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BILINGUAL WORSHIP & CONVERSATIONS OVER LUNCH
 
In a time where the most basic of LGBTQIA+ rights are under attack in what is supposed to be the Land of the Free, we want to celebrate the Brave LGBTQ+ community. We are looking forward to celebrating and honoring our very existence with our allies during the July 17th, 11am, bilingual on-campus Pride Worship, followed by lunch and group conversation. Bring your family and friends! There will be activities for children after worship, including a piñata and reading corner. Please join us for the culmination of a month of Pride joy! Anyone interested in helping decorate or tear down, or in providing food, is encouraged to contact McKenzie Stribich (562.519.4652). 
 
PRIDE MASS POTLUCK


In honor of the LGBTQ+ community at St. Luke’s, we are having a potluck lunch after the 11am bilingual Pride mass on July 17th. Please contribute according to your last name if you are able.

A-C: desserts
D-F: non-alcoholic beverages
G-L: salads
M-R: appetizers
S-Z: main dishes


Contact Lucille Sevigny or Ramon Joson with questions.
CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK
(JULY 17 – 24)

 
SUNDAY, JULY 17

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 

10:45am – Drop-in Summer Sunday School with Ms. Esperanza in Building A

11:00am – BILINGUAL PRIDE WORSHIP
Download the order of worship.

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

12:30pm – Lunch & Conversations

MONDAY, JULY 18

5:00pm – The Great Migration Group: See No Stranger
 (in-person)
Click here for more information.
Contact: Judy McBride

TUESDAY, JULY 19

7:00pm – Vestry Meeting

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20


6:30pm – Summer House Church
ContactRev. Antonio Gallardo
Naples

THURSDAY, JULY 21

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


12:00pm – Casserole Cooking Crew (Kitchen)

7:00pm – Weekly Watch: Great Freedom (Join here.)
Click here for more information.
Meeting ID: 879 7197 5633
PASSWORD: 525

FRIDAY, JULY 22

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

SATURDAY, JULY 23

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

9:00am – Manna Meals
Contact: Patricia Waldeck

SUNDAY, JULY 24

8:00am – WORSHIP IN ENGLISH 
9:45am – Drop-in Summer Sunday School with Ms. Esperanza in Building A
10:00am – WORSHIP IN ENGLISH

12:30pm – MISA EN ESPAÑOL
A COMMUNAL GARDEN PROJECT AT ST. LUKE’S
 
As a long-time gardener, I find peace and emotional health benefits from tending to plants and trees in my garden and offer encouragement to anyone interested in growing food and other plants. In looking for ways to inject humanity into the lives of shower program guests, I was delighted to hear from Rev. Jane that Deacon Steve would be open to allowing shower guests access to garden space. Deacon Steve has done a terrific job supporting our community garden and balancing the desires of the garden’s stakeholders. 

Weeks before planting anything, I asked shower guests if they were interested in gardening and if so, what they would like to grow. On Saturday, June 18, 2022, a handful of shower program guests connected with nature in a way they had not done in years (even decades for some) and inaugurated our communal garden.  The participants were given new gloves and shown the areas to be planted. They planted herbs, tomatoes, lettuce, and chili peppers (these were their choice of crops).

One participant has participated at all four sessions, and each week there have been one or two new people. The returning gardeners have been delighted to see how well their plants and some of the seeds are growing. Collectively, they have been weeding, straightening the bricks, propping up tomato plants, sweeping, and watering. I have been impressed by the gardeners' initiative, their work ethic, and their hard work to beautify the garden beyond our space. 

This past Saturday, one gentleman took out roots and ivy that were encroaching on the row of citrus trees. It was amusing to see his dog Spirit help dig up the invasive ivy roots (see photo). 
 
Many of the gardeners have shared stories of their history with gardening – some gardened as children and others had prior jobs in horticulture. Some of the new gardeners joined because a friend had shared stories of their work in our garden. 
 
We have been hosting visitors at the garden – I see pride in the gardeners’ faces when I introduce them to volunteer gardeners, a dental hygienist and other visitors, who have heaped our gardeners with compliments about how nice the garden and plants are. 
 
Last Saturday, the gardeners were excited to harvest lettuce which was used in the chicken sandwiches served for lunch; carrots that were (grown by others and) included in that day’s coleslaw; and zucchini that was given to housed guests.
 
Thank you to Gail, Sue, Michael, Robert, Steve, Pat and other volunteers who have been working the men’s and women’s closets and shower lists – they all have been terrific about allowing the gardeners to work in the garden before their showers. Thank you to Rev. Jane and Deacon Steve for their continuing support.  We try to begin gardening before 8:30 am and wrap up around 11 am. Please feel free to drop on by the garden.
THIS WEEK AT ST. LUKE'S
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:

July 20   
Rev. Antonio Gallardo
Naples
562-280-4621
agallardo@stlukeslb.org

July 27  
Ann and Dan Burdette
Bixby Knolls
443-996-7480
anndan80@yahoo.com

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.
MY FIRST EXPERIENCE AT THE GENERAL CONVENTION
OF THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH


 
I just came back from attending General Convention along with seven other representatives (deputies) elected from the Diocese of Los Angeles.  It was inspiring to experience the depth and breadth of thinking in our church, as well as the great diversity in demographics and opinions.  I came back reaffirmed of the gift that our church is, and inspired to continue to do the work to fulfill God’s vision for us.
 
The gathering of more than 800 deputies – postponed a year because of COVID-19 and shortened from eight days – conducted what Presiding Bishop Michael Curry had referred to during the planning process as “matters essential for the governance and good order of the church.” Still, 412 resolutions were filed for consideration.
 
According to Episcopal News Service, among those essential actions, the bishops and deputies passed a $100.5 million budget for the next biennium (the 81st General Convention is scheduled for the summer of 2024), approved the first reading of a constitutional change to clearly define the Book of Common Prayer, continued the church’s commitment to reckoning with it history of racism, elected Julia Ayala Harris to succeed the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings as House of Deputies president and the Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton as vice president, and agreed to the reunification of two dioceses in Texas.
 
I will be hosting a conversation to share some of my impressions about General Convention on Sunday, July 31 after the 10.00 am and 12.30 pm services. If there are any specific areas of interest that you have, I would appreciate if you email them to me so I can get prepared in advance (keeping in mind that hundreds of resolutions were considered).
 
I am looking forward to this conversation.

Rev. Antonio 
IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO CONTRIBUTE TO OUR LAMIA FAREWELL GIFT!


 
After seven years of faithful service, Lamia has concluded her time with St. Luke’s and is embarking on new professional adventures. If you have not done so already, please contribute generously to a Lamia Gratitude Fund to make manifest our thankfulness. Checks can be placed in the Sunday offering plate or mailed to the Office but should note: Lamia Gift in the memo. Giving on-line is also encouraged.
SIGN UP TO HOST COFFEE HOUR!

 
Coffee Hour is actively looking for hosts to fill August 14 & 28 and September slots. 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.
SHARE YOUR CHURCH PHOTOS WITH US!



Do you have photos from St. Luke's events, gatherings, or activities?
Share them with the church office! Upload your images HERE.
A very special 'Happy Birthday' this month to ...

 
Marquitta Whaley – July 4
Harry Horning – July 4
Luis Blazer – July 9
Brian Duarte – July 11
Travis Lodahl – July 11
Thom Allen – July 11
Chris Espinoza – July 11
Orlie Peter Johnson – July 13
Joyce Howard – July 14
Marc Rodriguez – July 15
Hektor Rivas – July 16
Joel Carmona – July 17
Julie Von Pelz – July 17
The Rev. Beryl Nyre-Thomas – July 22
Lore Benitez – July 22
Brad Stevens – July 23
Susan Van Wig – July 24

Cathy Franklin – July 28
Lori Prince – July 28
Marjie Toops – July 31


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