Worship This Week -
Feb. 21st
The First Sunday Of Lent
Psalm 25, John 17:13-23
All One-
Sermon by Pastor Dave
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February 18, 2021
MODERATOR’S NOTES
HARD TRUTHS

Dear Members and Friends, 

I have been thinking about the need to write this “NOTES” for some time, it addresses some important hard truths. These truths relate to the fundamental health of the Church. Not our spiritual health, with which I suspect we are well satisfied now that we are blessed with Reverend Pattee. The health challenges of our buildings and campus are well known to all who have eyes to see. The hard truths have been long simmering; I of course speak of our financial challenges. This “Note” is not a Stewardship appeal, but rather a set-out-the-facts piece to ensure that everyone fully understands our finances, and the difficulties facing us next year and in years beyond. 

In this year, our full year income is budgeted at $426,287. That includes $55,627 from a PPP loan we expect to be forgiven (a non-recurring income element); and $33,400 as carryover excess income from last year. As Nick Blackburn pointed out, last year’s carryover amount is not really “income”, but just money in the bank that we did not spend last year. As a budget line item, it is also non-recurring. Therefore, about $89K of what we claimed as “income” in 2020-2021 will not appear in the coming budget year. Our income for 2020-2021 is really about $337K and most of that amount, $268K, is from members’ and friends’ giving. The balance is from rental income for the cell phone tower and the Pre-School. 

This year, we budgeted $422,648 in expenses, but that did not include one quarter’s employment expense for our Minister. We will pay Pastor Dave for all four quarters next year. Thus, our expenses, if otherwise held at the same level as last year, are going to be about $457K in 2021-2022. 

Compare $337K in income for next year to $457K in expenses for next year and you see the problem. As Micawber said: “Copperfield, Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen, nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.” (Reference: “David Copperfield”, 1850, Charles Dickens.) Applying “Micawber’s Principle”, we are headed for “misery”. We have about a $120K disparity between expense needs and income. 

There are additional considerations on the point. Our giving is highly concentrated, in 2018-2019, 34% of total giving came from only 12 giving units. In 2019-2020, this concentration increased as 34% of our total giving was provided by only 5 giving units. Further, I understand that in the coming year, three of those 5 will have moved away from Santa Cruz. Compensating for their generous support will not be an easy task. 

I am an engineer, for over 50 years I have been solving problems. I haven’t a way to solve this one by myself. I look forward to listening to all proposals and suggestions you might offer on the income and expense sides of the ledgers. I hope we can reflect and collectively resolve that Peace UCC will continue to thrive in support of what God is calling us to do. 

Thank you very much. Wishing Abundant Blessings to you all. Bob Lange.  

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MODERATOR'S NOTES PART II
 
Please try to sign up and attend one of the Housing Project Team’s “Office Hours”. Mary Male has been doing a wonderful job of collecting thoughts and answer questions (where we have answers) regarding the project. I want to emphasize again how important I think it is for all of the members to be fully informed about the decisions we are about to make, the benefits that could accrue to the Church, the uncertainties we face, and the challenges associated with our Mission and the project. Thank you very much for your time and careful thought.
 
Abundant Blessings, Bob
HIP Team News

We hope members have had a chance to review the special email that arrived in your inbox on Monday, February 15 regarding Peace Village. Each week we will provide supplemental information in “This Week at Peace” in preparation for a congregational decision about whether or not to proceed with our commitment to the Peace Village project by approving a revised PDSA for the project. Please use this link to RSVP to upcoming after church Coffee Hours and upcoming Office Hours (small group Zoom meetings).

At last Sunday’s “Appetizer Hour” after church the question arose, “Will the rental
income from the housing development be enough?” The answer is “No, it was never intended to be.” In June 2017 the Church committed to the formation of three teams, which, together, would address our discerned commitment to live out our mission on our current site: Those are the Capital Campaign Team, the Building Renovation Team and the Housing Implementation Team. Shortly afterward, our former pastor Rev. Dave Grishaw-Jones departed, and the Church Council determined it best to postpone the Capital Campaign, since it wouldn’t be wise to enter into that concerted effort without the leadership of a senior pastor. The income from the Capital Campaign was intended to fund the deferred maintenance and renovations needed in our current campus buildings, which would have funded our Building Renovation Team. The income from the rental housing development was intended to be General Account income, assigned
as we typically do in our annual budgeting process. Our Church is still operating on that three-pronged approach to providing the foundation for Peace UCC to continue to thrive, although two of the three capital development efforts are still on the “back burner.”
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.
Perennials Are Back!

“Perennials” is our over 55 group that used to meet for a light lunch and program after church. It has been way too long since our last meeting!

Please join us on March 14th after church, at 12:00, as we all check in with each other.

Bring your own lunch and join us in a zoom meeting:

Meeting ID: 627 858 3034 Passcode: Walton

Hope to see you!
Lynn Walton
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.
How to be an Adult in
Faith and Community

On Wednesday, February 17 @7pm, our book group will be discussing, David Richo’s book, How to be an Adult in Faith and Spirituality. Barbara Broadbent, who will be leading the discussion, is an authorized minister in the
United Church of Christ and long-time member of Peace UCC. She is trained as a church educator and spiritual director and has served in those roles for many years. “Dr. David Richo has been a treasured mentor on my spiritual journey,” Barbara says. “I take great joy in sharing his spiritual wisdom with others who wish to mature and deepen in their faith.”

David Richo, PhD, is a psychotherapist, teacher, writer, and seminar leader whose work emphasizes the benefits of mindfulness and loving-kindness in personal growth and emotional well-being. The titles of many of Dr. Richo’s books begin with the words “How to Be an Adult …” In this way his teachings emphasize the importance of letting go of child-like, magical views of God, in order that adult faith can grow in congruency with healthy maturity in other aspects of life.

Questions: revbevbrook@gmail.com

Topic: How to be an Adult in Faith book group
Time: Every week on Wed, until Mar 31, 2021, 7 occurrences
  •     Feb 17, 2021 07:00 PM
  •     Feb 24, 2021 07:00 PM
  •     Mar 3, 2021 07:00 PM
  •     Mar 10, 2021 07:00 PM
  •     Mar 17, 2021 07:00 PM
  •     Mar 24, 2021 07:00 PM
  •     Mar 31, 2021 07:00 PM

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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.

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

SANTIAGO
The road seen, then not seen, the hillside hiding
then revealing the way you should take, the road
dropping away from you as if leaving you to walk
on thin air, then catching you, holding you up,
when you thought you would fall, and the way
forward always in the end the way that you followed,
the way that carried you into your future, that brought
you to this place, no matter that it sometimes took
your promise from you, no matter that it had to break
your heart along the way.
David Whyte


Cordially,

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
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!
Shelter in Faith

The Santa Cruz Public Library continues their program, Shelter in Faith, on Monday, March 15th at 10:00 am.  Rabbi Paula Marcus, Rev. Deborah Johnson, Bobby Marchessault and Rev. Bev will be offering Religious Reflections of January 6th. Community members will also be sharing what it was like for them to witness the Capitol Riot. This will be a zoom event.  Please save this date. More information coming soon.

Walking Today’s Way of the Cross
Good Friday, April 2, 2021 @10 - noon

 In his book, Deep River, The Reverend Dr. Howard Thurman, noted theologian and minister, shared a story about when he traveled to India with the Howard University Choir to meet with Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi asked his visitors to sing one song for him, “Were You There.” While the request intrigued Dr. Thurman, Gandhi explained that the song’s, ‘identification in suffering makes the cross universal and that the mystery of the cross is found deep within the heart of the experience.’ 
 
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? (2x)
Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
 
 Dr. Thurman writes, “we too, must experience Jesus’ walk to Calvary, the weight of the cross, the people encountered, the suffering endured.” 
 
 This Good Friday let us travel with Jesus and meet him in those high places of pain and be moved to act as we pray through social justice action. 
 
On April 2nd at 10am we will walk in silence (and masked) to 12 stations (of the cross) in and around downtown Santa Cruz. At each station we will pause in prayer. The walk will be on level ground and is approximately a mile and a half. We are exploring ways to include people who will be unable to physically join us.
 
More information will be coming as we get closer to Holy Week.
Contact: revbevbrook@gmail.com

Prophets of Hope

 The county jail and juvenile hall facility continue to be closed to in-person programs and visitors. However, outside programs can provide class materials for inmates. Our own Deb Culmer leads three poetry classes in two of the facilities. How do these class materials find their way to the inmates, you ask? Well, two of our POH volunteers have been putting packets together weekly for the inmates. Mary Carvalho and Jane Heyse along with fellow volunteer Lynn Wagner have been diligently putting together packets of class materials and even certificates of completion. Mary and Jane, to no surprise to any of us, re-organized the process to the great relief of the programs manager.
 
Sadly for us but happily for Mary she will leaving for her new home in Denver, Colorado this Spring.   We wish her well on this new adventure. Thank you Mary for your tenacity in making this project work for all. Jane is already scoping out some new POH volunteers.
 
RevBev continues to meet weekly with folks who are incarcerated in non-contact rooms and is in phone contact with youth in juvenile hall who are in need of support. 
“Let us see one another through the eyes of God.”
~The Rev. David Pattee, Feb. 14, 2021
 
Loving God, you fill all things with a fullness and hope that we can never comprehend. 
May we place our hope in what matters and what lasts, trusting your eternal presence and love.
 
Listen to our hearts longings as we pray for:
Those who suffer with COVID alone, particularly in harsh weather.
Prayers for all who feel emotionally destabilized and stuck in low places
May we love our lows and our highs, our beautiful humanity, our tender hearts.
Prayers that we may we look for the glow of divine encounter in every person we meet.
We ask to use our gifts of good listening to engage in healthy dialogue among differing perspectives. 
We ask to be part of the Spirit of Love, as we serve God, serve each other and join God’s people to turn this world around now.


May we keep these words in our heart.  
We Are One with You, by Thomas Merton
O God, we are one with you. You have made us one with you.
You have taught us that if we are open to one another, you dwell in us.
Help us to preserve this openness and to fight for it with all our hearts. 
Help us to realize that there can be no understanding where there is mutual rejection.
O God, in accepting one another wholeheartedly, fully, completely, we accept you, and we thank you, and we adore you, and we love you with our whole being, 
because our being is your being, our spirit is rooted in your spirit. Fill us then with love, and let us be bound together with love as we go our diverse ways, 
united in this one spirit which makes you present in the world, and which makes you witness to the ultimate reality that is love. 
Love has overcome. Love is victorious.


In your holy name we pray, 
Amen



Many blessings,

Bonnie Lange
bonniep357@gmail.com | 360.921.7629
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