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Friday, February 9, 2024

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The Last Sunday After The Epiphany

"Transfiguration of Jesus," 1872, by Carl Bloch
I am so grateful for the Rev. Ken Feske’s gracious invitation to preach at the Church in the Forest once again, not only because it will offer him and Nancy a much deserved skiing holiday but because the Feast of the Transfiguration has special significance for me. Although an ancient observance in the Church since the 8th century, the Episcopal Church discontinued its observance when a more Protestant faction of the church felt that the feast was too Catholic. It was the Rt. Rev. William Reed Huntington who restored the observance of the Transfiguration to the Episcopal calendar and made it an important day to be celebrated on August 6th and also on the last day of the Epiphany, demonstrating that the meaning of Jesus’ Transfiguration can only be understood within the contest of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem before his Passion. Bishop Huntington felt that our observance of Lent, Good Friday and Easter deepened the significance of the appearance of Moses and Elijah with the Transfiguration of Jesus, revealing the continuity of the unveiling of God’s purpose for humanity as it unfolded over the centuries of the Hebrew Scriptures. In other words Jesus’s transfiguration revealed the culmination of God’s plan.

Dr. Huntington served the parish where I continue to serve in the summer, and he wrote the Collect for the Feast Day atop Sargent Mountain, the second highest mountain on our Island and on the east coast of the U.S. where Huntington felt transfigured and described the feeling as being “high above the disquietude of the world”. My family and I have followed in his footsteps by hiking that same mountain, a transfiguring and transforming experience. Like Peter, James and John we have been moved to open all of our senses to the breathtaking beauty of God’s creation, making it easier to Listen to God’s revelations through nature. What better place to deepen our listening and appreciating skills than the Monterey Peninsula where the beauty is as transformative as Sargent Mountain in Maine and Mt. Tabor in the Holy Land. It is small wonder for example that the poet Robinson Jeffers described Pt. Lobos as the “greatest meeting of land and sea in the world”. What a magnificent invitation to get out and be transfigured by God’s beauty.

See you in church!

The Rev. Dr. William Hague

This Sunday

Rev. Dr. William Hague will preach on Mark 9: 2-9

Prelude

Stories of Love
Jubal Joslyn, Tenor
Cathryn Wilkinson, Piano

Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific /
Hello, Young Lovers from The King and I
Rodgers and Hammerstein
How to Handle a Woman from Camelot..........Lerner and Loewe
Climb Every Mountain from The Sound of Music..........Rodgers and Hammerstein
The Impossible Dream from Man of La Mancha..........Mitch Leigh

Offertory

You'll Never Walk Alone from Carousel..........Rodgers and Hammerstein
Jubal Joslyn, tenor
Cathryn Wilkinson, piano

Postlude

Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 531..........J. S. Bach

This morning’s music begins with songs of love, dreams, and yearning from memorable Broadway shows, in celebration of Valentine’s. Then we end the season of Epiphany with a hymn by Slovak Lutheran pastor Jaroslav Vajda. Lines from his poem are a fitting close to the season: “We cannot help / but tell the story.”

J. S. Bach’s Prelude in C Major (BWV 531) is two minutes of exuberant high-spirited music. The beginning rhapsodic passages in the pedals (played by the feet) capture some of the euphoria the disciples could have felt on the mountain. If you feel like “staying on the mountain,” listen for five minutes longer to the fugue in which Bach drives a jaunty melody to close with a series of even more dazzling passages built on C major scales.

–Cathryn Wilkinson

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The Rev. Dr. William (Bill) Hague Guest Preacher
February 11th

Bill is a graduate of the Robert Louis Stevenson School and the University of Virginia. He received his M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary and a D.Min. from Hartford Seminary.

He has served at St. Margaret’s Church in DC, as chaplain to the University of Connecticut, Assistant Rector at Christ Church, Georgetown, DC and served as rector of Christ Church in Kensington, Md, for twenty five years. He taught homiletics (the art of preaching in a course titled, EMBODYING THE SPOKEN WORD) for twenty years at the College of Preachers in DC.

Although officially retired he continues to serve the summer church of St. Jude’s in Seal Harbor, ME, where he has recently celebrated his fortieth anniversary.

He has two sons and a six month old grandson. He and his husband, Hornor Davis, live in Seal Harbor and spend the months of January—March in Carmel. His family has been summering in Pebble Beach since 1958.

Annual Budget Meeting

Sunday

February 18, 2024

11:10 am

Ash Wednesday

February 14

Personal reflection and imposition of ashes with Pastor Ken
9am, noon and 4pm
in the Sanctuary

MEETING JESUS AT THE TABLE

Wednesdays during Lent is a deep nourishment. Our Lenten study will examine five of the many meals Jesus shared during his life. We all hunger. We all eat. Jesus meets us in the sacred ordinary acts of breaking bread together. We remember and celebrate that at God’s table all are welcome and there is always enough.

Study 4:30-5:00 Soup and salad 5:00-5:45.

February 21: Dining Alfresco: Feeding the Multitudes (Mark 6: 30-44)
Corn & Lobster Chowder • Chopped Salad • Corn bread
• Chocolate oatmeal cookies

February 28: The Welcome Table: Eating with Tax Collectors & Sinners (Matt. 9: 9-13)
Sherry Chestnut Soup • Kale & Bacon Salad • “Brown Bread"
• Lemon Blueberry Mini cheesecakes

March 6: Surprised by Grace: Dinner Interrupted (Luke 7: 36-50)
Zucchini Tomato Basil Soup • Spinach Salad • Cibata Bread • S’more bars

March 13: Excuses & Invitations: Empty Chairs at the Table (Luke 14: 15-24)
Sweet Green Pea Soup • Quinoa Salad • Soda Bread • Pot-of-Gold Cupcakes

March 20: A Meal of Memories: Not The Last Supper (Matt. 26: 17-30)
Red Lentil Coconut Soup • Watermelon Fruit Salad • Khobz bread
• Lavender Honey Tart

David Gordon
In Concert

Sunday

February 11, 2024 at 3 p.m.

Church in the Forest
Campus of Stevenson School
3152 Forest Lake Road, Pebble Beach

David Gordon is a gifted, talented, fun-loving tenor/guitarist whose charm and voice will move your spirit. Drawing on a lifetime of concerts and centuries of music, David Gordon creates unique programs of songs and poetry interwoven with colorful historical narrative. David's solo shows are vivid, dramatic presentations characterized by a keen sense of drama, deep scholarship, whimsy, goofy humor, and his endearing and powerful ability to tell stories and connect with the audience.

For 30 seasons David was a central figure in the Carmel Bach Festival where he was a soloist, Dramaturge, lecturer, and director of the Festival’s master class for young professional singers. He has appeared as tenor soloist with orchestras and operas worldwide, but he also has a lifelong passion for acoustic music from folk to bluegrass. After six decades of concerts around the world, he’s created a personal retrospective of his favorite comforting and uplifting songs. It's a feelgood program, inspirational and positive.

David's fascination with daily life in historical times led to write The Little Bach Book, his eclectic and unique study of the everyday world in Bach's time. It is richly illustrated and filled with amazing details about daily life in Leipzig when Bach and his family lived there in the early 1700s.

Read more about David on his website:
https://www.spiritsound.com/

Tickets $45

Includes wine and cheese reception
following concert

Free admission for all students

Cash or credit at the door
or Eventbrite.com

First Sunday of Lent, February 18
“Wilderness Angels” Mark 1: 9-15
Baptism of Justiss Elizabeth Pryer


Second Sunday of Lent, February 25
“The Demands of the Difficult Path” Mark 8: 31-38

Third Sunday of Lent, March 3
“Turning The Tables: From Ritual to Real” John 2: 13-22

Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 10
“The Venom of Fear” John 3: 14-21

Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 17
“Hearing The Voice” John 12: 20-33

Palm Sunday, March 24
“Holy Week: Staring Suffering & Love In The Face” Mark 11: 1-11

Easter, March 31
“I Have Seen Jesus” John 20: 1-18

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We will be building on last years’ successful woman’s retreat. This year we are again inviting CitF women and their friends to a day we are calling Inward and Upward- a Cloister – “to seclude oneself away from the world”.

Our speaker this year is Carla Caldwell, who received her Master of Divinity from Seattle University. She has implemented adult education and certification programs, taught theology and scripture classes, and led retreats around the world. She will be using Richard Rohr writings and scripture in her presentations along with art, music and readings.

This is an extraordinary time to invite a friend that you think might be encouraged by this event. Postcard invitations have been prepared and you can write a personal note to them. Pick them up on Sunday mornings.

Please join us on Saturday, February 24, 2024
9:00am – 4:00pm
Lunch is included
Cost is $40.00 but scholarships are available

We trust , if this speaks to your heart you will sign up Sunday or online.

In preparation for the Retreat but not required,
Book: Falling Upward by Richard Rohr
John 4: The Woman at the Well
John 20:11-18: Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene in the Garden

Annual Clothing Drive

Marge Moore is gathering gently worn clothes, especially WARM clothing, for distribution to various mission outreach groups in the Valley.

Donations can be left in the multi-purpose room, or Marge will stop by and pick them up. You can reach her at margemooh@gmail.com

Small Groups

Women's insight on Faith

Women's insight on Faith meets on the
Third Thursday of each month at 4:00 pm
at Mia Jarick's home

Anyone interested in joining can contact Mia Jarick at
831-917-3202
or
miajarick1@yahoo.com

Men's Bible Study

Having finished our study of Isaiah, the Men’s Bible Study is taking a short break, with our new subject and the date of beginning to be announced soon in E-News.

For more information or zoom link contact Bob Axley.

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