July 13, 2023 | VOLUME 35, ISSUE 26


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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost:

July 16, 2023


Isaiah 55:10-13

Psalm 65: (1-8), 9-14

Romans 8:1-11

Matthew 13:1-9,18-23

Preacher: Morning Prayer

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Saturday, July 15, 8 AM - 4 PM: CANCELLED Neighbors 4 Neighbors in St. Bede's parking lot

Sunday, July 16: Services will be Morning Prayer led by Jerry Hornof

Sunday, July 16, 1:00 PM: A Time for Sharing & Remembrance to honor Gloria Bando at the home of Kimberly Bouzguenda

Thursday, August 10, 5:30 PM: Dinner and Assembly for the Backpack Project


Bible and Breakfast

Tuesdays | 9:30 AM

Luther Hall & Zoom

Midweek Eucharist

Wednesdays | 7:00 PM


Adult Forum

Wednesdays | 7:45 PM

Luther Hall & Zoom

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LAN4N Cancelled for July

LAN4N Extends Summer Break

Los Angeles Neighbors for Neighbors (LAN4N), the organization which, on a monthly basis, provides medical personnel, clothing, food and other services for unhoused people in the St. Bede's parking lot, has decided to extend its summer break and thus will not be serving on 7/15.

A Time to Share Memories: Gloria Bando


Please join us for a time of remembrance and sharing to honor our sister, Gloria Bando. 

HOSTESS: Kimberly Bouzguenda 

DATE: Sunday, July 16 

TIME: 1:00 PM

LOCATION: Kimberly's home

4472 Walnut Avenue 

Long Beach 90807 

Light refreshments will be provided. 

RSVP appreciated: 651-278-7113 

BACKPACK PROJECT Assembly & Dinner

Date & Time: Thursday, August 10, at 5:30 PM.

For the last several years, St. Bede’s has partnered with First AME Church on a back-to-school backpack project for children in foster care, and this summer we are doing it again.

We plan to fill 45 backpacks (15 for elementary school-age children, 15 for middle school and 15 for high school), and we’re collecting monetary donations to buy the supplies that will go inside.

If you’re writing a check, please make them payable to St. Bede’s with “Backpack Project” in the memo portion (at the lower left corner of the check.) You can bring the checks (or cash) to church, mail the checks to church, or send your checks to Alice Short (3156 Coolidge Ave. Los Angeles 90066). In addition, you can donate via the St. Bede’s Vanco e-giving and payment process site.


We’d be grateful if you could make your donations by July 23.

Questions? Please reach out to members of the Mission Committee.


Christian Nationalism Presentation
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Parishioners Betsy Hiteshew and Janet Hartley attended a presentation on White Christian Nationalism sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon, July 9, at the diocesan headquarters in Echo Park. Betsy reflected on her experience, stating the following:


“The presentation was very interesting as well as soul-searching. The keynote speaker, Dr. Pamela Cooper-White, gave a sobering account of the spread of White Christian Nationalism, based on her book The Psychology of White Christian Nationalism. If you haven’t heard about this frightening development, which has spread rapidly through many conservative Christian churches, it’s important to learn about it. People who adhere to the movement are convinced that the United States should be an exclusively Christian nation, under the leadership of (mostly) white men. They are very earnest and committed in their beliefs and I was convinced that we must take them very seriously. I am purchasing a copy of Dr. Cooper-White’s book, which includes an in-depth discussion of how people are drawn in and how to talk across the divide.


“When Jennifer returns from vacation, I plan to speak with her about what we can do at Saint Bede’s to become better informed. The book is available at Augsburg Fortress Press, should you wish to purchase it. We were given a fact sheet with resources and books which I will make copies of and bring to church on Sunday for any who might be interested.


“Bishop John Taylor gave an inspiring introduction to Dr. Cooper-White’s talk and there was a thoughtful discussion following her presentation. I was very comforted to know that the diocese is addressing this consequential issue.”


ABOUT the BOOK: The Psychology of Christian Nationalism: Why People Are Drawn In and How to Talk Across the Divide

How do we overcome polarization in American society? How do we advocate for justice when one side won't listen to the other and cycles of outrage escalate?

These questions have been pressing for years, but the emergence of a vocal, virulent Christian nationalism have made it even more urgent that we find a way forward.

In three brief, incisive chapters Pamela Cooper-White uncovers the troubling extent of Christian nationalism, explores its deep psychological roots, and discusses ways in which advocates for justice can safely and effectively attempt to talk across the deep divides in our society.


Are you planning to attend worship online and want an easy way to make a pledge payment? Do you want to ditch the checkbook and set up reoccurring payments? Are you looking for a convenient way to make a one-time special gift to St. Bede's?

Did you know you can make donations online to St. Bede's, securely and easily?

Visit the St. Bede's website and at the top of every page, look for the "Donate" button. When you click on the "Donate" button, you will be transported to St. Bede's Vanco eGiving and Payment Process Site.

Vanco is an industry leader in online payments. More than 40,000 churches, faith-based groups, nonprofits, schools, and educational organizations trust Vanco to securely complete transactions every day. Vanco complies with PCI Level 1 standards, the highest security standard in the payment processing industry.

You are invited to set up one-time or recurring gifts using credit, debit, or bank transfer on Vanco's secure payment processing platform. Giving online through the Vanco site saves time and the hassle of remembering to bring your offering. In addition, you decrease the expense incurred by St. Bede’s from handling and processing checks and cash.


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The Rev. Michael Bell named to lead housing, business development serving churches across diocese

Episcopal Communities & Services creates position supporting bishop’s vision to build residential units on 25% of diocesan church sites  

By Bob Williams

Episcopal Communities & Services (ECS) has hired the Rev. Michael Bell as director of housing and business development, a newly created position key to Bishop John Harvey Taylor’s vision to build affordable residential units on 25 percent of the diocese’s 133 church campuses.   

“We are deeply grateful for the opportunity to provide choice and security to those with limited or no housing options,” said James Rothrock, president and CEO of ECS, a century-old diocesan institution that began as the former Episcopal Home retirement residences in Alhambra.

Bell – a former director at Pfizer and former senior spiritual care director PIH Health whose new work begins Aug. 1 – “has the heart, passion and talent necessary to succeed in this endeavor,” Rothrock said. “I am very pleased that he will lead this initiative on behalf of ECS and the diocese.”

Taylor concurs: “Michael brings just the right gifts to this ministry of uncovering possibility, building housing for our neighbors, and sustaining and building up our ministry centers, missions, and parishes. He’s a strategic thinker who’s brilliant with numbers – and these projects are always financially complex. But what stands out the most is Michael’s charisma as a pastor. He connects deeply and empathetically with all who are in need. In this new ministry, he’ll be pastoring to those in our neighborhoods who need housing and those in our congregations with still unrealized potential for providing it. In doing so, he will help the Holy Spirit create new communities, over and over again.”

In his new post – fully funded by ECS – Bell will identify and support developments such as the $21 million St. Michael’s Apartments in Riverside, set for dedication July 24 to bless 50 units into which formerly unhoused and other very low-income residents moved earlier this year. 


Episcopal, interfaith ministries of St. Paul’s Commons will be featured in booth at Echo Park’s Lotus Festival July 15-16

by EN Staff 

Episcopal and interfaith ministries based at St. Paul’s Commons will be highlighted in a booth at L.A.’s 42nd Annual Lotus Festival set for July 15 – 16 in Echo Park. Admission is free for the two-day event expected to draw some 125,000 attendees.

Situated in the park across from St. Paul’s Commons, this year’s festival will bring special recognition to the people and culture of Indonesia while offering a range of Asian food, art, exhibits, and activities including traditional dragon boat races on Echo Park Lake. More on the festival is here.

St. Paul’s Commons’ booth will feature ministries of St. Athanasius Episcopal Church, located along Echo Park Lake since 1917, and dating from 1864 as Southern California’s oldest continuing Protestant house of worship. To mark the Lotus Festival, the church will be the setting for a free 4 p.m. July 16 Sunday cello concert and dialogue presented by St. Paul’s Commons and Laós Chamber Music titled “Incomplete Memory: A Performance and Conversation on AAPI Identity in Classical Music.” (See related story here.)


Bishop John Harvey Taylor displays his first-pitch ball at the 2022 Episcopal Night at Dodger Stadium. Photo: Janet Kawamoto

Ticket orders open for 2023 Episcopal Night at Dodger Stadium

by EN Staff

The Diocese of Los Angeles will once again descend on Echo Park for Episcopal Night at Dodger Stadium on Friday, Sept. 1 for a game (with playoff potential) against the Atlanta Braves, according to the Rev. Canon Greg Larkin (AKA “Canon Baseball”), who has led this event since its inception in the 1990s, during Bishop Fred Borsch’s tenure.

A coordinator in each congregation will monitor signups, collect ticket money ($30 per ticket; same rate as last year) and place orders with Larkin. Tickets will be delivered electronically to the coordinator, who will then distribute them by email to parishioners, according to instructions recently sent to clergy. Tickets must be readable on a cell phone for entry to the stadium. All ticket orders must be sent to Larkin by July 18; coordinators will set deadlines for their congregations..

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Emory University theology professor Kwok Pui Lan speaks July at the It’s All About Love festival in Baltimore, Maryland, as seen on a video of the session.

‘It’s All About Love’ offers lessons in engaging in racial reconciliation work at community level

By Shireen Korkzan

Justice is the body of love, Kwok Pui Lan said, and it’s too late to wait until after dying and going to heaven to work toward reconciliation.

“Justice is not something abstract,” Kwok, dean’s professor of systematic theology at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, said July 10 as she led the opening of the second day of It’s All About Love: A Festival for the Jesus Movement. The morning featured worship and a plenary session on racial reconciliation titled “Awake, Arise, Act: Racial Reconciliation Now,” setting the tone of the festival for the day.

Hundreds of Episcopalians from all of the church’s nine provinces have traveled to Baltimore for four days of learning, fellowship and worship at It’s All About Love. The July 9-12 festival, held at the Baltimore Convention Center, features more than 90 unique presentations, workshops and plenaries organized around themes of evangelism, racial reconciliation and creation care.

The second day’s racial reconciliation theme was carried through workshops focused on different aspects of justice issues, from Healing the Cultural Divide Between Indigenous Peoples and The Episcopal Church, a workshop presented by the Rev. Bradley Hauff, missioner for Indigenous Ministries; to Criminal Justice Reimagined, presented by the Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart, a former law enforcement officer and a priest in the Diocese of Washington, and the Rev. Walter Brownridge, canon to the ordinary for cultural transformation in the Diocese of Vermont.

“What kind of embodiment that we have and embrace matters not only to ourselves, but matters to God,” Kwok said during the morning plenary. “We who belong to the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement need to be part of that reconciling power of the spirit.”


House of Deputies president Julia Ayala Harris preaches the sermon at the concluding service July 12 at the It’s All About Love revival in Baltimore, Maryland, as seen in a video on Facebook.

Storytelling underpins church’s response to climate change, leaders say at the close of ‘It’s All About Love’

By Shireen Korkzan

On the final day of the It’s All About Love festival, House of Deputies President Julia Ayala Harris described the July 9-12 gathering as an opportunity to reflect on stories – both personal and churchwide – and to begin to reframe what those stories tell Episcopalians about the fight for climate justice, racial reconciliation and evangelism.

The festival, she noted, followed on the heels of last week’s Episcopal Youth Event, which also took place in Maryland. EYE is an event for teenagers, who, she said, didn’t need any explanation when invited to take part in a healing service, because of the trauma so many experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“They watched racial and social injustice on their screens on their social media,” Ayala Harris said on July 12. “They watched the decline of democracy before their eyes. They saw their friends be victims of transphobia and racism. They’ve witnessed the climate crisis and war.”

This week, hundreds of Episcopalians from the church’s nine provinces came together for learning, fellowship and worship at It’s All About Love: A Festival for the Jesus Movement, held at the Baltimore Convention Center and Hilton Hotel. The festival featured more than 90 unique presentations, workshops and plenaries organized around evangelism, racial reconciliation and creation care.

On July 11, participants learned about a new story-driven tool to help Episcopalians learn about creation care. Authors and developers described The Episcopal Church’s upcoming Love God, Love God’s World film-based creation care curriculum, which is scheduled to launch around Oct. 4, the feast day of St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology.


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