Note from Pastor Hardy
Dear Friends,

About 15 months ago, when the pandemic first started, I remember not truly understanding the magnitude of the crisis that was descending upon the whole world. I just knew that a lot of things seemed uncertain and scary. Our session decided to close things down immediately and indefinitely. At the time, I wondered whether we would look back and think of it as an overreaction. Now, I feel that we are very lucky that things were not worse for us. And I am grateful for the care and caution of our leaders.

Our leaders have done their work—they know a lot more about the challenges we face, we’ve learned a lot from experts around us and in our midst, and we are ready to build upon the good community care that has been established by our many months of social distancing. We are ready for the campus to reopen. We will soon be ready to worship in person again!

The session appointed a Reopening Committee that has consulted with doctors and the county health department guidelines. We believe we have a safe plan for reopening our in-person activities. You can find the Reopening Guidelines here.

These guidelines represent our effort to make sure we can come back together safely and not just quickly. We are also hoping we can help no one feel left out of our return if they are still feeling physically, psychologically, or spiritually unsafe—or even if it’s because they’ve become a part of our community virtually and still live at a distance. That’s why we are working hard, even now, to make sure things like worship and community-wide learning events will continue to have accessible online ways for folks to engage.

We hope that, as we come back together to meet each other face to face, we will all be able to do so joyfully and with a real sense that we are all cared for and included. If you have questions or concerns about the guidelines, please contact the Reopening Committee through Carol Heath.

Peace,
News from Pastor Karin
Dear Friends,

This week, your session met as they do on the third Tuesday of every month. And, as always, I was reminded what a reflective and committed people God has called into these roles. I love the thoughtful questions that are regularly raised as we consider the business and leadership of the church. I love the respect shown to one another and the care extended to the congregation in their decision-making. It’s really quite inspiring.

As you hear of the decisions in process for the reopening of the church, and as you hear of programs and events being offered, these things are possible because of the group’s dedication and thoughtfulness. Likewise, our deacons, the other officers of the church, extend beautiful care and compassion to our congregation.

With gratitude for those currently in leadership, let’s also keep the Nominating Committee in our prayers as they invite people into leadership for the years to come.
I look forward to seeing you in worship on Sunday, and then hope you’ll join us for our congregational meeting immediately following.
See you soon!

Peace,
Leadership Reflections
Michelle VanSickle, Children's Elder

A year ago, I was invited to join a small group of six women. At that time, my kids had just finished the school year under shelter-in-place, and the idea of connecting regularly with women outside of our household had a lot of appeal. Part of my motivation was getting to know these other women in a more personal way. Another attraction was the chance to explore new topics together.

I’d never been part of this type of small group before, so I didn’t know what to expect. Over the past year, we’ve explored the idea of race from a minority perspective, studied queer theology, and learned about enneagrams as a way to understand one another. Through this journey, I’ve grown closer to the women in the group, and it’s been a welcome release from the isolation I’ve experienced during this pandemic. This small group has been a lifeline for me.
Session Summary from June 15

Session’s monthly meeting was held via Zoom on June 15. Session heard and affirmed the guidelines put forth by the Reopening Committee which are included in this newsletter. Session also received a report from Worship about the work they are doing to plan for returning to in-person worship. This includes a Tech Committee working to make hybrid (simultaneous in-person and online) worship work well. Lots of planning is being done. The Rev. Annanda Barclay presented a fellowship she has been granted and session expressed support for the direction of her work and interest in being her home church during the three years of her fellowship, which is fully funded through Auburn Seminary. Session adjourned with prayer for the congregation in small groups.
Congregational Meeting
Sunday, June 20
Immediately following 11 a.m. worship • Zoom

The purpose of the meeting is to elect an elder to fill an unfulfilled term (Class of 2022) in Worship ministry. Joe Don Heath has been nominated. A financial update will also be given at the meeting.
Senior Tea
Thursday, June 24 •
10:30–11:30 a.m. • Zoom (passcode: seniortea)

SVPC Seniors in your 80s and 90s are invited to a virtual tea. Join Pastor Karin and members of the Caring ministry team on Zoom for conversation, community, and a musical treat! We'll email you a reminder a few days before the tea. Questions? Contact Judy Beggs at jmbeggs@live.com or 650-305-0810.
Conversations Sparked by the NEXT Church 2021 Gathering
Thursdays, June 24, July 22, and August 26 •
7–8:30 p.m. • Over Zoom • Register

This summer, please join us for a 3-part series on topics featured at the 2021 NEXT Church gathering. These discussions will provide opportunities for our community to reflect on selected keynotes/sermons presented at the March gathering. Topics include anti-racism, LGBTQIA+ inclusivity, and the opportunity for us all to live more fully in the radical call of Christ to bring hope to all peoples. The topics are challenging, which is why we want to be able to process them in community together.
Session 1, June 24: Keynote by Rev. Lenny Duncan (note: explicit language)
We will hear a prophetic lament and challenge from this activist and self-declared “heretic.” This session will push us very hard to understand how the church has oppressed many people over the years—particularly Black folks—and we will be asked to consider how we might need to change.
Session 2, July 22: Keynote by Rev. Dr. Christine Hong
Using concepts from her Korean-American identity, Dr. Hong will help us reimagine what it means to be faithful in a way that is not complicit with the colonizing empires of the world.
Session 3, August 26: Sermon by Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III
Hear how God is calling us to faithfully and concretely combat the evils of racial injustice in our society today.
Please register in advance for Session 1 so we can plan for small group discussions. When you register, you will receive the link to watch the video. Please watch the Lenny Duncan video prior to joining the discussion on June 24.

We will meet on Zoom for a facilitated discussion and small group breakout sessions to enable us to dive into these topics as a community. To join the Zoom meeting, look for the button on the home page at svpc.us that day.

NEXT Church is a purposeful relational community of Presbyterian leaders whose mission is to strengthen a vibrant and thriving PC(USA) that shares the good news of Jesus Christ in ways that matter to and have impact on God’s evolving world. For more information, check out their website.
2021 mini-VAN:
Called to Connect
August 1–7

Join us the first week in August for mini-VAN, an adjusted CARAVAN summer service experience. Our theme this year is “Called to Connect.” We’ll work locally in Sunnyvale and San Jose, using resources from the 2021 Montreat@Home curriculum, which offers worship, small group, and devotional materials with a balance of contemplation and creation. We will provide daily opportunities to listen and cultivate our faith as a community, even in the midst of social distancing.

This is for rising 9th graders through graduated seniors. Sign up by June 30. Learn more about mini-VAN and register for this experience here.
Are you called to work with young people?

Please fill out this form if you are interested in being a 2021–22 Youth Advisor.

*If you were an adult volunteer for the 2020–21 program year, this form will also serve as your evaluation form for the year.*
Resource: “Read-to-Me” version of Presbyterians Today

As part of Presbyterians Today’s newly updated digital edition, you can now enjoy our audio technology on any computer or mobile device. Select any article from the magazine, press the sound icon, and the article will be read aloud.

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
  • Congregational Meeting • Sunday, June 20 • immediately following 11 a.m. worship • Zoom
  • Senior Tea • Thursday, June 24 • 10:30 a.m. • Zoom (passcode: seniortea)
  • Conversations Sparked by NEXT Church 2021 National Gathering • Thursday, June 24 • 7 p.m. • Register

To learn more about virtual events, videos and at-home activities 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
  • Summer Children’s Church: STARS + BLAST • June 13–August 4 • Sunday mornings 9:30 a.m. STARS; 10:10 a.m. BLAST • Wednesday evenings 5 p.m. BLAST • Zoom
  • Monday Movement • Mondays • 3–3:30 p.m. • Check the Youth calendar
  • College-Age Small Group • Mondays • 6–7 p.m. • Check the calendar
  • The Spring (morning prayer) • Tuesdays & Thursdays • 10–10:05 a.m. • Check the Youth 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—Morning Coffees • 2nd & 4th Tuesdays • 10–11 a.m. • Email
  • JAM (Just Among Moms) • 1st & 3rd Wednesdays in June & July • 10 a.m. • Serra Park • Email
  • MINT (Moms & Intentionality) • 2nd & 4th Wednesdays • 8–9:30 p.m. • Zoom
  • Wednesday Workout • Wednesdays • 3–3:30 p.m. • Check the Youth calendar
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry • 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—Evening Coffee • 3rd Thursday • 7:30–8:30 p.m. • Email
2021–2022 Fiscal YTD Results
May 2021 (month 2)...............$K   
Church Income....................$.244
Church Expenses..................$.274
Church Deficit..................-$..30
Outreach Grps:PELC/Music School.-$..13
Combined Organization Deficit...-$..43
While church income is running below budget so far this year, we are also spending less than planned. The outreach groups continue to operate at a small deficit as a result of the pandemic conditions. We continue to expect our PPP loans to cover any combined deficit this year by funding employee and facility costs. As mentioned last month, we are happy to report that our first PPP loan was fully forgiven by the SBA in April, so we will not have to repay it.
In Our Thoughts and Prayers...

  • Continued prayers for Judy Black and Mildred and Nandi Prasad
  • Chuck McManis for the loss of his mom. Please pray for the entire family.

Have a prayer request?

In place of the blue prayer cards you filled out on Sundays, please send your prayer requests anytime to prayer@svpc.us. 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 "Live" for Worship on Sundays @ 11 a.m.
Congregational Meeting follows on June 20.
Watch the live stream broadcast of our weekly worship service. No Facebook account is required to watch on SVPC’s public Facebook page. Or you can watch on the SVPC website.

Here’s what to look for when you watch on Facebook.
  • Click on the blue Watch on Facebook button (in this email or on the front page of the website). If you don’t have a Facebook account, ignore any prompts by Facebook to log in or create an account.
  • You may need to scroll down just a bit to see the Videos entry on the left side. At 10:45 a.m. we’ll already be live and there should be the word “LIVE” in red on the Videos button. Just click it.
  • You should see a Welcome to Worship slide dated for this Sunday (June 20). At about 10:50 some music will start. Welcome to worship!
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#