From the Rector
I turned my ankle in the half light before dawn about a month ago and I am still being a bit cautious. I need to be aware of where my feet are to make sure I don't do any more damage, so I am always looking down at my feet. The rehab you do after an injury of this kind is called 'Proprioception.'
Proprioception is the awareness of where your limbs are relative to the rest of your body. The process of proprioception training helps you to strengthen damaged muscles and also know where your feet are and where they are going without having to look at them.
During Lent we are asking you to become aware of your feet and how they are being guided by God. This is like 'proprioception' for the soul. We are asking you and our whole community to acknowledge that we are being guided by God and to become more conscious of that guidance. This means looking at our feet a bit more carefully, in order to be more conscious of them, so that eventually we can lift our eyes up and be confident that the guidance is happening even when we aren't looking so closely.
In order to help us focus on this we are inviting you to take photos inspired by the theme 'Guide My Feet', and post them to Facebook on our parish page, under the hashtag #guidemyfeet. Or you could simply send them to the parish office. We will use the best photos as the cover for our Lent announcement sheets.
This morning as I went for my usual meditative walk on Bair Island I was looking down at my feet. My mind was full of things, anxieties, concerns, pastoral issues that are unresolved, bits of administration hanging over me. At some point, as I breathed in the air, heard the birds singing and entered more fully into the moment; I lifted my head and saw what was around me. I saw the sun rise over Redwood City, and I became confident that God was with me, guiding my feet. I didn't need to look down at them anymore.
News & Announcements
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At our Annual Meeting we put up a volunteer board with opportunities that align with our parish vision. Please go and have a look during coffee hour and sign up for things you would like to do to help us achieve our vision as a parish this year.
Expected & Unexpected: Sun., Feb. 21, 9am
Anne Lassahn, Lassahn Fiduciary Services, will be joining our "Expected and Unexpected" forum this month. For more detail see the article in The Journey.
Women's Retreat - Feb. 26-28
The 2016 Women's Retreat at the Bishop's Ranch is fast approaching. Registration forms are available online and at church. This year's theme is Gifts of the Spirit. We will gather Friday evening through Sunday midday for social time, prayer, small group reflections, and Eucharist. Saturday afternoon is open for free time at the ranch or in town. Partial and full scholarships are available. If you have any questions, please contact Jan Jensen or Monica Whitaker.
Women's Retreat Registration Form
St. Margaret's Guild - February Outreach
St. Margaret's Guild is sponsoring a Community Outreach Basket which supports the layette program at St. Luke's Medical Center, SF, providing pre-natal and ante-natal care to mothers who have limited resources. The collection basket is located in the Narthex. Please see flyers or the article in The Journey for more details.
Transfig Teens - February 21, 5-7pm
We are invited to join the youth groups of St Paul's and St Matthew's for a party. Let Matthew know if you can make it.
Crazy Christians Lent Book Club
Wednesdays 12noon-1:30pm starting Feb 17
Bring a bag lunch and come ready to discuss chapters 1-3. RSVP to email@example.com.
Wednesdays 6pm-7:30pm starting Feb 17
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org - Monica will bring soup and bread for everyone who can come the first week and ask for volunteers to bring food on future weeks. Also be ready to discuss chapters 1-3.
We are excited to invite you to read this book on your own during Lent, or join us for a discussion of it during these book clubs. It is a book about following Jesus and living into God's dream for the world.
We are also open to anyone starting up their own book club at another time during Lent if you are interested. Please let us know when it will be happening and we can include it in announcements. You can order or download an ebook from from:
Watch this Crazy Christians video of Bishop Michael Curry: https://youtu.be/G_2CbI2_M6Q
Chapel Time & Kids Club Sign-ups
Now is the time to sign up for the rest of the program year for these ministries. Please follow this link to find the sign ups. Thanks!
We have many open Sundays for coffee hour hosting, for the 9:30, 10:30 & combined 10:00 services. Please take a look at the link below and sign-up or call Bethany Lukach at 831-229-4723. Thank you!
Altar Flower Dedications
Sponsoring altar flowers is a beautiful way to honor loved ones marking special life events such as birthdays, wedding anniversaries, baptism, confirmation, memory of a loved one, or a thanksgiving for life's blessings. We invite people to sign up on the
New 2016 Flower Chart now posted in the Narthex. A donation for sponsoring altar flowers is $30-$50 per family/individual.
You will receive an e-mail prior to the Sunday you signed up for, regarding the wording for your dedication.