Pastor’s Weekly Message: 11.07.14

Grace Waves


The fruit of humility is naturalness; being at home with ourselves, being ourselves. —Michael Casey

Gen Estenson died Thursday morning.  She was surrounded by her family…..all 8 Children, spouses and grandchildren…..and the prayers of her church family at Peace.  We mourn her death and celebrate the gifts she shared especially her spirit.  The date for her Memorial Service has not been finalized.  It will be around November 20.  She is now with her God and for her life, love and faith we are grateful.

Shoe Box Ministry:  Volunteers are welcome to join Nette at her home in Concord this Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 10 am – Noon to assist in Wrapping Boxes.  Please bring your own scissors.  Notify the Office if you want to carpool.  Packing the Boxes will happen on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 11 am at her home.  2 – 6 people are needed.  Youth Group members may assist.

Inequality and Faith” – a Workshop sponsored by I-SRV happens on Saturday, Nov. 15 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm at San Damiano.

Identify core values held in common among our interfaith communities; Examine their impact on our individual responsibility and public choices; Face the facts of inequality in the United States, Motivate our common focus and new vision.

An Interfaith Panel will present the “Spiritual Foundations” for our reflections on the realities of inequality.

The day is composed of: small groups, storytelling, joyous music provided by our Sikh friends Amar and Sahib-Amar Khalsa,  film excerpts, prayer and celebration and free time to enjoy the beauty of San Damiano. Cost is $35 including lunch.

Register by Monday at: or call 925-837-9141.

The Women of Peace will meet on Tuesday, November 18 at 1:00 pm at Peace.

We Are All Connected – a word from Thais:

I’m delighted to share with all of you that our group has deposited another $550. into Dr. Hodes’ account.  Dr. Hodes he has been extremely busy performing four spine surgeries per day in Ethiopia for impoverished children, so we are very thankful to be able to continue supporting his work. This was the result of a new and successful idea to raise money for Dr. Hodes through cake raffles!  The first one took place at Vista Grande Elementary School last Thursday (during the Halloween Parade) and the second cake raffle took place yesterday at Peace Lutheran Church in Danville during a beautiful Jazz Concert.  During these two events we could spread the word about the magnificent work of Dr. Hodes and also make the two cake winner’s lives a little sweeter!  I am also very thankful to be surrounded by people like you, who share the same values as our group and who have helped us to make all this possible.

Please watch the movie “A Place at the Table” which is about Hunger in America.  View it with friends before Thanksgiving.  The Justice Advocacy committee hopes all the members and friends of Peace can participate in heightening our awareness of the lived dynamics of hunger in our country.  (Copies are available at Peace or through Netflix.)

First Friday Films – HUGO:  If you are a film lover you will delight in the story line, set in 1930s Paris, where history was being made with a new invention – filmmaking. Take a minute and watch the trailer and be amazed! Hugo Cabret is a 12-year-old orphan who takes up residence behind the walls of a Parisian train station, where he meets a girl who holds the key to his destiny. He keeps the clocks in the Gare Montparnasse ticking while trying to fix the automaton his father left him. Superb cast, PG rated, runs 126 min. Popcorn with truffle oil – who could want more?!  Directed by Martin Scorsese and produced by Johnny Depp!

Blessings, Pr. Steve