Good News, 01.17.2013

Friends – Julay!

“I confess I am not afraid of tension…constructive nonviolent tension is necessary for growth. We are not the creators of tension; we merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. All racism distorts the soul and damages the personality – of oppressor and oppressed. Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. Progress never comes inevitability – it comes through the tireless efforts and persistent work of people willing to be co-workers with God. The time is always ripe to do right.”
 (Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Dr. Martin Luther King)

Season of Light/Sunday Adult Forum: You are encouraged to make the Sunday Educational Forum part of your Sunday morning rhythm. It will follow our Hospitality Hour and go from 11:10 – 11:50. This Sunday two members of Peace will share their personal stories of racist experiences in our current times. This will initiate an ongoing series in which we as people of faith can be sensitized to the troubling and life-threatening dynamics of racism in our time. Your attendance and listening hearts are desired.

The Youth Group is getting together for Tacos and Planning on Friday, January 25 from 7 – 8 pm. We’ll meet in the Peace Youth Room. Parents will gather at the local Starbucks for java and conversation during that time. The Youth Group will meet regularly on 2nd Saturdays (1 – 3 pm) and 4th Fridays (7 – 8 pm) of each month.

I am happy to announce that we now have a Yo/Fam (Youth and Family) Committee: Ceil McCloy, Rhonda Turner, Jeanne Kaplan and Pat Leong. Seminarian John Brett will be involved. This will greatly enhance the work of our Youth Ministry. Now is the time to build this group up. Thanks to all who are contributing to our youth development through actions and prayers.

Child Care: We are blessed to have two of our teens who are providing Child Care during worship every week now. Spread the word.

Gary Sponholtz is performing with members of the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Band in the Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington D.C. this next Monday. Congratulations, Gary!

Our own Jasmine Durant is offering Private Tutoring for students in K – 12. Areas include Academic subjects (math, science, computer skills, language and ESL), Fundamental Study Skills and Specialized Services for exam preparations. You can reach her at nikkitutor@yahoo.com or 708-8544.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor Martyr, Prophet, Spy – A Sunday Salon Series of 7 Sessions (meeting at 4 pm on Sunday afternoons in member’s homes) will begin in late January or early February. This biography about Pastor Bonhoeffer (who participated in one of the plots to kill Hitler) will deepen our understanding of his struggles and context as we explore the meaning of the faith in our day. All are welcomed to join in this engaging study.

Keep in your prayers: Nancy Carlston recovering from knee surgery, Karin Shepanek whose father William recently died, Melinda Howard who is dealing with an aggressive cancer, Jonathan who is also facing an aggressive cancer, Mary Lou and the residents of Diablo Lodge who are living in quarantine from the flu; Cliff, Joe’s sister, Lisa, Bob Worthington, our Youth Group, Catechumens, Council, partners in Lwamondo and Laurel Galan, friends with Alzheimer’s and dementia, the Newtown families, and those in prison.

Mardi Gras Party – a great Dixieland Party is coming our way on Sunday, February 10. Reserve the date. Details to come.

January/February Calendar

  • Jan 20–Adult Forum: Personal Stories of Racism 
  • Jan 22 (Tues)–Healing Prayer Team meets at 7 pm
  • Jan 25 (Fri)–Catechumens meet at 4 pm
                           Youth Group meets from 7-8 pm for Tacos
  • Jan 29 (Tues)–Education Committee meets at 4:15       
  • Feb 3–Partnership Sunday
  • Feb 10–Congregational Meeting after Worship  
  • Feb 10–Mardi Gras Party with food and live music at 5 pm
  • Feb 13–Ash Wednesday Service at 7:30 pm
  • Feb 17– Jazz @ Peace featuring Kenny Washington & The Marcus Shelby Trio at 5 pm

Julay! Pr. Steve