December 25, 2012
Victorian Christmas Service at Saint Johns
Come celebrate a candlelight Christmas Eve at historic St. John's Episcopal Church 10:00 p.m., Monday, December 24, at 1190 N. Forbes, Lakeport. Set in one of Lake County's few remaining Victorian public buildings, the service begins with traditional instrumental music by organist Melvin Taylor, accompanied by Eleanor Cook on violin and Clovis Lewis on cello.
Midnight Mass at 10:30 p.m. starts with the processional O Come, All Ye Faithful, and continues with a blessing of the Christmas Crèche. The Reverend James K. Knutsen is celebrant and preacher assisted by St. John's Parish Priest Friar Leo M. Joseph, O.S.F., and the Reverend Deacon Bryan Duffty.
The service includes Christmas carols, sacred scripture readings from the King James Bible, ancient rituals of Holy Communion in traditional language from the Book of Common Prayer, and concludes with the singing of Silent Night by the congregation holding lighted candles.
A reception in Carey Hall follows, with warm beverages and holiday treats. Members of the congregation are encouraged to dress in Victorian attire for the occasion. All are welcome.
August 24, 2012 10 am-3 pm
$20.00 Bring a sack lunch
A writing workshop for women to explore sexual healing.
Claim Your Voice. Tell Your Story.
This is a coming together of like-minded, like-hearted women who are willing to trust in the power of sisterhood, compassion, and their voice—even if that voice has been silenced for a long time.
Writing experience is not required. The workshop is not about critique, editing or sounding “good.” Free-flow or stream-of-consciousness writing slips beneath the inner judge, the “you can’t say that” gatekeeper. This is where we get real. This is where we heal.
Because this form of writing deepens with time and a commitment to self, we will also address how to continue the practice, either alone, or, ideally, with the support of a group.
“Our sense of worthiness—that critically important piece that gives us access to love and belonging—lives inside of our story.”
~Dr. Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection
Led by author and writing coach Rev. Debra Jean Hawley
For additional information go to
http://WriteWayTherapy.com or call 707-987-4965
July 21, 2012 10 am-2:30 pm
The Archetypal Mary Magdalene
and Modern Metaphors
Alethea Eason, of Cobb, author of the novels HERON'S PATH and HUNGRY will facilitate a writing workshop on Mary Magdalene in Carey Hall at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, July 21, 2012, from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
The workshop will include the Gospel references to Mary Magdalene as disciple and apostle, the conflation of her image as whore and penitent by Pope Gregory I in the 6th century, and other legends and popular references. She will also look at the apocryphal Gospel of Mary Magdalene, and author, theologian, and mystic Cynthia Bourgeault's research on Mary Magdalene.
October 26, 2011 7 p.m.
New Vintage Productions
New Vintage Productions presents Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher," 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at St. John's Church, located at 1190 N. Forbes St. in Lakeport. The production features the Clear Lake High School Drama Department and community players.
"The Fall of the House of Usher" will be the centerpiece, but a sampling of Poe's poetry and a shorter work entitled "Three Sundays in a Week" will also be included. There will be a short discussion period after the performance. The event is free.
According to Americanliterature.com, "The Fall of the House of Usher" unfolds in a gloomy and foreboding atmosphere that draws the reader in as the story builds in suspense while traveling toward its climactic conclusion. For more information, visit www.americanliterature.com/Poe/TheFallofTheHouseofUsher/TheFallofTheHouseofUsher.htm.
St. John’s Honors Firefighters Sunday, September 11
Fr. Steven Brannon of Sonoma preaches at historic St. John’s Church Sunday, September 11, at 10 a.m. in a special service commemorating the 9-11 tragedy. Parishioners will honor the 343 firefighters who perished in the line of duty in New York that fateful day, and express appreciation for firefighters currently serving in Lake County.
Uniformed firefighters, including volunteers, and their families and friends are invited to attend Holy Eucharist and a potluck meal in Carey Hall immediately afterward.
The church bell will ring at the conclusion of the service as part of the commemoration. The church is located at 1190 N. Forbes Street, on the corner of Clearlake Avenue, in Lakeport.
October 10, 2010 Dedication of Meeting Hall to Father Grant Carey
Father Grant S. Carey will be present when St. John’s Church parish hall is dedicated in his honor at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 10, at 1190 N. Forbes St., Lakeport. The public is encouraged to participate in this historic event, especially those who attended St. John’s during the time Father Carey served as pastor, 1957 to 1961.
Lakeport resident Rob Millberry is Senior Warden at St. John’s, but served as church acolyte 50 years ago when the parish hall was built. It was before Highway 29, when all traffic drove through Lakeport, down Lakeshore, and turned onto Main Street.
As a youth, Millberry lived on the corner of High Street and Lakeshore. All night, he heard trucks downshifting for the corner and saw headlights blaze onto his bedroom wall. He said he didn’t even have to use a flashlight to read comic books in bed.
A peculiar sight greeted drivers in Lakeport in 1960. They were confronted with a classic old English church sitting in one lane of North Forbes Street at Clearlake Avenue. Built in 1898, the redwood shake church was St. John’s Episcopal.
“The entire church was lifted by giant cranes and moved into the street to allow for a proper foundation to be built,” Millberry said. “The church stayed in the street for three months.”
Moving the structure was the idea 50 years ago of Father Carey, St. John’s priest at the time, who wanted to “raise the roof” of his little church.
After the church was settled on its new foundation, Father Carey raised funds and led the congregation in building a new parish hall for the parishioners and community.
The Rev. Dr. Carey had a varied career after leaving St. John’s. He was a chaplain and school headmaster in Puerto Rico, an educator, professor and scholar, and now Canon Residentiary at Trinity Cathedral in Sacramento.
For more information contact Rob Millberry at 707-533-0235.
June 20th, 2010
Who We Are - What We believe - How We Live Our Faith
Our diocesan bishop, The Right Rev. Barry L. Beisner, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California will be making an official Visitation to our parish on Sunday, June 20th this year. This is always a special occasion in the life of a parish when candidates are Baptized, Confirmed, Received into the Episcopal Church by the bishop and Fr. Leo is encouraging all members of the parish to reaffirm their baptismal vow and their commitment to the Church.
The Episcopal Church, following the ancient practice of Christian Church, recognizes as baptized Christians all persons who were baptized according to Christ’s command, with water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. We believe anyone who is baptized is baptized into Christ’s One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church and not into The Episcopal Church or any other denomination. The Sacrament of Confirmation is administered by the bishop for those who are baptized and now desire to make a mature commitment to their faith. The Rite of Reception is encouraged for those who were already baptized and confirmed in either in the Eastern Orthodox Church or the Roman Catholic Church and wish to be formally received into The Episcopal Church. For all others, the Rite of Reaffirmation is especially encouraged and they are invited to Reaffirm their Baptismal Vows in the presence of the bishop as a way of recommitting themselves to Christ and living out their faith as this Church has received it.
In preparation for the bishop’s visit on June 20th, St. John’s will be offering a series of nine weekly seminars on Wednesday evenings starting on April 21st and continuing until June 16th. Each seminar will be designed to “stand alone”, so you can attend all of them if you wish or plan to participate in only the ones that would be most helpful for you. These seminars will be in the form of lively discussions led by Fr. Leo with the assistance of fellow parishioners who have special competence on a particular topic.
The first offering will be about the history and life of St. John’s Church here in Lakeport- how it came to be and how it functions now for the benefit of our congregation and our community. Long time parishioner Mary Turner, our parish historian, will assist in this first seminar.
The following two weeks we will explore The Episcopal Church, the world wide Anglican Communion, and our relationship to historic and global Christianity. The next segment will explore the ancient creeds that we profess, and the catechism. The Book of Common Prayer, and the Baptismal Covenant will be the topic of the final segment as we explore how we live our faith in the Twenty-first Century.
This is a wonderful educational opportunity for those in Lake County who are interested in exploring the beliefs and practices of The Episcopal Church. It will be especially helpful for those who are new to our church or interested in a deeper knowledge of it, as well as for “cradle Episcopalians” who might want a more adult understanding of their faith. We especially encourage inquirers to participate and so it will be an excellent opportunity to bring a friend or neighbor along on Wednesday evenings.
At 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21st, we will celebrate Holy Eucharist or Mass in honor of St. Anselm of Canterbury in the church for those who wish to participate, and then the seminar will commence at 6 p.m. in St. John’s Parish Hall. A light supper will be provided at the first session. For more information contact Fr. Leo at 707 349 6563.