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This Week and beyond. . .

February 27, 2010

This Week. . . and beyond

Sunday                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   

Wednesday        6:00       Dinner & Spiritual Practice
                            7:30       Choir  

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

                          12:00       Fellowship & All-Church Potluck 
      Worship Rota             Elders: Lou Taylor, Karen Hanson
                                          Welcoming:  Gwen      
                                          Deacons: Nancy Moore, Bruce Parsley 

Salt and Light Log. . .
We've been spending time with Jesus and the Sermon on the Mount these last few weeks.  A couple of weeks ago I invited you to consider paying attention to and keeping track of all the wonderful and amazing ways that God is at work in our lives and in the world; taking note, affirming and celebrating the ways that we are salt and light to one another and to the community beyond the four walls of our sanctuary.  
And so, this is the start of our Salt & Light Log. I invited you to email me your "Noticings" of salt and light around Forest Hill, in your family, your neighborhood, and out in the world and Sheryl Butler did, all the way from Iowa!  
from Sheryl:  "There is a woman's retreat next weekend which I really wanted Mary and I to go, but financially could not come up with the registration fee ($100 ea.).  My prodigal daughter, Janet, called me and asked if I was still thinking about going to the retreat that she would pay my registration fee.  I was able to gratefully accept her generous offer.  Of course, the money was not the important thing, it was my daughter's generosity, my openness to receive her gift, allowing my daughter the joy of giving, my gratitude for the gift and Janet's gratitude for being able to help her mom.  A lot of light is bouncing back and forth.  Of course, light cannot be seen unless it is reflecting off of something."

I invite you to start paying attention to the ways that God is working in and through us to add zest, flavor, light and radiance and then give me a call or shoot me an email or tell me during Fellowship Time and I'll make sure they're placed on our log.  

"Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings 

out the God-flavors of this earth. . . Here's another way to put it: You're here to  be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept.  We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill!  If I make you light-bearers,  you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand-shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven." ~Matthew 5: 13-16    Blessings, Susan


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 



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. 


Attention Local Congregation Elders/Spiritual Leaders:

The Regional Elders are hosting a full day of leader development  

for elders/spiritual leaders of our congregations.   


Please note:  This training is also open to anyone who is interested  

in learning more about Eldership / Spiritual leadership in the church.   

You do not need to currently be holding the office of elder to attend.


Eldering in the 21st Century

When: March 26, 2011 from 8:30am-4:00pm


Disciples of Christ-Visalia

The Circle Church-Santa Cruz

Concord FCC

Woodland CC


Cost will be $15 per person, or $65 per congregation for a group of 5 or more!  This will be a valuable opportunity for the spiritual leadership of your congregation to fellowship with other congregations in the region, discuss the challenges  

and gifts of such leadership, and learn valuable, hands-on skills and resources  

for serving in this capacity in several workshop options.


 You do not need to pre-register for a workshop--you may sign up when you register at the event. Registration and fellowship will be from 8:00-9:00,  

including coffee, tea and some breakfast goodies, with the program  

starting promptly at 9:00am.


Registration forms are now available:


Please note: The registration form neglected to provide a place of your choice  

to attend. Please write in which location you will be attending.  

This correction has been made to the form on the web site.


at prayerCircle of Prayer

Please hold in prayer. . .   

Ellen Hinkle, who took a fall in her apartment on Thursday, Feb. 24th

Maria Fanara, an old friend & neigbor of Bessye Herd & a member of TLC, who had a multiple back surgeries & another possible surgery on March 9th

Family & friends of Nancy Zolan, our pre-school mom, who died of cancer on Thursday, Feb. 24th 

Chris Berliner, Gwen's daughter, chemo this week 

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

Alberta Siverand  

Mildred Burrell and family

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: Earthquake in New Zealand; Uprising in Libya; People of Egypt; 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, Corning; Mt. Lassen Area; Pastor Bill Bergman 


                                                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


Forest Hill Christian Church
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