Good News, 06.23.11

With Pr Steve and Bev vacationing in Sweden, Libby was kind enough to put together our Good News for this week. Thank you Libby!

Several members of the congregation enjoyed the Summer Solstice Labyrinth Walk and S’mores Tuesday night.  Thanks to Everett for bringing the outdoor fire pit!  The next summer event is a Mt. Diablo hike on July 24.

Gun sent a postcard from Sweden to the Office.  She hosted Pr Steve and Bev, Jan and Pr Margareta on a boat trip on the Baltic Sea!  She sends her love.

Don’t forget Family Camp from August 1-3 (in place of Vacation Bible School).  We will gather in the late afternoon/early evenings for fun intergenerational activities with kids of all ages, parents and grandparents.  Details to come.

Congratulations to Carol Barake as the new Connections Deacon, Robert Arnone as the new Stewarding Deacon, and Dabbie Bowron as the new Council Secretary.

A fond farewell to the Warner family as they begin their cross-country trip to their new home in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

You can check out the latest photo-simulation of the Columbarium/Memorial Garden on the easel in the Gathering Hall.  The Committee hopes to finalize the design in the near future.  Give feedback to Dana Squire or Nancy Carlston (co-chairs).

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary has an opening for Admissions Associate–a 35 hrs/wk position that reports to the Director of Admissions.  The flier is on the kiosk or can be downloaded here.

Emily Weller has sent the following message to Friends of Peace:

Greetings Peace Lutheran Church! Together with our families, Dan and I invite you to celebrate our marriage at our wedding ceremony. The ceremony will be held at Peace on August 13th at 4:00 PM. Peace has been a great church home for us over the past year and a half, and you have all been a wonderful community of which to be a part. Thanks for all of your loving support during that time. We hope that many of you will join us for the ceremony!

On a related note, we are in need of some cupcake pans. One of our close friends will be baking cupcakes as the dessert for our reception. Traveling in from the Midwest, she can only bring so many pans with her. If any of you own cupcake pans and would be willing to lend them out to a great baker, you can bring them to church at Peace on the morning of  July 10th. We would very much appreciate this help, and will return them clean and in good condition to Peace after the wedding.

Thanks and much love,
Emily Weller and Daniel Trubey

Good News, 06.09.2011

Friends:

To polish is to work the exterior until the interior luster shines.  You need not polish the whole world.  Simply polish the corner where you live until it is clear and shines! Therefore, polish your mind and understanding with Bible 365 and adult education; polish your soul with the sacraments; polish your children’s baptismal spirit with Sunday School; polish your spirit with joy in Spiritual Direction; polish the gift of life with justice and grace.

Congratulations to our Confirmands: Ayanda Mkhize, Kylie McCann, Jordan Turner and Mackenzie McCloy-Dobson!   You are wonderful young women and we are grateful for your faith and witness.

Pr. Margareta was surprised and delighted with the celebration of her 30th Ordination Anniversary.  Her thanks for all your prayers.  May her gifts of pastoral care, Spiritual Direction, Healing Prayer, Eco-theology and Small and Tall Worship continue to bless Peace, the global church and her!

We are thankful for the Teaching Parish work of Seminarian Emily Weller who officially concluded her work at Peace this past Sunday and we are grateful for the Peace Seminarian Committee (Karl Pfeiffer, Chair; Bobbi Jardine, Gun Johnston, Alessandra Kath, Juleen Ricci, Amy Garzon and Michael Valenta) that worked with her.  We are also glad that Emily and Dan Trubey will be married at Peace on August 13 – the whole congregation is invited – and that we can throw them a Reggae Party on the return from their honeymoon.   May your preparations for Ordained Ministry be sustained and blessed by the Spirit, Emily!

Summer Celebration Schedule:

Bocce Picnic — Father’s Day– June 19  — Sycamore Valley Park, 2101 Holbrook Drive Danville, CA 94526. Picnic & Bocce games start after Church service.  Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and drinks will be provided!    Please see the sign-up sheet in gathering hall.   There is also a separate sign-up if you would like to share a side-dish, salad, or dessert.  For additional information contact Christine Johansson at mcjohansson@yahoo.com.

Take a Hike! On July 24  you are invited to trek…..no, make that enjoy a wonderful hike on beautiful Mt. Diablo – the most amazing hidden treasure we see – and don’t see – every day.  Though it is in full view, many people are unaware of its lovely magnificence.  Join us for a stroll and picnic with friends.

Family Camp: This year we will replace our Vacation Bible School experience with a Family Camp from August 1 – 3.
We will gather in the late afternoons/early evenings for fun intergenerational activities with kids of all ages, parents and grandparents.  Details to come.

Reggae Love Fest: In the Dog Days of summer on Sunday, August 28 at 4:00 pm Natural Elements (a 10 piece Reggae Band) will perform on the lawns of Peace.  This began as a Honeymoon Gift to Seminarian Emily Weller and fiancée Dan Trubey….and now it is evolving into an Anniversary Celebration Party for all Peace members.  Gifts in honor of your anniversary are welcomed….$10 for each year of bliss…..up to $100 ensures your name in the program and a great seat!  Invite family and friends to join you on this memorable occasion as you bask in the sun, soak in the fun and joyfully remember the people you love and have loved in your life.  Probably some dancing happening as well.  Neighbors from our hood will be invited too.   BBQ goodies available, our Earth/Faith/Food CSA will provide food, and Chris Cortez of KCSM Radio will lead his band and announce the show.  Too much fun!!!

Please keep in your prayers: Steve Petersen’ mother, Pete Yellin, Sheila, Kersti,  Lisa, Sandra, Annie,  Jean, Heather, Paul van Wangeringen, those with Parkinson’s, our graduates,  our Confirmands, the people of Bahrain, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Haiti and the Ivory Coast.

Bev and I will be on vacation through the end of June.  Pr. Elizabeth will preach and preside as well as respond to any emergency calls.

Δ – “The more I see you, the more I love you!”

Blessings, Pr. Steve

Good News, 06.02.2011

Friends of the Rainbow Covenant:

The Inspiration concludes the Good News today.  If you desire I am still willing to build an Ark for you this weekend.

Confirmation will be celebrated this Sunday.  It will be a joyful and uplifting service.  Keep the families, godparents and grandparents of Ayanda, Kylie, Jordan and Mackenzie in your prayers.

Hope you noticed the Butterfly Art in the Courtyard last Sunday.  Pr. Anita and the Sunday School children created it for us.

We have recently added a number of resources related to the Columbarium Project online. Just go to peacejourney.org, select “explore peace” and at the drop-down click on “Columbarium Project.”

Our Earth/Faith/Food CSA officially opens this Sunday at Danville Congregational Church from 11:30 – 2:00 pm.  Feel free to drop in, check it out,  taste and purchase veggies and fruit if you wish.  You can sign up there too.  This rotating Market will come to Peace in August and September.  Check out our website at:  www.earthfaithfood.wordpress.com.

Members of the Moms Group met this week and shared insightful conversation about proposed worship and education schedule changes in the Fall.  You will be hearing more.

The Women of Peace meet this next Wednesday from 10 – Noon.  All the women of Peace are invited.

Summertime options for Fun with Peace will include:  Bocce Ball Picnic on Father’s Day, June 19; a Hike and Picnic on Mt. Diablo on July 24; Family Camp on August 1 – 3; and the Reggae Love Fest on Sunday, August 28 at 4:00 pm.  Details in this Sunday’s bulletin.

Counters Needed: If you like to count and account for money your services would be greatly appreciated during the summer months.  Please contact the church office.

Jazz at Peace happens this Sunday at 5:00 pm with Mad and Eddie Duran.  Eddie is a Guitar Ikon Legend.

Keep in your prayers: our Confirmands, graduates, Susanna and April and all who are pregnant; Lisa, Sheila, Taylor, those living with addictions; Heidi and Fidel, Nancy and Gun; those facing surgery; Pete Yellin; those experiencing torture and murder in Bahrain, Yemen, Syria, Libya; the people of Haiti, Japan, Burma, Ivory Coast; those who are moving; our Prayer Circle and those who pray for us.

May was a good month wasn’t it: Cindy Carroll’s Ordination, Destiny Disrupted book study, Small and Tall Service for Mother’s Day, Korean Youth in the Pacific Choir, CSA organizing, the Benefit Concert for Japan, Imam Amer Araim speaking at Peace, the gift of a 2nd Baby Grand Piano, Emily and the Confirmation Class, the trio of Destiny, Tarika and Vince playing for worship.   I tend to think we are blessed even in the midst of struggling times.

Rainbow Covenant

Never again will I doom the earth …

Never again will I destroy all life

So long as the earth endures,

Seedtime and harvest,

Cold and heat,

Summer and winter,

Day and night,

Shall not cease.

… This is the sign that I set

For the covenant between Me and you

And every living creature with you,

For the generations forever:

I have set my bow in the clouds.  (God to Noah and family and all the creatures of the Earth!)

Ascension Blessings,  Pr. Steve