Remembering Dorothy Aker and looking ahead

Carolyn Aker
Carolyn Aker

We had a rich, full day Sunday as we worshiped, shared community and celebrated the life of Dorothy Aker.  I was particularly glad to listen as family and friends “fleshed” out Dorothy’s life through the sharing of memories.  Having only known her in these last years, it was good to hear of all her contributions to her family, her church and her community.  I knew she was a remarkable woman, but I didn’t fully realize how much so.  The reception after the service was very lovely.  I think Dorothy would have been pleased.  We continue to hold Carolyn and the rest of Dorothy’s family in our prayers.

Sunday we are going to do something different in worship.  We are going to focus on music and singing.  I hesitate to call it an “old-fashioned hymn sing” because we will be doing a variety of music.  I also hope it will be a worshipful experience that will be meaningful for young and old alike.  We will also be saying farewell to Pearl Pe in Sunday’s service, as she is returning to Myanmar to be with family there.  We will formally bless her on her way as well as saying our informal “good-byes” during the luncheon afterwards.  Instead of patio hour, we will have “dinner on the grounds.”  Everyone is invited to bring food to share and stay for a time of community.

You will note above that we will hold a kick-off Sunday or Rally Day for our church school year on September 8.  We will worship together, formally introduce our interns, Doug and Naomi, talk about educational opportunities for the year and share another potluck lunch in celebration of the 120th anniversary of our congregation.  If you have memorabilia or stories to share, please let me know, so we can include you in the program.  This will not be a big, formal celebration but an important opportunity to remember where we come from as well as what we are about.

Join us at 10 AM for worship and stay for the fellowship of the Patio Hour.  Bring someone along to share the day with you.  See you then.

May God’s new thing flourish within us and among us.
Pastor Rick

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Lenten Opportunities

a new thingA brief note this week encouraging you to take advantage of several things going on at FBCPA during this Lenten season.  There are several choral events coming up.  We have been invited to a free concert by the Austin College Choir in the sanctuary of Covenant Presbyterian on Saturday night.  Sunday afternoon in our sanctuary we will be hosting the Santa Clara Chorale and next Sunday afternoon we will host the Bay Choral Guild in our sanctuary.  (Jan Gunderson sings with this group.)

You are all welcome to attend the lovely contemplative services on Sunday evening.  The week we will be at Covenant.  Our Mission Task Team is among the groups partnering with Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice in an exhibition of the powerful public art piece, “Eyes Wide Open,” on Saturday March 16.  This will be a day of prayer and reflection on the cost of war.  The moving display of empty boots and shoes will be monitored at all times. The boots will be in place by 10am in the morning on Saturday, March 16, and taken up again at sunset that day (approximately 7:30 p.m.). There will be speakers and music at 10am and after Muslim prayers at 1:30pm. There will be a reading of names of the dead at 3:30pm. A closing program of memorial words, prayers and songs will begin at 6:30pm, ending at sundown with the playing of “Taps.”

I also want to continue encouraging you to plan to attend Peace Camp this summer with others from FBCPA.  This is a wonderful opportunity for community building, for learning about and practicing peacemaking and for just enjoying the beautiful country in and around Spokane, Washington.  Let Pastor Tripp or me know if you’re interested.

Sunday we will continue our Lenten journey on the theme, “More Second Chances.” This week’s gospel text is the very familiar story of “The Prodigal Son.”  Is there any story that shows more clearly the art of love and the nature of grace?  Join us in Worship, Sunday School, and Adult Spiritual Formation as we begin a new series on Good News in Exile, about what it’s like to be a mainline Protestant church in our current ethos.  Bring someone along to share the experiences of the day.   See you Sunday at 10:00 AM.

May God’s new thing flourish within us and among us.

Pastor Rick