My sisters and brothers in Christ:
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It’s been a blessing to be back with you at St. John’s after my three weeks away. Our St. John’s School faculty and staff orientation week began Monday, and we in the church office were in the thick of it, from disaster drills and curriculum planning to (as pictured here) Thursday evening’s pizza party for our Early Childhood Center students and their families.

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These children were actually the early adopters of another exciting STEAM-infused school year, which officially begins when the rest of our students return beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Please keep all those affiliated with our largest ministry, St. John’s Episcopal School, in your prayers this week and throughout the year.

We worship as usual this weekend: Our convenient community Holy Eucharist service today (Saturday, Sept. 5) at 5 p.m. and on the 15th Sunday after Pentecost at 8 and 10 a.m., when we’ll ponder, in the light of our contemporary experiences and attitudes, the mystery of our LORD’s interaction with a Gentile woman and her suffering daughter, whom he at first inexplicably seemed to spurn.

As we think about Jesus’s wanderings throughout the region we now call Israel and Palestine, we have a special opportunity on Sunday to hear about the pilgrim journeys of our own Adam and Michael Lang, who participated in this summer’s Hands In Healing Youth Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Diocese of Los Angeles. See their breathtaking photos and hear about their experiences tomorrow (Sunday, Sept. 6) at 9 a.m. in the Bishop’s Room. You’ll especially enjoy the presentation if you’re a pilgrim yourself or are considering going along on the fifth St. John’s parish pilgrimage in January 2017.

If you’re still in the mood to explore next Sunday, Sept. 13, you’re invited to an open house brunch at 8:30 a.m. in the choir room, downstairs in the church and right around the corner from the Bishop’s Room. While you’re at it, you might just end up in the choir, because after the groceries, there will be a brief rehearsal to which you’re also cordially invited. If you’re an adult, love to sing, and have always wanted to join the choir, this is your chance. If you have any questions, please speak to choirmaster and organist Bob Miller or drop him a line at jrmkew@gmail.com.

And please consider wandering back onto campus next Tuesday, Sept. 15 as our Tuesday Tuneup ministries recommence: Lectio divina (spiritual reading and peaceful meditation) at 5:30 p.m. in the Bishop’s Room, fellowship at the nearby Starbucks at around 6, and the St. John’s Bible Fellowship at 7 in the Bishop’s Room, where we’ll conduct a late-summer check in with one another and pick up our study of John’s gospel. Please join us. You’ll be glad you did, and so will we.

Finally, it was a sad week for two St. John’s families and all who love them. News came Tuesday morning of the deaths of Ruth Breunig and Steve Henzel, both after brave battle against cancer. Ruth is the mother of our Lynn Skeith, Steve the husband of Joan, our former St. John’s church secretary. All are invited to a celebration of Steve’s life at St. John’s on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. Plans for Ruth’s service are pending.

Rest eternal grant to your servants, LORD Christ, and may light perpetual shine upon them.

Yours in Christ’s love,
Fr. John

P.S.: If you’d like to join or just learn more about the St. John’s prayer shawl ministry, where love of knitting, crocheting, and quilting is transformed into outreach to those who need comfort and solace, you’re invited to the home of Judy Beadles, 28882 Alanya in Mission Viejo, this Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. For more information, please contact Judy at jabeadles@aol.com or 949-702-6144.

P.P.S.: Signups continue this weekend for the St. John’s Welcome Home and Thank You potluck BBQ on Sept. 20, men’s open forum on Sept. 23, men’s retreat on Oct. 2-4 (just a few spaces left!), and Corazon build on Oct. 24.