Pastor’s Blog/Grace Waves 08.21.19

Friends:

“How can you pay such incredible attention to the weather and not observe the signs of the times?”  ~Jesus

 

“So what should I do with my life?”

Become a teacher.

Who would notice?

Your pupils, your conscience and your God.   

And that’s quite an audience.”

(Man for All Seasons, by Robert Bolt)

~ New Art Exhibit by Sue and Cathie Britt (daughters of Ruth & Don Britt) will be coming our way next week!

~ Please keep in your prayers:  Dennis & Janet Barnes, Bob, Betty, Kimberly, Margaret, the citizens of Hong Kong, the children and families of Yemen, our teachers and children as they return to school.

FRI  AUG 23 ~ Friday Films:  Amazing Grace.     Join us Friday night 6:30p for Kenny’s roast chicken dinner with veggies & salad. Bring something to share or just show up. At 7:30, out in the courtyard on Gary’s big screen under the stars, get ready for a documentary of Aretha Franklin (1942 – 2018) recording her 1972 Amazing Grace album in Watts. She was 29 years old and at the height of her career. The album went on to be the biggest selling gospel album of all time.

Backed by the Southern California Community Choir directed by Alexander Hamilton, Aretha recorded for two nights at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church before a live audience that included her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin and her mentor Clara Ward. It also stars Bernard Purdie and Chuck Rainey with cameos by Mick Jagger, Sydney Pollak and Charlie Watts.  It won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Documentary Film. Run time 87 min.; rated PG.

~ Fall Tai Chi Chuan Class series begins Thursday, August 29, 7:00p at Peace.  Learn and enjoy balance, calm and strengthening your well-being.

TUES  AUG 27 ~ 9:00a—1:00pChurch Safety & Security Training, hosted by the Town of Danville Police Department.  Cost is $39 when registering more than one from same organization.  Interested in learning about Violence & Active Shooter Response Protocols?  Talk with Pastor Steve or leave your information with the church office.  Deadline for registration is Friday, Aug 23

Exuberant Blessings,  Pr. Stev

 

 

Pastor’s Blog/Grace Waves 08.16.19

Friends:

““It is when we all play safe that we create a world of the utmost insecurity,” said Dag Hammarskjöld, former Secretary General of the United Nations.

To the People of Peace: We send the enclosed gift as a small thanks for your generosity toward Louis and Ella.  We know that the time they spent with all of you, culminating in that wonderful Weekend Farewell and Wedding Celebration, will stay in their heart’s forever.  As a people you all embody a common unity that is sadly far too uncommon in our world these days.  You truly are ‘People of Peace”.

Sun and Paul Moehlman.   A Beautiful Wind Chime gift was included as well!

 

¨ FRI  AUG 23 ~ Friday Films:  Amazing Grace.   Join us for  Kenny’s roast  chicken dinner at 6:30 and Amazing Grace at 7:30.  This 1972 documentary of Aretha Franklin laying down gospel for her album of the same name leaves most people breathless with the spirit of gospel only she can  deliver!

¨ TUES  AUG 27 ~ 9:00a—1:00pChurch Safety & Security Training, hosted by the Town of Danville Police Department.  Cost is $39 when registering more than one from same organization.  Interested in learning about Violence & Active Shooter Response Protocols?  Talk with Pastor Steve or leave your information with the church office.

River of Fire, a Memoir by Sr. Helen Prejean (author of Dead Man Walking)   In River of Fire, Sister Helen shares the story of her growth as a spiritual leader, speaks out about the challenges of the Catholic Church, and shows that joy and religion are not mutually exclusive. River of Fire is a book for anyone interested in journeys of faith and spirituality, doubt and belief, and “catching on fire” to purpose and passion. It is a book, written in accessible, luminous prose, about how to live a spiritual life that is wide awake to the sufferings and creative opportunities of our world.  The evening’s discussion will also include her efforts to abolish the death penalty.

Buy tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/event-with-sister-helen-prejean-river-of-fire-tickets-67829988321. Tickets include a signed copy of River of Fire. A significant portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Contra Costa Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).   Location:  Danville Congregational Church, Co-hosted by DCC and Rakestraw Books on September 6

Our national church body the ELCA voted in its Assembly this summer to become a Sanctuary Denomination.  Certainly this was galvanized by the deportation of a Lutheran pastor in Wisconsin to Columbia. Details concerning what this means can be found on our Kiosk this Sunday. 

Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary – August 15 – 18.  Guess you should anticipate a Woodstock Liturgy this Sunday!

Blessings,  Pr. Stev

 

 

Pastor’s Blog/Grace Waves 8.9.19

Friends:

“The Glory of God is the human being, fully alive!”

~ Iraneus, Theologian of the Second Century.

¨ SUN Aug 11:  Peace Mosaic Artist Jennifer Mitchell will lead our Forum on Sunday.  Come learn about the process and evolving mandala designs.

¨ Special thanks to Erik, Austin, and Ken for mulch muscling and the many small repairs needed this month.

¨ TOMORROW, AUG 10 ~ 5:00p:  Dynamic Change concert benefitting Contra Costa Interfaith Housing.

¨ SAT AUG 17 ~ 1:00-3:00p:  Abba-Imma Qigong with Rev. Steve Harms and Kaleo & Elise Ching.  Speaking in chorus with the 2,000 year old Lord’s Prayer and moving in the gentle, flowing harmony of the ancient Chinese Medicine practice of Qigong.  Donation suggested $25/session, benefitting RAICES.  Pre-register by Thursday, Aug 15 with Peace Office.  Three sessions:

o  8/17:  Context Inspires Longing

o 8/24:  Practice Cultivates Calm, Freedom & Flow

o 8/31:  Joy and Creativity in the communion of Solitudes

 

 

¨ FRI  AUG 23 ~ Friday Films:  Amazing Grace.   Join us for  Kenny’s roast  chicken dinner at 6:30 and Amazing Grace at 7:30.  This 1972 documentary of Aretha Franklin laying down gospel for her album of the same name leaves most people breathless with the spirit of gospel only she can  deliver!

¨ The Heart of the Matter Concert, supporting RAICES, was a wonderful success!!  Thank you to ALL for your help and support; especially to Mel & Jeanie for spearheading the event, Ken Budesa and his fabulous crew: Veronica, Austin & Erik.  In addition to the  $3,477 from the event and additional $900+ was raised via the online direct donations.  Thank YOU ALL!

¨ Congratulations to Ben & Lara Winter (grandson of Rich Collins), on their wedding!