January 13-20, 2019
A Swedish Proverb
Here is a Swedish Proverb for the New Year:
Eat Less Chew More
Whine Less Breathe More
Talk Less Say More
Hate Less Love More
And All Good Things Are Yours
I want to thank all who participated in the "table conversation" last Sunday. Some very useful thoughts and perspectives were shared.
Meanwhile I continue to appreciate conversations with you toward the goal of gleaning more insights into the faith community as you experience it. Soon a new pastor will be among you; I will be sharing these thoughts with your next pastor and with you.
Here is a thing I noticed right away: books. There are many very useful books lonely for persons who might appreciate what they have to offer. Here are several which have caught my attention:
, by Diana Butler Bass
From Stone to Living Word
, by Debbie Blue
, by Nadia Bolz-Weber
Why yes, these authors do happen to be women, don't they?
The library is open
Preparing for a New Minister
Thanks to all who attended the lively Spectrum Sunday the 30th and again on the 6th - discussing the focus of the ministry our proposed Designated Term Minister who will be giving his Candidate Sermon January 27. There were lots of great questions and it was exciting to see the Congregation looking ahead to a new ministry.
A key part of the focus for the next couple of years will be deepening our commitment and finding specific practices for living out the ACC Covenant for Life Together: We, the members and friends of Arlington Community Church, are called to be stewards of creation and to build a just society based upon the inspiration of our faith.
This, you may recall, was a product of the New Beginnings process and small group discussions toward the latter months of Tony's ministry. From this Covenant emerged the proposal to seek Creation Justice Church status from the wider church (September Congregational Meeting).
- for the Search Committee
Richmond Emergency Food Pantry
I thought it might be helpful to share some information about the Richmond Emergency Food Pantry. I've been volunteering there for several years as a CalFresh (Food Stamp) outreach volunteer (helping folks with the application process), and recently have joined the Board of Directors of the Food Pantry. It is located near Richmond Art Center and Richmond City Hall, on the campus of Grace Lutheran Church 2369 Barrett Ave. Richmond. Here, clients are served directly with about 30-pound food boxes containing a nutritious three-day food supply for each family member. Clients must apply to receive food boxes and, when approved, may receive one box per month when the Pantry is open on Tuesdays or Fridays between 11:00 and 3:00 pm. This is the place where we take our "PROTEIN SUNDAY" donations. I've met cheerful, friendly volunteers there and just recently learned that a new volunteer or two are needed to assist at the window two Tuesdays a month. If you or someone you know is interested, you need not work both Tuesdays.
The Pantry receives food from donations, purchases, donations from stores, urban Tilth, and from the Contra Costa Food Bank. The Food Bank is in Concord, and distributes massive amounts of food to distribution sites, and schools in the North Bay. You've probably seen their trucks on the road.
If you have questions, let me know: Linda Young 510-685-4394, or call Lovetta Vandiver 510-235-9732, the volunteer coordinator for the Pantry.
Congregational Meeting Food
If anyone interested in bringing something to share after the congregational meeting on Sunday January 27, such as a cheese platter, fruit, crackers and/or bread, veggie platter, hummus, cookies/brownies please contact Jaima Roberts to commit to any of the referenced items.
NCNC Justice Revival
The Northern California Nevada Conference UCC, invites you to a Justice Revival. This event will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Pioneer Congregational Church UCC, 2700 L St., Sacramento CA 95816 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This years Keynote speaker is the Reverend Traci Blackmon. There will be praise and worship, teaching, workshops and activities for adults and youth, and a sacred space. Day care will be provided as well. General admission is $35.00.
A Letter from Dorothy Streutker
After almost a month in a rehab facility, where I've been trying to learn to function on only one leg (the other being the broken one), I will be going home on January 5. Then the fun really begins: I'll have to maneuver in our rather small house, and need to use the ramp Ray built on our back porch to get in and out of the house. I need to get in and out because I will start chemotherapy on January 7. Then we'll find out what side-effects hit me.
As many of you know and others can imagine, Capt. Ray has been and will be my keel cutting through these troubled waters. I am grateful to God for him. I am also grateful for all of you -- for visits and cards and e-mails and prayers.
New year's blessings to all!
Interim Pastor Office Hours
Our new interim Pastor, Rev. Dennis Alger, will be holding regular office hours most weekdays from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM or by appointment.
INTERIM PASTOR CONTACT INFO
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Office: (510) 526-9146, Extension 2. Pastor Confidential Voicemail
Cell: (503) 312-7614
Monday January 14 @ 6:30 PM
Every Monday January 7 - February 26. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) teaches neighbors to help themselves and help each other. Through CERT, you will receive hands-on training in Disaster First Aid, Disaster Preparedness, Basic Firefighting, Light Search and Rescue, Damage Assessment, and How to Turn Off Utilities.
Sunday January 20 @ 1:00 PM
Person of the Planet Film Series
Years of Dangerous Living
, a look at climate change across the planet and how it affected various cultures.
Monday January 21 @ 10:00 AM
Can you recall a dinner or other meal that was memorable? What was 'Sunday supper' at your house when you were growing up? Did your meals have a routine? Were there any "rules" that you still follow today? Jot down your memories and come to the January Memoir Group, 1/21, 10am in the Fireside Room.
Sunday January 27 @ 11:00 AM
Agenda includes: change to bylaws, adoption of the 2019 budget, and a congregational vote on Nate Klug for a Designated Term Ministry.
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Need a Ride to Church?
Tim is no longer available for rides to church or other ACC events. Church Members
can still call a cab or any of the other ride services. You will have to pay and give a receipt to Randy for reimbursement. You can use these options for a ride to any church activity.