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This Week and beyond. . .

February 20, 2010

This Week. . . and beyond

Sunday                9:30     Adult Education: Living the Questions
                           10:45     Worship   
                           12:00     Fellowship      
                           12:30     Picnic in Golden Gate Park - everyone's invited to join us          

      Worship Rota           
Elders: Shannon Smith, Lou Taylor
                                         Deacons: Ellen Hinkle, Alan Snakenberg
                                         Worship Leader:  Nancy Moore
:  Gwen                                                   

            11:00      Bessye Herd's Memorial & Lunch - looking for volunteers to
                                               help set up, serve and clean-up 

Wednesday        6:00       Leadership Circle: Elders & Deacons
                            7:30       Choir  

9:30       Adult Education: Living the Questions
                          10:45       Worship

                          12:00       Fellowship
                            4:00       Golden Gate Pebble Beach Area Geographic Area Meeting in

      Worship Rota             Elders: Shannon Smith, Brandon Shaw
                                          Welcoming:  Gwen      
                                          Deacons: Mark Barrett, Alan Snakenberg  


  DON'T MISS this exciting New Opportunity  

Our Adult Education Class will begin to explore  "Living the Questions" a popular video & internet-based small group exploration of progressive Christianity featuring premier religion voices of our day. Join us at 9:30 a.m. in the Meeting Room.    

In honor of Black History Month, My mother has donated to Forest Hill Christian Church a copy of her fast selling book entitled "More Than a Slave".  It is the history of my Grand Father, Andrew Jackson  Hurdle, who found his mother and father after the Civil War and went on to co-found Jarvis Christian College in Texas and also fathered 25 children!  My mother is his youngest child.


Please contact the FHCC office if you would like to borrow it from our library.   If you would like to purchase one you can contact me at 415-387-6792.


Thank you, Bonnie 

A few thoughts on a wintry cold day. . .
Vangie and I have been truly blessed this week with the delightful antics of our family of squirrels. Each day they come for their peanuts and they scurry around and make us laugh.  They put on quite a show with their acrobatics and their cheerful scoldng when we're a bit late with their peanuts.  But this week we were surprised, and blessed, by a most unusual sight.  Our silly squirrels have discovered the humming bird feeder in the ginko tree just outside our windows and its cache of sweet nectar.  Imagine our surprise when they turned upside down from a branch to reach down and drink the honey flavored food that's been set out for our little humming birds friends.

Squirrel's Afternoon Snack

These silly squirrels have got me thinking.  How many other amazing, delightful and precious moments occur, each and every day, that I miss?  What joy and blessing do I fail to receive because I am just too busy or too distracted or simply not paying attention?  Jesus encourages his disciples repeatedly to "Stay Awake! Pay Attention!"  And yet, I catch myself sleepwalking through so many moments and I know I miss the very delights that God places before me.

Lent is coming soon, our holy season of spring cleaning of the soul. I pray that we will       each use this season to truly wake up to the Presence of God in our lives and in this amazingly beautiful and varied world in which we live. Let's not let the precious moments of life pass us by unaware.  God yearns to bless us with life rich and full and abundant.  Our invitation is to reach out with open hearts to receive it and then to pass it along to others.

A prayer that sings itself in my heart every morning as I begin my day:
          God be in my head and in my thinking.
          God be in my eyes and in my looking.
          God be in my ears and in my listening.
          God be in my mouth and in my speaking.
          God be in my hands and in my embracing.
          God be in my feet and in my walking.
          God be in my heart and in my understanding.
          God be in my life and in my loving.
          God be in every thing, every thing, every thing.
          God be in every thing and in my departing.

Thanks be to God, for silly squirrels and for companions like you to accompany me along this wonderful adventure that is our life in God.  God truly is in every thing, and for me, most especially in this wonderful community of fath.  Blessings, Susan




Spring Gathering of Women

 Sponsored by the regional Women's Ministries

of the Christian Church of Northern California

-Nevada (DOC)


Women of Hope


Saturday, March 12, 2011

9:30 am to 3:30 pm


First Christian Church, Sacramento

3901 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento, CA



$25.00 Registration

(includes program and lunch)


Celebrate the importance of sisterhood and the women who have paved the way and influence us along the Journey; and consider the gifts we may be giving to the generations that come after us! We will sing, pray, worship and engage  

in study and reflection together. This will be the day of celebrating the past, honoring and claiming the present, and shaping the future of women

in leadership in the transitioning church and culture. 


at prayerCircle of Prayer

Please hold in prayer. . .   

Ellen Hinkle

Families & friends of John Bluford, Cynthia Taylor's uncle who passed away on January 25th

Families & friends of people who died and were affected at the airport tragedy in Moscow, Russia 

Alberta Siverand  

Families & friends of Bessye T. Herd, who passed away on Jan 11th  

Mildred Burrell and family

Chris Berliner, Gwen's daughter, breast cancer surgery

Families and friends of people who were victims and who died from a tragedy in Tucson, AR  

Lana Duarte, struggling with MS
Jack Hirsch, Ellen's friend, leukemia
Blondell, sister of Lou Taylor
Joan, Barbara Huckins' friend, cancer
Dolor Disbarro, Vangie's friend, breast cancer
Ethelyn, mother of Chenetta Jackson, friend of Lillian Dixon
Eric Peterson, Karen's nephew, multiple congenital health issues
Chester Hurdle, Bonnie Hawley's uncle 

For all the victims affected by the following disasters: Great floods & landslides in Australia & Brazil; Earthquake, tsunami & volcanic eruption in Indonesia; Storms & floods in the East Coast; Gas explosion in San Bruno, CA; Mine explosion in Chile

Church in our Region to hold in prayer this week, for vitality, spiritual and numerical growth, commitment to serving their neighborhood and openness to the Mighty Spirit of God calling them into Ministry:  First Christian Church, Concord; Contra Costa County Area; Pastor Russell Peterman 


                                                Continuing Concerns

Andrew Allagree; Joe Bluford; Gary Counsil; Barbara Duckett; Ray Elizondo; Nancy Jenkins; Harvey March; Marilyn March; Dominick Mott; Gloria Quinn; Linda Rice; Allen and Elaine Steinmetz; Juli Brooks-Tarry


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