July 11, 2015

My sisters and brothers in Christ:

We worship as usual this weekend: Today (Saturday, July 11) at 5 p.m., our convenient community Holy Eucharist service, and on the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost at 8 and 10 a.m. The gospel reading (from Mark) is the horrifyingly human story of the death of John the Baptist, the epistle (from Ephesians) a reassurance of God’s forgiveness of our trespasses. Please join us for our midsummer worship, and consider bringing a friend.

I was disappointed to learn this week from Sheryll Grogan how few of us have stepped up the plate to offer to teach Summer Funday School. I took this photo of some of our younger St. AngelsatAngelsJohn’s angels during our recent expedition to see the larger Angels play baseball. My friends, our children need just one Sunday morning — one 45-minute gift of yourself once offered (and if you think I just played the Jesus Christ card, I definitely did!) to give our regular teachers a well-earned summer break. Sheryll and Lorraine Kamholz make it easy by providing a lesson plan that you can accommodate to your own style. We’ll have you and the kids in church in time for Holy Communion.

You have two combination classes to choose from: Preschool through first grade (teachers are still needed for July 19 and 26, Aug. 9 and 16, and Sept. 6) or second through fifth grades (July 26 and Aug. 9, 23, and 30). Please hearken to the angel whispering in your ear right now and let Sheryll (sgrogan@stjohns-es.org) or Lorraine (lkamholz@cox.net) know what date you will take. On behalf of our children and teachers, thank you!

Yours in Christ’s love,
Fr. John

P.S.: Sunday is the last opportunity to sign up for our spring “Physical and Spiritual Muscles” workshop this Thursday, July 16 at 7 p.m., following the caregivers’ meeting at 6 p.m. in the Bishop’s Room. The details are in the attached flier.

P.P.S.: We need your food and gift card donations in church this Sunday for the monthly Rancho Santa Margarita Food Bank on Thursday at The Bridge Church, 30162 Tomas Ave. We also need volunteers to help serve our neighbors in need anytime from noon to 5 p.m. Just drop by, even if you have only a half hour to give.

P.P.P.S.: Thanks to Mo. Martha, here’s a good summary of the work of The Episcopal Church’s General Convention, which wrapped up last week in Salt Lake City:
http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2015/07/07/general-convention-wrap-up-historic-actions-structural-changes/

P.P.P.P.S.: Three experts write in the New York Times that empathy is a choice rather than “a fixed personality trait.” Check out the fascinating article below (and then please sign up to be a Summer Funday School Teacher!):
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/12/opinion/sunday/empathy-is-actually-a-choice.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share&_r=0