Good News, 05.14.2010


Inside the huge Roman Cathedral the tourists were confined in the mystery of twilight.
Vaults – mouths gaping wide open – beyond vaults, gave no gaze of the vastness.
The flickering of candle flames.
There, the voice of an angel without face embraced me,
Whispering into my body-being:
“Do not feel ashamed of being human, be proud!
Breathe and bear the dignity.
Inside of you, vault upon vault is opening up – into eternity.
You will never be ready – and that is as it should be.
Blinded by my tears I was jostled by the crowd of tourists into the sun-drenched piazza
Together with Mr. and Mrs. Jones, Mr. Tanaka and Signora Sabatini
…and within them vaults upon vaults beyond vaults were opening – endlessly.
Tomas Transtromer

Our gratitude to the Sunday School Teachers and Staff – Pr. Anita, Bob Winter and Tammy Valenta – for all their work this Spring.  And thanks to Deacon Christine Johansson for coordinating a fine Teacher Appreciation presentation last Sunday.  Pr. Anita adds these words:

I was completely surprised (and delighted!) over the kindness expressed to myself, Tammy and Bob last Sunday. The flowers and handwritten notes from the children were wonderful and I was so excited to discover that a donation was made toward Charity Water in my name. Ethiopia was the country I chose when asked where I would like my donation to go. Thanks to every parent who individually and together showed such generosity to us and to the children who are always so generous in sharing themselves with us. Every boy and girl is an absolute delight (even the most wiggly ones!) and the hour we spend with them in Sunday School is perhaps the hour each week that we as their teachers grow the most in our own faith from the faith lived out in the children. Speaking for myself but guessing that I’m speaking as well for Tammy and Bob, I love you as parents, I love your children, and I love Peace! What an honor to be a part of what God is doing in such a gracious place.

The Seminarian Committee has been formed to support Emily Weller in her pastoral and theological training at Peace.  The Teaching Parish Committee consists of:  Karl Pfeiffer, Chair; Bobbi Jardine, Juleen Ricci, Amy Garzon, Gun Johnston, Alessandra Kath, Jonathan Rodrigues and Michael Valenta.  Emily will be doing her Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) this summer in Chicago.  She will return in the Fall and work with us throughout all of next year.

Congratulations to Katherine Beeler who graduates from college this weekend.   Way to go, Katherine!

Living in a Liberated World – an I-SRV community gathering of Hope Bearers, Wisdom Gatherers and Earth Stewards happens tomorrow/Saturday at Peace.  This is an interfaith probing of how shall we live in times of conflict and contradiction.  You are invited to join in tomorrow from 10 am  – 4pm.  It will be a fascinating experience with input from many diverse persons and groups.  The cost is $25 which includes lunch.  Steel pan, drums, chant, Labyrinth Walking, the Peace Mosaic and Native Garden will all enrich the day.

Bocce Picnic – Sunday, May 23 at Sycamore Valley Park, 2101 Holbrook Drive Danville, CA 94526
Picnic starts after Church service, Bocce games start at 1:00 p.m.  Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and drinks will be provided!  We ask each family to bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share.  Please sign up to attend by May 21 (clipboard in the gathering hall).  For additional information contact Christine Johansson at [email protected]

DVC is holding their next world-famous Plant Sale on May 22nd, 9-1pm at their horticulture department.   All of the native & very drought tolerant plants  will be on sale there. Here is the link for further information.   Ro is willing to carpool with interested folk too.

You will be happy to know that our old tables have been donated to Stand against Domestic Violence.  Thanks to Marlene Garrity for this suggestion.

This Sunday we celebrate the Ascension of Christ.  Among other gifts of music, wisdom and grace you will get to learn about Black Holes in space from Mark Miller!

Remember, as you heard on Mother’s Day:  The moment you get children of your own, then you forgive your parents everything!

Blessings, Pr. Steve