Good News, 04.11.2013


 “The resurrected one stepped into the midst of fearful disciples and said, “Peace be with you.”

 So many beautiful opportunities blossoming around us with the energy of Spring Time and Easter Visions:
This Sunday our Pancake Breakfast (you may contribute a donation to purchase plants for our parking lot entrance way too).  In addition to fine cuisine including Kielbasa and Linguica you get to enjoy the company of good friends.  See you anytime after 9 am.

 Our worship this Sunday will include reflections from Dietrich Bonhoeffer who was killed on April 9, 1945.  He is a true saint and inspiration for the church.

Forum – Connections:  Dabbie Bowron will share with us the evolving shape of our website, internal support and external outreach.  The Council encourages you to attend.

Our Baha’i Friends have requested a gathering with 8 – 10 of us in order to deepen our friendships and the awareness of future opportunities to work together as spiritual people.  We have shared several classes in the past.  I am appreciative of their desire to ‘not let our friendship disappear’.  We meet from 5 – 6:30 pm on this Sunday, April 14.  No heavy agenda – simply time given to relax and enjoy one another’s company.  Chris Palmer and I will provide topics for focusing our conversations.  Choose to join in.

 The Council shared a fine Retreat together last Saturday.  Please check in with them about what they experienced and what they are dreaming.

 Two special events are coming your way for Earth Day.  On April 21 for our Forum and at a 4:00 pm Community Event Shelly Ryan will speak on Climate Reality:  Unstoppable Force or Tool for Change?  You will find this a constructive approach to ways in which spiritual communities can make healthy changes.  Also on April 24 at 7:00 pm Michele McGeoy of Solar Richmond will give a book talk at Peace (sponsored by I-SRV) entitled:  Turning Over the Money Tables – The Economy, Green Jobs and Congregations.  Fliers for both of these events are available in our Gathering Hall.

 Jazz Church West:  The Saxophonistas on April 21 at 5:00 pm…. a Jazz Concert so unique it has never happened before!  Mad Duran lead a Women’s Sax Summit (4 superb Sax Players:  Mad Duran, Mary Fettig,  Kasey Knudsen and  Marcia Miget) celebrating JAM (Jazz Appreciation Month).  Plus there are 4 more players in the Rhythm Section.  This will be a blow out!  And High School Women who wear their Saxophone Strap – will get in free – because we want our youth to hear the best!  To download a copy of the flyer for this special event click here.

Keep in your prayers:  Miki and Justin on the death of Jonathan. 

AFSP [American Foundation for Suicide Prevention]– our thanks to Martha Mantei for making fine presentation to the leaders of I-SRV this week on the resources that are being made available to families and friends when they experience the pain of suicide.

Beth Chaim invites you to a special Shabbat Service on Friday evening.   A half hour service of Nigguns (wordless melodies) begins at 7:00 pm followed by a Hospitality time.  Then at 8:00 pm the Cello Street Quartet will present an hour long concert.  They will knock your socks off – if you wear them.  All this is free.

  •  April Schedule
  • April 14 – Pancake Breakfast/Connections Forum  at 9 am
  •                 Sunday Salon/Bonhoeffer Group from 3-5 pm
  •                 ‘Education Under Fire’ with Baha’i Friends at 5 pm
  • April 21 –Earth Day/Presentation by Shelly Ryan: Climate Reality– 
    Unstoppable Force or Tool for Change? at 4 pm
  •                      JAM (Jazz Appreciation Month): The Saxophonistas at 5 pm
  • April 24 – Michele McGeoy on Sacred Acts: Congregations Protecting Earth’s Climate  at 7 pm
  • April 27—90th Birthday party for Gen Estenson  11 am-3 pm at AlamoWomen’s Club
                          1401 Danville Blvd   Alamo   RSVP to Pat Thergesen
  • April 28 – Stewarding Celebration

Aren’t we glad for all the musical opportunities (musicians, artists, 2 year old drummers and concerts) that Gary brings us?  Aren’t we happy when Elizabeth Hunter sings to us?  Aren’t we delighted that John Brett is our Teaching Parish Seminarian?  How the blessings flow.


Easter Joy,  Pr. Steve


Good News, 04.03.2013


This life, therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are on the way.  The process is not yet finished but it is actively going on.  This is not the goal but it is a true path. At present everything does not gleam and sparkle but everything is being cleansed.” (M. Luther)

What a Blessed Holy Week:
Passover Seder:  A Liberation Meal of Transcendence and Transformation of our World.
Good Friday: A stark reminder of the Anguish Christ suffers with all of God’s People.
Easter Vigil: The Night of Mystery, Presence in the Stillness, Joyous light in the Darkness.
Easter Day: The Grace and Delight of Friends, Music, Choir, ‘Pie Jesu’, Trumpet, Children’s Time, Preaching and Sacrament.  Hopefully Noah will drum all of us into Heaven!

First Friday Films – This Friday, April 5 at 6:30 pm:  Elana and Seminarian John Brett are initiating a Monthly Film Evening for members and friends of Peace.  It is an opportunity to enjoy great films and share reflections with friends…..along with pure relaxation and fine popcorn.  This Friday we get to see As It Is In Heaven, a Swedish film about a famous conductor who after a tragedy must return to his home village….where he ends up leading the church choir!   You will love it – especially on the 42” Flat Screen TV in our Youth Room.  Spread the word, invite your friends.  To download a copy of the flyer for this special event click here.

Jazz Church West:  This Sunday a long time friend of Jazz at Peace – Anton Schwartz – will return with Will Blades playing the B-3 Hammond Organ.  You will be surprised and enlightened by the mastery of these incredible musicians.  Send your jazz loving friends to church…it will be good for them!  To see the artists who are playing for the remainder of our 8th Season’s Spring Schedule click here.

Baha’i Friends invite friends from Peace to join them for a viewing of the film ‘Education Under Fire’ on Sunday, April 14 at 5:00 pm in the Peace Youth Room.  This is a continuation of the dialogue that was initiated with the book study Destiny Disrupted.  It is an occasion to deepen our mutual understanding and commitment to living as spiritual people in God’s world.  There will be a reception and we will conclude by 6:30.

The Sunday Salon continues with the Bonhoeffer book  (Chapters 16 – 22) this Sunday, April 7 from 2 – 4 pm (note the special time).  All are invited to experience this incredible story of faith, commitment, challenge, choice and grace.

Please keep in your prayers:  The Church Council, who will be on Retreat this Saturday; Ceil, on the death of her father; Melinda, Jonathan, our Catechumens, the people of Syria, those who prayed with us on Easter Sunday, and all those who found Easter Eggs.

The Women of Peace will meet next Wednesday, April 10 from 10 – Noon.

A fantastic Pancake Breakfast is coming our way on Sunday, April 14 starting at 9:00 am….for the pure pleasure of it!  Don’t miss out.

Hospice of the East Bay is in need of Volunteers who are licensed in hair care or massage.  If you know hair care specialists or massage therapists who would be interested in volunteering for HEB, please have them contact Elaine Lasack at 887-5678 x1074.  Thank you, Bev Harms

BJ asks: ” If you know anyone with short-term rental space – for me and/or my stuff – please let me know asap.”  BJ is moving and doing a little “Transition Dance”.  Contact the church office if you have space for her temporary need.  Thank you.

The Lord has written the promise of the resurrection in every leaf of springtime.” Luther

Joyous Easter,  Pr. Steve