News for Sep 13, 2022
This Sunday: In-person service
Join us in person this Sunday at 10 am. Our guest preacher will Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow, asking “in a day when there are various versions of the Gospel being told to the world, especially by those who spout hate and violence, what is our calling to tell a story of justice and love in response?” Bruce is an active speaker and writer on topics of faith, culture, race, and technology. He is the host of the podcast, BRC & Friends, and the author of five books. His latest is, “In Defense of Kindness” (Chalice Press, 2021) and he is currently working on his next book, “Everything I Believe about God” (2023). He has been an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 1995, has pastored five churches, and has been active in local politics for nearly three decades. Please sign up to volunteer Sunday as reader, greeter, etc. After the service, the church council will meet. If you can't come in person, join us on Zoom.
You can read Polly's Sep 11 sermon here. (Sadly, it wasn't recorded.)
Check out our YouTube page to see recent sermons. Go to our archive of slides to see bulletins and slides used during recent services.
Worship survey results
Thanks to all who answered the short survey recently. It indicated a definite shift from “mostly on Zoom, occasionally in person” to “mostly in person, occasionally on Zoom” so we will attempt to honor that. We use Zoom primarily when the guest preacher isn’t local. The results on communion were clearly in favor of the new way ("little cups”) so that will continue for now.
Faith in Action update
Clara of Many Journeys MCC forwards this info on Faith in Action's Redwood City City Council Candidate Forum: “We invite you to a candidate forum to learn what is motivating candidates to run for city council, their thoughts on how to keep our community safely housed in Redwood City, and other key issues affecting our community. We hope to explore the ways in which the City Council of Redwood City and the community can work jointly together to keep families together in safe and secure housing, maintain our city’s diversity, and nurture strong community ties between residents of every class, race, age, faith, and language.” The event is this Thu, Sep 15 at 7 pm at the UU Fellowship of Redwood City; you can also RSVP to join on Zoom.
Upcoming events • Weds discussion group: Sep 14 (7 pm), Zoom
Continuing with the Gospel of Thomas
• Book group: Sun, Sep 25 (7 pm), Zoom
Beginning discussion of “Autobiography of a Yogi”
• Upcoming Sunday services
Sep 25: Zoom with David Vasquez-Levy
Oct 2: In person (blessing of the animals)
Oct 9: Zoom
Resources and links
• The London Symphony Orchestra responds to the death of Queen Elizabeth
• Jim Burklo’s “entirement” speech
• UCC online summit Sep 19–21: “The Space Between: The Emerging Church in a Post-Pandemic World.” Information and the agenda here; registration open until Sep 15. Small-group conversations will challenge us to envision the church of the future.
Quote of the week
“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.”
• 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
Image: Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow