Pastor’s Weekly Message: 03.05.14

Grace Waves


God created the world in six days and on the Sabbath God rested.  What a sad translation!  On the Sabbath God gave the world a soul! —Shlomo Carlebach

Chuck Fisher kept his promise and delivered “The Best Crab Feed in the Bay Area!”  What a joyful and spirited evening we shared.  Our thanks to Michael Valenta for being the catalyst and inspiration for the Crab Feed this year; to Chuck Fisher for his coordination of the evening and the exquisite food which was prepared for all of us; to the donors of our fine Silent Auction gifts; to our volunteers—Nancy Carlston, Ken Budesa, Pat and Jared Leong, Bill and Elana, Brock Klobe and Xanthia van Ewijk, Tommy Valenta, Libby Flynn and Pam Fisher plus Dessert Makers—Diane Kurtz, Ken, Pat, Libby and Chuck; and to all of you who invited friends to join you.  At least 90 people attended!   It was a great night and the event raised over $4,000 for Peace—the best fundraiser in our history!  And… check out the photos! (Thanks to Kirsti)

Ash Wednesday initiates the season of Lent.  Our worship will be at 7:30 pm this Wednesday.

Sabbath is the strongest vitamin because its nutrients are those which can heal the soul.

“Love Letters”  will be performed at Peace this Sunday, March 9 at 4:00 pm.  This is a fundraiser for Hospice of the East Bay where Bev Harms and Pr. Elizabeth work. This drama is a poignant and humorous story about letters exchanged over the course of a lifetime between two long time friends who despite going separate ways continue to share their confidences.  A reception with a popular harpist will follow.

This Sunday we will begin a Lenten Forum Series on the Lord’s Prayer.  Our thanks to Jan Johansson for his Forum on The Human Heart this past Sunday and to Ron Elsdon for his Forum on Inequality and Racism on the previous Sunday.

You can keep every Sabbath to the letter of the law, but unless Sabbath reaches the deepest place in your heart, you haven’t kept Sabbath.

At our worship this Sunday we will celebrate the culmination of our Early Communion Class with all the children and families who have been involved.  Please offer your prayers for Regan, Reese, Natalie and Ava throughout this week.

Remember: Time Change—this Sunday, March 9.  Spring ahead!

The Veil Tapestry Project has reached its goal of $426!  The Council and Bill Carmel offer their thanks to all who contributed.

The Brockometer has received an additional special gift of $1,000 bringing our total of Match Funds to $2,700!  In addition, the donor has chosen to give the entire $5,000 to the Prison Internship Fund!  How gracious and generous are the members of Peace!

Happy Birthday and Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary to Lois and Bob McGee!  Lois, we are grateful for all of your incredible gifts to Peace, PLTS Seminary and the larger church throughout the years!

Please keep in your prayers:  Karl Hepner and his fellow shipmates who are deployed in the Mediterranean currently; in gratitude for Lisa who has received a double lung transplant; for our children and the children of Syria, Afghanistan, and the Crimea.

March 7 is First Friday Films: Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen is a reverent 2009 biopic by director Margarethe von Trotta about the famed 12th century Benedictine abbess. Von Bingen was also a Christian mystic, scientist, physician/healer, poet, naturalist, playwright, philosopher and composer. Pope John Paul II called her, “a light to her people and for her time, she continues to shine even more brightly today.” Run time 111 minutes. Join us for popcorn during, discussion after.

Gary Sponholtz invites you to the DVC Wind Bands in Concert this Friday, March 7 at 8:00 pm at the DVC Performing Arts Center.  They will perform ‘The Lonely Beach—Normandy 1944’ featuring Kevin Tam’s arrangement of Camille Saint–Saens ‘Hail California’.  And Gary will be performing on the Peace Lutheran Church Organ which is being transported to DVC for this event!

A Sabbath Test:  If you want to know how much you like a person, see if you can sit with them….without doing anything.

Lenten Blessings,  Pr. Steve