The seasonal newsletter of Prince of Peace Episcopal Church

Prince of Peace, 5700 Rudnick Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

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Lent 2017

 

From the Rector

Ash Wednesday service begins with the following directive:

 

“Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith.

 

I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer.”  Book of Common Prayer pages (264-265).

 

The Christian life is a life of action. Renewing our repentance (turning toward God) and faith (our belief acted out) is a goal of Lent. Prayer, fasting, self-sacrifice, study, meditation, scripture reading, charity work are all actions.  Lent is a time of back to basics, a time for spiritual growth not spiritual perfection.  It is a time to confront old attitudes and to practice new ways to live as Jesus people in the world.  I invite you to participate in Christian Education opportunities on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during Lent that may help you to engage in some of the above disciplines.

 

Lenten Christian Education Opportunities

Sunday Mornings: March 5 – April 9 at 9am in the Chapel 
“Liturgical Life Principles”  (How Sunday morning worship can set our direction for healthy actions for our body, mind and spirit, day by day by day).

Tuesday Evenings: March 7 – April 4 from 6:15 -8:30 pm in Taylor Hall

“Finding Meaning Through Grief and Loss” (Soup Supper and class; contact the office at 818-346-6968 if childcare or transportation are needed.)

Wednesday Mornings: March 8 – April 5 from 9-10:30 am in the Guild Room

N.T. Wright’s “Surprised by Hope:  Rethinking Heaven, The Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church” 

Fr. Rand

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The Season of Lent

History/Meanings/Traditions

Lent comes from an Anglo-Saxon word Lencten, which means a time of the lengthening of days (in other words “spring.”)  Lent is a forty day period (not including Sundays) from Ash Wednesday (March 1) to the Saturday (April 15) before the Feast of the Resurrection (Easter).

 

The first historic mention of this period is mentioned in Christian writings about 100 A.D.  It began as a brief period of strict fasting and prayer in preparation for Easter.  The custom was probably taken over from Judaism as it was customary at that time for Jews to fast in preparation for Passover.

 

In the fourth century, as Christianity became a legal religion, some problems developed for the church.  One was that many new converts to the faith only partly understood it.  A necessity for extensive teaching and preparation for baptism candidates became the focus of Lent. 

 

Significance

The purpose of Lent today is to renew and strengthen our spiritual lives.  Through fasting, study, works of service, charitable giving and, of course, worship we are reminded again of the basic message of our faith: the love of God (exemplified by the sacrifice of his son, Jesus, on the cross), the forgiveness of sin and the new life promised to all who put their trust in the Risen Lord Jesus.

 

Ash Wednesday

The Beginning of Lent:  A special worship service is celebrated calling the church (us) to a time of special devotion by “self examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s Holy Word.”  A sign of the cross is traced on penitents’ (those who are sorry) foreheads as a sign of sorrow and as a reminder that, without Jesus’ salvation, we are dust and to dust we shall return. Please join the Prince of Peace Community for Services on Ash Wednesday, March 1 at 6:30am in the Chapel and at noon and 7pm in the Sanctuary. You might want to look at your Book of Common Prayer (page 264) for the lessons, prayers, and actions that take place on this day.

 

Easter Triduum

The Easter Triduum begins on Holy Thursday (April 13) with the Lord's Supper, is continued through Good Friday (April 14) with the remembrance of the crucifixion and reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil (April 15).

 

The Season of Lent technically ends on Thursday of Holy Week. Then the Church remembers the death and resurrection of Jesus during the Easter Triduum. These three days are the most important time of the Church year.

 

MAUNDY (command) THURSDAY:  April 13

We remember the Last Supper and the command that Jesus gave us to “love one another as I have loved you.”  The evening will begin in the Family Center with an Agape (simple meal) and Holy Communion. 

 

GOOD FRIDAY: April 14

On Good Friday we remember the death of Jesus. According to an ancient custom, communion is not celebrated on this day or before the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. The Good Friday liturgy will be shared at noon (Book of Common Prayer page 276).  The evening service will be a drama reenacting the events and reactions to the crucifixion.

 

EASTER VIGIL: April 15

On Holy Saturday, the Church gathers to celebrate the Easter Vigil. The celebration of the Easter Vigil begins at 8pm in the darkness.

 

The Easter Vigil has four parts: (Book of Common Prayer page 285) The Service of Light; the Liturgy of the Word; the Liturgy of Baptism; and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

 

During the Service of Light, all the lights in the church are turned off and a fire is prepared outside the church. Then the fire is blessed and the Paschal Candle is lighted from the new fire. The candle is carried into the dark church. It is a sign of Christ, the Light of the World, who has overcome the darkness of sin and death. The lighted Paschal Candle provides the only illumination. Then, as the liturgy of the word is shared, more candles are lit after each reading until the church is awash in candlelight.

 

During the Liturgy of the Word, the story of God's great love for us is proclaimed in readings from the Old Testament, developing God’s work of salvation among the Jewish people.

 

During the Liturgy of Baptism, those who have been preparing for Baptism and their godparents are called forward. The candidates are baptized and the newly baptized and community of faith await their sharing in the Eucharist.

 

The Easter Vigil concludes with the celebration of the Eucharist. This is a joyous sharing in the sacrificial meal of Jesus Christ, Lord and Risen Savior.

 

EASTER Sunday: April 16

Easter or Resurrection Sunday is the day Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus the Christ from the dead.   Easter is a movable feast. That is, the date of Easter is not fixed but is determined by a system based on a lunar calendar.  Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the Spring equinox (usually on March 21) The date of Easter can range between March 22 and April 25 depending on the lunar cycle.  Like Christmas, Easter itself is a period of time rather than just a day. It is actually a seven-week season of the church year called Eastertide, the Great Fifty Days that begins at sundown the evening before Easter Sunday (the Easter Vigil) and lasts for six more Sundays until Pentecost Sunday.

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Worship Schedule

Lent 2017

Morning Prayer:

For Morning Prayer during Lent, visit www.dailyoffice.org.

 

For a Liturgical Calendar for upcoming weeks with links to lessons and prayers, visit www.lectionarypage.net/index.html.

 

Wednesdays: 

6:30am – Holy Communion in the Chapel

This service is ½ hour long followed by a continental breakfast.  A great service for commuters who want spiritual refreshment for the middle of the week.

 
Wednesday, March 1 – Ash Wednesday

Holy Communion with the imposition of ashes:

6:30am – Chapel

Noon – Sanctuary

7pm – Sanctuary

 

Ashes To Go.  Teams will be on the northeast corner of Topanga Canyon and Ventura Boulevards from 8am to 6pm offering the imposition of ashes to anyone and everyone who stops by.  Contact George Packer for more information at cresrealty@gmail.com.

 

Sundays:

March 5 – Lent 1
8 and 10am – Holy Communion

10am – Pretzel Sunday

 

March 12 – Lent 2

8 and 10am – Holy Communion

 

March 19 – Lent 3
8 and 10am – Holy Communion

 

March 26 – Lent 4

8 and 10am – Holy Communion

 

April 2 – Lent 5

8 and 10am – Holy Communion

 

April 9 – Palm Sunday

8 and 10am – Holy Communion

10am – Service begins at the Family Center with the Palm Sunday Procession

 

Holy Week:

Wednesday, April 12
6:30am – Holy Communion

 

Thursday, April 13 – Maundy (Command) Thursday

Noon – Holy Communion in the Chapel

6:30pm – Family Center: Agape meal, Communion 
Chapel: Watch with me one hour vigil (9pm until noon Good Friday)

 

Friday, April 14 – Good Friday

Noon – Prayer Book Good Friday Liturgy in the Chapel

7:30pm – Good Friday Liturgy in the Sanctuary:

 

Saturday, April 15 – Holy Saturday

8pm – Easter Vigil: Service of Light, Lessons, Christian Initiation/Renewal of Baptismal Vows and Holy Communion

 

Sunday, April 16 – Feast of the Resurrection/Easter Sunday

8am–    Festal Communion

10am – Festal Communion/Flowering of the Cross

 

Sunday, April 23 – Second Sunday of Easter

8 and 10am – Holy Communion

10am – Blessing of the Animals

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Lenten Christian Education

Sunday Mornings: March 5 – April 9 at 9am in the Chapel 
“Liturgical Life Principles”  (How Sunday morning worship can set our direction for healthy actions for our body, mind and spirit, day by day by day).

Life is difficult.  We are all searching for ways to cope with the challenges that life brings us.  We search for self-help books, the latest “spiritual offering”, therapists, diets, health spas. You get the idea.

What if the way we worship gave us a clue on how to deal with life on life’s terms?  Is worship a resource that is grounded in the Creator, revealed by Jesus and enabled by the Holy Spirit?  How can worship help us deal with the past, help us cope with struggles and suffering and aid in our being transformed into the image and likeness of Jesus?

Join the Sunday morning teaching and discussion.

Fr. Rand

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Tuesday Evenings: March 7 – April 4 from 6:15 -8:30 pm in Taylor Hall

“Finding Meaning Through Grief and Loss” (Soup Supper and class; contact the office at 818-346-6968 if childcare or transportation are needed.)

Lent is a time of rediscovery, a time to ponder more deeply the beauty and power of the dying and rising to new life in Jesus.  Our Lenten series calls us to participate in this process of hopeful awakening by reflecting on and learning about Grief. We all have experienced grief, both personally and in the lives of those we care about.  Loved ones die, marriages end, jobs are lost, cancer and other grave illnesses are diagnosed, parents are afflicted with dementia, children suffer with addictions.  Many of us have felt, and all of us one day will feel, the cry of the woman of Lamentations: “Is it nothing to you, all who pass by? Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow!”  Yet there is good news!  God in God’s goodness has provided each of us with the power to be transformed in our sorrow, not in spite of our grief but because of it.

What if grief, like love, really is a cornerstone in the natural order of things?  What if grief is not something to be avoided at all costs, but instead is to be understood and accepted, and even welcomed if it must come? What if, in addition to being an experience of painful emotion, grief is a skill, something that can be learned and cultivated and taught?  Our Lenten series explores these questions, in a search for meaning amid grief and loss. 

During this communal time, we will explore the experience of grief using Scripture, contemporary research, helpful videos, case studies, and other resources.  Most importantly, we will have the opportunity to share with and learn from each other’s insights and wisdom about coping with, and being transformed by, personal loss.  Please consider joining us on these Tuesdays, as part of your observance of a holy Lent.

Brian Tucker

Chaplain, County USC Hospital

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Wednesday Mornings: March 8 – April 5 from 9-10:30 am in the Guild Room

N.T. Wright’s “Surprised by Hope:  Rethinking Heaven, The Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church” 

This class seeks to answer two questions:

1. What are we waiting for?  We are looking at the ultimate hope of the Gospel for salvation, resurrection, eternal life and a cluster of other things that go with them. 

2. What do we do in the meantime? Ways to discover hope in this present world; practical ways in which hope can come alive in individuals and families now.

Week 1           Hope for the World
Week 2           Hope of the Resurrection
Week 3           Hope of Heaven
Week 4           Hope of Jesus’ Second Coming
Week 5           Hope of Salvation

Fr. Rand

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Lenten Offering

Our Lenten and Easter offering will be given to support Mercy Ships. Having been a medical volunteer on the ship, along with my daughter in 2015, I could see how donations directly affected the forgotten poor of Africa.

 

Mercy Ships brings volunteers from all over the globe for one common goal--to provide free surgeries, eye care and dental care. They have also helped build the healthcare structure in many countries by providing various training and mentoring opportunities. 

 

If you would like to learn more please visit: mercyships.org or contact me at 856-577-1355

 

Nova Heiss

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Parish Family Notes

 

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

6 – 8pm

in the Family Center (Please note change in location!)

 

$5 suggested donation.  All proceeds will benefit the Youth Group.

 

 

Thank you to our retiring Vestry members, Richard Podleski, Richard Muniz, Mary Bush and Martha Duley for all they have shared on behalf of this community.  Thank you for your service and God bless you in new areas of ministry.

 

Welcome to our new Vestry members, Jake Cannon, Ginny Kreuzberger, Etta Litterini, Colette Rosario and Brian Tucker.

 

Welcome to Elaine Svennson, John Chase, Mark Kennington and Rosemary Stewart, who have all joined the Counting Ministry.

Congratulations to Patti Crawford who was recently awarded The Optimist of the Year Award. Patti is also our newest office volunteer.

Blessings to Rosemary Stewart who is now serving as a Lay Eucharistic Minister.

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Children & Families Ministry

family@popwh.org (818) 346-6968 ext. 25

 

What Can My Family Do During Lent?

 

Each child attending Pretzel Sunday will receive a 40 Day devotional called “Journey Round Jerusalem”, to create with their family. Each day your child can add a colorful sticker to the Jerusalem scene. This will take your family on a tour of Jerusalem, while following Jesus on his Holy Week journey to the cross.

 

What Else Can We Do During Lent?

+Think about Jesus.  +Help others.  +Pray for your family. 

+Pray for others.  +Try to be more like Jesus.

 

We pray that your family has a blessed Lent,

Linda & the Champions Teachers

 

An Lenten Event for Your Family

Sunday, March 5 at 9:15am

 

Lent is a season of Prayer and Devotion.

Just as the early Christians did, your family will begin their Lenten season by making pretzels for the congregation. We do this to remind ourselves how important prayer is. The dough is formed into the shape of two arms crossed in prayer.

·         9:15am FREE Breakfast in Taylor Hall (sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women)

·         10am Make Lenten pretzels

·         Create Lenten Crafts

·         Enjoy freshly baked the Pretzels

Your family will begin with a FREE breakfast

in Taylor Hall at 9:15am.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Ready for Easter – Beginning March 12th, for 5 Sundays, our children will follow the events leading up to Jesus’ resurrection on Easter. Our children will hear about Christ’s Triumphal Entry, the Last Supper & Judas’ betrayal of Jesus, Jesus’ trail, His Crucifixion and finally Jesus’ resurrection.

 

 

Collecting Candy & Mini Toys – We are collecting candy and small toys that will fit into plastic eggs for our hunts on Easter. Please - no peanut butter or nuts.

 

The Big Fill will be in Taylor Hall on Palm Sunday, April 9 following the 10am service. All are welcomed to come & stuff plastic eggs with candy & small toys that we will use for our Easter egg hunts on Easter morning. Come & Join the FUN!

 

Calling All Easter Bunny Helpers! If you or your family would like to help with the Easter Bunny’s decoration of the lawn, putting out Easter Eggs, or helping with clean up, please contact Linda at family@popwh.org  Even bunnies can use help!

 

 Easter Sunday children can bring flowers to “Flower the Cross” at the 10am service only.  There will also be Easter Egg Hunts after each service with paper bags provided. We will have an area for children 4 years and under and an area for 5 years and over.

 

Blessing of the Animals - Sunday, April 23, on the patio at 10am.  All children are invited to bring their loving pets or a favorite plush animal for a blessing. There will be no Sunday School classes at 10am.  

Linda Sawyer

 

Calendar

March

05        Pretzel Family Sunday, begins 9:15am for breakfast 

12        Begin Get Ready for Easter, Who is This? Communion in Church

19        Get Ready for Easter, Why are you Here?

26        What Should I Do With Jesus? Communion in Church

 

April

02        Get Ready for Easter, Why Have You Abandoned Me?

09        Palm Sunday we will be begin on the lawn. ‘Who Can I Tell?  The Big Fill after the 10am service in Taylor Hall             

16        Easter Sunday Egg Hunts after the 8am & 10am services,

Flowering of the Cross’ only at the 10am service.

23        Blessing of the Animals, No classes

30        Classes Begin Again

 

Looking Ahead:

Vacation Bible School: July 10 – 14, 2017

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Youth Ministry

Youth Group Calendar:

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper- Tuesday, February 28.  Contact Marc Miller at youth@popwh.org to find out how you can help.  We need a set up crew, cooks and servers!  This is a great way for the youth group to raise money for future mission trips.  Parent volunteers are welcome too!!

Sunday Morning Meetings: continue to be after church from 11:30am - 12:15pm in the Youth Center.


Friday Night Fellowship: from 7pm - 9pm in the Youth Center. Meet for either a movie or game night (and definitely food!).


Wednesday Guitar Class: from 5:30pm - 8pm in the Chapel, Marc Miller will be teaching guitar to anybody who shows up: youth or adult. It'll be group lessons and you have to bring your own guitar. During the last half hour at least, he will be playing praise and worship songs and anyone can come for that and sing along!


Contact Marc at youth@popwh.org for more information.

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Outreach

Lent is always a wonderful time to take on a new discipline like helping those less fortunate.  Here at Prince of Peace, we have a few things where your help is needed.

During the Christmas season, we raised money to assist a homeless Veteran family. We are working with PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) to help a local family. Once a family is identified, we’ll need a team of people to go to the new home and help set up the furniture and fill their cupboards with all the needed items we all take for granted: dishes, silverware, pots & pans, FOOD.  This will be happening during Lent or right after Easter. If you’d like to learn more about this rewarding experience, please email Debbie at Outreach@popwh.org.

 

Another volunteer opportunity is the new weekly Shower Ministry, a program beginning Monday, April 3rd at Prince of Peace.  We have formed a new relationship with the San Fernando Valley Mission and they will be bringing their Shower Truck to our campus each Monday morning from 9am to noon. How can you help?  Towels and travel sized soap & shampoos are needed as well as volunteers each Monday morning to hand out the items.

 

And last, our West Valley Food Pantry is always in need of volunteers.  If you have the time, we’ve got a position for you!  Feel free to speak with Roya Muniz, Richard Podleski or me after church on Sunday about the many possibilities.

 

Blessings,

 

Debbie Decker

Outreach Coordinator

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View From the Pew

Movie Night: Friday, March 17

Last Days in the Desert is a meditation on the temptation of Christ before He returned to Galilee.  In this imagined chapter of His forty days of fasting and praying, Jesus struggles with Satan over the fate of a family in crisis. Both Jesus and Satan are played by the same actor, Ewan McGregor.  The movie is not an attempt to create the actual events depicted in the Gospels, but rather is an examination of the relationships between parents and children, and between humans and themselves.  Please join Tim and Karen Sabourin, Chantel and Jeff Zimmerman, and Katie and Gary Palmquist on Friday, March 17 at 6:15pm in the Guild Room for pizza, popcorn, the movie, and a little discussion.  If you plan attending, send an email to timsabourin@hotmail.com so we can get a headcount for food.  If you need childcare, please let us know.

Tim Sabourin

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Health Ministry

RESOLUTIONS

 

The new-year brings to mind the desire to make “this year better!”  We make resolutions to fix problems with our body, attitudes (mind), and spirit. Then comes the reality check – it’s not so easy to change!  We start out strong and start to fade in our zeal to keep our resolutions.  Often we give up altogether.

 

Rather than get discouraged, I encourage you to use your experience with your resolutions as a way of evaluating and revising your resolutions.  Here are some suggestions:

·                                                If it is hard to keep your resolution, consider modifying your goal to a pattern that is more realistic.  Changing habits takes time, and accomplishing a smaller goal is better than not accomplishing anything.

·                                                Give yourself credit for the times you’ve kept your resolution.  Everything you do is one step forward.

·                                                Accept that change takes work.  It doesn’t happen automatically

 

Examples:

·                                                Body:  reduce the number of times or length of time you plan to exercise; maximize your normal activities by walking faster or parking further during day to day errands; establish a regular time to monitor your blood pressure and/or blood glucose if these need to be watched – a regular time makes it easier to establish a good habit.

·                                                Mind:  make stress relief part of a daily pattern by praying about your concerns as you go to bed; ask for and receive forgiveness from God; be thankful for what you have.

·                                                Spirit:  don’t dwell on lack of progress; instead focus on showing fruit in your life:  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  Galatians 5:22-23

 

Above all else, ask God for wisdom to know how to manage your resolutions:  If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5

Ann Lowe

Parish Nurse

PeacePrints Editorial Info

Submissions for Easter Newsletter, 2017

 

The submission deadline for the Easter edition of PeacePrints is Sunday, April 2. Please e-mail items (for April 16 - June 4) to Katherine Geeslin at office@popwh.org. Please call Katherine at (818) 346-6968 with questions. PeacePrints welcomes expressions of all views. Articles should be brief and are subject to editing. The author must be identified. Thanks!

 

Editor: Katherine Geeslin