News from Pastor Karin

Dear Friends,

I know this e-newsletter shows up in your inbox each and every week. Perhaps it’s tempting not to read it in full. But I want to encourage you to do that. There is so much going on and so much to join.

There are new discipleship classes coming up, a celebration of the anniversary of women’s right to vote, a tea for those who are 80+, a Zoom presentation about COVID-19 vaccines by our own Amy McLeod (whose professional name is Dr. Amy Morishima), a choir concert watch party, a Community Conversation about LGBTQIA+ legal rights, our Spring Fling, and more!

Whew! And that doesn’t even include gatherings of small groups, Sunday worship (and Coffee Hour!) and others.

One thread that runs through all of our offerings is that we don’t want to offer options just to fill your time. All these are intended to equip and grow you in your journey of faith as we seek to grow together on this path of being followers of Jesus.

So browse through and see what you might join in that would bring some joy or some challenge or some comfort in your life. Then put it on your calendar and come and be a part of it. I’m confident it will be better with you there!

See you soon!
Pastor Hardy is on vacation. Look for a note from him next week. 
Leadership Reflections
Linda Ometer, Deacon

As I reflect on ways to successfully persevere through this pandemic, my thoughts take me back to when my children were little. Each night, right before saying our prayers, together we would sing Proverbs 3:5–6 (KJV):

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart
and lean not unto thine own understanding;
in all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.

After years of singing this Bible passage every night, it naturally has become ingrained in our hearts and minds, and has been a wonderful source of inspiration, hope, and much-needed peace to us during these turbulent times. It reminds us that, with God’s guidance and direction, we can successfully rise above our current circumstances. If we just trust God with all our hearts and spend focused time with God, we can be empowered to face these challenging times with strength and good cheer.

My hope and prayer is, as you ponder Proverbs 3:5–6, that God’s peace will shine into your hearts and that you are able to receive God’s everlasting Love, along with courage, strength, and a joy that no one can take away from you. Blessings to you all.
Small Groups:
Steps into the Beyond
Diana Aldrich

After completing a Step Beyond study about 10 years ago, six of us developed steps to reach beyond. Step 1: Cups of tea and sweets around the host’s dining room table. Step 2: Checking in—Sometimes the checking in takes the whole evening as we share births of grandchildren, deaths of spouses, retirement plans, all of life’s joys and sorrows. Step 3: Reading a book—We read and discuss books, everything from John Philip Newell to Richard Rohr. Step 4: Intercessory prayer—The list is long as we care for others. Step 5: Enjoying the night sky—As we say good night, we take a moment to appreciate the night sky.

During this pandemic we connect by email and Zoom following our steps in new ways. Our current book is Holy Envy by Barbara Taylor Brown and we just had a new grandmother tea (over Zoom of course) for Nancy Ewing.

If you are interested in learning more about how to be a part of a small group, please contact the Director of Community Life, Carol Heath.

Picture above is from 2013: Cheryl Thomas, Nancy Ewing, Diana Aldrich, Lynn Peterson, Jeeti Gill, Beth Pole (not pictured)
Nominating Committee
Barbara Reynolds, Chair

The Nominating Committee requests your help in identifying future leaders for our church. We are seeking individuals who are willing to work hard and have a great time together as they follow God’s call and seek God’s guidance. The Nominating Committee wishes to consider potential leaders who broadly represent the membership of the church and you can help us!

There are a variety of positions:
  • Elders: As members of session, elders head up the ministry areas of our church. Session makes decisions regarding the church as a whole.
  • Deacons: The deacons provide service of compassion and care for all members of the church, in particular those who are unable to attend church, new members, college students, and young adults.
  • Nominating Committee members: This team prayerfully discerns who God is calling to fill these positions in the coming year.

Please prayerfully reflect on people you know who might fit these positions well. Submit recommendations or volunteer yourself by completing the SVPC Leadership Recommendation Form (available at the button below through May 30).
If you would prefer a paper recommendation form mailed to you, please contact the committee at nomcomsvpc@gmail.com.
When Women Won the Right to Vote
Wednesday, April 21 • 11:30 a.m. • Zoom
Presbyterian Women (PW) invites you to enjoy a Reader’s Theater presentation related to the work of Suffragists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and the views of women living at the time of the struggle for women’s right to vote in the United States. If you are reading this, you are invited to attend and to ask your friends to join you.
Spring Choir Concert Watch Party
Friday, April 23 • 7 p.m.

Let’s gather online to watch our first Collaboration Concert, from March 2019, with over 300 musicians including SVPC’s Chancel Choir, the Cupertino High School choirs, orchestra, soloists, and organ. The concert features Dan Forrest’s powerful “Requiem for the Living” (2013), a five-movement prayer for rest based on the Biblical texts of Ecclesiastes and Job, and traditional Requiem texts. The concert includes several spirituals with tenor soloist Trente Morant, a harp solo, a piano solo, and two organ solos.

As we watch together, conductor Andrew Aron and organist Valerie Sterk will be in the chat window, answering questions and providing running commentary about the concert. Check the church website for the link to join the watch party. Here’s the concert program PDF to follow along during the watch party.
Confirmation Sunday,
Spring Fling and Celebration of Confirmands
Sunday, April 25 • 11 a.m.–1:15 p.m. • Over Zoom

Join us for service at 11 a.m., where our youth confirmands will be presented, and then after worship join us for an online celebration for the entire Sunnyvale Presbyterian Community—church, The Music School and PELC. We will eat lunch together, meet new people, and celebrate our confirmation students. A virtual choir made up of students from The Music School and other singers will entertain us too! We’ll end with a game of “This or That,” and a scavenger hunt. Register by April 16 (today!) so that we can send you a packet filled with some goodies.
COVID-19 Vaccine
Information Night
Wednesday, April 28 •
7–8:30 p.m. • Zoom

Have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines? Feeling hesitant about getting it or know someone who is? Dr. Amy Morishima, a member of SVPC and a Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) doctor, will be presenting on the facts about the vaccines via a presentation developed by PAMF to dispel myths and inform people about the vaccines. There will be time for Q & A following.

The information presented will not be specific to the Bay Area, so we encourage you to invite anyone you know who is hesitant about the vaccine to attend this event!
Senior Tea
Thursday, April 29 •
10:30–11:15 a.m. • Zoom

SVPC Seniors in their 80s and 90s are invited to a virtual tea with Pastor Karin and members of the Caring Ministry Team. Questions? Contact Judy Beggs at jmbeggs@live.com or 650-305-0810.
Affirming Church Series—
Legal Rights of Queer People
Thursday, April 29 • 6–7:30 p.m. • Zoom

People who care about queer people need to know and care about their legal rights. Whether it’s gay marriage, employment discrimination, or transgender health treatments, the decisions of courts and legislatures have a profound impact on the lives of queer people. This program will explore the unique legal issues that queer people face, the advances that have been made in recent years, the challenges that lay ahead, and the role of the church in protecting these rights.

Rev. Michael Kirby has been a leader in the PC(USA) on issues of marriage equality. He was a practicing lawyer in Texas before entering the ministry. Rev. Kirby will be interviewed by Barry Vickrey, Discipleship lead elder and a retired law professor.
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:
Group on Black Prayer
Mondays, May 3–24 • 5 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 p.m. • Zoom

One of the most distinctive ways in which Jesus taught was through parables. Luke’s gospel contains the most famous parables in scripture: the Prodigal Son, the Good Samaritan, the Rich Man, and Lazarus. In this class we will examine these and other parables with an eye toward understanding them in their historical context as well as for us today.
Presbytery- & Denomination-Related Events and Information

Ghost Ranch invites you to join them virtually for online spring workshops.

Located close to the village of Abiquiú in Rio Arriba County in north central New Mexico, and owned by the Presbyterian Church (USA), Ghost Ranch offers a diversity of programs and adventure. The landscape of Ghost Ranch—made famous by painter Georgia O’Keeffe—encompasses 21,000 acres of towering rock walls, vivid colors and vast skies. The mission at Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center is to foster well-being and spiritual health through its historic, inspiring southwest landscape.
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
  • When Women Won the Right to Vote • Wednesday, April 21 • 11:30 a.m. • Zoom
  • Spring Choir Concert Watch Party • Friday, April 23 • 7 p.m. • YouTube Premiere
  • Confirmation Sunday, Spring Fling and Celebration of Confirmands • Sunday, April 25 • 11 a.m.–1:15 p.m. • Over Zoom • Register here for Spring Fling portion
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Info Night • Wednesday, April 28 • 7–8:30 p.m. • Zoom
  • Senior Tea • Thursday, April 29 • 10:30–11:15 a.m. • Zoom
  • Legal Rights of Queer People • Thursday, April 29 • 7–8:30 p.m. • Zoom
  • 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

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
In Our Thoughts and Prayers

  • Eileen Chow who fell and broke her kneecap and wrist
  • Continued prayers for Judy Black, Elsie Hasling, and Beth Pole
  • Nancy Kop, who is in hospice
  • Mary Wasik and family for the loss of Mary’s husband, Bob Wasik

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 (April 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#