ADDRESS: 30382 Via Con Dios • Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
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Services: Sunday 8 and 10am, Saturday 5pm
Childcare offered during both Sunday services; Sunday school and Godly Play at the 10am service.

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WEEKLY REMINDERS FOR TUESDAY, JULY 17 — SUNDAY, JULY 22

Tuesday, July 17: • Caregiving Mosaics, DJ Gomer’s home, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19: • RSM Food Pantry, The Bridge Church, Noon • Caring About Precious Seniors, Park Terrace, 6:15 p.m. Saturday, July 21: • Men’s Basketball, Cardinal Gym, 6:30 a.m. • Holy Eucharist, Church, 5 p.m. Sunday, July 22: • Holy Eucharist, Church, 8 [....]

ARE YOU ABLE TO PITCH IN? LEND A HAND? MAKE A DIFFERENCE? FANTASTIC!

Caring About our Precious Seniors — St. John’s ministry to the residents of Park Terrace — needs your help! This is a new opportunity! From Linda Allport, who is spearheading our involvement at PT: * Many of you have participated in the CAPS ministry at Park Terrace in the past, and I want to let [....]

WEEKLY REMINDERS FOR TUESDAY, JULY 10 — SUNDAY, JULY 15

Tuesday, July 10:      • RSM Interfaith Council, Multipurpose Room, 7 p.m.   Wednesday, July 11:      • Interfaith Youth Forum Training, Multipurpose Rm, 7 p.m.   Thursday, July 12:      • Caring About Precious Seniors, Park Terrace, 6:15 p.m.      • Altar Guild Meeting, Bishop’s Room, 7 p.m.   Saturday, [....]

YOUTH GROUP UPDATE — SUMMER 2018

So, what’s up with our Youth Group? As always, LOTS!   They’re back from the Big Bear Weekend, and Mrs. Patti says it was an “awesome time”!   Next up is the annual Midsummer’s Night event on Wednesday, July 25. All incoming 6th graders are invited to attend, along with all 7th through 12th graders. [....]

WEEKLY REMINDERS FOR TUESDAY, JULY 3 — SUNDAY, JULY 8

It’s Monday, and it’s the day for the Weekly Reminder post!   Tuesday, July 3:      • RSM Cares Food Pantry, The Bridge Church, Noon   Wednesday, July 4:      • Have a safe Fourth! Church Office closed and reopens Thursday.   Thursday, July 5:      • Caring About Precious Seniors, Park [....]

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3 days ago

St John Chrysostom Church

The RSM Food Pantry is amazing! Ministry Coordinator Chris O’Connor (in the hat, and surrounded by just some of today’s volunteers) is in charge of the 5-year old program, and he has it dialed in.

Today’s food pantry helped 100+ individuals by 4:30 pm — that’s between 300-400 people who will now have food for the next several days. Chris reports that today’s feed started with 10-12 palettes filled with fruits, veggies, dairy, and meat. By day’s end there was a bit of food remaining, which Chris offers to other food pantries for their clients.

Clients arrive as early as 8 am to get in line for the distribution which starts in early afternoon. Chris said 80-90 percent of clients come from Trabuco Canyon and RSM, although people come from Riverside, Garden Grove, and other cities throughout Orange County.

Chris, who volunteers his time as coordinator, says the average family leaves with about 90 lbs. of food. He invites more people to volunteer, saying, “I want the whole community involved. Food pantries aren’t just about feeding people who don’t have homes. People live in cars, on a friend’s couch. We have single parents who need food for their kids, people who are working two jobs, and many elderly.”

Members from several churches or groups pitch in, including St. John’s, Catholic Men’s Fellowship, Community Lutheran, Assist Teens, and San Francisco Solano Catholic Church.

St. John’s member Robin Nelson has been a Food Pantry volunteer for five years. Why does she do it? “I was going through EFM (Education For Ministry) and trying to figure out which ministry I wanted to help.” She heard a farmer say that every person in America could be fed with the food that is wasted in one day. It had a big impact on Robin. “I’d like to make a difference and change the world. I decided to focus my attention on feeding hungry people,” she said.

Also volunteering at today’s feed with Robin were St. John’s Hunter
Bendel, and Michelle Stone from HICAPP, part of the Council on Aging and an organization which provides free counseling on Medicare (third photo). St. John’s Roger Bradshaw, a Food Pantry fixture, had to leave early today.

The RSM Food Pantry distributes food twice monthly, on the first Tuesday and third Thursday of each month. Volunteering is easy — just show up! Noon is when setup happens, distribution is between 2 and 5 pm — all in the back parking lot of The Bridge Church, 30162 Tomas, RSM.
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Humbled by the work of these faithful servants

Robin Nelson rocks!

Hi! Your Facebook Correspondent will join the volunteers at RSM Food Pantry today, and youre invited! Please join us, and get to know more church members and the neighbors we help. Cant make it today? Then check in later today, right here, to see what were up to!

Here are the details:  the second RSM Food Pantry food distribution of June is today, July 19. We meet behind The Bridge Church, 30162 Tomas Avenue in Rancho. Come at Noon to help organize stuff, and the distribution runs from 2 to 5 p.m. Come for all or part — your hands will make a difference!
Tonight the Caregivers meet! 

If youre not familiar with Caregiving Mosaics, this terrific group of folks are church members, and sometimes friends of members, who are caring for a loved one, often at home, sometimes visiting a loved one in an assisted living home. The demands of providing this care, while often rewarding, can also be challenging. A night out with others who understand what its like to be a caregiver is a much-looked-forward-to evening. 

Tonights gathering is at DJ Gomers Coto de Caza home. Let her know, via church@stjohns-es.org, that youd like to attend, and shell leave your name at the Coto gate. You can also use your church roster to give her a call.

The group meets at 6:30 pm for coffee (decaf) or tea, enjoys a lovely dessert, and share check-in conversations around the coffee table. Often shared are services or agencies one member has found that may be beneficial to another caregiver. Its a lovely group of people, very welcoming, and all are welcome.

6 days ago

St John Chrysostom Church

In yesterday's sermon, Fr. Christopher suggested that a builder's level, while a good tool, is second to a plumb line for pinpointing accuracy, a straight line, and what is level and true.

The faithful Christian, he said, always leaves the world a better place for others. He went on to say that an important refrain in his own life is this question: "Am I still exercising integrity?"

To that end, Fr. Christopher this week is making two lists that he will keep in his wallet. The first list will have his personal creed — "What I believe to be always true," and will include the values that are important in his life. The second list will hold Fr. Christopher's convictions — "The things I want to live by. Those things I want to live by no matter what will come along."

He urged each of us to develop something similar that we will carry in our wallets, pockets, clutches, or purses:
• a personal creed
• a list of personal convictions

Please, if you decide to create two lists — personal creed and personal convictions — comment below that your lists are done, and share anything you wish on what the process meant to you. If it takes you several days to complete your lists, do come back and let us know. Your progress will be an encouragement to others. And share this post, too; think of the power these lists can have not just on our lives, but on others' lives as we stand true and straight. Thank you.

Let us pray.
Almighty God, who created us in your image: Grant us grace fearlessly to wade into our busy minds, and find that still, quiet place where You speak to us. Help us to face the question: are we still exercising integrity? Then, help us to find writing time to wrest the words from our busy lives that we might create our personal creeds, and help us identify and record our personal convictions. Through your Son Jesus Christ help us to live into our creeds and convictions. Help us to employ our beliefs in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations. We do all of these things to the glory of your holy Name. Amen.
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In yesterdays sermon, Fr. Christopher suggested that a builders level, while a good tool, is second to a plumb line for pinpointing accuracy, a straight line, and what is level and true. 

The faithful Christian, he said, always leaves the world a better place for others. He went on to say that an important refrain in his own life is this question: Am I still exercising integrity?  

To that end, Fr. Christopher this week is making two lists that he will keep in his wallet. The first list will have his personal creed — What I believe to be always true, and will include the values that are important in his life. The second list will hold Fr. Christophers convictions — The things I want to live by. Those things I want to live by no matter what will come along. 

He urged each of us to develop something similar that we will carry in our wallets, pockets, clutches, or purses: 
     • a personal creed
     • a list of personal convictions 

Please, if you decide to create two lists — personal creed and personal convictions — comment below that your lists are done, and share anything you wish on what the process meant to you. If it takes you several days to complete your lists, do come back and let us know. Your progress will be an encouragement to others. And share this post, too; think of the power these lists can have not just on our lives, but on others lives as we stand true and straight. Thank you.

Let us pray.
Almighty God, who created us in your image: Grant us grace fearlessly to wade into our busy minds, and find that still, quiet place where You speak to us. Help us to face the question: are we still exercising integrity? Then, help us to find writing time to wrest the words from our busy lives that we might create our personal creeds, and help us identify and record our personal convictions. Through your Son Jesus Christ help us to live into our creeds and convictions. Help us to employ our beliefs in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations. We do all of these things to the glory of your holy Name. Amen.Image attachment

 

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Your Facebook Correspondent checking in: I thought writing my personal creed would be ez-pz. Not so much. The task is to write my creed — what I believe to be always true. I have two short sentences written, with still more to add. Then it's on to my list of personal convictions. How are your two lists going?

I know my personal creed. I feel pretty okay with it.

I like the seat shifting!

Very good service, the plum line was great

 

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Y’all sounded great!

Wonderful!

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