September 10, 2022 | VOLUME 34, ISSUE 31


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14th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 19)

Sunday, September 11, 2022


During Ordinary time, "Track 1" is utilized.

Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28

Psalm 14

1 Timothy 1:12-17

Luke 15:1-10

Preacher: The Reverend Ryan D. Newman

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Sunday, September 11

Grass Roots Neighbors

1:30 PM & 5:00 PM

Holy Nativity Episcopal Church

Tuesday, September 13

Fall Education Series

7:00 PM

Luther Hall & Zoom

Saturday, September 17

Neighbors 4 Neighbors

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Campus Wide


Bible and Breakfast

Tuesdays | 9:30 AM

Luther Hall & Zoom

Midweek Eucharist

Tuesdays | 6:00 PM


Evening Prayer

Wednesday | 7:00 PM

Luther Hall & Zoom

*There is no Wednesday Evening Prayer in September and October*

Fall Education Series

Tuesdays| 7:00 PM

Luther Hall & Zoom

*There is no Wednesday Adult Forum in September and October*

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Episcopalians Pay Tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Throughout the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, people mourned the death of Queen Elizabeth II and offered tributes to her extraordinary life of service. Below are some of the statement excerpts shared throughout the Church.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry:

Today we mourn the passing and celebrate the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II. My prayers for peace go out for her de ella, for her de ella loved ones de ella, and for all those who knew and loved her throughout the world.

Her resilience, her dignity, and her model of quiet faith and piety have been—and will continue to be—an example for so many.

May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry

Bishop Taylor and the Diocese of Los Angeles:

Bishop John Harvey Taylor and the diocesan community join in mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II and in giving thanks for her remarkable life, leadership, and steadfast faith. During Thursday's mid-day Eucharist at St. Paul's Commons was celebrated in memory of the Queen by Bishop Taylor who underscored her “gift to the world of constancy… and her invitation to love and civility.”

Diocese of Hawai'i

The death of Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, was announced today. We can all honor and celebrate her long life marked by a keen sense of duty and of faith. As we remember the Queen’s life, we can be reminded here in the Diocese of Hawaiʻi of the deep connection between the Royal family of the United Kingdom with that of the Hawaiian monarchy – especially the bond between Queen Victoria and Queen Emma. I hope all the congregations of the Diocese will remember Queen Elizabeth in the Prayers of the People on Sunday, September 11.

The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick

Bishop Diocesan, The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i

Virginia Theological Seminary

Queen Elizabeth was at the center of so much: she met world leaders; she supported the Commonwealth; and she was faithful in her Christian observance. I was moved. She is the only monarch I have known my entire life. Her passing truly reflects the end of an age. We now have King Charles III. We pray for the new King; may he navigate the many challenges of his reign as well as his mother did.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.

Dean and President, Virginia Theological Seminary

Diocese of Washington and the Washington National Cathedral

Together with people the world over, we give thanks today for the lifetime of devotion and service exhibited by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and pray with all those who mourn the loss of this extraordinary woman. 

Queen Elizabeth was more than a monarch. Through 70 years of service to her God and to her people, Queen Elizabeth embodied an unrivaled sense of duty, devotion and fidelity. Across seven decades of tumultuous change, she was a model of stability, and carried her nation in her heart with grace and dignity. We mourn the passage of all that she represents; she was an icon of honor, duty and service.

Remember thy servant, Queen Elizabeth II, O Lord, according to the favor which thou bearest unto thy people, and grant that increasing in knowledge and love of thee, she may go from strength to strength, in the life of perfect service in thy heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde

Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Washington

The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith

Dean, Washington National Cathedral 

Archbishop of Canterbury

As Supreme Governor of the Church of England, and as a faithful Christian disciple, Her Late Majesty lived out her faith every day of her life. Her trust in God and profound love for him was foundational in how she led her life – hour by hour, day by day.

In Her Late Majesty’s life we saw what it means to receive the gift of life we have been given by God and – through patient, humble, selfless service – share it as a gift to others.

Her Late Majesty found great joy and fulfilment in the service of her people and her God “whose service is perfect freedom” (BCP). For giving her whole life to us, and allowing her life of service to be an instrument of God’s peace among us, we owe Her Late Majesty a debt of gratitude beyond measure.

Her Late Majesty leaves behind a truly extraordinary legacy: one that is found in almost every aspect of our national life, as well as the lives of so many nations around the world, and especially in the Commonwealth.

The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby

Archbishop of Canterbury



How To Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going

Tuesdays | 7:00 PM | Luther Hall & Zoom

September 6 - October 18

When a church shifts from an ending to a new beginning, it can be a daunting challenge but also a huge opportunity. What happens when the old way of doing things no longer works but a way forward is not yet clear?

Church growth, building family-centered ministries, raising up new leaders, financial sustainability, welcoming a new rector... These issues, and many more, are front-and-center in the life of all Episcopal congregations, especially those in a transition process.

The St. Bede’s Fall Education Series is a 7-part series based on the book by Susan Beaumont, “How To Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going” Leading in a Liminal Season.” Whether you are currently a “leader” at St. Bede’s or not, this education series is designed for everyone who wants to see St. Bede’s thrive in the years to come.

The series began last week and continues on Tuesday through October 18th. If you did not attend the first session, you are still welcome to join the group. Sessions are in a hybrid format (Luther Hall and Zoom). Eucharist will proceed each session at 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary. We invite you to join us. We kindly ask that you register for the series to assist with planning purposes.

About the Author:

Susan Beaumont is a consultant, coach, author and spiritual director. Susan has worked with hundreds of congregations and denominational bodies across the United States and in Canada. She is known for her ground-breaking work in the leadership dynamics of congregations.

Before establishing her own practice, Susan worked nine years as a Senior Consultant with the Alban Institute. Susan has also served on the faculty of two business schools, teaching graduate-level courses in leadership, management, and organizational behavior. In addition, she has corporate experience in human resource management and organizational development. She currently teaches at Wesley Theological Seminary.



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September 11 | 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

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Diocesan Convention – 'Back to the Holy City: The Hope of Christ in Our Time' – will welcome Archbishop Naoum of Jerusalem

By Janet Kawamoto

[The Episcopal News – September 7, 2022] September is here and it’s time to prepare for the 127th annual meeting of Diocesan Convention, to be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11 – 12 at the Riverside Convention Center with the theme "Back to the Holy City: The Hope of Christ in Our Time."

The literal Holy City of Jerusalem will be represented in the person of its archbishop, the Most Rev. Hosam Naoum (pictured above right), who will attend the two-day convention and give an address, according to Bishop John Harvey Taylor.

Taylor met most recently with Naoum during a late-August visit to the Holy Land. The dioceses of Los Angeles and Jerusalem have maintained a companion relationship since 2005.

“While mission and ministry in our diocese barely skipped a beat during the pandemic, we also spent a lot of emotional energy just getting through our days, individually and institutionally," said Bishop John Harvey Taylor as he announced the convention theme. "This is the year for fixing our eyes once again on God’s vision of a holy city of love and justice for all God’s people — taking what we’ve learned about what church and society are doing well, and what they’re not doing well, and rededicating ourselves to making it better.”

The 2022 convention, like its 2021 predecessor, will be a hybrid meeting; delegates and clergy will have the option to attend and vote remotely via Zoom webinar, according to Samantha Wylie, convention coordinator. Convention registration will begin at the Riverside Convention Center (3637 5th Street, Riverside 92501) at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11; the business session will begin at 3 p.m. An evening reception and dinner will follow. (Dinner tickets will be available for order soon on the convention website.) The convention will reconvene with Eucharist on Saturday morning and adjourn by 4 p.m.

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Christian camp at Burning Man offers religious ritual, spiritual enrichment in Nevada desert

The annual Burning Man festival in northwest Nevada is known as a week of creativity and dusty debauchery in the desert, a place where more than 70,000 fellow travelers build a temporary artistic community structured on communal support and the offering of gifts to strangers – before vanishing without a trace after Labor Day.

Although it’s not known for being hospitable to organized religions, Burning Man attendees, or “Burners,” often describe participation as a kind of spiritual experience. “Burning Man is part of me becoming a priest,” the Rev. Alex Leach, who serves in the Sacramento-based Diocese of Northern California, told Episcopal News Service. He first attended the festival in 2011. “The overwhelming sense I had is, this place is just saturated in God.”

Could this inherent spirituality provide an opening for the practice of Christian rituals in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert?

Leach and a group of other clergy and lay leaders, many of them Episcopalians, have answered that question affirmatively. In 2018, he and three others launched a Christian camp at Burning Man centered on daily worship and faith conversations. And last week, when Burning Man returned to an in-person festival after a two-year pandemic hiatus, Leach’s camp again was among the more than 1,000 themed camps spread across the desert plane, known to Burners as the Playa.

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Murdered Memphis woman remembered as ‘bright light’ at Episcopal school where she taught

Episcopalians in the Diocese of Tennessee are mourning the death of an Episcopal school teacher who was kidnapped and killed last week in Memphis.

Eliza Fletcher, 34, a junior kindergarten teacher at St. Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis, was out on a jog when she was forced into a sport-utility vehicle on Sept. 2, according to police. Her body was found Sept. 5, and police have arrested a suspect in her murder, Cleotha Abston, 38.

“Liza is well known to many in the Episcopal community in West Tennessee and we grieve along with her family, friends and colleagues,” West Tennessee Bishop Phoebe Roaf said Sept. 6 in a written statement. “Your prayers have meant so much to members of the Fletcher, Orgill and Wellford families, and we appreciate the efforts of all who have participated in the investigation.

St. Mary’s Episcopal School said it began the school day on Sept. 6 in its chapel to grief the loss of a beloved teacher.

“We are heartbroken,” the school said in a Facebook post. “We lit candles to remember Liza who was a bright light in our community. Liza embodied the song that we sing every week in Early Childhood chapel, ‘This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.'”

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