Waiting for the Holy City   
The last couple of weeks brought tremendous shocks to our country. First, there was the disturbing news regarding the possible overturn of Roe v. Wade which could severely restrict the reproductive rights of women. On Saturday, we witnessed the horrific shooting in Buffalo by a young man espousing the abhorrent and blatantly racist “replacement theory.” Then on Sunday, a Southern California church suffered another mass shooting event.

In an environment such as this, we could easily give in to despair or simply become apathetic. This is not the forum to address these issues in any depth, but this I know: we are a people who look for a Holy City. We are people who embrace others in love (Jn 13:35). We are the people who worship the God who wipes away tears and the Savior who proclaims, “See, I am making all things new” (Rev 21:5). Let us not despair, but live our lives in such a way that we may see the promised Holy City arise in our midst.

Upcoming Special Services:
  • Ascension Day – Thursday, 26 May, Noon in the Chapel. According to Acts 1:3, Jesus appeared and taught the disciples over a period of 40 days after his resurrection. We encourage you to join us for this special Feast of the Lord.
  • Feast of the Visitation, 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.

Special Zoom Study – The Wheel
Four week Zoom study beginning Wednesday, 25 May 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
A Word to the Church: Political Violence and Christian Citizenship: A Message from the Bishop's Office

"In the name of our Lord, I write with three invitations to the people of God.
  • To continue to pray for the victims in Buffalo and Laguna Woods, for all our Black and Taiwanese siblings, for all at risk from racist and gun violence, and for the reconciliation of the shooters to the heart of God.
  • To count the blessing of our freedom even as we continue to perfect our politics, long distorted by the marginalization or exclusion of Blacks, women, and immigrant workers of color who labor for the common good and pay taxes without representation.
  • To reflect on our obligations and opportunities as Christian citizens.

...With our civic life so poisoned by prejudice, distrust, and fear, with the divisions continuing to deepen, how is the follower of Christ to obey the great commandment to love others while standing up for what we believe is right?..."

Taizé - Service of Healing and Wholeness
This Tuesday May 24, 7:00 p.m.
Join us in the Chapel for a peaceful time filled with music and candlelight. If you're not familiar with this tradition, the community of Taizé, in France, is the location of a teaching and contemplative retreat center that attracts thousands of believers from all over the world.

Our service of Wholeness and Healing emulates the style of the chant services at Taizé, with music from Taizé and other contemplative sources. We sing short phrases repeatedly to quiet our minds and hearts and open our souls to being in the presence of God. Join in as you wish. You also have the option for confidential prayer with a Prayer team leader. We pray that the time will be a healing comfort for whatever you face or hold in your heart.
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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.

Saturday, 21 May, is Armed Forces Day. We encourage you to pray for those who serve in our military and their families during these challenging times. A prayer for the day (BCP 823):
Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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.
Isn't Our Campus Beautiful!!
Can you help us keep it that way?
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!
Save the date!
Spring Gala Party!
Saturday, June 18, 5-9 p.m. Parish Hall

It’s coming, our Spring Gala party! The invitations are being printed and will be addressed on May 18, from 9:30 to 11:30 am, in the boardroom. Join us for our first volunteer opportunity. Other opportunities will be the week of the party:
  • setting up tables, arranging decorations, serving food, taking tickets, and of course, clean up.
  • If you are able we will also need donations of food, wine and silent auction items. Cash donations will also be gratefully accepted.
  • Lastly, plan on coming and bring a fellow parishioner, friend or neighbor!
Questions? Call Anna Eakins (310) 297-0701
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.
Sunday Worship Bulletins

Last Sunday's Sermon:
Due to technical difficulties, we couldn't record last Sunday's sermon, but you can read the text here:

Click here for The Episcopal News Update In music, film, art, prayer and words, Asian-American Episcopalians celebrate their faith, roots and history. Our own Rev. Peter Huang, is a leader of The Gathering.
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

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