MARCH 17, 2022 | VOLUME 34, ISSUE 11


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The Third Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 20, 2022


Exodus 3:1-15

Psalm 63:1-8

1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Luke 13:1-9

Preacher: The Reverend Ryan D. Newman

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Saturday, March 19


10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

St. Bede's Parking Lot

Tuesday, March 22

Lenten Education Series:

Learning to Walk in the Dark

7:00 PM

Luther Hall & Zoom

Saturday, March 26

Vestry Retreat

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Alice Short's Residence


Bible and Breakfast

Tuesdays | 9:30 AM

Luther Hall & Zoom

Midweek Eucharist

Tuesdays | 6:00 PM

Sanctuary & Watch Online

Lenten Education Series (3/8 - 4/12)

Tuesdays | 7:00 PM

Luther Hall & Zoom

Evening Prayer

Wednesday | 7:00 PM

Zoom Only

Wednesday Education Forum

Not meeting during Lent. Join us for Tuesday's Lenten Education Series.

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The St. Bede's Rector Search Committee needs your input!

We invite you to submit a brief statement articulating your vision for the future of St. Bede's.

To make this process simple, the Committee has built a web form. Click on the image below. You will be taken to the Vision Statement Form on St. Bede's website. Fill out the form and press submit! It is that easy.

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Drink This, All of You

A word from the Bishop's Commission on Liturgy and Music

As Episcopalians adapt to a world that includes COVID for the foreseeable future, gathering at the table to receive bread and wine made holy remains a source of strength and inspiration, as it has from the earliest days of the Church.

We gather at the Holy Table at which Christ is host. Though the prayer book directions note: "Opportunity is always to be given to every communicant to receive the consecrated Bread and Wine separately," and that "the Sacrament may be received in both kinds simultaneously," receiving Communion in one kind only – as we have done recently during the pandemic – has precedent at other times in our history, whether out of convenience or necessity.

While receiving in one kind only (the consecrated Bread) continues to be an option in the Diocese of Los Angeles, effective on Palm Sunday (April 10, 2022), Bishop Taylor, acting on our recommendation, has approved the option of returning to the prayer book-preferred option of receiving both the consecrated Bread and Wine – which can be done in any of the following ways, in no particular order of preference, as our missions and parishes may deem best:

Option One: After the Breaking of the Bread, using the flagon of consecrated wine to fill small, individual chalices (cups) and distributing them to the people in the customary manner for the parish (by lay persons, deacons, or priests).

Option Two: After the Breaking of the Bread, using the flagon of consecrated wine to fill small, household (individual or family) chalices (cups), brought forward by individuals or family groups (filled by lay persons, deacons, or priests as is customary for the distribution for the parish).

Option Three: Having the communion minister intinct the wafer and place it in the communicant's hand.

Option Four: Receiving directly from a common chalice with a non-porous surface (silver or similar metal), assuming a wine with a high alcohol content (such as typical communion port wines) and carefully wiping and turning the chalice between communicants.

NOTE: For public health reasons, the bishop does not approve (BCP, p. 408) receiving the consecrated Bread and Wine simultaneously by the formerly common method of intinction that involved communicants receiving bread in their hands and dipping it in a common chalice with their fingers.

Yours in Christ,

The Rev. Michelle Baker-Wright

The Rev. Randall Day

The Rev. Canon Susan Russell

The Rev. Kay Sylvester

for the Bishop's Commission on Liturgy and Music

Dear St. Bede's,

I imagine this notice from the Diocese brings you great joy. It will be wonderful to restore the wine to the distribution of communion. The Vestry and I will review the prescribed options and then deploy one or more options starting April 10, 2022. In the meantime, if you have any questions or feedback, please speak to a member of the Vestry or me.


The Reverend Ryan D. Newman

Interim Pastor



As we ponder our next outreach effort, there’s one that feels very urgent: aid for the Ukrainian people.

Episcopal Relief and Development offers an opportunity to give and has a direct link to Ukraine aid on the website.


If you would prefer to donate through the church, you can write a check to St. Bede’s with the words “Episcopal Relief and Development/Ukraine Crisis Response” in the memo field. (And thank you to Betsy Hiteshew for proposing this!)


God of peace and justice,

we pray for the people of Ukraine today.

We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.

We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,

that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.

We pray for those with power over war or peace,

for wisdom, discernment and compassion

to guide their decisions.

Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear,

that you would hold and protect them.

We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.


– Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury and Archbishop Stephen Cottrell of York, Church of England



This coming Saturday, March 19, Neighbors 4 Neighbors will again set up in the St. Bede's parking lot, with scores of volunteers who offer various services to unsheltered people.

N4N will start setting up around 8:00 AM, and clients will be assisted from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

If you are interested in observing and helping, please get in touch with Alice Short.

The April N4N service day will be Saturday, April 16, and there is a sign-up sheet for volunteers on the card table right by the front entrance. 


Have you noticed the beautiful Lenten arrangements in the sanctuary?

They are stunning and sacred pieces of art!

Thank you to our Head Sacristan, Rea Crane!



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A newsletter serving the Diocese of LA

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Starting on Palm Sunday, congregations may receive wine at Eucharist, Bishop Taylor tells Diocesan Council

[The Episcopal News] Episcopalians across the Diocese of Los Angeles won’t just be waving palm branches and shouting Hosannas on Palm Sunday, they will also be able to officially receive consecrated wine during communion, Bishop Diocesan John Harvey Taylor announced to the March 10, 2022, regular meeting of Diocesan Council.

“The Bishop’s Commission on Liturgy and Music has devised a return to consecrated wine for use during communion. Beginning Palm Sunday, on the commission’s recommendation, we are authorizing four ways to serve consecrated wine, according to what your church prefers,” said Taylor, adding that a formal announcement would be emailed to all congregations the following day.

The four approved ways are: wine consecrated in a single flagon on the altar and then disbursed among smaller containers for consumption; clergy, with a gloved hand, dipping the wafer and administering it to the palm of communicants; parishioners bringing their own vessel for consumption from home, and the common cup. For public health reasons, the bishop is not authorizing the practice, increasingly common before the pandemic, of communicants dipping their own host in the wine.

Meeting attendees also approved a positive financial report from Canon Andy Tomat, diocesan treasurer and heard presentations from four program groups of diocesan council, including Communications and Public Affairs; Ecumenical and Interreligious Life; Hispanic/Latinx Ministries; and Mission Congregations. Regular reports of mission were also received from Taylor and Canon to the Ordinary Melissa McCarthy, and diocesan bodies, such as the Standing Committee, the Corporation of the Diocese; the General Convention deputation and the Secretary of Convention’s office.


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Episcopal churches offer menstrual products, dignity to women, girls. Period.

“Period poverty” is not a term routinely used in church to describe economic inequality, but now a growing number of Episcopal congregations are using it in their efforts to help low-income women and girls access menstrual hygiene products.

Twenty-three percent of students ages 13-19 struggled to afford menstrual products and 51% had worn such products longer than is recommended, according to “State of the Period 2021.” A separate survey of low-income women by the Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology found that nearly two-thirds were unable to buy the tampons or pads they needed at some point in the previous year.

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Lessons of pandemic can endure, says editor of National Cathedral sermon compilation

Over the course of the past two years, the preachers of Washington National Cathedral have addressed the grief, loneliness and other trials of the COVID-19 pandemic through sermons each Sunday.

Now, a new book, “Reconciliation, Healing, and Hope: Sermons From Washington National Cathedral,” has compiled dozens of their homilies about facing the realities of illness and isolation.

Its editor and provost of the cathedral, the Rev. Jan Naylor Cope, said that every Sunday since the cathedral reopened in July — except for a brief closure at Christmastime during the height of the omicron variant — visiting worshippers have arrived early to express their gratitude for the virtual sermons and services offered throughout the pandemic.

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Episcopalians learn the art of pysanka as a form of hands-on prayer for Ukrainians

When Russia invaded Ukraine just before the start of Lent, many Episcopalians began praying for the Ukrainian people. The attacks prompted Dontie Fuller, who was already scheduled to teach the art of pysanka – Ukrainian Easter egg decorating – at Church of the Nativity in Indianapolis, Indiana, to amend her informational event to educate attendees about the attacks and to use the ancient art to offer hands-on prayer for Ukraine.

“This is my first time teaching Ukrainian egg decorating at Church of the Nativity, but now it seems rather poignant this year to be doing this,” said Fuller, a retired youth ministry coordinator and Christian formation director in the Diocese of Indianapolis. Thirteen people attended Fuller’s pysanka event on March 12.

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Central Florida residency program aims to give new clergy a better start to their careers

The Diocese of Central Florida is transforming the experiences of newly ordained priests and addressing the shortcomings of curate positions with a grant-funded residency program designed to give them better training and prepare them for the realities of parish work.

While the position of curate – a “junior priest” or transitional deacon, usually just out of seminary, assisting a parish rector – is a long-established tradition in The Episcopal Church, it has its limitations, says the Rev. Jonathan French, the diocese’s residency coordinator. Many get only part-time work and pay, and often that work is “the grunt work no one else wants to take,” French told Episcopal News Service.

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St. Bede’s has resumed “in-person” meetings. As much as our technical capabilities allow, meetings and worship services will be offered in-person and online. Masks are still required indoors for all gatherings at St. Bede’s. In partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, the Vestry continues to monitor the “testing positivity rate” in Los Angeles County. If the current positivity rate falls below the pre-Omicron surge positivity rate for a consecutive 14 days, St. Bede’s Vestry will look to remove the indoor mask requirement.

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