Worship This Sunday
Aug 7 - 10:30 a.m.
Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
Service of Holy Communion

Luke 12:32-36
The Conviction of Things Not Seen
Sermon by Pastor Dave


For those unable to join us in person, there will be a live videocast
 of the worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays.
Go to the church's website, or use one of the links below.

If you miss the live service, you can find it archived on YouTube.
Pastor Note:
Farewell to Luke

In July, as Luke and I were preparing to leave on vacation together, we came to the conclusion that it was time for us to part ways.  With love and respect for one another, we confessed that we no longer shared a compelling vision for the future of our relationship and we determined that we should not go on without such vision.

I had a splendid time with family and friends in Oregon, and have returned to Santa Cruz with lots of energy and excitement for our ministry together.  Luke is now settled in Stevens Point, Wisconsin where he is enthusiastic for his work as an assistant professor of musical theater at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point.
Luke Shepherd and I came to Peace United as a couple building a home and a future, and we found here a gracious welcome in a generous community.  We are -- both of us -- grateful for the friendships and collaborations begun in Santa Cruz, and we recognize that we are not the only ones who will feel a sense of loss with the end of our partnership.

Painful as it is to say goodbye, I am at peace with our decision and reaffirmed in the faith that love is worth the risk.  I trust that together in this faith we will all find healing and hope.

God is good, life is a glorious gift, and serving with you is a joy.

Pastor Dave
Moderator’s Notes - The Green Room Effect
August 2022

Have you ever been in the “green room,” backstage at a theater?  My first time was with our son, at Cabrillo College, just before his first performance of The Nutcracker.  I remember the anticipation, nervousness, and a buzz in the air.

Beginning my term as your moderator, I am reminded of the backstage buzz of the green room.  It may seem a bit quieter around the church in these summer months but, behind the scenes, there’s a lot of important work being done and a pitch of preparations for the fall, people returning from vacations, and the beginning of our new program year.

It’s really very exciting to be in the green room, and I invite you to share the energy with me and other members of this dynamic congregation as we surge ahead. There are many ways to pitch in. “Many hands make for light work.” 

You can be a part of what the council and others are currently doing. Here are three events which are on the horizon. There’s the apparent mundane, yet imperative attention needed to the “Gutter & Fascia Fund Drive”. (Could be renamed, however this is descriptive of the need.) You may already know about our upcoming Summer Potluck on August 14th. And lastly, you may be interested to join the discussion group on Racism which Pastor Dave is leading, taking place the first 4 Wednesdays of August in the Fireside Room.

I hope to continue with the goal of sharing with you monthly highlights of what’s the buzz at PUCC. It may be I am filled with the initial enthusiasm as your Moderator; however, so far, I think not. I have been energized and inspired in my interactions with many of you, I invite you to come join me in the “green room” so you too can experience the joy. Guess what? You don’t even have to be a moderator!

Warmly,

Maryse
Can We Unravel Racism?
Join us this Wednesday at 5:30pm!

One of the hardest things for white people to recognize and deal with is how racism is woven into the structure of our life together. You are invited to join with Pastor Dave in a safe space for honest talk about racism on four Wednesday evenings, 5:30 to 7pm, August 3, 10, 17 & 24, in the Fireside Lounge. We’ll make use of the attached conversation guide created by The Christian Century magazine Acting Against Racism. Please do read this guide in advance of the gatherings.
Coming! Mid-summer Potluck
August 14th, After Service

Join us for a potluck lunch after church, 11:30am to 1pm, outside on our patio. It’s a great way to socialize and share a meal together. August Birthday Cake will be among the desserts.

Plan to bring something to share, then drop it off in the kitchen 10 - 10:30am. If you might also be inspired to help put on the event, sign up this Sunday after Church, or connect directly with Roger Bowers (tables and chairs), Maryse Postlewaite (food setup and serving), Cathy Sarto (bussing and cleanup), or Jane Heyse (kitchen supervisor janeheyse831@gmail.com ).

See you all there on Sunday, August 14th!
Announcing The 2022-23 Vera Taylor Scholars

For the coming year, we are pleased to announce the four scholars who will receive Vera Taylor Scholarships to aid in continuing their education.


The two undergraduates are:

Elias Gilbert who is starting his third year at Yale University 
Javier Jenkins-Sorensen who is starting his second year at Williams College.

Two graduate students are:

Maia Graff who is working on her graduate degree at Hofstra University
Stewart Jenkins who is working on his divinity degree at Pacific School of Religion

Congratulations to you all!
Update from Finance Team
End of Fiscal Year 21/22

Dear Members and Friends,

If you were at our Annual Meeting in June, you will have heard the good news. This is a re-cap for those who weren’t able to attend, and it includes the final numbers from Fiscal Year 2021- 2022.

The Finance Team is happy to observe some promising trends regarding our day-to-day operations as represented in our end of year financials. Our income from pledges and plate exceeded our expectations considerably, resulting in an unanticipated income of over $30,000.

We had budgeted conservatively regarding parking and since UCSC students did return to campus, we also were able to benefit from an additional $25,000 in income.

Our expenses were primarily on par with what we had anticipated, with slight increases for our Office Manager and Facilities Manager due to their increased workload.

We closed out the year with deficit spending of about $44,000 rather than the $105,000 we had anticipated.

As for the Balance Sheet, which represents funds in reserve, bank accounts etc., we are also in a better position than we had hoped. We received two significant gifts amounting to $90,000 which are unrestricted; however, one donor hopes that their gift will be applied to the Capital Campaign if and when it is reimagined and reimplemented.

The Finance Team will meet on Saturday, August 13 from 9 am – noon to consider possible options to bridge the income gap between now and the time at which we begin to benefit from rental income from the housing development.

Faithfully submitted,
Catherine Sarto, Treasurer
Snacks for Sunday Socials

Sundays Peace Church offers Beverages and Snacks before and after our 10:30-11:30am worship. Friendly socializing builds community!

Use THIS LINK to sign up to bring a tasty and healthy snack item to one of our Sunday Socials. Each week we like to share baked goods, fresh fruit, and always something for those on low sugar and gluten free diets.

Second Sundays are special Birthday Month Celebrations, so bring special Birthday Treats!

Drop off in the kitchen anytime between 9:30 and 10:30am. THANK YOU!

Contact Jane Heyse, Sunday Kitchen Coordinator with questions: janeheyse831@gmail.com or 831-252-9247.
Yoga for Every Body at Peace

Thursdays at 10:30 am
in the Fellowship Hall

Come join Lori for a gentle morning yoga session. We will focus on flexibility, balance, and building strength in this class. All levels are welcome. Bring your friends and family as we deepen our spiritual practice through connection with our breath and body.

Cost for the class is $12 for drop in
or a series of 5 for $50.

Sunday School and Childcare
On Break For The Summer!

Please join us for a Children's Program planning session for next year. We will meet on August 21st at 12pm in the playground! Lunch will be provided. Details to follow.

For more information contact Elizabeth Schilling at kids@Peaceunited.org.
Save The Date
for the next
Beach Cleanup!

The next beach cleanup at Natural Bridges has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 25th at 10:00 a.m., in preparation for what we hope will be a gentle and generous rainy season. Mark your calendar now for fellowship, fun, and service in the autumn sun! 

For more information, contact Lanakila lanakilaiesu@yahoo.com
Invitation to an All Church UCC Camp Weekend

The Community Church of Sebastopol has rented a Sonoma County camp for the last weekend of August and we are invited to join them!

All ages can enjoy the pool, the dining hall meals, cabins, singing and lots of UCC traditions. Camp runs August 26-28 at Westminster Woods in Occidental.

Consider this opportunity to gather your family, friends and church buddies in this easy, accessible location and enjoy the end of summer.
Learn more about the beautiful facility and register at this link:

Scholarships from Peace, through the Don Johnson Campership Fund, are available for those attending overnight camps. For information about how to apply, carpooling and the camp’s talent show contact Elizabeth Schilling at lizzy@baymoon.com, or 239-6012.
We Want to Hear Your Voice
Sign Up to Be A Liturgist!

We would love to have you as a liturgist (reader) in one of our Sunday morning worship services. It's a wonderful way of serving!

Sign up for a Sunday to read live and in-the-flesh and we'll connect with you by e-mail on the Tuesday prior, sending all the information you'll need for getting ready.

If you'd like to give it a try, click on this link to choose a date.
Faith Community Shelter

The rotating AFC Community Shelter is returning to Peace United Church on Sunday nights in August! 
Good news! Six of our Faith Community Shelter guests now have steady rent support with Housing Authority vouchers. They haven't found places yet but we are actively looking. If you know someone who can help liberate these folks into their own place, do let us know! In the last three months, six former AFC guests have been able to move into their own place.
Here are the current Covid protocols we follow:
  • Please wear a mask at all times when you’re in the church building. If you’re in the kitchen or serving food, please wear gloves, which we’ll provide. 
  • Depending on your comfort level, your group can:
  1. Drop off the meal for us to serve;
  2. Come inside and serve the meal;
  3. Sit down with shelter members during dinner while remaining masked unless eating. 
  • All of our staff and shelter members are vaccinated. Volunteers are also required to be vaccinated.
  • If you’re sick (fever, cough, runny nose, etc.) or have been exposed to COVID, please stay home and if exposed we quarantine for 5 days.
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For more information contact Lisa Johnson (lisajohnsonsantacruz@gmail.com)
Poetry at Peace
Thank you to Tom Postlewaite for this Billy Collins poem. Where do you find your “Center”? 
 
Poems at Peace will resume meeting on Sundays at 9 am in the upper room at Peace and continue meeting 9 am Thursdays on Zoom. 
 
Center

At the first chink of sunrise,
the windows on one side of the house
are frosted with stark orange light,

and in every pale blue window
on the other side
a full moon hangs, a round, white blaze.

I look out on one side, then the other, 
moving from room to room 
as if between countries or parts of my life.

Then I stop and stand in the middle, 
extend both arms 
like Leonardo’s man, naked in a perfect circle.

And when I begin to turn slowly 
I can feel the whole house turning with me, 
rotating free of the earth,

The sun and moon in all the windows 
move, too, with the tips of my fingers,
the solar system turning by degrees

with me, morning’s egomaniac, 
turning on the hallway carpet in my slippers, 
taking the cold orange, blue, and white

For a quiet, unhurried spin, 
all wheel and compass, axis and reel, 
as wide awake as I will ever be.

Billy Collins

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
10 Year AFC Program Summary
Safe Parking Program  
Since 2019, Safe Parking has been
provided for 352 people, with 
an average length of stay of 12 months
in 11 Faith parking lots and 1 City parking lot. 
Total of safe nights provided: 128,480
Program Manager, Joseph Jacobs 

Safe Showering Program 
Since 2018, AFC has provided free 
hot showers, soap & shampoo 
to our unhoused neighbors  
at up to 4 locations: 
Estimated number of showers provided: 17,600 

Program Manager, Steve Bare
Update on Women's
Re-entry Project!

The Women Reentry Project is an ongoing success. We received donations of gift cards, toiletries, clothes and money from members of Peace, Temple Beth El, Chadeish Yameinu, and Prophets of Hope supporters. With the amazing assistance of Jane Heyse and Calia Kammer we were able to provide 25 bags for the women. The bags included toiletries, sweatpants, bra, undies, socks, t-shirt and hoodie or jacket. Although we still have supplies, the jail has limited space for storage. We will provide more bags as needed. We will continue to fundraise and accept donations for this project.

Recently I met a woman who had received one of the bags. She was so grateful to have new clean clothes when she left jail.  

We did receive some toiletries and clothing which we could not include in the bags due to jail restrictions. I reached out to Monarch Services who provide emergency shelter for women leaving domestic violence situations. Due to an increase in domestic violence in our county, their supplies were running low. Monarch was so appreciative to receive these donations.

Thank you !!!
Prayers for Peace

We pray for the power to be gentle;
 the strength to be forgiving; 
the patience to be understanding; 
and the endurance to accept the consequences to holding to what we believe to be right. 

This week, we offer prayers for:

Linda and Dale Bisby
Johnnie, son of Lynn and Bill Walton
The Owen family and the Scott family (Owen daughter, Megan)
The victims of the deadly flooding in Kentucky

Loving God, help us to devote our whole life and thought and energy
 to the task of making peace, 
praying always for the inspiration and the power
 to fulfill the destiny for which we were created.

In your holy name we pray, Amen


Bonnie Lange
bonniep357@gmail.com | 360.921.7629

What About Masks?

Committed to caring for our neighbors and offering hospitality, we require that you wear a mask while indoors on the church campus. If you forget to bring your own, we have masks available in the sanctuary and in our meeting rooms and classrooms. Please remember that not everyone is vaccinated and that vaccines are not perfect protection against Covid. Wearing a mask is a sensible and easy way to inhibit the spread of this disease. Thank you for your kind consideration of the health and safety of our entire community at PUCC.
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. As on-campus activities increase in the months ahead, so will our in-person presence in the church office, Monday through Thursday.

If you plan to come into the office, please call ahead to schedule a time when we know someone will be in to assist you. You can reach us by e-mail using the list below or by phone, 831-426-2010.

Pastor Dave works from 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.
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