Good News, 11.13.09

Friends:

Wasn’t our Show or No Spaghetti Dinner marvelous! Such a blessing that we have a young family with a baby who loves to cook scrumptious meals for our congregation!  And the fudge and brownies – made by a true Chocolatier – were exquisite!  Anika and Brielle were fantastic hosts.  Except for Bev Harms’ excessive comments, the mini-journey through Israel was appreciated too. (Couldn’t have happened without tech-wizard Jan Johansson.)  The event raised over $800 for Peace.  Our gratitude to Raddi, Susanna and Jasper for this wonderful evening.

Your Stewarding Pledges may be presented at worship this Sunday.

Youth and Family (Yo/Fam): 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.

The final discussion/reflection on The Shack will happen after worship this Sunday at 11:30 with Deacon Gil Jardine.

Our Partnership Ministry continues and concludes the Nicaraguan Mercado (benefiting Lutheran World Relief and our Partnership Ministry) on November 15th.

The Beads for Life will also be made available by Pr. Anita for the final time this Sunday.  The Ugandan women whose skills have created these beads in order to sustain their families, friends and community living with AIDS/HIV, thank you for your support.

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.

“Job, Jobs and Joy”  Please join the Interfaith Community for our treasured Annual Thanksgiving Eve Celebration on Wednesday, November 25th at 7:00 pm at Peace Lutheran Church. In the midst of  difficult and uneven times it has become even more important to gather with friends for support, encouragement and prayer.  Gifted musicians Dallas and Susan Mazer will create a dynamic evening worship with us through harp, flute, sax, clarinet and more.  It will soothe your soul. Join us – with canned goods for the Food Bank and in support of Shelter, Inc.  Our gratefulness will be nourished by prayers and acts of compassion. A Reception follows – Charlene McPherson will coordinate it.  Who can assist her?

The Women’s Group met this week and will meet again on Wednesday, December 9.

A Christmas Tea will be held in honor of the Women at Peace on Tuesday, December 8 in the early evening.  Heidi Hanzo will share details with you this Sunday.  You will have the option to invite a whole table of friends and create the Tea Table of your Dreams with friends beyond Peace as well.

Please keep in your prayers: Nadia Maghami on her baptism; Genevieve  who is recovering from a liver transplant; Denise recovering from surgery; Roy, Georgia, Jerry Slater; those with addictions; the unemployed; those living with mental illnesses.

The Catechumenate:  Interested in nurturing your faith through an Adult Untensive program?  This ancient teaching practise of the church may be just right for you.  Contact me if you are curious.

Don’t Miss:
Abigail Vass (Pastor Elizabeth’s 15-year-old daughter) will appear in Las Positas College’s upcoming production of The School for Scandal, the 18th-century classic comedy of wit and (very bad) manners, set in contemporary times.  Playing the role of Maria, the young heiress and main romantic interest, Abigail is earning college credit for her work in the production.  Performances are November 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. and November 22 at 2 p.m.  For advance reservations, call (925) 424-1812.

And don’t let anyone kid you that the housing market is stagnant because the houses in Gingerbread Village are going fast! There’s still a cul-de-sac or two of homes left for children to decorate on Saturday, December 5 from 10:00-12:00 p.m. so sign up on Sunday or by emailing Anita at anita@peacejourney.org.  (Please remember that at least one adult is to attend with children and all who attend are asked to remain for the two hour period.)

Always remember a day without sunshine is like…………..night.

Blessings, Pr. Steve

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