August 5, 2018
Bishop Taylor invites all to concert production of ‘Godspell’
Bishop John Harvey Taylor has announced a special production next month of the beloved Broadway musical Godspell to raise funds for various diocesan ministries. The professional, semi-staged production will be performed in downtown Los Angeles at the Colburn School’s Zipper Hall on Saturday, Sept. 8, and in Santa Barbara at Trinity Church on Sunday, Sept. 9. 

Godspell features a parade of beloved songs in an eclectic range of styles, including “Day by Day, “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All for the Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side.” In the show, a small group of people helps Jesus tell parables by using a wide variety of games, and storytelling techniques, with a hefty dose of comic timing. As the action dissolves hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life. 

More information is available at For sponsorship opportunities, contact the Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija, development officer, at 213.480.2040. Use code AUG15 when ordering tickets by Aug. 15 for a 50% early-bird discount. 
September filing dates approach
for Diocesan Convention
Calling clergy and lay delegates to Diocesan Convention’s 122nd annual meeting Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 at Ontario Convention Center, the Secretary of Convention, Canon Dr. Steve Nishibayashi, has announced dates for filing audit reports and proposed legislation.
Approaching deadlines include:
• Sept. 1: Proposing changes to the diocesan constitution and canons;
• Sept. 1: Submitting clergy certification forms;
• Sept. 21: Proposing resolutions;
  • Oct. 20: Filing opposing explanations to resolutions;
  • Oct. 15: Nominations to diocesan offices;
  • Nov. 4: Reports of work and youth participant registration.
A list of offices open for election, together with other convention details, will soon be available on the diocesan website, Inquiries may be directed to Nishibayashi by email at or by phoning his office at the Cathedral Center, 213.482.2040, ext. 276.

Bishop John Harvey Taylor will convene the annual meeting under the theme “Come Home, EDLA.” He has underscored three dimensions of home

“1. Reconciliation and unity in our diocesan family amid a renewed sense of common purpose under Christ and our commitment to financial transparency; 
“2. Our shared work of envisioning our places of worship and ministry as sacramental communities of connection and refreshment — base camps for accomplishing God’s work of justice and #BelovedCommunity-building; 
“3. Recognizing that, like our Lord, our homeless and housing-insecure siblings, as well as our scapegoated immigrant worker siblings and their families, often have nowhere to lay their heads, which also calls us to ministries of welcome, hospitality, sustainability, and justice.”
The Episcopal News
Early Summer 2018 issue
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A productive summer with Seeds of Hope
Seeds of Hope, a food justice ministry of the Diocese of Los Angeles, has been working throughout the summer to promote nutrition with a wide range of partners, including congregations of the diocese, Good Samaritan Hospital, Our Saviour Center in El Monte, several Laundry Love locations and congregations of other denominations. The Seeds of Hope staff invites all to join them on Aug. 24, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m., for Friday Night Farming in the Edendale Grove garden and living labyrinth, located next to the Cathedral Center of St. Paul in Echo Park. Participants will work in the garden and its living labyrinth, making the space beautiful and productive. Farming work will be followed by dinner, music and fun. For information, visit
Presiding Bishop Curry resting after surgery
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry is resting comfortably following surgery on Tuesday, July 31. According to the Presiding Bishop's family and his medical team, the surgery went well, as had been expected. Bishop Curry is resting, and a full recovery continues to be anticipated. On July 25 Presiding Bishop Curry shared news that he had recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer and would be having surgery to remove the prostate gland. Presiding Bishop Curry and his family are touched by the outpouring of prayers and well wishes. In their thankfulness, they ask for privacy during his recovery. Further information will continue to be released by the Presiding Bishop’s office, as needed.
Dawn Vukich to be installed as vicar of
Faith Church, Laguna Niguel, Aug. 19
Bishop Suffragan Diane Jardine Bruce will install the Rev. Dawn Vukich as vicar of Faith Church, Laguna Niguel, on Sunday, Aug. 19 at 3 p.m. A reception will follow the service. All are invited. Vukich has served Faith Church as a supply priest for the past two and a half years. She was ordained to the Anglican Church in 2005 and served at St. James', Newport Beach, for three years. In her early 20s, Vukich was a professional golfer and played on the LPGA Futures Tour before working as a golf professional for over ten years. She still enjoys golf in addition to hiking, working out and reading.She serves on the board of directors for Canterbury Irvine and is supportive of the weekly Hands of Grace dinners at Faith for homeless and at-risk. An animal lover, Vukich presides over an annual Blessing of the Animals service at Faith as well as an onsite blessing of horses at Nellie Gail Equestrian Center in Laguna Hills. The entire community is invited to this celebratory service and reception on August 19. Faith Episcopal Church is located at 27802 El Lazo in Laguna Niguel. For more information, call 949.448.8114 or visit
Events & Announcements
All Saints, Beverly Hills, invites congregational teams to
'Invite | Welcome | Connect'
All Saints' Church, Beverly Hills, will host a one-day presentation of Invite | Welcome | Connect on Saturday, Aug. 25. Members of churches throughout the Diocese of Los Angeles are welcome to attend this informative and inspiring workshop. Created by Mary Parmer and first developed in the Diocese of Texas, Invite Welcome Connect is now a national program that helps churches design and implement gospel-based ministries for genuine welcoming and connecting of new members. The workshop has been a transformative experience for scores of Episcopal churches. Attendees will participate in hands-on training and creative idea generation using the Invite | Welcome | Connect check lists and ideas-resources pages. Suggested implementation procedures for this work are offered through the day, and best practices from congregations around the country currently doing the work are discussed. Congregations will do the small group work for themselves, and there will be time for reports from each group represented. The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with continental breakfast. The morning workshop will begin at 9:00 am. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. The afternoon workshop will end at 3 pm. If possible, multiple representatives from each church, including clergy, vestry members, targeted staff, ministry leaders and anyone involved in newcomer ministry. The cost for each congregational team of up to five members varies from $150 to $3000, depending on average Sunday attendance. For more information and to register, click here
Asiamerica Ministries Hawaiian
Luau coming up Aug. 11
Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries of the Diocese of Los Angeles (EAM-LA) invites all to a Hawaiian Luau on Saturday, Aug. 11, 6 - 9 p.m., at the Cathedral Center of St. Paul, 840 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles 90026. Suitable for families, this night of music and food, to be held on the Cathedral Center roof, will feature a silent auction and raffles. Tickets for adults are $30; $15 for children ages 5 - 12. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. For information contact the Rev. Yein Kim at or 857.600.8922.
The Abundant Table invites
all to 'Feast in the Field'
The Abundant Table, which supports health, wellness, sustainable farming and community building Ventura County, invites all to a "Feast in the Field" on Saturday, Aug. 25 to celebrate its 10th anniversary. This farm-to-fork dinner fundraiser supports the Farm's ecological justice, environmental stewardship and farm education programs for youth and their families. The event, which includes a silent auction, will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 25 with a three-course meal prepared by local chefs from Seasons Catering, featuring organic produce from The Abundant Table, ,local beef and pork from Watkins Cattle Co., and beer crafted by Topa Topa Brewing, along with local wine. Tickets are $90 for adults and $45 for those 6 - 12 years old, and must be purchased by Aug. 10. The Abundant Table is located at the McGraff Family Farm, 1019 West Ventura Boulevard, Camarillo 93010. For tickets, click here.
St. Alban’s, Yucaipa, to hold 
annual Lobster Fest on Aug. 11
The parishioners of St. Alban’s Church in Yucaipa have set the date of the annual Lobster Fest on Saturday, August 11 at the church on 12692 5th Street in Yucaipa. The popular event is an annual fund-raiser for St. Alban’s. Live lobster from Maine is flown in on the day of the event, where it will be boiled on-site just before serving. Homemade cheese biscuits, coleslaw, corn-on-the-cob, dessert, iced tea, lemonade and/or coffee will be served with the meal. Steak is available as an alternative to lobster or as a combo meal. Guests may bring their own adult beverage. There will be two seatings available for dinner: 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Cost per lobster dinner is $40. A “surf and turf” meal (steak and lobster) is $50 per meal. Seating is limited and lobsters must be reserved and paid for no later than August 3. To pay by check, call Lucy Manning at 909.790.1022. To pay by credit card, call Linda Amerault at 909.224.6086.
GFS Splash Bash is cancelled
 Girls Friendly Society has cancelled its Splash Bash beach party scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4th. The next event will be a visit to the St. Luke's, Long Beach, Brass Rubbing Center on Nov. 3. 
This week around the diocese
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 6 - 9 p.m.
Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries Hawaiian Luau
Cathedral Center of St. Paul
840 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles
Information: the Rev. Yein Kim, or 857.600.8922
   Suitable for families, this night of music and food, to be held on the Cathedral Center roof, will feature a silent auction and raffles. Tickets for adults are $30; $15 for children ages 5 - 12. Tickets are available in advance or at the door.
This week in liturgy, art & music
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Summer Concert: Just Dave Country Band
St. Mark’s in-the-Valley Church
2901 Nojoqui Avenue, Los Olivos
Featuring singer, acoustic guitarist and harmonica player Dave Bernal, the Just Dave Country Band offers a night of country tunes. Santa Maria-style tri-tip will be served at 5 p.m. with music starting at 5:30, ending at 8 p.m. Ticket donation ($25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under) will include dinner, the concert, and a beverage; additional drinks will be offered for purchase. Free childcare is available on-site. Event proceeds will benefit St. Mark’s Preschool Scholarship Fund. For more information on this concert series, see

A Journey to the Holy Land 
September 2 - 14, 2018 
Led by the Rev. Heather Mueller of St. Andrew's Church, Taft, California (in the Diocese of San Joaquin) and Canon Iyad Qumri of Qumri Pilgrimages. Accommodations at St. George's Retreat House, Jerusalem, and the Sisters of Nazareth Guest House in Nazareth. Featuring visits to Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Capernaum, the Sea of Galilee, Jericho, the Dead Sea, the Jordan River, and ministries of the Diocese of Jerusalem. A flyer is here. For information, contact Mueller at

Discovering Sacred Beauty:
A Pilgrimage to Venice and Padua, Italy  
September 27 - October 7, 2018 
A contemplative 11-day journey through one of the most beautiful parts of Italy and the sacred places that have inspired people across the centuries. In Venice we will enjoy St. Mark's Basilica and Square, the Doge's palace and the Bridge of Sighs, a private water tour of the Grand Canal, the islands of Burano and St. Francis del Deserto among others, Benedictine Monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore, a private tour of the Jewish Ghetto, private gardens, and optional visits with artists, museums, La Fenice Opera House and the Guggenheim Museum. In nearby Padua, home of St. Anthony, and surrounding areas, we will enjoy private tours, gardens, and spiritual sites. Led by Christopher McCauley, spiritual director and host of international pilgrimages, and Frank Ramirez, veteran pilgrimage host; and guided by Anthony Coles, one of the most experienced guides to religious journeys in Italy. The pilgrimage will include time to pray, savor, and rest. A detailed itinerary and key information is available here. Early registration is strongly recommended.

Transformational Journey to Israel and Palestine
October 8 - 21, 2018 (optional extension to Jordan to Oct. 25)
Offered by All Saints, Pasadena. Though the itinerary includes traditional pilgrimage sites, there will be a strong agricultural, grassroots theme, including a day picking olives. Bethlehem will be the base for day trips to Jerusalem and Hebron. Nazareth will anchor day trips to the Sea of Galilee, including a sunset cruise, and sites near Capernaum where Jesus preached. For more information, click here; for reservations contact Randy and Doni Heyn-Lamb as soon as possible at

Interfaith Journey to Rome & Israel
October 15 - 27, 2018
Led by Chri Dekofsky and Rabbi Michael Lotker. Two days in Rome, including a tour of the Vatican and a papal audience, then to Israel with visits to Tel Aviv, Caesarea, the Galilee, Capernaum, Nazareth, Jerusalem, Masada and more. Full brochure is here. For information, contact Rabbi Lotker at 805.558.0578 or visit

Young Adult Pilgrimage to the Holy Lands
December 17 - 28, 2018
The 10 - 12- day trip is broken into two geographic areas. Half of the pilgrimage is spent in Nazareth, exploring the Galilee, Tiberias, the Mount of Transfiguration, the Via Mara and many other historic and biblical sites. The remainder of the trip is spent in Jerusalem at St. George's College. While in Jerusalem, the group explores the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Dome of the Rock, Western Wall, Mount of Olives, the Judean Desert, and other exciting, fun places. Youth have an opportunity to touch every body of water in the region--swimming in the Galilee and Mediterranean, floating in the Dead Sea, or standing knee deep in the Jordan renewing their baptismal covenant. For young adults, 18-39 years old.. The estimated cost is $2,500 per person (a $500 deposit is required). This figure is subject to change as flight and ground costs fluctuate. For information, click here or contact Chris Tumilty,

DOWNEY: Lead Preschool Teacher, St. Mark's School. Requires a minimum of six (6) Early Childhood Education units; must be available to work full time (8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday) must pass a criminal background check (State, FBI, and Child Abuse Index); must have First Aid and CPR certificate, or ability to obtain such certificates. For information click here, or call 562.869.7213 or fax resume to 562.861.9523 or email to

EL MONTE: Physician's Assistant or Nurse Practitioner, Cleaver Family Wellness Clinic. Mid-level medical provider licensed to practice in California. Position requires 8 hours per week of clinical work on Fridays and 2 - 4 hours per with application information is here

PASADENA: Assistant Youth Minister at All Saints Church, a 4,000-member progressive Episcopal church. The AYM will share the transforming love of Jesus with the youth in a real and relevant way, participating in the creation, development and operation of programs that support the spiritual formation and overall well being of all youth (6th - 12th grade) in the parish; fostering their personal spiritual growth, ethical insight, age appropriate theological and interfaith awareness and community engagement of the youth; engaging in pastoral care of the youth and their families. 30 hours/week. A full job description with application instructions is here.

SOUTH PASADENA: Professional tenor section leader, St. James' Church. Choir seeks a professional tenor section leader. Applicants should have excellent sight-reading skills, feel comfortable singing Renaissance and traditional Anglican music with one voice on a part, and be a responsible, professional employee. Section leaders perform solo repertoire throughout the church year as well. Having a degree in music is encouraged, but not required. Section leaders sing every Sunday morning (excluding summer Sundays), one Wednesday rehearsal a month and services for Advent, Christmas, and Holy Week. Email to for more information.