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News for May 29, 2024

Dear Beloved Community, 

This Sunday, is communion Sunday, and our annual meeting after church. Also, our very own Roy Gesley will be preaching on Mathew 6:5-6 titled "What is prayer." Below Roy shares with us a glimpse of what he will be sharing:

Is prayer something you do in Sunday worship between the Opening Song and the Scripture Reading?  Is prayer some words you were taught to recite to be religious? Or is it something more, like communication with the divine, especially for a purpose, like confession for self, intercession for others, or thanksgiving?   Is prayer speaking or listening?  Does prayer have results? Should it?  Or is prayer something less, something actually empty, just nothing, or nothingness?   Is meditation prayer?   What is your actual experience?   -Roy


I hope to see many of your this Sunday, and hope all of you area having a great week.

Peace and blessings!


June's Giving Sunday offering is for "Strengthen the Church" (UCC) Below is a video explaining more about the offering.

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.

Recordings of our Taize services are also on the YouTube page.

Upcoming services and events

  • Borg Discussion GroupThurs, May 30 (7 pm) on Zoom. It’s not too late to join the conversation. We’re still on Ch. 2 of Marcus Borg’s “Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time.” Jorge will lead the discussion during Polly’s sabbatical.

  • Annual Meeting: Sunday, June 2nd. Please join after church for our annual meeting. Members will be voting on the proposed slate of new church officers.

  • Northern California Nevada Conference UCC Annual Gathering: June 6-8, First Congregational Church of Fresno (2131 N. Van Ness Blvd. Fresno, CA 93704).

  • San Mateo County Pride 2024!: Saturday, June 8th 11:00am-5:00pom. College Heights, along with the rest of the Peninsula UCC churches, have been confirmed to participate in the 2024 San Mateo County Pride Parade.

  • Church Picnic: Sunday, June 16. We will be having our church picnic in our front lawn at College Heights. Stay tune for more information.

  • Book Group: Sun, June 23rd (7 pm), Zoom Our next book will be "Catastrophe Ethics," by Travis Rieder

  • UCC Family CampJuly 19-21, Monte Toyon Retreat Center, Aptos. Save the date to join the Belmont UCC like last year. More info coming.

Links and resources

Masterworks Chorale’s spring concerts are coming up — Sat, June 8 at 7pm and Sun, June 9 at 3 pm, at CCSM. The program is titled “Journeys” and features about a dozen very lovely short pieces. Here’s a sample of one: Jake Runestad’s “Please Stay”. More info and tickets available here. Come share this moving program with Caje, Polly and David Hooper.

Quote of the week

“Courage is the resolve to do well without the assurance of a happy ending.”

- Kate Marvel

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. Roy Gesley


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