St. George’s Anglican Church Newsletter for Trinity 2012


Rector's Message-Cluny

In 910 A.D., a new monastic order was born at Cluny in France which would have a profound influence on European society and culture. The Order of Cluny could boast over 1,200 monasteries by the beginning of the twelfth century. This order came at a time when Europe was still in the grip of the Dark Ages, when society had unraveled with the fall of the Roman Empire. Political and social chaos and widespread poverty prevailed.

Monasticism took root under St. Benedict beginning in the 4th century but it could not weather the social tsunami that would ensue with the crumbling of the Roman government.

Cluny renewed the vigor of monasticism and in turn it led to the flowering of Western Civilization.

At the heart of the Cluny reforms was the restoration of the Rule of St. Benedict with some important adaptations; chief among them was the belief in the central role of the Mass in Christian life. The monks at Cluny felt very strongly that it was the Mass which allowed human participation in the worship in Heaven. It was inevitable that the monks’ immersion in the Divine Liturgy would enkindle in them a desire to enhance “the eternal transfixed in time” through sacred music, architecture, art, and service to fellow believers.

A renaissance of the Christian faith always occurs when there is a sincere dedication to prayer and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, for these allow us communion with the Transcendent. We share in the interpersonal love of the Holy Trinity and in turn our hearts can burn with the love of God. We in turn yearn to give of ourselves to God and our fellow man – hence, community is born.

The Order of Cluny and monastic orders similar to it, such as the Franciscans, transformed the hearts and minds of the people of the Middle Ages. A new, Christian way of looking at God’s creation caused people to value the sanctity of human life from conception to death. This insight led to the proliferation of hospitals, orphanages, and monastic communities dedicated to tending to the poorest and most downtrodden of society.

The late Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, once remarked, “The West is born of Christianity and the crisis of the West is that it is no longer Christian.” People are despairing because the secular world’s supposed cures to life’s problems are not working. The Church has the opportunity to renew society as those faithful Christian men and women did some 1,000 years ago.

To be the salt that preserves and enlivens our own society requires Our Lord dwelling in us, and we in Him. We can burn with the love of God, just as the monks of Cluny did, through regular participation in the Mass, in prayer, and in studying God’s Word. Our Lord can then entrust us with the work He would have us do. I believe Almighty God is hearing our heartfelt prayers and is making known to us how we can further His Kingdom both in our lives and in the lives of others. You will be hearing more about how you can give of your time, treasure, and talent in subsequent issues of The Parish Visitor. These are exciting times to be a Catholic Christian! Thanks be to God!

Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Hines+


Father Yates C. Greer

Father Yates C. Greer

The Reverend Yates Calvert Greer+ died on 25 April 2012 of a stroke. Father Greer was a faithful priest and a loving, caring pastor.

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David Lee Snyder, passed away June 11, 2012. David is survived by his loving mother, Jo Stasiak of Las Vegas; his uncle, Rick, and aunt, Connie Cummings, of St. George’s Anglican Church.

Henry Joseph Graves
passed away June 23, 2012. Betty and family express thanks to the church family for their love and support. Hank loved his church. It was the joy of his life to go to church, join in prayer, and be embraced by the church family.

Bernardo Conda
Father of Fely Covert, passed away May 19, 2012. Fely and Tom, Fely’s mother, sister Marissa from Winnipeg, and Annabelle and her husband Brian were all at his bedside. A special heartfelt thank you to everyone for their for thoughts and prayers
He was a great husband and father, and will be greatly missed.


Rae Waite receives Altar Guild Award

Dear Fr. Hines, Ladies of the Altar Guild, and all those who wrote notes of good wishes to me in the specially constructed card by Sharon Z.,
Thank you for your support and caring.
I was so completely caught by surprise and totally not ready for a presentation of any kind, that I forgot to thank you for being there with me.
Thank you, Fr. Hines, for all the kind words spoken on my behalf and for your patient guidance during those early years with the Altar Guild. Ladies, believe me, you never stop learning as there’s so much detail to commit to memory.
And most importantly, thank you for the very beautiful plaque presented to me by Fr. Hines——-so very beautifully put together and pulled together with God’s words.
I love you all and miss seeing you often. Thank you for your support and may God continue to bless you richly.



RebeccaParishioner Rebecca Andrews has volunteered to lead a new program to address special needs within our parish. These might be the sick, shut-in, hospitalized, elderly or other needs. Parishioners have risen to the occasion to help with pastoral care, such as visits to the sick, meal preparation, reading, phone calls, etc. All ages are encouraged to participate. If you are interested please email Fr. Hines at


Baptism - July 1, 2012

Baby Chikamso Simeon with Fr. Hines, parents Godwyn and Jane


Article by parishioner Ginny Deering, St. George’s webmaster


Our new Website has been a long time in the making. Father Gordon Hines and I got together over a year ago – May 20, 2011, as a matter of fact, to discuss our goals for the site and make plans. Initially, we listed 20 or so aspirations – not all have been fulfilled to date, but they provide a good long-term plan and direction. Father Greer, Tracy Belt, Ed Jost, Vincent Mills and Kim Jones have met with us to provide input, and we’ve also received lots of great help from John Pelham, John Davis, Connie Cummings, Janie Brown and many other Parish family members.

The inspiration for our site was that of a television network: it is necessary to always have many ongoing “shows” for our audience to tune it to. That is a tall order, as it takes time, devotion and inspiration to achieve consistent success.

Father really likes the idea of a television network, and continues to provide a prodigious amount of inspired content, guidance and direction toward the success of that goal. John Pelham meets every Friday morning to add and edit our Event Gallery page, which so far has documented events since Epiphany.

In addition to fulfilling the vision of a TV network, we are also well on our way to achieving the status of an “Authority Site,” which will, in a year or so, give us great Search Engine results. Father Greer’s two books have provided unique and inspired content that will bless many, many people both now and in the future.
In addition to Father Greer’s contributions, we also include Father Hines’ homilies weekly, along with daily readings, a contribution from Father George E. Miley, of the Holy Cross Church, in Oklahoma City, OK.

We have also drawn inspiration and content from Father Stephen Scarlett of St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in Newport Beach, California – especially the “Teaching the Faith” content.

We are currently blessed to have the following Website Editors: John Pelham, photography, Lynn Davis, Food Page (ACW section), and Connie Cummings, Saints. Edward Ward and Kathy are contributing news writers. Please contact Ginny at if you feel you’d like to contribute. We have a great need for your voice!

It is an honor and privilege to serve as the parish’s webmaster, and I look forward to working with our whole parish family to inspire our own spiritual growth, as well as that of a growing number of global visitors.


Thom Greathouse, Musical DirectorThose who stayed awake to view recent British Royal events via the Internet were treated to two original religious anthems sung by male choirs at Westminster Cathedral for the royal wedding, and at St. Paul’s Cathedral for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. For these new sacred songs, composers set aside modernist dissonance and artifice in favor of peaceful melody and caring words: The June 5 anthem, from Proverbs 8, used a simple call to God and His response: “Lord of Wisdom, walk beside us… /“I am here, I am with you….”
At choir rehearsals, we prepare each week’s Propers and hymns for the coming Sunday’s Mass. In addition, music director Thom Greathouse is introducing us this summer to similar short, reassuring, refreshing liturgical song by contemporary composers. Some lyrics are set atop the tunes of traditional classical music; some are newly made. All center on the presence of the Creator and Redeemer in Nature.
We are still in the rehearsal stage, but you may hear one or two at Communion in the near future, before we take on the task of building the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. We ask you to listen to the simple directness that calms the mind and encourages Faith in this tense period in history – such as
“In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed an apple tree/ In cocoons a hidden promise, butterflies will be free…./There’s a song in every silence, bringing hope to you and me.”
We also ask anyone who loves to pray vocally to join us at our Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. rehearsals at the church. Have a lovely summer; Thom is creating one for us.
Your Choir


Article by Kathleen G. Hoffman, St. George’s parishioner and lay Synod delegate
Kathy Hoffman
I was greatly honored to attend this conference, and it gave me an opportunity for a much greater overall view of the Anglican Church in the U.S. I have attended many, many business and educational conferences, and this one was absolutely first class!
The content and scheduling times of the different programs were excellent, as was the printed material. It might be nice to hand out a thought-provoking survey after each program to allow for some brainstorming to produce additional ideas and questions while the inspiration is hot! I enjoyed the game played in the Sunday school meeting simply because we were all privy to each other’s thoughts and ideas during the game.

I learned how important it is to put my faith FIRST in decisions and ideas. Watching and listening to the clergy and others approach decisions and problem solving was also a good lesson. An added benefit was watching our priest in a community of his peers and in a different setting…allowed us to understand more of the many facets of his work.

The hotel and facilities were excellent! The masses were very beautiful, and the visit to the diocesan cathedral was magnificent. I enjoyed meeting with the ACW ladies tremendously.

I thank God for this blessed opportunity, and all those who made it possible. Thank you.
Please click this link for my detailed report on the Diocesan Synod.

-Kathleen G. Hoffman


Article by parishioner Edward Ward

Edward Ward
Sunday, April 29th, dawned clear and bright with sunshine. The Rector and Vestry had changed the date of our Patronal Festival to coincide with the biannual visitation of our Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Frederick G. Morrison.
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Altar RailOur beautiful new altar rail has been given by John Davis and his sister, Sister Ann Margaret, in loving memory of their parents and to their dear friend, Sister Mary Luke. Sister Mary Luke was known for her love of children, particularly the less fortunate. She worked tirelessly to bring them to Christ and to meet their most basic needs. John and Sister Ann expressed a desire for something beautiful for St. George’s in Sister Mary Luke’s memory. The engravings on the altar rail read: “We thank thee, O Lord, for all those who minister to God’s children…” (Epistle side); “Given to the greater Glory of Almighty God and in thanksgiving for families…” (Gospel side).
Fr. Greer was very interested in the commissioning of the new altar rail and he offered an explanation of its significance in his commentary on the Mass. To read Fr. Greer’s excerpt and the lovely write-up on Sister Mary Luke please click here.

From The Liturgy of Holy Communion from The Book of Common Prayer with Commentary, by Fr. Yates Greer, p. 81.

“The Altar Rail: In the 1960s liturgical churches tore out altar rails with a fervor reminiscent of 16th century Puritan zeal in beheading church statuary. Today, many architects, clergy, and parishioners find the altar rail enhances reverence on the part of communicants; indeed, many churches that were built without rails are now installing them. The future direction of the Church of Rome may be discernible from the fact that Benedict XVI requires that all those who receive the Blessed Sacrament from him do so on their knees. Can altar rails be far behind?
“Symbolism associated with the Altar Rail: Many symbols are embedded in the rail that separates the sanctuary from the nave. Here is one which many of us heard first as children: it portrays the nave as the world and the sanctuary as heaven. We live in the world (nave) while we seek to enter heaven (sanctuary). The altar rail separates the two. Jesus came from heaven to earth to open for us a gate through which we may enter when we pass from this world to the next. That is why we bow when the priest passes on his way to the sanctuary. In the Holy Eucharist the priest takes the part of Jesus who, in the Mass, still reaches across that which separates us from heaven to feed our spiritual needs with his body and blood.”


St. George IconThe beautiful reproduction of a sixteenth century Russian icon of St. George has found its home in the church sanctuary. The icon was given anonymously by a parishioner to the greater glory of Almighty God and in memoriam of Father Yates C. Greer, a faithful priest and a loving and caring pastor. The icon was unveiled and blessed during the Bishop Morrison’s visit on St. George’s Day. Please click here to read a short biography of the life of Fr. Greer and Judith Greer’s letter expressing her gratitude for all of the love and support she has received from parishioners.


Votive ShelvesThe two votive candle shelves under the della Robbia sculpture of the Blessed Virgin with Child and the icon of St. George were given by Janie Brown in loving memory of her mother, Mary Jane Miller. Mary Jane had a unique calling for intercessory prayer. She often petitioned for the intercessions of the mother of Our Lord while praying the rosary. The Anglican Church has always encouraged intercessory prayer including petitioning for the prayers of the saints who have passed into eternity.
In the tract, Making the Sign of the Cross, by Fr. Greer, he wrote, “When we use words to pray, we are using only one form of the language capability with which God has imbued us.” Lighting of candles is itself a prayer. It has been customary since the early Church to light candles at icons of saints. As we ask for intercessory prayer from one another, the Church encourages us to ask the saints who have passed into eternity to pray for us as well.


Church Bell
Our new church bell is given in loving memory of Canon Lesley Wilder. Father Wilder was one of the first supporters of the Province and was a good friend of Archbishop Morse. As the beloved traditional priest at St. Matthews in San Mateo, Father Wilder had narrowly
been passed over for Bishop of California in the early 1960s, and he had been named canon of Grace Cathedral. In retirement, he had continued to offer prayers and counseling from his house in San Francisco until his death in 1990.In 1994, Mrs. Crichton’s son, the author Barnaby Conrad III, approached his godfather, Bishop Morse, with an interesting proposal. Mr.
Conrad was then chairman of the board of trustees of the Fathers Wilder & Easton Foundation, a charitable trust created by The Reverend Lesley Wilder and his long-time associate, The Reverend John Easton. Bishop Morse was chairman of the St. Joseph of Arimathea Foundation, which served U.C. Berkeley students by offering prayer and counseling. Bishop Morse had been a good friend of the late fathers, and all three priests had been close to the Cowgill Crichton-Conrad clan. Father Wilder had blessed Dale Crichton’s marriage in 1949, and Bishop Morse presided at Mrs. Crichton’s funeral.


Prince of Peace by Thomas Kinkade

Prince of Peace by Thomas Kinkade

The portrait of Jesus is a signed and numbered lithograph, created in 1999 by Thomas Kinkade. Mr. Kinkade died on April 6, 2012 at the age of 54. He was deeply religious man and this portrait of his vision of Christ is a rare form of his artwork. The portrait is donated by Al and Kathy Hoffman to the greater glory of God and in thanksgiving for St. George’s church.
Thomas Kinkade (January 19, 1958 – April 6, 2012) was an American painter of popular realistic, bucolic, and idyllic subjects. He is notable for his printed reproductions and other licensed products via The Thomas Kinkade Company. He characterized himself as “Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light,” a phrase he protected through trademark but one originally attributed to the English master J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851). He was claimed to be “America’s most-collected living artist” before his death.


If you wish to attend the consecrations, please click this link.


Summer Theatre

Thursday August 18, 5:00 PM – 11:30 PM
Spring Mountain Ranch, 6375 Highway 159, Blue Diamond, NV 89004
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat

If you are interested in joining us for a picnic and show at Spring Mountain Ranch, please sign the clipboard on the patio. Mike & Kathy McKeag will a picnic supper (sandwiches, chips and drinks) from 6:00-7:00 pm. The theater gates open at 6:00 pm. The show begins at 8:00 pm. Tickets for the show including picnic are $15.00 per person. Children age 5 and under are admitted free.

The biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this newly-orchestrated musical parable. Joseph, his father’s favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit is continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar’s wife lands him in jail. When news of Joseph’s gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh, Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an energetic rock score, this Old Testament tale has never been so much fun! Produced by Stage Door Entertainment. Directed and Choreographed by Terrence R. Williams. Join us for an evening under the stars. All shows will be at Spring Mountain Ranch.

Please contact the church office to reserve your tickets for this parish family social event. St. George’s parish will also serve a meal at the theatre prior to the show. More information about the play to follow in the coming weeks.  See you there!

Saturday, Oct. 6th -
Saturday, Oct. 20th -
Sunday, Nov. 4th -
Sunday, Dec. 23rd -
Sunday, Dec. 23rd -
Feast of St. Francis with blessing of the animals service
Annual Parish Family Picnic, Lone Mountain Park
Art Auction
Annual Children’s Christmas Pageant
Annual Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols


Are you interested in a Pilgrimage to England?

Do you long to hear the Big Ben bells? Swoon to the sound of evensong and candles? Savor warm scones and Devon cream? Love architecture and Anglican history? Parishioners Al and Kathy Hoffman are planning an Anglican Church-based pilgrimage to England for our church for next spring and they would love to hear who might be interested in going. They plan on 6-8 nights based in London but also visiting Canterbury, Bath, Salisbury and Stonehenge, PLUS this tour will be kept to around $1000 per person double-room occupancy including airfare.
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Father Gordon Hines

Fr. Hines was ordained a priest in 1997 on the Feast day of St. Irenaeus, June 28th. “I consider this quite a milestone,” said Fr. Hines. “Of the fifteen years as a priest, I have had the privilege of serving as Rector of St. George’s Church for fourteen years. I feel we have both grown together in the knowledge and love of Almighty God. I am very grateful for the vocation Our Lord has called me to.” Fr. Hines concluded his remarks by saying that the cry of the Church is for more priests and asked that we please pray daily for vocations to the Sacred Ministry.


Art Contest Winners

This year’s Diocesan Synod art contest drew good participation from our parish, with three of our children receiving Barnes and Noble Gift cards in recognition of their creative art work. Makena, Hailey and Cheyenne were the recipients of these gifts. In addition, other children from our Sunday school received ribbons and honorable mention. This year’s art contest theme was St. George slaying the dragon. No doubt, the children must have received inspiration from our parish’s patronal saint. Thanks are in order to Sunday school director Kim Jones and the other teachers for helping make this a successful and blessed event for our church school.


  1. Randy Starcher

    Mon 30th Jul 2012 at 4:33 PM

    for Ginny…..suggestion, at the bottom of the newsletter after address & phone numbers or someplace else……it would be helpful to put the office days and hours of operation…….. also put on website…..

    Randy Starcher

    • Ginny Deering

      Mon 30th Jul 2012 at 4:42 PM

      Great suggestion! The address and phone number are all the way at the bottom, but I agree they should go to the top. Also, if you click on our logo, it takes you to the website, but I will add a link to that, also. Many thanks!


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