Relief Efforts for Typhoon Haiyan

typhoon-philippines-haiyanPlease pray for all those in the path of Typhoon Haiyan, for first responders and for the relief efforts that will follow the storm’s wake. And please consider a gift to the Relief & Development Diasater Fund — already on the ground in the Philippines through the Philippine Episcopal Church.

You’ll find more details here.

You can go here to contribute.

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Adult Confirmation Class Coming Up!

The ASC Adult Confirmation Class begins in January and runs through May. Sign-ups for the class begin Nov. 17. This is your chance to learn about the Episcopal Church! Classes include informative presentations and small group work.

Everyone completing the class who wants to be confirmed or received into the Church will have that opportunity on May 17 with Bishop Mary Glasspool.

For more information contact Isabel Leus or 626.583.2733.

Readings: Economic Justice and Nonviolence, Week 1

This week, ASC continues its project “Awakening to a New Vision of Economic Justice” with a series of small group meetings. Here are the readings that will be discussed this week. Can’t attend?  Read along with us! And check back next week for more articles.

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Ed Bacon: In Asia

Editor’s note: Ed Bacon is traveling to Asia, and during his trip, he will meet with the Dalai Lama.  He will be blogging throughout his trip.  Here is his first posting:

Hope and I leave tomorrow night for our first Asian journey. It seems momentous on many levels and so, as I report about the trip, I will try to express and examine as many levels as my awareness allows.

Right now, I know that she and I have all the pre-journey jitters all sojourners have –- arranging for friends to be in our home with the pets, packing the right clothes for five different climates (Mongolia, Dharamsala, New Delhi, Nepal and Bangkok), and the spiritual dimensions of visiting His Holiness the Dalai Lama, touching deeply into Buddhism and Hinduism, encountering a level of poverty and “people density” we’ve never experienced, encountering some of the world’s great wonders: the Taj Mahal, Mount Everest, the Himalayas, the River Ganges and more, and visiting the place where beloved Thomas Merton died in Bangkok, December 10, 1968.

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Film: “XMAS WITHOUT CHINA,” Thurs. Nov. 14

As Thanksgiving draws near along with the Black Friday launch of the holiday shopping season, Conscientious Projector offers a new documentary by local filmmakers who ask us to reconsider our gift-giving choices and their impact on our economy, both local and global.  XMAS WITHOUT CHINA will screen on Thursday, Nov. 14, 7:00 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts.  Director and All Saints member Alicia Dwyer’s captivating film follows young Chinese immigrant Tom Xia, who challenges his Arcadia, CA neighbors to refrain from purchasing gifts or products made in China.  The result is an examination of the American Dream and international relations that is both serious-minded and light-hearted.

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All Saints Sunday, Nov. 3

On Sunday, Nov. 3, we will celebrate our parish feast day honoring those who have died within the past year.  At all services our memorial book containing the names of loved ones will be placed on the altar.

At 9:00 & 11:15 AM, Coventry Choir and Chamber Orchestra will offer Requiem in D minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a work of remarkable beauty and power.  Incense will be used during the 9:00, 11:15 AM & 1:00 PM services.  At 9:00 & 11:15 AM, there will be an “Incense-Free” zone in the Guild Room.

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Canterbury Comes to California

Nestled in the rolling green hills of the English countryside, Canterbury Cathedral has been a center of spiritual energy for centuries. Famously featured in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the Cathedral has attracted thousands of pilgrims honoring Saint Thomas Becket (who was murdered there in 1170), has inspired generations of artists, musicians and writers and arguably serves as the “Mother Ship” for the global Anglican Communion.

This fall we have the extraordinary opportunity to experience some of what has drawn pilgrims to Canterbury down through the years as Canterbury comes to California.

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Virtual Altar of Remembrance

Whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on your journey this week, you can be part of our Dia de los Muertos celebration by posting a photo and a memory of your loved one on our virtual Altar of Remembrance.

Here is the link to the Altar on Facebook.