Lenten Prayer Project Can you believe that in just a few weeks Great Lent will be here? To help us continue to love one another & draw closer to God, we will be having our annual Lenten Prayer Project. The Lenten Prayer Project is like a prayer exchange. You simply write down your name or the name of a loved one who you would like to be prayed for during the 40 days of Lent inside the prayer card. Once we receive cards from all those participating, you will pick someone else's card and pray for that person throughout Lent.. On Pascha, let the person know that you have been praying for him or her all 40 days of Lent (phone numbers will be inside so you can call the person). To participate, please visit our table before and after church services on Sunday. You can also contact Amanda Jacobs at (626) 222-6224 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. • Sunday, February 8th, or 15th fill out card • Sunday, February 22nd receive a card • Sunday, April 12th Pascha; reveal yourself to the person you’ve been praying for!

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

Four in Three


Ecclesiastes is one of my favorite books of the Bible. We find classic lines like, “To everything there is a season,” or “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!” Taken as a whole, the Book of Ecclesiastes is full of wonderful wisdom. During my time at the seminary, a beloved priest professor would encourage us to read the entire book from beginning to end whenever we felt overwhelmed with the pressures of life. This tool served me well as a student, and has become a valuable tool in my ministry to Christ’s Church. A Priest witnesses all the emotions of life. You rejoice at the birth of a child and you mourn with the passing of a loved one. Ecclesiastes verbalizes this sentiment well.


In the past three weeks, I have participated in four funerals. Four beloved individuals left this world in the hope of the resurrection. Two funerals were for 30 something year old’s and two funerals were for 80 something year old’s, yet their loved ones shed the equal number of tears at each of the funerals. All four individuals left behind the same thing, a lasting memory of the relationships developed. Their grieving loved ones mourn their physical losses.


In late February, we lost Kevin, a 33 year old loving husband, father of two, son and good friend. Kevin battled stage 4 oral cancer for 16 months before leaving this life. During his last days, as he prepared to die, he taught those around him how to live! His love for baseball inspired a road trip, with his father, to San Francisco to see his beloved Giants play, and the holidays gave him the opportunity to express his love for his family and friends as they showered him with their loving sentiments. I stood, in rapt amazement, watching his beautiful young wife, with her their two year old child in her arms, sharing cherished memories. She made us laugh and she made us cry, but she reminded us that our hope as Christians is in our Lord’s Resurrection.

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