May 4, 2023 | VOLUME 35, ISSUE 16


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Fifth Sunday of Easter

April 30, 2023


Acts 7:55-60

1 Peter 2:2-10

John 14:1-14

Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16

Preacher: The Reverend Jennifer Wagner Pavia

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Sunday, May 7

St. Joseph's Ingathering

Saturday, May 13, 6:30 PM,

SoB Venue, Luther Hall: Paint & Sip Party

Sunday, May 14

Grassroots Neighbors at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church at 1:30 PM

Saturday, May 20, 5:30 PM, SoB Venue: Breakfast at Dinner


Bible and Breakfast

Tuesdays | 9:30 AM

Luther Hall & Zoom

Midweek Eucharist

Wednesdays | 7:00 PM


Adult Forum

Wednesdays | 8:00 PM

Luther Hall & Zoom

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Upcoming SISTERS of BEDE Venues

Sip & Paint


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A newsletter serving the Diocese of LA

GLEAM, the LGBTQ+ ministry of the Diocese of Los Angeles, invites the diocesan community to its annual garden party on Sunday, May 21, 2 – 5 p.m. at the episcopal residence in Pasadena. "Join us as we gather in community in the beautiful gardens at the home of our hosts Bishop John Harvey Taylor and Canon Kathy O'Connor, make new friends and raise funds to support LGBTQIA+ ministry in the diocese," says the Rev. Christopher Montella, rector of St. Stephen's Church, Santa Clarita, and chair of GLEAM. "This year we are excited to offer drag bingo, poetry stations with queer poets writing custom poetry, and more!" 

A suggested $30 donation may be made at the door. Donations of $40 include the first two rounds of bingo; donations of $50 will include all rounds of bingo.

For garden party reservations, email Address and parking details will be sent to registrants.

"This work is as critical as it ever has been," says Montella, "and we look forward to seeing you continue the work of proclaiming God’s inclusive love available to absolutely everyone!"

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Episcopal churches to participate in World Labyrinth Day



[Episcopal News Service] In many religions, prayer beads are used as a prayer guide and tool for mediation. But instead of using prayer beads, Katie Bull prefers to walk in and out of labyrinths as a form of prayer, setting an intention before starting.

“In a labyrinth, you’re releasing what comes in as you’re walking; you’re trying to get that busy mind to go,” Bull told Episcopal News Service. “I center my prayer by giving time to God, to use me to be an instrument and a tool for your work.

“In a labyrinth, there’s one way in and one way out, and it’s a process to find yourself and connect to God,” she said.

Bull said she developed an interest in labyrinths while in college. Over time, her interest developed into a passion that led her to learn about the Labyrinth Society, a sponsor of World Labyrinth Day, which is held annually on the first Saturday in May.

This year, the 15th annual World Labyrinth Day will be held on May 6. The Labyrinth Society is hosting the event in collaboration with other organizations, including Veriditas, which was founded by the Rev. Lauren Artress, an honorary canon at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California.

Iowa church’s ‘community fridge’ becomes ministry hub connecting neighbors with neighbors


[Episcopal News Service] Many Episcopal congregations run food pantries to collect and distribute food to hungry neighbors in need. The pantry at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Des Moines, Iowa, is actually a shed, and it functions a bit different from the typical feeding ministry.

For starters, the shed at St. Andrew’s is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, both for community members dropping off food and others looking to take home some of the donated items. More notably, the small structure that sits next to the church is equipped with a refrigerator, so visitors can receive perishable items like milk, eggs and produce, as well as nonperishable canned and dry goods.

Its official name is the North Des Moines Community Fridge, part of a network of about 45 similar locations around Iowa’s capital region. Since September 2021, when St. Andrew’s first provided the space for the shed and its refrigerator, the congregation has partnered with local organizations to interact with and support its surrounding community.

“It is an easily sustainable way to come together as a community to feed one another,” the Rev. Lizzie Gillman, St. Andrew’s priest-in-charge, told Episcopal News Service. “It requires many hands to be at work, and we as a congregation have come quickly to understand that we cannot do it all. It takes all of us.”

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