Note from Pastor Hardy
“In Jesus Christ, the Church is called to be a royal priesthood, giving glory to God in worship and devoting itself to God’s service in the world. Worship is a collective activity of the people of God and an expression of our common life and ministry. It demands the full, conscious, and active participation of the whole body of Christ, with heart, mind, soul, and strength.”
—from the “Directory for Worship,”
Book of Order, PC(USA)

Dear Friends,

This pandemic time period has been hard for so many of us. I know that we’ve all had to refrain from so many activities that gave us life and meaning in the past. We’ve been disconnected from loved ones and from larger communal contexts that helped to give our lives sparks of joy and meaning.

Even with those difficulties, I’ve been grateful for the gift of worship in our congregation. I know it hasn’t been exactly what all of us might have wanted. As someone who has had to completely change how I participate in worship at different times, I realize that it has been downright uncomfortable in some ways. Yet, through it all, I’ve been grateful to be able to connect with all of you — online, socially distanced, in person, or through recordings and Zoom meetings. It has been good to know that we can still lift one another up by our words and prayers, by the gifts of our musicians, and by focusing our awareness on the sustaining Spirit of God that’s with us in every circumstance. 

Like the people of God in exile in Babylon so long ago, we have had to learn different ways to worship — different ways to express our praise and our lament to God. None of this would have been possible without the stewardship support you all have provided. There were so many technical and creative solutions we’ve been able to explore. There are dedicated staff and volunteer folks, ministry teams, task forces, and musicians who spent many exhausting (and sometimes totally frustrating) days and nights working out ways to make sure that we could worship well and safely. All of the visions and ideas that have been tried have relied on your faithful funding of our worship ministries. 

For all of the ways you’ve supported our worship — both in recent times and in days past — I am deeply grateful. As we continue into our stewardship season and think about how our 2022 pledges can show how we love God and love neighbor, I hope we’ll remember that worship is an essential life-giving activity of the church. It’s a shared calling that (as our church constitution reminds us) demands our whole heart, mind, soul, and strength.

I urge you to join with the rest of your Sunnyvale Pres community to participate in making a 2022 pledge, so we can continue to find ever more faithful, dynamic, and inclusive ways of worshipping God in our congregation.

Peace,
News from Pastor Karin
Dear Friends,

A few weeks ago, you elected officers for the upcoming terms of service — this week new officer training began. It’s hard to believe that we’re already preparing for 2022! We started out the four weeks of training with our new officers receiving elder abuse prevention training, led by our own Cindy Thorp, who has many years of practicing law and a passion for keeping seniors safe. This training is a requirement for all officers set by our session, just as we require Safe Church training.

I’m grateful for our community that takes one another’s safety and care seriously. We do this by providing and leaning into such trainings. And we do so by the changes we’ve made to our campus to be more accessible and safe for members of the queer community. It’s all part of loving our neighbor.

Thanks for your care for one another in so many ways.

Peace,
Memorial Service
for Judy Black
Saturday, October 16 • 9 a.m. • Zoom (passcode: Memorial)

All are welcome to join in a Zoom memorial service to honor Judy Black. Email for more information.
Jesus tells us to Love God with “all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” We’ve invited people to share their own stories of how we’re responding to this commandment, through our shared ministry of the church.

Sharing Our Stories
Mia Estrada Lara, Assistant Director of Youth Ministry

Loving God with all your mind and understanding — How have ministries of the church helped your faith and understanding grow to meet needs/challenges in life?
Starting in this new position has allowed me to grow, even in the short time that I’ve been here. I was diagnosed with social anxiety — something that affects my ability to interact with people freely. However, coming to work here at Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church has allowed me to come out of my comfort zone and meet amazing people.

Along with growing in my confidence, it’s allowed me to practice and understand my college major and career plan. I’m currently a Political Science major at West Valley Community College. I hope to work as an immigration lawyer or serve as an ambassador for the United States. My current position has required me to go over details of planning and running events, attending meetings, and communicating with people. My work with SVPC has helped as good practice for my future career and allowed me to see what I’m searching for professionally. The Youth ministry has been such a joy to work with and I hope to continue to grow with it as time passes.
Land Use Exploratory Committee
Barry Vickrey, Elder

Earlier this year, session asked the Ministry Resources team to put together a Land Use Exploratory Committee (LUEC) to begin a review of how we use our land. I was asked to chair this committee. Others selected to serve were Ashley Gonzalez, Sara Grignon, Liam Hanlon, Joe Don Heath, Timblin Kelleher, Pastor Hardy Kim, Dave Morley, and Jim Shaver.

The task given this committee was to develop and implement a process by which Sunnyvale Pres can decide how best to use the extremely valuable land with which we’ve been entrusted. Like other churches in the Bay Area and elsewhere, we’ve been approached by developers about potential building projects. More importantly (and also like an increasing number of churches), we recognize our responsibility to be good stewards of God’s land and to do our best to use it to serve God’s mission in the world.

Part of that mission may include providing affordable housing in this community. Sunnyvale desperately needs affordable housing for people with both low and moderate incomes. Many who work in our community cannot afford to live here. This includes teachers, public safety employees, health care providers, and other essential workers.

Another part of our mission is to explore the role of land use in providing financial support for the work of the church. The generous giving of Sunnyvale Pres members and friends must be augmented in order for us to achieve our vision for doing God’s work here.

A building project could also enhance the physical facilities available for church programs. Much of our current space is less than ideal, and some of it requires costly maintenance. New physical facilities could enhance our education and fellowship activities while also providing new mission opportunities and expanding outreach to the community. One vision is that the space we use for only limited hours during the week might be used by community groups at other times.

The people selected by Ministry Resources to serve on the LUEC bring an array of talents and perspectives to our work. I’m confident they have the ability to fulfill the important task we’ve been given.

So far, we’ve identified the questions we have for this process; the list is long. This week, we’ll start meeting with people who have experience and expertise with similar initiatives in other locales. In the age of Zoom, we can even bring in experts from far away to help inform our process.

By January, we hope to be ready to engage session in a conversation about land use. Then we’ll expand the conversation to include all members of the Sunnyvale Pres family and our wider community.

If I had to describe in one word the task we’ve been given, it might be “daunting.” But I would quickly move to words like “unprecedented opportunity.” All the LUEC members consider it an honor to have been entrusted with leadership responsibilities for a matter of such importance to the future of our church and community. We solicit your prayers along with any comments or questions you may have. Please send me an email if you have comments or want more information.
Sunnyvale Pres Hiking Group is starting back up!
2nd Saturday of the month • 9 a.m. • Email

Our first hike of the year is happening this Saturday, October 9. We’ll meet at Rancho San Antonio Park at 9 a.m. Please RSVP so we can be on the lookout for you and give you more specific information. Come connect with each other and with nature. Participants must be fully vaccinated and masks strongly encouraged.

If you had already joined our group last year, no need to rejoin. If you’d like to join, send an email to hiking@sunnyvalepres.com.
Afternoon Fun in the Park
Sunday, October 10 • 2–4 p.m. • Las Palmas Park

Don’t miss this first in-person outdoor event this Sunday! All are invited to an afternoon of outdoor fun in the park which will include music (provided by The Music School), games, and activities. Enjoy an all-ages corn hole tournament, balloon toss, pumpkin painting, making friendship bracelets, bubbles, and more. Bring your board games too and enjoy a game in the shade. Questions? Email carol@sunnyvalepres.com.

In accordance with our Reopening Guidelines, there will be no food and masks will be required at this event.
This event will also provide us an opportunity to support hungry people in the community through our partnership with Sunnyvale Community Services. Look for the red tablecloth and stop by the DipJar to take a dip in the park!
CLUE Fall Retreat
October 15–16 • Joseph D. Grant Park • Register

Join us for a weekend away full of reflection and retreat in the woods! We'll leave after school on Friday and head out for a short camping retreat at Joseph D. Grant Park.
We return Saturday night after dinner. Register here.
PW Fall Event:
Resilience: Challenges of Mind, Body, and Spirit
Saturday, October 16 • 10:15 a.m.–2:30 p.m. • Over Zoom • Register

Three speakers will focus on challenges of resilience. Psychiatrist Dr. Arlene Burton will discuss “Challenges of the Mind” and Senior Fitness Instructor Elyse Dukatz will lead fun chair exercises. New York Times bestselling poet and essayist Kathleen Norris will address “Challenges of the Spirit.”

All are invited to attend. Registration is $25 per household. Register here.
Third Grade Bibles
Sunday, October 17

On October 17, we’ll be presenting this year’s 3rd graders with their very own Bibles from the church! Please join us for a special liturgy to bless these students on their faith journey.

If you are a parent of a 3rd grader and did not receive a Bible yet, please email childrens@sunnyvalepres.com.
Save the date!
Celebrate Dr. Valerie Sterk
Sunday, October 17

Join us to celebrate Dr. Valerie Sterk’s 20 years with Sunnyvale Pres! We’ll honor her during worship, then enjoy a special celebration in Trinity Court afterward.
TheoEd Talk Conversations
3rd Wednesdays, October 20, November 18, December 15 •
7 p.m. • Over Zoom
Come engage with some incredible speakers, theologians, and authors using Theo Ed Talks. These talks are neither sermons nor lectures. They’re TED-style presentations that seek to spark conversations about God, religion, and the power of faith to change lives and communities. Join Carol Heath and others as we watch these talks together and then share in a discussion time. No prep, just show up! Questions? Email carol@sunnyvalepres.com.

  • October 20 — Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies
  • November 17 — Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney, Professor and Womanist Theologian
  • December 15 — Austin Channing-Brown, New York Times Bestselling Author
CARAVAN 2022
July 16–24 • Chicago •
 InfoRegister
In July 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. Click here to learn more or to register.
Youth Fall Programming is Here!
FLASH (Middle School) Sundays • 5:30–7:15 p.m.
CLUE (High School) Sundays • 7–8:15 p.m.
”The Well” Wednesdays • 7–8:15 p.m.

Check the Youth calendar for details each week. Also check out our Year-at-a-Glance Calendar, CLUE trifold, FLASH trifold for a sneak peek of what’s ahead!
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.
Resource: These Days

You may download the October These Days devotional from the PC(USA) Store here. Printed copies will also be available on the Book Sale Cart in Trinity Court on Sundays.
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
  • Book Study of Kathleen Norris's Amazing Grace • Mondays, September 20–October 11 • 5 p.m. • Email
  • Afternoon Fun in the Park • Sunday, October 10 • 2–4 p.m. • Las Palmas Park • Email
  • CLUE (High School) Fall Retreat • October 15–16 • Register
  • PW (Presbyterian Women) Fall Event: Resilience: Challenges of Mind, Body, and Spirit • Saturday, October 16 • 10:15 a.m. • Over Zoom • Register 
  • Save the date! FLASH (Middle School) Fall Retreat • November 5–6
  • 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
  • JAM (Just a Moment) Parenting Group • 1st & 3rd Wednesdays • 9:30–10:30 a.m. • Over Zoom • Email
  • MINT (Moments of Intentionality) Parenting Group • 2nd & 4th Wednesdays • 8–9:30 p.m. • Over Zoom • Email
  • The Well (FLASH + CLUE) • Wednesdays • 7:15 p.m. • Check the Youth calendar
  • 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 Morning Coffee • 2nd Tuesday • 10–11:30 a.m. • Email for Zoom link
  • Parent Support Group for Neurodiverse Families Evening Coffee • 4th Thursday • 7–8:30 p.m. • Email for Zoom link
  • Hiking Group • 2nd Saturday • 9 a.m. • Email
Amazon Smile

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In Our Thoughts and Prayers...

  • Dorothy Givens who broke her arm
  • Ben Peterson who has been diagnosed with some challenging medical issues
  • Mary Boyle for the loss of her sister, Joanne Marie
  • Jeff, Christine, and Shannon Reilly for the loss of their wife and mother, Julie Reilly, who died after complications from last week’s surgery

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
Join Us Onsite or Online for Worship on Sundays @ 11 a.m.
Zoom Coffee Hour follows.
If you're not ready or able to join us in person, you’re invited to join the livestream broadcast of our weekly worship service.

Look for the red banner at the top of our new website (SunnyvalePres.com). Click the white button, “Join online worship & events.
Would you like to listen to Sunday’s service on your phone? 
Follow these instructions on your phone to dial into listen-only mode on Zoom:
  • Use this phone number: 1-669-900-9128
  • Enter this meeting ID followed by #: 668 692 256 #
  • Enter # for Participant ID: #
  • Enter this password followed by #: 254631#