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From the Episcopal News Service Calendar

5/3/2006
[Episcopal News Service]   
  • NEW YORK CITY: Community Festival to be held at St. James
  • THE PLAINS, Virginia: Festival of the Arts and Music weekend planned
  • ST. LOUIS: Flower Festival 2006 at Christ Church Cathedral
  • PACIFIC PALISADES, California: Saint Matthew to host 2006 Stern Lecture
  • HUNT VALLEY, Maryland: The Diocese of Maryland to meet in convention
  • FORT WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania: St. Thomas' Church to host Bill Countryman
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Grace Cathedral hosts organ recital
  • THOUSAND OAKS, California: Matt Harris Jazz Combo to play at St. Patrick's
  • DOTHAN, Alabama: Church of the Nativity’s Fine Arts Concert Series continues
  • PASADENA, California: All Saints Church to hold global sustainability event
  • PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral’s spring recitals continue
  • BERKELEY, California: Commencement at Church Divinity School of the Pacific
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.: State Day to honor Kentucky
  • NEW YORK CITY: New York Episcopalians will unite for AIDS walk
  • NEW YORK CITY: Trinity Church-St. Paul’s Chapel to present live internet telecast


Today...

NEW YORK CITY: Community Festival to be held at St. James -- St. James invites all to celebrate May Day at their Community Festival May 3. The day will include a Spring Boutique form 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and again from 6:30 - 11 p.m., raffle drawings throughout the evening and a silent auction. Holy Eucharist will be held at 6 p.m.


Coming May 5, 2006...

THE PLAINS, Virginia: Festival of the Arts and Music weekend planned -- The 59th Annual Neighborhood Art Show, Sale and Grace Church Concert series is set for May 5, 6, and 7 at Grace Church in The Plains, Virginia.

Artists of all media, ages and levels of experience are invited to exhibit. Adult entries are $15 each, with a limit of two. Each adult entry includes admission to the Gala Opening May 5, 6-8:30 p.m. Youth entries are $3 for lower school, and $5 for high school, and include admission for the May 6 and 7 showings from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. All proceeds benefit charitable ministries of Grace Church. Entry forms are available online at http://www.gracechurch.net/, or by calling 540.253.5678.

 

ST. LOUIS: Flower Festival 2006 at Christ Church Cathedral -- Celebrate the beauty and abundance of spring at Flower Festival 2006 at Christ Church Cathedral, May 5-7. During this annual event that began in 1890, the medieval splendor of the Cathedral, centrally located downtown at 13th and Olive Streets, is arrayed in hundreds of vibrant flowers from Missouri Botanical Garden. This year's guest speaker will be Dr. Horace Clarence Boyer, editor of the African American Episcopal hymnal Lift Every Voice and Sing II.

For more information contact: Margaret Mantia at 314.231.3454 or email mmantia@christchurchcathedral.us

 

PACIFIC PALISADES, California: Saint Matthew to host 2006 Stern Lecture -- Some of the most intense controversies in contemporary American society revolve around "family values." What is "a family"? Who deserves to call themselves "a family"? What do the Bible and the Christian tradition have to say about families and family relationships?

The Stern Lecture for 2006 addresses these very topics. This year’s lecturer will be Dr. R. Guy Erwin, the Gerhard and Olga J. Belgum Professor of Lutheran Confessional Theology at California Lutheran University. Erwin will present a series of four lectures entitled "The Household of Faith: Christian Views of Marriage, Family, and Society."

For more information contact the Rev. Michael Seiler at 310.573.7787 ext. 123 or email mseiler@stmatthews.com.

 

HUNT VALLEY, Maryland: The Diocese of Maryland to meet in convention -- The Diocese of Maryland will meet in convention May 5-6 in Hunt Valley, Maryland. The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold, Presiding Bishop and Primate, will celebrate the opening Eucharist.

For more information visit: http://www.ang-md.org.

 

Coming May 6, 2006...

FORT WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania: St. Thomas' Church will host Bill Countryman -- "Praying with the Poets" and "Sexual Orientations: What are the Issues for Anglicans?" are the topics of two workshops led by the Rev. Dr. Bill Countryman, Sherman E. Johnson Professor in Biblical Studies at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and a member of the doctoral faculty of the Graduate Theological Union. Countryman is a priest of the Episcopal Church and has served in parish ministries for many years. He is the author of a wide range of books on topics relating to scripture, spirituality and ethics.

The fee for each presentation is $20.

Pre-registration is recommended. Call the Parish Office at 215.233.3970 or email info@stthomaswhitemarsh.org

 


Coming May 7, 2006...

SAN FRANCISCO: Grace Cathedral hosts organ recital -- Robert Nicholls, winner of the 2000 AGO National Competition in Organ Improvisation, will perform May 7 at 4 p.m., at Grace Cathedral.

He currently serves as director of Music of First Presbyterian Church, Evansville, Indiana. His program will include Reger's "Introduction and Passacaglia in D minor"; Delius's "The Walk to the Paradise Garden," arranged by Dom Gregory Murray; Elgar's "Triumphal March from Caractacus"; and an "Improvisation."

For more information visit http://www.gracecathedral.org/, concerts@gracecathedral.org, or 415.749.6350.

 

THOUSAND OAKS, California: Matt Harris Jazz Combo to play at St. Patrick's -- The Matt Harris Jazz Combo will play during service, May 7, 10:15 a.m., at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Thousand Oaks. The combo's appearance will mark the continuation of "The Arts at St. Patrick's," a performance series that integrates diverse musical styles into the church experience.

Harris, director of Jazz Studies at Cal State Northridge and a Thousand Oaks resident, is a writer/arranger who has played with Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Rita Moreno and Tom Jones. His combo consists of Harris on piano, Domenic Genova on bass and Lee Spath on drums.

Admission is free with donations to the St. Patrick's Music Program. For more information call Steve O'Connor at 805.495.6441.

 

DOTHAN, Alabama: Church of the Nativity’s Fine Arts Concert Series continues -- The Nativity Choir and Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Debbie Deas, will perform Franz Schubert’s Mass in G on May 7. The performance is part of Church of the Nativity’s Fine Arts Concert Series. Included in the program will be four Mozart pieces and the Alleluia from Exultate, Jubilate in honor of his 250th anniversary. A reception in the Nativity Memorial Garden will follow the concert. The event is being held in conjunction with the Spring Garden Tour sponsored by the Dothan Botanical Gardens.

 

Coming May 10, 2006…

PASADENA, California: All Saints Church to hold global sustainability event -- “On the Road to a Just Society: Gathering for a Positive Future” will be a public series of events, May 10 -13, focusing on how you can make a difference every day through small choices and big steps to insure your own future and the future of the Earth.

The fee for all events is $40 which includes breakfast and lunch. For more information or to register, please contact Marty Coleman at 626.792.4941 or Ruby Gallegos at 626.583.2734.
 


Coming May 17, 2006…

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral’s spring recitals continue -- Trinity Episcopal Cathedral’s spring recital series occur each Wednesday from 12:30 - 1 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

The following are scheduled to perform: May 3, Andrew Scanlon, director of music, First Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh; May 10, Mark King, minister of music, St. John's Episcopal Church, Hagerstown, Maryland; May 17, Craig Dobbins, director of music ministries, The Presbyterian Church, Sewickley, Pennsylvania; and May 24, Robert Troeger, music director and organist, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Wheeling, West Virginia.

For more information call 412.232.6404 ext. 124, or visit www.trinitycathedralpgh.org

 

Coming May 19, 2006...

BERKELEY, California: Commencement at Church Divinity School of the Pacific - Church Divinity School of the Pacific will hold its commencement ceremony on May 19 at 10:30 a.m.

Forty-four seminary students will receive their degrees. In addition, honorary degrees will be conferred upon the Rev. Ardith Spierling Hayes, director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, CDSP; the Rev. Roger Alling, president, Episcopal Preaching Foundation, Inc., Camp Hill, PA; the Rev. John Barton Sarjeant '65, former rector, St. John's Episcopal Church, Ross, CA; the Rev. Thomas H. Schultz, O.H.C. (Order of the Holy Cross), prior, Incarnation Priory, Berkeley, CA; and Dr. A. Gary Shilling, chairman, Episcopal Preaching Foundation, Inc., Springfield, NJ.

Hayes will serve as commencement preacher.

 

Coming May 21, 2006...

WASHINGTON, D.C.: State Day to honor Kentucky -- The state of Kentucky will be honored at the May 21, 11 a.m. service at Washington National Cathedral. As part of its national ministry, Washington National Cathedral has for many years individually honored each state in the union. During worship services, the government and people of that state are prayed for.

For further information: http://www.cathedral.org/cathedral/programs/stateday.shtml.


NEW YORK CITY: New York Episcopalians will unite for AIDS walk -- Episcopalians in the Diocese of New York will participate as a group in the 21st annual AIDS Walk New York on May 21. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Episcopal Response to AIDS (ERA) will participate as a diocesan coalition to raise funds for AIDS treatment and research. Last year 75 diocesan participants raised more than $35,000.

This year's participation by ERA walkers will have special significance, as ERA has become a community partner organization with Gay Men's Health Crisis, the AIDS Walk sponsor. Diocesan coalition AIDS walkers can now have a portion of their fundraising go toward ongoing parish based AIDS outreach projects throughout the Diocese.

Coordinators for this year's event are Suzanne Culhane, St. John's in the Village, Manhattan, and Donald Snyder, St. Michael's, Manhattan.

For more information email AIDSWAlkNY@aol.com.

 


Coming May 25, 2006…

NEW YORK CITY: Trinity Church-St. Paul’s Chapel to present live internet telecast -- Trinity Church-St. Paul’s Chapel will present a live online telecast on Ascension Day, May 25, exploring the increasing interest within Christianity to build inclusive and progressive faith-based communities.

Participating panelists include: Diana Butler Bass, a senior researcher at Virginia Theological Seminary and director of the Project on Congregations of Intentional Practice; the Very Rev. Alan Jones, Dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco; and Brian D. McLaren, founder of Cedar Ridge Community Church, an innovative, nondenominational church in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area. 

For more information contact Diane Reed at 212.602.0813 or Donna Presnell at 212.602.9672.