May 5, 2022 | VOLUME 34, ISSUE 17


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Third Sunday of Easter

Sunday, May 8, 2022


Acts 9:36-43

Psalm 23

Revelation 7:9-17

John 10:22-30

Preacher: The Reverend Ryan D. Newman

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Saturday, May 14

NYA Scholarship Dinner

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church

Monday, May 16

Vestry Meeting

7:00 PM

Luther Hall & Zoom

Saturday, May 21

Neighbors 4 Neighbors

1:30 PM & 5:00 PM

St. Bede's Campus

Sunday, May 22

Grass Roots Neighbors

1:30 PM & 5:00 PM

Holy Nativity Episcopal Church

Sunday, May 22

Festive Eastertide Evensong

6:00 PM

Sanctuary & Watch Online


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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Get ready to celebrate! NYA’s 39th Scholarship Benefit, “Opening Doors to a Bright Future,” is less than two weeks away!


It would be nice to have a large St. Bede's turnout since Father Jim will be honored with a new scholarship in his name. Also, St. Bede's is a Platinum Scholarship Donor/Sponsor for the event.

Plan on joining us in-person in the Sprague Center at St. Matthew’s, Pacific Palisades, on Saturday, May 14th from 5-6:45, or log on at 6:00 via Facebook and YouTube for a live streaming of the evening’s program. Learn how NYA has impacted the lives of its students and alumni by providing them with opportunities that otherwise would not have been available to them, and be inspired by their heartwarming stories of gratitude and empowerment.

Please consider contributing to the success of our students through sponsorships, donations and ticket reservations, or by purchasing teacher-wish-list items from our virtual Pop-Up -Store. Your participation will enable NYA to continue “Opening Doors to a Bright Future” for the children, youth and families we serve.

All are welcome to share in this gathering that will recognize some 25 NYA students who have applied for more than $90,000 in scholarships to be awarded in the coming academic year. Under the theme “Opening Doors to a Bright Future,” the benefit also will salute NYA’s Class of 2022. Its members have so far received multiple acceptances to some 35 universities.

Tickets, priced at $125 each, may be purchased through the NYA website.




We invite you to experience “Festive Eastertide Evensong” on Sunday, May 22, at 6:00 PM. The service will feature Music for the Ascension and the Feast of St. Bede. Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in E-flat Major by A. Herbert Brewer. Responses by Frank Basile. Prayer of St. Bede by Richard Proulx. 

Evensong is a service that includes scripture, prayer, and music. It is often the beauty of the service itself, the spoken words, and the music that is sung that strikes attendees. The Anglican church has been singing Evensong since the sixteenth century. 

The word “Evensong” is a term first used in the 1549 Book of Common Prayer. It refers to the service of Evening Prayer. The service is commonly referred to as Choral Evensong because the choir prepares many segments, and the congregation joins in saying and singing other parts.


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The Wednesday Education Class has resumed with a 12-part series, "The History and Archaeology of the Bible," offered by National Geographic's Great Courses series. The goal is to offer the class both in-person and online via Zoom starting at 7:30 PM.

Before each session, Evening Prayer will be offered and starts at 7:00 PM.

The History and Archaeology of the Bible offers a multidimensional journey through the Bible from Genesis to the Crucifixion, seen through the lens of the latest historical and archaeological findings, and accompanied by vivid video footage of many of the sites where the stories of the Bible unfolded. Jean-Pierre Isbouts, a National Geographic contributor, eminent biblical historian, and award-winning filmmaker, offers the lectures. (The Great Courses Website)

To learn more about the video series, click here.


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May 22th | 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.



The Mission Committee would like to thank all who have donated to support Ukraine through Episcopal Relief and Development. We have posted a chart in the narthex to reflect our response to this crisis. You are invited to place a blue and yellow sticker on the chart to symbolize your donation. The chart represents our parish’s commitment to protecting democracy and human rights around the world. 

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!)



Sisters Venue: LEGO for Grownups


Sisters Venue: Taco Party



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Episcopal Night at Dodger Stadium to return Sept. 23

After a two-year Covid pandemic-imposed hiatus, Episcopal Night at Dodger Stadium will be back on Friday, Sept. 23. The home team will play the St. Louis Cardinals, and the game, win or lose, will be followed by fireworks.

Ticket sales will be handled by congregational representatives. Watch here for more information, and save the date.


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Frank Alton, provost of St. Paul’s Commons and vicar of St. Athanasius’, L.A., retires after four decades of ministry

By Pat McCaughan 

The Rev. Canon Frank Alton, 70, who retires May 1 as vicar of St. Athanasius Church in Echo Park, says initially he’ll spend some time traveling and writing, and then he’ll be back to serve the church, especially in Spanish-language congregations.

“There is a lack of bilingual or Spanish-speaking clergy to serve as supply clergy. That’s something I want to help with,” Alton told The Episcopal News recently.

“Frank is such a gifted, loving priest,” said Bishop John Harvey Taylor. “As provost of the Cathedral Center of St. Paul, now St. Paul’s Commons, he has essentially been the rector of Echo Park, supporting and encouraging all of its denizens, especially food- and housing-insecure neighbors. We, and they, will miss him as a pastor, advocate, and friend.”

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House of Deputies president, church reaffirm commitment to reproductive rights as Supreme Court looks poised to overturn Roe v. Wade

One of The Episcopal Church’s presiding officers and its Office of Government Relations affirmed the church’s commitment to equal access to reproductive health care on May 3, after a leaked draft of a pending U.S. Supreme Court ruling indicated the court was poised to overturn the landmark 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade that ensured for women nationwide the right to obtain an abortion.

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, responded with a written statement that cited decades of General Convention resolutions in support of women’s access to birth control and abortion. In particular, Jennings said, The Episcopal Church’s governing body passed a 1976 resolution that expressed “unequivocal opposition to any legislation on the part of the national or state governments which would abridge or deny the right of individuals to reach informed decisions in this matter and to act upon them.”

“And yet, for half a century, the promise of equal access to reproductive health care has never been fully realized,” said Jennings, who is 71. “For nearly my entire adult life, Christian extremists have fought to restrict access to abortion with invasive laws, demeaning patient requirements and clinic regulations that go far beyond what is required for patient safety. … Now, these extremists are on the verge of making good on a half-century of threats.”

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General Convention to consider proposal to end Episcopal Church’s baptism requirement for Communion

General Convention’s committees on Prayer Book, Liturgy and Music heard testimony May 3 on a diverse selection of resolutions, from proposals to add the late Bishop Barbara Harris to the church’s calendar of feasts to a measure “addressing antisemitic, anti-Jewish and/or supersessionist interpretations of our lectionaries.”

The resolution that generated the most discussion, and some of the strongest opinions, was a measure proposed by the Diocese of Northern California that would repeal the Episcopal canon that requires worshipers to be baptized before receiving Communion in Episcopal churches.

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General Convention committees consider Safe Church training resolutions

During an April 30 online hearing, the bishops’ and deputies’ Legislative Committees on Sexual Harassment, Sexual Exploitation, & Safeguarding heard testimony on two resolutions about the need to make more people aware of Safe Church training and to make it available to non-English speakers.

Resolution A064 would allocate $15,000 to The Episcopal Church’s Office of Communication and Office of Formation to promote the new online Safe Church training modules that many people in the church are required to take. The new training sessions conform to the 2018 updated Model Policies for the Protection of Children and Youth and for the Protection of Vulnerable Adults.

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Episcopal Relief & Development partners with Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe to aid Ukrainian refugees

Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe to help local congregations throughout Europe provide assistance to Ukrainian refugees.

The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, the European presence of The Episcopal Church, has a long history of ministry to refugees dating back to before World War I. Since the late 1980s, the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center – based at Saint Paul’s Within the Walls in Rome – has provided direct service to refugees from countless countries, helping them rebuild shattered lives.

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Archbishop of Canterbury apologises to Indigenous peoples of Canada

The Archbishop of Canterbury has apologised for the “terrible crime” of the Anglican Church’s involvement in Canada’s residential schools – and for the Church of England’s “grievous sins” against the Indigenous peoples of Canada.

The Archbishop spent this weekend visiting Indigenous Canadian reserves, meeting with Indigenous leaders and Anglicans, and listening to residential school survivors, as part of a five-day visit to Canada. 

Addressing survivors and Indigenous elders in Prince Albert on Sunday, the Archbishop said: “I am so sorry that the Church participated in the attempt - the failed attempt, because you rose above it and conquered it - to dehumanise and abuse those we should have embraced as brothers and sisters.”  

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