Pastor’s Weekly Message: 01.12.17

Grace Waves


Who you are is God’s gift to you.  Who you become is your gift to God.— Happy Epiphany!

 Family Service – our next celebration will be on January 20 at 10 am!

 2nd Friday (January 13) – Film:  Join us for a screening of The Giver starring Jeff BridgesMeryl StreepAlexander SkarsgardKatie Holmes and Taylor Swift. The book this film is based on won the 1994 Newberry Medal and has sold more than 10 M copies worldwide and is on many middle school reading lists. A 2012 survey based in the US designated it as the fourth-best children’s novel of all time. In a seemingly perfect community without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a 16-year-old boy is chosen to earn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the “real” world. Run time 97 min., rated PG-13.

Choral Gems of Baroque Italy:  Enjoy the 25 Singers from the American Baroque Festival Chorus in Connecticut perform Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’ and de Rossi’s ‘Songs of Solomon’ this Sunday, January 25 at 7:30 pm at Peace.  Tickets are only $10 online:   Our thanks to Elizabeth Hunter Ashley for making this concert possible!

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be on Sunday, February 5 immediately after worship.  This is Super Bowl Sunday but have no fear – you will easily be home in time for the game.

From Calvin Neswiswi and Lwamondo Partners:  We were blessed by a grandchild on New Year’s eve She is a lovely and cute baby. We love her so much. We now have a total of 9 grandchildren, four boys and five girls. Four are attending school and are in different grades.  We had a wonderful festive season with lots of Christmas gifts from our children. It is nice to be on pension though Caroline is still working with the Election Commission and is stationed in Polokwane (Pietersburg) during the week but comes home for the week-end.

Lwamondo Parish is growing though many of the people like Patrick Sithubi, Alfred Ndou and many more have retired and are on pension now. The Parish has 9 congregations.

We have started with preparations to celebrate 500 year of the establishment of the Lutheran Church. Lutheran Church members from different parts of the world will be converging in Namibia in May this year for the celebration. Lwamondo Parish will not be able to send representatives to this function. We could not find accommodation as all hotels are already fully booked. We will only watch from TV screens at home.

How are our friends at Nicaragua? I hope they are doing well.  Our regards to all at PEACE and Nicaragua!

Dr. Martin Luther King Celebrations!

  • Monday, January 16: Noon – Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, 1801 Lacassie Ave., Walnut Creek.  Hear St. Benedict’s Gospel Choir and Fr. Kwane Assenyou preach on Dr. King:  Tough Mind and Tender Heart.
  • 2:00 pm -Standing in Solidarity – On the corner of Civic and N. Broadway.  Let your presence and prayers be visible as we support our Syrian, Iraqi, Latino immigrant and refugee siblings.  Love your Neighbor!
  • 4:00 pm:  The 10th Annual Celebration of MLK – SRV United Methodist Church, 902 Danville Blvd., Alamo, CA
  • The Martin Luther King Peace and Justice Committee and Interfaith Council of the San Ramon Valley invite you to an Interfaith Celebration of Dr. King’s Dream of Nonviolence and Peace.  The service will be followed at 5:45 by a Candlelight Peace Walk at the Iron Horse Trail at Prospect Avenue in Downtown Danville to celebrate the unity of our faiths.

He became a small babe so that you could be fully grown, a mature human being; he was wrapped in swaddling clothes so that you might be freed from the bonds of death; he came to the manger to bring us to the altar (our senses); he was on earth so that we might bring heaven to earth with him. —Ambrose of Milan

Please keep in your prayers: Anne on the death of husband Keith, Paige on the death of her husband,  Ruth on the death of father Bob Lesher, Maili and Kersti on the death of Astrid, my sister Rae on the death of husband Dave, Brian Turner, Renee’s mother, Brian McGee, Margaret Bender, Kari Schoening’s father, Peter, Fred Garrity, Ed Klitsch, those looking for shelter, the children and families of Aleppo, Unicef and all who work on behalf of the world’s children.

Solar Halos – Further negotiations reduced the total cost of our 80 Panels from $90,000 to $86,000; last week’s total – $62,000, this week’s – $65,000 raised; 35 members and friends of Peace have been able to contribute in honor of loved ones – thank you!  Thanks to our Solar Committee for their diligent work.

Be sure to check out Bill Carmel’s Art Exhibit at the Orinda Library Art Gallery.  Last Saturday a dozen Peace Members attended the Opening!  It is beautifully done!

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action.  And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.  And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium….the world will not have it.  It is not you business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions.  It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open, and to live it.”  Martha Graham, choreographer – (Thanks to Ron Elsdon for this quote and his Prison Ministry Forum last Sunday.)

Epiphany blessings,

Pr. Steve