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The Newsletter of Prince of Peace Church 

Easter 2018   

In This Issue
From the Rector
Worship
Parish Family Notes
Discipleship
Outreach Opportunities
Vestry News
Children & Families
Youth Ministry
From the Rector
Rand Reasoner+
RandLabyrinth
 
One of the challenges that I face is remembering a great divide that threatens my thinking and my acting every day. It is not a natural divide; it is one that has grown in the past century much to the churches detriment. It is the divide between what some call the sacred and the secular. To put it simply, the idea that many people ascribe to is that some things are sacred/spiritual and they matter to God and other things secular/physical don't matter to God, at least, not very much.
 
The problem with this type of thinking is that by definition most of life is secular. 5% (and maybe I'm being generous) is going to church, praying, reading the Bible and sharing our faith The other 95% is spent grocery shopping, paying bills, walking the dog, exercising, eating, working... you get the idea. This is the stuff of everyday life.
 
When I get caught up in this sacred/secular divide, I feel frustrated because I think the things I do every day, be it work, rest, and play, is "spiritually" meaningless and pointless and doesn't matter in the grand scheme of God's kingdom because it's not sacred So much of life is mundane. We don't feel like we're changing the world; we're changing diapers, or answering e mails, or working on Excel spreadsheets. There are times when we might say this stuff is pretty empty and ask ourselves, does any of this stuff matter? Or maybe we feel a little guilt because, even though our job or our volunteer opportunities aren't "sacred," we enjoy what we do. And maybe when we come home from work and enjoy a glass of really good wine or watch a great movie or eat a delicious meal some of us feel a nagging sense of disease because we enjoyed it so much, and it wasn't really spiritual.
 
The paradigm of secular as spiritual is really out of whack for many people. Not only is it untrue, it is also dangerous. The word spiritual is not well understood (to quote a Spaniard from the movie The Princess Bride "I do not think it means what you think it means.") For our spiritual ancestors, the Hebrews, the word spiritual wasn't even in the Old Testament. Why? Because in the Jewish worldview, all of life is spiritual. Unfortunately many of us think spiritual means esoteric, immaterial, otherworldly, mystical. The word spiritual is used by St. Paul in the New Testament. What he means by that term is "animated by the Holy Spirit" and for Paul every aspect of our lives should be spiritual.
 
If you asked Jesus about his spiritual life, he would have looked at you confused. I think his response would be something like, "What do you mean my spiritual life? You mean my life? All of my life is spiritual." Jesus didn't buy into the sacred/secular divide. To him, the God he called Father was as close as the air against his skin. To Jesus life was infused with the sacred all around. For Jesus and His way, God wants to be involved in every square inch of our lives.
 
Because everything is spiritual (check out a DVD by Rob Bell with this title) everything and everyone matter to God. The spirit is the driving force that empowers us to do what we are called to do and be here on earth. Maybe, the next time you are relaxing, you might remember this and realize that work and play, work inside and outside the church, whether Bach or the Beatles... everything is spiritual. Perhaps God will feel a bit more present when we remember this.
 
In Easter Joy,
Fr. Rand+
 
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Maundy Thursday: March 29 
Noon (Chapel) and 7:30pm (Sanctuary)

Good Friday:
March 30 
Noon and 7:30pm (Sanctuary)
 
Easter Vigil: March 31  
8pm (Sanctuary)
   
Easter Sunday: April 1
8am and 10am (Easter Egg Hunts follow)
 
Easter Cross 3 
Easter or Resurrection Sunday is the day Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus the Christ from the dead.   Easter is a movable feast. That is, the date of Easter is not fixed but is determined by a system based on a lunar calendar.  Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the Spring equinox (usually on March 21) The date of Easter can range between March 22 and April 25 depending on the lunar cycle.  Like Christmas, Easter itself is a period of time rather than just a day. It is actually a seven-week season of the church year called Eastertide, the Great Fifty Days that begins at sundown the evening before Easter Sunday (the Easter Vigil) and lasts for six more Sundays until Pentecost Sunday.
 
Feast of Pentecost is Sunday, May 20         
Wear Red to Church!
 
The Handbell Ringers
Of Prince of Peace Episcopal Church
Invite You to Their
Spring Concert
Saturday, June 2, 2018
7:00 PM
Freewill donation
 
Parish Family Notes
Baptism
 
 
The next baptism will be  
Sunday, May 27.  Read more.
 
 
 
Thanks

 
 Thank You 
   
to all the wonderful volunteers  
who helped make our Lenten journey so meaningful.

 
     
 
   
Discipleship
Holy Bible
Wednesday Morning Easter Series
David DeJean will be teaching a class starting Wednesday, April 11 from 9 -10:30am in the Guild Room. "Bible Basics Your Questions asked and Answered." 
Outreach
 
    
 
News From the Pantry  
 
Spring heralds lots of activities on the POP campus and that includes OUTREACH.

The Pantry AND Church Volunteers will be packing about 35-40 bags of groceries to be taken to the PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) senior living apartments in Winnetka on the second Thursday of every month.  If you'd like to take part in this outreach event, please see Roya Muniz, Margaret Shively or Debbie Decker after church to sign up!

 
 

The pantry will need people to help sort and box food delivered from the Postal Drive on Saturday, May 12 between 1-7pm. This is our largest event of the year! Please go to the Pantry's website: WestValleyFoodPantry.org and sign up for the hours you're available.  Contact D
ebbie Decker at foodpantry@popwh.org for more information.

 
Exciting Opportunities! Great pay!  
All you need is a love of God.
 
Our outreach Vacation Bible School is in need of some loving hands. We can use any talent the Lord has given you from decorating, preparing snacks, giving craft instructions, acting, talking with children, leading or assisting a group, leading a song, playing games or taking photos. Only 4 hours a day for 5 days, July 9-13, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Please pray about this! Contact Linda Sawyer at family@popwh.org or call the office at (818) 346-6968.
 
  
Vestry News

From the Senior Warden
Amazing grace - that's what we all experienced during our March retreat. After enjoying a delightful Greek dinner at Leslie Yannetti's beautiful home, we got to know one another better by finding 10 things we had in common. On Saturday, Brian Tucker our morning mediation, followed by another of Patty Papps' 'growing together" activities. We then delved into an "up close and personal" look at all of the many, many ministries we are involved in at Prince of Peace. We learned who were our quiet heroes, guiding these efforts over the years, and each vestryman and woman aligned him/herself with one specific one to encourage and mentor this year. We literally "reinvented the wheel" with the chart below.
 
Children & Families Ministry
You are Invited! The children will be presenting the congregation and Sunday school Leaders with a 'Thank You Ice Cream Social' on Sunday, June 10, after the 10am service. This is given as a Thank You for all your Support & Prayers!

You Are a Blessing from God!
A Thank You goes to each of you on the Children Ministry Team. Thorough your love, patience, and guidance, throughout the year, our children have been shown Christ's love for them.

Thank You:
Alma Fountain, Kevin Fountain, Patty Papps, Karen King, Connie Bartz, Karen King, Richard Muniz, Nova Heiss, Marc Miller, Marge Stanton, Elizabeth & Caroline Bates. 

God bless you Champion Team!

Linda Sawyer and the Champions Team

Easter Sunday, April 1 - During the 8am and 10am services, there will be an opportunity for your child to bring up a flower to flower the Easter Cross. There will also be Easter Eggs Hunts after each service with paper bags provided. We will have an area for children 4 years and under and an area for 5 years and over.


Sunday, April 8, on the patio at 10am. 
All children are invited to bring their loving pets
or a favorite plush animal for a blessing. 
 
There will be no classes.  
 


  

Upcoming Events!  
Children's Sabbath, May 13

 
   
We Are Collecting:
  • Shoeboxes for our upcoming Vacation Bible School.
  • Snacks for VBS and Summer Sunday School (Goldfish, vanilla wafers, graham crackers, Oreos, and other cookies)
  • Recycled Easter Eggs to use in next year's hunts.
  • School Supplies for the children of the Food Pantry clients.
 
Youth Ministry
 
 
Youth Group Calendar:
Sunday Morning Meetings: continue to be during church at 10am in the Youth Center.

Friday Night Fellowship: from 7pm - 9pm in the Youth Center. Meet for either a movie or game night (and definitely food!).

Guitar Class: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm - 8pm in the Chapel, Marc Miller will be teaching guitar to anybody who shows up: youth or adult. It'll be group lessons and you have to bring your own guitar. During the last half hour at least, he will be playing praise and worship songs and anyone can come for that and sing along!

Contact Marc at youth@popwh.org for more information.

 
 
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Prince of Peace Church

5700 Rudnick Avenue

Woodland Hills, California  91367 

(818) 346-6968

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