November 2019 at St. John's
Adult Christian Education at 9:15am. Our theme this year is “Thinking Christian(ly).” How do we understand what it means to be a follower of Jesus in a culture where the word Christian has become synonymous with conservatism and exclusivity? How do we present Jesus' way of love as an alternative vision in a dark time? The first series, “(Re)Thinking the Bible,” will explore our assumptions about this sacred text. We do Bible study all the time, but we haven't focused much of our attention on where it comes from, how to interpret it or how we use it in our lives. Let's explore these questions together.
Food Pantry Driver: Want to get more involved at St. John's? Well here is your chance! The St. John's Food Pantry is in need of a volunteer that has access to a truck (small or full size), or van to pick up a produce order (in the nearby DTLA produce district) and to deliver it to St. John's prior to each food pantry distribution. The distributions occur on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. The order will be pre-staged (normally 25-30 packages) and loaded onto the truck by the produce seller and volunteers for the Food Pantry will help unload the truck upon its arrival at St. John's. If more than one individual wants to volunteer then it would merely be a once a month or every 6-week commitment to this wonderful ministry. The Food Pantry serves 60-90 families twice monthly and being a part of the process that helps provide them with nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables would be a blessing and a gift to each and every one of them. Please contact Jeffrey McLellan for further details on Sunday mornings.
November 3 | Sunday | 8 & 10:00 a.m.
All Souls Altar: On Sunday, Nov. 3, we will remember in a special way all those who have left this world and whom we hold dear in our hearts. Everyone attending the 8am and 11am Masses may bring a picture or memento of a loved one and place it on the High Altar near the Blessed Sacrament. After the service, you may choose to leave your mementos and photos for the month of November, where they will be placed on a special altar of remembrance in the style of Mexican folk culture.
November 3 & 17 | Sundays | 8:00 p.m.
Compline: Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month we gather for thirty minutes of worship, prayer, stillness, and song-- bathed in calming candlelight-- followed by food and fellowship. This calm and beautiful service is one of the whole diocese’s most elegant offerings.
November 16 | Saturday | 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong The Choir of St. John’s Cathedral will present Solemn Choral Evensong on Saturday, November 16 at 5:00pm, featuring music by Charles Stanford and Judith Weir. The Rev. Joey Courtney is the guest homilist. Festive reception to follow. All are welcome.
November 17 | Sunday | 12:30 p.m.
Blessing the Parish Hall: Following the 11am mass on November 17 the deans will consecrate our newly remodeled parish hall-- join us in blessing these facilities that they might become a blessing in return!
November 17 | Sunday | 12:30 p.m.
Traveling Home reading and book signing: F r. Mark Kowalewski’s new book Traveling Home: Tracking Your Way Through the Spiritual Wilderness has just been published by Church Publishing, an official publishing arm of the Episcopal Church. The book is a basic introduction to the Christian story.It’s meant for spiritual seekers, but also for any of us who might want to get a deeper grounding in what it means to be a Christian.The book has a strong connection with St. John’s since it was born out of the Basic Christian Formation Class Fr. Mark has taught for several years. In fact, earlier drafts of the book have been used as the text for this class for the past three years. Join us in the newly blessed parish hall after the 11:00 a.m. mass on November 17 for a reading and signing of Mark's new book!
November 24 | Sunday | 12:30 p.m.
Diocesan Gun Violence Task Force with Virginia Classick and Patricia Terry: From the Joint Episcopalian and Lutheran Task Force for Gun Violence Prevention, a presentation on gun violence as a public health issue.
November 24 | Sunday | 1:00 p.m.
Children's Ministry Planning Meeting: On Sunday, November 24, from 1 until 2 pm, Kelly O'Phelan will be with us to discuss possibilities for children's ministry in our context. Kelly is the children's minister at All Saints Church in Pasadena and also consults with congregations on configuring children's ministry to meet the needs and challenges of specific congregations.
November 27 | Wednesday | 7:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving Mass: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 7:00 p.m. Let us give thanks, as members of St. John’s, for all of the blessings God has bestowed on us. Come celebrate mass in the choir, with well-beloved Thanksgiving hymns.
November 30 | Sunday | 12:30 p.m.
Cathedral Tour: Take a closer look at the art and architecture of St. John’s as the Cathedral Docents lead a tour of our historic building. The tour will meet at the altar platform after the 11am service.