February 25, 2017

 My sisters and brothers in Christ:

 We worship at 8 and 10 a.m. on the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, when we’ll hear Matthew’s glorious account of the Transfiguration, a story about fellowship and tradition, hope and fear, and especially light – Bethlehem light, Resurrection light, pilgrim light, and the saving light of heaven.

 And please join me this Sunday (tomorrow) at 9 a.m. in the Christian formation hour. I’ve pulled together some photos from our recent parish visit to the Holy Land. The show is called “Feeling The Spirit: One Pilgrim’s View.” The photo above shows some of your pilgrims on a chilly evening at the fifth Station of the Cross in Jerusalem’s Old City. All are welcome – and be sure to bring your questions (and also, perhaps, your own pilgrim’s view!).

 Next week marks a solemn transition time in the church calendar. It begins on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m., when St. John’s gathers in fellowship at our annual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper. Thanks to the men of the church, you’ll enjoy pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit, and all the trimmings. It’s a symbolic final indulgence before Lent begins. The pancakes will be a-flippin’ until 7:30, so come early, come a little later after work – but whenever you come, you’ll be glad you did, and so will we. It’s free (though we’ll take a free will offering), and family and friends are welcome. Just let us know how many hungry people in your party by signing up this weekend in the narthex or contacting us.

 On Ash Wednesday, March 1, St. John’s will offer imposition of ashes at Holy Eucharist services at noon and 7 p.m. We’ll also offer “Ashes To Go” to church members between 7-7:30 a.m. in the front parking lot. Again, you can drive into the lot until 7:30. At that time, St. John’s School drop-off begins, so access to the lot won’t be available. Between 7:30-8 a.m., you can park on Via Con Dios and walk on campus for your “Ashes to Go” at the station near the church office.

 And don’t forget Laundry Love Lake Forest this Wednesday, March 1 at 6 p.m. (the time for instruction and duty assignments) at Sparklean Laundry, 23532 El Toro Rd., Lake Forest. Email Randy Simmons at rhs8453@yahoo.com for more information. Mark your calendars as well for the RSM interfaith council’s second Faith and Issues Forum on Thursday, March 2 from 7-9 p.m. at San Francisco Solano Roman Catholic Church, 22082 Antonio Parkway. The topic is “Better Understanding Our Faiths, Traditions, and Practices,” with distinguished experts representing the Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Baha’I, and LDS traditions. Write council president Dot Leach at dclseven92679@yahoo.com to learn more.

 Yours in Christ’s love,

 Fr. John

 P.S.: Tomorrow (Sunday) is the deadline for buying tickets for Cardinella 2017, “STEAM Into The Future,” next Saturday, March 4 at AV Irvine. Learn more and buy your tickets here: