September 15, 2019

Today’s flowers are given by Kirsten Mickelwait in memory of her friend, Janice Mock.

Today! Congregational Meeting following 10:30 service. Council will be asking you to approve suspending for 2020 the portion of the existing by-laws that details the various committees’ membership and responsibilities. This will give us the freedom to try out our recommended changes, adjusting them as we learn together. Once we have lived together in new ways for a year, we can address any necessary revisions to our current by-laws. Coffee hour will be in Burlingame Hall with Council providing a very simple lunch followed by our discussion.

Today! States’ Open House: Beginning at 1:30, Randy and Linda States will welcome any in the congregation to their new home at 845 Boyes Blvd. There will be snacks and beverages and Curran will perform a blessing to encourage this home to hold them in love for the rest of their days. The house is right around the corner of Los Banos, the backdoor of Altimira Middle School. Because parking at the house is very limited, please carpool or, if you can, park at Altimira and walk to the house. (For all who are comfortable with a seven minute walk with only partial sidewalks.) 

Day of Love for El Verano Elementary School—Saturday, September 21,  9 a.m.—2:00 p.m. Maite Iturri, principal, and Kate Ortelano, Art Escape, are planning a “Perk Up the Playground” project and need our muscle. Projects  include planting, painting, garbage pickup, among other projects. If you have any drop cloths, brushes, and small rollers to donate that would be helpful. Contact Maiti at with any questions, or to let her know you’ll be there.

Two-day workshop, “Growing in God: The Journey of the Elder with Ruah Bull”: We live in an ageist culture that dismisses the elderly and perceives aging as only a terrifying diminishment to be denied and fought. As a society, we then lose the many gifts that only elders can offer. In this retreat, we will explore what is called Gerotranscendance, which understands growing old as a period of growth, of moving further into compassion and wisdom. We’ll look at how each of us is being uniquely called to deepen and expand our sense of self, other, and God. Dates: Saturdays, September 21 and 28. Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,  Sanctuary. Fee: $15 for one session, $20 for both. Preregistration requested to Susan Bassett,

Camp Caz — October 4—6. Join with your UCC family for a weekend of fun and fellowship. Registration forms are in the church office and on the church website.

Earth Care Committee invites you to the Global Climate Strike. Three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Join us, and stand with our youth.

Friday, September 20, 12—2:00 p.m. at Santa Rosa Courthouse Square

(4th St. and Santa Rosa Ave.)

12-1 p.m.: Rally and speakers

1 -2 p.m.: Climate emergency actions and sponsor booths

Meet at the Santa Rosa courthouse square or, to carpool, meet at 10 a.m. in the FCC back parking lot. Bring water and your lunch!