Pastor’s Weekly Message: 06.07.16

Grace Waves


You do not have to be better – Really!

You are not obligated to change.


There are huge pressures all around for us to “fix” ourselves—to be better people. We are told to be thinner, prettier, richer, sexier or smarter. The Gospel  reminds us we are not obligated to change our self image or waste our time fitting into other people’s projections/expectations. We can choose to practice something new. We can approach change with a sense of amusement and ease rather than a sense of drudgery. If it doesn’t work out the way we might have hoped, then we can also let it go.


The Gospel proclaims —You are loved for who you are!   Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love!

June Cultural Calendar

Jazz Church West – Season 11 Conclusion with Anton Schwartz and Josh Nelson – was outstanding!

June 11 – Mozart’s ‘Missa Solemnis in C major’: This Saturday at 7:00 pm /The Pacific Choir and Coelis Women’s Ensemble.  Rest your soul, nourish your spirit.

June 18 – Midsommer BBQ and Solstice Dancing with Master Chef Chuck Fisher and DJ Kaleo Ching.  Kick off the summer with tasty food, good friends and World Music Dancing!

Peace Keepers:  The Connections Committee asks you to review a list of our ministries this Sunday which need participation and support from the members of Peace.  You can sign up these next 2 Sundays.

Our next Family Service is on Sunday, June 19 at 10 am.

Forum – Yoga at Peace and Beth Chaim:  This Sunday Jennifer Zetlan, Jeanne Kaplan and Linda Benatar invite you to explore a cooperative Shabbat Yoga Program with Peace and Beth Chaim members on Saturday mornings.  Yoga enthusiasts, those who are yoga-curious and those who wish to encourage Beth Chaim /Peace friendships and endeavors are invited.

Our Youth Group joins Charlene McPherson at Danville Rehabilitation this Sunday.

Refugee Camp in Northern Greece:  Here’s a link to the blog by Katherine Winogura who works with Jewish Family Services:

Family Caregiver Education Series – Hope Hospice:  This year, nearly 40 percent of adults in the U.S. will find themselves in the role of caring for an elderly or chronically ill loved one. Most of us are unprepared for what has become known as the universal occupation. If you are a family caregiver, we hope to provide you with education, resources and support.   June 11, 2016 – Navigating the Healthcare System: Becoming an Advocate for Your Loved One —The complex healthcare system in the U.S. can be daunting, to say the least. Understanding your rights and learning to communicate effectively with healthcare professionals are key to successfully advocating for your loved one. Guidance is provided in handling hospitalizations (including the discharge process) and utilizing strategies for keeping track of health histories, medications, and medical appointments.  Contact: [email protected]

Caregivers Retreat Day – San Damiano, July 6:   This spiritual, half-day retreat will focus on the caregiver’s journey and need for self-love and compassion.  $40 which includes lunch;

Sierra-Pacific Synod Assembly:  Presiding Bishop Eaton shared with us some statistics from the ELCA  in 2015. We have congregations in 9,300 places, 3.7 million members and received $1.8 billion in mission support. We also opened 62 new congregations!  The Sierra Pacific Synod contributed $647,541, 35.8% of our budget. She shared more about what will be happening at the Churchwide Assembly and Grace Gathering in New Orleans this summer.

Emergency Intervention:  Our Defibrillator is mounted in the Gathering Hall next to the Kitchen Door.

RIC/Reconciling in Christ:  Last week June 2 (1991) officially marked the 25thAnniversary of Peace becoming an open and affirming congregation of LGBTQ people.

Blessings,  Pr. Steve