Dick and Janice Woodman
We bought our first home in "Poets' Corner" of Pleasant Hill in 1963 and started looking for a church home in the area. We had lived in an apartment in Oakland and had attended St. Peter's Episcopal on Broadway. Bishop Pike signed our prayer books after confirming us into the Episcopal faith. Janice, our two kids, Lori and Marc, and I joined the Church of the Resurrection in 1964.
One of the first experiences that I had in the Church was a Saturday work party. After the work was done, someone brought out beer to drink. Janice had come from a Southern Baptist Church and I was raised in the Methodist Church. I was amazed and realized we had found a church home.
The young couples of Resurrection had started a group which was affectionately known as the FFF Group, the Friendly Fertile Flock, for obvious reasons. One New Year's Eve, at Rev. Shackell's home, the group dressed Bob Waldren up as Old Father Time and me up as the New Year Baby. Bob was very appropriate for Old Father Time except he was in his late 20s at the time. I, on the other hand, was also in my 20s but stood around 6 ft. 3 in. tall and 200 lbs at the time. We made a handsome couple coming down the stairs to greet the crowd and usher out the Old and welcome in the New Years. I wish I had a picture to show you.
During the ten years or so that we attended Resurrection, I served on the Vestry, Janice and I were fourth grade Sunday school teachers and we served as co-youth group advisors with Bob and Audrey Waldren. I later served on the Building Committee for the Education Building. This wasn't a particularly enjoyable experience. The politics were heavy and the result was not good. We left the organized church while I was working full time and going to school nights.
Bruce Smith was the deciding factor in our returning to Resurrection. We came back in 2002, just in time for Marlin Whitney to draft me onto the Building Committee. This resulted in my being the Church's project manager for the construction process for the new Community Building or Parish Hall. This Committee's work resulted in a much better committee experience for us.
We're glad to be back at Resurrection and looking forward to the continuing success of the Church's existence. Janice is the editor of the monthly newsletter and I serve on the Board of Directors for the Legacy Fund and the Art and Architecture Committee.
Happy 50th Anniversary to the Church of the Resurrection.
Dick and Janice Woodman