Communion Sunday

This Sunday, May 2, we will celebrate communion, so remember to have your communion elements—some bread and drink that’s common to your home and household—with you when you connect to Sunday’s live stream worship.
Note from Pastor Hardy
Dear Friends,

If you read last week’s newsletter you might have seen the brief note about the “Year-End Fiscal Results.” Our fiscal year ends on March 31, so this is the time of year when we can look back and see the state of our financial stewardship as a community.

I know God doesn’t call on us to measure our strength as a community in financial terms. However, in a year that has been as chaotic and uncertain as the one just past, I believe it says something important that the financial footing for our ministry has remained strong.

We cannot ignore the fact that government assistance programs like the Paycheck Protection Program were a critical help to us. Programs like this were intended to make sure that workers in industries affected by the pandemic could be provided a modest measure of support, and so that non-profit programs like our church ministries and our outreach groups (PELC and The Music School) would still be around to serve communities on the other side of quarantine. We are grateful that our national leadership enacted these measures—and, moreover, we are fortunate to have dedicated leaders (like former comptroller Tavie Armfield and current comptroller Timblin Kelleher) to guide us through the long and complicated loan and forgiveness processes.

At the same time I believe that no amount of government assistance will keep a church or non-profit vital unless the community that undergirds it is committed and willing to invest of itself. And our year-end numbers show that you, the community of Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, stayed committed. You invested even more than you had done the previous year. I sense God’s Spirit in the powerful generosity you have all displayed; it’s a generosity that is making us more expansive in our welcome of others, stronger in our commitment to justice, and more loving in our care for one another.

I give thanks to God for all of you—and for the faithfulness to God’s mission you continue to live out, even in a pandemic. Let’s continue to invest in what God is doing in and through us. Let’s continue taking care of one another and the world around us.

Humbly,
News from Pastor Karin
Dear Friends,

As I write, I’m filled with gratitude for all that goes on through SVPC. Last night we had a great presentation about the COVID-19 vaccine by Dr. Amy Morishima. If you know anyone with vaccine hesitancy, please point them to this video recording of that event.

And this morning I got to hang out at our Senior Tea (tea not required!) with a bunch of folks who are 80 or wiser and it was just so much fun—gathering, great entertainment provided by The Music School, time in smaller groups to chat, and then at the end, people just wanted to continue talking in our large group. It was hard to leave!

These opportunities to both grow and encourage one another are happening all the time at SVPC and it’s such a gift. I hope you are finding time to take advantage of the classes and gatherings offered in addition to our Sunday worship.

I look forward to seeing you...at some Zoom event or gathering...soon.

Peace,
Leadership Reflections
Minna Chan, Deacon

2020 was challenging to say the least. We had (and still have) a pandemic that resulted in isolation, more than 3 million deaths, and so much grief globally. We had wildfires blazing across the state. We had protests and riots due to issues of social injustice. We wrapped up the year with a controversial presidential election that polarized the country. As I was baffled with the uncertainty of life, God led me to discover God’s grace in the midst of all these things. I found my much-needed quiet time that allowed me to slow down, do self-reflection, and be healed physically and spiritually. God reminded me again and again not to take things for granted, not to be wasteful, but to be compassionate, content, and grateful for what God provides.

Whenever I feel anxious, I meditate on Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want….” God is faithful. And in the wake of so many social injustices, I pray for God’s love and peace to fill our hearts. Let’s love our neighbors as ourselves.
Nominating Committee
Barbara Reynolds, Chair

The Nominating Committee is seeking to fill elder, deacon, and nominating committee member positions. Please help us identify our church’s gifted members willing to serve by submitting recommendations using the button below. Submissions will be accepted until May 30. Look for more information on SVPC’s Leadership Recommendations page.
If you would prefer a paper recommendation form mailed to you, please contact the committee at nomcomsvpc@gmail.com.
Youth Ministry Hires Summer Intern

We landed on a wonderful hire, Justin Warner. Justin (he/him) is entering his final year as a dual M.Div./M.A. candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary where he and his wife live. He studied neuroscience while in college and loves to try new foods, travel, hike, read, play cards, and watch TV. While we looked at both remote and local folks, Youth ministry felt that Justin was the best fit for our summer together, especially as we remain online at least in part while Jasmine is with us until the end of August. We loved Justin’s demeanor, pastoral presence, and ideas for spiritual nourishment in summer programming. Justin will start on June 6, Promotion Sunday, and will stay with us until mid-August.
Freelance Video Editor Opening

Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church is looking for a Video Editor to prepare music videos for Sunday worship. This is a summer position and can be done remotely. More details and contact information are in the job description or email Kris Sheridan.
Facebook Welcome Hosts

The worship tech team is looking for some additional Facebook Welcome Hosts. Facebook Welcome Hosts are one of the first people our live stream worship attendees “meet” on Sundays.

The Facebook Welcome Hosts are scheduled once or twice a month and should be comfortable interacting in the Facebook chat, using Google Docs, and learning a bit about Planning Center Online (SVPC’s worship planning tool), and, in the week scheduled, be able to attend the worship run-through over Zoom on Friday from 11–11:30 a.m. and Sunday from 9:15 a.m.–noon. For more information contact Suzanne Ungson or Kris Sheridan.
New Member Class
Sunday, May 2 • 9–11 a.m. •
Over 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.
Conversations with God:
Discussion Group on Black Prayer
Mondays, May 3–24 • 5–6 p.m. • Over Zoom

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Lutz Allen will lead this four-week discussion group. Weeks one through three will focus on prayers from James Melvin Washington’s classic book, Conversations with God: Two Centuries of Prayers by African Americans, and the fourth week will look at the Biblical imagery in Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb." Each week will include discussion of the prayer/poem and a closing time of meditation, as a guided Lectio Divina.

Send an email to Stephanie Lutz Allen to sign up and obtain the Zoom link.
Luke's Parables
Wednesdays, May 5–26 • 7–8 p.m. • Zoom
Taught by Dr. Bill Prior, Professor Emeritus (Philosophy), Santa Clara University

Jesus of Nazareth was, among other things, a teacher, a rabbi. One of his most important teaching instruments was the parable. Some of Jesus’ parables, such as the Parable of the Good Samaritan and the Parable of the Prodigal Son, are among the most famous passages in scripture. Parables can give us information about the life of first-century Israel. They can also guide our lives today. Most important, perhaps, they can give us insight into the mind of Jesus.

The richest source of Jesus’ parables is the gospel of Luke. We will examine four parables: the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, the Rich Man and Lazarus, and the Wicked Tenants. The first three of these are unique to Luke; the fourth is found in all three of the synoptic gospels. Join us as we explore these four parables for the window they provide into the origins of Christianity and for their message for us today.
Adult Leadership Training—All SVPC leaders welcome
Sunday, May 9 • 3:30–5 p.m. • Check the Youth Calendar

Can God be queer? Is sex bad? What are we teaching our youth when we talk about queerness and sex? Come to this month’s adult volunteer training, sponsored by Youth Ministry, to discuss what we can learn about the abundance of queerness and the sacredness of sex.
Promotion Sunday
Sunday, June 6 • During 11 a.m. worship
During worship on Promotion Sunday we want to celebrate with folks, regardless of age, who are finishing 5th grade, 8th grade, high school or any post-secondary promotions including professional certificates, accreditations, or degrees (AA and beyond).

To be included:
  1. Submit your name and milestone on this Google form by May 19
  2. Email a photo to childrens@svpc.us by May 19

All graduates and their families are encouraged to attend the live stream worship service on Promotion Sunday. Questions? Contact Richard Collins, Director of Children’s Ministry or Addie Domske, Director of Youth Ministry.
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
  • New Member Class • Sunday, May 2 • 9–11 a.m. • Over Zoom • Email
  • Conversations with God: Discussion Group on Black Prayer • Mondays, May 3–24 • 5 p.m. • Over Zoom • Email
  • Luke’s Parables • Wednesdays, May 5–26 • 7 p.m. • Zoom
  • Leadership Training (all SVPC leaders welcome) • Sunday, May 9 • Check the Youth Calendar
  • Promotion Sunday AnnouncementsForm & photo due by Sunday, May 19
  • Leadership RecommendationsSubmit now through May 30
  • Promotion Sunday • June 6 during 11 a.m. worship
  • Senior Dinner • Sunday, June 6 • Check the Youth Calendar

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
  • Children’s Church STARS + BLAST • Sunday mornings • 9:30 a.m. STARS; 10:10 a.m. BLAST • Registration requested but not required • Zoom
  • FLASH + CLUE • Sundays • 6 p.m. FLASH (grades 6–8); 7:45 p.m. CLUE (grades 9–12) • 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) • Wednesdays • 6:45 p.m. FLASH (grades 6–8); 8 p.m. CLUE (grades 9–12) • 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 for Zoom link
  • 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
Three Smart Ways to Give to the Church

Check out this article for three popular ways people are giving to charities from their IRAs, appreciated stock, and charitable trust accounts.
Praise

The birth of Zoe Cairstine to parents Andrew and Megan Shaver, aunt Kelly Shaver, grandparents Jim and Debbie Shaver, and great-grandparents Harry and Marilyn Shaver

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 (May 2). 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#