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LET'S HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT
THE 80th GENERAL CONVENTION

SUNDAY, JULY 31 AFTER THE 10:00 am & 12:30 pm SERVICES

Email your questions in advance to Rev. Antonio
I will be hosting a conversation after the 10.00 am and 12.30 pm services to share the highlights of the 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church.  This Convention was one for the history books, and not just for the decisions made but also for how the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way the church conducted its business.  Come and learn about the priorities set by our church moving forward.
 
If there are any specific areas of interest that you have, please email them to me (agallardo@stlukeslb.org) so that I can get prepared in advance (keeping in mind that more than 400 resolutions were considered).
 
I am looking forward to this conversation.

Rev. Antonio 
Episcopalians Invited to Apply
for Appointments to Interim Bodies
 
Applications are open until August 12 to be considered to be part of one of the interim bodies being assembled by the Episcopal Church to focus on the priorities defined by General Convention.  Some of the areas of work include Care of Creation, Ecumenical, Evangelism, Formation and Ministry, Governance and Finance, Liturgy and Music, Racial Justice & Reconciliation, World Mission, and other areas.  The appointments would be for two years, and the application is open to anyone in the church.  For more information please check this link
IT'S TIME FOR SUMMER HOUSE CHURCH!

Welcome to summertime 2022 as we invite you to attend one or more of our weekly Summer House Church gatherings! The purpose of Summer House Church is to offer a time to deepen our relationships with each other as we reflect on how we experience spirituality in our daily lives. 

We begin with a potluck dinner – a time to eat and socialize. Then we move into small groups of 4-6 people for conversation time. Each week will have a different topic to ponder. We end the evening together with a blessing, prayer or poem by 8:30 p.m. Choose to attend one or as many as you'd like. 

Our hosts will provide a main course dish. Guests, please RSVP by Tuesday (the day before gathering) with the number of attendees and what potluck dish you’ll bring to share. (EX: appetizer, green salad, other type of salad, side dish, dessert, bread, wine, other beverages.) See you there!

As COVID infection rates rise, Summer House Church asks that participants test before attending if possible. The government is providing eight free tests per person! All SHC hosts will provide outdoor eating and talking space, and everyone is encouraged to wear a mask when not eating. 

The hosts for July & August are the following:

August 3 
Barbara and Michael Newton
Lakewood Village 
papamsn@aol.com

August 10
Claudia and Chris Ward 
California Heights
cbryanward@gmail.com 

August 17
Jeanne Ortiz and Charles Albert 
Alamitos Beach
jeanneortiz021@gmail.com

The format for the evening is …
6:30pm – arrive
6:45pm – eat 
7:30pm – conversation
8:20pm – closing blessing
8:30pm – depart
8:31pm – look forward to the next one!
 
You are welcome to attend as many or as few sessions as you’d like. If you have questions, please contact Kay Lindahl.
People’s Budget and Power Campaign
 
The Long Beach People’s Budget is a proposed budget that meets the needs of the Long Beach community for health, safety, and well-being. It is the outcome of extensive information-gathering by a wide variety of non-profits and social justice organizations, several of which are faith based, and to which St. Luke’s belongs: LA Voice, and Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE).
 
The People’s Budget strives to place decision-making about how our tax dollars are used in hands of the community. Issues of health, recreation, language access, youth and senior service, and housing are the primary focuses of the budget. Money that is spent on these services provides true safety for all community members.
 
Following the presentation of the People’s Budget, St. Luke’s will be co-hosting a report on the Power Campaign.   As part of an effort organized by LA Voice, 31 Congregations, including St. Luke’s, listened to community members on the matters that most negatively impact them at this moment, and where they find hope.  What we learned from the more than 2,000 conversations held is that  financial stress, lack of affordable housing, and homelessness were the top three areas that most were feeling impacted by. As far as what brings people hope, listeners indicated youth, community, faith, and community organizing were among the top on the list. 
 
Join us, and others in the community, to present the People’s Budget, to learn about the results of the listening campaign, and to realize the impact on these efforts on St. Luke’s mission in the world.
CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK
(JULY 31 – AUGUST 7)

 
SUNDAY, JULY 31

As COVID infection rates rise, please wear masks during worship, get vaccination & booster shots, and test for COVID if you have been exposed or have flu-like symptoms. The government is providing eight free COVID tests per person!

8:00am – WORSHIP IN ENGLISH 
Download the Order of Worship

9:45am – Drop-in Summer Sunday School with Ms. Esperanza (Bldg. A)

10:00am – WORSHIP IN ENGLISH
Download the order of worship.

Join us on Facebook Live
*The service will be posted to our YouTube channel and website on Monday.*

After the Service: 80th General Convention Conversations 

12:30pm – MISA EN ESPAÑOL
Download the order of worship.

Join us on Facebook Live
*The service will be posted to our YouTube channel and website on Monday.*

After the Service: 80th General Convention Conversations 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3
Summer House Church
Barbara and Michael Newton
Lakewood Village 
papamsn@aol.com

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4

10:00am –  Healing Eucharist in the Chapel
10:45am – Bible Study in the Commins Room


FRIDAY, AUGUST 5

4:00pm – Tea & Talk (Join Here.)
Meeting ID: 854 1573 9073
PASSWORD: 525

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6

7:30am-Noon – Homeless Ministry: Showers, Clothes & Food
Donations are needed!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7

8:00am – WORSHIP IN ENGLISH 
9:45am – Drop-in Summer Sunday School with Ms. Esperanza (Bldg. A)
10:00am – WORSHIP IN ENGLISH
After 10:00 am service – Coffee Hour Hosted by Harry and Susan Holgate in celebration of their 57th wedding anniversary
12:30pm – MISA EN ESPAÑOL
Update on Lambeth Conference
 
The Lambeth Conference has started, and developments continued on the "The Human Dignity Call" that I shared with you in the previous newsletter, where the language to be considered was 'it is the mind of the Anglican Communion as a whole that same-gender marriage is not permissible."

According to Bishop Taylor, "The Episcopal Church bishops met separately for a prayerful discussion about next steps. Informal conversations reveal continued concern about last week’s last-minute announcement that we’d be asked to reaffirm a damaging and deeply dividing resolution 24 summers ago that identified homosexual activity and same-gender marriage as non-biblical."

In response, conference planners have redone the document, and the new language reads “Many Provinces continue to affirm that same gender marriage is not permissible. Lambeth Resolution I.10 (1998) states that the 'legitimizing or blessing of same sex unions' cannot be advised. Other Provinces have blessed and welcomed same sex union/marriage after careful theological reflection and a process of reception. As Bishops we remain committed to listening and walking together to the maximum possible degree, despite our deep disagreement on these issues.”

Bishop Taylor also shared that "No one thinks the controversy is behind us, here at Lambeth or in days to come. Bishops are deeply curious about the process that produced the now-abandoned language. But folks now feel our conversations in Bible study and fellowship groups have a worthier starting point. As urged by conference planners over the last year, we came to listen to one another and our colleagues from around the world. We’re relieved conference planners listened to us."

In a recent development, Bishops from churches that oppose same-sex marriage (which comprise about 75% of the total population in the Anglican Communion), shared that they will not take communion along with LGBTQ Bishops.

Please keep the Bishops attending Lambeth in your prayers, especially our Episcopal Bishops.

Rev. Antonio
SIGN UP TO HOST COFFEE HOUR!

 
Coffee Hour is actively looking for hosts to fill September 4, 18, October 2,9,16, 23,30. If you are interested in hosting, please email Mark Fretland & Ramon Joson or sign up on Sundays after service.
RALPHS COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION PROGRAM


Please consider supporting the St. Luke's Children & Youth while you do your weekly grocery shopping. Because of you, St. Luke's has received $86.94 this quarter from 17 households in the parish! If you haven't already, it's easy to sign up

Log on to the Ralphs website, enter your email and password (create one if you haven’t already), then click on your name on the upper right-hand corner. Verify and click on Community Awards to the left of your screen and enter our number TM857.

If you do shop there do make sure you are registered because we want to help them continue to support our Long Beach community. Thank you for your support!
LET US PRAY WITH YOU
 
In worship on Sundays and Thursdays, we name in prayer those who have asked us to hold in prayer and homebound members of our community. Our practice is to keep people on the list for 4 weeks unless asked to take someone off sooner or keep them on longer. Please, email the Office or Sister Susan Alice Metzmaker to add someone to our prayer list. Also, on Sunday mornings, please join our prayer partners in the Chapel for prayers of intercession, assistance, and thanksgiving.
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A very special 'Happy Birthday' this month to ...

 
Marjie Toops – July 31
Martha Hynes – August 5
Angel Ramos  - August 6
Sarah Albertson – August 9
Marcus Borrero – August 9
Amy Garcia – August 15
Victor Martínez – August 14
Jorja Neumann – August 26
Angeles Urban – August 20



*If you would like your birthday added, please contact the church office*
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