Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lunch at the Courtard: Messiah's Homeless Ministry, September 24, 11:45 AM


Lunch at the Courtyard, Sunday, September 24, 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 louisjchapin@gmail.com.


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 Night Movie: I Am Not Your Negro, September 27, 7:00 PM


I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck (2016, 93 minutes), Wednesday, September 27, 7:00 PM, Church of the Messiah (614 N. Bush Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701), Upper Room.

The highly-acclaimed documentary is based on James Baldwin's unfinished book Remember this House. It tells the story of racism in America in Baldwin's words with reflections on the lives of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. It was nominated for Best Documentary in the 2016 Academy Awards and won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

"It both is and is not a documentary about Baldwin, the brilliant, exasperating and endlessly erudite black writer who belongs on any short list of the most important American intellectuals of the 20th century. It's a lot of other things, too, including a visual-poetic essay tracing the startling threads of analogy between America in the mid-1960s and America today [...]" (Andrew O'Hehir, Salon).


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Wednesday Night Movie: Sonita, August 16, 7:00 PM



Sonita, Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami (2016, 90 minutes), Wednesday, August 16, 7:00 PM, Church of the Messiah (614 N. Bush Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701), Upper Room.

Sonita Alizadeh is a young Afghan refugee, rap artist, and activist against forced marriage. She became famous over her resistance to being sold as a child bride by her parents. Her remarkable story won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Festival.

"A crushing and intense docufiction that believes in the heroic kindness of its protagonist's challenging attitude and in irony as salvation" (Jorge Ayala Blanco, El Universal).


Saturday, July 15, 2017


Lunch at the Courtyard, Sunday, July 23, 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 louisjchapin@gmail.com.


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 Night Movie: A Whisper to a Roar, July 26, 7:00 PM




A Whisper to a Roar, Ben Moses (2012, 96 minutes), Wednesday, July 26, 7:00 PM, Church of the Messiah (614 N. Bush Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701), Upper Room.

Inspired by the research of Stanford scholar Larry Diamond, Ben Moses's film examines the modern democracy movements in Egypt, Malaysia, the Ukraine, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe. It includes extensive interviews with heads of state as well as activist leaders.

"This deft digest from the director Ben Moses is by turns shocking and inspiring as we witness both the brutal abuse of power and life-endangering dissent. [...] The footage plucked from archives--crowds, interview face-offs, heads of states grandstanding--can be electric" (Nicolas Rapold, New York Times).

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

O.C. Pride Festival and Parade, June 24, 9:00 AM




Saturday, June 24 is the annual Orange County Pride Festival and Parade, and the Episcopal Church is showing up! The festival and parade take place in downtown Santa Ana. For location details, see the Pride website: www.prideoc.com.

The day will begin with Eucharist at 9:00 am in the Hands Together Parking Lot, with Bishop Diane Bruce presiding and Kay Sylvester preaching, in the parking lot of Hands Together, catty-corner from Church of the Messiah, Santa Ana (614 N. Bush Street, Santa Ana, CA). All are welcome; drag your friends along to hear the good news of God's inclusive, expansive, abundant love. There will be t-shirts for sale for parade marchers.

The Eucharist will be timed to give folks about 45 minutes to an hour to get to the parade step-off point. The Episcopal contingent will represent Orange County Episcopal congregations, wearing the black "I am love" t-shirts. Bishop Bruce will be in the parade, as well. More to follow about the parade details.

After the parade, the Pride Festival will open at noon. Last year, the Episcopal Church booth ran out of our rainbow cross necklaces in five minutes. This year, we have multiple congregations assembling necklaces, and we hope to run out a little more slowly! Signups for the booth staffing will be coming soon. The booth interactions can be truly life-giving, and we'll be sure you have literature and a script to help you get started. Both laity and clergy are welcome to help in staffing the booth.

Save the date! Plan to spend Saturday, June 24, representing the inclusive love of God in the LGBTQ community of Orange County. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Wednesday Night Movie: Ixcanul, June 28, 7:00 PM


Ixcanul, Jayro Bustamante (2015, 100 minutes, Wednesday, June 28, 7:00 PM, Church of the Messiah (614 N. Bush Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701), Upper Room.

Using a non-professional cast and short largely in the indigenous Guatemalan language of the region, Ixcanul tells the story of a young woman working on a coffee plantation whose arranged marriage conflicts with her dreams and ambitions for life. Celebrated in numerous film festivals, the film deals with themes of sexual and economic oppression as well as the illicit trade in children.