“When I can be the truth it becomes clearer when it is necessary to tell the truth. When I have access to the place within me that is lighted, I don’t have to speak heatedly…..I can just give way to the warmth. And when I am still enough to brush quietly with eternity I don’t have to speak of God. I can just offer peace to those around me.” Mark Nepo
The Skype Call with our Partners in Laurel Galan, Nicaragua was a true blessing last Sunday. Such a joy to meet our Prayer Partners face to face. Much more to come.
The New Member Dinner on Sunday had a wonderful warmth of spirit. Quite a blessing to begin to learn each other’s stories and share passions of the heart. Thanks to Ken, Diana, Howard, Bill and Elana for preparing such a delicious evening.
Forum this Sunday – Providing Water in Case of Disaster: Philippa will present the best means to provide for our families and friends should a time of crisis come upon us. The Number 1 need will be Water! The Disaster Preparedness Team met last Saturday and they are beginning a Year Long Campaign of education, training and resources to organize and protect us so we and our local community receives the best care possible.
Advent/Christmas Celebrations: What a rich Christmas Season we experienced – Pure Delight, Jazz, Singalong Messiah and the children/angels and stillness of Christmas itself. Gary has prepared a marvelous video of these highlights. Here is the link https://vimeo.com/381557058 Please share it with your friends!
The Women’s March is this Saturday in Walnut Creek, meeting Civic Center Park. The Martin Luther King Celebration is on Monday, January 20 at Noon at the Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, 1801Lacassie Avenue in Walnut Creek.
Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be after worship on February 2. Yes that is Super Bowl Sunday. You will be home in time for the Game and yes, the 49ers will win.
A healing response to the fires in Australia ~ Catherine Bell is inviting us to join in making Joey (baby kangaroo) pouches to provide care for those animals without a parent due to the fires. Instructions to make the pouches will be available on Sunday, and posted to the website. A collection box will be set up in Peace Gathering Hall to collect and the distribute finished pieces.
Don’t sew but want to participate? You can donate materials (100% cotton or bamboo fibers only please) or donate funds to purchase fabrics. Thank you for your care!
30 Years Ago Bay Area Lutheran Clergy ordained the first gay pastor and a lesbian couple without the sanctioning of the ELCA/national Lutheran Church Body. For this Anniversary I was asked to write an article for the Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries which continues to advocate for LGBTQ pastoral candidates. Here it is: