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Dear Friends in Christ,

As some of you already know, Christ Church hopes to receive portraits of the twelve apostles painted by Fr. George Leonard Schultz (1896 – 1971), an Episcopal priest who served here during some summers in the 1960s and who was affectionately known as “Father Shag.” His granddaughter is Annalee Veach, a Christ Church parishioner who has generously offered to donate her grandfather’s portraits to the church. As we prepare to receive these portraits, I have been inviting us to reflect on the apostles, as their feast days approach. Most recently, we celebrated the feast day of St. Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist (September 21); and it’s hard for me to imagine a better model for stewardship than this tax-collector-turned-saint.

Matthew is often associated with the symbol of a purse, which represents his former tax-collecting life. Fr. Shag imagined Matthew as a wealthy man since tax collectors would often benefit personally by charging taxpayers more than the empire demanded in order to line their pockets or purses. In Fr. Schultz’s portrait of the apostle (see image on page 4), we see a taxpayer at a Roman tollbooth raising his arm in disgust at the tax collector’s exorbitant rate. It is important to note that this event occurs in the distant background of the portrait thus demonstrating that such behavior is in Matthew’s past. In contrast, the foreground depicts the apostle holding an empty purse upside down, indicating that he has now let go of selfish pursuit for monetary gain.

The artist describes Matthew as “happy,” but his smile is subtle and slightly seditious, having left his career as an imperial officer (a servant of the empire) to follow someone whose ministry would threaten and ultimately topple the empire. Matthew’s happiness runs deeper still as he learns to let go of wealth’s false security and embrace his true identity as a royal priest. British author Herbert Lockyer (whose writings informed Fr. Schultz) suggests that Matthew was from the Jewish priestly tribe of Levi since the Gospels of Mark and Luke both refer to him as “Levi” (Mark 2:14; Luke 5:27). When Jesus calls Matthew to “Follow me,” he instantly leaves his exploitative career because he hears, in Jesus’s voice, the voice of his ancestors calling him to let go of his greed and to invest in the treasury of wisdom offered by his Jewish tradition and rabbi. In following Jesus, Matthew discovers the true gold of Christ’s teachings, which he then shares with the world through his compelling Gospel. In this way, he lives up to his name “Matthew,” which means “Gift of God.” 

In Fr. Shultz’s clever portrayal of St. Matthew, I see an invitation for us to ask ourselves: “Where do we hear the voices of our ancestors calling? Of what are we being called to let go? What purses in our lives need to be emptied?” I remember an Episcopal priest playfully saying to his congregation, “When the offering plate comes to you, please empty out the contents of your purse.” This is exactly what St. Matthew is doing in Fr. Schultz’s painting.   

 And in that ever so subtle and mischievous smile of Fr. Shag’s Saint Matthew, I see a call for us all to play our part in subverting systems of injustice, investing in treasuries of wisdom, and discovering our true identity as a ‘Gift of God’ for the world. Pope Francis (named after another great saint) said, “Rivers do not drink their own water; trees do not eat their own fruit; the sun does not shine on itself and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature.” We discover our true selves by giving to others; and so I invite you to discover your true self by giving to Christ Church.

If your income has been negatively affected during this time, please let us know how we can help you. Also, please prayerfully consider this question: How can I give generously to the church through my time and talent?

If your income has remained consistent during this time, I invite you to prayerfully consider these two questions: What percentage of my income am I being called by to God to give to Christ Church? And am I being called to give more this year than I did last year?

            As your priest, I urge you to consider these questions not because the church needs to pay its bills but because stewardship is an ancient spiritual discipline that is crucial for the soul’s health and growth. In fact, the discipline of tithing (giving a tenth of one’s income to God) dates all the way back to Abraham in Genesis 14! And so I urge us all to work towards tithing, if we are not already. A priest’s job is to care for souls and I am convinced that giving to the church (and especially tithing!) is good medicine for the soul. St. Matthew knew this so well that he emptied his entire purse in order to further the mission of God’s kingdom on earth. He found his true self and deepest joy and so much more in giving generously to God and thus he embodied the divine wisdom that is inscribed in the Gospel that bears his name: “Strive first for the kingdom of God and everything you need will be provided for you as well” (Matthew 6:33).

With Gratitude and Love,


Fr. Daniel +


P.S. After prayerfully considering the questions above, please fill out your pledge card and mail it (or drop it off) to the church before All Saints Day (November 1, 2020), when we will gather with St. Matthew and all the saints to celebrate God’s great faithfulness by offering our generous pledges to the church. We will celebrate communion on All Saints Day and you will be invited to pick up pre-consecrated wafers at the church on All Hallow’s Eve to consume on Sunday morning.

Download 2021 Pledge Card here


Stewardship Testimonies from Christ Church Eureka parishioners

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Dear Parish Family,

I have been eagerly awaiting to celebrate this 150th year with you from the moment I arrived. We have been planning for this year’s many celebrations since January 2019, when Belinda Zander convened the first meeting of the sesquicentennial planning committee in the Heritage Room. At that time, I invited the members of the committee to dream big and we did indeed!

Our overall theme for the year is “Steadfast and Growing Since 1870.” We know that by rooting ourselves deeply in our Christian and Anglican traditions, we remain steadfast; and by branching out to new partners, new generations, and new ways to fulfill our mission, we can continue growing as we have been since 1870. Appropriately, our logo for the year is an image of a redwood tree branch growing out of the ancient symbol of the Holy Cross, which is being held by an even more ancient religious symbol: the Lamb of God. We know that it is by being rooted in our rich past that we can grow most faithfully into our thrilling future.

As a committee, we decided that one or two celebrations of our 150th year would not be enough. We wanted to celebrate all year long, with a special guest and theme for each month. So our celebrations are also “steadfast and growing” as we build towards a climax in the month of May when Bishop Megan will come to help us commemorate the first worship service of Christ Church Eureka (May 17th). Throughout the entire month of May, we will be worshipping from the old Anglican prayer books, beginning with the 1549 prayer book, then the 1662, and then the 1789, which the first Episcopalians of Christ Church Eureka used. In this way, we will immerse ourselves in the very same prayers that our Anglican ancestors prayed.

Along the way to May, we will show off our historic campus as part of the Eureka Heritage Society Home Tour, learn about the liturgical year from Suzanne Guthrie, sing songs of Thanksgiving with our brothers and sisters from other faith traditions, explore the mystery of the Incarnation with Richard Rohr and Dan Price, celebrate the past clergy of Christ Church Eureka, renew wedding vows, and discover new ways to reach out to those in need, especially the hungry, the homeless and the forgotten. And so much more!

I invite you to join us in our steadfast growth by participating in the many events and programs we have planned throughout the year and by considering ways that you can share your gifts of time, talent, and treasure with us. Make sure you have a copy of our 150th celebration brochure (which can be accessed here) and share it with others as well.

Thank you for prayerfully considering how you can best express your gratitude through generous giving “for such a time as this”!

With Gratitude for 150 years,

Daniel London +

P. S. For those who might be new to pledging and stewardship, we ask that you prayerfully discern how much you can give this year so that we can create a realistic budget to continue our church’s myriad ministries along with our sesquicentennial celebrations. We ask that you fill out a pledge card and let us know if you plan to give weekly, monthly, or annually. Pledge cards are available at church if you haven’t already received one in the mail. Our pledge ingathering will be Sunday November 3rd.

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