Reza and G-Dog

Thursday Night at All Saints Reza Aslan author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth will be interviewed by actor Rainn Wilson.  It is part of LiveTalksLA.  It is pretty cool to have a mish mash of thinkers come together at All Saints for a talk, so I hope you can join us.

If you want to get together beforehand, some 20s30s will be having dinner at Panini Cafe at 6:30 to catch up and discuss what we know about Resa already.

Then one Sunday at 5PM there is a screening of G-Dog.  A documentary about Father Greg Boyle, the priest who founded homeboy industries.  It is part of the Awareness Film Festival being held across the westside.  Homeboy Industries does profound work for ex gang members.  They also bake bread which they used to sell on the patio on Sundays.  But now they don’t.  So we have to go down to the cafe to get our fix.  If you ever want to go down, I (josh) will get your back. Because that food is delicious!

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Hikes, Gardens, and Buses oh my!

The St Francis ministry is ramping up for an amazing spring and summer.

Kicking off this month with a hike in Temescal Canyon and a volunteer day at Greystone Garden.

Our Mercy and Justice ministry is getting ready for another year partnering with Get On The Bus.

Temescal Canyon Hike

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Please join us for a getaway hike into nature–waterfalls, amazing ocean views and lush, wooden canyons.  We will meet by the trail board at the end of the main road into the park by the trail head.  This is a moderate 4-mile hike, about 2.5 hours.  Temescal Canyon is at 15601 Sunset Blvd Pacific Palisades.

Contact Carey Usher for more info!

Here is a link to more info about the trail in general.  Carey has a little bit different route so please make sure to contact her before heading out!

http://www.hikespeak.com/trails/temescal-canyon/

 

Get on The Bus Kick Off

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Each year we partner with Get On The Bus to help children visit incarcerated mom’s.  We accompany children to the detention center and give them books and bears on behalf of their mother. It is a really powerful time for the children as well as volunteers.  Help us prepare for the opportunity by donating books, bears, or time.  April 14th.

Contact Debbie Gauer for more info on how to help.

Greystone Garden Volunteer Day

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April 20th

We’ll be joining the St Francis Ministry to help tend the garden at Greystone.

Greystone Garden is a community demonstration garden. Keep up with all their gardening tips and volunteer opportunities on their blog

http://greystonedemonstrationgarden.blogspot.com/

Contact Uma Yu for more info on the April 20th event.

 

 

Pancakes and Parades!

We’ve got some exciting things coming up.

SOCIAL

Shrove Tuesday!

Feb 12 6pm

Join us at the church for jazz, jambalaya and Jesters.  A Shrove Tuesday / Mardi Gras Festival for the whole church!

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Chine New Year Parade

Feb 16 12pm

Join us in heading down to China town to have some street food and watch the parade.  Parade is at 1pm.

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HomeGirl Cafe

Feb 23 11am

We’re getting together for brunch at HomeGirl Cafe downtown.  Join us!

SPIRITUAL

Book Group

Feb 26 8pm

We’re reading the first four chapters of The Meaning of Jesus Two Visions.  By Marcus J Borg and NT Wright.

Join us for an engaging conversation about the book and issues of today.

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SERVICE

Monday Meals

We’re still going strong with the Monday Meal.  Join a bunch of us as we serve the less fortunate in our midst.

Every Monday at 1:30pm

Gay and Lesbian Center

We partnering with the center to provide outreach opportunities for our group.

There’s clothes sorting this week, 5:30-9:00 the 11th, 12th, and 13th

We are also setting up a monthly birthday party event like we used to do at MFP.

Stay tuned for more details.

You Too Can Help with Monday Homeless Lunch. (Even if you can’t be there on Mondays)

As you know our church serves lunch to the homeless every Monday.  Each week we open our doors and serve around 150 guests a good meal.  It’s a very powerful time.  I have been involved with the program for two years now.  If you are available on Mondays I highly recommend it to you as a service opportunity and a great opportunity to get know fellow community service oriented members at our church.

Our volunteer crew is a good mix of retirees, actors and artists you have a more flexible schedule, 20s30s with a flexible schedule and teens who have the summer off.

If you can’t make it on Monday, you can still be involved!  Here are some ways.

Books/Magazines: We give out reading material to our guests.  Being poor, one has a lot of time but not a lot of money to spend on luxury items like magazines. Reading keeps them sharp and out of trouble. It also helps them feel connected to society. So bring in your old magazines and old books and donate them.

Hygiene Products: We also provide hygiene products to our guests. If you have left over supplies (or if you travel and want to take hotel soaps home with you to give to the less fortunate),  bring them in!

 

 

Veggie Pick up: A large portion of our food supply is donated by farmers at our local Beverly Hills Farmer’s Market. Each week someone from All Saints makes the rounds and picks up donations from our generous farmers.  Why not volunteer? It’s a great way to meet the farmers and experience the market. You can do it with a friend.

Veggie Prep: Sunday at 1:30, when all the vegetables come in, we need to sort and chop them.  I did this for a year it was a great way to learn a lot about vegetables and how to prep them for cooking.  If you think you want a cooking class, why not just come to this?  It’s perfect timing to go out to lunch after church then come back and volunteer at 1:30

Eat Pizza: One day the owner of Villa Blanca, a restaurant 3 blocks south on Camden, came by wanting to know what all the homeless were doing outside on the corner.  We invited him in and showed him our humble operation.  He left ( we were expecting an angry letter) instead he returned with 15 pizzas.  He’s been donating pizzas every week ever since.  Why not give him your fine dining business as a thank you?

Bring in Clothes: Our guests make requests for clothes and we try to accommodate that.  If you can donate clothes, that’d be great! If we have more than enough we’ll just pay it forward to another charitable organization.

 

 

Buy Notecards: One of our volunteers, Lisa who does the clothes, is an artist.  She used her time, between helping guests get clothes, to draw them.  First, this was amazing. To the marginalized and forgotten members of our society who are so often ignored and overlooked, to receive this level attention is really transformative, dignifying.  We held an art show of these drawings.  The money going the ministry, and yes the subjects weren’t invited to the showing as well.  One of guests, Oscar, saw we were selling the drawing of him for $200 and wanted the money for himself.  Christian explained to him that the money went to the ministry–to pay for lunch for everyone.  Oscar asked “so I bought lunch for everyone today?”  beaming with pride.  He couldn’t have been happier if you had given him the money cash in hand.  Now these drawing are available to purchase reproduced as notecards. Buy them in the parish bookstore and feel Oscar’s pride.

For more information on any of these services we provide, ask Josh!

Thanks guys!

Josh

Franklin Canyon Hike – July 22nd

Yes, these pictures were taken in Los Angeles.  Despite what the opening credits for the Andy Griffith Show would have you believe, this oasis is right here in LA, not in Mayberry.

And we’re going there.  Well, a small group of us.

For more information on the hike, check out this blog.

For official info go here.

We’ll meet at all saints at 12:30ish. After the 11 oclock barry service gets out.

July 22

Josh