Good News, 02.25.10

Friends:

When the heart yearns for something, the distance one has to go to get it matters not at all. – Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Our Sunday School is off to a great start.  Such much joy, wisdom and energy to share.  Thanks for encouraging and supporting your children’s involvement!  Heard the Word for parents, grandparents and other adults continues with Text Reflection and coffee in the Gathering Hall at 9:30.

Family Service for the Small and Tall – We are the World! This Sunday we bless, baptize and nurture the gifts of our children in worship.  Cellist and pianist Tamara Bohlin and her sons will join us – you may want to arrive early to hear them.  And keep your eyes open:  the little children will (as Jesus said)……lead us!

During Lent we will have a Time of Stillness in the Sanctuary for 10 minutes prior to worship.  This quiet time will encourage your prayer and meditation during this season.   The Prayer Circle begins at 9:50 with the sounding of the Singing Bowl and the offering of prayers for our community, those in need and for our day’s worship.  You may join them for this brief prayer around the Singing Bowl if you wish.

The Women’s Group and a local Girl Scout Troop remind you to bring Canned Goods for our local Food Pantry to church this Sunday.  The increasing numbers of hungry families in our County has not subsided.

Soup and Sacrament had a fine beginning.  Join us on the Wednesdays of Lent at 6:30 for a lovely meal of soup and bread followed by reflections on Psalm 23 and an informal Eucharist.  We are anticipating Gen Estenson’s famous Lamb Stew soon! Groan!!!! [The groan was added by me, Anita]

Richard Caemmerer joins us this next week to paint the wall where Dust to Dust (Stardust to Human Dust) aka Father Abraham resides. Your help is requested after worship to move the pews closest to the wall. (If you can help set up scaffolding on Monday please contact me.)  He will be painting from Tuesday – Friday next week and you may come by to observe. Richard will speak on “Housing the Divine” on Saturday, March 6 at 10 am. Hopefully you have received a flyer about this and are inviting your friends to join you as well.   Coffee and goodies will be provided.   Local art groups, galleries, the Jazz Community and interfaith congregations have all been invited.  Come and honor this great artist and great friend of Peace.

Please keep Sue Field and her mother in your prayers. Sue has flown home to Britain to be with her mom.  Also pray for:  our Catechumens;  our new members Libby Flynn, Jane Powell, Edith Bonath, Emily and Kevin Davidson and daughters Brooke and Molly, and Carol and Al Barake;  the unemployed; the people of Haiti; the children of our world who suffer and long for love; Richard, Taylor, Ed. We will have a Community Seder with Beth Chaim Congregation on Thursday, March 25th at Peace.  Details to come.

Inga Swearingen who has sung for Jazz at Peace and sung a ‘gazillion’ times for ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ will be our guest musician for Jazz at Peace on March 14.  This will be another incredible event.  Special plans are evolving.  You won’t dare miss this one!

The Mortgage Burning was a success!  The mortgage documents were consumed in a fiery blaze as the congregation gathered around a blazing fire pit (or its modern equivalent).  Families processed passed the fire contributing the remaining Debt Retirement envelopes (now not needed) to the flames.   Members were blessed with incense as they reentered the church reminding them to let our prayers rise up like incense.   Congratulations have been offered from a number of local congregations.  Well done!  And Gratitude to our Debt Retirement Committee who now have nothing to do. More photos from Sunday’s worship service and mortgage burning here.

Blessings, Pr. Steve

Good News, 02.17.10

Friends:

Pray with emotion and God will answer you.
Pray with an attentive heart and see all of heaven’s doors open before you.
Pray with joy and watch your requests ascend straight to God’s chamber on high.  Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Congratulations to Nargiz Warner and Evelyn Tackett on completing the Early Communion Class!  Your Valentine’s Day Communion Bread was excellent.

This Sunday our Sunday School begins at 9:00 am! Pr. Anita is excited to begin.  She is pleased that we have 3 teachers and 14 adults who have volunteered to assist.  Add all of our children and grandchildren and the love of the Spirit and off we go! Anita wants to remind everyone that Sunday School begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.; three year olds through kindergarten will be with her in room 1, while grades 1 – 4 will be with Bob Winter and Tammy Valenta in room 2. See you Sunday!!!

We will have a Family Service on February 28 also at which we will celebrate a Baptism, a Blessing and the gifts of children around the world.  Expect much joy!

The Debt Retirement Celebration happens this Sunday in worship.   What an accomplishment for our congregation in the midst of these difficult times.   There should be some coverage in the Danville Weekly this Friday.

And don’t forget….our annual Crab Feast and Silent Auction is coming!!!!! Click on the image below to view a larger version.

Richard Caemmerer will join us March 1 – 6 to recolor some of the wall painting as all touch and tribute to our Debt Retirement success.  On Saturday, March 6 at 10 am he will speak on “Housing the Divine.” This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to hear and dialogue with this great artist.  I hope you will invite friends who enjoy beauty and mystery to share this occasion with you.  It will be a fine way for us to honor Richard and all the gifts he has given  Peace over the years – from our Processional Cross, Baptismal Font and Mosaic to the beauty of our Stained Glass Windows and the peaceful light that dances in our sanctuary.

Thanks to all who signed up for the Worship Team ministries this past Sunday.   This was Margaret Beeler’s suggestion and because she always demands to be center stage you can appreciate her truth when she says, “ There’s no better way to get your name in the bulletin than being on a worship team!”

The Partnership Committee invites all members of Peace to our Partnership Retreat on Saturday, February 20, at 1:30 p.m. here at Peace. The purpose of this retreat is to provide you with in-depth information about our partnership ministries in Nicaragua and South Africa (including travel reports), and to develop objectives for future projects/activities. If you usually don’t attend our regular meetings, this retreat will be a great opportunity to learn more about our Partnership in a single afternoon. The retreat will conclude with a light meal.

The Women of Peace and a local Girl Scout Troop invite you to bring Canned Goods to church for the next 2 Sundays to support a Food Drive for hungry families in our County.

Our thanks to Ed Baker and Ed Rethers for constructing our Tent of Revealings again for our Lenten Season.

As the Danville Weekly said:  Valentine’s Day Jazz at Peace with Kat Parra’s Quartet and a Wine and Chocolate Tasting Reception was definitely a Hot Pick for the weekend! Our thanks to Gil and Bobbi Jardine and Susanna El Mogazi for presenting such a fine occasion. Kat’s songs made our hearts melt with love and contentment.

As the Epiphany Light gives way to the Lenten Mystery…and we move toward Jerusalem…may the revealed-concealed healing of the Cross be our guide.


Good News, 02.12.10

Friends:

If you believe that you can damage, then believe that you can fix.  If you believe that you can harm, then believe that you can heal.  Remember:  Things can go from the very worst to the very best….in just the blink of an eye. – Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

What a marvelous worship experience with the Nubian Strings.  Destiny and Tarika send their thanks to our congregation for the invitation and celebration of worship together.

This Sunday the Worship Committee will host a Show and Tell inviting you to participate in one of the 9 ministries they coordinate.  Keep your eyes, ears and hearts open.  Also the Early Communion Class will share the fruits and bread of their labors.

And a Special Invite:

Valentine’s Day Wine and Chocolate Tasting

When: February 14, 2010, 6:15 PM… right after Jazz at Peace
Where:  Peace Lutheran Church, Danville
Tickets available at the door before and after the concert:  $10 per person

Wine and chocolate— what a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Share a taste treat with your Valentine. At Peace we’re offering a Wine and Chocolate tasting that will match different red and white wines with different varieties of chocolate. Gil Jardine, Peace’s resident wine expert will bring the wine while Susannah El Mogazi, Peace’s resident Chocolatier will provide the chocolate.

The tasting will start at 6:15 PM right after the Jazz at Peace Concert. So jazz fans can buy tickets before the concert and those who aren’t attending can get tickets after the concert.  The tasting will kick-off with a brief discussion about the wines and the art of matching wine with chocolate.

Bring your Valentine and enjoy!

Ash Wednesday is on February 17.  Our worship will be at 7:30 pm.

On Sunday, February 21 three significant experiences happen:  Sunday School begins for children ages 3 through 4th grade and goes from 9:00 – 9:45 am (parents must drop off and pick up their children from the classroom); further details to come this Sunday;  Heard the Word resumes at 9:30 am – an opportunity for adults to reflect on the texts for the day’s worship (there will be coffee available and Sunday School parents will appreciate this reflection conversation;  we will celebrate our Debt Retirement at worship that day with special festivities.  Join in!

The Partnership Committee invites all members of Peace to our Partnership Retreat on Saturday, February 20, at 1:30 p.m. here at Peace. The purpose of this retreat is to provide you with in-depth information about our partnership ministries in Nicaragua and South Africa (including travel reports), and to develop objectives for future projects/activities. If you usually don’t attend our regular meetings, this retreat will be a great opportunity to learn more about our Partnership in a single afternoon. The retreat will conclude with a light meal.

Martha Mantei invites you to:  American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is bringing a new event to our community.

“Depression and Bipolar Awareness, from Diagnosis to Remission.” This educational program features medical experts and a panel of patients and family members talking about their experiences, the benefits of treatment, and recovery. The local Bay Area event will be in Pleasanton at the Pleasanton Library on February 24th. The time is from 6:30 – 8:45 pm.  Please contact Valerie at: vkovacovich@afsp.org to register or for more information.
“We are all connected, so we must treat each other right.”

Blessings, Pr. Steve

Good News, 02.03.10

Friends:

One can be sure of nonviolent victory once fear is conquered in oneself. –  Gandhi

Great to sing the Old Time Hymns this past Sunday and be reminded of the Faith Stream of which we baptismally flow.  The Choir gave us a fine gift with Masithi & Child of the Light (thanks to Sue Field’s arranging skills); one can never get enough Schubert and how wonderful to be Blessed by our Elders.

Our Annual Meeting will follow worship this next Sunday. This is the ideal time to learn about the realities, successes and challenges facing our congregation.  Please read the Annual Report if you received a copy this past Sunday in order to digest all the tasks, events and prayerful gatherings that were accomplished during 2009.  It will deepen your appreciation for the leadership skills of our Council members and the Clergy Contingent.  With  the Debt Retired we will be able to focus anew on our Ministry Priorities and sustaining Peace through our voluntary efforts.  Come and create the future with us and the Spirit.

This Sunday Pr. Anita will share ideas for the development of our Sunday School. Good things are coming our way!

The Nubian Strings will provide musical leadership for our worship on Sunday while Sue is attending a conference.   If you enjoy harp and violin and spirited playing don’t miss this.  Invite your friends.  You will also get to meet our new Seminarian Emily Weller.

A Letter of Gratitude was received from CAPMT who held 5 Recitals at Peace on January 23.   As Sue reported there were at least 1,000 people from all over Northern California who were in attendance at Peace throughout that day.   What a marvelous community gift.  Their letter is posted on our Kiosk.

Please keep our Early Communion Class members Nargiz and Evelyn, the Catechumens and the people of Haiti –  the orphans, amputees and all in despair in your prayers.

The Prayer Circle invites you to join them for Prayer in the Sanctuary around the Singing Bowl at 9:50 each Sunday as a prayerful way to begin our day’s worship.  Details to come.

And a Special Invite:

Valentine’s Day Wine and Chocolate Tasting

When: February 14, 2010, 6:15 PM… right after Jazz at Peace
Where:  Peace Lutheran Church, Danville
Tickets available at the door before and after the concert:  $10 per person

Wine and chocolate— what a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Share a taste treat with your Valentine. At Peace we’re offering a Wine and Chocolate tasting that will match different red and white wines with different varieties of chocolate. Gil Jardine, Peace’s resident wine expert will bring the wine while Susannah El Mogazi, Peace’s resident Chocolatier will provide the chocolate.

The tasting will start at 6:15 PM right after the Jazz at Peace Concert. So jazz fans can buy tickets before the concert and those who aren’t attending can get tickets after the concert.  The tasting will kick-off with a brief discussion about the wines and the art of matching wine with chocolate.

Bring your Valentine and enjoy!

Question:  What is your message, Mr. Gandhi?  “My life is my message.”
That is true for all of us.  What’s your message?
Blessings, Pr. Steve