• Visitation, Friday, November 29 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM at Cusimano Mortuary, 96 West El Camino Real Mountain View, with a Vigil at the mortuary at 7:00 PM.
  • The Funeral Mass will be at St. Athansius Roman Catholic Church, 160 North Rengstorff, Mountain View at 12:30 PM on Saturday, November 30, followed by a reception at the home of Therese and John Enquist, 1149 WestKnickerbocker Avenue in Sunnyvale.
  • The Service of Committal will be at Gate of Heaven cemetery, 22555 Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos, at 11:00 AM on Monday, December 2.

Patrice Heath

Happy Thanksgiving!

Harvest tableJust a brief note to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving,   Also, thanks to everyone who helped with last night’s moving Interfaith Thanksgiving Service.  People of all faiths from Palo Alto participated, iSing Girl Choir made its official debut (beautiful) and we raised over $700 for EHP and typhoon relief to our sister city, Palo, in the Philippines.

You’ll see elsewhere the information for services for Patrice Heath.  She will be greatly missed by Richard, her family and friends and, of course, our congregation.  To accommodate attendance at the Funeral Mass, please note that we’ve moved the “Hanging of the Greens” to 9:00 AM on Saturday.  Please come help decorate the church we will have coffee and refreshments as we make our house ready for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.  Then return on Sunday at 10:00 AM for the first of what promises to be a lovely sequence of Advent services.  We’ll spend some time om Adult Spiritual Formation considering seasonal writings from the great Christian contemplative theologian, Howard Thurman.  Bring someone along to share the day.

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

Pastor Rick

Pledge Sunday

Harvest tableWe remember with love and gratitude our sister, Patrice Heath, who died on Monday.  Hers was a long and difficult struggle through which she passed with love and grace.  We are thankful that she was part of our community.  We also say thanks to all those who cared for her in these last days.  Please keep Richard in your thoughts and prayers as he grieves her death.  Services are pending; we will let you know as we know when and where.

Thanks to Doug Davidson for leading an excellent Adult Spiritual Formation class last Sunday as we considered Jesus and the “Revolution of Love.”  This Sunday we will finish our consideration of Pastrix, the memoir of the spiritual journey of Nadia Bolz-Weber.  Pastor Tripp will lead the session.

Sunday promises to be a full day.  It is not only “Reign of Christ Sunday,” celebrating the end of the liturgical year, it is also pledge Sunday and the day we dedicate the food offering we’ve collected throughout the month for Ecumenical Hunger Program.  As we were told Sunday, EHP will have an extra burden this year providing for the hungry and homeless in East Palo Alto.  Please give with as much generosity as you can to help our sisters and brothers in need.  Staples as well as any and all the ingredients for a Thanksgiving feast would be most welcome.

“Found Faithful – in Little, with Much, with All” is our stewardship theme this year.  We have been reminded that gifts large and small matter.  While recognizing that each of us lives with limits, it is also important to remember how blessed we are.  Support of our congregational budget is crucial to our continuing to minister to one another and to the wider world.  Please pledge as generously as you are able.  There are exciting days ahead for FBCPA.

“Made Strong” is our theme for Sunday.  In the beautiful passage from Colossians that is Sunday’s text, the writer offers these words of hope and promise – “May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.”  Is this not a word of good news for us as we look to God’s future?  Bring someone with you to share the joy of this day.

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

Pastor Rick