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News for September 12, 2023

This Sunday, Sept 10: In-person service at 10am

Rev Polly is preaching this Sunday, and her topic is the much-loved and oft-quoted poet Mary Oliver. The New York Times once referred to Oliver as "far and away the best-selling poet in the country." Nature was Oliver's portal to the mysteries, and her poetry reflects her long and deep acquaintance with the details of her natural surroundings.

After worship the Church Council meets.

Worship & Arts will meet in the evening, at 7pm on Zoom. Everyone is welcome as we plan the fall.

The Giving Sunday offering for September is for Mission Hospice.

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. Starting in Sept 2023, recordings of our Taize services are also on the YouTube page.

Wednesday Discussion Group at 7 pm

Continuing the story of Moses and the Israelites, we will follow their 40 years of wandering in the desert and eventual entry into the Promised Land (which was already occupied). Everyone is welcome to these always interesting discussions. On Zoom.

Upcoming services and events

• Weds discussion group: Sep 13 (7 pm), Zoom

"Basic Bible Stories", continuing with the story of Moses. We got the Israelites through the Red Sea last time; now it's onward, slowly, to the Promised Land.

• Church Council: Sun, Sept 17 after worship

• Worship & Arts. Sun, Sept 17 at 7pm on Zoom.

• Men’s retreat: Sep 22–24, Pacific Grove

Contact Roy Gesley for details.

• Book Group: Sun, Sep 24(7 pm), Zoom. We're reading "The In-Between: Unforgettable Encounters During Life's FInal Moments" by Hadley Vlahos, R.N.

• Farewell Party for the Hasse's: Sun, Oct 29 after worship. Come say good-bye as they head up to Enso in Healdsburg.

Links and resources

Boatlift, a short, heartwarming documentary narrated by Tom Hanks, about the evacuation of half a million people from Lower Manhattan on 9/11 by a volunteer flotilla.

Bible and Social Justice, a 4-part series offered by a former PSR professor at CCSM, on Sundays after church on Oct 1, 8, 29, Nov 5. In-person or via Zoom.

Information from UCC Sunnyvale on joining the effort to get a Utility Tax repealed because it creates some serious conservation problems.

Quote of the week

"My religion is nature. That’s what arouses those feelings of wonder and mysticism and gratitude in me.." -- Oliver Sacks

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: poet Mary Oliver


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