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Rector's Update: Graduation Sunday

To the Beloved of St. James,

This coming Sunday is a special day in the life of our parish. We have prepared two services for the parish. At 8:00 o’clock, a service will be posted online for those who prefer an early morning service. Rev. Michelle has prepared a thoughtful reflection to lead us into our week (view on our website or Facebook).

At 10:15 a.m. we will hold an ALL PARISH ZOOM SERVICE to honor our graduates (join Zoom here). As a surprise for our graduates, we have invited a very special guest from Boston to join us as our preacher. I am sure you will enjoy hearing from a former member of our community who is delighted to return to St. James' for this occasion.

Please join me in congratulating:
Sara Johnson, M.A, Geography, Certificate in Geological Information Systems, Cal State LA;
Fiona Bock, B.A., International Relations and French, Emery University;
Alex Cate, B.A., Political Science, Kenyon College;
Paul Drust, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona;
Robert Drust, B.A., Law with a minor in French, University of Arizona;
Michael Mischler, M.Div., Episcopal Theological School;
Braird Kunde-Kalmus, Middle School, Royal Oaks Steam Academy;
Sue Carpenter and Maritia Walper, Certificate, Education for Ministry.

Please congratulate Susanne Wright-Nava who was accepted as a postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Los Angeles on Pentecost Sunday. Susanne will soon be returning to St. James' following her internship at St. Luke’s Church in Long Beach and continues to serve as the Director of the Youth Center at St. James’.

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES AND UPDATES

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. Carol Timiraos and Greg Richardson serve as mentors for this program for St. James'. June is not too early to think about enrolling for classes beginning in September. EfM provides an ongoing opportunity for each participant to invest time and energy in understanding breadth and depth of the Christian tradition, reflect about assigned readings, and bring the faith we share into conversation with others. EfM meets weekly at St. James' to engage in study, theological reflection, conversation and community.

If you have questions or are interested in learning more please email either Carol Timiraos or Greg Richardson. For more information, see the following videos:

Do not forget to join us online for Coffee Hour every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. (join Zoom here) and for daily Night Prayer of the Church at 8:00 p.m. (join Zoom here).

Rev. Gethin’s class, Archeology of the New Testament will resume at 7:00 pm on Thursday, June 18th (join Zoom here). The Wied family is grateful for your support, expressions of love, and ongoing prayer that upheld them though out the recent death of their beloved father.

Rev. Michelle’s class, Understanding Our Anglican Heritage will continue on Wednesday nights for two more more weeks beginning at 7:00 p.m. Join us to understand more about our tradition and liturgy (join Zoom here).

We are still looking for a few more VOLUNTEERS with audio-visual experience (or a desire to learn) who would be willing to join a team assisting with live streaming our services. Soon we will have our equipment in place. If you are interested, please email the Church Office.

It is my hope that we will be able to re-open our church in some way in the near future. Until then, let us support each other and hold one another in prayer.

Faithfully,

The Rev. Canon Anne Tumilty