Grace Waves 11.30.17


“Humankind has not woven the web of life.  We are but one thread within it.  Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.  All things are bound together.  All things connect.”  Chief Seattle, 1854

** Weaving our Stories Please continue this marvelous Interviewing Process.  The treasures to be discovered are endless.  And watch our Weaving Tapestry begin to emerge!

** Please bring Photos of your Extended Family on Sundays and post them on our Bulletin Boards in the Breezeway.  This is a beautiful way to experience the circles of loved ones beyond our own congregation.

** December Forums:

  • Dec 3 – Justice Advocacy;
  • Dec 10 – Peace as Sanctuary, Proposal III;
  • Dec 17 – Weaving our Stories

** An Interfaith Art Exhibit Opens this Sunday, Dec. 3 from 1 – 4 pm at the Oakland Islamic Center.  Our own Veil Tapestry will be on display!  Bill Carmel is greatly involved in this Exhibit.  Encourage your community, friends and family to attend.  The Exhibit will be up through December.

** The Jazz Church West welcomes Anton Schwartz, sax man and Joshua Nelson, pianist this Sunday, Dec. 3 at 5 pm.  They will be playing in heaven but may be eternally sold out.  Why not enjoy these superb artists this Sunday!

** Advent Taize at San Damiano:  Our Peace Musicians (Gary, Elizabeth, John, Drew) will again lead these Contemplative Prayer Gatherings on the 3 Wednesdays of December – 6, 13 and 20.  Drop in, have your soul refreshed and prepared for Christmas.  (Also special thanks to all these musicians and singer for their outstanding Thanksgiving Eve Gifts!!)

** The Annual Pure Delight Christmas Concert with performances by The Pacific Choir, Coelis Vocal Ensemble, Sonnet Ensemble and Violinist Jiwon Evelyn Kwark at Peace Lutheran on Saturday, December 9 at 5 pm.  General admission $20, students $10 and 12 and under free.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Wild Fire Relief in our North Bay Counties.  Posters coming your way this week.

** Stewarding/Pledge Cards can be submitted this Sunday, December 3.  Reflection – “Studies of charitable giving in the US show that people in the least religious fifth of the population give just 1.5% of their money to charity.  People in the most religious fifth give a whopping 7% of their income to charity.  They also give as much or more than secular folk to secular charities such as the American Cancer Society; and it’s the same story for volunteer work:  religious people do far more than secular folk with the bulk of that work being done for or at least through their religious organizations.”  (The Righteous Mind)   Thank you for your generosity!

** Congratulations to Islamic Center of SRV who celebrate their 25th Anniversary among us this Saturday at 10:30 am!

** Hanukkah Celebration – with Interfaith Friends:  We are outside at Blackhawk Plaza on Saturday, December 16 at 6:30 pm.  Rabbi Dan invites all interfaith friends to attend!

** Second Friday Film-  Holiday Dinner and a Movie, Dec. 8, 6:30pm Christmas Story, a 2007 film Inspired by a Finnish legend, “Joulutarina” is the story of how an orphan boy called Nikolas became Santa Claus. 83 min., rated PG.




May I be filled with loving-Kindness
May I be well
May I be peaceful and at ease
May I be happy and filled with deep joy


May I be at peace
May my heart remain open
May I awaken to the light of my own true nature
May I be healed
May I be a source of healing for all beings

Advent Blessings,

Pr. Steve