November 26 2016
Cow Hollow Church News

Winter Issue 2016
The Fall issue of the Cow Hollow Church News came to the attention of Katharine Jefferts Schori, the former Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, who visited St. Mary’s in October. Her impression, from an email to Interim Rector Don Brown: “I read the Church News yesterday. I was impressed by the energy and caring of so many leaders. It is a remarkable congregation, and I hope the difficulties are behind you.”

The Winter issue is here, now, full of more stories about our impressively energetic, caring life at St. Mary’s. Read in Magazine Format. Read in PDF Format.

On the front page, Interim Rector Don Brown talks about leaving behind the difficulties of the past year and encountering the new promise of Advent.

Senior Warden Jim Griffith relates how the vestry is keeping abreast of parish ministries and how the vestry selection process will unfold this year, on page 2.

Guest contributor Dean Alan Jones shares his reflections on Thanksgiving, on page 8.

Our crèche tradition has been around since 1951, sustained each year by members of our Altar Guild, as the story by Anna Sylvester relates, on page 16.

Vestry member Martha Daetwyler introduces our new, remarkable St. Mary Magdalene Scholarship Fund, a program to benefit girls of our parish entering college, on page 17.

Our Interim Director of Music Eric Choate writes about the beauty and benefits of singing, on page 20.

Don’t miss news of our Profile and Search Committee activities to identify a new rector, on page 6, and an update of our Stewardship campaign, on page 12.

A schedule of our special celebrations of Advent and Christmas appears on the inside back page, as convenient reference for you to save the dates -- or attach to your refrigerator.

See recent issues of the Cow Hollow Church News here. If you are curious about any aspect of our life at St. Mary’s and would like to know more about it, please let the editor know by emailing


Distinguished Visitors
Katharine Jefferts Schori and La Reverendisima Griselda Delgado del Carpio, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Cuba, both paid visits to St. Mary’s in October. Read about them on page 19.

Weddings at St. Mary’s
Francesca Gilberti Burke tells why she and Ryan chose St. Mary’s for a ceremony as meaningful and singular as marriage – it seemed perfect from a spiritual, practical, and logistical standpoint -- and it also felt right. See page 10.


Every week during the Prayers of the People, we pray for those in “Discernment of Ministry,” including Kathleen Bean. What does this mean? Kathleen describes her own process of discernment, on page 4.

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