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News for July 18, 2023


This Sunday, July 23: In-person service at 10am

Back from cruising the rivers of Europe and recovering from Covid, Marilyn Garrison is taking a turn to talk about poetry this Sunday. Given that she's spent her life around books and libraries, her main difficulty will be to choose which poems to discuss! Her message is titled "A Poem in your Pocket."

The Giving Sunday offering for July is for San Mateo's Catherine Center, helping women re-enter society after incarceration.

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.


Women's Group news

The retreat RSVP's are coming in, so be sure to let Polly know if you can make it. Sept 1-3, at the College Heights Julia Morgan Retreat Center in Pacific Grove. If you have a preferred sleeping arrangement, let me know that too. Also if you need a ride or would be willing to provide one.


Upcoming services and events

• Church Council. There will be no Council meeting in July. Enjoy the break!

• Weds discussion group: July 26 (7 pm), Zoom

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

• Book Group: Sun, July 30 (7 pm), Zoom. Reading the book "On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear" by Lynn Casteel Harper.

• 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.

• 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

Mary Magdalene's Feast Day is this Saturday, July 22. There's an in-person celebration up in Novato with Priestess Christy Michaels from 12-3:30. Tickets and information here.

NPR podcast about “All Wigged Out” – a musical about breast cancer. Fight cancer with humor!

Live jelly cam from Monterey Bay Aquarium. Warning: watching jelly fish is mesmerizing!


Quote of the week

"Attention is the beginning of devotion." -- Mary Oliver


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: church camp at Monte Toyon with Belmont UCC (photo by Pepe Doyle)

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