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January 5, 2017

Tomorrow we celebrate the feast of Epiphany, the day we remember the Magi's visit to the Christ Child. This is the season in which we celebrate epiphanies and revelations, a season of Light and Glory. May God grant us grace to receive new understandings, new revelations, and new gifts of the Spirit, so that this year may indeed be new with fresh possibilities!

With love in Christ,
Fr. Rob & Mo. Lyn

Epiphany at Epiphany on Epiphany

Our sister church, Epiphany in East Los Angeles, will be having a special celebration this Friday, January 6, at 7pm, and a community meal in their parish hall after the festivities. Since this is the day of the Feast of Epiphany, we'll be having Epiphany at Epiphany on Epiphany!

We'll meet at Emmanuel at 5pm and then carpool over for the 7pm service. If you'd like to go there directly, the address is  2808 Altura St. in Los Angeles. 

Fr. Tom let us know that our new bishop elect, Canon John Taylor, will be celebrating with us, so this will also be a good opportunity to enjoy his presence, as well. All are invited!
Farewell to Two Friends of Emmanuel

Lew Lardie was an amazing Emmanuel treasure. He played numerous roles at Emmanuel--including Senior Warden--but perhaps his most significant contribution was the creation of the Million Meals program. Lew was an executive for Procter and Gamble. When he retired he didn't want to spend his time lounging all day in his armchair, so he asked God what he should do. The Holy Spirit reminded him of all the food that would go to waste at his company and for him to find a way to feed the hungry. Sure enough, he found out about the food banks of LA and Orange counties, where companies could donate the food that was still good but either slightly dented or had old packaging. As a result, existing ministries ranging from women's transitional housing to recovery homes could pick up food for their clients. Even though the vestry was skeptical that we could raise enough money to provide for 1,000,000 meals, the ministry was launched and Million Meals was born. It is so amazing that we are now on the way to providing Ten Million Meals to hungry people thanks to the work of Lew Lardie.

As Lew approached the time for his departure from this life, his wife Bobbie said he had no pain, was surrounded by family singing carols on Christmas, and passed on peacefully later that week. We give thanks for his life and pray for comfort for Bobbie and the family.

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I give thanks for the life of my mom, Marty Bethancourt, who died full of years at 97, ringing in the New Year and entering her New Life the way she lived this one: with grace, style, and celebration. She was one of the very first female aviators in her early years, and--keeping up that legacy--rode a camel in Egypt when she was 85, zip lined at 90, flew with me to Sedona at 95 and kayaked at 96. Her friends say she was laughing one minute and gone the next, but I know she is not really gone, just adventuring in another Land.

Mom had a great love for Emmanuel, came to visit many times over the years and loved to listen to the service and sermons on tapes and CDs. She kept track of Emmanuel happenings and held many of you in her prayers and heart.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

News Flash

  • It looks like we will end the year in the black! A big THANK YOU to those of you who have financially supported the ministry of Emmanuel this past year. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Photo of the Week

Christmas Celebration!
We give thanks for all the people who gave of their time and energy to make our Christmas celebrations so beautiful and lifegiving. This photo captures the spirit of the 5pm Christmas Eve Family Service where we had an impromptu Christmas pageant. What a great group we had! It was a warm and wonderful time!

Meet: Emmanuel at 5pm
Service: Epiphany, 7pm

January 29
Single Service - 9am
Meeting - 11am
BBQ - noon


10am: Prayer & Thanks
10:30am: Bible Study
11am: Communion

7am  Prayers and Communion
8am Breakfast afterwards 

Saturdays at 9am in
Havermale Hall

First Wednesday/Month
7pm in the Church

Third Saturday/Month
9am to Noon
Under the Pergola

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