Worship This Sunday

Nov 20 - 10:30 a.m.

Reign of Christ

Thanksgiving Sunday

Luke 23:33-43

In Our End Is Our Beginning

Sermon by Pastor Dave

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Pastor Note: from the Rev. David Pattee

A Season of Surprises!

I like plans and goals, things I can organize and work toward. Usually, I think they help me to be more useful and productive and, if only for a moment, they allow the idea that I might steer my own course. Yet over and over again, I find that the best turns of my life are at unexpected gifts, surprising beauties, startling connections, the shooting stars of my experience that are

almost too beautiful to believe and too real not to be true.

After parting several months ago with no expectation that we'd ever see each other again, Luke Shepherd and I are sharing a delightful gift: a chance to reconnect and a fresh sense of calling to build a future together. And you’ll be seeing him. We’re trying to get him here for a few days at Thanksgiving and he’ll definitely be in Santa Cruz for a month around Christmas.

There is a lot of work for us to do, but it all begins with a gift. That’s my witness for this season of thanksgiving and holiday celebrations: all that we are, all that we have, and everything we do is built upon grace. There is a lot of work for us to do, but it all begins with a gift, and the very best of it is giving. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Grace and Peace.

A Call to A/V Volunteers

Whether you’re an established member of the A/V team or a new volunteer wanting to get started, please join us on Sunday, November 27, immediately following worship, when Vada Dean will lead a training session with all of our new equipment and an updated procedures manual. We’ll review the whole process for managing sound in the sanctuary and live streaming worship services, from set-up to operation to scheduling. Plan on gathering at the sanctuary sound booth, approx.11:50am.

We’ll only manage sound in the sanctuary for worship services on November 20 and November 27. There will be no livestream video those Sundays.

On the following Sunday, December 4, please get to the church no later than 9:50am to be a part of the crew as Vada directs our renewed live streaming of the worship service. Even though the system can be easily managed with just a couple of trained people, we want to have the entire team present for this livestream under Vada’s direction.

Video Livestream Update

The next livestream of worship from Peace UCC will be Sunday, December 4, 10:30am (PST), accessible through www.PeaceUnited.org, “Peace United – Santa Cruz” on YouTube, and www.Facebook.com/PUCCSantaCruz.

For the next two weeks (Nov 20 & Nov 27) the livestream will be “down” while we update our procedures and fully integrate new equipment into our audio-visual system.

Over the last several months, thanks to many generous donations to the Neil Rogers A/V Fund, we have been able to build a new A/V system, adding components as they became available. Our volunteer crew of operators have coped with shifts and changes along the way in a process that took longer and was more complicated than first envisioned because of disruptions to the supply chain and associated cost increases.

The quality of sound in our sanctuary is vastly improved and consistent from week to week.  It has been more difficult to achieve consistency with our video livestream; and that’s why we’re taking the system down for a couple of weeks, to give us a chance to fully integrate all the changes, update our procedures manual, and retrain volunteers with all of the new equipment.

There have been some tantalizing moments (Oct 9 & Oct 30) when we got a glimpse of what the livestream could be with our new A/V system. Our aim for December 4 is to livestream at that level of sound quality and with three video cameras allowing a fuller engagement with the service online.  Over time, once we have become consistently excellent with the livestream, we hope to add a screen in the sanctuary that will allow interaction with those who join us online.

Advent Workshop

Next Sunday

Plan to stay after worship next Sunday (Nov. 27) to make a wreath, flower arrangement, or other decoration. Greens and flowers will be provided, bring some to add if you can.

Do bring a vase if you’d like to arrange flowers to take home. Everything you need for making a traditional advent wreath will be on hand, including: a wreath base, wire, ribbons and candles.

If you have a craft to share, or for more information contact

Elizabeth Schilling at 831-239-6012 or lizzy@baymoon.com.



A lot more stuff has been going on!

Sibley Simon and his Workbench team have completed the Peace Village development plan documents, and our application package has been formally submitted to the City of Santa Cruz ahead of our contractual “Submission Deadline Date.”

All of the project submission documents will soon be available to the general public on the city’s housing development webpage. Here is a link to a Dropbox download that can put the folder on your desktop.


To read more about the specifics of the project, view the full document HERE

Mark Your Calendars!

Our next Spiritual Retreat will be on Saturday, December 3rd from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Come, and retreat into quiet spirituality and contemplation here on our church campus, with disciplines of prayer and lots of open time for refreshment and renewal, paying attention to your soul and, if you need to, letting some things go. Lunch and dinner are included.

Contact: lanakilaiesu@yahoo.com.

Christianity 101

A Conversation Series for High School Students

Who and what do you trust? And how do you know? In these turbulent times, a lot of people, especially young people are looking for answers! Christianity has a response, not really an answer so much as it is a relationship and a way through which trust may be found and shared. 

Sunday, November 6, Monday, November 14, and Sunday, November 27, Pastor Dave is meeting with teens over dinner to talk about questions and doubts, share stories of searching and faith, and enjoy being together in the journey. All three of our gatherings will be at the Mulder home in Santa Cruz from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. To get in on this experience or to learn more about it, contact Jodi Mulder cjbackpacker23@gmail.com

Senior Perennials

Senior Perennials will be meeting this Sunday, Nov. 20th after church in the Fellowship Hall. Hope to see you there!

Future meetings will be Dec 18th ~ Matt Broadbent’s Annual Christmas Carols, and Jan15th ~ Lisa Hoesing’s New and Different Zentangles.

The Christmas Project

is Back!

After two years of a modified Christmas Project, this year we get to provide actual gifts for seasonal farm workers and their families in Pajaro Valley.

For those new to this program, during the holiday season we partner with other groups to buy gifts for seasonal farm workers and their families. The holiday season is a time that is especially challenging financially for these families as agricultural activity is on a pause.

For the next two Sundays in November we will have the Christmas Project table set up before and after the service. You can come by and select an Angel for someone who needs a gift. The green Angel will specify the name, age, and what they would like. We started with sixty angels and are well on our-way.

We need the gifts wrapped with the green Angel securely attached to the church by Sunday, December 4. A special treat of the Christmas Project is delivering the gifts to the families and enjoying a wonderful and delicious lunch. Gift delivery will start on Sunday, December 18 at approximately 1:00pm at San Andreas Community, 295 San Andreas Road, Watsonville. Park to the side at the entrance to the community and look for a huge van with the gifts. People will be there to give instructions. You are welcome to continue to other camps as your time allows and Christmas Project staff will be able to help you. The gifts from our church usually go to Murphy’s Camp Community which is the second stop.

Our church has been part of the Christmas Project for over twenty years and it is a wonderful way to help our community in the Holiday Season. If you have questions, contact Anna Hackenbracht at koohack@comcast.net.

Christmas Poinsettias for our Sanctuary


You can donate money toward poinsettias that will be used to decorate our sanctuary for the the Advent season, as has been customary in the past. If you would like to designate your gift in honor or memory of a loved one, we will print those designations in the Christmas bulletin.  Be sure to direct your gift to the "Memorial/Flower Fund"


You can send donations 2 ways:


-By check sent to the office

  • Please include "Memorial/Flower Fund" in the memo line, and a note of who or what is being remembered or honored


-Through our PayPal (linked here)

  • Please select "Memorial/Flower Fund" from the drop down menu
  • After entering your donation amount, choose "Write a Note" and enter the details about who is being remembered or honored. Your words will be printed in the bulletin

Introducing Our

Newest Members

Michelle Miracle

Michelle Miracle was a student at the University of the Pacific in Stockton during the Covid pandemic, is taking a break now, and hopes to return there in 2023 to pursue a degree in Music Education. She is currently giving voice lessons in Scotts Valley. This experience is inspiring her to become a music teacher. Michelle has been singing with Cheryl Anderson since she was 6 or 7. She first came to the PUCC campus summers to attend Cheryl’s Voice Camp. Michelle’s voice lit up with enthusiasm as she described how the camp helped her build skills and outlets for her talents, but how it also provided big helpings of leadership training and silliness! She now is a T.A. for the camp, currently located at Cabrillo College. Michelle has been singing with our Peace Choir for many years — her beautiful soprano voice and presence are familiar to us all —, but had not considered joining our church as a member until recently. Raised in Christian Science, she felt her brain had been actively analyzing ideas during worship services, comparing what she heard with what she was told as a young child. Then something clicked. Now she is seeking support with her internal struggles by enhancing her relationship with God. How will Michelle contribute to our congregation? “I sing! And I want to express the loving care I feel for each person in my church.”

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.

Sunday Shelter at PUCC

AFC Updates & Info

After a month at St. John's (a very big thank you to them), we're looking forward to being back with many of you again in November! Our hosting and meal schedule will go back to its regular pattern, which you can find HERE or in the attached PDF. I've also attached our updated Meal Guidelines. A couple of small changes to note:

  • We're planning on shifting our Saturday night hosts, hopefully to Congregational Church of Soquel, starting in mid-November, but we're waiting on final approval. Saturday meal providers, I'll keep you posted as we know more.
  • Some of you have asked about providing breakfast, which is very helpful. We just need shelf stable items since we're on the move. Ground coffee, individual cereal and oatmeal packets work best.
  • It's REALLY helpful if you take leftovers with you after dinner, we can't store them. 

Last, but not least, we're working on getting more accurate head counts to give you all. Thanks for your patience. We have a lot of folks who work into the evening, and we've had a lot of turnover in the shelter, which makes numbers tough to be precise with. 

Thanks for all that you do to keep our shelter members fed and cared for!

Sam Atlis - AFC

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.

Who's Check Is This Anyway?

Have you, or do you plan to give a gift to PUCC via your retirement, or donor advised fund? We have recently received a number of gift donations from these types of funds that have no identifying attributes.

We would love to be able to acknowledge these gifts, so please include a memo with your check -OR- email the office with: your name and where the funds are to be directed!

As always, thank you so much for your generosity and commitment to PUCC! 

For Immediate Release

Mental Health Crisis in Santa Cruz County is the focus of the next DWC program on Saturday, November 19, 10-11:30AM. Speakers include Faris Sabbah, Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Education; Lauren Fein, Special Projects Manager, Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health Department; and Erin McLaughlin, LMFT, MBA, Senior Manager of Residential Services for the Integrated Behavioral Health Division of Encompass a local non-profit agency that offers seven residential programs addressing behavioral health issues.

Speakers will address the mental health crisis in Santa Cruz County, how their

organizations are responding, and what additional resources they need to

adequately address the situation. There will be an opportunity for Q and A with

the audience.

DWC programs are free and open to the public.

Attend in person at the Santa Cruz Police Community Room (155 Center Street), or via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83919386901.

Meeting ID: 839 1938 6901 -- no passcode required).

For more information, please contact Peggy Flynn at peggyflynn26@gmail.com or (831) 332-9285.

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.
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