May 18, 2023 | VOLUME 35, ISSUE 18

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Seventh Sunday of Easter

May 21, 2023


SCRIPTURE READINGS


Acts 1:6-14

1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

John 17:1-11

Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36


Preacher: The Reverend Jennifer Wagner Pavia

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Saturday, May 20; 10 AM in Parking Lot

Neighbors 4 Neighbors


Saturday, May 20, 5:30 PM

SoB Venue: Breakfast at Dinner


Saturday, June 3; 8 PM in Sanctuary

Jouyssance Early Choral Music Ensemble


Sunday, June 4

St. Joseph's Ingathering (see article below)

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Bible and Breakfast

Tuesdays | 9:30 AM

Luther Hall & Zoom


Midweek Eucharist

Wednesdays | 7:00 PM

Sanctuary


Adult Forum

Wednesdays | 8:00 PM

Luther Hall & Zoom

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Upcoming SISTERS of BEDE Venue

ST. JOSEPH's INGATHERING

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UPDATED LIST OF MOST-NEEDED ITEMS for ST. JOSEPH CENTER


  • Cleaning (disinfectant) wipes 
  • Adult diapers 

Women’s: small, medium, large, X-large 

Men’s: medium, large, X-large 

  • Cat and dog food (dry) 
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash 
  • Dish soap for washing dishes by hand 
  • Laundry detergent – pods preferred so they can break up and distribute to numerous clients 
  • Baby wipes: non-flushable preferred but both flushable and non-flushable accepted 
  • Note: peanut butter has been removed from preferred items list. 


 A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM LORENA GONZALEZ, PROGRAM MANAGER, FOOD PANTRY: 

“Thank you so much for reaching out to us and for your generosity. You all are amazing! 

BIBLE & BREAKFAST UPDATE

The weekly Bible & Breakfast gathering is exploring new ways to look at scripture. We will continue to study upcoming lectionary readings for theological understanding, as well as for historical and cultural context, while listening to include "absent" voices is the Bible.


The first Tuesday of each month, Rev. Jennifer will lead the group in the traditional monastic practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer called Lectio Divina. It is an exercise of reflection on a spiritual text as we go deeper for personal meaning. No experience necessary!


Join us for a potluck breakfast (one of St. Bede's best kept secrets, as pictured above!) on Tuesdays at 9:00 AM for conversation and community, as we seek to deepen our understanding of the living Word of God.

NEIGHBORS 4 NEIGHBORS

May 20 | 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Neighbors 4 Neighbors, which provides medical personnel, clothing, food and other services for unhoused people, is returning to St. Bede's on May 20. The work starts around 8 a.m.,with setting up, and continues until around 4 p.m. We are always looking for volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks, including the sorting of clothing. For more information, please contact a member of the Mission Committee or click here.

PAINT & SIP: Sisters of Bede Venue

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Inspired by works in the style of Van Gogh, Kandinsky and Picasso, 10 St. Bede’s friends unleashed their inner artists at the Paint & Sip party on Saturday, May 13. Guests got their creative juices flowing first with a sampling of red, white and sparkling varietals and a “grazing board” arranged by hostesses Susan Holder, Stephanie Landry and Kelly Hower in an elaborate composition rivaling that of the Dutch Masters. A feast of shrimp, smoked salmon, and a charcuterie of ripe & dried fruits, seasonal vegetables, gourmet cheeses, nuts, dips and artisanal breads & crackers was followed by Kelly’s light and summery carrot cake and coffee (or more wine).


Moving to the art table, Kelly, who teaches art to kids ages 3 to 8, demonstrated creative techniques for mapping out your ideas, outlining your canvas and getting your colors “to talk to one another”. A few more pointers on color mixing and brush technique (including how easy it is to correct missteps when using acrylic!), and we were off. Ninety minutes of sipping and companionable experimentation produced exuberant florals, cityscapes, bright abstracts and portraits, all worthy of a place on our home walls.

ST. BEDE'S ONLINE GIVING PORTAL

Are you planning to attend worship online and want an easy way to make a pledge payment? Do you want to ditch the checkbook and set up reoccurring payments? Are you looking for a convenient way to make a one-time special gift to St. Bede's?


Did you know you can make donations online to St. Bede's, securely and easily?

Visit the St. Bede's website and at the top of every page, look for the "Donate" button. When you click on the "Donate" button, you will be transported to St. Bede's Vanco eGiving and Payment Process Site.


Vanco is an industry leader in online payments. More than 40,000 churches, faith-based groups, nonprofits, schools, and educational organizations trust Vanco to securely complete transactions every day. Vanco complies with PCI Level 1 standards, the highest security standard in the payment processing industry.


You are invited to set up one-time or recurring gifts using credit, debit, or bank transfer on Vanco's secure payment processing platform. Giving online through the Vanco site saves time and the hassle of remembering to bring your offering. In addition, you decrease the expense incurred by St. Bede’s from handling and processing checks and cash.

FROM THE EPISCOPAL NEWS

A newsletter serving the Diocese of LA


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NYA scholarship benefit raises $121,000 to assist college-bound students


Marking 75 years of helping students and families break cycles of poverty on L.A.’s Westside, Neighborhood Youth Association awarded $86,400 in direct scholarships and raised an additional $34,600 in program support May 13 during the agency’s 40th annual benefit.


Some 100 attendees gathered for the festivities in Sprague Center at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Pacific Palisades where Bishop John Harvey Taylor, chair of NYA’s board of trustees opened the evening with greetings and an invocation. NYA board vice-chair Sarah Newman, longtime St. Matthew’s parishioner and benefit chair for the past five years, joined in welcoming students, families, and donors. Key supporters from St. Bede’s Church in Mar Vista and St. Augustine by-the-Sea, Santa Monica, also were on hand.  


Newman and NYA site director Sonia R. Hernandez shared in recognizing afterschool program staff members for dedicated instruction that is helping students close learning gaps created by the pandemic. Among NYA’s current enrollment of 65 students in grades 1-12, five are graduating seniors (pictured at top), all university-bound in keeping with NYA’s mission of 100% college placement of participating youth leaders.


While its program is fully non-sectarian, NYA dates from 1906 beginnings downtown as an affiliated institution of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. Diocesan Canon for Common Life Bob Williams, president/CEO of NYA’s board of trustees, said the agency is gearing up for a full summer of activities including its annual week in Yosemite. Learn more about NYA here.  


‘Housing czar’ will help congregations build affordable dwellings, bishop tells Diocesan Council at May 11 meeting


By Janet Kawamoto


The Diocese of Los Angeles will soon have a “housing czar” who will assist congregations that want to join the diocese’s initiative to build affordable housing on 25% of its properties, Bishop John Harvey Taylor told the May 11 meeting of Diocesan Council.


Taylor announced the new position, which will be funded by Episcopal Communities and Services, an institution of the diocese, during his report near the end of the regularly scheduled meeting, which was conducted via Zoom.


Other matters discussed during the meeting included progress on the housing initiative; pleas for churches to complete their parochial reports as soon as possible; and news that a larger-than-expected assessment from The Episcopal Church will strain the diocese’s resources but will be possible to pay with cooperation from its congregations.


Taylor also renewed his longstanding request for congregations to provide their mailing lists to The Episcopal News. “If for whatever reason, a church sends us an address of somebody who doesn't want to be on the list, it's easy to unsubscribe. But once they start reading it, they're not going to want to miss it because it's full of all kinds of good reporting about our mission and ministry,” he said. Canon for Common Life Bob Williams later confirmed that several congregations have recently provided their lists, which may be sent in any format to editor@ladiocese.org.

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EPISCOPAL NEWS SERVICE

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The Rev. Faiz Basheer Jerjes embraces some of the children who attend school at St. George’s Church in Baghdad, Iraq. Photo: Courtesy of Stand With Iraqi Christians

Iraq’s only Anglican priest visits US to inform Episcopalians about his church’s ministries


By Shireen Korkzan


The Rev. Faiz Basheer Jerjes, the only Anglican priest serving the only Anglican Church in Iraq, is in the middle of a visit to the United States, where he’s sharing the story of his church and its ministries through a series of events.


Jerjes is accompanied by Sinan Hannah Karakash, chief administrator of St. George’s Church. Their trip is co-sponsored by The Episcopal Church’s Office of Global Partnerships and Stand With Iraqi Christians, an Episcopal nonprofit that serves to financially and spiritually support Christians in Iraq. 


“[Stand With Iraqi Christians] is thrilled to welcome Canon Faiz and Sinan Hannah to the United States, primarily to raise awareness within The Episcopal Church of the powerful ministries of our church in Iraq,” Buck Blanchard, co-chair of SWIC, told Episcopal News Service. “Their work provides healing to the people of Iraq, both spiritually and practically.”

Front from left, Vermont Bishop Shannon MacVean-Brown, Missouri Bishop Deon Johnson and retired Olympia Suffragan Bishop Nedi Rivera pose for a photo with other Episcopal bishops while attending the consecration of Ohio Bishop Coadjutor Anne Jolly on April 29 in Cleveland. Photo: Deon Johnson

House of Bishops more diverse than ever with addition of women, people of color, LGBTQ+ bishops


By David Paulsen


The Episcopal Church has long been known as a predominantly white denomination, one that for most of its history ordained only men as bishops and priests. For the past eight years, however, since the church’s last presiding bishop election, the House of Bishops has undergone a rapid diversification.


Though still more than two-thirds white and male, the House of Bishops’ increasing diversity was evident last month when 30 Episcopal bishops gathered in Cleveland for the Diocese of Ohio’s consecration of the Rt. Rev. Anne Jolly as the church’s newest bishop. Ten of the bishops were women, in addition to Jolly herself and two female bishops-elect who attended. Ten Black bishops participated, along with two of South Asian descent. At least four bishops were immigrants.


Two LGBTQ+ bishops attended, as did the Rt. Rev. Nedi Rivera, the church’s first Latina bishop when she was consecrated in 2005. And photos from the consecration show a wide range of ages, from Southwest Florida Bishop Douglas Scharf at 43 to retired Ohio Suffragan Bishop Arthur Williams at 87.


“The bishops that came were a great image of diversity of our House of Bishops now,” Jolly, Ohio’s bishop coadjutor, told Episcopal News Service afterward in a phone interview. “We benefit as a church, as a people, by having more diverse viewpoints.”

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