Good News, 09.15.2011


“There is no way to peace; peace is the way.” (AJ Muste)

A joy to share the Birthing Blessing this past Sunday with April and Matt Rasmussen.  New life always emerging wherever we are.  For all the little ones and those soon to arrive praise God!

Homecoming is this Sunday and our new schedule begins:  Worship at 9:30, Hospitality at 10:45 and Sunday School and Adult Education from 11:10 – 11:50.  Your requests for specific adult classes will be solicited this Sunday.  Lifelong Learning is a blessing and so important to model for our children and grandchildren.

The Holy Convergence/Interfaith Festival is also on Sunday afternoon.  You will enjoy the drumming, chanting, presentations, conversing with interfaith friends, fresh veggies and apple tasting!.   Invite your friends to join you for this unique experience of global spirit and hope.

Meditation resumes on Thursday from 5:45 – 6:30 pm.  All are welcome to come and enjoy the presence of God in stillness and calm.

Greg Grebe and the Committee for our St. Francis Animal Blessing and Pet Festival are working hard to organize our annual blessing event.  It happens on October 2 from Noon – 3:00 pm.   Rescue animals and pet adoptions will be available.  What a wonderful way to celebrate the goodness of all God’s creation and creatures.  Be sure to distribute the fliers wherever you can.

Please keep in your prayers:  Lois McGee, Heather Macleod, Bob Worthington, those with addictions, those seeking homes, members of the Islamic Center and the reconciliation of all God’s people, the people of Japan and East Africa.

The Memorial Service for Betty Duffy who was killed in a bicycle accident last week will be this Saturday at 2:00 pm.   If you can assist Pr. Anita with the Reception please let her know.

Taize Prayer is a contemplative prayer service incorporating chants, brief scripture and a time of silence for prayer.  It is offered by Peace Lutheran to the larger community on the 4th Friday of each month beginning on September 23 at 7:00 pm.   A peaceful and profound way to be in the presence of God and to pray for the reconciliation of our world.    Rev. Lucy Kolin from Resurrection Lutheran in Oakland will lead the music for these services.  The Healing Prayer Team is sponsoring these beautiful services.

Wonderful News!   Seminarian Brenda Bos has been assigned by PLTS Seminary to work at Peace for this next year through May of 2012.  Look forward to meeting Brenda either this Sunday or next.  Here is a brief bio:  Brenda Bos is a member of St. Matthew’s North Hollywood and is taking a “Lutheran year” of studies at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.  She holds a Masters of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology and has interned as a chaplain at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and as a media producer at the Parliament of the World’s Religions.  Brenda worked in television production for eighteen years before entering seminary, most notably as a producer on “George Lopez” and “Suddenly Susan”.  When not wandering the hills of Berkeley, she lives in Pasadena with her partner Janis and their two dogs Boo and Taz.

Blessings,  Pr. Steve