Grace Waves/Pastor’s Blog 11.30.18


Let us Release All  the Love in our Hearts in All Directions for Those in Need

There are always borders some people are not afraid to cross

There are always doors some people are not afraid to open


There are always walls some people are not afraid to tear down

There are always fears some people are not afraid to transcend


There are always hopes some people are not afraid to have

 There are always loves some people are not afraid to embrace


There are always people some people are not afraid to respect

There are always dreams some people are not afraid to dream


Help us O Holy One of a thousand names that no one name can capture

 to realize the courage within us that is longing to be born in times of need.

Fr. Tom Bonacci

~ We begin Advent and the New Church Year this Sunday.  Taize Services will again be offered on Wednesday evening at San Damiano from 7- 8pm with our own Gary Sponholtz and friends providing the music leadership.

~ Catechumenate Want to study in depth our faith, the teachings and learn spiritual resources?  The Catechumenate is for you!  It is an ancient faith formation program which applies its wisdom to our times and context.  The program begins in Advent and continues through Easter with classes, godfriends, blessings and more.  Speak with me to learn more.

~ Our Pure Delight Christmas Concert is this Saturday, December 1 at 5:00 pm It is a benefit for CCIH (Contra Costa Interfaith Housing).  Here is a beautiful 5 minute video about their work.  Guest artists include Evelyn Kwark, Igor Vieira and the Cellis Brass Ensemble.  Come and joyfully initiate the Christmas Season!


~ From the Women of Laurel Galan:
Thank you for the generosity of many of you who contributed towards the much needed food for our partner community in Nicaragua.  Entre Culturas staff members, Eduardo and Luis, delivered it to the families on
Saturday, November 20th.  The community was so very grateful!

~ Stewarding – EFT and Peace:  We are asking all our EFT Contributors to change your Automatic Giving from Vanco to your own bank using the Monthly Bill-pay program.  Of course those who would like to financially support Peace through EFT and have not done so before are encouraged to become EFT Contributors too.

~ “Won’t You be my Neighbor”Friday Films: Dinner and a Movie with Kenny’s Roast Chicken and Roast Pork at 7:00 pm (note our later start!).  2018 is the 50th Anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Come and enjoy this delightful film about the man who cared about all children.

~ The Jazz Church West welcomes Anton Schwartz and guitarist Mike Scott this Sunday, December 2 at 5:00 pm.

~ Gratitude for Grace Waves“Thank you for this lifeline that provides inspired and inspiring messages for the indwelling spirit and is a vital news link about a congregation that I miss.  Love to my friends and pastor at Peace who I miss.”  Lynne Goodman


~ Chanukkah Sunday, December 9 at 6:30 at the Blackhawk Rotunda:  Beth Chaim invites us to join them for Menorah Lighting, singing and dancing, hot chocolate and latkes at this annual celebration.

~ The Monastery Honey is wafting out the doors!  It was especially appreciated and purchased at the Thanksgiving Eve Celebration last week.  Get yours soon!

This holiday season do your regular Amazon shopping at and Amazon Smile donates to Peace Lutheran Church!

“Our destiny is to live out what we think, because unless we live what we know, we do not even know it.  It is only by making our knowledge part of ourselves, through action, that we enter into the reality that is signified by our concepts.”  Thomas Merton

Blessed Advent,  Pr. Steve