Note from Pastor Rick (8/24/2016)

mitchell01What a wonderful time we had in the park on Sunday. Thanks to everyone who worked to make the joint service and potluck a joyful experience. Chip worked overtime setting up, breaking down and ushering. Jan pulled together a good combined choir and played all the hymns. The Tongan Dancers, the drama (which included Pastor Gregory) and the powerful preaching were highlights of the day. Then there was a lot fabulous food and fellowship around the tables. Truly, we came together in “Unity with Purpose.” Continue reading Note from Pastor Rick (8/24/2016)

Note from Pastor Rick (8/10/2016)

Thanks to Pastor Gregory for his excellent sermon explaining the “Rapture” to us and to Anthia Lee Halfmann and their beautiful music Sunday. We had a good group at Lunch Bunch, concluding with a birthday celebration for Dona Smith-Powers’s friend, Larry, complete with chocolate cake and strawberries and whipped cream. After Nana’s ample Patio Hour, we all went home “well-fed” in every way.

This Sunday we will continue our consideration of “Coming Home,” this time focusing on Jesus’ parable at the very end of the “Sermon on the Mount” in which he encourages his followers to “build their homes on solid rock.” Again we will ask what is meant by home and how we might construct such a “home” for ourselves and our congregation. We have a fine building but is that enough? Is it even what Jesus is looking toward we he exhorts the work crew? Continue reading Note from Pastor Rick (8/10/2016)

Note from Pastor Rick (8/3/2016)

love quiltWhat a wonderful weekend we had with Daniel Pryfogle. He led us expertly in an exploration of how we might “Lead through Story.” Friday night we considered how our stories form us individually and collectively. Saturday we had two sessions (plus lunch) in the beautiful setting of Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley. In the morning, we looked at how stories can challenge and even disrupt the status quo or what Daniel calls the “dominant models” for organizing our lives. In the afternoon, we moved from disruption to innovation. How do we draw on what we know about our own stories and the stories that disrupt (e.g., the Gospel) to innovate new ways of being in the world, shaping our lives in new stories. Sunday morning we talked about how we can bear witness to what we learned about story to bring about transformation in our own lives, in our community, and in the wider world. Many voices were heard in thanksgiving for this retreat experience. Stay tuned for the next steps. Continue reading Note from Pastor Rick (8/3/2016)