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News for August 1, 2023


This Sunday, August 6: In-person service at 10am

Caje Remedios is our guest preacher this week, and his chosen poet is Rumi. We use Rumi all the time at CHC and you may not even realize it...."May the beauty we love be what we do" or "Come, come whoever you are" are good examples. Rumi was a Persian Sufi, but his words are universal.

The Giving Sunday offering for August is for Our Church's Wider Mission (UCC), which provides basic support for churches, conferences and associations.

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.


All-church potluck lunch on Sunday

The smorgy lives! Only at lunchtime instead of dinner. Sandwich makings and dessert will be provided, so bring a summer side dish to share.


Don't forget to wish George Conklin a happy birthday. At 92, he is our oldest founding member. (His hearing is going, so be sure to face him when you talk to him, and talk a little louder than usual.)


Instant Choir Aug 13

Calling all singers! We're re-instituting our pre-Covid version of church choir, called Instant Choir. One Sunday a month, we come early to rehearse and then we sing for that day's service. No auditions, all ability levels welcomed.


Mark your calendar for Sunday, Aug 13. Rehearsal at 8:45 am.


Upcoming services and events

• All-church potluck Sun, Aug 6 after worship. Sandwich fixings and dessert provided; bring something to share. The smorgy lives!

• Weds discussion group: Aug 9 (7 pm), Zoom

"Basic Bible Stories", continuing with the story of Joseph. Come meet the main figures in the foundational history of Judaism (and thus, Christianity). Everyone is welcome.

• Taize service: Fri, Aug 11 (7:30 pm) at church. Also available on Zoom. We will be singing Marty Haugen's vespers service, "Holden Evening Prayer." Kevin Doyle and Polly Moore, cantors. Deirdre Doyle, violin; Ami Nashimoto, cello; Peter Meredith, piano.

• Instant Choir.Sun, Aug 13. Rehearsal at 8:45am.

• Worship & Arts. Sun, Aug 13 after worship.

• Book Group: Sun, Aug 27 (7 pm), Zoom. Reading the book "Circe" by Madeline Miller. An imaginative reconstruction of the mythical character Circe.

• Women’s retreat: Sep 1-3, Pacific Grove

Contact Polly Moore for details.

• Men’s retreat: Sep 22–24, Pacific Grove

Contact Roy Gesley for details.


Links and resources

"Poetry and grief connected.

make peace” by contemporary composer David Lang.


Quote of the week

"I'm glad I understand that while language is a gift, listening is a responsibility."

-- Nikki Giovanni


Weekly events

• Meditation group: Wednesdays at 7:30 am

In person at the church building

• Sunday worship: 10 am

In person or on Zoom — see the newsletter or this site for updates



Image: Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-1273)

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