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November 2022 Blog

Priest In Charge Weekly Newsletter 11/27-12/4/2022 – Mo. Marianne

The 2023 Stewardship Season has concluded, but you still have a chance to pledge before next year’s budget is drafted. If you haven’t already done so, please fill out a pledge card (in the back of the church) or visit stbarnabaspasadena.org/give and help support St. Barnabas’ mission this coming year! Envelopes are available from Jonathan on Sundays, or they will be mailed to you if you are unable to pick them up.

WINE AUCTION: We are auctioning off a 2020 Daou Reserve Solomon Hills (Santa Maria) Pinot Noir (valued at $90) to raise funds for our annual gift card program to support local community outreach at Union Station and Friends InDeed. Our goal this year is $700 for 14 gift cards given to persons and families in need. If you were going to give anyway, why not try your hand at the winning bid for a special wine to enjoy with a holiday meal, give as a gift, or set aside for a future treat? To place your bid (or find out the current bid—currently $50), either email Mo. Marianne at vrmzahn@gmail.com or sign the sheet in the back of the church. All bids must be in before 5 pm, Sat, Dec. 17, and the wining bidder will be named at the Dec. 18 service. Thanks for your generosity and good luck!

LAST SUNDAY: THANK YOU to all who participated in the beautiful Advent I service, and special thanks for those who provided the festive coffee hour with quiche, pumpkin bread and hot mulled cider!😋

THIS SUNDAY: ADVENT II We light the second candle on the Advent wreath as we continue the journey to prepare to welcome Emmanuel, the Christ child, into the world at Christmas.

UPCOMING EVENTS

WEDNESDAY Dec. 7, 6:30 PM Bible Study Continuing with the Gospel of Mark. All are welcome, no preparation beforehand is necessary and there are snacks! (In Mo. Marianne’s office)

FRIDAY Dec. 16, 6 PM Union Station Monthly Meal. Join volunteers to provide a nutritious, hot meal to shelter residents and others in need. Union Station is located at 412 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena CA 91105. If interested, please email your covid vaccination record in advance to: volunteer@unionstationhs.org. For more information, contact Jonathan Williams, jon.williams@sbcglobal.net

SATURDAY Dec. 24, 5:30/6 PM Christmas Eve Service. Join us at 5:30 for a special program of carols offered by Sarah Moore’s “Old Fashioned Carolers” with Eucharistic service beginning at 6 pm.


Enjoy November Replays of Sunday Morning Services on Facebook Live

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Enjoy October Sunday Morning Services replays on Facebook Live (no login necessary) and read along with the programs: Sunday Morning Service 11/6 / program, Sunday Morning Service 11/13 / program, Sunday Morning Service 11/20 / program, and Sunday Morning Service 11/27 / program.


Giving Tuesday/Cyber Monday/Black Friday UHG!

Whether it’s Giving Tuesday, Cyber Monday or Black Friday, your gift to The Saint Barnabas Church Family supports the people and programs that bring the Episcopal branch of The Jesus Movement to the communities of Northwest Pasadena and West Altadena. Christ is made the sure foundation. Christ the head and cornerstone. Chosen of the Lord and precious, Binding all the Church in one.  We ask you to consider making a gift to support the work of our church family today.

THANK YOU! 

Make Your Gift Today

You are hereby formally, officially and cordially invited to please join us (in-person, online, offline and/or Pastoral Care) on our continuing journey of Love, Saint Barnabas Style 🖤


Sunday Service and Fellowship 11/20/2022

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

The First Sunday of Advent Sunday Morning Service and Fellowship today was an Alleluia God celebration signing “Soon and Very Soon” and another AMAZING sermon from Bortha Joshua preaching on the centrifugal force of God’s Love (LOVE, Saint Barnabas style).

Brother Jonathan also remined us that the LOVE expressed towards the Saint Barnabas Church Family mission of being a blessing to all others, in the form of 2023 Pledges of Time, Talent and Treasure is very much appreciated! THANK YOU VERY MUCH! If you haven’t submitted your 2023 Pledge Card, please do so as soon as possible so we can build our 2023 Budget. Thanks again!

Please enjoy the Sunday Morning Service on Facebook Live (no login necessary) and read along with the program.

You are hereby formally, officially and cordially invited to please join us (in-person, online, offline and/or Pastoral Care) on our continuing journey of Love, Saint Barnabas Style 🖤


Priest In Charge Weekly Newsletter 11/20-11/27/2022 – Mo. Marianne

The 2023 Stewardship Season has concluded, but you still have a chance to pledge before next year’s budget is drafted. If you haven’t already done so, please fill out a pledge card (in the back of the church) or visit stbarnabaspasadena.org/give and help support St. Barnabas’ mission this coming year! Envelopes are available from Jonathan on Sundays, or they will be mailed to you if you are unable to pick them up.

WINE AUCTION: We are auctioning off a 2020 Daou Reserve Solomon Hills (Santa Maria) Pinot Noir (valued at $90) to raise funds for our annual gift card program to support local community outreach at Union Station and Friends InDeed. Our goal this year is $700 for 14 gift cards given to persons and families in need. If you were going to give anyway, why not try your hand at the winning bid for a special wine to enjoy with a holiday meal, give as a gift, or set aside for a future treat? To place your bid (or find out the current bid), either email Mo. Marianne at vrmzahn@gmail.com or sign the sheet in the back of the church. All bids must be in before 5 pm, Sat, Dec. 17, and the wining bidder will be named at the Dec. 18 service. Thanks for your generosity and good luck!

LAST SUNDAY: THANKS TO EVERYONE who participated in our special Harvest celebration! We enjoyed a festive, fall meal and collected lots of donations for the Union Station food bank.

THIS SUNDAY: Nov. 27, 9 AM ADVENT I We light the Advent wreath as we begin the journey to prepare to welcome Emmanuel, the Christ child, into the world at Christmas.

UPCOMING EVENTS

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 6:30 PM Bible Study Continuing with the Gospel of Mark. All are welcome, no preparation beforehand is necessary and there are snacks! (In Mo. Marianne’s office)

FRIDAY Dec. 16, 6 PM Union Station Monthly Meal. Join volunteers to provide a nutritious, hot meal to shelter residents and others in need. Union Station is located at 412 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena CA 91105. If interested, please email your covid vaccination record in advance to: volunteer@unionstationhs.org. For more information, contact Jonathan Williams, jon.williams@sbcglobal.net


St. Barnabas Wine Auction Holiday Fundraiser!

We are auctioning off this 2020 Daou Reserve Solomon Hills (Santa Maria) Pinot Noir (valued at $90) to raise funds for our annual gift card program to support local community outreach at Union Station, Friends InDeed and the Jackie Robinson Center. Our goal this year is $700 for 14 gift cards given to persons and families in need. If you were going to give anyway, why not try your hand at the winning bid for a special wine to enjoy with a holiday meal, give as a gift, or set aside for a future treat? (More info about the wine below.)

To place your bid (or find out the current bid), either reply to this email (vrmzahn@gmail.com) or sign the sheet in the back of the church. Bidding is open now and starts at $15. All bids must be in before 5 pm, Sat, Dec. 17, and the wining bidder will be named at the Dec. 18 service.

Thanks for your generosity and good luck!

This limited-edition Pinot Noir comes exclusively from the famed Solomon Hills Vineyard, the westernmost vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley, just 11 miles from the Pacific Ocean. In 2020, a blockbuster vintage only elevated this pedigree, producing a wine that delivers deep concentration with balance and elegance. Exquisite flavors of cola, cherry, spice and raspberry showcase the vineyard’s cool-climate terroir. The palate is backed with great structure and savoriness, all leading to a mouth-filling experience through the finish.


Sunday Service and Fellowship 11/20/2022

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Harvest Thanksgiving Day Celebration Sunday Morning Service and Fellowship today was a celebration of the glorious diversity of the Saint Barnabas Church Family and our Afro-Caribbean roots. We paid homage to the Costa Rican Harvest celebration by wearing bright celebratory colors and bringing our harvest to trade and share with our church family and our extended Northwest Pasadena/West Altadena community, via Friends Indeed, Union Station and our Free Pantry. But wait, the Sermon of Daniel F. Doyle, M.A. was EPIC too! Reminding us to “come as you are” to the Lord and to the Saint Barnabas Church Family. No judgement, no conditions.

Brother Jonathan also remined us that the LOVE expressed towards the Saint Barnabas Church Family mission of being a blessing to all others, in the form of 2023 Pledges of Time, Talent and Treasure is very much appreciated! THANK YOU VERY MUCH! If you haven’t submitted your 2023 Pledge Card, please do so as soon as possible so we can build our 2023 Budget. Thanks again!

Please enjoy the Sunday Morning Service on Facebook Live (no login necessary) and read along with the program.

You are hereby formally, officially and cordially invited to please join us (in-person, online, offline and/or Pastoral Care) on our continuing journey of Love, Saint Barnabas Style 🖤


Union Station Serving Dinner 11/18/2022

EVERY 3RD FRIDAY the Saint Barnabas church family prepares and serves dinner to the residents of Union Station Adult Center, 825 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104 from 6:00 – 8:30 PM, and last night was a continuation of our more than 15-year tradition. Lead by Silvia, Sue and Jonathan, joined by Debbie, Sandra, Abbey, and Marco, they served a touch of soul baked ham, collard greens, mac-n cheese, dinner roll and chocolate cake. But most importantly, the Saint Barnabas church family manifested God’s greatness by spreading Love, Saint Barnabas Style 🖤 Please join us December 16th!


Priest In Charge Weekly Newsletter 11/13-11/20/2022 – Mo. Marianne

The 2023 Stewardship Season has concluded, but you still have a chance to pledge before next year’s budget is drafted. If you haven’t already done so, please fill out a pledge card (in the back of the church) or visit stbarnabaspasadena.org/give and help support St. Barnabas’ mission this coming year! Envelopes are available from Jonathan on Sundays, or they will be mailed to you if you are unable to pick them up.

LAST SUNDAY: We blessed everyone’s pledges at our Commissioning service, asking God to help us fulfill our commitments of time, talent and treasure to the St. Barnabas family.

➡️THIS SUNDAY: HARVEST SUNDAY/CHRIST THE KING. 10 AM SERVICE!  TROPICAL/COLORFUL CLOTHING ENCOURAGED! Please bring gifts you’ve brought from God’s abundance to place at the altar, either before the service or during the offertory. You may also bring food to share for the potluck afterwards and also food to be donated.

NEXT SUNDAY: Nov. 27, ADVENT I Begin the journey of Advent with us as we prepare to welcome Emmanuel, the Christ child, into the world at Christmas.

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 6:30 PM Bible Study Continuing with the Gospel of Mark. All are welcome, no preparation beforehand is necessary and there are snacks! (In Mo. Marianne’s office)

FRIDAY Dec. 16, 6 PM Union Station Monthly Meal. Join volunteers to provide a nutritious, hot meal to shelter residents and others in need. Union Station is located at 412 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena CA 91105. If interested, please email your covid vaccination record in advance to: volunteer@unionstationhs.org. For more information, contact Jonathan Williams, jon.williams@sbcglobal.net


Saint Barnabas Facebook Re-Launch

Check-out Saint Barnabas Facebook for tons of really cool stuff!


Sunday Service and Fellowship 11/13/2022

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Stewardship Sunday Morning Service and Fellowship was simply AWESOME, highlighted by Rev. Golie’s preaching “We ain’t no half Christians” and the LOVE expressed towards the Saint Barnabas Church Family mission of being a blessing to all others, in the form of 2023 Pledges of Time, Talent and Treasure! THANK YOU VERY MUCH! If you haven’t submitted your 2023 Pledge Card, please do so as soon as possible so we can build our 2023 Budget. Thanks again!

Please enjoy the Sunday Morning Service on Facebook Live (no login necessary) and read along with the program.

You are hereby formally, officially and cordially invited to please join us (in-person, online, offline and/or Pastoral Care) on our continuing journey of Love, Saint Barnabas Style 🖤


Priest In Charge Weekly Newsletter 11/6-11/13/2022 – Mo. Marianne

We GIVE THANKS for the peaceful and fair elections this week. Please continue to pray for peace as vote counts continue in the days ahead, and for the safety especially of election officials and family members who have been threatened with, and in some cases victims of, violence.

The 2023 Stewardship Season formally concludes this Sunday when pledge cards will be collected and blessed at the service, but you may turn in a new or revised pledge any time during the year! Envelopes are available from Jonathan on Sundays, or they will be mailed to you if you are unable to pick them up.

LAST SUNDAY: THANK YOU to all who participated in the beautiful Feast of All Saints & Souls service, especially Sarah Moore for the stirring anthem “Steal Away,” sensitively accompanied by Paul Kaufman, which moved many to tears.

TODAY: COMMISSIONING SUNDAY. Pledges of time, talent and treasure will be collected and blessed during the offering. After church, VESTRY MEETING All are welcome to attend and have a voice in the important business of the church.

NEXT SUNDAY: Nov. 20, HARVEST SUNDAY 10 AM SERVICE! Join us for a celebration of God’s abundance as we bless the bounty of the earth. We will share a meal afterwards and you may also bring food to be donated.

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16, NOTE NEW DAY! 6:30 PM Bible Study Continuing with the Gospel of Mark. All are welcome, no preparation beforehand is necessary and there are snacks! (In Mo. Marianne’s office)

FRIDAY Nov. 18, 6 PM Union Station Monthly Meal. Join volunteers to provide a nutritious, hot meal to shelter residents and others in need. Union Station is located at 412 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena CA 91105. If interested, please email your covid vaccination record in advance to: volunteer@unionstationhs.org. For more information, contact Jonathan Williams, jon.williams@sbcglobal.net


Happy Veterans Day Friday November 11, 2022

Happy Veterans Day to ALL of our Veteran Heroes and Sheroes, uniformed and non-uniformed, military and movements, who fought and sacrificed for our Nation, our Human Rights, our Civil Rights, our Voting Rights, our Rights to Self-Determination, our Equal Rights, our Religious Rights, and our FREEDOM

Thank you Vets!

To ALL Veteran Heroes and Sheroes, uniformed and non-uniformed, military and movements, we send Love, Saint Barnabas Style 🖤

And to ALL those manifesting His greatness with a PASSION to advocate for and empower the communities of the disenfranchised, the marginalized, the minoritized, the tokenized, the voiceless, the invisible, and the underrepresented, we say FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT!


AMPLIFY YOUR VOICE – VOTE!!!

St Barnabas 2022 Election Goal: 100% Participation!!! – WeVote | Saint Barnabas (stbarnabaspasadena.org)

Voting Guide, Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles: click here


Sunday Service and Fellowship 11/6/2022

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

All Saints and All Souls Sunday Morning Service and Fellowship was simply BREATHTAKING, highlighted by paying homage to our Saints and our Transitioned Ancestors. Please enjoy the Sunday Morning Service on Facebook Live (no login necessary) and read along with the program.

You are hereby formally, officially and cordially invited to please join us (in-person, online, offline and/or Pastoral Care) on our continuing journey of Love, Saint Barnabas Style 🖤


The Saint Barnabas Church Family Hall of Fame

The Saint Barnabas Church Family Hall of Fame honors the Founding Eight Matriarchs including Mrs. Georgia Weatherton, Mrs. Ellensteen Bevans, and Mrs. Rosebud Mims, Rev. W. Alfred Wilkins, Rev. Alfred E. Norman, Rev. Jesse D. Moses II, Rev. Alfred E. Norman (2nd term), Rev. Ivor Ottley, Rev. Patricia Bennett, Rev. John M. Larson, Rev. Antony Glenn Miller, Rev. Dr. John Goldingay, Rev. Mark Bradshaw, and Rev. V.R. Marianne Zahn, comprising nineteen servant leaders, dozens of lay leaders and all of the Transitioned Ancestors of God’s Home Church, Saint Barnabas Pasadena.


Enjoy October Replays of Sunday Morning Services on Facebook Live

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Enjoy October Sunday Morning Services replays on Facebook Live (no login necessary) and read along with the programs: Sunday Morning Service 10/30 / program, Sunday Morning Service 10/23 / program, Sunday Morning Service program 10/16, Sunday Morning Service program 10/9, and Sunday Morning Service program 10/2.


Our Land Acknowledgement Statement

We acknowledge the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Gabrielino-Tongva First Nation on which we are worshipping, praising and loving. We acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the territory of the Gabrielino-Tongva Peoples, who have stewarded this land throughout the generations.  We thank them for their strength and resilience in protecting this land and aspire to uphold our responsibilities according to their proud tradition. To learn more and to support The Gabrielino-Tongva Nation please click here – http://gabrielino-tongva.com/

To The Gabrielino-Tongva Nation and all the Peoples of the Indigenous and Aboriginal Diaspora, we send Love, Saint Barnabas Style 🖤


October 2022 Blog

Sunday Service and Fellowship 10/30/2022

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

What an AMAZING Sunday Morning Service and Fellowship, highlighted by Rev. Golie’s as the officiant and Brotha Joshua’s sermon reminding that “This is what Salvation looks like. This is why I came!” (“I love it when Joshua sings” – Kitty)

Please enjoy the Sunday Morning Service on Facebook Live (no login necessary) and read along with the program

You are hereby formally, officially and cordially invited to please join us (in-person, online, offline and/or Pastoral Care) on our continuing journey of Love, Saint Barnabas Style 🖤


Priest In Charge Weekly Newsletter 10/30-11/6/2022 – Mo. Marianne

ONGOING: The 2023 Stewardship Season is underway! Remember to prayerfully discern not only how you can support St. Barnabas financially, but also with your presence and service to the parish and wider community. Pledge cards are available in the back of the church and will be collected and blessed at the Nov. 13 service.

THIS SUNDAY Nov. 6, Feast of All Saints & Souls A beautiful, solemn service where we honor the saints of the church and all those loved ones who have gone before us. Please email the names of those you wish to be remembered to Mo. Marianne at vrmzahn@gmail.com.

NEXT SUNDAY, Nov. 13 COMMISSIONING SUNDAY. Pledges of time, talent and treasure will be collected and blessed during the offering. After church, VESTRY MEETING All are welcome to attend and have a voice in the important business of the church.

UPCOMING:

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16, NOTE NEW DAY! 6:30 PM Bible Study Continuing with the Gospel of Mark. All are welcome, no preparation beforehand is necessary and there are snacks! (In Mo. Marianne’s office)

FRIDAY Nov. 18, 6 PM Union Station Monthly Meal. Join volunteers to provide a nutritious, hot meal to shelter residents and others in need. Union Station is located at 412 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena CA 91105. If interested, please email your covid vaccination record in advance to: volunteer@unionstationhs.org. For more information, contact Jonathan Williams, jon.williams@sbcglobal.net

SUNDAY, Nov. 20, HARVEST SUNDAY 10 AM SERVICE! Join us for a celebration of God’s abundance as we bless the bounty of the earth. We will share a meal afterwards and you may also bring food to be donated to Union Station or the pantry outside the church.


The Episcopal News Update – A weekly newsletter serving the Diocese of Los Angeles – 10/30/2022 (Thx Jonathan)

Click diocesela.org/episcopal-news for the Episcopal News Update


Go see Till the movie this weekend. The story of Mrs. Mamie Till-Mobley manifesting God’s greatness as the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.

Click HERE for the official trailer

There is NO violence on any black body in the movie, just God’s love and joy.


Priest In Charge Weekly Newsletter 10/23-10/30/2022 – Mo. Marianne

ONGOING: The 2023 Stewardship Season is underway! Remember to prayerfully discern not only how you can support St. Barnabas financially, but also with your presence and service to the parish and wider community. Pledge cards are available in the back of the church and will be collected and blessed at the Nov. 13 service.

LAST SUNDAY: Vestry member Susan Daniels spoke about the need to be kind to our brother and sister parishioners and visitors with our words and actions, and as a reminder to ask forgiveness when we fall short had us sing together, “If I have wounded any soul today…dear Lord, forgive!” (from the LEVAS hymn, #176).

NEXT SUNDAY Nov. 6, Feast of All Saints & Souls A beautiful, solemn service where we honor the saints of the church and all those loved ones who have gone before us. Please add the names of those you wish to be remembered to the list in the back of the church, or email to Mo. Marianne at vrmzahn@gmail.com.

UPCOMING:

SUNDAY, Nov. 13 COMMISSIONING SUNDAY. Pledges of time, talent and treasure will be collected and blessed during the offering. After church, VESTRY MEETING All are welcome to attend and have a voice in the important business of the church.

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16, NOTE NEW DAY! 6:30 PM Bible Study (NO MEETING NOV. 2) Continuing with the Gospel of Mark. All are welcome, no preparation beforehand is necessary and there are snacks! (In Mo. Marianne’s office)

FRIDAY Nov. 18, 6 PM Union Station Monthly Meal. Join volunteers to provide a nutritious, hot meal to shelter residents and others in need. Union Station is located at 412 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena CA 91105. If interested, please email your covid vaccination record in advance to: volunteer@unionstationhs.org. For more information, contact Jonathan Williams, jon.williams@sbcglobal.net


Sunday Service and Fellowship 10/23/2022

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

What a wonderful Sunday Morning Service and Fellowship, highlighted by Mo. Marianne’s sermon reminding us, don’t act a jerk AND ask you mercy when we do, Gil & Counrtney hosting fellowship (especially Courtney’s Grandmother’s cinnamon pastries YUMMMM), and our very special guests Sheryl and Meg. It was a real pleasure to meet you and we look forward to seeing you again SOON. Meanwhile you are in our prayers. Love, Saint Barnabas Style!

Please enjoy the Sunday Morning Service on Facebook Live (no login necessary) and read along with the program

You are hereby formally, officially and cordially invited to please join us (in-person, online, offline and/or Pastoral Care) on our continuing journey of Love, Saint Barnabas Style 🖤


Beyond Black and White: African American Art & Iconography – A Washington National Cathedral Event (Thx Sue)

Art permeates our lives in museums, our homes, and the public square. The images and stories artists capture tell us of truth, history, divinity, beauty, and pain. In public spaces, how and what we choose to create and show has lasting impacts in our communities. Join Washington National Cathedral for an evening with artists, historians, and leaders for a discussion about art and the impact of imagery of African Americans and African American culture. This evening forum will be moderated by Cathedral Canon Theologian The Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, Kevin Young, Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Dr. Kirk Savage, art historian and professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

About the Cathedral’s Light in the Darkness Windows Replacement Project

In 2015 then-dean Gary Hall called for the removal of two stained-glass windows in the Cathedral – those to Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee & Stonewall Jackson. What followed was a multi-year process to examine, remove and reimagine these windows. In September 2021, the Cathedral announced that acclaimed artist Kerry James Marshall and poet Elizabeth Alexander had agreed to create new windows and poetry, respectively, for the bay that previously held these two windows. Over the next two years as we await installation of the new windows, the Cathedral is embarking on public programming and education opportunities around the Light in the Darkness Windows Replacement Project. Learn more about the project and activities at cathedral.org/windows.

Get tickets to the in-person event here.

Register for the free livestream with the option to pay what you wish here.


Union Station Serving Dinner 10/21/2022

EVERY 3RD FRIDAY the Saint Barnabas church family prepares and serves dinner to the residents of Union Station Adult Center, 825 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104 from 6:00 – 8:30 PM, and last night was a continuation of our more than 15-year tradition. Lead by Jonathan and Sue, joined by Abbey and Marco, they served a scrumptious baked chicken, marinated with Sweet Baby Rays sauce w touch Cab, Silver Queen corn, mixed green salad with cherry tomatoes, King’s Hawaiian rolls and of course Halloween cupcakes and cookies. But most importantly, the Saint Barnabas church family manifested God’s greatness by being a blessing to others. Please join us November 18th!


Priest In Charge Weekly Newsletter 10/16-10/23/2022 – Mo. Marianne

SPECIAL AWARDS were given on Sunday to Althea Williams, Violet Zacarias, Susan Daniels and John Johansen for their extraordinary gifts of time, talent and treasure to keep St. Barnabas operating and ministering to the community during the covid pandemic. Their efforts exemplify faithful service to and stewardship for the community and the generations that will come after. Well done, good and faithful servants!

THANKS to those who attended the Stewardship & Budget Forum last Sunday, and special thanks to Jonathan Williams, St. Barnabas’ intrepid treasurer, for the presentation! Several suggestions were made for capital outlays and other projects, as well as for potential revenue sources. These will be collected and voted on during the annual meeting next January.

The 2023 Stewardship Season is underway! Remember to prayerfully discern not only how you can support St. Barnabas financially, but also with your presence and service to the parish and wider community. Pledge cards are available in the back of the church and will be collected and blessed at the Nov. 13 service.

TODAY Oct. 23 VESTRY MEETING All are welcome to attend and have a voice in the important business of the church.

WEDS, Nov. 2, 16, NOTE NEW DAY! 6:30 PM Bible Study Continuing with the Gospel of Mark. All are welcome, no preparation beforehand is necessary and there are snacks! (In Mo. Marianne’s office)

FRIDAY Oct. 21, 6 PM Union Station Monthly Meal. Join volunteers to provide a nutritious, hot meal to shelter residents and others in need. Union Station is located at 412 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena CA 91105 [Address correction]. If interested, please email your covid vaccination record in advance to: volunteer@unionstationhs.org. For more information, contact Jonathan Williams, jon.williams@sbcglobal.net

SUNDAY Nov. 6, Feast of All Saints & Souls A beautiful, solemn service where we honor the saints of the church and all those loved ones who have gone before us. Please add the names of those you wish to be remembered to the list in the back of the church, or email to Mo. Marianne at vrmzahn@gmail.com.


ColoradoBoulevard.net article – St. Barnabas Church: A Surprising Story

St. Barnabas Church: A Surprising Story

A church on a street

St. Barnabas in Pasadena (Photo – Brian Biery)

If you drive up Fair Oaks Ave. at 35 MPH you will probably miss the modest, adobe-style church on the east side of the street, wedged in between the Jackie Robinson Center and the recently installed climbing gym.

By Brian Biery

Unlike many of the churches in downtown Pasadena, St. Barnabas Church does not feature European architecture, nor an enormous sanctuary, and yet it has provided an essential spiritual home for the community for nearly a century.

Few people in the area are aware of the church’s important and unique history, which must be viewed from a societal level. The diaspora known as ‘The Great Migration’ brought millions of African Americans from the South to cities like Detroit, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, and, ultimately, Pasadena.

Unfortunately, however, when families reached cities that they thought would be more open and accepting, they didn’t find welcoming arms in their new communities. Ruby McKnight-Williams, a long-time member of Pasadena’s NAACP Branch, is quoted in Muir HS graduate Lynn Hudson’s book West of Jim Crow: The Fight Against California’s Color Line as saying, “I didn’t see any difference between Pasadena and Mississippi except that they were spelled differently.”

Religious institutions were places where segregation was highly visible and commonplace, especially during the first years of the 20th century. Pasadena’s churches were no different, as many did not allow persons of color to worship from their pews. The construction of St. Barnabas Church was directly related to the exclusionary policies of the time by All Saints Episcopal Church, which is located across the street from City Hall.

During the first decades of 20th century, migrant families from the South, Mexico, Japan and China lived in what today is known as Old Pasadena. The area was a thriving mix of businesses, churches, restaurants, and even a hotel that catered to People of Color. In the middle of this culturally diverse neighborhood the seeds for St. Barnabas Church were sown by several prominent and dedicated women. In 1923 Georgia Weatherton provided her home on Del Mar St. near Fair Oaks Ave. for services, while Ellensteen Bevans and Rosebud Mims served as lay leaders for the fledgling church.  All Saints Church provided a Lay Reader and organist to support their efforts to create an Episcopal community.

With formal admittance of St. Barnabas into the Episcopalian Archdioceses in 1932, a brick-and-mortar building was needed to host the congregation. Rather than inviting St. Barnabas’ members to join their Church, families from All Saints donated the land (Dobbins Family) at 1062 N. Fair Oaks Ave. and provided funding (Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fleming) to build a sanctuary. The church building, which is still in use today, was dedicated by Bishop Bertrand Stevens in June of 1933.

A sign for a church

St. Barnabas (Photo – Brian Biery)

The result has been that for nearly 90 years, St. Barnabas Church has focused on being of service to the community. Originally organized to serve Pasadena’s Black residents, it has grown to provide assistance and resources to a wide range of community members. For example, Parish Hall was constructed in 1972 with the hopes of functioning as a community center. Currently, three Alcoholics Anonymous groups use Parish Hall on weeknights as a meeting space. In addition, a Spanish-speaking Catholic congregation uses the Chapel on Sunday afternoons and a Spanish-speaking Pentecostal congregation meets in Parish Hall on Friday and Sunday evenings for their services.

According to church board member Marco White, “The oldest historically Black Episcopal Church in the San Gabriel Valley is still thriving! As a predominately Black, yet very integrated and inclusive church family, our core is ‘love’, St Barnabas style. All are welcome here!” In addition, the church donates 40% of its assets, provides dinner to the Union Station community every 3rd Friday of the month, gives college scholarships to PUSD grads, and raises funds for emergency financial support for community members.

Next time you drive up Fair Oaks Ave. slow down just before Hammond St. to see the St. Barnabas Church spire as it proudly crowns its humble chapel. And consider stopping to visit this unique and amazing faith community, one that has graced our city with generosity and compassion that belie its origin during a time when segregation was more common than inclusion.


Frist Stop on the Historical Tour of Pasadena


Historic Episcopal parish is first stop in new African-American history audio tour of Pasadena
St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church, a historically Black congregation of the Diocese of Los Angeles, is the first stop on an audio walking tour of the African American History of Pasadena recently published by izi.Travel and sponsored by the NAACP. The narration for the St. Barnabas stop mentions that the church had its beginnings as early as 1909 when Black Episcopalians who had moved into the area found that they were unwelcome at established Episcopal Churches, and began to meet on their own in homes and later in the Grand Army Hall. The Rt. Rev. Bertrand Stevens, second bishop of Los Angeles, dedicated the church in 1933. Other stops on the way include the offices of Pasadena’s first Black woman physician; memorials to local Black activists, physicians and business owners; sites related to the construction of the 210 Freeway, which obliterated ethnically mixed neighborhoods along the route while avoiding areas with mostly white residents; and the childhood home and a statue of Jackie Robinson, a lifelong Pasadena resident who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947. The audio guide is free and may be downloaded here.

Giving our Sheros and Heros their flowers (Althea, Violet, Sue & John) – Thank you for your love, Saint Barnabas style. You are the manifestation of God’s greatness.


Stewardship Day by Jonathan was a SMASHING success


Priest In Charge Weekly Newsletter 10/9-10/16/2022 – Mo. Marianne

The 2023 Stewardship Season begins officially this Sunday (see below). Remember to prayerfully discern not only how you can support St. Barnabas financially, but also with your presence and service to the parish and wider community. Pledge cards are available in the back of the church and will be collected and blessed at a future service.

SUNDAY Oct. 16 10 AM SERVICE TIME! Sunday Forum: 2023 Budget and Stewardship. Please join us after church for food and discussion of budget needs for the upcoming year and how you can be part of stewarding the resources of our St. Barnabas community.

WEDS, Oct. 19, Nov. 2, NOTE NEW DAY! 6:30 PM Bible Study continues reading the Gospel of Mark. All are welcome, no preparation beforehand is necessary and there are snacks! (In Mo. Marianne’s office)

FRIDAY Oct. 21, 6 PM Union Station Monthly Meal. Join volunteers to provide a nutritious, hot meal to shelter residents and others in need. Union Station is located at 825 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104. If interested, please email your covid vaccination record in advance to: volunteer@unionstationhs.org. For more information, contact Jonathan Williams, jon.williams@sbcglobal.net

SUNDAY Nov. 6, Feast of All Saints & Souls A beautiful, solemn service where we honor the saints of the church and all those loved ones who have gone before us. 


Priest In Charge Weekly Newsletter10/2-10/9/2022 – Mo. Marianne

THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the visit from our diocesan Bishop John Taylor so spectacular! In addition to the beautiful liturgy and music and great food, the bishop had a wonderful time meeting so many of our great St. Barnabas family. Bp. Taylor not only brought greetings and encouragement from our extended diocesan family, he spent quite a bit of time afterwards meeting with the vestry, hearing our stories and concerns, and offering support and counsel. Again, thanks to everyone whose efforts consistently keep faith and community alive and lively at St. Barnabas❤️

THURS Oct. 6, 20, Nov. 3, 6:30 PM Bible Study Continuing to read the Gospel of Mark. All are welcome, no preparation beforehand is necessary and there are snacks! (In Mo. Marianne’s office)

SUNDAY Oct. 16 10 AM SERVICE TIME! Sunday Forum: 2023 Budget and Stewardship. Please join us after church for food and discussion of budget needs for the upcoming year and how you can be part of stewarding the resources of our St. Barnabas community.

The 2023 Stewardship Season has begun! Remember to prayerfully discern not only how you can support St. Barnabas financially, but also with your presence and service to the parish and wider community. Pledge cards are available in the back of the church and will be collected and blessed at a future service.

THIS SUNDAY OCT 9 Choral Eucharist 9 AM.

Mo. Marianne


Bishop John Taylor is in the house!

“PREACH BISHOP PREACH!”


Priest In Charge Weekly Newsletter 9/25-10/2/2022 – Mo. Marianne

Hello, St. Barnabas Fam!

This Sunday, Oct 2, the service time will be 10 am. Bp. John Taylor will be preaching and presiding followed by a festive meal, then a vestry meeting with the bishop to which all are invited. The bishop is looking forward to seeing you all, so please come say hi, praise God, and enjoy some food!😄

Together in Christ’s service,

Mo. Marianne


September 2022 Blog

Los Angeles Diocese Night at the Dodger Game – “It’s time for Dodger baseball!”

“We had a time last night!” – Natalie


December 2021 Blog

Advent

The first season of the church year, beginning with the fourth Sunday before Christmas and continuing through the day before Christmas. The name is derived from a Latin word for “coming.” The season is a time of preparation and expectation for the coming celebration of our Lord’s nativity, and for the final coming of Christ “in power and glory.”

Christmas

In the BCP, Christmas Day is one of the seven principal feasts. The Christmas season lasts twelve days, from Christmas Day until Jan. 5, the day before the Epiphany. The season includes Christmas Day, the First Sunday after Christmas Day, the Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and may include the Second Sunday after Christmas Day. In many parishes, the main liturgical celebrations of Christmas take place on Christmas Eve. The BOS includes a variety of resources for use during Christmas, including a form for a Station at a Christmas Crèche, a form for a Christmas Festival of Lessons and Music, and seasonal blessings for use during the Christmas season.


Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles Events – November and December

  • Blood Drive Sunday, 07 November 2021 8:15 am – 2:00 pm
    St. John Chrysostom Church and School, 30382 Via Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita 92688Register here.
    Sponsor Code: St. John
  • Red Cross Blood Drive Thursday, 11 November 2021 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Christ Episcopal Church, 1127 N San Antonio Ave, Ontario, CA 91762, USA Information: 909.983.1859
    Reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
    Sponsor code: CCPOntario
    Additional dates at this location: Saturday, Dec. 11.
  • Organ Recital: Jeremy Filsell Sunday, 14 November 2021
    St James Episcopal Church, 3903 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010, USA Information/Livestream/on demand here
  • Solemn Evensong Sunday, 14 November 2021 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    St. James’ Episcopal Church 3903 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90010Information/Livestream/on demand here
  • Red Cross Blood Drive Monday, 22 November 2021 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
    St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 12692 5th St, Yucaipa, CA 92399, USA Reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
    Sponsor code: ST ALBANS
    Upcoming date at this location: Monday, Dec. 27.
  • Red Cross Blood Drive Saturday, 11 December 2021 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Christ Episcopal Church, 1127 N San Antonio Ave, Ontario, CA 91762, USA Information: 909.983.1859
    Reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
    Sponsor code: CCPOntario
  • Advent Procession of Lesson & Carols Sunday, 12 December 2021 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    St James Episcopal Church, 3903 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010, USA Choir of St. James’; Canon James Buonemani, director
     
    Information/Livestream/on demand here 
     
  • Red Cross Blood Drive Monday, 27 December 2021  10:30 am – 4:30 pm
    St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 12692 5th St, Yucaipa, CA 92399, USA Reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
    Sponsor code: ST ALBANS

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Every Third Friday of the Month

We prepare and serve dinner to the residents of Union Station Adult Center, 825 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104 every third Friday 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Union Station Photo

* Please feel free to contact Mo. Marianne with any questions regarding the details of an event or to add an event to the calendar.


You are hereby formally, officially and cordially invited to please join us (in-person, online, offline and/or Pastoral Care) on our continuing journey of Love, Saint Barnabas Style 🖤