Notes of Peace

*** Bright Stars of Bethlehem:  August 15th, 5:30 – 8:30pm : In conjunction with our new Palestine Unlimited Exhibit, Beth Nelson Chase, the Executive director of Bright Stars , will host and speak at a Wine and Cheese Gathering at Peace.  Come learn about the realities of this ministry in Palestine.

*** Please keep in your prayers this week:Virginia Budesa (Ken’s mom), Mary Calhoun (recovering from hip surgery), Linda & Tom Hall (mourning the death of Linda’s brother Rick).

*** Pr. Steve is co-facilitating the Compassionate Conversations Retreat at the Vajrapani Institute.  “The Wisdom of Uncertainty, the Spiritual Gifts of Challenging Times” – Faith leaders from the Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and Buddhist traditions come together to acknowledge confusion and uncertainty, and then connect with resources for healing and staying present and aware in the face of uncertainty and suffering.  Finally, moving forward with aspiration, intention and a sense of community, preparing to return to daily lives.

*** Youth Group meets Sunday, Aug 27th, 5:00p at the Marting—Mitchell home.

*** ESL Tutor Training Workshop:  Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Concord, together with the Diablo Valley Literacy Council, is sponsoring ESL Tutor Training Workshops for those interested in volunteering to help adults learn English. Sat Sept 30 or Sat Oct 7.  Info and registration www.dvlc4esl.org

*** Request from Martha for Hosea  – – Hosea is a 53 yr old African American Woman, who I have come to know as a friend over the last year.  Hosea has settled into Section 8 subsidized housing after suffering many years of homelessness.  Her life has been one of deprivation and ill health.  Hosea has steady income now, through the SSI program and is receiving good health care. She has a wonderful spirit and is hopeful that this opportunity to have permanent, affordable housing will give her the peaceful life she longs for.  Hosea is still in need of assistance in paying hotel debt – If you would like to contribute to help Hosea in this way, please make your check out to Peace Lutheran Church and note Hosea in the memo line.  Thank you so much for considering my request!

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