Monday, the 23rd, is the feast day of St. James of Jerusalem, Jesus' brother. Here is a brief, but powerful story of James the Just (as he was known) from Lesser Feasts and Fasts, the Episcopal book of commemorations for saints and occasions throughout the church calendar year, and the prayer in celebration of his life and works. Seems prescient for the times.
James’ success in converting many to Christ greatly perturbed some factions in Jerusalem. According to Hegesippus (Christian chronicler of the early church), they begged him to “restrain the people, for they have gone astray to Jesus, thinking him to be the Messiah…we bear you witness that you are just…Persuade the people that they do not go astray…we put our trust in you.” They then set James on the pinnacle of the temple, bidding him to preach to the multitude and turn them from Jesus. James, however, testified for the Lord. Thereupon, they hurled him from the roof to the pavement and put him to death.
Grant, O God, that, following the example of your servant James the Just, brother of our Lord, your Church may give itself continually to prayer and to the reconciliation of all who are at variance and enmity; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Hope you were able to view the annular eclipse over the weekend. It was an awesome sight viewed through the proper glasses. Next is the total eclipse in April 8, 2024! That will be spectacular as we are in the epicenter of the eclipse path. Be sure to get your special viewing glasses to see it without injury to your eyes.
Renovations Updates: We are so proud of our remodeled Parish Hall Kitchen and Youth Center Kitchen! We all need to be mindful of picking up and cleaning up whenever we use these beautiful kitchens. Please also remember to throw away old food in the refrigerators too. Tasks still to be completed in the Parish Hall kitchen include stabilizing the dishwashers and repairing the drywall above the range.
If cleaning supplies run low, please let Janet know, and we will get them replaced! Thank you for your help as always!
SUNDAY, October 15, 2023: Attendance: 32 In Church 6 On Zoom 38 Total
Those scheduled to serve this coming Sunday, October 22nd are:
Layreaders……….Carol & Jim Weathers Altar Guild……..Carol Weathers, Karen Leitch & Linda Myers Acolyte…………...Grady Gonzales Ushers…………….Karen & David Leitch VOPD…………….Mary Rubio Alter Flowers Given by………….Deana Geuther in Honor of Greg Geuther’s birthday Coffee Hosts……Cecile Gloier & Diane Langley
We pray for those traveling this week.
We pray in thanksgiving with those who celebrate anniversaries and birthdays this week, especially Mark Pack (10/23).
We pray for all who have died that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom. We pray also for all who mourn their passing.
LACare is very grateful for all the support and volunteers from Epiphany Church!
There will be a Vestry Meeting on Sunday, October 22, 2023. We will meet in the Youth Center following coffee hour. Sandwiches and water, ice tea will be provided.
Please continue to pray for all in need of comfort, healing, and support. We are all God’s children and are called to serve Him in any way we can.
Janet Wilton Parish Administrator
“When we lose someone we love, we must learn not to live without them, but to live with the love they left behind.” -- Anonymous
Our mission: To be part of God’s family, growing through worship and ministry by sharing Christ’s love with our community and beyond. Our vision: to be a place where people find God’s purpose for their lives and become empowered by the Holy Spirit to make a difference in God’s world.