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i Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church and Preschool Parish Profile 2010 Tustin, California Diocese of Los Angeles
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    Saint Paul’sEpiscopal Church

    and PreschoolParish Profile 2010

    Tustin, CaliforniaDiocese of Los Angeles

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    In response to God’s powerful and transforming presence, weseek and serve Christ in all people. We strive to uphold thedignity of every person, to live our lives as the human expression of God’s love in our community and to participate in the healing of the world. Together we work to understandthe diffi cult issues and choices of life. Whether we fi nd answers or agree to live with the questions, we are committedto responding with the compassion of Christ.

    We are a welcoming and inclusive community. We strive toencourage and support all people in their individual anddiverse journeys of faith. Together we teach and learn, laughand cry, discover our similarities and explore our differences.We offer each other our care and support in all the stages andchallenges of life as we journey toward wholeness of body, mind and soul.

    Our celebration is centered in the Christ who draws all people into a journey of faith. As we celebrate the occasions of ourlives, they weave together to form the tapestry of our commonlife. We gather in worship and prayer, enriched by the beauty of life. We gather in worship and prayer, enriched by the beauty of our tradition, offering our gifts of imagination and creativity.

    The people of St. Paul’s Church are called to celebrate theCreator of all, to sustain each other in community, and to liveout the compassion of Christ in the world.

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    1221 Wass, Tustin, CA 92780 • tel 714.544.3141 • www.stpauls.org

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    Welcome to St. Paul’s Episcopal

    Church!With the upcoming

    retirement of the Reverend Reese Riley, our Parish is seeking a new rector. As part of the search, the Vestry appointed a Profile Committee to create a picture of St. Paul’s—its history, its programs, its people and its vision for the future.

    This committee represented all aspects of the parish and had two goals for its work: involve as many parishioners as possible in the profile; and, provide an accurate picture of St. Paul’s mission, ministry and community.

    Parishioner involvement and input was gained through a confidential survey followed by small group meetings to review the results and gather further information. The survey was provided via e-mail as well as through hard copies for those who preferred that format. It covered the variety of church life and gave respondents an opportunity to write comments as well as answer objective questions. Six small group meetings were in a round-robin format with each group addressing one of the survey categories. The schedule repeated the sessions three times so that people could participate in those of most interest to them.

    The Profile that follows incorporates the survey results and the small group discussions. An additional source of information about our Church can be found on our website http:// www. stpauls.org.

    Bruce Siriani, Chair Profile Committee


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    The Profile Committee began its journey in June of 2010. The committee was asked to capture a snapshot of St. Paul’s, Tustin by listening and discerning the parish voices, desires and vision for its future. We believe this report accomplishes that goal and reflects both individual voices and the consensus of our church community.

    As its Chair, I cannot begin to properly thank the members of the Profile Committee. Each person worked tirelessly throughout the last eight months, while bringing their unique talents to the process. More importantly, everyone understood the importance of the task as it related to St. Paul’s future.

    Committee members are John Agnew, Elise Hong, Joyce Jones, Doris Longmead, Madge Miller, Sarah Shaeffer, Dave Shaeffer, and Melissa Wackerman.

    We hope this report reveals what makes St. Paul’s special to all of us, through our diverse yet unified journey of faith.

    Bruce Siriani, Chair, St. Paul’s Profile Committee

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    Occasional Episcopal services were held in Tustin as early as 1878 conducted by the Reverend Henry H. Messenger. A number of people were confirmed by the first Bishop of Los Angeles, the Right Reverend William Ingraham Kip.

    By 1880 services were being held alternate Sundays in the local schoolhouse, and the idea of building a church was discussed. A plot of land was purchased and by the end of the year, the wooden structure of the church was funded and built. It took another eighteen months to furnish the interior, also completed without incurring debt. In 1883 the church was consecrated by Bishop Kip and named St. Paul’s. The vicar of the mission was the Reverend John A. Emery who remained until 1886. He was succeeded by the Reverend J. Maynard who served for four years and who was followed in 1891 by the Reverend George Bishop.

    In the early 1890’s a railway line was built through neighboring Santa Ana and it was clear that the population was growing in that city while Tustin remained relatively small. The small group of Tustin parishioners decided to sell their church to the Quakers and move to the Church of the Messiah in Santa Ana.

    St. Paul’s Reestablished

    In February 1957, an exploratory committee was formed at the Church of the Messiah to reestablish an Episcopal church in Tustin. A petition was sent to the Right Reverend Francis Bloy and several church members appeared before the Diocesan Standing Committee. Permission was granted with the request that the name of St. Paul’s be retained.

    In July 1957 the Knights of Pythias Hall located over the Rexall Drug Store in

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    downtown Tustin was rented for $10 a month, and an antique pump organ was loaned by a church member. Each Saturday the Hall had to be converted for services and restored afterwards. Reverend Robert Bonhall from the Church of the Messiah conducted the first service in early August. After his retirement many years later, Father Bonhall returned to St. Paul’s as an assistant. A licensed lay reader was chosen to read a sermon each week until a Vicar could be hired, and a church school and a nursery were soon established. Country fairs and rummage sales were held to purchase necessary items for the church.

    The Reverend William Campbell was selected to be vicar of the mission in 1960, and with the help of the Diocese a rectory was purchased for his use.

    Move to Present Location

    A year later, the current site of St. Paul’s was purchased with parishioners making three year pledges for the building fund. Some members purchased pews and were later acknowledged with brass plates on the end of the pews. Semi-annual rummage sales were also held to raise funds. Construction of the church plus a building for church school and office space commenced. The building was later named Kip Hall. The Baptismal Font was designed and built by a parishioner, and the large cross over the altar was donated by the women of St. Paul’s. The first service in the new church was on January 29, 1964, and the dedication by Bishop Bloy took place two weeks later. A sprinkler system was installed the following year and landscaping began.

    Move to Parish Status

    By 1966 St. Paul’s had 700 communicants and a committee was formed to look into parish status. The request was accepted by the Diocesan Standing Committee in December 1968 and the Reverend Richard Busch became the first Rector of St. Paul’s in January 1969. William Persell joined the staff as assistant in July. He was ordained at St. Paul’s in the presence of his father, the Bishop of Albany, New York.

    The need for an additional building was soon obvious, and plans were made to refinance the church in order to accomplish this. By 1970 Gooden Hall was completed.

    Father Busch resigned in August 1970 and Father Persell became Priest-in-Charge. In February 1971 the Reverend Richard Thomson was appointed Rector. That same year an addition was built onto the rectory that could be used for small meetings.

    Ministry Continues Amidst Issues

    National issues and the introduction of a new Book of Common Prayer created discord in the church. The advent of fair housing regulations and the escalation of the Vietnam War divided the congregation. A Peace Awareness group was formed at St. Paul’s and Associate Rector Persell went to Washington D.C. to participate in a march against the war. This caused great consternation among the families from the

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    nearby military bases who were members of the parish, some serving on the Vestry. A particular issue with the new liturgy was the passing of the peace.

    By May, 1971 there was a financial crisis in the parish. Some members had left and others reduced their pledges. Out of 337 pledges, 210 were delinquent and seven had cancelled. Neighborhood meetings were called to discuss the various issues. The results were conveyed to the clergy. A number of parishioners increased their pledges so that the Associate Rector’s salary could be maintained. In September 1972,Associate Rector Persell was called to St. John’s Church in Los Angeles.

    On the positive side, the Rector established a highly successful education program. Meetings were held on Wednesday evenings with outside speakers presenting a number of topics. Other churches were invited to participate and a number of Church of the Messiah members attended regularly.

    Preschool Established

    Under the guidance of Father Persell, a preschool was started in September 1971. Initially, there were two teachers and 21 students. This proved to be a successful endeavor as the preschool now is one of the most prestigious schools in the area. Meals for the poor were provided one day a month at the Southwest Kitchen in Santa Ana, and lunches for children were provided for children during the summer when school was not in session.

    Negotiations for refinancing the parish construction loan commenced as pledged income was down. Efforts were made to encourage other churches and organizations to rent our facilities. A master plan for the Vestry was developed. The Senior Warden was in charge of executing the plan, and the Junior Warden oversaw buildings and grounds. The other Vestry members each took an area of responsibility to carry out necessary tasks and report back. A job description was developed for each area.

    A trust fund was established to purchase a pipe organ using a large donation from a parishioner for that purpose. A committee was formed to select the pipe organ and to decide how to raise the additional funds needed. Specific pledges were sought and the instrument was fully paid for in three years.

    In May 1974, Father Thomson announced his resignation. It was decided to sell the rectory and pay off much of the facility building debt. Future rectors would choose their own housing.


    The Reverend Robert M. Boyer (Father Bob) was chosen as rector and assumed his duties on January 1, 1975. Under his leadership, St. Paul’s became a strong family unit. Attendance at Sunday services increased, neighborhood groups were formed where important issues could be discussed, and more social events were planned.

    It became apparent that an assistant rector was needed and David Heaney

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    joined the staff in June 1975 after being ordained to the Diaconate. He was ordained to the priesthood two years later. With a dedicated, enthusiastic group of teachers he developed a strong church school program with over 100 children participating. Similarly, a summer youth program attracted close to that number of participants. Eight interns from St. Paul’s helped develop the theme and received college credit for their efforts. St. Paul’s seminarians John Bonell and John Dally continued the program. An active group of young adults met weekly for soup and discussion. In 1978, Father David was named Rector of St. Andrew’s in Pacific Beach.

    Other highlights during Father Bob’s tenure included:

    • The Episcopal Service Alliance began at St. Paul’s as an outreach to members of the community who had lost jobs. An office at the Church of the Messiah was used to distribute food and give aid to those in need. Eventually, this project involved all of the churches in Deanery 10.

    • A set of 37 hand bells were purchased to add another element to the worship services. They were used in the procession and as accompaniment to the psalm. Eventually a hand bell choir was formed.

    • Plans were made to convert the atrium into a Memorial Garden where ashes of anyone whose family requested it could be deposited and marked with a small commemorative plaque.

    • The church was given a relocatable building which was named Webber Hall and used for much needed office space. This allowed the preschool to expand in Kip Hall. Another small building was paid for by a parishioner and became Parsons’ Place Gift Shop.

    • The property loan was retired.

    Father Bob resigned in June 1981 and the Reverend H. Clifford Gain became Priest-in-Charge. In January 1982 the Reverend A. Richard Bullock became rector. The parish did not flourish under his leadership and eventually he was asked to leave.

    Bishop Krumm

    A blessing to the parish at this time was the arrival of the Right Reverend John M. Krumm who spent his retirement years with us. An eloquent homilist, he was a strong advocate for the rights of women and the under-privileged. He provided tremendous support for the Reverend John Dally who was Interim Rector until 1987. In appreciation and recognition of Bishop Krumm, St. Paul’s now has a scholarship in his name to help a woman further her education to return to the workplace.

    Reese Riley Arrives

    The Reverend Reese M. Riley was called to be the next rector and he began his duties in March 1987. Outreach became a major focus.

    Highlights during Father Reese’s tenure include:

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    • Support for Los Ninos (a group of impoverished children living across the border) by our youth ministry who visited and helped improve living conditions.

    • Support by a group of St. Paul’s women for Martha House, a women’s shelter, by providing basic necessities.

    • An outreach effort to the Church in Uganda that included sending a vehicle for their use which was filled with much needed equipment.

    • A low cost lunch of soup and salad each Thursday for anyone who chose to come. Promoted by assistant rector Peter Taylor during his time with us, this “lunch bunch” continues and has essentially become a ministry to seniors.

    • After school tutoring for low achieving children from a nearby elementary school. This developed into the LEAP (learning, enrichment, achievement partners) program which now serves 250 children annually.

    • A fund-raising campaign that resulted in a new building, Krumm Hall, which provides a nursery and education rooms as well as additional space for the Preschool.

    • Stained glass windows were installed in the sanctuary that commemorate major figures of the past. These windows are also memorials for past members of the parish including the Church cat “Abby”.

    • The sanctuary leaky roof has been repaired at last.

    The consecration of homosexuals to the bishopric was a major issue in the National Church and affected St. Paul’s as well. Some members unable or unwilling to accept major roles for gays in the church left the parish. The loss of parishioners has had a negative impact on the church budget. However, Father Reese provided strong leadership and with the help of Assistant Rector Kay Sylvester, St. Paul’s continues to be a welcoming, loving and inclusive church

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    THE CONGREGATIONSt. Paul’s Parish is basically an Anglo parish with a few families of Hispanic or

    Asian heritage. The Parish has age information on 394 persons who exist on the rolls in various levels of activity or involvement. There are an additional 75 persons who attend occasionally, but have not provided personal information, such as birthdate.

    With the data we have, the average age of the parish is 41 and the median age is 44. The oldest parishioner is 95. There are 84 children on the rolls aged 11 and under. There are 29 persons aged 12 - 17.

    Of the above total, 140 persons responded to the survey, all of whom reported that they attend worship at least occasionally. The majority of our respondents were between 41 and 70+ years old. The overall breakdown of the survey respondents is as follows:

    • 12 to 30 years = 4%

    • 31 to 40 years = 10%

    • 41 to 59 years = 40%

    • 60 to 69 years = 23%

    • 70 years /over = 23%

    Nearly 70 % of the respondents are women. While the majority of parishioners are white, others include Asian, Hispanic and mixed-race members. Over 82% of our members are college graduates with 36% of them holding advanced degrees.

    The responding congregants’ financial status ranges from 42% earning more than $100,000 annually to 23% earning under $50,000 annually.

    Over 31% have attended St. Paul’s for more than 20 years, and 24% have attended from 3-5 years. While 56% of our congregation has been confirmed Episcopalians for more than 20 years, 21% have not been confirmed or received.

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    The Rector and elected Vestry share the responsibilities for the operations and financial management of St. Paul’s. This process is facilitated and strengthened by an active and constantly changing group of lay parishioners serving in key leadership positions. The Rector and the 12 elected lay leaders from within the congregation govern as the Vestry, forming the Board of Directors for the church which is incorporated as a 501(c) (3) entity.

    There are twelve Vestry members elected on a rotating three-year cycle. Between Annual Meetings of the Parish, the Vestry, may elect persons to fill a vacant seat. The current Senior Warden Mike Penn and Junior Warden Patti Ver Sluis are both longstanding parishioners.

    Committees of the Vestry include Worship, Finance, Capital Improvements, Buildings and Grounds, Stewardship, Youth Ministries and Sunday School, Preschool, Fellowship, Fundraising and Communication. In addition to the Rector and Senior Warden, the Finance Committee includes a treasurer and lay members. Vestry members solicit and encourage the congregation to participate on committees to broaden the background and knowledge base and to share the workload. Vestry members also serve as representatives to the various parish ministries.

    St. Paul’s sent four lay delegates and both Clergy to the Diocesan Annual Convention. A Vestry member or lay parishioner represents St. Paul’s in Deanery 9.

    At the time of the preparation of this Profile The Clergy include:• Rector (Full-time)• Assistant Rector (Full-time)

    The other staff include:

    • Associate for Ministry and Music Director (Part-time)

    • Parish Administrator (Full-time)

    • Financial Secretary(Part-time)

    • Music Associate for Sundays, Choir rehearsals and special services (Part-time)

    • Music Associate for Saturday servicea (Part-time)

    • Sexton for all church and school facilities (Full-time)

    • Preschool Director (Full-time)

    • Preschool Office Staff (One Full-time, One Part-Time)

    • Preschool Teaching Staff (11 Full-Time, Seven, Part-time)

    Comments from the small group session regarding the Vestry included:

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    • Increase visibility and actively participate in all Parish activities.

    • Provide more readily available contact information so that members are aware of who is on the Vestry and what their roles are,

    • Continue to enhance and build the growing relationship between the Church and the Preschool,

    • Focus on building our “community” along with the Rector and Staff.

    Regarding the staff, the group said there should be more training and clear instruction for volunteer staff. It was noted that there is a need for more part-time volunteers to minimize possible burnout.


    Sitting on 5 acres in North Tustin, Orange County, California the St. Paul’s campus includes:

    • The Sanctuary (9,400 sq.ft.) and the Vail Room (479 sq.ft.) attached with Restroom used for meetings as well as for brides,

    • Kip Hall (5,000 sq.ft.) used for the Preschool office, Teachers’ Lounge and Classrooms,

    • Krumm Hall (,2400 sq.ft.) used for Adult Education, Nursery, and Preschool Classrooms,

    • Gooden Hall (4,600 sq.ft.) a multipurpose area with a commercial kitchen as well as restrooms used for general meetings, LEAP office/work area and tutoring classrooms,

    • Webber Hall (1,200 sq.ft.) used for Church Office/Administration,

    • Preschool Garden (1/2 acre),




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    • Parishioner Garden (1/4 acre) dedicated to the Reverend Canon Gordon B. Yeaton, Jr.

    Although no direct questions regarding facilities were included in the Profile Survey, concerns were expressed on the development and funding of ongoing building maintenance/repair and lawn/grounds maintenance. The facility cost is impacted by the extensive use of both parish activities and outreach programs such as ESL classes, LEAP Tutoring Program, AA and Al-Anon. Care and maintenance of the grounds is currently being

    done by volunteer members due to budget constraints. It was also noted that the Sanctuary has a new roof system that has successfully prevented leaks during the recent rains.

    Support was voiced for construction of a new building that would provide an administration area, additional classrooms, storage space and ADA compliant restrooms.


    St. Paul’s offers three regular weekend services beginning with Saturday at 5:00 pm, then Sunday at 8:00 am and 9:30 am. There is also a Holy Eucharist/

    Prayers for Healing service on Thursdays at 12:00 noon. Several special services take place during the Church year including services such as Advent Lessons and Carols, three Christmas Eve Services and services in Holy Week.

    In the summer of 2008, the clergy and staff experimented with changes in the liturgy, configuration of the sanctuary, and Sunday service time. An increase in attendance resulted. The original configuration was restored in the fall and attendance decreased. The Clergy and the Vestry

    decided to return to the summer configuration which has remained in place.

    Parishioner responses and comments were as follows:




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    • 77% are positive about the current style and feel of the worship services while 12% are dissatisfied.

    • Some miss the more traditional Anglican/Episcopal liturgy and feel there have been too many changes to our liturgy; others say the changes have made their worship more meaningful.

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    • The monthly children’s/family mass is missed since it was eliminated when the 10:30 am service was moved to 9:30 am.

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    structure infused with modern thought and language, others preferred using the traditional Episcopal liturgy only.


    The music ministry is led by Director/Organist David Milligan and includes a Chancel Choir of 12-15 members. Accompanied by pianist, Debbie Magnussen, these voluntary singers are part of the Sunday 9:30 am service and several special services throughout the year. The music for the Saturday service is led by Sue Martin and includes piano and hymns. David Milligan joins the 8:00 am service to play the organ for a closing hymn.

    According to the survey, nearly 65% of the congregation attends the Sunday 9:30 am service which has the greatest focus on music with the Chancel Choir and organ. Close to 80% of the parishioners agreed that music is an important part of our church’s worship while 12% disagreed. Music was named as one of the top four things that they like best. Some respondents prefer traditional music, some more contemporary and others enjoy the mix of both. Descriptions of the music program included that it is a “gift” and “glorious”.

    The music program in past years has also included a hand bell choir and two youth choirs for children ages 3 to 12.

    Small group participants wanted more money designated for music programs that would include guest artists. They would like to see a bigger choir as well as summer and youth choirs. Also mentioned was a desire not to lose the richness of traditional music but to mix in contemporary and world music.


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    The ministry of caring for parish family members who are hospitalized, sick at home, in need of comfort and/or in crisis is seen as a significant responsibility for the clergy and lay ministers. There are many times when parishioners are in need of comfort and counseling.

    Responses to specific questions in the survey were mixed with some respondents (28%) feeling they had received spiritual care from the rector while nearly the same number (21%) believed they had not. The support clergy received higher marks (48% positive, 8% not) as did the lay ministers (50 % positive, 3% negative).

    Survey results for the rector responding in time of need were 39% positive, 22% negative. Support clergy received 54% positive and 6% negative responses.

    Almost 1/3 of the parish did not know how the clergy would respond to them in times of need which suggests they have not experienced such times or that they did not look to the clergy for support.

    The general feeling of survey respondents is that more attention needs to be paid to pastoral care.

    St. Paul’s has a large group of lay ministers who support the worship services. They serve on the Altar Guild, sing in the Chancel Choir, read the lessons, administer the chalice or act as acolytes or ushers. Currently, there is a need for more Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs) at the Sunday 9:30 service. Survey responses indicate that regular training sessions for LEMs would be beneficial.

    The laity serves on the Vestry, on committees and in guilds. A small group of women teach Sunday School during the 9:30 service. A prayer group meets weekly to focus on parishioners in need as well as others outside the church community. The leadership of both the former AngelFood outreach and the new Sunday Supper program is entirely lay people, as is the growing ESL program. Another group manages the Bishop Krumm scholarship which is awarded annually to a woman who can further her career with its aid. This scholarship, named for a beloved past Bishop, is usually a minimum of $1000 which comes from a variety of sources.

    According to those who attended the small group meetings, many people are capable of ministering to others but need to be empowered by the clergy or by a qualified leader to do so. A program on death, dying and grieving, or a grief support group would help parishioners to visit those in need of comfort. Teaching listening skills to those visiting the sick is also essential. Simple acts such as sending cards or making brief phone calls can be performed by everyone. Knowing why people are on the prayer list given at Saturday/Sunday services would keep parishioners informed about what is needed. Another idea was to make assignments for visits.

    All lay ministers involved in church services need regular, perhaps monthly training sessions, especially when they have to serve at different altars at different

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    places. A qualified leader of each group would be helpful. To avoid confusion, everyone involved needs to work as a team, with everyone knowing what they are supposed to do and where and when.

    Inreach is as important as outreach. We need to reach out to youth and give them confidence to participate in lay ministry. In an aging parish, we need to focus on seniors, shut-ins and caregivers of shut-ins.

    It is important for the clergy, especially the rector, to visit families at home and essential that they make hospital visits. The clergy can establish role models for parishioners.


    It is evident that much attention has been given to the development of Christian education for adults at St. Paul’s. Classes are offered Sundays after the 9:30 am service, on Wednesday evenings and on Thursdays at 10:30 am Education for Ministry (EFM) meets each Tuesday night. Presently, nine students and their mentor worship, study and support one another in their individual faith journeys. A second regular educational group is the Women’s Book Group that meets monthly.

    The majority of parishioners (76%) believe that the program should provide exposure to a variety of theological views. While there are many chances for adults to participate in small group study, there is a significant number (34%) of people who did not know these opportunities were available.

    Parishioners in the small group sessions expressed a desire for more classes that focus on the history of the Episcopal Church as well as current changes. They would like to see classes at times other than after Sunday service, and want to participate in more discussion based interactive workshops which could also be social occasions. A need for more communication – traditional and modern – was expressed.





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    At the Sunday 9:30 am service, children are excused during the Hymn of Praise to study a Church School curriculum based on that Sunday’s scripture readings. All children return to church at the offertory to participate in Holy Communion with their parents.

    Parents and parishioners volunteer each year to teach Sunday School with the organizational leadership of the assistant rector. During the summer months, an alternative program focusing on the environment is provided with lessons often in the garden.

    A high school youth program meets on Sunday evenings and includes Bible study, serious reflection on the role of faith in their daily lives and social activities. The middle school youth group is being revived this year, also meeting on sunday evenings.

    The current age demographic has significantly impacted the youth program demonstrated by 53% of the parishioners saying they did not know if St. Paul’s provided effective education programs for youth. There were 29%, however, who felt that such programs were not provided and commented that this is an area that needs to be addressed.

    A major desire of those who attended the small group sessions is for a new building that would have classrooms, and multipurpose rooms that would attract older children and teenagers. It was also suggested that our youth ministry program team up with other congregations in the area for social and educational events. Another strong wish is for a full-time youth minister who would be in charge of all youth programs and who would offer strong Episcopal Church education.


    Founded in 1971 by a group of dedicated church members, the preschool began as an outreach program to the surrounding communities and continues in the same tradition today. It is governed by a board of directors that includes a mix of church members, preschool parents, a Vestry representative, the Rector and the school director. The preschool is financially independent and works diligently to contribute to the maintenance of the physical plant. Communication between the preschool and the church is a priority.

    The preschool offers children ages 2-5 years an educational environment and an opportunity outside the home to develop a creative, constructive attitude toward themselves, others and the world. It is open for enrollment to children of any creed,

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    religion, color, sex or place of birth, licensed by the State of California and accredited by the National Association of Episcopal Schools.

    Enrollment in the half-day program averages 250 families each year. Since its inception 39 years ago, only three directors have been hired. Another bonus for the preschool’s program continuity is that many of the 21 staff members have been teaching at the school for over 20 years.

    The preschool’s goal is to provide a warm, safe and nurturing environment for children in a developmentally appropriate program. This program promotes the child’s total development by attention to the following domains: physical (fine and gross motor), social, emotional, cognitive/creative, and spiritual.

    The staff is committed to incorporating the best practices for early childhood education. They are influenced by the social constructivist practice put in place by theorists Piaget, Vygotsky, Malaguzzi, Erikson, Dewey and Gardner as well as by the Reggio School philosophy that places a strong emphasis on the family-school relationship.

    Weekly services for the children are conducted by the Reverend Kay Sylvester and Joyce Jones, the preschool Director.

    In the future, parishioners want to continue to develop the relationship between the Church and Preschool, making sure to follow the guidelines established by the NAES. They also expressed a desire to hold more joint events and would like to see more effort made to provide outreach to the Preschool families.




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    St. Paul’s has a wide and varied outreach program as we seek to be of service to our community. Our efforts include the following held at the church unless otherwise noted:

    • Gordon’s Garden: an organic garden providing fruits and vegetables for the community,

    • Community meetings: 12-step meetings for AA, OA and Al-Anon; American Field Service ; Holy Family Adoption and orientation,

    • St. Peter’s CSI Church of Los Angeles (a congregation of the Church of South India, part of the worldwide Anglican Communion),

    • Irvine Adventist Congregation (Korean language) worship,

    • Sunday Suppers: with the help of four other congregations (Trinity Episcopal, Aldersgate Methodist, Temple B’nai Israel and Serrano Community Church), provide free meals to anyone who is hungry on Sunday nights;.

    • Southwest Hospitality Kitchen: once a month a team from St. Paul’s prepares and serves about 120 hot lunches to the clients of Southwest Community Center in Santa Ana,

    • Craft Guild: crafters create work for sales throughout the year to benefit the Bishop Krumm Scholarship, the Rector’s Discretionary Fund and The Sheepfold (a shelter for homeless women),

    • L.E.A.P. (Learning, Enrichment and Achievement Partners): an after-school tutoring and mentoring program for 60 children referred from a nearby public elementary school, and a four-week academic summer school for 120 students referred from eight Title 1 elementary schools in the Tustin Unified School District.

    • ESL (English as a Second Language): classes for adults to learn English.

    Although parish-ioners have many opportunities for involvement, it appears that more information needs to be provided as to what programs are in place, how people can get involved and how the programs are impacting our community. A majority of church members are not aware of what funding is allocated in St. Paul’s outreach budget, and would like regular feedback of program status.

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    Ideas for further community outreach suggested by the small group participants included more ESL classes, citizenship classes and general education adult classes

    that have been cut in the Orange County Adult Schools. It was also suggested that the Sunday Suppers be expanded to include a food pantry and clothing for distribution. Everyone thought a new building is needed which could include a youth center, a senior center, classrooms, storage space and new restrooms.

    Children’s ministry was especially important to those who attended the small group sessions. Families follow where their children go, so more youth activities are

    essential. A youth program director was on everyone’s list, and mission groups for youth were suggested in cooperation with another church.

    Many wanted to reach out to the community to make them aware of St. Paul’s and would like to see more ethnic diversity. It was suggested that all parish literature should say St. Paul’s EPISCOPAL Church.


    Established opportunities for socializing include:

    • Women’s Gathering which meets monthly for fellowship, discussion and reflection

    • Annual Women’s Retreat

    • Men’s Fellowship Breakfast which meets monthly

    • Lunch Bunch which meets weekly

    Occasional events include large fellowship events such as the Potato Derby and the Shrove Tuesday Gala and fundraisers such as the Taste of St. Paul’s and concerts by outside groups.

    The congregation would like to see more opportunities, particularly for seniors,

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    young adults and single adults. They would also like to have more interaction with other congregations. Comments also included the frustration of finding available times for St. Paul’s family activities.

    Small group attendees commented that it is important to create a bond between members of the congregation, and that social activities are a good way to facilitate it. Ideas mentioned included a lobster/clam bake, Black and White Ball, Casino Night and Potato Derby. It was also suggested that an event be held each quarter of the Church Calendar. Other thoughts were a movie series with discussion afterwards, reinstating Supper Eight (groups of eight parishioners having dinner in each other’s homes) and sponsorship of new members which would match them with veteran parishioners.


    According to the Profile Survey, a majority (78%) of parishioners believe they have a sound understanding of Christian stewardship. Even so, 27% say they don’t have a clear idea about the amount of money required to run the parish. Further, 57% say they don’t know if St. Paul’s has the right budget priorities. Eighty-six percent think that contributing time and talent to the church is as important as contributing money.

    At the end of the Annual Pledge Campaign, 120 pledges for the 2011 budget were received totaling $309, 717. Fourteen of those pledges were made by families who did not pledge in 2010.

    Throughout each year, parishioners and others contribute additionally for flowers and/or music as well as for special events or programs.

    The people who attended small group sessions said that communication about the budget should be increased. They would like to see monthly budget figures, and want to be informed of any and all changes to the budget. Other important recommendations are to keep the stewardship program moving forward to obtain funds necessary for managing the church; and to establish a fund for church repairs.

    Anticipated Income: Pledge and Plate $ 330,000 Other Income 95,017

    2010 Carryover 17,759 Total $ 442,776

    Anticipated Expenses Outreach $ 48.104 Program Expense 19,072 Maintenance 47,300 Administration/Office 43,070 Clergy Staff 175,737 Lay Staff 108,664 Total $ 441,927

    2011 Budget

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    The Profile Survey asked respondents to select seven areas of ministry leadership out of 20 listed they would most like the new rector to provide. The results were as follows:

    1. Administration

    2. Preaching

    3. Pastoral Care

    4. Counseling

    5. Spiritual Growth

    6. Worship

    7. Church Growth

    Survey responders were also asked to rank seven attributes they would like to see in the new rector. Following are the results with #1 as most important:

    1. Spiritual Leader

    2. Person of Character

    3. Pastor

    4. Administrator

    5. Facilitator

    6. Intellectual Leader

    7. Social Activist

    From a list of 13, parishioners were asked to rank their top three areas of importance for the new rector’s performance. Their priorities are as follows:

    1. Fostering a sense of fellowship and community within the church

    2. Presenting stimulating and challenging worship services

    3. Assuring efficient and effective church administration

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    In response to God’s powerful and transforming presence, weseek and serve Christ in all people. We strive to uphold thedignity of every person, to live our lives as the human expression of God’s love in our community and to participate in the healing of the world. Together we work to understandthe diffi cult issues and choices of life. Whether we fi nd answers or agree to live with the questions, we are committedto responding with the compassion of Christ.

    We are a welcoming and inclusive community. We strive toencourage and support all people in their individual anddiverse journeys of faith. Together we teach and learn, laughand cry, discover our similarities and explore our differences.We offer each other our care and support in all the stages andchallenges of life as we journey toward wholeness of body, mind and soul.

    Our celebration is centered in the Christ who draws all people into a journey of faith. As we celebrate the occasions of ourlives, they weave together to form the tapestry of our commonlife. We gather in worship and prayer, enriched by the beauty of life. We gather in worship and prayer, enriched by the beauty of our tradition, offering our gifts of imagination and creativity.

    The people of St. Paul’s Church are called to celebrate theCreator of all, to sustain each other in community, and to liveout the compassion of Christ in the world.

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