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News: 12/01/2016

St. Patrick’s news

Standing with Standing Rock; Checks for local schools

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Miriam Casey and Kendall Brown at Standing Rock in North Dakota.

Last month, two parishioners from St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Miriam Casey and Kendall Brown, heeded the call by the Episcopal Church national leadership to go to Standing Rock in North Dakota to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is supposed to run under the Missouri River and across their tribal lands. Miriam and Kendall both said it was one of the most significant things they have ever done. At one point they stood in an enormous circle with 500 clergy and other people of faith, holding hands and exchanging peace. It was a long, cold trip, but well worth it.

'Tis better to give... Above: (L. to R.) Rev. Jennifer Hornbeck, Jean Derum, Dunbar School Principal Melanie Blake, and Leslie Clark . Far left: Rev. Jennifer Hornbeck, Jean Derum, Leslie Clark, and Kenwood Principal/Superintendent Bob Bales.

After a successful Harvest Fair fundraiser in October, St. Patrick’s was able to give checks to Kenwood and Dunbar Elementary Schools in the amount of $1,800 each. The money was earmarked for garden and culinary programs at Dunbar, and Kenwood School’s free and reduced price lunch program. The Rev. Jennifer Hornbeck, along with Harvest Fair organizers Jean Derum and Leslie Clark, hand-delivered the checks to Principal Melanie Blake at Dunbar School, and Principal/Superintendent Bob Bales at Kenwood School.

The next Celebrate Family night is Saturday, Dec. 10, starting at 5 p.m. Families of all kinds and all ages are invited to come for a short, interactive service, followed by dinner and games.

On Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., all are invited to an Interfaith Prayer Vigil at St. Patrick’s, to pray for reconciliation within our country and healing in our lives. The service will be led by The Rev. Karen King.

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is located at 9000 Sonoma Highway in Kenwood, across from the fire department. For more information, call 833-4228, go to, or

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