 A.M.
The United Methodist Women will hold
their March General Meeting on Thursday, March 12th, at 11:00 a.m. in Asbury.
The guest speaker is FUMC member,
Cecelia Uribe, Ms. Uribe will present information on the
Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics (SBNC), whose
purpose is to provide high quality, affordable medical
and dental care to all, especially those uninsured and
underserved. All are welcome!
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March 10, 2015
First United Methodist Church of Santa Barbara: How to Contact Us
Church Office: Open Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (805) 963-3579
Caroline Kavanagh and Suzanne McAdams, Admin. Assistants
[email protected]
Pastors:
Rev. Dr. Mark Richardson, Senior Pastor
[email protected]
Rev. Dr. Alan Strout, Associate Pastor
[email protected]
Children & Family Ministries: Aimee Dutch, Children & Family Ministries Coordinator [email protected]
Izzy Jarvis, Elizabeth Spencer, Youth Leaders [email protected]
Garden Preschool: Heidi Casper, Director (805) 451-5487 [email protected]
Membership: Sylvia Morikawa, Membership Coordinator [email protected]
The following may be also reached through the church office:(805-963-3579)
Music Director: Nathan Kreitzer Organist: Dr. Steve Hodson Weddings/Events: Marte Franklin, Toni Straka
Daily Devotional - A different inspiring recorded message each day by Pastor Alan: 805-962-5697
The Carillon is published on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, except when otherwise noted. The
submissions are due to the office by the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.
FUMCSB VISION STATEMENT
The vision of the First United Methodist Church of Santa Barbara
is to provide a welcoming place where the congregation encompasses multiple generations,
diversity is respected and celebrated, and commitments of faith
lead to acts of mercy, social justice,and compassion.
We encourage and support each person on their Christian journey of faith
and offer a variety of ways of connecting with God through:
Fellowship and Caring Ministries,
Understanding through teaching and learning,
Mission and Outreach,
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