Pastor’s Blog/Grace Waves 11.15.19

Friends:

“Christ has no body now but yours.
No hands, no feet on earth but yours.
Christ looks compassion into the world.
Yours are the feet with which Christ walks to do good.
Yours are the hands with which Christ blesses the world.”
St. Teresa of Avila

~ November is Stewarding Month! From your Stewarding Deacon (pledge cards available in the Gathering Hall; request to be mailed office@peacejourney.org)

 

~ The Pure Delight Christmas Concert: December 8th ~ 5:00 pm.
Our 7th Year Concert will include Jazz artists for the first time: Anton Schwartz, sax, and Vocalist Tiffany Austin along with Classical Violinist Jiwon Kwark. Will be outstanding!
Our Artist in Residence Pacific Choir will perform with warmth and beauty and the Junior Choir will melt your hearts. Director Hyunjung Choi will prepare a Concert of pure delight.  CCIH will be the Beneficiary so Tom and Linda Hall who represent Peace on their Board will be promoting in those circles.
The Jazz Crowd, Interfaith friends and Korean Community are also invited. Spread the word – invite friends to experience the rich cultural life of Peace with you!
Tickets: $25/person   *   $45/two   *   $60/Family of 4

Blessings, Pr. Steve

Pastor’s Blog 11.08.19

Friends:

“The living are few and the dead abound in this life — the dead being those who never let go and can’t walk away from themselves into love or laughter.” Christian Bobin

 

All Saints Questions
Whose wisdom significantly marks the path of life you have taken?
Who stood by you and moved you through troublesome times?
Whose spirituality or theology has guided and grounded your own?
Who brought you steadfast love and indelible acceptance?
Who inspired and encouraged you to believe in your abilities?

~ Our traditional Thanksgiving Eve Interfaith Service will be on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 7:00 pm at St. Timothy’s Church, 1550 Diablo Road. You are invited to bring cookies/goodies for the reception, canned goods for the Food Bank and an Offering for Shelter, Inc.

~ The Pure Delight Christmas Concert: December 8 ~ 5:00 pm.
Our 7th Year Concert will include Jazz artists for the first time: Anton Schwartz, sax, and Vocalist Tiffany Austin along with Classical Violinist Jiwon Kwark. Will be outstanding!
Our Artist in Residence Pacific Choir will perform with warmth and beauty and the Junior Choir will melt your hearts. Director Hyunjung Choi will prepare a Concert of pure delight.  CCIH will be the Beneficiary so Tom and Linda Hall who represent Peace on their Board will be promoting in those circles.
The Jazz Crowd, Interfaith friends and Korean Community are also invited. Spread the word – invite friends to experience the rich cultural life of Peace with you!
Tickets: $25/person  *  $45/couple.  *  $60/Family of 4

Blessings, Pr. Steve

Pastor’s Blog/Grace Waves 10.30.19

Friends:

“Things at the surface move fast, needing to be gathered/cornered/trapped/possessed,
while things at the Center move slowly…..needing to be perceived.
We can frame our love, thoughts, faith in pretty cages or
follow them into the wild meadow
till they stun us with the spread of their magnificent wings.”
Mark Nepo

FALL BACK!  Set your clocks as you fall into slumber Sat Nov 2.

¨ SUN  Nov 3:  All Saints Sunday! It is All Saints Sunday this weekend when we remember our loved ones who have passed during this past year. If you think I may not have your Loved Ones names recorded, please send them to me by Friday.

¨ Our Gratitude and thanks to Paul Schmidt for joining us once again in worship and sharing his blessed musical gifts!

¨ Peace Sunday School is collecting these supplies in the Gathering Hall for the Humane Society and SPCA this fall:  one and two gallon zip bags, recyclable plastic or paper handled bags, unused dog or cat toys, pet-friendly soaps, high quality dog and cat food, leashes, collars and harnesses.  Thank you for supporting our pets in need!

¨ Jazz Church West: Sun Nov 3 ~ 5:00p with the Jeff Denson Three! Free (taking freewill donations) with reception following.

Please keep in your prayers: Denise, Janet, Betty, Margaret, Bob, Ed, for those who are depressed, lonely, living with addiction, longing for peace, those in the fires and those who have survived the fires.

Blessings, Pr. Steve

Pastor’s Blog / Grace Waves 10.23.19

Friends:

 

Celebrate the Reformation this Sunday!

 

 

 

 

 

¨ Council Retreat: Sunday, Oct 27 ~ 12:00p—3:00p.   Remember to complete your survey by Friday! 

¨ Friday Films, Oct. 25, Dinner at 6:30; Movie at 7:30   Join us in the Gathering Hall for Kenny’s roast chicken dinner and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Jacob Portman finds photos from his grandfather about a dilapidated former orphanage where he discovers a group of children who are not only peculiar but also possess extraordinary powers. Directed by Tim Burton, get ready for and imaginative, dark and exciting Halloween movie!

¨ Join us SUN, Oct 27th 11:00a following worship to sing favorite hymns with our friends at Danville Rehab.

¨ Baha’i Bicentennial will be celebrated tomorrow, Oct 28.   Tickets FREE, RSVP by TODAY www.wcbahais.org or call 628.777.5490. Heavy hors d’oeuvres 6:00p, followed by program at 7:00p.

¨ Peace Sunday School will be collecting these supplies in the Gathering Hall for the Humane Society and SPCA this fall:  one and two gallon zip bags, recyclable plastic or paper handled bags, unused dog or cat toys, pet-friendly dish and hand soap, high quality dog and cat food, leashes, collars and harnesses.

¨ Honey has arrived!

¨ Jazz Church West: Sun Nov 3 ~ 5:00p with Jeff Denson! Free (taking freewill donations) with reception following.

Be ONTIME NOV 3rd , to Worship and Jazz… REMEMBER TO SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK (Daylight Savings Time ends)

¨ SAT Nov 9th ~ 9:00a – 4:00p: Compassionate Storytelling-Valuing Self & Valuing Others. Presented by I-SRV with Jim Brule, a workshop to honor our own identities and also value the identities of those we might call ‘other’

Please keep in your prayers:  Betty Watson, Denise, Bob Mantei, Barb Ghinazzi’s Nephew & family who are mourning the death of their 19 yr old son.

Blessings, Pr. Steve

Pastor’s Blog / Grace Waves 10.18.19

Friends:

¨ SPECIAL NOTE FOR PEACE PARKING LOT USE, SAT 10/19:       The Peace parking lot will be filled with the IHMC Fall Festival this weekend!  SAT 9:00a – 2:00p The entire parking lot will be in use with bounce houses, petting zoos, pony rides and various other games and actvities – and will not be available for parking.  If you plan to access Peace this Saturday, please plan to park on the street.

¨ Council Retreat: Sunday, Oct 27 ~ 12:00p—3:00p.  

¨ Baha’i Bicentennial will be celebrated on Oct 28.   Tickets FREE, RSVP by 10.21 to www.wcbahais.org or call 628.777.5490. Heavy hors d’oeuvres 6:00p, followed by program at 7:00p.

¨ Peace Sunday School will be collecting these supplies in the Gathering Hall for the Humane Society and SPCA this fall:  one and two gallon zip bags, recyclable plastic or paper handled bags, unused dog or cat toys, pet-friendly dish and hand soap, high quality dog and cat food, leashes, collars and harnesses.

¨ To All Of Our Compassionate And Generous Donors To Our Fund To Provide Much Needed Food For Our Families Of Our Hermanamiento In Laurel Galan, Thank you so much for your love and generosity that raised almost $2,000. I will be sending funds to Eduardo to purchase the food. This includes the amount to provide the 200 pounds of food originally requested plus an extra treat to provide a luncheon meal for the community when Luis and Eduardo deliver the food. Again – Thank you for your generous hearts. You are a real blessing! Arlene

¨ Friday Films, Oct. 25, Dinner at 6:30; Movie at 7:30   Join us in the Gathering Hall for Kenny’s roast chicken dinner and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Jacob Portman finds photos from his grandfather about a dilapidated former orphanage where he discovers a group of children who are not only peculiar but also possess extraordinary powers. Directed by Tim Burton, get ready for and imaginative, dark and exciting Halloween movie!

 

 

Blessings, Pr. Steve

Pastor’s Blog / Grace Waves 10.09.19

Friends:

~ Prayers for your safety and preparedness!  If you happen to be in one of the power shutoff locations, be safe and call on your neighbors and church friends should you need assistance.

~ Peace Office Hours this week and next:  

  • Office Closed Thursday, Oct 10, Friday Oct 11, and Monday/Tues Oct 14-15.
  • Pastor Steve will be in Worship Sunday Oct 13; out of office Oct 14th – 20th

~ Gary Celebrates 50 years of Church Music today in Wisconsin!  Practicing for the big day, today!

~ Peace Sunday School will be collecting these supplies in the Gathering Hall for the Humane Society and SPCA this fall: one and two gallon zip bags, recyclable plastic or paper handled bags, unused dog or cat toys, pet-friendly dish and hand soap, high quality dog and cat food, leashes, collars and harnesses.

~ Cathie and Sue Witt current art exhibit continues.  (The Forgiveness Forum Series will continue later in October)

~ Please keep in your prayers:  Tim Griesbach and family on the death of his mother, Bernice; Svetlana (Lyusya’ mother); Bob, Denise, Janet, our Creation and all threatened species.

Blessings, Pr. Steve

Pastor’s Blog/Grace Waves 10.01.19

Friends:

~ St. Francis Blessing of the Animals:   Sunday, October 6th!  Invite your friends, furry, feathered, scaly, winged, and even human to join in the blessings of the day.

~ Plant a daffodil bulb after worship, Sunday Oct 6th, in honor of St. Francis!

~ Art Forum – with Cathie and Sue on October 6:  Meet and enjoy the reflections of the two artists who have created our current exhibit.  (The Forgiveness Forum Series will continue later in October)

~ Please keep in your prayers:  Tim Griesbach and family on the death of his mother, Bernice; Svetlana (Lyusya’ mother); Bob, Denise, Janet, our Creation and all threatened species.

Full Tilt!  The Jazz Church West 15th Season begins on Sunday, October 6 at 5:00 pm.  Adam Shulman’s Sextet will perform works from his recent CD Full Tilt!

The Art Exhibit Rhythms of Water and Land, Love and Loss (In memory of Ruth, Linda and Don Britt) will Officially Open with Artists Cathie Weir and Sue Britt (daughters and sisters) present.

St. Joan of Arc invites you to celebrate their 40th Anniversary with them on Sunday, October 6 from Noon – 4 pm at their church in San Ramon.  We thank God for these partners in ministry through these many years!

 

 

~ The Mandala Project!  (by Jennifer) In 2006 we began a monumental project here at Peace Lutheran Church. A work of art, a gift to the community, and an ongoing, interfaith collaboration through the creation of art. The Peace Mosaic was a vision of unity designed by the late Richard Cammerer. The main mosaic was dedicated in 2008, however the project was never intended to be completed. Rather the project was designed to keep spiraling out. To be an ongoing process of collaboration and creation. To bridge communities while adding diversity and complexity to this ongoing story. In short, to continue touching as many lives as possible.

Years later we are finding that this chord we struck, is still resonating with the lager community. We are still honoring Richard’s vision with the creation of several new centerpiece mandalas. Since much of this work is going on behind the scenes, I wanted to share this special story of outreach and community building through an incarcerated Buddhist named Jorge.

In coordinating this mandala project, I was honored to be put in touch with Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi. A Buddhist nun, activist, and teacher at the Land of Medicine Buddha in Soquel, California. Tenzin is a lovely soul, who cares deeply about prison reform and social justice. She has been doing outreach in a California prison, where she has a student who took an interest in the mosaic mandala project.

After considerable planning and coordinating she received permission for Jorge (who is a wood worker in the prison wood shop) to create the Buddhist mosaic mandala. I was delighted to have his contribution to the project and committed to doing what ever it takes to make this mosaic happen! The coordination and collaboration required for this project to happen behind prison walls is immense.

In my many years of teaching mosaic, I have had students who were kids, autistic young adults, and many who have called them self, ‘non-artistic’.  But never have I had a student who I would not be able to demonstrate techniques and walk them through the process. To make things more interesting, this project would have to be completed with out ever meeting the student and working around strict prison rules regarding communication. All correspondence must be done with through letters. In this fast paced world of immediate digital results, coordinating this project requires a long forgotten level of patience, as communicating ideas with him takes considerable time.

At the time of this writing, through the coordination of Pastor Steve, Tenzin, prison staff, and myself – we have managed to create a mosaic design for Jorge. We put together a kit of all the necessary materials for him to complete the project. We have delivered the materials to the prison. We have navigated the prison’s web of paper work and procedures. And now in these waning days of summer, we wait by the mail box for another hand written letter to fill us in on the unfolding of events.

Blessings, Pr. Steve

Pastor’s Blog/Grace Waves 09.25.19

Friends:

~ Forgiveness Forum Series continues Sun Sept 29th following worship.

~ St. Francis Blessing of the Animals:   Sunday, October 6th!  Invite your friends, furry, feathered, scaly, winged, and even human to join in the blessings of the day.

~ Art Forum – with Cathie and Sue on October 6:  Meet and enjoy the reflections of the two artists who have created our current exhibit.

~ Peace Architectural Design History:  Published and currently available in hard copy and soon on our website.

~ Please keep in your prayers:  Tim Griesbach and family on the death of his mother, Bernice; Svetlana (Lyusya’ mother); Bob, Denise, Janet, and the young people urging a response to our climate crisis.

~ aloha kākou!  We hope you can join us and Reverend Steve Harms at Vallombrosa Retreat Center for a day of embodied prayer.       For years Elise and I did pilgrimages to the volcano area of the Big Island, where my mother’s family is from. At dawn, we’d be doing prayer at Halemaʻumaʻu crater, where its sacred energies inspired the words and movements of the “Aloha Qigong.” We look forward to sharing this inspirational form of embodied prayer with you!  View the at  http://kaleoching.com/videos.html or in our books:     “Chi and Creativity: Vital Energy and Your Inner Artist” or“The Creative Art of Living, Dying, and Renewal: Your Journey Through Stories, Qigong Meditation, Journaling and Art”at https://www.amazon.com/Chi-Creativity-Vital-Energy-Artist/dp/1583941843

Louis being commissioned at Living Lord Church in St. Louis

 

Full Tilt!  The Jazz Church West 15th Season begins on Sunday, October 6 at 5:00 pm.  Adam Shulman’s Sextet will perform works from his recent CD Full Tilt!

The Art Exhibit ‘Rhythms of Water and Land, Love and Loss‘ (In memory of Ruth, Linda and Don Britt) will Officially Open with Artists Cathie Weir and Sue Britt (daughters and sisters) present.

St. Joan of Arc invites you to celebrate their 40th Anniversary with them on Sunday, October 6 from Noon – 4 pm at their church in San Ramon.  We thank God for these partners in ministry through these many years!

 

 

Happy Birthday Noah & Elana!

Blessings, Pr. Steve

Pastor’s Blog/Grace Waves 09.18.19

Friends:

“Three things cannot be long hidden:  the sun, the moon and the truth.”  Buddha

Our Homecoming Dinner is this Saturday, Sept 21st, at 4:00 pm.  Anticipate a wonderful, relaxing Fall Equinox Evening with friends and a delicious meal.  Set up and clean up assistance are welcomed.  Plan on attending?  send a note to the office so we can add you to the count!

Forgiveness Forum Series:  The practice of Forgiveness is so challenging and transformative that we will keep the series initiated this past Sunday continuing for 2 or 3 more Sundays.  The many gifts and dimensions of Forgiveness (empathy, conditions, risk and trust, reconciliation, political aspects and intergenerational trauma) will all be explored.  Participate in this critical dialogue.

Art Forum – with Cathie and Sue on October 6:  Meet and enjoy the reflections of the two artists who have created our current exhibit.

Please keep in your prayers:  Bernice (Tim Griesbach’s mother) and Svetlana (Lyusya’ mother); Bob, Denise, Janet and the young people urging a response to our climate crisis.

Enjoy Bill Carmel’s review of the de Young’s “Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin” Exhibit.  Check out:  Art Inside-Out, Body of Work (Literally)

Full Tilt!  The Jazz Church West 15th Season begins on Sunday, October 6 at 5:00 pm.  Adam Shulman’s Sextet will perform works from his recent CD Full Tilt!

The Art Exhibit Rhythms of Water and Land, Love and Loss (In memory of Ruth, Linda and Don Britt) will Officially Open with Artists Cathie Weir and Sue Britt (daughters and sisters) present.

St. Joan of Arc invites you to celebrate their 40th Anniversary with them on Sunday, October 6 from Noon – 4 pm at their church in San Ramon.  We thank God for these partners in ministry through these many years!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blessings,  Pr. Steve

Pastor’s Blog/Grace Waves 9.13.19

Friends:

“Come home, come home.  Though you’ve abandoned your vows a thousand times, come home.”    ~Rumi

A splendid Homecoming Dinner awaits you!  Saturday, September 21,  4:00p with Chef Ken Cooking.  An evening to relax and share summer stories with each other.  Worship on Sunday will welcome back those who took off in the summer diaspora.  “Come home, come home.”  A blessing to be together, a community of grace, this Communion of Solitudes called Peace.  Sign up Sunday with Ken!

Forum this Sunday:  The Path to Forgiveness – Understanding the Dynamics of Forgiveness and Learning how to share an Effective Apology.  I have wonderful materials to share.  Hope you will choose to participate.

The Opening of Abra Cadabra, an Art Exhibit at Beth Chaim,  this Sunday 9/15 4:00 – 6:00 pm.  Come experience this fine art based on Letters of the Hebrew Alphabet which are considered mystical images in the Zohar of Kabbalistic Judaism.  You will also enjoy meeting the artists, new friends and noshing.

Check out Thais’ new works of Art at the Blackhawk Rotunda this Saturday from 5 – 7 pm.  Beautiful works to please your soul.

Speaking of Brazilians…….Here is a horrific aerial view of the Fires raging in Brazil.  Please keep the people, the indigenous, the firefighters and our earth in your prayers.

The Climate Strike (inspired by 16 year old Greta Thunberg of Sweden)  is encouraging students around the nation to Walk out of Classes next Friday, September 20, to demand the nation begins to pay attention to our Earth Crisis for the sake of the next generation.  As Greta has said, ” Our home the earth is on fire and nobody wants to pay attention. We won’t wait any longer.” On Saturday, 9/21 there will be a Community Climate Rally at Civic Park in Walnut Creek from 1 – 3 pm.  It is co-sponsored by the Interfaith Council of CCC.  The Youth are leading the way!

Please keep in your prayers:  Olavi, Denise recovering from surgery, Janet Barnes in this time of grieving, Bob, Ed, Margaret, our earth, friends in Laurel Galan and Lwamondo Parish.

Libby, Arlene and I got to share a Skype conversation with Eduardo and Luis of Entre Culturas/Between Cultures this week.  It was a blessing to converse but the Climate Crisis has burnt out a second harvest throughout Nicaragua and in Laurel Galan as well.  More to share in the upcoming weeks.

I-SRV Interfaith leaders met at Peace this past week.  There will be some marvelous interfaith programs coming your way this fall!

Friday Films:  Friday, Sept 27 ~ 6:30 Dinner, 7:30 movie!  Courtyard meal and movie (weather permitting).  Come join us!

Blessings, Pr. Steve