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We Remember and Honor
Some of Our Beloved Saints  
 
For more than eight months we have followed heath officials’ orders not to gather as a large group in our sanctuary due to the coronavirus.  Besides not worshipping together in person, we have had to postpone numerous memorials of church members and friends as well.  A Christian memorial is an act of worship which gives witness to the resurrection hope in Jesus Christ and honors the life and memory of a person with whom we shared faith. When we gather in this way, we honor the value of that person’s life and give thanks for the gift she or he was to us from God. By participating in a memorial we convey our love and care for a deceased person’s family and we are reminded of our own mortality and how we make use of time.
 
Sunday, November 1 is All Saints Day. This Christian celebration honors the lives of  saints throughout Church history.  As Protestants, we do not observe the Roman Catholic tradition of praying to saints or through them, but we remember our connectedness with these followers of Christ, both famous and common, and how their lives and words contributed something to our own. 
 
As part of our online worship this Sunday we will present a video in honor of saints with whom we shared life together, whose memorials we have been unable to conduct or attend during this pandemic.  We take this opportunity on All Saints Day to remember these members and friends of our congregation and give thanks for their life and witness as examples of God’s faithfulness.

   

Sunday, November 1st Schedule

Reminder to turn your clocks back!
 
 
9:00 AM Communion via Zoom
Zoom Link for 9:00 AM Communion
Meeting ID: 817 1320 5407 Passcode: 256946




  10:00 AM Interactive Worship via Zoom
Zoom Link for 10:00 AM Interactive Worship
Meeting ID: 813 7532 4243      Passcode: 579433

 

11:30 AM Fellowship via Zoom
Zoom link for 11:30 AM Fellowship
Meeting ID: 973 7870 7245    Password: 709119

          

Why study the Book of Exodus?  One reason is that the Exodus from bondage in Egypt is God's central saving act in the Hebrew Bible, our Christian Old Testament.  In this book we learn much about the character of God, including God's name, the first Passover, the making and restoration of God's grace-filled covenant, and God's will for the covenant people as revealed in both the Ten Commandments and the Covenant Code.
 
To register, please e-mail Kent for study materials.


 
Meeting ID: 871 1419 5319     Passcode: 543987
 

Literature Discussion Group
 
Led by Pastor Emily Stockert


Sunday, November 1 – 4:00 PM via Zoom 

 
Our spotlight on contemporary Black authors continues as we read and discuss Loving Day by Mat Johnson. A New York Times Notable Book, Loving Day is a “frequently hilarious, surprisingly moving story about blacks and whites, fathers and daughters, the living and the dead, [that] celebrates the wonders of opposites bound in love.” Loving Day is a candid, satirical look at complex family relationships and racial identity set in a decaying, potentially haunted mansion (we timed this reading just right for Halloween!) Please note that this book contains subject matter that some readers may be sensitive to including language, drug use, supernatural phenomena, and adult situations. Sign up here. 

 
 

Learn, Pray, and Act for Social Justice

Hosted by Allie Shoulders, Jan Thomas & Lesley Van Dordrecht


Starts Tuesday, November 10 – 4:00 PM via Zoom


If you are wondering how you might get involved, or why this is important for a Christ follower, you are warmly invited to join us for this five-week discipleship opportunity.  Topics will include: ​What Does It Mean to be Non-Racist? Anti-Racist? What is the history of racism in America? How did we get here? What is a Christian response?

​We will also pray and share together about what we are learning. ​Click here to sign up or ask questions.


Movie Discussion:  BlacKkKlansman 

Friday, November 13 at 7pm on Zoom


In advance of our gathering, please view this film.  Considered one of Spike Lee’s best films, BlacKkKlansman is a dark comedy based on the improbable true story of a black police officer and his undercover mission in infiltrate the KKK in the 1970’s. The film raises some important questions about the harsh nature of racism as well as courage. Please note this film is rated R primarily for language and descriptions of violence. The film is currently streaming on Amazon and YouTube for $3.99, possibly other sources as well. There are several copies of the DVD available if you prefer not to stream.  Please contact Allie Shoulders to arrange the loan of a DVD or to sign up to receive the Zoom invitation.   

 
 

Presbyterian Women

Fellowship & Bible Study

Tuesdays at 10:00 AM 

Join Presbyterian Women via Zoom

Meeting ID: 858 1665 9502   Passcode: 12121212

 

 

Children's Ministries Events
 

Club Paradise (4th-6th Grade) Halloween Party

Wednesday, October 28 at 6:00 PM 
 

K-4th Grade Halloween Party
Friday, October 30 at 6:00 PM 

 



Church Family News  
 
We extend our love and prayers to the family of Esther Alton
who passed away on October 22.

 


Caregivers Support Group 

Second Thursday of Each Month at 6:00 PM via Zoom
 
Our next gathering is Thursday, November 12



GriefShare Support Group

Thursdays at 6:00 PM via Zoom
 
To sign up and receive the zoom link or for more information, please email Colleen Soldate or call her at (707) 328-5465.
 

 
Military Christmas Cards
 
Caring Ministries invites you to share your prayers, positive and hopeful messages, and other well wishes to our church family members serving in the military. 

We will print your message on a Christmas Card and send it to them.  You have the option to send one message to everyone (ALL) or you may write a personal message to a specific individual on the Request Form. Please submit by November 15th.
 
Please email Colleen Soldate for further inquiries.
 

 

Great Thanksgiving Banquet Food Drive
 
Each year we join with other Sonoma County churches in providing food for Redwood Gospel Mission’s (RGM) Great Thanksgiving Banquet who serves over 5,000 meals to hungry people in our community.  In years past we have filled grocery bags with food items to provide a family meal.  For this year’s contribution each church has been designated specific items to fill.  First Presbyterian is to provide packets of gravy and pumpkin pies.  Rather than each of us bringing these items to the church, the Community Service Team will secure the items and arrange for their delivery to RGM.

We invite you to participate by sending a financial contribution of $7.00 per family (or multiples of 7 for more than one family) by November 22.  Make the check payable to First Presbyterian Church and in the memo line write: “Community Service - RGM Thanksgiving.” If you prefer to pay online, go to our Online Giving page and choose Community Service - RGM Thanksgiving.
     
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.
     

All you who wait for the Lord, be strong and
let your heart take courage.
. ~Psalm 31:24

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