January 6, 2022 | VOLUME 35, ISSUE 01


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First Sunday in Epiphany:

The Baptism of our Lord

Sunday, January 8, 2023


Isaiah 42:1-9

Psalm 29

Acts 10:34-43

Matthew 3:13-17

Preacher: The Reverend Ryan D. Newman

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Sunday, January 8

Grass Roots Neighbors

1:30 PM & 5:00 PM

Holy Nativity Episcopal Church

Monday, January 9

Sisters of Bede Meeting

7:30 PM

Zoom Only

Please contact Daphne Moote for Zoom login.

Sunday, January 15

Dicoese's Power of Love" MLK Service

with Presiding Bishop Curry

3:00 PM

Christ the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church

3303 W. Vernon Avenue, Leimert Park (LA)

Register to attend

Saturday, January 21

LA Neighbors for Neighbors

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Campus Parking Lot and Luther Hall

Sunday, January 29

Annual Meeting of the Parish

Following the 10:00 AM

Sanctuary & Zoom


Bible and Breakfast

Tuesdays | 9:30 AM

Luther Hall & Zoom

Midweek Eucharist

Tuesdays | 6:00 PM


Evening Prayer

Wednesday | 7:00 PM

Luther Hall & Zoom

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Collect for Epiphany Day

O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


St. Bede's and the LA Neighbor for Neighbor program were featured in this week's Episcopal News Update, a weekly newsletter serving the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. Canon Bob Williams authored the article, which highlights the innovative partnership between St. Bede's and LA N4N. The ministry is having a significant impact on the community, especially for many who are vulnerable and in need of vital basic resources.

Thank you to Elizabeth Coombs, who shared with Canon Bob information about St. Bede's partnership with LA Neighbors for Neighbors. Elizabeth is currently enrolled in Canon Bob's course, "Media and Ministry," at Bloy House (Episcopal Theological School at Los Angeles - ETSLA). The course explores digital strategies for optimizing ministries, digital outreach to different generations, and techniques for mobilizing congregants and clergy as ecclesial journalists using their own social media accounts to share good news of local ministry.

Please read the article (link below) and share it on your social media feeds!

Read the Article about St. Bede's and N4N


The Wednesday Education Forum resumes on January 11, 2023.

The series, Beyond Stewardship: New Approaches to Creation Care, is a continuation of the program prior to AdventThe forum meets Wednesdays at 7:40 PM on Zoom. It is proceeded by Evening Prayer at 7:00 PM.

The publisher states:

Beyond Stewardship is intended to equip Christians to live better in this world by helping us all think more intentionally about the relationship we have with the nonhuman creation in which we are necessarily and thoroughly embedded. It responds to the questions “What if God didn’t place humans on earth to be stewards of creation but something else?” and “If not stewards, then what?”

The chapters in Beyond Stewardship were written by scholars from diverse disciplines who share a deep passion for a flourishing creation. Each chapter begins with a compelling story that draws the reader into new ways of thinking. Each author then looks beyond stewardship from the context of his or her own discipline and experiences. Some re-imagine creation care by expanding on the traditional notion of stewardship. Others set aside the stewardship model and offer alternative ways to understand our presence within the broader creation. The chapters mark out ways to better live in the places we inhabit as individuals, communities, and institutions.

Collectively, the essays in Beyond Stewardship offer an expanded and enlivened understanding of the place of humans in the context of God’s creation.

If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Hornof.


Due to the first Sunday being a holiday, this month's St. Joseph Center Ingathering will be this Sunday, January 8th.

Here is an updated list of the most-needed items:

  • Men’s and women’s adult diapers (M, L, XL)
  • Baby wipes
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Dog and cat food
  • Peanut butter
  • Nuts
  • Bread
  • Vegan/vegetarian items


January's Sisters of Bede Meeting is

Monday, January 9th on ZOOM ONLY!

If you need the login information, please contact Daphne Moote.

Spots are still available for Saturday's Sisters of Bede Venue.

Please contact Daphne Moote if you are interested in attending.



This past summer in June, an Invite, Welcome, Connect, Exploratory Study Club was formed. During the four weeks, the group explored Invite Welcome Connect, a ministry of transformation that equips and empowers individuals and congregations to cultivate intentional practices of evangelism, hospitality, and belonging.

In the effort for St. Bede's to be more intentional about its evangelism, hospitality, and belonging ministries, the IWC group's first major goal was to create nametags for the congregation. Last month, the St. Bede's Nametag Board was launched.

Nametags are vital for a congregation with a growth mindset and a spirit of welcome. Also, with the soon-to-be-named rector's arrival, the nametags will help the new rector build those initial relationships.

If you do not have a name tag, please speak to Susan Holder or Rev. Ryan. After each Sunday, place your name tag into the marked basket in Luther Hall or return it to the board.

Bottom line: Please wear your nametag every Sunday during the service and coffee hour.


Dear St. Bede’s,

Pledging season is wrapping up, and this is a time for each of us to lovingly search our hearts and prayerfully consider what we can do to help the beautiful ministry of St. Bede’s. This includes both financial giving and gifts of your time and talent. Just know that we are very grateful for your continued support and prayers.

Please see the link to the 2023 stewardship packet. We would be very appreciative if you could complete and return this packet to the church as soon as possible.

Again, thank you for your prayerful consideration and love for our St. Bede’s family.

Faithfully in Christ,

The Wardens, Vestry, and Interim Pastor of St. Bede’s



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January 8| 1:30 PM & 5:00 PM

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Grass Roots Neighbors is a volunteer community organization. They meet the immediate needs of our neighbors experiencing food and housing insecurity. GRN mobilizes to fill the gaps in existing services by providing assistance with love and respect. The organization's vision is to be a community effectively involved in ending poverty. ​

Among their outreach programs, GNR cooks and delivers a hot meal every Sunday to various encampments on the Westside. Once a month, St. Bede's with Holy Nativity assists GNR with preparing and providing meals. There are now four different volunteer time slots:

  • 2 - 4 PM (mostly chopping of fruits and veggies)
  • 4 - 6 PM (mainly packaging food)
  • 6 - 8:30 PM (loading and distributing the food)
  • 7:30 - 10:30 PM (distributing food in Venice by bike)

GNR utilizes the kitchen facilities at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church.

GNR, Holy Nativity, and St. Bede's have created a Google Sign-Up Form to assist with monthly volunteer coordination. Please click the button below to access the volunteer sign-up form.



A newsletter serving the Diocese of LA

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to keynote Jan. 15 ‘Power of Love’ service honoring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Celebration set for Christ the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Leimert Park

[The Episcopal News – December 14, 2022] The Most. Rev. Michael Curry – whose prophetic leadership as presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church spans 16 nations – will visit Los Angeles on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend to keynote a Jan. 15 “Power of Love” service set for 3 p.m. at Christ the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 3303 W. Vernon Avenue, Leimert Park (Los Angeles) (pictured below).

The Rt. Rev. John Harvey Taylor, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, will welcome Curry to the service planned to highlight King’s insight that “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” The theme also echoes Curry’s longstanding international focus on “The Way of Love.”

“Bishop Curry’s is the most important voice in 21st century Christianity. Dr. King was our great prophet of justice in the 20th century,” Taylor said in announcing the service. “On behalf of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. planning team, I extend thanks to Christ the Good Shepherd Church for their hospitality. But we can’t guarantee that the roof will stay on!”

All are invited to attend the service, which will feature music by the Episcopal Chorale and a liturgy planned by the diocesan Program Group on Black Ministries and the Martin Luther King Jr. planning group. Honored guests will include local civic leaders and representatives of neighboring faith communities. The service will be livestreamed via the diocesan Facebook page and YouTube channel.  


A dynamic voice for justice and peace, Curry is chief pastor of the Episcopal Church. He began his nine-year term in 2015 after being elected The Episcopal Church’s first African American presiding bishop. Biographical information is here.

Register for "Power of Love" MLK Service

View the Latest Edition of "The Episcopal News"


South Dakota program restores the ‘shared roots’ of disappearing prairie grasses

Nestled under the accumulating snow from a mid-December South Dakota blizzard, prairie grass seeds and wildflower seeds bide their time, waiting for the right moment — perhaps this spring and summer, perhaps next — to burst forth.

“These plants have crazy long root systems,” according to Mia Werger, who works for the Ecdysis Foundation in Brookings, South Dakota, and whose senior thesis at Augustana University focused on restoring the prairie. “The root system does 90% of the work, because the roots are 10, 12, 15 feet beneath your feet.”

Before growing into the prairie grasses and wildflowers, the seeds actually wait for the right moment, Werger explains, depending on whether there is enough water in the soil to enable the plants to grow and thrive. Sometimes, she says, it can take two years before they burst forth.

The grasses pull carbon from the air through their deep roots and store it back into the earth, creating what is called a carbon sink. “If carbon is in the earth,” she says, “it’s not in the air, which keeps temperatures down. Restoring the prairie keeps the soul alive — it lets in air and water and insects and microorganisms,” she says. “We need these plants to renew the earth. Deeper roots equals … healthy soil.”

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For an Epiphany blessing, chalk the door with ‘holy graffiti’

Episcopal churches adopt ancient tradition

From the Epiphany and continuing for days to come, more and more Episcopalians are joining other Christians around the world in writing this ancient yet ever-changing formula on their doors: 20+C+M+B+23.

The numbers, letters and symbols have been called “holy graffiti,” and some people suggest the combination looks like the start of an algebraic equation.

The letters C, M, B come from the traditional names for the wise men: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, whose arrival at Mary and Joseph’s home is celebrated on the Epiphany. (Tradition also says that three men visited the infant Jesus because the gospel writer Matthew, the only one who describes such a visit but does not number them, says they brought three gifts, gold, frankincense and myrrh. Their names appear in a Greek manuscript from 500 AD translated into Latin, which many biblical scholars consider the source of the names.) The letters are also an abbreviation for “Christus Mansionem Benedicat,” which means “May Christ bless this dwelling.” The first and last numbers refer to the current year, and the plus signs in between represent the cross.

“Chalking the door,” as it is known, is seen as invoking Christ’s blessing not only on the physical house but on the people who live there and those who visit. There is a long tradition of blessing homes, especially on the Epiphany, which falls on Jan. 6 each year, and the weeks that follow.

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