About the Church
Our MissionWe are an Episcopal Community of Faith and Worship. We are a people “transformed by God to live and grow as an accepting community that we may take the love of Christ into the world”.
Our Church’s Vision
We are an inclusive and diverse group of Christians who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are committed to providing a welcoming and nourishing place for all people on their spiritual journey. All are invited to experience the transformative love of God’s Son, made known to us by God’s Holy Spirit, and that leads us deeper into the heart of God the Father and out into the world to make a difference.
Grounded in our response to our Baptismal Covenant and the Great Commission our church passionately holds these values:
To do the work of God by Believing in his Son, Jesus Christ, and following Christ’s teachings.
By following God’s call to accept and surrender our lives to Jesus Christ.
By making disciples and baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
By teaching them everything that Jesus has taught us, remembering He is with us always.
By continuing in the Apostle’s teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
To be an Accepting, Inclusive and Respectful Community.
By fulfilling our baptismal promises in which we have committed to respect the dignity of every human being.
By taking the love of Christ into the community with compassion, truth, and love.
Love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. (Romans 12:10)
I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3)
… for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. (Isaiah 56:7)
To strive for Justice and Peace among All People.
By understanding the roots of injustice within our community and society and discerning how the Gospel calls us to respond.
By exploring the ways in which we as Christians may better discern and live God’s will for our lives and our world, that we may be transformed, and through our actions we may serve as instruments of God’s peace.
And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 24-25)
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)
To serve Others
By service to others, we share the ultimate gift and expression of Christ’s love. This is how we ultimately take the Love of Christ into the world.
By committing to outreach and service, especially for the poor, homeless, and those marginalized in our community & world.
By supporting the worldwide ministries of the Anglican/Episcopal Church. Among these ministries are Episcopal Relief and Development and mission work at home and abroad.
By inviting community groups, recovery organizations that serve and support those in need, and by extending Christian hospitality, compassion, and a safe place in which to provide support services for those in need.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Peter 4:10)
There will always be poor people in the land. That is why I command you to be ready to help your brother or sister. Give to the poor in your land who need help”. (Deuteronomy 15:11)
For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you took care of Me; I was in prison and you visited Me. Then He said, “I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me”. (Matthew 25:35-40)
Parish Outreach Ministries: Hot Dog Ministry, Food Card Ministry, A.C.T.I.O.N. Food Pantry, Blessing Bags, St. Martha’s Hospitality Guild, and the Rector’s Discretionary Fund, and GLEAM Covina which reaches out to the LGBTQi community.
Community Ministries: Covina Valley Compassion Council, 12 Step Recovery Programs, Options For Learning Toddler Care, and American Red Cross Blood Drives
To be good Stewards of the Physical and Spiritual church
By providing for the maintenance of the church and campus to ensure the continuation of ministry in this outpost of God’s grace.
By supporting the various ministries of the church.
By supporting the Core Values of the church
By “support” we mean regular attendance at the Sunday services, special services, and community events, pledging annual support (tithing), supporting fundraising efforts, volunteering, and caring for the needs of the church family and community at large. Such support should be done in a private and humble manner.
“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:1-4)
To be good Stewards of God’s Creation
In Jesus, God so loved the whole world. We follow Jesus, so we love the world God loves. Concerned for the global climate emergency, drawing on diverse approaches for our diverse contexts, we commit to form and restore loving, liberating, life-giving relationships with all of Creation. www.episcopalchurch.org/ministries/creation-care/
To inspire, equip, educate, and mobilize Christians to love God and others by rediscovering and reclaiming the Biblical mandate to care for creation and working toward a stable climate and a healthy, pollution-free world.
By caring for all of God’s creation by stopping and preventing activities that are harmful (e.g. air and water pollution, species extinction), and participating in activities that further Christ’s reconciliation of all of creation to God.
And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:20-25, 31)
The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy. Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat. (Psalm 19:1-6)
Church Leadership Information
Fr Steve De Muth:
OFFICE PHONE – (626) 967-3939