May 11, 2023 | VOLUME 35, ISSUE 17


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Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 14, 2023


Acts 17:22-31

1 Peter 3:13-22

John 14:15-21

Psalm 66:7-18

Preacher: The Reverend Jennifer Wagner Pavia

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Saturday, May 13, 6:30 PM

SoB Venue, Luther Hall: Paint & Sip Party

Sunday, May 14

Grassroots Neighbors at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church at 1:30 PM

Saturday, May 20

Neighbors 4 Neighbors at 10 AM

Saturday, May 20, 5:30 PM

SoB Venue: Breakfast at Dinner


Bible and Breakfast

Tuesdays | 9:30 AM

Luther Hall & Zoom

Midweek Eucharist

Wednesdays | 7:00 PM


Adult Forum

Wednesdays | 8:00 PM

Luther Hall & Zoom

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Upcoming SISTERS of BEDE Venues

Sip & Paint

Parishioner CHEF

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Did you all know that we have a professional Cajun chef among us? Parishioner Mitch Frey (cajuncoastcommodities on Instagram) reminds us that this Sunday, May 14, is Mother’s Day. And if you’re looking for a place to celebrate, the Santa Monica Elks Lodge, 1040 Pico Blvd., is hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch ($25 per person) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Mitch is preparing all the main courses, as pictured above. For more information, call 310-452-3557.


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May 14 | 1:30 PM & 5:00 PM

Grass Roots Neighbors is a volunteer community organization. They meet the immediate needs of our neighbors experiencing food and housing insecurity. GRN mobilizes to fill the gaps in existing services by providing assistance with love and respect. The organization's vision is to be a community effectively involved in ending poverty. ​

Among their outreach programs, GNR cooks and delivers a hot meal every Sunday to various encampments on the Westside. Once a month, St. Bede's with Holy Nativity assists GNR with preparing and providing meals. There are now four different volunteer time slots:

  • 2 - 4 PM (mostly chopping of fruits and veggies)
  • 4 - 6 PM (mainly packaging food)
  • 6 - 8:30 PM (loading and distributing the food)
  • 7:30 - 10:30 PM (distributing food in Venice by bike)

GRN utilizes the kitchen facilities at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church.


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Many, many thanks to Jerry Hornof and Karen Scharre for serving a truly outstanding five-course trout and salmon dinner, with wine pairings, for their Sisters of Bede venue. The food was absolutely delicious and the company even better! Of course, we all had to waddle home :). We at St. Bede's are so grateful for these delightful Sisters of Bede events that fill our hearts as well as our bellies, while raising money for worthy causes. Thank you!

Other Activities at St. Bede's

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Did you ever wonder what happens at St. Bede's when you aren't around? Several organizations have given donations to St. Bede's in order to host events at our beautiful facility. One of these events was a "Mother's Day Pop-up" on May 6, offered by the Bead Society of Los Angeles; the photos above are from this event and depict the exhibits in Luther Hall, as well as parishioner Stephanie Landry enjoying her time as she browses the jewelry.

Another event occurring at St. Bede's is Life Line Preventative Health Screenings which help people understand their risk for developing chronic conditions before symptoms are present, while they can still take action; these screenings identify risk factors that can lead to cardiovascular disease, stroke, peripheral artery disease, osteoporosis and other serious illnesses. Life Line Screening will return to St. Bede's on Saturday, June 3; appointments can be made by calling 866-964-9087.

Another organization that uses Luther Hall is JoyCatchers, who, for the past 2 years, have sponsored a holiday tree trim, where tabletop size trees are individually decorated by volunteers; the trees are then given as gifts to seniors, veterans, people in hospice, adults experiencing Alzheimer’s or cancer and individuals in transitional housing, assisted living or board & care homes. They will undoubtedly return to St. Bede's in early December.

In addition, our sanctuary occasionally provides space for concerts and music festivals by groups such as the Jouyssance Early Choral Music Ensemble, the Los Angeles Recorder Orchestra, the Music Teachers Association and others. If any of these activities is of interest to you, keep your eye on the weekly eQuill for announcements. 


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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‘Higher love’ transcends threats of violence against Pasadena’s All Saints Church

By Bob Williams

Uplifted by interfaith solidarity and a sermon that sparked dancing in the aisles, the people of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena claimed “higher love” over homophobic threats to bomb the sanctuary and use a gun to “kill the pastor” in opposition to the parish’s LGBTQ-affirming ministries.

With local police and heightened security in place for May 7 Sunday services, the Rev. Mike Kinman, All Saints’ rector since 2016, preached “the gospel according to Steve Winwood,” highlighting the songwriter’s lyrics “bring me a higher love” and leading the congregation in dancing to Kygo and Whitney Houston’s recording of the pop hit.  

Video of Kinman’s sermon and the full service is here.

Kinman also used his homily to address the “people who made the death threats ... I can only imagine you have deep wounds to lash out against us in this way ... Everyone has wounds, and those wounds cause anger. Please hear me; taking that anger and turning it into hate isn’t going to give you what you need. ... So, what is the way? Jesus says, I am the resurrection and the life… What Jesus offers is the higher love for which we long. 

"You can hate us, but we will not hate you.”

Bishop John Harvey Taylor joined the congregation for both 7:30 and 10 a.m. services and gathered with speakers on the parish lawn for an interfaith rally organized by CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice) with support from the Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders. Video of the full rally is here.

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Central Florida priest praised for service to local zoo while balancing parish duties in retirement

By David PaulsenEEN KORKZAN


The Rev. Norman Desrosiers retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2010 as a lieutenant colonel with 25 years of service, including four years during the Vietnam War. As a longtime Episcopal priest, he also retired from full-time parish ministry in 2016.

Now, at 76, Desrosiers is nearly as active in retirement as he was before.

For starters, Desrosiers has served the past three years as interim priest-in-charge at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Sebastian, Florida, while the Central Florida congregation seeks a priest to fill the role permanently. He also serves as a chaplain to the fire department where he lives, about a half hour up the Atlantic Coast in Melbourne. And last month, he was named one of two volunteers of the year at Melbourne’s Brevard Zoo, where he donates his time every Tuesday and Thursday assisting the zoo’s maintenance crew.

When Episcopal News Service reached him by phone at St. Elizabeth’s during his Wednesday office hours, he said he was looking forward to the congregation’s upcoming Habitat for Humanity build. He plans to keep hauling two-by-fours with other Habitat volunteers “as long as my body holds up.”

That devotion to constant activity shouldn’t surprise anyone who has followed Desrosiers’ long career, from his Vietnam War-era specialized work with the Air Force – he was stationed in Taiwan, in a “classified” capacity – to his ordination to the priesthood in 1981, which later led to his service all over the world as a military chaplain. Among his assignments was suburban Washington, D.C., where he was called on to provide pastoral care to Department of Defense employees after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Migrants gather on May 10 between primary and secondary border fences as the United States prepares to lift COVID-19 era Title 42 restrictions that have blocked migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border from seeking asylum since 2020, near San Diego, California. Photo: Mike Blake via REUTERS

West Texas diocese calls for volunteers, donations as Title 42 immigration restrictions expire

By Shireen Korkzan

The Plaza de Paz Respite Center in San Antonio, Texas, is facing a shortage of volunteers, food and supplies to serve the hundreds of migrants and asylum-seekers arriving every day. The shortage is anticipated to worsen as a large influx of asylum-seekers is expected to cross the U.S. border when Title 42 restrictions and the federal public health emergency end on May 11.

As of May 10, an estimated 155,000 migrants and/or asylum-seekers are waiting in northern Mexico to cross the U.S. southern border, and an additional 28,000 migrants are in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody. Although the terms migrants and asylum-seekers are often used interchangeably, not all migrants are asylum-seekers.

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration issued Title 42, a policy that blocked land entry for migrants at the U.S. border. The policy has allowed federal authorities to expel more than 2.8 million migrants from the United States. Government officials said the policy was intended to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. While many migrants returned to their home countries, many others stayed in Mexico and waited for another opportunity to cross the border.

Flor Saldivar, director of the Diocese of West Texas’ immigration and rescue ministries, told Episcopal News Service she’s met “tons of people” who have tried several times to cross the border, only to be sent back to Mexico every time.

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