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September 15, 2016
It is so good to be back with all of you. Although I loved my sabbatical adventures, there is truly no place like home! The baton has been passed and Fr. Rob and Cindy are off to visit their son Matt and his family in Boulder, Colorado. I am up to my eyeballs in catch-up, but I think it is a sign of a healthy parish that there is so much going on. I hope you are enjoying this cooler weather. I certainly am. I actually saw rain on my way to work yesterday. Rain!!! Hallelujah!!!

Blessings and much love,
Mo. Lyn+
What's Behind the Green Door?

Maybe you have noticed that our Junior Warden, Howard Minkley has been busy with his paintbrush. He has repainted all of our exterior doors including the one to the preschool office. Now, those parents who are coming to visit with potential students for our school, will be able to find the office without wandering all over the campus wondering which door to enter. All Nancy Shively, the director, has to say to them is "Come to the green door!" Thank you Howard for all of your hard work. We so appreciate you!

Officer Joe Cirrito
is Running Again!

To the Emmanuel Family,
Just wanted you all to know the HOPE Project took off at Olympic Division. LAPD has now taken the concept and has implemented the combination of police officers, mental health clinicians, and homeless outreach providers working together citywide. We now have bureau HOPE Teams. 

For me, the opportunity to develop and implement law enforcements' role in providing resources to the homeless has been a humbling and very rewarding experience. I have learned a lot about the homeless crisis in LA. I am glad LAPD is taking leadership in finding a solution to the homeless crisis. 

Recently I have been reassigned as a Senior Lead Officer at Olympic Division.  It's challenging but I am enjoying solving the community's quality of life issues (e.g. gang violence, property crimes, assaults, and of course homelessness) and collaborating with the community to figure out solutions of increased crime.

As you probably know it's been a rough few months in law enforcement. A few of us at Olympic Division decided to create Project Endure. I will be running 420 miles from Los Angeles to Sacramento in full uniform.  The mission is to promote police and community solidarity. The one thing I enjoyed while running the marathon last February, in full uniform, was talking to people during the run. For many people it was the first time they talked to a police officer. I feel it is my duty to be open minded to the community's concerns about policing and create open dialogue so we can understand one another.  I am hoping to create this open dialogue with our communities and mend our differences as we push up north to our Capital.

Donations will go to two charities, a national organization called Concerns of Police Survivors and our own LAPD Memorial Fund. 

Please pass on the info to friends and family. The links are:

scroll to Project Endure to Learn more about its mission. 

[Editor's note: Also a video explaining this project can be found at:  Project Endure

News Flash

  • Would you like to explore an understanding of gay and lesbian people that both respects them AND honors scripture? Come hear about a book entitled "God and the Gay Christian" in a discussion hosted by Bernice and Terry Lomheim on Sunday September 18 at 6pm at Emmanuel. For more information click here
    • NEW COURSE! -  Emmanuel Unplugged: Unamplified Sound Bites about the Difference that Makes a Difference
  • Why does the Episcopal Church in general and Emmanuel in particular seem different from other churches? 9 million meals, 13 sponsored clergy, and 500 pounds of grapes later Emmanuel (despite the size) is rocking our world. Come find out the behind the scene secrets that have made a difference. Everything you wanted to know about the church but were afraid to ask. This six week course starts on Thursday, September 15 at 7pm in the SHACK room. Highly recommended for those who are curious and a necessity for those who would like to be confirmed when Bishop Bruno comes on October 30th. Talk to Fr. Rob or Mo. Lyn for more information.
  • If you are interested in being confirmed when the bishop comes on October 30th, please contact Fr. Rob or Mo Lyn
    Classes Saturdays from 11 AM to 12: Email Registration required
    Email Canon Paul Edwards at

Photo of the Week

This past Sunday, the Cirrito family placed flowers at the altar for Joe's friend Officer Dominick Pezzulo, a member of the New York/New Jersey Port Authority. Dominick was killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11 while attempting to rescue two fellow officers. Those two trapped officers survived. Joe shared with me that he had promised himself and Dominick that he would always work on September 11th, to finish the watch that Dominick could not. Joe says, "His spirit runs through  me. I feel his hand is on my shoulder every time I put on my blue suit." Joe serves with the LAPD. We thank God for Joe's witness and for Dominick's ultimate sacrifice that saved the life of his friends.



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