Note from Pastor Hardy
Dear Friends,

It’s been a hard season, and one where we have missed so many of the usual celebrations we get to enjoy. This includes everything from birthdays, to graduations, to community milestones.

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. I know that for some folks, a day related to mothers and motherhood can bring up complicated histories and a lot of emotional baggage. But after a year in which so many of us have longed for the basic comfort of being with family—one in which so many of us haven’t been able to even see our mothers or hug them—I pray that this upcoming Mother’s Day Sunday can be one where we mark the emergence of hope that we might soon get back to enjoying the goodness of our basic relationships with one another.

Our staff and leaders at SVPC are working toward this as much as we can, while still trying to be patient so that we don’t rush things, and so we can include everyone equally as we figure out how to gather and worship in person. We ask for your continued understanding around these things. And we need your help and participation as well! We trust you all are getting vaccinated so that we can protect each other from the spread of the pandemic.

Soon, when we are restored to seeing one another face to face and when we can celebrate a return to community, I hope we will be able to do so in the same spirit that God declared to the people returning from exile: “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem” (Isaiah 66:13).

May we look forward, in hope, to the day when we can share God’s love in community—a love that is like a mother’s. And, until we can, may we embody that love in our care and preparation in all of our separate habits and preparations.

With hope,
News from Pastor Karin
Dear Friends,

Yesterday morning I met with the Pastoral Care Team—this team of people from our church make calls on behalf of the church to extend care and compassion. Some calls they make are to people in times of the loss of loved ones. Sometimes before or after surgeries or medical procedures. And for other reasons as well. I hope if you receive a call from them, you’ll experience it as the love of Christ and the church extended to you.

We are blessed to have numerous ways we care for people in our community: Pastoral Care Team, deacons, prayer shawls, Prayer Team, Stephen Ministers, support groups, fellowship groups, and more! Another way to feel connected is to join a small group. If you are not part of a small group but would like to be—whether you are local or not—take a moment to email Carol Heath, our Director of Community Life, at carol@svpc.us. She would love to help you join or form a group!

I’m glad you’re part of SVPC. If you have a prayer request you want to share with us, feel free to email me at karin@svpc.us or Jean Ranck at jean@svpc.us.

Peace,
Leadership Reflections
Kristi Pierce, Deacon

Bill and I were extremely fortunate to be able to have our son and his family living with us for four months recently while they were looking for a home to buy in Colorado. It was an amazing blessing to be able to be so closely involved in our grandsons’ lives for that time. Daniel (age 3) would often say “I need” or “I want.” The grown ups would then remind him that he should say, “Please may I have...” and not just constantly demand things. Even Danny’s 1-year-old brother Andrew was beginning to internalize the lesson as his favorite opening phrase began to be “Please have...(milk, snack, airplane)”. Needless to say there was a lot of requesting going on!

One night we had all just sat down together at the dinner table when Danny leaned across his plate and looked at me with his beautiful blue eyes and out of the blue said, “Nonna, you make me so happy.” You can imagine the love and pure joy (yes, tears, too) that welled up within me!

Later, as I was thinking over all of these interactions with my grandsons, it struck me that they could teach me a lesson about my relationship with God. How often am I simply bombarding God with a list of everything I want and need (or so I think)—not even thinking to make it a request rather than a demand? How often do I simply tell God how much joy God brings me? How much delight do I bring to God when I DO just bring praises to God without cluttering my interactions with requests?

Out of the mouths of babes...and I thought I was the one doing all the teaching.
Mission & Service
News from your Mission & Service ministry team: Betsy Brittle, Owen Peterson, Max Mikles, Judi Pogue, Elsa Amboy, Allan Graham
Youth Spirit Artworks (YSA) is an interfaith job training program for low-income young people experiencing homelessness. Through your generous giving, the SVPC Mission & Service ministry homelessness focus area has been addressed through a donation to the YSA’s Tiny House Empowerment Village in Berkeley. See their thank you here:

“Hi Pastor Hardy! Yesterday Youth Spirit Artworks received a $2,500 check from Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church to support our Tiny House Empowerment Village. I want you to know how grateful we are!! The Village is now open with 22 residents living there. We are excited to be able to work with the residents doing awesome, awesome work setting and achieving their personal and professional goals. We appreciate the support of Sunnyvale Presbyterian enormously!!!

Visit YSA for more information on The Village.
Seeking Replacement for Retiring
Executive Assistant to Head of Staff

We are so grateful to Bethann Merriam for the years of wonderful service she has provided all of us as an employee of the church. Since she is retiring from her position at SVPC, we are seeking applicants for the position. The job description can be reviewed at this link. Please let those you consider qualified know about the opening. Those interested in serving should send a letter of application and resume to judipogue@comcast.net.
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 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.
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 livestream 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
  • 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 • 3:30 p.m. • 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
Resources

You may download the May These Days devotional free from the PC(USA) Store here.
Benevity and 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...

Continued prayers for Judy Black and Julie Forys

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 9). 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#