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Copy of News for October 17, 2023


This Sunday, Oct 22: In-person service at 10am

Our guest preacher this Sunday, Oct 22, is David Wartman. He'll be sharing the works of Wendell Berry, whose poetry we have been reading for a while. Berry is a farmer, and his hands-on experience with the cycles of the seasons and the earth has informed all of his writing. It has also made him an environmental activist. Berry and his family have lived for years in rural northern Kentucky.


The Giving Sunday offering for October is for Neighbors in Need, a UCC offering to support ministries of justice and compassion..

Recent sermons

Check out our YouTube page to see recent sermons. Go to our archive of slides to see bulletins and slides used during recent services.

Starting in Sept 2023, recordings of our Taize services are also on the YouTube page.


Richard Rothstein at CCSM on Oct 26

Richard Rothstein, Cal professor and author of "The Color of Law", will be giving a talk at CCSM on Thursday, Oct 26 from 7-9. He is an authority on how the laws and practices at the federal, state and local levels have enacted segregation, particularly with respect to housing. Some of his examples come from the Bay Area and San Mateo County in particular. You can register for this free event here.


Jim Doty Coming on Nov 5

Our guest preacher at the beginning of November will be Dr. James Doty, professor of neurosurgery at Stanford and founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). His life story is pretty astonishing! In case you want to read about it before he gets here, his book is "Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart."


Volunteer needed

Do you enjoy shopping? Have we got a job for you! The church needs someone to take on regular purchasing of our short list of consumables. We share the list with TRA, and our half looks like paper towels, bifold towels and light bulbs. All you have to do is be sure the supply closet doesn't run out of our items! If you can help, talk to Polly. Thanks in advance.


Upcoming services and events

• Book Group: Sun, Oct 22 (7 pm), Zoom Discussion of “Mink River” by Brian Doyle.

• Dia de los Muertos: Sun, Oct 29 (10 am). Our annual service of remembrance.

• Farewell Party for the Hasse's: Sun, Oct 29 after worship. Come say good-bye as they head up to Enso in Healdsburg. (Note: this date may need to be adjusted if their move is delayed. Stay tuned for more info.)

• Worship & Arts: Sun, Nov 5 after worship. Everyone is welcome to help plan future services and events.

• Weds discussion group:Nov 8 (7 pm), Zoom

"Basic Bible Stories", meeting the main characters of the Old Testament. We've moved through the time of the judges, and now on to the time of the kings. All are welcome to join these gatherings.

• Harvest Dinner: Nov 17 (6 pm) at Congregational Church of the Peninsula (aka "the Belmont church"). Joint early Thanksgiving with area UCC churches. Turkey provided, we bring sides. It was fun last year!


Links and resources

Chocolate Fest at the Congregational Church of the Peninsula, Oct 20 & 21.

Masterworks Chorale's fall concert will be Oct 28th (7pm) and 29th (4pm) at Carlmont HS. You will recognize at least three singers in the chorale this year! Here's another work from the program -- Christopher Tin's "Izo Ngomso". The Xhosa lyrics are a translation of words by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow from his "Keramos."


Quote of the week

"The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope."

-- Wendell Berry


Weekly events

• Meditation group: Wednesdays at 7:30 am

In person at the church building.

• Sunday worship: 10 am

In person at the church building.



Image: poet Wendell Berry

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