October 2016

The Call

From Pastor Lynn

Hello everyone,
I pray that the grace of God may abound in your heart this Fall — and for all eternity.  Thank you for your prayers for Feliciana.  She was in the hospital for five days with an infection and low white blood cells, which fight infections.  We are praying her blood will stabilize for the long term.

I am excited about Fall Worship, and Fall in general in the Bay Area.  I thank Gail Peterson, Kimberly Satterfield and Todd Jolly for extra input to our series of worship services focusing on race.  I love the hymn Todd wrote called “Beautiful Differences,” and the choir and instrumentalists have made for powerful and joyous worship.

This Sunday, October 2, is World Communion Sunday, when we celebrate the Spirit of Christ as it moves through all people.  October 16 will be the Blessing of the Animals, bring your animals and friends to be blessed.

Blessings to you all,
Pastor Max


October Adult Forums

October 2: Facing Racism  — Rev. Sally Juarez will lead the third and last session of our series of Adult Forums adapted from a new curriculum published by the Presbyterian Church (USA), “Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community.” The topic will be “Biblical Imperative to Antiracism, and Envisioning a New Way of Life Together.”

October 9: November Propositions, Part 1  — Fred Harvey and Charles Lee will lead the first of two discussions of moral issues related to Statewide Propositions on the November 8 ballot. There are seventeen propositions on the ballot, covering a wide variety of topics, ranging from two propositions on the Death Penalty to two propositions about grocery bags.

October 16: Blessing of the Animals — No Adult Forum.

October 23: November Propositions, Part 2 — Fred Harvey and Charles Lee will continue the discussion of moral issues related to Statewide Propositions on the November 8 ballot.

October 30: Oral History of St. John’s — Long-time members of the St. John’s community will discuss their memories of events in the life of the Church. The session will be recorded and saved for future generations of St. John’s.


Multi-Faith Ceremony: “Fear Not”
Saturday, October 1, 11 am -12 noon
West County Detention Facility, 5555 Giant Highway, Richmond, CA

Our next monthly vigil and prayer service at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond will be a unique multi-faith ceremony with the theme “Fear Not.”
Join us to experience hope in the midst of fear in a multi-faith ceremony (Indigenous, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, and Christian). Together we will experience rituals that help us move from fear and mourning to solidarity and love.
Join us as we listen to stories of family members with loved ones detained at West County Detention Facility and also take action against the announced increased deportations of Haitian and African migrants coming to the US border seeking protection and asylum.

Football Parking Help Still Needed!
We need people to work the first shift on Friday, October 21 (Oregon), possibly last shift on Saturday, Nov. 19 (Stanford), and middle shift on Nov. 26 (UCLA).  Please call or email Claudia Cate (510-384-5777 or ccate21@hotmail.com).

St. John’s Family Pre-Halloween Party
All children and youth of the church, friends and neighbors, are invited to attend. Saturday afternoon October 293:00-5:00 pm. Wear costumes! Play Halloween games! Share Halloween jokes and stories! Create Halloween art! Decorate Halloween cookies! Share Halloween snacks!  Adults, you too are invited to share in the fun.

The St. John’s Knitting Ministry will meet October 7 and 21 at 1:30 pm in the office break room.  We welcome new members and visitors. Come for tea, knitting and conversation.

Flick Flack
To all Flick Flack participants and potential Flick Flackers as well, here’s the challenge: pick one or more of the following films for the October 28 potluck dinner — Kubo and the Two Strings; Sully; Snowden; and Don’t Think Twice. See you at 6:30 pm in the Campbell Reception Room for delicious eats and lively talk.

Horizons Bible Study
Thursday, October 20 is the date for Lesson Two of the “Who Is Jesus” 2016-17 Bible Study. Claudia Cate will facilitate this session, as we study passages in the Gospel of Matthew to determine how this author answers the question about who Jesus is. Background scripture is Matthew 5-7;13. The key scripture is Matthew 13: 51-53. We meet in the Campbell Reception Room at 12 noon for lunch (bring your own), followed by review of the lesson materials and scripture passages.  Extra copies of the study are available. Check with Sally Hussey.

Do you have stories, articles of interest, ideas for The CALL?
Direct them to Gail Peterson,  gailpmail@earthlink.net