Good News, 12.19.2008

Friends:

My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. – Mary

For the Fourth Sunday of Advent, in honor of the snow-capped peak of Mt. Diablo, our Living Advent Wreath will present you with the Snow-Capped Wisdom and Hopes of our Elders. Please don’t miss this!

At the conclusion of worship our Advent Mandala (Manger and Star made by the homeless children last year) will be placed in the Mosaic for the first time. Since it is the Winter Solstice you are invited to either Walk the Labyrinth then or join in the Christmas Tree Decorating Party and enjoy a cup of glogg.

Thanks to our Junior High group who has gathered so many cans of food for hungry people this Advent.

Please bring your Giving Tree Gifts to worship this Sunday. If drivers are needed to deliver these gifts, are you willing to be one? Please let me know.

Special Christmas Request: A single mother who has escaped a domestic violence situation needs assistance. She has enrolled college and has four children [ages 1, 3, 6, and 8] a place to live in, one mattress on the floor but none of the other basics. If you have any of the following and would like to donate please notify our Administrative Assistant Marilyn Feldman in our church office (648-7000) :

  • 3 twin beds or a Bunk Bed and 1 twin; a crib; any size bed for the mom.
  • A table and/or chairs
  • Lamps
  • Diapers
  • Clothing for a baby boy, size 2T
  • Clothing for a three year old boy, size 4T – 5T
  • Perishable items are being taken care of by friends of Peace.

Thank you. Please note that these items can be delivered after Christmas if timing is an issue for you.

Debt Retirement Envelopes are in the pews and available for your year end contribution this Sunday if you so choose.

Jazz received a remarkable gift from Fred Randolph and his Quintet this past weekend. The release of our first Jazz at Peace CD was welcomed. Already over $200 of CDs have been purchased! It makes a great Stocking Stuffer. And our thanks to the Jazz at Peace Team – especially Margit and Lars Johansson – who present such a fine Reception for our Jazz Loving Community.

Please keep in your prayers our Catechumens Julie Gillespie, Judy Oliviera, Denise Dawson, Heather Macleod, George Hepner, Dana and Anita Cadonau-Huseby. Also Tom Popp’s mother, Nancy, Annie and those seeking employment.

Rehearsals are underway for our Christmas Eve Worship. Confirmands and Youth Group are leading the way for our delightful Children’s Pageant at 5:00 pm. Such a joyous occasion which always touches the hearts of parents and grandparents. Our 10:00 pm service will have half a dozen excellent singers and superb trumpet music, Candlelight and Eucharist. Worship on Christmas Day is at 10:00 am – always a heartwarming gathering with carols and communion. Please invite friends to join you this Christmas.

Joyous Advent, Pr. Steve

Good News, 12-12-2008

Friends:

Now is the time to clear the eyes of the heart. To those purified eyes, the promise of Truth will be fulfilled, for they shall see God. – Bernard of Clairvaux

Giving Tree Presents: These gifts are appreciated by the families of Shelter Inc. and Friends Outside. They should be UNWRAPPED when delivered on Sunday, December 21. Little boys Toys (6 – 12): Action Figures, Cars and Trucks, Ninja Turtles etc. Also: Footballs, Basketballs, Frisbees etc. (The little girls really do get plenty of gifts.) Teen Needs: Gifts Cards are simplest for: clothes, shoes, perfumes, CDs, movies. Parents are reticent to ask for anything. They always appreciate: Bath Sets for women, Shaving Sets/razors for fathers and/or Gift Cards. If you wish to Adopt a Family contact me promptly so arrangements can be made.

Join the Advent Choir on Sundays at 9:00 am. There was a nice turn out of singers last Sunday!

Heard the Word attunes you to the Gospel for the day. Meet in the Gathering Hall at 9:30 am Sunday.

December 10th marked the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. Note how timely the texts are for this Sunday.

The Catechumens have begun their spiritual journey which will carry them through Easter and Pentecost. They will light the 3rd Advent Candle this Sunday – the Pink One, and share their hopes with us.

Please keep in your prayers: Ceil’s father who has broken his hip; Pr. Margareta’s father who has broken his rib; Grace Unfolding Ministry; our Catechumens and Confirmands; Nancy, Annie, those who are longing for a spiritual home this Christmas; and all who find No Room in the Inn.

Jazz at Peace is this Sunday at 5 pm with Fred Randolph. Our first Jazz at Peace CD will be available for purchase!!

Our Christmas Worship Schedule:

  • Christmas Eve: 5:00 pm – Family Pageant
  • Christmas Eve; 10:00 pm – Carols, Candlelight and Communion;
  • Christmas Day: 10:00 am Carols and Communion

Who are you inviting to worship with you this year?

Blessings, Pr. Steve
P.S. And if you were wondering whether the the children and parents had a fun Gingerbread Decorating Party last Saturday, just check how the creativity of our Peace Kids! Everyone went home sugary sticky and happy!

Good News, 12.05.2008

Friends:

Arise shine for your light has come; and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
Behold darkness covers the earth; and thick darkness is over the peoples.
But upon you the Lord shall rise and the glory of the Lord will appear upon you.
No longer will violence be heard in your land; nor ruin or destruction upon your borders. For the Lord will be your everlasting light; and your God will be your glory.  (Isaiah 60)

Be on the lookout for Confirmands prowling around searching for Mentors this Sunday and next.  Remember your response to their question is Yes!

During the month of December the Junior High Youth Group would like to collect cans of food and non-perishable items from the Congregation.  The Youth Group will deliver the cans to the Contra Costa Food Bank.  Dec. 7, 14, and 21.  Thanks for your support of the Junior High Group.

The weeding of our Native Garden was a success and so was the pizza afterwards.  Our thanks to Ro Lo Bianco and the Youth Group for the cleaning up work.  Check it out, it’s beautiful!

Thanks also to Erich Malvre who has restored our two Entrance Signs to first class shape.

The new blue stole and chasuble were designed by Suzanne Halvorson.  She has actually sewn ribbons of steel into the fabric.  Suzanne is adjunt faculty of the Grunewald Guild which was founded by Richard Caemmerer.  To learn more about the Guild visit ArtFaith.

Our purchases of Cambodian crafts specifically helped ensure a future for landmine survivors.  In Cambodia today 45% of the children are malnourished, half of the girls never go to school, 2-3 people step on landmines everyday, and one out of 10 girls is sold into prostitution.  Thank God for Bhavia and friends who are working to bring healing and hope and light.

Please keep in your prayers: Our Confirmands, the Catechumens, families in search of employment, Peace Counseling Center and all whom they serve.

To review our incredible upcoming schedule for Jazz at Peace open up the “Community and Service” section on the navigational bar above and click on “Jazz at Peace” or better yet, just click here!

Who can ever forget our children receiving Scripture and being showered with sweets?!  Such sweetness is coming your way this Advent Season too.

Blessings, Pr. Steve