Thursday, January 16, 2020

Strategic Plan

Dear St. Paul’s family,

A lot has changed around the cathedral since we launched our last strategic planning effort in late 2014. The Vision for Mission plan that resulted was overtaken by events and is no longer a useful guide. We have sold the land and entered an interim period of construction. We have adjusted our expectations regarding attendance and contribution numbers. We have welcomed a new bishop whose priorities include evangelism and discipleship.

It is healthy for a congregation to have a clear direction and to set priorities, and now that we have settled into construction mode it’s time for us to launch a new strategic planning project, to see us through to the time when we will move into our new building, around the end of 2022.

I don’t believe that this is a time to launch major new ministry initiatives; we don’t have the space or the financial resources. But we can focus on deepening our relationship with God through practices of discipleship, following our bishop’s lead, and we can work to strengthen our relationship with the neighbors around us, hopefully confirming that the priorities suggested by our space planning task force in 2018 are still useful and building up our immediate community so that, when the new space opens, we can best serve our neighbors.

Chapter is therefore exploring a two-pronged strategy: an external element involving community service and evangelism, and an internal element focusing on discipleship. We have been looking at resources for each element and, based on our bishop’s recommendation and a presentation at diocesan convention, we will likely sign up for Renewal Works, a program of Forward Movement, which seeks to help the members of a healthy church deepen and grow spiritually. For the external element we are looking at organizations that help churches make the best possible use of their buildings, both for the benefit of the community and for financial stability.

Chapter will form two task forces, one for each focus, and they will begin their work during this first quarter of the year. We want and need lots of congregational participation! The project is in its earliest stages, so it’s the perfect time for you to get involved and be a meaningful part of the vision. If you’d like to learn more, contact me, Jeff, or one of the wardens, and we will connect you with the relevant task force.

Your sister in Christ,

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Construction Updates January 15

Meeting notes:

  • Reviewed if there had been a consensus on the shoring and structural teams regarding the landing stairwell on the East side of the building.  No news yet, but discussions continue to figure out who, what and which steps go first and next.  The Queen’s Courtyard work depends on this schedule so once we know more, then we’ll work out when that work begins so as to have a viable entrance at all times to the Great Hall basement offices.
  • Reviewed if we should replaces some of the exposed pipes that are available to us because of construction.  General consensus was that they are in good condition, have been pressurized, is “type K” copper pipe, will be reinsulated with new materials, and half of the pipes are under the newly poured concrete, so it was decided that not replacing them was the best course of action/non-action.
  • HVAC Update:

    • Project is moving along nicely.  Air handlers are installed. 
    • It looks like 2 weeks or less to get HVAC into the Great hall Basement offices.
    • Working to fire up the boiler and get the Sacristy heat going as well.  More work to be done there, but getting it started is key.
    • Need to add a fan to the Sacristy as well for the new heating system.
    • Brian Cox Mechanical to be called for real numbers to deal with boilers in Boiler Room. 
      • Bob had one boiler rebuilt 4-5 years ago so that’s the one we want to keep.
      • Want to see how much it would cost to remove the other non-functioning boiler since we can do what we need with just one. 
        • It might be more expensive to remove, just FYI
  • Next meeting will be on January 21, 2020.  9:15a in the Fireside Room.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Sunday Sermon: The gathered community

I had the opportunity this week to watch a video entitled “American Creed.” It is a documentary that frames the American dream, and asks what happens to it when social mobility and trust in institutions decline.

“Work hard, and it doesn’t matter where you come from. You can go anywhere.” It’s the dream that has attracted so many to this country. Two stories from the film highlighted the tension we face:

In one, an elementary school teacher worked hard. She showed up every morning. She was dedicated to the kids she served. She lived in Oklahoma, and her school consisted mostly of native American students, many of them poor. Some of them would not be able to stay in her school for more than a few weeks at a time as their families would move from place to place, seeking a lower rent or better conditions for themselves. But she made a place for them, and ensured that her school was preparing for them to stay for the long-term no matter what. She came from two generations of educators. She acknowledged that she herself was only able to become an educator because of a land-grant her own native American family received, land which later turned out to have oil beneath it. If that hadn’t happened, she would likely have had a very different story.

In another story, a woman immigrated from India at a young age and went through public school right here in Southern California. She was admitted to Harvard and worked three jobs along with scholarships to pay for her education, and went on to found a non-profit that provides technical job training to the poor in developing countries, and then hires them to do work. She gave a Ted talk on what she learned, when someone from the audience suggested her model would work right here in the US, in rural Arkansas. She tried it, and opened a training center. It was much more challenging. While the participants were quick to learn new technology, cable companies simply were not willing to provide infrastructure so that their homes would have internet service. Cell service did not work in all parts of town. Without those connections they could not work. The educational barrier was eliminated, but obstacles remained. The participants had worked hard, but the structural obstacles of poverty could not be overcome just from just pulling themselves up by the bootstraps.

Several stories like these in the film helped point out that the American myth of “work hard and your dreams can come true” has broken down. If the American dream ever was true, it is less true now. Social mobility is declining. Trust in institutions is declining. The glue that holds society together is breaking so that it feels like we are merely a collection of individuals. Narrators Condoleeza Rice and David Kennedy claimed that society cannot hold together without a common aspirational story. Can we find a new aspirational story to share?

Now I am not a theocrat, and I believe in the separation of Church and state. But I do believe that the Church is here to have an impact on the world. Church in Greek is ecclesia, and it means the gathered community. Maybe we have something to offer a society that is atomizing, that is losing its identity, that is un-gathering.

In the story from Acts today, Peter is in the middle of learning a new aspirational story for the nascent Church.

Peter begins this chapter believing primarily that the church is good news for the Jewish people. But then he has this experience with a lavish picnic blanket, an abundant table, that shows him that God’s hope for the world is much larger than he has been able to imagine. All people are welcome in the Church, Jew and Gentile.

“God shows no partiality,” he opens with the first sentence from Acts in our reading, as he processes his learning. And he launches a new aspirational moment for the early Church, one that we carry still today: The Jesus Movement is not just for Jewish followers of Jesus but for all people in all nations.

It's interesting to look at how that vision came about for Peter. Something like a sheet came down carrying four-footed creatures and reptiles and birds of the air. Jewish purity laws forbade Jews from eating some of these foods. God used a vision of a kind of a banquet to illustrate a new vision of the ecclesia, the gathered community, for Peter. And for us.

The table was a place with rules, with boundaries and purity laws, and by opening it up to abundance, the Church received a new aspirational story, to grow to welcome all.

And here we are, now, 2000 years later. Have we, society, let the work of scarcity creep in to our table rules? Do we listen to a voice that tells us that there is not enough to share what is on our tables with them, whoever they are?

We can have a new vision. The table as a place of abundance, a vision of a plentiful feast. “We live at God's table, because gifts are freely given, because grace animates everything.” There is enough. For you and you and you and them and them too! There is enough so that we can joyfully invite anyone to sit at the table with us!

Table economics is something we will examine closely over the next few weeks in our Epiphany formation series. I invite you to sign up in the courtyard this morning.

In baptism, we do sign up for a common aspirational story. It is the story of an abundant table with room for all. It is the story of working hard but also of grace when we stumble. It is the story of belonging and relationships. It is the story of laughter and love and of shared commitment and community. It is the story of belief in a God who loves us more than we can ask or imagine and walks with us on the way. It is the story of sticking with struggles together, enduring because going it alone isn’t an option. It is the story of shared discernment, listening carefully to each other and working together to find a way forward. It is the story of ecclesia, the gathered community.

It is our story, St. Paul’s. Be the baptized, the beloved, children of God! And let that light shine brightly out to the rest of the world, a story to share with the whole world!

The Rev. Canon Jeff Martinhauk
Baptism of our Lord A, January 12, 2020
St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego
Matt 3:13-17

Sources Consulted:
Feasting on the Word, Year A, Vol. 1. Ed. David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor. Louisville, Kentucky: John Knox Press, 2010. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Construction Updates January 8

Meeting Notes

  • Reviewed need to go through service contract with Otis vs. Kone.  Kathleen will look into further and follow up again with Otis to review current contract conditions for maintenance.
  • Elevator update:
    • Passed inspection 
    • Elevator lobby & elevator finishes are complete.
    • Pathway to elevator will be restored each week in time for weekend use.
    • There’s a light out in the ceiling. New lighting was discussed so they will look into it and advise next week.
  • Dirt being removed from the worksite is happening.  It’s a lot of coordination, but Rocky is communicating with the team about the pace of things and everything looks pretty good at this point.
  • Pedestrian walkway lights on 5th Ave are now working properly.  They’ve repositioned them and tested them and we’ve had positive feedback that they are working from congregants as well.  Thanks Rocky and team!
  • Queen’s Courtyard will be the next big improvement project that will be noticeable to SPC.  A decision was made to not start that work until the footing landing on the first floor was completed so there would be consistent access to the offices during the week.  They’ll restore the landing on the 1st floor in time for the weekend so that folks can use the elevator, accessed via the Breezeway and ramp.
  • HVAC Update:
    • Great Hall Basement Offices condensing unit has been installed in mezzanine.
    • They got it in through the louvers and it was a tight fit.
    • The HVAC units are being installed in the Boiler Room as we speak.
    • Bob found the 3rd thermostat and found the wiring goes to the boiler room, so that’s going to help with installation as well.
    • Joe’s team cleaned out the mezzanine and needs Bob and Kathleen to look the items taken out over. (K&B reviewed and took some items to Goodwill and some to recycling and disposed the rest. Very grateful for Joe’s team cleaning things out as the space is very difficult to access.) 
    • Next week we should have a duration expectation for the project.
  • Review of trash removal schedules for Greystar and SPC’s services. 
  • Next meeting will be on January 14, 2020.  9:15a in the Fireside Room.


Monday, January 6, 2020

The Sunday Sermon: Home by Another Way

Today is the second Sunday and 12th day of the Christmas season. We won’t officially celebrate the Epiphany until tomorrow. But today we are peeking over the fence and seeing the wise ones approach. You may immediately interpret that as the three Kings, but take a closer look at the Gospel and you will notice that Matthew never says there are three of them; he never says they are kings; he never even says they are all men. Just “magi”, a term that may describe Zoroastrian priests from Iran, but is often translated “wise ones”. The wise ones who read the stars and realized that something utterly new was happening, somewhere in the world, something they didn’t yet understand. Their reaction to this new thing was not fear but curiosity. So the wise ones set out to learn more about this new king, to offer gifts and to pay homage. How ironic today that those chosen to reveal Christ to the world were likely from Iran.

King Herod, on the other hand, wasn’t a wise one. When he learned whom the wise ones were seeking he was frightened; and when Herod was frightened, his courtiers - “all of Jerusalem” as it says - quaked in their sandals, because a frightened tyrant is a dangerous and unpredictable creature. Fear drives violent and destructive actions. Fear holds back progress. Fear imprisons people within their own assumptions.

Assumptions led the wise ones to Jerusalem, assumptions that any king born in Israel would be found in the royal city of David and that the current ruling family would know all about it. But Herod was shocked by this news of a king. He was afraid, because another king must mean a threat to his power. And so, as he directed the wise ones to Bethlehem in the land of Judah, he sneakily asked them to find the child and let him know the address. Herod of course had no intention of paying homage to this new king: his plan was to send a death squad out as soon as he knew where to send it. He wasn’t about to let a rival dynasty challenge him. And his fear led him to an appalling act of mass murder, after the wise ones took a different route home: he had all the babies in Bethlehem killed, in what we call the martyrdom of the Holy Innocents.

We know that the new king in Bethlehem wasn’t interested in taking Herod’s throne. He was a different kind of king, a king whose kingdom didn’t depend on military force and oppressive taxation. But Herod was right to be alarmed, because this new king brought good news to the poor and sought to lift up the lowly. His kingship would be a threat to the status quo, would call on those with privilege to share their power with the powerless, would call on those with plenty to share their abundance with the hungry, would call on those whose influence depended on unthinking obedience to open up their structures of governance.

In our own time we are seeing a backlash to reforming change. The Herods of our day and their courtiers are frightened. Their influence is no longer unquestioned. They are being held accountable for abuses. And so, like Herod, they are reacting with violence. The media tell the story: domestic terrorism, hate crimes, murders of transgender persons, restrictive healthcare laws that target women, all of these are signs that Herod is frightened by the new thing that is coming to pass. And still, today, those who follow the star and seek the Christ strive to change the world, to find a different way, a way of peace, justice, and love.

Back in Bethlehem, the wise ones found the baby and his mother. They knelt down and worshiped him, recognizing and accepting his authority. And they offered symbolic gifts: gold, for royalty, incense, for divinity, myrrh, for mortality, conveying their astonished understanding that this child embodied the presence of God among humanity, Emanuel, God with Us.

When I lived in Virginia I used to go to a chamber music workshop every summer. On the first day of the workshop I would hurry down interstate 81 to Lexington, getting there as fast as possible, so as not to miss the opening events. But at the end of the week, after 8 or more hours a day of playing music, I would take my time, meandering north on the original coach road, Virginia route 11, that wends its way through the little towns of the Shenandoah Valley, relishing a Sunday morning when I didn’t have to be anywhere, enjoying the sleepy beauty of midsummer, stopping at farm stands for fresh corn and fruit. The week of music changed me, slowed me down, invited me to go home by a different way.

The wise ones went home by a different road. They didn’t visit Herod again: their eyes had been opened and their hearts changed. They no longer cared to spend time in royal palaces, now that they understood about this new kind of king. They were warned that Herod and his people intended harm to the holy child, and they weren’t knowingly going to be party to any violence. The Epiphany - the showing of Jesus to the world - was in their hands, and they found a different way.

The Epiphany of Jesus isn’t just a cosy story of mysterious visitors bearing gifts. The tragic fate of the Holy Innocents tells us as much. We learn that making Christ known to the world is not without risk. Once we have encountered this new king, our lives will never be the same again. We must take a different road, countering the prevalent culture of violence and exploitation. Our Presiding Bishop encourages us to take a different road, the Way of Love. It’s the way that Jesus took as he taught and healed. It’s the way the disciples took as they went out two by two to change the world. It’s a sevenfold rule of life in which we turn from our old ways to learn about God’s presence, we commit to prayer and worship, we bless the world as we go forward, and we rest in God’s love.

Each of us will practice the way of love in our own unique way, drawing on our gifts and experience. Like the wise ones, we will encounter the Christ, worship him, and make him known, as we turn from old ways of selfishness and fear and find a different way home.

Epiphany: a showing forth. In this new year, we are called to be Epiphany people, to show forth the light of Christ in the world and to find the path that God has planned for us. As the Psalmist reminds us, Happy are the people whose hearts are set on the pilgrim’s way.

Second Sunday after Christmas, January 5 2020
The Very Rev Penelope Bridges

Thursday, January 2, 2020

The Pray-Ground

Dear St. Paul’s family,

You may have noticed a new feature in the northern aisle of the cathedral, near the Christmas Tree: this is our new and exciting Pray-Ground, an experimental soft and welcoming space for young children and their parents. Our Children, Youth, and Family leadership team has developed this new approach in tandem with our current formation ministry. Our intention is to offer an outward and visible sign of our continuing efforts to “Welcome All”. We were fortunate to receive a diocesan grant to enable us to experiment with the concept, providing a space where children can see the “action” in the Chancel and be engaged with the worship: there is strong evidence that including children in worship from the earliest ages is effective in keeping them engaged in church as they grow up. Regular presence at worship allows children to absorb the foundations of our faith in a profound way.

The diocesan grant is based in part on our desire to encourage unity among families attending both the 10:30 and the 1:00 pm services. Formation programs for children will now take place at noon so that families from both services can attend and grow up together in the faith. I hope we can all agree that raising our children in the faith and encouraging them to enjoy a multicultural environment are two critical elements of our future.

I know that our architecture, designed to enhance acoustics, will present a challenge to those who enjoy  our exquisite music, and I understand that some will be concerned about noise and distraction. I want to remind you that hearing the sounds of children in the church is an indicator that the church is alive and growing. With the right environment, the children will be no more distracting than cell phones, adult whispers, or dropped kneelers. The Pray-Ground will be furnished with sound-absorbing mats and blankets; we will adapt and improve the sound-dampening as we go. Materials available to children will be chosen with care to promote understanding and appreciation of the liturgy, with seasonal items, fabric books etc. The location of the Pray-Ground will allow an easy exit for parents whose children need a break from the service. I ask you to be generous and patient as we fine-tune this space.

I am excited about this innovation, which has been introduced in a number of large churches and cathedrals. Multiple congregational surveys have emphasized the need for us to develop our children’s ministry, and this experiment will help move us forward. I am very grateful to Maya Little-Saña and Mykel Resino for their leadership in this effort. We are about to enter the season of Epiphany, the time when the light of Christ shines out into the world to welcome those on the outside into faith. The Pray-Ground is one way for us to practice being Epiphany people.

Your sister in Christ


Thursday, December 26, 2019

The Christmas Sermon: The Incarnation, a gift of love

The gospel of John which we just read is the only Christmas story in the gospels that does not have a birth narrative. John instead starts way back at the beginning of creation, quickly but poetically telling us of the birth of all things from the source of light and life, the Word of God.

With this focus, John opens the door for us to think broadly about Christmas. “The Word became flesh and lived among us.” The Word is not simply the baby Jesus, cute and cuddly. The Word is the animating principle of the universe; the founding reason of all things; the Word made flesh is light that cannot be overcome by darkness. The Word made flesh is love itself.

Many times this story gets told in a way that sets up Jesus as a repairman. It goes something like this: God made the world. God said it was good. People, more specifically Adam and Eve, screwed everything up- we had a real mess on our hands. But never fear! God loves us, so he sent his handy repairman Jesus to the rescue. The only way to fix it was from the inside, and so God’s only son became human to take on all the brokenness and save us from ourselves. We celebrate the gift of God’s repairman Jesus at Christmastime because he will save us from ourselves.

There is nothing wrong with this account; it is a story that has been told by generations. There is truth to be had in it.

But in John’s prologue especially, and with other, mostly Franciscan sources, I find some different perspectives helpful.

God made the world, and imbued it with love and light. The love that God put into creation was so powerful that love itself became human. Love became human for this reason alone: because God is love. God is love and that’s what love does: loves itself into relationship.

Love is a healing force that casts out darkness, but the darkness does not compel God to act, does not have control over God, nor require that God fix us. It does not ignore our hurt and brokenness. It stands with us in the valley of the shadow of death and does not abandon us. And it loves us even when we can’t see any light at all and we believe the darkness has overcome. God’s incarnation is about presence: God with us; emmanuel, here and now in this moment. It is about love. There are a lot of critiques about God as love as being a kind of weak nostalgic idea. But love is a force; love is a verb; love isn’t just a silly sentimental thing. Love is a presence and action that makes a difference.

Christmas is about God deciding to become flesh in Jesus Christ. The incarnation is, perhaps less about us escaping from this mortal reality than it is about God here with us now in this reality. Is there anyone you love that you do not want to be close to? To spend time with? To know more fully? To celebrate with, and even to grieve with when they hurt? To love fully is to do all of those things- real decisions with real consequences. And Christmas is the celebration of a God who became flesh and lived among us as Jesus Christ in order to love us more fully; to make that love known to us more fully.

The gift of God in Jesus Christ is a gift we celebrate at Christmastime because we receive the gift of unconditional love; every single one of us no matter our condition, affliction, or disposition-- every single one of us is God’s beloved, made worthy. Not worthy because of our own goodness, but worthy because the Word made flesh comes just to love us, no matter whether sick or healthy, rich or poor, powerful or meek.

The incarnation as a gift of love opens the door to view all of creation as a gift. The God of love walks among us as a lover of creation rather than only a fixer of broken things. Christ as lover of creation means every day brings new opportunities for wonder, joy, and awe. With a God who comes among us to bless all of creation as beloved by taking on flesh, we can open our eyes to see. Can you find the beloved of God around you, right now? In a sunset over Ocean Beach? In a child cooing softly in her mother’s arms? Where in the thin places of this world do you find incarnational experiences of the lover of creation?

Even in the dark places of the world, the incarnation is good news. Walking through dark valleys of loneliness, sickness, persecution, or relationship challenges, a lover of creation who has taken on flesh at our side means that we are never alone. This Christ knows the darkness. But the darkness shall not overcome. Perhaps that is a comfort if we can allow ourselves to be beloved of God even in our darkest moments, nurtured by the one who took on our creatureliness just to be with us.

The birth of Christ that we celebrate this day brings us a God that does not beckon us to escape from this world. The incarnation is the surest sign of all that we have a God that longs for us to engage deeply with the world, proven in God’s own engagement with the world by becoming flesh. In the words of Richard Rohr, “God said yes to the material universe. God said yes to physicality… It’s good to be human, it’s good to be on this earth, it’s good to be flesh, it’s good to have emotions. We don’t need to be ashamed of any of this. God loves matter and physicality.”

So let yourself be loved, this and every day of your incarnation with Christ. Breathe and know you are beloved of God. And witness to the whole of creation, singing out to the heavens in delight for the one who walks with light among us to spread love, joy, and peace.

The Rev. Canon Jeff Martinhauk
Christmas III, December 25, 2019
St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego
John 1:1-14

Sources Consulted: 
 Feasting on the Word, Year A, Vol. 1. Ed. David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor. Louisville, Kentucky: John Knox Press, 2010.
RIchard Rohr's Daily Meditation

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

The Christmas Eve Sermon: It’s Still Good News for All/buenas noticias para todos

Alleluia. Unto us a child is born. O come let us adore him. Alleluia.

He came into a world that was dark.
Vino en un mundo tenebroso.
He came into a world that was broken.
Vino en un mundo roto.
He came into a world that didn’t want to know him or anyone like him.
Vino en un mundo que no quería conocerlo y no quería conocer a su gente.
He didn’t have to come. It wasn’t a good time. But he came. And 2000 years later we are still celebrating and wondering at his coming.

How can this be? How can such an obscure event, so long ago, have such staying power? Después de dos mil años todavía celebramos y admiramos. ¿Como puede ser?

The beauty of our worship and the familiarity of our carols allow us to be comfortable at Christmas, to revel in a soft blanket of sentimentality. But when you think about it, what we are actually celebrating tonight is something dark and doom-laden, the precarious beginning of a life story that starts in abject poverty and ends in the horror of public execution. The circumstances of this birth are jarring. God puts the divine son in danger by sending him, not as a warrior or superhero but as a vulnerable, helpless human baby, in unsanitary conditions, in a family that belongs to an occupied nation whose people are subject to genocide. All the odds are against his survival. It’s a most unlikely story.

En este lugar bonito podemos relajarnos en una cobija suave del sentimentalismo. Pero este nacimiento era amenazante y improbable.

And yet ... the plaintive cry of the newborn babe is a divine warcry, proclaiming that God has opened hostilities against the forces of oppression and greed. The battle continues today, as we are sucked down the filthy drain of consumerism, as we are brainwashed into imagining that people from other countries or of other ethnicities are less than our brothers and sisters, as we fall for the propaganda that seduces us into living for our own immediate gratification rather than for the common good.

The Scriptures we read tonight tell us that there is another way to live. This unlikely birth is a dream, a promise of a turning: from the tramping of warriors’ boots to the endless peace of God’s kingdom. From swords to plowshares. From divine vengeance to divine sacrifice.

And we can hope for other turnings: from lies to truth. From cruelty to compassion. From darkness to light. From death to life.

As this holy child survives and thrives in those first years, so the dream of God survives and thrives through the centuries, against the odds, hope staying stubbornly alive like a candle in the darkness.

El grito del bebé proclama la lucha de Dios contra la opresión, la guerra, y la codicia. Hay esperanza de una manera diferente de vida, el sueño de Dios sobrevive, brillante como una vela en las tinieblas.

Last week a pregnant Honduran migrant teenager, awaiting US immigration processing in Tijuana, realized that she was in labor. We don’t know her name, so let’s call her Maria. Maria had fled her own country and traveled all the way through Mexico, as her pregnancy progressed. Exhausted and fearful, with no power over her fate or that of her child, she waited in unhealthy surroundings for the next step. Childbirth is hard at the best of times, and daunting for a young woman on her own, far from home. When the time came for her to deliver her child, Maria couldn’t find medical assistance in Tijuana - there was, you might say, no room at the inn - so, in desperation, she took a risk. She dragged herself over the border at San Ysidro, where she was immediately detained. Border agents took her to Scripps Hospital in Chula Vista, and she gave birth to an infant who required intensive neonatal care for complications.

Imagine her relief when they took her to hospital and she received quality care throughout her labor. Imagine her terror when she learned that her baby was seriously ill, followed by her prayers of gratitude that help was at hand in the NICU. After giving birth alone, without the support of family or friends, Maria was prevented for two days from making a phone call to share her news or to ask for assistance. And now imagine, in the midst of all that, what it must have been like to hear the agents tell her that she would be sent back to Mexico without her baby, who, because he was born in the US, had the right to remain. No human being should have to go through such an ordeal.

La semana pasada una chica hondureña embarasada, una migrante esperando en Tijuana, empezó a dar a luz a su bebé. No había posada en Tijuana, por eso, ella cruzó la frontera para pedir ayuda. Dio a luz a su bebé en el hospital en Chula Vista, pero los agentes federales la dijeron que ella debería regresar a México inmediatamente, sin su bebé. Es imposible de imaginar su temor, su dolor.

Our baptismal vows call us to seek and serve Christ in all people. I see Christ in that baby, born into a perilous and hostile world, his mother without voice or options. If Jesus were to be born on this continent today, Maria’s story would very likely be our nativity story. Thanks be to God that, like the compassionate innkeeper, someone in the border patrol hierarchy responded to the need and gave Maria permission to stay in the US with her baby, pending a hearing.

This story has a personal dimension for me, because, when my husband and I were denied green cards in 1992, it was a state department employee who saw that our children were US citizens and on that basis used their discretion to give us our green cards anyway. And so I am here today.

Nuestros votos bautismales nos llaman para ver a Cristo en cada persona. Veo a Cristo en este bebé. Gracias a Dios que el gobierno permitió que la mama se quedara con su bebé mientras espera una audiencia en la corte.

“I am bringing you good news of great joy”. “Les traigo una buena noticia, que será motivo de gran alegría para todos.” The angel’s announcement was made, not to King Herod or to faith leaders or to the Emperor of Rome, but to some dirty, disheveled shepherds in the hills of Judea. Why them? ¿Porqué habló el angel con algunos pastores insignificantes? Why share the greatest news ever with such insignificant people? To make the point that there are no insignificant people. No hay gente insignificante. It’s good news for ALL people. Es una buena noticia para todos. Each of us is worthy of receiving such news. Each of us might be visited by an angel. Each of us gets to visit the newborn Jesus in the manger. There is no hierarchy in the kingdom of God. We are all simply children of one God, regardless of achievement, ability, genes, or wealth. Todos somos hijos de Dios.

In every detail of the nativity story, from annunciation to nativity to Epiphany, God presses home a single message. “You are my beloved. You, the young girl on the brink of womanhood. You, the farm worker. You, the homeless wanderer. You, the refugee without rights or citizenship. You, the wise man from a far-off land. You, the university professor, physician, retiree, high-schooler. You, you, you. You are my beloved, and I do this for you. I send angels to speak to you. I cast down the mighty and lift up the lowly for you. I feed the hungry and bring the powerful to their knees for you.” A cada persona dije Dios: Tu eres mi amado. Tu, y tu, y tu.

Esto es la noticia buena que será motivo de gran alegría para todos.

This is the good news of great joy for all people. Alleluia, unto us a child is born. Come, let us adore him. Alleluia.

Christmas Eve 2019
The Very Rev. Penelope Bridges

Thursday, December 19, 2019

The Sunday Sermon: Wow. Help. Thanks.

Wow. Help. Thanks. The writer Anne Lamott says there are essentially just three prayers: Wow. Help. Thanks. Each of the three is illustrated in our Scripture readings today, on this Gaudete or Rejoice Sunday.

“The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom.” Wow. Isaiah paints a picture of the desert transformed, a world where the impossible has become possible, a time when God’s people will leave behind grief and walk rejoicing into a bright future. Did you go out to see the superbloom of poppies last spring? If you did, I imagine your reaction was rather like mine, joyful disbelief that a small wildflower could carpet the hillsides, that dry terrain could glow with life as far as the eye could see. Surely if ever there were a moment for the Wow prayer, it was last March.

The prophet wants his readers, people exiled, imprisoned, oppressed, to see in their mind’s eye the astonishing possibilities that God can bring about. He wants them to respond with Wow, to reawaken their sense of wonder, to understand that a different world is possible and that joy will return to God’s beloved children.

Isaiah speaks of the blind, the deaf, the lame, and the mute being healed. In his day such attributes barred people from full participation in the community. In an agricultural society, exclusion could mean starvation. So healing that allowed full inclusion was a lifesaving act. Today we have a different view of physical challenges: deafness, for example, is understood by many as an identity within a subculture rather than a disability.

So, as we hear Isaiah’s words today, we might focus on the theme of community inclusion: think of those in our day who miss out, the destitute, the very old, those suffering from mental illness or unmanageable addiction, those who speak a language other than the norm. Thanks be to God that this week St Paul’s will once again be fully accessible to all, as soon as our elevator receives its permit.

In the Gospel, John the Baptist is in prison, condemned for calling King Herod to account for his immoral conduct. John knows his days are numbered: he wonders if his legacy will be a grand misunderstanding or the long-awaited arrival of the Messiah. He sends his disciples to ask Jesus, are you really the one? John can be forgiven for doubting the identity of Jesus.

In his day, Jews believed that when the Messiah came, wicked earthly rulers like Herod and Imperial Rome would be destroyed, that faithful Jews like John would be freed from prison and Israel would enter a golden age. But here is John, still languishing in prison, anticipating execution, still at the mercy of an illegitimate tyrant. How can this be? And so, even though you might think that John, as Jesus’ cousin, should know better than anyone, he sends his disciples to ask the question. Help. John implicitly expresses the second of Lamott’s prayers. Help me, in this dark and terrifying place. Help me understand if my life has had meaning. Help me in my doubts and fears.

I wonder if there are questions you hesitate to ask. Maybe questions that you think you shouldn’t need to ask. John does us all a favor by asking what we dare not ask: is this really the Messiah? What are your questions? Does God really love me? Is the Bible true? Will I go to hell if I don’t receive forgiveness? In our newcomers’ class last year, people asked questions including, “are there any non-negotiables for being an Episcopalian?” and “Should we take original sin seriously and what does that mean anyway?”

The church should be a place where we can ask our questions, express our doubts without fear of being judged or mocked. Let’s see if we are such a community. I invite you now to turn to someone near you and share with them a question about God, faith, or church that lingers in your mind but you haven’t felt comfortable asking in a public forum. But before you do, promise each other that you will keep the other’s confidence: shake hands on it. You don’t have to answer the question, but simply honor its asking. Maybe it will echo your own questions. 2 minutes, one for each question and its response. Help. Let’s help each other be brave with our questions,

You might remember that when the angel told Mary that she would give birth to the son of God, her first response was a question: “How can this be?” She wasn’t afraid to push back a little. She asked for help. My favorite images of Mary are those that show her as strong, determined, and competent: strong people aren’t afraid to ask for help. We see this side of her in the Magnificat, as she gives voice to the third prayer: giving thanks to God for the mighty acts that turn the world upside down, proclaiming a new age in which the lowly, the hungry, and the poor will inherit the kingdom of God. Mary, like John, is a prophet of this new age that Jesus inaugurates. Like Isaiah she recognizes that God will not leave the world to stew in its own juice but will stir up creation to be renewed and transformed.

Jesus answers John’s question by paraphrasing Isaiah’s prophecy and inviting John to compare it to what is actually happening. The Messiah will open the eyes of the blind - check; the Messiah will cause the lame to leap and dance- check; the Messiah will restore the ritually unclean to their communities - check; the Messiah will raise to new life those who walked in the paths of death - check; and the Messiah will bring good news to the poor - check. The ultimate meaning of John’s life is fulfilled, even if not in the way that he expected.

Notice that the proof of the prophecy lies more in what Jesus does than in what he says. Similarly, our values are reflected in our deeds more than in our words. We get hung up on what public figures say, but what they do is a more reliable indicator of character and priorities. And when we take stock of our own lives, it will be not what we have said but what we have done that will form our legacy. How did I change the world? How did I make someone’s life better? How did my presence make a difference? I don’t expect anyone to remember a single word of all my sermons after I am gone, but I hope that some of my actions will have lasting effect.

Like John, we may at times feel imprisoned and cut off from good news. Our challenges are many. Perhaps the circumstances of our lives prevent us from seeing the love of God. Perhaps the noise of the world blocks our ears to the sound of praise. Perhaps we are burdened and unable to leap and sing for joy. Perhaps we walk in the valley of the shadow of death and have not yet found the way to new life. Perhaps the questions jostling in our heads hold us back.

But here’s the good news: Isaiah’s desert bloom, the witness of John, and the courage of Mary give us plenty of reasons for that third prayer of thanks: thanks that the longed-for Messiah came once and will come again, thanks that God keeps God’s promises, thanks that each of us can enter into the kingdom of God and enjoy abundance of life. Wow, Help, Thanks.

Third Sunday of Advent
December 15 2019
The Very Rev Penelope Bridges

Chapter Nominees

We have been blessed with seven wonderful nominees for Chapter class of 2020.  Because only five will be elected into Chapter we ask that you read each nominee's answers and pray for discernment.  We will hold our election at the annual meeting on January 26, 2020.   


Jerry Coughlan

What brought you to St. Paul’s Cathedral and why did you stay? 
I attended St. Peters in Del Mar from 2001-2007, when we moved to downtown San Diego. St. Paul’s is close to our home. More importantly, I am impressed by the openness, inclusivity and numerous activities of the congregation. I especially remember attending a series of evening workshops about the then “possibility” of gay marriage, from which I learned a huge amount.

With what activities or ministries have you been involved and how? 

Listening Hearts at St. Peters;  EFM at St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s;  Acolyte at St. Paul’s;  Help Altar Guild at St. Paul’s;  Represented the Diocese of San Diego as Church Attorney and investigator in Canon Law matters involving alleged clergy misconduct; and Represented the Episcopal Church as Church Attorney in the Canon Law, Title IV, prosecution of Bishop Jon Bruno of the Diocese of Los Angeles.

What attributes and gifts do you bring to the ministry of Chapter (please include any pertinent educational, professional or community experience)? 
I have practiced trial law for 50 years which has included founding and running a law firm, representing businesses and individuals in their often extremely serious problems, serving on numerous bar association committees and making educational presentations. I also taught law as an adjunct professor at California Western School of Law and directed a trial training program for lawyers (NITA) in San Diego for nearly 10 years. I served for about 15 years as a board member and president of Defenders, Inc. which provides criminal defense for indigent defendants. Now I volunteer as a community mediator helping people resolve their problems and disputes. Thus, I bring trial experience, business experience, board and committee experience, education experience, Canon Law experience, mediation experience, and problem-solving background to the ministry of Chapter.

Why do you feel called to serve on Chapter? 
In “retirement”, I search for meaningful, worthwhile opportunities to give back to our community for the numerous blessings and good fortune I received. Chapter seems like such an opportunity.


Martha L Curatolo

What brought you to the Cathedral and why did you stay?
In 2005 I was a Social Worker at St. Paul’s Villa and I became familiar for the very first time with the Episcopal Church. I often I visited the Cathedral but it wasn’t until 2011 that I made the commitment and decided to be received at Christ the King in Alpine where I live.  I stayed because the Episcopal Church fulfilled my spiritual needs.  After being raised Catholic and not going to church; I found that the Episcopal Church was what I was looking for and that couldn’t find in the Catholic Church.

With what activities or ministries have you been involved and how?  
In the past I have work on different Diocesan Ministries. I was a Co-chair for the Executive council and I am still working with the Diocese in two different ministries. The first one is the Diocesan Latino Ministry that meets once a month with the Bishop and members from other congregations. The second one is the Diocesan Pre Planning Work Group (PPWG) that works towards creating a Strategic Plan for our next 3-5 years. I volunteered at the General Convention in Salt Lake City and had the opportunity to talk with the PB Michael Curry.
At the Cathedral I volunteer with Women together, Cathedral’s Stephen’s Ministry, I serve in the Sacristy for the 10:30 and 1pm. Service. I am doing first communion preparation-Goodly Play on Sundays at 12pm. At the Dioceses and the Cathedral, I assist volunteering with hosting different activities and I have been the Cathedral’s Latino Liaison since 2012.

What attributes and gifts would you bring to the ministry of Chapter? Please include any pertinent educational, profession, or community experience. 
I would bring to the Chapter the skills and experience that I have acquired while working on different ministries and capacities at the Diocese and the Cathedral. I also would bring my personal perspective as a Latino congregant. I was a Chapter member before so I am familiar with the Chapter business and issues of the Cathedral. I believe that I can put to practice some of my professional community organizations skills that I have been using at work as a Social Worker and at the Latino Congregation.

Why do you feel called to serve on Chapter?
I was a Chapter member before and I would like to have once again the opportunity to bring my perspective of Latino congregant. I am committed to serve and Chapter provides that opportunity for me to offer my services. I would like to be connected to the Cathedral on ways that I can put to use my skills and experiences.


Rockette Ewell

What brought you to St. Paul’s Cathedral and why did you stay? 
I came to San Diego from Cleveland, Ohio as a “trailing spouse” after my husband was offered a position at San Diego City College. We attended (and were married) at Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland, a church located in the heart of the city’s struggling urban core with a focus on social justice, LGBT rights and community activism. My husband was raised in the Episcopal church, serving as an altar boy with his twin brother when he was young, and he really wanted to find an Episcopal church in San Diego that not only reflected his roots but had the same emphasis on social justice that we experienced in our worship in Cleveland. We had visited St. Paul’s for about six months when the moment came that made us know we were in the right place. That Sunday fell on Martin Luther King’s birthday weekend. The recessional was “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” As African Americans, we had no expectations that a white, upper middle-class congregation sitting in upscale Banker’s Hill would know what that song meant to people of color – much less add it to the service on such a significant weekend. We were moved to tears – and we knew we were home.

With what activities or ministries have you been involved and how? 

I am currently a lector, beginning earlier this year. I previously volunteered with the Women Together ministry beginning in early 2014 through last year, serving on the steering committee that helped plan and execute the program, as well as recording and tracking RSVPs for their monthly events.

What attributes and gifts do you bring to the ministry of Chapter (please include any pertinent educational, professional or community experience)? 

My background includes extensive volunteer leadership experience. I served as executive director of a nonprofit community development organization in Cleveland, so I have lived the challenges of leading a mission driven enterprise and balancing all the demands of fund development, staffing, board relationships and a million other things in service to mission – and believe I can share useful, constructive insights from that experience if elected to Chapter. I also serve on and have chaired nonprofit boards – again, experiences that I believe would allow me to make a value-added contribution if elected to Chapter.

Why do you feel called to serve on Chapter? 

For the past six months, I have been thinking about what I can do – what I’m called to do - at St. Paul’s beyond Sunday attendance and serving as one of the lectors – committing to use the gifts and talents I have been given in a more significant, fresh new way in service to God and to this church community. That reflection is what led me to this opportunity.


Justin Lewis

What brought you to St. Paul’s Cathedral and why did you stay?
When my husband and I were looking for a church home, we visited several churches with friends and family hoping to find the right fit. When I lived in San Diego previously, I had attended the Cathedral from time to time, but living in North County, our search started a little closer to home. One Sunday at St. Paul’s, however, convinced us it was well worth the drive! We were attracted to the adult education opportunities, social justice outreach, amazing music and thoughtful preaching. After about five years of attending regularly, we’ve sought additional ways to participate in parish life.

With what activities or ministries have you been involved and how?
Early on during our time at St. Paul’s we attended the Christian Formation courses with Rev. Martinhauk. Although I’ve always been Episcopalian, the church was new to my husband, and we both wanted him to have a grounded foundation in the church if it was to be our church home. Since then I have served as a lector, and we are co-chairs of the Sesquicentennial Gala Committee. 

What attributes and gifts do you bring to the ministry of Chapter (please include any pertinent educational, professional or community experience)?
Professionally, after two decades in the private sector—earning an MBA from NYU and starting a software company with a school friend in 2001–I transitioned to academia. My role in Student Affairs at CSUSM has been to create pathways to higher education for our region’s students. It can be challenging work—navigating various regulations and bureaucracies—but is always rewarding. In this role, I have worked with several North County non-profits and municipal entities, and serve as a representative of the university on the Escondido Chamber of Commerce. I’m also currently editing my dissertation for my doctorate in Education from UCSD.

Why do you feel called to serve on Chapter?
I’m honored to be part of this process, and believe that this is a unique way that parishioners can express their faith by sharing their talents and passions. I believe that the cathedral offers us so much—education, music, outreach, preaching—that this is one small way to give back.


Marshall Moore 

What brought you to St. Paul's Cathedral and why did you stay?
My wife, Erika, first found St. Paul's and introduced SPC to me after I moved here 5+ years ago. SPC fulfills every aspect of what I want in a church. More than an any other church I've been associated with, SPC comes the closest of truly walking the talk.

With what activities or ministries have you been involved and how?
Chronologically: Greeters, Vision for Mission, Human Resources Chair, Showers of Blessing, Cathedral Sound, Chapter class of 2019, People's Warden, Endowment Cmte., Finance Cmte., Realm team, Stewardship Commission, Peace & Justice member (former chair), Community Life Council, Nominating Cmte. Chair, Building & Grounds Cmte., Dean's Warden, 

What attributes and gifts do you bring to the ministry of Chapter (please include any pertinent educational, professional or community experience)?
I have a significant background in Human Resources, both in-house and as a consultant. I have an MBA in management and have many years of serving on vestries. 

Why do you feel called to serve on Chapter?
After moving to San Diego, a little over six years ago, my wife introduced me to St. Paul’s Cathedral, a place she had grown to love. When I first attended, I understood why. I have said in the past and in different settings that of all the Episcopal churches I have been involved with, SPC comes the closest to truly “walking the talk.” I knew I had found my new church home.

It has been my practice to get involved in any church I’ve been a member of, and it was no different here. What better way to meet others than to become a member of the Greeters. Thus, began my journey and I soon found myself as part of the “Vision for Mission” task force.

For the last three years I have had the pleasure of serving on Chapter. In my second year, I was elected by my fellow chapter members to serve as the People’s Warden. This past year, I have been honored to have been appointed as the Dean’s Warden. Serving as a Warden provides a wonderful opportunity to truly dig into the many aspects and complexities of the Cathedral.

A major rationale behind last year’s change in our By-laws, allowing for a Chapter member to serve for two consecutive terms, was for the Cathedral to benefit from the knowledge and understanding which had been gained during the first term. It would be my continued honor to be able to continue in service to St. Paul’s Cathedral.


David Spencer

What brought you to St. Paul’s Cathedral and why did you stay?

In 2009 when my partner and I moved to San Diego, I was thinking about my spiritual life and where it should be headed. During this time, I was not attending church. I was raised Roman Catholic and was feeling quite alienated by the lack of support I received from the church as a gay man. I felt the Vatican, by no fault of its local clergy, was quite antiquated in its teachings and catechisms, and frankly quite judgmental towards certain parishioners. Counter to the teachings of Christ, I believed that “because of my sins” I was not fully accepted by the Catholic church. This and other factors left me feeling quite empty spiritually and not really into religion much. However, I wanted to keep my options open, as I thought somewhere in this world the true teachings of Christ of accepting everyone must be practiced, right? I remembered hearing about Bishop Gene Robinson and the growth the Episcopal Church was having towards accepting gay people. I looked up St. Paul’s online and decided to attend a service one Sunday. That particular day there was a gay priest talking about how he served in a clinic with patients suffering from AIDS during a time when they were considered to be social outcasts, and that no matter who we were, we were all accepted in the eyes of Christ, regardless of what others thought or incorrectly believed as “Christians.” I was moved, especially knowing friends who were afflicted with HIV and having a cousin who had perished from AIDS. As I looked around feeling quite emotional, I saw a diversity of people intently listening to the priest, nodding their heads in agreement. I will never forget that day. I thought to myself, “This is the way it’s supposed to be!”

Seven years went by, and although I still didn’t attend church, my now husband and I decided we wanted to have children. So, I went back to St. Paul’s regularly to see if this place was the real deal. All those years later, the same message was being preached – everyone is welcome here. We thought that St. Paul’s would be perfect for our daughter to be baptized as well as for her to learn what it would be like to live and practice as Christ would have wanted. My husband and I talked with Jeff Martinhauk and were immediately convinced that this was a special place for us. Our daughter was born May of 2017, and she was baptized by Dean Penny Bridges. Since then I have attended services regularly, and our 2-year-old daughter, Anya, asks to go to church every week! The true sense of family and belonging I feel at St. Paul’s keep me coming back on a regular basis.

With what activities or ministries have you been involved and how?
For over a year I have been a lector for the church, working with Craig Monsell and the group of lectors. Being a lector in the past has given me the comfort and confidence to read for St. Paul’s Cathedral. I feel that it is a way of contributing to the church and congregation. I have also indicated to Craig that I’d be interested in taking over his position once his three-year tenure has ended, as he is currently looking for someone to continue when he ends his tenure.

What attributes and gifts do you bring to the ministry of Chapter (please include any pertinent educational, professional or community experience)?
I hold a BA, MS, and MBA all from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. I have extensive experience in biomedical research specializing in oncology, surgery, immunology and gastroenterology research. Additionally, I have merged my scientific background with the business world and have worked for contract research organizations where we have worked with treating patients in clinical trials for new drug development. I have worked in Project Finance and Business Development to help take on new projects, develop costing algorithms and proposals, present the company’s capabilities to its clients (mostly biotech and pharmaceutical companies), and pull through up-front deals through fully executed contracts.

I am proficient in presentation/speaking skills and Microsoft Office (Word, Power Point, Excel), among other software platforms. Given my experience in my professional life, I’d be happy to bring any of those talents to Chapter. As I mentioned in a previous question, I am currently a lector for St. Paul Cathedral.

Why do you feel called to serve on Chapter?
In April 2019, I left my career in the medical industry to focus more on my husband and 2-year-old daughter’s well-being and growth as a family. I was working over 60-hour weeks in an incredibly stressful atmosphere, to the point where I was missing out on family life as well as not taking care of myself. My husband, Suri, encouraged me to leave my job, as he felt I could bring so much more happiness to our family at home. He also encouraged me to take a break to focus on myself as well – mentally, physically, and spiritually. Since my time off I have been extremely happy and blessed to have the extra time with family. I have also been able to fulfill the physical and spiritual parts of my life. When I was approached to consider serving Chapter, I felt like it was perfect timing and a calling to not only serve my spiritual needs, but also for me to provide my services to the church. It is a way I can be fulfilled in a spiritual and organizational fashion, as well as feeling like a contributing member of St. Paul Cathedral, giving back to society in a truly meaningful way.


John Will

What brought you to the Cathedral, and why did you stay?  
Tom & I were looking for a faith community that had good preaching, great music and good fellowship.  We were looking for that in the RC tradition but had been searching in vain.  We were invited to the November Requiem (2004) by a non-parishioner.  We found all we were looking for and more.  I stay because this is now my spiritual family.  We sometimes disagree like any family but I know this is my home where I am loved and am a member.

With what activities or ministries have you been involved and how?  
I have been the Archivist for about 12 years.  This has been a great honor to collect & protect parts of our spiritual life and preserve what I can for future generations.  I am Usher-in-charge on the 3rd Sunday of the month.  And, I help user on other occasions as needed.  This is a great opportunity to be of service to my community.  I also serve as Eucharistic Visitor.  This is a very humbling experience to bring the Eucharist to parishioners who are unable to attend services.  They are always so grateful.  And I am made so much richer for the experience.  I serve on several committees as well.  My hope is that I may contribute something and be able to provide an alternative viewpoint when needed.

What attributes and gifts would you bring to the ministry of Chapter? Please include any pertinent educational, professional, or community experience.  
The Chapter is the “board of directors” for the cathedral.  We are at a very important time in our history with the all the changes in buildings and programs.  I hope to be able to offer some help with my background and experience in contracts & grants, finance & budgets.

Why do you feel called to serve on Chapter?  
This is a critical time for our cathedral community.  I hope that I may offer some insights and experience as a previous chapter member.  I’m most interested in filling in for those who have left the chapter early.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Construction Updates December 18

Meeting notes:

  • Reviewed need to go through service contract with Otis vs. Kone.  Kathleen will look into further and follow up again with Otis to review current contract conditions for maintenance.
  • Elevator update:
    • Inspection will be 12/18/19. 
    • Elevator lobby finishes are complete.
    • Pathway to elevator will be restored each week in time for weekend use.
    • Use of elevator ok after inspection, but will need to be accessed via office pathway due to construction on the footing for stairway preparation work.
  • Electrics on the 2nd floor landing are being completed.  Hoping that the work on 2nd floor will help the 1st floor work as well.  There are some questions about the circuits that serve those locations.
  • Pedestrian walkway lights on 5th Ave are not working properly, they don’t turn on via motion.  6th Ave lights for that walkway are fine.  Rocky will look into it further.
  • Queen’s Courtyard will be the next big improvement project that will be noticeable to SPC.  A decision was made to not start that work until the footing landing on the first floor was completed so there would be consistent access to the offices during the week.  They’ll restore the landing on the 1st floor in time for the weekend so that folks can use the elevator, accessed via the Breezeway and ramp.
  • Greystar will be requesting use of electricity by putting in a large circuit to power their construction trailers that will be parked in the Clergy Parking Lot.  They will put a proposal together and present it to SPC. 
  • Nutmeg’s resurfacing was completed last week.  All that is needed now is striping and the use of Nutmeg by Greystar is complete. 
  • We heard there may be a flashing sidewalk installed at 6th and Nutmeg, via Brooks.  He said the parking guru (working on the loading zone with us) mentioned it.  We are hoping this is true as it is much needed.
  • Next meeting will be after the holidays on January 7, 2020.  Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!