~ E p i s c o p a l ~
Deans' Note
February 28, 2021

This year the ancient practices of Lent have to be reimagined. Prayer, study, fasting, and almsgiving help us grow in Christ and prepare us to recommit ourselves to the promises of our baptism, but how to do this as we still move through Covid time?

While we can't worship physically (although we do plan to resume the 8:00 mass on March 14), The liturgies available online on the Sundays of Lent help us to examine our lives as we hear the ten commandments each week, and the great stories of God's covenant with us are retold in the biblical readings.

We can explore our spiritual lives together with Mother Lyn for three weeks (beginning this evening February 26) at 6:30 pm. We encourage you to join the Zoom meeting available on St. John's community page on Facebook, or simply listen in on the general St. John's Facebook page. On the last two Fridays in Lent, join in the Stations of the cross at the same 6:30 pm time slot.

We can study together on Sunday mornings at 9:30 as we look at Jesus' last journey to Jerusalem in our exploration of Mark's Gospel and on March 21 join noted biblical archeologist Jonathan Reed discuss what the last days of Jesus' life would have been like in first-century Jerusalem.

We also can make a virtual pilgrimage using the guide available on our website exploring several architectural and artistic features of our building with photographs focusing on imagery of Jesus' passion [Click here to exlpore].

We don't need to be out in the world to engage in fasting -- that can be from meals or certain foods or drinks especially as a means of identifying with those who have less than we do and have no choice but to fast.

Fasting is related to almsgiving or service. As we discussed before Ash Wednesday, what acts of service and compassion can you engage in even when you may still need to be relatively isolated from others? There is always the ability to reach out to others through a phone call or text message -- who have you lost connection with in the past year? Or maybe you can make a special gift to a social service ministry that engages in positive change in our community or the world. Or if you're able, venture out to engage in a volunteer ministry.

Finally, bathe all this in personal, daily prayer. It's best to set time aside and be consistent. We also have the ability to come together communally every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 pm for evening prayer, we encourage you to join us. 

While these practices may not be how we are used to practicing Lent, they are still lenten practices. And remember that none of this is meant to make Gid like us more we already are God's beloved. They are meant to bring us closer to God and live more in tune with God's Kingdom. Remember the wisdom of the simple prayer of St. Richard of Chichester:

Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits which you have given us, for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us. Most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and Brother, may we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day. Amen.

Spiritual Evenings
Three evenings on the Spirituality of Lent with Mother Lyn Crow. February 26, March 5, and March 12 at 6:30 pm on Zoom.

Find the link on the St. John’s Community Group on Facebook or watch it live on our Facebook Page.
Good News from the Church Office

Service has been restored to our main telephone number (213) 747-6285. Please feel free to call or email at any time. Office hours are being kept regularly during the pandemic to assist.

New Website Launch
We are excited to announce that the new St. John's Cathedral website has been published. You can check it out by going to www.stjohnsla.org.

The website is the main source of information about what is happening at St. John's and about other services St. John's offers.

Above you will find a short video on how to navigate the site. We hope you like it and please let us know any feedback you have.

Christian Education: The Gospel of Mark
We will continue studying Mark's Gospel for all of Lent. It's a perfect time to join us if you haven't already. Our focus will be on Jesus' journey to Jerusalem and the week leading up to his crucifixion.

March 21, 2021
Professor Jonathan Reed from the University of La Verne will join us Sunday, March 21 to discuss what the archeology of ancient Jerusalem tells us about the last days of Jesus' life.

Book Club
A book study of Citizen: Faithful Discipleship in a Partisan World by C. Andrew Doyle is sponsored by our Social Witness Committee. We will be discussing chapters 7-8.

The next meeting is on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at 7 pm via Facebook Live.
Starting on Monday, March 1, 2021, teachers food service workers, and first responders are eligible to receive the vaccine.

The Covid-19 vaccine clinic at Kedren Hospital does not require appointments for seniors over 65 years of age. There is a special senior-only waiting line. An appointment is helpful, but not necessary.

Also, Kaiser Permanente allows persons 75 and over, outside their plan to get vaccinated by calling 1-833-KP4CARE (1-833-574-2273).

Seniors who need to access other options can receive internet support, please contact Fr. Dan for more information.

If you know a senior who is homebound and might need food delivered, please contact Fr. Dan.

The next food pantry will be Saturday, March 20 at 8:30 am.

Click HERE if you would like to donate a lenten offering to this ministry of loving our neighbors.

Let's Connect
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Online Services

Services will continue to be streamed on our Facebook page here. Sunday morning mass is at 11:00 a.m. and Sunday night compline is at 8:00 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Sunday. Tuesday and Thursday evening prayer are at 6:30 p.m., also on the Facebook page. The Sunday services are also uploaded to YouTube.
Online Giving

Giving is still important to the operation of the church in these interesting times. You can give online through our website donation platform here, or by the mobile version Give Plus on Android or iPhone. Checks made out to "St. John's Church" may be mailed to Clergy House; reply to this email for the address. You can also text STJOHNSLA to 44321 for a text-to-give option!