Grace Waves/Pastor’s Blog 12.07.18


“We rarely find people who achieve great things without first going astray.”  On Saints and Sages by Meister Eckhart

San Damiano Retreat Center will host Paradise Fire Family victims from December 20 – 26.  Several people from Peace already want to volunteer to help.  (*Please see the details below.)  If you wish to assist please notify Kari in our Office.  These ornaments are being made/sold with all proceeds benefitting fire victims.

Dear Pastor Steve:

Prayers please for all my sister Elin and her husband Harry had to endure.  They lost their home and all of their belongings in the Paradise inferno.  My 85 year old brother in law drove through walls of fire and blinding smoke, the morning of the uncontrollable conflagration of super-heated air, moving  fast with the wind, setting one house after another on fire, leveling everything in its path.  Elin and Harry reached her daughter’s home in Berkeley late that horrible Thursday.  The sights of Paradise are far worse than what we saw in Europe during  the war.  At least the bombs spared some houses, leaving behind ruins that could be rebuilt. There is nothing in Paradise like that.

Yet Elin and Harry consider themselves fortunate, because they have some resources and a place to stay, unlike many unfortunates who huddle in tents on store parking lots.  I do hope that help arrives fast for the victims of the catastrophe. Love to my friends at Peace.  Maili Malvre

Our Advent Wreath was designed by Ken and it is fabulous.  What an inspiration to prayer as we mark this season of preparation for unconditional mercy.

This Sunday we will put the Lights on our Christmas Tree and next Tuesday the Women of Peace will decorate the Tree and Gathering Hall.  Any and all are invited to join in!  (The Women’s Group meets every Tuesday from 1 – 2:30 pm.  Women are always invited to join this group which shares mutual support and opportunities for reflection on our lives.)

Pure Delight Concert Appreciation:  Performing in the Pure Delight Concert is the perfect way to celebrate the spirit of Christmas.  For the past four years, I have always looked forward to making and sharing music with our wonderful audience. I am grateful for another opportunity to participate in what has become a Christmas tradition for me!   Jiwon Evelyn Kwark, violinist

Jazz Church West Anton Schwartz and Mike Scott were stunning.  The gospel is ‘preached’ in so many ways.  (Be sure to tell me the day you grow weary of classical and jazz artists performing at Peace who have played the great concert halls of New York, SF Symphony, Vienna, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Tokyo, Berlin, Stockholm, DC and LA.)  We are so blessed!

Giving Tree Gifts are asked to be brought to Peace on December 16.  Gifts for two 9 year old boys are the only remaining gift requests.

The Catechumenate is an opportunity for Adults to deepen their faith through study, reflective conversations, prayer, godfriends and blessings.  It begins in Advent and continues through Easter (April 21).  We meet twice a month and the participants determine together our meeting times.  Speak with me if you would like to learn more.

Letter from the Women of Laurel Galan: We received the letter that you sent us with Luis and Eduardo. We are happy to know that you were celebrating one more anniversary of your church. We hope you remain united in the love of God. We thank you for always thinking of us and praying for our families. We want to tell you that we are receiving a lot of rain. In our country there is disorder in nature. The crisis increases due to the lack of employment. During the
first half of the rainy season we lost the harvest due to lack of rain and right now we are losing our crops due to excessive rain.  We hope that you will be successful in your elections and that you choose the best candidate for you.  We pray that you will always be well and that you can achieve your goals.

Keep in your prayers:  June, Spoon, Margaret, Gun, Nette, the people of Paradise and Thousand Oaks, the Seminarian Committee, Brenda, Kathy and Adel, Bernie, Jeanne, children who are at risk, Pr. Margareta, people living with AIDS, those in addiction recovery, artists and all who are with child.


Chanukkah  Celebration this Sunday:  Beth Chaim invites you to an interfaith Chanukkah Party with Menorah Lighting, singing, dancing, hot chocolate and goodies at the Rotunda in Blackhawk Shopping Center this Sunday, December 9 at 6:30 pm.  Always a great time!





From the New Life Band:  Friends at Peace we offer a sincere thank you for welcoming us last September to Peace during our California Tour.  Your support, warm hospitality and the opportunity to share our ministry with you was greatly appreciated and valued.  Mungu awabariki!

Fire Victims – A Place for the Holidays! San Damiano Retreat is opening 78 guest rooms to host fire victims over the holidays!  Rooms, meals, laundry, wifi, beautiful grounds, and a warm Franciscan welcome.   How YOU can help:  Contact Lisa Briones  [email protected]   or 925.837.9141 – or contact Kari in the office to schedule a group to assist in any way!

  • o Reach out to San Damiano if you know someone that can benefit
  • o Be a volunteer! Assist with cooking, kitchen and food service, be present to visit
  • o Donate bulk items of food, laundry supplies
  • o Bring your musical talents to entertain the guests!

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.  Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”  Tao te Ching

Advent blessings,

Pr. Steve