Note from Pastor Hardy
Dear Friends,

Summer is almost always a time of changed rhythms and (hopefully) a step back from the grind for some relaxation. I hope that you’re finding ways to rest, refresh your spirits, and get a change of perspective.

At the same time, I know there’s so much change going on in the patterns of our lives with the changes in the status of the pandemic. Along with those changes comes renewed uncertainty about how to best care for others and ourselves. I hope that you’re healthy and feeling safe. We’re working hard to return to in-person activities for our community—especially when it comes to worship—so please continue to be on the lookout for more information from us about plans. We’re very excited to see your faces on August 15!

Even as we prepare to gather physically, I want to remind you that we continue to have good online offerings to connect, learn, and grow. One I particularly hope you’ll join us for is our upcoming installment of Conversations from NEXT Church on July 22. It’s a conversation about how our experiences of food can help us to better understand God’s liberating power. Two things I love!

If you have questions or concerns about our plans to return to in-person activities, I want to encourage you again to contact our “reopening committee” by emailing Carol Heath, Director of Community Life.

News from Pastor Karin
Dear Friends,

I’m a serial hobbyist. I love learning how to do new things. Over the years, I’ve dabbled in all sorts of crafts, activities, language learning, and more. I’ve yet to master anything, but each exploration opens a whole new world of noting how others have invested time and energy into mastering things and creating beauty and fun for themselves and others.

I was thinking about this today as I looked at summer gardens with their amazing beauty. The beauty changes over the seasons, taking different forms with different plants. Nature seems to be a cyclical hobbyist.

I wonder where you find beauty in the world and how you like creating. I know there are so many creative veins… programming, writing, painting, dancing, weaving, conversation, and many I haven’t thought about. Whatever it is, I hope you take some time to create some beauty in the coming weeks. When we do so, I think we offer a tiny bit of reflection of the unimaginable beauty of our own Creator.

Leadership Reflections
Max Mikles, Mission & Service Elder

It’s another beautiful California day as I sit on the small patio in the front yard of our San Jose home. I’m looking out onto a private school playground, La Colina Park, a small hill, and the Santa Teresa foothills which fill my view to the edge of the sky. Nice!

Years ago when Tiffany and I added this front patio onto the public face of our house, we questioned our insight. But that was before the pandemic shut down and work-from-home phenomena, when the street became a vibrant community center. The regular dog walkers and joggers were joined by families on bicycles, skaters, boarders, teens doing wheelies, and kids playing. Volleyball and soccer games sprouted up in the park most evenings. Neighbors bonded. We all learned our postal carriers’ names. The ice cream trucks seemingly had a banner year.

The pandemic is mostly in the past for us now—at least I hope so—yet I am already missing the pop-up community we all shared for this moment of forever.
Conversations Sparked by the NEXT Church 2021 Gathering
Thursdays, July 22 & August 26 • 7–8:30 p.m. •
Over Zoom • Register for Session 2

Join us for the next installment in our three-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 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’s 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 2 so we can plan for small group discussions. When you register, you’ll receive the link to watch the video. Please watch the Christine Hong video prior to joining the first session’s discussion on July 22.

Important note: Registration is separate for each session, so even if you attended Session 1, please register again to let us know you’ll be part of Session 2.

We’ll 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 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.
Worship with More Light Presbyterians
Sunday, July 25

On Sunday, July 25, our service will be offered by More Light Presbyterians. Our preacher will be the Rev. Annanda Barclay. Annanda currently serves as pastor of Mission Bay Community Church in San Francisco, and just finished her Chaplaincy Fellowship at the Spiritual Care Services Department of Stanford Health Care. Her call focuses on queer, afro-futurist, womanist, ecological, theological, and biblical spiritual lenses applied to technology innovation.

Look for Annanda, Hardy, and Karin in the Facebook chat. Communion will be part of the service, so have your communion elements ready.
Save the date!
"Welcome Back to Campus" Get-Together
Wednesday, August 11 • 5–7 p.m.

Come enjoy our first official all-church in-person gathering since 2020. Enjoy seeing old friends and making new ones. Bring your own picnic dinner or takeout. The playground will be open for the kids. More info to come!
In-Person Worship Begins on August 15
11 a.m. • Sanctuary

Our Worship and Welcome & Hospitality ministry teams are working hard to bring us all together as we reopen the campus for in-person worship and continue our robust online option. Our online services August 1 and 8 will be livestreamed from the sanctuary, and then on August 15 you are invited to join us in-person in the sanctuary!

Please note that we are requesting that everyone wear a mask when on the church campus. Stay tuned for much more information about all the ways we are working to make this a safe and inclusive experience for everyone, whether onsite or online!

We are refreshing our nametags and we want to include you! Please fill out this form and we will have a nametag ready for you. If you have a nametag at home, we would love to have you return your nametag holder. Simply drop it in the gold mail slot next to the library if you happen to be around the church campus, or bring it on August 15.
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.
Seeking Applicants for Open Positions

Assistant Director of Youth Ministry
We’ve been so blessed to have Jasmine Epps with us for her year-long remote contract as she helped build up our online ministry remotely from Claremont, CA. We will say goodbye to Jasmine at the end of August (as she begins her PhD studies at UCLA!) and we’re now looking to replace her with an in-person, part-time, local Assistant Director of Youth Ministry. Do you know anyone who might enjoy working with youth ministry? Share this opportunity with them! You can find the job description and instructions to apply here.

Other SVPC Positions
Please let those you consider qualified for the positions of Executive Assistant to the Head of Staff or AV/IT Coordinator know about the vacancies. Job descriptions and the process to apply can be found here. We’re so grateful for the faithful service of retiring long-time employees Bethann Merriam and Suzanne Ungson.
Presbytery & Denomination News
New Peacemaking Advocate
for San Jose Presbytery

Starting July 1, Addie Domske, our Director of Youth Ministry, began a new position as the Peacemaking Advocate (PA) of San José Presbytery, in addition to her SVPC work. In this small presbytery role, she will now support and encourage the involvement of congregations within the presbytery in the ministry of peace and justice. The work of the PA is a ministry of the Presbytery Peace and Justice Working Group (PJWG), which is a working group of the San José Presbytery. The PA also relates and reports to the PJWG and is accountable to the Presbytery Executive.

Are you interested in a peacemaking initiative? Are you the head of a ministry area that works on peacemaking? Interested in hearing what our presbytery is already doing around justice? Follow the Peace and Justice Working Group on Facebook, contact Addie at, or book a time to meet with her here to discuss your ideas.

You can download the July 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
  • Pray the Calendar: Youth Ministry Planning Retreat • Saturday, July 17 • Check the Youth calendar
  • Conversations Sparked by NEXT Church 2021 National Gathering • Thursday, July 22 • 7 p.m. • Over Zoom • Register for Session 2
  • Worship Service with MLP • Sunday, July 25 • During 11 a.m. worship (see usual links in blue box below)
  • Youth Ministry Community Event: Screening of Moxie! • July 27 • 7 a.m.–9 p.m. • Check the Youth calendar
  • mini-VAN: Youth Summer Service Experience • August 1–7 • Check the Youth calendar
  • Children's Ministry Picnic in the Park • Tuesday, August 3 • 4–6 p.m. • Serra Park
  • Welcome Back to Campus Get-Together • Wednesday, August 11 • 5 p.m. • SVPC Campus
  • In-Person Worship Resumes • Sunday mornings beginning August 15 • 11 a.m. • Online worship will continue to be available (see usual links in blue box below)

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
  • 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 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
In Our Thoughts and Prayers...

  • Howard Gaines who is recovering from a fall
  • Jack Pettygrove who fell and broke his femur
  • Judy Black who is in hospice

Have a prayer request?

In place of the blue prayer cards you filled out on Sundays, please send your prayer requests anytime to 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 (July 18). 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#