We hope you will join us at these special services:

Holy Week Services
Good Friday • April 2 • 7 p.m. • Live stream on Facebook or website

Easter Sunday
7 a.m. • Sunrise Meditation with Pastor Hardy • Live stream on Facebook only
  11 a.m. • Easter service • Live stream on Facebook or website
Note from Pastor Hardy
Dear Friends,

I hope that you have seen all the information about our Holy Week services and our Easter Sunday worship. Perhaps by the time you’re reading this, you will have already had a chance to participate in some of them.

Holy Week is always special, but I think this year our worship services feel particularly significant. We’re marking moments where Jesus shared in pain and struggle with his friends, and where he stood up to hard realities of the world and paid the price. I think this year—with the pandemic and the ways we’ve grown in understanding that God’s good news compels us to stand with the oppressed—that we might be able to dig deep into the heart of Holy Week in ways that are new to many of us.

And, so, I hope that will also lead to new discoveries of Easter joy for you all. With the pain and struggle of these recent days, I pray that God’s Spirit will also bring us healing and insight, and new revelations of the depths of God’s love for all creation.

I look forward to seeing you all in worship. I pray that you will all be blessed with the experience of encountering the resurrection power of God in the days to come.

Faithfully,
News from Pastor Karin
Dear Friends,

I hope to see you this evening for our Good Friday service on Zoom. You can join us the same way you join us for Sunday morning service. I love how Good Friday more fully prepares us for the celebration of Easter morning.

Speaking of Easter, I’m looking forward to that celebration. It will be a celebration rich in breadth of music and proclamation. Every Sunday is a mini Easter, but how glorious it is when we come to this point in our church year and get to join (via Facebook or our website) in full celebration of Jesus’ resurrection!

We have much to celebrate—I can’t wait to do so with you!

Peace,
Sunnyvale Unity Event: AAPI Solidarity
Wednesday, April 7 • 6:30 p.m. • Virtual Gathering (details below)

The City of Sunnyvale is hosting a Unity event with the goal to uplift the voices and concerns of our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Pastor Hardy Kim will be one of the featured speakers, along with Richard Konda, Asian Americans Advancing Justice/Asian Law Alliance, Sarita Kohli, Asian Americans for Community Involvement, Otto Lee, Santa Clara County Supervisor, Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara County District Attorney, and Phan Ngo, Sunnyvale’s Chief of Public Safety.

There has been an alarming increase in anti-Asian hate incidents across the country since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The recent high-profile hate crime cases in the Bay Area and mass shooting in Atlanta have heightened fears in our AAPI community.

Sunnyvale takes pride in the incredible diversity of people who form the rich fabric of our city and we condemn these racist attacks.

Sadly, the issue of bigotry and hatred is not new. In 2019, we came together to acknowledge that hate and fear exist in our community and to heal after a horrific hate crime in Sunnyvale. Last year, we held a series of listening sessions to discuss systemic racism disproportionately impacting the Black community. Now, it is time for us to stand in solidarity with our Asian American community members. We must pull together again to acknowledge and discuss ways to address hate and bigotry. We invite you to share your thoughts and stories.

Please join and partner with us as we foster a culture of belonging where all members of our diverse community feel included, heard and respected.

  • Watch on Zoom
  • Call-in number: 1-833-548-0276 | Meeting ID: 999 3800 3543
  • Watch on YouTube
  • To join the conversation, subscribe to Sunnyvale Unity
  • Details on Facebook
Reminder: COVID-19 Staff Holiday

Personnel ministry and Worship ministry recommended to session that employees be given time for rest and session approved a plan at their March 16 session meeting.

  • The SVPC staff will be on holiday from noon on Tuesday, April 6, through Sunday, April 11. The church office will also be closed during this time.
  • On Sunday, April 11, Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church community will be worshiping with Stone Church at 9:30 a.m. Details on how to join their worship service will be in next week’s newsletter and on the church website. Children’s programs are also on break Sunday, April 11, however youth programs are meeting on April 11 at their regular times.
When Women Won the Right to Vote
Wednesday, April 21 • 11:30 a.m. • Zoom

Presbyterian Women (PW) invites you to enjoy a Reader’s Theater presentation related to the work of Suffragists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and the views of women living at the time of the struggle for women’s right to vote in the United States. If you are reading this, you are invited to attend and to ask your friends to join you.
Spring Choir Concert Watch Party
Friday, April 23 • 7 p.m. • YouTube Premiere

You’re invited to the Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church Spring Choir Concert Watch Party! Since we’re not able to be together in person this spring, let’s gather online to watch our first Collaboration Concert, recorded on March 8 and 9, 2019, with over 300 musicians—SVPC’s Chancel Choir, the Cupertino High School choirs, orchestra, soloists, and organ. The concert features Dan Forrest’s powerful “Requiem for the Living” (2013), a five-movement prayer for rest based on the Biblical texts of Ecclesiastes and Job, and traditional Requiem texts. The concert also includes several spirituals with tenor soloist Trente Morant, a harp solo, a piano solo, and two organ solos.

As we watch together, conductor Andrew Aron and organist Valerie Sterk will be in the chat window, answering questions and providing running commentary about the concert. Check the church website for the concert program PDF and link to join the watch party.
Spring Fling and Celebration of Confirmands
Sunday, April 25 • Noon–1:15 p.m. • Zoom • Register by April 16

Join us right after worship for an online celebration for the entire Sunnyvale Presbyterian Community—church, The Music School and PELC. We will eat lunch together, meet new people, and celebrate our confirmation students. A virtual choir made up of students from The Music School and other singers will entertain us too! We’ll end with a game of “This or That,” and a scavenger hunt. Register by April 16 so that we can send you a packet filled with some goodies.
COVID-19 Vaccine Info Night
Wednesday, April 28 • 7–8:30 p.m. • Zoom

Have questions about the Covid-19 vaccines? Feeling hesitant about getting it or know someone who is? Dr. Morishima, a member of SVPC and a Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) doctor, will be presenting on the facts about the vaccines via a presentation developed by PAMF to dispel myths and inform people about the vaccines. There will be time for Q & A following.
Senior Tea
Thursday, April 29 •
10:30–11:15 a.m. • Zoom

SVPC Seniors in their 80s and 90s are invited to a virtual tea with Pastor Karin and members of the Caring Ministry Team. Questions? Contact Judy Beggs at jmbeggs@live.com or 650-305-0810.
New Member Class
Sunday, May 2 • 9–11 a.m. • Zoom

Save the date! If you’ve been attending worship and wonder what the next step in connecting is, come and explore membership with us at our next New Member Class. For information please contact Jean Ranck.
Upcoming Events
Get connected at SVPC in 2021! 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
  • Holy Week & Easter Services More Info
  • Good Friday • April 2 • 7 p.m.
  • Easter • April 4 • 7 and 11 a.m. • More Info
  • Church Office Closed (COVID-19 Staff Holiday) • Tuesday, April 6 at noon through Sunday, April 11
  • Sunnyvale AAPI Solidarity Event • April 7 • 6:30 p.m. • Details on Facebook
  • Worship with Stone Church • Sunday • April 11 • 9:30 a.m. • Check SVPC’s website
  • When Women Won the Right to Vote • Wednesday, April 21 • 11:30 a.m. • Zoom
  • Spring Choir Concert Watch Party • Friday • April 23 • 7 p.m. • YouTube Premiere
  • Spring Fling and Celebration of Confirmands • Sunday, April 25 • Noon–1:15 p.m. • Over Zoom • Register
  • Covid-19 Vaccine Info Night • Wednesday, April 28 • 7-8:30 p.m. • Zoom
  • Senior Tea • Thursday • April 29 • 10:30–11:15 a.m. • Zoom 
  • Legal Rights of Queer People • Thursday • April 29 • 6–8 p.m. • Over Zoom • Info
  • New Member Class • Sunday • May 2 • 9–11 a.m. • Over Zoom • Info

Ongoing Connections
  • Bible Study • Sunday mornings • 8:45–10 a.m. • Email
  • Children’s Church STARS + BLAST • Children's Church STARS & BLAST are taking a break on April 4 and April 11. Children are encouraged to watch church services on those dates with their families.
  • FLASH + CLUE • Youth Ministry is taking some time off April 4–April 10. Rest up your Zoom eyes and we'll see you on April 11 for the Great Youth Group Bake-Off • Check the Youth calendar
  • 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 Morning Coffees • 2nd & 4th Tuesdays • 10–11 a.m. • Email
  • JAM (Just Among Moms) • 1st & 3rd Wednesdays • 1:30 p.m. • Zoom
  • The Well (FLASH + CLUE mid-week program) • Youth Ministry is taking some time off April 4–April 10. Rest up your Zoom eyes and we'll see you on April 14 for The Well • Check the Youth calendar
  • MINT (Moms & Intentionality) • 2nd & 4th Wednesdays • 8–9:30 p.m. • Zoom
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry • 3rd Wednesdays • 7:30–9 p.m. • 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

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.
Resource: These Days

You may download the April These Days devotional from the PC(USA) Store here.
Benevity & YourCause

Please apply for a matching employer donation if your workplace offers this option. If you’ve tried unsuccessfully in the past, please try again because recent changes have made SVPC an eligible charity for more employers.
In Our Thoughts and Prayers

  • Vicki Anderson for the loss of her mom, Joy Beall
  • Jacqueline Howell who was hospitalized and is now in skilled nursing
  • Continued prayers Elsie Hasling, Nancy Kop, and Beth Pole

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.
Coffee Hour follows.
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 (April 4). 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#