Grace Waves/Pastor’s Blog 11.14.18


“Three things cannot be long hidden:  The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth.”  Buddha

~ Congratulations to Pr. Elizabeth Felts who has received a call to serve The Beneficent Congregational Church, United Church of Christ – in Providence, Rhode Island!  She will transition there at the end of this month.

~ November is Stewarding Month at Peace.  Pam Lane, Financial Secretary, and our Council are asking members who have been making EFT (Electronic Funds Transfers) to Peace through Vanco to discontinue the Vanco Service and make arrangements directly through your own bank.  No need for us to pay unnecessary fees anymore.  Materials on how to sign up for EFT at Peace will be disseminated soon.  KEEP IT FLOWING!

~ Dance to World Music with DJ Kaleo Ching this Saturday from 4 – 6 pm!!  A Fundraiser for an Afghan Refugee Family too.  Only $10/person ++ Raffle!

~ Undermining Asylum Laws:  Today (11/9) the Administration took steps to prevent asylum seekers entering the U.S. between ports of entry from protection in the U.S., thus undermining national and international laws. Asylum laws in the U.S. were formalized after World War II, which had shown the world the consequences of turning back people who were seeking safety. Through our Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities (AMMPARO) strategy and our global ministries, the church connects to churches and organizations in the countries from which people are fleeing. We know that children and families who have faced trauma must be evaluated for protection by professionals.

“As a church, we cannot remain silent as our asylum laws are unilaterally changed and our nation’s door is shut to people fleeing dire humanitarian situations. From our companion churches in Central America, our church knows many people leave to escape grinding poverty, violence or persecution and to seek a better life for their children,” said the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA. “As Lutherans, we have long advocated for reliable and consistent implementation of laws governing asylum-seekers and urge the Administration to continue to ensure broad protection for all who need it and due process at the border.”  As a Christian church familiar with immigrant origins, the ELCA firmly stands against policies that hinder immigrants’ legal right to claim asylum. As we pray that the Lord keeps them safe on their journey, we call on people of faith to look with compassion on members of the human family fleeing violence and persecution.


~ The Annual Thanksgiving Eve Service is on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 7:00 pm at SRV Methodist Church.



~ The Pure Delight Christmas Celebration will be on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 5:00 pm It’s a Benefit for CCIH (CC Interfaith Housing).  Here is a beautiful 5 minute video about their work.

Keep in your prayers:  June, Bernie, Margaret, Marshall, Danny, Drew, Sue, those recovering from the Fires, the community of Thousand Oaks, our Council, the Seminarian Committee, the musicians and artists of Peace who bring such incredible gifts and experiences to all of us!

At the conclusion of the Chromatica Concert this past Saturday at Peace, the choir sang the Quote at the base of the Statue of Liberty.  How remarkably more prophetic this poem has become in our time in light of November as Homeless Awareness month, the fires, the immigrants seeking asylum and those inside the terror of mass shootings (the huddled masses yearning to breathe free):

Give me your tired, the poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest tossed to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

They received a Standing Ovation.

Think of a Bright Moment you might share this Sunday!

Pr. Steve

Grace Waves/Pastor’s Blog 11.08.18


“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 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