Good News, 05.09.2013


Questions:  Why do all silkworms live so raggedly? 
Why did cheese decide to perform heroic deeds in France?
Why don’t the poor understand as soon as they stop being poor? 
Where does the rainbow end, in your soul or on the horizon?  (Pablo Neruda)

Happy Mother’s Day!  We will celebrate with joy and delight this Sunday.  Plus – Partnership Fundraiser on Mother’s Day:  Raffle tickets will be on sale Sunday for a fabulous Gift Basket for Mom’s Day – soaps, fragrances, an ornate picture frame, a Gift Certificate to a local restaurant and more!  You don’t have to be present to win but you do have to buy a ticket!  Proceeds will support our Delegation visiting Nicaragua in August. 

Thanks to Pr. Elizabeth and Bev for preaching and the Hospice Forum this past Sunday.  It was a powerful and insightful morning.  We will have future sessions with them as well.

Jazz Church West hosted a Grand Celebration for Rev. Bob Lesher on his 60th Ordination Anniversary.  John Calloway and Efrain Toro percussively accompanied Pr. Ruth Lesher as she gave a heartfelt tribute to her father.  Because of John’s fine Latin Jazz Quintet – Clave Unplugged – and Bob’s playful spirit, many guests expressed pure surprise and delight at being honored to participate in such a rare and joyful celebration.  And the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta which followed was devoured promptly.  Congratulations, Bob

Shelter, Inc. ProjectPlease bring your household items, bedding and food to support Jackson Kaplan’s Project in support of homeless families to church this Sunday.  They will be delivered next week.

John Hickman is working and his God and Me scouting badge.  Please offer him your prayers and encouragement.

Eagle Scout Project:  Soon we’ll hear a report from Jack O’Neil about his Eagle Scout Project in support of our Lwamondo Parish Partners.

Abba-Imma/The Lord’s Prayer and Chi Kung:  Kaleo and Elise Ching and I will be leading this one day workshop at San Damiano on Saturday, May 25 from 9:00 – 4:30 pm.  Speaking in chorus with the utterance of the Lord’s Prayer and moving in harmony with the ancient practice of Chi Kung, you will be invited to experience the wisdom and compassion of this prayer practice.  The cost is $60 for the day which includes lunch.  Please spread the word and invite your friends to join you!  Fliers available in the Gathering Hall.

Website Tree:  Pick a leaf this Sunday to support the development of our new website.  Speak with Dabbie, Pat or Jeanne for more information.

Tables of Interfaith Understanding:  Sign up this Sunday to participate in the Dinner Series with I-SRV Friends.  There will be 4 meals together during the next year, with rotating hosting and meal responsibilities.  A great opportunity to deepen interfaith friendships!

Pentecost is May 19 – WEAR RED!

Our Forum on May 19 will host Louise Bourassa, the Executive Director of Contra Costa Interfaith Housing.  Deacon Cindy Townsend and the Justice Advocacy Committee hope you will make it a point to attend.

Please keep in your prayers:   Gail, Miki, Melinda, Rhodes, Rose, all the musicians making such beautiful music at Peace these days for their Recitals, moms around the earth especially those living in poverty, as immigrants and refugees and in war zones.

Martha Mantei and the Broadway Chorus invites you to a Broadway Bash – May 10, 11 and 12:  Amador Theater,  1155 Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton.  Tickets available at:  462-2121 or

Easter Blessings,  Pr. Steve