What's our potential?

On this weekend, 94 years ago, our church building was consecrated by the First Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles, Joseph Horsfall Johnson. Our neighborhood looked a lot different then. What possibilities did the congregation gathered in the nave of St. John's imagine for their glorious new building on that day? What possibilities could they never have imagined? Sunday we celebrate not only the dedication of our building, but the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple in Jerusalem when he was an infant. What possibilities would anyone have expected from a baby being brought into the temple in the arms of the poor Mary and her husband Joseph? There were two people who did -- the

February 2019 Events at St. John's

Follow the links for more information! (Where available...) Black History Month At St. John’s we celebrate Black History from the Feast of Martin Luther King, Jr. (01.20.2019) to the feast of Absalom Jones (02.10.2019). “Quilting is a part of many cultures. The patchwork quilt is especially a part of black culture,” says Canon Earl Mounger. “The altar ‘quilt’ is technically not a quilt. A quilt has a front and back and usually has stuffing in the middle. What we have is a banner. We called it a quilt because it was created to celebrate African American History in 2010. That year the theme was ‘He’s got the Whole World in His Hand.’ Many African American families have used quilts for record k

Basic Episcopal Christian Formation Course, 2019

Traveling Home Basic Episcopal Christian Formation Course, 2019 [endif]-- Fr. Mark Kowalewski – frmark@stjohnsla.org – 213.747.6285 – 213.500.1757 This ten-week course will help you engage questions of faith from a Christian perspective in the Anglican tradition. It also will provide you with opportunities to form relationships with fellow explorers on the same journey. Because we form a community of fellow spiritual travelers during this course, we ask you to commit to being part of all the sessions. Of course, we also understand life happens and it may be the case that you miss a session. Required written resources: A Bible – Any version is fine, but some versions are more difficult to rea

Social justice means having an open heart.

This Saturday we welcome two staff members from the Episcopal Church, Heidi Kim and The Rev. Chuck Wynder Jr. Ms. Kim will also be our preacher on Sunday morning. Their positions in the national Church involve racial reconciliation, social justice and advocacy. The fact that our Church has dedicated staff for these ministries tells us that at the heart of what we value as Episcopalians is a passion for both reconciliation and justice -- two chief biblical values. Our Church generally, and St. John's in particular, seeks to cast the vision of the beloved community so central to the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who our nation remembered this past week. That vision is the vision of th

2019 Vestry Candidates

Community members of St. John's, Below you will find information about your 2019 Vestry Candidates. The vote will be taken on Sunday, February 3, at 9:15 a.m. as a part of our Annual Meeting. Please make plans to attend! Linda Geraldine Brown RPh, MBE My Name is Linda Geraldine Brown nee Lewis. I was born in Belize City, Belize, June 29, 1956 to Gerald and Colin Lewis. Graduated from Belize School of Pharmacy and a license pharmacist in California. I served as the Director of Pharmacy from 1990 to 2018 both in Retail and Hospital Pharmacy. In 1997, I was inducted into the International Softball Federation Hall of Fame for outstanding achievements. I hurled Belize to gold medal in the XII Cen

"Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution."

On March 31, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the last Sunday sermon of his life at the National Cathedral, of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, DC. He chose as his text the words of the victorious Jesus at the end of time in the Book of Revelation chapter 21, "...The former things are passed away... Behold I make all things new." The title of his sermon was "Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution." Certainly, the late 1960's in which Dr. King preached that sermon was a time of great revolution, but I wonder if we ourselves in our own time might consider these days as a time of great revolution as well? There clearly are social structures that are crumbling around us. Instituti

Jan/Feb 2019 Events at St. John's

Follow the links for more information! (Where available...) January 6 - 17 | Sundays | 9:15 a.m. Adult Education: Continuing today, Sunday, January 13 through January 27. At 9:15 come ready to discuss your own experiences of faith and the “God Talk” we use to describe it. People don’t speak the language of faith at a time when we could most use it. We will be reading a new book by Jonathan Merritt: Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing— and How We Can Revive Them. January 11 to March 5 | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. See Me: Portraits of Foster Youth reveals stories of an invisible community and shares stunning black and white photography from the Foster Youth Museum. C

"Christian" is your vocation!

Saturday St. John's will be filled with people coming to witness seven people ordained as priests of the Church. I'm sure as always it will be a glorious day. What we celebrate is people being called to live into their vocation to become more of who they are being called to be as Christians. Yet what we are going to do the next day is more profound -- indeed the foundation of what will happen Saturday. On Sunday morning we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord and we will all stand and renew the vows of our own baptism. Sunday what we will say is that we follow Jesus through the baptismal water to accept our own vocation, maybe not as ordained people, but as Christians, as people wh

Are people still attracted to the light of the Gospel?

Astrologers tracked a strange star in the night sky and began a journey to see where it might lead them. Matthew's Gospel tells us that these exotic foreigners came to Judea and found to their surprise the newborn Jesus. It seems that God uses whatever language we can understand to lead us to faith in Christ. We celebrate the coming of these wise sages this Sunday, the feast of the Epiphany. We begin a season of the Church year focusing on mission and evangelism. Epiphanytide causes us to reflect on the brightness of the light of Christ in our contemporary culture. How does the Church in our day shine a light to attract people to the Gospel? In our nation, the words we use to convey faith ar

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