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Weekly News Update

Deans' Note | July 31, 2022


A week from this Sunday, the lectionary appoints a reading from the 11th chapter of the Epistle to the Hebrews. In part it reads: "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen... By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going." Next Sunday also marks the beginning of our last month with you in person at St. John's. These last weeks are busy with a lot of preparation. The book give-away this week is one sign as we cull our libraries in preparation for a move. 


The community of St. John's has also been in preparation mode as your wardens, Erik Knutzen and Michael Tracy, begin to take on their new leadership roles. We are so blessed that these two leaders will help to steer St. John's forward in the days ahead. They will be the ones who will be here for you to answer questions and make sure St. John's operates smoothly along with the other members of the vestry, the staff and our assisting clergy. We also are blessed to have the amazing pastoral experience of our soon to be Bishop in Charge, Frank Brookhart who will lead the congregation pastorally. Bishop Frank is a thoughtful, gracious, and kind priest and bishop who will lead you through these next several months.


Of course, we are also looking forward to November 20 when we will return to St. Johns, toward the end of our sabbatical time, to celebrate with you the service of leave-taking from the congregation. The wisdom of our Episcopal tradition provides for marking this event with a special liturgy to formally hand over the leadership to your wardens and subsequently the interim priest who will follow Bishop Brookhart when we officially leave behind this community we have loved and cared for these 17 years.


We began this note with the reference to the Epistle to the Hebrews and the definition of faith as "the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen." For all of us, the time ahead requires expectant faith assuring us that the future will indeed be filled with hope for all the new things God will be doing in your midst and in ours. Faith is the evidence of what God has in store. Abraham our father set out from the place of comfort and the familiar to step out into the unknown. So we and you will do the same. Please pray for us that the Holy Spirit will lead us into new and hopeful paths, as we will also pray for you. In the words of the famous Christian leader and Secretary General of the United Nations, Dag Hammarskjold, “For all that has been, Thanks. To all that shall be, Yes.”


Contact Information for The Wardens and The Bishop


Mr. Erik Knutzen (Senior Warden): homegrownevolution@gmail.com

Mr. Michael Tracy (Junior Warden): michael.b.tracy@gmail.com

The Rt. Rev. C. Franklin Brookhart (Incoming Bishop-in-Charge): fbrookhart@gmail.com

Upcoming Events

Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

Sunday, July 31, 2022 


Said Mass at 8:00 am | In-person only.

Choral Mass at 10:00 am | In-person & online.


Worship with us on Vanco Live

Worship with us on Facebook

Worship with us on YouTube

Cathedral Tour

Sunday, July 31, 2022 after 10:00 am service


Take a closer look at the art and architecture of our historic building on Sunday after the 10 am service. This month's tour will feature the return of the popular "Angels Tour" in honor of the feast of Our Lady of the Angels on August 2nd, the name day of the city of Los Angeles. Why does St. John's have so many angels? To find out, please meet at the altar platform about ten minutes after the service. 

Adult Vacation Bible School

The Word of Life and Love: Abiding with Jesus in the Gospel of John

Sunday, July 31, 2022 at 11:30 am


Join us on Facebook


Watch the first three weeks of Adult Vacation Bible School on YouTube!

Vestry On-Call

Paul Adesokan


Vestry members are partners with clergy, encouraging the growth of community and the establishment of common ground in the spiritual life of the congregation. Parishioners are always welcome to speak with these individuals on Sunday morning; they assist in making sure our questions, comments, or concerns are heard.

Community

Find Your Next Summer Read at St. John's!

Sunday, July 31, 2022


Take a look at a collection of books from Fr. Dan's and Fr. Mark's library that will be available at the entrance of the cathedral.

Take as many as you like!

The Cathedral Choral Academy

N‍ow Enrolling!


The Cathedral Choral Academy provides quality music education to girls and boys ages 7 - 14, regardless of prior musical experience. All children receive a full scholarship. This program meets every Thursday from 5 - 7pm (dinner included!) beginning September 8, 2022, and includes multiple performance opportunities throughout the year. For more information, email Mr. Stephen Salts at ssalts@stjohnsla.org.

Toiletry Drive 

N‍ow Accepting Donations!


Starting on the first week of August we will be accepting toiletry donations for our Food Pantry guests. Bring a bar of soap, toothpaste, or any other types of toiletries and drop it in our basket located at the entrance of the cathedral.


You can also make an online contribution at www.stjohnsla.org.

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