Go Tell It on the Mountain

Skyland Church Newsletter - September 2017
Skyland Community Church

10:30 Sunday Service

Rev. Stephen Glauz-Todrank
Church phone: 408-353-1310

Update: Community Open House Sept. 16

Enthusiastic volunteers met after church on July 30 to discuss a fun community event to be held on Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's essentially a touch of the usual Harvest Festival, which is on sabbatical this year. 

We are planning to host a luncheon; and we have booths for home-made baked goods, canned goods, plants, books for children and adults, jewelry, children's art projects, odds and ends, and some clothing. 

We will collect lightly used items from church members and friends after church on Sept. 3 and 10 and during the day Sept. 13 and 14.
Skyland Community Church

Here are ways to help:

Bring canned goods, plants and lightly used items that we can sell at tables. On the day of the event, Sept. 16,  bring potluck foods to add to our rice bowl and salad lunch, plus baked goods for sale at a table. 

Set Up: 

Wed. 9/13  9:30am-5:30 p.m.
Thurs. 9/14  9:30am-5:30 p.m.
Fri. 9/15  9:30am--5:30 p.m.

Open House - Sat. 9/16:

9:-11 a.m -- Final set up
11 a.m.-3 p.m.--Booth helpers
12 - 2 p.m--Lunch/Pot Luck
3-6 p.m--Cleanup

Those who wish to help may call 
Shannon Edwards at
408-353-2710, or email her at shannonedwards14@gmail.com.


Altar Flowers

Most Sundays in September and October are open for flower donations. Please check the calendar in Whitaker Hall and sign up for an open Sunday.


golden sunflowers
signal summer as russet
'mums herald autumn.

-- haiku by John Heyes



Oct. 10

Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill,  Irish fiddling 

 6 p.m.    Pot luck
Show: Doors open at 7 Concert at 7:30

It is a small venue so the earlier people get tickets the better.
Cost  $20 @ Brown Paper tickets,
$25 at door

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill are some of the finest and most respected musicians of our time. This very special intimate concert in the Santa Cruz Mountains will be a night to remember. 

"The New York Times describes the duo as "simply exquisite."

"They strip old reels and jigs to their essence, leaving space between the notes for harmonics and whispered blue notes...A Celtic complement to Steve Reich's quartets or Miles Davis's Sketches of Spain."

"Make no mistake -- Martin Hayes is the most innovative and influential fiddler on the Irish scene today. He and guitarist Dennis Cahill deconstruct Irish melodies in revolutionary ways, opening them up for modern sensibilities in much the same way Miles Davis did with jazz or Eric Clapton did with the blues."

--  Boston  Globe


Meditation M oment   

For it was you who formed my inward parts; 
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.

:-- Psalm 139:13-14


African Library Project Sends Books To Sierra Leone Moslem School

Kathi Larkin, Shannon Edwards, and John Heyes at Post Office after shipping books to Sierra Leone school

Skyland's Missions Board sent 1,459 books for the Makorki Agricultural Islamic Secondary School from the Redwood Estates Post Office in late August. A BIG thanks to families of our local school, the community and the church who donated books in May.  A BIG thanks also to our sorters (Shannon Edwards, John  Heyes , Kathi Larkin and Angela Patterson) and our packers (Deana Arnold, Leslie Meehan and Lisa Meehan). To help pay the postage of $650, we will take up a special collection Sunday, Sept. 10. 
In all, the ALP organization will send 500 boxes from 31 book organizers; and in early October the donated items will be put into a container in New Orleans, LA, for shipping by boat. Recently, Sierra Leone has experienced massive mudslides and flooding; but our books will arrive in December, after most of the cleanup is done. 


4-Way Covenant Minister's Letter

Stephen's Refreshed Return
"For in six days God made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested on the seventh day; therefore God blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it."                                  --  Exodus 20:11

On Sept 5, Stephen will return from his sabbatical time -- a time of study, refreshment, and re-creation. He has been much missed. It has been a time for Skyland Church members and me to recognize more clearly the many ways in which we depend upon the leadership of our beloved pastor and teacher and guide.


As a church we decided to also take a sabbatical from putting on the full Harvest Festival experience. However, a small group has organized an Open House, to provide a taste of Skyland Church's love for the mountain community.

In the Fall, we hope to spend some time envisioning together. We will consider our role in the community and the world, and our hopes for who can be together.
May All Be Well,

NOTE from your treasurer:

Report after three months into our new fiscal year.
We participated in the Mountain Jam event, which supports local programs, on Aug. 5.  Our participation was primarily concerned with the food booth. The Music and Arts committee decided to use some of its funds to purchase all the food supplies.
First shipment of books to African Library Project was completed. A fund raiser to support the shipping costs will be held later this year.
We are able to accept credit card payments for pledge, general and special offerings if that is more convenient than check or cash. See either Jan or myself after service for these transactions.
Here are our operating finances as of August 28 for our 2017-18 fiscal year.

 Summary of Operating Finances

                         August 2017    | Jun 1,2017 to Aug 28
                 Actual        Planned |  Actual      Planned
Income     $  15,794  $ 11,039  | $ 51,874    $ 47,723
Expenses $    2,560  $  3,092   | $ 43,065    $ 43,082
Net   $    13,234   $   7,947   | $   8,809     $    4,641
                                             -- Gerald J. Alonzo,  Treasurer