News for Nov 16, 2021


Candles surrounding the cross at a Friday evening Taizé service

This Sun, Nov 21

This Sunday at 10 am, join us on Zoom for our Thanksgiving Service. Rev. Polly will preach, using the Luke 14:15–24 story about the great dinner to reflect on adapting our most-loved traditions as our lives and circumstances change. Join us via Zoom a few minutes before 10 am.


Watch last week's sermon

On Nov 14, Rev. Roy Gesley preached "The Lord's Prayer: Relationships." Watch the sermon or see the worship slides.


Volunteer for Home & Hope event

Home & Hope's largest fundraiser — gift wrapping at Stanford Shopping Center — is returning. Join members of College Heights and Many Journeys on Mon, Dec 20 or Wed, Dec 22. We'll wrap gifts that shoppers have purchased, and in return they'll make a donation to Home and Hope. It's a fun and festive way to raise money for a great nonprofit. Sign up now for a shift on Dec 20 or 22, or contact Peter with any questions.


Musical Advent calendar

Yes, Advent is coming, and you can celebrate it with music. Every day of Advent you’ll get an email with a different piece of Christmas music from around the world. Not the usual carols and not the songs from last year’s calendar. To get on the distribution list, email us with the word “subscribe”. (If you got the calendar last year, you’re automatically subscribed this year.)


Upcoming events

• Wednesday discussion group: Wed, Nov 17 (7 pm), Zoom

Join us for a (slightly out of sequence) discussion group. Topic: What gifts have our losses brought us?

• Holiday decorating party: Fri, Nov 26 (5:30), in person

Come “Deck the Halls” as we decorate the sanctuary for Christmas. There will be a soup supper. This is as close as we’ll get to a Christmas party this year!

• Book group: Sun, Nov 28 (7 pm), Zoom

We'll continue our discussion of Jeremy Lent’s “The Web of Meaning,” focusing on the third chapter (“The Most Important Relationship in Your Life”).

• In-person Taizé service: Fri, Dec 3 (7:30 pm)

Join us in the church sanctuary for a Taizé-style service of contemplative chant, prayer, and readings. Note: We usually meet on the second Friday of each month, but December's service will be a week earlier on Dec 3.


Links and resources

“Color of Law” author Richard Rothstein speaks to the San Mateo NAACP Nov 16

• Voces8 sings “This is My Song


Quote of the week

“The free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.”

—John Steinbeck (in East of Eden)


Weekly online events

• Women's group: Mondays at 1 pm

Usually on Zoom; third Mondays at Fiero Caffe

• Meditation: Wednesdays at 7:30 am

In person at the church building

• Worship service: Sundays at 10 am

Usually on Zoom


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