Good News, 11.20.09

Friends:

Jesus was trying to open the eyes of his contemporaries to see the world differently, to see it as it really is — right side up — and above all, to see God as our loving and merciful Abba.  To see the truth of things as they really are, to see the truth of ourselves as loved is what makes you free, healed, whole and happy. –  Albert Nolan

This Sunday we will celebrate the conclusion of the Church Year – Christ the Vulnerable Sunday.  We will celebrate two baptisms with the Martin and Maneira families.  Pledge Cards can be brought to worship or mailed to the Church Office as we complete our Stewarding Season.

Congratulations to April Miletich and Matt Rasmussen who will be married this Saturday!  What joy for both families.  Endless blessings on your life together!

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

Green Pathways Out of Poverty:  Core Values & Critical Issues for our Times:
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.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm……….meditation……dark, still, candle lit, quiet centering,  awareness-open, friends breathing peace…… and you.  Thursdays in the sanctuary from 5:45 – 6:30.

You are invited to The Gingerbread House Decorating Party on Saturday, December 5 from 10 – Noon.  This annual event is for children (ages 3 through 5th grade) and their parents. There are 35 houses available and only 10 remain available. Be sure to sign up as soon as possible…as in NOW at Peace on Sunday or send Pr. Anita an email at:  anita@peacejourney.org.  You won’t find a better family Christmas Party anywhere!  Be sure to include the number of children and adults who will be attending. (Anita asks that all those attending make plans now to stay for the entire two hours.)

After discussion with the Church Council it was decided to postpone the Christmas Tea for the women of Peace until the Spring Time, probably around Mother’s Day.  Heidi Hanzo appreciates your patience and promises you a wonderful occasion then.

Advent Wreath Making will be offered to you before and after worship on November 29th, which is the first Sunday of Advent.

Are you hungering for a deeper spiritual exploration:  maturing experiences of reflection, prayer and conversation?  The Catechumenate program may fit your need. Running from Advent through Easter this ancient teaching/prayer practise will lead you to a more profound experience of your faith.  Talk with me if you are interested.  You do not have to be a spiritual genius to begin!

Enjoy This! The Central California Band Review is held once a year in Merced for Marching Bands, Drill Teams, Jazz Bands and Jazz Ensembles.  Dozens of schools participate in this all day event.  Each group is judged on a wide range of categories using a point system, and awards are given to the top performing groups.  Also, a special award is given to the outstanding soloist from all the jazz groups. This year the judges really liked Alexei’s guitar solo on a Latin jazz number. Tthe judges panel said, ” Alexei’s solo had very good lines and changes, not just your usual chord comping from a guitarist.”  He received a trophy for his solo performance during the final awards ceremony.  Way to go, Alexi!

The SRVHS has a winterconcert on December 8.  The high school jazz groups will give the same performances as the Merced event, including Alexei’s solo.   Everyone is invited.  It starts at 7:00 p.m.

Blessings, Pr. Steve

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