Monday, May 21, 2018

CARS Donations

Help support the ministries and programs of Church of the Messiah with your donation to CARS.  

Do you have an old car, RV, boat, motorcycle, scooter, motorized wheel chair, sit-down lawn mower or other wheeled vehicle taking up space in your garage? If so, you can now donate this item and help Church of the Messiah at the same time!  CARS (Charitable Adult Rides and Services) is a non-profit that has operated for 14 years. It works with over 3500 non-profits, nationwide, and has helped them generate thousands of dollars from vehicle donations.

If you’d like to help the church with your donation, call: 1-855-500-7433 or visit their website (click HERE) to arrange for pick up of your vehicle (at no cost to you).

Be sure to tell them you are from Church of the Messiah.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

March for Our Lives, Saturday, March 24, 2PM-5PM, Centennial Regional Park, Santa Ana

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Santa Ana, to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.

2PM to 5PM
Centennial Regional Park
3000 W Edinger Ave, Santa Ana, California 92704

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

CHANGE: Called to the Wall, Saturday, February 17

Episcopal bishops to lead service 
lamenting immigrants' plight, border restrictions
Service will draw people from Los Angeles, Orange, 
San Diego, Imperial, Riverside Counties and Yuma, Arizona 
LEMON GROVE, CA - Because newly announced US Border Patrol restrictions severely inhibit an annual communion service held for the past six years on both sides of the Mexico-U.S. border fence, an alternate Service of Lament recognizing the plight of immigrants is set for 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 2660 Hardy Drive, Lemon Grove. All are welcome to attend. 

Episcopalians from the Diocese of San Diego and Los Angeles will stand in solidarity with immigrants as they travel the Via Crucis, the Way of the Cross, a service of 14 stations commemorating Jesus' walk to his crucifixion. 

Traditionally, the event has been a joint communion service on both sides of the fence that separates the U.S. from Mexico with Anglicans on both sides. This week, just days before the event, planners received the following restrictions from Border Patrol: 
  • No more than 10 people allowed inside the Friendship Circle at any given time.
  • No media outlets will be permitted inside the Friendship Circle.
  • No photography or video.
  • Overt political messages will not be permitted.  
  • No equipment including large crosses will be allowed.
Based on these new restrictions, planners do not believe they can adequately show solidarity with immigrants at the border. Participants will instead finish the Stations of the Cross (Via Crucis) at St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Lemon Grove where they will conduct a service of lament to share deep concerns about immigration policies and practices in this country and demonstrate shared desire for immigration reform. 

The Rt. Rev. John Taylor, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, the Rt. Rev. Diane Jardine Bruce, bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, and the Rt. Rev, Katharine Jefferts Schori, assisting bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, will attend, as well as pilgrims from Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, Santa Barbara counties and Yuma, Arizona. Attendees hope to draw attention to the plight of immigrants as they travel the way of the cross. They will witness to the memory that Jesus was also perceived as an alien, and an unwelcome immigrant. 

"Human beings have migrated since before they were clearly human," said Jefferts Schori. "Our journeys have been driven by the search for food, shelter, and safety, as well as freedom from control and oppression by others. Called to the Wall is an Episcopal witness to concerns about borders and migration. Our prayerful work expresses the urgent desire for justice and mercy in engaging all migrants, and the ancient yearning for God's justice here on earth, as it is in heaven. We continue to pray and advocate for that justice, that all humanity might live in peace. The journey may be long, yet we will persist, for the spiritual migration involved in learning to love our neighbors is ultimately essential to the flourishing of us all." 

Participants are welcome at any point along the pilgrimage:  
  • 7:30 a.m. at Cathedral Center of St. Paul, 840 Echo Park, Los Angeles, Opening Devotion (Stations 1-3)
  • 9 a.m. at St. Michael's, 311 W. South St., Anaheim, 92805 (Stations 4-7)
  • 12:30 p.m. at St. Philip's, 2660 Hardy Drive, Lemon Grove, CA 91945 (Stations 8 - 14)
Pilgrims will travel by car caravan between the stops. For more information, visit: and 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Wednesday Night Movie: The Take, January 31, 7:00 PM

The Take (La Toma), Avi Lewis (2004, 87 minutes), Wednesday, January 31, 7:00 PM, Church of the Messiah (614 N. Bush Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701), Upper Room.

Produced by Avi Lewis and his wife, author Naomi Klein (The Shock Doctrine), the film documents the takeover of an abandoned Argentinian auto factory by its workers, who begin a long battle for the right to operate it as a workers' cooperative. Their actions give rise to a broader cooperative movement in the country.

"...a compelling and suspenseful cautionary tale documenting the consequences of globalization... universal in its implications" (Los Angeles Times).

Official Site:

Lunch at the Courtyard, Sunday, January 28, 11:45 AM

Lunch at the Courtyard, Sunday, January 28, 11:45 AM, Episcopal Church of the Messiah (click for map).

Immediately following the 10:15 service the Messiah community and all interested persons will go out to the homeless shelter at the Courtyard to serve lunch. If you plan to come and/or bring food, please contact Lou Chapin at

Entrees, salads, fresh fruits, dinner rolls, and desserts are usually needed for this large lunch service, as are volunteers to serve the food. It is best to coordinate food donations with the organizers to make sure we have enough of everything. Cash donations are also welcome and will be used wisely in shopping for food on the Saturday preceding.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Orange County Women's March: March with Messiah, Saturday, January 20, 8:30 AM

Meet us at Church of the Messiah,m 614 N. Bush Street at 8:30 AM, or join the contingent at Flower and Civic Center.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Paris is Burning, Jennie Livingston (1990, 78 minutes), Wednesday, December 13, 7:00 PM, Church of the Messiah (614 N. Bush Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701), Upper Room.

This now-classic documentary introduces the culture and activities of the New York City drag balls and their colorful, intensely competitive participants. This world is a prism reflecting the issues of racism, poverty, and AIDs, which was epidemic at the time.

"One emerges from this film not only with a new vocabulary and a fresh way of viewing the straight world but with a bracing object lesson in understanding what society 'role models' are all about" (Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader).