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THE LIGHTHOUSE 428 Park Avenue | Laguna Beach | California 92651

Ecological Prayer Almighty God, Creator: The morning is yours, rising into fullness. The summer is yours, dipping into autumn. Eternity is yours, dipping into time. The vibrant grasses, the scent of flowers, the lichen on the rocks, the tang of seaweed. All is yours. Gladly we live in this garden of your creating. - Celtic Prayer

A New Chapter… Vestry 2017 Mark Clymer, Carol Freeborn, Nancy Wallis, Ria Zander, Jane Reidel, Jim van Gaasbeek, Jorge Cortes, Larry Spang, Tina Tipps, Shanna George, Tom Davis and The Rev. Lester Mackenzie.

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‘When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force - no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then like wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.’ - Acts 2: 1-4 Greetings of peace and strength in the name of Christ. We offer this brief reading from the Acts of the Apostles as a template, a way we might begin ministry with young people again. We have heard it said, during our scrumptious coffee hour the long history of thriving ministry with young people at St. Mary’s Church.

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December 3rd 2017, on the First Sunday of Advent we will start a new chapter for young people to explore scripture in their language. We will begin a new Children’s Chapel. We will create a space and environment for young people to explore deep questions as they navigate what it means to be the human family, the Episcopal church in Laguna Beach and their communities.

Sunday School 2.0 Outreach Ministries To pray you open your whole self - to sky, to earth, to sun, to moon, to one whole voice that is you. And know there is more that you cannot see, cannot hear. - Joy Harjo, Eagle Poem (from Muscogee oral tradition)

We will begin using curriculum from Spark House, a creative Christian Formation publishing house. Please follow the link to see a video sample of the curriculum We will also create space for young people and their families to serve the broader community once a month. Please follow on our website and offer your contact information so we can share with you our progress towards a new chapter, a new beginning of Ministry with Young People. Please join us as we explore where the Holy Spirit is leading us. pax et bonum - Fr. Lester+ and Your Vestry.

• ASL Dinner Serving Team • Episcopal Church Women • AA Meetings

Meals for the Homeless Volunteers: St. Mary’s provides meals the 2nd, 3rd and 5th Thursdays of every month 6:30 7:30pm at the Alternative Sleeping Location in Laguna Canyon. Volunteer teams of 5-6 people prepare and serve a meal. Episcopal Church Women (ECW): Monthly meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm. Please contact the office for location information.


December 3, 2017

A Reflection on Outreach Thank you to all at St. Mary’s for supporting our passion for Outreach. St Mary’s Lenten Outreach Program raised funds for Child Survival Kits provided by World Vision. These survival kits contain such items as lifesaving medicines, essential vitamins, emergency nutrition and rehydration packs. A total of $2,158.00 was raised, which when multiplied by 12, thanks to World Vision’s corporate partners’ generosity, meant that $25,896.00 of relief aid was actually sent to sick and starving children around the world.

In October 2017, the church ran a Disaster Relief – Hygiene Items Drive, to benefit the survivors of the many recent hurricanes and earthquakes. Seven boxes were filled with soaps, shampoos, toothbrushes, tubes of toothpaste, diapers and deodorants. The boxes were delivered to Giving Children Hope in Buena Park, to be sent on the next 40 foot seagoing container to those in need in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. sincerely Barbara van Gaasbeek Outreach Ministries chairperson


December 3, 2017

ECW – EPISCOPAL CHURCH WOMEN ST. MARY’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, LAGUNA BEACH If you come to St. Mary’s You will find a place to be nurtured spiritually: If you come to St. Mary’s You will find inclusion in a spiritual family: If you come to St. Mary’s There will be confirmation that we are never alone: If you come to St. Mary’s You are able to give something back to the community.

ECW – Discover this place to find spiritual growth and feed your soul. This is a group of women who love, trust and support each other, sharing the joys and vicissitudes of our individual lives. We offer fellowship and hospitality; reach out to people in need and serve in church ministries. We meet the second Tuesday of each month from 6:00pm to about 9:00pm, either at the home of a member or at the Church Guild Hall, and a few times a year we have a day time meeting on a Sunday after church in the Guild Hall. It is a potluck dinner/lunch, with appetizers and beverages as well. We then continue to a brief business meeting and conclude with dessert and coffee. We pray, laugh, organize and complete projects for contributing to social service projects of St. Mary’s, the City of Laguna Beach and the Diocese of Los Angeles. This year our contributions totaled over $3,000 for these outreach projects. We make a difference. Each woman at St. Mary’s is a member of ECW and is welcome at any or all our meetings. This is a great way to get to know each other. For more information contact Julianna Van Den Berg, President on (949) 759-2296 or by email:


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