Pastor’s Weekly Message: 11.13.14

Grace Waves


God has so identified with us that our love for one another truly binds us to God as well:  I have put you among your neighbors so that you can do for them what you cannot do for me – and whatever you do for them I will consider done for me.—Catherine of Siena

Gen Estenson’s Memorial Service will be on Thursday, November 20 at 2:00 pm.  Charlene will coordinate the Reception.  If you would like to contribute or assist please notify her or the church office.  If you are willing to usher for Gen’s Service please notify me as well.  It will be a blessed and marvelous occasion.  Please keep Jerry, Judy, Pat, Pam, Candy, Jim, Bill and Dawn and their families in your prayers.  (You can also bring Canned Goods in honor of Gen to her Memorial Service.)

Our Inequality and Faith Workshop occurs this Saturday, Nov. 15 from 9:30 – 3:30 pm at San Damiano.  The cost is $35 and it is not too late to sign up.  A powerful and transformative day is being offered to you as a gift from I-SRV and the compassionate efforts of Ron and Linda Elsdon.  Hear an Interfaith Panel address the spiritual foundations which motivate our creative response to inequality in our world; enjoy the music of our Sikh friend Amar Khalsa and the art of Bill Carmel and Christine Hartmann; a tasty lunch and the beauty of the Franciscan grounds of San Damiano.

If you wish to attend the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Night Ministry at Grace Cathedral this Sunday at 3 pm and want to carpool with friends from Peace please notify our church office.  Anne Lamott will speak, the Volti Choir will sing and Wing It will perform.  The people of the streets and nights of San Francisco will permeate the Cathedral.  You will experience nothing else like this in your lifetime!

Our Youth Group met this past Sunday and had a wonderful launching.  Our thanks to Christine, Greg and Max for hosting us.  The Youth Group will meet on a monthly basis on Sunday evenings from 6 – 7:30 pm.  We will rotate through members homes.

The Children’s Advocacy group will meet during our Forum time this Sunday at 11:15.  Everyone from Peace is invited to learn about the various ways in which we are impacting children’s lives here and around the world.

Jesus, First Century Rabbi:  Our final class will happen next Tuesday with Rabbi David Zaslow the author.  Your are invited to enjoy this evening (even if you have not been able to participate in the class) at which Rabbi Dan and I will interview Rabbi Zaslow with questions that have emerged through our class reflections.  Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 pm.  I believe it is important for all the members of Peace to read this book so the remaining books from our class will be sold on the next 3 Sundays.  Help establish understanding  and shalom in our world.  Buy one for a friend.

The Women of Peace will meet at Gun Johnston’s home on Tuesday, November 18 at 1 pm.  All are invited to join in!  Carpooling from Peace can be provided.

Peace hosts our annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Service this year on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 7:30 pm.  Canned goods are welcomed and donations will be received to support the work of Shelter, Inc.  I need ushers for this event and a couple folks to coordinate the Reception.  Participating congregations will bring cookies and goodies for the reception.  Let me know if you can assist.  Would someone take on the Special Role of Honey Host for the evening….to push the sales of our delicious Monastery Honey!

Please watch ‘A Place at the Table’ about Hunger in America before Thanksgiving.

Blessings,  Pr. Steve