Pastor’s Blog/Grace Waves 02.26.2020

Friends:

“God is that person pushing the shopping cart and going through your garbage. Sometimes we don’t want him to go through our garbage, but he tells us that he wants to. That’s how it is, I think.
God holds our garbage and recycles it into love.” (One of the homies working with Fr. Boyle in LA)

Ash Wednesday Service this evening begins at 7:00 pm. The Season of Lent begins.

Our Forum this Sunday will share 2 Videos: “What’s happening to Children and Immigrants on our Border” and highlights from the “Children’s Concert”.

The Mardi Gras Celebration was an evening of joy and relaxation. Gratitude for a tasty evening – thanks Ken – and a community with good taste!

The Compassionate Storytelling Workshop with Maggid Jim Brule is this Saturday from 9 – 3. Jim is travelling all the way from Syracuse, New York to share with us the delights and significance of storytelling. A rare and blessed opportunity to deepen our appreciation of life with our interfaith friends and School District faculty and administrators. We are here to build bridges not walls and you are needed!

Our next New Member Dinner is on Saturday, March 14 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm. We are grateful for the new friends joining Peace these days.

The Disaster Preparedness Committee reminds you that March 4 is the deadline for ordering Water Canisters and fire extinguishers. The website is: www.lamorindacert.org. We will organize a pick up for Peace Members on March 13 and/or 14.

Our Heart of the Matter/Hearts on the Border Concert was moving. Hope was actually stirred in our hearts. Interplay Performers, The Orpheus Ensemble – Bruce Silverman and Renee Benmeleh, Amar and Sahib-Amar, Robert Hamaker, Soyinka, Dr. Ellen and Gary, and Rev. Deborah Lee of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity gave us profound experiences of grace. And Thais’ new art work reminds us the Children dare not be Forgotten! “Be A Rainbow in Somebody Else’s Cloud”   ~  Maya Angelou

Keep in your prayers: Bob Mantei, Jose, Betty Watson, Coco, The Children separated from their parents on our border, for Spiritual Nurture and Wisdom this Lenten Season.

The Jazz Church West welcomes the Kristen Strom Quartet this Sunday, March 1st,  at 5 pm. Come and experience why jazz is returning to the sanctuaries!

Friday Films!  Friday, Feb 28th ~ 6:30p:  Join us for Kenny’s roast chicken dinner at

6:30 and at 7:30 “RBG” (2018). This illuminating documentary looks at the life of trailblazer Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — including her career-defining work in gender-discrimination law — and charts her journey to becoming a justice on America’s highest court. Run time 97 min.; rated PG, parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

Super Tuesday Voting at Peace, March 3rd!
REMEMBER TO VOTE!! A reminder to set aside a bit of time next week, SuperTuesday, March 3rd, to vote!! Polling locations will be open 7:00a – 8:00p Not registered? You can register and vote same day using CONDITIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION: through Election Day you can still register and vote in person. It is a one-stop opportunity to register and cast your ballot; available at the Contra Costa County elections office, Regional Early Voting sites, and all polling places on Election Day. AND, if voting in person on March 3rd is not an option there are several Regional Early Voting locations available to vote early. Additionally, remember you can drop your completed ballot at ANY polling location (work in SF?, drop your ballot in SF!) See you at the voting booths!
RESOURCES: Vote.ca.gov one stop page with all the tools you need, including links to check your voter registration status, the Voter Information Guide, the Voter Bill of Rights, and more.
• Early Voting Locations: CaEarlyVoting.sos.ca.gov
• Voting by Mail: https://youtu.be/DjHCEBZTtCk
• Voting for U.S President: HowToVoteForPresident.sos.ca.gov
• Find Your Polling Place or Vote Center on Election Day
https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place/ Peace is a Polling Precinct next Tuesday. Here are details you may want to know:

Lenten blessings,
Pr. Steve

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