Worship This Sunday
June 19 - 10:30 a.m.
Second Sunday After Pentecost
Juneteenth - Father's Day

1 Kings 19:1-5, 8-15a
And, after all the noise...
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.
The Annual Meeting is coming up! It will be held in the Fellowship Hall after worship on Sunday, June 26. We hope to have a functional Zoom connection as well, for those who are ill, out of town or still uncomfortable with indoor gatherings. The Annual Report is still being prepared, but we hope to send it out to all Members in the next week.
 
The following topics will be discussed and will require decisions
  • Financial Report and Budget for FY 2022-2023
  • Roof Drain and Fascia Repair Funding Proposal
  • Election of Council and Officers
 
Other topics
  • Report on the housing project
  • Questions and conversation regarding the Annual Report
 
Please attend if you are a Member or a Friend – your feedback is important! Remember, only members may vote. A casual deli lunch will be available. If you have special dietary requirements you may wish to bring your lunch.
First Run 6/9
Rain brings out Rainbows

A gentle rain did not stop the celebration of Pride, 2022. Having missed two years of Pride due to Covid, there was excitement in the air for this year’s event. We were not disappointed by all the beautiful rainbows that showed up.

On Sunday, June 5th, Peace joined a community of faith traditions to celebrate Pride at a morning worship service. Pastor Dave and Out in Our Faith organized the first annual interfaith service which included Temple Beth El, Chadeish Yameinu, Trinity Presbyterian, Unitarian Universalist, Ocean Gate Zen Center, Santa Cruz Islamic Center and PeaceThe service, held at Plaza Lane, was attended by over thirty people. The service ended on a joyous note with the Out in Our Faith Choir singing, Born this Way.’

At 11:00 a.m. we joined the other parade contingents and walked Pacific Avenue with energy and pride. Peace was well represented as we sang and waved our way down Pacific Avenue. It was so exciting to see how many community groups participated in the parade and even more heart-warming to see the cheering crowds of our diverse community.  

A special thanks to Pastor Dave, who organized the worship service but was unable able to attend, and to the participating faith leaders. A special shout out to Jan Graff and Stoney Brook for the chairs and sound system. 

Thank you to all those who joined us at the worship service and/or parade. We are looking forward to organizing an even more robust presence next year. ~RevBev
Stewardship Status
 
Members and friends who have financially supported Peace UCC and its Missions have already received our Stewardship invitation letter accompanied by a pledge form for the upcoming Church year, July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023. As of this week, we have received multiple new pledge forms for the new Church year totaling nearly $140,000. Thank you to all who have already responded to our appeal.
 
I’d like to renew my appeal to all those who support and promote the Missions of Peace UCC. Won't you please also help the Church financially in this coming year? If you have pledged previously, please complete the pledge form for the new year and submit it to the Office as soon as possible, and in any case by June 21, so the Finance Committee and Council have time to total our planned giving and include that amount in our annual budget now being developed.
 
If you have not previously pledged financial support to the Church, I respectfully request that you prayerfully consider if your intellectual, moral, and emotional support of Peace UCC and its Missions might be supplemented by new financial support. If you can answer that question in the affirmative; please obtain, complete, and submit a new pledge form as soon as possible. Blank new pledge forms are available in Church Office. You may also download a pledge form from our website HERE
 
Thank you very much for your careful and prayerful consideration. All gifts in any amount are deeply appreciated and will go to the important work of this Church.
 
I wish for you abundant blessings.

Bob Lange, on behalf of the Stewardship Committee.
Vera Taylor Scholarship Applications

It’s time for scholarship applications. Is someone in your family applying for advanced study at a university or trade school?

Each year, the Vera Taylor Scholarship Committee at Peace United awards scholarships to members who meet the eligibility criteria and submit their applications for review no later than July 15,2022.

Grants are awarded for full-time students in community college, four-year colleges, graduate schools, and trade schools. Mini-grants are available for professional development and seminars related to our church mission with funding up to $450, based on a 50% contribution to the total cost).


Application forms can be obtained here: Vera Taylor Scholarship Application.

If you have questions about applying, contact Chris Wellens -Chris@Wellens.com.

Current Vera Taylor Committee members are Karen Cozza, Chris Wellens, and Katie Monsen. If you are interested in helping with this committee, we would welcome new members. Contact Chris Wellens or Karen Cozza - Kacozza@gmail.com
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.
Come one. Come All. We’re going to make Chrismons!

Chrismons?! What are they? They are traditional symbols of Christ that we are going to make into beautiful ornaments for our sanctuary Christmas tree. 

It’s time to get started, and we invite you to come and help, any Wednesday afternoon, 3 to 5 pm in the Fireside Lounge. It takes no experience and all supplies are provided. It’s really going to be lots of fun!

For questions or any more information, contact Lisa Hoesing, lhoesing@earthlink.net.
Walking Women

We walk every week on Tuesday in different areas meeting at 8:30AM and walk for an hour.

Here was our neighborhood walk up the Meder street trail. We’re in front of a wall stating in flowers Happy Pride.

Contact me to join the group susietrip@gmail.com
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.
Peace Camp
August 1st-5th, 9am-4pm
At the Holy Eucharist Catholic Church
527 Corralitos Rd. in Watsonville

Peace Camp’s mission is to provide an alternative day camp experience that fosters age-appropriate understandings of peace, justice and environmental awareness for children in grades 1-8.

Kids will enjoy this interfaith day camp through music, crafts, cooperative games, and peace and justice skill building activities.

  • Registration Fee: $200 (includes lunch & two snacks) sliding scale, limited scholarships available
  • Registration Due by June 30, 2022
  • Proof of vaccination required
  • Family Day: Sunday, July 31st @ 2 to 4 pm

For more info, contact Wilma Gold,
wilmagold@gmail.com, 831.345. 2742
Sponsored by Tent of Abraham of Santa Cruz & Holy Eucharist Catholic Church
Benefit Concert for Ukraine
Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 4pm
 Peace United Church of Christ

Mr. Khristenko has been praised for his emotional intensity, charismatic expression, “pallette of touches”, “solid” and “precise” technique by The New York Times

Program - Frederic Chopin: Four Ballades
Works by Ukrainian composers Boris Lyatoshinsky and Valentin Silverstrov

With your help, we can sell out this concert and donate over $45,000 to help Ukraine. Please consider purchasing a ticket or making a donation to this very worth cause.


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 Faith Community Shelter has returned to Peace United Church on Sunday nights. St. Phillips will be hosting for the entire month of July!
You can sign up using this link, to provide some or all of the following:
  • Salad: one medium depth, 9x13 foil tray
  • Vegetable: one medium depth, 9x13 foil tray
  • Entrée: two medium depth, 9x13 foil trays
  • Whole Milk: one half gallon
  • Dessert: Only about 6 people take dessert unless it’s pie or ice cream, then we need 2 pies or ONLY 1 quart of ice cream.
  • The shelter is pretty much full again, so please plan on cooking for 15 plus any volunteers.
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 Pegatha Hughes for this poem. 


Controlling Tomorrow
By Thilini Nikeshala Weerakkody
 
Maybe these hands are just hands
And these fingers are just fingers
And these palms are just palms
 
Maybe they are not prophecies to pursue
--Not potential to be lost
--Nor futures to be fulfilled
 
Maybe they are simply tools to explore the world
With the veins of a beating heart
And the curiosity of a child’s touch
Reaching and yearning for their mother’s love
 
Maybe these hands are just hands.
 
Maybe they are the capacity to create and destroy
With the rise and fall of a breath
And the innocence of a child’s grasp
Crying and pleading for their mother’s warmth
 
Maybe these hands do not have to try so hard
For maybe these fingers learn with each heartbeat
Maybe these palms loosen with each breath
And maybe, if we abandon our control of tomorrow
If we satisfy the curiosity of a child’s touch
If we reach and yearn for our mother’s love
And allow these hands to be just hands
And these fingers to be just fingers
And these palms to be just palms
We will grow into who we were meant to be.


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
Gathering for Women in Transition
Over the past year, 100 women were released from Santa Cruz County Jail. Many of the women had been incarcerated for several months, others were detained and then released hours later. Upon release many of the women have only the clothing they were wearing when arrested. The jail does not have clothing available to offer the women and provides only footwear.  
Rev. Beverly Brook has invited a coalition of interfaith communities to provide clothing for this vulnerable population of our community. The plan is to initially prepare 25 sets of clothing and toiletry kits which will be provided to the jail and be offered to the women upon their release.  

  • Items needed (new): Hand towels, hotel bottles of shampoo, soap, conditioner, lotion, chapstick, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant 
Our hope is that providing new clothing will be a sustaining witness for our incarcerated sisters. Meeting this most basic need of new clothing and a toiletry kit will go a long way to say, ‘you are a valued member of our community.’  

Other ways to participate/donate:  
  • By check, with "Jail Ministry Fund" in the memo line  
  • Online at www.peaceunited.org - using the "Donate" button, and select "Jail Ministry Fund" from the dropdown menu

*Please bring or send all donations to Peace UCC, 900 High St. Santa Cruz CA 95066 

Questions: Please contact Rev. Beverly Brook, revbevbrook@gmail.com -or- (831) 588-5373.
Prayers for Peace

Whatever may be the tensions and the stresses of a particular day, there is always lurking close at hand the trailing beauty of forgotten joy or unremembered peace.” 
~~ Howard Thurman

This week, we remember these celebrations and concerns in prayer: 
  • Celebrating Sebastian de Francesco’s addition to the liver transplant list 
  • Ongoing prayers for Linda and Dale Bisby

This week we also acknowledge Juneteenth, the celebration of emancipation of slaves in the United States. May we each become more aware of opportunities to be allies to others that don’t less privilege and freedom that we do. 

May we honor these words from Howard Thurman: 

"If a person knows precisely what they can do to you or what epithet they can hurl against you in order to make you lose your temper, your equilibrium, then they can always keep you under subjection."

Holy and righteous God, you created us in your image. Grant us grace to contend fearlessly against evil and to make no peace with oppression. Help us, like those of generations before us, resist the evil of slavery and human bondage in any form and any manner of oppression. in your many names 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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