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This Week at St. James

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Taste of Larchmont
Monday, August 29 (6-9)

This is the 24th annual fundraiser for Hope-Net, which is an organization that partners with St. James’ to supply food for our Food Pantry. During this fun event, the entire block of Larchmont is closed to street traffic and transformed into a giant tasting event that includes over 20 different restaurants. Tickets are $40 each, and can be purchased either at the event, or call 213-389-9949.

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8:00 AM
The Holy Eucharist, Rite I
This is a traditional language service with a sermon, organ music and hymns.

10:30 AM
The Holy Eucharist, Rite II
This service is offered in a rich panoply of ancient and contemporary language, ritual and song. The Sermon, rooted in biblical scholarship, addresses relevant issues for day-to-day living. 

10:30 AM
Choir Camp (for children)
Parish Hall

12:15 PM
The Holy Eucharist, Korean Language, Rite II
Every 1st, 3rd & 4th (and 5th) Sunday of the Month, Holy Eucharist from the Korean language version of The Book of Common Prayer is celebrated in the main church with music and preaching followed by fellowship in the Parish Hall.

Tuesdays, 12:15 PM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in the Chapel

Thursdays, 7:00 PM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Korean Language, in the Chapel

Fridays, 5:45 PM
Chapel Prayer Service (following Soup Kitchen)

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WELCOME

We are three hundred plus souls from many lands and cultures who come together in the middle of Los Angeles in a century-old parish that thrives as it prays, sings, works, serves, and plays together. We are also a flourishing K-6 elementary school, a preschool, a soup kitchen and food pantry, prayer groups, a multi-year Education for Ministry group, book groups, men’s and women’s groups, and much more. We invite you to use this web site to explore some of the things we are currently doing and to enrich our lives by joining us.

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Josephine Finda Sellu

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(Photo: survivorsfilm.com)

During the Ebola crisis the New York Times carried a story about an amazing nurse in Sierra Leone, Josephine Finda Sellu, who risked everything to minister to the sick. I wrote about her at the time and we prayed for her. I have often wondered what happened to this brave and selfless woman. This past week I googled her once again, having tried last year and come up empty. How delighted was I then to see the following article, published this past January in Duchess International Magazine; Inspiring and Showcasing Women:

“Josephine is the the deputy nurse matron at the government hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Ms. Josephine Sellu … is from Sierra Leone and was born in the year 1972. During the period when the deadly Ebola virus was still quite rampant within the African continent, Sierra Leone was one of the countries that was rather ravaged with the disease on a high level … is considered by the people of Sierra Leone as an hero due to her brave role while the country was battling with the (Ebola) epidemic.

… Ms Sellu had lost 15 of her nurses to Ebola in rapid succession and thought about quitting herself. In all, they had lost close to thirty workers during the epidemic. She is being looked up to by the Junior staffs in the clinic due to her role, so she felt if she left, who will stay and take care of the patients who had been diagnosed with the deadly virus.

She saw this as her determination to stay and keep helping out and trying to heal the individuals who had caught the disease. In the midst of the high numbers of death that she had seen everyday, she still did her work diligently and this was one of her words when she was asked what kept her going, “You have no options, you have to go and save others; you are seeing your colleagues dying, and you still go and work.”

Even her children and relations had urged her to stop going to work but she kept sneaking out at odd hours to go and attend to the patients.

She also identified God as a major inspiration during this period. “There are times when I say, ‘Oh my God, I should have chosen secretarial.” But on her job as a healer, she said, “it’s the calling of God.” The epidemic might have passed, but her dedication to work inspired others to work and mitigated greatly the number of deaths that could have occurred if the situation wasn’t managed well.”

Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Praise God for Josephine Finda Sellu!

Faithfully, +Catherine