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News for February 13, 2024


This Sunday, Feb 18: In-person service at 10am

Rev. Polly will be preaching this Sunday, on change and churches. Standing on the threshold of the next chapter in our church's life, this will be a chance to reflect on what we've accomplished in the six years of our "experiment" in do-it-yourself church.


The usual third-Sunday-of-the-month Council meeting is postponed until Feb 25.


The Giving Sunday offering for February is for Puente de la Costa Sur, offering services to the South Coast communities of Pescadero, La Honda, Loma Mar and San Gregorio. What began years ago with the Pescadero UCC church repairing bicycles for the farmworkers has grown into a center for all kinds of services, from ESL to community health. Their next big event is the upcoming Farmworker Convention in March.

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.


Congratulations, Jorge!

On Sunday, Feb 11 the members of College Heights Church voted to call Rev. Jorge Bautista as our next pastor. All the voting members of the church were present, either in person or on Zoom, and the vote was unanimous! Jorge will start officially in a few weeks. Many thanks to the Search Committee for their long months of work on this project.


Ash Wednesday Service 2/14 at CCSM

Lent starts tomorrow! The local UCC churches are having a joint Ash Wednesday service at CCSM (225 Tilton, San Mateo) starting at 7:15pm. If you want to sing in the drop-in choir, come at 6.


Women's Group Mon 2/19 at Lolita's

All women who are available and interested are invited to a get-together on Monday, Feb 19 at 1pm at Lolita's Artisanal Bakery, 3790 S. El Camino (2 blocks south of Hillsdale Shopping Center). Expect good company, good coffee, yummy empanadas and other treats. See Marilyn Garrison if you have any questions.


Upcoming services and events

Ash Wednesday Service: Wed, Feb 14 (7 pm) 

Joint service with other local UCC congregations, held at CCSM (aka "the downtown church").

• Book Group: Sun, Feb 25 (7 pm), Zoom

Our next book will be "Horse" by Geraldine Brooks.

• Weds discussion group: Mar 13 (7 pm), Zoom

"Basic Bible Stories", meeting the main characters of the Old Testament. Our next stories are about Esther and Job, both worthy of our attention.


Links and resources

Homebrewed Christianity and the Westar Institute are offering a 5-week online class with John Dominic Crossan on The Historical Jesus, Tuesdays during Lent at 11am starting Feb 20. Donate what you will.

Second annual "Step Up for the Homeless" from Abundant Grace, Feb 14-Mar 17.

RIP Maestro Seiji Ozawa, who died last week at age 88. Here he is in 2015, conducting a segment of Beethoven's String Quartet No. 16.


Quote of the week

"In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors." -- William Blake


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: Rev. Jorge Bautista

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