Eighth Grade IGNITE Graduation to FORGE
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Weekly Good News
May 3, 2019
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Birthdays This Week

5/3 Brian Donohue
5/4 Linda Goetz
5/5 Jim Johnson
5/5 Jan Richards
5/6 Surekha Borra
5/6 Kevin Hopkins
5/6 Joanna Ward
5/7 Jo Beck
5/7 Ray Davis
5/7 Jen Pelosi
5/8 Lynnie Morgan
5/9 Bob Carlson
5/9 Mike Farrar
5/9 Mark Hearn
5/9 Sharon Mazanec
5/9 Arthur Neudek
5/9 Claire Sharp

Anniversaries This Week

5/3 Keith & Susi Farmer
5/3 Elizabeth Harshaw & David Yung
5/5 Bill & Susan Campbell Weir
5/8 T.J. & Sue Burke
5/8 Marty & Cindy Koll
5/9 Greg & Lee Reimers
Congregation Council Members
Pres:   Mark Hearn
VP: Karen Ball 
Treasurer/CFO: Bill Stark 
Sec: Sherry Whitmarsh
Frank Anders
Gail Dutcher 
Art Fabsits 
Gary Klintworth
Therese Long  
Donna Noonan
Dave Rower 
Pastor Tim Philips 
Pastor Andy Smith

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"Our New Normal"         
Sunday Sermon
During this third Sunday in our Easter series: "Discovering New Life," Tami Gomez's sermon based on John 21:1-19 will invite us to see that the risen Jesus encounters us in our everyday moments and challenges us to "follow him" in our everyday lives. We are transformed when we meet Christ and we are also still ourselves. Come see how Jesus wants to meet you, right where you are at now!
John 21:1-19 Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples, Jesus and Peter
Worship: 9:00 & 10:30 am  
New Songs
Hello Church! As we journey through the current  Discovering New Life  sermon series we will be incorporating songs of testimony. These songs are personal, devotional, and intended to proclaim the greatness of God's mighty work in our lives. Here are a couple new songs we'll be singing throughout the series. To be honest, some of the parts can be a little tricky (but not too tricky!), so I hope you have a chance to listen to them a few times before Sunday. You can do it! I pray they become meaningful to you and the friends you invite to church in order to Discover New Life in Christ.
Layette Ministry
All Congregation Donations
Deadline is Mother's Day, May 12th
Our congregation is collecting baby items to give to needy mothers at the county hospital. Please bring new and handmade items (sizes 0-3 months and 3 months): onesies, footed sleepers, sweaters, socks, blankets, teething toys, beanies, diapers, and donations for books to the crib in the lobby near the Welcome Center by Mother's Day, May 12th.
On May 14th, there are two opportunities to participate in the preparation and assembly of the layette kits. In the morning, each item has to be de-tagged, and sorted. If you can help, meet at 9:30 am in the Teen Center. In the evening, you are invited to eat dinner and come and assemble the kits from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Teen Center. Please sign up at the Welcome Center to help. For more information, email Barbara Groenveld.  
White Rose on the Altar 
The white rose on the altar honors the life of Masako Sasahara, mother of Mel Sasahara, mother-in-law of Vera, and grandmother of Annalee, who went to be with the Lord on April 17, 2019. We extend Christian sympathy to the entire Sasahara family. Masako's memorial service will be held at the Japanese Christian Church of Walnut Creek on June 1st at 11:00 am.
Last Chance to Sign Your Teen Up
Friday, May 3rd-4th | 8:00 pm-8:30 am | Teen Center 
Sign up here before tonight! Your FORGE teen will join us for an amazing overnight event! We will be playing all kinds of night games, running around Walnut Creek, and having an amazing time. $20 cost includes: snacks, breakfast, and activities. Pay at the door. 
Farmers' Market 
Sunday | Between Services
Please contact Toshiko Barrett if you can help with this worthwhile ministry.
Making a Difference in Our World 
The recent Change4Change donations are going towards the following two worthy causes: the continued support of two children, Liz and Francisco, in Brazil that are being sponsored by Saint Matthew youth through Compassion International for $76 a month per child. The cost goes towards supplying books and clothing for school and helping the children have the necessities to receive an education. 
The ELCA has a global farm challenge program. Our Saint Matthew youth - thanks to your change4change contributions - are using the rest of the money to purchase a farm to help a family escape the cycle of hunger and poverty in a sustainable way. The cost of the farm is $715 to purchase a cow, a couple of goats, a dozen chicks, two pigs, farming tools, seeds, and for the family to receive some agricultural training. Thank you for your contributions! 
Join Wine, Women, & the Word 
Wednesdays | 7:00-ish | Renate Schoenberg's Home 
Please contact Renate Schoenberg for more information or pick up a Wine, Women, & the Word card at the Welcome Center. 
Please Join the Women of Wednesday
Wednesdays | 7:00 pm | Green Classroom

Please contact Cathy Fuller or Donna Noonan for more information or pick up a card or sign up at the Welcome Center.
Wings As Eagles Interest Meeting     
June 2nd | 10:30 am | Teen Center 
Wings As Eagles interest meeting on June 2nd at 10:30 am in the Teen Center. We are going to be hosting an adult mission trip to South Dakota in late September or early October. We would love to invite you to hear about what we are going to be doing from Art and Gian as they share their experiences. 
Saint Matthew Family Camp    
June 13th-16th | Sign up Deadline is May 12th!
We're going to the Coloma Resort for a fabulous time of rafting on the river, swimming, balancing on the ropes course, climbing the rock wall, playing on the playground, and rafting (if there is enough interest). There are different ways to camp, including tenting, RVing or sleeping in a cabin. Contact Tom Aragon to find out more information about pricing and accommodations. Deadline to sign up at the Welcome Center is May 12th. 
Parent's Night Out  
May 17th | 5:00-8:30 pm | Teen Center 
Please register here for one year olds through fifth grade. The evening will include pizza, snacks, games, crafts, and a movie. $5 per child. 
Guys' Cards, Brats + Beer Night
May 18th | 5:00 pm | Mark Hearn's House 
Sign up at the Welcome Center! Invite your friends! 
Let's Talk About Dementia 
May 19th | 11:40 am | Green Classroom
Let's Talk About Dementia May 19th immediately following the second service, at approx. 11:40-12:30 pm in the Green Classroom. Dementia can be a scary word, yet a person living with dementia can live with joy and purpose. This session will provide an overview of dementia and the disease process, highlight some key techniques for relating to someone with dementia, and outline resources available. Chances are we will all know someone with cognitive impairment, so let's become dementia-capable. 
Outline: 1) Dementia - what is it? 2) What areas of the brain are affected? 3) Care Options 4) Techniques for relating to someone with dementia 5) Resources 6) Prevention and Interventions. 
Contact Tami Gomez for more information. Sign up here or at the Welcome Center.  
IGNITE Sugar Pine Summer Camp   
July 7th-12th | Sign Your Kids up Today Here!
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May 5th - Farmers' Market
May 17th - Parent's Night Out
May 18th - Guys' Cards, Brats 'n' Beer Night
May 19th - Let's Talk About Dementia Seminar
June 2nd - Farmers' Market
June 9th - Graduation Sunday
June 13th-16th - Family Camp at the Coloma Resort
July 7th - Summer Farmers' Market (start date) 
July 7th-12th - IGNITE at Sugar Pine Summer Camp 
July 8th-12th - SPARK Summer Day Camp
July 13th - Oakland A's Family Day 
July 14th-20th - FORGE at Hume Lake Ponderosa Camp
Sept. 27-29 - Mount Hermon Women's Fall Retreat
Oct. 4-6 - Mount Hermon Men's Fall Retreat (Santa Cruz)
Saint Matthew Day Camp registration is open. Cost is $50 per child. Registration closes June 15th, or when all our spots fill up. Don't delay, sign your child or grandchild up today here!  
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