My sisters and brothers in Christ:

The spirit of Christ is on fire at St. John’s this Pentecost weekend!

At Relay for Life all day tomorrow at Central Park in Rancho Santa Margarita, our St. John’s team will celebrate the spirit of hope, healing, and loving remembrance. By this afternoon, our team had raised $9592, tantalizingly close to our $10,000 goal. On behalf of Deb Griffith and Andrea Patton, congratulations and thanks to all. I’ll see you for the invocation and opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m., and I’ll tag along with the Book It On Mondays! team when they walk at 11 a.m. You won’t want to miss the 3:30 p.m. performance by our own Lisa Naulls, Paul Arndt, and friends. If you’d like to make a contribution, follow this link to the St. John’s page:

This Pentecost weekend, we’ll celebrate as usual, but with a little extra dose of the Holy Spirit: Our convenient community Holy Eucharist service at 5 p.m. on Saturday (May 14) and at 8 and 10 a.m. on Sunday. At 10 a.m., the St. John’s Choir will be joined by 25 members of The Episcopal Chorale Society under the direction of its founder, Dr. Chas Cheatham, and our own Bob Miller. After the service, all are welcome at a reception in the courtyard marking our 30th anniversary as a worshiping community in Rancho Santa Margarita.

Pentecost-keep-calmAnd don’t forget: It’s Pentecost, so please wear red, in remembrance of the flames of heaven that came down on the birthday of the church!

We’ll also celebrate the spirit of welcome and interfaith friendship as we are joined in the 9 a.m. Christian formation hour by Sheikh Yassir Fazaga, religious leader of the Orange County Islamic Foundation in Mission Viejo, speaking in the multipurpose room about Islam. It’s the third installment of the Rev. Dr. Gerald Larson’s popular class on the third great Abrahamic faith. To make sure Sheikh Yassir has enough time for his remarks and your questions, we’ll begin promptly at 9 a.m.

And we’ll celebrate the spirit of service to God’s people in two ways (besides Relay!):

First, please bring your food donations to church this weekend and, if schedules permit, volunteer this Thursday, May 19 at the RSM Food Pantry anytime between noon and 5 p.m. at The Bridge Church, 30162 Tomas Ave. For more information, contact coordinator Roger Bradshaw at

Second, all are welcome at an organizational meeting for Corazon (where we help build a house for a family in Mexico) this Sunday in the Bishop’s Room after the second service. We have a build scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15. If your schedule’s open, that may be a sign from the Holy Spirit! Please come and learn more.

Yours in Christ’s love,
Fr. John

P.S.: Don’t forget to sign up this weekend for the men’s open forum (at BJ’s this Wednesday, May 18), our Spring Fling fellowship dinner (May 21), and the Angels v. Cleveland game (June 11).