“Sorrow may not be fleeting: How Do We Cope?”

by the Rev. Cathie P. Young, associate rector

Sorrow

Dear Ones,

Sunday, September 15, our congregation held its final services in our beloved church in Newport Beach where we have worshiped for over 70 years.  With all my heart, I longed to be with you and attend at least one of the morning three services, but my recovering body wouldn’t let me.  So I sat tearfully in my recovery chair and prayed throughout the morning until I knew that the final song from the final service had been sung and the final dismissal had been given.  That’s when I knew, “THE CHURCH HAD LEFT THE BUILDING!” because the church is not the bricks and mortar, but rather, the church is YOU – the people of St. James!

During the services, I got marvelous little text messages from some of parishioners with pictures and short videos. Especially compelling was the video that showed Pastor Richard leading the congregation out of the church with a shepherd’s crook in one hand and a Bible in the other.  Then the Church standing united on that lovely patio and singing together the closing hymn.

I know that even with the worshipful spirit of those final moments, it wasn’t an easy day for anyone — saying goodbye is so painful.   Sorrow is clearly a main player in this church drama.  And what we experienced on our last Sunday, we will surely experience in future weeks.  You see, sorrow is not usually fleeting but may remain for days, weeks, even months.  For us, for some time, sorrow and hope will live side-by-side.

St. Paul speaks honestly about this experience of sorrow and hope living side-by-side in what I call the “Christian dichotomy” – a dichotomy being a contrast between two things which are opposed or utterly different.  He minced no words when he spoke about the reality of how hard the Christian journey can be but at the same time he spoke eloquently about the eternal hope that sits alongside the greatest difficulty and sorrow.

In 2 Corinthians 4 as he describes it this way in Eugene Peterson’s The Message:

“We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken … While we’re going through the worst, we’re getting in on the best!”

And I saw exactly this reflected in the pictures and video I received from our last Sunday service.  There were tears on some faces, smiles on others.  Some looked triumphant and encouraged – others were downcast.  And these same feelings will be repeated many times over the next many months as we transition from our beloved church building to the new places where God is leading us.

It will be important in this time to acknowledge and speak to our sorrow.  That’s the reason our “Pastoral Care Response Team” will continue to offer times to process together how we are doing!  It’s also the reason Pastor Joyce Brooks and I will be opening our schedules to meet with those who need a chance to talk about their sorrow and the difficulties they may be having with the transition.  We also have trained lay persons who can sit, listen and pray with you!

We should not ignore our feelings of sorrow.  Nor should we hide them.  St. Paul role modeled for us that speaking about how hard things can be is a Christian thing to do!  And as we speak together in a godly environment, we can be assured that God’s Spirit will bring to us the hope of Christ that will allow us like St. Paul to say, “While we’re going through the worst, we’re getting in on the best!”

If you need someone to speak to in this transitional time, please contact Pastor Joyce Brooks at pastor.joyce.brooks@gmail.com or be in touch with me at cyoung@stjamesnb.org or on my mobile phone at 949 279-1246.  We are here for you!

The Miracle Man’s Story Continues

written by Gretchen Passantino-Coburn
edited by the Rev. Cathie P. Young

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Editor’s Note:
Last December, parishioner Gretchen Passantino-Coburn watched her beloved husband Pat collapse to sudden death cardiac arrest and accompanying anoxic brain injury.  The medical community gives almost no hope to someone in Pat’s situation but Gretchen and those who joined the Coburns in prayer knew God had something else in mind!  2013 has been a year of miracles, slow but steady progress, increasing faith, and godly hope that “does not disappoint” (Romans 5:5).  Pat just received defibrillator implant surgery and the following reports written by Gretchen come after that surgery!  Note that doctor’s names are not real but the conversations are!  READ AND BE ENCOURAGED!  GOD AND HIS POWER ARE INVADED THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY!  Rev.Cathie+

DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT #1 – September 3, 2013

“Dr. Happy” was very pleased with Pat’s surgery last week implanting the 3-in-1 defibrillator, heart pacing, & minimum/maximum heart rate regulator. The EKG & vitals look “smashing,” and Dr. Happy expects Pat’s heart function to improve markedly over the next 6 months. Since he’s at low normal now, that’s encouraging!

He asked how we liked “Dr. Boo Boo” (our name for the surgeon).  He complimented her surgical ability, her after care, said her patients love her, and she’s a sweetheart. Then he said, “Actually, she is an angel.” And he looked wistful, as though he wished he could be one, too.

At the end of the appointment Dr. Happy said, “Mr. Coburn, I have to tell you, you are not as interesting to me anymore. You are boring. That’s a compliment.”

Pat said, “Thank you. My wife and I are really enjoying our life together, and it’s largely thanks to you.”

Dr. Happy: “To God and me. Don’t forget His part in it all.”

And this time, (unlike many months under his care) he didn’t seem to be mocking or trivializing the Lord at all.

 

DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT #2 – September 3, 2013

Second doctor’s appointment of the day \with the neurologist we’re nicknaming “Dr. Demento.”  Pat’s MRI from last month is great and he’s now prescribed more out-patient rehab to maximize his recovery.

First Dr. Demento’s assistant came in to get Pat’s vitals. She said she came to work discouraged, but saw Pat’s name on the day’s appointments and got happy because she enjoys watching how much we love each other and she likes Pat’s droll sense of humor.  After the preliminaries she wanted to take an update picture for his file, but took about five photos because she wanted one “that has the smile & happiness I see in you so often.”

Dr. Demento entered the room and started right in.  “You folks are religious, right?”

Me: “Yes.”  Pat: “We’re Christians!”

Dr. Demento:  “That’s what I thought. Well, I have here the results of your exhaustive MRI last month and the only thing I think we can label it is A MIRACLE! I’m serious. It’s a miracle. After what you went through there is no way your MRI wouldn’t have various areas of damage, evidence of stroke-like damage, scaring, dead areas that couldn’t recover after the lack of oxygen. This is a perfect brain. Just perfect. I’ve never seen this after such anoxic/ischemic encephalopathy! I would say you’re one lucky man, but I think you’re blessed instead!”

Pat:  “Can you repeat that so I can record it & play it for those who don’t believe?”

Dr. Demento:  “Just send them to me. You’ve made me a true believer!”  He predicts that Pat’s speech will return to normal if he’s faithful in his exercises, & says Pat should go around telling people how remarkable his recovery is. Pat said he would think about it. (Smile.)

 

THERAPIST’S APPOINTMENT – September 6, 2013

Pat had his first out-patient therapy evaluation for speech/brain issues and once again God’s blessings and plans were evident.

“Hi,” the young woman in scrubs said, (we’ll call her “Doolittle” — after Dr. Doolittle, the speech coach of My Fair Lady), “You don’t remember me, but I remember you! I had you for therapy when you were still in sub-ICU in December & January. You are amazing! Remarkable! I’m so happy to see how well you’re doing!”

Me: “I bet you didn’t even think he had survived, did you?”

Doolittle: “I knew he survived, because I was on the floor the day in February you came back to say thank you, and even then I was amazed your husband could walk and talk, but today is just fantastic!”

Pat: “I didn’t say or do something goofy you’re going to hold against me now, did I? I was pretty out of it then.”

Doolittle: “No, you’re one of our best successes! I consider it a privilege to work with you again. Just wait until I tell the others. Everyone was rooting for you! You know we still call you the Miracle Man.”

Pat: “Miracle God.”

Afterward, I was overwhelmed by God’s gracious care of me and my husband. It was good for us both to see how far he has come in 8 months. It was encouraging to have him “ace” nearly every evaluation parameter. Most of all, it was very evident to the two of us that God, for his own loving & compassionate purposes, has raised up Pat from the grave for a very specific and beneficial purpose and is continuing to do a healing work in him that surpasses not only what the medical community expects, but what even we anticipate after all the miracles and blessings we’ve already seen.

Back in December God chose a specific therapist to be assigned to not-quite-conscious Pat so that eight months later this same therapist could continue the rehabilitation job with clear background experience and a personal connection, granting Pat the best therapy and me the best confidence that my treasure of a husband is going to be cherished and not discarded!

So once a week for eight weeks, Pat and Doolittle will continue Pat’s speech/brain rehabilitation so Pat can testify to God’s care more eloquently!

Philippians 1:6:
“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Behind Every Goodbye is Just Another Hello!

by the Rev. Cathie P. Young, associate rector

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Today I had to say “goodbye” to my sissy Joanie — my BFF, my confidante, and my best-of-all-time caregiver after my August 20 surgery!  At this very moment she’s on a plane back to Oregon and her dear family, to her ministry to kids at her church, and to her little Yorky, “Daisy”, who I’m sure won’t stop running in excited circles around “Mommy” for hours after her return!

Saying “goodbye” is hard — especially when you love and appreciate someone as much as I do my Sissy Joanie.  I miss everything about her:  Her pretty face, her soft skin and voice, her sweet patience, her loving touch, and her infallible way of knowing just the right thing to say and do at just the right moment in time.  I’ve told her that for me she has been like my own personal Statue of Liberty — steady, unmovable, unceasingly holding the torch which for me in my cancer storm has been absolute unyielding faith in God’s purpose in all this suffering.

It’s interesting that at the feet of the real Statue of Liberty is a broken chain, which speaks of freedom for those entering our country.  For me, the broken chain means that fear has been broken and so much of that is due to my sissy.   Joanie, my own Statue of Liberty reminds me everyday and all the time that I am freed from fear in Christ Jesus and when she says sissy-stuff like, “You’re going to get through this just great”, it’s like God says, “Okay, Girl, you said it so let’s make this happen!”  And He does!  I think Jesus and Joanie have something really special going!

 

A bit of family trivia:  Joanie’s only daughter Maleea and I have always been close, and because we lived in different states, she and I had something we’d always say to one another at every tearful departure.  “Just remember!” we’d say,  “Behind every goodbye is just another hello!”  That little phrase between auntie and beloved niece has been said probably hundreds of times down through the years and somehow each time, it made our goodbyes just a little more bearable.

I’m thinking of that today, not only as I say “goodbye” to my sissy but also as I prepare to say “goodbye” to my beloved church building at 3209 Via Lido in Newport Beach, CA.  All the final prep work is being done to make the transition.  Just like Joanie packed her bags last night, so are we making lists and packing up what we can take with us to our new, temporary house of worship.  Gotta’ tell ya’ — I’m really going to miss those stained glass windows and every single brick laid in the lovely courtyard.   The last time I walk across that courtyard, I know I’ll be hit with a tidal wave of memories of all the sweet faces in joyful fellowship before and after regular Sunday worship services, after ordinations, baptisms, burials and weddings.  And I know after that last “goodbye”, Prince Philip will go home and I’ll sit down and sob my heart out.

And that will be a GOOD TIME to remember the little phrase that’s been in our family for 25 years now – a little something the Lord gave us to say at every painful goodbye.  A little something that soothes the heart and reminds us what is truer than the pain we feel at the moment.  And so I’ll rise up from up from my weeping and say out loud, “Just remember!  Behind every goodbye is just another hello.”

And it will be true!  Oh maybe we won’t get to worship with the sunlight casting lovely shades of color from the stained glass window or maybe our feet won’t ever again cross those lovely courtyard patio bricks, but that which is most precious — oh yes, we’ll get to say “hello” to that again.   You see, that tidal wave of memories I mentioned earlier — the one of sweet faces in joyful fellowship before and after worship services of all kinds at St. James Church?  Well, those aren’t being left behind!  They are ours to keep and to take with us wherever we go.  We’ll get to say “hello” to those each time we gather, each time we meet in Jesus’ Name!  

So I have an idea — St. James, let’s see if we can be each other’s “Statue of Liberty” as Joanie has been for me in this difficult time!  Let’s be steady, unmovable, and unceasingly holding for each other the torch of faith in God’s purpose in all this.  Today I said to my sissy, “Remember!  Behind every goodbye is just another hello!”
And on Sunday, September 15, our last Sunday at our beloved
3209 Via Lido, Newport Beach, in spite of the sadness and grief, let’s say to one another, “Remember!  Behind every goodbye is just another hello!”

Teach Us to Pray (Fiji Outreach)

By: Dr. Kenneth R. Greenlee, CEO

Teach Us to Pray International

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From the end of June to early July, I led a U.S. team of nine people into rural Fiji to work among seven villages surrounding Nakorokulula Village where we were based.  We joined a team of Fijian Christian leaders who partnered with us during this outreach.  As usual, we set up medical, dental and eye clinics to help meet the many urgent needs of those we served.  We worked with the students and staff of two primary schools and one secondary school as well as all of the people from the nearby villages.

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We consolidated our beekeeping activities at the Lomawai vocational training center that serves the Western District of the main island in Fiji where 85% of the population of the nation lives.  We moved all of our woodworking equipment into the shop at the school, moved all the beehives from surrounding villages onto the grounds of the center and purchased and installed two commercial sewing machines in the tailoring center.

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Lomawai is now the business incubation center for that region.  Students will be trained in beekeeping, building bee boxes, and in sewing bee suits.  The school can sell these items to help promote beekeeping and provide an income for the school and for families of the students.  This will be a fantastic benefit in a country with over 25% unemployment.

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We distributed a variety of seeds worth over $1,000 among key farmers selected by local Christian leaders, and planted new varieties of “super-food” sweet potatoes in three farm plots.  When these sweet potatoes are harvested in four months, the crop will be used as stock to produce new plants for expanded use around the nation.  There should be over 5,000 new sweet potato plants to distribute at that time.

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This is part of our project to significantly improve the diet of the local people.  We are working with church and cultural leaders to get every village to set aside enough land in every village to grow all of the food needs of each village and to have surplus produce to sell in nearby resorts.

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We served over 1040 people.  Our doctor treated 248 patients.  Our dentist extracted teeth from 241 individuals.  We distributed 391 pairs of reading glasses.  Some of the women cried as they got their glasses, saying, “We can now read our Bibles and sew again.”  We had 216 accept Christ as their Savior.  Among these were the principal of one of the primary schools, his wife who is one of the teachers, and their 9-year old son.  I was able to lead these folks to the Lord as we prayed for the wife to be able to conceive another child.  God had answered prayer when they conceived their son and so they were calling upon Him again.  Now they are His children!

Thanks for your prayers and support.

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Women of the Wells Walk 4 Water

WOW Walk 4 Water     Saturday, August 24, 2013
by Georgiana Willis

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The 5th  Annual WOW Walk 4 Water is just around the corner and we’re having a great year. I hope you can join us, but if not, we also have a category of virtual walkers. Our walk/run begins at 8:30 a.m. and people are welcome to start at any time up to 11:30. You can register with us on our website, womenofthewells.org, by mail, or the day of the walk. Stop by Trane Hall for more information. All online donations of $25 or more automatically register you for the walk. Our primary station on the beach is where Beach Blvd and Coast Highway intersect. We’ll be there August 24th, rain or shine!

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Why We Do This. Of the 1,800,000 who die of water-related disease each year, 90% are children under age 5. That’s 135,000 children per month. Wells stop this. They are the gift that keeps on giving for generations. When you don’t have it, water is more precious than gold: it is essential for human survival. We’ve built 84 wells plus cisterns in China, taking water to tens of thousands and St. James has been a huge part of it. Thank you so much. We are giving death a holiday – one village at a time.

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The Power of One. Last November Ginny of Sunnyvale had a party for her 80th birthday. She asked friends to bring checks for building wells instead of gifts… she has built 3 wells and we will soon have the funds for her 4th!!!

Help Advance Our Cancer Comfort Ministry Through Social Media

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Dear Family at St. James,

Through encouragement from my friend, brother-in-Christ, and St. James vestry member Jim Dale, I’ve entered Mayo Clinic’s Social Media Patient/Caregiver Scholarship by submitting an essay on the role social media has played in my cancer storm and our resulting ministry outreach to others with cancer.   Mayo will be selecting three of those who submitted essays and bringing their authors to Mayo’s Social Media Conference the end of October in Minneapolis.  At the conference, in addition to benefiting from the incredible learning available there on how to reach out and help others through social media, the three folks chosen will be giving an address to those at the conference.  I would just love to tell people at the conference how God has used social media to share His message that Jesus loves people with cancer, especially women with breast cancer.

You can help advance my cancer outreach ministry and the chances of my essay being selected by these simple steps:

  1. Click on http://network.socialmedia.mayoclinic.org/
  2. You’ll need to register but it takes just a moment — honest!
  3. Go to the essays and scroll to July 15, the date I posted my essay, then scroll down until you find my name. Or once you are registered, you can go directly to my essay by clicking here:  http://network.socialmedia.mayoclinic.org/discussion/cathie-young-patientcaregiver-scholarship-2013
  4. After reading my essay, please “Like” and add a “comment”.  The three essay winners will be judged not only on the content of the essay but also how many “likes” and “comments” they receive.  
  5. You may also “share” this on your Facebook page!

Social Media is an important tool in the hand of God to further His message of love in today’s world.  I want to make that message known.  Let’s take it to the ends of the earth — and if Mayo’s Social Media Conference can help accomplish that Kingdom purpose, then let’s be a part of what God wants to do!

Thanks and love,
Rev. Cathie+

On Mission in Fiji

Report from the Field
by the Rev. Dr. Ken Greenlee

 

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This report comes to us from our Deacon Ken Greenlee, who is the CEO of Teach Us to Pray International (TUtP) and is currently on mission in Figi, where TUpT has work for the past eight years.  [Rev. Ken is also the convener of our St. James Missions Commission.]   In his years of mission to Figi, they have helped 15,319 medically, distributed 6,168 pairs of reading glasses, treated 1,976 dental patients, built 21 homes, 2 preschools, 1 women and youth center, and 5 homes for pastors.  They have taught micro-finance and micro-enterprise strategies to hundreds of individuals and set up bee-keeping operations in dozens of villages.  Rev. Ken reports from the field:

Tuesday, June 25
In the first two days we have already seen and treated 430 people.  94 have accepted Christ!  Dr. Tom has done extractions for 110 individuals, many have been multiple extractions.  In addition he has done oral inspections for an additional 249 primary students.  We’ve given out 247 pairs of reading glasses.  Dr. Joe has seen 112 patients.

Last night after we returned to the village where we are staying, one of the head men came and asked Dr. Joe if he could come and see his 81 year-old aunt who was having bad asthma.  She had run out of her inhalers two weeks before and was getting worse each day.  When Dr. Joe arrived, the woman was in very bad condition.  He had located an inhaler and managed to give her a few puffs.  This revived her somewhat.  He began to talk to her about the Lord.  She apparently had never become a believer in Jesus Christ.  As he talked with her, she indicated a willingness to accept Jesus.  He led her in a prayer of acceptance.  As she finished he asked her if she knew she would be with Jesus if she should die.  She smiled and said “Yes.”  That was the last word she said before her immediate death.  They held a memorial service for her in the village church just a few minutes ago.

Thursday, June 27
Another great day. We saw 559 patients, possibly a record for all of our outreaches in a single day. 102 individuals accepted Christ. Our dentist extracted teeth from 50 people. We gave out 129 pairs of glasses, exhausting our supplies, and our doctor treated 96 patients.

Our beekeepers extracted honey from all of the hives in our project and moved almost half of the hives to their new location at the vocational school in Lome Wai village.  The reconditioned sewing machines we bought will be delivered to the school tomorrow.  There is a lot of excitement and anticipation for all these components to begin to come online soon.

Tomorrow we set up our clinic in Korokula Village where we are staying.

Please continue to pray for us as we finish up our outreach.  Thanks for your prayers.

Guts and Glory

by the Rev. Cathie P. Young

Several of the St. James parishioners who joined us at the RALLY FOR LIFE at Hoag Hospital on Thursday, June 20 had never done anything like it before.  It took some guts (otherwise known as “holy boldness”) to stand in the late afternoon sun on the sidewalks surrounding Hoag Hospital, holding signs that read “Hoag Saves Lives” and going public in our support of the sanctity of life and Hoag’s decision to protect the unborn.  But because we were there, we were witnesses to God’s glory!

Recently, Hoag Hospital made a bold decision to stop performing elective abortions.  This decision was applauded by those who embrace the teaching of Holy Scripture on the sanctity of life from conception to natural death.  But it was a decision loudly decried by those who support abortion on demand.  They called for a public protest against Hoag, taking out full-page ads in local newspapers encouraging people to join their protest on June 20 at 5 pm.

But others like Jann Dunlap, president of our St. James Anglicans for Life chapter, knew it was critical for the Pro-Life community to respond also.  So over the course of a very few days, electronic invitations went out to many in the Pro-Life community to join us for a a RALLY FOR LIFE which would take place at the same time as the anti-Hoag protest.  Working with Jann and our contacts at Hoag Hospital, I sent an invitation to the St. James congregation to join me at the Rally.

You never know what you’ll find at one of these rallies.  How will those on two sides of such a volatile issue conduct themselves?  Can our presence be helpful?  Prayer is essential in asking for God’s presence at such a gathering – that peace will prevail and that a strong witness to the truth of His Word will emerge victorious.

Some of the St. James Members who attended the Rally.

Some of the St. James Members who attended the Rally.

And that is exactly what took place Thursday, June 20 at 5 pm at Hoag Hospital.  More than 25 of us from St. James took our stand.   We were among Pro-Lifers from all segments of Christ’s Church – from Roman Catholics to members of Mariner’s Church to a large group of young people from Survivors, a Christian, pro-life activism organization dedicated to educating high-school and college age youth about abortion.  Their youthful presence was strong and helpful.  It was evident that the Pro-Life contingency was greater in numbers by far than those who protested Hoag’s new “no elective abortion” policy.

Why do we do such things?  How is this type of activism helpful or even considered necessary in the Christian mission of St. James Church?  Well, let me offer three important reasons:

  1.  The Church of Jesus Christ must stand for what Scripture clearly teaches.  There are issues of our time when the culture infringes upon Biblical truths which are so sacred that the Church must rise up and take its stand against that which attempts to desecrate these moral and unchangeable truths.  We must respond.  We must be witnesses for the glory of God.
  2. Our denomination, the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) demands a response.  From Section 3 our ACNA canon reads clear as a bell:   “God and not man is the Creator of human life so the unjustified taking of life is sinful.  Therefore all members and clergy are called to promote and respect the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death.”  Yes, we are “called to promote and respect the sanctity of human life.”   For some of us, that meant taking a stand at a RALLY FOR LIFE at Hoag Hospital on June 20.
  3. It is important for us to exhibit loyalty and support for a friend in need.  In the case of Hoag Hospital, our neighbor and friend, many of us have received excellent health care there.  And for some of us, Hoag saved our lives.   When Hoag made this courageous decision, there were people like Pat Coburn of our congregation and myself who knew we must stand in support.  The signs Pat and I held at the rally were identical:  “God and Hoag Saved My Life.”

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    Hoag Rally Rev. Cathie with Pat Coburn

Let me close with a portion of a statement Pat Coburn handed out at the rally.   Pat suffered a fatal heart attack on December 18 of last year and credits God and Hoag with his survival and recovery.

I am here today to support the decision to quit performing elective abortions taken by Hoag Hospital because I am one of the lives saved through this hospital when many, if not most, would have not intervened to save me.  Hoag stood for my life when I could not. I am proud to stand with Hoag today on behalf of preborn children who cannot stand for themselves.

“When I was dead, I could not speak for myself. When I was in a coma, I could not prove I was not a vegetable. When I first regained consciousness, I could not even lift my head, feed myself, take care of my bodily needs, speak, or even swallow. I was more helpless than a baby before birth. I am thankful Hoag did not consider my life of no value but did everything in their power to protect and heal my life.

“Although my chances for survival were remote and chances for substantial recovery slight, Hoag Hospital was completely committed to saving my life and assisting me in as much recovery as possible. They treated me as a human being with the right and privilege of life and were my allies, not my executioners nor mere witnesses to my demise.”

Pat and others and I praise God that Hoag has now pledged themselves to this same life-giving commitment to the unborn! 
Dear Ones, let us continue to be witnesses for the glory of God!

St. James Vision Statement

Our Mission

We take as our primary motivation, The Great Commission.

“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you, …” Matt 28: 19-20

In the recent past, we were fighters. We have been called a Lighthouse. Today, we continue to fight for the truth of the Gospel, but at the same time we are called to build – a church for Jesus, in Newport Beach, and in the new Diocese of Western Anglicans, and in the Anglican Church in North America.

Our Vision

Growing out of this contemporary context, we have this Vision for the future of St James Church:

We see a church where God is glorified, Jesus is exalted.   
He is proclaimed, known, loved, worshiped, imitated and obeyed. We do this by acknowledging the Bible as the authoritative Word of God, to be studied with contemporary application; by openness to the work of the Holy Spirit; by relying on Prayer as the source of health. In particular, we emphasize The Father’s Love in an inviting community of mutual respect and humility.

We see a Church with every member a disciple making disciples.
We do this through pursuit of individual spiritual growth, emphasizing Worship, Evangelism, Discipleship, and Stewardship.
In particular, we discern and develop disciple-making leaders, so that our disciples will grow, in depth and number.

We see a church on mission.
We do this by encouraging every member to play their part in God’s Mission. We are engaging with a variety of religious,
ethnic and felt needs groups for Christ. In particular, members of small groups, missional communities and specific task
groups are released to serve God, using His gifts and obeying His call.

We see a church that invests in younger generations.
We do this by exploiting the attraction of Newport Beach for the young, engaging with transient leisure and longer term
visitors, and reaching out to local students. We support families in the Christian nurture of their children.
In particular, we provide a place of training for Fellows, Interns, and others who come to work with us.

We see a church that cares for its wisdom generation.
We do this by making space for our seniors, and not neglecting those whose mobility is reduced. In particular,
we have a growing ministry to local care homes, support for those who are sick, and an active healing ministry.

We see a church resourcing growth in our Diocese and beyond.
We do this by partnering with other Christ-centered groups for kingdom growth, advanced learning and training,
and mission with local and worldwide impact. In particular, we are planting churches that plant churches.

We see a church that is generous.
We do this by raising financial and other resources for the good of the kingdom locally, through the Diocese, and in the
wider Anglican world. In particular, we teach sacrificial stewardship as a spiritual necessity for a community marked
by some extraordinary wealth.

We see a church of over one thousand members, as well as church plants and other specialized ministry.

Vision Summary:
Proclaiming Jesus, Growing Disciples, Engaging the World.

Our Initial Priorities:

•  Leadership Development
•  Every Member Ministry
•  Youth/Young Family Focus
•  Evangelism

Adoption:

After several months of Prayer and consideration, The Rector presented this Statement to the Vestry on June 1st, 2013.
After Prayer and Discussion, it was unanimously and enthusiastically adopted by the Vestry as the God-inspired guide for
our future planning.  In passing from the Rector for adoption by the Vestry, the Statement changed from “I see” to “We see.”
We invite all members of the congregation to align with this Statement as the basis for ministry together.

Anglican Men’s Weekend 2013

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The annual Anglican Men’s Weekend was held on May 3-5, 2013 at Forest Home.  This year’s event was a totally separate area from the past, Lake View. 

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Our leader for the weekend was Pete McKenzie, West Coast Director for Influencers.  His talks were focused on ‘Men of God for times such as these’.  He spoke on the following areas:

1.  Every Man’s Battle

2.  Cracking the Man Code

3. Discharging the Loyal Soldier

All these talks were focused on helping men to become Disciples of Christ and to become the Spiritual Head of their house. 

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During one of the sessions men were asked to write a letter from God.  It was a very moving time as men went out of the conference room and composed a letter that God would write to them.  After that, some men actually read their letter from God to all the men.  It was amazing to hear what God was telling each one of them.

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Then Saturday evening Pete anointed all the clergy including the Bishop to be ‘Men of God’ followed by the response, “Absolutely”.  The clergy then anointed men from their congregation and each person received a ‘Men of God’ wristband.  The Holy Spirit was really moving among the men at this time.  It was a very spiritual experience!

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The music worship team, lead by Chuck Maggs, prepared the men to hear the Word before each session.

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The weekend concluded on Sunday with the Holy Eucharist lead by Bishop Bill and supported by the youth present.

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