Pastor’s Blog / Grace Waves Feb 14, 2020

Friends:

“What does G_d want? Cease perverting justice and set the oppressed free. Then your light will blaze like the dawn and your wounds will be quickly healed.” Isaiah 58

Contribution Statements:  Will be available for pick up this Sunday, Feb 19th.  If you aren’t able to make it on Sunday statements will be in the mail on Tuesday.

Mardi Gras Party – Saturday, February 22 at 4:00 pm: 30 People have already signed up! Won’t you please join in this festive evening? Ken is cooking. Masks are optional but welcomed.

 

 

Prayers from the Early Communion Class Children:  Lord Jesus I pray for Dot, my fish who died / for those who need more friends and help and fun / for my grandma who is having trouble walking / for my friend who is sad.

Heart of the Matter Fundraising Concert – Sunday Feb 23, 5:00p.  Our hearts are broken! We face a humanitarian crisis: Children held in subhuman conditions, living in filth, devoid of comfort, longing to be reunited with their families. Featuring: Orpheus Community Drumming Ensemble—Bruce Silverman, Renee Benmeleh; Body Wisdom Improvisation—Cynthia Winton Henry; 
Jeanie Locklear & Robert Hamaker/ Gary Sponholtz / Amar & Sahib-Amar Khalsa; Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity.  Join us for the sake of the children ~ for the sake of our hearts and souls.

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.” Maya Angelou

 

 

 

Compassionate Storytelling with Jim Brule  Saturday, Feb 29th, 9:00-4:00p

 

 

 

March 4 is the Deadline for ordering Water Canisters and fire extinguishers. The website is www.lamorindacert.org. All orders need to be collected in Moraga on either March 13th or 14th which members of Peace will coordinate. From Disaster Preparedness Co-Chairs Philippa and Austin

Jazz Church West: Several members from Peace in the audience ascended to the heavens while listening to the Lorca Hart Trio on Sunday evening. They said they would be back but I am not quite sure when. Peace – it’s more than a place, it’s an experience!

Epiphany Light,
Pr. Steve

Pastor’s Blog/Grace Waves 02.05.20

Friends:

“What does it profit a person to gain/game the whole world and lose your soul?”  Jesus

The Early Communion Class meets this Saturday, February 8 from 4 – 6 pm

Jazz Church West, Sunday Feb 9th, 5:00p – the Lorca Hart Organ Trio!

Candlemas Gifts:  Thanks to those who contributed to our newly initiated Special Fund to provide candles for our Light Globe.  You may still contribute this next Sunday as well.

Thanks to all who contributed their insights from Fr. G’s “Tattoo Talk”  to our homily last Sunday!

 

 

 

 

 

Mardi Gras Party – Saturday, February 22!

Be sure to read the Annual Report from our Peace Council.  It will amaze and delight you with the Spirit’s Surprises and our accomplishments during 2019.  (Copies are available at church or online.)  And there is no need to hesitate when it comes to Thanking the Officers and Deacons of our Peace Council for their efforts, constancy and diligence!

How wonderful that we have established the Interfaith Deacon position on our Church Council.  Welcome to Barry Mcavoy who will be the first to serve in this role.  Barry welcomes your ideas and suggestions.

Please keep in your prayers:  Betty, Bob, Denise, Maili, the homies and homegirls who work with Fr. Boyle, Heather, Ed, children in detention on our border, members of the Senate and House.

The Heart of the Matter – Concert benefitting legal services for Children at the Border:  Sunday, Feb 23  ~  5:00p

This week is the  third anniversary of the First Refugee and Travel Ban, as well as the one-year anniversary of the “Migrant Protection Protocols” (MPP) policy that closes our doors to asylum seekers and forces them to wait in dangerous conditions in Mexico. The administration continues to repeatedly attack refugees, asylum seekers and our Muslim neighbors, prolonging family separation, undermining our moral and legal obligations to the most vulnerable and discriminating against people based on their faith or nationality.    

Support the NO BAN Act (S.1123 / H.R.2214) which will protect our Muslim and Refugee Neighbors.  (From the ELCA Advocacy Bulletin)  

“The one thing our Founding Fathers failed to envision is that one of the Co-equal Branches of Government would voluntarily give up its authority.”  Steve Schmidt, Campaign Chair for John McCain’s Presidential Campaign.

The ignorant say to themselves,

“All things are accidental, there is no justice on earth, and after death there is nothing.”

They think that they know; their minds move only on the surface of things.

They don’t perceive the deep patterns or understand who they are.

Thus, they slip into selfishness or slide down into despair.  ~Psalm 53

Did you know???  Sunday, 02.02.2020, was a perfect palindrome???  Not only for the US date format, but also for any date format in the world?!?!?  It’s been 903 years since the last occurrence!

Epiphany blessings,

Pr. Steve