Announcement – New Rector

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Announcement – November 5, 2017

 

Christ Church has been waiting for a “new” rector since late 2012.  During that time we have been well served by Mother Susan Armstrong as priest-in-charge, and for the last year and a half, Mother Lesley McCloghrie as interim rector.

 

Under the guidance of the diocese, we entered the search process in 2016.  First preparing the Parish Profile, then the formation and work of the Applicant Review Committee (ARC), and finally interviews of candidates by the vestry.

 

While there was a setback in June of this year when we ended up with an unsuccessful search, and some justified disappointment, ARC got back to work and the search again began in late summer.

 

Sometimes we must be patient and remember that God does have a plan for us.  The vestry met with Canon Andrea on October 22nd and after positive and inspiring discussions voted unamaniously to elect a new rector. I am very happy to announce that we did issue a call to the Rev. Dr. Daniel London and he has accepted.  This has been confirmed and approved by Bishop Biesner.

 

Father Daniel is currently the priest-in-charge at The Church of the Redeemer in San Rafael.  He was ordained in January 2014 and received his Doctorate of Philosophy in 2016.  He will be coming to us with his wife Dr. Ashley Bacchi.

 

Father Daniel’s first day with us will be January 28, 2018, also the date of our annual meeting. This will give us time to properly say goodbye to Mother Lesley whose last day at Christ Church will be January 7th.

 

We have been faced with many goodbyes to beloved parishioners in the past few years.  Now we shall look forward to greeting a young priest and his wife to help us move forward into a challenging and exciting new chapter in the life of Christ Church.

 

Lyn Klay

Senior Warden

John Hirten Concert – Saturday, July 15th, 7:30 p.m.

 

John Hirten will present a concert at Christ Episcopal church, Saturday July 15th at 7:30 p.m. Earlier, from 2-4 p.m. he will give a workshop on improvisation. See the flyers below this post…

 

A resident of the San Francisco Bay Area since 1988, John Karl Hirten is well known to audiences throughout the region, having performed regularly at such series as Noontime Concerts, Music at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Grace Cathedral, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley, and elsewhere. In connection with the San Francisco Opera’s 2002 production of Messiaen’s Saint Françoise d’Assise, he performed a recital of the composer’s music at the National Shrine of St. Francis in San Francisco. He has also appeared as organist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Oakland Ballet, the Berkeley Symphony, and American Bach Soloists, among others. He has also performed in venues throughout the country and in Europe. In 2006, he was a finalist in the American Guild of Organists National Competition in Organ Improvisation.

From 1997 until 2016, He performed over 300 monthly recitals at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor on the historic E. M. Skinner organ there. Since 1995, he has been Director of Music at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Belvedere (Marin County).

A composer of a wide range of liturgical, sacred and secular works, John Karl Hirten’s music has been featured on Minnesota Public Radio’s Pipedreams program, at conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Anglican Musicians. His hymn tunes have won awards and his choral music is also regularly performed in churches and concert venues around the world.

His most recent work is a setting of Ein fest Burg (A Mighty Fortress), commissioned by organist Jonathan Dimmock, a complete Anglican Evening Service for choir and organ, commissioned by All Saints Church in Palo Alto, California, and Inscriptions, a piece for orchestra commissioned by the Mill Valley Philharmonic.

John Karl Hirten has a Master of Music degree in organ performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he studied with Paul-Martin Maki and Frederick Swann. Before that, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Classical Languages from Fordham University.

 

 

Organ Recital by John Karl Hirten

Christ Episcopal Church, Eureka, CA

July 15, 2017 – 7:30 PM

 

Processional in E-flat                          David N. Johnson (1922-1987)

 

Praeludium in G minor, BuxWV 148  Dieterich Buxtehude (c1637-1707)

 

Sicilienne                                Maria Theresia von Paradis (1759-1824)

                                                  Arr. Robert Gower

 

O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 656         Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

 

Pastorale in E major, Op. 19              César Franck (1822-1890)

 

Ein feste Burg (2017)             John Karl Hirten (b. 1956)

 

Pavane pour une infante défunte                   Maurice Ravel  (1875-1937)

                                                                                Arr. Bryan Hesford (1930-1996)

 

Weeping Willow                     Scott Joplin (1868-1917)

                                                   Arr. E. Power Biggs

 

Improvisation on Names of Audience Members

 

Carillon-Sortie             Henri Mulet (1878-1967)

 

Ca.60 minutes

Betty Chinn Donation

In a gesture of Christian hope, the parishioners at Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka have raised and donated $12,000 to help Betty Chinn purchase the building next door to the Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center that will house families in transition.

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Pictured from left to right are Pastor Dan Price, President of the Betty Kwan Chinn Foundation, Betty Chinn accepting the donation check from the Rev. Dr. Susan Armstrong, Priest in Charge at Christ Church, the Rev. Nancy Streufert, Associate Priest at Christ Church, and Lyn Klay, Senior Warden of the parish. The donation was made on Tuesday, December 8.

New Worship Service at Christ Church: “Come and See: a Service of the Light”

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Episcopal Service in the Chapel at 15th and G Street Eureka

Christ Church will be offering a new worship service, “Come and See: a Service of the Light,” in the Chapel of Our Merciful Savior on Sunday, October 4th at 4:00 p.m. All are welcome to the inaugural service which is dedicated to the memory of Peter Hannaford. See more information below…

Christ Episcopal Church will present “Come and See: a Service of the Light,” Sunday, October 4th at 4 p.m. This service is an invitation to families, parishioners and new comers who cannot fit early Sunday services into their busy schedules. This service is dedicated to the memory of Peter Hannaford who worked tirelessly to reestablish family worship into our community.

This unique worship service held at sunset is approximately one hour long and will be followed by a social time with cider, cookies and the opportunity to discuss the meaning of the sermon with the presiding priest, Mother Leslie McCloghrie.

This is the first service in a series being held on the first Sunday of each month in The Chapel of our Merciful Savior located on 15th and G Streets in Eureka. These services of prayers and hymns offer an opportunity to all to reestablish church attendance into their lives.

Notre Dame Cathedral Comes to Eureka – James Welch Organ Concert at Christ Church

Notre Dame Cathedral Comes to Eureka!
Organ Concerts at Christ Church presents Bay Area organist James Welch, and pianist son Nicholas Welch in concert on Monday, September 28, 7:00 pm at Christ Episcopal Church (15th & H Streets), Eureka. The suggested donation for the concert is $15. See the flyer and full press release below!