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Mission Share Fund

The Mission Share Fund consists of contributions from individual parishes and missions in the Diocese of Los Angeles for the collective ministry of the Diocese. Each parish is asked to give a minimum of 12% of their pledge and plate income and each mission is asked to give 10%. What ministries are supported by the Mission Share Fund? Here is a list of them:  Read more


Kinds of Bishops in the Episcopal Church

You may have noticed that there are different kinds of bishops in the Episcopal church and wondered what the difference is in their roles. Here is a brief tutorial on the subject.  Read more


Find Truth

For Episcopalians/Anglicans, truth can be found and belief rests on the principal of the three-legged stool. This concept was first introduced by the Anglican theologian Richard Hooker in the book Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie in 1594.  Read more


Paint the Doors Red

You may have noticed something new at Emmanuel. The two primary sets of double doors into the sanctuary have been painted red. You may be wondering why.  Read more


All Saints All Souls

It is believed by many scholars that the commemoration of All Saints on November first originated in Ireland, spread from there to England and then to the continent of Europe. The tradition reached Rome and had been adopted there early in the ninth century, and from there the observation of the festival spread throughout the Holy Roman Empire.  Read more


The Sign of the Cross

Crossing oneself is an ancient form of what is known as a body prayer. It is typically done either at the beginning and/or the ending of prayers. It is also done as a prayer by itself.  Read more


Episcopal Church Stewardship

To Episcopalians, stewardship is about being grateful, responsible stewards of the gifts that God has given us. This attitude is drawn from the biblical practice of tithing, which means to give back, in gratitude, one tenth of our earnings to God (Numbers 18:26). But we don’t think of stewardship as just donating money. We also include the giving of our time and talents.  Read more


Empty Chair Next to the Aumbry

Ever wonder why there is an extra fancy chair that always sits in the sanctuary? Every Episcopal church has one and it is nearly always located somewhere close to the altar. This special seat is a sign and symbol of the way Episcopalians organize themselves. It is the bishop’s chair.  Read more


Life in the Spirit

When Jesus knew that his time on earth was drawing to a close, he made an astonishing promise. When he was no longer with the disciples, God would send an Advocate, the Holy Spirit, who would teach them everything they needed to know and would remind them of everything Jesus had already taught them. Furthermore when the Holy Spirit came, they would be empowered to be witnesses for Jesus to the whole world.  Read more


Not Your Grandmas VBS

Many of us have childhood memories of attending Vacation Bible School. It may have been at the church we attended on Sundays, it may have been at the church down the street, or it may have been at a friend’s church. Vacation Bible School was a wonderful break for stay at home Moms whose children were out of school for the summer and were driving them crazy. Someone else would provide the entertainment for a week. Hooray!!! And we kids loved it because it was fun and we got to do really cool things.  Read more


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