Worship This Sunday . April 4th
Easter Sunday
Mark 16:1-8, Isaiah 25:6-9
Happy! - Sermon by Pastor Dave
Join us at 10:30 a.m., on Facebook Live!

Meeting ID: 867 2930 9301
Password: peace

If you miss the live service, you can find the archived service on YouTube by clicking Here.
Walking Today’s Way of the Cross
Good Friday, April 2, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

On Friday, April 2nd at 10 am we will walk masked and in silence to the 14 stations of the cross in and around downtown Santa Cruz. We will meet at 10 am at the First Station. Please feel free to join us at any of the stations.
We will be live-streaming the event on our Facebook page. Use this link to watch.

Station One: Santa Cruz County Courthouse, 701 Ocean Street
Station Two: NAMI, 542 Ocean Street
Station Three: Nail Club, 341 Soquel Avenue
Station Four: Homeless Encampment, San Lorenzo Park
Station Five: San Lorenzo River Bridge
Station Six: Chadeish Yameinu, 740 Front Street, Suite 170
Station Seven: Pay Day Loans, 903 Pacific Avenue
Station Eight: Walnut Street Women’s Center, 303 Walnut Street
Station Nine: Kaiser Medical Clinic, 115 Locust
Station Ten: Closed Retail Store
Station Eleven: Veteran’s Memorial Building, 846 Front Street
Station Twelve: Clock Tower, Water and Pacific Avenue
Station Thirteen: Santa Cruz County Jail, 259 Water Street
Station Fourteen: Bail Bonds, 259 Water Street

Contact revbevbrook@gmail.com for more info
Join us for Holy Week services

7 p.m. Maundy Thursday, April 1
A Liturgy of Footwashing

7 p.m. Good Friday, April 2
A Service of Tenebrae

Christ is Risen! Join us for an early service to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. We'll be at Natural Bridges State Beach. (Here's a Map)

Please bring lots of warm clothes, a mask, and a spirit of openness. We'll be worshiping in a Covid safe way. If you want to come early and help set up, let Stew Jenkins know. (831-566-1234 by phone or text)
Moderator's Notes

This is a good week with good news. I have been struggling trying to figure out how to engage with the congregation in building a budget for the next fiscal year. I have often seen God’s hand in my life, and it appeared again this week. Several of our members have written a letter to the Moderators’ Group asking to assist us with the budget building.

We have a lot of work to do and I yet do not know how to plan and execute as yet, but we’ll figure it out.. ...READ MORE
Beach Clean-Up at Natural Bridges
This Saturday, April 3, 2021 @ 10am

Calling all beach lovers! Holy Saturday is the date of our next beach cleanup with Save Our Shores. It's a wonderful chance to slow down and enjoy nature in the spring sun, see friends in a safe outdoor context, and show some love and care to this beautiful world God has made!

We are generally able to leave a sparkling clean beach behind after about an hour to an hour and a half, but those who can't stay the whole time are welcome to drop in and help as long as they can. Bring your sun protection, walking shoes, and protective gloves if you have them (like gardening gloves.) If you'd like to participate, please contact Lanakila Iesū (lanakila@lanakilamusic.com).
The Walking Women
Are Back!

The walking women are back out and about. Tuesday mornings 8:30 we meet at a different location for a lovely walk and time to catch up in person.

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Meal Train Request for Maddie Stober & Family

Maddie Stober recently had major surgery and is in recovery for at least a couple of months. She and her family would appreciate some meals and child care in April. They live in Watsonville and welcome home cooked or restaurant meals delivered. In addition, donations are welcome. To sign up, just click on the calendar in this link.

In addition, Maddie and Trevor would appreciate someone to play in their beautiful backyard with Jade (5) and Milo (3) for a couple hours on Saturday or Sunday afternoons. Masks, please. 

Many, many thanks for your Help. Please call Peggy Kelly, if you have any questions about how Meal Train works. 831-423-1268, 831-423-1236

Please contact the Caring Ministry Team if you have similar needs. We're all in this together! Rev. Bonnie Lange, Bonniep357@gmail.com, or 360.921.7629

Promises for Peace UCC
Stewardship Campaign

"Stewardship is love in action"

Poetry at Peace

Each week a small group from our community gathers to share, read poetry and meditate. If you would like to participate, please email Bonnie: bonniep357@gmail.com

Greetings Kindred Spirits, 
Here’s a beautiful poem presented by Peter Szydlowski this week

Each dish I know, and touch as I touch
my own hands and face, the forks know me, 
the bed’s opening and closing is part of a story. 
When I tend the garden, the garden
tends me, and when I go inside,
my pockets filled with oranges,
juncoes’ and bushtits’ conversations
still fill my mind.
I am so happy to be able to work, to act, to do. 
I love to touch, pick up and move things.
I love to go up and down the stairs.
I feel so lucky to be digging up the iris, 
sweeping the walks, plowing garbage
into the mulch pile. What a great life,
to be still living like this!
You might call it work. I call it a fortune.
From her book Drum of Bone, Whistle of Silver, available from Bookshop Santa Cruz
About the author After raising three sons in South Hills, Angie Boissevain devoted her life to Zen practice and poetry. She traveled widely in Europe and the United States leading retreats and recently retired as the headteacher of the meditation group Floating Zendo in San Jose. Poetry Santa Cruz awarded her it's In Celebration of the Muse Chapbook Award in 2010.

Many Blessings,

Bonnie Lange
bonniep357@gmail.com | 360.921.7629

 "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, if you listen carefully, you can hear her breathing." 
~ Arundhati Roy

Shelter in Faith

Use this link to listen to local faith leaders (our own RevBev) of diverse backgrounds as they bring us the next installment of the
Shelter in Faith series: Reflections on the Religious Roots of the Current Insurrection

Through this partnership with the Tent of Abraham, panelists explore how the events we all witnessed on January 6 are the direct result of the rise of Christian Nationalism, Anti-Semitism and Racism. Leaders will share how their faith traditions and spiritual practices can provide us guidance in these challenging times.
You are invited to join hundreds of thousands of people from around the world in what is being called the biggest Israeli-Palestinian peace event in history.

On April 13, 2021 at 1:30 PM EST, we will gather to call for peace, freedom, and human rights for all. The Joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony is hosted by Combatants for Peace and The Parents Circle–Families Forum, and we are proud that Peace UCC is an official sponsor this year. Register today.
Creator of the universe,
you made the world in beauty,
and restore all things in glory
through the victory of Jesus Christ.
We pray that, wherever your image is still disfigured
by poverty, sickness, selfishness, war and greed that healing may arrive.

Today we offer prayers for :

  • Linda Appleton for comfort
  • Mary Male for successful treatment
  • Maddie Stober for complete, easy recovery from her surgery
  • Asian Americans and others who live in fear because of external appearances
  • We ask for the wisdom of national, state and local governments in risk assessment of the pandemic
  • We offer deep appreciation for the effectiveness of the Covid vaccine, the availability and delivery to large parts of the population in the US.
  • We celebrate our community of Peace UCC who has survived and is healthy during this last year. 

Knowing that you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we pray that the new creation in Jesus Christ may appear in justice, love, and peace,
to the glory of your name. Amen.

Many blessings,
Bonnie Lange
bonniep357@gmail.com | 360.921.7629
Sign Up to Be A Liturgist!

We would love to have you as a liturgist (reader) in one of our Sunday morning worship videos. It's a wonderful way of serving, it's nice for people to see you, and it allows Pastor Dave a chance to visit with you for a few minutes!

In order to do this, you'll need:
  • One hour available for recording on a Wednesday, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • A reliable internet connection
  • A computer equipped with a camera and microphone that allow you to use Zoom (sorry, but cell phones just don't work well for our purposes)

On the Monday preceding the Wednesday for which you sign up, we'll send an
e-mail with your readings, easy-to-follow setup instructions, and a Zoom link. It's that simple.

So, if you'd like to give it a try, click on this link to choose a date and time.
We Want Your Face!

Most of us cringe when we see ourselves in photos, but you probably have one photo that shows your face the way you would like other people to see it. We want that photo for our records! Pastor Dave especially is interested in having a pictorial record because there are so many of you he hasn't yet been able to meet in person.

Here's how you do it...please email Devon a digital photo of yourself and she will take care of the rest! Thank you. We look forward to "seeing" you soon.
Office Hours!

Some days we're on campus, some days we're remote, but 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, staff are attending to the business of our church office: monitoring e-mail, answering telephones and/or responding to messages, working on the dozens of different projects and connections that keep our ministry moving forward. You can reach us by e-mail, office@PeaceUnited.org, or by phone, 831-426-2010.

Pastor Dave also is working out of the church office, Monday through Thursday, and most weeks will have office hours on Saturday too, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday is his day off. In case of emergency, the pastor is available by cell phone, 773-255-8095. If you would like to schedule a meeting or would like to "drop by", please contact us via email using this link to make an arrangement.
Small Groups and Ministries of Outreach
Use this link to find information about our various small groups and
ministries here at PUCC.
Support Peace UCC
Donate securely to Peace UCC through our website! Learn more or donate at: www.peaceunited.org/giving.
Buildings & Grounds Needs Your
"Free Service Tags"

Every City of Santa Cruz resident with refuse service gets four “Free Service Tags” annually, good for extra curbside trash or a free “dump run” at the city dump. Most of us don’t need these tags and they remain unused.

Your Buildings and Grounds team can put these Tags to good use, though! As you might imagine, our 6-acre campus generates a lot more yard waste than will fit in the curbside carts, and we make frequent dump runs.

If you have City “Free Service Tags” that you won’t use, please consider donating them to the church. Just mail or drop them off at the church office, and receive our heartfelt thanks!

We're registered on Amazon Smile! Learn more and designate Peace UCC as your chosen charity to receive 0.5% of your Amazon Smile purchases, at no cost to you, here.

Our conference staff and the offices have
moved to a new address. The new address is
1320 Willow Pass Rd., Suite 600, Concord, CA 94520
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