Note from Pastor Hardy
Dear Friends,

Being part of the wider Presbyterian Church means that we’re part of a faith family that calls itself “connectional.” This can seem like a vague and unexciting concept, but I’ve found a lot of challenge and a lot of value in it over the years.

When we say we’re a connectional church, we’re professing our belief that we’re called into sacred relationship with others by Jesus Christ who is our head. Some of these folks we know very well — they are our immediate partners in mission at our church, our friends, our chosen family. Other folks with whom we share this connection are grounded in communities far away, on the other coast of this country, or even around the globe serving in international ministries. Because we’re so different in our backgrounds and contexts, it’s natural for there to be big differences in our faith practices and our ways of living out what it means to be the Church. Still, the doctrine of connectionalism means that we can all hold tight to our shared relationship with Christ, even with our differences.

Former president of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, Michael Jinkins, once wrote, “Church connectionalism is shorthand for saying that we’re one body — not because we find one another agreeable or each other’s views congenial, but because God in grace and mercy has called us together. Our unity does not lie in us. Our unity is Jesus Christ. In the Presbyterian and Reformed family of churches, we’ve long struggled with the forces that seek to tear us apart. In those moments when we’ve succeeded to reflect the Biblical witness, we’ve recovered this sense of ourselves, not as an institution held together by our own efforts, but as a living body whose integrity lies in our Lord.”

This is an important truth of our faith that we can bring with us as we seek to be peacemakers and justice builders in a society filled with conflict and animosity.

And there are real gifts to be celebrated in our connectional tradition as well. Because we’re called into deep relationship with folks who are so different from us, we get to experience through their presence ideas, inspiration, and blessings we would never have uncovered for ourselves. I think this upcoming Sunday when we hear Rev. Annanda Barclay preach, and as we hear more about her creative new ministry to care for STEM students and tech workers, we are going to receive new visions for God’s ministry that we wouldn’t have come up with on our own.

It’s not always easy, but I hope we’ll continue in our tradition’s call to be a connectional community that remains strong in its bonds — even in the face of real differences — because of our shared love of Christ and neighbor.


Peace,
News from Pastor Karin
Dear Friends,

This past Sunday, some of us gathered via Zoom for GriefShare’s “Surviving the Holidays.” It was an opportunity to recognize the realities of heartache in the midst of a holiday season. By the time our next newsletter comes out, we will have had our Thanksgiving meal, either alone or gathered with friends or family. I hope your time is meaningful and that you’re able to extend care to those who are feeling less holiday-ish.

I’ll be taking a day off this Sunday, but am looking forward to being with you online and onsite the following Sunday when we will begin our Advent journey together. It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year already, isn’t it?

In the midst of preparing for our Advent and Christmas Eve services, we’re also preparing another service called The Longest Night. This service, held via Zoom on December 16 at 7 p.m., will allow us to enter into the spirit of Christmas with an honesty that can be healing. Whether you’ve lost a loved one recently or less recently, are feeling the weight of the world, or carrying any other kind of grief, I hope you’ll put this event on your calendar and plan to come to this service that opens space for reflection in the midst of a busy season.

Peace,
The Longest Night
Worship Service
Thursday, December 16 •
7–7:45 p.m. • Zoom
(passcode: 153517)

The Longest Night service creates a worship space in which we acknowledge our grief — whether the loss of connection, loss of jobs or opportunity, the loss of loved ones, a lack of justice, or any other grief —and allow worship to lead us to the hope of restoration. Our worship will include music, poetry, prayer, candlelighting, and a brief meditation. All are invited.
Thanks and Giving — Two Wonderful Words!

We’ve heard from the Mission and Service ministry area about how your tithes and offerings are making a difference this Thanksgiving. HomeFirst Services and Our Daily Bread are giving thanks and are grateful for your giving to help make the Thanksgiving holiday plentiful, warm, and nutritious for many of our neighbors. 

If you’d like to make a donation in addition to what the church has already sent, your gifts would be appreciated. Online donations can be made to these organizations through the church website. You can give via Tithely or PayPal — just be sure to designate your payment to “Thanksgiving.” 

Let us pray that we’re able to host our long-standing traditional Sunnyvale Pres Thanksgiving Dinner in 2022!
Children’s Ministry Mission Project

Children’s ministry has partnered with the Bill Wilson Center’s Adopt-a-Family Program to provide Christmas presents for a local family of six. The parents, Veronica and Ralph, don’t have any biological children of their own, but are adopting Katrina, Sophia, Franklin, and Elizabeth! Each family member has given us a wish list of presents they’d enjoy receiving.

We’re also collecting items for donation to the HomeFirst Shelter and San Jose Peace & Justice Center. If you’d like to sign up to help with our mission project, please click here.

All donations must be given to the Children’s ministry staff by December 4 for drop-off the next morning. For more information, please contact childrens@sunnyvalepres.com.
Save the date!
Senior Holiday Coffee Zoom
Thursday, December 2 • 10:30–11:30 a.m. • Zoom

Seniors in your 80s and 90s are invited to a virtual holiday coffee via Zoom! Join Pastor Karin and members of the Caring Ministry Team on Zoom for conversation, community, and a musical treat. Questions? Contact Judy Beggs at jmbeggs@live.com or 1-650-305-0810.
December Fest
Sunday, December 5 • 2 p.m • Over Zoom • Register

Come join us for this fun online event that will help us welcome in the season of Advent and provide yet another opportunity for our congregation to fellowship together and have fun.

We will sing Christmas carols led by the Chancel Choir, enjoy learning to bake a delicious dessert in small groups, be entertained by our Music School, and finish off with Advent trivia led by Pastor Hardy.

Please register here to receive more information. We are so excited to invite you all to participate in this fun event for all ages and can’t wait to see you there!
Virtual Christmas Angel Tea for Two
Thursday, December 9 •
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • Zoom

All are welcome to join a joyful Zoom Advent celebration! Invite a friend to visit your home for tea, then join a Zoom event to visit with others. At noon, the Cupertino High School Cantos Choir led by Andy Aron will virtually perform Christmas and seasonal music. This event is sponsored by Presbyterian Women.
Young Adult Gathering at the German Christmas Market
Saturday, December 11 • 11 a.m. • Market InfoRSVP

Join us as we explore the Mountain View German Holiday Market. We will be meeting up at 11 a.m. near the palm tree on the NE corner of Castro Street and Evelyn Avenue in downtown Mountain View. Let us know if you are planning to join so we can make sure to get enough tickets. Tickets are not necessary for entry, but will give us priority if the market is crowded.

Day-of contacts:
Emily Sayles (she/her) — 1-661-304-8629
Megan MacDonald (she/her) — 1-816-888-9900
Stephen Ministry Training
Apply now for February 2022 training session • Email

Our community is full of people who are hurting: those who have lost a job or a loved one, gone through a divorce, or are battling a terminal illness. Stephen Ministers bring God’s love to those who are hurting through compassionate and accepting listening.

We’re accepting applications for Stephen Ministry training which will begin in February 2022. If you would like to explore becoming a Stephen Minister, contact Judy Beggs.

If you would like to have a Stephen Minister reach out to you, contact Allan Graham.
CARAVAN 2022
July 16–24 • Chicago • Info & Register

In July of 2022, SVPC Youth ministry will head to the Southside of Chicago, Illinois to learn from community members about the effects of segregation and institutionalized racist city policies that has kept Chicago as one of the most segregated cities in the country. We hope to return with concrete tools to address our own version of housing issues here in the Bay Area so we have eyes to see the ways we segregate our lives from each other each day. Interested in learning more or registering? Click here.
Now Hiring: AV/IT Coordinator

Please let those you consider qualified for this position know about this vacancy. Job description and the process to apply can be found here. We’re so grateful for the faithful service of retiring long-time employee, Suzanne Ungson.
Discover Collector’s Items on the Book Sale Cart
Sundays in Trinity Court
Only three copies remain of Celebrating God’s Love—the First Fifty Years of Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church (1956 – 2006). Pastor Hardy Kim included the architectural background of our A-frame sanctuary in his November 14 sermon, “Trees and Temples.” (You can listen to the sermon here.)

Also, only three copies remain of the classic Presbyterian Women’s 2003 cookbook Homemade with Love—A Collection of Recipes by Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church. Now out of print, this is the last chance to own or give a copy with 348 favorite recipes from the great cooks of our congregation. Pat Vorreiter's Pumpkin Pie Cake recipe on page 116 (a year-round favorite) gives a new twist to traditional pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Pick up a free copy of the recipe at the book sale table!
Bookseller Sue Ahn (on right) assists Carol Olmstead at the book sale table
Upcoming Events
Get connected at SVPC! We have weekly and monthly online events for all ages, plus frequent special events on a wide variety of subjects. We’d love to have you join us!

Special Events
  • Senior Holiday Coffee Zoom • Thursday, December 2 • 10:30 a.m. • EmailZoom
  • December Fest • Sunday, December 5 • 2 p.m. • Over Zoom • RSVP
  • Virtual Christmas Angel Tea for Two • Thursday, December 9 • 11:30 a.m. • Zoom
  • Young Adult Gathering at the German Christmas Market • Saturday, December 11 • 11 a.m. • RSVP
  • FLASH + CLUE Ugly Christmas Sweater & White Elephant Christmas Party • Sunday, December 12 • 6:45 p.m. • Phoenix Center: Clue Room • Check the Youth calendar
  • Youth Advisor Christmas Party • Monday, December 20 • 7 p.m. • Hollenbeck House • Check the Youth calendar
  • The Longest Night Worship Service • Thursday, December 16 • 7 p.m. • Zoom (passcode: 153517)
  • CARAVAN 2022 • July 16–24 • Chicago • Info & Register

To learn more about events for children and youth subscribe to their e-newsletters. Also, check out the Children’s ministry Facebook page or Youth ministry’s microsite and Instagram, or text ‘FLASH’ (Middle School) or ‘CLUE’ (High School) to 51400 for live updates.

Ongoing Connections
  • Bible Study • Sunday mornings • 8:45–10 a.m. • Email
  • In-Person and Online Worship • Sunday mornings • 11 a.m. • See usual links in blue box below to connect online • Sign up for child care
  • Children’s Church: STARS + BLAST • Sunday mornings • Register
  • Youth Group: FLASH + CLUE • Sundays • FLASH (middle school) 5:30–7:15 p.m. • CLUE (high school) 7–8:15 p.m. • Check the Youth calendar
  • Children’s Virtual Small Group (grades 3–5) • Mondays • 6:15–7 p.m. • Over Zoom • Register
  • College-Age Small Group • Mondays • 6–7 p.m. • Check the calendar
  • Men’s Bible Study • Tuesdays • 6:30–7:30 a.m. • Email
  • LGBTQIA+ Family and Friends Support Group • 1st Tuesday • 7 p.m. • Email
  • Parent Support Group for Neurodiverse Families: Virtual Morning Coffee • 4th Tuesday • 11 a.m. • Email for Zoom link
  • Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group • 4th Tuesday • 11:30 a.m. • Over Zoom • Call 1-800-272-3900 
  • LOGOS • Wednesdays • 6:15 p.m. • Email
  • The Well (FLASH + CLUE) • Wednesdays • 7:15 p.m. • Check the Youth calendar
  • JAM (Just a Moment) Parenting Group • 1st & 3rd Wednesdays • 9:30–10:30 a.m. • Over Zoom • Email
  • Parent Support Group for Neurodiverse Families: In-Person Coffee • 2nd Wednesday • 9:30 a.m. • Room 750 • Email
  • MINT (Moments of Intentionality) Parenting Group • 2nd & 4th Wednesdays • 8–9:30 p.m. • Over Zoom • Email
  • Prayer Shawl Knitters • 3rd Wednesdays • 7:30–9 p.m. • Over Zoom • Email
  • Spice Dinner • 2nd Thursday • 6–8 p.m. • Check the calendar
  • Queer Fellowship Group • 3rd Thursday • 7–8:30 p.m. • Email
  • Parent Support Group for Neurodiverse Families: Virtual Evening Coffee • 3rd Thursday • 7:30 p.m. • Email for Zoom link
  • Hiking Group • 2nd Saturday • 9 a.m. • Email
2021–2022 Fiscal YTD Results

October 2021 (month 7)...........$K   
Church Income....................$..870
Church Expenses..................$1,013
Church Surplus..................-$..143
Outreach Grps:PELC/Music School.-$...29
Combined Organization Deficit...-$ .172

Giving in October was strong, bringing fiscal year-to-date income for the church to $870K, and church spending continues to run below budget. Through October, the church is reporting a deficit of $(143)K. The outreach groups (PELC and The Music School) both reported surpluses in October, and we continue to expect the outreach groups to break even by the end of the fiscal year. The PPP loans we received will cover the combined deficit this year as we continue to recover from the circumstances of the pandemic.
In Our Thoughts and Prayers...

  • Continued healing for Frank TerKeurst and Donna Yeager
  • Jeanne Yeager who is in rehab after breaking her hip
  • Our leaders attending the Presbytery Meeting tomorrow

Have a prayer request?

In place of the blue prayer cards you filled out on Sundays, please send your prayer requests anytime to prayer@sunnyvalepres.com. Be sure to include whether your request should/can be:
  • Shared confidentially with the prayer team and pastors only
  • Listed in the weekly newsletter
  • Shared during prayer time on Sunday
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