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Are you a minister?

Dear friends, When I send reminders to our nursery volunteers or Godly Play teachers, I usually include a little sentence like “thank you for your ministry with our young ones.” We believe that Godly Play is as important as Celebration – that it is just another form of worshiping God – and though the nursery may fly under the radar it is…

My Spirit Soared

Many of you were there on Sunday to hear our incredible choir, plus Anne Daniel and guest musicians, bring us a real treat. With pieces by Mozart and Haydn, they made our spirits soar… or at least, I’ll speak for myself – my spirit certainly soared on their musical wings! But there were two more treats for us on Sunday – one…

Spring gardening – don’t forget the compost!

Dear Friends, Spring is here! Those of us who enjoy gardening are eagerly getting seeds in the ground, setting up watering systems for the drier days to come, and planning future harvests. Some expert-level gardeners I know are already gathering in their spring crops and bragging about their peas and artichokes on Facebook (show-offs! ;-). And with less enjoyment, but surely plenty…

The Bridge at MPC

Friends, I wanted to give you an update on the bridge over Temescal Creek. A few weeks ago, our congregation gave me the go-ahead to close down the bridge in front of our sanctuary building. Originally our plan was to repair the bridge in places where it was starting to rot, but upon closer inspection, it turned out the rot was more…

Blessed Distractions

In the midst of this week of great cognitive dissonance, in the days between celebrating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and inaugurating our 45th president, in these short days and long dark rainy nights, I have found a new joy and blessed distraction: creating mosaic art. When we were preparing the manse for move-in, our contractor and adviser, Leonard Nielsen,…

A Picture Diary of the Youth Retreat

The Youth Group returned from a successful Fall Retreat at Camp Cazadero. We looked at food justice, fasted in solidarity with those who must go hungry, built a “wall” of the obstacles that keep people stuck in hunger and poverty, and had a “hunger banquet” where we represented the global population and the unfairness of food access globally. And we celebrated Communion…

MPC Kicks off Fall Food Drive

We started a food drive that now has two options for donating – you might call them the analog and the digital – and anyone can participate! ** Analog – Bring canned goods to a barrel in our Family Room.  These items go directly to the Fruitvale Pantry (aka Community Outreach Pantry for Emergencies/COPE) for distribution to clients twice a month. **…

Kick-Off Sunday: Come Walk With Us

Friends, This Sunday is “Kick-Off Sunday,” when all of our regular church programming gets underway. The choir will be singing in Celebration, Godly Play will have two classrooms instead of one, the youth group will start meeting again, and the Adult Education classes will start up once more. Kick off Sunday also is a little bit like “back to school night” in…

WE ARE THE BRIDGE – AN INTERFAITH ART EXHIBIT

WE ARE THE BRIDGE – AN INTERFAITH ART EXHIBIT – coordinated by The Faith Trio.  FREE OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, September 18 @1PM.  This exhibit showcases over 30 artists from multiple faith traditions, the majority of whom live and work in the Bay Area. The artwork selected reflects the theme of bridge-building: between faiths as well as from conflict to resolution and reconciliation.…