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June 7, 2018

Last Sunday I was blessed to preach on one of my favorite scripture passages...the call of Samuel. It has been a favorite of mine because through it I discovered that God didn't just talk to important people like disciples and saints. God talks to ordinary people like Samuel, an 11 year old boy, or an ordinary person like me. 

There are many lessons I have learned from this story about how to hear God speaking to us. But here are three:

1. First you have to wake up! I'm not talking literally here because I know some have heard God in dreams. What I mean is what mystics sometimes call awareness, waking up to the present moment, to our lives. And we have to be willing to see ourselves as we really are and to be willing to grow towards greater wholeness. Sometimes what God wants to say to us is challenging. Are we ready to hear that?

2. Secondly, we need to expect to hear from God. Samuel didn't expect it and he missed God speaking to him 3 times. Are we expecting to hear God actually speaking to us when we come to church or when we read our Bibles? Do we begin each day asking "I wonder what God will have to say to me today?"

3. Thirdly, Do we listen and then respond to what we hear? Not all of us are called to be prophets like Samuel was but God is calling all of us to something! God is probably not going to speak to us in the extraordinary way he did to Moses through a burning bush. More than likely we will hear God through nudges, a strong sense of knowing what we should do or through the circumstances of our lives. That's why prayer is so important, so that we are tuned in to God and are then more likely to recognize when God is speaking to us. When we hear something do we actually respond?

So we might ask ourselves...
Are we awake?
Are we listening?
What is God calling out in us?
Will we like Samuel say "Speak Lord, your servant is listening" and "Here I am Lord."

With much love, 

Mo. Lyn+ 

Emmanuel News Bullets

Emmanuel Preschool Graduation

We had 16 of our own graduates this week! If you have never been to a preschool graduation I highly recommend it. You will definitely get your quota of the cuteness factor! Here are just a few pictures I took at the Emmanuel Preschool graduation. As my girls would say "It was adorbs!"

Emmanuel Preschool Picnic

The day after graduation was the Emmanuel Preschool end-of-the-year picnic. There was a bounce house, a petting zoo and pony rides. Here are just a few pictures of the festivities.

More Graduates!
We are so proud of these Emmanuel graduates.

Elizabeth and Mike Oates are the proud grandparents of three graduates this year! 
From left to right: 
Jackson is graduating from Beechwood Elementary and will be attending Ladera Vista Jr. High
Jameson is graduating from Parks Jr. High and will be going to 
Fullerton High School
Riley is graduating from Golden Hill Elementary and will be attending Parks Jr. High

And Barbara and Thom Babcock are the proud grandparents of Dezi Boone who graduates from Eldorado High School on June 13th. She plans to study marine biology and photography in college in the fall.

If you know of any other graduates, email me their picture and some information and I will put them in the Blurb!
New Email Addresses

Descending Dove
AT&T switched our account over to a Uverse account on 5/22/18 which resulted in the loss of the email accounts. Effective immediately, the new email addresses are:

Bookkeeper Dave Dunlap -

Parish Administrator Kathy Peters -

We apologize for the inconvenience!

The Episcopal Church will be represented in the OC Pride Parade

When: Saturday, June 23rd
Where: downtown Santa Ana / Main Street

Worship: Eucharist will be held at the Church of the Messiah 614 N Bush St in Santa Ana. Eucharist will begin at 9:00 a.m.

We will be graced with the presence of our diocesan bishop, the Rt. Rev. John Taylor - excited to welcome him to celebrate with us! We hear he will also be riding on a convertible in the parade!

The parade: Our marching contingent will walk to our step-off place after worship. We'll have ribbon banners, parish signs, and a big wide Episcopal Church banner to carry in the parade. Parade march begins approx at 10:30 am.

Booth: Just like last year, the Episcopal Church will be represented at a booth at the festival. There will be banners, flyers, and distribution of rainbow cross necklaces. Staffing the booth will mostly involve offering necklaces to people; there may be a few folks who want to talk, and that's wonderful! A booth sign-up sheet will be at the Welcome Table on June 6 or if you prefer, contact Terry and Bernice.

Come Help Us!

We will be assembling rainbow cross necklaces to hand out at the booth. Last year 1000 necklaces were given away! Please consider joining Terry and Bernice after church to assemble 100 necklaces. All supplies are provided. 

When: Sunday, June 10th
Where: The Shack Room
After the 10 am service
Snacks will be provided

Photo of the Week


This was not planned. Honest! Lisa Seggelke, our new preschool director, Nancy Shively, our retiring preschool director, and I, all showed up to the preschool picnic in black and white gingham. We must have been responding to a spiritual memo!!!
10am: Prayer & Thanks
10:30am: Bible Study
11am: Communion

7am  Prayers and Communion
8am Breakfast afterwards 

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Havermale Hall


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7pm in the Church

Third Saturday/Month
9am to Noon
Under the Pergola

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