| The Emmanuel Weekly Blurb
|Emmanuel Family News
||January 5, 2017
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
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
2808 Altura St. in Los Angeles.
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
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
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.
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
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
- 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!
Photo of the Week
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!