Good News, 05.19.2011


To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places – and there are so many – where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.  And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future.  The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory. – You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train – Howard Zinn

This Sunday two special gifts come your way:  The Benefit Concert of Meditation and Hope for the people of Japan will be presented by A Pair of Jeans at 4:30 pm.  The concert will include their beautiful music, Haiku, images and photos of Japan and special guests Gerry and Michiyo Grosz (who was in Japan during the tsunami).  They will share musical gifts too.  Thrivent Financial will provide Matching Funds.   Invite friends – share the bounty and the blessings.   After the Reception Imam Amer Araim will speak at 6:00 pm.  He is the author of the book Understanding Islam: 50 Questions.  He will then dialogue with participants about the realities of Islam today.  This will conclude the 4 week book study series utilizing Destiny Disrupted which has prompted animated conversation!  Please attend even if you have not been able to be part of the book study.  Guaranteed to be insightful and enlightening.

Soul/Food Connections: It is time to Sign Up for a membership with our I-SRV (Interfaith) CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).  You can do so by going to or by filling out a registration card this Sunday.  For 22 weeks of produce (veggies and fruits) the cost is $660 for a Large Share or $506 for a Small Share.  You can split the Share with a friend if you wish.   You receive the freshest food on the planet and it is more economical than local stores and farmers markets.  The produce will be delivered on Sundays from 11:30 – 2:00 pm and you get to make choices! The Market will rotate among interfaith congregations beginning with Danville Congregational on June 5 – July;  Peace during August & September;  Beth Chaim October – December.   To learn more speak with Libby, Charlene, Gun, Lois or Elana or check out the website at: (as hundreds of other people are doing!)  The Organic Feast this past Monday was fantastic!

Rodgers and Hammerstein and the Broadway Chorus! Martha Mantei invites you to hear the Chorus this Friday or Saturday at 8:00 pm or Sunday at 2:00 pm at the Amador Theater in Pleasanton.  They will sing your heart into delirious happiness!

Ministry Tables: The Church Council wants to make you aware of all the ministries at Peace. This Sunday the Deacons for Youth and Family, Justice and Education will present information about their ministries during the Hospitality Hour.  Get the scoop, stay in the loop – they will even let you sign up to participate with them!  (Take note of all the Worship Leaders walking around with Gold Stars on their name tags.  They are really special!)

Acupressure given by Elise and Kaleo Ching was so well received by 10 people that June 5 will be another occasion for 10 other people to experience the healing gift of these friends which is so freely offered to Peace.

The DVC Plant Sale is this Saturday from 9 – 1 featuring unusual herbs and edibles, color bowls and salvias and perennials.  It’s located at 321 Golf Club Road in Pleasant Hill or check out the website at:

Karl and Grace Pfeiffer are off to Germany to visit family and daughter Elisabeth who has been living and studying there for this past year.  There will be much to share on their return.

Bread for the World is presenting a National Gathering, June 11 – 14 on Changing the Politics of Hunger.  It is happening in Washington, DC.  Worship, workshops, meeting with members of Congress are all happening.  You will get to support the “1,000 Days Initiative” – an international effort to improve nutrition in the critical period of ‘Pregnancy to age 2’ for children in developing countries.  To register go to:  Let me know if you desire to attend.

Please keep the Confirmands in your prayers as they prepare in these final weeks for their Confirmation on June 5.

Need a beautiful place of rest and renewal in which to explore the creative arts?   The Grunewald Guild, founded by Richard and Liz Caemmerer, hosts various classes for 10 weeks throughout the summer.  Joyful, innovative, invigorating – whether you are a beginner or master you will be delightfully formed and transformed.  For info:  See info on our Kiosk this Sunday.

Our thanks to the Pacific Choir who performed publicly for the very first time at Peace this past Sunday.  A talented group of young people under the direction of Mr.  Jae Sung Choi.  They invite you to a concert with them this Saturday night at 7:30 at the Methodist Church in Alamo.  Tickets are available at Peace.

Blessings, Pr. Steve