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The Briefly The newsletter for the parish community of Grace St. Paul s Episcopal Church 2331 E. Adams Tucson, AZ August 2019 INSIDE THIS ISSUE... Why do we do it that way? (pg 3) Matching pledge drive (pg 3) Parish Focus: Peggy Scott (pg 6) Post from the Pantry (pg 7) Migration Ministry (pg 8) Creation Care pledges (pg 9) Heidi Chronicles for August play (pg 11) From the Rector 2:30 a.m. That s it! In a moment of sudden revelation, it hit me like I had just run into the Green Monster in Fenway Park, attempting to track down a fly ball off the bat of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Did you see that 20-year-old hit 91 epic dingers in the home run derby before the All Star game and still lose the competition?) Stumbling to my feet to avoid kicking a cat in the head, I grabbed my phone and started furiously typing, before the next cat walked in and begged me to give him a drink. Not deterred, I typed away, one thought leading to the next, as I rushed to get down the epiphany being delivered by the Holy Spirit. I was so excited, I could hardly contain myself. The rush of ideas was now captured on paper, I mean on a tiny digital screen. Safely out of my head, I was able to blissfully fall asleep, waking up again four hours later with more ideas. With a rush of adrenalin, I walked into the office ready to write the great American sermon, a sermon that The unwillingness to even consider the short- term future, much less the long-term, is killing us... would rock your world by revealing to you something in our sacred text you had never noticed before, even after hearing the story 200 times before, a sermon so powerful it would open a direct line from the 2000 year old text right to your life today, a sermon that would enlighten your spirit, fill you with hope, and give you a strategy to change the world. I made my way through the gauntlet of people in the office, dancing around the four year-old, the barking dog, the blind man, pirouetting my way to the office door. I stuck the key in the lock, whereupon four individuals lined up behind me, waiting to rock my world. I made it in, but not long enough to even turn on the light. By the time person number four walked in, some guy named John Banks, I was reeling. But John finished me off. Barbara asked Continued on Page 2 Group photo of the children and volunteers from the Love First Day Camp at GSP in June. More info & photos on Page 5. Submissions to The Briefly Please submit articles to Barbara Morehouse, John Banks happily receives photos, charts, and graphics at The deadline for the September 2019 issue will be Tuesday, Aug. 13. From the Rector Continued from Page 1 me to remind you, he said in his ultra calm, ultra soothing voice, that we still need your Rector letter, liturgy discussion article, and whatever the heck else you are supposed to give us for The Briefly. There, with a smile on my face, I thanked John for his thoughtfulness before I tossed a notepad at him as he escaped the office. With my head crashing onto the computer, I realized that I was not working on any sermon anywhere in the immediate future. I put myself instead on the tasks assigned to me by the first three folks, wondering through each of them, plus the regularly scheduled meetings at 10, 11, 12:15, and 2, what I would write to you in this space for the month of August I could not get all those things wandering through my head for Sunday s sermon out of my thought process. But now, I needed to think and write about something entirely different, and write it quickly. How do I think of an entirely different creative idea when I just discovered this life changing message I need to give you? That is when my spouse came to my rescue. It came in the form of a text. Here is that text in its entirety: Here is your Briefly topic: Temporal Exhaustion Elise Boulding short-termism. Gee thanks. I am sure all of you know what that means, but I did not have a clue. So I went into decryption mode and here is what I discovered: Temporal Exhaustion is a term coined by sociologist Elise Boulding. She defined it as follows: If one is mentally out of breath all the time from dealing with the present, there is no energy left imagining the future. Boulding came up with this theory in 1978, well before the advent of instantaneous digital data thrown at us every few seconds on our devices. Imagine what she might think now. For a couple decades now, I have been talking about post-modern society s unwillingness to think beyond the immediate bottom line. Capitalism is founded upon the short term profit, the next quarterly statement, keeping it in the black, at all costs. Politicians extend this just slightly, to the next election cycle. I have suggested that this unwillingness to even consider the short term future, much less the We must bring to the world an understanding of the purpose of life, the purpose of humanity in the universe. long term, is killing us. See climate change. See destruction of the planet. But perhaps Boulding is right. Perhaps it is not just our unwillingness to look at the future. Perhaps it is that we are too exhausted by the present to think about it. And hence the rest of the text, short-termism, the notion that our culture cannot look beyond, because we are bombarded by pressures of the now. Whether it is true that we cannot see beyond ourselves because of cultural mores or because of societal pressures, or both, I do not think there is any doubt that because of this, we are in the most precarious place in the history of humanity. Either we figure out a way to get out of ourselves and project into the future, or we have no future as a species. This is where religion is once again the force in the universe that can bring us back from the dead. The religion of the Reformation though, is not helpful here. When we concentrate on individual salvation and leaving this plane of existence for another world, we actually participate in this, now is all that matters mindset. Instead, we must return to the roots of religion itself. We must bring to the world an understanding of the purpose of life, the purpose of humanity in the universe. We have the opportunity to show the world that only through the lenses of eternal time does anything make sense. It is the only way we can create a plan for a healthy and hopeful future for the planet. In our own terminology, we are called to bring about the kingdom of God, and we can only do that by imagining and creating that kingdom for a world millennia beyond us. Teaching folk how to think thousands of years into the future is a centerpiece of the new Reformation and why religion is absolutely necessary in changing our focus in today s world. We can turn this around beloved, but it all starts with you and me, showing the world the ancient truth in a brand new way. 2 Grace St. Paul s Episcopal Church Liturgy Discussion of the Month By The Rev. Steve Keplinger Why do we do it that way? For those of you who have a background in any mainline church tradition, my guess is that you have most often experienced a break in the middle of the service, whereupon the Celebrant or Presider takes a step out of the order of worship into another land. This is the land of Announcements. For a period of time the worship stops and we talk about events, activities, and all sorts of other matters having nothing to do with the service itself. So why, pray tell, do we not do that at Grace St. Paul s? Who doesn t want an intermission in the middle of worship? Why not do announcements in the middle, so everyone hears them? The reasons we do announcements at the beginning of the service are both liturgical and theological. As Episcopalians, the act of worship is sacred for us. It is how we define ourselves as Christians. Building liturgy with the utmost care is a way of honoring God by creating the most beautiful act we can take part in as humans. I and your liturgy committee take five to six hours a week putting these worship services together to connect with the lectionary, the church, the world and your life in the most engaging and gorgeous way we can. From my perspective, dropping an element that is not a part of worship into the middle of this carefully developed liturgy would be like sticking a piece of bubble gum on a classic piece of art. Our order of worship was developed in the first century and it did not contain a time to stop and do something else. It is a continual worship of God, following a consistent pattern. Announcements, are in my mind, a foreign object that has nothing to do with honoring or praying to God. That is why our announcements happen outside the order of worship. When I have asked my colleagues to explain their theology of announcements within worship, they most often respond with a non-theological answer, something like, We ve always had them there. But those who have offered a theology suggest that announcements are a Response to the Word of God, like a Sermon is a response to the Word of God. Fair enough, but I would argue that there is rarely any exegetical content in an announcement. This is the same reason I do my best to not make any non-liturgical statements within the body of worship. That is why I use hand motions during the service rather than speak commands like Please stand. Liturgy, beloved, is a beautiful thing and we want to do all we can to keep it that way. The Mystical, Magical, Matching Pledge Drive Most of you are aware that three groups of parishioners have come forward over the last couple months to help us meet our shortfall in our operating budget. They have put up a total of $30,000, if the parish can match it. If we do so, we will reach our goal and be able to meet all of our financial obligations. I am so grateful to the three of them for creating this opportunity and allowing us to continue all our ministries and staff. I cannot thank them enough. I am also full of thankfulness to those of you who have already put up more $12,000 (our total at The Briefly deadline) to meet the match. One third of that money has come from the sale of raffle tickets for the grand prize of a Grand Cherokee. The rest are straight donations. We are $18,000 away. You can donate to the cause and keep all of our ministries going at gsptucson.org and pledge using the matching pledge button. You can also write a check with Matching Pledge in your note area or by buying raffle tickets from your friendly Vestry member. Remember, 100% of that money goes to our drive. Thank you all for continuing to support our mission through this matching pledge and in so many other ways. The Briefly August Liturgy & Music Notes from the Choir Stalls By Christina Jarvis, Director of Music Our monsoon seems to be mon-later, but hey, no mosquitoes so far. We take our blessings where we can find them. Otherwise, I hope you are having a lovely summer! We ve been busy in the choir office sorting through the music scores, putting away oneoff copies, and culling unusable ones so the boxes can be reused. Susan Marcus, Wendy Pipentacos, Harlan Hokin, and I have made a dent. Well, okay, a nick so far, but it s coming along. There s quite a lot to do and I m grateful for their help. I d say we could divert a river, but we haven t had enough rain yet. I m also grateful to the musicians who have stepped up to provide offertories and/or communion pieces for the 7:45 and/or 10 o clock services. In June, you heard Anton Faynberg; John Camm; the GSP Love First Summer Camp kids with assistance from Pastor Kimberlee, Harlan, and Fr. Allen Breckenridge; and Wesley Hunter and James Beckwith. We are grieved that Anton and Wesley are leaving town but happy they are going to good things. Here s the scary thing about Tucson: they might well be back. Tucson sucks you into its orbit and you find yourself returning whether you meant to or not. We ll see. In July, you heard James Neeley, John Camm, Mark Jarvis, Wendy Pipentacos and Barbara Pritchard, and Adam Conyne. In August, you will hear Michael Manning, Dave Coatsworth, and Ann Stephens. We are fortunate to have so much talent in this parish! A word about the hymns this summer the liturgy committee has been experimenting with ways to shorten the services. One suggestion was to omit a spoken psalm and use the sequence hymn as a means of transmitting that text. Where possible, therefore, I have been selecting hymns based on the appointed psalm for the Sunday. This can be a moving target, as whoever does the sermon occasionally wants to choose alternate readings from the track we are currently on. However, I m planning them anyway, figuring we can adjust as needed. What this means for you all is that these hymns are sometimes unfamiliar. I m pulling from our usual Episcopal sources Hymnal 1982 (pushing 40 years old now, yikes); Wonder, Love and Praise; My Heart Sings Out; and Voices Found but also the ecumenical edition of Glory to God, published by Westminster John Knox Press. There are some terrific texts for our purposes and a wide-ranging selection of styles. I go with tunes that in theory you can pick up quickly, especially with a good representative sample of the choir embedded in the congregation during the summer months. Let me know how you feel about being experimented on. I m usually at coffee hour. The choir season begins anew on Sept. 8, which is the first Sunday after Labor Day. I have heard from several new people interested in joining the choir. We would love to have you! We would also love to have anyone else out there interested in joining the choir. Please come along to the first rehearsal, which will be Thursday, Sept. 5, from 7:30-9 p.m. In the meantime, carry on enjoying the summer months. Hope you get all the rest and relaxation you need! Peace, Christina 4 Grace St. Paul s Episcopal Church Bubba Bear dressed as Moses for the Red Sea Run portion of the creation curriculum. Below, more scenes from the Love First Day Camp. The Briefly August 2019 Dear GSPers, As families and children are settling back in to school activities this month, I want take a look back and thank you all for the support you have given the children, youth and families of this parish! We were the pilot site for Love First Day Camp and featured on a blog post at lovefirstproject.org! Here s what was written: Our pilot Love First Day Camp was a success at GSP! Children spent a week unpacking the story of Blind Bartimaeus, talking a lot about love, learning about their neighbors in detention centers, and then putting their love into action by sending messages of love to the women at the Eloy Detention Center. We are now receiving beautiful letters and even some hand-made gifts back from the women in detention expressing their appreciation. Special thanks go to Team Leaders: Joe Stefani, for providing delicious snacks and lunch each day; Vicki Stefani for her creativity, planning, and organizing arts and crafts; Fr. Allen Breckenridge who led us in martial arts and music every morning; and Laurie Finn for being the leader for our youngest campers! Many other people volunteered and some days we had several camp grandparents! A big thank you to the following people who volunteered for some or all of the camp, and I apologize if I forgot anyone: Courtney Pulitzer Diane Gundersen Harlan Hokin Sara Heitshu Nancy Barton Kathleen Halter Maria Ramirez Nanalee Raphael Angeth & Adit Ngang Betty Rathbone Wes Hunter Sinead Jackson Angel Ballesteros Joyce Henderson Yvonne Maynard Deb Tinajero Deacon Nancy Meister Miriam Pattison Maria & Annette Chavez Children, Youth & Families At Chapel Rock this summer, we sent five youth and three elementary age children. Thank you for supporting them in this adventure as they will be talking about this week throughout the year. It is a highlight! The Summer Sunday School curriculum is creation focused and had fun with the Red Sea Run most recently as the kids dressed up as Moses, raised their staff and ran through the Red Sea. Even Bubba Bear got into the action! We continue to begin each class with a mindfulness exercise to get us present and calm and then prayer time. The children always have a concern or several for which we need to pray. Thank you to Madeleine Caldwell and Jim Kane for consistently helping with classes this summer! Also, Sunday, Aug. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m., we will go bowling at Lucky Strike Bowl, 4015 E. Speedway Blvd.! There will be prizes for children s high and low score as well as for adult high and low score. Find that old bowling shirt and let s have some fun at Lucky Strike Bowl! Please call the church office to register so we know how many lanes to book. Here are some important dates for your calendar: Aug. 25 Bowling, 2-4pm at Lucky Strike Bowl, 4015 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson The last time we meet for Celebrating God s Creation curriculum. Sept. 1 No Sunday School Sept. 8 Love First Fall/Winter Sunday School begins! Teachers needed to teach once a month. It s a fun and educational curriculum for all involved. I ve ordered several copies of the book, Love First: A Children s Ministry for the Whole Church. If you would like to begin reading it, just let me know. Thank you again for your love and care for the children, youth, and families of this parish. What a blessing it is to be on this journey of faith with you! In God s peace and joy, Pastor Kimberlee 5 Parish Life Parish Focus Peggy Scott: A Truly Bilingual Lady By Ann Schlumberger Peggy Scott Margaret Helene Scott is a native Tucsonan, born in 1951, the year that her family moved from Colorado so that her father could join a medical practice here. Her ties with this parish are as strong as they were upon when her parents arrived in town and affiliated with Grace Episcopal Church, where Peggy was baptized and confirmed. As an 8-year-old, she began singing in the youth choir and fondly remembers Choir Director Carl Anderson, who gave her the opportunity to sing solos and to play the oboe at Christmas service. Peggy attended Tucson High School, where she especially loved her English literature classes and playing in the band. Her main instrument was the oboe, but during marching band season, she played the flute. The band provided the nexus for her high school social life, and years later she would marry Richard Obregon, who had played the trombone for THS and later went on to a successful career in college teaching in the music department of the University of Arizona. Peggy had been studying Spanish in junior high, and during the summer between her sophomore and junior years in high school, she took part in the Amigos de las Americas program, going to Honduras for three weeks to help vaccinate children. She felt that she was wonderfully received by the people there, and that the experience had opened her eyes to a whole new world. During her senior year, she went with her dad to visit colleges in California and had been attracted to Mills College, but her high school English teacher urged her to apply to Yale, which in 1969 was enrolling its first women students. Peggy was accepted and felt obliged to go. Living on the East Coast provided quite a culture shock to her. All the women were in the same dorm, guarded at night to make sure no male students were in the building after 10 p.m. Some of the male students were quite resentful at women being admitted to the previously all male college. Furthermore, it was also the first time she had ever owned a winter coat. Unused to walking in snow, she had not allowed herself enough time between two early morning classes, so she had the embarrassment of always arriving late to the second one which was located up a steep and icy hill. A Spanish and linguistics major, she took her junior year abroad in Madrid which was to change the direction of her life. At a party there she met a young Spaniard who was to become her first husband. Peggy graduated from Yale in January 1973 and returned to Madrid, where the young couple was married t
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