April 14th - Easter 3

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.

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Stay for cake on the patio following 10am as we celebrate Father Rand's ordination anniversary! 43 years!

We send prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Elsie Lyon. A Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held at Prince of Peace THIS Saturday, April 13th at 11am with a reception following in the Reasoner Family Center. The Parish is invited to attend.

Easter…..New Life?

 

Are you always learning? Always exploring? One of the things that can happen when you have been in a place (Prince of Peace 35 years) or in a marriage (to Kathryn 44 years) or just being alive (me 69 years 7 months) you can get into a comfortable routine, and before you know it, you discover, hopefully, that you have been on auto pilot, going through the motions,  cruising through ministry, relationships, and life itself. I have had a goal in my life for that not be be the case.

 

I will talk about my change and growth in ministry and relationships in future articles, but today I want to talk about learning and exploring the area of my Christian faith. I believe the definition of all aspects of life, at least for me, “to be alive is to change and grow. “ In my 70th year,  having been a Christian for almost 50 years,  I have felt a call to join a relatively new Christian Monastic Order.  Please try to get out of your head the image of remote monasteries, dark robes, and chanting - for just a minute. That is not the monasticism I’m talking about, though we all have a lot to learn from monks and nuns. I’m talking about a new monasticism that is emerging around the world.  Groups of men and women, both laity and clergy, are feeling God’s call to go deeper in their faith - feeling a call to study, grow, and make commitments beyond our baptism vows. Vows that  lead to a very “intentional”  daily walk with Jesus. This walk touches on various aspects of the day and one of the goals of “the order” is to fashion a “rule of life” around a set of vows that you commit to living into. 

 

Traditionally, the monastic practice has centered on three vows; voluntary poverty (owning nothing), celibacy (sexual purity), and obedience (to the leaders and the practices of the group). New monastic communities usually do not live together in houses. The new orders are experiencing a different type of community.  These “orders” live in “the world,” gather from to time (often on zoom as well as in person), and follow the vows that have been revealed by God for their particular order. Poverty and celibacy are not in the vows of the Order I am exploring. I my “year of preparation” with this community of faith, I am wrestling with their vows of “being true to Christ,” “being kind to others,” and “sharing God’s transforming love with the world.”

 

In this discernment time I’m meeting with a cohort at least monthly, discussing various readings and practices that align with the vows, praying together (I pray with people on six continents), sharing,  and discerning whether their practices and vow might be something I am called to do.

 

Growing, changing, new life in Christ? Interested in more of my current journey, or want to share more of yours? Let’s sit down, have a cup of coffee and share about where God is calling us to grow and change.

 

Grace and Peace,

 

Fr. Rand+

EPISCOPAL CHURCH WOMEN (ECW) invite your participation in:

WOMEN'S RETREAT

Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 9 am - 2 pm

Lunch included - cost $25.00

Reasoner Family Center

Speaker: Allison Sain

Sign up on the patio following each service

or call/email the office to reserve your spot!

Healing Ministry: Saturday, April 20th is the date for our next ministry group meeting. If you feel the call or are interested in finding out more, please join us!

Earth Day On Saturday, April 20, 2024, Earth Day, St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Winnetka invites you to “Lunch and Learn” from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM. This special presentation, “Climate Change 101: Hope is a Renewable Resource,” will be led by special guest Kate Varley Alonso, Co-Chair of the Bishop’s Commission on Climate Change Education Subcommittee. St. Martin-in-the-Fields is located at 7136 Winnetka Avenue, Winnetka, CA.

World Labyrinth Day: is May 4th at 12:30 at Prince of Peace. Our official walk together is scheduled for 12:30pm. For more information please contact Chantel Zimmerman or Joan Floyd.


It’s KARAOKE time! The ECW is once again hosting karaoke night with KIKI Karaoke, and we don’t want you to miss this one, so SAVE THE DATE! Join us on Saturday, May 4th from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. for a night of music, fun, and fellowship! Warm up your vocal chords, or come to encourage our singers. Drinks and some snacks will be available for purchase. Children welcome. RSVP to Patti Crawford or sign up at church.


Pentecost Service: May 19th Do you speak/ read a language other than English? Would you like to be a part of reading the Acts 2 passage in your native tongue as a part of the Pentecost Service May 19th? If so, please contact Fr. Rand and he can share you more information. rector@popwh.org


Across the USA and Around the World: May 19th: PoP’s 65th Anniversary! Join us for a moving Pentecost worship service and then a celebratory International Brunch following the 10am service in the Reasoner Family Center.

Next Baptism: is scheduled for June 2nd . If you, or someone you know is considering Baptism, please contact the office or one of the priests. Everyone is welcome!


CHILDREN AND FAMILY MINISTRY: family@popwh.org   We will all be reminded that Easter is a season, not just one day. Together, with the kids, let us WONDER and look for what makes Easter real for us. Sunday School kids will explore the last chapters of the 4 gospels as we tell the stories of Jesus appearing to disciples. WONDER is the word for the week.

Gracious God, we give you thanks that Easter is real and Jesus is real. Thank you for calling us children of God. Help us to live that way. Amen.


Service


Prayer Shawls: Prayer shawls are made, blessed, and given to those who need comfort or healing, as well as those who are celebrating milestones. The next workshop will held at 10am in the Guild Room on April 20th. Contact Margie Pavlowsky for more information.

Health Ministry: Blood Pressure Screening is May 5th following each service in the Guild Room.

Scouts Pancake Breakfast: Our own Troop 22 is making breakfast for us! The date is Sunday, May 5, the price is $8 per person from 8am to noon. Plan to enjoy a full pancake breakfast including sausage, coffee, hot chocolate, fresh fruit, and juice before or after services and support our troop!


Stamp Out Hunger: The Letter Carriers’ Food Drive Sorting in the PoP parking lot will be on Saturday, May 18th.  Volunteers are needed that day from 10-1pm to sort the food once it arrives at POP.  For more information, contact Debbie Decker at foodpantry@popwh.org.

A Prayer for Those Who are Hurting


Dear God,

Please help those that are hurting right now.

Guide them and place your arms around them

to comfort them and give them strength. Amen.

- Author Unknown

April 7th th prayer requests and thanksgivings have been compiled and are available here for your prayers and meditation. Updated prayer requests are printed on a WEEKLY basis.

  • Please submit your prayer requests and thanksgivings in church on the yellow or blue prayer slips, OR by clicking here.

Prince of Peace Church

5700 Rudnick Ave,

Woodland Hills, CA 91367

+1 818-346-6968

office@popwh.org

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