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News for Nov 8, 2022

This Sunday: In-person service

Join us in person this Sunday at 10 am. Polly will preach part 2 in the “Great Secret” series on sacred numbers. Mysteries of 153 will be revealed. (See John 21:11 for the original.) Communion will be celebrated. The Giving Sunday collection for November goes to Samaritan House. If you can't come in person, join us on Zoom.

(Also, please sign up to volunteer on an upcoming Sunday as reader, greeter, etc.)

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.

Sign up for the third annual Musical Advent Calendar

Advent begins on Sunday, Nov 27, and so does the musical Advent calendar. You'll get an email every morning bringing you a different piece of holiday music! If you got them last year you’re already on the list, but if you’re new to this and want to participate, email

Pastor search survey

The pastor search committee heartily encourages members and friends to fill out this survey about what we are looking for in a future pastoral leader. It is very important we have the input of as many people as possible so we can truly represent your needs, dreams, and values. Please fill it out here (or contact us for a paper copy.)

Taizé this Friday, Nov 11

Our monthly Taizé service will be this Fri, Nov 11 at 7:30 pm, in-person with masks. A quiet time for chant and prayer. Poetry by Kathleen Norris. The usual Zoom room will be open.

Contemplative pairs: Nov 19

Roy Gesley is offering the opportunity to engage in Contemplative Pairs on Sat, Nov 19 at the church from 11 am–3 pm. This is a method of spiritual inquiry that involves no belief system, and uses meeting in pairs safely and respectfully. More info here, including a description of the day and a link to a documentary showing the practice.

Thanksgiving potluck: Nov 24

The Thanksgiving potluck is a go! Karen C. writes: “Far from grandkids? Not wanting to travel or host for Thanksgiving? How about a potluck Thanksgiving option right in our College Heights building? Can’t beat the view on a crisp fall day! I’ll organize, bake a lovely juicy stuffed turkey, a couple of pies, and some smash potatoes. Others can bring vegetables, salad, other dessert, etc. Let me know if you are interested.”

Memorial for Lois Brock: Dec 10

The memorial service for Lois will be at 2 pm on Saturday, Dec 10. If you can help with chair setup, please come at 10 am for an hour or so.

Other upcoming events • Weds discussion group: Nov 9 (7 pm), Zoom

Discussing the last third of the Gospel of Thomas

• Harvest Dinner at Belmont UCC Nov 19, 6 pm

We’re invited to a pre-Thanksgiving potluck dinner! Please sign up and tell them what you’re bringing.

• Book group: Sun, Nov 27 (7 pm), Zoom

“Fresh Water for Flowers” by Valerie Perrin

• Monthly women's lunch: Sun, Dec 4, 12–2 pm

Join us in person at the church.

Resources and links

Deirdre Doyle in “Mamma Mia" at Aragon High School Nov 17–20

UCC Golden Gate Association Fall Gathering in SF, Nov 19 10 am–3 pm

Quote of the week

“Nature does not hurry. And yet everything is accomplished.”

—Lao Tzu

Weekly events

• Women's group: Mondays at 1 pm

Usually on Zoom; third Mondays at church

• 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

Photo: Our monthly Taizé service is this Friday.


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