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What Moms Do Best

A children’s picture book by Douglas Wood is written and illustrated from a kid’s viewpoint in honor of moms.  It is titled: “What Mother’s Can’t Do.” In celebration of Mother’s Day this Sunday, I offer the following excerpts:

There are lots of things that regular people can do but moms can’t. 

Moms can’t wait to wake kids up in the morning.

Moms have trouble saying goodbye, even to teachers.

When they watch movies moms need protection from the scary parts; and they can’t sit for very long without someone on their lap. 

Moms also can’t let go of a hug without a kiss. . .or two. . .or nine. 

Moms can never pick out just the right clothes.  And they have trouble keeping things cleaned. 

Sometimes moms can’t hear themselves think.

There are lots of things moms can’t do, more than you can count.  But there’s one thing they do better than almost anyone and that’s love you.

Helping Alleviate a Food Crisis

On top of COVID-19 pandemic, there is a growing crisis of food shortages and disruption to food distribution where it is needed most.  War-torn countries like Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Somalia and Northern Nigeria have famine-like conditions. The recent locust infestation in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia threaten additional food supplies. 

Bob Swift brought to the attention of the Missions Committee that our Ecuadorian friends of the Santa Elena province face an extremely dire situation. Smaller than Sonoma County, their province two weeks ago had 11,000 confirmed cases of the virus and 560 reported deaths.  Food shortages have become critical and they asked for our help. The Missions Committee approved a gift of $1,000 to help these communities and another person who accompanied Bob on a previous trip contributed another $500.  Thanks to your support of missions we were able to provide immediate financial assistance for the people of Cadeate, Sitio Nuevo, and surrounding communities to help address their need for food.  Bob received an email expressing their appreciation: muchisimas gracias!

Sunday Fellowship via Zoom

We invite you to join us for a time of fellowship at 11:30 AM on Sundays via the zoom invitation (below).  We’ve added structure to our gathering with a host calling on individuals and couples to share in order to optimize our time together.
 Time: May 10, 2020 11:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 973 7870 7245
Password: 709119 Our Faith


Adult Discipleship

Kent Webber will offer a 6-week class, "Biblical Principles for Political Decision-Making" starting Tuesday May 19 at 4:30 PM via Zoom.  The class will run through Tuesday June 23.  If you have not attended one of Kent’s classes and wish to be added to his email list in order to receive Kent’s prepared study guide for this class, please contact him via email.
If you wish to access the recording of the final installment of Tim Stafford’s class of “Three Small Books—Ruth, Esther, and Jonah” use this link.

Revised Financial Report

Last week’s report of April giving did not include receipt of several end-of-the-month donations.  It seems many of us have responded to Session’s letter of encouragement to give earlier in the year rather than at the end of the year in order to help us overcome the growing deficit.  The following summary of the month of April and Year-to-Date totals indicate how strong our response has been:
April Actual Giving April Budgeted Income Difference
$139,857 $101,657 $38,200
YTD Actual Giving  YTD Budgeted Income Difference
$411,610 $406,627 $4,983

During this economic downturn, we are grateful to God for your faithful and generous commitment to the ministry and mission of FPCSR.
To use Zoom by phone for any Zoom call you may dial one of these numbers: 
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My brothers and sisters, think of the various tests you encounter as occasions for joy. After all, you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  Let this endurance complete its work so that you may be fully mature, complete, and lacking in nothing. ~James 1:2-4

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