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News for September 26, 2023


This Sunday, Oct 1: In-person service at 10am

It's time for our annual Blessing of the Animals Sunday! Bring your pets to be blessed, bring a picture of one you've had to say goodbye to, bring stories about animals to share, or favorite poetry about animals (expect some more Mary Oliver -- she loved dogs). It's a Sunday to be grateful for all the ways that non-human beings contribute to our lives. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors with pets to be blessed -- people really appreciate it.


The Giving Sunday offering for October is for Neighbors in Need, a UCC offering to support ministries of justice and compassion..

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.


Volunteer needed

Do you enjoy shopping? Have we got a job for you! The church needs someone to take on regular purchasing of our short list of consumables. We share the list with TRA, and our half looks like paper towels, bifold towels and light bulbs. All you have to do is be sure the supply closet doesn't run out of our items! If you can help, talk to Polly. Thanks in advance.


Upcoming services and events

• Weds discussion group: Sep 27 (7 pm), Zoom

"Basic Bible Stories", continuing with the story of Moses. Last time, we finished the book of Exodus, learned how to construct a tabernacle and got the Ten Commandments (twice). Keep on walking.

• Taize service: Fri, Oct 13 (7:30 pm) Our monthly service of chant, prayer and quiet.

• Book Group: Sun, Oct 22 (7 pm), Zoom Discussion of “Mink River” by Brian Doyle.

• Dia de los Muertos:Sun, Oct 29. Our annual service of remembrance.

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

• Worship & Arts: Sun, Nov 5 after worship. Everyone is welcome to help plan future services and events.


Links and resources

Chocolate Fest at the Congregational Church of the Peninsula, Oct 20 & 21.

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.

Masterworks Chorale's fall concert will be Oct 28th (7pm) and 29th (4pm) at Carlmont HS. You will recognize at least three singers in the chorale this year! Here's one of the pieces on the program: Christopher Tin's "Sogno di volare" (Dream of Flight), lyrics by Leonardo da Vinci.


Quote of the week

"The most common form of despair is not being who you are." -- Soren Kierkegaard


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: Blessing of the Animals (2019)

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