Good News, 08-09-2012


   Pr. Steve and Bev are enjoying a family vacation in Montana.  Meanwhile we have some special events right here!

Our Youth Group will be reading South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s book God Has a Dream this fall.  It is a powerful book. Here is one quote —somewhat chosen because this has been a week of Olympic competition.

Just like a mother loves her child no matter what, so God loves you even if you don’t succeed, even if you don’t win.  Our society despises weakness, vulnerability and failure, but God knows that failure is an inevitable part of life and that weakness and vulnerability are a part of creaturehood.  They are part of what makes us human.  It is through this weakness and vulnerability that most of us learn empathy and compassion and discover our soul.

            Desmond Tutu

Work party this Saturday August 11–Join other church members this Saturday at 9 am to rake weeds , spread chips, trim branches and gussy up the back part of the church property to make us and our neighbors happy! Coffee, donuts and OJ will be provided!!  You’ll need water, work-gloves and a hat.  It’s really important to have a large group so that we can finish before it gets too hot!

An Evening of Sacred Folk–Be sure to come to Peace this Sunday afternoon at 5 pm for a free concert of folk music featuring two great folksingers and composers: Verlin Chalmers and Bekah Barnett.  To download a copy of the flyer for this special event click here. There will be a reception after.  Could there be a better way to spend an August afternoon??

Update on Memorial Garden/Columbarium from Pat Leong:
There was a neighborhood meeting at Peace on July 23, 2012 with regard to our Application to build a Memorial Garden/Columbarium.  Many people turned out to express their opinions, and the Memorial Garden/Columbarium Committee and Pastor Steve were present to hear and respond to the concerns.  A meeting has been set up with the local Homeowners’ Associations for next Monday night, and members of the Memorial Garden/Columbarium Committee and the Church Council will be present. 

You might also enjoy the article in the San Ramon Times this morning

Sunday School Teachers—we have decided to organize a teaching staff of 8 for our Sunday School program beginning Sept. 23.  We already have  4 teachers, so we’re half way to our goal!  There will be an Orientation.  Contact Pat Leong or the Office if you have questions or are willing to help.

St. Francis Pet Blessing Festival on Oct. 7— Greg Grebe needs one more person to help organize the Pet Blessing Festival. Is it you?  Contact Greg or the Office if you can assist with approx. 10 hours of labor.  Thanks in advance.

Native Garden Request.  Ro LoBianco could use rebar to fortify the new fence around the garden.  Let the Office know if you have rebar for this project.

Sign-up for Hospitality-  Martha Mantei sends this note:
Dear Friends of Peace.  We have all enjoyed the Hospitality Hour every Sunday that was established by Pr. Anita.  In order to keep this great event going every Sunday, Libby and I need your help!   We need volunteers for the following dates through the end of October: 

         Sept 2, Sept 9, Sept 16, Sept 23, Sept 30, Oct 7, Oct 14, Oct 21, Oct 28

Your tasks include making regular and decaf coffee.  Please bring a soft beverage (apple juice, cranberry juice) for our children and non-coffee drinkers as well as pastries or breads or cookies; a savory of some type (cheese & crackers, nuts) ; bite sized fruit and/or veggies.  Whatever is easy and fun for you to bring!   All paper products, flatware and cups are provided as well as sugar, sweeteners and cream for coffee.  We have table cloths for you to cover our round or oblong tables.  You are asked to load the dishwasher with the cup, plates and flatware that are used.  And best of all  Instructions are available from any hospitality host on Sunday or from Martha or Libby.  



Summer Blessings to All !  
The Office