During Lent, Adult Forums will be focused on non-violence. We will be watching the documentary, “A Force More Powerful” that tells the stories of the 20th Century’s most important and successful use of strategic non-violence to overcome oppression and authoritarian rule. Our study will begin with Gandhi and his salt march to the sea and continue to the Danish non-cooperation with the occupying forces of Germany.
We will discuss these historic events as examples of what is at the heart of the teachings of Jesus. Understanding non-co-operation with tyranny invites us to explore our own attitudes about the use of force in our society and in our world. We will be guided through some exer-cises that require us to examine the violence in our own lives and our own personal make-up.
Our series begins on February 14th
, the first Sunday of Lent, but we will have a foretaste of the use of strategic non-violent action on the February 7th, when Mark Coplan shares his remarkable story as a member of the intentional community at the Concord Naval Weapons Station
, known as Nuremberg Actions. He will share their work throughout the greater Bay Area as a leading proponent of non-violence in the country, and the role that the faith community played in the non-violent movement, both here and with the international community in Nicaragua. Mark lived at the tracks in Concord for a year before heading to Nicaragua, where he produced over 30 documentaries in his three years in country.
The Memorial Service for Andy Benson will be Saturday, February 6 at 2:00 pm.
Born in Berkeley, August 9, 1942, Andrew Stedman Benson, graduated from UC with a degree from the school of Forestry. Active in Boy Scout Troop 9, he became an Eagle Scout. Andy served with the army in Korea and Vietnam, where he was injured in 1966 and began life in a wheelchair. He returned to UCB as a graduate student in Forestry/Remote Sensing. After receiving his Master of Science degree, he remained at UC for 17 years conducting research for the application of small scale aerial photography and digital space imagery in the design of wild land and agricultural inventories.
After retiring, Andy volunteered as a grand juror for Contra Costa County. He was an active, life-long member of St. John’s where he served as Clerk of Session for many years.
His home in Walnut Creek was the gathering place for his extensive family (and St. John’s events), which these days includes our own Sarah Johnson. Always cheerful and upbeat despite physical disabilities, Andy will always be at the very heart of St. John’s.
A celebration of Annabelle Graves’ 92nd birthday
is planned for Sunday afternoon, Feb. 28
, between 12:30
and 2:00pm. Although this is the same Sunday as St.J’s annual meeting, her daughter Joann hopes that some of you are able to come say congratulations and enjoy a small party at Grand Lake Gardens (one block from the Grand Lake Theater) at 401 Santa Clara Avenue, 6th floor. Cards would be welcome in any event. Send to Joann Johnson, 509 Carmel Avenue, Albany CA 94706. Joann’s phone number is 510.409.8820
Flick Flak, St. John’s longstanding and irrepressible film group,
meets next on February 26 at 6:30 pm
in the Campbell Reception Room. The movies selected for discussion are “Brooklyn,” set in the U.S. and Ireland, and “Mustang,” set in part in Turkey. Both films have won awards and nominations and are noted for excellent photography. Come, with your potluck “dish” and expect a lively discussion, whether you’ve seen one of the movies or not!
Horizons Bible study
is meeting from 12 to 2:00 pm
on Thursday, February 18 in the Campbell Reception Room. Dorothy Worth is leading the discussion of Lesson Five: “Stormy Water/Faith,” based on Matthew 14:22-33. The question: How does our faith sustain us during the stormy times in our own lives? We welcome new participants. All you need to do is show up with your lunch, your Bible and, if possible, the Horizons study book. We can share the materials if you don’t have them.
Annual Meeting Feb 28. Be sure to stay after church to learn what St. John’s has been up to over the past year, and what is hoped for in 2016
The Knitting Ministry
(which does not require your ability to knit!) meets on February 5 and 19
, in the church office break room, 1:30 pm. Come join us for tea, cookies, conversation, no needles required…
A young Pakistani woman
who has withstood overwhelming obstacles, needs a room. Recently made a U.S. citizen, she is a Berkeley graduate in her early ’20’s — smart, tri-lingual, capable and reliable, with good computer skills. She is eager to perform household tasks to supplement rent. She can walk dogs, grocery shop, etc., and would be particularly helpful in a situation with older adults, still living independently, who could use a little help and the security of knowing someone is there at night. Sanctuary and others can provide first and last month’s rent if necessary. If you, or anyone you know, might be able to assist, please contact Claudia Cate, 510-384-5777
Save the date, plan ahead, save the date!
___________________ Number Cost Subtotal
………$160 = ________
_______Teens 13-18 …………………………
. 65 = ________
_______Children 12 and under………….FREE = _______________Scholarship requested ________
_______Contribution for Scholarships ________
________Deposit (at least $25 per adult) ________
Balance due by March 31
_____ More information needed
_____ Child needs a rollaway bed in parent’s room
_____ I need a ride
_____ I can give ride(s) to _________ person(s)
I (we) will eat at the retreat on Friday Night? Yes ____ No ____
Any special needs that we can help with (food, rooms, etc.)
Roommate preferences _____________________________________________________________________