Prince of Peace Church is called to know, love, and serve Jesus

as Savior and Lord, to share his healing and transformation with all people.

Gratitude Season

A Memorial Service in thanksgiving for

Darlene Birgel's life

will be held at Prince of Peace on Saturday, October 30th, at 1pm.


A Memorial service in thanksgiving for

David DeJean's life

will be held on Saturday, November 20th at 1pm.


May Darlene's and David's souls

and the souls of all the faithful departed,

through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

And may light perpetual shine upon them..

All Saints Sunday will be celebrated November 7th with the reading of names of those who passed since November of 2020. The purple slips in the pews can be filled out and put into the offering plate, or you may call or email the office with your list. Names must be submitted by November 1st to be remembered November 7th.

October 24

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

Readings:

1 Thessalonians 5: 15 - 23

Luke 17: 11 - 19


IN-PERSON Worship at

8am and 10am!

County Protocols Require Indoor Masks

YouTube at 10am

The 10 am Sunday Worship service

will be streamed live on the PoP YouTube Channel.

The broadcast will begin about 9:55 am as the congregation gathers.

Live chat is enabled if you have signed in with a Google account.

Click here to join PoP 10am LIVE STREAMED Worship Service on You Tube
Click here for the Service Bulletin
Click Here for the Hymns

From the Rector

 A Season of Gratitude at Prince of Peace

 

Gratitude and Contentment

 

We all know discontent pretty well, there are billion dollar industries that exist to fuel it. Everywhere we turn we’re told that we could be happy if only ___________. Today, I’d like to share about contentment as another cornerstone of gratitude.

 

We often confuse happiness and contentment. Happiness is something that comes from the outside and contentment is something that comes from the inside. Happiness (outside) is often fueled by the strategy "more is better." Where there is nothing wrong with exterior things bringing a sense of happiness, but chasing after them isn’t sustainable. It takes a lot of energy and time to keep that consumer (more) strategy up. It’s exhausting.

 

The second strategy, which can build contentment, is the "enough" strategy. People begin to direct their attention inward to find….wait for it…..contentment (an interior satisfaction).


In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus shares a way to contentment:….. Seek first the kingdom of God and your relationship with God and all things needed will be given to you.34  Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. According to Jesus, contentment comes from our relationship with God.

 

Here are a few practices you can try cultivate to develop a greater sense of contentment:

Identify your beliefs.Are they true? What external things do you think will complete you? Will they really? Do you have to wait for an external to happen to find contentment? What internal things do you need to complete you? Relationships, values, service, gratitude, generosity, love….focus on those and intentionally remove everything else. Jesus gives us some pretty good guidelines on how to focus on what’s important….Love God, love neighbor as you love yourself. 

 

De-clutter…… We spend $38 billion on storage units. Swedes practice Döstädning means "death cleaning.'' It's what they do to save their relatives from sorting out their personal belongings after they die. It can be done at any time. De-cluttering helps to cultivating contentment by practicing the opposite of mindless consumption.

 

Practice a form of contemplation/meditation: mindfulness, centering prayer, lectio divina. These practices help us to focus on the present moment. So much of our focus is often on the future, worries, fears, and our plans, that we miss the present moments.

 

 I’d like to share a quote from St. Augustine who talks about discontentment and contentment when he writes….You have made us for yourself O Lord, and our lives are restless until they find their rest in you.

 

May you practice what you can and may you be gifted with the Peace of God which passes all understanding.

 

 

Rand Reasoner+ 

The Chant of Gratitude - Is being sung each Sunday as our Gloria. Be prepared to fully worship by adding your voice to The Song of Gratitude, written by Boude Moore based on Ephesians 5. Please do a little worship work. Click the "Joyful Noise" graphic, hear the music as recorded, play it several times until you can sing along in prayer, praise, and gratitude, enabling you to make a joyful noise unto the Lord.

Father Rand

Last year we produced videos on four aspects of Stewardship: Last week we featured Discipleship/Spiritual Formation. This week's focus is Outreach . We were so pleased with them we thought they were worth sharing again. Please watch and learn. Click here!

OUTREACH: The Outreach Committee is looking to bring joy to PoP parishioners who are struggling in these COVID times. Donations may be made to Christmas Baskets on the church website here or you can write a check with "Christmas Baskets" in the memo line.

Baptisms are currently being scheduled. If you, or someone you know, is considering this important step in their Christian journey, please contact the office for the paperwork. currently, baptisms are scheduled for 10am on

  • November 7th
  • January 9th
  • Easter Eve

Daughters of the King invite you to join us THIS Saturday, October 23 from 9:30 - 2 in the Guild Room as we join the ZOOM Convention with Jane Tomaine, author of St. Benedict's Toolbox. We will meet in the Guild Room and enjoy a potluck luncheon during our "watch party!" Come one, come all! 

It's all about love. It points me to Christ. Ultimately the whole meaning and purpose of the Rule is simply, "prefer nothing to the love of Christ."


At the retreat we will be exploring some of the ways this can help us live more deeply into our Baptismal covenant and the Gospel way of Jesus. You will also be given practical ways to make Benedictine living part of your life.


Jane Tomaine is an Episcopal priest, author, and retreat leader. She leads workshops and retreats on the Rule and Benedictine Spirituality for churches, organizations, monasteries, and retreat centers.

Our own Boude Moore, Organiste Extraordinaire, will present Organ Music for All Hallow's Eve performed live on the Pipe Organ at Prince of Peace and delivered Live Streamed on the church's You Tube Channel on Friday, October 29th at 7:30 pm. Join us!

Anglicanism: Who We Are, What We Do, and Why We Do It: This workshop begins the week of October 24 after the 10am service with an informative "walking tour with the Rector" through the Sanctuary, and then runs for seven weeks with weekly meetings at 4pm in the Chapel or on ZOOM. Rotating leaders include Father Rand, Deacon George Packer, Brian Tucker, and Carol Barker.This class is for anyone who would like to know more about the Episcopal Church.Contact Carol Barker.

Small Group Study: The study of The Apostle's Creed will be our next small group study beginning the week of October 24th.   The book we will use is "Apostles Creed" by Alister McGrath. There will not be a charge to small group participants. The books have been provided from the Deacon's Fund. The books will be available before or after the services on Sunday so be sure to pick up your copy.  Email Bill Prescott if you would like to join an existing group.

Hello Friends of Our POP Children,

 

This year Halloween falls on Sunday. October 31st. We are thinking it would be fun for the children to go ‘Trick or Treating’ on the patio after our 10am service.Whoever volunteers would stand on the patio and give the children treats. We will/can supply the treats (no nuts). Maybe wear a Funny hat, a Partial costume, or not (nothing scary please) . Let’s just to make it fun for our children. Please tell me if you can do this! Email Linda Sawyer here.

Katherine Clark

FINAL SALE OF KATHIE CLARK’S JEWELRY AND GLASS

Nov 14th on the patio following the 8 and 10 services

BIG MARKDOWNS; CHECKS OR CASH ONLY SO COME PREPARED!!!

Episcopal Church Women:

This month's ECW meeting is Monday, October 25th at 1pm in the Guild Room. Please plan to join us as we make plans for our Bake Sale. Calling all bakers! Sign-ups for home-made goodies for our ECW bake sale begins this Sunday after both services. The Bake Sale will be Sunday, November 21st following both services.

West Valley Food Pantry:

 On Saturday, October 16th, Rosemary Stewart was named Volunteer of the Year at the West Valley Food Pantry Volunteer Bruncheon. For 17+ months of the Pandemic, Rosemary volunteered at least 5 days a week (sometimes more!) in the upper hall sorting purchased and donated food AND packing bags to be given daily to our clients in need. In the early days of the COVID shutdown, Rosemary was a lifeline for the operation. Most of the volunteers went home to shelter in place, but Rosemary found a way to isolate in plain sight by volunteering in the upper hall. Her contribution to the Pantry and a hurting community is priceless and our thanks, and gratitude are limitless.

In addition to the Pantry naming her Volunteer of the Year, the State Assemblymember, Jesse Gabriel, also thanked her with a Certificate of Recognition for her contribution to the community.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU ROSEMARY!!!

execdirector@westvalleyfoodpantry.org

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In-person Children’s Ministry continues with the lesson, Jesus Heals Bartimaeus based on Mark 10: 46 - 52 and takes place on Sunday mornings during the 10am service. All staff and volunteers are fully vaccinated, and will carefully, and lovingly, follow all protocols for everyone's physical safety. Preschoolers will meet in the preschool room & K and up will meet in the Reasoner Family Center. The nursery is also staffed and ready for our littlest ones!


Email Linda Sawyer here.

Youth Alpha : For Middle or High School Youth seeking the sacrament of Confirmation on Dec 5, please join us on Friday, October 22 at 5pm in the Youth Center for the kickoff meeting of the Youth Alpha preparation course. Schedule and curriculum will be discussed in the first 30 minutes with parents present, and class will resume thereafter until 7pm. Please contact Dave Dumas, Youth Ministry Director with any questions.

A perfect gift for Thanksgiving or Christmas! Begin your reading of this amazing book by Bishop Michael Curry before our next study begins in January 2022!

The book is widely available:

https://www.amazon.com

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com

https://www.christianbook.com

Click here to view the Parish Prayer List compiled by the DOK.

Click here to add a prayer request.

Prince of Peace Church

5700 Rudnick Ave,

Woodland Hills, CA 91367

+1 818-346-6968

office@popwh.org

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