Good News, 11.07.2008

Friends:

“Letting go is not optional in this life, any more than exhaling is optional to breathing.  What we call life is in fact a process of living an dying, attaching and detaching, going on at every moment.  As we choose to attend and cooperate, our souls are being ‘oned’ to God!”  (Elaine Prevallet)

A Class on the Psalms:  Maili Malvre is preparing to teach a class on the Psalms: Their Theology, Poetry and Musical Interpretations.  There will be 3 sessions on Wednesdays – Nov. 19, Dec. 3 and 10.  Daytime hours to be decided.  This would be a wonderful contribution to your Advent preparations.  Speak with Maili regarding details and questions you may have.

The Junior High group would like to wash your car this weekend – weather permitting.

Three precincts held their voting at Peace this past Tuesday.  Voters packed the Gathering Hall all day long.

Honey from the Monastery has arrived.  Cases and individual jars are available for purchase.  Best blessed honey in the world.  They make great holiday gifts.

Gingerbread House Decorating is on Saturday, December 6 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Pr. Anita promises a sticky delight for young kids and or grandchildren. While registration has already closed Anita MIGHT be able to make space for you and your child if you contact her immediately before she bakes all the houses in the next two weeks.

Please keep in your prayers: Nancy Van Diest, Dorothy Lo Bianco, Annie Haines, Yuanyuan Zhong, Eloise McVicar, Susanna and all who are with child, the unemployed, those threatened by our economic times, our children, and all the loved ones who have gone before us.

It was a pleasure to have Trish Watts with us this past Sunday for All Saints Day.  More guest artists are coming your way this Sunday!

Our Stewarding Season begins this Sunday.  Deacon Raddi El Mogazi and Treasurer Dave Dobson will have words of wisdom to share with you.

The Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County will have its Annual Dinner this Sunday.   Mr. Ron Young, respected director of the U.S. Interfaith Committee for Peace in the Middle East will speak. He always brings a positive, refreshing and realistic outlook for peace in that region.

After settling in the East Bay a few years ago Pete Yellin, a New York jazz vet transplant, has acquired a loyal following of hard bop lovers and folks who just love quality improvising. Always delivering excellence Pete has become very active in the local jazz scene attracting many top musicians to perform with him. His newest quartet at Jazz@Peace is guaranteed to be very special. Don’t miss it!

Blessings, Pr. Steve