Pastor’s Weekly Message: 11.03.2016

Grace Waves


We normally win the kind of eternity for which or lives prepare us.”  Socrates

All Saints will be celebrated this Sunday, Nov. 6 with a special “Markingsmass” incorporating the writings of Dag Hammarskjold.  We will remember our loved ones who have died during this past year.  (The Time Change is this Sunday so let your clock ‘fall back’

Thanks to Kersti for our Congregational Photo this past Sunday. We are trying to figure out a way to include those of you who weren’t able to be present.

First Friday Films is on track this month, landing this week Nov 4 with Star Trek Beyond.  Join the group 6:30pm in the Youth Center, popcorn during the film and discussion following.

500th Anniversary of the Reformation:  Pope Francis on Reformation Day in Lund, Sweden urged members of the two faith communities to “mend a critical moment of our history” by forging new common paths together.  More to come during this next year!

Jazz Church West features John Calloway and Clave Unplugged – the finest in Latin Jazz.  And the ‘Let There Be Light’ Exhibit officially opens with the Photography of Linda Elsdon and the Paintings of Thais.  Spread the word to your friends.

Solar Halos:  Many of us became increasingly aware and concerned about climate changes after our forum study of Pope Francis Encyclical on the effects of climate change.  After struggling and praying about what we personally could do, a small committee was formed to investigate getting solar for Peace.  We concluded that a solar project for Peace would not only prove to be another specific action by Peace Lutheran Church to preserve the environment, but it also had the potential of saving Peace $10,000 and more in annual energy costs.  Check our new website link for more details, and even more to come.

Our next Family Service will be on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 10 am.  That service will mark the conclusion of this church year.

Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 pm:  The music for our Interfaith Thanksgiving Service this year (St. Joan’s Catholic Church in San Ramon) is going to feature a Choir composed of people from all of the different faith communities in ISRV, directed by Eve Decker from Beth Chaim who will also sing some of her own original soulful music, and the accompanist will be the talented Julie Wolf. but she will be leading .  We will be have two rehearsals for this Interfaith Choir and it is hope that you can attend one or both of the rehearsals.  Rehearsals will be on Sundays, November 6 and 20, 4:30-5:45, at St. Joan of Arc, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon.  Please bring along anyone you know who loves to sing and might be interested in the Interfaith Service whether they identify with a faith community or not.  I hope you will come and sing at the Interfaith Service even if by some chance you cannot make either of the rehearsals.

Holy One of Compassion, in this world wounded by injustice and ignorance give us religious and political leaders of courage and vision.  Dedicate them to the common good.  May we as global peacemakers partner with them in creating a world build on respect, reverence, humility and responsibility – a culture of peace that reflects your presence.

Blessings,  Pr. Steve