Note from Pastor Hardy
Dear Friends,

At the end of this week, I will be taking some time off. My brother and some friends (all vaccinated) are flying into town so we can explore the Bay Area and enjoy the wonderful place we get to call home. On top of that, just this morning I was able to take our son, Jonah, to get his second vaccine dose. In this moment when I am anticipating some rest and relaxation—and some added peace of mind—I want to express how grateful I am for all these blessings.

I am grateful for our community, for all the ways that our SVPC leadership and congregation have been patient, wise, persistently ingenious, and dedicated to worshipping God and enjoying fellowship in Christ’s name. This does not diminish the tragedy that others have experienced, nor does it mean that all are past the worst days of the pandemic. Still, we can be quietly grateful for being a part of a community that has navigated 15 months of challenges well.

I am grateful for the ways our community supports our staff. My colleagues and I have been able to feel secure in our employment because of the good stewardship of resources by session and the congregation. We get to enjoy things like vacation and feel secure even when we face health challenges because the Personnel ministry team and others truly care about how we are doing. I know that not everyone gets to feel this sense of care in their employment.

So, as I go to spend time with family and friends, I wanted to make sure to say “thank you” to all of you. Your support of staff, your good work in caring for others during the pandemic, and your ongoing dedication to our shared ministry are all so important to me… and to the good of all around us.

Gratefully,
News from Pastor Karin
Dear Friends,

I am so proud of how much we as a congregation have done over the past year. In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, we chose to focus our energy and efforts toward issues of substance. One of those decisions was to become a church that affirms people of all genders and sexualities, expressing this in part through our partnership with More Light Presbyterians.

We’ve had great, insightful input through our Affirming Church series. The series is available for you to view from our website. If you weren’t able to be present, I recommend watching them.

For many, it’s easy to feel confused or behind in understanding some of the terminology or how to be supportive. Some questions might include: How does sex differ from gender? What vocabulary and terms should be used in discussing gender and gender expression? What is the biblical background of inclusion?

There’s another great opportunity coming up to address these questions. This workshop is called Understanding Gender and Inclusion, and is being presented by our denomination’s Office of Gender and Racial Justice. Here is how they describe it on social media:

In this workshop, we will discuss the basics of understanding gender. We will cover how sex differs from gender, basic terminology, and the biblical background of inclusion. We will also cover basic understanding of gender justice as it centers the LGBTQIA community as well as PC(USA) policy concerning this topic.

The event is being held on July 13 at 6:00 p.m., but in this Pride month, I encourage you to honor our queer siblings by making a plan to learn more. Put it on your calendar and sign up here.

Peace,
Leadership Reflections
Celina McCaffrey, Youth Elder

I used to be a writer, so this shouldn’t be too hard, but what do I write about when I’ve been stagnant for a year? When my screen companions relentlessly broadcast bad news that launches into my eyeballs and settles in my brain and never reaches my mouth because what’s the point of talking about it? We all know how it’s been.

It was Breonna Taylor’s birthday on June 5. I’m including this photo because my Black refugee clients still ask me who they should call for help when it’s the police trying to kill them. I pray for their safety, and I pray we never go back to normal. Going forward, I hope we cultivate more spaces for Black joy and White accountability. I’m tired but I’m hopeful. God grant me the endurance to keep up the fight.
Thank You, SVPC Friends

Dear SVPC friends,

How can I possibly express my thanks for the seven years I have spent with you?

I can begin by thanking the pastors, staff, and session for their tremendous support. I can shout a loud alleluia for all the wonderful committee members on Hospitality and Discipleship and offer (virtual) hugs to our deacons and pastoral care teams who have offered compassion and deep care when it mattered. I can thank all the meal and service teams at SAGE and my small group for Bible studies, along with Dine with Nine.

I can remember the times we cried together in Grief Share and Surviving the Holidays and Finding the Good in Grief. I can remember the times we shared laughter in our SPICE group on Thursday nights and in Trinity Court. I can remember our time together in classes like Ephesians, Aging in Place, Last Things, and The Bible in 90 Days.

I can thank the countless women who served on Women’s Retreats and PW Seminars. I’m grateful for the most wonderful of music departments in the Presbyterian kingdom, with three music teams, bells, and children’s events. I have been touched by your compassion, inspired by your devotion, and personally blessed by your caring in tough times.

Ephesians tell us, “For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus, and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” As I head into the next chapter, I will hold you gently in my heart and pray for you.

Thanks,
Libby
Summer Children's Church
Sundays and Wednesdays • June 13–August 4 • Zoom

Our regular summer schedule will begin on June 13. No registration required!
  • STARS (K and under) = Sundays @ 9:30 a.m.–10 a.m.
  • BLAST (Grades 1–5) = Sundays @ 10:10 a.m.–10:55 a.m. and Wednesdays @ 5–6 p.m.

All will be using the same Zoom link. Meeting ID: 840 7965 4524, passcode: 664376.
Congregational Meeting
Sunday, June 20
Immediately following 11 a.m. worship • Over 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

Save the date! SVPC Seniors in your 80s and 90s are invited to a virtual tea. Join Pastor Karin and members of the Caring ministry team over Zoom for conversation, community, and a musical treat! 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: These Days

You may download the June These Days devotional from the PC(USA) Store here.
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
  • End-of-the-Year Advisor Party • Sunday, June 13 • Check the Youth calendar
  • Congregational Meeting • Sunday, June 20 • immediately following 11 a.m. worship • Over Zoom
  • Senior Tea • Thursday, June 24 • 10:30 a.m. • Zoom
  • 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 starting June 14 • 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 starting June 15 • 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 starting June 16 • 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
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In Our Thoughts and Prayers...

Joe Lyon for the loss of his grandmother, Martha Lyon

Thank You

Thank you to all who have been praying for our beautiful daughter Julie over the past several months, and who have extended their sympathy and condolences with cards and emails over the past few weeks. Her smile and warmth touched everyone just like her mother’s did, and she is deeply missed.
—Jack Cole

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 (June 13). 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#