My sisters and brothers in Christ:

We worship at 8 and 10 a.m. on the Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany, when we’ll grapple with some of our LORD’s most difficult teachings: “Love your enemies” and “Turn the other cheek.” And these two seasonal reminders: Please mark your calendar for our popular Shrove Tuesday pancake supper on February 28 at 6 p.m. in the multipurpose room (all hail the men of St. John’s for putting it on!) and Ash Wednesday, March 1, when we’ll offer imposition of ashes at services at noon and 7 p.m. If you’d like to start your day with ashes, Patti Peebles and I will offer “ashes to go” beginning at 7:30 a.m. at both St. John’s School’s drop-off spots. Church members are warmly welcomed, too. Come early, and beat the rush!

Attached to this e-mail you’ll find the winter 2017 issue of the Vaya Con Dios, the St. John’s Church newsletter, superbly edited, as always, by Linda Allport. Look for articles about women’s movie and dinner night, Financial Peace University, our recent Holy Land pilgrimage, some wonderful reflections by our famous far-flying steeple doves, and some reflections about transitions from your devoted vicar. When you see Linda around campus, be sure to thank her for all the effort and love she puts into this ministry.

Finally, a word about the “sanctuary” photo. Last Sunday, I talked about the resolution that Diocesan convention adopted in December designating the Diocese of Los Angeles as a sanctuary diocese. Each church is deciding for itself how it wants to participate. I offered the opportunity to pose for a sanctuary photo after church this Sunday. My proposal provoked some good questions about what individuals would be signifying by posing or not posing. So we’ve decided to postpone the photo until we’ve had a chance to talk as a parish community about the convention resolution. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Yours in Christ’s love,

Fr. John