June 2016 Newsletter

    Series: Newsletters


    What's in this edition?

    One  thing that's here is a word about April and May's non-existent newsletter. It was nonexistent except on my computer. As it turns out, it is much more difficult than you might think to publish a document of any size when at sea. And when several hundred emails are involved, it became impossible, at least on our ship, to publish. The ship's wifi services were not up to the task. It is just the cost of going on vacation!

       This month you'll find articles about the Rural Education Program, Sagrada Familia, the Care Committee, the Columbarium, new paint & facelift on the building, and a reflection by Bishop Gregg. Not only things going on in the local church, but around the world! And around San Miguel, too.

         So read on and discover what we, the congregation, are up to at St. Paul's!

    Rector's Reflections
    Bp. William Gregg
    (This is installment 1 of 2)

    The election process in the U.S continues to plow forward with a kind of relentless dysfunctionality that even by recent electorial standards is amazing, puzzling, and in many ways deeply disturbing. What is clearly at stake in this election is far deeper or greater consequence than the election of the next President of the United States. What is at stake is the moral, social, political, and spiritual question of whether a people will choose to move forward in constructive, creative ways, or abandon itself into a profound morass of emotionality and dysfunction born of fear and anxiety wrought by the egregious and intentional misuse of power. . .


    La Basilica de la Sagrada Familia
    The Rev Dr Jeff Sells

    The construction was begun on March 19, 1882, the Feast of St. Joseph. But the project was soon taken over by 31 year old Antoni Gaudi, whose name is usually associated with bazarre architecture and over-decorated places. The building is not yet finished.La Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona, is breathtaking from any angle and from almost any distance. The architecture is expansive and hauntingly beautiful. But the building one experiences now is way beyond its earliest manifestations as a traditionally shaped church building of its time. It was envisioned in its nacense as a Gothic building. But where it ended up is light years away from the gothic edifice of its beginnings. And only3 years after Edison had invented the electric bulb.

       Gaudi is probably best known for the design motifs that carry his name as the descriptor (gaudy), meaning "extravagantly bright or showy, typically so as to be tasteless." Nothing could be farther from the reality of this building!

    Junior Warden Reports
    Bud Lawrence, Junior Warden


    Just before the annual Vestry Retreat, Bishop William asked me as Junior Warden in charge of buildings and grounds to do a survey of our church and determine what areas needed to be addressed. I found thirty two items from a leaking roof to circuit breakers that did not work to trees needing cut back to sky lights with broken glass and walls that needed stucco repaired and painted and many other items.

    Care Committee Corner
    Susan Porter Robinson, Care Committee Chair

    Since October, the Care Committee has provided care for those who have called for assistance, or emailed to let us know their needs. Meals, rides, visits, phone calls, and more have been lovingly provided to St. Paul’s parishioners. Specifically, members of the committee have done the foregoing as well as:
    • Grocery shop for ill or homebound parishioners
    • Accompany parishioners to LOCAL doctor appointments when there are no
     relatives available
    • Visit or phone/email parishioners when requested just to keep in touch.

    International Interns work
    to fill the Opportunity Gap
    Camie Fenton and Kathy Gregg

    Recently, the vestry of St. Paul’s gave a grant to the Rural Education Institute of Mexico. The money will be used to help complete the new Rural Education site called Don Diego Center just past Los Frailes. The following is an article extracted from one written by parishioner Cami Fenton for the Rural Education Newsletter.

            Mawney Somerville and Alexa Swaby from Canada along with Katie Gutt from the U.S. formed a team of Interns for Rural Education Institute 2015-2016 year. The Rural Education Institute volunteers trained these young people to go out to specific community centers to run an after-school program for youth between the ages of 8 and 15 in reading, computer skills and English. Topics covered during sessions are intercultural learning, environmental sustainability, health and nutrition.
          More next month!!!

    St. Paul’s Columbarium Blessed
    The Rt. Rev. William O. Gregg, Rector

    The columbarium was an idea that emerged from parishioners about 18 months ago. After preliminary planning, construction was begun. This same area is also the site of the memorial plaque for those who gave their life in the service of their country. This intimate are provides a gentle place for persons to have a private place for prayer or reflection, or just silence.Over the past year, under the supervision of Jr. Warden Bud Lawrence, the St. Paul’s Columbarium has now been completed. Located on the outside south wall of the nave in the quiet space there. The Rt. Rev’d Carlos Touché-Porter blessed the columbarium during his Visitation with us on May 8.