The seasonal newsletter of Prince of Peace Episcopal Church

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

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Easter 2017


From the Rector

There are few professions that offer the ability to take a Sabbath leave.  The Priesthood is one of those.  Since coming to Prince of Peace in 1989, I have been blessed to take three sabbaticals.  In that time, I had the opportunity to begin Doctor of Ministry work at Fuller Seminary under the tutelage of Dallas Willard. I had the opportunity to go fly fishing in Idaho and Montana; exploring the beauty of God’s creation.  I had the opportunity to work with the Natural Church Development team in researching what makes churches healthy.   I enjoyed a solo pilgrimage to Israel and Egypt experiencing many sites of both the Old and New Testament. What’s up for this next sabbatical in May and June, 2017?


I need to think and pray about where the Lord wants to lead us as a faith community in the future.  I also need to dream about where the Lord will take me when I retire from active ministry at Prince of Peace.


For our community, I have been dreaming about a way to tap into the healing offered by the various “recovery” movements.  We are a society plagued by addictions and compulsions.  Is there a way for Prince of Peace to become a recovery / 12 step community?


I have been dreaming about ways we can help with the homeless crisis in our community.  You may remember, about 10 years ago, we were exploring the idea of purchasing and renovating an apartment to help low income or homeless families. Are there coalitions in the Valley that we can work with to bring the Lord’s presence and healing into the lives of those who need housing?


I’ve also been dreaming about what is needed to make our ongoing ministries the best they can be.  How can we serve those who are maturing in life and encourage spiritual, physical, and emotional health? Our church and her surrounding community is made up of many people who are experiencing loneliness and isolation. How can our natural friendliness grow more deeply into a genuine community that can meet the needs to belong for more and more people?


For me, I need some time to think and pray and dream about my future in ministry (no matter what I do, it will be a ministry). Coaching pastors, helping pastors in small churches with their sabbatical needs, and maybe even ushering at Dodger Stadium will be explored!


I leave the parish in great hands.  Fr. Onesmus, Fr. Steve, Pastor Kathie, George Packer, Bill Rockwood, or Wardens Gary Palmquist and Ann Gillinger and a very capable Vestry are available for pastoral needs.  Do not hesitate to call on them in my absence.  There is a great line up of parishioners and visiting preachers who will be bringing good new to you on Sunday mornings too.


I ask you to pray for me.  Pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon me and my family.  Pray that I may focus on becoming the person that God wants me to be.  Pray that the things that I do will lead to new ministries and new hope in the name and in the Love of our Resurrected Lord Jesus.


In Easter Joy,

Fr. Rand


Worship Schedule

Easter 2017


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.


Holy Week:

Wednesday, April 12
6:30am – Holy Communion


Thursday, April 13 – Maundy (Command) Thursday

Noon – Holy Communion in the Chapel

6:30pm –Communion, Stripping of the Altar in the Sanctuary

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:

                And the Angels Were Silent:  A Tennebrae for Good Friday presented by Prince’s Players


Saturday, April 15 – Holy Saturday

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



April 16 – Feast of the Resurrection/Easter Sunday

8am   – Festal Communion

10am – Festal Communion/Flowering of the Cross


April 23 – Second Sunday of Easter

8 and 10am – Holy Communion

10am – Blessing of the Animals


April 30 – Third Sunday of Easter

8 and 10am – Holy Communion


May 7 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

8 and 10am – Holy Communion


May 14 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

8 and 10am – Holy Communion


May 21 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

8 and 10am – Holy Communion


May 28 – Seventh Sunday of Easter

8 and 10am – Holy Communion


June 4 – The Day of Pentecost

8 and 10am – Holy Communion

You are invited to wear Red as we celebrate the outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit on all flesh. 


June 11 – Trinity Sunday

8 and 10am – Holy Communion

10am – Holy Baptism


Parish Family Notes

Blessings to Tara Gandomi, who will be baptized on Holy Saturday.  The next Baptism will be on Trinity Sunday, June 11.  Please email for an application.


Thank you to everyone who helped make the Soup Supper Lenten Series a success: Brian Tucker for wonderfully facilitating the class, Bill Rockwood, Richard Muniz, Roman Melnyk, Karmen Brower and Patty Papps for cooking the meals, Rosemary Stewart, Connie and Dennis Bartz, Sue Bridges, Michael Moore, Leslie Yannetti, Sharon Hoover, Patty Papps for helping with set up and clean up.



Sunday Morning Easter Series

Continue the discipline you began at Lent into Easter by attending the Sunday Morning Adult Education Series on Sundays, April 30 - May 28 at 9am in the Chapel.

Featuring N.T. Wright's video series "Surprised by Hope:  Rethinking Heaven, The Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church," discussions will be led by Paul Bishop.  This class seeks to answer two questions: What are we waiting for and what do we do in the meantime?


Fr. Rand


The Practice of Prayer

The Daughters of the King are inviting everyone to a presentation by Brian Tucker on the Practice of Prayer. The meeting will be on Saturday, April 29 from 10am - 12pm in the Family Center. Morning refreshments will be provided. Please call the church office at (818) 346-6968 or Inez Wathen at (818) 341-5897 if you can attend.

Inez Wathen


Vestry News

The Vestry would like to wish our parish family a Happy Easter.  May you all feel the Lord's love during this special time.




News From the West Valley Food Pantry

Spring heralds lots of activities on the POP campus and that includes OUTREACH. 

We have been patiently awaiting news from PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) for another Veteran family to help but, strangely, there have been no families resettling in the San Fernando Valley.  This organization is a wonderful local non-profit that helps find housing for the homeless (both Veterans and non-vets) in the Los Angeles area.  Last November, we successfully helped a Veteran mother and her 2 children settle into a home in Pacoima and we had hoped to help another family.  HOWEVER, something else has dropped into our laps!  Instead of helping one family, we have the opportunity to help 50 Veteran gentlemen who reside in the main facility in Koreatown! In my discussions with our PATH contact, it turns out that the men’s floor (the TV and community area, where the men spend their time together) has not had new furnishings since the 1990’s.  That’s where we come in!  We will be refurbishing their communal area with new furniture.  We will be doing this Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 27th.  We’ll meet at the church at 9am and drive to the main facility.  If you’d like to take part in this amazingly rewarding experience, please email me at OR talk to me after church to sign up. 

 “STAMP OUT HUNGER” Each year the United States Postal Service does a nationwide food ingathering and distributes the food to local pantries.  Our West Valley Food Pantry is the grateful recipient of all the food collected at the Woodland Hills Post Office.  On Saturday, May 13th between 1-7pm, we could use your help sorting and boxing all the food donated. We’d be so grateful if you could spare an hour or two to help the needy in this community and help us STAMP OUT HUNGER! Please go to the Pantry’s and sign up for the hours you’re available.



Because the Pantry serves approximately 3000 a month, as we head into summer, please continue to bring a can of tuna or jar of peanut butter on the first Sunday of every month.  We are so blessed and have so much… please remember those that have little.


With Thanks and Blessings,

Debbie Decker

Outreach Coordinator


Volunteer Opportunities

Exciting Opportunities! Great pay! All you need is a love of God.


Our outreach Vacation Bible School is in need of some loving hands. We can use any talent the Lord has given you from decorating, preparing snacks, giving craft instructions, acting, talking with children, leading or assisting a group, leading a song, playing games or taking photos. Only 4 hours a day for 5 days, July 10-14, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Please pray about this!  Contact Linda Sawyer or call the office at (818) 346-6968.


Children & Families Ministry

You are Invited!  The children will be presenting the congregation and Sunday school Leaders with a ‘Thank You Ice Cream Social’ on Sunday, June 18, after the 10am service. This is given as a Thank You for all your Support & Prayers!


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You Are a Blessing from God!

A Thank You goes to each of you on the Children Ministry Team. Thorough your love, patience, and guidance, throughout the year, our children have been shown Christ’s love for them.


Thank You: Alma Fountain, Kevin Fountain, Patty Papps, Karen King, Connie Bartz, Mike & Margie Pavlowsky, Diana Kankunda, Etta Litterini, Micheline & Art Luciani, Martha Duley, Suzette Barrow


God bless you Champion Team!


Linda Sawyer (818) 346-6968 ext. 6


Special Events


Easter Day 2010

Easter Sunday, April 16 – During the10am service, there will be an opportunity for your child to bring up a flower to flower the Easter Cross. There will also be Easter Eggs Hunts after each service with paper bags provided. We will have an area for children ‘4 years and under’ & an area for ‘5 years and over’.

Recycle, Recycle, Recycle: Please recycle your children’s & grandchildren’s plastic eggs with us. This season we will use over 500 recycled plastic eggs in our Easter hunts. Thank you!

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

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 classes

Champions Calendar


16        Easter Egg Hunts after 8am & 10am services, Flowering the Cross at 10am only.

23        Blessing of the Animals, no classes

30        Sunday School classes begin at 10am, Accepting God’s Help



7          Trusting God’s Best, Communion in Church

14        Taking God’s Path, Mother Day Craft

21        Imitating God’s Fairness, Communion in Church

28        Memorial Day Weekend, Free Play Sunday, Full communion in Church



4          Trying God’s Kindness

11        Expecting God’s Peace, Communion in church

18        Free Play Sunday, Thank You Ice Cream Social, Communion in Church

25        Free Play Sunday, Communion in Church



2          No classes, VBS Set-up

9          VBS Leaders Meeting 9am, no classes

16        VBS Celebration Sunday at 10am

23        Free Play Sunday, Communion in church

30        Free Play Sunday, Communion in church



6          Free Play Sunday, Communion in Church

13        Free Play Sunday, Communion in Church

20        Free Play Sunday, Communion in Church

27        Free Play Sunday, Communion in Church



3          Labor Day weekend, Free Play Sunday

10        Leaders Meeting 9am, Sunday School Classes begin at 10am.



Coming UP

Sunday School Curriculum Through June 11


Our children will be studying the Beatitudes. They will see the importance of having a good A.T.T.I.T.U.D.E. when things get tough: A-Accepting God’s Help, T-Trusting God’s Best, T-Taking God’s Path, I-Imitating God’s Fairness, T-Trying God’s Kindness, U-Understanding God’s Purity, D-Demonstrating God’s Peace, E- Expecting God’s Power.



Looking Ahead

Vacation Bible School July 10-14, 9am - Noon

Ages: Entering Kindergarten to Grade 5

At Maker Fun Factory, kids discover that God made them—and for a purpose! Kids will participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, and experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures. Kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Plus, kids will be lead to the discovery that God created each of them as a masterpiece!

Registration Forms in office and on line at

For more information contact Linda Sawyer at or  818-346-6968 ext. 6


VBS Children Celebration Service - July 16, 2017 at 10am

The children who attended our vacation Bible School are excited to perform some of the Christian songs they learned, just for you!



Calling for Shoeboxes & Snacks: We are beginning to collect for our upcoming Vacation Bible School in July. We need shoeboxes that the children use as cubbies to put their crafts and belongings in.  We also need cracker-like snacks such as: goldfish, vanilla wafers, graham crackers, Oreos, and other cookies and crackers. Thank You! 


Youth Ministry

Youth Group Calendar:

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 for more information.



PeacePrints Editorial Info

Submissions for the Pentecost Newsletter, 2017


The submission deadline for the first Pentecost edition of PeacePrints is Sunday, May 21. Please e-mail items for events through September 3 to Katherine Geeslin at 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!