Bay Area Winter Merriment

Dec 21, 2010

Two December events at the Seamen's Church Institute's (SCI) Bay Area Center marked developments in the life of Institute's newest base of operations. A holiday concert raised money for SCI's work on the West Coast, and a celebration of the Rev. Jim Lindgren's service in maritime ministry gave thanks for years of dedication.

A Joyful Noise
by Adrienne Yee, Bay Area Development Coordinator

On Saturday, December 4, SCI-Bay Area opened the holiday season with a joyful noise that was heard throughout the Bay Area's island city of Alameda, CA. A fundraiser concert to benefit SCI's work at the International Maritime Center and in partnership with the Seafarer's Ministry of the Golden Gate featured the well-known and respected Allen Temple Baptist Church Choir.

Led by Allen Temple's Minister of Music, Ms. Betty Gadling, 30 choir members, a children's choir, dancers, and musicians performed their highly acclaimed musical version of the Nativity, "Celebration of Light" — A Christmas Experience, to a full house at Christ Episcopal Church in Alameda.

Following the performance, the hosts welcomed guests into Christ Church's parish hall for a festive reception to meet the performers and share in fellowship-a nice way to end the evening and at the same time a wonderful way to renew and welcome new friends during this Advent season.

Reception Honors Retiring Chaplain
by the Rev. David M. Rider, President & Executive Director

On Saturday, December 11, I was honored to represent Seamen's Church Institute (SCI) at a retirement reception for Bay Area Ministry Coordinator Jim Lindgren.

Jim retires on December 31 after 31 years of ordained ministry, including 28 years as a maritime chaplain. In 1982, Jim began his maritime ministry at New England Seafarers' Mission in Boston. In 1998, Jim moved to Seafarers' Ministry of the Golden Gate (SMGG), which partners in Oakland with SCI. When SCI assumed management of Bay Area Seafarers' Services and the International Maritime Center, we partnered with SMGG to co-hire Jim so that he might coordinate all ministry in the Bay Area.

Beginning January 1, SCI shifts to a new model, hiring a full-time SCI chaplain for the Bay Area. The Rev. Joyce Parry Moore continues Jim's work of coordinating ministry, including coordinating seafarer needs, volunteer recruitment, and increased visibility of SCI's ministry to local maritime and church stakeholders. SMGG is recruiting a part-time chaplain to lead its mission efforts.

Saturday's reception feted Jim with humorous stories, thoughtful tributes and great food. Most of Jim's large family was able to attend and take in the accolades. Noting that Jim was an incredible environmentalist and recycler at our center, two of Jim's colleagues gave him a beautiful plaque with his name superimposed over a former recipient, bringing down the center with laughter.

While Jim lives into a well-deserved retirement, he will remain in the Bay Area and keep his hand in maritime ministry. A long-time member of the National Association of Maritime Ministry (NAMMA), Jim will work with me as SCI hosts NAMMA's annual conference in Oakland in June 2011. He will do so as one of the two longest serving maritime chaplains in America.

SCI congratulates Jim and wishes him Godspeed in retirement.