Grace Waves 12.6.17


What do you want?

Where do you abide?

Come and see, come and see.. An Advent invitation!  

** Advent Taize at San Damiano:  Our Peace Musicians (Gary, Elizabeth, John, Drew) will again lead these Contemplative Prayer Gatherings on the 3 Wednesdays of December6, 13 and 20 – 7:00p.  Drop in, have your soul refreshed and prepared for Christmas.

** Family Service This Sunday, Dec 10: Give your children a little pre-Christmas celebrating with 2nd Advent Sunday!

**Giving Tree gifts:  Please contact the office during the week or Libby on Sunday if you are interested

  • Special support for our partners in Nicaragua would be appreciated since they are experiencing food shortages.
  • Gifts for Lwamondo Parish are also welcomed.
  • Please return your gift-wrapped Giving Tree items on Sunday Dec 17th

** Christmas Tree Decorating:  Happens this Saturday, 10:30a.  Join the Youth Group and Seminarian Louis in making the tree Merry & Bright!

** Christmas Service Schedule: 

  • Sunday  Dec 24, 10:00a – Advent 4: Mary Sunday with Baptism!
  • Sunday  Dec 24,   5:00p – Christmas Eve Family Service
  • Sunday  Dec 24, 10:00p – Christmas Eve with Candles and Communion
  • Monday  Dec 25, 10:00a – Christmas Day Carols and Eucharist

**Peace Singers – Elizabeth has already secured  7 – 13 non-Peace members to sing in a Christmas Eve Choir.  If you would like to join this group at either service please contact the office.  Beautiful Christmas celebrations are coming your way!

** 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.

** Keep in Your PrayersCarol and the death of her father, Linda, Laurie on her move to the NW, and those seeking shelter.

** December Forums:

  • Dec 10 – Peace as Sanctuary III: Come learn and reflect on an initial Sanctuary Proposal.
  • Dec 17 – Weaving our Stories

** 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.

** An Interfaith Art Exhibit Opened last Sunday at the Oakland Islamic Center.  Our own Veil Tapestry is on display!  The remains up through January.  In the New Year we’ll organize a carpool to visit the exhibit.

** Stewarding/Pledge Cards: Thank you to all that have pledged for 2018. Thank you for your generosity!

** 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.



** Tanzanian Christmas Gifts:  Thanks to Pastor Lucy who provided these unique gifts last week.  They will be available again this Sunday, Dec 10th.

Advent Blessings,

Pr. Steve