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Words We Live By

A student of comparative religions described the difference of reading Buddhist scriptures with Jewish/Christian scriptures in this way: “When I read The Bhagavad Gita, I felt like I was reading an ancient, sacred text, but when I read The Bible, I felt like it was reading me.”  It is this relevant, penetrating quality of The Bible to address our personal life story and instruct us in -- faith, hope and love – which is both the Living Word of God to us and words we live by during times of crisis and opportunity.  As we start a new year, let us open our hearts to the reading, study, and reflection of God’s Word through sermons, daily Bible readings, classes, and small groups.

We begin a six-week sermon series, All Shook Up! of biblical stories of people who experienced a life crisis of one kind or another and the role faith played in sustaining them through it.
 

Sunday January 10

 

10:00 AM Interactive Worship

10:00 AM Interactive Worship
Meeting ID: 813 7532 4243      Passcode: 579433

 

11:30 AM Fellowship via Zoom

Meeting ID: 973 7870 7245    Password: 709119
 
 

First Kids

Sunday morning small group gatherings via Zoom

 
Elementary kids kick off the New Year talking about Responsibility-showing you can be trusted with what is expected of you. Kids will discover what the Bible has to say about Rules for Life!

 
Kindergarten – 2nd Grade at 10:00 AM
3rd – 4th Grade 11:00 at AM


Contact Darcy for the zoom link



 
Club Paradise (4th-6th Grade)

Meets Wednesdays at 4:00 PM

Contact Shawna for the zoom link

Adult Discipleship

 

 Daily Bible Reading Plan for 2021

We offer this easy-to-use pamphlet produced by the American Bible Society as your guide for developing a daily scripture reading practice. Each month focuses on a different attribute of God.  There are three ways to receive a copy of this resource:
  1. Pick-up a copy at the outside door of the church library on Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00 PM during January;
  2. Request a copy be mailed to you from Allie Shoulders or leave a message at (707) 890-8010;
  3. Access the online version (including a Spanish language edition)

Small Groups via Zoom

During this period of gathering restrictions and isolation, many of us have found meaningful connection, encouragement, and spiritual growth through participation in small groups using zoom.  The following groups welcome new members:  
  • Men’s Group -- Thursdays at 10:00 AM; currently studying Genesis. Leaders: Dave Paul and Dave Berto.
  • Women’s Group -- Thursdays at 1:30 PM; currently studying the sermon series.  Leader:  Carolee Verdier.
  • Women’s Group - Fridays at 1:00 PM; currently studying the sermon series. Leader:  Daralyn Ruchalski and Julie Beardslee.
  • Young Adults’ Group – Tuesdays at 7:00 PM. Leaders:  Aimee and Chris Studer.
If you desire to be part of one of these groups or wish to register your interest in a small group that meets at another time, please contact Allie Shoulders at (707) 890-8010.  
 

Presbyterian Women
Fellowship & Bible Study

Resumes Tuesday, January 12 at 10:00 AM via Zoom

 
Presbyterian Women via Zoom
Meeting ID: 858 1665 9502      Passcode: 12121212
If you have questions contact Sarah Held or Donna Thomas.

January Preview

Below is a preview of adult discipleship opportunities starting in January.  In the coming weeks we will ask for a pre-registration in order to send out materials and  the Zoom link for each  of the following events:

Movie Night Discussion via Zoom - Friday, January 22 

If Beale Street Could Talk (R, strong language)
 
This beautifully filmed adaptation of a James Baldwin novel is a powerful story set in Harlem in the early 70's.  A major theme of the film is tragic racial injustice, but it manages to also feel optimistic through the tender love story and hopeful dignity of the main characters.  

Available to stream on Amazon and YouTube for $3.99, or DVD through Redbox and Netflix; or a 2-day loan through Allie Shoulders.  RSVP to Allie attend the discussion or loan of DVD or leave a message at (707) 890-8010.
 
 

 

The Cosmic Christ: Paul’s Letter to the Colossians 

Monday, January 25, 7:00-8:15 PM 
Rev. Dr. Kent Webber 

A six-week (01/25 – 03/08) verse by verse study of Colossians, followed by a three part study (03/15 - 03/19) of issues Paul addressed in the closing chapters of his letter to the Corinthians; namely: women in church leadership, the meaning of Paul's poem about agape love, and the meaning of resurrection for Jesus and us. Participants will receive a 36-page study guide with registration. Zoom details will follow.
 

 
Race-based Inequality: 
Why It Persists and What We Can Do About It

 
Wednesday, January 27, 7:00-8:30 PM
Dr. Judith Richlin-Klonsky with Host Laurel Quast 

This three-week seminar invites us to learn more about the basics of race and ethnic relations and how racism is perpetuated both personally and through institutions. What is “systemic racism?” What role do those identified as white play in it? How can we help dismantle it?  

Sociologist, Family therapist, and Community educator --Dr. Richlin-Klonsky has taught, and learned from, thousands of college students in courses dealing with race and ethnicity offered at UCLA, SRJC, and SSU.  

Participants will receive an overview and introduction of this topic with resources for further study; including:  
  • A glossary of terms that defines around twenty of the relevant ideas – such as race, prejudice, discrimination, systemic racism, white privilege, and white fragility– and provides specific suggestions for learning more about each of them.  
  • Recommended follow-up activities for each session.
  • A five-page resource guide that includes books (both non-fiction and fiction), videos, movies, websites, and podcasts on aspects of race and racism. 

GriefShare Support Group

Tuesdays at 6:00 PM via Zoom
To sign up and receive the Zoom link or for more information,
email Colleen Soldate or call her at (707) 328-5465. 
GriefShare meets weekly and concludes on January 26, 2021.

Care Givers Support Group

Thursday, January 14 at 6:00 PM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 814 7962 5150
 
     
To use Zoom by phone for any Zoom call you may dial one of these numbers: 

+1 669.900.6833
US (San Jose)

+1 346.248.7799
US (Houston)

 For outside the US, locate your local number here.
     

Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. 
~1 Chronicles 16:10 

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