Pastor’s Weekly Message: 02.25.15

Grace Waves


Love is our true destiny.  We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone.  We find it with another.

Annie Haines Memorial Service will be this Saturday at 1:00 pm.  If you would like to contribute to the reception (finger food or dessert) please do so.  Keep Annie’s family in your prayers.

May 2 will be our Fundraising Feast.  The menu of rare delights is yet a surprise.  Save the date.

A note from Emily:

Good to hear from you Steve! Thanks for the Ordination congratulations!

We have photos somewhere, but they have not made it from camera to computer yet. I will share with you an article that appeared in my home paper, The Lima News, because it has some nice photos:

Always thinking of Peace! Being just outside NYC, there are a few things at St. Stephen’s here in Hicksville that are reminiscent of that community: many jazz lovers, artists, and actors!

Peace, Emily

First Friday Films is March 6 at 6:30 pm.

March 8 is Women’s International Day.

Join us for Taize Services at San Damiano throughout the Wednesdays of Lent at 7:00 pm.  A reception follows at 8 pm.  Gary and Drew will be the guest musicians.

Beth Chaim invites us to an Evening of Jewish Music and World Music – Friday, March 13, 2015. The Orpheus World Music Ensemble offers music and ritual from a variety of cultures including West Africa, Brazil and the Middle East, with a special emphasis on music from the Jewish Diaspora. They perform around the Bay Area and throughout Northern California. Their March 13th offering at Beth Chaim will be in two parts. The first half features all Jewish music (Ashkenazic, Sephardic, Mizrachi (Eastern), and two original pieces. The remainder of the evening will celebrate “world music” from East and West Africa, Brazil, and a taste of Salsa as well. There will be dancing and a few African lullabies to close the evening.

The members consist of Bruce  Silverman (director, drums, steel pans, steel  drums, percussion and vocals), Renee Benmeleh (co-director, vocals, drums, percussion), Rob Kelman (drums, recorder, percussion), Yari  Mander (drums, steel pan, vocals, percussion),  Brigid Kelly (vocals, drums, percussion), and Mark Benjamin (guitar, bass, mandolin, drums, vocals).

Lenten Blessings,

Pr. Steve

Pastor’s Weekly Message: 02.19.15

Grace Waves


Now again we see that all is unbegun.  The only danger is in not going far enough.  If we go deep enough we reach the common life, the shared experience of humanity, the world of possibility.  If we do not go deep enough, if we live only half-way, there are obscurity, vulgarity, the slang of fashion, and several kinds of death.  Muriel Rukeyser

Our Lenten Season has begun.  Please keep each other in prayer throughout this season of contemplation and springtime.

Our sister Annie Haines died this afternoon.  I was fortunate to be there and with the family as they gathered.  Her dying was rather quick but it seems there are graces in this too.  Please keep her family in your prayers.  It appears the Memorial Service will be on Saturday, February 28.  The time has yet to be decided.

This Sunday our Forum will be a Tour of Peace.  What are the Design Elements that shaped our Sanctuary complex.  Several people have requested this tour.  I trust you will find it fascinating.

Lenten Practice Suggestion:  Walk the Labyrinth at least once a week, perhaps on Sundays before or after worship.

Lenten Taize Services will be held on the next 5 Wednesdays at San Damiano Retreat Center in the Western Hills of Danville.  Gary Sponholtz and Drew Cremisio will be the instrumentalists for these beautiful services chant, prayer, stillness and scripture.  Taize will go from 7 – 8 pm in their Chapel and a Reception will follow. Directions:  head west on Prospect Avenue (right next to the old Danville Train Station), go up the hill, bend to the left when given a choice……and the road dead ends in the parking lot of San Damiano.

Lenten Question:  What do you want to give yourself this Lent or what does the Spirit want to give you this Lent?

Blessings,  Pr. Steve

Pastor’s Weekly Message: 02.03.15

Grace Waves


A few weeks before his assassination a journalist asked Gandhi about his legacy.  Gandhi responded, “The people of India will follow me in life, worship me in death, but not make my cause their cause.”

What a blessing to have had Mr. Muhammed Jawaid with us this past Sunday.  His comments, prayer and Forum Leadership gave us clear insights about the troubled Middle East and Muslim and Christian relations.  Our worship and prayer together gave World Interfaith Harmony Week real meaning.

The Crab Feed is happening on Saturday, February 21.  A great occasion and our largest Fundraiser of the year.  Please invite all your friends to join you!

Our Annual Congregational Meeting is this Sunday after worship.  You received a copy of our proposed 2015 Budget this past Sunday.  You will receive a copy of our Council Annual Reports this Sunday.

The Justice Advocacy Committee will meet at Ron and Linda’s home this Saturday, February 7 from Noon – 2:15.  All are invited.  RSVP:  586-9039.

Dennis Frado is the Lutheran World Federation representative to the United Nations. Just this month, he traveled to Israel/Palestine with ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, to engage with local Christian communities, refugees, peacemakers, government officials and church leaders. Dennis will be speaking in congregations around Los Angeles and the Bay Area this month, and there will be an opportunity to hear him speak at Peace Lutheran) on Monday, February 9th at 7:00 pm. His talk will cover the current situation in Israel/Palestine, the work of the ELCA’s companion church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL), and ways in which Lutherans and Americans can engage meaningfully for a just and lasting peace in the Holy Land. Please invite friends to join you.

The Women of Peace will meet next Tuesday, February 10 at 1 pm.  Please join us!

Please keep in your prayers:  Jeanie, Annie, Thich Nhat Hanh, Nick, Corrine, Matt, Lisa, Fidel and Heidi, Lars, Fred, Ralph; our friends at the Islamic Center, for a prayerful commitment to “Recover our Right Minds”.

Super Soul Sunday is hosted by the Jazz Church West this Sunday at 5:00 pm with the Glen Pearson Quartet.  Your soul will be moved, soothed and grooved!

Escrip:  You will have the opportunity throughout February to sign up for Escrip which can raise additional funds for Peace.  Details on Sundays.

Ash Wednesday is February 18.  Our service will be at 7:30 pm.

San Damiano will offer Taize Prayer on Wednesdays of Lent from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.  Our own Gary Sponholtz will be playing for these contemplative services.   This begins on February 25 and fellowship and coffee will follow each prayer gathering.

Thanks to all of you who serve on the various Worship Teams of Peace.  You will be happy to know that 3 additional people have now signed up to serve as Counters!  One of the best gifts of Peace is that people respond when needs are made clear!

Epiphany blessings, Pr. Steve