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” – 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.
~ 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