June 30, 2022 | VOLUME 34, ISSUE 23


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4th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 9)

Sunday, July 3, 2022


During Ordinary time, "Track 1" is utilized.

2 Kings 5:1-14

Psalm 30

Galatians 6:(1-6)7-16

Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Preacher: The Reverend Ryan D. Newman

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Sunday, July 10

Grass Roots Neighbors

1:30 PM & 5:00 PM

Holy Nativity Episcopal Church

Saturday, Jul 16


10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

St. Bede's Parking Lot


Bible and Breakfast

Tuesdays | 9:30 AM

Luther Hall & Zoom

Midweek Eucharist

Tuesdays | 6:00 PM

Sanctuary & Watch Online

Evening Prayer

Wednesday | 7:00 PM

Luther Hall & Zoom

Education Forum

Wednesday | 7:30 PM

Luther Hall & Zoom

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St. Bede’s has the opportunity—again!--to partner with First AME Church on a back-to-school backpack project for children in foster care.

Our parish has participated in this program every year since 2016 (with the exception of 2020), and we are grateful to be part of it again. We’re collecting monetary donations to purchase the school supplies that will go into the backpacks. 


Here are some examples of what our donations can buy:

  • $7 will purchase five three-hole punched presentation folders.
  • $8 will purchase five boxes of crayons with 24 colors.
  • $20 will purchase four boxes of colored pencils.
  • $25 will purchase five boxes of assorted-colored markers.
  • $50 will buy a High Sierra “swoop” backpack.
  • $60 will purchase a 12-pack of binders.
  • $120 will buy an essential graphing calculator for high school students

Please make your checks payable to St. Bede’s with “Backpack Project” in the memo portion (at the lower left corner of the check). You can bring the checks (or cash) to church or mail the checks to church. Donations can be made online too!


We are on a tight schedule, so we’re asking if you can please make every effort to have your donation in by Sunday, July 24.

Questions: Please reach out to members of the mission committee.

Assembly date: Expected to be the last week of July


Alice Short

Member of the Mission Committee


The Washington National Cathedral will host July 4th Musical Celebration at 8:00 AM (PST) on Monday, July 4th. A concert of both familiar favorites and fresh lesser-known music, Cathedral organists Thomas Sheehan and George Fergus are joined by the Washington Symphonic Brass and will present a program of patriotic music. A concert of both familiar favorites and fresh lesser-known music, this event is the best way to begin your Independence Day celebrations!

This concert is free. Registration is required to view this concert online. Registrants will be sent a link to view the concert on July 4. Register for online access here.

Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

- Collect for Indepedence Day


As we annouced last week, the St. Bede’s Church Profile and Video have been posted on the St. Bede’s website. In addition, the position should be posted nationally in the coming days on the Office for Transition Ministry (OTM) and Episcopal News Service (ENS) websites.

Below is a chart outlining St. Bede’s rector search progress since last fall. Canon Tom and the Diocese Office of Formation and Transition Ministry will begin receiving inquiries about and applicants for the position. As we offer each Sunday during the Prayers of the People, please continue to pray for any person who may be discerning a call to be the next rector of St. Bede’s.

The St. Bede’s Search Committee





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July 10| 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

Trans Chorus of L.A. members share a smile after singing during the June 26 Pride Sunday service at St. John’s Cathedral. Photo: Susan Russell

Diocese marks LGBTQ+ Pride Weekend, 30th anniversary of bishop’s commission ministries

By Bob Williams

From Orange County to Pasadena, Episcopalians from across the Diocese of Los Angeles shared in LGBTQ+ pride celebrations June 25 – 26, marking a 30-year milestone for the diocesan Bishop’s Commission on LGBTQ+ ministries.

“We have come so far in these 30 years, yet we have so much more work to do, especially on behalf of our transgender, queer, and gender non-binary siblings,” said the Rev. Canon Melissa McCarthy, diocesan canon to the ordinary, preaching the June 26 Pride Sunday homily at St. John’s Cathedral, where the Trans L.A. Chorus highlighted musical offerings.

Video of McCarthy’s full sermon is here.

“And after Friday’s release of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, it is clear that we have work to do around what makes someone fully human, with all the dignity and respect that goes with that,” McCarthy added. “Now is the time for us to stay strong, to stay proud, and to stay focused.”

Bishop John Harvey Taylor – joined by Canon Kathy O’Connor in welcoming to their Pasadena home some 70 attendees of the annual diocesan LGBTQ+ ministries garden party June 26 – also underscored the importance of renewed justice advocacy on current urgent issues, encouraging those gathered to increase their civic engagement locally, regionally, nationally, and in the churchwide context of General Convention legislation.

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Committees reject open Communion, endorse revisions addressing antisemitic and racist language

[Episcopal News Service] At their meeting on June 27, the Prayer Book, Liturgy & Music committees narrowed down the large number of proposed resolutions before them into a few that will go before the 80th General Convention, July 8-11 in Baltimore, Maryland. The committees consolidated, deferred or rejected some of the more high-interest resolutions, including open Communion and feast days for Bishop Barbara Harris and others, but adopted resolutions addressing liturgical language that could be interpreted as antisemitic or racist.

The proposed resolution that had attracted perhaps more interest than any other – C028, which would have repealed the canon restricting the Eucharist to those who have been baptized – ultimately died without much debate. Two people testified against the resolution proposed by the Diocese of Northern California, both referencing the sacramental arguments against open Communion that have been raised by theologians over the past month.

“The resolution as I read it is admirably rooted in a theology of hospitality. I worry, however, that the hospitality it offers is a cheap hospitality,” said Tyler Sampson, a lay preacher and theological student from the Diocese of Washington. “Baptism is no dinner ticket to Communion, but entry into the life in Christ.”

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After recent shootings and shifts in federal response, Bishops United urges Episcopalians to work toward ending gun violence

Episcopalians have a range of ways they can support efforts to end gun violence, through prayer, education and advocacy, Episcopal bishops said in a June 28 webinar, “Doing Our Part,” that was organized by Bishops United Against Gun Violence.

The hourlong Zoom event, which was livestreamed on Facebook, came after a volatile week for advocates and opponents of tougher gun laws. On June 23, the Supreme Court expanded the rights of gun owners to carry firearms in public by striking down a New York law. Two days later, on June 25, President Joe Biden signed a bipartisan bill that that has been praised for directing the most significant new federal gun safety measures in nearly 30 years.

“Much has been happening in our country,” Michigan Bishop Bonnie Perry said to open the webinar. “Our federal government has passed a piece of sensible gun legislation into law; our Supreme Court has struck down a sensible piece of gun legislation. What all of this means is that we need to educate ourselves, organize ourselves and work at the state level to keep people safe.”

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Hundreds to attend online sneak peek of scenes from Philadelphia Eleven documentary nearing completion

Eleven Episcopal women broke down barriers to ordination on July 29, 1974, when they became the first female priests in The Episcopal Church. Now remembered as the Philadelphia Eleven, their story is the subject of a feature-length documentary currently in production, and an online sneak peek is scheduled for June 30 of work-in-progress scenes from the film.

Margo Guernsey, director and producer of “The Philadelphia Eleven,” told Episcopal News Service in a phone interview that she was born the same year the 11 subjects of her film were ordained to the priesthood, at Philadelphia’s Church of the Advocate. Two years later, women’s ordination was officially authorized by General Convention. Guernsey, who grew up in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where her family was part of a United Church of Christ congregation, said she was aware as a child that the Episcopal church in her community had a female priest.

That didn’t seem unusual to Guernsey growing up, so when she first learned a few years ago about the trail to equality blazed by the Philadelphia Eleven, it came as something as a shock. Outside of The Episcopal Church, “it’s not a very well-known story,” she said.

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