Good News 08.21.2013

Friends:

“Thank you, God, that the real hope in the world does not depend upon my endurance but upon your strength and Spirit in me.”

Amazing! We have met our financial goal of raising $6,000 for our new website. Thank you to all who were able to contribute! Dabbie Bowron has been investing her time throughout the summer to understand, provide material, organize and prepare to serve as our new Webmaster. Our thanks to Jade Orchard for their excellent work with us in building the site. Our new site will launch on September 1.

“Lincoln” – be sure to watch this great movie in preparation for our worship this Sunday which will focus on The Emancipation Proclamation’s 150th Anniversary, the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech as well as the current trials of racism.

Forum Presenter: Mark Goodwin has recently completed a Master’s Degree in Theology at PLTS. The topic of his research was the mass incarceration of people of color in the US.

Our thanks to Amar and Sahibomar Khalsa for their music leadership this past Sunday. All present seemed to be deeply appreciative. If you would like to learn more about Meditation and Contemplative Prayer, please speak with me regarding personal and/or group practice. Several members inquired if we might worship at the Sikh Temple in San Leandro sometime. Amar suggested we participate in a Gurdwara which is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of each month. A future date will be chosen.

Shoe Box Ministry: “When you hold a child’s hand, you hold the mother’s heart.” Nette is inviting us to support a ministry she has been involved in for many years. She will be sharing details with us in the near future.

We Are All Connected: 3 of the 4 copies of ‘This is a Soul: an American Doctor’s Remarkable Mission in Ethiopia’ were sold this past Sunday. If you would like to learn more about the local work happening in our community, please speak with Thais.

Congratulations to Mark and Sheila Miller on the wedding of their son Kurt last week in La Jolla! His charming wife’s name is to be shared with you soon.

The St. Francis Animal Blessing and Pet Festival is coming on Sunday, October 6. If you would like to help please speak with Greg Grebe, or Pam and Chuck Fisher.

Keep in your prayers: Annie, Marlene, Ari, those with diabetes, Heidi and Fidel, those working to overturn racism, the creative endeavors of our congregation in so many fields of life, the people of Egypt, Syria and Nicaragua.

Hi Friends at Peace: I hope you are well. I have thought about my visit to Danville on most days since I have been back in South Africa and each time I have, I’ve been overwhelmed. There are no words that can express how touched I will always be by the love the Peace family showed my mom and I. From the great church service, to the meeting you set up to interact with congregants, to the lovely meals and of course our trip to shop at Ross! All of those moments and more that we shared meant so much to me. It’s a blessing to know all of you and I will forever be grateful for the hospitality you have shown us over and over again. You have such a beautiful hearts and it is people like you that never let me forget all the goodness and hope in the world.
All my love, Ndamu Farisani

Ken Budesa is in the wilds of the Yukon and Alaska with his cousin. They have journeyed for several weeks in the wide open spaces of Arctic edges. “Absolutely peaceful and beautiful “ he reports of all the mountains, rivers and lakes…..and it never gets totally dark. He also enjoyed seeing the Northern Lights as well as the people living in distant villages. “God does wonderful things.” Love to all the friends at Peace.

Blessings, Pr. Steve