Grace Waves/Pastor’s Blog 11.30.18

Friends:

Let us Release All  the Love in our Hearts in All Directions for Those in Need

There are always borders some people are not afraid to cross

There are always doors some people are not afraid to open

 

There are always walls some people are not afraid to tear down

There are always fears some people are not afraid to transcend

 

There are always hopes some people are not afraid to have

 There are always loves some people are not afraid to embrace

 

There are always people some people are not afraid to respect

There are always dreams some people are not afraid to dream

 

Help us O Holy One of a thousand names that no one name can capture

 to realize the courage within us that is longing to be born in times of need.

Fr. Tom Bonacci

~ We begin Advent and the New Church Year this Sunday.  Taize Services will again be offered on Wednesday evening at San Damiano from 7- 8pm with our own Gary Sponholtz and friends providing the music leadership.

~ Catechumenate Want to study in depth our faith, the teachings and learn spiritual resources?  The Catechumenate is for you!  It is an ancient faith formation program which applies its wisdom to our times and context.  The program begins in Advent and continues through Easter with classes, godfriends, blessings and more.  Speak with me to learn more.

~ Our Pure Delight Christmas Concert is this Saturday, December 1 at 5:00 pm It is a benefit for CCIH (Contra Costa Interfaith Housing).  Here is a beautiful 5 minute video about their work. https://vimeo.com/265639388  Guest artists include Evelyn Kwark, Igor Vieira and the Cellis Brass Ensemble.  Come and joyfully initiate the Christmas Season!

 

~ From the Women of Laurel Galan:
Thank you for the generosity of many of you who contributed towards the much needed food for our partner community in Nicaragua.  Entre Culturas staff members, Eduardo and Luis, delivered it to the families on
Saturday, November 20th.  The community was so very grateful!

~ Stewarding – EFT and Peace:  We are asking all our EFT Contributors to change your Automatic Giving from Vanco to your own bank using the Monthly Bill-pay program.  Of course those who would like to financially support Peace through EFT and have not done so before are encouraged to become EFT Contributors too.

~ “Won’t You be my Neighbor”Friday Films: Dinner and a Movie with Kenny’s Roast Chicken and Roast Pork at 7:00 pm (note our later start!).  2018 is the 50th Anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Come and enjoy this delightful film about the man who cared about all children.

~ The Jazz Church West welcomes Anton Schwartz and guitarist Mike Scott this Sunday, December 2 at 5:00 pm.

~ Gratitude for Grace Waves“Thank you for this lifeline that provides inspired and inspiring messages for the indwelling spirit and is a vital news link about a congregation that I miss.  Love to my friends and pastor at Peace who I miss.”  Lynne Goodman

 

~ Chanukkah Sunday, December 9 at 6:30 at the Blackhawk Rotunda:  Beth Chaim invites us to join them for Menorah Lighting, singing and dancing, hot chocolate and latkes at this annual celebration.

~ The Monastery Honey is wafting out the doors!  It was especially appreciated and purchased at the Thanksgiving Eve Celebration last week.  Get yours soon!

This holiday season do your regular Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/94-1664977 and Amazon Smile donates to Peace Lutheran Church!

“Our destiny is to live out what we think, because unless we live what we know, we do not even know it.  It is only by making our knowledge part of ourselves, through action, that we enter into the reality that is signified by our concepts.”  Thomas Merton

Blessed Advent,  Pr. Steve

 

 

Grace Waves/Pastor’s Blog 11.29.18

Friends:

Let us Release All  the Love in our Hearts in All Directions for Those in Need

There are always borders some people are not afraid to cross

There are always doors some people are not afraid to open

 

There are always walls some people are not afraid to tear down

There are always fears some people are not afraid to transcend

 

There are always hopes some people are not afraid to have

 There are always loves some people are not afraid to embrace

 

There are always people some people are not afraid to respect

There are always dreams some people are not afraid to dream

 

Help us O Holy One of a thousand names that no one name can capture

 to realize the courage within us that is longing to be born in times of need.

Fr. Tom Bonacci

 ~ We begin Advent and the New Church Year this SundayTaize Services will again be offered on Wednesday evening at San Damiano from 7- 8pm with our own Gary Sponholtz and friends providing the music leadership.

~ Catechumenate:  Want to study in depth our faith, the teachings and learn spiritual resources?  The Catechumenate is for you!  It is an ancient faith formation program which applies its wisdom to our times and context.  The program begins in Advent and continues through Easter with classes, godfriends, blessings and more.  Speak with me to learn more.

~ Our Pure Delight Christmas Concert is this Saturday, December 1 at 5:00 pm.  It is a benefit for CCIH (Contra Costa Interfaith Housing).  Here is a beautiful 5 minute video about their work. https://vimeo.com/265639388  Guest artists include Evelyn Kwark, Igor Vieira and the Cellis Brass Ensemble.  Come and joyfully initiate the Christmas Season!

 

~ From the Women of Laurel Galan:  
Thank you for the generosity of many of you who contributed towards the much needed food for our partner community in Nicaragua.  Entre Culturas staff members, Eduardo and Luis, delivered it to the families on
Saturday, November 20th.  The community was so very grateful!

~ Stewarding – EFT and Peace:  We are asking all our EFT Contributors to change your Automatic Giving from Vanco to your own bank using the Monthly Bill-pay program.  Of course those who would like to financially support Peace through EFT and have not done so before are encouraged to become EFT Contributors too.

~ “Won’t You be my Neighbor”Last Friday Films: Dinner and a Movie with Kenny’s Roast Chicken at 7:00 pm (note our later start!).  2018 is the 50th Anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Come and enjoy this delightful film about the man who cared about all children.

~ The Jazz Church West welcomes Anton Schwartz and guitarist Mike Scott this Sunday, December 2 at 5:00 pm.

~ Gratitude for Grace Waves “Thank you for this lifeline that provides inspired and inspiring messages for the indwelling spirit and is a vital news link about a congregation that I miss.  Love to my friends and pastor at Peace who I miss.”  Lynne Goodman

 

~ Chanukkah Sunday, December 9 at 6:30 at the Blackhawk Rotunda:  Beth Chaim invites us to join them for Menorah Lighting, singing and dancing, hot chocolate and latkes at this annual celebration.

~ The Monastery Honey is wafting out the doors!  It was especially appreciated and purchased at the Thanksgiving Eve Celebration last week.  Get yours soon!

This holiday season do your regular Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/94-1664977 and Amazon Smile donates to Peace Lutheran Church!

“Our destiny is to live out what we think, because unless we live what we know, we do not even know it.  It is only by making our knowledge part of ourselves, through action, that we enter into the reality that is signified by our concepts.”  Thomas Merton

Blessed Advent,  Pr. Steve

 

 

Grace Waves/Pastor’s Blog 11.08.18

Friends:

“The friendship of wise ones is tasteless as water.

The friendship of fools is sweet as wine.

But the tastelessness of the wise brings true affection

And the savor of fools’ company ends in hatred.”  Chang Tzu (250 BCE)

 ~ November is Stewarding Month at Peace! 

 ~ Jazz Church West was a wonderful evening of music with my trio featuring Dahveed Behroozi & Dillon Vado and inspiring words by Pr. Steve . (I always deeply appreciate his open-mindedness and how he incorporates teachings/philosophies from other faiths into his comments. This time he brought in a lesson from Taoism.)  Ed Klitsch is deeply valued by many here in the SF Bay Area Jazz scene for his love of the music and the wonderful series he created at Jazz Church West…which is 14 years old now! Thank you, Ed!  (Jeff Denson, composer, singer and bassist)

 ~ Veil Tapestry Evolving:  A woman in Australia, Sandra Wright, saw an image of the Veil in the Interfaith Gallery https://interfaithart.org/gallery-a-d-2017 and asked for a print of it for a wedding present for an interfaith couple.  I sent her a digital file to avoid printing complications.  She was grateful and wanted to compensate the “artist” (which floored me).  I requested that she make a contribution to Peace instead.  Bill Carmel

~ Rhythm & Spirit:  SAT Nov 17th, 4:00p –   Dance to World Music with Kaleo Ching!  This is a fundraiser for a refugee Afhgani family.  $10/person.  Check out the raffle!

 ~ Thanks again for the Interfaith Festival and congratulations on 6 Decades of exemplary work of the kind that transforms hearts and thereby lays the only credible foundation for a future Golden Age.”  Friends from the Baha’i Assembly

 ~ Chromatica at Peace!  Sat Nov 10th, 7:00p  $20

 

~ Peace served as a Polling Place for the Elections this week and approximately 1,000 people voted here.  There was a constant flow of voters throughout the day.

 ~ A Call for Change:  For the month of November, the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa will be featuring “A Call For Change”, an exhibit of PhotoVoice artwork that brings together photos and messages from people experiencing homelessness in Contra Costa County. The artwork will be displayed in the lobby of the County Administration Building at 651 Pine Street in Martinez for the month of November.

 ” The constant objectification of people and organizations as enemies and outsiders must come to an end. Political, religious, and civic leaders have the responsibility to exemplify what it means to face the important issues of the day with respect and decorum. How we speak about an issue is as important as the issue we speak about. Those charged with leadership must raise the caliber of the discussion to the human and humane level.”  Fr. Tom Bonacci

Blessings, Pr. Steve