Good News, 11.03.09


We are no less if we lead an obscure life unknown to the world.  We are no more if we are famous, if our names are in headlines or on TV.  Our true existence lies in being known by God who is love; whose “knowing” loves us into Beloved Daughters and Sons.  This is why St. Francis so often repeated: ‘I am who I am before God.’  Ernesto Cardenal

Our All Saints celebration will continue to reverberate within our hearts for quite some time.  The Shofar blowing of Dr. Warren Gould was profound (if you would like a copy of the background notes he shared they’ll be available this Sunday); the Shema text and chant from Deuteronomy is always moving; the Prayer Shawls express such love (our thanks to Lois McGee and Pr. Margareta for the Prayer Shawl Ministry); Jeanie and Sue created beautiful music; and the next time you need comfort, come to Communion holding the hand of friend as Daniel and Natalie showed us!

This Sunday our Partnership Committee will share a Temple Talk about our Partnership and present the finest Nicaraguan Mercado (“market”) you’ve seen all year!   The Mercado will be available on November 8 and 15th and will benefit Lutheran World Relief and our Partnership Ministry. Do all your shopping at Peace and make the world a better place.

The Beads for Life are available from Pr. Anita on the next two Sundays during November.   Thank you for supporting these Ugandan women whose lives have been compromised by AIDS. Honey from the Monastery can also be yours.  Keep the monks praying!

Kids Care begins this Sunday! After Children’s Time if the younger ones need time together and the parents would like to focus on the homily, Bob Winter will take the children to the Nursery.  They will return for Communion.  We are hoping at least 8 adults will participate in being with the children so this important responsibility can rotate gracefully.  Please notify Bob if you are willing to assist.

Youth and Family (Yo/Fam) will meet with teens and parents after worship on November 8 to explore possibilities and activities for this year.  On November 15 all the adults of Peace who want to encourage Yo/Fam ministry are invited to meet with Deacon Christine Johansson after worship. for a half hour conversation.  The Junior High Group also meets on November 15 with Ceil McCloy.

The NATS Recital  was indeed a beautiful concert – refreshing for the ear, heart and soul.  Elisabeth Pfeiffer sang wonderfully.

The Shack Book Discussion continues after worship on November 15th with Deacon Gil Jardine.

The Debt Retirement Committee raised over $ 2,335 this past Sunday!  December 15th is our deadline.

It is Finally Here – (and Jasper made his first Announcment at church):  Our ‘Show or No Spaghetti Dinner’ is on Saturday, November 7 at  6:00 PM. Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and Susanna’s famous brownies for those that choose to show, or a free night to do with as you wish for the no shows.  $20 per adult, $15 per child 12 and under (4 and under are free).  Pr. Steve and Bev will share highlights from their journey to Israel during dessert. Contact Raddi El Mogazi after church or by email ([email protected])  – by Friday –  to buy your ticket and reserve your place.  Sign up your friends and bring a bottle of your favorite wine.

Stewarding Sunday will be November 15th.  You are asked to submit your Pledge Cards on or before that day.

The Broadway Chorus sings The Great American Songbook at the Amador Theater in Pleasanton on November 6 and 7 (at 8 pm) and 8th (at 2 pm),.  Please speak with Martha Mantei about tickets and Discount Cards!

Jazz at Peace is this Sunday at 5 pm with bassist Fred Randolph and his Quintet. Make your heart happy!

We have 3 Important Upcoming Dates for your Calendar:

  1. Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Service, 7:00 pm at Peace:  Job and Jobs – hear the incredible Healing Music of Susan and Dallas Mazer (harp and woodwinds).  Invite friends.
  2. The Gingerbread House Decorating Party is on Saturday, December 5 from 10 – Noon.  This annual event is for children (ages 3 through 5th grade) and their parents. There are 35 houses available and 7 have already been claimed so be sure to sign up as soon as possible. Sign up at church on Sundays or send Anita an email to [email protected] Be sure to include the number of children and the number of adults that will be attending. (Anita asks that all those attending make plans now to stay for the entire two hours.)
  3. A Christmas Tea will be held in honor of the Women at Peace on Tuesday, December 8 in the early evening.  Please reserve the date now.   Further details to come.

The Women of Peace will meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is at Peace on November 11 from10 to Noon.  All the women of Peace are invited.

Core Values/Critical Issues: Green Pathways Out of Poverty
Sunday, November 22, 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Peace.

Come to this event cosponsored by the East Bay Jewish Community Relations Council and the Interfaith Council to hear Michele McGeoy speak about Solar Richmond, an organization that has successfully lifted people out of poverty.  The event is free of charge and will include a light buffet.  RSVP by November 18 to Myrna David at [email protected] or 510-318-6417.

I had the opportunity to share Communion with Ki Altemus last week.  She sends her love and greetings to all of her friends at Peace.

During these next few weeks we will get to celebrate 4 Baptisms!

“In God we are created, in Christ we die, in the Holy Spirit we are resurrected!”

Blessings, Pr. Steve

Late Breaking News Headline!

Abigail Vass (Pastor Elizabeth’s 15-year-old daughter) will appear in Las Positas College’s upcoming production of The School for Scandal, the 18th-century classic comedy of wit and (very bad) manners, set in contemporary times.  Playing the role of Maria, the young heiress and main romantic interest, Abigail is earning college credit for her work in the production.  Performances are November 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. and November 22 at 2 p.m.  For advance reservations, call (925) 424-1812.