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News for Mar 7, 2023

This Sunday, March 12: Zoom service

MK Nelson will be our guest preacher this Sunday, with a sermon titled "Fat Ashes". Her text is John 4:5-14, the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. The Giving Sunday collection for March is for Stephan Waligur's Community of Peace in Virginia.

Daylight Savings Time starts this weekend so be sure to set your clocks ahead an hour on Saturday night.

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.

Alice Bishop Celebration of Life

Saturday, March 11 at 2 pm we will gather at church to remember and celebrate the life of Alice London Bishop, one of our long-time "church pillars." Alice did almost everything in her years at College Heights, from teaching Sunday School to playing piano for worship to managing the famous rummage sale every year. She was active in the women's group, the weekly meditation group, and served on the Council as the Financial Secretary. The church enjoyed many annual picnics out at the Pescadero home that she and Bruce built, with a worship service in the redwood grove and after-lunch croquet with the gophers. Join us on Saturday to share stories and remember the love.

Lenten Taize on Friday

Join us in person this Friday, March 10, at 7:30 pm for our monthly Taize service. Chants with a Lenten focus, prayers, silence, and a reading from St. Symeon the New Theologian, an Eastern Orthodox monk and poet who lived a thousand years ago. ("New" is a relative term.)

The Zoom room will also be open and the bulletin is online.

Crossan Easter Videos

Noted progressive Christian scholar John Dominic Crossan has prepared a series of four illustrated video lectures on the Easter stories, using material from his books "The Last Week" and "Resurrecting Easter." We will gather on Zoom to watch these videos together (followed by discussion, naturally) on Thursday evenings in March, beginning on March 9 at 7 pm. The first lecture is titled "Metaphors for Jesus' Exaltation." All are welcome.

Upcoming services and events

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

We’re continuing with the “writing your spiritual journey” exercise. Ask Polly for more details.

• Crossan video #1: Mar 9 (7 pm), Zoom. "Metaphors for Jesus' Exaltation"

• Lenten Taize Service: Fri, Mar 10 (7:30 pm)

• Celebration of Life for Alice Bishop: Sat, Mar 11 (2 pm). Alice's obituary is online here.

• Conversation on Continued Masking: Sun, Mar 26 after worship. The COVID-19 Emergency is officially over in San Mateo County. What does that mean for CHC and continued masking indoors?

• Book Group: Sun, Mar 26 (7 pm), Zoom. Reading "Peach Blossom Spring" by Melissa Fu.

•Worship & Arts committee: Sun, Apr 16. Join us after worship to plan future services

• Enlightenment Intensive: May 4-7 in Pacific Grove

A retreat led by Roy Gesley

• 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

Deirdre Doyle in Aragon Drama's production of The Diary of Anne Frank, March 10-12. Tickets and info here.

Masterworks Chorale will sing Beethoven's Mass in C and more, April 1 & 2 at Carlmont Performing Arts Center in Belmont. Tickets and info here.

After 30 years of serving all the religions of the Bay Area, Sagrada Sacred Arts in Oakland is closing. They are having a sale for several weeks, starting this Friday, 10-5.

Pianist Nicole Pesce plays Happy Birthday in the style of famous composers!

Quote of the week

“In the long run the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit." -- Anne Frank

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: Corn Maiden and "Sideways Bear" showed up in last Sunday's sermon


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