Requiescat: The Rev. Canon Warren Nyback (Service at St. Paul's on May 20th)

From Bishop J. Jon Bruno:

May 8, 2017

To the Clergy and People of the Diocese:

I am very sorry to inform you that the Rev. Canon Warren Stanley Nyback, rector-emeritus of St. Paul's, Pomona, and a former diocesan chaplain to retired clergy and spouses, died Saturday May 6, at his home in Pilgrim Place, Claremont. He was 77 and had suffered the effects of Alzheimer's disease.

Please join me in prayer for Warren's family, especially his husband, Michael Witmer, and Warren's daughter, the Rev. Dr. Rachel Anne Nyback, rector of St. Cross, Hermosa Beach. Warren is predeceased by his wife, Gretchen, and by their daughter Amy.

Bishop Diane Jardine Bruce and I will share in officiating at Requiem Eucharist at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, at St. Paul's Church, 242 E. Alvarado St., Pomona. Clergy are invited to vest in cassock, surplice and white stole, and to walk in procession.

As many of you know, Warren was a close friend and pastor to me and to Mary Bruno at St. Paul's, Pomona, where I assisted and where Mary and I were married in 1984. I was honored when he accepted my invitation to serve, beginning in 2002, as chaplain to the diocese's retired clergy and their spouses.

Born in Los Angeles in August 1939, Warren said he felt called to the priesthood while a junior-high schooler attending summer camp. After graduating from USC and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop F. Eric Bloy in 1965. Warren first served as curate at St. Luke's, Long Beach (1964-1967) and then as rector of St. Timothy's, Compton (1967-72) before beginning in 1972 as rector in Pomona, where he served for 29 years. He was a Shakespeare scholar, a master baker, and long active in diocesan ministries, serving on Diocesan Council, as a deputy to General Convention, on the Episcopal News editorial board, and on numerous diocesan bodies, including the Bishop's Commission on LGBT Ministries.

"Pastor's acceptance of others and himself will be his legacy," reads the headline of an L.A. Times feature article published just after Warren's final service in Pomona on Christmas Eve 2001. There, with the support of the St. Paul's after Gretchen Nyback's death in 1992, Warren and Michael, an attorney, began living openly together and eventually were married, advocating for full inclusion of LGBT people in all areas of church and society. Their shared love and witness remains an example to us all.

Rest eternal grant to your servant Warren, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him.

Together in Christ, 

+ J. Jon Bruno

Holy Week & Easter at St. Paul's

Come and journey with us these few days as we accompany Jesus to the cross, the tomb, & the rising!

Palm Sunday, April 9, 10 am Mass/Misa de Ramos, 12 pm
Maundy Thursday/Jueves Santo, April 13  
Mass /Misa + Washing of the Feet/Lavatorio de pies - 7pm
The Watch/Tiempo Vigilar, 8 - 11 pm

Good Friday/Viernes Santo, April 14  
Veneration of the Burial Shroud of Jesus/ Veneración de  la envoltura funeraria de jesús, 12 pm - 6 pm
Stations of the Cross/estaciones de la cruz,  3 pm
Veneration of the Cross/Veneración de La Cruz, 7 pm at St. John’s episcopal church in La Verne.

Holy Saturday/Sábado Santo, April 15, 8 pm
The Great Vigil of Easter/La Gran Vigilia Pascual

Easter Sunday/Domingo de Pascua, April 16
Mass + Easter Egg Hunt,  10 am  
Misa, 12 pm (búsqueda de huevos  a las 11)

Slowing Down for Summer

A Note from Fr. Mark: 


Dear Parish Family and Ministry Leaders,

In most Episcopal Churches (except ours) we traditionally “slow down” for the summer months and spend time in contemplation and prayer as we discern God’s will for our Fall Season Ministry plans and also begin thinking about the coming year for our particular ministry group.  This is called the Summer Sabbath.

Therefore, we will suspend our ministries for the months of July, August, and early September:
        The Daughters of the King will not meet this Sunday, and their next meeting will be on the first Sunday of October.  Any presentations prepared for this Sunday can be postponed until your October meeting.
        The Society of Mary will not meet the 2nd Sunday of July and will not meet again until the 2nd Sunday in October.  Also, any preparations for a class or presentation will be postponed until the October meeting.
        Those who participate in Laundry Love are encouraged to take a break from now until the Laundry Love scheduled in September.  There are plenty of volunteers from the other parishes.  If you have signed up for July, you may want to consider waiting until the September date. Because this is an outside ministry, it is certainly up to you as to whether you want to participate each month of the Summer.  You may want to take the time to pray for and recommit in the Fall to Laundry Love.
        I am currently negotiating for Seeds of Hope to be taken over by an outside group.
        Liturgical Ministries will continue each week, but you may, as groups or individuals, consider cutting back on the workload and prepare for our Homecoming Sunday on September 18th.  This would include Altar Guild, Acolytes, Musicians.
        The Vestry will not meet in August.
        The ministries that will not be suspended will be the SOM supplies collections for our pet brothers and sisters, and the supply table and purchases to help St. Paul’s allay expenses.
        Coffee hour sign-ups and commitments should continue as usual.
        Tuesday noon Eucharist will continue.
        The SOM Sunday Rosary will continue.
If there is any urgent business that needs to be conducted in a particular ministry, you can do that by way of phone or email.

We have a very big Summer project that everyone can be involved and that is the cleaning out of many of St. Paul’s storage areas of things that can be sold at our August rummage sale.  Whatever time you would have used to meet, you can apply to helping with this.

This is my directive as Rector and is non-negotiable.  Have some good sabbath time!

Thank you, and may you know God’s abundant blessings,


Tithing Sunday: June 26th


Tithing Sunday, which is to take place June 26th, is an invitation for everyone who calls St. Paul’s their spiritual home to give for one Sunday only, one week’s tithe, (10% of gross household weekly income). The purpose is to recognize that before we were born God called us through his grace.  Thanking God for His generosity, we also want to note what our generosity could be if every household in our church family tithed. 

St. Paul’s Church will then take 10% of what we receive in our special “tithing envelopes” and donate it to our special ministry, Laundry Love.  This special 10% of your 10% offering will be applied when we next sponsor Laundry Love.  If you are not going to be in church that Sunday, you can drop off your tithing envelope to the parish office (preferably before June 26th.)  Or you can go to and press “donate” at the bottom of the first page.  There, you will have the option of using Paypal or your credit card.

If you already tithe, we thank you for your generosity.   We ask, for this one Sunday, if you would be willing, to consider giving beyond your tithe.  If you feel you cannot tithe, we ask you to prayerfully consider giving how God leads you.  Thank you for your prayerful consideration and God Bless you.

Join us for our Pentecost "Tongues of Fire" Chili Cook-Off!

Join St. Paul’s Church for our Annual

Feast of Pentecost "Tongues of Fire" Chili Cook-Off!

Celebre el Pentecostés con la Competencia de Cocinar Chile (“Lenguas de Fuego”)!


Sunday May 15th, 11:30am (Following the Bilingual Mass at 10:00am)

Domingo 15 de Mayo, 11:30am (Después de la Misa Bilingüe a las 10:00am)


The winner will receive a one-of-a-kind St. Paul’s “Tongues of Fire Apron”

El ganador recibirá un delantal único de San Pablo

Registrese en la Iglesia o mande un mensaje a:
Sign up in the Sanctuary to Bring an Entry or email:

Vegetarian entries are encouraged so all may enjoy!

Entradas vegetarianas son bienvenidas para que todos puedan disfrutar!


St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

242 E. Alvarado Street, Pomona CA 91767 | 909.622.2015

Join us for Holy Week! Celébre Semana Santa con Nosotros!


Sunday March 20: 

Palm Sunday/Domingo de Ramos: Services at 8, 10, 12 (español) 

Thursday March 24: 

Maundy Thursday/Jueves Santo: 7pm Foot Washing, Vigil until 11:30pm

Friday March 25: 

Good Friday/Viernes Santo: 7pm Service

Saturday March 26: 

Easter Vigil/Vigilia de Pascua & Festive Reception 8:00pm

Sunday March 27: 

Easter Service/Misa de Pascua: 10am Bilingual Mass & Annual Egg Hunt

Ash Wednesday & Lent at St. Paul's

Join us Wednesday, Feb. 10 for noon "Ashes on the Go" (meet at the corner of Garey and Mission) and/or a 7pm Ash Wednesday service. Stay tuned for more news on the Lent and Holy Week schedules, including a 5-part Wednesday evening lenten series between February 17th and March 16th! 

También tendremos "Estaciones de la Cruz" los viernes a las 6:30 desde el 12 de febrero hasta el 18 de marzo.