Giving Thanks with Friends
Thanksgiving
Greetings!

Many of us will be unable to gather with friends and family as usual for Thanksgiving evening. Leslie Nipps is offering to Zoom host a gathering so those who want company can eat and pray together.

On Thanksgiving evening at 6:00 PM, she will be leading a simple Feast of Friends. Prepare your meal, and then we’ll eat, chat, sing and pray together! If there are enough people, we may go into small break out groups for part of the time so we have a real chance to talk and connect. There will be some readings and song, so we’ll need a few people to help lead. Children’s participation encouraged and welcome!

To RSVP, to offer help, and to ask any questions, please email Leslie.
This Week at St. Gregory's
  • This Sunday, November 22 - Last Sunday after Pentecost
  • Online Liturgy at 10:00 AM. Join in the worship using Zoom. If you are asked for a password it's nyssa1978.
  • Coffee hour will convene after the service as a time to be in community and fellowship with SGN friends. Stay in the zoom worship room to get connected.
  • Godly Play will meet at 11:15 AM in the Godly Play zoom room. If you are asked for a password it's Iwonder.
  • Icon Painters Group is meeting Sundays at 2:00 via Zoom (PW: Painting). Contact Betsy Porter for more info.
  • Story of a Saint will focus on Chiune Sugihara and will be presented by Teri Lanier at 4:00 PM on Zoom (PW: Story).
  • Compline service meets at 8:00 PM via Zoom each Sunday evening.

Next Sunday, November 29 - First Sunday of Advent
  • Online Liturgy at 10:00 AM. Join in the worship using Zoom. If you are asked for a password it's nyssa1978.
  • Coffee Hour will follow the service. Stay in the zoom room to enjoy this time of community.
  • Godly Play meets at 11:15 AM, Icon Painters meets at 2:00 PM, Story of a Saint at 4:00 PM, and Compline at 8:00 PM. See above.
Our Shared Life
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  • This week we pray for all health care, retail, and front line workers and their families as they navigate the holiday season amid a surge in coronavirus cases.
  • The Wednesday lunchtime book study continues! We are reading Wil Gaffney's "Womanist Midrash". Meeting in Paul's zoom room at Noon.
  • The Contemplative Prayer Group meets weekly on Thursdays from noon to 12:45 on Zoom (password: Nyssa).
  • The parish re-gathering plan is available here.
  • Notice where you see God at work in the world, take pictures and share them - we'll post your photos in the newsletter.
YFM Hike & Hang -
Forest Bathing!

Come join the YFM Group for some "forest bathing" led by Laura Daykin. Haven't heard of forest bathing before? Check out this article to learn about what to expect!

Bring a water bottle, some warm layers, and turn off your cell phone for a time of contemplative attentiveness to the sights and smells of the forest. All are welcome to join.

We'll gather at Purisima Redwoods North Parking Lot on Nov 22 at 1pm, and should be back at the parking lot by 3pm. Please contact Peter to let him know you are coming, so we can make sure we are being Covid safe.
Announcements from Friends and Partners
  • The ECS Holiday Gift Drive is still in need of donations to support our most at risk neighbors during the Christmas season. Donate here or check out this flier for more information.

  • The Food Pantry continues as a neighborhood pop-up pantry. Pre-packed bags of food are distributed on Saturdays from 12:00 noon until 2:00 PM or when all food has been given away.

  • AA will hold a Big Book Meeting at 10am Saturday via Webex or phone (1-650-215-5226) with access code 142 421 659.

  • NA will hold online meetings during this time. Visit the SFNA website for a list of meeting times.
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One Last Thing...

Each of the figures painted on our church's walls tells a story. Some of these stories are familiar to us and some are not. One of our lesser known dancing saints is Chiune Sugihara. You can learn more about this friend of God by joining the Story of a Saint gathering every Sunday at 4:00 (details above for this week's saint). Our hope is to stir everyone's imaginations to see God at work in the lives of what is known and what is unknown—and in our own lives too! Make the Story of a Saint your Advent practice as we prepare for the coming of Christ.
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