My sisters and brothers in Christ:

We worship as usual this weekend: Our convenient community Holy Eucharist service on Saturday, April 23 at 5 p.m. and on the fifth Sunday of Easter at 8 and 10 a.m., when we’ll revisit Jesus’s “new commandment [to] love one another.”

(Didn’t we just hear that during Holy Week, on Maundy Thursday? We did indeed. It always bears repeating!)

All those new or relatively new to St. John’s Church — all newcomers! — are warmly invited at our newcomers brunch this Sunday, April 24 immediately after the second service. It’s a chance for your parish leaders, lay and ordained, to get to know you better, a chance to make new friends, a chance to discover connections and experiences in common, a chance to do all the things people of faith do when they come together to break bread in joy and fellowship. If you’d like to attend but haven’t let us know yet, we need to know no later than tomorrow, Wednesday. Please write Mo. Martha at mjohns@stjohns-es.org.

The St. John’s caregivers meet tomorrow (Wednesday, April 20) at 6:30 p.m. (please note the new time) in the Bishop’s Room. Write DJ Gomer at djgomer@cox.net for more information.

The RSM Food Pantry needs you anytime between noon-5 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 at The Bridge Church, 30162 Tomas Ave. If you have questions, or want to let us know you’re coming, write Roger Bradshaw at parisbradshaws@me.com.

We urgently need adult and high school volunteers this Saturday, April 23 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. to help build the magnificent set that St. John’s and other churches will share this year for Vacation Bible School. No special skills or heavy lifting is required. You’ll be painting, gluing, and working with paper mache and foam. The work party is at Trabuco Presbyterian Church, 31802 Las Amigas, Trabuco Canyon. If you’re able to come, please email or call Lorraine Kamholz at lkamholz@cox.net or 949-636-6612. Bring a pair of rubber gloves for yourself. While you’re at it, in addition to you, we need newspapers, empty two-liter soda, water, or juice bottles with lids, and any leftover bright-colored paint you may have around the house, awaiting this moment to be offered to the glory of God.

Finally, all are welcome this Sunday, April 24 at 2 p.m. for a celebration of the life of our courageous and gracious Tom Tello, who entered into glory on April 13 with his dear Haydee and their family around him. A reception will follow. Tom’s family invites guests to dress casually and comfortably, as Tom loved to do in his resort-style shirts.

Yours in Christ’s love,
Fr. John

P.S.: We have eight free tickets available to the Interfaith Council of South Orange County’s annual prayer breakfast on Friday, May 8 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, 24451 Health Center Dr., Laguna Hills. The guest speaker is award-winning radio commentator Michael Josephson, founder and president of Character Counts! More details appear in the attached flier. I’ll reserve tickets in the names of the first eight people to send me an email: revjht@msn.com