Military Outreach: June 8 Camp Pendelton donations

It is time for us to donate to our Military men and women and their families on June 8 at Hawthorne High School.

What they need:

  • Diapers, diapers, and lots more diapers (~160 babies are born there every month)
  • Strollers, cribs, high chairs, pack-n-plays
  • Bath towels, hand towels and washcloths
  • Linens, sheets, blankets, comforters for twin and queen beds
  • Sets of at least 4 plates, soup bowls, bread plates, drinking glasses, flatware (spoons, knives and forks)
  • Pots and pans with lids in good condition
  • Cooking tools (such as) Wooden spoons, serving spoons, good knives, mixing bowls, serving bowls, bakeware
  • Non-perishable food (not expired). Yes, some families are experiencing food insecurity.
  • Gift cards from Target or Walmart in increments of $25
  • Bicycles (all ages)

What they don’t need:

  • Children’s clothes
  • Stuffed animals
  • Large toys, like race tracks, play kitchens
  • Lamps, art, books, DVDs CDs, and VHS tapes

What they cannot take:

  • Electronics (TVs and monitors, DVD/CD/VHS players)
  • Used car seats

Please pass this on to your friends and neighbors. Remember to donate stuff in good condition.

Thank you all for your support.

St. Francis Hosts 53rd Annual Palos Verdes Antiques Show And Sale

Proceeds from the 3-day fundraiser support the Mission and Outreach of St. Francis Church

St. Francis Episcopal Church in Palos Verdes Estates will host the 53rd Palos Verdes Antiques Show and Sale, its annual fundraiser on Thursday and Friday May 30 and 31 from 11 am to 6 pm, and Saturday, June 1, 2024 from 11 am until 4 pm. The Opening Night Preview Party will be held on Wednesday, May 29 from 6 to 9 pm. Tickets are $50 presale, $75 at the door. The popular 3-day event features top dealers from Northern and Southern California and—who will display and sell a dazzling array of 18th, 19th and early 20th Century furniture, silver, prints, jewelry, china, pottery, rugs, Asian antiques, vintage Americana and more. In addition to the antiques, the show features the Harvest Cupboard with tasty homemade offerings; Garden Gazebo with plants and ornaments, Patio Luncheons and English Afternoon Tea. Ricardo, of Ricardo’s award-winning nursery, will share gardening tips on Thursday at 3:00 pm and famed comedian, Lynn Chichi will perform her hilarious “Chichi’s Table Talk” on Friday at 3:00 pm during afternoon tea. Admission is $10 with return privileges and parking is free. For more information, call (310) 375-4617.

Holy Week and Easter

Holy Week and Easter

Palm Sunday — March 24
Celebrate Palm Sunday at the 8:00 am and 10:00 am service.

Holy Week — March 24-30

3/27 Holy Wednesday
7 pm – Tenebrae at St. Andrew’s (Torrance). A contemplative evening of light & music.

3/28 Maundy Thursday

  • Noon – Foot washing at Christ Church (Redondo).
  • 7 pm – Holy Eucharist, foot washing, stripping of the altar, and the Watch at St. Cross (Hermosa).

3/29 Good Friday

  • 12-3 pm – Meditative service at St. Francis. Sit in the quiet of the chapel as we contemplate the last words of Christ; this is a come-and-go service.
  • 12-3 pm – Labyrinth Walk in Parish Hall
  • 7 pm – Veneration of the Cross at Christ Church (Redondo).

3/30 Holy Saturday
8 pm – the Great Easter Vigil at St Francis.

Easter Sunday — March 31
Celebrate Easter at the 8:00 am and 10:00 am service, followed by our Easter Egg Hunt immediately following the service.

St. Francis Outreach Scholarship Fund Update

Ayomide (Ay) Olowookere is a freshman at UCLA pursuing a major in computer engineering.

He has assimilated well into the college experience and so far his classes have largely been a review of what he had already learned in high school, but the classes are becoming more difficult. In July 2023, the St. Francis Outreach Scholarship Fund (SFOSF) helped Ay buy a MacBook Pro laptop computer, which he absolutely loves. It has been a great help in his studies, especially since all of his college textbooks are in digital format.

For more about the St. Francis Outreach Scholarship fund, click here.

Palos Verdes Estates Housing Element – Special Announcement

Palos Verdes Estates Housing Element – Special Announcement

February 5, 2024

As you all may know, for the past several months, the Church has been engaged in an effort to keep the Church off the list of potential sites for affordable housing in Palos Verdes Estates. To date, we have been successful because there is no basis for such action.

Recently, there have been renewed efforts to put the Church back on the list. Next Wednesday, February 7 from 6:00 p.m., the City Council of Palos Verdes Estates will be holding a special meeting to hear from the public about this issue. The meeting, which will take the form of a Town Hall Meeting, will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room of Lunada Bay Elementary School in Lunada Bay.

Designated representatives from the Church will be present to speak on behalf of the Church. Representatives from Town & Country Nursery School, which leases our Education Wing during the week, will also speak. I encourage any of you who wish to attend this meeting to do so. You will also have an opportunity to speak on behalf of the Church should you so choose.

If you have any questions or wish more information about this matter, please see Church attorney Dick Briggs.

Thank you.

—Fr. Jason Shelby

Annual Meeting Recap

The Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, January 28th. In addition to a delicious potluck, Jason, our senior warden Shelly Zak and our treasurer Fred Henry, led us through the highlights of 2023 as well as the budget and plans for 2024. Two new vestry members were elected and delegates to the 2024 Convention were approved.

Friars Dinner Recap

The Friars, our own group of parishioners who enjoy cooking for others, hosted a wonderful dinner for the current members and prospective members on Wednesday, January 24th in the Parish Hall.  Tony Deley presented a fascinating show on the James Webb Telescope covering its development, launch, and many of the photos it has sent back to Earth.  It was truly an out-of-this-world experience!  All members of the parish are welcome to join the Friars: contact Dick Briggs for details.

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