Good News, 01.29.09


Do not put your trust in oppression nor your hope in deception and plunder;
Even if they bring you prosperity it will do you no good.”  (Psalm 62)

What a blessing to celebrate the Baptisms of Paul and Elizabeth Kath last week!  And you should know that we all got to hear the premier performance of Ingo’s Lullaby composed by Catherine McSharry.

The Early Communion Class has 9 beautiful children in it and a variety of wonderful parents too.  The Special Celebration for this class will be on February 22.  Keep them in your prayers.

What an incredible gift our guest singer Dorothy Barnhouse offered us this past Sunday.  Who can ever forget the Vocalise by Rachmaninoff during Communion or the 23rd Psalm.   Aren’t we blessed to receive the gifts of so many artists at Peace?!

“MLK” is an oratorio for jazz orchestra composed by Marcus Shelby and performed by the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra featuring Faye Carol, Kenny Washington, Jeannine Anderson, and Nicolas Bearde. This composition is a musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Freedom Songs and Spirituals of the Civil Rights Movement.  Don’t miss this special FREE event! Fliers will be available at worship this next Sunday. Please encourage and invite your friends – Sunday/Feb. 8 at 5 pm.  We want to pack the house!

And Yes, our Crab Feast happens this year on March 7.  Mark you calendars now for this tasty event!

And don’t forget, beginning this Sunday Ps. Anita will be selling paper bead jewelry crafted by Bead for Life. Be prepared to be dazzled!

Blessings,  Pr. Steve

Good News, 01.15.2009


Faith is a bird that feels the light and sings while the dawn is still dark. –Rabindranath Tagore

This Sunday we get to celebrate the Baptisms of the Kath twins Elizabeth and Paul.  Sure to be a joy!

The Early Communion Class is beginning this Sunday at 3:30 at the Saltzer-Grossman home.  This class is always a blessing for the kids, parents and families.

Some preparatory work was done this week to create a path through our Native Garden.  Ro is requesting that if you have garden materials (bender board, flagstones, small rocks, bricks, heavy rope, etc.)  to recycle please consider bringing them to church so we can make the pathway walkable year round.

You are invited to a gathering in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King next Monday evening at the United Methodist Church in Alamo at 7:30 pm.  A fascinating evening of reflection and dance as we honor the man who gave his life for the Beloved Community.  A true descendant of the first Martin Luther.

We had a phenomenal Jazz at Peace evening with Gerry Grosz and Anton Schwartz.  The theme was Desolation and they created melodic magic within the openness of our sanctuary.  Next month on February 8 Marcus Shelby returns with his Brass Orchestra and Singers in a tribute to Martin Luther King.  Please plan to join us for this major cultural event honoring Black History Month.

Please keep in your prayers: Eloise McVicar, Nancy van Diest, Tom Popp’s mother, those seeking employment, Bob Sweeney, Gaynor, Phoebe, and pray for an end to the use of torture.

Unless we lose ourselves in every moment, every moment will be lost on us. – CS Lewis

Blessings,  Pr. Steve

Good News, 01.08.2009


“Now is the time to clarify the eyes of the heart.  To those cleared eyes, the promise of Truth will be fulfilled, for they shall see God.”  (Bernard of Clairvaux)

Advent/Christmas/Epiphany is the Season of Light and what a rich season we have been celebrating:

  • The Elders Wisdom on the 4th Sunday of Advent and the Signing of the Senses of the Catechumens;
  • Baby Blessings with Susanna and Raddi and Kenzie, Bo,Lars and Gun;
  • The Christmas Pagaent with a full house/ the Gliding, Gladdening, Glitzing Angels (Elizabeth, Anita and Aubree and Christy); the touch of Baby Jesus Lucy Lin; gifted Narrators, Shepherds and Wise Ones; Mary Zhiting and Joseph Bob; House Manager Pr. Margareta, with Costumes and Set by Tammy & Michael Valenta with Mackenzie assisting.  And my favorite Benedictor:  Tommy Valenta.
  • The Candlelight Service with Singers:  Julia and Sue Field, Dwane and Sarah Michael, Elisabeth Pfeiffer and Carol Strawn – Happy Engagement, Carol!  A feast of Cinnamon Rolls after each service were warmly received – people just didn’t want to leave!
  • And Christmas Day a Surprise Choir of Angels Katy, Bev, Sue and more.  It turns out there was No Vacancy in the hearts of those who worshiped.

Tonight we are hosting a Friends/New Member Dinner at Peace and over 20 people are attending.   Should be a great evening.

An Early Communion Class for children in 2nd – 5th Grades (and their parents) begins next Sunday January 18. This is a wonderful, experiential learning experience for the whole family.  Let me know if you would like to participate.

Jazz at Peace happens this Sunday with Anton Schwartz, sax and Gerry Grosz, violist.  Will be an exciting improvisational evening of maximum creativity.  Invite your friends.  (And on February 11 Marcus Shelby will return with his Brass Orchestra and new compositions dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King.)

Please keep in your prayers: the Confirmands and Catechumens, Tom Popp’s mother,  Nancy van Diest, Yuanyuan, Bob Sweeney, the people of Gaza and Israel, for an end to torture, those seeking employment and all who are seeking the Light.

This last Sunday after the fine Martial Arts gifts of Ethan Hepner and Zhiting Tsai, all the Yoga Lovers at Peace are demanding equal time.  So look for some high quality Yoga on Sunday morning in the near future.  (Meditation on Thursdays from 5:45 – 6:30 pm returns on January 15.  A new Tai Chi Chuan Class also begins on Thursday, January 15 at 7 pm at Peace.  All are invited.)

Joyous Epiphany Season,  Pr. Steve