Ascension Day and our continuing mission.  

Today, May 26 is Ascension Day, often unobserved by Christians, probably because it happens on a Thursday. I suppose it also goes past because we have the sense that Jesus has “gone away.” Where did Jesus go? Is he beyond Jupiter or the farthest galaxy? Not at all! My understanding of the Ascension is that Jesus has entered the heavenly realm which stands right next to ours in time and space but is invisible to the senses. Jesus is now seated at the right hand of the Father, “far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come” (Eph 1:21).

Yet, if Jesus is ruling over all things, how do we explain the tragedies of Buffalo, Laguna Woods, and Uvalde TX? Sadly, not all things have been brought under the reign of Christ. That is why we pray “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” That is why Jesus commands that repentance and forgiveness be proclaimed in his name to all nations (Lk 24:47). We must be empowered by the Spirit to call people to repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation (Lk 24:49, Acts 1:8). May the Holy Spirit come on us that we may witness to the way of love.

Upcoming Special Service
Feast of the Visitation, Next Tuesday, 31 May, Noon in the Chapel. This Feast of the Lord recalls Mary’s visit to Elizabeth and features Mary’s song, The Magnificat.

Artwork: The Visitation is a painting by the Italian Renaissance painter Domenico Ghirlandaio, dating 1491. Displayed in the Louvre Museum of Paris, France.
Prayers From Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry
Below is a prayer that has been adapted from a liturgy offered by Bishops United Against Gun Violence along with a video from our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry.

Most compassionate God, we hold before you all who have died from gun violence in our land. We remember especially the children and adults who were killed in Uvalde, Buffalo, and Laguna Woods. We lift our voices in sorrow and frustration knowing that every life is infinitely valuable to you. Receive all who have died into the arms of your mercy, bless those who mourn with the hope of eternal life, and work through our hearts and hands to bring about your justice and love on this earth. This we pray in the name of the one who overcame the power of death, your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
What's Happening!
  • This Monday May 30—Office closed for Memorial Day
  • Next Sunday June 5—Celebrate Pentecost!
  • Sunday June 12—Trinity Sunday and Baccalaureate. Honor our Seniors and pray them on to the next chapters of their life journeys.
  • Sunday June 19—Fathers’ Day. After celebrating mothers earlier this month, let us look forward to celebrating fathers with Beer & Brats to be served during coffee hour after the 10:00 service.
Please Donate for Military Packing
And help us pack boxes on Saturday, June 11, noon - 2pm, in front of the church.

If you can, please bring items (see printed list distributed on Sunday), cards, and money for postage. Each box postage is $21.00
Children 5 and upwards accompanied by an adult are invited also!
Drinks and snacks for all who come to pack!
Special Zoom Study – The Wheel
Zoom study continues Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Many enjoyed Father Jerry’s Lenten Study on The Wheel – Vital Practices for Christian Living. By request, we are offering this as a Zoom study. Registration and advance preparation are not required, but if you would like to read some material in advance, please email Jack Hailwood.
Remember Your Health
Cases of both influenza and Covid are rising in the community. For this reason, please remember to stay home from church and social events if you are feeling unwell in any way. The wearing of properly fitting masks (preferably medical or K/N 95) is also advised, although not required.
Join the re-opened Landscape/Gardening Committee!
After the pandemic break we are happy to be re-forming the Landscape/Gardening Committee. Share expertise, learn from others and take pride in helping to enhance the beauty of our Church. All welcome. No expertise required. If you are interested, or would like to find out more, please email or call our Junior Warden Dick Briggs. 310-540-7707. He'd love to hear from you!
Spring Gala Party!
Saturday, June 18, 5-9 p.m. Parish Hall
You can help our party a success! Buy your ticket, invite a friend, prepare a food item to sell or share. We are having a silent auction and are looking for contributions. Popular items include gift baskets, event tickets, collectibles, handmade items and as Jerry mentioned, an invitation for a meal. Contact Anna Eakins, 310 297-0701, with questions. Thank you
Sunday School & Free Childcare
We offer free childcare in the nursery on the Parish Hall stage, during 10am worship; Pre-K thru 5th grade—Meet in classrooms at 9:55 a.m. Children re-join their families in Church in time for Communion. Contact: Kristina Pelá.

Teens (6th-12th grades)—currently on hiatus. Please contact Rev. Jerry for information.

Sundays - Holy Communion
8:00 a.m. - Rite I in-person worship in the Chapel, with hymns. This service is not live-streamed.

10:00 a.m. - Rite II in-person worship in the main church with music. Live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube, and available for watching later.

Please contact Kristina Pelá to arrange for a Lay Eucharistic Minister to safely bring you communion.

Yoga with Jill!
A spiritual mind and body practice!
  • Mondays 11:15am -12:45pm - Level 1/2 Hatha Yoga
  • Wednesdays 9:00-10:15am Level 1 Gentle Yoga
  • New class - 9:30am Yoga with Jill Live Vinyasa Class
Parish Hall. No set fees - classes are free-will offering. Questions? Jill Fenske

Thursdays from Nov 4, 9:30 - 10:30 am. Library - please continue to wear masks.
Meditation, followed by a quiet time of conversation.
Contact - Susie Zimmerman
Remember - the Parish Directory is Online
Need someone's email, or even map directions to their home?
The password is Romans12:4-5
Bookmark the link on your phone or computer and let your browser save the password and you will always be up to date with information!
In a later email we will tell you how to access the Member Portal so you can edit details of your own listing.
Need Help of Any Kind?
Physical, Spiritual, Psychological, or Material?

We are here to do our best to help you with whatever you may need. We know circumstances can be difficult at any time. For help of any kind, or just for a Zoom or Facetime or phone call, please email or call Jerry+ .

Enews Submission Deadline: 3:00 pm Wednesdays
Enews is sent weekly on Thursday afternoons: email Susan with your requests.
Staff Directory
Office main line - 310 375 4617
The Rev. Jerry Sather 310-594-7984 - Priest in Charge (Interim)
Mark Bennett 310-594-7416 - Director of Music
Claire Erbeznik 310-375-4617 - Office Administrator & Receptionist
Susan Marshall 310-594-8427 - Communications & Media Manager
Elaine Mistele 310-594-8268 - Business Manager

You are not interrupting our work - you ARE our work!