January 2, 2015

The Ninth Day of Christmas

My sisters and brothers in Christ:

That’s a view of St. John’s on New Year’s Eve morn from a heretofore secret spot. In case you want to give it a try (a long lens would be helpful; this was the best I could manage with an iPhone), the vantage point is behind the Shell station on Santa Margarita Parkway, just outside the entrance to the car wash.

St. John’s Christian formation classes are always a focal point for lively conversation. Join us beginning this Sunday, Jan. 4 at 9 a.m. in the Bishop’s Room for a two-week conversation about prayer in multifaith and civic settings. This Sunday, our own Pam Kelley, an attorney and a lecturer in political science at UCI, will lead a discussion of Town of Greece (NY) v. Galloway, in which the Supreme Court approved denominational prayer at town council meetings. Do you think the Court was right or wrong? Come tell us why!

This Sunday, we worship as usual at 8 and 10 a.m. There will be no Saturday service tomorrow, Jan. 3; our community Holy Eucharist service recommences on Saturday, Jan. 17. Lectio Divina and the St. John’s Bible Fellowship resume this Tuesday, Jan. 6. Women’s Bible Study, the noon healing service, and youth group all resume this Wednesday.

On Saturday, Jan. 10, all Orange County Episcopalians are invited to help at a Habitat veteran’s home repair from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in Santa Ana. St. John’s is supporting the ministry financially. If you can help with some elbow grease, please e-mail habitat@stpauls.org for more information and to sign up.

Yours in Christ’s love,

Fr. John

P.S.: On behalf of all your parish leaders, thank you to the 103 St. John’s members and families who have submitted pledge cards for 2015.

P.P.S.: Please mark your calendars for:  Monday, Jan. 12, when we need all our “All In” pledges if they are to be considered by the Bishop’s Committee when it adopts the 2015 St. John’s budget on Jan. 14…Saturday, Jan. 17, when Mother Martha will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Cathedral, 514 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, 90007 (parking available nearby; please try to be in your pew by 9:30 a.m.)…Sunday, Jan. 18, when Mother Martha will celebrate Holy Eucharist for the first time at 8 and 10 a.m….Saturday,Jan. 24, when the men of St. John’s will play host at their fellowship breakfast to our own Daniele Struppa, Chapman University chancellor and president-designate, for a talk about faith and vocation…Sunday, Jan. 25, for our St. John Chrysostom patronal feast, annual meeting, ministry fair, and chili potluck… and Sunday, Feb. 8, for our Red Cross blood drive.