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Deans' Note
January 24, 2021

We've officially begun our Basic Christian Formation Program, over Zoom of course. This week we start with affirming the goodness of creation, that God saw all that God made and it is very good indeed. That one central belief underlying the first chapter of the Bible has earth-shattering implications. If all creation is good and beautiful and if every one of us is created in the very image of God, then how must we treat one another? What are the implications for the human community and society in a world where divine nature is imprinted on each and all of us?

And yet, chapters one and two of Genesis are followed by three and four, in which we learn that we humans have wandered away from God. We live in a fallen world where brother kills brother. We live in a world where sickness and death exist right alongside the awesome beauty of creation. We live in a world where the pandemic continues to raise fears and kills hundreds of thousands in our own nation alone. 

Nevertheless, the wisdom of God-given creativity and scientific investigation has provided a vaccine to treat this disease. We are beginning to find ways to care for one another and vaccinate our population caring first for front line workers and the most vulnerable among us. In fact, we are finding ways in our own St. John's community to have younger folks help our elders sign up to be vaccinated. That is one small example of what it means to live in both human and Christian community as children of God.

So we live in a world where we are wonderfully made in the image of God, and in a fallen world, where we often do not live up to our better selves, a world subject to death. It is the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that gives us the vision of a world reborn and redeemed. That's what we proclaim in this season of Epiphany. There is light in the darkness and the vision of God's Kingdom has come. 

If you would like to join us as we tell this great story of the Bible in our Basic Christian Formation class, there still is time for you to join us.
Black History Month

Our celebration of Black History Month continues through our celebration of Absalom Jones on February 7.
Book Study
Next Meeting:
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 7 pm

How can we disciples of Jesus exercise our national citizenship grounded in our primary identity as citizens of heaven? That is the crucial question Bishop Andrew Doyle asks in his recent book Citizen: Faithful Discipleship in a Partisan World. Fr. Mark will lead a conversation in a book study sponsored by our Social Witness Committee.

We will be discussing the first four chapters at our next meeting on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at 7 pm via Facebook Live.

You can get a copy of the book on Amazon available in paper and Kindle versions.
Film Screening & Discussion
February 6, 2021 at 2:30 PM

The Gathering: A Space for Asian American Pacific Spirituality invites the diocesan community to "Far East Deep South: Film Screening and Conversation with the Filmmakers Larissa Lam & Baldwin Chiu," on Saturday, Feb. 6. The online screening will begin at 2:30 p.m.; the Q&A with the filmmakers will begin at 4 p.m.

Far East Deep South explores the seldom-told history of early Chinese immigrants living in the American South during the late 1800s to mid-1900s through the eyes of Charles Chiu and his family as they travel from California to Mississippi to find answers about his father, K.C. Lou.

The film provides a window into the lives of the Chinese in the South and the discrimination they faced in the midst of segregation. Included in the story is the bond between the Chinese and Black communities as two groups disenfranchised by racism. The film highlights the struggles and perseverance of the Delta Chinese and explores the added challenge of exclusionary immigration policies, such as the Chinese Exclusion Act. Additional information on the film and filmmakers is available here.

The Gathering, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles to Asian Pacific Americans, holds events to engage topics relevant to Asian Pacific American communities and offers a space for Asian Pacific Americans to gather to share in their spiritual journeys.

The event is free and all are welcome to attend virtually. Advance registration is required: click here. For additional information, email TheGatheringEDLA@gmail.com.
Mass for the Feast of Absalom Jones
February 7, 2021 at 11 am on Facebook
Join us on Sunday morning, February 7 at our 11:00 mass for the Feast of Absalom Jones. The Rev. Canon Jordan Casson, Rector of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Yeadon, PA will be our guest preacher.

Thinking Christian(ly)
Ongoing engagement of our minds and hearts is key to our life in Christ so that we think "Christianly". As Episcopalians, we grapple seriously with serious questions of faith. We are thinking Christians. Come join us for these Winter Term opportunities and also visit our Thinking Christian(ly) resource page for more information.

Basic Christian Formation
Saturdays at 10 am
Course is now in session. Meetings are every Saturday via Zoom only. If you miss a session you can access our past meetings through our Thinking Christian(ly) resource page.
Christian Education
Sunday at 9:30 am
on Facebook Live
"The Beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ"
Reading the Gospel of Mark as Disciples of Jesus
Week 3

Having trouble signing up for the Vaccine?
The current website for signing up to get the vaccine in LA County can be very cumbersome.
Do you need help navigating the website or know of a senior who needs help?
Are you tech savvy and want to help some of our seniors sign up?
Reach out to Father Dan at (213) 595-3499 and he'll match you up.
St. John's Annual Meeting and Vestry Nominees

Our annual meeting will take place on Sunday, January 31, 2021, from
12 pm-1 pm via Zoom. It is important for all members in good standing to attend the Annual Meeting, this year via Zoom. Because of the difficulties of taking ballots on Zoom, however, those who attend will be asked to select the slate of four nominees proposed by the Vestry


I'm Hamilton Yang (age 33).
During my Christian formation, I was struck by Jesus's vision of justice and how His kingdom is good news to the poor and oppressed. Growing up in an affluent suburb in Orange County, California, I had little idea of what Jesus was talking about. After graduating from UC Irvine (BA, Philosophy), I moved to Los Angeles with a group of other like-minded Christians who were exploring a ministry model where we would live and work alongside those we were ministering to. As a local resident and lay minister, I've witnessed firsthand how economic inequality, inhumane immigration policies, under-investment in schools and social services, lack of environmental protections, food insecurity, and many other issues manifest in the lives of people who live around St. John's. My hope for St John’s is that we can be a community which reflects God’s goodness and justice for our neighbors in Los Angeles. Professionally, I work as a Product Manager in technology companies, where I lead large, multi-disciplinary teams to build and launch new products and offerings, and manage the long-term product strategy and roadmap. Although I'm of Chinese descent and an immigrant, I've lost much of my proficiency with the Chinese language. 
My name is Jenna Kyle, I am an attorney and I am 37 years old. I currently serve on the Foundation Board of the Episcopal Church at Cornell where I went to law school. That board is responsible for making financial decisions as they relate to the church's endowment. I am in the choir at St. John's and I love the community of folks here. I also participate in the food pantry and have found that to be so gratifying especially during the pandemic when so many families are finding themselves in need of assistance for the first time. I am multiracial and especially sensitive to issues of diversity and inclusion. I have worked for two large civil rights organizations and with affinity student groups in law school. I believe that my background would be valuable to our work at St. John's Cathedral. Over the next five years, I would love to see St. John's engaging even more with the community in various ways. I think our work over the summer with the Social Witness Committee was so vital in doing this and needs to be continued. I would also like to see more opportunities for Christian education or education series. And finally, more programs for the children of St. John's to help them grow in Christ. Thank you for your consideration.
My name is Arnie Ree, 63 years young. I am a Senior Materials Specialist at Orange County Industrial Plastics. Having been a lifelong Episcopalian, I was pleased to discover St. John’s almost nine years ago when looking for a new church home. Since our first visit, it was a done deal that this is where we wanted to be. My wife Martha and I were married at St. John’s shortly after and have actively participated in church life in many ways ever since.  I have served as President of the Men’s Group of St. Johns. I have been a member of the Hospitality Committee for a several years organizing many parish events and social activities such as the Harvest Dinner, receptions after special services and many, many other events. I have served as a member of the Altar Guild, specializing in metal polishing! Many of you may recognize me as an usher, having served for years at regular services and special events. My outgoing personality helps to create a welcoming warmth to any and all.  The broad spectrum of these experiences gives me a very good overview of church life at St. John’s. As a vestry member I can bring this perspective to upcoming and ongoing considerations and decisions. My communication and people skills used for years of success in business and sales will help with discussions of all kinds of issues. My years of negotiating contracts with my knowledge of design and building materials will be especially useful for our upcoming development project. 
My name is Matthew Jimenez, I am a middle school teacher and father of a brand new baby girl, Elisa. I asked to be on the vestry because I am committed to the mission of the church, and would love to help the church reach out to it's community. The particular skill that might help lead the parish in vestry matters stems from my service in education. As a teacher, we must make decisions that can impact the course of a given year or implement curriculum. Part of such decision making requires being able to work well with others. Oftentimes, such decisions require listening, understanding, and, yes, compromise. I believe I can help contribute to the future vision of the Cathedral is by helping the Cathedral reach out to other parishes that may provide opportunities to parishioners to put their faith into practice. As St. James tells us, “For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead” (James 2:26 NABRE). Therefore, I could help create some relationships with surrounding churches to help grant those parishioners who desire to practice their faith in a real and relevant way.
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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!