Good News, 10.29.09

Friends:

In love no action is lost that was performed for love’s sake.  Love always repays, late or soon; love is always the reward of love. – Hadewijch

This Sunday we celebrate All Saints Day. If you have loved ones who have died during this past year whose names may not be on the church list, please notify the church office.  The Time Change is this Sunday.  The time will fall back an hour.  And this Sunday you will get to hear a Shofar!

Talk about Reforming the Church: The Children’s Choir sang Mozart’s Alleluia for their World Premier and they were magnificent!  (Sue Field hasn’t had this much fun since the London Symphony Chorus.)  Kaelyn Ricci and Lia Warner learned how sweet the Word of God can be. The Faith and Form Architectural Magazine article on reforming design will be distributed online and as hard copies for those who want it.  The presentation of the Mosaic Mandalas in our entrance way is very striking.  Thank you to Erich Malvre for your suspension work!

Youth and Family (Yo/Fam) will meet with teens and parents after worship on November 8 to explore possibilities and activities for this year.  On November 15 all the adults of Peace who want to encourage Yo/Fam ministry are invited to meet with Deacon Christine Johansson after worship. for a half hour conversation.  The Junior High Group also meets on November 15 with Ceil McCloy.

Congratulations to Lori Eichmann who will be ordained at Peace on Saturday, January 16 at 3:00 pm.  All the members of Peace are invited to the celebration.

The NATS Recital, hosted by Sue Field and Peace, is this Sunday, November 1 at 3:00 pm.  Our own Elisabeth Pfeiffer is among the soloists.  Get her autograph now.  You will enjoy this beautiful concert.

The Shack book discussion continues after worship this Sunday with Deacon Gil Jardine. The conversation is off to a good start.  The final class will be on November 15th (and not the 8th).

The Debt Retirement Committee raised over $5,000 this past Sunday!   We will be serving Brats and Beer after worship for the next 4 Sundays.

We will have a ‘Show or No Spaghetti Dinner’ on Saturday, November 7 at 5:00 PM. Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and Susanna’s famous brownies for those that choose to show, or a free night to do with as you wish for the no shows.  $20 per adult, $15 per child 12 and under (4 and under are free).  Pr. Steve and Bev will share highlights from their journey to Israel during dessert. Contact Raddi El Mogazi after church or by email (raddi1@yahoo.com) to buy your ticket and reserve your place.  Sign up your friends and bring a bottle of your favorite wine.

The Broadway Chorus sings The Great American Songbook at the Amador Theater in Pleasanton on November 6 and 7 (at 8 pm) and 8th (at 2 pm),.  Please speak with Martha Mantei about tickets and Discount Cards!

Our Partnership Ministry presents the Nicaraguan Mercado benefiting Lutheran World Relief and our Partnership Ministry on November 8 and 15th.  The Beads for Life will also be made available by Pr. Anita the first three Sundays of November.  Honey from the Monastery can also be yours.  Keep the monks praying!

Thanks to Ro for the mulching of our Native Garden. It looks beautiful.

The Holy Convergence was exquisite in its simplicity and prayerfulness.  All of you would have especially appreciated the chants/songs/prayers of Parisa Lo Bianco, Rachel Mazer and Brian Stein-Webber.  Quite a community of prayerful friends has evolved.  And some of our oldest members came through with the Reception:  thanks to Gen Estenson, Maili Malvre, Gun Johnston and Ro who wants to pretend he’s older!

A Christmas Tea will be held in honor of the Women at Peace on Tuesday, December 8 in the early evening.  Please reserve the date now.  Details to come.

The Women of Peace met today and will continue meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (November 11 and December 9) from 10 to Noon.  All the women of Peace are invited.  You’ll be hearing more from them.

Core Values/Critical Issues: Green Pathways Out of Poverty
Sunday, November 22, 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Peace.
Come to this event cosponsored by the East Bay Jewish Community Relations Council and the Interfaith Council to hear Michele McGeoy speak about Solar Richmond, an organization that has successfully lifted people out of poverty.  The event is free of charge and will include a light buffet.  RSVP by November 18 to Myrna David at myrna@jfed.org or 510-318-6417.

Beth Chaim invites you to hear Yariv Oppenheimer (an Israeli Peace Activist) as he is interviewed by Rabbi Dan Goldblatt on Wednesday, November 4th at 7:30 pm.  I will participate in a follow up panel discussion with him.

Do you ever get the impression that a lot of things are happening at Peace??

The Wing It! performance was outstanding.  Ask Jeanie Locklear about the inspiration she provoked with a piece entitled ‘Plumbing”.

Keep one another in prayer, especially the wicked like Charlene McPherson.

Blessings, Pr. Steve

Good News, 10.22.09

Friends,

The personal journey into God is simultaneously communal and all-embracing.  This in part is why peope who have gone fairly deeply into the contemplative path, become open and vital people however they may live this out.  In this depthless depth we are caught up in a unity that grounds, affirms and embraces all diversity. – Martin Laird

This Sunday we celebrate the Reformation and the ongoing reforming of the church.  To honor the roots of our tradition the Debt Retirement Committee is providing bratwurst, kraut, wheat buns and mustard and serving apple cider for our Hospitality Hour. They may also put a “jug” on the serving table for donations to the Debt Retirement Fund. The smell of brats cooking while singing A Mighty Fortress is not to be missed!

Sunday, Oct 25— Introducing The Shack. Fact or fiction? … what really happened and why?
Three One-Hour Sessions starting Sunday, October 25 in the Youth/Art Room from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. led by Gil Jardine. You will appreciate the amazing messages it conveys about free-will, the human condition, evil, pain suffering, depression, compassion and ultimately redemption.  Join us.

And Sunday afternoon at 4:00 pm Peace is once again hosting the Holy Convergence.  This is the 5th year for our Annual Interfaith Festival which is sponsored by I-SRV.  This year we’ll have a simple Prayer Service with a variety of contributions from the participants followed by a Potluck Reception.  Spread the word and join in.

Our thanks again to Tom and Hannah Grossman, the Committee and all who participated in making our St. Francis Animal Blessing Festival such a success.  We raised $3,155 and will receive some Matching Funds from Thrivent Financial.  And the best part is all of the Community Connections that were made.  There were many moments of ministry throughout the afternoon and guests were genuinely moved by the care they and their pets received.  Well done!

We will have a ‘Show or No Spaghetti Dinner’ on Saturday, November 7 at 6:00 PM.  Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and Susanna’s famous brownies for those that choose to show, or a free night to do with as you wish for the no shows.  $20 per adult, $15 per child 12 and under (4 and under are free).  During dessert Bev and Pr. Steve will share highlights from their journey to Israel.  Contact Raddi El Mogazi after church or by email (raddi1@yahoo.com) to buy your ticket and reserve your place.  Sign up your friends and bring a bottle of your favorite wine.”

Core Values: Critical Issues event on “Fighting Poverty with Faith – Good Jobs, Green Jobs,” has been set for Sunday, November 22.  It will still be 5:00 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 3201 Camino Tassajara in Danville, and will include a potluck dinner and speaker and panel discussion.  This event is being co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Interfaith Council of CCC.

Please keep in your prayers: Diane Slater on the death of her mother Joyce Gibson, Pr. Anita on the death of her mother, Roy Archuleta, Denise, Sue Shimansky, Mohammed, Rich Collins, Genevieve, Corrine, the unemployed and all in need of healing.

Our thanks to the Healing Prayer Team for the wonderful Healing Prayer Service this past Sunday.

Need Meeting connections for friends dealing with substance abuse?  AA meets at Peace on Monday evenings, Wednesday afternoons and Thursday mornings; NA (narcotics) meets at Peace on Tuesday evenings; FA (Food Anonymous) meets at Peace on Wednesday evenings.

Congratulations to Margaret Beeler’s father Ted who was named one of the most Influential People in the history of Valparaiso University in Indiana.  Valparaiso (a Lutheran University) has consistently been named the best of mid-sized universities in the Midwest.  Talk with Margaret for details.  Next time Ted worships with us you can congratulate him as well.

Thanks to those who contributed to our special offering to support Bread for the World.  We raised the $250 necessary to continue as a Covenant Church of Bread for the World.

One stop shopping:  You asked for the best and we will provide it!  Starting in November you will have the finest Nicaraguan items available in our Mercado following worship as well as the Beads for Life which Pr. Anita provided last year.  And as promised – the flavorful honey from the Monastery will meet your sweetest needs.

Blessings, Pr. Steve