Good News, 09.23.10

Friends:

Poor children (like all children) long for their voice to be heard – but many sense that there is no one in the world to hear their words, so they are drawn to ways of malice.  If they cannot sing, they scream.  They are vessels of the spirit but the spirit sometimes is entombed;  if the spirit can’t get out, they may smash it! – Juan Batista Castro, poet

I trust you are appreciating your new copy of the Directory.  If you’ve not gotten yours be sure to pick one up this Sunday.

Homecoming Sunday was a lively celebration.  All the Announcements remind us of the variety of commitments and ministries within Peace.

The St. Francis Animal Blessing and Pet Festival is upon us.  It is happening on October 3rd. If you can assist in any way be sure to speak with Tom Grossman this Sunday.  (The “petrified car tires” and brief experiences Tom shared from his Search Operation  work in San Bruno were very powerful.  Be thankful for the diverse skills and callings exercised on our behalf and for the Common Good.)

The Seminarian Committee who meets monthly with Emily Weller is off to a great start.  Much vitality, experience and depth of faith to share with her in her theological/spiritual formation.   If you wish to learn more about how the Committee works, please speak with Chair Karl Pfeiffer.

We have quite a contingent from Peace forming for the WELCA Women’s Retreat at Asilomar in November.  Should be a great event.  Speak with Lois McGee about details.

PLTS Founder’s Day:  You are invited to the seminary to hear Dr. H. Paul Santmirel speak about Ecology, Theology and the Church – A Liturgical Manifesto on Wednesday, September 29.  The day begins at 9:30 and lunch is available.  Karl Pfeiffer is willing to drive/carpool with 5 more people.  See the brochure on the Kiosk.

The Archives Committee has become vigorous in its intentions, planning and reorganizing.  You will begin to witness the fruits of their labors more and more.

A Mom’s Group is forming and ministry to Families with Middle Schoolers is evolving.  Speak with Judy Warner and/or Jeanne Kaplan if you are interested.  Look for the Contact Sheet on the Kiosk too.

The Greening Committee is advancing the cause to pursue Solar Panels for our church.  More details to come.

Chi Kung Master Kaleo Ching will lead a Tiger’s Breath Chi Kung Workshop on Saturday, October 2 from 9:30 – Noon.  You will get to learn and experience how the healing Chi/Energy flow works within you.  Simple and profound.  See the flyer in the Gathering Hall.   It was a joy for 15-20 members to work with ‘opening themselves’ for worship this past Sunday.  Perhaps we should begin this way in the Courtyard every week.

If you are a Thrivent Member please feel free to direct your Thrivent Choice Dollars to Peace.  This can be done online quite easily.

Small and Tall – Family Service: Our next family service – with special emphasis on the children – will be celebrated on October 10!

Jazz at Peace begins on October 10 with John Calloway and his Septet of Afro-Latin All Stars.  Special Guest John Santos, percussionist extraordinaire, will join him too.  Peace has recently been designated the official “West Coast Site for Jazz Vespers” by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church (“The Jazz Church”) in New York City.  See the letter posted on our Kiosk.  We will begin to do more bi-coastal work together. An updated schedule for Jazz at Peace, 2010-2011 can now be found here.

All Nite Soul: Please reserve October 31 for a unique 5-9pm Jazz Jam Special.  Since it is Halloween you may come in costume if you desire.  More details to come.

Blessings, Pr. Steve

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A Pathetic Plea from Pr. Anita…..

On Saturday, October 9 beginning at 8:30 a.m., Dana and I will be having a garage sale at our home and we need help! If you would be willing to help out for a couple hours that day between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., or if you have some time on Tuesday, October 5 to help me price the items, please drop me an email at anita1956@mac.com. Thank you!

Good News, 09.16.2010

God Parting the Sky

Friends:

One day the sun admitted: I am just a shadow;
I wish I could show you the Infinite Incandescence
that has cast my brilliant image!

I wish I could show you,
When you are lonely or in darkness,
the Astonishing Light of your own Being.
(Hafiz)

Rich Collins and the family thank all who assisted with the service and reception for Judy. It was a powerful occasion for all of us. Judy will be missed. Keep the family in your prayers.

Homecoming Sunday is this Sunday, September 19th. Sunday School and the Adult Education Hour will begin at 9:00 am. Pr. Anita and the teachers are preparing great learning experiences for your children. Parents and the adults of Peace will have the opportunity to grow wiser during the Education Hour! Deacon Gil Jardine invites you to get in the rhythm of exploring spiritual themes/life questions/the Bible on Sunday mornings. It enriches your understanding, deepens your appreciation of life and the company of good friends will heighten your joy. Topics for the year will be discussed this Sunday and we will decide how Heard the Word can be effectively incorporated. Remember the faith is more caught than taught. Don’t miss out – offer your kids and yourselves the best!

At Homecoming you will also get to hear about a potential Mom’s Group forming and a Middle School Ministry for kids and parents. So many things are in the works for our Fall Season. Most importantly it will just be good for all of us to be together in worship and hospitality again!

A Sunday Salon group is being initiated this Sunday afternoon at Jeanie Locklear’s home at 4:00 pm. This is a chance for members and friends of Peace to reflect on Life Questions that deserve our focus and attention. We may examine Biblical Themes and Writings as well. The group will decide what issues and ideas seem most inviting and/or pressing. The group will meet periodically and you are invited to bring snacks (so the host doesn’t exhaust herself). All are welcomed.

The Lector Workshop charged this ministry team with new insights and energy. Be thankful for these proclaimers of the Word. Keep listening for the truth of who and whose we are.

Thanks to those who contributed to Pakistan Relief through the Hidaya Foundation this past Sunday.

Our St. Francis Animal Blessing and Pet Festival for October 3rd is getting fully organized. If you can contribute gifts or baskets for the Silent Auction that would be appreciated. Be sure to spread the word with your friends. If you can assist Tom Grossman and the Committee in any way that is a very valuable contribution.

Members of the Baha’i Assembly of Danville shared a report with us about the 7 Baha’i Leaders in Iran who have each been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Copies of letters seeking their immediate release will be made available again this next Sunday for additional people to sign. Please keep these friends in your prayers.

Meditation resumes this Thursday from 5:45 – 6:30 pm. A new Tai Chi Class begins at 7:00 pm. Feel free to check out the class and see if you want to participate.

A Dream Class with Bruce Silverman will begin again on Thursday, September 16 and continue for 6 Thursdays. Bruce is a great teacher. You will value this fine opportunity.

A new Confirmation Class begins on Sunday afternoon September 26. Please speak with me about details if your son or daughter is ready for Confirmation.

Founder’s Day at PLTS is September 29. Rev. Dr. H. Paul Santmire will be presenting Ecology, Theology, and the Church: A Liturgical Manifesto. Karl Pfeiffer has room in his car for 5 people so contact him if you’d like to reserve a ride. More information can be found here.

Please keep in your prayers: Sheila, Jim Strawn, Joyce, Ruth, Jerry Slater, Heather, Paul, the unemployed, the Chilean miners, and those celebrating the Jewish High Holy Days and the conclusion of Ramadan.

September 21 is the Fall Equinox. It is always especially fun to Walk the Labyrinth on these days of the turning of the earth.

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Remember this…..always.” Mahatma Gandhi

Blessings, Pr. Steve

Good News, 09.02.10

Friends:

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.  T.S. Eliot

All ways of being religious start from the heart and end with the heart.  The restlessness of the heart leads from the misery of alienation to the joy of being together with self, with all and with God.  To find meaning means discovering how all belongs together and to find one’s place in that universal belonging. When I find in my own heart that God is closer to me than I am to myself, then  I have come home – “we arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”  David Steindl-Rast

Judy Collins died on August 31st.   Her funeral service will be next Tuesday, September 7 at 3:00 pm.  Gun Johnston and Pat Thergesen will coordinate the Reception.  If you can assist please contact them.   Please keep Rich and the family in your prayers.

Every Sunday the Prayer Circle gathers next to the Altar at 9:55 to offer prayers for our worship and the needs of our congregation and community.   You are always invited to join them when they circle around the Singing Bowl.

Homecoming Sunday is September 19th.  Sunday School begins that day at 9:00 am.  Also an Adult Education Hour will start at 9:00 am so that parents, grandparents and adults can engage spiritual questions.  In the earliest days of the Reformation, Lutherans were accused of being ‘Free Thinkers’!  Come probe, challenge and test the vitality of our faith with friends who care like you do. A variety of topics and themes will be presented throughout the year.  The Education Committee welcomes your ideas and input.  Make this educational opportunity part of the rhythm and flow of your faith life!

As the Fall begins so do many or our ministries and committees resume their activities. Here are several you may want to participate in:

  • The St. Francis Animal Blessing and Pet Festival Committee will meet after worship this Sunday to plan for our annual Celebration on October 3rd after worship.  Additional hands, ideas and energy are always appreciated.  Let Chair Tom Grossman know how you can help.
  • A Lector’s Workshop will be presented after worship on September 12.  If you would like to learn about preparation for proclamation please join in.
  • The Women’s Group will meet on Wednesday, September 15 from 10 – Noon at Peace.
  • The Archives Committee will meet on Thursday, September 16 at 10 am.
  • A new Tai Chi Class series begins that same Thursday evening at 7 pm.
  • The Seminarian Committee will meet with Emily Weller on Wednesday, September 22 at 7:15 pm.

Please keep in your prayers: Matthew Pontious, Sheila, Randy and DeeAnn, Roberto, Paul Harms,  the 7 Baha’i leaders in Iran who have received 20 years sentences, those seeking employment, and the people of Pakistan.

Karl and Grace provided us with a marvelous Eco-Haus Tour this past Sunday.  The ideas they have implemented proved inspiring for all in attendance.  So did the green drink.

We have a wonderful collection of pictures for our Photo Directory but not quite everyone is included.  Jane Powell has agreed to One More Sunday for the Recalcitrant.   Bring your best smile and see her before or after worship this Sunday.

Blessings, Pr. Steve