“Pride is something that is a time of celebration, resistance, action and awareness… It started out as resistance to bigotry against those in the queer community or LGBTQIA community, and it has morphed over the years to not only standing in resistance to hatred and bigotry, but also celebrating who we are, our rich culture as queer people, and our resilience despite what happens around us. Pride is something that transcends color lines, it transcends socioeconomic status, and it transcends all the other barriers that so easily separate us.”

Rev. Shanea D. Leonard,
   Associate for Gender & Racial Justice,
   PCUSA Office of Gender, Racial & Intercultural Justice
Note from Pastor Hardy
Dear Friends,

The past year (and more) of the pandemic has required us to live through various versions of a quarantined life. We have struggled with the loss of personal freedom, and with missing out on in-person interactions with close friends and loved ones. The pain from some of these losses has been acute, and we are constantly aware of what we are missing.

There are other losses that we don’t think of as much, but they have still diminished our lives in significant ways. We have not been able to have close and unplanned interactions with strangers. We have not been able to participate in large communal events without the anxiety of wondering whether we will be exposed to a deadly virus.

In our SVPC context, this means that we have not been able to get together—in-person, embodied—to proclaim and celebrate, together, that we have become, publicly and proudly, a community that affirms and celebrates LGBTQIA+ persons. This month, as we feel ourselves moving more into a public life where we can be together with others, face-to-face, I think we all feel how precious it is to be in contact with other people without fear. In the coming months, when we come back together in-person to worship because we have achieved the right level of safety in public health, we will do so with a sense of confidence and freedom. And for our LGBTQIA+ siblings, it will mark the first time that they can fully feel safe alongside the rest of the community as well.

At the beginning of Pride Month 2021, I give thanks that we all serve in a denomination that is helping us grow in our witness to so many communities that have been harmed by our society and our church in the past. I also feel proud that our particular congregation is doing so much to live out that kind of inclusive, affirming faith in our context here in Sunnyvale.

News from Pastor Karin
Dear Friends,

Seven years ago I was looking for someone to work with us at SVPC, specifically with our seniors. I never imagined that we would be so blessed as to have the Rev. Dr. Libby Boatwright come and be among us—not just for that year, but for the next seven years! Throughout these years, she has continued to teach classes with Discipleship, lead GriefShare (often providing home-cooked food!), join SPICE and SAGE events, lead home communion with the deacons, be present in worship, and most of all, care for people in our congregation. We have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with her! She has modeled compassion, been with many on the journey of grief, and has been a welcome presence in Trinity Court and in our lives.

Libby is stepping down from her role as Parish Associate at SVPC as she turns her attention to caring for family near and far. She will be attending church elsewhere with her dear husband, Frank, and what a lucky congregation that will be! As hard as it is to say goodbye, we want to respect her choice to move on as God is calling her.

It's Pride Month!
Carol Heath, Director of Community Life

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that LGBTQ+ individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

Because we are a church who has stated clearly that we not only welcome but affirm queer people, I wanted to share the Presbyterian Pride Calendar for 2021. In this link, you will find numerous events planned for Pride month. Take some time to look over the events and plan to attend some of the offerings. As a community, the more we educate ourselves, the more we will be equipped to live into our call to love one another unconditionally. And to all of our LGBTQ+ siblings, Happy Pride!
Promotion Sunday
June 6 during 11 a.m. worship

This Sunday, we’ll be honoring our 2021 graduates during worship on Promotion Sunday! Join us 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).
Summer Children's Church
Sundays and Wednesdays • June 13–August 4 • Zoom

There will be a break in Sunday programming on June 6, then our 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.
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.*
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.
Presbytery & Denomination Events & Information

Peacemaking Advocate Sought
Applications due June 11 • Info

Rev. Joey Lee and the San Jose Presbytery’s Peace and Justice Task Force are seeking a new Peacemaking Advocate, because after many years of faithful service, Rev. Geoff Browning announced that he will leave his position. Interested? Read the job description and then apply here.
These Days

You may download the June These Days devotional from the PC(USA) Store here.
Prayer Shawls

Are you searching for a meaningful way to support a distant friend or family member? Whether it is to offer comfort to the weary or to celebrate one of life's milestones, consider sending them a prayer shawl. Contact prayershawl@svpc.us or call/text Teri Archer at 408-497-0026 to view the many choices available.
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
  • Promotion Sunday • June 6 during 11 a.m. worship
  • Senior Dinner • Sunday, June 6 • Check the Youth calendar
  • 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
  • Save the date! Conversations Sparked by NEXT Church 2021 National Gathering • Thursday, June 24 • 7 p.m. • Over Zoom

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
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...

  • Julie Reilly and Michael Yocum who are in cancer treatment.
  • Mary Keahey for the loss of her mother.
  • Beth Robb for the loss of her brother, Rev. Dr. Dana W. Wilbanks.
  • Kay Shields for the loss of her husband, John Shields.
  • The families of those shot at the VTA transit yard. Prayers for sensible gun laws.
  • In remembrance of the Tulsa race massacre 100 years ago.

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 6). 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#