Go Tell It on the Mountain
Skyland Community Church
Monthly Newsletter
10:30 Sunday Service
October 2013
Minister: Stephen Glauz-Todrank
Church phone: 408-353-1310


Altar Flowers

Flowers are needed for October 27. Please sign up in Whitaker Hall if you wish to donate flowers for that Sunday.
-- John Heyes 


Magnolia petals 
Folded over like wet boots 
Line the garden path.


(author unknown)  

Health Care Workshop

after service Oct. 20


More than 80 percent of Californians say it is important to have end-of-life wishes in writing - but only 20 percent have done so.


On Oct. 20, San Jose Mercury-News science and medicine journalist Lisa Krieger, author of the 2012 "Cost of Dying" series, will lead a discussion about the importance of advance planning, how to make informed choices about medical care, and how to choose your health care agent. The workshop will take place at noon in Whitaker Hall after the service.


Attendees will receive a copy of an advance health care directive as Lisa explains and discusses each section of the document. All members of the Loma Prieta community are welcome to attend the workshop.


Visit www.mercurynews.com/cost-of-dying to read Lisa's series, which describes the sometimes painful and dehumanizing treatment of dying people caught up in a high-tech medical battle against inevitable death. The site also offers related resources.


The following Sunday, Oct. 27, we will hold a "witness event" where those interested can bring in their completed advance health care directive form, and have it witnessed by two people not related to them.



Matt's Back!


Matt Colbran-Patterson, son of Angela Patterson and Bill Colbran, spent last summer in Africa, volunteering at an orphanage and school for HIV positive kids in Tanzania. Support for his trip, and the orphanage, was made possible by many in the Skyland congregation.  


He'll be giving a talk on his adventures, with many photographs, at the Los Gatos Community Center on Friday, Oct 11. He was active in several programs, including a counseling program for HIV positive kids who live on the streets. 


You will also see photos that Matt took during a few days off to experience a safari in Serengeti National Park.  


When: Friday October 11th, 2013 7:00pm

Where: Community Center, 23800 Summit Rd, Los Gatos



Ava makes a bid
Friday Oct. 11, 7:00p.m. Community Center, 23800 Summit Rd, Los Gatos: Matt Colbran-Patterson talks and shows pictures from his experience volunteering at an orphanage for HIV positive kids in Tanzania.

Friday, Oct. 11, 6-8 p.m. Whitaker Hall: Clutter-free enthusiasts monthly meeting, led by Ellie Lavender. Fee: $10 to cover hall rental fee and refreshments. Call or email Ellie (408-858-8947, ellie.lavender@ix.netcom.com) by Oct 7 to reserve a place.


Sunday, Oct. 20, 12 noon. Free workshop with Lisa Krieger about advance health care directives. Refreshments and discussion in Whitaker Hall. 


Festival Exit Graceful, Profitable

The Pods...emptied, cleaned, ready for pickup...
Skyland Community Church
Minister's Column 
Time for Spiritual Renewal

After a Busy Summer 


Our Skyland fall schedule is a bit different from most churches'. They go on vacation in the summer and return full of energy for the fall in September. We work hard in the summer, our efforts culminating in the huge Harvest Festival project, followed by an early fall of catching our corporate breath before the holiday season begins. While we are recovering from the summer's big events, I hope you will enjoy some opportunities to renew soul and Spirit in October. 


Some of these you can read about elsewhere in this newsletter. Matt Colbran-Patterson will be speaking about his summer internship in Africa at the Community Center on the 11th. We will have guest speakers coming for our worship service on Oct. 13, and will be moving our potluck to that Sunday so we can continue our fellowship with our guests during that time. We also will have a guest speaking after church on the 20th, helping us to make plans for end of life care. We will bless and dedicate those forms on the 27th. 


I will preach on "The Beatitudes" found in Matthew 5:1-10 using a wonderful, fresh translation called The Unvarnished Gospels by Andy Gaus. I recommend this book for a new look at the gospels.


We will also have the opportunity to participate in two wider church events coming up. Many of you will remember Pam Nates, who was one of our first interns. She will be meeting with delegates and visitors of the Santa Clara Association of the UCC on Oct. 13 at an Ecclesiastical Council, the purpose of which is to examine her for ordination. The Council will be at 3 p.m. at First Congregational UCC in San Jose. I hope you will join me for that.


Speaking of the Association, the Fall meeting is Sunday, Nov. 3 from 3-5 p.m. at Foothills Church  in Los Altos. The principle order of business will be to decide whether we as a body will agree to ordain otherwise qualified candidates for ordination who don't have a paid position. Securing at least a part-time paid position has been a requirement in our Association but is not required in our Conference or in the wider UCC. If we do agree to the proposed change, it will allow Patricia Wood to be ordained! Please be with us there in body and prayer.


Thank you for all the ways you support Skyland Church with your prayers, actions and financial resources. We are who we are because of you. Wishing many blessings to you and to all,

-- Stephen




  ...the rear deck is decluttered and swept clean...


Unsold goods put to good use


By Linda Hayes


Donated clothing, shoes, hats, handbags, bedding and housewares that were not sold at Harvest Festival have been given to a number of places that will in turn give them to people in need.


The Mental Health Client Action Network (MHCAN) on Cayuga St. in Santa Cruz gladly accepted Shannon Edward's truckload and my SUV loaded twice with things to keep their clients warm and help them with their newly found places of residence.


The Teen Challenge in San Jose, which serves teens in peril, gratefully received Renee Presler's truckload of clothing, shoes, etc.


The Career Closet in San Jose on Gish Road will receive the professional type clothing and shoes that their patrons need to go to job interviews and start working again with proper attire.


Angela Patterson will take a large bag of clothing to the Migrant Workers Resource Center in Davenport when she gets a few more warm coats to take as well.  Any men who might not yet had a chance to donate their used sweatshirts and jackets could bring them to church in the next few weeks before it gets really cold, and Angela will include them in her delivery.


I will take the clothing for babies and young children to a consignment store in Santa Cruz; and when it is sold, we will add the money to our Harvest Festival proceeds.


Nancy Jo reports that most unsold books were bought (for resale) by Shannon Edwards, 10 boxes went to libraries, records were given to Good Will, and children's books were allotted to the African Library project.


It really is extraordinary that so many people in our community have contributed through these clothing donations not only to our church's missions, but to otheres in need in our nearby communities. Bless you all and bless the receivers of your generosity!




 ...and the alleyway is empty!

Healing Ceremony after Potluck Oct. 13

By Leslie Meehan

My good friends Cynthia Jurs from Santa Fe and Neema Namadamu from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRCongo) will be at Skyland on Oct. 13. They will speak during the service, and conduct a healing ceremony for the mountains and the earth following the monthly potluck, which has been moved up a week for this special event (thanks to Ellie for her gracious hosting).


Cynthia is a leading Buddhist teacher and the 

founder of the Alliance for the Earth and the Earth Treasure Vase Project. She has travelled the world for 23 years holding community ceremonies to bury earth healing vases made by Himalayan monks.
Neema  is a powerful ambassador for peace and non-violence.The DRCongo 
is known as the worst region in the world for gender-based violence, where 400,000 women are raped each year and 6 million people have been killed since 1996. 


Neema supports disabled seamstress businesses and digital media projects for women and girls to tell their stories. She is visiting the US to speak at the International Women's Earth and Climate Summit at the United Nations.


Please come and share your trademark Skyland dishes and fellowship, and to support peace and compassion in our mountains, the DRCongo, and the world.

Financial Report September 2013


Note from our treasurer:


Harvest Festival is a success and is over for this year - including cleanup. Thanks for everyone's dedicated support.


(Editor's note -- including thanks to Gerry for playing the keyboard in the middle of a downpour!)


A summary of booth donations:


Silent Auction                                    $7,570

Baked Goods                                          850

Books                                                       621

Clothes                                                 1,341

Coffee                                                         67

Face Painting                                              6

Jams & Jellies                                     1,172

Kitchen wares                                         342

Luncheon                                                889

Misc. Gifts                                             1,045

Odds & Ends                                           295

Produce                                                   132

Toys                                                          574


Total donations                                    14,904

Advertising & Misc. Expenses                281


Net                                                        $14,623



Here is the operating finances report for September 2013, as of Sept. 26. 


           Sept. 2013     |Jun 1 to Sep 26,2013           Actual   Planned    |    Actual      Planned

Income     $ 27,168   $ 28,200 |   $ 68,336    $ 70,727

Expenses   $ 24,311   $ 23,589 |   $ 63,990    $ 63,897

Net        $  2,856   $  4,611 |   $ 4,346     $  6,830


-- Gerald J. Alonzo




May the God of hope fill you with
all joy and peace as you trust in him, 
so that you may overflow with hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.
--Romans 15:13