My First Clergy Conference!!

This past Monday I went to my first Clergy Conference in the Diocese of Los Angeles, and it was wonderful. 

We stayed and met at the Mission Inn and Spa in Riverside, an incredibly beautiful setting for what turned out to be a wonderful time of camaraderie, worship, and reflection. 

I was able to meet several priests from all parts of the Diocese, from Thousand Oaks to Beaumont, briefly talk with the Bishop, meet two priests from Mississippi and two priests from Indiana, one of whom is from Warsaw, Indiana, the city of my sending parish (though she was a Presbyterian when she lived in Warsaw). 

I was also able to spend quality time with my peers from Deanery 8. Our speaker this year was Debie Thomas, who is a priest at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Palo Alto, and the author of 'Into the Mess and Other Jesus Stories: Reflections on the life of Christ'. She spoke about the importance of lament - owning what it is that we are grieving, and taking our pain to Christ, who then transforms it into hope, and from this hope we are pulled further into communion. She is an incredibly engaging speaker, and there was a great deal of discussion during our plenary sessions. 

As with any Episcopal function, there was plenty of good food, and endless pots of coffee!
Rector, St. Francis Episcopal Church
Rev. Jason's Week in Review...

April 27: Taught again at Palos Verdes Peninsula School; met with a woman about doing a funeral for her husband; spiritual direction; wrote for the e-news.  

April 28: Took kids to park; prepared homily for Bob Pilmer.

April 29: Funeral, Reception and the Spreading of Ashes for Bob Pilmer; prepared for homily.

April 30: Sunday services; dinner with the Rev. Josh Paget and his family.

May 1: Morning off; went to Clergy Conference.

May 2: Clergy Conference.

May 3: Clergy Conference; came home after last plenary session.  

It's easy to schedule a meeting with Rev. Jason!
Click on this link to schedule either an individual or group meeting with Jason+.
St. Francis welcomes the Welsh Choir of Southern California
(Cor Cymraeg De California)
An “Afternoon of Song”, THIS Sunday, May 7 at 4 o’clock in the Chapel.
You’re in for a musical treat!
This is their first official performance post-pandemic. No admission fee - free-will offering. For more information, contact: Mary Abbott at (310) 988-9418
The Breakfast and Showers Program for the Unhoused at St. Luke's Episcopal Church needs more volunteers. 

Our parish is responsible for breakfast for 120 people on the third Saturday of odd-numbered months. To fulfill this obligation, we need at least 10 people at the St. Francis kitchen from 4-6 on the Friday night before to prepare the food. We also need at least eight people at St. Luke's on Saturday morning from 7:15 to about 9:30.  

Please consider helping out! Our next event is on May 20, with preparation happening on Friday, May 19. If you can't help in May, keep these dates in mind:

July 14, 15
September 16, 17
November 17, 18

Email Gayle Taylor, Minister for Outreach with your interest and availability. This is a wonderful ministry and a great chance to serve others as Christ served.  
Antique Show! Yes, it's Back!

After a 4 year hiatus the Antiques Show is back! The Show is the fundraiser of the ECW and funds raised from the Show benefit ALL aspects of the parish from a large pledge of between $10,000 & $15,000 to the parish itself and then donations made to outreach, child care, kitchen supplies, Camp Stevens, St. Luke's Homeless Program and so much more! 

The Opening Night party celebrating our "Homecoming" will be Wednesday May 31 from 6 - 9pm! Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Always a very fun evening! Pickup your invitations this Sunday after church or watch for it in your mailbox!

Ads are being sold in our beautiful Show Program. A 1/4 page is $35.00, 1/2 page is $60.00 and a full page is $100.00. Advertise your business, congratulatory wishes or honor a loved one! Please contact Karin Petersen or Wendy Pratt.

We have many needs and opportunities for volunteers from selling tickets, helping in Harvest Cupboard and Gazebo, helping Opening Night and so much more. Please contact Co-chairs Jamie Bellows or Wendy Pratt to sign up!

Donations for the Opening Night Gala Silent Auction — Have you got theater or concert tickets, gift certificates to good restaurants, or access to a vacation cabin? Have you got some fine collectibles that you might wish to part with? Be creative and think of something wonderful you could donate! Contact Gayle Taylor with questions. 

Pickle-Making—May 9 from 8am-2pm. All welcome. (Contact: Gloria Jones 310-415-8240)
GLEAM?? - who are they?

GLEAM is part of LA Diocese's LGBTQ Ministry. They provide opportunities for fellowship, evangelism, education and spiritual growth. Look out for events, programs and projects including diocesan presence at Southland gay pride events.

Right now - Save the Date for the Annual Garden Party on Sunday, May 21, in the gardens of the Pasadena home of Bishop John Taylor and Canon Kathy O'Connor.
More details and how to rsvp to follow!
Draw Neighbors to Our Community of Faith!
Saturday, June 17th "Doors Open Peninsula", 9am - 4:30pm

Palos Verdes Archivist Monique Sugimoto is organizing this event to mark the 100th Anniversary of the "Real Estate Rally" that took place in Malaga Cove on June 17th, 1923.

The event will highlight several historical buildings in PV, and our St. Francis chapel is among those that will be featured.

Of course this is a fantastic opportunity for St. Francis to not only share the history of our chapel, but to also highlight our community of faith, through what we have to offer present-day through our church services and various ministries! We have a team of people collecting and creating literature to distribute, refreshments to serve, and docents to share our Chapel's many stories. Watch our enews updates to learn more.
Weekly Worship
Sundays - Holy Communion
8:00 a.m. - Rite I in-person worship in the Chapel, with hymns. This service is not live-streamed.
10:00 a.m. - Rite II in-person worship in the main church with music. Live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube, and available for watching later. Followed by coffee hour for fellowship and community. We have an active Welcoming team so if you're a new visitor we promise we won't leave you alone, staring at your shoes!
Please contact Kristina Pelá to arrange for a Lay Eucharistic Minister to safely bring you communion.

Yoga with Jill!
A spiritual mind and body practice!
  • Mondays 11:30am - 1:00pm - Level 1/2 Hatha for Strength and Mobility
  • Wednesdays 9:00-10:30am Level 1 Gentle Yoga for Vital Mobility and Balance
Parish Hall. No set fees - classes are free-will offering. Questions? Jill Fenske

Thursdays from 9:30-10:30am in our church sanctuary. Please join us for meditation, followed by a time of conversation.
Contact - Susie Zimmerman
Coffee Hour Ministry
To volunteer to help one week after the 10am worship service, see the sign-up sheet at Sunday coffee hour.
Sunday School

Bring your children to Sunday School for our wonderful Montessori-based, Godly Play curriculum.
Godly Play makes meaning through story, wonder, and play. Nurturing spiritual lives by honoring the centrality, competency, and capacity of children. You and your children will be blessed by these teachings.
Remember - the Parish Directory is Online
Need someone's email, or even map directions to their home?
Bookmark the link on your phone or computer and let your browser save the password and you will always be up to date with information!
Enews Submission Deadline: 3:00 pm Wednesdays
Enews is sent weekly on Thursday afternoons: email Susan with your requests.
Staff Directory
Office main line - 310 375 4617
The Rev. Jason Shelby 310-594-7984 - Rector
Mark Bennett 310-594-7416 - Director of Music
Claire Erbeznik 310-375-4617 - Office Administrator & Receptionist
Susan Marshall 310-594-8427 - Communications Specialist
Elaine Mistele 310-594-8268 - Business Manager

You are not interrupting our work - you ARE our work!