Our call to Prayer   

A few weeks past, I shared at a Lenten supper on the importance of prayer. It is a unique function of the church – we are a praying people, both corporately and as individuals. We exist as a church through prayer and for the purpose of prayer. Prayer is our right and privilege, because through the death and resurrection of Jesus we can “approach the throne of grace with boldness . . . so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:16). Prayer is also our responsibility. The apostle Paul, in 1 Timothy 2:1 gives us a challenge: “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone.” Notice that we should be praying for everyone. In our time, it has become almost trite to talk about “thoughts and prayers,” yet this is what we as a church and as individual Christians are called to do.

I frequently depart from the Book of Common Prayer forms for the Sunday Prayers of the People and draft my own intercessions. I often take note of things on the calendar and incorporate them into the prayers. For example, Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6, so this Sunday I have included a petition for teachers. Likewise, this is Military Appreciation Month so intercessions for the military will appear every week.

I enjoy writing intercessions like these, but remember, these are the prayers of the people. So, I would love to hear from you, the people. What is on your mind, on your heart? For whom should we be praying? I plan to form a small team to help me in this endeavor; let me know if you would like to assist.

Let us fulfill our baptismal calling and “pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication” (Eph 6:18).


Note: Rev. Jerry will be out of the office next week Mon - Wed, May 2-4, attending Clergy Conference. Please contact Rev. Celeste for any pastoral emergencies 310 913 1069.
Mothers Day - Next Sunday May 8
Sticky Buns at Coffee Hour!
Please join us following the service for a special Mother’s Day coffee hour for a long St. Francis tradition - sticky buns made to a secret recipe by our Friars (Mens Group)!.
Sunday May 15
We will recommission our parish Search Committee on Sunday, May 15. The Rev. Bob Honeychurch will be our guest preacher.
Girl hugging military Dad
Prayers for the Military
As a part of Military Appreciation Month, we want to update our list of military personnel. If a member of your family is serving in the military, please call the office or Rev. Jerry to let us know.
Undie Sundays are Back!
Donate Men's Long White Socks and Underwear for both Men and Women - May 8 and May 15
The Breakfast and Showers Program for the Homeless at St. Luke's needs these items:
  •     Long white "tube" socks
  •     Men's boxers or boxer briefs, size Medium or Large
  •     Women's sports bras, bras, and panties size 5-9
We'll have a basket in the Narthex on May 8 and 15, or you can drop items off at the office when it is open.
Questions? Email Gayle Taylor
And thank you!
Rummage Sale Storage Space Needed...
Does anyone have space in their garage for some rummage sale items to store until July, when we will have our annual St. Francis Rummage sale? This is a great money maker for St. Francis, but without additional storage we are unable to accept donations from those who are moving or are in need of downsizing. We are talking about small tables or chairs or boxed items, not a pile of junk. If you can help out for a couple of months please call Gloria 310-375-8916.
Save the date!
You're Invited to a Party!
Saturday, June 18, 5-9 p.m.
Parish Hall and Loggia

The ECW (Episcopal Church Women) are not able to hold the traditional Antiques show this year - so we decided we need a party! It will include all you loved about the Gala without the dealers: food, wine, plants, baked goods and silent auction.

Your help with set up, clean up, food and wine donations will be gratefully accepted. Please contact Anna.

Tickets will be $40 a person or $50 at the door. Put it on your calendar and we hope to see you there. Contact Anna Eakins for questions.
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
Mark Bennett 310-594-7416
Claire Erbeznik 310 375-4617
Susan Marshall 310-594-8427
Elaine Mistele 310-594-8268

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